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  1. Updates on Friday 29 September 2017

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Tom Rostance

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Liverpool dominate possession but once again waste a host of chances as they are held to a draw at Newcastle.

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Fabio celebrates for Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough twice come from behind to take a point against Brentford at the Riverside Stadium.

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Aiden McGeady (right)

Sunderland draw with Preston in former North End boss Simon Grayson's first return to Deepdale.

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Emma Thurston

BBC Sport

Newcastle Falcons secure their fourth win in five Premiership matches to move to the top of the table.

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Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

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Weather: Showers and wind

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Breezy overnight with some showers, these becoming more organised for a time, especially over hills.

Brisk winds over hills, lighter in sheltered eastern valleys with clear spells expected.

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A post-mortem examination has failed to determine the cause of the four-month-old boy's death.

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Newcastler United to remember former chairman Freddy Shepherd

Newcastle fans will able to remember the club's former chairman Freddy Shepherd, who died earlier this week.

The 75-year-old was a director of the Magpies from 1992 until 2007. He served as vice-chairman to Sir John Hall as the club finished Premier League runners-up in both 1996 and 1997. He sold his stake in the club to current owner Mike Ashley in June 2007.

There will be a minute's applause before kick-off at Sunday's match against Liverpool at St James' Park.

Newcastle players will wear black armbands and the ground's flags will fly at half mast.

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Yellow wind warning issued by Met Office

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

A yellow warning for strong winds in the North East has been issued by the Met Office.

It's bad news for anyone travelling on Monday, as delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are "likely".

The Met Office says that some short term interruptions to power supplies are also possible.

Map of areas affected by the strong winds

Your Pictures: County Durham dog loves Autumn

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Izzy, the Pomeranian from County Durham, is totally embracing Autumn.

Thank you to her owner Sarah for sharing this adorable photo with us. So cute.

Izzy the dog with a leaf in her mouth

Have you got any pictures you'd like us to see? You can send them on Twitter @BBCNewsNE, email us, or contact us via our Facebook page.

Orchestra takes music into the classroom
The Royal Northern Sinfonia Orchestra has been visiting a primary school to give a music lesson.

Severe accident: A1 Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Tyne And Wear northbound severe accident, near A1.

A1 Tyne And Wear - Slow traffic on A1 Western Bypass northbound near the A1(M) J65 junction, because of an accident earlier on.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Second round bid for Sunderland City of Culture 2021

Sunderland has submitted its second round bid today to become City of Culture 2021.

The bid documents will be sent to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport outlining in detail what the city has to offer on the cultural front and why it deserves to win.

Campaigners behind Sunderland's bid to become City of Culture say "winning will transform Sunderland - and bring in millions of pounds of investment".

Wearmouth Bridge
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'Distracted' truck driver banned for two years after crash

A truck driver from County Durham has been given a suspended prison sentence and a two-year driving ban after severely injuring two others while distracted on the A66.

Carlisle Crown Court heard that Roy Stuart Cothill, 48, looked up from his tachograph too late to avoid hitting a braking car in front while driving between Penrith and Appleby.

Roy Cothill leaving court
Craig McGlasson

The drivers of the two cars in front were hurt, with one told by his doctor he would "never by the same" after a bleed on his brain.

Cothill, from Front Street, in Pity Me, admitted two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was given a 16-month prison sentence suspended for two years. He must also complete 200 hours unpaid work.

Hartlepool man found safe

A Hartlepool man who was reported missing this morning has now been found, police have confirmed.

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The surgery says it is "disappointed" at the rating and has applied for a judicial review.

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Metro delays cleared

Metro trains are running as normal once again.

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Theresa May urged to halt Universal Credit roll-out

Families could be left homeless and destitute if Theresa May insists on pressing ahead with Universal Credit, a former top adviser has warned.

Dame Louise Casey (pictured) urged the prime minister to pause the roll-out of the new benefit system so it can be fixed.

She told BBC Radio 4's PM the consequences for families "close to the edge" could be "dire".

Newcastle was one of the first areas in the country where the major benefits system change was introduced. Earlier this year Newcastle City Council said it feared the same outcomes, saying 85% of its tenants in Universal Credit were in arrears on their rent.

Dame Louise Casey

Northumbria Police appoint Acting Chief Constable

Northumbria Police has appointed an Acting Chief Constable to cover for current Chief Constable Steve Ashman before his retirement.

Winton Keenen will take over the role from 2 October following more than two as the force's Deputy Chief Constable.

Mr Keenen will act as Chief Constable while Mr Ashman oversees a number of police engagements outside the area and takes his annual leave before his retirement date.

The force has already started recruiting for the permanent position.

Fifteen minute Metro delays

There are more delays on the Metro, this time between South Shields and St James.

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Crackdown on yobs after youth centre worker was attacked

Hartlepool Mail


A zero tolerance stance is been taken by community chiefs after a youth centre worker was attacked as they tried to prevent disorder breaking out.

The youth centre

Metro delays cleared

Earlier delays in the Tyne and Wear Metro routes between South Hylton and Pelaw have now been cleared.

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Missing teenager may have travelled to Newcastle

A missing teenager may have travelled from Cumbria to Newcastle.

Rachel Etherington, 15, went missing from her school in Millom at about 08:15.

She is described as 5ft 8in and was last seen wearing her school uniform, including a green jumper with a white polo shirt.

Police believed she may have travelled by train to Barrow and/or Newcastle.

Rachel Etherington

Withdrawn train causes Metro delays

There are delays of up to 15 minutes on Metro routes between South Hylton and Pelaw.

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Have you seen this man?

A 28-year-old Hartlepool man has gone missing.

Lee Cavanagh was last seen in the Thornhill Gardens area in the early hours of this morning.

Anyone who may have seen him is urged to contact Cleveland Police.

Fire in Newton Aycliffe

Firefighters have been tackling a hay fire in Newton Aycliffe.

More as we get it.

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Three arrested after Gateshead stabbing

Three men have been arrested after man was stabbed several times in Gateshead.

A 34-year-old man was was attacked outside the Fell Court flats early last Saturday morning by a group of people and was later taken to the RVI for treatment. He has now been discharged.

The men were arrested on suspicion of assault and were released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Video: Sunderland student breaking the stereotype

Meet Dania, the Muslim cosplayer from Sunderland embracing the hijab in her amazing outfits.

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Your pictures: Sun shines over Hartlepool Marina

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Thank you to Ray Smith who sent us this stunning picture of a sunny day at Hartlepool Marina.

boats at Hartlepool Marina

Sadly, the weather isn't quite as bright today.

Have you got any pictures you'd like to share with us? You can do so on Twitter @BBCNewsNE, you can email us, or contact us via our Facebook page.

Second round of British Masters in Northumberland

The British Masters at Close House Golf Club in Northumberland is well under way.

On its second day, international golfers such as Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer and Graeme Storm are taking part in the tournament, hoping to reach the top of the leader board.

South Africa's George Coetzee is currently top of the table.

Sergio Garcia
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Fishburn youth club closing after 40 years

BBC Tees

A Stockton youth club which has been running for more than 40 years is closing today.

Fishburn Youth and Community Centre, which attracts about 50 seven to 18-year-olds to its sessions, faces closure due to council funding cuts.

Generations of local families have taken to Twitter to show their support and the youth club has started a crowdfunding campaign in the hope of keeping the club open in the "short term".

The manager Lynne Watson fears the effects of the closure of the group, as she says there is an "absolute need for it" in Fishburn.

Sunderland submits final City of Culture bid

Sunderland Echo


Sunderland’s £107m City of Culture bid is being officially submitted today.

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Sunderland Echo

May says up to mayor to spell out airport plan

Prime Minister Theresa May has said she's aware of the issues surrounding Durham Tees Valley Airport and the Tees Valley Mayor's plans to take it back into public ownership.

Ben Houchen vowed to buy the airport during his election campaign and says he has held talks with its owners.

BBC political editor Richard Moss asked Mrs May if a Conservative government could support his plans.

Mrs May said: "I am aware of what Ben has said about the airport and I am also aware of concerns that local people have about the services at the airport and wanting to ensure that those services don't deteriorate.

"He put a commitment in his manifesto now, obviously, he'll be wanting to put that into a firm proposal," she said.

You can hear the full interview on Sunday Politics.

Durham Tees Valley Airport

Further rail strikes next week

BBC Tees

More strike action has been announced on the region's trains after talks failed to resolve the long-running dispute over driver-only trains on Northern Rail.

The trains would allow operators to do away with conductors or guards, which the RMT says play a critical safety role.

Northern is proposing they take up a more customer facing-role at stations instead, to deliver a better service.

RMT members are due to strike next Tuesday and Thursday.