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Plan B

BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on singer Plan B to predict this weekend's Premier League fixtures.

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Darren Moore during Newcastle v West Brom

Saj Chowdhury

BBC Sport

Caretaker manager Darren Moore refuses to contemplate what might have been for West Brom after victory at Newcastle keeps alive their hopes of survival.

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Jonny Howson

Middlesbrough secure their place in the play-offs with a win that all but ends Millwall's own promotion hopes.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic

Brendon Mitchell

BBC Sport

Fulham move back into the Championship automatic promotion places after coming from behind to beat relegated Sunderland.

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Vereniki Goneva celebrates a try against Leicester

Newcastle Falcons secure a dramatic win at play-off rivals Leicester thanks to Ally Hogg's controversial late try.

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Charities gain from Police Interceptors calendar

Fans of the TV show Police Interceptors have helped to raise thousands of pounds for charity following the sale of a calendar featuring officers from two North East forces.

The popular Channel 5 programme showcases the work of the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit (CDSOU) as they clamp down on criminals.

Sales of the Police Interceptors 2018 calendar raised £3,100 and will be divided between PawsUp, a benevolent fund to support retired police dogs and the Police Treatment Centres which provides intensive treatment to thousands of injured and ill police officers every year.

PC Ian Squire, one of the show’s Interceptors and founder of PawsUp, said: "Some of our biggest fans are children, many of whom now hope to become budding police officers.

"Inspiring the next generation is at the pinnacle of what Police Interceptors is about for us."

Officers with calendar
Cleveland Police

Trees to be planted in £100,000 scheme

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

A £100,000 scheme to plant new trees across Newcastle is being launched with more funding promised in the years to come.

Newcastle City Council says it plans to catalogue the city's existing trees and formally register their importance to ensure that they can be protected in the future.

A one-off budget of £100,000 has been allocated to fund a planting programme over the next 12 months, during which time officers will be drawing up future funding plans.

Newcastle City Council says the initial project will allow residents to "immediately start to enjoy the benefits of having more trees around our city".

The council has commissioned an iTree survey of the city's tree stock, which will start in 2019 and cover trees on both public and private land.

The study will enable the council to put financial values on the benefits that trees bring to the city, based on factors including flood prevention and energy savings, and help develop future planting programmes.

Leazes Park, Newcastle

Council steps in to maritime engine dispute

BBC Newcastle

History enthusiasts have welcomed moves to help save a piece of Sunderland maritime engineering.

The last Doxford engine is kept at Beamish Museum and was maintained by a friends group until access was denied over safety issues.

But now Sunderland City Council is trying to resolve the deadlock.

Retired engineer James Duncan worked at Doxford's as did his brother, dad and grandad and says: "We have at this present time no history of shipbuilding except this and we want to hang on to it."

Artefacts of everyday life on Hadrian's Wall go on display

Danny Savage

North of England correspondent

Previously unseen artefacts, detailing everyday life along Hadrian's Wall during Roman times, are going on display for the first time.

Archaeologists have found more evidence about the lives of women and children who lived there nearly 2,000 years ago.

Among the artefacts going on display from a rare cemetery excavation at Birdoswald Fort, are the cremation urns of a young woman and a child aged about five.

Infants feeding bottles (pictured below), remnants of a doll, Roman board games and what's described as an "exquisite perfume vase" made of blue enamelled copper will also go on show in nearby Corbridge.

English Heritage, which manages parts of the wall, says the discoveries emphasise the area wasn't just a military installation but was also a thriving centre with numerous communities.

Infants feeding bottle

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Police dogs get into the team spirit!

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Derby County celebrate their win over Cardiff City

The race for the last two Championship play-off places remains wide open, with seven teams battling for the remaining spots.

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'Prison within a prison' operates as a normal jail

A "prison within a prison" to segregate extremists is operating as a "microcosm" of a normal one, a report has found.

The unit, at HMP Frankland in Durham, opened last year, following the Acheson review into radical Islam in UK jails.

The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) acknowledged that as the first it was developed under both time and budgetary pressures, and management and staff "deserve a great deal of credit for the successful delivery of a fully functioning unit".

Frankland Prison

Its report found that prisoners held there enjoyed a full regime with the exception of any association with prisoners outside the unit.

One area of concern was the compact nature of the centre which "gave rise to a claustrophobic feeling", and the board felt the guideline population ceiling should be "reduced in the interests of safe and harmonious living for the prisoners and staff."

The IMB said: "All the staff ... received high quality special training and have embraced the challenges in what, for them and prisoners alike, is a totally new and different environment.

"It will be significantly easier to deliver the further planned units in other jails, following the pioneering work at Frankland and the early lessons learned."

Former England man Parker among candidates for Town job

TWTD understands former England international Scott Parker is among the candidates for the Ipswich Town manager's job.

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Newcastle United

Benitez would rather focus on getting into the top 10 in the last few weeks of the season.

“We have to remain compact, be organised, then some games we have won because we take our chances," he said.

“We have been one of the best 10 teams for shots, but also the best 10 for defending.

“We have had good balance and we need to keep that.”

The Sunderland lollipop man and his little helper
Retiring Sunderland lollipop man Ray Vickery says his job "means a great deal".

Your pictures: A cloudy Northumberland

Thank you to Michael Bradley who captured this cloudy but beautiful scene in Allenheads, Nothumberland, this week.


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Weather: Hazy sunshine with the odd spot of rain

BBC Weather

Well, we're still nowhere near last week's temperatures but today should see a little hazy sunshine from time to time.

However, skies will often be cloudy and it may become thick enough to produce the odd spot of rain.

Tonight looks set to be dry with clear periods and patchy cloud cover. It will become chilly with just a light or gentle breeze.

Weather forecast, Friday 27 April 2018

Woman sought after theft from pensioner

The incident took place on Fawcett Street in Sunderland last month.

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Newcastle could lose 'unbelievable' Benitez if they don't give him money - Gascoigne
Paul Gascoigne says Newcastle need to give Rafael Benitez money to spend or avoid losing an 'unbelievable manager'.

Grassroots teams preparing for finals


It's a big weekend of football at grass-roots level.

The finals of the FA People's Cup take place at England's training ground at St George's Park.

There are 18 different categories involved including - new for 2018 - futsal, which these guys are involved with..

The ex-academy players who 'want to prove' they can still play

See how Sala Soccer FC and all the other teams get on in the FA People's Cup finals with live streaming, and text commentary on Saturday 28 & Sunday 29, April on the BBC Sport website & app.

Fears over Bill Quay Community Farm future

There are fears for the future of a Tyneside working farm and visitor attraction after the charity which currently runs it is has said it is no longer able to do so.

Gateshead Council is considering expressions of interest for the operation of Bill Quay Community farm, alongside other possible options for the site.

It is home to extensive grazing land, paddocks and enclosures housing sheep, pigs, goats and poultry, and includes a café, office space, and classroom.

Jenny Wood, chair of Bill Quay Community Farm Association said: "We’ve worked hard with staff, students, volunteers, therapeutic clients and the public all getting involved and feeling the benefits of being close to nature. The time has now come for us to step aside and pass the baton to someone else.”

Bill Quay Community Farm
Gateshead Council

Our future vision is of a sustainable farm based venture that will offer activities for the education, health and well-being of residents, while continuing to offer opportunities for volunteering and safeguarding existing access for the local community.”

Anthony AlderService director for commissioning and neighbourhoods at Gateshead Council

Newcastle v West Brom - Sat (15:00 BST)

West Bromwich Albion

Moore rightly picks out the fine work of Rafa Benitez on Tyneside.

“We’ve been focusing on good team performances. Newcastle have been very good over the course of the season and find themselves mid-table, and rightly so. They have an excellent manager in Rafa Benitez.”

Severe disruption: A1(M) County Durham northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) County Durham northbound severe disruption, at J60 for A689.

A1(M) County Durham - A1(M) in Bradbury entry slip road closed northbound at J60, A689 (Bradbury).

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

Your photos: Rainbow next to Transporter Bridge

It has been a week of sunshine and showers. Philip Mogridge sent us this photo of a rainbow over the River Tees next to the Transporter Bridge.

Have you got any photos you'd like to share with us? In that case you can tweet them to @BBCNewsNE, email them,or contact us via our Facebook page.

Rainbow next to he Transporter Bridge

Councils vote for devolution deal

Laura Hill

Local Democracy Reporter

Millions of pounds and decision-making powers are set to be handed to some parts of the North East by the government after council leaders backed plans for a North of Tyne Combined Authority.

Almost two years after the region-wide devolution deal was scrapped, plans for Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside to get their own elected mayor moved a step closer.

The creation of the new combined authority will also lead to the creation of a new separate joint committee for transport, alongside what remains of the North East Combined Authority and the North East LEP.

"This is not about creating barriers," Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes said. "This is not the parting of the ways. We know we need to work in tandem with all the region."

South Tyneside Council leader Iain Malcolm said he was "deeply disappointed" that the three councils decided to go it alone, but he reluctantly supported the deal as he had been assured it was be of no detriment to the area.

Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council, Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, and Norma Redfearn, North Tyneside elected mayor.

Heavy traffic on A1 around Gosforth

Government 'failed to learn lessons' over East Coast failures

BBC Business News

A group of MPs has slammed the rail franchising system, including the East Coast Main Line, saying passengers are paying the price for the "broken model".

The Public Accounts Committee said the government had "failed to learn the lessons from previous failures of the franchise" and "has again allowed the operator to promise more than it could deliver".

It said incorrect passenger growth figures led to inaccurate forecasts about how much money Virgin Trains East Coast would make.

A Virgin train
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Severe disruption: A66 North Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A66 North Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, at A172 Marton Road.

A66 North Yorkshire - A66 in Middlesbrough entry slip road closed eastbound at Marton Road Interchange.

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

Steve Brown

Chris Jones

BBC Radio 5 live rugby reporter

The head of English rugby, Steve Brown says the current financial situation at many Premiership clubs is a concern.

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Our live coverage across the day

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Charity counts cost of attack

BBC Tees

Thieves have caused £1,400 of damage at a Teesside charity shop.

Epilepsy Outlook has been supporting families living with the neurological condition across Hartlepool for more than 30 years.

Earlier this month thieves entered the premises, destroying doors and a till which contained £20.

Operations manager Jackie Gettings said: "We'll probably have to go through our insurance, which of course will have an impact."

The Epilepsy Outlook shop