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  1. Monday 24 April 2017
  2. Charity founders step down over accounts concerns
  3. Four held after body found in house
  4. Hartlepool part company with manager Dave Jones
  5. Fines to target begging and street drinking

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  1. Cannabis farm with £200,000 of plants discovered

    A cannabis farm with plants with a street value of £200,000 has been discovered in Hebburn - after members of the public reported "a pungent smell".

    Police investigating found about 200 plants inside a unit at Monkton Business Park.

    Officers said it was "clear it was a professional set-up" and they are working to identify the people who were running it.

    Cannabis farm
  2. Tragic biker to take last ride in hearse based on Harley Davidson

    Sunderland Echo


    A Sunderland biker who lost his life in a tragic crash is to take his last ride in a hearse based on his dream Harley Davidson motorbike. 

    The devastated family of Frazer Golden (pictured) are inviting fellow bikers join him on his final journey, to Sunderland Crematorium, on Thursday.

    Frazer Golden
  3. Hartlepool United issue statement after Jones departure

    BBC Sport

    Hartlepool United have confirmed they have parted ways with their manager Dave Jones "by mutual consent".

    Jones, 60, had seen his side pick up only 13 points from a possible 51.

    In a statement, the club has thanked Jones for his efforts, and wish him "every success in the future".

    Matthew Bates will now take charge for the final two games of the season, assisted by Billy Paynter, Stuart Parnaby and Ian Gallagher, the club has announced.

    Assistant Managers Alex Armstrong and Kevin Cooper have also departed The Northern Gas and Power Stadium with immediate effect.

    Dave Jones
  4. Sunderland's Alyson Dixon first woman in London Marathon

    Sunderland's Alyson Dixon was the first British woman to cross the line in yesterday's London Marathon.

    She finished 12th in a personal best of 2:29:06 to secure her place at this summer's World Championships. 

    She currently runs for Sunderland Strollers and before that ran for Chester-le-Street and Sunderland Harriers.

    Alyson Dixon crossing the line at the London Marathon
  5. New fines target begging and street drinking

    Colin Briggs

    Look North

    New powers to issue spot fines of £100 for anti-social behaviour are set to be approved by councillors in Newcastle later.

    The fines, which can be issued by police and council staff, would cover begging, charity collecting, street drinking, dog control and the use of illegal highs. 

    The council says the move follows a public consultation where 65% of people said they were in favour of the orders. 

    They are also being backed by Northumbria Police, Metro operator Nexus and shopping centres including Eldon Square. 

  6. Hartlepool United part company with Dave Jones

    Hartlepool Mail


    Hartlepool United have parted company with boss Dave Jones. 

    Jones has left the club, along with assistant manager Kevin Cooper and coach Alex Armstrong, with Pools second bottom of League Two.

    Dave Jones
  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) County Durham northbound severe accident, between J61 for A177 and J62 for A690.

    A1(M) County Durham - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on A1(M) northbound between J61, A177 (Bowburn) and J62, A690 (Carrville), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

  8. Turning colder with rain and hill snow

    Abbie Dewhurst

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Early morning rain will clear, then it will turn brighter with some sunny spells.

    But any clear spells are likely to be overtaken by colder condition which will move in from the north and west, bringing with them some wintry showers. 

    These will be squally and fall as snow on the tops of hills, with slight accumulations possible on lower ground.  

    Weather map

    Winds will become strong and gusty, with maximum temperatures being pegged to about 10C (50F).

    Later any showers will stay wintry, especially on higher ground with any accumulations also featuring hail and even some thunder. 

    Overnight temperatures will dip to 0C (32F). 

  9. Relegation-threatened Hartlepool United sack manager

    BBC Tees

    BBC Tees Sport

    Hartlepool United are searching for a new manager after sacking Dave Jones. 

    Pools dropped into the League Two relegation zone following their 2-0 defeat to Barnet at the weekend.

    Dave Jones

    The team's performance prompted TV presenter Jeff Stelling, who is an avid Hartlepool fan, to call on Jones to resign.

    Jones was appointed as successor to Craig Hignett in January 2017, with Pools 19th on 27 points.

    Since then they have taken just 16 further points, and dropped to 23rd.

    Jones has spent much of his career managing in higher divisions during a career that has included spells at Stockport, Southampton, Wolves, Cardiff and Sheffield Wednesday.

  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A19 County Durham northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A19 County Durham northbound severe accident, at A1018.

    A19 County Durham - Heavy traffic on A19 northbound in Seaham at the A1018 junction, because of an accident earlier on. Diversion in operation.

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

  11. Generation-spanning trains take to the tracks

    BBC Tees

    Four trains from different eras - including a newly-built High Speed Train (HST) from Newton Aycliffe's Hitachi plant - have travelled side by side in a special event celebrating the past, present and future of Britain's railways.


    The world-famous locomotive Flying Scotsman was joined by an HST and InterCity 225 from Virgin Trains' fleet, and one of its new Azuma trains.

    They lined up on the East Coast Main Line at Tollerton, North Yorkshire, on Sunday before travelling to York.

    Hundreds of people lined the route to witness the unique event.

  12. Four held after body found in house

    Four people are being held by police after a man was found dead in a house in Sunderland.

    The man, who has not been named, but is in his 40s, was found at the property in Kemble Square on Saturday night and had suffered "significant injuries".

    A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said detectives were treating the death as "unexplained".

    Scene of Sunderland death
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