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  2. Alex's dog fouling poster hits the streets

    BBC Newcastle

    A six-year-old dog owner from Chester-le-Street has created a new poster to encourage others to pick up after their pets.

    Alex Forsyth's drawing is being used by Durham County Council to front their dog fouling campaign.

    Alex, dog, Oliver and poster

    Alex, who has a Labrador puppy called Lily, said: "People don’t like dog poo. Once, I stood in a dog poo and it was horrible.”

    Oliver Sherratt, head of direct services at Durham County Council said: “Alex's eye-catching design is an effective message to tell people to pick up their dog’s waste."

    Under the new Public Space Protection Order, anyone caught not picking up after their dog can be issued with a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice and subsequently prosecuted for non-payment.

  3. Durham cricket chief executive disappointed over resting of Ben Stokes

    BBC Newcastle

    Durham County Cricket Club chief executive David Harker has told BBC Newcastle he's "extremely disappointed" that Ben Stokes is being rested for tomorrow's T20 between England and the West Indies at Chester-le-Street.

    The Durham and England all-rounder had been "front and centre" of marketing for the event, says Harker, ahead of tomorrow's sold out match at the Riverside.

    The England coach Trevor Bayliss said at the time of the announcement that Stokes "needed a break" and it was a "collective decision between the management and the player".

    Mr Harker's comments echo those of the club's chairman Ian Botham who wrote in his column in The Mirror earlier this month about how disappointed he was Stokes would not be playing at his home ground.

    Ben Stokes
  4. Williams wants to turn Sunderland around

    Sunderland midfielder Jonny Williams has been telling the club how he wants to turn the team's fortunes around.

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  5. Newcastle v Stoke

    Follow live text, analysis, social media and images as Newcastle welcome Stoke to St James Park.

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  6. Police release photos of men after Middlesbrough v Sheffield brawl

    Police have released photos of men they want to speak to after violence broke out in the Middlesbrough v Sheffield United match last month.

    Children as young as 10 were injured in the brawl between more than 200 football fans in the coach park.

    Five people were arrested in the wake of the fight.

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    Middlesbrough won the Championship game 1-0.

  7. BreakingG4S worker guilty of blackmail over hoax bomb plot

    A G4S security firm worker has been found guilty of blackmailing the firm for £1m with a bomb threat.

    Daniel Garland, 19, from Chester-le-Street, sent an anonymous letter to the firm's Thornaby depot in January claiming he had attached bombs to vans.

    He admitted a bomb hoax but denied it was blackmail saying he was trying to get back at two "bullying" colleagues.

    Jurors at Teesside Crown Court found him guilty of blackmail. He will be sentenced at a later date.

  8. Millions to be spent on major Stockton schools overhaul

    Plans to invest £37m in Stockton's school buildings were approved by the town council late yesterday.

    More than £8m will be used to demolish and rebuild Egglescliffe School and Sixth Form College, while other schools across Stockton will get cash to improve their buildings and make extra space for more pupils.

    More than £16m will be spend overhauling and expanding other schools including All Saints Church of England Academy, Ian Ramsey CE Academy and Northfield School and Sports College.

    The council has secured the money as part of government "basic needs" funding.

  9. 'We have to work very hard' - Benitez

    NUFC boss Rafa Benitez on missing the Swansea game: "There was a lot of work behind the scenes. I watched from the sofa, took notes. I was shouting but it was okay."

    On current good form: "When something is wrong, stay calm, and it’s the same way when something is right. We have to work very hard."

    On the transfer window: "This is the group and we have to work together and move forward. We want to improve everybody. We have to continue to work and give the players tips to be better.

    "You know my idea about the window but at the same time I’m quite positive.This is the group and we have to move forward together.

    "I will not worry about what we didn’t do in the window, I focus on improving players. We have enough to compete in the Premier League."

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  10. Rafa returns after spell in hospital

    Nisha Joshi

    BBC broadcast journalist

    Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez has resumed his pre-match media conference after hospital treatment.

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    Video caption: Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles reveals training ground bust ups

    Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles reveals how the team demand so much from each other there are often disagreements amongst team-mates in training.

  12. Labour MP says Universal Credit problems not learnt from

    Fergus Hewison

    BBC Newcastle political reporter

    The Government has failed to learn from problems caused by the introduction of the Universal Credit (UC) benefits system in Newcastle ahead of its roll out in Durham and Gateshead, a Labour MP claims.

    Newcastle North MP Catherine McKinnell made the claim ahead of the roll out during the next three months.

    People moving to UC, which combines a number of benefits into one payment, have to wait six weeks or more before they receive any money.

    Earlier this year Newcastle City Council said 85% of council tenants on UC were in arrears on their rent.

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    But North East Conservative councillor Judith Wallace argues the new benefit is better and people are being offered help and budgeting advice.

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    You can watch my full report on Sunday Politics North East & Cumbria on BBC One at 11:00 on Sunday.