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  1. Updates on Wednesday 4 October 2017

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  2. Museum hosts exhibition to celebrate the life of Sir William Coldstream

    A blue plaque will be unveiled at the weekend in Belford in Northumberland in honour of artist Sir William Coldstream, who was born there in 1908.

    After a brief stay in Bamburgh, the family moved to London in 1910 and it was there that William grew up.

    The youngest of five children, he studied at the Slade School of Fine Art 1926-1929 and became a war artist.

    Sir William was sent to cover the campaigns and Egypt and Italy in 1943.

    He co-founded the Euston Road School.

    But he was also a film director and made the 1936 film The Night Mail for the GPO.

    Belford Museum exhibition about war artist Sir William Coldstream
    Image caption: Belford Museum exhibition about war artist Sir William Coldstream
  3. 84-year old woman attacked in the street in Norton

    BBC Tees

    An 84-year-old woman suffered a broken hip during a robbery in Norton.

    It happened just after 22:00 on Monday as the victim made her way along Greta Road.

    A man wished the woman good night before grabbing her bag and pushing her to the ground.

    The suspect escaped with her handbag containing £30 in cash and a bus pass.

    The victim lay injured for up to an hour before she was found.

    Cleveland police have described the attack as "heartless" and are appealing for information.

  4. More arrests made in connection with hit-and-run crash on Wearside

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    Police investigating a hit-and-run crash on Wearside have arrested two more people.

    A woman in her 20s and three men were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder yesterday.

    Today, two more men aged 25 and 29 have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

    It follows the crash near Sunderland's Millfield Metro station on Monday evening in which a man and woman were run down.

    Both were taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with serious injuries.

    The man's condition remains life threatening.

  5. Thousands taking part in this weekend's Memory Walk in South Tyneside

    More than 5,000 people are expected at Saturday's Memory Walk in South Shields.

    Emmerdale actor John Middleton will be at the start line cutting the ribbon to get everyone walking.

    They're all supporting the Alzheimer's Society and are walking in memory or to pay tribute to loved ones affected by dementia.

    Emmerdale actor John Middleton
    Image caption: Emmerdale actor John Middleton
  6. Jack Burnham 'let everyone down' and 'is bitterly disappointed'

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    Durham batsman Jack Burnham has been banned from cricket for a year after it was discovered he had taken recreational drugs.

    The length of the ban means this is his third offence - that's according to regulations set by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

    He must now undergo a year of rehabilitation with their help and the Professional Cricketers' Association.

    Jack Burnham
    Quote Message: I am bitterly disappointed in my actions, I've let my teammates, members and supporters down. I will work exceptionally hard to retain my fitness and carry out the rehabilitation procedures that have been put in place." from Jack Burnham Durham County Cricket batsman
    Jack BurnhamDurham County Cricket batsman

    The 20-year-old, who comes from Esh Winning in County Durham, made his debut in 2015 and last year became one of the youngest players to score a century at the club.

    But this year he has struggled.

    Durham will retain his registration.

  7. Red and white carpet rolled out for footballing royal's visit to BBC Newcastle

    Joanne Carter

    Video Journalist

    SAFC supporters will recognise the very special visitor who came to visit Jeff Brown and Dawn Thewlis in the BBC Newcastle office today.

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  8. HMRC claims 'NUFC systematically abused tax system'

    The full judgement into Newcastle United's row with HMRC has been published.

    It reveals Operation Loom is looking into whether the club knew payments to agents were being "secretly" funneled to other unlicensed agents and players themselves in a bid to circumvent income tax and National Insurance.

    Regarding Demba Ba's transfer to Newcastle from West Ham, HMRC says: "It appears NUFC paid agent's fees for services of £1.9m in full knowledge that the majority would be passed on to other agents...and to a company associated with the player".

    HMRC detailed "further suspicions" arising out of his transfer to Chelsea in January 2013.

    The probe is looking at five transfers between 2010-13 but HMRC believe "NUFC systematically abused tax system... & all payments to agents made were potentially the subject of criminal proceedings".

  9. NUFC 'disappointed' with High Court judgement

    NUFC has issued a statement in relation to today's High Court ruling in relation to documents being seized from St James' Park in Aprill.

    NUFC have issued the following statement:

    "We are disappointed with this decision given the Court's findings.

    "We are considering all of our options with our advisers, including whether to pursue an appeal."

    St James' Park. NUFC football ground
    Image caption: St James' Park. NUFC football ground
  10. Former SAFC player celebrates his 81st birthday

    Charlie Hurley - the man they used to call "King Charlie" - is celebrating his 81st birthday today.

    The former Sunderland centre-half was once voted Sunderland's Player of the Century.

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  11. Appeal after a disabled woman is robbed at knifepoint in Darlington

    A disabled woman on her mobility scooter was robbed at knifepoint in Darlington.

    It happened on a footpath that runs from the McMullen Road and Haughton Road junction, through to the Red Hall estate at 17:00 yesterday.

    The suspect made off with her purse in what police are calling a "cowardly attack".

    View more on twitter
  12. Felling Bypass works to start on Tuesday

    Drivers in Gateshead face six months worth of delays on the A184 Felling Bypass from Tuesday when essential repairs are due to get under way.

    The works will mean the road will be down to one lane, with some surrounding roads also facing closure.

    Network Rail said the work was needed to repair bridges which support the Heworth roundabout and have suffered water damage.

    The road will be removed to allow the bridge decks to be waterproofed and a new road surface applied.

    Gateshead Council said it would try to keep severe delays to a minimum.

  13. Reminder for Metro commuters

    Commuters using the Tyne and Wear Metro need to remember that their old £1 coins won't be accepted from next week.

    The company is carrying out a phased update of its ticket machines this week.

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  14. Newcastle United lose High Court challenge on legality of tax raid

    Newcastle United have lost a High Court challenge over the seizure of documents by tax officials investigating the financial affairs of several football clubs.

    The club had challenged the legality of search and seize orders saying they were excessively wide.

    St James Park and West Ham United's grounds were raided in April by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as part of a probe into suspected income tax and national insurance fraud.

    The investigation centres on football agents and payments made in transfer dealings between English and French clubs.