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  1. Updates on Friday 13 October 2017

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  1. Neil Johnston

    BBC Sport

    Manolo Gabbiadini celebrates scoring for Southampton against Newcastle

    Neil Johnston

    BBC Sport

    Manolo Gabbiadini marks his return to Southampton's side with both goals as battling Saints twice came from behind to deny Newcastle United victory at St Mary's.

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  2. Adam Radwan

    Newcastle score two tries in each half to open their European Challenge Cup campaign with a bonus-point win over Dragons.

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  4. Lost property boosts hospice coffers

    Nexus staff have raised more than £5,000 for St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle.

    The company, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, held a series of fundraising events, including an auction of unclaimed lost property.

    It adopted St Oswald's as its chosen charity for the year after working closely with it on the Great North Snowdogs project in 2016.

    Hospice cheque presentation

    The money - which was officially handed over yesterday - will go towards its day-to-day running.

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    Video caption: A man who was raped in a hostel has told of his ordeal

    Scott Wilson waived his right to anonymity after he was attacked in a Newcastle hostel.

  6. BreakingFormer Peterlee mayor jailed for meeting underage boy

    A former mayor of Peterlee has been jailed for 12 months after being caught trying to meet an underage boy for sex.

    Durham Crown Court heard 30-year-old Lee Cook thought he was talking online to a 15-year-old and then arranged to meet up with him.

    Lee Cook

    He was confronted by the vigilante group Guardians of the North.

    The court heard the group had posed as the boy, who did not exist.

    Cook, of Quantock Place, Peterlee, was ordered to sign the sex offenders register and not to have any unsupervised contact with under-16s.

    The North East Party, which Cook was a member of, said in a statement that he had been suspended.

    Peterlee Town Council said Cook resigned from the council earlier.

  7. Double rapist jailed for 15 years

    Press Association

    A rapist who preyed on a transgender man and a drunk teenager in their own homes has been jailed for 15 years.

    Shelton Dube, 24, of Dorking Avenue, North Shields, first targeted a young woman who had been out with friends in Newcastle city centre by latching on to her group.

    Dube raped Scott Wilson, then 19, at the Tyneside Foyer where they both lived.

    The victim, who has waived his right to anonymity, said prior to the rape he had explained to Dube how he was transgender, identified as a man and was attracted to women.

    Judge Prince jailed Dube for 10 years for the rape on the woman in her own home and a further five for raping Mr Wilson.

  8. Bridge to provide 'safe and secure' link to train station

    A proposed new bridge in Darlington will provide a "safe and secure link" to the town's railway station, the council has said.

    The structure connects Central Park from the Business Central building to Adelaide Street, which leads to the rear entrance of the station via the existing bridge.

    It would mean pedestrians and cyclists no longer need to cross the busy Parkgate road.

    The project forms part of the Sustainable Access to Employment programme which the Tees Valley Combined Authority is funding.

    Work on the bridge are expected to begin next year, subject to funding and planning consent.

    Artist's impression of new bridge
  9. 'Jobs have returned' to mine-closure areas

    Twenty-five years after thousands of North East miners discovered they were to lose their jobs, the man behind the decision says most communities have now recovered.

    Michael Heseltine was President of the Board of Trade when he announced on this day in 1992 that 31 out of 50 deep coal mines in the UK would be closed.

    This including the last four in the Durham coalfield.

    The decision was widely condemned by mining unions, but in an interview for Sunday Politics North East and Cumbria, Lord Heseltine said jobs had since returned.

    Michael Heseltine
    Quote Message: My genuine experience is that overwhelmingly the level of employment in those communities is they have recovered to the point at which broadly there are more people at work in this country than ever before in our history." from Lord Heseltine
    Lord Heseltine
  10. Why is Friday 13th considered bad luck?

    It's Friday 13th, the most cursed day in the calendar - allegedly - where everything is fated to go wrong.

    But where did we get the idea that it's a date when bad things happen?

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    Video caption: Friday 13th: Why is it unlucky?
  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A689 County Durham westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A689 County Durham westbound severe accident, between The Wynd and Butterwick Road.

    A689 County Durham - A689 Hartlepool Road in Wynyard Village closed westbound between The Wynd junction and the Butterwick Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  12. 'Watch that cough' warning after child develops croup

    BBC Newcastle

    A father of a three-year-old boy from North Tyneside who is in intensive care with a common childhood condition is urging parents to be vigilant.

    Owen Humphreys, from Whitley Bay, said his son Reuben deteriorated very quickly after developing a temperature and starting to wheeze.

    Within a short time he was unable to breathe and had to be rushed to hospital.

    Public Health England said croup - caused by a virus that brings on a barking cough and swelling to the airways in babies and young children - is usually a mild condition and cases are expected at this time of the year.

    Quote Message: Not all cases are as serious as this but I think it highlights how it can develop very, very quickly in a young child. I'm sure there's a way of stopping it before it gets to this stage by possibly keeping an eye on any cough, and getting the children seen."