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  1. Updates on Monday 16 October 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our updates here have now finished for the day - thank you for joining us.

    We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow to bring you news., sport, weather and travel from across the North East. Take care as it's going to be very windy overnight.

    In the meantime you can catch up with the latest news throughout the weekend on BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle, Look North and online.

    Have you got any news or 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.

  2. Weather: Very windy weather

    Take care tonight - it's going to be very windy through this evening and overnight. Gales are likely across the hills, and some very gusty winds are expected at times, possibly leading to difficult travel conditions.

    Some patchy rain is likely, mainly affecting the west.

    Minimum Temperature: 11C (52F)

    Tomorrow there will be very strong, gusty winds at first but these gradually easing through the day. It should be mainly dry with some sunny periods. Feeling fresher.

    Maximum Temperature: 14C (57F).

  3. Second time Mike Ashley has put Newcastle up for sale

    BBC Sport

    It is not the first time Mike Ashley has put Newcastle United up for sale - he did the same thing nine years ago.

    That happened in September 2008 following a series of protests by supporters angered by Kevin Keegan's departure as manager.

    He took the club off the market in December that year, but announced he wanted to sell again after relegation in May 2009 before again ending his attempt to sell the club five months later.

    Mike Ashley
  4. Durham teaching assistants accept new pay offer

    Anna Snowdon

    BBC Local Live

    Teaching assistants in County Durham have voted to accept a pay offer made by Durham County Council in September.

    Durham teaching assistants

    County council bosses wanted to pay 2,000 support staff during term time only.

    But the union Unison claimed the move would see some assistants lose up to 23% of their salary.

    Today’s acceptance will see the introduction of a new grading structure for teaching assistants and the setting up of a career progression board.

  5. Newcastle United for sale 10 years after Mike Ashley bought it

    BBC Sport

    Premier League club Newcastle United have been put up for sale by owner Mike Ashley.

    Ashley, 53, has been a divisive figure at St James' Park since taking over in 2007, with some supporters regularly protesting about the way the businessman has run the club.

    Businesswoman Amanda Staveley, 44, has been reported to be interested in buying the club after being seen watching Newcastle's 1-1 home draw against Liverpool earlier this month.

    St James' Park
  6. Newcastle United sale: Process starts to find new owner

    Anna Snowdon

    BBC Local Live

    After months of speculation it has been confirmed thta Newcastle United is up for sale.

    Here is the statement in full from St James Holdings Limited.

    "As a result of increasing press speculation regarding the future of Newcastle United, the owner of the club, St James Holdings Limited, wishes to clarify its intentions.

    "As one of the Premier League's oldest and best supported football clubs - and for the benefit of its many fans and supporters in the UK and across the world - Newcastle United requires a clear direction and a path to a bright and successful future.

    "To give the club the best possible opportunity of securing the positioning and investment necessary to take it to the next level, at what is an important time in its history, its present ownership has determined that it is in the best interests of Newcastle United and its fans for the club to be put up for sale.

    "To give an incoming owner the maximum possible flexibility to make meaningful investment in the club, including in its playing squad, the sale process will give interested parties the opportunity of deferring substantial payments.

    "A process will now commence of identifying new ownership for the club that will be capable of delivering the sustained investment in and dedication to the club that is necessary for it to achieve its ambitions."

  7. Newcastle United: Club requires 'a clear direction'

    Mike Ashley has put Newcastle United up for sale, it has been confirmed after months of speculation.

    In a statement St James' Holdings said it wanted to clarify its intentions "as a result of increasing press speculation regarding the future of Newcastle United".

    It said the club "requires a clear direction and a path to a bright and successful future".

    Mike Ashley
  8. BreakingNewcastle United put up for sale

    BBC Sport

    Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has put the Premier League club up for sale.

    "Newcastle United requires a clear direction and a path to a bright and successful future," said a club statement released on Monday.

    More to follow.

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    Video caption: Museum digs deep to uncover hidden world

    Tucked away out of public view, Newcastle's Discovery Museum is home to an intriguing collection of bones, skeletons and skulls.

  10. Durham chief constable on child abuse images online

    Internet companies need to do more to "stamp out sickening distribution of images and live streaming of abuse online" says the chief constable of Durham.

    Mike Barton said internet firms were clever enough to invent platforms so they should therefore be clever enough to clamp-down on child sex images, admitting police forces "do not have the resources to tackle this alone".

    In a personal film in the Daily Politics soapbox series, he challenged the web giants "to do more."

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    Video caption: Durham chief constable on child abuse images online
  11. Do you know an Unsung Hero?

    Anna Snowdon

    BBC Local Live

    Time is running out to nominate your Unsung Hero.

    The award is about recognising those who devote their free time to help people in grass-roots activity and sports.

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    Video caption: Here's how to nominate your Unsung Hero

    You can submit your nomination here.

    The closing date for nominations is Sunday.

  12. Watch: Murky River Wear at Roker

    We all love talking about the weather, particularly when it's weird.

    Today's dark skies are thought to be caused by tropical dust and air being dragged up from the Sahara combined with debris from forest fires in Spain and Portugal.

    BBC Newcastle reporter Martin Emmerson has tweeted this view of the River Wear.

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    Video caption: Former footballer David Ginola on his experience on surviving a cardiac arrest

    Former France international David Ginola has told BBC 5 live that it’s "miracle" he survived his "sudden death" after suffering a cardiac arrest last year.

  14. Man dies following road traffic collision

    Anna Snowdon

    BBC Local Live

    A man who died following a fatal road traffic collision in Wallsend has been named.

    Martin Dixon, 33, from North Tyneside died at the scene on Hadrian Road at about 18:14 on Friday. He was a passenger in a car involved in a collision with another car.

    Hadrian Road

    A second man involved in the collision remains in a critical condition in hospital.

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    Video caption: The unsolved secret of David Jones' perpetual motion machine

    The perpetual motion machine has baffled scientists for decades.

  16. Your photos: Strange North East sky

    The dark skies in the North East are causing a bit of a stir today.

    BBC weather presenter Simon King said it was due to the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia dragging in tropical air and dust from the Sahara.

    He added that debris from forest fires in Portugal and Spain was also playing a part.

    We've been sent some photos of the unusual phenomenon. Act 2 Cam tweeted this photo of what it looked like this morning at Whitley Bay.

    Red sky at Whitley Bay

    And Andy Dye took this looking towards Tynemouth Priory and said: "Here's the sun at high noon (well, 12:10!) looking like a sunrise in the middle of the sky!"

    Sky looking towards Tynemouth Priory