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  1. By Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter

    Robbie Stockdale

    Sunderland are keen to appoint an experienced manager to replace Simon Grayson, whose 18-game tenure ended after Tuesday's draw with Bolton.

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  2. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from us here today - thank you for joining us.

    You can stay in touch with the latest news overnight on BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle, Look North, and online.

    If you'd like to get in touch with news or share your North East pictures with us, you can do so on Twitter, Facebook, or via email.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

    Many of us had a stunning sunset tonight - we'll leave you with two beautiful photos of it - thanks to Michael Blagden and Leigh Parke for the photos below taken in South Shields and Heaton in Newcastle.

    Sunset in South Shields
    Sundet in Iris Brickfield Park, Heaton
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    Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham southbound

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    A1(M) County Durham southbound severe accident, at J61 for A177.

    A1(M) County Durham - A1(M) in Durham lane blocked on exit slip road and slow traffic southbound at J61, A177 (Bowburn), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

  4. Alan Shearer fronts BBC documentary

    Former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer investigates the link between football and dementia in a documentary which will be shown later this month.

    The Premier League top scorer discusses the issue with footballing legends past and present and also investigates the latest scientific research from Britain and turns himself over to science - before taking his finding to the football authorities.

    The programme will be on 12 November on BBC One at 22:30.

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  5. Vehicles seized in insurance crackdown

    More than 50 uninsured vehicles have been seized during a week-long crackdown in County Durham and on Teesside.

    As part of Operation Drive Insured officers also found three drivers to be under the influence of drink or drugs and recovered a stolen vehicle.

    Other offences included four drivers using their mobile phones at the wheel, two without a licence and five vehicles with no MOT.

    It was part of a national campaign by the Motor Insurance Bureau which said every year about 130 people are killed and more than 29,000 injured by uninsured or "hit and run" drivers.

    Quote Message: The success of the operation shows that it is relevant and needs to be undertaken. We have now taken 54 uninsured vehicles off the road, these are vehicles which could have been involved in serious collisions." from Insp Harry Simpson from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit
    Insp Harry Simpsonfrom the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit
  6. Armed would-be robber sought by police

    Police are continuing to hunt a knifeman who got into a parked car in North Shields, and threatened a man and woman inside.

    Details have only just emerged of the incident, which happened on 21 October on Spring Terrace.

    The attacker was disturbed by a passer-by, and left empty handed.

    Northumbria Police said the couple inside the car were uninjured, but left very shaken, and they have appealed for information.

    Spring Terrace
  7. Photo: Mammatus clouds

    These bobbly clouds are called mammatus clouds and Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys took this at Whitley Bay.

    They form on the back edge of storms and the clouds are pockets of air and water droplets - you can read more here.

    Mammatus clouds
  8. Attack victim's 'future blighted'

    Judge Simon Bourne Arton said no-one will ever know why Samuel Farley launched the attack which nearly killed Esther Garrity, who had suffered "significant and long-lasting" consequences.

    He added: "She remains vulnerable, she suffers a loss of confidence, she cannot be left on her own.

    "Her facial expressions are limited, she spent 108 days in hospital, nearly a month in intensive care.

    "Her future therefore has been blighted to the extent that the happy, attractive, bubbly girl she was before the attack has a very poor future."

    Samuel Farley
  9. Victim's mother thanks public

    Speaking outside court, Esther Garrity's mother, Victoria Hoban, thanked those who had come to help her daughter that night, saying they had probably saved her life.

    Samuel Farley has been jailed for attacking his girlfriend in Middlesbrough in April.

    Ms Hoban added: "This has been the lowest point in my life but thanks to the support of friends and family we are now able to move on and continue building Esther back up to the incredibly strong woman she is."

    In relation to Farley, she added: "Use of drugs in no way absolves one of personal responsibility."

  10. 'The devastating consequences of taking drugs'

    A man who assaulted his girlfriend while high on drugs has "ended up potentially ruining their lives", a police officer involved in the case has said.

    Samuel Farley, who battered Esther Garrity on a night out in Middlesbrough, has been jailed for 12 and a half years.

    Det Sgt Ted Butcher of the Cleveland and North Yorkshire Major Investigation Team said the case was "a prime example of the devastating consequences of taking drugs".

    Without the "prompt and brave" actions of the members of the public who went to help Miss Garrity and the "skills of medical staff", the force could have been dealing with a murder inquiry, he said.

    “I hope the fact that Farley has been brought to justice for his irresponsible actions provides a stern warning to those who illegally participate in drugs that it is extremely serious and dangerous and they are not worth the life changing impact."

  11. Updated sentence for man who battered girlfriend

    The jail sentence handed out to a man who battered his girlfriend, leaving her severely injured, has been amended by one year.

    Samuel Farley, 21, attacked Esther Garrity during a night out in Middlesbrough in April.

    He was jailed earlier for 13 and a half years but Judge Simon Bourne Arton has reconvened proceedings to reduce the sentence to 12-and-a-half years.

    Samuel Farley
  12. Girlfriend-attacker 'raved' and struggled with police

    Samuel Farley had taken LSD and cocaine before attacking his girlfriend as the couple walked home after a night out in Middlesbrough.

    He hit Esther Garrity and stamped on her head leaving her with injuries a paramedic described as "the worst he had ever seen anyone survive."

    John Elvidge QC, prosecuting, said Farley - who was also found to have ketamine in his system when arrested - shouted "I am God" as he struggled with police arresting him and, on the way to hospital, was "raving in an incomprehensible fashion".

    Sam Green QC, defending, said the drugs caused the normally "loving and caring" boyfriend, to behave psychotically, and Farley's friends were astonished by his "utterly out of character" behaviour.

  13. BreakingMan jailed for attack on girlfriend

    A man who battered his fashion student girlfriend, leaving her with severe and lasting injuries, has been sentenced to 13-and-a-half years in jail.

    Samuel Farley, 21, attacked Esther Garrity during a night out in Middlesbrough in April.

    He was also convicted of supplying cocaine to Miss Garrity and a friend.

    Judge Simon Bourne Arton said the case "effectively illustrates the dangers of drug taking".

    "This is, on any view, a tragic case, for it involves the fact that two young hitherto vibrant and talented young people have been blighted," he said.

    Farley would not have been involved in the "horrendous attack" had he not taken drugs, the judge said.

  14. Watch: Youngsters learn about wildlife survival

    A former member of an elite military unit is using his specialist skills to teach youngsters in County Durham about survival in the wild - and life beyond the internet.

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    Video caption: Youngsters go wild for outdoor survival skills course
  15. Police launch crackdown on off-road bikers

    A crackdown on off-road bikers who "cause misery" in communities is being rolled out across Teesside by Cleveland Police.

    Operation Endurance also involves staff from Cleveland Fire Brigade, local authorities and social housing providers.

    Officers have promised to seize vehicles and prosecute offenders where possible.

    Ch Insp Emily Harrison, who is leading the operation, said: “This operation shows those who use illegal bikes and pose a danger to our communities that their behaviour will not be tolerated."

  16. Firefighters pelted with fireworks, rocks and drainpipes

    A gang of youths threw fireworks, rocks and drainpipes at firefighters in Newcastle last night.

    Fire crews were attending to reports that a firework had been thrown through the letterbox of a property in Walker when they came under attack.

    No-one was injured but one of the appliances suffered slight damage.

    The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said such attacks were a frequent occurence in the run-up to Bonfire Night.

    It posed on Facebook: "Our dedicated firefighters - daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, mums and dads - literally walk through fires to protect our community.

    "But there are sons, daughters, brothers and sisters in that community who think its 'fun' to attack them.

    "We work with the police to identify and prosecute anyone who is caught."

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  17. Stolen pharmacy drugs spark police warning

    Drugs stolen from a pharmacy could prove fatal if taken incorrectly, police have warned.

    It follows a burglary at Lumley Pharmacy in Great Lumley in the early hours of Tuesday.

    Intruders made off with prescription drugs including morphine, fentanyl and oxycodone and a shop till containing a small amount of cash.

    A spokesman for Durham Constabulary, said: "Public safety is paramount and if anyone is offered these tablets we would strongly advise that they do not take them as they could prove fatal."