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  1. Fatal Birtley fire: Victim named as Christine Markham, 54

    A woman whose death in a fire is being treated as murder has been named.

    The body of Christine Markham was found in a burning house on Robsons Way, Birtley, Gateshead, in the early hours of 1 February.

    A 61-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and has now been released under investigation.

    Northumbria Police said 54-year-old Ms Markham's family were being supported by officers at this "very difficult" time.

    Police at the house in Birtley
  2. Newcastle city centre road back open

    Police say Newcastle's John Dobson Street has been reopened following a collision earlier.

    A woman in her 60s suffered life-threatening injuries after she was hit by a bus at lunchtime.

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  3. Man who made acid attack threats during 'stupid episode' walks free

    The Northern Echo


    A 29-year-old man who threatened to assault police officers with dumbbells and acid has walked free from court.

  4. Woman suffers life-threatening injuries after being hit by bus

    More now on the collision in Newcastle city centre this lunchtime.

    A woman in her 60s has life-threatening injuries after being hit by a bus in Newcastle city centre.

    She was knocked over on New Bridge Street, outside Newcastle City Library, at about 12:30.

    Road closures have been put in place.

  5. 'We are trying to keep morale as high as possible'

    Hartlepool Mail


    Hartlepool Manager Craig Harrison says 'its a battle to keep spirits high' at the club.

    Harrison's side are four points above the National League relegation zone and face administration after being issued a winding-up order for an unpaid tax bill.

    Craig Harrison
  6. Major changes for Sunderland bin collections

    In exactly a month's time, Sunderland City Council will implement major changes to bin collection routes.

    More than 28,000 households will see a change in their recycling and waste collection day.

    The council says existing routes have been in place for a number of years and have remained unchanged through new housing developments and budget cuts.

    It says the new rounds will "make the service for efficient".

    You can find information on bin collection days on the council website.

  7. Death 'unexplained' as man's body found

    BBC Newcastle

    The body of a man has been found on South Tyneside, in a death police are treating as unexplained.

    He was discovered at Calfclose Burn, near Fellgate Avenue in Jarrow at about 09:00.

    A cordon has been put in place in the area.

  8. Middlesbrough asylum seeker wins five-year reprieve

    Andrea MacMillan

    BBC Tees

    A Teesside asylum seeker who feared being deported has been told he can stay in the UK.

    Yousef Hasan (pictured) was separated from his family in 2014 when the Syrian Civil war broke out.

    Yousef Hasan

    He travelled through Europe before being reunited with them.

    But while his family had been granted refugee status in Middlesbrough, the 22-year-old faced being deported to Italy.

    But he has now been granted leave to remain in Britain for five years.

  9. Newcastle city centre collision leads to road closures

    There has been a collision in Newcastle's John Dobson Street, police say.

    The crash means roads in the area are closed and will be for some time.

    Northumbria Police are asking anyone who saw what happened to get in touch on the 101 number.

  10. Curtis Fleming: Middlesbrough appoint QPR assistant manager as first team coach

    BBC Sport

    Middlesbrough have appointed QPR assistant manager Curtis Fleming as their new first team coach.

    The 49-year-old made 266 league appearances for Boro during a decade on Teesside before leaving in 2001.

    He was appointed Ian Holloway's assistant in December 2016 and has also coached at Hartlepool, Livingston, Bolton and Crystal Palace.

    "I have a young family in the North East so it was difficult to turn this down" he told the QPR website.

  11. Appeal for information after young boy hit by car

    An eight-year-old boy suffered minor injuries in a collision in Hetton-le-Hole.

    The vehicle failed to stop after knocking the boy down at about 17:45 on Friday on Mardale Street and drove off in the direction of North Road.

    Police do not know the details of the vehicle and are asking for help from the public. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference 884 020218.

    Mardale Street
  12. NUFC pay tribute to Frankie Sherwood

    Newcastle United have paid tribute to a young fan who passed away this morning.

    Four-year-old Frankie Sherwood lost his fight with childhood cancer neuroblastoma after being diagnosed aged just 18 months.

    The Newcastle fan had previously walked his team out on to the pitch and had met a number of the players.

    Both the club and the fans have taken to Twitter this morning to express their sadness.

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  13. Woman, 80, dies after being hit by car

    An 80-year-old pedestrian has died after being hit by a car in Hartlepool last month.

    The woman was taken to James Cook University Hospital with serious injuries after she was hit by a Ford Focus as she crossed Marlowe Road at about 17:15 on 27 January.

    She died on Friday and Cleveland Police said their thoughts were with her family and friends.

    They are appealing for anyone who saw either the lady or the vehicle, or witnessed the collision to contact them on 101, asking for PC Neil Armstrong of the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, quoting event 15956.

  14. Defence boss meets father of girl missing for 36 years

    Colin Briggs

    Look North

    The father of missing Hartlepool toddler Katrice Lee is travelling to London to meet the Defence Secretary today.

    Richard Lee (pictured) and Hartlepool's Labour MP Mike Hill will meet Gavin Williamson who has promised to review the 36-year-old case.

    Richard Lee

    They will also find out about the progress of the ongoing Military Police investigation into the disappearance of the two-year-old from an army base in Germany.

    It has already apologised to the family after admitting its initial investigation was flawed.