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  1. NUFC's spend on agents' fees goes up

    Matthew Raisbeck

    BBC Newcastle Sport

    Newcastle United spent £8,868,027 on agents' fees between 1 February 2018 and 31 January 2019, figures show.

    This is an increase from the previous 12 months.

    The total for February 2017 to January 2018 was £7,409,760.

    Out of all Premier League clubs, Liverpool spent the most on agents' fees,£43,795,863, followed by Chelsea with £26,850,552.

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    Video caption: Newcastle pupil helps teachers understand dyslexia with book

    Eleven-year-old Ben Heslop wanted to describe his emotions to help his teachers.

  3. Tyne Tunnel toll barriers could go

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Daniel Holland

    A project to remove the toll barriers from the Tyne Tunnel has been given the green light - in a move which could reduce queues dramatically.

    If it goes ahead, the toll booths on the north side of the river will be replaced with new number plate recognition cameras.

    Drivers have "overwhelmingly" supported the idea, tunnel operator TT2 has said.

    TT2 customer operations manager, Chris Ward, said: “Although it is still a long way off, we continue to listen to and act on our customers’ feedback, which overwhelmingly supports a barrierless system.

    “The new system, combined with our roadwork improvements, will eventually mean a far more convenient journey for drivers using the tunnels.”

    The northbound toll plaza at the Tyne Tunnel.

    Once the new system is operational, any drivers without a permit displayed will have their number plate recognised by cameras and be able to pay later online.

    Drivers who cannot pay online will be able to pay in cash at PayPoint locations as well as at the TT2 offices

    A planned toll increase at the tunnel has been delayed by one month as well,

    The charge was expected to increase by 10p for cars and by 20p for HGVs.

    It will now happen in mid May due to a delay from the Department for Transport.

    A new phone app enabling Tyne Tunnel users to pay for their permit on their phones and view traffic alerts is also about to launch.

  4. Witness appeal after four injured in Blackhall crash

    Four people were injured in a crash near Blackhall.

    The incident happened at 21:00 last night on Hesleden Road outside of Hardwicke Hall Manor Hotel.

    The driver of a dark green Ford focus lost control of the car and left the carriageway before colliding with a tree.

    Hesleden Road, outside  Hardwicke Hall Manor Hotel.

    Four people were taken to hospital with three suffering serious injuries.

    A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, taking without consent and driving under the influence of drugs.

    He remains in custody.

    Contact the police if you have any information.

  5. Liam Gallagher's Pretty Green fashion brand bought by JD Sports

    Pretty Green, the fashion brand founded by Liam Gallagher, has been rescued from administration by JD Sports.

    JD Sports will keep the flagship store in Manchester open, but 11 other stores, including Newcastle's Grainger Street branch, and 33 concessions in House of Fraser will close, putting 97 jobs at risk.

    Pretty Green called in administrators last week.

    Liam Gallagher

    "Challenging" retail conditions and House of Fraser's fall into administration were blamed for the fashion chain's problems.

    Pretty Green was owed more than £500,000 when House of Fraser collapsed.

    "We are pleased to have completed the acquisition of the highly regarded Pretty Green brand. We look forward to working with the team on future positive developments," said Peter Cowgill, executive chairman of JD Sports.

  6. Bradley charity holiday home plan backed

    Plans for the holiday home

    In case you missed it - Scarborough was Bradley Lowery's "favourite place to visit", according to his foundation.

    Bradley charity holiday home plan backed

    Plans for the holiday home

    Scarborough was Bradley Lowery's "favourite place to visit", according to his foundation.

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  7. North East Labour MP in Brexit talks

    Richard Moss

    Political Editor, BBC Look North

    Talks between Labour and Conservatives continue today in an attempt to end the Brexit impasse.

    Nick Brown, MP for Newcastle-upon-Tyne East, is part of the Labour team, it has been confirmed.

  8. A1 reopens in both directions

    The A1 in Northumberland between Felton and Chevington has now reopened.

    The road was closed both ways after a fatal crash early this morning.

    A 28-year-old man died in the accident.

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  9. Metro delays of up to 15 minutes

    Leave extra time for your journey if you are travelling on the Metro.

    There are delays of up to 15 minutes between St James and the coast and South Gosforth and South Hylton.

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  10. Gateshead shop shut over illegal cigarettes sale

    A shop in Gateshead has been shut down over the suspected illegal sale of cigarettes, and anti-social behaviour.

    Istanbul Store, on Coatsworth Road, had been issued with warnings after complaints around the shop.

    Last Tuesday, the store was given a closure notice in a joint operation by the police and the council.

    Insp Michael Robson said it was a great example of partnership work.

    Istanbul Store on Coatsworth Road in Gateshead

    He said: “We have a fantastic relationship with the local authority and work closely with them to help improve the lives of residents and businesses in the town.

    “The area around this particular shop had become a hub for anti-social behaviour and attracted large crowds of people.

    “The shop owner was regularly spoken to by police and the local authority in a bid to prevent visitors to their store causing trouble in the community.

    “However, they failed to listen to that advice and we have worked closely with the council to impose an interim closure order ahead of a court hearing next week."

    The shop owners have appealed against the decision.

  11. Gateshead takeover 'close to being agreed'

    Colin Briggs

    Look North

    The takeover of Gateshead Football Club appears to be back on.

    Yesterday former Rochdale chairman Chris Dunphy announced he'd pulled out of the deal.

    But the BBC has learned the two sides are close to signing an agreement which would give Mr Dunphey exclusive status in trying to push through the sale.

    Last week Gateshead were kicked out of their ground because of money owed to the local council, although they have been allowed to play this season's remaining home games at the International Stadium.

    Players and coaching staff then said they would go on strike unless owner Dr Ranjan Varghese sells up.

    In response, Dr Varghese said the payments will be made once the National League releases funds from a £200,000 bond.

    The pitch at Gateshead International Stadium
  12. A man has died in A1 Northumberland crash

    A man has died in a crash on the A1 in Northumberland early this morning, police have confirmed.

    The collision happened at 01:30 near Felton when a car and a lorry collided head on.

    The 28-year-old driver of the car died shortly after arriving at hospital.

    The road remains closed in both ways.

  13. Wansbeck Labour MP 'has offered to quit twice'

    Richard Moss

    Political Editor, BBC Look North

    I understand Labour Chairman and Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery has twice offered to resign from the Shadow Cabinet after failing to support a Brexit referendum in Commons votes.

    Mr Lavery broke a three-line whip twice to abstain on the referendum option during indicative votes.

    Labour sources tell me on both occasions Jeremy Corbyn refused to accept Mr Lavery’s resignation.

    When approached for comment Mr Lavery told me discussions between him and the Labour leader were private.