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  2. Transport interchange welcomes millionth visitor

    A "landmark" transport interchange in South Shields has welcomed its one millionth passenger.

    The £21m building on Keppel Street and Fowler Street opened in August, bringing bus and metro services together under the same roof.

    Operator Nexus said reaching the millionth passenger in so short a time was "testament to the quality" of the development.

    : Left to right: Tyne and Wear Transport Cttee Chair Cllr Gladys Hobson, Ben McLaughlin from the LEP, Nexus Project Manager Peter Lewis, Nexus Customer Services Director Huw Lewis and Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council Cllr Tracy Dixon

    Councillor Mark Walsh, lead member for housing and transport on South Tyneside Council, said: “The opening of our cultural venue, The Word, resulted in hundreds of thousands of additional visitors coming to the town each year so it was important to create a smart and welcoming arrival point.

    “I think we’ve achieved that with the superb new interchange, which further enhances the appeal of South Shields as a premier coastal destination.”

    South Shields interchange
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    Video caption: Newcastle University students gather Halloween haul for foodbank

    Luke Barrett said they wanted to "actually make an impact on Halloween".

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    Video caption: Therapy horse Smurf wows people at care home

    The 30-year-old miniature Shetland pony is trained to visit care homes, schools and hospices.

  5. Halloween mask betting shop robber sought by police

    A masked man who stole cash from a Teesside betting shop is being sought by police.

    The offender, who was wearing a Halloween mask with a white skull and black eyes and mouth and carrying a knife, targeted Coral bookmakers on Skelton High Street yesterday evening.

    No-one was injured in the incident, at about 18:55, but £250 in cash was taken.

    Cleveland Police has appealed for witnesses to come forward, particularly anyone with dash cam footage, or any dog walkers who may have found any discarded items in the area.

    Coral on Skelton High Street
  6. Vaping shops illegally sold products to children

    Two-thirds of the vaping shops visited by Gatehead Council trading standards officers illegally sold products to children, a test purchase operation found.

    A 15-year-old volunteer visited six shops, and four sold the highly-addictive nicotine products without any attempt to determine their age.

    The council said further investigations were taking place which could lead to legal action against the owners of the four shops.

    Quote Message: We are extremely concerned that young people in Gateshead are apparently able to buy a highly addictive substance so easily.” from Anneliese Hutchinson Gateshead Council's service director for development, transport and public protection
    Anneliese HutchinsonGateshead Council's service director for development, transport and public protection

    Nationally, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute found as many as 40% of sellers were making illegal sales to children.

    More than half of these were at specialist e-cigarette suppliers, with the remainder being sold from discount shops, markets and car-boot sales.

  7. Town takes snowmen delivery

    Raymond Briggs’ world famous story of The Snowman will be brought to life in central Middlesbrough.

    A trail featuring giant sculptures of the character - each with decorations on the theme of the 12 days of Christmas - opens in the town centre on Saturday.

    Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Peston said: "Christmas just wouldn't be the same without The Snowman... I'd say to everyone, pick up a trail brochure, get your snowfies on social media and start getting in the mood for what's going to be a magical Christmas."

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  8. Man injured after car flees police

    A man was injured after a car which failed to stop for police crashed into another vehicle in Jarrow.

    Police tried to flag down the black VW Passat on Grange Road shortly after midnight.

    But it sped off and collided head on with a Citroen Xsara Picasso

    The driver of the Citroen was taken to hospital with back and arm injuries.

    A 34-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of dangerous driving and remains in custody.

  9. Children may get pollution warning badges

    Stephanie Finnon

    BBC Newcastle

    Special badges could be issued to children in Newcastle that warn if they are being exposed to high levels of pollution.

    As part of Newcastle City Council's plans to improve air quality, it is looking at targeting the school run by giving badges that degrade more quickly if the air around them is filled with toxic pollutants.

    The authority says the initiative could help raise awareness of what they call the “invisible killer" and pollution caused by parents using their cars to pick up and drop off their children at school.

    Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside Councils are considering introducing Clean Air Zones and tolls in an effort to reduce pollution created by high emission vehicles

    Car exhaust
  10. Police appeal over missing Stockton man

    Cleveland Police has appealed for help in tracing a man who has been missing since Tuesday.

    Allan Wilshaw, 63, was last seen in the Arlington Court area of Stockton at about 08:00.

    He is described as being 5ft 3in, of medium build with short blond hair.

    He was last seen wearing a green coat and was carrying a brown rucksack.

    Alan Wilshaw
  11. £120m hotel and flats plan set for approval

    Jill Archbold

    BBC Look North

    Plans to redevelop land around St James’ Park in Newcastle are expected to go ahead.

    Despite opposition from football fans, Newcastle City Council has been recommended to approve a £120m project to build flats, offices, and a hotel in Strawberry Place.

    According to a report, developers have struck a deal to buy land from Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley - while concerns have been raised about the scheme preventing the extension of the Tyne and Wear Metro.

    Developers say the scheme will not limit expansion at the stadium and would provide benefits to the city.

    A decision will be made next week.

    Strawberry Place development
  12. Westlife announce Durham Cricket ground concert

    Boyband Westlife have announced they will be playing Durham's Emirates Stadium in Chester-le-Street next year.

    The group, whose hits include “Swear It Again”, “Flying Without Wings” and “You Raise Me Up”, will play the venue on 18 July as part of a major tour.

    Tickets go on sale on 8 November.

    The Riverside's chief operating officer Richard Dowson said: “We are thrilled Westlife are including Emirates Riverside in their summer stadium tour.

    "They have enjoyed huge success over the past 20 years, and this will be a fantastic night to look forward to next summer.”

  13. Fine warning for street drinking and begging

    BBC Tees

    People caught drinking alcohol, begging or urinating on streets in the centre of Middlesbrough could be fined for their behaviour.

    A public space protection order will cover streets in the TS1 postcode area, starting later this month.

    Spitting and cycling on pavements will also become offences subject to a fine of £25, which doubles for those who fail to pay.

    Ninety four per cent of people asked about the idea earlier this year supported it.