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#DogsAtPollingStations: Pooches at the polls

Whenever voters go to the polls it's their dogs which take centre stage as they accompany their owners to polling stations across the country.

In an election tradition, the hashtag #dogsatpollingstations has been trending as social media users share pictures of their 'pawlitical' companions.

As the general election is being held in December for the first time since 1923, we are being treated to photos of our furry four-legged friends in festive spirit.

Here's Spencer the labradoodle in Newcastle.

Spencer
LABRADOODLE SPENCER

Students face disruption from construction work on accommodation

BBC Newcastle

Noise from construction workers, rubbish bags being left in corridors and windows blocked by scaffolding.

These are just some of the issues facing Newcastle students living at St James' Point - a privately owned high rise block near St James Park in Newcastle.

Students say they weren't warned about the disruption when they signed contracts at the start of the academic year.

Student Roost which owns the building says it will discount the worst affected students and says it told residents as soon as possible after the work was confirmed.

It costs students between £5,600 and £10,000 a year in rent to live in the block.

Vicky Hepstead, an editor of the student news site The Tab in Newcastle, says "it just builds up unnecessary stress".

"If you pile this on top of exams and essays it really isn't going to help," she says.

St James' Point, Newcastle
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Hit-and-run driver to be sentenced

BBC Newcastle

A man's due to be sentenced today after killing a 10-year-old girl in a hit and run in Newcastle.

Melissa Tate was hit by Connor Marsden's car in Kenton in September.

The 23-year-old from Ambridge Way pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and is due to be sentenced later.

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Sam Fender surprises super fan at Newcastle gig
A 10-year-old boy was surprised by his hero singer Sam Fender after receiving gig tickets for his birthday.

North East school donations below the national average

BBC News Education

By Tom Barton, BBC Victoria Derbyshire

Pupils in some of the poorest regions of England are losing out because parents cannot afford to fill a funding shortfall with donations, BBC News has found.

The BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme's analysis of Department for Education data shows the average school in England generated £59 per pupil from donations in 2017-18 - 1.07% of its overall budget.

The money is often raised through events, such as fun runs and school fairs.

Westmoor Primary School
BBC

In the North East, school donations are below the national average.

At Westmoor Primary School - just outside Newcastle - fewer than 6% of pupils are eligible for free school meals.

There, a recent muddy fun run raised £4,500 for pupils. While such events last year brought in £16,000 - or £45 per child.

Some schools, like Hawthorn Primary, fare much worse.

Based in Newcastle's city centre, nearly 50% of its pupils have free school meals.

Last year its donations brought in just £1,200 - less than £5.50 per pupil.

Further arrests following Horden shooting

BBC Tees

A 40-year-old man remains in hospital with serious injuries following a shooting in Horden.

A man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and a woman has also been detained on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Durham Constabulary are examining a number of locations across Peterlee and Horden as part of the investigation into the incident, which happened in Moutter Close in Horden, at about 01.45 on Sunday.

Horden Household Waste Recycling Centre has also been closed to the public while inquiries continue.

Three other people arrested in connection with the shooting have been released.

Hordon
BBC

Severe accident: A186 Tyne And Wear both ways

BBC News Travel

A186 Tyne And Wear both ways severe accident, at Pease Avenue.

A186 Tyne And Wear - A186 West Road in Newcastle blocked and it's slow at the Pease Avenue junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A167(M) Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A167(M) Tyne And Wear northbound severe accident, at A193 Newbridge Street.

A167(M) Tyne And Wear - A167(M) in Civic Quarter partially blocked and queues northbound at A193 Newbridge Street, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A189 Tyne And Wear southbound

BBC News Travel

A189 Tyne And Wear southbound severe accident, from B1311 Gallowgate to Bath Lane.

A189 Tyne And Wear - A189 St James Boulevard in Chinatown partially blocked and queues southbound from the B1311 Gallowgate junction to the Bath Lane junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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

Big fall in number of children arrested in our region

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

There has been a big fall in the number of children arrested by the five police forces in our region since the start of the decade.

According to figures released by the Howard League for Penal Reform today, the biggest fall was in the Northumbria police area, where there was a drop of 9,000 child arrests over a seven-year period.

The League says each contact a child has with the criminal justice system drags them deeper into it, leading to more crime.

Image of police vehicles
BBC Look North

Newcastle offer season ticket holders free half-season ticket to try to fill St James' Park

BBC Sport

Newcastle are offering season ticket holders a free additional half-season ticket to gift to fellow supporters to help fill St James' Park.

Sunday's 2-1 victory over Southampton was Newcastle's lowest home crowd for a Premier League match since November 2010, with 42,303 in attendance.

The free ticket will cover 10 home Premier League games, starting against Everton on 28 December.

Tickets will be available on a first-come first-served basis from Tuesday.

Jonjo Shelvey scored Newcastle's equaliser as they came from behind to beat Southampton
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"To have the crowds we have is wonderful and we can't ever take that for granted," said Magpies boss Steve Bruce.

"But the question to all of us at the club is can we pack the stadium to the rafters?

"It starts with results on the pitch, but I hope a gesture like this will help us to fill the place because St James' Park in full voice is a force to be reckoned with."

Newcastle fans held a protest against the ownership of Mike Ashley outside St James' Park before their opening Premier League match against Arsenal this season.

Horden shooting: Three arrests after man seriously injured

A man has been seriously injured in a shooting in County Durham.

Police said they were called to Moutter Close, Horden, near Peterlee, at about 01:45 GMT yesterday morning.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, and two women are in custody on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder, Durham Police said.

Det Ch Insp Stephen Thubron appealed for anyone with information about the shooting to contact the force.

Peterlee
BBC

More than 500 drivers fined in three days for using Gateshead bus lane

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

More than 500 drivers have been caught using a bus lane in Gateshead in three days.

After many years of drivers ignoring the signs on South Shore Road, Gateshead Council switched on a bus lane camera to deter motorists from breaking the law.

Those caught in the first few days are being sent a written warning rather than being sent a £60 penalty fine.

Gateshead bus lane
BBC

Patient care work wins Emma national recognition

Sunderland campaigner Emma Boxer has been helping to change people’s perceptions of dementia and helping to improve care for patients with the condition.

Now the University of Sunderland pharmacy graduate has been named a Dementia Friends Champion of the Year finalist and runner-up in the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friendly Awards 2019.

The awards reward achievements in creating dementia-friendly communities and improving the lives of everybody affected by dementia.

The Dementia Friends programme is an initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia.

Emma carried out research at the university and found that targeting healthcare students before they enter professional practice could help high-quality care and understanding.

Emma Boxer
University of Sunderland

General Election 2019: Young people's debate starts

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC Newcastle

As we start our debate with six first-time voters asking five local candidates the questions they want answering ahead of next week’s general election, here are the two groups.

You can listen live to the debate from Sunderland University, which is being broadcast live on BBC Newcastle and on Spark, between 09:00 and 10:00.

The candidates represent the five main parties Labour-Liz Twist; Conservative-Emily Payne; Lib Dem-Thom Chapman; Green Party-Rachel Featherstone; Brexit Party-Kevin Yuill.

Sunderland candidates
BBC

The first-time voters are expected to raise issues such as the environment, NHS and housing.

First-time voters
BBC

General election 2019: First-time voters have their say

BBC Newcastle

With six days to go until the general election, we'll be hearing the views of first-time voters in the North East.

Alfie Joey and Anna Foster will be hosting a live debate along with the Spark radio station between 09:00 and 10:00 at Sunderland University with young people putting their questions to candidates from the five main parties.

They'll be discussing issues like housing and the environment.

You can listen live to the debate here.

BBC Newcastle election debate
BBC

Severe accident: A1(M) Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Tyne And Wear northbound severe accident, at J65 for A1 Western Bypass J65.

A1(M) Tyne And Wear - One lane blocked and queues on A1(M) northbound in Tyne and Wear at J65, A1 (Birtley), because of an accident.

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

Bright skies and milder temperatures

Here's are a couple of wow-factor Weather Watcher pictures of sunrise over the North East today.

The first was captured by Geoff Boston in Stockton.

Sunrise over Stockton
Geoff Boston

And here's the rest of the day's forecast for Stockton.

Stockton-on-Tees weather forecast for today
BBC

Check the forecast where you are here

This second sunrise was over Consett in County Durham and was caught by Tricia Scorer.

Consett sunrise
Tricia Scorer

Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) County Durham northbound severe accident, between J63 for A167 and J65 for A1 Western Bypass J65.

A1(M) County Durham - One lane blocked and queues on A1(M) northbound in Durham between J63, A167 (Chester-Le-Street) and J65, A1 (Birtley), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A1 Tyne And Wear southbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Tyne And Wear southbound severe accident, before J77 A167 Ponteland Road.

A1 Tyne And Wear - A1 Western Bypass in Kingston Park closed southbound before J77, A167 (Kenton Bar Roundabout), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A1 Tyne And Wear southbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Tyne And Wear southbound severe accident, at J66 A167 Durham Road Bowes Incline.

A1 Tyne And Wear - A1 Western Bypass in Low Eighton entry slip road blocked and queues southbound at J66, A167 (Bowes Incline), because of an accident.

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

Police officer sets up beach-clean group

A police officer has started a new enterprise in his spare time to help keep the beaches of South Shields clear of plastic.

PCSO Steve Lorrison has set up a beach-cleaning group which he hopes will help protect the area for future generations.

Dozens of volunteers helped out last week in what he hopes will be the first of many events.

PCSO Lorrison was accompanied by mini police volunteers from Hadrian Primary School, Laygate Community School and Marine Park Primary School, along with representatives from South Shields Football Club and dozens of residents for the first clean-up.

PCSO Steve Lorrison and volunteers
Northumbria Police

'Urban village' plans scaled back

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

Plans for a £250m "urban village" next in Newcastle are being scaled back.

Developers Newby had wanted to regenerate the old leadworks site next to the Utilita Arena, which has lain vacant since 2002, with 1,500 new homes and a hotel with 224 bedrooms.

However, documents submitted to the city council now show plans for a smaller hotel, a reduction of 300 homes and 19-storey buildings reduced to 12 floors.

The changes have come after significant concerns were raised by city planners over the visual impact of the development.

Artist's impression of development
BBC

The planning application said: “Visible from both road and rail, the redevelopment of this gateway site will provide an attractive new destination in the city and the region.

"Its regeneration will [also] act as a catalyst to prime the adjacent sites for future development, and bring this derelict part of the city back into use.”

Severe accident: A194(M) Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A194(M) Tyne And Wear northbound severe accident, at A184 Newcastle Road.

A194(M) Tyne And Wear - One lane blocked and queues on A194(M) northbound in Wardley at A184, White Mare Pool Roundabout, because of an accident involving multiple vehicles.

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

Severe disruption: A167 Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A167 Tyne And Wear northbound severe disruption, at the Tyne Bridge.

A167 Tyne And Wear - A167 in Quayside blocked and it's very slow northbound at the the Tyne Bridge junction, because of a police investigation.

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