13:42 UK time, Friday, 19 April 2013
UKIP has a record number of candidates in the county council elections but can they upset the established parties?
A man and a woman have died after a motorbike crashes on the A1 in Gateshead.
Roads across north-east England are closed because of localised flooding.
Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's game between Newcastle and Arsenal in the Premier League.
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