16:19 UK time, Monday, 7 April 2014
Pressure is growing for a Hillsborough-style inquiry into the Miners' Strike and an amnesty for those convicted of crimes.
Thousands of people take part in an Easter event on South Tyneside broadcast live on national television.
The body of a man in his 70s is found in the River Wear.
A head teacher in County Durham denies sexual offences against a boy 25 years ago.
Team news as Newcastle host Saracens in Sunday's Premiership fixture at Kingston Park (15:00 BST).
A 19ft yacht grounded at St Cuthbert's Island beside Holy Island on Saturday while sailing from Amble to Berwick.
The grounding happened at about 11:40 as the vessel attempted to pass Holy Island on the mainland side.
The Seahouses Inshore Lifeboat was launched and assistance was given to the sole crewman to safely refloat the vessel.
Adam Powell (pictured) starts for Newcastle Falcons, who make seven changes from the side thumped 40-12 by London Irish, when they host Saracens at Kingston Park. Kick-off is at 15:00.
Joel Hodgson makes his first Premiership start of the season, replacing Rory Clegg at fly-half, while scrum-half Mike Blair also plays.
It will be largely dry this afternoon with variable amounts of cloud and some bright or sunny intervals developing.
However it will feel chilly along the North Sea coast as the northeast wind freshens. Maximum Temperature: 11C (52F).
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BBC Two is celebrating its 50th anniversary today having been home to many landmark programmes over the decades.
They include Our Friends in the North which made stars of Christopher Eccleston, Gina McKee, Mark Strong and Daniel Craig.
Two men have been arrested following a disturbance at The Gate in Newcastle early this morning.
A 33-year-old man has been arrested for wounding with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, and a 23-year-old man has been questioned on suspicion of assault.
The 23-year-old received hospital treatment for cuts to his face.
The Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham led a dawn service of Initiation and Communion at Durham Cathedral earlier in which he baptised five candidates and then confirmed them along with 20 other candidates from churches across the diocese.
A mum has hit out after a policeman was called to deal with her kids who were building a den in the woods.
Middlesbrough's four-game unbeaten run came to an end following their 2-1 defeat against Millwall on Saturday.
Two first-half goals were enough to seal all three points for The Lions with Emmanuel Ledesma's late free-kick being too little too late for Boro.
Boro boss Aitor Karanka said: "We can beat Burnley with one team, but with the same team we can't beat Millwall."
The boys from the Choir School at Durham Cathedral are looking forward to the Easter Day celebrations after months of preparation.
Hundreds of people brought bells, whistles and rattles at the Dawn Communication that started at 05:00 in their tradition to help raise the Lord.
Nicholas, a 13-year-old choir boy, said: "People come to hear us, they come to worship as well, but we play quite a big part in the service."
The A1231 Wessington Way in Sunderland has re-opened with slow traffic earlier westbound between the Dene Road junction and the Baron's Quay Road junction, because of an earlier accident and recovery work earlier, reports BBC Travel News.
BBC Look North's Alison Freeman tweets: Runners get going on the 10th annual North Tyneside 10k.
The Uruguayan said his side "needed a miracle" after losing at Tottenham on 8 April, but believes a "special" few days has created a "great opportunity".
Hartlepool United's poor run continued in League Two as they lost 3-0 at Burton Albion. The result means Pools are just two points from the relegation zone.
Hartlepool boss Colin Cooper said: "No point in dwelling on it, we have a game in two days' time which could be one of the biggest games we've all been involved in."
Revised plans for a stalled supermarket development have been put back again - but the company behind the bid insists the amended proposals will be ready for consultation in the 'near future'.
The new Bishop of Durham has used his first Easter Message to talk about the relevance today of the 2,000-year-old story.
In the message, Paul Butler says "even if you don't take it as truth, its worth taking seriously and worth celebrating."
The A1231 Wessington Way in Sunderland is closed and slow traffic westbound between the Dene Road junction and the Baron's Quay Road junction because of an accident involving one vehicle, reports BBC Travel News.
A rather cloudy day, with some patches of mist and low cloud around the coast.
Some bright or sunny intervals will also develop, especially inland, but it will feel chilly in coastal areas as the northeast wind freshens. Maximum Temperature: 11C (52F)
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