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20 April 2014 Last updated at 08:00

Crowds flock to 'pop-up cathedral'Great North Passion

Thousands of people take part in an Easter event on South Tyneside broadcast live on national television.


Man's body found in River Wear

The body of a man in his 70s is found in the River Wear.

Anne LakeyHead teacher denies boy sex charges

A head teacher in County Durham denies sexual offences against a boy 25 years ago.

Richard Moss, Political editor, North East & Cumbria Article written by Richard Moss Richard Moss Political editor, North East & Cumbria

Campaign for Miners' Strike inquiry

Pressure is growing for a Hillsborough-style inquiry into the Miners' Strike and an amnesty for those convicted of crimes.

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Chris Jackson Article written by Chris Jackson Chris Jackson Presenter, Inside Out, North East & Cumbria

A measure of public accountability

A look back at public organisations' responses to interview requests by BBC Inside Out.

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    Yacht grounded near Holy Island 15:19:

    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.

     
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    Newcastle v Saracens 14:59:

    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.

    Adam Powell

    Joel Hodgson makes his first Premiership start of the season, replacing Rory Clegg at fly-half, while scrum-half Mike Blair also plays.

     
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    Durham cricket commentary 14:48:

    BBC Newcastle's cricket commentator Martin Emmerson tweets: Afternoon session begins with another @SomersetCCC no ball from Jamie Overton. @DurhamCricket 121-3. Listen here bbc.in/1ljZbev

     
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    Dry with bright intervals 14:31:

    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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    Hartlepool tickets £5 14:11:

    Hartlepool United tweets: All tickets just £5 for Morecambe game - round up your friends and family and let's make Monday count... #PackThePark http://www.hartlepoolunited.co.uk/news/article/200414-pack-the-park-hartlepool-morecambe-1499437.aspx …

     
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    BBC Two celebrates 50 years 13:50:

    BBC Two is celebrating its 50th anniversary today having been home to many landmark programmes over the decades.

    Our Friends in the North

    They include Our Friends in the North which made stars of Christopher Eccleston, Gina McKee, Mark Strong and Daniel Craig.

     
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    Arrests over Gate disturbance 13:35: BBC Newcastle

    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.

     
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    Initiation and Communion 13:10:

    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.

    The Right Revd Paul Butler baptising
     
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    Mother hits out 12:32: Newcastle Chronicle

    A mum has hit out after a policeman was called to deal with her kids who were building a den in the woods.

     
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    Too little, too late 11:39:

    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.

    Aitor Karanka

    Boro boss Aitor Karanka said: "We can beat Burnley with one team, but with the same team we can't beat Millwall."

     
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    Somerset v Durham 11:15: Martin Emmerson BBC Newcastle

    BBC Newcastle's cricket commentator Martin Emmerson tweets: Toss won by @SomersetCCC who have decided to bowl v @DurhamCricket They batted first here in 2011 and scored a record 610.

    Durham's cricket ground in Chester-le-Street
     
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    Easter at the Cathedral 11:00:

    The boys from the Choir School at Durham Cathedral are looking forward to the Easter Day celebrations after months of preparation.

    Durham Cathedral

    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."

     
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    Accident cleared 10:42:

    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.

     
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    Tyneside 10k underway 10:27:

    BBC Look North's Alison Freeman tweets: Runners get going on the 10th annual North Tyneside 10k.

    Runners in Tyneside
     
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    Sunderland upset Chelsea 09:55:

    Manager Gus Poyet believes Sunderland can pull off a miraculous escape from Premier League relegation after they followed up a draw against Manchester City with victory at Chelsea.

    Gus Poyet

    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".

     
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    Poor run continues 09:26:

    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."

     
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    Tesco plans delayed 09:03: Northumberland Gazette Newspaper

    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'.

     
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    Celebrate the Easter message 08:44: Anne Leuchars BBC Newcastle

    The new Bishop of Durham has used his first Easter Message to talk about the relevance today of the 2,000-year-old story.

    Bishop of Durham

    In the message, Paul Butler says "even if you don't take it as truth, its worth taking seriously and worth celebrating."

     
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    A1231 closed westbound 08:31:

    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.

     
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    Cloudy with some mist 08:12:

    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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    Good morning 08:00: Lloyd Watson BBC News

    I'm here with today's news, sport, travel and weather updates for the North East.

    If you'd like me to feature your comments or pictures, send them to northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk or tweet us at @BBCNewsNE.

     
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