15 September 2014
Council nurseries are the highest-rated part of England's school system yet minsters are accused of neglecting them
A gang of 12 men is jailed to between two and 16 years in jail for supplying cocaine and cannabis across the north of England.
The last resident in a publicly-run care home in County Durham is occupying his room in protest at the home's impending closure.
Alan Pardew says he has spoken to Newcastle owner Mike Ashley in recent days but did not seek reassurance about his future.
15 September 2014
Council nurseries are the highest-rated part of England's school system yet minsters are accused of neglecting them
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There'll be extensive low cloud affecting all parts with hill fog over the Pennines and the odd spot of drizzle at times. However it will again be a very mild night for mid-September.
Minimum temperature: 13C (55F). Check the forecast near you.
Meningitis is a disease that can strike without warning and kills one in 10. Now one family from County Durham have been marking meningitis awareness week by sharing the story of their son Robbie.
He lost both his legs and the fingertips of his left hand to the disease in 2008. Now they're warning other parents of the symptoms to look out for. I'll have more on this story on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.
Alan Pardew said he did not seek reassurance about his future from Newcastle owner Mike Ashley after the 4-0 defeat at Southampton left his side bottom of the league.
The Magpies have only two points from four games ahead of Saturday's game against Hull, with reports in the week speculating over Pardew's future.
"I had a long conversation with Mike Ashley," Pardew said. "I never asked for reassurance - I signed a long deal for good or bad. The one thing that we both agreed on was that we really need to focus on this Saturday and try and get a win for the football club."
A Newcastle University student has accepted a posthumous award on behalf of his best friend, fundraiser Stephen Sutton.
Chris Bullock, 19, from Staffordshire, attended the National Lottery Awards where he was presented with the Special Achievement Award and afterwards said: "I felt extremely proud to go up on stage with Ste's family and friends. I can't think of a better way than to celebrate all that Ste achieved, and what a way to do it."
The 19-year-old, who died from bowel cancer in May, was awarded in recognition of his National Good Gestures Day campaign, run with support from Lottery-funded charity Fixers.
Stockton Borough Council has rejected calls to allow Yarm to be incorporated into North Yorkshire.
The decision was made by the full council last night saying it would cost the taxpayer more than £100,000. Residents of Yarm voted for the town to leave Teesside's Stockton Borough Council in May.
Bob Cook is the Labour leader of Stockton Council, and said: "You'd have to review the school catchment areas and health service, all of the borough is part of the Hartlepool & Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group, if they move to the Ambleton Clinical Commissioning Group, the money per patient is a lot less than what they get in Stockton."
An 83-year-old great-grandfather is refusing to leave his care home which has been closed by Durham County Council.
Today was to be the last at Newton House in Stanhope for retired head teacher Donald Robson after all the other residents had already left.
But Mr Robson's daughter-in-law Michelle says he will stay - and she'll be by his side - in protest over care home closures.
Durham County Council has closed five council-run care homes saying the they're unsustainable in the current financial climate and adds that the council has worked with residents and their families to help them find alternative accommodation.
Newcastle United goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman has also apologised for an offensive post on Twitter.
He said: "I am very sorry for the ill-advised comment I posted privately on Twitter on Sunday morning, which was subsequently made public. It was never my intention, of course, for my response to enter the public domain.
"My response was a reaction to significant personal abuse I received from a number of fans which I felt exceeded that which was fair and balanced. That said I understand my response was unacceptable and I regret my actions and apologise for any offence caused."
At Teesside Crown Court today, Timothy John Lister (centre), 40, from Consett, was jailed for 16 years; Sam Turnbull (left), 36, from Hetton-le-Hole, received a sentence of 11 years and two months and Alan Crawford (right), 42, of Houghton-le-Spring, was handed a nine-year term.
Stephen John Golding, 33, from Liverpool, was jailed for five years and six months; Ian McCabe, 43, from Pittington, will serve more than five years in prison and 31-year-old Gary John Kays, from Liverpool, was handed a three-year and five months prison term.
The other members of the gang received either prison terms of two years or less, a suspended sentence or community order. One man has yet to be sentenced and will be dealt with by the court on Monday.
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Gateshead are hoping Carl Finnigan will be available at the weekend but his international clearance still hasn't arrived.
Also Gary Mills says he was impressed by James Brown on Tuesday and rates him highly, but hasn't yet decided whether to extend his contract.
A historic castle's owners are investigating whether they can heat the building using underground water.
Auckland Castle Trust's £3.5m project could see water from deep beneath the surface used to keep the attraction in Bishop Auckland warm.
They are preparing to apply for planning permission to drill two exploratory boreholes up to 1.11 miles (1.8km) deep. If viable, the geothermal scheme could also be used to heat parts of the town.
A specially-adapted bike which was stolen from a girl who lost her hands to meningitis has been returned.
Tilly Lockey's bike was taken from a garage in Consett along with the bikes of her sisters Tia and Lucy-Anna. It had been adapted for eight-year-old Tilly, who had her hands and toes amputated in 2007 after contracting group B meningococcal septicaemia.
Tilly's mother Sarah said she now had three "happy little girls" after the bikes were recovered by the police.
A man's been charged with rape after a woman was attacked following a night out in Newcastle.
She was raped in the early hours of Sunday in the Westgate Road area of the city after she left the Pink Rooms nightclub.
The man, 29, from Warrington Road in Elswick has been charged and is due in court tomorrow.
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The top local headlines at 15:00 include:
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A machinery fire led to a full-scale chemical alert at a Teesside port after fears were raised that hazardous materials could be involved.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet looks less than impressed after the North East weather conspired against plans for the team's photo call.
A gang who attempted to smuggle high quality cocaine into County Durham and across the North of England have been sentenced to a total of 57 years in prison.
The 12 men from the North East, Leeds, Lancashire and Merseyside were arrested after the police seized cocaine and cannabis with a street value of about £1m.
The purity of some of the cocaine recovered was put at 91%, which Durham Police says shows the gang were at the very top of the drugs chain.
The top local headlines at 14:00 include:
A woman passenger was dragged 60ft (20m) along a platform by a departing train at Newcastle Central Station after getting her wrist trapped in a door, an accident report reveals.
She was forced to move with the train, operated by First TransPennine Express, to avoid being pulled off her feet, the report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch said.
The conductor did not see her because on the curved-shaped platform because he did not do a final safety check before dispatching the train at 5.02pm on on 5 June 2013, the report said.
Newcastle United assistant manager John Carver has said sorry after an altercation with a fan at the weekend.
He said: "In the warm-up, I was disappointed to see banners that could, in my opinion, distract the players and take focus away from the job in hand - namely winning the match.
"I went over to our fans to ask them to help us and requested that they take the banners down. I was met with abuse from one supporter and I regret that I responded inappropriately. I sincerely apologise for any offence caused by my reaction."
A family were evacuated after their Stockton home caught fire in the early hours of this morning.
It'll be mostly cloudy through the day with mist lingering near the coast. The best of any brighter spells are most likely across western areas.
Maximum temperature: 19C (66F). Check today's forecast near you.
The top local headlines at 13:00 include:
Cleaners who work on the East Coast mainline are to strike again in a row over pay.
ISS workers who are members of the RMT union plan to walk out next Monday and Tuesday. Picket lines will be in place at stations along East Coast routes.
The 100,000th Lego brick has now been added to a model of Durham Cathedral.
The lucky bricklayer was The Rev Ted Drayton who was presented with a medal from the Dean of Durham, The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove.
The scale representation of the cathedral was started in July 2013 by television presenter and historian Jonathan Foyle.
Retired head teacher Donald Robson, 83, will be the last of the 24 residents to leave Newtown House in Stanhope later today, as it's closed down by Durham County Council.
His daughter-in-law Michelle says: "Looking after our elderly is something where we should be ploughing all our money. It's just a travesty for our community and nationwide."
Durham County Council says financial pressures have made it impossible to fund in-house care, and it has worked with residents and their families to help them find alternative accommodation.
We'll have the latest on the bus crash in North Yorkshire where more than a dozen students have been injured and taken to hospital. It's thought there are no major injuries at this time.
Watch BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.
The top local headlines at 12:00 include:
I've spoken to Northumbria Police who say a 29-year-old man remains in custody after being arrested in connection with a rape in Newcastle.
A student with a broken nose is among a group of 14 students injured when their bus crashed with a van, Darlington College has revealed in a statement.
"Approximately 14 college students have been taken to hospital with injuries after the bus they were travelling in collided with a transit van at Aldbrough earlier today," the statement continued.
"None of the students are thought to be seriously injured." Police had previously said 20 students had been injured.
This is the police at the scene of the bus crash which injured some 20 Darlington College students. We're expecting more details from officers later.
Cath McCall from Darlington College has told BBC Tees: "We don't know a great deal. We've got college staff at the scene and we've got a college counsellor there and we've sent a college minibus, and we're trying to ascertain as much as we can about what's actually happened.
"The most important thing is that the students are ok and parents have been informed. There are some injuries, students have been taken to hospital, but the students are all ok."
This is the first photo from the scene of a crash between a bus and a van which happened on an unclassified road between Aldbrough St John and Piercebridge, near Darlington, at 08:40. Twenty students from Darlington college have been injured. Listen live to BBC Tees.
Cath McCall from Darlington College has told BBC Tees: "It's very traumatic for the students. We're a close-knit community here and we care about our students a great deal. My understanding is that they were travelling from North Yorkshire and I'm told they were on a Dales and District bus heading into college, a journey they've done many times.
"We're doing everything we can, we've got an excellent team of student support staff, we've got staff over there, we've got trained college counsellors, we will do everything we can to make sure they're ok."
Darlington College has confirmed that the 20 people injured in a bus crash this morning were students there.
Dave Watson, who is described as Teesside's Lowry, started painting in the 1950s but ended up making his living painting the sides of ships instead.
At the age of 70 he is finally finding recognition.
Darlington College has been informed that a bus which was on its way to the site has crashed, injuring 20 students.
Witnesses to the collision at 08:40 on an unclassified road between Aldbrough St John and Piercebridge, near Darlington, are asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option two and ask for Traffic Sergeants Hamish Halloway, or Graham Waller.
More on the bus crash - it was en-route to Darlington College and 20 students have sustained what police are calling minor injuries
The crash with a van happened at 08:40 on an unclassified road between Aldbrough St John and the road which leads to Piercebridge, near Darlington.
The driver of the van has sustained leg injuries and the driver of the bus suffered minor injuries.
A road has been sealed off after a crash between a school bus and a van. It happened on the road between Piercebridge and Aldbrough St John, two miles west of Darlington.
Police believe there's only minor injuries involving the 20 children on board the bus. Both drivers have suffered leg injuries.
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The comic actor, also known for his TV shows with Ben Miller, said voicing the character was "about as close to a dream job as you could wish for".
Armstrong takes over from Sir David Jason, who voiced the eye patch-sporting "DM" in ITV's original series from 1981 to 1992. Kevin Eldon will voice trusty sidekick Penfold, Terry Scott's old character.
The top local headlines at 09:00 include:
Police have revealed how many victims they are dealing with as part of Operation Sanctuary - the investigation into allegations of sexual offences on Tyneside.
The inquiry began in January into allegations concerning vulnerable women and young girls. Northumbria Police has now revealed that almost half of the 81 potential victims are under 16.
To date, there have been 129 arrests as part of the operation and 21 charges. Seven cases have been dealt with at court.
A 29-year-old man has been arrested after a woman was raped in Newcastle. The victim said she was attacked in a property in the Westgate Road area in the early hours of Sunday, Northumbria Police said.
Detectives believe the woman left the Pink Rooms nightclub in the city with a man at about 03:00. They want to speak to three women and a man who were outside the club at the same time.
After Christopher Rushworth took 15 wickets in one afternoon against Northants and nine out of the 10 wickets in the first innings, Ben Stokes (who got one of the 10) tweeted: Can I just say...I was actually bowling to not get a wicket today for @rushworth22 who deserved 10fer,best spell of bowling I've ever seen
A dull and murky start with fog and some drizzle in places. Remaining mostly cloudy through the day with mist lingering near the coast. The best of any brighter spells are most likely across western areas such as Consett.
Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F). Check today's forecast near you.
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