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24 October 2014 Last updated at 16:30

Razor-attack barber spared jailPolice van outside Jack's in Newcastle

A barber who slashed a man's neck with a cut-throat razor as they fought outside his shop is spared jail.

Passengers were evacuated on to the trackside areaMetro blaze sees train evacuated

Commuters are evacuated from a Metro train after a fire broke out on board one of the carriages.

Avengers Number fourComics sell for thousands at auction

A copy of the first ever Avengers comic which was published 51 years ago sells for £1,100 at an auction in Newcastle.

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    Lawro on SAFC v Arsenal 16:26: Mark Lawrenson Football analyst

    The way Sunderland played in their 8-0 defeat by Southampton, if that had been their third or fourth defeat in a row then I would be thinking that the manager Gus Poyet has lost the dressing room. It was that bad.

    That's not the case, though, and I think Poyet will get a positive reaction from his players on Saturday. Playing a big team like Arsenal at home will definitely help too. My prediction: 1-1

    Hello, my name is... 16:14: Jon Harle BBC Newcastle

    On air now, Anne and I hear how Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is following advice from campaigner Kate Granger to say #hellomynameis. You can listen live here.

    Jon and Anne
    News on the hour 15:59:

    The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

    Cash boost for disadvantaged families 15:54: Northumberland Gazette Newspaper
    Ashley's loan offer to Rangers 15:45:

    Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has tabled a counter offer to former Rangers director Dave King in the battle for control of the Ibrox club.

    mike ashley

    King returned to his South African base on Thursday after he and his allies failed to come to an agreement with the board over a £16m funding package.

    Ashley, who already owns 8.29% of Rangers shares, has now offered an emergency loan.

    Strong gusts tonight 15:34: Kay Crewdson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Looking ahead to tonight, it should be largely dry at first, with only isolated showers, before wet and windy conditions spread east overnight.

    Weather graphic

    Local gales are likely to develop, with gusts reaching up to 55mph (89kmh). Temperatures could be as low as 4C (39F).

    Crash death woman named 15:21:

    A woman who died in a crash in Middlesbrough on Thursday has been named as 60-year-old Linda Warren from town.

    She leaves behind her mother, five brothers and sisters, her son and daughter and seven grandchildren.

    She was killed when a black Hyundai i30 collided with her outside the Premier Shop in Saltersgill Avenue at 18:35. The 19-year-old male driver was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and has been bailed.

    Spurs v Newcastle preview 15:11: Simon Brotherton Match of the Day commentator

    Newcastle United will make a late decision on Cheick Tiote, Mike Williamson, Emmanuel Riviere and Sammy Ameobi, who all missed out last week through injury.

    Tiote suffered a muscle injury in the prolonged warm-up ahead of the win over Leicester after kick-off was delayed.

    Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb remains doubtful after missing the last two matches with an ankle injury. Defender Federico Fazio is serving a one-match suspension for his dismissal in the defeat at Manchester City.

    News on the hour 14:59:

    The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A North East man who was a victim of domestic violence is calling on other male victims to report it.
    • BBC Tees: The leader of Durham County Council has told BBC Tees the authority will have to cut its budget by at least another £90m.
    Timely reminder 14:49: Russell Ward BBC Newcastle

    The clocks go back this weekend - here's a reminder from South Tyneside's mayor Fay Cunningham, inside the clock tower at South Shields Town Hall.

    Faye Cunningham in front of clock mechanism
    Firefighters approach train 14:38:

    Here's a photo Sam Hogath took from a Metro train this morning after it caught on fire.

    Firefighters approaching the Metro

    Were you on board? If you'd like us to feature your comments or pictures, send them to us by email, tweet us @BBCNewsNE or join our Facebook page.

    Watch Inside Out again 14:28: BBC Look North

    Our "Do Not Resuscitate?" film got quite a reaction. Catch our Inside Out report on the BBC iPlayer.

    Inside Out programme flyer
    Pens at the ready... 14:17: Nick Barnes BBC Newcastle commentator

    Yes it's that time of the week. Here's my notes for Sunderland v Arsenal, which will be live on BBC Newcastle from 14:00 tomorrow, with Gary Bennett alongside me.

    SAFC v Arsenal notes
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    News on the hour 13:57:

    The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: Economic regeneration remains top of the agenda at Durham County Council.
    • BBC Newcastle: A North East man who was abused by his fiancee and ended up almost losing an arm is calling on other male victims to report domestic violence.
    Mum and girl saved from house fire 13:52: Sunderland Echo Newspaper

    A woman and her young daughter were rescued after their house in Cleadon caught fire this morning.

    Man beaten by wife speaks out 13:46: Jonathan Swingler BBC Tees

    We've been talking about how one in five domestic abuse victims in the North East is a man. One victim says he suffered at the hands of his wife for more than 10 years.

    James, not his real name, said: "It started pretty early on in the marriage, with more verbal abuse, sort of emotional abuse later on.

    "Then it progressed on to actual physical violence. There was a lot of punching, slapping, face, arms, thigh, pushing, that kind of thing. Any kind of freedom I had was basically removed."

    On the programme this afternoon 13:25: BBC Look North

    A metro train packed with commuters has been evacuated after a fire broke out on board a carriage this morning, with some passengers jumping off the train to safety.

    And the families of six fishermen lost at sea 40 years ago will be at a dedication ceremony this afternoon in North Shields. We'll have the latest on all these stories and more on Look North on BBC One at 13:30.

    Barber sentenced for throat slashing 13:11:

    A barber has been sentenced for slashing a man's neck with a cut-throat razor during a fight outside his shop.

    Lloyd Dobrodumow, 45, attacked Robert Smith after an argument broke out in Jack's, in Newcastle, on 10 June, leaving him with a 10cm (3in) wound to his throat.

    Police outside Jack's barbers in Newcastle

    Dobrodumow, who previously owned a shop called The Demon Barber had tried to shut the door of his shop when a scuffle broke out between them.

    At Newcastle Crown Court, Dobrodumow admitted unlawful wounding and was given a 12-month suspended sentence and told to pay £5,000 compensation with £700 costs.

    News on the hour 12:59:

    The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A North East man who was a victim of domestic violence is calling on other male victims to report it.
    • BBC Tees: The leader of Durham County Council has told BBC Tees the authority will have to cut its budget by at least another £90m.
    Wenger vary of SAFC response 12:50:

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been talking ahead of his side's match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light tomorrow.

    He says midfielder Jack Wilshere is suspended but everyone else is available. Following the Black Cats' 8-0 loss to Southampton last week, the Frenchman said of the Wearsiders: "The danger is that they now focus very hard on defending and that we get very few openings."

    New gallery for Bishop 12:38:

    A new art gallery showing major works of art from Spain's "golden age" is to open in a former bank in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.

    The gallery will be built by investment manager and Spanish art lover Jonathan Ruffer, who owns Auckland Castle.

    Bishop Auckland gallery building

    Some paintings will be on loan from the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, Spain's national gallery. In 2012, Mr Ruffer paid £15m to keep a collection of 17th Century Spanish paintings in the UK.

    Sunderland v Arsenal 12:21:

    Full-back Anthony Reveillere, who joined Sunderland as a free agent on Thursday, could make his debut provided he receives international clearance.

     Anthony Reveillere

    Sebastian Coates, Billy Jones, Emanuele Giaccherini and Ricky Alvarez remain unavailable because of injury.

    Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is suspended after accumulating five bookings, so Mikel Arteta could start.

    Dog treated 'despicably' 12:10: Northern Echo Newspaper
    News on the hour 11:59:

    The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

    A fifth of abuse victims men 11:54: Jonathan Swingler BBC Tees

    One in five domestic abuse victims in the North East is a man, according to newly revealed figures.

    BBC News worked with charity ManKind to obtain the data from police forces in our region, using Freedom of Information Act requests.

    You can hear more about it throughout the day on BBC Newcastle and BBC Tees and on BBC Look North.

    Share your views 11:42:

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

    Aunt 'did not steal dead nephew's phone' 11:32: The Shields Gazette Newspaper
    'Hundreds of jobs to be lost' 11:21: David Rhodes Politics Reporter, BBC North East and Cumbria

    Durham County Council leader Simon Henig confirms to BBC Tees that the authority needs to make £90m worth of further cuts and "hundreds" of jobs will be lost.

    Listen live here.

    Wagon derailment disruption over 11:08:

    Northern Rail ‏says disruption between Newcastle and Sunderland, which was caused when a wagon derailed yesterday, has now ended.

    News on the hour 10:59:

    The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A North East man who was a victim of domestic violence is calling on other male victims to report it.
    • BBC Tees: The leader of Durham County Council has told BBC Tees the authority will have to cut its budget by at least another £90m.
    Clocks go back this weekend 10:52:

    We finally get that extra hour in bed when the clocks go back this weekend!

    The clocks go back one hour at 02:00 on Sunday, meaning the country will be on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), giving us light mornings and darker evenings. It also means you have an extra hour to catch up on something like the amazing new David Attenborough BBC documentary Life Story.

    Shark eating a bird

    Fun fact: Moving the clocks was first introduced during World War One by Germany and Austria to save on coal usage.

    Arrest after robbery 10:45:

    A man has been arrested after a violent robbery in North Tyneside, carried out by men thought to be known to the victim.

    The man was attacked while sitting in his car in Clousden Grange, Forest Hall, on Tuesday evening, police said.

    A group of men smashed his car window and hit him with a glass bottle, leaving him with a fractured eye socket. They then stole cash. A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery.

    Every vote counts 10:34: Robert Cooper BBC News Online

    Last night Labour won a council by-election by a just single vote.

    Joanne Carr took the Burnopfield and Dipton seat in County Durham from the Derwentside Independents by 656 votes to 655. Don't feel too bad if you were thinking of voting, but didn't.

    Full results:

    • BOOTH, Alan - The Conservative Party Candidate - 83 votes
    • BURNETT, Gillian - Derwentside Independents - 655 votes
    • CARR, Joanne - Labour Party Candidate - 656 votes
    • HOWD, Melanie Margaret - The Green Party - 68 votes
    Beaten man accused of assault 10:23: The Gazette Newspaper
    Tattoo trouble? 10:10: Mike Parr BBC Tees

    This morning I'm talking to the trainee teaching assistant who claims she was sent home from a work placement because of her tattoos.

    Charlotte Tumilty

    Charlotte Tumilty, 26, said she was asked to cover up her tattoos and then eventually sent home from St John Vianney's Primary School in Hartlepool. Listen live.

    News on the hour 09:59:

    The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

    Refund may be due 09:55:

    Nexus says people whose journeys were delayed by more than 15 minutes after this morning's train fire are entitled to a refund, in line with the Metro's terms and conditions.

    It's too early to say what the cause of the fire was, but the Office for Rail Regulation will carry out an investigation.

    Metro evacuation after fire 09:46:

    This is the scene after passengers were evacuated from a Metro train that caught fire this morning on the line between Hadrian Road and Howdon.

    Scene at metro

    The fire service attended and put the flames out.

    Fire-hit Metro train moved 09:41:

    The Metro train which caught fire earlier has now been moved and services are running to all destinations, but will not be to usual timetable.

    Track-side view after fire 09:36:

    Here's the scene at the side of the track as passengers were evacuated from a Metro train this morning.

    Passengers evacuated

    Passengers said the carriage filled with smoke and somebody pressed the emergency stop button.

    Trains are currently off between North Shields and Wallsend.

    Passengers evacuated from Metro 09:26:
    No trains between Newcastle and Sunderland 09:12: Stephanie Finnon BBC Newcastle

    Northern Rail services between Newcastle and Sunderland are still being disrupted after a freight train wagon derailed near Heworth.

    No trains are running until at least 11:00. Passengers are advised to use the Metro instead. Work is taking place to assess the damage to the track and remove the derailed train.

    Top headlines
    Metro suspended after fire 09:01:

    This is the section of Metro currently suspended after a train caught fire between Hadrian Road and Howdon. Get the latest here.

    Metro map
    News on the hour 08:59:

    The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

    Woman killed by car 08:51:

    A woman has died after being hit by a car in Middlesbrough.

    It happened on Saltersgill Avenue at about 18:35 yesterday, when the woman in her 50s was hit by a black Hyundai. She was taken to James Cook Hospital but died.

    The 19-year-old driver was arrested at the scene and is being questioned by police.

    'Carriage filled with smoke' 08:41:

    @Kitty_Woo on Twitter tells us: The back carriage started to fill with smoke so emergency button was pressed. We all jumped down to the tracks and then had to get back onto the front carriage through the driver's cabin. Everyone is fine but cold whilst waiting for transport solutions

    Fire was extinguished 08:30: Chris Conway BBC Newcastle

    I've spoken to the fire service and they've confirmed there was a fire on a carriage on the Metro this morning.

    They sent two fire engines out after getting a call at 07:35. The carriage was evacuated and the fire has now been put out.

    Fire on Metro Robert Cooper BBC News Online

    Police say a fire was reported on a Metro train between Hadrian Road and Howdon just before 07:40 this morning.

    The train was evacuated and police and firefighters are at the scene. We'll bring you more as we get it.

    Metro tickets valid on buses 08:15: Robert Cooper BBC News Online
    Slow traffic around Tyne Bridge 08:09:

    There's slow traffic around the Tyne Bridge, and at the A1 in the roadworks by Gateshead. But things in Teesside seem to be moving fairly well.

    Get the latest travel news for Tyne and Wear and Teesside.

    Some sun and showers 08:07: Kay Crewdson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Any early cloud and remaining showers will quickly clear during the morning. It could be sunny at times.

    Kay Crewdson presenting weather

    There may be a few showers in the afternoon and evening, with a chilly westerly breeze. Top temperature: 13C (55F). Check the forecast here.

    Metro 'incident' 08:04:

    Tyne and Wear Metro tweets: No trains St James - North Shields due to a police incident. More info to follow.

    Good morning 08:00: Robert Cooper BBC News Online

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