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.
Around 30 "startled" cows stampeded as a rescue helicopter came in to land on Newcastle's Town Moor, an emergency worker says.
The body of a man in his 70s is found in the River Wear.
A much-changed Saracens side edge past Newcastle Falcons to stay comfortably clear at the top of the Premiership table.
That's all from BBC Local Live for today. We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the North East.
About 2,000 people turned out for the 10th annual North Tyneside 10k road race this morning.
Join me for Look North on BBC One at 18:50 to find out which local runner won the race.
Join me on Bank Holiday Monday from 12 on BBC Tees when my "After 2" guest will be Boro legend Jack Charlton.
He'll be reflecting on his glory period as Boro boss at Ayersome Park in the 70's.
Saracens edged past Newcastle Falcons by 18-23 to cement their place at the top of the Premiership table.
Ben Ransom's try for Saracens sealed the win, but Alex Tait's late score earned a bonus point for the home side.
Cloud will thicken more generally overnight, with some light rain or drizzle in places, especially on the higher ground to the west of Durham where it will become misty at times. Minimum Temperature: 7C (45F)
Up to 30 "startled" cows stampeded as an air rescue helicopter came in to land on Newcastle's Town Moor.
A Sea King rescue chopper from RAF Boulmer, in Northumberland, was transferring an injured oil rig worker.
As the landing site was being prepared, the animals ran towards volunteer lifeguards clearing the area.
Glimpses of Mars and the International Space Station this week sparked new interest in the North East's incredible night skies and there's plenty more to see, say astronomers.
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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