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3 March 2015 Last updated at 08:00

England footballer in sex arrestAdam Johnson

England and Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson is arrested and bailed on suspicion of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

Polling station sign'No repeat' of polling day queues

The chaotic queuing seen at some polling stations, including Newcastle, at the 2010 general election will not be repeated this time around, the head of the Electoral Commission says.

Alan ShearerAlan Shearer honoured with statue

One of Newcastle United's all-time greats, legendary centre forward Alan Shearer, is to be honoured with a statue.

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

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

Inside Out returns for a new series in 2015

Inside Out returns for a new series in 2015 but Chris Jackson's blog is coming to an end and he can now be found on social media.

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BBC Local Live

    11:20: Accident at Tyne tunnel

    BBC Travel reports there's very slow traffic and one lane is closed northbound on the A19 in Jarrow at Tyne tunnel because of an accident involving two vehicles.

    11:07: Hospital admissions jump 5% The Shields Gazette

    South Tynesiders visit hospital more often than anyone else in the North East, according to new figures.

    South Tyneside Hospital

    Latest statistics reveal there were 400 admissions per 100,000 people in the borough in the year to March 2014 - a 4.9% increase.

    10:56: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 11:00 are:

    • BBC Tees: Sunderland and England midfielder Adam Johnson has been released on bail after he was arrested on suspicion of having sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl
    • BBC Newcastle: Police are hunting a man they would like to speak to after a smoke bomb was thrown at a group of football fans at Sunderland Metro station
    10:35: 'Cut risk of flooding'

    Assistant project manager Duncan Harrison, of the Environment Agency, said: "New evidence helped identify some low spots in the existing defences.

    "By replacing the wall along Wear Terrace and raising the walls and banks around Butts House we have been able to further reduce the risk of flooding in Stanhope."

    Stanhope has suffered from several floods in recent times, most significantly in January 1995 when 21 properties were flooded following heavy rain.

    10:20: O'Shea and Brown available for SAFC

    John O'Shea and Wes Brown are available for Sunderland's match against Hull tonight after the Football Association rescinded the red card given to Brown during Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Manchester United.

    Brown was sent off despite TV pictures suggesting O'Shea had fouled United's Radamel Falcao.

    "An independent regulatory commission has upheld a claim of wrongful dismissal," read an FA statement. Brown's red card will not be transferred to O'Shea so both are available tonight.

    10:11: Deluged village's flood defences boosted

    More than 100 homes in a County Durham village have had their flood defences boosted after being deluged in recent heavy downpours.

    Sections of Stanhope's existing defences have been raised and improved to reduce the risk of flooding from the River Wear.

    Stanhope in County Durham
    09:59: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 11:00 are:

    09:52: Trains halted after track fatality

    Trains have been halted between Newcastle and Carlisle after a woman died after being hit by a train at Blaydon.

    Police officers are at the scene and National Rail say there will be no trains operating until 10.30.

    Replacement buses are being arranged. Stops affected include the Metrocentre, Dunston and Prudhoe.

    A British Transport Police spokesman said the woman died at the scene and officers were trying to identify her.

    09:35: Image of football 'smoke bomber'

    Transport police are trying to identify a man who lobbed a smoke bomb at young football fans waiting at Sunderland metro station after a match.

    Officers have released this grainy CCTV image of a man in a cap who they want to speak to about the attack in the hope that someone will recognise him.

    They even believe the suspect boarded the 20:21 service to Newcastle Monument with the rest of the fans after the smoke bomb was thrown.

    'Smoke bomber' suspect

    It happened on 5 February following the Sunderland versus Newcastle under 18s fixture at the Stadium of Light.

    PC Michelle Clark, of British Transport Police, said: "A group of supporters left the ground before the game had finished and headed to the station. Once in the station one of the group threw a smoke bomb off the platform in the direction of a group of Sunderland supporters in the car park."

    The smoke bomb hit a wall and landed back onto the platform close to where passengers were waiting for the next service.

    09:21: 'No repeat' of polling day queue fiasco

    The chaotic queuing seen at some polling stations - including in Newcastle - at the 2010 general election will not be repeated this time around, the head of the Electoral Commission has said.

    Queues at the polls

    Jenny Watson said there was now a "safety valve" that meant people in a queue as polls closed could still vote.

    More than 1,200 people were left queuing as polls closed at 22:00 on election night in 2010.

    09:06: 'Adam Johnson in schoolgirl sex arrest' Northern Echo editor Peter Barron
    08:59: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

    08:41: Commuters tackle snow The Chronicle

    Commuters woke up to parts of County Durham and Northumberland having a light blanketing of snow. However, Newcastle and Sunderland were spared the snow flakes apart from a few icy patches as well as strong sunshine.

    The Chronicle

    This was despite weather warnings being in place.

    08:27: Footballer bailed over sex allegation

    England and Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson has been bailed after being arrested on suspicion of engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

    Adam Johnson

    Durham Police said a 27-year-old had been arrested.

    Sunderland AFC say he has been suspended pending the outcome of the police investigation.

    08:12: Frosty start turning to snowy showers

    After a frosty start with some icy patches, and bright and breezy day should ensue, with isolated snow showers becoming increasingly confined to the Pennines.

    Clare Nasir

    Becoming cloudier and windier towards dusk, with wintry showers briefly more widespread.

    Check the forecast near you.

    08:06: Lane closed on A189

    One lane is closed and there's slow traffic on the A189 southbound in Bebside between the A193 Front Street junction and Three Horse Shoes roundabout because of a broken down vehicle.

    Get the latest travel for Tyne and Wear and Teesside.

    08:00: Good morning Julie Cush BBC News

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