Ammonia thrown in man's face during Cowgate raid

Balaclava-clad raiders smashed windows at a man's Tyneside home before squirting ammonia in his face, police said.

The 45-year-old was taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary after he was attacked in Cowgate on Saturday.

Two male suspects struck on Ponteland Road just after 21:00 BST, Northumbria Police said.

The victim was released from hospital after treatment.

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    15:00: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 15:00 are:

    • BBC Newcastle: Family and friends of a man who died in the River Wear at the weekend say he'll be sorely missed.
    • BBC Tees: A former schoolteacher has been sentenced to 15-and-a-half years in prison after he was found guilty of sexually abusing four children.
     
  2.  
    14:46: Bruce suggests using technology BBC Sport

    Ahead of Hull's match against Sunderland tomorrow, Hull manager Steve Bruce spoke about the controversy surrounding Wes Brown's sending off against Manchester United on Saturday.

    He said: "I was watching the rugby yesterday afternoon and the referee, before he awarded a try, stopped to speak to the video official before making his decision.

    "With the technology we've got, the goal line technology, I can't see the reason why the referee can't go to the fourth official and say, 'I'm undecided here about which one has committed the foul'.

    "It was a foul, but he's obviously got it wrong. If he can stop the game for four or five seconds to review the footage, it can get the right decision."

     
  3.  
    14:35: Diversions for bus routes

    Buses will be diverted in Redcar from next Monday while roadworks are carried out.

    Arriva North East says Northern Gas Networks are carrying out works at the junction of West Dyke Road and Milbank Lane, so its services will be unable to operate via Redcar Clock for around eight weeks.

    Full details of the service diversions can be found here.

     
  4.  
    14:22: In the news today The Shields Gazette
  5.  
    14:12: Police welcome abuser's prison sentence

    Commenting on the sentencing of child abuser Alan Medd, Det Insp Simon Walker, of Cleveland Police, said: "We are pleased with the outcome at court today.

    Alan Medd

    "This sentence shows the lengths that Cleveland Police will go to when investigating historic sexual offences.

    "Alan Medd is a former teacher who worked in schools in the Stockton area as far back as the 1960s and he also had connections to the Northumberland area.

    "We would like to reassure members of the public that it is never too late to report an incident of this nature and every report will be investigated thoroughly, professionally and sensitively."

     
  6.  
    13:58: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 14:00 are:

    • BBC Newcastle: Family and friends of a man who died in the River Wear at the weekend say he'll be sorely missed.
    • BBC Tees: A former schoolteacher has been sentenced to 15-and-a-half years in prison after he was found guilty of sexually abusing four children.
     
  7.  
    13:47: Boro miss chance to leapfrog leaders

    Promotion-chasing Middlesbrough had a weekend to forget as they missed the chance to go top of the Championship table.

    Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough

    They returned empty-handed from a trip to Sheffield Wednesday after a 2-0 loss and sit second, two points behind Derby County who were also defeated on Saturday.

    Boro will be looking for better fortune at home to Millwall tomorrow night. The Londoners are in the bottom three.

     
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    13:35: 'I'm not coming out in that...'

    Tracey Laing captions her photo of a snowy Consett 'I'm not coming out in that.....'

    snow in Consett

    If you have a photo you'd like us to feature, send it to us by email or tweet us @BBCNewsNE.

     
  9.  
    13:24: £225,000 waiting for mystery lottery winner Phil Mawson BBC News

    Residents in Northumberland are being urged to check their lottery tickets for an as-yet unclaimed prize of £225,081.

    Lotto balls

    The mystery player bought the winning ticket for the Valentine's Day draw on 14 February.

    The winning numbers were 7, 20, 23, 29, 40, 46 and the bonus ball was 22.

    There is a 180-day deadline to claim prizes, with the number to call being 0845 910 0000.

     
  10.  
    13:11: Warning of snow and ice

    A yellow warning for snow and ice has been issued for the north-east of England by the Met Office.

    The warning - which means be aware - is valid until 10:00 on Tuesday and says further heavy wintry showers are expected overnight.

    It says northern areas of England will see snow chiefly over higher ground, with more than 5cm in places but with some accumulations possible at low levels too. Ice will be an additional hazard.

     
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    12:59: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 13:00 are:

    • BBC Newcastle: Family and friends of a man who died in the River Wear at the weekend say he'll be sorely missed.
    • BBC Tees: A former schoolteacher has been sentenced to 15-and-a-half years in prison after he was found guilty of sexually abusing four children.
     
  12.  
    12:52: Football manager threatens to quit over alleged assault Northern Echo
  13.  
    12:42: Former teacher jailed for child sex abuse Simon Armstrong BBC News

    A former schoolteacher has been sentenced to 15-and-a-half years in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing four children.

    Scales of justice

    Alan Medd, 77, from Stockton, was described as "despicable, depraved and abhorrent" when he appeared at Teesside Crown Court.

    The abuse took place during the 1980s and 1990s, with two of Medd's victims just eight at the time.

     
  14.  
    12:34: Bearded Sting returns to deliver lecture Phil Mawson BBC News

    Chart-topper Sting - sporting a full beard - returned to Tyneside at the weekend to deliver the annual South Shields Lecture at Harton Technical College.

    Sting with David Miliband

    The Wallsend-born former Police frontman was invited by former South Shields MP David Miliband and spoke of his North East roots and pride in being recognised as a "Geordie".

    The lecture, which in the past has featured stars including Sir Patrick Stewart and David Walliams, was established in 2001, when Neil Kinnock was the first speaker.

     
  15.  
    12:23: Petrol station robbed

    A woman was knocked to the ground when a petrol station was robbed on Sunday evening.

    It happened at 21:00 at Chilton Moor Filling Station, in North View Terrace, Chilton Moor, near Houghton-le-Spring.

    Police said the man stole cash. The woman, a member of staff, suffered minor injuries.

     
  16.  
    12:13: In the news today Hartlepool Mail
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    12:00: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 12:00 are:

    • BBC Newcastle: Tributes have been paid to a rowing coach who died in the River Wear at the weekend.
    • BBC Tees: More than half of the doctors surveyed by the BBC say they want to leave the profession before they reach retirement age.
     
  18.  
    11:44: Car occupants sought after street attack Phil Mawson BBC News

    A man suffered head and facial injuries in an attack in York Road in Hartlepool.

    The 55-year-old had been seen talking to the occupants of a silver Vauxhall Vectra in the early hours of Saturday.

    Cleveland Police said he needed hospital treatment after the attack.

     
  19.  
    11:34: Where did Magpies edge out Aston Villa?

    As these match stats show, possession was shared equally on Saturday between the Magpies and Villa.

    Newcastle v Aston Villa match stats

    United had more shots and corners though. The win, watched by 51,573 fans, puts Newcastle 11th in the Premier League on 35 points.

    Louis Van Gaal's Manchester United, who sit third, are next up at St James' Park on Wednesday night.

     
  20.  
    11:20: Tributes to rowing coach Stephanie Finnon BBC Newcastle

    Tributes have been paid to a rowing coach who died in the River Wear. Bill Grant lost control of his bike and fell into water on Saturday.

     
  21.  
    11:10: In the news today Sunderland Echo
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    11:00: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 11:00 are:

    • BBC Newcastle: Family and friends of a man killed in the River Wear at Durham at the weekend have been paying tribute.
    • BBC Tees: New figures show there are a third more men in Durham Prisons than the facility is designed for.
     
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    10:50: Would it be realistic to renationalise the railways?

    As the East Coast Mainline passes from public to private hands, BBC Magazine explores if it is realistic to talk about the rail network ever being renationalised?

    East Coast train

    A consortium of Virgin and Stagecoach took over the running of the route at the weekend.

     
  24.  
    10:42: Tributes paid to rowing coach who died after falling into River Wear The Chronicle Newspaper
  25.  
    10:31: Cisse goal a 'godsend', says Carver

    It was a good weekend for Newcastle United as they got their first home win of 2015 thanks to Papiss Cisse's goal against Aston Villa.

    Papiss Cisse scores against Aston Villa

    Jonas Gutierrez was part of the Newcastle squad for the first time since recovering from testicular cancer, but the Argentina international was an unused substitute.

    Toon boss John Carver admitted afterwards: "It wasn't scintillating, it was two nervous sides. It wasn't pretty but it was a nice feeling getting that goal before half-time. It was a godsend."

     
  26.  
    10:21: Football fans claim they are being priced out by train ticket cost Sunderland Echo
  27.  
    10:10: Cycle routes get £10m boost Colin Briggs BBC Look North

    Newcastle has been awarded £10m of government money to improve cycling routes.

    Cyclist

    The money was announced by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg to help fund the city's plans for better pedestrian and cycle networks.

    It is part of a £115m scheme nationwide, which the government believes can bring long-term benefits for health and the environment.

     
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    09:59: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 10:00 are:

    • BBC Newcastle: There's a very serious problem in retaining and recruiting GPs in the North East according to a doctor on Tyneside.
    • BBC Tees: There are a third more men serving time in Durham Prison than the jail is designed for.
     
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    09:50: Major roadworks begin in Billingham BBC Tees

    A 12-week project to make changes to one of the main roads through Billingham town centre is getting under way.

    The work on The Causeway is part a major regeneration plan for the area.

    It will create more bus stops, a new pedestrian crossing and extra disabled parking spaces.

     
  30.  
    09:41: Sunderland to appeal against West Brown red card BBC Sport

    Sunderland are to appeal against Wes Brown's red card against Manchester United in Saturday's Premier League game at Old Trafford.

    Referee Roger East sends off Sunderland"s Wes Brown during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford

    Referee Roger East appeared to dismiss Brown in error, as television pictures suggested John O'Shea had committed a foul on United striker Radamel Falcao.

    Referees' body Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) said East thought Brown, 35, had fouled Falcao.

     
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    09:30: Low uptake for childhood jabs Hartlepool Mail
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    09:20: Delays caused by broken down vehicles

    One lane is blocked on the A1 eastbound between Blaydon and Dunston Interchange, because of a broken down vehicle in the roadworks area.

    On the A19 in Wolviston a lane is closed on the exit slip road and there is slow traffic northbound at the A689 junction, because of a broken down vehicle.

    More details on the BBC Travel website for Teesside and Tyne & Wear.

     
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    09:10: GP surgeries facing growing crisis Chris Jackson Presenter, Inside Out North East & Cumbria

    Some GP surgeries are struggling to cope with increasing patient numbers, growing workloads and difficulties in recruiting new doctors, an investigation by Inside Out has found.

    Inside Out graphic

    So much so that many doctors can't want to quit the NHS.

    On tonight's programme we'll reveal the findings of a specially-commissioned ComRes survey of 1,004 GPs across the UK, which found 56% of doctors expect to retire or leave general practice before the age of 60.

    We'll also be talking to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt about what the government is planning to do to avert a prolonged crisis in GP surgeries.

     
  34.  
    08:59: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 09:00 are:

    • BBC Newcastle: Durham Prison is one of the most overcrowded in Britain.
    • BBC Tees: The Health Secretary has told the BBC's Inside Out it's time to put general practice and out of hospital care at the centre of the NHS.
     
  35.  
    08:49: Weather prompts roads warning

    Drivers in west Northumberland are being warned about difficult conditions on roads.

    Northumbria Police say they have received reports of snow and ice on some of the roads in the area.

    There has been one collision on the military road near to Twice Brewed.

    Motorists are advised to adapt their speed, leave a safe distance between vehicles and use headlights in reduced visibility.

     
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    08:38: New look for East Coast train services Phil Mawson BBC News

    The East Coast rail route between London and Scotland has returned to private hands after more than five years in the public sector.

    New Virgin East Coast livery

    Services on the line have been operated by a Department for Transport (DfT) controlled company since November 2009.

    From Sunday they switched to a joint venture of Virgin and Stagecoach, under the name Virgin Trains East Coast.

    Passengers should see the first trains with a new livery from today.

     
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    08:28: Durham Prison overcrowding Stephanie Finnon BBC Newcastle

    Durham Prison is one of the most overcrowded in Britain, according to the the Howard League for Penal Reform.

    Durham Prison

    The charity has released figures which suggest three out of four men's prisons are holding more men than they were designed for.

    They claim Durham is holding 922 prisoners when it was designed for just 591.

    There'll be more on this story throughout the morning on BBC Newcastle.

     
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    08:15: Early warning of wintry showers Kay Crewdson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    We've got a warning of wintry showers early on, but things will brighten up later on, with top temperatures of about 6C (43F).

    Kay Crewdson

    It will stay pretty cold everywhere, with areas close to the east coast seeing the best of any clearer spells.

     
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    08:06: Accident causes A66 delays

    There is slow traffic on the A66 westbound in Middlesbrough between Cargo Fleet Interchange and Marton Road Interchange, because of an accident involving a single vehicle.

    More details on the BBC Travel website for Teesside.

     
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    08:00: Good morning

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