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  1. North East weather: Mostly dry becoming breezy

    BBC Weather

    This evening will be largely dry with clear periods and only the odd isolated shower.

    It will become cloudier and breezier again later in the night.

    Temperatures falling to 6C (42F) overnight.

    And you can keep up to date with the latest weather, by searching for where you live, here

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  2. Hartlepool social club customers told to self-isolate

    Customers of a Hartlepool social club are being advised they must self-isolate following an outbreak of Covid-19 cases.

    Hartlepool Borough Council is advising people to take action following a number of positive cases linked to the Richardson and Westgarth Sport and Social Club on Winterbottom Avenue.

    Anyone who visited the club between Sunday 18 October and Tuesday 20 October must self-isolate for 14 days from the date they were last there.

    Richardson & Westgarth Sport & Social Club
  3. Rising levels of coronavirus in the North East

    North East and Tees Valley council leaders are expecting to meet ministers about the prospect of moving to the highest level of Coronavirus restrictions - tier three, very high alert.

    The BBC understands that 12 council leaders across the region were contacted last night and asked to prepare for discussions with the Communities Secretary.

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    Covid-19 in the UK: How many coronavirus cases are there in your area?

  4. Ballot opens for 2021 Rugby League World Cup fixtures

    The public ballot for tickets to the Rugby League World Cup 2021 has opened with a year to go until the tournament.

    One of the games, at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium between the Cook Islands and Tonga, will take place on Sunday 7 November.

    The two teams, have previously faced each other 12 times, with world number-four ranked team Tonga winning 11 of the matches.

    The team will be based at Darlington’s Rockliffe Hall and train at the town’s Mowden Park.

    MIddlesbrough Riverside stadium

    Newcastle also hosts games at St James' Park and Kingston Park.

    St James' Park will also host the opening ceremony on 23 October followed by England men's first game.

    • England v Samoa at St James Park, Saturday 23 October
    • Scotland v Italy at Kingston Park, Sunday 24 October
    • Fiji v Italy at Kingston Park, Saturday 30 October
    • Fiji v Scotland at Kingston Park, Saturday 6 November
  5. Middesbrough striker joins campaign to feed vulnerable school children

    Boro striker Ashley Fletcher is following the footsteps of his former Manchester United team-mate Marcus Rashford and supporting a Middlesbrough Foundation campaign to help feed vulnerable school children in the region.

    The foundation will be providing a further 1,000 food parcels for distribution, and Fletcher is hoping local businesses will also support the campaign.

    Since March it has already supplied 25,000 food parcels.

    Quote Message: Marcus has really led the way with this on a national basis, and as a football club we are determined to play our part on a local level by offering support where we can across Teesside.
    Quote Message: There’s families who need help on our own doorstep, and we’re asking people to come forward and support the foundation in tackling child poverty in our region. " from Ashley Fletcher
    Ashley Fletcher
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  6. North East weather: Rain clearing, brighter skies to come

    BBC Weather

    Cloudy skies with patchy light rain will gradually clear to the east in the early afternoon.

    Turning brighter and drier from the west with easing winds, and temperatures of 10C (50F).

    This evening will be largely dry with clear periods and only the odd isolated shower.

    You can follow the latest BBC Weather forecast, by searching for your location here

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  7. King's Cross closures prompt travel warning

    East Coast Main Line trains to London King's Cross will be cancelled on 21 and 22 November and for six days over Christmas for "essential works".

    Network Rail and train operators on the East Coast Main Line are urging passengers not to travel to or from London on the affected dates with LNER services from the north ending at Peterborough. Rail replacement buses will run from Peterborough to Bedford where passengers can use Thameslink or East Midlands Railway services London St Pancras.

    Rail workers on tracks

    The works are part of a £1.2bn East Coast upgrade which includes the re-opening of a disused tunnel to allows more trains in and out of King's Cross.

    There will also be a reduced service on 14 and 15 and 28 and 29 November with trains between Doncaster and Peterborough diverted via Lincoln, which will extend journey times.

    No services will be running to or from London King’s Cross from 25 December until 30 December. There will also be a reduced service on 24 December and between 31 December and 3 January 2021.

  8. North East leaders warned of tier three possibility

    Herbert Soden

    Local Democracy Reporter

    North East leaders have been warned of fresh discussions over a potential move into tier three, following a late night summons from Government.

    It is understood that leaders in the region were told by central Government that a meeting will shortly be called to discuss tier three - very high alert restrictions, and the potential move from tier two - high alert

    The email, which was sent at around 22:00 BST on Thursday, stated that ministers were keen for this meeting to happen as soon as possible. It comes as Greater Manchester’s tier three restrictions come into force and has left leaders in the region unsure of what any further meeting could entail.

    Last week the region was allowed to remain in tier two but leaders were told they had seven days to show existing measures were working. Leaders were due to report back to government this morning but it is not thought that this is the meeting the late night demand was referring to.

  9. North East weather: Cloudy with drizzle, brightening later

    BBC Weather

    This morning will be mainly cloudy, breezy and damp with rain and drizzle at times.

    Turning brighter and drier from the west this afternoon with easing winds and temperatures reaching 10C (50F).

    This evening will be largely dry with clear periods and only the odd isolated shower. It will become cloudier and breezier again later in the night.

    And you can see the latest forecast, by searching for where you live here

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  10. Darlington homeless accommodation costs increase by 525%

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A council has had to provide 525% more emergency homeless accommodation during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Darlington Council officers said the number of homeless people asking for help had increased by 12%.

    Woman walks by homeless person's tent

    But, because of lockdown, they needed more nights in emergency accommodation.

    Councillors were told the risk of infection was so great the authority "couldn't allow that situation to happen" where homeless people had to sleep rough.

  11. North East weather: Cloudy with showers and sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    Cloudy with a few showers pushing in from the west this afternoon, but much of the day will be dry, and with some sunny periods in places.

    Temperatures around 13C (55F).

    This evening looks mostly cloudy with a few showers and feeling a bit cooler than recent.

    The latest BBC Weather forecast for where you live, can be found here, just search under your location.

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  12. Hartlepool teenage murderers seek lifelong anonymity

    Two teenage girls who murdered a vulnerable alcoholic in her own home in Hartlepool have gone to the High Court in a bid to keep their identities secret for life.

    The girls were aged 13 and 14 when they tortured 39-year-old Angela Wrightson during a five-hour ordeal while posing for Snapchat selfies.

    They were handed life sentences at Leeds Crown Court in 2016 and told they must serve a minimum of 15 years behind bars.

    Trial judge Mr Justice Globe imposed reporting restrictions preventing the media from identifying the killers, on account of them being under 18 and due to their vulnerability.

    Angela Wrightson

    Both girls have now turned 18, and their lawyers are asking for them to be granted lifelong anonymity.

    At a hearing in London, Edward Fitzgerald QC told Mrs Justice Tipples that both girls suffer from "recognisable mental conditions", adding that they are "extremely psychologically vulnerable".

    There are also concerns that "lifting anonymity would create a very significant risk of harm from third parties", he said.

    Judgement will be made at a later date.