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Middlesbrough defender Jonathan Woodgate has recovered from a recurring hamstring problem and is available for selection.
Fellow defender Rhys Williams is back in training after an Achilles injury, while striker Lee Tomlin has shaken off a minor niggle and may feature.
Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore takes charge of his first game and is waiting on the fitness of Tommy Miller and Michael Duckworth.
Miller has a calf problem, while Duckworth has a groin injury.
The police are preparing a massive security operation this weekend with new tactics to head off the threat of trouble at Sunday's Tyne Wear derby.
The game coincides with the busiest shopping weekend of the year - with more officers than ever lining the streets.
It's hoped the deaths of two Newcastle fans in the Ukranian air crash will create a more tolerant atmosphere - while the police say they'll have a "mature" approach to fans. I'll have more on this story and a preview of the match onBBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.
David Wilson, 49, was found dead at an address in Southwick Road on 14 December. Officers believe his death may be linked to a report of a man being mugged near the post office cash machine in Southwick Green earlier.
The mugging victim is thought to have flagged down a taxi, and police believe the driver may hold vital information.
A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and released on bail pending further inquiries.
The mother of a woman whose body was found at her home in Hartlepool has paid tribute to her daughter.
Angela Wrightson, 39, was found in the house in Stephen Street on 9 December.
Maureen Wrightson said: "As a mother and as a whole family, we have been left devastated by the loss of Angie. It's no secret that she had many difficulties to overcome in her personal life, but to end up in this situation is desperately sad.
"Angie was a real character. She was really well known around the town and we have been comforted by the many messages of sympathy and support which have been passed to us in person and via social media."
Two girls, aged 13 and 14, have been charged with murder.
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Right-back Daryl Janmaat returns from suspension, while Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cisse, Steven Taylor and Cheick Tiote are all likely to be fit.
Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher is expected to replace Jozy Altidore in the starting line-up. Midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini and defender Billy Jones could be involved after returning to training this week.
I'm with Jon Harle in the generator room of The Sage Gateshead which is celebrating its 10th birthday this week.
He'll be broadcasting live on BBC Newcastle after 16:00.
We'll also talk to one musician who played the Newcastle Arena last week, but who played at The Sage 10 years ago just as the venue, and his career, were getting started.
More than £10,000 of fake goods have been seized in a series of raids across County Durham.
Trading Standards officers from Durham County Council have carried out a number of investigations into suspected counterfeit items including clothing, trainers, perfumes and electrical hair styling products featuring designer names being sold online.
More than 500 items bearing registered trademarks have been recovered and represent an estimated loss of £50,000 in sales when compared to the genuine products.
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BBC Newcastle's Sunderland commentator is preparing for the Tyne-Wear derby on Sunday.
He said: "The Christmas elf has been busy with his pens."
The build-up on BBC Newcastle will start from 12:30 leading up to the 13:30 kick-off.
Graham Armstrong, 43, who previously worked as the chief executive and managing director at the TV Dragon's company, has been arrested on suspicion of fraud. He has been bailed by police.
It follows the arrest last week of 45-year-old Christopher Watson, Mr Bannatyne's finance director.
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Northumbria Police are advising motorists of delays on the A69 junction eastbound just before Corbridge after a lorry jackknifed.
It happened at 12.56 and both lanes are closed travelling eastbound with the slip road to the A68. Diversions are being put in place through Heddon.
The road is expected to be closed for some time while the vehicle is removed as specialist equipment is required to remove the large vehicle.
Extra Metro trains will be introduced for theTyne Wear derby on Sunday centred around the start and the end of the game, Nexus has said.
Nexus spokesman Huw Lewis told BBC Newcastle: "There'll be four or five services both before and after the football match that are timed specifically around the match.
"In recent years we've provided one specific train that goes non-stop between between Sunderland and Newcastle that the police have asked us to provide. That's a dedicated train for fans. This year the police have asked us not to provide that train. However, we're confident that there'll be enough room for everybody."
Policing plans for the Tyne-Wear derby have been finalised ahead of Sunday's game. Northumbria Police say there'll be a more visible presence of officers but there won't be the usual escort for Sunderland fans from Central Station.
Twelve hospitals in our region are failing to meet accident and emergency targets, according to the latest winter pressure figures and pedestrians are being warned to take extra care on one of our region's best-known high streets after four people were hit by buses in three months.
Join me at 13:30 on BBC One.
Data showed just under 90% of patients were seen within four hours in the seven days up to December 14.Find out how your nearest hospital is doing with this link.
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James Lester will unveil the nameplates as they are reunited with the 34051 Winston Churchill. The engine and its carriages are being restored for the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston's funeral on 30 January. The carriage is being restored in Shildon, County Durham.
The train will go on display in the Great Hall of the National Railway Museum in York as part of its Churchill's Final Journey exhibition.
More than 2,000 inappropriate calls have been made to the North East Ambulance Service over the last three months, the service said.
In November, the trust received 805 inappropriate calls. In October, the figure was 758 and in September it was 668 - altogether totalling 2,231.
Yvonne Ormston, from the service, said: "As well as wasting the time of call-handlers, inappropriate calls result in the unnecessary dispatch of emergency, non-emergency and patient transport ambulances - preventing them from getting to those patients genuinely in need.
"Before you make that call, think to yourself 'is this an emergency?' If the answer is no, please find an alternative way of getting help. An ambulance will not guarantee you will be seen any quicker."
It's been revealed that staff from a number of North East prisons are being bussed across the country to fill gaps at other jails because staff shortages are so acute this Christmas, according to leaked documents.Campaign group the Howard League for Penal Rerform says that 230 staff are having to move around the UK and that the shortage of prison officers means some inmates are being kept in their cells for up to 23 hours a day.
The Ministry of Justice insisted "most prisons are appropriately staffed".
From balloons and horses to traditional crowns and stars, Christmas decorations in all shapes, sizes and colours have brightened up England's streets over the years.Enjoy taking a look at some examples of the past here including some from Newcastle's Northumberland Street in 1987.
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The North East Party win by-election on Peterlee Town Council. Mary Cartwright takes Eden Hill ward.
It's the first election the North East Party have fought. The party was formed six months go.
However, only 335 people voted in the election.
Robert Wells sent us this picture of a seal in the River Wear in Chester-le-Street. I've been finding out if this is unusual.
Jim Cokill, from the Durham Wildlife Trust, says: "It is unusual but not unheard of. They're chasing salmon and fish. They've also been spotted on the Tyne when they're looking for food."
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