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  1. Updates on Thursday 1 January 2015

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  1. Yellow warning for rain

    There has been a yellow warning issued from the Met Office for rain across the North East.

    Very strong southwesterly winds will develop across the area. Gusts of 50 to 60mph are likely around exposed coasts and to the lee of hills. Over hills, gusts may exceed 70mph. Heavy rain will also affect many areas.

    Yellow warning shown on map

    The public should be aware of the risk of some disruption due to strong winds or rain. The warning is valid until about 23:55.

  2. Our guide to the FA Cup

    BBC Sport

    This year 736 teams entered the FA Cup, almost 90% of them non-league, all dreaming of beating the big boys to lift the trophy at Wembley in May.

    But how does the FA Cup draw work, and what are the chances of a dream draw? Click here for our interactive guide.

    FA Cup explainer
  3. Wet and windy

    It will remain wet and very windy into the evening, particularly around Hexham in Northumberland, with widespread gales, locally severe. Becoming markedly colder as the rain and strongest winds clear through during the early hours, perhaps with very isolated blustery showers following, these wintry on hills.

    Weather forecast

    Minimum temperature: 3C (37F). Check the forecast near you.

  4. Poyet: Toure goal changed the game

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet: "The idea was to frustrate City. There wasn't much in the game until an incredible goal from Yaya Toure and then the game opened up. It was end-to-end, maybe too open but you can't concede straight away after we got it back to 2-2.

    "In the first half we defended well but on the ball we were very poor. The Yaya Toure goal changed the game completely and when you open up against City you can concede four or five so we were in a tricky spot.

    Gus Poyet

    "We are not good enough to play that open. We could win 5-4 but we will probably lose 5-2. I won't be changing my ways.

    "Anyone can put 11 players on the pitch and tell them to kick and run after it. You have to do more."

  5. Look away SAFC and NUFC fans...

    Eleven goals went in during our two Premier League fixtures this afternoon.

    Newcastle United drew 3-3 with Burnley - George Boyd snatched a point at St James' Park for The Clarets.

    Manchester City beat Sunderland 3-2 - A penalty in the second half almost rescued a point for the Black Cats after being 2-0 down, but Frank Lampard clinched the winner for City.

  6. Presents wrapped up for dip

    The new year dip at Whitley Bay in North Tyneside attracted some colourful outfits too.

    Whitley Bay dip
  7. Dippers brave chilly waters

    Hundreds of people put on their swimming costumes for an annual New Year's Day charity dip on Tyneside.

    Many wore fancy dress as they ventured into the water at Whitley Bay at 11:00. The temperature was 3C (37F) but that did not deter those taking part as they dashed into the sea. In previous years it has snowed.

    People dressed up in the sea

    The now annual event is organised by the Panama Swimming Club, which is based in Whitley Bay.

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  9. Pardew watching Crystal Palace

    BBC Sport

    Alan Pardew is watching on as Crystal Palace play at Aston Villa this afternoon. Get the latest here.

    Alan Pardew at Palace game
  10. 'Carver will enjoy chance' Waddle

    Former Newcastle winger Chris Waddle thinks Magpies caretaker manager John Carver will enjoy taking charge of the team against Burnley.

    Carver and Steve Stone have been named as temporary managers, with Alan Pardew poised to join Crystal Palace.

    John Carver

    Waddle said: "I think John Carver will enjoy the chance - he's been number two for a long time. John won't say it but deep down he has probably waited for this opportunity to take over his boyhood dream club, so I think if he was honest, I'm sure he would love the opportunity to take it at least until the end of the season and see what happens." Click here for full match coverage.

  11. Man City v Sunderland

    Guy Mowbray

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    "Both camps were left cursing the dastardly "missed chance" on Sunday. Manchester City's golden opportunity to move to just one point behind leaders Chelsea was quelled by Burnley, whilst Sunderland drew yet another game despite having an extra man for most of the second half at Villa.

    "If Sunderland had turned just three of their 11 draws into wins this season, they'd be level on points with rivals Newcastle in a healthy mid-table position, and we wouldn't be mentioning the dreaded 'R' word in connection with them.

    "No wonder 'draw' has become the worst four-letter word you could utter in Gus Poyet's presence!"

  12. Newcastle v Burnley

    Martin Fisher

    Match of the Day commentator

    "A new year and a new start for Newcastle United. After four turbulent years on Tyneside, Alan Pardew has left the building but instead of being forced out he's been able to leave with his head held high and walk straight in to another job at a Premier League club.

    "Few anticipated things ending this way three months ago when he couldn't buy a win and his side were stuck in the relegation zone.

    "There were banners, placards and even websites devoted to demanding his exit, while radio phone-ins, local and national, were dominated by the same theme.

    "And yet the great survivor hung on in there, results improved dramatically, and he leaves the club in the top half of the table."

  13. Fun in the surf on New Year's Day

    Here's some swimmers at the Whitley Bay New Year's Day Dip during the Panama Swimming Club's annual fundraising event in North Tyneside.

    Swimmers in Whitley Bay
  14. 'We can get a positive result'

    Sunderland are away at Manchester City this afternoon where last season they drew 2-2 to start a run of matches which saw them avoid relegation from the Premier League.

    City are currently second in the table but Sunderland full-back Billy Jones says that shouldn't intimidate them.

    Billy Jones

    He said: "Everyone's expecting us to get beat, but we believe in our shape and being solid and we feel we can got there and get a positive result."

  15. Fishermen urged to take care

    Lisa McCormick

    BBC Tees

    North East fishermen are being urged to ensure their boats are prime condition before setting out to sea this month.

    Research by the RNLI has found the start of the year is the deadliest time for accidents.

    The charity's fishing safety manager Frankie Horn says poor light, bad weather and cold water are all factors.

  16. Busy evening for police

    Richard Thomas

    BBC News

    Police forces across our region say they had a busy night on New Year's Eve attending more than 1,000 incidents. Cumbria Police made 48 arrests across the county and they had extra officers out in town centres. And in Sunderland a man's in a serious condition after being attacked by a group of men.

    I'll have more on this story on BBC Look North at 13:00 on BBC One.

  17. Sunderland assault: Man in hospital

    Rebecca O'Neill

    BBC Newcastle

    A man's in hospital after being found unconscious on a street in Sunderland.

    Police say it's thought the 25-year-old was assaulted by a group of four men before passing out near a petrol station in Pallion New Road at about 02:00.

    He was with another man who was also assaulted and suffered minor injuries. The group of men are described as aged about 25 and they made off towards the Queen Alexander Bridge.

  18. More on rubbish dumped

    Tens of tonnes of rubbish have been dumped at a recycling site in Teesside over the Christmas break.

    Councillor Tracy Harvey said: "We do everything we can to make recycling as easy and as accessible as possible. However, the irresponsible dumping of waste that we have seen in recent days is nothing more than fly-tipping and is a criminal offence."

    Rubbish on site

    The waste has been cleared by a team of staff "taken away from their normal duties" working alongside the contractor who services the bins.

  19. WATCH: SAFC beat Leeds in FA Cup

    BBC Sport

    We're taking a look back at the 1973 FA Cup final when Division Two Sunderland created a major shock by beating holders Leeds United.

    Don Revie's "Mighty Whites" were overwhelming favourites to lift the Cup at Wembley, but a single goal by Ian Porterfield - and Jimmy Montgomery's stunning double save - secured victory for the Black Cats.

    Sunderland beat Leeds

    The two sides will meet again in the third round of this year's competition. Find out how to watch the FA Cup on the BBC in January.

  20. Fly-tippers dump tonnes of rubbish

    Fly-tippers dumped more than 40 tonnes of rubbish at a recycling site in Teesside over the Christmas break.

    The Parkway Centre at Coulby Newham is intended for unwanted newspapers, glass and cardboard.

    Fly-tipping at Coulby Newham

    But people "continued to dump non-recyclable items long after the containers were full", Middlesbrough Council said. Councillor Tracy Harvey, executive member for environment, hit out at the "the irresponsible dumping of waste".

  21. Today's football in focus

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

    We've got some football to kick-off your new year: Newcastle play host to Burnley at St James' Park for a 15:00 kick-off. Sunderland travel to Manchester City.

    Gateshead's trip to Halifax has been postponed. Middlesbrough travel to Barnsley on Saturday.

    Staying with football, if you're hoping for any new signings to come flooding in, you'll have to wait another couple of days as the transfer window doesn't open until Saturday. It will close at 23:00 on 2 February.

  22. Boro not planning on new faces

    Lisa McCormick

    BBC Tees

    Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka says he won't be making many signings in the January transfer window.

    Boro are third in the Championship, five points behind leaders Bournemouth after their goalless draw with Blackburn Rovers last weekend.

    Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka on the touchline at Elland Road

    There's no New Year's Day fixture for the Boro - they next take on Barnsley in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

  23. Demand for charity 'increases'

    BBC Tees

    A North East homeless charity says it's seen 2,500 new people approach it for help in the past three months.

    Changing Lives provides 300 beds a night for people who are living rough.

    Homeless man eats soup

    Chief executive Stephen Bell says the charity is "starting to struggle" as their government funding is cut, but demand for the service increases.

  24. Sir Bobby 'looking down on Carver'

    Newcastle caretaker manager John Carver says he believes Sir Bobby Robson will be "looking down on him" when he takes charge of the team against Burnley.

    John Carver

    Carver and Steve Stone have been named as temporary managers, with Alan Pardew poised to join Crystal Palace. Robson, who died aged 76 in 2009, managed Newcastle for five years.

    Carver, 49, said: "He will be there with us. He will be in the technical area, let me tell you that, because I never stop thinking about him." Follow coverage of the match here.

  25. Thousands enjoy Quayside celebration

    Thousands of revellers crowded in to Newcastle city centre for a rugby-themed New Year's Eve celebration.

    The city is one of the venues for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, with St James' Park hosting group games in October.

    Tyne Bridge

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster switched on a sign promoting the tournament on the Tyne Bridge. It was part of the Newcastle Winter Carnival which included a parade from the Monument down to the Quayside, where there was a fireworks display.

  26. Papers look at Pardew replacement

    There's still no news overnight on whether Alan Pardew will leave Newcastle United for Crystal Palace, but the papers today are already talking about who might be the new Magpies manager.

    The Independent says Steve McClaren has emerged as a front runner for the post. Newcastle have yet to make contact with his current club, Derby County, but they are braced for an approach.

    But the Daily Mirror says St Etienne manager Christophe Galtier will not be replacing Pardew, according to the French club's co-president Bernard Caiazzo.

    There's more paper talk in the BBC Sport Gossip Column.

  27. House fire: Four in hospital

    Lisa McCormick

    BBC Tees

    Four people have been taken to hospital after a fire at a house in Middlesbrough in the early hours of this morning.

    The two occupants of the house in Jubilee Street South in North Ormesby, and their neighbours who tried to rescue them, all suffered smoke inhalation. Three dogs were also rescued from the house.

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  29. Windy with rain later

    Becoming very windy, with gusts reaching 50 to 60mph later, possibly 70mph over the highest ground. Outbreaks of rain, these becoming heavy and persistent over the Pennines, while some eastern areas at North Shields will have drier and brighter periods. Very mild.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 14C (57F). Check the forecast near you.

  30. No reported major incidents

    Good news for motorists this morning as the roads are looking fairly clear across the North East.

    There are narrow lanes and a speed restriction of 30mph on the A174 in both directions in Thornaby-on-Tees, between the A19 and A1045 Thornaby Road junctions because of roadworks.

    More on BBC Travel for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  31. Good morning

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

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