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  1. Updates on Thursday 10 March 2016

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    Updates for the North East have now finished for the day. 

    We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow. We hope you can join us then.

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  2. 'Everyone is responsible' at relegation-threatened NUFC

    Speaking ahead of NUFC's match against top of the league Leicester City, Georginio Wijnaldum says the whole team is to blame for their position in the table after five defeats in six games.

    "I feel really responsible because I play all the games.

    "I'm a member of the squad, of the club, and I think everyone is responsible for that, it's a team thing and we go down as a team, and when we are winning as a team, it's the team winning and the whole club is winning so we are all responsible for this kind of situation." 

    Georginio Wijnaldum
  3. Central Station Metro closing tonight for rennovations

    Central Station in Newcastle is to be fully closed from 20:00 tonight until 05:00 on Monday as part of a £6m refurbishment.

    During the closure trains will not stop at Central Station and customers who would normally travel from or to Central are advised to use Monument.

    Operator Nexus say the three-day closure is needed so that engineers can safely replace electrical distribution and control equipment as part of the on-going modernisation scheme.

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  4. Police probe car arson attack in Ingleby Barwick

    A car has been set on fire in Ingleby Barwick in what police believe could be a case of mistaken identity.

    The vehicle was parked on a drive in Lullingstone Crescent when it was targeted at 21:45 last night.

    Cleveland Police says a man was seen running from the scene and his appealing for information.

  5. 'Legal high' task force halves incidents

    A task force set up by police in Newcastle to crack down on so-called "legal highs" has seen the number of cases drop by more than 50%.

    Officers set up the scheme after 98 incidents occurred between 15 November and 16 January, including cases where people as young as 14 suffered near-fatal side effects to substances.

    Northumbria Police said there has been a 51.7% fall in the number of calls in February.

    Legal highs

    Supt Richard Jackson said: "It's good to see that the numbers of incidents involving legal highs have dropped and that the hard work that has been put in by officers and staff from all of the partner agencies is having a positive effect in the city."  

  6. Man jailed for father's neglect death

    A man who resisted attempts by the council to help his 91-year-old father, who then died as a result of his neglect, has been jailed. 

    Edward Hedley was found at his home in Newcastle in December 2012 in an emaciated state and suffering from extreme pressure sores and later died. 

    His son, William Hedley, who had been convicted of neglect at a previous hearing, was jailed for 18 months by the judge at Newcastle Crown Court.

    William Hedley

    The trial heard that the 64-year-old had resisted numerous attempts from Newcastle Council to provide assistance for his father.  

    Northumbria Police described it as a sad and unusual case.

  7. Mike Ashley threatened with being in contempt of Parliament

    Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley has been threatened with being in contempt of Parliament after failing to appear in front of a committee of MPs.

    A letter from Hartlepool MP Iain Wright reveals Mr Ashley had invited the Business, Innovation and Skills select committee - which Mr Wright chairs - to a meeting at the company's base in Shirebrook.

    "The treatment of low-paid workers and enforcement of the national minimum wage are issues that the committee will be keeping under review over the coming months," Mr Wright's letter states.

    Sports Direct

    Sports Direct has not responded to the BBC's request for a comment.

    The company has previously pledged to review worker rights, with oversight by Mr Ashley, who also owns Newcastle United Football Club.

  8. School Reporters say 'It's opened my eyes'

    If the reaction of School Reporters at Northumberland Church of England Academy is anything to go by, the researchers can expect to find a positive link between greater sleep awareness and student performance.

    "It's made me realise I'm probably not getting enough sleep and I should probably go to sleep earlier, said Lynsey, 14.

    Student Christina

    "It's important because it can keep you refreshed for the next day and helps you learn new things that you won't learn if you're tired because you won't be focused."

    Christina added: "It's opened my eyes about sleep. We've learnt a lot about it and how important it is. If we don't get enough sleep, it can stop you concentrating in class."

    You can watch more about the School Reporters' experience on BBC News at Six on BBC One Thursday, 10 March.

  9. Woman calls for donor opt-out system

    BBC Tees

    More lives would be saved if the organ donor register changed to an opt-out basis.

    That's the view of Sophia Woodings, 23, from Saltburn, who has already had two kidney transplants.

    She said: "If the system stays the same, less people are going to think 'right I'll be an organ donor, I'll sign up, I'll join the register'. If you have the opt out system, if people feel that strongly about not giving up their organs, then they are going to opt out."

    At the moment organs can only be used if you've signed up.

  10. Adam Johnson sentencing date announced

    Disgraced former Sunderland player Adam Johnson will be sentenced for sexual activity with a schoolgirl fan on 24 March, it has been confirmed.

    The footballer, who also played for Middlesbrough and England, also pleaded guilty to grooming the 15-year-old.

    The judge in the case said his preliminary view was that the case fell into the category of a five-year prison sentence, with a range of four to 10 years.

    The 28-year-old is currently on bail and will be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court.

    Adam Johnson
  11. Video: Effects of legal highs on people revealed

    Northumbria Police has revealed footage of some of the people in Newcastle city centre under the influence of legal highs.

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  12. McClaren is staying at Newcastle. For now. But may go...

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    Steve McClaren remains manager of Newcastle United. For now. Expectation is he will go. 

    But when? Anyone's guess. This lacks dignity, for all concerned.

  13. TL;DR - No-one knows what's going on with McClaren and NUFC...

    Now several reporters are saying that Steve McClaren has not been sacked by Newcastle United...

    This is the exact reverse of what was being reported earlier...

    Mirror reporter Simon Bird says he's still in charge at St James' Park. That paper was given special access to McClaren when he was hired in the summer under an agreement with the club as a media partner.

    We're still trying to get to the bottom of what is happening.

  14. Rafa Benitez set for Premier League return?

    BBC Sport

    Is Rafa Benitez set for a Premier League return?

    It is rumoured that the ex-Liverpool and Real Madrid boss could be returning to the Premier League to replace Steve McClaren at Newcastle.

    These stats suggest why the change may be happening...

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  15. Arrest after wheelie bin fires

    A 24-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to danger life after two wheelie bins were set on fire in Hartlepool. 

    The bins were set alight on Lynmouth Grove and Wilshire Way in Hartlepool between 23:00 and midnight on Tuesday.

    The bin fire on Wilshire Way caused damage to the flats next to it and a 72-year-old man who was inside the building at the time of the incident was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees for treatment for smoke inhalation.

  16. Full time for Steve McClaren at Newcastle United?

    Steve McClaren has been spotted leaving Newcastle United's training session as speculation mounts over the future of the head coach.

    Steve McClaren

    This has been tweeted from Lee Ryder, chief sports writer of the Newcastle Chronicle:  

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    So will the club now make a statement?

  17. 'Show your support' call from NUFC's Wijnaldum

    Ahead of Newcastle's upcoming game against Leicester, Georginio Wijnaldum says now is the time to get behind the club and try and save it from relegation.

    The midfielder said: "You know everyone is already against us and it's difficult if the press is putting pressure on the team, so if we can have the support from the supporters it will be good for the team, but also for the club because we are all fighting to keep this club safe so we must do it together."

    Georginio Wijnaldum
  18. Angela Wrightson murder trial told of 'splits in her head'

    Bethan Bell

    BBC News Online

    The older girl accused of murdering Hartlepool woman Angela Wrightson in 2014 told the jury the younger girl had "shouted at her and made her do it".

    She said: "I knew I was going to hurt [Ms Wrightson] and I didn't mean to but I was being told to."

    The girl, then 14, described Ms Wrightson as "having all blood in her face" and "splits in her head" and "was mumbling".

    She said she asked the younger girl why Ms Wrightson was mumbling, and she replied it was because "that's what happens when you're dying, you get flashbacks and that".

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    The older girl claimed she told the younger one, who was then aged 13, to call an ambulance but she refused.

    Instead the pair telephoned the police to collect them and take them home.

    Earlier, the jury heard the older girl thought the only ways people could die were "cancer, being shot in the head and being stabbed in the heart".

    The trial continues.