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One or two showers possible later in the night.
Too many children are arriving hungry to school because of the "political warfare" between a leading foodbank charity and the Government, MPs have warned.
They say too many children have hunger as their "most constant companion" with one in five pupils at some schools arriving ravenous each day, according to the cross-party group.
Malnourishment in hospital admissions is also on the up, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Hunger added.
Chairman Frank Field said two "very troubling forces" were behind the "tragedy".
Its report looked at 19 schools in Birkenhead and 13 in South Shields, with some staff reporting increased hunger in pupils on Mondays and after school holidays.
The Liam Fee murder trial has heard it would be possible for a 'single stamp' from another child to have caused the injury that killed the toddler.
An abdomen stamp which forced blood to burst a hole in his heart could have been administered by a child or adult, the High Court at Livingston heard.
Nyomi Fee, 29, and Rachel Fee, 32, deny murdering Rachel's son Liam, two, in a house near Glenrothes on 22 March 2014.
The couple also deny harming two other children.
Liam's mother Rachel Fee and her civil partner Nyomi Fee, originally from Ryton, Gateshead, further deny attempting to defeat the ends of justice by blaming the killing on another child.
A man wanted by police in connection with a fraud investigation is "known to have links to Newcastle".
Adjarho Bamidele Akpomedaye, 41, of Hyland Close, Hornchurch, is wanted after failing to appear at Hatfield Police station in March.
Police say that Akpomedaye, also known as Dele Desmond, is known to have links to Newcastle, Hornchurch and Borehamwood.
A teenager who diedwhen the car he was a passenger in left a road in Northumberland has been named by police.
Ricky John Tynemouth, from Guidepost, died when the car left the A196 near South Farm, Choppington, on Wednesday night.
Argentina international Jonas Gutierrez sued Newcastle over the way he was treated following his diagnosis and claimed the Premier League club saw him as a liability after he returned from treatment.
Gutierrez, now playing for Deportivo La Coruna in Spain, also alleged that he was not selected for some of the second half of the 2014-15 season, when the Magpies avoided relegation on the final day of the campaign, so it would not trigger an automatic one-year contract extension.
Jonas Gutierrez was successful in two of his claims against Newcastle United and another two were dismissed.
Gutierrez (pictured), who joined Newcastle from Real Mallorca in 2008, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in October 2013.
He had been a regular at St James' Park before that time, with 10 goals in 177 appearances at the time of treatment.
Midfielder Jonas Gutierrez was dropped by Newcastle United because of his cancer diagnosis, an employment tribunal has found.
The 32-year-old was suing the Magpies for in the region of £2m on the grounds of disability discrimination.
The tribunal also ruled the club made it impossible for Gutierrez to trigger a further deal through appearances.
Claims of unfavourable treatment and another of harassment related to disability were dismissed.
A further remedy hearing will be held in due course, in which compensation will be addressed.
Colin Gregg, 74, had a "strong determination to sexually abuse little boys" and there was a pattern to his offending, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
The former head teacher, from Gosforth, denies 26 indecent assault charges relating to nine complainants.
His trial was told how Mr Gregg became a "wealthy man" by helping to expand the family bakery business.
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BBC Newcastle's Sunderland commentator
“The lads have got to keep their nerves” says Sam Allardyce of Sunderland’s crucial match at Norwich City.
“If we stick to our game plan to the best of our ability we’ve already proven we can match anybody”.
Allardyce has a fully fit squad to choose from.
Duncan Watmore returns after his ankle injury at Liverpool on February 6th but Allardyce says he won’t start “and may come off the subs bench”.
The Sunderland manager has been keeping the players guessing in training as to who will be involved at Carrow Road to keep them on their toes.
A teenager has died in a crash on a rural road in Northumberland.
A blue Vauxhall Corsa left the A196 near South Farm, Choppington, at about 19:30 yesterday, police said.
A 17-year-old boy who was a passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other 17-year-old boys were taken to hospital for treatment to injuries not believed to be life threatening.
The 18-year-old man who was driving the car has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
Police have released a CCTV image after three men were assaulted in Gotham Town bar in Neville Street last month.
Police say he was in the bar at the time and may be able to help police with enquiries.
60 horses will be at Beamish Museum this weekend to tell the story of First World War horses.
Chris Thompson, Beamish’s Horse Operations Team Leader, said: “Horses at War gives visitors the chance to discover the role of horses, ponies and mules in the First World War".
There have been a number of thefts of car parking meters in Newcastle.
Since the beginning of the year there have been six reports from areas across the city including Coach Lane, Sandyford, streets around Newcastle University and the Quayside area.
Police say that sometimes parts of the machines have been cut off and stolen, other times the offenders have taken the whole thing.
The incidents appear to be happening overnight but on busy streets and near to houses and accommodation.
The Shields Gazette
Since the start of the year more than 100 people have been arrested across Sunderland and South Tyneside for drink driving, police say.
Police say drink driving is one the four main causes of serious injury and death on the roads.
They say the three other main causes are speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and the driver being distracted - all of which alcohol can play a factor in.
Sunderland Ladies are the Crazy Gang without the crazy, says Lady Black Cats manager and former Wimbledon midfielder Carlton Fairweather.
As a member of one of English football's most iconic FA Cup-winning teams - including now Hollywood actor Vinnie Jones and uncompromising striker John Fashanu - Fairweather was the "level-headed one" in Wimbledon's "Crazy Gang".
In just his second season as a manager, Fairweather has guided Women's Super League One side Sunderland to the Women's FA Cup semi-finals and a chance to reach the stage of Wimbledon's greatest triumph - Wembley.
This afternoon will remain rather cloudy with the odd spot of rain, however many places will be dry.
Skies will tend to brighten later, especially in the west where a few sunnier spells are possible.
Maximum Temperature: 8C (46F).