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  1. Updates on Tuesday 19 April 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Rebecca Turner

    BBC North East

    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.

    If you'd like to get in touch you can tweet us, email, or contact us through our Facebook page.  

  2. Weather: Dry night but frosty by dawn

    BBC Weather

    Staying dry through the evening and night with cloud tending to dissipate.

    With light winds and clear periods it will turn chilly with a frost in places by dawn.  

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  3. Sam Allardyce on Sunderland charges: 'I was always going to protect my mob'

    More now on the news that Norwich City and Sunderland have been charged by the Football Association for failing to control their players and staff during Saturday's Premier League match.

    Players and staff from both sides clashed on the touchline early in the lunchtime kick-off at Carrow Road.

    Both clubs have until 21 April to respond to the charge, the FA said in a statement.

    The fourth minute of Saturday's match

    Sunderland won the game 3-0 to boost their relegation survival hopes.

    Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce was heavily involved in Saturday's incident, which came after Norwich winger Robbie Brady's challenge sent Sunderland defender DeAndre Yedlin head first into the advertising hoardings.

    After the match, Allardyce said: "I got a bit carried away, but the Norwich players were encroaching my box - I was always going to protect my players and my mob."

  4. Police catch man who was 'accidentally released' from prison

    Police say they've caught a man who was accidentally released from prison on 1 April.

    Steven Burr

    Steven Burr was due to appear at Newcastle Crown Court to be sentenced after pleading guilty to charges of burglary.

    At the time magistrates remanded him in custody as he was also in breach of his licence for offences in 2014, but he didn't show up and was nowhere to be found in prison.

    A probation officer told the court he was released on 1 April and had not shown up since.

    The Prison Service said Burr was mistakenly released due to a rare "administrative error".

  5. Astronaut brings 'space seeds' to County Durham primary school

    An astronaut has brought some seeds from space to a County Durham school.

    It's all part of the Royal Horticultural Society's (RHS) Rocket Science experiment, where children are given 100 seeds which have been in space and 100 which haven't.

    Pupils at Witton Gilbert Primary

    The pupils at Witton Gilbert Primary don't know which is which of the two packets, but they'll grow them to learn more about the potential of growing food in space.

    The seeds have been held in microgravity for six months, with British astronaut Tim Peake in charge of them.

    Reception teacher Mei Mei Quiney said: “The children are buzzing about taking part.

    "It’s exciting to think they’re doing something that could potentially help shape the future of space travel."

  6. Wearmouth Bridge update: Man dies in fall

    Police were called this afternoon after concern was raised for a man on Wearmouth Bridge in Sunderland. 

    Officers attended and attempted to speak to him, but he subsequently fell from the bridge and died. 

    Motorists are advised there may be traffic delays in the area. 

  7. Football gossip: Dossevi on his way to Boro?

    BBC Sport

    A snippet from today's Gossip Column:

    Championship leaders Middlesbrough have been linked with a move for Standard Liege winger Mathieu Dossevi in the French newspaper L'Equipe.

    The 28-year-old Togo international only moved to Liege from Olympiacos on a permanent deal earlier this year, costing a little over £1m.

  8. Cannabis farm unearthed in Gateshead loft

    Police in Gateshead have unearthed a cannabis farm with about 300 plants.

    Gateshead cannabis farm

    Police received information that someone living in Asher Street was growing cannabis in the loft on Monday.

    Some 300 cannabis plants and equipment were seized and but the person responsible hasn't yet been found.

  9. Travel: Wearmouth bridge closed due to police incident

    BBC Travel

    A police incident on the A1018 Wearmouth Bridge in Sunderland means it's closed outbound between the A183 St Mary's Way junction and the Sheepfolds Road junction.

    More as we get it.

  10. BreakingNorwich and Sunderland charged for disorderly conduct at match

    Norwich City and Sunderland have been charged by the Football Association for failing to control their players during Saturday's Premier League match.  

    More to follow.

  11. Watch NUFC and SAFC on Match of the Day

    BBC Sport

    It's not been very often this season that both Newcastle and Sunderland fans have been able to watch Match of the Day with a smile on their faces.

    But this weekend they could. And if you missed it, the show is now on the BBC iPlayer - just click below to watch.

  12. Your photos: Daybreak at Tynemouth beach

    Rebecca Turner

    BBC North East

    Thanks to Dave Jackson for this photo of Tynemouth this morning. 


    If you have any pictures you'd like us to see, you can tweet us, email, or contact us through our Facebook page.  

  13. Cheryl Cheryl Fernandez-Versini to be recognised for charity work

    Newcastle-born star Cheryl Fernandez-Versini - now known as just Cheryl - is to be recognised for her charity work at an event hosted by Hollywood actress Eva Longoria.

    Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

    The former X Factor judge will receive the Global Gift Philanthropist award at a charity event being held in Paris.

    The award will honour the work she has done through her charity, Cheryl's Trust, which supports disadvantaged children and youths across the UK.

  14. Middlesbrough fans bullish ahead of crunch clash with Burnley

    Our reporter Lee Johnson has been to The Riverside to speak to Boro fans ahead of the match against Burnley tonight.

    It's first plays second in the Championship with both sides vying to get into the Premier League. 

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  15. Two arrested after laptop burglary in Newcastle

    Two people have been arrested after an off-duty officer noticed a man and woman "acting suspiciously" and carrying laptop bags in Newcastle city centre. 

    They were spotted this morning near Monument Metro station and were heading towards North Shields.

    Police say they looked into it, and it turned out the laptops had been taken during a burglary at Eldon Square overnight.

    A few hours later, a 26-year-old man and 31-year-old woman were arrested in Wallsend High Street on suspicion of burglary and a number of laptops were recovered.

  16. Travel: Accident involving car and motorbike on A697

    BBC Travel

    The A697 in Espley Hall in Northumberland is closed and there's slow traffic northbound between the Espley turn off  and the Hebron turn off because of an accident involving a car and a motorbike.

    A diversion is in operation via the Hebron turn off on to the A1 northbound.  

    There's more traffic information on the BBC Travel website for Tyne & Wear and Teesside.   

  17. Warning after elderly woman falls for telephone scam

    A elderly resident from Cramlington had money stolen from her bank account after being called up and told she'd won a cash prize.

    She got a telephone call from a woman claiming to be from a mobile phone company who said she'd won money and needed to give her details.

    The victim then had money stolen from her account. 

    Police are asking people with older relatives to make sure they are aware of this scam.

  18. Stockton woman stuck in Egypt after serious accident

    BBC Tees

    The family of a Stockton woman seriously injured in an horse-riding accident in Egypt is trying to arrange for her to be flown home. 

    Olivia Fairclough has been living in the country for about a year and works in stables near Cairo. 

    She suffered injuries to her spine and ribs on Friday. Her family says that because wasn't insured, it'll cost more than £30,000 to fly her home for treatment. 

    Her brother Trevor is planning to fly out in the next few days.

    Olivia Fairclough
  19. How do Newcastle United's finances stack up?

    Respected football finance blogger Swiss Ramble has taken an in-depth look at Newcastle United's current situation.

    Delving into the club's latest accounts, he warns about the impact relegation could have on the club's finances, and how that might affect any potential sale by Mike Ashley.

    Mike Ashley

    He adds: "Any prospective purchaser would have to shell out at least quarter of a billion to cover Ashley’s costs (original acquisition plus outstanding debt), which does not exactly make the club an attractive proposition, especially if Newcastle drop to the Championship."

    Read the full article here.