BBC North East
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Police say a "fraudulent salesmen" has been going to homes claiming to be opening a jewellery shop and asking the victims if they wish to sell any jewellery.
One incident happened on Tuesday in Hemlington - a "salesman" approached a 73-year-old woman’s house and she let him in.
He then searched through her jewellery, but left empty-handed.
In two other incidents police believe that the same man stole a gold coloured rings and pendants with precious stones from properties in Middlesbrough.
Officers are linking the incidents at this time. The suspect is white, 6ft, thin and with black hair which was greying.
Staying rather cloudy with further showery outbreaks of rain, perhaps locally heavy.
Low cloud/mist likely especially on the coast and over hills.
A 53-year-old woman was threatened with a knife and punched before the offender ran off with her purse, police say.
She'd been walking along a short cut from Shields Road and was at Morton Street/Renwick Street when she was "approached by a black man armed with a knife who threatened her".
He stole her purse and punched her before making off.
The woman was "shocked and distressed" and taken to hospital as a precaution.
The Shields Gazette
A dispersal order has been granted for the area of the Meadows, Fieldhead and adjacent closes. The area is bordered by Troutbeck Road, Westmoreland Road, Mersey Road and Roseberry Road.
The order is in place from 18:00 today until 18:00 on Sunday.
The Neighbourhood Team from Cleveland Police will be doing patrols in this area to enforce the order, which allows them to:
The Sports Direct owner has shares in Rangers and also wholly owns Newcastle United. The SFA fined him £1,000 over this dual interest.
Mr Ashley launched a judicial review in a bid to have the fine overturned.
After hearing the case at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, judge Lord Brodie ruled the SFA was correct to fine him.
Two youths have been arrested and a suspected stolen quad bike and trailer's been recovered in connection with burglaries at businesses in the Portrack area of Stockton.
The arrests were carried out this morning as a result of 21 commercial burglaries being reported over the last three months.
Two 17-year-olds, from the Portrack area, were arrested on suspicion of burglary and remain in police custody.
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Five special constables have been given "phablets", according to Northumbria police.
They were given the handheld mobile devices for doing more than 1,000 hours of service in one year.
Deputy Chief Constable Winton Keenen said: "You may see officers looking at these devices out on the streets.
"Rest assured they are not playing Angry Birds or scrolling through Facebook – they are updating incidents and doing important checks to keep us safe."
We've recorded a year in the life of Newcastle's Town Moor - the vast, ancient moorland right at the heart of urban Tyneside - with the help of David Attenborough's sound recordist, Chris Watson.
Each day, we post a minute of sound that we've captured, from Newcastle United scoring at a home game, to the sound of a wood pigeon on a summer's day.
BBC Tees Sport
We understand Middlesbrough are close to a deal for Sporting Gijon defender Bernardo Espinosa.
Talks were held this week.
The Shields Gazette
We Were There was written by Leicester singer Bob Wragg for the 1982 World Cup finals in Spain, who said its original release was deemed "inappropriate" following the outbreak of the Falklands War.
The recording features many of the winning side including Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.
Ashington-born World Cup winning brothers Bobby and Jackie Charlton aren't in it though, as they were away at the time.
A Vauxhall Astra, a Peugeot 207 and a Ford Mondeo collided at about 05:40 on the A695 in Crawcrook.
The driver of the Vauxhall, a 29-year-old man, was taken to hospital with serious injuries and later died.
The driver of the Peugeot, a woman in her 20s, was taken to hospital for treatment. Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. The driver of the Ford was uninjured.
A Teesside man has today been sentenced in what is believed to be the North East’s first prosecution for the new criminal offence of controlling or coercive behaviour.
Richard James Wilshaw, 36, of Melonsby Court, Billingham, was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court to a total of three-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to one count of engaging in controlling or coercive behaviour, one count of perverting the course of justice and two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The charges all relate to an attack by Wilshaw on his partner in December of last year.
Sunderland have confirmed the departure of striker Steven Fletcher after leaving him off their official retained list for next season's Premier League campaign.
The 29-year-old will exit alongside Wes Brown, Danny Graham and Steve Harper, none of whom will be offered extensions to their contracts which expire this summer.
Fletcher joined the Black Cats in a £12m move from Wolves in 2012 and scored 23 goals in 108 appearances for the club.
He signed a loan deal with Marseille in January and admitted earlier this week that he had no expectations of continuing his career at the Stadium of Light.
Brown will also see his injury-hit Sunderland career draw to a close, while Graham has already reportedly drawn interest from the likes of Celtic and Blackburn.
The Northern Echo
A woodchipper has been stolen from a workshop in Northumberland.
It happened some time after Wednesday afternoon at The Wynd in Amble.
Police say intruders forced their way into the premises and stole an orange Timberwolf 150 woodchipper.