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  1. No "cheque book" involved in assurances given to Nissan ahead of decision to boost UK production
  2. Leaves falling on tracks affect metro services
  3. Bishop Auckland man dies after being hit by car
  4. Updates on Friday 28 October 2016

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  2. Weather: Clouds and a little drizzle

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    Clear spells at first could lead to a few mist patches forming.

    Cloud will tend to increase from the west later with perhaps a little drizzle over the Pennines.

  3. Farne Island seal wins praise for scuba photographer

    It's difficult enough to take pictures of wildlife - they do have an unhelpful habit of wandering off mid shot.

    But imagine doing it in the water.


    A scuba diver's shot of a seal off the Northumberland coast has been highly commended in the British Sub-Aqua Club’s Great British Diving photo competition.

    Craig Ward took it while on a diving trip to the Farne Islands.

    He said: “About eight seals started circling us and I started taking some photos. One swam right up a lobster line and started chewing on the camera lens.”

  4. Mike Ashley to pay half of SFA legal costs after losing legal challenge

    Mike Ashley will have to pay half the Scottish Football Associations's legal bill after his failed attempt to reverse their decision to fine him for breaching dual ownership rules.

    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 failed to overturn the fine at a judicial review in June.

    A judge has also told Mr Ashley to pay an additional fee to the SFA to meet the cost of specialist legal advice.

    Mike Ashley

    The SFA had originally fined Mr Ashley £7,500 but reduced this to £1,000 after he appealed.

    Mr Ashley later launched a judicial review in a bid to have the fine revoked.

  5. A lot of communication but 'no deal' between Nissan and government

    Carole Walker

    Political correspondent

    A Downing Street spokesman has said there were "numerous discussions" between car manufacturer Nissan and the government.

    Pressed on whether a letter was written to Nissan, he said there were "all forms of communication between Nissan and the government at various levels."

    The spokesman said the government offered reassurance to Nissan and to industry more widely that the government would get the best possible deal for Britain and for business as we leave the EU.

    He said there was "no deal, no compensation package, nothing about tariffs".

    Asked whether other companies could expect similar reassurance, he said the government was in regular dialogue with other companies and other industries and would get the best deal for Britain as it leaves the European Union. 

    Door of Number 10 Downing Street
  6. Machetes and meat cleavers handed in during amnesty

    Swords, hunting knives, bread knifes, machetes and meat cleavers are among 106 knives and other sharp objects handed in to Cleveland Police during a knife amnesty.

    Items handed in under knife amnesty

    Flick knives, lock knives, butterfly knives, scissors, kitchen knives and a BB gun were also given up.

    Ch Insp Emily Harrison said they were "extremely pleased with the results of the knife amnesty as it means that there are far fewer potentially dangerous objects on the streets of Cleveland".

    Items handed in during knife amnesty
  7. North East councils making cuts

    BBC Newcastle

    Millions of pounds of cuts are being made to care for elderly and vulnerable people in our region, according to figures seen by the BBC.

    Research involving a number of councils has identified that there are plans to save at least £70m across the region in adult social care.

    Newcastle City Council is saving more than £18m over four years, while Durham County Council is consulting on savings of £12m for next year.

    North Tyneside is saving more than £5m this financial year.

    The government says councils are now able to raise extra cash for social care by adding 2% onto council tax.

  8. England bowler Mark Wood to stay with Durham

    England bowler Mark Wood has handed Durham a huge morale boost by committing himself to the troubled county for the next three years.

    Durham were relegated from the first division of the county championship and handed points deductions across all three formats after accepting a financial bailout from the England and Wales Cricket Board in early October.

    The county also saw its Test status revoked and had already lost key players Scott Borthwick and Mark Stoneman to Surrey.

    Mark Wood

    But Wood, who has a central Test contract with England, has partially stemmed the tide of bad news by pledging his future to the club despite its current straits.

    "I'm delighted to be honest; throughout the year, I was desperate to stay," he said.

  9. Procedures for vulnerable children 'not followed' by South Tyneside District Hospital

    Procedures that were meant to protect vulnerable children weren't followed properly at South Tyneside District Hospital, a report has found.

    The Care Quality Commission discovered information about children at risk from domestic abuse or self-harm wasn't recorded properly.

    It also highlighted management failures.

    South Tyneside Foundation Trust says it accepts the findings and is urgently working to improve its safeguarding system.

    South Tyneside District Hospital
  10. Lunchtime news on Look North

    Jeff Brown

    BBC Look North

    Hundreds of teaching assistants protest against pay cuts - is there a strike in the pipeline?

    And we'll be remembering the fallen as thousands of crosses are planted in honour of the North East soldiers who died at the Somme.

    Join me for the latest news at 13:30 on BBC 1.

  11. MPs could put business minister on the spot over existance of deal with Nissan

    The Business Secretary, Greg Clark, could be called to appear before MPs to answer questions about the terms of any government deal with the car-maker, Nissan.

    Secretary of State for Business Greg Clark

    The Commons business committee chairman, Labour MP Iain Wright, says he wants to ask Mr Clark "face-to-face" about assurances given to the company before it announced further investment in its plant in Sunderland.

    The former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, says he believes some form of deal was struck.

  12. Iain Duncan Smith gives his opinion on 'I, Daniel Blake'

    Former Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith says the new Ken Loach film is "a human story full of pathos and difficulty."

    I, Daniel Blake tells the story of a joiner on benefits in the North East.

    Mr Duncan Smith told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "The film takes the very worst of anything that can ever happen to anybody, lumps it all together, and then says: this is life absolutely as it is lived by people."

    Ken Loach
  13. Travel: Two vehicle accident in County Durham

    BBC Travel

    Butterwick Road in Fishburn is partially blocked in both directions between the Harap Road junction and the A689 on Beacon Lane junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

    More travel updates here.

  14. Felling factory to build new warehouse

    Duncan Leatherdale

    BBC News Online

    A spice factory in Felling has been given permission to build a new warehouse.

    Gateshead Council’s planning committee unanimously approved the plan for Dalziel Ltd’s spice blending site on William Street.

    Assistant development manager Phil McCarthy said the development would be an improvement for the area as it meant deliveries could now be unloaded on site rather than on the road.

    The plan would also include the creation of a new way into the site.

    Councillors approved the plan on condition that the new entrance is built before the warehouse.

  15. Tony Blair suspects 'strong assurances' given over Nissan

    Former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, says he believes the government must have given Nissan "strong assurances about the car industry's access to the single market".

    Business Secretary Greg Clark insisted "no cheque book" was used to tempt the car manufacturer to boost its base in Britain.

    But Mr Blair said he knew Nissan and the importance of access to the market.

    Tony Blair
    Quote Message: Now, in the end, you can't decide this company by company, it's actually quite difficult to decide it sector by sector. The car industry is one industry very affected by the single market and any potential tariffs. So, if this is an indication that the UK government are giving strong assurances about access to the single market, well this would be important." from Tony Blair Former Prime Minister
    Tony BlairFormer Prime Minister
  16. Teaching assistants protest over pay cuts

    Mark Denten

    BBC Look North

    Around 300 County Durham teaching assistants who are members of Unison have been protesting outside County Hall.

    Strikes are planned over pay cuts.  

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