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  1. Updates on Tuesday 1 November 2016

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  2. Tonight's weather: Frost on its way

    Abbie Dewhurst

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It will remain dry and clear overnight, with light winds inland.

    This will allow temperatures to quickly fall after dark, with a widespread frost developing.

    Check the forecast where you are.

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  3. Unions attack council's allowance cut proposals

    Unions have branded a plan Newcastle City Council to possibly cut shift allowances to some staff as "a disgrace".

    The cash-strapped council said the move, involving abolishing allowances for weekend working, would save money and prevent redundancies.

    The GMB described it as an attack on workers who are "predominately the lowest paid and rely on allowances and weekend enhancements, to make a living".

    Unison said that industrial action "could not be ruled out at this stage".

  4. Cash-strapped council considers pay cut move

    Newcastle City Council is to consider abolishing some payments to its staff in a bid to fill a £30m budget gap, it has revealed.

    Premium rates of pay for weekend working and shift allowance premiums could be axed, and the starting time for the night premium would be moved to two hours' later.

    The council says this would save about £2.5m a year and prevent an estimated 100 redundancies, and it is to begin talks with trade unions.

    Newcastle Civic Centre
  5. Bridle path 'boy racers' targeted

    Northumbria Police and South Tyneside Council have teamed up to tackle motorbike disorder in West Harton.

    It follows complaints that off-road motorbikes and mini-motos use a bridle path as "a race track".

    The former mineral line, from John Reid Road to Tile Shed Lane, is popular with cyclists and dog walkers.

    Signs have been put in place along the path, and new gates are due to be installed to prevent motor bikes getting through.

  6. Halloween masked robbers target undertakers

    Two men wearing Halloween masks attempted to rob an undertakers in North Tyneside.

    The pair demanded money from a staff member at Daren Persson Funeral Services in Wallsend yesterday.

    When she refused, one of the men punched her in the face, before she fought back, kicking one of them and they fled empty-handed. 

    The men are described as in their early 20s and wearing Scream-style black and white masks.

    Darren Persson Funeral Service
  7. App success for charity Snowdogs

    Organisers of a public art trail on Tyneside have described it as the most successful of its kind.

    Thousands of people have sought out Great North Snowdogs - individually decorated fibre glass sculptures displayed at locations across Tyneside.

    More than 10,715 people have downloaded the special trail app, and unlocked over 141,000 dogs, creative producers Wild in Art have said.

    People have until 20 November to see them before they are auctioned off to raise money for St Oswald's Hospice.

  8. Missing woman and son urged to get in touch

    Cleveland Police has urged a woman who has gone missing with her 12-year-old son to get in touch.

    Sarah Sisson and Harvey Belshaw left the UK from Dover and travelled to Calais in France by ferry on 8 October. 

    The pair, from the Middlesbrough area, have not contacted family since, which is described as "highly unusual".

    Anyone with information is asked to contact the force.

    Sarah Sissons
  9. From China to North Africa, via South Shields

    Flocks of birdwatchers descended on South Tyneside to catch a glimpse of a rare bird which had blown thousands of miles off course.

    The Isabelline shrike should have been on migration from China or Mongolia to North Africa, but was spotted on National Trust land near Souter Lighthouse, South Shields over the weekend.

    Assistant ranger Dougie Holder, who is also a keen birdwatcher, said "We get a lot of migratory birds flying over the lighthouse, but I didn't expect to see the shrike - it was a dream come true."


    News spread very quickly, and Mr Holden added: "Our shrike really performed for the cameras, entertaining hundreds of birdwatchers over the weekend."  

  10. Hartlepool Council's Bonfire Night wheelie bin warning

    Hartlepool residents are being urged not to leave out their wheelie bins any longer than necessary this week.

    The council said there is traditionally an increase in fires, thefts and vandalism involving bins in the run-up to Bonfire Night.

    A spokeswoman said: "Our message to householders would be to never leave bins in the street, especially overnight, and to always take them in as soon as possible after they have been emptied."

    Wheelie bin on fire
  11. Joint investigation team's 'closure' hope

    A major investigation team set up by Cleveland and North Yorkshire police will also have a unit dedicated to cold cases.

    Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: "We've decided, as part of this major investigation team, that it's important we create the capacity and capability to investigate some of those cold cases so we can hope to bring closure to families who are still waiting to understand who was responsible for their loved one's death."

    Chief Constable Iain Spittal
  12. Award nomination for I, Daniel Blake

    A film shot mainly on location in Newcastle has topped the nominations for this year's British Independent Film Awards.

    I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach, is nominated in seven categories, including best British independent film, best director and best screenplay.

    The critically-acclaimed film, about a middle-aged joiner's struggle with the welfare system, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

    Still from I, Daniel Blake

    It features locations such as Newcastle Central Library and the Venerable Bede Church on West Road.  

  13. Dog gets new lease of like thanks to pain-killing treatment

    A dog who was almost put down due to arthritis is now walking again thanks to treatment. 

    Bill, an 11-year-old springer spaniel, could barely get out of bed and had to drag his back legs on the floor. 

    Owner Doreen Fawcett, 64, from Walker, Newcastle, took him to the PDSA vets where x-rays showed how badly arthritis had affected his spine, knees and hips.


    Bill was already receiving drugs but vets decided to add another medication that combats pain in a different way as a last resort. 

    It worked, and Ms Fawcett said: "PDSA have been wonderful and, thanks to the new treatment, Bill is so much better than he was."

  14. Football ground fraudster targeted Allardyce and Carroll

    A conman whose victims included former England and Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has been convicted of fraud.

    Stephen Ackerman visited West Ham football club's training ground to sell players and backroom staff luxury Christmas hampers in December 2014.

    He tricked the then-manager into handing over £13,270, and also took large amounts of cash from other players - including Gateshead-born striker Andy Carroll - but did not supply any goods.

    The jury at Snaresbrook Crown Court found Ackerman, 48, and from Loughton, Essex, guilty of 18 counts of fraud totalling more than £60,000.

    Sam Allardyce
  15. Time running out for Snowdog spotters

    Would-be Snowdog spotters are being advised to get on their trail before they head back to their kennels.

    The colourful sculptures have been on display at locations around Tyneside since September, and have so far been viewed by tens of thousands of people. 

    They are due to be auctioned off on 6 December to raise money for the Children's Service at St Oswald's Hospice, Gosforth.


    Before the event, at Sage Gateshead, the 61 individually decorated fibre-glass sculptures will be taken indoors for "grooming", from 20 November.