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  1. Updates on Tuesday 6 December 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Kristie Kinghorn

    BBC Newcastle

    Thanks for joining us for today's coverage.

    Head to BBC TeesBBC Newcastle and Look North and online for the latest updates.

    Sunrise over Tynemouth Castle and Priory

    We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow.

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  2. Teesside rail facing 'neglect'

    Tom Blenkinsop, Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, has warned that the government’s decision on National Rail today might mean less busy services in Teesside face "neglect".

    The way that England's railway network is run is set to be overhauled under plans outlined by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.

    He wants each rail franchise to be run by joint management teams, including representatives from both the train operating company and Network Rail.


    Mr Blenkinsop said: “Locally, the decisions made today will likely mean less busy lines, like the Northallerton to Teesport link or the Saltburn to Middlesbrough service, will be neglected in favour of money-making lines like those connecting Leeds and Manchester. 

    "Once again Teesside is being allowed to slip down the agenda and the government letting it happen.”

  3. Enchanted Parks returns to Gateshead

    The festive Enchanted Parks returns to Saltwell Park from this evening for six nights.

    The sold-out event sees specially-commissioned artists transform the Victorian park into a magical wonderland, with this year's installations inspired by the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.

    Councillor John McElroy said: "There is something magical about being in Saltwell Park after dark and it’s great that even more people can come along this year and enjoy such an amazing spectacle."

    Enchanted Parks
    Enchanted Parks
  4. BreakingShelvey and Dummet have red cards rescinded

    Matthew Raisbeck

    BBC Newcastle Sport

    Newcastle United duo Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett have had their suspensions overturned following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

  5. Shearer describes investiture as 'nerve-wracking'

    Alan Shearer has described the investiture ceremony as "fabulous" and "nerve-wracking", despite having been made an OBE in 2001. 

    "I've done it before but it doesn't get any easier," he said. 

    The former NUFC striker launched the Alan Shearer Foundation in 2012 to provide support for disabled people.

    It aims to raise £250,000 a year to provide free sensory and leisure activities and respite breaks for profoundly disabled children and adults at a centre in Newcastle.

    Today he was made a CBE.

    Alan Shearer
  6. Great North Snowdogs unleashed for auction

    A pack of snowdog sculptures are going under auction tonight to raise money for charity.

    Thousands of people have visited the 61 hounds across the North East since they went on display in September.

    The decorated dogs go up for sale at the Sage Gateshead to raise funds for St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice.

    Carole Dixon, head of children's and young adults services at the hospice, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the public’s support of the Great North Snowdogs trail – it has really captured hearts."

  7. How footballers' loved ones reacted to hearing of abuse

    Hundreds of footballers have now alleged that they were victims of sexual abuse as children, taken advantage of while following a path towards a dream career. 

    For loved ones, hearing of the abuse came as a shock - but also made sense of any changes in personality they had seen.

    "The last 20 years, he's been a shadow of the person he was. He's been hit with depression, anxiety and agoraphobia," Paul Eatock tells the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme.

    David Eatock

    Last week, David Eatock waived his anonymity to reveal he was abused by former coach George Ormond during his three years at the club.

    He said Ormond - a convicted child sex abuser - groomed him between the ages of 18 and 21, and on one occasion sexually assaulted him.

    David Eatock
  8. Hopes grow for Hartlepool steel plant

    Lisa McCormick

    BBC Tees

    Unions are close to agreeing a deal with Tata Steel which could keep the firm's Hartlepool works open and secure 500 jobs. 

    Talks were held between the company and unions last week about the future of the Port Talbot works and other UK plants, including Hartlepool. 

    Tata Steel

    It's thought the issues of pensions, production and jobs were discussed, and a deal could emerge this week. 

    The future of Tata in Hartlepool has been in doubt since the UK business was put up for sale in March.

  9. BreakingMurder probe after woman's body found in Darlington house

    A murder probe has been launched after a woman was found dead in a house in Darlington, police say.

    Officers were called by the ambulance service to Louisa Street just after 12.30.

    They found the body of a local woman in her 40s at the scene.

    A 43-year-old woman from Darlington has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

    Det Supt Dave Ashton said: "I can confirm a murder investigation is under way after a woman died in a house in Darlington this afternoon. 

    "We have one person in custody who is being interviewed by detectives.

    “Local people can expect to see an increased police presence in the Louisa Street area over the coming days as my officers work to piece together what happened.“

  10. FA Cup classic matches: Hereford United v Newcastle

    BBC Sport

    Ronnie Radford's 30-yard strike helps Hereford United to a 2-1 win over Newcastle in a third round FA Cup replay in 1972.

    Newcastle forward Malcolm Macdonald had headed the Magpies in front before Radford's effort forced extra-time.

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    Video caption: FA Cup memories: Radford's Hereford

    Ricky George's winning goal meant a non-league club had beaten a top-flight club in a competitive fixture for the first time since Yeovil Town's victory over Sunderland in 1949.  

  11. Compelling actor who excelled in unsympathetic roles

    British actor Peter Vaughan, best known for roles in Game of Thrones and Porridge, has died at the age of 93.

    His best known parts included Felix, the dementia-suffering father of Christopher Eccleston's character in landmark TV drama Our Friends in the North, which earned him a Bafta nomination.

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    Video caption: Peter Vaughan: Compelling actor who excelled in unsympathetic roles
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    Video caption: Middlesbrough 1-0 Hull City: Aitor Karanka pleased with 'deserved' win
  13. Council budget proposals ending

    Residents in Sunderland have four weeks left to have their say on proposals to save a further £74m from the council's budget. 

    The authority warned in October it needed to save the money by 2020 on top of the £250m of cuts since 2010.

    Sunderland Council building

    The council estimates that by 2020 it will have £590 less available to spend for each Sunderland household.

    Councillor Paul Watson, leader of the council, said: "This is uncharted territory in terms of the crippling level of cuts we are facing. 

    "We've tried so hard to protect our communities from the worst of the cuts over the last six years by absorbing most of the impact ourselves but we've now reached the stage where we just can't do that any more."

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    Video caption: Alan Shearer: Ex-England and Newcastle striker made CBE

    Former England and Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer is been honoured for his charity work.

  15. BreakingOur Friends in the North actor dies

    British actor Peter Vaughan, best known for roles in Game of Thrones, Porridge and Our Friends in the North, has died at the age of 93.

    His agent Sally Long-Innes said: "This is to confirm that very sadly Peter Vaughan passed away at approximately 10.30 this morning. He died peacefully with his family around him."

    Peter Vaughan appeared opposite Ronnie Barker in Porridge
    Christopher Eccleston, Gina McKee, Mark Strong and Daniel Craig