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  1. Workers go as cable plant wound up
  2. Sunderland Ladies revert to part-time status
  3. Disabled teen suffered 'days of excruciating pain'
  4. Updates on Friday 6 January 2017

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David Moyes: 'We are trying to build a younger team'

FA Cup third round, Sunderland v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

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There'll be no departure for Jermain Defoe then, but that doesn't mean that all will be quiet at Stadium of Light this January.

Manager David Moyes has said he is looking into bringing players into what he describes as "this great club" - but he will also be looking to utilise the club's youth set-up as he builds for the future.

"We are trying to build a younger team and a younger squad," he said.

"I want the young academy players training with us as much as possible. They might be involved in some way tomorrow."  

Rafa: 'We are not thinking about selling any player'

Matthew Raisbeck

BBC Newcastle Sport

Rafa Benitez has been speaking to BBC Newcastle at his media conference and says there's been "a lot of speculation about Mitrovic going" but that "we are not thinking about selling any player".

He also said: "We have a lot of clubs asking, but nothing concrete for Cheick Tiote.

"We have to use our squad. Some players like Mitrovic will start. Those that haven't played will have an opportunity.

"We are still looking for players... players in the right positions to give us something different for the rest of the season." 

Man chased from shop with baseball bat after threatening staff

Police are appealing for information after an attempted robbery at the Lifestyle Store in North Ormesby on New Year's Day.

It happened on Westbourne Grove just after 18:00. A man walked into the shop and threatened the shopkeeper with a smashed glass bottle, demanding money.

The shopkeeper then chased the man from the premises with a baseball bat. 

Ivan Toney: Northampton decision lies with Newcastle forward

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Northampton Town chairman Kelvin Thomas has said the decision over whether Ivan Toney will return to the club is in the Newcastle United forward's hands.

The 20-year-old scored 13 goals in 60 games for the Cobblers before his move to Newcastle and was recently on loan at Shrewsbury.

"We have done whatever we can to bring Ivan back to the club," said Thomas.

"He has returned to Newcastle United from his loan spell at Shrewsbury Town and the decision is now with him."

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Since moving to St James' Park in August 2015, Toney has made four first-team appearances as well as having loan spells at Barnsley and Shrewsbury.

Last season, he helped the Tykes win promotion to the Championship, playing in the League One play-off final victory over Millwall.

Eggs thrown at a house in Cramlington

Eggs have been thrown at a house in Cramlington.

It happened at in Doxford Place on Wednesday evening.

Eggs were thrown at the windows of a house causing a mess which the resident had to clean. This is the third time this has happened over the past three weeks.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Alan Shearer on Guardiola's impact

Alan Shearer gives his opinion on Pep Guardiola's time in English football:

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South Shields holiday cash conwoman warned she faces jail

The Shields Gazette

A conwoman who masterminded a 'once in a lifetime' Disney holiday Facebook scam has been warned she could be jailed.

Ashleigh Turbitt arriving at an earlier court hearing
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Gary Lineker invites you to take part in the 2017 FA People's Cup

Sign up to the FA People's Cup and you could win your way on to the hallowed Wembley Stadium turf at half-time during the FA Cup Final.

Entries are now open and you can find out all the details here.

Tonight's weather: Cloudy, rainy, windy, cold

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Mostly cloudy with outbreaks of rain throughout the day although there will be some drier periods. 

Brisk southwesterly winds will ease during the evening. Feeling quite cold.  

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Jermain Defoe

Sunderland boss David Moyes says Jermain Defoe is not for sale amid speculation about the veteran striker's future.

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Man charged with murder of Sunderland man

A man has been charged with murder after the death of a man in Sunderland.

Michael Stead , who was 34, was assaulted in Brady Street in March last year. 

Last week police were informed he had died.

Today, a man appeared in court charged with his murder. He appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court this morning where he was remanded in custody.

Corbyn hails Labour's choice for mayoral bid

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has welcomed the nomination of Sue Jeffrey as he's party's pick to contest the Tees Valley mayoral election later this year:

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Consett's 'Lost Voice Guy' to star in Radio 4 sitcom

Consett-born Lee Ridley, known as Lost Voice Guy, is to star in a Radio 4 sitcom which airs tomorrow. 

He won the BBC Radio Stand-Up Comedy Award in 2014.

He has cerebral palsy and can only speak via a computer. 

The show, called Ability, uses Lee's experiences of coping with this disability.

Lee Ridley

The sitcom is co-written by Sony nominated Katherine Jakeways and produced and directed by Jane Berthoud - and you can catch it on iPlayer after it airs here.

Vote - what should Sunderland do with Jermain Defoe?


Sunderland boss David Moyes has just told us that striker Jermain Defoe is not for sale - but would you also keep hold of him?

Sunderland have already rejected a £6m bid from West Ham for Defoe and there are reports today that the Hammers have doubled their bid.

We want to know what you think Sunderland should do with a 34-year-old who has scored 11 of their 19 league goals.

Make your selection to the left of this page or select the 'vote' tab if you're using a mobile device. You've got just over half an hour left to vote. 

Full BBC Sport online voting terms and conditions can be found here. 

Ant and Dec board game makers apologise over errors

The makers of Geordie duo Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway board game have apologised after it was found to have several errors.

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The game features cards with a series of quiz questions, but some of the answers given are incorrect.

One answer claims the moon is 224 miles away from the earth - instead of about 238,900 miles.

Manufacturers Paul Lamond Games said they "unreservedly apologise" and added replacement cards would be issued.

More on Labour's mayoral candidate

BBC Tees

The Labour party has announced Sue Jeffrey as its candidate for the Tees Valley Mayoral Election. 

The leader of Redcar & Cleveland Council beat Stockton councillor Chris Barlow to the nomination. 

Ms Jeffrey says she'd embark on a five-point plan to create jobs and increase pay if she becomes the first elected mayor of the region later this year.

Sue Jeffrey

Middlesbrough news conference

FA Cup third round, Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday (Sun, 15:00 GMT)

Aitor Karanka
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Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has faced the media to preview his side's home tie against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday. 

With his side 16th in the Premier League table, four points above the relegation zone, he says: "I think we are in a really good position, and we would have taken it at the start of the season."

On his new signing from Aston Villa, the Spaniard adds: "Rudy Gestede will be a really good player for us, he gives us something different. I am pleased he is here so soon in the window."

As for Sunday's opponents: "We experienced losing to a Championship team against Fulham in the League Cup this season, so we know how tough this game will be." 

Rafa to face the media this afternoon

BBC Sport

A conveyor belt of managers will be facing the media today to preview their FA Cup third round ties. 

Newcastle's Rafael Benitez is up at 13:30.

Rafa Benitez

Conmen try to dupe man out of thousands of pounds

Police say conmen tried to dupe a man out of thousands of pounds to carry out roof repairs in Sunderland yesterday.

The men called at an address in Dinsdale Street and claimed they had replaced tiles on the roof.

When the occupant went to withdraw cash to pay them for the work, his bank deemed it suspicious and advised him to contact police.

Officers are reminding people to always contact police if in doubt.

Happy birthday to Andy Carroll and Terry Venables

Gateshead-born former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll turns 28 today. 

He scored 31 times during his time with the Magpies, in 81 appearances.

Andy Carroll
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And the former Middlesbrough and England manager Terry Venables turns 74 today. 

He led England to the semi-finals of Euro 96 on home soil, only to lose out to Germany in the penalty shoot-out.  

Terry Venables
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Cleveland Police vehicle

The chief constable of Cleveland Police apologises after the force unlawfully accessed the private phone records of journalists.

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Man found in van 'unable to recall' what happened

Police say a man found in a van in Northumberland with ties to his ankles and wrists was in a "confused state and unable to say how this happened".

It was reported that a member of the public found him in the back of a van at 15:30 on Monday.

The van was parked next to Low Leam Farm in West Woodburn between Hexham and Bellingham. 

Police say it was not damaged and had not been in a collision. 

The 29-year-old from the Durham area was taken to hospital in Cramlington as a precaution with a minor injury.

He does not recall anything after 14.30 on New Year's Day when he was driving in the Durham area. 

The van, a purple Mercedes Vito, registration NJ54 VFB, is being examined and officers are working with the victim to establish what happened.

BreakingPaul Gascoigne checks into rehab

Paul Gascoigne has gone into rehab to try and "get free of his demons" and attempt to become alcohol free in 2017, his agent says.

A statement on the Facebook page of the former Newcastle and Boro footballer's representatives, A1 Sporting Speakers, confirmed his latest attempt to get professional help. 

Paul Gascoigne

It comes just over a week after the 49-year-old suffered a fractured skull after allegedly being kicked down a staircase in a London hotel.

The former Rangers and Tottenham player, who won 57 England caps, has suffered from alcoholism for more than 20 years.

Posting on Twitter after the incident at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, he said: "Hi everyone I got jumped kicked down the stairs I've got 15 stitches in my head I've a fractured skull 2 broken fingers 8 teeth nicked."

Tributes paid to former Easington MP John Cummings

Fergus Hewison

BBC Newcastle political reporter

Tributes have been paid to former Easington MP John Cummings, who died on Wednesday.

He was Labour MP for the constituency between 1987 and 2010.  

John Cummings

Current Easington Labour MP Grahame Morris says Mr Cummings "exemplified the finest traditions" of the mining community he was from.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner (and former Redcar Labour MP) Dame Vera Bird also paid tribute:

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Callum Robinson

The family of a disabled boy who died after "days of excruciating pain" say they are "pleased" a hospital is changing its procedures.

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CCTV images released after elderly woman's purse stolen

Police have released CCTV images after an 82-year-old woman's purse was stolen while she was shopping.

It happened last month in Morrisons on Shields Road in Byker, Newcastle.

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Northumbria Police

Police say they want to speak to the woman about the incident.

Friday's back pages

The Daily Express

Daily Express

West Ham have doubled their offer for Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, 34, according to the Daily Express. Sunderland have told the Hammers they do not want to sell Defoe, who has scored 11 goals this season.

Workers go as cable plant wound up

It is the final day for 185 workers at one of Gateshead's oldest manufacturing companies.

AEI Cables says it has been running at a loss, and announced the job cuts earlier this week.

Forty people will remain at the Birtley site until March to help complete existing orders, and a further 13 sales staff will be kept on at a new location.

The workers who are being let go will not be paid off by the company, but will have to apply to the Government for statutory redundancy pay. 

AIE Cables
Sunderland Ladies

Top-flight club Sunderland Ladies opt to revert to a part-time model after three years employing some full-time players.

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Police TV stars visit the office

BBC Tees

Look who's come to visit us!

It's the guys from the Channel 5 show Police Interceptors.

Listen live here.

Police Interceptors stars

Weather: A cloudy and rainy day

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A cloudy day with rain, heavy and persistent at first.

This will lose momentum throughout the afternoon leading to some drier interludes.


Get the latest forecast where you are.

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