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Muslim women in Newcastle say taking part in boxing is teaching them self-defence, keeping them fit and boosting their self-confidence.
Knock-Out Sister provides a safe space for Muslim women to learn new skills and slam stereotypes.
One of the women who has taken part says "it makes you feel like Superwoman."
You can watch the full story on Inside Out on BBC One at 19:30 tonight.
Scattered, sharp showers during the evening should slowly die away through the first part of the night, leaving dry conditions and clear spells.
This will allow a colder end to the night with a frost in places away from the River Tyne, the River Till and the River Tees.Copyright: BBC
The raids took place in Newcastle this morning.
A woman who was raped after being forced into a car with her toddler was "screaming for help" - leading police to believe someone must have seen or heard her.
The attack took place on Friday, when a woman in her 30s and her child were abducted by two men as they were on the sea front near to the boating lake in Redcar.
They were taken about four miles to Longbeck Lane, near Yearby, where the woman was raped by both men. The child was not harmed.
Cleveland Police said the area was busy at the time so they believe someone must have seen or heard something.
New enforcement powers for dog control have been introduced by Durham County Council.
The new powers mean irresponsible pet owners could be fined up to £1,000 if their dogs stray or they enter designated or fenced off play areas.
Owners will also be fined if they do not put their dog on a lead when asked to by an officer.
This is all part of Durham County Council’s new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), and the enforcement will start on 1 June.Copyright: DURHAM COUNTY COUNCIL
A builder from Sunderland who left a trail of dissatisfied homeowners has been prosecuted after a string of complaints.Copyright: Sunderland Echo
Northumbria Police have tweeted a picture of their latest pup recruit to brighten up your Monday.
Nine-month-old Mia has been welcomed to their dog squad and will soon be fighting crime with her siblings Quinn, Quattro and Q.
The Shields Gazette
Hundreds of tenants in South Tyneside could be left without furniture and white goods because a rental scheme is being axed.Copyright: THE SHIELDS GAZETTE
Manchester City's social media team captured the moment star player Kevin De Bruyne whipped off his shirt, signed it and gave it to one of the home fans at the end of his side's win at Sunderland.
An attack victim found outside of a Washington club had 18 bags of amphetamines on him.Copyright: THE SUNDERLAND ECHO
Concerned police need help to trace a "vulnerable" school girl.
A woman has been arrested after a 29-year-old man was found with head injuries in a Sunderland street.
The victim was taken to hospital and is being treated for non, life-threatening injuries.
It is not yet clear if he was struck by a vehicle, or if he has been assaulted.
However, police said there were reports of a silver-coloured Citroen vehicle spotted in the area at the time.
The incident took place on Bramwell Road at abput 13:00 on Saturday.
A 24-year-old woman has been arrested and is being quizzed by police.
A Sunderland man has been reported missing.
Lee Downey, 35, was last seen in Ryhope Road on Saturday morning.
He is from the Ryhope area of the city.
Police have released a picture of Lee to help with the search.Copyright: NORTHUMBRIA POLICE
Business leaders in north-east England are urging the government not to rethink a proposed business rate rise.
Labour has warned new valuations due to take effect in April will lead to "cliff-edge" rises for some firms.
But the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) said the changes would benefit thousands of companies in the region.
Whitley Bay restaurant owner Julie Summers said her rates would drop from £1,000 per month to about £350.
"It was actually working out more than our rent," she said. "It was our biggest bill every month."Copyright: BBC