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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 20 March 2017
  2. Man arrested over Bradley Lowery charity box theft
  3. Man's death being treated as murder

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  1. Our live coverage across the day: BBC North East England

    Julie Cush

    BBC Newcastle

    That's all from us for today - thank you for joining us.

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    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00, have a good evening.

  2. The medics using drainpipes to help amputees

    BBC Inside Out

    Two trainee doctors from Newcastle are using their skills to help amputees in Bangladesh.

    Matt Walton and Zaamin Hussain set up a clinic on behalf of charity Naya Qadam Trust to fit people with artificial limbs - made out of melted drain pipes and rubber tyres.

    So far the young doctors have raised more than £7,000 and have helped more than 70 people.

    You can watch the full film on Inside Out on BBC One at 19:30 tonight.

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    Video caption: The trainee doctors changing amputees' lives
  3. Agnew wants Middlesbrough manager's job

    BBC Sport

    Middlesbrough head coach Steve Agnew says he wants the manager's job at the Riverside on a permanent basis .

    The 51-year-old took charge of Boro for the first time  after Aitor Karanka's sacking  as they  lost 3-1 to Manchester United  at the Riverside on Sunday.

    Agnew

    Boro owner Steve Gibson said before the Premier League match that Agnew could be "the glue to unify us completely".

    Asked if staying in charge was what he wanted, Agnew said: "Of course. It's a club I have a big affection for."

    Speaking to BT Sport, he added: "It's a pleasure to be in charge of the team and see them respond."

  4. Three quizzed in Whitley Bay murder probe

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News Online

    Here's the latest on the murder of a man in Whitley Bay.

    Police investigating the murder of a man at his North Tyneside home have arrested a woman.

    Matthew Davis, 39, was found dead at the property in North Parade, Whitley Bay on Friday.

    Northumbria Police said a 29-year-old woman was being held on suspicion of assisting an offender.

    Five men were arrested on suspicion of murder, and two have since been released with no further action, with three continuing to be questioned.

    Whitley Bay
  5. Middlesbrough v Sunderland date announced

    Middlesbrough's clash with Sunderland will take place on 26 April, it has been announced.

    The fixture had to be rearranged from the 11 March after Boro advanced in the FA Cup.

    That takes the Boro's total number of matches to seven for the month of April.

    Middlesbrough fixtures
  6. Durham residents 'support' creation of new council

    Duncan Leatherdale

    BBC News Online

    Residents in Durham have voted in favour of creating a new parish council for the city .

    Durham County Council  said 66% of respondents to a public consultation  supported the plan.

    Durham Castle

    The consultation was held after MP Roberta Blackman-Woods submitted a petition calling for locals to be asked their thoughts on creating a City of Durham Parish Council.

    County councillors will be asked to agree draft recommendations in June.

    More than 11,700 people were contacted with 2,819 responding. Of those, 1,856 were in favour of a new council and 958 were opposed to the proposal. There were five spoilt papers.

  7. Agnew: Boro players showed excellent attitude

    BBC Sport

    Middlesbrough's caretaker manager Steve Agnew said he was pleased with the "fighting spirit" shown by his players in their 3-1 home loss to Manchester United .

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    Video caption: 'Excellent' Boro attitude pleases Agnew
  8. Conman warning after bogus bank card collection

    Catherine Lee

    BBC News online

    Police have issued a warning after a bogus bank worker conned a man out of his bank cards.  

    The victim was called on Saturday by a man claiming to be from Lloyds Bank, who told him there had been a problem with his account.

    Arrangements were made for a "representative" from the bank to visit him at home and take away his bank cards.

    The suspects logged on to the account and attempted to make two transactions. 

    Insp Dave Gordon, from Northumbria Police said:"Our advice is never disclose any personal information and never hand over cash or bank cards."

  9. Newcastle move clear at top of the Championship

    BBC Sport

    Newcastle moved a point clear at the Championship summit despite being held to a goalless draw at Birmingham City on Saturday .

    Matt Ritchie nearly opened the scoring in the first half when he beat Blues keeper Tomasz Kuszczak, but Ryan Shotton got back to clear.

    Match action

    Ritchie had a goal ruled out for offside and Kuszczak saved from Dwight Gayle's header as Newcastle dominated.

    Kuszczak made a low stop to deny Ritchie, while Lukas Jutkiewicz had Blues' only shot on target late on.

  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A184 Tyne And Wear westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A184 Tyne And Wear westbound severe accident, between A1114 and A1.

    A184 Tyne And Wear - One lane closed and very slow traffic on A184 Askew Road westbound in Gateshead between the A1114 junction and Dunston Interchange, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  11. Northumbria Police seek scrapbook officer Henry Littler's family

    Duncan Leatherdale

    BBC News Online

    Relatives of a police officer who kept a scrapbook of his career are being sought .

    Henry Littler

    Northumbria Police wants to give the book compiled by Henry Littler back to his family.

    Mr Littler, who joined the then County Borough of South Shields Police in 1929, started his collection of cuttings and pictures in the 1930s.

    Picture from scrapbook

      Ch Insp Chris Grice described the book as "fascinating" and a "piece of history".  

    Warrant card
  12. Motorcyclist suffers 'life-threatening injuries' in crash

    A motorcyclist has suffered potentially life-threatening injuries in a crash.

    The 22-year-old's motorbike left the road at about 13:40 yesterday on Parkway in Glebe in Washington.

    "For reasons yet to be established the motorbike left the road at the junction of Cleeve Court," Northumbria Police said .  

    He was taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary. Police are appealing for witnesses.

  13. South Shields' Arca fulfills career dream with Wembley date

    BBC Newcastle

    Former Middlesbrough and Sunderland midfielder Julio Arca will fulfil a lifelong ambition when South Shields face Cleethorpes in the FA Vase final at Wembley on Sunday, 21 May .

    Arca, 36, played 317 league games but never made it to the national stadium during his professional career.

    Arca

    However, he scored to help South Shields to a 6-1 aggregate Vase semi-final victory over Coleshill Town.

    "It's a personal dream," the Argentine playmaker told BBC Newcastle.

    "We did it and everyone deserves it at the club - the manager, the players and the people behind us who worked really hard to have a quality ground."

  14. Sheep swept away down river after dog attack

    Several sheep have been killed in Northumberland .

    Police said two dogs managed to get into a field and attack pregnant ewes yesterday on the Hermitage Tyne Green in Hexham.

    Some of the sheep were chased into the river and killed as they were swept down river, police said.

    The two dogs and their owner have been traced and an investigation is under way.

    Northumbria Police is reminding dog walkers to keep their dogs under control while out walking in the countryside particularly at this time of year when ewes are in lamb.

  15. Bishop Auckland drug and alcohol support centre opens

    A new centre for people seeking help for drug and alcohol addiction  has officially opened in Bishop Auckland .

    Saddler House Recovery Centre will offer immediate access to people and their families needing support.

    People celebrate the opening

    The centre replaces a previous service and has been jointly funded by Durham County Council and Public Health England.

    The council said alcohol is a factor in 35% of violent crimes in County Durham and 40% of domestic abuse cases.

  16. Your photos: Warkworth Castle

    Jim Jones from Blyth called this photo of Warkworth Castle "a bit special".

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    Warkworth Castle