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Summary

  1. Thursday 6 April 2017
  2. Guilty plea in wheelie bin murder case
  3. Newcastle United profits drop by £27.9m
  4. Overhead line problems cause Metro delays
  5. Arrests after firefighters attacked

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Joel Hodgson slots a penalty with the last kick of the game to secure Premiership victory for Newcastle over Gloucester.

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Weather: Dry but chilly night

It will be a dry evening and night with variable cloud cover and clear spells. Expect it to be chilly where cloud breaks persist with a ground frost in places.

Winds will be light and variable.  

Weather forecast, Thursday 6 April 2017
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‘Mindless damage’ forces Hartlepool park toilet closure

Hartlepool Mail

Newspaper

Visitors to a Hartlepool park have been unable to use its toilets for over two months after the facilities were  targeted by vandals for the fourth time in recent weeks.

People caught short in Rossmere Park have been left with nowhere to go since the middle of January after a fire caused substantial damage.

Vandalised Hartlepool toilets
Hartlepool Mail

Firefighter attacks 'deeply worrying'

Concerns have been raised following two attacks on firefighters.

As we reported earlier, three arrests were made following an incident in Houghton-le-Spring on Wednesday. One firefighter was hit in the face while another was struck on the side of the head.

It came just days after a crew were attacked in Denton, Newcastle.

Russ King, of the Fire Brigade Union, said: “It’s deeply worrying that attacks like this are still happening in this day and age."

Tea towels

The haul includes two televisions, 29 electric toothbrushes, 12 tea-towels and a beard grooming kit.

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The future of hospital surgery?

Look North's Peter Harris has been at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital to get an up-close view of the way robots are now being used in surgery.

You can see his full report on BBC One at 18:30.

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Carole Edwards

A passionate scuba diver who died while diving had taught hundreds of children to swim

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Newton Aycliffe bookkeeper facing jail over £32,000 fraud

The Northern Echo

Newspaper

A bookkeeper who defrauded a small garage business of more than £32,000 almost drove it to the wall, a court heard.

Young recruits learn about life on the beat

Schoolchildren have been teaming up with Northumbria Police to learn more about life on the beat.

Among those taking part have been pupils from Laygate Community School in South Shields and St Mary's Primary School in Jarrow.

Our BBC colleague Alison Freeman went along to meet them and you'll be able to see more on Look North on BBC One later. 

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Chris Rushworth

Durham seam bowler Chris Rushworth sees the positives in a winter at home after visa issues foiled his Australia plans.

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Lost Voice Guy gets Radio Four show

Helen Richardson

BBC Newcastle

A County Durham comedian who is unable to speak without the aid of a computer has had a sitcom commissioned for a series by BBC Radio Four.

Consett's Lee Ridley, who has cerebral palsy, is known as the Lost Voice Guy. 

Lee Ridley
BBC

In January a pilot aired of his sitcom Ability. Now Radio Four has confirmed it has commissioned it for a series after it was so well received. 

The 35-year-old, who previously worked for Sunderland City Council, won the BBC Radio New Comedy Awards in 2014.

Craig Eade

Craig Eade's body was discovered in a wheelie bin in a back lane in Gateshead.

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Travel: Metro bosses aim to resume North Tyneside service for rush hour

As we reported earlier, Metro services between Wallsend and North Shields have been badly affected today.

Chiefs have just announced they are hoping to get things back on track by 18:00.

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Matt Ritchie

Newcastle overcome a controversial disallowed penalty to beat Burton and go back to the top of the Championship.

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Garage boss fled from police at 90mph and smashed into road sign

The Shields Gazette

Garage boss Steven Lee “wrapped his van around” a speed restriction sign after  fleeing from police at 90mph  in South Shields.

Steven Lee
Shields Gazette
Keith Stroud

As referee Keith Stroud apologises for "misapplying the law" in Newcastle's game with Burton Albion, do you know what to do in these other we ask what you'd do in other football scenarios.

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Steve Agnew

Middlesbrough's "naivety" cost them in Wednesday's 4-2 Premier League defeat by Hull, says head coach Steve Agnew.

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Skills role for Tees Valley Mayor

The Tees Valley Mayor will want to bring high-quality new jobs to the region, but they will also have to make sure people here have the abilities to do them. 

Skills is an area the mayor will have some direct power over. 

So what could be done? BBC Tees' David Macmillan is trying to find out with the help of one of the region’s greatest inventions.  

Tees Valley Mayor: How to boost skills