By Tom Garry
By Tom Garry
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Fingers crossed this weekend's weather is as nice as it has been the past few days.
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The boss of Arriva Rail North has accused staff who are to strike next month of targeting those returning to schools and colleges.
The RMT union has announced further strikes over the introduction of driver-only trains on 1 September and 4 September.
Arriva's managing director Alan Chaplin said: "Following our meeting with RMT's general secretary, there is no doubt that the trade union calling two days of strikes timed to coincide with people across the North returning to school, college and work after the holidays, will damage the region's economy, significantly disrupt our customers' lives, and impact local businesses.
"We are prepared to guarantee jobs and current pay for all our conductors for the next eight years, until the end of our franchise.
"Our offers to discuss every detail on the future responsibilities and training for on-board colleagues have been rejected by RMT."
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"Huddersfield will certainly have made a few people sit up and take notice following their impressive 3-0 win at Crystal Palace last weekend.
"It was the perfect start to life in the Premier League but head coach David Wagner was right to keep things in perspective.
"Still, the atmosphere will no doubt be at fever pitch at the John Smith's stadium on Sunday, and why not - 45 years is a long time to wait to play at home in the top flight.
"Newcastle are likely to be cagey and cautious opponents in this one. With Jonjo Shelvey suspended and both Florian Lejeune and Paul Dummett injured, Rafael Benitez would surely be happy with a first point of the new season."
BBC Newcastle's Sunderland commentator
Sunderland go into this weekend's match with Leeds sixth in the Championship table after winning five points from the first three games.
The last time Sunderland chalked up five points from their first three games was under Steve Bruce in August 2009 - six points from two wins.
Here are my notes so far and a breakdown of what the include on the Sunderland website.
Sixteen student police officers have raised £1,225 for the RNLI in Redcar by completing a series of challenges.
The officers, known as Cohort 5, pledged to raise funds throughout their 19-week training period.
Events included a boxing match, the Ali Brownlee 5k Riverside Run and weekly cake sales at Kirkleatham Police Office.
PC Leon Webster said: “We wanted to support a local charity and we agreed that the RNLI was an extremely deserving cause, and actually one which we frequently work alongside."
Dave Cocks, lifeboat operations manager at Redcar RNLI, said: "We are a busy lifeboat station and, as a charity, every penny we spend saving lives comes from donations."
A resident has said he feels reassured by a heavy police presence in Billingham in the wake of two shootings.
A cyclist fired a handgun at a stationary car on Windlestone Road on Tuesday while shots were fired at an empty house on Hylton Road on Wednesday.
One man told BBC Tees he had seen the police helicopter and armed units in the area.
He said: "We've lived in the village seven years and seen the odd police car pass through on their way someone else. This is the most police activity I've seen.
"It shows they are doing their job, there is crime everywhere in society, obviously they felt the need to be here and it is reassuring."
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez says Sunday's clash against Huddersfield will be tough.
The Terriers, who are in the Premier League for the first time, started their season with a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Benitez said: "Huddersfield did really well the other day against Crystal Palace, and it will be a tough game, for sure.
"What I have to do is concentrate on what we can do now, and make sure the players are ready for this game.
"I think we know how they play and they know how we play. If we do well, we will have more confidence for the next games.
"The mood is positive - the team has been working very hard."
It's a special weekend in parks around the country.
It's all part of campaign for National Lottery funded athletes to give back and say thank you.
And, if you've never heard of of done a parkrun, it's really easy to get involved. Here's Team GB rowing legend Katherine Grainger to give you the low down in five simple steps....
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has revealed he quickly telephoned friends in Barcelona when he heard the city had been hit by a terror attack.
Madrid-born Benitez (pictured) said he was relieved to find none of them were affected.
He said: "I have people, friends there, so I was phoning a couple of them to be sure that everything was fine.
"It's not just this one incident because there have been other ones, so we have to condemn that and regret all these things that are happening now.
"It's really important for us to stick together and help. How can you help in this situation? Just give as much information as you can in this case, the people who have been there."
A job which will be based in London to oversee the regeneration of the Redcar steelworks will be a "crucial link" between the capital and the the region, the Government says.
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is advertising for a project lead for the Tees Mayoral Development Corporation.
Redcar Labour MP Anna Turley said it was a "sick joke" and should be based in the Tees Valley.
In a statement the DCLG said: "This Government is committed to delivering economic regeneration in the Tees Valley and we've been working closely with local partners on plans for the former SSI site.
"Our new project lead for the Mayoral Development Corporation will be a crucial link between Whitehall and our existing team in the region who are working closely with the new Mayor of Tees Valley Ben Houchen and his office."
UN children's agency Unicef has congratulated its ambassador Muzoon Almellehan after she picked up her A-level results yesterday.
The teenager, who campaigns for girls' education, moved to Newcastle from a refugee camp on Syria's border.
She picked up her results with classmates at Kenton School and you can watch our film here.
Jewellery said by police to be of "great sentimental value" has been stolen from a home in Middlesbrough.
Thieves targeted the house on Argyll Road at about 10:00 on Sunday, Cleveland Police said.
Around the same time, a man was seen acting suspiciously in nearby Marlborough Road.
Police across the UK feel "helpless" in the fight against the former legal high Spice, a senior officer has said.
Spice is a term for a range of new psychoactive substances which the government banned in May 2016.
Commander Simon Bray from the National Police Chiefs' Council says the drug is a "significant challenge" for specific hotspot areas, with homeless communities in Manchester, Birmingham, parts of London and Newcastle affected.
He said enforcement activity was working to deal with the issue, but said "it can't just be about policing".
The North East Ambulance Service has provided figures to the BBC showing an increase in the number of call-outs relating to former legal highs since they were banned, with more than 100 incidents per month (compared with about 60 last June).
A 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a string of indecent exposures in the Norton area.
Cleveland Police said the first incident happened on 29 July on a path between Milburn Crescent and Ida Street, the second was on 31 July and the third incident on 1 August in the bushes in the park close to Milburn Crescent.
He has been released while investigations continue.
Alan Shearer has warned Newcastle United they can’t shut up shop in the summer transfer window - despite the arrival of Joselu from Stoke City this week.