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  1. Saj Chowdhury

    BBC Sport

    DeAndre Yedlin and Wilfried Zaha

    Saj Chowdhury

    BBC Sport

    Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson believes the fallout from recent comments by Wilfried Zaha might have affected his performance in the draw with Newcastle.

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  2. Our live coverage across the day

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    We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with more live updates.

  3. Could new Metros beat storm disruption?

    James Harrison

    Local Democracy Reporter

    A new generation of Metros could prevent the kind of travel chaos caused by Storm Ali, the company says.

    Fallen trees and other debris on overhead power lines saw disruption between Pelaw and South Shields on Wednesday.

    But a revamped fleet, due to enter service in 2021, could make this a thing of the past, with the option for drivers to switch to an onboard battery when its usual power source is unavailable.

    The £362m project will also provide comfier seats, phone charging points and air conditioning – as well as greater reliability.

    A Nexus spokesman said: “The aim is to have a battery power supply in the new train fleet.

    “That would mean trains could still be moved about the system in the event of a power supply problem or a section of overhead line being brought down in a storm."

    Speaking at yesterday's meeting of the North East Combined Authority’s overview and scrutiny committee, Nexus managing director Tobyn Hughes said the new fleet could also be an "enabler" in aiding the extension of the Metro network.

    Tyne and Wear metro
  4. Sprinkler systems to be installed in all new Hartlepool schools

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A new council policy will require all new school plans in Hartlepool to have sprinkler systems.

    The decision was made at the latest meeting of Hartlepool Borough Council's joint regeneration and children's service committee.

    Cleveland Fire Brigade’s head of fire engineering, Joe Flounders, praised the decision:

    “I fully support this policy, these buildings aren’t just schools, they are community hubs.

    “Looking to secure the safety of our children, community and staff wherever they may be is absolutely essential.

    “If a school was burnt down in a child’s last year with exams approaching it would have a massive impact on job expectations and their future.”

    Sprinklers are mandatory in new school buildings in Scotland and Wales, but not in England.

    Hartlepool Borough Council
  5. Fearful children question Fenham Library decision

    Daniel Holland

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Residents at Robert Stewart Memorial Church for a meeting about the future of Fenham Library

    Fearful children have told council bosses that they would be unable to use a community library if a drug and alcohol recovery hub opens there.

    According to the authority, the plans will not pose risk to the community are vital to keep the library from closing.

    More than 100 residents debated the plans in a meeting on Thursday night.

    One 11-year-old girl told the crowd at the Robert Stewart Memorial Church: “I really like using the library, but after you change it my mum will be too busy to bring me and she would have to if it is exclusively for people recovering from drug addiction.”

    Eugene Milne, the council’s director of public health, said the plan were a way of dealing with "swingering cuts":

    “It is not a done deal. We are looking at how we can introduce this and address fears and worries people have expressed. I do not consider this to be an increased risk to the community.”

    Earlier on Thursday, the council had announced that it has decided on a “phased launch” of the rehabilitation services in a bid to calm residents’ fears. Coun Kim McGuinness, cabinet member for sport, culture and public health, confirmed that a review of the hub will take place after three months, and that a risk assessment and safeguarding review will be carried out.

    Eugene Milne, Newcastle City Council\'s director of public health, answers questions at a meeting about the future of Fenham Library
  6. Shipping Minister praises Port of Tyne's apprenticeship programme during visit

    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Nusrat Ghani, visited the Port of Tyne yesterday.

    He enjoyed a boat trip on the River Tyne and learnt more about Port of Tyne Enterprise Zone sites and the Port's commitment to creating apprenticeship opportunities.

    Mr Ghani said: “The Port of Tyne is rightly proud to keep the country topped up with tea – handling 40% of all loose leaf imports – as well as boosting the economy as the UK’s second largest car exporter.

    “Crucial to this is the port’s employees and it was great to see its apprenticeship programme supporting many young people, especially women, reach their potential.”

    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport Nusrat Ghani visits the Port of Tyne
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    Video caption: Tup Tup Palace: Two jailed after Newcastle club shooting

    Two people have been jailed over the shooting of a nightclub bouncer in Newcastle.

  8. Durham Cathedral exhibition marks 100 years since end of First World War

    A new exhibition will commemorate the First World War centenary.

    Armistice: Living with the Peace is part of Open Treasure, Durham Cathedral's interactive visitor experience.

    A nationwide installation will be part of the exhibition. Visitors will see clear Perspex silhouettes around the Cathedral itself - representative figures placed into community settings to remember names on local war memorials.

    Armistice: Living with the Peace will run from Tuesday 25 September 2018 until Saturday 2 February 2019.

    Durham Cathedral
  9. Gateshead Lib Dems want a biscuit ban

    Daniel Holland

    Local Democracy Reporter

    A biscuit ban should be enforced at Gateshead Council in a bid to crack down on plastic waste, according to the borough's Liberal Democrat leader.

    Councillor Jonathan Wallace, pictured below, has hit out at the number of individually-wrapped biscuits served at civic centre meetings.

    At a full council meeting on Thursday, Coun Wallace called for the authority to stop buying the biscuits. He said: "For what purpose do we have to have these individually wrapped biscuits?

    "I know you will say that they keep for longer, but we should not be keeping them at all.

    "We should not be serving biscuits, especially ones that will last for thousands of years if they go to landfill."

    Council leader Martin Gannon said that it was a "complex issue", but that council will "look at what is the appropriate thing to do".

    Jonathan Wallace, Gateshead Liberal Democrat leader
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    Severe disruption: A66 North Yorkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A66 North Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, from A172 to A172 Marton Road.

    A66 North Yorkshire - Two lanes closed, slow traffic and expected delays on A66 westbound in North Ormesby from the A172 junction to Marton Road Interchange, because of gantry repairs.

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

  11. Newcastle Falcons' plans for Kingston Park stadium cause dispute

    Daniel Holland

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Newcastle Falcons bosses are set to clash with residents over plans to use their Kingston Park stadium as an events venue.

    The club wants to hold events, including the Living North Christmas Fair, in marquees on its west stand pitch. It has asked Newcastle City Council for a licence to sell alcohol until midnight, as well as playing music, dance, films, and indoor sporting events.

    But residents are concerned the noise will disrupt their everyday lives.

    Newcastle City Council's licensing sub-committee will decide on the application at a meeting next Tuesday.

    Newcastle Falcons' Kingston Park stadium
  12. Men sentenced over Tup Tup Palace shooting

    Michael Dixon and John Sayers
    Image caption: Michael Dixon and John Sayers

    One man has been jailed and two others given further sentences after a bouncer was shot outside a Newcastle nightclub.

    Bouncer Matthew McCaulay was seriously injured when a man opened fire with a sawn-off shotgun at the Tup Tup Palace in 2015.

    John Henry Sayers (pictured above right) was given a three-and-a-half-year sentence at the Old Bailey on Friday after being convicted of perverting the course of justice.

    Sayers, 54, and Michael Dixon, 50, both from Walker, had been cleared of conspiracy to murder.

    Dixon (pictured above left) was found guilty of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life and given a life sentence with a minimum of eight years. This will run concurrent to another sentence he is already serving.

    Michael McDougall, 50, and of no fixed address, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

    The convicted murderer was given two years to run consecutively after his current life sentence.

    Tup Tup Palace
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    Severe disruption: A1185 County Durham westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1185 County Durham westbound severe disruption, from A178 Seaton Carew Road to A689.

    A1185 County Durham - A1185 closed and slow traffic westbound from the A178 Seaton Carew Road junction in Seal Sands to the A689 junction in Wolviston, because of an oil spillage.

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