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Live Reporting

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our live updates here have finished for the day and for the week - thank you for joining us.

    You can stay up to date online, on BBC Newcastle,BBC Tees and on Look North.

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

    If you want to get in touch with any news or send us photos you can tweet us, contact us via our Facebook page or email us.

    Have a lovely weekend.

  2. Weather: Winds and showers easing

    Winds will slowly ease down this evening, with showers largely diminishing.

    During the early hours, skies will gradually cloud over from the south, though conditions should stay dry through to dawn.

    Minimum Temperature: 0 to 3C (32 to 37F).

    weather graphic

    Tomorrow a cloudy day is envisaged, with rain quickly spreading from the south to leave a wet morning.

    During the afternoon, most of the rain will clear east, leaving just a few showers and some brighter spells.

    Maximum Temperature: 3 to 6C (37 to 43F).

  3. Calls on Newcastle fans to protest against Ashley during West Ham game

    The Magpie Group has called upon Newcastle supporters to refrain from taking their seats during the first 11 minutes of the West Ham match tomorrow.

    The action is in protest at the 11 years of Mike Ashley's tenure as owner of the club.

    According to the group, December is their last chance to put pressure upon the owner to support Rafa Benitez (pictured) in the January transfer window.

    There are concerns that the manager will not renew his contract next summer unless he receives backing.

    A group spokesman said "We encourage fans to take a stand in this fixture and in the game against Wolves, where we propose a full boycott.

    "We know this is painful for Newcastle supporters to do but, for the longer term future of the club, it's time to tell those at the top that enough is enough"

    Newcastle United Manager Rafa Benitez
  4. Metro ticket prices to go up in January

    Metro train

    Metro passengers will see a "modest" increase in single, day and season fares, Nexus has announced.

    The new prices will come into effect from 2 January.

    According to the new proposals, the cost of the Pop Pay As You Go smartcard will be frozen. This means students and customers who use it will be paying the same price for their travel in 2019 as they were in 2012.

    Meanwhile, single, day and season Metro tickets' price will go up by 10p. The increase is to help meet running costs.

  5. Paul Dummett unlikely to play West Ham tomorrow

    Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is still without defender Paul Dummett for the Magpies' Premier League clash with West Ham tomorrow.

    Dummett picked up a hamstring injury on international duty with Wales and is expected to be ruled out for a number of weeks.

    Benitez can pick from a fully-fit squad, with captain Jamaal Lascelles among those pushing for a return following a shoulder injury.

    Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett
  6. Six hundred-year-old shoe uncovered during renovation work in Newcastle

    Artefacts, including pottery, animal bone and a 600-year-old shoe have been uncovered during improvement works around Stephenson's Monument in Newcastle.

    The findings, dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries, suggest the area was used as waste ground or a garden.

    Chris Scott, senior archaeologist at Solstice Heritage, said: “The finds show that even 600 years ago, people in Newcastle were fashionable, busy in business and linked closely with our continental neighbours through trade.”

    Archaeologists investigated the area before improvement work began as part of transformation project, funded through the Regional Growth Fund.

    600-year-old shoe uncovered in Newcastle city cebtre
  7. Heerema HFG yard at Hartlepool in search for a new owner

    The Heerema HFG facility at Hartlepool is going up for sale but staff are hopeful a new owner will diversify the company's produce.

    The firm's Dutch headquarters is also up for sale.

    See more on Look North from 18:30.

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  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A691 County Durham both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A691 County Durham both ways severe accident, from Sniperley Park and Ride to B6312.

    A691 County Durham - A691 in Framwellgate Moor closed and slow traffic in both directions from the Sniperley Park and Ride junction to the B6312 junction, because of a serious accident.

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

  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A19 County Durham northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A19 County Durham northbound severe accident, from A182 Hall Walks to A182.

    A19 County Durham - A19 in Easington blocked and stationary traffic northbound from the A182 Hall Walks junction to the A182 junction, because of an accident.

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

  10. Doctors in Sunderland strained as number of patients increases

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    James Harrison

    Health bosses have warned waiting lists are being being strained by increasing numbers of patients.

    And while doctors are able to ensure treatment is delivered according to targets for the time being, performance could be threatened if a solution isn't found.

    Scott Watson, director of Contracting and Informatics at Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: "In Sunderland we have really strong waiting list performance, but we can see that the total volume is growing.

    "While no patient is waiting more than 18 weeks, the number of patients on the list is growing and experience tells us that will start to have an impact on waiting lists. "

  11. What happened when Damon Albarn played a 200-capacity Tyneside social club

    Mark Savage

    Music reporter, BBC News

    Damon Albarn and his side-project The Good, The Bad and The Queen have been playing small gigs in working mens' clubs in the North East. Here's what happened on the final night.

    "Have you tried the Victoria Sponge?"

    "You really must have some cake."

    "Here, let me get you a slice."

    No, we're not in a scene from Father Ted. We're at the soundcheck for a rock show where, in accordance with Damon Albarn's demands, a supply of freshly-made, locally-sourced baked goods has been laid out on a trestle table.

    "Tea and cake is a very important part of the day," he explains. "It's good to have a sense of routine when you're on tour."

    The Good, The Bad and The Queen

    But this tour is a tour unlike other tours. After playing the world's enormodromes with Gorillaz last year; Albarn has arranged a series of low-key dates in working mens' clubs with his London-based super group.

    Tonight, we're at the Cullercoats Crescent Club in Tyneside - an unassuming but friendly venue whose wood-framed windows give an uninterrupted view of the North Sea's choppy grey waters.

  12. BBC Radio 1 quizzes Sam Fender on his hometown knowledge

    Sam Fender's knowledge on his hometown North Shields has been put to the test by BBC Radio 1.

    The Brit's Critic's Choice nominee was also asked about the Tyne and Wear Metro and the Angel of the North.

    Watch the video below to see if he got it right.

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  13. Mum's ex-partner admits Hartlepool killing

    Hartlepool Mail

    Newspaper

    The ex-partner of a Hartlepool mum-of-three has confessed to stabbing her to death.

    Hartlepool Mail front page