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  1. Our live coverage across they day

    Our live updates here have finished for the day and for the week.

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

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

    In the meantime you can contact us with news or photos via Facebook or Twitter.

  2. Rather chilly with brisk winds

    Any lingering day-time rain should soon clear this evening, giving way to some clear periods and perhaps the odd shower.

    It will be rather chilly with brisk winds.

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

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    A few brighter spells at times tomorrow but there will be showers as well. The chance of some lengthy showers developing and these could be wintry to high ground once again.

    Maximum Temperature: 5 to 8C (41 to 46F).

  3. Gateshead FC for sale for £1

    Matthew Raisbeck

    BBC Newcastle Sport

    Gateshead FC is up for sale for £1.

    A statement on the club's website said the decision has been made following talks between owner and chairman Ranjan Varghese and the the supporters' association.

    He has owned the club since July last year and will continue until 31 May.

  4. Rail disruption after accident on the line

    Someone has been hit by a train between Durham and Newcastle.

    All lines are blocked and it is currently not clear when they will reopen.

    National Rail Enquiries said it anticipated trains would be disrupted until at least 19:30.

    Trains aren't running between Darlington and Newcastle but some services are being diverted via Sunderland, not calling at stations via Durham.

    Operators are trying to arrange buses between Darlington and Newcastle.

    Trains may be delayed by up to 60 minutes or be cancelled altogether.

  5. High satisfaction score for North East health trust

    A North East health trust has been given the thumbs up in a survey of members of the public.

    Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust scored 85% on "public satisfaction for its service".

    This is up 4% since 2016, and outstripped the national score of 53%.

    The survey – conducted by Explain market research - was made up of a statistically representative samples from across the area in October 2018.

    The Northumbria Hospital at Cramlington

    Northumbria Healthcare chief executive officer Sir James Mackey said: “There is no doubt that these are tough results for the NHS nationally and that isn’t something anyone should or will be taking lightly.

    "However, I am delighted that – thanks to advanced planning, a willingness to adapt to new technologies/ ways of working and the on-going efforts of our staff – Northumbria Healthcare continues to enjoy the support of the public it serves."

  6. Network tackling gender stereotypes

    Katie Smith

    BBC reporter

    The Girls' Network is a national charity aimed at inspiring and empowering girls aged 14 to 19.

    To mark International Women's Day we spoke to two of those involved in Newcastle.

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  7. 'You're just a Geordie actress'

    Emmerdale actress Laura Norton has revealed to BBC Newcastle that she was once told not to audition for a role because she's "just a Geordie actress."

    Born and raised in Newcastle, she has been playing Kerry Wyatt in the ITV show since 2012.

    Emmerdale is marking International Women's Day with an all-female cast tonight, with the crew also being led by women.

    She said: "I’d done a theatre job and the company were going to be doing another play that I really wanted to audition for and I remember them saying ‘I don’t think you’ll be able to audition for that because you’re just a Geordie actress’.

    “That at the time made me feel like I had a lot to prove.”

    She said she is very excited about tonight's episode and says it is a great way to celebrate International Women's Day.

    She said: “We have a lot of great female stories to tell, and some brilliant portrayals of women.

    “It’s a beautiful episode.”

    You can listen to the full interview on BBC Newcastle with Charlie Charlton from 16:45 which is part of the station's all-women line up to celebrate the day.

    Kerry Wyatt
  8. Former mayor bids for nomination

    Former North Tyneside Mayor Linda Arkley has announced she wants to be the Conservative candidate for North of Tyne Mayor.

    The party has not announced its official candidate yet and businessman Charlie Hoult also wants the nomination.

    Jamie Driscoll is Labour's candidate, John Appleby is standing for the Lib Dems, and businessman John McCabe is standing as an independent.

    Elections take place on 2 May.

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  9. Anti-knife crime campaign set to get under way

    Police forces in the North East will be taking part in a week-long national campaign urging people to hand over knives and blades from Monday.

    Cleveland Police says "surrender bins" are being placed at Stockton, Hartlepool, Kirkleatham and Middlesbrough stations, while its officers will be visiting schools to talk about the dangers of knives and other sharp objects.

    During a similar campaign in October, more than 100 knives and sharp objects were handed in across its patch.

    In the 12-month period to December 2018, the force said there were 415 knife crime incidents in the area - a reduction of 10% on the previous year.

    The campaign comes as knife crime is firmly under the spotlight with senior officers and crime commissioners calling for more money from the government in order to tackle the problem.

  10. Sir John Hall 'may back Tory mayoral candidate'

    Fergus Hewison

    BBC Newcastle political reporter

    Former Newcastle United chairman and the developer behind the Metrocentre, Sir John Hall (pictured), says he may back a local entrepreneur to become Mayor for the North of Tyne area.

    Charlie Hoult, who runs the Hoult's Yard business park in Ouseburn, in Newcastle, wants to be the Conservative candidate for the job.

    The party says it will make it's selection by 14 March.

    Sir John Hall

    Jamie Driscoll is Labour's candidate, John Appleby is standing for the Lib Dems, and businessman John McCabe is standing as an independent.

    The mayor will work with council leaders in the three local authorities on economic development, education and planning issues.

    Elections take place on 2 May.

    Critics say the mayoral position is flawed and won't have enough powers or money to make a real difference.