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  1. By Saj Chowdhury

    BBC Sport at St James' Park

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey scores a late equaliser as champions Manchester City surrender further points in the Premier League title race.

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  3. Campaign hits hard to stop a punch

    A hard-hitting campaign called Punched Out Cold is in its sixth year of warning that a single punch can kill.

    As the Christmas season approaches, the One Punch UK campaign is urging people to think about the long-term consequences of their actions.

    The campaign hopes to get every police force in the UK supporting the campaign so the poster and message reaches as many people as possible.

    Last year the poster was viewed more than 1.6 million times on social media, something the campaign hopes to double this year.

    Maxine Thompson-Curl, who founded One Punch UK, said: “This campaign is so important to educate people what a single punch can and the devastation it can cause.”

    The campaign logo
  4. Yellow remains favoured colour for Hartlepool taxis

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Nic Marko

    Hackney cabs in Hartlepool are set to remain yellow after the council carried out a survey of taxi drivers and members of the public.

    A consultation, which included exploring the potential of changing to white, black or silver, followed a request from a private hire operator, and a petition signed by some hackney carriage owners.

    The main reason put forward was that changing the colour would allow owners to purchase a new or replacement vehicle without having to pay to re-spray it

    However, many of those who had signed the petition later changed their views, and other owners opted to stay with yellow.

    In addition, in an online survey 71% of the 827 members of the public who responded favoured that colour.

    One female resident also raised concerns via email to the council she, and other women, would no longer use hackneys to get home from a night out if the colour changed as "anyone could wait in the taxi line".

    A report recommending the taxis stay yellow will be put to the council's licensing committee on Wednesday.

    Hartlepool taxis
  5. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) County Durham northbound severe accident, from J60 for A689 to J61 for A688 Tursdale Road.

    A1(M) County Durham - One lane closed and it's heavy on A1(M) northbound in Durham from J60, A689 (Bradbury) to J61, A688 (Bowburn), because of an accident.

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

  6. Rise in school assaults

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A rise in the number of recorded assaults on teaching staff in Stockton has sparked fresh questions about exclusion levels.

    Figures show recorded physical attacks on teaching staff in schools in the borough rose from seven to 30 compared with the same period last year.

    A report to Stockton’s audit committee revealed recorded assaults tracked between July and the end of September this year and in 2018.

    There were 661 “fixed term exclusions” due to “verbal assaults” across Stockton in 2018-19.

    Former teacher, Councillor Barry Woodhouse, said he believed schools needed to deal with more challenging pupils rather than move them out.

  7. Lorry driver jailed for young girl sex attempt

    A lorry driver who groomed and tried to meet young girls for sex has been jailed.

    Kevin Pybus used online chat sites to groom and arrange sex with two girls, who he thought were 13 and 10 years of age, in his cab while in Middlesbrough.

    But the 62-year-old, from Wakefield in West Yorkshire, was unaware he was communicating with an undercover police officer, Teesside Crown Court heard.

    He previously admitted a number of sexual offences and has now been sentenced to four years and eight months.

    The court was told Pybus had said he was looking to have sex with girls as young as eight or nine, and said he needed to be careful as there were people looking to trap men like him.

    Teesside Crown Court
  8. Wigton man who stabbed two strangers jailed for 20 years

    A Wigton man who stabbed two strangers and assaulted a woman in July this year has been jailed for 20 years.

    Richard Moulton, 49, of Station Road in the town, had armed himself with two knives with which he attacked two men who were chatting in the street.

    One was stabbed in the chest and the other in the stomach and both required surgery after suffering serious injuries.

    A few minutes later, Moulton passed a woman visiting the town with her husband and lashed out, injuring her hand.

    Moulton had admitted attempted murder, wounding with intent and assault and he was sentenced this morning at Durham Crown Court.

    Judge James Adkin imposed a 20-year sentence with five years' extended licence, for what he called "life-threatening, entirely random violence".

  9. Residents' anger as trees are felled

    Herbert Soden

    Local Democracy Reporter

    A furious Ryton resident has condemned the council for cutting down four trees after locals tried in vain to save them.

    Locals gathered on the main road seeing off workers who where sent to fell the trees.

    But, the group left two hours later, and it is understood that the trees, three cherry blossoms, and a maple, have since been chopped down.

    Gateshead Council says the trees had been inspected and found to be dead, and pointed out that they were over a footpath and could have put pedestrians at risk.

    Resident Julie McGee said the trees had been there for decades. She added: “There’s no tree surgeon report done, in fact no report at all. I don’t understand how they can cut trees down without a report from a qualified person.

    “The trees have been there for 80 years, and there was sap coming out of them so I don’t think they were dead."

    An empty space where a tree once stood
  10. Local Npower site operates as customer service centre

    There are 2,500 people employed at Npower's base in Houghton-le-Spring.

    Serving as one of the energy company's customer service centres, the staff are primarily advisers, team managers, analysts and administrators.

    The modern building boasts a number of on-site facilities, including a restaurant, gym, and what it describes as "free contemplation rooms".

    Workers at that site - and offices in Hull and Worcester - will be finding out their fate later after the company announced some 4,500 job losses..

    Npower, Houghton-le-Spring
  11. Flytipping closes recycling site

    A Middlesbrough recycling site is to close permanently from today because of persistent fly-tipping.

    The "Bring Site" at the Parkway Centre in Coulby Newham had also been subject to contamination of its recycling bins.

    The council said residents will need to rely on their home collections, or use the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Haverton Hill.

    Flytipping at recycling site
    Quote Message: Clearing the site up on an almost daily basis incurs significant costs, and the waste left cannot be recycled." from Councillor Dennis McCabe, Executive member for the environment at Middlesbrough Council
    Councillor Dennis McCabe,Executive member for the environment at Middlesbrough Council