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  1. Teenager fighting for life after car hits tree

    A teenager is in a critical condition in hospital, and an 18-year-old has been arrested after a vehicle left the road in rural Northumberland.

    Emergency services were called to Moorhouse Crossroads near the village of Edlingham on Monday evening to reports that a silver Nissan Pixo had collided with a tree.

    A 17-year-old female passenger were taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

    The 18-year-old driver was treated in hospital for a shoulder injury but later released, and subsequently arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

    Northumbria Police has appealed for anyone who may have seen the vehicle on Monday evening to contact police.

    A spokeswoman said: "This was a very serious collision and a teenage girl continues to fight for her life in hospital.

    “As you can imagine, this is a distressing time for her family and we are carrying out enquiries so we can find out exactly what has happened."

  2. Broken-down train causes service disruption

    Services between Middlesbrough and Newcastle are being delayed in that direction for about 45 minutes.

    Northern Rail says it is due to a broken-down train between Sunderland and Newcastle.

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  3. Seven North East councils continue to oppose tier three restrictions

    Fergus Hewison

    BBC Newcastle political reporter

    Seven North East councils continue to oppose any talks of moving the region into tier three of Covid-19 restrictions.

    I understand that this week they will make the case to the Government that coronavirus cases in the region, while still high, are leveling off.

    Council leaders for Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, Durham, Sunderland, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Northumberland will also talk about infections being "most problematic" in schools, care homes, and among university students, something which moving the area into tier three would not address.

    The councils argue there's enough capacity in the NHS at present, and a move to tier three would bring economic hardship for little gain in terms tackling the virus.

    They are also keen, I understand, not to simply be judged alongside infection rates on Teesside, which have been rising.

  4. Pedestrian dies after being hit by car

    A pedestrian has died after being hit by a car in Northumberland.

    The 33-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene, on the A189 between Bedlington station and Bebside, at 20:00 BST on Saturday.

    Scene of crash

    A 30-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been released while inquiries continue.

    Northumbria Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash or for anyone with dashcam footage to contact them.

  5. Rising levels of coronavirus in the North East

    North East and Tees Valley council leaders are expecting to meet ministers about the prospect of moving to the highest level of Coronavirus restrictions - tier three, very high alert.

    The BBC understands that 12 council leaders across the region were contacted last night and asked to prepare for discussions with the Communities Secretary.

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  6. Huge illegal fireworks haul seized in house raid

    With the pandemic cancelling organised bonfires this year, there's concern about illegal fireworks across the region.

    A haul has been taken off the streets by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

    A spokesman said: "These fireworks, which were being sold via social media, without a licence and without suitable storage are the type and quantity usually found in a licensed shop."

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  7. Portal to an ancient world app takes visitors back in time

    The mystery surrounding a 2,000 year old skeleton is at the heart of a new video game app designed to help children learn about life on Hadrian’s Wall.

    "The Missing Dead", which can be played at the Vindolanda site has been developed by experts at Newcastle University and takes the player back in time from the discovery of the skeleton in 2009 to the 3rd century AD.

    Using archaeological evidence excavated from Vindolanda the game uses 2D, hand-drawn animation in a comic-book style to recreate the Roman fort as it would have been in C 230AD.

    Guided by Aquila the Eagle, the game takes the player around different buildings on the site as they follow Marcus, a Tribune at the nearby Roman fort of Magna help his friend, Vitalis, to find a missing slave.

    Game app

    Funded by Arts Council England, the app is aimed at Key Stage 2 students aged seven to 11 years, but can be enjoyed by any age.

    Barbara Birley, Curator at the Vindolanda Trust, said: “The Missing Dead app deals with difficult, real-life subject matter, but handles it with sensitivity.

    "Students learn about their past in a way designed to make them ask their own questions and to piece together the clues and information they are given to help them solve the mysteries, just like a real archaeologist.”

  8. North East leaders warned of tier three possibility

    Herbert Soden

    Local Democracy Reporter

    North East leaders have been warned of fresh discussions over a potential move into tier three, following a late night summons from Government.

    It is understood that leaders in the region were told by central Government that a meeting will shortly be called to discuss tier three - very high alert restrictions, and the potential move from tier two - high alert

    The email, which was sent at around 22:00 BST on Thursday, stated that ministers were keen for this meeting to happen as soon as possible. It comes as Greater Manchester’s tier three restrictions come into force and has left leaders in the region unsure of what any further meeting could entail.

    Last week the region was allowed to remain in tier two but leaders were told they had seven days to show existing measures were working. Leaders were due to report back to government this morning but it is not thought that this is the meeting the late night demand was referring to.

  9. Drivers reminded of A19 exit closure

    Drivers being are reminded of daytime diversions and a weekend closure of the A19's southbound exit to the A690.The exit from the A19 to the A690 Durham Road junction closes from 06:00 tomorrow until 19:00 on Sunday with traffic diverted via Chester Road.

    The junction

    Sunderland City Council said the closure is necessary for updates that are seeing extra lanes, new signaling and improvements to the junction's drainage, fencing and kerbing.

    The southbound slip road from the A690 Durham Road junction to the A19 was closed last weekend for its resurfacing works.Deputy Leader Paul Stewart said: "We always look to minimise disruption, so these important and necessary works have been programmed over the weekend."As a council we are committed to continually upgrading and improving our highways network for residents and businesses. I would like to thank all drivers for their patience as we complete this next stage of another important upgrade to our city's infrastructure."

  10. Eighty-one Covid-19 cases at Northumbria University

    Northumbria University has seen 81 new cases of Covid-19 in the last seven days by students studying at Newcastle campuses.

    This is down from the 131 cases reported last week for the seven-day period 8-15 October, the uni said.

    A statement said: "These students are all now self-isolating. Their flatmates and any close contacts are also self-isolating for 14 days in line with government guidance, and have been advised to contact NHS119 to book a test as soon as possible should symptoms appear.

    "Those affected live in different student and non-student accommodation. We can also confirm two staff members have self-reported they have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last seven days, and are now self-isolating."