Thousands of illegal cigarettes have been found in a shop in Newcastle thanks to the keen nose of sniffer dog called Scamp.
He uncovered 6,000 of them in a hidden compartment in a toilet at a shop in Byker.
Council bosses say criminals are going to alarming lengths to conceal their illegal products but they're no match for the dogs used by the police and trading standards.
Sunderland continue manager search
Sunderland's search for a new manager goes on, with several names in the frame including Gareth Ainsworth, Phil Parkinson and former Middlesbrough captain and Carlisle manager, Nigel Pearson.
But when a successor to Jack Ross is finally announced, you won't read it on the club owner's Twitter account.
Stewart Donald has used social media to keep in touch with the Black Cats' supporters, but in the face of criticism over the managerial situation, he has closed his twitter account.
I have always tried to communicate on social media and help fans, but I think the negatives now outweigh the positives. I temporarily took a break but I will now do so permanently. I will just communicate via the club channels, which I think is what most want."
Cannabis and nitrous oxide canisters found at student party house
Legal notices have been served on a student house in Newcastle after police were called to a house party.
Earlier this month officers had to force entry to the party in Jesmond after reports up to 100 students had barricaded themselves inside.
Once inside police found smoke detectors had been covered up and windows and doors had been blocked off, presenting a potential fire risk.
When officers from Newcastle City Council and Northumbria Police revisited the address to issue legal notices on the occupants, they discovered cannabis and approximately 240 nitrous oxide cannisters inside the house.
A digital campaign #SaferPartying is being relaunched to encourage the city’s student population to be aware of the risks of large house parties
We don’t want to be a council which says students can’t have fun. Newcastle is a city of destination for students due to our excellent universities, but we really do expect people to show common sense and respect."
In a statement he said: "When we arrived at the club 18 months ago, we appointed Jack because we felt that he was the right man to take Sunderland forward over a number of years.
"Jack has worked extremely hard, and has helped us achieve stability at the club, and I sincerely thank him for his efforts. I hope and believe that he will go on to have a successful career in management."
Assistant manager James Fowler has been placed in temporary charge of first team affairs and will oversee tonight's home game against Grimsby Town.
The club said the process to appoint a new manager would start tomorrow.
More than 12 children are admitted to hospitals across the North East every week because they have self-harmed, figures obtained by BBC Newcastle show.
Five health trusts in Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, County Durham and Teesside said they had dealt with 1,723 incidents involving under-18s between 2016 and 2018. The youngest was a 12-year-old girl.
The figure up to July this year already stands at 367.
County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust recorded the largest number of admission at 736 between 2016 and the end of June this year.
Emily Duke from the charity Children North East, which provides counselling for children who self-harm, said: "It's down to things like abuse or relationship breakdown. They are unable to deal with those feelings and self-harm is often a release."
One 15-year-old girl from Gateshead, who the BBC has agreed not to name, said she self-harmed after suffering abuse by a family member.
She said: "I started doing it in my bedroom. I was just hiding away."
She said she eventually found help and is now improving.
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “We are determined to improve mental health support for children and we are transforming services through the NHS Long Term Plan.
"This is backed by an extra £2.3bn a year so that 345,000 more children and young people have access to mental health support by 2023/24.
"Early intervention is vital and we are training a new dedicated mental health workforce for schools and colleges across the country."