23 October 2014
England's big cities look likely to get more powers - but how much influence will their voters get?
A woman who was caught on CCTV dragging a man in a wheelchair behind her car is handed a two-year driving ban.
A man is held under the Computer Misuse Act after the Durham Police website is hacked.
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Newcastle United and Liverpool.
23 October 2014
England's big cities look likely to get more powers - but how much influence will their voters get?
31 August 2014
How safe are e-cigarettes? A new series of Inside Out investigates just what is contained in them.
Council bosses in South Tyneside have given the go ahead to the closure of three sheltered housing units.
The home of a suspected internet hacker who targeted Durham Constabulary's website has been raided, the force has said.
A 21-year-old at a property on Halstead Place, South Shields was arrested under the Computer Misuse Act.
A Durham Police spokesman said that, in the interests of security, the force could not give specific details of the offence, or the steps put in place to prevent a similar event happening again.
A takeaway boss who posed as a cabbie to kidnap and molest a drunk young woman has been jailed for 11 years.
Middlesbrough and Rotherham will meet on Saturday at the New York Stadium for the first time since 1995.
Rotherham will be without left-back Joe Skarz, who serves a one-game ban after picking up a fifth booking of the term.
Middlesbrough midfielder Grant Leadbitter will available again after returning from suspension.
The top local headlines at 17:00 include:
A gang of travelling thieves made off with around £15,000 after a brazen distraction raid at a popular village pub.
Gateshead travel to Aldershot in the Conference tomorrow, with kick-off at 15:00.
Follow updates on the BBC Sport website.
Are you feeling a bit Friday-ish? A bit tired and ready for the weekend (if you're not working, that is)?
Well, as Carolyn Farthing-Dunn from Consett proves with this shot from Hexham, it's much more of an up-stream struggle if you're a fish.
Police are investigating after the thefts from three graves in Durham Road Cemetery in Stockton it happened between 19:00 on Saturday evening and 22:00 on Sunday morning.
The top local headlines at 16:00 include:
Newcastle Council says a tax on bars and clubs opening past midnight has helped reduce crime in the city centre.
About £300,000 raised by the late night levy is used for street cleaning, crime and safety initiatives.
Northumbria Police, which receives part of the levy, estimates it spends almost £2m a year policing Newcastle City Centre while the council spends over £800,000 cleaning it up.
An elderly woman was robbed on Cleadon Street, Walker late on Thursday afternoon, police say.
She was pushed and unbalanced, but not knocked over and money was taken from her coat pocket. It was an "incredibly frightening experience" and the woman was left shaken, Northumbria Police said.
Police are appealing for witnesses.
Hartlepool are expected to be without Matthew Bates again, as well as defensive partner Stuart Parnaby and midfielder Jack Compton in their League Two match against Newport on Saturday.
But new boss Paul Murray said he was "confident there will be an improvement" on last week's performance.
Newport County are struggling with a sickness bug and several new injuries. Adam Chapman, Danny Crow and Ryan Jackson are out, while Chris Zebroski, Mark Byrne, Yan Klukowski and Mike Flynn are doubtful.
The GMB union says it was told a County Durham crisp factory would close next year at a meeting with the company's UK directors on Wednesday.
KP Snacks announced in September it was considering closing its Phileas Fogg factory in Consett in an attempt to streamline its business.
Newcastle City Council is looking for someone to pay for repairs to the clock on the derelict park keeper's lodge on Nuns Moor, which is now being restored for council tenants.
Wingrove councillor Nigel Todd said it would cost about £6,600.
"It may be possible to find the money for the maintenance contract but we're having to launch a quick appeal to see if anyone would be interested in sponsoring or paying for the repairs," he said.
The top local headlines at 15:00 include:
A war hero who walked 600 miles home during the Second World War has had his bravery acknowledged at a reception in London.
A "substantial" number of reports of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage were made last night despite Cleveland Police asking parents and carers to keep and eye on their children, the force says.
Cars were damaged and, three streets in Middlesbrough, Thornaby and Stockton, cars were even overturned, it says.
Supt Ian Coates said the behaviour officers dealt with "beggars belief" and was "completely unacceptable".
Newcastle - who face Liverpool at St James' Park on Saturday - are a team in form and, all of a sudden, Magpies boss Alan Pardew apparently knows what he is doing again.
It seems to happen every few months - a manager who is supposedly about to get sacked wins three games in a row like Pardew has done and he is a genius.
Newcastle United will face Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup quarter-final four days before the first Tyne-Wear derby of the season, it has been confirmed.
A woman who was caught on CCTV dragging a man in a wheelchair behind her car has been handed a two-year driving ban.
Maria Adams drove up and down the car park of Tesco in Roker, Sunderland, while her friend held on to a towel hanging out of the boot of her Nissan Juke.
The top local headlines at 14:00 include:
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Not quite in the mood for Halloween yet? This should do the trick.
Tyne and Wear Archives has tweeted its album of spooky "psychic photography" but is warning you to watch out for ectoplasm.
Spennymoor Leisure Centre's swimming pool has had to be closed today.
Management say the closure is due to "unforeseen circumstances" and that the pool will reopen as normal tomorrow.
You can call reception on 03000 261 161 for more information.
Police are appealing for help in finding a sculpture which was stolen from a gallery in Newcastle.
The Hand of God - worth about £7,000 - was taken from Castle Fine art gallery on 4 October.
Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to in connection with the theft.
On this lunchtime's programme we'll be hearing that, ahead of another four-day strike by the region's firefighters, there are safety fears over this weekend's early bonfire celebrations.
And we'll be finding out why South Shields has been given a title that it would love to flush away.
Watch BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.
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This week we'll be looking at the review of drugs laws, with reaction from Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg who has called for changes in the law.
And, in the week Labour MPs said the government miners' strike cover-up was just as much a scandal as Jimmy Savile and Hillsborough, we ask where this leaves former pit communities trying to rebuild their economies.
Cleveland Fire Brigade plans to unveil a new fire station today, as part of a multi-million pound programme of investment.
The £830,000 Headland Fire Station in Hartlepool replaces the previous building in Durham Street which was over 50-years-old.
Two families have been left devastated after three cats from a single street were killed in suspicious circumstances over a single weekend.
Another cat on the same street was put to sleep after vets found high levels of anti-freeze in its system.
The parent company of a County Durham factory has said it's still in talks over the site's future, despite a union claiming this morning it will close next year.
The GMB union said KP Snacks had confirmed the closure of the Phileas Fogg factory in Consett would happen next year.
But KP says no final decision has been made and consultations are continuing.
A man has been sentenced to 11 years in jail for kidnap and sexual assault.
A big thumbs-up has been given to a new community space that has transformed an eyesore area of a neighbourhood.
The former car park - previously branded a "bombsite" - at St Oswald's Church Hall, in Milbank Road, Hartlepool, has been converted into a community garden.
The top local headlines at 11:00 include:
A public exhibition of designs for the £7.5m Lower Steenberg's Yard development at Ouseburn in Newcastle will be on display on Tuesday between 14:00 and 19:00 at the Cycle Hub.
There are plans for 37 one bed apartments and family houses and a range of commercial units for business use.
A man has been raped in North Tyneside, police have said.
The attack happened in the Waterville Road area of North Shields between 20:50 and 22:45 GMT on Tuesday. The victim was aged in his 30s.
Some people recycle - and some people tell everyone they recycle while secretly sticking everything in the bin.
A new survey suggests one in five of us in this country confess to exaggerating or lying about our recycling habits for fear of looking bad in front of other people.
The Phileas Fogg Factory in Consett will close in 2015, the GMB union says.
The union's regional organiser, Suzanne Reid, said it was a "devastating blow" for the workforce and their families.
The union said parent the company KP had confirmed the closure but added talks were continuing about possible redeployment opportunities at the Billingham and Tanfield sites.
All this spookiness is giving us goosebumps and we want to know how you're celebrating Halloween.
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Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service tweets a timely reminder that illegal bonfires can be reported and removed.
Cleveland Police suggests a "no callers" notice to deter unwanted trick-or-treaters.
Police investigating an attempted murder on Teesside believe the victim's car may have been stolen.
The man, 66, with found with serious head injuries at his home in Brookside, Boosebeck, on Saturday night. He is in a critical condition in hospital.
Two men, aged 37 and 40, have been arrested in connection with the incident.
An inspection chamber cover on the A66 eastbound at Hartington Interchange collapsed overnight meaning the nearside lane has had to be closed.
The eastbound carriageway will be completely closed after rush hour for repairs, Middlesbrough Borough Council says. Diversions will be in place.
A hoard of Tudor coins unearthed in Northumberland is going on show later after a fundraising campaign to buy them met its target.
A jug was found on Lindisfarne in 2003, but it was not until 2011 that 17 coins were discovered inside.
Labour MPs say recently released documents prove Margaret Thatcher's government had a secret plan to close down much of the industry.
Conservatives says Labour only want to talk about the past - when many former mining areas have had a positive future.
On the breakfast show we'll be asking whether we're still living in the past or if this is an historic scandal which needs to be investigated.
The top local headlines at 09:00 include:
Teachers who give struggling pupils "lavish praise" could make them even less likely to succeed, research into classroom tactics has suggested.
It said that pupils who are "presented with anger" have a less positive association with performing badly.
There are no serious incidents on the roads so far this morning.
A small amount of disruption on Washington Highway and the usual congestion elsewhere.
A family who waited more than 45 minutes for an ambulance were told their five-month-old baby could have died had he been left any longer.
Firefighters across the North East are to strike for four days in a row over pensions.
Members of the Fire Brigades' Union will walk out from 6pm on Friday until 6pm on Tuesday, November 4, the eve of Guy Fawkes night.
Is it time to give "More Power to the North?" - Carol Malia presents a BBC Look North special on Wednesday 5 November on BBC One at 22:35.
Join the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #northwhatnext
After a cloudy start it will be a very mild day for the time of year.
There'll be some sunshine later, though it could stay hazy.
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