As the government proposes a ban on 'legal highs', one seller tells us his shop helps addicts - and banning it would drive users towards criminal drug dealers.
Breezy but dry and unseasonably warm by day, with early cloud cover giving way to some sunny spells.
Becoming increasingly windy later with rain spreading east during the evening. Maximum Temperature 19C.
Firefighters in the North East of England will begin a four-day strike this evening (Friday, 31st October) at 6pm.
The strike will end on the evening of Tuesday, 4th November - the day before Bonfire Night. It is part of a national ongoing dispute over their pensions.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has asked local people and businesses to take extra care to protect themselves and their families from the risks of fire.
As the government proposes a ban on 'legal highs', one mother from Yorkshire told ITV News about the night she found her son collapsed.
He had called her to tell her he had taken a substance. The woman has chosen to remain anonymous to protect her son's identity.
The mother has supported government calls for a blanket ban on the substances, which are chemical compound sold freely over the counter in garages, newsagents and nightclubs, although not for human consumption.
Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg has also supported the ban.
A man in his 30s has been raped in the Waterville Road area of North Shields.
It happened between 8:50pm and 10:45pm on Tueday, 28th October. Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.
A jockey has been airlifted to hospital with potentially serious head injuries after falling from a horse at speed at Sedgefield Racecourse.
The 46-year-old man was taken by the Great North Air Ambulance to the major trauma centre at James Cook University Hospital on Teesside.
Two people have been taken to hospital after a helicopter came down heavily in Northumberland.
Police were called to the area south of Acklington and north of Red Row at about 1pm.
Police said two men who were in the helicopter had suffered minor injuries and have been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle as a precaution.
The Civil Aviation Authority have been informed.