Northumbria Police said disruption will be kept to a minimum in Newcastle city centre during a rally by supporters of the German group Pegida.
South Tyneside councillors have agreed a budget or 2015/16 which will see council tax bills rise by 1.95%.
In South Tyneisde 65% of the population live in Band A properties, and those households will pay an extra 32p per week.
Further savings of £22m will still need to be found by the authority.
As the Chancellor George Osborne tours the North East, he's being monitored by Paul Brand, ITV Tyne Tees' Political Corrspondent Here are his latest tweets:
Joe McElderry recorded a personal song for a woman who missed his gig because she went into labour!
Businesses in Thirsk and Easingwold are being offered free, expert crime reduction advice.
According to a 2010 survey by the Federation of Small Businesses, 20% of all crime nationally is against businesses, with the average annual cost of crime against Yorkshire and Humberside businesses reaching more than £25,000.
Police in Thirsk and Easingwold are now offering security advice to the area’s small to medium sized businesses.
Specially trained Police Community Support Officers will conduct a business security survey and provide a vulnerability report - with recommendations as to how threats can be reduced.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian was hit by a car in Hartlepool.
A 75-year-old man suffered facial fractures, fractured ribs and possible internal injuries on February 23, on Wiltshire Way. He was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees for treatment.
Any witnesses are asked to contact Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on 101.
A 52-year-old HGV driver has died after his vehicle left the road and ran into a ditch.
It happened on February 26, on Seal Sands road (A1185) opposite the ecology park, Teesside.
Police believe the driver suffered a 'medical episode' at the wheel. They're asking anyone with information to call Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit on 101.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin will announce improvements to trains in the North today, promising "more seats, more services and a brand new fleet of trains"
The government has said it will make the following changes to trains in the North.
- replace outdated Pacer trains and introduce a brand new fleet of modern trains
- tackle crowding
- invest in stations
- accommodate over 19,000 more commuters in Manchester during the morning peak
- add over 200 new train services every day across both franchises
- provide over one-third more capacity across both franchises
- introduce free Wi-Fi
The rugby player Katy McLean, from South Shields, will captain England tonight as they take on Ireland in the third round of the women's Six Nations tournament.
She will play alongside Tamara Taylor, from Darlington, who captained England to a win and a loss in the first two matches.