People travelling in and out of London are faced severe disruption today after King's Cross and Paddington stations were closed due to overrunning engineering works.
Police say they are no closer to finding out what happened to a Wearside man who went missing after watching the Tyne/Wear derby.
Colin Pine, from Washington, hasn't been seen since leaving a pub in Gateshead last Sunday.
Watch Kenny Toal's report.
A man is in a critical but stable condition in hospital after being seriously assaulted in the early hours of Christmas morning on Teesside.
Several people tried to help the 49-year-old who was allegedly attacked on Hylton Avenue in Skelton, East Cleveland.
He was left with significant head injuries, and remains in James Cook University Hospital.
Three men, aged 29, 30 and 51, have been arrested on suspicion of assault and they have been bailed pending further enquiries.
A spokesperson for Cleveland Police said: "The alleged attack happened on the street and officers know a number of witnesses were present.
"Police are grateful for information they have already received from several people but they believe there are others who have not yet spoken to police and they are urging these people to come forward."
It is hoped that the travel misery for train passengers wanting to travel to or from London Kings Cross is will soon be over.
The station was closed because of over running engineering work, it is hoped it will open again on Sunday, December 28.
In the North East it meant a disrupted service with trains terminating at Finsbury Park instead, though that station was also closed at times because of over crowding.
East Coast and Grand Central tickets for today can be used on Sunday and Monday.
Sara Nelson, from the independent consumer organisation Passenger Focus, says the rail companies need to do all they can to keep passengers informed.
A crowd of 9192 watched Newcaslte Falcons today, the biggest crowd in 9 years.
Falcons are narrowly missed out on victory trailing Saracens 23 - 25.
East Coast: "Overrunning engineering works by Network Rail north of London King's Cross have resulted in severe delays to our services. We are very sorry about this and advise customers to travel on another day if at all possible. Tickets for today are valid on Sunday 28 and Monday 29 December."
Grand Central trains "Tickets for travel on Grand Central trains on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 can be used on Sunday 28 and Monday 29 December, and customers are encouraged to delay their journeys if possible."
The pressure on Network Rail increased this afternoon as the railway watchdog, the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), said it was launching an investigation into the chaos.
Police searching for missing York man Matthew Morton say he has now been found safe and well in the Morley area of West Yorkshire.