Hartlepool United's new manager - who took over at the club this week - says bringing in convicted rapist Evans is 'a possibility'.
Police have cordoned off an area of Hillfield Street, Gateshead, where a woman's body was found last night.
Officers found the body of the 42-year-old woman inside a house on the street in Bensham at about 8:30pm on Friday, 19th December. Her death is being treated as suspicious.
Police are investigating the suspicious death of a 42-year-old woman, who was found dead in Bensham, Gateshead.
Her body was found at an address in Hillfield Street at 8:30pm on Friday 19th December.
A 54-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after falling in the street in Sunderland.
He was found at the entrance to Darcy Court in Hendon Road at about 5:35pm on Monday, 15th December. He had been dropped off by a taxi and officers believe he fell, suffering a head injury.
He was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
Northumbria Police are appealing for the drivers of a small dark car and a white car that are believed to have been driving past.
In Newcastle, the last Friday night before Christmas was 'steady' with no major incidents, according to Northumbria Police.
In total, 11 people were arrested: eight on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly, two on suspicion of drink-driving, and one on suspicion of assault.
A trio of reindeer will be in North Shields later today.
The reindeer, including a baby called Olaf, will be on Bedford Street between 10am and 4pm.
Shoppers will be given the opportunity to feed the animals. The visit follows on from other reindeer appearances in Whitley Bay and Wallsend over the last few weeks.
The event is part of the North Tyneside Winter Festival programme.
Bright with sunny spells, but still feeling cold in gusty northwesterly winds.
Isolated showers during the morning, but becoming mainly dry and fine during the afternoon with winds easing later. Maximum Temperature 8C.
Remaining windy and feeling cold overnight.
Some clear spells but also a few scattered showers, these mainly over hills in the west where they are likely to be wintry at times.
Risk of gales, particularly over the hills. Minimum Temperature 2C.
Alan Pardew has said the gravy will be "lumpy" if Newcastle are not able to pull off a win in the Tyne-Wear derby on Sunday.
Implying that defeat would ruin his Christmas, the Newcastle manager said: "Particularly around Christmas time when it's goodwill to all men, the gravy's going to be a bit lumpy if we lose."
Meanwhile, Sunderland boss Gus Poyet said victory for the Black Cats would be "fantastic" and "unique".
Northumbria Police says it is fully prepared ahead of its busiest weekend of the year. More officers than ever before will be on duty at Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby.
The game coincides with the last shopping weekend before Christmas - thousands of people will head to Newcastle city centre for last-minute shopping as well as festive events like pantomimes.
As Kenny Toal reports, police have changed their tactics and they are hoping the season of goodwill extends to both sets of supporters.