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Sam Allardyce could be appointed England manager in next 24 hours

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce could be appointed England manager within the next 24 hours.

That's according to reports from Press Association Sport.

Sam Allardyce is with SAFC tonight as they take on Hartlepool tonight at Victoria Park.

He has been interviewed for the role left vacant by Roy Hodgson.

Families struggling to meet childcare costs in the North East

According to a survey by the Family and Childcare Trust - childcare places are only available to a third, of working families in the North East. That's down from 45 per cent last year.

And there's a big difference in cost in the region.

Childcare provided by the public sector costs an average of 82 per week in the region.

Privately run facilities cost an average of 125 pounds per week per child. That's a rise of 43 per cent since 2010.

Our correspondent Rachel Bullock spoke to Mark Bou Monsour from the Family and Childcare Trust which carried out the survey:

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Serious delays to trains at Newcastle station until 3pm

Severe delays to train services at Newcastle's main train station Credit: National Rail Enquiries

There are severe delays to train services at Newcastle's main train station.

It's after a lightning strike affected signalling.

Find out more about the delays here

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No trains between Newcastle and Darlington

All services have been suspended on CrossCountry between Darlington and Newcastle.

It's after a lightning strike damaged the signalling system.

Trains are unable to run on any of the lines and so all First Transpennine Express, Northern and Virgin Trains East Coast services are also cancelled at the moment.

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