A man has been convicted of the murder of a two-month old baby boy. Karl Walker inflicted fatal head injuries on Logan Ormston
Amateur filmmaker Lee Halpin was found dead in Newcastle, where he was sleeping rough to film a documentary about homelessness.
The cabinet of Gateshead Council have announced their recommendations to plug a 30 million pound funding gap and make budget cuts.
Two people have died after a crash involving a motorcycle on the A1 (Western Bypass) in Gateshead last night.
The collision happened on the southbound carriageway near Swalwell at around 8:40pm. A woman died at the scene, while a 21-year-old man was taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary but later pronounced dead.
A 31-year-old has been arrested in connection with the incident and released on bail.
Any witnesses are being asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.
A motorbike has been involved in a serious collision on the A1 (Western Bypass) near Swalwell in Gateshead this evening, May 17.
The collision happened about 8:40pm. Police say the road is currently closed in both directions and will remain closed for some time.
Anyone with information can contact Northumbria Police by phoning 101 and asking for extension 69191.
The owners of a dental practice which was set on fire twice in the same week are offering a reward for anyone who has any information.
The fires happened at Low Fell Clinic at Kell's Lane in Gateshead - with the first on Saturday 20 April at around 5pm, and the second on Wednesday 24 April at about 10.30pm.
Damage amounting to thousands of pounds was caused in the second fire and police are treating both fires as arson.
The owners of the practice have now offered a reward for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the offender.
"The first time there was a small amount of damage caused. An anonymous caller rang police to report this incident, and we're particularly keen for that person to get back in touch.
"On the second occasion an accelerant was thrown through a window, causing a substantial amount of damage.
"There is a pub across the road - The Victoria at Kell's Lane - and it's thought it will have been busy on the Saturday evening when the offence took place.
– DC Caroline Armstrong, Gateshead CID
"We're also aware that a male in his late teens was seen on a moped with no lights on in the area at the time, he stopped and called police but left the area before we could speak to him. It's important these people get back in touch with us.
"We continue to do everything possible to trace the person responsible. This has caused distress to the practice owners, not to mention the costs involved and any information could be vital."
Top UK Olympic athletes including gold medallist, Christine Ohuruogu, are in the region ahead of the European Athletics Team Championships.
The event will take place at Gateshead International Stadium next month and will host leading athletes from around the world.
A list of top local authority earners reveals the chief exective of Gateshead Council,
Roger Kelly, retired with almost £400,000 last year.
Durham County Council has also been highlighted in the Town Hall Rich List, as having more than 20 executives earning £100,000 a year or more.
Councils have criticised the way the list has been compiled.
Gateshead Council says the figure included Mr Kelly's pension payout accrued over 25 years and that its senior management costs are actually coming down. But the Taxpayers' Alliance though insists the figure is still too much.
Eleanor McGrath, Taxpayers' Alliance.
As council's continue to face hefty cutbacks and redundancy programmes the latest town hall rich list shows one chief excutive from the region walked away with almost £400,000 last year.
Gateshead's Roger Kelly came in at number seven in the top 10 highest renumerated council executives in the country as he retired last year.
The authority stressed the figure included his pension payout accrued over 25 years and that its senior management costs are actually coming down.
But the Taxpayer's Alliance insists the figure is still too much.
Double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes has been back in the region, passing on tips to aspiring athletes.
The former 800 and 1500 metres star was working with students at Gateshead College.
It is the final visit for Dame Kelly and a team of experts after overseeing a year-long programme to help young people achieve their dreams through physical and mental preparation.
The Trinity Square development in Gateshead's town centre is almost complete. The area used to be run down and was famous only for its derelict car park - which featured in the film Get Carter, in 1971.
Now, the car park and most of the shops around it have been demolished and replaced by a new cinema, supermarket and flats for 1,000 students.
Watch the full report below.