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Around The House: Tonight at 11.40pm

Paul Brand with guests Julie Elliott MP, Lord Shipley, Anne McIntosh MP and Jonathan Arnott MEP Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Our political programme Around The House returns tonight. Paul Brand and guests discuss regional powers for the North, in the light of the Scottish referendum.

There is also a lively studio debate on the impact UKIP could have in the North East, when the country goes to the polls next May.

Around The House is at 11.40pm tonight (Thursday 23 Oct) on ITV.

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Train lines blocked between Newcastle and Sunderland

Northern Rail have tweeted that due to a derailed freight train, lines are blocked between Newcastle and Sunderland.

Sunderland sign Frenchman Reveillere

Anthony Reveillere Credit: Sunderland AFC

Sunderland AFC has confirmed the signing of former France international Anthony Reveillere.

The 34-year-old full-back has signed a deal with the Black Cats until the end of the season and will wear the number 15 shirt. Pending international clearance from the Italian FA, Reveillere could be available to make his Black Cats debut against Arsenal this weekend.

Reveillere began his professional career at French side Rennes where he made over 100 appearances before moving to Lyon, where he spent ten years gaining a wealth of UEFA Champions League and Europa League experience.

While with Lyon, Reveillere made almost 300 appearances, winning seven trophies including five Ligue 1 titles. He was also selected by France for the FIFA World Cup in 2010 and the UEFA European Championships in 2012.

The defender spent last season with Serie A side Napoli, making 18 appearances and helping the Naples club to a Coppa Italia win, before his contract came to an end in the summer.

Gus Poyet says he was already on the lookout for new defenders before last Saturday's 8-0 defeat at Southampton - and the Frenchman fitted the bill.

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Jogger bitten by two dogs in Washington

Police are appealing for information after a jogger was bitten by two dogs in Washington. The 36-year-old man was on Biddick Lane when he was bitten at 2.30pm on October 11.

He suffered bite marks to his calf, thigh, buttock and lower back.

The Staffordshire Bull Terriers were off the lead at the time of the incident and were being walked by a woman. Police need to identify and speak to this woman.

She is described as being around 45 to 50 years old, around 5ft 4ins tall, of large build and with a tanned complexion. She had dark hair tied back in a pony tail, and is described as having bad teeth and tattoos across the top of her chest.

20 North East historic sites added to 'at risk' register

Twenty historic sites across the North East have been added to an 'at risk' register due to their condition.

English Heritage publishes an annual report which identifies listed buildings and historic sites most at risk of loss or decay.

Since last year, 27 sites have been removed from the list after investments of £768,000 in the region.

In the North East:

  • 8 buildings or structures have been taken off the Register and 5 have been added.
  • 4 churches and places of worship have been taken off the Register and 9 have been added.
  • 14 archaeological sites have been removed from the Register and 3 have been added.
  • 1 conservation area, Spittal in Berwick upon Tweed, has been removed from the Register this year, 3 conservation areas including Alnwick, Northumberland and Chester-le-Street, County Durham have been added.
St James Church, Benwell Credit: English Heritage
  • The 13th century Church of St Andrew Winston on the banks of the River Tees has been added to the list this year. There are several structural issues in the building and the roof needs repairing. The congregation has agreed a repair project. The work is underway with financial help from English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and is due to be completed by 2015.
Hamsterley Hall,Hamsterley Mill,Rowlands Gill,County Durham. Credit: English Heritage
  • Hamsterley Hall has suffered from decades of decline leaving the property with an estimated repair bill of £4m. The hall was already on the Heritage At Risk register but is now classified at the highest level of risk.
Coquet Island, Northumberland Credit: English Heritage
  • Coquet Island is one of a number of remote islands off the Northumberland coast. The remains of a monastic cell and a medieval tower have been removed from the Heritage at Risk register this year after a repair project and grant of £93,000 from English Heritage.

Around The House

Around The House at 11.40pm on ITV Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

On this month's programme from Westminster, Paul Brand and guests consider the Chancellor's vision of a 'Northern Powerhouse', ten years after the North East rejected the chance of its own regional Assembly.

Joining the debate are the former Lib Dem leader of Newcastle City Council, Lord Shipley; Sunderland Labour MP Julie Elliott, and North Yorkshire Conservative MP Anne McIntosh.

Also in the programme, UKIP's North East MEP Jonathan Arnott joins the panel to consider the toughest General Election to predict for decades.

Around The House is at 11.40pm, tonight on ITV.

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