Northumbria Blood Bikes, a charity which uses motorbike riders to deliver urgent blood supplies, is expanding across the North East.
Our reporter Jonny Blair spent the evening shadowing Tyne and Wear's 'blue watch' crew, based at Gateshead Community Fire Station.
Operators promise to work better together, with simpler fares, if a proposal to give control of the network to local authorities is dropped.
These pictures are from the fireworks display at Beamish Museum in County Durham.
On Bonfire Night, the fire service received 430 call outs. Steve Williams, Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue, said most calls were down to unsupervised bonfires and that the evening can be dangerous.
Thousands of people attended Stockton Council’s annual fireworks display last night. It is one of the largest free displays in the country and this year 45,000 people went along.
The Sunderland chaplain who presented a red and white striped shirt to Pope Francis said the pontiff was "delighted to keep it" and took the gift back to the papal apartments.
Father Marc Lyden-Smith said the Pope was aware of the Wearside club's struggles and told him: "They not do too well at the moment."
"I said no, no, Holy Father. They are bottom of the Premier League. We need you to pray."
"Very diplomatically, he said: 'I pray for all footballers that they reach their potential.'"
"I'd like to think that he'll be wearing [the Sunderland shirt] on Sunday afternoon," the chaplain added.
Winless Sunderland face fierce local rivals Newcastle United in Wear-Tyne derby this Sunday.
Northumbria Police are asking fans to be patient and work with them at full time after the Wear-Tyne derby this weekend.
Newcastle fans will be held back after the game in a bid to reduce supporters clashing.
It follows violence at the last derby in April.
Concern is growing for a Washington man who has been missing for two days.
23-year-old Daniel Moir, from the Fatfield area, was last seen at 8:30pm on Tuesday, October 22, when he left home to go for a walk.
Daniel is around 5ft 5ins tall and of slim to medium build.
The conduct of two officers is to be investigated after a man was hit by a car on the A1 near Washington services.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission are to look into the incident, which happened at about 9.50 pm on Saturday, 10 August.
The man, who had been spoken to by officers from Northumbria Police after his van was involved in an accident with a lorry, was struck by a car after reportedly running across the southbound carriageway.
He suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital in a critical condition.
Police are also continuing to investigate both collisions and are seeking the driver of the car, who did not stop after hitting the man.
– Cindy Butts, IPCC Commissioner for the Northumbria policing area
"As someone has been seriously injured following police contact an independent investigation is needed to establish what took place."
A selection of photographs saved by staff at the Tyne & Wear Archives. The collection of photographs, log books and ship plans are now listed on the UNESCO Memory of The World Register. The collection, at The Discovery Museum, is listed alongside The Magna Carta and The Domesday Book.