ITV News caught up with cricketer Graeme Swann at today's race where the sportsman was wielding the all important starting gun.
More top news
Sir Michael Wilshaw has said there was "very bad homophobic bullying" at free schools in Durham and Sunderland and parents deserve better.
Winter is back with weather warnings in place across the region. Ross has the details:
Ten people, six from Gateshead have been charged after drugs, believed to be destined for North East communities, were secured by officers.