All stories for 05 Dec 2013

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has died aged 95

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95 after a long battle with a lung infection

The day's news in pictures: December 5, 2013

The day’s biggest stories from the UK and around the world in pictures

Thousands evacuated as gale force winds sweep the country

Areas of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex are being evacuated while other areas brace for high tides, high winds and a large tidal surge this evening and tomorrow

UK Weather: Two dead as fierce winds batter the country

A lorry driver died when his HGV toppled over in Scotland and, in Nottinghamshire, a pedestrian was killed when he was struck by a falling tree

Nigella Lawson: I'd rather be 'honest and ashamed' than 'bullied with lies' over drug use

The TV cook said she was “not proud” of taking cocaine and cannabis but denied her admission was “damage limitation” as she gave evidence in court for a second day

Victoria Beckham's wedding tiara fails to sell at auction

The coronet-style headpiece was expected fetch between £18,000 and £25,000, but failed to reach an undisclosed reserve price

Gateshead FC can pass their Oxford test believes Gary Mills

Gateshead boss Gary Mills is confident his side can progress in the FA Cup tonight by laying waste to Oxford

Newcastle University postcard exhibition deliver surprises from world of pop

Rick Astley, Ronnie Wood and John Lennon feature in Newcastle University students' auction of postcard art

Review: Cinderella, The Customs House, South Shields

The new-look South Shields Customs House pantomime doesn't disappoint fans as Noreen Coltman found out

More motorists risk crossing flooded Holy Island causeway

More motorists have ignored warnings and risked their safety and vehicles by crossing a flooded Holy Island causeway

Autumn Statement 2013: In Pictures

Your at-a-glance guide to how George Osborne's Autumn Statement will affect you

Panto stars bring joy to young patients at Great North Children’s Hospital

The cast of pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk gave children at the Royal Victoria Infirmary’s Great North Children’s Hospital a boost

Plans mark 'light at end of tunnel' for Whitley Bay derelict sites

North Tyneside councillors approve planning application for new homes on Whitley Bay 'wasteland'

Autumn Statement 2013: George Osborne promises a 'recovery' for all

The Chancellor unveiled a boost to get unemployed youngsters in to jobs ... but they'll have to work longer when they get there as the retirement age rose to 69

World in Pictures, December 5, 2013: Calm before the storm in Newcastle and Sunset in Switzerland

Eye catching pictures from events at home and around the world

Leading disabled golfer Kevin Harmison feels let down by sponsors

Top disabled golfer Kevin Harmison feels he's being denied support by his sponsors Sweetspot

Senior Northumberland County Council officer suspended

The head of information services at Northumberland County Council has been suspended

Royal Marine convicted of murdering Afghan insurgent named as Sergeant Alexander Blackman

Two servicemen, who were acquitted at the court martial last month, will take their fight for anonymity to the supreme court

UK weather: Live updates as Britain prepares to be hit by worst tidal surge in ten years

Follow our live blog for updates as the Met Office and Environment Agency warn of gale-force winds and severe flooding in coastal areas

Live: Trial of two men accused of murdering soldier Lee Rigby – day five

Live Old Bailey updates where Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, are charged with killing the Fusilier

Autumn Statement 2013: Live updates as George Osborne delivers his mini budget

Follow us live as the Chancellor unveils plans to move the retirement age, scrap car tax discs and announces a further £3 billion Whitehall spending squeeze.

Derby County 2 Middlesbrough 1: Late goal crushes courageous Boro

Battling Boro were denied a point last night as Derby County's Connor Sammon grasped a 90th minute winning goal

High tides and strong winds threaten to swamp the UK's east coast

Scotland hit by 100mph winds, as the Environment Agency issues 18 alerts for East Anglia warning of severe flooding and danger to life

Former Hartlepool United boss back in management with Inverness

It's business as usual for John Hughes as the ex-Hartlepool United manager lands the top job with Inverness Caledonian Thistle

North East welcomes government reduction in wind turbines subsidy

Financial incentives offered to energy firms for erecting rural wind farms are to be reduced by the Government

Hadrian's Wall appeal launched to secure future of World Heritage Site

Hadrian's Wall needs the public to help plug a funding gap. David Whetstone looks at the serious issues behind the new fundraising campaign

Adopt a stone campaign launched to help preserve Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian’s Wall Trust today launches a new campaign to raise vital funds to ensure the upkeep of the popular tourist attraction

Morning news headlines for December 5, 2013

Large parts of the UK have been warned to brace themselves for terrible weather conditions and interest rates will remain on hold once more

No decision on A1 dualling North of Newcastle until 2014

A range of measures to boost the automotive sector have been announced by the Treasury - but a decision on the A1 north of Newcastle will have to wait

Northumberland County Council loan to hospitals being finalised

A Northumberland County Council loan loan to hospitals which could exceed £100m is being finalised

Pain for Alan Pardew as Newcastle United beaten by Swansea

Swansea last night managed to break Newcastle United's winning streak leaving manager Alan Pardew less than happy

Eurotunnel jobs saved after appeal victory

More than 600 jobs look set to be saved after Channel tunnel operator Eurotunnel won an appeal overturning a competition ruling banning it from operating ferry services from Dover

UK banks in rate-rigging settlement

Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays are among a raft of global banking giants involved in a record 1.7bn euro (£1.4bn) settlement with European regulators in the latest rate-rigging crackdown

Sunderland remain at bottom of table after home defeat by Chelsea

A seven goal stormer of a match saw Sunderland beaten by Chelsea leaving the Black Cats languishing at the bottom of the Premier League

Hewlett-Packard plans to cut jobs in the UK

Technology giant Hewlett-Packard plans to cut more than 1,100 jobs at a number of UK sites in the New Year, according to union leaders

Sunderland 3 Chelsea 4: Steve Brown's match analysis

Chelsea's Eden Hazard gave Sunderland a masterclass last night as they suffered yet another defeat despite bagging three goals

Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement: The countdown begins...

It's that time again when businesses throughout the region and further afield wait with baited breath for Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement

Big ambitions at Brewin Dolphin as new strategy pays off

One of the North East's largest independently owned wealth management firms, Brewin Dolphin, has seen its adjusted profits before tax grow 22%

Electronic reporting system for sheep available to UK farmers from April 1

Farmers will have the choice of reporting sheep movements using a new electronic movement reporting system for sheep from April 1

Alnwick care home bid set to get the green light

Plans for a care home in a Northumberland town look set to be approved, despite council officers saying there is not the need for it

Weather forecasters warn to avoid North East coast as high winds hit region

Weather forecasters are warning people to avoid the North East coast today as high winds are expected to cause flooding

New North East motorcycle app could help save lives

A new motorcycling app developed in the North East could help save injured bikers' lives

Swansea 3 Newcastle United 0: Mark Douglas' match analysis

Newcastle United were last night made to pay for being timid by a Swansea side that took almost three-quarters of the possession

Sage to hit targets after strong year all-round

Leading software company, Sage Group plc, is on track to hit its target of 6% organic growth by 2015, following strong financial results across the board for this year

Call to help UK farmers to deliver food

The NFU has called on Government to ensure that future policies recognise the critical link between water and food security.