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Remaining showers should die away to leave a mostly dry night with clear spells.
Frost is possible in many areas by dawn, given the largely clear skies and light winds.
There's very slow and queuing traffic for four miles on the A19 southbound in Peterlee at the Passfield Way junction because of an accident involving two vehicles earlier on.
All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is 20 minutes. Congestion is back to the Hawthorn Services junction.
There's also slow traffic southbound as people stop to look.
Manufacturers Baketime have confirmed that there was an "issue with pest activity" at their premises in South Bank, Middlesbrough.
Baketime says it was first identified back in January, and "immediate steps" were taken together with a "reputable pest control company" to "manage the situation and eradicate it as quickly as possible".
In a statement, it says further evidence of pest activity was then identified this month "and an intense programme of pest control measures was again implemented".
Following a routine site inspection, Baketime then voluntarily ceased production temporarily.
They say the company also decided to recall product manufactured between these months "as a precautionary measure".
A group of men were reported to be fighting in the street in Newcastle last night.
Officers believe there were five men involved and that they may have been armed with planks of wood during the disturbance in Hexham Avenue in Walker.
A red Audi A3 was also seen in the area at the time.
Officers are asking anyone with any information to come forward.
Durham County Council withdrew its previous plan after it was called "over-ambitious" by an independent inspector.
Though the inspector's report was quashed by the High Court, the council said it would start the plan again.
The old plan had been to build 31,400 homes and create 30,000 jobs by 2030.
Former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has "knowingly given untrue evidence" at the tribunal hearing winger Jonas Gutierrez's disability discrimination claim, it's alleged.
The employment tribunal is over Gutierrez's claims that he faced discrimination from the club after he was diagnosed with cancer.
In closing remarks today, the player's barrister Martin Budworth said the case "involved a number of high profile individuals", including former club managers Mr Pardew and John Carver, and managing director Lee Charnley.
He says these witnesses were "not just mistaken" about the case, "but are giving knowingly untrue evidence".
He also alleged Mr Pardew had given "suspicious evidence".
The Argentinian, who has already given evidence to the tribunal, is reported to be seeking about £2m in compensation for his claim.
Sean Jones QC, for Newcastle United, said that the club had not broken any rules in its dealings with the player. The hearing continues.
A man who's been missing since yesterday morning "may be sleeping rough despite the colder weather", police say.
They're concerned for Philip Ramm's welfare, and that he left wearing "only grey shorts, a white top and black hat - but no coat".
He is white, 5ft 8in, slim and balding.
The Shields Gazette
Goalkeeper Rob Elliot has injured his anterior cruciate ligament and will be out for months, Newcastle United have confirmed.
A club statement says: "Rob has returned to Newcastle and has been assessed this morning by the club's doctor. He will now commence a programme of treatment and rehabilitation.
"Regrettably, the severity of this injury will rule Rob out for a number of months.
"Everyone connected with Newcastle United wishes Rob the very best for his recovery."
Customers are being urged not to eat the affected products, made in a factory on Teesside.
The biscuits, including cheese thins, shortbread, chip cookies and fudge brownies, were made by a company called Baketime, based in South Bank in Middlesbrough.
The products are also sold in small convenience stores around the UK.
Baketime, based at South Tees Imperial Food Park, said it was recalling all the biscuits and snacks as a precautionary measure.
In the meantime they are being taken off sale.
The government has no plans to recall Parliament to discuss the steel crisis, Downing Street says.
Hundreds of people are employed by Tata Steel at Skinningrove, Lackenby and Darlington.
Earlier Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said MPs should be summoned back from recess.
A spring clean of Consett has resulted in 30 bags of litter being collected in less than three hours.
County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service says its "big spring clean", which is being carried out by off-duty staff along the coast to coast track, is "still going strong".
Over the past few months, one part of the UK economy, the steel industry, has been grabbing the news headlines, but for all the wrong reasons.
The announcement by India's Tata Steel of its plans to sell its loss-making UK business, putting the jobs of thousands of workers at risk, is the latest and most devastating blow to the industry.
A 62-year-old man from Billingham suffered "significant" leg injuries when he fell on the sand dunes at Blue Lagoon beach in Seaton this morning.
It's an area not accessible by road.
The Great North Air Ambulance Service treated him before he was airlifted to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough where he arrived in a "stable condition".
A man knocked on the door of an elderly resident then stole cash from her purse before fleeing yesterday.
It happened in St David's Close in Whitley Bay.
Police say he forced his way into the back garden, knocked on the patio door, then distracted the woman before stealing her money.
The man is 6ft and about 30 years old and was wearing a navy jacket.
A 17-year-old girl from Newcastle has gone missing.
Tamdy Kayemba from Riddell Avenue has not been seen since Good Friday. She is 5ft 6in, of stocky build and with long black tinted hair.
She was last seen wearing a silver dress, white trainers and carrying a brown shoulder bag
Police are concerned for her welfare.
The attack happened at about 22:00 on 27 February on a grassed area close to the city's St Mary's car park.
David Carney of Hart Square, Sunderland, is accused of two counts of rape. He pleaded not guilty to both charges at Newcastle Crown Court on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old was released on bail and is set to appear for trial on 12 December.
I've been out at the Hartlepool Pipe Mill too:
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I've been out at the Hartlepool Pipe Mill owned by Tata Steel.
John Stead and his son work there. They're among 450 workers fearing for their jobs after the firm said it was selling it's UK steel business.
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Bryn Morris has returned to Middlesbrough following his loan spell at Walsall.
He made just one appearance for the Saddlers.
The Shields Gazette
Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot flew back to the North East this morning bracing himself for a definitive verdict on his knee injury.
The 28-year-old was carried from the field on a stretcher after twisting his knee as he attempted to make a save just 14 minutes into the Republic of Ireland's 2-2 friendly draw with Slovakia at the Aviva Stadium.
Should the damage be severe, Elliot's participation in the last eight games of Newcastle's fight for Barclays Premier League survival would be in genuine jeopardy.
The Magpies face fellow relegation candidates Norwich at Carrow Road on Saturday with first-choice keeper Tim Krul already out for the season and Karl Darlow and teenager Freddie Woodman waiting in the wings.
Newcastle players have been paying tribute to Elliot's impact:
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for Parliament to be recalled to discuss the crisis in the steel industry.
The Tyne and Wear Metro is holding a limited trial to let people take their bikes on to trains, starting from next week.
It has always allowed folding bicycles, but for six months it wants to see if it can also accommodate normal ones too.
Metro says cyclists will use a designated space, near the perch seat, but priority will be given to wheelchair users and customers with prams.
It is also warning that "tandems, tricycles, motorcycles, mopeds and motorised cycles" are not included in the trial.
Former Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson, who was jailed for sexual activity with a schoolgirl last week, has lodged an appeal against his conviction and will also contest his sentence, his sister says.
The ex-Boro winger was jailed for six years after admitting grooming and engaging in sexual activity with a teenage fan.
Now his sister Faye Johnson has written on Facebook claiming that an appeal against his conviction's been lodged, and that an appeal against his sentence is imminent this week.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is looking into the incident, in which a man was shot and "seriously injured" by Northumbria Police officers in Frenchman's Way.
It's understood police were responding to a report of an armed man in the street.
The IPCC says the man is in critical but stable condition at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
Looks like bad news for Newcastle United fans - keeper Rob Elliot could miss Euro 2016 and his club's battle to stay in the Premier League after sustaining a knee injury in the Republic of Ireland's draw against Slovakia, it has emerged.
Republic boss Martin O'Neill described Elliot's injury as "serious".
"It's a real disappointment and obviously a dampener on the evening," said O'Neill after the 2-2 draw.
Elliot, 29, was hurt as he tried to keep out Miroslav Stoch's opening goal in the Aviva Stadium game.
"He was going really well at Newcastle and looking forward to the game and coming here into the squad with a lot of confidence," added O'Neill.
"I have just spoken to the doctor and he's not happy."
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The University of New South Wales (UNSW) Indigenous Terminology guide states that Australia was "invaded, occupied and colonised" rather than "discovered" by Middlesbrough-born explorer Captain James Cook - who has the town's hospital named after him.
But UNSW says it does not mandate what language can and cannot be used.
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland's MP has demanded that the Government "does whatever it takes to ensure a future for the steel industry in the UK".
Tom Blenkinsop's comments follow the Tata board meeting in Mumbai yesterday on the future of their UK business, which includes sites at Skinningrove and Hartlepool.
The Labour politician says: "Thousands of workers and their families will have started today in limbo.
"Yesterday was meant to provide clarity over the future of Tata's sites in the UK - one way or another.
"This ongoing uncertainty is a disgrace."
The Shields Gazette
A phone call was made from the mobile phone of David Wilson on the day of his murder, but the call was not made by him, police say.
The caller said he was lost and needed to know how to get back to Gateshead from Sunderland.
He said his lift had been unable to collect him as had been arranged.
The caller mentions he is walking towards the Half Way House in Southwick from the Stadium of Light.
Det Chief Insp Mark Ord said this is "the vital piece of the jigsaw to find the person responsible for David's death".
Eight vehicles in less than a week were targeted in the West Dyke ward of Redcar, seven of which were left unlocked.
Motorists are again being warned not to leave valuables in sight, and that insurance policies may not cover items taken from an unlocked vehicle.
Police say they have made "a number" of arrests.
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