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  1. Updates on Thursday 16 June 2016

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By Ana Guerra-Moore

All times stated are UK

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Our North East updates here have now finished for the day - thank you for joining us. We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 tomorrow - we hope you can join us then.

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Weather: Cloudy with patchy light rain or drizzle becoming more persistent later

Cloudy with patchy light rain or drizzle, this tending to become more persistent in the north toward the end of the night with a northerly breeze picking up. 

Some mist and fog, especially near the coastal areas, like Whitley Bay, and over high ground. 

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  Minimum Temperature: 10C (50F).  

Vigil for Orlando shooting victims

BBC Tees

BBC Tees Sport

A vigil has been held this afternoon in Middlesbrough's Centre Square for the victims of the Orlando shooting.

Sunday's mass shooting in Orlando was the worst in recent US history, with 49 people dead.  

Vigil in Middlesbrough's Centre Square

Gateshead Staiths designer 'aimed to raise standards'

Wayne Hemingway, designer of Gateshead's Staiths development, spoke to BBC Look North at an event to mark its completion..

He praised the "communal nature" of the estate and said his bid to raise design standards across the housing industry had "nudged" it along.

Wayne Hemingway

You can see a report on the development on BBC Look North at 18:30.

Jo Cox death: 'She was more than a star, she was a galaxy'

Redcar MP Anna Turley has paid tribute to her fellow Labour MP Jo Cox who died this afternoon after being shot and stabbed in her West Yorkshire constituency.

Ms Turley told BBC News: "Jo was a very dear friend and she was incredible, someone we all looked up to.

"She was more than a star, she was a galaxy, she fizzed with passion and ideas.

"You looked at her and thought wow that's someone making a difference in the world around her.

"She achieved more in her life than many of us would dream. A wonderful, wonderful woman and hearts are breaking."

Jo Cox

Stockton mum Margaret Bousfield in desperate bone marrow battle

BBC Newcastle

A North East mum is trying to get as many people as possible to donate their bone marrow after doctors were unable to find a match for her.

Eight million people on the global register have been checked, but none are a good enough match for Margaret Bousfield, from Stockton.

The 52-year-old is being treated for leukaemia at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and she's been told a bone marrow transplant is her only hope for a cure. It's a race against time to find someone who's a suitable match, but the odds are against her.

Margaret Bousfiled
Margaret Bousfield

Child injured by reversing car

A two-year-old child has been seriously injured after being hit by a reversing car in Newcastle.

The child is in hospital in a stable condition after the incident at about 12:15 today.

A blue BWM 5 Series was reversing on Tamworth Road at the junction with Stanhope Street when the child was hit.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Watch: Armed jewellery raids captured on CCTV

Ten men have been jailed for their parts in the armed robberies of two Teesside jewellers.

The gang stole watches and diamond jewellery worth £637,000 from the Market Cross stores in Yarm and Middlesbrough in November 2014 and January last year.

All but one admitted their roles in the raids which saw staff threatened with weapons including a handgun.

An eleventh man was given a suspended sentence.

Some of the raids were captured on CCTV - watch the video below.

Jewellery raids arranged from jail

Building goods worth £15,000 stolen

Building materials worth £15,000 have been stolen from a site in Gosforth.

Items including 16 door canopies, four Zanussi dishwashers, 20 shower screens, two Zanussi washing machines and a number of ovens, fans, hobs and kitchen materials were taken from Persimmon homes building compound at Esh Plaza.

The burglary occurred sometime between 17:00 yesterday and 07:00 today.

Police are appealing for information.

Well that was emotional…

Colin George

BBC News Online

So England were victorious against Wales, with a 2-1 win deep into injury time. 

Celebrations in the Shark Club

This was the scene in Newcastle's Shark Club at the final whistle.  

Garden links housing estate with historic staiths

A wildlife-friendly public garden has been opened in Gateshead as part of an event celebrating Wayne Hemingway's Staiths housing development.

The saltmarsh garden provides a direct link between the estate and the historic Dunston Staiths.

Gateshead Council said it was designed to "provide a peaceful haven for people, while also encouraging wildlife, in this rare and important habitat on the banks of the River Team, close to where it meets the Tyne".

Path opening
Gateshead Council

Fans buzzing as England score the winner

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Jewellery store staff showed 'great bravery' during robberies

Cleveland Police have praised staff at the Market Cross jewellery stores in Middlesbrough and Yarm which were targeted by robbers wielding axes and handguns after the gang behind the raids was jailed.

Det Chief Supt Peter McPhillips said: "Shockingly these robberies took place in broad daylight and involved innocent members of the public and staff being threatened with violence and weapons.  In the case of the Yarm incident, these weapons included axes and a handgun.   

Broken window
Cleveland Police

"Staff showed great bravery in the immediate aftermath of the robberies and as the investigation progressed and the help they gave police was invaluable.

“Some of them were badly affected by what happened and I hope today’s sentences will reassure them that the people responsible face a lengthy time behind bars."

Happiness restored after England equalise

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Happiness returns to Sunderland as England score.

These fans have been here for hours and they told me they never lost faith.

England fans with flags

Details of sentences for gang for armed robberies at jewellers

The following sentences were handed out at Teesside Crown Court to those who admitted conspiracy to commit robbery as part of the armed robberies of jewellery shops in Middlesbrough and Yarm: 

•Samuel Hughes, 29, from Manchester, jailed for 12 years 

• David Patmore, 32, from Manchester, jailed for 19 years six months 

• Antony Northmore, 35, from Cleveland, jailed for 10 years 

• Scott Northmore, 20, from Cleveland, jailed for four years 

• Joseph Donovan, 25, from Manchester, jailed for 12 years 

• Jamie Scott, 28, from Manchester, jailed for 12 years 

• Liam Wright, 25, from Manchester, jailed for ten years 

• Shaun Booth, 29, from Manchester, jailed for 12 years eight months

Ian Ogden, 26, from Manchester, had denied two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery but was found guilty after a trial and was jailed for seven years. 

Billy Jo Thompson, 25, from Manchester, was jailed for a year after admitting assisting an offender and possession of a prohibited weapon while Christopher Worgan, 32, from Manchester, was given a 12 month prison sentence suspended for two years after admitting assisting an offender. 

Ten jailed for jewellery raids

Here are the faces of the ten men jailed today for their parts in armed robberies at two jewellery stores in Middlesbrough and Yarm.

They were jailed for a total of 100 years at Teesside Crown Court.

Six of of the men
Cleveland Police
Four of the men
Cleveland Police

All eyes are on the big screen in Sunderland

Russ Ward

BBC Newcastle

There was a wave of disappointment from the fans watching on the big screen in Sunderland when Wales took the lead through a Gareth Bale free kick.

England fans

Evelyn and Edwina are watching the game in Sunderland city centre - no prizes for guessing who they're supporting

Evelyn and Edwina

Silence from fans after Wales scored goal

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Absolute silence in the centre of Sunderland as Wales scored their first goal.

England's fans are really not happy.

Unhappy fans in Sunderland

Pete Ford, an England supporter, tells me that England should be winning

Stuart Holmes, another England fan, thinks the team need to change their tactics and replace Sterling in the second half if they want to win.

Eleven sentenced over jewellery store raids

Ten men have been jailed for a total of 100 years, and another handed a suspended sentence, for their part in two raids on Market Cross jewellery stores in Yarm and Middlesbrough.

Luxury watches worth £637,000 were taken, sparking a major police operation, with the investigation stretching to the Manchester area.

The judge at Teesside Crown Court praised Cleveland Police detectives for doing such a "thorough job" on what he described as one of the most complex cases to come before the courts recently.

Those who were jailed were from the Teesside and Manchester areas and were aged between 20 and 32.

Market town revamp 'will generate £20m a year'

The regeneration of a County Durham town is predicted to generate £20m a year for the area's economy and create more than 400 jobs, a report says.

Auckland Castle
Auckland Castle Trust

More than £100m is being spent on redeveloping Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland and creating an open-air historical show called Kynren. 

The Ernst & Young report, commissioned by the Auckland Castle Trust, suggests the projects will attract 430,000 visitors a year by 2020. 

Kynren is due to open on 2 July. 

Report author David Smith, said: "The potential economic output for the town, County Durham, and the wider North East is considerable."

The bulk of the funding for the castle revamp has come fromentrepreneur Jonathan Ruffer.

Large crowd now at big screen in Sunderland

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Giant outdoor screen and deck chairs in Sunderland

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

A giant outdoor screen and beach chairs, what better way to watch the England v Wales match? 

Big screen and deck chairs in Sunderland

Football fans getting excited in Sunderland

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Fans are getting very excited here in Sunderland.

A crowd has started to gather to watch the match on the huge screen in the city centre.

Karen Dickman and Andrew Golding, event organisers, said that they are praying for a little bit of sunshine, but the atmosphere feels pretty good already.

Fans in Sunderland

England v Wales: Where will you be watching?

Has your boss given you time off to watch the England v Wales match or has a big-screen been set up at work so you can all watch? Or maybe you just decided to take the day off work.

Whatever your plans are for the big match, we'd like to feature them here - you can send us your pictures onTwitterFacebook, or via email at   

England fan having his face painted in France

Jewellery store armed raiders sentenced

Ten members of an armed gang who stole luxury watches worth £637,00 in raids on two Teesside jewellers have been sentenced to a total of 100 years in prison. An 11th man was given a suspended jail sentence.

The 10 men from the Manchester and Teesside areas carried out the raids on the Market Cross Jewellers in Yarm in November 2014 and the Middlesbrough store three months later

More to come.

Don't forget to look up now and again

You never know what you might see.

David Thompson, from Morpeth, managed to capture this row of kittiwakes huddled along a ledge of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.

Kittiwakes on the side of the Baltic art gallery
David Thompson

In case you were worried for his aerial welfare, he took it from the Baltic's viewing platform - from where he could even see chicks in some of the nests.

Big screen switched on in Sunderland

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Bars in Newcastle starting to fill up for match

Colin George

BBC News Online

Right, apologies if you skived off from work and are in the Shark Club in Newcastle, your boss may have just spotted the back of your head in this picture below.

The bar staff tell me people were queuing at the door when they opened at 11:00. 

That's some commitment.

Shark Club

Red and white seats lined up for football fans

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

How cool is this - glowing red and white seats await fans in the Arizona pub here in Sunderland.

Fans will not only be able to wear England's colours - they'll also be able to sit on them.

Cheryl McDonald, the pub's manager, told me the seats are expected to be the top spot during the match.

Red and white seats

A year on the Town Moor

The skies over Tyneside used to turn black with gathering starlings at dusk.

Sound recordist Chris Watson wonders where a million birds have gone.

He has been collaborating with BBC Newcastle on a year-long project to chronicle the sights and sounds of Newcastle's Town Moor.

You can see more of it here, with an online tour through the seasons.

The skies over Tyneside used to turn black with gathering starlings at dusk.

'Great atmosphere' expected in fan zone come rain or shine

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Here I am at Park Lane in Sunderland where a giant screen has been set up for fans to watch the England v Wales match.

With two hours still to go until kick-off it feels a little like the calm before the storm.

Park Lane Fan Zone

Hopefully the rain will stop by kick off - but Bob Jackson, screen operator, says it should be a great atmosphere come rain or shine.

Fatal quad bike crash referred to police watchdog

A quad bike crash in which a 19-year-old died has been referred to the police watchdog. 

Dillon Turner, from Coundon, County Durham, suffered serious injuries in the incident in Ingleton on Tuesday. 

Dillon Turner
Durham Police

North Yorkshire Police said inquires into the theft of a quad bike had led officers into County Durham where the crash took place.

It has informed the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which will decide whether to investigate.  

Middlesbrough man covers house with England flags

The excitement is mounting as the kick-off for this afternoon's England v Wales match approaches.

In Middlesbrough Rob Harvey has adorned his house with dozens of England flags to show his support.

England flags on Middlesbrough house

Sport England figures show drop in sports activity since London 2012

The number of people playing sport in England has fallen since the 2012 London Olympics, despite the Games' pledge to "inspire a generation."

Latest figures show 15.8 million people play sport or exercise at least once week, a drop of 0.4% since 2012.  

Here in the North East the number of people playing sport has dropped by 26,000 since 2012 from 752,800 to 726,800.

Richard Caborn, who was Sports Minster in 2005, when London was awarded the 2012 Games, said: "I'm disappointed that since 2012 there's been a fall but going forward we have to make sure that we get more money into grassroots sport. 

"That means funding things like Parkruns and community projects and not just focusing on giving big sport associations lots of money and then letting them to decide how best to use it."  

Graphic showing people playing sport per English region

England V Wales: Predict the score

BBC Sport

We're only hours away from the match that many people are talking about: England v Wales.

What do you think the score will be?

You and your mates can predict the result on the BBC's Sport Predictor - earn points and see who's the best predictor at the end of Euro 2016.

Feature: Wayne Hemingway - Has the designer halted housing 'Wimpeyfication'?

Simon Armstrong

BBC News

It is 15 years since Wayne Hemingway hit out at the 'Wimpeyfication' of Britain's new-build homes and decided to launch a home design revolution in Gateshead. But has anything changed?  

There was a tirade aimed at shaking the housing industry to its foundations. Property prices were rocketing, but here was a gobby northerner who accused firms of being "hooked on the past... pastiche... and profits".

Wayne and his wife Gerardine