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  1. Updates on Tuesday 28 February 2017

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Good evening - Spring is round the corner

Local Live has finished for the day, but here's a reminder that according to the meteorological calendar tomorrow is the first day of spring.

Here's a picture Thomas Tams sent us of a pair of Great Crested Grebes nest-building on Killingworth Lake earlier today.

If you have a photograph you'd like to share with us, you can Tweet us  @BBCNewsNEemail , or contact us via our  Facebook page .

Join us for the usual mix of news, sport travel and weather tomorrow from 08:00.

Great Crested Grebes
Thomas Tams

'Food puns' pictures win photography award

A Billingham man has been honoured at a prestigious photography award.

Grant Hegedus, who graduated from Cleveland College of Art and Design last year, was shortlisted in the top 10 of the Professional Still life category in the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.

The 21-year-old said his work, entitled Food Puns, "shows what happens when you take the names of meals in a literal sense and what happens when you begin to look at the language surrounding food in a comedic way. 

"Therefore, transforming the names of the meals and foods to what they literally describe, and making them come alive as a physical form."

Egg and soldiers
Grant Hegedus
Egg and soldiers
Beef Wellington
Grant Hegedus
Beef Wellington

Severe accident: A692 Tyne And Wear both ways

BBC News Travel

A692 Tyne And Wear both ways severe accident, between B6317 Whickham Highway and B6316 Sunniside Road.

A692 Tyne And Wear - A692 Lobley Hill Road in Gateshead closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B6317 Whickham Highway junction and Rising Sun Traffic Lights, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - Via Whickham Highway.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Weather: Becoming cloudy with rain or sleet outbreaks

BBC Weather

Sunny spells, then clouding over with outbreaks of rain or sleet spreading from the east and falling as sleet or snow over high ground.

These will die out overnight, leaving long clear spells and a widespread frost.

Minimum temperature 0C (32F).

Weather
BBC

Police issue 'safe account' scam warning

Northumbria Police has warned people not to transfer large sums of money to people they do not know, after an elderly woman was conned out of £10,000.

The woman received a call from a man claiming to be from "Barclays fraud investigation team", who told her that her account was at risk and that she needed to transfer her money to a "safe" account in order to protect it.

He was convincing enough to persuade the woman to go to her bank and transfer the money to the fake account, police said.

Officers were alerted on Monday, and an investigation is under way.

Cathedral's bid to 'cheer up a grumpy grotesque'

Durham Cathedral hopes to win Heritage SIte of the Year.

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Tributes paid to 'Mr Sunderland'

Sunderland Echo

Newspaper

Tributes have been paid to a respected political figure who played a major role in bringing Nissan to Sunderland .

Charles Slater spent decades fighting for the future of the city during his 33 years in politics.

They 88-year-old, who had suffered ill health in recent years, passed away on Saturday.

Charles Slater at the Nissan land signing in 1987
Sunderland Echo

Tunisia attack victims 'unlawfully killed'

A coroner has ruled that the 30 Britions who died in a terror attack at a beach resort in Tunisia were unlawfully killed .

Lisa Burbidge, from Gateshead, was one of those shot during an hour-long killing spree by Islamist Seifeddine Rezgui at the hotel in Sousse in June 2015.

The 66-year-old grandmother, who was holidaying with friends, died on the 10th anniversary of her husband's death.

At the end of the six-week hearing, Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith rejected a finding of neglect against the tour firms and the hotel.

Lisa Burbidge
Northumbria Police

Last chance to vote for England's Tree of the Year

A sycamore that featured in a Hollywood blockbuster are among the finalists for England's Tree of the Year award .

The 10 trees have been nominated by members of the public for the competition run by the Woodland Trust charity.

Nominations include the "Sycamore Gap" tree near Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland. It appeared alongside Kevin Costner in the 1991 film Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.

public vote  which ends today will decide the winner, it will then compete against trees from across the Continent for the title of European Tree of the Year on 9 March.

Sycamore Gap
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Shearer accepts new Premier League role

BBC Sport

Former England captain turned BBC pundit Alan Shearer, the Premier League's record scorer with 260 goals, is to become the  first Premier League Champion   - a new role that will see him partner with the league to support, celebrate and promote a variety of its work.  

Alan Shearer said: "From winning the title with Blackburn, playing for my boyhood club Newcastle, being the league's record goal-scorer and now covering it every week for television, I've been involved with the league from the very first day.

"I'm excited to now be part of its future, fulfilling my role across all its initiatives and passing on my experience to the next generation."

Alan Shearer
BBC

Nissan may have to 'adjust' business in the UK

BBC Business Live

Nissan may have to "adjust" its operations in the UK, depending on the outcome of Brexit negotiations, senior vice-president Colin Lawther has told MPs.

Last October, the car giant said it would continue building certain models in Sunderland after receiving government assurances that Brexit would not affect its competitiveness.

But it has since said it would "re-evaluate" its position once Brexit was finalised. 

Echoing this, Mr Lawther told the House of Commons International Trade Committee: "At the moment we have got a set of circumstances we are happy with.

"But if anything materially changes, we would review constantly."

Nissan
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House burglaries 'could be linked'

Northumbria Police said it is "keeping an open mind" as to whether two house burglaries in Kingston Park are linked.

The properties, in Fawdon Walk and Warwick Court, were targeted on Tuesday, and jewellery and computer games stolen.

A force spokesman said: "Both happened during the day when the occupants have been at work and on both occasions the burglars have smashed windows and doors to get inside the homes.

"Please report anyone you see hanging around homes, looking in windows or acting suspiciously around neighbourhoods or peoples' homes. You could be preventing a burglar from striking."

BreakingFootballer appeal judgement reserved

Judgement has been reserved in an appeal by former Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson against his conviction and six year jail sentence for engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old.

Adam Johnson
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First glimpse of Shrove Tuesday game ball

Louise Hobson

BBC Tees reporter

The ball to be used in Sedgefield's Shrove Tuesday event is ready for the kicking.

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Thousands raised for deported woman

More than £45,000 has been raised for a woman who has been sent back to Singapore despite being married to a British man for 27 years.

Irene Clennell told the BBC she has been removed without warning .

She had been living near Durham with her husband, has two British sons and a granddaughter.

'They escorted me as if I were a terrorist'

Periods spent abroad caring for her parents are thought to have invalidated her residential status.

It is understood Mrs Clennell has spent most of her life in Singapore.

The Home Office said it expected all those without leave to remain to exit the country once their visa expires.

Your photos: Fire and ice in Durham city

David Whinham sent us pictures of the ice sculptures in Durham.

Thousands of people attended the Fire and Ice Fesitaval at the weekend, which featured hand-carved sculptures on the theme of myth and legend.

If you have any images you want to share you can send it on email , or tweet them to @BBCNewsNE .

Griffin wings
David Whinham
Unicorn
David Whinham

Horror of Tunisia attack 'still with me'

Families of the 30 Britons killed in a terror attack at a Tunisian resort are to hear the conclusions of an inquest later after a six-week long hearing .  

Lisa Burbidge (pictured), from Gateshead, was among those who died in the attack in 2015.

Her friend Jen McDine - who survived by locking herself into a toilet - told BBC Newcastle that the horror of the day still affected her.

"Even now I wake up each morning and sometimes I go straight into thinking about Lisa and about what's happened", she said.

"I have been getting treatment, but when i go out anywhere - for instance the Metrocentre - I'm always looking for an exit looking where I can run if something happens. 

"So even that is still in your mind."

Lisa Burbidge
Northumbria Police

Sedgefield prepares for Shrove Tuesday tradition

BBC Tees

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The annual Shrove Tuesday ballgame is set to kick off from the market place in Sedgefield at lunchtime.

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Efit released in missing toddler case from 1981

Police investigating the disappearance a toddler from a military base in Germany 36 years ago have released an efit of a man who was seen carrying a child on the day she was last seen.

Katrice Lee went missing on her second birthday from the military base in Padaerborn , where her family, from Hartlepool, was stationed in 1981.

E-fit
Royal Military Police

The Royal Military Police - which opened a re-investigation four years ago - said an eyewitness had come forward and helped create an efit of a man seen carrying a child dressed in similar clothing and putting her into a green saloon car.

Katrice Lee
Family photo

Greggs warns of inflation as sales rise

High Street food chain Greggs has reported a rise in both sales and profits , but it warned it is facing increased inflationary pressures and greater economic uncertainty.

Total sales rose by 7% to £894.2m last year, while pre-tax profits hit £75.1m, up from £73m in 2015.

However, the company - which is shifting from being a bakery business to focusing on food-to-go said consumer outlook was "more challenging" than it had been.

Greggs pasty
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Weather: Frosty start, but turning brighter later

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly but mainly dry start, outbreaks of rain or sleet will arrive this afternoon. 

These will spread east, falling as snow over high ground, with no significant accumulations expected.

Maximum temperatures should reach about 7C (45F).

Weather map
BBC

Boy, nine, critical after being hit by car

Lisa McCormick

BBC Tees

A nine-year-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital after being struck by a car in Hartlepool.

The incident happened in Marina Way at about 17:45 on Monday and involved a grey Range Rover.

Cleveland Police said off-duty probationer officers were on the scene and administered first aid before paramedics arrived.

The boy, who has not been named, was taken by air-ambulance to Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital with what were described as "life-threatening injuries".

Police say they think he was with several other children at the time and are asking anyone who saw them to come forward.

Welcome to our live coverage for Pancake Tuesday

Morning. Welcome to BBC Local Live. We'll be with you throughout the day to bring you the latest news, weather, sport and travel updates.

Have you got any photos you'd like to share with us? In that case you can tweet them to  @BBCNewsNEemail them,  or contact us via our  Facebook page .  

In the meantime, here are some tips on how to whip up some perfect pancakes.

Pancakes
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