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  1. Updates on Wednesday 22 March 2017

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Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

That's the end of our coverage for Wednesday. Thank you for being with us.

To keep up to date with the news overnight, head to  BBC TeesBBC NewcastleLook North  and online.

To get in touch with us use  TwitterFacebook , or via  email at northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk  .

We'll be back with the latest news, sport and weather at 08:00 tomorrow morning. Have a good evening.

Weather: Will we have snow tomorrow?

Some areas of the region have been hit by snow today, so what can we expect overnight?

Cloudy across the area with further outbreaks of rain affecting many places, still with some heavier bursts at first. Any further snow confined to the tops of the Pennines and Cheviots. Brisk easterly winds continuing.

Today's weather
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Head to the BBC Weather page to keep up to date with the forecast where you are.

This sheep and lamb were snapped around St. Johns Chapel, Weardale this morning by Scott Bisset.

Sheep and lamb
Scott Bisset

Council urge you to love thy neighbourhood

North Tyneside Council is promoting cleaning up after dogs, picking up litter and sowing wildflower seeds with a new campaign called 'Love Your Street'.

The project is calling for people to take action to ensure their street is clean.

Work already being carried out by the council's environmental teams is being supported by the police and fire service.

Love Your Street
BBC

Michael Robson from Wallsend took a vacant piece of land and created a community garden.

People are encouraged to go to the North Tyneside Council website for a  free resource pack , to help them get started,  

Update from Tom Blenkinsop at Westminster

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MP for Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland Tom Blenkinsop has told the BBC he is currently in lock-down at Westminster.

He says people are in shock as news filters in about what's happening outside.

MP: 'Lots of school children in Parliament'

North West Durham Labour MP Pat Glass says she was evacuated from Parliament, along with "lots of groups of school children" who were visiting. 

She said despite a few "worried faces" the children "seemed to be fine". 

"I've never seen so many armed police in my life," she said. 

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Not long to go, music fans...

It's pretty much a given that anyone in the region with a love for music will have heard of The Georgian Theatre.

The Stockton venue has been closed for about six months while a £1.4m refurbishment  takes place, but will open its doors in two days time.

The TSA, who run the venue, have tweeted photos which show the venue's new expansion:

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Burglary and domestic abuse crackdown nets more than 70 arrests

A two-week operation by Northumbria Police has been deemed a success by the force after 74 arrests were made for burglary, assault, domestic abuse, breach of bail.

Warrants have also been issued for offences including failing to appear at court.

Operation Flynn saw officers from the Northumberland and North Tyneside neighborhood teams, CID and 24/7 response work together to gather intelligence and target suspected criminals.

police badge
Northumbria Police

The Gate to Gran Via for lucky Boro fans

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

Sunday's clash between Middlesbrough and Manchester United might not have brought sunshine to Teesside, but two Boro fans had a half-time fiesta.

The new Newcastle to Madrid service takes flight for the first time next week and Newcastle Airport, Ryanair and Middlesbrough FC have teamed up to mark the occasion.

The pain of being 1-0 down may well have been temporarily numbed for Paul Ovington and Joanne McCrum - who were presented with a trip to the Spanish capital during the break.

The new route is the 12th from Newcastle Airport and will be flown for the first time on Monday, March 27.

Newcastle to Madrid
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As the international gateway for the entire region, we will continue to showcase all our offering and how the airport can help facilitate the needs of both the business and leisure community".

John Irving Newcastle Airport’s Business Development Director

It is great for the Club to be able work closely with our Partners in fun and engaging ways that our fans can interact with & enjoy. We are thoroughly enjoying working with Newcastle Airport and look forward to continuing to build our relationship together".

Lee Fryett Middlesbrough FC’s Head of Partnerships

Yes, we thought it was spring too

It's not unheard of to have snow and frost in March but we might have been forgiven for thinking warmer weather was on its way.

Tracey Laing's lovely shot is proof that, in Consett, we might have to wait a little longer. 

Daffodils in snow
Tracey Laing

More train strikes on the way

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

Members of the RMT union will hold another 24-hour strike in a dispute over guards on trains. 

Staff will walk out on 8 April.

The union says it's also stepping up its campaign to make sure the company guarantees guards on the Northern Rail services. 

Northern ran about 40% of it's normal services when industrial action was taken earlier this month.

Arriva Rail North, which operate the trains, says it's surprised at the new strike date as the company had been in contact with the union to organise further talks.

Train
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Snow use complaining

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

Arctic scenes at Bishop Auckland earlier this morning. How nice.

Snow in Bishop Auckland
BBC

Tributes paid to Nissan worker found dead in quiet street

Sunderland Echo

Newspaper

In today's paper:

Tributes are being paid to a 'lovely lad' who was tragically found dead the day after his mother's funeral.

Don View
Sunderland Echo

Baa baa not very white sheep

Gerry Jackson

BBC Look North

There's something about sheep in the snow, isn't there?

As we panic about our drive to work they just stand there, placidly eating, staring at reporters with cameras.

This is nothing for the good flocks of Castleside in County Durham.

Sheep in the snow
BBC

Hartlepool raiders steal scratch cards

Two men fancied their luck as they stole scratch cards in a Hartlepool burglary.

Cash, cigarettes and alcohol were also taken. A failed attempt to open an independent cash machine was also made.

The incident happened at the Cascades Convenience Store, Andrew Street between 03:15 and 04:20 on Monday, March 13.

Cascades Convenience Store
Google

England road schemes 'could be scrapped' over value for money

Upgrades to some of England's busiest roads, including dualling the A1 in Northumberland and a controversial tunnel past Stonehenge, could be scrapped because they are not value for money .

The National Audit Office (NAO), which scrutinises government spending, said plans for 16 routes were on hold.

The schemes being "reconsidered" to make sure they are "deliverable and affordable" are part of an £11.4bn investment announced in 2014.

Neither the NAO or Department for Transport have said which are at risk.

A1
Google

Thinking about taking a snow day?

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

Hats off to you if you've had to brave harsh conditions to make it to work today.

Andrew Jefferies in Barnard Castle however, assures us that the snow outside his house is thicker than it looks - and he's been forced to spend the day at home.

Our thoughts are with you Andrew.

Barnard Castle snow
BBC

Severe disruption: A1 Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Tyne And Wear northbound severe disruption, at A696.

A1 Tyne And Wear - Queuing traffic and the main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, on A1 northbound in Gosforth at Kenton Bar Roundabout, because of an overturned vehicle towing a trailer. Diversion in operation - via - the exit and entry slips.

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

'We've got some pretty severe weather this morning'

Here's further detail on today's forecast from our very own ray of sunshine, Owain Wyn Evans.

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Cold and wet with rain and possible snow returning later

There will be outbreaks of rain with some snow, mainly over hills.

It'll mostly clear for a bit with drier conditions developing but there's the chance of rather heavy afternoon showers before further showery rain, and hill snow, arrives in the evening.

It'll feel cold with brisk easterly winds.

Weather chart
BBC

Watch out for the weather if you're driving

There's a yellow weather weather warning for snow across parts of Durham and Northumberland until midday today.

The Met Office says we could see between two and five centimetres of snowfall in places, mainly on higher ground.

Northumberland Council has cancelled some school transport routes from Blanchland and Slaley into Hexham and Corbridge this morning due to dangerous road conditions. 

Severe disruption: A68 County Durham both ways

BBC News Travel

A68 County Durham both ways severe disruption, at Healeyfield Lane affecting Eliza Lane.

A68 County Durham - A68 in Allensford blocked and queuing traffic in both directions at the Healeyfield Lane junction, because of a jackknifed lorry. Congestion to the Eliza Lane junction, to the Pemberton Road junction and on A692 to the Dunelm Road junction.

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

Welcome to a wet and possibly snowy Wednesday

Good morning and welcome to our coverage for the day.

It's raining in many places and there's the possibility of snow later but we'll keep you up to date with the latest weather and travel information, as well as all the other news, through until 18:00.

If you have any snow pictures or you'd like to get in touch about anything else you can using   Twitter ,   Facebook , or via   email at northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk