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  1. Updates on Friday 24 March 2017
  2. North East tributes after London attack

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Through the day: BBC North East Live

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

That's all from us for today - thank you for joining us.

You can still catch up with the latest news throughout the night on  BBC Tees ,   BBC Newcastle ,   Look North   and online.

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We'll be back on Monday 08:00, have a good weekend. 

Flowers left in honour of officer killed in terrorist attack

Sami Mavinga

Lyon prop Sami Mavinga can be a "destructive" signing for Newcastle Falcons, says director of rugby Dean Richards.

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Warning after man was so drunk on cider he lost legs in bonfire ordeal

Sunderland Echo

Newspaper

A homeless man who fell in a campfire while drinking cheap white cider had to have both legs amputated, a police officer campaigning about alcohol has said.

Person drinking cider
SUNDERLAND ECHO

Ben Gibson: Middlesbrough defender gets England call-up

BBC Sport

Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson has been called up to the England squad for the first time.

The 24-year-old will join up with Gareth Southgate's squad for Sunday's 2018 World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley.

The centre-back has been drafted in following an injury to Chris Smalling.

Ben Gibson
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Steve Innes

An offshore worker calls for action as he tells the BBC he and colleagues were exposed to radiation.

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Weather: A cold night with a touch of frost

BBC Weather

Clear skies and light winds will lead to a cold night, with a touch of frost in places.

Some patchy mist or fog could also develop by dawn.

Weather graph
BBC

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Man left with serious eye injury after bus stop attack

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

A 19-year-old man was been left with a serious injury after being assaulted at a bus stop in Norton.

The victim and a friend were approached by a group of youths which, resulted in the victim being punched in the face and head.

The attack took place on Saturday, 11 March in Billingham Road and police are appealing for witnesses. 

Bus stop in Billingham Road
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Video: Victims react after concrete slab is thrown at them

A group of rowers were targeted while out on their boat.

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Police warning for drink drivers ahead of weekend

Man jumps to safety as quad bike mounts kerb

An elderly man had to jump out of the way of a quad bike which drove towards him in Cramlington.

The bike mounted the kerb and headed towards the 63-year-old in Kinloss Square on 16 March.

The pedestrian was shaken but otherwise uninjured.

The quad bike is described as a dark, green mini-quad.  

Police chief backs Operation Red Nose Day

Bradley 'excited' to be leading out England

Bradley Lowery's mum Gemma tells  BBC radio 5 live  her son was "buzzing" to hear the news he will be a mascot alongside his hero and "best mate" Jermain Defoe.

The five-year-old Sunderland fan, who has terminal cancer neuroblastoma, will lead out England against Lithuania at Wembley.

Bradley Lowery's mum Gemma on her son's friendship with Jermain Defoe
Ben Gibson

Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson is called up to the England squad for the first time after an injury to Manchester United's Chris Smalling.

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Withdrawn train causing delays between South Shields and Pelaw

Appeal over concerns of driver 'taking child'

Concerns of a domestic incident have been raised after a woman was heard saying that a driver had taken a child.

The car in question had been seen driving off towards St James' Park football ground in Newcastle at about 17:15 yesterday leaving the woman behind standing in the street.

Police believe that the incident, which took place in Morden Street, Newcastle, was domestic-related and that those involved knew each.

Officers are appealing for anyone who saw what happened to get in touch.

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University Hospital of Hartlepool entrance sign

Health bosses say working with a rejected bidder to reach the required standard would be unlawful.

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Why following the leader is not OK

A Freedom of Information request has discovered that, since tailgating was made an offence in 2013, just 260 drivers have been prosecuted.

During the last 4 years it has accounted for just 3% of more than 9,000 incidents of "careless driving".

In the North East more than 80% of drivers say they've been tailgated by another driver and half of drivers say they've felt in danger because of it.

Licensed fertility services to move out of Hartlepool

Hartlepool Mail

Newspaper

Licensed fertility services are to move out of Hartlepool after efforts by council chiefs to save them have come to an end.

Hartlepool Hopsital
Hartlepool Mail

A sneak peak into Stockton's revamped Georgian Theatre

BBC Tees

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The refurbishment of Stockton's Georgian Theatre is nearly complete.

We have gone behind the scenes to take a look at the £1.4m project.

A look at the staircase from the outside
BBC

A new staircase, which retains much period detail, and a shopping area have been built, while the balcony has been revamped to offer a more modern look.

There is now more floor space and the old wooden posts and skirting found in the former courtyard have been incorporated in the new build. 

The new balcony
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wooden posts and skirting
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Investigation after concrete slab dropped on rowers

A group of youths pushed a concrete slab off a footbridge on to the boat of a group of university rowers.

The team from Durham Amateur Rowing Club were passing under Baths Bridge near the city centre at the time

It narrowly missed the women but the boat - worth £20,000 - is a write-off.

Durham Police have called it an "act of stupidity" and are looking at CCTV from the area.

One of the rowers, Emily Hanscome, said the boat had "fractured apart and started sinking".

Damage to the boat
Durham Amateur Rowing Club

Video: The Hairy Bikers do their bit for Red Nose Day

It's Red Nose Day and many people will be doing wonderful things to raise money for the charity Comic Relief, which helps those in poverty both in the UK and across the world.

Are you getting involved today? You can tweet us your pictures @BBCNewsNE 

The Hairy Bikers visited The Dementia Voices Stockton project which has received funding from Comic Relief and is run from The Livewell Dementia Hub.

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Clear and warm spring day in store

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a chilly old start but there's a gorgeous day in store with plenty of warm spring sunshine.

There'll be a chilly easterly breeze so it won't feel quite as warm along the coast, though.

Away from the sea it'll feel quite warm in the sun, with temperatures feeling like they are up to 15C.

Weather map and Abbie Dewhurst
BBC

Tributes left in Stockton for those who died in London attack

BBC Tees

www.bbc.co.uk/BBCTees

Tributes to the victims of this week's attack in London have been left in Stockton.

Five people have died and 40 people were injured in the terror attack near the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday.

The tributes near Stockton high street fountain include signs and messages on pieces of paper.

Signs in Stockton
BBC
Signs in Stockton
BBC

North East landmarks lit up after London attack

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

Some landmarks around the North East have been lit up with the red, white and blue of the Union Jack to remember those who died in the London attack.

Five people have now died following the attack by Khalid Masood on Wednesday , including the attacker.

The Penshaw Monument (below) and Gateshead Millennium Bridge were among those to be lit.

Penshaw Monument lit up
BBC
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'No cover-up' over Middlesbrough Council building sale

There was "no cover-up or corruption" at Middlesbrough Council, an employment tribunal has been told .

Karen Whitmore claims she was "bullied and threatened" because she refused to turn a blind eye to the flawed way some of its buildings were sold off.

But, former chief executive Mike Robinson told the hearing Ms Whitmore was never asked to hide any facts.

The hearing continues.

Karen Whitmore
BBC

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