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  1. Four people from the North East among those still missing after bomb attack

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That is the end of today's updates, on a day when four local people remain missing after the bomb attack at Manchester Arena.

You can catch up on that and any other news overnight with BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle, Look North, and online.

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Former NUFC striker Nile Ranger jailed for fraud

Former Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger has been jailed after admitting online banking fraud.

The 25-year-old Southend United footballer was sentenced to eight months for conspiracy to defraud by obtaining bank details and transferring money.

Aseany Duncan, 19, from Enfield, north London, was also jailed for eight months for the same offence.

The court heard Ranger, of Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend, conspired to use the bank details of Diane Bloss in February 2015 and move £2,090 from one account to another.

Nile Ranger
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Newcastle vigil for Manchester attack victims

People gather in Newcastle to pay their respects.

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North East emergency services 'working together to reassure'

Emergency services and authorities across the North East have said they are committed to working together to reassure the local community after the Manchester bombing.

It follows a meeting to discuss the local response and what measures should be put in place for upcoming events in the area.

Ast Ch Cons Darren Best of Northumbria Police, who chaired the meeting, said: "We are supporting our colleagues in Greater Manchester Police and have been working with families in the North East of four people who are currently missing following the attack, and offering them support at this very difficult time.

"Greater Manchester Police is treating the incident as terrorism, and we know this will quite rightly concern our communities.

"I would like to offer reassurance that all community safety partners are working together to protect our communities and help keep them safe"

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Council 'shocked and saddened' by Manchester attack

Gateshead Council says its thoughts go out to the families of Philip Tron, 32, and his partner's daughter Courtney Boyle, 19, who are both still missing following the suicide bombing in Manchester.

Council leader Martin Gannon said: “I am sure everyone in Gateshead is shocked and deeply saddened by the events in Manchester last night.

"As a mark of respect, the Millennium Bridge will be lit in the colours of the Union flag tonight and tomorrow.

"We have made this gesture too many times in response to other atrocities over the last 12 months, but once again it feels like it’s not enough.

"Nothing can convey the depths of our sympathy and sadness.”

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge lit up following a terror attack in France
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Manchester attack friends missing a 'massive shock'
Two teenagers from South Shields are missing after the explosion in Manchester.

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Police in Durham are taking steps to offer comfort and support to youngsters.

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Attack has had effect across the country, says police and crime commissioner

Dame Vera Baird, Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner, says the terror attack in Manchester has "had an effect on communities right across the country, including here in the North East in South Shields and Gateshead".

"Today we grieve for those who lost their lives and maintain our hope that those missing are found safe and well," she said.

Dame Vera Baird
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"The attack on Manchester reinforces our vigour and determination to tackle those who cause such atrocities in our communities.

"Northumbria Police will continue to work with communities across the North East to offer whatever support is needed.

"We all have a duty to remain alert and report anything suspicious to the police. I would like to also reiterate the words of respect to the emergency services and all those who helped.

"Dealing with such an appalling event is always difficult and like many others, I recognise the bravery and professionalism in response to the incident."

Penshaw Monument to be lit up 'as mark of solidarity'

Sunderland's Penshaw Monument is to be lit up in red, white and blue later as a mark of solidarity with the people of Manchester. The city council says the Magistrates' Court building in Keel Square will also be lit in the colours of the Union flag, until Sunday, and the flag at the Civic Centre is being flown at half mast.

Council leader Paul Watson said: "This was a dreadful attack which is all the more sickening because it was targeted at innocent children and young people."

Twenty-two people, including an eight-year-old girl, have been killed and 59 were injured in the suicide bombing at Manchester Arena, at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande.

Penshaw Monument
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Manchester attack witness saw 'people screaming and running'
A teenager from South Tyneside witnessed the Manchester attack and managed to escape with his friend.

Targeting of children is worrying development, says university lecturer

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Dr Paul Dresser, a criminology lecturer at the University of Sunderland, said last night's terror attack in Manchester demonstrated a worrying move towards targeting children - similar to incidents in countries such as Syria.

He told us: "The main goal isn't just killing people, it's about creating terror.

"We saw that in the attacks at Westminster, Boston and Berlin.

"It's following a trajectory or trend of targeting crowded places.

"If you really want to challenge terror, you have to not let fear take over."

The death toll currently stands at 22, with 59 people injured.

Aerial view of Manchester Arena and the surrounding area
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Rail strike called off after bomb horror

A 24-hour strike by Northern Rail staff set for next Tuesday has been suspended following the terror attack in Manchester.

RMT members with Merseyrail and Southern Rail were also scheduled to stage industrial action.

Mick Cash, the union's general secretary, said: "In light of the horrific bombing in Manchester last night, and the heightened safety and security alerts on our transport services, RMT's executive has taken the decision to suspend the 24 hours of strike action.

"Our thoughts and solidarity at this time are with the people of Manchester."

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No change to Metro Radio Arena schedule after terror attack

BBC Newcastle

Officials at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena say they are not planning any changes to upcoming events in the light of the terror attack in Manchester.

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Metro Radio Arena

A spokesman said: "After the tragic events at Manchester Arena last night, the team at the Metro Radio Arena are aware of the potential heightened level of threat against venues across the country.

"We as a team are in constant communication with Northumbria Police and relevant authorities and are continually reviewing our security and safety procedures.

"There are no changes to our planned events at this time. If anything changes, we’ll communicate with customers by email and social media.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of anyone associated with the Manchester Arena incident."

Bomb looked like a firework had gone wrong, Stockton mum says

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Stockton mum Denise Hignett says she was just seconds away from the Manchester Arena terror blast which has so far claimed 22 lives.

As she held her 11-year-old daughter’s hand, she watched in horror as the blast sent sparks flying 20ft into the air.

Denise Hignett
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Charity offers outlet for youngsters' emotions

A Tyneside charity is giving youngsters an opportunity to share their thoughts following the terror attack in Manchester.

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'We're probably going to die today'

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Tony Errington, from South Shields, collected his daughter and her friend after the attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester last night.

"My wife and I were running on adrenaline," he said. "We were in the car and the girls were sat in the back seat and told us, 'We held hands and said we're probably going to die today'.

"We were in bits when we heard that."

It was just after 22:30 when the blast erupted in the foyer of the venue.

The death tolls stands at 22, with dozens more injured.

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Injured victims following the attack

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Families turn to social media for help finding missing relatives

Thousands of people have turned to social media to help find missing relatives following the terror attack at Manchester Arena.

As we reported earlier, Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, of South Shields, are among those who have not been heard from since the blast last night.

Their faces have appeared on Twitter with the #missinginManchester hashtag.

Anyone with concerns over missing relatives can contact 0161 856 9400 or 0161 856 9900 for assistance.

Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry
Liam Curry

Public urged to 'remain vigilant' after Manchester terror attack

Durham Police has urged people to be alert in the wake of the terror attack in Manchester, which has claimed at least 22 lives.

In a statement, the force said: "We are aware that people will be concerned following the terrible events in Manchester last night. The thoughts of everyone at Durham Constabulary are with those affected.

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Durham Police

"The national threat level currently remains at 'severe' and there is nothing to suggest there is any specific threat to our communities in County Durham and Darlington.

"Neighbourhood officers and community engagement teams throughout the force will be speaking to local community groups to offer reassurance.

"We will also be carrying out reviews of public events due to take place in our area.

"Please remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police or by calling the Anti-Terrorism Hotline on 0800 789 321."

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Sussex and Durham stand together for Manchester

Sussex and Durham stand together for Manchester
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Sussex cricketers are wearing black armbands today in the wake of the Manchester attack.

A minute's silence was also held ahead of the match. It's day three of their four-day County Championship match with Durham.

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People were being trampled, says terror attack survivor

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Look North

Dylan from Jarrow in South Tyneside recalls how he fled the scene of the Manchester Arena terror attack with a friend, and saw fellow concert goers being trampled in the panic.

The 18-year-old has now been reunited with his mum Karen after making it safely home.

Karen France is reunited with her son Dylan, who witnessed the Manchester Arena attack

Terror attack 'barbaric', says Tees Valley Mayor

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has issued a statement expressing sympathy following the terror attack in Manchester last night.

He said: "I want to express my sympathy, condolences and solidarity with the people of Manchester following the terrible events experienced at their arena.

"This was a barbaric and evil act and every parent will feel hurt in their heart at the targeting of innocent children.

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"Terrorism can happen anywhere and Manchester is expressing the best response the people of the North of England can offer. They have come together to defy those who wish them harm.

"I'm writing to my opposite number, Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, to put on the public record the sympathy and outrage felt by people in Tees Valley."

'To know your child was in danger, it's absolutely dreadful'

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Katie and her daughter Molly are from the North East and were at last night's Ariana Grande concert in Manchester where 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber.

Katie told the BBC: "Ariana just sang her last encore song, we left pretty much straight away.

"We took the doors where everyone was going, which led to Victoria Station. We were 20 seconds out of those doors and an almighty bang went off.

"We turned around and smoke was bellowing. It was black, we just took off.

The aftermath of the attack in Manchester
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"It was so loud, it shook. It was scary. It was the worst thing I've ever been in in my life. You don't know if there's another person who is going to do it again.

"To know your child was in danger, it's absolutely dreadful. It brings home how close she was to it. Too close."

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Terror attack timing may be significant, policing expert says

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Peter Williams, a retired lecturer in policing at Teesside University, believes the timing of the Manchester terror attack last night could be significant

He said: "It's right in the middle of a General Election campaign and there's been lots of heavy campaigning by the leaders of the parties in the North West of England.

"The media's attention has been focused on the North West to some extent."

The scene in Manchester this morning
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Newcastle vigil to pay tribute to terror attack victims

A peace and unity vigil paying tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack in Manchester will be held at Grey's Monument in Newcastle later.

The event will run from 17:00-19:00 BST.

Twenty-two people, including children, were killed and 59 were injured at the end of the pop concert by American singer Ariana Grande.

'No specific threat' in North East, police say

Northumbria Police has released a statement following the Manchester terror attack in a bid to reassure members of the public.

The force says: "The national threat level currently remains at 'severe' and there is nothing to suggest there is any specific threat to our communities in Northumbria.

"Extra patrols will be on patrol, including armed officers, in high footfall areas such as the city centres and around transport hubs as they have done since last year.

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"Members of the public should not be concerned about the patrols. They are not in response to any specific threat but are there to reassure members of the public of the security measures we have in place to help protect them and keep them safe.

"Neighbourhood officers and community engagement teams throughout the force will be speaking to local community groups to offer reassurance.

"We will be holding a meeting with local authorities and emergency services this afternoon, chaired by Assistant Chief Constable Darren Best, so that we can respond to the events in Manchester and provide an effective response for upcoming events in our own area."

Desperate appeals to trace missing North East concert-goers

As we told you earlier, four people from the North East are missing following the bomb attack at Manchester Arena last night.

Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, both of South Shields, were at the Ariana Grande concert and it is believed Liam took this photo just before going inside.

The BBC has spoken to their relatives. Family members are in Manchester and have been sent to the Etihad Stadium.

Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry
Liam Curry

Also missing are Philip Tron, 32, and Courtney Boyle, 19, from Gateshead.

A family member told the BBC: "We want us to know they are safe and where they are.

"We are devastated and in shock, but are staying positive and staying strong. We love you Philip and Courtney.”

Facebook appeal to trace missing Philip Tron and Courtney Boyle
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'Horrific' scene described by concert-goer

BBC Newcastle

Josh Elliot, from County Durham, was another North East fan caught up in the explosion at Manchester Arena following last night's Ariana Grande concert.

He was at the show with his friends and said: "She finished her last song, then the house lights came up and everyone started to go out. Then there was a huge bang.

"I didn't see any white light or smoke but, as the bang went off, everyone stopped and screamed. I screamed: 'Everyone get down on the floor'.

"People were starting to run out. It was bedlam, it was horrific. We got up when we thought it was safe and tried to get out as quickly as possible."

Emergency services speak to concert-goers
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The arena where the attack took place

Manchester Arena has a capacity of 21,000 and is the second biggest indoor arena in Europe.

As well as hosting some of the biggest musical performers in the world, it was used in 2002 for the Commonwealth Games.

Aerial view of Manchester Arena and Google map of Manchester city centre
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Concert-goers heard huge bang, then 'mass panic'

College student Sebastian Diaz, 19, from Newcastle, echoed other witnesses' descriptions of mass panic at the end of the Manchester concert, where at least 22 people have been killed by a suspected terrorist bomber.

"Ariana Grande had just finished her last song and there was a huge bang. I just saw running and it was just instinct to run," he said.

"We actually ended up in a corridor and it was a dead end. It was terrifying.

"I found the main doors and people were crying everywhere. Back at the hotel people were crying and on their phones."

Manchester Arena: Footage shows chaos outside venue

Manchester terror attack: 'Everyone scrambled over us to get out'

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Jessica, from Darlington, was one of many from the North East at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, where at least 22 people have been killed by a suspected suicide bomber.

She said: "It was shocking. We just heard this massive bang and then everyone started running towards us screaming and crying.

"Everyone just scrambled over us to get out.

Police at the Manchester Arena
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"It was devastating, there was no way we ever thought it was that bad.

"Everyone thought it was just a speaker going or something.

"We didn't know at first that anyone had been hurt, but my friend said she could smell burning.

"I couldn't get out fast enough, but it took about 15 minutes and then the police wouldn't let anyone go past the train station next door.

"We eventually made it to our hotel."

Newsround explains the events in Manchester

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For any parents worried about how to talk about the news of the terror attack to their children, Leah has a special Newsround bulletin today.

She explains what happened at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester last night and what to do if you're upset by the details.

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Concert terror killings 'wanton attack on the innocent'

The Bishop of Durham, the Rt Revd Paul Butler, has described the suspected terror attack in Manchester as a "wanton attack on the innocent".

He said: “My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected and particularly for those from the North East who had travelled across for what they expected to be simply a great night out.

"The events in Manchester last night are a wanton attack on innocent and vulnerable people."

Paul Butler
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Mum got 'panic call' from son at terror attack concert

Colin Briggs

Look North

Karen France from Jarrow in South Tyneside said her 18-year-old son Dylan had made his first solo trip away from home to attend the concert in Manchester, which was targeted by a suicide bomber.

She said: "Never in a million years did I expect to receive the phone call from him that I got.

"I was not prepared to hear a panic in his voice that I've never heard before.

"He was still inside when the explosion went off, he knew instantly that something was terribly wrong, he grabbed his friend by the arm and ran.

Manchester terror attack
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"He said there was smoke and he could smell a weird burning smell too.

"On getting outside among the panic, he could see people with blood on them and also people who were getting trampled in the panic to flee.

"Once outside he rang me, the smile from my face literally dropped as I tried to take in what he was saying, keeping my own voice calm and steady I told him to head straight back to his hotel room and ring me as soon as he got there, which he did.

"His friend's uncle on hearing, drove his taxi mini bus straight down, he had to park up and then walk into Manchester to get them.

"There is relief that he is safe, but also the guilt as while I am so relieved there are others from this region frantically searching still for their loved ones. My prayers are with everyone."