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Summary

  1. Latest updates on Wednesday 24 May 2017
  2. Police respond to rise in national threat level
  3. Families await news on terror attack missing
  4. Two Boro goalkeepers set to leave
  5. Lodger murdered 'over missing £21'

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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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We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

Man recovering after Stockton stab attack

A man has been arrested after a man was stabbed in the Norton area of Stockton.

Police were called to Hallifield Road last night, and the 40-year-old victim was taken to hospital suffering from injuries which are not thought to be life threatening.

Officers are questioning a 37-year-old man on suspicion of wounding with intent, and enquiries are continuing.

Police tape at scene
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Manchester attack: Northumberland County Council opens a book of condolence

Northumberland County Council has opened a book of condolence following the terrorist attack in Manchester.

It is available to sign at the reception area in County Hall, Morpeth.

Book of condolence
Northumberland County Council
Book of condolence

The events in Manchester were truly shocking and I am sure I speak on behalf of everyone in Northumberland in sending our condolences to all those affected by these terrible events. We stand together with Manchester, the victims and their families. Terrorism will not win”.

Daljit LallyDeputy Chief Executive of Northumberland County Council

Denayer 'regrets' role in Brussels brawl

BBC Sport

Manchester City defender Jason Denayer "regrets" becoming involved in a brawl outside a Brussels nightclub in which he "reacted instinctively" by kicking out at a man punching his friend

An eight-second video of the incident - which took place on Sunday - shows the 21-year-old striking a man who is punching another man on the floor.

Jason Denayer
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Belgium international Denayer, who has been on loan with Sunderland this season, then left the scene in his car, which had been damaged by friends of the man he kicked, according to the player's agent.

Manchester attack: Newton Aycliffe father felt 'helpless'
Laura Anderson is recovering from surgery to have shrapnel removed from her leg and shoulder following the explosion at the Manchester Arena.

'Enhanced safety procedures' for Sage Gateshead

The venue said it was working alongside Northumbria Police.

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Teesside woman aims to raise awareness about forced marriage

Nisha Joshi

BBC broadcast journalist

A Middlesbrough woman is speaking out to raise awareness about forced marriage, after experiencing it twice before she turned 18.

Fay Khatri
BBC
Fay Khatri

Fay Khatri - who was first married before her 13th birthday - wants people to be aware that girls in our region are at risk and that they must tell someone if they're in danger.

You can see more about that story on BBC Look North at 18:30 tonight.

Fiancee releases biker death footage

Colin Briggs

Look North

Footage of the moment a County Durham biker was killed has been released by his fiancée in a bid to prevent similar tragedies.

Radek Drzewiecki, 29, from Chester-le-Street, was on his way to work in Consett last year when he collided with a car at a junction.

The driver of the car, a 46-year-old woman from Stanley, pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving and was banned from driving for 18 months.

Radek Drzewiecki
Family photo

His partner, Magdalena, released headcam pictures as part of a campaign to encourage drivers to take extra care when pulling out of junctions.

Bike collision footage
Durham Police

She said: “A year down the line from the collision the pain is still there. It is a pain that has changed from shock to the pain of accepting life without Radek in it.

“I miss him terribly – we did everything together, he had his whole life ahead of him. I have not only lost my future husband but my best friend and my soulmate.

“As a driver, please look twice at junctions. Don’t be in a rush to pull out as rushing costs lives.”

Durham Police respond to 'critical' security threat

Durham Constabulary has stepped up patrols across County Durham and Darlington following the decision to raise the national security level to "critical".

Durham Police car
BBC

The force said there was nothing to suggest any specific threat locally, but it would "continue to review public events due to take place in our area over the coming days".

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Christian Atsu

Newcastle United complete the permanent signing of winger Christian Atsu from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee.

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'Safe haven' van in city centre

Police 'safe haven' van in Newcastle.

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Gateshead pair still missing after Manchester attack

Andrew Hartley

BBC Look North

Two people from Gateshead are still missing after the Manchester attack.

Philip Tron, who's 32, and his partner's daughter Courtney Boyle, 19, have not yet made contact with their families.

Courtney Boyle and Philip Tron
Family photo

Philip, who had a four-year-old daughter, is a barman at the Gateshead Arms in Low Fell. The manageress, Michelle Kane, described him as a "bubbly person who would do anything for anyone".

Courtney is a criminology and psychology student at Leeds Beckett University. Her mother Deborah Hutchinson remains in Manchester awaiting news.

Magpies sign Atsu

Christian Atsu makes permanent move to Newcastle.

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Fine and dry, with plenty of sunshine

The afternoon will remain fine and dry, with plenty of sunshine and temperatures up to 22 C (71 F). However, some cool sea breezes will develop in coastal areas.

Weather graphic
BBC

Boro's head of recruitment stands down

The club confirms Victor Orta is moving on.

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Victory parade in South Shields postponed

South Shields Football Club has postponed its victory parade as a result of the Manchester terrorist attack.

The club says that following the tragic events it wants to postpone its celebrations to mark Sunday's FA Vase victory at Wembley.

In light of the tragic events in Manchester and devastating consequences on those affected, we believe that this is not the right time to stage a celebratory event. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of the victims of this atrocity."

South Tyneside Council and South Shields FC
South Shields FC Vase victory at Wembley
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South Shields FC Vase victory at Wembley

Manchester attack: Newton Aycliffe schoolgirl recovering from surgery

A County Durham schoolgirl is in hospital after being caught up in the terrorist attack in Manchester, her family has confirmed.

Laura Anderson, from Newton Aycliffe, had surgery last night to have shrapnel removed from her leg and shoulder, at Bolton Royal Infirmary.

The 15-year-old - who attends Woodham Academy - travelled to the Ariana Grande concert with her best friend and best friend’s parents, who were waiting for the teenagers outside when they heard the explosion.

Laura Anderson
Family photo

Tyneside taxi firm helps out after Manchester attack.

BBC Newcastle

People in the North East are continuing to do their bit after the Manchester attack.

A Tyneside taxi firm that offered to help out people who've been stranded in Manchester says it has been inundated with requests.

Blueline Taxis, based in Wallsend, made the offer on social media and brought four people home yesterday.

There are more to come today, and general manager Ben Bell said they're happy to help out.

Middlesbrough vigil for Manchester victims

BBC Tees

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Hartlepool-based charity Hart Gables organised a vigil in Middlesbrough's Centre Square last night to remember the victims of the Manchester attack.

Tracey was one of dozens attending and said events over the last few days have affected everyone.

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Watch: Vigil in Newcastle after Manchester bombing

City landmarks lit up in support of Manchester victims

BBC Newcastle

Sunderland's Penshaw Monument and the city's court building were lit up red, white and blue last night to show solidarity with people in Manchester.

The monument will remain lit in the colours of the union flag until Sunday, Sunderland Council said.

Penshaw Monument
North News

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.

"Our thoughts and our prayers go out to all those caught up in this devastating tragedy and their family and friends.

Sunderland courts building
North News

"It is right and fitting that as a city we show solidarity with the people of Manchester as they come to terms with this cowardly assault.

"It's important too that we pay tribute to the emergency services who worked so tirelessly to rescue and treat those who were caught up in the attack."

Weather: Dry and very warm with sunny spells

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Although some cloud will bubble up through the day, there will still be plenty of strong sunshine to enjoy.

It will become very warm, although cooler towards the Northumberland coast, where sea breezes will develop.

Maximum temperatures should reach about 23C (73F) with long spells of sunshine into the evening.

Check the forecast where you live.

Weather map
BBC

Families await news on terror attack missing

The families of four people from the North East who remain unaccounted for after the suicide bombing in Manchester on Monday night are still waiting for news.

Phillip Tron and Chloe Boyle.
Family photo

There has been no update on Phillip Tron from Gateshead and his partner's daughter Chloe Boyle (pictured above).

Similarly there's no fresh news on missing South Shields teenagers Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry (below).

Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry
Liam Curry

Twenty-two people are known to have died in the arena attack.

Last night Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the armed forces would be deployed at key locations and events after the official terror threat level was raised to critical.

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