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  1. Thursday 25 May 2017

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That is the end of today's updates, on a day when four local people are confirmed as being victims of 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.

If you'd like to get in touch, you can do so on Twitter, Facebook, or via email.

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

North East falls silent for Manchester attack victims

Here's a reminder of this morning's one minute silence, as crowds gathered across our region to pay their respects to the victims of the Manchester attack.

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Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

Ian Dennis

BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter

Aberdeen's Derek McInnes is one of the candidates being considered by Sunderland as they seek a manager to replace David Moyes.

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Teenagers speak of post attack 'panic'

The two friends, from Newton Aycliffe, suffered shrapnel injuries.

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Man charged with historic child sex abuse

A man has been charged in connection with an investigation into historic child sexual abuse in the sporting community.

John Marshall has been charged with eight offences of indecent assault alleged to have been committed between 1980 and 1982.

The 69-year-old, of Elmsford Grove, Longbenton will appear at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court on 14 June.

He is the second person to be charged as part of Operation Tide, which was set up late last year to look into allegations of child sex abuse at football clubs in the North East.

Remaining warm and dry throughout the evening and overnight

It will be a warm evening, with some late sunshine.

Overnight, it will remain warm and dry, with light winds and the chance of some mist in coastal area.

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Police appeal over missing man

James Hannan, from Grangetown, was last seen trying to catch a bus on Fabian Road in Middlesbrough.

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University and school remember Courtney Boyle

Students and staff at Leeds Beckett University are being told support is available after a popular student died in the Manchester terror attack.

Courtney Boyle, 19, from Gateshead, was at the Ariana Grande concert with her mother's partner Phil Tron on Monday night.

Professor Peter Slee, Vice Chancellor of Leeds Beckett University, said: "Courtney was a lovely, bright and hardworking student who had achieved excellent marks in her first semester with us.

"She was enjoying University life and had built strong friendships. For all of these reasons, she is a great loss to the University and to her fellow students."

Her former school, Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy, described her as "kind, caring and lovely".

Its principal, Mark Lovatt, said: "She really grasped life with both hands and she will be dearly missed and remembered by all who knew her."

Courtney Boyle
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Injured County Durham teenager meets the Queen

The Queen has been visiting some of those injured in the Manchester attack.

During a visit to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, she met Millie Robson, from Newton Aycliffe, who is recovering from surgery for injuries sustained to her legs.

Afterwards, the 15-year-old said: "She was lovely. It was mind-blowing really. You don't really expect it."

The Queen at Millie Robson's bedside
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Mosque pays tribute to Manchester attack victims

Newcastle Central Mosque calls for unity.

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Injured terror attack victim home after surgery

Colin Briggs

Look North

A County Durham teenager has returned home after surgery at Bolton Royal Infirmary, following Monday's terror attack in Manchester.

Laura Anderson
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Laura Anderson had shrapnel removed from her leg and shoulder and is now recovering at her home in Newton Aycliffe.

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.

Army deployed to Hartlepool Power Station

The army's been deployed at Hartlepool Power Station as part of the critical terrorism alert. Soldiers are now jointly patrolling the site alongside armed police officers from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary.

Hartlepool Power Station
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Troops are already patrolling the Sellafield Plant in Cumbria as part of the same operation. The changes are not in response to a specific threat to either site.

Manchester attack: Books of Condolence open in South Sheilds

South Tyneside Council has made Books of Condolence available in the old reception area of South Shields Town Hall.

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"We are extremely saddened by the news of Chloe and Liam's death and send our deepest condolences to their family and all of their friends. We have offered our support to the families and are working closely with our school communities to do whatever we can to support them at this difficult time. "

Cllr Iain MalcolmLeader, of South Tyneside Council

School and university tribute to Manchester attack victim

The former school of Manchester attack victim Liam Curry has paid tribute to a "model student".

St Wilfred's RC College in South Shields has also opened a book of condolence, which anyone from the community is invited to sign.

The 19-year-old went on to study at Gateshead College. Deputy principal Chris Toon said he was a great student and always hard working.

Northumbria University, where he was in his first year of an Applied Sports and Exercise Science degree, said he had a "bright future" ahead of him.

Liam Curry
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He was a model student and a fine young man, remembered with great affection by all those who taught him."

Brendan TappingHeadteacher at St Wilfred's RC College

He was conscientious, very well-liked and will be greatly missed by both staff and his fellow students."

Professor Andrew WatheyVice-Chancellor and CEO of Northumbria University

Floral tributes for South Shields teenagers

Tributes are being laid outside the Town Hall.

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Teesside Imam condemns Manchester attack

The leader of a Hartlepool mosque has added his voice to the condemnations of the Manchester atrocity.

Imam Tahir Selby of the Nasir Mosque in Hartlepool
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After hosting a prayer session for the victims, Imam Tahir Selby, of the Nasir Mosque in the town, said the attacker in no way represented Islam - which he stressed was a religion of peace and love.

Bishop of Durham: 'Love will triumph over hate'

The Bishop of Durham speaks out after leading the minute's silence in Gateshead.

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Queen visits victims of Manchester attack

Royal visit to Manchester Children's Hospital.

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Manchester attack: The North East falls silent

The minute silence was observed across the North East

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And the brother of Chloe Rutherford, who died in the attack, used social media to thank the thousands who observed it.

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Manchester attack victims were 'amazing son' and stunning daughter'

The families of Courtney Boyle and Philip Tron have paid tribute to a "soulmate, friend, daughter and sister", and an "amazing son, brother, father, nephew and cousin".

Courtney Boyle
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Philip Tron
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"Courtney my wonder of a sister who is now a shining yellow star in the sky. Phil, my stepdad, my costa buddy, you were always there no matter what to keep me safe and make me happy."

Courtney's sister

"Philip was such a fun loving, energetic soul, he would light up the darkest room and lift your spirits with his infectious laugh, witty sense of humour and his beautiful smile."

Philip's mother

Manchester attack: Minute's silence

Silence at Cleveland Police HQ.

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Manchester attack: Family pay tribute to missing pair

The families of Courtney Boyle and Philip Tron, who have been missing since the Manchester attack have paid tribute to a "stunning daughter" and an "amazing son".

Courtney Boyle and Philip Tron
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Courtney, 19,a criminology and psychology student at Leeds Beckett University was at the concert with her mother's partner 32-year-old Philip Tron.

My stunning amazing beautiful daughter you were my rock you made me so proud with all you had achieved and my gorgeous crazy Philip you made my world a happy place and now you are both my angels flying high in the sky."

Courtney's mother

Girl, 10, hopes Ariana Grande is not 'too scared'

A 10-year-old girl from Teesside who was at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday night has written a letter to the singer.

Neither Poppy Sutcliffe nor her mum was injured in the attack.

Her letter reads "To Ariana Grande, I'm your number one fan. I was at your concert on 22 May 2017 in Manchester and I am really sorry that someone set some bombs off.

"I hope you are OK and that you will still come back to England again to perform. Overall you are so good and I can't describe how amazing you are.

"I am extremely sorry people do things like this and I really hope you are not too scared. Keep writing and singing awesome songs. Love from your number one fan Poppy Sutcliffe. "

A girl who was at Ariana Grande's Manchester concert has written the star a letter.

Manchester attack: Tributes for Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry

Tributes continue to pour in for Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, from South Shields, who were among 22 victims killed in Monday's suicide bomb attack.

Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry
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"We are all absolutely devastated to hear of the dreadful news about our former student Chloe and her boyfriend Liam. Chloe was a beautiful, bright, bubbly and extremely talented girl who excelled at school. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chloe's and Liam's families and friends at this awful time. We will be having a special assembly tomorrow and a minute's silence this morning."

Sir Ken Gibson -Executive head teacher of Harton technology college - Chloe's former school

We loved her friendly, happy personality and she was a great asset to Westoe Travel. Liam would meet her from work and they were a perfect, loving couple. The families have lost two beautiful young people who were a credit to them and out thoughts and prayers go to both families at this terrible time.

Westoe TravelWhere Chloe worked

One of Manchester victims was wife of former Hartlepool player

One of those who died in the Manchester Arena attack was Jane Tweddle-Taylor, the wife of ex-Hartlepool United player, Mark Taylor.

She had gone with a friend to pick up her friend's daughter.

Paying tribute to his wife, Mark Taylor said, "Jane was a lovely lady and a very good mother to our three daughters, liked by everybody."

Originally from Hartlepool, the couple had relocated to Blackpool where Jane was a receptionist at South Shore Academy.

Hartlepool United said their thoughts were with the family.

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Chief Constable rules out soldiers on the streets

There are no plans to put soldiers on the streets in the Northumbria Police or Cleveland Police areas in the wake of the Manchester terror attack.

Northumbria Chief Constable Steve Ashman said there would be more armed officers patroling high-profile public places.

Police with guns have been visibly present in Newcastle city centre and at the city's Central Station since the Manchester terror attack.

Armed police
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The force is asking the public to remain calm but alert.

Cleveland Police Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Roberts says there'll be increased police presence at events in the region over the coming days and is urging people to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious.

Neighbourhood and community engagement officers will continue to work closely with the public to offer reassurance.

Gateshead pair still unaccounted for after terror attack

Two people from Gateshead remain unaccounted for 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
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Philip, who has 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.

Weather: Dry, sunny and very warm.

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

It will be another dry, sunny and very warm day.

It may feel cooler on the North Sea coast in the afternoon with a breeze developing.

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There may be more in the way of cloud in a few coastal parts later, but temperatures should still reach 24C (75F).

Later some coastal areas may be cloudier with mist and fog possible in a few places.

Cricket club in tribute to 'mature young man'

Manchester Arena bomb victim Liam Curry's cricket club paid tribute to the player who had been with them since he was a young boy.

Marsden Cricket Club's Facebook page said: "Liam has been part of the club from the age of just six and we have all seen him develop into an incredibly strong and mature young man, supporting his family through the loss of his father Andy earlier this year.

Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry
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"He was developing into a fine cricketer and coach and was undoubtedly going to be part of our first team for many years to come."

His girlfriend had also supported him and his family after his father died, the South Shields-based club said. "Chloe, like Liam, was an incredibly strong person.

"Quiet but not shy, she was a pleasure to be with around the club and I am sure she would have become a close friend to all in the years to come."

'Whole of South Tyneside feels the loss'

The leader of South Tyneside Council, Iain Malcolm, said the whole area feels the loss and shares the pain with the families of Liam Curry and Chloe Rutherford who were killed in the Manchester Arena bombing.

He said: "Liam not so long ago undertook a 260 mile cycle ride to Paris for the Bobby Robson Foundation. Chloe was a talented actress who appeared on the stage at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle and a production of Annie.

"This is a young couple who were doing nothing but enjoying their life and enjoying each other's company and it's just desperately, desperately sad for South Tyneside and particularly for their families."

Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry
Liam Curry

Mr Malcolm added: "Chloe and Liam had so much to look forward to and were simply enjoying life at a pop concert."

He said support and been offered to the South Shield couple's families and they would be working closely with schools.

“We are all shocked and horrified by what happened in Manchester this week. We are absolutely devastated by the tragic injuries and loss of innocent young lives in such a callous and cowardly attack," he said.

Arena attack couple 'adored each other'

A teenage couple killed in the Manchester Arena explosion "adored each other", their families have said.

"Inseparable" Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, from South Shields were among 22 victims killed in Monday's suicide bomb attack.

The pair were described as "perfect in every way for each other" by their relatives in a joint family tribute released through police.

"They wanted to be together forever and now they are", it added.

Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry
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