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  1. Updates on Tuesday 5 December 2017

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Weather: Mostly dry and cloudy

It will be mostly dry and cloudy tonight, with perhaps the odd spot of rain possible. However, there will be occasional breaks in the cloud, mainly in the east.

Winds will be increasing, particularly over the hills.

Minimum Temperature: 6C (43 F).

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Severe disruption: A1(M) County Durham southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) County Durham southbound severe disruption, at J63 for A167.

A1(M) County Durham - A1(M) in Chester-Le-Street lane closed on entry slip road and heavy traffic southbound at J63, A167 (Chester-le-Street), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

Gateshead Millennium Bridge lit to celebrate Finnish independence

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

If you walk along the Quayside in Newcastle this evening, you'll notice something different about the Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Gateshead Millennium Bridge
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The bridge will be illuminated in blue and white this evening to celebrate Finland's 100 years of independence and is the only venue in the UK invited to take part in the celebration.

Other iconic structures and attractions involved include the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Niagara Falls and the Colosseum in Rome.

'I beat type 2 diabetes with 200 calorie drinks'

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Patients in a 'watershed trial' have reversed Type 2 diabetes, say doctors in Newcastle and Glasgow.

Of the patients who started the trial, 46% were in remission a year later.

People spent up to five months on a low-calorie diet of soups and shakes to trigger massive weight loss.

However, doctors are not calling this a cure. If the weight goes back on, then the diabetes will return.

Isobel Murray, 65, pictured, who had weighed 15 stone, lost over four stone (25kg) and no longer needs diabetes pills.

She says: "I've got my life back."

Isobel Murray
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Prof Roy Taylor, from Newcastle University, told the BBC: "It's a real watershed moment.

"Before we started this line of work, doctors and specialists regarded type 2 as irreversible.

"But if we grasp the nettle and get people out of their dangerous state, they can get remission of diabetes."

Key witness sought after Hebburn fatal collision

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

A pedestrian died when he was hit by a car in Hebburn, police said.

James Anderson, 88, known as Jimmy, died in the collision on 16 November at about 14:15 on Victoria West Road.

Police want to trace a motorbike rider who they say rode past Jimmy before the collision.

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Northumbria Police

Sunderland: your pictures

Sunderland is one of five cities hoping to become UK City of Culture in 2021, with the winner due be announced on Thursday.

Today the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has been asking to see people's pictures of Sunderland - and the results weren't disappointing!

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Hexham Business Improvement District board resign

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

The Hexham Business Improvement District board have resigned, saying they do not have the support of Northumberland County Council.

The scheme where businesses in the town pay a levy for local improvements has been controversial with some companies refusing to pay because they say they wouldn’t benefit.

The Hexham BID board say they have been subjected to “verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, bullying on social media” and that attacks on them have been “coordinated by a tiny minority of local businesses” which they describe as a “destructive minority”

The board‘s resignation means the current Business Improvement District in Hexham is terminated.

Chris Coleman

Boss Chris Coleman is prepared to put his faith in youth to haul Sunderland out of the Championship relegation zone

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Severe accident: A688 County Durham both ways

BBC News Travel

A688 County Durham both ways severe accident, between A167 and A177.

A688 County Durham - A688 in Thinford closed and slow traffic in both directions between the A167 junction and the A177 junction, because of an accident.

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

Giant rabbits take over Saltwell Park

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Well, not quite...

Saltwell Park in Gateshead has been transformed with light installations as the Gateshead Enchanted Park returns for 2017.

Gateshead Enchanted Park
BBC

The theme this year tells the story Ursula Wailes, the eldest daughter of William Wailes, who used to live in Saltwell Towers.

After filling Saltwell park with inventions, plants from all over the world and creatures, her donation was thrown back in her face and legend has it that the young heiress closes the park in response to this betrayal and it has remained closed forever since.

Gateshead Enchanted Park
BBC

The event will run until December 10.

Britt Assombalonga joins BBC Tees Sport tonight

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

If you're a Boro fan make sure you're tuned into BBC Tees Sport to hear Britt Assombalonga talk about his first six months at the club.

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Richmond to host third day of the Tour De Yorkshire

It has been announced that the third day of The Tour De Yorkshire will start at Richmond Market Place.

Tour De Yorkshire
Tour De Yorkshire

The market town will host the start of the third day of the cycle race on 5 May 2018.

The 704.5km route will cover all four corners of Yorkshire and will go through 169 villages, towns and cities.

It's also been announced that Mark Cavendish will compete in the race.

Mark Canendish
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Cavendish, 32, who has won 30 stages of the Tour de France, will tackle routes from Beverley to Doncaster, Barnsley to Ilkley and Richmond to Scarborough.

Defoe's tribute to Bradley Lowery among 2017's most retweeted

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Jermain Defoe's tribute to his "best friend" Bradley Lowery is third in the list of most retweeted tweets in 2017.

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The six-year-old Sunderland fan died in July following a fight with neuroblastoma - a rare type of cancer.

The pair formed a firm friendship with former Sunderland striker Defoe who said he had been inspired by the youngster's courage and bravery.

Takeover expert pinpoints the issues holding up Newcastle bid

The Chronicle

Christian Purslow believes Newcastle United will be not be sold until the end of the season and that the takeover is being complicated by the Magpies’ poor run of form.

Travel: trains between Kingston Park and Airport back on

Travel: No trains between Kingston Park and Airport after failed train

Virgin East Coast rail workers to vote over strike action

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Workers on Virgin's East Coast rail line will start voting this week on whether to go on strike in a dispute over pay and conditions.

The RMT union says that inferior conditions are being imposed on staff as well as changes to working conditions and sick pay.

A spokesman for Virgin Trains East Coast says that the company expect to the able to run a near-normal service in the event of any action.

Is this the most festive house in Gateshead?

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

If this house on Rodlsey Avenue in Gateshead doesn't get you in the festive mood, we aren't sure what will!

Christmas Lights
Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Christmas Lights
Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Christmas Lights
Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

We'd love to see your festive house pictures - you can tweet them to @BBCNewsNE, email them, or contact us via our Facebook page.

North East Heritage Action Zones announced

Two areas in the North East will receive a share of £6m of from Historic England.

Bishop Auckland and Stockton and Darlington Railway have been announced as Heritage Action Zones.

Stockton and Darlington Railway
Google

Bridges and old railway buildings will be restored on the 26-mile long Stockton and Darlington Railway, above.

Bishop Auckland
Google

In Bishop Auckland, above, neglected buildings will be brought back into use.

The scheme is part of the Culture White Paper, a government plan which aims to build tourism, reinvigorate local areas and grow local economies.

North East charity visits Westminster

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Representatives of a North East charity are visiting the Houses of Parliament to raise awareness about the devastating impact of a single punch.

One Punch North East was set up by Anthony Curl and Maxine Thompson-Curl after their 18-year-old son Kristian died following an attack during a night out in Consett in 2010.

The charity supports families who're living with the impact of a one punch attack.

Maxine has launched a petition and is urging MPs to start a review for tougher sentences for all one punch assaults and fatalities.

Cross-border bridge funding bid lodged

Union Chain Bridge
Scottish Borders Council

The £7.3m project would overhaul the historic link between Scotland and England built nearly 200 years ago.

Union Chain Bridge

Cross-border bridge funding bid lodged

The £7.3m project would overhaul the historic link between Scotland and England built nearly 200 years ago.

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Woman's body found on Whitby beach

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

North Yorkshire Police have confirmed that a woman's body has been found on Whitby beach.

The woman was found dead at the scene near the cliff lift and officers are working to confirm her identity.

There are currently no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death.

Should energy drinks be banned from being sold to children?

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

They're a quick fix for when you need a boost of energy and can be cheaper than fizzy drinks and even water.

But do you think energy drinks should be banned from being sold to children?

energy drinks
BBC

Doctor Amelia Lake from Teesside University says they should. She's urging the government to ban the sale of energy drinks to those under the age of 16.

Dr Lake told the BBC that sugar and caffeine can have a detrimental health impact on young people with the risk of a racing heart, affecting their sleep patterns and changes to their behaviour.

'Very serious' drugs problem at Teesside prison.

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

An inspection at Holme House prison in Stockton has found that it has a 'very serious' drugs problem.

Holme House Prison
Google

According to the report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons, a quarter of inmates acquired a drugs problem inside prison.

Six out of every 10 prisoners told inspectors that getting drugs whilst behind bars was easy.

We're determined to prevent drugs from getting in, but that a really tough thing to do and we're on it. All the efforts in the prison now are focused on making sure that we do that"

Ian BlakemanPrison Group Director for Tees and Wear Reform Prisons

Sunny spells may force way through rainy outbreaks

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Today will often be cloudy, and a little rain is possible at times over high ground.

However, some sunny spells are also likely, these especially to the east of the Pennines. Becoming breezy this afternoon.

Check out the weather near you.

Lisa Gallagher
BBC
UK City of Culture: Five things about Sunderland
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