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  1. Updates on Friday 8 December 2017

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Leicester claim a third straight Premier League win as Ayoze Perez's own goal gives them victory at Newcastle.

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Chris Coleman

Championship leaders Wolves are held to a goalless draw by 10-man Sunderland, who have midfielder Lee Cattermole sent off.

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Patrick Bamford celebrates scoring for Middlesbrough against Ipswich

Middlesbrough return to winning ways as goals from Martin Braithwaite and Patrick Bamford see off Ipswich.

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Severe accident: A1(M) Tyne And Wear southbound

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A1(M) Tyne And Wear southbound severe accident, at Washington Services.

A1(M) Tyne And Wear - One lane closed and slow traffic on A1(M) southbound in Washington at Washington Services, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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St Oswald's Hospice volunteers "upcycle" unwanted goods
St Oswald's Hospice is trying out a new way to sell donated items.

'Concern for welfare' of missing woman

Police attempting to trace a missing Middlesbrough woman have appealed for help from the public.

Rochelle Sharp, 27, was last seen at 04:00 on Union Street, and officers say they are concerned for her welfare.

Anyone who may have seen her, or has any information regarding her whereabouts, is asked to contact the Cleveland force.

Rochelle Sharp
Cleveland Police
St Oswald's Hospice volunteers "upcycle" unwanted goods
St Oswald's Hospice is trying out a new way to sell donated items.

Change of kick off time for SAFC

Sunderland match on 13 January has been brought forward.

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Protest call for return of childbirth services

Sharon Barbour

BBC Look North

Protestors have gathered outside South Tyneside District Hospital after childbirth services were suspended.

The measure started on Monday days after services at the hospital's special care baby unit were halted due to staff shortage,

The trust which runs the hospital said it had taken "the important safety decision" after advice from experts.

Campaigners are calling for the immediate return of childbirth services

Protest at South Tyneside hospital
Burnt motorbike

The motorbike the attackers used to escape was later found burnt out.

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Pair deny burning car body murder

Two men have denied murdering a woman found dead in a burning car.

Quyen Ngoc Nguyen, 29, from Killingworth, was discovered by firefighters called to the blaze in Success Road, Shiney Row, in August.

Stephen Unwin, 39 of St Oswald's Terrace, Houghton-le-Spring, and William McFall, 50, of Waterloo Road, Blackpool, pleaded not guilty during an appearance at Newcastle Crown Court.

The pair have been remanded in custody to go on trial in February.

Scene of body find

North East business leader welcomes Brexit talks progress

Richard Moss

Political Editor, BBC Look North

A North East business leader has welcomed the progress on the Brexit talks announced today.

PM Theresa May has struck a last-minute deal with the EU in a bid to move Brexit talks on to the next phase.

Ross Smith, director of policy at North East England Chamber of Commerce, said: “It is a huge relief for businesses to have got through this stage of negotiations.

"We now need swift progress on both a comprehensive trade deal and a sensible transition period."

He said the Government still has work to do to "to reassure our members that risks can be mitigated and opportunities capitalised upon".

Theresa May

City of Culture: Sunderland bid 'positive' despite loss

BBC Newcastle

The team behind Sunderland's bid for City of Culture 2021 say the process has been positive for the city despite not winning the title.

Coventry was declared the winner last night - also beating Paisley, Stoke and Swansea.

Sunderland City Council put £250,000 into the company that ran the bid - Sunderland Culture.

Bid director Rebecca Ball: "We are really proud of the bid we went with and we are really proud of getting on that shortlist.

"And I am so glad we were bold enough to bid because actually it has brought so many good things to the city."

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Your photos: Sunrise at Boulmer beach

Kenny Pattison sent us this beautiful photo of sunrise at Boulmer beach in Northumberland - thank you it's lovely.

Sunrise at Boulmer beach

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Travel: Track fault in Sunderland affecting Metro services

James Arthur: 'I've been a tortured soul'

Up to now Teesside-born James Arthur has built his career on ballads.

From his X Factor single, a cover of Shontelle's Impossible, to the global smash hit Say You Won't Let Go, the singer has proved he can tug on your heartstrings like a puppy on a postman's trousers.

Those slow-tempo weepies are the perfect fit for his cracked and tortured voice. But the star would like it to be known he's got a few more tricks up his sleeve.

"I'm starting to feel like people know what to expect from me," he says.

James Arthur

"If you come and see my shows, I'm all over the stage. We do grunge, we do gospel, we do R&B - but the songs that make it on the radio are the acoustic, heartfelt ballads.

"I'm starting to feel the urge to branch out and do some stuff that nobody would expect."

Transplant baby Charlie Douthwaite 'rejecting heart'

A nine-week-old baby who received a new heart may be rejecting the organ.

A Europe-wide appeal to help Charlie Douthwaite - who was born with heart defect - was launched last month and he underwent a transplant last week.

But his father Steven Douthwaite has posted on Facebook that Charlie has had a "rough few days" and may be rejecting the new heart.

Charlie, who hashypoplastic left heart syndrome, was the youngest patient on the UK transplant waiting list.

Charlie Douthwaite and his mum

Your photos: Sun rising over Tynemouth pier

Thanks to John Baker for this stunning photo of North Pier at Tynemouth taken this morning. The light captured in the photo is stunning.

North pier at Tynemouth

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How far can you travel in the Newcastle rush hour?

The Friday evening rush hour can be frustrating - it's the end of most people's working weeks but the weight of commuter traffic combined with people going away for the weekend can mean serious delays on the roads.

So how far can drivers get on a typical Friday? BBC News has worked with mapping and analytics software company Esri UK to create maps showing driving distances from 10 of the busiest city centres.

Here is what they found for Newcastle:

Start point: Newcastle Central Station

Map shows the furthest that can be travelled by road in 60 minutes on a typical Friday - if you leave at the following times:

Maximum possible distances

16:00 = 44.5 miles

19:00 = 45.0 miles

22:00 = 46.6 miles

Newcastle map

Armed robbers carried out recce before stealing £28,000

Armed robbers carried out a recce at a Newcastle supermarket hours before they stole £28,000 from a security van, CCTV footage released by Northumbria Police shows.

The pair threatened a security guard with what police believe was a firearm at Asda in Lemington on Saturday afternoon and demanded he hand over the secure case he was carrying.

They rode off on a motorbike which was set on fire on a field near Lockhaugh farm in Rowlands Gill. The motorbike had been stolen.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw the motorbike or knows who the robbers are to get in touch.

Det Ch Insp Paul Knox said the footage showed the offenders carrying out a recce just after 14:00 on Saturday, minutes before the robbery.

The burnt out motorbike

North East weather warnings over

All the weather warnings and flood warnings from last night have now passed.

The bad weather has passed over to the North West.

Be careful if you're travelling in that direction.

Met Office weather warning
Met Office

City of Culture: Sunderland 'gave it our best shot'

Sunderland has missed out to Coventry to become UK City of Culture 2021.

The announcement was made on last night's One Show on BBC One.

But despite that the bid organisers said it would still bring "amazing things" to the city.

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Sunny spells but mainly cold and windy

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A cold and crisp start to the day with brisk and blustery northwesterly winds gathering pace.

But there will be sunny spells, but on the whole it's going to be a cold and windy day.

Here's a heads-up for the weekend - from the early hou0rs of Sunday the Met Office is warning of heavy snow and advising against travelling.

Check out the forecast near you.


Delays on South Tyneside Metro caused by overhead cable fault

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