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  1. Updates on Monday 11 December 2017

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We may all be shivering in the cold but it means some beautiful photos are being taken.

We'll leave you with these two - the top one was taken yesterday by Wayne Laidler in Bamburgh and the one below of the partially frozen River Coquet in Warkworth taken by Rachael Johanne Wayman.

Snowy Bamburgh
Partially frozen River Coquet at Warkworth
Paul Gallon outside Newcastle Crown Court

The man admitted one charge of causing grievous bodily harm and another of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

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Weather: Staying cold with some wintry showers this evening

It will be cloudy at times along the coast with some wintry showers continuing into the early hours, along with a moderate northwesterly breeze.

Further inland, a widespread frost will quickly develop where skies are clearer, and winds lighter.

Minimum Temperature: -2C (28F).

Tomorrow: A frosty start to the day, then a largely dry, fine, but cold with bright or sunny spells. Turning cloudier from the west later, with overnight rain and possibly some hill snow.

Maximum Temperature: 3C (37F).

Enchanted Parks 2017 comes to an end

The weather got colder over the six nights the event was held at Saltwell Park in Gateshead, but it certainly attracted the crowds.

Last night saw lots of families have a look at the lit exhibits in sub-zero temperatures.

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Knitting sought for Peter Rabbit woolly recreations

A nature reserve is appealing to keen knitters to help create an iconic literary scene ahead of a special event next year.

RSPB Saltholme is recreating Mr McGregor’s Garden from Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit for a "yarn bombing" display in January.

It is asking members of the public for knitted vegetables and squares of brown, knitted soil to help finish off the display.

Patterns are available from the reserve reception in Port Clarence, Middlesbrough.

Yarn bombing at RSPB Saltholme
RSPB Saltholme

Children's theatre opens in Darlington

BBC Tees

Our reporter Anna Snowdon has paid a visit to Hullabaloo in Darlington.

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Cyclist in critical condition following collision with car in Sunderland

A 69-year-old cyclist is in a critical but stable condition with a serious head injury after a collision with a car in Sunderland.

It happened at 14.34 on Sunday on the B1405.

Members of the public including a doctor were at the scene assisting the cyclist, but they left before the police arrived.

Officers would like them to get in touch as they may be able to help their investigation.

Huge icicles at Killhope Lead Mining Museum

It's getting cold out there and Killhope Lead Mining Museum has some pretty impressive icicles.

Image of the icicles
Durham County Council

Killhope is beautiful at all times of the year but on days like today it is even more spectacular and although we are closed to visitors during winter it is nice to be able to share some of these festive images.”

Maria McArdleMuseum Operations Officer at Killhope

Sirius Minerals has big hopes for the future on Teesside

BBC Tees

Sirius Minerals says buying land on the River Tees near the former SSI site in Redcar will mean they'll be able to export around the world for hundreds of years to come.

The company is behind a new polyhalite mine near Whitby and says the development will create 2,500 jobs.

It's just completed a deal to buy the Brans Sands site, near Redcar, where the conveyor belt from the mine will end.

Chris Fraser the CEO of Sirius Minerals expects the company to export £2.5bn worth of fertilisers out of its new port at Brans Sands when it gets to full production.

A photographic journey along the A1

Winding across the United Kingdom, the A1 is the longest numbered road in Britain, providing a route between the capitals of England and Scotland.

Embarking on a visual road trip, Peter Dench photographed the characters and locations he encountered as he drove the length of this road. This project was intended as an homage to Paul Graham who undertook a similar photographic expedition in 1981.

Despite the nature of the task, Dench admits, "I don't like driving cars; I don't like the smell of cars, the sound of cars, the process of refuelling cars or even talking about cars, but I do like taking journeys."

Among the photos are one of visitor who took a detour off the A1 in order to take a selfie with his daughter next to the Angel of the North in Gateshead.

Selfie at the Angel of the North

Travel: Tyne and Wear Metro passengers face more disruption

Passengers using the Tyne and Wear Metro face further disruption this afternoon and evening.

Metro operator Nexus has tweeted to say its core service will run this afternoon providing a train every 12 minutes between Airport and South Hylton, and between St James' and South Shields via Whitley Bay.

But it says due to train faults some of the additional peak time services between Pelaw and Monkseaton will be cancelled. It says of 10 trains it uses to make up these services only six are available this evening.

This morning's services were also affected by train faults.

Travel: A19 southbound reopened after earlier collision

The A19 soutbound has been reopened after an eight-vehicle collision earlier.

The road was closed near the junction with the A174 earlier and the slip road was used for a diversion.

Cleveland Police say the carriageway is now open but there will still be some delays.

Atlantic Challenge team due to start race

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

It's described as the world's toughest race and two friends from Northumberland are part of a team preparing to take part in it.

Final checks are being made ahead of the Atlantic Challenge where teams row 3,000 nautical miles from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua.

The challenge means at least 40 days on the Atlantic Ocean where extreme weather conditions and sleep deprivation will add to the physical and mental pressures.

Image of team

Burglar chased off in Newcastle

A thief was chased from the house he was trying to burgle in Newcastle.

In the early hours of Saturday morning the would-be burglar smashed the window of the home on Ladore Road and managed to get inside.

The occupant confronted the man in the back garden before chasing him in the direction of Gosforth high street.

The burglar is described as white, aged in his 40s or 50s, of heavy build and with short dark hair. He was wearing what is described as a black donkey style jacket.

There have also been reports that he was trying to gain entry to flats in the same area earlier in the evening.

Barry the seal to be released

Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth recently took in an injured seal pup.

"Barry" was picked up by divers in Whitley Bay with an abscess.

He needed medical treatment and was brought to the rescue centre.

He has recovered well so the team are ready to release him back into the wild.

Image of Barry soon after he was rescued
Blue Reef Aquarium
Barry soon after he was rescued
Image of Barry now
Blue Reef Aquarium
Barry looks a lot better now

Yellow weather warning for snow and ice

A yellow weather warning for snow and ice has been issued for this afternoon and tomorrow morning in the North East..

The warning is in place from 15:00 today until 11:00 tomorrow.

The Met Office says: "Ice is expected to form on some surfaces from mid afternoon Monday, and overnight into Tuesday morning.

"Wintry showers may also bring some fresh snowfalls, mostly to higher ground. Accumulations of 2-5 cm area possible, again mostly above 100-150 m in places in eastern Scotland and eastern England."

It warns there will be icy stretches on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

Middlesbrough Council has closed the town's market and fairground in Centre Square until Thursday due to the expected bad weather.

The Tyne and Wear Metro had difficulties this morning but announced at lunchtime that the service was running on time.

WSL: Everton 5-1 Sunderland - highlights
Everton Ladies climb to sixth in Women's Super League One with a comfortable home win over Sunderland.

Machete-wielding robbers threaten couple in their home

Three robbers armed with a machete threatened a couple in their Bishop Auckland home.

The three, who were wearing masks, assaulted one of the homeowners and took a "significant" amount of cash, jewellery, cigarettes and Christmas presents from the property in High Street, Eldon Lane, near Bishop Auckland at 17:30 yesterday.

Det Sgt Gareth Hodgson, of Darlington CID said the robbers had made threats of "extreme violence".

Thankfully the victims were not seriously injured during this ordeal however they were left terrified and shocked.”

Det Sgt Gareth HodgsonDarlington CID

Photo: Surfers at Tynemouth

We love this - the temperatures may have plummeted but North East surfers are a hardy lot and were out enjoying some great waves off Tynemouth this morning.

Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys took this beautiful photo.

Surfer at Tynemouth

Survey reveals public anger at litter levels on Sunderland's streets

Sunderland Echo


Sunderland is certainly a place on the up with new developments being formed all over the city right now – but the problem of litter blighting the everyday lives of its residents is still there.

Sunderland Echo front page

Travel: Diversion after A19 southbound closure

Travel: A19 southbound closed after eight-vehicle collision

The A19 southbound is closed at the A174 junction on Teesside because of an eight-vehicle collision, Cleveland Police say.

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Severe disruption: A1(M) County Durham northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) County Durham northbound severe disruption, near J63 for A167.

A1(M) County Durham - One lane blocked on A1(M) northbound near J63, A167 (Chester-le-Street), because of a broken down car. Traffic is coping well.

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

Garry Monk

Manager Garry Monk says Middlesbrough's players deserve the credit for their 2-0 win against Ipswich, not him.

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'Frozen' horse racing track to be inspected

Hexham Racecourse is to be inspected to make sure it can be used ahead of Wednesday's National Hunt.

Bosses at the Northumberland venue said it had been left "partially frozen" after overnight temperatures dropped to as low as - 6C.

It will now be inspected tomorrow morning to make sure it has thawed, a venue spokesman said.

Metro disruption cleared after freezing temperatures led to six breakdowns

BBC Newcastle

Disruption on the Tyne and Wear Metro has been cleared after a morning of disruption.

The cold temperatures meant six trains failed as soon as they left the depot and Nexus had to run a core service which meant no extra rush hour trains.

It meant delays and overcrowding.

The disruption was cleared shortly after midday.

Christmas street party for the homeless

The People's Kitchen charity is hosting its annual Christmas Street Party for the homeless this evening.

About 200 men and women are expected at the party beneath the railway arches on Trafalgar Street in Newcastle.

There'll be a jazz band, carol singing and The People's Kitchen choir.

Image of party in previous year

Concern over coercive control figures

BBC Tees

Figures obtained by BBC Tees show more than 500 reports of coercive control (a form of domestic violence) have been reported to our police forces since it became a crime two years ago.

However, less than half of those reports ended up in an arrest - and just seven people in the North East, Cumbria and North Yorkshire have been convicted.

Cleveland Police was the first force in the country to successfully prosecute someone for the crime.

Chris Rea reported to be in stable condition after collapsing on stage

The Teesside singer-songwriter, Chris Rea, is reported to be stable after collapsing on stage at the weekend.

The Middlesbrough born musician had been performing at a concert in Oxford when he took ill and the concert abandoned.

The 66-year-old has been recovering from a stroke that he suffered last year.

Image of Chris Rea

Plans for £22m manufacturing plant in Middlesbrough

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

Up to 1,000 jobs could be created at a new £22m manufacturing park planned for Middlesbrough.

The site would be just off the A66 by Riverside Park.

Middlesbrough Council says one international company is already close to completing a deal to move to the site.

That would bring around 350 jobs to the town.

If the plans are approved building work would start next March.

Image of the site
Tee site which overlooks Newport Bridge in Middlesbrough

Travel: Flight cancellations and delays

Gilly Hope

BBC Travel

There are cancellations and some delays to flights to and from Newcastle International Airport due to yesterday's bad weather disruption.

A number of flights to and from Newcastle airport have been cancelled - including today's Amsterdam and London flights and the flight from Aberdeen that was due to arrive at 09:15 this morning.

The best advice is for passengers to check the status of their flight or contact their airline before travelling

Your photos: Angel of the North in the snow

Lee Stoneman took this beautiful photo of the Angel of the North standing out from the snowy landscape.

Angle of the North in the snow
Lee Stoneman

Have you got any photos you'd like to share with us?

In that case you can tweet them to@BBCNewsNE,email them,or contact us via Look North's Facebook page.

Disappointment as snow and ice halts flight to Lapland

The travel company TUI has apologised after cancelling a flight from Newcastle to Lapland yesterday leaving dozens of disappointed families.

In a statement, it says there was a technical fault on the plane because of the bad weather.

TUI says all customers who were booked on the flight have been offered an alternative travel date free of charge - or a full refund.


Less well off spend more at Christmas

James Graham

Reporter, BBC Radio5live

Shoppers in less affluent parts of the country spend more as a proportion of their income on Christmas, analysis by the BBC indicates.

The North East, West Midlands, Northern Ireland and Yorkshire & Humber spend 25% of a month's disposable income.

But in London and the South East, that falls to below 20%.


Train faults continue to cause Metro delays

Drivers warned to take care in cold weather

Motorists are being urged to prepare their cars and adapt their driving in the cold temperatures.

Cleveland Police said drivers should clear their front and back windscreens, all windows and wing mirrors and clear front and rear lights and to remove all snow from cars to stop it falling off while driving.

The force says people should turn headlights on when driving in light and heavy snow.

Durham County Council said Vane Road Primary School and East Stanley School would be closed today because they have no heating.

Temperatures fell overnight as low as -11.6C (11F) in Chillingham Barns, Northumberland.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill told the Press Association: "It was chilly in Chillingham Barnes, but it wasn't the coldest night of 2017 - that was Saturday night when temperatures went down to -12.4C.

"We could well beat that tonight and could go as low as -12C and even -15C."

Snow on fields around a farmhouse Middleton in Teesdale, Durham,

Cold and frosty snap will last the day

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A mainly dry but very cold day.

Periods of winter sunshine for most, although some wintry showers could affect eastern parts.

A widespread frost at first, with temperatures struggling to climb above freezing during the day.

Check out the weather near you.


Train faults affect Metro service

There are delays on the Tyne and Wear Metro network this morning because of train faults.

Here are the sections which are affected.

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