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  1. Updates on Friday 23 January 2015

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  2. On tonight's Look North

    Jeff Brown

    BBC Look North

    Police believe a body recovered from the River Wear in Durham is that of the missing student Euan Coulthard.

    Nineteen year old Euan was last seen late on Wednesday 14 January. Friends raised the alarm after he failed to respond to texts and social media messages. Ian Reeve reports live from Durham.

    Join me for this and all our other stories at 18:30 on BBC One.

  3. Rain first, clearing later

    Rain through the evening may turn heavy in places before drier, markedly clearer and colder conditions follow from the northwest by midnight. There is a chance of seeing isolated blustery, wintry showers particularly over the Pennines and Cheviots.

    weather graphic

    Minimum Temperature: 0C (32F)

  4. Award honours food charity

    A North Tyneside charity has been handed an accolade.

    The annual Whitley Bay Town Cup is awarded to an organisation or individual who has brought about an outstanding event or been of outstanding service to the community.

    Whitley Bay Cup

    The Bay Foodbank has been recognised for its "outstanding work in providing emergency food parcels and help to local residents in need".

  5. Hidden portrait boosts picture's price

    An early self-portrait by "Pitman painter" Norman Cornish has sold at auction for almost twice its estimated price after it turned out to be two paintings.

    Norman Cornish painting

    Hours before it went on auction at Anderson and Garland in Newcastle, a hidden portrait of the artist's wife was discovered on the back of it.

    The artwork had been valued at up to £7,000, but a 15-minute bidding battle saw it go under the hammer at £13,500.

  6. Sunderland v Fulham

    Sunderland host Fulham in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.

    Fulham are unbeaten in their last five matches at Sunderland, having won twice and drawn three times there in the Premier League before they were relegated to the Championship in May 2014.

    It is the third time the sides have been drawn together in the FA Cup. Read BBC Sport's preview here.

  7. Woods and trees

    The first of 5,000 trees are being planted Eston Recreation Ground, as part of the Woodland Trust's MOREwoods programme.

    Local schoolchildren are taking part in the project, and will also be involved in coming up with a name for the new woodland.

    Trees generic

    Redcar and Cleveland Council has also worked with local historians to create an "interpretation trail" to highlight the impact of both world wars on the area, and ensure local heritage is not forgotten.

  8. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: Anne Leuchars and Martin Emmerson will have a round-up of the day's headlines.
    • BBC Tees: Cleveland Police are appealing for information after a man was stabbed in the head in Billingham in the early hours of last Saturday morning.
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  10. Ofsted denies inappropriate action claims

    Ofsted says it found no evidence its inspectors acted inappropriately while visiting two free schools subsequently placed in special measures.

    Sunderland's Grindon Hall Christian School and Durham Free School were both rated inadequate following inspections in November.

    Grindon Hall Christian School

    The schools subsequently complained about the conduct of the inspectors, but the watchdog said initial interviews with those involved found no evidence that they acted incorrectly.

  11. Traffic lights replaced

    Drivers in Sunderland have been thanked for their patience during traffic light replacement work.

    New signals have been installed at the junction of the A19 and A690 Durham Road, which is used by more than 40,000 vehicles on an average week-day.

    Sunderland City Council said: "The council is aware of difficulties experienced by drivers in recent weeks while the signals have been switched off, during which time the junction has operated as a non-signalised roundabout.

    "The council would like to apologise for any delays and also thank all drivers for their patience during these works."

  12. Fake name man search cost tens of thousands of pounds

    The search for a man who disappeared from a hotel after giving a false name and information cost the taxpayer tens of thousands of pounds.

    He was reported missing by staff at the Black Bull in Wooler, on 15 January after saying he was going cycling in the Cheviots.

    Rescue helicopter

    Mountain rescue volunteers, police and a helicopter from RAF Boulmer were involved in the search, which was called off after it emerged he had given a false name.

  13. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: Anne Leuchars and Martin Emmerson will have a round-up of the day's headlines.
    • BBC Tees: Cleveland Police are appealing for information after a man was stabbed in the head in Billingham in the early hours of last Saturday morning.
  14. Tait signs extension at Falcons

    BBC Sport

    Full-back Alex Tait has extended his stay at Newcastle by two years.

    The 26-year-old full-back follows homegrown talents Will Welch and Tom Catterick in agreeing new terms at Kingston Park.

    "Alex is another of our talented local contingent and as such it is good that he has chosen to remain with us," said rugby director Dean Richards.

  15. Cheryl's home charity pledge

    Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has returned to her home town to announce plans for a for a multimillion-pound facility for disadvantaged young people in the region.

    Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

    During a visit to a Prince's Trust centre in Newcastle the singer and X-Factor judge said she hoped to raise money for a new facility which would include a new music studio and a state-of-the-art digital media hub.

    It would be aimed at helping about 4,000 vulnerable youngsters a year, and the money would be raised with the Prince's Trust and her own foundation, Cheryl's Trust.

  16. Missing girl found

    A 17-year-old reported missing from her Hartlepool home on Monday has been found.

    Cleveland Police said Courtney Harbron has now turned up safe and well in the Stockton area and it thanked the public and the media for their assistance.

  17. Man stabbed in head

    A man was stabbed in the head on a Billingham street.

    Cleveland Police has appealed for information after the 34-year-old was left seriously injuring during the attack on Brendan Crescent on 17 January.

    His attacker is described as a 5ft 9ins and wearing a light blue Adidas hoody, with the emblem and lettering in white.

  18. On Look North at lunhctime

    Charlie Charlton

    BBC Newcastle

    A body has been found in the River Wear in Durham city. Police have been looking for 19-year-old student Euan Coulthard since last Wednesday.

    In the last half hour police say the body is believed to be Euan's and his family has been informed. Ian Reeve will join us from Durham.

    Join me at 13:30 for the latest.

  19. Student had disappeared after night out

    A major search had been under way since Euan Coulthard went missing late on 14 January after a night out in Durham.

    The 19-year-old was last seen in the city centre just after midnight last Wednesday after leaving the Loveshack nightclub in the city just after midnight.

    It involved an extensive search of the River Wear and surrounding land and students helped police hand our leaflets.

  20. Missing student's family informed

    Police said the family of Durham University student Euan Coulthard had been informed after a body was found in the River Wear.

    Divers began a search of the river this morning after reports of a body in the water and a body was later recovered.

    Euan Coulthard

    Durham Police said a formal identification is yet to take place however Euan's family have been informed of the developments.

    A post-mortem examination will take place later.

  21. BreakingBody believed to be missing student

    Durham Police tweets: Police recover body from River Wear believed to be that of missing student Euan Coulthard - formal identification yet to be carried out.

  22. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A body's been found in the River Wear at Durham.
    • BBC Tees: Two Durham police officers have been found guilty of gross misconduct and given a final written warning for beating an injured deer to death with a crowbar.
  23. Force probed over missing man

    Northumbria Police is one of two forces being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) over its handling of a missing person report relating to a man who was later found dead.

    Quentin Woolmer was reported missing from his home in Dinnington on 2 December, and his body was discovered in Worcester the next day.

    The IPCC will examine the actions of the Northumbria and West Mercia forces.

  24. Body found in River Wear

    Russell Ward

    BBC Newcastle

    Police have confirmed a body has been found in the River Wear in Durham.

    Earlier Durham Police said they were responding to reports of a body. Marine units are at the scene.

    Marine unit in Durham
  25. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: Police have confirmed a body has been found in the River Wear near the Framwellgate Bridge in Durham, close to where missing student Euan Coulthard was last seen over a week ago.
    • BBC Tees: Two Durham Police firearms officers, who battered an injured deer to death with a crowbar, have been told they can keep their jobs despite being found guilty of gross misconduct.
  26. Police at scene of river search

    Russell Ward

    BBC Newcastle

    This is the scene as the police search after reports of a body found in the River Wear in Durham.

    Police in Durham
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  28. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: Police are searching the River Wear in Durham following reports of a body in the water.
    • BBC Tees: Two police firearms officers, who battered an injured deer to death with a crowbar, have been told they can keep their jobs despite being found guilty of gross misconduct.
  29. Deer case 'caused public distress'

    Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner has been taking "a close and personal interest" in the case of two officers who bludgeoned a deer to death.

    The pair, both firearms officers, were found guilty of misconduct after they despatched the animal with a blunt instrument.

    Ron Hogg

    Ron Hogg said: "The constabulary have dealt with it in an extremely diligent and professional way, and left the two officers in no doubt that their behaviour was unacceptable and unbecoming of a police officer.

    "Due to one act of stupidity, they have gone from having long, clean and commended records to being on their final warning - and stripped of their firearms responsibilities."

  30. Marine units due at River Wear

    Police say they are responding to reports of a body in the River Wear in Durham.

    Marine units will be attending and a body is yet to be recovered, Durham Police said.

    A search has been under way in Durham for university student Euan Coulthard who went missing more than a week ago after leaving a nightclub.

  31. Emergency gas roadworks due to end

    Stephanie Finnon

    BBC Newcastle

    It is hoped roadworks on the Coast Road on North Tyneside will be finished over the weekend.

    Drivers have been reporting long delays this week because of the emergency gas works taking place on the A1058 at Wallsend

    The roadworks began on Tuesday because of a gas leak.

  32. Reports of body in River Wear

    Durham Police tweets: Police responding to reports of a body in the river Wear in Durham City. Marine units will be attending. A body is yet to be recovered.

  33. Deer-bludgeon officers disciplined

    Two Durham Police officers who bludgeoned a deer to death have been found guilty of gross misconduct.

    The officers, both with extensive firearms experience, were sent to Tanfield Lea in June to attend to a severely injured animal.

    Instead of using a firearm they dispatched it with a blunt instrument, believed to be a crowbar.

    Following a misconduct hearing the pair have now been removed from firearms duties and given final written warnings.

  34. Train fault disrupts services

    Northern Rail tweets: Due to a train fault between #Saltburn and #Middlesbrough some lines are disrupted. Services may be cancelled or delayed

  35. Body recovered from River Tyne

    Police searching for a missing Gateshead man have found a body.

    The body was recovered on Thursday afternoon after it was seen in the River Tyne, at Dunston, Gateshead.

    Northumbria Police said the discovery followed reports of a man falling into the river from the Redheugh Bridge on 17 December. Inquiries are being made to formally identify the body.

  36. Accident on A19

    Gilly Hope

    BBC Newcastle

    BBC Newcastle travel presenter Gilly Hope tweets: A19 : Accident, two vehicles involved northbound between A183 and A1231 Wessington Way in South Hylton, one lane closed.

  37. Arrest after woman threatened

    A 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill following an incident in Middlesbrough.

    Armed police were called to flats on Palin Road at around 17:00 on Thursday after a report that a woman was threatened in the street by a man with a knife. The man entered a nearby flat with the weapon and refused to leave.

    Cleveland Police said the incident ended safely at around 22:40 and no one was hurt.

  38. Starting bright but frosty

    Clare Nasir

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Starting bright but frosty, however winds will increase to bring cloud and a little rain into the afternoon.

    While sleet is initially possible over the Pennines and Cheviots, temperatures will generally rise to give a somewhat milder end to the day.

    Clare Nasir

    Maximum Temperature: 6C (43F).

  39. Slow traffic on A19

    There is slow traffic on the A19 southbound in Sheraton before the A179 junction because of an accident involving a single vehicle earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

    More travel news on the BBC Tees Travel website and BBC Tyne & Wear Travel website.

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