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  1. Updates on Wednesday 27 April 2016

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    Rebecca Turner

    BBC North East

    Updates for the North East have now finished for today. 

    We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow. We hope you can join us then.

    If you'd like to get in touch you can tweet us, email, or contact us through our Facebook page.  

  2. Weather: Cold

    BBC Weather

    Wintry showers across the region should slowly die out this evening, with most parts dry by midnight.

    Clear spells will lead to a widespread frost by morning, with a few icy patches possible.  

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    Check the weather where you are.

  3. Cadavar dogs now part of Durham Police team

    Two dogs specially trained to detect corpses have been brought in to the Durham Police team.

    Known as cadaver dogs, Micky and Brody have joined the specialist canine function.

    Micky the Labrador

    Trainer Dave Charlton said: “There were a couple of incidents in the force area during which we had to buy in the service of search dogs from a neighbouring force.

    "By training our two new recruits in this speciality, we know our dogs can save vital time during searches."

    He says he came across some "interesting challenges" during training, such as having to wash the dog before it enters a scene to reduce the chance of cross contamination.

  4. Wheelchair user Steve Wilkinson takes 16 hours visiting all 60 Metro stations

    A wheelchair user spent 16 hours getting on and off at all 60 of the Tyne and Wear Metro stations to raise cash for charity.

    Wheelchair Steve

    Steve Wilkinson, who calls himself Wheelchair Steve, braved hail and snow to complete the challenge and raise £3,000 for 11 different charities.

    The Metro60 challenge set off from Newcastle Airport at 06:00 on Tuesday ending at St James' Station at 22:00.

    Mr Wilkinson said fish and chips at South Shields helped him through.

  5. Air ambulance at A19 crash site

    The air ambulance is at the scene of a crash on the A19 which has shut the road northbound, Highways England says.

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  6. BreakingTravel: A19 closed after accident

    BBC Travel

    The A19's closed and there's stationary traffic northbound between the A1018 junction in Seaham and the Herrington Interchange in Sunderland because of a multi-vehicle accident.

    Congestion is back to the A182 junction. 

    Keep up to date with the latest travel for Tyne & Wear and Tees.

  7. Girl grabbed while walking to school

    A girl was approached by a man in a black 4x4 in South Tyneside who tried to pull her into the car, police say. 

    It happened in Salem Street, at the junction of Stapple Road, while she was walking to school.

    The man asked if she would like a lift, she declined and the car drove off before stopping at the next junction at Randolph Street.

    The man then opened the car door and grabbed at the girl's wrist, but she managed to push him away and ran home.

    The girl was not injured but was left shaken by the incident. 

    The man is described as having a black tattoo on his neck with the words LOVEL written in small letters.

  8. Cabral rape trial: Woman was 'in bed with two other players' days before court date

    Video footage has been played to a jury showing a woman who claims she was raped by a professional footballer in bed with two other players days before she gave evidence in court.

    The 22-year-old complainant has told a jury at Hull Crown Court how former Sunderland player Cabral, whose real name is Adilson Tavares Varela, pinned her down on his bed and raped her. 

    As the woman was cross-examined, Kitty Taylor, defending, played the jury mobile phone footage which the barrister said showed her in bed with two other footballers on Saturday night along with another woman.

    Miss Taylor said to the woman: "What on earth were you thinking? Preparing for this event by going out on Saturday night and ending up in bed with two professional footballers in the early hours of the morning?" 

    She replied: "I didn't class them as footballers. I was in bed with my best friend." 

  9. Man 'indecently exposes bottom' to girl then walks off

    Police say a man "indecently exposed himself" to a 16-year-old girl and then walked off on Monday.

    He's described as being 20-30 years old and of heavy build, wearing a grey tracksuit and a black scarf covering his face.

    Then, yesterday, a man approached a girl and "exposed his bottom" to her before walking away.

    He was wearing grey joggers with a black and white scarf covering his face and a florescent jacket.

    Police believe the incidents may be linked. 

  10. Durham Cricket: Match abandoned

    After 14 deliveries across days three and four, the good people of Chester-le-Street have been put out of their misery.

    Durham and Middlesex will share the spoils.

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  11. Cannabis farms uncovered in Lemington

    Two cannabis farms have been uncovered in Lemington in Newcastle.

    Last Wednesday, officers carried out search warrants at two addresses in Dene Gardens and Dene Avenue.

    Cannabis farm

    Police say around 60 plants were seized as well as lighting and heating equipment.

    A 42-year-old man has been summonsed to court for producing a controlled drug.

  12. Shane Tunney murder trial: Teenager denies role in fatal attack

    One of seven teenagers accused of murdering a Teesside man has told a court he was there, but played no part in the attack.

    Shane Tunney

    Shane Tunney, 24, from Stockton, suffered severe head injuries during the assault on Norton High Street on 27 June last year and later died.

    The 17-year-old, who cannot be named, was spotted on CCTV with the six other defendants running after Mr Tunney.

    But he told Teesside Crown Court he took no part in the fatal assault.

  13. Dramatic storm clouds over Whitley Bay

    Check out these dramatic-looking storm clouds as a cargo ship sails across the North Sea off the coast of Whitley Bay.

    Storm clouds at Whitley Bay

    Thanks to Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys for this shot.

    If you have a picture you'd like us to see you can tweet us, email, or contact us through our Facebook page.    

  14. Teenage boy charged after attempted robbery in Heaton

    A teenage boy has been charged after an attempted robbery in Heaton.

    A boy entered the Heaton Village store in Heaton Road last Tuesday and threatened a staff member with a bottle.

    Police say the worker defended themselves and the boy left the store empty-handed.

    A 16-year-old from Gosforth has been charged with attempted robbery and assaulting a police officer.

  15. Spaniel falls down 60ft sinkhole while chasing bird

    A spaniel who fell down a sinkhole in Whitburn has been rescued and reunited with its owner.

    Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue service say the dog was "chasing a bird" when he fell down the 60ft deep hole.

    A crew member was lowered down on a rope and brought him safely back to the surface where he was reunited with his owner. 

  16. Sunderland swimmer achieves Rio Paralympic qualifying standard

    Elizabeth Hudson

    BBC Sport

    Three more swimmers have achieved the Rio Paralympic qualifying standard on the final morning of the British Para-swimming trials in Glasgow.

    One of those who managed to dip under the S9 50m freestyle standard was Matt Wylie from Sunderland.