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  1. Updates on Monday 20 February 2017

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    We have now finished our updates here for today. Thank you for joining us.

    You can catch up with the latest news tonight on BBC TeesBBC NewcastleLook North and online.

    Get in touch on TwitterFacebook, or via email at northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

    But before we go, take a look at Stephen Cooper's stunning photo of the sunrise at Beadnell Harbour in Northumberland.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.  

    Beadnell Harbour
  2. Video content

    Video caption: Finley Ingles 'has new life' after tumour surgery in America

    The mother of a five-year-old boy with a rare brain tumour says he now has a new life and the chance of a happy childhood following surgery in the United States.

  3. Magpies are 'best away fans'

    BBC Sport

    England's most travelled football fan reckons the best away supporters are the Magpies.

    Ed Wood (pictured at St James' Park) entered the record books after visiting every one of England's 93 Football League grounds in just 189 days - 48 days quicker than the previous record which was set in 1969.

    Ed Wood at St James' Park

    Although a Derby County supporter, Ed ackowledged the best away fans he came across of his travels were those from Newcastle United.

    He said: "Easy. Newcastle (at the DW Stadium). They sang all the way through the game. 

    "It was arranged for me to do a collection in the home and away bars at Wigan, and once the Newcastle fans heard my speech they kept chanting my name."

  4. Newcastle United v Aston Villa

    BBC Sport

    Newcastle will be without Isaac Hayden for the match against Aston Villa with an ankle injury, which could keep him out for four weeks. But the Magpies could welcome back Vurnon Anita, who has returned to training.

    Newcastle had Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle on the pitch together for the first time since Christmas in their 2-2 draw with Norwich on Tuesday.

    "When they are together on the pitch it's important for the team. But we were winning without those two. We can win using different players. The main thing is the team," Rafa Benitez said.

    "It was a Premier League fixture for a lot of years, it will have the feel of a big game."

    "The stature of both clubs means it is an important game for everyone, and people will enjoy it."

  5. Weather: Dry and breezy

    BBC Weather

    It will be a largely dry and breezy night, with some clear spells and variable amounts of cloud. 

    There is the risk of the odd shower overnight, but they will be very isolated. 

    Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

    Weather forecast
  6. Teaching assistants in week-long vigil

    Teaching assistants in County Durham have begun a week-long vigil against council plans to change their contracts.

    The assistants, members of Unison and ATL unions, claim the move could mean salary cuts of up to 25%.

    They took part in strike action towards the end of last year, which was called off after Durham County Council agreed to enter into talks, which are ongoing.

    The vigil is taking place outside County Hall in Durham.

  7. Former Jarrow MP Don Dixon was 'great man'

    Jarrow's current Labour MP Stephen Hepburn has paid tribute to his predecessor Don Dixon, who has died peacefully at the age of 87.

    Mr Hepburn, who was Lord Dixon's researcher before taking over as the area's MP in 1997, described him as a "great man."

    Baron Dixon
    Quote Message: He was a man of the people and a legend. He will always be a legend to the people of Jarrow and will be very sadly missed. He grew up here and lived among the people all his life and was very highly thought of." from MP Stephen Hepburn
    MP Stephen Hepburn

    Lord Dixon became a life peer in 1997 when he retired from the House of Commons and took the title Baron Dixon of Jarrow.

    He was married and had three children and four grandchildren.

  8. Exhibition highlights history of Spanish City Dome

    A new exhibition is to chronicle the history of Spanish City's grade-II listed Dome.

    Called "Dome Sweet Dome", it will explore the important role that the iconic landmark on Whitley Bay’s seafront has played over the years.

    Spanish City dome

    The interactive exhibition will highlight the work currently underway to restore the Dome through films and information displays and objects salvaged from the building during the work will also be on show.

    The exhibition opens on 10 March at the Old Low Light Heritage Centre at North Shields Fish Quay.

  9. Police report due over T in the Park death

    Sunderland Echo

    Newspaper

    A police report into the investigation sparked by the death of a teenage girl at the T in the Park music festival is due to be completed. 

    An inquest review into the death of Megan Bell, 17, from Seaham (pictured), heard a detective inspector from Police Scotland is set to send the document to coroner’s officers in County Durham.

    Megan Bell
  10. Prop apologises for 'dreadful' display at Newcastle Falcons

    BBC Sport

    Northampton Saints prop Alex Waller has apologised to supporters for their "dreadful" second-half performance against Newcastle Falcons on Sunday.

    Saints led 24-15 at the break, but a series of defensive and handling errors in the second period allowed Newcastle to turn the game around and win 46-31.

    "It was not the performance we were after, after such a strong start in the first half," said 27-year-old Waller.

    "We need to go and look at ourselves in the mirror."

    Newcastle, aided by a hat-trick from scrum-half Sonatane Takulua, moved above Northampton to seventh in the Premiership table.

    Sonatane Takulua celebrates one of his three tries for Newcastle Falcons against Northampton Saints
  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A194 Tyne And Wear eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A194 Tyne And Wear eastbound severe accident, between Wenlock Road and A185 Jarrow Road.

    A194 Tyne And Wear - A194 Newcastle Road in Jarrow blocked and very slow traffic eastbound between the Wenlock Road junction and the A185 Jarrow Road junction, because of an accident involving a car and a HGV.

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

  12. Mountain rescue team sees rise in callouts

    Cleveland mountain rescue volunteers have dealt with an "unprecedented number" of callouts so far this year.

    Last year the team dealt with 37 emergencies. But so far this year, it has already been called out 14 times.

    In the past two days it was called out three times to Coxwold, Guisborough and Osmotherly.

    A spokesman said all those who were injured had slipped on muddy paths: "Its quite a coincidence to get three similar accidents in one weekend with people just slipping on the wet, muddy paths.

    "We would urge anyone venturing out onto the moors or hills to be vigilant and prepared for the conditions at the time."

  13. Rafael Benitez: Aston Villa struggles show Championship is tough

    BBC Sport

    Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez believes Aston Villa's struggles prove Championship life can be difficult for former Premier League clubs.

    Both sides were relegated last season but Villa have struggled to find form, while Newcastle are top.

    "They have proved it's a difficult division," Benitez told BBC Newcastle.

    "It is not easy to go down and go up first time. It is important to have everyone working together," he added.

    Newcastle host Aston Villa tonight, with the two sides meeting at St James' Park for the first time out of the top flight since 1938.

    Rafael Benitez and Steve Bruce
  14. Dad praises pioneering MS treatment despite recovery setback

    Hartlepool Mail

    Newspaper

    Hartlepool dad Eric Thomson says pioneering MS stem cell treatment he received in Mexico seven months ago has continued to be a success. 

    The 50-year-old, from Jowitt Road, made the journey to the Riaz Clinic with wife Joanne last June to receive a Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantations (HSCT).

    Eric Thompson
  15. Farm scoops visitor award

    Colin Briggs

    Look North

    A family-run farm on the edge of Durham Dales has scooped a national award after being named the UK's Farm Attraction of the year. 

    Hall Hill Farm near Lanchester, which employs about 50 people, has been providing children and families with educational fun days out for 35 years. 

    Hall Hill Farm

    It welcomes nearly 75,000 visitors each year.

    It is the second time the farm has won the National Farm Attractions Network Award - the last time was in 2011. 

  16. Report aims to boost rape convictions

    A report by Northumbria's police and crime commissioner Dame Vera Baird has recommended changes to rape trials to boost conviction rates.

    The report - Seeing is Believing - saw a team of 12 volunteers monitor 30 rape trials at Newcastle Crown Court over 18 months.

    Of those, five were sent for retrial, six resulted in guilty verdict and there were 19 acquittals - a charge to conviction rate of less than 25%.

    The report said on too many occasions the sexual history of complainants was used by defence lawyers without seeking prior permission from judges as guidelines require.

    Vera Baird

    It makes more than 20 recommendations to the Crown Prosecution Service, police forces and the Ministry of Justice, which include better training for lawyers and police officers dealing with rape cases.

    Quote Message: Although there is criticism in this report, there was much in what the observers saw that they applauded. Throughout the report examples of good practice appear and are thoroughly commended." from Dame Vera
    Dame Vera