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  1. Updates on Wednesday 15 March 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Holly Taylor

    Reporter

    That's all from us for today - thank you for joining us.

    You can still catch up with the latest news throughout the night on  BBC Tees  ,   BBC Newcastle  ,   Look North   and online.

    If you'd like to get in touch or share your North East pictures with us, you can do so on  TwitterFacebook,  or via   email at northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk .

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00, have a good evening.

    We'll leave you with this stunning photo of sunrise over Seaham Harbour taken this morning by Ian Maggiore.

    Sunrise at Seaham Harbour
  2. County Durham lollipop veterans retire after 55 years of service

    Holly Taylor

    Reporter

    After a combined total of 55 years helping children get to school safely, a lollipop man and woman have retired.

    Thora Muir, 74, has hung up her fluorescent gear after 35 years while 80-year-old Jim Armstrong - Durham County Council’s oldest serving school crossing patrol, has called it a day after 20.

    Special assemblies have been held at both of their schools to thank the popular pair and wish them long and happy retirements.

    Lollipop man Jim Armstrong
    Image caption: Lollipop Man Jim Armstrong with pupils from his former school.
    Lollipop Woman Thora Muir
    Image caption: Lollipop Woman Thora Muir with three school crossing patrols from Horden and the council’s road safety manager Paul Watson.
  3. Weather: Turning cloudy and breezy overnight

    There will be some clear spells through the evening, before it turns mainly cloudy overnight. Despite the cloud, most areas will stay dry. 

    The winds will be light at first but it will turn breezy later in the night. 

    Minimum Temperature: 7C (45F).

  4. Friends devastated after teenager dies in police pursuit

    Friends of a teenager who died when the car he was in crashed while being pursued by police said he was "always happy".

    The teenager was a passenger in a Ford Focus which crashed into another car while being followed by a marked police vehicle in Middlesbrough on Tuesday.  

    Ryan Robinson (pictured below) said: "He was a really top lad, he was a really good kid. 

    "He's a kid on the estate that was loved, always happy. Every time I seen him he was always dead jolly.

    "It's a shame that he's gone, to be honest. I'm devastated.

    Ryan Robinson

    John Coates (pictured below) said: "He was one of the happiest lads I've ever known. He was respectful, he was sound, he was one of my best mates. 

    "I could trust him with anything and he always had my back, no matter what. And then he's gone. It's a shock. I still don't believe that he's gone. 

    "I really, really do miss him already because he was one of my best mates and he was always there for me no matter what."

    John Coates
  5. Store cafes to host mental health sessions

    Newcastle's main Marks & Spencer store is to host fortnightly mental health chat sessions as part of a project fronted by comedian and campaigner Ruby Wax 

    The Frazzled Cafe meetings will allow people to meet to talk and share personal stories "in a safe, anonymous and non-judgmental environment", the retailer announced. 

    The Northumberland Street store is one of 11 taking part in the project.

    Ruby Wax
  6. North East mum complains of black-build up in baby feed machine

    Holly Taylor

    Reporter

    A North East manufacturer of baby products has started an investigation after parents complained of finding 'mould' in the internal pipes of its formula feed machines.

    Tommee Tippee said it was concerned by reports of a "build-up" in the tubes of its Perfect Prep machines. 

    Parents have taken to social media to complain of feeling "angry" and "let down".  

    Leanne Soulsby from Stanley, County Durham, posted a video on Facebook after finding the tubes in the back of her Perfect Prep machine had turned black. It's now been watched more than a million times.

    Tommee Tippee, which has its headquarters in Cramlington, says initial investigations suggest the build-up was carbon residue which is "harmless". 

    Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep machine
  7. Outline planning permission for 2,000 new homes on green belt land in Northumberland

    Fergus Hewison

    BBC Newcastle political reporter

    A scheme to build 2,000 homes on green belt land on the edge of Ponteland in Northumberland  has been granted 'outline' planning permission.

    The county council's planning committee discussed the application which involves building a garden village on green belt land.

    Those in favour say it will provide much needed housing and employment but the idea has been criticised by some who say the development is too big.

  8. Public thanked for tip-offs to catch drug dealing suspects

    Holly Taylor

    Reporter

    Police say community intelligence has been instrumental in a number of drug related arrests in East Durham this morning. 

    Four houses were searched and four people arrested in connection with drugs and organised crime offences in Horden. 

    Insp Lee Blakelock is from Peterelee's Neighbourhood Policing Team.

    He said: "Community intelligence is massive - if you give us the information we will act on it."

    police
  9. Culture events bring £12m boost

    Helen Richardson

    BBC Newcastle

    Cultural events in County Durham bought in almost £12m to the local economy, according to figures being presented to the council's cabinet later.

    Lumiere Durham

    The report aims to show how events like Lumiere (pictured), the Durham Book and Brass festivals and Kynren have benefited the county and encouraged support for future events. 

    The meeting's being held in Spennymoor.

  10. Decision due on plan to build thousands of new homes

    Colin Briggs

    Look North

    Controversial plans to build thousands of new homes in the Northumberland countryside could be given the go ahead later.

    The county council's planning committee is set to discuss the scheme, which involves building a garden village on green belt land in Ponteland. 

    The idea has been criticised by some locals, who say the development is too big. 

    But those in favour say it would provide much needed housing and employment.