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  1. Updates on Friday 17 March 2017
  2. Boy stabbed at Newcastle supermarket
  3. Dumped dog set on fire in woodland
  4. Newcastle doctors helping amputees in Bangladesh

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  1. Through the day: BBC North East England Live

    Adam Clarkson

    BBC Tees

    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.

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    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 on Monday, have a good weekend. 

  2. Watch: Ingles family thank fundraisers

    BBC Tees

    Kara Ingles and her son, Finley came into the studio earlier to talk about his surgery success and to thank everybody who made their trip to America possible. 

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  3. Arrest made after thousands of cigarettes seized

    Trading standards officers in Darlington have seized more than 13,000 illegal cigarettes, after vowing to crack down on the trade.

    The latest haul comes less than two weeks after 16,850 illegal cigarettes and 4.4 KG of hand-rolling tobacco were seized from a Darlington store.

    One person's been arrested in connection with the find. 

  4. NSPCC push for law-change after Adam Johnson's legal bid fails

    The children's charity, NSPCC, is calling for the sending of sexually explicit messages to children by adults to be made illegal.

    The call comes after disgraced Sunderland and England footballer, Adam Johnson, lost his right to appeal against his conviction for sexual activity with a 15-year-old fan.

    Johnson was jailed for six years for sexual activity with a child.

    The NSPCC said it was "frightening" that Johnson was allowed to bombard the victim with hundreds of messages but could only be prosecuted for physically meeting her.

    Tony Stower, from the charity, said the Government needed to help change the law change, so police could take action before abuse escalates. 

    Adam Johnson
  5. This weekend's weather: cloudy and breezy

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    Let's take a look at this weekends weather forecast:

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    Forecast Summary

    • This Evening and Tonight Cloudy and breezy during the evening, with a little rain possible at times. Rain should ease during the early hours, with lighter winds and clear spells following.

    To check the weather where you are, head to the BBC Weather page.

  6. Paul Clement reacts to Aitor Karanka sacking

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    Swansea City boss Paul Clement reacts to the sacking of Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka

  7. Would-be murderer told girlfriend he loved her before knife attack

    ​A 29-year-old man has been jailed for 14 years for the attempted murder of his girlfriend.

    Darren Chawner, from Stanley, told his girlfriend he loved her before stabbing her in the neck as they lay in bed.

    The attack took place on 6 August 2016 and came without warning, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

    Chawner, who was high on drink and drugs at the time, carried out the attack at the couple's home in Park Road, South Moor.

    Darren Chawner
  8. A year on since Stockton's £2,500 yellow duck

    Louise Hobson

    BBC Tees reporter

    It cost the tax payer £2,767 and the Council described it as a "fun addition to the town centre" - but what has the giant yellow duck done for Stockton in the 12 months it has been there?

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    Residents of Stockton have described the duck as a waste of both time and money, but Stockton Council believes it was worth the investment - as it helped them win GB High Street of the Year, and plays an important part in supporting local business.

  9. £1,000 reward for help to catch suspected thief

    Have you seen this woman?

    The charity Crimestoppers is offering a £1,000 reward for help to catch a wanted North Tyneside woman.

    Donna Teague, 34, from Siskin House in Forest Hall, is wanted in connection with theft.

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  10. Woman's hair extension ripped off during train fracas and 'held like trophy'

    British Transport Police (BTP) want to speak to a train passenger after a woman's hair extension was ripped off and "held up like a trophy". 

    The attack took place on a Manchester Airport to Middlesbrough service on 25 February - but details have only just emerged.

    The victim was a 25-year-old woman, transport police said. Four men aged 53, 59, 34 and 29 - all from Stockton have been arrested on suspicion of affray and bailed. 

    The BTP have released a CCTV image of the woman they would like to speak.

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  11. Teesside boy's brain tumour laser treatment success

    The mother of five-year-old Finley Ingles says his groundbreaking laser treatment has so far been a success.

    The Mddlesbrough boy previously suffered from up to 20 seizures a day due to a brain tumour. 

    But now, thanks to a huge fundraising campaign to pay for surgery in Texas - 90% of the tumour has now been removed. 

     Kara Ingles says the operation has been life-changing and a huge weight has been lifted as a result.  

    More than 1,500 wellwishers across Teesside donated money to pay for the laser ablation surgery at Texas Children's Hospital. 

    Finley and Kara Ingles at BBC Tees
  12. Gibson says Karanka is "in a good frame of mind" after Boro departure

    Adam Clarkson

    BBC Tees

    Middlesbrough FC chairman Steve Gibson has described head coach Aitor Karanka's break up with Boro as a "sacrifice" he made to secure Premier League survival, and says he will be relieved to be out of the job.

    In an interview with the Times , Gibson stressed that the end of Karanka's three and a half year stint ended by mutual consent, as they decided a new approach was needed for the club's final 10 games of the season.

    The Spaniard leaves the freshly promoted team second bottom in the table, with damning statistics. 

    Gibson says Karanka had been enormous for the club, but it is understood he was forced to act after a training ground incident between the head coach and winger Stewart Downing - who was left out of the squad that lost to Manchester City.

    Steve Gibson and Aitor Karanka

    Steve Agnew will take charge of the squad for their fixture with Manchester United on Sunday.

    The caretaker manager is due to speak to the media for the first time since Karanka's departure this afternoon.

  13. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A69 Tyne And Wear eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A69 Tyne And Wear eastbound severe disruption, between A6085 Ponteland Road and B6528 Hawthorn Terrace.

    A69 Tyne And Wear - A69 in Throckley closed eastbound between the A6085 Ponteland Road junction and Lemington Roundabout, because of a broken down vehicle towing a horse box and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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