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  1. Updates on Tuesday 21 March 2017
  2. North East MP speaks up about ticket touts
  3. Firefighters tackle blaze in Bishop Auckland

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  1. Our live coverage across the day: BBC North East England

    Duncan Leatherdale

    BBC News Online

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

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  2. Man achieves dream by joining police

    A Newcastle man has finally fulfilled his dream of becoming a police officer - seven years after he joined Northumbria Police as a police cadet. 

    Kevin Thompson was one of the force's first ever cadets when the scheme was launched in 2010. He then became a special constable when he turned 18 clocking up 1,200 volunteer hours.

    Now the 21-year-old has joined Northumbria Police as a constable.

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    Mr Thompson, who previously worked in the force's communications centre as a call handler, said: "It's all I've ever wanted to do since I was a child."

  3. Why do people like epic drama Game of Thrones?

    Academics have launched a study to try and understand why people like Game of Thrones , the fantasy TV show full of sex, fights and politics based on George RR Martin's series of books.

    The team, which includes University of Sunderland Professor Clarissa Smith, has devised a questionnaire for fans of the series to complete. 

    John Snow

    They want to analyse the responses to understand what it is about this show that people love, and cannot let go, despite key characters being killed off each season, or what has even annoyed and upset them about the programme. 

    Prof Smith said: “We’ve sensed that Game of Thrones is significant, and important, a ‘game-changer’, but we’re not yet sure why."

  4. More than 800 fined for flytipping and being litterbugs in a year

    More than 800 people have been issued with fines for environmental crime in a year, a council has said.

    Durham County Council said its wardens have doled out 803 Fixed Penalty notices (FPN) since 1 April 2016.

    And of those who received fines for offences such as flytipping, littering and failing to clean up after a pet, 43 failed to pay and were taken to court by the council.  

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    FPN fines range from £80 to £400 although there is a discount if they are paid speedily but much higher penalties if the case goes to court .

    Neighbourhood wardens have also investigated 770 reports of dog fouling, 1,452 reports of stray dogs and 480 reports of abandoned, tethered horses. 

  5. Fire volunteer clocks up the hours

    A volunteer for the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has been awarded for clocking up hundreds of hours of service. 

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  6. Award-winning foster carers' appeal for volunteers to make a difference

    A County Durham couple have been praised for their work as foster carers.

    Ingrida Pigagiene and Vilius Pigaga, who currently foster four children alongside their own three children, have received a special achievement award from Durham County Council's fostering service.

    They were nominated by a family who adopted a child they had fostered who praised the way they had looked after the youngster.

    Florence Coulter, Durham County Council’s fostering team manager, said: “These are ordinary people who choose to make a real difference to the lives of the children and young people that they care for – they really bring to life our motto of making ordinary moments extraordinary – and for this we are truly grateful.”

     There is currently a shortage of foster carers in County Durham and  the service is actively recruiting

  7. Weather: Cold night ahead

    BBC Weather

    A cold night is in prospect with clear spells to start. 

    Cloud will then thicken to bring rain and snow, the latter mainly over hills with accumulations expected.

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  8. Police chiefs break ground on new HQ

    Cleveland Police's chief constable Iain Spittal and Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger have been talking about the Community Safety Hub, their new headquarters, at the official ground-breaking event.

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  9. Sentencing of man for veil ripping adjourned

    Duncan Leatherdale

    BBC News Online

    The sentencing of a man who pulled a niqab off a woman in a shopping centre and yelled "you are in our country now, you stupid Muslim" has been adjourned.

    Peter Scotter, 55, of Beach Street, Roker, Sunderland, was due to appear at Newcastle Crown Court after admitting racially aggravated assault by beating and racially aggravated harassment. 

    But earlier the case was adjourned in his absence until 2 May. 

    The hearing heard that Scotter had recently undergone cancer treatment.

    Peter Scotter

    When he targeted his victim, Scotter was also heard to say: "Our Britain, you live by our rules," before hurling more racist abuse during the attack in Sunderland's Bridges shopping centre.

    Judge Stephen Earl adjourned a previous hearing to allow specialists to assess his condition after Scotter was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour under his tongue.

    Sunderland Magistrates' Court was told previously how Scotter left his victim terrified when he attacked her in July, with the force he used almost throwing her to the ground.

  10. Gossip: Moyes wanted 'Britishness'

    BBC Sport

    Sunderland boss David Moyes says he started Jack Rodwell, 26, over Didier Ndong, 22, in midfield against Burnley on Saturday because he "felt the game suited more Britishness".  (Sunderland Echo)

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  11. Man wanted after woman's purse taken and bank cards used

    BBC Newcastle

    Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to after a purse was stolen from a woman whose bank cards were then used to make purchases. 

    Northumbria Police said the woman was targeted in the Byker area of Newcastle on 17 Feburary.

    A spokesman for the force said the man pictured on CCTV  "was in the area at the time and may be able to help officers with their inquiries". 

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  12. Woman, 79, has handbag stolen

    A 79-year-old woman had her handbag stolen while she walking in Guisborough on Sunday.

    Cleveland Police said the woman was approached from behind after entering an alley off Venables Road leading to Lime Road and Park Lane at about 19:10.The woman was not hurt.

    The suspect is described as a man wearing a black, puffa-style jacket and bottoms.