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  1. Four people from the North East among those still missing after bomb attack

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That is the end of today's updates, on a day when four local people remain missing after the bomb attack at Manchester Arena.

    You can catch up on that and any other news overnight with BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle, Look North, and online.

    If you'd like to get in touch, you can do so on Twitter, Facebook, or via email.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

  2. Remaining dry with clear spells overnight

    After a bright evening it will stay dry with clear spells overnight.

    There will, however, be the chance of low cloud and hill fog developing across the Pennines through the night.

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  3. Former NUFC striker Nile Ranger jailed for fraud

    Former Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger has been jailed after admitting online banking fraud.

    The 25-year-old Southend United footballer was sentenced to eight months for conspiracy to defraud by obtaining bank details and transferring money.

    Aseany Duncan, 19, from Enfield, north London, was also jailed for eight months for the same offence.

    The court heard Ranger, of Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend, conspired to use the bank details of Diane Bloss in February 2015 and move £2,090 from one account to another.

    Nile Ranger
  4. North East emergency services 'working together to reassure'

    Emergency services and authorities across the North East have said they are committed to working together to reassure the local community after the Manchester bombing.

    It follows a meeting to discuss the local response and what measures should be put in place for upcoming events in the area.

    Ast Ch Cons Darren Best of Northumbria Police, who chaired the meeting, said: "We are supporting our colleagues in Greater Manchester Police and have been working with families in the North East of four people who are currently missing following the attack, and offering them support at this very difficult time.

    "Greater Manchester Police is treating the incident as terrorism, and we know this will quite rightly concern our communities.

    "I would like to offer reassurance that all community safety partners are working together to protect our communities and help keep them safe"

  5. Council 'shocked and saddened' by Manchester attack

    Gateshead Council says its thoughts go out to the families of Philip Tron, 32, and his partner's daughter Courtney Boyle, 19, who are both still missing following the suicide bombing in Manchester.

    Council leader Martin Gannon said: “I am sure everyone in Gateshead is shocked and deeply saddened by the events in Manchester last night.

    "As a mark of respect, the Millennium Bridge will be lit in the colours of the Union flag tonight and tomorrow.

    "We have made this gesture too many times in response to other atrocities over the last 12 months, but once again it feels like it’s not enough.

    "Nothing can convey the depths of our sympathy and sadness.”

    The Gateshead Millennium Bridge lit up following a terror attack in France
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    Video caption: Manchester attack friends missing a 'massive shock'

    Two teenagers from South Shields are missing after the explosion in Manchester.

  7. Attack has had effect across the country, says police and crime commissioner

    Dame Vera Baird, Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner, says the terror attack in Manchester has "had an effect on communities right across the country, including here in the North East in South Shields and Gateshead".

    "Today we grieve for those who lost their lives and maintain our hope that those missing are found safe and well," she said.

    Dame Vera Baird

    "The attack on Manchester reinforces our vigour and determination to tackle those who cause such atrocities in our communities.

    "Northumbria Police will continue to work with communities across the North East to offer whatever support is needed.

    "We all have a duty to remain alert and report anything suspicious to the police. I would like to also reiterate the words of respect to the emergency services and all those who helped.

    "Dealing with such an appalling event is always difficult and like many others, I recognise the bravery and professionalism in response to the incident."

  8. Penshaw Monument to be lit up 'as mark of solidarity'

    Sunderland's Penshaw Monument is to be lit up in red, white and blue later as a mark of solidarity with the people of Manchester. The city council says the Magistrates' Court building in Keel Square will also be lit in the colours of the Union flag, until Sunday, and the flag at the Civic Centre is being flown at half mast.

    Council leader Paul Watson said: "This was a dreadful attack which is all the more sickening because it was targeted at innocent children and young people."

    Twenty-two people, including an eight-year-old girl, have been killed and 59 were injured in the suicide bombing at Manchester Arena, at the end of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande.

    Penshaw Monument
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    Video caption: Manchester attack witness saw 'people screaming and running'

    A teenager from South Tyneside witnessed the Manchester attack and managed to escape with his friend.

  10. Targeting of children is worrying development, says university lecturer

    BBC Newcastle

    Dr Paul Dresser, a criminology lecturer at the University of Sunderland, said last night's terror attack in Manchester demonstrated a worrying move towards targeting children - similar to incidents in countries such as Syria.

    He told us: "The main goal isn't just killing people, it's about creating terror.

    "We saw that in the attacks at Westminster, Boston and Berlin.

    "It's following a trajectory or trend of targeting crowded places.

    "If you really want to challenge terror, you have to not let fear take over."

    The death toll currently stands at 22, with 59 people injured.

    Aerial view of Manchester Arena and the surrounding area
  11. Rail strike called off after bomb horror

    A 24-hour strike by Northern Rail staff set for next Tuesday has been suspended following the terror attack in Manchester.

    RMT members with Merseyrail and Southern Rail were also scheduled to stage industrial action.

    Mick Cash, the union's general secretary, said: "In light of the horrific bombing in Manchester last night, and the heightened safety and security alerts on our transport services, RMT's executive has taken the decision to suspend the 24 hours of strike action.

    "Our thoughts and solidarity at this time are with the people of Manchester."

    A Northern Rail train
  12. No change to Metro Radio Arena schedule after terror attack

    BBC Newcastle

    Officials at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena say they are not planning any changes to upcoming events in the light of the terror attack in Manchester.

    Metro Radio Arena

    A spokesman said: "After the tragic events at Manchester Arena last night, the team at the Metro Radio Arena are aware of the potential heightened level of threat against venues across the country.

    "We as a team are in constant communication with Northumbria Police and relevant authorities and are continually reviewing our security and safety procedures.

    "There are no changes to our planned events at this time. If anything changes, we’ll communicate with customers by email and social media.

    "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of anyone associated with the Manchester Arena incident."

  13. Bomb looked like a firework had gone wrong, Stockton mum says

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    Stockton mum Denise Hignett says she was just seconds away from the Manchester Arena terror blast which has so far claimed 22 lives.

    As she held her 11-year-old daughter’s hand, she watched in horror as the blast sent sparks flying 20ft into the air.

    Denise Hignett
  14. Charity offers outlet for youngsters' emotions

    A Tyneside charity is giving youngsters an opportunity to share their thoughts following the terror attack in Manchester.

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  15. 'We're probably going to die today'

    BBC Newcastle

    Tony Errington, from South Shields, collected his daughter and her friend after the attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester last night.

    "My wife and I were running on adrenaline," he said. "We were in the car and the girls were sat in the back seat and told us, 'We held hands and said we're probably going to die today'.

    "We were in bits when we heard that."

    It was just after 22:30 when the blast erupted in the foyer of the venue.

    The death tolls stands at 22, with dozens more injured.

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