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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 16 August 2017
  2. Murder investigation after woman found in burning car
  3. Two hurt as car hits Middlesbrough house

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    We'll leave you with this stunning photo of Cawfields Quarry, near Haltwhistle, which was taken by Michael Bradley.

    Cawfields Quarry
  2. Weather: Rain this evening, clearing before dawn

    Rain will spread to all parts this evening then become heavy in places through the night, particularly over the hills, before clearing to the east before dawn.

    Brisk southerly winds will ease later.

    Minimum Temperature: 14C (57F).

  3. Immigration service accused of 'inhumane treatment' of elderly couple

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    The immigration service is being accused of the "inhumane treatment" of an elderly couple who have been living in Gateshead.

    Lilliana and Bujar Jac from Albania have been living in the town for 13 years, but Mr Jac has now been deported to Albania for overstaying his tourist visa.

    It means the couple have been separated for the first time in more than years.

    No one from the Home Office has been available for comment.

    We'll have more on this story on Look North at 18:30.

    Picture of the couple
  4. Build-up to Sheffield Wednesday v Sunderland

    Nick Barnes

    BBC Newcastle's Sunderland commentator

    We'll have full commentary from Hillsborough ahead from the match between Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland - kick off at 19:45 and you can listen here.

    Here are some of my notes.

    Nick Barnes match notes
  5. The death of Elvis changed the fortunes of one North East company

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    Forty years ago today the King's untimely demise brought grief to millions, but the resulting surge in sales of his music brought a crucial change in fortunes at the Wearside factory that made his records.

    In 1977, the RCA plant was struggling. Vinyl records were going out of fashion. 94 jobs were going, and 350 workers were set for short time working.

    Then Elvis died which resulted in lots of people buying his records and suddenly short-time working had morphed into 12 hour shifts and the factory moved to 24 hour production.

    You can see our report on Look North on BBC 1 at 18:30.

    Image of Elvis
    Image caption: Elvis died 40 years ago today
  6. MP quits front bench after comments following Newcastle child sex network convictions

    Labour shadow minister Sarah Champion has quit the party's front bench after criticism of a paper article she wrote about grooming gangs following the conviction of 18 people in Newcastle last week.

    The Rotherham MP wrote in The Sun that "Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls".

    She has now apologised for her "extremely poor choice of words" and quit as shadow equalities minister.

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he had accepted her resignation.

    Ms Champion's article was written after 18 people were convicted of abusing girls in Newcastle who were plied with alcohol and drugs before being forced to have sex

    Sarah Champion
  7. Prison visitor locked up for smuggling 'zombie drug' Spice into HMP Durham

    Sunderland Echo

    Newspaper

    A visitor who smuggled 'zombie drug' Spice into a North East prison during a family visit has been locked up.

    HMP Durham
  8. Fire in Middlesbrough spread dangerously close to homes

    Police believe rubbish including trollies and bags of garden cuttings was set on fire which then spread to bushes and a fence backing on to residents' houses in the Grove Hill area of Middlesbrough this morning.

    The fire brigade arrived on the scene within minutes and prevented any further damage.

    Image of fire
  9. Disgusted cyclist finds 'neck height' deadly wire trap on Newcastle route

    The Chronicle

    A shocked cyclist has issued a warning after a ‘neck-height’ deadly wire was laid as a trap on a cycle path in Newcastle.

    Image of fishing wire used
    Image caption: Fishing wire was tied between two posts on a cycle path in Walker, Newcastle
  10. Unemployment goes up in the North East

    The latest figures show unemployment in the North East has gone up in the three months to June and is now at 78,000.

    That is an increase of 1,000 people compared to the previous quarter and means the region still has the highest unemployment rate in the country at 6%

    Nationally though the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in 42 years.

    Image of a  job centre
  11. Plans to introduce Lynx to Kielder Forest to be discussed at public meeting

    A public meeting is being held in Elsdon in Northumberland tonight in protest at plans to introduce the Eurasian Lynx to Kielder Forest.

    Sheep farmers are worried that the cats could attack their flocks, even though the Lynx UK Trust says that attacks on livestock are extremely rare.

    They've offered to introduce llamas to the area to protect the sheep.

    Picture of a Lynx
  12. Joselu: I've been playing for Newcastle already - on the Playstation!

    The Shields Gazette

    Newcastle United new boy Joselu admits he's already played for the club - on the Playstation.

    Joselu
  13. Service held to remember WW1 Teesside soldier awarded the Victoria Cross

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    A service to remember a Stockton man who earned the Victoria Cross 100 years ago today has been held in his hometown.

    Sgt Edward Cooper, who was 21, led an assault on a German pillbox during the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917.

    Crowds gathered in the High Street of his hometown in Stockton as a commemorative stone was dedicated to him at the cenotaph.

    Listen below to a BBC Tees feature about him.

    Video content

    Video caption: BBC Tees radio feature about Edward Cooper
  14. Construction of new Wear bridge takes major step forward

    BBC Newcastle

    The construction of the new bridge over the Wear will take a major step forward this week.

    Twenty eight cables will be attached from the frame to the bridge deck meaning it can hold 539 tonnes which is the equivalent of 45 double decker buses.

    And now the foundations have been laid, builders can remove a giant steel platform which will allow a better view of the crossing.

    Night picture of the bridge
  15. Death of woman in Washington still 'unexplained'

    The death of a woman in Washington is still being treated as "unexplained", police say.

    Nicola Ross, 41, was found unconscious at an address in Hylton Court, Oxclose, on Monday afternoon and later pronounced dead.

    Northumbria Police said she was found with injuries but they do not know if they were the cause of her death.

    Two men were arrested and released under investigation.

  16. Historic locomotive to leave County Durham

    An historic locomotive considered to be "very important" in the development of the railways is returning to the town in which it was built.

    The GWR Class 2-8-0 No. 2818 was built at Swindon Works in 1905 and is to go on display at the town's Museum of the Great Western Railway (GWR) - STEAM.

    The heavy goods steam train was withdrawn from service in October 1963.

    It has been housed at the National Railway Museum in Shildon, County Durham, since it was decommissioned.

    The GWR Class 2-8-0 No.2818
  17. Photo: Sunrise at Tynemouth

    At the start of our updates today we published a stunning sunrise near Bishop Auckland - well the sunrise was equally lovely at Tynemouth.

    Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys took this showing boats out at sea off King Edwards Bay.

    Boats at Tynemouth
  18. Attempted murder charge after man's legs broken in Dormanstown

    BBC Tees

    www.bbc.co.uk/BBCTees

    A man has been charged with attempted murder after a 26-year-old man suffered two broken legs.

    It happened on Sunday eveing on Broadway West, Dormanstown.

    The 23-year-old from Redcar has been charged with attempted murder and is appearing at Teesside Magistrates Court today.

  19. Benitez: Joselu will be good signing

    BBC Sport

    Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez said new £5m striker Joselu will be a "good signing".

    He said: "Obviously he has experience of English football and the Premier League.

    "We think if we can exploit his full potential he will be a good signing for us. He knows and accepts the challenge we've given him at Newcastle and he's keen to come and fight for a position in the team."

    Joselu

    The striker, who signed from Stoke (pictured playing for Hannover 96), said: "I feel very happy, because I have signed for a very big club."

    Newcastle, who lost 2-0 to Tottenham on Sunday in their opening game of the season, have also signed defenders Florian Lejeune and Javier Manquillo and midfielders Mikel Merino, Christian Atsu and Jacob Murphy.