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  1. Updates on Wednesday 23 August 2017

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  2. Weather: Fog and showers tonight

    BBC Weather

    Tonight there will be long clear spells at first allowing some mist or fog patches to form through the Tyne Valley.

    Later in the night cloud will thicken in the west, possibly introducing showers over the Cheviot Hills by dawn.

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    BBC Weather forecast
    Image caption: BBC Weather forecast
  3. Hugh and Ross to join the runners in this year's Great North 5k

    Hugh Feanley-Whittingsall and Ross Noble
    Image caption: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingsall and Ross Noble

    Comedian Ross Noble and TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall will be taking part in this year's Simply Health Great North 5K.

    The pair are running as part of the Newcastle Can initiative, spearheaded by Hugh, which is aiming to make people in Newcastle fitter and healthier.

    It's hoped everyone involved in the project will lose a combined weight of 100,000 pounds. There's an online entry form for anyone tempted to join them.

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  4. Police searching for medication lost in Sunderland

    BBC Newcastle

    Police are warning people to hand over and not take any medication found in Sunderland city centre. It was reported as missing earlier today.

    The lost medication is anti-rejection medication Progras 56 x 2mg tablets and Azaehriprine 75mg

    Officers believe that the medication could be very dangerous if taken without prescription.

  5. Your photos: Late summer in Northumberland

    Carolyn Farthing-Dunn sent this picture of a sheep in the heather on the moors near Rothbury in Northumberland. The sheep looks quite puzzled.

    Sheep in the heather
    Image caption: Sheep in the heather
  6. Theresa May attends regeneration meeting

    Richard Moss

    Political Editor, BBC Look North

    Theresa May is on Teesside this afternoon as part of plans to regenerate the former SSI site in Redcar.

    The South Tees Development Corporation has been given the responsibility of finding uses for the land.

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  7. announces 130 new jobs for Newcastle

    BBC Newcastle has announced plans to create 1,700 new jobs and 130 of the vacancies will be at Newcastle Airport.

    Jobs will include pilots, cabin crew and ground staff.

    As part of its recruitment drive, the company will host a number of roadshows around the country including at Hotel Novotel at Newcastle Airport on 22 September.

  8. Children's charity doubles referrals to authorities

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    The NSPCC says the number of cases it referred to police or social services has more than doubled in the last five years in the North East and Cumbria.

    The charity's helpline dealt with nearly 1,000 cases over that period.

    A growing number of people contacting the helpline also described parents as having a problem with alcohol and drugs with some of them regularly leaving their children unsupervised so they could go drinking with friends.

  9. Family on the road for 17 years

    BBC Newcastle

    Hermain and Candelaria Zapp's original plan was to leave their home country of Argentina and go travelling for six months to Alaska.

    Seventeen years later they are still living on the road and have visited 80 countries and also picked up four children as souvenirs of their travels.

    They're in the North East at the moment.

    Here is their car park parked in the BBC Newcastle car park when they came in to speak to Lisa Shaw.

    The Zapp family's 1928 Graham-Paige vintage car
    Image caption: The Zapp family's 1928 Graham-Paige vintage car
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  10. Labour MPs criticise Prime Minister's Teesside visit

    Laboour MPs have criticised the Prime Minister's visit to Teesside today.

    Theresa May will visit the former steel works in Redcar this afternoon. She's attending a board meeting of the South Tees Development Corporation which has been given the responsibility of finding uses for the land.

    It's thought Mrs May will say the site can be regenerated, creating thousands of jobs.

    Middlesbrough Labour MP Andy McDonald criticised the visit saying little had been done to try to save SSI which was closed in 2015.

    He said: “The Prime Minister has some nerve by coming back to the scene of the crime. The people of Teesside know that the steelworks could have been saved and her government stood idly by and watched over 3,000 people needlessly lose their jobs."

    And Redcar MP Anna Turley hit out after not being invited to the visit.

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  11. Speeding drivers targeted in clampdown

    BBC Tees

    Speeding drivers are being targeted in a week-long safety campaign across Teesside and County Durham.

    Traffic officers are stepping up patrols in marked and unmarked cars.

    Within hours of the scheme's start, a young driver was caught doing 72mph in a 40mph zone.

    Insp Ed Turner, from the Cleveland and Durham Police Special Operations Unit, says there's no excuse for breaking the speed limit.

  12. Investigation after body found in Gateshead

    BBC Newcastle

    A body has been found in Gateshead close to the bank of the River Tyne.

    The body was found near Buffalo Joes on Pipewellgate shortly after 09:00.

    Police said the death is being treated as unexplained but they don't believe anyone else is involved.

  13. Your photos: Autumn is on its way

    Tracey Laing from Consett in County Durham has sent this lovely picture of looks like a sycamore leaf.

    Autumn may be on its way...

    Picture of a leaf on a tree
    Image caption: Picture of a leaf on a tree
  14. Driver leaves scene and woman injured as car leaves road

    A woman suffered serious injuries when the car she was in left the road and hit a road sign and a telegraph pole.

    It happened at 23:40 yesterday on Maude Terrace near Greenfields Road in St Helen Auckland.

    Police are still trying to find a 27-year-old man who was driving the Ford Focus RS which came off the road. He left the scene and has not been traced. No other vehicles were involved.

  15. Mother creating 'positive lasting memory' after daughter's death

    The Gazette


    The mother of tragic four-year-old Jessica Azadi is to create a 'positive lasting memory' of her precious daughter.

    Gazette front page