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  1. Updates on Thursday 24 August 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all for today's coverage.

    We'll have more news, weather, sport and travel updates starting at 08:00 tomorrow.

    If you'd like to get in touch you can tweet us @BBCNewsNE, email us, or contact us via our Facebook page.

    We're ending the day with this stunning picture of the Tyne Bridge taken by Lee Stoneman. See you tomorrow.

    Tyne Bridge
  2. Exams success for brain tumour teenager

    A 16-year-old from an east Cleveland school is celebrating GCSE success, despite suffering a brain tumour that affected his ability to remember dates and events.

    Charlie Amos (pictured) was diagnosed last April, after complaining of headaches and dizzy spells.

    But the pupil, from Marske-by-the-Sea's Outwood Academy Bydales, got a grade 5 in Maths, grade 5 in English Language, grade 4 in English Literature a C in statistics a C in Additional Science and a C in Science.

    Charlie Amos

    He said: “After being diagnosed it was a horrible feeling, I felt really down and full of tears all the time.

    "However, I had surgery and I’m all recovered now. The tumour is still there, they can’t get rid of it, but now I’m just back to where I used to be before.

    “I did have to relearn quite a bit, and I kept forgetting key dates and birthdays and things like that, but I’m really proud of my GCSE results.

    “All the pupils have been great, they’ve been there for me throughout since I got diagnosed."

  3. Weather: Dry overnight

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    Many places will be dry overnight with broken cloud, although more persistent cloud and misty conditions over western hills may give some patchy rain or drizzle. Winds will be light.

    Click here to check the weather where you are..

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  4. Watch: Business owners want to help thieves

    The owners of a Middlesbrough cafe say they want to help the people who damaged and robbed their business on Tuesday morning.

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  5. Fry gets England U21 call up

    Middlesbrough FC defender Dael Fry tweeted to announce his first call-up for the England Under-21 side.

    Boro's number 20 has previously represented England for the under-17, under-18, under-19 and under-20 teams.

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    BBC Tees Sport's Paul Addison says the announcement is "great news for a player in fantastic form".

  6. A* in dealing with trolls for Scarlett Moffatt

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    Gogglebox star and Streetmate presenter Scarlett Moffatt, from County Durham, has hit back at a Twitter user who suggested that 'anyone can be successful no matter how brain dead' by listing her academic achievements.

    The saga began with Scarlett offering some words of wisdom for students picking up exam results today.

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    A Twitter user quoted the tweet and asked people to remember that 'Scarlett Moffat made money by watching tv on tv'. The tweet, which also suggested the I'm A Celebrity winner was brain dead, was met with objections from users who put the 'vicious swipes' down to jealousy.

    Scarlett then responded to the tweet herself saying "I have 13 A*-C GCSEs, 3 A levels and a 2:1 bachelors degree mate. But if you work hard & be kind you can achieve anything".

    More than 300 fans responded with messages of applause.

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  7. SAFC press conference under way

    Sunderland AFC manager Simon Grayson is not expecting a calm exit out of the transfer period.

    The Black Cats boss has commented on his hopes to hang on to his "best players", a comment made amid speculation that midfielder Didier Ndong is linked with a move to West Ham.

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  8. Watch: Ross Noble's 'got the hump'

    Northumberland comedian Ross Noble says he is perfect for the stage version of Young Frankenstein - because he brings his "own hump".

    The musical comedy comes from filmmaker and comedian Mel Brooks, who brought Young Frankenstein to the big screen in 1974.

    The show will be coming to the Theatre Royal in Newcastle from September 28 before heading to the West End.

    Ross, who will be playing Igor, has been speaking to BBC Look North about his preparations.

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    Video caption: Comedian Ross Noble excited by Young Frankenstein role
  9. Watch: New Tyne and Wear Metro bridge arrives

    The new Tyne and Wear Metro bridge which connects South Gosforth, in Newcastle, and Longbenton and Shiremoor, in North Tyneside, is expected to be fitted today.

    The line has been shut for several weeks while the old rail bridge was removed.

    A large, multi-wheeled lifting rig will be used to fit the replacement.

    The line is expected to open next month.

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  10. Mother of Alice Ruggles says running helped her cope

    Sue Hills says training for the Great North Run on Newcastle's Quayside helped her through the ordeal of her daughter's murder.

    Alice Ruggles was killed by her ex-boyfriend Trimaan "Harry" Dhillon, who broke into her flat in Gateshead and cut her throat. He was sentenced to a minimum of 22 years.

    Alice Ruggles

    Dr Hills is running the half marathon for the charity Women's Aid. Her sponsorship is now nearing £9,000.

  11. Visitors to St. James Park asked to be aware of counter-terrorism measures

    Newcastle United are asking supporters to play their part in keeping the stadium safe after recent terrorist attacks.

    While there is no evidence to suggest the NUFC ground is a target, the club have been briefed by counter terrorism police.

    St. James Park

    Ahead of Saturday's match against West Ham, the club are reminding fans to arrive early as bag searches may cause delays and to alert stewards if they see anything suspicious.

    Quote Message: Whilst the police are keen to emphasise that there is no intelligence to suggest that our stadium is a target for any terrorist activity, these measures are a reasonable and proportionate measure to take in light of recent attacks elsewhere. We hope these steps provide reassurance to everyone coming to the match". from Steve Storey Head of safety and security at Newcastle United
    Steve StoreyHead of safety and security at Newcastle United
  12. Teesside regeneration will take time, says PM

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    The Prime Minister says it will take time for the South Tees Development Corporation to create sustainable jobs in the area.

    Theresa May visited the former SSI steelworks site in Redcar yesterday and spoke with the board of the new corporation, which will oversee a 25-year plan, covering 4,500 acres of land, with the aim of creating 20,000 jobs.

    Labour has attacked the visit as being too late for the thousands of steel workers affected by the shutdown.

    Prime Minister Theresa May (left) with chief operating officer of PD Ports Jerry Hopkinson during a visit to Teesside
  13. Do new GCSE maths grades add up to confusion?

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    It's the day thousands of youngsters across the region have been waiting for - GCSE results have been out today.

    But North East education experts say the new grading system brought in for some subjects this year is confusing.

    Students who sat English and maths exams will now get grades ranging from nine, which is the top, to one, which is the bottom. The changes are part of a government drive to make the exams tougher.

    But concerns have been raised by the School of Education at Durham University, which fears those who don't work in schools and education might be confused by the new grading structure.

    A school pupil works on an exam paper
  14. Family's bid to help little girl walk

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    A Hartlepool family are trying to raise £35,000 to help their little girl walk.

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  15. Fringe nomination for Newcastle comedian

    Newcastle comedian Lauren Pattison has been nominated as one of the best newcomers at the Edinburgh Fringe.

    'Lady Muck' is Lauren's debut show at the world's biggest arts festival, and has seen her shortlisted for the Edinburgh Comedy Awards best newcomer.

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    Lady Muck is at the Pleasance Courtyard Attic at 17:45 until 28 August.

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  16. Daughters crowdfunding gives blind mum independence

    The two daughters of a woman left blind five years ago successfully crowdfunded for a hi-tech camera which allows her to recognise faces, go shopping and read.

    Diane Sample from Chilton lost vision in both eyes because of type 1 diabetes, but is now looking forward to reading to her children thanks to the device that attaches to her glasses.

    After discovering the Orcam MyEye on television, Rebecca and Rachel, aged 14 and 11, set up a crowdfunding site to raise money for the gadget.

    The Sample family

    The camera detects what she is looking at and tells her through the ear piece.

    Diane Sample