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  1. Updates on Thursday 31 August 2017

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    You can still catch up with the latest news throughout the night on BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle, Look North, and online.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00, have a good evening.

  2. Big day for one of Sunderland's best-loved landmarks

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    A new roof for the entrance to the tunnel below Roker Pier has been lifted into place.

    Work to repair the Grade II listed structure is continuing.

    The pier has been closed since November after a storm swept away railings and stones into the sea.

    Once the restoration is finished the tunnel and lighthouse will open to the public for the first time in the structure's history.

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    Video caption: Newcastle skaters repaint park with graffiti

    A group of youngsters have worked with skateboarders and graffiti artists to give their ramps in Newcastle's Exhibition Park a paint job.

  4. Illegal tobacco roadshow takes place

    Durham County Council is asking anyone who has any information about people selling illegal tobacco to come forward to help tackle the sale of counterfeit cigarettes.

    The local authority is taking a roadshow on to the streets to encourage people to report any concerns.

    The first was today, in Durham marketplace where tobacco detection dogs met the public.

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  5. Three arrested on suspicion of rape in Sunderland

    BBC Newcastle

    Three men have been arrested on suspicion of rape in Sunderland.

    Police were called at 19:00 last night after a 52-year-old woman was raped and a second woman was sexually assaulted in Riversdale Terrace in the Thornhill area.

    Two men aged 18 and a 25-year-old were arrested on suspicion of rape.

  6. Appeal to find missing Consett woman

    An appeal has been launched to find this missing woman from County Durham.

    Julie Forster, 44, left her home address in Consett, at about 11:40 yesterday.

    She is 5ft 2in with shoulder-length brown hair.

    She has a scar on her forehead and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier tattoo on her right shoulder.

    Mrs Forster was last seen wearing a white long-sleeve shirt, dark leggings and plimsolls.​​

    Image of Julie Forster
  7. Key witness sought in burning car murder case

    BBC Newcastle

    Police investigating the murder of a woman whose body was found in a burning car on Wearside are appealing for a key witness to come forward.

    Quyen Ngoc Nguyen's body was found in a vehicle in Success Road in Shiney Row in the early hours of Tuesday 15 August.

    Two men have been charged with her murder.

    A man has been identified on CCTV walking past the Golden Fry fish shop in Shiney Row at 00:15 in the early hours of 15 August and officers believe he could be a key witness.

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    Image caption: The area was sealed off August 15th
  8. Tour of Britain coming to Northumberland after the weekend

    Thousands of spectators are expected in Northumberland to see the Tour of Britain, which visits the North East after the weekend.

    World class riders will be cycling over a hundred and twenty miles between Kielder And Blyth.

    To minimise disruption across the county, all roads on the route will be closed using a rolling roadblock system.

    It will cause disruption if you're taking a car or bus journey.

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  9. Middlesbrough Mayor confident of multimillion-pound plans for Centre Square

    BBC Tees

    The Mayor of Middlesbrough says plans to develop Centre Square are needed and will bring new jobs to the town.

    Dave Budd reassured people that almost all of the projects they pledged to develop in the last year are now under way.

    Mr Budd says the £700m Centre Square project, which will include five new buildings, will help the whole of the town centre.

    Image of David Budd
  10. Crash survivor thanks air ambulance medics who saved her life

    A woman has thanked medics who saved her life after a horror car crash.

    Sarah Dent, 18, from Middleton-in-Teesdale, survived the crash in May and thanked the Great North Air Ambulance Service team who came to her aid.

    Her car skidded in wet conditions and hit an oncoming vehicle.

    She sustained a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain, a broken neck, a ruptured diaphragm, a fractured pelvis and blood in her left lung.

    She was anaesthetised and treated at the scene before being flown to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.

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    Quote Message: It’s been nice to meet the crew and I couldn’t be more grateful for their help. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here.” from Sarah Dent
    Sarah Dent
    Sarah Dent with GNAAS staff
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    Severe accident: A66 North Yorkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A66 North Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between A172 Marton Road and A178 North Road.

    A66 North Yorkshire - A66 in Middlesbrough closed, delays and queuing traffic westbound between Marton Road Interchange and Hartington Interchange, because of a multi-vehicle accident and recovery work. Congestion to Cargo Fleet Interchange.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  12. Rise in 'serious incidents' involving ambulances

    The number of "serious incidents" involving ambulances has risen by 10% in five years, according to figures seen by the BBC.

    These included assaults on paramedics, an alleged rape, and a patient dying after ambulance keys were 'lost'.

    The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives says the incidents amount to a "tiny" number of patient journeys.

    In our region, the North East Ambulance Service reported 29 "serious incidents" over the last year - five more than the previous period.

    The trust says while several are still being investigated, it has taken a number of actions to improve its safety culture.

  13. Pups sign up for life on the beat

    Ten puppies have started a journey to become fully-qualified police dogs.

    Over the next few months they will be put through a series of drills that will prime them for a career of tackling criminals and reducing crime across the North East.

    The litter are set to meet the people of Newcastle as their handlers look to familiarise them with large crowds and a busy city centre.

    Storm is a new trainee
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