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  1. Updates on Tuesday 24 October 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from us for today - thank you for joining us.

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

    We'll leave you with this image of a pink cast to the sky over Tynemouth last night - if you'd like to get in touch or share your North East pictures with us, you can do so on Twitter, Facebook, or via email.

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

  2. FIFA gala night's tribute to Bradley Lowery

    There was plenty of glitz and glamour on display at FIFA's awards ceremony in London last night.

    However, the gala also took time to to reflect on the more human side of the sport, which included a tribute to young Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery.

    The six-year-old from Blackhall Colliery died in July after a battle against neuroblastoma.

    He had been the club's mascot and was "best mates" with his hero, former Black Cats striker Jermain Defoe.

    Bradley Lowery
  3. No 'big bang' for former Redcar steel site

    BBC Tees

    The leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council has said that the redevelopment of the former SSI site is more likely to be "piece by piece", than a "big bang".

    More than 4,000 people lost their jobs when the firm collapsed in October 2015.

    Last week the South Tees Development Corporation (STDC) announced a 25-year plan to regenerate the site, and the area around it.

    Former Redcar SSI plant

    Council leader Sue Jeffrey, who is also on the STDC board, said: "The way that site will be developed won't necessarily be a big bang.

    "If we wait for everything to come together at once then we could be waiting forever, and we want to see stuff happening quicker than that.

    "So we'll do it piece by piece, and if that means we have to do individual deals with the receiver to release land on a case-by-case basis to encourage investment then that's what we will do."

  4. Cloudy night with outbreaks of rain

    It will become generally cloudy overnight, with outbreaks of rain likely, and heavier bursts possible over the hills.

    This will clear south east during the early hours of Wednesday.

  5. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) County Durham southbound severe accident, between J63 for A167 and J62 for A690.

    A1(M) County Durham - A1(M) partially blocked and queuing traffic southbound between J63, A167 (Chester-le-Street) and J62, A690 (Carrville), because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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

  6. 'People-powered' paper set to launch

    A free "people-powered" newspaper is set to launch in the North East.

    Founders of The Eclipse said ordinary newspaper readers would investigate, write and produce the content alongside trained journalists and ex-newspaper staff.

    Jessie Joe Jacobs, co-founder and former boss of the Stockton charity A Way Out, said: “Running a charity that worked with some of the most vulnerable people in society, I was often left outraged by the way the tabloids portrayed the type of people we were working with.

    “We decided to create an alternative newspaper, to give a platform to the many stories and issues that weren’t being adequately covered, from an ordinary person’s perspective.”

    Launched on Friday, it will be delivered to 10,000 people across Newcastle, Gateshead and South Shields.

  7. 'No response' from Newcastle University to Brexit letter

    Newcastle University has said it will not be responding to a letter requesting the names of professors who teach courses on Brexit.

    Chris Heaton-Harris, the Conservative MP for Daventry, wrote to university vice-chancellors at the start of this month asking for the names of professors "involved in the teaching of European affairs, with particular reference to Brexit", the Guardian has revealed.

    Among those criticising the move is Professor Thom Brooks, Dean of Durham Law School at Durham University.

    He said: "If you are trying to find out the names of people who are involved in the teaching of stuff, well then that suggests that there's something, some possible threat to academic freedom."

    Mr Heaton-Harris said he believed in an "open debate" about Brexit.

    Chris Heaton-Harris
    Quote Message: A letter from Mr Heaton-Harris MP was sent to our Vice Chancellor and we will not be responding to it." from Spokeswoman for Newcastle University
    Spokeswoman for Newcastle University
  8. Cash boost to help traffic flow freely

    More than £3.5m is being invested in traffic management technology in the North East to help cut congestion on key routes

    The cash - which included £2.8m from the Department for Transport - will be used to upgrade traffic signals with Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras, variable message signs and integration with public transport data.

    The new technology means the cameras can be monitored from the regional Urban Traffic Management Centre, allowing officers to adjust signal timings where necessary to improve traffic flow.

    Traffic light
    Quote Message: This new investment means we can connect up traffic signals across key routes so we can smooth our traffic flows where we see congestion building up and adjust traffic signals right across the network to keep traffic moving at peak periods." from Nick Forbes Leader of Newcastle City Council
    Nick ForbesLeader of Newcastle City Council
  9. CCTV images after bogus roof repair incident

    Police investigating a bogus caller incident in South Shields have released an image of two men they would like to trace.

    It follows an elderly resident of Tadema Road resident being duped into signing a contract for roof repairs that were not necessary.

    Northumbria Police said it is keen to speak to these two men as its believed they were in the area at the time on 5 October.

    CCTV images
  10. Danger warning to roof trespassing youngsters

    Youngsters in Newcastle are still putting themselves at risk by using a derelict Greggs factory as an "adventure playground", police have said.

    Neighbourhood officers first issued a warning in June following reports of children trespassing at the site on Christon Road in Gosforth.

    Metal fences and warning signs were put up to prevent people from entering but earlier this month youngsters were spotted on the roof, throwing stones on to nearby Metro tracks before being disturbed by police.

    Youngsters on the roof of Greggs

    Neighbourhood Inspector Karen Murray said: "It could be a tragedy if one of those children... was to fall through the roofing but clearly they are unaware of how dangerous it is or how dangerous it is to throw rocks and debris on to the metro network.

    "We want to make sure that a child is not seriously injured and are working closely with the owner who has already fitted fencing around the site."

    Fenced off Greggs premises
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  11. Marina development 'definitely going ahead'

    BBC Tees

    Ambitious plans to redevelop the former Jackson's Landing site at Hartlepool Marina are definitely going ahead, the council has said.

    There are hopes that the scheme, which includes a four-star hotel and restaurants and a family museum, developed in partnership with the National Museum for the Royal Navy, will create 400 jobs.

    Hartlepool Marina

    Kevin Cranney, the council's chair of regeneration, said: "We've already received over £600,000 from the combined authority for the development stage, so we're going to have a dedicated development officer to work with partners to bring this to fruition.

    "We met with executives from the Museum of the Royal Navy last week and they're already talking about bringing up a ship next year to be ours on the site."

  12. Ready to spring into action

    Woodie is a different kind of hotdog...

    And here County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service show off its latest recruit.

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  13. Cash boost for Tall Ships land-based fun

    BBC Newcastle

    The Tall Ships come to Sunderland next summer and on-shore events are also looking ship-shape - buoyed with cash from Arts Council England.

    Almost £150,000 has been awarded to support cultural events over the four days.

    These will range from stage programmes to street theatre.

    Christian Radich- one of the Tall Ships coming to Sunderland next July
  14. Widow speaks of pressures faced by forces veterans

    The Suffolk widow of a soldier, who took his own life last November, has been talking about the pressures veterans face when they leave the forces.

    Cpl Chris Small, who was originally from Colchester, had served 21 years as a chef in the Royal Logistic Corps, with tours in Iraq, Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. He had also served in Woodbridge.

    He took voluntary redundancy in 2014 after a final posting in Germany.

    His wife Mandy, who served 12 years in the RAF Police, said Chris found it difficult to adjust to civilian life, and the couple separated.

    He had been working at Coundon in County Durham when he took his own life, aged 44, leaving their son who was eight at the time.

    "In the military you're looked after, you've got a fantastic family network around you the whole time you are in, but the moment you leave through the camp gate it's all very different," said Mandy, who now works at Ipswich Hospital.

    Mandy Small
    Quote Message: Moving in to Civvy Street is one of the hardest things you'll ever do... we found it stressful and it's one of those things that will make or break you as a couple." from Mandy Small
    Mandy Small
  15. Sunderland link road plan goes before councillors

    A "wider and quicker" link road from the A19 into the heart of Sunderland is likely to be agreed by city councillors later today.

    The dual carriageway would run from the New Wear Crossing to St Mary's Way.

    Due to be completed by 2020, it is the third stage of five in a £64.1m proposed road network known as the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor.

    Artist's impression of new route