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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

    You can stay in touch with the latest news overnight on BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle, Look North, and online.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

    As ever, we're keen to see your photographs of scenes from across the North East.

    Regular contributor Carolyn Farthing has been in touch to share this image she took today - "a lonely swan on the pond at Wallington Hall" near Morpeth, in Northumberland.

    If you've taken one you'd like us to publish, you can tweet them to @BBCNewsNE, email them, or contact us via our Facebook page.

    A swan on the pond at Wallington Hall, with trees in the background
  2. 'Historical explosive devices' detonated in sports ground

    A controlled explosion of what police describe as historical explosive devices has been carried out in Durham.

    The items were handed in to the city centre police station earlier, sparking an evacuation of surrounding buildings, and the closure of a section of New Elvet Road.

    A team from Catterick Garrison was called in and the devices safely removed and detonated at Maiden Castle Sports Ground.

    A Durham Police spokesman said the cordon had now been lifted, and roads reopened.

    Device handed in to Durham Police
  3. Have you worked out how much you have lost?

    Chris Jackson

    BBC Inside Out

    A public health expert says changes to the state pension age are hitting this region much harder than the South.

    More than 200,000 women across the North East and Cumbria are losing up to £46,000 each.

    They've been caught up in government moves to equalise the age at which men and women receive the payments.


    You can see more on this story on Inside Out at 19:30 on BBC One.

  4. Weather: Cloud and winds strenghtening

    BBC Weather

    Cloud will continue to thicken overnight whilst winds will also strengthen.

    Most places will stay dry, however some western parts could see rain by dawn, perhaps turning heavy.

    Click here for more weather.

    Weather chart
  5. Poppy box and raffle prizes stolen from nursing home

    BBC Newcastle

    A poppy appeal collection box and raffle prizes have been stolen during a burglary at a nursing home.

    Theives forced their way through the front door of Byker Hall Nursing Home on Allendale Road in Byker at about 03:15 on Sunday, Northumbria Police said.

    They stole the charity box containing cash and Christmas raffle prizes from the nursing home reception area including a hamper containing bottles of wine and glassed, a watch, gift set box of beers and a litre of vodka,gin and rum.

    Neighbourhood PC Gordon Dunbar said: "To steal a poppy collection box which is there to raise money to support Britain's war heroes is a completely heartless crime.

    "The nursing home is also losing out because of this crime as their raffle aims to raise funds which benefit their elderly residents during the year."

  6. Video content

    Video caption: Remembrance Day: 15,000 knitted poppies adorn Nunthorpe

    15,000 poppies in Nunthorpe remember those who have fallen for our country.

  7. Road closed for emergency gas main repair

    BBC Newcastle

    A road in the centre of Chester-le-Street has been closed while emergency repairs are carried out to a gas main.

    Northern Gas Networks said it has closed North Burns from Pelton Fell Road to the junction of North Burns and South Burns.

    North Burns

    Andrew Coates, Site Manager at Northern Gas Networks said: “The safety of members of the public is our first priority and we would like to thank customers for bearing with us while we carry out this essential repair work.

    “We’d like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to motorists and members of the public and I can assure you that we are working as quickly and safely as we can to repair the gas main.”

  8. Foodies look past the parmo

    Foodies in Middlesbrough are hoping to show there's more to the area's culinary scene than its most famous offering.

    Billed as "Beyond the parmo", an event is aiming to raise the profile of dishes that tickle Teesside tastebuds - featuring talks, workshops and activities led by Middlesbrough Food Partnership.

    Local producers will be showing off their wares, and there'll also be a guided walk-through tour of the town's new food quarter.

    Taking place at The Hub, Teesside University Students’ Unionon Wednesday 15 November from 09.30 - 16.30, booking is essential. To secure a place visit

    For those who don't know, a parmo is a piece of chicken or pork in breadcrumbs which is deep fried and covered in bechamel sauce. And here's a picture of the then London mayor, Boris Johnson, tucking into one during a visit to Teesside in 2015. Yum yum.

    Boris Johnson eating a parmo
  9. 'Historical explosive devices' taken to police station

    BBC Newcastle

    The closure of a road in Durham has been caused by someone handing in a "number of historical explosive devices" at a police station, the force says.

    New Elvet Road in Durham was closed because of the "incident" at Durham City Police Station.

    A spokesman said: "Bomb disposal experts from Catterick Garrison are currently on scene and are facilitating the safe removal and disposal of the devices.

    "As a precaution, a cordon has been set up and surrounding buildings have been evacuated.

    "We anticipate the incident will be dealt with and all road closures will be lifted within an hour."

  10. Police station incident 'not terror-related'

    BBC Newcastle

    An incident at Durham City Police Station is "not terror-related" a spokesman has said.

    Durham Police have closed New Elvet road in Durham and said more updates will be issued shortly.

  11. Road closed in police station incident

    BBC Newcastle

    A road is closed in Durham due to an "incident" at a police station.

    Durham Police said New Elvet road is closed from the Half Moon pub to the Hallgarth Street junction traffic lights.

    Durham Police station

    A spokesman said: "We are currently dealing with an incident at Durham Police Station.

    "Please avoid the area for the time being. An update will follow shortly."

  12. Your photos: Beautiful Bonfire Night

    These fantastic photos of the fireworks in Hexham over the weekend was taken by Kevin Wilkinson.

    Have you got any photos you'd like to share with us? In that case you can tweet them to @BBCNewsNE, email them, or contact us via our Facebook page.

  13. Rapist's victim 'can still see his face'

    BBC Tees

    The victim of rapist Abdel-Aziz Al-Shamary said she can still the image of the attacker's face in her mind.

    In a statement read to Teesside Crown Court, the woman said every night she thought about what happened to her.

    She said: "I can still see the image of my attacker's face in my mind and that upsets me."

    Al-Shamary, 21, was jailed for 12 years for the Darlington rape.

    John Turner, defending, said Al-Shamary, of Pensbury Street, Darlington, maintained his innocence.

  14. Rapist 'had problem with women'

    BBC Tees

    A rapist had a problem with women and refused to be dealt with by a female police officer, Teesside Crown Court heard.

    Abdel-Aziz Al-Shamary, 21, was arrested soon after raping a woman in Darlington but refused to be dealt with by a female police officer, saying he only spoke to men.

    Jailing the Kuwaiti-born Al-Shamary for 12 years, Judge Sean Morris said: "It is quite clear to me you have a problem with females and you regard them as lesser beings, as evidenced by your behaviour to the female police officer, and I am of the view that this was as much about degradation and humiliation as about sexual pleasure."

    Al-Shamary, who continues to maintain his innocence, was also put on the Sex Offenders' Register for life.

  15. Rapist watched 'outdoor sex porn' before attack

    BBC Tees

    Rapist Abdel-Aziz Al-Shamary had watched pornography featuring outdoor sex on his phone before attacking a woman in Darlington, Teesside Crown Court heard.

    Judge Sean Morris jailed the 21-year-old for 12 years, expressing the hope he would be deported to his native Kuwait after serving half. He said: "You had a sheltered upbringing in a Bedouin family with very little contact with the opposite sex.

    "On this night you had consumed an enormous amount of spirits. You had been watching pornography on your phone, in particular pornography involving outdoor sex."

    The judge said Al-Shamary was determined to have sex with the woman, whether she wanted to or not, and the rapist told his victim to "shut up" while threatening to kill her if she reported the attack.

    The judge said: "The idea of having sex outdoors thrilled you, as can be seen from your pornographic downloads on your phone."

  16. Mum’s fight to have late partner’s name on daughter’s birth certificate

    Sunderland Echo


    A grieving mum is waging a fight to change the law after she was told her dead partner’s name could not go their baby’s birth certificate without a court order and DNA proof.

    Sunderland Echo front page
  17. Nicola Sturgeon speaking to North East business leaders

    Luke Walton

    BBC Look North

    Hundreds of business people were in Gateshead this morning to hear Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speak to the North East Chamber of Commerce.

    She says it make sense for the North of England to collaborate on transport and the economy.

    In the first minute of her talk she announced a technical study on reducing Newcastle - Edinburgh rail journey times to under one hour.

    Nicola Sturgeon