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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from us here 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.

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    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

  2. De-icing van stolen

    A van which was left unattended with its engine running was stolen from Tow Law today.

    Two men aged 24 and 25 were later arrested in Bishop Auckland, and the vehicle was recovered.

    Durham Police are reminding people not to leave vehicles with the keys in.

    A spokesperson urged people not to tempt opportunist thieves.

    Quote Message: It takes two minutes to de-ice your car, but it can take two seconds for a thief to steal it. We are urging the public to take extra care and not give criminals an early Christmas present."
  3. Ugo Ehiogu to receive award

    Former Boro player Ugo Ehiogu, who died in April, will be recognised at an awards ceremony today.

    Ehiogu's contribution to the game as an "excellent role model" will be acknowledged at the Football Black List celebration, which recognises people from African and Caribbean backgrounds.

    The 44-year-old former Middlesbrough and England defender died after suffering a heart attack at Tottenham's training centre, where he was the club's Under-23 coach.

    Ugo
  4. 'It's only pure luck no-one was injured'

    Police officers and fire fighters were deliberately targeted by a group of 15 to 20 youths who threw fireworks at them during patrols in Sunderland on Bonfire Night.

    Northumbria Police have condemned the behaviour, and have launched an investigation to trace the youths responsible.

    The attacks took place in the Southwick area. Fireworks were thrown at officers, vehicles and a houses around Ridley Street.

    Quote Message: This is absolutely abhorrent behaviour and it is only pure luck no-one was injured by the fireworks.
    Quote Message: The attack was completely unprecedented, we did not have any of these sorts of issues last year and we won't tolerate any more.
    Quote Message: If anyone does know the identity of those who were responsible then we want to hear from them." from Don Wade Neighbourhood Inspector
    Don WadeNeighbourhood Inspector
    Bonfire
  5. 'Business as usual' as Npower announces merger

    Npower has reassured staff and customers that there will be no immediate changes as it today announced it will merge with SSE to create a new energy supplier.

    In a statement, Npower said the merger will be a "long process of many months" and that it's "far too soon to look at the impact on jobs".

    Some 2,000 employees are currently based in Sunderland.

    The new firm is expected to be roughly the size of market leader British Gas and serve about 11.5 million customers.

    The news comes less than a month after the government published draft legislation to lower the cost of energy bills.

    However, SSE retail's chief operating officer, Tony Keeling, denied that was the reason for the merger.

    Npower
  6. Swords and baseball bats used in South Bank assault

    Three men were assaulted near a South Bank underpass by a gang who are believed to have been carrying weapons including swords and baseball bats.

    The incident took place on Friday at about 19:00 near the Asda store when three men were approached by seven others who attacked them.

    Police are appealing for information on the suspects, who are described as being white males wearing hoodies.

  7. Farm fires 'costing millions'

    Claims for farm fires cost the region almost £4m in 2016.

    The figures come from rural insurer NFU Mutual, who say claims cost £3.7m last year.

    Electric faults are said to be the cause of half of claims, ahead of arson attacks.

    The figures for the North East are down from 2015, though the cost of claims nationally has increased by a quarter.

    County Durham farm
  8. 'Good samaritan' sexually assaulted by man

    A 59-year-old man who was helped home by a woman when intoxicated has admitted sexually assaulting her.

    Brian Hutchinson, from Elm Court in Sacriston, insisted that the woman stay for a drink before grabbing and assaulted her at his County Durham home.

    He has been bailed and will return to Durham Crown Court for sentencing later this week.

  9. One in 10 Hartlepool carers receiving support

    Fewer than 1,000 carers in Hartlepool are registered with charity Hartlepool Carers - despite there being 10,000 in the area, according to the latest census.

    The support group, which offers a number of services, is urging people to come forward.

    Yasmin, from Hartlepool, has cared for her husband since he suffered a stroke.

    Her daily duties include washing, feeding and clothing him as he struggles with mobility.

    She says the charity's support is "absolutely brilliant" and she recommends other carers get in touch.

    Quote Message: It's made me realise what is out there for me, to actually make more out of life - not just being a carer." from Yasmin Full-time carer
    YasminFull-time carer

    Operations manager Christine Fewster says the figures suggest many people who look after family members do not view themselves as full-time carers.

  10. Video content

    Video caption: Newcastle University students protest over prayer room

    Newcastle University students are angry after their Muslim prayer room's opening times were cut.

  11. BBC Tees presenters as you've never seen them before...

    Andy Bell

    BBC Tees

    This is brilliant.

    Neil and Amy from the BBC Tees Breakfast Show have been turned into caricatures by Darlington artist Dave Wright.

    Dave has created other likenesses including Brian Clough, Johnny Cash and Daniel Craig.

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  12. Man exposed himself to dog walker

    Two dog walkers, who were walking separately, were approached by a man who chatted to them before exposing himself to one of them.

    The men were walking in Darlington through a woodland area in Merrybent on November 2.

    Darlington CID are now investigating the incident, and would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the suspect between 09:00 and 10:00.

    He is described as being in his mid 40s, 5ft 6in, of slim build and South East Asian.

  13. Photos show bus on fire in County Durham

    A bus caught fire in County Durham this morning.

    It happened on the A693 between Consett and Stanley, near East Castle and Pontop Pike.

    Bus fire
    Bus fire