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  1. Updates on Wednesday 13 December 2017

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  2. Wanted man from Sunderland on the run

    Police are appealing to trace a Sunderland man wanted on an emergency recall to prison.

    Wanted man Paul Smith

    Paul Smith, 39, has breached the terms of his licence.

    Anyone with information is asked to get in touch with Northumbria Police.

  3. Medication stolen from vehicle in Middlesbrough

    Police are appealing to trace large quantities of medication stolen from a vehicle in Middlesbrough.

    Three bottles of Oramorph, 56 x morphine tablets and 14 x Amitriptyline tablets were taken from the boot of a car.

    Newport Terrace

    It happened yesterday at about 16:50 on Newport Terrace.

    Anyone who may come across the medication is asked to pass it to their nearest pharmacy or police station as it could be extremely dangerous and have life threatening consequences if taken by anyone other than the person they were prescribed for.

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    Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) County Durham northbound severe accident, at J63 for A167 affecting J62 for A690.

    A1(M) County Durham - Lane closed and queuing traffic on A1(M) northbound at J63, A167 (Chester-le-Street), because of an accident involving four vehicles. Congestion to J62, A690 (Carrville).

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

  5. Thieves cause £30,000 worth of damage to County Durham church

    Thieves who stole lead from the roof of a County Durham church have caused more than £30,000 of damage.

    St Edmunds Church

    St Edmund's Church in Sedgefield was targeted sometime between 1 October and 9 December when a large amount of lead was stolen, causing damage both internally and externally.

    It is not the first time the church has been damaged in this way.

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    Severe disruption: A1(M) County Durham northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) County Durham northbound severe disruption, at J61 for A177.

    A1(M) County Durham - A1(M) lane closed on exit slip road and heavy traffic northbound at J61, A177 (Bowburn), because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  7. Famous faces spotted in Newcastle for sixth Christmas at the Cathedral

    Actor Stephen Tompkinson is among the stars in Newcastle tonight for the sixth Christmas at the Cathedral event.

    The seasonal celebration is filled with North East celebrities and special guests.

    Proceeds go to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

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  8. Masked robbers ransack elderly man's home

    Three masked robbers have assaulted an elderly man and ransacked his home.

    Armed with crowbars, they forced in their way into the victim's home, demanded money and assaulted the man in his 60s.

    Staindrop Road

    The attack happened at about 18:00 last night on Staindrop Road in West Auckland.

    The suspects were wearing blue boiler suits and masks, and are said to have left the scene in a dark coloured car.

  9. CCTV appeal after metro station assault

    Police are looking to speak to the woman below following an attack at a Metro station in North Shields.

    The incident happened at the Meadowell Metro Station on Thursday 19 October at 07:15.

    Officers are appealing for the woman to get in contact as they believe she was in the area at the time.

    Woman on CCTV
  10. Morale at Teesside university at 'all time low'

    A former Teesside University professor has spoken out about working conditions, claiming morale is at an "all time low".

    Teesside University Building

    Earlier this year all professors were told they had to re-apply for their jobs as part of a restructuring exercise.

    He's now spoken out claiming that it was a ploy to get rid of "dead wood".

    Quote Message: All the relationships, all the hard work that I've done while working at Teesside has been discarded and I've been forced to move to another university, and I think everyone loses here, I think the uni has lost , I have lost and certainly the students that I supervise have lost." from Former Teesside University Professor
    Former Teesside University Professor

    A spokesman from Teesside University has said: "these claims are the views of just one former university employee and a recent staff survey showed that the vast majority of their 2,000 workforce are extremely positive and are proud of working there.

    As with any large organisation, there has been some necessary change which is essential in order for the University to continue to succeed, grow and deliver."

  11. Saltburn cliff lift carriages removed

    The carriages from Saltburn's historic cliff lift have been removed as part of a £400,000 refurbishment.

    It closed for the work on 5 October and is expected to reopen at Easter 2018.

    You can see more on Look North tonight at 18:30.

    Saltburn Cliff Lift
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    Video caption: Benitez hopes for good takeover news after Everton fixture

    Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez remains hopeful of some good news regarding the Magpies takeover bid after their midweek clash against Everton.

  13. Sunderland school girl designs new flood logo

    A school girl from Sunderland flooded with creativity has won a competition to design a new flood warden logo for the Environment Agency.

    Sally Lockey with her flood warden jacket

    Year Five Hetton Lyons Primary pupil Sally Lockey beat more than 300 submissions across the North East and will now have her creation printed on blue flood warden jackets.

    Taryn Al-Mashgari, Environment Agency; Flood warden Margaret Horseman; Mayor David Wallace with the flood emergency ‘grab bag’ given to the school; Flood warden Sue Williams, and Coun. James Blackburn, with logo design winner Sally Lockey wearing the flood warden jacket and with the new Rainworks stencil.

    The new logo will also be printed on to pavements outside of schools with an invisible spray which will only show the logo when it rains.

  14. BreakingAshley and buyer close on NUFC takeover

    BBC Newcastle

    BBC Newcastle understands Mike Ashley and Amanda Staveley are close to an agreement for the takeover of Newcastle United.

    We understand the investment firm run by Ms Staveley, PCP Capital Partners, has put forward an offer of £300m to buy the club.

  15. Half a million pound investment for Northumberland leisure park

    A leisure park in Northumberland has announced it's investing £500,000 for further development.

    Verdant Leisure, which owns the Riverside Leisure Park on Wooler Water, has released plans to increase the park by 38 pitches, 31 for caravans and seven for new lodges.

    Artist Impression of new plans

    The new development will also see a pedestrian bridge built to give better access around the park and accommodate disability scooters and wheelchairs.

    The park will also welcome a new children's play area.

    Verdant says work started in October and is due to be completed by March 2018.

  16. Woman and dog rescued from frozen lake

    Firefighters were called to rescue a woman and her dog who were trapped on a frozen lake in Washington.

    The owner had crossed to help her dog, and fell through the ice.

    The RSPCA is now advising pet owners to stay away from frozen lakes and ponds.

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