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  1. Updates on Thursday 14 December 2017

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  2. Sir Ian Botham named president of Scunthorpe United by chairman Peter Swann

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    Video caption: United says former cricketer and player recognised for charity work
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    Video caption: Cabbie risks licence for Christmas cheer

    A taxi driver has been asked to remove festive car stickers which he says spread Christmas cheer.

  4. Extra role for Durham's chairman Sir Ian Botham

    BBC Newcastle

    The new Durham chairman Sir Ian Botham has landed another role.

    He has been appointed president of League One football club Scunthorpe United.

    The 62-year-old former England all-rounder had a brief career as a footballer, back in the days when professionals were allowed to play both sports and featured for The Iron 11 times between 1980 and 1985.

    He took over as chairman of Durham Cricket Club earlier this year after the side was relegated by the ECB over financial issues.

  5. Lorry driver pleads guilty to M20 bridge crash

    A lorry driver from Darlington has been spared jail after he admitted dangerous driving by crashing into a motorway bridge and causing £1.5m of damage.

    Heavy machinery on the back of a lorry being driven by 64-year-old Alan Austen struck the M20 footbridge on August 27 last year.

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    Video caption: Aerial view of M20 footbridge collapse

    The impact caused the bridge, between junctions four and three, to collapse on to the London-bound carriageway at Ryarsh in Kent.

    No one was killed but a pensioner broke three of his ribs when he fell off to avoid the fallen bridge.

    Austen began to shake as Judge Philip Statman handed down the 12-month suspended sentence that included 200 hours of unpaid work which he must complete within a year.

    Austen must also pay £500 in costs and was banned from driving for three years.

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A19 County Durham southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A19 County Durham southbound severe disruption, between Shotton Bank and A181.

    A19 County Durham - Slow traffic and a lane closed on A19 southbound in Shotton between the Shotton Bank junction and the A181 junction, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  7. Student becomes one of the youngest councillors in the country.

    Jack Cunningham may only be 19 but he's already got his sights set on a future in politics.

    He's just been elected as a councillor for Hetton Downs ward in County Durham.

    Jack Cunningham
    Image caption: Jack Cunningham
    Quote Message: I don’t think your age should be an issue, it’s what someone can give to a role and what expertise they have that matters, not age.” from Jack Cunningham Councillor, Hetton Downs
    Jack CunninghamCouncillor, Hetton Downs

    This means he's now one of the youngest councillors in the country.

    He's going to busy though as he's currently studying politics with sociology at the University of Sunderland.

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    Video caption: Newcastle 0-1 Everton: Rafa Benitez believes that the mistakes were avoidable

    The Newcastle boss can't believe that his team lost after all of the effort put in and thinks that the mistakes made were avoidable

  9. Trauma teds are latest police recruits

    You're only little and you've just been involved in a car accident.

    What would make you feel better? A teddy?

    Police officers have been giving out cuddly toys to young children during a pilot scheme that just covered Newcastle.

    It's proved so popular that now all Northumbria Police patrol cars will have knitted "trauma" teddy bears on board just in case any little passengers need a cuddle.

    Trauma Teds at front desk in Washington police station
    Quote Message: "This is a really fantastic scheme that has already had a number of success stories in Newcastle during the pilot." from Chief Inspector Clare Langley Northumbria police
    Chief Inspector Clare LangleyNorthumbria police
  10. Row, row your boat very quickly across an ocean!

    They've done their training. They're on the start line. Not long before their challenge begins.

    Three friends from Northumberland and Cumbria are taking part in this year's Transatlantic rowing race.

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    The Four Oarsmen will be rowing more than 3,000 nautical miles across the world’s second largest ocean as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

    Once they leave the shores of La Gomera in the Canaries, the elements, ungodly sleep patterns and stormy seas will slowly impact on them both physically and mentally.

  11. Doctor Who Christmas grand tour begins in Hartlepool tonight

    Doctor Who fans who can't wait until 25 December to see the annual Christmas special can enjoy a preview tonight in Hartlepool.

    Peter Capaldi as Dr Who
    Image caption: Peter Capaldi as Dr Who

    The last few moments will still be kept a surprise until the BBC One broadcast on Christmas Day.

    The ticket-only event is part of a Christmas grand tour of the North.

    This year's episode will feature Peter Capaldi as the Doctor for the last time.

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    Video caption: Newcastle 0-1 Everton: Sam Allardyce is baffled by Everton's previous defensive problems

    Sam Allardyce believes that his players had the drive to grind out the 1-0 win over Newcastle and is baffled as to why Everton conceded so many goals with this defense.

  13. Moody start to Thursday morning

    Joanne Carter

    Video Journalist

    Can you guess the beach where this lovely shot was taken this morning.

    Clue? It's in South Shields...

    If you've got any photos you'd like to share with us - get in touch.

    You can tweet them to @BBCNewsNE or post them via Look North's Facebook page.

    A beach in South Shields
  14. Greg O'Keeffe

    BBC Sport

    Wayne Rooney and Mohamed Diame challenge for the ball

    Greg O'Keeffe

    BBC Sport

    Wayne Rooney's solitary goal is enough for Everton to win their first Premier League away game since January against luckless Newcastle.

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  15. Ashley's Sports Direct sees profits slump

    Mike Ashley's Sports Direct has seen half-year profits dented as the retailer signalled sales in the UK fell following store closures, reduced online promotions and as a result of the weak pound.

    The retailer said pre-tax profits plunged 67.3% to £45.8m in the 26 weeks to October 29, which the Newcastle United owner put down to "transitional factors such as the disposal of assets".

    The retailer said underlying profits were still healthy - up 22.9% to £88m.

    Mr Ashley also said its new flagship stores, designed to move the discount brand up-market, were trading well.

    Sports Direct store
  16. Lead thieves cause £30,000 damage to church

    BBC Tees

    Lead thieves have caused damage estimated at £30,000 to a County Durham church.

    Durham Police said St Edmund's Church in Sedgefield was targeted by metal thieves who caused damage to the roof and the building's interior.

    St Edmund's Chruch