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  1. Updates on Wednesday 3 January 2018

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Severe accident: A186 Tyne And Wear eastbound

BBC News Travel

A186 Tyne And Wear eastbound severe accident, at A191 Denton Road.

A186 Tyne And Wear - A186 West Road in Denton blocked and slow traffic eastbound at Denton Burn Roundabout, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

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BBC News Online

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Man glassed in Bishop Auckland

A man suffered severe facial injuries after being glassed in Bishop Auckland.

The 21-year-old was walking with a group of friends towards the Market Place when a man ran up behind him and glassed him in the face.

The attack caused cuts, heavy bleeding and left the victim requiring hospital treatment.

The suspect is described as white, in his early to mid-20s, of slim build with short dark hair.

Weather: Turning chilly

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Winds will gradually ease through the evening and showers will become more isolated, staying dry for most after midnight.

Turning chilly, though cloud increasing from the west by dawn.

Check the weather where you are.

Sunderland's adopted ship HMS Ocean sold to Brazil in £84m deal

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Sunderland's adopted warship has reportedly been sold to Brazil.

HMS Ocean

Newcastle station works starting

Work will begin at Newcastle station this weekend as part of a £8.6m project.

The work includes upgrades to the switching and crossings, bringing significant "long-term reliability benefits" as part of the Great North Rail Project.

The revamp takes place between Saturday, 6 January and Sunday, 14 January, with services returning to normal on Monday, 15 January.

Rob McIntosh, managing director for Network Rail’s London North Eastern and East Midlands route said the upgrade is "absolutely essential" and that the team have worked "closely with train operating partners to keep disruption to a minimum".

Metro obstruction cleared

Tyne and Wear Metro have confirmed that an earlier disruption has now been resolved.

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Man in custody after shots fired in Newcastle

BBC Newcastle

A 45-year-old man remains in custody as officers continue to investigate a shooting incident in Newcastle in the early hours of New Year's Day.

Four other people have been released while investigations continue after shots were fired through the letterbox of a flat on Grey Street, Brunswick Village.

Nobody was injured, but police say the incident "caused huge distress" to the occupants.

Grey Street
PC John Davidson memorial

John Davidson was killed while arresting a suspect in Abbotsford, British Columbia, in November.

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Red sky over Seaham

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Thank you to Dan Myers who sent us this stunning picture of the red sky over Seaham Marina.

Seaham Marina
Dan Myers.

Have you got any North East pictures you'd like to share with us? You can do so on Twitter,Facebook, or via email.

Teenager shot with air weapon

A schoolboy needs surgery after being shot with an air weapon in Middlesbrough.

The 13-year-old was waiting for a bus on Fulbeck Road at about 19:45 on 1 January when he was injured.

He was left with a pellet lodged in his arm and requires surgery to remove it.

Fulbeck Road
Inside a hospital

Alex Therrien

Health reporter, BBC News

NHS England says tens of thousands of non-urgent procedures may be deferred until 31 January.

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Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham northbound

BBC News Travel

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

A1(M) County Durham - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on A1(M) northbound between J62, A690 (Carrville) and J63, A167 (Chester-le-Street), because of an accident.

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

Storm Eleanor gusts hit 100mph

Rebecca O'Neill

BBC Newcastle

The region has been battered by the fifth storm of the winter, Storm Eleanor.

So far there have been no reports of injuries, although a wind gust of 100mph was recorded at Great Dun Fell in the Pennines.

At one point more than 200 homes were without power in rural Northumberland and the north of Newcastle, but most have now been restored.

Northern Powergrid said it was dealing with another power cut affected about 30 properties in Sunderland.

Some roads, including the A66 between Brough and Bowes, were closed for a time to all traffic due to high winds, however it and the majority of road routes are now open.

A flood alert is in place for the Northumberland coast as tides are expected to be higher than usual.

Police officer apologises over Hillsborough comment

A Northumbria Police officer has apologised after posting a tweet relating to the Hillsborough disaster.

PC Curtis Ritchie wrote "have they started blaming the police yet" after a fire broke in a car park next to Liverpool's Echo Arena.

The force says the comment is "clearly unacceptable" and has received numerous complaints via social media.

In a statement, Northumbria Police says it "does not condone the comments" and that PC Curtis has "expressed regret for any offence and upset caused".

He has received "management advice regarding his actions".

Dumped puppy recovering after being found in woods

BBC Tees

An abandoned puppy has been rescued just hours from death after a Stockton couple found her dumped in a carrier bag in woods.

Claire and Rob Neal found the puppy, which vets think is only 12 weeks old, freezing in the woods in the Lowfields area of Ingleby Barwick.

The pup, which they have named El, was found in a bad way with a skin disease and hardly any hair, meaning she would've struggled to survive in the freezing conditions.

El the puppy
Claire Neal

Mr Neal told BBC Tees that it looks she had suffered weeks of very severe neglect.

He said: "She is doing really well and has captured the heart of all of the staff at Jacqui Patersons vets who are taking amazing care of her.

"We will be fostering her once she is well enough to come home, until a permanent home can be found for her, be it with ourselves or another family.

Treatment will be slow so as not to overload her fragile system, but she is very active and in good spirits."

The RSPCA has appealed for any information about El to get in touch with them.