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Adama Traore looks on during Middlesbrough's game at Fulham

Play-off chasing Middlesbrough hold on to beat struggling Reading and raise the pressure on Royals boss Jaap Stam.

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Ben Spencer

Saracens move within a point of leaders Exeter Chiefs at the top of the Premiership with a three-try win against Newcastle Falcons.

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Our live coverage across the day

Our updates here have now finished for the day, and the week. Thank you for joining us.

This feed will be updated with travel updates and any news and sport overnight.

You can also keep up-to-date with the latest news, on BBC Newcastle and BBC Tees and on Look North.

We'll be back with more updates on Monday.

Watch: Question Time from Darlington

The BBC's Question time came from Darlington last night.

Host David Dimbleby was joined by energy minister Claire Perry, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, businessman and co-chair of the pressure group Leave Means Leave, Richard Tice, political columnist for the Times, Rachel Sylvester and broadcaster and author Terry Christian.

You can watch the programme here.

Physio funding row for woman with rare genetic condition

BBC Newcastle

A woman who spent years bedridden with a rare genetic condition says she can't understand why the NHS has decided to stop paying for her private physiotherapist.

Melanie Hartshorn, from Cramlington, has Elhers-Danlos Syndrome which causes her joints to dislocate.

She's been seeing the same private physio for the past 10 years, funded by the NHS. However, that has been stopped and she has been offered free treatment from a physio on the NHS.

It comes after Melanie (pictured) raised £160,000 to pay for a crucial operation in Spain to fuse her skull to her spine.

Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group, which made the decision, says NHS physiotherapists are qualified to treat her condition and that decisions about private treatment are made on a case-by-case basis and judged on clinical need.

Melanie Hartshorn

Drinks firm boss 'devastated' by burglary

BBC Newcastle

The boss of a family-run business has spoken of his devastation after thieves used stolen keys to enter his company and took a five-figure sum of money.

The money was stolen from a safe inside the Primo Drinks unit on Sea View Industrial Estate, in Horden, on the evening of Sunday 17 December.

Durham Police

Durham Police have just released CCTV images of two men. The keys had been taken from a car parked in Avenue Vivian, in Fencehouses, earlier that evening.

Primo Drinks managing director Gavin Wright said: “After the immediate shock, I then began to realise just how devastating the consequences of this would be and the effect it would have on things like cash flow, morale, safety and security and the long-term effects it has on the profitability of the company and potential growth aspirations."

Loan shark action week planned

BBC Tees

A week of action will be held in Middlesbrough to crack down on loan sharks who prey on vulnerable people.

The Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) – a specialist unit that investigate and prosecute loan sharks – is working with Middlesbrough Council on a range of activities during February half-term.

Loan Shark mascot
Middlesbrough Council

The activities will run from 12 to 16 February and will raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks and the help and support available to victims, while a zero-tolerance charter will be signed by various groups.

Dave Budd, the mayor of Middlesbrough, said: “Loan sharks profit off other people’s misery. They prey on the vulnerable and cause untold damage to families and communities."

Durham gets ready for Chinese New Year

Durham will welcome the Year of the Dog with the traditional Chinese lion dance.

The performance will start next Saturday at 12:30 in the Market Place. It will then proceed to the Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, Elvet Bridge and Framwellgate Bridge, followed by a visit to Clayport Library.

The Chinese Lion dancing in Durham Market Place at a previous Chinese New Year celebration
Durham Markets

Durham Markets MD Colin Wilkes said:

Our Chinese New Year celebrations always draw a great crowd, and as the lion dances in several different city centre locations, there are plenty of opportunities to catch the performance.

As Chinese New Year coincides with the city’s Fire and Ice Festival, it’s a great opportunity to spend your Saturday in the city. We hope plenty of people will visit, and make the most of the city’s shops, restaurants and cafes as well as all the entertainment.”

Hopes for 'thousands of jobs' from energy project

The Gazette


A multibillion-pound energy project bringing thousands of jobs to Teesside is expected to be confirmed within weeks, the Tees Valley mayor has announced.

Gazette front page

Atsu to hold Ghana orphan school fundraiser

BBC Newcastle

Newcastle United winger Christian Atsu is holding a charity event to build a school for orphans in his native Ghana.

He is an ambassador for the charity Arms Around The Child, which helps some of the world's poorest children, after himself growing up in poverty.

The footballer's father was a farmer and fisherman who died when Atsu was training at an academy in Ghana.

REUTERS/Scott Heppell

Atsu's Black Star Gala in Gateshead aims to raise enough to build a school for local orphans.

He said: "Understanding my own family's struggles with poverty, it's important to me to help the kids who are living in extreme adversity, abandoned, orphaned and often rescued from trafficking."

Tickets for the event at the Newcastle Gateshead Hilton on 14 March cost £150.

Fears road work will cause 'huge problems'

Residents of Marske say planned changes to the main road into the town will cause huge traffic problems.

Proposals are in place to build a footpath under a railway bridge.

It would reduce the road to a single lane, which would be controlled by traffic lights.

A public meeting is being held tonight. Campaigner Peter Finlinson is urging residents to have their say.

He said: "We need to have our say and work together to protect our community."


Coleman calls Sunderland job toughest challenge

School 'shocked' at death of former head girl

Olivia Burt

Bournemouth School for Girls has said it is "shocked and saddened" at the death of former head girl Olivia Burt.

The 20-year-old, from Milford-on-Sea, died from head injuries in a crush involving a barrier outside a nightclub in Durham on Wednesday.

She was in her first year of studies at Durham University.

Olivia was a model student in every way. She carried out her role of Head Girl with distinction and was also a talented sailor. We will all remember her with enormous pride and affection.

Alistair BrienHeadteacher, Bournemouth School for Girls
Throckley couple use kidney swap to save wife's life
Stuart used a kidney swap with another couple to save his wife Andrea's life.

Dippy the diplodocus to visit Newcastle

After 112 years at London's Natural History Museum, Dippy the dinosaur has started a UK tour with the first stop in Dorset.

The 70ft-long (21m) replica of a diplodocus has 292 bones.

It only just squeezed into Dorset County Museum in Dorchester, with just 4in (10cm) to spare.

The tour, which ends in late 2020, will also take in Newcastle and Birmingham.

Diplodocus replica

Weather warning in place for ice and snow

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We do have a weather warning in place - a yellow be aware one - for ice and snow.

But rain should clear those snow showers and it will brighten up across the North East and Cumbria and hopefully we shall see some sunshine.

It should remain dry this evening.

Check out the weather near you.


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Severe disruption: A167(M) Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A167(M) Tyne And Wear northbound severe disruption, at A186 City Road.

A167(M) Tyne And Wear - One lane closed and very slow traffic on A167(M) northbound in Newcastle Upon Tyne at A186, Swanhouse Roundabout, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

Dippy the diplodocus starts UK tour in Dorchester
The 70ft-long (21m) dinosaur replica only just squeezed into its new home in Dorset.

Our live coverage across the day

That's the end of our live coverage today.

You can keep up to date with what's happening with BBC Newcastle, BBC Tees and Look North.

This page will continue to be updated with any breaking news and travel.

We'll be back with updates at 08:00 tomorrow morning.

Have a safe journey home and a nice evening.

Buses to be fitted with new engines to tackle pollution

BBC Newcastle

A £3m scheme will aim to improve air quality on Tyneside by cutting harmful emissions from buses.

Almost 200 vehicles operating on 20 routes in Newcastle, Gateshead, and North Tyneside will be fitted with new engine technology, which significantly reduces levels of pollutants.

It will help to address excessive levels of nitrogen dioxide on roads such as the Tyne Bridge, and parts of the Coast Road and Central Motorway.

The new technology will be fitted to the buses over the next 12 month on the Stagecoach, Go North East and Arriva buses.

Funding for the project was announced earlier at the UK Bus Summit in London.

Men in CCTV footage south over robbery

These four men are being sought after a robbery in Ellison Place in Newcastle.

The attack took place on January 21, at about 00:30 when a 27-year-old man was knocked unconscious and his mobile phone was stolen.

The men in the image were in the area at the time.

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police.

Police are tracing the four men in the picture regarding a Newcastle robbery
Northumbria Police

Your photos: Sunrise at Whitley Bay

We have had some beautiful red skies over the last week. Press Association took this off Whitley Bay.

It shows the Scarlett Manx Bulk Carrier off the coast.

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.

sunrise at Whitley Bay

Aung San Suu Kyi will be stripped of freedom of Newcastle

Councillors have voted to strip Aung San Suu Kyi of the Freedom of Newcastle, seven years after she received the honour.

Council leader Nick Forbes started the process at a meeting last night, in protest at the plight of the Rohingya people, who are being persecuted in Myanmar, which was formally called Burma.

The politician has faced international criticism over her failure to speak out and act against the persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority. You can read more about the crisis here.

It's the first time there has been a proposal to revoke a Freedom of the City award in Newcastle.

Aung San Suu Kyi
Getty Images

Woman duped maggot-filled rubbish

Sunderland Echo


A Sunderland fly-tipper was snared after a letter addressed to her was found among maggot-filled household rubbish dumped on a green space where children play.

Sunderland Echo front page
Port Talbot steelworks

Brian Meechan

BBC Wales business correspondent

A steel summit hears fears that Brexit is taking too much focus away from the industry's problems.

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Dual Control to Middlesbrough

Will Self continues his tour of urban Britain travelling only by coach and bus, assessing British identity at a time of flux.

Will heads to Middlesbrough where he learns about the booming digital scene and findsout what happened to the 1700 workers laid off at the Redcar steelworks two years ago.

Producer: Laurence Grissell.

Will heads to Middlesbrough, where he learns about the booming digital scene.
Switch, which supports vulnerable women needs, funds
Switch helps and supports vulnerable women but is in danger of closing.