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  1. Updates on Friday 6 April

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  1. Welcome to our live coverage

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live. Hope you had a good weekend.

    We'll be with you throughout the day to bring you the latest news, weather, sport and travel updates.

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  2. Our live coverage across the day

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    Our updates here have now finished for the week - thank you for joining us.

    This feed will continue to be updated with any breaking news, sport and travel. You can also keep up to date on BBC Newcastle,BBC Tees and on Look North.

    Have you got news or 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.

    We'll be back on Monday from 08:00. Have a lovely weekend.

  3. Weather: Cloud overnight but dry in the morning

    BBC Weather

    Cloud thickening again into the evening giving the risk of a little further patchy light rain.

    It should then become drier in the early hours with some clearer spells developing.

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  4. Durham Constabulary officers receive national award

    Two police officers who helped save a man's life have received national honours.

    Durham Constabulary's PCs Tony Barker and David Taylor stemmed a driver's bleeding for half an hour, saving his life.

    The Bishop Auckland officers have now been awarded Certificates of Commendation from the Royal Humane Society.

    PC Barker said it's an "honour to be recognised" and PC Taylor added that seeing the man in good health "is the real reward".

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  5. Great Ayton's Tanfield wins men's 4,000m individual pursuit

    BBC Sport

    England's Charlie Tanfield beats Scotland's John Archibald to take gold in the men's 4000m individual pursuit.

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    Video caption: Charlie Tanfield takes gold in the men's 4000m individual pursuit
  6. Roadworks warning to County Durham drivers

    Motorists are being advised of potential disruption to their journeys ahead of highways improvements in County Durham.

    Resurfacing and other works are being carried out at Dipton, Sedgefield, Barnard Castle, Seaham, Chester-le-Street and Durham, over the coming weeks, and will require lane closures and temporary traffic lights.

    Full details can be found on the council's website.

    Quote Message: We plan all works to keep disruption to a minimum but thank people in advance for their patience and understanding should they be inconvenienced in any way." from Brian Buckley strategic highways manager at Durham County Council
    Brian Buckleystrategic highways manager at Durham County Council
  7. Dashcam footage appeal after man hit by car

    Trunk Road

    Police are asking for dash cam footage after a man was run over in Redcar.

    The incident took place on Trunk Road yesterday when a man was hit by a gold Vauxhall Vectra.

    The 42-year-old was taken to hospital and is being treated for a broken leg, broken wrist and a cut to his head.

  8. New plans to tackle beggars

    Daniel Holland

    Local Democracy Reporter

    A new plan to tackle beggars in Newcastle city centre is being rolled out.

    Safe Newcastle - the city's community safety partnership and drug action team - will draw up separate strategies for each "complex, high-risk individual" who is "engaging in anti-social behaviour".

    The scheme is already said to be proving successful in tackling beggars dealing with issues such as drug and alcohol addiction and homelessness.

    Safe Newcastle's plans for the coming year also include relaunching and improving a campaign to tell the public that giving cash to beggars is not the best way to help them.

    Charities, the police and the city council advise people not to give money to beggars, as they may "spend it on drugs or alcohol", and to donate to registered charities instead.

  9. Shopkeeper fined after thousands of dodgy cigarettes were discovered at his business premises

    Hartlepool Mail

    Newspaper

    A shopkeeper has been ordered to pay more than £1,500 after hundreds of packets of illegal cigarettes were found at his business.

    The cigarettes
  10. Man jailed after tasering wife

    BBC Tees

    www.bbc.co.uk/BBCTees

    A Teesside man has been jailed for five years today after he shot his wife with a taser gun on Christmas Eve.

    Stephen Dowey, 58, told the police that he had been arguing with his wife at their home on Westbrook Gardens in Middlesbrough, when he shot her with the taser which was disguised as a torch, Teesside Crown Court heard.

    Dowey admitted possession of a firearm and told officers that he had bought the torch through the post and only became aware later that it could also be used as a taser.

    His wife declined to help the police with their investigations.

  11. Clampdown on football fans' free parking

    Daniel Holland

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Cars parked on Douglas Terrace

    New restrictions could be imposed to stop Newcastle's football fans and commuters using busy residential streets for free parking.

    Residents in Avison Street, Douglas Terrace, and the surrounding area - just a few minutes' walk from St James' Park - say they are fed up with their roads being lined with cars on matchdays.

    Newcastle City Council is now consulting the public on plans for double yellow lines to stop drivers using it to escape city centre parking fees.

    One Avison Street resident said:It's always really busy here on weekdays and match days.

    "People either can't get parked in the city centre or they don't want to pay."

    However, one Newcastle fan, who asked not to be named, said: "It'll probably be a case now of finding the next nearest streets without restrictions and just shifting the problem somewhere else really.

    "City centre parking is too expensive and inconvenient, especially when you're already spending £40 on petrol between you."

  12. Work starts on Metro interchange

    Work has started on the new Metro and bus interchange in the centre of South Shields.

    The project includes 14 bus stands, a coach stand and an enhanced "entrance" on Keppel and Fowler Street.

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  13. Cannabis farm found in Hartlepool

    The cannabis farm

    A cannabis farm with an estimated street value of £6k has been found in Hartlepool.

    Twelve suspected cannabis plants were recovered by Cleveland Police on Iber Grove earlier.

    No arrests were made at the address, however a 27-year-old man was interviewed voluntarily in connection with the offence.