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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our live updates have finished for the day - thank you for joining us.

    This feed will continue to be updated with any breaking news and sport stories as well as travel updates. You can also stay up to date on the BBC Tyne & Wear and Tees news websites, on BBC Newcastle, BBC Tees and on Look North.

    We'll be back with more updates on Monday at 08:00. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

    If you want to get in touch with any news or send us photos you can tweet us, contact us via our Facebook page or email us.

    We'll leave you with two lovely photos sent to us today. At the top Mark Beadle's striking photo of the River Wear including the Northern Spire Bridge and below that the lighthouse at Roker Cliff Park taken by Robyn Travers.

    River Wear
    Lighthouse at Roker Cliff Park
  2. Weather: Becoming chilly with patchy light rain later

    Dry with clear spells at first overnight and becoming rather chilly.

    Low cloud and possible hill fog will move in during the early hours though, bringing patchy light rain. Winds freshening too.

    Minimum Temperature: 3 to 6C (37 to 43F).

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    Tomorrow will be cloudy and windy for a time with some patchy light rain.

    However, it should turn drier and brighter later with sunny spells and winds will ease down.

    Maximum Temperature: 9 to 12C (48 to 54F).

  3. Strike action in the North East

    Lucy Moody


    Your journey could be a difficult one this Saturday if you travel by Northern.

    Staff who belong to the RMT Union will be taking strike action on 29 December and the following Saturday.

    The action is part of a long-running dispute about guards on trains.

    Northern has called for an inquiry by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) but the RMT dismissed it as a "PR stunt".

    Northern says it will run services but very few after 17:00 and advised passengers to check.

  4. Concerns over Whitley Bay litter

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Herbert Soden

    Whitley Bay is plagued by litter, according to a concerned resident who has urged the council to do more to deter youngsters from the habit.

    The anonymous local who was quoted in a report to North Tyneside Council's Environment sub-committee, said there was still "too much" litter in the town and called on the authority to invest in educating young people rather than just picking up the rubbish.

    They added: "In the area leading up to Morrisons, for example, the schools could put citizenship into practice by taking pupils out to do the tidying up."

    In response, authority officers have prepared a presentation on the steps it takes to educate the general public.

    The report will be heard by the environment sub committee on Wednesday.

  5. Benitez: 'We need to be stronger mentally'

    BBC Sport

    Newcastle were thumped by Premier League leaders Liverpool on Boxing Day, leading to Rafa Benitez telling his players they need to be sharper and more switched on.

    "I was convinced we could get something with the way we prepared, but these kind of mistakes make it difficult to manage against any team, especially a team like Liverpool," says the Spaniard.

    "We have to be stronger mentally and show more character to stay in the game."

    Newcastle travel to Watford tomorrow.

    "Ciaran Clark and Karl Darlow are still not available. The rest are available, including Jonjo Shelvey," Benitez tells us.

  6. Man found in Darlington with stab wounds

    A man has been taken to hospital after he was found with suspected stab wounds in the Haughton Green area of Darlington.

    The victim, in his 20s, was helped by a passer-by close to the Highland Laddie in Haughton Green, at about 02:30.

    Det Sgt John Tyers said: “We have cordoned off the pub as this is the place the victim was taken to following the incident. Our inquiries are continuing.”

    The man is in a stable condition and his injuries are described as non-life-threatening.

    Durham Constabulary has launched an investigation and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

    Highland Laddie
  7. Petrol bomb thrown at house in Hartlepool

    BBC Tees

    A gang of men smashed the windows of a house in Hartlepool and then threw in a petrol bomb, police said.

    It happened on Furness Street at about 20:30 last night, when eight or nine men with their faces covered got out of three vehicles.

    After attacking the house, they drove off. The house was empty and the fire was put out Cleveland Police said.

    Officers want to hear from anyone who may have captured anything on CCTV.

  8. Middlesbrough Council slammed for £50k brand study

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Alex Metcalfe

    A bid to force Middlesbrough Council to reconsider its rebrand of the town has been lodged amid criticism from opponents.

    The authority and Hemingway Design have teamed up for the past year-and-a-half to change perceptions of Middlesbrough to improve its image to both residents and those looking in from the outside.

    But opposition councillors have hit out at the £50,715 price tag of the study into the rebrand.

    Members of MICA (Middlesbrough Independent Councillors' Association) submitted a "call-in" to the council yesterday and if it's accepted, the decisions on the rebrand would be put under the microscope at an overview and scrutiny meeting with a vote on whether to send the decision back to the council's executive.

    Dave Budd

    Signatories of the "call-in" have claimed there has been a "lack of consultation" over the plans and a lack of information about how the rebrand came about.

    Middlesbrough's Mayor Dave Budd (pictured) said: "The place brand has been subject to a huge consultation over more than 12 months with organisations such as the Teesside University and the football Club.

    "What this shows is the difference between an ambitious view of Middlesbrough and a negative, whinging view of Middlesbrough from our opposition.

    "This a brand for Middlesbrough. Where were they when this was discussed?"

  9. Video content

    Video caption: Campaign tackles harassment on nights out in Newcastle

    People in pubs, bars and clubs are being taught to spot sexual harassment and intervene if needed.

  10. Plans for 382 houses in North Shields have moved forward

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Herbert Soden

    Plans to build hundreds of houses on a North Shields industrial estate have moved forward.

    North Tyneside Council gave outline planning permission to Miller Homes and Northern Trust Company to build up to 400 houses at the West Chirton Industrial Estate South, on Norham Road in 2017.

    Previously, planning officers recommended approval because they believed there was no reasonable expectation of the site being brought back into employment use.

    Now the builder has come back to the council with a 'reserved matters' application for the layout, appearance and landscaping for 382 homes.

    Members of the council's planning committee will vote on the latest stages of the plans next year.

  11. Five-year-olds among 12,000 carers in Hartlepool

    Hartlepool Mail


    Here's the front page of your Friday Mail and link to our top story.

    Hartlepool Mail front page
  12. Minor earthquake in Sunderland

    A minor earthquake with a 1.6 magnitude has been logged in Sunderland.

    The British Geological Survey (BGS) said it happened at 13:06 on Boxing Day.

    The tremor is unlikely to have been felt.