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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our live updates have finished for the day, and indeed the week.

    You can still stay up to date online, on BBC Newcastle, BBC Tees and Look North.

    We'll be back from Monday from 08:00 with more live updates.

    In the meantime you can contact us with news or photos via Facebook or Twitter.

  2. Man, 60, arrested over suspicious package find

    A man has been arrested in connection with incident in Newcastle during which a suspicious package was found.

    The 60-year-old is being questioned after police were called to Westgate Road at 13:43 following reports of a disturbance.

    Northumbria Police said nobody was injured, and inquiries are ongoing.

    A spokesman said: "As a precaution, the army bomb disposal unit have been contacted.

    "There is no wider risk to the public and a police cordon is currently in place."

    Scene of package find
  3. Dash cam footage appeal after dog attack

    Police are appealing for dash cam footage after a dog attack in Middlesbrough.

    The victim, a woman in her 30s, sustained a chest wound and serious injuries to her face when she was set upon by a grey and white Japanese Akita at about 08:45 on Tuesday.

    The animal was with two men, described as being in their late teens and wearing tracksuits, and they all left the scene prior to police arrival.

    Cleveland Police has appealed for anyone who was near the park area between Trunk Road and North Ormesby at the time of the attack, whether walking or in a car with dash cam footage, to come forward.

    Quote Message: Someone out there knows who this dog belongs to and we will do everything we possibly can to trace it and the owners.” from Det Con Andy Micklewright Cleveland Police
    Det Con Andy MicklewrightCleveland Police
  4. Thief who claimed false imprisonment in van jailed

    A man who claimed he was false imprisoned when he was locked in a van he was trying to steal from has been jailed.

    Jason Maginnis, 25, broke into a Ford Transit on Fordfield Road in Sunderland in January.

    The owner caught him in the front seat and locked the vehicle before Maginnis used a baton to smash the window and escape.

    Jason Maginnis

    He was found hiding in a nearby garden and arrested having stolen £11.37.

    He pleaded guilty to theft from a motor vehicle, criminal damage and possessing an offensive weapon at Newcastle Crown Court and was jailed for six months.

    The baton Jason Maginnis used
  5. Bridge replacement suspends weekend Metro service

    No Metro trains will run between Monkseaton and Wallsend throughout Saturday and Sunday while a new bridge is hoisted into place.

    A replacement bus service - number 900 - will be calling at or close to all stations in the affected area

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  6. Arrest after street 'suspicious package' find

    A man has been arrested after a suspicious package was found on a Newcastle street.

    Police were called to Wesgate Road at 13:43 GMT, following reports of a disturbance.

    The road remains closed between Brighton Grove and Gloucester Road, and Northumbria Police said the incident remained ongoing.

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  7. Pledge to get to root of tooth decay problem

    Councillors have pledged to get to the root of good oral health in South Tyneside in a new strategy.

    According to health data, around a quarter of five-year-olds in the borough have tooth decay with stark differences between different areas.

    The new South Tyneside Oral Health Strategy, presented to the borough council last night, has set out the foundations to tackle the issue.

    This includes reducing oral health inequalities, tackling sugary drinks and tobacco and increasing the availability of tooth brushing schemes.

  8. Dozens without school places after rise in demand

    Secondary school places have not been found for more than 100 pupils due to unprecedented demand in Middlesbrough.

    Parents are being informed this week, and education chiefs have pledged to ensure all those currently without a place will be accommodated.

    While those who have been offered places will be informed today, 87 applications have not been allocated a place, with no application submitted in a further 20 cases.

    The number of Year 6 pupils living in Middlesbrough has also increased by more than 60 compared with last year, while the number of places available in local schools has also reduced slightly.

    Those affected are being advised to seek places at schools in neighbouring boroughs, with many places currently available in Stockton and Redcar and Cleveland.

  9. Farage to lead Brexit march from Sunderland

    Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage is to lead a march from Sunderland to London by Leave campaigners who accuse the Government of "betraying the British people over Brexit".

    Organised by the Leave Means Leave campaign, the march will begin on 16 March and arrive in the capital on 29 March - the scheduled date of Brexit.

    Nigel Farage

    Mr Farage, an MEP, said: "The Westminster elite are in the process of betraying the British people over Brexit."

    Departing from the first city to return a Leave vote on the night of June 23 2016, the march will visit towns including Hartlepool, Pontefract, Doncaster and Wellingborough on its way to London.

    Different marchers are expected to take part in each leg of the route, leading to a rally in Parliament Square at its conclusion.