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Live Reporting

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

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

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

    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.

    Hope you have a lovely weekend.

  2. Some showers remaining tonight

    Through this evening and tonight, outbreaks of rain will ease but a few showers may remain.

    The cloud should break as well, leaving some clearer intervals.

    Minimum Temperature: 12 to 15C (54 to 59F).

    weather graphic

    Saturday will have sunshine at times. However, the clouds will build-up, producing scattered heavy showers in the afternoon with the risk of one or two thunderstorms.

    Turning drier Saturday evening.

    Maximum Temperature: 17 to 20C (63 to 68F).

  3. New hope for Newcastle waste and recycling centre

    Daniel Holland

    Local Democracy Reporter

    A threatened Newcastle household waste and recycling centre could be saved from closure according to opposition councillors.

    Brunswick Household Waste and Recycling Centre was on the hit list to help save Newcastle City Council £60m.

    Now opposition councillors say the closure plan could be shelved after healthier news that waste services are outperforming cash-flow predictions.

    Lib Dem Colin Ferguson says the waste service is making more than enough to sustain Brunswick.

    But Councillor Nick Kemp, Labour’s cabinet member for environment and climate change, said: “There are no immediate plans to close Brunswick – the proposed closure is set out in the budget consultation documents for March 2020 and will be subject to further review.

    He added that the city-wide waste strategy was having a positive impact but planning the way forward was not about knee-jerk reactions."

  4. Ferret find surprises car showroom staff

    Staff at a car showroom in Stockton were surprised to find a ferret wandering around among the cars for sale.

    An RSPCA officer was called to collect the animal from the Volvo dealership at Preston Farm Business Park.

    It is not known if the small, albino male has been abandoned or was an escaped pet, but he is now being cared for at the RSPCA's Great Ayton Animal Centre in Middlesbrough.

    Shane Lynn, from the RSPCA, said: “I’m used to seeing Jaguars, Pandas, Mustangs and even Beetles in car showrooms - but a ferret is definitely a new model."

    Ferret

    He added: “I think he’s come from a home environment as he is really friendly and has been neutered but sadly he isn’t microchipped.

    "Hopefully his owner will come forward and we'll be able to reunite them."

  5. 'Challenging' time for by-election

    Megan Paterson

    Reporter, BBC Look North

    The voting turnout in the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner election was just 15%.

    People across Northumberland, Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead and North and South Tyneside were eligible to vote.

    Out of an electorate of more than one million, just short of 156,000 people voted.

    The new PCC Kim McGuinness admits its a challenging time to hold a by-election but insists the role is key to good policing for communities across Northumbria

  6. PCC 'will put victims at the centre' of her agenda

    Northunbria's new Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness says she will "put victims at the centre" of the policing agenda.

    The Labour candidate beat the Independent candidate Georgina Hill after it went to a second round of counting between the two.

    Here she is, in the centre wearing a red dress, with her supporters.

    Kim McGuinness with her supporters
  7. Labour candidate elected PCC

    Labour's Kim McGuinness becomes the new Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner.

    She polled 67,332, ahead of Independent Georgina Hill who got 61,633 after counting second preferences.

    View more on twitter
  8. BreakingKim McGuiness is new Northumbria Police and Crime Commisioner

    Labour's Kim McGuinness is Northumbria's new police and crime commisioner.

    More to follow

  9. Police investigation after woman raped

    An investigation has begun after a woman was raped in Seaton Delaval.

    The 37-year-old victim told police she was walking from Dorchester Court towards Bristol Street on Tuesday evening when she was approached by a man she did not know, who then attacked her.

    He fled the area and the woman was found by a passer-by who contacted police.

    Det Ch Insp Eric Myers of Northumbria Police said: “The woman has not suffered any injuries but she is very distressed and is being offered specialist support during the investigation.

    "The suspect is described as about 5ft 10in and a slim but muscular build with brown eyes. He was wearing black jeans and a black jumper.

    "Anyone who may have seen this man, or who lives in the area and has CCTV, is encouraged to call police immediately."

  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) County Durham northbound severe accident, at J63 for A167.

    A1(M) County Durham - A1(M) partially blocked and queues northbound at J63, A167 (Chester-Le-Street), because of an accident.

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