Live updates for the North East have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.
- Updates on Tuesday 8 December 2015
- News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday
It'll become more dry and clear throughout this evening, leading to a drop in the temperature.Copyright: BBC
Cloud will also increase in some areas later on which could bring a chance of rain.
BBC Look North
Tonight we will be bringing you the latest on the on-going clean-up in the wake of Storm Desmond.
Our reporters have spent time at the reception centres that have been set up to help flooded-out families and with homeowners who have been without power for four days.
We'll also be talking to the North East Ambulance Service about the pressure they're under and looking at major disruption on the Metro.
Join me for the latest updates from 18:30 on BBC One.
Durham County Council is offering to house 200 Syrian refugees over the next five years as part of the UK's response to the refugee crisis.
The council said it will start in March 2016 and will focus on helping families.Copyright: Getty Images
In a report to the authority's cabinet, assistant chief executive Lorraine O'Donnell said the offer is in line with the county's population.
The North East Ambulance Service has raised its operational status to "severe pressure", following a large number of call-outs.
On Monday, the control room took 1,837 emergency 999 and urgent calls - a 46% rise on the same time last year and the kind of demand usually seen on New Year's Eve.
In order to maintain services, clinically qualified managers will be made available for front line duties, while non-essential meetings and training has been cancelled.
Paul Liversidge, chief operating officer, said:"Please help us reach those patients who need us most by using 999 wisely."
The draw for the FA Cup third round draw was held last night so here's another look at who the North East teams will face.
Sunderland will travel to FA Cup holders Arsenal while Newcastle United will play at Watford.Copyright: Getty Images
Middlesbrough are at home to Burnley while Hartlepool will host Derby County if they beat Salford City in a replay on 15 December.
Ties will be played between 8 and 11 January.
Durham County Council will review its efforts to support young people who are leaving care.
The strategy will offer help with health, housing, education, employment and finance to the "vulnerable group", it said.
Cllr Ossie Johnson, cabinet member for children and young people’s services at Durham County Council, said: “National evidence suggests that outcomes for young people leaving care are poor compare to their peers."
The Care Leavers Strategy 2015-2018 will be considered by the council on Wednesday 16 December.
In a review of regional spending in households across England, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has found people in the North East spend the least amount of money a week on everything from rent to tobacco.
The ONS said the regional average was £531 a week, up from £507 in 2012, and £524 in 2013, after adjusting for inflation.Copyright: Matt Cardy
People in the North East spent the least - a weekly average of £427.
Londoners spent the most - £616 per household per week between 2012 and 2014.
A church in Hartlepool has suffered two break-ins over the course of the weekend.
On Friday night a shipping container in the yard of Hart Church was targeted and the following night the boiler house was broken into.
Cleveland Police say it's not yet known what was stolen.
Cleveland Police have told us more arrests are imminent in connection with the disappearance of Hartlepool man Scott Fletcher four years ago.
Scott was reportedly last seen on 11 May 2011 on the A181 near Wheatley Hill in County Durham.Copyright: Cleveland Police
Three men, aged 36, 38 and 48, have already been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.
There's still disruption on Northern Rail services between Newcastle and Nunthorpe due to overhead line problems at Brockley Whins.
Tickets are being accepted on Virgin Trains East Coast and Cross Country services.
And replacement buses are running on the Metro between Heworth and Sunderland and between Sunderland and South Hylton, with the service suspended between Pelaw and South Hylton due to the same problems.
Newcastle United striker Ivan Toneyhas extended his loan-spell at Barnsley until 9 January.Copyright: Getty Images
Toney joined the League One side on an initial 28-day youth loan in November and has made six appearances since heading to Oakwell.
The 19-year-old scored his first goal for the club during Saturday's Football League Trophy win at Wigan Athletic; netting in normal time before converting from the spot as the Tykes prevailed on penalties.
Hundreds of primary school pupils in Hartlepool have been given tips on road safety.Copyright: Hartlepool Council
The lessons also include a fun element of role play when children are given the opportunity to dress up as a school crossing patroller.
Joanne Andrews said: "I think it is really important to teach children about road safety issues at a very young age so that they are able to take that knowledge with them as they progress through school and beyond."
A bumper lottery grant today secured the future of a group which connects with hundreds of Teesside young people.
Tour of Britain organisers have hailed the success of the Northumberland leg of the race and say they want to bring it back in 2017.Copyright: BBC
The UK's largest professional cycle race visited the county for two days in September this year.
Figures from a new report from race organisers SweetSpot show 115,000 people turned out to watch that stage and it brought an estimated £2.1m into the local economy.
Wearside’s automotive boom could be threatened by increasing global instability and the slowing Chinese economy, a new report has claimed.
Potentially-lethal chemicals have been stolen during a burglary at a farmhouse in South Hetton.
Among the items taken from the property on Friday night were two five-litre tubs of Cymag, which turns into the lethal gas hydrogen cyanide on contact with water.
The containers are described as similar to paint tubs and are orange and red in colour and contain a white powder.Copyright: Durham Police
A tin of 'Sheepdip' de-licing product was also stolen.
Durham Police said: "If anyone has information about the whereabouts of these chemicals, they must not approach them but instead call 999 and ask to speak to the police."
Floodwater has been pumped out of homes and businesses in Corbridge after the River Tyne reached record levels during Storm Desmond.Copyright: BBC
More than 70 homes were evacuated as the river rose to 19ft (5.79m) at the weekend.
Flood risk manager Phil Welton said the agency was "watching the situation closely".
A woman has died after the car she was driving left the road and struck a wall.
The 70-year-old was travelling northbound on the A167 at Chester Moor when it hit the boundary wall of a detached property on Monday.
She was taken to hospital with internal injuries, but later died.Durham Police has appealed for witnesses.
Household spending in the North East is lower than anywhere else in the UK, latest figures have shown.
The Office for National Statistic found that the average weekly amount was £531.30, but in the region this dropped to £427.Copyright: BBC
The area also spend the least on books, at 70p, whereas in London - which also had the highest weekly spend - it was £1.80.