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  1. Updates on Tuesday 8 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Wednesday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    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.

  2. Weather: Temperature set to fall as skies clear

    BBC Weather

    It'll become more dry and clear throughout this evening, leading to a drop in the temperature.


    Cloud will also increase in some areas later on which could bring a chance of rain.

  3. On tonight's Look North: Flooding clean-up latest

    Carol Malia

    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.  

  4. Durham offers to take 200 Syrian refugees by 2020

    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. 


    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. 

    In September the Government announced plans to accept 20,000 refugees from Syria by 2020.

  5. Ambulance service under 'severe pressure'

    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."

  6. Sunderland face Arsenal in FA Cup third round

    BBC Sport

    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.

    Hartlepool V Salford

    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.

  7. Councillors look to support young people leaving care

    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.

  8. Household spending in North East 'lower than rest of UK'

    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.


    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.

  9. Two break-ins at Hartlepool church

    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.

  10. Scott Fletcher murder probe: More arrests 'imminent'

    BBC Tees

    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.  

    Scott Fletcher

    Three men, aged 36, 38 and 48, have already been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

  11. Travel: Latest disruption on Northern Rail and Metro services

    BBC Travel

    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.

    For the latest travel news tune into BBC Newcastle or visit the BBC travel page.

  12. Newcastle United's Toney extends Barnsley loan

    Newcastle United striker Ivan Toneyhas extended his loan-spell at Barnsley until 9 January.

    Ivan Toney

    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.

  13. Road safety advice for Hartlepool pupils

    Hundreds of primary school pupils in Hartlepool have been given tips on road safety.

    The council's child injury prevention co-ordinator, Joanne Andrews, has been running sessions for the youngsters.

    Pupils at Lynnfield Primary School

    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."

  14. Northumberland benefits from Tour of Britain

    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.

    Tour of Britain in Northumberland

    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.

  15. Wearside auto industry faces global instability threat

    Sunderland Echo


    Wearside’s automotive boom could be threatened by increasing global instability and the slowing Chinese economy, a new report has claimed.

  16. Warning after 'lethal' chemicals stolen

    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.


    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."

  17. Storm Desmond-hit village braced for further rain

    Expected rain is unlikely to cause further flooding in Northumberland, the Environment Agency (EA) has said.

    Floodwater has been pumped out of homes and businesses in Corbridge after the River Tyne reached record levels during Storm Desmond.


    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".

  18. Woman dies after car leaves road and hits wall

    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. 

  19. North East households are lowest spenders

    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.

    Spending graph

    The area also spend the least on books, at 70p, whereas in London - which also had the highest weekly spend - it was £1.80.