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  1. Updates on Thursday 10 December 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 Friday

Live Reporting

By Lloyd Watson

All times stated are UK

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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 Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

    We hope you can join us then.

  2. On tonight's BBC Look North: Ovingham bridge closure's impact

    Jonathan Swingler

    Difficult times also for the people of Ovingham in Northumberland who had to wait for 18 months while the bridge there was being renovated.

    It reopened on Thursday only to be closed again on Saturday after Storm Desmond brought debris crashing into the scaffolding.

    It's now closed to traffic and it's not clear when it can reopen.

    I'll have the latest on this story on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

  3. Weather: Skies will clear with the odd shower

    Paul Mooney

    BBC Weather

    After a cloudy start to the night with showers that'll be wintry over the North Pennines, skies will tend to clear with just the odd shower at times, again falling as snow over higher ground. 

    Patchy frost forming in the more sheltered spots. 

    Weather forecast

    Minimum temperature: 1C (34F). Check the forecast near you.

  4. Latest headlines: Man who died in A1 crash named and fifth arrest in missing man probe

    The latest headlines so far today include:

  5. Police appeal for missing 15-year-old girl

    Police are appealing for the whereabouts of a teenager last seen in Stockton.

    Hannah Harris, 15, hasn't been heard of since she left Londonderry Road in Stockton at about 23:30 on Sunday, police say.

    Hannah Harris

    It's believed she spends a lot of time in the Stockton area.  

  6. Man killed in HGV and digger collision named

    A man who died in a collision on the A1 between an HGV and a digger has been named by police.

    Alan Clarehugh, 54, of Bockenfield Cottages, Bockenfield in Felton was pronounced dead at the scene last night.

    The crash happened near the Shilbottle exit on the southbound carriageway just south of Alnwick.

  7. Missing 16-year-old teenage boy located

    Clarke Wilson, 16, from Newcastle who was reported missing yesterday has been found safe and well, Cleveland Police say.

  8. Woodchipper stolen in Sunderland

    A woodchipper has been stolen and a car broken into in Sunderland.

    The car, that had been parked in Glen Path, was broken into between 12:00 and 14:00 yesterday and keys were taken, police say.


    Thieves then used the keys to unlock a GreenMech woodchipper (pictured) attached to the vehicle and stole it.

  9. Restaurant staff 'shocked beyond words' at men in car who offered girl for sex

    More on the story that a woman was offered for sex to "shocked" restaurant staff in Gateshead and how police handled the call regarding the matter.

    Restaurant owner Priya Mishra said men who pulled up in a car outside Angeethi in Low Fell, Gateshead  "enquired of a member of staff if he wanted to have sex with a girl in the car".

    "He was absolutely shocked beyond words," she said.

    When he told the men to leave they asked if any of his colleagues wanted to "avail of her services".

    He checked to see if the girl was alright or "whether she was drugged or anything" and "she seemed to be OK," Ms Mishra added.

    Supt Christina Barrett said police were "taking this incident seriously".

  10. Police appeal for missing teenage girl

    Police are appealing for help to locate a missing teenage girl from Newcastle.

    Libby Armstrong, who is 14, was last seen in the city five days ago on 5 December.

    Libby Armstrong

    Libby is 5ft 5ins tall, of slim build and was last seen wearing a pink Superdry coat and grey tracksuit bottoms and was wearing her hair in a ponytail.  

  11. Repairs 'ongoing' in Corbridge after flooding

    Repair work is still ongoing in Corbridge, Northumberland after the floods at the weekend.

    Water had to be 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).

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  12. Scott Fletcher: Fifth arrest in missing man inquiry

    A fifth person has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder in connection with the disappearance of a man from north-east England.

    Scott Fletcher, from Hartlepool, was last seen in a lay-by opposite the Jet garage on the A181 at Wheatley Hill, near Durham in May 2011.

    Scott Fletcher

    Four men aged 36, 38, 38 and 48 from County Durham were arrested earlier this week and bailed.

    A fifth man, aged 32 from County Durham, has also now been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

  13. Durham Council warns hundreds of job losses possible

    Hundreds of jobs could be cut as predicted savings rise to £290m by 2020, a local authority has warned.

    About 400 council posts - including 60 currently vacant - could be lost, Durham County Council said.

    The authority may also resort to using £25m from reserves to "mitigate the impact on frontline services", it said.

    Labour council leader Simon Henig said "tremendously difficult" decisions were inevitable with spending cuts "on this scale".

  14. Sunderland's Watmore graduates with First-class honours

    Congratulations to Sunderland footballer Duncan Watmore who graduated today with First-class honours in economics and business.

    The England under-21 winger has become only the second player in the Premier League to obtain a First-class honours degree.

    Duncan Watmore

    The ceremony was held today at Newcastle University and club boss Sam Allardyce allowed him a day off training for it.

  15. Man dies after HGV and JCB collide in Northumberland

    A man has died after a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) and a JCB digger collided on the A1 in Northumberland.

    The 54-year-old, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene after the crash at about 15:50 yesterday near the Shilbottle exit on the southbound carriageway just south of Alnwick.

    Following the collision, the digger left the road and the driver was thrown from the vehicle which then caught fire, police say.

  16. Police appeal for North East relative of dead man

    Police are appealing for a North East relative of a man who died to get in touch.

    James Michael Peter Rowland (known as Peter), who resided in Pine Tree Road, Bebington, Wirral, died at home on Wednesday 2 December, aged 71. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, Merseyside Police say.

    The force is appealing for his daughter Lynn, who is believed to be in the Sunderland area, to come forward.

  17. Man charged over Halloween night assault

    A 37-year-old man has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm following an alleged assault in South Bank on Halloween.

    A man was left with fractures to two of his vertebrae near the Co-Op on Normanby Road on 31 October.

    The accused is due to appear at Teesside Crown Court on 23 December.

  18. Weather: Sunny spells with some rain later

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    There will be long spells of sunshine this afternoon with some showery rain late on, turning wintry over the Pennines.

    Staying breezy through the day and turning colder.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 8C (46F). Check the forecast near you.

  19. Woman offered for sex 'not a priority', police tell restaurant staff

    Restaurant staff who were offered sex with a woman in the back of car were told by police it "wasn't a priority", the business's owner has said. 

    It's understood that two men approached the back door of Angeethi in Low Fell, Gateshead, at about 22:20 on Tuesday, saying they had the woman outside.

    Angeethi in Low Fell, Gateshead

    Restaurant owner Priya Mishra said her staff were "absolutely shocked".

    Northumbria Police says it's investigating both the incident and how the force handled the call.