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  1. Updates on Friday 18 December 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Monday

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 now finished. We'll have more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Monday.

    We hope you can join us then.

    If you'd like to get in touch you can tweet us, email, or contact us through our Facebook page.

  2. On Look North tonight: Emergency services prepare for busy night

    Carol Malia

    BBC Look North

    It's one of the busiest nights for the emergency services across the region. 

    As part of our series on winter pressures on the NHS our health reporter Sharon Barbour is at the Major Trauma and Accident and Emergency Unit at Newcastle's RVI to find out how it's preparing for tonight and the winter ahead. 

    Join me for these and all our other stories on BBC One at 18:30.

  3. Weather: Cloud and mild evening with some drizzly rain

    Paul Mooney

    BBC Weather

    It will be a cloudy and very mild evening and night with periods of drizzly rain, especially over the North Pennines where hill fog will be widespread. Southerly winds will be strong and gusty over exposed hills.

    Weather forecast

     Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).Check the forecast near you.

  4. In focus: SPOTY 2015 contender - Lucy Bronze

    On SPOTY 2015 contender Lucy Bronze from Northumberland, Steph Houghton says: "Our England manager Mark Sampson said Lucy can become the best right-back in the world and her chances are very realistic.

    "She is very driven, and wants to be the best. She is very competitive no matter whether it's a 10m race, or a game of cards.

    "Her goal against Norway was unbelievable. I've not seen her score many 'worldies', but every player has their moment, and that was definitely Lucy's. It was a historic moment for us as a team, we wanted to reach the World Cup quarter-finals, and that goal proved to be the winner."

    Lucy Bronze

    Year in a nutshell:

    • Starred in England team that finished third in Women's World Cup
    • Scored twice, including stunning long-range effort in win against Norway
    • Named in team of the tournament
    • Won FA Women's Player of the Year award
  5. Latest headlines: Woman stabbed in North Tyneside and parents thank ambulance service for help

    Here are the latest headlines so far this afternoon:

  6. SPOTY 2015: Who to look out for from the North East

    It's the Sports Personality of the Year Awards this weekend, and Lucy Bronze from Northumberland is one of the 12 contenders for the big prize.

    "She is a great credit to her herself and her family" - England and Manchester City captain Steph Houghton on footballer Lucy Bronze.

    Lucy Bronze

    But also look out for Liz Wisniewski from Tynemouth who won the North East Unsung Hero Award and is therefore going to the ceremony hoping to win the national award. 

    Liz has been involved in netball for more than 30 years, both playing in and running local leagues.

  7. Woman stabbed in North Shields

    A woman has been stabbed in North Tyneside, police say.

    The woman, who was attacked at about 13:05 in Malton Crescent, North Shields, is being treated at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary and is in a stable condition.

    A woman has been arrested in connection with the incident and is currently in custody. A cordon is in place to allow a police investigation.

  8. Preview: Brighton v Middlesbrough

    Middlesbrough travel to Brighton in the Championship as first plays second with both teams equal on points.

    Boss Aitor Karanka has defended his rotation policy and could make changes again.

    Defenders Rhys Williams (Achilles), Damia Abella (cruciate) and Alex Baptiste (leg) remain sidelined.


    Here are some match facts ahead of the game:

    • Middlesbrough have won four and lost none of their last six away matches against Brighton
    • Boro have gone 457 minutes without conceding a goal in the Championship
  9. Ali Brownlee T-shirts on sale to support Children in Need

    Goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopolous and defender Rhys Williams have already got their T-shirts which are raising money for BBC Children in Need appeal.

    View more on twitter
  10. Arrest after overturned car in County Durham

    A suspect has been arrested after this car overturned in County Durham.

    The driver didn't stop for officers conducting a Christmas drink/drive check, Durham Roads Policing unit said.

    Overturned car
  11. Preview: Chelsea v Sunderland

    Sunderland travel to Chelsea in the Premier League and remain without Lee Cattermole and Sebastian Larsson due to respective back and knee injuries.

    Sebastian Coates is a doubt having missed training this week with flu, but Younes Kaboul is expected to be fit.

    Patrick van Aanholt

    Here are some match facts ahead of the game:

    • Chelsea beat Sunderland 3-1 on the final day of last season to secure the 26th win of their title-winning campaign
    • The Blues have won 18 of their last 21 Premier League matches against Sunderland (D1, L2), scoring over 2.5 goals on average
    • Yet the Black Cats have won on two of their last five trips to Chelsea
  12. Adrian dons the 'hat of honesty'

    Adrian Pitches

    BBC Look North

    Well... some of us celebrate Christmas on Christmas Day... so I've been given what has been branded the "hat of honesty".

    No Christmas jumper for me.

    Adrian Pitches
  13. Preview: Newcastle v Aston Villa

    Newcastle host bottom-of-the-league Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday with a kick-off of 17:30.

    Trio Cheick Tiote, Rolando Aarons and Jamaal Lascelles could all be in contention after returning to training following injuries.

    Vurnon Anita and Ayoze Perez are both one booking away from a suspension.

    Papiss Cisse

    Here are match facts ahead of the game:

    • Newcastle are unbeaten in their last eight league games against Aston Villa (W5, D3)
    • Villa haven't won at St James' Park in the league since 2005 - they have gone nine games without a victory (W6, D3)
  14. Google trends relating to the steelworks closure

    The BBC's Panorama has been running its first digital-only project and it has been focusing on life in Redcar after the closure of the steelworks.

    In its latest post on Facebook it has looked at the top 10 Google trends related to the closure.

    Watch the video here.

    SSI at Redcar
  15. Jose Mourinho: Alan Shearer says Chelsea boss had 'lost players'

    BBC Sport

    Former Newcastle United striker and Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer says Jose Mourimho's sacking as Chelsea manager appears to have come as a result of a broken relationship between the manager and his players.  

    Watch the video here.

    Alan Shearer interview
  16. Ordinary people used as 'border agents', professor says

    BBC Tees

    Ordinary people are being made into "UK Border Force Agents", according to a Durham University Professor.

    Thom Brookes has criticised a Home Office form which has now been made available online.

    He claims it's asking people to "rat" on former lovers who are staying in the country illegally, after a relationship break down.

    The Home Office has told BBC Tees these forms are not new, and that they're one of a number of ways in which they identify people who have no entitlement to remain in the UK.

  17. Thousands of knitted angels could appear across the North East

    Nearly 20,000 knitted angels are expected to start popping up all over the North East to spread a little festive cheer over the next week.

    It follows the success of a yarn bombing that happened last year in Tynemouth.

    Knitted angels

    And just like last Christmas each angel has a Christmas message inviting people to take them away and give them as a gift to friends or themselves.