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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 21 December 2015
  2. More, news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Tuesday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Updates for the North East have now finished for the day but we'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Tuesday

  2. Weather: Dry to start with, rain moving in later

    It will be dry with clear spells for the first half of the night a before rain moves in from the southwest during the early hours. 

    This rain may be heavy at times. 

    weather graphic

     Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F).  

  3. South Shields 'crash' highlights dangers of drink-driving

    Firefighters have simulated the aftermath of a car crash to highlight the dangers of drink-driving.

    Firefighters deal with the simulated crash in Laygate Street, South Shields

    Teams from stations across Tyne and Wear battled to rescue the "casualties" in Laygate Street, South Shields.

    Assistant chief fire officer Chris Lowther said: “Deaths and injuries caused by drink-driving devastate families and communities. "People who drive under the influence of drink or drugs may easily kill or injure not only themselves but other road users and pedestrians, ruining the lives of many."

  4. Fire brigade warning on festive gadget charging

    Many people will be desperately hoping Father Christmas brings them a new phone, tablet or laptop on Friday - but Cleveland Fire Brigade has issued a safety warning over the dangers of charging the batteries.

    The forces's Phil Lancaster said: “It is probably very tempting to get your new electrical gifts plugged in and fully charged as soon as possible. Just remember to keep to one plug per socket and not to leave them charging overnight.

    “It is sobering to note that one-third of all accidental house fires are caused by faulty or misused electrical equipment. Just be sensible, enjoy the latest technology, but take care. We don’t want your festive celebrations to end up in flames.”

  5. Berwick man slashed across face with knife

    A man was slashed across the face with a knife in the early hours of yesterday, police say.

    The 24-year-old was walking along the Royal Tweed Bridge in Berwick shortly before 03:00. The attacker fled and the victim was taken to Cramlington Hospital.

    Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

  6. 'Only dial 999 in an emergency'

    BBC Newcastle

    Staff at the North East Ambulance Service are asking people not to ring 999 over the Christmas period unless it's a genuine emergency.

    A North East Ambulance Service vehicle

    They've just gone through one of the busiest weekends of the year - at a time when their operational status has been raised to severe pressure.

    Lynn Pyburn, assistant contact manager, says it can be very tough when they can't get an ambulance to people as quickly as they would like.

    "We will respond to people, but before someone picks up the phone they should ask themselves 'Is this life-threatening?' because you're going to remove an ambulance from someone who could need it."

  7. Travel: Delays on roads in Northumberland and Teesside

    BBC Travel

    There is slow traffic and one lane closed on the A69 eastbound in Heddon-on-the-Wall between the B6528 junction and the A6085 Ponteland Road junction, because of an accident involving a catering van and recovery work. Diversion in operation.  

    There is queuing traffic and one lane closed on the A19 Tees Flyover southbound in Middlesbrough between Portrack Interchange and the A66 junction, because of a broken down vehicle.  

    One lane is closed on the A689 Hartlepool Road westbound in Wynyard Village between The Wynd junction and The Wynd junction, because of an overturned vehicle. 

    More traffic information on the BBC Travel website forTyne & WearandTeesside

  8. Tyne Bridge to undergo £70,000 survey ahead of repainting

    The Chronicle

    The Tyne Bridge will undergo a major survey next year ahead of its next paint job. More than 10,000 litres will be needed to touch up one of the most recognisable bridges in the country.

    Tyne Bridge
  9. Appeal after dog walker dies in crash

    Durham Police investigating a collision in Bishop Auckland earlier in which a a woman walking her dog died when she was hit by a van are appealing for witnesses. 

    The 58-year-old woman was confirmed dead at the scene in Longfield Road, South Church Industrial Estate.

    The van driver, a 52-year-old man, was shocked but uninjured. The victim's dog escaped unharmed. 

  10. Your pictures: Cresswell beach

    There have been some beautiful skies over the North East in recent weeks.

    Stephen Wood took these striking shots on Cresswell Beach in Northumberland this morning.

    Cresswell Beach

    You can send your photos to us northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk, tweet us @BBCNewsNE or contact us via our Facebook page.

  11. A69 accident victim named as Grant Hutton of Bellingham

    A pedestrian who died after being hit by a car on the A69 near Haydon Bridge at the weekend has been named as Grant Hutton.

    The 23-year-old from Bellingham was struck by an Audi at about 15:00.

    Northumbria Police said it would like to trace the driver of a blue Corsa who they think may have information about the circumstances of the incident.

  12. First phase of £7m flood defence works completed

    The first part of a £7m flood defence scheme in Newcastle has been completed.

    The project at Brunton Park involves the installation of hundreds of metres of new river channel to divert the Ouseburn from an area that suffers flooding and a new basin to drain and store more than seven litres of surface water.

    About 250m of flood defence walls will also be constructed and more than 100 properties will benefit, Northumbrian Water and the Environment Agency say. Work began in October last year.

  13. Travel news: Heavy traffic on A69

    BBC Travel

    One lane is blocked and there's heavy traffic on the A69 eastbound between Heddon-on-the-Wall between the B6528 junction and the A6085 Ponteland Road junction.

    You can find all the latest news by clicking here.

  14. Fire destroys donations destined for Syria

    The Northern Echo

    Newspaper

    Clothes and donations destined for Syria have been destroyed in a large fire, which the charity behind the appeals suspects was arson.  

  15. Mark Gatiss pays tribute to fallen officers

    Speaking at the unveiling of the memorial to fallen officers at Darlington Police Station, actor Mark Gatiss said: "Everyone here has their own special memory of a loved one who is sadly no longer with us.

    “Sometimes when you go past an old building, there’s often an inscription on it and I think to myself how those people are long gone now.

    “But I’d like to think that this memorial is a reminder of all the men and women who have given their life and it will remain here long after we’re gone too.”

    It bears the Latin inscription "Sic Luceat Lux Vestra", which translates as "Let Your Light Shine".

  16. Sherlock star Mark Gatiss unveils police memorial

    Actor Mark Gatiss has officially unveiled a memorial at Darlington Police Station dedicated to fallen officers.

    Mark Gatiss at the unveiling of a memorial to fallen police officers

    The star, who plays Mycroft in the BBC’s Sherlock and has also starred in Doctor Who, The League of Gentlemen and Game of Thrones, was joined by friends, family and colleagues of those who gave their lives to protect the North East.

    During the service he remembered his brother-in-law, Det Sgt Dave Storey, who suffered a stroke one week after retiring from Darlington CID in March last year aged 53.

    The memorial was sculptured from sandstone and is located on the first floor of the station.  

  17. Metro assault: Police say women in photo could help inquiry

    Police have released an image of three women they would like to speak to after a student was assaulted at West Jesmond Metro Station in Newcastle.

    The attack happened at about 16:45 on Saturday 5 December and officers said the 20-year-old victim was left distressed but not seriously injured.

  18. Police and crime commissioners to stand for re-election

    Richard Moss

    Political Editor, BBC Look North

    Labour's North East police commissioners - Vera Baird, Barry Coppinger and Ron Hogg - have been selected to stand for re-election in May.

    They represent the Northumbria, Cleveland and Durham force areas respectively.