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  1. Updates on Thursday 31 December 2015

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for the North East have now finished for the day - and for 2015.

    We'll have more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Monday and 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. Missing Sally Allan: CCTV of last sighting released

    Police have released CCTV footage of the last confirmed sighting of missing woman Sally Allan.

    CCTV footage of missing Sally Allan on Newcastle Quayside

    The images show Mrs Allan walking alongside the River Tyne at the back of the Copthorne Hotel on Newcastle Quayside at around 06:00 on Boxing Day. The camera lost sight of her as she approached the Swing Bridge. 

    She had left her home in Ponteland about three hours earlier.

    The 59-year-old was wearing a cream waterproof anorak on top of a cream fleece and pyjama top and bottoms. Police have searched the River Tyne and her family say they are mystified by her disappearance.

    Sally Allan
  3. Clear and cold for New Year celebrations

     Showers will die out through the course of the evening, leaving clear spells for most places.

    It will become chilly overnight, with the chance of frost by Friday morning.

  4. Ambulance service's 999 trivial call plea

    People have been asked to use the emergency services wisely over New Year's Eve.

    The North East Ambulance Service said it is traditionally the busiest night of the year with a "backlog of calls from people who have consumed a lot of alcohol" after midnight.

    Many of the 999 calls were for trivial incidents or minor conditions, which could potentially put those with life-threatening illnesses and injuries at risk by diverting ambulances elsewhere. 

    Lynn Pyburn, assistant contact centre manager said "Remember that the 999 number should only be used in serious medical emergencies."

  5. Man attacked with chair as he waited outside A&E

    Sunderland Echo


    A yob who attacked a man with a chair outside the accident and emergency department at Sunderland Royal Hospital has been spared jail.

    Sunderland Royal Hospital's emergency department
  6. Ex-Newcastle United goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek's funeral details announced

    BBC Newcastle

    Pavel Srnicek's funeral will take place in the Czech Republic on Monday.

    Pavel Srnicek in goal for Newcastle United

    The former Newcastle United goalkeeper died on Tuesday at the age of 47.

    Capped 49 times by his country, he had been in an induced coma since before Christmas after suffering a cardiac arrest while out running in his home town of Ostrava.

    Funeral services, to which friends and colleagues have been invited, will take place at the Ostrava Vitkovice house of mourning between 14:00 and 17:00. 

  7. New Year's Eve celebrations in Newcastle

    There will be early evening celebrations and a midnight fireowrks display in Newcastle tonight to mark the end of 2015.

    The New Year's Eve Winter Carnival will start at Monument in the city centre before a parade featuring wild beasts sets off up Northumberland Street at 17:15. There will be a fireworks finale at the Civic Centre at 18:00.

    Later on at midnight there will be a firework display on the Quayside.

    Quayside fireworks in 2014
  8. Gateshead eye move for defender

    BBC Newcastle

    In football news, Gateshead boss Neil Aspin is looking to bring in a centre-half and could make a signing soon.

    The club sit 12th in the National League, six points below the play-off spots.

    Saturday sees them take on Barrow in a home game kicking off at 15:00.

  9. Former detention centre staff interviewed

    Detectives investigating allegations of abuse at a former youth detention centre have traced and spoken to 30 former employees.

    More than 1,250 men have told Durham Police they were physically or sexually abused at Medomsley during the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

    Police said the investigation phase of the operation had now concluded.

    Consultation is under way with the Crown Prosecution Service and legal counsel about bringing charges in 2016.

    Medomsley Detention Centre
  10. 'Drugs' worth £3,000 found in house

    Suspected drugs worth more than £3,000 have been siezed during a police raid at a home in Redcar.

    Drugs believed to be amphetamine worth about £2,500 and suspected heroin worth about £700 were taken form the home on Clarendon Street yesterday.

    A 55-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man were both arrested in connection with the incident and bailed pending further enquiries, Cleveland Police said.

  11. Your pictures: North East images among year's highlights

    Each day we feature one of the fabulous photographs sent in by the BBC News website audience across England.

    Here, we look back at at some of the most popular Big Pictures we've featured in 2015.

    Two taken in the North East make it on to the highlights.

    This one of a puffin making a low pass at the Farne Islandswas captured by Tomas Richardson.

    Puffin at the Farne Islands

    Paul Turner took this photo at 07:30 BST from Cullercoats Bay. He said he often takes sunrise photos from within the caves on the beach  

    Cullercoats Bay
  12. Durham council boss is made CBE

    BBC Tees

    More entries from the latest New Year Honours list now.

    Simon Henig, the Labour leader of Durham County Council has been made a CBE for political and public service. 

    He said: "It's recognition for a lot of hard work by a lot of people at Durham County Council over the past eight years."

  13. Danny Mills: Sunderland need to be relegated

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Former England defender Danny Mills suggests Sunderland would be benefit from getting relegated. 

    It's fair to say that there are some supporters who disagree with him though.

    Listen to the debate here.