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  1. Updates on Monday 4 January 2016

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    Live updates for the North East have now finished. We'll have more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Tuesday.

    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. Training to become a community safety responder

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    Laura and Laman are the first to train to be a community safety responders, which means they'll be trained by all three emergency services.

    They'll work for the police, the fire service and will be called out to medical emergencies.  

    They'll start work at the end of the month.

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    Video caption: Community pair to answer all 999 calls
  3. Weather: Cloudy and windy overnight with more rain

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Staying cloudy and windy overnight with further outbreaks of rain. 

    Rain will be heavy in places, especially across the north of the region, like Consett, with some localised flooding possible.

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    Minimum temperature: 4C (39F). Check the forecast near you.

  4. Club's footballs and tracksuits stolen from village hall

    Footballs and tracksuits have been stolen from a village hall near Bishop Auckland.

    The items, marked with either "Witton Park Football Club" or "WPFC", were stolen from the Stan Thexton changing rooms after burglars broke into the rear of the village hall in Witton Park on 30 December.

    Witton Park village hall

    The facilities were built with money raised from the local community and the damage caused will be repaired at the expense of those who manage the hall and club, police say.

  5. Southampton have recalled Boro defender Jack Stephens

    Southampton have recalled defender Jack Stephens from his loan spell with Middlesbrough. 

    Stephens has featured in just five games so far this season, to the frustrations of Saints boss Ronald Koeman.

    Jack Stephens (right)

    "He wasn't playing there and then why is he on loan if he doesn't play? It's better for him to come back."

    Before joining Boro, Stephens was given a two-year contract extension to keep him at St Mary's until 2019.

  6. Police probe sighting of 'White Widow' terror suspect in Darlington

    The Northern Echo


    Police are investigating a possible North East sighting of one of the world's most wanted terrorist suspects.

    A woman said to resemble Samantha Lewthwaite, also known as Sherafiyah Lewthwaite or the White Widow, checked into Bannatyne's Hotel, in Darlington, on Boxing Day.

    Samantha Lewthwaite
  7. Ben Stokes hits fastest England double century in Tests

    In case you missed it yesterday... Durham and England's Ben Stokes said he felt "under pressure" before his record-breaking double century on day two of the second Test against South Africa.

    The 24-year-old hit 258 in Cape Town, reaching 200 off 163 balls, the fastest double century by an Englishman and the second fastest ever.

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    Video caption: Stokes & England smash Test records

    Stokes had made only one 50 in his previous 13 innings.

    He said: "I haven't really done much for a while so it was nice to kick on and make a big score. I probably won't play like this ever again in my life, but I've done it once so at least I can say that."

  8. Garth Crooks: Who's in my Team of the Week?

    Garth Crooks

    Former Spurs striker on Final Score

    If ever a player guarantees a team goals it's Jermain Defoe. 

    Throughout his entire career he has produced them wherever he's gone and at the moment he looks like Sunderland's only ticket to survival. 

    In many ways Aston Villa were the architects of their own downfall, but Defoe's predatory instincts were as sharp as they ever were and they served to expose Villa's kamikaze defending.  

    Team of the week
  9. Clock restoration complete in South Tyneside

    The clock on Pier Parade in South Shields has now been fully restored, South Tyneside Council says.

    Cleaning and repair work has been carried out including refreshing its movement and the installation of a new automatic winding system and auto-regulator, to help the clock keep time.

    The clock on Pier Parade in South Shields

    Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, said: "It is a very important piece of our local heritage that needs to be preserved and passed on for future generations to enjoy.

    "It serves as a lasting reminder of Willam Wouldhave [a local pioneer in lifeboat development] and his work that has gone on to help save so many lives.”

  10. Former Sunderland player Alvarez joins Sampdoria

    Sampdoria have announced the signing of Argentinian midfielder Ricardo Alvarez, who joins the Serie A club from Inter Milan following an unsuccessful loan spell with Sunderland.

    The midfielder moved from Wearside to Inter Milan, for whom he scored 14 goals in 90 appearances in three years.

    He was part of the Argentina squad that reached the final of this summer's World Cup, featuring in the group-stage match against Nigeria.

    Ricardo Alvarez
  11. St William's Catholic care home child sex abusers jailed

    A former chaplain from Stockton and an ex-principal of a Roman Catholic children's care home from Merseyside have been jailed for abusing boys.

    Anthony McCallen, from Whernside Crescent, Ingleby Barwick (pictured right), and James Carragher of Cearns Road, Merseyside, were convicted of a total of 35 sex offences against 11 boys between 1970 and 1991 at the former St William's Children's Home in East Yorkshire.

    James Carragher and Anthony McCallen

    McCallen, 69, was jailed for 15 years and Carragher, 75, for nine years.

    Leeds Crown Court heard it was the third time former head Carragher had been jailed for offences at the home.

  12. Two arrested after crash damages nursery

    Two people have been arrested after a crash in Middlesbrough.

    A white Transit Van and a blue Nissan Micra collided on Acklam Road at about 00:30 yesterday.

    The crash resulted in damage to the grounds of Acklam Day Nursery on Nursery Lane.

    A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking and criminal damage and was released on bail.

    A 16-year-old was arrested on suspicion of the theft of a vehicle and driving without insurance and a licence and was also bailed.

    No one was injured as a result of the collision.

  13. Kim Kardashian, the NHS choir... and Aitor Karanka?

    What links Kim Kardashian giving birth to her second baby, the NHS choir getting to number one in the UK charts and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the UK?

    The answer: They have all taken place since Championship leaders Middlesbrough last conceded a league goal - a run of eight games and almost two months.

    Middlesbrough celebrate

    They kept out second-placed Derby on Saturday as late goals from Albert Adomah and George Friend ensured a 2-0 win over the Rams that put them four points clear with a game in hand at the top of the Championship.

    In fact, the 3-0 loss at Hull on 7 November is the only Championship game Middlesbrough have conceded a goal in in 11 matches since Dave Edwards scored for Wolves in Boro's 3-1 win at Molineux on 24 October.

  14. Funeral for Newcastle goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek 'very emotional'

    The funeral of former Newcastle goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek has been held in his home town Ostrava in the Czech Republic.

    Srnicek died on Wednesday aged 47, nine days after suffering a cardiac arrest.

    Steve Wraith, Pavel's agent, said the service which took place today was "very emotional".

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    A memorial service will take place in Newcastle at St Andrew's Church at 12:00 on Wednesday 13 January.

    Currently a book of condolence has been opened there for fans to leave their tributes and messages.

  15. 'No suspicious circumstances' after body found in Hexham

    Northumbria Police has indicated that there are no suspicious circumstances around the discovery of a woman's body found at Tyne Green in Hexham.

    The body of a woman thought to be in her 40s was discovered at about 08:30 this morning, police say.

    A report's being prepared for the coroner and officers say it is not linked to the search for missing Northumberland woman Sally Allan.

  16. Two dead in Newcastle crash are named by police

    Two men who were killed in a crash in Newcastle have been named by police.

    Sagar Chadha, 30, of The Burnside, West Denton, and Mohammad Amin Ahmadi,17, of The Pines, Cruddas Park, were killed when a car hit a tree on Grandstand Road at about 04:00 on New Year's Day.

    Two other men were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

  17. Weather: Cloudy and wet with rain moving up from south

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Largely cloudy and wet this afternoon with further showery rain moving up from the south, heavy at times. It will be windy along the coast for places like Sunderland.

    Weather forecast

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

  18. BreakingFormer Sunderland player dies aged 82

    Sunderland AFC have announced former player Ambrose Fogarty has died.

    He played for the Black Cats between 1957 and 1963, making 174 appearances and scoring 44 goals.  

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  19. Deadline looms for church to find a new home

    Damian O'Neil

    BBC Look North

    A North East church has until today to find a new home.

    Members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God were told their current building in South Tyneside has been sold to a new owner and later today they'll have to hand the keys over.

    Redeemed Christian Church of God

    The congregation is made up of about 150 people, mainly from Nigeria.

    I'll have more on this story on BBC Look North on BBC One now.