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  1. Updates on Wednesday 6 January 2016
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Thursday

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  2. Weather: Chilly evening with rain later

    Paul Mooney

    BBC Weather

    A chilly evening and night with broken cloud. Perhaps becoming dry for a time, then further outbreaks of rain later in night. Southeasterly winds continuing strong near the coast. 

    Weather forecast

    Minimum temperature: 3C (37F). Check the forecast near you.

  3. Thousands watch live stream of Newcastle puddle

    Tens of thousands of people have been watching a live stream of a puddle in Newcastle.

    The puddle appeared just off Jesmond Road West, Newcastle, and was videoed out of the window of marketing company Drummond Central Ltd.

    Puddle in Newcastle

    For hours passers by were seen attempting to navigate around the mass of water without getting their feet wet.

    This involved running and jumping, climbing round the side and a slow tip-toe walk. Soon the puddle's fame began to spread and people began arriving holding a surfboard and a lilo.

  4. Man must alert police before making friends with women

    A man with a history of sexual assaults on women has been banned from making friends with females unless he tells police.

    Geoffrey Mark Ball, 44, who has lived in Middlesbrough and Wales has been given the unusual ban as he is due to be released from from Holme House Prison, County Durham.

    Ball had previously lied to his victims about his identity and also committed fraud against them.

    In 2013 a police manhunt was launched for him after he breached the requirements of the Sexual Offences Act. 

  5. Travel: Flooding closes bridge in Frosterley

    BBC Travel

    Frosterley Bridge is closed in both directions between the A689 junction and the Bridge End junction because of flooding.  

    Lamesley Road in Lamesley closed at the Moor Mill Lane junction, because of flooding.

    Get more traffic information on the BBC Travel website for Tyne & Wear and Teesside.

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  6. Police link 'strange incidents' in Newcastle

    A number of strange incidents in Newcastle, including breaking an umbrella and throwing a bag on to a road, are being linked by police.

    A man described as white and between 30 and 50 approached a number of people in Gosforth between 17:30 and 18:10 yesterday.

    Among the incidents were a man's glasses band a woman's headphones being stolen and a man trying to grab another woman's bag.

    Nobody was seriously injured but police are keen to trace the man who committed the "highly unusual" incidents near Regents Centre.

  7. Drummond puddle attracts thousands of viewers

    Meanwhile... back at the puddle... Thousands of people have been watching a live stream of people crossing a puddle in Newcastle.

    It's in the centre of Newcastle but is being watched by thousands of people from all over the world including the USA and India.

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  8. MP denies claims by a fellow Labour MP, Kevan Jones

    Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson has denied claims by a fellow Labour MP, Kevan Jones, that he thought the appointment of Emily Thornberry as shadow defence secretary was a mistake.

    He has set the record straight on Twitter.

    Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson
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  9. 'Chivalry' on show as thousands watch puddle stream

    As the feed of a puddle in Newcastle gets more popular, people are taking advantage of performing in front of thousands.

    This pair showed that chivalry is not dead as the man lifted the woman across the road.

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  10. Sheep savaged: Two dogs seized

    Two dogs have been seized after dozens of sheep were killed at a nature reserve.

    Eleven more Shetland sheep were killed and 38 were injured at RSPB Saltholme near Billingham on Monday.

    Dead sheep

    In total, 32 have died over the past two weeks. A large number of those were expecting lambs.

    Two German shepherds, owned locally, were seized after the most recent deaths. Cleveland Police are appealing for information.

  11. Defence policy 'controlled by North London'

    The World at One

    BBC Radio 4

    Durham North MP Kevan Jones suggests Labour's defence policy is now being "controlled" by the "North London part of the party" - a reference to the fact that Jeremy Corbyn and Emily Thornberry represent neighbouring constituencies in Islington.

    He says this will be "greeted with dismay" by people who believe Labour must represent the whole of the UK.

    Shadow transport secretary Lillian Greenwood - who has remained in post - says Mr Corbyn has the "prerogative" to re-assemble his top team and it is "disappointing" that the focus is on the reshuffle rather than the government's failings.

    On a personal level, she says reshuffles are always difficult. Labour needs to show it can hold the government to account, she adds, and show it has an alternative programme for government.

  12. Thousands are watching a livestream of a puddle

    Thousands of people are watching the live video of a puddle in Newcastle.

    Richard Rippon became so fascinated by the different ways people are tackling the large pool of water, he began streaming it on Periscope.

    Puddle stream

    "Some people are running and jumping," he told Newsbeat.

    As it became a "spectator sport" in his own office, he decided to set up a the live feed at 11.20.

  13. 'Puddle watch' is a hit for thousands

    "Walking through is just cheating" is one of the many comments made on a live video stream of a puddle in Newcastle.

    The feed on Periscope by Drummond Central is being watched at the moment by more than 15,000 people all over the country.

    It simply features a puddle on a walkway which is deep enough to cause some pedestrians problems with crossing.


    Viewers are expressing their joy at walkers who successfully make it over (or through) the puddle - others are offering advice.

  14. Middlesbrough's Glen Durrant through to World Darts Championships quarter finals

    Phil Cartwright

    BBC Sport

    England’s number one seed Glen Durrant was in supreme form as he whitewashed Larry Butler of the USA 4-0 to reach the last eight of the BDO World Darts Championships.

    Durrant, 45, lost only one leg in a repeat of October’s World Masters final, which he also won.

    The world number one from Middlesbrough hit three ton-plus checkouts and six 180s.

    He will face either Belgium’s Geert de Vos or Englishman Scott Waites, the 2013 champion, in the quarter finals on Friday.

  15. Former shadow defence minister Kevan Jones praised

    In response to the resignation of Durham North MP following the Labour Party reshuffle, the party's shadow culture secretary Maria Eagle praised him.

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  16. Hard to see how Kevan Jones would have worked with new shadow defence secretary

    Richard Moss

    Political Editor, BBC Look North

    Durham North MP Kevan Jones has quit the Labour party's front bench following leader Jeremy Corbyn's reshuffle.

    He resigned from his defence role over Trident after Mr Corbyn replaced pro-nuclear weapons MP Maria Eagle with unilateralist Emily Thornberry.  

    It is hard to see he was going to work with a shadow defence secretary not committed to a UK nuclear deterrent - hence resignation.  

  17. Durham North MP one of three Labour MPs to quit front bench

    North East MP Kevan Jones is one of three Labour MPs to quit the party's front bench in protest at sackings made by Jeremy Corbyn in his reshuffle.

    The Durham North MP(pictured) has quit his defence role over Trident after Mr Corbyn replaced pro-nuclear weapons MP Maria Eagle with unilateralist Emily Thornberry.  

    Kevan Jones
  18. On Look North at lunchtime: Engineers work to clear landslide

    Colin Briggs

    Look North

    Engineers from Network Rail are working to clear a 70-tonne landslide near Hexham which is blocking the line between Carlisle and Newcastle.There is a replacement bus service running.

    And medical 999 calls in the North East could see a fire engine arriving before an ambulance, as a new trial gets under way. 

    Join me for these and all our other stories on BBC One at 13:30.