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  1. Updates on Wednesday 13 January

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC Local Live

    We'll be back with updates on the news, weather and travel for the North East from 08:00 tomorrow.

    In the meantime, you can tweet us, email us, or contact us through our Facebook page.  

    We hope you can join us then.

  2. Paralysed rugby man urges better probes

    A Newcastle man paralysed in rugby match is calling for a change in sporting administration so that accidents like the one he was involved in are better investigated.

    Steven Cox was severely injured in a scrum while he was playing for Durham University College 10 years ago.

    Steven Cox

    He says the accident was never investigated properly because of a conflict of interest between the Rugby Football Union and their insurers. 

    The RFU insists Steven's accident was investigated, he had help from its Injured Players Foundation and he received compensation.

    But Mr Cox is still calling for a change in procedures, and now he has the backing of Tynemouth Labour MP Alan Campbell who is raising the matter in Parliament.

  3. Wedding photos found in charity shop donation

    Staff at a charity shop in Darlington made an interesting discovery when they opened a bible.

    The book, which had been donated to the Mind shop in the town, contained old wedding photos and pressed flowers.

    Wedding photos

    Josh Simpson, the shop's assistant manager, says they're now working to find the person who handed it in. Watch the video here.

  4. Weather: Cold and cloudy with sleet or snow

    Paul Mooney

    BBC Weather

    It'll be cold and cloudy with rain, sleet or snow.

    Several centimetres of snow are expected over the Pennines, but rain is more likely near the coast later as strong to gale northeasterly winds develop.

    Weather forecast

    Minimum temperature: 0C (32F). Check the forecast near you.

  5. Former police chief 'would have warned shot PC'

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    The former Chief Constable of Northumbria Police has been speaking in the High Court about the moments before a policeman was shot and blinded by fugitive gunman Raoul Moat. 

    Sue Sim, now retired, says she would have warned PC David Rathband that Moat was on the loose but does not criticise the commander who did not alert unarmed officers before the shooting in 2010. 

    Ms Sim added she wouldn't have overruled her colleague either, even though Moat had threatened to kill police officers. 

    PC David Rathband took his own life in 2012. His family is suing the force for negligence. The hearing continues.

  6. Seven arrests after heroin found in car

    BBC Tees

    Seven people from County Durham, Hartlepool and Liverpool have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply heroin.

    The men and women aged between 27 and 59 were arrested this morning following an investigation which began last summer when drugs were found in a car in the Shotton Colliery area.

  7. Landmark match for SAFC boss Allardyce tonight

    Tonight Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce will become only the fifth manager to reach 450 Premier League games.

    He joins a select group containing Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Harry Redknapp and David Moyes.

    Sam Allardyce

    The Black Cats have won only one of their previous 15 meetings with Swansea, who have won eight of those contests.

    Seven of the past 10 games between the teams have ended in a draw, with Sunderland's most recent victory at Swansea in November 1963.

  8. Durham team finds 'gigantic chasm under Antarctic'

    A vast, previously unrecognised canyon system could be hidden under the Antarctic ice sheet, researchers in Durham say.

    Hints of its presence are seen in the shape of the white continent's surface, in a largely unexplored region called Princess Elizabeth Land.

    Faint lineations in the ice surface have been traced by satellites (For comparison, the Grand Canyon is about 450km long)

    If confirmed by a proper geophysical survey - now under way - the winding canyon network would be over 1,000km long and in places as much as 1km deep.

    These dimensions would make it bigger than the famous Grand Canyon in the US.

    "We know from other areas of Antarctica that the shape of the ice surface is obviously dependent on the shape of the landscape underneath - because the ice is flowing over that landscape," explained Dr Stewart Jamieson, from Durham University.

  9. Ex-footballer Marcus Bent pleads guilty to affray

    Former Middlesbrough footballer Marcus Bent has admitted a charge of affray after an incident at his home in Surrey last September.

    The 37-year-old striker from Esher has already pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine at Guildford Crown Court.

    Marcus Bent

    He faced charges after an incident in which he was reportedly Tasered by police responding to reports of a break-in at his home in Claremont Lane.

    Judge Stephen Climie told him a custodial sentence would be justified.

  10. Geoff Parling left out of Six Nations squad

    Stockton-born lock Geoff Parling has been left out England's new-look squad for the Six Nations.

    Tom Youngs, Brad Barritt, Tom Wood and Danny Cipriani also missed out.

    Geoff Parling

    Uncapped Sale forward Josh Beaumont, son of former England skipper Bill, is joined by new boys Maro Itoje, Sam Hill, Jack Clifford, Elliot Daly, Ollie Devoto and Paul Hill.

    New England head coach Eddie Jones has also included Dylan Hartley and Chris Ashton in a 33-man squad. A decision on who will be captain is expected in a few weeks.

  11. Council to close a dozen day care services

    BBC Newcastle

    Councillors in Durham have decided to close 12 of the 17 adult day care services in the county.

    The centres offer activities and care for adults with learning disabilities. 

    The council's attempting to save £1.6m and agreed the closures this morning.

  12. Get Carter set for the stage in Newcastle

    BBC Entertainment and Arts

    A new stage version of Get Carter is to get its premiere next month in Newcastle, where the 1971 film was set.

    Actor Kevin Wathen (pictured) is preparing to follow in Michael Caine's footsteps (and trenchcoat) as gangster Jack Carter.

    Kevin Wathen

    For the soundtrack, singer-songwriter Nadine Shah will compose original music as well as making new arrangements of songs by 1960s Newcastle band The Animals.

    The play will open at Newcastle's Northern Stage on 13 February before going on a UK tour. Director Lorne Campbell said:

    Quote Message: It's a tragic noir study of a corrupted man struggling to find a way out of a corrupted world. We’ve brought together a fabulous team of North East actors and hope to do justice to the telling of this epic tale."
  13. Paul Dummet 'didn't know what to do'

    Newcastle hero Paul Dummet spoke of his shock last night after netting very late on against Manchester United to secure a 3-3 draw for the Magpies.

    He said: "I didn’t know what to do when I scored. It is the best feeling in the world. 

    "In the last five games we have done well, creating lots of chances and going down to narrow defeats. It could have been the same again today, but we kept on fighting."

  14. Shearer's thoughts on NUFC's draw with Manchester United

    Alan Shearer

    Former England striker on BBC Two

    What a fantastic match. Credit to both sets of players and managers as they both wanted to win and gambled to win.

    I think a a draw was a fair result.

    Newcastle were 2-0 down and showed character to come back and Manchester United will be disappointed.

    Paul Dummett

    How on earth can you work football out?

    Newcastle got some confidence, they shoved themselves 10 yards up the pitch, particularly in the first half.

    Credit to everyone.

    It was a great atmosphere in the stadium and I just wanted more.

  15. Former police officer tries to sell handcuffs for £40

    Stuart Whincup

    BBC Look North

    A former Cleveland Police officer has been spared prison after trying to sell his uniform on Gumtree.

    Daniel Dawson from Middlesbrough put up for sale the rigid speed handcuffs with a holder and keys for £40, a cap for £30 and badges for £10.

    Further posts included a heavy duty utility belt, an extendible baton and a gas canister holder.

    He was given a six-month sentence, suspended for two years.

  16. Shearer hails 'hard-working professional' Srnicek

    Speaking after Pavel Srnicek's memorial service in Newcastle, former Toon striker Alan Shearer said: "It's not surprising, but it's great to see so many old faces here today.

    "People have come from all over the world, all over the country to be here, and that tells you what a nice, genuine, humble, honest, hard-working professional Pav was. 

    "He was great to be around."

    Rob Lee, Steve Harper and Shearer
  17. Boro are 'confident on the pitch' says Aitor Karanka

    Boro stood firm to pick up three points at Brentford last night and edge further clear of their promotion rivals.

    Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka said: "We have been really lucky because to be fair in the first half Brentford had three chances and we have made two or three mistakes.

    Aitor Karanka

    "They are confident on the pitch and that confidence means you can make mistakes, but there are another 10 players who know you and are always there just in case."

  18. Police 'not told Raoul Moat was hunting officers'

    Northumbria Police officers on duty during the search for Raoul Moat have faced further questioning over what more could have been done to warn PC David Rathband he might be in danger. 

    The officer was shot and blinded by Moat as he sat in his car in East Denton in July 2010, minutes after Moat had told police he was hunting for officers to kill. 

    PC Rathband's family is claiming compensation after he took his own life in 2012

    PC David Rathband

    Today the High Court in Newcastle heard that Moat had been identified as a dangerous suspect, but unarmed officers like PC Rathband had not been told he posed an extra risk.

    This was despite Moat having just shot and killed the partner of his ex-girlfriend Chris Brown - a man he believed to be a policeman.

    The hearing continues.

    Raoul Moat
  19. Steve Harper pays tribute to 'wonderful' Srnicek

    Former NUFC keeper Steve Harper has paid tribute to Pavel Srnicek at his memorial service in Newcastle.

    He said: "I worked with him for the first five or six years at the club and he was just a huge influence on me.   

    "The time and effort - when he used to take me to one side and try the brilliant training drills he used to do, which I couldn't do, but I certainly had a good go at, he was just a great influence.

    Former Newcastle players (left-right) Rob Lee, Shay Given and Alan Shearer

    "The work ethic he had made you realise how hard you had to work... to get that head start from somebody like that was a great legacy that he left behind which I then tried to continue when he left. 

    "He was just a wonderful man who loved Newcastle, and today gives me an opportunity to tell him that the people of Newcastle loved him more. Pav was a special person."