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  1. Updates on Friday 29 January

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Martin Lewes


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

    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.

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Weather: Further showers expected turning colder

    BBC Weather

    Further showers are expected this evening, then clearer and colder with isolated wintry showers, even to lower levels.

    A frost will form, especially in the countryside and in Weardale and it will remain breezy.

    Weather forecast

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

  3. Gertrude Bell: 'Queen of the Desert' exhibition opens

    A huge array of personal items and memorabilia surrounding the famous archaeologist, writer and explorer, Gertrude Bell, have gone on show at the Great North Museum in Newcastle.

    Gertrude spent the early 1900s travelling alone across the Middle East.


    In her time, she rubbed shoulders with Winston Churchill and Lawrence of Arabia, and is affectionately known as "the uncrowned Queen of the Desert".

    Gertrude, who was born in County Durham, went on to lead a quite extraordinary life.

  4. Man's head stamped on while waiting for a bus

    A man has been brutally attacked and had his head stamped on while waiting for a bus in Hartlepool.

    The 42-year-old was at a bus stop in Raby Road at about 14:30 on Friday 18 December when a man approached him from behind and grabbed him in a choke hold.

    The victim was then headbutted and knocked to the ground leaving him with bruising to his head and face and bleeding from his nose.

    The attack stopped when the bus arrived and the victim boarded. Police are appealing for witnesses.

  5. Middlesbrough lose Friend to shoulder injury

    BBC Sport

    Middlesbrough defender George Friend will be out for approximately four weeks after fracturing a shoulder.

    Friend, 28, was withdrawn during the 1-0 defeat by Nottingham Forest on 23 January after landing awkwardly.

    Former Doncaster and Wolves full-back Friend has missed just one league game this season, scoring once.

    Boro are already without centre-back Ben Gibson with a hip injury, who can also play wide, while full-back James Husband is on loan at Huddersfield.

    George Friend
  6. On tonight's BBC Look North

    Stuart Whincup

    BBC Look North

    A criminal gang who cut through roofs and walls to steal safes and cash machines have been sentenced to more than 21 years in prison.

    The four men from the Manchester area targeted banks, shops and bus depots across Britain, including Gateshead.

    They stole £160,000 and caused about £250,000 worth of damage to businesses.


    Nathan Green, 22, Michael Rowlinson, 25, David Murphy, 29 and David Bennett, 37, were arrested after an attempted robbery in Whickam.

    I'll have more on this story on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

  7. Tesco ends 24-hour shopping at two North East stores

    Tesco is ending 24-hour shopping at 76 of its stores - including two in the North East.

    The company says the growth of online shopping means that certain shops had few customers during the night.

    Normal night time activities - such as refilling shelves - will continue in the supermarkets so Tesco says the impact on employees will be "minimal".

    The move is Tesco's latest effort to turn around its business which has been hit by challenges on several fronts.

    Our stores affected are:

    • Ingleby Barwick Superstore
    • Hexham Extra
  8. Prince Harry helps athlete after wheelchair blows over

    Prince Harry rushed to help an athlete competing for a place in the Invictus Games after the wind blew over her lightweight racing wheelchair.

    RAF medic Anna Pollock, from Middlesbrough, had just posed for a picture with the prince when she tipped over on the windy track in Bath.

    Prince Harry and Anna Pollock

    She joked with the prince: "Are you sure you had nothing to do with it?" 

    In a speech to injured service men and women hoping to compete in Florida in May, the prince urged them to become ambassadors for the "Invictus spirit".

  9. Two arrested after man stabbed in Darlington

    A man suffered puncture wounds to his back and stomach after being stabbed in Darlington.

    The 32-year-old was attacked at about 02:15 this morning at an address in Foxglove Close and was taken to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough with "non-life threatening" injuries.

    A local man and woman, aged 32 and 29 respectively, have been arrested on suspicion of causing actual body harm.

  10. York sign Newcastle defender Satka

    York City have signed defender Lubo Satka from Newcastle United on a one-month loan deal.

    The 20-year-old Slovak made his debut for the Magpies in last season's FA Cup third round defeat by Leicester City, his only appearance for them so far.

    He could play his first game for the Minstermen in Saturday's home fixture against Stevenage.

    Jackie McNamara's men are currently bottom of the Football League, three points adrift of safety.

    Find all the latest football transfers on our dedicated page.

    Lubo Satka
  11. Man, 66, attacked and robbed in Stockton

    A 66-year-old man has been attacked and robbed in Stockton.

    It happened in Dennison Street yesterday at about 07:15. He was attacked from behind, had his head pushed against a car, and then was forced to the floor and pinned down.

    The attacker demanded the man’s wallet, which contained money and a bank card, and then made off.

    The man suffered minor injuries and police are appealing for witnesses.

  12. Preview: Hartlepool v Exeter

    Hartlepool take on Exeter at Victioria Road on Saturday with Ronnie Moore's side hoping to get back to winning ways.

    Pools drew at Cambridge 1-1 and were defeated at Accrington 3-1.

  13. Storm Gertrude whips up 70mph winds

    Storm Gertrude caused disruption in the North East with winds up to 70mph recorded.

    Power cables were badly affected causing travel disruption and many trees were blown down. Watch the video here.

    Car hit by tree

    Passengers faced delays on the East Coast Mainline and the Tyne and Wear Metro and fire crews had to rescue two women in Ferryhill Station after their car was crushed by a falling tree. 

    Durham Police said they were "disappointed" that members of the public got out their phones to take photos and film rather than help

  14. Black grouse spotted at Stanley Moss restored bog

    A restored peat bog - bought by a wildlife trust for £1 four years ago - has become home to an endangered species of bird.

    Six black grouse have been spotted at the Stanley Moss Nature Reserve in County Durham, which was acquired and restored by Durham Wildlife Trust.

    Black grouse

    The grouse is on the RSPB's "red list", meaning the species is globally endangered.

    Ian Brown from the trust said the birds' presence was a "great indicator" of how the habitat was being managed.

  15. Family of attacked man raise money for hospital

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    The family of a man left in a coma after being attacked are today raising funds for help the hospital caring for him.

    Steve Willey has yet to regain consciousness since the incident in Newcastle city centre in December.

    Today a charity event in Sunderland is being held for Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

    Steve Willey
  16. Rainbow spotted throughout Tyneside

    A soaring rainbow has been spotted all over Tyneside this morning.

    Stephen Harding sent us this photo of it from Gateshed.

    Rainbow seen from Gateshead

    Could there be a pot of gold at St Mary's Lighthouse in Whitley Bay - let us know if you find one.

    Rainbow in Whitley Bay
  17. Travel: Two-vehicle accident closes A69 eastbound

    BBC Travel

    The A69 in Throckley is closed eastbound and there's stationary traffic between the A6085 Ponteland Road junction and Lemington Roundabout because of an accident involving two vehicles.

    The A19 in Cramlington is closed southbound and there's queuing traffic between Moor Farm Roundabout and the A1056 Killingworth Way junction because of an overturned lorry. A diversion is in operation - A189 southbound then A1056 eastbound.

    You can get the latest traffic information on the BBC Travel website for Tyne & Wear and Teesside.    

  18. Preview: Newcastle v Harlequins

    BBC Sport

    Newcastle Falcons make two changes ahead of their game against Harlequins with Italy international Giovanbattista Venditti and Tonga prop Taione Vea brought into the starting XV.

    The Falcons are looking to achieve back-to-back wins over Quins for the first time since 2000.

    Giovanbattista Venditti

    Newcastle Falcons: Hammersley; Tait, Harris, Socino, Venditti; Willis, Young; Vickers, Lawson, Vea, Wilson, Robinson, Welch, Latu, Hogg

    Replacements: McGuigan, Fry, Ryan, Botha, Mayhew, Takulua, Goode, Powell

  19. Nissan recalling nearly a million cars

    Nissan is recalling nearly a million cars over fears the bonnet could fly open.

    However the firm has confirmed none of the vehicles were made at the Sunderland plant.

    The recall involves 930,000 Altima models worldwide. Some of these are being recalled for the third time.

    They  were made at factories in Smyrna, Tennessee, and Canton, Mississippi. 

    Nissan says paint can flake off the bonnet latch, exposing bare metal. Over time, the latches can rust and cause the secondary hood latch to remain open and the bonnet to fly open if it is driven.