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  1. Updates on Thursday 4 February

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC Local Live

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

    We hope you can join us then.

    If you'd like to get in touch you can tweet usemail us, or contact us through our Facebook page.

  2. Missing Sally Allan's family: 'This is the news they were expecting'

    Police searching for a missing Northumberland woman have found a body in the water on South Tyneside.

    The 59-year-old from Ponteland vanished in December and it emerged she'd suffered from mental health issues.

    Sally Allan

    Reverend Peter Barham, the vicar of Ponteland, said: "In one sense this is the news that they were expecting. 

    "It makes life easier, but easier doesn't sound like the right word to use.

    "It is very, very difficult when you do not have a body when somebody has died.

    "[If the body is confirmed] this will help with all the practical and the emotional aspects of all of this."

  3. Three cars set on fire causing thousands of pounds of damage

    About £16,000 worth of damage has been caused after three cars were set on fire at a garage in County Durham.

    The cars were vandalised at about 23:30 at GMD car sales in Carville, near Durham City.

    Police say nobody was injured and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

  4. Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

    Paul Mooney

    BBC Weather

    It will remain largely cloudy with further patchy outbreaks of rain at times, especially in western parts such as the area around Consett.

    Winds will strengthen once again but it will be a mild night.

    Weather forecast

    Minimum temperature: 6C (43F). Check the forecast near you.

  5. On tonight's BBC Look North

    Alison Freeman

    BBC Look North

    Rachel Potter was raped by her uncle when she was just 10 years old, but she didn't feel able to report the crime to police until she was an adult.

    Today she was one of the first people to take a look around a new centre which aims to make it easier for people like her to report crimes and give evidence to court via a video link.

    Woman with police

    It's one of only a handful of its kind in the country. 

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

  6. Woman fights off robber with walking stick

    Two men have been arrested in connection with a robbery in Stockton.

    A 61-year-old woman fought off a man with her walking stick he tried to grab her handbag in Stockton.

    However, 10 minutes later an 87-year-old woman had her handbag stolen near Stockton Railway Station.

    Two men aged 25 and 32 have been arrested in connection with both incidents, police say.

  7. Liverpool v Sunderland: Reds fans plan walkout at £77 ticket prices

    Liverpool supporters' groups are planning a walkout during Saturday's Premier League match at Anfield against Sunderland.

    The Spion Kop 1906 group - backed by the Spirit of Shankly (SoS) - have suggested fans leave their seats in the 77th minute in protest at the £77 top-priced ticket in the new main stand.

    Liverpool fans

    The club have announced the increased price, up from £59, for next season.

    An SoS statement expressed its anger at "no explanation" from the owners.

  8. More than 70 jobs to go as police front desks close

    BBC Tees

    Cleveland Police has announced it's to close the front desks in nine of its stations.

    It claims many of them are "underused" and closing them will save the force £3m, but will affect more than 70 civilian jobs.

    Those affected are Guisborough, Eston, Redcar, South Bank, Thornaby, Norton, Coulby Newham, Berwick Hills and Loftus.

  9. Travel: Traffic building in roadworks area of Durham

    BBC Travel

    There's queuing traffic on the A690 westbound in Durham between the A1(M) J62 Carrville junction and Gilesgate Roundabout in the roadworks area.

    There's also very slow traffic on the A167 westbound in Newcastle between Cow Hill and Cowgate Roundabout. 

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

  10. Majority of Cleveland Police stations will close to the public with more than 70 jobs axed

    The Gazette


    Here's today's front page and a link to the top story:

    Front page
  11. Starlings form heart shape during murmuration

    Watch the moment when a murmuration of starlings over Gateshead briefly formed into the shape of a heart.

    Nicki Walker saw it on the second anniversary of her husband’s death and said: “It felt joyful and seemed like a sign that my husband was with us.”

    Watch the video here.

    Starlings form a heart
  12. Sunderland AFC news conference

    BBC Sport

    Sunderland manager Sam Allardycehas confirmed that defender Younes Kaboulis fit to return to the squad for the trip to Anfield.

    The Frenchman has been out since December with a hamstring injury.

  13. Darlington council leader warns 'about 200 jobs' will go

    BBC Tees

    The leader of Darlington Council's warning jobs will go and services will be lost as a result of budget cuts.

    Bill Dixon says about 200 jobs are expected to go, while council tax will go up. 

    Darlington campaigners have launched a bid to save the town's Victorian covered market.   

    It's been suggested by the council that two libraries and Sure Start centres will close and the market, which needs a £4m refurbishment, will be sold off.

    Protestors in Darlington
  14. Trial could 'revolutionise radiotherapy treatement'

    BBC Tees

    It's World Cancer Day and James Cook University Hospital has exclusively told BBC Tees they're the first in the North of England to offer patients a prostate cancer trial that could revolutionise how radiotherapy is given to patients.

    The PACE trial works by comparing stereo-tactic radiotherapy, conventional radiotherapy and surgery to remove the prostate gland, because doctors don't know which one works best and which one has the fewest side effects for men diagnosed with the cancer.

    Martin Jewkes from Darlington took part in the trial last year. Hear his story.

    Martin Jewkes
  15. Trust apology for 'avoidable' death

    A health trust has apologised to a Teesside family after their mother was able to take her own life in a mental health unit despite warning staff that she planned to kill herself.

    Maureen Sigsworth, 58, suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and was in the care of the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust when she died.

    It happened in February 2014 at the Roseberry Park Hospital in Middlesbrough. 

    Ms Sigsworth drowned in a bath after a nurse, who should have been supervising her, left her alone.

    Maureen Sigsworth

    After reaching a financial settlement with the family the Trust subsequently issued a statement saying: "We are very sorry about Mrs Sigsworth's tragic death and understand how distressing this must have been for her family. "Whilst we cannot change what happened we have done everything in our power to prevent anything similar happening again." 

    Mrs Sigworth's two daughters, Dawn and Tracy Owen, still maintain their mother's death was entirely avoidable.

  16. On the lunchtime BBC Look North

    Gerry Jackson

    BBC Look North

    Nathan from Sunderland is football mad. He's also autistic. Because of this, live Premier League football seemed out of reach for him because the noise of the crowds was too much for him.

    But his family simply weren't willing to admit defeat, and now the club themselves have stepped in to make it possible for Nathan, and others with autism.

    I'll have more on this story on BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One - or watch this video:

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  17. The Jarrow Arrow stuck in Turkey

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    Former North East athlete Steve Cram is one of the passengers who was on the Newcastle-bound flight from Dubai which was diverted to Turkey due to "operational reasons".

    His girlfriend Allison Curbishley told me that a passenger said they could "smell burning" in a toilet, and the captain decided to make an emergency landing in Trabzon Airport, North Eastern Turkey. Although she says she didn't see any flames. 

    Steve was on his way back from Kenya where he was involved in the Massai Cycle Challenge last week.

    Emirates says another aircraft has been dispatched from Dubai to take over the service.

  18. More on Newcastle-bound flight diversion

    We have more on the diverted plane which was heading to Newcastle from Dubai.

    An Emirates Airways flight was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Turkey due to what the airline describes as "technical reasons".

    The Boeing 777 put down at Trabzon airport where passengers disembarked.

    Another aircraft has been dispatched from Dubai to take over the service. The aircraft was due to land at 11:20 this morning.