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  1. Updates on Wednesday 10 February 2016

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    Updates for the North East have now finished for the day - thank you for joining us.

    We'll be back with with news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Thursday - we hope you can join us then.

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  2. Set for a dry, cold and clear evening

    With temperatures set to drop, it will be a dry, cold and clear evening.

    There will be a widespread frost, and throughout the night scattered wintry showers will spread from the north.  

  3. Video: Alnwick Shrove Tuesday match

    Protagonists are licking their wounds after taking part in the ancient Shrove Tuesday "football" match in the shadow of Alnwick Castle - watch the video here.

    The historic game was first recorded back in 1762 and is now traditionally played out on the fields by the River Aln every year.

    There are virtually no rules, but players representing the parishes of St Michael and St Paul, attempt by whatever means to get the ball through a "hale" (a goal) at each end of the fields.

    It is now an established event in the Alnwick social calendar, with competitors describing it as "an afternoon of enjoyable madness".

    Alniwck ball game
  4. Drug dog visits sheltered accommodation

    Police in Newcastle city centre have been working with staff from sheltered accommodation to tackle drug and legal high misuse. 

    Officers from the neighbourhood policing team and a drugs detection dog have visited some of the premises to raise awareness of the problem.

    No illicit substances were found in what Northumbria Police described as "a valuable exercise which helped send out a message to those staying there".

    Police dog

    In the past there have been issues and concerns raised about drug taking and anti-social behaviour connected to those staying in some of the premises across the city.   

  5. Six arrests in child porn inquiry

    Six men have been arrested in County Durham as part of a multi-agency investigation into the distribution of child abuse images.

    It follows raids on two properties in Newton Aycliffe and one in Belmont on Tuesday, and further searches in Bowburn, Esh Winning and Seaham earlier.

    Seized equipment

    Laptops, hard drives and other computer-related equipment were seized along with mobile phones.

    A total of six people aged between 21 and 64 were detained on suspicion of the possession and distribution of indecent images. 

    Three have since been released on bail.

  6. Hartlepool chairman: Ronnie Moore decision 'extremely difficult'

    BBC Sport

    Hartlepool's chairman has said the decision to part company with manager Ronnie Moore by mutual consent had been a difficult one.

    The 63-year-old was appointed manager in December 2014, and saved the club from relegation last season.

    "This is an extremely difficult decision but one we feel is right," chairman Gary Coxall said. 

    "Ronnie has worked tirelessly to bring success to the club and we thank him sincerely for those efforts and wish him well for the future."  

  7. Cannon Park crash driver failed to stop

    Police are trying to find the driver of a vehicle which failed to stop after a collision on the A66.

    The driver of a Ford Focus suffered minor injuries in the incident which involved what is thought to be a black Mercedez Benz near Cannon Park yesterday evening.

    There was substantial damage to the Ford, but the other vehicle left the scene.

  8. Royal visit to former steelworks town

    Redcar is set to play host to royalty, as the Prince of Wales pays a visit to the town.

    Prince Charles will meet members of the task force set up in the wake of the SSI closure, along with former steel workers, and affected businesses.

    Prince Charles

    He will also meet members of the Industrial Cadets, a work experience programme inspired by the Prince's visit in 2010.

  9. Major disruption after Durham Station closed by nearby gas leak

    Durham station is still closed while engineers deal with a gas leak nearby.

    No services are running on the line between Newcastle and Darlington.

    Engineers from Northern Gas Networks are working to repair the damage on the A691 Framwellgate Peth, which is said was caused by third party damage.

    Latest travel information is available on the BBC Travel website for Tyne and Wear.

  10. Fraud charges for Windlestone Hall owner

    The owner of Windlestone Hall has appeared at Teesside Crown Court accused of a string of fraud and forgery offences. 

    William Davenport pleaded not guilty to nine charges relating to fraudulent mortgage applications, and allegations that he claimed he was employed by an American company, earning more than £400,000 a year.

    The 59-year-old was granted bail to return to the court in May. 

  11. Gas leak hits road and rail services in Durham

    BBC Travel

    Durham train station has been evacuated and rail services between Newcastle and Darlington suspended following a gas leak near the station.

    It has also led to the closure of the A691 Framwellgate Peth near County Hall.

    Motorists are being advised to avoid the area as there is severe disruption.

  12. Middlesbrough are 'in an amazing position'

    Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka said he was pleased with where his side are at after the 1-1 draw with MK Dons.

    He said: "The last three or four games haven't gone the way we would have wanted but sometimes I think we forget which position we are in because we are now in an amazing position.

    "If you had said to me or the supporters in the summer that we could be in this position at this time of the season, we would have signed up for that."

    Boro match stats
  13. NUFC ticket prices reduced for under-18s

    Newcastle United is to drop ticket prices for younger fans.

    The club said it would be reducing all standard season tickets for under-18s at St James' Park by 54% for next season.

    St James Park

    Managing director Lee Charnley said: "While the debate around Premier League ticket prices continues, we want to ensure watching football at St James' Park remains affordable for as many people as possible.

    "We want to encourage more families to attend and ensure that the price of a ticket does not become a barrier for our youngest supporters."

  14. Milton Keynes Dons 1-1 Middlesbrough

    Middlesbrough moved to the top of the Championship as Jordan Rhodes' first goal for the club earned a late draw against MK Dons.

    Dean Bowditch scuffed a shot under Boro keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos from a Kyle McFadzean pass to give Dons the lead.

    David Nugent squandered the chance to equalise after the break, poking wide with just David Martin to beat.

    But Rhodes secured a point for Boro in added time when he headed Ritchie de Laet's cross over Martin.

    Jordan Rhodes