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  1. Updates on Thursday 25 February

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for the North East have now finished for the day - thank you for joining us. We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Friday.

    We'll leave you with this video of the funeral of BBC Tees presenter and Middlesbrough commentator Ali Brownlee and the thousands of people who went to say goodbye.

    You can see more on Look North at 18:30 on BBC One. And BBC Tees wil be broadcasting a special tribute programme from 18:00.

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    Video caption: Thousands say goodbye to Ali Brownlee
  2. Cold evening and frosty night

    Mostly clear skies and light winds will cause temperatures to drop throughout the evening.

    A widespread frost will develop overnight.

  3. Surf's up at Embleton

    Kevin Redpath took this picture of an early-morning surfer off Embleton beach.

    Surfer at Embleton

    If you have an image you want to share, you can send it via email or twitter.   

  4. New headquarters a 'palace' for councillors

    A plan to move Northumberland County Hall is a waste of £40m to build a "palace" for councillors, a councillor has said.

    Northumberland County Council has approved plans to close and sell off its headquarters in Morpeth and relocate to a smaller HQ at Ashington.

    It says that the new building will cost less than refurbishing the current one.

    Labour council leader Grant Davey rejected Tory Peter Jackson's "palace" claim.

    Northumbrland County Hall
  5. Rachel Wilson murder arrest suspect bailed

    A man arrested on suspicion of the murder of a 19-year-old Middlesbrough woman almost 14 years ago has been bailed.

    Rachel Wilson was last seen alive on 31 May 2002, and her remains were found on farmland on the outskirts of the town in June 2012.

    A 57-year-old man from the Grove Hill area was arrested yesterday and has now been bailed pending further enquiries.

    Rachel Wilson

    A Cleveland Police spokesman said: "We have a duty to pursue this for as long as it takes and we will."

  6. Woman hurt when brick thrown at taxi

    A woman suffered a minor head injury when an object was thrown at a moving vehicle in Middlesbrough

    On Wednesday evening the taxi was struck by what is thought to be a brick on Ormesby Road.

    The driver and two young children also in the vehicle and were left very distressed from the incident but were not injured. 

    Cleveland Police said it believed a group of youths are responsible for this incident, and has appealed for information.

  7. Witness appeal over missing woman

    Police searching for a missing Newcastle woman have made three specific appeals for potential witnesses to come forward. 

    Margaret MacDermott was last seen at her home in Bolbec Road, Fenham, on the night of 12 February.

    The following day her car was found parked near the Eye on the Tyne pub, on Newcastle Quayside.

    Margaret MacDermott

    CCTV footage showed the 50-year-old getting out of the vehicle and walking along the river towards the Millennium Bridge where she stopped and paused. 

    Northumbria Police said it had identified three possible witnesses who were in the Quayside area around that time and has appealed for them to get in touch. 

  8. Middlesbrough gears up for Tour de Yorkshire

    Over the next week yellow bicycles will be appearing in locations around Middlesbrough in the countdown for the Tour de Yorkshire’s visit to Middlesbrough.

    On Sunday 1 May riders, including some of the leading names in world cycling will gather in Central Square for the final stage of this year's race.

    Cycle race

    The route through through Middlesbrough will be confirmed shortly, and the stage will end in Scarborough.

  9. North East devolution deal attacked

    Fergus Hewison

    BBC Newcastle political reporter

    The devolution deal for the North East has been attacked during a Gateshead council meeting this afternoon.

    A number of councillors criticised the devolution deal, which would see elections for a mayor for Northumberland, Tyne and Wear plus County Durham, next year - but no referendum on it for residents. 

    Gateshead Labour leader Councillor Mick Henry said he also has concerns but urged fellow councillors- including some of his own backbenchers - not to dismiss the deal out of hand. 

    The ruling cabinets and executives of our councils will decide next month whether to go forward with the devolution deal and the mayoral system for our region. 

  10. When the boat comes in

    Jim Jones sent us this picture of a ship approaching Blyth harbour.

    Ship approaching Blyth

    If you have an image you want to share, you can send it via email or twitter.

  11. Photos: Ali Brownlee's funeral cortege

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News Online

    Ali Brownlee's funeral cortege passed some of his favourite spots in Middlesbrough today.

    Thousands showed up at the Riverside Stadium to pay their respects to the Voice of the Boro.

    We've collated some of the best photos of the day and you can see those by clicking on our map here.

    Funeral cortege map
  12. Appeal over death of pedestrian, 83, hit by car

    Police have reappealed for information over a crash in Gateshead which killed 83-year-old William Raine from Blaydon.

    Mr Raine was knocked over by a Nissan Micra while crossing the road at the bottom of Shibdon Bank in January. He was taken to hospital but later died.

    An image taken from a dash camera of a car on Shibdon Road shows two cars who were in the area just before the collision took place.

    Dash cam still

    Officers want to identify and speak to the drivers of these two cars, believed to be a grey Toyota Avensis and a red Ford Focus.  

  13. Gateshead discusses devolution

  14. Boro fans leave tributes on BBC Tees' car

    BBC Tees reporter Lisa McCormick came back from the Riverside after watching Ali Brownlee's funeral cortege pass through the stadium to find scarves and flowers on the radio station's car.

    You can see how much it meant to her:

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  15. Information plea over injured cyclist, 82

    Cleveland Police has appealed for information after an elderly cyclist suffered serious head injuries.

    The 82-year-old was found by a member of the public on Birkdale Road at the junction with Darlington Road in Stockton on Sunday.

    He was taken to hospital, and officers are now investigating how the circumstances of how he came about his injuries. 

  16. Ali Brownlee's funeral: 'Sleep tight Ali'

    A message from Ali Brownlee's BBC Tees' colleague Lisa McCormick as she watched his funeral cortege pass through the Riverside:

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  17. Adam Johnson trial: Ex-girlfriend shown photograph

    In her first day in the witness box, Adam Johnson's ex-girlfriend Stacey Flounders was asked a series of questions about her partner's pubic hair and asked to examine a photograph.

    Mr Johnson is charged with two counts of sexual activity with a child.

    He admits kissing and grooming the 15-year-old girl but says it went no further.

    Stacey Flounders

    Orlando Pownall QC, defending, said: "Did you see his pubic area fairly regularly?"

    She agreed and said he would trim the area with scissors, and would not shave.

    The teenager involved in the incident has told the jury Mr Johnson was shaved in that area.

  18. Dozens of North East firms explore opportunities in growing UK space sector

    The Journal


    More than 50 North East businesses turned out at The Core in Newcastle Science Central today to learn how they could benefit from the growth of the UK space sector, which is set to be worth around £40bn by 2030.