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  1. Updates on Friday 26 February

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our live updates have now finished for the day. We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Monday and hope you can join us then.

    Have a good weekend.

  2. Boy, 8, injured in 'hit and run'

    An eight-year-old boy is in a serious condition in hospital after being involved in an alleged hit and run incident in Longbenton.

    The incident happened on Sunday evening on West Farm Avenue.

    Northumbria Police said the car involved, thought to be a silver VW Passat, failed to stop.

    The boy, who has not been named, remains in the RVI in Newcastle with leg injuries.

  3. Council 'committed' to transport museum

    Sunderland Council has said it is "actively looking" at options to secure the future of a transport museum.

    There had been fears Monkwearmouth Station Museum - which has been hit by falling visitor numbers - would close as part of the council's budget cuts.

    However, the council has now described it as "very much open for business" and said it was working behind the scenes to preserve and maintain the Grade II-listed building and its collection.

    Monkwearmouth Station Museum

    Councillor John Kelly, portfolio holder for public health, culture and wellness said: "Culture is such an important part of everyday life in Sunderland. 

    "We very much recognise that museums, and the history and heritage they celebrate, are integral to our cultural offer." 

  4. House price rise in North East lower than average

    House prices in the North East have seen the lowest rise of any region in England and Wales in the past year, figures have shown.

    The Land Registry found that property prices rose by 7.1% on average in the year to the end of January, with the typical home costing £191,812.

    The fastest increase was a 13.9% rise in London, compared with the slowest of 0.2% in the North East of England.

  5. Image 'mattered' to girl, Adam Johnson trial hears

    Defence barrister Orlando Pownall's closing speech concluded: "The Crown spoke of inconsistencies, silly details. They ask you to cut her (the girl) some slack. I'm not asking you to cut Mr Johnson some slack.

    "Harsh though it may be, she has lied." 

    Adam Johnson

    He told the jury that "image mattered" to the girl, who was "infatuated" with Mr Johnson. "She didn't want to lose face," he added.

    The barrister ended his speech by urging the jury to acquit Mr Johnson on both counts of sexual activity with a child, which he denies.

    The trial was adjourned until Monday. 

  6. Adam Johnson 'deserving of little' jury told

    In a closing speech to jurors, Orlando Pownall QC for Adam Johnson said to the jury: "Whatever your verdicts, everybody is a loser. 

    "(The girl) has been affected by what happened, whatever you might think about the events that unfolded, she was then a child who, for that reason alone, deserved protection.

    Adam Johnson

    "Mr Johnson will have to pay the price for his actions. He has lost his job, he has been dropped by his sponsors and he will be subject to criticism, both publicly and privately, for many years to come." 

    Mr Pownall told the jury that both the girl and Johnson had lied in the past. 

    He added: "Mr Johnson is deserving of little, not your sympathy, not your approval in respect of any aspect of his behaviour, but he deserves one thing, if nothing else, and that's a clear and fair, dispassionate consideration by you of all the evidence." 

    He denies two charges of sexual activity with a child under 16.

  7. Team Valley catering vans targeted by thieves

    Thieves who have been targeting catering vans are being sought by police in Gateshead.

    It follows five reports in the past two weeks of catering vans and caravans being broken into on the Team Valley Trading Estate.

    In some cases offenders got inside by cutting holes in the sides, before stealing money, catering equipment and generators. 

    Northumbria Police said the investigation was ongoing, and urged business owners to take security measures.

  8. RIse and shine

    Steven Hornsey sent us this picture of sunrise at Norton on Tees.

    Sunrise

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  9. War veterans' headstones smashed

    Pippa Rifka

    BBC Newcastle

    Headstones belonging to World War One soldiers have been pushed over and smashed at a cemetery in Houghton.

    Hillside Cemetery

    The memorials at the town's Hillside Cemetery are said to have been attacked by vandals sometime between last Friday and Tuesday this week, according to police. 

    They were only re-commissioned two years ago to mark the centenary of the start of the conflict.

  10. Woman, 82, dies when car leaves road

    An elderly woman was killed when her car hit a telegraph pole in Stanley Crook.

    The 82-year-old was driving a Citroen C3 which left the B6299 in Stanley Crook, near a location known locally as Billy Row bank.

    The air ambulance attended but the woman - the sole occupant of the vehicle - was pronounced dead at the scene.

  11. Increasing concern over missing man's welfare

    Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of missing man Darlington man.

    Kevin Allan has not been seen since he left his home address on Sunday evening.

    Durham Police said the 45-year-old might be in the Cleveland force area and has urged anyone with information about his whereabouts to get in touch.

    Kevin Allan
  12. Bingo-reunited siblings seek third sister

    Two sisters who met after playing online bingo for eight years are now searching for their third sibling.

    Elaine Walker, who now lives in Middlesbrough, was adopted at eight weeks, had tried to find one sister since she was 25, without any luck. 

    When she did find Jackie Green - who had grown up in London with their father - it emerged that they had already become friends by chatting while playing on an online bingo site.

    Elaine Walker and Jackie Green

    Now they are hoping to locate a third sister, who is called Wendy, lived in Scotland and was born in February 1955.

  13. Traffic disruption in Guisborough

    BBC Travel

    An accident has closed the A171 in Guisborough, with queuing traffic reported between Windlebridge Roundabout and the A173 Church Lane junction.

    More traffic information on the BBC Travel website for Teesside.

  14. Tribute to power station collapse missing man

    The family of a man feared dead in the Didcot power station collapse has paid tribute to his "kind and friendly nature".

    MIchael Collings, is one of three men missing following an explosion at the Oxfordshire site on Tuesday, in which another man also died.

    The fire service is continuing to search, but said it was unlikely anyone could have survived.

    Didcot power station

    His family said in a statement: "Mike was a much loved husband, father, granddad, son, brother and friend. 

    "He had a huge enthusiasm for life and will be remembered for his kind and friendly nature."

  15. Adam Johnson 'lied for sake of football career'

    Adam Johnson "lied for the sake of his career in football", a jury has been told.

    The former Sunderland player denies two charges of sexual activity with a child under 16.

    During a closing speech for the prosecution, Kate Blackwell QC, said: "It was the defendant's choice to avoid a conviction as long as he could to avoid signing the sex offenders register and avoid hanging up his boots."

    Adam Johnson

    At the start of the trial he admitted a charge of grooming and one of sexual activity. The closing speech for the defence is due shortly.

  16. Video: The bingo friends who turned out to be sisters

    A woman from Teesside has discovered that her best friend of eight years from an online bingo site is actually the sister for whom she has been searching for 35 years.

    Elaine Walker was adopted at eight weeks old, and only learned aged 25 that she had a sister, who she had never met.

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    Video caption: Woman discovers online bingo friend is long-lost sister of 35 years
  17. BBC Tees remember Ali Brownlee

    The BBC Tees team has been remembering their colleague Ali Brownlee, whose funeral was held yesterday, with fish and chips.

  18. Adam Johnson trial: Closing speeches begin

    Adam Johnson is a "self-confessed arrogant man" and "lacks integrity", a jury has been told.

    The former Sunderland star is on trial accused of two counts of sexual activity with a child, which he denies.

    During her closing speech, Kate Blackwell QC for the prosecution, described him as a man who had "pretty much everything" but cheated on his girlfriend, the mother of his daughter, in a way that "demonstrated his exceptional duplicity".

    Adam Johnson

    The case for the defence is due to be made later.