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  1. Updates on Tuesday 8 March 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Rebecca Turner

    BBC North East

    Updates for the North East have now finished for the day. 

    We'll be back with 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 us, email, or contact us through our Facebook page.  

  2. Tonight's weather: Cold but mainly dry to start

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    Mainly dry through the first part of the night, with clear spells and becoming chilly.

    Later though temperatures will rise as cloud thickens and rain spreads in from the west, falling as snow over the Pennines.  

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  3. Angela Wrightson: Murder accused posted Snapchat selfie with victim

    Two girls accused of murdering Angela Wrightson posted a picture of themselves with the victim on the photo messaging app Snapchat, a court has heard.

    Angela Wrightson

    The image, posted by one of the girls with caption "nah xx", shows Angela Wrightson with marks on her face. The girls' faces have been pixellated to protect their identities    

  4. Angela Wrightson murder trial: Accused's friend 'told me to do it'

    A girl accused of murdering a vulnerable woman said she attacked her because her friend 'told her to'.

    The girl, then 14, told Leeds Crown Court she punched and kicked Angela Wrightson, 39, while the second girl, then 13, repeatedly asked: "Why is she not knocked out yet?"

    Ms Wrightson (pictured) was found dead in her Hartlepool home in December 2014 with more than 103 injuries.

    Angela Wrightson

    The girl, who cannot be named because of her age, has admitted manslaughter.

    The younger girl, also accused of murder, denies harming Ms Wrightson.

    The older girl told the court via videolink: "I always do what people tell me to, I don't know why. I do it if I want to, but I also do it if I don't want to".

  5. Kind stranger who offered gloves to officer has been traced

    Earlier today, Northumbria Police tweeted to share their gratitude to the stranger who stopped to offer PC Kay Lyon some gloves while she was out directing traffic in the cold and sleet.

    They wanted to trace the woman and reunite her with the gloves, and have since tweeted to say they've done so.

  6. Margaret Byrne exit was 'inevitable conclusion'

    The chief football writer for the Sunderland Echo has told BBC Newcastle he's not surprised Margaret Byrne has left Sunderland football club.

    Chris Young said: "I think this was probably the inevitable conclusion to the case. 

    "Pressure had been growing ever since Johnson's admission during his trial that he'd made the club fully aware of what had happened and Margaret Byrne had received these transcripts of the messages he'd sent to the victim. 

    "I think over the weekend really it started to look inevitable that she would go and I think now Sunderland fans will hope for closure."

  7. Prescription drugs stolen from car in Berwick

    A quantity of pain killers, and tablets prescribed for a heart condition and increased cholesterol were taken from an unlocked car in the Sea View area yesterday.

    Northumbria Police warn they could be harmful if taken by anyone who has not been prescribed them. 

    They are urging anyone who has them to hand them in straight away.

  8. More details emerge on SAFC's involvement in Adam Johnson child sex case

    New details have emerged outlining Sunderland AFC chief executive Magaret Byrne's involvement in discussions around the Adam Johnson child sex case, including that she recommended the barrister who later defended Johnson in court.

    In a statement, she says: "Mr Johnson asked me for a recommendation regarding legal representation and I arranged for him to meet Orlando Pownall QC."

    It's also emerged that as the legal process got under way, she saw documents relating to the case which she did read, saying: "Mr Johnson's father sent me some documents that he asked me to forward to Mr Pownall, which I did. 

    "I did not examine the contents of these documents in any detail."

    "Mr Pownall sent me a note to forward to Mr Johnson which recorded, amongst other things, that Mr Johnson had kissed the victim and communicated with her."

    Johnson later pleaded guilty to grooming and one count of sexual activity with a 15-year-old, and was convicted of another charge.

  9. SAFC chief 'knew of offending but recommended he still play'

    Sunderland AFC's departing chief executive says she knew Adam Johnson had kissed and messaged a child, but still recommended to the club's board he should be allowed to carry on playing.

    Margaret Byrne has stepped down today following pressure over what she knew and when regarding the actions of the former winger.

    She said in a statement: "Based on the information that I had and satisfied that risk assessments had been made, safeguarding measures put in place and the appropriate bodies consulted, I understood the legal process would run its course. 

    "Mr Johnson remained innocent until proven guilty ... on that basis I recommended to the board that Mr Johnson should be allowed to play for the club, pending trial."

  10. SAFC chief made 'serious mistake' over Adam Johnson child sex case

    Sunderland AFC's chief executive Margaret Byrne says that at the time of former player Adam Johnson's arrest, she knew of the nature of the allegations.

    She suspended him initially, but that was lifted after two weeks following advice from "external legal advisers and the PFA".

    She allowed the former winger to continue representing the club, under the impression he was to "strenuously fight all charges."

    She now admits this was a "serious mistake".

    Adam Johnson

    In a statement, she says: "The club's board was made aware of the broad nature of the allegations, which were a matter of public knowledge, but not of the detail that I was personally privy to. 

    "I recognise that, as CEO, my involvement with Mr Johnson and the decision to allow him to continue to represent the club was a serious mistake."

  11. Full report: Sunderland chief executive resigns over Adam Johnson case

    BBC Sport

    Here's our full story: Sunderland chief executive Margaret Byrne has resigned following the Adam Johnson child abuse case.

    Johnson, 28, faces a jail sentence after being found guilty of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

    Sunderland have been criticised for allowing the England international to continue playing after his arrest.

    Byrne said she recognised the decision to allow Johnson to continue to play for the club "was a serious mistake".

    In a statement Sunderland said Johnson's victim had been "very badly let down first and foremost by Mr Johnson and his despicable actions, but also by the club they support".

  12. SAFC chief executive knew Johnson kissed 15-year-old and 'didn't tell anyone'

    Sunderland chief executive Margaret Byrne has admitted she knew former winger Adam Johnson had kissed a 15-year-old fan and messaged her, but "did not share this information with anybody including the board of Sunderland AFC". 

    In a statement, she says Johnson's legal team confirmed the details of the offences to her on 4 May 2015.

    The ex-England international told her that he was "intending to defend each charge" and he was allowed to play for the club until he pleaded guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a child on the eve of his trial.

    Margaret Byrne has now resigned today, saying: "I accept that Mr Johnson should not have been permitted to play again, irrespective of what he was going to plead. It was a serious error of judgement and I accept full responsibility for this."

    Adam Johnson
  13. Margaret Byrne: The woman who became Sunderland's chief executive

    Following the news that Margaret Byrne has quit in the wake of the Adam Johnson child sex case, she's admitted making "a serious mistake" in letting him continue to play for the club after his arrest.

    Margaret Byrne

    The former solicitor was just 31 when she was appointed in 2011, becoming the only woman to hold the post at that level.

    Until then, she'd been legal director and secretary at the Stadium of Light since 2007.

    Sunderland AFC have since released a statement, saying her decision to continue Adam Johnson's contract following his arrest "was a serious error of judgement on her part".

  14. Sunderland AFC admit letting down fans over Adam Johnson

    Here's the full statement from Sunderland AFC after Margaret Byrne resigned with immediate effect:

    "The Board of Sunderland AFC has today accepted the resignation of Margaret Byrne. Margaret, in her role as CEO, was responsible for the running of the club. 

    "She was also accountable for the actions taken by the club in relation to Mr Johnson. Sunderland AFC acknowledges that Margaret's intentions have always been to act in the best interests of the club, however it has become clear through our own internal investigations that in this instance decisions have been taken by Margaret in error. 

    "Whilst swift and decisive action was taken to terminate Mr Johnson's employment upon his guilty plea, decisions taken prior to this, including the decision not to suspend him for a second time pending the outcome of the trial, were wrong. 

    " In light of what has been acknowledged by Margaret as a serious error of judgement on her part, we have undertaken a full review of the club's decision-making processes to ensure that there can be no such mistakes in the future. Throughout this deeply regretful situation, we recognise that one devoted young fan and her family have been very badly let down, first and foremost by Mr Johnson and his despicable actions, but also by the club they support. 

    "We are so very sorry for this. Mr Johnson lied to the club; he also lied to our fans and they have every right to feel aggrieved by this. Lessons have been learned and we hope that the club and its fans can move forward from this together."

  15. BreakingAllowing Adam Johnson to play for Sunderland was 'a serious mistake'

    As she quit her chief executive role at Sunderland AFC, Margaret Byrne said in a statement: "I recognise that, as CEO, my involvement with Mr Johnson and the decision to allow him to continue to represent Sunderland was a serious mistake."

  16. BreakingSAFC chief executive Margaret Byrne quits over Adam Johnson case

    Margaret Byrne, the chief executive of Sunderland Football Club, has quit in the wake of the Adam Johnson child sex case.

    Margaret Byrne

    It follows claims by Durham Police who said she knew of the former winger's arrest, and that he had allegedly messaged and kissed the schoolgirl long before he pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child and grooming.

  17. Elderly man with dementia missing from Gosforth

    An 80-year-old man from Gosforth has been reported missing.

    Wesley Newcombe, from Harewood Road, is believed to have left his house at 10:20.

    He suffers dementia and other health issues but he is an "able walker" and often walks into Newcastle.

    Wesley is 6ft 3in, is bald but with red hair at the back and sides.

    He was last seen wearing tan coloured trousers, a green waterproof type jacket, black shoes and glasses.

    His family have been unable to contact him.

  18. Newcastle woman starts fire in home with cigarette

    A woman from Newcastle accidentally started a fire in her home when she left a cigarette on the sofa. 

    Sofa in home after fire

    Charelle Kane, 32, from Ashfield Close in Elswick, was woken up by her smoke alarm as the fumes spread through the ground floor. 

    Tyne and Wear Fire Service says it had to calm her over the phone as she "choked violently". 

    She was taken the Royal Victoria Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

  19. Travel: Queuing traffic on the A1

    BBC Travel

    There's queuing traffic in the roadworks area on the A1 southbound between Blaydon and Dunston Interchange because of an accident earlier on. 

    All lanes have been re-opened.

    Keep up to date with the latest on the BBC Travel website for Tyne & Wear and Teesside.