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  1. Updates on Thursday 17 March 2016

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    Rebecca Turner

    BBC North East

    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 updates from 08:00 on Friday and hope you can join us then.

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  2. Tonight's weather: Cloud and light drizzle

    BBC Weather

    Low cloud in coastal areas gradually spreading inland through the evening, to give a cloudy end to the night for most with some hill fog, and perhaps some patchy light drizzle.  

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  3. Angela Wrightson death: Girl 'was in control of actions'

    A teenage girl who killed a vulnerable woman was in control of her actions, a court has heard.

    Angela Wrightson, 39, was beaten to death in her home in Hartlepool, Teesside, in December 2014.

    Two girls, then aged 13 and 14, deny murder.

    The older one has admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but the court was told her recognised mental condition would not have impaired her understanding.

    Forensic psychiatrist Dr Kenny Ross told Leeds Crown Court that the girl, now 15, had displayed rational behaviour on the night of the attack.

    The trial continues.

    Angela Wrightson
  4. Police horses visit pre-schoolers at Hilton Academy as it opens today

    Some pre-schoolers got a visit from Northumbria Police's four-legged colleagues today.

    Hilton Academy pre-school was opened today by local councillor David Stockdale and chair of the Northern Education Trust Les Walton.

    Preschoolers with police horse
  5. Man indecently exposes himself to nine-year-old girl in Middlesbrough

    A man indecently exposed himself to a nine-year-old girl in Middlesbrough.

    It happened as the girl walked to school along Spencerfield Crescent yesterday morning.

    Officers also believe the man - who's thought to be between 40 and 50 - made sexual comments to the girl.

    Det Con Steve Thacker says there have been reports of several similar incidents in the area recently.

  6. Pensioner's bag stolen from community centre in Brunton Park

    A 71-year-old woman's handbag was stolen from inside St Aidan's community centre in Princes Road, Newcastle, last week.

    She lost her glasses, mobile phone, purse and bank cards which have been used to take money out since.

    The theft happened while a group of elderly people were inside the community centre playing bowls.

    Police have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to about the incident.

    CCTV image
  7. Paul Daniels: Some of his best magic tricks

    The Paul Daniels Magic Show ran for 15 years and made him one of the biggest stars on British TV.

    Here are a few of his best tricks.

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    Video caption: Some of Paul Daniels' best tricks
  8. Fifteen arrested in early morning drugs raids across Sunderland

    Fifteen people have been arrested following drugs warrants at ten addresses across Sunderland yesterday morning.

    It's all part of a six-month operation aimed at disrupting drugs and drug supply in the city.

  9. Flat in Hebburn closed down after nuisance complaints

    A flat in Hebburn has to stay closed for three months in a bid to cut trouble in the street.

    Police officer putting a closure order on the door

    Northumbria Police says it found that people living in and visitors to the flat were creating nuisance to neighbours, so they applied for a Closure Order on the property in Collingwood Street which was granted yesterday.

    In January, two people were arrested for assault and criminal damage connected to the property and, in February, a two further arrests were made for arson.

    Last September a search warrant was carried out and two people were arrested for possession of drugs. 

  10. Canisters of nitrous oxide taken from student flat in Durham

    Durham Police says 72 canisters of nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas, were "surrendered" during a search of a student flat last night. 

  11. Geordie Shore's Holly Hagan hits back at criticism over cosmetic procedures

    BBC Newsbeat

    Geordie Shore's Holly Hagan says people who claim she looked better before her cosmetic procedures are 'liars'.

    Her comments come after she shared a picture of herself with a visibly fuller pout.

    Concerned fans reached out to Holly expressing their concern.

    Holly Hagan

    However, Holly says fans weren't contacting her out of concern.

    "I was looking at them (comments) and they were being absolutely awful. 'What's she done? She's ruined herself'.

    "I really don't care, I think I've come such a long way and I'm really proud of the way I look now."

  12. Andrew Cole's son signs for Fleetwood Town

    BBC Sport

    Fleetwood Town have signed the son of former Newcastle United striker Andrew Cole.

    Bradford City striker Devante Cole's been signed for an undisclosed fee.

    Cole, 20, joined the Bantams last summer on a two-year deal after his release by Manchester City.

  13. Wanted man Sean Tait found and arrested

    Sean Tait (pictured), who was wanted for breaching the terms of a prison licence has been arrested, police said.

    Sean Tait

    He was arrested at an address in the Arthurs Hill area of Newcastle on Thursday morning, and police say he'll now be sent back to prison.

    A man and woman, aged 26 and 36, have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and are currently in custody.