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Remaining showers should die away to leave a mostly dry night with clear spells.
Frost is possible in many areas by dawn, given the largely clear skies and light winds.
There's very slow and queuing traffic for four miles on the A19 southbound in Peterlee at the Passfield Way junction because of an accident involving two vehicles earlier on.
All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is 20 minutes. Congestion is back to the Hawthorn Services junction.
There's also slow traffic southbound as people stop to look.
Manufacturers Baketime have confirmed that there was an "issue with pest activity" at their premises in South Bank, Middlesbrough.
Baketime says it was first identified back in January, and "immediate steps" were taken together with a "reputable pest control company" to "manage the situation and eradicate it as quickly as possible".
In a statement, it says further evidence of pest activity was then identified this month "and an intense programme of pest control measures was again implemented".
Following a routine site inspection, Baketime then voluntarily ceased production temporarily.
They say the company also decided to recall product manufactured between these months "as a precautionary measure".
A group of men were reported to be fighting in the street in Newcastle last night.
Officers believe there were five men involved and that they may have been armed with planks of wood during the disturbance in Hexham Avenue in Walker.
A red Audi A3 was also seen in the area at the time.
Officers are asking anyone with any information to come forward.
Durham County Council withdrew its previous plan after it was called "over-ambitious" by an independent inspector.
Though the inspector's report was quashed by the High Court, the council said it would start the plan again.
The old plan had been to build 31,400 homes and create 30,000 jobs by 2030.
Former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has "knowingly given untrue evidence" at the tribunal hearing winger Jonas Gutierrez's disability discrimination claim, it's alleged.
The employment tribunal is over Gutierrez's claims that he faced discrimination from the club after he was diagnosed with cancer.
In closing remarks today, the player's barrister Martin Budworth said the case "involved a number of high profile individuals", including former club managers Mr Pardew and John Carver, and managing director Lee Charnley.
He says these witnesses were "not just mistaken" about the case, "but are giving knowingly untrue evidence".
He also alleged Mr Pardew had given "suspicious evidence".
The Argentinian, who has already given evidence to the tribunal, is reported to be seeking about £2m in compensation for his claim.
Sean Jones QC, for Newcastle United, said that the club had not broken any rules in its dealings with the player. The hearing continues.
A man who's been missing since yesterday morning "may be sleeping rough despite the colder weather", police say.
They're concerned for Philip Ramm's welfare, and that he left wearing "only grey shorts, a white top and black hat - but no coat".
He is white, 5ft 8in, slim and balding.
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Goalkeeper Rob Elliot has injured his anterior cruciate ligament and will be out for months, Newcastle United have confirmed.
A club statement says: "Rob has returned to Newcastle and has been assessed this morning by the club's doctor. He will now commence a programme of treatment and rehabilitation.
"Regrettably, the severity of this injury will rule Rob out for a number of months.
"Everyone connected with Newcastle United wishes Rob the very best for his recovery."
Alan Shearer has shared his thoughts on the "devastating news" that Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot has suffered a serious knee injury ahead of the club's battle to stay in the Premier League:
Customers are being urged not to eat the affected products, made in a factory on Teesside.
The biscuits, including cheese thins, shortbread, chip cookies and fudge brownies, were made by a company called Baketime, based in South Bank in Middlesbrough.
The products are also sold in small convenience stores around the UK.
Baketime, based at South Tees Imperial Food Park, said it was recalling all the biscuits and snacks as a precautionary measure.
In the meantime they are being taken off sale.
The government has no plans to recall Parliament to discuss the steel crisis, Downing Street says.
Hundreds of people are employed by Tata Steel at Skinningrove, Lackenby and Darlington.
Earlier Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said MPs should be summoned back from recess.
A spring clean of Consett has resulted in 30 bags of litter being collected in less than three hours.
County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service says its "big spring clean", which is being carried out by off-duty staff along the coast to coast track, is "still going strong".
Over the past few months, one part of the UK economy, the steel industry, has been grabbing the news headlines, but for all the wrong reasons.
The announcement by India's Tata Steel of its plans to sell its loss-making UK business, putting the jobs of thousands of workers at risk, is the latest and most devastating blow to the industry.
A 62-year-old man from Billingham suffered "significant" leg injuries when he fell on the sand dunes at Blue Lagoon beach in Seaton this morning.
It's an area not accessible by road.
The Great North Air Ambulance Service treated him before he was airlifted to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough where he arrived in a "stable condition".
A man knocked on the door of an elderly resident then stole cash from her purse before fleeing yesterday.
It happened in St David's Close in Whitley Bay.
Police say he forced his way into the back garden, knocked on the patio door, then distracted the woman before stealing her money.
The man is 6ft and about 30 years old and was wearing a navy jacket.