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Summary

  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Phil Mawson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    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. Remaining cloudy overnight, clearer on Thursday

    BBC Weather

    It will stay cloudy overnight, with further rain or drizzle at times, especially over the north of the region.

    It is likely to remaining misty, with fog across the hills.

    The outlook for Thursday is for light rain early on, with clearer, drier weather moving in throughout the afternoon.

    Maximum temperatures should be around the 8C (46F) mark. 

    Weather graph
  3. Toddler Liam Fee had head injuries, murder trial told

    Paediatric pathologist Dr Paul French has told the High Court at Livingston that Liam Fee had multiple external injuries and his report concluded that his death was caused by injury to the torso.

    Nyomi Fee, 28, and Rachel Fee, 31, from Ryton on Tyneside, deny killing Rachel's son Liam in a house near Glenrothes on 22 March 2014.

    Liam Fee

    The couple also deny harming two other children.

    Dr French, 38, who carried out a post-mortem on Liam two days after he was pronounced dead, also described bruises on the toddler's face and injuries to the back of his head.

    Dr French said Liam had a low body weight for his age, and his body was thin with reduced muscle tone.

  4. Charity cash from Billy Elliot cast

    Great news for East Durham Trust.

  5. Man sprayed in face by would-be thieves

    Pippa Rifka

    BBC Newcastle

    A man was sprayed in the face with a mystery liquid as two would-be thieves tried to steal his mobile phone.

    The incident happened in Derwent Walk, Gateshead, on Monday afternoon, police said.

    The 22-year-old victim was knocked to the ground and kicked before the two men fled the scene.

    He was treated in hospital.

    One of the attackers was around 6ft tall and wearing a white hooded top and dark cap. 

  6. Northern Powerhouse Minister defends under-fire Whittingdale

    Stockton MP and Northern Powerhouse Minister James Wharton has said he sees no reason for under-fire Culture Secretary John Whittingdale to relinquish any duties.

    Mr Whittingdale is facing calls from Labour to withdraw from press regulation decisions after news of his relationship with a sex worker. 

    John Whittingdale

    But Mr Wharton said: "I see a story which seems to be a storm in a teacup. There's nothing of substance here that I can see at all. 

    "John Whittingdale is somebody for whom I have the utmost respect. He's a very effective secretary of state. 

    "He also has more experience and knowledge in this area of policy than almost anyone else I can think of from his time as the chair of the culture, media and sport select committee and he's never been afraid of challenging the press and doing his job to the full extent of his very impressive abilities."

  7. Applause as Denise Robertson coffin driven away

    Applause broke out in the street outside Sunderland Minster as Denise Robertson's coffin was driven away in a hearse after the hour-long service. 

    This Morning presenter Philip Schofield wiped a tear from his eye as he spoke to mourners after the funeral. 

    The service was followed by a private burial.

    Philip Schofield
  8. Staff 'pulling together' after mine fire

    Kristie Kinghorn

    BBC Newcastle

    John Chilton who has worked at the Boulby potash mines for 29 years and is a representative for the Unite union, said: "It's not a nice thing to have gone through, the biggest fear for any miner, is a fire underground, particularly a large fire like this.

    "People are very shaken, but miners are a very strong community and we are pulling together."

    The fire meant trapped miners had to spend five hours in a "safe-haven" area underground while emergency services dealt with the incident. 

  9. Jobs boost for waste firm

    BBC Tees

    www.bbc.co.uk/BBCTees

    A Teesside company is creating 21 new jobs as it starts a three-year contract sending waste to Scandinavia. 

    Probio Energy based in Hartlepool is sending one hundred thousand tonnes of waste otherwise destined to go to landfill from Scotland to Scandinavia where it will be used to create energy.

  10. Celebrating the work of Capability Brown

    Colin Briggs

    Look North

    This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Capability Brown - the Northumberland man who became England's finest landscape gardener.

    Capability Brown

    He earned around £40m in modern terms - and you can see my special report from Harwood House in North Yorkshire on Look North tonight - as I discover what makes his work so extraordinary - and how he earned that strange nickname. 

    That's at 18:30 this evening. 

    Harewood House
  11. Son tells of pain at loss of agony aunt mum Denise Robertson

    Denise Robertson's son Mark, told the congregation at the Sunderland-born TV agony aunt's funeral: "When mum took on her role at ITV it was on strict understanding that they would help every correspondent, not just those who made it to air. 

    "And ITV were good to their word. She was welcomed in to every home in the country and made people's lives more bearable, easier, happier.

    Denise Robertson funeral order of service

    "The pain this has caused me and Bryan is a measure of how much we have lost, so I hold on to knowing I have had the country's greatest problem solver on call 24 hours a day for my entire life. 

    "She was a mother not to just my brothers, our extended families and myself, but to everyone she ever came into contact with. 

    "She managed to give love to half the nation whilst still managing to make me feel more adored than I thought humanly possible. 

    "And to an orphaned and hungry boy she met in Uganda, who is soon to qualify as a doctor, she was Mammy - and that is good enough for me."

  12. Obesity fuelling womb cancer rise

    Colin Briggs

    Look North

    It's being claimed rising levels of obesity among women have helped fuel a 35% increase in womb cancer rates in the region over the last decade.

    Overweight woman

    Cancer Research UK says around 350 women are diagnosed with womb cancer every year in the region around 80 die from the disease.

    More on this story on Look North at 18:30.

  13. Injured miners released from hospital

    Seven workers who were treated after an underground fire at an East Cleveland potash mine have been discharged from hospital.

    The men were taken to hospital after the blaze at Boulby potash mine, hundreds of metres below the sea bed.

    The workers, who were 1,100m (3,600 ft) down and five miles (8km) from land, were treated for smoke inhalation and later discharged.

    Boulby mine

    Polystyrene blocks are believed to have caught fire in the mine.

    More than 100 staff were underground at the time, 11 of whom were temporarily unaccounted for, a spokesman for the mine said.

    Mining operations at the site have been temporarily suspended.

    One of Europe's deepest mines, the site employs about 1,100 people.

    Last year, the company announced it was shedding hundreds of jobs as part of a "new business strategy" to produce fertiliser polysulphate.

  14. Eamon Holmes' tribute to Denise Robertson

    The funeral of TV agony aunt Denise Robertson has heard moving tributes from family and colleagues.

    This is an extract of the eulogy from This Morning presenter Eamon Holmes.

    "You have to pinch yourself, is this really what we think it is! Saying goodbye to Denise. 

    Denise Robertson's coffin is taken into Sunderland Minster

    "It was only a few weeks ago that Denise, a healthy looking Denise at that , was on stage at the O2 celebrating This Morning's win at the National Television Awards. 

    "She had the unique gift of being a companion to a student, a young mum, a divorced housewife or a struggling pensioner - all could relate to Denise.

    "She could spot a fake at 100 paces, but once you were in as a graduate of the Robertson Academy of Life then you had a mum, an aunt, a best friend, a shoulder to cry on and a friend for life. 

    "Because Denise was not just Sunderland's own Angel of the North, not just a devoted mum, step mum and wife, not just a companion to millions of viewers. And here's where it gets selfish, she was our Denise as well. 

    Eamon Holmes and wife Ruth Langsford

    "At work she was someone to turn to when the going was tough or life was getting wobbly.

    "When people say the age of the TV agony aunt has passed consider this, within half an hour of the news of Denise's death, 17,000 messages of sympathy had been posted on This Morning's Facebook page.

    "Viewers were in tears, every online site had Denise Robertson as their top story. Until a few weeks ago she had still been hard at work. Even from her bed at the Royal Marsden when she knew she had limited time left she was still worried about others. 

    "There's a saying that the camera never lies. Well for 28 seasons at ITV, a record in itself, the glass lens never tired of Denise Robertson, it never found her out, because Denise was the real deal. 

    "Sleep in peace our dear friend, your work is over, for the last time Denise, 'that's a wrap '". 

  15. Families of WW2 pilots lost in bombing raids sought

    Andrew Dawkins

    BBC News Online

    The families of six Second World War pilots, including one from Northumberland, who failed to return home from bombing raids over Germany are being sought.

    The Ministry of Defence said they are trying to trace relatives of the servicemen so they would be able to attend their burial service in Berlin on 27 April.

    Warplane

    Among them is Flt Sgt Norman Thompson Steele - born on 24 December 1922, in Ashington. 

    He was the son of Edward and Ann Sankey Murray and married to Laura Mckie. 

    His last known address was Cross Row, Ashington.

  16. Hannah Hauxwell farm up for sale

    Helen Richardson

    BBC Newcastle

    The farm made famous as the home of Durham Daleswoman Hannah Hauxwell is up for sale.

    The owners bought the Low Birk Hatt Farm in Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle, from Miss Hauxwell in the late 1980s. 

    She had lived there on her own without running water or electricity. The couple have now decided to retire and sell up.

    Hannah Hauxwell

    A spokesman for property management firm Robin Jessop Ltd, which is handling the sale, said: "Present owners Ann and Robin Dant, who bought the 15-acre smallholding from Miss Hauxwell have decided to retire and sell up.

    "During the 1970s and 1980s, people were captivated by the story of Miss Hauxwell, who lived at the property with no running water or electricity."

    The farm is on sale for £590,000.

  17. Man jailed for attempted murder

    Rebecca O'Neill

    BBC Newcastle

    A man from Newcastle has been jailed for 14 years for attempted murder. 

    The city's crown court heard that in July last year, 41-year-old Fraser Winton from Pandon Gate House in Newcastle, was found covered in blood in a carpark on the Quayside. 

    Police inquires led to them to Winton's home address, where a man was found with stab wounds to his throat, chest and head. 

    The man was taken to hospital where he received emergency life-saving surgery. 

    Winton was arrested and later charged with attempted murder. 

    Det Insp Michelle Robson of Northumbria Police said: "Winton is a dangerous man who will now spend a considerable amount of time behind bars."

  18. North East has highest gambling levels in the UK, charity reveals

    The Chronicle

    The North East is the gambling capital of Britain, according to a new report.

    It revealed that 57% of those who responded in the region had gambled at least once in the last 12 month, the highest amount in the UK where the average was 41%.

    Gaming machine
  19. Eamon Holmes attends Denise Robertson funeral

    From Look North's Alison Freeman in Sunderland.