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  1. Updates on Tuesday 26 April 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Kristie Kinghorn

    BBC Newcastle

    Updates for the North East have now finished for today. 

    We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Wednesday. 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. Pools fans to dress as Stormtroopers for final away match

    Hartlepool fans are set to dress up as Stormtroopers for their annual away day fancy dress extravaganza, it has been announced.

    It has become a tradition for Pools fans to dress up in unison for the last away match of the season and this year they're going as the Star Wars characters.

    In previous years fans have attended games dressed as Smurfs, Oompa Loompas, penguins and Where’s Wally. Last season they visited Carlisle in a Bob Marley-themed party.

    Pools fans as Smurfs

    That move caused controversy with anti-racism group Kick It Out urging fans not to "black up".  

    Pools play at Plymouth on 7 May.

  3. Weather: Frosty morning tomorrow

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Wintry showers will mostly die out this evening, although the odd one may persist around the coast overnight. 

    With winds moderating and some clear spells developing, it will become frosty in many parts by morning with some patchy ice.  

    Check the forecast where you are.

  4. Travel: Lane closed on A1 after lorry accident

    BBC Travel

    One lane is closed and there's very slow traffic on the A1(M) in both directions between J59, A167 (Aycliffe) and J60, A689 (Bradbury), because of an accident involving a lorry earlier on and barrier repairs.

    Keep up to date with the latest travel for Tyne & Wear and Tees.

  5. Your photos: Four seasons in one day...

    Well it's been a very strange day weather-wise. 

    There's bright sunshine here now in Middlesbrough. Here's a photo of the bus station to prove it...

    Middlesbrough bus station

    But it was a very different story down the road in Stokesley earlier:


    If you've taken a good snap can tweet us, email, or contact us through our Facebook page.      

  6. Sunderland fined £30,000 over Norwich scuffle

    BBC Sport

    Sunderland have been fined £30,000 by the FA for failing to control their players/and or officials at the match against Norwich.

    The fine follows a melee in the 4th minute of their game on 16 April.

    Norwich were also fined the same amount, and both clubs were warned about their future conduct.

    Sunderland won the match 3-0.

    Norwich and SAFC players row
  7. Your photos: Stormy St Mary's

    Jim Jones from Blyth sent us this photo of St Mary's Island this morning.

    He said: "I can confirm that the sleet and snow in that cloud were at about 2C as a fair proportion of it soaked me and my dogs on our way back to the car!"

    St Mary's Island
  8. Arrest after man stabbed

    A man has been arrested in connection with the stabbing of another man in Newcastle. 

    At about 18:20 last night officers received a report that a 29-year-old man had been stabbed in the toilets of the West Denton social club. The man was taken to hospital for treatment to a cut to his head and later discharged.

    West Denton social club

    Northumbria Police said a 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wounding and is currently in custody.

    Officers believe the attack may have happened when a group of five men and the victim went into the toilets of the club at about 18:15. 

  9. Bogus callers warning in North Shields

    Police are warning  members of the public after two incidents involving suspected bogus callers in North Shields.

    Officers were called at about 14:00 yesterday to reports that a man purporting to be a roofer had attended two addresses in Portland Gardens.

    He spoke to two elderly residents claiming roofing work was needed to their properties and offered to carry out the work. The residents did not agree to this and the man made off in a white transit van. 

    North Shields Neighbourhood Inspector Neil Armsworth said: "We believe these two incidents are linked and that the suspect has targeted these addresses because of the vulnerability of the occupants.

    "We want to warn people to be on guard against these type of offenders. You should never let cold callers come into your home if they turn up unannounced."

  10. Victim hits out at 'lenient' sentence

    Duncan Leatherdale

    BBC News Online

    A man left for dead after an unprovoked attack has branded his assailant's two-year prison sentence "disgusting".

    Richard Stark was left brain-damaged by the assault, and lives in a care home.

    He said attacker Stephen Starling, who admitted causing grievous bodily harm, left him with a "life sentence" after the attack in April 2015.

    Richard Stark

    Prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to pursue a more serious charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. 

    Starling was initially charged with the greater offence, which carries a maximum life sentence, but eventually pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.

  11. Appeal to trace counterfeit note user

    Police investigating the use of counterfeit money in Sunderland have released an image of man they would like to trace. On 18 April counterfeit Scottish £20 notes were used at four different premises in Sunderland. Officers would like to trace this man who was in the area at the time and may be able to help with inquiries:

  12. Bird bedlam as peacocks run riot

    Graham Bridge sent us these photos of peacocks "causing mayhem" in Ushaw Moor.

    Mr Bridge said the birds are roaming loose in the streets and gardens and damaging property with their sharp claws, scratching cars by pecking at their own reflection and hurting their beaks in the process.

    He said they are regularly seen on house roof tops especially at night, where some stay till morning.   

  13. One lane closed on A1(M)

    BBC Travel

    There is very slow traffic and one lane closed on the A1(M) in both directions between J59, A167 (Aycliffe) and J60, A689 (Bradbury) because of an accident involving a lorry and debris on the road.

    Keep up to date with the latest travel for Tyne & Wear and Tees.

  14. Menswear store Austin Reed enters administration

    Menswear retailer Austin Reed has entered administration, putting almost 1,200 jobs at risk.

    A statement from the administrators blamed a "challenging" retail market and cash flow difficulties.f

    The company, which has 100 standalone stores and is stocked in a further 50, including in Shiremoor in North Tyneside and Darlington's House of Fraser, has struggled to compete and has seen its sales fall.

    Austin Reed began in 1900 as a tailor and counted Winston Churchill as a customer.

    Austin Reed shirts
  15. France crash 'tremendously sad'

    BBC Tees

    A Hartlepool headteacher has paid tribute to two children killed in a road crash in France.

    Four-year-old Evie-Lily Crompton and nine-year-old Morgan Lund died along with their father John Crompton after their car hit a safety barrier on Sunday morning.

    Headteacher Lee Walker said: "Other children looked up to Morgan as being a real superstar for us in terms of his sporting ability, he was well-loved by everyone in our school and our community.

    "Evie-Lily was in our nursery and to say that she was a natural leader is an understatement, full of life, lots of friends, and again someone who had so much potential, it's just tremendously sad."

    (L-R) Evie-Lily Crompton, Morgan Lund and Kyle Crompton

    The children's mother, Makayla Louise Lund, and two-year-old Kyle Lucas Crompton were injured.

  16. Taking over the Customs House

    A team of young people are taking over the management of a theatre for five days. 

    The Take Over Festival at the Customs House in South Shields is being led by young adults in the hope of aiming entertainment at the venue towards their age group.

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  17. Drunk driver arrested outside police station

    A drunk driver has been arrested after parking outside a police station in Peterlee.

    The vehicle was seen by officers parked at the side of Peterlee Magistrates' Court and the rear of the police station.

    Cleveland & Durham RPU said the driver got out of the vehicle and walked towards custody.

    Breathalyzer statement

    He struggled to speak to the officers due due to being intoxicated, and said he had "got lost on his way to Sunderland". He remains in custody.

  18. 'Time for me to move on' says council leader

    Leader Mick Henry says having served Gateshead Council for 30 years, including 14 years as leader, he has decided it is time for him to move on.

    A councillor for inner city ward Saltwell since 1986, Mr Henry was a cabinet member from 1999, then deputy leader from 2001 until his election as leader in 2002.

    Angel of the North

    The longest serving leader in the North East, he is currently vice chair of the North East Combined Authority.

    He also helped the development of the Angel of the North, Gateshead's Millennium Bridge, the Baltic and Sage Gateshead.