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  1. Updates on Thursday 5 May 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 - thank you for joining us and hope you have a good evening. 

    We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with more news, sport, weather and travel. Until then there will be updates online and in our radio and TV bulletins.

    If you'd like to get in touch you can tweet usemail us, or contact us via our Facebook page.  

  2. Weather: Warm and dry

    BBC Weather

    Dry across the region this evening and overnight with variable cloud amounts and light winds.

    Where cloud breaks occur, some rural parts may become a little chilly by morning.  

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  3. Liam Fee murder trial: Jury weep as they watch police video

    Members of the jury in the Liam Fee murder trial wept as they were shown a police video of the toddler's body hours after he was found dead.

    Liam Fee

    Rachel Fee and her partner Nyomi Fee, originally from Ryton in Gateshead, are accused of murdering the two-year-old in March 2014 at a house near Glenrothes, Fife, and ill-treating two other boys.

    The two women deny all the charges against them.

    Jurors immediately asked for a break after watching the 12-minute film.

    The video was shown to the jury at the High Court in Livingston.

  4. Travel: Problems on the A19 due to broken down lorry

    BBC Tees

    BBC Tees Sport

    One lane is blocked and there's slow and queuing traffic for six miles on the A689 in Wolviston at the A19 junction because of a broken down lorry on the roundabout.

    Congestion is back to The Wynd junction and on the A19 to the A1130 Levick Crescent junction.

    Travel announcer Dave Llewellyn tells us it's "absolutely stupid" out there, so take care.

    Get the latest travel news for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  5. Sunderland news conference: Allardyce warns of 'no margin for error'

    BBC Sport

    Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce says his side have "no margin for error" as they fight to get out of the Premier League bottom three and avoid relegation.

    The Black Cats are 18th, a point behind Newcastle and a point ahead of Norwich. Sunderland and the Canaries have a game in hand on the Magpies.

    He said: "We are all aware of the big responsibility that we have to try and claim more points than Newcastle and Norwich.

    "We have three games to do it, starting with Chelsea in the hope we can hit our top form and try and win the game."

    Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce
  6. North East MPs express fears over health of ambulance service

    MPs in the North East have expressed their fears for the health of the region's ambulance service.

    In a debate in parliament, they said there are too many cases of patients waiting too long for an ambulance.

    The North East Ambulance Service said the number of 999 calls of the the highest priority has risen by 21% in a year.

    Labour MP for Washington and Sunderland West, Sharon Hodgson, requested the debate.

    Helen Goodman, Labour MP for Bishop Auckland, and Mary Glindon Labour MP for North Tyneside were among those at the debate.

  7. Police chief 'used public money to cover up affair'

    A police chief lied to the force's top lawyer and spent public money to cover up an affair he was having with another officer, a tribunal has heard.

    Denise Aubrey

    Revelations of a second affair at the top of Northumbria Police also emerged, as more claims about the relationships between senior officers were aired.

    The allegations were made at a tribunal brought by the force's former head of legal services, Denise Aubrey.

    She is claiming unfair dismissal after being sacked for gross misconduct.

  8. Child Rescue Alert system set up for missing children

    A system designed to let the public know about the abduction or disappearance of child "deemed by police to be at high risk of harm" has been set up.

    An alert can be sent directly to individuals by text message and email as well as via television, radio and social media.

    People can join the alert system by texting the word HERO and their postcode to 85080, or register free at

    Durham Police safeguarding unit manager Helen Murphy said: “We hope we never need to use Child Rescue Alert but should the unthinkable happen we will be in a much better position to find the missing child if we have as many eyes as possible on the lookout for them.”

  9. NUFC assistant boss distances himself from Dundee post

    BBC Sport

    Newcastle United assistant boss Ian Cathro has distanced himself from the vacant post at Dundee United. 

    Cathro, who was a youth coach at Tannadice, says he is "entirely focused" on his role at Newcastle and has "not applied" for the United job.  

  10. Watch: Jermain Defoe reveals secret to Sunderland's spirit

    BBC Sport

    Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe reveals an unexpected reason for Sunderland's team spirit:  

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    Video caption: Jermain Defoe reveals secret to Sunderlands spirit

    You can see the full interview with Jermain Defoe on Football Focus, Saturday 12:10 on BBC One or catch up on the iPlayer.

  11. Man wearing 'Russian style fur hat' steals prawn pots

    A man, described as wearing a "Russian style fur hat" has stolen 19 prawn pots in Northumberland, police say.

    It happened on Monday at Amble Harbour where they'd been left outside next to the harbour wall. 

    The stolen pots were "put into a small white van and driven off down Harbour Road". 

    The offender is described as a white man, slim build, wearing a Russian hat and dark clothing.

  12. Cyclist injured in South Shields collision

    A 21-year-old cyclist has been injured in a collision in South Shields.

    It happened last night on the A1300 John Reid Road at the junction with Chesterton Road in South Shields.

    He collided with a car and was taken to hospital where he is currently in a critical condition.

    The driver of the car was not injured.

  13. How the BBC reports on the elections

    Ever wondered what the BBC can and can't report about the elections?

    Here's Ric Bailey, the BBC's chief adviser for editorial standards, on the details:

    Strict rules mean the BBC, like other broadcasters, isn't allowed to report details of campaigning while the polls are open.

    In all national elections, the BBC is required by electoral law to adopt a code of practice, ensuring fairness between candidates.

    The basic principle behind due impartiality in political coverage is set out in the agreement accompanying the BBC Charter.

    This requires the BBC over time to "give due weight and prominence to all the main strands of argument and to all the main parties".

    Read more from him here.

  14. Police chief 'would welcome Orgreave review'

    An independent review into the 'Battle of Orgreave' would be welcomed, South Yorkshire Police has said.

    About 10,000 strikers and 5,000 police officers clashed at the coking plant near Rotherham in June 1984.

    Former miners' union president Arthur Scargill called for an inquiry on Wednesday.

    Interim Chief Constable Dave Jones said the Hillsborough inquests highlighted the need to "explore the circumstances of such significant events".

    Scores of North East miners were involved in the incident.

    Battle of Orgreave
  15. Middlesbrough teacher jailed for indecent images of children

    A teacher has been jailed for 18 months for possessing indecent images of children on a USB stick. 

    Caroline Parry, 45, was head of English at a Middlesbrough secondary school when the authorities became aware she was swapping fantasies with a man in the US, Teesside Crown Court heard. 

    The married mother got involved in an online relationship with the man who disclosed early on that he was a paedophile. 

    He sent her images of serious sexual abuse of children which police found on laptops and on the USB stick when they raided her home. 

    At a previous hearing Parry, of Ryhill Walk, Ormesby, Middlesbrough, admitted making and possessing indecent images of children and one count of possessing extreme pornography.