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  1. Updates on Tuesday 10 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: Dry, breezy, cloudy

    Staying generally dry and breezy.

    There should be clear periods across the north of the region, while further south the cloud may thicken enough to bring occasional rain, most likely at the start of the night.  

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    Check the weather where you are.

  3. Clattenburg to referee Champions League final

    North East referee Mark Clattenburg is to referee the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. 

    The match on 28 May is at the San Siro in Milan. 

    Clattenburg has handled six Champions League matches this season, including two involving Atletico Madrid and one for Real Madrid. 

    The 41-year-old from Consett will complete a cup final double after handling the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on 21 May.

    He has also been picked by Uefa to referee at the European Championship in France.

    Mark Clattenburg
  4. Stockton College to relocate next year

    Durham University will relocate its Stockton College and all of its academic courses closer to Durham from next September.

    The decision has been confirmed this afternoon after months of discussion and over a year of planning by the local council.

    The current Queen Campus would be used as an International Foundation College.

    It means that around 2,000 students will be moved away from the Stockton area in just over a year's time.

  5. Travel: Accident on A68

    BBC Travel

    The A68 in Catcleugh in Northumberland is blocked in both directions at the Catcleugh Reservoir junction because of an accident and an obstruction on the road.

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

  6. Man arrested in America after online search

    A Darlington man has been arrested in America after a colleague searched his name online and found he was wanted for swindling elderly people out of their life savings.

    Kole Lulgjuraj is suspected of fleecing people to fund a luxury lifestyle before fleeing the country.

    Kole Lulgjuraj

    Lulgjuraj, 50, who is originally from Montenegro, but used to live in Darlington, was interviewed by officers in 2012 but fled the UK after he was released on bail. 

    He's since been arrested by the FBI in Indianapolis, Indiana, after he started work at a bank.

    A worker carried out an internet search of Lulgjuraj's name and a newspaper article was found which showed he was wanted by police.

    Now officers from Durham are due to travel to Indiana this month to bring Lulgjuraj back to the UK and charge him with six counts of theft and one of fraud.

  7. British life through the eyes of Colin Jones

    Colin Jones's life could have been very different. He was a dancer with the Royal Ballet when he picked up a camera while on tour in Japan and began to record his colleagues' performances.

    He was spotted by one great photojournalists of the 1950s and 60s, Hungarian emigre Michael Peto. And with his help and guidance, Jones stepped off the stage and behind the lens.  

    Images from Mr Jones's long career are on show at the Michael Hoppen Gallery in London, including this one of Miners racing their greyhounds in North East Consett in 1908:

    Miners racing their greyhounds in North East Consett in 1908
  8. Newcastle Turkish Baths plans go on show

    Plans to 'bring back to life' Turkish baths which closed despite public protests have gone on show.

    Turkish baths

    The Grade II listed City Pool and Turkish Baths in Newcastle shut in 2013 as part of the city council's £100m budget cuts.

    Leisure charity Fusion Lifestyle Ltd has now been granted a lease and put forward plans for a £5m renovation.

    The plans can be viewed at Newcastle Civic Centre. The public has until 17 June to comment.

  9. Sunderland 'have found a winning formula'

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez was involved in his fair share of relegation scraps with former club Wigan and, before his side's game against relegation-battling Sunderland tomorrow, he's asked what it's like being in that position.

    The Black Cats go into the game on the back of beating Chelsea, while Everton were well beaten at Leicester City last weekend.

    “You look at Sunderland and they’ve found a winning formula," said Martinez. "When you carry a bit of momentum, suddenly you have nothing to lose. 

    "The real strength of this Sunderland side is that they are on the up. They beat Chelsea, they drew with Arsenal. We have to match their intensity. We are going to learn our lessons from the Leicester game."

    He added: "You win and you lose as a team and if you don't reach a level of intensity it is difficult to compete with anyone. We all have a strong a desire to get back to our level and tomorrow is a chance to do that."

  10. The Flying Scotsman makes its grand entrance in Newcastle

    The Flying Scotsman has arrived in Newcastle:

    Flying Scotsman

    And in true celebrity style, it was greeted by a crowd of fans:

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  11. Force accommodation nicknamed 'love pads', tribunal hears

    Senior police officers used force accommodation to carry on "illicit relations" to the point that the flats were jokingly nicknamed "love pads", an employment tribunal has heard.

    Rumours about an alleged affair between ex-Northumbria Police chief constable Mike Craik and Assistant Chief Constable Carolyn Peacock, which was said to have led him to be punched by her husband Jim at a barbecue, spread so far that local solicitors had heard the story, the hearing was told.

    Glossy posters of Mr Craik displayed in Northumbria Police stations were defaced with marker pen, showing him with a "blacked over" eye, retired PC Bryn Jones said in a statement.

    Mr Jones gave evidence to the employment tribunal at North Shields, North Tyneside, in support of Denise Aubrey, the force's director of legal services who was sacked for gross misconduct in 2014.

    The hearing continues.

  12. Police probe disappearance of Hartlepool man five years on

    Police are continuing to investigate the disappearance of Hartlepool man Scott Fletcher on the fifth anniversary of his last sighting. 

    Scott Fletcher

    Tomorrow marks five years since he was last seen near to the Jet garage at Wheatley Hill in Durham.

    Seven men were arrested on suspicion of murder earlier this year and they remain on police bail.

  13. Flying Scotsman passes through Durham

    Rebecca Turner

    BBC North East

    As the Flying Scotsman makes its journey from York to Newcastle, many have been out in the sun hoping to get a picture. 

    Thanks to Steve Coulthard for this brilliant one of it passing over Chester-le-Street viaduct:

    Flying Scotsman

    If you got a picture of it, we'd love to see. You can tweet usemail us, or contact us via our Facebook page.

    However, don't go on the tracks! 

    British Transport Police have had to issue another warning after man was reported for trespassing as he tried to take photos of the train near Tursdale Junction in Durham. 

    They are asking people to please keep off the tracks. The tracks are for trains, in case you weren't sure...

  14. Joe Root hits double hundred

    BBC Sport

    Yorkshire's Joe Root has brought up a brilliant double hundred off 232 balls.

    He only needed 10 more runs this morning, but he's made it look easy.

    The 25-year-old is now the seventh, yes seventh, batsman to pass 200 this season. Incredible.

    Follow our County Championship coverage by clicking here.

    Joe Root
  15. Allardyce hails Jermain Defoe as option for England at Euros

    Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck could be out of Euro 2016 because of injury but is Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe an option to replace him in the England squad? 

    Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce seems to think so.

    Defoe, 33, scored his 15th Premier League goal of the season in Saturday's 3-2 win over Chelsea.

    Tottenham's Harry Kane (25) and Leicester's Jamie Vardy (24) are the only Englishmen with more top-flight goals this season.

    "He can still do it at the highest level," Allardyce told BBC Sport.

    "His record tells Roy [Hodgson] that if he needs to score goals at the Euros, Jermain Defoe is there," added Allardyce. "If he needs the option, Jermain Defoe is a very good option for him."

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  16. Everton boss focused on Sunderland as Newcastle wait anxiously

    BBC Sport

    Roberto Martinez says there is no question that his team will be trying 100% against Sunderland and Norwich to maintain the "integrity of the Premier League", despite the Blues having little to play for.

    Romero Funes Mori is available after suspension and Gareth Barry may be back.

    Phil Jagielka, Seamus Coleman and Gerard Deulofeu will have fitness tests for Sunday's game against Norwich but won't be available for Sunderland tomorrow.

    If Sunderland win, Norwich and Newcastle will be relegated.

  17. Replica of 19th Century fountain for County Durham village

    A 19th Century drinking fountain that was removed from a County Durham village more than 60 years ago is set to return - in replica form.

    The Pant fountain was put up at the junction of Front Street and Snows Green Road in Shotley Bridge in 1886, marking the arrival of piped water into the village.

    It was removed more than 60 years ago as part of a village road scheme, eventually turning up at Beamish Museum, where it can still be viewed.

    A replica will be unveiled at Shotley Bridge on Thursday.