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  1. Updates on Wednesday 18 May 2016

Live Reporting

By Rebecca Turner

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Rebecca Turner

    BBC North East

    Updates for the North East have now finished here for the day - thank you for joining us. 

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with more news, sport, weather and travel updates and hope you can join us then.

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

  2. Weather: Scattered, heavy showers

    BBC Weather

    Scattered, heavy showers during the early evening will soon die out to leave partly cloudy conditions overnight.

    Some patches of mist and low cloud may form under light winds.  

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  3. 475 assaults on police officers in the North East over a year

    There were 475 assaults on police officers in the North East over a year, according to government statistics.

    The number of police officers assualted in the year ending 31 March 2015 were as follows:

    Cleveland Police: 81

    Durham Police: 82

    Northumbria Police: 312

  4. Travel: Delays on A1049, A66 and A19

    BBC Travel

    The A1049 West View Road in Hartlepool is closed and there is very slow traffic in both directions between the West View Road junction and the Winterbottom Avenue junction, because of an incident.  

    There is a shed load on the A66 westbound between Scotch Corner in Middleton Tyas and the A67 junction in Bowes.  

    There are delays of five minutes and queuing traffic on A19 southbound in Shiremoor before Silverlink Roundabout. Expected delayof 5 minutes.  

    More traffic information on the BBC Travel website for Tyne & Wear and Teesside.

  5. Barnard Castle school could close over falling pupil numbers

    A primary school could close because of falling pupil numbers and concerns over inadequate improvement following an Ofsted inspection.

    Startforth Morritt Memorial Primary School

    Startforth Morritt Memorial Primary School in Barnard Castle, County Durham, was rated as "requiring improvement" in 2014.

    Durham County Council said proposals for an amalgamation with a nearby primary had failed to go ahead.

    A consultation is under way with a decision due in September.

  6. Ant and Dec form a boy band with Alan Shearer

    Geordie duo Ant and Dec have formed a "man band" with football legend Alan Shearer, golfer Lee Westwood and Jersey Boys actor Ryan Molloy.

    And and Dec with band

    It was all in aid of the Children's Heart Unit Fund which is based at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

  7. Cricket: Clouds are looming

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    Some brooding clouds have arrived over Chester le Street and the lights have been switched on at the Durham vs Lancashire match. 

    Could be in for a nervy final, Lancashire need 88 more to win.

    Cricket field at Chester le Street
  8. North Tyneside pupils hailed as role models

    Boys at Holy Cross RC primary school in Howdon have been working to transform their school grounds.

    Pupils at Holy Cross primary

    Aged between seven and nine, a group of boys started the ‘Transformers’ project earlier in the year.

    They'll plant a wildflower meadow in the school grounds, alongside North Tyneside Council’s park wardens at Killingworth Lake.

    Over the last year, the boys have also mentored younger children with their reading and writing skills.

    Headteacher Andrew James says: "They have been positive role models to us as adults, as well as to their peers around school."

  9. Northumberland farmer 'resigned' to losing land when A1 is dualled

    A Northumberland farmer has said he's "resigned" himself to the idea that the dualled stretch of A1 will go through his land, despite not having been approached by the Highways Agency.

    Peter Hogg's family have been farming on the land at Causey Park, north of Morpeth, since 1850. That's 166 years.

    Peter Hogg

    He says he has been sent two letters from the Highways Agency - one letting him know about public awareness events coming up, and another telling him about an environmental survey taking place on his land.

    But he has not been approached by the Highways Agency about actually using his land.

    Back in 2004, when dualling the A1 was first mooted, the plan was to put the new segment directly through the centre of his land - meaning he'd lose around 10-15% of it.

  10. Liam Fee murder trial: Accused says she did not assault toddler

    One of the women accused of murdering toddler Liam Fee has told the trial she did not assault the child.

    Rachel and Nyomi Fee

    Nyomi Fee said another boy had injured Liam in the days leading up to his death.

    However, Nyomi Fee accepted at the High Court in Livingston that she had not sought medical help for Liam when she knew he had a leg injury.

    The women, who are both originally from Ryton, deny all the charges against them.  

  11. Plans to give prison governors control welcomed

    New powers to allow some prisons to set their own rules and budgets and decide how to rehabilitate inmates have been widely welcomed after being outlined in the Queen's Speech.


    Governors at six "reform prisons" in England, including Holme House and Kirklevington Grange on Teesside, will be given direct control.

    Such freedoms for governors should be part of a modern justice system, the Prison Reform Trust said.

    But the government must also address "real problems within prisons", the Prison Officers' Association warned.

  12. Durham roundabout traffic lights to be switched on next week

    Traffic lights at a key roundabout in Durham will be switched on next week.

    The work on Gilesgate roundabout has also included an extra lane being added, two new crossings and footpaths being widened.

    A £2.5m system will also see lights installed on Leazes Bowl roundabout. The improvements there are due to be completed by the end of September.

    Gilesgate roundabout
  13. Teesside 'second luckiest location for major lottery wins'

    Teesside is the second-luckiest location for major lottery wins, Camelot has revealed.

    Lotto ticket

    The Essex postcode RM came top, with more winners of £50,000 prizes or higher than anywhere else in the country.

    This is followed by the Teesside postcode TS, based on major wins per head of population since the National Lottery began.

  14. Healy written out of new Benidorm series after illness

    Benidorm actor Tim Healy has been written out of the ninth series of the show while he recovers from an undisclosed illness. 

    Tim Healey

    The 64-year-old, who was born in Newcastle and found fame in the 1980s show Auf Wiedersehen Pet, fell ill almost a month ago during filming in Spain. 

    He was flown home to a hospital in Manchester on Saturday after his condition had stabilised enough for him to travel. 

    A spokesman for the ITV show said: "Tim won't be appearing in episodes whilst he rests and gets better."

  15. Cricket: Lunch at Durham v Lancashire

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    Durham captain Paul Collingwood took the decision to declare first thing, setting Lancashire a target of 325 for victory. It would be the second highest run chase on this ground if they could pull it off but at lunch they are 105-5.

    Three wickets in 2.3 overs did the damage as they were reduced from 94-2 to 97-5. Alviro Petersen's dismissal triggered the slump as he played a Brydon Carse ball to point when on 22. Luke Procter then edged Carse to the slips in his next over when he was on 21.

    And captain Steven Croft was given out caught behind when he tried to cut a short ball from Barry McCarthy when on one. He looked very disappointed in the decision but the Durham players all rose as one as he played the shot.

    It was a turnaround from earlier when Karl Brown put some poor Durham bowling around the park. Lancashire had 50 on the board in the first seven overs but the runs dried up when Brown was out for 41. 

  16. Weather: Brighter spells this afternoon but some heavy showers too

    This afternoon some brighter spells will develop but as well as this there will be a scattering of heavy showers. 

    weather graphic

    Maximum Temperature: 16C (61F).