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  1. Updates on Thursday 9 June 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

    Live updates for the North East have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel. 

    We hope you can join us then.  

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

  2. Weather: Clear spells but patchy mist overnight

    BBC Weather

    Showers are largely expected to die away during the evening leaving some clear spells to start the night, but becoming rather cloudy with some patchy mist and hill fog forming overnight too.  

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  3. Motorists advised of funeral procession for Ava Henderson

    Police in South Tyneside are advising motorists that the funeral of Ava Henderson is taking place in South Shields tomorrow morning.  

    There may be delays as the funeral procession makes its way to South Shields Crematorium from Scotch Estate via John Reid Road.  

    Ava was four when she died after being hit by a car on South Tyneside.

  4. Seaton wind turbines: Critics ask residents to object

    Opponents of plans to erect three wind turbines near Hartlepool, said to be the tallest in England and Wales, are urging more residents to object.

    Wind turbines

    Plans by Seneca Global Energy for three 175m (574ft) turbines in Seaton Carew were approved in February 2015.

    Seaton Wind Turbine Action Group chair Monica Vaughn said they would "tower" over homes and be "overbearing".

    Seneca Global Energy has been approached for comment by the BBC. A planning inquiry is set for October.

  5. Durham's Jess Eddie celebrates news of Team GB selection

    Over in sunny Henley-on-Thames, the GB rowing team announcements have been made.

    And it looks like the North East will be well represented, with six athletes from the region heading to Rio.

    Durham's Jess Eddie is one, and has been posing with her team today after receiving the news:

    Team GB rowing
  6. Public consultation to be held over A&E future

    Health bosses say a public consultation will be held later in the year over the future of Darlington's A&E unit. 

    Concerns over its future have been raised after a review was launched into how health services are provided. 

    The chief officer of NHS Darlington, Hartlepool and Stockton Clinical Commissioning Groups, Ali Wilson, says public feedback is being considered, and an official consultation will be launched in November.

    County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust has previously been criticised for running a "masterclass in how not to do public consultation".  

    Public consultation
  7. Sam Allardyce: 'Every manager wants Defoe'

    BBC Sport

    Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce on striker Jermain Defoe extending his contract until 2019: "Jermain is one of the greatest goal-scorers in the history of the Premier League and is a player that every manager would want to have in their team."

    Allardyce tells the club's website: "He proved that beyond doubt last season by scoring 15 league goals, he is in fantastic physical condition and we are very pleased that we have been able to extend his stay with us.”

  8. Defoe to end career with Black Cats after penning new deal?

    And here is Jermain Defoe celebrating his new deal at SAFC:

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    It'll take him up to the ripe old age of 36.

  9. BreakingDefoe signs new deal at Sunderland AFC

    Stephanie Finnon

    BBC Newcastle

    Jermain Defoe has signed a contract extension at Sunderland until 2019.

  10. Man steals cash from Gateshead bookmakers after 'threatening staff with crutch'

    A robbery at a bookmakers in Gateshead saw a man "threaten staff with the end of a metal walking crutch", police say.

    It happened at Chisholm bookmakers in Jackson Street yesterday.

    After "threatening a staff member with an object, which police believe was the end of a metal walking crutch" he "fled the store with an amount of cash".

    The offender was wearing dark clothing and his face was covered.

  11. Rescue services called to child with head stuck in car window

    Rebecca Turner

    BBC North East

    Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue service seems to have been busy today...

    So far they've tweeted to say they've been called out to rescue a child with their head stuck in the window of a car in Sunderland, and over in Gateshead "released a female whose hand was impaled on a plank of wood with a nail".

    They also found time to rescue a cat: 

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  12. Man stabbed in Newcastle after leaving park

    A 19-year-old man was stabbed in Newcastle yesterday, police say.

    He was leaving Summerhill Park when he was approached by two men.

    They asked him if he had any money and then assaulted him, leaving him with a puncture wound to his leg.

    He was treated by paramedics then went to the RVI for further treatment. 

  13. Durham rower also called up to Olympic 2016 squad

    Durham's Jess Eddie has joined Olympic champion Kat Copeland in getting a call up to Great Britain's Olympic rowing team.

    The 2012 gold medallist Copeland will partner Charlotte Taylor in the Lightweight Double sculls, while Eddie is part of the Women's Eight.

  14. Ashington rower to compete in Rio Olympics

    Ashington Olympic rower Katherine Copeland, who won the women's double scull with Sophie Hosking four years ago, will seek to defend her title with Charlotte Taylor for Team GB in Rio in August.

    Katherine Copland and Sophie Hosking

    The British Olympic Association has announced the names of 43 of the 47 rowers to compete for Team GB.

    A further group of 12 sweep (single oar) rowers have been named to form the men's eight, pair and two reserves. 

  15. Mystery guest to visit The Hoppings this year

     A mystery guest is to visit The Hoppings on Newcastle's Town Moor, organisers say.

    Founded in 1882,  the fair now attracts more than 300,000 visitors.

    This year will see 300 rides and attractions pulling into town for the nine-day festival from 17 June.

    Organisers say they are "remaining tight lipped about the secret identity of this famous thrill seeker" coming for the opening.

    The Hoppings
  16. Company boss picks up CBE

    A Newcastle company boss has picked up his honour.

    Bob Paton, the managing director at Accenture's Newcastle delivery centre, was made a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list for his contribution to IT skills and apprenticeships in the North East. 

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    Mr Paton joined Accenture in 1992 and since 2010 has overseen the launch of its Newcastle centre, where the number of employees has increased to 650. 

    As part of this expansion, the firm launched its North East Apprenticeship Program which combines IT training with on-the-job learning.

  17. Northumbria Police officer to represent England at Euro 2016

    Another North East figure is joining the footballing festivities at Euro 2016.

    A number of Newcastle and Sunderland players will be representing the region at the tournament in France, and they will now be joined by Ch Supt Steve Neill from Northumbria Police.

    He has been selected to lead a delegation of intelligence officers ensuring fans stay out of trouble at the event, which kicks off in Paris tomorrow.

    Chief Superintendent Steve Neill

    He said: "Following the attacks in Paris earlier this year there will be a higher presence of armed police, but anyone travelling should be alert and not alarmed... My message to England fans is go and enjoy what will be an incredible experience."

  18. Warning over Euro 2016 drink driving

    Drivers are being warned not to drink and drive after matches at Euro 2016.

    England's first game takes place on Saturday evening against Russia, and the road policing teams, which cover Cleveland and Durham, are supporting a national campaign highlighting the dangers.

    Officers  will be concentrating their resources towards detecting drink and drug-driving offences.

    There will be a number of mass roadside checks carried out by officers in both areas, supported by local policing teams and Special Constables.