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  1. Updates on Thursday 16 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Ana Guerra-Moore

All times stated are UK

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    Our North East updates here have now finished for the day - thank you for joining us. We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 tomorrow - we hope you can join us then.

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  2. Weather: Cloudy with patchy light rain or drizzle becoming more persistent later

    Cloudy with patchy light rain or drizzle, this tending to become more persistent in the north toward the end of the night with a northerly breeze picking up. 

    Some mist and fog, especially near the coastal areas, like Whitley Bay, and over high ground. 

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      Minimum Temperature: 10C (50F).  

  3. Vigil for Orlando shooting victims

    BBC Tees

    BBC Tees Sport

    A vigil has been held this afternoon in Middlesbrough's Centre Square for the victims of the Orlando shooting.

    Sunday's mass shooting in Orlando was the worst in recent US history, with 49 people dead.  

    Vigil in Middlesbrough's Centre Square
  4. Gateshead Staiths designer 'aimed to raise standards'

    Wayne Hemingway, designer of Gateshead's Staiths development, spoke to BBC Look North at an event to mark its completion..

    He praised the "communal nature" of the estate and said his bid to raise design standards across the housing industry had "nudged" it along.

    Wayne Hemingway

    You can see a report on the development on BBC Look North at 18:30.

  5. Jo Cox death: 'She was more than a star, she was a galaxy'

    Redcar MP Anna Turley has paid tribute to her fellow Labour MP Jo Cox who died this afternoon after being shot and stabbed in her West Yorkshire constituency.

    Ms Turley told BBC News: "Jo was a very dear friend and she was incredible, someone we all looked up to.

    "She was more than a star, she was a galaxy, she fizzed with passion and ideas.

    "You looked at her and thought wow that's someone making a difference in the world around her.

    "She achieved more in her life than many of us would dream. A wonderful, wonderful woman and hearts are breaking."

    Jo Cox
  6. Stockton mum Margaret Bousfield in desperate bone marrow battle

    BBC Newcastle

    A North East mum is trying to get as many people as possible to donate their bone marrow after doctors were unable to find a match for her.

    Eight million people on the global register have been checked, but none are a good enough match for Margaret Bousfield, from Stockton.

    The 52-year-old is being treated for leukaemia at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and she's been told a bone marrow transplant is her only hope for a cure. It's a race against time to find someone who's a suitable match, but the odds are against her.

    Margaret Bousfiled
  7. Child injured by reversing car

    A two-year-old child has been seriously injured after being hit by a reversing car in Newcastle.

    The child is in hospital in a stable condition after the incident at about 12:15 today.

    A blue BWM 5 Series was reversing on Tamworth Road at the junction with Stanhope Street when the child was hit.

    Police are appealing for witnesses.

  8. Watch: Armed jewellery raids captured on CCTV

    Ten men have been jailed for their parts in the armed robberies of two Teesside jewellers.

    The gang stole watches and diamond jewellery worth £637,000 from the Market Cross stores in Yarm and Middlesbrough in November 2014 and January last year.

    All but one admitted their roles in the raids which saw staff threatened with weapons including a handgun.

    An eleventh man was given a suspended sentence.

    Some of the raids were captured on CCTV - watch the video below.

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    Video caption: Jewellery raids arranged from jail
  9. Building goods worth £15,000 stolen

    Building materials worth £15,000 have been stolen from a site in Gosforth.

    Items including 16 door canopies, four Zanussi dishwashers, 20 shower screens, two Zanussi washing machines and a number of ovens, fans, hobs and kitchen materials were taken from Persimmon homes building compound at Esh Plaza.

    The burglary occurred sometime between 17:00 yesterday and 07:00 today.

    Police are appealing for information.

  10. Well that was emotional…

    Colin George

    BBC News Online

    So England were victorious against Wales, with a 2-1 win deep into injury time. 

    Celebrations in the Shark Club

    This was the scene in Newcastle's Shark Club at the final whistle.  

  11. Garden links housing estate with historic staiths

    A wildlife-friendly public garden has been opened in Gateshead as part of an event celebrating Wayne Hemingway's Staiths housing development.

    The saltmarsh garden provides a direct link between the estate and the historic Dunston Staiths.

    Gateshead Council said it was designed to "provide a peaceful haven for people, while also encouraging wildlife, in this rare and important habitat on the banks of the River Team, close to where it meets the Tyne".

    Path opening
  12. Jewellery store staff showed 'great bravery' during robberies

    Cleveland Police have praised staff at the Market Cross jewellery stores in Middlesbrough and Yarm which were targeted by robbers wielding axes and handguns after the gang behind the raids was jailed.

    Det Chief Supt Peter McPhillips said: "Shockingly these robberies took place in broad daylight and involved innocent members of the public and staff being threatened with violence and weapons.  In the case of the Yarm incident, these weapons included axes and a handgun.   

    Broken window

    "Staff showed great bravery in the immediate aftermath of the robberies and as the investigation progressed and the help they gave police was invaluable.

    “Some of them were badly affected by what happened and I hope today’s sentences will reassure them that the people responsible face a lengthy time behind bars."

  13. Happiness restored after England equalise

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    Happiness returns to Sunderland as England score.

    These fans have been here for hours and they told me they never lost faith.

    England fans with flags
  14. Details of sentences for gang for armed robberies at jewellers

    The following sentences were handed out at Teesside Crown Court to those who admitted conspiracy to commit robbery as part of the armed robberies of jewellery shops in Middlesbrough and Yarm: 

    •Samuel Hughes, 29, from Manchester, jailed for 12 years 

    • David Patmore, 32, from Manchester, jailed for 19 years six months 

    • Antony Northmore, 35, from Cleveland, jailed for 10 years 

    • Scott Northmore, 20, from Cleveland, jailed for four years 

    • Joseph Donovan, 25, from Manchester, jailed for 12 years 

    • Jamie Scott, 28, from Manchester, jailed for 12 years 

    • Liam Wright, 25, from Manchester, jailed for ten years 

    • Shaun Booth, 29, from Manchester, jailed for 12 years eight months

    Ian Ogden, 26, from Manchester, had denied two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery but was found guilty after a trial and was jailed for seven years. 

    Billy Jo Thompson, 25, from Manchester, was jailed for a year after admitting assisting an offender and possession of a prohibited weapon while Christopher Worgan, 32, from Manchester, was given a 12 month prison sentence suspended for two years after admitting assisting an offender. 

  15. Ten jailed for jewellery raids

    Here are the faces of the ten men jailed today for their parts in armed robberies at two jewellery stores in Middlesbrough and Yarm.

    They were jailed for a total of 100 years at Teesside Crown Court.

    Six of of the men
    Four of the men
  16. All eyes are on the big screen in Sunderland

    Russ Ward

    BBC Newcastle

    There was a wave of disappointment from the fans watching on the big screen in Sunderland when Wales took the lead through a Gareth Bale free kick.

    England fans

    Evelyn and Edwina are watching the game in Sunderland city centre - no prizes for guessing who they're supporting

    Evelyn and Edwina
  17. Silence from fans after Wales scored goal

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    Absolute silence in the centre of Sunderland as Wales scored their first goal.

    England's fans are really not happy.

    Unhappy fans in Sunderland

    Pete Ford, an England supporter, tells me that England should be winning

    Stuart Holmes, another England fan, thinks the team need to change their tactics and replace Sterling in the second half if they want to win.

  18. Eleven sentenced over jewellery store raids

    Ten men have been jailed for a total of 100 years, and another handed a suspended sentence, for their part in two raids on Market Cross jewellery stores in Yarm and Middlesbrough.

    Luxury watches worth £637,000 were taken, sparking a major police operation, with the investigation stretching to the Manchester area.

    The judge at Teesside Crown Court praised Cleveland Police detectives for doing such a "thorough job" on what he described as one of the most complex cases to come before the courts recently.

    Those who were jailed were from the Teesside and Manchester areas and were aged between 20 and 32.