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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    That's all for today - thank you for joining us.

    We'll be back on tomorrow at 08:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates. 

    If you'd like to get in touch, you can contact us on TwitterFacebook, or via email at northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

  2. Weather: Thunder expected tomorrow

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    Bad news - it might not be as sunny as we thought tomorrow.

    Even though temperatures are expected to reach 28 degrees, thunderstorms could be happening here in the North East.

    The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of rain and has stated that frequent lightning, large hail and strong winds could be potential hazards.

    All I wanted was to sunbathe, but I guess I should prepare to swap my parasol for an umbrella, once again.

  3. Child grabbed and offered drugs in Newcastle

    A 12-year-old boy was assaulted near to Byker Metro station in Newcastle when he was stopped and grabbed by a man.

    The incident took place between 18:30 and 19:30 on Tuesday in Conyers Road.

    The man asked the boy if he wanted to buy any drugs before letting go of him and walking off.

    Byker Metro station

    The boy was left feeling extremely shaken and upset.

    The man is white, in his early 20s and had blonde hair. 

    He is 5ft 6in, skinny and spoke with a London accent.

  4. New mini steam train comes to Teesside

    Back to some other news in the North East now - Saltburn Miniature Railway Association is welcoming a new addition.

    After three hard years of regeneration work on the project they can finally show off the steam locomotive Blacklock, R - affectionately named after the association's former chairman Reg, who passed away in 2012.

    It now means the attraction in Saltburn's Valley Gardens has four engines for visitors to come and see and have a ride.

    Our Reporter Louise Hobson went to see the new train:

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  5. Toddler kidnapping: How the events unfolded

    The two teenage girls kidnapped a toddler from Primark on Northumberland Street, Newcastle, at 16:30 on 13 April.

    Primark store

    The girls took the child on the Metro to Gosforth and headed towards a Sainsbury's store in Gosforth at 17:00.

    While there, they stole milk and a bottle to distract the child.

    They also tried to take her to a soft play area, but it was shut.

    Sainsbury's store

    At 18:00 the two girls and the toddler were found in Gosforth Park, near the Sainsburys store.

    The 13 and 14-year-old were arrested by police.

    Gosforth Park
  6. Teenagers' motives for toddler abduction remain unclear

    Questions still remain as to why two teenage girls lured a toddler away from their mother in Newcastle.

    The judge hearing the case believes they meant to "harm" the little girl, but were unable to do so as they were found by police.

    The father of the toddler said after an earlier hearing: "The question remains: what was their intention?"

    He added that the child's mother will "never forget the guilt" of losing her.

  7. Girls 'had been charged with attempted sex offence'

    The two girls were initially charged with kidnap "with the intention of committing a relevant sexual offence" contrary to the Sexual Offences Act of 2003.

    The sentencing hearing referred to offensive internet searches made on a tablet belonging to the younger defendant. 

    Mr Justice Globe told the court today: "The internet history shows hundreds of searches in relation to pornographic topics which include children having sex, rape, slavery and abduction."

    But the sexual offence charge was dropped at an earlier hearing after the prosecution accepted a plea to the alternative charge of kidnap.

  8. Order banning identification of girls 'will not be lifted'

    The Section 45 anonymity order banning anyone from identifying the teenage kidnappers will not be lifted in this case, Mr Justice Globe said.

    He told the court: "Anonymity is never an easy matter to resolve where there is an offence committed of public importance... Open justice is uppermost in my mind." 

    Taking into account the age of the two defendants though, he has decided the order must remain in place. 

  9. Girls have sentence reduced due to time under curfew

    The two girls who kidnapped a toddler will be locked up for three years and three months, the judge has confirmed.

    Mr Justice Globe removed a month from their sentence due to the amount of time the pair have spent under curfew.

    The two girls have now been led out of the dock.

  10. BreakingTeenage kidnappers to remain anonymous

    The judge hearing the case today has confirmed that he will not reveal the girls' identity.

    Mr Justice Globe said he would not lift the court order banning publication of their names and addresses.

  11. No separate penalty for thefts to lure toddler away

    The two girls will face no further punishment for theft after they admitted stealing a number of items to distract the toddler they kidnapped.

    They admitted stealing a dummy, baby milk and a bottle.

  12. Teenage girls 'given reduced sentence for guilty plea'

    Mr Justice Globe said guidelines recommended a five-year sentence for the two teenage girls who kidnapped a toddler from Primark.

    But he deducted one third for their guilty plea. 

    Although the child came to "no actual harm", there was intent, planning and enticement, he said. 

  13. BreakingTeenage girls locked up for kidnapping toddler

    Two teenagers have both been sentenced to three years and four months detention for kidnapping a toddler in Newcastle.

  14. Mother has suffered 'extensive psychological harm' after kidnapping

    The mother of a toddler kidnapped in Newcastle has suffered "extensive psychological harm", a judge has said.

    Mr Justice Globe said the impact on her had been "devastating" and added that she won't let her daughter out of her sight and or go to nursery.

    He said he bears in mind that no physical harm was caused to the child, but said he is also sure that some aspect of physical or sexual harm or exploitation similar to searches found on a tablet would have been carried out.

    He said: "It was the true reason as to why she was taken... (the mother's) fears are well founded."

  15. Kidnappers 'lied to police about why they took child'

    Simon Armstrong

    BBC News

    The Primark kidnappers "told lies" to the police and the youth offending team about why they lured the child away, Mr Justice Globe said.

    The judge added that, even today, one or both of the girls are still "not telling the truth".

    He said he rejects the proposition that they took the toddler "for no reason", adding he does not think it could be understandable.

    Both teenagers have claimed at different times that they were told by a man to "get a child" in the run up to the kidnap, but the judge said he does not believe that. 

  16. Girls 'are yet to explain reasons behind kidnapping'

    The reasons behind the kidnapping of a toddler in Newcastle remain unknown, the judge has confirmed.

    Mr Justice Globe said the two girls put forward different accounts of the incident, but neither has explained to his satisfaction what actually happened.

    He said their accounts "produce more questions than answers". 

  17. Judge hearing kidnapping case also dealt with Angela Wrightson trial

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    As we mentioned earlier, the judge sitting on the Primark kidnapping case has a history of dealing with high-profile trials in the North East.

    Earlier this year, Mr Justice Globe sentenced two teenage girls for the murder of Angela Wrightson in Hartlepool.

    The pair, who cannot be named, were sentenced to life with a minimum of 15 years.

    Jurors heard how the girls battered and tortured Ms Wrightson to death in an attack lasting many hours in December 2014.

    The judge prevented the girls' identity from being revealed to the public.

    He also initially ordered the media to remove every comment about the trial from any news article and social media post.

    Angela Wrightson
  18. Judge has looked 'very carefully' at kidnap CCTV

    Simon Armstrong

    BBC News

    Mr Justice Globe is starting his summing up in sentencing two girls for kidnapping a toddler in Newcastle.

    He says the girls have previously pleaded guilty to kidnapping a two-year-old girl and two shoplifting offences. 

    He has outlined how they played truant and caught the Metro to Newcastle City Centre. He says he has "looked very carefully" at CCTV images.

    More to follow.

  19. What we've heard at the sentencing hearing

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    Here's a quick summary of what the court sentencing two girls for kidnapping a toddler in Newcastle has been told so far:

    Primark Newcastle