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  1. Updates on Wednesday 24 August 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

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    There will be further updates online, on BBC Newcastle, BBC Tees and on Look North during the evening and tonight.

    We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow to bring you all the news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the North East.

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  2. Weather: From lots of sun to clouds

    BBC Weather

    Becoming rather cloudy for most overnight, with a chance of showery outbreaks of rain spreading northwards during the early hours in particular.

    Perhaps staying drier and clearer in the north.  

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    Check the weather where you are.

  3. Newcastle sign defender DeAndre Yedlin

    Newcastle United have completed the signing of United States international defender DeAndre Yedlin for an undisclosed fee.

    The 23-year-old full-back has put pen to paper on a five-year-contract at St. James' Park, becoming the ninth player to join the Magpies' first team squad this summer.

    Yedlin is said to be "excited" and "honoured" to be playing for Newcastle. 

    He added: "I'm excited to learn under Rafa Benitez as well. He has an amazing résumé and I know he will help improve me a lot."

    DeAndre Yedlin
  4. Match preview: Sunderland v Shrewsbury Town

    Sunderland will be without goalkeeper Vito Mannone who has an elbow injury, so Jordan Pickford will start.

    Defender John O'Shea has a groin problem and misses out, as does Lamine Kone, who has a back injury.

    Midfielders Jan Kirchhoff (hamstring), Lee Cattermole (hernia) and Sebastian Larsson (knee) and striker Fabio Borini (toe) all remain sidelined.

    Shrewsbury midfielder Shaun Whalley will not travel with the side because of a calf injury.

    Jordan Pickford
  5. Deckchairs out in Newcastle for hottest day

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    Today has officially been the hottest day of the year, according to the Met Office.

    Have you been out in the sun?

    Deckchairs were out in Newcastle's Quayside for people to enjoy the heat and do a bit of sunbathing - maybe tomorrow, eh? 

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  6. Video: Olympian Amy receives hero's welcome

    Amy Tinkler, who won bronze for her floor routine at Rio 2016, was given a hero's welcome when she returned to South Durham Gymnastics Club, where she has trained since she was two years old.The 16-year-old from Bishop Auckland was given a round of applause and plenty of hugs by everyone at the club in Spennymoor.  

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    Video caption: Bronze-winning gymnast Amy Tinkler recieves a warm welcome home
  7. Sunderland student jailed after supplying £20 deadly drug that killed her friend

    Sunderland Echo


    A college student has been put behind bars for supplying the £20 deadly drug that killed her friend.

    Tragic Robert Chisholm, 38, died at his home on 5 February from a lethal combination of alcohol and morphine, or heroin.

  8. Middlesbrough boy needs surgery in US

    Adam Clarkson

    BBC Tees

    Four-year-old Finley from Middlesbrough has an inoperable brain tumour and urgently needs life-changing surgery.

    The NHS will not pay for the operation - so Finley's family are trying to raise £150,000 to £200,000 to get him to America.

    His mum, Kara Ingles, has been telling BBC Tees how the condition affects her son

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    Video caption: Four-year-old Finley from Middlesbrough has an inoperable brain tumour and urgently needs
  9. Paddy McNair called up for NI squad

    BBC Sport

    Sunderland midfielder Paddy McNair has been called up to the Northern Ireland squad for the opening World Cup qualifier away to the Czech Republic on 4 September.

    Manager Michael O'Neill touched on his switch from Manchester United to Wearside.

    "It was always going to be difficult for Paddy - it was important to go to a club where the manager knows him and it's the right move," he added.

  10. Elderly man dies in motorcycle accident

    A motorcyclist has died after his bike collided with a car on a road in County Durham this morning.

    The incident happened at about 10:30 in the village of Woodland, Bishop Auckland.

    The rider of the bike, a man in his early 70s, suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken by air ambulance to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough, where he later died.

    The car driver was shaken but unhurt.

  11. Your photos: Sunrise over Whitley Bay

    The sunrise looked absolutely beautiful in Whitley Bay yesterday.

    We have been sent these pictures of St Mary's lighthouse by Mel Patterson, capturing some lovely views: 

    Whitley Bay
    Whitley Bay

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  12. BreakingDaryl Janmaat joins Watford from Newcastle United

    Newcastle United defender Daryl Janmaat has joined Watford for an undisclosed fee. 

    The 27-year-old Dutch international signed from Feyenoord in July 2014 and made 77 appearances for the Magpies during just over two seasons, scoring four goals. 

    A statement said: "The club wishes to place on record its thanks to Daryl for his efforts during his time at Newcastle. He leaves with our best wishes for his future at Watford."

    Daryl Janmaat
  13. Ferryhill children's nursery burglars steal safe with 60p

    Burglars forced entry to a children's nursery to steal a safe which contained just 60p.

    Owner Laura Leigh Wayman said she felt sick when she discovered the break-in at Child's Play Private Nursery in Ferryhill.

    The raiders forced through a gate and took out a window to get to the safe on Saturday.

    Ms Wayman said the damage was extensive, but she found it "funny" they only got away with a few pence. 

    Broken window
  14. Girl breaks leg after falling from banana boat

    A nine-year-old girl was airlifted to hospital after falling from a banana boat.

    The girl fell from the boat, which was being pulled by a water bike at Budle Bay, Bamburgh, at about 16:25 yesterday.

    The Great North Air Ambulance Service was called to the scene and she was treated for a broken leg.

    Helicopter at the scene
  15. Soldier shot in Northumberland was 'part of a very close knit family'

    The Commanding Officer of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, Lieutenant Colonel Alasdair Steele, has paid tribute to a "hugely committed" soldier who died yesterday.

    Private Conor McPherson, from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, was shot dead in Northumberland during a live firing exercise.

    Lieutenant Colonel Steele said Private McPherson "constantly drove to develop himself physically" and remembers him as "well liked" with a great sense of humour.

    He added: "Private McPherson's true passion was to his parents and his older sister - he was part of a very close knit family, and his great joy was spending time with them at the weekends and over leave." 

  16. BreakingSoldier shot in Northumberland named

    A soldier who was shot dead during a live firing exercise at a military training area in Northumberland has been named as Private Conor McPherson.

    Pte McPherson, from Paisley, Renfrewshire, was 24 and from The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

    He sustained a "serious head wound" and was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Alasdair Steele, said: "Private McPherson was a capable young soldier who had previously trained in both Kenya and France. 

    "He was hugely committed about his career in the Army, he had aspirations to join the machine gun platoon and attend a junior leadership course at the start of next year."

    Private Conor McPherson.
  17. Numbers out for North East teams in EFL Cup

    The EFL Cup draw is tonight - Middlesbrough are ball number 30, Sunderland are 32, and Newcastle are 16.

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