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Summary

  1. Teenager who died in the sea off Sunderland named as Liam Hall
  2. Sunderland land midfielder Didier Ndong for 16m euros
  3. Newcastle striker Emmanuel Riviere joins Osasuna on loan
  4. Updates on Wednesday 31 August 2016

Live Reporting

By Ana Guerra-Moore

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    Our live updates have now finished for today. 

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

    Join us tomorrow from 08:00 for more news, sport, weather and travel.

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

  2. Weather: A clear night ahead

    BBC Weather

    Any daytime showers should fade during the evening, with clearer spells likely overnight.

    Winds will become light, leading to the risk of a few mist or fog patches by dawn, particularly in the south.  

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    Check the weather where you are.

  3. Tiote on his way thanks to Sunderland's cash?

    John Bennett

    BBC World Service

    French club Lorient have some money to spend after Sunderland splashed the cash on their young Gabonese midfielder Didier Ndong.

    Ironically some of it might be going back to the North East, to Sunderland’s arch rivals Newcastle.

    The French media are linking Cheick Tiote with a loan move to Lorient.

    Tiote has also been linked to Anzhi and Galatasaray.

    Follow all the transfer deadline day action here.

  4. Man threatened with knife in Hartlepool

    A man was threatened with a knife in Hartlepool on Monday night.

    The victim was approached by a man outside Tesco Express in Throston and forced into a taxi to take them both to his home in Deer Park.

    The suspect then stole a small amount of cash and golf clubs, which were later recovered nearby.

  5. Moussa Sissoko in stand off with Spurs

    Mandeep Sanghera

    BBC Sport

    Still no movement on Moussa Sissoko moving from Newcastle to Tottenham. 

    The midfielder has been allowed to leave France's training camp but there's no agreement on a fee between the two clubs.

    Spurs are thought to have bid around £25m but the Magpies want £30m.

    It's understood Newcastle aren't desperate to sell as manager Rafael Benitez likes the 27-year-old. This one could go to the wire.

    Moussa Sissoko
  6. Hartlepool girl goes missing

    A 16-year-old Hartlepool girl has gone missing.

    Amy Hatch has been missing for 24 hours after leaving her home in York Road.

    She is about 5ft 4in, slim with long blonde hair, and was carrying a lime green flowery bag when she disappeared.

    Amy Hatch
  7. Who is Didier Ndong?

    BBC Sport

    Not heard of Didier Ndong? Neither had we. Midfielder. Gabon international. Used to play for French side Lorient. He's 22-years-old.

    And he has cost what is close to a club record fee for Sunderland after they paid 16m euros (about £13.5m).

  8. Jet2.com to create almost 1,000 new jobs

    The airline Jet2.com says it will create almost 1,000 new jobs as part of a recruitment drive.

    It wants to hire 180 pilots, 700 cabin crew and more than 80 engineers across the country as part of the firm's expansion.

    The company plans to hold road shows to fill the positions, starting in Leeds in September.

    Jet2 operates from eight UK airports including Newcastle, with a fleet of 63 aircraft, and flies to around 220 destinations.

    Plane
  9. BreakingMan donates £1m to charity after his wife's death

    Adrian Pitches

    BBC Look North

    A man has donated £1m to the Alzheimer's Society after his wife's death.

    Malcolm Joyce, 81, from Tynemouth, decided to make the donation after looking after his wife Jean, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2008 and died in 2015.

    The donation from the retired dentist is the largest received from a single donor in its 37-year history, the charity says.

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    Video caption: Man donates £1m to the Alzheimer's Society after his wife's death
  10. Middlesbrough sign Aston Villa’s Adama Traore

    So for Boro it's Adomah out, and Adama in, as they confirmed the signing of Aston Villa winger Adama Traore.

    The 20-year-old becomes the club’s 11th senior signing of the summer, having agreed a four–year contract.

    Head coach Aitor Karanka says he is "delighted" to welcome the former Barcelona youngster, calling him an "important player" who he is "expecting a lot from".

    View more on twitter
  11. Auckland Castle dig uncovers 'pinery-vinery'

    Heating systems to grow fruit have been uncovered at the former private palace of the Prince Bishops of Durham.

    The dig at Auckland Castle's walled garden revealed a pioneering pinery-vinery, created by Bishop Richard Trevor in the 1750s.

    This utilised furnaces and flues to allow the cultivation of exotic fruits, particularly much coveted pineapples.

    It is believed to be one of the first of its kind in the North East and set the standard for following ones.

    Man holding pineapple
  12. BreakingBlack Cats land midfielder Didier Ndong for 16m euros

    Sunderland say they've signed midfielder Didier Ndong from Lorient for 16m euros.

    In these days of secrecy, it's quite unusual for a football club to be so upfront about how much they paid... 

    View more on twitter
  13. Adomah move from Boro to Villa 'not done yet'

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter

    The Aston Villa owner was a touch premature over signing Albert Adomah from Boro, the deal is not done yet. 

    However it will go through.

  14. North East football transfers so far today...

    Here's a quick look at the transfers which have happened today involving some of our clubs:

    Mustapha Carayol [Middlesbrough - Nottingham Forest] Free

    Albert Adomah  [Middlesbrough - Nottingham Forest] Undisclosed

    Jamie Sterry [Newcastle - Coventry] Loan  

    Emmanuel Riviere [Newcastle - Osasuna] Loan  

    Kyle Cameron [Newcastle - Newport] Loan  

    Alex Gilliead [Newcastle - Luton] Loan  

  15. Northumbria Police to recruit 600 people in three years

    Northumbria Police is launching its biggest recruitment campaign in nearly a decade.

    Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird and Chief Constable Steve Ashman are hoping to recruit 600 people to join the force over the next three years.

    Northumbria is the sixth biggest force in the country and serves more than 1.5 million people.

    Roles offered by the force include work on patrol, on roads, dog handling, and working with police horses. There will also be a number of opportunities for volunteers.

  16. Moussa Sissoko: Newcastle midfielder close to move as Tottenham stand by

    BBC Sport

    Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko has been allowed to leave the France squad, with Tottenham hoping to sign him.

    The France team's Twitter account said Sissoko had left their training camp to finalise a transfer.

    Spurs are thought to have bid around £25m for the 27-year-old but the Magpies, who were relegated to the Championship last season, want £30m.

    It is understood Newcastle do not want to sell the player who impressed in helping France to the Euro 2016 final.

  17. Middlesbrough dog walkers get their own park

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    This week on BBC Tees we bring you Parklife: An exploration of our local green areas and what they mean to communities.

    Today we find out more about a community of dog walkers in Middlesbrough who have secured funding to get their own dog park after other park-goers complained about the amount of dogs running free.

    The dog-lovers approached the local council to see what could be done, which resulted in the new Bonny Grove dog park.

    Our reporter Adam Clarkson visited the park... And this is the closest he will ever get to having a best friend:

    Adam with dogs
  18. BreakingChristian Atsu 'signs for Newcastle United'

    John Bennett

    BBC World Service

    Christian Atsu is signing on the dotted line and completing his move to Newcastle as we speak. 

    It's a one-year loan with an option to buy from parent club Chelsea.  

  19. Newcastle United striker joins Luton Town

    Newcastle United striker Alex Gilliead has joined League Two side Luton Town on loan.

    The 20-year-old will stay at Kenilworth Road until January.

    Gilliead spent most of last season on loan at Carlisle United, where he made 41 appearances, scoring five goals.

    Alex Gilliead