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  1. Updates on Thursday 8 September 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our live updates here have now finished for the day - thank you for joining us. 

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

    We'll be back here with more news, sport, weather and travel from across the North East from 08:00 tomorrow and hope you can join us then.

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

  2. Weather: Rain likely overnight

    Paul Mooney

    BBC Weather

    Cloud will build again during the evening and outbreaks of rain are likely overnight, though this rain will mainly be light.

    Weather forecast

    Minimum temperature: 13C (55F). Check the forecast near you.

  3. Man who died in A66 crash named

    A man who died in a collision between a car and a lorry on the A66 in Cumbria has been named.

    Jamie Armstrong, 30, from Haltwhistle, Northumberland, was driving an Audi A4 which was involved in a collision with a lorry near Stainmore Cafe early this morning. 

    Cumbria Police say specially trained officers are supporting Mr Armstrong's family.

    They are appealing for anyone who wtinessed the collision to come forward.

  4. Tees Valley devolution deal continues

    While the North East devolution deal has now come to an end, a plan for the Tees Valley continues, the government has announced, with residents there set to vote for their first directly-elected mayor in May 2017. 

    The deals for the North East and Tees Valley were originally announced in October 2015 as part of the Northern Powerhouse programme.

    The Tees Valley Combined Authority represents Darlington, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Stockton and Redcar councils  

  5. BreakingNorth East devolution deal 'off the table'

    Plans for a devolution deal for the North East are now "off the table", communities secretary Sajid Javid said.

    Earlier this week four of seven councils that make up the North East Combined Authority- Sunderland, Durham, Gateshead and South Tyneside - voted not to press ahead with the plan.

    A Commons debate planned for Monday, to enable elections in 2017 for the first-ever directly elected North East mayor, has now been cancelled and the legislation withdrawn.

    Mr Javid said: "Local leaders in the North East Combined Authority have made a clear decision not to proceed with this ambitious and far-reaching devolution deal for their region. While I am disappointed, it is a decision I respect and so that deal is now off the table."

  6. Your photos: St Hilda's Church

    Stunning photo of St Hilda's Church on Hartlepool's Headland.

    Send us your photos by tweeting @BBCNewsNE or email us here.

    St Hilda's Church on Hartlepool's Headland
  7. Opencast mine plans 'contradict climate deal'

    We have more on the news that a planning inquiry will be held to determine controversial plans for an opencast mine near Druridge Bay.

    Friends of the Earth campaigner Guy Shrubsole said: "Hopefully this means that ministers have realised that digging up yet more coal is completely contradictory with the Paris climate deal, and that planning rules must be changed to leave fossil fuels in the ground.

    "Thousands of people objected to the ill-conceived opencast coal mine at Druridge Bay because it would be hugely damaging for the local area, threaten tourism and undermine efforts to tackle climate change."

    Druridge Bay
  8. Video: Nissan marks 30 years in Sunderland

    It was on this day 30 years ago that the then prime minister Margaret Thatcher officially opened Nissan in Sunderland.

    To mark it, a new exhibition is opening in the Sunderland museum, which looks back at its history and looks to the future of the car maker.

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    Video caption: Sunderland's Nissan plant marks 30th anniversary
  9. Whitley Bay assault: Man charged

    An update on a story we brought you earlier...

    A 44-year-old man has been charged with assault after another man was left in a critical condition with serious head injuries in Whitley Bay.

    He is due to appear at North Tyneside Magistrates Court tomorrow morning.

  10. Crack the emoji tweet

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News Online

    I've mocked up a tweet using the new 'Geordimojis' can you guess what I'm saying?

    I'll give you a clue, it's more likely I'd tweet something like this on a Friday or Saturday night...

    Mocked up tweet
  11. Emojis with a North East twist

    "Geordiemojis" have landed.

    A group of stickers have been designed to give a North East twist to emoticons via a new app.

    Illustrator Dave Richardson, who is from the North East, said: "The buildings were great to design, some are very intricate, especially St James' Park and I loved the challenge and the process of the building actually taking shape.

    “I think the Tyne Bridge is my favourite, how could it not be, it's the Tyne Bridge. It was the first emoji-sticker of the set I designed and is such an instantly recognisable iconic image. Hadrian's Wall is one of the simpler ones, it takes a close second."

  12. Paraylmpics: Josef Craig qualifies for final

    Swimmer Josef Craig, from Jarrow, has been in action on the first day of the Paralympics in Rio. 

    He came third in his heat which means he qualifies for tonight's final.

    Josef Craig
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  13. Opencast mine plan to go to inquiry

    A planning inquiry will be held to determine controversial plans for an opencast mine near Druridge Bay.

    Banks Group claims the extraction of three million tonnes of coal, sandstone and fireclay from a site at Highthorn will bring jobs.

    Northumberland County Council approved the plan but now the secretary of state for communities and local government Sajid Javid has "called it in". 

    Opponents say the mine will ruin wildlife and tourism.

    Map of mine area, from Banks Group

    In a letter to the council, Stephen Jewell writing on behalf of Mr Javid, said the inquiry would look at how the plan matches Government guidelines on the use of fossil fuels and countryside development.

    The date of the inquiry is yet to be set.

  14. North East MPs did not win a lot in a dog competition

    It's the one you've been waiting for - the winners of the Westminster Dog Of The Year awards have been announced.

    In sad news, none of our MPs won, but we thought you'd like to see the MP for Redcar Anna Turley and her pooch Clem.

    Anna Turley MP

    The winner was hounded by the press...

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  15. Police appeal after attempted robbery

    A man believed to have been armed with a knife attempted to rob a shop in Walker, police say.

    The man entered the Heron foods store in Welbeck Road and demanded that staff hand over cash at about 10:50 this morning.

    He left empty handed.

    No one was injured during the incident but extra officers are in the area speaking to local residents and the public.

  16. 'Show Sunderland's cultural contribution to the rest of the world'

    Sunderland should be City of Culture in 2021 according to the Washington and Sunderland West Labour MP Sharon Hodgson who made the case during Commons Questions.

    She said: "I'm thrilled to hear the minister talk about the culture in the North East and we'd love to take you to the National Glass Centre in Sunderland and the arts centre in Washington.

    So does he agree with me that huge disparity with arts council funding between the North East and places like London is one of the reasons why it would be an excellent opportunity for Sunderland to become the city of culture 2021 to showcase our city's cultural contribution to the rest of the UK and to the world."

    Culture Minister Matt Hancock replied for the government saying she made a very good case for the city and he's sure her comments will be picked up.

  17. Couple with 270 convictions used bank card stolen from 76-year-old woman

    Hartlepool Mail


    A couple with more than 270 previous convictions between them tried to use a bank card stolen from an elderly Hartlepool woman.

  18. Striking Beadnell image among competition winners

    A striking photo of Beadnell Harbour in Northumberland is among the winners of a photography competition run by the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society.

    The image taken by Alan Warriner was winner of the industry category.

    The Society provides financial assistance to fishermen, mariners and their families who are suffering hardship.

    Beadnell Harbour
  19. Countdown to Christmas?

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News Online

    I've just received an email trying to sell me lots of Christmas decorations.

    Although lovely, I'm still trying to plan a barbecue before even thinking about when the big man dressed in red will deliver some presents.

    Is this the countdown to the Christmas season starting already? Well, let me be the first to say... bah humbug.

    If you've already been pestered with a festive spirit, let me know on Twitter - @BBCNewsNE

    Christmas tree