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  1. Updates on Thursday 15 September 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    That's it from us today - thank you for joining us. 

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

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

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

  2. Woman punched and kicked by men in Northumberland

    A woman was punched and assaulted in Kenton, Newcastle.

    The 20-year-old was walking in The Croft area when she was approached from behind by two men at 19:00 on Sunday.

    One of the men punched her in the face, knocking her to the ground, before kicking her a number of times.

    She fled the scene and reported the incident to police.

  3. Weather: The fog returns

    The fog has gone - but it looks like it's making a comeback later tonight.

    Here's the forecast:

    Some early evening sunshine, but low cloud, mist, and fog are expected to spread back inland this evening.

    Outbreaks of rain will arrive later in the night, becoming heavy at times - Light variable winds.

    Weather graph
  4. Middlesbrough bus driver 'subjected to racism by passenger'

    BBC Tees

    A Middlesbrough bus driver has told how a passenger told him to enjoy his job while it lasts - as he'll soon be "going home" following the EU referendum.

    He told the TUC Congress that his home is Middlesbrough, "but the meaning of what that passenger meant was clear".

    He claims that racism has risen since the EU referendum in stark contrast to past years.   

  5. MP faces suspension for Wonga report leak

    Conservative MP Justin Tomlinson faces a two-day suspension from the Commons for leaking a draft committee report into firms, including Newcastle United sponsor Wonga.

    The ex-minister had shared the findings of an inquiry into Regulating Consumer Credit with a Wonga employee in 2013.

    The Privileges Committee found he "committed a contempt" and said his actions "constituted substantial interference" with the inquiry.

    Addressing the Commons, Mr Tomlinson, North Swindon MP, issued a "full and unreserved apology".

    The House is due to vote on the MP's proposed suspension when Parliament returns from the conference recess in October.

    Wonga at SJP

    Wonga became the Toon's latest sponsor, putting up a reported £32m to back the black and white army in 2012.

  6. Cricket: Durham v Surrey

    BBC Sport

    There's been another wicket at day four of Durham v Surrey:

    Surrey trail by 28 runs with two wickets remaining.

    You can follow live updates here.

  7. Man on off-road bike attacks dog in Middlesbrough

    A man has severely attacked a small whippet in a field in Thorntree, Middlesbrough.

    The incident took place at about 14:00 yesterday when a man was riding an off-road bike in Millbrook Avenue.

    The bike skidded towards the dog and he then kicked it in the head.

    It suffered severe injuries, including fluid on the eye and a dislocated jaw and is currently receiving treatment.

    After the incident, the man was abusive towards the dog's owner and then rode off into College Road.

    Field near Millbrook Avenue
  8. Campaign to help Katie Cutler raises almost £800

    Mark Denten

    BBC Look North

    A crowdfunding campaign to pay for Good Samaritan Katie Cutler's public relations bill has raised nearly £800.

    Katie helped raise over £300,000 for Gateshead pensioner Alan Barnes after he was attacked last year.

    However, Miss Cutler is now facing court because she refuses to pay an agreed publicity bill.

    PR specialist Claire Barber was recruited to publicise the campaign in March 2015 - she now claims to be owed £6,687 by Miss Cutler.

    Katie Cutler
  9. Appeal to trace elderly man's relatives

    A coroner is appealing to trace the relatives of 69-year-old Raymond Proud.

    Mr Proud was found dead at a property Northgate, Middlesbrough, on Sunday.

    It is believed he may have relatives in Teesside, Pity Me, Durham, Darlington and Farndale.

    There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.   

  10. Newcastle win Performance of the Week award

    Newcastle have been awarded the League Manager Association's performance of the week title after their 6-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.

    A five-man panel, which includes Sir Alex Ferguson, decided that this week the Magpies deserved the award for an "outstanding team display".

    Newcastle play Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

    Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez
  11. Northumbria Police officers star in new TV series

    Officers from Northumbria Police are set to appear on a new access-all-areas documentary which hits the screens next week.

    Earlier this year film crews spent three months with the force's Operations Department to film the three-part series Car Wars.

    The show follows the work of motor patrols officers as they set out to cut car crime.

    Police officers
  12. Mark Wahlberg spotted in Northumberland

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    Here they are: The first pictures of Mark Wahlberg on set of the latest Transformers movie in Northumberland.

    Cast and crew on set
    Cast and crew on set

    He, director Michael Bay (right), and the rest of the cast and crew have been filming the Hollywood blockbuster at Alnwick Castle and Bamburgh today - did you get to see them?

  13. Woman from Ashington missing

    An Ashington woman has been reported missing.

    Julie Cordon, 53, from North Seaton was last seen at 22:30 on Tuesday.

    Julie drives a black Renault Megane convertible registration OW60 GVP.

    Police are concerned for Julie's welfare and are asking her to contact them.

    Julie Cordon
  14. Video: Charities collect Great North Run kit

    Thousands of items of clothing discarded at the start line of the Great North Run are donated to charity.

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    Video caption: Great North Run: Discarded clothing donated to charities
  15. The Archers: What could have happened at Helen's trial?

    Duncan Leatherdale

    BBC News Online

    For Borsetshire's journalists, Helen Titchener's trial in The Archers would have been one of the biggest stories in recent years. But they would have needed to have a big think about how they approached it.

    The editor of the Borchester Echo will no doubt have had an emotional week.

    It started so well.

    Ambridge's trial of the century was bound to be the paper's splash, replacing reports of proposed bypasses or village fetes - not to mention the miracle dog reappearing months after vanishing in floods.

    Rob Titchener (played by Timothy Watson)

    But could Rob Titchener (played by Timothy Watson) have been prosecuted for abusing Helen?

    "We would and do investigate historic allegations which are brought to our attention," said a spokesman for Durham Police. "In the past this has been as a result of a disclosure from a victim, witness or, in some cases, by a judge themselves.

    "If there was sufficient evidence to pass the prosecution code test then the file would be submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service who would review the case and provide a charging decision based on evidential and public interest criteria."

    Read more here.

  16. Travel: Fourteen-tonne lorry overturns on A1231 in Washington

    It looks like it will be at least 45 minutes before a 14-tonne lorry which has overturned on the A1231 in Washington is removed:

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  17. Transformers take over Northumberland

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    Earlier today we brought you the news that some scenes from the latest Transformers movie are being filmed right here in the North East.

    Bamburgh and Alnwick are welcoming Hollywood stars such as Mark Wahlberg.

    Only a few days ago the cast and crew were filming in London, where cars such as the Chevrolet Camaro and the Lamborghini Centenario were seen on set.

    Have you spotted any of these in Northumberland today?

    Super expensive cars

    If you have, make sure to tweet us your pictures.