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  1. Updates on Tuesday 20 September 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    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. Weather: Chilly with isolated fog patches

    Abbie Dewhurst

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It will remain dry overnight, with some clear spells developing, perhaps allowing some isolated mist or fog patches to form. 

    It will also turn rather chilly, especially in rural areas.  

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    Check the forecast where you are here.

  3. Travel: Delays on A1 Western Bypass

    BBC Travel

    There's queuing traffic on the A1 Western Bypass southbound in Gateshead between Blaydon and Lobley Hill Interchange. In the roadworks area.  

    And there's queuing traffic on the A19 southbound in Shiremoor between Holystone Roundabout and Silverlink Roundabout. In the roadworks area.  

    Get the latest travel news for Tyne and Wear and Teesside.

  4. Essential politics: Which biscuits would they choose?

    Francesca Williams

    BBC News

    We're a little disappointed that the biscuit preferences of the North East's politicians don't seem to have been unearthed, but we think that's no reason not to share The World At One's forensic guide to some of Parliament's more high profile inhabitants' likes and dislikes.

    We're warning you, though. There are some shocking results.


    Famous actress and cake baker Jane Asher kindly lists the highlights.

    While you're listening you can feast your eyes on Jeremy Corbyn's favourite - shortbread. You're welcome. 

  5. Listen: An air ambulance doctor's reunited with one of his patients

    The work of air ambulances is being highlighted this week, not least because they're a key part of the health service that's supported entirely by voluntary donations.

    The North East is served by the Great North Air Ambulance.

    BBC Radio Cumbria's Sara Dumbell spoke to Dr Theo Weston about the life-saving work.

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    Video caption: Great North Air Ambulance's Dr Theo Weston reunites with James. Sara Dumbell reports.
  6. Match facts for Newcastle United v Wolves

    BBC Sport

    - Newcastle United and Wolves have never met in the 56-year history of the Football League Cup.

    - Newcastle have not beaten Wolves in five domestic cup meetings since the FA Cup semi-final replay in 1951, when the Magpies went on to win at Wembley.

    - Wolves have been knocked out by opposition from the same division for the last nine seasons.

    - Wolves have lost their last three League Cup away ties, in which they have conceded 10 goals and failed to score themselves.

    - This is Newcastle's fourth consecutive home game in the competition, of which they have won two and lost once.

  7. Watch: The WW1 soldier saved by a prayer book

    A prayer book that saved the life of a World War One soldier from Consett has been donated to the DLI Collection.

    Durham Light Infantryman Tommy Crawford was injured when he charged a German trench and was bayoneted in the chest. 

    His life was saved by a cigarette case and a prayer book which were in his top pocket.

    His son, Brian, who now lives in Thailand, has donated the book 36 years after his death.  

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    Video caption: WW1 life-saving prayer book donated to Durham Light Infantry
  8. North East woman takes on NHS for lung cancer treatment

    A patient with terminal lung cancer is taking on NHS decision makers to fight for a drug that could prolong her life.

    Fiona Failm, 59, from Blyth, wants an immunotherapy treatment called nivolumab to be made available on the NHS.

    So far her petition has more than 150,000 signatures, but NICE, which makes decisions on NHS drugs in England, says it's too expensive and not effective enough.

    An update is expected next month.

  9. Watch: Medics advised Van Aanholt withdrawal, says Moyes

    BBC Sport

    Sunderland boss David Moyes says defender Patrick van Aanholt was pulled out of Sunderland's 1-0 defeat at Tottenham because of medical advice from heart specialists.

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    Video caption: Patrick van Aanholt: Sunderland left-back missed Spurs game on medical advice
  10. BreakingMurdered toddler social worker struck off

    A social worker involved in the case of murdered Gateshead toddler Liam Fee has been struck off after being found guilty of misconduct by a professional watchdog.

    The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) upheld 12 charges against former Fife social worker Lesley Bate, involving Liam and 14 other children.

    In a number of cases, including Liam, the panel found her failings amounted to neglect of the children.

    Mrs Bate, 60, had denied all the charges.

    The SSSC hearing had heard the social worker was "disorganised and chaotic".

    Liam Fee's mother Rachel Trelfa, 31, and her civil partner Nyomi Fee, 29, were found guilty of murdering Liam at a house near Glenrothes in Fife on 22 March 2014.    

    Nyomi (left) and Rachel Fee were convicted in May of murdering two-year-old Liam
  11. Kynren 'seen by more than 100,000'

    More than 100,000 people saw the £30m historical show Kynren during its first season, organisers have said.

    The show in Bishop Auckland was performed 15 times over the summer and featured more than 1,000 volunteers. 

    It was inspired by the French tourist attraction Puy du Fou and was staged on an arena built on a former golf course.

    Kynren vikings

    Anne-Isabelle Daulon, chief executive of Eleven Arches who produced Kynren, said: "The scale of our ambition was audacious, if not daunting, and we believe we have pulled off something quite incredible; not just the quality of the show itself, but the positive impact it has had on the community."

    A knight

    Eleven Arches is now looking to recruit a further 500 volunteers for next year's show, which they said will be "bigger and better".

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  12. Buddy the dog rescued from swing

    A dog has been rescued by the RSPCA after he got tangled in a garden swing on Teesside. 

    Buddy got stuck in the garden in Stockton on Friday, but fortunately a neighbour heard him barking and called the animal charity. 

    RSPCA deputy chief inspector John Lawson said: "The poor dog was completely stuck and extremely distressed when we got there, howling his head off. 

    Buddy the dog

    "The swing was tangled around his body, just in front of his back legs, and he couldn't move at all. 

    "It was just a question of cutting the rope to free him and luckily he was uninjured."

    Buddy the dog
  13. Yorkshire fielders clash attempting to stop boundary

    Yorkshire's Ryan Sidebottom and Jack Brooks have a coming together while attempting to stop Middlesex's Dawid Malan going for four on day one of their County Championship match at Lord's.

  14. James Arthur battles Chainsmokers for number one

    BBC Music

    Former X Factor winner James Arthur seems to be making a comeback.

    His new single Say You Won’t Let Go is at number two in the Official Charts' midweek update, battling the UK's current number one Closer by Chainsmokers ft Halsey. 

    The 28-year-old Saltburn singer's first new track in nearly three years has leaped a massive 23 places and is the most downloaded track of the week so far, as well as topping the Official Trending Chart.   

    James Arthur

    James has just re-signed to Simon Cowell’s record label, Syco, after he was dropped in 2014 following a string of controversies - many of them Twitter-related. 

    Meanwhile in the album chart, Skepta's Mercury Prize winning Konnichiwa has returned to the top ten - up 44 places from last week after a 50% sales spike, according to the Official Charts Company.  

  15. Teesside woman calls for more mental health support after brother's death

    BBC Tees

    The sister of a Teesside man who planned to kill himself believes there should be more publicity for the support that's available for mental health issues.

    Nicola Smilies says her brother didn't tell his family he was struggling, and there were no signs that suggested it.

    "The government needs to do more for mental health - have some big campaigns and a lot more awareness about it", Ms Smilies added.

    The Department for Health says it has spent £600,000 on its largest national campaign to tackle the stigma of mental health problems, particularly in men.