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  1. Updates on Monday 3 October 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    Live updates here have finished for today - thank you for joining us. 

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

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  2. Middlesbrough fans recall violence following West Ham match

    Middlesbrough fans have complained to the Metropolitan Police following clashes with West Ham fans at the weekend.

    Two men were arrested on suspicion of affray, and the third was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer after the 1-1 redraw ult at the London Stadium.

    All three are currently out on bail, while West Ham have said they'll investigate the incident.

    Julie and Amy Henry were among those caught up in the events, and they told our reporter Lee Johnson that the violence "just erupted":

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  3. Weather: A Foggy but dry night

    BBC Weather

    More cloud than last night will prevent temperatures falling quite as low, with patchy hill fog likely across the Pennines.

    However, still some limited clear periods and it will remain dry.

    Brisk south-easterly breeze persisting near the coast.  

    Weather graph

    Check the weather where you are.

  4. Professional Cricketers' Association chief executive calls Durham relegation 'unfortunate'

    The chief executive of the Professional Cricketers' Association has described Durham's relegation as an "unfortunate consequence".

    In a statement, David Leatherdale said they understand the decision will have come as "a major disappointment" to the players, as they "worked so hard on the pitch" to keep the club up in the county championship.

    Mr Leatherdale now hopes Durham's restructuring will "remove the uncertainty that has surrounded the club in recent months".

    "The short-term plan is for the PCA to meet with all Durham players on a convenient date as soon as possible to discuss the situation further", he added.

    David Leatherdale
  5. Police look for Good Samaritan following Northumberland assault

    Police are hoping to speak to a man who was assaulted after helping a woman who had been pushed by a man with a hammer.

    The incident happened in Barns Road in Felton, Northumberland, at about 23:00 last night.

    The suspect hit a parked car with a hammer and then proceeded to push the woman against a fence, causing her minor injuries.

    A member of the public, who the police are referring to as the Good Samaritan, came to the woman's assistance, but was assaulted himself by the offender and knocked to the ground.

    He managed to get up, however, and left the scene before police arrived a short time later.

  6. Morpeth shared space scheme delayed amid safety fears

    A shared space scheme in which vehicles and pedestrians have equal priority has been delayed amid concerns from visually-impaired people.

    Work was due to begin on the project in the Stobhill area of Morpeth today.

    But after a protest by blind and visually impaired people in the area, Northumberland County Council has agreed to further consultation.

    The authority is due to spend about £300,000 on the project.

    Road sign
  7. Man suffers broken collar bone in crash

    A man has suffered a broken collar bone following a crash on the A66.

    His Vauxhall Astra was on the A66 westbound, just before the A19 slip road at Middlesbrough, when it collided with the central reservation and left the road, rolling down an embankment and coming to a stop on its roof.

    The incident happened just before 08:00 yesterday.

    The 29-year-old male driver received treatment at James Cook University Hospital.

  8. How John Gilroy’s revolutionary drinks ads changed advertising

    BBC Arts

    Although advertising imagery surrounds us each and every day, rarely do we give a second thought to who was behind it.

    Yet one budding Tyneside artist would change all that - Not only would he sign all his ads, he would occasionally appear in them. 

    Chris Jackson goes in search of John Gilroy, the man whose unforgettable artwork would help to turn Guinness into a global brand.

    He tells his story on Inside Outside North East & Cumbria tonight at 19.30, and available on iPlayer thereafter. 

  9. Police release CCTV images following rape in Sunderland

    Police have today released CCTV images of a man they would like to trace in connection with a rape.

    The incident happened in a rear lane between Holmeside and Blandford Street, in the early hours of 25 June:

  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A194 Tyne And Wear eastbound

    BBC Travel

    A194 Tyne And Wear eastbound severe accident, at B1516 York Avenue.

    A194 Tyne And Wear - A194 Leam Lane in Jarrow blocked and slow traffic eastbound at the B1516 York Avenue junction, because of an accident.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  11. Durham County Cricket Club comments on relegation

    Durham County Cricket Club has issued a short statement regarding the England and Wales Cricket Board's decision to relegate the team due to financial issues.

    A Durham spokesperson said: "The Durham County Cricket Club Board welcomes the ECB's long-term commitment to safeguarding First Class Cricket in the North East."

  12. Middlesbrough fans help stranded De Roon

    BBC Tees

    A group of Middlesbrough fans helped Boro player Marten de Roon over the weekend, after he struggled to get home following the West Ham match.

    De Roon was separated from the rest of the squad, and was waiting for a taxi at Darlington station.

    Rather than let him wait 40 minutes, Patrick Mitchell and his friends offered him the last seat on their mini bus home.

    The group took a picture with the player, before giving him a lift to Hurworth:

    The fans and De-Roon
  13. BreakingDurham also handed T20 Blast penalty

    Durham will also have a four-point penalty in the T20 Blast and a two-point penalty in the One-Day Cup. 

  14. BreakingDurham relegated over 'financial issues'

    Durham have been relegated to County Championship Division Two and will start the 2017 season with a 48-point penalty after the England and Wales Cricket Board announced it had agreed to help the county with "financial issues".

    More to follow.

  15. Only one person prosecuted for smoking in car

    BBC Newcastle

    Only one person in the North East has been prosecuted for smoking in a car with children, after it was banned a year ago.

    The law change saw drivers who smoke facing a £50 fine if anyone under 18 was in the vehicle with them.

    But for the last year, the Police Federation has said enforcing the ban is difficult, and the government has a choice. 

  16. Motorcyclist suffers chest injuries after hitting wall

    A motorcyclist was airlifted to hospital after his bike left the road and hit a wall.

    The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) was called near to Otterburn, Northumberland, at 12:30 yesterday, where a 32-year-old man had suffered arm and chest injuries.

    He was flown to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary within 13 minutes and arrived in a stable condition.

    Air ambulance at the scene
  17. Ponteland man missing since Friday

    Police are appealing for the public's help to trace a missing man from Ponteland, Northumberland.

    Craig Smith, 38, was last seen near to Blaydon Rugby Club at about 23:00 on Friday, and has made no contact with friends or family since.

    He is described as 6ft and of muscular build.

    Craig Smith
  18. Cyclist 'rode 110 miles with two cracked ribs to complete charity mission'

    Hartlepool Mail


     A Hartlepool business boss cracked two ribs on a charity cycle ride - and then battled on for another 110 miles to make sure he finished.

    Dave Garside and his bike