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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 5 October 2016
  2. South Shields man charged with sending offensive emails to anti-hate crime organisation
  3. Canoe fake death wife Anne Darwin: I'll feel guilt until I die
  4. Middlesbrough and Hartlepool among the worst for jobless households

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By Ana Guerra-Moore

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    Our updates are finished for the night but we'll be back again tomorrow from 08:00 with your latest news, sport, weather and travel updates as usual.

    Fancy getting in touch? If so, you can contact us on TwitterFacebook, or via email at northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

  2. Weather: A chilly night

    BBC Weather

    It'll stay dry overnight with clear spells.

    Becoming chilly by dawn inland, although coastal areas will be milder with the onshore wind.  

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  3. Feminist plaques appear in Stockton

    Adam Clarkson

    BBC Tees

    Signs engraved with feminist quotes have appeared on benches in Stockton. 

    It is not known who is responsible for the metal plaques, which can be found on several benches by the River Tees. 

    One reads: "In Memory - All the women and girls sacrificed to patriarchy." 

    A plaque
    Riverside road in Stockton

     A memorial bench costs between £425 - £1,355 and must be applied for, but Stockton Council are yet to confirm whether they were approached. 

  4. Watch: A look back at the Jarrow March

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    Tonight Look North is remembering the Jarrow March - which took place 80 years ago - and the 200 men who walked to London to demand help.

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  5. Police detain youths carrying air rifle

    BBC Tees

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    Police have detained two youths and seized an air weapon after being called to a school in County Durham.

    Three teenage boys were seen carrying an air rifle close to Greenfield School in Newton Aycliffe at about 09:00 this morning.

    Police have confirmed no-one was injured.

  6. Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland MP reacts to Theresa May speech

    Labour MP for Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland Tom Blenkinsop has reacted to Theresa May's speech at this year's Conservative party conference.

    He stated on Twitter that the prime minister "has picked up" and is running with "lies about the NHS". 

    He then warned people that they are "facing a recruitment and financial crisis under the Tories".

    In her speech, Mrs May said Labour did not have "a monopoly on compassion", and criticised the party's "sanctimonious pretence of moral superiority".

    She added: "Let's make clear that they have given up the right to call themselves the party of the NHS, the party of the workers, the party of public servants."

    Tom Blenkinsop
  7. Teenager chased by clown 'feared for her life'

    A teenager said she feared for her life when a prankster dressed as a clown chased her down the road in Newcastle.

    Megan Bell, 17, who has a "life-long fear of clowns", said she was walking home at about 20:00 on Tuesday when she was confronted by a man in a costume and mask.

    "I panicked... and just started to run in the opposite direction screaming and shouting. The 'clown' chased after me for about 20 seconds."

    More incidents have been reported, but no one has been attacked or physically harmed.

    A teenager has been arrested in possession of a "bladed article", police have said.

  8. Man with learning difficulties beaten to death had more than 27 rib fractures

    A young man with learning disabilities died after being repeatedly beaten over a prolonged period of time, Newcastle Crown Court has heard.

    Lee Irving, who was 24, had more than 27 rib fractures, cuts, bruises and a broken nose and jaw, the prosecution said.

    Barry Imray and James Wheatley are accused of murdering Mr Irving at a house in Fawdon and moving his body.

    The pair, along with Julie Mills and Nicole Lawrence, are accused of causing or allowing his death.

    All four deny the charges.

    Lee Irving

    The two women are also accused of perverting the course of justice, which they also deny.

    The case continues.

  9. Northern Children’s Book Festival comes to Middlesbrough

    Middlesbrough will host this year’s annual Northern Children’s Book Festival Gala Day.

    The family event comes to Central Library and Mima on Saturday, 19 November.

    The Northern Children’s Book Festival celebrates literature and reading in schools and public areas and was last held in the town in 2003.

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  10. Clown pranksters frightening children

    Schoolchildren across Newcastle have been targeted by pranksters dressing up as clowns and jumping out of bushes, police have said.

    It's thought to be inspired by a trend in America and officers said youngsters had been left "incredibly distressed".

    Northumbria Police said a teenager from Blakelaw had been arrested in connection with a "clown" incident and said a "bladed article" had also been found. 

    Clown stock pic

    Clown pranksters 'frightening' children

    Clown stock pic

    Schoolchildren across Newcastle are targeted by pranksters dressing up as clowns and jumping out of bushes, police say.

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  11. Woman sexually assaulted in Stockton bus stop

    Police are trying to trace a possible witness after a woman was sexually assaulted at a bus stop on Stockton High street.

    She spoke to the attacked woman at the X10 bus stop, although they did not get on the bus together.

    The attack is said to have taken place at about 21:00 on 21 September.

    A 28-year-old man has been arrested on two counts of sexual assault.

  12. South Shields man charged with sending racist and offensive messages

    A South Shields man has been charged with sending offensive emails to an anti-hate crime organisation, including threatening to blow up a mosque.

    John Nimmo, 28, is accused of sending the messages to Faith Matters, which focuses on countering extremism.

    Lee Poppett, prosecuting, said the emails allegedly contained references to him being a "holy crusader" and said "death will come to all Muslims".

    John Nimmo entered no plea to the four charges. The case will be sent to Newcastle Crown Court next month. 

    John Nimmo
  13. North East second second worst place for mobile download speeds

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    Ever found yourself looking for directions on your phone, or wanting to update your Facebook status, but your signal is just too slow?

    I feel your pain, but now we know why.

    A new study by consumer group Which? has revealed that the North East is the second worst place in the country for download speeds.

    28,000 smartphone users were studied over the summer and the group says mobile providers must do "much more" to improve their networks.

  14. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A69 Northumberland both ways

    BBC Travel

    A69 Northumberland both ways severe accident, between Bardon Mill turn off and Chesterwood turn off.

    A69 Northumberland - A69 in Bardon Mill blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the Bardon Mill turn off junction and the Chesterwood turn off junction, because of a serious accident.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  15. Joan and Simon top the list of possible Cheryl and Liam baby names (always assuming there IS a baby of course)

    Francesca Williams

    BBC News

    We don't even know if Cheryl is actually pregnant but that hasn't stopped speculation on what the maybe baby could be called.

    One bookmakers has Joan (Cheryl's mother's name) favourite at odds of 10-1. 

    They are giving odds of 14-1 that she names the baby after herself - but we're pretty sure Cheryl wouldn't do that - would she?

    If it's a boy, Simon is getting odds of 10-1. Or, if you're feeling mean, there are Ashley and Cole at 200-1.

    Cheryl and Liam Payne

    Coral said it had been forced to suspend betting on Cheryl and Liam announcing they're expecting "but now punters are queuing up to predict baby names".  

  16. Eston memorial rejected due to vandalism

    Plans for a memorial for Eston Nab, near Middlesbrough, have been rejected due to continuous vandalism of the site.

    Burnt out cars, broken barriers and endless rubbish - that's just a snapshot of the scene on Teesside's Eston Hills.

    Community group Friends of Eston Hills had planned to create a memorial on top of the site but, due to the damage caused, plans have now been abandoned.

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  17. Street lights to stay in Weardale

    BBC Newcastle

    Villagers in Weardale have won their battle against council plans to turn off street lights to save money.

    Durham County Council suggested removing 17 lights on the A689 - between Westgate and Daddry Shield.

    But after a public consultation, the authority has now scrapped the idea.

    Local people said the lights were vital to keep school children and dog walkers safe on the narrow footpaths in the dark winter months.

  18. Anne Darwin was "slightly in awe" of canoe fake death husband

    The woman who helped her husband fake his own death has said she felt she had "no option but to go along with it".

    Speaking to Jenni Murry on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, Anne Darwin admitted she was "slightly in awe" of her husband John.

    "He was very much the domineering partner," she said. "He was better educated than I was. I looked to him for guidance."

    After the couple got themselves into serious debt, Mrs Darwin "begged" her husband to plead bankruptcy.

    "He wouldn't hear of it; he said he couldn't live with the shame of bankruptcy," she said.

    Anne Darwin