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  1. Updates on Tuesday 18 October 2016

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    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    Our live coverage is now over - thank you for joining us.

    There will be more updates overnight online, on BBC Tees and BBC Newcastle and on Look North.

    We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow

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  2. Weather: Dry but windy

    BBC Weather

    Windy with clear spells overnight, although the wind should help to prevent a frost.

    One or two showers may affect coastal districts, but for most it should stay dry throughout.  

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    Check the weather where you are.

  3. Cyber crime 'costs BBC Tees area £100m'

    BBC Tees

    The region's police forces are warning people of the dangers that technology crime poses as new figures show cyber crime and fraud cost the area almost £100m last year.

    Police believe the figure could be even higher, as not everyone reports it if they fall victim.

    Det Cone Ian Turnbull, from the Cleveland Police Cyber Crime Unit, explained how cyber crimes are done over the internet.

    "A lot of motivation appears to be fraud, anything where they may access personal details and use that information to withdraw money or make purchases", he said.

  4. Bin set alight in Alnwick

    A bin was deliberately damaged in Alnwick in Northumberland, police have confirmed.

    The metal bin was set alight in Fisher Lane, near the hospital, causing substantial damage.

    It's believed the incident happened overnight, but was reported to police at 11:35 today.

    The damaged bin
  5. Middlesbrough gallery unlocks vaults to allow public to see town's unseen art

    Mima gallery in Middlesbrough is ten-years-old next year, and to celebrate they are  inviting the public into their vaults, to pick out art they would like to see on display.

    Work by Tracy Emin, Grayson Perry and LS Lowry are currently stored inside the vaults, and soon an exhibition will showcase the artworks.

    'The Middlesbrough collection' will include work picked out by visitors who attend a special tour of the vaults art.

    Our reporter Andy Bell has skipped the queues, and has already been to have a look:

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  6. Travel: A692 road closed due to serious accident

    BBC Travel

    Fellside Road in Whickham is closed in both directions between the Broadway junction and the A692 Lobleyhill Road junction because of a serious accident involving two vehicles.

    Get more travel updates here.

  7. Lee Westwood to host British Masters on Tyneside

    Lee Westwood is to host the 2017 British Masters at Close House in Newcastle.

    The venue will stage a European Tour event for the first time, with Westwood having been the club's tour professional since 2011.

    Westwood succeeds Luke Donald, who hosted this year's tournament at The Grove last week and finished third.

    Westwood said: "I'm delighted to announce that I will be taking over as host of the British Masters from Luke next year. I'm well connected with Close House, and I'm sure it will be a fantastic test of golf for the players coming up to the North East."

    The tournament returned to the European Tour schedule in 2015, with Ian Poulter the first to play the role of host at Woburn. 

    Lee Westwood
  8. BreakingCleveland Police's support for children causes 'serious concerns'

    Police failures to take child protection seriously could lead to a repeat of the horrifying abuse scandals seen in Rotherham and Oxford, the chief inspector of schools has claimed.

    Ofsted boss Sir Michael Wilshaw said that the "most serious concerns" were raised about Cleveland Police's support for children's services in Stockton.

    In one case, the Ofsted inspector questioned a police decision to close a case even though "there was clear evidence that the children concerned had suffered non-accidental injuries".

    The investigation was re-opened after the local council intervened when Ofsted raised concerns.

    Officers were often unable to attend meetings about children potentially at risk of serious harm, and therefore intervention plans could not be agreed, and had been told not to go to meetings about unborn children.

    The inspectors found "an unacceptable and potentially dangerous gulf between the stated priorities of Cleveland Police in relation to its support for child protection and the practice observed in the course of the inspection of the local authority's children's services".

  9. Masked raider helped by police with ladder after botched burglary

    Sunderland Echo


    A masked man was caught burgling a catholic club at night.

    Penshaw Catholic Parish Centre
  10. Sister pays tribute to Newcastle stab victim

    The sister of a woman stabbed to death in Newcastle has described the victim as a "devoted aunt and sister".

    In a statement, Jodie Wilkinson's sister Amy said: "Jodie would do anything for anyone and we've got no idea why someone would take her life.

    "All we ask at this stage is that anyone with any information, no matter how small, please comes forward and assists the police."

  11. Paedophile who went to meet a schoolgirl for sex jailed

    A paedophile who thought he was going to meet a schoolgirl for sex has been jailed.

    Richard Hewitt, 40, drove from Cheshire to Newcastle thinking he was going to meet the 13-year-old girl after he contacted her in a chat room. 

    He had asked the girl called Jessie for naked selfies and sent her sexual messages, telling her "I will be your first". 

    Richard Hewitt

    Hewitt, who has been subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) since 2007, did not realise the profile was a fake set up by campaigners. 

    When he arrived in Newcastle in August, the group calling themselves Dark Justice blocked his car to stop him leaving. 

    At Newcastle Crown Court, Hewitt, of Old Chester Road, Great Sutton, Ellesmere Port, who has 26 offences on his record, admitted attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming and breaching his SOPO and was jailed for two years.

  12. Two thirds unaware of cardiac arrest treatment

    Two thirds of people in the North East wouldn't be sure what to do if someone had a cardiac arrest in front of them, according to the British Heart Foundation.

    The charity says too many people are "dying needlessly", and it is now organising life-saving training sessions as part of Restart a Heart day.

    The event is one of the biggest of its kind ever held in the UK.

    They hope to give up to 100,000 people some life-saving skills and here in the North East ambulance crews are giving lessons in 27 schools.

  13. Jewellery stolen from caravan in Northumberland

    Several items of jewellery were stolen from a caravan in Northumberland on Sunday.

    Burglars entered the caravan parked in the Sandy Bay Caravan Site at about 19:55 and stole the items, including a 9ct gold locket and chain, which has engraving on the corner and family photographs inside.

    A silver Pandora bracelet was also taken

  14. MPs discuss the future of the BBC

    Labour Bishop Auckland MP Helen Goodman is taking part in the discussion about the BBC in the House of Commons.

    Watch live here.

    Helen Goodman
  15. BreakingReward offered to find men behind stab murder in Newcastle

    A reward is being offered after a 27-year-old woman was stabbed to death in a street in Newcastle.

    Jodie Wilkinson was walking with a 25-year-old man in Stanhope Street in Arthurs Hill yesterday when they were attacked by a group of up to 11 men.

    They both suffered stab wounds and the gang then fled to nearby Queens Court. 

    The man received hospital treatment and was later discharged but Jodie died from her injuries. 

    Jodie Wilkinson

    Two men aged 25 and a 22-year-old have been arrested.

    Crimestoppers is now offering up to £1,000 cash for information that leads to the arrest and charge of those responsible. 

    Call 0800 555 111.

  16. Thirteen arrested on suspicion of people trafficking

    Thirteen people have been arrested on suspicion of trafficking people into the UK.

    Northumbria Police says it made the arrests this morninf in a bid to tackle human exploitation and modern day slavery. 

    Officers from the force carried out search warrants at five addresses in the Cowgate area of Newcastle. 

    There have also been three further warrants at addresses in Houghton-le-Spring and Consett, County Durham. 

    Eight men and five women have been arrested on suspicion of trafficking people into the UK for exploitation and are in custody. 

  17. Missing man found safe

    Missing man John Crossan has been found safe and well, police have confirmed.

    Mr Crossan, 60, was reported missing yesterday after he left his home in Thornaby.

  18. BreakingFatal stabbing victim named by police

    The victim of the fatal stabbing in Newcastle has been named as 27-year-old Jodie Wilkinson.

    Ms Wilkinson was stabbed on Stanhope Street yesterday.

    Three men have been arrested.