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  1. Updates on Wednesday 26 October 2016

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    Lloyd Watson

    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

    In the meantime you can contact us on TwitterFacebook, or via email at

  2. Video: The talking manikins helping to save lives

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    These life-sized dolls are helping to save lives at James Cook University Hospital

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  3. Shearer urges Rooney to leave if he wants England role

    Ex-Newcastle captain Alan Shearer says Wayne Rooney, 31, needs to leave Manchester United if he wants to play in the 2018 World Cup.

    "If he wants to succeed in his ambition to play in the 2018 World Cup, then he must move clubs," Shearer told the Sun.

    "It looks unlikely he can achieve both. He will not get picked for England if he is not playing regularly."

    Wayne Rooney
  4. Weather: Dry with some clear periods

    BBC Weather

    It will be a mostly dry night with variable amounts of cloud and some clear periods, with the clearest skies in the east.

    Cloud may be thicker in the west towards the Pennines with some drizzle possible at times.

    Weather forecast

    Minimum temperature: 8C (46F). Check the forecast near you.

  5. Lady Robson thanks fundraising firefighters

    Firefighters who raised almost £1,000 for charity after a colleague died of cancer have been thanked by Sir Bobby Robson’s widow.

    Nine cyclists rode to all 17 fire stations in the Tyne and Wear area and and raised £985, which is being shared between The Bobby Robson Foundation and the national firefighters charity.

    Lee Hope, whose older brother Scott works in Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue, died just 13 weeks after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer at the age of 33.

    Scott said: “Lee told us in the last few days of his life that he’d like any donations to go to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

    "He’d always been a fan of Sir Bobby and when he married his wife, Amy, they even did some fundraising at the wedding."

    Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service staff with Lady Robson

    Lady Robson said: “Lee obviously meant a great deal to his colleagues in the fire and rescue service, and it’s touching that they’re so keen to help raise funds in his memory.“It’s all a wonderfully positive way to remember Lee and it was a great pleasure to come along to Washington and say thank you on behalf of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation in person.”

  6. Video: Dog shelters 'close to breaking point'

    BBC Tees

    Dog shelters in our region are operating at full capacity.

    Volunteers say they are close to breaking point, with more people giving up their dogs due to the rising costs of keeping a pet.

    We've been to Maxi's Mates in Dunsdale to meet some of the residents.

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  7. Swan decapitated in Stockton

    A swan was found decapitated in Stockton, police say.

    The animal was located by member of the public on Sunday at the Bowesfield Nature Reserve.

    It was reported to police the following morning.

    Cleveland Police says inquiries are under way and is  appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

    Bowesfield Nature Reserve
  8. Weather: Cloudy with patchy rain

    This afternoon will be rather cloudy at times with a little patchy light rain or drizzle possible.

    However, there will also be some brighter periods as well. 

    Despite it being breezy it will feel mild with temperatures on the warm side.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 14C (57F). Check the forecast near you

  9. 'Sim' family aiding medical staff

    BBC Tees

    A complete family of state-of-the-art simulation "manikins" is helping medical staff train to save lives on Teesside. 

    Medical sim

    A simulated man, a boy and baby, and even a pregnant woman have been introduced at James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough. 

    A world away from the basic teaching dolls, these lifelike dummies can talk, breathe, change the way they look and even have seizures. 

  10. Field of Remembrance to return to Gateshead

    Gateshead’s Saltwell Park will, for the fifth time, host the North of England’s only Field of Remembrance in honour of servicemen and women who have fought and died for their country. 

    The park will form the backdrop to a sea of thousands of wooden crosses inscribed with a personal message from members of the public to commemorate a life lost in service.

    Crosses will be planted on Friday by volunteers including members of the Armed Forces, The Royal British Legion, local cadet forces and members of the public to commemorate those who fell in conflicts ranging from world wars to recent conflicts in the Middle East.

    Field of Remembrance at Gateshead’s Saltwell Park

    A ceremony to formally dedicate the Field of Remembrance will take place on Saturday 29 October at 10:45 with a dedication service conducted by a military chaplain.

    A two-minute silence will then be observed  at 11:00 after which military chiefs from across the region representing the Royal Air Force, Army and the Royal Navy will dedicate a remembrance cross in the field.

  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A1(M) County Durham both ways

    BBC Travel

    A1(M) County Durham both ways severe disruption, between J58 for A68 and J57 for A66 affecting J59 for A167.

    A1(M) County Durham - A1(M) blocked, stationary traffic and long delays in both directions between J58, A68 (Burtree) and J57 A66(M) Darlington, because of a police incident. Congestion to J59, A167 (Aycliffe).

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  12. Heathrow about 'taking tough decisions' - Grayling

    While on his way up to visit Newcastle Airport, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has defended the decision to approve a third runway at Heathrow.

    He says governments are "about taking difficult decisions". 

    Asked if he and fellow Conservative ministers should apologise to those opposed to expansion at Heathrow, he said "I do feel for those people".

    Airport poster

    "I know what a difficult day this is, I know how angry they will be," he told the Today Programme. 

    But he said the "tough decision" will help to secure the future prosperity for the whole country.

    Former Prime Minister David Cameron set up an independent Airports Commission, which made a very clear recommendation in favour of Heathrow, Mr Grayling added

  13. Sickness bug closes swimming pools

    Rebecca O'Neill

    BBC Newcastle

    Two pools in Gateshead have been closed for several days after some people reported sickness and diarrhoea after using them.

    Bosses at Gateshead Council say they aren't absolutely sure the facilities in Blaydon and Dunston are to blame, but are shutting them as a precaution. 

    Staff will now be doing a deep clean of the water filtration system.

  14. Experimental therapy reduces child autism symptoms

    A study has raised hopes that autistic children, who're given treatment as early as possible, will see a significant reduction in the severity of their symptoms and that the improvement can continue for some.

    The research, by Newcastle University, King's College London, and the University of Manchester, is the first to identify a long-term effect on the condition after an early intervention. 

    The trial involved children with moderate to severe autism. 

    Professor Tony Charman, who led the research, says the findings are encouraging.