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  1. Updates on Wednesday 2 November 2016

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

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  2. Weather: Clear spells mean temperatures will fall

    Clear spells this evening will allow temperatures to quickly fall. Later in the night, cloud will build from the west, with some patchy rain in the north by the morning. 

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    Minimum Temperature: 3C (37F).

  3. Watch: Corbyn tells May to watch I, Daniel Blake film

    The Labour leader said the prime minister should watch the Palme D'Or winning film, I Daniel Blake - which was filmed in Newcastle - as he questioned her about the fairness of the welfare system.

    Jeremy Corbyn named an ex-serviceman who had died without food after welfare sanctions, and said it was time to end the "institutional barbarity against, often, very vulnerable people."

    Theresa May defended work capability assessment with sanctions, and told him the Labour Party was "drifting away from the views of Labour voters".

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    Video caption: The Labour leader says the PM should watch the Palme D'Or winning film, I Daniel Blake.
  4. Newcastle's Live Theatre wins funding to support its work

    Newcastle's Live Theatre is being given £600,000 from a pot designed to help arts groups become more self-sufficient.

    The Arts Impact Fund is investing just under £2m in five organisations.

    The funding will help Live Theatre launch a commercial hospitality venture, which will in turn support the work of the theatre in Newcastle. 

    The theatre's chief executive Jim Beirne MBE, (pictured below in 2015) said: "This investment will complete the regeneration of the Newcastle quayside and will create income to support Live Tales, our creative writing centre for children and young people." 

    Jim Beirne
  5. Charity warns lives will be lost if drug isn't tackled

    A Teesside charity is warning that people will die if more isn't done to get a fake version of a drug called Zopiclone off the streets of Teesside.

    Bridge House in Stockton says several of its vulnerable clients have been abusing the pills and it has led to an increase in overdoses.

    Zopiclone is legally prescribed by doctors to treat insomnia but the charity wants more awareness over the dangers of the fake version of the pills. 

    Quote Message: The problem we're having at the moment is that a large amount of the tablets are fake. Here at the hostel we've seen an increased level of people overdosing since they have started getting into the area". from Mike Kay Bridge House support worker
    Mike KayBridge House support worker
  6. Stockton cycle path rape suspect released

    A man arrested on suspicion of raping a 15-year-old girl on a cycle path has been released without charge.

    The 27-year-old was initially questioned and bailed over the attack in Stockton, Teesside, on 21 September.

    Cleveland Police warned teenagers to stay together in secluded areas as a "precautionary measure" in the wake of the assault.

    He has been charged with two counts of sexual assault in connection with separate incidents, police said.

    The cycle path in Stockton where a 15-year-old girl was raped
    Image caption: Police advised youngsters to stay together following the cycle path rape
  7. Cleveland Police says policies were reviewed after discrimination case

    Cleveland Police said it had apologised to a firearms officer who has been awarded more than £450,000 compensation after he was victimised.

    Nadeem Saddique was awarded the compensation by an employment tribunal judge sitting at Teesside Magistrates' Court.

    Cleveland Police said: "We have reviewed many of our policies as a result of this case and as part of our Everyone Matters project have delivered training sessions on equality, diversity and human rights and cultural awareness to the wider organisation. 

    "We are saddened that Mr Saddique is unable to progress his career as a police officer and wish him well for the future. 

    "The IPCC investigation into the case is continuing therefore it would be inappropriate to comment on this aspect of the case at this stage." 

  8. Tribunal found police officer had been discrimnated against

    Cleveland Police firearms officer Nadeem Saddique has been awarded £457,664 compensation after being victimised because he is Asian.

    Last November a tribunal found the 45-year-old had been discriminated against.

    The force agreed to help him back to work, but he will now retire on grounds of ill health in December.

    An employment tribunal judge sitting at Teesside Magistrates' Court ruled on the figure.  

    PC Saddique, who helped guard Tony Blair and members of the Royal family, had said the payment would cover loss of earnings, retraining and the ill health he and his family had suffered as a result of his treatment.

    Nadeem Saddique
  9. BreakingVictimised Cleveland Police officer awarded £457,664 compensation

    A firearms officer with Cleveland Police who was victimised by fellow officers because he is Asian has been awarded a compensation pay out of almost half a million pounds. 

    Nadeem Saddique has been on sick leave since 2014 after he was victimised.

    Today at a compensation hearing in Middlesbrough he was awarded £457,664.

    More to follow.

  10. BBC Tees launches new political podcast

    Adam Clarkson

    BBC Tees

    Political discussions - without the political jargon.

    That's the aim of a new podcast being launched by BBC Tees political reporter David Macmillan.

    David will be releasing a new podcast on a regular basis. Local issues will be discussed with a panel made up of political figures and local journalists.

    Tees Valley devolution and the County Durham Cricket Club rescue package are the topics being discussed in episode number one.

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  11. Katie Cutler 'stressed' by unpaid bill dispute

    More on the story we brought you earlier about Katie Cutler, who raised more than £300,000 for disabled pensioner Alan Barnes when he was mugged, losing a court case over an unpaid publicity bill.

    PR consultant Claire Barber said she agreed a £550 daily fee with Miss Cutler for publicity, but was not paid.

    A Newcastle County Court judge ordered Miss Cutler to pay £6,200.

    Miss Cutler claimed the fees, were to be paid from a planned charitable foundation, which subsequently failed to take off, and not out of her own pocket.

    The mother-of-one, who received a British Empire Medal for charity work in last year's Queen's Birthday Honours, told a judge in chambers that the dispute had left her feeling "stressed".

    Katie Cutler
  12. Your photos: Frosty leaves

    The weather has turned noticeably colder over the last day or so and there have been frosts.

    Nelson Allan, from Wideopen, North Tyneside, took this lovely photo of frosty leaves.

    Frosty leaves

    If you've taken any photos you can tweet them to @BBCNewsNEemail them, or contact us via our Facebook page.   

  13. Nissan deal 'won't persuade others to invest'

    One of Japan's top business strategists says investment in the UK will be smaller following the Brexit vote - and he is advising companies to hold fire.

    In an interview with BBC Newsnight, Kenichi Ohmae called the recent deal at Nissan's plant in Sunderland a "minor decision" involving one company.

    "I don't think other companies will follow suit," he added.

    Mr Ohmae advised Nissan to set up its main European plant in the UK in the early 1980s.

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    Video caption: Nissan deal 'minor' - Japanese business strategist
  14. Weather: Mainly dry this afternoon but staying cold

    It will be a mainly dry afternoon with long spells of sunshine. It will remain cold, and feel especially chilly near eastern coastal areas, where it will be windy, with the odd isolated shower possible. 

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    Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F). 

  15. Katie Cutler to give up charity work after losing court case

    Peter Harris

    BBC Look North

    She was dubbed the "angel of the north" after raising thousands for a man who was attacked in the street - but now Katie Cutler says she's giving up charity work after losing a court case.

    Miss Cutler was sued over an unpaid £6,000 bill to a public relations firm after becoming well known over her efforts to help disabled Alan Barnes, from Gateshead.

    Today she lost an attempt to overturn the claim, made by Claire Barber PR at Newcastle County Court.

    In response Claire Barber (pictured below arriving at court) says she had tried to avoid suing Miss Cutler but had to act after she gave interviews calling her firm "rogue." 

    Watch the full report in Look North at 13:30.

    Claire Barber arriving at court
  16. Alan Barnes fundraiser loses civil case over unpaid bill

    Peter Harris

    BBC Look North

    A woman who raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for mugged disabled pensioner Alan Barnes has lost a court case over an unpaid publicity bill.

    Katie Cutler, 23, of Gateshead, (pictured arriving in court today) set up an internet appeal after being moved by the plight of the 68-year-old, who is 4ft 6in and registered blind.

    But despite more than £300,000 being raised, PR consultant Claire Barber said she was never paid in full.

    A judge at Newcastle County Court has now ordered Miss Cutler to pay £6,200.

    Katie Cutler arriving in court
  17. Newcastle City Council staff face £3,800 pay cut

    Some Newcastle City Council staff face a pay cut of more than £3,800 a year amid plans to axe shift allowances.

    Unions have warned of industrial action after the Labour-run authority said it wanted to end allowances paid to weekend and night workers.

    The council said it needed to make cuts of £30m by the end of 2017 and removing shift allowances would save £2.5m.

    Union bosses described the move as "a disgrace" and pledged to fight the proposals.

    Newcastle Civic Centre