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  1. Updates on Monday 7 November 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Well, that's it for another day. Our live coverage is now over - thanks 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. Weather: Showers will die away with clear skies

    Showers this evening will mostly die away overnight, with only a few persisting along the coast.

    Winds will fall light, and as largely clear skies develop so will a widespread frost. The fog most likely to occur in river valleys such as the Wear.

    Weather forecast

    Minimum temperature: 0C (32F). Check the forecast near you.

  3. Nexus seeks inspiration from Metro users

    People are being invited to have their say on the new design of the Tyne and Wear Metro.

    The current Metrocars have been in use it opened in 1980, and everything from seating layouts to wifi availability will come under scrutiny through the consultation.  

    Nexus, which owns and manages the system, is holding series of "pop-up labs" across the region, for people to give their views.

    Metro train

    The first one will be at the Customs House in South Shields on Wednesday, and there will be others throughout the month at venues including, Newcastle Airport, Tynemouth Market, and Sunderland's Bridges Shopping Centre.   

  4. Reindeer returns to Stockton High Street

    A supersized illuminated reindeer and her young calf have returned above the Shambles Market Hall in Stockton.

    The decorations will be part of this year’s Stockton Sparkles winter festival.

    The giant polar bear and her cub are also set to reappear at the Town Hall.

    The decorations will be switched on between 17:30 and 19:00 on 24 November.

    Reindeer being put in place

    Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “In the next couple of weeks we will be adding more festive decorations to transform the town centre into a magical wonderland in time for Sparkles launch night.

    "The High Street is going to look really special and will make the perfect setting for people to do some shopping, socialising or just to get into the festive spirit.”

  5. Warning after pier's railings washed away

    Roker Pier has been temporarily closed after gale force winds and huge waves washed away more than 50 metres of railings. The closure means that public tours of the Grade ll-listed lighthouse which were due to begin tomorrow following the pier’s restoration have had to be postponed.

    Sunderland City Council cabinet secretary councillor Mel Speding said: "We’re approaching the end of a £2.5m restoration of the pier and were really looking forward to opening the lighthouse to public tours this week so this has come as a major setback to our plans.

    Roker Pier

    He continued: "While it's not the first time it's been badly battered by storms nor will it be the last, it’s certainly a setback but it's one that we will recover from. "In the past when the pier has been closed due to weather conditions we have had problems with some fishermen climbing over the gates but we really can’t emphasise strongly enough how dangerous that would be at this point in time because towards the seaward end of the pier on the harbour-side there are no railings to prevent people being washed into the sea."

  6. Two arrests after firework thrown into family home

    Two people have been arrested after a firework was thrown through the window of a home in Redcar.

    A man, woman and teenage boy had to flee an address on Kirkleatham Lane after a front room window was smashed and a large firework was ignited and thrown inside, starting a fire. Nobody was injured, Cleveland Police said.

    An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with the incident which happened at about 21:50 on 31 October.

    A second man, aged 30, was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit arson.

  7. Abandoned pot-bellied pigs given new home at Newcastle school

    Jon Harle

    BBC Newcastle

    Two Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs have started a new lease of life at a Tyneside school after being found abandoned on a local farm. 

    Newcastle City Council arranged the rehousing after its trading standards team received a phone call from the bemused farmer.

    They're now at Trinity Academy Newcastle, which is a school for students with social, emotional and mental health issues.

    There wil be more on Today's North East on BBC Newcastle at 16:20.

    Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs
  8. Controlled explosion to destroy out-of-date school chemical

    A controlled explosion will be carried out an an out-of date chemical found at a Northumberland school.

    Advice has been sent out warning science teachers to check their labs for the substance known as 2,4-DNPH. If it hasn't been stored properly it can explode.

    The substance is often used in A-level chemistry experiments.

    Read more here.

    Northumbria Police said they had been informed Ponteland High School had identified the chemical and a bomb disposal team was there to carry out a controlled explosion.

  9. Newcastle bus lane camera yet to issue a single fine – nine months after installation

    The Chronicle

    A Newcastle city centre bus lane camera has yet to issue a single fine – nine months on from being installed.  

    Traffic on Neville Street, Newcastle
  10. Two arrested after tobacco raid

    A man and a woman were arrested after thousands of cigarettes and tobacco were seized in County Durham.

    The goods with an estimated value of about £1,720 along with more than £1,600 in cash was recovered after a raid in Seaham.

    The County Durham Tobacco Alliance, a multi-agency partnership involving the council, says it aims to reduce numbers of people smoking in the county by 5% by the year 2030 due to the risk it poses to health.

  11. Warning after laser pen flashed at air ambulance

    "Dangerous, stupid and potentially fatal" - the words of the chief executive of the Great North Air Ambulance Service after one of its pilots was recently blinded by a laser as he prepared to land at a Teesside hospital.

    The pilot was carrying a critically ill patient to James Cook University Hospital at the time when he was deliberately targeted three times with the laser.

    Laser pen light

    Grahame Pickering said: "Somebody is acting foolishly.

    "They're playing a very dangerous game with people's lives.

    "These laser pens are a hazard for aviation and somebody someday will get hurt."

  12. Newcastle-trialled contraception project to extend across England

    A project aimed at reducing the number of children taken into care by offering contraception to vulnerable women is to extend its work across England.

    The Pause programme, which began in London in 2013 and has been trialled in Newcastle, is to receive £6.8m from the government.

    It works with women at risk of repeated pregnancies, offering practical and emotional support and asking them to use a contraceptive implant or coil.

  13. Customers hit by Tesco Bank fraudsters

    BBC Business News

    A Middlesbrough man says he has lost almost £1,600 after fraudsters targeted Tesco Bank.  

    Matty Martin said the incident had left him short of cash for basic spending needs.

    The bank has confirmed it was the victim of a hacking attack at the weekend and is promising those affected full refunds. 

    Alan Baxter (pictured below) from Berwick-upon-Tweed said he only had £21.88 in his account after £600 went missing.

    Alan Baxter

    Mr Baxter said: "Tesco said they couldn't offer me emergency funds but would offer £25 as a goodwill gesture.

    "I've got food and petrol to pay for. I have a delivery of coal coming tomorrow for our coal-fired heater and I won't be able to pay."

    A Tesco spokesman said: "We apologise for the worry and inconvenience that this has caused for customers."

    He said the bank would refund affected accounts "as soon as possible."  

  14. EU puts Sunderland Nissan deal under scrutiny

    The European Commission says it is in contact with UK authorities after Japan's Nissan said it had been given 'support and assurances' over Brexit.

    Nissan's commitment to its Sunderland car plant, the UK's biggest, had been in doubt following the EU referendum. 

    But after government pledges, Nissan is to build two key models in the UK.

    Business Secretary Greg Clark has said Nissan was told that the government would seek tariff-free access to EU markets for the car industry.

  15. Weather: Yellow warning for snow in the North East from Tuesday afternoon

    The Met Office has issued a yellow warning - the lowest level of warning it issues - for snow in the North East from Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday morning.

    It says: "A band of rain spreading slowly in will turn to snow as it encounters cold air. Whilst this will be mainly on high ground, and heavier bursts could easily bring snow down to low levels. 

    "Overnight into Wednesday morning, there are concerns that heavier bursts could bring snow more widely down to low levels over parts of eastern England, though at this stage there is low confidence." 

  16. Your photos: Stockton's Infinity Bridge

    Thanks to Johnathon Robinson who sent us this photo of Stockton's Infinity Bridge.

    Have you got any photos you'd like to share with us? In that case you can tweet them to @BBCNewsNEemail them, or contact us via our Facebook page.

    Stockton's Infinity Bridge.
  17. Travel: A1 fully reopened after lorry fire

    Northumbria Police say a lorry which caught fire causing major delays on the A1 in Newcastle this morning has now been recovered.

    The fire affected traffic northbound around Gosforth Park for most of the morning.

    Police said both lanes were now open and thanked motoists for their patience.

  18. Weather: Sunny intervals and scattered showers this afternoon

    Bright or sunny intervals and scattered showers this afternoon. The highest temperatures will be on the coast but here it will be breezy at times, and it will feel chilly everywhere. 

    Maximum Temperature: 8C (46F).