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  1. Updates on Tuesday 8 November 2016

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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

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Pudsey meets nine-year-old Sam

Nine-year-old Sam has had a special visit from Pudsey to help him through his cancer treatment.

What are you doing for Children in Need this year? Let us know by tweeting @BBCNewsNEemail, or contact us via our Facebook page.  

The big day for your diaries in 18 November.

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Weather: Cloud with rain overnight

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Increasing evening cloud will bring rain overnight, occasionally falling as sleet or snow particularly on higher ground.

Light or moderate southeast wind inland, becoming brisk near coasts. Chilly. 

Weather forecast

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

Steven Knox

The ex-boyfriend of Adam Johnson's sister is jailed for abusing the former footballer's victim on Facebook.

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Shelvey charged with misconduct over comments to Wolves player

Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has been charged by the FA with misconduct over the Magpie's game against Wolves in September.

It is alleged he used abusive and/or insulting words towards an opponent in the 87th minute.

This has been classed as an "aggravated breach" as it allegedly included reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality. 

The player has until 16 November to respond.

Jonjo Shelvey
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Scarlett Moffatt chosen for ITV's I'm A Celebrity...

County Durham's very own Scarlett Moffatt from Gogglebox, ex-Strictly dancer Ola Jordan and former Countdown co-host Carol Vorderman have all been confirmed for this year's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

Geodie duo Ant and Dec will kick-off the latest series on ITV1 on Sunday.

Find out who else will be venturing to the jungle.

Scarlett Moffatt

BreakingHome-made bomb placed under car in Washington

A home-made bomb was placed under a car in Washington last night, police say.

A member of the public heard a loud bang in Compton Court in Oxclose at 23:20 and police found the explosive had been placed under the rear of the vehicle.

The car was damaged and bomb disposal teams attended today to ensure the device was safe. 

Supt Brad Howe said: "We do believe this may have been a targeted incident and at this time, we haven't received any further reports. 

"We believe this to be a crude, home-made improvised device, which has caused only minimal damage to the vehicle, however we are taking this very seriously and would appeal to anyone with any information to contact police."

Severe accident: A19 North Yorkshire northbound

BBC Travel

A19 North Yorkshire northbound severe accident, between A66 and A1046 Haverton Hill Road.

A19 North Yorkshire - A19 Tees Flyover in Middlesbrough blocked and queuing traffic northbound between the A66 junction and Portrack Interchange, because of an accident involving four vehicles.

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Shirts off, gentlemen - Minister says the North needs a Poldark

Martin Lewes


The region needs "a Poldark of the North" to give a boost to tourism similar to that gained by Cornwall after the BBC1 series was broadcast, the Northern Powerhouse minister Andrew Percy says.


The minister said: "Poldark has really put Cornwall on the map, people want to go and see where Poldark was filmed, we've got fantastic scenery, in Yorkshire and Lancashire and Cumbria, Northumberland, so let's have an equivalent."

The nearest equivalent might be Rogues Herries, a character created by Hugh Walpole, who wrote four novels about the faithless husband and general ne'er do well of Borrowdale. 

It made a now lost BBC TV series in 1960, and a play at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick three years ago.

BreakingMan jailed for online trolling of Adam Johnson victim

The former partner of Adam Johnson's sister has been jailed for 16 weeks for harassing the disgraced ex-Sunderland footballer's child sex victim in a series of Facebook posts. 

 Steven Knox, 30, of Bradford Avenue, Town End Farm, Sunderland, caused the 15-year-old alarm or distress by posting photos of her online and urging others to share them after Johnson was convicted of sexual activity with the child. 

 Knox, who is unemployed, ignored a harassment warning by the police and continued to post about the girl, who as the victim of a sex offence was entitled to life-long anonymity. 

 Knox, who has a child with Johnson's sister Faye, appeared at Peterlee Magistrates' Court to admit the single harassment charge.

Steven Knox

Lens does not want Sunderland return


Jeremain Lens
Rex Features

Jeremain Lens scored a free-kick for Fenerbahce against Manchester United in the Europa League last week, reminding many of us he is in fact a Sunderland player.

The midfielder, 28, is on a season-long loan at the Turkish club but isn't looking to move back to Wearside.

"I feel I no longer belong there," Lens told Voetball International.

"If Fenerbahce want me, I want to stay. 

"I am not happy at Sunderland. I have friends within this (Fenerbahce) team, my relationships with my team-mates are excellent."  

BreakingNE force investigates after errors in Met's VIP paedophile probe

Northumbria Police has confirmed it is carrying out investigations at the request of the Metropolitan Police after numerous errors were made in a Scotland Yard investigation into paedophile allegations against VIPs.

Five officers have been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission following the review.

The Met Police commissioner accepted "accountability for these failures" and apologised to those involved.

The £2.5m investigation was launched after claims that boys had been sexually abused by public figures more than 30 years ago - but it closed in March without a single arrest.

How your donations to Children in Need help North East youngsters

BBC Tees

For children with learning difficulties, social interaction can be a daunting experience.

But the Grenfell Club in Redcar on Teesside provides dedicated programs that allow the children to make new friends and socialise in a safe and secure environment.

Last year, they received funding from Children in Need thanks to your support, and we went to find out just what a difference it has made.

Redcar's Grenfell Club

Ten first round FA Cup goals you must see

A Spennymoor Town goal and a Hartlepool strike are two of the 10 best goals from the first round of the FA Cup.

FA Cup: Best goals of the first round

Weather: Showers with cloud later

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Showers will continue along coasts this afternoon, perhaps wintry over high ground of the Pennines, but many places will remain dry with sunny periods. 

However, cloud will increase later. Winds mainly light and variable.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 5C (41F). 

Check the forecast near you.  

MP: Guys, we are being filmed!

The Daily Politics

An MP describes finding a recording device while on a visit to the headquarters of Sports Direct, while a delegation was checking on employment conditions.

Business Select Committee member Anna Turley said the camera, left by a member of staff delivering sandwiches, was "the least subtle thing I've ever seen", but Mike Ashley's firm has since denied any link to the recording device.

The Labour MP for Redcar spoke to Daily Politics presenter Jo Coburn about the visit to the warehouse in Derbyshire.

An MP on finding a recording device during a visit to the headquarters of Sports Direct.

Snowdogs prepared for final farewell

All 61 individually decorated Snowdog sculptures will go on show one final time in December.

The Farewell Weekend, from 2 to 4 December, will be held at Gateshead International Stadium.

The Snowdogs, which appeared all over the Tyne and Wear area, were made to raise funds for the children’s service at St Oswald’s Hospice, Gosforth.

The Snowdogs will then be sold at auction on 6 December at the Sage Gateshead.

St Oswald’s Hospice

Severe disruption: A1 Tyne And Wear both ways

BBC Travel

A1 Tyne And Wear both ways severe disruption, at Chowdene Bank affecting A167 Durham Road.

A1 Tyne And Wear - A1 Western Bypass in Lamesley closed and queuing traffic in both directions at Coalhouse Roundabout, because of heard of swans on the road. Congestion to the A167 Durham Road junction and to Lobley Hill Interchange.

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Couple injured in Whitley Bay attack

A couple suffered head and facial injuries during an assault in Whitley Bay.

The 43-year-old man and 32-year-old woman were walking in the street when they were assaulted by two men - one of whom was on a bicycle - who made off towards Whitley Bay Metro Station.

The woman is in a critical but stable condition at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary. The man is also receiving hospital treatment and is stable.

A 35-year-old man has been arrested.

Police are appealing for witnesses and are treating it as an "isolated incident".

Man trapped under wall at Beamish

A man had to be rescued after becoming trapped under a brick wall at Beamish.

The man in his 50s was treated for a possible fractured pelvis by the Great North Air Ambulance Service at about 11:00 yesterday.

The GNAAS trauma team worked alongside the fire service to free the man, who was later flown to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary where he arrived in a stable condition.

Man under wall at Beamish
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Teaching assistants call for 'regrade not degrade'

Other teaching assistants protesting over their pay cuts carried placards calling on the council to change its mind:

Strike placard
Great Ayton

An 80-year-old man dies after he is hit by a car in Great Ayton, North Yorkshire Police say.

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Sunderland take on 'mannequin challenge'

BBC Sport

We told you earlier that Borussia Dortmund's players have taken on the 'mannequin challenge' - the world's latest viral video.

Here's Sunderland's players* showing us their take at training today.

*Insert joke about Sunderland's defenders being like mannequins here.

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'I disagree with strikes'

Jonathan Swingler

BBC Look North

I spoke to this man who said he was against all strikes.

He told me: "I don't understand it - I disagree with strikes anytime anyway.

"It's something to do with not getting paid if they're not working?"

County Durham man

'Get it sorted' claims schoolgirl

This girl's message is clear.

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Blue Peter crew bungee jump from bridge

BBC Tees

Radzi and the CBBC Blue Peter crew are getting ready to bungee jump off the Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough.

Transporter Bridge

Here is a short video of one of the jumps

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Pebbles painted to mark Armistice Day

Hundreds of hand-painted pebbles have been placed at the foot of the Tommy Statue in Seaham, County Durham, to mark Armistice Day on Friday.

Painted pebbles in Seaham

County Durham woman bets £183k on Hillary Clinton win

A woman from County Durham has put £183,200 on Hillary Clinton to win the US election.

The bet, which is part of a two-part wager, is one of William Hills' biggest so far.

The bookmaker said a flurry of five and six-figure bets from Britons on both candidates has led the US election to smash previous records, becoming some bookies' biggest betting event.

Connor Campbell, a financial analyst at Spreadex, said: "It's official, the US election is now our single biggest betting event ever and we are seeing some huge bets being placed, including one customer who has staked £200,000 on a Trump victory."

John Mappin, who owns a castle in Cornwall, could take home £100,000 after putting 30 bets on Mr Trump walking into the White House.

US election: Relive the wild ride in 170 seconds

Photos: Sunrise in Seaham

Did you spot the sunrise at Seaham this morning.

Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys caught the waves crashing against the pier as the sun breaks through.

If you have any photos you'd like to share send us them on TwitterFacebook, or via email at

Sunrise in Seaham

Lanchester teaching assistants join strike action

Teaching assistants are also out in force in Lanchester in County Durham:

Teaching assistants are also out in force in Lanchester in County Durham:

What does the council say about the cuts?

Durham County Council says that "the status quo is not an option".

It added it faces a risk of equal pay claims from other employees if it does not act on teaching assistants.

Margaret Whellans, corporate director of children and young people's services, said the council has negotiated with unions to double compensation, and offered to delay implementation of the new contracts.

She added the council will work with school governors to help them mitigate the impact of the strike on pupils during the next two days.

Teaching assistants protest at a roadside

More than 100 schools are either closed or running reduced timetables as a 48-hour strike by teaching assistants in County Durham gets under way.

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Severe disruption: A1 Tyne And Wear southbound

BBC Travel

A1 Tyne And Wear southbound severe disruption, between A696 and A167 Stamfordham Road.

A1 Tyne And Wear - One lane closed on A1 Western Bypass southbound in Newcastle Upon Tyne between Kenton Bar Roundabout and Westerhope Turn Off, because of a broken down vehicle.

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Cars beep in support of strikes by teaching assistants

Jonathan Swingler


Cars are beeping their horns in support of the strike here in Chester-le-Street.

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Severe accident: A167(M) Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC Travel

A167(M) Tyne And Wear northbound severe accident, at A1058 Jesmond Road.

A167(M) Tyne And Wear - A167(M) exit slip road blocked northbound at A1058 Jesmond Road, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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Former teaching assistant says colleagues 'deserve more'

Andy Bell

BBC Tees

Jen Linford was a teaching assistant for 37 years before leaving her job in July.

She's now working in a supermarket because she says she didn't want to carry on doing the job for "such little money" and "has bills to pay".

She says the pay cut makes her feel "so undervalued" and thinks teaching assistants "deserve more".

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Teaching assistants protest over pay

Fergus Hewison

BBC Newcastle political reporter

Here's striking teaching assistants on the picket line outside Villa Real School in Consett, County Durham:  

Striking teaching assistants on the picket line outside Villa Real School in Consett, County Durham:

Which schools are closed?

There are 37 of the county's 243 schools - mainly nurseries and special schools - that will be closed during the two-day walk out.

And 76 are informing parents that particular classes will see some disruption.

Click here to see a detailed list of the school closures.

Teaching assistants begin strike action

Teaching assistants are on the picket line at Blackhall Colliery.

The council says it greatly values the work of teaching assistants but having made a final revised offer to end the dispute it's "disappointing" that many of them voted to strike.

Teaching assistants

Unison General Secretary Dave Prentis said: "The way these teaching assistants have been treated is nothing short of disgraceful.

"The number of schools closing as a result shows how strongly staff feel.

"They regret any disruption to parents but feel they have no other option."

How did the strike come about?

About 2,000 members of Unison are angry at Durham County Council's plan to cut their pay.

Union officials claim some assistants could lose up to 20% of their salary under the council's proposals.  

Councillors voted in May to dismiss the classroom assistants and re-employ them on term-time contracts from January 2017, with one year's compensation.

Following discussions, that offer was increased to two years' compensation with the new terms to be introduced from April 2017.

Members of the GMB and Unite unions voted to accept it.