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  1. Updates on Wednesday 16 November 2016

Live Reporting

By Ana Guerra-Moore

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Thank you for joining us today.

    Our live updates here have now finished but you can still find the latest news online, on BBC Tees, on BBC Newcastle and on Look North.

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

    In the meantime, if you want to get in touch you can contact us on TwitterFacebook, or via email.

  2. Weather: Cold and showers may continue

    BBC Weather

    Showers continuing overnight, most frequent across the hills, although occasional showers also penetrating to the east.

    A colder night to come though brisk winds should keep any frost at bay.  

    Weather graph

    Check the weather where you are.

  3. Snowdogs trail helps man regain confidence

    The trail of Snowdogs, which arrived in the North East a few months ago, has proven to be just what a Cullercoats man needed to regain his confidence.

    David Birdsey's disability and redundancy, as well as the loss of his dad and his brother, turned him into a recluse, unable to leave his home.

    However, Mr Birdsey has always been a fan of The Snowman and the Snowdog, and so when the trail came to the region, he was determined to see it.

    David took a taxi on his own to the Blue Reef Aquarium at Tynemouth, which was he says was "very hard" and a "very big deal" and saw his first Snowdog.

    He has now seen 60 sculptures and only has one to go.

    David and a Snowdog
  4. Teesside's international fire training centre opens its doors to showcase work

    Did you know that there is an international high-tech fire training centre in County Durham?

    Firefighters from across the world travel to Darlington to do simulations of plane fires and helicopter crashes.

    Today they are opening their doors and have allowed us to take a look at what they do and the rigorous training they go through.

    BBC Tees reporter Louise Hobson took a look:

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  5. Middlesbrough’s Head Of Academy Dave Parnaby to retire

    Middlebrough FC's Academy manager Dave Parnaby has today announced his plans to retire.

    Mr Parnaby has been with club for 19 years, making him their longest serving academy manager.

    In a statement, he has confirmed that his reasons to retire are "purely personal" and that he feels an "enormous sense of pride" to be associated with Boro.

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  6. County Durham teaching assistants announce further strikes

    Mark Denten

    BBC Look North

    County Durham teaching assistants have announced two more strike days.

    Unison and ATL members will strike on 23 and 24 November.

    Teaching assistants went on strike in October to protest against Durham County Council's plan to only pay them during term time.

    Durham County Council said it was "extemely disappointed" and that it had offered to talk to the union. It said it believed "the vast majority" of schools would be open.

  7. Travel: Heavy delays on A1 following accident involving car and lorry

    BBC Travel

    There are delays, two lanes closed and queuing traffic for three miles on the A1 Western Bypass northbound in Lamesley after J67, Chowdene (Coalhouse Roundabout), because of an accident involving a car and a lorry.

    Travel time is 15 minutes.

    Congestion to the A1(M) J65 junction.  

  8. Travel: No trains between Park Lane and South Hylton

    BBC Travel

    There is no service on the Tyne and Wear Metro between Park Lane and South Hylton due to an obstruction on the overhead lines.

    More travel updates here.

  9. Newcastle United player Jonjo Shelvey requests personal FA hearing

    Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has pleaded not guilty to a Football Association charge of allegedly using racially abusive language to an opposing player.

    The England international, 24, was charged following an incident during the Magpies' 2-0 Championship defeat by Wolves on Saturday, 17 September.

    He has requested a personal FA hearing.

    A club statement said no further comment will be made until the matter is concluded.

    Jonjo Shelvey
  10. Newcastle marks Transgender Day of Remembrance

    Newcastle City Council is showing its support for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community this week.

    The transgender rights flag will fly above the Civic Centre to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance, which pays tributes to people who have died as a result of anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.

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  11. The cold doesn't stop our Weather Watchers

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's a little bit wet, a little bit grey and quite cold here in the North East, but that's not stopping our Weather Watchers from taking pictures.

    Here's a lovely photo of a field in Newburn, taken a few hours ago by one of our users:

    A field in Newburn

    If you've got any pictures of our region, you can become a Weather Watcher and share all your photographs on the website. 

  12. County Durham teenager meets Game of Thrones idol

    A County Durham teenager, who has terminal cancer, fulfilled his dream last weekend when he met his idol and Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner.

    Kieran Maxwell suffers from terminal Ewing Sarcoma, a rare type of bone and soft tissue cancer.

    Kieran’s parents applied through the charity Rays of Sunshine to grant him his greatest wish of meeting the actress, who plays Sansa Stark on the show.

    Last weekend, his dream came true when Sophie Turner met Kieran and his family for afternoon tea and spent time chatting about all things Game of Thrones, what it’s like to play Sansa Stark and what it’s really like on set.

    Kieran is currently in training to be a T42 sprinter, as well as working to raise awareness and funds for research in to Ewing Sarcoma.  

    Kieran and Sophie
  13. UK Floods: Soldiers learn to assemble new flood defences

    Soldiers have taken part in a training exercise to learn how to assemble new temporary defences aimed at protecting communities from flooding.

    Personnel from 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, based at Catterick Garrison, have completed scenarios run by the Environment Agency in Selby.

    December 2015 was the wettest month on record for the UK since records began with 16,000 properties affected in Cumbria, Northumberland, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Herefordshire.

    A total of 25 miles (40km) of steel temporary barriers - five times as many as last year - and 250 high volume pumps will now be available for winter floods, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said.

    Soldiers assembling flood defences
  14. Scrappy the fire dog makes a comeback

    Here's a story to cheer you right up:

    Scrappy the County Durham and Darlington service fire dog returns to work today after being out of action for three weeks with a broken leg.

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  15. Children in Need: How the Butterwick Hospice helps children

    Children in Need

    Only two days to go until this year's Children in Need.

    One charity which receives support in our area is The Butterwick Hospice in Stockton, which helps very ill children to live independently.

    Nurses Vicky Garrety and Samantha Clarkson explain how the project is helping local children.

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  16. Today's lunchtime news

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    On this lunchtime's Look North, more on the little girl from Tynemouth who saved her mum's life by phoning 999.

    Also on the programme, we explore the latest unemployment figures and we start to get excited about Friday's Children in Need events.

    All that and more from 13:30 in BBC One and on iPlayer.