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  1. Updates on Friday 18 November 2016

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Diego Costa

Jonathan Jurejko

BBC Sport

Diego Costa's 10th goal of the season moves Chelsea top of the Premier League as a sixth straight win sees off Middlesbrough.

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Dwight Gayle

Matt Newsum

BBC Sport

Dwight Gayle scores twice as Newcastle United go five points clear at the top of the Championship by beating Leeds 2-0.

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Defoe and Anichebe celebrate

Jamie Strickland

BBC Sport

Jermain Defoe scores his 150th Premier League goal as Sunderland comfortably beat Hull City move off the foot of the table.

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Our live coverage across the day

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

Our service is now coming to a close for the day, and the week.

We hope you've enjoyed keeping up with the Children in Need fundraising in the North East.

Don't forget that you can watch the live appeal tonight on BBC One at 19:30, and on the BBC iPlayer afterwards.

Have a lovely weekend, we'll be back on Monday from 08:00.

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The forecast for this evening

A few wintry showers will continue overnight, mainly over western hills. Eastern areas will be drier, with clear spells.

It might be a cold night with a widespread frost forming, and a risk of ice where showers have occurred.

Friday's weather forecast

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Boro legend takes the beautiful game to Catterick

Ex-Middlesbrough player Colin Cooper has spent the day training soldiers at Catterick Garrison.

He visited the camp as a thank you for the fundraising efforts of members who took part in the Great North Run.

The group raised £1,562 for his charity the Finley Cooper Fund.

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Liam Fee mother to appeal against murder conviction

The Gateshead mother of Liam Fee has been given permission to appeal against her murder conviction.

Rachel Fee, 31, has been told her lawyers can argue the judge in her trial earlier this year made mistakes when addressing jurors about the law.

Judge Lord Burns jailed Fee for 23-and-a-half years for murdering her two-year-old son at their Fife home.

Nyomi (left) and Rachel Fee were convicted in May of murdering two-year-old Liam

Her civil partner Nyomi, 24, was jailed for 24 years for murdering Liam.

The trial heard that the pair, who are originally from Ryton, spent two years torturing the toddler before finally killing him at their home near Thornton in March 2014.

Fish can reach new breeding grounds after 300-year wait

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

Trout and salmon can now swim to areas of the River Derwent which have been impossible to reach for three centuries. 

Fish can now travel through the weir at Lintzford to lay their eggs further upstream thanks to a new fish pass - something which is believed will improve the health of the River Derwent system.

Some 500 tonnes of stone were used to blend the new pass into the natural habitat.

The Tyne Rivers Trust led the scheme, which has taken a month to complete and is part of the Heritage Lottery funded Land of Oak and Iron Project.

The project aims to conserve and enhance wildlife around Newcastle, Gateshead, Northumberland and County Durham.

Travel: Market Street in Newcastle closed

BBC Travel

Market Street in Newcastle is closed and there's queuing traffic in both directions between the Grainger Street junction and the Grey Street junction because of an accident. 

More travel updates here.

Man gets Ant and Dec tattoo on cheeky area...

The Northern Echo


A lifelong fan of Ant and Dec has had portraits of the Geordie celebrities tattooed on his bottom.

Thornaby man Lee Crane thought getting the pair inked on him would be funny, and hopes they will one day sign the artwork.

Children in Need: Ryan's Story

We continue our look into how Children in Need money is used with a trip to rural Teesdale. 

BBC Tees spoke to young people who use the Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services. 

Using Children in Need funding, UTASS put on a social club and provide transport for those who would otherwise be isolated. 

It's basically giving you your life so you're not just alone"

RyanUTASS attendee

Children like Ryan say living in a hard-to-reach area often means it's difficult to make friends and socialise - but UTASS gives them the opportunity.

Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services (UTASS)

Awards night to be dedicated to Teesside woman who lost battle with depression

An event organised by Hartlepool charity Raindrops to Rainbows will take place in Stockton tomorrow night.

The Heather Terry Memorial Awards will honour the life of the mother and business owner who died following a battle with post natal depression last year.

Heather left behind a young son and husband, Oliver. 

The couple opened and ran Music Lounge - a cafe and venue in Stockton which will host the awards.

Oliver has vowed to keep the business running as a testament to his late wife, and will be on the panel of judges who award local musicians and bands on the evening. 

Any money made during the event will go to Raindrops to Rainbows, who support women with depression.

Children in Need: NEPACS project

The BBC's annual fundraising effort takes place today - where does your money get used?

Our journalists from across the UK have been visiting the places which benefit from Children in Need funding.

BBC Newcastle have been to speak to a Durham charity which offers support for young people who have members of their family in prison.

Without Children in Need’s help, volunteers at NEPACS say that waiting to visit a relative in prison would be like “waiting for hours at a doctor’s surgery” - nerve-wracking for children.

A Durham charity supports young people whose family members are in prison.

Pudsey is in South Shields!

Previews of this weekend's football

The weekend is almost here and it's going to be a big one for North East football.

Two teams from below the relegation line will clash when Hull take on Sunderland tomorrow. 

At the other end of the Premier League table, second-from-top Chelsea visit Teesside on Sunday after five consecutive victories. 

In the Championship, current leaders Newcastle are away at Leeds. 

The Magpies three points clear and have won eight of their last 10 games. 

Newcastle United at a training session
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Twelve-hour dog washing marathon taking place for Children in Need

Alpha Dog Grooming in Stockton are making their way through 12 hours of non-stop dog washing to raise money for Children in Need.

Five groomers began at 07:00 and will stop at 19:00. 

About 40 dogs will have been washed in total.

At this moment in time they have raised £600 with four hours to go.

Here's Alba the English Sheepdog getting into the charity spirit:

Children in Need dog at Alpha Dog Grooming
Meldon Terrace

A 14-year-old girl is raped by a stranger at the rear of an address in Northumberland.

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Lee Cattermole

Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole will be out for at least four months following surgery on torn cartilage in his hip.

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Seized dog must wear muzzle in public

BBC Tees

A County Durham woman is calling for a change in the law after her dog was seized by police while on a walk.

Becky Hughes claims her dog Chesney is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier - but he was taken away for three days for tests and as a result he's been classed as a pit bull-type dog which is banned in this country.

He's only been returned to Becky on the condition he goes on a special register and wears a lead and muzzle in public places. 

 Becky says the law on banned dogs is unfair and outdated. 

In a statement, the government told us: "Dog attacks can have horrific consequences for victims and families and prohibiting certain types of dog under the Dangerous Dogs Act is crucial to help deal with the heightened risk they pose."  

Frozen girl's plan is 'fake resurrection'

A terminally-ill girl who fought to have her body frozen in case she could be cured in future was pinning her hopes on a "fake resurrection", a Catholic priest says.

Frozen girl case 'like a fake resurrection', priest says

Fr Marc Lyden-Smith, from Sunderland, told BBC Newcastle cryogenics risked making science into "some kind of semi-God". 

The 14-year-old girl, who had a rare form of cancer, died in October and has been taken to the US and preserved there.

BreakingGirl, 14, raped in Northumberland

A 14-year-old girl has been raped in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, police say.

The teenager was walking in the back lane of an address in Meldon Terrace when she was approached from behind and attacked at 18:00 on Monday.

He is 5ft 10, of medium build and wearing a dark coloured long sleeved top.

Meldon Terrace

World record attempt taking place for Children in Need

Adam Clarkson

BBC News

Pupils at Prudhoe West First School are aiming to break a world record by having their faces painted.

The five face painters have to paint more than 780 faces in a four-hour period to break the current record.

Children getting their faces painted

We'll be keeping a close eye on the record attempt throughout the day, and will bring you any updates when we get them! 

Children in Need: How is your money used?

As part of the annual fundraising effort, our journalists across the UK have been visiting the places where Children in Need money is used.

BBC Newcastle visited the Turn About Pegasus Project near Berwick in Northumberland. 

The not-for-profit social enterprise says Children in Need funding has allowed them to help hundreds of young people through equine play therapy..

Here's Rambo and Madonna...

These little guys help children suffering from traumas or stress in their lives.

Overturned lorry on A697 in Northumberland

End of an era for Durham mining?

The last mine pit head in County Durham could be facing demolition.

The pit at Grove Rake Mine closed in 1999. 

The disused headgear still stands but the land owner is expected to take it down within days.

The Friends of Grove Rake say it's become a monument to mining heritage.

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Your stories on Children in Need day

Time to get your Pudsey ears and face paint at the ready, the big day is finally here! 

Children in Need takes place every November, and this year people are encouraged to 'do their thing' to raise money.

The vision of the charity is to ensure every child in the UK has a safe and happy childhood, and is allowed to reach their full potential.

Across the BBC, local journalists been finding out exactly where the money you raise ends up - and how it benefits young people. 

BBC Tees have been to the Grenfell Club in Redcar, which uses Children in Need funding to provide dedicated programmes that allow children with disabilities to socialise and make new friends.

Redcar's Grenfell Club

Keegan's time on the Newcastle managerial merry-go-round

Kevin Keegan's time at Newcastle United is under the microscope as BBC Sport looks at football managers who have left their role, only to return to the same club - for better or worse.

A newcastle fan stands by a 'bring back king kev' sign.
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Keegan's time as a manager started at Newcastle, and also ended there after stints as the England, Fulham and Manchester City boss in between. 

He was first given the Newcastle job in 1992, going on to save them from relegation, guide them to promotion to the Premier League, very nearly win the title and then take the club into the Champions League.

Thousands of fans went to St James' Park to welcome him back as boss in January 2008, but he lasted only eight months and some 200 angry fans soon gathered outside the ground after hearing of his departure, with some even seen scaling the walls attempting to get in.

Kevin Keegan
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Keegan is currently an ambassador for Liverpool.

Can Newcastle continue winning streak?

BBC Sport

Newcastle can stretch their winning run in the league to eight games on Sunday when they face Leeds United at Elland Road.

Jonjo Shelvey will be available for selection after he pleaded not guilty to his FA charge of racial abuse against a Wolves player earlier this season.

The last league meeting between the two sides took place in 2009.

Jonjo Shelvey

'Our children have benefited from Children in Need'

It's BBC Children in Need Day!

More than £840m has been raised by the charity in the last 35 years and one charity to benefit in the North East is The Butterwick Hospice in Stockton.

It's been given £77,000 in funding over three years to help young people with life-limiting illnesses to live independently.

Butterwick Hospiceb

Nurse Vicky Garrety said creating ways for their families to look back and remember was really important:

"Having trips out or having some funding builds up memories for them. Quite a lot of our children have died this year and these are children that have benefited from Children in Need so they've had some nice times.

You see Children in Need on the telly and I can say to my friends, we've benefited from Children in Need and that makes them think 'oh right, I'll give some money'."

'League Two is nuts' says Hignett

BBC Tees

BBC Tees Sport

Hartlepool United manager Craig Hignett has described League Two as "nuts".

Just three points separate Pools from both the play-off places and the relegation zone as they sit in 15th position.

They take on Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium tomorrow.

Hignett says they should be closer to their opponents, who are third in the league.

Terminally ill teen won ruling to preserve body

A 14-year-old girl who wanted her body to be preserved in case she could be cured in the future, won a historic legal fight shortly before her death.

The girl, who was terminally ill with a rare cancer, was supported in her wish to be cryogenically preserved by her mother - but not by her father.

A High Court judge ruled that the girl's mother should be allowed to decide what happened to the body.

But Simon Woods, an expert in medical ethics from Newcastle University, told BBC Newcastle the whole idea is science fiction. 

He said: "There is absolutely no evidence a future revival would be possible.

Cryofreezing pods
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"The diagnosis of death is that death is irreversible, and for people who seek cryopreservation, they've died of a serious disease, this case it's cancer.

"The person is in a pretty bad state of health to begin with, and there's absolutely no scientific evidence that the person could be brought back to life.

"The fact is humans have difficulty dealing with death, and when you're talking about the death of a young person it seems particularly tragic. And many people just don't know how to deal with that.

"It's a sad reflection on how humans cling to these technological fixes for a problem we've been living with since there were human beings."

Girl, 11, has surgery after horse fall

BBC Tees

A fundraising campaign has been launched to support the recovery of an East Cleveland girl who was injured in a horse riding accident.

Maisie Welsh, 11, from New Marske, was thrown off her horse after it got spooked on Monday evening.

She's still in James Cook Hospital following surgery.

Weather: Thundery showers and brisk winds

Alina Jenkins

BBC Weather

Wintry showers, locally heavy with thunder, will continue to affect the high ground of the Pennines and Cheviots.

Feeling very cold with brisk winds.

Eastern areas will be drier with isolated showers, sunny spells and lighter winds, but still cold.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 5C (41F). Check the forecast near you.

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