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- Updates on Tuesday 20 December 2016
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The chief of Northumbria Police, which was criticised by some members of the public for deploying armed police at Christmas markets, has expressed his sorrow at the events in Berlin.
In November the force announced increased numbers of firearms officers on patrol at Newcastle's Christmas market.
Critics said they did not want to see armed officers as it made people feel uncomfortable.
Chief Constable Steve Ashman said: "The incident in Berlin will no doubt cause concern for many people but we want to reassure those living and working in our region that there is nothing to suggest there is any specific threat to the North East.
"We pride ourselves on the fact that this is one of the safest places in the country and we want the public to feel safe and reassured that we are here to protect them."
Holme House prison in Stockton is to get £9m to improve security and tackle drugs inside the jail.
The money will be used to install full body scanners and to employ 50 extra staff.
It is thought to be the single biggest investment in a prison.
Newcastle United players and boss Rafa Benitez have been visiting the Great North Children's Hospital to bring the youngsters some Christmas cheer.
The organisers of Newcastle Christmas Market say they are "shocked and deeply saddened" to hear of events in Berlin.
German police are investigating a "probable terrorist attack" after a man ploughed a lorry into a Christmas market in the heart of Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 48.
The driver, reportedly a Pakistani asylum seeker who entered Germany last year, is being questioned.
Only three players have scored a Premier League goal for Sunderland this season, the fewest of any team in a single season before Christmas (excluding own goals).
Jermain Defoe has eight, and Victor Anichebe and Patrick van Aanholt have three each.
Meteorologists are strengthening their forecasts for Storm Barbara to go spinning past the north of Scotland at the end of the week.
The storm's expected to bring winds gusting to 70mph or more across the region, but it's not expected to last long enough to drop dangerously large quantities of rain.
A cross has been vandalised outside a North Tyneside village's church in the run up to Christmas.
Residents were left in shock when the cross, a symbol of Burradon Colliery which closed in the 1970s, was snapped in two outside the Church of the Good Shepherd on 15 December.
Reverend Angela Maughan said: "I'm very upset about it."
The mother of a man whose body was found tied up in a house in County Durham says the family has been left "shocked and distraught" by his death.
The 29-year-old, known locally as "Sharky", was found in a bedroom and had been subjected to a "prolonged attack".
His mother Valerie Watson said: "Not only have I lost a son but Mark's sisters have lost their much-loved brother, and his 11-year-old son has lost a father.
"We have been left devastated by Mark's sudden death, but we have been overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness shown to us by so many people."
The Metropolitan Police said it already had "detailed plans" in place for the festive period but was reviewing them "as a precaution".
In some cities, measures were put in place in the build-up to the festive period before Monday night's attack.
At Newcastle's Christmas market, armed police were pictured - causing a debate by smiling while posing with automatic weapons.
The winners of a competition to pen a short story about the Tyne and Wear Metro have been announced.
Customers were asked to draw inspiration from their train journeys, with entries touching on everything from trains filled with subterranean plant life to a runaway bride.
Steve Lancaster, 45, from Whitley Bay, picked up the first prize in the adult category for his story titled ‘Wire’ and 13-year-old Gracie Ward, was selected as the winner for her story ‘My Famous Metro Past’.
Mr Lancaster said: "It’s the first story I have written since school so it’s a very pleasant surprise to have won this competition."
Both stories will be on display at a number of Metro stations across the network.
Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has been given a five-match ban and £100,000 fine after an FA misconduct charge against him was proven.
He was charged with using abusive and/or insulting words towards an opponent in the 87th minute of the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 17 September.
The player, who denied the charge, was also ordered to attend an FA education course.
The sanction has been set aside pending consideration for an appeal.
Lady Robson has thanked the public for their "magnificent and unwavering support" for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
She said: "For me, this year was also very special because we broke through the £10m fundraising barrier.
"I know Bob would be as touched and amazed as I am at the heartfelt support our charity continues to receive."
The charity was established in 2008 while the former Newcastle manager was receiving cancer treatment.
A chance has come up to invest in one of Newcastle's most unusual buildings...
The underground toilets in Bigg Market opened in 1898, but were boarded up in 2012 when budget cuts forced their closure.
A previous attempt to sell the toilets disappeared down the pan, but they have been put back up for rent after NE1 secured £3m of funding for a revamp of the Bigg Market.
National League North side Darlington 1883 will return to play in the town for the first time since the end of the old club in 2012, after a move to Blackwell Meadows was passed by the Football Association.
Boxing Day's game against Halifax Town will be the first to be staged at the home of rugby club Darlington RFC.
The Quakers' pre-2012 Northern Echo Arena home is owned by the town's other union team, Darlington Mowden Park.
Since reforming in 2012, home games have been played in Bishop Auckland, about 15 miles away.
Storm Barbara is approaching from the Atlantic.
Gusts of up to 70mph are expected on Friday into Saturday morning, when they'll start to ease.
We're being told to be aware of the potential for structural damage and disruption to power supplies and travel.
The club's invited people to learn more about what it calls the "stringent" safeguarding policies that are in place.
Sarah Carlick, who helps train staff and volunteers in safeguarding children, said: "I don't think we can ever ensure these things are never going to happen.
"I just think we need to develop safer cultures by having more skilled people in the organisation to support young people."
Two lanes are blocked and there is queuing traffic on the A19 southbound in Sunderland between the A1231 Wessington Way junction and the A183 junction because of an accident involving three vehicles and a cyclist.
There is congestion to the A1290.
Elsewhere, on the A1 Western Bypass in Westerhope there is one lane blocked on the exit slip road northbound because of a broken down vehicle.
Weather Presenter, BBC Look North
A bit of an unsettled week in the run up to Christmas...
After a cloudy start with light winds, the wind will strengthen later, bringing some sunny spells.
Maximum temperature 7C (45F).