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  1. Updates on Friday 30 December 2016

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    Thanks for joining us for live coverage of today's news.

    We've finished our updates here for the day and for 2016 .We'll be back here in 2017 - on Tuesday from 08:00. Hope you have a good new year.

    In the meantime you can find the latest news online, on BBC Tees, on BBC Newcastle and on Look North.

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  2. Weather: Mild and breezy overnight with some drizzle over the hills

    It will remain mild and breezy overnight, but generally cloudy, with some drizzle over the hills.

    Eastern areas are likely to see less in the way of cloud, with some clearer spells possible. 

    Minimum Temperature: 7C (45F).

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  3. Medical breakthroughs in 2016

    A treatment which helped a Gateshead woman has been hailed as one of the medical breakthroughs of 2016.

    Sarah Galloway is now recovering after her immune system turned on her.

    She was in the final year of her chemistry degree when things started to go wrong.

    "I hallucinated that my body has morphed spiders' legs or rabbit ears, I've seen them there, I've felt them there," she said.

    But doctors have discovered that the cause of her disease is a rogue immune system that is attacking a part of her brain.

    It's part of the rapidly emerging field of immunopsychiatry - that the immune system causes mental health disorders.

    She was treated with drugs to suppress the immune system and even had her blood filtered to remove the "rogue" components.

    Sarah Galloway
  4. Tickell hosts radio show from Newcastle

    Northumberland musician Kathryn Tickell is to feature in a special festive programme on BBC Radio 3 later.

    The Northumberland piper will be performing at a live pub session from Newcastle. 

    Kathryn Tickell

    The programme will also feature music from the Monster Ceilidh Band, who bring together the sounds of Borders folk music with drum and bass, and The Young'uns, an acclaimed vocal trio who have given new life to the working songs of North East England.

    The programme begins at 23:00.

  5. Thieves break into Jesmond ATM

    Thieves have stolen cash from an ATM after breaking into a vacant building next door.

    The machine on Jesmond Road, Newcastle, was targeted around midnight on Friday and saw thieves enter the former home of though a rear window and then cut through an internal wall.

    They then used their cutting equipment on the cash-point and escaped with an undisclosed amount, police said.

  6. Your photos: Frosty morning at Beamish

    We've had a few cold mornings recently after all the mild weather and that means plenty of stunning photo opportunities.

    Carolyn Farthing-Dunn took this of Beamish Museum covered in frost yesterday morning.

    Frosty Beamish Museum
  7. Football: Benitez expecting a good atmosphere

    BBC Newcastle

    The Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez expects a "good atmosphere" at St James' Park tonight for the visit of Nottingham Forest. 

    The Magpies lost at the City Ground in controversial circumstances earlier this month, when they had two players sent off. Benitez told BBC Newcastle his players must remain focussed. 

    Rafa Benitez

    There will be commentary on BBC Newcastle. It's a 19:45 kick off, with the build up beginning in Total Sport.  

  8. New retailers boost Bridges Shopping Centre

    Sunderland's Bridges Shopping Centre has reported one of its most successful years to date.

    Centre director Andy Bradley said it had been pleased to welcome a number of new retailers, with local brands as well as the major high street names.

    Bridges shopping centre
  9. Groper Paul Coxon banned from teaching

    A teacher who groped pupils has been banned from the classroom indefinitely.

    Paul Coxon, who worked at Sunderland's Thornhill School, touched youngsters in intimate areas and made a number of "sexually motivated comments" between 2001 and 2012.

    A national disciplinary panel found the 53-year-old guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and bringing the profession into disrepute.

    Coxon, who was described as an "unreliable" witness, has the right to appeal within 28 days.

    Thornhill School, Sunderland
  10. Documents linked to execution of serial killer Mary Ann Cotton to be auctioned

    Four documents linked to the execution of County Durham serial killer Mary Ann Cotton are to be auctioned.

    The lot, to be sold at an auction at Tennants Auctioneers in Leyburn, North Yorkshire on 4 January, includes a telegram (pictured below) from the deputy governor of Durham Prison to County Durham coroner John Milnes Favell, dated 22 March 1873, confirming the execution.

    Mary Ann Cotton telegram

    Cotton, from West Auckland, is widely believed to have killed three husbands, 10 children, a lover and her mother, collecting life insurance for each.

    She was hanged on 24 March 1873 at Durham Prison for murdering her stepson with arsenic. 

    Also included in the lot, which is expected to fetch about £500, is an arrest warrant and five signed witness statements.

    Earlier this year letters found in Cotton's cell were sold for more than £1,000.

    Mary Ann Cotton
  11. Travel: A19 closed in North Yorkshire by tanker fire

    BBC Travel

    The A19 is closed and there are delays and stationary traffic in both directions between the A684 junction in Ellerbeck and the A61 junction in North Kilvington, because of a tanker fire. There is a diversion in operation. Congestion on A684 Brompton Road to the A167 East Road junction.  

    More details on the BBC Travel website for Teesside.

  12. Man dies a month after assault in Middlesbrough

    A man has died more than a month after being the victim of an assault in Middlesbrough.

    John Mathers, 51, was taken to Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital after the incident in Fulbeck Road on 12 November.

    Cleveland Police said Mr Mathers died late on Thursday in hospital.

    A 35-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder and remanded in custody pending further investigations.

    James Cook Hospital
    Image caption: Mr Mathers died in hospital on Thursday
  13. Woman shot in chin with air weapon

    A woman was hit in the chin by a pellet, thought to be from an air weapon, as she walked along a Newcastle street.

    The 51-year-old was on Barnesbury Road, in Benwell, at 21:40 on 22 December. when a man ran past her chased by another man. The second men then shot towards the other man, Northumbria Police said.

    The woman needed stitches and was shocked. Police are appealing for witnesses.