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Have a good evening. We hope you stay safe and dry.
Most parts will stay dry and clear, though an isolated shower may affect the coast.
Winds will tend to ease inland but it will still be breezy near the coast.
It will also feel bitterly cold with a sharp frost inland.
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A university student accused of rape will not face a retrial after a jury failed to reach a verdict.
Durham University geography student Alastair Cooke stood trial in December accused of three counts of raping a woman after a party in June 2015.
The 22-year-old denied the charges and after a two-week trial the jury failed to reach verdicts.
The Crown Prosecution Service said there would not be a retrial after consulting the woman.
Mr Cooke, of Perranarworthal, Cornwall, originally stood trial at Durham Crown Court.
High tides and storm surges appear to have reached their peak at about 16:30 today, the Environment Agency (EA) has told the BBC.
Although the worst seems to have passed, people are however warned to stay away from coastal areas, as strong winds and heavy rain continue.
Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside has avoided flooding, but barriers will remain overnight as a precaution.
The next high tide is due at about 04:30 tomorrow morning but the EA expects tidal surges to less severe.
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There's been quite an atmosphere here.
People have been ooing and ahhing at particularly big waves. Viewed from afar - for safety - you can still see how much higher than the lighthouse they are.
Once upon a time Tynemouth pool was churned up by lively children rather than a lively North Sea.
Or both, on occasion.
Plans to return it to its former glory were submitted to North Tyneside Council early last year.
But today's high tides have made Robert Hamil nostalgic, as his son tweets:
Six flood warnings and five flood alerts are currently in place along the North East coast.
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A coastguard helicopter has been launched to assist the rescue of man washed off the pier at Blyth.
The Blyth lifeboat has already been called out.
The Tynemouth lifeboat has also been called out to a cargo ship off the coast of Sunderland, where a member of the crew has suffered a suspected heart attack.
A helicopter may also be launched to rescue him too.
Breakfast presenter Neil Green has been watching the sea come a little close for comfort off the Hartlepool coast.
The Shields Ferry service has been suspended between North Shields and South Shields due to tidal conditions. Buses have been requested to run instead, the company says.
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Northumbria police have received reports of people having to be rescued from the piers in Blyth and Cambois.
The RNLI has launched a lifeboat from Blyth as a result of tonight's high tide.
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It's an amazing sight to see. There's a real feeling of nature putting on a show.
In my 16 years living here I've never seen such waves. One has just gone over the lighthouse.
The world and his wife is down here. Traffic is almost at a standstill as drivers try to find somewhere to park so they can watch.
Just don't get too close. The authorities are warning people to stay safely away from the water.
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Roker beach is expecting storm surges and has a red flood warning in place.
The waves seem to be pretty high already.
The Environment Agency have tweeted this picture of the current view at Newcastle's quayside.
Tide is soon expected to peak - more as we get it.
...but photographers like Owen Humphreys are braving it nonetheless and getting some stunning shots.
Waves have been crashing into the sea wall at Seaham Harbour as the east coast braces for a tidal storm surge.
Authorities are preparing ahead of this afternoon's high tides.
Storm surges are expected during high tide at Roker in Sunderland later and a red flood warning is in place.
Sandbags are being used as a precaution.
A man wearing a mask robbed a business in North Shields, tying up a member of staff before leaving.
He threatened a 56-year-old man with a knife and stole an undisclosed amount of money.
It happened at AZ Moving and Storage Ltd on West Chirton South Industrial Estate on Wednesday, police said.
The victim was not hurt.
A bright afternoon with some sunny spells. A few wintry showers are still possible, however, especially in the east. Feeling cold with northerly gales.
Maximum Temperature: 3C (37F).
Police said they had "never seen anything like it" after a County Durham house was "completely vandalised".
Paint was thrown on numerous surfaces of the family home in Coxhoe, paint and cleaning products were put on walls and furniture and cupboards and drawers were ransacked.
Offenders also put bleach into a kettle.
The incident happened after the married couple who live in the property and their three young children had left the house,on Tuesday morning.
Det Con Nigel Dowd of Durham Police said: "The interior has been completely vandalised and in 20 years of policing I have never seen anything like this.
The body of a missing 13-year-old boy from Billingham has been found in the Low Grange area, police have confirmed.
He was discovered at about 01:30 yesterday.
His death is not thought to be suspicious, and his name is yet to be released.
The Environment Agency is continuing to keep an eye on our coastlines and estuaries ahead of high tide again later today.
There are currently three flood warnings and five flood alerts in place across our area. See more details here.
The next high tide is around 16:00 and it's thought a combination of high tides and high winds could be a problem.
A report from European Football's governing body UEFA has shown that Sunderland had the 11th highest debt levels in Europe for the 2015 financial year.
The club licensing benchmark report estimated the Black Cats had a net debt of 208m Euros - making them second only to Manchester United in the Premier League.
Newcastle made a bottom line profit of 43m Euros in the same period, the second highest in Europe, with only Liverpool above them in that period.
Well, it's been quite a morning. While there wasn't masses of the white stuff it was enough to cause problems on the roads. Hope you have all got to where you need to be safely.
Northumbria Police says roads are flowing freely again following the earlier snow and the A19 in County Durham has been reopened following the multi-vehicle collision earlier.
Here's Tynemouth beach with a light covering of snow.
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The A19 was at a standstill earlier after more than 15 vehicles crashed.
Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys took these striking shots of snow on the Newcastle Quayside this morning.
A man with Parkinson's Disease who had gone missing in Newcastle has been found safe.
Warren Balen, 65, from Northfield Close in Heaton, was last seen leaving a friend's house in the Stanley area of Durham on Thursday evening.
Northumbria Police said he had been found this morning.
BBC Newcastle reporter Jonathan Morrell saw the snow as an opportunity to write this early morning greeting.