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  1. Updates on Tuesday 17 January 2017

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  2. Newcastle City Council tighten housing applications

    Helen Richardson

    BBC Newcastle

    If you regularly visit Newcastle - you can't fail to have noticed the increase in student apartments and accommodation blocks. 

    There's been a 68% increase in students in the city over the past 15 years - pushing up demand for housing.

    But now - Newcastle City Council's planning committee has tightened it's controls over applications.

    Developers will have to make sure that student homes could be used by families or as social housing - should the student population fall in future. 

    Councillor Ged Bell is from Newcastle city council and says the accomodation needs to be adaptable in case the student market one day changes.

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    Severe congestion: A1046 County Durham both ways

    BBC Travel

    A1046 County Durham both ways severe congestion, at Marston Road.

    A1046 County Durham - Heavy traffic on A1046 Portrack Lane in Middlesbrough at the Marston Road junction.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  4. BDO World Champion returns to work

    On Sunday, he was crowned the reigning BDO World Darts Champion - today, he's back to the daily grind. 

    BDO number one Glen Durrant returned to his job as an estate manager at Coast & Country, joined by his new trophy which now sits proudly on his desk.

    Colleagues awaited Durrant's arrival and greeted him with chants of 'Duzza!' - the champion responded with his signature shuffle.

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    Quote Message: That's something that will live in my memory. I was so emotional but i'm trying to keep things together - I'm just going to soak every minute up."
  5. Arrests made after Metro affray

    A teenage boy is among three people arrested by police after an incident on a North Tyneside Metro train.

    Police received reports of a fight at Wallsend Metro Station at about 17:45 on yesterday.

    Three males were arrested on suspicion of affray.

    Two 20-year-olds have been released on bail while a 16-year-old boy remains in custody.

    One males could be seen spraying paint at another on a social media video. Police are aware of the footage.

  6. Tonight's forecast: overcast with hill fog persisting

    Here's your weather forecast for Tuesday, January 17:

    There will be some outbreaks of light rain or drizzle, mainly over high ground. Winds will be light.  

    Tonight's weather

    Check the BBC Weather page to check the forecast where you are,

  7. Ninety-two-year-old woman awarded British Empire Medal

    Middlesbrough woman Mabel McGurk has been awarded the British Empire Medal for more than 50 years of voluntary work.

    The 92-year-old is one of Macmillan Cancer Support's oldest volunteers at James Cook Hospital. 

    She was awarded the medal for civil service worthy of recognition from the crown in the New Year's Honours.

    Facebook user Sandra commented to tell of her experience with Mabel:

    Quote Message: I remember Mabel from my chemo sessions at James Cook. She is a lovely lady and looked after me when I was at the lowest point of my life. No one deserves this recognition more than her."
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  8. £1.5m of funding for local community projects

    More than 40 projects across the North East will benefit from extra funding from the Big Lottery Fund after it awarded £1.5m to boost projects across Teesside.

    The Big Lottery Fund announced that the money will enable groups to help vulnerable people in the region.

    One project that will benefit is the Little Sprouts Catering Community Interest Company in Billingham. 

    Vulnerable adults, including people with mental health issues, are provided with opportunities to take part in cooking courses which can help reduce social isolation, and lead to qualifications. 

    Teesdale YMCA will also receive a share of the cash. The group works to support vulnerable people who are rurally isolated, as well as those suffering from mental health issues. 

    Young people with drug and alcohol issues are also supported at the group's Barnard Castle centre.

  9. Could Bamford be coming back to Boro?

    Patrick Bamford could be set to yet again become a Middlesbrough player in the coming days. 

    It's been widely reported the 23-year-old has been at Boro's Rockliffe Park training ground for talks on a  move from Chelsea.

    He'd become Boro's second signing of the transfer window after Rudy Gestede.

    Patrick Bamford
  10. Fresh appeal over hit-and-run death of war veteran

    A new appeal into the death of an 83-year-old veteran has been launched by his family.

    Charles Trueman was walking back from visiting his daughter's grave in Hexam, Northumberland when he was hit by a car. 

    The driver fled the scene and Trueman died in hospital as a result of serious head injuries. The incident happened just before 17:00 on 31 August 1991 - but no witnesses have ever come forward.

    It is believed that a blue Metro car was seen leaving the scene and a man rang Hexham Hospital on the evening of the incident to check on Mr Trueman's condition.

    Mr Trueman's widow died a decade later. His daughter, Elaine O'Neil, and her five siblings, would like closure.

    Mr. Trueman
    Quote Message: We would be extremely grateful for any information that could help us understand the true course of events on that fateful day - this is not about finding someone to blame."

    Northumbria Police believes a large, dark saloon-style car would have had to swerve to avoid the collision. PC Derek Longstaff believes it will be difficult to trace anyone involved.

    Quote Message: It is now time for whoever was driving that afternoon to take responsibility once and for all so we can get some answers for a family who have never been able to get over this tragic event."
  11. Watch: RNLI navigate rough seas to make rescue

    The RNLI have released footage of a Tynemouth Lifeboat making it's way out to a ship as part of an evacuation mission.

    The chief engineer on the 22,100-tonne bulk carrier required assistance on Friday after a suspected heart attack. 

    UK Coastguard dispatched the lifeboat, as well as a rescue helicopter. 

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    The incident took place four miles east of Sunderland, where the ship was due to anchor before entering the port on Saturday.

    After initially refusing, the engineer agreed to be evacuated by sea. Rough conditions meant a Lifeboat helicopter was needed to get the man to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

    Adrian Don from Tynemouth RNLI Station says this situation is not a common one:

    Quote Message: This was an unusual situation with the casualty initially refusing any help despite suffering what could have been a fatal condition. The casualty was able to walk off the helicopter and we hope he makes a full recovery."
    Quote Message: His arrival at hospital was only made possible by the coordinated rescue response and in particular the skill, determination and bravery of our volunteer lifeboat crew and the helicopter crew, who worked in very challenging sea and weather conditions".
  12. Newcastle pubs still most popular leisure venues despite decline

    Adam Clarkson

    BBC Tees

    More and more people are eating out - yet going out for tea still isn't as popular as visiting your local pub.

    Figures show that despite declining over the past five years, pubs, clubs and bars are still the most popular venues in Newcastle - and the rest of the UK.

    Local figures show that Newcastle restaurants are on the up - but bars, pubs, clubs, cafes, fast food eateries and entertainment venues are declining. 

  13. North East sees 18% rise in restaurants

    Colin Briggs

    Look North

    Now as we all appreciate, you have to eat to live. But increasingly it seems that more of us are living to eat.

    According to research out today, the North East has seen an 18% increase in restaurant openings over the last five years. That's double the national average.

    The BBC-backed survey comes out as Newcastle Restaurant Week gets under way with diners being able to take advantage of deals at locations across the NE1 postcode. Sunderland and Durham will have their own restaurant deals in March.

    The research found pub numbers have declined nationally as coffee shops become ever more popular.

    A coffee shop worker makes a drink
  14. Police appeal to find missing North Tyneside man

    Have you seen this missing 45-year-old man?

    Ian Woodhouse, from Charles Avenue in Whitley Bay, was last seen on Sunday at his home. 

    He was last seen wearing a black windproof Regatta-style jacket, smartly dressed with black dress trousers and may also be carrying a large black suitcase.  

    He has previously been missing and found in Edinburgh, Blackpool and London.

    Police are concerned about his safety and ask people to contact them if they see him by calling 101.

    Missing man