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  1. Updates on Thursday 19 January 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    Thank you for joining us today. Our live updates are now over.

    You can still find the latest news on BBC TeesBBC NewcastleLook North and online.

    We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel at 08:00 tomorrow.

    You can get in touch using TwitterFacebook, or via email.

  2. Durham Police pooches train hard

    Durham Police's dogs have had a busy day training - they are almost at the end of their handling course.

    Judging by these pictures, they seem to be enjoying their job:

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  3. Weather: A cloudy and misty evening

    BBC Weather

    It is expected to be a cloudy and misty evening for much of the region.

    Drizzle is possible in the thicker cloud, especially over the higher ground of the Pennines.

    Winds will be light and variable.  

    Weather graph

    Check the weather where you are.

  4. Boy punched and kicked by gang of six

    A 10-year-old boy suffered minor injuries when he was assaulted in Seaton Carew Park by six youths, police said.

    The victim and his friend were approached by the group last weekend. They took the boy’s hat and threw it in the beck and then punched and kicked him.

    The boy suffered minor injuries but did not need medical treatment.

    The suspects are believed to be aged between 11 and 13.

  5. Newcastle and Sunderland fall in Deloitte money league

    BBC Newcastle

    Newcastle and Sunderland have both dropped four places in the annual Deloitte money league - the survey that shows the revenues of Europe's leading sides.

    The Magpies have fallen from 17th to 21st after their revenues were down slightly on the previous 12 months.

    Sunderland have dropped to 29th despite their revenue increasing to 144 million euros.

    Manchester United have reclaimed their place at the top of the list, moving above Real Madrid and Barcelona. 

    Newcastle United's Jonjo Shelvey
  6. Sunderland University puppy petting event targeted by fraudsters

    BBC Newcastle

    Students in Sunderland are being warned to be vigilant after fraudsters set up a web page copying an event at the city's university and asked for personal details.

    The university is hosting a 'puppy petting' event next month where students can spend 15 minutes with puppies to relieve their stresses in return for a donation.

    But that legitimate event has been ripped off by a fake Facebook page - with the sole purpose of getting hold of personal information.

    Cyber crime expert and former police officer Phil Butler has urged people to be careful.

  7. Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank to close North East branches

    The Clydesdale and Yorkshire banking group (CYBG) is closing 79 branches with the loss of 400 jobs.

    The Unite union said the closures - including Yorkshire Bank branches in Gateshead, Guisborough, Middlesbrough Berwick Hill, Norton and South Shields - represented a third of the bank's branch network.

    The move was described as the largest-ever closure plan by the bank.

    Unite national officer Rob MacGregor said the move would be "concerning" for local communities which would be left with less choice in banking services.

    Bank signs
  8. Travel: Rail services disrupted by horses on lines

    BBC Travel

    Rail services are at a standstill on Virgin Trains East Coast between Newcastle and Morpeth due to horses on the line.

    Check for the latest travel updates here.

  9. Watch: Teesside boy meets his hero Marten de Roon

    Boro player Marten de Roon has tweeted a video of the moment he surprised super-fan Henry.

    The Billingham boy sent his hero a letter as part of a school project, and De Roon turned up at his doorstep.

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  10. Travel: Queuing traffic around Silverlink Roundabout

    BBC Travel

    There's slow traffic on the A19 in both directions in North Tyneside around the Silverlink Roundabout - in the roadworks area.

    Congestion on the A1058 Coast Road to the Battle Hill Drive junction.

    More travel updates here.

  11. North East biker becomes youngest to travel the world solo

    A South Shields man has become the youngest person to travel around the world solo by motorbike.

    Kane Avellano, 23, returned from his 180-day trip today, after travelling 35,000 miles.

    The trip has taken under eight months to complete and covered 35 different countries.

    Kane Avellano and his motorbike
  12. CCTV released by police investigating bus exposure

    A CCTV image has been released by police investigating after a woman was exposed at on a bus.

    The man got on the bus at Gosforth High Street in Newcastle on Saturday night and got off at the Holiday Inn hotel in Annitsford, Northumbria Police said.

    Officers have released a CCTV image of a man they want to identify and speak to about the incident. They say he was on the bus at the time it happened and may be able to help with enquiries.

    CCTV of man
  13. Tunisia attack: Travel agent TUI 'not aware of security risk'

    Travel agent TUI was not made aware of security risks prior to the 2015 attack at a Tunisian hotel where 30 Britons - including a woman from Gateshead - were killed, an inquest has been told.

    A TUI director said there had been no reference to risk in Tunisian resorts in its risk registers before the attack in Sousse in which 38 people died.

    But a lawyer for the victims' families said a security audit before the attack in June 2015 could have saved lives.

    The attack was the deadliest on Britons since the 7 July 2005 London bombings.

    Thirty of the 38 people killed by a gunman on a Tunisian beach were British
  14. Views wanted on Hartlepool seafront sculpture

    Colin Briggs

    Look North

    People living in Hartlepool are being asked to help the council choose a new seafront sculpture.

    The new artwork is planned for a site at Seaton Carew.

    Nine submissions from local, regional and national artists have been shortlisted - all with a maritime theme. 

    One of the proposed sculptures
  15. Collision leaves man in critical condition

    A man is in a critical condition following a collision on South Tyneside.

    The crash happened yesterday, between two vehicles on the A194 Leam Lane between the roundabouts at Whitemare Pool and Mill Lane.

    A 19-year-old man was taken to the RVI by ambulance with life-threatening injuries.

  16. Hartlepool appoint Dave Jones manager

    BBC Sport

    Struggling League Two side Hartlepool United have appointed Dave Jones as manager to replace Craig Hignett.

    The 60-year-old will take charge on Monday with under-21 coach Sam Collins remaining in charge for Saturday's fixture against Stevenage.

    Jones was last in management in 2013 at Sheffield Wednesday and has also had spells at Cardiff, Wolves, Southampton and Stockport.

    Dave Jones
  17. County Durham cycling events come to an end

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    Sad news for those who enjoy cycling in the Durham area. Because of rising costs and funding cuts The Big Ride and The Beast are no more.  

    Colin Wilkes, director of event organisers Durham Big Ride, said: "Over the past 10 years we have brought a series of mass participation cycle rides appealing to all ages and abilities to Durham City. 

    "The event has always relied on support from the county council and without it, combined with the increasing traffic management costs and falling numbers unfortunately we can no longer continue to hold these events"

  18. Weather: Dry, but mostly cloudy with some drizzle over hills

    Another dry, but mostly cloudy day is expected with light winds. The best chance of any brightness will be across eastern areas. 

    Occasional drizzle is possible over the hills. 

    Maximum Temperature: 8C (46F).