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  1. Updates on Thursday 2 February 2017

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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    Our coverage is now over for the day - thank you for joining us.

    There will be more updates throughout the night on BBC TeesBBC NewcastleLook North and online.

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

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  2. Lumiere Festival looking for next light-artist

    Organisers of Durham's Lumiere Festival are looking for people to design one of the exhibits, using light.

    The event will once again see some of the city's best known buildings and landmarks illuminated when it returns in November.

    The competition to become Lumiere's next artist is open to anyone from, or currently living in the North East.

    Durham Cathedral
  3. Weather: A dry but breezy night

    BBC Weather

    Any lingering outbreaks of rain through the evening will soon clear eastwards, with clouds breaking.

    A mostly dry night is then expected, with clear spells.

    However it will stay breezy with a few showers possible, mainly across the western hills.

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    Check the weather where you are.

  4. Middlesbrough woman missing

    A 71-year-old woman from Middlesbrough has been reported missing.

    Rosalyn Woodwark, known as Lynn, was last seen at about 11:30 in Alderwood, Coulby Newham.

    She is about 5ft 5in and was wearing glasses, a black coat and blue jeans with sequins on them when she went missing.

    Rosalyn Woodwark
  5. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham northbound

    BBC Travel

    A1(M) County Durham northbound severe accident, between J63 for A167 and J64 for A195.

    A1(M) County Durham - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on A1(M) northbound between J63, A167 (Chester-le-Street) and J64, A195 (Washington), because of an accident involving three cars.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  6. Travel: One lane blocked on A19

    BBC Travel

    There's one lane blocked and heavy traffic on the A19 southbound in Cramlington at the Moor Farm Roundabout, because of an accident involving a car and a lorry.

    More travel updates here.

  7. Two deaths in Blyth likely to be drug related

    Two people have been found dead in Blyth this week and police believe that their deaths were drug related, 

    Northumbria Police say heroin currently in circulation in the area is likely to be a factor.

    Det Insp Jon Bensley said: "We are investigating these deaths and while we are treating both deaths as isolated incidents which do not appear to be connected, we want to alert people to this danger and make sure we do everything to warn people of the risks of such drug use."

    On Tuesday a 27-year-old man was found dead.

    The following day officers were called to a house in the town at a separate address and the body of a 35-year-old man 35 was found.

  8. Mike Ashley buys stake in French Connection

    Mike Ashley's Sports Direct has bought an 11% stake in French Connection.

    The Newcastle United owner has previously bought stakes in Debenhams, JD Sports and privately owned House of Fraser.

    French Connection said in a statement: "We note that Sports Direct has taken long-term significant stakes in a number of British retailers in recent years, and see this investment as a vote of confidence in the true potential of our company. We look forward to working with them more in the future."

    Mike Ashley
  9. Engineers work to restore gas on Newcastle's Quayside

    BBC Newcastle

    Work by engineers continues on the Newcastle Quayside as they restore gas supplies to about 100 businesses and homes.

    About 200,000 litres of water has now been pumped from the gas network after a water main burst near the Tyne Bridge on Sunday.

    Compensation is being offered to those affected.

  10. Armed police in Newcastle street

    A Newcastle street was sealed this afternoon after reports of people being seen with firearms.

    Police were called to Croydon Road in the Arthur's Hill area int he city's west end.

    Northumbria Police said two properties were searched and four arrests made. Two air rifles were recovered. 

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  11. Man in hospital after suspected arson

    A suspected arson attack at a property in Stockton left a man in hospital, police say.

    The 40-year-old occupant of the house on Westbourne Street was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, where he was treated for smoke inhalation after the fire on 27 January.

    Westbourne Street
  12. Can you help find man’s family ahead of his funeral?

    Hartlepool Mail


     An appeal has been launched in a bid to trace the family of a Hartlepool man ahead of his funeral next week.

  13. Watch: Teesside Freerunners in action

    BBC Tees

    Popularity of freerunning has been growing across the North East.

    This is what it's all about:

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  14. Travel: Abnormal load on A19

    BBC Travel

    An abnormal load has been reported on the A19 northbound between the A179 junction in Sheraton and the A182 Hall Walks junction in Easington Colliery.

    Expect delays.  

    You can find the latest travel updates here.

  15. Middlesbrough news conference

    BBC Sport

    Middlesbrough boss  Aitor Karanka has been speaking to the media ahead of Boro's trip to Tottenham on Saturday.

    He says deadline day signing Adlene Guedioura, brought in from Watford on Tuesday, could be involved.

    "It’s an important signing, and he wants to be with us," he said of the Algerian midfielder.

    Aitor Karanka

    Karanka is unconcerned by Middlesbrough's position in the Premier League, insisting the spirit of his side gives him reason to stay positive. 

    Boro are just two points clear of the bottom three despite moving up a place to 15th after coming from behind to claim a 1-1 draw against West Brom on Tuesday night.

    "I can't demand anything more from them because they've done every single thing," he said.

  16. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham northbound

    BBC Travel

    A1(M) County Durham northbound severe accident, at J63 for A167.

    A1(M) County Durham - A1(M) lane closed on entry slip road northbound at J63, A167 (Chester-le-Street), because of an accident.

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  17. Travel: Transporter Bridge closed

    BBC Travel

    The Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough is closed between the Vulcan Street junction and the A1046 Port Clarence Road junction, because of strong winds.

    More travel updates here.

  18. Body of man found in Middlesbrough alleyway

    The body of a man has been found in an alleyway in Middlesbrough.

    The alleyway between Peel Street and Palmer Street and a part of Percy Street has been closed off.

    Police are yet to establish the identity of the man and the circumstances surrounding his death.

    Scene cordoned off in Middlesbrough
  19. Watch: Norma Bell had the 'heart of a lion'

    Norma Bell had the "heart of a lion", her family said.

    The 79-year-old, who had fostered more than 50 children, was found in her burning home in Westbourne Road, Hartlepool, in April.

    Gareth DAck was jailed this morning for life with a minimum of 33 years.

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    Video caption: Norma Bell murder: Gareth Dack jailed for life