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  1. Updates on Wednesday 8 February 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Well, that's all from us for another day.

    You can catch up with the latest news tonight on BBC TeesBBC NewcastleLook North and online.

    If you have a photograph you'd like us to use, you can Tweet us @BBCNewsNEemail, or contact us via our Facebook page.    

    Len Smith from Warkworth sent us this photo of the waves at Amble this afternoon during high tide.  

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 and hope to see you then.

  2. Garden of college bomb plot teen searched

    Bomb squad officers have searched a garden which belonged to a teenager who plotted a massacre at his former college on Tyneside in 2015.

    Liam Lyburd was jailed for life for possessing an arsenal of weapons including pipe bombs and a gun.

    Liam Lyburd

    He had written graphic messages about attacking Newcastle College in which he had said "people will die". 

    A police tip-off suggested two "harmful items" may be buried in the garden of a house he rented in Newcastle.

  3. Drug company expansion will safeguard jobs

    A multi-million pound expansion of a major drug company in County Durham has been given the go-ahead, safeguarding jobs. 

    Durham County Council backed GlaxoSmithKline's £94m plan to extend its plant in Barnard Castle, which it said would safeguard jobs.

    The new manufacturing base will produce liquids for treatments of HIV, respiratory and auto-immune diseases. 

    Work on the first phase is expected to start in June.

    Factory entrance
  4. Tara remembered for retail park visit

    Socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has died at the age of 45, it has been reported.

    She had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and was found dead at her home in south west London, sources said.

    She will be remembered by hundreds of people in County Durham who saw her open the £50m Dalton Park development at Murton, near Peterlee in 2003.

    Tara Palmer-Tomkinson
  5. 'Downright dangerous'

    Fiona Trott

    BBC News

    On the night before Halloween, 18-year-old Michael March covered his face with a clown mask, and went out onto the street with an axe.

    The court heard it was during the "killer clown craze" and he wanted to frighten people in South Shields as a prank.

    But the pregnant woman he approached was so frightened she threw a brick at him.

    Today, Judge Jamie Hill QC told March: "I accept that you did not intend to hurt, but it was just downright dangerous."

    The teenager, who lives with his grandparents in Gateshead, has been sentenced to six months at a young offenders institution.

    Michael March
  6. Author murder accused 'didn't need money'

    A man accused of killing his Northumberland-born children's author fiancee in a financially-motivated plot has told a court he "didn't need the money".

    Ian Stewart, 56, denies murdering Helen Bailey and dumping her body in order to inherit her fortune.

    The 51-year-old Electra Brown writer was last seen on 11 April and reported missing by Mr Stewart on 15 April 2016.

    He told St Albans Crown Court he had "more than [he] could spend" and the couple had been "lucky financially."

    Helen Bailey
  7. Armed police arrest man after four-hour stand-off

    Russ Ward

    BBC Newcastle

    Police have arrested a man after a four-hour stand-off with police in South Shields.

    Armed officers sealed off approach routes to a house in Moreland Road, where a man was reported to be in possession of a firearm.

    South Shields stand-off

    The 49-year-old man, who has not been identified, was taken into custody for questioning.

    No-one was hurt in the incident. Officers said during an initial search of the property, they recovered what is believed to be a loaded crossbow.

    BBC Newcastle's Russ Ward said the man had shouted at police, but that officers "stood their ground".

    Nearby residents were told to stay clear of the scene.

  8. Police search garden in Newcastle

    Police are carrying out a search of a garden in the west end of Newcastle.

    An explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team are currently searching the garden of the property on Hamilton Place after officers received information that two potentially harmful items may be buried there. 

    Hamilton Place

    Northumbria Police said public safety was "priority" and as a precaution, the garden has been cordoned off while the search is safely carried out.

    The occupant of the address has been temporarily moved.

  9. Police report on-going incident in South Shields

    Police say they are dealing with an incident on Moreland Road.

    They were called out just before noon by people reporting a man was making threats and saying he had a firearm.

    The force says what's happening is contained inside the house and officers are there to speak to the man.

    A cordon has been set up around the street and there are armed officers there "to ensure the safety of the man and local residents", the force said.

  10. Council seeks 'cold-blooded and spineless' officer

    No there has not been an outbreak of name-calling at Durham County Council - it really is an accurate description of the job on offer.

    The authority is seeking maternity cover for the post of Cold-blooded and Spineless Project Coordinator working within the North Pennines AONB Partnership Staff Unit.

    The Heritage Lottery Funded initiative involves recording and celebrating invertebrates in the area, and candidates should be educated to degree level or equivalent, with experience of working on biodiversity projects.

    It is not known whether they have to supply their own wellington boots.

    Job advertisement
  11. Hartlepool councillor hits out at fertility unit decision

    Mark Denten

    BBC Look North

    I'm at the public meeting in Hartlepool where the future of assisted fertility services at the town's hospital is being discussed.

    Licensed fertility services were scrapped by health managers last month.

    Hartlepool Council has been critical of the process and decision. The meeting has heard there were nine bidders to run services but health chiefs rejected them all as they concluded they did not meet the required criteria.

    Councillor Ray Martin Wells has told the meeting it was "absolutely deplorable" members of the public found out about the closure through the media.

  12. Champagne flute neck wounder jailed

    Andrea MacMillan

    BBC Tees

    A man has been jailed for seven and a half years for stabbing a County Durham man in the neck with a broken champagne flute.

    John Mullen was involved in a mass brawl at Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield in 2012 - the judge described the CCTV footage as like something from the "wild west".

    Mullen, now 49, is seen in the footage smashing a champagne glass and holding it out like a weapon.

    He lashed out at Neil Parsons, who had tried to stop the fight, leaving him needing surgery and 130 stitches.

    Mullen, who has an address in Kearsley Road, in Manchester, was arrested last February in Bulgaria, where he'd fled.

  13. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A1058 Tyne And Wear eastbound

    BBC Travel

    A1058 Tyne And Wear eastbound severe disruption, between A19 and Norham Road.

    A1058 Tyne And Wear - A1058 Coast Road in North Shields closed and slow traffic eastbound between Silverlink Roundabout and the Norham Road junction, because of roadworks.

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