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  1. Updates on Thursday 9 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.    

    Maria James sent us this photo of a squirrel in the snow at Derwent Reservoir.

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

    Squirrel at Derwent Reservoir
  2. Three charged over Tup Tup Palace shooting

    Three men have been charged in connection with the shooting of a doorman in Newcastle in 2015. 

    The man, who was 24 at the time and has not been named, was injured as he stood at the door of Tup Tup Palace in the city's St Nicholas Street, on the evening of 6 June.

    Tup Tup Palace

    Police arrested 12 people in an operation on Wednesday, three of whom have now been charged. 

    The three, aged between 28 and 53, face charges of conspiracy to murder and assisting an offender. 

    All are due before magistrates in Bedlington, Northumberland, on Friday.

    The other nine men arrested have been released on bail pending further inquiries. 

  3. Salon's Brand is a cut above

    Comedian Russell Brand was described as "an absolute gent" after he popped in to say hello to the customers of a Hartlepool hair salon. 

    He was on a break from filming a TV show at the local hospital when he walked past Uppal Cutz and the ladies who were in the salon spotted him and waved. 

    Hairdresser Nathalie Stevens, said: "He was absolutely smashing, really polite and nice. 

    "It was very odd, we were all star-struck."

    Brand told staff his famous locks were getting long and he might be back for a cut.

    Russell Brand posing for a photograph with customers and staff
  4. Weather: Occasional snow showers

    Tonight will be cold and mostly cloudy with occasional snow showers - these could become slightly heavier through the night.

    Fairly widespread frost is likely to develop. Minimum temperature: -1C (30F).

    Check the weather where you are.

    Weather forecast
  5. Police search for missing 73-year-old woman

    Northumbria Police are urgently appealing to find a missing woman who has advanced dementia and is vulnerable.

    Anne Chaplain from Kingston Park, was last seen leaving Marks and Spencers in Northumberland Street at about 12:20. 

    The 73-year-old became separated from her husband and he has not been able to contact her. 

    She is described as about 5ft tall, of slight build and has grey/blonde bobbed hair. She was wearing a green short quilted jacket, navy blue trousers and black boots.

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  6. Train staff in strike ballot over guard row

    Workers on Arriva Rail North are to be balloted for strike action in a row over the role of guards

    The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said members will vote on whether to take action, citing a failure to give assurances over the role's future. 

    Arriva Trains

    The RMT is involved in a row with Southern Railway on the same issue, with the union also recently announcing a ballot of its members on Merseyrail. 

    The role of the guard was "safety critical", the union said. 

    The company runs services across the North East.

  7. Language could be monkey business

    Scientists who spent years listening to the communication calls of one of our closest ape relatives say their eavesdropping has shed light on the origin of human language.

    Dr Adriano Reis e Lameira from Durham University recorded and analysed almost 5,000 orangutan "kiss squeaks".

    He found that the animals combined these purse-lipped, "consonant-like" calls to convey different messages.

    This could be a glimpse of how our ancestors formed the earliest words.

  8. Appeal to trace vulnerable missing man

    Police are appealing to trace 46-year-old Matthew Thompson who was last seen in the Cleveland Centre in Middlesbrough at 11:55 on Wednesday.

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  9. Wor Jackie on the move

    A statue of Newcastle United legend Jackie Milburn has moved to a new home in Ashington. 

    The bronze figure was moved from Station Road in the town last May while an upgrade of the area took place.

    The statue is now outside Ashington Leisure Centre. 

    Jackie Milburn statue
  10. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A19 County Durham northbound

    BBC Travel

    A19 County Durham northbound severe disruption, between A1027 and A689.

    A19 County Durham - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on A19 northbound in Norton between Norton Interchange and the A689 junction, because of a broken down vehicle.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  11. New Wear crossing landmark lifted into place

    The 100m (328ft) tall central pylon to support the deck of the new bridge across the River Wear in Sunderland will be lifted into place tomorrow morning.

    The Sunderland Echo reports the lift starts at 08:00.

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  12. Police dog Felix earns his stripes

    Northumbria Police has a new team member.

    Felix has qualified and joined the ranks as a drugs/weapons/cash dog.

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  13. Watch: Lost photos returned to owner

    A man from County Durham has been reunited with old family photographs he lost while out shopping in Newcastle.

    They were found in Newcastle's Eldon Square and had been handed into Northumbria Police, who shared the images on social media, to find their owner. 

    Joe, who's a former police officer, says the pictures are irreplaceable.

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  14. Murder accused 'spoke to author on phone'

    The man accused of murdering a children's author has told a court he spoke to her on the phone four days after she went missing.

    Ian Stewart, 56, denies murdering his Northumberland-born fiancee Helen Bailey, whose body was found at their home in Hertfordshire.

    He told St Albans Crown Court she had been snatched by two men who warned him not to go to police.

    He claimed on 15 April, four days after Ms Bailey disappeared, they spoke on the phone and she said: "I love you".

    Helen Bailey
  15. Police investigate cemetery death

    Gerry Jackson

    BBC Look North

    A man has died after he was found lying injured in a cemetery.

    Emergency crews were called to Bishopwearmouth Cemetery in Sunderland in the early hours. The man died at the scene.

    The cemetery
  16. Traffic and travel: Rail lines reopen at Darlington

    Elly Fiorentini

    BBC Local Live, York

    Following earlier problems at Darlington things are getting back to normal: 

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