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  1. Updates on Monday 27 February 2017

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Russ Ward

BBC Newcastle

That's us all done for another day - thank you for joining us.

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

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

Tom Collins sent us this photograph of a Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat and volunteer crew pictured at sea on Sunday.

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

Hartlepool RNLI
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Sir Ian Botham

Durham can overcome their Division Two points deduction and achieve success in 2017, says new chairman Sir Ian Botham.

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Weather: Sunny spells mixed with showers, feeling cold in a brisk wind

BBC Weather

There will be some sunny spells this afternoon, mixed with occasional heavy showers and feeling chilly. 

Tonight - most places becoming dry with clear spells and a frost forming widely. Isolated wintry showers are possible, mainly over the Cheviots. Minimum temperature 0C (32F).

Weather chart

'Irresponsible' drivers warned of road closure

Impatient motorists travelling the wrong way through Sunderland roadworks and ignoring traffic lights have been warned of a police crackdown.

Traffic lights and a lane closure are in operation at the Pallion junction of European Way during the construction of the near Wear Bridge.

Sunderland City Council says traffic could be banned altogether if the problems persist.

The junction
Sunderland City Council

Council leader Paul Watson, said: “Putting lives at risk to save three or four minutes on your journey time is completely irresponsible. 

"We don’t want to see European Way closed entirely, but neither do we want an accident, so we are urging road-users to act responsibly.”

Frankie Cooper

A murder investigation is under way after the 22-year-old was knifed in Newcastle city centre.

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Durham farmers 'don't fear' leaving the EU

BBC Inside Out

Farmers in County Durham have told the BBC they're glad Britain has left the EU, despite receiving cash subsidies from Brussels for many years. 

A report from the think-tank, Informa Agribusiness Intelligence, says up to 90% of farms would collapse without EU subsidies.


Head auctioneer at Darlington Farmers Auction Mart, Andrew Armstrong, said: "Everybody I spoke to, I don't think I've had one that has said to me they wanted to stay.

"We produce the best of lamb, the best of beef, pork... what have we got to fear?"

The full story is on tonight's Inside Out at 19:30 on BBC One.

Your photos: I can see a rainbow

One of our colleagues captured this photo yesterday while walking near Wolsingham. 

Matthew said: "All the clouds sat under the rainbow and made the house look like it was under a glass dome."

Matthew Barraclough

Have you got any photos you'd like to share with us? In that case you can tweet them to  @BBCNewsNEemail them,  or contact us via our  Facebook page .

Ryan Burrows

Newcastle Falcons will sign back-rower Ryan Burrows from Championship side Yorkshire Carnegie at the end of the season.

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Police hunt Sunderland sex attacker

Police are hunting a man who sexually assaulted a woman in Sunderland.

The 28-year-old victim had visited a cash machine in the city's Thomspon Road in the early hours of Sunday, Northumbria Police said.

She was attacked as she walked towards Newbold Avenue at about 02:20.

The force said extra officers would be patroling the area to offer reassurance to local residents and have appealed for witnesses

Yazdan is shining brightly

BBC Tees

Singer Yazdan Qafouri from Great Ayton is celebrating after winning the BBC One talent show Let it Shine with his fellow band mates Five to Five. 

The 18-year-old Yarm School student, has won a year's contract starring in a new touring musical inspired by Take That.

Five To Five on the final of Let It Shine

Headline act for Lindisfarne Festival announced

BBC Newcastle

Scottish trio The Fratellis will be Saturday's headline act at this year's Lindisfarne Festival.

The festival, which is now in its third year, runs from the 31 August to 3 September at Beal Farm overlooking Holy Island.

Other acts on this year's bill include Fun Lovin' Criminals frontman Huey Morgan, Bryde and Smoove and Turrell.

Holy Island
John Elliott

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Business reporter

A profile of businessman John Elliott, who rather than sell his business, or allow his children to inherit it, has handed it over to a trust, to ensure that it cannot leave its base in the North East of England.

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Botham named Durham chairman

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

Durham  were relegated  to Division Two of the County Championship last year over financial issues and their former all-rounder Sir Ian has today been formally appointed chairman as the club seeks to revive their fortunes. 

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Missing man thought to be in North East

Police say they are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a man last seen in Bradford on Saturday.

Stephen Kerr, 37,  is described as 5ft 10in tall, of medium build and is clean shaven with short light brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, blue trousers and black Adidas trainers.

He is driving a black Ford Mondeo and believed to be in the County Durham area travelling north.

LIVE: Sir Ian Botham's first press conference

BBC Newcastle

Watch Sir Ian Botham's first press conference as Durham CCC's new chairman:

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£7.5m tech park expansion begins

Lisa McCormick

BBC Tees

Construction starts on a £7.4m expansion of a County Durham science park later. 

NETpark at Sedgefield is home to high-tech industries like microelectronics and nanotechnology. 

NETpark logo

It's ambition is to create 3,000 jobs over a 10-year period. 

Hans Moller, who is Netpark's innovation director at the North East local enterprise partnership, says its aim is to "help new ventures grow". 

Botham to join Durham as new chairman

Richard Thomas

Look North

Cricketing legend Sir Ian Botham (pictured) is being officially unveiled as the new chairman of Durham County Cricket club later.

The former England and Durham all rounder takes up the position five months after the club was relegated from cricket's first division at the end of the season

That's after becoming engulfed in a multi million-pound debt despite finishing fourth in the table on points.

Ian Botham
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County Durham's Game of Thrones actor dies

Britain's tallest man, who played a giant in Game of Thrones, has died, reportedly of a heart attack, at the age of 36 .

Neil Fingleton, from Durham, was 7ft 7in tall, and was a basketball player in the US before moving into acting.

He played Mag The Mighty in the TV fantasy series, and also worked on X-Men and Dr Who, in which he played the Fisher King monster.

His title as Britain's tallest man was confirmed in 2007.

Neil Fingleton
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Woman reunited with 'lost' daughter

BBC Newcastle

A woman from Consett has been reunited with her daughter nearly 50 years after she gave her up for adoption.

Moira Hyslop, who is originally from Scotland, was just 17 when she was forced to give up her baby Susan.

The pair were reunited by the charity Birthlinks - they have since found out that Susan grew up just 11 miles (18km) from where Moira lived.

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Weather: Occasional sunny intervals with some wintry showers

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Today we'll see some sunny spells mixed with occasional heavy showers of rain, sleet and snow, mainly across hills and a risk of hail and thunder.

It will feel cold in brisk winds, although easing later. Maximum temperatures should reach 7C (45F).

Weather map

Later most places will become dry with clear spells and a frost forming widely. Isolated wintry showers are possible, mainly over higher ground. 

Temperatures dipping to 0C (32F).

County Durham woman deported despite 27-year marriage

A County Durham woman who has been married to a British man for 27 years has been deported to Singapore.

Irene Clennell was being held in a Scottish detention centre, but told the BBC she has been sent back to her country of origin without warning.

She had been living in Chester-le-Street with her husband, and has two sons and a granddaughter.

Periods spent abroad caring for her parents are thought to have invalidated her residential status. 

The Home Office said it does not comment on individual cases.

Irene Clennel

Our live coverage for today

Russ Ward

BBC Newcastle

Morning. Welcome to BBC Local Live. We'll be with you throughout the day to bring you the latest news, weather, sport and travel updates.

Have you got any photos you'd like to share with us? In that case you can tweet them to  @BBCNewsNEemail them,  or contact us via our  Facebook page .

Tracey McNichol sent us this photo she took over the weekend of Blyth Beach.

Blyth beach
Tracey McNichol