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  1. Updates on Thursday 2 March 2017

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Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

That's all from us for today - thank you for joining us.

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

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We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00, have a good evening.

Weather: Expect frost in the morning

BBC Weather

Mostly dry with variable cloud and still a brisk breeze.

Becoming cloudier in the north and west, with some mainly light rain and a little hill snow overnight.

Further east any clearer intervals allowing a frost to form.

Winds moderating.  

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Check the weather where you are.

Simulated training and live firing used in Northumberland army exercise

Nearly 1,500 troops, including some from France and Denmark, have been taking part in a major military training exercise at Otterburn in Northumberland.

They joined UK forces as they prepared for their role as part of NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force.

The two-week exercise involves live firing and simulated training, with the aim of allowing the synchronisation of air and artillery firing within a war-fighting scenario. 

Soldiers take part in training exercise at Otterburn
Owen Humphreys/PA

Dog swallows dummies and glowstick

A dog was saved from "death's door" after she swallowed three dummies and a glow stick, her owner said.

Eleven-month-old Rosie, a Cavapoo - a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle - , was sick and lethargic and X-rays revealed what could have been a fatal blockage in her intestines.

She had to undergo emergency treatment at the Middlesbrough PDSA Pet Hospital.

          X Ray showing dummies and glow stick inside of Rosie's stomach

Vet Nigel Crane said that, although objects can sometimes pass through without causing any harm, some can get stuck in the dog's stomach or intestines, which can be "extremely dangerous and life-threatening".

Owner Megan Marron said the dummies belonged to her daughter, but has "no idea where she got hold of a glow stick". 

Rosie has now made a full recovery.

Rosie with the vets who saved her

Your pictures: Ernie captures Northern Lights shot after years of waiting

This beautiful picture of the Northern Lights looks across the Cresswell Scars rocks towards Coquet Island in Northumberland.

It was taken by Ernie Rowe, who has waited six years to be "in the right place at the right time" to capture this photo.

Northern Lights

Everything comes to those who wait - we're very happy for Ernie.

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Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley buys lingerie firm Agent Provocateur

Mike Ashley, owner of Sports Direct and Newcastle United, has bought the lingerie firm Agent Provocateur after its owner placed it into administration.

Private equity group 3i has owned the struggling company since 2007.

It's thought the company is being sold via a so called pre-pack deal which means the sale of assets were pre-negotiated before an administrator was appointed.

Normally an administrator markets a business after its appointment.

It has been reported that Mr Ashley paid about £25m beating off competition from another private equity firm Lion Capital.

Agent Provocateur window display

Watch: Fab Flournoy receives MBE from Prince William

Newcastle Eagles player and coach Fabulous Flournoy received his MBE from Prince William at Buckingham Palace today.

The honour was for his services to the sport and to the community in the North East.   

Newcastle Eagles' Fabulous Flournoy receives MBE

Vacant Boldon village church to be transformed into new houses

The Shields Gazette

A diusused village church is to be demolished to make way for three new homes

Plans have been approved for Hedworth Lane Methodist Church, in Boldon Colliery, to be pulled down.

Boldon Church
Shields Gazette

Severe disruption: A167(M) Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A167(M) Tyne And Wear northbound severe disruption, before A193 New Bridge Street.

A167(M) Tyne And Wear - One lane closed and slow traffic on A167(M) northbound before A193 New Bridge Street, because of a broken down black car.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Arrest after man's body found in wheelie bin

A man has been arrested after a body was found in a wheelie bin in Gateshead.

The man's body was found in a back lane in Northbourne Street on Wednesday afternoon.

His death is being treated as suspicious by Northumbria Police. They are trying to find out what led to his death as well as identifying him.

A 36-year-old man was arrested and is in custody.

The lane has been cordoned off and extra officers are in the area.

Aitor Karanka postive about Premier League survival

BBC Sport

Boro's Aitor Karanka was positive about his side's hopes of Premier League survival. They sit one place above the relegation zone

“I always said it would be tough, and for me, we are in the position I thought we would be," said the Spaniard.

“With the performances and games we have played, we could have 32 points, but we have 22. You have to trust in yourself, and the players trust in themselves – we have to keep working together."

Aitor Karanka
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“I think it starts from me as the coach, if I go to the pitch with my heading looking at the floor they will be the same. I trust them, they have showed me what we can do.”  

Two-year-old boy bitten on face by dog

A two-year-old boy has been left with facial injuries after being bitten by a dog in Newcastle. 

The toddler was with his mother on Balmain Road in Kenton at about 17:20 on Monday when the dog, which was not on a lead, approached him and bit him.

The dog and its owner then left the scene without leaving any details. The man is described as white, about 5ft 10in tall, of slim build and aged between 20 and 25-years-old. He was wearing all dark clothing.

The child remains in hospital, Northumbria Police said.

Newcastle North Neighbourhood Inspector Julie Rana said: "This was a really terrifying incident that was incredibly distressing for the young boy and his mother. 

"He has been left with nasty injuries to his face and will no doubt carry the emotional scars of the incident for the rest of his life."

Boro to host Man City in FA Cup quarter-final

Middlesbrough will face Premier League rivals Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, after Pep Guardiola's side beat Huddesrfield 5-1 on Wednesday night.

Boro will play host for the match, which is scheduled for Saturday 11 March.

No passengers on board bus fire

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed that there were no passengers on board when a bus caught fire on the A1.

The vehicle stopped on the hard shoulder of the road and the driver was brought off safely before flames engulfed the coach. 

The bus on fire

Durham Police rated best in England and Wales

Gerry Jackson

BBC Look North

Durham Police has been judged the top performing police force in the country for the third year running. 

In England and Wales, 43 forces  were assessed by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary

They looked at how effective they were at keeping people safe and reducing crime. 

Mike Barton

Durham Police was the only to be deemed "outstanding" at preventing crime and anti-social behavior and keeping people safe.

The Northumbria and Cleveland forces were assessed as "good" in the report.

Durham Chief Constable Mike Barton (pictured) said he was "proud" of the work his officers were doing in the face of tough budget cuts. 

Your photos: Aurora Borealis in Northumberland

Theses photos of the Northern Lights were captured in Northumberland last night. 

Have you got any photos of the Northern Lights you'd like to share with us? You can tweet them to  @BBCNewsNEemail them,  or contact us via our  Facebook page .

Amble, Northumberland
Iain Kitt
Laura Snowdon

Talks over crisp factory job cuts

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

Talks over the future of almost 400 jobs in Peterlee are due to begin later.

Unions and management will be discussing plans to close the Walkers crisps factory in the town with the loss of 380 production and transport posts .

Walkers crisps factory

PepsiCo, which owns the factory, says it's going to reduce production to just three sites and is planning to shut the Peterlee site later this year.

The GMB union say they want the company to look for a third party to take over the site.

Video: Therapy dogs visit Newcastle hospice

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Union Chain Bridge

A bridge between Scotland and England is on course for a £5.6m overhaul to mark the 200th anniversary of its opening.

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Bus fire in Chester-le-Street

A bus is on fire on the A1 at junction 63 in Chester-le-Street.

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service say no-one has been reported injured and the vehicle is on the hard shoulder.

Fire crews are at the scene.

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MP highlight's teenager's booze death

Super-strength white cider should be banned or made more expensive to protect young people against alcohol harm, an MP has said.

North Tyneside Labour MP Mary Glindon urged prime minister Theresa May to outlaw the drink as she raised the case during Prime Minister's Questions.

Mary Glindon

Ms Glindon said: "My constituent's 16-year-old daughter tragically died after drinking half a three-litre bottle of Frosty Jack's cider which is 7.5% proof and at under £4 a bottle contains 22 vodka shot-equivalents.

"Does the Prime Minister accept that cheap, super-strength white cider is a health hazard and should be banned or at the very least carry a much higher duty per unit?" 

Mrs May offered her "deepest sympathies" to the family, adding: "We have taken action through the duty system so these high-strength ciders and beers are taxed more than equivalent lower strength products."

Boro fan Sophie follows in dad's footsteps

School Report

It's not every student who can say their father came close to playing professional football - but Sophie is one who can, because her dad Steve was a youth team player at Middlesbrough.

Boro fan Sophie follows in dad's footsteps
Bus lane

Daniel Wainwright

BBC News

Some bus lanes are making from £1,000 to £6,000 a day each as drivers are caught on camera.

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Your photos: North East's spectacular Northern Lights display

People in the North East witnessed spectacular displays of the Aurora Borealis last night.  

Have you got any photos of the Northern Lights you'd like to share with us? You can tweet them to  @BBCNewsNEemail them,  or contact us via our  Facebook page .

This photo was taken over Alnmouth in Northumberland at the St Cuthbert"s Cross - which is said to be where St Cuthbert agreed to become Bishop of Lindisfarne.

Alnmouth in Northumberland
Owen Humphreys/PA
Souter Lighthouse
Steve King

Metro service resumed

The earlier disruption on the Tyne and Wear Metro been resolved. 

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Broken down train halts Metro service

Some services are suspended.

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Broken down Metro train

There's disruption on the Tyne and Wear Metro this morning.

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Weather: Breezy and mainly dry with sunny spells

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

We'll see a cold and frosty start, turning breezy, but otherwise a dry day with some sunny spells. 

It will feel especially cold in the wind, especially over the hills.

Weather map

Maximum temperatures should reach about 8C (46F).

Later, these winds will ease, with a few showers possible, followed by longer outbreaks of mainly light rain overnight.

Welcome to our live coverage for Thursday

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.

To get us started, here's a stunning photo from Ian Glendinning, who captured this overnight display of the Northern Lights - or Aurora Borealis - near Holystone in Northumberland's Coquet Valley.

Northern Lights
Ian Glendinning