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  1. Updates on Monday 13 March 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    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 Tees ,   BBC Newcastle ,   Look North  and online.

    If you'd like to get in touch or share your North East pictures with us, you can do so on   Twitter ,   Facebook  , or via   email at northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk  .

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

  2. Weather: Turning cloudier and breezier with some rain

    A dry evening with clear spells and light winds. Gradually turning cloudy overnight and becoming breezier, with outbreaks of light rain arriving across the hills from the north later in the night. 

    Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F).

  3. Ambulance service progresses from 'severe' to 'moderate' pressure

    The trust which runs the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) has reduced its operational status to "moderate pressure", after running for more than a year as "severe".

    "Moderate" is the second of four levels of alert in the national framework designed to maintain an effective and safe operational and clinical response for the UK's ambulance services.

    Since December 2015 NEAS has been operating at level three - "severe pressure" - after its response standards to potentially life-threatening incidents deteriorated below the national target of eight minutes in 75% of all incidents.

    NEAS ambulance

    The service said the progress was the result of a recruitment and training policy, but there was still "a long way to go".

    Quote Message: Please help us reach those patients who need us most by using 999 wisely. Turning up to hospital in an ambulance does not mean you will be seen any quicker." from Paul Liversidge NEAS chief operating officer
    Paul LiversidgeNEAS chief operating officer
  4. No stunt double for Vera's Brenda Blethyn

    Vera star Brenda Blethyn has revealed she did not use a stunt double in scenes for the forthcoming series which saw her teetering on the edge of a tall building. 

    The 71-year-old actress, who plays Det Ch Insp Vera Stanhope in the ITV crime drama which is made in the region, said she does not have a fear of heights.

    She said: "That really was me. It was the fifth floor or possibly higher. 

    "Every safety precaution was observed and if someone was required to approach the edge their ankles were tethered and at the other end of the rope was a stunt man ready to leap into action should the unthinkable happen."

    Brenda Blethyn

    The seventh series will see Vera and her team drawn into four more mysteries, including the death of a wildlife ranger, left alone overnight on a remote island. 

    Vera returns to ITV on 19 March.

  5. Appeal after elderly woman robbed at bus stop

    Police are appealing for information after four males targeted a lone elderly woman at a bus stop. 

    The 71-year-old was approached by the group near to Marks and Spencers on Stockton High Street on Saturday evening.

    They engaged her in conversation before one of them grabbed her bag and stole £65 from her purse - another then threatened her with violence.

    All four then made off in the direction of Maxwell’s Corner.

  6. TSB to create 114 call centre jobs in Sunderland

    The TSB bank has announced 114 new jobs at its Sunderland contact centre. 

    The bank said it would begin recruiting over the next six months, increasing the workforce at the Sunderland Enterprise Park to around 600. 

    Kerry Sharkey, head of telephone banking at the company, said: "We've always found a fantastic pool of talented, enthusiastic individuals in the local area and look forward to welcoming more."  

    TSB

    Sunderland is home to the largest of TSB's two main telephone banking centres, with the other based in Swansea. 

    Sunderland already employs about 14,000 people in call centre sector.

  7. Newcastle and Sunderland fans raise funds for Bradley Lowery

    Hartlepool Mail

    Newspaper

      A team of Sunderland supporters will take on their Newcastle counterparts in a friendly match in South Tyneside on March 24  to raise cash for five-year-old Bradley Lowery.

    Newcastle and Sunderland fans
  8. Your photos: Sunset at Warkworth Castle

    Thanks to Len Smith for this colourful image of the sunset at Warkworth Castle in Northumberland taken on Sunday evening.

    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 .  

    Warkworth Castle
  9. Police seek missing 14-year-old

    A 14-year-old who has been missing for a week is being sought by police.

    Tjay Gibson, was last seen in Willington on Tuesday, near to Parkside Academy, and police said that since then various enquiries to try and trace him have drawn a blank.  

    Tjay Gibson

    Durham Police said that because of his age there are concerns for his welfare.

    The force is working with colleagues from Northumbria Police, as he is known to have connections in the South Shields area. 

  10. Council unveils plan to create thousands of new jobs and homes

    Lisa McCormick

    BBC Tees

    What is being described as "the most ambitious investment plan in Middlesbrough's history" has been unveiled today.

    Middlesbrough Council says the strategy for the next decade will see the area's landscape "change forever". 

    It points to an already-rapid rise in house building in the town and says the next regeneration plans will involve £600m investment, creating an estimated 5,000 jobs.

    The council launced its investment prospectus at the Riverside Stadium

    Mayor Dave Budd said he was confident the plans would bring a fresh phase of prosperity to the town.

  11. Shop raiders escape with cash after threatening staff

    Helen Richardson

    BBC Newcastle

    Police are appealing for information after a robbery in Sunderland. 

    At about 21.50 on Saturday, three men entered the Spa Shop in Ewesley Road, threatened staff and demanded they opened a safe. 

    No-one was injured during the robbery, but the raiders did leave with a quantity of cash in the direction of Cleveland Road. 

    Police said all those involved had local accents. 

    Extra patrols have been mounted in the area.

  12. Family make 'keepsakes' from fingerprints to remember positives of dad's life

    The Gazette

    Newspaper

    For 18 long months, Becky Kerrison refused to give up hope her missing brother Paul would be found alive.

    Tragically, remains found on Redcar farmland on May 25, 2016 were confirmed as his.

    Gazette front page