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  1. Updates on Wednesday 22 March 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Adam Clarkson

    BBC Tees

    That's the end of our coverage for Wednesday. Thank you for being with us.

    To keep up to date with the news overnight, head to  BBC TeesBBC NewcastleLook North  and online.

    To get in touch with us use  TwitterFacebook , or via  email at northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk  .

    We'll be back with the latest news, sport and weather at 08:00 tomorrow morning. Have a good evening.

  2. Weather: Will we have snow tomorrow?

    Some areas of the region have been hit by snow today, so what can we expect overnight?

    Cloudy across the area with further outbreaks of rain affecting many places, still with some heavier bursts at first. Any further snow confined to the tops of the Pennines and Cheviots. Brisk easterly winds continuing.

    Today's weather

    Head to the BBC Weather page to keep up to date with the forecast where you are.

    This sheep and lamb were snapped around St. Johns Chapel, Weardale this morning by Scott Bisset.

    Sheep and lamb
  3. Council urge you to love thy neighbourhood

    North Tyneside Council is promoting cleaning up after dogs, picking up litter and sowing wildflower seeds with a new campaign called 'Love Your Street'.

    The project is calling for people to take action to ensure their street is clean.

    Work already being carried out by the council's environmental teams is being supported by the police and fire service.

    Love Your Street

    Michael Robson from Wallsend took a vacant piece of land and created a community garden.

    People are encouraged to go to the North Tyneside Council website for a  free resource pack , to help them get started,  

  4. Update from Tom Blenkinsop at Westminster

    BBC Tees

    www.bbc.co.uk/BBCTees

    MP for Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland Tom Blenkinsop has told the BBC he is currently in lock-down at Westminster.

    He says people are in shock as news filters in about what's happening outside.

  5. MP: 'Lots of school children in Parliament'

    North West Durham Labour MP Pat Glass says she was evacuated from Parliament, along with "lots of groups of school children" who were visiting. 

    She said despite a few "worried faces" the children "seemed to be fine". 

    "I've never seen so many armed police in my life," she said. 

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  6. North East MPs react to Westminster terror incident

    North East MPs have been tweeting their reactions to this afternoon's terror incident in Westminster.

    A police officer has been stabbed in the Houses of Parliament in central London and there are reports of as many as five people being "mowed down" on nearby Westminster Bridge. 

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  7. Not long to go, music fans...

    It's pretty much a given that anyone in the region with a love for music will have heard of The Georgian Theatre.

    The Stockton venue has been closed for about six months while a £1.4m refurbishment  takes place, but will open its doors in two days time.

    The TSA, who run the venue, have tweeted photos which show the venue's new expansion:

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  8. Burglary and domestic abuse crackdown nets more than 70 arrests

    A two-week operation by Northumbria Police has been deemed a success by the force after 74 arrests were made for burglary, assault, domestic abuse, breach of bail.

    Warrants have also been issued for offences including failing to appear at court.

    Operation Flynn saw officers from the Northumberland and North Tyneside neighborhood teams, CID and 24/7 response work together to gather intelligence and target suspected criminals.

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  9. The Gate to Gran Via for lucky Boro fans

    Adam Clarkson

    BBC Tees

    Sunday's clash between Middlesbrough and Manchester United might not have brought sunshine to Teesside, but two Boro fans had a half-time fiesta.

    The new Newcastle to Madrid service takes flight for the first time next week and Newcastle Airport, Ryanair and Middlesbrough FC have teamed up to mark the occasion.

    The pain of being 1-0 down may well have been temporarily numbed for Paul Ovington and Joanne McCrum - who were presented with a trip to the Spanish capital during the break.

    The new route is the 12th from Newcastle Airport and will be flown for the first time on Monday, March 27.

    Newcastle to Madrid
    Quote Message: As the international gateway for the entire region, we will continue to showcase all our offering and how the airport can help facilitate the needs of both the business and leisure community". from John Irving Newcastle Airport’s Business Development Director
    John Irving Newcastle Airport’s Business Development Director
    Quote Message: It is great for the Club to be able work closely with our Partners in fun and engaging ways that our fans can interact with & enjoy. We are thoroughly enjoying working with Newcastle Airport and look forward to continuing to build our relationship together". from Lee Fryett Middlesbrough FC’s Head of Partnerships
    Lee Fryett Middlesbrough FC’s Head of Partnerships
  10. Yes, we thought it was spring too

    It's not unheard of to have snow and frost in March but we might have been forgiven for thinking warmer weather was on its way.

    Tracey Laing's lovely shot is proof that, in Consett, we might have to wait a little longer. 

    Daffodils in snow
  11. More train strikes on the way

    Adam Clarkson

    BBC Tees

    Members of the RMT union will hold another 24-hour strike in a dispute over guards on trains. 

    Staff will walk out on 8 April.

    The union says it's also stepping up its campaign to make sure the company guarantees guards on the Northern Rail services. 

    Northern ran about 40% of it's normal services when industrial action was taken earlier this month.

    Arriva Rail North, which operate the trains, says it's surprised at the new strike date as the company had been in contact with the union to organise further talks.

    Train
  12. Snow use complaining

    Duncan Leatherdale

    BBC News Online

    Arctic scenes at Bishop Auckland earlier this morning. How nice.

    Snow in Bishop Auckland