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  1. Wednesday 26 April 2017

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All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our updates here have finished for the day, thank you for joining us. You can still find the latest news on BBC TeesBBC NewcastleLook North and online.

    We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel at 08:00 tomorrow.

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    We'll leave you with this lovely photo of spring fields near Lanchester taken this morning by Phil Dent.

    Spring fields near Lanchester
  2. Minute's applause in honour of Ugo Ehiogu at tonight's derby game

    Nick Barnes

    BBC Newcastle's Sunderland commentator

    There will be a minute's applause at tonight's derby match in honour of ex-Boro defender Ugo Ehiogu. 

    Ehiogu, 44, died after suffering a cardiac arrest at Tottenham's training centre last Thursday. 

    Both Middlesbrough and Sunderland are battling against relegation from the Premier League.

    Kick-off is at 19:45.

    Ugo Ehiogu playing for MFC
  3. Weather: A cold start to the night with rain later

    Bright spells this evening before dusk with any showers dying out. A cold start to the night with clear spells. 

    Cloud amounts will increase from the north after midnight with outbreaks of light showery rain developing. Minimum Temperature: 3C (37F).

  4. Steve Cram "incredibly proud" as daughter prepares to represent Great Britain

    Josie Cram, daughter of North East athlete Steve Cram, is due to represent Great Britain later this week.

    The 27-year-old is currently a successful club athlete with Morpeth Harriers and will compete in the ETU Duathlon European Championships after qualifying last October. 

    She said: “I’m really excited to be pulling on GB kit for the first time in an international championship and looking forward to representing the North East over in Spain." 

    The ETU Duathlon European Championships will be held on 29 and 30 April in Soria, near Madrid.

    Josie Cram and her 2017 Stockton Dualthlon trophy
  5. 'Heartbreaking scene' after swans attacked in Middlesbrough park

    A male swan has been killed and a female is receiving treatment following an attack late last night at Albert Park in Middlesbrough. 

    The male swan was found dead at the edge of the lake in the park this morning and all eggs in the swans' nest were smashed. It appears the swan suffered a broken neck.

    It's thought that metal fences, put up to protect the birds, were thrown at the pair and their nest.

    RSPCA inspector Krissy Raine said: “I can’t imagine what would possess someone to do such an evil thing.

    "It was an absolutely heartbreaking scene. The male seemed to have suffered a broken neck. The female was in distress on the water and when I picked up one of the smashed eggs she came over to me and started nuzzling at the remains."

    the site of the attacked swan nest

    Swans, their nests and eggs are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.  

  6. Bradley Lowery too unwell to appear as mascot at tonight's derby

    Hartlepool Mail

    Newspaper

    Bradley Lowery will not be able to lead out Sunderland for the team's game against Boro tonight because he is unwell.

    The Blackhall Colliery youngster, who is due to turn six next month, has been treated for neuroblastoma for the second time after the cancer returned last year.

    Bradley Lowery and his mum
  7. Family of Alice Ruggles to set up fundraising trust

    The family of murdered Alice Ruggles have set up the Alice Ruggles Trust to raise money for good causes. 

    The trust will also provide training and education about issues like stalking. Her family have released a statement encouraging other victims to speak out about stalking and harrassment. 

    Miss Ruggle's mother,Dr Sue Hills, a teacher at a a girl's school in Leicester, will be running the Great North Run this year to raise money for Women's Aid. 

  8. Alice Ruggles was 'life and soul of the party'

    Alice Ruggles had an her infectious love of life, friends and colleagues said.

    The 24-year-old was murdered by her ex-partner Lance Corporal Trimaan "Harry" Dhillon, 26, and he has today been jailed. 

    Miss Ruggles studied at Northumbria University and afterwards took a job at Sky in Newcastle. 

    Her boss Paul Lynch said she was "the life and soul of the party" and she was promoted from handling calls to the specially-created role of office co-ordinator. Colleagues remembered her for her for her smile, her friendliness and her wit.

    Alice Ruggles drinking from a coconut

    But friends said a change came over her after she met Dhillon and the prosecution during the trial at Newcastle Crown Court  placed the blame firmly on her ex and his controlling ways. 

  9. Alice Ruggles' family urge other victims to speak out

    The family of Alice Ruggles released a statement after her ex-boyfriend Trimaan "Harry" Dhillon was convicted of her murder in which they said her loss would stay with them for the rest of their lives. 

    In a statement made through the Suzy Lamplugh Trust, which helps people avoid becoming victims of violence, they urged other victims of stalking to speak out. 

    He mother Dr Sue Hills said: "I just keep thinking I can't believe we didn't identify the signs of stalking but you just don't know when it's going on.

    "I would like what happened to Alice to encourage others to seek support if they are worried about someone's behaviour."

    Dhillon, 26, has been jailed for a minimum of 22 years after being found guilty of murdering Alice Ruggles.

  10. Northumbria Police deny they could have prevented murder of Alice Ruggles

    Following the conviction of Trimaan "Harry" Dhillon Northumbria Police have denied that they could have done more to prevent him from murdering ex-girlfriend Alice Ruggles. 

    Ms Ruggles, 24, has previously reported to Northumbria Police that she felt "harrassed" by Dhillon making a police statement on 2 October in which she said he sounded "crazy" on voicemails, and described him as obsessed.

    The court heard she felt  "palmed off" and was asked if she wanted Dhillon arrested but she decided not to take that step. 

    Det Ch Insp Lisa Theaker, of Northumbria Police said: "Alice spoke to a number of police officers and she spoke to Victims First and we went through a risk assessment. And as a result of that we would not have been able to predict at that stage that he would go on to murder Alice." 

    Following the murder the case was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, who sent it back to the force for an internal investigation. 

  11. Alice Ruggles murder was an act of 'utter barbarism'

    A judge who jailed a soldier for a minimum of 22 years for the murder of his ex-girlfriend said it had been an act of "utter barbarism".

    Lance Corporal Trimaan "Harry" Dhillon, 26, had denied the murder of Alice Ruggles, 24, in Gateshead in October but was found guilty after a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

    Judge Paul Sloan QC told Dhillon said: "Not a shred of remorse have you shown from first to last - indeed you were concentrating so hard on getting your story right when giving evidence you forgot even to shed a crocodile tear."

    Miss Ruggles' family wept and hugged each other when a jury found him guilty.

    There was no visible reaction from Dhillon.

  12. BreakingSoldier jailed for minimum of 22 years for ex-girlfriend's murder

    Alison Freeman

    BBC Look North

    Lance Corporal Trimaan Dhillon has been jailed for life with a minimum of 22 years for the murder of Alice Ruggles.

    More to follow.

  13. Alice Ruggles murder: Flatmate's 999 call

    Police have released the 999 call made by Alice Ruggles' flatmate after she found the 24-year-old's body in their Gateshead home.

    In the last hour Alice's ex-boyfriend, Trimaan Dhillon, has been convicted of her murder.

    Warning: May be upsetting

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  14. Alice Ruggles murder: Soldier convicted of killing after 90-minute deliberation

    The jury of eight women and four men took 90 minutes to reach a unanimous verdict - L/Cpl Trimaan "Harry" Dhillon murdered his ex-girlfriend, Alice Ruggles.

    Dhillon, who was based at barracks in Edinburgh, broke into Miss Ruggles' Gateshead flat on 12 October last year and cut her throat.

    Alice Ruggles

    The court heard Dhillon, who's 26, stalked Alice in the weeks before her death and had been aggressive, controlling and manipulative throughout their short relationship.  

    L/Cpl Trimaan "Harry" Dhillon
  15. BreakingEx-boyfriend guilty of Alice Ruggles murder

    Alison Freeman

    BBC Look North

    Lance Corporal Trimaan "Harry" Dhillon, 26, has been convicted at Newcastle Crown Court of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Alice Ruggles, after he stalked her and then cut her throat open from ear to ear.

    We'll have more on this shortly.

  16. Joey Barton banned from football for 18 months

    BBC Sport

    Former Newcastle United player Joey Barton has been banned from football for 18 months after admitting an FA charge in relation to betting.

    The charge covered 1,260 wagers placed on matches between 26 March 2006 and 13 May 2016.

    Barton, who played for the Magpies between 2007 and 2011, was also fined £30,000 and warned about his future conduct.

    The 34-year-old plans to appeal against the length of the suspension.

    Joey Barton
  17. Appeal to trace missing 12-year-old Hartlepool boy

    An appeal has been launched by Cleveland Police to trace Jack Kearns, 12, who was last seen in Hartlepool at 13:00 on Sunday.

    He is about 5ft 1ins tall with short, light brown hair and a slim build. He is believed to still be in the Hartlepool area.

    Jack Kearns