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  1. Updates on Wednesday 14 June 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our updates here have now finished for the day - thank you for joining us.

    To keep up with what's happening overnight, head to BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle, Look North, and online.

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  2. Sunderland University graduate has carved a growing reputation for sculpting in wire.

    Gerry Jackson

    BBC Look North

    Michelle Castles has found a way of capturing the human form that brings it to life as much if not more than any statue.

    Her creations are all especially designed for their surroundings - such as her wavemaker sculpture at the leisure centre in South Shields.

    You can see more of her work on BBC Look North at 18:30.

    One of her creations
  3. Weather: Mostly dry this evening

    It will be mostly dry this evening, with any isolated showers soon dying out to leave patchy cloud amounts overnight with some clear periods.

    Winds will remain light.

    Minimum Temperature: 12C (54F).

  4. Woman shocked after knifepoint robbery

    A woman was left shocked when she was robbed at knifepoint in Newcastle this morning.

    The 26-year-old was confronted by two men, one of whom was carrying a knife, in Ethel Street.

    They demanded money and threatened her with the weapon before making off with a sum of cash.

    The victim was left shocked but unhurt.

  5. Watch: New life for former Shields Ferry

    Video content

    Video caption: Shields Ferry given new life in Ireland
  6. Mayfair Ballroom to be honoured by BBC Newcastle as 47 blue plaques to be awarded as part of BBC Music Day tomorrow

    BBC Newcastle

    Forty-seven plaques will be unveiled on BBC Music Day this Thursday, recognising pioneering musicians and music venues around the UK.

    BBC Newcastle's blue plaque will commemorate the Mayfair Ballroom in Newcastle, which is where the band that was to become Led Zeppelin made its UK debut on 4th October, 1968.

    It will go outside the Gate Complex, the site where the Mayfair Ballroom stood from 1961 to 1999.

    Ray Laidlaw from Lindisfarne - who appeared on the bill on the same night - will unveil the plaque on BBC Music Day tomorrow afternoon.

    You can see the full list of plaques here.

    Led Zeppelin
  7. Northern Powerhouse minister not continuing

    Richard Moss

    Political Editor, BBC Look North

    Northern Powerhouse minister Andrew Percy has declined to continue as Northern Powerhouse Minister, according to his Instagram.

    Who gets appointed as next Northern Powerhouse minister (assuming there is one) will be important signal. It felt like an afterthought in 2016.

    Appointing Guy Opperman and Lord Callanan suggests the Government is conscious of needing Northern voices. Bad choice in Powerhouse job might hurt that.

  8. Ryan Donaldson: Former Plymouth winger agrees terms to join Hartlepool

    BBC Sport

    Ryan Donaldson

    Winger Ryan Donaldson has agreed to join Hartlepool United following his release by Plymouth Argyle.

    The 26-year-old made 33 appearances and scored two goals for the Devon club last season to help them win promotion from League Two.

    He has previously had a loan spell at Victoria Park in 2011, appearing 12 times for Pools.

    Donaldson, who can also play up front, is Hartlepool's fifth signing since relegation to the National League.

    The length of Donaldson's contract has not been disclosed.

  9. Part of the Metro to close for a month this summer

    BBC Newcastle

    If you use the Tyne and Wear Metro between South Gosforth and Shiremoor you're in for a few delays this summer.

    That stretch is closing for a month from 31 July as part of a huge modernisation programme.

    Nexus, which runs the network, is spending £20m and say it's easier to completely close the line so they can get the work done quickly.

  10. Sunderland can now begin negotiations with McInnes over their vacant managerial position

    BBC Sport

    Aberdeen and Sunderland have reached an agreement over compensation for manager Derek McInnes.

    Aberdeen's new major shareholder Dave Cormack insists, though, that the club will "move heaven and earth" to keep McInnes at Pittodrie.

    Sunderland have identified the 45-year-old as a potential successor to David Moyes.

    Image of Derek McInnes
  11. The Globe in Stockton to receive blue plaque

    BBC Tees

    www.bbc.co.uk/BBCTees

    Forty-seven plaques will be unveiled on BBC Music Day this Thursday, recognising pioneering musicians and music venues around the UK.

    BBC Tees' plaque will commemorate popular music venue The Globe in Stockton.

    It will be unveiled on a temporary plinth at the venue where The Shadows wrote their hit song Summer Holiday in 1962 and will be given a permanent home at The Globe when its current restoration work is completed.

    Shadows members and Summer Holiday writers Bruce Welch and Brian Bennett will unveil the plaque on BBC Music Day tomorrow at 13:30.

    The Globe played host to some of the world's most famous music acts including Buddy Holly, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, Cilla Black, The Beatles and Chuck Berry.

    Picture of The Globe
    Image caption: Famous acts including the Rolling Stones and the Beatles performed at the Globe
  12. Newcastle United fixtures: March, April and May

    The final three months of the season see a host of top-flight clashes, with the final game being a home tie against current champions Chelsea.

    See the full list.

    PL fixtures
  13. Project launched to boost South Shields

    The Shields Gazette

    South Shields needs you: New project launched to get town centre, coast and riverside booming - and your help is needed.

    South Shields
  14. Hartlepool's football ground to be known as Victoria Park again

    It was a decision that arguably wasn't very popular with the people of Hartlepool.

    Last year because of a sponsorship deal Victoria Park was renamed The Northern Gas and Power Stadium.

    But now it's reverting back to Victoria Park.

    View more on twitter
  15. Sunderland International Airshow announces display programme

    Jonathan Swingler

    Video Journalist

    It always proves to be an exciting event for our region and I've been having a look at what will be at the Sunderland International Airshow from 21 July - 23 July.

    Like previous shows there are the Red Arrows and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, but new for this year are the The Fireflies who combine "pyrotechnics with flying". It certainly sounds interesting.

    So far they've also confirmed the Typhoon, Tutor, Chinook (Sunday only), The Blades, Gerald Cooper, Sally B, The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Bristol Blenheim Mk 1, P51 Mustang, Autogyro and Bronco with an appearance by the Great North Air Ambulance.

    You can see the details here.

    Sunderland International Airshow parachutes
    Image caption: Sunderland International Airshow
  16. Britain - share your personal bests!

    London 2017

    Runners taking part in a Team Personal Best event with So Let's Go Running Bexley
    Image caption: Runners taking part in a Team Personal Best event with So Let's Go Running Bexley

    This summer, London is hosting the biggest global sporting events of the year - the 2017 World Athletics and Para Athletics Championships - and the organisers have launched a scheme to get people involved in athletics right around the country.

    It's called Team Personal Best and the idea is that local sports clubs or community groups across the UK sign up and put on events with an athletics theme.

    It doesn't have to be a track-and-field meet - it can be a fun run, family sports day, even an event screening or bake sale with activities. There's a list of suggestions on the TeamPB submission page, here.

    Event participants are then encouraged to share their athletic achievements - no matter how big or small - with the hashtag #TeamPersonalBest to build a nationwide buzz around the championships.

    You can find events near you here and if you want more information about how to get started in athletics, check out our Get Inspired guide.

  17. Ex football coach John Marshall denies abuse charges

    A former football coach has appeared in court to deny charges of assaulting boys in the 1980s.

    John Marshall, 69, from Longbenton, North Tyneside, faces eight charges of indecent assault against three boys.

    North Tyneside Magistrates' Court heard the offences were allegedly carried out between 1980 and 1985.

    Mr Marshall denied all the charges and was granted unconditional bail before his next appearance at Newcastle Crown Court on 12 July.