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  1. Updates on Monday 9 October 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.

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

  2. Young police and crime commissioner elected for Durham

    Durham police have elected their new young police and crime commissioner.

    Libby Wright

    Libby Wright, 16, from Stanley, was chosen by police cadets to represent young people across County Durham and Darlington.

    She said she wants to create a connection between young people and the police:

    Quote Message: I'm feeling very honoured to get it. I'd just like to really use this position to make a bit of a change and get my voice out there."

    In her role she will be in charge of £20,000 for projects to help improve community safety.

    In her manisfesto she said she would give priority to

    • Reducing re-offending
    • Tackling cybercrime
    • Addressing the impact of child sexual exploitation and domestic abuse in all forms.
    Durham Police Crime and Victims Commissioner and Libby

    Libby will be working under Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Hogg - he described her as a very talented young lass and explained the importance of the role, saying:

    Quote Message: It's giving them the clear insight into the kind of decisions that I have to make, the engagements that I have and they share some of my experiences."
  3. Councillor reassures Peterlee residents fearing benefit sanctions over library closure

    A Durham County Councillor is reassuring residents in Peterlee that computers will be accessible to those claiming benefits despite the closure of the town library.

    Concerns come as the old library on Burnhope Way is demolished and relocated to the town's leisure centre next year.

    Artists Impression of New Library Facilities
    Image caption: Artists Impression of New Library Facilities

    Speaking to BBC Tees, Durham County Council's cabinet lead for libraries, Joy Allen said: "I want to reassure residents and library users that the computer access in the temporary arrangement will be the same as in the existing library."

    She went on to describe the concerns as unfounded and untrue.

    You can hear the full interview here (2 hours 10 mins in).

  4. IPCC probes force after Alice Ruggles Murder

    Northumbria Police is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) following the death of Alice Ruggles.

    Alice Ruggles

    The 24-year-old was murdered by her ex-partner, Trimaan Dhillon (pictured below) in October 2016 after he broke into her Gateshead flat and cut her throat.

    He was jailed for life back in April.

    Trimaan Dhillon

    Northumbria Police referred itself to the watchdog shortly after Alice's death.

    A local investigation was carried out which found no evidence of misconduct.

    Now the IPCC have decided to launch their own investigation

    Quote Message: The specific details around the scope of the investigation, which is in its early stages, are still being finalised but it will look at the force's response following Alice's initial call to police regarding stalking and harassment by Trimaan Dhillon." from Ian Tolan IPCC
    Ian TolanIPCC
  5. Peterlee residents fear over benefit sanctions following library closure

    Benefit claimants in Peterlee are worried that they'll face sanctions following the closure of the town's library.

    Durham County Council are currently holding consultation ahead of moving facilities from the old college on Burnhope Way to the leisure centre.

    Artists Impression of New Library Facilities
    Image caption: Artists Impression of New Library Facilities

    The move means that residents will be unable to access computer provisions for nine months while the cross over takes place, leaving many not able to access Universal Credit.

    Hundreds have signed a petition urging Durham County Council to review their plans, and it even got the backing of Easington MP Grahame Morris.

    Easington MP Grahame Morris

    A consultation session will take place this evening at Peterlee library between 14:00 - 19:00.

  6. BreakingMan jailed for giving drugs to Sanctuary victims

    The last of 18 people has been jailed for his part in a grooming gang that plied young women with drugs and forced them to have sex.

    They were caught by the Operation Sanctuary investigation into the sexual abuse of vulnerable girls in Newcastle.

    Nadeem Aslam, 43, of Belle Grove West, was jailed for 12 years for supplying drugs to victims and allowing premises to be used for the supply of drugs.

    Nadeem Aslam
  7. Man dies following Redcar collision

    A 26-year-old man has died following a collision in Redcar over the weekend.

    Liam Hibbins and Fiance

    Liam Hibbins from Skelton was a pedestrian when he was hit by a Skoda Octavia on the Coast Road (A1085) in the town.

    The incident happened at about 01:35 on Sunday morning. Liam was taken to the James Cook University Hospital with severe injuries, but later died.

    His family have paid tribute to him as "a loving son and fiancé who loved his family, a great friend and wonderful".

  8. Tributes paid to 73-year-old cyclist killed in County Durham crash

    The family of a 73-year-old cyclist have paid tribute to a much loved husband, father of three and grandfather of seven.

    John Laycock

    John Laycock was cycling on the A689 between The Wynd and Butterwick Road when he was hit by a Renault Clio at about 13:40 last Thursday.

    He was taken to The James Cook University Hospital where he later died.

    His family said he was a keen cyclist, fitness fanatic and lifelong Newcastle United supporter who will be deeply missed.

  9. Woman injured in knifepoint robbery on Teesside

    A woman was left with minor injuries in a knifepoint robbery at a shop in Middlesbrough.

    Longlands Store

    The incident happened at about 21:25 on Saturday evening at Longlands Stores on Longlands Road.

    A man entered the store with a silver steak knife, but was challenged by a female employee and left empty handed. He then headed up Ingleby Road on to Roseberry Road.

    The woman was left with a minor cut to the palm of her hand.

    The man is described as in his 50s, wearing glasses, 5ft 6in and was wearing blue surgical gloves.

  10. Darlington man named as pedestrian killed in weekend collision

    A pedestrian killed in a car crash over the weekend has been named as a Darlington man.

    Patrick Schaible, 21, from Headlam, was pronounced dead at the scene after being hit by a Renault Clio.

    B2679 Darlington

    The crash happened at about 06:40 on Saturday morning on the B6279 at Summerhouses near Darlington.

    A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and has been released while investigations continue.

  11. England's Big Picture: 2 - 8 October

    Each day we feature an interesting photograph shared with us from across England.

    If you are looking for inspiration, view some top tips from three of England's Big Picture photographers.

    This photograph was taken by Alan Blackburn on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, Northumberland

    Holy Island
  12. 'Amazing running' at Kielder Marathon

    More than 1,500 people took part in Kielder Marathon events in Northumberland yesterday, organisers have said.

    The junior and half-marathon competitions led up to the full marathon around the reservoir - now in its eighth year, with nearly 700 people tackling the 26-mile course.

    Kielder Marathon

    Russell Maddams from Keswick Athletic Club was first across the line, completing the course in two hours, forty six minutes and eighteen seconds.

    Russell Maddams
    Quote Message: We’ve seen some amazing running and performances against what is surely Britain’s most beautiful backdrop for any running event. Bring on next year!” from Steve Cram, race director
    Steve Cram,race director