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Tonight will be dry for a time with a few clear spells.
However, cloud will thicken bringing patchy light rain or drizzle, with light sleet possible on high ground.
Drier again by dawn.Copyright: BBC
A woman has suffered serious injuries following a head-on crash in Durham.
The accident took place in New Elvet, Durham City, last night at about 22:40.
Investigators say a white Ford Fiesta, which was being driven north, appears to have crossed the carriageway near the junction with Court Lane and collided with a Citroen DS3.
The driver of the Citroen, a 21-year-old woman, was taken to the University Hospital of North Durham by ambulance and suffered a suspected broken arm and facial injuries.
The driver of the Fiesta, a 20-year-old man from Spennymoor, suffered minor injuries and was also taken to hospital.
Suzuki has announced it is withdrawing its advertising campaign featuring Ant and Dec.
"No further material featuring the duo will be aired and Suzuki's endorsement deal with the pair has come to an end," the car company said.
TV presenter Ant McPartlin was charged with drink driving following a collision involving three vehicles in south-west London on Sunday.
This weekend's edition of Saturday Night Takeaway has been cancelled.Copyright: PA
A man was attacked by a group while riding his bike in Stockton.
The 65-year-old victim was cycling along Talbot Street yesterday when a number of youths hit him from behind, kicked and punched.
He was left with a broken leg, a swollen eye, cuts and bruises after refusing to hand over his bike.
The man remains in hospital and a woman who came to his aid was also kicked and punch by the gang.
Police later recovered the bike on Stewart Road, but continue to look for the suspects.Copyright: Google
Newcastle Falcons have chance to impress in their St James' Park showcase against Northampton, says fly-half Toby Flood.
NUFC stars Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey are still very much under consideration for an England call-up, according to the Newcastle Chronicle.
The pair are on Gareth Southgate's radar after impressing at St James' Park this season.
They were left disappointed when Southgate omitted them from the squad for the two international friendlies this week.
And there is still hope they could be called up to the World Cup squad, if there are injury drop-outs. (Newcastle Chronicle)Copyright: Getty Images
There are still no answers for a Thornaby children's play venue at the centre of a vomiting outbreak - as the boss admitted 'it’s been a nightmare'.Copyright: THE GAZETTE
A group which is opposed to the plans for an opencast mine in Druridge Bay are "delighted" the application has been rejected.
The Save Druridge Bay team argued that the decision to open the mine would have a "massive impact" on the area and the environment.
Following today's news from the Government, the group has thanked its supporters who have raised money for the cause.
In a statement, they added: “Many of these have been in tranquil and scenic areas and have devastated our local wildlife, landscape and caused increased traffic, noise and dust pollution for many years."
Mikel Merino was a star player for the Spanish youth team, as his side ran-out 5-3 winners over Northern Ireland.
The Newcastle midfielder started for the Spaniards.
Spain remain top of their European Under-21 Championships qualifying group, with Northern Ireland in second place (Newcastle United)Copyright: Reuters
Political Editor, BBC Look North
The Bishop of Durham has criticised the government over its handling of the changes to Universal Credit, and over benefit changes coming soon which will affect families with more than two children.
The Right Reverend Paul Butler said: "I remain deeply concerned about the two-child limit. Currently it's only new claimants having a third child, they only get benefits for the first two.
"It's not been talked about a great deal because it's come in slowly. But February next year sees a big change because if people fall out of work for whatever reason and have to go on to benefits they will not get the protection if they have three children."Copyright: BBC
The train operator Northern says it hopes to run the majority of services on Monday in the long-running row over the role of guards.Copyright: Northern Rail
The RMT union says the company has snubbed their call for meaningful talks over the safety-critical work of guards, but Northern insists that what it is suggesting has been passed as safe by inspectors and is in regular use elsewhere.
Another strike has been called for Thursday.
It's Sport Relief today and we're taking part in the country's billion steps challenge.
Our presenters and reporters have been on their feet all day, including Gary Phillipson, who is walking from Preston Park to the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough - hopefully in time for his Drivetime show at 16:00.
An man armed with a gun threatened staff at a petrol station in South Gosforth last night and made off with cash, police say.
The man entered the Shell petrol station on Benton Park Road at 06:15 this morning.
He had his face covered and then made off on foot in the direction of the Haddricks Mill roundabout with a quantity of cash.
No-one was injured but armed police are now searching for the attacker, who spoke with a local accent.
A Sunderland cancer sufferer who defied doctors to stay alive credits a positive attitude to coping with terminal illness.Copyright: SUNDERLAND ECHO
It's Friday and to make things even better today is National Puppy Day.
Get ready to see many amazing, cute pictures of pups on your news feeds, including these posted by Durham Constabulary.