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Live Reporting

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our live updates have finished for the week, thank you for joining us.

    You can stay up to date online, on BBC Newcastle, BBC Tees and on Look North.

    If you want to get in touch with any news or send us photos you can tweet us, contact us via our Facebook page or email us.

    We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with more live updates.

  2. Have you seen this man?

    A Gateshead man is being sought by police following reported assaults and other offences.

    Officers are asking 23-year-old John Quinn, of Whitehouse Crescent, or anyone who knows of his whereabouts to come forward

    John Quinn
  3. Man stabbed in Newcastle

    A man was stabbed in Newcastle last night.

    The incident took place at about 19:00 when the 47-year-old victim was found on Saville Row with stab wounds.

    His injuries aren't life-threatening but he was taken to hospital.

    An 18-year-old man has been arrested over the attack and remains in custody.

    Saville Row
  4. Dog punched during burglary

    A dog was punched during a burglary in Newcastle this morning.

    Two men entered a house on Ellesmere Road in Benwell at about 05:30, threatened the man and woman who live there, and punched their pet dog.

    Two mobile phones and cash were then stolen before they fled the scene.

    Nobody was seriously injured but detectives are appealing for witnesses, or anyone who can identify the two men.

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A66 North Yorkshire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A66 North Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, from A6108 to A685.

    A66 North Yorkshire - A66 closed to high sided vehicles westbound from Scotch Corner to the A685 junction, because of strong winds.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  6. Weather: More rain tonight

    BBC Weather

    A mostly cloudy night with further rain at times but with strong southerly winds easing.

    A very mild night.

    Weather graph

    Check the weather where you are.

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: County Durham both ways

    BBC News Travel

    County Durham both ways severe disruption, on the river Tees.

    County Durham - Transporter Bridge in Port Clarence closed on the the river Tees junction, because of strong winds.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  8. Car stolen in Newcastle.

    A car has been stolen in Newcastle during a burglary.

    Intruders broke into a property on Townfield Gardens this morning and took the keys to a white Jaguar F-Pace.

    The theft took place between 06:20 and 07:30 and police continue to appeal for witnesses.

    Townfield Gardens
  9. Patisserie Valerie saved

    Patisserie Valerie has been saved after its finance director Chris Marsh was arrested last night.

    Entrepreneur Luke Johnson has invested £10m in the form of a three-year loan to the company.

    A further £15m has been raised from selling new shares to institutional investors.

    This come after it was revealed on Wednesday that the company uncovered "significant, and potentially fraudulent, accounting irregularities".


    The company has about 2,500 workers, including those in the Middlesbrough, Durham, Gateshead and Newcastle branches.

  10. Pre-weekend feels

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    Durham Police puppy Reggie is showing us classic end-of-the-week feelings today - who else can relate?

    View more on twitter
  11. Barriers to be removed from Tyne Tunnel

    Daniel Holland

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Barriers could be removed from the Tyne Tunnels' toll booths as part of high-tech plans to cut congestion.

    Tyne Tunnels operator TT2 has drawn up plans to minimise queues at the busy crossings by installing new technology.

    It could use of Advanced Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), meaning all motorists could drive straight through the toll booths and pay online for their journey later.

    The North East Combined Authority's transport sub-committee was told on Thursday that, while full details of the plans are not finalised, the upgrades would mean easier journeys for drivers and improved air quality around the tunnels.

    Philip Smith, TT2 chief executive, said the existing system will not be fit for purpose in the coming years, adding: "If we are going to make a change we should do it sooner rather than later."

    He added that TT2 had a "good set of proposals" and indicated that a decision would be made by December.

  12. Travel: Trains stopped towards South Shields

    There are possible delays on the Tyne & Wear Metro as they await an ambulance at South Shields station.

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  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A6085 Tyne And Wear westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A6085 Tyne And Wear westbound severe accident, from A191 Denton Road Newcastle City to Kingfisher Boulevard.

    A6085 Tyne And Wear - A6085 Scotswood Road in Scotswood closed and slow traffic westbound from Newcastle City to the Kingfisher Boulevard junction, because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  14. Car park expansion 'desperately needed'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Nic Marko

    Plans to expand a popular sea front car park in Seaton Carew by 350 spaces have been approved after councillors said it was "desperately needed".

    A Hartlepool Borough Council report said the current facility exceed availability on busy days, with the former fairground area having to be used as an overflow site.

    Its economic regeneration team has also recently carried out consultations with local businesses who highlighted that the lack of parking was providing a barrier to their growth.

    The £550,000 proposal would extend the car park to the former fairground site and a small section of land to the north, increasing capacity from 330 to 680.