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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A66 County Durham westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A66 County Durham westbound severe accident, from Mill Lane to A1150 Darlington Road.

    A66 County Durham - A66 in Long Newton closed and queues westbound from the Mill Lane junction to Great Burdon roundabout, because of an accident.

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

  2. Councillors to discuss Newcastle and Gateshead clean air plans

    BBC Newcastle

    Senior councillors in Newcastle will later discuss plans to bring in charges for certain vehicles using the city as part of a scheme to tackle air pollution.

    A proposed Clean Air Zone includes the Tyne Bridge.

    Private car drivers wouldn't face any tolls.

    The Extinction Rebellion group is planning to stage a protest, saying the proposals would "hit the poorest people within society by pushing bus fares up", while it claims they would "cause an increase in the number of people choosing to drive rather than take public transport".

    Clean Air Toll
  3. Sunderland uni opens medical school

    Sharon Barbour

    BBC Look North

    The University of Sunderland is welcoming its first students to its new school of medicine.

    More than 300 applied and the 51 successful medical students started today.

    Many of those are from the region and the university says about a quarter are from socio-deprived backgrounds.

    It’s hoped they’ll stay on here and also help improve the chronic shortage of GPs in the region.

    Sunderland medical students
  4. Festival of Thift attracts thousands

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    Organisers of this year's National Festival of Thrift, held in Kirkleatham near Redcar at the weekend, say it was a huge success with 37,000 visitors over the two days.

    The event is now in its seventh year and is designed to encourage people to learn new skills that can be used to mend, make or reuse things that might otherwise be thrown away.

    Plans are already being made for next year's festival.

  5. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A19 County Durham southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A19 County Durham southbound severe disruption, at A689 Coal Lane.

    A19 County Durham - A19 in Durham lane closed on entry slip road southbound at Seal Sands roundabout, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  6. Teenager had 17 previous convictions

    The teenager who has pleaded guilty to stabbing lawyer Peter Duncan to death with a screwdriver had a string of previous convictions.

    At the previous bail hearing, Newcastle Crown Court heard the 17-year-old had 17 convictions for 31 offences between 2017 and 2019, including an incident where he grabbed a knife during a family argument and an occasion where the threatened a driver with a blade after he was challenged about drinking alcohol on the bus.

    At the time of the murder, the boy was on bail for affray.

    He will be sentenced in December for Mr Duncan's murder.

  7. Lawyer 'in wrong place at the wrong time'

    A lawyer was "simply in the wrong place at the wrong time" when he crossed paths with a teenager who stabbed him to death with a screwdriver, a previous hearing had heard.

    The 17-year-old today admitted murdering Peter Duncan in Newcastle's Eldon Square shopping centre in August.

    At a previous bail hearing for the youth, prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw said Mr Duncan and his killer came into contact with each other by chance at the entrance to the shopping centre, when they were walking in opposite directions.

    The teenager had stolen the screwdrivers and was looking for another youth with whom he had previously argued about cigarettes.

    Mr Wardlaw said: "The deceased raised his arm to let the defendant get past. It is captured on CCTV footage.

    "The defendant took exception to that, took hold of the deceased and a struggle ensued."

    Mr Duncan managed to push the teenager off, at which point the youth stabbed him once in the heart.

    He managed to walk a short distance away before he collapsed to the floor.

    Police at the scene in Eldon Square
  8. Teenager to be sentenced for screwdriver murder in December

    The teenager who admitted murdering lawyer Peter Duncan by stabbing him with a screwdriver will be sentenced in December.

    Peter Duncan, 52, suffered a fatal chest wound as he walked into the Eldon Square shopping centre in Newcastle, close to a Greggs, in August.

    The youth, who cannot be named due to his age, appeared via a videolink from HMP Wetherby to admit murder, as well as stealing screwdrivers from Poundland and possessing an offensive weapon.

    He will be sentenced after psychiatric and psychological reports are prepared.

    Judge Andrew Stubbs QC told him: "The appropriate form and length of your sentence will be decided at the start of December when the necessary reports have been prepared and served on the prosecution and defence."

  9. Stabbing after 'chance encounter'

    Tom Barton

    BBC Look North

    A 17-year-old boy has admitted murdering a lawyer at Old Eldon Square in Newcastle last month.

    Peter Duncan, 52, was stabbed to death after what police described as a “chance encounter” outside a branch of Greggs.

    The 17-year-old boy, who is too young to be named, appeared via videolink from custody wearing a grey tracksuit top.

    Asked how he pleaded to the accusation that he murdered lawyer Peter Duncan at Eldon Square on 14 August, he said “guilty".

    He also admitted stealing the murder weapon, a screwdriver, from a nearby Poundland store.

    A date for sentencing hasn’t been set yet.

  10. Lawyer was 'devoted husband and father'

    A teenager has admitted murdering lawyer Peter Duncan who was stabbed to death with a screwdriver.

    Northumbria Police said it believed Mr Duncan, from Newcastle, had been attacked after a "chance encounter" outside a branch of Greggs in Old Eldon Square in August.

    He was described by his family as a "devoted father and husband".

    "Peter was a kind and caring man who was always first to help others," they said in a statement at the time.

    Cordon in Eldon Square
  11. Teenager admits screwdriver murder

    A 17-year-old has pleaded guilty to the murder of lawyer Peter Duncan who was stabbed to death with a screwdriver in Newcastle.

    Peter Duncan, 52, was attacked in August after what police said was a chance "coming together" with a group of youths in Newcastle city centre.

    The teenager appeared via videolink at Newcastle Crown Court to plead guilty to murder, stealing screwdrivers from Poundland and carrying an offensive weapon.

    More to follow.

    Peter Duncan
  12. BreakingTeenager pleads guilty to Peter Duncan murder

    Tom Barton

    BBC Look North

    A 17-year-old has pleaded guilty to the murder of lawyer Peter Duncan who was stabbed to death with a screwdriver in Newcastle city centre.

    More to follow.

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    Severe disruption: A1 Tyne And Wear northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1 Tyne And Wear northbound severe disruption, at J77 A167 Ponteland Road.

    A1 Tyne And Wear - A1 Western Bypass in Tyne and Wear lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow northbound at J77, A167 (Kenton Bar Roundabout), because of a break down.

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

  14. Stockton Globe Theatre: High street down to one lane

    BBC Tees

    Stockton high street will be down to one lane for traffic around the Globe from this morning as the final phase of a project to revamp the theatre starts.

    More than 200 tonnes of metal work will be brought to the renovation site from today, with the lane closure expected to last until November.

    Work to refurbish Stockton's Globe Theatre began in 2011 with a budget of £4m being shared between Stockton Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    But structural problems have pushed the total bill up to an estimated £26.5m.

    Stockton Globe Theatre