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Live Reporting

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our live updates have finished here for the day and for the week.

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

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

    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.

    Have a very good weekend.

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    Severe accident: A1(M) Tyne And Wear northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) Tyne And Wear northbound severe accident, at J64 for A195 Western Highway.

    A1(M) Tyne And Wear - A1(M) in Tyne and Wear entry slip road blocked and queues northbound at J64, A195 (Washington), because of an accident.

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

  3. Tilly Lockey: Bionic hands 'give me freedom'

    Meningitis survivor Tilly Lockey says her bionic hands have given her immense freedom.

    The 13-year-old from Consett, County Durham, survived meningococcal septicaemia, but her hands and toes were amputated.

    She hopes arms like hers will be available on the NHS at some point.

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    Severe accident: A1(M) Tyne And Wear southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) Tyne And Wear southbound severe accident, at J65 for A194.

    A1(M) Tyne And Wear - Delays on A1(M) southbound in Tyne and Wear at J65 A194(M) Birtley, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is 40 minutes.

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

  5. Remember the clocks go back this weekend

    A reminder that the clocks go back this weekend so hopefully you'll be able to enjoy an extra hour in bed.

    The time of the change is 02:00 on Sunday morning when we will change from British Sunnmer Time to Greenwich Mean Time.

    You can read more about why they change here.

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  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A1(M) Tyne And Wear southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) Tyne And Wear southbound severe accident, at J64 for A195 Western Highway.

    A1(M) Tyne And Wear - One lane closed and queues on A1(M) southbound in Tyne and Wear at J64, A195 (Washington), because of an accident involving four vehicles.

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

  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A1(M) Tyne And Wear northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) Tyne And Wear northbound severe accident, from J64 for A195 Western Highway to J65 for A1 Western Bypass J65.

    A1(M) Tyne And Wear - A1(M) in Rickleton partially blocked, long delays and queues northbound from J64, A195 (Washington) to J65, A1 (Birtley), because of an accident. Congestion to Great Lumley. Travel time is 30 minutes.

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

  8. Elmer trail attracts thousands

    A trail featuring a popular storybook character has attracted thousands of followers.

    Elmer's Great North Parade features 50 large and 114 little individually decorated sculptures based on David McKee’s Elmer the Patchwork Elephant.

    They can be viewed at sites across North and South Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland and Newcastle for another week, and then will be auctioned to raise money for St Oswald's Hospice.

    The project's organisers say that since it was launched on 21 August, 9,381 people have signed up to its dedicated app, and more than 7,500 photographs have been uploaded to it.

    Project lead Jane Hogan said the most popular Elmer was "Elephish" at Whitley Bay, with "Disco Wilbur" outside St Nicholas Cathedral, coming a close second.

    She added: "One of the aspects of the trail we have enjoyed most is seeing the photos people are uploading of themselves and their friends and families out and about.

    "The parade really is bringing people together and we’re delighted about that.”

    Elmer fans
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    Severe disruption: A194(M) Tyne And Wear southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A194(M) Tyne And Wear southbound severe disruption, before A1.

    A194(M) Tyne And Wear - One lane closed on A194(M) southbound in Washington before A1(M) J65 Birtley, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  10. Blocked sewers prompt 'wipes' flush warning

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    Damage caused by blocked sewers is being highlighted by a utility company, as it urges people to be careful about what they flush down the toilet.

    Northumbrian Water says it has cleared almost 10,000 blockages across its sewer network so far this year.

    One of the main causes is wet wipes and plastic, which can also end up in rivers or the sea, leading to pollution.

    Richard Warneford, from Northumbrian Water, said: "Despite wet wipes being promoted as ‘flushable' they rarely are, as they may leave your toilet bowl when flushed but can clog up householders' plumbing and can also cause blockages in our network of sewer pipes.

    "Blockages can have devastating consequences to people's homes being flooded and the environment being polluted, which is so saddening to see."

    Waste
  11. Four arrested on suspicion of attempted murder over Norton stabbing

    Four men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was found with stab wounds in Stockton.

    The 36-year-old man is in a life-threatening condition in hospital after being found at an address on Waterford Road, Norton, on Wednesday evening.

    Cleveland Police said its investigations suggested the man was attacked in a house on Violet Close before making his way on foot to the house on nearby Waterford Road.

    They are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time to contact them.

    The four men, aged 29, 33, 35 and 46, are in custody.

  12. 'Joe will be a fine player'

    Newcastle v Wolves (Sun, 14:00 GMT)

    Newcastle United

    Joelinton - known as Joe to manager Steve Bruce - arrived at St James' Park in the summer from Rapid Vienna.

    The 23-year-old Brazilian striker has so far struggled to live up to the reported £40million price tag, managing just one goal in nine appearances.

    But Bruce is "convinced" he will come good.

    “He’s only young, he only turned 23 two months ago," said Bruce. "He needs time to settle… It takes a little bit of time to adjust. Joe will be a fine player for this club, I’m absolutely convinced of that.”

    Joelinton