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- Our reporters will be sending updates throughout the day keeping you informed about what's happening around the North-East and North Yorkshire, including X Factor finalist James Arthur's homecoming.
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RT @Smogonthetees: Nicole in Boro shirt http://t.co/LjKKvKpd— @StuB53 04 December 2012
"@JamesArthur23: Wow that was epic! Thank you SO much for all of your support, Middlesbrough you have made today very special for me x"— @Kirst1D 04 December 2012
Our man at the James Arthur gig is Chris Webber. He reports that James has told the crowd at Middlesbrough town hall: "Today I've been back to my roots and seen the life I used to live.
"I have so much love for all these people, every last one of them."
@christopherweb9 Lads' counter chant: "we want nicole." Can see why
@christopherweb9 He's finally here. God, the screaming!
@christopherweb9 About 1,200 at warm up James Arthur gig. Impressive. Cold n wet.
There must be 300 kids n parents in the rain outside mima in mboro for James Arthur warm-up event. It's pouring down.— @christopherweb9 04 December 2012
A FORMER council leader who campaigned to have speed cameras installed on a busy road has today been disqualified from driving after being caught speeding in the same place.
Councillor Ken Lupton, the former leader of Stockton Borough Council who also ran for the role of Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner in November’s elections, was driving his BMW with personalised number plates along Darlington Road in Stockton on May 29 when he was caught going 35mph in a 30mph zone.
Police in Middlesbrough are hunting a suspected double rapist after two attacks in the town were linked.
Drivers in the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber are being advised by the Highways Agency to check weather and traffic conditions before setting out on journeys overnight and tomorrow with a forecast of snow in some areas.
The Highways Agency is being advised by the Met Office that up to two inches of snow could fall overnight and throughout tomorrow morning north of Newcastle in Northumberland – potentially affecting the A1.
Eastern parts of North Yorkshire could be similarly affected with a possible impact on the A64 and A19.
X Factor finalist James Arthur and mentor Nicole Sherzinger chat in chilly Saltburn
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said the government has received final consent from all Commonwealth realms to press ahead with a bill ending discrimination against women in the succession to the British throne.
Met Office warning of snow for North East England http://t.co/zaHVgf1Y— @HAtraffic_neast 04 December 2012
Tonight's #Darlington match at home to @HebburnTownFC is off - frozen pitch. Second postponement in five days. #echosport— @CStoddartEcho 04 December 2012
A North-East judge who said burglary needed a huge amount of courage has been given a formal reprimand, the Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC) said.
Judge Peter Bowers admitted he might be pilloried when he spared the burglar jail at Teesside Crown Court in September.
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for the North-East for snow, possibly causing travel disruption tommorow morning.
Some of the snow showers will be on the heavy side, with 5-10cm possible, particularly over hills and higher routes.
Icy stretches are also likely, especially on untreated surfaces at lower levels.
Click here for a preview of the Quakers' game against Hebburn Town.
Darlington are having a pitch inspection at 2.45pm ahead of their game tonight.
Still 2 or 3 dozen people outside the vic in saltburn despite James having his pic taken with a few fans.— @christopherweb9 04 December 2012
We'll be celebrating an incredible year with loads of Olympians and Paralympians and an assortment of sporting celebs. #localheroes12— @Scottwilsonecho 04 December 2012
Halfway through rehearsals for tonight's Local Heroes Awards - always one of the big highlights of the NE sporting calendar. #localheroes12— @Scottwilsonecho 04 December 2012
#CountyBridge #Malton has reopened; please use extreme care using the bridge as surface water and cold temps have resulted in #ice— @northyorkscc 04 December 2012
Yellow Warning of Ice for North East England : Durham, Northumberland, Darlington, Stockton-on-Tees, Gateshead, ... http://t.co/uH6xfdye— @metofficeEng 04 December 2012
James Arthur poses with fans as he arrives back home on Teesside
People waited two hours in cold for 30 secs!— @christopherweb9 04 December 2012
Just talked to woman who waited since 8.30 after travelling from skelton. Freezing. Joys of fan worship, eh.— @christopherweb9 04 December 2012
Screaming starts http://t.co/MQCbcKp5— @christopherweb9 04 December 2012
He gets his hug from mam and dad and escapes to pub, more screaming! http://t.co/ZSqSpAud— @christopherweb9 04 December 2012
Telly woman tells family to give James a massive hug when he arrives...by order of the committee!— @christopherweb9 04 December 2012
Woman in crowd: "i don't care how long he takes as long as I get a kiss!"— @christopherweb9 04 December 2012
Mum says last time he played the pub he had a fiver in his pocket and there was 15 in to listen!— @christopherweb9 04 December 2012
It's incredible, says mum http://t.co/2JFPGlBi— @christopherweb9 04 December 2012
"we want James!" Chant crowd http://t.co/saBQTw3T— @christopherweb9 04 December 2012
Richard Morgan, the man accused of the manslaughter of County Durham baby Slater Sharkey, is expected to give evidence at Newcastle Crown Court this morning. The 33-year-old, from Tantobie, and girlfriend Rachel Peacock deny charges relating to the death of the 13-month-old boy in December 2010.
A West Ham spokesman has denied that Andy Carroll had been involved in a physical confrontation with a photographer.
"Andy Carroll was in Dublin as part of a social trip with full permission of the management team," the club said.
"Andy agreed to have a number of pictures taken at the request of a photographer who was waiting on the street.
"Despite this, the photographer then carried on taking photos in the close proximity of Andy and was politely asked to stop by the private security team working on the trip.
"When he then continued taking more photos he was restrained by the security team for Andy's safety.
"Eyewitnesses state at no point was there any physical contact between Andy and the photographer."
West Ham confirmed that gardai took a number of statements from the group at the hotel.
A man's been charged with handling stolen goods after being found in possession of a wedding dress in a presentation box stolen from a car— @Darlo_Police 04 December 2012
X factor tv people showed up. It's freezing, though, these people must love him!— @christopherweb9 04 December 2012
About 300 to 400 people here for James. Few empty spaces in the classroom, by looks.— @christopherweb9 04 December 2012
Hundreds here in saltburn for James Arthur— @christopherweb9 04 December 2012
James Arthur about to arrive in motorbike with nicole. http://t.co/MyqZ5ZXi— @christopherweb9 04 December 2012
RT @ClevelandPolice Section of Dundas Street Saltburn from Station Square to seafront has been closed temporally during James Arthur visit.— @SaltburnbySea 04 December 2012
Former Newcastle United footballer Andy Carroll has been interviewed by police in Ireland after a photographer was allegedly assaulted.
The striker was with West Ham team-mates in Dublin for a weekend Christmas party after beating Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.
Carroll, 23, denies any wrongdoing.