The trial of James Allen, accused of murdering a Middlesborough pensioner and a woman from Whitby, is continuing in Newcastle.
You can watch Ben Chapman's report from this lunchtime below.
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A look ahead at the weekend weather for the Tyne Tees region.
Exmoor ponies have proved to be such a success for the habitat at a South Tyneside nature reserve that they've been brought back.
A replacement bridge on one of Stockton Borough's busiest roads has opened well ahead of schedule.