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Welcome to The Chronicle’s live breaking news blog for Wednesday, October 12 2016.

Here are our regular updates throughout the day of all the breaking news and sport from across the North East.

We will have pictures, video, tweets and comments covering the latest Newcastle and North East traffic, weather forecasts, crime and council news too.

It’s Keiran Southern here on the blog for today and I’ll take you through the day’s events to keep you updated on what’s going on across the region including the latest on the roads for the rush-hour and any breaking news incidents that occur.

You can contribute to the live blog by tweeting us @EveningChron to share breaking news stories, pictures and opinions.

If you would like to get in touch with us today about any breaking news, here are my details:

Phone: 0191 201 6106

Email: tom.eden@trinitymirror.com

Twitter: @TomEden11

Key Events So Far

Traffic through the A19 roadworks

The long-term roadworks to remodel the junction at the Silverlink Roundabout are causing delays between Cramlington and the Tyne Tunnel.

Newcastle Council

‘The great North city’

Newcastle is not going to give up on getting a new devolution deal for the North East, and could become ‘the Great North City’.

That’s the message from Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes , who outlined his hope at the authority’s annual State of the City event on Tuesday.

In front of a packed audience at the Crowne Plaza, Coun Forbes and a panel of experts told of their ambitions for the city as well as the challenges it faces.

Here’s our report from the state of the city event last nght.

The panel speaking at the council's annual State of the City event

Brexit

Government facing growing pressure to protect Nissan

Theresa May’s Government is under growing pressure to ensure motor manufacturing in the North East is protected as the UK leaves the European Union.

The new Nissan Qashqai is produced on the assembly line at the Nissan Sunderland plant

North East MPs highlighted the need to ensure vehicles manufactured at the Nissan plant in Sunderland can be sold in the EU.

And former Chancellor George Osborne said the Government must “focus on” protecting car manufacturing as Brexit takes place.

It follows a warning from Carlos Ghosn, Nissan’s chief executive, that the Japanese car giant would put investment on hold until the British Government pledges to reimburse the firm for extra costs it incurs.

British car exporters could face tariffs of up to 10% if the UK fails to conclude a free trade deal with the rest of the EU and is forced to fall back on basic World Trade Organisation rules.

Here’s what happened in Parliament yesterday.

Man on a roof

A man has been helped from a roof by firefighters and police:

‘We want to keep our lollipop patrols’

Thousands of people have signed petitions to save the jobs of lollipop men and women.

Lollipop lady Michele Armstrong Lollipop lady Michele Armstrong

Newcastle City Council announced last week that it intended to axe all but two of the city’s school crossing patrols in the latest round of cutbacks.

The move has been met with fury from parents, who say that “children’s lives will be put at risk” if the cuts go ahead.

Seven online petitions have been mounted against the proposals, including one to save Michele Armstrong, who has been seeing Kingston Park Primary pupils safely to school for 15 years.

Michele looks after children at the corner of Brunton Lane and Fawdon walk, a spot one childminder said was “an accident waiting to happen”.

Here’s what parents had to say.

Get in touch

If you know of anything that’s happening and we should be covering, and would like to get in touch, here are my details:

Phone: 0191 201 6106

Email: tom.eden@trinitymirror.com

Twitter: @TomEden11

06:30

Good morning!

Good morning and welcome to The Chronicle’s live breaking news blog.

We will be bringing you regular updates throughout the day of all the breaking news and sport.

We have pictures, video, tweets and comments covering the latest Newcastle and North East traffic, weather forecasts, crime and council news too.

It’s Tom Eden here and I’ll be keeping you updated on what’s going on across the North East including the latest on the roads for the rush-hour.

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