16:43 UK time, Friday, 27 June 2014
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A British schoolboy has died on a field trip in Tanzania after suffering a severe allergic reaction, an expedition company says.
Police searching for a missing Sunderland man they fear may have been murdered have urged anyone who recognises his car to get in touch.
The family of a Newcastle United fan killed in the Ukraine air crash travel to Amsterdam as flights carrying bodies from the disaster begin to arrive in Holland.
And police searching for a missing student in the River Tees recover his body. We've the latest live from the scene on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.
Helen Tones who became the first woman to join in an annual 200-mile Coast to Coast run from Whitehaven to the North East said she was inspired by a fellow runner.
She said: "I was running in front of organiser Ivan Hollingsworth and I heard him talking to somebody else about where the proceeds were spent and how every penny was really crucial.
" He then said there's always coffee and cake waiting for the team at the end of each day. That got me over the line!"
A by-election has been called for North Jesmond following the resignation of a Newcastle councillor.
Liberal Democrat councillor Peter Andras has stepped down "for career reasons", a statement said.
A by-election will take place on August 28. The last day for voters to register to vote in the election is 11 August.
Jordan Nobbs is expecting to return to international team at Hartlepool's Victoria Park in a England friendly against Sweden at Victoria Park in Hartlepool following a three-month injury.
The game is also set to feature several other North East born players including captain Steph Houghton, Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes and Jill Scott.
Jordan told BBC Tees Sport: "It will be massive to play such a top team. It's definitely a huge highlight for me as a player and I'm sure that all the northern girls will have their families there as well."
Publicly rewarding pupils who turn up on time for school every day, isn't a new idea.
But one mum, Dawn Grainger whose child was awarded a £100 voucher by Roseberry Primary in Billingham, has told us she was surprised by the size of the award.
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A mother from Durham has become the first lady to be involved with an annual 200-mile Coast to Coast run.
Helen Tones, from Gilesgate in Durham joined a group of nine men who have spent the last three days making their way from Whitehaven in Cumbria to the North East.
The group, hoping to raise as much money as possible for the charity, which raises funds for the Children's Heart Unit at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital, will cycle, swim and run their way across the country, touching their toes into the North Sea at Tynemouth later today.
Divers were searching for David who was reported as being in difficulty in the water at around 19:40pm on Monday 21 July.
Police are not treating the death as suspicious and are warning people of the dangers of open water and despite how tempting it may be in hot weather, people can get into difficulty very quickly due to cold temperatures, depth and undercurrents.
True Adventure, the company which organised the trip in which a student believed to be 18-year-old Jack Burden died, said the cause of the reaction of a "severe allergic reaction" had not yet been confirmed.
A company spokesman said they had arranged the team's evacuation from their remote location by organising an ambulance with an international medical support agency doctor and a medic to meet them at the nearest possible point.
The student, believed to be Jack Burden, 18, had been part of a team completing a 28-day charity expedition. The incident happened yesterday, day 19 of the trip and, although the pupil received immediate first aid and CPR, he could not be resuscitated.
True Adventure, the company which organised the trip, said the cause of the reaction had not yet been confirmed.
The first flight carrying bodies from flight MH17 has landed in the Netherlands.
The plane landed at Eindhoven and the bodies will be taken to an army base in Hilversum - 30km from Amsterdam - where the identification process will begin.
Families of victims including those of Newcastle fan Liam Sweeney have gathered in Amsterdam. Liam's dad Barry and brother Marc flew to the country this morning in the hope of eventually bringing his body home.
A student, believed to be 18-year-old Jack Burden, who attends Harton Technology College in South Shields, has died while on a trip to Tanzania.
Sir Ken Gibson, the college's executive headteacher, said: "We were devastated to hear the awful news about one of our sixth-form students.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and with the students and staff who are still in Tanzania. I have been in touch with the family and the parents of the other students and will be keeping in close contact with the staff in Tanzania."
A schoolboy has died while on a trip to Tanzania. The student is believed to be an 18-year-old from Harton Technology College in South Shields, South Tyneside.
Details of the death are not yet known. A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman said: "We are aware of the death of a British national in Tanzania on 22 July. We are providing consular assistance at this sad time."
BBC Tees' Lee Johnson tweets: The body of a man has been recovered from the Tees. Auntie of David Zikhali tells me: "We have found David. Now we can lay him to rest."
Cleveland Police have said they are not treating the discovery of a body in the River Tees as suspicious and say it "may have been a tragic accident".
A major search operation was launched on Monday after student David Zikhali, 20, got into difficulties in the water near the Millennium Bridge in Stockton.
"Despite the best efforts of emergency services and members of the public, rescuers were unable to find and save the man," a spokeswoman said.
Mr Zikhali's family have been at the river bank, where friends and fellow students have been laying flowers. The body has yet to be formally identified.
Cleveland Police have confirmed that a body of a man has been recovered from the River Tees in Stockton.
An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission is under way into a police dog attack on a Middlesbrough pensioner.
Irene Collins, 73, was injured by the dog from Cleveland Police inside her home last Wednesday. She was taken to James Cook University Hospital but died on Sunday.
IPCC Commissioner Cindy Butts said: "Our family liaison managers have met with her family to explain our role and the details of our independent investigation. I would like to assure them we will be conducting a thorough investigation into Cleveland Police and the police dog's contact with Irene, and will be examining any relevant force guidelines and policies in order to get a full understanding of how this terrible incident occurred."
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BBC Tees' Lee Johnson tweets: Search for David Zikhali has resumed. An auntie told me: "We're devastated. We can't rest until we've seen his body."
A smell of fish has been reported in areas including Linthorpe, Acklam, Thornaby, Billingham, Ingleby Barwick, Yarm and Middlesbrough town centre.
BBC Tees' Chantalle Edmunds tweets: An essential companion to any news shift! Time to fill this to the brim #tea #milk #nosugar
Councillors reject plans to build 44 homes on outskirts of Shotton Colliery.
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There's the official opening tonight at Celtic Park in Glasgow by none other than Her Royal Majesty.
So we've been celebrating some of our North East hopefuls. I spoke to Morpeth Harrier and Alnwick lass Laura Weightman on my show this morning as well as her mother Diana. Find out who her famous coach is and how she has prepared.
She'll be taking to the athletics track on Monday for the heats of the 1500m, then the finals, fingers crossed, will be on Tuesday.
A flying enthusiast from Northumberland has flown a microlight across the Atlantic and back to raise money for the charity Unicef.
Eddie McCallum set off three weeks ago, first flying over the Scottish Highlands before crossing the volcanoes of Iceland and skirting the Greenland ice cap, to make it safely to Canada and then the United States.
Eddie landed to a hero's welcome last night back in his home village Longframlington. I'll have more on this on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.
The parents of a girl who is battling a rare cancer have thanked fundraisers after their appeal to pay for treatment abroad passed the £200,000 milestone.
Cleveland Police has said it is now carrying out a recovery rather than a rescue operation for David Zikhali. The 20-year-old student was with friends when he got into difficulties in the water near the Millennium Bridge in Stockton on Monday evening.
After an overnight break, the dive team from Northumbria Police has resumed the search, which will now be covering a wider area.
A very warm afternoon with sunny spells. It will be cloudy, misty conditions will be more persistent on coasts keeping it cooler.
Maximum temperature: 24C (75F). Check the forecast near you.
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Head Ranger of the Farne Islands David Steel tweets: Puffins starting to depart the Farne Islands; here is one of our chicks leaving this morning #NTNature
He added it had been an "excellent breeding season" for puffins.
All Reception, Year One and Year Two children in state-funded schools will be entitled to free lunches under a new scheme, saving parents hundreds of pounds a year. At Carr Hill Primary School new ovens are being installed to cope with the extra demand.
An extra 2,000 meals are expected to be cooked across Gateshead using local food suppliers, which the authorities say will bring an extra £250,000 into the local economy and create new jobs.
I'll have more on this story on BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.
Concern is growing for a mother of two, missing from her home in Shildon for more than a week.
Helen Martin, 30, was last seen in the West Cornforth area wearing a grey sweater, black jacket and wedge sandals.
Insp Jon Rowland said: "Understandably her friends and family are growing increasingly concerned about her. We believe that she may be somewhere in the Bishop Auckland area."
The top local headlines at 12:00 include:
The family of one of the Newcastle fans killed on flight MH17 has joined other relatives in the Netherlands as the first few victims' bodies are flown back there.
Liam Sweeney's dad Barry and brother Marc have travelled to Amsterdam which is where the Malaysian flight took off from.
Loved ones of Chloe Fowler and Tonibeth Purvis who were killed in a drowning tragedy today called for safety improvements exactly a year on.
A recommendation to scrap plans for six traveller sites in Stockton is to go before the borough council later.
It follows public protests over the proposals, and earlier this week, the council's cabinet voted to ditch the six sites it had earmarked.
If the plans are are thrown out, the council will have to start the process all over again, and go through another six month consultation period once new sites are identified.
A taxi driver wrestled with a knife-wielding yob in his cab after he refused to pay - just hours after the same thug terrified a shop worker with a knife.
Fabio Borini's £14m move from Liverpool to Sunderland is yet to be completed, BBC Sport reports.
The clubs have agreed a fee but the striker still needs to agree personal terms and will play for Liverpool in the friendly with AS Roma on Wednesday.
Black Cats boss Gus Poyet said they needed to "get in touch with the player and start negotiating", while Reds boss Brendan Rodgers said Borini is "considering" the possible move.
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A woman waited almost four hours for an ambulance while trapped in a car after an accident.
Being the sporting hunk and ripped athlete that I have trained hard to be - Today I will talk all things Commonwealth games, and will unleash on the North East my own sports challenge the like of which Sir Chris Hoy goes through every day.
We will talk to a North East competitor just to give sport true gravitas in case my offering doesn't before 12:00 on BBC Newcastle.
A fresh warning about the dangers of swimming in rivers and lakes during the hot weather has been given - a year to the day after two teenage girls died while swimming in the River Wear.
Tonibeth Purvis and Chloe Fowler drowned after getting into difficulties while swimming at Fatfield near Washington at the start of last year's school holidays.
A man has been left in a critical condition after a collision between a scooter and a pedestrian on Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough at about 18:30 on Tuesday.
The 21-year-old rider of the off-road style 50cc Yamaha scooter suffered serious head injuries, internal injuries and lacerations.
The pedestrian, also aged 21, suffered a broken foot and lacerations and is described as being in a "stable" condition.
Kate Avery, from Shildon, County Durham has replaced Jo Pavey in the 10,000m running event in the Commonwealth Games.
The Queen will formally open the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later. Organisers say up to a billion people are expected to watch it and the competitive events get under way tomorrow.
A pioneering treatment to prevent blindness that could save the NHS £1bn a year is being launched this week by a small firm in the North-East.
The search for a swimmer missing in the River Tees is due to resume later this morning after student David Zikhali, 20, got into difficulties near the Millennium Bridge in Stockton on Monday evening.
A friend of Mr Zikhali's, Commonwealth Games sprinter Richard Kilty, said the news was "absolutely devastating".
He said: "David was the most loving guy you'll ever meet. He's always laughing, he's always joking. He's loved by everyone across Stockton."
BBC Newcastle tweets: We are talking about the future of Quaylink buses in Newcastle Gateshead this morning. What do you think of bus services in the North East?
A grey start with widespread mist and low cloud. This will lift and break inland giving a very warm afternoon with sunny spells. Cloudy, misty conditions will be more persistent on coasts keeping it cooler.
Maximum temperature: 24C (75F). Check the forecast near you.
There's slow traffic on the A19 southbound in Cramlington after Moor Farm Roundabout because of an accident involving three vehicles earlier on, reports BBC Travel News.
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