16:43 UK time, Friday, 27 June 2014
The Chancellor wants to create a northern powerhouse through railways, science and mayors but can he deliver?
The parents of one of the MH17 crash victims say after meeting David Cameron they are "angry and frustrated" at not knowing what has happened to their son's body.
Flamingos at a wildlife centre in Wearside produce their first egg in eight years, according to the charity that runs it.
James Tredwell leads Kent home in a dramatic recovery to beat Durham by two wickets in the One-Day Cup at Canterbury.
Two fishermen are recovering after spending nine hours stranded in a life raft 18 miles out to sea with no way of calling for help.
But the pair had an astonishing stroke of luck when two passing Dutch yachts spotted them waving frantically and pulled them aboard.
The fishermen, from Hartlepool, had sunk after their net apparently snagged and tipped the boat over. Their Dutch rescuers say they were "extremely pleased" to see them. There's more on Look North tonight on BBC One at 18:30, or catch up here.
It'll be largely dry for eastern areas with partly clear skies. Some isolated light showers may affect more western areas. Feeling a little fresher overnight with a westerly breeze.
Minimum Temperature: 12C (54F). Check the forecast near you.
We've had a lot of reaction to our story about a sign which read "no wheelchairs today" being put up on a pub in Sunderland during the airshow at the weekend.
Nell Bridges says on Facebook: None of this makes sense. There will be a safe maximum capacity for fire regs and this will take into account the legal right of wheelchair users to be there. If they've exceeded that capacity they need reporting for that as well as for disability discrimination.
Simon Watson says: There's no health and safety defence to this. You're required to make a publicly accessible building SAFELY accessible to wheelchairs. If it's unsafe for a wheelchair to enter then it's unsafe full stop.
The father of Newcastle United fan Liam Sweeney, who died in the MH17 plane crash, says he still doesn't know where the body of his son is.
Barry Sweeney said that's been hard to deal with. He made the comments after meeting Prime Minister David Cameron at Downing Street.
Mr Sweeney said: "I feel very angry, frustrated. It would be nice if they could just stop fighting for a little while so we could get all the boys and girls home."
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The top local headlines at 17:00 include:
Amble rally driver Andy Smith and co-driver James Air completed a charity rally earlier this month to raise funds for Cancer Research.
A man has been arrested after a group of men started fighting at a charity night at a cricket club in Alnmouth, Northumberland.
The fight broke out at about 00:20 on Sunday at Alnmouth and Lesbury cricket club. No-one was seriously injured, police said.
The 24-year-old was arrested on suspicion of affray and was later bailed. Alnwick Neighbourhood Insp Paul Truscott said: "This was a charity fundraising event being held for a good cause and it's such a shame that a minority have chosen to cause problems."
Barry Sweeney and other relatives of victims of the MH17 plane crash have left Downing Street after their meeting with PM David Cameron.
The top local headlines at 16:00 include:
A litter of kittens left in a box in Saltwell Park in Gateshead are now thriving at the Westgate Ark cat home in Newcastle's West End.
I've been looking at how galloping greats have been honoured in unusual ways. For example, Red Alligator became the fifth horse since the end of World War Two to win despite carrying more than 10st in weight.
A County Durham brewery changed the name of its pub from The Crown and Anchor to The Red Alligator.
The inn, which was near his home stables in Bishop Auckland, is still in business.
Jemma Lowe reaches another final at the Commonwealth Games.
The Hartlepool swimmer will take part in the 4x100m as part of Team Wales. Read more online.
The top local headlines at 15:00 include:
The landlord of a pub in Sunderland says he didn't mean to cause offence by sign which said "no pushchairs or wheelchairs today" during the Sunderland Airshow.
Licensee Derek Winlow, speaking about the sign which was up on Saturday and Sunday, said: "I assure you there was no malice in any signage that went there, it was purely a decision made on the spur of the moment because of health and safety concerns.
"The signage might not have been 100% politically correct, but we do our best."
Burglars who stole thousands of pounds worth of furnishings from a Stockton family business may have posed as customers to plan their crime.
Barry Sweeney, the father of Newcastle United fan Liam Sweeney who died in the MH17 plane crash, and other relatives of the victims have arrived at Downing Street for their meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron.
A man who died after jumping into the sea in North Tyneside has been named as Paul Fairley, 46, of Queen Street, North Shields.
It is believed he got into difficulty after entering the water at North Shields Fish Quay at about 17:30 on Saturday.
His inquest was opened and adjourned this morning by North Tyneside and South Northumberland coroner Eric Armstrong. The full hearing will be held on 4 September.
The top local headlines at 14:00 include:
Durham have won the toss and will bat first against Kent. Keep up to date with live commentary here from 14:00.
A wedding venue manager stole couples' deposits to pay off drug dealers, a court has heard. Paul Hayes, 32, had worked for Sunderland's Quayside Exchange for seven years.
A man suffered serious chest injuries when he was knocked over by a bus in Durham, police say.
A 62-year-old from Hetton-le-Hole was crossing North Road in front of the bus station when he was hit at 15:00 yesterday. He was airlifted to the RVI hospital in Newcastle.
The bus driver and passengers were not injured. The man is in a stable condition and Durham Police is appealing for witnesses.
The licensee of a pub on the seafront at Sunderland says he didn't mean to offend anyone by placing a sign on the door saying "no pushchairs or wheelchairs today. Thank you".
Disability campaigners have condemned the action.
Derek Winlow says the decision was made on health and safety grounds, adding: "In the heat of the moment and the busyness of the day - it was a hurried decision."
Police in Stanley, County Durham, say a man has been arrested after a report of shoplifting. We told yesterday how the thief had left his shoe behind after a customer chased him.
The Derwentside division of the Durham force tweeted that a man had tried to steal cider from a Cooperative store on Tyne Road in Stanley at 21:30 on Sunday.
Claims that senior officers at Cleveland Police conspired to cover up institutional racism will be investigated by an external police force, it has emerged.
A man who crashed into a bus stop in Flatts Lane in Middlesbrough has died in hospital, Cleveland Police say.
Stephen Horne, 58, from Middlesbrough, crashed on Sunday morning. An investigation is continuing.
It will be rather cloudy, with the chance of seeing the odd light shower before it turns drier and brighter later this afternoon with a fresh breeze picking up.
Maximum temperature: 22C (72F). Check the forecast near you.
Sacked workers in the North East are being "priced out of justice", unions have claimed.
The top local headlines at 11:00 include:
After winning another silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Middlesbrough's Aimee Willmott tweets: Thanks for all the lovely messages of good luck and congratulations! That silver medal tonight meant a lot to me tonight!
Nearly two million working young adults aged between 20 and 34 are still living with their mother and father. Either they've not left or have come back.
Is this the sign of a serious cost of living problem? Call me at BBC Newcastle on 0191 232 6565 before 12:00.
This selfie was taken on a phone after it was stolen in Newcastle.
A handbag containing the phone was stolen inside Powerhouse nightclub in Westmorland Street in the early hours of Saturday 12 July.
The picture was taken and then uploaded to the cloud. Police now want to speak to the woman, who has taken a number of photos since.
Middlesbrough's Aimee Willmott - who was runner-up in the 400m medley earlier this week - picked up her second silver of the Games last night, being narrowly beaten to the touch by Canada's Audrey la Croix in the women's 200m Butterfly.
Meanwhile, on the track, Teessider sprinter Richard Kilty finished sixth in the last of the evening's 100m semi-finals and failed to make the final. Keep up with our live coverage.
The top local headlines at 10:00 include:
Richard Kilty exits the Commonwealth Games 100m but dedicates his season to his late friend David Zikhali
We've had a lot of reaction to a photo of a sign that was put up outside a pub in Sunderland which said "No pushchairs or wheelchairs today. Thank you".
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson told BBC Newcastle: "I find it offensive and rude. I hope it was an unfortunate mistake and that someone wasn't thinking.
"Disabled people do have money to spend, we're not just an inconvenience and my chair doesn't take up any more space than a normal chair. It sends out a really poor message about inclusion in society."
Should there be cuts to trains serving some of our smaller stations so more money can be spent on bigger improvements? Tweet us @BBCTees.
This sign saying "No pushchairs or wheelchairs today. Thank you" was put up at the side of the entrance of The Promenade pub in Sunderland during the airshow this weekend.
Disability campaigner David Burdus, director of Burdus Access Management, said: "I'd have been incandescent... I'd have boycotted and sat there and turned people away."
BBC Newcastle rang the pub several times yesterday but nobody was willing to talk to us to explain why the sign was put up.
The top local headlines at 09:00 include:
Improvements are needed to custody facilities across Northumbria Police, government inspectors say.
Monitors from HM Inspectorate of Prisons and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary made unannounced visits to 13 sites in February.
They praised the overall treatment of detainees, but expressed concern about facilities for the disabled and the cleanliness of some medical facilities. Chief Constable Sue Sim pledged to act on the report's recommendations.
David Cameron is due to meet the British families of the people killed in the crash of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.
Barry Sweeney's son, Liam, was one of the 10 British passengers who died and was on his way to New Zealand to watch Newcastle United play.
Barry told BBC Radio 5Live: "I will meet with David Cameron today. It will be a privilege to be honest with you. He'll ask me questions, I'll ask him, and all I'll say to Mr Cameron, if I can, I try to say everything from the heart, and say 'help' and get them all back."
Two fishermen were rescued after spending nine hours adrift on a life-raft when their boat sank in the North Sea.
They had been fishing 12 miles (19km) off the coast of Sunderland when their vessel hit a submerged object and quickly sank, Humber Coastguard said.
The pair were picked up by a Dutch yacht at about 16:40 on Monday. The crew of the yacht contacted the coastguard, who arranged for the pair to be transferred to a lifeboat.
Dry and bright initially with some sunshine, mainly near eastern parts. Cloud will thicken late morning, with a chance of the odd light shower early afternoon.
Sunny spells will return in the late afternoon with a fresh breeze picking up. Maximum temperature: 22C (72F). Check the forecast near you.
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