Schools shut: Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead, and Northumberland

School closures in Tyne and Wear

Strikes are taking place across the UK in a series of disputes with the government over pay, pensions and cuts.

Teachers, council staff, firefighters and civil servants are among those taking industrial action.

The following information relates to Thursday 10 July 2014.

The BBC relies on councils to notify it of closures. If not listed below, we advise you to contact your child's school to find out if it has been affected.

DURHAM

For more information go to the council website.

GATESHEAD

For more information go to the council website.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

For more information go to the council website.

NORTH TYNESIDE

For more information go to the council website.

NORTHUMBERLAND

For more information go to the council website.

SOUTH TYNESIDE

For more information go to the council website.

SUNDERLAND

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    That's all from Local Live today. Join us again on Monday from 08:00. You can send your pictures by email or tweet @BBCNewsNE and we may feature them on Local Live.

     
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    Sunderland to host parade 17:46:

    Gunfire will be heard across Sunderland tomorrow as the 4th Regiment Royal Artillery marks its Freedom of Sunderland.

    The regiment was first given its Freedom in 1974 and is marking the 40th anniversary with a parade at 13:30.

    As part of the ceremonies, eight of its "light guns" are firing a round each from the terrace in Mowbray Park.

     
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    Passport delay woman stranded in Egypt 17:42: Newcastle Chronicle
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    Volunteers sought for run party 17:36: Sharuna Sagar BBC Look North

    Hundreds of volunteers have signed up to take part in the Great North Run's million finishers celebrations but hundreds more are needed, organisers have said.

    Hundreds of volunteers prepare for the Great North Run Million celebration event

    The celebrations featuring dancing, floating sculptures and music from Mark Knopfler, are being planned for Tyneside's Quayside to mark one million people completing the run on 4 September.

    Organisers said volunteers would play a big part in the show.

     
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    Berwick park improvements 17:32:

    The Duchess of Northumberland has launched almost £1m worth of lottery-funded improvements at Castle Vale and Coronation Parks in Berwick.

    A grant of £943,900 was awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund. Funding from Northumberland County Council, Berwick Town Council and Castlegate Residents Association has taken the total project value to £999,051.

    Restoration works have upgraded facilities such as footpaths, entrances and garden spaces and water lilies in the lily pond in Castle Vale Park.

     
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    Boro to sign Nsue 17:25:

    BBC Tees Sport tweets: NEW SIGNING. Middlesbrough have agreed a deal to sign Emilio Nsue from Real Mallorca, subject to international clearance. Three year deal.

     
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    Heavier than usual traffic 17:23:

    There's heavier than usual traffic on the A19 northbound between the Burnhope Way junction in Peterlee and the A182 junction in Cold Hesledon.

    There is heavier than usual traffic on South Hetton Road westbound in South Hetton between the Salter's Lane junction and the Elemore Lane junction.

    More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

     
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    Bus crash driver 'unconscious' 17:18: Stephanie Finnon BBC Newcastle

    A bus firm involved in a crash in County Durham which injured 28 children after the driver of a single decker bus blacked out, has admitted liability.

    Bus crash

    A statement from Stanley Travel said: "We are able to confirm that our insurance company has agreed to accept liability following the accident on 3 June.

    "We are also able to confirm that the driver of our bus blacked out moments before the incident, and the medical evidence strongly suggest the driver was unconscious at the time of collision."

     
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    How to punish offenders? 17:09: Amy Lea BBC Look North

    On Monday on BBC Tees we'll be discussing how you would like to see offenders being punished who commit anti-social behaviour.

    Share your thoughts by email or tweet @BBCTees.

     
  10.  
    On tonight's Look North 17:03: Peter Harris Look North

    A hundred years ago this weekend, Britain stood on the brink of war.

    As well as the thousands of men joining up to fight on the Western Front, the horrors of the conflict would come to our shores within months.

    Hartlepool, Whitby and Scarborough were shelled by German ships in December 1914. Tonight, as we prepare to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One, I'll be live at the Heugh Gun Battery in Hartlepool on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

     
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    News on the hour 16:56:

    The top headlines at 17:00 include:

     
  12.  
    Cloudy with outbreaks of rain 16:43: Hannah Bayman BBC Weather presenter

    The evening and night will be generally cloudy with outbreaks of showery rain, which could be heavy at times, although some drier spells are likely for a time.

    Weather forecast

    Minimum temperature: 13C (55F). Check the forecast near you.

     
  13.  
    More on Gateshead death 16:37: Robert Cooper BBC News Online

    Police are appealing for anyone with information after a woman was found dead near a former care home (pictured) on Bensham Road in Gateshead on Thursday.

    Windmill Hills former school and care home

    Det Sgt Andy Groundwater said: "We're piecing together the circumstances surrounding this woman's death. She was found in the early afternoon when many people were going about their daily business."

    He urged anyone with information to get in touch.

     
  14.  
    MH17 incident 'so sad' 16:27:

    As a large team of Dutch and Australian forensic experts reaches the site where the Malaysian airliner came down in Ukraine, Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul (pictured) has been speaking out about the incident.

    Tim Krul

    He says it's been hard, as he has ties with both the Netherlands - which lost nearly 200 people on the flight, and the North East, which lost Newcastle fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney.

    He said: "You go from such a high to this is real life and lives being taken is sick. It's really difficult to talk about because it's so sad."

     
  15.  
    Paying more to park 16:20: Hartlepool Mail Newspaper

    Hospital staff have been slapped with a 5% increase to park at work - having been offered 1% pay rise.

     
  16.  
    Latest sports news 16:14: Chris Conway BBC Newcastle

    I'm on the sport news desk this afternoon and you can hear more from Alan Pardew on Loic Remy and Haten Ben Arfa in BBC Newcastle's sports bulletins now.

    I've also been having trouble saying "lawn bowls" this week with my Ashington accent, so listen closely to see if I manage it.

     
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    Woman found dead in Gateshead 16:11:

    A woman has been found dead outside of a former care home in Gateshead.

    The 28-year-old was found on Bensham Road, at about 13:45 on Thursday. Northumbria Police are keen to speak to anyone with information.

    A 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a drugs supply charge. He is currently helping police with inquiries.

     
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    Wet 'N' Wild to reopen 16:04: Katie Cole BBC Newcastle

    Wet 'N' Wild in North Shields is due to reopen. Find out what is going to be the biggest changes are with Stephanie Finnon and myself on BBC Newcastle now.

    Wet n Wild

    Wet 'N' Wild in North Shields, which opened in 1993, went into administration in October despite being profitable "for much of the year".

     
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    News on the hour 15:57:

    The top headlines at 16:00 include:

     
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    Cannabis and cash seized 15:48:

    Cannabis, white powder and cash has been recovered during raids in Alnwick, Northumbria Police has said.

    Two drugs warrants were carried out in the Barrasdale Estate on Thursday after information was received about suspected drug use.

    Two local men, aged 56 and 44, are helping police with inquiries.

     
  21.  
    Estelle's 11-mile assault course 15:38: Mike Hill BBC Tees

    A vicar's wife from Saltburn is taking on an 11-mile assault course - tackling fire, ice, mud and barbed wire for charity this weekend.

    Estelle Reed

    On BBC Tees, you can hear about Estelle Reed's last-minute training at after 07:00 on Sunday morning to hear how she got on. She's pictured above.

     
  22.  
    Lumiere set for 2015 return 15:33: Neil Green BBC Tees

    Durham's hugely successful Lumiere festival will go ahead for a fourth time next year.

    People in Durham

    The County Council and Arts council are combining their fundraising efforts to put £1.1 million towards the event but a push is now on to get more sponsors involved.

    Sarah Coop is from Artichoke - the Trust that stages and produces Lumiere and she'll join me live on BBC Tees at 16:15.

     
  23.  
    Flooding closes one lane 15:28:

    One lane is closed and there's queuing traffic on the A167(M) northbound in Newcastle between B1307 Sandyford Road and A167 because of flooding, reports BBC Travel News.

     
  24.  
    Sunderland 'massively important' - Houghton 15:16: Andy Lamb BBC Tees Sport

    Steph Houghton (pictured) has told BBC Tees Sport she owes everything to the support and nurturing she received during her years at Sunderland.

    Steph Houghton

    She said: "Being on the Sunderland team was massively important when I was growing up, I was learning new techniques. I had good coaches around me and good players. I'll thank Sunderland a lot for my development in football throughout my career."

    Houghton will lead out England as they face Sweden in a friendly at Hartlepool United's Victoria Park this Sunday at 14:00.

     
  25.  
    Insurers 'admit bus crash liability' 15:07:

    Insurers for a bus firm involved in a collision in County Durham which injured 28 children, has admitted liability, the BBC understands.

    Bus crash in Stanley

    Stanley Travel operated the single decker coach which was involved in a collision with another bus in Stanley on 3 June.

    Insurance firm Liberty has confirmed to solicitors acting for some of the children's families, that it is accepting liability. Victim injury claims are being prepared, law firm Irwin Mitchell said.

     
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    News on the hour 14:59:

    The top headlines at 15:00 include:

     
  27.  
    NUFC agree loan deal for Ferreyra 14:49:

    BBC Newcastle's Chris Conway tweets: #NUFC have agreed a loan deal for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Facundo Ferreyra @bbcnewcastle understands.

     
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    Share your views 14:38:

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

     
  29.  
    'Sign or sell' for Wickham 14:24: Vicki Sparks BBC Newcastle

    Gus Poyet says Connor Wickham needs to sign a new contract at Sunderland or they'll sell him.

    The striker is into the final 12 months of his deal but because he's under 24, Sunderland would be owed compensation from any club he joins after his contract expires. But Poyet doesn't want to risk making a substantial loss on the £8m player.

     
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    Showery rain to continue 14:11: Kawser Quamer Presenter, BBC Weather

    Showery rain will continue on and off during the afternoon. There is a yellow warning of rain from the Met Office for tomorrow.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum Temperature: 17C (63F). Check the forecast near you.

     
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    News on the hour 13:57:

    The top headlines at 14:00 include:

     
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    Op arrests total 115 13:43: Jordan Allen BBC News

    Officers from Northumbria Police have now arrested 115 people as part of Operation Sanctuary.

    The investigation into suspected sexual abuse on and around Tyneside has also now seen 19 people charged with a range of offences.

    The force is still asking people to be vigilant and report any potential offences as soon as possible.

     
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    Grenier denies missing training 13:32: Vicki Sparks BBC Newcastle

    Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier (pictured) has denied reports suggesting he missed a training session in an effort to force a move, insisting he is happy to stay with the French side.

    Clement Grenier

    Newcastle have been linked with a move for the France international, who claims he is not seeking a transfer.

     
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    Chemotherapy to be ancient history? 13:09: Charlie Charlton BBC Look North

    Is chemotherapy for cancer patients set to become ancient history? New research has put Newcastle at the centre of a project to unlock the secrets of DNA, which could lead to targeted therapies for those at risk.

    The aim is to study the genomes of people who have cancer or rare diseases, and see how it compares with healthy DNA. I'll have more on BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

     
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    news on the hour 12:58:

    The top headlines at 13:00 include:

     
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    Your pictures: Poppies 12:44:

    "The countryside comes to town," says Tracey Laing from Consett who sent us this picture of poppies.

    Poppies

    You can send your pictures by email or tweet @BBCNewsNE.

     
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    Swimming in South Shields 12:33: Julie Smith BBC Look North

    I'm in South Shields where a campaign has been launched offering free swimming lessons to raise awareness of safety in open water.

    South Shields

    It follows a number of incidents in our region, most recently in North Shields when a man drowned in the sea. I'll have more on BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

     
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    Volunteers sought for ceremony 12:24:

    Great Run tweets: There's still time to perform at the #GNRMillion opening ceremony. Find more in @BBCLN video - go to the 16.40! grtrun.org/DMQ1vi

     
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    Concern for walk-in centre 12:15: Jordan Allen BBC News

    There's growing concern on South Tyneside over plans to close a walk-in health centre in Jarrow.

    The clinical commissioning group says people will be better served by a one-stop urgent care hub at South Tyneside Hospital in South Shields instead.

    But local councillors are opposing the plan and have arranged a public meeting tonight at Jarrow Community Association.

     
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    Sonic booms in the UK 12:09: Helen Burchell BBC News

    Figures obtained by the BBC show 16 sonic booms have been acknowledged by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in the UK since 2009.

    Sky in Northumberland

    They have been confirmed in the skies above parts of Yorkshire and Northumberland, among other places since 2009.

    Tornadoes were photographed flying over Alnwick in Northumberland moments after a sonic boom and plasterwork in a church also in Alnwick was damaged in 2012.

     
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    News on the hour 11:55:

    The top headlines at 12:00 include:

     
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    Anger over Alnwick toilets 11:43: Northumberland Gazette Newspaper
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    Yorkshire gets '216m visits' 11:35:

    Northern Rail tweets: Did You Know: 216 million visits to #Yorkshire are made every year, equivalent to the total number of Disney Theme Parks visitors worldwide!

     
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    Your views on animal testing 11:28: Jonathan Miles BBC Newcastle

    The minister in charge of regulating animal experiments in the UK has said he wants to see an end to all testing.

    Lib Dem MP Norman Baker - a longstanding anti-vivisection campaigner - said a ban on animal testing "would not happen tomorrow" but claimed the government was moving in the right direction.

    So is animal testing cruel and unnecessary? or is it vital for the future of medicine? Call BBC Newcastle on 0191 232 6565 or join the conversation on Facebook.

     
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    Woman 'shamed into losing weight' 11:22: Sunderland Echo Newspaper

    A woman was shamed into losing 11 stone - after passers-by teased her for being fat as she posed for her wedding photos.

     
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    Patients 'receive out-of-date drugs' 11:16:

    The North East Ambulance Service Trust has referred itself to the health care watchdog after paramedics administered out-of-date drugs to patients.

    NEAS drugs bag

    Officials said a routine audit in April revealed 75 doses of morphine and diazepam, which has passed expiry dates, were given out by 26 paramedics.

    The trust said no patients were put at risk, but the effectiveness of the drugs was likely to have been reduced. It has informed the Care Quality Commission and NHS regulator Monitor.

     
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    Darlington businessman revealed 11:11: Northern Echo Newspaper
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    Nine arrests in Hartlepool 11:05: Andy Bell BBC Tees

    I'm at Wynyard Mews in Hartlepool (pictured). Earlier this morning, nine arrests were made after reports of a disturbance and someone armed with a weapon.

    Wynyard Mews, Hartlepool

    I'll have more on BBC Tees.

     
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    News on the hour 11:00:

    The top headlines at 11:00 include:

     
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    Medallist's praise for BBC coverage 10:47:

    Middlesbrough's Commonwealth Games silver medallist Aimee Willmott tweets: Nice to see the swimming being bigged up on the tv on @BBCOne! #bringonRio

     
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    Ideas for summer 10:40: Lisa McCormick BBC Tees

    We're now a good couple of weeks into the school holidays! This morning we want to come up with a roster of great things going on locally over the summer that can keep the family busy.

    We want to end the show at 12:00 with at least 50 great ideas, so let us know yours! Call BBC Tees on 01642 225511 or join the conversation on Facebook.

     
  53.  
    Aimee Willmott on BBC Tees 10:32:

    BBC Tees Sport tweets: If you missed @aimee_willmott talking to @RobLawTees about her Commonwealth Silver medals last night, listen again here: bbc.in/1xJhq20

    Aimee Willmott
     
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    Latest on Hartlepool incident 10:22: Simon Armstrong BBC News

    Seven men and two women have been arrested on suspicion of affray and police are still searching for a weapon, Cleveland Police say.

    Police say there were reports of a disturbance near Wynyard Mews just after 07:30.

     
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    Wynyard Road reopens 10:06:

    Wynyard Road in Hartlepool has reopened in both directions between the Kilmarnock Road junction and the Catcote Road junction because of an earlier police incident, reports BBC Travel News.

     
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    News on the hour 10:00:

    The top headlines at 10:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A project to map 100,000 complete DNA code sequences has started with volunteers in Newcastle already having donated samples.
    • BBC Tees: An area in Hartlepool has been cordoned off as armed police deal with reports of someone with a weapon.
     
  57.  
    How Boro's transfers changed football 09:52: Lloyd Watson BBC News

    The Guardian has written a piece about how Middlesbrough's mid-1990s transfers changed English football.

    Bryan Robson and Fabrizio Ravanelli

    Newly-promoted Middlesbrough had money and a bright young manager in Bryan Robson.

    Juninho, Emerson and Fabrizio Ravanelli arrived and the top flight was never the same again.

     
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    Hartlepool armed incident 09:45:

    Nine people have been arrested on suspicion of affray following reports of a disturbance and someone with a weapon in Wynyard Mews in Hartlepool at about 07:30, Cleveland Police say.

    A road closure is in place to allow officers to contain the area and armed police officers are at the scene. Inquiries are ongoing.

     
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    Wynyard Road in Hartlepool closed 09:40:

    Wynyard Road in Hartlepool is closed in both directions between the Kilmarnock Road junction and the Catcote Road junction because of a police incident, reports BBC Travel News.

     
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    Missing teenager found 09:35:

    Missing teenager Claudia Fernandes who was staying with family in the Grindon area of Sunderland has been found safe and well, Northumbria Police say.

     
  61.  
    WW1 remembered in Great Ayton 09:27: Andy Bell BBC Tees

    We often hear a lot about Great Ayton being the home for the celebrated Captain Cook, but another hero has now landed in action.

    WW1 sculpture

    A life-size sculpture of a World War One solider is also serving in the commemorative events to mark the deaths of Great Ayton heroes 100 years on.

    The community are honouring the 48 residents who served in the war and are to "adopt" a soldier.

     
  62.  
    DNA project 'to make UK world leader' 09:23:

    A project aiming to revolutionise medicine by unlocking the secrets of DNA is under way in centres across England.

    Breast tumour

    Pilots have been set up at centres across England - including Newcastle - and the first genome was sequenced on 30 May.

    Experts believe it will lead to targeted therapies and could make chemotherapy "a thing of the past".

     
  63.  
    as it happened
    • News, sport and weather for Fri 1 Aug
    • Join us again from 08:00 on Monday
    • Listen Live: BBC Tees and BBC Newcastle
     
  64.  
    Future of Tennis World? 09:04: The Gazette Newspaper
  65.  
    News on the hour 08:56:

    The top headlines at 09:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A project to map 100,000 complete DNA code sequences has started with volunteers in Newcastle already having donated samples.
    • BBC Tees: The North East Ambulance Service says it's reported itself to the Care Quality Commission after patients were given out-of-date drugs.
     
  66.  
    Free swimming lessons 08:45:

    Free swimming lessons are being offered to 3,000 children at the beach in South Shields to try and improve safety in open water.

    Learning to swim

    One in five children experience a near miss drowning according to figures from the swimming charity, the Amateur Swimming Association.

     
  67.  
    Using mobiles while driving 08:33: Anthony Day BBC Newcastle

    A judge has described using mobile phones while driving as "a plague on society".

    It's after a driver killed a man while using two mobile phones behind the wheel.

    If using a mobile while driving is a plague on society, how do we cure it? Call BBC Newcastle 0191 232 6565 or join the conversation on Facebook.

     
  68.  
    'Half-starved men' 08:27:

    Teesside painter Dave Watson (pictured) flourished in the '50s but disappeared from view shortly afterwards, his fate unknown.

    Dave Watson

    However, local art curator Mark Parham has tracked him down - and he's now exhibiting at the McGuinness Gallery Bishop Auckland and Teesside University.

    He used to capture the scene of the Tees' docks. He said: "You saw rats, it was horrible and if you look at some of my paintings the men look half-starved, because they were."

     
  69.  
    Commonwealth medal winner's joy 08:16:

    Teesside's Jade Jones (pictured) won her first senior medal with bronze in the women's T54 1500m in the Commonwealth Games.

    Jade Jones

    Her coach Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson presented her with a bronze medal.

    She said: "It was really unexpected and it's my first senior medal. It's a great feeling."

     
  70.  
    Busy but moving 08:10:

    There's heavy traffic on the A19 in both directions in Stockton between the A66 junction and Portrack Interchange.

    The A167 Tyne Bridge in Newcastle is busy but moving. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

     
  71.  
    Showers will spread 08:07:

    It's a dry and bright start, however a band of showers will soon spread in from the west to affect all parts by midday.

    Weather forecast

    Showers will gradually clear to the east through the afternoon, followed by brighter weather for most parts in the evening although there is still a chance of one or two showers.

    Maximum temperature: 17C (63F). Check the forecast near you.

     
  72.  
    Good morning 08:00: Lloyd Watson BBC News

    Welcome to BBC Local Live. I'll be bringing you news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the North East.

    If you'd like us to feature your comments, pictures or memories of the former Newcastle and England boss, send them to us by email, tweet us @BBCNewsNE or join our Facebook page.

     

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