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"Weak and frankly inexcusable" - That's how the education results of Middlesbrough's children have been described by the schools inspector Ofsted.
It said the results of the town's children lag well behind the national average at all stages of education and they are being placed at a significant disadvantage.
Teachers have described the criticism as unfair, untrue and demoralising.
I'll have the full story on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.
A cloudy start to the evening, perhaps with a little light rain or sleet in places.
Cloud will tend to break overnight, leading to a widespread frost and some freezing fog patches by morning.
Minimum temperature: -2C (28F). Check the forecast near you.
Georidie duo Ant and Dec, regular attendees of the National Television Awards, are in the running for their 15th presenter awards tonight.
The entertainment presenter category has been changed to most popular TV presenter this year, and the pair are up against Graham Norton, Mel and Sue and former X Factor contender Rylan Clark, who now presents on This Morning and Big Brother's Bit on the Side.
Two of the pair's shows are up against each other in the entertainment programme category - Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway and I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! are nominated alongside Celebrity Juice and The Graham Norton Show.
Here they are celebrating in October 2001 - when they won Most Popular Entertainment Presenters at the awards.
A1056 Killingworth Way in Gosforth is partially blocked in both directions between the A189 junction and the B1318 junction because of an accident involving three vehicles and a fuel spillage. Police are directing traffic.
One lane is closed and there's queuing traffic on the A66 eastbound in Middlesbrough between Cannon Park Interchange and Hartington Interchange because of an accident involving one car.
Unemployment in the North East fell by 6,000 to 104,000 between September and November, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show.
Paul Carbert from the North East Chamber of Commerce said: “After the particularly worrying labour statistics released towards the end of last year, it certainly looks as though our region is starting to turn a corner.
"The North East has seen the largest rise in employment in the country, reporting 1.7% over the last three months.
“These results are better news than we have seen for a while; nevertheless, they also highlight a potential disparity between the regions of the Northern Powerhouse."
Robots, Cyborgs and other mechanical models are taking centre stage in an exhibition in Newcastle.
A variety of models from films and TV shows including Iron Man, The Terminator and Robocop are all going on display at the Centre for Life from the weekend.
Exhibition organiser Duncan Yellowlees described the the private collection, which is all owned by one individual, as "extraordinary".
Water can flow more freely under a bridge in the middle of Durham after a large amount of debris was moved.
The debris built up against Elvet Bridge following exceptional rainfall resulting in high river levels.
It was winched from the River Wear and stacked at the riverside before being cut up with a chainsaw and removed.
The Football League says it regrets the late rescheduling of Middlesbrough's Championship game at Leeds United next month.
It blamed the delay on legal action taken by Leeds in their bid to prevent further games from being rearranged for live TV coverage.
The match was initially scheduled for Elland Road on 13 February but it'll now be played the following Monday at 19:45 and will be the first of three games to be played in eight days.
Police are warning residents over malicious letters sent making paedophile claims.
We've more information on the crash on the A19 - One lane is closed and there's queuing traffic on the A19 northbound in Middlesbrough at the A66 junction because of an accident involving two cars. Congestion on A66 is back to Teesside Park.
A lane is blocked on the A19 after a collision near the Tees flyover.
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Weather presenter, BBC Look North
Staying dry and cold this afternoon with increasing amounts of sunshine and light, variable winds.
Maximum temperature: 4C (39F). Check the forecast near you.
More on the story that the front doors of houses used by asylum seekers are to be repainted after claims they were targeted because nearly all of the doors were red.
Responding to claims that Jomast deliberately painted the doors of asylum seekers red, its managing director, Stuart Monk told BBC Tees, "Absolutely not, we paint front doors of our houses a variety of colours.
"It would be true to say we have painted a lot of front doors red but because it's a fairly standard colour and it's nothing more than that.
"But whether we have properties used by asylum seekers or housing private tenants it doesn't really make any difference - the doors' colours could be the same or different."
G4S says there is no policy to house asylum seekers in Middlesbrough behind red doors but its subcontractor, Jomast, will be repainting them.
Jomast MD Stuart Monk said the paint is usually bought in bulk for use across all properties, adding that it is "ludicrous to suggest that this constitutes any form of discrimination".
The Times visited 168 houses in Middlesbrough owned by Jomast, a sub contractor for the global security firm G4S, and found 155 had red doors.
Former local councillor Suzanne Fletcher told the BBC's Today programme she had raised the issue of red doors with G4S as far back as 2012 but was told the company would not ask Jomast to repaint them.
She went on to submit evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee, Public Accounts Committee and National Audit Office.
She said: "Over four years ago when I was working with groups of asylum seekers, they were worried it marked them out and were worried about attacks."
The charity Refugee Council said it "has long held concerns about the quality and security of asylum accommodation".
Rahumullah Ahmedi (pictured left), 36, who lives in a street nearby, said he had experienced no racism or harassment in Middlesbrough, and he knew of some asylum seekers housed by Jomast who did not have red front doors.
MPs are responding to an Urgent Question on the alleged mistreatment of asylum seekers.
Mohammed Bagher Bayzavi, 58, who lives in Middlesbrough, said: "Everyone here knows the red colour is Jomast. Change the colour - anything but red."
Jomast and G4S have denied the claim red paint has been used deliberately for the doors of properties housing asylum seekers, saying the colour has been used on "many" houses.