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  1. Updates on Monday 18 April 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Updates for the North East have now finished for the day. 

    We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow. We hope you can join us then.

    If you'd like to get in touch you can tweet us, email, or contact us through our Facebook page.  

  2. Duke the injured bullock and his mobile walking aid

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    We'll be looking at injured animals looking for new homes on Look North tonight, including Duke the injured bullock and his mobile walking aid (pictured).

    Duke the bullock

    Tune in at 18:30 tonight to hear his story. 

  3. Cows stampedes on ramblers 'not rare' says walker after North East death

    The Chronicle

    A rambler says cow stampedes may not be as rare as people think after a tourist was killed by a herd of cattle near the North East coast.  

    Marian Clode
  4. Wide regional variations in primary places

    Wide local variations are emerging in the proportion of families allocated their first choice of primary school for their children.

    Less than 69% of families in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea were offered their first choice, compared with 83% for London overall.

    There was better news for parents in Redcar and Cleveland, where almost 98% of parents got their first choice.

    A national average for England will not be available for a couple of weeks.

  5. Weather: A dry night, becoming chilly

    A dry evening and night. With clear periods and winds continuing to ease it will turn chilly with a ground frost, in rural spots.

    Minimum Temperature: 3C (37F).

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  6. Cricket: Injured Mark Wood likely to be out another two months

    BBC Sport

    England fast bowler Mark Wood requires a second operation on his injured ankle but may still return to play Test cricket this summer.

    Mark Wood

    The Northumberland-born cricketer, 26, first had surgery on the ankle after leaving England's winter tour of the United Arab Emirates early.

    He pulled out of an intended comeback with Durham's second XI this week.

  7. Woman becomes Darlington FC's oldest mascot at 86

    An 86-year-old supporter of Darlington FC became the club's oldest mascot yesterday.

    Joyce Rumney has supported the club for more than 70 years.

    You can watch the moment it happened on BBC Tees' Facebook here.

    Joyce Rumney
  8. Burglar stands in paint and leaves footprints leading to his house

    A burglar was caught after he stood in paint and left footprints leading back to his house.

    Police were called to a report of a break-in at a second hand shop in Easington Colliery, at the junction of Seaside Lane and Vincent Street in February. 

    Paint print

    A small number of items had been stolen from the premises, but police say they "had one potential and very obvious lead".

    During the break-in the intruder had knocked over a tin of white paint and had unwittingly left a trail of footprint impressions on the pavement outside the shop. 

    Paint print

    An officer followed the trail down Vincent Street to a house, found the stolen property in the garden, checked the suspect’s footwear and arrested the 27-year-old occupant for burglary.

    Mark Andrew Connor appeared at Peterlee Magistrates court last Tuesday.

    He admitted one charge of burglary and was given a 12 month community order with £100 compensation.

  9. Spate of car thefts in East Tynedale

    Since Tuesday last week there have been a spate of car thefts in East Tynedale, police say.

    Tools worth more than £1,000 were stolen from a van parked in Castle View, Ovingham.

    A man who tried to get into another van later that day was disturbed and made off empty handed in a red Peugeot car.

    On Friday a man attempted to break into a Land Rover parked in Jackson Road, Wylam, and tools were stolen from a van parked in Station Road, Corbridge.

  10. Watch: 93-year-old man flies across River Tyne on zip-wire

    A 93-year-old man has  travelled across the River Tyne on a zip-wire.

    Harold Robson wanted to do it in memory of his wife Joan who died last year.  

    You can watch it on BBC Look North's Facebook page here.

  11. Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez: 'We can beat anyone'

    BBC Sport

    Magpies boss Rafa Benitez is hopeful his team can continue a recovery that began with a 3-0 win over Swansea at the weekend.

    He held a news conference today ahead of tomorrow night's match against Manchester City.

    Rafa Benitez

    The Magpies are one place off the bottom, two points behind Sunderland and three adrift of Norwich but Benitez said: "If we believe like we did against Swansea then we can beat anyone.

    "We have nothing to lose at the moment and we have confidence."  

  12. 'Night vision' cameras to catch speeding motorists in Durham and Cleveland

    New "night vision" safety cameras will be used across Durham and Cleveland in a week-long crackdown on speeding motorists.

    Starting today, officers from the joint Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit (CDSOU) will be carrying out speed checks.

    Speed camera

    They now have cameras with full infra-red capability, and are being fitted to the four mobile safety vans which operate across the Durham and Cleveland force areas

    Police say the cameras they used to use could only operate when there was enough daylight to capture cars' registration details, whereas these work in low light.

  13. Football: Sunderland Ladies lose 7-0 to Arsenal

    BBC Sport

    Danielle van de Donk scored a hat-trick as Arsenal, down to 10 players for much of the game, crushed Sunderland to reach their 15th Women's FA Cup final.

    The Gunners lost Emma Mitchell to two yellow cards, but Van de Donk and Dan Carter put them in control.

    Sunderland's Abby Holmes was then sent off for fouling Carter in the box, with Fara Williams converting from the spot.

    Van de Donk went on to complete her treble, with Carter adding a second and Jordan Nobbs also on target.

  14. Car worked on by Durham students sells for £17,500

    A car which was donated to East Durham College’s Technical Academy and worked on by staff and students has been sold at auction for more than expected. 

    The BMW 850csi was valued by auctioneers at between £8,000 and £12,000.

    BMW 850csi

    But at auction last week it was sold for £17,500 at a specialist prestige and performance car company in Luton.

    The money received by the college from the sale of the car will now go back into the motor vehicle department at The Technical Academy to fund further projects for students to work on.

  15. Woman stabbed to death by 'horror-obsessed' boy

    A teenage boy with a 'morbid interest in horror' has admitted stabbing a woman to death.  

    Susan Mitchelson, 45, was found with more than 50 stab wounds at her home in Northumberland in November.

    Newcastle Crown Court

    Newcastle Crown Court heard the boy, 16, who cannot be named for legal reasons, suffered serious mental health issues and believed he was a demon.

    He was sentenced to a hospital order after admitting manslaughter with diminished responsibility.

  16. Grade II listed Sunderland pub wins design awards

    A pub in a Grade II listed building in Sunderland has won design awards.

    The Dun Cow in Sunderland was crowned the winner in refurbishment and conservation categories.

    The Dun Cow

    The competition's run by the Campaign for Real Ale in association with Historic England and the Victorian Society.

    The pub, originally built as a gin palace in 1901, has been restored to its former grandeur.