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  1. Updates on Tuesday 3 May 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Updates for the North East have now finished for the day - thank you for joining us and hope you have a good evening. 

    We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with more news, sport, weather and travel. Until then there will be updates online and in our radio and TV bulletins.

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  2. Weather: Turning chilly overnight

    Turning chilly through the evening, especially in rural locations, as any remaining showers soon die away to leave clear spells with light winds.

    Cloud will thicken through the early hours with the odd spot of rain possible. 

    Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F).

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  3. Who's staying and who's going at Gateshead?

    Matthew Raisbeck

    BBC Newcastle Sport

    Gateshead have released 10 players today, including record appearance holder James Curtis. 

    Others to go include James Marwood, Craig Baxter and Jon Shaw, while goalkeeper Sam Russell has been put on the transfer list. 

    Manager Neil Aspin has offered contracts to striker Danny Johnson, as well as midfielders Patrick McLaughlin, Gus Mafuta and Josh Gillies.

  4. Huge crane swings into action on new Morpeth bypass

    One of the biggest pieces of machinery involved in the building of the new Morpeth Northern Bypass has swung into action.

    A 500-ton crane is currently towering above the site as it works to lower 70 concrete blocks, each weighing 26 tons, into the ground to create the How Burn Culvert which runs through the centre of the site.

    The work will take about a week and is the latest stage in the £30m scheme which will cut congestion in Morpeth and reduce travel time and costs between the A1 and the south east of Northumberland. 

  5. 'Noisy' cow pats and dying trees to feature in show

    Noise recorded on Newcastle's vast Town Moor including inside cow pats and the sound of a dying tree are to feature in an exhibition and show. 

    Chris Watson: The Town Moor - A Portrait in Sound, has been a collaboration with BBC Newcastle and is an acoustic soundscape of the area - which is a 1,000 acre, ancient grazing common.

    Newcastle's Town Moor

    Recorded over the course of one year, Mr Watson worked alongside BBC producer Murphy Cobbing, to create a four-part radio series and online page.     

    The project has now been reworked to make a 40-minute film and exhibition to be shown in the city's Tyneside Cinema Gallery. 

    The show and film opens on 21 June. 

    Scenes from the Town Moor
  6. Who shot down MH17?

    A host of different theories surround the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, in which Newcastle United fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney (pictured) were killed. 

    BBC Magazine has taken a look at the conspiracy theories surround the crash to ask what really happened?

    John Alder and Liam Sweeney
  7. Football: Thoughts of Boro boss Aitor Karanka ahead of club's crucial week

    BBC Tees

    BBC Tees Sport

    Middlesbrough's match against Brighton on Saturday will decide which of them is automatically promoted to the Premier League.

    Following Burnley's promotion on Monday, the two clubs will be competing for the remaining promotion slot, without having to face the play-offs.

    You can hear Boro boss Aitor Karanka's thoughts this evening.

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  8. Anti pirate ship sailors in Indian 'legal limbo'

    Loved ones of six British forces veterans jailed in India have called on the Government for help to bring them home. 

    All are being held in "horrendous" conditions, according to relatives, after being sentenced to five years on weapons charges while working as security guards on ships to combat the threat of pirates.

    They were arrested in 2012.

    Joanne Thomlinson's brother, ex-Paratroop Regiment member John Armstrong, 28, from Wigton, Cumbria, is one of the six.

    She said they were in "legal limbo". 

    Nick Dunn, from Ashington, is also among the six former soldiers.

    About 60 friends and relatives of the six held a rally ahead of a meeting on Tuesday afternoon in Carlisle, Cumbria, with Foreign and Commonwealth Office minister Hugo Swire. 

    Carlisle rally
  9. Digital Nation: Artist's work makes transition from canvas to the stage

    This week's round-up of the best local independent television from around the UK includes a film from Made in Tyne & Wear about the artist Alexander Millar - you can watch it here.

    Alexander Millar painting
  10. Rape accused ex-Sunderland player Cabral says victim 'lying'

    A former Premier League footballer accused of raping a woman he met in a nightclub has told a jury she is lying.

    Ex-Sunderland player Cabral, whose real name is Adilson Tavares Varela, told Hull Crown Court he did not know why the woman would try to destroy his life. 

    She has told the jury Varela pinned her down on his bed.

    But the footballer has said they had consensual sex after going back to his Gateshead flat with friends.

    He denies two counts of rape. The trial continues.

  11. Art students crafted land art to mark bike tour

    Art students from Middlesbrough College crafted some land art to welcome the Tour De Yorkshire this weekend - and make sure it was seen by the "eyes in the sky" cameras. 

    The work included a bike and 30 bike wheels.

    Bike art
  12. Childminder reported that "somebody was hurting" toddler

    A childminder has told the Liam Fee murder trial that she reported her fears about the toddler. 

    Heather Farmer said by Christmas 2012 she had begun to have doubts and contacted the Scottish Childminding Association for advice because she thought "someone was hurting Liam."

    Liam Fee

    Rachel Fee and Nyomi Fee, who are originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear, are accused of murdering Liam in March 2014 and attempting to defeat the ends of justice by blaming the killing on a young boy. 

    The couple are also charged with a catalogue of allegations that they neglected Liam and abused two other children, one of whom they blame for killing Liam, in their care over a two-year period. 

     They deny all the charges against them. The trial at the High Court in Livingston continues.

  13. MP claims Darlington is 'too big' not to have casualty unit

    Darlington MP Jenny Chapman is calling for answers over the future of Accident and Emergency Services at the town's Memorial Hospital. 

    The call comes after the health trust which runs it confirmed it was discussing the effectiveness of emergency care as part of a wider review of NHS services in the region. 

    Ms Chapman told BBC Tees that managers need to give more detail about the proposals. 

    She said: "The biggest area of population in the trust area is Darlington, so it makes no sense at all to take services away from that hospital."

    MP Jenny Chapman
  14. Has Captain Cook's ship been found?

    Researchers in the US believe they may be a step closer to locating the ship in which Middlesbrough explorer Captain James Cook sailed to Australia in 1768.

    The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (Rimap) has known for some time the ship was scuttled in Newport Harbour in 1778.

    But they now believe they have narrowed down the search to a cluster of five shipwrecks on the seafloor.

    The researchers plan to investigate the ships and their artefacts further.

  15. Paralympic champion disqualified over tattoo

    BBC Sport

    Paralympic champion swimmer Josef Craig has been disqualified from a race at the IPC European Championships for failing to cover up a tattoo.

    The 19-year-old from Jarrow has a motif of the Olympic rings on the left side of his chest, which breaches advertising regulations.

    Swimmer Josef Craig

    He won his heat in the S8 100m freestyle but missed out on Sunday's final after being disqualified.

    In Monday's S8 400m freestyle heats, Craig swam with a cover on the tattoo.

  16. CCTV appeal after assault outside Hexham bar

    Police have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to after an attack outside a bar. 

    It happened in the early hours of Saturday when a 20-year-old man was assaulted outside Studio Sports Bar, Priestpopple, Hexham. 

    Police said the men were in the area at the time the assault happened and may be able to help with enquiries.

    CCTV images
  17. Bishop Auckland FC fan's £300k legacy for club

    A lifelong football fan has left his favourite amateur club more than £300,000 in his will.

    Colin Rowell was an avid Bishop Auckland FC supporter and left the bulk of his estate to the club following his death in January at the age of 79.

    Colin Rowell

    Stunned officials said the bequest would help secure the County Durham club's future. 

    Mr Rowell, from nearby Cockton Hill, has no surviving family members and had been a fan for more than 70 years.