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  1. Updates on Tuesday 31 May 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for the North East have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel. 

    We hope you can join us then.  

    If you'd like to get in touch you can Tweet @BBCNewsNEemail, or contact us via our Facebook page.  

  2. Darlington Civic Theatre closing for £12m refurbishment

    Stuart Whincup

    BBC Look North

    I've been filming at Darlington Civic Theatre as it prepares to close for 18 months for a £12m refurbishment - the final show is tonight.

    Watch my full report on Look North on BBC One at 18:30.

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  3. Weather: A cloudy, murky evening

    Outbreaks of rain, which could be heavy in places.

    It will remain rather cloudy and murky, especially across coastal areas, with mist, occasional drizzle, and hill fog likely.  

    Weather
  4. A look back at the Durham Tees Valley Air Show

    For those of you who missed the long-awaited Durham Tees Valley Air Show over the weekend, here are a couple of reminders.

    Red Arrows

    A display by the Red Arrows was one of the highlights of the event.

    Royal Military Police display

    And the ground events included a demonstration by the Royal Military Police of how they protect VIPs and high-ranking officials.

  5. Neither public nor convenient - nowhere to spend a penny

    Newcastle is one of 10 areas in the UK without any council-run public toilets.

    There is no legal requirement for authorities to provide such facilities, so they are often closed down when budgets are squeezed.

    In some areas the disused facilities find new life as a shops, wine bars, and in one case, a dog grooming parlour.

    However, plans to convert the iconic underground loos in Newcastle's Bigg Market (pictured below) into other uses have not, as yet been realised.

    Bigg Market toilet
  6. Service commemorates bomb crate victims

    A memorial service has been held to remember the lives of four people - two of them children - who died when a schoolgirl fell down a bomb crater in Newcastle.

    On 5 May 1941 a bomb damaged homes on Tarset Street above the Ouseburn Valley but no-one was killed or injured. 

    However, three weeks later on 31 May, seven-year-old Irene Page fell into the crater, and was suffocated by gas fumes.

    Three would-be rescuers, 12-year-old Ernest Smith and volunteer firemen John Tulip and George Wanless, also died.  

    Chronicle report of tragedy

    The service was held at St Ann's Church on Breamish Street.

    Watch the full report on Look North on BBC One at 18:30.

  7. Beached whale 'probably hit by boat'

    A sperm whale found dead on a Teesside beach is thought to have been hit by a boat out at sea.

    An area of Marske beach has been cordoned off to allow experts to dispose of the carcass.

    Marske whale

    By coincidence, it is five years to the day since a sperm whale was beached just up the coast at Redcar.

    It was alive when stranded, but died despite a rescue bid to keep it wet until high tide.

  8. Andros Townsend 'gutted' about missing out on Euro 2016 squad

    Earlier England's Euro 2016 squad was announced and Newcastle midfielder Andros Townsend was one of those to lose out.

    He tweeted his reaction:.

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  9. Cricket: Nottinghamshire draw with Durham after poor weather halts play

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    Durham's match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge was brought to an end earlier.

    With no sign of the weather improving and little chance of a result, the umpires decided enough was enough at tea.

    Both sides take 12 points from the encounter and Nottinghamshire's Brendan Taylor takes with him a match to remember. The former Zimbabwe skipper scored two hundreds.

    Trent Bridge
  10. Liam Fee murderers sentenced in July

    The two women convicted of murdering Liam Fee will be sentenced on 6 July.

    Rachel and Nyomi Fee had subjected the two year old to an escalating pattern of cruelty before he was found dead at their home in Fife.

    Liam Fee's father, Joseph Johnson, was in tears at the verdict and had to be consoled by friends.

    The pair, originally of Ryton, were also found guilty of the physical and psychological abuse of two other boys.

    Nyomi (left), Rachel and Liam Fee
  11. Driver, 94, seriously hurt in bollard collision

    An elderly woman is in a critical condition after the car she was driving hit a road sign in Durham.

    The 94-year-old suffered serious internal injuries when her Smart Fortwo collided with a "keep left" bollard in the central reservation.

    Durham Police has appealed for witnesses to the incident outside the Gilesgate Moor Hotel at 20:00 on Saturday.

  12. Para sailing silver medal for Sunderland man

    A sailing team skipped by a Sunderland man gained a silver medal at the Para Sailing World Championship in the Netherlands at the weekend.

    John Robertson, along with Stephen Thomas and Hannah Stodel, won the final Sonar race but had to settle for second overall because a third-place finish for the United States was enough to claim gold.  

    Silver medalists

    After the result, at Medemblik, he said: "It would have been nice to have had a gold but to have a silver at this stage of the game is pretty good actually. 

    "The way we sailed was really quite good as well, so we're pretty chuffed." 

  13. Woman assaulted and robbed in block of flats

    A woman was robbed and punched in the face after another man sexually assaulted her in the communal area of a block of flats.

    The victim was first pinned against the wall in Collingwood Mansions, North Shields, by a man who touched her inappropriately.

    She pushed him away and a second man then stole cash from her wallet and punched her in the face.

    Northumbria Police has appealed for information about the incident between 22:00 and midnight, Saturday into Sunday.

  14. Jobs lost during Darlington Theatre restoration

    More than 70 workers at Darlington Theatre have been made redundant as a result of its year-long restoration programme.

    The council said that with no suitable alternative jobs it was unable to hold on to staff for such a lengthy period.

    However, they would be able to re-apply for new posts in readiness for its reopening.

    Model of refurbished Darlington Theatre

    Following the £11.7m refurbishment, The Grade II-listed building will reopen as the Darlington Hippodrome.

  15. Newcastle's Andros Townsend not included in England Euro 2016 squad

    The England squad for Euro 2016 has been announced and Newcastle midfielder Andros Townsend has missed out along with Leicester's Danny Drinkwater.

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  16. Liam Fee injuries 'similar to car crash'

    Liam Fee suffered injuries similar to those seen in road crash victims, the trial was told.

    A pathologist testified that in the hours or days before he died he had suffered fractures to his upper arm and thigh, and more 30 external injuries, most of them "in keeping with blunt force trauma".

    The court was also told that mobiles belonging to Rachel and Nyomi Fee, who are originally from Ryton, were used to carry out internet searches including "can you die from a broken bone" and "will a hip fracture heal on its own".

    Liam at nursery