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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's the end of our updates here today - thank you very much for joining us. We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with more news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the North East.

    In the meantime there will be more updates on BBC Newcastle, BBC Tees, online and on Look North.

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  2. Weather: Outbreaks of rain turning heavy at times and easing later

    Outbreaks of rain moving east through the evening, which will turn heavy at times but become lighter after midnight. 

    Rain will begin to ease towards the end of the night, although it will remain cloudy, with a cool northerly breeze developing. 

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    Minimum Temperature: 12C (54F). 

  3. Charity walk raises fund for brain tumour research

    BBC Tees

    A Redcar woman who has three brain tumours is hailing a charity walk in aid of research into her condition as a success.

    About 200 people climbed Roseberry Topping, in North Yorkshire, yesterday morning at an event organised by Mel Hennessey.

    She hopes it will raise awareness of brain cancer, with all money raised going to a charity which supports medical research into it. Brain tumours kill more people under the age of 40 than my other cancer.

  4. New Sunderland bridge starting to take shape

    Fabricated steel sections that will form the deck of Sunderland’s new bridge are being delivered to the site at Pallion.

    The cross beams that will provide the framework for the concrete deck are 20m (65ft) long by 2m (6.5ft) deep.

    In total, 38 will be transported from the Port of Sunderland to the site in the coming weeks, along with the main girder sections, which will run along the edge of the deck.

    Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson said: “There is an enormous amount of activity taking place on both the north and south sides of the river, and in the river itself. We are a year into the project and remain on track for a 2018 spring opening. Exciting times are lying ahead.”

    The new bridge will cross the River Wear between Wessington Way in Castletown and European Way in Pallion. It is the first bridge to be built over the Wear in Sunderland for more than 40 years and is part of the wider strategic transport plan to link the Port of Sunderland and city centre with the A19.

    Steel beams which will make up Sunderland's new bridge
  5. Cricket: Play abandoned at Chester-le-Street

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    It is lashing it down now and the skies are dark.

    Play has been abandoned for the day with Durham on 79-2. We have lost 27 overs. Hampshire had declared at 472-9.

  6. Coast Road scheme to enter second phase

    Motorists are being warned to expect delays when the second stage of a major road improvement scheme in North Tyneside gets under way tomorrow.

    The borough council says it is investing £7.2m into the Coast Road project to make the road safer and reduce journey times.

    The first phase involved creating two eastbound traffic lanes along Beach Road to the A192 Tynemouth Pool roundabout and a new footpath and cycleway, while the second phase, which is due for completion early next year, will see the Billy Mill roundabout replaced with a junction with traffic signals.

    Initial works mean lane closures will be in place next to Billy Mill roundabout from 09:30-15:30 and a 30mph speed limit will be in place between Norham Road Bridge and Billy Mill roundabout while there are lane restrictions on the Coast Road.

    The removal of Billy Mill roundabout is expected to begin on 18 July.

  7. Anti-Corbyn Labour MPs not banned from miners gala, but invitations rescinded

    The Durham Miners Association says it has not banned Labour MPs who refused to support the party's leader Jeremy Corbyn from this year's Durham Miners' Gala, however invitations to its events and functions have been rescinded.

    The 132nd gala is being held this weekend and Mr Corbyn is a guest of the association.

    Last week Labour MPs voted 172-40 to pass a motion of no-confidence in him.

    In a statement the association said: "...we will not allow those who have sought to humiliate him and undermine the democratic process in the Labour party the honour of taking part in the aforementioned Gala traditions."

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  8. Football: Mannone agrees new contract with Sunderland

    Goalkeeper Vito Mannone has signed a new two-year deal with Sunderland.

    The 28 year old has been at the Stadium of LIght since 2013 aftre joining from Arsenal. He has made 69 appearances for the Black Cats.

    Vito Mannone
  9. Warning issued over river risks

    People are being warned to take care near rivers after they were alerted to two incidents in Ovingham.

    On Sunday morning a man was swept under by the current and was pulled out by a friend after he went for a swim at Ovingham Bridge.

    Later the same day police received a report of children climbing on scaffolding beneath the bridge. Officers moved the children on after explaining the dangers.

    Northumbria Plice East Tynedale acting neighbourhood Insp Mick Aspey said: "The public should be cautious in unfamiliar stretches of water and encourage their friends to do the same. I'd also ask parents to remind their children of the dangers of open water."  

  10. Ambulances offer end of life transport service

    Dying patients across the North East now have access to a dedicated ambulance service. 

    The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) has set up an End of Life Transport scheme to take terminally ill people to their preferred places to die. 

    Patients are offered help in planning where they want to go, such as a hospice, a care unit, or their home. Dedicated ambulances are then provided, staffed by specialist technicians trained in end-of-life care. 

    A pilot scheme which ran from October 2015 to March 2016 was used by 1,037 people, with more than 80% reaching their destination in less than two hours.

  11. Sunderland illuminations to return

    We may still be waiting for a sustained spell of summer weather, but Sunderland Council has announced the city's Illuminations will be back this autumn - and a £1 entrance fee will be introduced for the first time.

    More than 300,000 people from across the North East visited last year.

    This year's event will run from late September until Bonfire Night and the council says every penny of the new charge will go towards running the event in years to come. 

  12. Tyneside Cinema announces Thomas Peutz as chief executive

    The Tyneside Cinema, in Newcastle city centre, has announced Thomas Peutz (pictured) has been appointed its new chief executive.

    The Dutchman has commissioned and created more than 250 international cultural programmes and the move has been described as "bold and exciting" by the board of trustees.

    He takes over the role from Mark Dobson, who is moving to Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre where he will become executive director.

    Thomas Peutz
  13. Man charged over Sunderland racist abuse

    A 55-year-old man has been charged by police investigating an incident of racist abuse in Sunderland.

    The victim - a woman - was assaulted and racially abused in the Bridges Shopping Centre at about 15:40 on Sunday.

    The suspect will appear at Sunderland Magistrates' Court on 19 July.

  14. Dog attacks on Royal Mail staff 'unacceptable'

    The number of dog attacks on postal workers in the UK is at an "unacceptable" level, a union has said.

    A Royal Mail survey revealed there were more than 2,600 attacks across the country in the last year.

    Attacks in the NE postcode area (which includes Belford in Northumberland) totalled 48 - up 17% on the previous number.

    Nottinghamshire had the highest number of attacks - 68 between April 2015 and April 2016 - the report indicates.  

    A dog with ripped mail
  15. Girls who kidnapped todder in Primark to be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court

    Fiona Trott

    BBC News

    Two girls aged 13 and 14 who admitted kidnapping a two-year-old from a Primark store in Newcastle, have been committed for sentence at the city's crown court. The hearing is due to take place on 8 August.

    The sentencing venue was decided at a hearing this afternoon at North Tyneside Youth Court.

    The two-year-old girl went missing from the shop on Northumberland Street in Newcastle in April. She was found one hour and 45 minutes later after being tracked via CCTV cameras to a park in Gosforth, about three miles away.

    The girls were also charged with shoplifting dummies, baby milk and a bottle.

    The Primark store on Newcastle's Northumberland Street
  16. Two arrests following Newcastle Great Park thefts

    Two men have been arrested after a number of thefts from cars on Newcastle's Great Park estate. Police were called in the early hours of Sunday after it was reported two people were acting suspiciously and trying to open car doors on Barmoor Drive.

    A number of pairs of stolen designer glasses were found and further stolen property was recovered following house-to-house enquiries, Northumbria Police said.

    A 24-year-old was given a police caution, while a 25-year-old was due to appear at South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court today.

  17. Farne Island puffins are picture-perfect

    Everybody loves a cute puffin picture so here's one from Carolyn Farthing-Dunn, of Consett, which she snapped on the Farne Islands.

    "He didn't look too impressed with his mates' singing," she tells us.

    Puffins on the Farne Islands
  18. Footballers back for pre-season training

    It has been the first day of pre-season training for many football teams across the country. 

    Among those being put throgh their paces were Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Newcastle players.

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  19. Gosforth High Street plan would 'alleviate parking issues'

    More now on the story we brought you earlier about plans to improve Gosforth High Street.

    Newcastle City Council is proposing to revise some parking restrictions and replace some double yellow lines with an extra 20 parking spots. It says this would alleviate problems caused by people leaving their vehicles in residential zones.

    It's also put forward a suggestion for a 20mph speed limit from the area around The Grove in the south to Salters Road in the north.