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  1. Updates on Tuesday 5 July 2016

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    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

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  2. Weather: A dry night

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    Remaining heavy showers will die away during the evening to leave a dry remainder of the night with clear spells.

    Winds will fall light to give a small chance of a few mist and fog patches locally by dawn.

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    Check the forecast where you are.

  3. Couple jailed for 'harrowing' child abuse

    A couple have been jailed after committing a series of sexual assaults against two girls.

    Shane Cunningham, 56, and his wife Dawn, 46, were jailed after a jury at Newcastle Crown Court found them both guilty of sexual offences against children. 

    Cunningham was handed a 16-year sentence for an "extended campaign of sexual assault" over several years, which amounted to more than 400 incidents.

    His wife was given a four-year sentence for gross indecency and indecent assault, which included forcing a young girl to perform a sex act on her.

    Judge Tim Gittins condemned the pair for their denial of guilt, telling them: "You made your victims relive these events by continuing to claim your innocence, claiming your victims were lying and their statements were fantasy... One victim's statement gave a harrowing account of years of abuse."

  4. BreakingNissan says it is 'monitoring' UK after EU referendum

    Car giant Nissan says it is continuing to "monitor the situation in the United Kingdom and the European Union" since the Brexit vote.

    The Japanese firm, which has a major plant in Washington, says that like other multinational companies "we are able to seize opportunities, mitigate risks and continually adapt to changing situations".

    Chancellor George Osborne toured the plant last year:

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    Video caption: Taxpayers' money used in Nissan deal
  5. Teesside cabaret artist is Absolutely Fabulous

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    A cabaret artist from Teesside has made it to the big screen - by appearing in none other than the ultimate fashionista film, The Absolutely Fabulous movie.

    La Voix, from Eaglescliffe, was approached by Jennifer Saunders herself, after appearing on Britain's Got Talent two years ago.

    Feeling jealous yet?

    Well, not only did she get to work with the queens of glam, but in the past she has also worked closely with Mickey Rooney, Sir Ian McKellen and Ruby Wax.

    Cheers to you, sweetie darling.

    La Voix with Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley
  6. County Durham 'sees 85% drop in youth crime'

    Youth crime in County Durham has fallen by 85% in less than a decade, with the number of child offenders more than halving since 2010, the council says

    On 13 July, councillors will be asked to approve how the County Durham Youth Offending Service (CDYOS) plans to further reduce criminal behaviour in the coming year.

    Councillor Ossie Johnson, Durham County Council’s cabinet member for children and adult services, said: “This last year just eight young people received a custodial sentence - that’s over 80% less than five years ago - while since 2007-08 the numbers sentenced or cautioned in the county has fallen by more than four fifths, and reoffending by almost 75%.”

    In 2015-16, 161 young people entered the justice system for the first time - a 16.6% reduction year-on-year.

  7. Junior doctors reject new contract

    Junior doctors and medical students in England have voted to reject the contract that has been offered to them by the government.

    British Medical Association members voted 58% to 42% against accepting the deal.

    BMA leaders had urged members to accept the terms, which were announced in May after talks with the government resumed following six strikes.

    BMA junior doctor leader Johann Malawana immediately resigned.

    In October 2015, up to 4,000 people, many of them doctors, marched through Newcastle in protest against the proposed new contracts for junior doctors.

    People protesting
  8. BreakingNorthumberland surface mine plans approved

    Proposals for a surface mine at Highthorn near Widdrington, Northumberland, have been given the green light by the county council. 

    A meeting took place today to discuss plans to mine three million tonnes of coal.

    Following the council's strategic planning committee's decision to go ahead, the plans will now be passed to the Secretary of State for his consideration.

    The proposals, from Banks Mining, would see the creation of a surface mine to extract coal, sandstone and fireclay, and includes plans for restoring the site once work is complete.

    Extraction would take place over five years with total operations lasting seven years, taking into account the time to set up the site and complete restoration.

    The company believes the scheme will create at least 100 full-time jobs. You can view the plans here.

  9. 'More than a quarter of household waste in County Durham is food'

    Two thirds of adults have thrown food away in the past month and only one in three said it was because it was past its use by date, research by the Food Standards Agency has revealed.

    Christine Ditchburn, food safety manager with Durham County Council Neighbourhood Services, said: “26% of all household waste in County Durham comes from food waste. If every person or household in the county could reduce this then it would have a big impact not only for us but for the environment too.”

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  10. Lindisfarne facts after archaeologist makes find

    After an amateur archaeologist unearthed what is believed to be evidence of one of England's earliest Christian monasteries in a dig on Lindisfarne, here some facts about the place:

    • Connected to the mainland by a tidal causeway, and cut off twice every 24 hours
    • Home of the 1,300-year-old Lindisfarne Gospels
    • Northumberland's patron saint, St Cuthbert was an abbot of its monastery
    • Famous for its mead, a honey-based liqueur
    • Its castle featured in two films directed by Roman Polanski

      The dig team has made a 3D interactive image of the find.  

  11. Pendant containing ashes stolen in Middlesbrough

    A property was burgled on Dovedale Avenue in Grangetown, Middlesbrough, sometime between Saturday 25 June and Tuesday 28 June.

    A large quantity of jewellery was stolen, including a gold chain with pendants containing ashes.

    In addition, burglars took two gold rings, a gold engagement ring with three diamonds, a silver ring with three diamonds, and a gold watch, among other items,

    Electrical goods were also stolen, including a black Acer laptop,  a 3DS console with games, and a white iPad.

    Dovedale Avenue
  12. What actually is the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war?

    The official report into the UK's involvement in the 2003 Iraq War will be published tomorrow - nearly seven years after the inquiry was first announced. 

    In case you're not too sure what it's all about, here's a video that explains it quickly:

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    Video caption: What actually is the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq War?
  13. Travel: Fuel spillage near Middlesbrough

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    Guisborough Road in Nunthorpe in Middlesbrough has been closed at the Stokesley Road junction because of a fuel spillage.

    You can check the latest travel updates for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  14. Protest outside Northumberland County Hall

    A protest outside Northumberland County Hall is taking place today against plans to mine three million tonnes of coal at Highthorn surface mine, near Druridge Bay.

    Protesters, including the leader of the Green Party Natalie Ben, have gathered prior to the start of a meeting to discuss this plan. 

    BBC news correspondent for the North East, Mark Denten, is attending the meeting:

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  15. Lindisfarne monastery evidence found by amateur archaeologist

    Some more on the story we brought you earlier that an amateur archaeologist has unearthed what is believed to be evidence of one of England's earliest Christian monasteries in a dig on Lindisfarne.

    The rare grave marker, thought to be from the mid 7th-8th Century, has been described as a "stunning find".

    A £25,000 project off the north-east coast was crowd-funded by 200 donors, including 60 who took part in the dig.

    Name stoneImage copyrightDIG VENTURES Image caption The stone was found by a member of the public who had contributed to the crowd-funded dig
  16. Faith school transport cost cuts approved

    Plans to withdraw discretionary transport to faith schools have been approved by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council.

    This comes as a result of the £26.3m council cuts by 2020.

    A review was undertaken of the service, which identified there were more cost-effective and sustainable alternative options available.

    A six-week consultation was carried out with parents of pupils who attend St Joseph’s Primary School in Loftus and Sacred Heart Secondary Catholic Voluntary Academy.

    Sacred Heart has now agreed to continue with a similar arrangement with a coach provider, and St Joseph’s has agreed to add a second minibus to its fleet. 

    The council has agreed to assist with the costs of a vehicle in the first year.