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Ana Guerra-Moore

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Weather: Chilly but dry tonight

BBC Weather

Any showers soon fading away to leave a dry night, but feeling rather chilly. The odd patch of mist is then possible around dawn, but quickly clearing. 

Weather graph

Check the weather where you are.

Cricket: Surrey v Yorkshire

BBC Sport

It's day three of four, and Yorkshire trail Surrey by 131 runs with eight wickets remaining.

Follow the match's live updates here.

Northumbria Police out at Northern Pride Festival.

Northumbria Police will be out in force again at this weekend’s Newcastle Northern Pride Festival. 

The event, which is the ninth in the city, will take place primarily on the Town Moor from Friday to Sunday.

Police Crime Commissioner Vera Baird is backing the event and officers, staff and volunteers will be there throughout the weekend offering support and taking part in activities.

On Friday evening a team of runners from the force will be taking part in the Northern Front Runners LGBT 5K on the Town Moor.

Search is on for families of Korean War veterans

Families of Redcar and Cleveland residents killed in action during the Korean War are being asked to come forward as part of a British Legion scheme.

The scheme would give relatives of soldiers who fought and died in Korea the chance to apply for the Revisit Korea programme.

Families would be able to visit South Korea at the request of the Republic of Korea’s government.

Sixteen veterans are known to have died in the war and the Redcar branch of the Royal British Legion is looking to trace families of those in the borough to notify them of the opportunity.

Star Wars auction comes to Thornaby

A collection of Star Wars toys collected over 40 years from around the world could fetch £500,000 when sold at auction next week, valuers said.

The pick of the hundreds of toys for sale is a prototype Boba Fett figure which was never put into production as it fired a projectile which could have been a choking hazard.

Specialists Vectis Auctions said the unpainted and crudely-cast figure could reach £15,000-£20,000 when it is sold next week.

Boba Fett

The sale will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Kathy Taylor, from the auctioneers, described the rocket-firing model as the "holy grail of Star Wars memorabilia".

The collection was put together by a French fan of the films who has previously loaned some of his beloved items to a museum on a rotation, but has now decided to sell. 

Richard Kilty makes Team GB

The British Olympic Association has today announced the 80 track and field athletes who will compete for Team GB at next month's Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

A number of North East faces have made the team, including Middlesbrough's Richard Kilty.

Alnwick's Laura Weightman, Sunderland's Alyson Dixon and Rabah Yousif, who lives in Thornaby, are also headed to Rio.

Richard Kilty
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Families' 'devastation' at T in the Park deaths

The families of two teenagers who died at the T in the Park festival have spoken of their 'devastation' over the tragedies.

Megan Bell from Sunderland and Peter MacCallum from Lochgilphead, who were both 17, died in separate incidents at the event.

Miss Bell's family said her death would leave an "irreplaceable gap" in their lives and that she would be "so sadly missed".

They added: "We would also like to thank everyone for the overwhelming number of flowers, cards and condolences sent to us as this very sad time."

Police Scotland said that both deaths were not being treated as suspicious and a report has been sent to the procurator fiscal.

Police at festival

Killer who 'danced around victim' jailed

A North Tyneside man who danced around his victim after delivering a fatal blow during a street attack in Stirling has been jailed for 32 months.

Jamie Spendiff's attack on Craig Logie, who was out with friends on a stag night, was captured on CCTV.

Spendiff, pictured below, took part in a further assault on other men with co-accused Shaun McCarthy after killing the married 36-year-old last August.

McCarthy was sentenced to 250 hours of unpaid work and a weekend curfew.

Advocate depute Andrew Brown QC told the court: "Witnesses speak to hearing the sound of a crack as the deceased's head hit the ground and he did not move thereafter." 

Jamie Spendiff

Video: Sunderland High School closes its doors

Sunderland High School has shut due to a drop in the number of pupils:

Sunderland High School closes due to pupil numbers dropping

Haltwhistle horse attacks: One dead in 'brutal' stabbing

One horse has died and another was treated by vets after what police described as 'cruel and brutal' stab attacks.

The horses were grazing in a field in Haltwhistle in Northumberland when they were targeted sometime between 8 and 10 July.

They were both treated by vets but one subsequently died from the injuries it received, Northumbria Police said.

A spokesman said both animals were stabbed "a number of times". 

The owner was too upset to comment.

Attacked horse

Durham gymnast still celebrating Team GB Rio Olympics spot

We told you yesterday how Durham gymnast Amy Tickler had been picked for the Team GB squad at the Rio Olympics.

Well it looks like she's still celebrating:

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Julio Arca visits BBC Tees

BBC Tees

Our guest today is former Boro and Sunderland player Julio Arca.

He's currently chatting with Bob Fischer.

Click here to listen live.

Bob and Julio

Middlesbrough Labour MP condemns John McDonnell’s insults

A Middlesbrough Labour MP has condemned Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell for his comments at a pro-Jeremy Corbyn rally in London last night.

Mr McDonnell swore and accused some of his fellow Labour MPs of "plotting and conniving" to remove Mr Corbyn as leader. Today he said his comments were intended as a "joke".

Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP Tom Blenkinsop said: “John McDonnell has said what he said last night was joke, if it was then it fits perfectly with Jeremy’s leadership. 

"Unfortunately the Labour Party is the butt of that joke and everyone has stopped laughing."

Listen to Mr McDonnell defending himself earlier today:

John McDonnell defends a swear-laden joke about Labour plotters

Officer who risked life to save elderly man from house fire nominated for award

An officer who entered a burning home to rescue an elderly man has been nominated for a bravery award.

On Christmas Day 2014, PC Ryan was alerted to a house fire in Greatham in County Durham.

He managed to force his way in and, despite it being filled with smoke, he entered the property where he found the man and brought him out to safety.

Andrea Breeze, chairman of the Cleveland Police Federation, said: “If it weren't for the actions of PC Ryan, there is a high chance that this man would not have survived."

His actions will be recognised at the 21st Police Bravery Awards tomorrow.

Thoughts on the next England manager

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer in Saint-Etienne

Sunderland have given the FA permission to hold talks with Sam Allardyce regarding the England manager's job - they want a "swift resolution." 

Sam Allardyce is an acquired taste for some - but I would take him over Jurgen Klinsmann as England manager every time. 

Stockton North MP reacts to University move

Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham has expressed his disappointment following the news that Durham University’s School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health is moving to Newcastle University:

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Durham’s School of Medicine set to move to Newcastle

Durham University’s School of Medicine is being pulled from Stockton and moved to Newcastle.

Stockton North Labour MP Alex Cunningham told The Gazette the loss of the medical school to Stockton was 'devastating news'.  

But the development involves a commitment from Newcastle University to keep investing in medical education and training in Teesside.

The earliest any change will take effect will be for the start of the 2017-18 academic year, however detailed timings are yet to be agreed. 

Weather: Emoji edition

Today's weather explained by our very own Owain Wyn Evans and lots of Emojis:

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How are UK schools performing?

Following the news that Sunderland High School is to close due to a drop in pupils, we thought we'd share with you this graphic published by the Independent Schools Council (ISC).

The survey explains how schools across the UK are currently performing. 

All 1,280 schools in UK membership of the constituent associations completed the survey. 

The census covers 518,432 pupils and provides a detailed snapshot of the schools and of the wider social and economic trends in the UK:  

ISC Annual Census 2016

Watch: Football club returns to home town

Sian Williams

BBC Tees

A deal has been signed which will will see Darlington FC return to the town. 

The Quakers will ground share with Darlington Rugby Club at Blackwell Meadows from next season. 

After four years at Bishop Auckland, football is finally coming home.  

Darlington FC sign deal to return to the town.

Ritchie 'rejected new Bournemouth deal to join NUFC'

BBC Sport

Matt Ritchie says he turned down a new contract offered byBournemouth before opting to join Newcastle United.

The Scotland winger moved to St James' Park on a five-year deal for a reported £12m earlier this month.

Matt Ritchie
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Ritchie, 26, said interest from a club Newcastle's size was something "he wanted to pursue" as they seek an immediate return to the Premier League.

"It's going to be a really exciting season and something I really want to be part of," he told BBC Radio Solent.

Sir Geoff Hurst backs Big Sam for England job

England World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst says Sam Allardyce could be a good fit as the next manager of the Three Lions.

"I'd say that for me, he has some good qualities. He plays effective defensive football, and keeps players fit," he told BBC Breakfast.

"Of course he has a track record for keeping teams up in the Premier League and - importantly - winning games." 

It comes as Sunderland have given the Football Association permission to speak to the Black Cats boss about the position of England manager.

Sam Allardyce
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England manager: What can Sam Allardyce offer?

BBC Sport

The bookies' favourite to become the next England manager is currently Sam Allardyce, after Sunderland gave the FA permission to speak to their manager.

But what does he have that others don't?

Allardyce is renowned for embracing sports science and how it can improve players.

From cryotherapy chambers to yoga, the Black Cats boss is a firm believer in modern methods. 

He is also unforgiving on the training ground, requiring his players to train hard in order to be at peak fitness - England players would undoubtedly be well prepared under him.

Some would say Allardyce wants his sides to avoid defeat, rather than go out and try to win. It worked for Portugal though, didn't it? 

Sam Allardyce

Read more key facts about Big Sam, and the other five men linked to the job.

BreakingSunderland give FA permission to speak to Sam Allardyce

Sunderland AFC will let the Football Association speak to manager Sam Allardyce about the England job.

The club has described the speculation over the position as "extremely damaging" to them.

In a statement, Sunderland said: "Sam is very much key to our plans. After what was an extremely challenging season, we are keen to see a period of stability, both on and off the field, and we want him to remain as manager of our football club."

They have urged the FA to respect the disruption it is causing them, and to "bring about a swift resolution to the matter".

Sam Allardyce at Sunderland match
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Who is Theresa May? A profile of UK's next prime minister

How much do you know about the new Prime Minister Theresa May?

She actually has a connection to the North East, as in 1992 she stood in the safe Labour seat of North West Durham, but came a distant second to Hilary Armstrong.

Click here to read more about her.

Theresa May in 1992

Travel: Long delays on A19 southbound

BBC Travel

There's heavier than usual traffic and long delays on the A19 southbound between Moor Farm Roundabout in In North Tyneside and Silverlink Roundabout in Shiremoor.

Follow the latest travel updates here.

Darlington FC set to return to town

The deal that will see Darlington FC return to the town has been signed. 

The Quakers will ground share with Darlington Rugby Club at Blackwell Meadows from next season.

Our reporter Sian Williams visited the grounds this morning.

She spoke to the club's director John Tempest ...

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All you need to know about new Boro signing Marten de Roon

BBC Sport

Want to know more about Middlesbrough's latest signing?

Well, you're in luck, as we're about to tell you some facts about Marten de Roon:

  • He is a defensive midfielder who loves a tackle - illustrated by nine bookings last season. 
  • He has spent most of his career in the Netherlands, with Sparta Rotterdam and Heerenveen. 
  • He joined Atalanta for a reported £1m last summer and leaves after one goal in 36 Serie A appearances.
  • The defensive midfielder role often shines in the Premier League, so he could be key for Boro.

However, maybe don't expect many goals... he's only ever notched 11.

Marten de Roon
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Newcastle University student collects degree on stretcher

A student who is confined to bed with a rare condition that causes all her joints to dislocate has collected her university degree on a stretcher.

Melanie Hartshorn, 26, from Cramlington, Northumberland, has a rare form of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which affects her connective tissue.

As a result she did the final year of her Newcastle University biology degree at home and took her exams lying down.

She also revealed she had launched an appeal to raise £150,000 which she needs for treatment, as her skull has started to sink into her spine.  

Melanie collecting her degree

Sunderland High School closes due to pupil drop

A school that has taught children for more than 130 years is closing its doors for the final time.

Pupil numbers at Sunderland High School have dropped from more than 580 in 2006 to about 280, making it no longer financially viable.

The United Church Schools Trust, which runs the school, announced in January that despite its excellent reputation it had made a six figure loss.

Head Angela Slater described it as an "incredibly sad day".

The school

Weather: Sunny with a few showers

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry start, with sunshine for many. Some cloud is likely to build through the day, bringing the risk of a few showers. 

These could turn heavy during the afternoon, most likely near coastal areas. A fresh northwesterly breeze developing.  

Check out the weather where you are.

Good morning. Welcome to our live coverage

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Morning. Welcome to BBC Local Live.

A historic day for the country, but we're still here to bring you the latest from the North East.

You can expect lots of news, sport, weather and travel updates -  as always.

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