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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    That's it for today - thank you for joining us.

    We'll be back again from 08:00 tomorrow with more news, sport, weather and travel updates.

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  2. Weather: Dry with light winds

    BBC Weather

    Isolated showers dying away this evening leaving a dry night with light winds. 

    Clear periods during the first part of the night, but increasing amounts of higher cloud spreading from the west after midnight.

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    Check the weather where you are.

  3. South Bank-born MP made Business Secretary

    Mark Denten

    BBC Look North

    The new Secretary Of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is Greg Clarke, from South Bank in Middlesbrough.

    He was elected Conservative MP for Tunbridge Wells in 2005.  

    See all of Theresa May's new cabinet appointments here.

    Greg Clarke
  4. Hospital appeals to find friends and relatives of deceased Hartlepool man

    Hartlepool Mail

    Newspaper

    A hospital trust is appealing for help tracing family and friends of a Hartlepool man who has died.

    North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is keen to speak to anyone who knew 76-year-old David Dobson.

    Hartlepool Hospital
  5. Window kicked out of moving metro

    A window was broken on a Metro train as it was travelling along. 

    The window was kicked out as the train left Meadowell Metro Station in North Shields at 00.10 on Friday, 17 June.

    Police say the man in this picture was in the area and could help with the investigation:

    Man who could help with investigation
  6. Middlesbrough captain Grant Leadbitter to miss start of season

    Middlesbrough captain Grant Leadbitter will miss the start of the Premier League season, the club have announced.

    Leadbitter underwent an operation to repair a hernia problem he had been carrying for the final two months of last season.

    Boro said on their website, however, that further investigation had shown that the injury was worse than first anticipated and he was 'set to miss the start of the 2016-17 Premier League season'.

    The club have also confirmed that left back James Husband will also be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

    Grant Leadbitter
  7. Students have lucky escape after bus catches fire

    Students from Middlesbrough had a lucky escape after their coach caught fire on the way back from Alton Towers.

    As a precaution the coach stopped at a service station and the children and staff from Trinity Catholic College left the bus.

    While they were inside the services the engine caught fire and the bus was damaged.

    All children and staff were unharmed and were returned to school safely on a replacement coach.

  8. Weather: St Swithin's Day likely to be wet

    It's St Swithin's Day tomorrow and, if legend is to be believed, it looks like we might be in for a wet summer.

    The weather myth is whatever the weather on 15 July, it will continue to be like that for the next 40 days.

    At the moment, heavy rain is forecast for the north of England although in the south it will be dry but cloudy.

    All might not be lost though - the Met Office said there had not been a record of 40 dry or 40 wet days following St Swithin's Day since records began in 1861. 

    women in rain
  9. Ambulance emergency response target missed

    Ambulances across England have missed their target for responding to life-threatening emergencies for an entire year, data shows.

    The most serious Red 1 calls - such as for cardiac arrests or where the patient is not breathing - should have an ambulance on the scene within eight minutes 75% of the time. 

    But new data from NHS England shows that the target has now been missed for 12 months in a row.

    For Red 1, West Midlands was the only trust, the West Midlands, to exceed the 75% target. 

    Five trusts were under 70% including the North East at 67.1%.

  10. Riverside Live festival cancelled over poor ticket sales

    This year's Riverside Live festival has been cancelled due to low ticket sales.

    Organisers said that they have explored every possibility to make the event happen, but have come to the conclusion that cancellation is the "only option".

    The event was meant to take place at Chester-le-Street's Riverside Park on 28 August.

    The festival’s line-up included Grammy Award-winning Lee “Scratch” Perry, and Coronation Street/Red Dwarf star Craig Charles.

    Refunds for all tickets purchased online will be sent automatically. 

  11. Inappropriate comments made to boys

    Inappropriate comments were made to three 12-year-old boys by a man in Redcar, police have said.

    The suspect, who is described as about 42 with a bald head, false teeth and a large stomach, approached them at about 18:00 on Monday near to the play park on the Coast Road.

    He was riding a red mountain bike, smoking a rolled cigarette, and was bare chested.

    Coast Road
  12. Blue plaques mark important Middlesbrough heritage spots

    Blue plaques are to be unveiled in Middlesbrough and Port Clarence as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded-supported Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project.

    The plaques mark key heritage locations along a route from the Dorman Museum to Port Clarence on the north side of the Transporter Bridge. 

    The site of Bolckow Vaughan’s Ironworks on the banks of the Tees, Lady Bell’s Winter Garden (which was previously located on the site of the Dundas Arcade), Teesside University and Middlesbrough Dock Clock Tower are among the locations featured. 

    The blue plaques
  13. Horse owner devastated over stab attack

    Alison Freeman

    BBC Look North

    A horse owner has spoken of her horror after finding two of her animals covered in blood after 'cruel and brutal' stab attacks.

    The horses were grazing in a field in Haltwhistle when they were targeted sometime between 8 and 10 July. One subsequently died from the injuries.

    Anita Dawson: "It was absolutely horrendous. I am absolutely devastated. I have lost my best friend."

    Anita Dawson
  14. Amy Tinkler excited about Olympics debut

    Bishop Auckland gymnast Amy Tinkler was inspired by watching the London 2012 Olympics and is excited about taking part herself following her selection for the Team GB squad at Rio 2016. 

    The 16-year-old (pictured below second left) is the current senior British floor champion and won bronze at the 2015 World Championships.

    She missed the European Championships in June to concentrate on school exams.

    "I had the opportunity to watch the all-around final in 2012 and it was incredible," she told BBC Sport.

    "From that, it made me want it even more, it was incredible and made me so motivated."

    Great Britain gymnastics squad
  15. Woman assaulted in Jesmond

    A woman suffered a head injury when she was assaulted by a man who who struck her with what is thought to be a hammer, police say.

    The woman was taken to hospital after the attack shortly before 01:30 in Shortridge Terrace, Jesmond.

    Her attacker is described as being about 5ft 7ins, of short and fat build and bald.

  16. Weather: A mild afternoon

    BBC Weather

     A dry and pleasantly warm afternoon with sunny intervals for many.

    Highs of 17C, lows of 13C.

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    Check out the weather where you are.

  17. Allardyce remains in England after interview

    David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    Sunderland manager Sam Allardycehas not returned to the club’s training camp in Austria following talks with the Football Association over the vacant England manager’s position.

    Allardyce flew back from Austria on Tuesday, with photographs appearing to show the 61-year-old at the home of FA vice-chairman David Gill.

    Instead of rejoining the Sunderland squad afterwards, Allardyce remained in England and is working from his desk in the North East. He is pursuing transfer business as the nine-day trip draws to a close.

    Sam Allardyce
  18. On Look North at lunchtime: Man's despair after overseas treatment

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    On this afternoon's Look North, we'll hear from a man who travelled to Ukraine in search of breakthrough treatment for Parkinsons, but was left plunged even deeper in despair.

    Also on the programme - the reality of forced marriage here in our area and more on the vigil that will be held this evening for a County Durham teenager who died at the T in the Park music festival in Scotland.

    All this and more at 13:00 on BBC One, and online.