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  1. Updates Monday 25 July 2016

Live Reporting

By Ana Guerra-Moore

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates here have now finished for the day - thank you for joining us. There will be further updates through the evening on BBC Tees and BBC Newcastle, online and on Look North.

    We'll be back from 08:00 with more news, sport, weather and travel from across the North East. 

    Fancy getting in touch? If so, you can contact us on TwitterFacebook, or via email at  

  2. Premature baby returns as student nurse on ward where her life was saved

    Life has gone full circle for Sophie Proud, from Seaham in County Durham. For a long time she was Britain's youngest surviving premature baby - born at just 24 weeks in the Special Care Baby Unit at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary. 

    Now she's all grown up, and has started a student placement - as a nurse - at that very same baby unit at the RVI. 

    You can watch the full report on Look North at 18:30 and see a shorter version below.

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    Video caption: Sophie Proud, born as a premature baby, is working on the ward she owes her life to
  3. Weather: A dry evening with sunshine

    BBC Weather

    Some early evening sunshine is likely in the east. Most places will be dry overnight with clear spells, but generally cloudier over the Pennines with a few spots of light drizzle possible.

    Winds will be mainly light westerly. 

    Check the weather where you are.

    Weather graph
  4. E-fit released after inappropriate comments made to girls

    An e-fit has been released by police of a man they hope to trace after inappropropriate comments and gestures were made to two girls.

    The girls, aged nine and 10, were appoached on the evening of 1 July on Roworth Road in Thorntree, Middlesbrough.

    One of the girls tried to run away and the man grabbed her and pulled her back and called her an inappropriate name, Cleveland Police said.

    Both of the girls managed to run away and were unharmed.

    The man is described as white, in his 50s, about 5ft 8ins, of very skinny build with greying hair and a grey moustache. He also wears glasses, has a local accent and is hunched over when he walks.

  5. Travel: One lane to remain closed on A1 in Newcastle

    One lane on the A1 in Newcastle will remain closed for the rest of this week while repairs are carried out to Blaydon Haugh Viaduct.

    Lane one will be closed on the northbound carriageway between junction 73 (Derwenthaugh) and junction 74 (Scotswood). 

    There will also be full closures of the northbound carriageway overnight so preparatory work can be carried out to lane two.

  6. Woman shocked after being approached by men in alley

    An elderly woman was left shocked after she was approached this morning by three men one of whom she said had some kind of weapon.

    The National Police Air Service and Cleveland Police officers have been searching the area around the back alley near Queen Street, Redcar.

    Police said the woman was not hurt. They believe it was a random incident and that there is no specific threat to the wider public

  7. Video: Durham Cathedral built from 300,000 Lego bricks

    The final brick in a Lego model of Durham Cathedral, which is made up of 300,000 pieces, has been put into place. 

    Visitors paid £1 for each brick which were then used to create the 5ft 6in (1.7m) high, is 12ft 6in (3.84m) long and 5ft (1.53m) wide model.

    Work started in July 2013 and we've put together this video to show over the course of two minutes how it was built.

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    Video caption: Three years work in less than two minutes
  8. Man resuscitated after suffering cardiac arrest at coastal run

    A runner was resuscitated by bystanders when he suffered a cardiac arrest while taking part in the Northumberland Coastal Run.

    The 30 year old collapsed on Alnmouth beach on Sunday afternoon towards the end of the run which started at Beadnell.

    The Great North Air Ambulance was called to the scene and the man was taken to hopsital in a stable condition.

  9. Man who died at Durham nightclub was 'devoted' granddad

    A man who died following an incident at a nightclub in Durham at the weekend has been named as 54-year-old Stewart Anderson.

    Mr Anderson, a freelance tiler from Hetton-le-Hole, died following reports of a disturbance at Loveshack in Walkergate in the early hours of Sunday.

    He had two daughters and a two-year-old granddaughter.

    Mr Anderson’s daughters Kay and Kelly said: “We are devastated to have lost our dad in such sudden and shocking circumstances. 

    "Dad was a very hard-working man who, when not at work, was utterly devoted to his beloved granddaughter Neve"

    Stewart Anderson with his two daughters and his granddaughter

    Eight men arrested in connection with the incident have been released on police bail.

  10. Teenager killed in Gateshead crash named

    A teenager killed in a crash in Gateshead on Sunday morning has been named as 17-year-old James Docherty.

    He died when the car he was in ended up on its roof at the junction of the Redheugh Bridge and Askew Road West in Gateshead early on Sunday.

    Four men have been arrested  

    The roundabout where the incident took place
  11. When the Red Arrows photobomb your wedding snaps

    Jon Harle

    BBC Newcastle

    How about this for some photobombing? 

    Lisa and Craig Kay from Newcastle were married on Saturday.

    They had some of their photos taken on the Millennium Bridge, with the Tyne Bridge and The Sage in the background.

    And then guess who appeared in the shot? The Red Arrows!

    Lisa and Craig Kay
  12. Cricket: Durham's Ben Stokes suffers calf injury in England match

    BBC Sport

    England's Ben Stokes will play no further part on the fourth day of the second Test against Pakistan after leaving the field injured.

    The Durham all-rounder, 25, sustained a calf injury while bowling in the afternoon session at Old Trafford and will have an MRI scan on Tuesday.

    Stokes was making his return to the England side after missing three Tests following knee surgery.

    Ben Stokes is assisted by Stuart Broad
  13. Darlington woman 'too afraid' after gunpoint robbery

    A Darlington woman who was the victim of an attempted robbery at gun point is afraid to return to their family business. 

    Varinder Dhutti runs Seema News and Off-License on the corner of North Road and Cumberland Street.

    His wife, Seema, was in the shop on her own when a man threatened her with a gun on Saturday night.

    Talking about the effect the event has had on his wife, Mr Dhutti said: "She was really shocked and last night she had a high temperature when she started to think about what happened - she's really upset.

    "She doesn't feel like going back to the shop, she just stays in bed."

    Seema's News and Off-License

    A 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted armed robbery and is in police custody.

  14. Football: Sunderland keeper says players are positive

    BBC Sport

    Sunderland's players are in a positive mind frame ahead of the new season despite Sam Allardyce's departure, insists goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

    David Moyes was announced as the newly appointed England boss' replacement on Saturday and is the Black Cats fourth manager in less than three years.

    "[Changing manager] is just a football thing that can happen at anytime," Mannone told BBC Newcastle.

    "It's happened a few times. We're used to it and know what we need to do."

    Vito Mannone
  15. Sunderland Airshow: Upside down in a Bronco

    Jonathan Swingler

    Thousands of people flocked to the Sunderland Airshow over the weekend to enjoy the isplays in the skies over Roker and Seaburn.

    I got to enjoy the view over Wearside from the cockpit of a Bronco turboprop - take a look at how I got on here:

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    Video caption: Bronco on a roll above Sunderland
  16. Two South Tyneside park among best in UK

    Two parks in South Tyneside have been named among the best in the UK by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

    South Marine Park and West Park in Jarrow, have been awarded the Green Flag Award.

    They are among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces in the UK to receive the mark of a quality park or green space.

    This is the eighth year in succession that South Marine Park has received the award.

    People receiving the award
  17. Travel: Delays continue on A1 northbound because of emergency work on bridge

    BBC Travel

    A reminder that one lane is closed leading to queuing traffic and severe delays on the A1 northbound between Blaydon and Hexham turn off, because of emergency bridge inspection work. Congestion on A69 to the A695 Chain Bridge Road junction and to the A167 Durham Road junction.

  18. The impact of the 1966 World Cup on the North East

    England's victory in the 1966 World Cup is now a part of the national legend - an almost mythical time when the nation's footballers could rightly claim to be the world's best. 

    But the England of the 1960s was quite a different place from today. How did it change the country and what was it like to live through it?

    In the North East, North Korea won over fans when they played all three of their games at Middlesbrough's Ayresome Park, including a shock 1-0 victory over Italy.

    Keith Belton, who was then a 27-year-old trainee architect from Newton Aycliffe, said Teessiders took he team 'to their hearts'.

    The USSR taking on North Korea in Middlesbrough
  19. Middlehaven regeneration: Swing bridge plans unveiled

    Plans for a £9m swing bridge to cross part of the River Tees in Middlesbrough have been unveiled.

    The bridge is part of the regeneration of Middlehaven, with more than £150m already being spent on housing, leisure and business developments.

    The three-lane lifting vehicle and pedestrian bridge would be built at the entrance to Middlehaven Dock.

    Middlesbrough councillor Charlie Rooney says the regeneration is "vital" for the future of the area.

    The bridge