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  1. Updates Friday 29 July 2016

Live Reporting

By Ana Guerra-Moore

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    Our live coverage is now over for the week - thank you for joining us.

    We'll be back on Monday with the more news, sport, weather and travel updates. 

    If you'd like to get in touch at any point, you can contact us on TwitterFacebook, or via email at

    Have a lovely weekend.

  2. Weather: Cloudy but dry

    BBC Weather

    Showers dying out through the late evening, leaving a dry and generally cloudy night, with any clear spells few and far between.

    It will be a cooler than of late in light westerly winds.

    Weather graph

    Check the weather where you are.

  3. Two men who saved man from burning car commended

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    Two Redcar men who pulled a crash victim from his car moments before it burst into flames have been commended for their actions.

    Matt Heap and Matthew Johnson saved the man after he crashed into a tree at 70mph after blacking out at the wheel while driving on the A19.

    Seconds from the car bursting into flames, the Redcar lads dragged Mark Kerr out of the car.

    Their bravery saved his life.

    Today they all met up as Matt and Matthew received a commendation award from Cleveland Fire Brigade.  

    Matt Heap and Matthew Johnson reunite with Mark Kerr and receive award from CFB Chief Fire Officer Ian Hayton
  4. Elderly Middlesbrough man missing

    A 71-year-old man has gone missing from the Middlesbrough area.

    David Seaman left an address on Oakfield Court in Marton at about 09:20 this morning.

    He has not been seen since he left the address and he is vulnerable and needs his medication.

    He is about 5ft 6in and was wearing a grey jacket and brown trousers.

    He walks with the aid of a walking stick.

    David Seaman
  5. Focus on new Boro signing Brad Guzan

    Here's some facts and figures about new Middlesbrough signing Brad Guzan:

    • He had one year remaining on his Aston Villa contract, but has reportedly been allowed to leave on a free transfer.
    • The 31-year-old made 170 appearances for Villa after joining from American side Chivas USA in August 2008.
    • He is the second keeper to join Boro this summer, following the arrival of former Manchester United and Barcelona man Victor Valdes.
    Brad Guzan
  6. Avoid the A1 althogether, police warn

    So in summary - Police are asking motorists to avoid the A1 altogether this afternoon because of extremely heavy traffic following two separate collisions. 

     At lunchtime there was a three-car accident northbound near the Team Valley exit.

    Three people were taken to hospital. 

    Then there was a five-car crash by the Angel of the North. 

  7. A1 northbound re-opened

    The A1 northbound has been fully re-opened following the collision near the Team Valley earlier today.

    However, delays are still expected in the area.

  8. Second multiple car crash on A1

    A second collision involving a number of vehicles has taken place on the A1 southbound, Northumbria Police have confirmed.

    The incident, which has occurred near the Angel of the North, is separate to the one earlier this afternoon on the northbound carriageway.

    Motorists are now being advised to the A1 altogether.

  9. New camera tackles anti-social behaviour

    A new camera has been installed in an area of South Tyneside to help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

    Funding of £6,000 was given by the East Shields and Whitburn Community Area Forum to re-locate the current CCTV camera on Quarry Lane in Cleadon Park, South Shields, to a better position.

    A new 4G wireless camera was also installed at the site.

    The camera records footage 24/7 and is linked back to South Tyneside Council’s CCTV unit which controls it and can download footage.

  10. Brexit hasn't knocked manufacturers' confidence in the North East

    Confidence in the manufacturing business since the Brexit vote has dropped nationwide - but not in the North East.

    This is according to new report from EEF, the manufacturers' organisation.

    It shows that despite challenges, North East manufacturing has made some strides over the last year.

    The number of firms has grown and conditions are set to gradually turn a corner, it says.

    Factory work
  11. Does this stolen property belong to you?

    Stolen property has been recovered after two men and a woman were found raiding a vehicle in Hampeth near Shilbottle in Northumberland.

    A subsequent search of their vehicle and address identified more than 60 suspected stolen items.

    Many of the items have been reunited with the victim, however, there are a number where it has not been possible to identify whom they belong to.

    Police are now hoping members of the public can help - do you recognise any of the items below?

    The stolen goods are mainly from Sunderland and South Tyneside, although it is believed some may also be from North Tyneside, Northumberland and Durham.

    Stolen items
  12. Photo shows crash on A1 in Gateshead

    There's very slow traffic and two lanes are closed on the A1 northbound in Dunston between the Lobley Hill Interchange and Dunston Interchange because of a multi-vehicle accident.  

    Northumbria Police tweeted this photo of the damage:

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  13. Spennymoor Town refuse to play second half of friendly against Newton Aycliffe

    BBC Sport

    An investigation has been launched after Spennymoor Town refused to play the second half of Tuesday's pre-season friendly against Newton Aycliffe.

    Aycliffe had led 1-0 at the break but the match was abandoned when the Moors failed to return to the pitch.

    A statement from Spennymoor said it was "a risk" to continue as the match took an "aggressive direction".

    Durham FA told BBC Sport that it would be investigating the incident between the two non-league sides.

    Feet kicking football
  14. The Futureheads front man chats to Bob Fischer

    BBC Tees

    Bob Fischer is joined live in the studio today by the front man of North East band The Futureheads.

    Barry Hyde shot to fame over a decade ago, when the band began a string of singles and albums.

    Today he'll be chatting to Bob about his new album, which has a very different, piano-based sound.

    Listen live to the interview from 14:00.

  15. Newcastle United defender goes on loan to Carlisle United

    Paul Newton

    Sports Editor, BBC Cumbria

    Carlisle United have signed defender Macaulay Gillesphey on a half-season loan from Newcastle.

    Macaulay Gillesphey

    The 20-year-old played 23 games on loan with Carlisle last season, playing at left back and as central defender.