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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from us for today and for the week - thank you for joining us.

    You can still catch up with the latest news throughout the night and over the weekend on  BBC TeesBBC NewcastleLook North  and online.

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    We'll be back on Monday from 08:00, have a good evening.

  2. Weather: Cloud and rain this evening

    It's not looking that great to be honest.

    Cloud and rain persisting through the evening and into the early hours, with heavy bursts in places along with some brisk winds.

    Rain becoming more intermittent in the south later, with winds easing.  

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  3. Durham power lifter joins national team

    BBC Newcastle

    Durham teenager Chris Marshall only started power lifting 12 months ago, but he has now been selected to represent Great Britain.

    The 17-year-old flies to Denmark to compete in the European championships next week and takes part in the world championships in June. 

    Chris Marshall in training
  4. Hundreds of colleagues and friends attend funeral of Durham policeman

    Photos from the funeral of PC Gavin Shaw who appeared on Channel 5's Police Interceptors show how popular he was.

    He died from cancer at the age of 34 last month and the service was held at Durham Cathedral earlier today.

    He leaves behind a wife and four-year-old daughter.

    Durham Cathedral
    Officers outside Durham Cathedral
    Police dog outside Durham Cathedral
  5. New homes 'unaffordable for eight out of 10 locally'

    Nearly eight out of 10 families across England are unable to afford newly built homes in their local area , a report by housing charity Shelter says .

    Its research shows rising house prices hitting all parts of the country, not just London and the south-east.


    The government is investing £50bn by 2021 in housing loans and subsidies, but more than half of this is being earmarked for "market-priced" housing.

  6. Tim Healy confirms Benidorm return

    Stephanie Finnon

    BBC Newcastle

    North East actor Tim Healy will return to ITV comedy Benidorm for its next series after a sudden illness saw him drop out of the show last year. 

    Production has now begun on a 10th season, which will broadcast in 2018 and will see Healy take back his role as loveable cross-dressing hotel worker Les/Lesley. 

    The 65-year-old was taken ill while shooting series nine in Spain and spent several days in a coma.

    Tim Healy
  7. Investigation into calls to limit drinking times in Hartlepool

    Hartlepool Mail


    Calls to turn the clock back on pubs and clubs being able to serve alcohol are to be further investigated by licensing chiefs.

  8. Durham policeman had 'infectious personality'

    The funeral of a police officer who appeared on Channel 5's Police Interceptors has been held in Durham.

    PC Gavin Smith died from cancer aged 34 on 15 February. Officers formed a guard of honour to accompany his cortege from Durham Market Square to Durham Cathedral.

    Insp Ed Turner, of the Roads Policing Unit, said: "Gav was one of those characters who just put everybody at ease, no matter who was in his company.

    "The station was always a more lively place when he was there. He had one of those infectious personalities."

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  9. Sunderland 'doing everything they can'

    BBC Sport

    There's never an easy match when you're bottom of the Premier League table, and this week Sunderland have another toughie when they host Man City on Sunday.

    "The players are doing everything they can - in training and in games - to stay in the Premier League," said boss David Moyes, whose side are looking to avoid a third consecutive defeat.

    "If they keep doing that we'll have a great chance."

    "You have to have two or three different game plans because Man City can play in many ways with many different players.

    "Against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur we played well and we have to do that again."  

    David Moyes
  10. Hartlepool MP 'disgusted' with investigation into missing toddler

    BBC Tees

    The MP for Hartlepool says he's "disgusted" that police investigating the disappearance of a toddler 36 years ago did not release a crucial witness account until this week

    Katrice Lee was two years old when she went missing from a shop near a German army base. Despite a witness saying they saw a man putting a girl matching her description into a car, a photo-fit of the man has just emerged. 

    Iain Wright says he'll be writing to the foreign office to demand answers.

    Efit image of man
  11. Karanka announces plans to tackle Boro's goal drought

    Aitor Karanka has ordered Middlesbrough to approach each of their last 12 Premier League games as if they were cup finals in the battle for survival. 

    Boro have made it to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, where they will face Manchester City next weekend, but head coach Karanka wants his players to treat each of their remaining league games as sudden-death clashes. 

    The first of those will come at Stoke on Saturday, with the Teessiders clear of the relegation zone only on goal difference and having not tasted top-flight victory since 17 December. 

    The barren run continued with last Saturday's disappointing 1-0 defeat by fellow strugglers Crystal Palace .

    Aitor Karanka