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Summary

  1. Thursday 20 April 2017
  2. Brendan Foster to retire from athletics commentary
  3. Turkish Baths restoration to get under way
  4. Police look again at missing teenager case
  5. Thornaby fire death post-mortem examination due
  6. Firefighters tackle Washington blaze

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  2. Weather: Cloudy with light rain possible

    It'll be on the cloudy side later but mainly dry, with a few spots of rain possible at times. Expect it to feel a little warmer than recent days, particularly the sunny intervals.  

    Tonight it will be mainly dry but staying rather cloudy with some light rain likely. The cloud cover and breeze should prevent a frost.  

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  3. Prisoner absconds from HMP Kirklevington

    Police are trying to track down a prisoner who absconded from HMP Kirklevington near Yarm.

    Samuel Hill, 35 has been missing from the open prison since Monday. He was serving a sentence for conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

    It has been reported Hill has links to South Tyneside.

    Samuel Hill
  4. Blaydon will not contest general election

    Dave Anderson, the MP for Blaydon, has announced he will not stand as a candidate in the general election on 8 June.

    The Labour man, who has represented the area for 12 years, said: "I have reluctantly decided that for reasons of health, age and my family's needs, I cannot commit to another five years in Parliament".

    Anderson, 63, is also Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    Dave Anderson Labour MP
  5. Denise Welch partners with charity to fight mental health stigma

    BBC Newcastle

    North East actress Denise Welch has been speaking to BBC Newcastle about living with depression for almost 30 years.

    She has partnered with the charity Heads Together to try to encourage people to open up about their mental health.

    A film of her talking about it with her husband has been released by the charity. The organisation is also being supported by Princes William and Harry.

    Quote Message: I take it very, very seriously. It's so important that we talk about it because it's affecting so many people. from Denise Welch Actress
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    Denise Welch
  6. Work under way in preparation for Tees Valley mayoral debate

    The crew are busy preparing the set for tonight's Tees Valley mayoral debate. 

    You can watch it on BBC One at 22:45 and we'll have an online catch-up tomorrow.

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  7. Last chance to see Newcastle's Turkish Baths before restoration

    Today is one of the last chances to see Newcastle's historic City Pool and Turkish Baths before they undergo a makeover.

    A leisure charity called Fusion Lifestyle Ltd was chosen in May last year to restore and renovate the Grade II listed building.

    The charity claims the multimillion-pound project will bring the baths "back to life" and that all work will be done "sensitively". 

    They were shut in 2013 as part of council budget cuts. The refurbishment is due to be completed in Spring 2018.

    Image showing digitised version of new Turkish Baths.
  8. Tees Valley mayoral hopefuls to face voters on BBC One

    Richard Moss

    Political Editor, BBC Look North

    Jobs, transport, housing and Brexit are all likely to come up as the candidates face questions from voters - and me - later as part of a BBC One debate on the Tees Valley mayoral election.

    The vote is being held on 4 May and the new mayor will be the head of the Tees Valley Combined Authority, which is made up of Darlington, Hartlepool, Redcar and Cleveland, Middlesbrough and Stockton councils.

    The government will devolve certain powers to the mayor and give them £15m a year to spend.

    The debate will be broadcast at 10:45. If you miss it, we'll have an online recap on Friday.

    Graphic with broadcast details of Tees Valley Mayoral debate
  9. Newly qualified police dog locates concealed cash

    Newly qualified Northumbria Police dog Felix successfully took part in an operation yesterday.

    Well done! 

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  10. Your Photos: The sun sets on Beadnell Harbour

    Thanks to Valerie Seaward for this photo of Beadnell Harbour, in Northumberland, as the sun was setting.

    Have you got any photos you'd like to share with us? In that case you can tweet them to @BBCNewsNEemail them, or contact us via our Facebook page.  

    Sunset at Beadnell Harbour
  11. Funeral details announced for victim of alleged hit-and-run

    The Shields Gazette

    The funeral details have been announced for alleged hit-and-run victim Lewis Knapp. 

    Lewis, 20, was killed when he was struck by a silver Vauxhall Vectra in Anderson Street, South Shields, in the early hours of Saturday.

    Lewis Knapp
  12. Newcastle United players in PFA Championship team of the year

    BBC Sport

    Three Newcastle United players have been selected for the 2017 Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Championship team of the year.

    Defender Jamaal Lascelles, midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and forward Dwight Gayle have been named in the PFA selection. Gayle has scored 22 goals for the Magpies this season.

    The votes were provided by PFA members from 100 clubs from the Premier League, Football League and Women's Super League.

    PFA Championship team of the year
  13. Foster's commentaries 'iconic'

    More now on athletics commentator Brendan Foster announcing his plan to retire after August's World Championships in London

    Foster, 69, began his athletics career training at Gateshead International Stadium and went on to compete in three Olympic Games.

    A European 5,000m gold medallist and a Commonwealth champion at 10,000m, he began his commentary career in 1980 - going on to cover a total of nine summer Olympics for the BBC.

    Barbara Slater, the BBC's Director of Sport, said: "His words and iconic commentaries will be heard for years to come."

    Brendan Foster with Olympic torch in front of the Angel of the North

    He also founded the Great North Run in 1981, which has become one of the most successful half-marathons in the world.

    Great North Run
  14. Car plummets 50ft into river following crash in Bedlington

    A car ended up in a river after travelling 50ft down an embankment in Northumberland.

    The Renault Megane left the A193 at Attlee Bank, Bedlington, in the early hours and went through a barrier before ending up in the River Blyth, police said.

    The 18-year-old male driver was rescued from the vehicle and taken to hospital. His condition was described as stable.

    Scene of crash in Bedlington
  15. Extra Metro trains for Newcastle United v Preston North End clash

    Metro chiefs are reminding Newcastle fans extra trains will be running on Monday as the Magpies continue their promotion push against Preston North End.

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  16. Update: Day three of Hike4Hopey's charity hike

    It is day three of Hike4Hopey's 333-mile challenge.

    The group is raising money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation by walking from Ipswich to Newcastle in memory of Lee Hope (pictured left) who died last year, aged 33, after a 13-week battle with bowel cancer.

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  17. Quayside bars get river rescue aids

    BBC Newcastle

    Bars along Newcastle's Quayside are taking part in a pilot scheme to help people who fall into the River Tyne.

    Licensed premises are being equipped with flotation aids that can be thrown into the river and used to reel people in. 

    Newcastle quayside

    It follows a number of incidents involving members of the public who have fallen in - some of which have resulted in fatalities.

    If the initiative is successful, it could be extended to other parts of the river.

    The scheme is a partnership between Newcastle City Council, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and a company which makes the aids known as "throw bags" and is donating them for free.