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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our updates here have finished for the day, thank you for joining us. You can still find the latest news on BBC TeesBBC NewcastleLook North and online.

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

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    We're getting another blast of winter this week. Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys took this photo of waves crashing against Seaham Harbour.

    Waves crash against Seaham Harbour
  2. Weather: Cold weather continuing

    It will be cold with further showers, especially in the east, some which may be heavy and wintry giving a covering of snow across high ground.

    It will be drier in the west but with a patchy frost forming in places sheltered from the strong northerly wind. 

    Minimum Temperature: 1C (34 F)

  3. Sand martin nest build begins

    Duncan Leatherdale

    BBC News Online

    Work has begun on a new nesting site for sand martins at Whitburn Coastal Park.

    South Tyneside’s Coastal Conservation Group is working closely with National Trust rangers from Souter Lighthouse and The Leas to build the artificial nesting bank with 128 holes ready for the birds to use. The site will also have "weasel baffles" to prevent predators from entering.

    Sand martin

    National Trust ranger Dougie Holden said: "At the last count, we had about 60 pairs of sand martins nesting in the cliff tops around Whitburn and Marsden. They belong to the same family as swallows and are summer visitors to the UK, arriving in late March or early April after spending the winter in Africa. 

    “When they nest in cliffs, adult sand martins excavate tunnels up to a metre long before carving out a nesting chamber which they line with grasses and feathers. They then lay an average of four or five eggs.

    "Recent summers have been so wet, these eggs often haven’t reached fledge stage. During long periods of heavy rain, water seeps through the cliff, causing tunnels and chambers to collapse, sadly resulting in birds dying. We lost 46 nest holes in 2016. We’re hoping to see the first birds take up residency in the spring of 2018.”   

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  4. Watch: Wallsend runner proposes to partner in London Marathon

    Runner Marie Collinson proposed to her partner of two years just before they both finished the London Marathon on Sunday.

    Marie got down on one knee at mile 24, the same location where John broke his hip running the London Marathon two years ago.

    The couple who met via social media shared their proposal via Twitter.

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    Video caption: First-time runner proposes during London Marathon
  5. Durham's Wood in England squad

    BBC Sport

    England have named Durham fast bowler Mark Wood in their 15-man squad for a one-day series against South Africa and the Champions Trophy that follows.

    Wood returns after missing the winter tour of India following ankle surgery, while Liam Plunkett, who has yet to play this season for Yorkshire after injuring his calf, is also included.

    The Champions Trophy is being held in England and Wales from 1-18 June.

    Mark Wood
  6. Horse abusers 'deserve harshest punishment'

    Sunderland Echo


    'Sicko thugs' who targeted four horses in a vicious attack should be dealt with the harshest punishment possible,' readers have said.

    Woman with horse
  7. Concern over missing woman

    There are concerns for a 68-year-old woman who has gone missing on Teesside.

    Ann McGrogan was last seen at about 10.30 at an address on William Terrace, Norton. Cleveland Police said it was out of character for her to go missing.

    She is white, about 5ft, of large build, with mousy blonde hair, a short bob and glasses and is believed to be wearing black jeans, a black top, black coat and slippers. 

    She is likely to use buses in the area and officers believe that she may have travelled towards the Billingham or Hartlepool area. 

    Ann McGrogan
  8. Seventh arrest made after drugs raids

    BBC Tees

    A seventh arrest has been made and further drugs and cash recovered following a police operation to target class A drugs supply in Stockton.

    Cleveland Police carried out raids at several address in the town last night arresting six people for offences including possession of suspected drugs, possession of criminal property, possession of fraudulent documents and immigration offences.

    Further inquiries overnight and into this morning have resulted in the recovery of cannabis with an approximate street value of up to £40,000 and £27,000 in cash from an address on Corporation Street. 

    A 21-year-old man has since been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs and money laundering.  All of those arrested remain in police custody.

  9. 'Deadly batch' of heroin warning

    Detectives have warned that 'deadly batches' of heroin are being cut with a substance 10,000 times stronger than street heroin.

    The alert comes after tests on drugs recovered by officers investigating the deaths of six people in Yorkshire.


    The drugs were contaminated with fentanyl, a strong painkiller, and carfentanyl, an animal tranquiliser.

    In March, a warning was issued by Cleveland Police after six recent deaths connected to a batch of low grade heroin in Stockton-upon-Tees.  

  10. Man recovering from fractured skull

    BBC Newcastle

    A man who suffered a fractured skull when he intervened in a fight between a man and woman is expected to make a full recovery, police have said.

    The 29-year-old also suffered a "nasty cut" to his eyebrow when he was attacked at about 01:00 on 2 April in Newcastle's Market Street, Northumbria Police said.

    The man responsible for the attack had already fled the area in the direction of Hood Street and is yet to be identified. The woman involved is believed to have been his partner.

    The attacker is described as being white, about 25 years old, of stocky build, 6ft (1.8m) tall and with short mousy brown hair. He was wearing a blue jumper at the time of the attack. 

  11. Northumbria Police welcome new speeding penalties

    Northumbria Police have said they welcome "tougher penalties for speeding motorists" which came into force yesterday.

    In accordance with the new guidelines, anyone caught driving at more than 101mph in a 70mph zone could be disqualified for up to 56 days and fined up to 175% of their weekly income.

    Speeding camera

    People caught doing 41mph in a 20mph zone, 51mph in a 30mph zone or 66mph in a 40mph zone could be fined up to 150% of their weekly income. Drivers will also face points, or a disqualification depending on the offence.

    Motor patrols inspector Dave Little said: “We firmly support these tougher penalties coming into force and hope to see them acting as a deterrent against excessive speeding.

    "Those who choose to break the speed limit are putting lives at risk and causing danger to other road users. The devastation that can result from speeding is unspeakable."

  12. Robbers steal hundreds of pounds from Middlesbrough shop

    BBC Tees

    Two men made off with hundreds of pounds after robbing a shop in Middlesbrough.

    The men, who covered their faces with scarves, carried "sharp implements" when they attempted to steal the till from The Premier Store on Kings Road in North Ormesby at about 17:15 on Monday.

    Staff were said to be shaken but uninjured, Cleveland Police said.

    the shop

    The first suspect is described as a white male, aged in his early twenties, about 5ft 9in (1.75m) tall, of medium build, wearing a green hooded top with a zip, black tracksuit bottoms with a stripe, black trainers, a dark cap, and black scarf or snood around his face. The second suspect is described as a white male, aged in his early twenties, about 5ft 7in (1.7m) tall, of slightly bigger build than the first suspect, wearing a black cap, a black scarf or snood covering his face, a blue jacket, blue jeans and black trainers.  

  13. 'Factories should export chocolate, not people's jobs'

    The GMB union has hit out at Nestle over its plan to cut 110 jobs at its Newcastle factory and a further 188 roles at its other UK sites.

    Tim Roache, general secretary, said: "To shift the production of an iconic British brand like Blue Riband to Poland is completely unacceptable.

    "These factories should be exporting chocolate, not people's jobs."

    The union's representative for the Northern region, Valerie Scott, described the proposals as "yet another kick in the teeth for the North East economy".

    Nestle says the cuts are necessary to allow it to remain competitive.

    Blue Riband biscuits
  14. Nestle job cuts: UK sites 'need to remain competitive'

    In addition to the loss of 110 jobs, food company Nestle says proposals for its factory at Fawdon would see the introduction of "amended and standardised shift patterns".

    In a statement released in the last few minutes, it adds it needs to "operate more efficiently and remain competitive in a rapidly changing external environment".

    It is understood about 350 people are employed at the factory. Its sites at York, Halifax and Girvan are also affected.

  15. BreakingNestle plan could see 110 jobs lost at Fawdon factory

    Food firm Nestle has announced 110 jobs could be lost at its factory in Fawdon, Newcastle, as it bids to cut costs.

    The company says a 45-day consultation with trade unions and employee representatives is set to begin and it is seeking volunteers for redundancy.

    If confirmed, the jobs would be axed over the next two years.

    The manufacture of Blue Riband biscuits is set to be moved from Fawdon to Poland - a switch Nestle says will "reduce the complexity of the factory and allow it to focus on other production".

    A further 188 jobs are also set to go at Nestle's plants in York, Halifax and Girvan.

  16. Parents concerned over walk-to-school route

    Lisa McCormick

    BBC Tees

    Parents in Teesdale say they are concerned for the safety of their children after Durham County Council published a new suggested walking route to school. 

    The path from Startforth to Montalbo Primary School sees youngsters crossing the A67 four times during the three-mile (4.8km) round trip. 

    Parents are urging council bosses to provide transport to ensure the safety of the pupils.

    Durham County Council said there are sufficient gaps in the traffic on the A67 to allow parents and children to cross safely and the assessment was based on nationally agreed guidelines.