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  1. Thursday 18 May 2017
  2. Arrest after armed stand-off ends
  3. Road partially reopens after water main burst
  4. Corbyn to attend miner's gala
  5. Redcar man missing on holiday

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By Ana Guerra-Moore

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You can still catch up with the latest news throughout the night on BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle, Look North, and online.

The sunset was lovely in South Shields yesterday, so let's hope it's just as nice tonight:

Sunset in South Shieldes
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Public thanked for 'patience' during seige

Durham Police has thanked people in Burnopfield for their "patience and co-operation" during a 24-hour stand-off.

A cordon was put in place around Lintz Terrace, after a man barricaded himself into a property, and at one point petrol bombs were thrown.

Specially-trained negotiators were brought in, but when the man continued to refuse to leave, officers made their way into the property.

A 47-year-old man is currently being questioned on suspicion of making threats to kill and criminal damage.

Armed police in Burnopfield

Volunteers still needed for Saltburn world record attempt

An attempt to break a world record will take place in Saltburn tomorrow - and volunteers are still needed.

The World's Largest Waltz has been organised by Age UK Teesside, and more than 1,000 people are expected to take part.

However, the current record is held by Bosnia, where 3,200 people danced together in 2007.

The waltz will last 5 minutes and starts at 14:00.

Weather: A dry and clear evening

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Any lingering showers soon dying out to leave a dry and clear evening for most.

Turning cloudier from the south later but feeling chilly under any prolonged clear spells.

Check the weather where you are.

What did Durham make of Liberal Democrat manifesto?

Locals share their thoughts on election pledges.

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Elderly man seriously injured in collision

An elderly man suffered serious injuries in a two-vehicle collision in Corbridge.

The incident, involving an Audi Estate car and a Range Rover, happened on Aydon Road at about 09:10.

Northumbria Police said the injured man was the driver of the Audi, and no one else was hurt.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact the force.

Local team to compete in European Champions Trophy

Leven AFC, from Yarm, could face world-class teams, if they can come up with the funding for the trip.

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Fire-hit Hartlepool school gets boost from energy company

Hartlepool Mail


A fundraising drive to help a primary school devastated by a fire has smashed its target thanks to a thriving Hartlepool business.

Company director Phill Moore to Becky's mum Julie and brother Mark

Jeremy Corbyn to attend Durham Miners' Gala

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will attend the Durham Miners' Gala on 8 July, organisers have confirmed.

He has appeared at the event several times - both as a backbench MP and Labour leader - however organisers say they hope this one will be "as prime minister".

Alan Cummings, secretary of the Durham Miners' Association, said members believe Labour's manifesto is "the best in generations".

Two women wearing Jeremy Corbyn masks as they walked with their union banner
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£30,000 worth of cannabis found in Middlesbrough

An estimated £30,000 worth of cannabis has been seized by police in Middlesbrough.

The contraband was found inside a garage on Marsh Road, after members of the public alerted officers.

A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of producing cannabis, but has since been released with no bail conditions.

Road partially re-opens after water main burst

One lane has been re-opened in Jesmond Dene Road, Newcastle, after a water pipe burst yesterday.

Traffic management remains in place and repairs will be ongoing until Sunday.

Debris on the road

Northumbrian Water said: "The repair being carried out will remove the need to return at a later date to install a permanent surface.

"We are very sorry for the continued inconvenience to customers and commuters and thank them for their patience and understanding."

Rosemary sales surge during exam season

A High Street health food chain says it has had to order extra stocks of rosemary after research by Northumbria University claimed its scent could improve the memory of students revising for exams.

Holland & Barrett says there has been a 187% increase in sales of the essential oil.

The study showed pupils in a room scented with rosemary performed better in memory tests - supporting a traditional link between rosemary and memory.

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Redcar man, 65, goes missing in Benidorm

Police have appealed for information after a Redcar man failed to return from a holiday in Spain.

Donald Cheetham, 65, was due to fly home from Benidorm on 12 May, but was not on the flight.

His belongings were later found in his hotel room, and no sightings of him have been reported.

Cleveland Police is assisting his family, which is also in contact with the authorities in Spain.

Donald Cheetham
Cleveland Police

Your Pictures: Sunny Throckley

The weather is lovely in Throckley today, and in many other parts of the North East too.

We have been sent this gorgeous picture by Dave Appleby.

Throckley in the sun

Have you got any weather pictures you'd like to share with us? You can send them on Twitter, Facebook, or via email.

Petrol bomb exploding in Burnopfield

A man throws explosives at officers after barricading himself inside a house in County Durham.

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Man arrested after 24-hour seige ends

A man has been arrested following a 24-hour stand-off with police.

Negotiations got under way after the man barricaded himself into the house in Lintz Terrace, Burnopfield, yesterday.

During the stand-off there were reports that explosive projectiles were thrown at officers.

Durham Police has now said a man has been arrested for threats to kill and criminal damage.

Police in Lintz Terrace

Severe accident: A182 Tyne And Wear northbound

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A182 Tyne And Wear northbound severe accident, at A1231 Sunderland Highway.

A182 Tyne And Wear - A182 Washington Highway in Washington blocked and heavy traffic northbound at the A1231 Sunderland Highway junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Diversion in operation - via - Castle Road and the A1231 Eastbound to rejoin the A182.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Billy Paynter

Hartlepool release nine players including captain Billy Paynter and offer new deals to Carl Magnay, Rhys Oates and Brad Walker.

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New investment in Durham Tees Valley facilities

Durham Tees Valley airport is to improve its terminal facilities.

Passengers can soon expect to be welcomed with a revamped departure lounge, free wifi, charging points and new shops.

This stage will be completed by the end of September.

Concept art of departure lounge

Tall ship leaves Sunderland

The Royal Helena vessel has left Sunderland this morning after a two-day stay.

It travelled all the way from Bulgaria to register for the Tall Ships Race which will take place in the city next year.

BBC Newcastle reporter Martin Emmerson watched it leave.

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Hartlepool sees huge rise in jobless benefit claimants

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Jobless benefit claimants in Hartlepool have rocketed in the last month.

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Man with head injury missing after getting out of ambulance

A man who suffered a head injury and was being taken to hospital by ambulance has gone missing.

He was taken from a bus stop in Borough Road, Hendon, and when they arrived at Sunderland Royal Hospital, he he got out of the ambulance and walked off.

The man told paramedics his name was Joseph Rutland, 47, however, police believe these details may not be accurate and are trying to identify him.

He wast seen at about 13:00 in Kayll Road on Monday.

The man leaving the ambulance

Darlington rape investigation: Man remains in custody

Police are continuing to question a man after a woman was punched in the face and raped in a street attack in Darlington.

The woman in her 30s, was attacked and dragged to the ground in the early hours of Wednesday near St Augustine's Way in the town

A 21-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of rape.


Police 'committed to a safe resolution' in Burnopfield

BBC Newcastle

The situation remains unchanged at the scene of a stand-off in in Burnopfield which has been going on since yesterday afternoon.

Police negotiators are continuing to engage with man inside a house in Lintz Terrace.

A police spokesman said: "We are committed to a safe resolution, and hope to achieve this as soon as possible."

Police in Burnopfield

Weather: Scattered showers later with sunny spells

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Dry, bright but chilly at first with some sunshine.

Isolated, well scattered showers will bubble up from late morning, with plenty of sunny spells in-between.

It will feel warm and pleasant outside the showers.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 16C (61F). Check the forecast near you.

Tyneside commuters urged to allow extra time after floods

Commuters on Tyneside are being warned to allow extra time for their journeys as a result of yesterday's burst water mains in Newcastle.

Metro services are back to normal this morning, but there are still a number of road closures in place which may lead to localised delays.

Flooding in Jesmond, Newcastle

The water pipes have been repaired and work on Heaton Road is complete.

On the A189 Jesmond Dene Road, a temporary road surface is being laid and it is hoped one lane will be open by lunchtime with the second open by the evening rush hour along with all other roads.

Armed stand-off continues in Burnopfield

Armed police and dog teams have spent the night surrounding a house in County Durham after a stand-off which began early yesterday afternoon.

More than 12 police are still at the scene.

At one point yesterday, petrol bombs were hurled at the officers, one of them exploding at their feet as shown here.

Armed siege in Burnopfield

It's understood a man in the house alerted the police himself.

Negotiators are also at the scene.

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