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  1. This week's updates

    Adam Clarkson

    BBC Tees

    That's it for updates this week. Thanks for being with us.

    To keep up with whats happening overnight, head to BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle, Look North, and online.

    If you have a photo you'd like to share with us, you can get in touch via @BBCNewsNE, email us, or contact us on our Facebook page.

    We'll see you on Monday morning at 08:00.

    Have a great weekend. We'll leave you with this photo of a highland cow in Hartlepool, snapped by Paul Alderson.

    Highland Cow
  2. Awards joy for volunteer blood bikers

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    The Queen's Awards for Voluntary Service have been made today and there's recognition for a number of groups in our region.

    Among them, the Northumbria Blood Bikers, which deliver essential blood and urgent medical supplies out-of-hours between hospitals.

    It is entirely dependent on donations and run solely by volunteers.

    Northumbria Blood Biker
  3. Weather: Generally cloudy with occasional rain

    It's maybe time to rethink the BBQ plans for the weekend.

    It will be generally cloudy this evening and overnight with occasional rain, this locally heavy.

    Some mist patches may form near coasts and over hills. Winds will be mainly light and variable.

    Weather forecast

    Head to the BBC Weather page to check the weather where you are.

  4. Five-year-old girl hit by car

    Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a five-year-old girl was hit by a car.

    The incident occured at about 19:10 on last night.

    A black Volkswagen Passat collided with the child in Warwick Street in Middlesbrough.

    The girl was treated for a fractured leg at James Cook University Hospital.

  5. Video content

    Video caption: People in Hartlepool have been having their say on Andy Capp.

    As a new exhibition about Andy Capp opens, people in his hometown of Hartlepool have been having their say.

  6. England's Big Picture: Magic in Northumberland

    Adam Clarkson

    BBC Tees

    Our colleagues at BBC England like to feature photographs sent in to them every day.

    The latest theme is Bank Holiday Memories.

    Have a look at this "broomstick lesson" at Alnwick Castle, snapped by Sally Fletcher:

    Alnwick Castle

    Can we agree that the man in the pink shirt is the only wizard in the picture still using the outdated Nimbus 2000?

    Best of luck to him on catching the Snitch.

    See more photos here.

  7. Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

    With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

    Read more
  8. Results of Newcastle bus lane fine hearing

    The trafffic penalty tribunal has heard nine appeal cases into fines given at the controversial bus lane on John Dobson Street in Newcastle.

    Out of the nine cases, eight been allowed.

    The hearing ruled that the signs are inadequate and that drivers don't know what lays ahead of them before entering the road.

    It also says the main warning sign is not sufficiently visible and the wording is vague.

    It's not yet clear where this leaves the 90,000-plus other drivers who've been fined since the lane was brought in.

    We're waiting to hear from Newcastle City Council.

    John Dobson Street
  9. Tumble dryer fire warning

    Northumberland County Council's trading standards service is warning owners of Beko and Blomberg tumble dryers of a product recall.

    It comes in response to a safety alert from the company regarding their 8kg and 9kg condenser tumble dryers which were manufactured between May and November 2012.

    Monitoring of the products raised concern after it was found they could overheat, with a risk of fire.

    Beko are asking owners to contact them in order to give a free modification, if required.

    Product safety notices can be checked here.

  10. #thebandisback


    The white chest band will return to the Boro strip when the 2017/18 kits are unveiled this weekend at the Riverside Stadium.

    The design is regarded as a Middlesbrough classic - but has only been worn about a dozen times in 140 years of football.

    Football kit expert John Devlin explores the history of the band here.

  11. Images relesed of Asda burglars

    Do you recognise any of these people?

    The group, pictured on CCTV, gained entry to Asda petrol station in Spennymoor overnight on May 28 via the rear fire door.

    They stole cash and attempted to steal cigarettes.

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    Police are urging anyone with information to contact South Durham CID on 101.

  12. New charity challenge for Stelling

    BBC Tees

    Hartlepool-born Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling today begins his latest challenge to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.

    Last year, Stelling walked 10 marathons in 10 days.

    This year, he will attempt to walk 15 marathons in 15 days from Exeter to Newcastle.

    The walk clocks in at more than 300 miles:

    The route

    Football clubs will provide physio therapy for him at the end of each day as he makes his way across the UK with a trekking group.

    He says he is lucky to be physically fit and is happy to raise awareness and money for the charity.

    Jeff Stelling
  13. Missing Wallsend woman found

    Northumbria Police have confirmed that missing 46-year-old Rachelle Cummings has been located.

  14. Man found dead in Blyth

    Police have found the body of a man in Northumberland.

    Officers attended the scene in Walton Avenue in Blyth at 15:00 and found the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

    There is believed to be no-third party involvement and a report is being prepared for the coroner.

    Walton Avenue
  15. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) County Durham southbound severe accident, between J58 for A68 and J57 for A66.

    A1(M) County Durham - A1(M) partially blocked and queuing traffic southbound between J58, A68 (Burtree) and J57 A66(M) Darlington, because of an accident.

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

  16. Hartlepool: The home of hip-hop champions

    BBC Tees

    BBC Tees Sport

    Ruff Diamond are a street-dance crew made up of five local dancers.

    In August, the group will fly to America to represent Great Britain at the World Championships.

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  17. Illegal cigarette man jailed for third time

    A County Durham man caught with more than 40,000 illicit cigarettes is behind bars for the third time, just weeks after standing trial for the same crime.

    Thomas Griffiths, from Durham Street in Spennymoor, had the cigarettes in his car, with more found in his home.

    The 57-year-old was jailed for 21 months. His accomplice, David Linton from Chester-le-Street, was seen collecting a parcel from his house containing more than £20,000.

    Linton admitted money laundering, and received a four-month suspended prison sentence.

    Illicit cigarettes

    Customs officers caught Griffiths with illicit cigarettes worth £11,000 in duty taxes, plus £12,000 in cash hidden in a kitchen bin.

    Griffiths claimed he'd found the cigarettes in a lay-by, and was going to hand them to police ..

    He admitted evasion of excise and money laundering. His partner Mandy Hetherington admitted hiding 3,740 cigarettes in their home and was given a 12-month community service order.