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  1. Updates on Wednesday 12 July

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  2. 27th Middlesbrough Mela begins on Saturday

    Middlesbrough's Mela is taking place this weekend.

    It's now in its 27th year. Centre Square will be transformed for the event on Saturday and Sunday.

    Sponsors of this year's Middlesbrough Mela
    Image caption: Sponsors of this year's Middlesbrough Mela
    Quote Message: Unison is very proud and honoured to be able to sponsor Middlesbrough Mela again. It is a fabulous family event celebrating Middlesbrough’s culture and diversity." from Dawn Nicholson Unison Area Organiser for Middlesbrough
    Dawn NicholsonUnison Area Organiser for Middlesbrough
    Quote Message: “I have attended the Mela for over 20 years, and have always been astounded at the vibrancy and creativity of the event." from Barry Coppinger Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner
    Barry CoppingerCleveland Police and Crime Commissioner
  3. BreakingThree held over man found injured in field

    Three peoiple have been arrested after a man was found injured in a Northumberland field.

    Two men, aged 29 and 33 and a 29-year-old woman were held over the attack in Cresswell on Monday.

    The victim remains in a life-threatening condition.

  4. Teenager charged over rape in Ashington

    A 16-year-old boy has been charged with rape after a woman was attacked in her own home in Ashington.

    The attack happened in the North Seaton area at 01:50 last Wednesday.

    Police say the boy is due to appear at South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

  5. Double jeopardy killer Billy Dunlop cleared of child sex offences

    A Teesside man has been cleared of carrying out historical rapes and sexual assaults against two girls under the age of sixteen.

    Billy Dunlop, who's originally from Billingham, is currently serving a life sentence in Frankland prison for the 1989 murder of Julie Hogg.

    A jury at Teesside Crown Court took two-and-a-half hours to acquit the Frankland Prison inmate of all charges.

    Billy Dunlop
  6. Corbyn 'Traingate' CCTV did not breach data law

    A train company which released CCTV footage of Jeremy Corbyn looking for a seat did not break data protection law, a watchdog has ruled.

    The Information Commissioner's Office found Virgin Trains East Coast should have taken better care to obscure other passengers' faces, however.

    The footage showed him bypassing seats.

    So-called Traingate rolled into action when the Labour leader claimed he could not find a seat on the London to Newcastle train in August last year.

    Mr Corbyn was filmed walking past, reserved, but empty seats
    Image caption: Mr Corbyn was filmed walking past, reserved, but empty seats
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    Video caption: BMX rider Stephen Murray talks life 10 years after his accident

    Stephen Murray was one of the best in the world in his chosen sport - BMX dirt jumping.

  8. Latest figures show drop in unemployment in the North East

    BBC Newcastle

    The number of people out of work in the North East has fallen again.

    For the three months to May, it fell by 5,000 compared with the previous quarter, leaving a total of 78,000 people out of work.

    It's a rate of 6% - that is still the highest rate in the country.

    UK unemployment fell by 64,000 to 1.49 million in the three months to May, official figures show.

  9. Durham Police is looking for 80 new recruits to join the force.

    Durham Police is starting a recruitment drive tomorrow for new recruits.

    Quote Message: "This is a fantastic opportunity to join the country's best performing police force and make a real difference in your community. I would encourage anyone who has the passion, dedication, professionalism and courage to go the extra mile to provide the best possible service to the people of County Durham and Darlington to apply." from Chief Constable Mike Barton Durham Police
    Chief Constable Mike BartonDurham Police
    Quote Message: "Policing is a great career, with good long-term prospects for the right people." from Ron Hogg, Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Durham Police
    Ron Hogg, Durham Police and Crime CommissionerDurham Police

    Applications for the position open tomorrow and the deadline is Friday 28 July.

  10. Multi million pound refurbishment for Globe Theatre in Stockton

    BBC Tees

    www.bbc.co.uk/BBCTees

    The Globe Theatre in Stockton is getting a £15m restoration to turn it into the largest venue of its kind between Newcastle and Leeds.

    View more on twitter

    The art deco listed building closed 20 years ago - but the plans would see it reopen in 2019, with a capacity of 3,000. It hopes to attract big names from music and comedy.

    It'll be managed by ATG, which runs the Sunderland Empire as well as venues in London and New York.

    Stockton Council is investing more than £10.5m, and £4m is coming from a lottery grant. The council says the investment will boost the area.

  11. Sixteen-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of rape in Ashington

    BBC Newcastle

    A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of rape after a woman was attacked by an intruder in her own home in Ashington, Northumberland.

    It happened in the North Seaton area at 01:50 last Wednesday.

    An investigation was launched and police say the 16-year-old is currently in custody.

  12. Newcastle and Gateshead gearing up for Great North Run

    The preparations for the Great North Run are already under way.

    An 'n' and a 'u' have been put on the side of the Tyne Bridge.

    The biggest half marathon in the world, The Great North Run takes place in Newcastle and Gateshead on Sunday 10 September.

    The Tyne Bridge
    Image caption: The Tyne Bridge

    And with only two months to go you can follow the countdown on Twitter:

    View more on twitter
  13. Boxing coach honoured for bridge attack bravery

    BBC Tees

    www.bbc.co.uk/BBCTees

    A North East boxing coach who was at the Westminster Bridge attack has been honoured by the World Boxing Council for his bravery.

    Tony Davis (pictured centre), who coaches in Darlington as well as the GB team in Sheffield, was in London at the time for a conference.

    After seeing the attack, Mr Davis decided to run towards the scene where he tried to help fatally injured PC Keith Palmer for around three-and-a-half minutes before the paramedics arrived.

    Tony David, centre
  14. BreakingDaniel Johnson found guilty of murder in Sunderland

    Megan Paterson

    Reporter, BBC Look North

    Daniel Johnson, 20, has been found guilty of murdering David Wilson in Sunderland in 2014.

    Johnson called police for a lift home after the stabbing.

  15. Former childhood home of former Prime Minister back on the market

    Anyone interested in buying the Grade II listed Windlestone Hall in County Durham, which goes up for sale next week with a guide price of £400,000, is invited to a viewing of the premises today.

    Windlestone Hall in County Durham
    Image caption: Windlestone Hall in County Durham

    The house was the birth place in 1897 of Sir Anthony Eden, who entered parliament as a Conservative MP in 1923.

    He later served as a cabinet minister before serving as prime minster from 1955 to 1957.

    Sir Anthony Eden
    Image caption: Sir Anthony Eden