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    Head to BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle, Look North and online to stay up to date with local news overnight.

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    We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow, have a great evening.

  2. 'Drugs valued at £1,284,000 seized over six months'

    Drugs with a street value of more than £1m have been seized by Cleveland Police during the past six months.

    Amphetamine, cannabis resin, cocaine and heroin were recovered across the force area, and a number of cannabis farms were raided.

    The street value of the drugs came to an estimated £1,284,000.

    Cleveland's Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, said: “Drugs and the associated antisocial behaviour can make the lives of local residents a misery.

    "I hear of cases like these at the community meetings I attend and I am very pleased to be able to feedback on the good work that is being carried out right across Cleveland to tackle these problems.

    "The dedication of the drugs team and officers across the force in tackling drugs is very valued."

    Inspector Tony Cross with seized drugs
  3. Windmill restoration under way

    BBC Newcastle

    The final stage of the restoration of Fulwell Windmill in Sunderland is due to start soon.

    Sunderland City Council said scaffolding is now in place which will allow craftsmen and millwrights to build a new cap, fantail and sails by the end of the year.

    people and mill

    John Kelly from the council said: "The final phase of restoration is now well under way to complete the work which has already re-opened the visitor centre and tea-rooms."

    Kate Wilson of Historic England said: "Fulwell Windmill has been a significant feature of the Wearside landscape since 1806 and is a much loved local landmark."

  4. Woman arrested after parked cars crash

    BBC Tees

    A woman has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs following a crash in Hartlepool.

    Cleveland Police said a black Vauxhall Corsa hit several parked cars at Wynyard Road shops near Catcote Road at about 09:00 yesterday.

    Wynyard Road

    A spokeswoman said the 34-year-old female driver of the vehicle left the scene but was later located and taken to hospital suffering from a broken collarbone.Officers are appealing for witnesses.

  5. Port paintings go on display

    BBC Newcastle

    Paintings from the Port of Tyne collection are to be part of a new exhibition at the Old Low Light Heritage Centre in North Shields.

    Acquired by the Port of Tyne's predecessors, the Tyne Improvement Commission, two paintings from the collection are to be included in the centre's latest exhibition which explores the history of the North Shields Fish Quay.

    People and paintings

    The centre piece of the exhibition is the painting The Mouth of the Tyne by John Carmichael, which captures the famous Tyne whaler Lady Jane in 1847 sailing into North Shields before the piers were constructed.

    Susan Wear, Port of Tyne director of corporate affairs, said: “The paintings reveal a glimpse into the past and the history of the river. They are usually on display at our headquarters and it is great to see them accessible to a wider audience.”

    The exhibition is free to visitors from August until 15 October.

  6. Victim's jaw broken by man he was 'trying to help'

    A man suffered a broken jaw after being attacked by a man he thought he was trying to help.

    The 45-year-old victim had stopped because he thought the man, who later attacked him, needed assistance, police said.

    The victim called the man a taxi but when it arrived he was hit in the face before his attacker got into the vehicle.

    The attack happened in Broadwell Road, Middlesbrough, in the early hours of 27 July, but police have only just released details.

    It is believed the taxi was a red Skoda Octavia which was heading towards Billingham.

  7. Family fun to be paid for by criminals

    A week of family activities are to be held in Chester-le-Street with events paid for by money seized from criminals.

    The Market place Activity Week is being organised by Durham Police from next Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 15:00 each day.

    Money confiscated through the Proceeds of Crime Act will be used to support the activities which will include a bouncy castle, inflatable slide and face painting.

    There will also be a climbing wall, rodeo bull, human demolition ball, gladiator joust, assault course, bungee run and sessions with Sunderland AFC’s Foundation of Light.

    PCSO Adrian Richards said: “We hope 2017 will be the biggest and best yet – beating the 20,000 people we attended last year.”

  8. Witness appeal after bank ram-raid

    Cleveland Police has appealed for anyone who saw a car suspected to be involved in a ram-raid at a bank in Eston this morning to contact the force.

    The white Ford Kuga went through the front of Yorkshire Bank on the High Street at about 09:00.

    It is then believed that a number of men left the vehicle and stole cash boxes before getting back into it and making off.

    Anyone who witnessed anything, particularly the white Kuga being driven erratically, is asked to get in touch.

    Scene of raid
    Scene of raid
  9. Missing seven-year-olds found safe and well

    Two seven-year-old boys who went missing in Newcastle have been found.

    The alarm was raised at 10:45, sparking a search involving officers on the ground and a police helicopter.

    Northumbria Police has now said the pair have been found safe and well.

  10. Missing seven-year-olds spark police search

    A search is under way for two seven-year-old boys in Newcastle.

    The pair, whose names have not been released, were reported missing at 10:45.

    Northumbria Police confirmed that officers are searching on the ground and the force helicopter has been deployed.

  11. Darlington hair stylist reaches global final

    BBC Tees

    A hair stylist from Darlington will represent the UK in an international competition after securing a national title.

    Nicholas Holmes of Hobson and Holmes won the partner category at the Color Zoom UK awards in London on Sunday.

    Nicholas Holmes

    He and his model Rebecca Summers (pictured below), who is also from Darlington, will now compete against 38 other finalists from around the world at the final in Barcelona.

    Mr Holmes said: "I can’t wait to get to Spain to show the world just how good the standard of hairdressing is in the UK and particularly in the North East."

  12. Grouse moors boost curlew numbers

    Endangered bird species are thriving on grouse moors, researchers have found.

    Teams from Durham and Newcastle Universities discovered six times as many curlews on moorland compared with less protected land, where there are no gamekeepers to control predators such as foxes, stoats and crows.

    The research comes ahead of the start of the annual grouse shooting season on 12 August - the so-called "Glorious Twelfth."

    Grouse shoot