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  1. Updates on Friday 13 July 2018

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our live updates here have now finished for the day and for the week - thank you for joining us.

    This feed will be updated for the next few hours with any breaking news or sport as well as travel updates.

    You can also stay up to date tonight and over the weekend online and with BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle and Look North.

    We'll be back with more updates from 08:00 on Friday.

    Hope you have a lovely weekend.

    If you'd like to get in touch with news or photos you can Tweet us, contact us via our Facebook page or email us.

  2. Weather: The odd shower this evening, then mainly dry

    There is the chance of the odd shower this evening. It is then expected to be mainly dry through tonight with clear periods. A light breeze.

    Minimum Temperature: 10 to 13C (50 to 55F).

    weather graphic

    On Saturday it will be a mainly dry and fine day with spells of sunshine, although there could be a fair amount of cloud around for a time. It will be a warmer day.

    Maximum Temperature: 20 to 23C (68 to 73F).

  3. North East groups on new BBC One idents

    Two North East groups star in the latest BBC One idents, which will be seen by TV viewers across the country.

    A group from Newcastle and another from County Durham feature in the short segments, which will be shown on BBC One from Saturday.

    Swing dancers Lindy Jazz were filmed at St Cuthbert’s Centre in Crook, while the dogs and their owners of Dachshunds North East UK were filmed on Newcastle’s Quayside Seaside on the banks of the Tyne.

    The idents were filmed by celebrated documentary photographer Martin Parr.

    Swing dancers
    Sausage dogs
  4. Council to demolish £350,000 play park

    Laura Hill

    Local Democracy Reporter

    A £350,000 play park built on a housing estate which was then knocked down is also to be demolished.

    The Teams play area was built in 2010, just one year before Gateshead Council announced it was planning to demolish Clasper Village where the play area was.

    Now after years of being abandoned the play park is set to be demolished as it has fallen into disrepair and become dangerous.

    Opponents have hit out at the council over its poor management of resources.

    Lib Dem opposition leader Councillor Jonathan Wallace said at the time his party had called on the council to spend money on smaller play equipment dotted across Gateshead, rather than the one expensive park.

    The majority of Clasper Village was demolished in 2015 after Gateshead Council announced plans to move 200 families out of the area and level it after the area became plagued by anti-social behaviour.

    However one determined resident, Michael Crossman remained in his flat until late last year, so the final flats in Clasper Village were only demolished earlier this year.

    Clasper Village demolition

    The council said: "Clasper Towers adventure playground closed some years ago as it had gradually become dangerous for children to use and there were no funds to either repair or maintain it. It has been mothballed ever since.

    "Although this whole area is part of a major housing redevelopment, there are presently no proposals or agreed plans for the playground site.

    "Any future housing development on the Clasper Village site will have strict planning conditions imposed to ensure that it incorporates adequate play facilities."

  5. Historic Middlesbrough sign to be restored

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Work to fix an historic sign at a shop in Middlesbrough is now under way after concerns it was going to be removed.

    In February, council officers had to step in to stop the Pybus Brothers sign and a balustrade being removed from the Tesco Express on Roman Road in Linthorpe.

    The balustrade had been removed during repair works and the 'P' from the Pybus Bros sign - a remnant of the days when the shop was owned by the Middlesbrough grocer brothers - was also missing.

    Now, following discussions between Tesco and Middlesbrough Council, the national supermarket chain has commissioned a stone mason to assess the works needed to bring the building back to its former glory.

    Pybus sign
  6. Your photos: On board the Mir

    Kathyrn Murphy sent us this photo of her son Christopher on board the Russian ship Mir at the Tall Ships event in Sunderland.

    The Mir is one of the ships berthed in the city until tomorrow when they leave to compete in the first leg of the Tall Ships Races 2018.

    Kathryn said Christopher loved it and that he is now looking forward to seeing them all leave tomorrow with their sails up.

    It should be a spectacular sight

    Christopher on board the Mir
  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) County Durham northbound severe accident, at J59 for A167.

    A1(M) County Durham - All traffic being temporarily held and an accident on A1(M) northbound in Durham at J59, A167 (Aycliffe).

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

  8. Car death pedestrian was 'much-loved'

    A 90-year-old pedestrian who died when he was stuck by a car will be "much missed" his family says.

    George Kenneth Brown was pronounced dead by paramedics called to the scene on Scott Street, Stanley, on 11 July.

    In a statement, his family said: “It is with deepest regret that we announce the death of our much-loved husband, dad, grandad, great grandad and brother. He will be sadly missed."

    Durham Police said an investigation into the crash, at about 11:00, was ongoing, and appealed for witnesses, or anyone with any dashcam footage of it to come forward.

    George Kenneth Brown
  9. Stranded dolphin rescued

    Firefighters rescued a dolphin which became stranded on the Teesside coast.

    The mammal was washed up between Steetley Pier and the Brus Tunnel, Hartlepool, yesterday.

    Cleveland Fire Brigade said it took five attempts to return it to the water and then it swam off.

    They say if it reappears for people to report it or any other stranded marine mammals to British Divers Marine Life Rescue.

  10. Your photos: Tall Ships in Sunderland

    Hundreds of people have been in Sunderland this week to see the Tall Ships.

    The event opened on Wednesday afternoon and runs until tomorrow when the ships will all leave for the parade of sail.

    Billy Atkinson has been and sent us these lovely photos.

    Tall Ship in Sunderland
    Tall Ships in Sunderland
    Tall Ships in Sunderland
  11. Cruel pranksters target distraught girl over lost pet

    A Hartlepool girl who is searching for her missing rabbit has been the target for cruel pranksters.

    Hartlepool Mail front page