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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

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    Severe accident: A177 County Durham both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A177 County Durham both ways severe accident, from A1305 Maritime Road to A1027 Bishopton Avenue.

    A177 County Durham - A177 Durham Road in Stockton-On-Tees blocked and slow traffic in both directions from the A1305 Maritime Road junction to the A1027 Bishopton Avenue junction, because of an accident.

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

  3. Fight to save two hospital wards goes on

    Work continues on the future of two hospital wards in Northumberland whose fates are of considerable interest to campaigners and the local community.

    The future of Rothbury Community Hospital is being looked at again after the Health Secretary agreed that more work needed to be done locally on the next steps, following the permanent closure of the site’s 12 inpatient beds in 2017.

    Meanwhile, the Whalton Unit was moved from its usual base in Morpeth to Wansbeck General Hospital at Ashington before Christmas, "to ensure that staffing was as resilient as possible for winter", and this is due to be reviewed in the summer.

    At a meeting of NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) governing body, chief operating officer Siobhan Brown said: “We are still working very hard on Rothbury.”

  4. Red Arrows to miss Great North Run and Sunderland Airshow

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    They've been a famously colourful highlight at two of the North East's biggest events for many years, but the Red Arrows will not be carrying out their fly-pasts at the Great North Run or Sunderland Airshow this year.

    The display team are going to be on tour in the United States and Canada instead.

    Organisers of the North East events both said they wished the group well and added they look forward to welcoming them back in the years ahead.

    Red Arrows performing at the Sunderland Airshow
  5. BreakingGateshead Football Club kicked out of stadium

    Gateshead football club has been asked to leave Gateshead International Stadium in a row over "outstanding debt".

    Gateshead Council said the club was "in breach of its licence".

    “This action follows a protracted period of negotiation with the current owner to settle outstanding debt with the council," a spokesperson said.

    “To be clear, the issue is with the company, not the club."

    The council said it had offered to let the club use the stadium for the season's remaining home fixtures and play-offs.

    The club said it was working to get funds to pay the outstanding debt.

    Gateshead International Stadium
  6. Knife stockists praised for refusing to sell to fake customers under 25

    Julie Cush

    BBC News

    Shop workers have been praised for their "responsible" approach to selling knives after a series of police spot checks.

    Throughout March, Northumbria Police and Trading Standards sent cadets, aged between 15 and 17, to buy knives.

    No-one under the age of 25 is allowed to buy the utensils and police wanted to test whether shop staff would ask for ID.

    A total of 20 stores across the force area were visited, with only two failing to identify underage shoppers and refuse the sale.

    Northumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable Debbie Ford said the region was a safe place to live but that officers were not "complacent".

  7. Lawro's predictions v Johnny Marr

    Johnny Marr

    In case you missed it last night - BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on legendary guitarist Johnny Marr to predict this weekend's Premier League results.

    Lawro's predictions v Johnny Marr

    Johnny Marr

    BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on legendary guitarist Johnny Marr to predict this weekend's Premier League fixtures.

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