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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our live posts here have finished for the day but this feed will continue to be updated with any breaking news and sport stories as well as travel updates.

    You can also stay up to date online, or with BBC Newcastle, BBC Tees and Look North.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with more live updates.

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  2. Warning over fraudsters using TV licence emails

    Northumbria Police is warning the public to be aware of TV Licensing phishing emails that are currently circulating. Officers have had reports that members of the public are receiving emails with links to a convincing-looking website.

    It then requests that people enter their personal details. They are then contacted by fraudsters who claim to be from a department of the bank people are registered with.

    TV Licensing have provided some further advice in relation to this issue on their website here.

  3. New homes could be coming to borough

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    New homes could be coming to North Tyneside if a second bid to build bungalows is given the green light.

    Previously plans to build six bungalows on a plot of land off Westcroft Road in Forest Hall were thrown out by the council’s planning department amid concerns about over development, flooding, drainage, overshadowing.

    Now, the applicant has returned to North Tyneside Council with a scheme to build three bungalows on the plot.

    If the plans go ahead, an existing property on the plot will be preserved but the sun room that adjoins it will be flattened.

    In an application form agent Acanthus Darbyshire Architects said that by building less homes they addressed the problems that led to the previous plans being rejected.

    They wrote: “To address these concerns we have reduced the number ofunits on the site in order to move the buildings away from the existing trees and hedgerows, this allows for larger gardens and means that the existing trees will not overshadow the properties to the extent of the previous scheme.

    “A new flood risk assessment has been produced with the latest data from the Environment Agency, a drainage strategy has also been producedresponding to the concerns raised as part of the previous application.”

    The council is expected to decide on the application by mid-July.

  4. Children's home staff 'have hearts of gold'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Nic Marko

    Two council-run children’s homes in Hartlepool have been praised by councillors after receiving positive ratings from an independent watchdog.

    In its latest Ofsted inspection, Exmoor Grove Children’s Home was rated outstanding for the third time in a row, while Stockton Road Children's Home maintained its rating of good.

    The reports have now been presented to Hartlepool Council children’s services committee.

    Councillor Sue Little said: “I’d just like to congratulate the staff at Exmoor for the outstanding job that they’re doing.

    “I take my hat off to them, they must have a heart of gold."

    Councillor Brenda Harrison added: “What struck me about the Stockton Road facility was it was a family.

    "These children are brought up in a family atmosphere, with people who they can relate to and get on with.

    "I think it’s a fantastic facility, as is Exmoor Grove.”

    Exmoor Grove
  5. Former RAF Medic prepares for American challenge

    BBC Tees

    A former RAF Medic from Teesside is part of Britain's first all-female wounded team to participate in a challenge across America.

    Anna Pollock, from Normanby, woke up six years ago in the middle of the night and realised all of a sudden she was paralysed from the chest down.

    She is now taking part in Race Across America, the world’s toughest bike race.

    The team is made up of eight women who have all suffered various life-changing conditions.

    Anna Pollock

    Anna told BBC Tees that exercise has become a lifeline since she was paralysed.

    She added: "Everything I did would cause more pain so I became really badly depressed.

    "The doctor referred me to Phoenix House in Catterwick (a recovery centre for military personnel) and it was there that I used a recumbent for the first time.

    "We went for a bike ride and a fire awakened in me and that is when I started using sport as medicine."

    Anna hopes she and her team can inspire others while raising money for The Royal British Legion .

  6. Author hopes to challenge people's perceptions of female prisoners

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    An author from Durham hopes her book about life inside a high-security women's prison will help make changes to the way the system runs.

    Mim Skinner's book, Jailbirds, tells stories from her time working with inmates.

    The author, who continues to help women who've been in prison at her community cafe in Chester-le-Street, says the book should challenge people's perceptions of female prisoners.

    Ms Skinner said: "About half of the women in prisons are victims of domestic violence.

    "I think it is very hard not to see that stark contrast in our experiences and really know that why people are in there is not about them being bad people, but really often it is about them having had difficult situations."

    Mim Skinner
  7. Police chief 'refuses to apologise' to Irish journalists

    Mike Barton has declined to apologise to two journalists after an investigation into the suspected theft of confidential documents was dropped.

    Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey were arrested in August 2018 over the suspected theft of files from the Police Ombudsman's office.

    They had been involved in a documentary on the Loughinisland attack in 1994 in which six Catholic men were shot dead by the loyalist Ulster Volunteer Force.

    The Durham police chief was brought in by the PSNI to investigate the leaking of documents.

    On Monday, police confirmed the case against the journalists had been dropped, following a court ruling that the search warrants issued against them had been "inappropriate".

    Mike Barton

    Speaking today at a meeting of the Northern Ireland Policing Board, Mr Barton said: "I absolutely respect press freedom.

    "But I do not - in my view and I have been corrected by the lord chief justice - I do not think it appropriate that secret documents that put people's lives at risk are put out there in the public domain - I think those discretions should be fettered."

  8. Body found following flat fire

    A person has died in a fire at a first-floor flat in Northumberland.

    Three crews from Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service attended the blaze on Milburn Road, in Ashington, at 23:40 yesterday.

    The fire had spread throughout the first floor and roof before the body was found.

    The cause of the blaze is not yet known and an investigation is ongoing.

  9. Plans to create £20m shipping container business park

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Herbert Soden

    Plans to create a £20m shipping container business park in North Tyneside have been submitted to the council.

    Crate Park at Cobalt is described as an“incubator business park”, and would be built on land adjacent to the existing Cobalt Business Park, with shipping containers used to create space for offices, events and food and drink.

    The developer said: "Crate Park would be a provider of entrepreneurs, a business factory creating success stories for the region while bringing significant inward investment and job creation to the area."

    North Tyneside Council’s planning committee is expected to decide on the application by 22 August.

    CGI of how Crate Park could look in North Tyneside
  10. 'I now feel a million times better'

    A County Durham woman has been given a new lease of life thanks to a pioneering operation at James Cook University Hospital.

    Debbie Richardson, from Bishop Auckland, was left in agony after losing her sternum, which is the a breastbone down the middle of the ribs, because of a post-surgery infection.

    At the time she was told nothing could be done.

    But medics on Teesside decided to contact experts in America and together using Debbie's scans they came up with a 3D model.

    Costing more than £18,000, it is created by reconstructing the sternum via titanium and turning it into a mesh that is filled with bone marrow.

    In the months before her operation, Debbie said: "I don't have a life at the minute.

    "I don't and can't go anywhere because of the pain."

    The operation at James Cook University was a success and Debbie says she now feels "a million times better".

    Debbie with her doctor
    Sternum model
  11. North East charity collaboration hopes to tackle the region's problems

    BBC Tees

    A new charity collaboration is hoping to take a fresh approach on tackling the problems on the region's streets.

    The Northern Inclusion Consortium is linking four charities relating to drugs, homelessness, crime and mental health.

    The idea is that these problems can be connected, so the approach must be also be connected.

    Director of the consortium, Jessie Jo Jacobs, said: "We're seeing issues that are getting worse.

    "I think the North East is now the capital in the country for drug deaths and mental health issues are high so everyone recognises that things are not going the right way and because of that there is a real heart to do things differently."

  12. Events licence to expand outdoor live entertainment withdrawn

    The Shields Gazette

    Good morning, here is a copy of today's front page and a link to our front cover.

    Today's front page
  13. Newcastle climate change protest called off

    BBC Newcastle

    Drivers in Newcastle will be relieved this morning after climate change campaigners called off a planned protest.

    Demonstrators from the Extinction Rebellion group had been planning a "slow cycle" from Gosforth to the city centre.

    Campaigners say they didn't want to disrupt school exams which are taking place later.

  14. Fast-charging station for electric cars opens in Sunderland

    A new fast-charging station for electric cars has been officially opened in Wearside.

    It can charge vehicles in about half an hour compared to eight hours at a standard charge point and it is powered from solar panels on its roof and wind energy.

    At the moment, the charging station on West Wear Street, in Sunderland, is free to use but motorists will have to pay later in the year.

    Fastned UK electric point
  15. Football gossip: Wolves interested in Rondon after Newcastle fail to make bid

    BBC Sport

    Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon, 29, is set for talks with Fenerbahce after Newcastle's plans to make his loan deal from West Brom permanent hit a brick wall. (Sun)

    Salomon Rondon
  16. Crooks in chase with stolen ATM are jailed

    Three thieves whose attempt to steal a cash machine in Whitehaven was foiled by vigilant neighbours and a police chase have been jailed.

    Carlisle Crown Court heard how the three fled in a flatbed truck, with two of them throwing objects at a pursuing unmarked police car, which they also tried to ram, before the lorry and the cash machine were both abandoned.

    Cliff, Mackenzie and Cooke

    Stephen Cliff, 34, of River Walk, West Auckland, Jonathon Mackenzie, 32, of Otterburn Close, Darlington, and 37-year-old Mark Cooke, of Pearson Street, Spennymoor, all admitted conspiracy to burgle, while Cooke also admitted cannabis production and Mackenzie pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis, and another burglary.

    Judge James Adkin jailed Mackenzie for 49 months, Cliff for 51 months and Cooke for 39 months.