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  1. Children of Polish immigrants to learn about their heritage at school in Darlington

    BBC Tees

    Children growing up in the North East are coming together in Darlington to learn all about their Polish heritage.

    More than one hundred pupils from across the BBC Tees area attend the weekly classes on Saturdays at Hummersknott Academy.

    A team of 16 staff teach youngsters everything from the Polish language to the country's history, geography and traditions.

    Warsaw in Poland
  2. Corbyn to speak at 135th Durham Miners' Gala

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been confirmed as the main speaker at the 135th Durham Miners' Gala on Saturday.

    Mr Corbyn has attended the event - dubbed the Big Meeting - every year since becoming leader.

    Jeremy Corbyn

    Alan Mardghum, secretary of the Durham Miners' Association, said: “Jeremy is the 15th leader of the Labour Party to speak at the Durham Miners' Gala.

    "He continues a tradition that dates back to the first Labour leader Keir Hardie, who spoke at the Big Meeting in 1906."

    The event features a parade of union banners through the streets of Durham City before crowds gather at the nearby racecourse for a rally and speeches.

  3. Police visit children's home more than 200 times

    Stephanie Finnon

    BBC Newcastle

    A single North East children's home called police out more than 200 times in a year according to new figures.

    The Howard League for Penal Reform claims children in residential care are in danger of being criminalised.

    Northumbria Police visited the same unidentified home 207 times in 2018 according to figures obtained by the charity.

    This news comes after BBC Newcastle revealed there are nearly 100 cases a year where a looked-after child goes missing.

    A Department for Education spokesperson said: "Last year we launched a new National Protocol to bring together agencies across the system to work together to reduce the number of these children who get involved in crime and have contact with police."

  4. Appeal for information about Durham man found dead in marshland

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    The family of a Durham man found dead in marshland are appealing for help in finding out what happened to him.

    Robert Chatwin was found near the Erewash Canal in Derbyshire in April, two days after he was reported missing.

    Mr Chatwin's cause of death is yet to be confirmed.

    Image of officers involved in the search
  5. Sir Bobby Robson memorabilia up for auction

    Sharuna Sagar

    BBC Look North

    Football memorabilia owned by the cousin of Newcastle hero Sir Bobby Robson is being auctioned off for charity.

    Signed photos, match programmes and an autograph book are among the items up for sale.

    All proceeds will go towards the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

    The lot goes under the hammer at Anderson & Garland in Newcastle at noon tomorrow.

    Image of some of the items
  6. Charity says more seeking help to escape honour violence

    BBC Tees

    A Teesside charity is highlighting the growing numbers of people relying on its support to escape the threat of honour-based violence.

    There are an estimated 12 honour killings each year in the UK - although the exact number is unknown.

    The Middlesbrough-based Halo Project says it has helped more than 1,300 victims in the past eight years.

    Founder Yasmin Khan said more and more victims are coming forward.

  7. University honour for Nadine Shah

    Colin Briggs

    Look North

    A Mercury Prize nominated musician from Whitburn is being awarded an honorary fellowship at the University of Sunderland.

    Nadine Shah is being recognised for her outstanding career as a singer songwriter and for her work as a mental health and inequality campaigner.

    She is to perform at the Whitley Bay Playhouse afterwards to mark the opening of the Mouth Of Tyne festival.

    Nadine Shah
  8. Former vicar accused of indecent assault appears in court

    Peter Harris

    BBC Look North

    A "revered" churchman indecently assaulted a teenager while serving as a vicar in County Durham, a court heard.

    George Granville Gibson, 83, is alleged to have assaulted the youth in the 1970s while he was vicar of St Clare's in Newton Aycliffe.

    Teesside Crown Court heard Mr Gibson is also accused of a separate indecent assault on a junior clergyman in the 1980s while attending the Church of England's General Synod.

    He denies three counts of indecent assault.

    The jury heard the complainants came forward after media coverage in 2016 when Mr Gibson was convicted of separate indecent assaults.

    George Granville Gibson
  9. Ackerman helps Foxes build lead

    Leicestershire 191-7 v Durham 117

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    Colin Ackerman’s fifth half-century of the County Championship season has put Leicestershire in a great position on day two of what has so far been a low-scoring game.

    It came in 133 balls and included four 4s. He’s been steady away while wickets have fallen at the other end.

    Ben Raine, the former Leicestershire all-rounder, has so far taken four wickets, while 19-year-old Jack Campbell has got his first Championship wicket on his debut.

    That was Gavin Griffiths who was caught at second slip on eight, having helped double the Foxes lead from 31 to 62.

    Progress has been slow under grey skies and a wicket which is offering a bit for the bowlers. A lead of 150 would be invaluable, while 100 shouldn’t be sniffed at either.

  10. Study urges businesses to give staff more freedom

    BBC Newcastle

    North East businesses need to change the way they manage staff, according to new research from Newcastle University.

    A report looking at the treatment of employees has suggested they be given more freedom by managers.

    The study focussed on people working for charities and in the public sector - which employs one-in-five people in our region.

    Image of a happy office worker
  11. Stockton and Darlington could unlock cash to revitalise their high streets

    Stockton and Darlington have made it down to the last 50 towns that could be in line for millions of pounds worth of Government money to revitalise their high streets.

    The councils' bids for money through the Government's Future High Streets Fund are through to the next round.

    They will find out later this year if they have been successful

    Darlington Town Clock
  12. Appeal for information following rape in Middlesbrough

    BBC Tees

    Police are appealing for information after a woman was raped in Middlesbrough.

    It happened some time overnight on Corporation Road.

    A 28-year-old woman said she was raped by a man near to the Pig Iron Pub at midnight.

    The suspect is white, around 5ft 4in with short blonde hair and blue eyes.

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    Severe accident: A66 North Yorkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A66 North Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, at Church Lane.

    A66 North Yorkshire - A66 in Grangetown closed and stationary eastbound at the Church Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

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    Severe accident: A695 Tyne And Wear both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A695 Tyne And Wear both ways severe accident, from A6085 Scotswood Road to A694 Chainbridge Road.

    A695 Tyne And Wear - A695 Scotswood Bridge in Scotswood closed in both directions from the A6085 Scotswood Road junction to the A694 Chainbridge Road junction, because of a serious accident and an accident.

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

  15. Call for stricter sentences for hit and run drivers

    BBC Newcastle

    A North East woman whose partner was killed in a hit and run is calling for stricter sentences saying it should mean "a life sentence for a life taken".

    Louise Blenkinsop from Seaham lost her partner Dean Laing in 2012 in a hit and run.

    The driver responsible was jailed for nine months.

    A debate is being held in the House of Commons by MPs today after 1,600 people signed a petition calling for tougher punishments for those found guilty of causing death by dangerous or careless driving.