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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our live updates have finished here 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 on BBC Radio Newcastle, BBC Radio Tees and Look North.

    If you want to get in touch with any news or send us photos you can tweet us, contact us via our Facebook page or email us.

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

  2. Weather: Clear spells developing

    BBC Weather

    Cloudy with the odd shower at first, but the cloud will thin out to allow for some clear spells to develop as the night unfolds. A gentle breeze, and rather chilly.

    You can get the latest forecast here

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  3. BreakingProduction paused at British Steel in Skinningrove

    Richard Moss

    Political Editor, BBC Look North

    British Steel is pausing production at its plant in Skinningrove in Teesside for at least three weeks.

    Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen says the company has told him there will be no job losses, with staff expected to be furloughed.

    The sites at Lackenby and Darlington are not affected by the announcement.

    A fall in demand at Skinningrove is said to be the crucial factor behind the move.

  4. Coronavirus lockdown sparks surge in fly-tipping

    Daniel Holland

    Local Democracy Reporter

    The closure of Newcastle's three tips because of coronavirus lockdown and social distancing measures has lead to a spate of fly-tipping and illegal bonfires.

    The culprits have been warned the Covid-19 crisis is not an “automatic permit” to dump their rubbish wherever they want.

    Newcastle City Council cabinet member Nick Kemp said it was "absolutely shocking”.

    “It’s taking away valuable resources from our already stretched bin crews, who are being diverted away to clean it up while at the same time continuing to provide every resident their usual collections – work that is an amazing achievement in the face of society’s biggest public health crisis in our lifetime," he said.

    Fly-tipping in Greenford Road, Walker

    Residents have been urged not to hire anyone to take their bulky rubbish away while the tips remain shut.

  5. Glendale show cancelled

    BBC Newcastle

    The Glendale Show has become the latest event to be cancelled amid the coronavirus outbreak.

    Organisers of the annual agricultural show in Wooler have announced its cancellation.

    It is normally held on the August Bank Holiday Monday attracting 10,000 visitors.

  6. Durham police urge people to stay home

    With the weather forecast looking good for the weekend, it might be tempting to jump in the car.

    But police in our region are urging people to stay home during the pandemic to stop the spread of coronavirus.

    You can read the latest from the government here

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  7. 'I don't know Jeff, was there?'

    Ten years ago today, Middlesbrough's very own Chris Kamara cemented his legacy with this iconic bit of broadcasting, which our friends over at Sky have kindly dug out of the archive:

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  8. Cahill sends Millwall to first ever FA Cup final

    Video content

    Video caption: On this day: Cahill's winner sends Millwall to first ever FA Cup final

    Watch as Tim Cahill's goal earns Millwall their first ever FA Cup final appearance, at the expense of 10-man Sunderland in 2004.

  9. Pubs still serving customers despite forced coronavirus closure

    Herbert Soden

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Some pubs are breaching rules put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus, according to a North East council.

    Shops selling non-essential items are closed, along with cafes, pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and other places where people meet in groups.

    But Gateshead Council is getting up to five reports a day of premises that are serving customers despite the lock-down measures.

    Half of these are pubs, it said.

    The authority has set up a special reporting line for people who are concerned about businesses which are still operating but which should be closed.

    Glasses of beer on a table with drinkers' hands only visible

    People can also report businesses that are not ensuring that staff and customers are able to maintain safe social distancing and hygiene measures.

    The council said it would provide advice in the first instance but had legal powers to issue fixed penalty notices, prohibition notices and other legal action if necessary.

  10. Weather: Cloudy with showers likely

    BBC Weather

    Staying cloudy this afternoon, although a few sunny spells will be possible. A couple of showers are likely too, blown in on the westerly wind.

    YOu can get the latest forecast where you live here

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  11. Drivers urged to slow speed as more walk

    Drivers are being urged to curb their speed as coronavirus measures have led to more people walking on the roads.

    Campaign group Road Safety GB North East (RSGB NE) said since the North East went into lockdown 10 days ago, there had been a notable shift in both driver and pedestrian behaviour on the region’s roads.

    The group said research since lockdown began on the evening of 23 March shows there is less than half the normal amount of traffic on weekdays, and only a third on weekends (down 67%), with larger reductions on local roads.

    Car on country road

    However, traffic speeds have increased on most roads, with many seeing average speeds around 5mph higher than normal. The data shows that some people are sticking to the speed limit, but there are more extreme speeds being recorded, which is pulling the average up.

    Paul Watson, RSGB NE Chairman, said: “As the lockdown has resulted in most people working from home and only going out once a day to exercise, there has been an increase in people walking, running and cycling around their local areas. In order to give other pedestrians a wide berth, many are walking on the roads, or crossing over frequently, in order to social distance and ensure they are at least 2m from anyone else.

    “If vehicles are passing at speed, it makes for a dangerous combination. Unless people take care, it’s only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed.”

  12. Cleveland Show cancelled

    BBC Radio Tees

    The Cleveland Show has been cancelled for 2020 due to the Coronavirus.

    Organisers are now promising that the popular free annual event will return "bigger and better than ever before" in 2021.

    The secretarial team behind the show, Val Thomson and Sue McGlade, said: "We are very sorry but due to the Coronavirus we, like many other events, have had to take the hard and difficult decision to cancel this year's Cleveland Show.

    "We will be back however, bigger and better than ever before in 2021 and our commitment to make this the biggest and best one day free entry event in the north east remains.

    The Cleveland Show is the biggest one day agricultural show in the North East. The first ever Show was in 1944 and it is held annually on the fourth Saturday of July in Stewart Park. The Show celebrated its 75th year in 2018.

  13. Man charged with Tesco burglary and coronavirus breach

    BBC Radio Tees

    A man has been charged with burgling a Tesco Express and breaching movement rules amid the coronavirus outbreak.

    The 43-year-old man from Hartlepool is accused of burgling the store on Wiltshire Way in Hartlepool in the early hours of Tuesday, Cleveland Police said.

    The man is charged with burglary, contravening a requirement as to restriction of movement during emergency period and possession of a class B drug.

    He is due to appear at Teesside Magistrates Court today.

  14. Lifeline for diabetic heart surgery patient in isolation

    Mark Denten

    BBC Look North

    A diabetic recovering from a triple heart bypass and in isolation has told how he was running out of food and medication.

    Robert Brown from Sunderland had been told to stay in for three months and said he felt abandoned.

    But after contacting BBC Look North his appeal for help was met by Becca Brinkworth of the Sunderland Covid Mutual Aid network of volunteers.

    She dropped off some groceries and after a call to Sunderland City Council two more boxes of food were delivered.

    Mr Brown said: "I was in a blind panic - but now I'm more at ease - it's fantastic to get help so quickly."

    Ms Brinkworth said: "We can take as many requests as we need to, we have so many volunteers - it's amazing.

    "My grandparents are self-isolating and the thought of them not getting what they need pushes me on."

    Robert Brown
    groceries