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  1. Today marks 45th anniversary of tragic coach crash

    Today marks the 45th anniversary of one of Britain's worst coach crashes.

    Thirty-two women, most from Thornaby on Teesside, died when their bus plunged off Dibble's Bridge, near Hebden, North Yorkshire, during a day trip on 27 May, 1975.

    It landed in a cottage garden, crushing most of its passengers and leaving only 13 survivors. The driver also died.

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    Video caption: Dibble's Bridge crash: Council commissions new film

    Campaigners say the crash has not been given the prominence it should and plans to unveil a memorial at Thornaby Town Hall have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

    Songwriter Mike McGrother is visiting the site today to leave a floral tribute and sing a song he created about the tragedy.

  2. Councillor praises NHS bagpiper

    A bagpiper who plays every night to show support for the NHS has been praised by his county councillor.

    Kevin York plays at 20:00 at the roadside in Bishop Auckland to show his appreciation for key workers, while he has also visited several care homes to entertain residents.

    On VE Day, the piper visited and played at 17 war memorials as well as at war graves in County Durham.

    Bishop Auckland county councillor Sam Zair said Mr York should get "the recognition he deserves".

    "I am proud to call him my friend," Mr Zair said.

    Kevin York
  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A167 Tyne And Wear southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A167 Tyne And Wear southbound severe disruption, at A189 Grandstand Road.

    A167 Tyne And Wear - Road closed and queues on A167 southbound in Newcastle Upon Tyne at Cow Hill, because of a police investigation. Congestion to Cowgate. Diversion in operation - via the exit and entry slip roads.

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

  4. 'Olypmic swimming pool-sized' cannabis farm uncovered

    A cannabis farm spanning an area described as roughly the size of an Olympic swimming pool has been uncovered in North Shields.

    Officers discovered the 1,1000 plants - which experts say have a street value in the region of between £630,000 and £900,000 - inside a former indoor market on the Fish Quay.

    A 27-year-old man discovered inside the Bell Street premises, and believed to be living there, was arrested and later charged with being concerned in the production of cannabis.

    Supt Craig Metcalfe, of Northumbria Police, said: “This was a significant farm and I’ve no doubt it would have been very lucrative to those running it."

    Cannabis farm
  5. 'Disappearing gun' landmark set for revamp

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Chris Binding

    A landmark on the South Tyneside coast is to be given a revamp to restore its historic fabric and conserve its status as a visitor attraction.

    The structure at the Trow Rocks beach at South Shields, known as the "disappearing gun", involves a platform allowing it to be raised and lowered within the concrete base, and is the remains of an experiment in coastal defence technology in the 19th Century.

    The turret is Grade II listed but the gun is a replica, installed in 1987 to commemorate the trial 100 years earlier.

    Trow Point Gun

    National Trust bosses submitted a listed building application to South Tyneside Council last year stating that it “suffered from the impacts of the marine environment and antisocial behaviour”.

    Following a consultation, the proposal for repairs to prevent it from continuing to deteriorate have now been approved.

    No date has as yet been given, but under planning conditions it would need to take place within the next three years.

  6. A19 roundabout upgrade enters new phase

    Work on a major £124.5m upgrade that will raise the A19 over a roundabout in a bid to ease congestion is moving to a new phase.

    Over recent months, the existing Testo's junction near Boldon Colliery has been reshaped and more than 130 huge concrete columns have been put into place as part of the foundation work for the new flyover. Now work is about to begin to build the massive support walls which will be needed to carry the new road.

    Aerial view of the roundabout

    Highways England senior project manager Tom Howard said: “We’ve made really good progress so far, and this next stage will see the new flyover at Testo’s junction starting to take shape."

    The project started last March, and is due to be completed in summer 2021.

    There will be a full weekend closure of the northbound A19 between Hylton and Testo’s roundabout from 20:00 on Friday to 06:00 on Monday. This will be followed by overnight closures from Monday to resurface the area and install new drainage.

  7. Newcastle social distancing makeover begins

    Daniel Holland

    Local Democracy Reporter

    A makeover of Newcastle city centre to make it easier for people to social distance is beginning in the area around the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

    On-street parking spaces will be removed on Queen Victoria Road and new one-way pavements, cycle lanes, and temporary crossings will be introduced there and on St Thomas’ Street. The parking bays will be suspended from today and works will be taking place on tomorrow and Friday.

    Cars parked on Queen Victoria Road outside RVI

    Officials say they are also planning to install markings around city centre businesses that have now reopened to show walkways, queuing areas and two-metre distancing guidelines.

    Council documents state that stores on Northumberland Street will be given “defined property entry points” to enable safe access to shops and pedestrian movement up and down the street.

    Marshals are also set to be patrolling the city centre to make sure people are obeying the new systems. Pedestrian crossings in the city centre will be altered from this Thursday so that traffic is stopped more regularly, thereby reducing queues as people wait to cross the road.

  8. North East weather: Fine and dry day ahead

    BBC Weather

    High pressure across the UK will continue to dominate the weather, allowing for a fine and dry day throughout with sunny spells for most, but also a few areas of cloud.

    It will feel warm.

    Click here for more weather.

    Weather chart
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  11. Boro's senior squad return to training

    MIddlesbrough FC's senior squad has returned to training for the first time.

    It’s two months since Jonathan Woodgate and his staff were able to work with the players at the Rockliffe training pitches, but adhering to guidelines laid down by the EFL, the squad's back to business.

    All players and staff face temperature checks on arrival at the training ground and the club says players and staff were tested for a second time on Monday. The testing process will continue on a twice-weekly basis.

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  12. Greggs hopes to reopen 800 stores after North East trial

    Bakery chain Greggs hopes to open about 800 of its stores in the middle of next month.

    Greggs runs approximately 2,050 outlets across the country.

    It has been running trials with just over a dozen stores in the North East, its home region, for about a month now.

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    Quote Message: We have planned and delivered robust shop trials using our new operational safety measures and they have progressed well allowing us to now move to open an increased number of our shops from mid-June."
  13. Birthday end to David Walliams costume running challenge

    A boy who pledged to run 1km a day in the 10 days to his tenth birthday in fancy dress has competed his challenge.

    Sonny Wetherell wanted to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance in a "fun and exciting way", so decided to dress as a different character from a David Walliams book on each of the days.

    He has now finished the last of the runs, which all took place in the garden of his home in Low Fell, Gateshead, as "The Boy in the Dress", accompanied by his father, Mark.

    Sonny Wetherell as The Boy in The Dress

    His initial fundraising target was £100 and he has so far raised more than £2,500.

    Sonny said he was "astonished" to raise so much, and thanked everyone who donated.

    As a further birthday treat, he received some signed special edition books and a card from a certain ... David Walliams.

  14. Beamish Museum hopes to fully reopen in July

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    Staff at one of the region's biggest tourist attractions say they expect to be in the first phase of museums allowed to reopen when the Coronavirus restrictions are eased further.

    Beamish Museum usually attracts about 800,000 visitors a year, but at the moment there are only a handful of staff on site.

    Managers say they'll be led by government advice but are hopeful of re-opening around the middle of July.

    Beamish deputy director Rhiannon Hiles told BBC Look North: "We're an independent museum so (the coronavirus lockdown) has a major impact.

    "We have no revenue coming in at all, but we still have overheads, we've still got staff, we've got the running of the museum, even though it's closed."

    1900s Town at Beamish
  15. Plans to reopen Eldon Square and Metrocentre outlined

    Intu, the company which runs two of the North East's major shopping centres, has been outlining its plans to reopen for business.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced all non-essential retailers will be able to reopen in England from 15 June, as part of plans to further ease the lockdown.

    At Gateshead's Metrocentre and Newcastle's Eldon Square there'll be measures including one way systems, floor stickers and limited parking, all designed to keep staff and customers safe.

    Staff working there will be given personal protective equipment to keep them safe.

    Metrocentre
    Image caption: Metrocentre