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Watch: Wednesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Today will be fine and dry with plenty of sunshine - but a little cloud too.

Watch my full forecast here:

Weather: Fine and dry with plenty of sunshine

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Many parts of the region will see the best weather of the week today. It will be fine and dry for most with a good deal of sunshine.

A touch of fair-weather cloud will develop towards coastal areas, but should not affect temperatures too much.

Maximum temperatures will be normal for the time of year at about 17C (63°F).

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Welcome to our live coverage

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage.

We've got all the news, sport, travel and weather through the day.

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We Are Middlesbrough: Pregnant teenagers tell their story
Robyn and Megan say falling pregnant as teenagers changed their lives for the better.
Club Together: The team bringing refugees and asylum seekers together
The men who play for the Middlesbrough club say it helps give them a sense of belonging.

Five 'county lines' arrests in one week in North Yorkshire

Police cracking down on drug gang activity in North Yorkshire say they've made five so-called "county lines" arrests In the past week.

Handcuffed suspect
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County lines is the name given to gangs and organised crime networks in urban areas exploiting children and vulnerable people to sell drugs in rural areas.

The North Yorkshire force says it's also made 30 welfare visits to victims of "cuckooing", a practice where drug dealers take over the home of a vulnerable person in order to use it as a base for drug dealing.

Middlesbrough pub selling parking spaces for Radio 1's Big Weekend

A Middlesbrough pub is selling parking spaces next to the BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend site to raise money for charity.

With just days to go until the event at Stewart Park, final preparations are under way ahead of performances by the likes of Miley Cyrus, Stormzy, The 1975 and Little Mix.

The Rudds Arms in Marton has been selling off spaces at its car park with the proceeds going to Teesside Hospice.

The pub's manager, Rob Watson, said the hospice has played a big part in his life and he's hoping the car park will raise £1,500.

Tributes paid to stabbed Middlesbrough dad

The family and friends of a Middlesbrough man who died after being stabbed last week have paid tribute to him.

John Lewis, 32 died following an incident on Crescent Road in the town last Tuesday.

His partner, Keighley Waghorn, said words couldn't describe what he meant to his family and added: "We will never forget you".

A 28-year-old-man has been charged with Mr Lewis’ murder and court proceedings are ongoing.

John Lewis and family
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Flower power as Yorkshire stars visit gold canal garden

The gold medal-winning Yorkshire canal garden at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show has been attracting some of the region's most famous faces.

Judy Dench
Welcome to Yorkshire

Designed by Mark Gregory, the display brings Yorkshire to the heart of London by incorporating a canal lock built from reclaimed York stone, a lock keeper's cottage, authentic lock gates and a meadow.

Ian McMillan
Welcome to Yorkshire

York's acting royalty, Dame Judy Dench (top), visited in an aptly floral dress and the Bard of Barnsley, poet Ian McMillan (above), who wrote a poem about the garden, did some pensive pondering amid the tranquil scene.

Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton
Welcome to Yorkshire

Meanwhile, Harrogate's Jim Carter (Downton Abbey's Carson) and wife Imelda Staunton appeared ready to help out should an errant canal boat appear...

In pictures: Cable damage delays East Coast trains

If you're travelling on the East Coast Main Line this morning, this is the reason why you may well have been affected by long delays and slow progress:

Overhead cable
LNER

Train company LNER has released this image of the damage caused to an overhead cable between Retford and Newark North Gate.

The damage means the southbound line of the East Coast Main Line is currently blocked.

Hull, Leeds, Newcastle and London trains are affected and may be cancelled or delayed by up to 60 minutes, according to National Rail Enquries.

The company says it doesn't know yet what caused the damage. Disruption is expected until 12:00.

Watch: Tuesday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry day with some sunshine and it'll feel pleasantly warm.

Watch my full forecast here:

Yorkshire garden wins gold at Chelsea Flower Show

A garden celebrating Yorkshire's canals and industrial heritage has won a gold medal at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show.

Canal gates in garden
Welcome to Yorkshire

The garden, by tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire and designed by Mark Gregory, features genuine canal lock gates donated by the Canal & River Trust.

It's the 10th time Welcome to Yorkshire has entered a garden at the famous Royal Horticultural Society competition and was described as its "most ambitious to date".

Reacting to the news, Welcome to Yorkshire said it was "amazing news" and that it was "over the moon".

Yorkshire's sunny Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It will be warm, dry and sunny today.

It will remain dry tonight with light winds.

However, there is the chance of mist developing in some areas:

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Cannabis and cash recovered in Hartlepool

Cannabis with an estimated street value of more than £500 and a large sum of cash have been recovered in Hartlepool.

Police stopped a grey Mercedes on Thursday evening on Blake Street in the town and found the cannabis and approximately £2,000 in cash.

Further cash and drugs paraphernalia were then recovered during a search of an address on Jones Road in the town.

Two men, aged 34 and 39, were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs.

Both have been released under investigation pending further inquiries.

Streetwise Opera group tackles Middlesbrough homelessness
Many of the singers had never seen an opera before, thinking it was just "a rich person's thing".

Why is Middlesbrough spelled Middlesbrough?

In the build up to We Are Middlesbrough, one question we have been asked a lot is why the town's name is spelled that way rather than Middlesborough.

The Gazette has previously attempted to answer this question, with the consensus being there is not a categorical reason.

One argument is that a clerk missed out the first "o" in error, and the mistake has stuck.

Do you have any other ideas as to how Boro got its name and spelling?

Contact us using #BBCWeAreMiddlesbrough on social media, email us wearemiddlesbrough@bbc.co.uk or by phone on 07711 348822.

Shop assistant threatened with air pistol

A man has been arrested after a shop assistant was threatened with an air pistol during an attempted robbery in Dormanstown, Teesside.

It happened around 07:10 yesterday at the RSK Convenience Store on Staithes Road.

A 46-year-old woman suffered minor injuries after confronting the man but didn't need medical treatment.

The suspect fled empty handed along Staithes Road in the direction of Broadway East on a green bike.

A 37-year-old man has since been arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery and is in custody.

Staithes Road
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We Are Middlesbrough - we want to hear from you

Lots of different parts of the BBC are on Teesside for We Are Middlesbrough - a week-long project telling the stories that matter to people in the area.

These stories will be told told on online on our dedicated page, on radio and on TV during this week and in the weeks ahead.

We'll also be bringing you those stories here as well.

We've got a pop-up newsroom and an exhibition in the Cleveland Shopping Centre from 11:00 to 18:00 every day.

Pop in and tell us your story ideas and meet some of the people you hear on the radio and watch on the television.

For more information follow #BBCWeAreMiddlesbrough on social media.

Can lock gates open floodgates on flower show success?

It's hoped that two canal lock gates will help raise the level of Yorkshire's chances at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show today.

Lock gates
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The canals of West Yorkshire are the inspiration for East Yorkshire designer Mark Gregory's garden representing tourism organisation Welcome to Yorkshire.

It features two genuine lock gates donated by the Canal & River Trust.

About 170,000 visitors and 500 exhibitors from across the world are expected at the London show.

Watch: Monday's weather forecast

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Today will see sunny spells and slow-moving showers - with showers most widespread this afternoon.

Watch my full forecast here:

New summer train timetable: Check before you travel

If you've got a train to catch in Yorkshire today it might be a good idea to check the timetable before you set off as it's the first working day of the new summer timetable.

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Train companies say they are making every effort to avoid the chaos, disruption and cancellations which happened at this time last year.

Network Rail says it's learned the lessons of last summer's disruption when a more extensive shake-up led to weeks of chaos on the Northern network and on Govia Thameslink.

Train operators say they will monitor the latest changes carefully and respond quickly to any problems.

Monday's Yorkshire weather forecast

BBC Weather

There should be some sunny spells today, but along with the sun, some showers.

The showers will be most widespread this afternoon when some will be heavy and thundery.

The rain will slowly die away this evening, leaving it dry overnight with clear periods:

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Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Monday morning, most services appear to be running to time so far.

However:

  • The 07:06 Leeds to Brighouse service has been cancelled
  • The 07:30 Bradford Interchange to Huddersfield service has been cancelled
  • The 07:38 Leeds to Lincoln service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

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Julia Mulligan criticised over anti-bullying measures

Local Democracy Reporting Service

North Yorkshire's Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has been hit with fresh criticism with claims she failed to implement measures to prevent bullying in her office.

Julia Mulligan
BBC

Julia Mulligan had been given a series of recommendations to follow after a panel ruled she had displayed "bullying behaviour" towards members of staff.

But seven months on, members of North Yorkshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Panel say they are disappointed she by her response to their “recovery plan”.

A meeting at County Hall in Northallerton heard that in November, she had agreed with the panel to follow-up on its six recommendations.

She was supposed to respond within 21 days to the recommendations, which included surveying staff over bullying in the workplace, undertaking a management course and appointing a mentor.

The commissioner received reminders in January and April but did not reply and it was only last week, just hours before the meeting, that the panel received brief responses.

Deputy chairman, Cllr Peter Wilkinson told her: "I have to express disappointment on behalf of the sub-panel that we issued this report in October and the first time we have had a meaningful response to the recommendations was yesterday evening."

After being asked about the delay, the commissioner replied that with senior officers now in place in her office, there were now suitable staff to progress the recommendations.

Tees Crossing consultation ends today

It's the last day of the consultation over proposals for a new Tees Crossing, which is hoped will take pressure off the current A19 Tees Viaduct.

The public has been asked for its say on two options, the £200m Tees Viaduct Capacity Enhancement and the £300m Tees Viaduct.

The preferred route will be announced in the autumn and, following confirmation of funding from Highways England, construction would take place from 2023 to 2027.

New Tees Crossing
Middlesbrough Council

County drugs battle a 'major concern' - Commissioner

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The battle against drugs in a county which boasts the lowest crime rate in England and Wales has been laid bare, just days after the death of a schoolgirl who police believe had taken ecstasy.

Drugs
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North Yorkshire's Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan said there had been an alarming rise in drug-related concerns ahead of the death of 15-year-old Leah Heyes in Northallerton at the weekend.

A meeting of the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel heard that girls as young as 13 were being drawn into drugs and over the past few years there had been a significant rise in dealing “in places you wouldn’t think”, such as in villages.

Mrs Mulligan made her concerns known to the panel after Northallerton councillor Peter Wilkinson asked her if she believed North Yorkshire Police were being successful in tackling drug dealing in the county and whether drug dealing was a major issue.

Mrs Mulligan said: “I am, and the chief constable is extremely concerned about drugs in the county at the moment.

“We have seen a whole range of nasty tactics being used around things called cuckooing, exploiting young people to be mules for drugs.

"We’ve seen violence on the streets because we’ve got external gangs coming in fighting with local drug dealers. It's an area of major concern.”

Will Naylor, the deputy commissioner, added: “We think the scale is probably bigger than is understood currently by the police.”