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An arson attack on an allotment in County Durham has killed 140 pigeons.
Police said the attack happened at a site next to Bishop Auckland Rugby Club last night.
A neighbouring allotment was also damaged.
Kalas added: "We feel the fans are standing behind us and now we notice it even more. We are really pleased and thankful."
"Sometimes it's better when I am under pressure and challenging myself to keep my position in the first XI - that's what all players need," he said.
"I was struggling on the bench when we had gone nine games without conceding. Obviously I was happy for the team but for myself it wasn't the best. Now I am trying to keep everyone out of my position."
Middlesbrough defender Tomas Kalas says a defeat against Preston on Saturday would "destroy everything" after their recent good run.
Boro have won the most games in the Championship and have not lost a league game at the Riverside since January.
"When we play at home we know we've got the advantage against the other teams we are playing," Kalas told BBC Tees.
"For three home games we have started pretty well but we can destroy everything if we lose the next game."
Councillor Ken Dixon has become the new Mayor of Stockton.
Mr Dixon was officially installed at Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s annual general meeting today, replacing Ian Dalgarno at the end of his mayoral year.
Born in Middlesbrough, Mr Dixon said: “I am really looking forward to my year in office.
"I want to speak up for Stockton-on-Tees and be an ambassador for the borough. I’m eager to visit as many different places and meet as many people as possible.”
County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue crews were called to the blaze Beech Close, Brasside, on Monday evening.
Murdo Macleod, believed to be in his early 60s, was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem exam is due to be carried out.
A joint investigation is under way between the fire service and Durham Police to establish the exact cause of the fire.
The funeral of Sunderland-born agony aunt Denise Robertson is to take place on 13 April.
Her family said a ceremony will take place at the city's minster, ahead of interment at Grangetown Cemetery.
A family spokesman said any donations made would go to the Great North Hospital's Bubble Foundation.
A 1970s housing estate in Newcastle has had another multimillion-pound refurbishment.
The Byker Wall - now a Grade II listed building - has had a new paint job in its original primary colours.
It's also got a new roof, new solar panels, and improvements to security for the 600 flats that make up the mile-long wall.
The wall is now run by the Byker Community Trust, a not-for-profit charitable landlord.
The government wrote off the historic debt associated with the Byker Estate which meant the trust could get private funding for the refurb.
Mr Javid said a number of parties had come forward, but only named Liberty Steel, whose interest is widely known.
He said the meeting was "constructive and positive" and had demonstrated once again Tata was a "responsible company".
Tata is known to want a quick sale, but Mr Javid gave no details of what the timeframe for a sale would be.
Hundreds of people are employed at its pipe mill in Hartlepool.
Two New Zealand radio presenters have been suspended after broadcasting a phone call from Ben Stokes' mum when she believed she was off air.
Deborah Stokes, who lives in New Zealand, rang up to complain about criticism of her son's performance in England's World Twenty20 final defeat.
Ben Stokes, who plays for Durham, was hit for four sixes in the final over of the match.
After being told she was off air, Deborah Stokes said she was "totally brassed off" about the hosts' "personal attack"
A spokesperson for New Zealand Media and Entertainment condemned the actions of the hosts and said Wells and Heath had been reprimanded.
The A69 has a lane closed on the entry slip road southbound at the Hexham turn off because of a broken down van.
And there's slow traffic and congestion on the A690 westbound in Carrville in County Durham between the A1(M) J62 Carrville junction and Gilesgate Roundabout.
The row centred on the future of the company's drivers after plans were put forward to transfer 87 members to haulier Eddie Stobart.
Unite, which represents more than 700 Co-op drivers, said it had been given "a firm commitment for their future" in line with a five-year plan.
The Co-op said it was pleased with the ballot's outcome, which affects members based in based in County Durham, Coventry, Derbyshire, Essex, Devon, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The girls, aged 13 and 14 at the time, battered 39-year-old Angela Wrightson to death at her home in Hartlepool.
Cleveland Police head of crime Det Ch Supt Peter McPhillips said it had been dark and the girls had seemed "fine".
Hartlepool Council and the area's NHS clinical commissioning group would not comment on what happened until serious case reviews are concluded.
About 1,300 Tata steelworkers in Skinningrove, Redcar, York and Workington - all part of the Long Products division which has been put up for sale by its parent company - have begun balloting on a new pay and pensions deal.
London investment firm Greybull is close to buying the division, but wants workers to take a three per cent cut in basic pay during the first year of its ownership.
A less generous pension payout would also replace the old British Steel final salary pension scheme.
Exotic animals, shoals of colourful fish, and Maori-inspired costumes are set to join some of the top cyclists in the world in Middlesbrough.
The town is the start point for Stage 3 of the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire, with riders setting off for final leg to Scarborough on 1 May from Centre Square.
They will be waved on their way by a carnival parade featuring schoolchildren, community groups, performers and musicians, drawing inspiration from Captain Cook and his voyages.
A body has been recovered from the River Tees in Stockton.
Cleveland Police said the discovery was made close to the Watersports Centre.
No formal identification has taken place as yet, but the family of a missing local man have been informed and are being supported by police.
David Welsh, a 61-year-old grandfather, was last seen on 8 December.
A cool, blustery afternoon, with sunny spells and scattered showers.
Some of these are likely to be heavy with a risk of hail and thunder, with some snow falling on hills.
A man has been arrested after another man was attacked with a knife in Sunderland.
The 28-year-old victim suffered a serious slash wound to his face after he was approached by three men in Town End Farm on Saturday.
Northumbria Police said an 18-year-old was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent and later bailed.
The front door of a home in Lime Street in Winlaton was set on fire late on Sunday evening and police are asking for people with information to come forward.
Fire crews put the blaze out before it could cause much damage and no-one was injured, police say.
A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and has been bailed.
Their present form might be disappointing their fans on the pitch, but Newcastle United seem to be winning when it comes to finance.
However, with the team 19th in the Barclays Premier League, managing director Lee Charnley said he appreciated that what fans wanted to see was better football, not financial results.
"There are still 21 points to play for", he said.
"Lots can and likely will, happen over the next seven games."
Bartek Plachta, eight, from Poland, and Monika Lewandowska-Ritchie, 36, from Durham, died on the A92, near Kirkcaldy, on Monday.
Bartek's family said: "He was a very popular boy who touched the hearts of many and will be sadly missed."
Ms Lewandowska-Ritchie's family said: "Monika was a loving wife, mother, sister and daughter who was much loved and will be sadly missed."
The current County Hall in Morpeth dates from 1981, but needs to be substantially refurbished.
The authority said it would be more cost-effective to sell off the land, and build a new £40m HQ in Ashington.
A consultation into urgent care services in the Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield areas is underway to try and stop patients ending up in the wrong place.
The area clinical commissioning group says the current system is confusing and there is a lot of duplication of work between urgent care centres, walk-in centres, A&E departments and GP's surgeries.
Police have named a young boy and woman from Durham who were killed in a crash with a lorry.
Eight-year-old Bartek Plachta, from Poland, was a back-seat passenger in a Ford Focus involved in the collision on the A92 in Kirkcaldy, Fife, on Monday.
The child died at the scene and driver, Monika Lewandowska-Ritchie, was taken to hospital where the 36-year-old died the following day.
A boy aged nine, also in the back seat of the car, suffered serious facial injuries in the crash just before 3pm.
The Shields Gazette
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is carrying out an investigation into the incident in South Shields in the early hours of 29 March.
Francesca Williams, BBC News
As some users of Twitter and Facebook will tell you, there's nothing like a cute animal to make you forget the time.
And so it proved for a family visiting St Mary's lighthouse who were so distracted watching a seal they didn't notice the causeway back to the mainland was being submerged by the rising tide.
Cullercoats lifeboat came to the rescue to save the (very apologetic) family a four hour wait with two small children.
And because we want our readers to be safe - here's a seal you can look at in perfect safety.
An 82-year-old man who's travelling round the country using just his bus pass sets off from Newcastle today.
Malcolm Metcalfe is working his way through 33 counties on 60 different buses over 29 days to raise money for a new hospice in Great Yarmouth.
We think he'll find his journey a breeze though. After all, he's already hitch-hiked to Australia and been to America 21 times.
It's always nice to hear something good about the North East.
But, when Prime Minister David Cameron claimed we make more cars here than they do in Italy, was he right?
It's exactly 60 years since the creation of Northumberland National Park - at the beginning of April back in 1966.
Even better than that, it was recently voted National Park of the Year.
Go on, blow out the candles and make a wish.
Following the raid at Durham University's Oriental Museum, Det Supt Adrian Green, was contacted by his counterpart in Cambridge who was investigating the theft from the Fitzwilliam Museum.
A link was established, and so began a major operation involving "hard graft", and months of covert phone monitoring.
The telephone that would be key to the gang's downfall was discovered as a result of the Durham investigation - found stuffed inside one of the suspects' underpants.
And so began the process of capture, conviction and the sentencing of the perpetrators.
A man has been arrested over the murder of a Hartlepool pensioner.
The 32-year-old was held last night after Norma Bell was found dead in Hartlepool.
She was found dead in her house after a fire.
Officers said a handbag, which was thought to have been taken from the home on Westbourne Road, has now been located inside the property.
Hundreds of pounds of cash remains missing.
A wrestling show has been criticised for featuring an "Islamic flag-waving baddie" who the crowd were told to boo.
The holiday camp has apologised after a guest from Newcastle complained that the event was in poor taste.
The final six members of a gang have been jailed for masterminding the theft of artefacts worth up to £57m from museums and an auction house.
Chinese jade and rhino horn were targeted in Cambridge, Durham, Norwich and Lewes, East Sussex.
Middlesbrough eased past Huddersfield to move within just one point of Championship leaders Burnley.
Speaking after the 3-0 win, Boro manager Aitor Karanka said: "Gaston Ramirez was the player who changed everything.
"For the first 25 minutes we looked as if we were playing for nothing. He was the difference between Huddersfield and us.
"I think it was his best game for us. He scored, he worked and he came up with an assist for the penalty - the things we expected when he came here."
Owain Wyn Evans
Weather presenter, BBC Look North
Early rain soon clears to leave a rather cool, blustery day with sunny spells and scattered showers.
Some of the showers are likely to be heavy with a risk of hail and thunder, with perhaps some snow falling on the hilltops.
Maximum Temperature: 9C (48F).
Under-threat fertility services in Hartlepool have been given a temporary reprieve ahead of a High Court hearing.
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust planned to end licensed fertility treatment, including IVF, at University Hospital Hartlepool on 31 March.
But Hartlepool Council won an injunction, claiming the trust had not properly consulted on the move.
Ahead of a further hearing on Tuesday the organisations agreed to a three-month consultation.