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Ana Guerra-Moore

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Weather: A dry and sunny evening

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Largely dry with some evening sunshine and clear spells at first overnight. 

Southwesterly winds picking up a little later, with cloud thickening bringing some outbreaks of rain by dawn, some heavy.  

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Richard Kilty qualifies in European Athletics Championships

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In the last few moments, Teesside's Richard Kilty has qualified first in his 100-metre semi-final heat at the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam.

He recorded a time of 10.15 seconds and now goes into the final which takes place later this evening.

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Teenager assaulted in bike theft bid

A 14-year-old boy was robbed in High Grange Park in Billingham, Teesside.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, when the boy was approached by a young male who asked him for a light. 

The male then took the bike belonging to the victim from nearby railings and tried to make off with it.

The victim took hold of his bike and the male pulled it from him and rode off in the direction of the shops in the High Grange area.

The suspect is white, about 13 years old and 5ft 9in, with short brown hair brushed to one side and spots.

High Grange Park

Man's foot driven over in Sunderland

A man has been left with a broken foot after a car drove over it in Sunderland. 

The incident happened in the car park at Penshaw Monument at about 13:30 on Sunday, 19 June.

The victim, 26, received hospital treatment for the injury. 

Police say the driver of the  black Ford Focus and other occupants were aware the man's foot had been injured. 

Darlington bus crash: How the papers reported it

Throughout the day we have been covering the tragic news that an elderly woman has died after being hit by a bus on Northgate, Darlington.

Newspapers throughout the region have also covered this story.

The Northern Echo reports that Darlington's MP Jenny Chapman reacted to this morning’s fatal bus crash by saying: "We need to understand fully what has happened here and if changes need to be made, then they should be actioned quickly."

And The Gazette quoted an eyewitness who said that, at the time of the incident, there were “half a dozen ambulances, half a dozen fire engines and countless police” at the scene.

Crash scene

A1 upgrade officially opened

A £61m scheme to upgrade the A1 around Gateshead has been officially opened today.

It will help tackle congestion to make journeys easier for the 116,000 drivers who use it every day.

The government says it is part of its £15bn strategy to transform the UK's roads.

More than 300 jobs have been created by the project, with 97% of the construction workers coming from the North East.

A1 being officially opened
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Gossip Column: North East edition

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Academy trusts 'no better than councils'

Academy trusts are no better than local authorities at raising school standards, researchers have found.

The Education Policy Institute think tank has produced a league table of academy trusts and councils in England.

David Laws, former schools minister and the institute's chairman, said successive governments had been "in denial" about failing academies.

Newcastle was included in the list of lowest performing secondary academy trusts and local authorities.

On the other hand, Darlington and Redcar and Cleveland made the list of top performing primary academy trusts and local authorities, based on pupil improvement.

Pupils sitting their exams

Dwight Gayle: Rafael Benitez effect swayed Newcastle United move

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Rafael Benitez's aura as a manager helped to convince striker Dwight Gayle to drop a division and join Newcastle United from Crystal Palace.

Gayle, 25, moved to St James' Park for a reported fee of about £10m, swapping the Premier League for the Championship in the process.

Former Real Madrid and Liverpool boss Benitez opted to stay at Newcastle despite relegation last season.

"He is a great manager and has great experience," Gayle told BBC Newcastle.

"There's expectation, but under the manager here I believe he can help me to perform.

Dwight Gayle
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Woman sexually assaulted in alleyway

A young woman was the victim of a serious sexual assault in Bishop Auckland.

Police were called to an alleyway off Oakley Green, West Auckland, when witnesses reported concerns about a woman and a man in the early hours of Monday. 

The victim, who is in her early 20s, was taken home and then to Darlington Memorial Hospital, where she was found to have suffered minor injuries. 

Two local men, aged 19 and 32, were arrested later that night.

They have been released on bail.

Oakley Green

Large flare visible on Teesside

A large flare is currently burning after a problem at the Olefins six chemical plant at the Wilton site on Teesside.

The flaring - which is the controlled burning of gases - is the result of what bosses call a "plant upset"

It is likely it will continue for between six and 12 hours.

The company has a team working to locate the cause of the issue and return the plant to normal production.

Flaring is an essential part of the plant's safety systems, the firm says.

Wilton International site

Southgate 'willing to take charge of England team for one-off match'

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Former Boro player and manager Gareth Southgate is willing to take charge of the England team for a one-off match if asked by the Football Association, according to the Times. 

The Under-21 manager made it clear last week that he would reject overtures to act as caretaker manager for a year.

However, the report claims he would help out his employers if required in an emergency.  

Gareth Southgate
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How acceptable is artistic licence in history entertainment?

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

With 1,000 actors recreating 2,000 years of British history on a stage the size of five football pitches, Kynren lives up to its billing of being an epic production. 

But with false claims about Queen Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare, it raises the question of where the line should be drawn between accuracy and artistic licence in history-based entertainment.

It aims to tell 2,000 years of history and legend through the eyes of a boy called Arthur, from the arrival of the Romans and Vikings to the start of World War Two.

Drummers with flaming drum sticks
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The £30m show, which has now opened on the outskirts of Bishop Auckland, certainly has some spectacular scenes, but among the horse-riders, animal parades and sword-fighting skirmishes there is a claim that William Shakespeare met Queen Elizabeth I at Auckland Castle, the palatial home of the Bishops of Durham which overlooks the Kynren site, in 1599.

It would be a fascinating fact - if it were true. 

Continue reading here.

Tata Steel 'to pause' Port Talbot sale

Now it's time to take a look at some other stories in the news today - Tata Steel is expected to announce that it will pause the sale of most of its UK business, including Port Talbot, the BBC understands.

However, it will proceed with the sale of its specialty steel making business, which employs 2,000 employees in Hartlepool, Rotherham and Stocksbridge.

Tata is less concerned about the speed of the sale due to rising steel prices and a raft of government incentives.

But it leaves the future of the rest of the 9,000-strong workforce unclear.

Tata Steel's Port Talbot plant at sunset

Darlington bus crash road 'just a death-trap'

Eyewitness Janet Langan says the turning in Darlington where the bus crashed is "just a death-trap".

She said: "It's the second time this has happened. About 18 months ago a bus went skew-whiff at the sharp turn by Boots and Halifax, but not like this. 

Darlington bus crash

"I use that bus - the number two - every day. The only reason I wasn't outside the bank is because I went to buy a tin of paint. 

"That's what has stunned me more than anything - that I would have been there. I just stood with my mouth open and couldn't believe it."

'People were sick at sight of bus crash carnage'

Eyewitnesses have been speaking about the shock of seeing the bus crash.

Janet Langan, a retired civil servant, who lives in Branksome, on the edge of Darlington, came out of the Queen Street Shopping Centre just after the smash happened. 

 "The driver's side of the bus was inside the bank. People were being sick and people were crying and I saw a man under the wheels. 

"Then they started to put the green screen up so I couldn't see," the 64-year-old said. 

 "The emergency services were there very quickly so I started to walk away because I didn't want to look.

Bus crash

Passenger speaks of impact of Darlington bus crash

Radio station TFM has an interview with someone who says they were a passenger on the bus which crashed in Darlington:

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More photos of Darlington bus crash

This photo shows how the bus mounted the pavement in Darlington:

Darlington bus crash

Full story: Woman dies in bus crash in Darlington

Fiona Trott

BBC News

A woman has died and two others have been injured after a bus crashed into a bank building in County Durham. 

The driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. Investigations are continuing. 

The crash happened in the busy Northgate area of Darlington this morning. 

It's understood the bus left the road and hit a Halifax Bank. Police have now confirmed that an elderly woman has died. 

Two other pedestrians were injured and have been taken to hospital. Their injuries are not thought to be life threatening. 

The driver of the bus, a 52-year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. 

Investigations are continuing and Durham Police are appealing for anybody with information to come forward. The bus operator, Arriva says its "thoughts are with the families of those involved".

Darlington bus crash: Number two route confirmed

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Arriva has confirmed that the bus which crashed into a bank in Darlington this morning was serving the number two route.

This service goes from Darlington to Branksome, via Cockerton.

Click here to read the full route.

Bus crash scene

Police at scene of fatal bus crash

Northgate in Darlington remains closed after the bus crash this morning which killed an elderly woman and left two other people injured.

Our colleague has just sent us this picture:

Police car in front of bank

Investigation launched into Darlington bus crash

The company that owns a bus which crashed into a bank in Darlington earlier today has launched an investigation into the incident.

Arriva issued a statement which read: "An investigation has been launched and we are co-operating fully with the emergency services and the police, who are leading the investigation.

"Our thoughts are with the families of those involved. We know there will be people concerned about family or friends, and to support them we have set up a dedicated emergency telephone number - 0191 520 4165."

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Darlington bus crash: Locals react

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

People have been sharing their thoughts and concerns on Twitter after a bus crashed into a Halifax bank on Northgate.

Here are some reactions from locals:

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Darlington bus crash: Halifax branch shut

Halifax have released a statement after a bus crashed into one of their buildings in Northgate, Darlington.

A Halifax spokesman said: "An incident took place this morning outside the Halifax branch in Darlington. The branch is currently closed and emergency services are in attendance." 

More on Darlington bus driver arrested

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

The driver of the bus which crashed into a Halifax bank in Northgate, Darlington, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, police have confirmed.

The bus driver is a 52-year-old man.

Chief Insp Graham Milne, said: "Obviously this is a tragic incident and I would like to extend my condolences to the deceased's family. 

"I would also ask anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed the collision to contact us on 101"

BreakingElderly woman killed in bus crash

The woman who died in this morning's bus crash in Darlington was an elderly female pedestrian, police have confirmed.

BreakingBus driver arrested over fatal crash

The driver of the bus, a 52-year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

BreakingPolice confirm one dead in Darlington bus crash

Police have now confirmed that one person has died in the Darlington bus crash.

Another suffered serious injuries, and another had "non life-threatening" injuries, Insp Graham Milne from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist operations Unit said.

Woman in her 50s suffers 'serious leg injury' in bus crash

The woman treated by the air ambulance was in her 50s and suffered a "serious lower leg injury".

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Watch: Video from the scene of Darlington bus crash

Andy Bell

BBC Tees

The situation in Darlington is on going with limited information at this stage. 

A bus has crashed into a building, people are confirmed as being seriously injured.  

Here's a video from the scene:

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BreakingOne dead in Darlington bus crash

One person has died in the Darlington bus crash, the BBC understands.

This has not yet been confirmed by the emergency services.

Another victim has been treated in hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Photo of Darlington bus crash

Here's another picture from the scene where a bus has crashed into a bank in Darlington town centre:

Crash scene

Darlington bus crash: Uncertainty over victims

It still remains unclear whether the three victims of the bus crash in Darlington were pedestrians, or whether they had been travelling on the bus.

An Arriva spokesman said: "We received a call at 10:50 to our control room. It was a report that an Arriva 50-seater bus had gone into the front of a Halifax on Northgate in Darlington."

Ambulance service confirms two in hospital

Two patients have been taken to hospital after the bus crash in Darlington, the ambuklance service has confirmed

A spokesman for the North East Ambulance Service said: "We were called at 10:51 to reports of a bus having crashed into a building.

"Three people have been injured, at least one seriously." 

"Two patients have been taken to hospital so far, one to Darlington Memorial - and one to James Cook.

Arriva confirm bus crash

A spokeswoman for bus company Arriva has confirmed that one of its vehicles has crashed into the Darlington Halifax.

It was serving the Number Two route.

Delays have also been confirmed:

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Video: Darlington crash scene cordoned off

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Our reporter Andy Bell has now arrived in Northgate, Darlington, where bus has crashed into a Halifax bank.

Three people have been injured, one seriously.

Andy has tweeted this video from the scene:

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Man 'trapped under bus after Darlington crash'

Another eye witness at the scene of the serious bus crash in Darlington has told the BBC that a man was trapped under the vehicle.

She also said that some people are still in the bank and on the bus.

We have not been able to confirm this yet.

New photo from scene of Darlington bus crash

Andy Bell

BBC Tees

I'm at the scene of the bus crash in Darlington:

Darlington bus crash