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  2. Bomb squad officers carried out operation
  3. Families told to leave their homes in South Shields
  4. Large emergency services presence in Lake Avenue

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Whether you are working or taking the time off, enjoy the weekend.

Dog has Friday feeling in Middlesbrough

Andy Bell

BBC Tees

It's Friday, it's National Dog Day, so who doesn't want to see a pooch playing in fountains in slow motion in Middlesbrough?

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A dogs life out at sea...

Northumbria Police has brought some four-legged friends to the Tall Ships shindig in Blyth:

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Sunny spells in Blyth

Jennifer Bartram

BBC Look North weather presenter

There are sunny spells here in Blyth.

I'll be presenting the weather for BBC Look North here in lovely Northumberland.

About 30 of some of the finest vessels in the world will be on show here until Monday.  

Tall ship in Blyth

Video: Tall Ships sail into Blyth for regatta

The Tall Ships arrive in Northumberland for the regatta.  

The Tall Ships arrive in Northumberland for the regatta

Environment Agency targets illegal crayfish trappers

The Environment Agency is investigating after four illegal crayfish traps were recovered from the River Wear.

Enforcement officers, acting on information, made the discovery at Shincliffe on Wednesday night.

The trapping of crayfish is banned in the North East to protect the native population of white clawed crayfish, which is under threat from the invasive American signal crayfish.

Crayfish trap
Environment Agency

Kev Summerson, from the agency, said: “Fishing or trapping crayfish in our rivers is illegal and people need to be aware that anyone involved in such activity will potentially face enforcement action.”

Woman cut from car after after collision on A1

On National Dog Day, here's one backing the Black Cats...

It's National Dog Day today, so here's a dog in Sunderland colours prior to the Premier League match between the Black Cats and Newcastle at the Stadium of Light on 5 April 2015.

A dog in a Sunderland top
Matthew Lewis

BreakingNo warrant to arrest flat occupier sought over 'bomb scare'

There is no warrant out for the arrest of the occupier of a flat in South Shields which sparked a bomb scare, Northumbria Police says.

Officers want to speak to them after they raided the property at 04:00 this morning.

There were fears they had found home-made explosives inside, but bomb squad officers declared there were no explosives or hazardous materials present.

Metro delays between South Shields and St James

Our Friends in the North: Christopher Eccleston recalls classic TV drama

Simon Armstrong

BBC News

As we told you earlier, tonight sees a question and answer session at the Whitley Bay Film Festival with Our Friends in the North writer Peter Flannery. It marks 20 years since the programme was first broadcast.

Speaking from Melbourne, Australia, where he's filming the third and final series of HBO drama The Leftovers, star Christopher Eccleston told us just why the series is regarded as a TV classic.

"It chimed with my politics coming from a working class background," he said.

"I heard stories in my own family about my Uncle Bill being sacked in the 30s, crying in a doorway and being too ashamed to go home, so all that stuff about the Jarrow Marchers resonated with me."

Largely unknown at the time, the cast also featured Mark Strong, Gina McKee and Daniel Craig - a future James Bond!

Daniel Craig and Christopher Eccleston in Our Friends in the North

Extra performance for live history show

Organisers of a live action show which "showcases 2,000 years of English history on a spectacular scale", have laid on an additional session due to popular demand.

Kynren, on a site near Bishop Auckland, claims to be the UK's biggest open-air performance event since the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. 

It has been running since July, and as most of the shows have been sold out, an extra performance will take place on 16 September.

Peter Haygarth

Tim Krul: Newcastle goalkeeper joins Ajax after signing a new deal

BBC Sport

Some football news from last night we had been expecting - Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has joined Ajax on a season-long loan after signing a new one-year deal with the Magpies.

The 28-year-old Netherlands international has extended his contract with the Championship club until 2018.

He has not played since last October when he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Krul has joined Ajax after goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen moved to Barcelona to replace Claudio Bravo.

Tim Krul
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Dog rescued from Seaton Sluice ledge

Fire crews and and cliff rescue volunteers joined forces to rescue a dog.

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade was called out yesterday to Seaton Sluice Harbour where the animal was stuck on a ledge near the Kings Arms pub.

The dog was recovered and reunited with the owner, who was described as "extremely grateful".

Seaton Sluice Harbour

Vito Mannone: Sunderland goalkeeper out for three months with elbow injury

BBC Sport

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone will be out for at least three months and could require an operation after tearing elbow ligaments.

The 28-year-old Italian, who joined the Black Cats from Arsenal in 2013, was injured during a training session.

Manager David Moyes said he would "definitely" look to make a signing as Jordan Pickford, 22, is his only fit senior goalkeeper.

Moyes added the club had made a bid for Sevilla midfielder Vicente Iborra.

The 28-year-old joined Sevilla from Levante in 2013 and is a three-time Europa League winner.

Vito Mannone

Police seek urinating McDonald's customer

A man who exposed himself in a McDonald's restaurant and urinated on the side of the counter and the floor is being sought by police.

The incident happened in full view of customers - many of them children - at the branch in Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, at 16:40 on Saturday. 

Linthorpe Road MacDonalds

Officers are seeking a man described as in his early 30s, with fair, receding hair, and wearing a black jacket with a black polo shirt with white detailing on his collar.  

Armed police leave South Shields

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

Two armed police officers have just left the scene here at Lake Avenue in South Shields.

The street has now been cordoned off for about nine hours.  

Army bomb disposal teams from Catterick Garrison have been on site since 06:30 this morning.

Flat was searched 'due to information about the occupant'

Asked if the police had information it was terrorism-related to initially raid the property, Ged Noble replied: "No, no, we weren't (aware of the items) until we entered the address.

"We were searching that address in relation to other matters, in relation to the occupant of that address."

He confirmed there was a "controlled disruption" on "one small item" which wasn't an explosive device.

Alert 'not being treated as a counter-terrorism incident'

Northumbria Police Southern Area Commander Ged Noble continues:

"We will conduct further searches using police officers, the explosive ordnance disposal team will remain in attendance so we can satisfy ourselves that that premises is absolutely safe.

"In relation to the occupant of that address, we are actively looking for that individual as we speak and have been throughout the night.

"At this time I am not treating this as a counter-terrorism incident however I will keep that under constant review.

"We've had significant support form the local authority."

'No explosive material or hazardous substances have been found at this time'

Northumbria Police Southern Area Commander Ged Noble continues: "We secured the address and evacuated the local area up to 100m which involved evacuating 61 households.

"We called upon specialists from Catterick from the explosive ordnance disposal team, that team has been in the address for a number of hours, they have examined all the items which were in the address and no explosive material or hazardous substances have been found at this time."

Police sorry for disruption in South Shields

Police have apologised  for the disruption caused after an alert in South Shields.

Northumbria Police Southern Area Commander Ged Noble said: "I would like to apologise to all the locals and businesses in South Tyneside for the disruption that's been caused but I hope that everyone appreciates that was for their safety.

"We received information last night which led us to search an address in Lake Avenue and we searched that address at about 04:00 this morning.

"When the officers entered the address there was no-one present but they found several items which caused them significant concern.

"Those items gave the appearance of being improvised explosive devices so clearly as a precaution the officers acted quickly."

BreakingNo explosives or hazardous material found in South Shields

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

Police are not treating the South Shields incident as terrorist at moment and no explosive material or hazardous items have been found so far.

Officers say they are actively looking for the occupier of the flat  

Video: Police statement on controlled explosion

BreakingPolice to reveal more details after controlled explosion

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

 A police statement on events at Lake Road in South Shields is expected in the next few minutes.

Warwickshire lead Durham by 174 runs

BBC Newcastle

Warwickshire declare on 381-8 and lead Durham by 174. 

That is a big lead to a side struggling to score runs in recent weeks.  

His Martin's video view:

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Youths warned of Hartlepool Marina danger

Young people are being warned that it is not safe to go swimming in Hartlepool Marina.

Cleveland Police said that since the beginning of the month, there had been 21 calls about youths in the water, and others about them climbing into boats, or setting off fire extinguishers.

Insp Mal Suggitt said: “Large boats turn around in this area and people can’t easily be seen.

“We will put in place a dispersal notice which can enable us to disperse large groups of youths from the area.”

How the papers reported the explosion

Here's how the newspapers are reporting the controlled explosion in South Shields:

South shields
Sunderland Echo

Controlled explosion in South Shields is 'local incident'

A controlled explosion in South Shields is being treated as a "local incident", Northumbria Police says.

Bomb squad officers carried out the detonation in Lake Avenue after "suspicious items" were discovered at 04:00 this morning.

A statement says: "Residents have been evacuated and the local authority is providing accommodation in the short term and we would like to thank everyone for their patience while we make the flats safe."

BreakingControlled explosion carried out in South Shields

A controlled explosion has been carried out after a suspicious items were found at a house in South Shields.

Homes on Lake Avenue were evacuated following the discovery in the early hours of this morning.

Northumbria Police says: "The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team (EOD) has entered the address in South Shields and carried out a controlled explosion. 

"The EOD are still examining other items in the flat and will dispose of them appropriately."

South Shields

Body confirmed as missing woman

BBC Tees

Police have confirmed a body found in Guisborough Woods on Teesside is that of missing woman Patricia Kettlewell.

The 64-year-old from Lingdale went missing on Saturday morning, prompting a major search operation.

Pat Kettlewell
Family Handout

A Cleveland Police spokesman said Ms Kettlewell's body was found during a search by officers aided by mountain rescue colleagues on Tuesday.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Residents asked to leave after 'suspicious' discovery

Residents have spoken about being asked to leave their homes following the discovery of a suspicious item in South Shields.

Elsie Manning said: "There was a knock at the door at roughly 06:30 and there was a policeman stood there.

"He was a nice guy, very polite, and explained that they wanted us to evacuate. He couldn't tell us why, but we just obliged and said OK.

"When we left we could see lots of police, fire engines, army disposal.

"All the elderly people who were a little disabled were helped along the road by the police and taken somewhere safe if they had nowhere else to go."

Lake Avenue

Emergency services converge on South Shields

Emergency services are out in force in South Shields after "suspicious items" were found:

Emergency services in South Shields

Our Friends in the North: Lasting affection for landmark series

Simon Armstrong

BBC News

It is 20 years since Our Friends in the North was brought to the TV screen - and its Jarrow-born writer, Peter Flannery, will be at the Whitley Bay Film Festival tonight talking to media historian Chris Phipps about the show's success.

The BBC series - which ran for nine episodes - followed the fortunes of four Tyneside pals across the decades.

It was hailed a landmark drama and, to mark tonight's event, we've taken a look at why it ranks among British TV's greatest hits.

Our Friends in the North

Video: Bomb disposal robot in South Shields

Photo: Army bomb disposal officers in South Shields

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

Here's another photo of the scene at Lake Avenue in South Shields.

Residents are still out of their homes after suspicious items were found, and army bomb disposal officers can be scene in the background:

Lake Avenue

Scientists say diabetes drug could also treat heart disease

Scientists at Newcastle University believe a drug used to treat diabetes could also be used to delay the development of heart disease. 


Metformin is often used to lower blood sugar levels in patients with Type 2 diabetes. 

Clinical trials have now shown it can also be used to treat heart disease in patients with Type 1.

BreakingSuspicious items found in South Shields

Russ Ward

BBC Newcastle

Here is the latest picture from South Shields where bomb disposal experts are attending following the discovery of "suspicious items".

An area around Lake Avenue has been cordoned off, and nearby homes evacuated.

Lake Avenue

Tall Ships arrive for Blyth regatta

Richard Thomas

Look North

Thousands of people are due to set a course for Blyth in Northumberland this weekend as the Tall Ships spend three days in port.

The 2016 North Sea Regatta is the 60th anniversary of the Tall Ships event. 

Tall Ship arriving at Blyth

About 30 ships and 300 amateur sailors in all from 10 different countries are there.

On Monday they'll set off to race to Gothenburg in Sweden. 

Over the course of the weekend there'll be live music, fireworks, RAF displays and fun fairs.

We'll bring you updates and pictures throughout the day.

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