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Summary

  1. Monday 3 April 2017
  2. Dead diver's partner 'saw rescue attempt'
  3. Moyes 'deeply regrets' slap remark

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Sunderland manager David Moyes

Sunderland boss David Moyes will be asked by the Football Association to explain himself after telling a BBC reporter she might "get a slap".

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Through the day: BBC North East Live

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You can still catch up with the latest news throughout the night on BBC Tees , BBC Newcastle , Look North , and online. 

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Weather: Hazy sunshine, then a chance of light rain

High cloud and hazy sunshine throughout the afternoon but with a bit of a breeze.

Cloud will thicken during the evening, bringing the chance of light rain in western parts.

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Middlesbrough snow centre operator announced

Scottish company Ice Factor Group has won the contract to operate a new £30m snowsports centre in Middlesbrough.

The indoor complex - described as a "massive step" in the town's regeneration plans - will include a 557ft (170m) ski slope and indoor sky-diving centre.

Building work is expected to start early next year, and it is due to open by the summer of 2019.  

Artist's illustration of snowsports centre
Cool Runnings

What can the Tees Valley Mayor do?

As voters prepare to go to the polls on 4 May to elect the first Tees Valley Mayor, market trader Abdul says there has not been enough information about what the elected mayor's powers would be.

He wants the mayor to abolish parking charges in town centres in the area.

Abdul: Can Tees Valley Mayor abolish parking charges?

Stockton pupils' time capsule looks to the future

A time capsule containing children's predictions for the future has been presented to Stockton's mayor.

The project, by pupils at Myton Park Primary School and All Saints Church of England Academy, is in advance of the start of the construction of a new leisure and library complex at Ingleby Barwick.

Youngsters created fact sheets and information about life in 2017, and offered their thoughts on what it might be life in 100 years' time.

Predictions included flying cars, transportation devices and being taught via tablets with online teachers.

Time capsule presentation
Dave Charnley Photography

The complex, which will include swimming pools, a health and fitness suite, a community access library and customer service point, is expected to be open to the public in 2018.

Tees Valley Mayor 'should be independent'

On 4 May, voters will elect the first Tees Valley Mayor.. 

John Mason said he thought the mayor should be an "independent" person away from current politics.

He said: "Maybe that would help the whole area and the situation completely."

Tees Valley Mayor should be 'independent'

Drone disturbed nesting bird site

There has been a surge in the number of police investigations into the use of drones, the Press Association has found.

A Freedom of Information request uncovered thousands of incidents nationally, including neighbourhood spats, mid-air near misses and snooping. 

In 2016 there were 87 reports to Cleveland Police, as compared to 21 the previous year. For Durham Police it went up to 25 from 10.

One of the 88 incidents reported to the Northumbria force in 2016 was a drone disturbing a nesting site at Elsdon.

Drone
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Tees Valley area 'large remit' for single mayor

As we were telling you earlier, voters will elect the first Tees Valley Mayor on 4 May.

Anna Stephenson has been running Upsy Daisy Childrenswear market stall in Darlington for four years. 

She feels the area is a large remit for one mayor.

Market stall holder Anna Stephenson fears the mayor may have too large an area to cover.
Sunderland manager David Moyes

Sunderland boss David Moyes says he "deeply regrets" telling a BBC reporter she might "get a slap".

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Watch: Transport 'a priority' for Tees Valley

Next month voters will elect the first Tees Valley Mayor.

John Tait, leader of the North East Party, was planning to stand for the position but felt the £5,000 deposit was "too high".

He said better transport links should be top on the elected mayor's to do list.

Tees Valley Mayor: Improving transport 'number one priority'

European rugby weekend to be hosted in Newcastle

Newcastle is to play host to a European rugby showpiece weekend - although fans will have to wait two years for it.

The European Champions Cup, Challenge Cup and European Rugby Continental Shield (Challenge Cup Qualifying Competition) finals will be held in the city in May 2019.

St James' Park - which hosted Rugby Union World Cup games in 2015 - will stage the first two, while the continental finals will be held at Newcastle Falcons' Kingston Park Stadium.

St James' Park
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Combined, they form one of the biggest weekends in club rugby, and could boost the local economy by an estimated £17.4m.

Middlesbrough College students given taste of Royal Marine life

Royal Marines paid a flying visit to Middlesbrough College to put young hopefuls through their paces.

Students were able to view examples of kit and weaponry, go for a ride in an inflatable raiding craft, take part in a fitness programme and watch an unarmed combat exercise.

The three-day event aimed to give them a better understanding of what the elite fighters do and encourage students to consider it as a career.

Students on board an inflatable raiding craft
Royal Navy
Royal Marine showing a student some weaponry
Royal Navy

Having the Royal Marines at the college was a fantastic way for our students to get a better understanding of what the job is about, and some of the skills you could learn through it."

Garry SmithFrom Middlesbrough College

Watch: Tees Valley Mayor 'needs to bring area together'

Voters go to the polls on 4 May to elect the first Tees Valley Mayor.

The mayor will have responsibility for Hartlepool, Stockton, Redcar and Cleveland, Middlesbrough and Darlington.  

Chris Lloyd, chief features writer for the Northern Echo, said Tees Valley needed a mayor to unite the five local council areas.

He said there should not be a "silly squabble" over a capital for the Tees Valley region and the mayor should "talk up" the whole area. 

Tees Valley Mayor should 'talk up' the whole area

North East ranks highly on levels of 'inactivity'

More than 40% of people in the North East are risking their health by failing to do enough exercise , according to the British Heart Foundation.

The charity found that across the UK 20 million people were failing to hit the government guidelines for physical activity.

This consists of 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week and strength activities on at least two days a week.

A report showed that the North East had among the highest percentage of inactivity.

Inactivity chart
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Asking your questions about the Tees Valley Mayor

The BBC Listen Up bus is at Darlington market until 16:00 today where you can ask us your questions and share your thoughts about the upcoming Tees Valley mayoral elections.

BBC Listen Up bus
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Watch: Tees Valley Mayor - what is the Tees Valley?

On 4 May, voters will elect the first Tees Valley Mayor. 

But what difference will that money and those new powers make? 

BBC Tees political reporter David Macmillan has been trying to find out by looking at the election through five iconic objects of the region. 

We’ll post a new film every day this week looking at different issues the mayor will be able to influence. The first film is about identity – what is the Tees Valley anyway?  

Tees Valley Mayor: What is the Tees Valley?

Moyes 'slap' comment criticised

Shadow sports minister, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, and former England striker and BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Linker are among those condemning David Moyes for his comments to a female reporter .

The Sunderland boss told the reporter that she "might get a slap" even though she's a woman, and warned her to be "careful" next time she visits the club.

It was at the end of an interview following the Black Cats draw with Burnley on 18 March.

Mr Moyes has since appologised, and said he "deeply regretted" the comments, which were "a mistake".

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Watch: David Moyes apologies over slap remark to BBC reporter

Sunderland boss David Moyes says he "deeply regrets" telling a BBC reporter she might "get a slap".

After a draw with Burnley on 18 March, Moyes was asked by Vicki Sparks if the presence of owner Ellis Short put extra pressure on him.

He said "no" but, after the interview, added Sparks "might get a slap even though you're a woman" and told her to be "careful" next time she visited.

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'Slap' comment was 'heat of the moment'

David Moyes' comment to a female reporter was made 'in the heat of the moment' . he said

The Sunderland boss has since apologised to the BBC's Vicki Sparks for saying that she "might get a slap", after she put a question to him during a post-game interview.

He said said he "deeply regretted" saying it, adding "I accept it was a mistake."

David Moyes
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Celebrities aid campaign to save city farm

Colin Briggs

Look North

An inner city farm which supports vulnerable and disadvantaged children and adults has been saved for at least a year thanks to £20,000 in donations.

Michel Roux Jnr
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The fundraising campaign to keep Ouseburn Farm in Newcastle open was backed by people and businesses all over the country including actress Barbara Windsor and Michelin chef Michel Roux Jnr (pictured). 

The farm is open 363 days a year and attracts more than 50,000 people a year.

Pedestrian, 86, seriously hurt by off-road motorbike

An elderly man was badly hurt when he was hit by an off-road motorbike.

The 86-year-old remains in a serious condition in hospital following the incident on Meadowgate in Eston on Sunday.

Cleveland Police has asked anyone who witnessed the crash at 13:45, or who has private CCTV that may have captured it, to contact the force.

Red sky in the morning ....

The sunrise giving a send-off to a fishing boat passing Cullercoats harbout this morning.

If you have any pictures you want to share you can send them via email , or tweet us @BBCNewsNE .

Sunrise at Cullercoats
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Watch: The shepherdess and her dogs in 360 vision

Julie Cush

BBC News

Emma Gray took over a remote farm in Northumberland aged just 23.

She says she spends more time with her sheepdogs than with humans.

And she's so good at training the dogs she's representing England at the World Sheepdog Trials.

We filmed her using a 360 camera and you can watch it by clicking here.

Emma Gray
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Weather: Dry and largely fine after mist and fog clears

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Today is expected to be a fine day for most, though some low cloud, mist and fog is likely to affect some coastal and southern areas at first. 

High level cloud will make the sun hazy at times and it will be breezy, with maximum temperatures rising to about 16C (61F).

Weather map
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It will stay breezy throughout the day, with cloud thickening further through the evening. 

There might be some outbreaks of light rain in more northern and western parts by late evening.

Overnight temperatures are likely to be around the 7C (45F) mark.

Find out more about the Tees Valley Mayor

BBC Tees

www.bbc.co.uk/BBCTees

On 4 May, voters will elect the first Tees Valley Mayor who will have responsibility for Hartlepool, Stockton, Redcar and Cleveland, Middlesbrough and Darlington.

If you want to find out more about the role you can head to Market Place in Darlington where the BBC Listen Up bus will be until 16:00 today.

And if you have any questions about the Tees Valley Mayor you can find out how to ask them by clicking here.

BBC Listen up bus
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Support services for stroke survivors facing closure

Helen Richardson

BBC Newcastle

Support services for people recovering from a stroke are facing closure in parts of the North East.

The Stroke Association says its services have been a lifeline for thousands of patients when they leave hospital. 

But the funding is being withdrawn by two clinical commissioning groups in the region - North Durham and the neighbouring Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield group. 

They say the decision is about "refocusing stroke support services" to meet local needs. 

They've decided to fund support services based around GP practices instead.

Dead diver's partner witnessed rescue attempt

A man watched a rescue operation for a missing diver off the Northumberland coast, not knowing it involved his partner who later died.

The woman, thought to be about 50, disappeared after surfacing on Sunday while diving near the Farne Islands. 

Lifeboats were launched from Seahouses, where the woman's partner was walking his dog, the town's RNLI manager said. 

The woman has not yet been named, but was with a group of divers from Ormskirk in Lancashire. 

Police were called at 13:50 and the woman was later found and pulled from the water before receiving aid, but died a short time later.

Farne Islands
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Ian Clayton, lifeboat operations manager at Seahouses RNLI, said: "He [the woman's partner] heard the sirens go off at the lifeboat station, and he came down to see what was happening.

"And he was then told that obviously the lifeboat's launching to go to the assistance of a boat that's reported a diver missing. 

"That was his partner, and he didn't know obviously at that immediate time that it was definitely his partner."

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