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  1. Updates on Monday 26 June 2017

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Weather: Cloud to bring rain

The forecast for this evening is still looking less than inspiring - cloud will lead to outbreaks of rain across the region by midnight and it may be particularly heavy in some places.

Whatever happened to last week's heatwave?

Weather forecast, 26 June 2017
BBC

Fundraisers take the pain to raise cash for lifesaving charity campaign

Hartlepool Mail

Newspaper

Fundraisers took part in a hair-raising spectacle to raise cash for a lifesaving charity drive.

Severe accident: A183 Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A183 Tyne And Wear northbound severe accident, between Avondale Avenue and Clydesdale Avenue affecting A182.

A183 Tyne And Wear - A183 Chester Road in Penshaw closed and queuing traffic northbound between the Avondale Avenue junction and the Clydesdale Avenue junction, because of an accident. Congestion to the A182 junction.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Child remains critically ill after crash

A seven-year-old child is still critically ill in hospital after a car mounted a kerb and hit a group of people in Newcastle.

Three children and three adults were injured in the crash which happened on a field behind Westgate Sports Centre on Sunday morning.

They were taken to hospital and two of the adults and one of the children have now been discharged.

The seven-year-old is in the paediatric intensive care unit. The others are in a stable condition with serious but non life-threatening injuries, Northumbria Police said.

A 42-year-old local woman who was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving was later released on conditional bail pending further investigation.

People forming a human chain
BBC

Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J56 for B6275 Hang Beck.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on A1(M) southbound at J56, B6275 (Barton).

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Twenty years of Harry Potter magic

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Can you believe it's 20 years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone?

Since then, JK Rowling's series about the young wizard has sold more than 450 million copies around the world.

Of course there's a strong North East link with Alnwick Castle, in Northumberland, doubling as Hogwarts in the first two film adaptations.

You can read more about how Harry Potter enchanted the world here.

Cover of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
BBC

Designer glasses stolen from optician

Almost 200 pairs of designer glasses frames have been stolen from an optician in Middlesbrough.

Lens cutting and eye testing equipment were also taken from the Optical Eye Clinic on Linthorpe Road, which was broken into between 17:00 on Saturday and 08:00 on Monday.

Cleveland Police have asked anyone who knows anything to get in touch with them.

DUP deal will prompt call for Air Passenger Duty review in England

Richard Moss

Political Editor, BBC Look North

As we reported earlier, the Conservatives have finally agreed a support deal with Northern Ireland's DUP.

As well as an estimated £1bn for their home country, the DUP wanted to abolish Air Passenger Duty in Northern Ireland and have secured a review into that.

However, that will prompt calls for similar action in England.

The two sides sign the agreement document
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Newcastle man dodged tax on 39,000 cigarettes

A Newcastle man caught with more than 39,000 illicit cigarettes has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Aran Saied, 33, of Ellesmere Road in the city's West End, was pulled over on the A1 near Catterick in September 2016 because the car he was driving had no MOT.

Officers found 39,820 illicit cigarettes, worth £10,100 in duty taxes, and £2,775 cash hidden in boxes.

Enquiries revealed he had previously been warned about duty evasion after attempting to smuggle 4,000 cigarettes and 30 cigars through Edinburgh Airport in April 2015.

Saied was convicted of excise duty evasion last month and has now been sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for 12 months, and 150 hours unpaid work. He must pay £400 costs and £140 victim surcharge.

Some of the cigarettes
HMRC

Sunderland teenager needs £6,000 to travel to America for treatment

Sunderland Echo

Newspaper

A Sunderland teenager is facing the prospect of having medical treatment thousands of miles in America after she was diagnosed with a rare cancer.

Natalia Rooks
Sunderland Echo

Kynren boss praises production's volunteers

The man behind the open-air historical show Kynren has paid tribute to the volunteers who make up the cast.

The outdoor night-time performances which feature battles, jousting and a firework finale on a bend of the River Wear below Auckland Castle, in County Durham, attracted more than 100,000 visitors last year and its second season is set to get under way this weekend.

Jonathan Ruffer believes local people have already taken on the project as their own.

He said: "You have nothing without the volunteers. If you said to them 'Whose show is this' the answer is 'It's ours. We were the ones who stood in the cold doing the practice for hours, who threw our lives into it'."

The production has a cast and crew of 1,500 people.

Medieval knights in Kynren
Peter Haygarth

Lakeshore Railroad marks 45 years

If you missed it over the weekend, here's a lovely video looking at the 45th anniversary celebrations of a South Shields institution - the Lakeshore Railroad at South Marine Park.

Chugging along since 1972, it's the only public steam working 9.5ins gauge railway in the UK.

South Shields mini train celebrates 45th anniversary

War heroes receive surprise awards for support of North East veterans

The Journal

Newspaper

War heroes George Reynolds and Russell Black were in for a surprise when they attended their weekly breakfast club - they were called forward and presented with special awards by Newcastle’s Lord Mayor.

George Reynolds and Russell Black
The Journal

Cricket: Pink balls for Durham v Worcestershire

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

For the first time an entire round of county championship matches will be played today under lights.

The players will also bowl with a bright pink Dukes ball instead of the usual dark red one.

It’s part of an experiment to try and get more people to watch first class cricket, particularly abroad, where crowds for test matches in some countries have been falling dramatically in the advent of T20 which is over in three hours.

Durham will play Worcestershire in their pink ball game which starts on Monday and runs until Thursday. Play starts at 14:00 and is likely to run until about 21:30 most nights. You can find commentary here.

Durham were the first English team to trial a pink ball when they faced the MCC in Abu Dhabi in 2010 in the Champion County match. They also played them in 2014 under the lights in Abu Dhabi too.

pink balls
BBC

The first pink ball test was in Australia when they played New Zealand, in Adelaide in 2015. Pakistan played a floodlit test against The West Indies in Dubai the following year.

And this summer for the first time England will stage a test match with a pink ball when they play the West Indies at Edgbaston in August.

As part of this experiment the ECB is allowing the counties to field their England players so they can get some experience of pink ball cricket ahead of the test v the Windies. That means Ben Stokes and Mark Wood will be available for Durham while Moeen Ali will play for Worcestershire.

Appeal after pedestrian injured on A19

Police are appealing for information after a pedestrian was left seriously injured after being hit by a car on the A19.

The 30-year-old man was struck by an Audi A6 close to the junction with the A1027 at Norton on Saturday at about 23:00.

He suffered leg injuries and a broken pelvis and is being treated at Middlesbrough's James Cook Hospital.

A 66-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and has been released from custody while enquiries continue.

Former Bayern Munich player joins Hartlepool as 'keeper coach

Hartlepool United have announced they've appointed former Bayern Munich player Bernard Hirmer as goalkeeping coach.

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DUP deal may raise questions over North funding

Richard Moss

Political Editor, BBC Look North

It's being reported that the DUP's deal with Theresa May's Conservatives could be worth about £1bn to the Irish party.

If that's the case, the Tories will face regular questions about any contrast between infrastructure spending in the North of England and Northern Ireland.

The deal comes after two weeks of talks between the parties since the election resulted in a hung Parliament.

Theresa May, left, with members of the DUP at Downing Street
PA

Minute's silence at midday after Finsbury Park attack

A minute's silence is being held at noon across the country to remember the victims of last week's van attack near Finsbury Park Mosque.

A van was driven into worshippers leaving Ramadan prayers at the north London mosque just after midnight on 18 June.

Makram Ali, 51, died from injuries received at the scene.

Eleven other people were injured in the attack, which is being investigated as a terrorism incident by the Metropolitan Police.

Hartlepool United boosted by season ticket sales

Colin Briggs

Look North

As Hartlepool United prepare for their first season outside the English Football League in their 109-year history, bosses say they're encouraged by a rise in season ticket sales.

Prices have been held at last season's rates, placing Pools among the cheaper National League clubs, according to a BBC Sport survey of season ticket rates.

The club says it's a balance between raising money for a promotion push and encouraging fans to return.

Your pictures: Whitburn Mill in the sunshine

We've had another spell of lovely sunny weather over the weekend, if a tad breezy.

Simon Woodley took this beautiful picture of wild flowers in front of Whitburn Mill yesterday morning.

Whitburn Mill
Simon Woodley

Have you got any photos you'd like to share with us? In that case you can tweet them to @BBCNewsNE, email them, or contact us via our Facebook page.

Cladding to come down on Billingham flats

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

Work is expected to begin today to remove cladding from high-rise flats in Billingham.

The BBC understands hundreds of residents of the three blocks on Kennedy Gardens were told late on Friday night that the site had failed safety tests.

It's thought the cladding was added during a revamp in 2014. The social housing company Thirteen Group say they had specified it to be fire-retardant.

Kennedy Gardens. Billingham
BBC

Sunderland and Stockton hit by cladding safety failure

Sunderland and Stockton are among the 25 areas in England where cladding on high-rise buildings has failed fire safety tests.

Cladding from five buildings in Sunderland was found to be inadequate and three in Stockton.

The Government says material used on 60 high-rise buildings across 25 local authority areas failed.

There are plans to test the fire resistance of cladding on up to 600 buildings following the Grenfell Tower fire in North Kensington (pictured) on 14 June.

Grenfell Tower
Getty Images

Weather: Dry start with spells of sunshine

It's a fine and dry start to the day with sunny spells. Rather more cloud will bubble up for the afternoon and that could produce an isolated light shower though most places will stay dry.

Thickening cloud will bring outbreaks of rain across the area by midnight and it could become heavy in places through the latter part of the night, especially in the north of the region.

Weather forecast, 26 June 2017
BBC

Tributes paid to Kieran Maxwell after cancer battle

Tributes continue to flood in for Kieran Maxwell, who lost his fight against cancer last week.

The 18-year-old, from Heighington in County Durham, fought the disease from the age of 12. Five years ago he was among the lucky few people to carry the Olympic torch on its journey across Britain.

His family say fundraising through his legacy fund for research in to Ewing's Sarcoma will continue.

Kieran Maxwell loses battle with rare bone cancer

Severe accident: A66 County Durham westbound

BBC News Travel

A66 County Durham westbound severe accident, around Durham Lane.

A66 County Durham - A66 in Longnewton closed westbound around the Durham Lane junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Newcastle Eid car crash investigation continues

Colin Briggs

Look North

An investigation is continuing this morning after a car ploughed into a crowd of people at an event to mark the religious festival of Eid.

Six people were hurt yesterday morning on a field behind the sports centre on Newcastle's West Road. Of those, two children were in intensive care and one adult was in the High Dependancy Unit at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Four of them are still in hospital being treated for "various injuries".

A 42-year-old woman arrested by police has now been released on bail. The incident is not thought to be terror-related.

Police cars at the scene
BBC

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