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  1. Updates on Friday 14 July 2017

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Weather: A dry evening

Mainly dry through this evening with some bright spells.

Cloud will increase overnight with periods of rain or drizzle on the Pennine hills.

Eastern areas should remain largely dry, while southwesterly winds will freshen.

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Brenda Blethyn receives honorary degree

Vera star Brenda Blethyn has received an honorary degree from Sunderland University.

The award-winning actress has starred in a number of films including Secrets and Lies, Little Voice and Atonement and on television Vera, which is filmed in the North East.

She received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts in recognition of her outstanding acting career in film, television and the theatre.

She said: “I am so happy to be here to receive this prestigious honour, and I wish every single one of my fellow graduates a very, very happy career, no matter which course you choose to take.”

Brenda Blethyn
Sunderland University

Durham Pawlice welcomes new recruits

Durham Police have welcomed their new puppies on Twitter.

Smithy and Wilson are eight-weeks-old and will soon be trained up to be part of the team.

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Bravery awards for officers who tackled gunman

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

Three officers from Northumbria Police won the top prize at the Police Bravery Awards for disarming a mentally ill gunmen during a struggle at a Gateshead pub which saw the weapon fired.

Constables Sarah Currie, Michael Otterson and Sergeant Elliot Richardson ended up in a violent and lengthy struggle with the man as they tried to stop him aiming the gun at them but he managed to fire a shot into the ceiling.

When his bag was searched they found two handguns, a crossbow, a pack of throwing knives, home-made petrol bombs, smoke grenades and a baseball bat inside.

The officers have been praised by the Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

Chief Constable Steve Ashman said: “I am very proud of each of the officers for the outstanding bravery they have shown."

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Crime commissioner calls for drugs to be decriminalised

Nisha Joshi

BBC broadcast journalist

Durham's police and crime commissioner has been hosting an international event in the city, in which a call will be made for Britain's drugs policy to move away from criminalisation and towards healthcare and recovery.

Ron Hogg (pictured) welcomed speakers from around the world to talk about subjects including policing, health and politics.

Ron Hogg

Two years ago Durham Police said they would no longer target those who grow small amounts of cannabis for personal use.

Meanwhile the government's publishing a new approach to tackling drugs, but decriminalisation is off the agenda.

George Miller and Connor Roberts

Swansea City loan defender Connor Roberts to Middlesbrough, who also sign Bury's George Miller on a permanent deal.

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Thousands sent Christmas cards to Bradley Lowery

Six-year-old Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery has been laid to rest today.

Throughout his life, Bradley had many memorable moments, after capturing people's hearts.

They included last Christmas, when he received thousands of cards from across the world.

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Headteacher remembers Bradley Lowery

Bradley's headteacher remembers the last time she saw the little boy.

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Vigil for Bradley Lowery in Newcastle

Many attended a vigil in memory of Bradley Lowery at Monument in Newcastle.

A number of those who attended wore football shirts to honour the six-year-old.

Vigil in Newcastle

Tributes left at the Stadium of Light

Hundreds of tributes for Bradley Lowery have been left outside Sunderland's Stadium of Light.

The six-year-old was a fan of the club, and was made a mascot last year.

Football shirts, flowers and balloons are among the tributes left by mourners.

Tributes outside the stadium
Football shirts and other items left as tributes

Bradley Lowery's school release balloons

Pupils and teachers at Bradley Lowery's school have released balloons in his honour.

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David Moyes attends Bradley Lowery funeral

Former Sunderland manager David Moyes was among the thousands who attended Bradley Lowery's funeral earlier.

Bradley was a well-known Sunderland fan and appeared as a club mascot a number of times.

David Moyes

Order of Service shows Bradley in Sunderland kit

The front of the order of service from this morning's service shows Bradley in his Sunderland kit and as a baby.

Bradley Lowery order of service

Bradley's classmates celebrate his life

Andy Bell

BBC Tees

Bradley Lowery's classmates are celebrating his life today.

Pupils at Blackhall Colliery Primary School are holding a day of activities in memory of their friend.

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Bradley Lowery's mother remembers her 'beautiful star'

Bradley Lowery was laid to rest morning at St Joseph's Church in Blackhall Colliery.

During the ceremony, Father Ian Jackson spoke of the unity Bradley had brought to the community and the football world.

Bradley's mother Gemma mother told the congregation that he had "a smile so big and beautiful it could brighten any room" and described him as a "real brave superhero".

She said: "A loving, caring son and brother - a beautiful star. Although your time with us was short, you must have a job to do in heaven with the angels as God has chosen you.

"For now, my baby, we'll say goodbye, we'll meet again our superhero high up in the sky".

Bradley Lowery's funeral cortege
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Jermain Defoe breaks down at Bradley funeral

Former Sunderland AFC player Jermain Defoe was visibly upset at Bradley Lowery's funeral.

Defoe formed a close relationship with the little boy during the last months of his life and called him his "best friend".

The football player could be seen shedding a tear as he left Bradley's funeral.

Jermain Defoe
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Thousands attend Bradley funeral

Thousands of mourners were at Bradley Lowery's funeral, police said.

The community came together in Blackhall Colliery this morning to remember the six-year-old.

Many people wore football shirts and carried balloons as Bradley's hearse passed through the village accompanied by his family and superheroes, including the boys personal favourite Jermain Defoe.

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Thousands line streets for Bradley's funeral

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

A single piper led the funeral procession and the applause down the street could be heard well before the horse and carriage carrying Bradley's coffin could be seen.

Bradley's parents Gemma and Carl were behind. Then came the superstars dressed as Batman, Spiderman and Captain America.

As a handful of balloons - blue and red - floated in the air, Jermain Defoe in his England top followed the family. Behind him a number of Sunderland players and staff.

Hundreds lined Blackhall's Main Street, three deep behind silver steel barriers.

As the family requested hundreds wore football strips - the red and white of Sunderland, black and white of Newcastle, blue of Everton, green of Celtic.

Bradley had, as one mourner said, opened the worlds eyes to childhood cancer.

His life was tragically short and yet truly remarkable.

Bradley's coffin

Large crowds as Bradley hearse passes through

Large crowds took to the streets of Blackhall Colliery to say their final farewell to Bradley Lowery.

As this picture shows the community came together to honour the little boy.

Crowds surround the hearse

Jermain Defoe joins mourners at Bradley funeral

Jermain Defoe is at Bradley Lowery's funeral wearing his England football kit.

The six-year-old and the former Sunderland player formed a close relationship during the last months of Bradley's life.

The little boy called Defoe his "best friend".

Jermain Defoe during the funeral procession
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Bradley Lowery procession greeted by hundreds

Bradley Lowery's hearse has passed through the streets of his hometown Blackhall Colliery.

Hundreds gathered wearing football shirts and carrying balloons to say their final goodbyes to the little boy.

The procession
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'Tears rolling down cheeks' as school awaits Bradley procession

Schoolmates and teachers of six-year-old Bradley Lowery are paying tribute outside his school this morning.

Our reporter Andy Bell is with them and says some are visibly emotional.

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Mourners wear football shirts for Bradley

People from across the country have dressed in their favourite football teams' kits in to remember Bradley Lowery.

The Sunderland fan is being laid to rest in his hometown Blackhall Colliery this morning.

Bradley, six, died last week after a battle with the childhood cancer neuroblastoma and his family suggested that those unable to make the public ceremony could wear the colours of their favourite team.

As a result, the hashtag #CancerHasNoColours is currently trending at number four on Twitter, as people share pictures of themselves in their kits, representing clubs from across English football and beyond.

Men wear Sunderland and Newcastle shirts with Bradley's name on them

People continue to gather in Blackhall Colliery

Large crowds continue to gather for Bradley Lowery's funeral this morning.

The six-year-old is to be laid to rest at 11:15 in his village Blackhall Colliery.

Mourners took to the streets early this morning to decorate them with balloons and other tributes.

Crowds waiting to pay their respects
Crowds waiting to pay their respects

Bradley's smile remembered

Danny Savage

North of England correspondent

There are many hundreds of people here. A lot of them are wearing football shirts - Bradley was a Sunderland fan - and there are bright colours.

People say they were inspired by the fight he put up against cancer.

And it was his smile, that's what many people have said - it was his smile and his spirit.

Huge floral tribute outside church

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

There is a 6ft floral tribute outside St Joseph's Church, in Blackhall Colliery.

Blue was Bradley's favourite colour.

Floral tribute outside church

SAFC remember super-fan Bradley Lowery

Sunderland AFC have shared their support for Bradley Lowery's friends and family on Twitter.

The six-year-old was a fan of the club and formed a close relationship with his hero and former Sunderland player Jermain Defoe.

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Mourners gather outside Blackhall Colliery church

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

Hundreds have already gathered outside St Joseph's Church in Blackhall Colliery, County Durham, where Bradley Lowery's funeral will take place this morning.

Bradley passed away last Friday after battling neuroblastoma since he was 18-months-old.

Many mourners are wearing football shirts and carrying balloons in his honour.

Mourners outside the church

Bradley Lowery's schoolmates remember their friend

Bradley Lowery's teachers and classmates are lining the streets of Blackhall Colliery in his memory.

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Bradley Lowery's school pay tribute

Megan Paterson

Reporter, BBC Look North

Bradley Lowery's school is paying tribute to him this morning.

Pupils at Blackhall Colliery Primary School are wearing football shirts, as requested by Bradley's family, and decorating the building with balloons.

The Sunderland AFC fan will be laid to rest at St Joseph's Church in the village at 11:15.

Teachers and pupils decorate the school gates
Pupils wearing football shirts

Mourners decorate the streets for Bradley Lowery funeral

People have started to decorate the route of the funeral procession for six-year-old Bradley Lowery.

Mourners wearing football shirts are already taking to the streets of Blackhall Colliery, County Durham,to honour the Sunderland fan.

Mourners wearing football shirts decorate the streets
Pictures and decorations hung on a gate

Remembering Bradley Lowery

The funeral of six-year-old Bradley Lowery takes place this morning.

The Sunderland fan had suffered from neuroblastoma since he was 18-months-old.

Since becoming a Sunderland mascot last year, the little boy received the support of thousands after capturing people's hearts.

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Tributes as Bradley Lowery's funeral held

Dozens of tributes to Bradley Lowery have been placed outside the Stadium of Light since the Sunderland fan died last week.

The six-year-old, from Blackhall Colliery, County Durham, died last Friday following a fight against neuroblastoma.

Bradley's family said his funeral at St Joseph's Church in the village at 11:15 is "open to everyone", It will be followed by a private crematorium ceremony.

Bradley's family said they would wear football shirts in honour of his love of the sport.

A vigil and minute's applause are planned at Grey's Monument in Newcastle city centre at the same time as the funeral, while balloons will be released at noon at the Stadium of Light.

Tributes to Bradley Lowery at the Stadium of Light

Roads closed ahead of Bradley's funeral

Crowds are expected at Bradley Lowery's funeral today and as a result roads have been closed.

The funeral is at 11:15 at St John's Chruch, Blackhall Colliery, County Durham, and Bradley's family have said it is open to everyone.

The A1086 Coast Road is closed in both directions between the First Street junction and the Oak Avenue junction. The B1281 is closed in both directions between the A1086 Coast Road junction and the Hesleden Road junction.