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  1. Updates on Monday 21 August 2017

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We'll leave you with this stunning photo of a sunrise taken by Liam Donkin at 06:00 yesterday on top of Hadrian's Wall near Housestead's looking east

Hadrian's Wall sunrise
Liam Donkin

Weather: Rain clearing, hill fog and mist

Monday's rain will ease away to the north east during the first half of the night, leading to most places becoming dry by dawn.

Despite this, it will remain a rather murky night, with further hill fog likely. Some low level mist and fog patches are also possible through valleys. It will also be be feeling humid.

Minimum Temperature: 15C (59F).

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Partial eclipse sighting possible

There's a chance we may be able to see a partial solar eclipse this evening, although cloud is forecast later.

Skywatchers in the United States are preparing for a total solar eclipse when the Moon is set to pass in front of the Sun, casting a deep shadow that will sweep over the nation from Oregon in the west to South Carolina in the east.

In the UK we may be able to snatch a sight of the Moon's disc taking a bite out of the Sun just as it sets.

If you are going to take a look remember to take care as looking at the Sun with the naked eye can be dangerous - here's how you watch and eclipse safely.

Woman watching eclipse through glasses

Illegal net use warning to anglers

Anyone caught fishing with an illegal cast net in North East waters will be prosecuted, the Environment Agency has warned.

It follows the seizure of a cast net from an angler using it to catch salmon on the River Wear at Durham.

The agency has warned is illegal to use such nets to catch freshwater fish, eels, trout, migratory trout or salmon, and they are also illegal if used to catch migratory trout, salmon or freshwater eels up to six nautical miles from the coast line.

Offenders face an unlimited fine and/or three months in custody if convicted by a magistrate.

Seized cast net
Environment Agency

We take illegal fishing very seriously. Whether anglers use illegal equipment or fish without a license, it’s not fair on other anglers and endangers the future of the sport."

Kevin Summersonfrom the Environment Agency

The landmarks that mean you're nearly home

For many of us heading home to Tyneside or Northumberland, the Angel of the North is the sign we're nearly home.

Dan Homarus said: "The Angel means so much to me... any time I drive back to the 'Toon' now, the sight of the angel brings back a decade of memories.

BBC News has taken a trip around some of your favourite roadside landmarks that loom large above the landscape.

Angle of the North
Les Pigg

Lottery scheme gets jobseekers in ship-shape condition

BBC Newcastle

A Heritage Lottery funded scheme in Northumberland is giving unemployed people the chance to learn a traditional British skill - shipbuilding.

The project by Blyth Tall Ships has taken on more than 240 jobseekers in the past six years, training them in crafts that are dying out in the North East.

The apprentices have been working on a 100-year-old boat expected to head to Antarctica in a few years' time.

Families could be waiting years for action on towers

The Journal


Tenants living in high rise tower blocks in the North East could be waiting months, or even years for local authorities to take safety precautions.

Journal front page
The Journal

Travel: Electrical failure leads to train delays

Your photos: Sunny scarecrows

Check out these Minion scarecrows captured by one of our weather watchers in Stamfordham, Northumberland at the weekend.

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James Arthur performing at day one of V Festival

Daniel Rosney

Newsbeat reporter

The 2012 X Factor winner has been touring with One Republic in the US for the past two months.

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Families of Manchester terror attack couple Liam and Chloe ensure their names will live on

The Shields Gazette

A trust set up to celebrate the lives of two teenagers who were robbed of the chance to reach their full potential aims to help others to achieve their dreams.

Shields Gazette front page
Shields Gazette

Section of polar research ship leaving the Tyne

A section of the UK's new polar research ship will get an early taste of the sea this week.

The rearmost portion of the Sir David Attenborough's stern is being moved from its production yard on the River Tyne to Birkenhead where the rest of the hull is being built.

"Block 10", as it is known, will travel on a barge pulled by tugs.

The 900-tonne mass of steel will take just under a week to complete the trip around the UK.

Cammell Laird won the contract to construct the ship, which has been designed by Rolls-Royce. The schedule is tight and it chose to sub-contract Block 10 to A&P Tyne, at Hebburn on the south bank of the Tyne River.

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Two Newcastle players in Scotland squad

BBC Sport

Gordon Strachan has named his squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Lithuania and Malta.

And here are the 27 men including Newcastle's Grant Hanley and Matt Ritchie.

Scotland Squad
Scottish FA

Man kicked, punched and stabbed in street attack

A man suffered a stab injury during a street assault in Thornaby, almost a week ago.

The 45-year-old was set upon by two men on Lancaster Way at about 22:00 last Tuesday.

He then sustained kicks and blows to his body and a stab wound to his abdomen.

Both assailants are described as in their early 20s, about 5ft 10ins and wearing dark tracksuits.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police.

Flying high in Whitley Bay

Kites of all shapes and sizes were on display at Whitley Bay Kite Festival over the weekend.

The two-day event saw displays by some of the UK’s best kite makers and display teams.

David Whinham/Ernest Storey

Family's tribute to dad

The Gazette


The daughter of a “thoughtful” and “generous” grandad who died of a heart attack after pulling over in his car has said she hopes his memory will live on.

Gazette front page
The Gazette

Steve McClaren joins Maccabi Tel Aviv as coaching consultant

Former Middesbrough and England manager Steve McClaren has joined Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv as a coaching consultant.

McClaren, 56, has not managed since March, when he was sacked by Derby for the second time.

He will work under manager Jordi Cruyff, who played at Manchester United when McClaren was Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant from 1999 to 2001.

McClaren spent five years at Boro including guiding them to wining the 2004 League Cup.

Steve McClaren

Cook replica may be on the move

It's a replica of Captain Cook's ship, but now the Endeavour in Stockton could be on the move with Whitby a possible destination.

Campaigners who've been trying to keep the vessel on the Tees say they're not giving up despite so far raising only a fraction of the estimated £300,000 needed to buy and restore it.

Scarborough Council hasn't commented on whether it would help finance any bid to move the ship to North Yorkshire.

Replica of the Endeavour at sea

Man to appear in court over parked cars fatal crash

A man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a 19-year-old woman was killed when a car crashed into parked vehicles.

Bethany Fisher died because of the incident on Saturday in Victoria Terrace, Bedlington, Northumberland.

Jordan O'Donnell, 20, of Waverley Court in the town, will appear at South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court.

He is also charged with a number of other offences including causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Additionally, he is accused of failing to stop at the scene of a collision and failing to report a collision

Victoria Terrace, Bedlington

Power station protest

Hartlepool Mail


Village councillors say plans for an electricity sub station on their doorstep will industrialize a beautiful part of the countryside.

Hartlepool Mail front page
Hartlepool Mail

False alarms see brigade amend response policy

Colin Briggs

Look North

Teesside firefighters say they won't respond to automatic alarms during office hours from October after figures showed 98% of call-outs in a year turned out to be false.

The Cleveland brigade attended nearly 600 automatic alarms last year, but just 12 turned out to be fires.

It now says it will only turn out to commercial premises, schools, public buildings or leisure centres during the day if there's also a 999 call.

It is stressing the changes don't affect residential buildings such as houses and flats and high-risk sites.

Fire engine
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Weather: Dry morning expected

BBC Weather

It's set to be a dry morning with periods of hazy sunshine.

However, cloud will thicken from the south-west, bringing hill fog and rain later in the afternoon - turning heavy and persistent at times.

Some north-eastern parts will perhaps stay dry until dusk.

Weather forecast, Monday 21 August 2017
Newcastle have to take their chances - Benitez
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez says his side made "one mistake" and needed to "take their chances" during the 1-0 defeat away at Huddersfield.

House blaze leaves man critically injured

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

An investigation is under way after a house fire in Newcastle left a man critically injured and his pet dog dead.

More than 30 firefighters were called to the property on Wingrove Road in Fenham yesterday morning.

The man's said to be in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

House fire

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