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  1. Goodbye

    That's all from Local Live today - thank you for joining us. We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday.

    If you'd like us to feature your comments or pictures, send them to us by email, tweet us @BBCNewsNE or join our Facebook page.

    We'll leave you with this photo of Cleadon Hills taken this morning by Kevin Redpath.

    Cleadon Hills
  2. On Look North tonight

    Jeff Brown

    BBC Look North

    Seven weeks after the shooting of Tipu Sultan, a BBC Crimewatch reconstruction as police continue the hunt for his killers.

    An improving picture in Middlesbrough's schools, one year after the council was severely criticised for failing to support them.

    And we'll have our final team talk of the season after a busy weekend of football. Join me at 18:30 on BBC One.

  3. A mainly dry night

    It will be a mainly dry night with clear spells at first. Cloud is expected to increase through the night but winds will remain light.

    weather graphic

    Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F)

  4. Is it 'game over' for box artwork?

    Simon Armstrong

    BBC News

    The design and marketing process of computer games is being put under the spotlight at the Game On 2.0 exhibition at Newcastle's Centre For Life.

    To gamers, the artwork on their favourite titles is as recognisable as the front of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band or Dark Side of the Moon is to music fans.

    Grand Theft Auto V cover

    But as digital downloads eat into physical sales, will it suffer the same fate as the album cover?

  5. Foo Fighters woo Sunderland

    Phil Mawson

    BBC News

    Bosses at Sunderland's Stadium of Light have hailed last night's concert headlined by the US rockers Foo Fighters as a "spectacular success."

    Foo Fighters at the Stadium of Light

    About 50,000 people attended the event, which also featured the Kaiser Chiefs and Irish rock band The Strypes.

    Sunderland AFC's commercial director, Gary Hutchinson, said: "It was a fantastic show and Foo Fighters certainly lived up to their reputation as one of the best stadium acts in the world.

    "Once again, as a city we have demonstrated we can deliver major events in spectacular fashion."

  6. Houghton signs new Man City deal

    BBC Sport

    South Hetton-born Steph Houghton has signed a new contract with Manchester City until the end of the 2017 season.

    Steph Houghton

    The 27-year-old England captain and former Arsenal defender joined City in January 2014.

    She was named as England captain three months after her move, and will lead the team at next month's World Cup in Canada.

  7. Possible sightings of missing man

    There has been another possible sighting in Whitby of a missing Middlesbrough man, police say.

    Paul Dalgarno

    Paul Dalgarno, 44, was last seen when he was discharged from James Cook University Hospital on 21 May,

    Cleveland Police said there were two possible sightings of him in the North Yorkshire town on Friday and a further one on Sunday. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

  8. Review into teenager's death to be published

    After an open verdict was recorded at the inquest into the death of 14-year-old Sarah Clerkson, who was in foster care and was found hanging at a house party, a review will be published in the next few weeks.

    The Independent chairman of Sunderland Safeguarding Children Board, Chris Morris, said: "We always look to learn from any situation that can help us improve the work we do to keep children and young people safe.

    "Therefore we are looking to see if there are any lessons that can be learned when we publish a review into Sarah's death in the next few weeks."

  9. Sunderland near bottom of Match of the Day slots

    Now the Premier League season is over, some analysis has been done on teams' appearance on the BBC highlights show Match of the Day.

    Sunderland players

    Swansea made the most appearances in the programme's final slot with 10, followed by Sunderland on nine and Aston Villa with eight.

    Sunderland had made the most appearances in the bottom slot when Press Association Sport conducted a similar survey at the end of January, with seven. But as the season progressed and the threat of relegation loomed, the Black Cats only made two more bottom-of-the-bill appearances and opened the show on three further occasions.

  10. Post Office robbery weapons

    Northumbria Police said they believe a robber was armed with a knife and a hammer when he stole money from Pelaw Post Office.

    A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said officers are still trying to confirm exactly what weapons were used.

    It is believed nobody was injured in the robbery.

  11. Apple design guru Jony Ive promoted

    Apple has promoted British designer Jony Ive to the role of chief design officer at the world's most valuable company, according to reports.

    Jony Ive

    Sir Jonathan previously held the role of senior vice president of design and helped design of some of the tech giant's most popular gadgets.

    He graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic, now Northumbria University, with a Bachelor of Arts and he was awarded an honorary degree by the university in 2000.

  12. Pelaw Post Office robbery

    An armed robber has stolen money from Pelaw Post Office in Gateshead.

    A man wearing a red patterned bandana and carrying a weapon fled with money in a black carrier bag towards Pelaw Fields at 14:30 today, Northumbria Police said.

    It is believed nobody was injured during the incident. The offender is described as white and of slim build. Police are appealing for witnesses.

  13. Shearer - 'Ashley's actions will speak louder than words'

    BBC Sport

    Former Newcastle United captain and BBC pundit Alan Shearer's views on what the future holds for the Magpies after they avoided relegation at the very end of the season.

    Mike Ashley

    He writes: "As I said on Match of the Day, his (Mike Ashley's) actions will speak louder than his words in the next few months.

    "I know the club and I know the city, but, despite his promises, I have not got a clue what Ashley is going to do next.

  14. Two injured in building collapse

    Two men were injured when part of a building, which was being renovated, collapsed.

    Northumbria Police say they believe a JCB crashed into the side of the building on Westgate Road, near Corporation Street, in Newcastle , shortly before 10:30.

    One of the men was taken to the RVI but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. The other received medical treatment at the scene.

    The Health and Safety Executive is investigating.

  15. Who should take on our Premier League clubs?

    Jon Harle

    BBC Newcastle

    Join us on BBC Newcastle from 16:00 when we'll be asking who could be the next men in charge of Newcastle United and Sunderland.

    Could it be Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Sam Allardyce or Steve McClaren at Newcastle and will Dick Advocaat stay on with the Black Cats?

    We'll be checking out what the bookies think.

  16. Shed load causes A1 delays

    BBC Travel

    On the A1(M) a lane is closed on the entry slip road and there is slow traffic northbound at J65 A194(M), because of a shed load of metal coils.

    More information on the BBC Travel website for Tyne and Wear.

  17. Girl, 14, died after drinking game

    Simon Armstrong

    BBC News

    A 14-year-old girl in foster care who was found hanging at a house party was "very drunk" having downed whisky and Disaronno in a drinking game, an inquest heard.

    Sarah Clerkson, originally from Sunderland, but staying with a County Durham family, went to sleep after she was sick and party-goers found her an hour later in the bedroom.

    Her foster father Andrew Young told the hearing at Crook Civic Centre that she had settled in with the family well and they had told her their intention was to make the arrangement long-term.

    Coroner Andrew Tweddle recorded an open verdict.

  18. Roundabout reopens after caravan blaze

    BBC Travel

    Testos Roundabout on the A19 has reopened after an earlier caravan fire prompted delays northbound.

    Caravan fire on A19

    No-one was inured in the incident, but Highways England said slight delays were still expected.

  19. Bogus missionary cons church minister

    Phil Mawson

    BBC News

    Police on Teesside say a bogus missionary has been targeting churches and hotels.

    Redcar United Reform Church

    Cleveland Police said a man claiming to be missionary from Kenya conned a minister at Redcar's United Reform Church out of an undisclosed sum.

    The man also ran up a bill at a local B&B and left with keys to the property.

    The suspect is described as a white South European male, about 6ft tall, with dark brown hair and was wearing dark glasses and smart casual clothing..

  20. Gutierrez dedicates Toon win to fans

    Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez has dedicated his team's victory over West Ham to the fans after his side survived relegation on the final day of the season.

    John Carver and Jonas Gutierrez

    Second-half goals from Moussa Sissoko and Gutierrez and ensured Newcastle's safety and the Argentine says the fans "did not deserve" this difficult season.

  21. Sounds of the Town Moor

    Colin Briggs

    BBC Look North

    A special year-long project is under way to document the sights and sounds of Newcastle's Town Moor.

    Chris Watson

    The BBC have got two local photographers onboard and have recruited one of the world's top wildlife sound recordists.

    Chris Watson has worked all over the globe, but says nothing beats the spring dawn chorus here in the North East.

  22. Caravan fire causes A19 problems

    Police have released more information about the problems on the A19 caused by a vehicle fire.

    Emergency service were called at 12.30pm to reports of a caravan on fire at the Testos Roundabout, West Boldon, South Tyneside.

    Police warned motorists to expect delays and plan alternative routes. More details on the BBC Travel website for Tyne & Wear.

    There are not believed to be any injuries.

  23. Middlesbrough schools improving

    Luke Walton

    Education correspondent, BBC News

    There's some good news for Middlesbrough as the schools inspectorate Ofsted reports that schools in the town are definitely improving.

    Inspectors revisited the town one year after they published wide-ranging criticism of Middlesbrough Council for failing to support local schools.

    I'll have more on this in Look North at lunchtime at 13:40 on BBC One.

  24. Turning a little cloudier

    This afternoon will be a little cloudier, however some cloud breaks are still likely bringing some pleasant sunny spells. Winds will be mainly light northwesterly.

    weather graphic

    Maximum Temperature: 17C (63F)

  25. Stretch of A19 closed for vehicle fire

    BBC Travel

    The A19 in Boldon is closed northbound between Testo's Roundabout and the Abingdon Way junction, because of a vehicle fire. Approach with care.

    More information on the BBC Travel website for Tyne and Wear.

  26. Karanka confident of top flight aims

    BBC Sport

    Head coach Aitor Karanka is positive Middlesbrough can achieve their Premier League ambitions, despite losing the Championship play-off final to Norwich.

    Monday's 2-0 Wembley defeat ended Karanka's first full season in charge, which saw Boro's best league finish since exiting the top flight in 2009.

    Aitor Karanka

    The Teessiders finished fifth, an improvement on last term's 12th place.

    "One day I am sure we will be in the Premier League, I prefer to remain positive," Karanka told BBC Tees.

  27. Arson attack shuts wildlife centre

    Stephanie Finnon

    BBC Newcastle

    Blyth Wildlife Rescue has been forced to close indefinitely after an arson attack.

    Fire crews were called out just after 20:00 on Sunday.

    The latest incident is one of three break-ins at the site since the New Year. Police are investigating.

  28. Boro fans slam 'spineless performance'

    Mike Parr

    BBC Tees

    All morning you've been letting us know how you feel about Boro's loss to Norwich in yesterday's Championship play-off final

    Middlesbrough's Patrick Bamford

    David and Joseph in Ormesby said: "Middlesbrough let the fans down. It was a spineless performance. They don't deserve to go up. The team were the only ones that didn't believe. I'd be surprised if we ever go up. Yesterday was our one and only chance."

    Lin in Marton told us: "Unbelievable. After all the hype Boro didn't turn up again. Nerve tingling atmosphere and then the balloon burst. Fans totally deflated in a repeat of Eindhoven. Prospective 30,000 per game back to 15 - 16000 max. Devastated for Steve Gibson, he deserves better and so do fans."

  29. Heath trust in superbug trials

    Neil Green

    BBC Tees

    One of our region's hospital trusts has been taking part in trials of a treatment for the superbug C. Difficile.


    Patients who have a weakened immune system can be particularly vulnerable and in some cases it can lead to serious illness or even prove fatal.

    County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust is one of seven around the UK taking part in the study to compare the antibiotic fidaxomicin with older treatments.

  30. New church after 20 years of fundraising

    Colin Briggs

    BBC Look North

    Work to build a new church on Teesside is due to begin this week after 20 years of fundraising by a congregation.

    For the past two decades the parish of St Therese of Lisieux in the community of Ingleby Barwick have been meeting in a school.

    An appeal has been launched to raise £100,000 towards the build.

  31. Boro loss 'huge disappointment' says town's MP

    Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald (pictured) has said Boro's loss to Norwich in yesterday's Championship play-off final was a "huge disappointment".

    He said: "Like all Boro fans I really believed we'd win, but Norwich were much the better side on the day.

    Andy McDonald

    "Boro chairman Steve Gibson is remarkable. Within minutes of the final whistle he was reassuring people that we dust ourselves down and start again next season.

    "With an attitude like that we will get there."

  32. Post update

    Advocaat considers Sunderland offer

    Phil Mawson

    BBC News

    Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat says he will make a decision this week on his future with Sunderland after the Black Cats ended their season with a 3-1 defeat by champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

    Dick Advocaat

    Sunderland secured their survival in the Premier League with a 0-0 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday.

  33. Firefighters tackle beauty spot blaze

    BBC Tees

    Firefighters from the Cleveland brigade were called in to assist colleagues from North Yorkshire tackling a blaze at the foot of Roseberry Topping.

    Roseberry Topping

    The fire, which began, late on Sunday evening, is believed to have affected around 1,000 sq metres of gorse land.

    At 1,049 ft high, Roseberry Topping is one of the best known landmarks in the Tees Valley.

  34. Your views on Boro's defeat

    Mike Parr

    BBC Tees

    You've been giving us your thoughts on Middlesbrough's defeat to Norwich in yesterday's Championship play-off final.

    Middlesbrough fan at Wembley play-off final

    Peter in Middlesbrough isn't happy. He said: "It's going to take me nine months to get back on my feet after saving up to go to Wembley. This will be while the players are sunning it up in Spain enjoying themselves."

    And Stephen in Durham said: "I watched the game on TV. Middlesbrough will never be any good. They can never finish the final hurdle. I prefer to watch teams like Whitby and Marske United."

  35. Protest of promenade demolition plan

    Stephanie Finnon

    BBC Newcastle

    A demonstration is due to take place in Whitley Bay later against a decision by North Tyneside Council to demolish the town's central promenade.

    The promenade was built in the 1920s and used to house shops, but the council says it is reaching the end of its useful life and could pose a significant health and safety risk if action is not taken soon.

  36. In the news

    The Journal


    Here is today's Journal front page and a link to the story.

    Journal Page 1
  37. Gunman hunted after shop raid

    Phil Mawson

    BBC News

    An armed robber is being hunted after a raid on a Gateshead store.

    Peter's Store, Gateshead

    Police said a man threatened staff at Peter's Store in Woodbine Street with a gun yesterday afternoon and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

    He is described as being 6ft and was wearing dark coloured clothing, including a hoodie, and spoke with a local accent. No one was hurt.

  38. Body found in missing woman search

    Amy Oakden

    BBC Tees

    Police searching for missing Chester-le-Street pharmacist Alison Stamps have found a body.

    Alison Stamp

    While a formal identification has yet to be made, Durham Police believe the body found in the grounds of Hardwick Park, near Sedgefield, is that of Ms Stamps, who went missing after finishing work in Bishop Auckland on Saturday.

  39. Slow traffic on the A1

    BBC Travel

    There is very slow traffic on the A1(M) in both directions between J58, A68 (Burtree) and J59, A167 (Aycliffe), because of an earlier police incident.

    All lanes have been re-opened.

    More information in the BBC Travel website for Teesside.

  40. TV appeal over takeaway murder

    Phil Mawson

    BBC News

    The murder of a man who was shot dead outside a South Shields takeaway where he worked is to be featured on the BBC's Crimewatch programme tonight.

    Tipu Sultan

    Tipu Sultan, 32, was found with a single gunshot wound outside the town's Herbs n Spice Kitchen on 7 April.

    Two men were captured on CCTV leaving the scene on a motorbike after what police have said was a planned attack.

  41. Dry with some sunny spells

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It will be a largely dry day, although rather cloudy with possible drizzle over the Pennines at times. Some cloud breaks are likely elsewhere bringing some pleasant sunny spells, especially through the afternoon. Winds will be mainly light northwesterly.

    Lisa Gallagher

    Maximum Temperature: 17C (63F)

  42. Good morning

    Phil Mawson

    BBC News

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