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  1. Updates on Friday 12 August 2016

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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    That's us done for the week - thank you for joining us.

    It looks like these Cleveland Police dogs have started their weekend early by chilling in the sunshine with some chewy toys - bliss:

    Dogs relaxing

    I hope my weekend is just as relaxing.

    We'll be back on Monday at 08:00 with all your news, sport, weather and travel updates.

    Feel free to get in touch - you can contact us on TwitterFacebook, or via email at

  2. Teesport green power plant construction to begin

    Work on a £650m green power plant on Teesside is due to begin - more than seven years after it was proposed.

    Up to 600 people will be employed building the Tees Renewable Energy Plant at Teesport in Middlesbrough.

    A further 100 permanent posts will be created when the biomass facility is completed in 2020.

    The project was approved by the then Labour government in July 2009, but a complex finance deal involving several countries has only just been sealed.

    A drawing of the future plant
  3. Weather: Wind and rain

    BBC Weather

    Blustery winds and outbreaks of rain for a time through Friday evening, the odd heavy burst possible, but becoming mainly dry and less windy towards morning.  

    Weather graph

    Check the weather where you are.

  4. Fabio: Cardiff City defender signs for Middlesbrough

    BBC Sport

    Former Manchester United defender Fabio Da Silva has joined newly-promoted Middlesbrough from Cardiff City.

    The 26-year-old Brazilian's Bluebirds' contract included a release clause understood to be about £2m.

    "We'd like to take this opportunity to thank Fabio for his contribution during his two and a half years at the club and wish him the very best for his future," Cardiff said.

    Bluebirds boss Paul Trollope confirmed yesterday a deal was close.

    Fabio Da Silva
  5. Are ewe ready for the Sheep Olympics?

    Kristie Kinghorn

    BBC Newcastle

    As Team GB battle it out at the 2016 Rio Olympics, games of a different kind are being held in County Durham.

    A flock of 200 sheep have been trained for the Sheep Olympics taking place at Hall Hill Farm in Lanchester.

    Six competitors will compete over the weekend in events which include the long jump and shot put.

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    Video caption: County Durham hosts Sheep Olympics
  6. People trapped at Diggerland due to fire now allowed to leave

    People who were trapped in Diggerland in County Durham due to a nearby factory fire have now been allowed to leave the resort.

    Roads to the theme park have re-opened but the fire is still continuing.

  7. BreakingMan held over arson following tyre fire in County Durham

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson following a fire in Langley Park in County Durham.

    The 54-year-old was held after the blaze broke out in tyres at the Riverside Industrial Estate.

    Police are urging the public to stay away from the scene as there is still a significant amount of black smoke.

  8. Woman, 88, tricked and burgled

    A man tricked an 88-year-old woman into believing he had lost his ball in her garden - in a bid to distract her while a second man burgled her house.

    A large number of jewellery items were stolen, three pairs of gold earrings and six gold rings - one of which was an engagement ring.

    The incident happened yesterday at 11:00 in the Cleveland View area of Marske.

  9. Sunderland need Kone - Moyes

    BBC Sport

    Sunderland boss David Moyes was asked at his media conference about Lamine Kone, who says that he wants to leave the club, with Everton interested.

    Moyes said: "We've told Lamine Kone he will be offered a new contract in September.

    "He is very much part of my plans. We will renew his contract on 1 September. The fans like him and we need him."

  10. What happens to Middlesbrough's football pitch over the summer?

    Duncan Leatherdale

    BBC News Online

    Few people would want to spend their summer watching paint dry and grass grow, but for Tony Bell, it comes with the territory.

    As head groundsman at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium and the club's training ground at Rockliffe Hall, he is the man responsible for ensuring Boro have a pristine pitch to run out on.

    And, with the club kicking-off their return to the Premier League at home to Stoke City on Saturday, there is much more to it than just cutting the grass a few times a week.

    "There is a massive science to it and we are learning all the time," said Bell.

    Video content

    Video caption: Ever wondered what happens to a football pitch over the summer?

    Read the full feature here.

  11. Teenage girl reportedly hit by car, police say

    A 15-year-old has reportedly been hit by a car in Hurworth Moor, Darlington, Durham Police says.

    The teenager was flown to the James Cook Hospital on Wednesday at 16:00 where she was treated for minor injuries.

    She has since been released from hospital.

    Investigators would like to hear from anyone who spotted a girl wearing a dark cardigan in the Spring Cottage area.

  12. 150 people trapped in Diggerland

    Around 150 people are reportedly stuck inside the Diggerland theme park in County Durham because of a nearby fire.

    35 firefighters are tackling a large blaze on an industrial estate in Langley Park.

    Tyres in a factory unit are alight and there's a lot of smoke in the area.

  13. Mackem-speaking tips for Corbyn in Sunderland

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    Mackem Dictionary author Paul Swinney offers language tips for Jeremy Corbyn during his visit to Sunderland.

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    Video caption: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is campaigning in Sunderland on National Mackem Day.
  14. A look back at the super strong paper bridge

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    Earlier today we brought you the news that a Teesdale artist who built a paper bridge strong enough to hold a car has started a new creation.

    Last year Land Rover used the bridge in a publicity stunt, as this video shows:

    View more on youtube
  15. Photo of tyre fire as seen from Consett

    A tyre fire continues to burn at Langley Park in County Durham.

    Firefighters are currently tackling the blaze.

    This is the view as seen from a field in Consett:

    Smoke can be seen from a field in Consett
  16. Part 5 of the A - Z of Middlesbrough FC

    BBC Tees

    BBC Tees Sport

    It's the final part of our A - Z of Middlesbrough FC in the Premier League. 

    Today, ahead of the big kick off tomorrow, it's letters V to Z.

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    Video caption: Part 5 of the A - Z of Middlesbrough FC
  17. Sunderland sign Adnan Januzaj on loan from Sunderland

    Sunderland manager David Moyes announces that Adnan Januzaj has arrived on a season-long loan from Manchester United.

    Adnan Januzaj (right) has scored five goals in 63 appearances for Manchester United
  18. BreakingFirefighters tackle tyre blaze in County Durham

    BBC Newcastle

    Some 35 firefighters are tackling this blaze at Langley Park Industrial Estate in County Durham after tyres in a factory unit caught alight: 

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    The only injury is a man who has been treated for breathing difficulties because of the smoke. 

    He's been treated at the scene.