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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Russ Ward

    BBC Newcastle

    That's us all done for another day - thank you for joining us.

    You can catch up with the latest news tonight and over the weekend on  BBC TeesBBC NewcastleLook North  and online.

    If you have a photograph you'd like to share with us, you can Tweet us  @BBCNewsNEemail , or contact us via our  Facebook page .  

    Tom Collins sent us this photograph of a Hartlepool RNLI inshore lifeboat and volunteer crew pictured at sea on Sunday.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

    Hartlepool RNLI
  2. Weather: Sunny spells mixed with showers, feeling cold in a brisk wind

    BBC Weather

    There will be some sunny spells this afternoon, mixed with occasional heavy showers and feeling chilly. 

    Tonight - most places becoming dry with clear spells and a frost forming widely. Isolated wintry showers are possible, mainly over the Cheviots. Minimum temperature 0C (32F).

    Weather chart
  3. 'Irresponsible' drivers warned of road closure

    Impatient motorists travelling the wrong way through Sunderland roadworks and ignoring traffic lights have been warned of a police crackdown.

    Traffic lights and a lane closure are in operation at the Pallion junction of European Way during the construction of the near Wear Bridge.

    Sunderland City Council says traffic could be banned altogether if the problems persist.

    The junction

    Council leader Paul Watson, said: “Putting lives at risk to save three or four minutes on your journey time is completely irresponsible. 

    "We don’t want to see European Way closed entirely, but neither do we want an accident, so we are urging road-users to act responsibly.”

  4. Durham farmers 'don't fear' leaving the EU

    BBC Inside Out

    Farmers in County Durham have told the BBC they're glad Britain has left the EU, despite receiving cash subsidies from Brussels for many years. 

    A report from the think-tank, Informa Agribusiness Intelligence, says up to 90% of farms would collapse without EU subsidies.


    Head auctioneer at Darlington Farmers Auction Mart, Andrew Armstrong, said: "Everybody I spoke to, I don't think I've had one that has said to me they wanted to stay.

    "We produce the best of lamb, the best of beef, pork... what have we got to fear?"

    The full story is on tonight's Inside Out at 19:30 on BBC One.

  5. Your photos: I can see a rainbow

    One of our colleagues captured this photo yesterday while walking near Wolsingham. 

    Matthew said: "All the clouds sat under the rainbow and made the house look like it was under a glass dome."


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

  6. Police hunt Sunderland sex attacker

    Police are hunting a man who sexually assaulted a woman in Sunderland.

    The 28-year-old victim had visited a cash machine in the city's Thomspon Road in the early hours of Sunday, Northumbria Police said.

    She was attacked as she walked towards Newbold Avenue at about 02:20.

    The force said extra officers would be patroling the area to offer reassurance to local residents and have appealed for witnesses

  7. Yazdan is shining brightly

    BBC Tees

    Singer Yazdan Qafouri from Great Ayton is celebrating after winning the BBC One talent show Let it Shine with his fellow band mates Five to Five. 

    The 18-year-old Yarm School student, has won a year's contract starring in a new touring musical inspired by Take That.

    Five To Five on the final of Let It Shine
  8. Headline act for Lindisfarne Festival announced

    BBC Newcastle

    Scottish trio The Fratellis will be Saturday's headline act at this year's Lindisfarne Festival.

    The festival, which is now in its third year, runs from the 31 August to 3 September at Beal Farm overlooking Holy Island.

    Other acts on this year's bill include Fun Lovin' Criminals frontman Huey Morgan, Bryde and Smoove and Turrell.

    Holy Island
  9. By Peter Shadbolt

    Business reporter

    John Elliott

    A profile of businessman John Elliott, who rather than sell his business, or allow his children to inherit it, has handed it over to a trust, to ensure that it cannot leave its base in the North East of England.

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  10. Botham named Durham chairman

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    Durham  were relegated  to Division Two of the County Championship last year over financial issues and their former all-rounder Sir Ian has today been formally appointed chairman as the club seeks to revive their fortunes. 

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  11. Missing man thought to be in North East

    Police say they are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a man last seen in Bradford on Saturday.

    Stephen Kerr, 37,  is described as 5ft 10in tall, of medium build and is clean shaven with short light brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, blue trousers and black Adidas trainers.

    He is driving a black Ford Mondeo and believed to be in the County Durham area travelling north.

  12. £7.5m tech park expansion begins

    Lisa McCormick

    BBC Tees

    Construction starts on a £7.4m expansion of a County Durham science park later. 

    NETpark at Sedgefield is home to high-tech industries like microelectronics and nanotechnology. 

    NETpark logo

    It's ambition is to create 3,000 jobs over a 10-year period. 

    Hans Moller, who is Netpark's innovation director at the North East local enterprise partnership, says its aim is to "help new ventures grow". 

  13. Botham to join Durham as new chairman

    Richard Thomas

    Look North

    Cricketing legend Sir Ian Botham (pictured) is being officially unveiled as the new chairman of Durham County Cricket club later.

    The former England and Durham all rounder takes up the position five months after the club was relegated from cricket's first division at the end of the season

    That's after becoming engulfed in a multi million-pound debt despite finishing fourth in the table on points.

    Ian Botham