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Summary

  1. Monday 3 April 2017
  2. Dead diver's partner 'saw rescue attempt'
  3. Moyes 'deeply regrets' slap remark

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  1. Through the day: BBC North East Live

    That's all for today - thank you for joining us. 

    You can still catch up with the latest news throughout the night on BBC Tees , BBC Newcastle , Look North , and online. 

    If you'd like to get in touch or share your North East pictures with us, you can do so on Twitter , Facebook , or via email

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00. Have a good evening.

  2. Weather: Hazy sunshine, then a chance of light rain

    High cloud and hazy sunshine throughout the afternoon but with a bit of a breeze.

    Cloud will thicken during the evening, bringing the chance of light rain in western parts.

    Weather
  3. Middlesbrough snow centre operator announced

    Scottish company Ice Factor Group has won the contract to operate a new £30m snowsports centre in Middlesbrough.

    The indoor complex - described as a "massive step" in the town's regeneration plans - will include a 557ft (170m) ski slope and indoor sky-diving centre.

    Building work is expected to start early next year, and it is due to open by the summer of 2019.  

    Artist's illustration of snowsports centre
  4. What can the Tees Valley Mayor do?

    As voters prepare to go to the polls on 4 May to elect the first Tees Valley Mayor, market trader Abdul says there has not been enough information about what the elected mayor's powers would be.

    He wants the mayor to abolish parking charges in town centres in the area.

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    Video caption: Abdul: Can Tees Valley Mayor abolish parking charges?
  5. Stockton pupils' time capsule looks to the future

    A time capsule containing children's predictions for the future has been presented to Stockton's mayor.

    The project, by pupils at Myton Park Primary School and All Saints Church of England Academy, is in advance of the start of the construction of a new leisure and library complex at Ingleby Barwick.

    Youngsters created fact sheets and information about life in 2017, and offered their thoughts on what it might be life in 100 years' time.

    Predictions included flying cars, transportation devices and being taught via tablets with online teachers.

    Time capsule presentation

    The complex, which will include swimming pools, a health and fitness suite, a community access library and customer service point, is expected to be open to the public in 2018.

  6. Tees Valley Mayor 'should be independent'

    On 4 May, voters will elect the first Tees Valley Mayor.. 

    John Mason said he thought the mayor should be an "independent" person away from current politics.

    He said: "Maybe that would help the whole area and the situation completely."

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    Video caption: Tees Valley Mayor should be 'independent'
  7. Drone disturbed nesting bird site

    There has been a surge in the number of police investigations into the use of drones, the Press Association has found.

    A Freedom of Information request uncovered thousands of incidents nationally, including neighbourhood spats, mid-air near misses and snooping. 

    In 2016 there were 87 reports to Cleveland Police, as compared to 21 the previous year. For Durham Police it went up to 25 from 10.

    One of the 88 incidents reported to the Northumbria force in 2016 was a drone disturbing a nesting site at Elsdon.

    Drone
  8. Tees Valley area 'large remit' for single mayor

    As we were telling you earlier, voters will elect the first Tees Valley Mayor on 4 May.

    Anna Stephenson has been running Upsy Daisy Childrenswear market stall in Darlington for four years. 

    She feels the area is a large remit for one mayor.

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    Video caption: Market stall holder Anna Stephenson fears the mayor may have too large an area to cover.
  9. Watch: Transport 'a priority' for Tees Valley

    Next month voters will elect the first Tees Valley Mayor.

    John Tait, leader of the North East Party, was planning to stand for the position but felt the £5,000 deposit was "too high".

    He said better transport links should be top on the elected mayor's to do list.

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    Video caption: Tees Valley Mayor: Improving transport 'number one priority'
  10. European rugby weekend to be hosted in Newcastle

    Newcastle is to play host to a European rugby showpiece weekend - although fans will have to wait two years for it.

    The European Champions Cup, Challenge Cup and European Rugby Continental Shield (Challenge Cup Qualifying Competition) finals will be held in the city in May 2019.

    St James' Park - which hosted Rugby Union World Cup games in 2015 - will stage the first two, while the continental finals will be held at Newcastle Falcons' Kingston Park Stadium.

    St James' Park

    Combined, they form one of the biggest weekends in club rugby, and could boost the local economy by an estimated £17.4m.

  11. Middlesbrough College students given taste of Royal Marine life

    Royal Marines paid a flying visit to Middlesbrough College to put young hopefuls through their paces.

    Students were able to view examples of kit and weaponry, go for a ride in an inflatable raiding craft, take part in a fitness programme and watch an unarmed combat exercise.

    The three-day event aimed to give them a better understanding of what the elite fighters do and encourage students to consider it as a career.

    Students on board an inflatable raiding craft
    Royal Marine showing a student some weaponry
    Quote Message: Having the Royal Marines at the college was a fantastic way for our students to get a better understanding of what the job is about, and some of the skills you could learn through it." from Garry Smith From Middlesbrough College
    Garry SmithFrom Middlesbrough College
  12. Watch: Tees Valley Mayor 'needs to bring area together'

    Voters go to the polls on 4 May to elect the first Tees Valley Mayor.

    The mayor will have responsibility for Hartlepool, Stockton, Redcar and Cleveland, Middlesbrough and Darlington.  

    Chris Lloyd, chief features writer for the Northern Echo, said Tees Valley needed a mayor to unite the five local council areas.

    He said there should not be a "silly squabble" over a capital for the Tees Valley region and the mayor should "talk up" the whole area. 

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    Video caption: Tees Valley Mayor should 'talk up' the whole area
  13. North East ranks highly on levels of 'inactivity'

    More than 40% of people in the North East are risking their health by failing to do enough exercise , according to the British Heart Foundation.

    The charity found that across the UK 20 million people were failing to hit the government guidelines for physical activity.

    This consists of 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity a week and strength activities on at least two days a week.

    A report showed that the North East had among the highest percentage of inactivity.

    Inactivity chart
  14. Asking your questions about the Tees Valley Mayor

    The BBC Listen Up bus is at Darlington market until 16:00 today where you can ask us your questions and share your thoughts about the upcoming Tees Valley mayoral elections.

    BBC Listen Up bus
  15. Watch: Tees Valley Mayor - what is the Tees Valley?

    On 4 May, voters will elect the first Tees Valley Mayor. 

    But what difference will that money and those new powers make? 

    BBC Tees political reporter David Macmillan has been trying to find out by looking at the election through five iconic objects of the region. 

    We’ll post a new film every day this week looking at different issues the mayor will be able to influence. The first film is about identity – what is the Tees Valley anyway?  

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    Video caption: Tees Valley Mayor: What is the Tees Valley?
  16. Moyes 'slap' comment criticised

    Shadow sports minister, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, and former England striker and BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Linker are among those condemning David Moyes for his comments to a female reporter .

    The Sunderland boss told the reporter that she "might get a slap" even though she's a woman, and warned her to be "careful" next time she visits the club.

    It was at the end of an interview following the Black Cats draw with Burnley on 18 March.

    Mr Moyes has since appologised, and said he "deeply regretted" the comments, which were "a mistake".

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  17. Watch: David Moyes apologies over slap remark to BBC reporter

    Sunderland boss David Moyes says he "deeply regrets" telling a BBC reporter she might "get a slap".

    After a draw with Burnley on 18 March, Moyes was asked by Vicki Sparks if the presence of owner Ellis Short put extra pressure on him.

    He said "no" but, after the interview, added Sparks "might get a slap even though you're a woman" and told her to be "careful" next time she visited.

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