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  1. Alcohol investigation after cinema collapse
  2. Grand National honour for Bradley Lowery
  3. Boat building back on the Tees
  4. Moyes never feared for Sunderland job
  5. Wednesday 5 April 2017

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    Francesca Williams

    BBC News

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

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

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    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 and hope to see you then.

  2. Crime near care homes and rare Roman artefacts on tonight's Look North

    Carol Malia

    BBC Look North

    In the programme tonight we'll be hearing how residents living near two care homes for vulnerable children on Teesside claim their worst fears have been realised.

    Crime has increased and their repeated complaints have been ignored, they say.

    We'll also see some rare Roman artefacts which are being put on display at museums along the 130-mile length of Hadrian's Wall.

    I hope you can join me on BBC One at 18:30 .

  3. Weather: Cloudy evening with just a few clear spells

    It'll stay rather cloudy overnight with only limited clearer spells.

    However, where there are any prolonged breaks in the cloud a slight frost is possible.

    Weather chart
  4. Fake gun lands man in prison

    BBC Newcastle

    A man has been jailed after pointing a fake gun at a young family in a road rage incident on the A1 in Gateshead.

    Craig Mafhan was travelling on the Western Bypass one Sunday last September when he was overtaken.

    The 38-year-old pulled alongside the other driver, who had his two young children in the back seat, and pointed a handgun at him.

    Northumbria Police says that although it turned out to be an air pistol and nobody was injured the threatening behaviour could have caused an accident.

    Mafhan, from Matfen Place in Gosforth, has been jailed for 27 months after pleading guilty to possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear.

  5. Child approached by stranger in North Tyneside

    A child on his way to school has been approached by a man, police have said.

    The 10-year-old was on Station Road in Forest Hall, North Tyneside, just before 09:30. 

    Northumbria Police said the boy wasn't injured. However, it is investigating the incident.

  6. Police appeal for witnesses after Roker disturbance

    Police are investigating an incident in Sunderland on Tuesday and say it appears a Vauxhall Vectra was driven at a man in the street before crashing into a VW Passat.

    The man wasn't injured and the driver of the Vectra then got into a Ford Transit Connect.  

    It happened just before 16:00 in Roker Avenue.

    Three men, aged 32, 33 and 39, have been arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs.

    Crashed car
  7. Drink-driving 'was caused by sleep-walking'

    Sunderland Echo


    A woman has blamed sleep-walking after she crashed her car while more than two-and-a-half times the drink-drive limit.

    Karissa McGarley had downed half a bottle of vodka the night before the early-morning smash in Southwick on 8 December, Sunderland magistrates heard.

    However, the 26-year-old claims she has no memory of the incident due to her parasomnia and the medication she was taking.

  8. County Durham's famous swan returns

    Bowes Museum's famous Silver Swan is back in County Durham after being on display at the Science Museum in London.

    It was the first time the 250-year-old mechanical swan had been dismantled and reassembled.

    She has returned with just one breakage - a little glass rod.

    Matthew Read, who has the job of reassembling her, said it was "impossible to expect this kind of voyage without some damage".

    Bowes Museum Silver Swan
  9. Witness appeal after Sunderland garage robbery

    A petrol station in Sunderland has been robbed, police say.

    It happened at 02:36 BST at the Shell garage on The Broadway in Grindon.

    A man, wearing a grey flat cap and a beige jumper, pointed what is belived to be a handgun at a member of staff and demanded the contents of the till.

    Cash was taken, but the member of staff was unhurt.

  10. Parking fine appeal success varies between council areas

    Nearly three quarters of people on South Tyneside who challenged their council parking tickets escaped without a fine.

    Out of 2,074 tickets, 1,474 challenges were accepted - 71%.

    A Freedom of Information request by the Press Association found Durham County Council repealed almost 60% of the 3,300 ticket appeals it received.

    In the Redcar and Cleveland area, about 500 people appealed against their tickets with a third of them successful.

    Its cabinet member for neighbourhoods, Alec Brown, said councils used their discretion.

    "The town centres tend to be the places with the streets where you do have resident parking zones so it's about getting that fine balance for visitors to the town but protecting those who live here every day," he said.

  11. Alcohol allegations being investigated after cinema collapse

    The Health and Safety Executive has confirmed it is "investigating allegations relating to alcohol" after Newcastle's former Odeon cinema collapsed into the street.

    The 1930s-built cinema, in Pilgrim Street, was in the process of being demolished.

    A bus shelter was crushed by scaffolding and falling masonry late on Monday evening, but no-one was hurt.

    Collapsed Odeon cinema
  12. David Miliband 'grieves for state of Labour Party'

    Ex-South Shields MP David Miliband says he "grieves" for the state of his party , which the public perceives is "going backwards".

    The former party leadership contender refused to say if Jeremy Corbyn should resign or who could replace him, but said he was encouraged "there are so many talented people in my party".

    "The big thing in politics is not to define your own reality and then fits the facts to it," he added.

    David Miliband
  13. Tees Valley major 'must establish cultural identity'

    BBC Tees

    The first mayor for the Tees Valley must help create pride in the local culture, heritage and tourism industry, the director of the Mima gallery of contemporary art in Middlesbrough has said. 

    People across Hartlepool, Stockton, Redcar & Cleveland, Middlesbrough and Darlington will go to the polls 4 May.

    The new mayor will be responsible for areas such as economic investment, culture and tourism.

    Alistair Hudson said it was vital for the region to establish an identity to be proud of.

  14. Patrols stepped up after spate of Gateshead arson attacks

    A run of arson attacks in Gateshead has left seven methane gas wells on a landfill side damaged beyond repair.

    Police have increased patrols after the attacks at the site in Wardley and both they and the fire service are investigating.

    Acting Insp Paul Cook said: "Not only are people committing a criminal offence, they are putting their lives at risk.

    "These are live gas wells and it is completely irresponsible for any members of the public to mess about with them, let alone to quite literally play with fire."

  15. Family angry at being told to leave dying grandfather so his room could be cleaned

    BBC Tees

    The family of a dying grandfather say being ordered to leave his bedside at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough to allow for cleaning robbed him "of his dignity in his dying moments".

    Dave Roberts said his mother, who was slow to leave the room, was told: "And you, you've got to get out as well, pick up your bags and get out."

    She was allowed to stay by a sympathetic member of nursing staff, but Charles Roberts died a few hours afterwards.

    Hospital cleaning contractor Carrilion said staff "always try to act in a sensitive manner with patients and their families".

    "In this instance we would like to apologise for any distress caused to family members," a spokesperson said.

  16. Grand National 2017: Terminally ill boy awarded honorary 41st place

    Terminally ill Bradley Lowery has been awarded an honorary 41st place in the world’s most famous steeplechase, the Grand National.

    The  five-year-old from County Durham and his family will be guests of honour at this weekend's race day and he even has his own racecard - with red and white silks matching his beloved football team, Sunderland FC.

    Bradley Lowery
    Bradley Lowery racecard listing

    Bradley, who has neuroblastoma, has led out the England team at Wembley as well as his home team Sunderland - and has even been invited to BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

    Last year, after appearing as a Sunderland mascot at Goodison Park, Everton donated £200,000 towards his treatment fund.

  17. Newcastle and Sunderland should 'come together' to back culture bid

    Helen Richardson

    BBC Newcastle

    Seen as fierce rivals for generations, one councillor is attempting to thaw the perceived frosty relationship between Newcastle and Sunderland.

    Sunderland is bidding to be City of Culture in 2021 - and Newcastle councillor David Faulkner wants the two cities to "come together" for the good of the region as a whole.

    The Liberal Democrat member is planning to put forward a motion at a city council meeting to give support to Sunderland's bid.

    Sunderland City of Cultre map

    Mr Faulkner said: "Too often Newcastle and Sunderland are perceived as rivals in the North East and this is a chance for us to come together and give wholehearted support to the city."

    He is asking Newcastle council bosses to consider what help "might be possible" to support Sunderland's bidding team.

  18. New forensics team in hunt for killer of Sunderland schoolgirl Nikki Allan

    Sunderland Echo


    Northumbria Police are dedicating a new forensics team to finding the killer of Sunderland schoolgirl Nikki Allan ahead of the 25th anniversary of her death .

    Nikki Allan
  19. Brandon's flowers can be collected as council removes tributes

    BBC Tees

    Middlesbrough Council says it's removing the tributes to a young man who died after a crash more than three weeks ago.

    Flowers and tributes to 16-year-old Brandon Morris have been left along the pavement and wall of Albert Park after he died on 14 March.

    Brandon Morris

    They will be moved at the end of the week to a compound in Albert Park if anyone wants to collect any.