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  1. Monday 10 April 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's the end of today's updates - thank you for joining us.

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

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 and hope you can join us then.

    We'll leave you with striking photo of sunrise at Marsden Rock, South Tyneside, this morning sent to us by Malcolm Bawn. 

    If you can brave an early start like Malcolm please share your pictures with us. 

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    Sunrise at Marsden Rock
  2. Weather: Mostly dry with some patchy rain

    Tonight it will be mostly dry at first with some clear spells and becoming quite chilly. 

    Cloud will increase later with some patchy rain possible by the end of the night.  

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  3. New powers to tackle troublemaking gangs at marina

    Special dispersal orders have been introduced at Hartlepool Marina after gangs of up to 50 youths caused trouble in the area. 

    The orders apply for 48 hours from Friday to Sunday giving police extra powers to move the troublemakers on. 

    Cleveland Police said parents had a responsibility to know what their children were doing at all times. 

    Hartlepool marina
  4. From double figure losses to league champions

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    A women's football team who took three seasons to score a goal when they started as juniors is celebrating after becoming league champions.

    Women's football team Amazons celebrating their win
  5. Priest sex abuse claims 'made up'

    A former Catholic boarding school pupil who accused a priest of "horrific" sexual abuse made up the claims to get compensation, a court has heard.

    Father Michael Higginbottom, 74, of West Farm Road, Newcastle, is accused of subjecting a teenage boy to repeated sexual abuse in the 1970s.

    The assaults are said to have taken place when he was a teacher at St Joseph's College in Lancashire.

    The priest denies four counts of a serious sexual offence and indecent assault.

    The trial continues.

    Michael Higginbottom
    Image caption: Father Michael Higginbottom was a priest and teacher at the boarding school
  6. David Moyes: 'Slap' comments reaction a message to football - Heather Rabbatts

    FA board member Heather Rabbatts hopes the reaction to Sunderland manager David Moyes' comments to a female reporter sends a "loud and clear" message to the football community.

    Moyes told the BBC's Vicki Sparks she might "get a slap" following an interview after a draw with Burnley.

    He "deeply regrets" the remark  but the Football Association has  asked him for his observations  on the incident.

    Rabbatts is the only woman on the organisation's 12-person board.  

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    Video caption: David Moyes 'deeply regrets' slap remark comments
  7. Charlie and pet ferret Bandit take on Hadrian's Wall

    Charlie Hammerton is raising funds in memory of his mum, who suffered from Motor Neurone Disease, by along Hadrian's Wall with his pet ferret Bandit. 

    The 22-year-old is raising money for St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich, where his mother died, and the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association.  

    The duo aim to complete the challenge in three-and-a-half days. 

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    Video caption: Fundraiser walks Hadrian's Wall with Bandit the ferret
  8. Families not told about stored organs

    Organs and tissue samples from at least 13 dead patients were removed and kept without the knowledge of families.

    The samples - taken from post-mortem examinations following unexplained deaths - were found in storage at South Tyneside District Hospital.

    Cleveland and Northumbria Police are now trying to trace relatives after admitting samples were kept "longer than necessary".

    The remains were found during an audit at the hospital in South Shields in March 2015.

    Cleveland Police said it was dealing with 13 families. Northumbria Police refused to release a figure.

    South Tyneside District Hospital
    Image caption: The stored samples were discovered at South Tyneside District Hospital, where the post-mortem examinations were carried out
  9. Alice Ruggles death: Suspect named in 999 call

    The jury in the trial of a soldier accused of murdering is former girlfriend has heard the 999 call made by her flatmate.

    Maxine McGill called emergency services after finding Alice Ruggles "blue" and covered in blood on the bathroom floor of their shared Gateshead flat in October last year.

    In the call, Ms McGill named Lance Corporal Trimaan Dhillon as the suspect, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

    Mr Dhillon denies murder.

  10. Soldier denies former girlfriend's murder

    A soldier accused of murdering his former girlfriend was obsessive, controlling and manipulative, a court has heard.

    Lance Corporal Trimaan Dhillon stalked and killed Alice Ruggles on 12 October last year after she ended their relationship, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

    Ms Ruggles, 24, (pictured) was found with her throat cut at her flat in Rawling Road, Gateshead.

    Mr Dhillon, 26, denies murder.

    Alice Ruggles
  11. Woman falls from Seaham cliff

    A woman has fallen from cliffs in Seaham, County Durham. 

    Police were called to the cliffs at Ryhope Dene earlier this afternoon. 

    The woman was taken to hospital where her condition is said to be serious but not life-threatening. 

  12. Northumbria Police pay tribute to PC Palmer

    North East police forces held a two-minute silence at 14:00 to honour PC Keith Palmer.

    PC Palmer was stabbed  by Khalid Masood while guarding the Houses of Parliament in London on 22 March.

  13. Middlesbrough's famous Transporter Bridge recognised with plaque

    Middlesbrough's Transporter Bridge has been officially recognised for its historic significance.

    Well-known construction figure Sir William McAlpine has unveiled a Transport Trust Red Wheel plaque at the structure.

    It joins a list of transport heritage landmarks which includes Darlington North Road Station and the Saltburn Cliff Lift. The scheme highlights the most important sites of transport heritage.

    Transporter Bridge, Middlesbrough
  14. Birds eye view of River Tyne

    This eye-catching photograph of the Baltic's feathered friends has been sent to us by Carolyn Farthing.

    It's estimated Newcastle and Gateshead quaysides are home to about 700 pairs of breeding kittiwakes - and that makes it the furthest inland colony in the world.

    Birds at the Baltic

    If you'd like to share your pictures with us then please tweet  @BBCNewsNEemail  or contact us via our  Facebook page .

  15. Death crash biker named as Malcolm Higgins

    A motorcyclist killed on the A189 Spine Road at Bebside, Northumberland, has been named as Malcolm Higgins, of Chirton, North Shields.

    The 51-year-old was riding a Kawasaki bike which was in a crash with a Vauxhall Corsa on Sunday at 11:50.

    Mr Higgins' 43-year-old female passenger is in intensive care at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary with life-threatening injuries.

  16. How Sunderland are helping to educate young people

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    Match of the Day visited Monkwearmouth Academy, which has linked up with Sunderland's Foundation of Light to give students life skills and the path to a career in sport.  

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    Video caption: How Sunderland stars are helping educate young people
  17. Police becoming 'increasingly concerned' over missing Gateshead woman

    A further appeal has been made by police searching for missing Gateshead woman Ellen Mundell.

    Ellen, 66, was last seen at 21:30 on Saturday at her home in Hookergate Lane, Hookergate.

    Searches by Northumbria Police's Marine Unit have now been launched, as well as land searches, house to house enquiries and a study of CCTV.

    Supt Nicola Musgrove said officers are becoming "increasingly concerned" about Ellen and her family are said to be "distraught".

    Ms Mundell's car was found in the Newburn area of Newcastle at about 18:00 yesterday.

    Ellen Mundell
  18. Microdosing: The people taking LSD with their breakfast

    There is a small community of people in the UK who "microdose" - that means taking small amounts of psychedelic drugs as part of their daily lives.

    They say it boosts creativity and can have medicinal benefits.

    Among them is Simpa, from County Durham. Describing it as part of his morning routine, he told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme: "I take it with a cup of tea, my toast and my vitamins."

    However, there is a lack of scientific research to back up claims of it being beneficial to health.  Click here to read the full story.

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    Video caption: Microdosing: 'I take LSD with my tea and toast'
  19. Man who downloaded indecent child images spared jail

    A County Durham man who downloaded indecent images of children has been spared jail.

    Michael Hedley, from Ushaw Moor, had 15 images classified as being in the most severe category on a phone and tablet with a further 10 other offending pictures classified as either category B or C.

    The 25-year-old admitted three counts of making indecent images and the judge gave him an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He will also have to register as a sex offender for 10 years.