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  1. Tuesday 11 April 2017

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  1. Through the day: BBC North East Live

    That's all from us 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: Thickening cloud bringing the chance of overnight rain

    It will be generally cloudy and breezy during the evening and overnight, but mostly dry before midnight.

    In the early hours, cloud will thicken to bring outbreaks of rain, occassionally heavy over the Pennines.

    Weather
  3. Church continues stained glass tradition

    Stained glass windows have been installed in the cafe at a church which is thought to be the first to have made stained glass in England.

    The designs, at St Peter's Church in Sunderland, are by artists Rachel Welford and Adrian Riley.

    They were inspired by The Reckoning of TIme, a book written by the Venerable Bede, which calculated a 1253 year cyclical calendar - a forerunner of the western calendar in use today.

    There is a rich history of stained glass at the site - in 674 AD Benedict Biscop brought skilled craftsmen from Gaul to create them for the new church.

    Stained glass window's at Bede's Bakehouse
  4. Cleveland Police repeat wanted man appeal

    Cleveland Police have repeated an appeal to the public for assistance in tracing a Hartlepool man. Adrian Craigs is wanted in connection with an assault, possession of a class B drug and breach of a restraining order. The 32-year-old is believed to be still in the area and police have urged anyone with information regarding his whereabouts not to approach him but to contact the force.

    Adrian Craggs
  5. Killed girl 'palmed off by police'

    A woman who complained about her ex-boyfriend harassing her five days before he allegedly killed her felt her call was "palmed off" by police, a court has heard.

    Alice Ruggles, 24, was found in her Gateshead home with her throat cut in October last year.

    Trimaan "Harry" Dillon denies murder.

    Newcastle Crown Court heard Mr Dillon, a soldier, received an official warning from the army for continuing to contact Ms Ruggles after the pair broke up.

    Alice Ruggles
  6. Jogger appeal after burglary and car theft

    Police are appealing for information after a car was stolen during the early hours.

    A diamond ring - described as of huge sentimental value - was taken in the burglary at a property on Pontac Road, in New Marske.

    Cleveland Police said it was believed there may have been a male out jogging in the area around the time - about 04:20 - and urged him to come forward as he may be able to assist with their enquiries.

  7. Hadrian's Wall ferret walker 'going strong'

    A man walking along Hadrian's Wall with his pet ferret is "making good progress".

    Charlie Hammerton is raising money for St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich, where his mother died, and for he Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association.

    The 22-year-old RAF airman, accompanied by his pet - Bandit - set off from Newcastle yesterday, and has now passed Houseteads Roman Fort.

    Due to a badly-bruised ankle - on Charlie's part - the pair will be staying at a hotel tonight, rather than camping. 

    He said: "We are going strong. Bandit is well and enjoying the adventure."

    Charlie Hammerton
  8. WW1 watch and Easter eggs stolen from museum

    A gold pocket watch, awarded to a soldier for gallantry during the World War One, as been stolen from a museum.

    The theft from Blyth Battery Museum was reported on Monday after thieves forced a window to gain entry.

    Neighbourhood PC Billy Mulligan said: "This is a unique watch which was proudly displayed at the town's museum reminding local people of the bravery of servicemen during WW1."

    Stolen watch

    A large batch of Easter eggs that had been collected for local children to enjoy during a free egg hunt was also taken.  

    He said: "By breaking into the battery and stealing these items the thieves have caused a great deal of upset to local people of all ages."

  9. Two new assistant chiefs for Northumbria Police

    Northumbria Police has announced the appointment of two new assistant chief constables.

    Rachel Bacon will join from Sussex Police where was responsible for the force's public protection department, intelligence and response to organised and economic crime.

    Rachel Bacon

    Helen McMillan transfers from Durham Constabulary where she was head of command for tasking and co-ordinating. She also previously led the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit Review.

    Helen McMillan
  10. Murder victim's police call 'palmed off'

    A woman who complained to police about her ex-boyfriend harassing her described the call as "a waste of time" - saying she had been "palmed off", a murder trial has been told.

    Alice Ruggles was found with her throat cut at her home in Gateshead in October.

    It is alleged Lance Corporal Trimaan Dhillon stalked and killed her after she ended their relationship.

    He denies the charge, and the trial at Newcastle Crown Court is continuing.

    Alice Ruggles
  11. Blue-haired drunk driver caught after store staff tip-off

    Sunderland Echo

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    A woman was banned from the roads after being caught over the drink-drive limit.

    Danielle Hanson was snared after concerned supermarket staff called police to report a drunk woman with blue hair had left the store and got into a vehicle, Sunderland magistrates heard.

  12. Community clean-up leaves cemetery spick and span

    Dozens of volunteers, many of them children, helped give Middlesbrough's Thorntree Cemetery a makeover. 

    The Tees Valley Green Day initiative was the latest project of the TS! Community Group, in partnership with the Friends of Thorntree Cemeteries and supported by the council.

    Volunteers planted hedges, tended to the edges of the burial sections and generally helped to improve the site. 

    Cemetery clean-up
    Cemetery clean-up
    Quote Message: This is just the start - long-term we'd love to see people from across the Tees Valley participating regularly in various green community projects." from Gohar Ihsan From the TS! Tees Valley Community Group
    Gohar Ihsan From the TS! Tees Valley Community Group
  13. Bafta Award nominations for Ant and Dec

    Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway has been nominated for a Bafta award .

    The Geordie duo are up against Britain's Got Talent, Michael McIntyre's Big Show and Strictly Come Dancing in the Entertainment Programme category.

    The 2017 Bafta TV Awards will be presented in London on 14 May.

    Ant and Dec
  14. Funeral for cliff-death teenager

    The funeral will take place later of one of the teenagers who fell to his death from Saltburn cliffs.

    Alex Yeoman died along with his friend Harry Watson on 24 March .

    Family and friends will attend the service at Kirkleatham Memorial Park at 14:30.

    An inquest into the deaths of the pair, both 17, has been opened and adjourned.

    Harry Watson (left) and Alex Yeoman
  15. Security warning following fuel theft

    Owners of construction and farm vehicles are being reminded to keep their premises secure after a number of thefts of fuel in the Rothbury area at the weekend.

    Thieves took 750 litres of diesel from a static tank at Newtown Engineering on Rothbury Industrial Estate.

    A further £300-worth was syphoned from an HGV parked beside Ewesley Farm, and a number of vehicles parked in David Appleby builder's yard were also targeted.

    Neighbourhood inspector Liz Hall, of Northumbria Police, said: "Fit locking fuel caps to vehicles and park in view of CCTV, near security lighting, or where the tank cannot be easily accessed i.e against a wall or building."