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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Well, that's it for another day. Our live updates are finished, but you can still find the latest news on BBC TeesBBC NewcastleLook North and online.

    We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel at 08:00 on 18 April.

    You can get in touch using TwitterFacebook, or via email.

  2. MP Alex Cunningham seeks re-election in Stockton North

    Labour MP for Stockton North, Alex Cunningham, is to seek re-election following the announcement of a general election on 8 June

    He said: "Despite the Prime Minister's constant denials that there would be no general election until 2020, her decision to call one comes as no surprise.

    "I look forward to taking my personal record of service and a policy platform based on fairness for all our citizens to the people of Stockton North as I ask again for their support to be returned as their Member of Parliament for a third term."

    Labour MP for Stockton North, Alex Cunningham
  3. May 'best person to get the right deal', says Berwick's Trevelyan

    The Conservative MP for Berwick, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, has backed the snap general election called for 8 June.

    She said: "In Theresa May, the Conservative Party and the nation has a trustworthy and proven leader intent on uniting the nation and strengthening our hand at the negotiating table with the European Union.

    "Theresa May is the best person to get the right deal for the UK, with a strong, united government and country behind her."

    Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Conservative MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed
  4. Man remains 'critical' five days after crash

    The driver of a car involved in a crash in Durham five days ago remains in a critical condition in hospital.

    The accident happened at about 11:35 on Thursday when a Hyundai i10 collided with a BMW X3 on Shincliffe Lane, at the entrance to Shincliffe Mill garden centre.

    Police believe the Hyundai, driven by an 81-year-old man from Bishop Auckland, had exited the garden centre when it turned right and hit the BMW.

    The driver of the Hyundai was transferred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle where his condition is critical. The driver of the BMW, a woman in her 50s and also from Bishop Auckland, suffered a minor facial injury.

    Shincliffe Lane
  5. Online abuse sees Darlington FC directors step down

    Two directors have resigned from the board of Darlington FC after what they called afalse"disgraceful and completely unjustifiable" attack on social media.

    Richard Cook said he was unable to "balance both his working and family commitments with the cultural fit of being a director of the football club".

    Jonathan Jowett is also will be stepping down as a director of the club, changing his role to company secretary.

    Last week it emerged the club could be denied a play-off place because their ground does not meet seating requirements.

    Darlington FC
  6. Tyneside girl 'can talk backwards'

    BBC Newcastle

    She's a typical 10-year-old girl with a very unusual talent - Constance, from North Tyneside, can say words backwards.

    Her parents, Michael and Rachel, started testing her with simple words and found she could repeat them backwards within seconds.

    Constance said: "I just looked at a word in a book and flipped it over in my head, and it gradually got easier and easier until I could say them out loud."

    Constance
  7. Teachers' warning over new GCSE grades

    Reforms to the GCSE grading system in England have created huge uncertainty for schools, North East teachers have warned.

    The teachers, from North Tyneside and County Durham, told the conference of the NASUWT union the new 9-1 GCSE grades will increase the pressure on pupils and narrow the range of educational opportunities for youngsters.

    Maths teacher Paul Daly (below) said: "We still haven't got our head around what the grade boundaries are because no-one will provide us with any."

    The system is being phased in from this summer, starting with maths and English, with grades 9-1 replacing grades A*-G. The government maintains the changes will drive up standards.

    Paul Daly
  8. Four-year-old was knocked down by her own mother, inquest hears

    The Shields Gazette

    A four-year-old girl died from an "unsurviveable" head injury when she was knocked down by a pick-up truck driven by her mother, who was using her mobile phone.

    Ava Henderson and her brother Lewis, eight, were playing in a compound off Amos Ayre Place in Simonside, South Shields, on Friday, May 27, last year as her family prepared to spend the bank holiday weekend in a caravan in the Tyne Valley.

    The scene of the accident in Amos Ayre Place
  9. Facebook reaction to general election

    There's been plenty of general election reaction on our BBC North East & Cumbria Facebook page.

    As you'll no doubt know by now, Prime Minister Theresa May called the surprise 8 June vote with an announcement at Downing Street at 11:00.

    Quote Message: We need to vote Tory this time to allow Brexit to go through smoothly." from George Kelley
    George Kelley
    Prime Minister Theresa May
    Quote Message: Labour got no chance winning as long as JC is the leader. Sad to say." from Alan Coates
    Alan Coates
    Quote Message: Another roller coaster ride begins." from Christie Fisher
    Christie Fisher
  10. General election 'will bring a welcome stability'

    Stockton South Conservative MP James Wharton says he did not know the 8 June general election was going to be called, but has welcomed the move.

    He said: "It has been a very unsettled time. That of course leads to challenges and this is a way of really getting things clear - getting the public to state what they want for the future of this country and who they want to run this country for the next parliamentary term.

    "I think it will bring a welcome stability and send a strong message."

    Stockton South Conservative MP James Wharton

    There will be a Commons vote on the proposed election on Wednesday. Labour have said they will vote with the government

  11. North East MPs react to general election announcement

    The region's MPs have been reacting to Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement of a general election on 8 June

    Mrs May said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum, but her opponents in the Labour Party have been quick to voice their opinions.

    Bishop Auckland's Helen Goodman, Redcar's Anna Turley and Newcastle Central's Chi Onwuhra have all taken to social media in the last hour.

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  12. Middlesbrough MP's seat 'hugely vulnerable'

    Richard Moss

    Political Editor, BBC Look North

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    Quote Message: Tom Blenkinsop's seat was hugely vulnerable, and on current polling Conservatives were strong favourites to take it."
  13. Tom Blenkinsop not standing for re-election

    Following Theresa May's announcement just a few minutes ago that a snap general election will be held on 8 June, the MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Tom Blenkinsop, has announced he will not be standing.

    He said: "I have made no secret about my significant and irreconcilable differences with the current Labour leadership. It is because of these differences I feel I cannot in good faith stand as the Labour candidate for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.

    "Representing the people of Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland has been the proudest years of my life.

    "I will do all I can in my time remaining as an MP to champion my constituents and the area that means so much to me, as I have been proud to do over the last seven years."

    Tom Blenkinsop
  14. Your photos: Easter sunshine

    Thank you to Nicola Booth who sent us this lovely photo taken at St Andrew's Church in Shotley Bridge over the Easter weekend.

    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.

    St Andrew's Church, Shotley Bridge
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    Video caption: Middlesbrough 1-2 Arsenal: Steve Agnew praises 'fighting spirit' of Boro

    Middlesbrough manager Steve Agnew praises his side's "fighting spirit" despite their 2-1 loss at home to Arsenal.

  16. Diocese 'profoundly sorry' over child abuse priest

    Colin Briggs

    Look North

    A North East Catholic diocese has expressed "profound sorrow" for the child abuse committed by one of its priests from Newcastle. 

    Father Michael Higginbottom, 73, from West Farm Road, was last week sentenced to 17 years in prison after a trial at Liverpool Crown Court. 

    Fr Michael Higginbottom

    His victim was a pupil at St Joseph's College in Lancashire, where Higginbottom was a teacher in the late 1970s. 

    The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle said in a statement that the Catholic Church continues to implement effective and accountable measures to protect all vulnerable groups, including children, and to bring perpetrators to justice.

  17. Historic building set to be demolished to make way for student accommodation

    Sunderland Echo

    Newspaper

    An historic Sunderland building is set to be demolished to make way for five-storey student accommodation.

    Proposals to turn the derelict former Speeding’s Sailworks in Monkwearmouth into 68 student bedrooms go before a planning committee next week.

    Former J Speeding Sailworks, Whickham Street, Sunderland