Voters in the Tees Valley have more than just the general election to think about - the polls will also open on 4 May as they choose the area's first elected mayor.
The mayor will be the head of the Tees Valley Combined Authority, which is made up of Darlington, Hartlepool, Redcar and Cleveland, Middlesbrough and Stockton councils.
As part of its Northern Powerhouse scheme, the government will devolve certain powers to the mayor and give them £15m a year to spend.
A debate will be broadcast on BBC One tomorrow at 10:45. If you miss it, we'll have an online recap on Friday.Copyright: BBC
This week's episode of Reported Missing will feature the case of Darren Stephenson-Bennett, from Newton Aycliffe.
The 28-year-old went missing after attending a party in August and was found dead by police seven days later.
His body was found in his car in bushes on a roundabout. It is thought the father-of-three failed to negotiate the roundabout and went through a chevron board before hitting trees.
Reported Missing is on BBC One at 21.00.Copyright: Durham Constabulary
Eager Ed Sheeran fans have been arriving early ahead of the star's gig at the Metro Radio Arena.
Huddled under the roof, they'll be hoping to make a dash to the front of the stage when the venue's doors open later.
Tonight's is the first of two Newcastle performances by the chart-topper with tickets selling out in record time.
Let's hope it stays dry!Copyright: BBC
Blyth Valley Labour MP Ronnie Campbell voted against a snap general election.
South Shields FC clinched the Northern League Division One title thanks to a 4-1 win at Ashington AFC last night.
More than 1,000 people turned out to watch the game. It is the first time the Mariners have won the title in their history.
Late afternoon will reveal some sunny intervals. However, it will feel chilly under the cloud.
It's set be a cloudy night with the odd spot of rain over hills. Some clearer spells are likely by dawn.Copyright: BBC
A man assaulted in Newcastle over the bank holiday weekend remains in a critical condition in hospital.
The 29-year-old was attacked on Sunday at around 19:20 on Wilfred Street, near Byker Bridge. He was found injured at 20:50 in the underpass beneath the Swan House roundabout.
A 38-year-old man has been charged with a section 18 assault and criminal damage and appeared at South East Magistrates' Court in Bedlington on Tuesday.
He will next appear at Newcastle Crown Court on 16 May.
Carolyn Farthing sent us this photo of a sun halo at Seaham above the popular statue known locally as Tommy - a steel structure inspired by World War One.Copyright: Carolyn Farthing
A petition has been launched urging city leaders to honour five-year-old Bradley Lowery, who has united people across the country as they back his fight against a rare form of cancer.Copyright: Sunderland Echo
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Blyth Valley's Labour MP, Ronnie Campbell, says he will stand again in June's general election
Mr Campbell had intended to stand down in 2020, but has revealed the snap election means he'll look to stay on.
He's 73 and has been treated for stomach cancer. However, he is on the road to recovery after an operation and chemotherapy.Copyright: BBC
Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted in the Fenham area of Newcastle earlier this month.
The 45-year-old suffered a serious head injury when he was attacked in Wingrove Gardens at about 16:30 on Monday 10 April.
Emergency services were called after he managed to get himself to a nearby shop on Nuns Moor Road.
Police say his suspected attacker was Asian, short in height, aged in his 20s and with black hair.
Opinion polls suggest Theresa May's Conservative party could make gains at the planned June 8 general election.Copyright: The Journal
Sunderland swimmer Matt Wylie is at Buckingham Palace to collect his MBE.
Matt, 20, went to Biddick Academy in Washington and is a member of the City of Sunderland Amateur Swimming Club.
He won gold at the Rio Paralympics in the S9 50m freestyle event - helping Team GB bring back its biggest haul of medals for almost 30 years.Copyright: Getty Images
There was a spike in incidents of arson on Eston Hills near Middlesbrough this Easter, according to Cleveland Fire Brigade.
Firefighters dealt with 13 fires compared with just one during the Easter period last year.
Three occurred during the bank holiday weekend - a car was burnt out and two grass fires were deliberately started on the hills.
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The supporting line up for this summer's Mouth of the Tyne Festival in North Tyneside has been announced.
Elbow (pictured) will be joined by The Cornshed Sisters for their sell-out show on 6 July.Copyright: BBC
Mercury Prize nominated singer-songwriter King Creosote will be special guest to Laura Marling at her festival show on the following night, while Tom Odell's special guests on the Saturday are Cattle & Cane.
Sunday's family concert at Tynemouth Priory, headlined by Billy Ocean, now welcomes Roachford to the bill.
Ed Sheeran will play the first of two concerts at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle later, with fans coming not just from all over Britain but abroad too.Copyright: PA
The tickets sold out out in record time, with many appearing on secondary sale sites for thousands of pounds more - despite efforts to crack down on online touts by both the venue and the event organisers.
Earlier this year Sheeran hit out at the practice of secondary selling after discovering many tickets for his charity concert in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust had been sold at inflated prices online.
As we reported earlier, a body has been found following a fire at a block of flats in Thornaby.
Here are pictures of the scene at Anson House.Copyright: BBCCopyright: BBC
No other injuries have been reported and police and fire investigators are trying to determine the cause of the blaze.