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Summary

  1. Monday 24 April 2017
  2. Charity founders step down over accounts concerns
  3. Four held after body found in house
  4. Hartlepool part company with manager Dave Jones
  5. Fines to target begging and street drinking

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  2. Tonight's weather: Expect frost

    BBC Weather

    Showers, wintry on hills, will become mainly confined to coastal areas overnight.

    Clear skies will develop inland, which will allow a widespread frost to form.

    Winds will be strong near coasts, but lighter inland.

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  3. Tissue probe forces mum forced to relive trauma of losing son

    The Shields Gazette

    A woman who lost her baby just hours after he was born has spoken of the harrowing memories which have been brought back by an investigation into the storage of human tissue at South Tyneside District Hospital.

    Health chiefs have pledged to help Michelle Bailey, 39, (pictured with her youngest daughter) find answers to questions she still has after she lost her baby boy - Joe Bailey - soon after he was born at the hospital in 1998.

    Michelle Bailey with her youngest daughter Claire
  4. Wansbeck MP Lavery stands for re-election

    Richard Moss

    Political Editor, BBC Look North

    The MP for Wansbeck, Ian Lavery, has confirmed he will stand for re-election on 8 June.

    Mr Lavery is one of the Labour Party's election co-ordinators so the news comes as no surprise.

  5. See yourself finish the London Marathon

    Did you, or a friend, run the London Marathon?

    This video shows all the finishers from 2hrs 30min to 6hrs.

    To see yourself or someone you know, all you need is to set it running and spin forward to their finishing time...

  6. Gateshead woman missing without 'vital' medication

    A Gateshead woman who has gone missing is without vital medication, police say.

    Susan Fulthorp, 41, from the Dunston area, hasn't been seen since Saturday.

    Northumbria Police say her family are increasingly concerned.

    Susan Fulthorp
  7. Lucy Bronze wins Women's Player of the Year award

    Northumberland-born Lucy Bronze has won the Professional Footballers' Association Women's Player of the Year Award.

    England full-back Bronze, 25, landed the award for the second time after being part of the Manchester City squad that won the Women's Super League without losing a single game in 2016.

    Bronze said: "As a defender you don't really get a lot of accolades, but it's a great award to win.

    "As a team, we've been very successful and individuals have performed really well in the team. This award for me is all thanks to the team because without them I wouldn't be anywhere near this."

    Lucy Bronze with her award
  8. Greg Stone to contest North Tyneside seat at general election

    Richard Moss

    Political Editor, BBC Look North

    Newcastle councillor Greg Stone has been selected as the Liberal Democrat's North Tyneside candidate for the upcoming general election.

    Labour's Mary Glindon holds the seat with a 17,194 majority.

    Voters will go to the polls on 8 June.

  9. Six-year-old in hospital after being hit by car

    A six-year-old boy is in hospital after being hit by a car on the A66 in Middlesbrough.

    The youngster was taken to James Cook University Hospital with leg and facial injuries after being struck on the A66 eastbound near the North Ormesby slip road.

    He is said to be in a stable condition.

  10. Alnwick friends take on Atlantic Ocean rowing challenge

    Holly Taylor

    Reporter

    These friends from Alnwick are set to row across the Atlantic Ocean in an effort to raise £200,000 for charity.

    They will endure 3,000 miles of non-stop rowing in 40 days - with only two-hour breaks each at a time.

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  11. Redcar and Cleveland councillor ditches UKIP for Conservatives

    Richard Moss

    Political Editor, BBC Look North

    The Redcar and Cleveland councillor and UKIP regional chairman, Steve Turner, is leaving the party to join the Conservatives.

    He says over the past 12 months he has been finding it "harder and harder" to see a long-term future for himself within UKIP.

    Mr Turner adds he has become increasingly unconvinced UKIP can adapt and change to become a viable option for voters in the region.

  12. Newcastle United in driving seat for promotion, says Rafa

    BBC Sport

    Newcastle are "in the driving seat" to secure promotion to the Premier League but they "must do their job" in Monday's home game against Preston, says manager Rafa Benitez.

    Saturday's defeats in the Championship for Reading and Huddersfield mean the Magpies will be promoted if they win.

    United are six points clear of Reading, who have two games remaining, and seven ahead of Town, who have three left.

    Newcastle United's Dwight Gayle (right)
  13. Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday show support for Bradley Lowery

    Sunderland Echo

    Newspaper

    A group of kind-hearted Yorkshiremen are hoping to raise £20,000 to split between little battler Bradley Lowery and a cancer charity.

    Sheffield Wednesday players sign Bradley's banner
  14. Original Bananarama line-up come to Newcastle for first ever tour

    BBC Entertainment and Arts

    We heard a rumour - and, for once, it turned out to be true: the original line-up of Bananarama have reunited.

    Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward were the biggest girl band of the 80s, scoring hits including Venus, Shy Boy and Love In The First Degree.

    Although they scored 10 top 10 hits, the trio never toured before Fahey quit to form Shakespears Sister in 1988.

    They will perform at Newcastle City Hall on Wednesday, 15 November.

    Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward
  15. Hartlepool charity founders step down over account concerns

    BBC Tees

    www.bbc.co.uk/BBCTees

    The founders of a Hartlepool charity say they have been left "heartbroken" after being forced to step down.

    Dawn and Ian McManus set up Red Dreams in memory of their son Kyle, who died after suffering a brain haemorrhage 10 years ago.

    The couple were initially suspended in January after the charity's trustees raised concerns over its accounts.

    Dawn and Ian McManus

    Mrs McManus insists that "no-one has ever spoken to [them] about what the suspicions are" and that they haven't shown any evidence of wrongdoing.

    She added Red Dreams was like a "substitute child" as it kept their son's memory alive.

    The trustees have declined to comment until a police investigation is complete.

  16. Durham police sleep rough for good cause

    Durham Constabulary officers will be sleeping rough tonight in the Cloister of Durham Cathedral to raise money for the homeless.

    The sleepout aims to fight poverty in the region by raising awareness and funds for charities such as homeless group Depaul and the Cardinal Hume Centre.

    Everyone taking part has been challenged to raise £1,000. Good luck to them all!

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  17. Newcastle United close to Premier League return

    BBC Sport

    Newcastle United will clinch promotion to the Premier League if they beat Preston later.

    The Magpies under Rafael Benitez (pictured) will again be without striker Dwight Gayle as he continues to manage a hamstring injury.

    Defender Ciaran Clark is closer to a return, having trained with the squad.

    Rafael Benitez

    Newcastle are without a win in three games, having lost two of those matches at Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town.

    Tens of thousands of fans will be at St James's Park for the 19:45 kick off. 

    The Magpies' two closest promotion rivals, Huddersfield and Reading, both lost on Saturday.

  18. Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeway among Bafta craft winners

    BBC Entertainment and Arts

    Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway programme was among the winners at last night's Bafta craft awards.

    For once though, it wasn't the presenting pair nabbing the glory as the ceremony celebrates television's behind-the-scenes talent.

    The show scooped the prize for best multi-camera direction.

    Other winners included The Night Manager, The Crown, National Treasure and Planet Earth II.

    Ant adn Dec