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  1. Tuesday 2 May 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. Investigation continuing into brawl at UKIP rally

    Police say investigations are continuing into a fight between two women ahead of a planned speech by UKIP leader Paul Nuttall in Hartlepool on Saturday.

    Mr Nuttall was due to speak at a pub in the town as part of the party's general election campaign.

    But police had to be called when the women began fighting outside the venue.

    Women fighting at UKIP rally in Hartlepool

    Mr Nuttall - who was forced to cancel his speech and switch venue - said neither of the women were UKIP members and blamed the incident on "hard-left activists". 

    Cleveland Police said the two women had been released pending further investigations. Neither has so far been charged.

  3. Train maintenance workers vote for strike

    Workers at a rail maintenance company have voted to go on strike in a dispute over pay. 

    Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union at Arriva TrainCare - which has five depots, including one in Gateshead - backed walkouts by 96%. 

    The RMT has accused the company of refusing to hold pay talks because it says it is not the recognised union for workers. 

    Train being repaired

    General secretary Mick Cash said: "RMT members at Arriva TrainCare have delivered a massive yes vote for action and the company should wake up and take notice of the anger amongst their workforce over the pay issue. 

    "Our members are entitled to be represented by the union that they are members of so we can get on with our job and negotiate decent pay and conditions on their behalf."

  4. Delta platform arrives for recycling

  5. Woman falls off horse and down a 30ft slope

    A woman who fell off a horse and then down a 30ft (9m) slope in Northumberland is recovering in hospital.

    The Great North Air Ambulance attended the incident at Wooler and treated the woman, who is in her 60s, at the scene before airlifting her to hospital in Newcastle.

    She suffered head, pelvis, hip and leg injuries, which are not thought to be life threatening.

    GNAAS in Wooler, Northumberland
  6. Work to revamp Listed Durham bridge

    A major refurbishment of Durham’s Grade I Listed Old Elvet Bridge has begun.

    The work includes the waterproofing of the bridge deck, realignment and replacement of paving, and the creation of loading bays on the approaches to the bridge.

    Old Elvet Bridge, Durham

    It is part of a £1.8m project by Durham County Council to revamp roads and footpaths in the city centre over the next two years.

    The council said it expected the work on the bridge to be completed in time for the Durham Miner's Gala in July.

  7. Force urges support for knife amnesty

    Cleveland Police hopes its latest week-long knife amnesty will be as successful as last year's.

    The force collected 106 knives and bladed objects in 2016.

    New figures show that during last year knife attacks resulted in 381 people injured and included eight attempted murders, 39 threats to kill and 96 robberies.

    Cleveland Police knives amnesty 2016

    A spokesman said: “Knives and sharp objects can be deadly in the wrong hands and this campaign is a way to encourage people to surrender their bladed or offensive weapons anonymously.

    “Last year’s amnesty was extremely successful and this year we would like more people to hand in their sharp objects and knives safely in the designated knife bins.”

    The amnesty runs until 8 May, with stations at Middlesbrough, Kirkleatham, Stockton or Hartlepool taking part.

  8. Teenager critically ill after 'taking LSD'

    A teenager is in a critical condition in hospital after taking what police believe to be LSD.

    The 17-year-old was at an address in Prudhoe, when he became ill on Moday.

    A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "We're carrying out inquiries to establish exactly what has happened and to locate the source of this batch of LSD. 

    "However, we want to remind and warn people of the dangers of taking illegal drugs, or indeed any drugs that have not been prescribed to them."

  9. 'Deadly spiders' force family from home

    Brazilian Wandering Spiders on a banana

    Police told the family to leave the house in County Durham straight away.

    'Deadly spiders' force family from home

    Brazilian Wandering Spiders on a banana

    Police told the family to leave the house in County Durham straight away.

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  10. Staying dry, but rather chilly

    The rest of the day will remain mainly dry, with variable cloud cover.

    However, brisk or strong northeasterly winds will make it feel chilly, especially near the coast and over the hills.

    Weather
  11. Youngsters ask Tees Valley mayoral hopefuls 'why should we stay?'

    BBC News has been on the road, finding out the views of young voters ahead of the elections for the first metropolitan mayors in England on 4 May.

    According to a group of students from Middlesbrough College one of the issues the successful candidate for Tees Valley would have to address is a brain drain from the area.

    Of the 10 questioned, only one wanted to build a career and life locally, the others believed the good opportunities existed elsewhere.

    Listen to what they had to say.

    Middlesbrough College students
  12. Newcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles to undergo groin op

    Newcastle United has confirmed that Jamaal Lascelles is set to undergo a groin operation that will rule him out of Sunday’s season-closer at home to Barnsley.

    The defender, who has captained the Magpies to Premier League promotion this season, missed Friday night’s victory away to Cardiff City in preparation for his operation and is now due to return for pre-season training at the start of July.

    Jamaal Lascelles
  13. Former football agent sentenced for knife attack at wife's home

    The former agent of footballer Andy Carroll slashed his wife's sofa with a 10-inch knife as their two children barricaded themselves in a bedroom, a court was told.

    Peter Harrison, 57, burst into the Gateshead home of his estranged wife Wendy last July, despite a police warning not to contact her.

    Newcastle Crown Court heard Harrison, of Evergreen Close, Hartlepool, stabbed at the sofa, saying she loved it more than him.

    He admitted one charge of harassment, and was handed a nine-month jail term suspended for 18 months, plus an indefinite restraining order regarding his wife.

    Peter Harrison

    Judge Stephen Earl said: "I have seen the level of damage you caused in the house. 

    "You felt she loved those inanimate things more than you so it was your way of taking out your frustrations on something. 

    "The level of fear that it caused is incalculable. The one place someone is entitled to feel most safe is in their own home." 

  14. Final stage of platform decommissioning

    Brent Delta

    The Brent Delta platform, which was separated from its legs, arrives in Teesside to be scrapped.

    Final stage of platform decommissioning

    Brent Delta

    The Brent Delta platform, which was separated from its legs, arrives in Teesside to be scrapped.

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  15. Cheryl and Liam Payne 'name baby son Bear'

    Geordie-born Cheryl and Liam Payne have reportedly named their baby son Bear. 

    The new parents decided the name suited their new arrival a few days after he arrived on 22 March.

    Liam Payne and Cheryl

    The Sun said the baby has his father's surname, with a source quoted as saying: "Cheryl and Liam wanted to get to know their baby before deciding on a name. 

    "They didn't have the name Bear before the birth. But they'd been thinking of a name since meeting him and they just felt it suited him." 

    Cheryl, 33, and Payne, 23, have been keeping a low profile since their first child was born. 

    Liam Payne with newborn baby

    However, shortly after he arrived they both shared an image (above) on social media showing the One Direction star cradling their baby. 

  16. Teenagers charged after nine-hour police stand-off

    Three teenagers have been charged with a string of offences following a nine-hour stand-off with police in the Westerhope area of Newcastle over the weekend.

    Officers in riot gear attended the scene in Buxton Gardens on Sunday after reports of missiles being thrown from the roof of a building.

    Northumbria Police said no-one was seriously injured but it caused a "significant amount of disruption and damage". 

    Two of the males - both aged 16 - were arrested following the incident. A 17-year-old male was taken to hospital for treatment to minor injuries sustained in a fall, and later arrested.

    They are due to appear before magistrates in Bedlington charged with affray, criminal damage, theft from motor vehicle, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.