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  1. Wednesday 3 May 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    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 TeesBBC NewcastleLook North, and online.

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    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00, have a good evening.

  2. Newcastle scientists develop hand 'which can see'

    Sharon Barbour

    BBC Look North

    Bio-engineers in the North East have made a technological breakthough - they have developed a bionic hand "that can see". 

    Scientists at Newcastle University have fitted an ordinary bionic prosthesis with a tiny camera and the hand has now learned how to see and reach for objects quickly and naturally. 

    The team is now working with the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle in the hope of making this medical breakthrough available to patients.

    You can watch my full report on Look North at 18:30.

    Bionic hand
  3. Weather: Clear night but feeling chilly

    A dry, fine and mostly clear night with a few patches of cloud. Feeling chilly with a cold northeasterly breeze, this most notable along the coast. 

    Some mist or fog over the hills is possible later. 

     Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F).

  4. Alice Ruggles murder to be subject of documentary

    A documentary is to be made about the murder of Alice Ruggles, who died at the hands of her ex-boyfriend following a stalking campaign.

    Lance Corporal Trimaan "Harry" Dhillon was jailed for life last month for breaking into her Gateshead flat and cutting her throat.

    ITV cameras happened to be filming with Northumbria Police's Homicide and Major Enquiry Team at the time the 999 call came in last October.

    Their actions over the following hours will now form the focus of a programme, Alice's Story, planned to be shown in the  Autumn.

    Alice Ruggles
  5. More than 120 jobs lost as furniture firm ceases trading

    BBC Newcastle

    More than 120 jobs have been lost at a furniture maker. 

    Hobart Rose, which was based in North Shields, made products for John Lewis and Next but ran into trouble because of a significant fall in sales and what it describes as Brexit challenged margins. 

    A cost cutting programme was put in place but a deal couldn't be reached with creditors.

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    Severe disruption: A1(M) County Durham southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) County Durham southbound severe disruption, between J58 for A68 and J57 for A66.

    A1(M) County Durham - Slow traffic and one lane blocked on A1(M) southbound between J58, A68 (Burtree) and J57 A66(M) Darlington, because of a broken down crane.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  7. Woman fundraises for life-saving surgery

    A Northumberland woman who's scheduled to have life saving surgery in Spain needs to raise another £30,000 in a fortnight for it to go ahead.

    Melanie Hartshorn, 27, from Cramlington, suffers from EDS, a rare degenerative condition which means her skull could dislocate from her spine and she must lie flat all the time.

    Her condition has deteriorated to such an extent that she now needs urgent treatment which costs £80,000.

    Her fundraising page so far has raised £50,000.

    Melanie Hartshorn
  8. Spanish City dome dancers touch down for safekeeping

    Two "dancing girls" which have graced the Spanish City dome for more than a century have been removed temporarily.

    The copper statues will be placed in storage while the next stage of the £10m renovation of the Grade II listed building is carried out.

    Project manager Andrew Coleman said: "These famous statues have looked over Whitley Bay for over a century and we have been extremely careful to not cause any damage when removing them. 

    "They will be back in their rightful place once construction work has been completed to form the new cupolas." 

    Statue removal
  9. Sunderland and Bournemouth face FA charges

    Sunderland and Bournemouth have been charged with failing to control their players in Saturday's Premier League match at the Stadium of Light.

    The Football Association charge relates to an incident in the 76th minute of Bournemouth's 1-0 win, which saw Sunderland relegated.

    The clubs "failed to ensure that their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion", the FA said.

    Sunderland and Bournemouth players
  10. Geordie singer Cheryl's baby Bear 'bemusing' fans

    Five weeks after his birth, Geordie singer Cheryl and boyfriend Liam Payne are reported to have named their baby son Bear.

    If they'd chosen 'John' or 'David' the moment might have gone under the social media radar. 

    However, announcing the newborn would be known as 'Bear Payne' prompted both a bemused and amused reaction from fans.

    Twitter reaction

    Initially responses were a mix of incredulity from some with others defending the unusual choice but the conversation fairly quickly moved on to wisecracks, snappy gags and puns.

    While Niv, for instance, was unconvinced on Twitter, @FantasyAlien_ defended the couple's choice in reference to Kim Kardashian's choice of names for her children.

    Liam Payne and Cheryl
  11. Sunderland's David Moyes given an extension regarding FA charge

    Ian Dennis

    Senior football reporter at Liberty Stadium for 5 live Sport

    The FA has granted David Moyes an extension regarding his charge in relation to comments made after the game against Burnley on 18 March.

    It is alleged the Sunderland manager's remarks were improper and/or threatening and/or brought the game into disrepute, contrary to FA Rule E3(1). 

    Initially he had until 18:00 BST today to respond but the FA has given David Moyes additional time until next week.

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    Video caption: David Moyes 'deeply regrets' slap remark comments
  12. Rosemary 'could help students' memories'

    With the exam season approaching and revision under way, researchers at Northumbria University have suggested that the smell of rosemary could enhance memory.

    A study found that pupils working in a room with the aroma of rosemary, in the form of an essential oil, achieved 5% to 7% better results in memory tests.

    The findings - which were consistent with tests on adults - will be presented at the annual conference of the British Psychological Society.

    Rosemary
  13. Football gossip: Moyes to leave Sunderland

    BBC Sport

    Sunderland manager David Moyes is poised to resign following the club's relegation to the Championship, less than a year after joining on a four-year contract(Sun)

    Click here for more football gossip.

  14. No Hartlepool UKIP candidate announcement until Monday

    Richard Moss

    Political Editor, BBC Look North

    I'm told there'll be no news from UKIP about their candidate for their General Election target seat of Hartlepool until Monday.

    I understand members picked Phil Broughton, but the decision needs to be ratified.

    UKIP is also in the process of ratifying other selections, so there will not be any formal announcements regarding further North East candidates just yet.

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    Severe accident: A688 County Durham both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A688 County Durham both ways severe accident, between A177 and A167.

    A688 County Durham - A688 in Thinford blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the A177 junction and the A167 junction, because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  16. Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari banned for racism protest

    BBC Sport

    Former Sunderland midfielder Sulley Muntari has been banned for one game after he protested against racist abuse in Italy.

    The Pescara man was booked for dissent after asking the referee to stop Sunday's Serie A match against Cagliari, claiming he was being racially abused.

    Muntari being sent off

    The 32-year-old ex-Ghana international then walked off the pitch in protest - for which he received a second yellow card, officials have now confirmed.

    They added not enough fans took part in the abuse to trigger action.

  17. Mum's charity aims to support struggling parents

    BBC Tees

    www.bbc.co.uk/BBCTees

    A Stockton woman is sharing her experience of post-natal depression in an effort to encourage other parents to talk about their troubles.

    Stephanie Addison set up the charity Raindrops to Rainbows after facing difficulties 10 years ago when she gave birth to her second child.

    The charity is hosting events at the Edge Bar all week to coincide with Maternal Mental Health Awareness Day (TODAY).

    Stephanie hopes parents will ask for support instead of hiding it from loved ones as she once did.