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  1. Thursday 4 May 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

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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.

    If you'd like to get in touch or share your North East pictures with us, you can do so on TwitterFacebook, or via email

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 when we'll be bringing you the results of all today's elections.

    Hope you have a good evening.

  2. Weather: Dry but cool

    BBC Weather

    It will remain dry overnight, with clear spells likely throughout.

    Whilst the east to northeasterly breeze will ease slightly, it will remain rather breezy and cool.

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    Check the weather where you are.

  3. South Shields look forward to FA Vase final

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    South Shields take on Cleethorpes Town in the FA Vase semi-final at Wembley on 21 May.

    The Mariners won their place in the final with a 6-1 aggregate semi-final victory over Coleshill Town.

    Players took part in a photo shoot today.

    There will be more on this on Look North at 18:30. 

    South Shields players at photo shoot
  4. The Hartlepool teenagers who got to be Royalty for a day

    Hartlepool Mail

    Newspaper

    A group of Hartlepool people had a special reason to remember the Queen and Prince Philip’s visit to town in 1977, as they played the parts of the Royal couple just days earlier.

    The Royal rehearsal in 1977, with Susan Abram and George Stewart stepping in to play the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh
  5. Newcastle City Hall audiences rise under new management

    Newcastle's City Hall has had 115,000 visitors since it was taken over by new management.

    The venue, which had been threatened with closure, has been run by the Newcastle Theatre Royal Trust since April 2016.

    During that time it has hosted 72 public performances and a number of private events.    

    By September, the trust will have invested more than £1m, which is being used to improve its facilities.

    Newcastle City Hall
    Quote Message: We are already making significant improvements, and there is considerably more to come." from Philip Bernays Chief executive of Newcastle Theatre Royal Trust
    Philip BernaysChief executive of Newcastle Theatre Royal Trust
  6. Elderly woman and dog attacked attacked in park

    A 65-year-old woman and her dog were attacked by another dog in Middlesbrough.

    The victim was walking her Staffordshire Bull Terrier near to the tennis courts in Pallister Park on 30 April when another dog broke free from its lead and attacked them.

    The woman suffered a serious injury to her knee and her dog suffered puncture wounds, but is making good progress, Cleveland Police said.

    It is believed the dog which attacked them is a white American Bulldog and its owner is described as a white female in her 30s.

  7. Rafa Benitez charged following referee comments

    Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has been charged with misconduct by the FA.

    The charges come after Benitez commented on the appointed referee for Newcastle's match against Preston on 24 April.

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  8. Dogs at polling stations for local council elections

    It's the British rite becoming synonymous with elections, taking your dog to the polling booth.

    The hashtag #dogsatpollingstations has reappeared on social media today as people across England, Scotland and Wales vote in local and mayoral elections.

    Alan Patrickson took this photo of Rusty in Durham.

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  9. Gas leak in North Shields

    A gas leak in North Shields was reported to police this afternoon.

    Emergency services wne to the scene near Park Avenue and Park Crescent at about 12:45 and evacuated a small number of nearby residents.

    The gas leak is currently being repaired and there are no concerns for the safety of the public.

  10. Teenager bit and headbutted fan at 50 Cent concert

    A Sunderland teenager who bit and headbutted two fans at a 50 Cent concert has been handed a suspended sentence.

    Alexander McHugh, 19, lashed out at a Newcastle gig in 2015, causing the rapper to appeal for calm while on stage.

    Newcastle Crown Court was told that the first victim, a student, stepped in when he saw McHugh pushing a woman in the audience.

    He need eight stitches after being headbutted by McHugh, who then attacked a 16-year-old by biting his cheek.

    McHugh was handed a 20 month term, which was suspened for two years, and ordered to carry out community work, take an anger management course and pay £300 compensation to each victim. 

  11. Windows smashed in would-be house burglary

    A property has been damaged during an attempted burglary in Westerhope.

    Two windows were smashed in a house on Stamfordham Road while the occupants were inside.

    The offender then fled the scene and nothing was stolen.

    A white male was seen "acting suspiciously" in the area at the time officers are currently trying to identify him.

    He is described as white, very thin, pale, bald and with a large birth mark.

  12. How does the BBC report polling day?

    People across the North East are voting in elections for county councillors in Durham and Northumberland, the first Tees Valley elected mayor, and North Tyneside's mayor.

    Until polls close at 22:00 BST, the BBC - in common with other broadcasters - is restricted as to what it can and cannot say.

    In case, you're wondering, this is how the organisation reports polling day.

    BBC newsroom
  13. Parents turn fundraisers to thank hospital unit

    BBC Tees

    www.bbc.co.uk/BBCTees

    A mother who was mentally planning her baby's funeral is now fundraising to thank the unit that saved his life.

    Xavier Pereira was cared for on the neonatal unit at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, following an elective caesarean section last August.

    His parents, Germaine and Shaun, are hoping to collect £500 during a fundraising event at the Malleable Club in Norton on 21 July so the unit can buy specialised equipment.