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  1. Friday 5 May 2017

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That's all from us for today and for the week - 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 on Monday from 08:00 when we'll be bringing you the results of all today's elections.

Hope you have a good weekend.

Weather: Sunny evening, cloudy tomorrow

It will be a sunny evening, but with fresh east to northeasterly winds. It will stay breezy overnight, although cloud will thicken from the east, with a risk of hill fog and one or two spots of light rain by dawn, especially for high ground. 

Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F).

Tomorrow the morning will be fairly cloudy with hill fog and perhaps a few outbreaks of light rain. However most places should stay dry, with some sunny spells developing later. The winds will gradually ease through the day. 

Maximum Temperature: 12C (54F).

Full Tees Valley Mayor voting figures

As reported earlier Ben Houchen from the Conservative Party has been elected as the first Tees Valley Mayor with the final decision being made using "second preference" votes. 

These were the standings after the first preference votes was counted:

Chris Foote-Wood, Liberal Democrat: 12,550Ben Houchen, Conservative Party: 40,278 Sue Jeffrey, Labour and Co-operative Party: 39,797 John David Edward Tennant, UK Independence Party (UKIP): 9,475

All those apart from Mr Houchen and Ms Jeffrey were eliminated as no candidate had received more than 50% of the first preference votes. Mr Houchen was then elected after second preference votes were taken into consideration.

The final numbers were:

Ben Houchen: 48,578 Sue Jeffrey: 46,400

The turnout was 21.31%.

Tees Valley Mayor candidates

Mike Ashley named richest man in the North East

Owner of Newcastle United Mike Ashley remains the richest man in the North East, according to the new edition of The Sunday Times Rich List.

The 52-year-old owner of Sports Direct has a fortune estimated to be more than £2bn. 

Sunderland owner Ellis Short's fortune is valued at £1.2bn. 

Others to feature in the list include Duncan Bannatyne, the Duke of Northumberland, Peter Stephenson - the founder of Able UK and Philanthropist Jonathan Ruffer - who is currently converting Auckland Castle into a major tourist destination.

Mike Ashley
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Video link service on Teesside to help victims of sexual violence

BBC Tees

It will now be easier for victims of sexual violence from Teesside to speak out in court thanks to a new video link service.

The link has been installed at the Teesside Sexual Assault Referral Centre and means that survivors will no longer need to appear in court to give evidence. 

The money for the new kit was donated by Barry Coppinger, Cleveland's Police and Crime Commissioner.

He said: "It's something I hope we can repeat and extend elsewhere as it gives the victim a very good opportunity to set the record straight."

Could Defoe leave Sunderland for Palace?
Sunderland manager David Moyes confirms it is "possible" striker Jermain Defoe could leave, while Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce says he would be "interested" in signing him.

Possible promotion and relegation in store for North East football clubs

BBC Sport

It's a busy weekend ahead for North East football with possible promotion for the Magpies and possible relegation for Hartlepool. 

Newcastle United could win the title this weekend if they beat Barnsley at St James' Park on Sunday and Aston Villa deny first place Brighton a victory.  

Magpies skipper Jamaal Lascelles is out after groin surgery and winger Matt Ritchie is suspended, but striker Dwight Gayle (hamstring) is hopeful of being included.

In League Two now it could be a weekend of sorrow for fans of Hartlepool United who are facing possible relegation this weekend. 

Hartlepool are  currently sitting in 23rd place ahead of the final game of the season against Doncaster, two points adrift of safety. The club's chairman, Gary Coxall recently resigned after facing criticism due to the club's poor performance. 

Labour retain majority but lose 20 seats on Durham County Council

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

Labour have retained control of Durham County Council but been given a bloody nose in this election.

They have 20 fewer seats then they had this morning - 74 compared to 94 in the old council.

The thing which struck me is that in the past you would have expected Labour to have had control by lunchtime/early afternoon, today it went right up to late afternoon.

Labour council leader Simon Henig said they will learn lessons from this election.

Durham County Council election graphic

SAFC accounts reveal £850,000 settlement for former chief executive Margaret Byrne

Sunderland Echo


Former Sunderland AFC chief executive Margaret Byrne walked away with a £850,000 settlement after quitting over the handling of the Adam Johnson case, according to the club’s latest financial report.

Margaret Byrne
Sunderland Echo

Relief for Labour as they retain control of Durham County Council

Labour have kept control of Durham County Council but BBC Look North Political Editor Richard Moss says they were close to losing their majority.

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BreakingLabour hold Durham County Council

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

Labour have retained control of Durham County Council.

More to follow.

Durham County Council election result is tight

Tonight's BBL coverage on BBC Sport

Worcester Wolves v Newcastle Eagles (19:30 BST)

BBC Sport

British Basketball returns to the BBC this evening with Newcastle Eagles travelling to Worcester Wolves at the University of Worcester.

Newcastle Eagles are on the verge of booking their place in the BBL play-off final. The Eagles won the semi-final first-leg against Worcester Wolves 105-86 at Sport Central.

Coverage is live from 19:30 across the BBC Sport website, app and selected Connected TVs. You can watch it right here and you can learn more about the BBC's coverage of the BBL and WBBL here.

Worcester Wolves v Newcastle Eagles

Durham Cathedral has relocated to Scotland according to Marvel fan page

An unofficial Marvel fan page has attracted a few comments after claiming that Durham Cathedral was actually located in Scotland. 

The cathedral is rumoured to be the filming location for the new Avengers superhero movie. 

Durham residents have been quick to point out the mistake. 

The fan page, which has over 1m "likes", also described the North East landmark as a castle.

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Durham County Council election: Labour need to hold 17 seats to keep control

Labour need to hold 17 seats to keep control of Durham County Council. 

There are 43 seats still to declare.

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Tees Valley Mayor Conservative victory 'sensational'

Richard Moss

Political Editor, BBC Look North

This is a sensational vote for the Conservatives.

Beating Labour in the first round, we perhaps thought Labour might claw it back with second preference votes. They were counted then but actually Conservatives pulled further ahead and Ben Houchen beat Sue Jeffrey the Labour candidate in a run off to become the Tees Valley Mayor. 

He has now got to deliver on certain promises, one of which is to take control of Durham Tees Valley Airport and try to revive its fortunes. 

He talked about turning the Tees Valley blue in the General Election in just over a month's time and that will be the Conservative focus now 

Watch as Ben Houchen is elected as Tees Vally Mayor

Conservative Ben Houchen has been elected as the first Tees Valley Mayor. 

Our Political Editor Richard Moss was live at the announcement and you can watch here.

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Conservative victory in Tees Valley Mayor election 'a political earthquake'

Richard Moss

Political Editor, BBC Look North

Ben Houchen says his victory as Tees Valley mayor is a political earthquake and next step is to turn the area blue. 

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BreakingConservative Ben Houchen becomes first Tees Valley Mayor

Richard Moss

Political Editor, BBC Look North

Conservative Ben Houchen wins the election to become the first Mayor of the Tees Valley.

North Tyneside Mayor 'will continue to listen'

As we reported earlier Norma Redfearn has been re-elected as North Tyneside Mayor - the first candidate in the borough's history to be re-elected for a second term.

The Labour candidate was elected with 29,655 votes. 

She said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents of North Tyneside for re-electing me for a second term.

"I think that this reflects the good progress we have made over the last four years, and my commitment to delivering on our priorities over the coming years. During this time, I will continue to be a listening mayor for everyone in North Tyneside.”

Conservative candidate Stewart Hay received 16,164 votes (30.5%), Liberal Democrats candidate John Appleby received 3,537 (6.7%) and UKIP candidate Stuart Houghton received 3,248 (6.1%).

The turnout for the mayoral election was 52,921.

Your photos: Tynemouth sunrise

As the sunny weather continues this afternoon, thank you to Dennis Champion for braving an early morning and capturing this photo of this morning's sunrise at Tynemouth Longsands. 

Sunrise at Tynemouth Longsands
Dennis Champion

If you have a photograph you'd like to share with us, you can Tweet us  @BBCNewsNE ,  email , or contact us via our  Facebook page .  

Middlesbrough fan fined after threatening to bite off officer's nose

A Middlesbrough football fan has been fined £1,225 after assaulting and threatening train staff. 

John Doi, 52, was part of a large group of fans returning to the North East after Middlesbrough's 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace on 25 February. 

When approached by train staff after complaints about his behaviour he pulled one by the arm, and when British Transport Officers met the group at York he resisted arrest and threatened to "bite the officers' noses off".

The 52-year-old, of Rutland Court, Middlesbrough pleaded guilty to assault by beating and Section 4 Public Order.

Labour mayor returned for North Tyneside

Labour's Norma Redfearn has been elected for a second term as North Tyneside's mayor.

She beat three other candidates with 56% of the vote - so there was no need to count second votes - and a majority of 13,491.

The turnout 34.25%. 

Norma Redfearn at the count

Players parade home kit amid FA Vase trophy hope

The Shields Gazette

South Shields players paraded the club’s brand new home kit for the first time ahead of its big Wembley unveil.

The team also had a look at the FA Vase trophy before it takes on Cleethorpes Town in the final on 21 May.

South Shields
Shields Gazette

Durham Cathedral all set for movie action?

There still hasn't been official confirmation of rumours that scenes for the Avengers superhero movie will be filmed at Durham Cathedral.

But with all the marquees, vans and security fencing around, it's obvious something big is about to happen.

Morgan Lee took this picture of Palace Green yesterday. If you have any images you'd like to share you can Tweet them to @BBCNewsNE, email them, or send them via our Facebook page.

Durham Cathedral
Morgan Lee
Durham Cathedral
Morgan Lee

Man arrested after Ashington teenager rape

A man has been arrested after a teenager was raped in Ashington.

The 16-year-old was attacked whilst walking through the People's Park in Ashington last week. 

Northumbria Police said a 24-year-old man was questioned on suspicion of rape and later released pending further enquiries. 

Counting begins for the first Tees Valley Mayor

Ballot boxes open as counting gets under way.

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'Miracle baby' set to come home

Sunderland Echo


A baby boy from Sunderland who suffered a catalogue of health problems after being born at just 24 weeks has been dubbed “a miracle” after his parents were told to expect the worst.

Baby Leo in hospital
Sunderland Echo

David Moyes to stay at SAFC

BBC Sport

David Moyes has answered questions regarding his future as manager of Sunderland. 

Fans have been calling on him to quit after a series of disappointing results from the club.   

When asked there had been a decision on his future he said: "Ellis and the board want me to stay.

"I've got a four-year contract so I don't know what you're talking about 'a decision'."

He went on to say that more meetings have been planned with owner Ellis Short and chief executive Martin Bain in the coming weeks regarding the future of the club.  

David Moyes
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Mayoral vote turnout highest in Stockton

As counting gets underway, turnout figures for the Tees Valley mayoral election have been released.

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130 jobs at Gateshead factory saved

BBC Newcastle

More than 100 jobs have been saved at a Gateshead manufacturing plant. 

It was feared that 130 staff at N.O.V on the Team Valley would lose their jobs after the American firm said it was looking to end production. 

Workers at the factory, which makes specialist valves for the oil and gas industry, were told there would be 90-day consultation period regarding the closure. 

However, after restructuring at the firm, it has been decided that the factory will remain open.

Northumberland final result down to a straw

Northumberland County Council remains under no overall control, after the Conservatives made gains, but failed by the most narrow of margins to win an outright majority.

After an overnight count, Conservates have 33 seats, Labour 24, Liberal Democrats three, and there are seven independents.

Following two recounts for the final seat, South Blyth, candidates drew straws, resulting in a Liberal Democrat win, and leaving the Conservatives tantalisingly close to overall control.

Straw draw at Local Elections
Lib Dem reaction at straw draw

Straw draw in Northumberland

Decision time at Northumberland County Council.

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Northumberland County Council results awaited

The count, which has suffered "technical difficulties", is continuing.

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Backlash over Newcastle MP's 'tasteless' Duke of Edinburgh tweet

BBC Newcastle

Chi Onwurah, the Labour MP for Central Newcastle, has refused to apologise for a tweet about the Duke of Edinburgh that was branded "tasteless".

Responding to the news he is stepping down from official royal duties, she wrote: "Congratulations to Prince Philip on retiring in financial security at time of his choosing from a job he enjoys."

A backlash followed with some people calling on her to say sorry, but she defended her tweet.

She told BBC Newcastle: "I have huge respect for Prince Philip and the Royal family, but also want others to enjoy the same freedom of retiring when and how they choose".

Chi Onwurah
Labour Party

Weather: Dry with plenty of sunshine

It'll be a chilly start, with perhaps some patchy low cloud over the Pennines.

A dry day will follow with plenty of sunshine, although a cool north-easterly breeze will continue to take a few degrees off the temperatures.

Weather forecast for Friday 5 May, 2017