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  1. Monday 8 May 2017

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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 on tomorrow from 08:00.

  2. Weather: Cloudy but dry

    Abbie Dewhurst

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Mainly dry, and although generally rather cloudy, there may be some clearer periods at times which could allow a touch of grass frost in places. Winds easing.

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  3. Revamp hopes for St Mary's Lighthouse

    Plans to revamp St Mary's Lighthouse have been revealed by North Tyneside Council.

    A £2.1m bid has been made to the Heritage Lottery Fund to secure and improve the future of the Whitley Bay landmark.

    Images of the proposed designs have been released and discussions will take place on 16 May.

    Artist's impression of the lighthouse
    Artist's impression of the lighthouse
  4. The first Tees Valley Mayor takes office

    The new and first ever Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has taken up office following last week's election.

    The Conservative signed a Declaration of Acceptance of Office and has discussed "critical issues" such as additional investment for the region and his main bid during the election campaign - the future of Durham Tees Valley Airport.

    Ben Houchen signs declaration form
  5. Watch: Aftermath of Hartlepool Fire

    A fire broke at Rift House Primary School in Hartlepool yesterday.

    Nobody was hurt, but the damage has been significant.

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  6. How it stands

    Chelsea v Middlesbrough (20:00 BST)

    A win for Chelsea tonight at home will leave Antonio Conte's side only three points from becoming the Premier League champions.


    Meanwhile, Middlesbrough will be doomed to playing in the Championship in 2017-18 if they lose.

  7. Man jailed over Hexham sports bar death

    A man has been jailed after the "tragic" death of another man found unconscious in Hexham.

    Michael Thompson, 32, from Hexham, died outside Studio Sport Bar from head injuries in January.

    Archie Henderson (pictured), of Redesmouth Court in Bellingham, admitted manslaughter at Newcastle Crown Court and was jailed for four years and six months.

    Det Insp Dave English of Northumbria Police said the "tragic death" was treated as an "isolated incident".

    Archie Henderson
  8. Two arrested after teenager dies after being hit by car

    Two men have been arrested after a teenager died after being hit by a car.

    The collision happened on the A193 in Whitley Bay yesterday, when a Renault Megane was travelling south near the Briardene Pub.

    Emergency services were called, but the 18-year-old later died from his injuries.

    The two men who were arrested are still in custody.

  9. Renewed appeal for motorcross death witnesses

    Accident investigators are making a renewed appeal for witnesses to a fatal accident at a motocross event.

    Thomas Brown, 27, from Barnard Castle, died when he came off his KTM off-road bike on a track at Low Hardwick Farm, near Sedgefield, on 30 April.

    A joint investigation involving the police and Durham County Council is taking place, with support from Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit.

    Sgt Phil Grieve, from the unit, said: "We would like to hear from anyone who was at the event, whether they were a spectator or also taking part.

    "If they have photographs or video footage that could also be potentially very useful." 

    Crash scene
  10. Sunderland parking charges go up as council raises rates

    Sunderland Echo


    Drivers will be forking out more to park their cars in the city centre and elsewhere in Wearside after council chiefs decided to raise fees.

    parking pay machine
  11. Arson charge after flat block fire

     A man has been charged following a fire at a block of flats in Newcastle. 

    Firefighters were called to Haydon Close in Gosforth on Sunday morning, and managed to contain the blaze to one address.

    Nobody was injured, but a number of people had to leave their homes temporarily.

    A 28-year-old local man has been charged with arson with intent to be reckless whether life endangered, criminal damage and threatening behaviour.  

  12. Conservative bid to reverse plans to move council HQ

    Conservative councillors in Northumberland have said they will cancel a multi-million pound scheme to move the council's headquarters from Morpeth to Ashington. 

    The proposals by the Labour group - which until last week's local elections had the most councillors - would have led to shops, houses and a school built on the existing site of Morpeth's County Hall.

    Labour said moving the offices would create jobs and save money in the long-term. 

    But local Conservatives, who now form the biggest party in the council, say the plan is a waste of taxpayer's money and must be halted:

    Northumberland County Council HQ
  13. Anniversary of procedure brings heartache to Bradley Lowery's family

    Hartlepool Mail


    Bradley Lowery's mother has told of the upset facing her family as she prepares to see her son go through yet another medical procedure.

    Bradley Lowery
  14. Job fears at armament plant

    There are fears up to 60 jobs could be axed at an armaments factory in Washington.

    The BAE systems plant opened in 2012 after relocating from Birtley where it had been based since 1916. 

    Currently 350 people are employed at the site, making mortar artillery and tank ammunition.

    BAE said it was shedding 250 jobs nationwide, but at the same time was creating 130 new posts.

    BAE Systems factory
  15. Watch: Seal returns to the sea

    Tynemouth Aquarium released a seal from their rescue unit over the weekend.

    The seal had an infection believed to have been caused by a dog bite, but has now happily returned to the sea.

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  16. Last chance to surrender knives

    It's the final day of a knife amnesty which aims to take bladed weapons off the region's streets.

    Cleveland Police has been urging people to deposit weapons in bins at various police stations, without fear of prosecution, since last Monday.

    Last year the force said it received hundreds of reports where a knife or sharp object was used in a crime.

    Knife amnesty poster
  17. Tributes to murder victim, one year on

    The Shields Gazette

    A murder victim has been remembered a year after death with tributes outside the pub where he was attacked.

    Ronnie Howard suffered a bleed on the brain when he was kicked and punched while in the Prince Edward pub at The Nook in South Shields.

    Ronnie Howard
  18. A windy start to the week

    It's Monday, and the weather doesn't want us to have an easy start to the week here in the North East.

    It was pretty windy in Seaham earlier, as captured by Look North viewer Dan Myers:

    Strong waves at Seaham lighthouse

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