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Summary

  1. Tuesday 16 May 2017
  2. Woman dies in house fire
  3. Further Arriva Rail North Strike announced
  4. No charges over kidnap rape claim

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  2. Tata Steel offers to pump £550m into closed pension fund

    Tata Steel UK has offered to pay £550m into its now-closed pension scheme and give the fund a 33% stake in its UK business.

    The former British Steel scheme was shut at the end of March as part of Tata's plan to avoid going bust.

    Tata said the injection of new cash and assets had been drawn up after talks with the UK pension authorities and the scheme's trustees.

    The plants affected are in Teesside, South Yorkshire, Wales and Scotland.

  3. Calling all Euromillions players in Redcar - could it be you?

    Someone in the Redcar area is a millionaire and they might not even know it.

    The National Lottery tell us that a ticket that was purchased for the draw on 28 April has won £1m and a holiday but has yet to be claimed.

    The winning code was JDZR 28093 and the ticket-holder has until 25 October to claim their prize.

    If no-one comes forward then the prize money, plus all the interest it has generated, will go to help National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.

    National Lottery sign
  4. Further strike to hit Arriva Rail North

    Three rail companies - one of which covers the North East - are to stage a 24-hour strike, the RMT union has said.

    Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Southern Railway, Merseyrail and Arriva Rail North will walk out on May 30.

    The action is the latest in a bitter dispute over staffing and driver-operated-only (DOO) trains.

  5. Video content

    Video caption: Melanie raised more than £90,000 for her life-saving surgery

    Disabled Melanie Hartshorn has a condition which causes her skull to sink into her spine. Money has been raised for an operation in Spain to fuse her skull to her spine.

  6. Weather: Dry with clear spells

    Paul Mooney

    BBC Weather

    It will become dry across the North East during the evening with some clear spells developing.

    However, later in the night cloud will increase again, especially in the southern part of the region where further outbreaks of rain are possible towards dawn.

    Weather forecast

    Minimum temperature: 9C (48F). Check the forecast near you.

  7. Crash closes road in Ryhope

    The A1018 in Ryhope is closed after a two-vehicle crash.

    Poilce said both drivers have been removed from the vehicles and taken to hospital.

    Crash scene

    Clive the dog, who was also in one of the vehicles, was rescued and taken to a vet to be checked over.

    Clive the dog
  8. Woman dies after house fire in Sunderland

    A 77-year-old woman has died as a result of a house fire in Sunderland.

    Twelve firefighters tackled the blaze in Seaburn Dene area on Monday.

    The woman, who has not yet been named, was found in the living room and airlifted to hospital where she later died.

    A joint police and fire service investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A1018 Tyne And Wear both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A1018 Tyne And Wear both ways severe accident, between B1287 The Village and B1286 Ryhope Street South.

    A1018 Tyne And Wear - A1018 Ryhope Road in Ryhope closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the B1287 The Village junction and the B1286 Ryhope Street South junction, because of an accident.

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

  10. Two drivers trapped after crash

    Two drivers had to be cut out of their cars by fire crews following a crash near Middleton-in-Teesdale.

    It happened on the B6282 on Monday evening.

    The 18-year-old driver of a Clio was airlifted to hospital where she remains in a serious but stable condition.

    The 58-year-old driver of the other car, a Kia, was also taken to hospital, but is not believed to be seriously injured.

    B6282 road
  11. NHS cyber attack latest: Some systems returning to normal

    Members of the public should continue to avoid using hospital and GP services for minor illness and ailments to allow time to clear backlogs caused by the cyber-attack, an NHS spokeswoman has said.

    The North East primary care computer network was switched back on yesterday and GP practices once again have access to their clinical systems.

    The trust said there were no infected computers in North East GP practices and the priority during the international malware incident had been to protect the NHS computer network, clinical systems and patient data.

    Computer
  12. Election 2017: Tyneside on the party manifestos

    Do voters actually read election manifestos and do they have any effect on how anyone votes?

    Ellie Price took the Daily Politics mood box - an unscientific test with a box and plastic balls - to Tyneside to see if the formal list of pledges will have any bearing on 8 June.

    Video content

    Video caption: General election 2017: Newcastle voters on role of party manifestos
  13. Woman, 82, dragged to floor in robbery

    An elderly woman was dragged to the floor as she had her handbag stolen by a cyclist.

    The 82-year-old was walking at the junction of Derwent Street and Norton Road in Norton at about 19:30 BST on Sunday when she was robbed.

    Her bag, containing a mobile phone, £55 and a purse, was taken by a man described as in his 20s, over 6ft tall and with fair hair.

    Cleveland Police has appealed for witnesses.

    Derwent Street and Norton Road junction
  14. Public meeting held over anti-social behaviour concerns

    BBC Newcastle

    About 70 people turned up for a public meeting last night called by a Whitley Bay woman to discuss anti-social behaviour.

    Cas Lamb described the town as a magnet for those who want to drink alcohol all day long and said many end up abusive or falling asleep in shop doorways.

    Others have been spotted vandalising cars, shoplifting and vomiting.

    Northumbria Police said it has increased patrols in the area.

  15. Lawyer explains rape charge decision

    Sunderland Echo

    Newspaper

    The region’s top lawyer has explained why no charges were brought after allegations a woman was raped in Sunderland.

    Six men were arrested by police after reports that a 26-year-old woman had been attacked at an address in Peel Street last September. 

    However, the Crown Prosecution Service took the decision there was “insufficient evidence” to proceed with the case.

  16. Melanie begins her journey to Spain

    A Northumberland woman who's due to undergo life-changing surgery in Spain has flown from Newcastle this morning after raising more than £100,000 to pay for the treatment and medical flights.

    Melanie Hartshorn, from Cramlington, has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome which means that even moving her head could kill her. 

    Here's the moment she boarded the plane.

    Melanie being laid on a stretcher

    The 27-year-old is booked in for the surgery tomorrow in Barcelona to stop her neck and spine dislocating.

    Melanie being passed on to the plane