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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    That's all from us 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.

    Have a lovely evening enjoying the last of the sun.

  2. Your Pictures: Today's sun

    Have you been enjoying the sun today?

    We have received so many lovely weather pictures from across the North East, so keep them coming.

    Here's a few of them:

    Roseberry Topping
    Howick, near Alnwick in the Northumberland

    Have you got any photos you'd like to share with Local Live? You can Tweet them @BBCNewsNEemail, or contact us through our Facebook page.    

  3. Locked in syndrome woman dies

    A County Durham woman who has been unable to speak or barely move for the last twenty years has died. 

    Christine Waddell, who was 46, developed locked in syndrome after suffering a massive stroke. 

    She communicated with her carers by looking up and down in response to letters and numbers, and despite her problems remained "mentally sharp".

    Five years ago she told BBC Look North that she still had things to look forward to.

    Christine Waddell
  4. Weather: Bye bye sun

    BBC Weather

    Dry with clear spells at first, but turning cloudier later in the night.

    This could lead to the chance of the odd shower, mainly near coastal areas.

    Weather graph

    Check the weather where you are.

  5. South Tyneside brigade awarded Freedom of the Borough

    A voluntary lifesaving brigade has been awarded the Freedom of the Borough in South Tyneside.

    South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade received the accolade in recognition of its "outstanding contribution to the area".

    The organisation, which celebrated its 150th anniversary last year, has saved countless lives around the coastline.

    It provides a 24-hour specialist coastal search and rescue service, along with the HM Coastguard, RNLI lifeboats and other emergency services. 

    The Mayor, Tom Fennelly, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Frank Major, Janis Blower, the Mayoress and South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade members with the prestigious Freedom Scroll
  6. Inside the world of the paedophile hunters

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    They've put people in prison and, in their words, saved many children from being abused.

    The paedophile hunters are groups of adults who pose as children online in a bid to catch child abusers.

    And, despite it dividing opinion, in a landmark case a judge at Newcastle Crown Court ruled that their evidence can be used to gain a conviction.

    Meet one of these groups - the Guardians of the North - in a special report on Look North tonight at 18:30 on BBC 1. 

    Guardians of the North jacket
  7. Volunteers will help repair vandalised education centre

    Sunderland Echo


    A charity is set to receive a helping hand from one of the region’s largest employers following a spate of vandalism at a community facility.

    Some of the Sage volunteers at Jarrow Hall
  8. Wildflower meadows set to brighten up Hartlepool

    A scheme to brighten up Hartlepool with wildflowers is to be extended after becoming a "talking point" last year.

    The council launched the wildflower planting project in 2014 along the A689 leading in and out of the town. 

    It now has seven meadows in the Middle Warren area of the town, and is in the process of sowing seeds at  37 further locations.

    Wildflowers on Coronation Drive
    Quote Message: In 2016, the amazing displays of wildflowers proved to be one of the main talking points throughout the town and I’m sure it will be no different this summer." from Marjorie James Chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s neighbourhood services committee
    Marjorie JamesChair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s neighbourhood services committee
  9. Teesside duo prepare for next round of Britain's Got Talent

    Stockton Riverside College students Grace and Ali are through to the Bootcamp stages of the competition.

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  10. Police appeal for 'crucial witnesses' of North Tyneside collision

    A car which stopped at the scene of a fatal crash in Whitley Bay is being traced by police.

    The 18-year-old pedestrian was struck by a Renault Megane on the A193, The Links, at about 21:45 BST on 7 May, and he later died in hospital.

    Police are now appealing for the driver of a light coloured Mini to come forward, as they could be "crucial witnesses" to the investigation.

    It is believed that the Mini, which was travelling from Seaton Sluice towards Whitley Bay, stopped and assisted at the scene of the collision.  

    A193, The Links
  11. Quayside plaques honour local personalities

    Four plaques honouring local heroes from Tyneside have been unveiled in a Walk of Fame along the River Tyne quayside.

    Actor Tim Healy, broadcaster Mike Neville, historian John Grundy and relatives of the former AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson took part in a ceremony to reveal the bronze pavement installations.

    Plaque ceremony

    This brings the total number of such tributes up to 33 in the last four years.

  12. Sunderland Roker Pier gets repaired

    Sunderland's Roker Pier is soon to be repaired after it was badly damaged by storms last November.

    The pier, which has been closed for six months, was hit by gale force winds and huge waves which broke railings and the coping stones they were cemented into.

    A number of these stones were recovered by divers last year, and many will now be used to repair the pier.

    Work starts this summer and should last a couple of months.

    Sunderland Roker Pier
  13. Benwell death victim named

    A man who was found dead in Benwell, Newcastle, has been named as 21-year-old Paul Brettwood.

    Police were called to Joan Street on Wednesday, after reports of concern for the welfare of two men.

    The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, while a second man was taken to hospital, where his condition is now described as stable.

    A 29-year-old man was arrested but has since been released pending further investigation.

    Joan Street
  14. Craftsman carves out top slot for international competition

    A Hexham-based craftsman will be representing the UK against the best in the world at cabinet making.   

    Angus Gardner, who was selected after a process that lasted four days, will be competing against people from 25 other countries for the WorldSkills Finals in Abu Dhabi later this year.    

    Angus Gardner

    During the selection contest the 22-year-old had to create a cabinet to exact plans, and was marked on the overall quality, as well as his cutting of joints and working to precise measurements.

    He's learned his skills in Kendal, but now works for a cabinet-making firm in Hexham.

  15. Fancy a cuppa? You could be making it. Literally.

    I bet the last time you made someone a cup of tea it didn't involve travelling to the tropics and blending it yourself.

    But, if that appeals, North East tea company Ringtons has a job you might like.

    The 110-year-old firm is looking for a trainee tea buyer and blender, although the comany says an adventurous spirit is "pretty crucial".

    Picked tea leaves in a basket
    Quote Message: Tea is grown generally in the tropics so we do travel and visit tea estates and spend a lot of time building relationships with the people who actually grow the tea and make the tea." from James Jobling Head of tea at Ringtons
    James JoblingHead of tea at Ringtons
  16. Spring arrives in the North East

    It finally feels like spring.

    With temperatures reaching 18 degrees in some areas of the North East, many of us will be greeted with sceneries like this one:


    Paul Turnbull sent us this stunning picture which he took in Crook, County Durham.

    Want to share your spring pictures with us? You can Tweet them @BBCNewsNEemail, or contact us through our Facebook page.