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  1. Updates on Friday 26 May 2017

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  1. This week's coverage

    That's all from us for this week, but to get you in the mood for the Bank Holiday weekend, here's a picture taken this morning of Tynemouth's Long Sands beach basking in the sunshine. It was one of a number on North Tyneside to be awarded Blue Flag status earlier this week.

    You can stay up to date with what's happening in the North East with BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle, Look North, and online.

    You can get in touch on Twitter, Facebook, or via email.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday, have a very good weekend.

    Tynemouth beach
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    Video caption: Manchester attack prompts act of kindness from school children

    The school children and their act of kindness in response to the Manchester terrorist attack.

  3. Police name motorcyclist killed in collision

    A man who died when his motorcycle was involved in a collision with a car in Northumberland has been named as Shaun O'Connell.

    The 33-year-old, who lived in Throckley, was pronounced dead at the scene on the A696 near Kirkwhelpington on Thursday morning.

    Shaun O'Connell

    His family said in a statement: "We are devastated. Anyone who knows Shaun will know what a loss this is.

    "We are a motorbike family - we all love to go out on the bikes and this was just an ordinary day. Sadly everything has now changed."

  4. Festival drug death teenager 'could have been spiked'

    A corner has concluded that a 17-year-old from Seaham who died at a music festival in Scotland could have been spiked by drugs.

    Megan Bell collapsed at T in the Park event last July.

    The inquest in Crook was told that she had extremely high levels of ecstasy in her blood stream.

    However, due to a "gap in the evidence" it was not possible to tell whether she voluntarily took the drug.

    Megan Bell
  5. Dry, warm and muggy with long clear periods

    It will be a dry, warm and muggy evening and night with long clear periods.

    An onshore breeze near the coast may bring some mist and low cloud at times later in the night.

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    Check the weather where you are by heading to the BBC Weather page.

  6. 'Industrial size' cannabis farm discovered

    Almost 500 cannabis plants were seized by police in Hartlepool, after the landlord of the Brougham Terrace property called about a possible break-in.

    The 476 plants, in various stages of growth, are estimated to be worth in excess of £400,000.

    No arrests have been made, but Cleveland Police said enquiries were continuing.

    Cannabis farm
    Cannabis farm
    Cannabis farm
    Quote Message: This farm is a significant find. I would urge anyone who has information on drug dealing or drug use in their neighbourhood to contact us." from PC Simon Lowther Neighbourhood Policing Team
    PC Simon LowtherNeighbourhood Policing Team
  7. Re-appeal to find missing pensioner

    Cleveland Police are again appealing for information to help them trace a 75-year-old man who was reported missing yesterday.

    James Hannan

    James Hannan went missing from Grangetown, Middlesbrough and was last seen at 14:45 in Scarborough where he is believed to have travelled by bus.

    James is wearing black trousers, a beige top and was possibly carrying a brown bag.

  8. Buns and guns in Newcastle Centre

    Armed police officers watch on as a group of primary school children hand out free biscuits and cakes:

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    The pupils are doing their part to put smiles on peoples faces in what they say is an act of kindness in direct response to the Manchester terror attack on Monday.

  9. Man pays homage to Donald Trump with 'bricklayers wanted' tattoo

    A 32-year-old man who claims to be the UK's biggest fan of the American President spent three hours being inked with a mock advert for bricklayers.

    Lee Willians, from Teesside, says the tattoo is a "good advert" for Trump's pledge to build a wall on the America/Mexico border - which he supports.

    Donald Trump tattoo
  10. COPD a 'growing threat' in Hartlepool

    Hartlepool Council's Public Health team estimates that 1,600 people living in the town could already have a potentially fatal disease linked to smoking.

    Lung health checks started four years ago, and in that time, 368 people have been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

    Hartlepool Street

    The council aims to tackle the problem by raising awareness of free 30-minute health checks, and an online survey has been commissioned to help measure awareness.

  11. Bank holiday events go on despite Manchester attack

    Durham Tees Valley Airshow, and the Northumberland County Show are among a number of events set to go ahead this weekend, despite the Manchester attack.

    Although there may have been some questions around whether gatherings would still go ahead, the vast majority of people seem determined to carry on regardless.

    The Northumberland County Show - an annual agricultural event which attracts about 20,000 visitors - is taking place on Monday.

    Organiser Judy Willis told the BBC armed officers would patrol the site at Bywell, near Stocksfield, and "strategic plans" are in place for a variety of scenarios.

    Agricultural event

    Large numbers are also expected to attend the Skylive Airshow being staged at Durham Tees Valley Airport, near Darlington, on Saturday.

    Airshow preparations
  12. Man hit with bottle in street robbery

    A man suffered head injuries and a broken nose when he was hit over the head with a bottle during a robbery in Middlesbrough.

    The 29-year-old was walking across the wasteland area between Diamond Road and Waverley Street on Tuesday night when he was approached by three men.

    One of them struck him with a bottle, and cash and his leather jacket were then taken.

    Cleveland Police has appealed for information about the incident at 23:15.

  13. Cleveland Police continue to assist Manchester

    BBC Tees

    Family liaison and disaster victim identification are amongst the roles that officers from the North East have taken on in Manchester, after Monday nights terror attack which left 22 people dead.

    Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Roberts says Cleveland Police will continue to provide specialist assistance to the force's Manchester colleagues.

    He told BBC Tees that sending local resources was not to the detriment of the North East, and that it was vital to continue to stand together against terrorism.

    Police in Greater Manchester
  14. Footballer given suspended ban for betting

    Inverness defender Lewis Horner - originally from Tyneside - has been given a suspended eight-match ban for betting on football.

    The 25-year-old breached the Scottish FA's zero-tolerance rules on gambling by placing 12 bets in 2011-12 and 343 bets this term, including one against a "team from his own club".

    But Horner will not serve any punishment if he proves he has beaten his gambling problem, and will be given help to overcome it.

    Lewis Horner