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  1. Updates on Wednesday 31 May 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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    You can catch up with any other news overnight on BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle, Look North, and online.

    If you have a photo you'd like to share with us, you can get in touch via @BBCNewsNE, email us, or contact us on our Facebook page.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

    Sunset at Northumberlandia
  2. Weather: Some sunshine and light winds

    A dry end to the day with some evening sunshine and light winds.

    It will become a little cloudier overnight, perhaps with the odd spot of rain over western hills by the morning.

    Check the forecast where you are here.

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  3. The kids getting ink like their parents

    Airbrushed tattoos for children is an American craze which has now been brought to Gateshead by artist Vicky McAdam.

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    Video caption: Gateshead tattoo artist gives children their parents' 'ink'
  4. BBC Weather Watchers: Sunny Penshaw

    It's a beautiful day across the North East.

    Check out this BBC Weather Watchers picture of Penshaw Monument in the sunshine.

    Penshaw Monument in the sunshine

    Thanks to Jeanne for the snap.

    Visit the BBC Weather Watchers website if you'd like to join.

  5. Man in his 60s assaulted in Ashington

    Police are appealing for information after a 63-year-old man was assaulted at Hirst Park, Ashington on Sunday evening.

    The man had intervened as a large group of youths had been drinking and behaving in a rowdy manner.

    Youths then attacked and punched the man before running off.

    An ambulance was called and the man was treated in hospital before being discharged.

    Police cars
  6. Newsnight and Newsbeat Newcastle election debate - Brexit

    Last night BBC Newsnight and BBC Newsbeat held a generation gap election debate with older and young voters in Newcastle.

    Watch the video below to see some of the views aired on the subject of Brexit:

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  7. Your photos: Swans enjoy the sunshine

    Ashely Corr sent us this lovely photo of a family of Mute swans taken at Herrington Park in Sunderland this morning.

    If you have a photo you'd like to share with us, you can get in touch via @BBCNewsNE, email us, or contact us via our Facebook page.

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    Video caption: If I were Prime Minister: Middlesbrough kids share their ideas

    What would you do if you were Prime Minister for the day? Check out what kids in Middlesbrough, England, had to say!

  9. Wanted man back in prison

    Northumbria Police has arrested a man who had been wanted for two weeks but refused to hand himself in,

    Mark Anthony Barrett, 41, breached the terms of his licence.

    At court a judge ordered Barrett, from Winlaton, Gateshead, to be returned to prison for the remaining 28 days of his sentence.

    He was also handed a 22-week suspended sentence for breaching the terms of his licence.

    Mark Anthony Barrett
  10. Fertility doctors make egg donation appeal

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    Fertility doctors in Newcastle are asking North East women to consider donating their eggs.

    Women who can't use their own eggs face a three-year wait at the Newcastle Fertility Clinic because of a shortage of donors.

    They're also needed for three-person IVF.

    The clinic is the first in the world to be given a licence to carry out the treatment, which it says will prevent babies dying from genetic diseases.

    IVF eggs
  11. Manchester benefit concert 'too soon'

    BBC Newcastle

    The granddad of a South Shields teenager who was caught up in the Manchester attack says it's "too soon" to hold a benefit concert in the city.

    Last night it was announced that Ariana Grande will perform this Sunday along with other stars including Take That and Katy Perry .

    Those who were at last week's concert are being offered free tickets.

    Billy Kennedy rang BBC Newcastle on hearing the announcement and said his 14-year-old grandaughter won't be going.

    Ariana Grande
  12. Middlesbrough artist decorates derelict buildings

    BBC Tees

    Have you spotted this urban artwork in Middlesbrough?

    Local artist Eamonn McGovern showed us his latest work.

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  13. Film festival to bring red carpet glamour to North East

    Sharuna Sagar

    BBC Look North

    A film festival for the North East will have its regional launch today.

    The Newcastle International Film Festival was announced in Cannes last week and now a local event will be staged at the Vermont hotel in Newcastle.

    The festival is expected to attract up to 60,000 visitors.

    Spread over four days, the event will take place at venues around the North East in March next year.