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Summary

  1. Funeral takes place of Manchester bomb victim
  2. The Hoppings opens doors for 135th anniversary
  3. Folk legend Vin Garbutt's funeral held
  4. Updates on Friday 16 June 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our updates have now ended for the day.

    We'll be back on Monday morning from 08:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel.

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    Have a good weekend, and if you are thinking of visiting the Hoppings, we hope you enjoy it as much as these merry-makers did in 1925.

    Hoppings in 1925
  2. Safety advice for tower block residents

    Your Homes Newcastle says it want to reassure people with the leaflets and says high rise blocks in Newcastle are safe places to live.

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    Video caption: Safety advice for Newcastle tower block residents
  3. North missing out on learning languages

    Sean Coughlan

    BBC News, education correspondent

    There is a stark north-south divide in whether young people in England are learning modern languages, an annual survey from the British Council says.

    In some London boroughs, 75% of pupils take a language GCSE, while in authorities such as Middlesbrough and Blackpool it is below 30%.

    The survey also suggests that this languages gap is getting even wider.

    The British Council says the lack of language skills is costing the UK "tens of billions in missed trade".

    French words
  4. Man arrested after policeman injured on bypass

    A man was arrested after a police officer was injured in a collision as he was standing beside a road dealing with another incident.

    The officer suffered head and leg injuries when he was struck on Billingham Bypass on Tuesday night. He was taken to hospital but released later.

    A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol, driving dangerously and no insurance. He was released with no bail condition as inquiries continue.

  5. Lindisfarne Castle restoration 'going well'

    BBC Newcastle

    The National Trust says a £3m project to restore Lindisfarne Castle in Northumberland is going well and they hope to be able to reopen to the public next spring.

    Centuries of exposure to the sea and wind have taken their toll and the Grade I listed building had started to leak.

    Lindisfarne Castle

    The large scale project includes the restoration of stonework, painting and windows.

    Nick Lewis from the National Trust said it was a difficult decision to close the site for so long, but that it was necessary to prevent further deterioration.

  6. Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

    With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

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  7. Man released after chemical seizure

    A man arrested after chemicals were found at a house in Heaton has been released, police have said.

    The 42-year-old was held yesterday after officers were called to an address on Heaton Park View following reports of suspicious behaviour.

    Ch Supt Neil Hutchison said: "We have carried out a full assessment and are very confident that the chemicals recovered pose no risk to the wider public.

    "There is an ongoing investigation to determine if any criminal offences have been committed."

    Incident in Heaton
  8. Watch: Blue plaque unveiled at former Mayfair Ballroom

    Dozens of plaques were revealed yesterday to mark BBC Music Day and recognise pioneering musicians and music venues.

    In Newcastle Lindisfarne founder member Ray Laidlaw unveiled the plaque at the site of the former Mayfair Ballroom - now where The Gate is.

    It was where the band which became Led Zeppelin made their UK debut in October 1968.

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  9. Driver hurt as Land Rover overturns

    A driver was seriously injured when his Land Rover overturned in Sunderland.

    It happened about an hour ago on Chester Road at the bottom of Penshaw Monument.

    The road remains closed, with diversions in place at the Shiney Row roundabout, but there is a lot of congestion in the area, and motorists are being asked to find alternative routes.

    Northumbria Police said the driver had been taken to hospital, but it has not released any further information about his condition.

  10. Preston say no approach from Sunderland over Grayson

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Preston have so far received no approach from Sunderland about manager Simon Grayson.

    Grayson has been made favourite to succeed David Moyes after Derek McInnes turned down the Black Cats job last night in favour of staying at Aberdeen.

    It is understood Grayson is on a rolling contract at Preston, which contains a large compensation clause.

    The 47-year-old is the second-longest serving manager in the Championship, behind Mick McCarthy, and the 10th across the top four divisions of the English game.

  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A183 Tyne And Wear both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A183 Tyne And Wear both ways severe accident, between A19 and Avondale Avenue.

    A183 Tyne And Wear - A183 Chester Road in Penshaw closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the A19 junction and the Avondale Avenue junction, because of a serious accident.

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

  12. Private funeral for former Newcastle star Cheick Tiote

    BBC Sport

    The body of former Newcastle United star Cheick Tiote's has been flown back to Ivory Coast where a private funeral for the Beijing Enterprises midfielder will take place.

    Tiote, 30, collapsed and died during a training session with his Chinese club last week.

    On Tuesday there was a memorial service held in the Chinese capital, attended by family, friends and former team-mates.

    Tiote coffin
  13. Why do we spend less on Father's Day than Mother's Day?

    A little reminder - it's Father's Day on Sunday.

    While many of us will be buying cards and presents, nationally it will probably be no where near what we'd spend on Mother's Day - so why do we spend more on our mums?

    Dr Lars Perner, a consumer psychologist at the University of Southern California, says that most of us simply think our mothers deserve better or bigger presents.

    Happy Father's Day
  14. MP calls for fire safety checks after London tower tragedy

    Hartlepool Mail

    Newspaper

    Hartlepool’s new MP says all housing providers in the town should carry out immediate fire safety checks after the Grenfell tower tragedy in London.

    Mike Hill called for the action to be taken to protect residents after at least 17 people perished in the disaster in West London.

    Mike Hill