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  1. Updates on Monday 26 June 2017

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    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00. Have a great evening.

  2. Weather: Cloud to bring rain

    The forecast for this evening is still looking less than inspiring - cloud will lead to outbreaks of rain across the region by midnight and it may be particularly heavy in some places.

    Whatever happened to last week's heatwave?

    Weather forecast, 26 June 2017
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    Severe accident: A183 Tyne And Wear northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A183 Tyne And Wear northbound severe accident, between Avondale Avenue and Clydesdale Avenue affecting A182.

    A183 Tyne And Wear - A183 Chester Road in Penshaw closed and queuing traffic northbound between the Avondale Avenue junction and the Clydesdale Avenue junction, because of an accident. Congestion to the A182 junction.

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

  4. Child remains critically ill after crash

    A seven-year-old child is still critically ill in hospital after a car mounted a kerb and hit a group of people in Newcastle.

    Three children and three adults were injured in the crash which happened on a field behind Westgate Sports Centre on Sunday morning.

    They were taken to hospital and two of the adults and one of the children have now been discharged.

    The seven-year-old is in the paediatric intensive care unit. The others are in a stable condition with serious but non life-threatening injuries, Northumbria Police said.

    A 42-year-old local woman who was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving was later released on conditional bail pending further investigation.

    People forming a human chain
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    Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J56 for B6275 Hang Beck.

    A1(M) North Yorkshire - One lane blocked and very slow traffic on A1(M) southbound at J56, B6275 (Barton).

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

  6. Twenty years of Harry Potter magic

    BBC Entertainment and Arts

    Can you believe it's 20 years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone?

    Since then, JK Rowling's series about the young wizard has sold more than 450 million copies around the world.

    Of course there's a strong North East link with Alnwick Castle, in Northumberland, doubling as Hogwarts in the first two film adaptations.

    You can read more about how Harry Potter enchanted the world here.

    Cover of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  7. Designer glasses stolen from optician

    Almost 200 pairs of designer glasses frames have been stolen from an optician in Middlesbrough.

    Lens cutting and eye testing equipment were also taken from the Optical Eye Clinic on Linthorpe Road, which was broken into between 17:00 on Saturday and 08:00 on Monday.

    Cleveland Police have asked anyone who knows anything to get in touch with them.

  8. DUP deal will prompt call for Air Passenger Duty review in England

    Richard Moss

    Political Editor, BBC Look North

    As we reported earlier, the Conservatives have finally agreed a support deal with Northern Ireland's DUP.

    As well as an estimated £1bn for their home country, the DUP wanted to abolish Air Passenger Duty in Northern Ireland and have secured a review into that.

    However, that will prompt calls for similar action in England.

    The two sides sign the agreement document
  9. Newcastle man dodged tax on 39,000 cigarettes

    A Newcastle man caught with more than 39,000 illicit cigarettes has been given a suspended prison sentence.

    Aran Saied, 33, of Ellesmere Road in the city's West End, was pulled over on the A1 near Catterick in September 2016 because the car he was driving had no MOT.

    Officers found 39,820 illicit cigarettes, worth £10,100 in duty taxes, and £2,775 cash hidden in boxes.

    Enquiries revealed he had previously been warned about duty evasion after attempting to smuggle 4,000 cigarettes and 30 cigars through Edinburgh Airport in April 2015.

    Saied was convicted of excise duty evasion last month and has now been sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for 12 months, and 150 hours unpaid work. He must pay £400 costs and £140 victim surcharge.

    Some of the cigarettes
  10. Sunderland teenager needs £6,000 to travel to America for treatment

    Sunderland Echo


    A Sunderland teenager is facing the prospect of having medical treatment thousands of miles in America after she was diagnosed with a rare cancer.

    Natalia Rooks
  11. Kynren boss praises production's volunteers

    The man behind the open-air historical show Kynren has paid tribute to the volunteers who make up the cast.

    The outdoor night-time performances which feature battles, jousting and a firework finale on a bend of the River Wear below Auckland Castle, in County Durham, attracted more than 100,000 visitors last year and its second season is set to get under way this weekend.

    Jonathan Ruffer believes local people have already taken on the project as their own.

    He said: "You have nothing without the volunteers. If you said to them 'Whose show is this' the answer is 'It's ours. We were the ones who stood in the cold doing the practice for hours, who threw our lives into it'."

    The production has a cast and crew of 1,500 people.

    Medieval knights in Kynren
  12. Lakeshore Railroad marks 45 years

    If you missed it over the weekend, here's a lovely video looking at the 45th anniversary celebrations of a South Shields institution - the Lakeshore Railroad at South Marine Park.

    Chugging along since 1972, it's the only public steam working 9.5ins gauge railway in the UK.

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    Video caption: South Shields mini train celebrates 45th anniversary
  13. Cricket: Pink balls for Durham v Worcestershire

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    For the first time an entire round of county championship matches will be played today under lights.

    The players will also bowl with a bright pink Dukes ball instead of the usual dark red one.

    It’s part of an experiment to try and get more people to watch first class cricket, particularly abroad, where crowds for test matches in some countries have been falling dramatically in the advent of T20 which is over in three hours.

    Durham will play Worcestershire in their pink ball game which starts on Monday and runs until Thursday. Play starts at 14:00 and is likely to run until about 21:30 most nights. You can find commentary here.

    Durham were the first English team to trial a pink ball when they faced the MCC in Abu Dhabi in 2010 in the Champion County match. They also played them in 2014 under the lights in Abu Dhabi too.

    pink balls

    The first pink ball test was in Australia when they played New Zealand, in Adelaide in 2015. Pakistan played a floodlit test against The West Indies in Dubai the following year.

    And this summer for the first time England will stage a test match with a pink ball when they play the West Indies at Edgbaston in August.

    As part of this experiment the ECB is allowing the counties to field their England players so they can get some experience of pink ball cricket ahead of the test v the Windies. That means Ben Stokes and Mark Wood will be available for Durham while Moeen Ali will play for Worcestershire.

  14. Appeal after pedestrian injured on A19

    Police are appealing for information after a pedestrian was left seriously injured after being hit by a car on the A19.

    The 30-year-old man was struck by an Audi A6 close to the junction with the A1027 at Norton on Saturday at about 23:00.

    He suffered leg injuries and a broken pelvis and is being treated at Middlesbrough's James Cook Hospital.

    A 66-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and has been released from custody while enquiries continue.