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  1. Updates on Wednesday 19 July 2017

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  2. 24 hours in England: 'When you come to Redcar you have to have a Lemon Top'

    Today the BBC has been curating a snapshot of 24 hours in the lives of some of the 55 million people who make up our nation. Check here as more photographs are added through the day.

    Pacitto's is well known locally on Teesside for the creation of a summertime favourite – the Lemon Top.

    Whipped vanilla ice cream with a lemon sorbet finish, you can’t move down the esplanade in Redcar without someone tucking into one.

    The shop has been a feature of the seaside town for more then 85 years (no one is sure when it opened) after Marcus Pacitto's great grandfather Giacomo started the business

    Marcus, 52, said: "I know they came over after the First World War when Italy was poor and started trading before the Second World War.

    Speaking about the Lemon Top, their most popular item, he added: "I don't know if it was my grandfather or if it was taken from elsewhere, but it just seems to have hit Redcar and it's a ridiculously popular dish.

    "It kind of makes me proud, in a strange way, it's part of Redcar folklore now, in fact it's a law, when you come to Redcar you have to have a Lemon Top."

    Marcus Pacitto with a Lemon Top
  3. Weather: rain later, possibly thundery

    Abbie Dewhurst

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    The cloud and warm temperatures could trigger some rain - possibly thundery - in places later.

    Persistent rain will spread into the North East this evening. It could get quite heavy at times and thundery overnight.

    It'll clear for a time but tomorrow morning will be fairly cloudy and drizzly.

    Weather map
  4. Horlicks goes but County Durham gets investment in pharma overhaul

    The pharmaceuticals company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is planning to cut 320 jobs and sell off its Horlicks brand.

    It has also reversed plans to invest in a biopharma facility in Ulverston, Cumbria, saying it "no longer needs the additional capacity" and floating the possibility of selling manufacturing plants related to its cephalosporin antibiotics division.

    The company plans investment of more than £140m in manufacturing sites in Ware, Hertfordshire, Barnard Castle, County Durham, and Montrose, Scotland.

    GSK site in Barnard Castle

    President of global affairs Philip Thomson said the firm was "continuing to invest in science and our core businesses in the UK and we continue to see the UK as an attractive place for the life sciences industry".

    GSK employs about 17,000 people in the UK, 5,000 in manufacturing.

  5. Security increased for weekend Pride festival

    Extra security measures, including bag searches, will be in place for Newcastle Pride this weekend, organisers have said.

    Additional security staff will also be on site, as well as Northumbria Police uniformed officers and armed officers.

    Mark Nichols, chair of Northern Pride – the LGBT charity which organises the festival – said they would take all necessary measures to give "a little extra peace of mind" during the weekend.

    “This is our tenth year of hosting the free festival and as with all large-scale events, we do ask that attendees remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to a member of staff or security," he said.

    The festival is on from Friday until Sunday on Newcastle’s Town Moor.

    People at Newcastle Pride in 2015
  6. School bag leads to Marks and Spencer evacuation

    In the spirit of conjuring up terrible excuses for not doing homework, one young student might have a good story to tell their teacher today.

    Police were called out to the Kingston Park Marks and Spencer to deal with a "suspicious package".

    By the time they got there the shop had been evacuated - but they soon realised the package in question was just a school bag, left behind (presumably by mistake).

    They do say people should "remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour", though.

    School bag
    Image caption: We're assuming it wasn't a bag like this
  7. Teaching union calls for school lockdown plan

    A teaching union is calling for schools to have a plans for lockdown procedures in case something serious happens on their premises.

    The NASUWT said schools currently had ad hoc drills to deal with various threats and called on the government to put together a comprehensive plan.

    The North East Counter Terrorism Unit, police, council and fire service have run seminars for teachers in West Yorkshire, to give advice on managing a potentially violent or dangerous event in or around a school.

    The government said it "constantly reviewed" security guidance it issues.

    School lockdown examples
  8. Official respose to officer driving while using a mobile phone

    Cleveland Police's assistant chief constable, Jason Harwin, described the actions of Supt Mark Thornton - who was filmed driving while using a mobile phone - as "serious".

    "The information presented to the force by the Northern Echo... will be fully investigated," he said.

    Police and crime commissioner Barry Coppinger said he was "committed to reducing injury and death on the roads".

    "The introduction earlier this year of harsher punishments for illegal mobile phone use whilst driving will help to make this a reality," he said.

    "The law applies as much to police officers as it does to anyone else.

    "It's right that this officer has apologised for his actions and that Cleveland Police is now investigating."

  9. Something to cuddle when the going gets tough

    The police asked - and more than 100 willing knitters obliged.

    More than 120 "trauma teddies" have been made for Durham Police to give out to children involved in car crashes or other situations which can be frightening for them.

    Some have even been sent over from Cyprus.

    Sgt Dave Clarke, who's based in Stanley, said the response to their appeal had been "absolutely overwhelming".

    "They just add that little bit of comfort and every child can relate to a teddy," he said.

    Teddies in boot of police car

    "They are also really useful for officers to explain what is going on so, for example, if you need to put an oxygen mask on a child you can do it to the teddy first and it instantly becomes a lot less frightening," Sgt Clarke said.

    "There are also times when we might need a child to remain still while we are cutting them out of vehicles - the teddies give them something to focus on."

  10. Keep your eyes peeled when taking out cash

    BBC Tees

    Better take care if you're taking cash out of a hole in the wall in Middlesbrough.

    Cleveland Police say they found a skimming device on the ATM at Tesco Express on Oxford Road late on Sunday night.

    Criminals can use them to read cash cards and can even film someone using the machine to record their PIN.

    The force warned it's very difficult to tell if the machine has been tampered with.

    But if you do spot something the force asks that you report it.

  11. In pictures: 24 hours in England

    The BBC is curating a snapshot of 24 hours in the lives of the 55 million people who make up our nation. Check here as more photographs are added through the day.

    Paul Dent

    Paul Dent is a fisherman working out of Blyth Harbour in Northumberland, whose family has been in the business for generations.

    His catch depends on the season; prawns in winter and salmon during summer months. But today he's not at sea because of weather and tidal conditions so he's concentrating on maintenance on one of his boats.

    The 47-year-old says being a fisherman can be "feast or famine" but he loves it.

    "You see sunrises, wonderful cloud formations, dolphins, there's just been some minke whales. Things people don't normally see. I love getting out of bed every morning."

  12. Mobile phone driving police officer - full statement

    The police officer who was filmed driving while using a mobile phone has issued an apology.

    Supt Mark Thornton said, as a serving police officer, he was "more aware than most of the potentially devastating consequences of driving whilst distracted".

    "This is no small thing and the consequences for pedestrians and other roads users can be fatal, which is why we have recently seen changes to the law increasing penalty points and fines for driving while using a mobile phone," he said.

    "I'm very sorry, not because of the impact on me - it's my responsibility and no one else's - but to those I feel I've let down.

    "Policing is a job I love and in which I've carried out my duties to the best of my abilities over 27 years.

    "I have let a lot of people down, not least myself. I will fully accept the consequences of my actions."

    Officer at the wheel on phone
  13. Company apologises for smoke and flames at Wilton

    Chemical manufacturer Sabic has apologised to residents for flaring at its plant at Wilton, near Redcar.

    The company says it's because a plant compressor tripped.

    The flaring is an "essential safety system to allow the plant to be brought back into normal operation in a controlled way following such an upset", it said.

    Maintenance teams were "working hard to resolve the issue", but it accepted it was taking longer than normal.

    A resolution is likely to be later this evening, it said.

  14. North Sea cod can be eaten with 'clear conscience'

    Good news for a summer of fish and chips by the seaside.

    North Sea cod is now sustainable and can be eaten with a , the fisheries body The Marine Stewardship Council has said.

    Cod has been considered under threat for more than a decade.

    But measures agreed by the industry to help regenerate the population, including new nets and closing spawning areas to fishing, seem to be working.

    Man with fish
  15. Motives behind failed grab attempt unknown

    Police say they still don't know what a man who grabbed a 12-year-old girl in Stockton was planning.

    The man, who was in his late 40s and had a full beard, pulled the girl by the wrist towards the cycle path on Claxton Close in Hardwick at 08:00 yesterday morning.

    He was disturbed by passers-by and the girl was able to escape, Cleveland Police said.