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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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    You can still catch up with the latest news throughout the night on BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle, Look North, and online.

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    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00, have a good evening.

  2. Union says court ruling is 'big victory' for North East workers

    A Supreme Court decision to quash fees for employment tribunals is being hailed as a major victory for the North East by the TUC.

    The case was brought by the union Unison, which argued that forcing workers to pay up to £1,200 was preventing many from enforcing their employment rights.

    Employment tribunals in the North East have fallen by 71% since the fees were introduced in 2013 as there were 6,770 claims were made before the introduction, compared with 1,939 in the most recent year, according to the TUC.

    Unison protest

    TUC northern regional secretary Beth Farhat said “This is a massive win for working people in the North East.

    "Congratulations to Unison for doggedly pursuing this case. Today’s result shows the value of working people standing together in trade unions".

    “Low-paid workers across the North East were priced out of justice, even when they’ve been faced with harassment or have been sacked unfairly.

    “Tribunal fees have been a bonanza for bad bosses, giving them free rein to mistreat staff. The government must now refund all past fees as soon as possible."

  3. Dog eats wedding cake on couple's big day

    Bella the Labrador ate Jackie Walker and Scott Willis' wedding cake on the morning of their big day.

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    Video caption: Dog eats wedding cake on morning of couple's big day
  4. Summer drink-drive campaign catches 96 intoxicated drivers

    Damian O'Neil

    BBC Look North

    During a month-long campaign across the Durham and Cleveland Police areas, 96 drivers were found to be over the legal alcohol limit, and 15 provided a positive drugs test.

    Sixteen were unfit to drive, and eight failed to provide a sample.

    A total of 2,475 breath tests were carried out.

    Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, said: "These results show that operations like this one are essential and can potentially save lives.

    "I am fully supportive of this campaign and the work of our roads policing officers in making our roads a safer place."

  5. Sunderland Pride saved by local sponsors

    Damian O'Neil

    BBC Look North

    Sunderland's LGBT+ celebration has been saved after it looked like it could be cancelled due to a lack of funding.

    It will be the city's seventh Pride, and it is being made possible by the contributions of a number of local bars, pubs and restaurants.

    Sunderland Business Improvement District has agreed to sponsor the main stage for the fourth year.

    The event is happening on 24 September from 12:00 until 18:00 at Park Lane.

    Sunderland Pride
  6. Angel of the North rated as nation's fifth favourite

    Gateshead's Angel of the North has come fifth in a vote for the nation's favourite artwork.

    Some 2,000 people chose their favourite from a shortlist of 20 drawn up by arts editors and writers.

    Banksy's mural of a girl letting go of a heart-shaped balloon topped the list, with Constable's Hay Wain, Jack Vettriano's Singing Butler and Turner's Fighting Temeraire nudging the Antony Gormley sculpture into fifth place.

    Angel of the North
  7. £20,000 fine over death of worker at County Durham farm

    Peter Harris

    BBC Look North

    A building company has been fined £20,000 over the death of a worker at a farm in County Durham.

    Steven Ratcliffe was refurbishing a toilet block at Hall Farm in Lanchester in 2015 when he was killed by a two-tonne wall that fell on him.

    Peterlee Magistrates' Court heard the wall had been left in an unsafe condition over a weekend before it collapsed.

    Building company Mike Neesam and Son admitted failing to ensure the health and safety of employees and has been fined £20,000.

    District Judge Christina Harrison said Mr Ratcliffe's death had a devastating impact on his widow, Marie, and the wall had been "an accident waiting to happen".

  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A1027 County Durham both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A1027 County Durham both ways severe accident, at A177 Durham Road.

    A1027 County Durham - A1027 Bishopton Avenue in Stockton-On-Tees closed at the A177 Durham Road junction, because of a serious accident. On the roundabout. Also affecting A177 Durham Road at A1027 Bishopton Avenue.

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

  9. Blyth quintet to compete in South Africa

    Five girls from Bltyth have been selected to represent England at the Commonwealth lifesaving championships in South Africa.

    Rachel Carroll, Beth Little and Jessica Parker will compete in the national team, with Beth Chandler in the development team and Cadie Chandler as reserve.

    During the competition, in August, they will swim as a team, towing a manikin, swimming with fins and rescue tubes against the clock.

    Blyth competitors
  10. Dozens of arrests in first few days of Operation Kestrel

    BBC Newcastle

    Police say more than 40 people have been arrested as part of Operation Kestrel in its first week.

    The operation - which involves police working alongside immigration and Border Force officers, voluntary organisations and local authorities - targets foreign offenders and aims to protect vulnerable people being exploited by criminals.

    Since Monday, across the Northumbria, Durham and Cleveland force areas, 46 people have been arrested for slavery and immigration offences and nine vulnerable victims have been helped.

  11. Newcastle to press government for investment cash

    Mayors and council leaders from five cities in northern England - including Newcastle - will hold a summit with business leaders next month to press ministers for more investment.

    They are concerned that the government has become less committed to the idea of a Northern Powerhouse after David Cameron and George Osborne departed.

    The other cities are Liverpool, Sheffield, Manchester and Leeds.

    The Department for Transport (DfT) rejected the suggestion that northern England was being short-changed.

  12. Full judgement released in Mike Ashley case

    You can read the full High Court judgement on Mike Ashley's dispute with a financial expert here.

  13. Banker who sued Mike Ashley ordered to foot £2.5m legal bills

    Damian O'Neil

    BBC Look North

    The financial adviser who tried to sue Mike Ashley for £14m has been landed with a legal bill of more than £2.5m.

    The High Court heard this is made up of "one million odd" of his own costs, plus the £1.5m run up by Mr Ashley, which the judge has ordered him to pay.

    Financial expert Jeffrey Blue was originally paid a bonus of £1m by Ashley, for helping raise the value of Sports Direct's share price.

    Lawyers indicated that Mr Blue had been "assisted" by insurers in launching the litigation.