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  1. Updates on Monday 31 July 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from us for today - thank you for joining us.

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

    BBC journalist Catherine Lee snapped this shot of a rainbow spearing into the sea at Tynemouth.

    Tynemouth

    If you'd like to get in touch or share your North East pictures with us, you can do so on Twitter, Facebook, or via email.

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

  2. Footage of assault in Sunderland sought by police

    Mobile phone footage of an incident that took place in Hendon is being sought by police.

    Police were called in after trouble flared at a book signing in Sunderland by the English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson.

    Violence broke out at Saturday's event, which was staged in an off-licence shortly before a Sunderland-Celtic match being held the same day.

    Police attended Fletcher's News and Booze, where an 18-year-old man suffered a head injury and needed hospital treatment.

    Police believe that people who were in the area at the time filmed the incident on their mobile phones and are now hoping to retrieve that footage.

  3. Ambulance vehicles vandalised

    Seven ambulance vehicles have been vandalised in Teesside. The cars belong to a firm which provides ambulance cover for sporting and charity events on the Dormanstown Industrial Estate.

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  4. Weather: Showers may persist

    BBC Weather

    Dry with some clear spells for most through the evening, although a few showers may persist throughout

    Further heavier showers are likely to push across the Pennines into the far west by dawn.

    Weather graph

    Check the weather where you are.

  5. Middlesbrough teenager missing

    A 15-year-old boy is missing from the Middlesbrough area.

    Keaton Morrison was last seen on Friday at an address on Marton Avenue.

    Police believe that Keaton could be in the Hemlington area of Middlesbrough.

    Keaton Morrison
  6. Iraq War: Bid to prosecute Tony Blair rejected by High Court

    The High Court has blocked an attempt to bring a private prosecution against Tony Blair over the Iraq War.

    Former Iraqi general Abdul Wahed Shannan Al Rabbat alleged the former prime minister committed "the crime of aggression" by invading Iraq in 2003.

    No such crime exists in England and Wales and the court ruled there was "no prospect" of the case succeeding.

    The general had wanted to prosecute Mr Blair, who was Labour MP for Sedgefield at the time, ex-Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, and ex-Attorney General Lord Goldsmith.

    Tony Blair
  7. Boat owner pleads guilty over double carbon monoxide deaths

    The owner of a fishing boat on which two Northumberland men died has pleaded guilty to two charges over their deaths.

    At Leeds Crown Court, Timothy Bowman-Davies, from Pembrokeshire, admitted failing to ensure the boat was safe and that the equipment on board was in good working order.

    The boat

    Mark Arries, 26, from Blyth, and Edward Ide, 21, from Amble, were found dead on the boat, which was moored in Whitby harbour, in January 2014.

    They were poisoned by carbon monoxide after lighting the grill of a butane gas cooker fitted in the wheelhouse to warm the sleeping area.

    Later reports showed that the men may not have died if the boat been fitted with a carbon monoxide alarm.

  8. Your Pictures: Blue skies in Northumberland

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    It was a lovely morning in Embleton beach earlier.

    Thank you to Carl Moffat for sending us this stunning picture of the seaside and the lovely blue sky.

    Embleton beach

    The weather is a bit cloudy in Embleton now, but the sun is expected to shine once again from 14:00.

    Have you got pictures of our area that you'd like to share with us? Send them on Twitter, Facebook, or via email and we may feature them on this page.

  9. Brave Sunderland student hailed for trying to save man who jumped from Wearmouth Bridge

    Sunderland Echo

    Newspaper

    A student has been hailed for her bravery after she tried to save a man who died after he jumped into water off Wearmouth Bridge.

    Wearmouth bridge
  10. 'Geek' who hacked Durham Police website sentenced

    Press Association

    A computer hacker who disrupted access to the British Airways website for more than an hour costing the airline an estimated £100,000 was caught after he boasted about his crimes on Twitter, a court heard.

    "Computer geek" Paul Dixon, 24, of The Avenue, Seaham, County Durham, also admitted hacking into Durham Police's website in October 2014 then bragging about it.

    Paul Dixon

    The unemployed defendant, described by his barrister as socially isolated at the time of the offences, smirked as he walked out of Newcastle Crown Court having been handed a suspended two-year jail sentence and ordered to pay £200 costs.

    He admitted five counts of unauthorised modification of computer material at a previous hearing.

  11. Sunderland police station closed

    A police station in Sunderland will not be accessible later today due to "essential repair work".

    The work is due to be carried out at Waterloo Place Police Office, which will not be available to the public from 16:00.

    A mobile police van will be in the city centre near to the entrance to The Bridges Shopping Centre instead.

    Waterloo Place will reopen tomorrow.

    Waterloo Place Police Office