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  2. Weather: Showers becoming longer spells of ran, drier later

    Showers may merge into a longer spell of rain through the evening. Drier through the early hours though a few showers may persist in the east.

    Turning chilly inland with fog likely forming along the Tyne and Tees.

    Minimum Temperature: 9C (48F).

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  3. Clevalnd Police and Crime Commissioner calls for PM to rethink police funding cut

    The Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner is urging Theresa May to "think again" over cuts to police funding.

    Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner

    It comes as the Government announced yesterday that they are to lift the 1% public sector pay cap on police and prison officers.

    Police officers will now receive a 1% pay rise with a further 1% one-off bonus, the latter of which coming from forces' pre-existing budgets.

    Cleveland PCC, Barry Coppinger (pictured) has described the move as a slap in the face.

    Quote Message: It appears the Government is not providing the funding for this one-off bonus, which in Cleveland is likely to mean a half million pound cut to our available budget over the next year. Instead of robbing Peter to pay Paul, the Government should recognise the incredible job that police officers and police staff do and fund a realistic pay rise."

    He is now writing to the Prime Minister urging her to reconsider what he describes as a cut to police budgets.

  4. Repair works to start on major Newcastle roundabout

    Road users are being warned of potential delays on the A184 Felling Bypass as essential repair work starts on Heworth roundabout later this year.

    Heworth Roundabout

    The roundabout is supported by a series of bridges which carry the road over Network Rail and Metro lines.

    Structural engineers found water seeping into these structures, and therefore the road needs to be completely removed to waterproof the bridge decks before a new surface is applied.

    The work is expected to take six months and will affect surrounding routes.

    Map view of area surrounding Heworth roundabout

    - The A184 Felling Bypass either side of the roundabout will be reduced to a single lane in each direction with some full road closures at night and weekends.

    - The A185 Shields Road between Heworth roundabout and the Maiden Over pub will be closed.

    - The B1426 between Heworth roundabout and Sunderland Road will be closed.

    The council is awaiting approval from Network Rail before a start date can be confirmed.

    Gateshead council has put together a Q & A its website with information on how to plan journeys by public transport.

  5. Plane crash passenger 'loved by everyone'

    A woman killed in a plane crash on Monday had been involved with amateur theatre for many years.

    Val Barnes, from Whickham, was a passenger in the light aircraft which came down on the Queen's Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. Pilot Nigel Dodds, believed to be originally from Gateshead, also died.

    Gordon Richardson, a spokesman for NODA, the umbrella organisation which support amateur theatre said: "Val was loved by everyone and devoted to everything she did.

    "She was a member of South Moor Noda society for 56 years and secretary since 1971."

    Val Barnes
  6. Record number crossed finish line for Great North Run

    A record number of people took part in and finished this year's Simplyhealth Great North Run on Sunday, organisers say.

    Runners at The Great North Run

    The half marathon was completed by 43,127 people. This year it was officially started by its founder Brendan Foster.

    The miles run was equal to almost 564,000 miles covered - the equivalent to almost 22 times around the world, organisers said.

    The four-hour programme was broadcast on BBC One and attracted an audience of 1.5 million with audiences as far and wide as Asia, Africa and New Zealand.

    The ballot for next years race will open in January, more information can be found here.

  7. Cat kicked to death

    A cat has died after being kicked to death, police said.

    A man was seen kicking and stamping on the animal in the early hours of Sunday morning, in Caldew Court, Easington Lane, Houghton-le-Spring. It died from its injuries, Northumbria Police said.

    The man is described as tall with a crew cut hairstyle and wearing a parka jacket which was possibly green.

    A second man who was with him had a lurcher breed dog.

  8. Plane crash pilot 'kindest man'

    A friend of a pilot who died when a light aircraft crashed on the Queen's Sandringham Estate in Norfolk said he was the "kindest man" he had ever met.

    Nigel Dodds, believed to be originally from Gateshead, died along with his passenger Val Barnes, from Whickham, when the plane came down on Monday.

    It is understood Mr Dodds, who lived in Menorca, was flying back from the Spanish island to Newcastle.

    British ex-pat and bar owner John Scott (pictured right below with Nigel Dodds) said Mr Dodds, who had lived in Cala En Porter in Menorca, was the "kindest man" he had ever met.

    "He did not have a bad word to say about anyone," he said.

    "He was a very popular member of our community here in Menorca and the whole village is devastated."

    Nigel Dodds and John Scott
  9. Tickets for international T20 at Durham's Chester-le-Street ground sell out

    Tickets for this weekends NatWest T20 between England and the West Indies at Chester-le-Street have sold out.

    Durham's Chester-le-Street ground

    About 13,000 people will be welcoming the two sides to the Emirates Riverside ground on Saturday.

    Durham County Cricket Club sat they are delighted by the region's appetite for international cricket.

    Spectators can expect to see sporting stars Alex Hales (pictured), Joe Root and Chris Gales.

    Play gets under way at 18:30 with gates opening at 16:30.

    Alex Hales
  10. Woman killed in crash had a 'vibrant personality'

    A woman killed when the plane she was in crashed on the Queen's Sandringham Estate in Norfolk had real energy, a tribute said.

    Pilot Nigel Dodds and passenger Val Barnes, both from Gateshead, died when the Piper PA-28 aircraft came down on Monday morning.

    Ms Barnes, 70, had worked with Kelvin Grove Primary School and the wider Bensham and Saltwell community for more than 20 years.

    She had worked in school administration as well as running an after school gymnastic clubs and accompanying pupils on trips.

    She retired in 2007 but continued to be involved with the school until 2015, as a school governor, member of the Parent Teacher Association and as a volunteer at its morning breakfast club.

    Headteacher Andy Jones said: We have many fond memories of Val, particularly hosting our annual "Kelvin's Got Talent" Show.

    "Val had a vibrant personality, with a real energy and passion for life and she will be sadly missed within our school community."

  11. North East Chamber of Commerce: 'we are in a much better place'

    The North East Chamber of Commerce has given its reaction to the latest unemployment figures after the region was found to have the highest rate in the country.

    Nationally unemployment has fallen to it's lowest level since 1975, whereas the North East region rose by 8,000.

    The Chamber insists that employment has increased over the last 12 months, and that 'we are in a much better place than we were a year ago'.

    Despite unemployment rising over the quarter, over the last year it has reduced by 20,000.

    HR Officer at Seaham-based Prima Cheese, Angela Wright (pictured below) said the annual figures confirmed their own experience and are confident the business will grow further in 2018.

    Angela Wright, HR Officer at Prima Cheese
    Quote Message: Since joining Prima in June 2015 our workforce has increased to 106 employees from 54. In the past year alone our headcount has increased by 27%."
  12. PM accused of ignoring families of Manchester attack victims

    Theresa May has been answering MPs' questions this morning in Prime Minister Ministers Questions.

    South Shields Labour MP Emma-Lewell Buck accused the prime minister of ignoring her constituents who lost relatives in the Manchester Arena attack.

    Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, both from the town, were among those killed in the attack earlier this year.

    Ms Lewell-Buck said she had written to the prime minister about their case but had not received a reply.

    Theresa May apologised that no reply has been sent. She says the attack in Manchester "damaged lives in many ways".

  13. Passenger killed in Sandringham Estate crash is named as Whickham woman

    The passenger who died in a plane which crashed on the Queen's Sandringham Estate has been named.

    Val Barnes, 70, from Whickham, was killed with pilot Nigel Dodds when the Piper PA-28 aircraft came down near Wolferton on Monday morning.

    It's understood the pair were flying back from Menorca to Newcastle.

    The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is investigating.

  14. North East has highest rate of unemployment

    Richard Moss

    Political Editor, BBC Look North

    Unemployment nationally is at its lowest level since 1975, dropping by 75,000 in the three months to July.

    In the North East, however, it has increased by 8,000, a rate of 6%.

    The table below compares regional rates from 2016 and 2017

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  15. North East has highest level of unemployment

    Richard Moss

    Political Editor, BBC Look North

    Figures released today show that the North East has the highest level of unemployment in the UK.

    Job Centre Sign

    The rate in the region rose by 8,000 to 77,000 between May and July, according to The Office for National Statistics

    Nationally, the figures show that the number of people out of work is at it's lowest level since 1975.

    Unemployment across the country fell by 75,000 in the three months to July, a jobless rate of 4.3%, whereas the North East's rate stands at 6%.

  16. Pilot who died in Sandringham Estate crash named as Gateshead man

    The pilot of the plane who died alongside a female passenger when it crashed on the Queen's Sandringham Estate has been named.

    Nigel Dodds, 58, from Gateshead, was flying the Piper PA-28 aircraft when it came down near Wolferton on Monday morning, police have confirmed.

    It is understood Mr Dodds was flying back from Menorca to Newcastle when the plane crashed in marshland.

    The pilot and his passenger, in her 70s, were pronounced dead at the scene.

    The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is investigating.

    The plane crash
  17. Public sector pay cap : Cleveland Police react

    Cleveland Police's Chief Constable says more money is needed to accommodate an increase in staff wages.

    Chief Constable Iain Spittal

    It comes as the Government announced yesterday that they would be lifting the 1% public sector pay cap for police and prison officers across the UK.

    Police officers will get a 1% rise plus a 1% bonus, with prison officers getting a 1.7% rise - but both would be funded from existing budgets.

    Iain Spittal told the Policing and Fire minister that he wanted to pay his staff more for the very important role they undertake within local communities.

    Quote Message: I also stressed that any increases beyond the budgeted 1% increases needed to come with additional money. On average, police officer pay makes up over 50% of total force budgets. I will now be working with senior colleagues to establish how this additional cost is met." from Iain Spittal Cleveland Police Chief Constable
    Iain SpittalCleveland Police Chief Constable