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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our live updates here have now finished for the week - thank you for joining us.

    You can also get the latest online, on BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle and on Look North.

    We'll be back with more updates from 08:00 on Monday.

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  2. Your pictures: Sunrise over Sunderland

    Simon Woodley tells us he is excited for the Tall Ships Race, which is coming to Sunderland on 11 July.

    He went along to Roker this morning to capture the beautiful sunrise and get a preview of what is to come.

    Roker pier

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  3. Online counselling for teenagers

    Laura Hill

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Online forums will be used to tackle mental health problems with young people in Newcastle and Gateshead.

    An online mental health support programme has been launched in Newcastle and Gateshead, after it was revealed thousands of children are seeking help for mental health issues.

    Kooth Online mental health support has professional counsellors who communicate online with young people who are struggling.

    The system also has a series of self-help articles and moderated online forums offering peer-to-peer support.

    It is now available for young people aged between 11-18 living in Newcastle or Gateshead.

  4. Weather: Mostly dry

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be mostly dry with clear spells, but also areas of low cloud, mist and fog.

    There may be the odd shower too.

    Weather graph

    Check the weather where you are.

  5. Alnwick homes listed for refusal again

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A second attempt to build homes on an Alnwick industrial estate – the first of which is subject to an ongoing appeal – is also earmarked for refusal.

    It is recommended that an outline application for up to 100 homes on Willowburn Trading Estate be rejected at Tuesday’s (June 5) meeting of Northumberland County Council’s strategic planning committee.

    As with the previous bid, which was turned down last year but goes before an appeal hearing next month, this is because it is contrary to the Alnwick and Denwick Neighbourhood Plan, which designates the site as employment land.

    The site

    In addition this time round, the applicant has refused to agree to section 106 contributions for health, education and coastal mitigation (ecology), which are often sought from developers.

    The first outline scheme, for around 125 new homes, was refused unanimously by the committee last July.

    The proposal, by Northern Commercial Properties, registered at the Estates Office at Alnwick Castle, and the Harris & Sheldon Group (the county council was one of the applicants before withdrawing), was recommended for approval at the previous month’s meeting, but was deferred for a site visit.

  6. Linked robberies in Stockton

    Two robberies in Stockton on Tuesday are being linked by police.

    The first took place on Yarm Road, where two men shot a man with a BB gun and assaulted his friend.

    The second robbery was on Grove Street, where two men also threatened a woman with a BB gun and stole money from her.

  7. Care home owner 'cooperating with abuse inquiry'

    The owners of a care home which is being investigated following claims that staff abused residents says it is cooperating fully with police and the Care Quality Commission.

    It is understood three staff at Park House in Fawdon have been suspended following the allegations.

    Akari Care, which runs Park House, said: "The staff members involved have been suspended with immediate effect following this allegation, in line with our standard operating practices.

    "We operate a zero-tolerance policy in relation to any allegations of abuse concerning residents or staff."

    Park View Care Home
  8. Council promises 'real milestone' for Northumberland

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    "A real milestone for Northumberland" with reduced housing numbers and up to 15,000 new jobs – that’s the sell for the county’s new Local Plan.

    Published in draft today ahead of a public consultation starting in early July, the development framework covers key issues such as housing, employment and infrastructure for the period from 2016 to 2036.

    It has taken less than a year to produce this key document following the new Conservative administration’s decision to withdraw the core strategy – a major element of the Local Plan – last July, largely due to concerns the housing figures were too high.

    council leader Peter Jackson

    This was not without controversy and the Labour opposition has continued to question the motives behind this move as well as its ramifications, while it was also referred to among the recent explosive – but refuted – allegations directed at the council’s leadership by developer Lugano over its Dissington Garden Village project.

    Today, council leader Peter Jackson again asserted that the withdrawal was the right decision and backed the new plan which ‘will make Northumberland a great place to live, work and visit’, the county ‘no longer going to be the developers’ friend’.

    “We want a Northumberland for the future that gives opportunities for all,” he added. “A county that truly works for everyone.”

  9. Redcar Labour MP comments on 'devastating' steel tariffs

    Redcar Labour MP Anna Turley has reacted to the new US steel and aluminium import tariffs.

    In a statement, she calls the decision "devastating" to the UK and blames the Government for letting down "the industry and thousands of steelworkers by failing to secure the exemption they promised".

    She said: "In March I warned the International Trade Secretary not to pin all of the government’s hopes on Trump taking favour with the UK but they were keen to talk up the special relationship. A relationship which now looks weak and not worth what we thought it was".

    Anna Turley
  10. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A689 County Durham eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A689 County Durham eastbound severe disruption, around Truro Drive affecting High Street.

    A689 County Durham - A689 Stockton Road in Hartlepool closed and queuing traffic eastbound around the Truro Drive junction, because of a shed load. Congestion to the High Street junction.

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

  11. Video content

    Video caption: Mordaunt Cohen was appointed MBE for WWII education

    Mordaunt Cohen has worked to ensure that the memory of thousands of Jewish soldiers who served with the British Army is not forgotten

  12. Trade tariffs: Chorus of condemnation intensifies

    Massive US tariffs have come into force as condemnation of the Trump administration's move intensifies.

    Criticism of the import tax on steel and aluminium from the EU, Canada and Mexico was joined by top Republicans.

    UK International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said the 25% levy on steel was "patently absurd", adding: "It would be a great pity if we ended up in a tit-for-tat trade dispute with our closest allies."


    Here in the North East, Teesside MPs have raised their concerns over the issue, amid fears it could result in job losses in the UK.

    However, Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP, Simon Clarke, says people shouldn't be "unduly concerned about job losses" and the effect post-Brexit.

  13. Man, 29, pronounced dead after car pulled from River Wear in Sunderland

    Sunderland Echo


    man has died after a car plunged into the River Wear in Sunderland today.

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  14. Failure to heed government highways guidelines could cost £130,000

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Failure to properly prioritise road repairs could cost South Tyneside Council £130,000 in government funding.

    Highways bosses made the claim as they defended their work to keep the borough’s transport network up to scratch.

    Taking questions from councillors and the public, Jarrow and Boldon Community Area Forum, corporate lead for engineering services, Derek Smith, promised his department was doing all it could with limited resources.

    “It’s data-driven,” he said, “we’ve got a plan which gives us an idea of the state of the network and if there’s nothing that needs doing in Boldon [for example], then nothing will be done in Boldon.

    “The government can come to the town hall and scrutinise what we’re doing.

    “If that ask why are you doing that and we say ‘because a councillor asked us to’, they will take the money away.

    “We’ve got a £70m problem and I’ve got a £2.5m budget.”

  15. Post-mortem exam due after County Durham man's Turkish airport death

    BBC Newcastle

    A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out on the body of a County Durham man who died at a Turkish airport.

    Andrew Westlake reportedly fell to his death in the terminal of Dalaman Airport on Tuesday after being taken off a flight.

    He'd been on his first foreign holiday with his girlfriend and one-year-old daughter. They are back home demanding answers about what happened.

    It's understood he'd been at the airport for three days.

    Andrew Westlake with his young daughter
  16. Teenage thug admits manslaughter after victim of one-punch attack dies

    The Shields Gazette

    A teen thug whose victim died eight months after a one-punch attack has now been convicted of manslaughter.

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