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Weather: Cloudy but dry

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Any evening showers will die away to leave it generally dry for much of the night.

However, increasing cloud later on will bring the chance of rain in the west around dawn.

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St Mary's Island seals disrupted by youths throwing rocks
St Mary's Seal Watch posted the video online to show the danger to the animals.
Terminal cancer nurse Christine continues to work
Christine Kyle has carried on working after terminal diagnosis.

Preston joins Halifax from Gateshead

In case you missed it - FC Halifax Town agree terms to sign forward Jordan Preston from National League rivals Gateshead.

Jordan Preston competes for the ball for Gateshead
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Jordan Preston competes for the ball for Gateshead

Preston joins Halifax from Gateshead

FC Halifax Town agree terms to sign forward Jordan Preston from National League rivals Gateshead.

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Brain haemorrhage meant Darlington man did not know wife
Michael Clark suffered a brain haemorrhage 12 years ago.

Cows chase deer in Newcastle

These cows clearly weren't happy when a deer invaded their home on the Town Moor in Newcastle.

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Steve Watson

Gateshead manager Steve Watson signs a new one-year contract despite the club having to go part-time this season.

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Your pictures: Sunny Alnmouth

Here's hoping for another sunny day like this at Alnmouth over the weeekend.

Kevin Foster took this lovely picture yesterday during a day out at the beach.

Alnmouth beach

Have you got any photos you'd like to share with us? In that case you can tweet them to @BBCNewsNE, email them, or contact us via our Facebook page.

Jamal Fyfield

Losing promotion finalists Boreham Wood sign central defender Jamal Fyfield from National League rivals Gateshead.

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Police puppies join Northumbria force

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Meet Northumbria Police's latest recruits - their cutest and fluffiest to date.

The force is asking people to think of names for the pups, which must start with the letter 'H' - any ideas?

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Meet Aukestra - the band for mostly autistic musicians
"This has been the greatest thing that's ever happened to me."

Rowdy lovelorn peacock to get new mate

A lovelorn peacock that has kept villagers in County Durham awake with his shrieks for a mate, has finally been caught.

The bird (pictured) - named Trevor by locals in Burnopfield - has been appearing in gardens and peering in people's windows looking for love.

Bird experts from Blyth Wildlife Trust in Northumberland spent more than an hour capturing him from a roof of a house in the village.

Trevor the peacock
Ceri Lynn

His shrieking mating call kept residents awake after he was dumped by his peahen mate called Bonnie.

Now, the village is celebrating his return to the grounds of a nearby care home with a special cocktail named after Trevor on sale in the village pub.

A new love interest - a peahen called Poppy - will be introduced to Trevor as soon as possible according to Ceri Lynn from the care home.

Northumberland children most likely to get first choice school

Rebecca O'Neill

BBC Newcastle

Children in Northumberland are more likely than any others in the country to get a place at their top choice of secondary school.

Department for Education figures show 98.1% of students in the county got into their preferred choice.

However, nationally the number of pupils missing out on their top choice went up.

Some 18% of students across the country were left disappointed - up from 16.5% a year ago.

School standards minister Nick Gibb said: "We have created 825,000 new school places since 2010 and are investing £7bn to create even more school places."

Dog found on Metro train

This dog has been found travelling on a train at South Gosforth.

It has been collected by the Dog Warden, Newcastle, but staff are still looking for its owner.

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Govia Thameslink chief executive Charles Horton resigns

BBC Business News

The boss of beleaguered rail firm Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is to resign.

Passengers have faced major disruption as hundreds of trains were cancelled following the introduction of new timetables in May.

GTR, which runs Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern, said chief executive Charles Horton would remain in post for a short time to oversee the development a temporary timetable.

The RMT said: "The rotten franchise he was steering remains in place."

Announcing his resignation, Mr Horton said: "I recognise that passengers have been hugely frustrated at the significant disruption caused by the introduction of new timetables.

"It is the right time to hand leadership of GTR to a new pair of hands."

Concerns raised at suggestion of rail service cuts

The Berwick Advertiser


A review of the Cross Country rail franchise has suggested that fewer trains could stop at smaller railway stations.

It is one of the options being considered to reduce the number of local stops the company makes, potentially impacting on Berwick, Alnmouth and Morpeth.

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Rory Gaffney.

Salford City sign Devante Rodney from National League rivals Hartlepool and Rory Gaffney from League One side Bristol Rovers.

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CCTV images released of potential witnesses as probe into suspected manslaughter at Tesco continues

The Gazette


CCTV images of potential witnesses have been released by police investigating the suspected manslaughter of a mum in a Tesco.

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