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Paddy McNair

Middlesbrough sign midfielder Paddy McNair from League One side Sunderland in a deal which could rise to more than £5m.

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Celebrating films made in the North

Sian Davies

BBC North East Online

Even St Nicholas Cathedral is home to work as part of the Great Exhibition of the North.

The stunning building, founded in 1091, holds one of the movie scenes as part of Remake a Take.

It gives people a chance to celebrate the northern landscapes and locations that have featured in some of the biggest films, from Billy Elliot to Blade Runner.

The cathedral is hosting a backdrop from the film Atonement. Its Dunkirk scene, with an historic five-minute tracking shot, was filmed in Redcar on Teesside with 1,000 extras, many of them local.

Atonement scene at St Nicholas Cathedral
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Severe accident: A1042 North Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A1042 North Yorkshire both ways severe accident, between Waveney Road and Roseberry Road.

A1042 North Yorkshire - A1042 Kirkleatham Lane in Redcar closed in both directions between the Waveney Road junction and the Roseberry Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Football chants around the city

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Experience the North’s passion for football like never before with interactive artwork that transports the unmistakable sound of our stadiums into the streets. It was created by Leeds-based interactive arts organisation Invisible Flock, formed in 2009 by three artists Ben Eaton, Victoria Pratt and Richard Warburton.

The interactive piece harnesses the incredible wall of noise and energy found on five football terraces and recreates the unique sonic architecture of the crowds in new places.

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Our live coverage across the day

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

This feed will be updated with any breaking news and sport stories as well as travel updates through until about 18:00. After that you can stay up date on BBC Newcastle, BBC Tees, online and on Look North.

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

In the meantime, if you'd like to get in touch with news or photos you can tweet us @BBCNewsNE, email us, or contact us via our Facebook page.

Weather: Fine with sunshine this evening

It will remain fine with sunshine this evening, giving way to some long clear spells overnight. Turning fairly cool once again with just a gentle breeze.

Minimum Temperature: 5 to 8C (41 to 46F).

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Another fine day to come tomorrow with some long spells of hazy sunshine. After a cool start early on, it should soon turn pleasantly warm by the afternoon with just light winds.

Maximum Temperature: 15 to 18C (59 to 64F).

Sirius plant groundbreaking held

BBC Tees

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It's a game changer for the next 100 years and more - that's the bold prediction from the company which is preparing to open a new mineral mine near Whitby.

Sirius Minerals is building the new Woodsmith Mine facility creating thousands of jobs and plans to be in full production of Polyhalite by 2021.

A 37km underground tunnel is also under construction to transport the minerals to Teesside.

Earlier this week the company boosted its order books by agreeing a deal to supply Nigeria. And today, a groundbreaking ceremony took place at Wilton near Redcar, where the raw polyhalite potash will be turned into granules to be shipped abroad.

The Hoppings opens its doors

This year's Hoppings - billed as the largest travelling funfair in Europe - opened today at 13:00.

The annual June event which is named after an old English word for dance - features hundreds of rides, sideshows, and other amusements.

You can find more information here.

Darlington and Middlesbrough House of Fraser stories to close

BBC Tees

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The department store chain House of Fraser has been given approval by its creditors to close 31 stores across the country including those in Middlesbrough and Darlington.

The news comes despite hopes that the Darlington store could survive.

The town's MP Jenny Chapman had been optimistic that the store there might escape closure after meeting the building's owner, a Middle Eastern pension fund, on Monday.

The Darlington store was one of the chain's profitable branches. But this afternoon, those hopes have been dashed, and the Darlington and Middlesbrough stores will now close their doors for the final time early next year.

House of Fraser
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Huge Icelandic underwater cable project 'to deliver major boost to Tees economy'

The Gazette

Newspaper

A major £3bn cable manufacturing plant could deliver huge benefits for the Teesside economy, the firm behind the project has said.

Dog-walker attacked with knife

Police have appealed for witnesses after a dog walker was attacked in Stockton.

The 36-year-old was approached from behind by four or five youths on Green Lane, just after midnight on 21 June.

He was punched and attacked with a knife, suffering black eyes and cuts.

The male with the knife was wearing a black Nike tracksuit top and bottoms and possibly had a mask or a rigid face guard on.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police.

Great Exhibition: Legacy will be about partnerships

BBC Newcastle

About 20,000 people are expected to line the banks of the Tyne later as the Great Exhibition of the North opens.

The start of the 80-day exhibition was marked with a burst of confetti along Newcastle and Gateshead's Quayside and the sound of a steam loco whistle around the route of Newcastle's city walls.

Exhibition executive director Carol Bell says the event's legacy is important but it will be different to other events as there are no buildings.

She said: "The legacy is more about the relationships and partnerships we achieve. So new collaboration that has come as a result of the Great Exhibition of the North that might lead to new content, new ideas, new development. That's what it's all about."

Great Exhibition of the North banner
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Picnic to be held in Redcar in memory of murdered MP Jo Cox.

BBC Tees

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The MP for Redcar is supporting a community picnic this weekend in memory of Jo Cox.

The Great Get Together has been inspired by the former Labour MP for Batley and Spen who was killed in June 2016.

Hundreds of events will be taking place across the UK over the next couple of days.

Anna Turley a close friend of Jo Cox (pictured) hopes the town will come together during a picnic at Locke Park this Sunday lunchtime.

Image of Jo Cox
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Jo Cox the Labour MP for Batley and Spen was attacked in Birstall
Fabrizio Ravanelli

Former Middlesbrough, Juventus and Italy striker Fabrizio Ravanelli returns to club management despite admitting "my wife wasn't very happy with this".

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Plea to Middlesbrough council leaders to save green space

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A plea for Middlesbrough Council to think again about building on cherished parkland has received a round of applause.

Residents near Newfield Crescent in Trimdon, Middlesbrough, were dismayed when the authority designated green space near their homes for 115 homes in its 2018 local plan.

Primary school teacher Martyn Walker offered a petition with more than 1,000 signatories at Middlesbrough Council imploring the authority to think again.

And the 52-year-old, who lives on nearby Mosswood Crescent, won an ovation from the packed council chamber at Middlesbrough Town Hall.

Mr Walker gave a five minute speech - telling councillors he was "dumbfounded" when he discovered the green space had been assigned for homes.

He said: "So many people have used the space for so many years and I was disturbed by it being described as surplus to requirements."

Mayor warns potential flights from Heathrow to Durham Tees Valley are a long way off

The Tees Valley Mayor says claims that Easyjet could introduce flights from Heathrow Airport to Durham Tees Valley are a very long way off.

The airport is on a list of 18 domestic locations that the budget airline is considering for a base at the expanded Heathrow.

However, Ben Houchen says the most important issue is keeping the airport open.

Image of Durham Tees Valley Airport
BBC

Killingworth Road closure extended

BBC Newcastle

The long-hoped-for reopening of Killingworth Road in Newcastle has been delayed.

The road, part of the A189 in Gosforth, will stay closed until early 2019.

It had been shut in July last year so gas pipes could be moved and the road widened in a £13.5m reconstruction project.

It was due to reopen open in March but that was pushed back to June and has now been delayed again.

Newcastle City Council says there have been "unforeseen complications" after the discovery of underground asbestos.

Sports Direct loses battle over MP investigation

Sports Direct has lost its battle to get parliamentary authorities to investigate former Hartlepool MP Iain Wright amid claims that he helped wipe millions off the retailer's share price and triggered assaults on shop staff.

The allegations were made as part of a formal complaint to Parliament about Mr Wright's conduct when he led an inquiry into the company's working practices.

Sports Direct's chairman Keith Hellawell had claimed Mr Wright (pictured) presided over a "media circus'" while chairing a powerful select committee.

However, the Press Association has learned Kathryn Stone, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, immediately said she would not investigate the case.

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Former Hartlepool MP Iain Wright

Concerns about the impact of the exhibition

Concerns have been raised over the Great Exhibition of the North's projected impact and that it should be "broader and more diverse".

Former Chancellor George Osborne came up with the idea as part of his Northern Powerhouse package.

But Prof John Tomaney from University College London has questioned the likely impact of investment predicted by ministers who "don't know the region".

He said: "The problem arises when ministers start making claims about how this is going to have generational impact and be the biggest event in the country, but clearly that's not possible with the level of resources that are available here."

An "alternative" event, The Other Exhibition of the North, also launches on Friday.

Musician Bethany Elen Coyle said: "We're not anti the Great Exhibition at all, we just think it should be broader and more diverse."

Water sculpture
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Firefighters at fire in Oak Square, Gateshead

Firefighters rescue people through windows at a block of flats as flames block the doorway.

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Road closures and police presence for opening ceremony

Thousands of people will be on the banks of the River Tyne tonight for the Great Exhibition of the North opening event and so there will be police officers there.

Northumbria Police is reassuring people about their presence.

Road closures are already in place around Newcastle and Gateshead. You can see the full list here.

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Two men rescued from sinking boat near Roker Lighthouse

Two men who were thrown into the sea from their boat as it started to sink close to Roker Lighthouse were rescued by Sunderland RNLI crew.

It happened yesterday afternoon and the men used their boats plastic fuel tank to keep themselves afloat.

After receiving medical treatment at the scene the two men were transferred to Sunderland Royal Hospital suffering from hypothermia.

Image of boat
RNLI

These two men were extremely lucky that the incident happened while the beach lifeguards were on duty as they had no means of making an emergency distress call or wearing lifejackets."

Paul NicholsonHelmsman at Sunderland RNLI

House of Fraser to make announcement about Darlington store

BBC Tees

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House of Fraser is due to reveal today whether its Darlington store will stay open.

The town's MP Jenny Chapman met the council and the building's owners earlier this week and said the outcome was "encouraging".

It comes as it's been announced this week that Thornton's and Marks and Spencer in Stockton will close their doors in August.

Image of Darlington store
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Binns, which has been trading since 1922 and was refurbished in the mid-80s, is very much a feature of the town.

Big exhibitions can have 'long-lasting impact'

BBC Newcastle

Culture Secretary Matt Hancock says he believes the Great Exhibition of the North is a "brilliant celebration" and makes "any notherner proud".

The Government has put £5m into the 80-day event, which is based around Newcastle and Gateshead.

Mr Hancock (being interviewed below by BBC Newcastle's Anna Foster) said: "We have got to make sure that we have a forward-looking, positive attitude and celebrate everything that has happened here in the past and looking forward to the future."

He said he would encourage people in the North East to come and see what is happening.

He said: "These big festivals, these big exhibitions can have a long-lasting impact on how people see an area and how people who come from that area see themselves."

Anna Foster interviewing Matt Hancock
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The UK's rapid return to city centre living

A generation ago many UK city centres were dreary and dilapidated places, with a reputation for crime. Now, they are among the most desirable areas of the country to live. What's changed?

Only 30 years ago inner city populations that had grown rapidly in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries had dwindled - the residents leaving cramped, urban housing for more spacious suburbs and new towns.

The reversal that has taken place - especially in the north of England and the Midlands - demonstrates a dramatic urban renaissance and a shift in how people want to live.

Newcastle has seen one of the fastest growths between 2002 and 2015 - up 113% (11,700 to 24,900). Sunderland's population went up 33% (6,100 to 8,100). In Middlesbrough it increased by 24% (1,700 to 2,100).

Fastest growing city populations
BBC

Police looking for man after cars vandalised

A number of cars have been vandalised in Sunderland recently and police are keen to speak to the man pictured in the photograph below - Do you recognise him?

CCTV of man
NORTHUMBRIA POLICE

Great Exhibition opening ceremony dress rehearsal held

What a beautiful day for the start of the Great Exhibition of the North.

The opening of the event will be marked at 13:00 and then there will be events throughout the afternoon building up to the opening ceremony late tonight.

Last night a dress rehearsal was held and the River Tyne looked beautiful.

Maximo Park will be performing tonight and lead singer Paul Smith tweeted these photos late on yesterday.

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Weather: Sunny and warm

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a chilly start there will be plenty of sunshine today and that is going to warm things up quite nicely.

There'll be hardly a cloud in the sky through the morning but a little bit of high cloud will move in later, turning the sunshine slightly hazy.

Winds will ease but it will feel cooler along the coast.

Temperatures will get up to around 19C.

Weather map
BBC

Gateshead fire scaled down

Firefighters have scaled down their operation at flats where a blaze started this morning.

Eight flats in Oak Square in Redheugh, Gateshead were evacuated with nine people either rescued or escaping themselves.

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Fire breaks out in Gateshead

Four people have been taken to hospital after a fire at a block of flats in Gateshead this morning.

Firefighters were called to Oak Square in Redheugh at about 04:30 and had to get people out through windows because the fire was at the front door.

Eight flats have been evacuated with nine people, three of them children, either rescued or escaping themselves.

Bill Foster, from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said they had received a number of calls about the fire and they managed to get residents out through windows.

"The fire had taken place on a public accessed area, so it's the area outside the front doors to these properties, which basically meant that no-one could leave their property in the normal manner through the front door," he said.

Oak Square, Redheugh, Gateshead
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The fire broke out at these flats on Oak Square in Redheugh, Gateshead

The gas and power in the area has been turned off as a precaution with 190 properties affected.

Traffic lights are also off.

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Welcome to Friday's live coverage of the news, sport, travel and weather.

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Alim Ozturk

Sunderland sign Netherlands-born former Turkey Under-21 centre-half Alim Ozturk on a two-year contract.

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Luke Wells

Durham face a fight to avoid defeat at Sussex after the hosts continued to dominate on day two at Arundel.

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Our live coverage across the day

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

This feed will be updated with any breaking news and sport stories as well as travel updates. You can also stay up date on BBC Newcastle, BBC Tees, online and on Look North.

We'll be back with live updates from 08:00 tomorrow.

In the meantime, if you'd like to get in touch with news or photos you can tweet us @BBCNewsNE, email us, or contact us via our Facebook page.

Derby County manager Frank Lampard

Derby will travel to Reading in Frank Lampard's first game in charge when the Championship season starts on 3 August.

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Dog dumped in Durham supermarket

A dog has been abandoned at a Durham supermarket.

A young man was caught on CCTV leaving a female Jack Russell at Sainsbury's on Sunderland Road, Gilesgate at about 18:45 on 11 June.

The RSPCA is now trying to find the dog, believed to be called Pepper, after she was reportedly returned to her owners by a customer.

A spokesperson for the charity says there was "no sign" of Pepper at the reported address and they are "very concerned for her welfare".

CCTV of man carrying a dog
RSPCA