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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

    You can stay up to date online, on BBC Newcastle, BBC Tees and on Look North.

    If you want to get in touch with any news or send us photos you can tweet us, contact us via our Facebook page or email us.

    We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with more updates - Have a lovely weekend.

  2. Derelict streets in Middlesbrough could be transformed into student village

    Derelict streets of boarded up and demolished houses in Middlesbrough could be transformed into a student village.

    Gresham

    A masterplan for the area surrouding Borough Road was unveiled in 2016, but now the council need to approve the sale of the land for plans to go ahead.

    Some properties on Linthorpe Road close to The Crown building will be demolished to 'give better connection to the main university campus'.

    Gresham Plan

    A report will go before Mayor Dave Budd next Wednesday with further recommendations..

  3. 'Anchor' plan for derelict historic building

    A Grade II listed building which is now a derelict eyesore has been bought by Hartlepool Council.

    The Shades Hotel in Church Street opened in 1856 but has been disused for decades and is currently on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register.

    The purchase - made with financial support from the Tees Valley Combined Authority - comes during a multi million-pound revamp of the area.

    Councillor Kevin Cranney said: “This gives us direct control of a very historic and significant building which we believe - given its prominent position - can become an “anchor” property in terms of Church Street’s regeneration."

    A range of options for its future use is being explored.

    Shades Hotel
  4. Young Boro keeper goes on loan to Gateshead

    BBC Tees

    BBC Tees Sport

    Middlesbrough youngster Aynsley Pears as joined Gateshead on a season-long loan.

    The 20-year-old goalkeeper spent the second half of last season on loan at Darlington.

    He signed a new contract earlier this year.

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  5. Thousands tested in drink and drug driving campaign

    Almost 200 drivers were charged or failed to provide samples during a month-long drink and drug driving campaign by Cleveland and Durham Police.

    Screening and stop checks were carried out at roadside checkpoints in the morning and evening from 14 June. Drivers were asked to provide a voluntary breath test and 3,400 were done.

    During the operation 193 drivers were charged with drink and drug driving offences or failing to provide.

    Insp Jonathan Malcolm of the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: "Unfortunately, there are still a significant number of people who seem to think that they can take risks with their own lives as well as other peoples.

    “A number of those caught were tested in the morning, when alcohol was still in their body. Even just one drink can affect your reactions as a driver, which is why the only safe amount is none at all."

    Breathalyser
  6. Hundreds turn out for council worker's funeral

    Hartlepool Mail

    Newspaper

    Here's today's front page and a link to our top story.

    Hartlepool Mail front page
  7. Weather: Thunder and hail tonight

    BBC Weather

    Thunderstorms in places, locally severe, will spread northwards during the first half of tonight, bringing local downpours and hail.

    Thunderstorms easing in the early hours of the morning.

    Weather graph

    Check the weather where you are.

  8. Teenager jailed for 16 years after raping girl, 14

    A teenager has been jailed for 16 years after raping two females in South Shields, including a 14-year-old girl.

    Corey Nesbitt, 19, of Kirby Close, South Shields, was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court after pleading guilty to three counts of rape.

    The judge also handed Nesbitt a five-year extended licence period.

    Corey Nesbitt
  9. Your pictures: Calm before the storm

    The sunrise looked beautiful this morning at Barnard Castle before all the rain came along.

    Sunrise in Barnard Castle

    Have you got any photos for us?

    You can tweet us, email, or contact us via our Facebook page.

  10. Rail passengers told 'don't expect anything'

    Thousands of rail passengers are facing delays and cancellations after Yorkshire's train network ground to a halt following an earlier lightning strike.

    Train passengers

    Dan Wales, 26, an ecologist trying to get home to Newcastle from Leeds, has told the BBC: "I've been stuck at Leeds station for three-and-a-half hours trying to get to Newcastle.

    "Still waiting for a bus, or replacement service. Been told by staff that unless you're going to London or Manchester, don't expect anything."

  11. BreakingRita Ora concert in Middlesbrough cancelled

    Rita Ora's concert at Middlesbrough's Stewart Park on 24 August has been cancelled, organisers have confirmed.

    They say it is due to reasons "outside of the directors' and Rita Ora's control".

    More as we get it.

    Rita Ora
  12. Teenager attacked in County Durham

    A teenager was robbed in Bishop Auckland.

    The young girl was attacked and knocked to the ground by a man as she walked towards Bracks Farm on Wednesday.

    The suspect is believed to have been riding a bike when he stole the girl's mobile phone.

    The victim suffered head injuries and was taken to hospital.

  13. Weather causing train problems

    It seems the thunderstorms are begining to cause travel problems.

    We've just been sent this picture from Darlington Station by someone who has been travelling on a southbound train from Newcastle which has now been suspended.

    Signal at Darlington station

    LNER is now advising against all travel;

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