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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our live updates have finished here for the day but this feed will continue to be updated with any breaking news and sport stories as well as travel updates.

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

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

    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.

  2. Weather : Showers easing, breezy night

    BBC Weather

    Showers will tend to ease as the night progresses.

    Later, any showers will clear north to leave it dry and clear for the rest of the night.

    Feeling breezy.

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  3. Middlesbrough Running festival cancelled until 2021

    The Middlesbrough Running Festival was due to take place over the weekend of September 4 to 6, but will now be held in 2021, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The three-day event - featuring the Alastair Brownlee 5k, Middlesbrough Fun Run and Middlesbrough 10k - was set to see the popular road races come together on the same weekend for the first time.

    All entries will be transferred to next year's event, with the new date due to be confirmed in due course.

    Quote Message: The decision has been taken to postpone the Festival until next year - obviously it's disappointing, but I know we'll come back stronger than ever in 2021." from Cllr Mieka Smiles Middlesbrough Council
    Cllr Mieka SmilesMiddlesbrough Council
    Alastair Brownlee 5k in 2016
    Image caption: Alastair Brownlee 5k event in 2016
  4. Pollution rises again as lockdown lifted

    Alex Metcalfe

    Local Democracy Reporter

    A push to keep improving Teesside’s air quality has been agreed after it was revealed pollution has spiked again after coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased.

    Data from meters in Stockton and Middlesbrough saw marked falls in levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) after non-essential journeys were outlawed during the peak of the pandemic. But Middlesbrough Council leaders heard these levels had risen again at the latest executive meeting.

    Councillor Dorothy Davison said NO2 levels had fallen by 45% during the lockdown before rising again over the past week. The executive member for public health said: “We want our air to be as clean as it can be as there are no safe levels of pollution."

  5. Police investigate mosque graffiti hate crime

    Three mosques in Stockton have been targeted with racists graffiti.

    Pictures circulating online show racist slogans daubed on mosques on Bowesfield Lane, Dennison Street and Northcote Street.

    Supt Sharon Cooney of Cleveland Police said: “Hate crime incidents such as this will not be tolerated. Enquiries are ongoing and we would appeal for anyone who may have information regarding these incidents to get in touch with us.”

    "There will be increased patrols in the area in order to provide reassurance to the local community."

  6. Street warden gets hero aware for drug user rescue attempt

    A street warden who faced an agonising four-month wait after pricking his finger on a used drugs needled while attempting to resuscitate a man has been given a hero award.

    Neighbourhood Safety Officer Darren Daniels feared he may have contracted Hepatitis C after the incident in a car park on Linthorpe Road on 9 December.

    Tragically the man Mr Daniels was trying to save died later, but the officer has been named the latest Boro Hero by mayor Andy Preston for his efforts.

    Darren gets his award from Andy Preston

    Mr Preston said: "Darren's story is shocking and frightening but his actions and his attitude are inspiring and thank God it has the outcome it does for him.

    "I can't praise highly enough the work Darren and his colleagues do day-in day-out to keep the public safe and to help the most vulnerable people in our town. He is a true Boro Hero and it's right we say thank you to him."

  7. Lighthouse conservation centre approved

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plans for a new coastal conservation centre near South Tyneside’s iconic Souter Lighthouse have been given the green light.

    Last year, the National Trust submitted proposals for a new development beside the Grade II listed lighthouse – the world’s first to be designed and built to use electricity. The conservation hub would be based at the Whitburn Coastal Park, near the existing lighthouse car park.

    Artist impression of centre

    It will provide a base for coastal wildlife groups while providing opportunities for visitors to “explore, discover and record the natural heritage of the coast”, the National Trust said. Features will include an interactive coastal activity zone, bird observation area, multi-use learning space and an accessible public toilet and changing room for users of the coastal park.

    Although the building is planned in a sensitive area, South Tyneside Council planners said the scheme met the "very special circumstances" needed to override any harm to the Green Belt. Reasons provided by the applicant included the cultural and social benefits of the new centre, eco-friendly design features, boosting the local tourism industry and the inability to incorporate the facility at the Souter Lighthouse due to space constraints.

  8. Two Newcastle street names reviewed after protests

    Daniel Holland

    Local Democracy Reporter

    Two Newcastle streets will have their names reviewed in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, including one of the city centre’s best-known roads.

    Newcastle City Council officials confirmed last week they would launch a review of all the city’s statues following the anti-racism demonstrations that have swept the globe since the killing of George Floyd in the USA.

    The local authority has now also committed to investigate whether two of Newcastle’s street names - Blackett Street in the city centre and Colston Street in the West end - have “proven links to the slave trade” after requests from the public.

    Blackett Street, which runs past Eldon Square and Grey’s Monument, is named after John Erasmus Blackett, a prominent businessman and four-time Lord Mayor of Newcastle in the 1700s, who had served an apprenticeship under major Liverpool slave trader Foster Cunliffe.

    Blackett Street, Newcastle

    The council is also trying to determine whether the naming of Colston Street, a terraced residential street in Benwell, has any connection to Edward Colston, the slave trader whose statue in Bristol was toppled and thrown in a harbour during anti-racism protests earlier this month.

    Emergency services, business and council leaders have urged protesters not to gather in Newcastle this weekend.

    The Monument was the scene of violent clashes last weekend, when counter-protesters allegedly hurled objects that injured police and Black Lives Matter activists.

  9. Dog walkers fined for breaching beach rules

    Seventeen people have been fined for walking their dogs on stretches of beach where their pets are banned during the summer months, Sunderland City Council has warned.

    The dog walkers were each fined £75 after being given fixed penalty notices for allowing their dogs to roam on stretches of beach at Seaburn and Roker covered by the City Council's Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO).

    Map of dog areas

    The dog exclusion zones are normally in place from 1 May to 30 September but this year were brought in a month later to allow dog walkers more space to socially distance when the beaches were less busy.Deputy Council Leader Michael Mordey said: "It's all about keeping areas of our beaches dog free, clean and safe for children to use over the summer months. We're lucky enough to have miles of award-winning beautiful beaches in Sunderland, so there really is space for everyone."All we're asking is that people take notice of the signage and keep their dogs off certain limited stretches of beach over the summer months. But people also need to be aware that if they do breach the rules, we have the power to fine them and will do so."

  10. Heading to the coast this weekend?

    If you're tempted to go to the north-east coast this weekend for Fathers Day - the RNLI is urging you to take extra care and keep safe.

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  11. Weather: Sun and showers

    BBC Weather

    During the afternoon, showers are expected to break out, which could be sharp and perhaps thundery at times.

    Temperatures reaching 17C (63F).

    You can see the latest forecast where you are here

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  12. Python found by children playing in woodland

    A python - believed to be someone's pet - has been found abandoned in Grangetown.

    The eight-foot-long snake was discovered by children playing near Greystones Woodland, who reported it to their parents.

    An adult arrived on the scene and placed it in an empty wheelie bin while awaiting local rescue.

    Local councillor Adam Brook said: “It’s possible that the snake was released intentionally by its owner as there has been no reports of one escaping nor anyone come forward to claim him.

    “It may be due to current financial circumstances brought on by Covid-19 and the owner just simply is not able to afford its care."

    Abandoned python

    Advice from the RSPCA website states that though snakes appear to be resilient on the outside, the species need the correct environment including heating and lighting and an appropriate diet to survive.

    Without proper care they become ill or suffer, and in severe cases, or if left untreated, they can die.

  13. Help offered to those looking for work in County Durham

    People who have lost their job or are looking for new employment are being offered help in County Durham.

    The council’s Employability Durham team is urging people to contact them for help now, so that they can use the period of lockdown to prepare for future jobs.

    Advisers say they can help online and through screen sharing with access to training, CV writing, job searching, confidence building and interview preparation.

    Employability Durham worker
    Quote Message: Signing up to our support programmes now will give people the best chance of identifying the right roles and being successful in the coming weeks and months." from Councillor Carl Marshall Durham County Council
    Councillor Carl MarshallDurham County Council

    Further information about the Employability Durham team can be found here.

  14. Warning to protesters planning 'serious disorder'

    In case you missed it - an open letter to protesters has been published...

    Opposing protest groups at Newcastle's Grey's Monument

    Emergency services, business and council leaders have urged against gathering in large numbers in Newcastle.

    Warning to protesters planning 'serious disorder'

    Opposing protest groups at Newcastle's Grey's Monument

    Emergency service, business and council leaders urged against gathering in large numbers in Newcastle.

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  15. Budgies abandoned at petrol station

    New homes are being found for four budgies who were abandoned outside a petrol station in Gateshead.

    They were discovered in a cage, but without any food or water, by a member of staff at the rear of the premises in Clockmill Road.

    As it was late at night, it was at first thought the owner had forgotten about them and would return, but when this did not happen the RSPCA was contacted.

    RSPCA inspector Rachael Hurst said: “Abandoning pets is never the right option.

    “We do understand that people’s circumstances may change, especially at the moment, but if anyone is struggling to cope with their pets we would urge them to reach out for help from friends or family, or charities like ourselves."

    Abandoned budgies

    The charity is also urging pet-owners to make an emergency pet-care plan should they be admitted to hospital with Coronavirus, including placing a poster in the window informing people that there are pets inside.