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Seaton Carew's Longscar building finally demolished

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Eurovision 2019: 'Let's show how much we love Hartlepool'

Lucy Moody


Are you looking forward to the Eurovision song contest this weekend?

Twenty-six nations will battle it out in Israel for a glass microphone trophy and the honour of hosting the event next year.

Among them will be the UK's entry - Hartlepool lad Michael Rice singing Bigger than Us.

If you would like to show your support, Adam Clarkson and Jenni Henry from BBC Tees are hosting a special event at Hartlepool Town Hall tomorrow night from 19:00.

Allan Barclay, ceremonial mayor of Hartlepool, said: “In true Eurovision style, don your craziest costume and bring your family to show just how much we love Hartlepool and how proud we are of Michael as he sings for us in front of a worldwide audience.”

Tickets are needed and can be booked online.

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'I’ve learned now, is that it’s ok to cry, scream or shout'

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Plans revealed for new homes near Hartlepool

Dozens of new affordable homes could be built in a village on the outskirts of Hartlepool.

Gus Robinson Developments Ltd has submitted plans stating there would be seven two-bed bungalows, 20 three-bed houses, and nine four-bed houses, and there would be 89 car parking spaces created across the development.

A field near Station Road in Greatham has been earmarked as the location of the new housing development.

Hartlepool Borough Council is expected to make a decision over the the coming months.

Jobs boost hope from energy plant

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Eurovision 2019: UK entry Michael Rice says it's about time we had a decent song
Michael Rice, who is representing the UK, wasn't born the last time the country won the competition.

Stab death victim 'grew up in Hartlepool'

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Before and after door prompts planning row

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Nic Marko

It all started with a car smashing into a door.

Evolution Training on Scarborough Street in Hartlepool had a uPVC replacement installed and applied for retrospective permission.

Hartlepool Borough Council issued an enforcement notice to restore the traditional features of its previous door but the company appealed.

Now the council is going to contest the appeal and take it to the government's Planning Inspectorate.

The planning committee has previously said the new door was "out of character" with the Church Street Conservation Area though the company disputes that and says it looks nicer and is more secure.

Evolution Training's door, before and after

Plans for Hartlep0ol homes rejected

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Nic Marko

Plans for up to 195 new homes in Hartlepool have been rejected after residents' objections.

The houses were to be built at the Seaview Park Homes estate off Easington Road.

But the planning committee rejected the proposals after receiving more than 50 objection letters from residents and a 38-signature petition.

A report from senior planning officer Laura Chambers also recommended the application was refused.

Seaview Residential Park in Hartlepool

Steph Houghton named in England squad

Durham's very own Steph Houghton has been named in the England squad for the World Cup in France.

She's already played more than 100 times for the Lionesses.

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Rapist traced by victim to camper van in Spain jailed

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A rapist who was traced by one of his victims to a camper van in Spain has been jailed for 16 years.

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New creative centre opens in Hartlepool

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

A new £3m creative centre has officially opened in the Grade II-listed former post office building on Whitby Street in Hartlepool

The centre contains 28 units, with a mix of studios, workshops and office space.

Hartlepool Borough Council, the Tees Valley Combined Authority and The Northern School of Art have worked in partnership on the project as part of a council initiative which aims to develop the Innovation and Skills Quarter around Church Street.

Half of the units in the centre have already been allocated to new and existing businesses.

This is my baby as it were, we’ve gone on a fantastic journey, everybody involved in it. This impressive new building will provide the perfect environment in which our new and existing businesses in the creative industries can grow and flourish, creating more local jobs. I want it to help keep people in Hartlepool, to help people work locally, trade globally, and put Hartlepool on the map for the future"

Councillor Christopher Akers-BelcherHartlepool Council leader
Post Office building on Whitby Street

Homeless man offered job after TV show appearance

BBC Tees

A homeless man from Teesside has been offered a job after an old school friend saw him on TV.

Adam Sowerby, 31, was interviewed by The One Show last summer when the BBC show visited Hartlepool to talk about unemployment.

He had been sleeping rough for five years and had applied for more than 75 jobs with no success, until gym manager and old school pal Chris Richardson heard his story.

He said he "couldn't believe it" when he saw his friend on the programme.

"I thought that there's going to be no-one more than Adam who'd appreciate the opportunity and who would grab it with both hands and who would work really hard," he said.

Adam said living on the streets was "very challenging" but his "mentality was not to give up because I always knew that something would come off eventually".

Dottie's riding back to health

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Battling Hartlepool youngster Dottie O’Keefe could hardly walk just over a year ago – now she is riding a scooter

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'Last night’s losses are likely to continue'

Richard Moss

Political Editor, BBC Look North

Labour had a lot to lose in the North East & Cumbria. It is the party that dominates its town halls - but it took some heavy hits overnight.

Sunderland’s voters delivered the early blows - 12 councillors gone.

Then Hartlepool was lost; losses in Allerdale hit double figures and, to add insult to injury, there was a by-election defeat in a usually reliable part of County Durham.

And the party’s problems in northern Mayoral races continue as their candidates trailed in a distant second to Independents in Middlesbrough and Copeland.

Local leaders were quick to point to Brexit confusion. But that just highlights the party’s dilemma. While their leader in Sunderland claims flirting with a new referendum cost him councillors, Newcastle’s Labour leader says a failure to fully back one backfired.

And it just seems voters wanted anyone but Labour in some places. How else to explain gains for UKIP, Greens, Lib Dems, Independents and Conservatives?

As the establishment in the region, perhaps some sort of kicking for Labour was inevitable. But do not discount local factors.

It may be convenient - and partly justified - for council leaders to blame events in Westminster, but anyone who has talked to voters in the region will know that some Labour regimes here are far from loved.

And last night’s losses are likely to continue in other parts of the patch as more results come in.

Labour loses control of Hartlepool

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Nic Marco

Labour has lost control of Hartlepool Council, and while it remains the largest party the council now has no over all control.

The party lost five seats, which went to Independents, the Independent Union, the For Britain Movement, UKIP, Local Conservatives and the Veterans’ and People’s Party.

Council leader Christopher Akers-Belcher, said he was "devastated" at the result and said it showed the "impact of a fractured party".

Hartlepool election count

BreakingLabour lose control of Hartlepool

Labour lose Hartlepool Council to no overall control.

North East result timings

With counting under way for council seats across the North East, here's what we are expecting tonight:

Sunderland, Hartlepool and North and South Tyneside councils are the first expected to declare, from about 01:00.

The result for the directly elected mayor of Middlesbrough is due about 03:00.

This is expected to be following by Newcastle City Council.

'Please mend my broken heart'

BBC Newcastle

A County Durham woman is appealing to the NHS to fund a vital operation.

Jessica Sadler was born with a hole in her heart, which was only found when she collapsed with a stroke on her 24th birthday.

Jessica, of Sedgefield, says she's been told NHS England won't pay for her operation even though it's available in other parts of the UK. Without it, there's a risk she could have another stroke.

The organisation says it's consulting on whether there's enough evidence to offer this type of operation in the future.

Local elections: What are they all about?

The local elections are taking place on 2 May.

We'll get to choose who decides on things like where houses get built, who runs the buses and which pubs get late licences.

But last year only one in three people went to the polls. So what is the vote all about?

Reporter Jennifer Meierhans explains

Local elections: What are they all about?

Lifeboat assistance for training tall ship

A tall ship had to be rescued by lifeboat crews, after it suffered mechanical failure.

Hartlepool RNLI volunteers were called to assist colleagues from Whitby on Monday afternoon after the 120-ton sail training vessel reported it was in distress.

The 35m craft with 15 people on board was towed into Hartlepool docks.

Two of its crew suffered minor injuries, and they were transferred by the Hartlepool lifeboat to the Ferry Road lifeboat station where paramedics assessed their injuries before they were sent to hospital by ambulance.

RNLI/Tom Collins

It was good teamwork all around and an incident that the volunteer crew members train for on a frequent basis."

Garry Waughfrom Hartlepool RNLI