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Ambulance crews sent to South Bank incident

The North East Ambulance Service said it had sent six resources including a specialist hazard team to the former SSI plant in South Bank.

Fire crews are also on the scene.

An ambulance spokeswoman said there were no details about any casualties.

We will bring you more details when we have them.

Nominate your community's unsung hero

It's that time of year again, we're looking for your community's unsung coaching hero. In particular, we're celebrating the projects that have really made an impact in the last 12 months, and we need your help to find them.

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MP hits out at 'mad' government over Sirius Minerals woe

Middlesbrough Labour MP Andy McDonald has reacted angrily to the news Sirius Minerals has been forced to cancel plans to issue a $500m (£403m) bond for a fertiliser mine it is developing near Teesside.

He said: "This government has completely taken its eye off the ball and, like the podium in Luxembourg, Boris Johnson and his hard right pals have gone missing at a time of crisis.

"This mad administration, propelling the country to economic cliff edge, seems determined to do everything they can to destroy the industrial base of Teesside. They’re keen enough to give tax breaks to gambling bankers but won’t lift a finger to help our industries.

"Sirius is critical to Teesside’s future and if government stands aside as they did with the Redcar Blast Furnace they will never be forgiven.”

Sirius Minerals
Sirius Minerals

Ron Hogg seeks appointment of acting PCC after being "unwell"

Ron Hogg, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for County Durham and Darlington, has asked the chair of the Police and Crime Panel to consider appointing an acting commissioner.

Mr Hogg is not standing down, but is "unwell".

The panel will discuss his request on 20 September.

Wildlife expert starts handing out 200 children's books

A man who walked 200 miles this summer to raise money to buy books for Cumbrian children is starting to hand them out today.

Wildlife expert, Jamie Normington, from Old Hutton near Kendal, raised about £7,500 by walking from St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay.

Half of the money will be used to buy 200 copies of the children's wildlife book, "The Lost Words", and the rest will go to the National Autistic Society.

Future radio stars on Teesside called to dazzle for 60 seconds

BBC Tees is looking for new blood to make themselves known during a open audition later this month!

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No-deal Brexit impact in the spotlight

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North East and Cumbria

With the possibility of a no-deal Brexit looming, some North East councils are meeting today to discuss how they'll deal with any negative impact leaving the EU could have on the region.

The North East Combined Authority - the body which represents Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland - will discuss proposals including free ports and a free trade zone.

Boris Johnson faces a showdown in Parliament later as rebel Tories and Labour MPs are planning a bill to stop the UK leaving the EU on 31 October without a deal.

The Government's own predictions are that the North East economy would be the hardest hit if the UK crashes out of Europe without an agreement in place.

County Durham has the most top grades in A-Level Media Studies

Students receive their A-level results
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Students in County Durham have scored the highest pass rate of A and A* in Media Studies in England, with 17.5 % of pupils achieving the top grades, Ofgual figures show.

In Maths, which was the most popular subject this year, County Durham students gained most A and A* regionally, as 43.8% of students reached the highest grade.

This is slightly ahead of Northumberland (43.6%) and Tyne and Wear (39.2%).

Absentee landlord tax considered

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North East and Cumbria

A plan to charge absentee landlords triple council tax is being considered in County Durham.

The county council is looking at ways to help bring long-term empty homes back into use.

There could be a potential premium on top of the normal payment of up to 200% council tax on properties unoccupied and unfurnished for more than five years.

Currently, landlords pay half as much again if they've been empty for more than two years.

A consultation runs until October.

There are an estimated 7,000 empty homes in the county.

To let signs
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North East weather: Cloudy start but sun and showers to follow

It will be a largely dry and cloudy morning, but as the afternoon progresses there will be more in the way of sunny spells and the growing chance of scattered showers.

Any lingering showers should clear away through this evening.

After midnight it should essentially remain dry under mostly cloudy skies.

North East weather forecast, Thursday 1 August 2019
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Teesside Airport gets its original name back

Durham Tees Valley Airport will return to its original name of Teesside International Airport.

It comes after an vote from the public to change the name back.

A new logo will also be made using the original branding colours of green and blue.

Teesside Airport was renamed to Durham Tees Valley in 2004.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen pledged the airport would revert to its previous name if it went back into public ownership.

Teesside International Airport
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Whitby Regatta: Event may have first male representative

It's a popular event for families on Teesside and across the North East, and now organisers of a rowing weekend are being urged to allow men to represent the event for the first time in more than 170 years.

The annual Whitby Regatta began in 1847 as a weekend of competition but now includes three days of entertainment.

A local woman is selected each year to be Miss Regatta, and performs duties such as meeting dignitaries and starting a Sunday firework display.

George Hutton is now campaigning for the role to include men.

The 22-year-old from the town said: "Equality is becoming more and more important."

Whitby Regatta
Whitby Regatta

Event organiser Ivor Greer said he "wouldn't dismiss the idea" of including a Mr Regatta at future events.