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In tonight's headlines: Guardians of children or vigilantes?

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We meet the paedophile hunters who claim they've caught dozens

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of would-be sex offenders while staying on the

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A West Cumbrian council pledges to shake off the title of fattest

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Our political editor heads to a record shop of all places

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to explain why our region is a key Election battle ground.

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The plaques to recognise the contributions of

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I retired 11 years ago and never expected anything like this.

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I never expected to be remembered, really.

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In sport, Middlesbrough have begun planning for life

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And will the Eagles be celebrating trophy number 25

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after their Play-Off final showdown at the 02?

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They call themselves "paedophile hunters."

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Their mission: to snare child abusers and have them jailed.

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But it's getting results and it's going to continue.

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Because last month in a landmark case at Newcastle Crown Court,

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a judge ruled this type of evidence is acceptable to gain a conviction.

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That's delighted two of the country's leading paedophile

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hunter organisations who are based in the north-east.

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For this exclusive report, Andrew Hartley's been to meet

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Don't start turning on the tears with me...

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Because if there was a real child to meet you here tonight,

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Darren Heywood from Stockton had thought he was meeting

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For 16 days he had been grooming her and another girl

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He had really been talking to this man.

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What we are doing is making a difference.

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Joe Jones is a full-time activist with Guardians of the North.

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Joe claims his crew of undercover volunteers has caught more than 80

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would-be sex offenders in the year since the group was set up.

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We have got people serving prison sentences.

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Carly, not her real name, is also a member.

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We have agreed to hide her identity because of fears for her safety.

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Today she has agreed to show me how they operate on Facebook.

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Within minutes, Carly has five adults chatting on line.

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Oh, they are nice clothes that you've got on.

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Children will think that this person is just being nice and friendly.

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This one that's talking at the minute, he is putting,

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Obviouslly, I have told him the area I am from.

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Another chat gets much more sinister.

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To say it was graphic, was a bit of an understatement.

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Some people say what you are doing is entrapment.

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It's not because we give them every opportunity

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Are you, as some people allege, vigilantes?

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No, because a vigilante takes the law into their own hands.

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Whereas we gather the evidence and everything we gather

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That evidence includes videos like these.

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We have been sitting here waiting for you since five o'clcok.

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Once cornered, the police are called.

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The would-be paedophile arrested and evidence

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Many of those caught by Guardians of the North end up here,

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Newcastle Crown Court and are jailed.

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You would think the police would appreciate their work.

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The body that represents the country's top police officers

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says the activities of groups such as Guardians of the North can put

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And in a statement, Northumbria Police urged members

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of the public not to take the law into their own hands.

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What would you say to the claim that your activity is actually

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hindering the police investigation, that you actually do not know

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If we knew that was the case, we would not carry

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We would tell the police what was going on.

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We inevitably know if there's an investigation going on or not.

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Meanwhile, at Durham Crown Court, it is time for Darren

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There too is Joe who is hoping Haywood will go to prison.

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Heywood admits a charge of inciting a child to sexual activity

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We are glad this man is off the streets.

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Child abuse has dominated the headlines in recent years

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and many now believe there is a need for urgent action.

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Guardians of the North say it's simply acting on that demand.

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We saw Guardians of the North in action there -

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but they're not the only group of so-called paedophile hunters

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The other group - perhaps the better known -

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And it was the evidence of Dark Justice that was the centre

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of the landmark ruling you mentioned in the introduction to my report.

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Defence lawyers at Newcastle Crown Court argued that cases against two

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men "caught" by the group should be dropped due to the way the evidence

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Had he decided that I am going to rule against Dark Justice than

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similar cases around the country would have collapsed. Instead, what

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has happened is that Dark Justice, Guardians of the North and other

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like-minded groups are free to continue their activities. Guardians

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of the North tell me tonight that in the last fortnight alone, no less

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than four people have gone to jail as a direct result of the evidence

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that they have brought. So, like their methods or not, be simple fact

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is they are getting results. Andrew, thank you very much.

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Police have named a man found dead in Newcastle.

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Officers were called to Joan Street in Benwell early

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yesterday after reports of concern for the welfare of two men.

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The man who died was 21-year-old Paul Brettwood.

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A 29-year-old man who was arrested has since been released.

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A man has died after a crash between a taxi and a bus in Gateshead.

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It happened on the Redheugh Bridge last night.

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A 36-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The driver of the second vehicle, a 53-year-old man, was taken

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His condition is serious but not life-threatening.

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The Mayor of Copeland, the West Cumbrian district once

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dubbed 'the fattest in England,' says the council is doing

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In 2014, more than three quarters of those who lived

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Although that figure has dropped, the borough has signed up

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to a county wide programme to improve fitness and well being.

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Whitehaven, the main town in Copeland, enjoys

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But in 2014, it's idyllic facade hid an embarassing secret.

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Too many people here were overweight or obese.

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For mayor of copeland Mike Starkie, tackling poor

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We are getting out into the primary schools and talking about healthy

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eating. I think just by highlighting the issue and making people aware of

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some of the things that caused the issue and some of the things that

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can possibly solve it, will go a long way to improving matters.

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It's easy to eat on the move here, convenience is everywhere.

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These people think that plays a part in poor diet.

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People my age have all the time in the world but the young ones do not

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have the time. There are a lot of restaurants in Whitehaven. We did

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not have taken with. Fish and chips was all we could get.

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it's not about intervening in the market, but encouraging

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You cannot play God. You cannot make choices for people and the reality

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is the types of foods that are sold in these fast food outlets, you can

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go into the supermarkets and by those foods much cheaper out of the

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freezer. It is about education. It believes it can encourage

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a leaner, fitter future. Some good news now for a young

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Northumberland woman bedridden with a potentially fatal condition

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who we've featured on Look North. 27-year-old Melanie

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Hartshorn has EDS - a rare degenerative syndrome -

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which means that if she moves She's been desperately trying

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to raise the ?80,000 needed to pay for life

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saving treatment. Well, in the last few hours, she's

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managed to achieve her target - just in time to have urgent surgery

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booked by her specialist An investigation's underway

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after Whitby's swing A gate was crushed as

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the bridge swung open to let harbour traffic

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through last night. It's likely to be closed to road

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traffic until Saturday Well, if you fancied

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standing in the General Nominations closed at four

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o'clock this afternoon And Cumbria and the north-east

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will be one of the biggest battle grounds this time -

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more tightly contested than it Here's our Political Editor Richard

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Moss with a run-down Amazingly back in fashion,

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after being written A bit indeed like the Conservatives

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in the region after But it seems the Tories seem to be

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staging a revival. Seats are in play that have not been contested since

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these records were first flying off the shelves 20 or 30 years ago. It

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is time for a countdown of our top ten contest. Sedgefield.

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Blair's lair of course and Labour since the 30s.

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Last election's tightest fight, now looks a long shot for Labour.

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Mellow Yellow Lib Dem for decades but got the blues in 2015.

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And they may yet linger a little longer.

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But the Conservatives could pogo into pole position this time.

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The 78 was the format of the future when Labour last

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A Tory win here and it looks like a landslide.

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We have reached the top five. At five, Darlington.

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They hang monkeys, but they? At four, it is Hartlepool.

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The mouthful that is Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.

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Now though Ukip are gunning for Labour's.

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Don't count out the Conservatives though.

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And it is Copland. Next voters might wonder why it they are back at the

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ballot box. Find out whether the Conservative revival matches the

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vinyl on June the 8th. How about a comeback for shaking Stevens? No?

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Suit yourself. Richard "Fluff Freeman"

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Moss is with me now. You ran through your top

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ten, but are there more That Conservative revival does mean

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there are some seats you would not have thought we'd been in play a

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couple of years ago. Outside that top ten there is Tynemouth. A Labour

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majority there of 8240. Stockton norms. That GE 's mayoral event last

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week a week up. Seats like North West Durham which has a majority of

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10000 and Newcastle law to back north. The Conservatives might have

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a sneaking chance because Ukip votes might slip down but also they think

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Theresa May is quite popular. There are some not standing, are at there?

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We have had nominations coming through. Ukip have decided to stand

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aside in Tynemouth, Berwick, Liverpool south and Bishop Auckland,

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to pave the way for Tories who are up against Labour in those seats.

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The Green Party are also standing down in five seats now. They are not

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standing candidates in Bishop Auckland, Workington, Carlisle and

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also in Hartlepool. They want to help remain supporting Labour MPs

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hang on when those seats back. There is no progressive alliance between

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Labour and the Liberal Democrats. They will stand in all seats in two

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against each other. Thank you. Interesting times.

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It has been home to some of the world's best musicians. From Bowery

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to with this. But now at Middlesbrough's town hall is being

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transformed. All this will become this. New buyers, coffee shops and

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restaurants. Improvements it is claimed will make this the jewel in

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Middlesbrough's town. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It

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is the biggest music venue in the area. It has nearly 130 years of

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history of gigs. Fantastic comedy shows, live music, classical music,

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going all the way back to the 1890s. The building's past hidden from

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public view will also be restored, including the old court room and the

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police station, along with its cells. Complete with the original

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graffiti scrawled on the doors. A lot of it has been hidden away.

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People have seen it on behind the scenes tours in the past. Now we're

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going to open it up coolly for the public to appreciate the heritage of

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Middlesbrough town hall. It is hoped the transformed town hall will

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reopen next April. If it's good enough for Hollyrood,

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It's good enough for Four more plaques honouring "local

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heroes" from Tyneside have been unveiled in a burgeoning 'Walk

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of Fame' along the Tyne riversides. And today most of the latest

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nominations for hero status were on hand to see their names

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revealed in bronze. Gerry Jackson is

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on the Quayside now. So where do we look

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for the plaques, Gerry? Just as in Hollyrood, the on the

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ground. A lot of these plaques are down on buildings. As of today,

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there are 33 of these plaques spread between both sides of the river

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between the swing Bridge and the millennium edge. Robson Green is an

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established Hall of Fame member. Let's find out who the new ones are.

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Time was you lived, you died and if you had been especially

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memorable they might put up a plaque to remind people who

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Now here, if you fit the bill, they will create a plaque, as they

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For the last four years, Gateshead and Newcastle have

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set these bronze plaques into pavements around

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Today the actor Tim Healey, broadcaster Mike Neville, former

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AC/DC front man Brian Johnson, and historian John Grundy were the

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I am very lucky because this is just my hobby.

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If you find a hobby that you get paid for and you never have to go to

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Across the river, practically under the Tyne Bridge, one symbol of the

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I never expected anything like this. I never expected to be remembered,

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really. Even I started calling myself... To get an award like this.

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It is a wonderful thing to happen. Just yards on, Brian Johnson

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couldn't make it today but his family dead. We are really proud and

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dad is really proud and thrilled. We are really happy we could come and

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be here today on his path. Thank you. I bet he has told you some

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stories about growing up around here. Yes, none I could repeat. Back

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to the Newcastle side and a fitting end to our circuit with the man who

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knows every inch of it. You have commentated on the architecture

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around here and now you're literally part of it. This area and

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this place is the heart of the city and the city is right in my heart as

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well. It is a place of historic significance and tremendous beauty.

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I really do feel so lucky to be a permanent part of it now. Now, you

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might think this is the great and the good backslapping. Not

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necessarily so, because all of these people were nominated by us. If you

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go to the website on your screen now you can see the whole of the Hall of

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Fame on the walk of Fame and you can find out later this year who you

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might be able to nominate for 2018. Right be second time. Well done.

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Time for sport and news from Sunderland.

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The Sunderland manager David Moyes has requested a personal

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hearing after responding to a Football Association charge

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over his post-match "slap" comment to a female BBC

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The Scot, who's 54, had been given an extra week

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He'll now attend a hearing at which he can explain his remarks.

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Middlesbrough, like Sunderland, have already been relegated

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from the Premier League with matches to spare.

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The club's been taking stock of a hugely disappointing season

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with big lessons to learn after an all too brief return

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We have to be more creative and we have to take more risks and create

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more chances and score more goals. Understanding your playing at the

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level of opposition that are better defenders from the wiki came from.

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Yes, we must be better and we must continue as a club to think we have

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one aim next season and that is to move back very, very quickly to the

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leak that we have just put in all season.

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Work on a new three-thousand seat arena for the Newcastle Eagles

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basketball team will start this summer.

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The ?6 million stadium is expected to open in the west

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of the city at the start of the 2018-19 season,

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But first, there's the small matter of this Sunday's BBL Play-Off final

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against league winners Leicester Riders at

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A Newcastle win would mean two trophies apiece

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It's British basketball's showpiece occasion.

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A trophy last won by the Eagles in their clean-sweep season of 2015.

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A record crowd of more than fifteen thousand is expected

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to watch the showdown between the country's top two.

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Newcastle struggled to get past Worcester to book

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their place in the final Leicester have lost just

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I would like to say we're underdogs because we do well as underdogs.

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Leicester are on a roll. Let's go in under the radar. That is the best

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way. I do not care what he thinks or says at this point. I do not know or

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care what anybody thinks. We are in the final and that is all that

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matters. It is a one off game and anything can happen. It is going to

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be tough and physical. I do not know about points being scored but you do

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not know what will happen in a final, especially these two teams.

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This afternoon, Rahmon Fletcher was named the league's most valuable

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player for a second season running - and his presence will be vital

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if the Eagles are to add to the single trophy they've

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Victory would give the Eagles their 25th trophy in the last 13 seasons

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It's the 27th domestic final for these serial cup winners

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And more than one third of those have been against

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Newcastle have won one more of those finals than Leicester.

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Probably - just don't ask Fab Flournoy.

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Live coverage on the BBC sport website.

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In cricket finally, a thumping win for Yorkshire in the 50 overs

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One Day Cup last night with an unbeaten 152

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In reply to the 297 all out, they are struggling at 16. It broke the

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box window, nearly hurting our colleague. He lives to live another

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day. You will dine out on that. It has been perfect Cricket weather

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today. It has been a gorgeous day but nothing lasts for ever. We have

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been saying all week the weather is set to change. Let's enjoy the

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weather while we can. Today's weather pictures. A beautiful shot

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across the lake district. A lot of hazy sunshine there. Temperature

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wise, quite a spread. Parts of the north-east hung onto Cloud and an

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easterly breeze. Just made it into double figures. Carlisle hit 20

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Celsius. As we head into tomorrow, it is all set to change. More cloud

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on the whole. Some rain for some of us. It does state mild because it is

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humid and unsettled weather coming up from the south. That is the start

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of the unsettled weather today. The showers on the radar chart earlier

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today further south, while we stayed fine in the north. That is what is

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heading our way tomorrow. It stays fine and dry this evening. Cloud

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will spill in to some areas. Largely dry. Milder night than the last few.

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Temperature is no colder than seven Celsius. A breeze. Tomorrow, on the

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whole, a lot more cloud around than recently. Not overcast and if few

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bright spells at first. Outbreaks of rain spreading out from the

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south-west. It will not rain everywhere all the time but catch

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some of those showers and there could be the odd rumble of thunder

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as well. Quite a wide range of temperatures. That north easterly

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breeze. The 11 Celsius through the afternoon. Whitehaven, sheltered

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from the north easterly breeze. 20 Celsius. As it turns south easterly

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further south, we will start to see things turning market across the

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north Yorkshire coast and mist might spread northwards. That is the way

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it is looking for tomorrow. Low pressure area and that system

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bringing as range. It hangs around for a time on Saturday and another

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front comes through on Saturday night. Leaves behind Sunny spells

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and scattered showers for Sunday and more wet and windy weather spreads

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in from the west on Monday. It will not rain everywhere but most of us

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will see rain at times. The gardeners will welcome that.

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Saturday sees some showery outbreaks at times. Temperatures into the high

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teens with a brisk, south-westerly wind for the first part of the

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weekends. Sunday, the showers fewer between. Highs of 16 or 17 Celsius.

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Come Monday, the cloud with thicken up and more persistent outbreaks of

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rain eventually spreading in from the west and use other late wind.

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Holding the temperature is up in the mid-teens. That is how it is looking

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in the next few days. Paul and I will be back with the late news but

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let's enjoy some of the sunshine until then. Goodbye.

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