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While the Tees Barrage undergoes a £650,000 repair project, the Canal & River Trust is inviting members of the public to explore the modern waterway for themselves.
They are hosting an open day where visitors will see the hydraulic rams up close, walk around the fish pass, get access to the control tower and explore deep into the barrage's chambers.
Steve Garcia, senior project manager for the Canal & River Trust says: "This event sold out in under a day which shows just what interest there is in this amazing structure. Every day lots of people walk, cycle and drive pass the barrage but won't realise all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to keep it in top working order."
The Foreign Office has confirmed that the body of Newcastle United fan John Alder, who died when flight MH17 came down over Ukraine, has now been formally identified.
He died last month alongside fellow fan Liam Sweeney.
They were on their way to a pre-season friendly in New Zealand.
– Foreign Office spokeswoman
We can confirm positive identification of another British victim of flight MH17, John Alder. His family has been informed and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. We continue to provide consular assistance to the family.
Findings released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre show the numbers of children in Stockton, Middlesbrough and other parts of the region needing dental work are among the highest in the country.
Kamini Shah, a Consultant in Dental Public Health, has spoken of what Public Health England plan to do to counteract the growing issue:
It's a bold new move to try to improve the standard of food in our hospitals.
As part of a national campaign to raise the quality of meals, the government has said hospitals will have to meet set requirements to provide healthy and nutritious meals for patients.
Dan Ashby reports:
One of the most important Roman sites in the North of England is up for sale and there are fears that when it is sold it may be at risk from developers.
Binchester Roman fort near Bishop Auckland is being sold by the Church Commissioners, who manage the assets of the Church of England.
Derek Proud reports:
Police investigating a theft from a Newcastle shop have released a CCTV image of a man they need to speak to.
The incident occurred around 8.10pm on Friday, 27th June when groceries were stolen from a Spar at the shopping centre at Chapel House.
Anyone with further information should contact the police.
A Lancaster bomber that attracted thousands of visitors to Durham Tees Valley airport has cancelled its planned weekend events because of an engine problem.
The World War Two plane, which belongs to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, ran into trouble as it flew away from the North East. It is now hangared and undergoing maintenance.
An 81-year-old woman has died after a crash in Sunderland.
The collision happened at 12.10pm today (Friday, 29th August) and involved two cars on the A690 Westbound at East Rainton, County Durham.
The driver of one of the vehicles, a woman aged 81, was taken to North Durham Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.
The road was closed for around three hours while emergency services dealt with the collision.
Police investigating a robbery in South Tyneside have released CCTV images of a man they need to speak to.
The robbery happened just after 7am on Monday 16th June, at Best One newsagents at Stoddart Street in South Shields.
A man went into the store armed with a knife and threatened a member of staff. The member of staff was not injured in the incident but a quantity of cash was stolen.
Officers investigating have now released CCTV images of a man they need to speak to who may be able to help with their enquiries into the robbery.
Figures from the NHS show children in parts of Teesside have among the worst teeth in England.
The findings, released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, show the numbers of children in Stockton, Middlesbrough and other parts of the region needing fillings are among the highest in the country.
Kamini Shah, a Consultant in Dental Public Health, says dentists are now working with youngsters in schools to combat the problem.