Meet the latest furry addition to the WWT Washington Wetland Centre family - an Asian short-clawed otter cub.
The female cub has been nicknamed Little Squeak because of her high-pitched cries – and is an important part of conservation efforts to protect her species.
Ross Hutchinson went to find out more.
An energy company is to submit controversial plans for fracking in North Yorkshire to the county's council today.
Third energy say they want permission "to hydraulically stimulate and test various geological formations, at the existing Well KM8 at Kirby Misperton".
Samples were taken from the site in 2013 which suggested it was not suitable for drilling, however, samples from deeper sections of the rock produced better results.
The Frack Free Rydale group are planning to protest the move saying that approval could lead to more than 900 wells in the area.
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Young people on Teesside are to be educated about the dangers of starting grassfires.
Cleveland Fire Brigade say a series of grassfires at a Teesside beauty spot at the weekend were started deliberately.
At one point almost a quarter of the service's entire fire engine fleet was called in, with 22 firefighters tackling the blazes on Eston Hills.
The brigade believe the fires were started by youths and so have begun a campaign to educate them about the dangers of grassfires and the economic costs, which is estimated to stretch to thousands of pounds.
Tickets for this year's Great Yorkshire Show go on sale from half ten this morning.
It is the 157th edition of the famous agricultural show and will be held from 14 to 16 July.
It may still feel very much like winter, but for the National Trust, the 'summer' season is just beginning.
Some of the region's favourite tourist attractions open their doors to visitors again after closing for the winter.
The venues include Souter Lighthouse in Whitburn; Wallington, near Morpeth; and Cragside near Rothbury. Between them, they welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors every year from March to November.
A game farmer from Cropton in North Yorkshire has been found guilty of permitting the use of a pole trap on his farm and fined £4000 by Scarborough Magistrates.
Michael Wood, who is 68, was also ordered to pay £750 court costs and a £120 victim surcharge, following the use of covert surveillance by RSPB Investigations Unit staff.
Two members of Mr Wood’s staff had previously been cautioned by North Yorkshire Police for the use of five pole traps on the farm.
Magistrates ruled it was “inconceivable” that Mr Wood would not have seen one of the pole traps being used by his staff. Westfield Farm rears pheasants and partridges for the game shooting industry.
Pole traps are a method of trapping birds that was outlawed over a hundred years ago. They consist of a steel trap placed on top of a pole that crushes the legs of any wild bird that land on them.
RSPB Investigations Officer, Howard Jones, said: “It is time that these cruel traps were consigned to the history books, but as long as they are being used we will continue to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice."
Northumbria Police officers have stepped up their patrols in one part of Northumberland, after more than £60,000 worth of property was stolen from homes, cars and outbuildings in one month alone.
Quad bikes, jewellery, cash, tools and diesel were all among the items stolen from the West Tynedale area, which includes the villages of Blanchland, Bellingham and Greendale.
Police said a Range Rover vehicle worth £35,000 was stolen from outside one property and canoes worth £5,000 were taken from another.
"Many of the perpetrators will know the areas concerned, they could be in the area during the day and return after dark to steal what they have seen, while others are more opportunist and will walk into a farmyard and steal insecure property.
"As ever the community is our eyes and ears and I'd like to remind people to be vigilant."
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A farmer in County Durham said low milk prices have forced him out of business.
Dairy farming has been in Allan Mace's family for 70 years, but he cannot carry on any longer. He is not alone: in the North of England, more than one hundred farms have gone out of business.
Mr Mace showed ITV News reporter Dan Ashby where other dairy farms in his area used to be:
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