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Princess Anne comes to the North East

Princess Anne visited North Yorkshire earlier this month Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Princess Royal is visiting the region today.

Princess Anne will open the new Sailability Facility at Tees and Hartlepool Yacht club.

The specially built pontoon provides wheelchair users easier access to boats.

The Princess Royal recently visited North Yorkshire.

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September spider season sees 8-legged critters thrive

The mild summer weather means there will be an increase in spiders this autumn. The eight-legged critters have had plenty of insects to eat - and now, they're heading indoors to mate.

Apparently, this year is going to be a very good autumn for our eight-legged friends, with bigger than average spiders set to appear in our homes over the coming weeks.

Joshua Shrimpton reports:

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PM listens to northern concerns about devolution

PM listens to northern concerns about devolution

- Paul Brand, ITV Political Correspondent

I've just spoken to one of the MPs among the dozen or so backbenchers who met the Prime Minister to discuss concerns about the impact that devolving powers to Scotland would have on England.

James Wharton tells me that three northern MPs - himself, John Stevenson and Rory Stewart, all raised concerns with David Cameron that the north would need to compete with a more powerful Scotland.

They didn't discuss what kind of devolution was needed, but they all agreed that the north required greater powers in order to hold its own. Solutions that James Wharton floated include a regional minister for the north of England, or greater power for Local Enterprise Partnerships.

He tells me that the Prime Minister listened to the concerns and referred back to them when summing up the meeting, with MPs leaving confident about the chance of progress.

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Spiders set to invade region's homes

50% of us are said to be scared of spiders Credit: Press Association

The mild summer weather means there will be an increase of spiders this autumn.

The eight-legged critters have had plenty of insects to eat - and now, they're heading indoors to mate.

Most are harmless house spiders, males on the hunt for females. The mating season starts now and carries on until December. Experts, though, say they are good to have in the house as they keep your insects down.

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Durham win One-Day Cup at Lord's

Durham's cricketers celebrate their victory after beating Warwickshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup at Lord's. Credit: PA

Durham have won the Royal London One-Day Cup after beating Warwickshire by three wickets in a nail-biting final at Lord's.

Durham looked to be in a strong position when they bowled their opponents out for 165 but Warwickshire came back impressively as off-spinner Jeetan Patel took four for 25.

But Durham’s Mark Stoneman made 52 before Ben Stokes and Gareth Breese steered their side to victory in only the club's second ever Lord's final.

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