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Weather: Thursday

Credit: Raymond Wilkinson

Rather cloudy with the odd spot of rain.

Some bright or sunny intervals are likely during the afternoon, but thicker cloud bringing further rain to the north by evening.

Maximum Temperature 13C.


Prince Williams tells Steph about his 'sleepless nights'

The Duke of Cambridge is presented with a shirt for his daughter by Durham's Steph Houghton. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Princess Charlotte has been giving the Duke of Cambridge "a few sleepless nights", he has told England Women's World Cup squad.

Prince William met the team at the National Football Centre today, before they jet off on Monday to start their campaign in Canada.

The Duke of Cambridge meets the England women senior football team. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

England captain Steph Houghton, who was born in Durham and used to play for Sunderland, said the Duke told them about life with new arrival Charlotte, and older sibling Prince George.

He said George is very lively, and Princess Charlotte has been keeping him up all night, giving him a few sleepless nights. But he said he was just happy to have them both here."

– Steph Houghton,

William, who is president of the Football Association, met the Lionesses at St George's Park in Staffordshire.


Virgin Trains cancels services Monday and Tuesday

Virgin Trains has cancelled all its West Coast mainline services on Monday and Tuesday ahead of an anticipated strike by Network Rail workers over the Bank Holiday.

Members of the RMT and TSSA unions have voted for a 24-hour strike, starting at 5pm on Monday, amid an ongoing dispute over pay.

Virgin Trains will not run any services on the West Coast mainline on Monday and Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for the company told ITV News that East Coast services - which are run by a different operator - would continue on a reduced timetable, and advised customers to check for the latest updates before travelling.

She said bosses were monitoring talks between Network Rail and the unions to see whether the situation may improve.

Anyone with tickets for those dates can use them for either the Sunday or Wednesday, in line with any restrictions on the tickets bought.

A refund is also available from the Virgin Trains website or by calling 0344 556 5650.

Six of region's beaches among best in the world

Six of the region's beaches have been granted Blue Flags Awards - which recognise the international standard for the best beaches in the world.

They are:

  • Sandhaven Beach, South Shields
  • Longsands, Tynemouth
  • King Edwards Bay, Tynemouth
  • Whitley Bay
  • Scarborough North Bay
  • Whitby
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