Children enjoy a music and painting workshop at a SATs boycott event in Heaton Park, Newcastle.Read the full story ›
There are events taking place across the North East today for children who have missed school in protest of SATs exams.
Approximately 30 children and their parents attended a SATs boycott event at Brafferton Village Hall in Darlington.
Instead of a normal day in the classroom the children took part in arts, crafts and a nature walk.
The Department for Education is reminding parents they should only take their children out of school in exceptional circumstances.
8 year-old Sonny Campbell-Critchley told us how he sometimes gets nervous before school tests.
His mum Emma Campbell-Critchley explained why she kept her children out of school today:
There are unconfirmed reports a civilian plane has been escorted to Newcastle Airport by RAF jets.
Dozens of people took to social media shortly before 10pm on Monday evening to report hearing loud bangs.
Two loud explosions were reported across parts of North Yorkshire.
It has been confirmed the bangs were sonic booms from RAF jets.
Confirmation from RAF that loud bangs heard across the county were sonic booms from RAF Typhoon jets. No cause for concern
Quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft were launched today from RAF Coningsby to identify an unresponsive civilian aircraft.
Communications has been re-established and the aircraft safely landed.
Families of three North East men, who are serving a jail term in India, say they're angry that more isn't being done to secure their release.
The former soldiers were sent to prison, with three others, after courts ruled the armed security ship they were working on was not properly licensed, and had entered Indian waters illegally.
Watch Frances Read's report:
Thousands of primary school pupils in the North East are expected to be absent today, as parents pull them out to protest against SATs.Read the full story ›
Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing Gateshead woman.
Sandra Oni, aged 21, from Dunston in Gateshead was last seen at 4.45pm on Saturday 30th April at AMF Bowling on Westgate Road, Newcastle.
She is described as a black woman, 5 feet 1" tall with shoulder length red dyed hair and brown eyes.
She was wearing a grey blouse, black leggings, cream coloured fur coat, long gold earrings, a blue coloured ring and carrying a small shoulder bag.
She is believed to have two mobile phones.
Sandra has been spoken to by officers. It is believed she had been to Manchester and is now thought to be back in Tyne and Wear but officers would like to ensure she is safe and well.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police.
Warmer air feeds in from the south as this week progresses. Temperatures into the high teens by the end of the weekRead the full story ›
More than two million spectators cheered on this year’s Tour de Yorkshire. The county has been referred to as the 'heartland of cycling'.Read the full story ›
A volunteer group, which protects and monitors red kites in the Derwent Valley, is urging people to report any incidents of persecution of the birds.
It comes after it was revealed that a red kite was found dead with shotgun wounds in Chopwell Woods, on the edge of Gateshead, over Easter.
Now Friends of Red Kites is asking members of the public to get in touch if they see, or suspect, similar incidents.
Red Kites were re-introduced to the Derwent Valley between 2004 and 2007. Since then, the bird has become established in the area, attracting many visitors.
Red kites are protected by law.