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Here's a summary on Monday's headlines in the Tyne Tees region.

Parliament has officially been dissolved after Prime Minister David Cameron met with the Queen at Buckingham Palace earlier today. There are now no MPs until after the general election on May 7.

The club's debt remains at £129million in the form of an interest-free loan from owner Mike Ashley.

Two people, both of Slovakian nationality, attended a police station in Newcastle and told police they had been subject to human trafficking and were being exploited for work.

A 57-year-old, originally from Whitley Bay, has been jailed for eight months for making and possessing indecent images of children.

Officers found 1,335 videos containing indecent images of children at Kenneth Nessworthy's property in Cramlington.

The RNLI is looking for people who are interested in becoming summer lifeguards on the North Yorkshire coast.

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Tyne Tees Weather - Monday

Hawthorn blossom against grey skies Credit: MICHAEL CONNOR

A bright but chilly start with any isolated wintry showers soon dying out.

Clouding over through the day and turning increasingly windy again with outbreaks of rain developing by mid-afternoon, spreading east into the evening.

Feeling chilly with highs at best to 9°C.

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Tyne Tees Weather - Sunday

St Mary's Lighthouse Credit: CAROLYN FARTHING-DUNN

Rather cloudy with scattered showers throughout the day, more frequent and heavy over higher ground.

Although winds may ease for a time during the morning, windy from the west by afternoon.

Feeling noticeably cooler than Saturday. Highs 8 °C

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