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.
There are 37 constituencies in our region - 26 Labour, nine Conservative and two Liberal Democrat - but three of particular interest.Read the full story ›
A pedestrian has died after being hit by a car in Northumberland.
A 54-year-old man was walking along a country road between Matfen and Ryal at 11pm on March 29. He was hit by a Ford Ka. The man was flown to hospital where he died.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.
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.
The Hexham constituency takes in the rural Tynedale and North Tyne areas, stretching north to the Scottish border.Read the full story ›
This is a safe Labour seat taking in the port of Blyth, as well as the communities of Cramlington, Seaton Delaval and Seaton Sluice.Read the full story ›
Brisk winds. Rain for Monday and Thursday. Sunshine & showers for Tuesday and Wednesday. Colder feel with showers wintry over hillsRead the full story ›
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
Brighter skies follow morning rain for both Saturday and Sunday. Winds stay strong. Mild Saturday, cooler on SundayRead the full story ›
British Summer Time begins on Sunday. We may lose an hour in bed but the sun won't set until around 7.37 pm on Sunday evening.Read the full story ›