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Sneak preview of the Tour de Yorkshire's local leg

More than a millon people are expected to line the route of this year's Tour de Yorkshire between tomorrow and Sunday (April 29- May 1).

Pictures from the race in our region will be seen in 150 countries.

Stage one tomorrow makes its way into North Yorkshire, where the riders are expected in Knaresborough at around 2.20pm and the finish is in Settle at around 4.30pm.

And Stage 3 on Sunday starts in Middlesbrough at 11.30am passing through Grosmont at 2.45pm on the way to Scarborough at 4.30pm.

If you're not out on the road supporting the riders, you can see it all on ITV 4. Ned Boulting will be one of the commentators, we asked him to ride Sunday's stage for us:


Tommee Tippee bought by China

Cramlington-based Tommee Tippee. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A successful Cramlington-based firm has been bought by a large Chinese company.

The Mayborn Group makes Tommee Tippee baby products. It's been acquired by the Jahwa Group - one of the world's largest investment companies. 140 people work at the Cramlington headquarters.

It's hoped the deal will help to increase sales across the world.


Planned protest by parents against SATS - are you taking part?

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Thousands of parents across the North East are preparing to pull their children out of school next Tuesday - in protest against changes to SATs taken by Year 2 pupils.

They say the tests have become too hard, and are causing six and seven-year-olds to become stressed and upset.

The director of SCHOOLS NorthEast says there are real problems with the tests - but he's concerned about the boycott - as "the best place for children is in school."

What do you think?

Will you be taking part in the boycott?

Do you agree with parents' approach?

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