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Olympian Aly Dixon's appeal for phone with Rio photos

Marathon runner, Aly Dixon, from Sunderland is asking for help to trace the phone she has misplaced. The phone contains photographs from Rio where she was competing as part of Team GB.

Alyson Dixon Credit: PA

Weather Warning: Heavy rain later today

Areas of rain, locally thundery, will develop across the warning area during Thursday afternoon, evening and overnight.

This will be heavy at times and may lead to some localised disruption.

In place from 3pm until 4am tomorrow morning

Heavy rain may lead to localised rainfall accumulations of 20-30 mm in 1-2 hours, with some places perhaps seeing 40-60 mm in 3-6 hours.

This may cause some travel disruption during rush hour this evening.

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Hartlepool school boasts improving grades

Across the North East, the number of students achieving A*-C grades has dropped. However, a school in Hartlepool is boasting improving grades, especially in maths.

Regional fall in high grades reflects national trend

GCSE grades have fallen in the North East, in a pattern reflected across the country.

65% of entries here were graded A*-C, more than 2% down on last year.

17.3% of entries in the North East received the top grades, A* or A, down 0.3%. That fall is less than any other region, but only Yorkshire and the Humber has a lower proportion of pupils getting top grades.

The drop in results across the country was expected, with a record number of students re-sitting maths and English this year.

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