The start of the grouse season - nicknamed the Glorious 12th - was delayed until August 13 because game shooting on Sundays is illegal.
This year is also the last before the EU bans a chemical to control bracken. Campaigners say the ban will devastate the countryside.
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Durham and Cleveland Police are joining a national crackdown on drivers using mobile phones behind the wheel.
Operation Shimmer is targeting the minority of cyclists in the city who cause a danger to themselves and others by cycling without lights.
More than 70 volunteers from six mountain rescue teams searched in subzero temperatures for 10 hours to find a missing Middlesbrough man.