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Boro players take off from Durham Tees Valley airport

Boro players check in at the airport Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Middlesbrough players check in at Durham Tees Valley airport where they'll be flying to Luton Airport ahead of their play-off final match at Wembley on Monday.

Boro player signs shirt Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Boro players waiting to board Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Getting on the plane Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
And they're off! Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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Teenage boy arrested on suspicion of rape

A youth has been arrested in connection with a North Tyneside rape.

The 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of the rape of a female under the age of 16 that happened in North Tyneside in July 2013.

He has been bailed pending further enquiries.

The arrest is in connection with an investigation that was re-opened by Northumbria Police as part of the internal enquiry into the 'no-criming' of rape allegations.

Gas explosion at property in Guisborough

Fire brigade in attendance at gas explosion in Guisborough Credit: Incidents on Teesside

A man has been left with burns after a gas explosion at his home in Guisborough.

The fire brigade were called at 10.55am.

The semi-detached property on Rectory Lane will be assessed by a structural engineer but damage to adjacent properties is believed to have also occurred.

The road has been cordoned off by police as investigations are ongoing. National grid and the local council are also in attendance.

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VE Day: Burning beacons to be lit to mark 70th anniversary

Beacons will be lit at 12 locations in the North East Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Burning beacons will light up the night sky over the North East to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe.

Over 200 beacons will be lit around the UK tomorrow Friday 8 May to mark the anniversary of Victory in Europe Day and a special beacon lighting ceremony will take place across 12 locations in the North East.

It's part of a nationwide event that will see the Queen light a beacon outside of Windsor Castle at 9.30pm followed by the rest of the country two minutes later.

They will be set alight at exactly 9.32pm to mark the moment peace was declared 70 years on.

The public can take candles to the events to light in memory also.

Disruption for drivers this weekend in Durham

Drivers are reminded to expect some disruption due to works on Milburngate Bridge in the centre of Durham City this Sunday 10 May.

Durham County Council is carrying out investigation works on the bridge and lane closures will be in place between 4.00am and midnight.

The work, which will include specialist testing on the concrete bridge joints, will be done between 7.00am and 7.00pm and steps will be taken to keep noise disruption to a minimum.

It is being carried out in order to help plan major maintenance work which will take place during the summer.

The investigation works will be carried out this Sunday and next Sunday May 10 and 17.

Two lanes and at least one footpath will remain open during the works allowing pedestrians to cross the bridge and traffic to flow in both directions at all times.

Lane closures were initially due to be in place until 9.00pm but will now remain until midnight so that they can be removed safely at a time when there will be less traffic.

Polling station closed due to flooding in Billingham

A flood has led to a Billingham polling station being moved.

Voters due to attend the Billingham Library venue instead have to go to the Billingham Forum.

Signage is in place advising voters of the change.

The £2.7m library and customer service centre, on the site of the town’s former art gallery and council offices, opened in January.

The combined facility merged Roseberry Library and Billingham Library on Bedale Avenue, creating a one-stop shop which brings together customer services for Stockton Council and Thirteen housing group, a cash office and Billingham Town Council headquarters under one roof.

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