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  1. Updates on Monday 9 May 2016

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By Rebecca Turner

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Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

Updates for the North East have now finished for the day - thank you for joining us and hope you have a good evening soaking up the rest of the sun. 

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with more news, sport, weather and travel. Until then there will be updates online and in our radio and TV bulletins.

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Your pictures: Souter lighthouse on Tyneside

Thanks to Carolyn Farthing for this shot of Souter lighthouse on Tyneside in the glorious sun this morning.

Souter lighthouse
Carolyn Farthing

If you have any pictures you'd like us to see you can tweet us, email, or contact us through our Facebook page.    

Tonight's weather: Staying dry

BBC Weather

Staying dry this evening and overnight across the region, but with patchy mist and low cloud developing over high ground in particular.

Relatively mild but a cool northeasterly breeze around the coasts.  

Check the weather where you are.

'Large amount' of Nitrous Oxide capsules found on Middlesbrough street

A "large amount" of Nitrous Oxide capsules have been found in a street in Acklam, according to the Coulby Newham and South Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Police Team.

They were discovered this morning during a patrol of St David's Way, alongside balloons which can be used to inhale the gas.

Nos canisters, boxes and balloons
Coulby Newham and South Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Police Team

Recently, a BBC investigation found a Newcastle catering company were selling nitrous oxide as a recreational drug.

Search for missing puppy following Teesside burglary

Police are trying to find a puppy which is missing following a burglary on Teesside. 

Missing puppy

The seven-month-old Chihuaha/Terrier cross needs special care as she was rejected by her mother and has been on a special diet.

It's thought she was taken in the break-in at a house in Hovingham Street in North Ormesby in the early hours of Friday. 

Newcastle fans hitch a lift in an ice cream van after bus breaks down

No parade for Boro after promotion

BBC Tees

BBC Tees has learned there will not be a promotion parade to celebrate Boro's return to the Premier League.  

Boro promoted graphic
Getty Images

Shane Tunney trial: Jury sent home for the night

Peter Harris

BBC Look North

The jury in the trial of seven teenagers accused of the murder of Shane Tunney in Norton, Teesside, has been sent home for the night.

They all deny murder and attempted grievous bodily harm.

Listen: Fabio Borini praises Sunderland fans for their support

Colin Gregg trial: 'He put his hand down my trousers'

Fiona Trott

BBC News

A 34-year-old man has told Newcastle Crown Court that a member of the Greggs bakery family sexually abused him when he was a boy.

Colin Gregg (pictured) is accused of abusing nine boys over three decades. He denies 26 charges of indecent assault.    

Colin Gregg

Wearing a suit and tie, the 74-year-old from Gosforth looked at the floor for most of the hearing.

"He put his hand down my trousers" the witness said. "I didn't think this man I trusted could be doing anything wrong, so it must have been an accident".

The court heard that the son of the Greggs bakery founder, who is also a former head teacher, abused the man for years from the age of eleven or twelve. He can't be named for legal reasons.

Some of the alleged abuse took place in Mr Gregg's car. The jury was told he put his arm around the boy and let him steer.

The trial continues.    

Princess Anne arrives at Sunderland Glass Centre

Damian O'Neil

BBC Look North

Princess Anne has arrived in Sunderland.

She's visiting the National Glass Centre to support the launch of the Sunderland Tall Ships Races 2018 Sail Training Ambassadors’ Programme. 

Princess Anne

Shane Tunney trial: Jury retire to consider verdicts

The jury in the case of seven teenagers accused of murder has retired to consider its verdicts.

24-year-old Shane Tunney died after an alleged attack at Norton last year.

Shane Tunney
Cleveland Police

Teesside Crown Court has been told the teenagers deny murder and grievous bodily harm with intent on another man.   

Sunderland team news: Lamine Kone fit to play

Sam Allardyce confirms that defender Lamine Kone will be fit to face Everton.

"Kone had a thigh problem but he's OK for Wednesday. Billy Jones is the only absentee," says Allardyce.

The man who has photographed every train station in Great Britain

A man who has photographed a train at every train station in Great Britain told how two of the stations on Teesside were amon the most challenging to capture.

David Brewer, from Chorley, in Lancashire, has now taken more than 2,500 photos.

He explained how some of the stations were easier to reach than others with Redcar British Steel and Teesside Airport both presenting him with logistical challenges - read about his adventures here.

David Brewer
Owen Amos

Tyneside drinking water treatment £46m upgrade

A £46m upgrade is to start at a 40-year-old water treatment works supplying 800,000 households.

Horsley in the Tyne Valley
Northumbrian Water

Northumbrian Water said work at the site in Horsley in the Tyne Valley would take two-and-a-half years to complete.

The plant, which provides drinking water for Tyneside, can treat up to 150 million litres of water a day.

Football: 'You can feel belief among Sunderland players'

Juliette Ferrington

BBC Radio 5 live

"A beautiful day on sunny Wearside with a joyous mood to match at the Academy of Light. Could the weekend have gone any better for Sunderland who are now just two points away from securing their place in the Premier League next season?

"The result would also guarantee the club elite football for a 10th consecutive season. 

"Having been up here last week you can feel the belief among the players and you just sense they will complete the job in hand with a game to spare - under the lights on Wednesday at the Stadium of Light surrounded by a wall of sound."

Academy of LIght
Juliette Ferrington

Alfie Joey impersonates Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain

Earlier we brought you a clip from Saturday's Britain's got Talent, where one half of BBC Newcastle's breakfast show team Alfie Joey performed as one half of The Mimic Men. They got a standing ovation from the judges, but their TV appearances don't end there.

This morning they bravely impersonated Piers Morgan... to Piers Morgan:

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Aftab Ahmed sentence for UKIP beheading threat quashed

A businessman sentenced for threatening to behead a UKIP election candidate in Newcastle has won his appeal.

Aftab Ahmed, 45, was found guilty of making threats to kill and given a community order, but his conviction and sentence have now been quashed.

Aftab Ahmed

Newcastle magistrates heard he called David Robinson-Young in April last year after receiving a UKIP leaflet at home.

But a Newcastle Crown Court judge allowed the appeal, saying the comments had not been definitely intended.

Consultation on pool and Turkish Baths under way

Julie Smith

BBC Look North

A public consultation on plans for Newcastle City Pool and Turkish Baths has begun.

Here are the before and after pictures of how it could look.

Trkish Baths

Watch my report on Look North on BBC One at 13:30.

Weather: Still sunny this afternoon, cooler near the coast

Another dry day with mostly unbroken sunshine. Warm again inland, but the easterly breeze keeping it cooler near the coast. 

weather graphic

Maximum Temperature: 21C (70F).  

Neil Maddison: 'I'll wear lipstick if Boro get promoted'

Neil Maddison

Former Middlesbrough midfielder Neil Maddison on BBC Tees

 I totally forgot about this but the girls at BBC Tees didn't, a man of my word though...

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Man approached from behind and attacked in Westerhope

A 37-year man was approached from behind by a group of men and attacked in Westerhope over the weekend, police said.

It happened on Stamfordham Road on the footpath running between Serin House and Matlock Gardens to Ambergate Close.

Police say he suffered an injury to his head and injuries to his legs and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Football fan Steph McGovern wears Boro shirt on BBC Breakfast

The celebrations are going on for Boro fans after Saturday's automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Here's BBC Breakfast presenter Steph McGovern proudly wearing her shirt.

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Motorcyclist left with serious injuries after coming off bike

A 59-year-old motorcyclist is in hospital with "serious injuries" after he came off his bike in Burnhope, north west Durham yesterday.

The accident happened at 12:30 BST as he was heading along Holmside Lane

Police say the rider lost control of his Ducati bike and he came off it on to the road, sustaining head and chest injuries

Gaston Ramirez criticised on Twitter following injury

During Saturday's match against Brighton, Middlesbrough's Gaston Ramirez was taken away on a stretcher after a pretty serious-looking leg injury.

Ramirez being treated for leg injury
Getty Images

However, people on Twitter didn't seem to have a huge amount of sympathy for him, instead criticising him for not wearing proper shin pads.

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Darlington hospital meeting 'told residents nothing'

A hospital trust has been criticised for running a 'masterclass in how not to do public consultation'.

Darlington residents

A public meeting was held amid fears Darlington Memorial Hospital could lose its emergency department.

MP Jenny Chapman said Saturday's meeting was "a very poor way to go about communicating with the public".

County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust and the area's clinical commissioning group are looking at the sustainability of services in the region.

Three-year-old Matilda Rusby spurs mass clean up

A three-year-old girl has persuaded her community to carry out a mass litter pick.

Matilda Rusby's family posted pictures on social media of her clearing rubbish, prompting North Tyneside Council to increase the number of bins and warning signs on its streets.

Now residents have come out in force to join her campaign.

Children litter picking

Householder Ali Conway said it was "the children who need to give us a wake up call sometimes".

Plea to bring home Sunderland ship as campaign looks to tell story of its lifesaving past

Sunderland Echo


A campaign has been launched to bring home a Sunderland ship which helped save the lives of hundreds of seafarers and win a war.

Lightship no 72 as she stands today in Neath, Wales
Sunderland Echo

Person confirmed dead after reports of body on train tracks

More now on the incident mentioned earlier which led to trains being suspended between Darlington and Newcastle.

A British Transport Police spokesman said they were called to the railway line close to Birtley Junction today following reports of a body on the line and a person was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers are working to identify the person and inform their family.

The death is not being treated as suspicious. 

Premier League survival: Sunderland leap ahead of Newcastle

Sunderland are one victory away from securing Premier League survival, while rivals Newcastle and Norwich are on the brink of relegation after slipping up.

Sam Allardyce's side climbed out of the bottom three by defeating Chelsea 3-2, and will be safe if they beat Everton on Wednesday.

"Our destiny is in our own hands. We have turned it around with a big victory," Allardyce said.

Newcastle drew 0-0 at Aston Villa and Norwich lost 1-0 to Manchester United.

Weather: Sunshine!

BBC Weather

Any early mist or patchy low cloud will soon clear with all parts seeing another dry day with mostly unbroken sunshine.

Warm again inland, but the easterly breeze keeping it cooler near the coast.  

Check the weather where you are.

Alfie Joey gets a standing ovation from Britain's Got Talent judges

Did you catch BBC Newcastle's breakfast co-presenter Alfie Joey on Britain's Got Talent on Saturday night?

He's part of The Mimic Men who got a standing ovation from the judges and trended on Twitter.

Watch their big moment here.

The Mimic Men

Train service between Darlington and Newcastle resumes

Disruption caused by emergency services dealing with an incident between Darlington and Newcastle has now ended.

Services were suspended earlier as emergency services were "dealing with an incident'.

More on this as we get it.

Greggs sales growth hit by 'softer' conditions on the High Street

Bakery chain Greggs has seen sales growth slow in the beginning of 2016 after weaker High Street conditions in March.

Getty Images

In a trading update, the company said it had seen like-for-like sales rise 3.7% in the first 18 weeks of 2016.

However, that compares with a 6% increase this time last year.

Greggs said conditions on the High Street had been "softer" in March, but that they had recovered in recent weeks.

Travel: A1 exit slip road partially blocked

BBC Travel

The A1 exit slip road is partially blocked northbound at Washington Services, because of a broken down vehicle.  

Get the latest travel news for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

Your photos: Sunrise from Seaton Carew

Many of us enjoyed some beautiful weather over the weekend - although there was a heavy sea fret on the coast for some of it.

And it looks as though it's continuing today - BBC Newcastle's reporter Anthony Day took this beautiful sunrise at Seaton Carew this morning.

Seaton Carew sunrise

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