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  1. Updates on Tuesday 10 May 2016

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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.

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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Weather: Dry, breezy, cloudy

Staying generally dry and breezy.

There should be clear periods across the north of the region, while further south the cloud may thicken enough to bring occasional rain, most likely at the start of the night.  

Check the weather where you are.

Clattenburg to referee Champions League final

North East referee Mark Clattenburg is to referee the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. 

The match on 28 May is at the San Siro in Milan. 

Clattenburg has handled six Champions League matches this season, including two involving Atletico Madrid and one for Real Madrid. 

The 41-year-old from Consett will complete a cup final double after handling the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on 21 May.

He has also been picked by Uefa to referee at the European Championship in France.

Mark Clattenburg
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Stockton College to relocate next year

Durham University will relocate its Stockton College and all of its academic courses closer to Durham from next September.

The decision has been confirmed this afternoon after months of discussion and over a year of planning by the local council.

The current Queen Campus would be used as an International Foundation College.

It means that around 2,000 students will be moved away from the Stockton area in just over a year's time.

Travel: Accident on A68

BBC Travel

The A68 in Catcleugh in Northumberland is blocked in both directions at the Catcleugh Reservoir junction because of an accident and an obstruction on the road.

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

Man arrested in America after online search

A Darlington man has been arrested in America after a colleague searched his name online and found he was wanted for swindling elderly people out of their life savings.

Kole Lulgjuraj is suspected of fleecing people to fund a luxury lifestyle before fleeing the country.

Kole Lulgjuraj
Durham Police

Lulgjuraj, 50, who is originally from Montenegro, but used to live in Darlington, was interviewed by officers in 2012 but fled the UK after he was released on bail. 

He's since been arrested by the FBI in Indianapolis, Indiana, after he started work at a bank.

A worker carried out an internet search of Lulgjuraj's name and a newspaper article was found which showed he was wanted by police.

Now officers from Durham are due to travel to Indiana this month to bring Lulgjuraj back to the UK and charge him with six counts of theft and one of fraud.

British life through the eyes of Colin Jones

Colin Jones's life could have been very different. He was a dancer with the Royal Ballet when he picked up a camera while on tour in Japan and began to record his colleagues' performances.

He was spotted by one great photojournalists of the 1950s and 60s, Hungarian emigre Michael Peto. And with his help and guidance, Jones stepped off the stage and behind the lens.  

Images from Mr Jones's long career are on show at the Michael Hoppen Gallery in London, including this one of Miners racing their greyhounds in North East Consett in 1908:

Miners racing their greyhounds in North East Consett in 1908
Colin Jones / Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery

Newcastle Turkish Baths plans go on show

Plans to 'bring back to life' Turkish baths which closed despite public protests have gone on show.

Turkish baths
Fusion Lifestyle

The Grade II listed City Pool and Turkish Baths in Newcastle shut in 2013 as part of the city council's £100m budget cuts.

Leisure charity Fusion Lifestyle Ltd has now been granted a lease and put forward plans for a £5m renovation.

The plans can be viewed at Newcastle Civic Centre. The public has until 17 June to comment.

Sunderland 'have found a winning formula'

Everton boss Roberto Martinez was involved in his fair share of relegation scraps with former club Wigan and, before his side's game against relegation-battling Sunderland tomorrow, he's asked what it's like being in that position.

The Black Cats go into the game on the back of beating Chelsea, while Everton were well beaten at Leicester City last weekend.

“You look at Sunderland and they’ve found a winning formula," said Martinez. "When you carry a bit of momentum, suddenly you have nothing to lose. 

"The real strength of this Sunderland side is that they are on the up. They beat Chelsea, they drew with Arsenal. We have to match their intensity. We are going to learn our lessons from the Leicester game."

He added: "You win and you lose as a team and if you don't reach a level of intensity it is difficult to compete with anyone. We all have a strong a desire to get back to our level and tomorrow is a chance to do that."

The Flying Scotsman makes its grand entrance in Newcastle

The Flying Scotsman has arrived in Newcastle:

Flying Scotsman

And in true celebrity style, it was greeted by a crowd of fans:

Train people

Force accommodation nicknamed 'love pads', tribunal hears

Senior police officers used force accommodation to carry on "illicit relations" to the point that the flats were jokingly nicknamed "love pads", an employment tribunal has heard.

Rumours about an alleged affair between ex-Northumbria Police chief constable Mike Craik and Assistant Chief Constable Carolyn Peacock, which was said to have led him to be punched by her husband Jim at a barbecue, spread so far that local solicitors had heard the story, the hearing was told.

Glossy posters of Mr Craik displayed in Northumbria Police stations were defaced with marker pen, showing him with a "blacked over" eye, retired PC Bryn Jones said in a statement.

Mr Jones gave evidence to the employment tribunal at North Shields, North Tyneside, in support of Denise Aubrey, the force's director of legal services who was sacked for gross misconduct in 2014.

The hearing continues.

Police probe disappearance of Hartlepool man five years on

Police are continuing to investigate the disappearance of Hartlepool man Scott Fletcher on the fifth anniversary of his last sighting. 

Scott Fletcher
Cleveland Police

Tomorrow marks five years since he was last seen near to the Jet garage at Wheatley Hill in Durham.

Seven men were arrested on suspicion of murder earlier this year and they remain on police bail.

Flying Scotsman passes through Durham

Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

As the Flying Scotsman makes its journey from York to Newcastle, many have been out in the sun hoping to get a picture. 

Thanks to Steve Coulthard for this brilliant one of it passing over Chester-le-Street viaduct:

Flying Scotsman
Steve Coulthard

If you got a picture of it, we'd love to see. You can tweet usemail us, or contact us via our Facebook page.

However, don't go on the tracks! 

British Transport Police have had to issue another warning after man was reported for trespassing as he tried to take photos of the train near Tursdale Junction in Durham. 

They are asking people to please keep off the tracks. The tracks are for trains, in case you weren't sure...

Joe Root hits double hundred

BBC Sport

Yorkshire's Joe Root has brought up a brilliant double hundred off 232 balls.

He only needed 10 more runs this morning, but he's made it look easy.

The 25-year-old is now the seventh, yes seventh, batsman to pass 200 this season. Incredible.

Follow our County Championship coverage by clicking here.

Joe Root
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Allardyce hails Jermain Defoe as option for England at Euros

Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck could be out of Euro 2016 because of injury but is Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe an option to replace him in the England squad? 

Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce seems to think so.

Defoe, 33, scored his 15th Premier League goal of the season in Saturday's 3-2 win over Chelsea.

Tottenham's Harry Kane (25) and Leicester's Jamie Vardy (24) are the only Englishmen with more top-flight goals this season.

"He can still do it at the highest level," Allardyce told BBC Sport.

"His record tells Roy [Hodgson] that if he needs to score goals at the Euros, Jermain Defoe is there," added Allardyce. "If he needs the option, Jermain Defoe is a very good option for him."

Sam Allardyce recomends Jermain Defoe for England

Everton boss focused on Sunderland as Newcastle wait anxiously

BBC Sport

Roberto Martinez says there is no question that his team will be trying 100% against Sunderland and Norwich to maintain the "integrity of the Premier League", despite the Blues having little to play for.

Romero Funes Mori is available after suspension and Gareth Barry may be back.

Phil Jagielka, Seamus Coleman and Gerard Deulofeu will have fitness tests for Sunday's game against Norwich but won't be available for Sunderland tomorrow.

If Sunderland win, Norwich and Newcastle will be relegated.

Replica of 19th Century fountain for County Durham village

A 19th Century drinking fountain that was removed from a County Durham village more than 60 years ago is set to return - in replica form.

The Pant fountain was put up at the junction of Front Street and Snows Green Road in Shotley Bridge in 1886, marking the arrival of piped water into the village.

It was removed more than 60 years ago as part of a village road scheme, eventually turning up at Beamish Museum, where it can still be viewed.

A replica will be unveiled at Shotley Bridge on Thursday.

Former SAFC boss Gus Poyet off to Spain

BBC Sport

Former Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has agreed to take over as Real Betis head coach on a two-year deal.

Poyet, 47, who left Greek side AEK Athens last month, had been clear favourite to become the new manager of Championship side Nottingham Forest.

Uruguayan Poyet steered the Black Cats to Premier League safety in 2014, butwas sacked the following season after a run of poor results.

Poyet replaces interim boss Juan Merino at the La Liga club.

Gus Poyet
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Tributes paid as Eider Chase and Grand National winning horse dies

Tributes have been paid to race horse Comply Or Die after the 2008 Grand National winner died over the weekend, aged 17.

Comply or Die

Trained by David Pipe and owned by the late David Johnson, he also won the Eider Chase at Newcastle prior to his Aintree success, and then came second in the 2009 National.

Comply Or Die had been spending his retirement with Timmy Murphy, who rode him to his most famous victory.

"He was part of the furniture at home so it's very sad," Murphy told Press Association Sport.

"He gave me the greatest day of my career, obviously that can never be taken away".

Emergency water main repairs in Stockton and Thropton

Northumbrian Water says the supply is off in parts of Teesside.

It says "supplies will be restored by 12:15 following emergency water main repairs" on Wrenfield Road in Stockton and in Thropton. 

Man falls from fourth floor window following Sunderland fire

A man is in critical condition after a fall from the 4th floor of a building.

The fire service was called to the blaze at Clanny House, which is student accommodation in the Millfield area, on Sunday night.

Police and ambulance also attended and a 20-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries after he fell from a window.

Northumberland paralympian to become MBE at Buckingham Palce

Paralympian Stephen Miller, who lives in Cramlington in Northumberland, is set to become an MBE at Buckingham Palace this week.

He says it will be a "proud moment" for him and his family:

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He is a former World and Paralympic club throw champion and an Honorary Freeman of Gateshead.

Legal highs: Police handle surge in incidents ahead of ban

The impact of legal highs on police forces across England can be revealed ahead of a blanket ban on the products, which will come into effect in weeks.  

Legal high Spice
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In Durham, there were 32 mentions of legal highs in police logs in the 2013-14.

This went up to 99 in 2014-15.

And, since 2015 it already stands at 179.

Girl sexually assaulted on way home from school in Durham

A 14-year-old girl has been sexually assaulted on her way home from school in County Durham.

The girl was near the Tesco Extra Store on Genesis Way in Consett at 15:50 on Thursday when she was approached from behind and knocked to the ground.

Tesco in Consett

She was sexually assaulted before being able to run to safety, police said.

The man is described as mixed-race, in his 20s and about 5ft 9in.

He was wearing a grey hoodie and "smelt strongly of urine". 

Vehicles rescued after getting stuck in the sea

Rescue teams were called out yesterday as two vehicles got stuck in sand and became submerged in the sea.

Humber Coastguard got a request for assistance from Northumbria Police who had officers at Cullercoats Bay.

Police in the sea
Whitley Bay NPT

Brigade members arrived to find a Ford Transit van submerged with a Range Rover also with seawater lapping around its bonnet

Crew members from Cullercoats RNLI were able to get the vehicles to shore.

The owners of both vehicles were "issued with safety advice by both the police and coastguard representatives", although Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade say they had by this point "appreciated the power of the sea".

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...

The Sun's North East football writer David Coverdale has noticed a similarity between his paper's coverage of Newcastle United yesterday, and today's Mirror back page... 

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Flying Scotsman summer tour begins with trespass warning

The Flying Scotsman, which retired from service in 1963, starts its summer tour later with a sold-out run from York to Newcastle.  

People on the tracks

But a warning has been issued to its fans to stay clear of the tracks, as it was twice held up on the way to York by reports of people on the line.

Network Rail said the day was marred in parts by "several dangerous incidents of trespass".  

Ex-chief constable 'flipped over legal boss affair claims'

In case you missed it, yesterday a tribunal heard how a chief constable 'flipped' when she heard her legal boss revealed details of an alleged affair between two senior police officers.

Northumbria Police's ex-chief Sue Sim said she initially thought Denise Aubrey (pictured) was "gossiping", but later realised this was not the case.

Denise Aubrey

Former legal boss Ms Aubrey, 54, was sacked in 2014 for gross misconduct.

Mrs Sim was giving evidence in support of Ms Aubrey who is claiming unfair dismissal, which the force denies.

Travel: Accident on A19 in North Tyneside

BBC Travel

The A19 in Wallsend is partially blocked and there's very slow traffic northbound after the Silverlink Roundabout because of an accident.  

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

Family pay tribute to teenager struck by train

The family of a 15-year-old boy who died after he was hit by a train near Newcastle say he was a "loving son and brother who will be dearly missed".

Kieran Ash
British Transport Police

Kieran Ash, from Chester-le-Street, was killed when he was hit by the train in the vicinity of Birtley Junction. 

His family say they are "devastated by the news and Kieran will be dearly missed by all who knew him".

British Transport Police said there are no suspicious circumstances and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

Weather: Sunny spells, mostly dry

After a sunny start cloud will increase through today, but still bright or sunny spells will occur and most places will remain dry.

The highest temperatures will be inland, across the south, while coastal areas will feel distinctly cooler.  

Check the weather where you are.

Morning, welcome to our live coverage

Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

We'll be here until 18:00 bringing you news, sport, weather and travel from across the North East.

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