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  1. Updates on Thursday 2 June 2016

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Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

Live updates for the North East have finished for the day.

But we will be back tomorrow as it's a special day - BBC Music Day is taking place across the county and we've got a number of different events to bring you from 08:00.

We hope you can join us then.    

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Weather: Cloud to increase and thicken

BBC Weather

Cloud will increase and thicken from the east overnight, bringing some patchy fog across the Cheviots and Pennines, but most parts should stay dry, but drizzle is possible.

Winds quite brisk and from the northeast.  

ITV to carry exclusive interview with mother of Hartlepool murderer

It's a story that was covered extensively on the BBC and other media, but now ITV says it has an exclusive with the mother of one of the girls who killed Angela Wrightson in Hartlepool.

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Two 15-year-old girls were given life with minimum terms of 15 years for the torture and murder of the vulnerable woman.

Ms Wrightson, 39, was found semi-naked in her living room with more than 100 injuries - including 80 to her face - in December 2014.

The girls, then aged 13 and 14, used weapons including a shovel, a TV and computer printer. They cannot be identified.

The BBC fought a seven-month battle to be able to report on the details of the case.

Middlesbrough hospital sees first patient take part in new clinical trial

A woman has become the first patient at James Cook University Hospital to take part in a new international clinical trial just weeks after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

The South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says it may prove to be "practice changing".

Kathleen Gilligan
James Cook University Hospital

Kathleen Gilligan, 63, was told that without treatment she may only have four to six months to live, so she was excited to be offered the chance to take part.

She says she feels "very proud to be the first in this area to take part" and "surprised at how well I feel after my first treatment”.

The Middlesbrough hospital is one of 10 centres in the UK taking part in the global research project to investigate combining two immunotherapy drugs, or immunotherapy with chemotherapy.   

Police looking to trace man after string of indecent exposures

A string of indecent exposures which all occurred in the woods around Ormesby Hall in Middlesbrough are believed to be linked to the same man.

The first incident occurred last month, and since then there have been a further two.

Police believe it's the same man responsible. He's described as white, aged in his 40s with unkempt, dark hair. 

He was wearing a blue and white striped jumper with a beanie hat.

Increasing concerns for Gateshead man missing for almost a month

A Gateshead man has now been missing for almost a month.

Robert Norton is 56 and from Woodbine Street in Gateshead, but police say he could be in the Manchester or Rotherham areas. 

Robert Norton
Northumbria Police

He was last seen at an address in the Maltby area of Rotherham after travelling there from his home. 

He left the address, telling a family member he was going to walk to his sister's house in Oldham, Greater Manchester. 

However, Robert never arrived at the address.

His disappearance has been described as "out of character" and both his family and police are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare. 

Travel: Broken down vehicle causing delays on A19 and A66

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked and there's slow traffic on the A19 Tees Flyover southbound in Stockton between the Portrack Interchange and the A66 junction because of a broken down vehicle.

Congestion to the Norton Interchange.

More traffic information on the BBC Travel website for Tyne & Wear and Teesside.    

Apprentice open day as Sage looks at taking on 70 apprentices

Technology company Sage has launched a call for the 2016-2017 apprenticeship intake with more than 70 places up for grabs.

The firm will be holding an apprentice open day tomorrow at its headquarters in Great Park.

Positions are available in roles such as customer services, HR, IT, product development and sales.

Woman stabbed in Middleton-in-Teesdale

A woman has been stabbed in the Market Place in Middleton-in-Teesdale today.

Police say there was "a disturbance in the street" this morning.

A woman, aged in her 30s, was taken by ambulance to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough suffering from a suspected stab wound to her arm.

Her injury is not believed to be life-threatening.

A local woman, also aged in her 30s, has been arrested in connection with the incident and is in custody at Bishop Auckland police station.

Man jailed for raping woman in Whitley Bay

A man has been jailed for the rape and assault of a woman in Whitley Bay.

The 27-year-old victim, who had been out with friends, left the South Parade area after 02:00 on 8 March and went to an address in Willington Quay where she was assaulted.

Mark Douglas

Mark Douglas, 39, of Bewick Road, North Shields, admitted rape and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

At Newcastle Crown Court he was given six years for rape and a three-year sentence to run concurrently for ABH.

He was also made the subject of an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

'Two of the worst learner drivers are from Middlesbrough'

England's 20 worst learner drivers have attempted the practical test more than 700 times between them, it has emerged.  

Two of those who made the list are from Middlesbrough, with one taking the test 34 times and the other 35.

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What are the options for fertility services in Hartlepool?

More on the news a public consultation on fertility services in Hartlepool has started.

The three options, put forward by the NHS Hartlepool and Stockton Clinical Commissioning Group because it is unable to recruit enough staff, are:

  • Keep the current services, which includes IVF, at University Hospital Hartlepool, provided by someone other than the trust
  • Allow a lesser service which does not require a Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority licence, for example providing scans and analysis, to be run at Hartlepool
  • Remove all services from Hartlepool

The trust said it has struggled to recruit enough embryologists.

Newcastle United appoint new coach Mikel Antia

Newcastle United have confirmed that 43-year-old Spaniard Mikel Antia is to join Rafa Benitez's coaching team.  

Rafa Benitez

He joins United from the Aspire Academy in Qatar where he's been part of the coaching team tasked with developing young Qatari players.

He replaces Fabio Pecchia, who this week joined Serie B side Verona as the Italian side's new manager.

Lorry has shed its load on the A1

A lorry has shed its load of gravel on the A1 southbound, just north of the B6524 in Morpeth, Northumberland.

One lane is currently open but delays are expected.

BBC Music Day: Take It To The Bridge in the North East

BBC Music Day kicks off tomorrow with performances on 40 bridges across UK. Earlier we brought you the details of Middlesbrough's Transporter Bridge offerings, but what else is going on in the North East?

  • A border piper and four Spittal Pipers will perform on Union Chain Bridge in Berwick.
  • Approximately 12 members of a steel band from North Tyneside Music service will be performing Titanium - a song by David Guetta featuring Sia - on the Millennium Bridge over the River Tyne.
  • The folk band the Cornshed Sisters will be performing The Rigs of Sunderland Fair at the site where Sunderland's new bridge is being built for the New Wear Crossing.
  • Durham Voices of Recovery (a local choir made up of those suffering from addiction problems) and Chloe Castro from The Voice will be performing on the Prebends Bridge in Durham.

Hartlepool fertility consultation opens

A public consultation on fertility services in Hartlepool has begun.

Three options have been put forward after the local NHS trust said it was unable to recruit enough staff.

They include outsourcing the current service, maintaining a more minor service or removing all fertility services from Hartlepool.

It follows a move by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust to end services that was blocked by the High Court due to a lack of consultation.

The North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust s

Traffic stopped on A1 after accident

Police are attending an accident on the A1 in County Durham:

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CCTV image released after machines at Metro station 'tampered with'

Police have released an image of a man they want to trace after a number of machines were "tampered with" at Pelaw Metro station in an attempt to steal money.

It happened back in April, and police arrived on the scene at the time but the person responsible had already left.

They've released this image as they believe this man may be able to help with their inquiries.

CCTV Image
Northumbria Police

Arrest made after man 'slashed in the face' in South Tyneside

A 43-year-old man has been "slashed in the face" in South Tyneside, police say.

It happened over the weekend at the junction of Stanhope Road and Alnwick Road in South Shields.

He went to hospital with a wound to his face.

A 33-year-old man has been arrested and released on bail.

Premier League finances enter new era, says Deloitte

Increasingly large TV deals are helping English Premier League clubs to enter 'a new era of sustained financial performance', according to Deloitte.

Top flight clubs also recorded a second straight year of pre-tax profits in 2014-15, for the first time since 1999.

With more lucrative TV deals from 2016, Deloitte says clubs are "looking at at least three more years of big growth".

Sunderland players
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Looking ahead to tomorrow's BBC Music Day

There will be a series of musical moments happening on bridges all over the UK, in a special feature of BBC Music Day called Take It To The Bridge

Middlesbrough’s Transporter Bridge is one of 40 taking part across the UK.

Transporter Bridge

Each hour musicians will count down through the decades from the 1910s through to the present day and beyond with a finale live on BBC One’s The One Show.

The Transporter Bridge will be in operation on Friday although there may be delays in service.

The Bridge car park will be closed for the day as it will host a vintage car rally as part of the day’s activities.

Video: Three-year-old Toon fan singing 'Rafa Benitez'

Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

Two Newcastle flights cancelled due to French strikes

Two Ryanair flights between Newcastle and Malaga, in Spain, have been cancelled tomorrow.

The airline says it's because of a strike by French air traffic controllers. 

New newspaper for the North launched

A new newspaper is being launched aimed at readers in the north of England and south west Scotland. 

 The title, called 24 and published by Cumbria-based CN Group, will go on sale on June 20 priced at 40p. 

The North
CN Group

Described as the North's National, the 40-page tabloid will be published from Monday to Friday and distributed across the region from Hexham in Northumberland to Workington in the west, an area with a population of 1.15 million adults. 

CN Group, whose titles include the North West Evening Mail, News & Star and Cumberland News, said 24 would provide a distinctly northern perspective to the nation's biggest news stories.

Minute on the Moor: The sounds of Newcastle's Town Moor

BBC Newcastle

We've recorded a year in the life of Newcastle's Town Moor - the vast, ancient moorland right at the heart of urban Tyneside - with the help of David Attenborough's sound recordist, Chris Watson.

Each day, we post a minute of sound that we've captured, from Newcastle United scoring at a home game, to the sound of a wood pigeon on a summer's day. 

You can listen to them all on Audioboom here.

Newcastle to face Irish side Bohemian in pre-season friendly

Newcastle United will be taking a trip to Ireland to face Irish side Bohemian in their first pre-season friendly of the summer next month.

They'll be starting week-long training camp in County Kildare on Saturday.

The following weekend, Rafa Benitez's men will line up against Bohs at their Dalymount Park home ground in the Phibsboro area of Dublin.

Dalymount Park home ground

Watch: On the set of Kynren in Bishop Auckland

There's just a month to go before thousands of people flock to Bishop Auckland for Kynren -  "an epic tale of England". 

It's a huge production with more than 1,000 volunteers in the cast and crew, taking place on an open-air stage against the backdrop of Auckland Castle.

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Alan Shearer looks back at Euro 96

In case you missed it last night, here the documentary in which Alan Shearer looks back at Euro 96. 

Shearer, the tournament's Golden Boot winner, reflects on the competition with old teammates and manager Terry Venables.  

BreakingMissing girl found in family member's home

A five-year-old girl who went missing along with a man and a woman for almost a week has been found.

Peter Dalby and Lauren Wilkinson
Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police said the girl had been found at a family member's home in West Yorkshire and is in the care of social services. 

Peter Dalby, 37, and his partner Lauren Wilkinson, 24, are still missing and were last seen on 26 May.

The couple live in Hendon in Sunderland, but are originally from Bradford.

Euro 2016: England must play without fear - Michael Owen

Former England and Newcastle striker Michael Owen has told the current squad to play without fear at Euro 2016.

Roy Hodgson's side begin their campaign against Russia on 11 June, before facing Wales and Slovakia.

"Forget who's going to cost us," Owen, who represented England at five major tournaments, told BBC Sport.

"There's almost a fear of being 'the one' - and that then turns into a selfish attitude. You can't be expressive, you can't be creative."

Babies of 1996 experience Euro 96 for first time

BBC Sport

Shearer's goal against the Netherlands, Gascoigne beating Colin Hendry - to many of us, Euro 96 doesn't seem that long ago...

But to celebrate 20 years since since the event, BBC Sport asked a group of 20-year-old England fans - all born in 1996 - to experience some of the tournament's iconic moments for the very first time...  

Prescription pad suspected stolen from Hartlepool doctors

A prescription pad has gone missing from Bankhouse Surgery in Hartlepool.

It is believed the pad was stolen sometime on Tuesday.

The serial numbers listed on the prescription pad are 6015990301 to 6015990350. 

Durham's win at last night's cricket

Cracking win for Durham yesterday as Nottinghamshire were bowled out for 112 to lose by 66 runs.

It was their lowest score v Durham in T20.

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Weather: Cloudy start, brightening up

BBC Weather

A cloudy start to the day with some patchy drizzle, especially on the hills.

It will slowly brighten up from the west with some sunny spells developing, although coastal areas may stay rather cool and cloudy.  

Check the weather where you are.

Waste dump boss Gary Maw ordered to pick litter

As we mentioned yesterday, a businessman who illegally dumped thousands of tonnes of waste has been ordered to pick litter as a punishment.

Here's a picture of some of the waste in question:

Waste dumped by Gary Maw

Gary Maw, 54, was a director of North East Waste Products and Green Energy Power at Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham, where rubbish was piled 27ft (8.2m) high.

Teesside Crown Court heard dust and debris blew on to the neighbouring Hetton Lyons Country Park.

He admitted four charges of breaching a waste management permit as well as one charge of non-compliance with an enforcement notice and was fined £5,000 and ordered to do 130 hours unpaid work.

Good 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.

If you'd like to get in touch you can tweet @BBCNewsNEemail,or contact us via our Facebook page.