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  1. Two schoolgirls admit kidnapping a toddler from a Newcastle store
  2. Mike Ashley grilled by MPs over Sports Direct
  3. Teesside can be 'bustling powerhouse'
  4. Ticket delay after FA's postage error
  5. Updates on Tuesday 07 June 2016

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Weather: Any scattered thundery showers dying out to leave the region dry.

BBC Weather

Scattered thundery showers will slowly die out overnight, with most of the region becoming dry. 

However it will become misty by morning as low cloud spreads in from the northeast.

Minimum Temperature: 9C (48F).

Domino's serves up new North East jobs

More than 1,000 jobs are to be created in the North East as part of a recruitment drive by Domino's Pizza ahead of the European Championship and the Olympic Games. 

The company is creating 10,000 new jobs across more than 65 stores in the UK and Ireland this year as it gets set for an upsurge in demand, with three pizzas expected to be ordered every second during Euro 2016.

Domino's Pizza outlet

About 1,300 jobs will be available in the North East.

Sea bird in record-breaking migration

A tiny sea bird has made the longest known annual migration, flying from Northumberland to Antarctica and back.

The Arctic tern, which weighs less than an iPhone, covered 96,000km (59,650 miles) in its journey to its winter home in the Weddell Sea before returning to the Farne Islands.

Three of the Arctic terns
Newcastle University

It was part of a study carried out by scientists at Newcastle University for BBC's Springwatch. Last year, 29 birds were fitted with geolocators by the researchers.

They have now returned to the islands to breed.

Steelworks still has 'huge potential'

The Tees Valley, where thousands of jobs were lost when Redcar's steelworks closed, can become a "bustling powerhouse of economic activity", a report has said.

Redcar and Cleveland Council leader, Sue Jeffrey, said the area still had "huge potential".

The Labour council leader has been put on the corporation's board of local business people and local authority leaders charged with drawing up proposals for the use of the former steelworks site.

They had to "come up with a vision for that whole site about how it could be regenerated, how it can be refreshed, how we can bring inward investment and jobs and actually make the most of what is a key industrial site for the whole of the Tees Valley", she said.

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BreakingSchoolgirl kidnappers 'used sweets to entice toddler'

The father of a two-year-old abducted from a Primark store in Newcastle by two schoolgirls says the kidnappers used sweets as part of their plan to entice her away. 

The girls admitted a charge of kidnap after they walked off with the child and were only found an hour and a half later, three miles away, in Gosforth.

The little girl's father says her mother will "never forget the guilt" of losing her. 

He said: "Her mother was on the phone and our daughter was in her pram. They offered her sweets, she was hysterical and they got her out and started playing with her around the shop." 

He added. "The question remains: what was their intention?" He also praised the operation to find his daughter, saying: "Thankfully, the police did an amazing job and the people of Newcastle as a city came together." 

Sports Direct shareholder calls for stronger 'independent oversight' on board

BBC Business Live

Royal London - which holds 1,057,691 shares worth £3.85m in retailer Sports Direct - has this to say... 

Today’s select committee hearing has highlighted that significant corporate governance failings amongst the management of Sports Direct still exist and are yet to be addressed. We firmly believe that, over the long term, shareholder value is intrinsically linked to corporate governance and companies ignore this at their peril. In our view, the long list of corporate governance failings at Sports Direct, highlighted at today’s hearing, are a contributing factor in its fall from the FTSE 100. Mr. Ashley frequently suggested at the hearing today that he has no oversight or knowledge of large parts of the company’s business; this is extremely concerning for investors. It is critical that these issues are addressed and the likelihood of this being achieved will be greatly increased by strengthening independent oversight on the board.

Piers HillierChief Investment Officer at Royal London Asset Management

Lord Heseltine wears Boro tie to deliver Teesside report

Lee Johnson

BBC Tees

Lord Heseltine, wearing a Boro tie, has been delivering his vision for Teesside this morning.

He says the Tees Valley, where thousands of jobs were lost when Redcar's steelworks closed, can become a 'bustling powerhouse of economic activity'.

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Video: Ashley says 'I've got nothing to hide'

Mike Ashley, the founder of Sports Direct, says he has "nothing to hide", as he appeared before MPs to answer question about conditions for workers. 

Mr Ashley also said he would allow "impartial people" to conduct a review of the company if he was requested to do so.    

Mike Ashley: "I've got nothing to hide"

Police deny stopping people from flying England flags

Northumbria Police has dismissed rumours that "action will be taken against anyone hanging or flying the St George flag, Union Jack, or any other country's flag, or wearing similar shirts, in the run-up to and duration of Euro 2016".

The force said it had "absolutely no problem with England or indeed supporters of any country demonstrating their allegiance to their team, whether it be flags, shirts or any other legal and decent means".

St George's flag

Police appeal to trace wanted man

Cleveland Police are appealing to trace 47-year-old Ian Goodwin who is wanted in connection with sexual offences.

Mr Goodwin, from the Eston area, has failed to answer his bail and has been circulated as wanted to all police forces in the UK.

He is described as large build, with brown eyes, around 6ft 1in, balding with light brown hair and a beard. He has a Teesside accent and he may walk with a stick.

Ian Goodwin
Cleveland Police

Toddler kidnap 'every parent's worst nightmare'

After two girls admitted kidnapping a toddler in Newcastle, Northumbria Police chief supt Laura Young said: "To lose a child, or have a child taken from you in these circumstances, must be every parent's worst nightmare and this is a story which I'm sure will strike a chord with every parent across the country.

"I am just glad that we are in a position today where the child is safely back home with her mother and hopefully this awful incident can be put behind them and they can continue with their lives as normal. "The two children charged with this offence clearly need a lot of help and support and we must now allow the justice system to do it's job and respect this process."

Weather warning issued

BBC Weather

A weather warning has been issued for the region with scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms expected - a few places will see torrential downpours.

Showers possibly thundery will continue into the evening only gradually easing away overnight. 

Highs of 22 C (71 F).

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Heseltine’s Teesside vision?

Ian Reeve

BBC Look North

But at the core of Lord Heseltine’s report is the formation of a new development corporation that will decide on the after use of the former Redcar steelworks, as well as bigger sites around the south of the River Tees.

It's board is made up of local authority leaders and business people, such as Steve Gibson, chairman of Middlesbrough Football Club. And it is surely the regeneration of the steelworks site that people will use to gauge whether Lord Heseltine’s project is a success or not.

And at the moment progress looks stymied. It’s believed a consortium of Thai banks is laying claim to the site, the liquidator unprepared, or unable, to pay them off.

A previous development corporation on Teesside – set up in the 1980s – had swinging powers that it would have deployed to take control of the site. The new one does not.

Lord Heseltine’s vision – for the important flagship steelworks site at least – could be faltering as its only just been framed.

Lord Heseltine's aspiration for Teesside

Ian Reeve

BBC Look North

The veteran politician Lord Heseltine has unveiled a 90-page document of aspirations for the Tees Valley – Teesside, Hartlepool and Darlington. And if it all comes to fruition the area will be a veritable utopia.

His vision – commissioned by the government in the wake of last year’s demise of Thai company SSI’s Redcar steel works – foresees things as diverse as more apprenticeships, a tourist boom, more starter homes, a new Tees crossing and electrification of the Northallerton to Teesport rail link.

And, he insists, money is available to kickstart projects, but then the hope is that the private sector will follow on and invest. Build a new road, for instance, and they will come, is his reasoning.

Profile: Mike Ashley

Entrepreneur, owner of Newcastle United, and once a possible saviour of the collapsed retailer BHS, Mike Ashley has been a reluctant fixture in the headlines of the business and sports pages.

The retail business has produced its share of eccentric characters, and Mr Ashley is no exception.

Mike Ashley

Sports Direct is now the UK's largest sportswear retailer, with more than 400 stores including the famous Lillywhites shop in London's Piccadilly.

It owns a raft of venerable sportswear brands, from Dunlop and Slazenger to Lonsdale and Karrimor, and has 270 more shops in 19 European countries.

This success has made Mr Ashley a rich man, with a fortune recently estimated at £2.4bn.

Delays on the A1

Northumbria Police tweeted this photo of a crash on the A1 earlier.

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Mike Ashley: 'I'm not Father Christmas'

BBC Business Live

Of the review of working practices, Mike Ashley says: "I'm not Father Christmas, I'm not sitting there [saying] 'Oh, I'm going to make the world wonderful' - you just have to get a balanced view, and say, as an individual, would you tolerate that, is that fair, and if I honestly believe that isn't, I change it."

'Assessment of dangerousness'

The two girls, who kidnapped a toddler from a Primark store had attempted to snatch another child from the shop on the same day, it has been revealed.

The previous hearing in April heard a tablet computer was found containing searches for "rape", "people getting raped", "young people getting raped", "poor little thing getting kidnapped and raped".

District Judge Roger Elsey adjourned the case for reports to be made, saying there was some "very concerning material on the tablet that was recovered".

"That is going to have to inform the assessment of dangerousness," he said.

The girls will appear before the same court on 4 July but may be sentenced at crown court. They were remanded into the care of the local authority.

Sports Direct pay policy 'unacceptable'

Sports Direct policy of docking staff 15 minutes pay for being one minute late is 'unacceptable', founder Mike Ashley has told MPs.

Mr Ashley also admitted that he had paid workers below the minimum wage, and said he had discovered "issues" with some working practices.

"I've hopefully addressed some of those issues," he said.

MPs are investigating working practices at the firm's Derbyshire warehouse after a series of allegations.

Mike Ashley

Primark abduction case: Timeline of events

Fiona Trott

BBC News

Two teenage girls have pleaded guilty to kidnapping a toddler from the Primark, in Newcastle's Northumberland Street.

The two-year-old girl went missing from the shop in April. 

Here's the timeline of events that afternoon. 

Primark abduction: Girls remanded into local authority care

Following the guilty plea by two teenage girls to kidnapping a toddler in the Priamrk store in Newcastle, District Judge Roger Elsey adjourned the case for reports to be made and said the issue of "dangerousness" must be addressed.

Referring to search terms on a computer, he said: "There is some very concerning material on the tablet that was recovered. That is going to have to inform the assessment of dangerousness."

The case will be back before the youth court at North Shields on 4 July, when the prosecution will outline their case and the defence will put forward mitigation. The judge told the girls they may yet be sentenced at crown court. They were remanded into the care of the local authority in the meantime.

Primark kidnap case teenagers known to social services

The girls in the Primark abduction case, who the media are prevented from identifying, have no criminal record and have never been arrested or cautioned.

At a previous youth court hearing at South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court, prosecutor Lee Poppett said the girls had been known to social services for "quite some time" and have gone missing from home on a number of occasions.

The pair have pleaded guilty to kidnapping a two-year-old from Newcastle's Primark store while she was on a shopping trip with her mother.

Mike Ashley: 'I didn't build Sports Direct, Sports Direct built me'

Mike Ashley: Working conditions revelations an 'unpleasant surprise'

Sports Direct founder and Newcastle United owner Mike Ashey has been answering MPs' questions.

He said the media is the reason why he is reviewing working conditions at the warehous in HQ in Shirebrook and that it is a work in progress.

When asked by the chair of the committee if any of the revelations about working conditions at Shirebrook came as an unpleasant surprise, he said: "Some things have come as an unpleasant surprise, yes. It wasn't our best ever day." 

Mike Ashley
Parlaiment Live

Primark abduction: 'Girls tried to grab another child'

At a youth court hearing in North Shields, where two teenage girls pleaded guilty to abducting a toddler, the pair also admitted shoplifting dummies, a baby's bottle and baby milk.

At a previous hearing it emerged the girls had unsuccessfully tried to grab another small child from the same store that day, 13 April. In both cases they picked on black children.

Primark toddler abduction: Prosecution accepted plea to alternative charge of kidnap

The two girls, aged 13 and 14, who have pleaded guilty to kidnapping a toddler from the Primark store in Newcastle had been charged with kidnap with the intention of committing a sexual offence, but the prosecution accepted a plea to the alternative charge of kidnap. 

The girls appeared at a youth court hearing in North Shields this morning.

The two-year-old girl went missing from the shop in Northumberland Street in April.

Pregnant Sports Direct staff had concerns over taking time off

Sports Direct warehouse had 'culture of fear'

Newcastle Primark abduction case - how the toddler was snatched

The two-year-old girl went missing from the Primark store in Northumberland Street in Newcastle city centre shortly before 17:00 on 13 April.

She was found just over an hour later, about three miles away in Gosforth.


BreakingSchoolgirls plead guilty to kidnaping toddler

Two girls aged 13 and 14 have pleaded guilty to kidnapping a two-year-old girl from a Primark store in Newcastle.

More to follow.

Sports Direct - Committee chair

BBC Business Live

Iain Wright, the Labour MP who chairs the Business Select Committee which will be grilling Mike Ashley today, says the MPs are looking into "serious allegations" about staff conditions.

They will be quizzing Mr Ashley about a review he started six months ago into workers' conditions at the Shirebrook distribution centre, Mr Wright tells Wake Up to Money. 

MPs will want to know how Sports Direct is improving Shirebrook and how the review is progressing.   

MP Iain Wright

Sports Direct business model 'has exploitation at its heart'

BBC Business Live

Some 79% of Sports Direct staff in stores are employed through zero hour contracts, Steve Turner, assistant general secretary at Unite, tells MPs. 

"This is a business model that has exploitation at the heart of it," he says of the use of such contracts.  

Steve Turner
Parliament Live

Shareholders will be 'hugely relieved'

BBC Business Live

Sarah Wilson, chief executive of Manifest, a shareholder advisory company, tells Wake Up to Money that Sports Direct shareholders are going to be "hugely relieved" that Mike Ashley has decided he will explain how he manages workers within the company. 

"There's a difference between being well run and a company that is admired," she says. "The problem for Sports Direct has been that in some sectors it has not been as admirable as it could have been."

Sports Direct shares have fallen from around £9 to £3.60. 

Ashley's letter to staff

In a letter to Sports Direct staff released on Monday night, Mr Ashley said he was appearing at the select committee because "we have nothing to hide".

The Newcastle United owner noted that he had "identified a need for improvements to our security procedures at Shirebrook - and these have now been carried out".

Sports Direct's Shirebrook warehouse

Last year the Guardian reported that workers at the sportswear chain's warehouse had been subjected to rigorous searches and surveillance.

Mr Ashley also told staff that because it had been a "difficult year" for Sports Direct, chief executive Dave Forsey would not be taking up a share bonus worth about £4m.

Watch a live stream of Mr Ashley's appearance at the BIS select committee meeting here.

Crews gather ahead of Ashley appearance

Sarah Millican's email from Victoria Wood

South Tyneside comedian Sarah Millican reads an email she received from the late Victoria Wood at this year's Hay Festival.

The comedian reads an email she received from the late Victoria Wood.