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  1. Updates on Wednesday 08 June 2016

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Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

Live updates for the North East have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel. 

We hope you can join us then.  

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Weather: A largely fine and dry end to the day

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A largely fine and dry end to the day.

Overnight, cloud will again spread inland from the North Sea, with some mist and fog possible across coastal spots. Western parts will have the best chance of staying clear.  

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Euro 96 rewind: England v Germany

BBC Sport

Remember Euro 96, when football came home? Gazza's dentist's chair celebration? More penalty heartache.

It was a summer when the Spice Girls released their first single, the Prince and Princess of Wales got divorced and Alan Shearer became the most expensive footballer in the world when he moved from Blackburn to Newcastle for £15m...

Tonight's Look North: Do we have the money to deal with major flooding?

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

Tonight we'll be talking flooding, and asking - do we have the money to deal with it?

And we'll be discussing how eye specialists in Newcastle believe hundreds of people in the North East are at risk of glaucoma - the second leading cause of blindness in the UK today.

Tune in at 18:30 tonight for these stories and more from across the region.

The 164 football fans on banning orders in the North East

There are 164 football fans on banning orders in the North East who won't be allowed to travel after surrendering their passports.

The 122 Newcastle United fans and 42 Sunderland fans subject to orders in the Northumbria Police force area had until last Wednesday to hand in their documentation ahead of the tournament.

Most of those supporters handed their passports into their local police station before the deadline - but eight people failed to do it in time.

The supporters - who are all male aged between 17 and 30 - were visited by police officers over the weekend and had their passports seized.

Six of them have now been summonsed to court for breach of a football banning order. The other two are set to be summonsed at a future date. 

Marking 30 years since Middlesbrough's liquidation crisis

BBC Tees

BBC Tees Sport

Thirty years ago this summer, Middlesbrough Football Club was in a fight for survival that went all the way to the last day before the first game of the 1986-87 season.

To mark the 30th anniversary of Boro's liquidation crisis, some of the key people involved in the fight to keep the club alive have been speaking to BBC Tees Sport.

The former Boro manager Bruce Rioch says he thinks one of his greatest achievements was building a team the Boro fans could be proud of, and he's delighted with the club's success last season.  

The documentary Boro On The Brink will be broadcast tonight on BBC Tees Sport from 18:00.

County Durham family win £500,000 Thunderball prize

A family from County Durham has won the Thunderball £500,000 top prize.


The father, son and two daughters say they believe it's their loved one looking down on them who has brought them the winning luck.

Walter Knowles, his son Gary, and his two daughters Christina and Joanne play Lotto and Thunderball every week - and always played with Walter’s wife and their mum, Eva.

After Eva passed away in February last year, Christina said they decided to continue to play in memory of her.

A multimillion-pound college transformation is on track for completion

Sunderland Echo


The transformation at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus in Durham is progressing well and is on track for opening ahead of the new academic year starting in September.

Houghall Campus
Sunderland Echo

Sunderland: defender Patrick van Aanholt signs new four-year deal

Sunderland defender Patrick van Aanholt has signed a new four-year contract with the club.

Patrick van Aanholt
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The 25-year-old Netherlands international helped the Black Cats avoid relegation last year.

"Patrick was an outstanding performer last season, contributing not only solid defensive performances, but also assists and vital goals," said Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce.

The left-back arrived at the Stadium of Light from Chelsea in 2014.

Leave or Remain? How will the North East be affected?

Man 'sneaks in' to elderly woman's house and steals purse

A man snuck through an elderly woman's garden and got into her house through an unlocked back door before making off with her purse, police say.

It happened on Monday in Billendean Road in Berwick.

The woman then found cash had been withdrawn from her bank using the stolen credit card.

Sunderland dad 'beaten to death after intervening as son attacked'

Peter Harris

BBC Look North

A Sunderland dad was beaten to death in a street after intervening when his son was attacked, a court heard.

David Walsh, 45, sustained 34 separate injuries in the incident at Hendon last November.

Today four men went on trial at Newcastle Crown Court accused of his murder and violent disorder.

Patrick Duggan and Dalton Barnett, both 19, Mr Barnett's father Charles Lamont, 40, and Raymond Brown, 37, deny the charges.

The trial continues.

Collection of Star Wars toys 'could fetch £500,000' in Stockton auction

A collection of Star Wars toys, described as the best ever to come up for public auction, could fetch £500,000 when it goes on sale in Stockton.

Star Wars toy

The private assortment from Europe is said to contain some of the "Holy Grail" pieces for fans of the famous film franchise.

Vectis Auctions in Thornaby said the star piece is a prototype rocket-firing Boba Fett, which has an estimate of £15,000 - £20,000.

The sale will be held next month.

New crossing of the River Tees 'needed to boost region's economy'

BBC Tees

A new crossing of the River Tees, which has been proposed by Lord Heseltine to boost the Tees Valley, has been welcomed by a business leader.

The report was published on Tuesday. In it he endorses plans for better road and rail links, along with more housing and training to improve skills within the region's workforce.

Michael Janes, managing director of the Tees Valley Tourism Alliance and Teesside chair of the Federation of Small Businesses, said it would make getting around the region easier.

He said: "If you have an accident on the A19 there's massive traffic jams everywhere. But on a good day you can get from Redcar to Darlington in about 40 minutes".

Weather: Sunny spells and most places staying dry

A little mist and cloud may persist near some coasts this afternoon, where it will remain cool. 

Otherwise warm sunny spells are expected, and most places should remain dry. However the odd shower cannot be ruled out. 

weather graphic

Maximum Temperature: 17C (63F).  

The science behind 'lazy teenagers'

Research by a former headteacher from North Tyneside suggests there's a science behind teenagers struggling to get out of bed.

Waking up in the morning

Dr Paul Kelley used to let his students at Monkseaton High in Whitley Bay lie in, saying Korea has already changed their school timetable to start later, to "protect the health of their students".

The research is being taken up by Oxford University.

You can find out more on Secrets of Growing Up on ITV at 21:00 tonight.

Mike Ashley in his own words

On Tuesday, Sports Direct founder and Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley was questioned by MPs about the working practices at his firm after a series of allegations.

Some of his most memorable quoes have been picked out here.

Among them were: "I'm not Father Christmas. I'm not saying I'll make the world wonderful."

Mike Ashley

Teenage boy 'headbutted and punched' following altercation

A 15-year-old boy was headbutted and punched following an altercation in Sunderland, police said. 

The teenager suffered minor injuries on Saturday night in Chiswick Road in Hylton Castle.

The offender is described as white, in his 40s, wearing a grey t-shirt with an army veteran logo on.

Helicopter images released to trace Flying Scotsman trespassers

British Transport Police said that despite "repeated warnings" many Flying Scotsman fans ignored their pleas and trespassed on the tracks, risking their lives to view the steam train.

Images taken from a helicopter operated by Network Rail in May are being released today in a bid to trace the people responsible - images from High Buston, near Alnmouth, Northumberland pictured.

Trespassers in High Buston
Network Rail

The photos were taken during the train's journey between Newcastle and York, where members of the public were seen walking along the tracks and taking pictures while other trains continued to pass on opposing lines.

Road rage driver from Stockton caught after stunts in front of off-duty cops

The Gazette


Gaps in A-level take-up revealed

The stark regional differences in the proportion of pupils studying A-levels in local state schools in England has been revealed - ranging from 2% to 74%.

South Tyneside is the fifth lowest at 15%.

Darlington, however, came in as the second-highest with 71%.

Students at school

But a Department for Education spokeswoman said the figures were "misleading", because pupils could be studying A-levels in schools in other local authorities.    

String of compensation claims made after sonic booms damage homes

A "string of compensation claims" have been made to the Ministry of Defence after sonic booms from jets which caused damage to homes and property across Yorkshire.

RAF Typhoons

People across large parts of the county heard what sounded like two loud explosions in May after Typhoon jets were launched to intercept an Air France passenger plane which was not responding due to a radio communication problem.

The aircraft were launched from RAF Coningsby, in Lincolnshire, and helped guide the plane to a safe landing at Newcastle Airport.

A Freedom of Information request by the i newspaper shows claims have since been made for damage to windows, roofs, ceilings and a fish tank.

The MoD has paid out just under £640 for the damage and is dealing with another seven claims. 

Your pictures: Poppies and storm clouds near Corbridge

Thanks to Carolyn Farthing-Dunn for this picture of poppies and storm clouds taken yesterday afternoon near Corbridge.

Poppies and storm clouds
Carolyn Farthing

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Light show sees economic impact of more than £9.6m

A light festival in Durham attracted 200,000 people and had an economic impact of £9.6m when it was staged in the city for the fourth time last year.

Lumiere light show's 'supercube'
Durham County Council

An independent report has been carried out into the impact of Lumiere, which is produced by Artichoke and commissioned by Durham County Council.

There were 29 artworks across four evenings in November, including "the history of the universe" projected on to the Cathedral.

The council’s cabinet members will be asked to agree another £600,000 commissioning fee to bring Lumiere back for a fifth time next year.

Return promise after Durham Tees Valley Air Show success

Organisers of the Durham Tees Valley Air Show have confirmed its success means it will return in 2017.

A display by the Red Arrows

About 18,000 visitors attended the event on 28 May, the first show at the airport since 1989.

Skylive Events said it was hugely encouraged by the amount of positive feedback it had received.

It said it is planning another show on 27 May 2017, with an "ambitious expanded flying programme and more ground-based attractions".

Travel: Some cancellations on Metro system

Weather: Early mist to lift, warm sunny spells expected

Early mist and cloud will soon lift from most places, but may persist near some coasts, where it remains cool.

Otherwise warm sunny spells are expected, and most places should remain dry.

However the odd shower cannot be ruled out.  

Weather: weather_northeast.avi

Check the weather where you are.

Good morning. Welcome to our live coverage

Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

Hello - sun seems to have disappeared a bit today but hopefully will brighten up later. 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.