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  1. Updates on Friday 10 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.

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Fraudulent salesmen 'targeting elderly people in Thornaby and Middlesbrough'

Police say a "fraudulent salesmen" has been going to homes claiming to be opening a jewellery shop and asking the victims if they wish to sell any jewellery.

One incident happened on Tuesday in Hemlington - a "salesman" approached a 73-year-old woman’s house and she let him in.

He then searched through her jewellery, but left empty-handed.

In two other incidents police believe that the same man stole a gold coloured rings and pendants with precious stones from properties in Middlesbrough.

Officers are linking the incidents at this time. The suspect is white, 6ft, thin and with black hair which was greying.

Weather: Stay cloudy with outbreaks of rain

BBC Weather

Staying rather cloudy with further showery outbreaks of rain, perhaps locally heavy.

Low cloud/mist likely especially on the coast and over hills.  

Weather graphic

Check the forecast where you are.

Woman 'threatened with a knife and punched' in purse robbery

A 53-year-old woman was threatened with a knife and punched before the offender ran off with her purse, police say.

She'd been walking along a short cut from Shields Road and was at Morton Street/Renwick Street when she was "approached by a black man armed with a knife who threatened her".

He stole her purse and punched her before making off.

The woman was "shocked and distressed" and taken to hospital as a precaution. 

Youths banned from gathering in Redcar

Youths are to be banned from congregating in a part of Redcar on Teesside after reports of anti-social behaviour.

A dispersal order has been granted for the area of the Meadows, Fieldhead and adjacent closes. The area is bordered by Troutbeck Road, Westmoreland Road, Mersey Road and Roseberry Road.

The order is in place from 18:00 today until 18:00 on Sunday.

The Neighbourhood Team from Cleveland Police will be doing patrols in this area to enforce the order, which allows them to:

  • Disperse groups of two or more people from areas where there is persistent anti-social behaviour.
  • Take home any young person under 16 who is out on the streets in a dispersal zone between 21:00 and 06:00 and not accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

Read the full rules here.

Mike Ashley loses legal challenge to 'dual interest' fine

Mike Ashley has lost a legal challenge to the Scottish Football Association (SFA) over a fine relating to a breach of rules on dual ownership of clubs.

The Sports Direct owner has shares in Rangers and also wholly owns Newcastle United. The SFA fined him £1,000 over this dual interest.

Mr Ashley launched a judicial review in a bid to have the fine overturned.

After hearing the case at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, judge Lord Brodie ruled the SFA was correct to fine him.

Mike Ashley
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Two youths arrested after 21 commercial burglaries in three months

Two youths have been arrested and a suspected stolen quad bike and trailer's been recovered in connection with burglaries at businesses in the Portrack area of Stockton.

The arrests were carried out this morning as a result of 21 commercial burglaries being reported over the last three months.

Two 17-year-olds, from the Portrack area, were arrested on suspicion of burglary and remain in police custody. 

Shoe exhibition in Bowes Museum

Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle has a new exhibition...

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Tune into Look North at 18:30 for more.

Northumbria Police given 'phablets' but are 'not playing Angry Birds'

Five special constables have been given "phablets", according to Northumbria police.

They were given the handheld mobile devices for doing more than 1,000 hours of service in one year. 

Deputy Chief Constable Winton Keenen said: "You may see officers looking at these devices out on the streets. 

"Rest assured they are not playing Angry Birds or scrolling through Facebook – they are updating incidents and doing important checks to keep us safe." 

Today's Minute on the Moor: Accordian

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. 

Today's Minute On The Moor: Accordian.

Minute On The Moor: Accordian

Football: Middlesbrough close to signing deal with Bernardo Espinosa

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We understand Middlesbrough are close to a deal for Sporting Gijon defender Bernardo Espinosa.

Talks were held this week.

World Cup anthem sung by England's 1966 team released after 34 years

A football anthem sung by England's 1966 World Cup winning side has been released after spending 34 years hidden in an Isle of Man attic.

We Were There was written by Leicester singer Bob Wragg for the 1982 World Cup finals in Spain, who said its original release was deemed "inappropriate" following the outbreak of the Falklands War.

The recording features many of the winning side including Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.

Ashington-born World Cup winning brothers Bobby and Jackie Charlton aren't in it though, as they were away at the time.

Man killed in three-vehicle crash in Gateshead

A man has died following a three-vehicle collision in Gateshead.

A Vauxhall Astra, a Peugeot 207 and a Ford Mondeo collided at about 05:40 on the A695 in Crawcrook.

The driver of the Vauxhall, a 29-year-old man, was taken to hospital with serious injuries and later died.

The driver of the Peugeot, a woman in her 20s, was taken to hospital for treatment. Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. The driver of the Ford was uninjured.

First North East prosecution for controlling or coercive behaviour

A Teesside man has today been sentenced in what is believed to be the North East’s first prosecution for the new criminal offence of controlling or coercive behaviour.

Richard James Wilshaw, 36, of Melonsby Court, Billingham, was sentenced at Teesside Crown Court to a total of three-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to one count of engaging in controlling or coercive behaviour, one count of perverting the course of justice and two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The charges all relate to an attack by Wilshaw on his partner in December of last year.

BreakingSunderland confirm departure of four players

Sunderland have confirmed the departure of striker Steven Fletcher after leaving him off their official retained list for next season's Premier League campaign.

The 29-year-old will exit alongside Wes Brown, Danny Graham and Steve Harper, none of whom will be offered extensions to their contracts which expire this summer.

Fletcher joined the Black Cats in a £12m move from Wolves in 2012 and scored 23 goals in 108 appearances for the club.

He signed a loan deal with Marseille in January and admitted earlier this week that he had no expectations of continuing his career at the Stadium of Light.

Brown will also see his injury-hit Sunderland career draw to a close, while Graham has already reportedly drawn interest from the likes of Celtic and Blackburn.

Darlington man fined £1,400 for dumped waste after paying man £40 to take it away

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Woodchipper stolen from workshop in Northumberland

A woodchipper has been stolen from a workshop in Northumberland.

It happened some time after Wednesday afternoon at The Wynd in Amble. 

Police say intruders forced their way into the premises and stole an orange Timberwolf 150 woodchipper.

Lane closed on A19 because of broken down vehicle

BBC Travel

There's one lane closed on the A19 southbound between the A179 junction in Sheraton and the A689 junction in Wolviston because of a broken down vehicle.  

Keep up to date with the latest travel on the BBC website for Tyne and Wear and Tees.

Two events taking place in Newcastle for the Queen's birthday

This weekend sees two events taking place in Newcastle to celebrate the 90th birthday of the Queen.

The Queen

Tomorrow, Newcastle City Hall will host a concert featuring music and dance from the 1920s onwards.

And on Sunday, a parade including youth organisations of which Her Majesty is patron, the Reserve Forces, and ex-service veterans, among others, will be accompanied by music on the Millennium Bridge.

Newcastle City Council says the Queen will be represented by Susan Winfield, Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear.

Listen: Rafa Benitez speaks to BBC Newcastle

BBC Newcastle

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez spoke to BBC Newcastle's Mick Lowes, discussing his hopes for the new season, how he's looking to improve the squad and whether Moussa Sissoko will be staying with the club:  

Shearer condemns thugs 'who tarnish England's name'

Ex-England captain and BBC Sport pundit Alan Shearer says fan violence ahead of the Euro 2016 tournament "tarnishes our name".

Two English football fans have been arrested after police used tear gas to disperse a brawl in Marseille ahead of the first games.

The former Newcastle striker said: "I arrived in Paris a couple of days ago and I have to say the atmosphere is building here but there are a lot of security, a lot of police around - which I think is inevitable. 

"But it seems to happen as I said every tournament we go into. We wake up one morning to the mindless thugs. 

"It tarnishes our name and our game unfortunately. But it is a minority, hopefully that's the last we see of it."

Violence in Marseille

Missing postal voting packs "re-issued by council"

Durham County Council has confirmed that 457 postal voting packs sent to overseas destinations did not turn up.

Counting officer Colette Longbottom said: "Following an internal investigation, we concluded that the ballot packs had been printed and issued as planned by our external contractors, but had not been delivered to the recipients".

The council say they investigated, decided to invalidate the batch that originally went missing, and re-issued fresh packs. 

They say some of these packs have now been delivered and that the rest should follow in the coming days.

Former Newcastle players give their verdict on Euro 2016

BBC Sport

Former Newcastle players Alan Sherer and Jermaine Jenas have given their predictions for the Euros.

Shearer says: When you look at some of the players France have then they have to be favourites. Plus I was here in 1998 when they gathered that momentum on the way to winning the World Cup and once the crowd gets behind them, they will be difficult to stop.  

Jenas says: I think England can do something. I don't think we will win it but this team can do something special and be a team we can be proud of again. I would be delighted if we got to the semi-final.  

Read the full article here.

Euro 2016: Who will win? BBC experts' predictions

Shearer 'disgusted' at England fan violence ahead of Euros

Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer has hit out after a confrontation between England football fans and local youths in Marseille ahead of Euro 2016.

One supporter suffered a head injury after being struck by a chair during a brawl outside a burger bar. Two fans were arrested.

Ex-England captain and BBC Sport pundit Shearer said he hoped it would be the last trouble of the tournament.

He said: "It is disgusting to see it."

England football fans fight in Marseille

Man dies in motorbike crash in Gateshead

A 42-year-old man has died after his motorbike crashed into a road sign in Gateshead.

It happened yesterday evening in Whitehill Drive, near to the junction with Campion Gardens, in Windy Nook. 

Police say a motorbike left the road and collided with a road sign and the rider suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A 19-year-old pillion on the bike was also injured. His injuries are said to be serious but not life-threatening.

EU Referendum poll cards sent to 23 non-eligible voters in North East

Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

Poll cards for the EU Referendum have been sent to 23 people in the North East who aren't eligible to vote, according to the Electoral Commission.

Here's a breakdown by local authority:

  • Durham - 19
  • Gateshead - 3
  • Redcar and Cleveland - 1 

The Commission said a software "issue" meant polling cards and some postal votes were sent out to some "non eligible" voters.  

Conversely it seems that some people who were eligible and registered for postal votes didn't receive theirs at all.

A report by the Northern Echo says the problem affected 457 people. 

We're chasing Durham County Council for comment.

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Northern Echo

Further support for former Redcar SSI workers

A further support package has been launched to help former Teesside steelworkers back into employment.

Its Thai-based owner SSI went into liquidation

About 2,200 jobs were lost in October when Redcar's SSI Steelworks closed.

SSI Task Force is offering employers taking on former workers a two-year subsidy of £15,000 for those over 45, and £11,000 for younger people.

A new drop-in centre in Middlesbrough offers "more personalised support" on finding employment, training opportunities, health and wellbeing.

Weather: A cloudy day with scattered showers

BBC Weather

Some early mist/low cloud.

A rather cloudy day to follow, with any brightness limited as scattered showers develop, and these could be locally on the heavy side later.

Feeling rather cool near the coast with a light onshore breeze.  

Check the weather where you are.

Accident causing A695 to be closed in both directions

BBC Travel

The A695 in Crawcrook in Gateshead is closed in both directions between the B6315 junction and Stargate Roundabout because of an accident.  

Keep up to date with the latest travel on the BBC website for Tyne and Wear and Tees.

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.