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  1. Updates on Monday 13 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Ana Guerra-Moore

All times stated are UK

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Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

That's it for today- we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with more news sport, weather and travel.

In the meantime, if you've got any updates or pictures you'd like to share with us feel free to get in touch via FacebookTwitter or email

Weather: light rain, wind and fog- not a great combination

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Mist and hill fog should again become extensive in the light wind, with further spells of light rain and a few heavier showers possible throughout the night.  

Tonight's weather

Check the forecast where you are.

Homes without gas get free fish and chips

Some 70 homes are without gas in North Tyneside tonight - but the good news is they're all getting free fish and chips.

Northern Gas Networks says a gas main was damaged in Wallsend, and is now delivering vouchers for free fish suppers to affected homes so they can enjoy a hot meal. 

Electric heaters and hotplates are also being offered to people  who need them. 

Nigel Chambers, customer operations area manager for NGN, said: "The safety of members of public is our number one priority. 

"Our engineers are on site and working hard to repair the gas escape. We'd like to apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused and thank everyone for their patience while we work to return gas supplies to normal." 

NGN customer services is on 0800 040 7766.

Don't just take our word for it...

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Here's a picture of the fog in North Shields taken by Janet, a BBC Weather Watcher.

So have your fog lights at the ready during your drive home tonight. 

Click here find out how you can join Weather Watchers.

Fog in North Shields
BBC Weather Watchers

Duchess to celebrate work of carers at garden party

The Duchess of Northumberland is to host a special garden party to thank the county’s carers and volunteers.

It will recognise the contribution they make to the local community. It takes place on Wednesday at TheAlnwick Garden and 300 people have been invited.

The Duchess said: "I hear so many moving stories of the things people do, for the benefit of others less fortunate, some working for charities, many just doing their own thing, frequently unnoticed, giving help where it is needed most.

Duchess of Northumberland

"The North East has more volunteers and carers than any other region in the UK. 

"I think this is partly because we have come to accept that we are a long way from the more affluent south and that if we don’t change things ourselves and try a make a difference, then it may not happen. This is our way of thanking people for all the valuable work they do.”  

Middlesbrough teenager goes missing

Police are trying to trace missing 13-year-old Corey Mosley, who was last seen in the Epworth Green area of Middlesbrough on Saturday at 10:30.

He is white, about 5ft 5in, thin with fair brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black North Face jacket. 

Corey Mosley
Cleveland Police

Bishop Auckland man airlifted to hospital after suffering severe burns

The Great North Air Ambulance Service was called to a house in Bishop Auckland to help a man who suffered severe burns.

The local man, believed to be in his 30s, was treated for burns to his head, neck, arm and chest before he was flown to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. 

The flight to hospital took just 12 minutes and he arrived in a stable condition.  

Great North Air Ambulance Service Guardian of the North aircraft
The Great North Air Ambulance Service

Middlesbrough College trio encourage other young women to consider construction jobs

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Ladies: have you ever considered going into construction?

Not your typical female career choice some may say - but that's why construction students Aisan Hasheminick, Samantha Tomlinson-Wren and Emily Thubron are sharing their enthusiasm for the industry in an attempt to tackle gender imbalance.

Emily said: “I was studying a foundation engineering course before I came to Middlesbrough College. I really enjoyed that course and having spoken to a careers adviser, who encouraged me find out more about the construction industry, I found out about the BTEC courses... I hope to go into a civil engineering role.”

The three young women
Cool Blue

Car falls 80ft off cliffs near Marsden Grotto

A car was found on the beach below the cliffs near Marsden Grotto in South Tyneside this morning.

A 25-year-old woman, the sole occupant, was rescued and taken to the RVI with injuries, but her condition is described as stable.

Police are investigating how the vehicle came over the cliff, and are appealing for witnesses. 

Car found on beach

Update: Healthy Greggs angers readers

Earlier today we told you about Greggs' plans to bring a healthier menu.Well, some people are not pleased about it- The Sunderland Echo has put together a collection of comments sent in by readers on the "salad v pasty" debate.

One reader said:  "I want pasties and sausage rolls, you can keep your salads!"

A pasty

Metro passengers catch a glimpse of the Flying Scotsman

The famous engine paid North Tyneside a flying visit over the weekend as it made its way from Benton to Northumberland Park.

It made its appearance by running on a line parallel to the Metro.

The visit wasn't publicised to avoid train spotters from standing on the tracks to get a better view, but a lucky few still managed to see the Scotsman in all its glory.

The Flying Scotsman visits North Tyneside

Middlesbrough to hold candlelight vigil for Orlando victims

An LGBT support service based in Teesside says that a candlelight vigil will take place in memory of the Orlando shooting victims.

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Tequiilah Burke death: 'Stretched' social services missed risks, report finds

Opportunities were missed to identify possible risks to a 16-month-old baby who died at the hands of her parents, a report has concluded.

Tequiilah Burke sustained fatal injuries during a row between her mother Victoria and her partner Paul Nicholson in December 2013.

Newcastle Children's Safeguarding Board said social services staff were "stretched" at the time of her death.

The council's children's services boss said it accepted the findings.

Victorua Burke and Paul Nicholson

Gateshead Millennium Bridge to be lit up in rainbow colours after Orlando shootings

Gateshead Council says the Millennim Bridge will be lit up in rainbow colours tonight in solidarity with the victims of the shootings in Orlando.

Gunman Omar Mateen opened fire in the early hours of Sunday morning in the deadliest mass shooting in recent US history, which left 53 people injured.  

Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Cricket: 'Durham must change One-Day Cup approach

BBC Sport

Seamer Chris Rushworth says 'something has to change' for Durham after their One-Day Cup defeat by Worcestershire.

They lost by seven wickets after being bowled out for just 90 in a rain-shortened match at the Riverside.

"We fell a long way short. The game was reduced, but still to be bowled out for 90 in 22 overs is not good enough," Rushworth, 29, told BBC Newcastle.

"The guys have accepted that something has to change, whether it's the way we approach it, or the way guys practice."

Lynemouth smelter chimneys demolished

Eight redundant chimneys on the site of the former Alcan smelting plant at Lynemouth in Northumberland have been demolished.

A number of controlled and planned explosions were carried out by Demolition Services Limited working on behalf of site owner Harworth Estates. 

Aluminum production ended at Lynemouth in March 2012 - th site having been open since 1972.

Harworth Estates took over the 320 acre site from previous owner Rio Tinto Alcan in April 2015.

“With this important milestone completed, we will now continue our work to restore the site with the objective of attracting a good number of high quality jobs from a range of businesses”.

Eddie Peat, natural resources director at Harworth Estates
Lynemouth Smelter chimneys
Round Table Solutions Ltd

Weather: Staying cloudy but some brighter spells may develop

It will be rather cloudy with extensive low cloud, patchy rain and some mist, especially towards Newcastle and the coast. 

Some brighter intervals may develop, however these may trigger further heavy, thundery and slow-moving showers. 

weather graphic

Maximum Temperature: 13C (55F).

Engineers called to Wallsend after reports of gas escape

Engineers have been called to reports of a gas escape in North Tyneside and some properties have been left without supplies.

Northern Gas Networks said a smell of gas was reported after a gas main was damaged on Battle Hill Drive, in Wallsend.

The company said some customers were experiencing low gas pressure and a small number of properties are without gas.

Nigel Chambers, customer operations area manager for NGN said: "Our engineers are on site and working hard to repair the gas escape."

Armed robbery in Gateshead post office

A man armed with a knife threatened staff at the Post Office in Chilside Road, High Felling, last Thursday between 17:10 and 17:20. He demanded money before grabbing a number of packets of cigarettes and fleeing the shop.     No one was hurt during the incident, however police are appealing for information.

Vandals damage wing mirrors of 16 cars parked on Newcastle streets

Vandals damaged the wing mirrors of 16 cars parked in three Newcastle streets.

The vehicles were parked in Burdon Terrace (pictured), Tankervillle Terrace and Highbury, all Jesmond, when they were targeted between 23:00 on 11 June and 08:00 on 12 June

Police are appealing for information.

Burdon Terrace, Jesmond

Three Syrian men deny sex assault in Newcastle

Three men have appeared in court accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in a park in Newcastle.

Omar Badreddin, 18, Mohammed Alfrouh, 20, and Mohammad Allakkoud, 18, have pleaded not guilty.

A 16-year-old-boy, understood to be Syrian, has also been charged with sexual assault. It is not known if he has entered a plea yet.

Three Syrian men deny sex assault in Newcastle

Cricket: Worcestershire cruise to victory over Durham in One-Day Cup

BBC Sport

Durham produced a below-par batting display as they lost by seven wickets to Worcestershire in the One-Day Cup at Chester-le-Street.

A 22 overs-a-side game was all that was possible after a long rain delay, but the home side were bowled out for 90.

Mark Stoneman top-scored with 29 and the only other batsman to reach double figures was Paul Collingwood (17).

Chris Rushworth took 3-19 as the visitors began their reply, but Alexei Kervezee (37) and Brett D'Oliveira (20) saw them to 91-3 with 17 balls in hand.

Man arrested after girl, 16, raped in Newcastle

A man has been arrested in connection with the rape of a girl in Newcastle.

The 16-year-old was walking along a disused railway track in the Lemington area at 10:45 on 27 May when she was grabbed and attacked.

After the assailant, who was dressed all in black and wearing a balaclava, left, she telephoned for help and was taken to hospital.

Northumbria Police said a 31-year-old man had been arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.

Roll over pasties - sushi may be coming to your local Greggs

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Greggs is planning to become a little bit healthier by introducing a new menu, which may include Mexican food and sushi.

More selection for vegetarians and gluten-free options are also on the cards.

But fear not pasty lovers - chief executive Roger Whiteside reassured folks that Greggs will "always be a bakery", and therefore sausage rolls will always be part of the menu. 

Personally, I'd choose a burrito over a sausage roll any day- what do you think? Send us a tweet

Greggs pasty
Getty Images

The North East faces that made the Queen's Birthday Honours

In case you missed it, a number of North East people were recognised by the Queen over the weekend.

Perhaps the most famous names on the honours list are Middlesbrough FC chairman Steve Gibson, Geordie presenters Ant and Dec and former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer.

But many others also made the cut, including Professor of Neurology at Newcastle University Douglass Matthew Turnbull, and David James Carr from Morpeth, who was honoured for services to the community.

Steve Gibson, Ant and Dec, Alan Shearer
Getty Images

Call centre 'to create 1,200 jobs' in Seaham

New jobs are being promised at a new call centre complex in County Durham.

Hull-based ResQ, which provides customer service facilities for the energy and IT sectors, said the full and part-time posts will be created at Seaham's Spectrum Business Park over the next three years.

Almost 70 people have already been recruited by the company.

Offices in Seaham

Euro 2016: Teesside man caught in clash

BBC Tees

A Thornaby man has recalled the violence he experienced in France after the Euro 2016 match on Saturday when England drew 1-1 against Russia.

He told us that England fans were "ambushed", but some were out there to purposely cause trouble.

He added:

I personally observed the French police watching one of these Russian groups coming together, about 40 of them... you could tell from looking at them what they were up to. They had masks over their faces, they were all dressed in black, and they marched as a group across the square towards where the English fans."

Clash between England and Russian fans
Getty Images

Watch: EU Referendum debate

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Ten days to go until the EU Referendum takes place, and last night BBC Look North hosted a debate to discuss it.

We had the Daily Mirror's Kevin Maguire and journalist Rod Liddle on the panel, among others.

Liddle argued that short-term troubles caused by leaving the EU would be "worth it in the long-run", while Newcastle Central Labour MP Chi Onwurah said that "the people who suffer when things go wrong with the economy are not the rich, they are poor people and young people who don't yet have a job".

You can watch it here.

Newcastle United owner interested in BHS

Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley has written to BHS administrators expressing an interest in taking over some of its stores.

The company is being wound down after administrators failed to find a buyer for the collapsed business.

In a hearing before MPs, Newcastle United Mr Ashley confirmed that he had "100%" wanted to buy the high street retailer.  

Save BHS posters on high street building

Travel: Congestion but no major disruptions

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic on the A19 southbound in Wolviston between the A19 junction and the A1185 junction.

And there's more queuing traffic on the A189 southbound in Cramlington between the A1061 junction and Moor Farm Roundabout.

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

Weather: Misty and grey

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Rather cloudy, with extensive low cloud, patchy rain and some mist. A few heavier showers may develop inland later, perhaps also limited brighter intervals, although the prevailing theme is likely to remain damp and cloudy.  

Check the weather where you are here.

Weather: weather_northeast.avi

Morning. Welcome to our live coverage

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

We'll be here throughout the day bringing you the latest news from the North East.

Later on you'll see some updates to our page- but here's one change you may have noticed already... me!

Today is my first day as the new girl, so let's hope it all goes smoothly- wish me luck!

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