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  1. Updates on Wednesday 15 June 2016

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Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

That's all for today. Join us tomorrow from 08:00 when we'll bring you more news, weather, travel and, of course, sport updates.

Don't forget that we'll also be live from Park Lane in Sunderland, where football fans are gathering to watch the England v Wales match - very exciting.

If you're planning on coming along, or simply want to get in touch, you can find us on Twitter, Facebook or you can send us an email at

Weather: Cloudy and a little bit foggy

BBC Weather

It will remain cloudy and murky overnight, with fog over hills and near coastal areas. Some further patchy light rain or drizzle is likely, especially in the north. 

Winds remaining light.  

Check the forecast where you are.

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Alan Shearer top of BBC Sport's Predictor table

Alan Shearer is proving to be quite the fortune teller, as he is currently top of BBC Sport's Predictor table.

The former Newcastle United striker has 230 points after 12 games, with Radio 5 Live's senior football reporter Ian Dennis 10 points behind. 

The Predictor lets you to guess what the scores will be in Euro 2016 games, and awards you points each time you predict correctly - pretty cool don't you think?

Why not give it a go yourself - click here to start being predicting.

BBC Predictor table
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On tonight's BBC Look North

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

On tonight's Look North, our reporter Phil Connell will be live from High Force to bring you more information about the death of Hartlepool teenager Curtis Atherton.

Watch Look North at 18:00 tonight on BBC One, or on iPlayer.

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Teesside mother urging people to donate bone marrow

A mother with leukaemia is urging people to donate bone marrow after eight million people were screened and none came up as a match for her.

Maggie Bousfield, 52, from Norton in Teesside, was diagnosed in March, and now hopes her story will encourage other people to sign up to become a donor.

The diagnosis was even more untimely as it coincided with her daughter Phoebe's birthday.

Fortunately she is now in remission, but still needs a transplant to be cured.

You can read more of her story on The Gazette.

Maggie Bousfield and daughter Phoebe
Maggie Bousfield
Maggie Bousfield and daughter Phoebe

Sunderland face stern test in opener against Manchester City

BBC Sport

Sunderland's opening match of the newly-released Premier League fixtures is a tough one - against Pep Guardiola's new side Manchester City.

And it gets worse - the Black Cats have never won away at City in the Premier League (drawn two, lost 10).

Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne scored as they beat the Wearsiders 4-1 back in September.

Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne

Fans set to gather for England v Wales on giant screen

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Fancy watching England v Wales on a giant screen? Well then tomorrow is your lucky day...

I'll be reporting live from Park Lane in Sunderland, where the 20m (60ft) screen has been set up for fans to watch the clash between England and Wales.

The newly opened area is known as The Fanzone, and tomorrow it will open at 10:00 (Kick-off 14:00). 

What better way to watch such a huge match than on an equally huge screen?

But if you don't manage to skive off work, watch BBC One or check our live page and we'll try our best to bring you the exciting atmosphere.

Boro fans react to fixtures

BBC Tees

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Middlesbrough fans have shared their thoughts on the Premier League fixtures, which were released this morning.

The majority of people we spoke to seemed positive about the first few games - one fan even described them as "extremely winnable".

Another fan expressed her enthusiasm for the Middlesbrough v Sunderland games, saying that playing against the Black Cats will be "very joyful" as "everybody loves a derby match". 

Police to start using drones later this year

Durham Constabulary is to start deploying drones to help with operational policing.  

The plan is for the vehicles to be used to help searches for missing people, provide footage and look at places suspected to be used by criminal gangs.  

It's also thought the devices could be used at road accidents.

Officer holding drone
Durham Constabulary

Man appears in court charged over Darlington crash

The Northern Echo


A man has appeared before a judge charged with a catalogue of motoring offences following a crash in Darlington which has left a woman fighting for her life in hospital.

Lewis John Heslop is accused of five charges in relation to an incident on Easson Road, in Darlington, where a woman was hit by a car as she made her way home on Monday.

Damaged house and overturned car in Easson Road
Durham Police

Middlesbrough FC confirm signing of new defender

Middlesbrough football club have agreed to bring Colombian defender Bernardo Espinosa to Teesside.

The 26-year-old has been playing for Spanish team Sporting Gijon, but he is set to join the Boro on 1 July.

He is the club's second summer signing after Viktor Fischer. The cost has not been revealed.

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Gateshead 'one of the worst for pets needing treatment after eating'

Gateshead is one of the worst places for incidents of pets swallowing dodgy objects, according to vet charity the PDSA.

Bradford topped the list of places which saw the highest number of incidents requiring treatment, with 33 in a year. Glasgow was second (23), followed by Gateshead (19).  

In total 28 pets needed treatment last year after swallowing corn on the cob, the PDSA said.

It was the third most common item pets needed treatment for after swallowing, with only bones (59) and stones (29) proving to be more hazardous.

Dog graphic

Multimillion-pound road scheme due to start in South Tyneside.

The Chronicle

A £7.5m road scheme is due to start in a bid to improve a major commuter route in South Tyneside.

South Tyneside Council has put together a plan to upgrade the Lindisfarne and John Reid Road roundabouts as well as the A194 Leam Lane in between. 

The A194 between the Lindisfarne and John Reid Road Roundabouts in South Shields
The Chronicle

Weather: A cloudy afternoon

BBC Weather

After a dull and misty start, it will remain mostly cloudy with low cloud covering hills, and mist persisting near the coast. Further spells of drizzle rain are likely in places. Winds will be light.  

Check the forecast where you are.

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Warning over open water swimming after boy dies

Police are warning of the dangers of swimming in open water after a 16-year-old Hartlepool boy died at High Force.

Curtis Atherton was swimming with his brothers and friends at the pool area below High Force in Teesdale when he got into trouble at 20:00 last night.  

Det Insp Andy Crowe said: “This is a devastating incident and a stark reminder of how a fun afternoon swimming with friends can end in tragedy.

"My advice is simple; do not swim in open stretches of water such as this as the dangers are often well hidden.

"As well as the deceptively cold water temperatures which affect people’s ability to swim, there are many hidden hazards lying beneath, such as strong currents and discarded rubbish or rocks.    

"Curtis’s family would like to thank everyone involved in the efforts to locate Curtis yesterday evening.”  

BreakingBoy killed after swimming in waterfall named by police

A boy who died after swimming under a waterfall has been named by police.

Curtis Atherton, 16, from Hartlepool, was swimming with his brothers and friends at the pool area below High Force in Teesdale when he got into trouble at 20:00.

Police, fire crews and mountain rescue searched the area and he was found at 21:45 and airlifted to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough, but later died.

Curtis Atherton
Durham Police

Man threatened with knife and robbed at North Tyneside Metro station

A man has been threatened with a knife and robbed at a North Tyneside Metro station. 

He was attacked at Hadrian Road Metro at 21:15 on 7 May. The 47-year-old was on platform one when he was approached by two men and one threatened him with the knife. 

They stole his wallet and mobile phone from his coat and then slashed the coat, damaging it and discarding it, before leaving on a Metro train travelling towards Wallsend. 

Public consultation on the future of Guisborough Town Hall

Redcar and Cleveland Council has launched a formal consultation on the possible future use for Guisborough’s historic Town Hall building.

Residents are being invited to have their say by attending a number of drop-in sessions later this month.

The events will take place in the Town Hall so local people can get a feel for the building, and then a question and answer session will be held at Sunnyfield House, on the other side of Westgate.  

This is a welcome step. This is an iconic listed building which dominates the Market Place, and has been sadly neglected by past owners. Conscious of local feeling it was finally purchased at auction by the council last year."

Tom BlenkinsopMiddlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP
Guisborough town hall

1,400 jobs could come to Sedgefield

Hartlepool Mail


 A £6.83m investment in a science park could lead to 1,400 new jobs.

The North East Technology Park in Sedgefield has received backing from the Local Growth Fund for the next phase of its plans. It will help fund a 1km access road from the A177 to the new 26-acre development.

Hartlepool Mail

Lumiere Festival set to return to Durham

And just like that, the news that the Durham Lumiere Festival is coming back has been confirmed.

Durham County Council's cabinet agreed to recommission the firm that put it on last year to deliver another event in November 2017. 

That will cost taxpayers a "commissioning fee" of £600,000. 

That money will unlock a further £500,000 pledged by Arts Council England, the council says.

Here's how last year's event looked.

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A giant worm and 3D whale in UK city

Video: Boro's big Premier League fixtures in 30 (ish) seconds

Here's a short explainer of when Middlesbrough will be playing their big games*.

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*As usual, these are subject to change by the TV companies...

Exciting news as Durham's Lumiere festival may return

Dog bitten by snake in County Durham

A dog had to be injected with anti-venom after being bitten by an adder while walking with his owners at Derwent Reservoir. 

The owners of Hooch, a Dogue de Bordeaux, noticed a swelling the size of a tennis ball on his face before taking him to West Road hospital in Newcastle.

The poorly pooch spent three days in hospital, but he is recovering at home.

Karen, Hooch's owner, said: “It was a real shock and people need to be aware that there are adders out there in the countryside." 

Hooch and his owners
Vet Partners

Moth takeover as diamondbacks surge into UK

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Have you noticed more moths flying around recently?

My colleague claims to have seen a load of them trying to take over his backyard in Redcar on Teesside - and one greeted me this morning as soon as I got out of bed.

Well, it turns out that we're not exaggerating, because tens of millions of diamondback moths are thought to have come to the UK in the past week - that's 100 times the number that arrive in the entire year.

The Twitter feed @migrantmothUK reported a two-mile cloud of moths on Saturday night near Leominster. One person reported that it was like "driving through rain".  

Enough to give you nightmares...

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UK crops could be 'devastated' by moth

Unemployment figures fall in the North East

The latest unemployment stats have been released this morning.

Here in the North East, figures dropped by 7,000 between February and April 2016.

It means that 94,000 people are still unemployed in our region.

Overall UK unemployment has fallen to 1.67 million, the lowest rate since October 2005.

People on their way to work

Christmas fixtures - All you need to know

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Football over Christmas can be one of the best ways to spend time with your family... or get away from them.

What better excuse than "sorry, I can't make it to Boxing Day lunch this year - Sunderland are playing Man United". 

Whether you're taking your family to the match, or you simply want to enjoy the game with your mates, here are all the key dates you need to be aware of over the festive period:

Boxing Day

  •       Manchester United v Sunderland 
  •       Burnley v Middlesbrough 

 New Year's Eve

  • Manchester United v Middlesbrough
  • Burnley v Sunderland

2 January

  • Middlesbrough v Leicester City
  •       Sunderland v Liverpool    

Click here to read Middlesbrough's full fixtures.

Click here to read Sunderland's full fixtures.

BreakingUpdate: Hartlepool boy dies at High Force

 A 16-year-old boy has died after getting into difficulty while swimming at High Force in Teesdale.

The boy, from Hartlepool, was swimming in the pool area below the waterfall before getting into trouble.

He was located at about 21:45 and airlifted to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough where he later died. 

Man rescued from beneath High Force waterfall

 A man is in a critical condition in hospital after getting into difficulties while swimming under a County Durham waterfall.

The man was with a group swimming in the water beneath High Force in Middleton-in-Teesdale yesterday.

He was recovered from the water and taken to Middlesbrough's James Cook Hospital.

High Force waterfall

How Mourinho v Karanka is a tale of master v apprentice

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

So it's Manchester United v Middlesbrough on New Year's Eve, and the match promises to be extra special thanks to the relationship between the two managers.

Back in 2010, Boro's Aitor Karanka was Jose Mourinho's assistant during his time as Real Madrid's head coach.

In 2014, the Middlesbrough head coach told The Daily Mirror that he manages his players just like Mourinho taught him during their time together.

So come 31 December, we'll get to see first hand just how well Karanka really knows The Special One, and his tactics. 

It promises to be a real life tale of master v apprentice. And the rematch is on 18 March 2017.

Jose Mourinho listening to Aitor Karanka
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BreakingMiddlesbrough and Sunderland learn Premier League openers

BBC Sport

The Premier League fixtures are out, with Boro at home against Stoke City and Sunderland away at Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in their opening matches on 13-14 August.

The Wear/Tees derby, as some insist on calling it, is the second league game of the season on 20 August. The reverse fixture is on 11 March 2017.

Their final games of the 2016-17 season see Sunderland away at Chelsea, and Boro away at Liverpool. All matches are subject to change.

See Middlesbrough's fixtures here.

And Sunderland's here.

Newcastle holds vigil for Orlando victims

Hundreds of people gathered last night to pay their respects to the victims of the Orlando shootings.

The vigil, which took place outside Newcastle's Centre for Life, saw people carrying flowers, candles and LGBT flags.

Tributes at the vigil

Many also shared their tributes on social media:

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Middlesbrough and Sunderland to learn Premier League fixtures

BBC Sport

Middlesbrough and Sunderland will learn who they will play when the fixtures for the 2016-17 Premier League season are released at 09:00.

The first games of the season will take place over the weekend of 13-14 August, however the Premier League is also keen to host more matches on Friday nights.

Sky and BT Sport have paid a record £5.136bn for live TV rights to broadcast the competition.

Middlesbrough players celebrate promotion
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Leicester City are the defending champions, Sunderland will be hoping to avoid another brush with relegation, and Boro will be celebrating their return to the top flight.

The season starts a week later than last year because of this summer's European Championship, meaning the Premier League is likely to begin on the same day as Super Saturday at the Rio Olympic Games.  

Newcastle's Championship fixtures are out a week today.

Weather: A grey and cloudy day

BBC Weather

After a dull and misty start, it will remain mostly cloudy with low cloud covering hills, and mist persisting near the coast. 

Further spells of drizzle rain are likely in places. Winds will be light.  

Check the weather where you are.

The weather

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Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

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