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  1. Man dies underground at Boulby Potash Mine
  2. North Tyneside killer 'danced around victim' following fatal punch
  3. Updates on Friday 17 June 2016

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Weather: More clouds, more rain

Remaining cloudy overnight with further outbreaks of rain. Later in the night, the rain will gradually ease from the north, with northern parts becoming mostly dry by dawn.  

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Cricket: Northamptonshire v Durham

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

Durham are at The County Ground tonight for the Natwest T20 Blast match against Northamptonshire, with play due to start at 18:30.

Watch BBC Newcastle cricket commentator Martin Emmerson's preview here. 

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Workshops for people with mental health issues continue in Stockton

As part of a national research project, Stockton Borough Council is continuing its programme of workshops and activities for people with mental health issues.

The Council is one of 60 local authorities to launch a Community Learning Mental Health pilot, which focuses on the positive link between mental health issues and adult community learning.

There are a range of workshops available for people to enjoy, including cooking, art, pottery, yoga, mindfulness, photography and summer planting.

Middlesbrough and Darlington men stopped from travelling to Euro 2016 by Kent Police 'spotters'

Six football fans suspected of plotting trouble at Euro 2016 have been prevented from travelling to France.

Kent Police said hearings at Folkestone Magistrates' Court for four of the men - a 24-year-old from Southampton; a 22-year-old from Middlesbrough; a 27-year-old from Stockport and a 26-year-old from Shropshire - were adjourned but they were ordered to surrender their passports until after the Euro 2016 final on 10 July.  

A Darlington man, 48, was stopped at the Channel Tunnel on Thursday, but failed to appear at court and was issued with a three-year ban in his absence.

Dover ferry port

Boulby mine gas blow 'unprecedented'

There will be a "full and detailed" investigation following the death of a man at Boulby Potash mine this morning, the site's owner said.

John Anderson, from Easington, died at Boulby mine in East Cleveland following a 'gas blow'- a sudden release of a small amount of gas at exceedingly high pressure which also displaces mineral.

ICL UK says it is fully cooperating with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Mines, who are at the site.

The company's safety manager Simon Hunter said there was no suggestion that procedures were not being followed and he described the event as "unprecedented".

The site, which has operated for 40 years, announced significant job losses last year. 

"When we looked at the restructure we did it in a very controlled way," Mr Hunter said. 

Boulby Potash Mine

Travel: Traffic heavier than usual on A19, A688 and A1

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Queuing and heavier than usual traffic on the A19 southbound in Houghton-le-Spring between the A183 junction and Herrington Interchange.

There is very slow traffic and heavier than usual traffic on A688 westbound in Spennymoor Industrial Estate between the A177 junction and the A167 junction.  

There is very slow traffic on A1 southbound in Catterick Bridge between Catterick North and Catterick South, because of a broken down vehicle. In the roadworks area.  

More traffic information on the BBC Travel website for Tyne & Wear and Teesside.

Man robbed and injured in Stockton

A 34-year-old man was approached from behind and robbed whilst cycling on Westbourne Street in Stockton, on Tuesday.

An unknown man hit the victim, resulting in him falling off his bike. The man then demanded the victim’s phone, bank card, money and his light grey mountain bike.

The victim suffered facial injuries and grazes to the legs but did not receive medical treatment.

Fancy a fair?

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

If you haven't got any plans for tonight, I'm about to give you some, because one of Europe's largest travelling fairs has landed in Newcastle.

The Hoppings, which was founded in 1882, promises 'fun and thrills' and lots of rides (300 to be precise) on the city's Town Moor.

Look at this picture of the fair's carousel, taken by photographer Jacky Longstaff:

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Jacky Longstaff

The Hoppings will be with us for a week, until 25 June.

You can see more photos here.

Man who died at Boulby mine was long-serving worker

Ian Reeve

BBC Look North

John Anderson, who died at Boulby Mine early this morning, was from Easington and is believed to have worked at the mine for 35 years.

I understand that the powerful gas blow-out which killed Mr Anderson came as a consequence of the release of natural-gas pockets found in the rock underground.

To add some background to this event, in 2007 there was another fatality here at Boulby Potash, when a 24 year old miner was killed by a rockfall, and since 2012 the mine has reportedly been issued with 11 notices of breaches of health and safety procedures.

I also spoke to local MP Tom Blenkinsop, who's told me he wants to be reassured that recent redundancies here haven't had an impact on safe working.

Durham's Deputy Chief Constable selected as preferred candidate for South Yorkshire force's top job

Durham's Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Watson has been selected as the prefererd candidate to be the new Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police.

He has been selected to replace outgoing police chief David Crompton who was suspended following the Hillsborough Inquests and proceeding to dismiss him from service are under way.

Mr Watson (pictured) was awarded the Commissioner's Commendation in recognition of his role which involved the planning and delivery of all territorial policing across London throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. 

Stephen Watson
Durham Constabulary

Teesside footballer selected for Rio Paralympics

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Only three months to go until the start of the Rio Paralympics.

To make things even more exciting, a Stockton lad has been selected to take part in the massive sports event.

Matt Crossen is now part of the Great Britain football team at the age of 23. 

He said: "I’m so proud to part of the ParalympicsGB team travelling out to Rio. We’ve made a lot of progress in recent years and there is real strength in depth in the squad, so it’s an exciting time for our sport. I hope we can go out there and make people proud in Rio.”

Matt Crossen

North Tyneside killer 'danced around victim' following fatal punch

A man danced around his fallen victim after delivering a fatal blow during a street attack in Stirling, a court has heard.

Jamie Spendiff, from Cullercoats, attacked Craig Logie (pictured), who was out with friends on a stag night, on 7 August 2015. The attack was captured on CCTV.

Spendiff admitted assaulting and killing Mr Logie by punching him on the head causing him to fall to the ground, where he struck his head.

The 26 year old was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing in July.

The victim

Vigil tonight in Durham to remember Jo Cox

A vigil will be held tonight in Durham to remember the Labour MP Jo Cox who died yesterday after being shot and stabbed in the street in West Yorkshire .

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Police dog put down after biting man

A police dog has been put down after it bit a 28-year-old man in Eston while it was being exercised.

The man suffered bite puncture wounds on his arm and upper body and he was taken to James Cook University Hospital for treatment on 6 June. The dog handler also suffered arm injuries from the German Shepherd dog while dealing with it.

Cleveland Police said the dog was removed from duties and was put to sleep after being assessed. The force said it had voluntarily referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Cleveland Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Ciaron Irvine said: “What is clear is that this incident should not have happened and we must absolutely understand what went wrong. 

"We have apologised and will put support in place to ensure that both the member of the public and officer are able to recover as quickly as possible."

Weather: Staying cloudy and damp this afternoon

It will remain cloudy and damp this afternoon with outbreaks of light rain or drizzle, perhaps turning heavier at times. 

Feeling cool in the northerly breeze. 

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Maximum Temperature: 13C (55F).

On Look North at lunchtime: Latest on Boulby mine death investigation

One man has died in an underground incident at the Boulby Potash mine in East Cleveland this morning. 

It's the second accident at the mine this year. Our Business Correspondent Ian Reeve is live at the scene.

And the five-year-old boy who fell asleep for two weeks after suffering a mystery illness.

Join us for these and all our other stories on BBC One at 13:30.

Boulby Potash Mine location

Book of condolence opened after death of Jo Cox

Redcar and Cleveland Council is giving people the chance to share their tributes in a condolence book to the Labour MP Jo Cox who died yesterday after she was stabbed and shot.

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Hartlepool United sign Grimsby Town defender Aristote Nsiala

BBC Sport

Hartlepool United have signed defender Aristote Nsiala from League Two rivals Grimsby Town, becoming the sixth new signing so far this summer.

Aristote Nsiala helped Grimsby win the National League promotion final last season.

Aristote Nsiala

South Tyneside campaigner hails ‘positive impact’ of immigration

The Shields Gazette

A community campaigner says South Tyneside is an example of the ‘positive impact’ of immigration - after dismissing calls for restrictions to be placed on freedom of movement.

The campaigner
The Shields Gazette

MP calls for full investigation into mine death

Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP Tom Blenkinsop said the man who died at the East Cleveland Boulby Potash Mine early this morning was one of his constituents.

It comes two months after seven workers were taken to hospital after a fire broke out at the mine.

Mr Blenkinsop said: "My immediate thoughts - and I have no doubt the thoughts of the entire local community - are with his family and friends.

"We cannot allow this death to go unmarked. Over the last decade and a half, the mine has been a safe working environment, certainly compared to years past where accidents were more frequent.  

"However, In the space of just a few months we have seen two tragic incidents. I am concerned that this must not become a pattern. Mines legislation requires a full investigation, and I need to be reassured that this will indeed happen."

Tom Blenkinsop

Boulby Potash death: Man named

The man who died in an underground accident at a potash mine this morning has been named as John Anderson.

Mr Anderson died following a "sudden and powerful release of gas" in the early hours, ICL UK said. There was no explosion.

Other employees who were in the mine at the time were safely evacuated, a spokesman said.  

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Boulby Potash Mine death: 'Nobody should go to work and not come home to their families'

A man died in an underground accident at Boulby Potash Mine in East Cleveland early this morning following a sudden gas blow-out.

Redcar MP Anna Turley said she was thinking about the man's family.

She said: "Nobody should go to work and not come home to their families... I'm sure there will be a strong investigation into this, in the meantime my thoughts are with the family."

Police seize cash and suspected drugs in Newcastle house

A man and a woman were arrested on suspicion of being involved in the supply of controlled drugs.

Officers found and seized a large amount of what is believed to be crack cocaine and more than £10,000 in sterling and euros inside a house in the west end of Newcastle yesterday.

They both remain in police custody this morning and enquiries are ongoing. 

Redcar MP Anna Turley remembers Jo Cox

BBC Tees

Redcar MP Anna Turley has paid tribute to her friend and fellow MP Jo Cox, who died yesterday after being stabbed and shot.

Speaking to BBC Tees she described her as "so down to earth and normal... exactly what you want in politics".

Jo Cox
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Thousands of jobs to be created after multimillion- pound investment in Newcastle

The Journal


Plans for a science zone creating thousands of highly skilled jobs in Newcastle are on the verge of becoming a reality after a multi-million cash injection by one of the world’s leading investment groups.  

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Weather: Looking grey and dull

It is a cloudy and dull start to the day. There will be outbreaks of light rain or drizzle for much of the day, perhaps turning heavier at times through the afternoon. Feeling cool with a northerly breeze.  

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No explosion at Boulby mine

The owners of Boulby mine have clarified there was no explosion in the accident this morning in which a man died.

ICL UK said there was a "sudden and powerful release of gas" in the early hours.

They said that it was "a sudden release of gas - no fire and no heat."

No further details have been released about the man who died.

From the scene at Boulby Potash Mine

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

I'm at Boulby Potash mine, where a man sadly died this morning following a release of gas.

Looking around, there is absolutely no activity here at the moment - smoke is still coming out of the chimney and it looks like business is as usual.

One man, who wishes to remain anonymous, said that he was sent early from his night shift.

Boulby Potash mine

Boulby Potash Mine was issued with improvement notice after fire in April

The death of a man this morning at Boulby Potash Mine comes two months after a fire broke out there hundreds of metres below the sea bed.

On 13 April, seven workers were taken to hospital after the fire.

The workers were affected by smoke - there were no fatalities, but people were left "very shaken".

In May it was issued with an improvement notice by the Health and Safety Executive.

The mine is 1,400m deep and its tunnels go far out under the North Sea. 

Police still at the scene at Boulby Potash Mine

Cleveland Police said they were called to Boulby Potash Mine in East Cleveland at about 05:20.

ICL UK which runs the site says it is believed to have involved a gas blow-out, which is a sudden and powerful release of gas.

The force said: "Our thoughts are with family, friends and colleagues. We are working to understand the circumstances surrounding the incident."

Officers are still at the scene.

Boulby Potash mine death: 'Thoughts and prayers with workforce'

A man has died this morning at Boulby Potash Mine in East Cleveland.

Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP Tom Blenkinsop spoke to BBC Tees.

He said: "I'd like to extend thoughts and prayers to the workforce there."

BreakingMan dies at Boulby Potash mine

One man has died at Boulby Potash mine in East Cleveland. 

ICL UK said it happened underground early this morning and is believed to have involved a gas blow-out which caused a sudden and powerful release of gas.

The company said all other workers were safely evacuated.

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BBC News Online

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