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Ana Guerra-Moore

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Weather: Dry with light winds

BBC Weather

Isolated showers dying away this evening leaving a dry night with light winds. 

Clear periods during the first part of the night, but increasing amounts of higher cloud spreading from the west after midnight.

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South Bank-born MP made Business Secretary

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

The new Secretary Of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is Greg Clarke, from South Bank in Middlesbrough.

He was elected Conservative MP for Tunbridge Wells in 2005.  

See all of Theresa May's new cabinet appointments here.

Greg Clarke

Hospital appeals to find friends and relatives of deceased Hartlepool man

Hartlepool Mail


A hospital trust is appealing for help tracing family and friends of a Hartlepool man who has died.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is keen to speak to anyone who knew 76-year-old David Dobson.

Hartlepool Hospital
Hartlepool Mail

Window kicked out of moving metro

A window was broken on a Metro train as it was travelling along. 

The window was kicked out as the train left Meadowell Metro Station in North Shields at 00.10 on Friday, 17 June.

Police say the man in this picture was in the area and could help with the investigation:

Man who could help with investigation

Middlesbrough captain Grant Leadbitter to miss start of season

Middlesbrough captain Grant Leadbitter will miss the start of the Premier League season, the club have announced.

Leadbitter underwent an operation to repair a hernia problem he had been carrying for the final two months of last season.

Boro said on their website, however, that further investigation had shown that the injury was worse than first anticipated and he was 'set to miss the start of the 2016-17 Premier League season'.

The club have also confirmed that left back James Husband will also be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Grant Leadbitter
Getty Images

Cricket: Surrey v Yorkshire

BBC Sport

Surrey have drawn with Yorkshire.

Follow how it happened here.

Students have lucky escape after bus catches fire

Students from Middlesbrough had a lucky escape after their coach caught fire on the way back from Alton Towers.

As a precaution the coach stopped at a service station and the children and staff from Trinity Catholic College left the bus.

While they were inside the services the engine caught fire and the bus was damaged.

All children and staff were unharmed and were returned to school safely on a replacement coach.

Weather: St Swithin's Day likely to be wet

It's St Swithin's Day tomorrow and, if legend is to be believed, it looks like we might be in for a wet summer.

The weather myth is whatever the weather on 15 July, it will continue to be like that for the next 40 days.

At the moment, heavy rain is forecast for the north of England although in the south it will be dry but cloudy.

All might not be lost though - the Met Office said there had not been a record of 40 dry or 40 wet days following St Swithin's Day since records began in 1861. 

women in rain

Ambulance emergency response target missed

Ambulances across England have missed their target for responding to life-threatening emergencies for an entire year, data shows.

The most serious Red 1 calls - such as for cardiac arrests or where the patient is not breathing - should have an ambulance on the scene within eight minutes 75% of the time. 

But new data from NHS England shows that the target has now been missed for 12 months in a row.

For Red 1, West Midlands was the only trust, the West Midlands, to exceed the 75% target. 

Five trusts were under 70% including the North East at 67.1%.

Riverside Live festival cancelled over poor ticket sales

This year's Riverside Live festival has been cancelled due to low ticket sales.

Organisers said that they have explored every possibility to make the event happen, but have come to the conclusion that cancellation is the "only option".

The event was meant to take place at Chester-le-Street's Riverside Park on 28 August.

The festival’s line-up included Grammy Award-winning Lee “Scratch” Perry, and Coronation Street/Red Dwarf star Craig Charles.

Refunds for all tickets purchased online will be sent automatically. 

Inappropriate comments made to boys

Inappropriate comments were made to three 12-year-old boys by a man in Redcar, police have said.

The suspect, who is described as about 42 with a bald head, false teeth and a large stomach, approached them at about 18:00 on Monday near to the play park on the Coast Road.

He was riding a red mountain bike, smoking a rolled cigarette, and was bare chested.

Coast Road

Blue plaques mark important Middlesbrough heritage spots

Blue plaques are to be unveiled in Middlesbrough and Port Clarence as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded-supported Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project.

The plaques mark key heritage locations along a route from the Dorman Museum to Port Clarence on the north side of the Transporter Bridge. 

The site of Bolckow Vaughan’s Ironworks on the banks of the Tees, Lady Bell’s Winter Garden (which was previously located on the site of the Dundas Arcade), Teesside University and Middlesbrough Dock Clock Tower are among the locations featured. 

The blue plaques
Middlesbrough Council

Horse owner devastated over stab attack

Alison Freeman

BBC Look North

A horse owner has spoken of her horror after finding two of her animals covered in blood after 'cruel and brutal' stab attacks.

The horses were grazing in a field in Haltwhistle when they were targeted sometime between 8 and 10 July. One subsequently died from the injuries.

Anita Dawson: "It was absolutely horrendous. I am absolutely devastated. I have lost my best friend."

Anita Dawson

Football: Leadbitter to miss start of the season

Amy Tinkler excited about Olympics debut

Bishop Auckland gymnast Amy Tinkler was inspired by watching the London 2012 Olympics and is excited about taking part herself following her selection for the Team GB squad at Rio 2016. 

The 16-year-old (pictured below second left) is the current senior British floor champion and won bronze at the 2015 World Championships.

She missed the European Championships in June to concentrate on school exams.

"I had the opportunity to watch the all-around final in 2012 and it was incredible," she told BBC Sport.

"From that, it made me want it even more, it was incredible and made me so motivated."

Great Britain gymnastics squad
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Woman assaulted in Jesmond

A woman suffered a head injury when she was assaulted by a man who who struck her with what is thought to be a hammer, police say.

The woman was taken to hospital after the attack shortly before 01:30 in Shortridge Terrace, Jesmond.

Her attacker is described as being about 5ft 7ins, of short and fat build and bald.

Weather: A mild afternoon

BBC Weather

 A dry and pleasantly warm afternoon with sunny intervals for many.

Highs of 17C, lows of 13C.

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Allardyce remains in England after interview

David Ornstein

BBC Sport

Sunderland manager Sam Allardycehas not returned to the club’s training camp in Austria following talks with the Football Association over the vacant England manager’s position.

Allardyce flew back from Austria on Tuesday, with photographs appearing to show the 61-year-old at the home of FA vice-chairman David Gill.

Instead of rejoining the Sunderland squad afterwards, Allardyce remained in England and is working from his desk in the North East. He is pursuing transfer business as the nine-day trip draws to a close.

Sam Allardyce

On Look North at lunchtime: Man's despair after overseas treatment

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

On this afternoon's Look North, we'll hear from a man who travelled to Ukraine in search of breakthrough treatment for Parkinsons, but was left plunged even deeper in despair.

Also on the programme - the reality of forced marriage here in our area and more on the vigil that will be held this evening for a County Durham teenager who died at the T in the Park music festival in Scotland.

All this and more at 13:00 on BBC One, and online.

North East patients benefit from all-night service

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) and North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) have teamed up to provide a doctor-led trauma team to cover the hours of darkness – when the charity’s air ambulances do not fly.

The region’s first Medical Emergency Response Incident Team (MERIT) responds to incidents in a specially equipped car, staffed by GNAAS doctors and paramedics and funded by NEAS.

Under Department of Health guidance, ambulance services throughout the country are now required to provide such a service to ensure a doctor-led response is available around-the-clock for the most seriously injured or ill patients.

The team works on Friday and Saturday nights from locations across the region  

Night crew
The Great North Air Ambulance Service

Changes for Mark 'Run Geordie Run' Allison

This week, Mark 'Run Geordie Run' Allison has celebrated both his second wedding anniversary and 45th birthday pounding the pavements of Slovenia.

Back in May we brought you the news that he is running across Europe in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and The Children's Foundation. 

Now on day 75 of the run, Mark and his volunteer support team have needed to put in what he describes as "a monumental effort" to cover the 2,318 miles to this point.

Following the recent attacks in Istanbul, a new end point for the run has been agreed with the two charities.

Mark will now finish the Europe leg of his Around the World Run in Belgrade, Serbia, on 21 July (previously 28 July).

This means his overall mileage for the run across Europe will be 2,650 miles in 82 days - nearly 300 miles further than his Australia run and giving a total of 9,000 miles run so far around the world. 

Mark 'Run Geordie Run' Allison
Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

Aitor Karanka: 'Fitness is priority'

Not long to go now until the Premier League season kicks off, and Middlesbrough seem to be off to a great start after beating York City 6-0 last week.

Ahead of the new season, head coach Aitor Karanka says tactical work will begin on the training ground in the coming weeks, as his squad get back to familiar surroundings.

Karanka insists fitness levels will remain the priority but admits he has his eye on tactical work when Boro jet off to Marbella for a week-long training camp next week.

He added: “I can’t take too many things from the game at York because in the first week we hadn’t worked tactically or anything like that,” he said. “It’s just from a fitness point of view right now."

Karanka and the team

Gateshead woman found safe

A Gateshead woman who was reported missing on Friday has been found safe, police have confirmed.

Sandra Oni, 21, from Dunston, was last seen at about 18:30 on Friday in Newcastle city centre.

South Shields man charged over Liverpool MP Luciana Berger death threats

A man has been charged with sending death threats to a Labour MP.

Luciana Berger, Liverpool Wavertree MP, received a number of emails on Friday, with one message allegedly saying "she is going to get it like Jo Cox did".

John Nimmo, 28, appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates' Court on Wednesday charged with sending a message causing anxiety or distress.

Mr Nimmo, of Moreland Road, South Shields, was remanded for a hearing on 27 July.

Luciana Berger

South Tyneside roadworks to start next week

Work will start next week on a major highways improvement project in South Tyneside.

Motorists are being advised to leave a little extra time for their journeys as roadworks begin on the £7.5m scheme to upgrade the Lindisfarne and John Reid roundabouts and Leam Lane (A194).

The scheme will involve widening both roundabouts and most of the dual carriageway in between from two to three lanes in both directions.

Leam Lane roundabout

Men made £480k from theft - but the amount they've been told to repay is just £1

The Gazette


Organised crime gang members who plotted to steal almost £500,000 of diggers from building sites have been ordered to pay back just £1.

Front Page
The Gazette

Today's football gossip

Scunthorpe United’s new stadium will be built using Teesside Steel

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Scunthorpe United’s new stadium will be built using steel rolled at steel from the Teesside Beam Mill.

British Steel’s commercial director Peter Hogg said: “We’re delighted steel made in Scunthorpe will be used in The Iron’s new stadium. It promises to be one of the finest grounds in the Football League and it makes perfect sense that we join forces on this project."

This stadium will become the latest addition to a long list of world-wide buildings created using Teesside steel.

Other landmarks include the Sydney Harbour bridge, London's Lambeth Bridge and of course, the Tyne Bridge connecting Newcastle and Gateshead and Middlesbrough's Newport Bridge.

The picture below shows a few more examples:

Redcar Steel map

Should Teesside introduce a legal red light zone for prostitution?

BBC Tees

A "managed zone" in Leeds has been running since October 2014 and operates between the hours of 19:00 and 07:00.

It means that neither prostitutes or their customers will be arrested in that area during those times.

Supporters say complaints have fallen and levels of trust between sex workers and the police have dramatically improved.

The hope is that there's a greater chance of any concerns or potential threats to the girls' safety being brought to light and dealt with, because of the open communication with the police. 

As it stands, it's legal for women to sell sex, but not to solicit on the streets, and for men it's legal to buy sex but illegal to kerb crawl.

We know that Teesside has had problems with prostitution, and there's been numerous approaches to try and deal with that over the years - but there are still women out at night selling sex where we live.

This morning on the show we are discussing prostitution here on Teesside...

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Ponteland green belt homes plan

Plans to build 1,800 homes on green belt land in Northumberland have been unveiled.

Northumberland County Council wants to create a "garden village" on the Dissington Estate, on the outskirts of Ponteland, north of Darras Hall.

Developer Lugano Property Group claims the project could create 500 affordable houses.

But Ponteland councillor, Peter Jackson, said services could not cope with thousands more residents.

He said: "Already we have pressure on the school system and health services - these services cannot stand any more people.

Residents protesting

Remembering the legend which was Brian Clough

On this day in 1961, Middlesbrough-born Brian Clough joined Sunderland AFC in a £40,000 transfer.

His playing career came to an end in 1962 due to a knee injury, but in only one year he scored a whopping 63 goals for the club.

But that wasn't the end for Clough: As you may already know, he managed Nottingham Forest for 18 years.

In that time, he and the team achieved two successive European Cups and five League Cups.

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North East projects celebrate Heritage Lottery Fund

BBC Tees

Four projects across the North East are celebrating this morning after bagging £3.5m between them from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

In the BBC Tees area, both Skelton High Street and Thornaby Town Hall will benefit from the cash.

Skelton High Street's Victorian character will be reinstated with repairs to around 30 shop fronts and buildings.

Thornaby Town Hall is also set for more than £800,000 from the fund. 

Our reporter Sian Williams is live there for BBC Tees Breakfast this morning:

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Weather: Pleasantly warm

BBC Weather

A dry and bright start to the morning. 

Scattered light showers are likely to develop for a time, although still with plenty of dry weather and pleasantly warm sunny intervals for many. 

A dry evening with clear periods to follow.  

Weather graph

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Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

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