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  1. Updates Friday 22 July 2016

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Ana Guerra-Moore

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That's all for today, thank you for joining us.

Time to enjoy the weekend now - don't forget that the Sunderland International Airshow and the Cleveland show are taking place in our area.

We'll be back bright and early on Monday morning with your latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.

There will be updates over the weekend on BBC Newcastle, BBC Tees, online and on Look North.

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On Look North this evening: Looking forward to Sunderland Airshow

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

The 28th Sunderland International Airshow starts this evening and there will be a packed progarmme of events in the sky and on land over the weekend.

Organisers expect about a million people to head for the seafronts of Roker and Seaburn to enjoy the entertainment.

We'll be live at the airshow at 18:30 on BBC One to give you a taste of what to expect. You can find more information here.


Weather: clear spells and light winds

BBC Weather

Any showers across the region will die out through the night, and with clear spells and light winds, some patchy mist may form by morning.  

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House being raised to prevent future flooding

Carol Malia

BBC Look North

Lift off. Ever wondered what lifting an entire house into the air looks like? Here's the start.

In December this Corbridge house was flooded and the owners have come up with a radical solution to prevent it happening again.

They're raising it up on a bed of steel, millimetre by millimetre. It's tense but going well.   

Fifteen tonnes of steel lifting a 100 tonne house and 32 hydraulic jacks are taking the load.

House in Corbrige being raised

Overnight repairs to Cleveland bridge

Overnight repairs will take place from tonight on Leven Valley Viaduct Bridge on the A19 in Stockton.

Work will be carried out on the northbound carriageway between the A67 Thirsk Road and the A174 Parkway Interchange.

Repairs will occur between 20:00 and 06:00, and they are expected to be completed by Monday, dependent on the weather.

Flying Scotsman returns to the North East

Flying Scotsman has been touring the UK over the last few months and the locomotive, which has undergone a 10-year restoration,  has had a great welcome where ever its arrived.

Well, now is your chance to catch a glimpse of it again, as it's back in the region today for an event at The National Railway Museum in Shildon. 

Our reporter Andy Bell stepped on board earlier

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Steve Bruce new favourite for Sunderland job

Steve Bruce is now the bookies' favourite to become Sunderland's next manager.

Bruce left his role as Hull manager today and is currently 2/1 to become the next incumbent to step into the Black Cats' hotseat, according to William Hill.

Steve Bruce

Man indecently exposes himself to girls

A man indecently exposed himself to two young girls on Waverley Terrace in Hartlepool yesterday evening.

The man is described as 30, short brown hair and about 5ft 6ins.

Waverley Terrace

Allardyce is 'the ideal candidate'

FA chief executive Martin Glenn has spoken following the news thatSam Allardyce is the new England manager.

Mr Glenn believes that Allardyce is "the right man for the England job", as he has the "ability to realise the potential of players and teams, develop a strong team ethos and embrace modern methods that enhance performance".

He said: "Dan Ashworth, David Gill and I have carried out a thorough process in the last three weeks and ultimately we could not look beyond Sam as the ideal candidate.”

Sam Allardyce in numbers

Sam Allardyce leaves Sunderland after nine months in charge having helped them avoid relegation last season.

The Black Cats are now looking for their ninth manager in eight years.

The ex-Newcastle, Bolton, Blackburn and West Ham boss becomes the 15th permanent England boss.

Sam Allardyce
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'Absolutely the best job in English football'

The now former Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce said that he is "extremely honoured" to be appointed England manager and stated that it is the role which he has "always wanted". 

He added: "For me, it is absolutely the best job in English football. I will do everything I can to help England do well and give our nation the success our fans deserve. Above all, we have to make the people and the whole country proud.

“I know we have talented, committed players and it is time for us to deliver.” 

Sam Allardyce
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Sunderland reacts to Allardyce departure

Sunderland FC has issued a statement following the news that Sam Alladyce will leave the club to become the new England manager.

In the statement they confirm that his departure will have "immediate effect".

It reads: "The focus of everyone at Sunderland AFC now is on moving forward quickly and decisively, with the appointment of the club’s new manager to be confirmed at the earliest opportunity."

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Allardyce signs initial two-year deal

BBC Sport

Sam Allardyce has been appointed England manager.

The 61-year-old has signed an initial two-year deal after compensation was agreed with Sunderland, whom he steered to Premier League safety last season.

He succeeds Roy Hodgson, who quit after England were knocked out of Euro 2016 in the last 16 by Iceland.

Allardyce's first competitive game will be in Slovakia on 4 September as England begin their qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup.

Sam Allardyce

BreakingSam Allardyce confirmed as England manager

BBC Sport

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is confirmed as England's new manager on a two-year deal.  

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The Cleveland Show returns

The Cleveland Show will return to Stewart Park, Middlesbrough, tomorrow.

Expect to see lots of animals at the family friendly event and activities and shows, including sheep racing, the Devils Horsemen Stunt Team and the Ben Potters Birds of Prey display.

There will also be craft and trade stands, show jumping and the Cleveland Canines Dog Show.

The Devils Horsemen have appeared in TV shows such as Game of Thrones, War & Peace and Dr. Who.

The Cleveland Show acts
Middlesbrough Council

Thieves steal items intended for family event

Thieves broke into a house in Ingleby Barwick, Stockton, early this morning and stole items which were due to be used for a family event,

Among the items taken were cash floats, rosettes for the dog show and frames for pergolas which were for Ingleby Barwick Funday 

A car was also stolen.

'Run Geordie Run' completes 100-day challenge

Earlier today we brought you the news that charity fundraiser 'Run Geordie Run' was to finish his 100-day long running challenge today.

Well, he's now officially done that.

Mark Allison has "planted the Geordie flag in Belgrade" to mark the end of the European leg of his Around the World challenge.

He has confirmed that his running event will continue in two years from the Serbian capital.

Mark has described the journey as "very long and difficult".

Congratulations to him - we think his feet will definitely appreciate two years of rest after that.

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Major Metro closure between Benton and Monkseaton

There will be line closures on the Metro network between Benton and Monkseaton starting tomorrow.

The rail service is replacing drainage and Metro tracks between the two locations.

This work continues on from the major line closure from earlier this year, and forms part of the £350m Metro modernisation programme.

The closure will last for 15 days and the work will take place over a number of weekends and at night, during Metro’s track access hours.

Frequent replacement bus service will be in place during the disruption period.

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Teesside couple embark on 4,000 mile journey - in 1930s car

BBC Tees

Do you think you could sit for 30 days in a row?

Well, Pam and Owen Frankland from Stockton are doing exactly that in the name of charity.

They're driving the 1937 MG TA Numbum 4,000 miles across Britain's coasts as close to the sea as possible.

They're doing it to raise money for Harrison's Fund - a Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy charity. 

They embarked on their journey from the Transporter Bridge this morning.

Pam and Owen

Streetwear and sportswear retailer to create jobs in Sunderland

Fashion street-wear and sportswear retailer Footasylum has announced its plans to open a branch at Sunderland’s The Bridges centre - bringing 25 new jobs to the area.

The opening, which will be the third store in the region, is part of the company’s expansion plans.

The new 180sqm unit will be located next to Schuh and H&M.

Sorted PR

Premier League pre-season: How far is your club travelling?

BBC Sport

Premier League teams will clock up an estimated 172,413 miles in total during pre-season for friendlies and tours.  

But how far will North East fans have to travel?

Middlesbrough FC will travel a total distance of 4,750 miles, with future matches including Aston Villa and Real Sociedad.

Sunderland will have a lot less to travel, as they only have to venture 1,900 miles.

The team will visit Rotherham tomorrow, and will fly to France later in the month for three matches.

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Motorists make it 'easy' for car thieves in County Durham

Motorists are making it "easy pickings" for car thieves by leaving their vehicles unlocked, in some cases overnight, police have said.

Research carried out following in Spennymoor and Newton Aycliffe showed about 40% of all thefts from vehicles took place from cars or vans which were left unsecured.

In the last month there has been a spate of incidents, including one victim who left their car open all night with the keys in the ignition.

Another victim left their vehicle unlocked overnight and on her return they discovered someone had stolen her iPhone, a sum of cash and her credit and debit cards.

Getting to Sunderland International Airshow by public transport

For a lot of people, the safest and easiest way to get to the Sunderland Airshow this weekend will be by public transport.

The nearest Metro station to the airshow is Seaburn, a 15-minute walk to the seafront.

When leaving Seaburn, St Peter's and Stadium of Light are all within easy reach depending where you are on the site

Additional Metro trains will be running on both days.

Find out more public transport schedules here.

Sunderland Airshow
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Northumberland author honoured for crime fiction

Author Val McDermid was honoured with an outstanding contribution to crime fiction award at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.

The author, who lives in Alnmouth, Northumberland was a co-founder of the festival and won its best novel award in 2006

The 61-year-old Scot said the outstanding contribution award meant "a huge amount".

She said: "This year sees the publication of my 30th novel and I can't think of a better way to celebrate that."

Harry Potter author JK Rowling congratulated her "friend and colleague" on her "justly deserved" award and said she had "been showing us all the way for a long time now".

Val McDermid

Motorcyclist who died in crash identified

A motorcyclist who died earlier this week when his bike left the road and crashed has been identified by police.

Norman Findlay, 55, an engineer from Crook, County Durham died on Tuesday afternoon as he was travelling home from work on the A689.

A tribute from his family, said: “Norman was a loving father to Geoff, Scott, Adam and Amy. Former husband of 27 years to Jan, he was also the loving partner of Pauline and a father figure to her daughter and son.

“His loss is devastating to all who knew him, and life without Norman will never be the same again.”

Norman Findlay

Sunderland fans give David Moyes seal of approval

Sunderland Echo


Sunderland fans have given David Moyes the seal of approval after the former Manchester United manager emerged as the clear favourite to replace Sam Allardyce.  

David Moyes
Sunderland Echo

Missing 15 year old found safe

Reece Brown, 15, who went missing from Sunderland on Wednesday evening has been found safe, police said.

Man arrested after two hurt in Darlington restaurant stabbings

A man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after two men were stabbed at a restaurant in Darlington last night.

A 17-year-old man is in a serious but stable conditional with abdominal injuries after being hurt at Shapla Tandoori, on Northgate.

Another man aged 39 and from Darlington was also taken to hospital with arm injuries.

A 43-year-old local man was arrested and remains in police custody.

All involved are either staff at the restaurant, or connected to the restaurant, Durham Police said.

Shapla Tandoori, Darlington

Middlesbrough people unhappy town wasn't used as location in Sky football ad

Sky Sports have released an advert starring David Beckham showcasing the start of the new Premier League season.

In the advert, Beckham can be seen celebrating with Middlesbrough FC fans in a pub. However, the location used is not Middlesbrough.

The place looks like a traditional Yorkshire town with terraced houses and cobbled streets.

Sky confirmed that the locations they filmed in for the advert were East and West London, Manchester, Derbyshire and Stockport.

Some people in Middlesbrough say that the portrayal of their town is inaccurate.

Sky Sports have responded by saying that the advert is "hypothetical", and that although the town of Middlesbrough wasn't used, the Boro fans in the advert are real.

EE creates 260 new jobs at Darlington and Tyneside call centres

Mobile phone company EE is creating 260 new jobs at North Tyneside and Darlington call centres.

The company already employs more than 300 staff at the two customer service centres, which opened in 2013.

Chief executive Marc Allera said the move was part of plans to base all its call centre workers in the UK.

The jobs will be shared equally between the two sites at Cobalt Business Park near North Shields and Darlington's Yarm Road Industrial Estate.  

Call centre office

Football: Allardyce working in Sunderland today as negotiations continue

David Ornstein

BBC Sport

Sam Allardyce is back at his desk in Sunderland today as negotiations continue over compensation before he can be named as England boss.  

Sports Direct working practices 'closer to Victorian workhouse than modern retailer'

MPs have accused Sports Direct of not treating its workers like humans and said founder and Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley must be held accountable for any company failings.

Chairman of the Business, Innovation and Skills committee and Hartlepool MP, Iain Wright (pictured) said evidence heard last month by MPs suggested Sports Direct's working practices "are closer to that of a Victorian workhouse than that of a modern, reputable High Street retailer".

Sports Direct said in a statement that its policy is to treat all people "with dignity and respect".  

Iain Wright
Labour Party

Police want to keep disruption 'to a minimum' during Sunderland Airshow

Northumbria Police say they want to keep disruptions "to a minimum" during this weekend's Sunderland International Airshow.

Each year, the city hosts the event that attracts huge numbers of spectators who visit the seafront for the air display.

Supt Sarah Pitt will once again be leading the policing operation for the event as Silver Commander.

She said that the team has been working closely with organisers and Sunderland City Council to ensure plans are in place to ensure the event run smoothly.

Spectators at last year's show

Ms Pitt also confirmed that officers will be on patrol in and around the city, particularly in Seaburn and Roker, throughout the weekend.

She added: "Officers are there to offer our local communities reassurance and I would urge anyone who does have any concerns not hesitate to speak to an officer."

Stockton homophobic burn attack 'very concerning'

A homophobic attack on a man set on fire and seriously injured is 'very concerning', police have said.

The 20 year old was confronted by four men who asked about his sexual orientation before one sprayed his legs with an aerosol and set them alight.

It happened in the grounds of Holy Trinity Church on Yarm Lane in Stockton at about 03:00 on Wednesday.

Det Insp Jon Tapper said Cleveland Police were classing it as a "hate motivated crime".

Holy Trinity Church on Yarm Lane

Cleveland Fire Brigade summer arson attacks cost £900,000

Arson attacks cost Cleveland Fire Brigade £900,000 during last year's summer holidays, it has said.

From July to September, there were 448 deliberate fires started in the area, a 31% increase on 2014.

There were 152 fires in Middlesbrough, 146 in Redcar and Cleveland, 82 in Stockton and 68 in Hartlepool.

Although fires started in wheelie bins and grasslands are often small, they can cost lives by detracting crews from real emergencies, a spokesman said.

Bin on fire
Cleveland Fire Brigade

'Run Geordie Run' to finish 100-day running challenge today

Charity fundraiser 'Run Geordie Run' is expected to finish the European leg of his Around the World challenge today.

Mark Allison has already run from Lands End to John O'Groats and across the USA and Australia.

He was due to finish in Istanbul next month after 100 days of running, but due to the recent attempted coup, the finish date was pushed forward.

Mark is raising money for the Children's Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. 

He's aiming to finish his challenge at 14:00 UK time.

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Video: The football philosophy of Sam Allardyce

BBC Sport

Things are dragging on a little bit but when Sam Allardyce is finally appointed as England manager, here's a look at what fans can expect from his reign.

Sam Allardyce: Potential England boss Big Sam's Football Philosophy