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  1. Updates Monday 25 July 2016

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By Ana Guerra-Moore

All times stated are UK

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Live updates here have now finished for the day - thank you for joining us. There will be further updates through the evening on BBC Tees and BBC Newcastle, online and on Look North.

We'll be back from 08:00 with more news, sport, weather and travel from across the North East. 

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Premature baby returns as student nurse on ward where her life was saved

Life has gone full circle for Sophie Proud, from Seaham in County Durham. For a long time she was Britain's youngest surviving premature baby - born at just 24 weeks in the Special Care Baby Unit at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary. 

Now she's all grown up, and has started a student placement - as a nurse - at that very same baby unit at the RVI. 

You can watch the full report on Look North at 18:30 and see a shorter version below.

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Sophie Proud, born as a premature baby, is working on the ward she owes her life to

Weather: A dry evening with sunshine

BBC Weather

Some early evening sunshine is likely in the east. Most places will be dry overnight with clear spells, but generally cloudier over the Pennines with a few spots of light drizzle possible.

Winds will be mainly light westerly. 

Check the weather where you are.

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E-fit released after inappropriate comments made to girls

An e-fit has been released by police of a man they hope to trace after inappropropriate comments and gestures were made to two girls.

The girls, aged nine and 10, were appoached on the evening of 1 July on Roworth Road in Thorntree, Middlesbrough.

One of the girls tried to run away and the man grabbed her and pulled her back and called her an inappropriate name, Cleveland Police said.

Both of the girls managed to run away and were unharmed.

The man is described as white, in his 50s, about 5ft 8ins, of very skinny build with greying hair and a grey moustache. He also wears glasses, has a local accent and is hunched over when he walks.

Cleveland Police

Travel: One lane to remain closed on A1 in Newcastle

One lane on the A1 in Newcastle will remain closed for the rest of this week while repairs are carried out to Blaydon Haugh Viaduct.

Lane one will be closed on the northbound carriageway between junction 73 (Derwenthaugh) and junction 74 (Scotswood). 

There will also be full closures of the northbound carriageway overnight so preparatory work can be carried out to lane two.

Woman shocked after being approached by men in alley

An elderly woman was left shocked after she was approached this morning by three men one of whom she said had some kind of weapon.

The National Police Air Service and Cleveland Police officers have been searching the area around the back alley near Queen Street, Redcar.

Police said the woman was not hurt. They believe it was a random incident and that there is no specific threat to the wider public

Video: Durham Cathedral built from 300,000 Lego bricks

The final brick in a Lego model of Durham Cathedral, which is made up of 300,000 pieces, has been put into place. 

Visitors paid £1 for each brick which were then used to create the 5ft 6in (1.7m) high, is 12ft 6in (3.84m) long and 5ft (1.53m) wide model.

Work started in July 2013 and we've put together this video to show over the course of two minutes how it was built.

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Three years work in less than two minutes

Man resuscitated after suffering cardiac arrest at coastal run

A runner was resuscitated by bystanders when he suffered a cardiac arrest while taking part in the Northumberland Coastal Run.

The 30 year old collapsed on Alnmouth beach on Sunday afternoon towards the end of the run which started at Beadnell.

The Great North Air Ambulance was called to the scene and the man was taken to hopsital in a stable condition.

Man who died at Durham nightclub was 'devoted' granddad

A man who died following an incident at a nightclub in Durham at the weekend has been named as 54-year-old Stewart Anderson.

Mr Anderson, a freelance tiler from Hetton-le-Hole, died following reports of a disturbance at Loveshack in Walkergate in the early hours of Sunday.

He had two daughters and a two-year-old granddaughter.

Mr Anderson’s daughters Kay and Kelly said: “We are devastated to have lost our dad in such sudden and shocking circumstances. 

"Dad was a very hard-working man who, when not at work, was utterly devoted to his beloved granddaughter Neve"

Stewart Anderson with his two daughters and his granddaughter
Durham Police

Eight men arrested in connection with the incident have been released on police bail.

Teenager killed in Gateshead crash named

A teenager killed in a crash in Gateshead on Sunday morning has been named as 17-year-old James Docherty.

He died when the car he was in ended up on its roof at the junction of the Redheugh Bridge and Askew Road West in Gateshead early on Sunday.

Four men have been arrested  

The roundabout where the incident took place

When the Red Arrows photobomb your wedding snaps

Jon Harle

BBC Newcastle

How about this for some photobombing? 

Lisa and Craig Kay from Newcastle were married on Saturday.

They had some of their photos taken on the Millennium Bridge, with the Tyne Bridge and The Sage in the background.

And then guess who appeared in the shot? The Red Arrows!

Lisa and Craig Kay

Cricket: Durham's Ben Stokes suffers calf injury in England match

BBC Sport

England's Ben Stokes will play no further part on the fourth day of the second Test against Pakistan after leaving the field injured.

The Durham all-rounder, 25, sustained a calf injury while bowling in the afternoon session at Old Trafford and will have an MRI scan on Tuesday.

Stokes was making his return to the England side after missing three Tests following knee surgery.

Ben Stokes is assisted by Stuart Broad
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Darlington woman 'too afraid' after gunpoint robbery

A Darlington woman who was the victim of an attempted robbery at gun point is afraid to return to their family business. 

Varinder Dhutti runs Seema News and Off-License on the corner of North Road and Cumberland Street.

His wife, Seema, was in the shop on her own when a man threatened her with a gun on Saturday night.

Talking about the effect the event has had on his wife, Mr Dhutti said: "She was really shocked and last night she had a high temperature when she started to think about what happened - she's really upset.

"She doesn't feel like going back to the shop, she just stays in bed."

Seema's News and Off-License

A 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted armed robbery and is in police custody.

Football: Sunderland keeper says players are positive

BBC Sport

Sunderland's players are in a positive mind frame ahead of the new season despite Sam Allardyce's departure, insists goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

David Moyes was announced as the newly appointed England boss' replacement on Saturday and is the Black Cats fourth manager in less than three years.

"[Changing manager] is just a football thing that can happen at anytime," Mannone told BBC Newcastle.

"It's happened a few times. We're used to it and know what we need to do."

Vito Mannone

Sunderland Airshow: Upside down in a Bronco

Jonathan Swingler

Thousands of people flocked to the Sunderland Airshow over the weekend to enjoy the isplays in the skies over Roker and Seaburn.

I got to enjoy the view over Wearside from the cockpit of a Bronco turboprop - take a look at how I got on here:

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Two South Tyneside park among best in UK

Two parks in South Tyneside have been named among the best in the UK by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

South Marine Park and West Park in Jarrow, have been awarded the Green Flag Award.

They are among a record-breaking 1,686 parks and green spaces in the UK to receive the mark of a quality park or green space.

This is the eighth year in succession that South Marine Park has received the award.

People receiving the award

Travel: Delays continue on A1 northbound because of emergency work on bridge

BBC Travel

A reminder that one lane is closed leading to queuing traffic and severe delays on the A1 northbound between Blaydon and Hexham turn off, because of emergency bridge inspection work. Congestion on A69 to the A695 Chain Bridge Road junction and to the A167 Durham Road junction.

The impact of the 1966 World Cup on the North East

England's victory in the 1966 World Cup is now a part of the national legend - an almost mythical time when the nation's footballers could rightly claim to be the world's best. 

But the England of the 1960s was quite a different place from today. How did it change the country and what was it like to live through it?

In the North East, North Korea won over fans when they played all three of their games at Middlesbrough's Ayresome Park, including a shock 1-0 victory over Italy.

Keith Belton, who was then a 27-year-old trainee architect from Newton Aycliffe, said Teessiders took he team 'to their hearts'.

The USSR taking on North Korea in Middlesbrough

Middlehaven regeneration: Swing bridge plans unveiled

Plans for a £9m swing bridge to cross part of the River Tees in Middlesbrough have been unveiled.

The bridge is part of the regeneration of Middlehaven, with more than £150m already being spent on housing, leisure and business developments.

The three-lane lifting vehicle and pedestrian bridge would be built at the entrance to Middlehaven Dock.

Middlesbrough councillor Charlie Rooney says the regeneration is "vital" for the future of the area.

The bridge
Middlesbrough Council

Weather: Mainly dry with some bright spells

It will be mainly dry with some bright or sunny spells this afternoon and a moderate westerly breeze. 

Perhaps a little cloudier over the Pennines though, with patchy light rain and one or two showers later. It's going to feel fresher than recent days too. 

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Maximum Temperature: 20C (68F).

Four men arrested after fatal crash in Gateshead

Four men have been arrested by police investigating a crash in Gateshead in which a teenager died when a car ended up on its roof.

The 17-year-old was pronounced dead ar the scene at the roundabout junction of the Redheugh Bridge and Askew Road West early on Sunday. He has not yet been named.

Sgt Steve Armstrong from Northumbria Police said they were still trying to find out exactly what had happened.

He appealed fror any witnesses to contact police.

One in five skip a meal to feed their children

BBC Tees

One in five parents in the North East say they will have to skip a meal this summer so they can afford to put food on the table for their children, according to research.

The Trussell Trust has also found that 43% of parents in the region worry about how they'll pay for childcare over the holidays.

Churches and charities across the region run holiday clubs and food schemes to help families in need.

Ruth Fox, the manager at Footprints in the Community in Dormanstown said their project has had positive feedback from parents.

She added: "We've had people that are in work -  one mum had three part-time jobs but by the time she paid her rent she had no money left to feed herself, so she was feeding the children but couldn't afford to feed herself... These are hard times for a lot of people."

Travel: Murton foot crossing closed

Replacement for flood-hit Stanhope bridge completed

A replacement for a County Durham footbridge which was washed away in Storm Desmond is to open tomorrow.

The bridge over the River Wear at Stanhope was swept away in the flooding which followed torrential rain in December.

The replacement bridge was lifted into place last Monday and is to be opened tomorrow.

Stanhope bridge

Armed police respond as man stabbed in South Shields

A man suffered minor injuries when he was stabbed in a South Shields street.

Armed officers were sent to Westoe Road shortly after 09:00. A man was arrested.

Sam Allardyce gives first press conference

Former Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is giving his first press conference following the announcement of his new role as England manager.

So far, he seems very confident with his new job, saying that he "fits the chair" and that he has the experience to "challenge the team".

He added: "It gives me a very warm feeling about taking up this opportunity. I am very proud."

You can follow the press conference live here.

Sam Allardyce

Kielder and Borders 'preferred site' for lynx reintroduction

Northumberland and the Scottish Borders have been chosen as the preferred site for a project to reintroduce Eurasian lynx forest cats to the UK.

The animal has been extinct in Britain for 1,300 years, but the Lynx UK Trust believes it will help control deer populations and attract tourists.

It said the selected area had a low human population density, little sheep farming and few roads and railways.

Opponents fear the lynx will be a threat to livestock and wildlife.

A series of consultation events are to be staged to discuss a possible schedule for the reintroduction.

Eurasian lynx

Dogs and pigeons killed in Middlesbrough arson attack

A family has been left 'devastated' after their two dogs and 20 pigeons were killed in an arson attack.

Three vehicles were set on fire at South Bank allotments in Middlesbrough in the early hours of the morning.

The blaze spread to a nearby shed containing 20 pigeons and two dogs, husky Sky and terrier Pippa, and they all died.

Cleveland Police said a 28-year-old man had been arrested in connection with the fire.

Sunderland International Airshow hailed as a soaraway success

Sunderland Echo


The roar of the RAF Typhoon brought to a close a successful 28th Sunderland International Airshow.

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Sunderland Echo

Father of girl kidnapped in Primark says it is 'difficult to forgive'

The father of a toddler snatched from the Primark store in Newcastle by two teenagers says their lack of remorse has made it very difficult for him to forgive them. 

Last week, the two girls, aged 13 and 14, were sentenced to three years and three months' detention after they used sweets to entice the child out of the shop.

Speaking on ITV's Good Morning Britain to Denise Fergus, the mother of James Bulger, who was murdered on Merseyside in 1983 by two teenage boys, the little girl's father explained how he feels guilty, as parents should "protect" their children.

He said: "You try not to be suspicious of strangers but unfortunately you are forced to be in a way, you can never be too cautious and you can never be over protective of your child. 

"I would have forgiven them if they had come clean, but not showing any remorse makes it very difficult to forgive."

Primark, Newcastle

Man dies as car flips on to roof in Gateshead

A man died after the BMW he was in ended up on its roof in Gateshead.

Two people who were believed to be in the car at the time of the collision at about 04:00 on Sunday left the scene and police are trying to find them.

Two men were taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries after the collision at the roundabout junction of the Redheugh Bridge and Askew Road 

Junction of the Redheugh Bridge and Askew Road.

Hundreds complete Northumberland Coastal Run

Just short of 1,000 runners completed the Northumberland Coastal Run on Sunday.

The run, which is organised by Alnwick Harriers and is recognised as one of the most scenic in the UK, covers beaches and coastal paths on the route from Beadnell to Alnmouth.

Here are the runners setting off from Beadnell.

Northumberland Coastal Run

Durham Cathedral Lego model's final brick added

A 300,000 brick Lego model of Durham Cathedral has been completed, three years after it started being built.

The creation stands 5ft 6in (1.7m) high, is 12ft 6in (3.84m) long and 5ft (1.53m) wide.

The £10.9m project was launched with a £1 donation for each brick to raise funds for Open Treasure, a new permanent exhibition which opened on Saturday.

It is expected to attract 120,000 visitors a year.

See a 360 degree view of the model here.

Lego model of Durham Cathedral

Weather: Bright and fresh

BBC Weather

Mainly dry for most areas, with some bright or sunny spells through the day, and a moderate westerly breeze. Rather cloudier over the Pennines with patchy light rain, and one or two showers later. Feeling fresher than recent days.  

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Seven arrested after Durham Loveshack death released on bail

Seven men who were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after a man died following an incident at a Durham club have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

At about 01:00 on Sunday police were called to the Loveshack in Walkergate, following reports of a disturbance.

Durham Police said two men were detained outside by door staff, when one of the men became distressed and required treatment from paramedics.

The 54-year-old man from Hetton-le-Hole, who has not been named, was taken to hospital where he later died.

Loveshack in Walkergate, Durham

Sunderland International Airshow takes off - with a marriage proposal

Many people spent their weekend enjoying the sights and sounds of the Sunderland Airshow on the seafront at Seaburn and Roker.

The three-day event opened on Friday evening with an aerial display, fireworks, live music - and a marriage proposal.

Singer Ste Johnson was performing on stage at the event when he asked his partner Mags Foster to marry him (pictured below).  

Singer proposes on stage

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The Red Arrows
Gary Bivens

Travel: One closed on A1, very slow traffic

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is very slow traffic on the A1 northbound between Blaydon and Hexham turn off, because of emergency bridge inspection work. Congestion to Lobley Hill Interchange and on A69 to the A695 Chain Bridge Road junction.

Check for the latest travel updates here.