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  1. Updates Friday 29 July 2016

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By Ana Guerra-Moore

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We'll be back on Monday with the more news, sport, weather and travel updates. 

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Weather: Cloudy but dry

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Showers dying out through the late evening, leaving a dry and generally cloudy night, with any clear spells few and far between.

It will be a cooler than of late in light westerly winds.

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Two men who saved man from burning car commended

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Two Redcar men who pulled a crash victim from his car moments before it burst into flames have been commended for their actions.

Matt Heap and Matthew Johnson saved the man after he crashed into a tree at 70mph after blacking out at the wheel while driving on the A19.

Seconds from the car bursting into flames, the Redcar lads dragged Mark Kerr out of the car.

Their bravery saved his life.

Today they all met up as Matt and Matthew received a commendation award from Cleveland Fire Brigade.  

Matt Heap and Matthew Johnson reunite with Mark Kerr and receive award from CFB Chief Fire Officer Ian Hayton

Bust of Apollo found at Northumberland Roman site

Looks like the experts at the Vindolanda Roman site in Northumberland have made another discovery:

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And after a bit of a rub down, he's looking as good as new:

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Elderly Middlesbrough man missing

A 71-year-old man has gone missing from the Middlesbrough area.

David Seaman left an address on Oakfield Court in Marton at about 09:20 this morning.

He has not been seen since he left the address and he is vulnerable and needs his medication.

He is about 5ft 6in and was wearing a grey jacket and brown trousers.

He walks with the aid of a walking stick.

David Seaman

Focus on new Boro signing Brad Guzan

Here's some facts and figures about new Middlesbrough signing Brad Guzan:

  • He had one year remaining on his Aston Villa contract, but has reportedly been allowed to leave on a free transfer.
  • The 31-year-old made 170 appearances for Villa after joining from American side Chivas USA in August 2008.
  • He is the second keeper to join Boro this summer, following the arrival of former Manchester United and Barcelona man Victor Valdes.

Brad Guzan
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Avoid the A1 althogether, police warn

So in summary - Police are asking motorists to avoid the A1 altogether this afternoon because of extremely heavy traffic following two separate collisions. 

 At lunchtime there was a three-car accident northbound near the Team Valley exit.

Three people were taken to hospital. 

Then there was a five-car crash by the Angel of the North. 

A1 northbound re-opened

The A1 northbound has been fully re-opened following the collision near the Team Valley earlier today.

However, delays are still expected in the area.

Second multiple car crash on A1

A second collision involving a number of vehicles has taken place on the A1 southbound, Northumbria Police have confirmed.

The incident, which has occurred near the Angel of the North, is separate to the one earlier this afternoon on the northbound carriageway.

Motorists are now being advised to the A1 altogether.

New camera tackles anti-social behaviour

A new camera has been installed in an area of South Tyneside to help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

Funding of £6,000 was given by the East Shields and Whitburn Community Area Forum to re-locate the current CCTV camera on Quarry Lane in Cleadon Park, South Shields, to a better position.

A new 4G wireless camera was also installed at the site.

The camera records footage 24/7 and is linked back to South Tyneside Council’s CCTV unit which controls it and can download footage.

Brexit hasn't knocked manufacturers' confidence in the North East

Confidence in the manufacturing business since the Brexit vote has dropped nationwide - but not in the North East.

This is according to new report from EEF, the manufacturers' organisation.

It shows that despite challenges, North East manufacturing has made some strides over the last year.

The number of firms has grown and conditions are set to gradually turn a corner, it says.

Factory work
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Does this stolen property belong to you?

Stolen property has been recovered after two men and a woman were found raiding a vehicle in Hampeth near Shilbottle in Northumberland.

A subsequent search of their vehicle and address identified more than 60 suspected stolen items.

Many of the items have been reunited with the victim, however, there are a number where it has not been possible to identify whom they belong to.

Police are now hoping members of the public can help - do you recognise any of the items below?

The stolen goods are mainly from Sunderland and South Tyneside, although it is believed some may also be from North Tyneside, Northumberland and Durham.

Stolen items

Photo shows crash on A1 in Gateshead

There's very slow traffic and two lanes are closed on the A1 northbound in Dunston between the Lobley Hill Interchange and Dunston Interchange because of a multi-vehicle accident.  

Northumbria Police tweeted this photo of the damage:

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Spennymoor Town refuse to play second half of friendly against Newton Aycliffe

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An investigation has been launched after Spennymoor Town refused to play the second half of Tuesday's pre-season friendly against Newton Aycliffe.

Aycliffe had led 1-0 at the break but the match was abandoned when the Moors failed to return to the pitch.

A statement from Spennymoor said it was "a risk" to continue as the match took an "aggressive direction".

Durham FA told BBC Sport that it would be investigating the incident between the two non-league sides.

Feet kicking football

The Futureheads front man chats to Bob Fischer

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Bob Fischer is joined live in the studio today by the front man of North East band The Futureheads.

Barry Hyde shot to fame over a decade ago, when the band began a string of singles and albums.

Today he'll be chatting to Bob about his new album, which has a very different, piano-based sound.

Listen live to the interview from 14:00.

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Newcastle United defender goes on loan to Carlisle United

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Carlisle United have signed defender Macaulay Gillesphey on a half-season loan from Newcastle.

Macaulay Gillesphey

The 20-year-old played 23 games on loan with Carlisle last season, playing at left back and as central defender.

Video: SAFC players at pre-season training

Sunderland are still at their pre-season training camp, and the last exercise of the day is that if you score, you can leave.

Loos like Vito Mannone has other ideas...

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Video: Jo Milne's visit to Bangladesh

Jo Milne, who two years ago was able to hear for the first time, has been invited to Bangladesh to help hundreds of deaf children.

Jeremy Corbyn speaks at Davey Hopper funeral

Jeremy Corbyn has spoken at the funeral of Durham Miners' Association secretary Dave Hopper.

He paid tribute to the association for carrying on after the last pit closed, saying: "It would have been very easy at that point for Davey Hopper and many other brilliant, talented people to walk away and do something else, but they didn't."

Jeremy Corbyn

The Labour leader urged mourners to make next year's Gala even bigger than this year's success.

He added: "I learned a lot from Davey Hopper - he gave me a lot of helpful advice, he recognised that, when you take on a struggle, you get a lot of pressure - you can either retreat and run away, or you stand up... Davey never retreated, he never ran away."

Newcastle and Gateshead shortlisted to host Great Exhibition of the North

Newcastle and Gateshead have jointly been shortlisted to host the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018, the culture minister announced today. 

The exhibition, which will run for at least two months, will showcase the creative, cultural and design sectors across the whole of the region, and hopes to boost investment and tourism in the region.

Blackpool, Bradford and Sheffield have also been selected.

The shortlist will now be assessed by a board before a final selection is made by ministers.

The chosen venue will be announced in the autumn.

Tyne Bridge
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Airport alcohol sales to be 'examined' by Lord Ahmad

Have you ever had a cheeky pint before take off at Newcastle Airport? Or a small snifter of sherry before departing Durham Tees Valley?

Well that might be about to change after the new aviation minister said the way alcohol is sold in airports is to be examined after a number of recent incidents involving drunk passengers.

Lord Ahmad said he did not want to "kill merriment", but that he would "look at" the times alcohol was on sale, and passenger screening.

Alcohol and air travel: A dangerous mix?

Figures show 442 people were held on suspicion of being drunk at an airport or on a plane in the last two years.

The government said there were no plans to specifically address the issue.

Lord Ahmad said: "If you're a young family travelling on a plane you want to go from point A to B, you don't want to be disrupted.

"I don't think we want to kill merriment altogether, but I think it's important that passengers who board planes are also responsible and have a responsibility to other passengers, and that certainly should be the factor which we bear in mind."

BreakingMiddlesbrough sign USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan

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USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan has joined Middlesbrough.

He has agreed a two-year deal and has become the club's ninth signing of the summer. 

He played 34 games for Aston Villa last season as they were relegated from the Premier League. 

Brad Guzan
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Former SAFC midfielder Andy Reid retires from football

Former Sunderland footballer Andy Reid has announced his retirement as a player - on his 34th birthday.

Reid played for the Black Cats from 2008-2011.

His current club, Nottingham Forest, expressed their support on Twitter.

They said: "We're disappointed to hear of Andy Reid's retirement but we wish him all the best for the future. He was a great player for NFFC."

Sunderland AFC commentator Nick Barnes has also reacted to Reid's decision, saying he "had some memorable moments at SAFC and is a lovely chap too".

Andy Reid
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Shane Tunney's girlfriend speaks of disappointment over sentence decision

The girlfriend of Shane Tunney has today spoken of her disappointment with the Solicitor General's decision to not review the sentences imposed on her boyfriend's killers.

Vix Cooper explained how she and his family "didn’t want to miss the opportunity" to appeal against the sentences handed down to seven males.

Two members of the killer gang were jailed for murder, serving a minimum of 15 and 13 years.

Ms Cooper said: "We get told that within half their sentence they will be released on bail, and that can be for some as soon as this time next year -  that’s quite a scary thought with how close some of them live within the area, more so for people within the community as well as for ourselves and Shane’s family."

However the family's request to have the group relocated away from Norton after their release is being considered.  

Shane Tunney

Jeremy Corbyn attends Dave Hopper funeral

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is in Durham today, joining hundreds of mourners at the funeral of the Durham Miners' Association secretary Dave Hopper.

Banners that are paraded through Durham at the Gala were carried to the humanist service and a brass band played the miners' hymn Gresford as the hearse arrived.

Mr Hopper died only a week after the Durham Miners' Gala, which Mr Corbyn also attended.

The former miner strongly backed the Labour leader to retain control of the party.

Jeremy Corbyn

Beach pops up in Teesside

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You might not expect to see palm trees on Teesside - but they've been shipped in for the summer.

You can now pull up a huge deckchair and relax on a sandy beach without having to venture far from home.

They haven't quite managed to move the sea though - but from this weekend a beach has landed in Stockton...

You can find it at Preston Park.

Our reporter Adam Clarkson has been there this morning with his bucket and spade:

Adam chilling on a deckchair

Middlesbrough burglary death suspects charged with manslaughter

Two men have been charged with the manslaughter and robbery of a 50-year-old man who died after collapsing at a police station.

Laurence French went to the station in Middlesbrough to report a burglary at his Alwent Road home on 25 May. He died later in hospital.

The two men charged, aged 39 and 40, are due at Teesside Magistrates' Court.

Police previously arrested two other men, aged 42 and 66, but they have been released without charge.

Post-mortem results into the death of Mr French were not released by Cleveland Police who cited "operational reasons".

Alwent Road, Middlesbrough

Gang who killed Shane Tunney will not have jail terms increased

A gang convicted of a savage street killing which saw a man "kicked like a football" as he went to buy pizza will not have their sentences increased, the Solicitor General has said.

Shane Tunney, pictured below, died after being attacked in Norton in June last year.

Seven males were jailed for his death. Kearan Terry Davis was jailed for 15 years, while his cousin Kieran Harry Davis was jailed for 13 years for murder.

Shane Tunney

Jake Douglas, Brandon Pitt, and Daniel Hunt, all 18, were jailed for manslaughter.  

A 17-year-old was jailed for four years for manslaughter and a youth of 16 for 45 months. Neither can be named because of their ages.

Mr Tunney's family felt that the younger teenagers' sentences were particularly lenient and asked the Solicitor General to refer the case to the Court of Appeal.

That request has today been rejected.

Jo Milne helps Bangladesh children

Amina says she hates it when Jo is described as "the deaf and blind girl". She says: "She is still the same to me"

Two years ago Jo Milne became an internet sensation when footage of her hearing for the first time appeared on YouTube. 

Since then she has rekindled a long-lost friendship, enlisted the support of 1970s pop group The Osmonds and travelled to Bangladesh to help hundreds of deaf children.

More than 10m people shared the moment when Jo Milne, who was born deaf, heard for the first time at the age of 39. She had been fitted with cochlear implants and the footage of her tears of joy on hearing a nurse read to her went viral.

Amid the flood of well-wishers was a long-lost friend - Amina Khan.

Jo had known her since she was 11 but, when Amina married at 16 and moved away to Bangladesh, the pair lost touch.

They had formed a close bond because they were both "different", Amina said. Her family was the only Asian one on their Gateshead estate and Jo was deaf.

Read more here.

Deaf woman's mission to Bangladesh

Tom Jones gig: Firm to face no further action

The company behind a Tom Jones concert that ended after three power failures will face no further action, Northumberland County Council has said.

Jones performed for 50 minutes at Alnwick Castle on 8 August 2015 before a third power cut ended the show.

Northumberland County Council said an investigation had been carried out into the management and licensing of the concert by Loose Cannon Events.

A council spokesman said the "matter was now closed".

Tom Jones performing

Weather: Sunshine and rain so look out for rainbows

BBC Weather

Any lingering rain across southern parts will soon clear, leaving a dry and often sunny day. 

Whilst the odd heavy shower is possible, mainly later in the day, most places will remain dry. Feeling warm in the sunshine.  

Probe into how Redcar domestic abuser murdered women

In case you missed it yesterday - An independent inquiry is to be carried out into how a man with a history of domestic abuse was able to murder his girlfriend and ex-partner.

Alan Bennett, who was jailed for 32 years yesterday, had been violent to his victims and was barred from having unsupervised contact with his children.

The 34-year-old killed Lynne Freeman, 46, before stabbing Jodie Betteridge 132 times in Redcar on 23 March.

Det Sgt Peter Carr said: "A domestic homicide review is to take place."

Alan Bennett

He added: "That's going to be done by Redcar and Cleveland Community Safety Partnership, the police will be involved in that process, and rightly so it sits away from the investigation."  

Hartlepool to retain fertility services

Fertility services will remain in Hartlepool, following a battle between the council and health bosses.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust had stopped licensed fertility treatment, including IVF, at University Hospital Hartlepool, due to staff shortages.

The council claimed a lack of proper consultation and was granted a High Court injunction stopping the closure.

Following a consultation, the unit will remain in the town but will be run by an alternative provider.

Hartlepool Hospital

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