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  1. Updates on Monday 1 August 2016

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Woman sexually assaulted in Hartlepool

A 20-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in Hartlepool over the weekend.

The incident occurred on Saturday at about 00:45, when the victim and a man left Yates Wine Lodge on Victoria Road and made their way towards Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.

The man then proceeded to sexually assault her.

He is described as white, about 6ft, of large build, bald and between 40-50 years old.

Weather: Chilly but dry

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Aside from the odd shower this evening, it should stay dry across the region with some clear spells, especially in the north where it will become rather chilly by morning.

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BreakingMore than 200 men contact police over detention centre sex abuse claims

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Hundreds of men have now contacted police to say they were abused at a former detention centre.

About 250 men say they suffered physical and sexual abuse at the Kirklevington Detention Centre near Yarm on Teesside.

The assaults are said to have taken place between the late 1960s to the 1990s. 

A 70-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of rape, and a 61-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and then released without charge.

Kirklevington Detention Centre

There's more on this story on tonight's Look North at 18:30.

Man in coma after assault in pub toilets

A man has been put in an induced coma after being assaulted inside a Gateshead pub yesterday afternoon.

The 39-year-old was assaulted in the gents toilets inside the Shakespeare pub in Split Crow Road.

He suffered serious injuries and is in hospital in a critical but stable condition.

A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and is currently in custody.

Woman left with fractured pelvis after being hit by car in Middlesbrough

A woman was hit by a car walking in Middlesbrough, police say.

The 40-year-old was run over by the BMW in Linthorpe Road at 02:20 on Saturday.

She was taken to James Cook University Hospital with head injuries and a fractured pelvis and remains in hospital.

A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, failing to stop, dangerous driving, no insurance and for failing to have a driving licence.

He has been released on bail.

Happy Yorkshire Day

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

In case you haven't heard, today is Yorkshire Day.

A day to celebrate Yorkshire's finest: Puddings, tea and terriers (to name a stereotypical few).

Of course, certain areas of Teesside used to be part of Yorkshire, so for some people in our region today is a reason to celebrate.

The Yorkshire Regiment have marked the occasion with a cuppa:

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Football testimonials: A charity event?

Earlier today we brought you a feature discussing the integrity and future of football testimonials.

The aim of the testimonial was to raise some money for footballers for life after retirement from the pitch.

While for players in the lower leagues that is still one purpose of such matches, as the economy of the top leagues has changed so too has the reasoning for testimonials.

Many footballers now choose to donate the money from testimonial matches to charity.

Sunderland forward Niall Quinn did this after his testimonial in 2002.

At least £1m went to children's hospitals in Sunderland and Dublin - his hometown.

Niall Quinn waves at the crowd during his testimonial
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Walker flown to hospital after slip

A 49-year-old lady from the Middlesbrough area was rescued by the Cockermouth team this morning after she slipped while coming down Haystacks towards Scarth Gap and injured her ankle. 

Helicopter and rescue team
Cockermouth MRT

The casualty was treated at the scene by team members and air ambulance doctors and flown to the Cumberland Infirmary at Carlisle for further treatment.

Hartlepool Credit Union collapses owing £420,000

Hartlepool Credit Union Limited has collapsed but everyone will get their money back, an independent body says.

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has stepped in to protect the 2,903 members.

It says the majority of people will be compensated within seven days as the FSCS will use the credit union’s records to automatically send payments to them.

People with up to £1,000 in their account will receive a letter to get cash over the counter at their local post office.

Anyone with more than this will receive a cheque direct from FSCS.

FSCS protects up to £75,000 of savings - double that for joint accounts.

The total payout for Hartlepool’s members is expected to be more than £420,000.

Kielder ospreys: Record number of chicks fledge the nest

Ospreys have had their most successful breeding season since they were reintroduced to Northumberland in 2009, after an absence of 200 years.

Nine chicks have already fledged from the four nests in Kielder Forest, with two more expected to take their first flights within days.

It beats the previous record of eight in 2014.

Until the birds take off on migration to Africa, in late August, they can be viewed via webcam feeds.

Ospreys were once distributed widely, but illegal killing and egg theft resulted in extinction in England as a breeding bird in 1840 and in Scotland in 1916.

An osprey

Blue House roundabout plan 'over the top' say residents

A petition against plans to build a large road junction on land protected by an act of parliament has been signed by hundreds of people.

The Blue House roundabout, on the outskirts of Newcastle, is congested and unsafe, the city council has said.

The authority proposes moving it and expanding it on to the Town Moor.

Sarah Edgar, who started the petition, said the scheme was "environmentally damaging, very expensive and is completely over the top in its scale".

The 1988 Newcastle Upon Tyne Town Moor Act prevents development on the moor without permission of the city's Freemen.

They have been approached for comment.

Map of the area

Moyes says move for Fellaini 'probably not going to happen'

Juliette Ferrington

BBC Radio 5 live

I've had a chat with David Moyes at Sunderland.

He said: "This is a big task. We have to get away from bobbing along at the bottom."  

Asked about links with a move for Marouane Fellaini, he said: "I'd love to have that level of player - realistically that's probably not going to happen. 

"But if we can get that level of player the doors would be wide open for them."

David Moyes
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Man arrested on suspicion of arson

A man has been arrested in connection with a flat fire in Newcastle. 

At 18:55 yesterday, police received a report of a ground floor flat on fire in Newlands Road, Gosforth.

Fire services attended and extinguished the fire. No one was injured, however the flat suffered severe smoke damage.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted arson with intent to endanger life.

Combined Tees authority mayor's powers under consultation

Residents are being consulted on the powers of an elected mayor for a combined local authority.

The Tees Valley Combined Authority has agreed a deal with government to transfer £15m a year from central to local decision making.

The agreement requires electing a mayor to lead it - taking on responsibility for transport, budgets and investment.

Householders are being asked to comment on the proposed role and associated "checks and balances".

Hartlepool Council leader Christopher Akers-Belcher urged "residents and the business community to get involved".

From left, Ray Mallon, George Dunning, Stephen Catchpole, Bill Dixon, Bob Cook and Christopher Akers-Belcher

Newcastle set to make Mo Diame seventh summer signing.

BBC Newcastle

Mo Diame looks set to become Newcastle United's seventh summer signing. 

The Hull midfielder is expected on Tyneside in the next 24 hours to complete the formalities of the move. 

BBC Newcastle understands the Magpies have triggered a release clause in the 29-year-old's contract. 

Diame, who's a Senegal international, scored 10 goals for Hull last season, including one in the play-off final as they were promoted to the Premier League.

Mo Diame

Life-sized portraits leave Auckland Castle after 260 years

Six religious paintings believed to have once been destined for the New World but never delivered, have finally set off on their transatlantic journey 370 years later.

These life-sized portraits created by the Spanish Golden Age painter Francisco de Zurbarán in the 1640s have hung  in Auckland Castle's Long Dining Room for 260 years.

Now the portraits are taking an 18 month break to the United States - the first time they have been shown outside Europe.

Their 5,000 mile journey, where the paintings will be exhibited at both The Meadows Museum in Dallas, Texas, and The Frick Collection in New York, marks the start of the multimillion-pound restoration of Auckland Castle and the many significant works it houses.

The paintings being moved

Moyes speaks for the first time after taking charge of SAFC

New Sunderland boss David Moyes has given his first media conference after signing on at the Stadium of Light.

The 53-year-old has been out of work since being sacked by Real Sociedad last November, but he revealed he has kept himself busy during his eight months away from management and feels reinvigorated ahead of his new role. 

The former Manchester United and Everton boss, who believes more and more managers will start taking sabbaticals, said: "It was great to play golf and spend time with my family but this is what I do and I want to get back and get on with it. 

 "I think modern management means that more managers will take breaks in their career with the way it is. 

 "I wouldn't say I've been away from the game, I watched as much football as I can."

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BBC Teen Awards 2016: Nominate your hero

Do you know an inspirational teen from the North East who is so amazing, the whole world should hear about them?

Now is your chance to nominate them for a BBC Radio 1 Teen Hero Award.

It could be a sibling, carer, fundraiser, volunteer or just a great mate. As long as they have done something truly out of the ordinary or selfless, are aged between 12 - 17 years old and live in the UK, you can nominate them.

  • Nominations close at 11:59pm on Sunday, 7 August

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Victoria Wood's brother plans Bury statue memorial

The brother of late comedian Victoria Wood is appealing for support to pay for a statue of her.

Chris Foote Wood, who lives in Darlington, aims to raise £20,000 for the memorial to his sister, who died in April from cancer.

He wants to erect the tribute in Bury, Greater Manchester, where they grew up.

Mr Foote Wood said he was sure the statue would be "very, very popular and much appreciated".

Victoria Wood

Man missing from Teesside

A man who was last seen at an address in Boosbeck, near Redcar, has gone missing.

Trevor Himsworth, 50, went missing yesterday at 10:00.

He was wearing a navy T-shirt with the England three-lions logo on it, navy cricket shorts and white trainers.

It is believed he might be in the Berwick, Whitby or Scarborough areas.

Trevor Himsworth

Former Stockton councillor joins UKIP leadership race

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

Ex-Stockton councillor Phil Broughton has announced he is running for the UKIP leadership. 

Mr Broughton says he is a "young, passionate, northern working class guy, with vision, passion and skills".

That means two candidates from our region are in the UKIP race, as North East MEP Jonathan Arnott is also standing.

MEP Steven Woolfe, seen as the frontrunner to succeed Nigel Farage as UKIP leader, has missed the deadline for submitting his nomination.

Phil Broughton
Phil Broughton Twitter

Toddler left with broken collarbone after being hit by car

A two-year-old has been left with a broken collarbone after running into the road and being hit by a car in Willington, County Durham.

The incident took place on Saturday at 16:10 on the High Street in Willington, when it is believed the boy ran into the road from a nearby cafe.

His father tried to pull him to safety, but they were both struck by a car which was travelling along High Street.

The air ambulance took the young boy to the RVI in Newcastle but neither he, nor his dad have suffered any life-threatening injuries.

The toddler is expected to be released from hospital either today or tomorrow, and his dad received a number of bruises but was otherwise unhurt.  

Mother of waterfall victim speaks for the first time

BBC Tees

The mother of a teenager who died after getting into difficulties while swimming near a County Durham waterfall says "the entire family is struggling to cope with their loss".

Curtis Atherton, 16, was with his brothers and friends at High Force, Teesdale, in June, when he got into trouble.

He was pulled from the water by a fire brigade rescue boat and airlifted to hospital, but he later died. 


Seven weeks on, Lisa Rogerson and her family are working closely with The Raby Estates and Durham Police to improve the chances of survival after any accident at High Force.     

In her first interview, Ms Rogerson told BBC Tees she thinks a phone at the site would help prevent further tragedies.

This is the last picture of Curtis, sat on the steps of High Force just moments before he went into the water - his mother has released the image to aid the campaign.

Cleveland police and crime panel members needed

New members are needed to serve on the Cleveland's police and crime panel.

The panel of councillors and independent individuals was created in 2011 to scrutinise the work of police and crime commissioners (PCC).

The force needs to replace two existing recruits who are due to finish their four-year term of office.

PCC Barry Coppinger is required to consult the panel on policing plans, budgets and the appointment of chief constables.

The closing date for applications is 23 September.

Barry Coppinger

'Highly agitated' dog seriously injures Gateshead girl

A 14-year-old girl has been seriously injured by a 'highly agitated' dog.

The animal, believed to be an American Bulldog, was shot dead after officers were unable to bring it under control, Northumbria Police said.

It happened at about 17:00 on Saturday in a garden in Millbrook in Felling, Gateshead.

Ch Insp Dave Gould said it was an "horrific attack by a dog that was highly agitated and a danger to other people".

What's the point of football testimonials these days?

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

Wayne Rooney is marking 12 years at Manchester United with a testimonial match against his former club Everton. 

But, considering the traditional aim of testimonials has been to raise much-needed money for players as they leave the game, why do we still need them in the era of multi-millionaire footballers?

A memorable testimonial here in the North East was held for Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer in 2006.

Shearer injured his knee three weeks before his testimonial against Celtic - He did take part though, kicking off the game and then coming on at the end to score a last-minute penalty to win the game 3-2.

Alan's Shearer's testimonial

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Durham beat Yorkshire by 15 runs in tight match

BBC Sport

Yorkshire stay top of the One-Day Cup's North Group, despite suffering a 15-run loss at Durham, who move into third.

After winning the toss, the hosts batted well, with Scott Borthwick (84) and Michael Richardson (53) putting on 76 for the fifth wicket as they made 281-7 at Chester-le-Street.

Durham will play Lancashire next, while Yorkshire face Warwickshire.

Both matches start at 14:00 today.

Billingham ICI workers sought for asbestos answers

The family of a man who it is believed died from asbestos exposure are seeking information from his former colleagues.

Jack Masterman, from Billingham on Teesside, died from mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung lining.

His family's solicitors hope former workers at the town's old ICI plant will know whether safety measures were put in place and if staff were warned about the dangers of asbestos.

ICI ceased to exist after being taken over by Dutch firm Akzo Nobel in 2008.

The 89-year-old, who died in 2015, worked at the facility between 1939 and 1980 and his family believe he was exposed to asbestos during this time.

Jack Masterman

Newcastle Science Central's £20m laboratories approved

A £20m laboratory facility at a science and engineering hub has been approved.

It will be based at Science Central, one of the UK's biggest regeneration projects, built on the site of the former Scottish and Newcastle Brewery.

The Newcastle Laboratory will provide specialist facilities for the life sciences and healthcare sectors.

City council leader Nick Forbes said it would "support pioneering research and significant expertise happening here already".

The facility is expected to open by spring 2018.

The new building

Man rescued after clinging to side of marina

A man was rescued last night after being found in the water at St Peter's Marina, Newcastle.

The Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat launched at 22:15 after they received reports of a partially-clothed person clinging to the side of the marina.

The team arrived at 21:37 and found they were being pulled  out of the water.

Two crew members went on to the jetty and helped the other emergency services.

Tynemouth RNLI inshore lifeboat launching at night

Weather: A sunny start to the week

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a rather chilly start it should be a dry morning with some sunny spells. 

Rather more cloudy at times in the afternoon, perhaps with the odd light shower developing.

Check the weather where you are.

Police dog services merge

Police pooches are about to get even busier, as a new police dog service has been launched across Cleveland Police, Durham Constabulary and North Yorkshire Police.

Although two of these had already been sharing a dog unit, in October last year the Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables of the three Forces decided to merge the three.

This gives all three Forces access to a larger pool of police dogs on each shift, and greater access to specialist police dogs - for example passive drugs dogs, which are typically used in town and city centres to identify people carrying drugs.

The new service will also increase police dog coverage in rural 

Police officers and dogs

Good morning. Welcome to BBC Local Live

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

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