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  1. Updates on Wednesday 3 August 2016

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Bowler given balls for feats

More now on the campaign to find the descendants of Harry McAndrew so two cricket balls he was presented with can be returned to the family.

He was given the first ball in 1912 after claiming six wickets for two runs against Philadelphia, whose score of eleven is believed to still be a league record low. 

Gordon Muchall and Chris Rainbow with the balls
South Shields Cricket Club

In 1916 he took all ten wickets against Backworth Percy for 22 runs, a record for South Shields.

Current batsman Gordon Muchall said: "Harry's achievements on those days were incredible and were quite rightly acknowledged by the club at the time. 

South Shields' first team captain Chris Rainbow said: "On two days in his life, he was exceptional, writing for himself a real and lasting chapter in our club's history."

Cricketer's family sought for ball return

Campaigners are hoping to reunite the family of a cricketer with two 100-year-old match balls of his. 

Bowler Harry McAndrew was presented with the two balls from matches in 1912 and 1916 after he took a record number of wickets. 

Harry McAndrew and a ball
South Shields Cricket Club

The commemorative balls have been rediscovered in storage at South Shields Cricket Club. 

Now the club is hoping to find Mr McAndrew's descendants to give them the balls.

More than 100 hurt at 'accident blackspot' junction in six years

It's one of Newcastle's most dangerous junctions, but people living next to the Blue House roundabout in Gosforth aren't happy about plans to extend it and make it safer. 

The proposed plans involve moving the roundabout northwards and using up to five acres of Town Moor land. 

Campaigners say it will ruin Newcastle's Town Moor landscape, which is protected by an Act of Parliament. 

But Ged Bell, from Newcastle City Council, said the busy roundabout was used by 30,000 vehicles a day and was an accident blackspot. 

He said: "The junction has been identified as our second worst in the city for accidents - what's really worrying is there has been 115 injuries there since 2010.

"Something needs to be done."

Bluehouse plan
Newcastle Council/Google

Beacon viewing platform shut due to high winds

The viewing platform on the Redcar Beacon is currently closed due to high winds, Redcar and Cleveland Council says.

So unfortunately, you won't be able to see this view:

Redcar Beacon
Janet Danks

BreakingNewcastle United sign Mohamed Diame from Hull

Newcastle United have announced the signing of Mohamed Diame from Hull.

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Man taken to hospital 'was in his early 30s'

Some more information on the "serious assault" in Kelloe.

Police say they were called just before 14:00 to Front Street.

A man, believed to be in his early 30s, was taken to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.  

We'll have more when we get it.

Road closed after 'serious assault' in County Durham

Front Street in Kelloe in County Durham is closed in both directions between the Church Street junction and the Malcolm Avenue junction after the "serious assault".

Get the latest travel news for Tyne and Wear and Teesside.

BreakingMan taken to hospital after 'serious assault' in County Durham

A man's been taken to hospital after police were called to reports of a serious assault on Front Street in Kelloe, County Durham.

Kelloe map

Newcastle United sign Ciaran Clarke from Villa

Aston Villa have confirmed Ciaran Clarke has joined Newcastle United on a five-year deal.

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Staying in the sea when the sun has gone...

Lloyd Watson

BBC News Online

As with any typical British Summer's day, the sun has now long gone, the cloud is here and the wind is picking up.

We're used to it though, aren't we? And that's probably why there's still many enjoying Tynemouth beach... and the chilly North Sea.


Seaside-goers tell how they 'love the clouds, the sea and the atmosphere'

Lloyd Watson

BBC News Online

Not all originally from the North East but living here now - John, Raymond, Jean and Maureen wouldn't want to be anywhere else on a day like today.

Maureen loves the clouds, the sea and the atmosphere, while Raymond thinks Tynemouth is great (when it's not raining!).

John's three words to describe the resort were "Tynemouth's beautiful vista".

He then tucked into his melting ice cream.

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Your photos: Sunshine in Saltburn

BBC Weather Watchers

Tony Winward has sent in this great shot of people enjoying the beach at Saltburn in Teesside.

Sunshine in Saltbrun
Tony Winward

 You can join Weather Watchers to share the weather where you are.       

Business centre plan for former post office

There are hopes the former General Post Office in Hartlepool could become a hive of industry.

The council has applied for planning permission to convert the Grade II listed site on Whitby Street into a business centre, hosting up to 31 start-up companies.

Former GPO building
Hartlepool Council

Cleveland College of Art & Design has teamed up with the council for the management, marketing and operation of the centre.

Councillor Kevin Cranney, chair of the council's regeneration services committee, said: "Bringing historic, empty buildings back into productive use is also a high priority.

"We want to ensure that more young people stay in Hartlepool once they've completed their studies, but to do this we've got to create the right environment and facilities to help them succeed."

Image released of woman wanted over 'racial' punch attack

A woman wanted in connection with a racially aggravated assault in Scarborough is believed to be from Newcastle. 

Police said a 28-year-old man was punched in the face by a woman in a town centre pub just after 23:00 on 8 July, after he was subject to a torrent of racial abuse.

North Yorkshire Police want to hear from anyone who recognises the woman.

North Yorkshire Police

Hartlepool Council highlights electoral register benefit

Householders in Hartlepool are being urged to ensure their names are on the electoral register to save the council money and maximise their chances of obtaining credit.

More than 43,000 forms are being sent out by the council, and people can also register by freephone, text or the internet.

Electoral registration form

Peter Devlin, the council’s electoral registration officer, said: “Last year over 20,000 households failed to register and personal canvassers had to be recruited to visit homes and collect the information ... adding to the costs of the service.

“[The register] also used by other organisations such as credit reference agencies, banks, building societies and mobile phone companies and by not registering people may affect their chances of obtaining credit."

Dance shop owner claimed £7,000 in benefits despite inheritance windfall

The Shields Gazette

A shop boss who continued to pocket thousands of pounds of hand-outs after receiving a £37,000 inheritance pot has been slapped with a curfew.

Tracy Hancock
Shields Gazette

Surf's up in 'rugged' Tynemouth

Lloyd Watson

BBC News Online

Catherine Iyer is visiting relatives in the North East.

While here in Tynemouth, her boy Cal has been taking part in the surfing school.

Her three words to describe the region's coast were: beautiful, rugged and surfing.

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Champions League & Euro 2016 tattoos for referee

BBC Sport

Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg now has a permanent reminder of taking charge of 2016's biggest football matches.

The 41-year-old from Gosforth in Newcastle officiated at May's Champions League final as Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid on penalties, and was then chosen to referee the Euro 2016 final as Portugal beat France in extra-time in July.

To mark the landmarks in his career, Clattenburg had two tattoos inked on his arm while in Spain - one of the Euro 2016 logo and another of the Champions League trophy with 'Final Milano 2016' written underneath.

Tattooist Mick Mahon posted photographs of her work on Facebook and wrote: "It's not every Sunday you get to tattoo the world's top football referee... Mark Clattenburg back for more!"

Mick Mahon

North East coast 'beautiful, brisk and challenging'

Lloyd Watson

BBC News Online

Barry Henderson, from Whitley Bay, teaches at the Longsands Surf School.

He's helping kids and "beautiful ladies" to surf for the first time.

He described the North East coast as beautiful, brisk and challenging.

Challenging because apparently the "wind changes like the wind" and the sea is "always moving".

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Family of teenager who died at T in the Park call for higher minimum age limit at music festivals

Sunderland Echo


The family of a teenager who died at music festival say they are still 'in the dark' about what happened to her and have launched a campaign to ensure other youngsters are not put at risk.

Megan Bell
Sunderland Echo

UKIP leadership: Steven Woolfe excluded from race

UKIP leadership hopeful Steven Woolfe has been ruled 'ineligible' to stand in the contest to replace Nigel Farage.

The party's NEC said Mr Woolfe - seen as the frontrunner - was excluded because of "a late submission". Mr Woolfe had blamed computer problems for missing the deadline on Sunday.

On the final ballot are North East MEP Jonathan Arnott, Bill Etheridge MEP and Diane James MEP, councillor Lisa Duffy, Elizabeth Jones and North East activist Phillip Broughton.

Three NEC members have quit in protest.

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Pokemon Go(es) to the beach

Lloyd Watson

BBC News Online

Is this Pokemon Go thing getting out of hand?

What happened to writing your name in the sand?

Someone here in Tynemouth has drawn a mobile phone with a game in progress...

PokemonGo in the sand

Jury retires in church minister sex abuse trial

The jury has been sent out in the trial of a retired church minister accused of sex abuse in the late 70s and early 80s.

Granville Gibson has denied eight counts of indecent assault and one of serious sexual assault.

Granville Gibson

Durham Crown Court was told the alleged offences were carried out while he was the minister at St Clare's Church in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.  

Couple visiting Tynemouth for 'really beautiful' coastline

Lloyd Watson

BBC News Online

Ken and Sue Eaton from Nottingham are here in Tynemouth for the first time on holiday.

It's not their first time in the North East though,  they've been to Seahouses in the past too.

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BreakingTwo hurt as car hits house and flips over

Two people have been taken to hospital after a car crashed into a bungalow in North Tyneside.

The Vauxhall Vectra caused substantial damage to the property in Northern Terrace, Dudley, this morning.

Northumbria Police

One man was in the house at the time and was shocked but otherwise uninjured.

The pair in the car are not believed to be seriously hurt. 

Catching Pokemon on the beach...

Lloyd Watson

BBC News Online

This is Andy Evans, who's originally from Shrewsbury, but moved here 14 years ago.

He's catching Pokemon before work later.

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Grave anguish of grape-choke toddler parents

The Shields Gazette

The family of Hartlepool toddler Jacob Jenkins who died after choking on a grape are calling on council chiefs to step up security at a cemetery after numerous items have disappeared from his grave.

David Jenkins says a total of 13 items have been stolen since laying his son to rest in Stranton Cemetery six months ago.

Transfer window: Premier League clubs spend £475m in first month

Premier League clubs have spent £475m in the month since the summer transfer window opened on 1 July, according to business analysts Deloitte.

The figure compares with £515m at the same stage in 2015 and an £870m outlay in the whole of the 2015 summer window.

Leroy Sane's £37m move to Manchester City, confirmed on 2 August, is not included in the figures.

Deloitte says gross outlay could rise above £1bn for the first time before the window closes on 31 August.

The Premier League starts a new £5.1bn three-year television deal this season.  

Among a raft of signings, Middlesbrough landed Atalanta midfielder Marten de Roon for an undisclosed fee, widely reported to be around £12m.

Marten de Roon
Getty Images

A day at the beach...

Lloyd Watson

BBC News Online

Good Morning from Tynemouth.

I'm at the beach. I know - tough job, right?

I'm looking for your three words to describe our coastline around the North East of England.


'Sex assault' inquiry CCTV image released

A CCTV image has been released of a man police want to speak to in connection with a sex attack on a young woman.

Officer said the 21-year-old was attacked after she left the Basement nightclub in Green Terrace, Sunderland. 

Officers believes she left the club with the man pictured and wish to speak to him to eliminate him from their inquiries.

The assault happened in the early hours of 20 July, but police have only just released details.

Det Insp Denise Clark, of Northumbria Police, said: "If you recognise yourself, or know who he is then please let us know." 

Man police want to speak to
Northumbria Police

'Owning a home of your own may always be out of reach'

The Journal


Here's today's front page and a link to the top story.

Front Page
The Journal

Gossip Column: Newcastle to take two Real Madrid players for Sissoko?

BBC Sport

Here's some snippets from today's Gossip Column:

Real Madrid may offer Newcastle two young players - probably Mariano Diaz, 23, and Marcos Llorente, 21 - on season-long loans as part of a deal for France midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 26. (Guardian)

Sunderland manager David Moyes is interested in Burnley striker Andre Gray, 25, as his club look to make their first signing of the summer. (Daily Express)

Sunderland have offered centre-back Lamine Kone, 27, a new deal after interest from clubs including Everton and Leicester City. (ESPN)

Waterfall death teen inquest due to open

An inquest into the death of a teenager who drowned at a popular tourist spot is due to open today.

Curtis Atherton got into difficulties while swimming beneath High Force in Middleton-in-Teesdale in June.

The 16-year-old, from Hartlepool, was recovered from the water by a fire brigade rescue boat and airlifted to hospital but later died.

Curtis Atherton
Durham Police

The inquest, at Crook Coroner's Court, is expected to open then adjourn.

Road closed in Sunderland due to gas mains works

"Essential" gas mains work means part of Tatham Street in Sunderland city centre will be closed for a week, Northern Gas Networks says.

The work will begin in a few minutes and gas supply to customers will not be affected.

However Tatham Street will be closed from the junction of Murton Street up to Borough Road, with a diversion in place for motorists.

Site manager Mick Smith said: "We will be doing all we can to minimise any disruption to customers."

Travel: Accident blocks A19

BBC Travel

A three-vehicle crash has blocked the northbound carriageway of the A19 at Easington.

There are reports that traffic has ground to a halt from the A182 Junction.

Get the latest travel news for Tyne and Wear and Teesside.

UKIP leadership candidates to be named today

UKIP will unveil its list of leadership candidates in the running to succeed Nigel Farage today.

A spokesman said "one final round of checking" was needed, after officials met on Tuesday to discuss eligibility.

It is considering whether North West MEP Steven Woolfe can run after he missed the deadline and revealed he did not disclose a drink-driving ban when he stood to be a police commissioner in 2012.

North East MEP Jonathan Arnott and Bill Etheridge MEP are also in the race. 

North East UKIP activist Philip Broughton, Huntingdonshire councillor Lisa Duffy and Elizabeth Jones have also put their names forward, although there continues to be uncertainty about whether prominent MEP Diane James has applied.

UKIP leadership candidates

Sunshine but also the chance of heavy showers

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Whether you're travelling to the beach today or staying inland, you'll be glad to know that there will be some good, prolonged spells of sunshine developing throughout the morning.

However, there will also be a chance of heavy, potentially thundery showers in some areas, and it will turn breezier with strong western winds.


Police question baby murder suspects

Detectives are continuing to question a man and woman arrested in connection with the death of a baby in Newcastle.

The 13-week-old boy was taken to hospital from an address in the Kingston Park area last Friday with serious injuries, and died on Monday.

Forensic investigators

The man, 34, and the 30-year-old woman are being held on suspicion of murder.

Travel: No major problems reported

BBC Travel

You can tell it's the school holidays - there's no major incidents reported on the roads this morning.

Get the latest travel news for Tyne and Wear and Teesside.