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  1. Updates on Monday 8 August 2016

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Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Our live updates have now finished for the day - thank you for joining us.

We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel updates at 08:00 tomorrow.

In the meantime there will be updates tonight here online, on BBC Newcastle and BBC Tees and on Look North.

If you would like to get in touch with us you can on TwitterFacebook, or via email at northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk.   

IPPR urges government to prioritise HS3 link

A high-speed rail link between major northern cities should take priority over the HS2 line between London and the Midlands, a think tank has said. 

The Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) said HS3, between Leeds and Manchester, would cut journey times and help drive economic growth. 

The HS2 link between London and Birmingham has been dogged by protests over its planned route. 

The government said it had committed £13bn in northern transport funding. 'National disgrace' 

The IPPR said the north suffered from under-developed road and rail links and a "North First" policy was needed.

A to Z of Boro in the Premier League

BBC Tees

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We're counting down to Boro's return to the top flight with an A-Z of the Premier League. 

Here's the first part.  

Counting down to Boro's return to the top flight

Weather: A mild, cool night

BBC Weather

Any early evening showers will die out with long clear spells expected overnight.

Northwesterly winds will fall light inland, but remain brisk near coastal headlands - Feeling cool for the time of year.  

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Stadium of Light gets a revamp with seats replaced

Sunderland's Stadium of Light is to undergo a major refurbishment.

The most significant aspect will be the replacement of the stadium's seats, which will start soon.

It will be carried out in a number of phases to fit around matches and concerts.

The first phase will see seats in the east stand replaced. The remaining seats will be put in gradually to minimise  disruption.

Stadium of Light
Sunderland FC

Teesside's Kat Copeland and partner come fifth in Rio

Teesside's 2012 gold medallist Kat Copeland and partner Charlotte Taylor came 5th and last in their heat of the women's lightweight double sculls this afternoon.

They're not out of it though - they face a repechage heat tomorrow  for another chance to qualify for the semi-finals.

Kat Copeland and Charlotte Taylor
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Fire crew set chip pan alight

Fire crews from Washington carried out chip pan fire demonstrations today at today's Sunderland Area Parents Support family fun day.

The demonstration took place to show the dangers of leaving cooking food unattended. 

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Cats to the rescue: When felines turn hero

Today is International Cat Day - and what better way to celebrate than to tell you the story of a North East feline hero:

Missy, a tabby from Newcastle, has something of a medical bent.

When she sensed there was something amiss with her owner - if cats can ever said to be "owned" - Missy alerted her by refusing to stop pawing at her chest.

Angela Tinning says it first happened in 2013.

"Her behaviour was so unusual I got checked out and it was found I had pre-cancerous cells. Three years later it happened again.

"I felt fine and I honestly don't think I would have bothered if she hadn't drawn my attention to it. If it weren't for her, my story could be very different today.

"She is my little hero."

A cat
CATS PROTECTION

Newcastle rugby player denies raping woman

A professional rugby union player has told a jury he did not rape a woman he met on Tinder.

Zach Kibirige plays for Newcastle Falcons and is studying for a psychology degree, having gained three A grades at A-level, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

The 21-year-old, from Middlesbrough, denies four counts of rape, attempted rape, sexual assault and assault by penetration.

He was charged with subjecting the woman, who cannot be named, to a series of sexual offences over a period of about an hour after he went round to her home in November.

Kibirige's barrister, Nicholas Lumley QC, beginning the defence case, asked him: "Did you rape (the complainant)?"

The defendant replied from the witness box: "Absolutely not." 

Zach Kibirige
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Labour candidate Owen Smith slams Corbyn during Newcastle speech

Labour leadership hopeful Owen Smith has branded Jeremy Corbyn "useless" and said he would be tempted to hold a snap election if he was the prime minister.

Speaking in Newcastle today, the former shadow work and pensions secretary promised an industrial revolution that would revitalise British industry.

He called on the Government to inject £20bn immediately into infrastructure projects across the country, such as rail electrification, renewable energy schemes and new further education colleges, through an early autumn statement.

Owen Smith speaking in Newcastle
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Catch up on Hartlepool v Colchester result

BBC Sport

More football updates from over the weekend:

Hartlepool and Colchester started the League Two season with a spirited draw.

Tom Eastman enjoyed a dream start to the season as he put Colchester ahead inside five minutes, but skipper Billy Paynter earned Pools a share of the spoils from the penalty spot.

The game began in frenetic fashion, with Colchester capitalising on some disjointed defending to take a fourth-minute lead.

Hartlepool responded impressively, though, and levelled through Paynter's 28th-minute spot-kick after Craig Slater brought down Nathan Thomas.  

Million-pound investment into Morpeth plant

A global drinks giant is set to pour millions of pounds into developing its Morpeth plant.

The £14m investment by Coca-Cola will see production triple to 56,000 bottles of water an hour.

Northumberland Labour councillor Scott Dickinson said: "It's yet another sign that Morpeth, and indeed the whole county, is the place to do business."

The plant is the only source of Schweppes Abbey Well Spring Water, and since 2014 has been the only British plant producing Glaceau Smartwater.

Eight-year-old boy hit by car

An eight-year-old boy has been hit by a car in Eaglescliffe.

It happened on Myrtle Road, close to the Laburnum Road junction at about 17.30 yesterday.

He's being treated for a fractured wrist and cuts and bruises to his head and legs at North Tees Hospital in Stockton.  

Assessment for blue badge driving passes ‘open to abuse’ says Sunderland dad

Sunderland Echo

Newspaper

A disabled dad from Wearside has hit out at the way drivers are now allocated blue badges, saying the new system is 'open to abuse'.

Sunderland dad
SUNDERLAND ECHO

Newcastle striker joins Shrews on loan

 Newcastle United striker Ivan Toney has joined Shrewsbury on loan:

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Car flipped on to roof being removed

That accident is being cleared now by the looks of things:

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Accident causing delays in Newcastle

There's been an accident on on the slip road of the Chillingham Road/Coast Road roundabout in Newcastle.

It's blocking one lane of the Coast Road westbound just before the Corner House.

Accident
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North Air Ambulance service featured on BBC Two documentary

The Great North Air Ambulance Service will feature on BBC Two's documentary An Hour to Save Your Life tomorrow night.

The region's air ambulance will be part of the programme, which explores the critical decisions facing doctors in the first hour of emergency care.

In the episode, a Northumberland cyclist comes off his bike in the Pennine Hills and suffers a serious facial injury.

Once in hospital, the man begins to deteriorate and suffers a major stroke before undergoing an emergency operation to remove part of his skull and relieve the swelling in his brain.

Watch the full show tomorrow at 21:00.

Olympics: North East update

A little update on what our North East athletes are up to in Rio today:

Middlesbrough table tennis ace Paul Drinkhall is in action in the last 16 of the Olympics.

He will take on Croatian Andrej Cacina at 17:00 tonight.

Meanwhile Durham's Jess Eddie and Richmond's Zoe Lee are in rowing action today in the Women's Eight Race.

The race is scheduled to take place from about now.

Paul Drinkhall
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Rafael Benitez: Newcastle United defeat at Fulham a 'wake-up call'

BBC Sport

Newcastle United's opening-night defeat by Fulham on Friday was a Championship "wake-up call" for their "anxious" players, says manager Rafael Benitez.

The Magpies, pre-season promotion favourites in the second tier, lost 1-0 at Craven Cottage to Matt Smith's first-half header.

Benitez stayed with Newcastle despite Premier League relegation in May.

"At the beginning we were nervous, in the second half we made the wrong decisions," Benitez told BBC Newcastle.

"It's a wake-up call. We will have games more difficult than this one.

Rafa Benitez
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Durham Police volunteer slammed for 'picking up their lunch'

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

A Durham Police volunteer has tweeted their disappointment after being called "disgusting" by a member of the public for picking up their lunch.

The Darlington volunteer says they were working a 12-hour shift when someone made the comment.

A number of Twitter users have jumped to the volunteer's defence.

One user tweeted: "How very dare you volunteer your free time, serve your community, put yourself at risk and eat!"

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CCTV released of fatal 124mph Gateshead crash

A man has been jailed for taking part in a 124mph race along the A1 which led to a fatal crash.

Mohammed Abdul-Wahid was racing against Ryan Charlton in Gateshead in April 2015. 

Mr Charlton, 23, of Gateshead, died after his car overturned.

At Teesside Crown Court, Abdul-Wahid, 32, from Middlesbrough, was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Northumbria Police released the CCTV to raise awareness of dangerous driving.

A man is jailed after a 124mph (199kmh) race along the A1 leads to a fatal crash.

Man arrested after car hits pedestrian in Stockton

A man has been arrested after a pedestrian was hit by a car in Stockton.

The 42-year-old man was hit by a black BMW which failed to stop in Prince Regent Street at about 01:30 yesterday.

The man , from the Norton area, suffered a fractured arm and two fractured legs.

He is in a "comfortable" condition at James Cook Hospital.

Yesterday morning officers arrested a 30-year-old man from the Stockton area on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.

He has been released on bail.

Dale Arnold death: Man, 19, charged over fatal stabbing

A man has been charged with murder following a fatal stabbing in a County Durham street.

Dale Arnold, 32, died in hospital after being attacked on Front Street in his home village of Kelloe at 14:00 on Wednesday.

Josh Johnson, 19, was arrested at an address in Ushaw Moor the following day.

He is due to appear before Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court, Durham Police confirmed.

Dale Arnold
DURHAM POLICE

Weather: Bright but windy

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A bright and mainly dry day for many parts of the region with sunny spells at times. 

A few showers are also likely, these mainly during the afternoon.

Northwesterly winds will be quite strong, especially across the Cheviots.  

What's the weather like where you are? Click here to find out.

Man charged over police firearm incident in Middlesbrough

A man who allegedly pointed a handgun at police has been charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. 

The 21-year-old was charged after an incident in Corporation Road, Middlesbrough, at about 04:30 yesterday morning.

Cleveland Police said a baton round was fired at a man and he was treated in hospital for bruising and a bite from a police dog. He is due to appear at court later. 

Corporation Road
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Labour leadership: Owen Smith wants 'new industrial revolution'

Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith is to call for a 'new industrial revolution', warning that Britain is on the "cliff edge of another recession".

In a speech, he will call for a focus on "jobs of the future" in areas such as the car industry and green energy.

Mr Smith will also renew his call for a second referendum to approve the terms of Britain's exit from the EU.

He is challenging Jeremy Corbyn, who has called for "radical solutions" such as "injecting £500bn into our economy".

Speaking at a tech start-up centre in Newcastle, Mr Smith will say: "Successive governments have allowed our economy to be too reliant on financial services and the creation of insecure, low-skilled and low-paid jobs. "

Owen Smith
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Travel: A19 Tees Flyover reopens after crash

BBC Travel

Everything's clear on the A19 Tees Flyover northbound in Middlesbrough between the A66 junction and Portrack Interchange after an accident involving a lorry earlier this morning.

Check for more traffic and travel updates here.

Welcome to BBC North East live

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Morning - Welcome to this week's live coverage.

We're a little late today due to some technical difficulties - typical Monday.

Apologies for the delay, but we're back now, and we'll be bringing you lots of news, sport, weather and travel updates throughout the day.

If you would like to get in touch with us you can on TwitterFacebook, or via email at northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk.