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Weather: Late sunshine bringing a fine, dry evening

A fine, dry evening with largely clear skies and light winds.

Some patchy cloud and hill fog could develop by dawn, mainly across the Pennines. 

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Advice for students waiting for GCSE and A-level results

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Are you picking up your A-level or GCSE results in the coming weeks? If so, you might want to take note of this.

Watch: Match of the Day on the iPlayer

Missed Boro's 1-1 draw with Stoke at the weekend? 

Or Sunderland losing 2-1 to Manchester City?

Well Match of the Day is now on the iPlayer, and a certain presenter was probably feeling a little chilly...

'Kaboul set for Watford move'

BBC Sport

L'Equipe are reporting that Younes Kaboul is close to signing for Watford. 

The 30-year-old French defender did play for Sunderland in the 2-1 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday, but is apparently now set to join the Hornets in a four-year deal.

Younes Kaboul
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Two arrested over £200k Sunderland drugs haul

Class A drugs with an estimated street value of about £200,000 have been seized by Northumbria Police.

The haul, much of which is believed to be cocaine, was recovered when warrants were carried out at three addresses in Sunderland. 

Two men aged 51 and 34 were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply, and were later released on bail.

Northumbria Police

New paramedics join air ambulance service

The Great North Air Ambulance Service has hired three new paramedics.

The latest recruits will work from both Durham Tees Valley Airport and Langwathby in Cumbria.

They will also take on shifts as part of the MERIT scheme, an all-night response unit operating in the North East on Friday and Saturday nights.

One of the new recruits is Marcus Johnson, 34, from Spennymoor, County Durham.

The former paramedic and mentor at the North East Ambulance Service said: "Here you can make a real difference as the air ambulance is called to the sickest and most in need patients. That is extremely rewarding.”

Espinosa gets first Boro minutes

BBC Sport

Colombian centre-back Bernardo Espinosa joined Middlesbrough from Sporting Gijon this summer but missed much of pre-season because of injury.

Last night, he had his first run-out with Boro's Under-23s, in a 0-0 draw with Brighton.

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Cup runneth over: Football trophies down the years

The missing lid of one of the country's oldest football trophies has been found in a Middlesbrough attic following an appeal. 

Here's the timeline of other trophies:

1867: The Youdan Cup was presented to non-league Hallam FC after they won a tournament contested by Sheffield teams. It was recently valued at £100,000.

1873: The Scottish FA claims its cup is the world's oldest national trophy and association football cup. The English FA Cup started in 1871, but the trophy presented to the winners has changed several times.

1880: The Cleveland Cup, now the Saturday County Cup, is contested by teams on Teesside and the original trophy is still presented to the winners each year. The trophy is on display at the National Football Museum and will soon be reunited with its lid.

The Scottish FA Cup is believed to be the oldest national football trophy, the Sir Thomas Lipton trophy was nicknamed the first world cup, while the original Jules Rimet trophy was presented to three-time FIFA World Cup winners Brazil
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1909: The Sir Thomas Lipton trophy, won in Italy by West Auckland, was nicknamed the first 'World Cup'. The original trophy, which was presented to West Auckland after they retained it in 1911, was stolen in 1994. A replica now stands in the village's working men's club.

1938: The first FIFA World Cup was won by hosts Uruguay, with the winners presented with the Jules Rimet trophy. A new trophy was needed after Brazil was allowed to keep the original when it was crowned world champions for the third time in 1970.

Police commandeer tractor for cliff top aid

A police officer used a tractor to dash to the aid of a vulnerable man on a cliff top at Saltburn.

On Monday afternoon Cleveland Police received calls reporting serious concerns for the man.

PC Mark Stenson attended and commandeered a lift across the fields on a nearby farmer's tractor to reach him as soon as possible.

The officer was then able to engage him in conversation until he was physically able to bring him away from the edge and take him to safety. 

PC Stenson said: "I'd like to thank the farmer whose name I didn't get unfortunately because I was in such a hurry to find the gentleman."

"Time was of the essence and his help was invaluable."

Man denies ripping veil off Muslim woman

A man has denied ripping a off a Muslim woman's veil.

Peter Scotter, 55, is accused of walking up to the woman in the Bridges shopping mall in Sunderland and ripping the niqab from her face before throwing it on the floor. 

Mr Scotter, of Beach Street, Sunderland, pleaded not guilty to racially or religiously aggravated common assault. 

Peter Scotter

He was bailed to reappear at Newcastle Crown Court on 13 March. 

Prosecutors said Mr Scotter walked up to the woman, who was with her nine-year-old child, on 3 July, while she was waiting with her husband. 

He is further alleged to have shouted racist abuse at PC Deborah Chayton, who attended the incident. 

Mr Scotter also denies a charge of causing the police officer alarm, harassment or distress, which was racially or religiously aggravated. 

Seaton Carew slammed by online magazine Vice

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

"The place where fun fairs come to die" - That's what one journalist working for the online magazine Vice has called Seaton Carew.

The article documents his visit to Hartlepool, accompanied by some rather unflattering pictures showing grey, drizzly weather and empty fun fair rides.

But what do you think?

One of our Weather Watchers has been there and shared this picture of the beach:


You too can become a Weather Watcher - and if you go there, make sure you take some pictures and tell us what you think about it.

Appeal over 'mindless vandalism' cherub theft

The theft of a cherub from a historic fountain has been described by Northumbria Police as "mindless vandalism".

Intruders smashed the 100-year-old fountain to remove the small stone statue on the old hospital site in Prudhoe.

The area is being redeveloped for housing, and it was planned to renovate the structure before restoring it to its original position in the grounds of Prudhoe Hall.

Northumbria Police has appealed for witnesses to the theft which happened between 00:20 and 05:00 on Monday.

Arrests over online video assault

A teenager has been charged with assault and two others arrested after a video was posted online appearing to show two youths being attacked. 

Northumbria Police said it was made aware of the material on Monday, and had identified the victims - who were not seriously hurt - and made three arrests.

A 16-year-old male is due to appear before a youth court later, while another boy aged 14 and a 16-year-old girl are being questioned on suspicion of assault.

March trial date for niquab rip accused

A man has denied a racially aggravated common assault on a woman in a Sunderland shopping centre.

Peter Scotter, 55, is accused of ripping the veil from the woman's face and shouting racist abuse during the incident in July.

Peter Scotter

Appearing at Newcastle Crown Court, the 55-year-old, of Beach Street, Roker, pleaded not guilty.

The judge granted him conditional bail, and told him the trial would take place in March.

North East 'sending fewer students to Oxbridge'

Some London state schools send more pupils to Oxford and Cambridge than private schools in other parts of England, research suggests.

"A subset of elite state schools are contributing to the London and South East of England bias," says a study by Kings College London researchers.

"At post-16, these schools are comprehensive in name only," said researcher Sol Gamsu.

The research describes a concentration of elite schools in the South East, with other regions of England underrepresented:

  • In the North East schools send 0.44 of the national average to Oxbridge
  • In the North West the figure is 0.57
  • And in the East Midlands it is 0.59

Inquest opens into deaths of three people in Gateshead crash

An inquest into the deaths of a man and two 17-year-old girls who were killed when the high-powered Mercedes he was driving collided with a lorry has been opened and adjourned. 

Andrew Clark, 43, from Swalwell, was driving a C63 AMG which crashed in Fellside Road at 02:20 on Wednesday. 

Andrew Clark, Jennifer Fradgley and Kaitlin Tremlett were travelling in a Mercedes C63 AMG
Northumbria Police

Jennifer Fradgley and Kaitlin Tremlett, who were passengers in the car, also died at the scene near Whickham Golf Club. 

Northumbria Police is appealing for witnesses 

The crash occurred in the early hours of Wednesday

Labour MP to meet Boulby mine officials over safety concerns

BBC Tees

The Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland is set to meet officials at Boulby Potash Mine to discuss safety concerns.

The mine's owner ICL is planning to cut 140 jobs by the end of the year.

Tom Blenkinsop raised concerns after a worker lost his life following a sudden gas blowout in June.

In April, seven staff were injured after an underground fire.

ICL says it puts safety first, but Mr Blenkinsop says questions need to be addressed.

He added: "I think there's real issues that still need to be investigated and looked at, and I will certainly try to raise this in parliament. I'll be talking to Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Mines about my concerns."

Durham Police dog 'finds 1kg of class A drugs'

It looks like it's been another successful night for Durham Police's dog unit after PD Lottie found 1kg of drugs during a search:

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Teenage girl missing in Northumberland

A 16-year-old girl has gone missing in Northumberland.

Lucy Hagen left her home in Cramlington at 22:20 on Monday and hasn't been back.

It is believed she may be in Cramlington or Ashington and police are trying to find her.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

Lucy Hagen
Northumbria Police

Family members cleared of helping paedophile flee country

Hartlepool Mail


Four people have been cleared by a jury of perverting the course of justice after a twice-convicted paedophile fled to Europe.  

Frank Burgon
Hartlepool Mail

Stamps celebrate 300 years of Capability Brown

A set of eight stamps is to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of a Northumberland man widely regarded as England's greatest gardener. 

Lancelot "Capability" Brown is remembered as "the last of the great 18th Century artists" for his approach to landscape gardening. 

He was nicknamed Capability for his habit of describing locations as having "great capabilities". 

Alnwick Castle stamp
Royal Mail

The stamps capture some of the best-known surviving examples of his work, including the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland's estate Alnwick Castle. 

Royal Mail will also put a special handstamp featuring a portrait of Brown on mail posted in the village of Kirkharle, Northumberland, his birthplace, from 16 August to 22.

Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt re-signs for Leeds United

BBC Sport

Leeds United have re-signed Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Bridcutt made 27 appearances for Leeds last season after joining the Championship club on loan in November.

The 27-year-old signed for Sunderland from Brighton for a £3m fee in January 2014, but played in only 30 Premier League games for the Black Cats.

He made his Scotland debut against Serbia in 2013, and won his second cap in a 1-0 win over Denmark in March.

Liam Bridcutt

'More job cuts likely to follow' warns Boulby boss after 140 staff axed

The Gazette


After announcing 140 job losses at Boulby mine, a boss has warned of further cuts in the future.

Around a sixth of ICL’s staff - mainly miners - will be made redundant by Christmas, as management shifts its focus away from mining the site’s depleted potash reserves to digging for polysulphate.

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The Gazette

Medication taken after van stolen

A van used to transport medication was stolen from Grindon Lane in Sunderland.

It has since been recovered but the owner has confirmed to police the medication has been stolen.

The medication taken is metformin, used to treat type 2 diabetes, and amitriptyline, used for a number of psychiatric conditions.

Middlesbrough duo selected for World Cup qualifiers

Two Middlesbrough players have been selected to be part of Uruguay's squad for the World Cup qualifiers.

Cristhian Stuani and Gastón Ramírez could represent their country against Argentina on 1 September, and Paraguay on 6 September.

Stuani has scored four goals in 22 appearances for Uruguay throughout his career, while Ramirez has been capped 34 times.

Cristhian Stuani and Gastón Ramírez
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Missing North Riding FA trophy lid found in attic

The missing lid of one of the country's oldest football trophies has been found in an attic following an appeal.

The lid for the Saturday County Cup - in use since 1880 - went missing sometime between the 1960s and 1980s.

The North Riding FA issued an appeal to find it as the trophy went on display at the National Football Museum in Manchester.

The lid has now been restored after being found in several pieces in a loft in Middlesbrough.

The lid

Weather: Lots of sun ahead

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

I'm not sure if that rumoured heatwave has kicked off yet, but today is supposed to be very sunny - I'll take that.

Here's your weather forecast:

A fine start to the day with clear blue skies.

It will be warm and mostly sunny through the day with light winds although a little scattered cloud may bubble up.  

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Motorcyclist Charlie Stubley dies in crash with car

An 18-year-old motorcyclist has died in a crash with a car on Teesside.

It happened at the junction of Birchington Avenue and St Andrews Road East in Grangetown at about 19:30 on Sunday.

Charlie Stubley, a member of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, and of Teesville, was riding an off-road motorbike which collided with a Ford Ka.

Paying tribute, his family said "our hearts are ripped in two".

Police are appealing for witnesses and the driver of a silver Vauxhall Meriva, seen in the area at the time, to contact them.

Charlie Stubley

Some Metro lines suspended today

A number of Metro services are again suspended today due to a power surge at an electrical sub-station in Gosforth that affected the network yesterday.

Trains are off between South Gosforth and Shiremoor all day. However a replacement bus service, number 900, is calling at or close to the affected stations. 

There is a frequent service on all other routes with a train about every 12 minutes, although these will not be to the normal timetable between Shiremoor and St James.

Passengers travelling to Newcastle from stations at Monkseaton and Whitley Bay are advised to go via Wallsend to Monument.

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Durham student in Great British Bake Off bid

Viewers will see 12 amateur bakers trying to impress judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood when the new series of the Great British Bake Off begins on BBC One.

One of the new contestants is Michael, a student at Durham University.

Michael is the youngest of this year's contenders. He is from London but is currently studying politics and economics in the city. 

His kitchen creations are also influenced by his family's Cypriot roots.  

The series starts on 24 August.    


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BBC News Online

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