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  1. Updates on Monday 22 August 2016

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By Duncan Leatherdale

All times stated are UK

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Our live updates here have now finished for the day - thank you for joining us - but there will be further updates on BBC Newcastle, BBC Tees and on Look North during the evening and tonight and online.

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow to bring you news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the North East and hope you can join us then.

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Weather: Dry at first, some outbreaks of rain later

Remaining mainly dry overnight with clear spells at first. Feeling rather humid in light winds. Cloud is likely to thicken through the second half of the night with perhaps some outbreaks of rain, mainly in the west towards the Pennines and Cheviots. 

Minimum Temperature: 11C (52F).

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Lord Heseltine: Prime Minister won't ditch mayors plan

Former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine has dismissed reports Theresa May could "kill off" George Osborne's elected mayor project.

The push for English cities and regions to elect a "London-style" mayor was a key policy for the last government as it devolved powers out of Whitehall.

In October 2015, Mr Osborne announced the North East and Tees Valley would each have an elected mayor.

The Times claims the new PM was considering dropping the policy.

Lord Heseltine (pictured), a champion of the elected mayor model, said: "I don't think it's true."

Lord Hesletine

Your photos: Cloud and sun over St James' Park

It has been a beautiful afternoon in Newcastle albeit with some clouds. One of our team took this photo of the sky over St James' Park.

Cloudy sky over St James' Park

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How to stay safe on the beach and in the sea

Six people died around the UK and Channel Islands coastline in a series of incidents at the weekend.

The deaths included a man who was swept off rocks in Cornwall and a mother and son who died in the sea off Aberdeen.

So what are the greatest risks at the seaside and can they be avoided?

Lifeguard on beach

Hundreds of volunteers to help spot early Alzheimer's

British researchers are hoping to shed new light on the very early stages of Alzheimer's disease, with the help of hundreds of volunteers.  

Among those taking part is Trish Jones (pictured below) who has undergone an examination of how she walks, known as a "gait test" in a highly-equipped laboratory in Newcastle University's Clinical Ageing Research Unit.

This research uses cheap and portable wearable technology to track how Trish moves, meaning it can be used as she goes about her everyday life.

Lynn Rochester, professor of human movement science at Newcastle University, says the act of walking can give us vital clues about how the brain is functioning. 

Trish Jones undergoes gait test

Football: Siem de Jong joins PSV Eindhoven on loan

BBC Sport

Newcastle United midfielder Siem de Jong has joined Dutch top-flight side PSV on a season-long loan.

The Netherlands international led Ajax to the Eredivisie title before joining United on a six-year deal in July 2014.

He returns to his homeland after two injury-plagued years in England, having started only four of his 22 league appearances so far.

Jackhuahua stolen in Stockton

A nine-month-old Jackhuahua dog has been stolen from a garden in Stockton by two men on a motorbike.

The female dog, called Coco, was reported stolen at about 17:30 on Sunday after its owners discovered it had gone from their garden on Helmsley Grove.

The passenger entered the garden, picked up the dog and jumped back onto the back of the motorbike before making off towards Darlington Lane, Cleveland Police said.

He was wearing a blue hooded top and the driver was wearing a black helmet, black jacket and black combat trousers.

Cyclist injured in car collision

A teenage cyclist was taken to hospital with leg injures after a collision with a car in Middlesbrough on Friday night.

The 19-year-old man and Vauxhall Vectra collided on Keith Road at the junction with Marton Burn Road in Grove Hill at 23:10.

Cleveland Police are appealing for information.

The junction

Stuani makes my XI of the weekend

Garth Crooks

Former Spurs striker and BBC football expert


I have to include Middlesbrough's Cristhian Stuani in my team of the week after his performance against Sunderland.

I don't think we'll see a better strike all season than his first goal against Sunderland - the ball flew past Vito Mannone.

Until that point, either side could have won the game. I must say, for a newly promoted side, I thought Middlesbrough looked more interesting in possession but Sunderland remained unconcerned until Stuani unleashed an Exocet missile.

If that didn't rip the heart out of Sunderland then what followed certainly did. Middlesbrough put together the most delightful string of passes that seemed to hypnotise Sunderland and, in the process, allow Stuani to apply the finishing touch to their winning goal. What a way to open your Premier League account!

All Team GB golds in under six minutes

Victoria Derbyshire

Just in case you missed it, here are Team GB's best bits from the Rio 2016 Olympic games, including all 27 golds.

Woman assaulted in Flares

A woman was left with cuts and swelling to her mouth after an unprovoked assault in a Midldesbrough nightclub in the early hours of Sunday.

The woman, 34, was punched in the face by a female in Flares on Albert Road in what Cleveland Pplice said was an unprovoked assault.


The suspect is described as wearing a white shirt and trousers.

I can understand Moyes' warning

Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton and Sunderland winger on BBC TV

I am surprised Sunderland manager David Moyes warned fans to expect a relegation battle after his side's defeat by Middlesbrough - but I can understand why.

Like everyone else who watched that game, he could see the Black Cats are going to struggle massively with the squad they have got.

I know all about Moyes' strengths in man-management, coaching and tactics from playing under him at Preston and Everton, but I also know the kind of players he needs to build a team that can do what he demands.

At the moment, his squad looks a long way off that.

Police seek CCTV man after life-threatening assault

CCTV of man
Northumbria Police

This is a man police are hoping to speak to after another man was left fighting for his life following an assault in Newcastle.

The victim, 40, was attacked in Times Square at about 01:15 on Sunday. He remains in the Royal Victoria Infirmary in a life-threatening condition.

It is believed the victim had been at Rustys bar earlier in the  night celebrating a birthday with family and friends and Det Ch Insp Paul Young, who is leading the investigation, is urging anyone who was in the area at the time to come forward. 

Northumberland farmers shows off cutest sheep

A Northumberland farmer was one of those showing off a collection of the world's cutest sheep.

Jamie Wood, who farms at Whittingham, has 60 Valais blacknoses, some of which he showed at the first show dedicated to the sheep outside of their native Switzerland.

Jamie Wood and his sheep
Valais Blacknose Society

The show was held in Carlisle on Saturday.

Mr Wood said the breed is so rare that people outside Switzerland only first found out about them about two years ago.

Valais Blacknose Society

Senora yacht in Sunderland return

Senora in Sunderland restoration return

The 107-year-old yacht the Senora has returned to Sunderland to undergo a restoration.

The boat, which was built on Wearside, was saved from a scrapyard by the Senora Trust.

Eighteen apprentices will carry out the restoration, which will see a total overhaul of the vessel including replacing the original wooden planks that make up the hull.

BBC Look North's Jim Knight went to Wearside to welcome the Senora home.

Travel: A19 partially blocked at Silverlink

BBC Travel

The A19 in North Shields is partially blocked and there is very slow traffic at the Silverlink roundabout, because of an accident at the junction.

Click here for the latest travel news.

Football: Newcastle players in Scotland squad

Two Newcastle United players - Grant Hanley and Matt Ritchie - are in the Scotland squad for the World Cup qualifying match against Malta

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Weather: Drier and brighter spells developing this afternoon

The weather should gradually improve during this afternoon with drier and brighter spells developing. Despite the cloud it will feel quite warm and humid. 

weather graphic

  Maximum Temperature: 22C (72F).  

Boy suffered head injuries and had trouble breathing after wall fall

More details on the story we brought you earlier about the three-year-old boy who was injured when a plasterboard wall fell on him in a carpet shop.

The boy had trouble breathing when emergency services were called to Frank's Flooring Store in Darlington on Sunday.

It was thought the boy was trying to climb the plasterboard wall when it fell on top of him, Durham Police said.

Frank's Flooring Store could not be reached for comment.

Your pictures: Low tide at Alnmouth

Carolyn Farthing-Dunn sent us this picture she took of the low tide at Alnmouth on Sunday.

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Low tide at Alnmouth
Carolyn Farthing

Travel: A1 reopens after crash

Billingham gets Mexican dance statue

A Teesside town celebrated its 52nd dance festival with a new statue made by a Mexican artist.

Sculptress Carmen Avalos is currently exhibiting work in Switzerland and New York - and now Billingham.

The sculpture
Billingham International Festival

She made the World United By Dance bronze sculpture to celebrate Billingham's International Folklore Festival of World Dance.

The festival attracts performers from around the world.

Man fighting for life after Newcastle assault

BBC Newcastle

A man suffered life-threatening injuries after a late-night street attack in Newcastle city centre.

The 40-year-old victim was assaulted in Times Square at about 01:15 on Sunday. Northumbria Police said the attacker left the scene before officers arrived.

In a second, unrelated street attack, a 33-year-old man was stabbed outside Lloyds bank at Haymarket Metro station at about midnight on Saturday.

Police said his injuries were serious but not life threatening.

Three people have been arrested in connection with the stabbing and remain in police custody.

Travel: Traffic trapped by A1 collision being released

Football: Karanka pleased with derby win

BBC Sport

Karanka - Important to get first win early

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka said his team's 2-1 win over Sunderland proves Boro are ready for their Premier League return.

He said: "The most important thing as always is the points. It's always important to win, especially in a derby and for our crowd who have been waiting for this moment for a long time, so I'm pleased for the players and the crowd.

"The key was the first half. I told the players they would start at 150% but with players of the quality of Cristhian Stuani we were able to score a first goal like that which opened up the game.

"In the second half we had problems but that's normal. The players showed we are ready for the season. We are playing well, compact and with intensity so it was important to get points as quickly as possible."

Police treating Middlesbrough woman's death as suspicious

The death of a woman in Middlesbrough is being treated as suspicious, Cleveland Police have confirmed

A post-mortem examination has concluded the 42-year-old, who was found in a house in Farthingale Way in Helmington on Friday evening, died from a head injury.

Police at house

A 73-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on bail as police continue their enquiries.

A spokeswoman said officers were supporting the woman's family.

Travel: A1 blocked by accident

BBC Travel

The A1(M) is blocked and traffic is queuing northbound between J60, A689 (Bradbury) and J61, A177 (Bowburn), because of a multi-vehicle accident. 

We'll bring you more on this as we have it. 

Click here for the latest travel news.

Football: Moyes gives relegation fight warning

BBC Sport

Sunderland boss David Moyes told the club's fans to prepare for another relegation battle this season after Sunday's 2-1 defeat by Middlesbrough.

The Black Cats have lost their first two games under Moyes, who replaced new England boss Sam Allardyce this summer.

Asked about supporters fearing another season-long struggle, he said: "Well, they would probably be right.

"That's where they've been every other year for the last four years, so why would it suddenly change?"

Moyes upbeat despite Sunderland defeat

Travel: Flooding on A167

Blue House roundabout plan is 'overkill'

One of those opposed to Newcastle City Council's plans to expand the Blue House roundabout near Gosforth in Newcastle said the proposal is overkill. 

Henry Gallagher, the Liberal Democrat councillor for East Gosforth on Newcastle City Council, said: "The strength of feeling against these plans is clear to see and I really hope the council takes notice.

Newcastle City Council

"We accept the roundabout needs improving but this plan is absolute overkill, surely there must be another plan which sits within the footprint of the existing junction.

"This is a popular recreation area and while there would still be some green area left it would be right next to this monstrosity of a junction, we would basically have a motorway on the moor."

Thousands oppose Town Moor roundabout plan

More than 2,000 people attended a protest rally against plans to expand a roundabout on to moorland.

Newcastle City Council is considering enlarging the Blue House roundabout near Gosforth, which would involve laying road on two surrounding moors.


Protesters described the plans as "overkill" and a "monstrosity".

The council said the roundabout was the worst in the city for causing injuries and it had a responsibility to make it safer.

Map of proposal
Newcastle City Council/Google

Boy injured by collapsing wall

A three-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital after being injured by a collapsing wall in Darlington.

He suffered serious injuries to his chest, abdomen and pelvis after the incident at 15:30 on Sunday, the Great North Air ambulance said.

The Northern Echo is reporting an MDF wall in Frank's Flooring Store on Russell Street collapsed on to the boy.

The Northern Echo

Durham Police told the paper that the boy's injuries were not thought to be life threatening and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched an investigation.

A statement from Frank's said staff were shocked and the firm's main concern is the wellbeing of the boy.

Weather: Cloudy start, brighter later

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Today will be largely cloudy with showery outbreaks of rain in places during the morning, some briefly heavy in the south. 

Conditions will improve during the afternoon, becoming drier and brighter with a few sunny spells. Feeling warm and humid, especially later with temperatures reaching 22C (72F).