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  1. Updates on Wednesday 24 August 2016

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Ana Guerra-Moore

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Weather: From lots of sun to clouds

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Becoming rather cloudy for most overnight, with a chance of showery outbreaks of rain spreading northwards during the early hours in particular.

Perhaps staying drier and clearer in the north.  

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Newcastle sign defender DeAndre Yedlin

Newcastle United have completed the signing of United States international defender DeAndre Yedlin for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old full-back has put pen to paper on a five-year-contract at St. James' Park, becoming the ninth player to join the Magpies' first team squad this summer.

Yedlin is said to be "excited" and "honoured" to be playing for Newcastle. 

He added: "I'm excited to learn under Rafa Benitez as well. He has an amazing résumé and I know he will help improve me a lot."

DeAndre Yedlin

Match preview: Sunderland v Shrewsbury Town

Sunderland will be without goalkeeper Vito Mannone who has an elbow injury, so Jordan Pickford will start.

Defender John O'Shea has a groin problem and misses out, as does Lamine Kone, who has a back injury.

Midfielders Jan Kirchhoff (hamstring), Lee Cattermole (hernia) and Sebastian Larsson (knee) and striker Fabio Borini (toe) all remain sidelined.

Shrewsbury midfielder Shaun Whalley will not travel with the side because of a calf injury.

Jordan Pickford
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Deckchairs out in Newcastle for hottest day

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Today has officially been the hottest day of the year, according to the Met Office.

Have you been out in the sun?

Deckchairs were out in Newcastle's Quayside for people to enjoy the heat and do a bit of sunbathing - maybe tomorrow, eh? 

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Video: Olympian Amy receives hero's welcome

Amy Tinkler, who won bronze for her floor routine at Rio 2016, was given a hero's welcome when she returned to South Durham Gymnastics Club, where she has trained since she was two years old.The 16-year-old from Bishop Auckland was given a round of applause and plenty of hugs by everyone at the club in Spennymoor.  

Bronze-winning gymnast Amy Tinkler recieves a warm welcome home

Sunderland student jailed after supplying £20 deadly drug that killed her friend

Sunderland Echo


A college student has been put behind bars for supplying the £20 deadly drug that killed her friend.

Tragic Robert Chisholm, 38, died at his home on 5 February from a lethal combination of alcohol and morphine, or heroin.

Sunderland Echo

Middlesbrough boy needs surgery in US

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

Four-year-old Finley from Middlesbrough has an inoperable brain tumour and urgently needs life-changing surgery.

The NHS will not pay for the operation - so Finley's family are trying to raise £150,000 to £200,000 to get him to America.

His mum, Kara Ingles, has been telling BBC Tees how the condition affects her son

Four-year-old Finley from Middlesbrough has an inoperable brain tumour and urgently needs

Paddy McNair called up for NI squad

BBC Sport

Sunderland midfielder Paddy McNair has been called up to the Northern Ireland squad for the opening World Cup qualifier away to the Czech Republic on 4 September.

Manager Michael O'Neill touched on his switch from Manchester United to Wearside.

"It was always going to be difficult for Paddy - it was important to go to a club where the manager knows him and it's the right move," he added.

Elderly man dies in motorcycle accident

A motorcyclist has died after his bike collided with a car on a road in County Durham this morning.

The incident happened at about 10:30 in the village of Woodland, Bishop Auckland.

The rider of the bike, a man in his early 70s, suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken by air ambulance to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough, where he later died.

The car driver was shaken but unhurt.

Your photos: Sunrise over Whitley Bay

The sunrise looked absolutely beautiful in Whitley Bay yesterday.

We have been sent these pictures of St Mary's lighthouse by Mel Patterson, capturing some lovely views: 

Whitley Bay
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Whitley Bay
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BreakingDaryl Janmaat joins Watford from Newcastle United

Newcastle United defender Daryl Janmaat has joined Watford for an undisclosed fee. 

The 27-year-old Dutch international signed from Feyenoord in July 2014 and made 77 appearances for the Magpies during just over two seasons, scoring four goals. 

A statement said: "The club wishes to place on record its thanks to Daryl for his efforts during his time at Newcastle. He leaves with our best wishes for his future at Watford."

Daryl Janmaat
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Ferryhill children's nursery burglars steal safe with 60p

Burglars forced entry to a children's nursery to steal a safe which contained just 60p.

Owner Laura Leigh Wayman said she felt sick when she discovered the break-in at Child's Play Private Nursery in Ferryhill.

The raiders forced through a gate and took out a window to get to the safe on Saturday.

Ms Wayman said the damage was extensive, but she found it "funny" they only got away with a few pence. 

Broken window

Girl breaks leg after falling from banana boat

A nine-year-old girl was airlifted to hospital after falling from a banana boat.

The girl fell from the boat, which was being pulled by a water bike at Budle Bay, Bamburgh, at about 16:25 yesterday.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service was called to the scene and she was treated for a broken leg.

Helicopter at the scene

Cricket: Durham v Warwickshire

BBC Sport

On day two of four, Warwickshire trail Durham by 50 runs with seven wickets remaining.

You can follow live match updates here.

Soldier shot in Northumberland was 'part of a very close knit family'

The Commanding Officer of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, Lieutenant Colonel Alasdair Steele, has paid tribute to a "hugely committed" soldier who died yesterday.

Private Conor McPherson, from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, was shot dead in Northumberland during a live firing exercise.

Lieutenant Colonel Steele said Private McPherson "constantly drove to develop himself physically" and remembers him as "well liked" with a great sense of humour.

He added: "Private McPherson's true passion was to his parents and his older sister - he was part of a very close knit family, and his great joy was spending time with them at the weekends and over leave." 

BreakingSoldier shot in Northumberland named

A soldier who was shot dead during a live firing exercise at a military training area in Northumberland has been named as Private Conor McPherson.

Pte McPherson, from Paisley, Renfrewshire, was 24 and from The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

He sustained a "serious head wound" and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Alasdair Steele, said: "Private McPherson was a capable young soldier who had previously trained in both Kenya and France. 

"He was hugely committed about his career in the Army, he had aspirations to join the machine gun platoon and attend a junior leadership course at the start of next year."

Private Conor McPherson.
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Numbers out for North East teams in EFL Cup

The EFL Cup draw is tonight - Middlesbrough are ball number 30, Sunderland are 32, and Newcastle are 16.

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Burglars stole food from visitor centre in Northumberland

Burglars stole food from a visitor centre in Northumberland, police say.

They targeted the Northumberland Wildlife Trust visitor centre in Cramlington at 05:00 this morning.

Insp Paul Truscott said: "This is a popular location for both local visitors and tourists from further afield and attracts people into the area and we want to catch the people responsible to prevent further offences.

"We'd ask for anyone who may have witnessed the burglary, or who saw the vehicle they used, or who knows who is responsible to contact officers."

Newcastle's Henri Saivet moves to St Etienne

French club St Etienne has agreed to sign Newcastle midfielder Henri Saivet on loan.

The deal contains no option to buy, meaning that Saivet could one day return to St James' Park.

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Investigation into Durham nightclub death

An investigation into the death of a man in Durham City Centre has been launched. 

Stewart Anderson, 54, died in hospital following an incident outside the Loveshack nightclub, Walkergate, in the early hours of 24 July.

IPCC investigators were deployed to the scene following Mr Anderson's death and are continuing their inquiries.

CCTV recorded during the incident has been collected and footage from officers has been downloaded.

Stewart Anderson and family

Replica ship arrives in Hartlepool

A replica of a ship that delivered the news of Nelson's death following the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 has docked in Hartlepool.

The replica of HMS Pickle, built in 1995, has made its first journey to the region to visit HMS Trincomalee, the world's oldest warship.

The ship is expected to spend a week in Hartlepool marina.

Our reporter Adam Clarkson was on board this morning:

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Jeremy Corbyn angered by train seat row questions

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has reacted angrily to questions about his spat with Sir Richard Branson over a Virgin Train journey.

He said he hoped the businessman was "well aware" of his plans to nationalise rail operators.

Sir Richard has challenged the Labour leader's claim in a video that he could not find a seat on a "packed" train from London to Newcastle.

Mr Corbyn tried to close down questions about it at a tetchy press conference.

Jeremy Corbyn angered by questions about train seat row

Amy Tinkler arrives in Spennymoor

Amy Tinkler has arrived at the gymnastics club in Spennymoor.

Lots of attention on the 16-year-old, who is waiting to be interviewed.

You can listen to Amy's homecoming reaction on BBC Tees this morning.

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Video: Hugs for Amy Tinkler and fellow gymnasts hail medal winner

Gymnasts welcome Rio hero Amy

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Fellow gymnasts have gathered at South Durham Gymnastics club in Spennymoor to welcome Olympic medallist Amy Tinkler.

Team GB touched down at Heathrow yesterday morning, and today Amy returns to Bishop Auckland.

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Video: Preparations for Amy Tinkler's return

Rio Olympian Amy Tinkler returns home

Spennymoor's very own Amy Tinkler, who won a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics, is returning to her hometown today.

People are preparing a warm welcome for the 16-year-old gymnast at South Durham Gymnastics Club.

Our reporter Duncan Leatherdale is among those waiting:

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Nominate your local sports volunteer hero now

BBC Sport

Today we'll be talking about the launch of the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero Award 2016.

Do you know a local sports volunteer who deserves recognition for their tireless efforts in helping people to participate in sport? 

Well, now’s your chance to give them their time to shine by nominating them for a prestigious award - one which is one of the highlights of this year’s televised Sports Personality of the Year awards.

The winner could be anyone from a local sports club manager, volunteer, kit person or coach – if they have demonstrated a commitment to promoting sport in their local community then they could become this year’s winner. 

Nominate your chosen champion on the Get Inspired website - and join in the conversation online with #BBCUnsungHero.

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Your photos: Stunning Seaham sunrise

Now how about this for an absolutely stunning image - a beautiful sunrise over Seaham.

It was sent in to BBC Weather Watchers by user Dan Seaham Harbour Lad.

Sunrise over Seaham
Dan Seaham Harbour Lad

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Match report: Newcastle United 2 - 0 Cheltenham Town

BBC Sport

Ayoze Perez scored twice as Newcastle reached the third round of the EFL Cup with a win over League Two Cheltenham.

However, it was a night of mixed fortunes for the Magpies as Aleksandar Mitrovic, Dwight Gayle and Rolando Aarons all came off injured.

Perez, who was also injured and had his head bandaged, curled in a brilliant opener in first-half stoppage time.

The Spaniard tapped in his second when Gayle pounced on Easah Suliman's back-pass and squared the ball.

Ayoze Perez scores his first goal of the season for Newcastle
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BreakingScottish prisoners' remains to be reburied in Durham

The remains of 17th Century soldiers captured at the Battle of Dunbar will be reburied in Durham once research on the bones is completed, Durham University has announced.

They were discovered in a mass grave on the city's Unesco World Heritage Site last year.

The soldiers are to be laid to rest at the Elvet Hill Road Cemetery in Durham city, close to where the remains were originally found.

They will also be commemorated with a plaque which will be made from stone cut in Dunbar. 

The bones

Middlesbrough mum desperate to fund son's brain tumour treatment

BBC Tees

A mother from Middlesbrough says she feels the NHS is "playing God" with her son's future after she was told funding had been refused for brain tumour treatment.

Kara Ingles says the only treatment available for four-year-old Finlay is a laser procedure in America.

Finlay has an inoperable type of tumour known as a hypothalamic hamartoma, and suffers several seizures a day.

Kara is trying to raise £200,000 for the treatment, and in just three months the family and people from this region have raised a quarter of that total, £47,604.

Finlay and his mum

NHS England says decisions are taken by clinicians and experts on the basis of evidence on which treatments are effective.

Pet owner whose dog killed cat in South Shields speaks out

The Shields Gazette

The owner of a dog which killed a little girl’s cat says her pet is no danger.

Michelle Clark has apologised to the family of Mollie Tyrrell after her dog Floyd, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, bit the 10-year-old’s cat Maggie.

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Shields Gazette

Blue House roundabout moor plans 'to be redesigned'

Plans to expand a roundabout on to moorland in Newcastle will be redesigned, the council has said.

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

About 2,000 people attended a protest rally on Sunday against the plans, which they described as "overkill".

The council said it would "review alternative proposals" before submitting its final proposal.

The roundabout

Soldier shot dead in live firing exercise in Northumberland

In case you missed it last night - A soldier has been shot dead during a live firing exercise at a military training area in Northumberland, police said.

The male soldier, serving with the Royal Regiment of Scotland, died in Otterburn at about 23:15 on Monday.

Northumbria Police said the soldier sustained a "serious head wound" and was pronounced dead at the scene. No-one has been arrested.

The soldier has not yet been identified by the Ministry of Defence.


Weather: A dry and bright day

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Any early mist will soon clear, then a dry day with bright or sunny spells.

Cloud may thicken later to give a risk of some evening rain, possibly thundery.

Winds light and with onshore breezes developing coasts will be cooler.  

Check the forecast where you are here.