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  1. Updates on Thursday 1 September 2016

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There will be further updates this evening and tonight online, on BBC Newcastle and BBC Tees and on Look North.

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Weather: Rain spreading

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It will be dry and cloudy at first this evening, but rain soon spreading southwards. 

It will become breezier overnight with some heavier outbreaks of rain possible. Isolated clear spells may develop in the north by dawn.  

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Fabio Borini out for three months

Sunderland striker Fabio Borini has been ruled out for three months with a groin injury.

The 25-year-old Italian suffered the torn adductor ligament taking a free-kick in the 1-1 draw with Southampton on Saturday and had to be substituted.

It leaves the club with Jermain Defoe, 33, as the only recognised striker alongside 17-year-old Swede Joel Asoro.

Sunderland missed out on the signing of Norwich striker Steven Naismith, 29, on transfer deadline day.

Sunderland's other forward options are 22-year-old winger Duncan Watmore and Manchester United's on-loan winger Adnan Januzaj, while Jeremain Lens has been loaned to Fenerbahce.

Fabio Borini

Festival to celebrate reopening of library

A festival of events is being held to celebrate the reopening of the refurbished Yarm Library.

The new look library, which also houses a new Newcastle Building Society branch, will open its doors on Monday.

The festival will include author sessions, a CSI night and a special Three Boro Writers in Yarm event which sees Harry Pearson, Daniel Gray and BBC Tees’ Bob Fischer talk everything from Teesside to football to sci-fi.

How I left Newcastle United on transfer deadline day

Jermaine Jenas

Former England midfielder and BBC football expert

Back in 2005, there were a lot of rumours about me moving to Arsenal or Tottenham.

I knew I had to get out of Newcastle at the time to better my career. I was unhappy with the Magpies as Sir Bobby Robson was not there as manager and I did not feel like I was developing as a player.

On transfer deadline day, I was on international duty with England so had packed my stuff up and made the trip down south. 

We were at base in St Albans with the national side and I was sat relaxing in a hotel room on the evening of transfer deadline day. 

I got a phone call from my agent at about 22:00 and then one of the England staff came in saying 'you have to go'.

I was then in a car on the way to Chigwell, so before the midnight deadline, I had to have my medical and sign on the dotted line. 

I was young then, only 22, I was fit and playing regular football so the medical did not take long. I didn't do any MRI machines, it was just a general check-up from the doctor, who took my medical history. It was all done within the space of two hours.

Read more here.

Jermaine Jenas was on international duty with England when the call came to join Tottenham from Newcastle in 2005
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Sunderland appeal to Fifa over goalkeeper delay

Nick Barnes

BBC Newcastle's Sunderland commentator

Sunderland have appealed to Fifa over the signing of goalkeeper Mika from Boa Vista as the paperwork was held up at the Portuguese end.

Is this your jewellery?

This jewellery was pawned at Ramsdens in The Galleries in Washington, but Northumbria Police believes it was stolen.

They are hoping the proper owner will come forward.

Northumbria Police
Northumbria Police
Northumbria Police

Redcar cemetery removed from Pokemon Go

A cemetery which saw children "charging about" playing Pokemon Go has been removed from the augmented reality game.

Concerns had been raised about the "inappropriate" use of Redcar cemetery, on Teesside, as a PokeStop.

Local Labour MP Anna Turley wrote to Nintendo about the issue and said she was "pleased" it had now been removed.

The move will allow people to "pay respects to their loved ones in peace", she added.

Developer Niantic has been approached for comment. It has previously stated it takes the issue of "player safety" seriously.  

Pokemon Go player
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Durham Police and Crime Commissioner backs restorative justice

BBC Tees

One of the region's Police and Crime Commissioners has told BBC Tees he feels people need to be made more aware of the positives of restorative justice.

It comes after a committee of MPs called on the Government to expand the use of the programme which allows victims to meet offenders and given them an insight into the impact of their crimes.

Ron Hogg, Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner, recently changed his title to Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner and he's planning to expanding the use of restorative justice by the force.

Ron Hogg
Labour Party

Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha set for Great North CityGames

Double Olympic champion and world record holder David Rudisha will compete at this month's Great North CityGames in Newcastle and Gateshead, event organisers have announced.

The 27-year-old Kenyan will run in the 500m at the street-level athletics event held on the banks of the Tyne on Saturday 10 September - his first event since taking Olympic gold last month.

Rudisha retained the 800m title having won it in London four years earlier.

The Great North CityGames, which will be shown live on BBC One from 14:15, is part of a weekend celebration of sport on Tyneside, taking place on the same day as the Great North 5k and the Junior and Mini Great North Run.

The Great North Run will be staged the next day and will see about 50,000 people take part.

David Rudisha
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Are you happy with your team's deadline day deals? Let us know

BBC Sport

Are you happy with Middlesbrough's and Sunderland's squads, or do you think they should have strengthened further during the transfer window?

Use our team selector to show your thoughts on each position - rather than choosing a starting 11, you will simply be putting a tick or a cross for every position.

Think your first-choice keeper is fine - put a tick there. Worried about right-back? use a cross.

Think you've got one great striker but lack back-up or an alternative, put a tick in one attacking position, a cross in the other. You get the idea.

We will analyse the data to find out which fans are the most content, which would change great chunks of their squad and which individual positions are a cause for concern at clubs.

Boro fans click here.

Sunderland fans come this way.

Sunderland v Middlesbrough

Royal revival for Suffragan Bishop title

Berwick is to have its first Suffragan Bishop since the 16th Century after the title was revived.

This morning, the Queen approved the nomination of the Reverend Cannon Mark Turner. 

The married father-of-two is Warden of Cranmer Hall and Vice-Principal of St John's College, University of Durham.

He will be ordained by the Archbishop of York in a service at York Minster next month.

Mark Tanner
Diocese of Newcastle

The role - which has been in abeyance since the death of its first holder in 1572 - supports the Bishop of Newcastle's ministry across the entire Diocese of Newcastle.  

North East mayor plan set for go-ahead with Gateshead U-turn

Peter Harris

BBC Look North

A deal to bring a directly elected mayor to the North East looks set to go ahead with the scheme's biggest opponent preparing to make a U-turn.

The Government wants to devolve power to an authority made up of seven North East councils, but Gateshead had refused to take part. Now it's moving towards reluctantly voting in favour,

It is the only one of the seven councils which make up the North East Combined Authority to have voted against the deal.

Last week we reported that the government has warned the North East risks losing £900m of investment because of delays approving plans for devolution and the directly-elected mayor it says is a centrepiece of the plan.  

Tyne Bridge

Cable theft sparks house fire

A thief who stole cable, sparking a fire at a property in Stockton, is being sought by police.

Wire was removed from the electric box outside an address on Scarth Walk in Stockton, leaving loose ones which then ignited, causing considerable damage to the front of the property.

The sole occupant in the house was woken by two passers by, and was described by police as "extremely lucky".

Cleveland Police has appealed for information about the incident at 01:00 BST on Wednesday.

Social worker 'failed to assess risk faced by murdered toddler'

The social worker assigned to murdered toddler Liam Fee failed to take necessary steps to assess the risk he faced, a conduct hearing has heard.

Back in July, Liam's mother and her civil partner from Gateshead were sentenced to life in prison for the murder of the two-year-old.

Rachel Fee, 31, must spend a minimum of 23-and-a-half years in jail and Nyomi Fee, 29, a minimum of 24 years for the murder and ill-treatment of Liam  

Nyomi (left) and Rachel Fee were convicted in May of murdering two-year-old Liam

In Dundee today, child protection team leader Karen Pedder told a hearing of the Scottish Social Services Council that she had instructed Lesley Bate to contact Liam's childminder and health visitor after concerns were raised about him in early 2013. 

But there was no evidence she had done so. She said she had "always had some concerns" about Lesley Bate's work. 

Ms Bate faces a number of charges about her role as a social worker involving 13 children between December 2011 and August 2014. Ms Bate has chosen not to appear at the hearing but she denies the charges.

Tesco Bank to move jobs to Newcastle

BBC Newcastle

Tesco Bank is to relocate some customer service jobs to Newcastle as it restructures its operations in Edinburgh.

The bank's Haymarket Yards office in the Scottish capital is set to close.

Around 250 jobs will be moved to customer service centres in Newcastle and Glasgow.

The changes are set to take place in Spring 2017.  

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Transfer deadline day: What becomes of the broken-hearted?

BBC Sport

One man who did not have a good transfer deadline day is Yann M'Vila.

The 26-year-old France midfielder impressed while on loan at Sunderland last season, and looked all set to make the move permanent from Russian club Rubin Kazan yesterday when he posted a picture of himself at Heathrow Airport. 

However, it was not to be, with M'Vila failing to sign and later posting a message on his Instagram saying: "I called Sunderland but they are not picking up the phone, why? My heart has broken."

It's enough to move even the most stoical Sunderland fan to tears - especially after their fairly dismal start to life under new manager David Moyes.

But don't worry Black Cats, Yann could be your man still in January when his contract with Rubin expires. Every cloud, eh?

Yann M'Vila
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Motorbike stolen after three years' restoration work

A vintage motorbike which took its owner three years to restore has been stolen.

The 1981 Yamaha TY250 trials bike , described by police as "distinctive" and valued at £4,000, was taken from a garage in Blyth overnight from Tuesday into Wednesday.

Northumbria Police has appealed for anyone with information, or who may be offered the bike for sale, to get in touch.

Stolen motorcycle
Northumbria Police

Early wicket hunt for Durham

BBC iPlayer: Viewers now need TV licence to watch catch-up

Some news now about the way in which many people watch the BBC:  

All iPlayer users must now have a TV licence to watch BBC programmes - whether or not they watch shows live.

The new rules, which will close the so-called "iPlayer loophole", came into effect this morning.

Previously, only viewers who were watching shows as they were being broadcast required a licence.

That meant it was legal to watch content after broadcast via the catch-up service without paying the annual £145.50 fee.

The changes to the rules are expected to particularly affect younger people, who are more likely to consume content on smartphones or tablets than via traditional television sets.

There's more info for students here.

Got all that? Great. Now you can watch last night's Great British Bake Off:

'Safeguards will be in place' for Middlesbrough town centre development

BBC Tees

As we told you earlier, Middlesbrough Council says 1,500 jobs could be created if the Centre Square area of the town is transformed into an office block.

The deputy mayor has told us there's an "essential" need to create more office jobs in the town.

Charlie Rooney says independent research shows the positions are needed, and that there will be safeguards if the demand doesn't materialise.

"Nothing will be built without being pre-rented," he said. "And we'll have the caveat that if it isn't built in a certain timescale, we have the right to buy the land back and move on from there."

Metro Central Station to close for five weekends

Full list: Middlesbrough's signings in August

Now the transfer window has shut, we see Middlesbrough had a busy August with 12 players coming and going.

Here's the full list of incoming players:

And those who left The Riverside:

Albert Adomah
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Video: Man donates £1m to Alzheimer's Society after his wife's death

If you missed it yesterday, we brought you this story about a retired dentist who has donated £1m to the Alzheimer's Society following the death of his wife.

Malcolm Joyce, 81, from Tynemouth decided to make the donation after looking after his wife Jean who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2008 and died in 2015.

The donation is the largest received from a single donor in its 37-year history, the charity says.

Man donates £1m to the Alzheimer's Society after his wife's death

Music, food and drink in the lee of Holy Island

A festival of music, food and drink and creative arts is getting under way in Northumberland.

The Lindisfarne Festival features performances by Reef, British Sea Power, and Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell.

The four day event is taking place at Beal Farm, overlooking Holy Island.

Gary Stringer, lead singer of Reef
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Open top bus route for Olympic hero Amy revealed

The route for Olympic gymnast Amy Tinkler's open top bus parade has been confirmed.

The celebration for the 16-year-old, who won bronze in Rio, will go through Bishop Auckland to Spennymoor Leisure Centre, where she trains.

Here's the full details:

  • 11:50 - Durham Road, Bishop Auckland
  • 12:00 - Fore Bondgate
  • 12:05 - 12:20pm Market Place
  • 12:20 - Newgate Street North
  • 12:30 - Newgate Street Four Clocks Quarter
  • 12:40 - Cockton Hill Road, 
  • 12:45 - St Andrew's Road,
  • 13:05 - Byers Green village green
  • 13:15 - Middlestone Moor, Front Street
  • 13:20 - Kirk Merrington, Village Green
  • 13:25 - Clyde Terrace and High Street
  • 13:30 - Spennymoor Town Show in Jubilee Park
  • 13:50 - Tudhoe Green
  • 13:55 - Cheapside
  • 14:00 - Spennymoor Leisure Centre

Anyone planning to attend is urged to get there early.

Amy Tinkler
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Blue badge holders face hospital parking charges

BBC Tees

Blue badge holders who have free parking at Darlington Memorial Hospital, University Hospital of North Durham and Bishop Auckland Hospital will soon be charged.

The area's NHS foundation trust says the decision hasn't been made lightly and points to a "challenging financial environment".

It says ending the concession would bring it into line with other health trusts and help protect front-line services. 

Fees will apply whether blue badge holders - disabled people or passengers - are in disabled bays or in main car parks.

It's planned to start charging in the autumn, though a date hasn't been finalised.  

Sunderland sea rescue: Photo of victim Liam Hall released

Police have released a photograph of teenager Liam Hall, who died earlier this week after getting into difficulty in a dinghy off Sunderland.

The 17-year-old, of Southwick, was pulled from the water at the mouth of the River Wear at about 15:20 on Tuesday.

Three other teenagers rescued were said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

Liam Hall
Northumbria Police

Gateshead attempted rape: Man due in court

BBC Newcastle

A man has been charged with attempted rape following an alleged attack in Gateshead.

Artur Baja, 47, of Rectory Place, will appear at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court this morning.

The charge is in connection with an incident in Cotfield Walk, Bensham, on Sunday 1 November last year.

Full list: Sunderland's transfers during August

Sunderland had a busy August in the transfer window. 

The big news yesterday was the signing of Gabon international midfielder Didier Ndong from Lorient for £13.6m.

Here's the full list of signings for the month:

And the outgoings:

Didier Ndong
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Thickening cloud, but a mostly dry day

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Early sunshine will turn hazy as cloud thickens from the west through the day.

It will stay mostly dry, apart from the chance of the odd spot of rain across northern parts by the end of the afternoon.


Check the forecast where you are here.

Knife-wielding would-be deep fat fryer thief jailed

A Sunderland thief with more than 260 convictions has been jailed for threatening supermarket staff with a knife.

Thomas Mason, 67, brandished a six-inch blade when he was challenged stealing alcohol and a deep-fat fryer from Morrisons in Penrith in May.

Carlisle Crown Court heard that Mason,  of Hylton Road, had 266 convictions dating back five decades.

He admitted possessing a bladed weapon and using threatening behaviour. He was jailed for 16 months.

'Tributes to tragic Liam' after sea death

Sunderland Echo


Touching tributes have been paid to teenager Liam Hall who died after getting into difficulties off Sunderland seafront.

Sunderland Echo front page, 1 September 2016
Sunderland Echo

Sissoko leaves Newcastle for Tottenham in £30m deal

BBC Sport

In case you missed it late last night - Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko has moved to Tottenham for £30m.

The London team matched Everton's bid late on deadline day.  

The midfielder made 133 appearances for Newcastle and scored 12 times since he joined from Toulouse in 2013.

Moussa Sissoko
Rex Features

We'll bring you a round-up of all the rest of the deadline day transfers later.

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Catherine Lee

BBC News online

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