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  1. Updates on Friday 2 September 2016

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

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Tonight's weather: One or two showers possible

Mostly dry, although there will be the risk of one or two showers during the first half of the night. 

Clear spells are then likely to develop by dawn, with the odd patch of mist or fog also possible.

Check the forecast where you are here.


Travel: Lane closed on A19 due to broken down lorry

BBC Travel

The problems on the A690 in Durham at The Gates roundabout caused by a tractor towing hay bales overturning (see 15:49 below) appear to be easing.

But there's very slow traffic on A1 Western Bypass northbound in Newcastle at the Hexham Turn Off because of an earlier broken down vehicle.  

And there's one lane closed and queuing traffic on the A19 southbound in Billingham between the A689 junction and Norton Interchange because of a broken down lorry.

Get the latest travel news for Tyne and Wear and Teesside.

Shopping centre move for town police

Neighbourhood police officers in Whitley Bay are moving to a new base in the town centre.

The team is relocating from Laburnum Avenue to the nearby Park View shopping centre.

Chief supt Sharon Stavers said: "Being right in the town centre it means people can call in and get advice or ask questions and speak to an officer while in the town centre."

New Whitley Bay Police Office
Northumbria Police

Moyes to appeal to Fifa over goalkeeper signing?

BBC Sport

Sunderland boss David Moyes is facing a real goalkeeping crisis (refer back to my mockery of England's perceived dilemma after Alex McCarthy's call-up), with Jordan Pickford pulling out of the England Under-21 squad with a thigh injury.

He joins Vito Mannone, who started the season as Moyes' first-choice, on the sidelines.

The Mirror are reporting that the former Everton and Manchester United manager is appealing to Fifa over the attempted signing of Boavista keeper Mika, for whom a deal fell through on deadline day. 

Jordan Pickford made his first appearance of the season in the 1-1 draw with Southampton last weekend
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Open day at South Shields Football Club cancelled

An open day at South Shields Football Club has been cancelled due to "unforeseen circumstances".

South Tyneside Council says the event, planned as part of Heritage Open Days next Friday, has been halted.

It would have involved a tour of ground, Mariners Park, and an opportunity to meet the players and learn about the history of the team. 

Delays in Durham after tractor towing hay bales overturns

There's queuing traffic on the A690 in both directions in Durham at The Gates roundabout because this tractor towing hay bales has overturned.

Get the latest travel news here.

Crash in Durham
Neil Oxley
Crash in Durham
Neil Oxley

Sunderland Ladies 'need to kick on and win again'

Sunderland Ladies need to kick on and win again, forward Beth Mead says.

They beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 4-1 last night to move nine points away from the bottom.

Mead said: "We showed glimpses of Sunderland from last year. We worked hard, we worked for each other and showed plenty of character to get the win.

"A lot of people have spoke about second-season syndrome but that's a game we've deserved for a long time and now we have to kick on and have a good end to the season.

"It's nice to have that team back and hopefully we can take that to Notts County and win again."

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Poundworld fined £60,000 after Middlesbrough worker's arm crushed

Poundworld has been fined £60,000 after a woman's arm was crushed when it was caught in a cardboard compactor at the firm's Middlesbrough shop.

The staff member's arm became entangled in the hydraulic press at the company’s former store in Captain Cook Square in December 2013.

Health and safety charges were brought against Poundworld and Easi Recycling Solutions Ltd, which supplied and installed the machine.

Both firms pleaded guilty at a hearing earlier this year and have now been sentenced at Middlesbrough Crown Court.

In addition to the fine, Poundworld must pay £4,800 towards the council's court costs. Easi Recycling Solutions was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £4,000 in costs.

Durham cricketer makes history with sixth century

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

A piece of cricketing history has been made in Durham today where Keaton Jennings has reached his sixth championship century of the season.

He now joins Michael DiVenuto from 2009 and Paul Collingwood from 2005 as the only people to score so many hundreds in one season for Durham.

Jennings also put on 162 for the fourth wicket with night watchman Graham Onions, who reached his first 50 in 204 attempts. 

He was eventually out for 65, LBW to Samit Patel.

Follow live coverage here.

Full story - Three in hospital after chemical incident

Three people have been taken to hospital after a chemical spill in an industrial unit in Billingham, Teesside. 

Firefighters were called to Biochemica UK on the Cowpen Lane Industrial Estate just after 11.20 this morning. 

Cleveland Fire Brigade says the three people were suffering breathing difficulties after a spillage of a chemical at the site. 

They were given first aid by firefighters. 

Station manager Ian Dixon from Cleveland Fire Brigade says it appears to have happened when a chemical turned into a gas:

There was some process taking place with a small amount of chemical, and we believe there was some reaction which has taken place with a different chemical which created a very small gas cloud, but we'd just like to stress there were no off-site implications. It was a very small-scale incident."


'Chemical reaction' caused injuries to three people at plant

The incident happened at Biochemica in Cowpen Lane Industrial Estate, Billingham.

Cleveland Fire Brigade attended at 11:20 after three people suffered from the effects of a “chemical reaction” at the site, which is involved in water treatment.

They were treated at the scene and then taken to hospital.

Three people injured in chemical incident in Billingham

We can confirm this now - Three people have been injured in a chemical incident in Billingham, the fire service says.

More to follow.

Latest from the cricket

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

Great morning from a Durham perspective this one. 

Captain Paul Collingwood said last night his side needed to come out fighting here and they have found an unlikely batting hero in night watchman Graham Onions who has a career-best 49.

Keaton Jenninngs will resume on 90 after the pair batted the entire morning and have forged a partnership of 123 in 34.4 overs. 

Durham now lead by 132 runs at 201-3. 

Follow live coverage here.

'Three people in hospital after chemical incident'

The Gazette newspaper is reporting that three people have been taken to hospital in a potentially life-threatening condition following a 'chemical reaction' at an industrial facility in Billingham.

We're chasing this up with the emergency services and will update you shortly.

Hearing 'should find against social worker of murdered toddler'

A hearing into a social worker who's alleged to have failed the murdered Gateshead toddler Liam Fee has been told it should find every charge against her proven. 

The Scottish Social Services Council hearing has heard evidence that Lesley Bate was erratic, disorganised and chaotic. 

From the hearing, Andrew Anderson reports:

Lesley Bate is charged with failing to take the necessary steps to minimise actual or the potential risk of harm to Liam Fee and a number of other children between December 2011 and August 2014.

The hearing has been told Ms Bate failed to follow up on a referral that Liam had bruising to his face and concerns he had a sore neck. The two-year-old was murdered by his mother and her partner in March 2014.

The Scottish Social Services Council's lawyer has told the committee the witnesses had been highly credible and experienced and the charges are supported by documentary evidence.

Lesley Bate is not attending the hearing and she's not represented. The committee's been told she's relinquished her social work registration but does not admit any of the charges."

Liam Fee
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Festival celebrates £1.8m park renovation

A family festival is taking place tomorrow to mark the completion of renovation work at Newcastle's Walker Park.

The nine-month programme at what the council describes as "an invaluable recreational space" included improvements to the play area and amphitheatre, re-surfacing of footpaths, and installation of new street furniture.  

It was made possible by a £1.8m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Walker Park
Heritage Lottery Fund

New property rental deposits 'lower in Hartlepool'

Hartlepool Mail


Renters moving into a new property in Hartlepool pay deposits almost half as much as those in other parts of the country.

Latest figures by the Deposit Protection Service found those renting a home with a TS postcode between April and June had to put down an average deposit of £553.46.

This is £417 (434%) cheaper than the national average of £970.48, during the same period. 

Driftwood cross highlights refugees' plight

BBC Tees

A cross carved from the driftwood of capsized refugee boats has gone on display at Middlesbrough Cathedral.

For the next three weeks, St Mary's is the home of the cross, made on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, and will be a focus for worship with the plight of refugees in mind.

Monsignor Ged Robinson says the foot-high cross is a symbol of solidarity between the church and refugees. 

Cross carved from the driftwood of capsized refugee boats

Sunderland Ladies move nine points clear of bottom

BBC Sport

Sunderland Ladies moved nine points clear of WSL 1's bottom side with victory over Doncaster Rovers Belles, who remain without a point.

Maz Pacheco tapped in her first Belles goal to make it 1-0, but the visitors levelled when Victoria Williams' shot went under goalkeeper Nicola Hobbs.

Abbey Holmes put Sunderland ahead before Kelly McDougall's volley made it three, after Hobbs saved a penalty.

Beth Mead then provided for Maddie Hill to smash home and round off the win.

Kelly McDougall (left) celebrates scoring Sunderland Ladies' third goal against Doncaster Rovers Belles

Your photos: Paddle boarder at Tynemouth

Many people across the North East saw some pretty amazing skies last night as the sun set.

Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys took this stunning shot of a paddle boarder off the coast at Tynemouth.

Paddle boarder off Tynemouth

Did you take any photos? If so we would love to see them - you can tweet us @BBCNewsNEemail us, or contact us through our Facebook page.

Moussa Sissoko on Everton talk: 'It's funny, I was watching TV'

BBC Sport

Transfer deadline day is great, isn't it? According to him, while reports were stating that he'd signed for Everton from Newcastle, new Spurs midfielder Moussa Sissoko was sat at home laughing at the TV. 

“I never went to Everton,” he told L'Equipe.

“It’s funny. I was watching TV, and I saw that a deal had been done with Everton and that I had signed for them.

“But I was in London, waiting to sign my contract [with Spurs]." 

He duly signed that contract with Tottenham, to transfer from Newcastle for £30m. Presumably he went back home to watch himself signing the contract on TV again afterwards.

Moussa Sissoko
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Record month of call outs for Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade says it had a record month of call outs in August.

The group sprung into action 25 times, including twice within 20 minutes on 18 August.

One of those incidents saw a 13-year-old boy put into an induced coma after suffering head injuries when he fell from cliffs at Tynemouth.

Captain Peter Lilley said: "Our current total of 97 calls during 2016 is one of the highest totals we have ever had at this time of year and suggests we are likely to have one of our busiest years on record.

"This record was set in 2008 when the brigade attended 147 calls across the year. Although this record number of incidents is noteworthy, it is a total that we would have preferred not to reach."

Rescue teams carry a 13-year-old boy away from the beach after he fell from a cliff at Cullercoats
John Tuttiett Photography

New Passport Office opens in Durham

Adrian Pitches

BBC Look North

I'm at the official opening of a new Passport Office in Durham. 

It's the biggest in the UK and will process two million applications every year.  

Passport office

Inadequate Sunderland children's services 'making progress'

A children's services department which was last year rated inadequate for serious and widespread failings is making "significant progress" in one of the areas it was criticised over, inspectors say.

An Ofsted report in July 2015 rated Sunderland City Council as inadequate across a range of services including child protection, adoption and children in care.

Last month the education watchdog made its first monitoring visit since then and in a letter to the local authority said progress is being made in improving services for care leavers.

Council leader Paul Watson called the findings "heartening".

Sunderland Civic Centre

Girlfriend's tribute to dinghy death teen

The girlfriend of Liam Hall, who died after getting into difficulty in the sea off Sunderland, has paid tribute to the 17-year-old.

Courtney Anne Richardson was with Liam and two other friends in the dinghy when it started taking in water. 

He tried to swim to the shore, but disappeared, and was only found after a two-hour search.

Liam Hall
Norhtumbria Police

Miss Richardson, who was rescued along with the other two teenagers, said of Liam: "He was a really happy person.

"He loved to be out with his friends. He just laughed at everything."  

Woman hurt in air rifle shooting

A woman was shot with an air rifle in what Durham Police says was a "painful and distressing" experience.

The 33-year-old felt a sharp pain in her leg while walking across the footbridge over the A688 in Bishop Auckland on Sunday.

She was taken to hospital where a pellet was discovered embedded in her flesh.

Air rifle wound
Durham Police

Durham Police has appealed for anyone with information about the incident to get in touch.  

Metro passengers advised of weekend disruption

The Metro is warning trains will be off between Hebburn and South Shields until about 18:40 on Sunday to allow for maintenance work.  

A replacement bus service number 900 will run between the stops.

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Oliver and Amelia top the table for baby names in the North East

The annual list of the most popular baby names in England has been released today and Oliver and Amelia top the table for parents in the North East.

Amelia was also the most popular last year, but Oliver has overtaken Jack during 2015, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The top boys names in the region (number of births):

  1. OLIVER  337 
  2. CHARLIE  313
  3. JACK  307 
  4. JACOB  279 
  5. HARRY  260 
  6. JAMES  248 
  7. THOMAS  240 
  8. WILLIAM  230 
  9. ALFIE  197 
  10. JOSEPH  191 

 Total: 14,663        

And for girls:

  1. AMELIA  247 
  2. OLIVIA  240 
  3. EMILY  225 
  4. AVA  204 
  5. ISLA  182 
  6. ELLA  179 
  7. EVIE  162 
  8. JESSICA  159 
  9. SOPHIE  152 
  10. GRACE  145 

 Total: 13,734

There were four new entries in the top 100 most popular boys’ names in 2015 for England and Wales: Jaxon, Roman, Reggie and Carter. 

These replaced Owen, Robert, Joey and Finlay which were in the top 100 in 2014.

There were six new entries in the top 100 most popular girls’ names: Penelope, Mila, Clara, Arabella, Maddison and Aria. These replaced Lydia, Faith, Mollie, Brooke, Isabel and Amy.  

Sir Bobby Robson Foundation to fund four posts

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, which has now raised £10m, works with hospitals on Tyneside to develop new cancer treatments.

It is going to give about £1m to fund four clinical research and nursing posts at the Newcastle University Centre for Childhood Cancer.

Sir Bobby's former oncologist Prof Ruth Plummer said: "Funding these new posts is a natural extension of the work the foundation already supports.

"We have an established clinical trials team for adults and we're building on that expertise and expanding to create a 'matching' team for children."

Bobby Robson

Family of Cian Morrison-Allen thank families for amazing support after his death

The Gazette


The grieving family of a Middlesbrough tot who lost his fight with cancer have spoken publicly for the first time to thank their community for the “incredible support” they received.

Front page of The Gazette, 2 September
The Gazette

Dinghy accident victim's girlfriend tells of last sighting

The girlfriend of a teenager who died in the sea off Sunderland says she can still hear him shouting for help.

Liam Hall had tried to swim to shore when the dinghy he and three other youngsters were in started taking in water on Tuesday afternoon. 

The 17-year-old, from Southwick, got into difficulties and disappeared. He was found two hours later following a search operation, but died in hospital. 

Courtney Ann Richardson

His 18-year-old girlfriend, Courtney Ann Richardson, said: "All I can remember is just panicking, seeing Liam's head going under the water and not coming back up.

"It was horrible, I can still see it all the time."

Alan Shearer delighted as Sir Bobby Robson's charity passes £10m

Former Newcastle and England striker Alan Shearer, who is also a patron, has given his reaction to the news Sir Bobby Robson's cancer charity has raised £10m.

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Plans for 400 homes near Middlesbrough rejected

A controversial planning application for 400 houses in Teesside has been rejected by Redcar and Cleveland Council's planning committee. 

Last week, planning officers recommended the application for land next to Flatts Lane Country Park, near Nunthorpe, be turned down. 

The decision by the committee was unanimous.

Flatts Lane Country Park

Lady Robson 'extremely proud' as charity reaches £10m

Sir Bobby Robson's wife, Lady Robson, says she is delighted his charity had raised £10m.

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation works with hospitals on Tyneside to develop new cancer treatments and has spent millions of pounds on equipment.

Lady Robson said: "Starting the charity was literally something we talked about over the kitchen table. We'd been asked for help and this was Bob's way of giving it.

"I'm extremely proud of the work we fund and it meant the world to Bob. Every time we are able to fund something which will help make a difference to cancer patients, I think of him."

Fernando Couto, Assistant manager of Braga and Allan of Braga lay reefs with Lady Elsie Robson and Fabricio Coloccini of Newcastle United during a Pre Season Friendly between Newcastle United and Braga at St James' Park on August 10, 2013 in Newcastle, England
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A cloudy day, with the chance of light rain

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A mostly cloudy day, although there could be some brighter spells during the late afternoon and early evening.

The chance of light and patchy showers, especially during the early afternoon.


Sir Bobby Robson's charity passes £10m mark

The cancer research charity set up by Sir Bobby Robson has raised £10m, organisers have revealed.

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation was established in 2008 while the former Newcastle United and England manager was receiving treatment for the disease. He died the following year.

The charity initially had a £500,000 fundraising target.

His wife, Lady Robson, said she was "very grateful", labelling the milestone "absolutely unbelievable".

Bobby Robson