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  1. Updates on Tuesday 21 February 2017

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Promotion hopefuls Gateshead move up to sixth in the National League with a 3-1 win at struggling York City.

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That's us all done for another day - thank you for joining us.

You can catch up with the latest news tonight on BBC TeesBBC NewcastleLook North and online.  

If I had a dog, I would take it for a walk along one of our region's lovely parks.

But I don't - so this picture sent by Look North watcher Mark Beadle is giving me serious walkies envy.

Two very cute dogs
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We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 and hope to see you then. 

Darlington car park changes

A car park in Darlington will close on Monday to make way for the new Riverside Park.

Darlington Borough Council said the spaces at the back of the Town Hall will be redeveloped into a park which will include walkways, trees, seating areas and a viewing platform to provide some "much-needed green space close to the town centre".

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The new park will more than compensate for the loss of car park spaces at the Town Hall as it will create an area where people can enjoy the riverside location whilst still only being a stone’s throw from the town centre."

Bill DixonCouncil leader

It is estimated the park will be completed by summer 2017. 

Weather: Cloudy and windy ahead of Storm Doris

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Windy and mostly cloudy with outbreaks of rain, spreading to affect most parts for a time overnight with some heavy bursts possible. 

Colder, drier air will spread southwards before dawn - minimum temperature 4C (39F). 

And don't forget - Storm Doris is coming:

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Motorcyclist dies in parked van collision

A man has died after his motorbike collided with a van in South Tyneside.

The collision happened just after 21:00 on Monday in the back street of Mountbatten Avenue at the junction with Kelly Road in Hebburn.

It has not yet been established why the motorbike collided with a parked van.

The victim, a man in his late 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mountbatten Avenue/Kelly Road
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Job losses at SAFC

A number of jobs will be lost following a review of Sunderland AFC's business operations, the club has confirmed.

In a statement, the business said it had "lost its focus".

We want to ensure that the football club is in the best possible position to grow stronger, both on and off the field. The decisions have not been taken lightly... club staff have been advised of the procedures and timescales involved.”

Martin BainChief executive

Arson attack in Darlington park

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A children's play area in Darlington's South Park has been badly damaged by vandals in an arson attack.

Police believe the climbing frame and play equipment were set on fire last night.

Our reporter Andy Bell is at the scene:

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Prince Harry praises local charities

During Prince Harry's visit to the region he spent time with Head Start, a charity which provides mental health support to ex-service personnel, and Project Nova, which identifies and supports veterans involved in anti-social and criminal activity.

He praised the groups, saying that many people "have been taken out of an incredibly dark place" thanks to their help.

Prince Harry added: "They have turned their lives around and can be recognised for the service that they gave and the people that they are, rather than the mistakes they made."

Prince Harry talking to two girls
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Man who spat in baby's face during racial attack is spared jail

The Shields Gazette

An attacker spat into a baby's face and shouted "white people shouldn't breed" in a sickening race-hate assault in South Tyneside.

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Missing 15-year-old boy found

A 15-year-old boy has been found after being reported missing more than 10 days ago.

Brandon Rainbow, who went missing on 10 February, has been found safe and well in the Grangetown area of Middlesbrough.

Brandon Rainbow
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Boris Johnson mistaken for Mr Trump in Toon

Boris Johnson has admitted he's been mistaken for Donald Trump.

The Foreign Secretary - who like the American President has distinctive hair - told the Commons it happened when he was in Newcastle.

I'm embarrassed to tell you Mr Speaker, that I was mistaken for Mr Trump I think in Newcastle which rather took me back... a very humbling experience it was for me, as you can imagine."

Boris JohnsonForeign Secretary
Donald Trump and Boris Johnson
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Armed robber steals cash from bookmaker

A robber armed with a knife stole cash from a bookmaker in Newcastle.

The man threatened a female worker at Coral on Acorn Road in Jesmond during the robbery at about 19:30 GMT on Sunday.

Coral store
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Northumbria Police said nobody was injured, but staff were "very shaken" by the incident. 

The offender is described as white, about 6ft (1.8m) tall and of slim build. He was wearing a black top, a black hat and a scarf that covered his face. 

He made off down Coniston Avenue towards West Jesmond Metro station. 

Parking charges coming to Seaton Carew

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More than 3,000 people signed a petition against it - but Hartlepool Borough Council has today announced that parking charges will be coming to Seaton Carew.

The new system will be installed on 1 April, with charges set at £1 for two hours of parking.

Seaton Carew
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One local business owner says the changes will cost her £442 a year as she needs regular access to the beach.

Councillor Marjorie James denied that the changes were "purely a money-making exercise", and said the area had a "problem with nuisance parking that needed dealing with".

Hospital plans: Durham, Darlington and Teesside

BBC News Health

The NHS region covering Durham, Darlington and Teesside will have a funding gap of £281m by 2020-21 if nothing is done.

There are plans to save £110.7m by reconfiguring hospital services, including consolidating A&E on to two sites, and developing urgent care centres. There are also plans to save nearly £10m through centralising maternity, paediatrics and neonatal intensive care, and £21.7m through centralising pathology.

Overall there will be a significant shift from hospital to out-of-hospital care, reducing elderly emergency admissions and saving £42.9m.

Elderly woman in critical condition following car crash

A woman is in a critical condition after driving on the wrong side of the road in Alnwick.

The accident happened on the A1 on Saturday when the woman's vehicle collided with another car.

The woman was travelling south on the northbound carriageway when the crash took place.

The 76-year-old woman suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary for treatment, where she remains in a critical condition.

A 33-year-old man also suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital. His condition is described as stable.

Boat rescue video released

Video footage has been released by the RNLI of their Blyth crew assisting a stricken boat off the North East coast.

The lifeboat towed the small fishing boat into South Blyth Harbour on Friday.

Click here to see the video.

The rescue
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Crowds await Harry at the quayside

Peter Harris

BBC Look North

His visit to Gateshead is one of Harry's three engagements in the North East.

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Man stabbed in Newcastle city centre

A 22-year-old man is in a critical condition after being stabbed in Newcastle city centre.

The attack took place in Princess Square yesterday afternoon. Five people remain in custody.

Police are asking to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time so they can "paint an accurate picture of what exactly happened".

Officers and a cordon remain in place at the scene.

Prince Harry visits Tyneside

Prince Harry has begun his North East visit.

He arrived at Gateshead Civic Centre to a cheering crowd to meet veterans at a Walking with the Wounded event.

He will later visit mental health charity Together at the quayside before finishing his visit with a trip to Gosforth.

Anyone spotted him yet?

Prince Harry talks to woman
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Prince Harry
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New observatory to open in Kielder

A brand new £200,000 state-of-the-art observatory is to be built in Kielder.

Kielder Observatory managed to raise the money for the project thanks to funding from the National Lottery and the Rural Development Programme for England.

The facility is due to open in the summer and will be built next to the existing observatory in Northumberland Dark Sky Park.

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Hospital plans: Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and North Durham

BBC News Health

The Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and North Durham NHS region faces a funding gap of £641m by 2020-21, local plans show.

According to NHS proposals analysed by the BBC, key savings will come from substantially reducing hospital admissions, especially through accident and emergency, increasing the amount of care that takes place out of hospital and reducing the number of acute hospitals running in the area.

The region is currently in the process of developing out-of-hospital care services across health and social care that will allow people to get the help they need closer to home, which it predicts will save about £89m by 2021. 

Currently, there are seven acute sites, and the plan is to cut these down, consolidating emergency services into fewer hospitals, which it predicts will save about £39m by 2021.

Benitez: 'Gayle's injury severity unknown'

BBC Sport

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez saysit is not yet known how serious the injury suffered by his top-scorer Dwight Gayle in a 2-0 win over Aston Villa is.

Gayle, who has scored 20 goals in the Championship this season, limped off after 33 minutes having previously missed six matches with a hamstring problem.

Benitez and Gayle
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Benitez told BBC Radio Newcastle: "Dwight Gayle seemed like he wasn't comfortable from the beginning and then he said he was feeling something in his hamstring. We don't know how serious it is. We have to wait.

"This is a very difficult division. Every game is tough and we were playing against a good team with very good players. They pressed well at the beginning and it wasn't easy for us to play how we wanted. We needed to score to open up the game, and after the second goal it was more open. We had more chances and more control of the game.

Watch: Durham woman raised £7,000 to bring dogs to England

BBC Newcastle

A County Durham woman rescued four dogs in Sri Lanka after finding them in poor conditions.

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Fire crews tackle blaze involving 300 tonnes of hay bales

About 300 tonnes of baled hay were on fire in the Hamsteels area, County Durham this morning.

Two crews from County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service were involved in tackling the barn fire.

They also called for the environmental protection unit.

Your photos: Dog walkers as sun rises at Cullercoats

It was a beautiful start to the morning for many of us across the North East.

Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys was up early to take this photo of dog walkers in front of a fishing boat at Cullercoats beach, North Tyneside.

Dog walkers at Cullercoats
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Disabled girl's family 'overwhelmed' by donations

A County Durham family say they've been overwhelmed with offers of support since the BBC told their story on Friday.

Jade Gadd, 16, is virtually trapped in her home because it's so hard to manage her wheelchair or stretcher down the stairs in her Durham home and steep steps outside. 

Jade
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She has the genetic condition Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome which means she's in constant pain, her joints regularly dislocate and she has seizures. For three years her family's battled for alterations to their home. 

Durham County Council said it's taken time to work out what's needed but could now offer a grant for £30,000 - about half the estimated cost of alterations.

Nearly £8,000 has been donated to an appeal set up by the family.

Your photos: Beautiful morning in South Shields

Dare we say it, but it seems to be feeling a bit more springlike and we have been having some lovely mornings recently.

One of our team took these photos at South Shields this morning.

Morning in South Shields
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Morning in South Shields
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What are plans for your hospital?

BBC News Health

Plans have been put forward to cut hospital services in two-thirds of England, a BBC analysis shows.

The proposals have been put forward by local NHS bosses as part of a national programme to transform the health service and save money.

They include everything from full closures of hospitals to cutting some specialist services such as accident and emergency and stroke care. Ministers argue patients will receive better care in the community.

Click here to search for the plans for you local area. We will also bring you local plans throughout the day.

Newcastle go top with 2-0 Villa win

BBC Sport

Newcastle United scored a goal in each half to beat Aston Villa and go a point clear at the top of the Championship.

Yoan Gouffran netted the opener from four yards at St James' Park on Monday and another goalmouth scramble resulted in Henri Lansbury turning the ball into his own net.

Gouffran scores
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But Newcastle's victory was soured by the loss of top scorer Dwight Gayle, who limped off after 33 minutes.

Gayle - the Championship's leading scorer with 20 league goals this season - appeared to suffer a recurrence of the hamstring problem which had kept him out for six matches.  

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