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  1. Updates on Friday 3 March 2017

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Newcastle go five points clear at the top of the Championship with victory at third-placed Huddersfield.

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Alex Bysouth

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Marko Arnautovic's double helps Stoke to victory as Middlesbrough slip into the Premier League relegation zone.

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Weather: Cloud and rain this evening

It's not looking that great to be honest.

Cloud and rain persisting through the evening and into the early hours, with heavy bursts in places along with some brisk winds.

Rain becoming more intermittent in the south later, with winds easing.  

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Durham power lifter joins national team

BBC Newcastle

Durham teenager Chris Marshall only started power lifting 12 months ago, but he has now been selected to represent Great Britain.

The 17-year-old flies to Denmark to compete in the European championships next week and takes part in the world championships in June. 

Chris Marshall in training

Extra Metro trains for Sunderland v Man City clash

Hundreds of colleagues and friends attend funeral of Durham policeman

Photos from the funeral of PC Gavin Shaw who appeared on Channel 5's Police Interceptors show how popular he was.

He died from cancer at the age of 34 last month and the service was held at Durham Cathedral earlier today.

He leaves behind a wife and four-year-old daughter.

Durham Cathedral
Joanne Coates
Officers outside Durham Cathedral
Joanne Coates
Police dog outside Durham Cathedral
Joanne Coates

New homes 'unaffordable for eight out of 10 locally'

Nearly eight out of 10 families across England are unable to afford newly built homes in their local area , a report by housing charity Shelter says .

Its research shows rising house prices hitting all parts of the country, not just London and the south-east.


The government is investing £50bn by 2021 in housing loans and subsidies, but more than half of this is being earmarked for "market-priced" housing.

Tim Healy confirms Benidorm return

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

North East actor Tim Healy will return to ITV comedy Benidorm for its next series after a sudden illness saw him drop out of the show last year. 

Production has now begun on a 10th season, which will broadcast in 2018 and will see Healy take back his role as loveable cross-dressing hotel worker Les/Lesley. 

The 65-year-old was taken ill while shooting series nine in Spain and spent several days in a coma.

Tim Healy

Investigation into calls to limit drinking times in Hartlepool

Hartlepool Mail


Calls to turn the clock back on pubs and clubs being able to serve alcohol are to be further investigated by licensing chiefs.

Durham policeman had 'infectious personality'

The funeral of a police officer who appeared on Channel 5's Police Interceptors has been held in Durham.

PC Gavin Smith died from cancer aged 34 on 15 February. Officers formed a guard of honour to accompany his cortege from Durham Market Square to Durham Cathedral.

Insp Ed Turner, of the Roads Policing Unit, said: "Gav was one of those characters who just put everybody at ease, no matter who was in his company.

"The station was always a more lively place when he was there. He had one of those infectious personalities."

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Sunderland 'doing everything they can'

BBC Sport

There's never an easy match when you're bottom of the Premier League table, and this week Sunderland have another toughie when they host Man City on Sunday.

"The players are doing everything they can - in training and in games - to stay in the Premier League," said boss David Moyes, whose side are looking to avoid a third consecutive defeat.

"If they keep doing that we'll have a great chance."

"You have to have two or three different game plans because Man City can play in many ways with many different players.

"Against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur we played well and we have to do that again."  

David Moyes
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Hartlepool MP 'disgusted' with investigation into missing toddler

BBC Tees

The MP for Hartlepool says he's "disgusted" that police investigating the disappearance of a toddler 36 years ago did not release a crucial witness account until this week

Katrice Lee was two years old when she went missing from a shop near a German army base. Despite a witness saying they saw a man putting a girl matching her description into a car, a photo-fit of the man has just emerged. 

Iain Wright says he'll be writing to the foreign office to demand answers.

Efit image of man
Royal Military Police

Karanka announces plans to tackle Boro's goal drought

Aitor Karanka has ordered Middlesbrough to approach each of their last 12 Premier League games as if they were cup finals in the battle for survival. 

Boro have made it to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, where they will face Manchester City next weekend, but head coach Karanka wants his players to treat each of their remaining league games as sudden-death clashes. 

The first of those will come at Stoke on Saturday, with the Teessiders clear of the relegation zone only on goal difference and having not tasted top-flight victory since 17 December. 

The barren run continued with last Saturday's disappointing 1-0 defeat by fellow strugglers Crystal Palace .

Aitor Karanka
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BreakingGreggs heir convicted of abusing of boys

The heir to the Greggs bakery chain has been convicted of a string of sex offences against boys over 30 years.

Colin Gregg, from Gosforth, Newcastle, had denied indecently assaulting four boys while he was a teacher and head teacher, beginning in 1963.

But a jury at Leeds Crown Court convicted him after a trial lasting almost a month .

He had been accused of nine counts of indecent assault on boys aged between 10 and 14.

Colin Gregg
Tuxedo Royale

The derelict vessel, which has no owner and is sinking at its berth, is to be dismantled.

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Durham comes to standstill in tribute to police officer who died of cancer

Durham city centre came to a standstill in tribute to a popular police officer who died from cancer aged 34.

The funeral of PC Gavin Smith, a traffic officer who featured on the TV programme Police Interceptors, was held at Durham Cathedral with fellow officers forming a guard of honour. 

They lined up in the Market Square then led the cortege along Saddler Street and marched up to the cathedral for the service which was attended by the Chief Constable Mike Barton.

          The coffin of Pc Gavin Smith who died of cancer aged 34, is carried past a police guard of honour at his funeral held at Durham Cathedral.

Married to Kezi and father of Tilly, four, PC Smith lived in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, and joined the police in 2004.

He was described as calm, polite and was known for dealing with people with dignity.

Photo of Gavin Smith
Durham Constabulary

Porsche stolen in two in one burglary

Raiders smashed the rear patio doors of a North Tyneside house and then stole the keys to a Porsche parked outside and drove off in it. 

The theft happened at a home in Brambling Place, Wideopen, between 19:20 and 20:00 on 28 February.

Northumbria Police is appealing for help to trace the vehicle.

Cayman Porsche
Northumbria Police

Engineering firm to treble workforce

Gateshead-based engineering firm Sevcon has announced it is to treble its workforce to almost 300.

The company, which makes speed controllers for electric and hybrid vehicles, has been based on the Team Valley for more than 50 years.


Chief executive Matt Boyle said an additional 200 posts would be filled over the next three years.

The company posted record sales in 2016 of £40m - up from £33m in 2015.

Raiders steal £10,000 equipment and trash allotment site used by disabled people

The Shields Gazette

Heartless thieves have ransacked an allotment site used by disabled people - stealing thousands of pounds worth of equipment.

The raiders smashed their way through gates at the Holder House Allotment Project, at Whitleas, South Shields, in an overnight raid.

Allotment site trashed
Shields Gazette

Hospital staff attacks on the rise

Gerry Jackson

BBC Look North

Reports of attacks on hospital staff at North Tees and Hartlepool hospital have doubled over the last six years - one of the highest increases recorded in England.

North Tees Hospital

Figures released by North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust show that in 2010 there were 88 reported attacks, but by last year that figure had jumped to 179.

The trust says it takes a zero tolerance approach on intentional physical and verbal abuse towards staff.

Weather: Bright spells with some outbreaks of rain

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

Today will be rather cloudy with some patchy rain in places at first, but soon becoming dry for most. 

Some brighter spells at times through the day before cloud thickens from the south later with persistent rain arriving during the late afternoon.

Weather map

Maximum temperatures should stay around 8C (46F).

Later we'll see some cloud with rain persisting through the evening, with heavy bursts in places, especially over higher ground.

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Len Smith sent us this photo of Yorkshire Terrier Cindy Lou deserted on Warkworth Beach in Northumberland. 

Warkworth Beach
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