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  1. Updates on Thursday 16 March 2017
  2. Adam Johnson loses appeal against conviction
  3. Aitor Karanka sacked as Middlesbrough manager
  4. Man charged over police pursuit death

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The trainee doctors changing amputees' lives
Two trainee doctors from Newcastle are using their skills to help amputees in Bangladesh.

Through the day: BBC North East Live

Joanne Carter

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We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00, have a good evening.

Kielder braced for the return of its feathered friends

David Ormerod

Police renew an appeal to help trace a teenage boy from southern Scotland last seen heading off to play rugby at the weekend.

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More than 70 new car plant jobs heading to Boldon

The Shields Gazette

A car parts firm is to create more than 70 jobs with the opening of a new sister plant in Boldon. 

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St James' Park

Sound recordist Chris Watson introduces the sounds of Newcastle upon Tyne on match day.
Our urban parks and gardens create green lanes and oases of open spaces within our towns and cities. They are also conduits for wildlife as well as for people. St James' Park in Newcastle upon Tyne does have lush green turf but it is less of an oasis and more of a battlefield because since 1892 it has been the home of Newcastle United football club, and so regularly pounds with the clamour of human voices. At these times its anything but tranquil! On the northern boundary is Leazes Park a formal Victorian park opened in 1873. In this programme, Chris was keen to record the changing soundscape across these two connected parks over the course of a single day, match day. The recordings begin at 3am in the city centre as revellers start to leave the night clubs and make their way home; many of them crossing Leazes Park. A trail of food cartons provide rich pickings for mice which in turn are preyed upon by the park's tawny owls and foxes. At 4am, a robin sings stimulated by the glow of the street light. The first light of the day brings joggers and then parents with children to the park, where their excited chatter mingles with the calls of mallards and coots on the lake. Over the next few hours the park and city are transformed as fans gather for the match. Many arrive at Newcastle Central Station where their enthusiastic and almost deafening chants, are punctuated by the growls and barks of police dogs. The fans are escorted to the stadium. Inside, the match is an orchestra of sound as the voices of the fans ring out with excitement and anticipation, despondency and joy until the final whistle is blown. After the match, the fans disperse, and then the real magpies, return to the park to their night roost; their wild sounds filling the air. Producer Sarah Blunt.

Will you need a brolly or your sunglasses? Here's the weather forecast

Jennifer Bartram

BBC Look North weather presenter

There'll be clear spells throughout the night. Temperatures will fall away quite sharply. One or two showers will continue across parts of Northumberland which could feel quite wintry.

          Jennifer Bartram with a weather map for the North East and Cumbria

School spotlight on healthy eating and exercise to tackle obesity

School Report

Teenage fitness and child obesity has been much in the news and a Newcastle school decided to tackle the problem head on. 

Head teacher at Excelsior Academy, Michael Connolly, said his pupils thrive on being at a healthy school and constantly promote healthy eating, yet the number of children still classed as obese is still an issue, as it is in other schools.

Reporters at the school interviewed PE teachers who said some classes had 50% of pupils classed as obese.

They food provision at dinner times was good with a healthy menu.

However, after their investigation pupils believe there could be stricter guidelines for what students can pick for lunch, for example they cannot order a pudding if they have not had a main meal.

Currently the turnout for after school sporting clubs is around 50% which is only improving year on year.

However, when we compete in extracurricular events it is evident our student fitness levels are not what is expected for our age, something we could improve on.

Excelsior acedemy

Roving reporters grill head teacher on British values

School Report

Our reporters Carla and Jessica get the chance to interview the head teacher of Collingwood School, Michael Connolly on the importance of British values.

The pupils from Excelsior Academy wanted to know his views on how the school should promote individual liberty. 

They are currently attending a diversity conference run for Trainer Teachers.

Excelsior Academy
Excelsior Academy
Billy Paynter

Hartlepool captain Billy Paynter will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on an Achilles injury.

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Family pay tribute to Teesside 'adoring' father-of-four killed in A174 crash

A family has paid tribute to a man who died following a collision on Monday on the A174 in Middlesbrough.

Naveed Hussain, 33, was killed when he was hit by a car on the A174 near the A1044 Low Lane junction at about 04:15 GMT on Monday.    

Naveed Hussain
Hussain family

His wife, Iram, said: “Naveed was a loving husband and adoring father to his four children, aged nine, four, two and five months."

Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident. 

The Great North Children's clown doctors hoping to visit other hospitals

The clown doctors who entertain seriously ill children in hospital have launched a crowdfunding campaign to expand their programme across the region. 

They've been working at the Great North Childrens Hospital in Newcastle for three years supporting the emotional and physical recovery of young people through storytelling, music and play. 

The clown doctors at the Great North Children's hospital
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some lottery-funded projects

The Great Places scheme will benefit 16 areas, with a particular focus on those hit hard by industrial decline.

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Teens spend 'staggering' four hours daily on tablets and mobiles

School Report

Our eager reporters have been interviewing Dr Martin Lee from the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and founder of the 'no phone zone' website on the overuse of mobile devices.

We were bowled over and astonished by the statistics he provided and when compared to our own survey at Newcastle's Excelsior Academy, our results were just as excessive.

We discovered approximately 75% of pupils we spoke to, use their phone for more than four hours a day.

Mr Lee informed us of the negative effects of the overuse of our devices, particularly the impact on our sleeping habits.

He also said further problems could arise such as mental health issues, lack of social interaction as well as the decline in our school work, if the device habit persisted.

Should our parents have more of a say in how much time we spend on them or is down to us ultimately to take more responsibility? Maybe both!

Excelsior Academy
Excelsior Academy

School reveals ambitious plans to run its own radio station

Carla and Jessica

Reporters, BBC School Report

Good afternoon from Newcastle's Excelsior Academy. 

Our roving reporters are ready for a news packed day! We have so much to report on this year.

Our school is very diverse and we have much to discuss from the importance of British values to the overuse of mobile phones by our generation! 

Here at Excelsior we are a multi cultural and diverse place where everyone has the right to think differently. 

We are learning how to put news stories together and are hoping to run our radio station.

Fingers crossed next year that's where we will be reporting from!

Three-person baby licence granted to Newcastle scientists

James Gallagher

BBC News Website, Health Editor

Doctors in Newcastle have been given the first UK licence to create babies from two women and one man, the fertility regulator says.

The advanced form of IVF will be used to prevent children dying from genetic diseases.

The first child could be born, at the earliest, by the end of 2017.

The team at the Newcastle Fertility Centre said it was "good news" and a "momentous day" for patients.

The procedure aims to overcome mitochondrial diseases which leave people with insufficient energy to keep their heart beating.  


Students taking part in BBC School Report News Day

School Report

It's BBC School Report's 11th annual News Day with more than 900 schools around the UK taking part, including some in the North East.

Up to 30,000 pupils will be involving producing reports and taking part in events.

We'll bring you updates duing the day of what some of the schools in our patch have been doing.

You can click on this link to find out which schools are taking part.

Aitor Karanka

Middlesbrough sack manager Aitor Karanka, with the club in the Premier League relegation zone.

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Child charity calls for stricter 'sexting' laws in wake of Adam Johnson appeal

Three judges have rejected Adam Johnson's appeal against his child sex offence conviction and bid to reduce his six year sentence.

Children's charity, the NSPCC, wants the law changed to protect youngsters in wake of the case.

A statement from the charity said:  "It's frightening to think that it is still not illegal for an adult to send a sexually explicit message to a child. 

"Johnson was able to bombard his young victim with hundreds of messages, but could only be prosecuted for physically meeting her. 

"This kind of online grooming would be an offence if the messages were sent in Scotland.

"But police in England and Wales are still powerless to intervene because anti-sexting laws created two years ago have yet to be enacted."

Ryton man who breached his bail wanted by police

Northumbria police want you to help them find this man.

Have you seen him? 

Jack Wilson from Ryton
Northumbria Police
Jack Wilson from Ryton
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BreakingThree-person baby licence granted

Doctors in Newcastle given first UK licence by fertility regulator to create babies from two women and one man. 

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Karanka tweets thank club and fans after departure

Aitor Karanka has put out a series of tweets after it was announced this morning he is leaving Middlesbrough.

In the tweets he thanks players and staff at the club as well as the fans and wished them the best for the future.

He said: "This club will always hold a special place for me"

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Aitor Karanka departure: 'In best interests of club'

Here's the statement from Middlesbrough about the departure of Aitor Karanka:

"Following discussions, both parties have agreed that it is in the best interests of the club to make this change.

"The club would like to thank Aitor for all his hard work over the past three-and-a-half years and for the success we've had during that time. We wish him all the best for the future." 

Steve Agnew will step up from his role as assistant head coach to take control of first team affairs with immediate effect.

Aitor Karanka

BreakingAitor Karanka leaves Middlesbrough

Head coach Aitor Karanka has left Middlesbrough.

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Watch: Food for people who have lost their sense of taste

A chef is working on a project to run cookery classes and develop recipes to help people who can't taste following cancer treatment.

Ryan Riley, originally from County Durham, had the idea while caring for his mother before she died from cancer three years ago.

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Adam Johnson loses appeal against conviction and length of sentence

Disgraced ex-England footballer Adam Johnson has been denied permission to appeal his child sex conviction.

The 28-year-old was jailed for six years last March for sexually touching and grooming a 15-year-old girl. 

He was later refused leave to appeal his conviction and sentence, but launched a second bid late last year. 

A panel of three judges at the Appeal Court dismissed his application today. They also rejected a bid for a reduction in his six-year sentence.

Johnson was found guilty of sexual touching, but not guilty on a charge relating to another sexual act. The former Sunderland player had previously admitted grooming the girl and one charge of sexual activity.

Adam Johnson

BreakingAdam Johnson loses challenge against child sex conviction

Former England footballer Adam Johnson has lost Court of Appeal challenges against his conviction for sexual activity with a 15-year-old fan and his six-year jail sentence.   

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Footballer Adam Johnson to learn result of child sex conviction appeal

Disgraced ex-England footballer Adam Johnson will find out today whether he has succeeded in his appeal against his child sex conviction.

The 28-year-old was  jailed for six years last March  for sexually touching and grooming a 15-year-old schoolgirl.

The former Sunderland player was later  refused leave  to appeal his conviction and sentence, but launched a second bid late last year.

In February a panel of three judges reserved its decision on the new application at the Appeal Court earlier.

Adam Johnson
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Your photos: Sunrise at Cullercoats

The sky was pretty striking on the way into work in Newcastle this morning but it looks like it was even more stunning at the coast.

This was the scene at Cullercoats, in North Tyneside, with a fishing boat silhouetted against the sunrise taken by Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys.

Sunrise at Cullercoats

Footballer Adam Johnson to find out result of child sex conviction appeal

Sunderland Echo


Former England footballer Adam Johnson finds out today if he has succeeded in appeal moves after being jailed for engaging in sexual activity with a besotted 15-year-old fan.

Adam Johnson
Sunderland Echo

Weather: Cloudy with blustery winds

BBC Weather

Today will be mostly cloudy with some rain over the hills although with drier, brighter areas in the east. 

Rain and cloud will move southeast across the area during the afternoon. It will feel cooler than Wednesday with blustery winds.  

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Weather map

Man charged over death of boy in Middlesbrough police pursuit death

BBC Tees

A man has been charged with causing the death by dangerous driving  of a 16-year-old boy in a police pursuit.

The teenager was a passenger in a Ford Focus which crashed while being pursued by police in Middlesbrough on Tuesday.

Flowers at scene

Cleveland Police said a 29-year-old man was due to appear at Teesside Magistrates' Court later. He is also charged with driving document offences.

Three people also arrested over the crash in the Park Road North area have been released without charge.

A1 in Gateshead fully reopened after earlier collision

There have been delays on the A 1 in Gateshead this morning after a collision on the southbound carriageway but the road had been reopened in the last few minutes.

There is still some congestion but it is said to be clearing.

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