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  1. Updates on Monday 20 March 2017
  2. Man arrested over Bradley Lowery charity box theft
  3. Man's death being treated as murder

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The medics using drainpipes to help amputees

BBC Inside Out

Two trainee doctors from Newcastle are using their skills to help amputees in Bangladesh.

Matt Walton and Zaamin Hussain set up a clinic on behalf of charity Naya Qadam Trust to fit people with artificial limbs - made out of melted drain pipes and rubber tyres.

So far the young doctors have raised more than £7,000 and have helped more than 70 people.

You can watch the full film on Inside Out on BBC One at 19:30 tonight.

The trainee doctors changing amputees' lives
Police in Sunderland

Steven Thompson left the teenager with a "serious head wound" after the shooting in Sunderland.

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Agnew wants Middlesbrough manager's job

BBC Sport

Middlesbrough head coach Steve Agnew says he wants the manager's job at the Riverside on a permanent basis .

The 51-year-old took charge of Boro for the first time  after Aitor Karanka's sacking  as they  lost 3-1 to Manchester United  at the Riverside on Sunday.

Agnew
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Boro owner Steve Gibson said before the Premier League match that Agnew could be "the glue to unify us completely".

Asked if staying in charge was what he wanted, Agnew said: "Of course. It's a club I have a big affection for."

Speaking to BT Sport, he added: "It's a pleasure to be in charge of the team and see them respond."

Three quizzed in Whitley Bay murder probe

Lloyd Watson

BBC News Online

Here's the latest on the murder of a man in Whitley Bay.

Police investigating the murder of a man at his North Tyneside home have arrested a woman.

Matthew Davis, 39, was found dead at the property in North Parade, Whitley Bay on Friday.

Northumbria Police said a 29-year-old woman was being held on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Five men were arrested on suspicion of murder, and two have since been released with no further action, with three continuing to be questioned.

Whitley Bay
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Middlesbrough v Sunderland date announced

Middlesbrough's clash with Sunderland will take place on 26 April, it has been announced.

The fixture had to be rearranged from the 11 March after Boro advanced in the FA Cup.

That takes the Boro's total number of matches to seven for the month of April.

Middlesbrough fixtures
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Durham residents 'support' creation of new council

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

Residents in Durham have voted in favour of creating a new parish council for the city .

Durham County Council  said 66% of respondents to a public consultation  supported the plan.

Durham Castle
Duncan Leatherdale

The consultation was held after MP Roberta Blackman-Woods submitted a petition calling for locals to be asked their thoughts on creating a City of Durham Parish Council.

County councillors will be asked to agree draft recommendations in June.

More than 11,700 people were contacted with 2,819 responding. Of those, 1,856 were in favour of a new council and 958 were opposed to the proposal. There were five spoilt papers.

Agnew: Boro players showed excellent attitude

BBC Sport

Middlesbrough's caretaker manager Steve Agnew said he was pleased with the "fighting spirit" shown by his players in their 3-1 home loss to Manchester United .

'Excellent' Boro attitude pleases Agnew

Conman warning after bogus bank card collection

Catherine Lee

BBC News online

Police have issued a warning after a bogus bank worker conned a man out of his bank cards.  

The victim was called on Saturday by a man claiming to be from Lloyds Bank, who told him there had been a problem with his account.

Arrangements were made for a "representative" from the bank to visit him at home and take away his bank cards.

The suspects logged on to the account and attempted to make two transactions. 

Insp Dave Gordon, from Northumbria Police said:"Our advice is never disclose any personal information and never hand over cash or bank cards."

Newcastle move clear at top of the Championship

BBC Sport

Newcastle moved a point clear at the Championship summit despite being held to a goalless draw at Birmingham City on Saturday .

Matt Ritchie nearly opened the scoring in the first half when he beat Blues keeper Tomasz Kuszczak, but Ryan Shotton got back to clear.

Match action
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Ritchie had a goal ruled out for offside and Kuszczak saved from Dwight Gayle's header as Newcastle dominated.

Kuszczak made a low stop to deny Ritchie, while Lukas Jutkiewicz had Blues' only shot on target late on.

Severe accident: A184 Tyne And Wear westbound

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A184 Tyne And Wear westbound severe accident, between A1114 and A1.

A184 Tyne And Wear - One lane closed and very slow traffic on A184 Askew Road westbound in Gateshead between the A1114 junction and Dunston Interchange, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Northumbria Police seek scrapbook officer Henry Littler's family

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

Relatives of a police officer who kept a scrapbook of his career are being sought .

Henry Littler
Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police wants to give the book compiled by Henry Littler back to his family.

Mr Littler, who joined the then County Borough of South Shields Police in 1929, started his collection of cuttings and pictures in the 1930s.

Picture from scrapbook
Northumbria Police

  Ch Insp Chris Grice described the book as "fascinating" and a "piece of history".  

Warrant card
Northumbria Police

Motorcyclist suffers 'life-threatening injuries' in crash

A motorcyclist has suffered potentially life-threatening injuries in a crash.

The 22-year-old's motorbike left the road at about 13:40 yesterday on Parkway in Glebe in Washington.

"For reasons yet to be established the motorbike left the road at the junction of Cleeve Court," Northumbria Police said .  

He was taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary. Police are appealing for witnesses.

South Shields' Arca fulfills career dream with Wembley date

BBC Newcastle

Former Middlesbrough and Sunderland midfielder Julio Arca will fulfil a lifelong ambition when South Shields face Cleethorpes in the FA Vase final at Wembley on Sunday, 21 May .

Arca, 36, played 317 league games but never made it to the national stadium during his professional career.

Arca
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However, he scored to help South Shields to a 6-1 aggregate Vase semi-final victory over Coleshill Town.

"It's a personal dream," the Argentine playmaker told BBC Newcastle.

"We did it and everyone deserves it at the club - the manager, the players and the people behind us who worked really hard to have a quality ground."

Sheep swept away down river after dog attack

Several sheep have been killed in Northumberland .

Police said two dogs managed to get into a field and attack pregnant ewes yesterday on the Hermitage Tyne Green in Hexham.

Some of the sheep were chased into the river and killed as they were swept down river, police said.

The two dogs and their owner have been traced and an investigation is under way.

Northumbria Police is reminding dog walkers to keep their dogs under control while out walking in the countryside particularly at this time of year when ewes are in lamb.

Bishop Auckland drug and alcohol support centre opens

A new centre for people seeking help for drug and alcohol addiction  has officially opened in Bishop Auckland .

Saddler House Recovery Centre will offer immediate access to people and their families needing support.

People celebrate the opening
Durham County Council

The centre replaces a previous service and has been jointly funded by Durham County Council and Public Health England.

The council said alcohol is a factor in 35% of violent crimes in County Durham and 40% of domestic abuse cases.

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Hundreds of new trees to be planted in Morpeth

BBC Newcastle

About 330 new trees are to be planted in Morpeth including the replacement of 90 trees felled at County Hall to make way for a school.

Northumberland County Council said they had been told by the Forestry Commission to replant trees after clearing the way for the new Morpeth First School.

County Hall Morpeth
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The new trees will be planted at Deuchar Park and Stobhill over the next nine months and will include flowering cherry, rowan, birch, oak and a range of up to 16 exotic tree species.

Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services, said: "It addresses the Forestry Commission's requirement for replanting in response to the recent felling of 90 trees at the County Hall site to make way for the new Morpeth First School."

Moyes: We missed some big chances today

BBC Sport

Sunderland manager David Moyes said his side missed some big chances in their 0-0 home draw against Burnley on Saturday, the 13th game this season in which they have failed to score.

Sunderland, whose goalkeeper Jordan Pickford played more passes (48) and had more touches (59) than any teammate in the Burnley encounter, next play away to Watford in the Premier League on 1 April.

David Moyes was left rueing missed chances as his Sunderland side were held by Burnley.

I, Daniel Blake wins two Empire Awards

North East actor and comedian Dave Johns was named best newcomer at the Empire Awards.

He took the lead in the Ken Loach film I, Daniel Blake which was filmed on Tyneside. It was also named Best British film at the awards.

Geordie duo Ant and Dec tweeted their congratulations to Dave Johns on his win.

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Sunderland seven points from safety

BBC Sport

Bottom club Sunderland drifted further from safety with a 0-0 draw at home to Burnley on Saturday, their sixth home match in a row without a win .

Burnley should have made their early superiority tell through Ashley Barnes, who prodded wide from six yards out just before the break, following Scott Arfield's defence-splitting flick.

Match action
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After half-time, Sunderland improved hugely, and Tom Heaton made a fine stop at his far post to deny Adnan Januzaj's volley, before Billy Jones somehow headed a glorious chance wide from four yards out.

Jordan Pickford denied Sam Vokes with three minutes to play, while Heaton pulled off another save to turn Fabio Borini's shot wide as both sides continued to spurn good chances right up to the final whistle. 

They are now seven points behind 17th placed Swansea City with 10 games to go.

Drivers warned about Askew Road gas main replacement work

BBC Newcastle

Commuters who use the busy Askew Road in Gateshead are being advised they might want to leave more time for their journeys over the next two months.. 

Emergency work is being carried out between the Redheugh and Tyne Bridges to replace the gas main.

It will involve the closure of Hill Street as well, which is used by a lot of buses, so they're being redirected on to Askew Road instead. 

Northern Gas Network says it'll take about eight weeks to complete.

Five arrested in Whitley Bay murder inquiry

The death of a man in Whitley Bay is being treated as a murder,  police have said .

Matthew Davis, who was 39 and from North Parade, was found  found dead in his home  on Friday evening.

North Parade
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Five men have been arrested on suspicion of murder, Northumbria Police said. Details of his injuries have not been released. A force spokeswoman said a post-mortem examination was carried out on Saturday.

The men aged 26, 27, 43, 51 and 65 are in custody helping police with inquiries.

Middlesbrough lose first match after Karanka

BBC Sport

Middlesbrough lost their first game after the departure of manager Aitor Karanka  with a 3-1 defeat at home to Manchester United yesterday.

Ashley Young's deep cross found Marouane Fellaini at the back post to head past Victor Valdes, before Jesse Lingard's terrific strike doubled United's lead after the break.

Fellaini scores
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Boro, with head coach Steve Agnew in charge following  Karanka's departure on Thursday , were invited to apply pressure and when Chris Smalling made a mess of an easy clearance in the box, substitute Rudy Gestede pounced.

But former United keeper Valdes slipped in stoppage time and Antonio Valencia's tap-in secured the three points. Boro are 19th in the Premier League five points behind 17th placed Swansea City although they do have a game in hand over the Welsh side.

Man arrested over Bradley Lowery charity box theft

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A man has been arrested  over the theft of a charity box raising funds for a five-year-old boy with terminal cancer .

The box for Bradley Lowery was stolen from The Lunch Box in Peterlee on Sunday,  the Northern Echo reported .

Bag of coins
Durham Police

On Monday,  Durham Police tweeted  a picture of coins in a bag and the message: "Got your money back mate, keep fighting buddy."

Bradley, five, from Blackhall Colliery near Hartlepool, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2013.

Bradley Lowery
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