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  1. Friday 28 April 2017

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Aguero and Jesus

Jack Skelton

BBC Sport

Gabriel Jesus scores a late equaliser as Manchester City twice come from behind to rescue a vital point and dent Middlesbrough's survival hopes.

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Matthew Henry

BBC Sport

Sunderland's 10-year stay in the Premier League ends with defeat against Bournemouth at the Stadium of Light.

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Our updates here have finished for the day and for the week, thank you for joining us. You can still find the latest news on BBC TeesBBC NewcastleLook North and online tonight abnd over the weekend.

We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel at 08:00 on Tuesday.

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Thanks to Dan Myers in Seaham for sending in this photo of a ladybird sheltering from the wind on a nettle leaf. 

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Ladybird on nettle leaf
Dan Myers

Weather: Dry but chilly overnight, sunny spells tomorrow

Any residual light showers will soon die out and then it will become dry overnight, with light winds and some clear spells developing. 

It will turn chilly in clearer spells with a touch of ground frost in places. 

Minimum Temperature: 4C (39F).

Tomorrow will be a mostly dry day with sunny spells, although there remains the chance of an isolated light shower, mainly near coastal areas.

It will feel warmer than of late, and become breezier later. 

Maximum Temperature: 13C (55F).

Fire and Rescue Service educate North East youngsters

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service have been out teaching fire saftey to North East youngsters today.

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Classical musicians take Tyneside

BBC Newcastle

BBC Newcastle's Jon Harle has been chatting to two performers from the Northern Chords Festival which is running until Saturday evening. 

The event was set up by Gateshead musician Jonathan Bloxham in 2008 with an aim to bring some of the most talented young musicians in the world to the region. 

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Man jailed over death of man in Whitley Bay

A man has been sentenced to seven years in jail for the death of a man who died after being assaulted.

Dean Bowe, 32, was found with a head injury at a flat on South Parade, Whitley Bay on 7 September.

Jonathan Armstrong, 44, of the same address, has been found guilty of manslaughter and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170.

After his death, Mr Bowe's family said they had been left "reeling from the shock". 

North East care home praised by Falklands veteran

A North East care home has been praised by Falklands veteran Simon Weston after receiving the results of their CQC inspection.

Woodside Grange in Thornaby was rated as good in all areas by the Care Quality Commission. Last year the independent regulator found that the home, which provides nursing for up to 118 people, required improvement. 

Mr Weston, who is an ambassador for the St Martins Care who run the home, said: "“Recent reports and documentaries have suggested careers in care have little appeal, but at Woodside Grange it doesn’t feel like that, with staff really engaged and happy at work and the recent CQC report reflects that.”

Simon Weston visits elderly care home resident
St Martins Care
Northumbria Police cars

Police are treating the rape as an "isolated" attack but have officers on patrol in the area.

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SAFC have forgotten how to win says Moyes

Sunderland manager David Moyes has said that his side has "forgotten how to win".

Moyes' side could be relegated to the Championship after a decade inthe Premier League if they lose to Bournemouth at the weekend.

He said: "We have forgotten how to win. We have got to find that and we have got to get it back quickly."

He went on to say: "We don't want to go down, but we also want to build momentum. We want to try to get a winning feeling back, we want to try to finish the season as well as we can if that's possible. That's my aim at the moment."

The Black Cats have failed to win a game since 4 February when they won 0-4 against Crystal Palace.

David Moyes

Bands set to Hit the North for one-night music festival

The first Hit the North music festival takes place in Newcastle later.

The event will feature 80 bands at 16 venues across the city. It's the biggest multi-venue festival in Newcastle since the BBC 6 Music festival two years ago.

It is expected the event, which is for one night only, will attract thousands of fans.

Six areas of England will choose new kinds of mayor - metro mayors - on 4 May
As well as electing local councillors in next month's local elections, six areas of England will also be choosing new kinds of local leadership.

Arrests made in Middlesbrough robbery inquiry

A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery by police investigating after money was stolen from a Middlesbrough shop.

Two men were said to have made off with hundreds of pounds after stealing from the till at Premier Store in North Ormesby on Monday. The men had covered their faces with scarves and carried "sharp implements" when they entered the shop on King's Road.

Cleveland Police said shop staff were shaken but that no-one was injured in the attack.

A second man, aged 23, who was arrested on suspicion of robbery earlier this week has been released on bail.

Violence and drug abuse 'being tackled' at prison

BBC Newcastle

Progress has been made to tackle violence and drug abuse at HMP Northumberland, the Prison Officers' Association says.

It comes after a BBC Panorama investigation earlier this year showed problems with drugs, faulty alarms and staff being threatened by prisoners. 

Staff also discovered wire cutters and balaclavas it was thought inmates used to sneak out of their cell blocks.

BBC Newcastle has approached Sodexo, which runs the jail, for comment.

Your Photos: Ominous clouds over the North Sea

Thanks to Len Smith for sending in his image looking out from Amble to Coquet Island in Northumberland. 

Let's hope the sky isn't as moody over the bank holiday weekend!

Stormy sky over Amble Links
Len Smith

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Transporter Bridge the backdrop for Sunday Politics

This weekend's North East section of the Sunday Politics show will take place underneath a Teesside icon. 

The area's mayoral candidates will be talking to the show from underneath the Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough. 

You can catch it on BBC One from 11:00. 

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Teenager speaks of 'living nightmare' after being shot in head with air rifle

Sunderland Echo


A 15-year-old boy woke up in a "living nightmare" after he was shot in the head while travelling on the back of his friend's moped by a man who was annoyed by the noise.

Kyle Johnson in hospital bed
Sunderland Echo

UKIP mayoral candidate answers quickfire questions

Richard Moss has been putting the Tees Valley Mayoral candidates to the test ahead of the election on 4 May. 

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Northern rail strike: 'Peak passed without incident'

In response to today's industrial action by rail staff unhappy over proposals for drivers and guards, Northern says the morning peak "passed without incident".

It added it had now turned its attention to afternoon and evening services but urged customers travelling later to "think carefully about their plans".

Northern published a revised timetable ahead of the 24-hour strike action by RMT members, which got under way at midnight.

Eston Hills vandalism meeting moved to bigger venue

Lisa McCormick

BBC Tees

A meeting to discuss vandalism in part of Teesside has received so much attention it has been moved to a bigger venue.

The public discussion of issues at Eston Hills had been scheduled for the Cleveland Inn, but it has been switched to Birkdale Drive Community Centre at 17:30.

There have been a number of arson attacks in the area and vandals have been accessing the hills by breaking down barriers on illegal off road vehicles.

MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, says: "I think the time has come to just say enough is enough because the scale of the damage now is just getting so much worse." 

RMT strike action support is 'solid as a rock'

The RMT union says backing for strike action by Northern rail staff is "solid as rock".

General Secretary Mick Cash said: "The public support for our members fighting for safe trains for all has been fantastic and the company should take note of what their own customers and staff are saying about their plans and sit down with the union to negotiate a safe and sustainable solution to this dispute."

The 24-hour strike began at midnight in a dispute over the role of guards on trains. 

Arriva Rail North, which operates Northern, said very few trains would run outside 07:00 and 19:00 and urged passengers to check its strike timetable in order to plan their journeys.  


Labour mayoral hopeful faces Teesside quiz

Labour's Sue Jeffrey, who is bidding to become the first Tees Valley Mayor, has faced Richard Moss and his Teesside quiz.

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Holy Island car park will not be put up for sale

Part of a car park on Holy Island will no longer be put up for sale following opposition from the local community, Northumberland County Council says.

The authority had put a section of Green Lane car park on the market as part of a county-wide programme of property and land sales.

The area comprises half the existing gravel car park and part of the grassed overflow area.

Council chief executive Steven Mason said: “The council was well aware of the sensitivities of this site which sits within the Holy Island Conservation Area. We also acknowledged the importance of this facility to the local tourism economy and the concerns raised by local residents.

"We’ve listened carefully to their feedback and are happy to consider either leaving the car park or working with the parish council to consider an affordable housing scheme.”

Sylvain Marveaux

Former Newcastle winger Sylvain Marveaux says he is "co-operating" with investigators after he was arrested in a tax fraud investigation.

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Joey Barton given 'shortest possible ban'

BBC Sport

The FA say the 18-month suspension given to former Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton is the shortest possible ban they could issue.

Written reasons given for his punishment reveal he placed more than 1,200 bets worth more than £200,000 over 10 years - with a loss of almost £17,000.

Barton placed 15 bets on his own team to lose. FA guidelines suggest a fine and a suspension of six months to life is appropriate for a single bet.

Barton's Burnley manager, Sean Dyche, has described the ban as harsh and excessive.

Joey Barton
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Sunderland culture bid submitted

Russ Ward

BBC Newcastle

'Racist comments won't stop mosque open day'

Leaders at a Hartlepool mosque say they won't allow racist comments to stop them holding an open day tomorrow.

The event at the Nasir Mosque on Brougham Terrace attracted comments such as "go back to where you belong" after being advertised on social media.

Amir Nawaz, manager of the mosque, said the open day aims to help eliminate hatred and build bridges with the local community.

Sunderland's fate could be sealed this weekend

Sunderland can be relegated after Saturday's game with Bournemouth if they do not match Hull's result at Southampton. 

If the Black Cats and Hull both lose, a Swansea win at Manchester United on Sunday would seal the fate of David Moyes' team.

Sunderland are bottom of the Premier League and six points behind 19th-placed Middlesbrough.

Moyes has been under fire from fans calling on him to quit.

David Moyes
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Nissan apprentice caught drink-driving blames 'diabetes effects'

Sunderland Echo


A Nissan apprentice blamed his diabetes after being caught over the limit the morning after a drunken bender.

Callum Scott, 18, was stopped on Heworth Road, Washington, following a tip-off to police, Sunderland magistrates heard.

Heworth Road, Washington
Sunderland Echo

Cabbie prosecuted for failing to take assistance dog

Lisa McCormick

BBC Tees

A Durham City taxi driver has been left with a criminal record after refusing to let a passenger with an assistance dog into his vehicle. 

David Nattrass, from West Cornforth, was caught in a Durham County Council investigation telling a woman passenger he would not take her fare because he had nowhere to put her dog. 

Taxi sign

The Equality Act 2010 says taxi drivers must carry guide dogs and other assistance dogs at no extra cost.

A council spokesman said “While we know the vast majority of the drivers we licence comply with this legislation, this prosecution proves we will take action against anyone who does not."

Mr Nattrass has been given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £100 and a victim surcharge. He has apologised for his actions.

Alice Ruggles' parents describe learning of her murder
The parents of Alice Ruggles tell of the moment police told them their daughter had been killed.

Weather: Chilly start, then mostly dry with sunny spells

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a bright, but chilly start, there will be good spells of sunshine with most places staying dry. 

Any cloud will tend to increase by the afternoon though with the odd light shower near the coast. Maximum temperatures won't get above about 10C (50F).

Weather map

As the day goes on it should remain dry, with light winds and some clear spells developing. Where the skies clear, it will stay chilly with a slight frost possible in sheltered spots overnight.

House prices 'on the rise'

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

There is new evidence that the housing market is on the rise in the region.

Housing analysts Hometrack say house price growth in Newcastle has increased to levels not seen for 12 years. 

Sold sign

The average price of a house in the city in March was just over £127,000 - a rise of more than 5% in a year. 

But it remains one of the cheapest cities in the country to get on the housing ladder with only Liverpool and Glasgow ranking lower on the survey. 

Sunderland's City of Culture bid to be handed in

Colin Briggs

Look North

Sunderland is officially joining the running for 2021 City of Culture later, when its first-stage bid is handed in. 

The 30-page document lays out the city's cultural assets, including the Sunderland International Airshow, National Glass Centre, Stadium of Light, museum, coastline and music scene. 

Sunderland city of culture sign

Eleven cities are submitting bids to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

That list will be whittled down to four over the coming months with the winner revealed in December.

Strike hits Northern rail services

A 24-hour strike on Northern rail services has begun in a dispute over the role of guards on trains.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union walked out at midnight over changes due to come into service in 2020.

Arrive train

Northern has warned travellers its routes would be "extremely busy" but said it expected to operate more than 40% of its normal timetable.

The row is over drivers being in charge of operating the doors, and guards being changed to on-board supervisors.

Arriva Rail North, which operates Northern, said very few trains would run outside 07:00 and 19:00 and urged passengers to check its strike timetable in order to plan their journeys.

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