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  1. Friday 19 May 2017

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It has been a pretty wet day for much of the North East today - we'll leave you with a picture of two people braving the conditions on the beach at Saltburn.

Swimmers on the beach at Saltburn

Wet weather set to continue

The cloudy and damp conditions will persist through much of the coming night, although the rain should become lighter and more patchy for a time.

Winds will be fresh along the coast initially, but ease overnight.

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Hundreds take part in waltz record attempt

Hundreds of people braved the wet weather when they descended on the seaside town of Saltburn this afternoon attempting to set a record for the world's biggest waltz.

The event organised by Age UK, was aiming to smash the previous record set in Bosnia.

People in Saltburn for record attempt

Lucky plant pot home to winning lottery ticket for three weeks

A group of friends from Saltburn have won more than £1m after storing their lottery ticket in a lucky plant pot.

The winning ticket had been left in the plant pot of syndicate member Steven for almost three weeks before they found out it was a winner.

Each member of The Queens Syndicate, named after the pub the group frequent, will now bank £156, 257.

Steven, a 38-year-old steel fixer, checked the ticket at a shop on the off-chance of winning and he "couldn't believe what he was hearing" when he was told it was a winning ticket.

Lottery winners

New water safety campaign launched in Durham

A North East mother has revisited the spot where her 15-year-old son died to launch a water safety campaign.

Fiona Gosling helped launch the Safe Durham Partnership's Dying to be Cool campaign in Witton Park near Bishop Auckland.

Ms Gosling's son, Cameron, died in 2015 from "cold water shock" after jumping into the River Wear without acclimatising in 2015.

Fiona has since campaigned to educate people about the dangers of jumping into rivers.

"Hopefully we can prevent another family going through what we're still going through now," she said.

Fiona Gosling

Transport plans put to North East voters

In the run up to the General Election, the BBC has been asking a panel of voters their views on various issues.

The latest one was transport, following Labour's manifesto proposal to re-nationalise the railways.

It prompted a mixed response from these people across the North East and Cumbria:

  • Peter: "Re-nationalising the railways is a good idea. It will, over time, give the ability to remove the French and German companies and others from running our services."
  • Leslie: "I think the companies that are running them now do a good job. If it was nationalised it would be like going back to the seventies."
  • Anthony: "A superb idea as long as they can provide the funds to pay for it without raising taxes or more borrowing."
  • Brian: "May work if efficiency and cost are controlled. It is good to have a stable and integrated system but it must remain reliable and cost effective."
  • Kay: "I think the railways should be re-nationalised and bus services too."
  • Robin: "Not in favour. I can remember the shambles that was British Rail. Would concentrate power in the hands of unions and make it more likely that there would be an increase in industrial action."

To the Master of the multi-coloured shorts!


It's Magic Weekend in Super League and we'll have live commentary on all six of the matches in Newcastle on this website.

In the meantime though, meet 82-year-old Jimmy. He plays Masters Rugby League - a combination of touch and contact rugby - which enables players of all ages to train and play matches together all thanks to a clever code relating to their shorts....

Masters Rugby League: Mike Bushell discovers how it works through the colour of the shorts

If you want to find out about how to get into rugby league, read the Get Inspired guide.

Emergency services take part in terror attack training exercise

A multi-agency training exercise was carried out by Northumbria Police at the MetroCentre to test emergency service response to a major incident.

The operation on 17 May aimed to test the skills and processes of both police, other emergency services and the local authority.

The exercise was focused on a terror attack taking place at the shopping centre and is one of a number of similar exercises to have taken place across the country.

Northumbria Police planned the exercise with the Home Office but stressed that the exercise was not in response to any specific threat to the region.

Northumbria Police training
Northumbria Police training exercise
Nortuhmbria police training exercise

'Use NHS services wisely' asks NHS boss

NHS leaders have urged people in the North East to use services wisely over the weekend following last week's cyber attack.

Speaking on behalf of NHS organisations, Dr Neil O'Brien, chairman of the Northern Clinical Commissioning (CCG) Forum said it was important that people consider how they use their local services.

He added: "A&E and 999 emergency services should only ever be used for genuine emergencies which are serious or life threatening."

This warning has been issued to allow NHS services to return to normal and for computer systems to be protected following the ransomware attack.

Boro may be without Gibson next season

BBC Tees

BBC Tees Sport

Ben Gibson has admitted to BBC Tees Sport he "doesn't know" if he will be a Middlesbrough FC player next season.

Boro go to Liverpool on Sunday for their final Premier League game of a season which has seen them relegated to The Championship.

The 24-year-old defender has broken into the England squad in recent times and has high ambitions for himself:

He said: "Every player in the world wants to play in the Premier league and at the highest level, and I'm no different."

Ben Gobson
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Dame Vera Baird 'very pleased' to get letter from Prime Minister

Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has revealed that she received a letter of congratulations from the Prime Minister after it was announced she was to be made a dame.

The former Labour MP was honoured for her services to women and equality at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace today.

Dame Vera said she was "very pleased" to get the letter, in which Mrs May pointed out that they were from opposite ends of the political spectrum, but told her she had demonstrated the difference a determined police and crime commissioner can make.

She also revealed that her staff had got it framed.

Vera Baird

Reflecting on her damehood, she said: "It's very nice. I've always worked as I've wanted to work. It's good to get a rubber stamp of approval for having done that."

Bradley Lowery celebrates courage award with Jermain Defoe
The football fan's battle against cancer sees him recognised at the Pride of North East Awards.

Illegal drug warning after man collapses

Northumbria Police has issued a warning about the dangers of illegal drugs after a man collapsed after taking what have been described as some "new blue Valium-type tablets".

The incident was reported on Monday, but there is concern the tablets might be circulating in the Newcastle and Gateshead areas.

A spokeswoman said: "We're making enquiries to establish exactly what these drugs are and the potential effects they can cause.

"But at this stage we want to alert drug users to the danger and warn people of the dangers of taking illegal drugs, or indeed any drugs that have not been prescribed to them."

'No wedding invite' for Middleton North East relatives

Some North East relatives of Pippa Middleton have hoped that she has a "brilliant day" ahead of her wedding at the weekend despite not receiving an invite.

The Duchess of Cambridge's sister is due to marry James Matthews on Saturday in what has been dubbed the wedding of the year.

Peter Beedle, from County Durham, says his mother is the second cousin of Kate and Pippa Middleton's mother Carol.

But the day will be business as usual for Peter, who will be running his fish and chip shop in Bishop Auckland.

However, he has hinted he will be serving "Pippa's mushy peas" and "Kate's cod" to celebrate the occasion.

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews

South Shields head to Wembley

South Shields FC are heading to Wembley this weekend.

The side will take on Cleethorpes Town in the FA Vase Final on Sunday.

Support has been mounting in the town ahead of the match, with locals pre-ordering 1,000 shirts and 13,000 tickets sold.

Exterior of Wembley stadium
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Your pictures: Sunset in Bishop Auckland

It's looking rather gloomy outside right now - in sad contrast to yesterday evening.

Thanks to Mark Furnell for sending in this colourful photo of the sunset in Bishop Auckland.

Sunset in Bishop Auckland
Mark Furnell

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Northumbria's PCC to be made a dame

Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird will be made a dame today.

The former Labour MP is being honoured for her services to women and equality.

Ms Baird, 67, will be honoured by the Prince of Wales during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Vera Baird

Historic child abuse investigation 'continuing'

Former football coach George Ormond volunteered for Newcastle United's youth team as well as other clubs in the area.

He was charged as part of Operation Tide - which has been running since December - investigating allegations of non-recent child abuse in the sporting community.

In November, Newcastle United said it would co-operate fully with any investigation.

Northumbria Police said that anyone with concerns or information should contact the force.

Northumbria Police investigation Operation Tide started in December

George Ormond has been charged as part of an investigation code-named Operation Tide.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: "We have had a dedicated team investigating allegations of non-recent child abuse within the sporting community since December last year."

Mr Ormond faces 29 charges, dating back to 1973 and spanning more than 20 years.

George Ormond
Northumbria Police

Charges follow investigation into 'non recent child sexual abuse'

Northumbria Police said Mr Ormond was charged following an investigation into "non-recent child sexual abuse in the sporting community".

A spokesman said: "Our investigations are continuing and we urge anyone who may have been a victim of abuse or has any information about suspected abuse within any sporting community to come forward and report it to us."

BreakingFormer Newcastle coach charged with historic sexual abuse

Former Newcastle United coach George Ormond has been charged with historic sexual offences.

The 61-year-old , Westwood View, Newton Abbot faces 29 counts, alleged to have been committed between 1973 and 1998.

He will appear before Newcastle Magistrates' Court on 9 June.

No charges over Burnopfield stand-off

A man arrested after a stand-off with police in Burnopfield will not face any criminal charges, Durham Police has said.

The 47-year-old barricaded himself into a house in Lintz Terrace, and negotiators were called in, but the subsequent stand-off lasted almost 24 hours.

He was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill and criminal damage, but police have now said he has been sectioned.

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Rugby league returns to St James' Park

BBC Sport

St James Park is set to be the host of rugby league's top clubs this weekend.

The Dacia Magic Weekend returns to Newcastle for the third time after generating more than £4m for the local economy last year.

Twelve sides will be playing at the stadium and more than 60,000 fans are expected to attend.

The event has previously taken place at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium and the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.

St James Park
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Hartlepool mosque event aims to bring faiths together

Hartlepool Mail


This Sunday, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community at the Nasir Mosque at Brougham Terrace, Hartlepool, will be hosting a Religious Founders Day.

Tahir Selby pictured outside the Brougham Terrace Mosque
Hartlepool Mail

Can Saltburn waltz to a world record?

There's still time to take part in a world record attempt later today.

Age UK Teesside is hoping gain the record for the largest number of people waltzing at the same time.

The attempt is taking place at Saltburn Pier, with a practice session starting at 13:30.

The charity hopes to snatch the record from current holders Bosnia who managed 1,510 couples dancing at once.

Saltburn pier

River Tees seal spotter sought

A volunteering position as a Seal Spotter at Tees Barrage has just opened up.

The Canal & River Trust needs help with its annual seal survey, from June to October.

Reece Hugill

During the series of one hour-surveys at high tide, volunteers will record the numbers of seals spotted and their feeding behaviour.

Surveys will be carried out from dry land, using binoculars as necessary.

Tees Barrage
Canal & River Trust

Volunteers will be helping support valuable work that will give us a much better understanding of seal behaviour in and around the Tees Barrage."

Zoe FraserSeal survey co-ordinator

Preparations begin in County Durham for visitors to Appleby Horse Fair

BBC Tees

Durham Police say preparations are under way to make sure visitors travelling to this year's Appleby Horse Fair can travel safely across the county.

Durham County Council is setting up temporary stop sites in Teesdale to accommodate travellers.

Six sites will be open from 26 May until 23 June on the A66, A67 and A688. Each will offer temporary toilets, refuse collection points and in some cases, a water supply for animals.

The event in the Cumbrian market town traditionally attracts horse-drawn caravans from across the North East.

Horse-drawn caravan

Man released after rape arrest

A man arrested on suspicion of rape has been released.

The 55-year-old was questioned after a woman reported she had been attacked near a bridge in Redcar on Wednesday night.

Cleveland Police said he had not been released on unconditional bail.

Bradley Lowery honoured at Pride of North East Awards

Bradley Lowery was honoured at the first Pride of North East awards last night, a day after his sixth birthday.

Bradley, who is suffering from neuroblastoma, took home the Child of Courage award.

He was joined on the red carpet bySunderland striker Jermain Defoe, who praised the youngster's "courage and fight".

"For someone so young to actually go through what he's going through, it's amazing", he said.

Bradley Lowery and Jermain Defoe

Awards were handed out to honour members of public who have shown courage, compassion and community spirit.

Each winner will also be included in the shortlist for the national Pride of Britain awards.

Healthy eating range boosts Greggs growth

Healthy food has proved a hit with customers at Greggs, the Newcastle-based baker has said.

The company reported that In the 19 weeks to 13 May, like-for-like sales rose 3.6%, with total sales growing 7.5%.

Although best known for its sausage rolls, pasties and doughnuts, it said sales had been boosted by its healthy eating ranges - including salads, wraps, and fresh juices.


However, it went on to warn that the slowing economy and higher inflation could "constrain" forthcoming profit growth.

Washout for most of day with persistent downpours

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

Cloudy with rain becoming persistent this morning, more especially toward the east.

A cool and wet afternoon and evening will follow, with winds likely to freshen along the coast.

Check out the weather near you.

Sara Thornton

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