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  1. Updates on Friday 26 May 2017

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That's all from us for this week, but to get you in the mood for the Bank Holiday weekend, here's a picture taken this morning of Tynemouth's Long Sands beach basking in the sunshine. It was one of a number on North Tyneside to be awarded Blue Flag status earlier this week.

You can stay up to date with what's happening in the North East with BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle, Look North, and online.

You can get in touch on Twitter, Facebook, or via email.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday, have a very good weekend.

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Manchester attack prompts act of kindness from school children
The school children and their act of kindness in response to the Manchester terrorist attack.

Police name motorcyclist killed in collision

A man who died when his motorcycle was involved in a collision with a car in Northumberland has been named as Shaun O'Connell.

The 33-year-old, who lived in Throckley, was pronounced dead at the scene on the A696 near Kirkwhelpington on Thursday morning.

Shaun O'Connell
Northumbria Police

His family said in a statement: "We are devastated. Anyone who knows Shaun will know what a loss this is.

"We are a motorbike family - we all love to go out on the bikes and this was just an ordinary day. Sadly everything has now changed."

Paul Dummett

Owain Llyr

BBC Wales Sport

Defender Paul Dummett's decision not to play for Wales is only temporary, according to his club Newcastle United.

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Festival drug death teenager 'could have been spiked'

A corner has concluded that a 17-year-old from Seaham who died at a music festival in Scotland could have been spiked by drugs.

Megan Bell collapsed at T in the Park event last July.

The inquest in Crook was told that she had extremely high levels of ecstasy in her blood stream.

However, due to a "gap in the evidence" it was not possible to tell whether she voluntarily took the drug.

Megan Bell

Dry, warm and muggy with long clear periods

It will be a dry, warm and muggy evening and night with long clear periods.

An onshore breeze near the coast may bring some mist and low cloud at times later in the night.

Weather graphic

Check the weather where you are by heading to the BBC Weather page.

'Industrial size' cannabis farm discovered

Almost 500 cannabis plants were seized by police in Hartlepool, after the landlord of the Brougham Terrace property called about a possible break-in.

The 476 plants, in various stages of growth, are estimated to be worth in excess of £400,000.

No arrests have been made, but Cleveland Police said enquiries were continuing.

Cannabis farm
Cleveland Police
Cannabis farm
Cleveland Police
Cannabis farm
Cleveland Police

This farm is a significant find. I would urge anyone who has information on drug dealing or drug use in their neighbourhood to contact us."

PC Simon LowtherNeighbourhood Policing Team

Re-appeal to find missing pensioner

Cleveland Police are again appealing for information to help them trace a 75-year-old man who was reported missing yesterday.

James Hannan
Cleveland Police

James Hannan went missing from Grangetown, Middlesbrough and was last seen at 14:45 in Scarborough where he is believed to have travelled by bus.

James is wearing black trousers, a beige top and was possibly carrying a brown bag.

Craig Harrison

Hartlepool United appoint The New Saints boss Craig Harrison as their new manager, after their relegation from League Two.

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Buns and guns in Newcastle Centre

Armed police officers watch on as a group of primary school children hand out free biscuits and cakes:

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The pupils are doing their part to put smiles on peoples faces in what they say is an act of kindness in direct response to the Manchester terror attack on Monday.

Lewis Alessandra

Notts County sign forward Lewis Alessandra from relegated Hartlepool United on a two-year deal, for an undisclosed fee.

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Man pays homage to Donald Trump with 'bricklayers wanted' tattoo

A 32-year-old man who claims to be the UK's biggest fan of the American President spent three hours being inked with a mock advert for bricklayers.

Lee Willians, from Teesside, says the tattoo is a "good advert" for Trump's pledge to build a wall on the America/Mexico border - which he supports.

Donald Trump tattoo
Sunderland Echo

COPD a 'growing threat' in Hartlepool

Hartlepool Council's Public Health team estimates that 1,600 people living in the town could already have a potentially fatal disease linked to smoking.

Lung health checks started four years ago, and in that time, 368 people have been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Hartlepool Street
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The council aims to tackle the problem by raising awareness of free 30-minute health checks, and an online survey has been commissioned to help measure awareness.

Police take part in Bradley Lowery fundraiser

Final mile completed for "amazing boy".

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Richard Peniket

Gateshead sign striker Richard Peniket on a one-year contract, following the expiry of his deal at FC Halifax Town.

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Bank holiday events go on despite Manchester attack

Durham Tees Valley Airshow, and the Northumberland County Show are among a number of events set to go ahead this weekend, despite the Manchester attack.

Although there may have been some questions around whether gatherings would still go ahead, the vast majority of people seem determined to carry on regardless.

The Northumberland County Show - an annual agricultural event which attracts about 20,000 visitors - is taking place on Monday.

Organiser Judy Willis told the BBC armed officers would patrol the site at Bywell, near Stocksfield, and "strategic plans" are in place for a variety of scenarios.

Agricultural event

Large numbers are also expected to attend the Skylive Airshow being staged at Durham Tees Valley Airport, near Darlington, on Saturday.

Airshow preparations

Man hit with bottle in street robbery

A man suffered head injuries and a broken nose when he was hit over the head with a bottle during a robbery in Middlesbrough.

The 29-year-old was walking across the wasteland area between Diamond Road and Waverley Street on Tuesday night when he was approached by three men.

One of them struck him with a bottle, and cash and his leather jacket were then taken.

Cleveland Police has appealed for information about the incident at 23:15.

Cleveland Police continue to assist Manchester

BBC Tees

Family liaison and disaster victim identification are amongst the roles that officers from the North East have taken on in Manchester, after Monday nights terror attack which left 22 people dead.

Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Roberts says Cleveland Police will continue to provide specialist assistance to the force's Manchester colleagues.

He told BBC Tees that sending local resources was not to the detriment of the North East, and that it was vital to continue to stand together against terrorism.

Police in Greater Manchester
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Footballer given suspended ban for betting

Inverness defender Lewis Horner - originally from Tyneside - has been given a suspended eight-match ban for betting on football.

The 25-year-old breached the Scottish FA's zero-tolerance rules on gambling by placing 12 bets in 2011-12 and 343 bets this term, including one against a "team from his own club".

But Horner will not serve any punishment if he proves he has beaten his gambling problem, and will be given help to overcome it.

Lewis Horner

Training exercise for community fire crew

Confined space equipment was tried out - on the banks overlooking the mouth of the Tyne.

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Severe accident: A189 Northumberland southbound

BBC News Travel

A189 Northumberland southbound severe accident, at A192 affecting A193 Front Street.

A189 Northumberland - A189 in East Hartford blocked and queuing traffic southbound at Three Horse Shoes Roundabout, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Congestion to the A193 Front Street junction.

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

Millennium Bridge lit up to celebrate equality

The Gateshead Newcastle bridge was lit up last night to celebrate Face Equality day - which takes place today.

More than 80% of people who have a facial or bodily disfigurement have been abused or harassed in the street, according to a report by the charity Changing Faces.

It's estimated there are just over 6,000 people living with a deformity in Newcastle alone.

The charity hopes the report will raise awareness of the discrimination people with a disfigurement face on a daily basis.

Millennium Bridge
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Armed police in Newcastle City Centre

Grey's Monument is busy today.

A group of school children are handing cakes and biscuits to the public to put smiles on people's faces.

They are calling it a "random act of kindness" in response to the Manchester attacks.

A number of armed police officers are also present in the centre of the city.

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Missing Newcastle man found

Northumbria Police have found a 32-year-old man who was reported missing.

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Richard Vincent
Northumbria Police

Events taking place to remember terror attack victims

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

Events are taking place across our region to remember those who died in Monday's terror attack in Manchester.

Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry
Family photo

A minute's silence is being held this evening at Marsden Cricket Club in South Tyneside as a tribute to teenage couple Chloe Rutherford and and Liam Curry, from South Shields (pictured above).

Liam, who was 19, had been a member of the club since he was six.

Balloon releases are also taking place in South Shields and in Seaham this evening.

A service is also being held tonight for Philip Tron and Courtney Boyle from Gateshead (below) who were also killed in the Manchester attack.

Courtney Boyle and Philip Tron
Family photo

It's due to take place at the Angel of the North at 19:00. Yellow balloons will be released and flowers will be placed at the monument.

Weather: Very warm again, but cooler on the coast

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will be dry, sunny and very warm again inland.

But there will be more of a breeze than Thursday and feeling cooler along the east coast.

During the afternoon some cloud is likely to develop, but all parts will stay dry.

Weather map

Temperatures just about everywhere should reach 24C (75F).

That onshore breeze near the coast may introduce some mist and low cloud at times later.

Check the forecast where you are.

Airshow returns to Durham Tees Valley Airport

BBC Tees

Up to 18,000 people are expected to attend the Skylive Airshow at Durham Tees Valley Airport, near Darlington, tomorrow.

Aircraft on display include a Lancaster bomber (pictured), Spitfire and the Eurofighter Typhoon as well as a flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.


The airshow returned to the airport in 2015 for the first time since 1989.

Organiser Chris Petty said efforts had been made this year to attract a wider audience with the addition of a class car show featuring more than 250 vehicles.

Police appeal to trace missing Newcastle man

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

A man has gone missing from his home in Newcastle.

Richard Vincent, 32, of Southmead Avenue in Blakelaw, was last seen in the city centre near to Spital Tongues at 15:50 yesterday.

Richard Vincent
Northumbria Police

A Northumbria Police spokesman said his family are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Mr Vincent is 6ft 3in with a shaven head and glasses.

He is believed to be wearing an Adidas tracksuit and carrying an Aldi bag.

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