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  1. Updates on Thursday 1 June 2017

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Man, 63, attacked by youths

A man has been treated in hospital after being punched in the face by a group of youths in Northumberland after he intervened because of their rowdy behaviour.

It happened at Hirst Park in Ashington on Sunday evening.

Two girls, aged 13 and 14, have been assisting police with their inquiries.

Hirst Park, Ashington
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We carrying out additional patrols in Hirst Park to prevent further anti-social behaviour incidents and to reassure the public. This attack is completely unacceptable and such behaviour will not be tolerated in our community.

We are determined to ensure we keep the park as a safe and pleasant environment for residents and visitors of all ages to enjoy.

We know it's only a relatively small number of young people who are responsible for this attack and the vast majority are well behaved. So it's important we tackle this problem effectively to prevent any recurrence."

Inspector Liz HallNorthumbria Police

Police vehicles damaged during Operation Smoke

Two vehicles were deliberately damaged in two separate incidents as Cleveland Police officers were carrying out a two-week operation on Teesside.

Operation Smoke was launched to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour on the Grove Hill estate in Middlesbrough.

High visibility patrols supported by fire crews and council street wardens were present on the estate to tackle arson and drug dealing, among other crimes.

Despite the damaged vehicles, the force have hailed the operation as a success.

How May campaigned in Darlington with controversial Tory candidate

The Prime Minister and her party's parliamentary candidate for the constituency were pictured last month smiling together and drinking tea with truck drivers at Davies Transport in Darlington.

Earlier today, May defended controversial comments about rape and homosexuality made by Peter Cuthbertson on a blog he wrote while at university.

Theresa May and Peter Cuthbertson
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Theresa May and Peter Cuthbertson
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Mr Cuthbertson wrote that a woman's sexual history should be brought to bare in rape trials, because how promiscuous a woman is is relevant in determining how likely she is to consent.

He also wrote that women of "low morals" were more likely to consent to sex and to lie.

The Prime Minister said "Peter has made it clear his views have changed" when asked if the comments made him an appropriate candidate.

Boro lads crowned Spanish champions

An under 15 football club from Middlesbrough saw off fierce competition to be crowned champions of the Barcelona Football Festival.

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Tory candidate calls pro-choice campaigners “wilfully ignorant scientifically”.

Other comments on Darlington Conservative candidate Peter Cuthbertson's blog suggested that those who do not treat fetuses as unique human lives are “wilfully ignorant scientifically”.

Another comment read "left-wing students, pensioners, nurses, doctors, teachers, local council workers and so on seem to conduct never-ending campaigns to seize more money from other people".

His statement continued:

On my views in 2017, I strongly support the Conservative Party manifesto, which commits to ensuring victims of sexual offences are cross-examined before their trial to ensure they can avoid any distress from appearing in court.

I support much tougher prison sentences for rape, for hate crimes and for other serious, prolific offenders and have campaigned on these issues for four years through the Centre for Crime Prevention. Of course I think someone is innocent until proven guilty.

I strongly oppose Labour's policy of halving the prison population, which could mean many more rapists and other serious criminals on our streets."

PM defends Darlington candidate's' 'shocking' rape comments

Theresa May has defended the Conservative candidate for Darlington whose comments on rape and homosexuality have been branded as "absolutely shocking".

The comments were lifted from the blog of Peter Cuthbertson, who wrote the posts in the early 2000s.

Mr Cuthbertson, who was at university at the time, wrote that a woman's sexual history should be brought to bare in rape trials, because how promiscuous a woman is is relevant in determining how likely she is to consent.

He also wrote that women of "low morals" were more likely to consent to sex and to lie.

When asked during a visit to Teesside if she thought the comments made him an appropriate candidate to represent the party, the Prime Minister said: "Peter has made it clear his views have changed."

A statement has been released by Mr Cuthbertson saying:

I made those comments on a blog as a teenager and I definitely don't have all the same views as my adolescent self. The Conservative Party has changed a lot since I was a Darlington teenager in 2002 and so have I. I recall I was supportive of military intervention in Iraq and of Section 28 then - not positions I now hold.

Theresa May
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Trespassers warned of old Greggs factory

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

Serious concerns for public safety have been raised over youths entering a derelict factory in Newcastle.

The site, on Christon Road in Gosforth, is deemed an extreme risk due to a number of safety issues - including a large quantity of loose asbestos and significant structural damage.

Conversations between Northumbria Police and the owner of the site are said to be on-going, and with the summer holidays approaching, the force says an increased number of people may attempt to enter the building.

Neighbourhood Inspector Karen Murray says young people are ignoring clear warnings at the site.

What these children don't understand is that they are putting their health at risk by entering the Greggs Factory Building. We want to make sure that a child is not seriously injured and are working closely with the owner who has already fitted fencing around the site.

I would ask parents to speak to their children about where they are going when they leave the house and help us educate them about how they could be putting their health at risk".

The police will be liaising with schools about the dangers of entering the site and extra patrols will be taking place in the area.

Speedway: Witches eager to move on from Workington loss

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches boss Ritchie Hawkins will be looking for an improved performance from his team when they host Newcastle Diamonds in the Championship tonight.

Ritchie Hawkins
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"We can’t dwell on Saturday's defeat at Workington and we need to put it behind us quickly," Hawkins told the club website.

"I have heard from a few of the lads who were disappointed with their own personal performance. That is enough for me and you have to accept that and move on.

"It will be a tough meeting because Newcastle always go well at our place and I don’t see that being any different."

Little Mix join Manchester benefit concert line-up

The girl group Little Mix, half of which is from South Shields, will be playing alongside acts including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Robbie Williams at Ariana Grande's One Love Manchester event.

The show will take place on Sunday, with proceeds going to the Red Cross's Manchester Emergency Fund.

The event will come less than two weeks after 22 people died and 116 were injured in a suicide bombing after Grande's concert at the city's arena.

Little Mix at Radio 1's Big Weekend
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Ticketmaster said its website experienced "remarkable demand" when tickets went on sale at 10:00 today.

Tickets sold out within 20 minutes of being released.

eBay have assured users that any tickets auctioned at inflated prices will be removed from the site.

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May challenged over Brexit talks and narrowing poll lead

Theresa May
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Taking questions from the media, Theresa May is asked to spell out what the "dire consequences" she claims would be the outcome of getting Brexit negotiations wrong.

She says that there are people elsewhere in the EU who want to "punish" the UK and those who are "willing to sign up to a deal whatever the price of that deal - they would end up with the worst possible deal at the highest possible price".

Another journalist asks Mrs May to look back to calling the election, when the Tories' poll lead was in double figures.

"Did you ever think in your wildest nightmares that the party would be where it is now?"

Mrs May says voters should think "not about how they voted before but who do they want to see leading this country in the Brexit negotiations".

May backs selective education for 'ordinary working people'

Theresa May, who has backed new grammar schools says: "For too long, politicians have said that if you’re rich or well off, you can have a selective education for your child.

"You can send them to a selective private school. You can move to a better catchment area or afford to send them long distances to get the education you want.

"Yet for too long, those same politicians have sought to deny that right to others – to ordinary working people up and down this land.That is a scandal and we will bring it to an end."

And she tells her audience in Teesside:

If you live in the Midlands or here in the North, you have less chance of attending a good school than children in the South."

Theresa May appeals to EU Leave voters

Theresa May
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Theresa May begins her Brexit-themed campaign speech with a pitch to those who voted to leave the EU nearly a year ago.

"We are now 12 months on from the EU referendum, 12 months since the British people voted for a brighter future for our country, 12 months since they voted to leave the European Union and embrace the world.

"And in one week’s time, they have the opportunity to affirm that decision and secure that brighter future by voting for me to continue as prime minister."

Those who voted to leave the EU "did so with their eyes open", she adds, and defied the establishment "with quietly British resolve".

It is time to act on their instruction, to deliver their will."

PM in Teesside to make speech on Brexit

Press Association

Britain can look forward to a brighter future outside the EU, Theresa May has declared as she sought to breathe new life into the Conservatives' faltering General Election campaign.

In campaign speech in Teesside, the Prime Minister said, freed from the "shackles" of Brussels, the UK could again become a "great global trading nation".

Her appearance comes after she was widely mocked by opposition parties for her refusal to take part in last night's televised BBC debate, sending Home Secretary Amber Rudd instead.

Volunteers give more than 220,000 hours in Bishop Auckland

A joint effort from two charities has seen 1,700 people giving their time over the past year to help attract visitors to the market town.

Eleven Arches and the Auckland Castle Trust hope to establish the town as world-class tourist destination and create future employment opportunities.

Both charities were established by philanthropist Jonathan Ruffer and were behind the Kynren show.

Dubbed as the only open-air live show in the UK, the show sold more than 100,000 tickets during the first season.

Kynren
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The show was made up of a cast containing more than 1,000 local volunteers who were involved with making props and costumes, looking after the animals, setting up lighting and pyro effects and performing.

The next instalment of the show promises a larger cast, with 500 added to the production.

I have made many friends, regained my confidence and put my existing skills to good use, while also learning new ones. Anyone can volunteer, whether it’s alone or with their family, and I would thoroughly recommend it."

Ruth StoreyVolunteer for Eleven Arches and Auckland Castle Trust
Tuxedo Royale blaze: 'She wasn't just a floating nightclub'
Fire breaks out on former nightclub boat Tuxedo Royale.

Middlesbrough cyclists can 'compete with the best in the country'

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A cycling league has been established at Middlesbrough Sports Village.

Cycling talent aged 16-65 will be able to train and compete at the £1.6m track at the former site of the Clairville Stadium.

British Cycling Coach Jack Rees believes that local riders, with the help of good coaching, could challenge national and international medals.

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Surgery helps Hartlepool lad stand up unaided

BBC Tees

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Life-changing surgery has helped a Hartlepool boy with cerebral palsy make remarkable progress.

Alfie Smith, nine, can now stand up unaided after undergoing surgery in March. He is also having extensive physiotherapy.

His family launched a £50,000 fundraising campaign earlier this year to pay for the operation and his mum, Annie, told us she is delighted with Alfie's achievement.

Sunderland Ladies 0 - 1 Manchester City Women

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

An extra time goal from Manchester City Women's Georgia Stanway sent Sunderland Ladies home without any points in Women's Super League 1.

Manchester City Women are now joint first on points with Chelsea Lades at 16 - but are separated by goal difference.

Sunderland Ladies remain in 5th place with eight points.

The statistics from BBC Sport show the scoreline could have been more damaging for Sunderland:

Sunderland V Manchester City stats table
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Sunderland Ladies head coach Melanie Reay tweeted her reaction after the game.

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Police appeal for man who fled court

A 21-year-old man has been on the run for the last week after fleeing court, minutes before he was due on the dock.

Police say they have made numerous attempts to contact Carl Hodgson, of Seaburn Gardens in Felling, Gateshead, but have been unable to trace him.

Mr Hodgson was due at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court for a breach of a community order on Thursday.

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Carl Hodgson
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He is white, 5ft 6in, of slim build and with short mousey hair.

Watch: Firefighters battle flames on the Tuxedo Royale

Emergency services were called to the Tuxedo Royale, which is moored on the River Tees at Middlesbrough, at about 19:00 last night.

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Newcastle experts' fertility hope

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

Doctors in Newcastle say they hope an international study they're leading into male infertility will remove the stress and uncertainty for patients struggling to conceive.

The team at the Centre for Life is working with researchers from other countries to study why some men's sperm is of poor quality and what can be done to treat it.

They say their work could revolutionise the way male infertility is treated around the world.

Two arrests after cannabis farm discovered

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Police have uncovered a cannabis farm in Middlesbrough following a tip-off from members of the community.

Officers were called to a house in Harford Street yesterday afternoon.

About 150 plants were discovered and two men, aged 17 and 20, were arrested.

Cleveland Fire Brigade also attended to make the house safe and part of the road was cordoned off for several hours.

Tickets go on sale for Manchester attack benefit concert

Tickets are going on sale today for the star-studded benefit concert in aid of the victims of the Manchester terror attack.

Chloe Rutherford, 17, and her boyfriend Liam Curry, 19, of South Shields (pictured below), and Courtney Boyle, 19, and Philip Tron, 32, of Gateshead, and were among the 22 people killed in the explosion at the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena last week.

The American singer has announced she will be performing with other stars such as Justin Bieber and Katy Perry on Sunday to raise funds for those affected.

All those who went to the original concert have been offered free tickets for the event at Old Trafford cricket ground, but some say they are still too frightened to attend.

Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry
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Weather: Cloudy with sunny intervals

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudier day than yesterday, but there will still be some warm, sunny intervals.

Most places will remain dry through the day, although some rain is possible over western hills at times later. Expect light winds.

It will remain cloudy overnight, with outbreaks of rain gradually spreading from the north-west to affect most parts by dawn.

The rain will be heaviest in the west.

Check the forecast where you are here.

Weather forecast, Thursday 1 June 2017
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