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  1. Updates on Tuesday 6 June 2017

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A wet and windy evening, with rain easing overnight

It will remain cloudy, wet and windy during the evening and overnight, with the intensity of the rain eventually easing during the early hours, with some short-lived drier spells develop towards dawn.

However, the strong winds will continue through the night.

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Newcastle shows fall in registered voters

An extra million voters have joined the electoral roll ahead of Thursday's general election.

Official data released by councils to the BBC, Press Association and ITN shows some areas have seen the voter register rise by more than 10%.

However, other areas have seen a decline, with one area ofNewcastle among those showing a biggest fall.

Graphic showing areas with fall in voters

North East nurse thanked by royalty in aftermath of London Bridge attack

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An aesthetic nurse who battled her way to reach hospital so she could help the victims of Saturday's terror attack in London has been thanked by the Prince of Wales.

Missing Cramlington teenager found

Watch: Young people talk about the issues which matter to them

BBC Newcastle

This morning, BBC Newcastle broadcast a debate focusing on the view of young people leading up to the election.

The debate was held at the University of Sunderland in partnership with the University's Spark FM.

We also asked young people what issues matter to them - you can watch that below and listen to the full programme by clicking here.

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Arrests after illegal high illness spate

Northumbria Police arrested two men in relation to the supply of illegal highs after nearly 40 reports of people falling unwell in two days.

On Sunday the force was called out 17 times and five people were taken to hospital.

An investigation was launched, but since then there have been a further 20 incidents. In all cases the substance known as Spice or Power was believed to be involved.

One of those arrested, a 19-year-old, has been bailed, but officers have charged a 29-year-old man for possession of a controlled class B drug with intent to supply.

What #getsmyvote: Concern over illegal immigration

In the run-up to the General Election on 8 June, we’re asking people across the country to tell us what #getsmyvote.

Keith Docwrae, 67, is a retired electrician from Wallsend. He is very concerned about illegal immigration and will vote for the party he believes will take a tough stance.

He said: “I very much believe in democracy and my entitlement to vote and the thing I’m most concerned about is illegal immigration.

“But to be honest I’m not sure what can be done about it now though – for the last 20 years the problem has really got out of hand and I think the country has gone to rack and ruin.

“I think the numbers are out of control and the problem has meant less jobs for British workers.

“It may be too late to do anything about it though because illegal immigration has been unchecked for years."

Keith Docwrae

Watch: Family describe witnessing London attack

A family from Teesside describe being in a restaurant during the attack in London on Saturday night.

London attack: 'He stabbed the guy on the floor' says witness

Middlesbrough near the top of the pest problem pile

Middlesbrough Council dealt with more pest problems per head than almost any other in the UK last year, while Sunderland was among the top for rats, new figures have shown.

A survey by the British Pest Control Association (BPCA) found Middlesbrough's pest controllers responded to almost 4,000 - a rate of more than 28 per 1,000 residents, which is the second-highest in the country.

The authority was third in the list for mice, fourth for insects such as bees and fleas, seventh for ants and 10th for birds.

South Tyneside Council was fifth overall – and top of the pile for ants – while Sunderland City Council was sixth overall after finishing third in the authorities called out most to deal with rats.


Folk music legend Vin Garbutt dies

Teesside folk music legend Vin Garbutt has died, his family has announced on social media.

A Facebook post read: "It's with great sadness and extremely heavy hearts that we must inform you that our beloved Vin passed away this morning.

He loved the life he shared with you all, and we know how much he'll be missed. Although we won't be able to see him again, we're grateful that we will be able to listen to him for the rest of our lives."

Vin Grabutt

The Unthanks were among fellow musicians paying tribute.

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Beijing Enterprise fans lay flowers after Cheick Tiote's death

BBC Sport

Zhijie Shao, a reporter for BBC Chinese, says on Tuesday morning members of Beijing Enterprises Group FC's official fan club visited Olympic Sports Centre, the club’s home stadium, to lay flowers on the pitch.

“They came this morning in the rain to pay tribute to Mr Tiote,” Chen Zhenting, the fan club’s spokesman, told BBC Chinese.

“We are in pain and very very sad to see him die at such a young age, really.”

Chen also confirmed there will be further commemoration in the stadium later this month when Beijing play their next home game.

“On June 24, we would pay tribute to the player, as he wore number 24,” Chen said of the match against Harbin Yiteng on that day.

“There would definitely be a silent tribute, and we could stand up holding his picture or his shirt at the 24th minute and chant ‘Tiote’,” said Chen, adding that further details are still being discussed.

Beijing fans lay flowers

France veteran honour hand-out 'almost complete'

The process of handing out more than 5,000 medals to British Second World War veterans who helped liberate France is nearly completed.

On the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, 6 June 2014, President Hollande of France announced that all British soldiers involved were eligible for the Legion d'Honneur - France's highest military and civilian honour.

Now, the French Embassy says there are just 100 more to be given out.

Pte Dick Atkinson, from Whitley Bay, who was awarded the honour in 2015, said: "You feel big headed and mighty proud when you wear it."

DIck Atkinson
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Will Brexit be a factor in Hartlepool vote?

Hartlepool is one of ten seats in which Brexit might play a factor.

Brexit could determine who wins some constituencies. And there will be many other seats where, even if it doesn't tip the overall outcome, it will have an impact on the size of the majority.

UKIP is pinning its hopes on winning over voters who backed it, and one of its top targets is Labour-held Hartlepool, where support for Leave was 70%.

Leave constituencies

Watch: Policeman at Manchester concert: 'I was daddy dancing'

PC Paul Taylor from Darlington said his phone hasn't stopped ringing, since footage of him dancing with fans at the One Love concert in Manchester went viral.

One Love Manchester: Policeman:'I was daddy dancing'

Injured Superbike rider remains in critical condition

A rider who was injured in Sunday's opening Superbike race at the Isle of Man TT event remains in a critical condition, race organisers have said.

Davey Lambert, from Gateshead, sustained multiple injuries after coming off his 1,000cc Kawasaki machine at Greeba Castle.

After being treated at Nobles Hospital on the island, he has now been transferred to a hospital in Liverpool.

Davey Lambert
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A minute's silence 'the least we can do'

Newcastle's Central Station fell silent at 11:00 to remember victims of the London attack.

Central Station silence

Oil rig worker Ron Charlton, who was waiting for a train to go back to work in Aberdeen, said: "It is very important that we never forgot those who lost their lives – a minute’s silence is the least we can do for those who have suffered.”

Ron Charlton

Police appeal for missing teenager

Police are appealing for a missing teenager to let them know she is safe and well.

Shannon Matthewson, 15, from Cramlington, was last seen getting onto the X11 Arriva bus to Newcastle at 08:00 on Monday.

It is possible that she is with another girl in Newcastle and knows the Walker area, Northumbria Police said.

She is described as 5ft 7in, of a slim build with long dark brown hair, and when last seen was wearing a black North Face coat, black school jumper, and black trousers.

Boris Johnson defends police spending record

BBC Newcastle

The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, has been defending the government's record on police spending.

During a campaign visit to the North East he was asked about police numbers in our region, which have fallen significantly across the Northumbria and Durham force areas since 2010.

Speaking on BBC Newcastle, he said: "What we have done is not only invest in policing, but you've seen crime come down.

"The primary job of our great police forces to keep people safe, to make people feel safe on the streets, and that is working, You look at the overall crime figures they are down.

"We have a specific problem with Islamacist scumbags who are out there trying to kill and intimidate - we saw what they did on Saturday night - and we need to tackle that in a variety of ways.

"It's about counter terrorism, intelligence work above all, that's the way to deal with these people."

Boris Johnson

Police seek 'spotty' store robber

Police are seeking a man who threatened a worker with a knife before stealing cash from a Stockton store.

The offender targeted Grays Road Wine Lodge in Grangefield, Stockton, on Sunday evening, and took about £95.

He is described as being described as aged between 20 and 25, about 5ft 6in tall and with a spotty complexion

He was wearing a dark coloured tracksuit and had his hood up in an attempt to cover his face.

Shopppers and firefighters fall silent after London attack

Visitors to the Bridges Shopping Centre in Sunderland observe the minute's silence after the London attack.

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And County Durham and Darlington firefighters also remembered those who were caught up in Saturday night's attack in which seven people were killed and 48 injured.

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Minute's silence after London attack

At 11:00, a minute's silence is to be held across the country to remember the victims of the attack in London at the weekend.

Among the places observing it is Durham Cathedral.

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Fourth arrest after pedestrian motorcycle death

A fourth man has been arrested in connection with the death of an elderly pedestrian two months ago.

John Truscott suffered fatal injuries when he was struck by a motorcycle in Meadowgate, Eston, on 2 April.

The 85-year-old died in hospital 10 days later.

Cleveland Police said a total of four men, aged 15, 19, 30 and 33, have now been questioned, and released from custody with no bail conditions whilst enquiries continue.

Man 'looked into eyes' of London attacker

Paul Clarke

A Middlesbrough man 'looked into the eyes' of one of the three attackerswho killed seven people and injured 48 others in the London Bridge and Borough Market attacks on Saturday.

Paul Clarke was in a restaurant with his wife and two children when the trio burst in on Saturday night.

He said one of the knife-wielding attackers looked directly at him during an attack on one of the restaurant staff and the "horrible" images were still "playing around in his head".

His family was split up during the attack, but escaped uninjured, and were reunited several hours later.

Weather: Rainy spells all day

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Today will be cloudy, cool and wet, with extensive hill fog and persistent, occasionally heavy rain.

It will become windier from the morning, helping to give some improvement in the extensive low cloud, however spells of rain will continue through the day.

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Political hopefuls quizzed in Sunderland

Young people's views on the election are the focus of a live debate on BBC Newcastle this morning.

In the 2015 election, those aged 25 and under were half as likely to vote as the over 65s according to data from market researchers, IPSOS Mori.

BBC Newcastle's youth general election debate is being held at the University of Sunderland starting at 09:00, in partnership with the University's Spark FM. You can listen here.

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Corbyn rally attracts crowds

Jeremy Corbyn addressed thousands of supporters at a rally in Gateshead last night.

During his election visit to the North East, the Labour leader promised extra jobs and housing.

Earlier in the day, he met voters in County Durham, Northumberland and on Teesside.

Jeremy Corbyn speaking at rally
Crowd at Jeremy Corbyn rally

McClaren praises Tiote

BBC Sport

Former Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has been described by Steve McClaren as the "toughest player" he has ever seen - but also a man with "the most beautiful smile in football".

Ex-Magpies boss McClaren paid tribute after the Ivorian, 30, collapsed and died after training on Monday in China.

"At Newcastle if [Papiss] Cisse and Cheick were smiling I knew the world was OK," McClaren told BBC 5 live.

Former Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren paid tribute to the late Cheick Tiote.

"He was the kind of player that everyone wants in their team."

Tiote joined Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises from Newcastle in February. He died in hospital after collapsing at the club's training ground.

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