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  1. Funeral takes place of Manchester bomb victim
  2. The Hoppings opens doors for 135th anniversary
  3. Folk legend Vin Garbutt's funeral held
  4. Updates on Friday 16 June 2017

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Safety advice for tower block residents

Your Homes Newcastle says it want to reassure people with the leaflets and says high rise blocks in Newcastle are safe places to live.

Safety advice for Newcastle tower block residents
Adam Elliott in his Ford Ka

Adam Elliot - caught driving with his head poking from a car roof - is jailed over a separate crash.

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North missing out on learning languages

Sean Coughlan

BBC News, education correspondent

There is a stark north-south divide in whether young people in England are learning modern languages, an annual survey from the British Council says.

In some London boroughs, 75% of pupils take a language GCSE, while in authorities such as Middlesbrough and Blackpool it is below 30%.

The survey also suggests that this languages gap is getting even wider.

The British Council says the lack of language skills is costing the UK "tens of billions in missed trade".

French words
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Ellis Short

Sunderland say the search for a new manager will be put on hold while they are in talks with potential new owners.

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Man arrested after policeman injured on bypass

A man was arrested after a police officer was injured in a collision as he was standing beside a road dealing with another incident.

The officer suffered head and leg injuries when he was struck on Billingham Bypass on Tuesday night. He was taken to hospital but released later.

A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol, driving dangerously and no insurance. He was released with no bail condition as inquiries continue.

Lindisfarne Castle restoration 'going well'

BBC Newcastle

The National Trust says a £3m project to restore Lindisfarne Castle in Northumberland is going well and they hope to be able to reopen to the public next spring.

Centuries of exposure to the sea and wind have taken their toll and the Grade I listed building had started to leak.

Lindisfarne Castle

The large scale project includes the restoration of stonework, painting and windows.

Nick Lewis from the National Trust said it was a difficult decision to close the site for so long, but that it was necessary to prevent further deterioration.

Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

With the 2017 county season in full swing, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

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Man released after chemical seizure

A man arrested after chemicals were found at a house in Heaton has been released, police have said.

The 42-year-old was held yesterday after officers were called to an address on Heaton Park View following reports of suspicious behaviour.

Ch Supt Neil Hutchison said: "We have carried out a full assessment and are very confident that the chemicals recovered pose no risk to the wider public.

"There is an ongoing investigation to determine if any criminal offences have been committed."

Incident in Heaton

Watch: Blue plaque unveiled at former Mayfair Ballroom

Dozens of plaques were revealed yesterday to mark BBC Music Day and recognise pioneering musicians and music venues.

In Newcastle Lindisfarne founder member Ray Laidlaw unveiled the plaque at the site of the former Mayfair Ballroom - now where The Gate is.

It was where the band which became Led Zeppelin made their UK debut in October 1968.

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Driver hurt as Land Rover overturns

A driver was seriously injured when his Land Rover overturned in Sunderland.

It happened about an hour ago on Chester Road at the bottom of Penshaw Monument.

The road remains closed, with diversions in place at the Shiney Row roundabout, but there is a lot of congestion in the area, and motorists are being asked to find alternative routes.

Northumbria Police said the driver had been taken to hospital, but it has not released any further information about his condition.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick

Sunderland will travel to Bury in the EFL Cup first round following their relegation from the Premier League.

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Preston say no approach from Sunderland over Grayson

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Preston have so far received no approach from Sunderland about manager Simon Grayson.

Grayson has been made favourite to succeed David Moyes after Derek McInnes turned down the Black Cats job last night in favour of staying at Aberdeen.

It is understood Grayson is on a rolling contract at Preston, which contains a large compensation clause.

The 47-year-old is the second-longest serving manager in the Championship, behind Mick McCarthy, and the 10th across the top four divisions of the English game.

Severe accident: A183 Tyne And Wear both ways

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A183 Tyne And Wear both ways severe accident, between A19 and Avondale Avenue.

A183 Tyne And Wear - A183 Chester Road in Penshaw closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the A19 junction and the Avondale Avenue junction, because of a serious accident.

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

Private funeral for former Newcastle star Cheick Tiote

BBC Sport

The body of former Newcastle United star Cheick Tiote's has been flown back to Ivory Coast where a private funeral for the Beijing Enterprises midfielder will take place.

Tiote, 30, collapsed and died during a training session with his Chinese club last week.

On Tuesday there was a memorial service held in the Chinese capital, attended by family, friends and former team-mates.

Tiote coffin

Why do we spend less on Father's Day than Mother's Day?

A little reminder - it's Father's Day on Sunday.

While many of us will be buying cards and presents, nationally it will probably be no where near what we'd spend on Mother's Day - so why do we spend more on our mums?

Dr Lars Perner, a consumer psychologist at the University of Southern California, says that most of us simply think our mothers deserve better or bigger presents.

Happy Father's Day
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MP calls for fire safety checks after London tower tragedy

Hartlepool Mail


Hartlepool’s new MP says all housing providers in the town should carry out immediate fire safety checks after the Grenfell tower tragedy in London.

Mike Hill called for the action to be taken to protect residents after at least 17 people perished in the disaster in West London.

Mike Hill
Hartlepool Mail

Sunderland v Bury in first round of the League Cup

BBC Sport

Sunderland will travel to Bury in the first round of the League Cup.

The League Cup, has also been known as the Milk Cup, the Littlewoods Challenge Cup, the Rumbelows Cup, the Coca Cola Cup, the Worthington's Cup, the Carling Cup, the Capital One Cup, and rather unimaginatively, the EFL Cup.

Now after a new sponsorship deal it will be called the Carabao Cup, after a Thailand energy drink.

Man found unconscious believed to be assault victim

A man found unconscious under a flyover in Gateshead is believed to be the victim of an assault, police say.

The man was found at about 07:00 near to High West Street.

He was taken to hospital where he is in a serious condition.

A cordon is in place around the scene and Northumbria Police is appealing for any witnesses.

Music lovers gather to pay respects to Vin Garbutt

Local musicians create song for Teesside

It was BBC Music Day yesterday, and BBC Tees was busy with a huge cast of local musicians and two of The Shadows at The Georgian Theatre, Stockton.

They all came together at the end to record this song:

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Philip Tron funeral: 'It feels like a light has been switched off'

Megan Paterson

Reporter, BBC Look North

Hundreds gathered with their arms around each other in the sunshine outside St Mark's Methodist Church to remember Manchester bombing victim Philip Tron.

Many were wearing bright colours and comforting each other on the church steps.

Philip went to the arena to pick up his partner's daughter Courtney Boyle - both were killed in the bomb attack.

Just a week ago family and friends gathered for Courtney's funeral.

As Philip was carried into the church the theme from the film Top Gun was played.

Among the tributes was a gin bottle made from flowers with a cocktail glass, it was carried into the church behind the funeral procession.

Before the service his family released a statement saying "Philip was a caring man and would do anything for anyone, he was funny, thoughtful, loving and such a charmer, he also doted on his family.

"He would light up a room with his humour. It feels like a light has been switched off in our lives and we miss him unbelievably."

Philip Tron
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Mourners gather for Philip Tron's funeral

Megan Paterson

Reporter, BBC Look North

Hundreds of people have gathered at Philip Tron's funeral in Gateshead.

He went to the Manchester Arena to pick up his partner's daughter Courtney Boyle after the Ariana Grande concert last month.

Both were killed in the subsequent explosion.

Donations collected at the funeral will be given to the Red Cross and The Swan Bereavement Nurses in Manchester.

People at Philip Tron's funeral

Police reassurance after Cosplay event sparks concerns

Man's joy after stolen goats found safe

The Shields Gazette

A pensioner has spoken of his joy after two beloved goats he owned which were taken in a burglary at his allotment showed up safe and well.

Fred Rylance and goats
Shields Gazette

Protest over Britons jailed in India

Colin Briggs

Look North

The relatives of six former British soldiers who've been jailed in India for firearms offences, including one from Northumberland, are organising a peaceful protest in London later.

The men, including Nick Dunn from Ashington (pictured), Nicholas Simpson from Catterick, John Armstrong from Cumbria, and Paul Towers from York, were working on an anti-piracy ship.

Nick Dunn

They were sentenced to five years in jail in January last year for gun running, along with two others.

Their families say the men are the victims of a miscarriage of justice and will be marching with the Parachute Regiment to the Indian Embassy.

Mr Dunn's sister Lisa said families "were determined" to keep up the pressure to get their loved ones released.

Funeral of folk music legend held

The funeral of Teesside folk music legend Vin Garbutt will be held in Middlesbrough Cathedral today.

Earlier this month his family announced on social media that he had died.

A Facebook post said: "If you are reading this, your life is likely to have been touched by Vin, either through his music, his friendship or his family. All of you who wish to pay your respects are welcome to join us at the cathedral on Friday.

"We would like to celebrate his life the way he lived it, with open arms."

Vin Garbutt

Dry and sunny in the east, cloudier in the west

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Today it will be a dry and bright start for many, but cloudier in more western parts with occasional light rain over higher ground of the North Pennines.

Across eastern parts it will remain dry with sunny spells, although cloud may build as the day goes on.

Weather map

It will feel warm in the sunshine, with maximum temperatures reaching about 19C (66F).

Any showers over the hills will eventually ease to leave a dry afternoon and early evening.

Hoppings fair returns to Newcastle's Town Moor

Philippa Goymer

Broadcast Journalist

Europe's largest travelling funfair, The Hoppings, gets up and running in Newcastle later on the city's Town Moor.

Founded in 1882, it has grown into one of the biggest events on the Geordie calendar.

Nick Lambert

Last year more than 300,000 people went to enjoy the rides, the candy floss and the fortune tellers.

This year there are more than 300 rides, including classics like the dodgems, helter skelter and coconut shy.

The Hoppings will be open for the next nine days.

The gathering began as a Temperance Fair, in what was seen as an antidote to the Newcastle Races which had, up until 1882, been held on the Town Moor.

Through the years, generations of travelling families from all round the country have taken part in what continues to attract tens of thousands of visitors.

Funeral to take place of Manchester bomb victim Philip Tron

BBC Newcastle

The funeral takes place later of a Gateshead man who was killed in the Manchester bombing.

Philip Tron, who was 32, had travelled from Tyneside to the Ariana Grande concert, to pick up his partner's daughter Courtney Boyle who also died in the terrorist attack.

Her funeral took place on 9 June.

Mr Tron's family described him as a "caring man who would do anything for anyone".

Philip Tron
Family photo

In a statement they said: "He was funny, thoughtful, loving and such a charmer, he also absolutely doted on his family.

"He would light up a room with his humour and for the past six months or so had been so happy with his job and personal life.

"It feels like a light has been switched of in our lives and we miss him unbelievably." Mr Tron, who worked as a water conservation engineer, was waiting in the foyer of the Manchester Arena when the explosion occurred.

The family statement added: "We would like to thank everyone so much for the overwhelming support we have had, from Greater Manchester Police and the people in Manchester. We truly are grateful."

The funeral takes place at St Mark's Methodist Church in Gateshead.

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Last leg of march by Sky Sports anchorman Jeff Stelling

Andrew Hartley

BBC Look North

Man sought over petrol station knife robbery

Detectives investigating a robbery at a County Durham petrol station have issued a renewed appeal to trace a man they would like to speak to.

Thew incident happened at about 12:00 on May 30 at the BP Garage in Alma Place, Dragonville, where a man threatened the cashier with a knife before taking a small number of goods.

Petrol station robbery suspect
Durham Police

Det Insp Andy Reynolds of Durham Police said: “I am keen to identify the man in the CCTV footage and speak to him in relation to this. Anyone who recognises the man should call us as soon as possible.”

The man is white, between 28 and 34 years old, of medium build and about 6ft.

He had brown stubble and was wearing thick black square framed glasses, a dark blue bobble hat, gloves and a hoodie.

Derek McInnes

Aberdeen announce that manager Derek McInnes, who had been given permission to speak to Sunderland, will stay at Pittodrie.

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