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  1. One hundred cars on fire at scrap yard
  2. Manchester attack victims' families pay tribute
  3. Updates on Friday 23 June 2017

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Burnt out cars following scrap yard fire

The fire service has tweeted pictures of the burnt out cars following the scrap fire in Sacriston:

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Conservatives retain Yarm council seat

BBC Tees

The Conservative Tony Hampton has been elected to represent Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Yarm ward.

Mr Hampton was elected with 1,179 votes in a by-election held yesterday.The turnout was 30.25%.

The by-election was called after previous councillor, Conservative Ben Houchen, was elected as Mayor of the Tees Valley Combined Authority.

Full results:

  • HAMPTON, Anthony Stephen, Conservative Party - 1,179 votes
  • NICHOLAS, Kevin Mark, Labour Party - 394 votes
  • ROBINSON, Graham John, Liberal Democrat - 73 votes
  • SHERRIS, Andrew Bickers Liddell, Independent - 677 votes

Scrap yard car fire 'not deliberate'

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

The cause of a blaze which ripped through 100 cars in a scrap yard is not believed to be deliberate, the fire service has said.

The fire started in the yard at Sacriston at about 13:45 BST, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service said.

A spokesman said there had been an earlier risk of the blaze spreading to buildings in the yard but, despite having limited water, fire crews managed to contain it.

An investigation has been launched.

Darlington's Brick Train celebrates 20th anniversary
Despite mixed opinions initially, the train is now a 'much loved' local landmark.

Major roadworks to start Durham City

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

Major roadworks at the Neville's Cross junction in Durham City are due to begin on Monday.

Durham County Council will work over the next 11 weeks to upgrade traffic lights and pedestrian crossings, realign traffic islands and carry out road reconstruction and resurfacing.

Neville's Cross

The council said the project is essential as the existing lights are 25 years old while the roads through the junction are in need of upgrading as they are used by an average 37,000 vehicles every day.

Temporary lights will be in place while the traffic lights are being replaced and there will be diversions while the reconstruction and resurfacing is being carried out. Work will not be taking place on Saturday 8 July to allow Durham Miners’ Gala to go ahead unaffected.

One hundred cars on fire at scrap yard

One hundred cars are on fire at a scrap yard in Sacriston, County Durham:

Sacriston scrap yard blaze: One hundred cars on fire

Parking charges coming after 'customer abuse'

BBC Tees

Middlesbrough Council is ending its two hours free parking scheme at the Buxton Street and Mima car parks after motorists "abused the system".

The council said people have been acquiring multiple free tickets to extend their stay or bying a ticket after the free time had expired, both of which are against the rules.

From Monday, a £1.10 per hour charge is being introduced.

Councillor Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, said: “Unfortunately in a couple of areas the two hours free offer has been subject to abuse, so the decision has been taken to remove it to ensure a high turnover of vehicles in those car parks.

“The two hours free offer will continue in a number of central locations including the Captain Cook Square, Zetland and Station Street car parks."

'Loud explosions' heard at scrap yard blaze

Eyewitnesses at the scene reported hearing loud explosions as the fire took hold at the scrap yard in Sacriston, County Durham.

More photos from 100 cars on fire

Here's another photo of the blaze engulfing 100 cars in Sacriston.

Picture kindly supplied by Ian Skelton:

Fire in Sacriston
Ian Skelton

More photos of scrap yard fire

Durham County Council tweeted this photo:

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BreakingOne hundred cars on fire at scrap yard

About 100 cars are on fire at a scrap yard in County Durham.

Four fire engines are battling the flames at Lingey Close, Sacriston.

County Durham Fire and Rescue service is advising residents "to close their doors and windows due to the smoke in the area".

Scrap yard fire
Ian Skelton

Manchester attack victims' families pay tribute to 'amazing support'

The families of Liam Curry and Chloe Rutherford, the young couple were killed in the terror attack at the Manchester Arena, have released a message of thanks.

A joint funeral service for a "perfect" teenage couple killed in the Manchester terror attack was held last week.

The message says: "The families of Liam and Chloe would just like to thank you all for the amazing support you have all given us since this nightmare shattered our lives.

"Everyone from our town has played a part from the very first day up to and including the beautiful service to send Liam & Chloe on their way to a new chapter."

Liam Curry and Chloe Rutherford,
Family photo

Newcastle Council asked to back fire fund campaign

A midlands council has written to the leader of Newcastle City Council, among others, asking him to back a campaign for more government help to upgrade fire safety on council tower blocks.

Birmingham City Council's leader John Clancy said all of the city's 213 tower blocks will have sprinklers fitted "as a matter of urgency" in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

He is setting aside £31m for the retro-fit but is urging the government to set up a fund to help councils across the country pay for the adaptations.

Birmingham tower block

Mr Clancy has written to the leaders of Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield councils calling for them to support his campaign.

Family goes door-to-door in bid to solve missing man mystery

We told you earlier how a £10,000 reward is being offered in the case of a man who disappeared three years ago and police believe has been murdered.

Robert Hutchinson, 57, was last seen leaving his home in the Hendon area of Sunderland on 23 June 2014.

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Severe accident: A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire northbound severe accident, between J56 for B6275 Hang Beck and J57 for A66 affecting A1.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - One lane closed, very slow traffic and long delays on A1(M) northbound between J56, B6275 (Barton) and J57 A66(M) Darlington, because of an accident. Travel time is 40 minutes. Congestion on A6136 Leeming Lane to Catterick South.

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

Hartlepool Council building

The 30% increase in the basic allowance "brings the authority in line with neighbouring councils".

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X Factor winner to play South Tyneside Festival

X Factor winner Matt Terry is to play the South Tyneside Festival.

The 2016 champion will join Louisa Johnson, Jedward and 5 After Midnight at Bents Park on Sunday 23 July.

Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, said: "This is great news. We already had a stellar line up of X Factor stars, but to have been able to secure 2016 winner Matt Terry too is fantastic.

"We have welcomed a number of artists from The X Factor in previous years and they always prove to be very popular."

Matt Terry wins X Factor 2016

Berwick Rangers find out opening day opponents

BBC Sport

The Scottish League Two fixtures are out and Berwick Rangers welcome Clyde and Edinburgh City host Montrose on the opening day.

Elgin City face Cowdenbeath, Annan take on Peterhead and Stirling Albion kick off against Stenhousemuir.

Read more here.

RMT announce further strikes on Southern, Northern and Merseyrail

Train passengers across England are to be hit by further strike action, RMT officials have said.

Arriva Rail North staff will walk out for three days from 8 July, while Merseyrail staff will strike on 8, 10 and 23 July, the final day of The Open.

Workers at Southern also plan to walk out on 10 July.

The RMT is in dispute with the rail companies over driver-only-operated trains which they say would be unsafe and lead to widespread job losses.

Arriva Rail North service
Gerald England/Geograph

Number of bins in Newcastle to be more than halved

Colin Briggs

Look North

The number of litter bins in Newcastle is to be cut from more than 2,000 to 800.

Newcastle City Council says a review showed some bins were being under-used or were too small to meet demand.

The total loss of storage equates to two full wheelie bins of rubbish, it says.

Bin being emptied

Hartlepool councillors vote for 31% rise in allowances

Hartlepool Mail


Councillors are set to get an increase in their basic allowance of almost 31%.

At a meeting of Hartlepool Borough Council members voted in favour of the rise by a majority of 17 for to 11 against with three abstentions.

‘Disgusting’ theft of Pam Royle charity bear from South Shields shop

The Shields Gazette

Charity volunteers in South Shields have hit out at the ‘disgusting’ theft of a unique teddy bear which was to be raffled off to raise vital funds.

The bear – fashioned out of the clothes of ITV newsreader Pam Royle – was stolen from the Save The Children shop in Prince Edward Road, South Shields, on Tuesday.

Bear in window
Shields Gazette

Robert Hutchinson murder: £10,000 reward offered

A £10,000 reward is being offered in the case of a man who disappeared three years ago and police believe has been murdered.

Robert Hutchinson, 57, was last seen leaving his home in the Hendon area of Sunderland on 23 June 2014.

His car was later found abandoned and Northumbria Police are treating his disappearance as a murder.

Robert Hutchinson
Northumbria Police

Weather: Outbreaks of rain but also bright spells

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

We do have some rain in the forecast I'm afraid but hang on in there - we will see some bright spells as well.

It'll be quite a blustery, breezy day with highs of 17C, so a touch cooler.

Check the forecast where you are here.

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