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  1. Updates on Thursday 6 July 2017

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Severe disruption: A167(M) Tyne And Wear southbound

BBC News Travel

A167(M) Tyne And Wear southbound severe disruption, at A186 City Road.

A167(M) Tyne And Wear - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on A167(M) southbound in Newcastle Upon Tyne at A186, Swanhouse Roundabout, because of a broken down car.

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

Craig Overton

Somerset bowl out Yorkshire for 157 on the final day at Scarborough to register their first Championship win of 2017.

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Indecent exposure in Sunderland

Anna Snowdon

BBC Tees Reporter

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man indecently exposed himself in Sunderland.

The incident happened between 17:25 and 17:35 on Saturday at the bus stop on Holmeside opposite to Bakers Oven.

A 58-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of outraging public decency and has been released under investigation.

Any witnesses should ring Northumbria Police on 101.

Riccardo Calder and Matthew Elsdon

Ex-England youth duo Riccardo Calder and Matthew Elsdon sign for Inverness Caledonian Thistle from Aston Villa and Middlesbrough respectively.

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Severe disruption: A66 North Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A66 North Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, before Borough Road.

A66 North Yorkshire - A66 in Middlesbrough blocked and very slow traffic eastbound before Middlehaven Interchange, because of a car fire.

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

Jermain Defoe tearful as he speaks about Bradley Lowery

BBC Sport

Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe broke down in tears speaking about terminally ill Bradley Lowery as he was officially unveiled by the Premier League club.

Former Sunderland forward Defoe has formed a close friendship with the avid Black Cats fan and club mascot.

When asked about six-year-old Bradley on Thursday, Defoe asked for two minutes to compose himself.

"It's been hard because I have kept this in for so long," he added.

Defoe and Bradley
Family photo

Weather: Thunderstorms will clear to give a mostly dry night

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Any residual evening thunderstorms will clear to give a mostly dry night with some clear spells, however towards daybreak some thicker cloud may return to the west.

Light winds and feeling on the humid side.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of rain for much of England and eastern Wales

You can check the forecast for where you live here.

Abbie Dewhurst
Mike Ashley head shot

Ben King

Business reporter, BBC News

The Sports Direct boss was in court today and gave some fascinating insights into how he does business.

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Scooter and car collision leaves two in hospital

Two people are being treated in hospital following a collision between a scooter and a car in Hartlepool.

It happened just before midnight on Wednesday at the traffic light junction of Jesmond Road and Chester Road.

A 23-year-old man, who was on the scooter, suffered multiple fractures to his arm, and a 16-year-old male, also on the scooter, suffered a dislocated elbow and a head injury.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Cleveland Police.

Jack Burnham

Jack Burnham and Ryan Pringle's nerveless unbroken stand of 137 takes Durham to 285-4 in a six-wicket win over Derbyshire.

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Bishop Auckland DWP decision welcomed

BBC Tees

The PCS union has welcomed a decision not to close a Department for Work and Pensions centre in Bishop Auckland.

Up to 100 jobs have been saved after plans to close Vinovium House were scrapped.

Helen Goodman, Labour MP for Bishop Auckland, had fought to keep the service in the town.

The government is pressing ahead with closing 70 other job centres across the country.

HMS Ocean arrives in Sunderland for final visit

Anna Snowdon

BBC Tees Reporter

HMS Ocean is to make a last trip to Wearside before the helicopter carrier and amphibious assault ship leaves service.

HMS Ocean

The Royal Navy’s Fleet Flagship will be alongside the Port of Sunderland until the 11 July.

Plans to change A1 layout revealed

Anna Snowdon

BBC Tees Reporter

If your morning commute usually involves being stuck in delays between on the A1 between Scotswood and North Brunton, Highways England want you to have your say.

Proposals are bring made to change the road layout to create an extra lane in both directions.

A1 Scotswood to North Brunton (Birchfield Gardens)
Highways England

The aim is to help improve journey times and safety while supporting economic growth in the region.

Events are being held so that people can find out more about the proposals and give feedback.

Further information about the proposals is available at the Highway England website.

Cricket player 'catastrophically misread the signals'

Anna Snowdon

BBC Tees Reporter

There's more information about a Derbyshire cricket player who has been suspended amid claims he indecently exposed himself before the final day of Durham's county championship match

Shiv Thakor
Getty Images

ESPNCRICINFO understands the incident occurred when Thakor was being shown round a new house by a pair of female estate agents.

It is alleged he catastrophically misread the signals and was found in a bedroom "in a state of undress."

Children in Need raises £60m

Anna Snowdon

BBC Tees Reporter

Children in Need has announced that its 2016 Appeal raised a record breaking £60m.

The 2016 total is the highest amount of money raised by the charity in its history

Pudsey announces the record breaking total

The appeal currently supports more than 2,400 in communities across the UK, including the Youth Almighty Project in Sunderland and Kidz Konnekt in Greater Eston.

Cricket player suspended after indecent exposure

Anna Snowdon

BBC Tees Reporter

A Derbyshire cricket player has been suspended amid claims he indecently exposed himself before the final day of Durham's county championship match.

Shiv Thakor
Getty Images

Jobs hope from retail park

Northumberland Gazette

Here's today's front page and a link to our top story.

Northumberland Gazette front page
Northumberland Gazette

NUFC's Premier League fixtures rescheduled

Anna Snowdon

BBC Tees Reporter

Five of Newcastle United's first seven Premier League fixtures have been rescheduled.

St James' Park

The games have been chosen for live television coverage on Sky.

All the details about the fixtures can be found here

Lejeune meets media at NUFC press conference

Newcastle United's latest purchase is being shown off to the media:

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PM urged to stop Nestle moving Blue Riband production to Poland

Theresa May is being urged to intervene to stop Nestle moving production of its Blue Riband chocolate biscuit from York and Newcastle to Poland.

Blue Riband biscuit
You Tube

The company has said 300 jobs will be lost as a result, and blames a "rapidly changing external environment".

Sites in Halifax and Girvan will also be hit, but the company hopes to cut jobs through voluntary redundancies.

Labour's Shadow International Trade Minister, Bill Esterson, says he wants the Prime Minister to strike a deal with Nestle - like the one she did with the DUP:

BreakingMike Ashley 'last person to know' what is going on at Newcastle United

Mike Ashley has told a court he is the "last person to know" what is going at Newcastle United.

He added: "They are really not interested in my opinion."

Giving evidence in the High Court case where he is being sued for £14m by a financial expert, he also told the court that "I like to get drunk. I am a power drinker".

Investment banker Jeffrey Blue said the Newcastle United owner promised to pay him £15m if he increased Sports Direct's share price to £8 each.

He was paid £1m but is suing Mr Ashley for the rest at London's High Court.

Mike Ashley (left)

Mike Ashley tells judge he is a 'power drinker'

Anna Snowdon

BBC Tees Reporter

Mike Ashley has told a High Court judge that he likes to get drunk.

He told Mr Justice Leggatt that he was not a regular drinker but a "power drinker".

The Sports Direct boss is in court today giving evidence in a case brought by financial advisor Jeffrey Blue, who is suing him for £14m.

Mr Ashley was asked how much Mr Blue had drunk at a social gathering, and said: "He would never have been able to keep up,"

"He's a lightweight when it comes to drinking."

Mike Ashley

The hearing continues

Watch: Joe Root heads through the Long Room

BBC Sport

Sheffield's Joe Root completes his first job as England captain as he heads through the Long Room ahead of the first Test against South Africa at Lord's:

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Northumberland MP heckled in Parliament

Anna Snowdon

BBC Tees Reporter

Guy Opperman, Conservative MP for Hexham, was heckled by opposition MPs for suggesting women over 60 could start apprenticeships to avoid financial hardship.

The government has been accused of failing to do more to help the 2.6 million so-called Waspi women born in the 1950s who have lost out because of changes to pension law.

Minister heckled over '64-year-old apprentices'

Death of Hartlepool man treated as unexplained

Anna Snowdon

BBC Tees Reporter

A man has been found dead at a house in Hartlepool, police say.

Officers were called to Church Street at about 02:00 on Tuesday.

They found a man in his early 40s and are treating his death as unexplained.

It is believed he may have been assaulted earlier.

Four people arrested over the death have been released with no further action.

A 33-year-old man has been released under investigation after he was arrested on suspicion of assault, robbery and possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

James Hildreth

Somerset build a healthy third-day lead against Yorkshire, who are without injured seamers Liam Plunkett and Ryan Sidebottom.

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Mike Ashley tells court 'I am not Obi Wan Kenobi'

Anna Snowdon

BBC Tees Reporter

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley was in court yesterday giving evidence in a case brought by a financial advisor who is suing him for £14m.

Ashley's performance in court has inspired business paper City A.M. to mock up a parody Star Wars front page after he told the judge: "I am not Obi Wan Kenobi controlling the Death Star, let's be clear."

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The hearing continues.

Appeal after man fails to appear before magistrates

Police have appealed for information on the whereabouts of man who failed to appear before Newcastle Magistrates on burglary and theft charges.

Stephen Savage, of no fixed address, has links to the Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside areas.

The 39-year-old is described as around 6'1" tall, of slim build and dark hair, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Northumbria force.

Stephen Savage
Northumbria Police

Extremists housed in Frankland 'prison within a prison'

BBC Newcastle

A special centre to house some of the country's most dangerous extremists has now been set up at a high security prison in the North East.

The "prison within a prison" at HMP Frankland in Durham is designed to keep some inmates away from the mainstream prison population to stop them influencing fellow prisoners.

It's the first in the country and two more are to be created within other high-security jails, with the three centres combined holding up to 28 of the most radicalised offenders.

Inmates suspected of planning terrorism or posing a risk to national security will be amongst them - with Lee Rigby murderer Michael Adebolajo and extremist preacher Anjem Choudary thought to be among those included.

Prisoner - generic
Alex Hughes

Derbyshire's Alex Hughes scores an unbeaten century to set up a tricky run chase for Durham at Chesterfield.

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Weather: Warm after early cloud lifts, but the chance of heavy showers later

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Starting misty and mainly cloudy through the morning with showers in places.

During the afternoon it will become brighter and feel very warm and humid, but there will also be the chance of thunderstorms and intense local downpours.

Check the forecast where you live here.


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