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  1. Updates on Monday 10 July 2017
  2. Northern Rail strike reaches third day
  3. 'All welcome' at Bradley Lowery's funeral
  4. Personal messages found at Roman Fort

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Children join dog fouling fight

BBC Tees

Primary school children are encouraging dog owners to be more responsible as a new protection order has come into force.

Youngsters from Woodland Primary School in Bishop Auckland joined forces with neighbourhood wardens from Durham County Council to place stickers on lampposts around their community advising of new dog control powers.

Children and warden
Durham County Council

On 1 June, the council introduced a countywide Public SpaceProtection Order (PSPO) for dog control. The new order means it is an offence in County Durham for dog owners to not pick up if their dog fouls, allow a dog to stray or enter a fenced off play area or fail to put a lead on if asked to do so by an authorised officer.

The order can be enforced with a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) or prosecution if the FPN is not paid within the set timescale, the council said.

Who doesn't like a cheeky back-heel...

Sunderland player Rees Greenwood shows he has the skills to pay the bills in the friendly against Hibs yesterday:

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Woman charged over nine-year-old boy's death

BBC Tees

A woman has been charged over the death of a nine-year-old boy hit by a car.

Ethan Owens died in hospital a week after being hit by a car on Marina Way in Hartlepool on 27 February.

A 26-year-old woman has been charged with causing death by careless driving and will appear at Teesside Magistrates' Court at a later date, Cleveland Police said.

Why students in Newcastle are being encouraged to test their drugs

Morpeth gas mains work to start soon

BBC Newcastle

A £100,000 upgrade of the gas mains in Morpeth Market Place is due to start on 31 July, Northern Gas Networks (NGN) has said.

The work is expected to last seven weeks and will see about 500m of metal gas pipes replaced with "more durable" plastic ones.

Market place

NGN said the work will be carried out in three phases with road closures and temporary traffic lights in place at varying times.

Richie Manuel from NGN said: “We have worked closely with Northumberland County Council to carefully plan these works and will be doing all we can to minimise disruption to customers.

"We will endeavour to complete the project as quickly and safely as possible and keep customers updated as the work progresses."

Bradley Lowery: Sunderland's Vito Mannone pays tribute to 'special' fan
Sunderland's Vito Mannone pays tribute to fan Bradley Lowery, who died last week of cancer, after their friendly draw with Hibernian.

Ashley judge finishes hearing evidence

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

A High Court judge has finished hearing evidence in a dispute between Newcastle United owner and Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley and a finance expert.

Investment banker Jeffrey Blue claims Mr Ashley promised to pay him £15m if he used his expertise to increase Sports Direct's share price to £8 a share during a night of heavy drinking at a London pub four years ago.

Mike Ashley

He said Mr Ashley paid only £1m and he wants £14m damages. Mr Ashley denies the claim and says Mr Blue is talking.

Mr Justice Leggatt started overseeing the trial last week and finished hearing from witnesses today. Lawyers are due to outline closing legal arguments on Wednesday and the judge is expected to deliver a ruling later in the year.

Eel protections screens for four rivers

Screens are being installed on four rivers to prevent endangered eels from being killed by water pumps.

Northumbrian Water is placing protective screens at six places on the Tees, Tyne, Wear and Coquet in response to new regulations.

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The £11m project aims to be completed by March 2020. Work has started at the Lumley pumping station on the Wear in Chester-le-Street.

Numbers of European eels have dramatically dropped since the 1980s.

Defoe's tribute to 'best mate' Bradley

Over the weekend, footballer Jermain Defoe paid tribute to his 'best mate' Bradley Lowery.

The six-year-old Sunderland fan died on Friday following a fight with neuroblastoma - a rare type of cancer.

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The club's former striker struck up a close friendship with the avid Black Cats fan and club mascot in the months before his death.

A tweet by the 34-year-old described Bradley as a "little superstar".

Louis Laing

Hartlepool United sign defender Louis Laing and appoint former Middlesbrough under-23 coach Paul Jenkins as assistant boss.

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Football clubs in Bradley tribute

Welsh football clubs Prestatyn Town and FC Queens Park held a minute's applause out of respect to Bradley Lowery before their friendly game at the weekend.

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Tributes paid to Gosforth-born wife of Stan Lee

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Tributes have been paid to Gosforth-born Joan Lee, wife of Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee, who has died aged 95.

The former hat model and her comic book maestro husband were set to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary later this year.

Joan and Stan Lee
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Marvel Entertainment said they had "lost a member of the Marvel family".

American comic Kevin Smith, who interviewed Joan earlier this year, called her "Stan's personal superhero", adding: "Thank you Marvel Muse."

Joan was born in Gosforth and moved to America after the Second World War.

Lake District joins Durham Cathedral and Hadrian's Wall on Unesco list

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

With the Lake District joining the Unesco world heritage list, we thought it might be worth having a quick look at the region's other sites on the list.

Hadrians Wall
Duncan Leatherdale

Hadrian's Wall joined the list in 1987 along with other frontiers of the Roman Empire in Scotland and Germany.

Unesco said it is an "outstanding example of Roman military architecture and building techniques and of their technological development, perfected by engineers over the course of several generations".

Data pic

Durham Cathedral and Castle joined the list in 1986 with Unesco impressed by their "exceptional architecture demonstrating architectural innovation and the visual drama of the Cathedral and Castle on the peninsula".

Secrets and stories of Durham Cathedral

Author killer must pay back £5k

Ian Stewart and Helen Bailey

Ian Stewart pocketed £10,200 of Helen Bailey's fortune and spent £3,154 renewing Arsenal season tickets.

Ian Stewart and Helen Bailey

Author killer must pay back £5k

Ian Stewart pocketed £10,200 of Helen Bailey's fortune and spent £3,154 renewing Arsenal season tickets.

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Biker critical in hospital after lamppost crash

A biker is critically ill in hospital after riding into a lamppost.

The 23-year-old man was riding a Lexmoto Arrow 125 on Thorpe Road in Peterlee when, for some unknown reason, his vehicle left the road and hit the lamppost.

Durham Police said he is at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough in a critical condition.

Officers are appealing for witnesses.

All the colour from Durham Miners' Gala

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

In case you missed it, here are some pictures from Saturday's Durham Miners' Gala.

It was the 133rd gala and, with an estimated crowd of more than 200,000, organisers reckoned it to be the largest since the 1960s.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and film director Ken Loach led the speeches.

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Craig Harrison ambition vital for Hartlepool United - Pam Duxbury
Hartlepool chairwoman Pam Duxbury says new manager Craig Harrison has already impressed all at the club with his ambition.

Gazza contemplates North East return after goal-scoring Pavel game

The Chronicle

Paul Gascoigne has admitted he might be ready to return to live in the North East after earning a standing ovation when he played in a Toon Legends game in memory of former Newcastle United goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek.

Beardsley and Gazza
The Chronicle

Council lowers flag out of Lowery respect

BBC Tees

Hartlepool Council has lowered the flag outside the Civic Centre as a mark of respect for Bradley Lowery.

The six-year-old from neighbouring Blackhall Colliery died on Friday following a long battle with neuroblastoma.

Bradley and flag composite
PA/Hartlepool Council

Council leader Christopher Akers-Belcher said: “Bradley Lowery touched so many hearts in his short life and was an incredibly brave little boy.

“His battle against the odds and his determination to pack so much into his short life should be an inspiration to us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bradley’s family and friends at this sad time, and as a mark of respect the flag has been lowered outside the Civic Centre.”

The flag will remain lowered until after Bradley’s funeral on Friday.

Corbyn interrupted at Durham Miners' Gala

BBC Politics

Durham Miners' Gala was held on Saturday with organisers reckoning they had more than 200,000 attendees, numbers not seen since the 1960s.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn led the speeches, although he was interrupted close to the end by a woman wanting a word.

Jeremy Corbyn interrupted during Durham gala speech

Lane closed on A1(M) after car hits barrier

A lane is closed on the A1(M) northbound near Durham after a car hit the central reservation.

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Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) County Durham northbound severe accident, between J61 for A177 and J62 for A690.

A1(M) County Durham - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on A1(M) northbound between J61, A177 (Bowburn) and J62, A690 (Carrville), because of an accident.

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An unusual weekend in Tynemouth

Aerial acrobatics, fantastic beasts, a dancing werewolf and a band on a bike were among the acts wowing the crowds in Tynemouth over the weekend.

Thousands of visitors descended on Front Street for the annual Mouth of the Tyne Festival, which also featured performances by Tom Odell and Billy Ocean in the grounds of the Priory.

But perhaps the most welcome visitor of all was the sunshine..... maybe organisers can book it for next year.

Mouth of the Tyne walkabout
Newton's ladder at the Mouth of the Tyne Festival
Band on a bike at the Mouth of the Tyne
Dancing werewolf

Pub evacuated over 'noxious substance' fears

BBC Newcastle

A pub in Durham was evacuated on Saturday amid reports a noxious substance had been sprayed inside.

The William Hedley pub, on North Road, was evacuated by Durham Police at 17:45 on the day of the Durham Miners' Gala and Durham Fire and Rescue service were also called to the scene.

Police and people outside pub
Yvonne Tulip

A small number of staff and customers reported symptoms of irritation to the nose and eyes and difficulty breathing, however, there have been no serious injuries or lasting effects, police said.

The premises were quickly declared safe, but remained closed as a precaution. The substance has not yet been identified. Police are appealing for information.

Firefighters at scene
Yvonne Tulip

Police disappointed by people filming woman's bridge fall

BBC Newcastle

Police have said they are "disappointed" by people filming a woman as she fell to her death from a Newcastle bridge on Sunday.

The woman was pronounced dead in hospital after falling from the Redheugh Bridge.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "We were aware that a handful of people were taking pictures and video of the incident yesterday.

"The vast majority of people respected the woman's privacy but we are disappointed that some people thought this was appropriate. "We would ask that the public refrain from taking pictures and video of this type of ongoing incident in the future."

'All welcome' at Bradley Lowery's funeral

BBC Tees

The family of six-year-old Bradley Lowery have said all are welcome at his funeral.

Bradley, from Blackhall Colliery near Hartlepool, died on Friday following a fight with neuroblastoma - a rare type of cancer.


In a post on Facebook, his family said his funeral will be held at St Joseph's church in the village at 11:15 BST on Friday. They said: "[The funeral] is open to everyone who would like to come and celebrate Bradley's life and pay their respects to show him how much he was loved."

Speakers will be set up outside the church and, although attendees are told they can wear what they want, his family will be wearing football shirts.

A private ceremony will be held afterwards at a crematorium.

Speedway: Witches boss disappointed not to win

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Ipswich Witches were unlucky not to make it back-to-back away wins this weekend as they lost narrowly at Newcastle Diamonds last night.

Despite leading 33-27 at the interval the Suffolk side ended up losing 46-44 on Tyneside.

Ritchie Hawkins
Stephen Waller

"We are obviously disappointed not to get the win,” team manager Ritchie Hawkins told the club website.

“We started the meeting well again, but I don’t think it was like a couple of other meetings where we have been said to throw points away.

"Danny [King] hit a hole going into the first bend which threw him off in heat 11, and Danny missing heat 13 made the difference tonight.”

The Witches won 47-45 at Berwick on Saturday.

Hibernian and Sunderland fans pay tribute to Bradley Lowery
At Easter Road, the Hibs and Sunderland supporters applaud the memory of Bradley Lowery, the little Black Cats fan who on Friday died of cancer aged six.

Defender Browning joins Sunderland on loan

BBC Sport

Everton defender Tyias Browning has joined Championship side Sunderland on a season-long loan deal.

Browning, 23, will be reunited with Sunderland boss Simon Grayson, having spent the second half of last season on loan at Preston under Grayson.

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The England Under-21 international has made nine appearances for Everton since his debut in September 2014.

Sunderland signed another Everton defender, Brendan Galloway, on a season-long loan deal on Wednesday.

Cloudy start, but turning brighter with some showers

Georgina Burnett

BBC Weather

It will be a rather cloudy start with some outbreaks of mainly light rain.

These outbreaks are likely to ease by around midday, with some brighter spells developing.

Weather map

However further showers are then likely to break out during the afternoon, and these could include the odd heavier burst.

Maximum temperatures are likely to reach about 19C (66F).

We should see any showers eventually ease later in the day.

Check the forecast where you are.

Train strike reaches third day

Passengers on Northern rail services are to see a third day of action today.

The strike by the RMT Union is over driver only-operated trains, which the union says would be unsafe and lead to widespread job losses.

Northern said it expected to run more than 40% of its timetable and it would have additional rail replacement buses.

Northern Rail

Traffic slowing in Sunderland

An accident between two cars is causing traffic to slow on the A690 in Sunderland.

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Plan to return lynx to Kielder Forest to be submitted

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

Plans to reintroduce the Eurasian lynx 1,300 years after it became extinct in the UK will be submitted soon, campaigners have said.

The Lynx UK Trust wants to import up to six of the cats from Sweden to Kielder Forest in Northumberland.

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With a public consultation over, the trust said the five year trial plan would go to Natural England by September.

It has been criticised by some residents and sheep farmers.

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Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

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