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  1. Updates on Tuesday 18 July 2017

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Weather: Warm and dry evening

If you're heading out later it looks like you'll be able to enjoy a warm and dry evening with sunshine.

A notable south-easterly breeze will develop.

It will stay largely dry overnight, but become increasingly cloudy. There'll be a low risk of a shower in the south by dawn.

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River police tackle almost 60 offences

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

Police tackled almost 60 offences during a four-month team up with the Environment Agency on the River Tees.

Offences including fishing for freshwater fish during the close season, fishing without an Environment Agency rod licence and failing to produce correct details were detected after Police Community Support Officers and staff from the agency carried out a number of boat patrols from the Tees Barrage to Worsall.

officers on boat
Cleveland Police

The operation ran from March to June during the close season for fishing for freshwater fish.

Andrew Naylor, fisheries enforcement officer for the Environment Agency said: “The close season is such an important time for the river as it helps to maintain and develop the rivers fish stocks and the patrols cover an area that is otherwise difficult to access.”

Tractor and crops destroyed in suspected arson attack

BBC Tees

A tractor and 30 acres of crops were destroyed in a suspected arson attack at farm in Coulby Newham.

Cleveland Police said thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused by the blaze at Newham Hall Farm at about 12:45 on 16 July.

It is believed a group of youths are responsible for the attack.

Det Con Joanne Williams said: “This fire has had a devastating impact on the owners of the farm and has caused significant damage, leaving crops and a tractor completely ruined. Luckily no one was injured but this fire could have easily escalated, resulting in someone being severely injured or even killed."

Six get nursing and midwifery awards

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

Six nursing and midwifery students from Northumbria University have received awards for their efforts.

The Heath Award, which was established in 1892 by George Yeoman Heath, former President of the Royal College of Medicine, is presented each year to the best nurses and midwives graduating from the university.

The winners
Northumbria University

The 2017 Heath Awards winners, who were chosen by academics and hospital staff, were midwife Rebecca Craig from Morpeth; mental health nurses Nicola Miller and Tom Nicholson from South Shields and Ellington, Northumberland, respectively; children’s nurse Lindsey Marshall from Sunderland and adult nurses Gillian Fraser and Joe Phillips from Ellington, Northumberland and Norwich respectively.

Man flown to hospital after suffering serious injuries in crash

A man was flown to hospital by air ambulance after suffering serious injuries in a crash.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was injured in the two-car collision on the A68 at Burtree Gate, near Darlington, at about 12:30.

The Great North Air Ambulance said the driver of one of the cars was placed in an induced coma and taken to James Cook University Hospital where he is in a critical condition.

The driver and passenger of the other car were not believed to be injured, Durham Police said

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Pub relaunch scuppered by thieves

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

A landlady who put her heart and soul into relaunching a pub is devastated after thieves ransacked the property leaving her to call time on the venture for good.

Gemma Shepherd, 32, was preparing to relaunch the Locomotion Number One at Heighington Station, near Newton Aycliffe, when burglars raided the pub and stole about £1,200 of stock.

Locomotion Number One

The thieves stole all the alcohol from behind the bar, including bottles of beer and spirits, leaving only the kegs in the cellar and soft drinks behind. They also took crisps and snacks, as well as smashing glasses and raiding cupboards.

Ms Shepherd said: “They have completely ransacked the place. I am absolutely gutted – I don’t feel angry, it is more a feeling of devastation. I have put all my own money into the pub, but I will have to give it up as I have no more funds to financially support it.”

The incident happened between 28 and 30 June. Durham Police are appealing for witnesses.

Girl, 12, grabbed by man

A 12-year-old girl was grabbed by a man this morning in Stockton, police said.

The girl was walking along Claxton Close at about 08:00 when she saw a man standing near a gate at the start of a cycle path leading to Darlington Lane.

The man grabbed her and pulled her towards the cycle path but let go of her when some other children approached them.

The man was white, in his late 40s, of large build, short, with a full beard and wearing a plain grey T-shirt and black tracksuit bottoms, Cleveland Police said.

Web trader guilty of fake designer good sales

The Northern Echo


An internet trader has paid the price for flogging fake designer goods.

Driver breaks ankle in bus crash

BBC Tees

A driver broke his ankle in a crash with a bus near Newton Aycliffe on Monday.

The 36-year-old man was driving a Honda Civic on the southbund side of the A167 at the Durham Road junction when his car collided with an Arriva bus.

The bus driver was unharmed, but a passenger – a 30-year-old man - was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital with suspected whiplash injuries.

A BMW was following the Honda at the time of the incident. However, it was not involved in the collision.

Durham Police are appealing for witnesses especially anyone who saw any of the three vehicles being driven before the crash.

Gouffran leaves Newcastle United for Goztepe SK

BBC Sport

French midfielder Yoan Gouffran has joined Turkish side Goztepe SK following the expiry of his contract at Newcastle United.

Gouffran, 31, made over 140 appearances for the Magpies, scoring 19 goals, after arriving from Bordeaux in 2013.

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He scored five times in 30 Championship outings last season as Newcastle won promotion back to the Premier League.

Gouffran's new club are preparing for their first season back in Turkey's top flight since 2003.

Dr Rouni Youssef from Syria

Emma Jane Kirby

World at One, BBC Radio 4

A pilot scheme being run in the north east of England aims to put refugee doctors back to work and cover NHS shortages.

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Newcastle parks decision to be made in October

A decision on whether to transfer the running of all Newcastle City Council's parks and allotments to a charitable trust will be made in October, the authority has said.

At a meeting of the Cabinet last night, it was agreed the team looking at the plan would be given more time to "scrutinise the financial and operational aspects" of the scheme involving 33 parks, 21 recreation grounds and hundreds of allotments.

The council proposed the move in response to what it called "a crushing 90% reduction in the council’s parks budget as a result of massive and prolonged Government cuts" and claims it would attract fresh investment.

Exhibition Park bandstand
Newcastle City Council

It says it would see the introduction of more cafes, attractions such as crazy golf and the staging of a greater number of paid-for events.

The council has the backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the National Trust. However, critics warn it could lead to "over-commercialisation".

Anya Cook, of the Newcastle Parks Forum which represents volunteers, said: "It'd be a worry for families who have to spend money, but how are these parks going to be commercialised?

"Are there going to be advertising hoardings? The fact these spaces aren't commercialised is part of their draw."

Your photos: North East looking beautiful in the sun

What a beautiful day we're having and the BBC's Weather Watchers have been taking advantage of it to take this lovely photos.

Kev from Saltburn took this of a beautiful sunrise.

Saltburn sunrise
Kev from Saltburn

And Easington Aussie too this beautiful shot of the coast at Hart, County Durham.

Easington Aussie

More North East children 'left home alone'

BBC Newcastle

The NSPCC said it is taking more calls from people in the North East worried about children left home alone.

Last year the charity made 138 referrals to police and children's services after calls to its 24 hour helpline - up more than 10% on the previous year.

The calls were often from people worried about young children being left to feed themselves or being left overnight, the charity said.

Severe accident: A68 County Durham southbound

BBC News Travel

A68 County Durham southbound severe accident, between A6072 Coatsay Moor Lane and A1.

A68 County Durham - A68 West Auckland Road in Burtree Gate closed southbound between Swan House Roundabout and the A1(M) J58 Burtree junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Noctilucent clouds off Whitley Bay

Noctilucent clouds form over St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay in the early hours of this morning photographed by Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys.

Looks like the sunny weather we're having might come to an end tomorrow with heavy rain and thunderstorms are forecast tomorrow.

Noctilucent clouds form over St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay

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Young Hartlepool dad bounces back from extremely rare form of cancer

Hartlepool Mail


Today's front page and a link to the top story.

Hartlepool Mail front page
Hartlepool Mail

Owner sought for care-home invading ferret

BBC Tees

The RSPCA is searching for the owner of a ferret which walked into a care home much to the delight of residents.

The animal, who has been nicknamed Bobby, walked into the home on Acklam Road in Thornaby on 7 July where he bounded around the residents.


RSPCA Inspector Krissy Raine said: “When I arrived at the care home, Bobby had stolen the residents’ hearts.

"Until they caught him, he had been running around from room to room being really friendly with everybody. They really wanted to keep him, but knew that he needed to return to his own home."

Anyone recognising Bobby is asked to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

Driver jailed for helping killers of takeaway boss Tipu Sultan

The Shields Gazette

Today's front page and a link to the top story.

Shields Gazette front page
Shields Gazette

Star could be on way out of Carrow Road

Jay Lawrence

BBC Radio Norfolk

Norwich City could be about to cash in on one of their young players for a fee in the region of their transfer record.

BBC Norfolk understands Jacob Murphy could join Newcastle United for around £12m.

The next step for Murphy is a medical and the agreement of personal terms with the Magpies.

Murphy scored nine Championship goals for the Canaries last season and had signed a long-term deal at Carrow Road last October.

Norwich City forward Jacob Murphy
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Council confirms bus lanes cameras in Gateshead

BBC Newcastle

Gateshead Council has confirmed to us that it will be introducing bus lane enforcement cameras in six places.

It comes after a similar scheme on John Dobson street in Newcastle caught 90,000 drivers in its first year although some drivers have successfully appealed against fines.

In a statement, Gateshead Council said there have been enforcement requests from the public and also Northumbria Police over the years.

It said all camera sites will be signposted and adds that no new bus lanes are being created.

False claims led to couple's arrest

Sunderland Echo


The front page and the link to the top story.

Sunderland Echo front page
Sunderland Echo

Middlesbrough sign Assombalonga in club-record deal

BBC Sport

Middlesbrough have broken their transfer record to sign striker Britt Assombalonga from Nottingham Forest for a fee believed to be around £14m.

The deal to bring the 24-year-old to Teesside exceeds the £12.7m paid to Dutch side Heerenveen for Brazil striker Afonso Alves in January 2008.

Getty Images

Forest said the fee agreed met a buyout clause in Assombalonga's contract.

Assombalonga overcame a career-threatening knee injury to score 14 goals in 33 games for Forest last term.

Weather: Dry, warm and breezy

BBC Weather

Today will be dry and very warm with plenty of sunshine, which will be occasionally hazy, and initially light winds.

However, the southeasterly wind will steadily strengthen and it will become breezy everywhere later, especially along the coast.

Click here for more weather.


Newcastle City Council admits adoption data leak

In case you missed this last night - The details of thousands of children and their adoptive parents were leaked in a party invitation sent out by Newcastle City Council.

Information about 2,743 individuals was sent to 77 people in an email attachment by mistake last month, the authority said.

The details included names, addresses and birthdates of the adopted children.

The council blamed the data breach on "human error", adding it had taken steps to contact all those involved.

Newcastle Civic Centre
The council said it was contacting those involved by phone and letter

Bradley Sunderland stand petition nears 70,000

A petition calling for Sunderland to rename their east stand after Bradley Lowery has been signed by almost 70,000 people.

Six-year-old Bradley was a big Sunderland fan and fulfilled his dream of being a club mascot before his death from neuroblastoma earlier this month.

Bradley with his mum
Owen Humphreys

The petition's founder Chris Collier said Bradley "has become a symbol of love and hope" and deserves a "permanent feature in his memory".

It is yet to be submitted to Sunderland FC.

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