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  1. Updates on Wednesday 19 July 2017

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24 hours in England: 'When you come to Redcar you have to have a Lemon Top'

Today the BBC has been curating a snapshot of 24 hours in the lives of some of the 55 million people who make up our nation. Check here as more photographs are added through the day.

Pacitto's is well known locally on Teesside for the creation of a summertime favourite – the Lemon Top.

Whipped vanilla ice cream with a lemon sorbet finish, you can’t move down the esplanade in Redcar without someone tucking into one.

The shop has been a feature of the seaside town for more then 85 years (no one is sure when it opened) after Marcus Pacitto's great grandfather Giacomo started the business

Marcus, 52, said: "I know they came over after the First World War when Italy was poor and started trading before the Second World War.

Speaking about the Lemon Top, their most popular item, he added: "I don't know if it was my grandfather or if it was taken from elsewhere, but it just seems to have hit Redcar and it's a ridiculously popular dish.

"It kind of makes me proud, in a strange way, it's part of Redcar folklore now, in fact it's a law, when you come to Redcar you have to have a Lemon Top."

Marcus Pacitto with a Lemon Top
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Weather: rain later, possibly thundery

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

The cloud and warm temperatures could trigger some rain - possibly thundery - in places later.

Persistent rain will spread into the North East this evening. It could get quite heavy at times and thundery overnight.

It'll clear for a time but tomorrow morning will be fairly cloudy and drizzly.

Weather map
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Horlicks goes but County Durham gets investment in pharma overhaul

The pharmaceuticals company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is planning to cut 320 jobs and sell off its Horlicks brand.

It has also reversed plans to invest in a biopharma facility in Ulverston, Cumbria, saying it "no longer needs the additional capacity" and floating the possibility of selling manufacturing plants related to its cephalosporin antibiotics division.

The company plans investment of more than £140m in manufacturing sites in Ware, Hertfordshire, Barnard Castle, County Durham, and Montrose, Scotland.

GSK site in Barnard Castle
Google

President of global affairs Philip Thomson said the firm was "continuing to invest in science and our core businesses in the UK and we continue to see the UK as an attractive place for the life sciences industry".

GSK employs about 17,000 people in the UK, 5,000 in manufacturing.

Security increased for weekend Pride festival

Extra security measures, including bag searches, will be in place for Newcastle Pride this weekend, organisers have said.

Additional security staff will also be on site, as well as Northumbria Police uniformed officers and armed officers.

Mark Nichols, chair of Northern Pride – the LGBT charity which organises the festival – said they would take all necessary measures to give "a little extra peace of mind" during the weekend.

“This is our tenth year of hosting the free festival and as with all large-scale events, we do ask that attendees remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to a member of staff or security," he said.

The festival is on from Friday until Sunday on Newcastle’s Town Moor.

People at Newcastle Pride in 2015
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School bag leads to Marks and Spencer evacuation

In the spirit of conjuring up terrible excuses for not doing homework, one young student might have a good story to tell their teacher today.

Police were called out to the Kingston Park Marks and Spencer to deal with a "suspicious package".

By the time they got there the shop had been evacuated - but they soon realised the package in question was just a school bag, left behind (presumably by mistake).

They do say people should "remain vigilant and to report any suspicious behaviour", though.

School bag
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We're assuming it wasn't a bag like this

Teaching union calls for school lockdown plan

A teaching union is calling for schools to have a plans for lockdown procedures in case something serious happens on their premises.

The NASUWT said schools currently had ad hoc drills to deal with various threats and called on the government to put together a comprehensive plan.

The North East Counter Terrorism Unit, police, council and fire service have run seminars for teachers in West Yorkshire, to give advice on managing a potentially violent or dangerous event in or around a school.

The government said it "constantly reviewed" security guidance it issues.

School lockdown examples
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Official respose to officer driving while using a mobile phone

Cleveland Police's assistant chief constable, Jason Harwin, described the actions of Supt Mark Thornton - who was filmed driving while using a mobile phone - as "serious".

"The information presented to the force by the Northern Echo... will be fully investigated," he said.

Police and crime commissioner Barry Coppinger said he was "committed to reducing injury and death on the roads".

"The introduction earlier this year of harsher punishments for illegal mobile phone use whilst driving will help to make this a reality," he said.

"The law applies as much to police officers as it does to anyone else.

"It's right that this officer has apologised for his actions and that Cleveland Police is now investigating."

Something to cuddle when the going gets tough

The police asked - and more than 100 willing knitters obliged.

More than 120 "trauma teddies" have been made for Durham Police to give out to children involved in car crashes or other situations which can be frightening for them.

Some have even been sent over from Cyprus.

Sgt Dave Clarke, who's based in Stanley, said the response to their appeal had been "absolutely overwhelming".

"They just add that little bit of comfort and every child can relate to a teddy," he said.

Teddies in boot of police car
Durham Police

"They are also really useful for officers to explain what is going on so, for example, if you need to put an oxygen mask on a child you can do it to the teddy first and it instantly becomes a lot less frightening," Sgt Clarke said.

"There are also times when we might need a child to remain still while we are cutting them out of vehicles - the teddies give them something to focus on."

Keep your eyes peeled when taking out cash

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Better take care if you're taking cash out of a hole in the wall in Middlesbrough.

Cleveland Police say they found a skimming device on the ATM at Tesco Express on Oxford Road late on Sunday night.

Criminals can use them to read cash cards and can even film someone using the machine to record their PIN.

The force warned it's very difficult to tell if the machine has been tampered with.

But if you do spot something the force asks that you report it.

In pictures: 24 hours in England

The BBC is curating a snapshot of 24 hours in the lives of the 55 million people who make up our nation. Check here as more photographs are added through the day.

Paul Dent
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Paul Dent is a fisherman working out of Blyth Harbour in Northumberland, whose family has been in the business for generations.

His catch depends on the season; prawns in winter and salmon during summer months. But today he's not at sea because of weather and tidal conditions so he's concentrating on maintenance on one of his boats.

The 47-year-old says being a fisherman can be "feast or famine" but he loves it.

"You see sunrises, wonderful cloud formations, dolphins, there's just been some minke whales. Things people don't normally see. I love getting out of bed every morning."

Mobile phone driving police officer - full statement

The police officer who was filmed driving while using a mobile phone has issued an apology.

Supt Mark Thornton said, as a serving police officer, he was "more aware than most of the potentially devastating consequences of driving whilst distracted".

"This is no small thing and the consequences for pedestrians and other roads users can be fatal, which is why we have recently seen changes to the law increasing penalty points and fines for driving while using a mobile phone," he said.

"I'm very sorry, not because of the impact on me - it's my responsibility and no one else's - but to those I feel I've let down.

"Policing is a job I love and in which I've carried out my duties to the best of my abilities over 27 years.

"I have let a lot of people down, not least myself. I will fully accept the consequences of my actions."

Officer at the wheel on phone
Camera phone footage

Company apologises for smoke and flames at Wilton

Chemical manufacturer Sabic has apologised to residents for flaring at its plant at Wilton, near Redcar.

The company says it's because a plant compressor tripped.

The flaring is an "essential safety system to allow the plant to be brought back into normal operation in a controlled way following such an upset", it said.

Maintenance teams were "working hard to resolve the issue", but it accepted it was taking longer than normal.

A resolution is likely to be later this evening, it said.

North Sea cod can be eaten with 'clear conscience'

Good news for a summer of fish and chips by the seaside.

North Sea cod is now sustainable and can be eaten with a , the fisheries body The Marine Stewardship Council has said.

Cod has been considered under threat for more than a decade.

But measures agreed by the industry to help regenerate the population, including new nets and closing spawning areas to fishing, seem to be working.

Man with fish
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Motives behind failed grab attempt unknown

Police say they still don't know what a man who grabbed a 12-year-old girl in Stockton was planning.

The man, who was in his late 40s and had a full beard, pulled the girl by the wrist towards the cycle path on Claxton Close in Hardwick at 08:00 yesterday morning.

He was disturbed by passers-by and the girl was able to escape, Cleveland Police said.

Police issue derelict farm warning

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Cleveland Police have renewed warnings about the dangers of entering derelict farms following a spate of fires.

The latest blaze was at Summerville Farm on Durham Road in Stockton, with reports of seven fires started there by youths yesterday.

A force spokeswoman said: "Due to the poor structural condition of the buildings there is a real danger to anyone going inside them.

"And due to previous damage, a large quantity of asbestos is now lying around inside the buildings. This could pose a very serious risk to health.

"We would therefore ask parents and carers to ensure they emphasise to their children the dangers of entering this site and we would also remind potential intruders that anyone caught committing damage or arson will be dealt with by police."

Selling your whole life to pay for your life

A woman from County Durham says she has had to sell everything she owns to pay for private cancer treatment which could save her life.

Lisa Harris, from Ouston, has sold her home, all its contents and her car.

She needs to raise up to £23,000 every three weeks for immunotherapy at a German clinic, which she says appears to be working well.

The treatment is available on the NHS for some forms of cancer, but not for ovarian cancer.

Lisa Harris
BBC

You can hear more about Lisa's' story on Look North on BBC One at 18:30.

Police hoping for a dry Sunderland airshow

BBC Newcastle

Underage teenagers at the Sunderland International Airshow this weekend will be tested to see if they've been drinking if they look like they're under the influence of alcohol.

Under 18s caught with booze will have it confiscated.

Northumbria Police said it will have officers on patrol all weekend to stop anti-social behaviour.

Cleveland Police roads officer caught using phone at wheel
A senior officer has apologised after video of him using his phone at the wheel was released.

How much do you know about the Lionesses?

BBC Sport

England are among the favourites to win the Women's European Championship, having finished third at the World Cup two years ago.

But how much do you know about the Lionesses?

Take a quiz here.

Senior police officer filmed on phone while driving

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An investigation has been launched after footage emerged of a County Durham police officer using a mobile phone while driving.

Supt Mark Thornton has served with the police for nearly 30 years, most recently as the head of the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, which includes traffic units.

The footage was filmed on Thursday and published in the Northern Echo.

Supt Thornton has apologised for his actions saying he "understands the potentially devastating consequences of driving while distracted".

He says he will fully accept the consequences of his actions.

Plans unveiled for £200m Gateshead riverside arts complex

BBC Newcastle

A huge £200m arts and leisure complex planned for the banks of the River Tyne in Gateshead has been announced.

It includes a 12,500-seat concert hall, conference centre and hotel and will sit between the existing Baltic arts centre and Sage music venue.

The site
Alamy

Gateshead Council will invest £25m in the project with the rest of the money coming from the private sector, including venue operator SMG.

The scheme will mean the closure of SMG's 11,500-seat arena in Newcastle.

Detailed plans have yet to be drawn up, but it is hoped the new complex will open in 2021.

Artist's impression
Gateshead Council

Weather: Dry start, rain later

BBC Weather

Today will see a rather cloudy but dry start and, despite the moderate breeze, it will be feeling humid.

Outbreaks of rain, perhaps heavy at times, are then likely to spread north later in the morning, gradually clearing through the afternoon.

Click here for more weather.

Weather
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