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  1. Updates on Friday 28 July 2017

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Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

That's all from us for today and for the week - thank you for joining us.

You can still catch up with the latest news over the weekend on BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle, Look North, and online.

If you'd like to get in touch or share your North East pictures with us, you can do so on Twitter, Facebook, or via email.

We'll be back tomorrow on Monday from 08:00, have a great weekend.

Weather: Dry but breezy

BBC Weather

A mostly dry night, although some heavy rain is possible across southern parts at first.

Any rain then easing away east after midnight, with clearer spells following.

Staying rather breezy.

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Durham teen wins boxing gold

A Durham teenager has won a gold medal in middleweight boxing at the Youth Commonwealth Games in The Bahamas.

Georgia, 15, has also been selected for Team GB and also holds three national titles in taekwondo.

Georgia O'Connor

Geoffrey Boycott compares batting to dating

Pundit and former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott has criticised Durham's Keaton Jennings following his duck yesterday.

Boycott told BBC 5 Live Jennings' performance on day one of the third Test against South Africa at the Oval was like "a boy struggling to ask a girl on a date".

He said: "You can't play Test Cricket like that. If you're tentative, it's no good. Girls don't go out with you if you're tentative and don't ask them. You've got to go up and ask them and it's the same with batting.

"You've got to be positive. There's nothing positive in his batting and his technique is poor."

Geoffrey Boycott says England opening batsman Keaton Jennings needs to be more positive.

Sunderland historian looks back at 20 games that lit up the Stadium of Light

Sunderland Echo


Historian Bob Graham has seen the good, the bad and the ugly as a Sunderland fan for 67 years.

Stadium of Light

Severe accident: A192 Northumberland both ways

BBC News Travel

A192 Northumberland both ways severe accident, between A1068 Fisher Lane and Hartford Drive.

A192 Northumberland - A192 Hartford Bridge in Bedlington closed and queuing traffic in both directions between Plessey Checks Roundabout and the Hartford Drive junction, because of an accident.

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

Metro closures start on Monday

A major Tyne & Wear Metro closure starts on Monday.

The line running between South Gosforth and Four Lane Ends will be closed until 11 August.

Once work is complete in that area closures will be widened from South Gosforth to Shiremoor from 12 August until 2 September.

This comes as a result of a £20m modernisation programme for track and bridge renewals among other things.

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Mikel Merino 'happy and proud' to be part of NUFC

Newcastle United's latest signing Mikel Merino has shared his happiness over the news via Twitter.

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County Durham nine-year-old saves boy from drowning in France

A nine-year-old from County Durham who had only recently learned life-saving skills rescued a boy from drowning while on holiday earlier this year.

Blake Stephenson, from Kirk Merrington, dived into a swimming pool in Loire Valley when he spotted a body at the bottom of it, and helped the drowning boy to reach the surface.

The French boy who he helped received CPR at the scene and is set to make a full recovery.

Blake said: "I prodded him with my foot to check he wasn't just seeing how long he could stay down there, but he didn't move.

"I knew I had to help him so I dived down to the bottom and pulled him back up to the top with me."

Clouds over haystacks

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

A Look North viewer has sent us this picture of a very cloudy sky over Heddon on the Wall, Northumberland.

Heddon on the Wall

Not the greatest start to the weekend, hopefully the weather will get better.

Have you got photos you'd like to share with us? You can send your North East pictures on Twitter, Facebook, or via email.

Rafa Benitez on Merino sign

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is happy with the club's new sign Mikel Merino.

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Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) County Durham southbound severe accident, between J58 for A68 and J57 for A66.

A1(M) County Durham - One lane closed, queuing traffic and long delays on A1(M) southbound between J58, A68 (Burtree) and J57 A66(M) Darlington, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Ashley Fletcher

Middlesbrough sign striker Ashley Fletcher from Premier League side West Ham United on a four-year deal for £6.5m.

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Sting returns to the North East

Wallsend-born rock star Sting has announced a one-off show at Bamburgh Castle.

He is coming back to the North East in October for a charity concert to help children with life-limiting conditions.

He said: "I'm very much looking forward to returning to Northumberland to perform at Bamburgh Castle and am happy to help support Dreamflight's important work."

Tickets for the show on 20 October are now available.


Severe accident: A1068 Northumberland both ways

BBC News Travel

A1068 Northumberland both ways severe accident, at A192 Shields Road.

A1068 Northumberland - A1068 Hartford Road in Bedlington closed and heavy traffic in both directions at the A192 Shields Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Sam Allardyce says spending makes manager's role more difficult

Rising transfer spending is making the job of manager "increasingly difficult," says former Sunderland, Newcastle and England boss Sam Allardyce.

More than £850m has been spent by Premier League clubs in the transfer window, which ends on 31 August.

Allardyce, 62, said there is added pressure from fans, social media and newspapers, with the expectation the "huge amount of money spent" will lead to the equivalent improvement in the team.

Sam Allardyce
Alice Ruggles

Alice Ruggles was killed by her ex-boyfriend Trimaan "Harry" Dhillon, who cut her throat.

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Memorials upgraded ahead of Passchendaele commemorations

Thirteen war memorials across the country have been listed or upgraded ahead of commemorations marking 100 years since the Battle of Passchendaele.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport was advised to do so by the government heritage body Historic England.

Newly Grade II listed memorials include Hamsterley Colliery War Memorial in County Durham.

War memorial

'Dangerous tablets' lost in Middlesbrough

A quantity of "dangerous tablets" have been lost in Middlesbrough.

A month's supply of Clozapine, an antipsychotic medication, was lost somewhere in the Roseberry Park/James Cook Hospital/Pallister Park areas yesterday.

Police are asking people to hand them into a chemist if found as they can prove dangerous if taken without a prescription.

If you are being bullied, tell someone today

The Gazette


Arin Lyth's nana gives moving message to bullies - and those being bullied.

Gazette front page
The Gazette

Weather: A mixture of sunny spells and showers

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Showers will generally make their way from the west to the east today but they will become increasingly spread out and light.

There'll be some good spells of sunshine around, though.

Temperatures will be a touch warmer than yesterday with highs of 20C, although it will be fairly breezy.

Weather map

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