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  1. Updates on Wednesday 2 August 2017

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Makeover planned for Tyne Bridge between Newcastle and Gateshead

It was last painted in the year 2000 - and now the Tyne Bridge is starting to look rather worse for wear.

But Newcastle City Council says its hopes of giving the bridge a makeover partly depend on raising the money to pay for it.

Tyne Bridge
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Tyne Bridge

Seventeen years ago the new paint job cost almost £2m.

The council says it will be bidding for Government funding towards the cost in the next financial year.

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Lee Rigby's mum 'hurt' by film of Celtic fans singing murder chant at SAFC friendly

Celtic have vowed to take action against a group of fans filmed singing an offensive song about murdered soldier Lee Rigby in Sunderland.

Lee Rigby
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The club said it was "appalled" by the video showing men in Celtic strips apparently celebrating the death of the 25-year-old.

The soldier was murdered by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale outside Woolwich Barracks in London 2013.

Fusilier Rigby's mother said her family was "hurt, traumatised and deeply shocked" by the incident.

The video is thought to have been filmed in Sunderland where Celtic were playing a friendly on Saturday.

More than 20 football fans were arrested after trouble broke out ahead of the match.

Officers desperately seeking Gary on Facebook

Northumbria Police has issued this cheeky Facebook appeal to find Gary Oliver, from Ashington...

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Dog which attacked 12 people in Blyth 'had been found in street'

Alison Freeman

BBC Look North

A dog which bit 12 people in a Northumberland park had been found by a teenage girl who was taking it home, a court has heard.

Newcastle Crown Court was told an order had already been made to destroy the brown and white Staffordshire bull terrier called Marley because it had bitten young children before.

But it got free and ran into the play area and attacked people in May last year.

Clare Neal, 38, of Chasedale Crescent in Blyth, denies owning a dog that was dangerously out of control.

Leanne Patterson, 35, and also from Blyth, denies being in charge of a dog that was dangerously out of control.

The court heard that Ms Neal had already been banned from owning the dog because it had attacked before, so she claimed she was no longer its owner.

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BreakingCleveland Army Cadets among those rescued from Northern Ireland mountains

All the cadets from the Cleveland Army Cadet Force who got into difficulties in mountains in Northern Ireland have been accounted for.

An emergency operation was launched after 50 Army cadets, aged between 12 and 17, got into difficulties during bad weather in the Mourne Mountains.

Sixteen of the group - from England - are said to be suffering from hypothermia.

Mountain rescue  operation in Northern Ireland
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Mountain rescue operation in Northern Ireland

Teesside man stranded in Polish hospital with brain damage

The family of a 39-year-old Hartlepool man are trying to raise £15,000 to bring him home from Poland.

Simon Ankers in hospital in Poland
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Simon Ankers in hospital in Poland

Simon Ankers was waiting for a flight home when he collapsed at Poznan Airport.

He suffered a catastrophic brain injury and is unlikely to regain consciousness.

His health insurance is paying for his hospital treatment but not his repatriation costs so his family now need to raise the money to bring him home.

Championship season kicks off this Friday

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Gossip and pre-season build up ahead of the start of the Championship season this Friday

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Sunderland boss Simon Grayson says players must be more aware of their public presence after an incident involving Darron Gibson.

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Your photos: A fallen leaf at sunset in Gateshead

Here's a withered fallen leaf that Michael Connor captured at sunset in Low Heworth Dene in Gateshead. Michael says it reminds him of a stained glass window.

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Michael Connor
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Woman suffers facial burns in County Durham chemical attack
A woman was left with a chemical burn on her face after a corrosive substance was thrown at her by a group of youths in Newton Aycliffe.

Gateshead man given town's first Criminal Behaviour Order

A man from Gateshead has been issued with the town's first Criminal Behaviour Order.

Scott Lister, 27, of Pacha Way, could now face jail if he gets into trouble again.

He was reported to police for blasting loud rave music, fly-tipping on public footpaths and shouting in the street in the Staiths area of the town.

He was handed a five-year Criminal Behaviour Order at South Shields' Magistrates Court last week.

Stockton International Riverside Festival opens tomorrow

The 30th Stockton International Riverside Festival opens tomorrow at 22:00.

Councillor Norma Wilburn with performers from Stalker Theatre
Stockton Borough Council

The opening act is called Frameshift, a collaboration between artists from Australia and South Korea.

It's set on three aerial rigs which act as screen projectors, stage and dance floor for the performers.

The festival runs until Sunday.

Woman suffers facial burns in County Durham chemical attack

A woman was left with a chemical burn on her face after a corrosive substance was thrown at her by a group of youths in Newton Aycliffe.

The white foam-like substance smelled of bleach and left the skin on the right side of her race red and peeling.

The attack happened at 20:20 on Monday in the Wright Close area.

There were about seven or eight youths in the group and afterwards they ran off towards the town centre.

Tom Huddlestone, John Terry, Garry Monk, Harry Redknapp

Who will win promotion? Who is going down? Predict how the Championship table will end in 2017-18 and share with your friends.

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Tickets go on sale for Bradley Lowery celebrity match at Everton

Tickets have gone on sale for the Bradley Lowery celebrity charity match at Everton's Goodison Park on Sunday 3 September.

The club, which previously donated £200,000 to his appeal, announced it would host a charity fundraiser two weeks ago.

Although a Sunderland fan, six-year-old Bradley made a real impact on Everton when he was a mascot first against them, then for them.

Bradley died on 7 July having been diagnosed with neuroblastoma when he was 18 months old.

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Amelia Lily joins the Celebrity Big Brother house

Middlesbrough singer Amelia Lily is taking part in this year's Channel 5 Celebrity Big Brother.

She came third on the X Factor in 2011, the year that Little Mix won.

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Liam Fee: Social worker makes 'scapegoat' claim

A former social worker struck off for failings, including over murdered Gateshead toddler Liam Fee, believes she has been made a "scapegoat".

Two-year-old Liam was murdered by his mother Rachel and her partner Nyomi in Glenrothes in Scotland in 2014.

He'd been subjected to sustained physical and mental abuse.

Liam Fee social worker says she was 'scapegoat'

Lesley Bate told the BBC she had made mistakes by not properly following up concerns about injuries found on Liam.

But, she said she went off sick a year before Liam's murder and his case was not passed to another social worker, so others should also be held accountable.

Fife Council said it would not discuss the circumstances of ex-staff members.

North East comes top in national drugs death table

Luke Walton

BBC Look North

The North East had the highest mortality rate from drug misuse in 2016 for the fourth year running, official figures show.

Last year in the region there were 191 deaths involving both legal and illegal drugs, which is 77.4 deaths per million.

The Office for National Statistics says nationally there were 3,744 poisoning deaths involving both legal and illegal drugs in 2016.

Of these, about two-thirds were down to the misuse of drugs.

People in their 40s have now overtaken those in their 30s as being the age group with the highest mortality rate from drug misuse.

There were also 371 deaths involving cocaine - a 16% year-on-year increase. Deaths involving heroin and/or morphine remained stable.

Tata Steel - good news expected for steelworkers

Ian Reeve

BBC Look North

More details are expected today on the deal between Tata Steel and a consortium that's taken over two pipe mills in Hartlepool.

Tata Steel at Hartlepool
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Tata Steel at Hartlepool

The news ends months of uncertainty for workers.

Liberty House said it will add about 100 jobs to the existing 140-strong workforce at the mills, which manufacture pipelines for gas and oil projects around the world.

Tata Steel will retain its 20-in tube mill at the same site, where a further 270 people work.

Your photos: Sunset in Northumberland

Here's a beautiful sunset that Alison Leddy from Blyth captured last night in Seaton Sluice.

Seaton Sluice sunset
Alison Leddy
Seaton Sluice sunset

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Rally crash scene

A man hurt in an accident at a rally event which killed three people tells an inquiry he was standing behind a taped-off area.

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Bright and sunny, but brace yourselves for breezes

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A bright and dry start with some sunny spells, but cloud will increase during the morning with some outbreaks of rain through the afternoon.

Also brace yourselves for some bracing, southerly winds.

The rain will also clear to scattered showers during the evening.

Check out the weather where you are.

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Severe disruption: A69 Tyne And Wear both ways

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A69 Tyne And Wear both ways severe disruption, between A69 and A695 Scotswood Road.

A69 Tyne And Wear - A69 Scotswood Bridge in Blaydon closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the A69 junction and the A695 Scotswood Road junction, because of a police incident.

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

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