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  1. Updates on Thursday 3 August 2017

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Lewis Grabban celebrates with James Vaughan

Sunderland come from behind to earn a point as they begin life back in the Championship with a draw against Derby.

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Suspected heroin recovered at Hartlepool industrial estate

One arrest was made and heroin with a street value of more than £4,000 was recovered by Cleveland Police at a unit on a Hartlepool industrial estate yesterday morning.

Officers searched an address on Tofts Road West and recovered the suspected class A drugs.

A 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs. He has been released while inquiries continue.

Drugs activity will not be tolerated in Cleveland. I would like to thank the local community for coming forward with information and I would continue to encourage anyone with information regarding suspected drugs activity in their area to contact police."

PC Brendan LowesCommunity drugs enforcement team

Police looking for missing man

Ramirez allowed to leave Boro

Middlesbrough have given Gaston Ramirez permission to speak to other clubs about a possible move away from Teesside.

The Uruguayan forward has recently been linked with a move to Italian side Sampdoria.

A photo posted by the Gazette appears to show the 26-year-old at Gatwick Airport earlier this morning.

Ramirez has made 44 appearances for Boro scoring nine times.

Gaston Ramirez
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You've bin warned...

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

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The Tyne and Wear Fire Rescue Service issued this warning after they dealt with six wheelie bin fires.

The fires took place in the Millfield area of Sunderland between 19:45 and midnight last night.

Northumbria Police is investigating.

The summer of change at Middlesbrough FC

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About 12,000 fish released to boost North East stocks

Thousands of young graylings have been released by the Environment Agency into six rivers across the region.

The release is part of plans to redevelop and restore rivers that have been damaged by pollution, and to improve habitats and promote migration.

The rivers Deerness, Browney, Blyth, Skerne as well as Langley Beck at Staindrop and Aldbrough Beck near Darlington have had fish released into them.

Money made from rod licence sales paid for the the graylings, which are part of the salmon family, to be reared at the agency's farm in Nottinghamshire.

Grayling fish
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Fisheries officer Paul Frear was out releasing fish earlier in the week:

We’re pleased we can provide these fish for restocking as part of our commitment to rod licence paying anglers and to help the process of natural recovery in waters which have been impacted by pollution or suffered poor water quality."

Graylings released into Langley Beck
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Impact of stabbing on police officer 'played second fiddle'

The Police Federation of England and Wales is calling for a change in legislation after a man who attacked a policeman with a knife during a self-induced psychotic episode was spared jail.

Jamie Shillaw, 36, was given eight months, suspended for two years, after he produced a blade on the officer and stabbed him in the arm at the Lifestyle Express on King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool, in May.

Shillaw admittied actual bodily harm, possession of an offensive weapon and affray.

The PC who was stabbed is said to have suffered flashbacks and sleepless nights since the incident.

Andrea Breeze, Cleveland Police Federation chair said "Last year, the federation's welfare survey indicated that there were more than two million physical assaults on officers in England and Wales over a 12-month period. There were an additional 302,000 involving deadly weapons. It is simply unacceptable for officers to be assaulted just for doing their jobs".

As well as a change in legislation, the Police Federation is campaigning for better training and access to equipment, more accurate data on police assaults and improved support.

Steve Gibson's tribute to 'passionate Boro lad' Stewart Downing

The chairman of Middlesbrough FC has praised winger Stewart Downing for his dedication to the area amid speculation that he may leave his boyhood club.

Steve Gibson said the 33-year-old, who is half way through a four-year contract with Boro, deserved recognition for his commitment to the club and his hometown, which has seen him recognised with a Teesside Hero award.

Stewart Downing
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The Teesside Philanthropic Foundation awarded Downing for work including raising £15,000 for the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle and supporting his former primary school in Pallister Park.

Downing has made 249 appearances over two spells with the club and scored two goals last season, but was told by manager Gary Monk that he is free to leave as he is not part of his plans for the coming Championship season.

I think as a local lad you do have a responsibility to go out and support the community if you have the chance. My mam and dad always taught me to do my bit and it’s something I’ve always been happy to do."

Stewart Downing

Parent describes how dog attacked 12-year-old in park

Alison Freeman

BBC Look North

A parent has told a court how his stepdaughter's leg looked like "Swiss cheese" after she was bitten by a dog which attacked 12 children in a play park in Blyth.

The man said it was "chaos" when he arrived at the park at Burns close with children and adults screaming and crying following the attack in May last year.

Claire Neal, 38, and from Blyth, denies owning a dog that was dangerously out of control and Leanne Patterson, 35, and also from Blyth, denies being in charge of a dog that was dangerously out of control.

Officers and the dog
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The court heard Ms Neal had already been banned from owning the dog because of a previous attack.

A statement was read to the court from a victim, who was aged 12 at the time.

In it she said she saw the dog dragging a little girl around by her arm and leg.

She also said that when she got off a climbing frame the dog bit her leg and was shaking her.

The girl had to be treated in hospital for her wounds.

The trial continues.

Tyne Hotel: Police hunt arsonist who started blaze
This CCTV footage shows a man setting fire to the Tyne Hotel in Newcastle on 9 May.

Darlington man wins silver at British Transplant Games

A dad of one who found a new lease of life when he received a new heart has returned home after taking a medal in archery at the games in North Lanarkshire.

Simon Ripley was diagnosed with leukaemia in 1989 and needed a heart transplant after being diagnosed with heart failure in 2008.

He took up cycling as a way to keep fit in 2011, and has won nine medals in British and International transplant games since.

Simon Ripley
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Drugs kill one person a month in South Tyneside, figures reveal

The Shields Gazette

One person a month is dying on South Tyneside due to drug misuse, shocking new figures reveal.

The latest report into drug deaths from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that there were 28 deaths in the borough between 2014 and 2016.

Shields Gazette front page
Shields Gazette

Stockton pub's parmo advert 'encouraged domestic violence'

The Advertising Standards Authority has taken action against a Stockton Pub after an "offensive and socially irresponsible" promotion was posted online.

The George Pub and Grill posted a picture of a parmo on their Facebook page with the message: "Would you punch your ex in the face for a parmo?"

A complaint was made to the ASA, who considered that referring to domestic violence in an advert for fast food "trivialised and condoned" the offence.

It concluded the ad was not prepared in a socially responsible manner.

Concern was also raised by the pub's lack of response to the ASA, which breached the Committee of Advertising Practise Code.

The owner of the pub was ordered not to post the advert again.

MP calls for probe into A19 accidents

An MP has called for an inquiry into the number of accidents on a stretch of the A19 in County Durham.

Easington Labour MP Grahame Morris was responding to a BBC Newcastle Freedom of Information request, which found there were 23 accidents on a nine-mile stretch of the dual carriageway between Seaham and Peterlee in the 12 months to March.

None of the incidents involved fatalities, but Mr Morris said the figures showed improvements are needed to the road.

Grahame Morris
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The MP added: "There are costs associated with these incidents, apart from the human tragedies, including those of the emergency services, delays to commuters and the impact on businesses.

"I think we need adequate resources to improve the A19 and I would like to know how cuts to police traffic enforcement has had an impact.

"It seems to me this is a bit of a lethal cocktail."

Transport minister John Hayes said that while accident cluster sites have been identified on the A19 between Testo's roundabout on South Tyneside and Seaham in County Durham, analysis had found driver behaviour to be the primary cause.

War Horse puppeteers to bring Hartlepool Monkey legend to life

Colin Briggs

Look North

The story of the Hartlepool monkey is to be brought to life in a new show by the same puppeteers behind War Horse

Legend has it that a French warship was wrecked off the coast near the town and a costumed chimpanzee onboard was mistaken for a French spy and hanged.

Hartlepool Monkey statue
BBC

The Gyre and Gimble theatre tour is due to start next month in London, but will be also visit Newcastle and of course Hartlepool.

The production uses stagecraft, sea shanties and a chimpanzee puppet to tell the tale of the Hartlepool monkey.

Gyre and Gimble was founded in 2014 by two of the team who met while performing on the original production of the show.

A spokesman said: "The legend of the Hartlepool monkey has survived the test of time, capturing the imaginations of people of all ages for over 200 years.

"We will have a boisterous crew that will use thrilling stagecraft, spirited sea shanties and a mischievous chimpanzee puppet to tell this timely tale that explores xenophobia, its causes and consequences, whilst celebrating mankind’s ability to overcome prejudice."

Can you help find wanted Sunderland man?

The public are being asked to help the Sunderland neighbourhood team trace a local man who is wanted by Northumbria Police.

Officers would like to speak to 21-year-old Robert Friendship Smith, from Cranleigh Road, in connection with multiple offences including affray, criminal damage and driving while disqualified.

The appeal to the community comes as officers have been unable to find him.

Robert Friendship Smith
Northumbria Police

Bright or sunny spells, but also breezy.

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

There will be showers at times during earlier parts of the day, some of which could turn heavy with a risk of hail and thunder.

The showers should ease through the afternoon, with some longer sunny periods developing.

Weather map
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Temperatures should still be healthy though, reaching a maximum of 20C (68F).

It will stay quite breezy towards dusk, with most parts staying dry.

Check the forecast where you live.

Spillage causing delays on A1M near Blyth

Child sex crime victim dismayed as paedophile walks free from court

Sunderland Echo

Newspaper

A woman who was sexually assaulted when she was a schoolgirl has said she feels the guilt has been moved from her on to her attacker after she faced him in court.

But the victim of Leslie Morris has said she feels let down by the justice system after seeing him walk free from court.

Sunderland Echo front page
Sunderland Echo

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