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  1. Updates on Monday 7 August 2017

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Ana Guerra-Moore

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Head to BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle, Look North and online to stay up to date with local news overnight.

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We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow, have a great evening.

Weather: Dry overnight with clear spells

BBC Weather

Staying dry overnight with light winds and turning quite chilly in rural locations.

Mainly small amounts of cloud will lead to long clear spells in places.

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Pin the name on the donkey...

This Pygmy donkey needs a name - any suggestions?

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College chemicals blown up in controlled explosion

BBC Newcastle

A controlled explosion had to be carried out on hazardous chemicals which were being stored at Newcastle College.

Northumbria Police said college staff raised the alarm early yesterday.

Emergency vehicles

A cordon was placed around the college site in the city's Scotswood Road while the materials were taken away to be disposed of safely.

Officers said there was "nothing untoward or suspicious" about the chemicals and the concerns were purely about how they had been stored.

Plan to improve Middlesbrough train station starts

BBC Tees

A master plan for the future of Middlesbrough train station is under way.

Middlesbrough Council has started a study which will create a long-term vision to make the station one of the region's key transport hubs.

The project will add to refurbishment work already under way, which includes a new £2.7m roof.

It is hoped the work will make the station fit to receive the first London King's Cross Direct Service by 2020.

Middlesbrough train station

Thousands of fish released into rivers

More than 12,000 fish have been released into rivers across County Durham that have previously been affected by pollution.

Young grayling were put into the rivers Deerness, Browney and Skerne as well as Langley Beck at Staindrop and Aldbrough Beck near Darlington.

Environment Agency

The fish were reared at an Environment Agency fish farm in Nottinghamshire using funding from rod licence sales.

The agency said the move would help restore fish numbers and water quality.

Army cadet tells of Mournes rescue

An Army cadet from Hartlepool, County Durham, who had to be rescued from the Mourne Mountains on Wednesday has spoken of the .

Georgia Doughty was taking part in an expedition with the Cleveland Army Cadet Force when the group got into difficulties in treacherous weather.


Some of the children needed treatment for hypothermia, but have all now been released from hospital.

"I don't ever want to experience it again," Georgia told BBC Newcastle.

Stockton International Festival a success

BBC Tees

Stockton Council says they have made 100% return on the amount it cost to stage this weekend's 30th International Festival.

The event is estimated to have attracted 65k people over its three and a half days.

Stockton Borough Council says figures from previous years suggest visitors will have spent a total of £800k altogether, which is double the £400k it cost to stage the festival.

Man found dead behind Newcastle nightclub named

A man who was found dead behind Powerhouse nightclub in Newcastle has been named as Graham Thurston.

Mr Thurston was 54 years old and from South Shields.

Northumbria Police believe he had been the victim of an assault.

Two men, aged 20 and 21, who were arrested in connection with the death have been released pending further investigations, police said.

Taxi driver machete threat man jailed

A machete-wielding man who threatened a taxi driver in a road rage row in Cardiff has been jailed for 10 months.

Shaun Murray, 27, shouted anti-Muslim abuse at the driver in a parking row shortly before a Justin Bieber concert at the Principality Stadium on 30 June.

He pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon and causing religiously-aggravated fear. Murray, from Jesmond, Newcastle, was jailed for 10 months at Cardiff Crown Court on Monday.

The court heard Murray, who had travelled to Wales for the concert, shouted anti-Muslim abuse at a taxi driver who asked him to move his car as it was parked in a taxi rank.

Machete arrest in Cardiff city centre motorists' row

Durham break their record score in Leicester

Durham 525-8d v Leicestershire

I have given up trying to second-guess Durham skipper Paul Collingwood and declarations, but there was clearly an element of trying to get things done quickly after lunch.

Once Cameron Steel departed for 224, the fifth-highest score by a Durham batsman, they started to accelerate.

Neil Dexter helped himself to a 5-for in the process, with Michael Richardson edging him to second slip on 82 and Matty Potts doing the same for two.

But with Twitter starting to suggest it may be time to declare, I said the only reason Durham were still batting was to break their record score of 523 against Leicestershire, set here on their last championship visit - and to this date their only win - in 2005.

That match also included a double century from Mike Hussey on debut.

Paul Coughlin hit a six to take Durham to 524 and with a single added on the final ball of the 142nd over they walked off at 525-8.

Steel is the first player from California to score a double-hundred in FC cricket!

Chris Rushworth bowls to Harry Dearden in Leicester
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Durham now in the field v Leicestershire
Alex Baptiste

Queens Park Rangers sign defender Alex Baptiste on a two-year contract following his release by by Middlesbrough.

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Severe disruption: A1043 North Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

A1043 North Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, between A172 Dixons Bank and A171 Ormesby Bank.

A1043 North Yorkshire - A1043 Nunthorpe Bypass in Nunthorpe closed eastbound between the A172 Dixons Bank junction and the A171 Ormesby Bank junction, because of a broken down lorry.

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

Search for missing Sunderland teenager

A Sunderland teenager has gone missing from his home in Hull.

Daniel Osman, 14, was last seen on Thursday, 27 July, when he left the address where he has been living in Hull.

Police believe he has returned to the Sunderland area.

Daniel Osman

Supervet comes to Newcastle

Channel 4's Supervet will be live from Newcastle's Cat and Dog Shelter every night this week.

We went along to meet the animals that need a home.

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Tom Latham

Cameron Steel hits his highest first-class score as Durham dominate on day one against Leicestershire at Grace Road.

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BreakingNew flights from Durham Tees Valley

Durham Tees Valley Airport is to launch new flights to Aberdeen and Norwich.

From 15 October, Loganair will provide up to three weekday flights to Aberdeen and six weekly flights to Norwich.

Airport chief executive Steve Gill called the announcement a "real shot in the arm for the airport" and said it's "very good news" for the region's business community.

Durham Tees Valley Airport

Your photos: Grey Clouds over Morpeth

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

The weather may not have been great over the weekend, but Aaron from Killingworth still managed to take this great picture of the grey clouds over Simonside Hills.

Simonside Hills

The weather is supposed to get a little better this week, so make sure you send us your pictures.

You can tweet them to @BBCNewsNE, email them, or contact us via our Facebook page.

Missing man 'may be injured'

A 32-year-old man has gone missing from Newcastle.

Bishan Sheikh was last seen at an address in Strathmore Crescent on Saturday, where there may have been a disturbance.

Police believe Bishan may be injured or have come to harm.

He is 5ft 4in and has a 6in scar on his wrist.

Bishan Sheikh

Murder probe after man found behind Newcastle club

BBC Newcastle

A murder probe has been launched over the death of a man who was found unconscious behind a nightclub.

The man, thought to be in his 50s, was discovered behind the Powerhouse club in Westmoreland Road, Newcastle, in the early hours of yesterday.

Police van

Northumbria Police said he had been the victim of an assault and was taken to hospital, where he later died.

A spokesman for the force said two men had been arrested in connection with the death.

Ten hen harrier chicks hatched

Ten hen harrier chicks have hatched in Northumberland, despite fears that the endangered bird of prey is heading for extinction in England.

The Northumberland Hen Harrier Protection Partnership (NHHPP) said three of five nesting pairs in the county produced young this year.


The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) says the iconic species is under "severe threat".

The NHHPP said the news was a "positive step" in efforts to re-establish them.

Stockton listening post gets Grade II status

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

A World War One listening post in Stockton is one of five buildings to be given Grade II status as the listing system celebrates its 70th anniversary.

The cottage is believed to be the Royal Navy's only wireless station that was capable of gathering intelligence at the outbreak of Word War One.

Donald in front of house
Alan Bull/Historic England

Now the home of Donald Yeaman, Y station as it was known, was a base for monitoring communications across the North Sea, allowing those listening in to advise the military on enemy plans.

Alan Bull/Historic England

The radios were positioned in the loft, and a concrete block and metal ring outside the property are thought to be relics from where the mast was rigged.

Weather: Sunny spells among the cloud

BBC Weather

The cloud will continue to break up through the morning to give sunny spells.

Showers may affect some areas and these are most likely across more western hills, including the Cheviots.


All parts are due to be dry by evening.

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