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  1. Updates on Tuesday 15 August 2017

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Victoria Park, Hartlepool

Jake Cassidy strikes a second-half equaliser as Hartlepool secure a draw at home to Chester in the National League.

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Britt Assombalonga

Middlesbrough's record signing Britt Assombalonga scores his first goals for the club in a home win over 10-man Burton.

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National League

New boy Alex Reid strikes in the second half to get Wrexham back to winning ways against Gateshead in the National League.

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Bosses to close 'inadequate' Teesside care home

A Teesside care home rated inadequate by a health watchdog is to be closed by the organisation running it.

The Care Quality Commission found a number of failings at Hillview Care Home in Eston and, after an unannounced inspection, whistleblowers raised further concerns.

Aileen Watson, the regional managing director for Bupa UK Care Services, which runs the home, said the company had taken the "difficult decision" to close the home last month.

“We do not tolerate poor standards in any of our homes and are disappointed by this report," she said.

"We’re now working closely with the local authority and NHS partners to help minimise disruption, and are assisting all residents in finding a suitable new home.”

Hillview Nursing Home
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Newcastle

Newcastle defenders Florian Lejeune and Paul Dummett will miss a number of weeks after picking up injuries against Tottenham.

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Weather: Dry but chilly night in store

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Any showers will die off quite quickly this evening and it'll be a dry night with mostly clear skies.

It'll also be chilly with temperatures down to about 11 or 12C.

Tomorrow, there'll be some sunshine to start with rain heading in towards the end of the day.

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Photo from scene after body found in burning car

This is the scene after a body was found in a burning car by firefighters.

The car was reported to the emergency services at about 00:50 BST this morning on Success Road in Shiney Row, Sunderland.

While putting out the blaze, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service discovered the body inside.

The death is being treated as unexplained by Northumbria Police. Officers are appealing for witnesses.

Success Road
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Seven times team-mates fell out in a big way

Ciaran Varley

Training ground bust-ups seem to be all the rage this summer, don't they?

It seems almost weekly that another "shocking" video emerges of some star player, who just happens to be linked with a big-money move, sparring with his team-mates.

It seems like a good excuse though to take a look back through the archives at a few other times that those on the same side have engaged in a bit of friendly fire.

Remember Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer in 2005, for example?

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Watch out for a 223-tonne transformer - and it has nothing to do with Optimus Prime

Francesca Williams

BBC News

Sorry to disappoint you - though this one is less likely to start shooting at you.

If you're out on the A1 and A19 this evening you might find yourself stuck behind a 223-tonne transformer and it won't be going fast.

It's being taken, at 10mph, from the Stella West substation in Newcastle at 21:30 to Swan Hunter at Wallsend.

223 tonne transformer
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Delays are expected and drivers may wish to use alternative routes, says Highways England.

Because it will go through roadworks on the Coast Road the A19 will be closed from Holystone to Wallsend in both directions from 20:00 this evening to 06:00 tomorrow.

Mum's tribute to car park death toddler

A 17-month-old boy who died after being hit by a car in a "truly tragic accident" was "mischievous and cheeky", his mother has said.

Jackson Yates
CHERYL YATES

Jackson Yates died in an accident in the Ibis Hotel car park on Trafford Road in Salford on Thursday.

Cheryl Yates, 37, from Yarm near Middlesbrough, said: "We had so much fun every day with him.

"Since the accident, we've had support from people all over the world, just sending their regards."

Rail fares to rise by up to 3.6%

Millions of rail users in the UK will see a 3.6% increase in regulated rail fares from January 2018.

Train operators can raise fares by as much as the Retail Prices Index (RPI) figure for July. This figure is the highest since 2011, when it was 5%.

Passenger groups said commuters would be worst-hit, and suggested that the RPI measure should be scrapped.

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Great North Run: Matt Hadden says it's a bucket list bid
Matt Hadden from Darlington has a rare form of terminal bone cancer which has left him with one leg

Whistleblowers raise more concerns after care home inspection

A Teesside care home has been rated inadequate after an inspection by a watchdog.

Care Quality Commission inspectors found some residents at Hillview Care Home in Eston were left in bed all day.

Some had been bathed in water that was too hot and others, including one with diabetes, hadn't been given breakfast by 11.30.

"Very little action" had been taken to find ways of communicating with one resident who did not speak English, their report added.

Hillview nursing home
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After the first unannounced inspection, whistleblowers passed on "a number of concerns" to the CQC, prompting a further inspection.

Bupa Care Homes, which runs the home, has been approached for comment.

Florian Lejeune and Paul Dummett 'out for weeks'

Newcastle defenders Florian Lejeune and Paul Dummett will be out for a number of weeks after picking up injuries against Tottenham.

Dummett, 25, played only seven minutes before being forced off with a hamstring injury.

Summer signing Lejeune, 26, suffered ankle ligament damage in a clash with Harry Kane during the 2-0 defeat.

Florian Lejeune
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All star line-up for Bradley Lowery charity match

Former Everton players and celebrities will play in a charity match in memory of youngster Bradley Lowery, who died from cancer.

Bradley Lowery and Jermain Defoe
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The six-year-old died on 7 July after losing his battle against with neuroblastoma - a rare type of the disease - when he was 18 months old.

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.

Former Everton players Peter Beardsley, Alan Stubbs and Graham Stuart will be joined by singer-songwriter Olly Murs andreality TV star Calum Best at Goodison Park on 3 September.

High Level Bridge reopens, bus company says

Police at the High Level Bridge after package alert

Here's police at the scene of the High Level Bridge on the Newcastle side.

It is closed after a "suspicious package" was found.

High Level Bridge
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Police at the High Level Bridge
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Travel disruption because of bridge closure

Trains and buses are being delayed or diverted because of the closure of the High Level Bridge across the River Tyne.

Go North East says services are being diverted via Mosley Street, Tyne Bridge and Hill Street towards Gateshead.

Men arrested after crash leaves man with broken legs

Police believe a large group of people may have seen a crash in Dormanstown near Redcar in which a man had both his legs broken.

The 26-year-old was on a motorbike which crashed with a silver Audi A5 on Broadway West on Sunday evening.

Two men aged 23 and 27 have been arrested and police are appealing for witnesses.

The 23-year-old is in custody and the 27-year-old has been released while investigations continue.

Breaking'Suspicious package' forces closure of Tyneside bridge

The High Level bridge from Newcastle to Gateshead has been closed after a suspicious package was reported to police.

Officers are checking the area and say the route has been closed to all pedestrians and traffic as a precaution.

Diversions are in place and officers will stay to try to minimise disruption, Northumbria Police said.

High Level Bridge
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Celebrities and footballers sign up for Bradley Lowery charity game

A fundraising football match in memory of six-year-old Bradley Lowery will see former Sunderland and Everton players take on singers and TV personalities such as Olly Murs and Shayne Ward.

Ex Sunderland midfielder Don Hutchison said: "I've been privileged to play for both sides and I couldn't think of two better sets of fans to play in front of, for young Bradley.

"In an era where football players are superstars, Young Bradley is and always will be a giant."

The Sunderland fan from Blackhall Colliery died in July from neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer.

Bradley Lowery
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Peter Beardsley, Alan Stubbs, Graham Stuart, Gareth Farrelly and Tony Hibbert will line up for Bradley's Blues, led by Katie Price, at Goodison Park.

Beefing up the team will be singer-songwriter Olly Murs, actor Stephen Graham, X-Factor winner and Coronation Street star Shayne Ward and Steps star Lee Latchford-Evans.

They'll be facing The Lowery Legends, aka Sunderland ex-manager Peter Reid and former players Don Hutchison, Michael Gray and Alex Rae, bolstered by Calum Best, James 'Arg' Argent, Dan Osborne and Josh Cuthbert.

Death of woman found unconscious is investigated

The death of a woman found unconscious in the Washington area is being treated as unexplained by police.

The 41-year-old was found at lunchtime on Monday and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Northumbria Police are trying to find out what happened.

Man found in field 'died from strangulation'

A man found seriously injured in a field died from strangulation, a preliminary post-mortem examination has found.

Darren Bonner, from Sunderland, died in hospital 17 days after he was discovered in Cresswell, Northumberland, in July.

South Northumberland coroner's office said Mr Bonner died from hypoxic brain damage - where the brain is starved of oxygen - from pressure on his neck.

Richard Spottiswood, 33, of Canterbury Way in Jarrow, denied his murder at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday.

Lucy Burn, 29, of Burns Close in South Shields, entered no plea to the murder charge.

Newcastle Crown Court
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Demolition of landmark gas holders set to begin

Work to dismantle a familiar industrial landmark on the south bank of the River Tyne is under way.

The three large gas holders at the Redheugh Gasworks in Gateshead are being removed because they are no longer in use and costly to maintain.

In 1993 the site was targeted by the IRA. The attempt, using Semtex, was unsuccessful, but the resultant blaze led to the evacuation of nearby houses.

The demolition work is expected to last several months.

Redheugh gas holder
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Hare running

The 27-year-old from Teesside admitted using dogs to hunt wild hares on a Scottish Borders estate.

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BreakingBody found in burning car

Firefighters who were called out to a car fire in Sunderland found a body inside it.

Police are appealing for witnesses after it happened on Success Road in Shiney Row in Houghton just before 01:00 this morning.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained.

Joselu: Newcastle United close to signing Stoke striker

BBC Sport

Newcastle are close to completing the signing of Stoke striker Joselu for a reported £5m.

Stoke City striker Joselu
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Weather: A sunny day with some scattered showers

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A bright day of sunny spells, but also scattered showers, some of which could be heavy or even thundery.

It will feel pleasant between the showers, with a moderate westerly breeze and temperatures reaching up to 20C (28F).

Weather
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Check the forecast where you live here.

Metro off between South Hylton and Park Lane

Gilly Hope

BBC Travel

Tyne and Wear Metro - There's no service between South Hylton and Park Lane due to a points failure.

Tickets are being accepted on local bus routes.

Hartlepool crime soars by 34%

Hartlepool Mail

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Hartlepool Mail front page
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Sunrise at Tynemouth
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