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  1. Updates on Wednesday 16 August 2017
  2. Murder investigation after woman found in burning car
  3. Two hurt as car hits Middlesbrough house

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We'll leave you with this stunning photo of Cawfields Quarry, near Haltwhistle, which was taken by Michael Bradley.

Cawfields Quarry
Michael Bradley

Weather: Rain this evening, clearing before dawn

Rain will spread to all parts this evening then become heavy in places through the night, particularly over the hills, before clearing to the east before dawn.

Brisk southerly winds will ease later.

Minimum Temperature: 14C (57F).

Immigration service accused of 'inhumane treatment' of elderly couple

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

The immigration service is being accused of the "inhumane treatment" of an elderly couple who have been living in Gateshead.

Lilliana and Bujar Jac from Albania have been living in the town for 13 years, but Mr Jac has now been deported to Albania for overstaying his tourist visa.

It means the couple have been separated for the first time in more than years.

No one from the Home Office has been available for comment.

We'll have more on this story on Look North at 18:30.

Picture of the couple
Family photo

Build-up to Sheffield Wednesday v Sunderland

Nick Barnes

BBC Newcastle's Sunderland commentator

We'll have full commentary from Hillsborough ahead from the match between Sheffield Wednesday and Sunderland - kick off at 19:45 and you can listen here.

Here are some of my notes.

Nick Barnes match notes

The death of Elvis changed the fortunes of one North East company

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

Forty years ago today the King's untimely demise brought grief to millions, but the resulting surge in sales of his music brought a crucial change in fortunes at the Wearside factory that made his records.

In 1977, the RCA plant was struggling. Vinyl records were going out of fashion. 94 jobs were going, and 350 workers were set for short time working.

Then Elvis died which resulted in lots of people buying his records and suddenly short-time working had morphed into 12 hour shifts and the factory moved to 24 hour production.

You can see our report on Look North on BBC 1 at 18:30.

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RCA Records/PA Wire
Elvis died 40 years ago today

MP quits front bench after comments following Newcastle child sex network convictions

Labour shadow minister Sarah Champion has quit the party's front bench after criticism of a paper article she wrote about grooming gangs following the conviction of 18 people in Newcastle last week.

The Rotherham MP wrote in The Sun that "Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls".

She has now apologised for her "extremely poor choice of words" and quit as shadow equalities minister.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he had accepted her resignation.

Ms Champion's article was written after 18 people were convicted of abusing girls in Newcastle who were plied with alcohol and drugs before being forced to have sex

Sarah Champion
UK Parliament

Prison visitor locked up for smuggling 'zombie drug' Spice into HMP Durham

Sunderland Echo


A visitor who smuggled 'zombie drug' Spice into a North East prison during a family visit has been locked up.

HMP Durham
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Fire in Middlesbrough spread dangerously close to homes

Police believe rubbish including trollies and bags of garden cuttings was set on fire which then spread to bushes and a fence backing on to residents' houses in the Grove Hill area of Middlesbrough this morning.

The fire brigade arrived on the scene within minutes and prevented any further damage.

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Cleveland Police

Disgusted cyclist finds 'neck height' deadly wire trap on Newcastle route

The Chronicle

A shocked cyclist has issued a warning after a ‘neck-height’ deadly wire was laid as a trap on a cycle path in Newcastle.

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Doug Young
Fishing wire was tied between two posts on a cycle path in Walker, Newcastle

Unemployment goes up in the North East

The latest figures show unemployment in the North East has gone up in the three months to June and is now at 78,000.

That is an increase of 1,000 people compared to the previous quarter and means the region still has the highest unemployment rate in the country at 6%

Nationally though the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in 42 years.

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Plans to introduce Lynx to Kielder Forest to be discussed at public meeting

A public meeting is being held in Elsdon in Northumberland tonight in protest at plans to introduce the Eurasian Lynx to Kielder Forest.

Sheep farmers are worried that the cats could attack their flocks, even though the Lynx UK Trust says that attacks on livestock are extremely rare.

They've offered to introduce llamas to the area to protect the sheep.

Picture of a Lynx
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Joselu: I've been playing for Newcastle already - on the Playstation!

The Shields Gazette

Newcastle United new boy Joselu admits he's already played for the club - on the Playstation.

The Shields Gazette

Service held to remember WW1 Teesside soldier awarded the Victoria Cross

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

A service to remember a Stockton man who earned the Victoria Cross 100 years ago today has been held in his hometown.

Sgt Edward Cooper, who was 21, led an assault on a German pillbox during the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917.

Crowds gathered in the High Street of his hometown in Stockton as a commemorative stone was dedicated to him at the cenotaph.

Listen below to a BBC Tees feature about him.

BBC Tees radio feature about Edward Cooper

Construction of new Wear bridge takes major step forward

BBC Newcastle

The construction of the new bridge over the Wear will take a major step forward this week.

Twenty eight cables will be attached from the frame to the bridge deck meaning it can hold 539 tonnes which is the equivalent of 45 double decker buses.

And now the foundations have been laid, builders can remove a giant steel platform which will allow a better view of the crossing.

Night picture of the bridge

Death of woman in Washington still 'unexplained'

The death of a woman in Washington is still being treated as "unexplained", police say.

Nicola Ross, 41, was found unconscious at an address in Hylton Court, Oxclose, on Monday afternoon and later pronounced dead.

Northumbria Police said she was found with injuries but they do not know if they were the cause of her death.

Two men were arrested and released under investigation.

Historic locomotive to leave County Durham

An historic locomotive considered to be "very important" in the development of the railways is returning to the town in which it was built.

The GWR Class 2-8-0 No. 2818 was built at Swindon Works in 1905 and is to go on display at the town's Museum of the Great Western Railway (GWR) - STEAM.

The heavy goods steam train was withdrawn from service in October 1963.

It has been housed at the National Railway Museum in Shildon, County Durham, since it was decommissioned.

The GWR Class 2-8-0 No.2818
National Railway Museum

Photo: Sunrise at Tynemouth

At the start of our updates today we published a stunning sunrise near Bishop Auckland - well the sunrise was equally lovely at Tynemouth.

Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys took this showing boats out at sea off King Edwards Bay.

Boats at Tynemouth

Attempted murder charge after man's legs broken in Dormanstown

BBC Tees

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a 26-year-old man suffered two broken legs.

It happened on Sunday eveing on Broadway West, Dormanstown.

The 23-year-old from Redcar has been charged with attempted murder and is appearing at Teesside Magistrates Court today.

Benitez: Joselu will be good signing

BBC Sport

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez said new £5m striker Joselu will be a "good signing".

He said: "Obviously he has experience of English football and the Premier League.

"We think if we can exploit his full potential he will be a good signing for us. He knows and accepts the challenge we've given him at Newcastle and he's keen to come and fight for a position in the team."

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The striker, who signed from Stoke (pictured playing for Hannover 96), said: "I feel very happy, because I have signed for a very big club."

Newcastle, who lost 2-0 to Tottenham on Sunday in their opening game of the season, have also signed defenders Florian Lejeune and Javier Manquillo and midfielders Mikel Merino, Christian Atsu and Jacob Murphy.

Crowds welcome Britain's biggest warship with its Tyne-built flight deck into Portsmouth

The Chronicle

Britain’s biggest and newest aircraft carrier which was partly built on the Tyne has arrived into its Portsmouth base for the maiden time.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is waved into Portsmouth's Royal Navy base
HMS Queen Elizabeth is waved into Portsmouth's Royal Navy base

Attempts to tackle sharp rise in crime in Hartlepool

BBC Tees

The Safer Hartlepool Partnership has told BBC Tees they're putting new measures in place to tackle a sharp rise in crime in the town.

New figures show vehicle crime has doubled and other offences such as violent attacks, burglaries and arson have also increased.

Overall, Hartlepool has experienced a 34% increase in crime in the last year.

Two men charged following assaults on Tyneside police officers

Two men have been charged following assaults which left a number of police officers and members of the public injured.

They happened in the early hours of Monday on Newcastle's Quayside.

A female officer who was knocked unconscious received treatment in hospital before being discharged. Three detention officers and a custody nurse at Forth Banks Police Station were also attacked.

Police are continuing to appeal for four Asian men to come forward who helped officers.

Monk says Boro 'looking dangerous'

BBC Sport

Middlesbrough manager said his team are looking dangerous after beating Burton Albion 2-0 on Tuesday at the Riverside in the Championship.

Garry Monk said: "It's always good to put back-to-back wins together.


"Overall, I didn't think we started too well and gave Burton a little bit too much confidence but once we got that first goal we stepped it up a gear. We are playing in patches at the moment, but we look incredibly dangerous in those good patches.

"We are striving for a complete performance, but it's still early days. It's nice to be winning when we are striving for that."

Cricket: Derbyshire beat Durham by three wickets in T20

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

Durham chalked up their 10th defeat in this year's T20 and their first in eight matches against Derbyshire, as they lost by three wickets in Derby last night.

Batting first, they were soon in trouble at 42-4 before Jack Burnham made 34 and Stuart Poynter a career-best 61 not out to help them to 161-7.

They needed to keep the bowling tight and be sharp in the field but dropped a number of crucial catches, including Luis Reece on 21. He went on to make a match-winning 66 for Derbyshire.

Things were still tough and go with five overs to go and the hosts needing 48 to win but two horror overs followed from James Weighell and Usman Arshad which cost 41 runs. Derbyshire got home with three balls and three wickets to spare.

Murder arrests after blazing car body find

Two men have been arrested after a woman's body was found in a burning car.

Fire crews were called to extinguish the blaze in Success Road in Shiney Row, Sunderland yesterday morning, and discovered the remains.

A 39-year-old man, and another aged 50, are being questioned on suspicion of murder.

Northumbria Police has renewed an appeal for witnesses to contact the force.

Time spent frail in old age 'doubles'

The amount of time spent needing daily care at the end of life has doubled in England over the past two decades, a study suggests.

The Newcastle University study found men spent 2.4 years on average needing regular care and women three years.

This includes everything from help with washing and dressing each day to round-the-clock care.

Researchers said it suggested there needed to be a sharp increase in the number of care home places to cope.

Carer with elderly patient
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Newcastle United complete the signing of Stoke striker Joselu on a three-year contract for £5m.

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Pier jumpers prompt danger warning

Hartlepool Mail


Coastguard officers have spoken to a group of youngsters about the dangers of the sea after they were spotted jumping off a pier.

Hartlepool pier

Weather: Warm day ahead

BBC Weather

Today will see a dry morning with bright or sunny spells.

It will be warm around midday but cloud will soon thicken with outbreaks of rain spreading from the west, becoming heavy over Pennine hills with misty conditions. Southerly winds will strengthen.

Click here for more weather.


Family shocked by car hitting house

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

A family say they are shocked after a car crashed through the living room of their house.

Frank Sayers and his partner were upstairs in bed when a car smashed into their home on Ayresome Green Lane in Middlesbrough early this morning.

car in house
Claire Sayers

His daughter Claire lives next door. She had to smash down her parents' door so they could get out of the house.

She said: "We are in utter shock, you just don't expect it to happen."

House smashed by crashing car

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

Two men have been taken to hospital after a car they were in crashed into a house in Middlesbrough.

The car hit the house on Ayresome Green Lane at about 01:20.

Damage to the house

No-one in the house was injured and it is not known how serious the injuries of those in the car are.

Cleveland Police are warning of long delays in the area.

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To start off the day, here's a picture of this morning's sunrise near Bishop Auckland.

Duncan Leatherdale