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  1. Updates on Wednesday 23 August 2017

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Nottingham Forest score in extra time to hand Newcastle a third consecutive defeat in a thrilling EFL Cup tie at St James' Park.

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Weather: Fog and showers tonight

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Tonight there will be long clear spells at first allowing some mist or fog patches to form through the Tyne Valley.

Later in the night cloud will thicken in the west, possibly introducing showers over the Cheviot Hills by dawn.

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Hugh and Ross to join the runners in this year's Great North 5k

Hugh Feanley-Whittingsall and Ross Noble
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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingsall and Ross Noble

Comedian Ross Noble and TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall will be taking part in this year's Simply Health Great North 5K.

The pair are running as part of the Newcastle Can initiative, spearheaded by Hugh, which is aiming to make people in Newcastle fitter and healthier.

It's hoped everyone involved in the project will lose a combined weight of 100,000 pounds. There's an online entry form for anyone tempted to join them.

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Police searching for medication lost in Sunderland

BBC Newcastle

Police are warning people to hand over and not take any medication found in Sunderland city centre. It was reported as missing earlier today.

The lost medication is anti-rejection medication Progras 56 x 2mg tablets and Azaehriprine 75mg

Officers believe that the medication could be very dangerous if taken without prescription.

Your photos: Late summer in Northumberland

Carolyn Farthing-Dunn sent this picture of a sheep in the heather on the moors near Rothbury in Northumberland. The sheep looks quite puzzled.

Sheep in the heather
Carolyn Farthing-Dunn
Sheep in the heather

Theresa May attends regeneration meeting

Richard Moss

Political Editor, BBC Look North

Theresa May is on Teesside this afternoon as part of plans to regenerate the former SSI site in Redcar.

The South Tees Development Corporation has been given the responsibility of finding uses for the land.

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Jet2.com announces 130 new jobs for Newcastle

BBC Newcastle

Jet2.com has announced plans to create 1,700 new jobs and 130 of the vacancies will be at Newcastle Airport.

Jobs will include pilots, cabin crew and ground staff.

As part of its recruitment drive, the company will host a number of roadshows around the country including at Hotel Novotel at Newcastle Airport on 22 September.

Man attacked firefighters as they tackled balze

Sunderland Echo

Newspaper

A drunk assaulted three firefighters in what the brigade described as the worst incident of its type in more than 20 years.

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Sunderland Echo

Children's charity doubles referrals to authorities

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

The NSPCC says the number of cases it referred to police or social services has more than doubled in the last five years in the North East and Cumbria.

The charity's helpline dealt with nearly 1,000 cases over that period.

A growing number of people contacting the helpline also described parents as having a problem with alcohol and drugs with some of them regularly leaving their children unsupervised so they could go drinking with friends.

Family on the road for 17 years

BBC Newcastle

Hermain and Candelaria Zapp's original plan was to leave their home country of Argentina and go travelling for six months to Alaska.

Seventeen years later they are still living on the road and have visited 80 countries and also picked up four children as souvenirs of their travels.

They're in the North East at the moment.

Here is their car park parked in the BBC Newcastle car park when they came in to speak to Lisa Shaw.

The Zapp family's 1928 Graham-Paige vintage car
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The Zapp family's 1928 Graham-Paige vintage car
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Labour MPs criticise Prime Minister's Teesside visit

Laboour MPs have criticised the Prime Minister's visit to Teesside today.

Theresa May will visit the former steel works in Redcar this afternoon. She's attending a board meeting of the South Tees Development Corporation which has been given the responsibility of finding uses for the land.

It's thought Mrs May will say the site can be regenerated, creating thousands of jobs.

Middlesbrough Labour MP Andy McDonald criticised the visit saying little had been done to try to save SSI which was closed in 2015.

He said: “The Prime Minister has some nerve by coming back to the scene of the crime. The people of Teesside know that the steelworks could have been saved and her government stood idly by and watched over 3,000 people needlessly lose their jobs."

And Redcar MP Anna Turley hit out after not being invited to the visit.

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Speeding drivers targeted in clampdown

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Speeding drivers are being targeted in a week-long safety campaign across Teesside and County Durham.

Traffic officers are stepping up patrols in marked and unmarked cars.

Within hours of the scheme's start, a young driver was caught doing 72mph in a 40mph zone.

Insp Ed Turner, from the Cleveland and Durham Police Special Operations Unit, says there's no excuse for breaking the speed limit.

Investigation after body found in Gateshead

BBC Newcastle

A body has been found in Gateshead close to the bank of the River Tyne.

The body was found near Buffalo Joes on Pipewellgate shortly after 09:00.

Police said the death is being treated as unexplained but they don't believe anyone else is involved.

Your photos: Autumn is on its way

Tracey Laing from Consett in County Durham has sent this lovely picture of looks like a sycamore leaf.

Autumn may be on its way...

Picture of a leaf on a tree
Tracey Laing
Picture of a leaf on a tree

Driver leaves scene and woman injured as car leaves road

A woman suffered serious injuries when the car she was in left the road and hit a road sign and a telegraph pole.

It happened at 23:40 yesterday on Maude Terrace near Greenfields Road in St Helen Auckland.

Police are still trying to find a 27-year-old man who was driving the Ford Focus RS which came off the road. He left the scene and has not been traced. No other vehicles were involved.

Mother creating 'positive lasting memory' after daughter's death

The Gazette

Newspaper

The mother of tragic four-year-old Jessica Azadi is to create a 'positive lasting memory' of her precious daughter.

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The Gazette
John Coughlin has left Berwick Rangers

Berwick Rangers part with manager John Coughlin just three games into their League Two campaign.

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Durham student's fatal Tokyo fall 'accidental'

The death of a Durham University student who fell from a Tokyo building during New Year celebrations was an accident, an inquest has ruled.

Justin Browning, 21, was on a year abroad at Waseda University in Tokyo when it's thought he went to the top of the high-rise building to watch fireworks.

An inquest at West Sussex Coroner's Court gave a verdict of accidental death.

Staff at Durham University said Mr Browning, who was in the third year of his history degree, was a "model student" on course for a "strong first class degree".

Justin Browning
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North Sea research vessel docks on Tyneside

Colin Briggs

Look North

A two-month scientific expedition in the North Sea by a team researching ecosystems has come to an end with the expedition vessel docking on Tyneside.

The Oceana team is made up of people from across Europe.

Over the last few months they've been using their robot to gather samples from the seabed and have managed to capture some interesting footage in the process.

The Oceana vessel
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Lynden Gooch

Lynden Gooch's late goal ensures Sunderland reach the EFL Cup third round despite a scare from League Two side Carlisle.

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Tribute to woman who died in Manchester Arena bombing

Hartlepool Mail

Newspaper

The family of a much-loved woman from Hartlepool who lost her life in the Manchester bombing say she meant the world to them in a touching tribute.

Hartlepool Mail front page
Hartlepool Mail

Bradley Lowery charity takes big step forward

The family of Bradley Lowery said they are "mega excited" at the official launch of a charity in his name.

His mother Gemma Lowery said money raised would be spent helping children with cancer after the Bradley Lowery Foundation was officially registered.

Sunderland fan Bradley died from a rare type of cancer on 7 July having been diagnosed when he was 18 months old.

Bradley Lowery giving a thumbs-up in his Sunderland kit
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Weather: Misty morning expected

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy and misty at first this morning with periods of thundery rain in places.

The rain will slowly move northwards allowing some drier, brighter weather to arrive by the afternoon.

Sunny spells should develop from mid-afternoon and light winds are expected.

Weather forecast, Wednesday 23 August
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Theresa May accused of 'snubbing' local people ahead of visit to Teesside

The Northern Echo

Newspaper

A regeneration programme aimed at creating thousands of jobs will be officially launched today – but the ceremony has sparked a political row.

Metro service back on but trains not running to timetable

Trains are running again on the Metro network but there are delays of up to 20 minutes.

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Ashley Fletcher

Middlesbrough cruise through to EFL Cup round three with a simple 3-0 home win against Scunthorpe United.

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Travel: Metro delays after overhead line problems

Gilly Hope

BBC Travel

There are no Metro services running between Kingston Park and Newcastle Airport and there are severe delays on the rest of the network.

Tickets are being accepted on local bus routes.

Engineers have been unable to restore power to overhead cable lines after engineering work during the night.

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PM to launch Teesside jobs venture

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

Prime Minister Theresa May is visiting Teesside today to launch the South Tees Development Corporation which, it's hoped, will create more than 20,000 jobs for the area.

The deal involves a stretch of land on the south bank of the River Tees - the site of the former Redcar steelworks.

Mrs May says the regeneration project is an example of how placing power in the hands of the local communities can drive growth.

A full masterplan detailing the corporation's plans for the site will be launched in the autumn.

Redcar steelworks
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