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  1. Updates on Thursday 24 August 2017

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Exams success for brain tumour teenager

A 16-year-old from an east Cleveland school is celebrating GCSE success, despite suffering a brain tumour that affected his ability to remember dates and events.

Charlie Amos (pictured) was diagnosed last April, after complaining of headaches and dizzy spells.

But the pupil, from Marske-by-the-Sea's Outwood Academy Bydales, got a grade 5 in Maths, grade 5 in English Language, grade 4 in English Literature a C in statistics a C in Additional Science and a C in Science.

Charlie Amos
Redcar and Cleveland Council

He said: “After being diagnosed it was a horrible feeling, I felt really down and full of tears all the time.

"However, I had surgery and I’m all recovered now. The tumour is still there, they can’t get rid of it, but now I’m just back to where I used to be before.

“I did have to relearn quite a bit, and I kept forgetting key dates and birthdays and things like that, but I’m really proud of my GCSE results.

“All the pupils have been great, they’ve been there for me throughout since I got diagnosed."

Weather: Dry overnight

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Watch: Business owners want to help thieves

The owners of a Middlesbrough cafe say they want to help the people who damaged and robbed their business on Tuesday morning.

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Fry gets England U21 call up

Middlesbrough FC defender Dael Fry tweeted to announce his first call-up for the England Under-21 side.

Boro's number 20 has previously represented England for the under-17, under-18, under-19 and under-20 teams.

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BBC Tees Sport's Paul Addison says the announcement is "great news for a player in fantastic form".

A* in dealing with trolls for Scarlett Moffatt

Adam Clarkson

Gogglebox star and Streetmate presenter Scarlett Moffatt, from County Durham, has hit back at a Twitter user who suggested that 'anyone can be successful no matter how brain dead' by listing her academic achievements.

The saga began with Scarlett offering some words of wisdom for students picking up exam results today.

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A Twitter user quoted the tweet and asked people to remember that 'Scarlett Moffat made money by watching tv on tv'. The tweet, which also suggested the I'm A Celebrity winner was brain dead, was met with objections from users who put the 'vicious swipes' down to jealousy.

Scarlett then responded to the tweet herself saying "I have 13 A*-C GCSEs, 3 A levels and a 2:1 bachelors degree mate. But if you work hard & be kind you can achieve anything".

More than 300 fans responded with messages of applause.

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SAFC press conference under way

Sunderland AFC manager Simon Grayson is not expecting a calm exit out of the transfer period.

The Black Cats boss has commented on his hopes to hang on to his "best players", a comment made amid speculation that midfielder Didier Ndong is linked with a move to West Ham.

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Watch: New Tyne and Wear Metro bridge arrives

The new Tyne and Wear Metro bridge which connects South Gosforth, in Newcastle, and Longbenton and Shiremoor, in North Tyneside, is expected to be fitted today.

The line has been shut for several weeks while the old rail bridge was removed.

A large, multi-wheeled lifting rig will be used to fit the replacement.

The line is expected to open next month.

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Police Scotland

The family, from Levenmouth in Fife, were traced in the Glenrothes area several hours after the last sighting.

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Mother of Alice Ruggles says running helped her cope

Sue Hills says training for the Great North Run on Newcastle's Quayside helped her through the ordeal of her daughter's murder.

Alice Ruggles was killed by her ex-boyfriend Trimaan "Harry" Dhillon, who broke into her flat in Gateshead and cut her throat. He was sentenced to a minimum of 22 years.

Alice Ruggles

Dr Hills is running the half marathon for the charity Women's Aid. Her sponsorship is now nearing £9,000.

Visitors to St. James Park asked to be aware of counter-terrorism measures

Newcastle United are asking supporters to play their part in keeping the stadium safe after recent terrorist attacks.

While there is no evidence to suggest the NUFC ground is a target, the club have been briefed by counter terrorism police.

St. James Park
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Ahead of Saturday's match against West Ham, the club are reminding fans to arrive early as bag searches may cause delays and to alert stewards if they see anything suspicious.

Whilst the police are keen to emphasise that there is no intelligence to suggest that our stadium is a target for any terrorist activity, these measures are a reasonable and proportionate measure to take in light of recent attacks elsewhere. We hope these steps provide reassurance to everyone coming to the match".

Steve StoreyHead of safety and security at Newcastle United

Metro delay as train withdrawn

Teesside regeneration will take time, says PM

BBC Tees

The Prime Minister says it will take time for the South Tees Development Corporation to create sustainable jobs in the area.

Theresa May visited the former SSI steelworks site in Redcar yesterday and spoke with the board of the new corporation, which will oversee a 25-year plan, covering 4,500 acres of land, with the aim of creating 20,000 jobs.

Labour has attacked the visit as being too late for the thousands of steel workers affected by the shutdown.

Prime Minister Theresa May (left) with chief operating officer of PD Ports Jerry Hopkinson during a visit to Teesside

Do new GCSE maths grades add up to confusion?

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

It's the day thousands of youngsters across the region have been waiting for - GCSE results have been out today.

But North East education experts say the new grading system brought in for some subjects this year is confusing.

Students who sat English and maths exams will now get grades ranging from nine, which is the top, to one, which is the bottom. The changes are part of a government drive to make the exams tougher.

But concerns have been raised by the School of Education at Durham University, which fears those who don't work in schools and education might be confused by the new grading structure.

A school pupil works on an exam paper

Family's bid to help little girl walk

Hartlepool Mail


A Hartlepool family are trying to raise £35,000 to help their little girl walk.

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Hartlepool Mail

Fringe nomination for Newcastle comedian

Newcastle comedian Lauren Pattison has been nominated as one of the best newcomers at the Edinburgh Fringe.

'Lady Muck' is Lauren's debut show at the world's biggest arts festival, and has seen her shortlisted for the Edinburgh Comedy Awards best newcomer.

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Lady Muck is at the Pleasance Courtyard Attic at 17:45 until 28 August.

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Daughters crowdfunding gives blind mum independence

The two daughters of a woman left blind five years ago successfully crowdfunded for a hi-tech camera which allows her to recognise faces, go shopping and read.

Diane Sample from Chilton lost vision in both eyes because of type 1 diabetes, but is now looking forward to reading to her children thanks to the device that attaches to her glasses.

After discovering the Orcam MyEye on television, Rebecca and Rachel, aged 14 and 11, set up a crowdfunding site to raise money for the gadget.

The Sample family

The camera detects what she is looking at and tells her through the ear piece.

Diane Sample

Today's front page: Government 'passing the buck without passing the bucks'

The Journal


Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is “passing the buck without passing the bucks” by saying the North should sort out its own transport problems, a regional leader has said.

Front page of The Journal, 24 August 2017
The Journal

Police appeal after hate crime assault

A cleaner was left with broken teeth and needed stitches in his bottom lip after an assault which Northumbria Police have recorded as a hate crime.

The 36-year-old man was involved in a verbal altercation, in which homophobic abuse was used, before being punched in the face.

The incident took place at about 08:45 on 17 July outside the Union Rooms pub on Westgate Road, Newcastle.

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they believe can help with enquires and would like to speak to.

CCTV image
Northumbria Police

Region's clubs find out EFL Cup fate

BBC Sport

Did you miss this morning's draw for the third round of the EFL Cup? Well, as it was made in Beijing at 04:15 our time I'm guessing you probably did!

Sunderland will travel to Premier League Everton, while Middlesbrough face a trip to fellow Championship side Aston Villa. The ties will be played in the week beginning 18 September.

There was no live coverage of the draw - on television or online - but details were released on social media.

Sadly for Newcastle United fans, the Magpies won't be in the next round having been beaten 3-2 by Nottingham Forest after extra-time last night (pictured below).

Nottingham Forest's Tyler Walker (left) scores his side's third goal of the game

Puppy saves man's life after diabetic attack

Sunderland Echo


A heroic dog has been hailed after he saved the life of a pensioner who suffered a diabetic attack in his sleep.

Sunderland Echo front page
Sunderland Echo

Donations pour in for Redcar house fire family

Bags of toys, clothes and toiletries have been donated to a family who lost their possessions when their house caught fire earlier this week.

Riverdale Primary School, which the children of the family attend, has opened its doors so people can drop off donations.

Headteacher Kirsty Reilly says the community has been very generous.

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Cleveland Fire Brigade was called to a property on Cropton Close in Redcar before 15:00 on Tuesday.

An investigation is under way but the fire is believed to be accidental and not suspicious.

Memorial to mark 100th anniversary of wartime drownings

Colin Briggs

Look North

A memorial service is being held this morning to mark 100 years since nine soldiers drowned in a bizarre training exercise off Blyth beach in Northumberland.

The men were among several hundred from the Royal Warwickshire Regiment on a training march when they were encouraged by officers to swim in the sea.

Many could hardly swim and were swept out to sea by a strong undercurrent.

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

New Metro bridge to be lifted into place

A major stage of the huge engineering project taking place on the Tyne and Wear Metro is expected to be completed this morning.

For several weeks the line has been shut between South Gosforth, in Newcastle, and Longbenton and Shiremoor, in North Tyneside, while an old rail bridge was removed.

Today, a new one will be put in place using a large, multi-wheeled lifting rig. The line is expected to be reopened early next month.

Bradley Lowery's mum 'overwhelmed' by support

BBC Tees

The mother of Bradley Lowery says she was "overwhelmed" by the support shown to her son in his fight against cancer.

The six-year-old Sunderland fan, from Blackhall Colliery, died in July and thousands of people lined the streets to say farewell.

His mum, Gemma, told BBC Tees: "I was heartbroken, as any person would be losing a loved one and having to say goodbye at the funeral.

"I think I was on autopilot, but afterwards I was so overwhelmed by the number of people who came out and showed support. It really helps knowing he touched so many people.

"It does encourage you to be positive. He did more in his six years of life than anybody could."

Bradley Lowery giving a thumbs-up at the Stadium of Light

Machetes and swords handed in as part of amnesty

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

Axes, machetes and a World War Two bayonet were among more than 100 weapons handed in anonymously to Cleveland Police in just one week as part of their latest knife amnesty.

Decorative swords and a meat cleaver were also taken in to police stations.

Knives and other sharp objects on a table, which have been handed in to Cleveland Police
Rafael Benitez

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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