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  1. Updates on Friday 25 August 2017

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Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

That's all for this week - thank you for joining us.

To keep up with what's happening over the weekend, head to BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle, Look North, and online.

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We'll be back tomorrow on Tuesday from 08:00 - have a lovely bank holiday.

Weather: Cloudy with some showers

BBC Weather

Remaining fairly cloudy with light winds and a few light showers during the evening.

Chance of heavier showers during the early hours, slowly moving east.

Weather graph

Check the weather where you are.

Severe accident: A1 Northumberland southbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Northumberland southbound severe accident, between A1068 and A192.

A1 Northumberland - Heavy traffic on A1 southbound between the A1068 junction in Alnwick and Morpeth North Turn Off in Mitford, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Marking National Dog Day

Did you know it's National Dog Day tomorrow?

A day filled with social media posts of people loving and spoiling their beloved four-legged friends.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Services are celebrating their pup Spencer on Twitter:

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Watch: Man in kilt rides surfboard in the name of fundraising

David Rivers, from Darlington, wore a kilt and rode a surfboard down an Italian mountain pass to raise money for charity.

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Rafa Benitez: 'The team will improve'

BBC Sport

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has been speaking to the media ahead of tomorrow's home tie against West Ham.

Not the best start for the newly promoted side - so far they have picked up a total of zero points...

"I have confidence the team will improve, if we keep working the way we are now. We are reducing the number of players we have, and we can keep looking for different options in the market," he said.

Rafa Benitez
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He also brings us some team news...

"Florian Lejeune is not ready, DeAndre Yedlin is still not ready and Karl Darlow (keeper) has a knock and will not be on the bench."

Jonjo Shelvey serves the final game of a three-match ban.

Men hiding in bushes reported to police

A number of reports of men hiding in bushes near Stanley have been made to police.

Stanley police said on Facebook the incidents are happening close to the railway line running from Annfield Plain into Stanley.

Patrols in the area have now been increased and officers encourage residents to ensure their children take the "proper precautions" and are "extra vigilant when out and about".

Drunken Hartlepool passenger back in jail after bungled taxi driver robbery

Hartlepool Mail


A drunken passenger who tried to rob a taxi driver was jailed after he was trapped by an in-cab audio recording of the bungled attack.

Teesside Crown Court

Missing Sunderland teenager

A 16-year-old from Sunderland has gone missing.

Dylan Waddle, from Minton Square, has not been seen since 19 August, when he left home at 18:00 to stay with a friend.

Police are appealing for Dylan to make contact with them, or anyone who recognises him to call them straightaway.

Dylan Waddle

Item believed to be a mine identified as fridge part

An item found on Saltburn beach and initially suspected to be a mine has now been identified as a fridge part.

Humber Coastguard went to the beach where the item was first spotted by a grandmother and her grandchildren, The Gazette reported.

A cordon was put in place while investigations where carried out, but the coastguard team has now confirmed that the mine-looking item is completely harmless.

Football gossip: Birmingham eye Downing

BBC Sport

Birmingham are still hoping to sign Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing, reports the Birmingham Mail.

Stewart Downing
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'Forgotten' Horden miner Ron Cordner craves respect
Former County Durham miner Ron Cordner confesses to having tried to commit suicide three times.

Winston the dog rescued after being kicked in the head and thrown into road outside pub

Sunderland Echo


A charity is helping a Staffy cross recover as it searches for the attacker who beat him outside a Sunderland bar.

Winston the dog

Your Pictures: A sunny day in Gateshead

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

The weather may not be at its brightest today, but earlier this week Brian Swales took this lovely picture of a sunny day at Tanfield Railway in Gateshead.

Train at Tanfield

Have you got any pictures of the North East you'd like to share with us? You can tweet us @BBCNewsNE, email us, or contact us via our Facebook page.

Deported Irene Clennell granted visa

A woman who was deported despite being married to a British man for 27 years has been granted a visa to return to the UK, the Home Office has confirmed.

Irene Clennell's indefinite leave to remain lapsed because she lived outside the UK for more than two years to care for her parents in Singapore.

She had lived in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, with her husband and has two British sons and a granddaughter.

She was made to return to Singapore in February.

The Home Office said: “Mrs Clennell has been granted a visa as a spouse as her latest application meets the immigration rules to enter the UK."

Irene Clennell

Metros running again after bridge hit but still delays

Video: Donations pour in for Redcar house fire family

A primary school in Redcar has collected bags of toys, clothes and toiletries to help a family who lost their possessions when their house caught fire earlier this week.

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Vehicle crashes into Metro bridge

A vehicle has hit a Metro bridge in Monkseaton so no trains are running in the area.

More as we get it.

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Severe disruption: A66 County Durham both ways

BBC News Travel

A66 County Durham both ways severe disruption, between A167 Grange Road and Neasham Road.

A66 County Durham - A66 Bridge Road in Darlington closed in both directions between Blands Corner and the Neasham Road junction, because of cows on the road.

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

Boro's Amelia Lily in running to win CBB

Middlesbrough's Amelia Lily is in with a chance of winning Celebrity Big Brother when the Channel 5 show reaches its climax later.

She joins final housemates Sarah Harding, Jemma Lucy, Sam Thompson, Derek Acorah and Chad Johnson.

The singer finished third on the eighth series of The X Factor in 2011.

The CBB 2017 showdown begins at 21:00.

Amelia Lily
Mum takes on Great North Run challenge in memory of murdered Alice Ruggles
The mum of murdered Alice Ruggles takes on the Great North Run in her memory.

Newcastle United fans urged not to bring bags

Rebecca O'Neill

BBC Newcastle

Newcastle United fans are thought to be the first in the Premier League to be urged not to bring bags to home games.

The move is part of extra security which has been introduced in the wake of terror attacks in the UK and Europe in recent months.

Barriers and road closures are already in place during home games.

St James' Park

Steve Storey, head of safety and security at the club, said: "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."

He said supporters arriving with bags will face searches and likely delays in entering the ground.

There are no national police guidelines relating specifically to bags and stadium security and the National Police Chiefs Council said it was up to each club to consider their own security measures.

Severe disruption: A66 County Durham both ways

BBC News Travel

A66 County Durham both ways severe disruption, between Neasham Road and A167 Grange Road.

A66 County Durham - A66 in Darlington closed in both directions between the Neasham Road junction and Blands Corner, because of twelve cows on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Staying mild and mostly dry

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be bright and mainly dry during the morning with a few sunny spells.

Cloud is likely to thicken through the day, perhaps bringing a few outbreaks of mainly light rain later in the afternoon.

Weather map

Maximum temperatures are unlikely to get above 20C (68F).

After any rain it will probably remain fairly cloudy, but winds should stay light.

There could be a chance of a few heavier showers towards dusk.

Fire crew 'squeeze' trapped boy out of bin

Firefighters had to be called out when a boy got stuck in a bin in his back garden.

The eight-year-old crawled inside while playing outside his home in Lemington, and was unable to get out.

A crew from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service rescued him by squeezing the old-style black bin into an oval shape.

The child is said to be no worse for wear after his experience on Wednesday afternoon, but is rather embarrassed.

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Officer starts fundraising 24 hours after cancer diagnosis

BBC Tees

A County Durham police officer started raising money for a cancer charity just 24 hours after finding out that he has a rare form of of the disease.

Simon Cutter, 26, found out on Tuesday that he has soft tissue sarcoma, which can affect muscles, bones or tissue.

He raised £1,000 in just three hours and is now planning further fundraising for the charity.

Simon Cutter
Family photo

The father-of-one said: “If you can take something good from a bad situation, then it’s not a bad situation anymore.

“I’ve spoken to so many people who had never heard of the sarcoma charity, but now they now all about it.

“I’m up for anything. The support I’ve had so far has been unbelievable, and I want to keep this momentum going, so that we can turn this really bad situation into a really, really good one.”

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