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  1. Updates on Tuesday 29 August 2017

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You can still catch up with the latest news throughout the night on BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle, Look North, and online.

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We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00, have a good evening.

Beadnell at sunset
Valerie Seaward

Boro snap up two youngsters

BBC Tees

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Middlesbrough have signed two new academy players.

French attacking midfielder Amadou Sylla, 20, and 17-year-old Polish centre back Jakub Sinior will link up at the Riverside Stadium.

Body cams bid to head off hostile behaviour to Environment Agency officials

Body cameras are being work by Environment Agency enforcement officers across the North East during a six-month trial.

The devices will be used in visits to poor performing or illegal sites, during fisheries and navigation patrols and even during incident response.

The move is aimed at reducing incidents of anti-social behaviour, assaults and threats.

Rachael Caldwell, from the agency, said: "Officers will only switch the cameras on if and when they enter a hostile situation.

"That could be a site where they have experienced aggressive behaviour in the past, or an unknown quantity where hostility may be anticipated, such as on a remote river bank.”

Body cam
Environment Agency

Witness appeal after biker's crash death

BBC Tees

Cleveland Police has issued a fresh appeal for witnesses to a crash involving a motorcycle in Guisborough that left one person dead and another injured.

The incident happened just after 21:15 BST on Sunday on Bolckow Street.

Police say they have now identified the rider, whose name has not yet been released, and specially-trained officers are supporting family members.

A pillion passenger was taken to Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital with minor injuries.

New industrial hub 'has potential to create thousands of jobs' for Darlington

The Northern Echo


Thousands of jobs could be created on a new industrial hub aimed at bolstering a town’s commercial sector.

Darlington Borough Council says its Ingenium Parc blueprint has the potential to deliver more than 2,000 posts.

Hub map
Northern Echo

Marine flares in wrong hands 'as lethal as a gun'

BBC Tees

People who have been illegally setting off hand-held marine distress flares from land have been warned that they could be putting their own lives at risk.

Hartlepool's Coastguard Rescue Team said it had been called out seven times in eight days after the red flares were seen on the coast near Horden.

Each time there was no emergency and the team's time was wasted.

However, Greg Allbrighton, area commander for the coastguard service, said he was more concerned for the safety of the young people setting them off.

"These flares are very, very dangerous, people have been killed using them," he said.

"They fire a rocket 300 metres into the air in 2.5 seconds - that's around about 200 miles per hour, which makes them as lethal as a gun."

Four hurt as car crashes into tree in North Yorkshire

Four people from Teesside were taken to hospital for treatment after a serious collision in North Yorkshire on Bank Holiday Monday.


The crash happened at about 14:30 when a blue Ford Fiesta travelling along the B6265 from Pateley Bridge towards Ripon left the road and hit a tree near the G&T Ice Cream Parlour at Risplith.

A 28-year-old man was taken to hospital by air ambulance suffering from serious injuries to his abdomen.

The other three occupants of the car, a man and two women, were taken to Harrogate District Hospital where two of them remain in a serious condition.

The road was closed for several hours while police carried out investigations at the scene.

Anyone who witnessed the crash, or who saw the Ford Fiesta before the incident, is being asked to contact North Yorkshire Police.

Inquiries continue into early morning park rape

Inquiries are continuing after a woman was raped in a Gateshead park, police have said.

A woman was attacked in the early hours of Sunday near Adler Close in Bensham.

A 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of rape, but has now been released while investigations continue.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police.

Scene of attack

'Greatest athlete' Farah to defend Great North Run title

Sir Mohamed Farah is to defend his Great North Run title in a bid to win it for the fourth year running.

The 34-year-old retired from the track this month, saying he will now concentrate his efforts on the road,

He recently won gold and silver at the World Athletics Championships in London to add to his four Olympic golds and five World Championship golds

As a Great North Run winner in 2014, 2015 and 2016, a fourth win would equal Benson Masya's record, set in 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1996.

Brendan Foster, the race's founder, said: "He's Great Britain's greatest athlete of all time, and to have him back here on the start line in Newcastle is fantastic."

The annual half marathon, between Newcastle and South Shields, takes place on 10 September.

Mohamed Farah

It's one of my favourite races in the calendar. Winning just one Great North Run was a lifelong ambition but to win four in a row would be unbelievable."

Mohamed Farah

Track work continues over new Metro bridge.

Track is being laid on the new Metro bridge in South Gosforth.

The massive 370-tonne structure was swung into place over Killingworh Road on Thursday.

It follows the removal of the "old and tired" Victorian bridge earlier in the month.

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Girl hurt when brick shatters bus window

A young girl was "covered with broken glass" when a bus window was shattered by stone-throwing youths.

Northumbria Police described the incident, which took place almost two weeks ago on Easedale Gardens in Gateshead, as a "really dangerous stunt".

The seven-year-old passenger suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital as a precaution.

A force spokesman said the group involved are thought to be aged between 13 and 15 and were all wearing sports gear.

PC Craig Brown said: "On another day these teenagers could have caused a collision and we could have been talking about a far more serious incident with far more serious injuries."

Lincoln auctioneer enjoys a successful endeavour

Alex Rhodes

BBC reporter, Lincolnshire

When you're an auctioneer you're never quite sure what's going to end up under your hammer next but even the most experienced gavel-basher probably wouldn't expect this...

Unique Auctions

This is a replica of Captain James Cook's HM Bark Endeavour and Unique Auctions in Lincoln sold it for £110,000!

It's currently a museum berthed on the River Tees at Stockton-on-Tees - near to Cook's birthplace - and has now been sold to a buyer in the north east.

Darryl Kirk's from the auction house and he said there had been a lot of interest:

We had interest locally in Lincoln, we had interest in Australia and interest from a prince in the Middle East as well. Unfortunately he was too late to bid but yes, people were very interested."

Darryl KirkUnique Auctions

Better luck next time your highness!

Worker killed in farm accident

A worker has been killed in what police describe as a "tragic accident" on a County Durham farm.

Emergency services were called to Staindrop on Sunday afternoon and the 51-year-old, who has not yet been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Durham Police said it was working with the Health and Safety Executive to establish the circumstances surrounding the death.

National League

Halifax Town are forced to hang on for a point at Gateshead as Matty Kosylo is sent off midway through the second half.

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Tynemouth bids farewell to surfing legend

People gathered on Tynemouth beach last night in memory of local surfing legend Steve Hudson, who died earlier this month.

More than 200 surfers paddled out and formed a "circle of remembrance", while those on shore held hands for a minute's silence.

Steve, who travelled the world in pursuit of his sport, founded Tynmouth Surf Co which helped establish the area as a top surfing destination.

Steve Hudson memorial ceremony
Surfers entering sea
Surfers forming a circle
Paul Collingwood

Paul Collingwood hits a season's best 127 not out against Derbyshire to put hosts Durham in control on day one.

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Four police officers hurt in 'very nasty' incident

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

Four police officers have been injured in an attack in County Durham.

They went to Dunelm Way in Consett on Sunday afternoon following reports of an assault.

The officers were then attacked, with two of them needing hospital treatment.

A force spokesman described the incident as "very nasty".

Two men have been arrested.

Weather: Largely dry with bright or sunny spells

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Today should see a bright and largely sunny day, with light winds.

Most area should stay dry, although very isolated showers are possible this afternoon.

Weather map

It will feel fresher compared to yesterday, with maximum temperatures reaching about 16C (61F).

As the day goes on more rural areas will feel a bit cooler.

Check the forecast where you live.

Nissan to boost production by 20% - report

Car giant Nissan is to boost production at its Sunderland plant by 20%, it is being reported.

The Tokyo-based Nikkei Asian Review said the move was aimed at offsetting predicted higher costs after Britain's exit from the European Union.

The report also suggests Nissan plans to increase the share of parts for the plant sourced in the UK to about 80% from the current 40%.

Nissan Car plant

So far the company has not said whether the decision will mean additional jobs in Sunderland.

Last year Nissan announced it was investing in production of new Qashqai and X-Trail models at Sunderland after receiving government assurances that Brexit would not hit the plant's competitiveness.

The factory is Britain's biggest car plant and employs almost 7,000 people.

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