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  1. Updates on Thursday 31 August 2017

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Alex Tait celebrates

Newcastle open their Premiership campaign with a convincing bonus-point win at home against Worcester.

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Max Stryjek

Accrington Stanley sign Sunderland goalkeeper Max Stryjek and defenders Farrend Rawson and Callum Johnson on loan deals.

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Papy Djilobodji

Sunderland loan defender Papy Djilobodji and midfielder Wahbi Khazri to Dijon and Rennes respectively.

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Big day for one of Sunderland's best-loved landmarks

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

A new roof for the entrance to the tunnel below Roker Pier has been lifted into place.

Work to repair the Grade II listed structure is continuing.

The pier has been closed since November after a storm swept away railings and stones into the sea.

Once the restoration is finished the tunnel and lighthouse will open to the public for the first time in the structure's history.

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Newcastle skaters repaint park with graffiti
A group of youngsters have worked with skateboarders and graffiti artists to give their ramps in Newcastle's Exhibition Park a paint job.

Illegal tobacco roadshow takes place

Durham County Council is asking anyone who has any information about people selling illegal tobacco to come forward to help tackle the sale of counterfeit cigarettes.

The local authority is taking a roadshow on to the streets to encourage people to report any concerns.

The first was today, in Durham marketplace where tobacco detection dogs met the public.

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Durham captain Paul Collingwood set up victory with his first innings 177 - his 35th first-class century

Paul Collingwood's Durham beat Derbyshire by 10 wickets to complete their third County Championship win of the season.

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Three arrested on suspicion of rape in Sunderland

BBC Newcastle

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of rape in Sunderland.

Police were called at 19:00 last night after a 52-year-old woman was raped and a second woman was sexually assaulted in Riversdale Terrace in the Thornhill area.

Two men aged 18 and a 25-year-old were arrested on suspicion of rape.

Marvin Johnson

Middlesbrough sign winger Marvin Johnson from League One side Oxford United for an undisclosed fee.

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Appeal to find missing Consett woman

An appeal has been launched to find this missing woman from County Durham.

Julie Forster, 44, left her home address in Consett, at about 11:40 yesterday.

She is 5ft 2in with shoulder-length brown hair.

She has a scar on her forehead and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier tattoo on her right shoulder.

Mrs Forster was last seen wearing a white long-sleeve shirt, dark leggings and plimsolls.​​

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Family photo

Key witness sought in burning car murder case

BBC Newcastle

Police investigating the murder of a woman whose body was found in a burning car on Wearside are appealing for a key witness to come forward.

Quyen Ngoc Nguyen's body was found in a vehicle in Success Road in Shiney Row in the early hours of Tuesday 15 August.

Two men have been charged with her murder.

A man has been identified on CCTV walking past the Golden Fry fish shop in Shiney Row at 00:15 in the early hours of 15 August and officers believe he could be a key witness.

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The area was sealed off August 15th

Tour of Britain coming to Northumberland after the weekend

Thousands of spectators are expected in Northumberland to see the Tour of Britain, which visits the North East after the weekend.

World class riders will be cycling over a hundred and twenty miles between Kielder And Blyth.

To minimise disruption across the county, all roads on the route will be closed using a rolling roadblock system.

It will cause disruption if you're taking a car or bus journey.

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Middlesbrough Mayor confident of multimillion-pound plans for Centre Square

BBC Tees

The Mayor of Middlesbrough says plans to develop Centre Square are needed and will bring new jobs to the town.

Dave Budd reassured people that almost all of the projects they pledged to develop in the last year are now under way.

Mr Budd says the £700m Centre Square project, which will include five new buildings, will help the whole of the town centre.

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Crash survivor thanks air ambulance medics who saved her life

A woman has thanked medics who saved her life after a horror car crash.

Sarah Dent, 18, from Middleton-in-Teesdale, survived the crash in May and thanked the Great North Air Ambulance Service team who came to her aid.

Her car skidded in wet conditions and hit an oncoming vehicle.

She sustained a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain, a broken neck, a ruptured diaphragm, a fractured pelvis and blood in her left lung.

She was anaesthetised and treated at the scene before being flown to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.

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It’s been nice to meet the crew and I couldn’t be more grateful for their help. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here.”

Sarah Dent
Sarah Dent with GNAAS staff

Severe accident: A66 North Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A66 North Yorkshire westbound severe accident, between A172 Marton Road and A178 North Road.

A66 North Yorkshire - A66 in Middlesbrough closed, delays and queuing traffic westbound between Marton Road Interchange and Hartington Interchange, because of a multi-vehicle accident and recovery work. Congestion to Cargo Fleet Interchange.

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

Rise in 'serious incidents' involving ambulances

The number of "serious incidents" involving ambulances has risen by 10% in five years, according to figures seen by the BBC.

These included assaults on paramedics, an alleged rape, and a patient dying after ambulance keys were 'lost'.

The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives says the incidents amount to a "tiny" number of patient journeys.

In our region, the North East Ambulance Service reported 29 "serious incidents" over the last year - five more than the previous period.

The trust says while several are still being investigated, it has taken a number of actions to improve its safety culture.


Pups sign up for life on the beat

Ten puppies have started a journey to become fully-qualified police dogs.

Over the next few months they will be put through a series of drills that will prime them for a career of tackling criminals and reducing crime across the North East.

The litter are set to meet the people of Newcastle as their handlers look to familiarise them with large crowds and a busy city centre.

Storm is a new trainee
Northumbria Police
Storm is a new trainee
Northumbria Police
Aleksandar Mitrovic

Newcastle forward Aleksandar Mitrovic will serve a three-match ban after he admitted to a violent conduct charge.

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BreakingPolice question man over Guisborough murder

A 34-year old man is being questioned over the murder and attempted murder of two youths travelling on a motorcycle in Guisborough on Sunday.

Officers say Sonny Stephenson died at the scene and a 15-year-old who was also travelling on the motorbike was taken to James Cook Hospital. They have since been discharged.

The incident happened just after 21:15 on Bolckow Street in the town.

Sonny Stephenson
Cleveland Police

Northern Rail staff set to walk out again

Staff from Northern Rail will be striking again tomorrow and on Monday in their dispute over the role of guards on trains.

The company runs a number of services around the Cumbrian Coast and between Carlisle and Settle, and also runs services from Teesside to Tyneside.

Northern says it hopes to run about 900 services, but trains will be replaced with buses on a number of other lines.

Blyth job centre closed after bailiffs arrive

Blyth job centre is now shut following a visit from bailiffs.

The building is leased by property company Telereal Trillium, but they say cannot make any comment due to "ongoing legal proceedings".

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Beirut hostage Terry Waite to open Hebburn charity shop

The Shields Gazette

Former Beirut hostage Terry Waite will be in South Tyneside this weekend to officially launch a charity’s two new bid to help the homeless.

Terry Waite at the Customs House with Sue Wilson, Emmaus North East and companions Paul Barnes, Anthony Flower and Leigh Armour.
Shields Gazette
Terry Waite at the Customs House with Sue Wilson, Emmaus North East and companions Paul Barnes, Anthony Flower and Leigh Armour.

Memories of Diana who died 20 years ago today

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

Princess Diana made a number of visits to the North East as tributes are being paid on the 20th anniversary of her death.

She opened bridges across the rivers Tees and Tyne, and was seen by countless people from the region.

In Look North tonight at 18:30 on BBC One we'll hear some of your memories of Diana

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Princess Diana on a visit to Middlesbrough

One dead, two hurt in separate South Shields crashes

A woman has died and two people have been seriously injured in two separate road traffic incidents in South Shields.

During the first, at 17:30 yesterday, a pedestrian was struck by a car on Marsden Road. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

It followed an earlier collision between a car and a motorcycle on the Coast Road in Marsden.

A man and a woman, both travelling on the motorcycle, were airlifted to Newcastle's RVI where they remain in a critical condition.

Outcry over elderly alarm cost call

Hartlepool Mail


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Hartlepool Mail

Weather: Plenty of sunny spells, but also the chance of showers

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

There will be plenty of sunny spells, but also the chance of a few showers during the afternoon.

These could be heavy at times, but will fizzle out later.

Winds will be light, and temperatures could hit highs of 18C (64F).

Check the forecast where you live here.


Pair quizzed on suspicion of murder

Sunderland Echo


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Sunderland Echo

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