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  1. Updates on Friday 1 September 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.

You can tweet your photos to @BBCNewsNE, email them, or contact us via our Facebook page.

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

Cruise ship brings tourists to the region

A cruise ship carrying 2,400 passengers visited the Port of Tyne today.

The Norwegian Jade has stopped in the region to allow travellers from 45 different nations to explore the North East.

The tourists will get to see Newcastle City Centre, Durham Cathedral and Beamish museum amongst other attractions.

The Norwegian Jade

Woman shot in Middlesbrough park

A 61-year-old woman was shot with a suspected air rifle in Middlesbrough.

The incident took place on Tuesday at about 14:30 in Albert Park when the victim was walking near to the Park Road South entrance.

She was shot in the right leg and suffered bruising.

Police believe the driver of a grey Land Rover may have witnessed the incident and would like them to come forward.

Your pictures: Sunrise in Blyth

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Did you catch the lovely sunrise in Blyth this morning?

Jim Jones sent us this great picture of the sun overlooking the pier:

Blyth pier

You too can send us your weather pictures - we'd love to see them.

Send them over on Twitter to @BBCNewsNE, via email, or on our Facebook page.

Messages of support flood in for Tempy

A five-year-old whose conversation with a soldier went viral has been reading messages of support sent to her.

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Teenager taken to hospital after being knocked down in Sunderland

Sunderland Echo


A 16-year-old boy has been taken to hospital after being hit by a car in Sunderland.

Police sign

Family of sex attack victim 'thankful' for sentence

The family of a woman attacked in Middlesbrough by a man who fled to Romania says the crime "destroyed" the victim's life.

In a statement, the 51-year-old's family said they are "thankful" Cezar Florea, 29, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.

They added: "We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Cleveland Police... for the tremendous effort they put in to convicting Cezar Florea.

"The way they have treated our family has been above and beyond what would be expected."

Max Stryjek

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

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Man charged after victim left in street

Callum Lees
Family handout
Callum Lees was found collapsed in a street

Callum Lees was stabbed in the neck after a row at a house party in Solihull.

His alleged attacker is originally from Newcastle.

Callum Lees

Man charged after victim left in street

Callum Lees was stabbed in the neck after a row at a house party in Solihull.

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Lifeboat training interrupted by dolphins

Jonny Williams

Sunderland sign Marc Wilson, Jonny Williams and Callum McManaman in three late transfer deadline day deals.

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Weather: Cool night with clear spells

BBC Weather

Any showers during the evening will die away overnight, with clear spells developing.

It will become cool, with light winds, and a few mist and fog patches forming.

Weather graph

Check the weather where you are.

Cezar Florea

Cezar Florea fled to his native Romania after a brutal attack and attempted rape of a woman in 2014.

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Extra delays expected in Newcastle next week

Traffic delays are expected to increase in Newcastle's Killingworth Road next week as roadworks continue and the school rush returns.

Commuters are advised to use public transport, as Metro services return to the area.

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Man charged with murder of Guisborough teenager remanded in custody

A man charged with the murder of a 17-year-old motorcyclist has been remanded in custody after appearing in court today.

Philip Buckworth, 34, of Park Lane, Guisborough, will appear at Teesside Crown Court on Monday.

The victim, Sonny Stephenson, died in a crash just after 21:15 on Bolckow Street in Guisborough on Sunday.

Sonny Stephenson

Scarecrows take over at village festival

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

A weekend of fun is coming to a County Durham village.

Shadforth Village's Big Weekend will take place from tomorrow, with sports events, attractions and a scarecrow festival expected.

More than 50 scarecrows will be displayed across the village.

Village decorations

Man who fled after sex attack jailed

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

A man who fled to Romania after carrying out a violent sexual attack on Teesside has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Cezar Florea, 29, attacked a 51-year-old woman in the North Ormsby area of Middlesbrough as she walked to work early in the morning.

She suffered a broken shoulder and nose in the attack.

Cezar Florea

Rugby: Full commentary on Warriors v Falcons

BBC Hereford and Worcester

Worcester Warriors make their way to Newcastle tonight for the opening fixture of their Premiership campaign.

You can hear the whole match live on BBC Hereford & Worcester - their sports special starts at 19:00.

Warriors v Falcons
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Sonny Stephenson

Motorcyclist Sonny Stephenson, 17, was killed and a 15-year-old pillion passenger injured in a crash.

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Andy Carroll watch thief convicted

A serial thief has been convicted of attempting to rob Premier League striker Andy Carroll's £22,000 watch in a drive-by raid.

Jack O'Brien, 22, swooped on the England player's Jeep Wrangler near Hainault, north-east London, as he was driving home last year.

Mr Carroll, from Gateshead, told the trial he believed O'Brien had a gun when he pulled alongside him at a set of traffic lights and demanded the watch on 2 November.

Andy Carroll

The 28-year-old was then pursued by two suspects on motorbikes as he tried to escape, forcing him on to the wrong side of the road as he drove back to his training ground, which had security staff.

Convicted burglar O'Brien, of Navarre Gardens, Romford, east London, was found guilty of attempted robbery.

Police pup starts training

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Northumbria Police has introduced one of their new pups to the world.

Little Tom seems very excited to learn all the skills from mentor Rab:

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Krul joins Brighton on loan

BBC Sport

Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul has joined fellow Premier League side Brighton on a season-long loan.

Krul will be re-united with former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton, who described the 29-year-old Dutchman as "an excellent professional" with "vast experience".

Tim Krul
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Krul joined Ajax on loan last season, before switching to fellow Dutch side AZ Alkmaar in January.

He made 16 appearances with Alkmaar and helped them to a sixth-placed finish in the Eredivisie.

Weather: Cool but bright start

BBC Weather

Today will see a cool but bright start with any early mist or fog patches soon clearing and sunny spells following.

Through the morning scattered showers will develop, these perhaps becoming locally heavy during the afternoon.

Click here for more weather.

Papy Djilobodji

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

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BreakingMan charged over motorcyclist's murder

BBC Tees

A man has been charged with the murder of a 17-year-old motorcyclist who died in Guisborough on Sunday.

Sonny Stephenson (pictured) died in a crash just after 21:15 in Bolckow Street in the town.

Sonny Stephenson
Cleveland Police

A 15-year-old pillion passenger was also injured but has since been discharged from hospital.

Philip Buckworth, 34, of Park Lane in Guisborough, has been charged with murder and is due to appear at Teesside Magistrates' Court later today.

Severe disruption: A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, before J52 for A1.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - One lane blocked on A1(M) southbound in Catterick before J52 A1, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Northern warns of strike-hit rail services

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

Northern Rail have says it plans to run 900 services across the region as some staff go on strike.

The company is warning of delays and changes to schedules though and is advising people to check its website for timetables.

Northern Rail

RMT staff walked out for 24 hours from midnight in a row over driver-only operated trains.

They are also planning to strike on Monday.

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