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  1. Updates on Monday 4 September 2017

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Weather: Patchy outbreaks of rain and drizzle overnight

Largely cloudy but mild overnight with patchy outbreaks of rain and drizzle, these mainly across the hills.

During the latter part of the night the rain is likely to become heavier and more widespread from the west.

Minimum Temperature: 13C (55F).

The men who drew the Mason-Dixon Line

Phil Mawson

BBC News

It is 250 years since America's Mason-Dixon Line was completed. Hailed as a groundbreaking technical achievement, it came to symbolise the border between the Civil War North and South, separating free Pennsylvania from slave-owning Maryland.

It was created by two British men - one of them - Jeremiah Dixon - was from County Durham.

"It was the equivalent of the moon landings today," according to Mason-Dixon Line expert David Thaler.

Baker's son Charles Mason and lapsed Quaker Dixon were established scientists when commissioned to settle a land dispute in the pre-revolutionary America of 1763.

Mason Dixon sign

Find out about musician Mark Knopfler's fascination with Mason and Dixon on Inside Out on BBC1 tonight at 1930.

Alcohol seized from Ferryhill youths

BBC Tees

Officers seized alcohol from a group of about 50 youngsters in Ferryhill, Durham Police have said.

The drinks taken from the group during the recent crackdown included wine, lager, cider and vodka, the force said.

Police were carrying out special Stay Safe patrols in Bishop Auckland and Ferryhill to tackle the issue of underage drinking, a spokesman said.

Durham Police

Acting Insp Mick Urwin said: “Our main focus is to protect young people who are at risk if they drink alcohol to excess, when they can become victims of crime or suffer injury. We know that young people will drink out of the way, for example by a river or in an isolated area, which leaves them vulnerable."

He also warned anyone over 18 buying alcohol for youngsters they could be fined £90 or taken to court.

Police volunteer celebrates 50 years service

BBC Tees

A Cleveland Police volunteer has celebrated 50 years of service to the force.

Karel Simpson, 70, (pictured second form right) became a volunteer in 1967 when he joined the Special Constabulary in Hartlepool. He continued to rise through the ranks to special superintendent, before becoming a volunteer rural and heritage crime reduction coordinator in March last year.

Four adults
Cleveland Police

One of his most memorable moments was when he helped a deliver a baby in 1970.

He said: “I can honestly say that I have truly enjoyed my time as a volunteer with Cleveland Police and will hopefully continue to volunteer for years to come."

Dramatic finish to Northumberland stage of Tour of Britain

There was a dramatic finish to the second stage of the Tour of Britain, which set off from Kielder this morning and finished in Blyth.

Edvald Boasson Hagen was the first to cross the line but following a review he was relegated for irregular sprinting and the stage win was given to Team Sky's Elia Viviani.

Boasson Hagen had put on the leader's green jersey on the podium before the decision was made.

End of Stage Two of the Tour of Britain in Blyth

Police puppies prepare for public patrols

Adam Martin

The culprit dragged his victim into the bushes and subjected her to a brutal attack.

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Lee Westwood in Gateshead for British Masters challenge

Body of missing woman found

BBC Newcastle

The body of a missing woman has been found near a lake, police have said.

Julie Forster was found ​at about 11:30 on Friday near the fishing lake on Greencroft Industrial Estate, Annfield Plain, near Stanley

Durham Police said she has been formally identified. The death is not being treated as suspicious, and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

The 44-year-old was last seen at her home in Consett at about 11:40 on Wednesday.

Money stolen in house burglary

BBC Tees

A large amount of money was stolen from an elderly couple's home in Hartburn on Friday afternoon.

Two men are believed to have also ripped an alarm system from a wall during the burglary between 14:30 and 15:45.

Cleveland Police said one man was swearing an orange overall and the other a blue overall with a black cap.

Det Sgt Louise Sproson said: “Those responsible for this crime have targeted an elderly couple, who have now been left feeling vulnerable in their own home. Burglary is an intrusive and emotive crime which can leave victims feeling frightened."

Photos: Tour of Britain

Cyclists are racing through the beautiful Northumberland countryside in the second stage of the Tour of Britain today.

You can follow the action on the Tour of Britain website.

Tour of Britain peloton at Cragside
Tour of Britain peloton at Cragside

Are you out watching the race today? If so we'd love to see your photos. You can Tweet us @BBCNewsNE, email,or contact us through our Facebook page.

Hundred attend fisherman memorial

BBC Tees

A plaque commemorating a fishmerman who died at sea has been unveiled almost a year to the day after his death.

About 100 people attended a blessing of the fleet ceremony at Hartlepool Fish Quay in memory of 22-year-old Lee Renney who died on 2 September 2016.

Crew at event
Tom Collins/Hartlepool RNLI

Among those there were the Hartlepool RNLI crew whose coxswain Robbie Maiden said: "Today was a very sad occasion but still nice to attend and show our support to the work of the Fishermen’s Mission."

Supt Peter Dade from the Fishermen's Mission said the event was to "remember the fishermen who do an extremely dangerous job and to offer support to their families".


Northern claim 90% of strike services on time

BBC Newcastle

Northern Rail has said more than 90% of its services today have been on time amid a strike by the RMT Union.

The union's members are striking today over a long-running dispute over the use of driver only-operated trains.

A spokesman for Northern said by 10:00 more than 300 trains had reached their destinations with more than 90% on time. Northern services will begin to "wind down" from 17:00 with "very few available" after 19:00, the company said.

Liam Sumpter, Regional Director at Northern, said: "We will continue to operate services throughout the day and are now looking ahead to the late afternoon peak. We are also asking our customers to give the evening rush hour some thought too."

Gold medallist to run on Tyneside

Olympic gold medallist Aries Merritt will compete in the Great North City Games on Tyneside this weekend.

The games are on Newcastle and Gateshead Quaysides on Saturday, the day before the Great North Run.

Merritt will run in the 110m hurdles for which he holds the world record. He won gold at the 2012 Olympics in London.

Among the other events will be 100m sprints, one-mile run, pole vault and long jump.

Also on Saturday, thousands of children and young people will take part in the Junior and Mini Great North Runs.

Aries Merritt

Tour of Britain cyclists in Northumberland

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

The Tour of Britain cyclist are in Northumberland today for the second stage of the race.

The opening stage yesterday was from Edinburgh to Kelso. Today they are racing from Kielder Water and Forest Park to Blyth - at 211km the longest stage of the tour.

BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson photographed the main bunch at Corby's Crags, near Alnwick.

Tour of Britain cyclists

Biker killed in crash with car

BBC Tees

A motorcyclist has died in a collision with a car.

The 46-year-old man was riding a Honda CBR motorbike southbound on the A68 between Consett and Tow Law at about 13:40 on Saturday when he was in collision with a BMW 330 travelling in the opposite direction.

Scene of the crash
Durham Police

The rider was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 23-year-old man driving the BMW has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and is helping Durham Police with their inquiries.

The road was closed for six hours to allow for collision investigation work to be carried out and witnesses are being sought.

Newcastle Falcons

Newcastle Falcons sign Canada international prop Jake Ilnicki as cover after injuries rule out tight-heads David Wilson and Scott Wilson.

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Assault leaves man with life threatening injuries

BBC Newcastle

A man is in hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries after being assaulted in Sunderland last night.

The 53-year-old man was attacked at about 21:30 near the entrance of Debenham's car park in The Bridges in the city centre.

A 26-year-old man has been arrested and is currently in police custody.

Northumbria Police are appealing for witnesses.

Hammond's vow to North ahead of meeting with mayors

Chancellor Philip Hammond has promised to keep backing the Northern Powerhouse ahead of a meeting with three of the region's leading politicians.

He is to meet Manchester mayor Andy Burnham, Liverpool's Steve Rotheram and Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen (pictured) for the first time since their May elections.

The government's decision earlier this summer to discontinue or downgrade a number of rail improvement schemes in the north of England, the Midlands and the Wales, while giving the go-ahead in principle for the Crossrail 2 link in south London, was greeted with dismay by political leaders in the North.

They argue that the North has long been the poor relation in terms of its infrastructure, citing the continued use of the 30-year old Pacer train carriages on some routes.

But Mr Hammond insists record amounts are being spent on infrastructure.

Ben Houchen

Woman charged over teen cyclist death

BBC Tees

A woman has been charged with causing the death of a teenage cyclist by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Jordan Seddon, 17, died in hospital after the crash between his BMX bike and a black Fiat Punto on Cargo Fleet Lane in Middlesbrough at about 00:10 on Sunday.

Cleveland Police said the 41-year-old woman has been remanded into custody and is due to appear before magistrates later today.

Cleveland Police

Coastal communities among worst off in UK, report finds

The UK's coastal communities are among the country's worst off for earnings, employment, health and education, a report for the BBC has found.

The Social Market Foundation said the economic gap between coastal and non-coastal places has grown.

The report, produced for BBC Breakfast, found that five of the 10 local authorities in the UK with the highest unemployment rate for the three months to March 2017 were coastal.

These were Hartlepool, North Ayrshire, Torridge, Hastings, South Tyneside and Sunderland.

Meanwhile, the minister for coastal communities has announced £40m in funding to help coastal areas.

Watch: Cancer families pay tribute to charity

Families have paid tribute to a Tyneside-based charity which provides support to individuals and families struggling with the disease.

You can see more on this story on Inside Out on BBC1 at 19:30 tonight.,

Cancer Connections: Families pay tribute to charity

Tour of Britain hits Northumberland

BBC Sport

The Tour of Britain will hit Northumberland today with riders facing their longest stage of the competition.

The 211km (131 mile) route starts in Kielder Water and ends at Forest Park in Blyth.

Caleb Ewan
Getty Images

The opening stage from Kelso to Edinburgh was won by 23-year-old Australian Caleb Ewan (pictured).

The eight-stage event, won by Steve Cummings last year, finishes in Cardiff on 10 September.

Are you out watching the race today? If so we'd love to see your photos. You can Tweet us @BBCNewsNE, email,or contact us through our Facebook page.

Flight diverted after fog in Leeds

A flight due to land at Leeds Bradford Airport has been diverted because of fog.

Ryanair flight FR5044 was due to land at Leeds Bradford Airport, but had to divert to Newcastle instead after the fog made landing too dangerous.

Ryanair tail fin
Getty Images

The Boeing 737-8AS, that was flying from Lithuanian capital Vilnius, was due to land in Leeds at 07:55 this morning, but it landed safely at 08:22 in Newcastle.

Teen killed in BMX and car crash

BBC Tees

A 17-year-old boy has died after his BMX bike was in collision with a car in Middlesbrough.

Jordan Seddon was taken to James Cook University Hospital after the crash with a black Fiat Punto on Cargo Fleet Lane at about 00:10 on Sunday.

Cleveland Police

He died on Sunday evening, Cleveland Police said.

His family said in a statement: “We are devastated. Jordan was dearly loved and we would like to ask to be left alone to grieve.”

A 41-year-old woman remains in custody in connection with the incident.

Family pay tribute to Hamsterley farmer killed whilst baling straw

The Northern Echo


A family has paid tribute to a farmer killed in a tragic accident, describing him as 'everyone’s hero'.

Stars played Bradley Lowery football match

TV stars and former footballers took part in a celebrity charity match in memory of Bradley Lowery.

Two teams, led by Everton legend Peter Reid and model Katie Price, went head-to-head at Goodison Park.

Sunderland fan Bradley, who died from a rare type of cancer aged six, "would've absolutely loved it", his mum Gemma Lowery said.

Players included ex-Everton stars Peter Beardsley and Alan Stubbs and singer-songwriter Olly Murs.

The Lowery Legends beat Bradley's Blues 7-3 with Bradley's uncle scoring for the winning team and X-Factor winner turned Coronation Street actor Shayne Ward scoring from the penalty spot for the losing side.

Michael Gray and Peter Reid

Weather: Dull to start with some sunny spells later

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Dull and misty start, with widespread hill fog, and possibly patchy light rain and drizzle.

Becoming dry this morning, and slowly brighter this afternoon as some sunny spells develop. However, some hill fog may persist over the hills and other high ground.

Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F).

weather graphic

Travel: Northern Rail strike continues

Rail travellers face disruption on local services today as Northern Rail workers in some parts continue their industrial action.

Members of the RMT union also walked out last Friday. Northern says trains are expected to be extremely busy, and journeys may take longer than normal.

Workers are walking out in a row over the role of guards and driver-only trains.

Northern says it is prepared to guarantee jobs and current pay for all conductors for the next eight years.

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