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  1. Updates on Friday 22 September 2017

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Newcastle score twice in the last 15 minutes as they came from behind to edge past Bath in a nine-try thriller.

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Aboubakar Kamara and Cyrus Christie score late goals as Fulham and Middlesbrough draw at Craven Cottage.

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Our updates here have finished for the day and for the week. Thank you for joining us.

Hope you have a lovely weekend and we'll be back with more updates from 08:00 on Monday.

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We'll leave you with this lovely video of GP Ben Burville swimming with seals off the Northumberland coast.

GP Ben Burville has spent 17 years studying seals

Weather: Rain easing through the evening

Patchy rain will tend to ease through the evening to leave a largely cloudy and misty night with fog on high ground generating a few spots of drizzle. Feeling milder than Thursday night with southerly winds easing.

Minimum Temperature: 8C (46F).

Tomorow it will be generally dry, but cloudy and misty to start, with patchy drizzle possible on hills. Some sunny intervals are likely, though mainly in the east. Feeling pleasant with lighter winds.

Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F).

Murder trial hears of 'dwarf-like' figure

The trial of a man accused of murdering a 27-year-old woman has heard how a dark, "dwarf-like" figure was seen running from the scene.

Jodie Wilkinson was stabbed in broad daylight on busy Stanhope Street in Newcastle last October.

At Newcastle Crown Court today her friend, who was also stabbed, said he did not see the face of the person responsible but did see a "dwarf-like" figure moments later.

David Waterston, 42, Hamilton Place, Newcastle, has denied murder.

The trial continues.

Scene of crime

Beamish museum welcomes 1950s town

Work has started on a huge expansion at Beamish Museum in County Durham.

The £18m project is the biggest in the museum's 47-year history and has been made possible thanks to £11m funding from the Heritage Lottery.

A 1950s town and farm are to be built as part of the work. Watch my full report on Look North at 18:30.

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Woman burnt with 'suspicious' substance

A woman's face was burnt after a "suspicious" substance was thrown at her in Hartlepool.

The victim was walking along Caledonian Road when someone got out of their car, verbally abused her and then threw the substance in her face.

The 35-year-old woman received medical treatment for stinging and burning to her face and eyes - however no lasting damage was caused.

Caledonian Road

Child sex abuse gang convicted

Four men have been convicted for their part in a gang which sexually exploited vulnerable girls as young as 13.

Ribas Asad, 29, from Newcastle, was convicted of sexual assault and sexual activity with a child.

Palla Pour, 25, from Longbenton, was found guilty of sexual activity with a child.

Soran Azizi, 28, from Newcastle, was convicted of sex trafficking. Saman Obaid, 29, from Newcastle, was found guilty of supplying drugs.

They will be sentenced next month.

Clockwise from top left: Soran Azizi, Ribas Asad, Palla Pour and Saman Obaid

Rafa Bentiez press conference ahead of Brighton match

BBC Sport

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has been speaking at a press conference ahead of tomorrow's match against Brighton.

He covered a number of different subjects:

Benitez on Newcastle's form: "It's not a surprise we are doing well when you see them training. It's more or less what I was expecting. It's important to see your team competing. You have to use the tools you have - we have a hard-working team with a good spirit."

On the prospect of going third: "First we have to win before thinking about the table. At the moment I am only thinking about getting three points at Brighton and that's it. It is important to have confidence but approach the game the same way as the last three games.

"The confidence is high but we can't be over-confident. The mentality is the same as it always is for every game."

Benitez on Chris Hughton: "All the staff tell me how good he is as a person. I have a good relationship with him."

On the support: "It's impressive that we are taking so many fans. Hopefully we get 3 points because it gives us even more responsibility."

Bid for £150m to transform Darlington railway station

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

This is how Darlington railway station will look if the Government agrees to give £150m to make it happen.

The leader of Darlington Council Bill Dixon is meeting the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to make the case for investment.

The redevelopment would include new platforms and bridges and it would be able to take the new HS2 trains. You can read more here.

Artist's impression of Darlington Station

Laundry meeting led to 60 years of marriage for Hartlepool couple

Hartlepool Mail


Many congratulations to happy Hartlepool couple Ronnie and Joan Farman who have celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Ronnie and Joan Farman
Chris Jordan

Sussex bowl Durham out for 131 to complete a 132-run victory on day four at Chester-le-Street.

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Severe accident: A696 Northumberland both ways

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A696 Northumberland both ways severe accident, at Milbourne Turnoff.

A696 Northumberland - A696 in Higham Dykes blocked and very slow traffic in both directions at the Milbourne Turnoff junction, because of an accident involving a minibus.

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

Riverside Stadium

One of the five men, who were detained on Thursday, faces a charge of assaulting a police officer.

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Carer stole £11k from pensioner

A carer has been jailed after she stole £11,000 life savings from a pensioner suffering from dementia and bed-bound by strokes.

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Missing man from Blyth

A 63-year-old man has gone missing from his home in Blyth.

Howard Peirson was last seen by his wife a week ago on 15 September.

Police are concerned for his welfare and are appealing for anyone who may have seen him.

Howard Peirson

Watch: Bus leaves Teesside to take aid to refugees

BBC Tees

A Stockton man has converted a coach into a mobile kitchen to feed refugees more than 2,000 miles away.

Today Ghafoor Hussain and fellow volunteers left for Lesbos.

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All-rounder Ryan Pringle, batsman Jack Burnham and wicketkeeper Stuart Poynter will remain at Durham for 2018 after agreeing new deals.

Ryan Pringle, Jack Burnham and Stuart Poynter will remain at Durham for 2018 after agreeing new deals.

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Memorial bench to teenagers killed in arena attack unveiled

A bench in memory of two teenagers who died in the attack at the Manchester Arena earlier this year has been unveiled.

Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, both from South Shields, were among 22 victims killed in the Manchester Arena explosion on 22 May.

The bench is outside South Shields Town Hall.

Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry memorial bench

Success for North East universities

BBC Tees

Durham University has been named the top university in the North East in a survey by the The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

Teesside University and Sunderland University have been named as the most inclusive universities in the country.

The survey says Teesside has a "high proportion of students from low-participation areas", standing at 28.1% of admissions.

Man left with fractured eye socket in Newcastle

A man suffered a suspected fractured eye socket after being assaulted in Newcastle.

The victim was celebrating his birthday at the Eazy Street bar when he was approached by a man and punched in the face.

It happened at about 02:30 on 13 September and a CCTV image of the suspect has been released by police.

CCTV of man

A cloudless sky in Whitley Bay

It may be a little bit chilly outside, but the sun is definitely shining.

Our reporter Gerry Jackson is enjoying the weather in Whitley Bay this morning and he's taken these lovely pictures to prove it.

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Severe disruption: A167 County Durham both ways

BBC News Travel

A167 County Durham both ways severe disruption, between A68 St Augustines Way and Corporation Road.

A167 County Durham - Queuing traffic on A167 Northgate in both directions in Darlington between the A68 St Augustines Way junction and the Corporation Road junction, because of an earlier building fire. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to the Zetland Street junction, to the B6279 Freeman's Place junction and on A68 Woodland Road to the West Crescent junction.

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

Two taken to hospital and A19 blocked as police deal with four accidents

Hartlepool Mail


Two people have been taken to hospital after a series of accidents on the A19 this morning.


'All eyes on Keaton Jennings'

Sussex 346 & 302 v Durham 385 & 19-1 (11.1 overs)

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

It's the final day of action at Chester-le-Street this season and you couldn't ask for a better day. It's nice and sunny and quite warm. The perfect Autumn Equinox.

The official line from Durham is nothing will be announced about Keaton Jennings' future until the end of the season, amid reports he is leaving the club after five years.

But this could well be the last time supporters see him at The Riverside in a Durham shirt. Although his season started brightly it's been one of struggle since a loss of form, which coincided with a heavy defeat at Hove.

It would be nice to see him get a big knock today. He's currently on eight, although his opening partner Tom Latham has just fallen, lbw to Stuart Whittingham.

Jennings has no agent and I understand he has spoken to a number of clubs about his future, including Durham, who offered a lucrative three-year contract to Paul Coughlin a few weeks ago, only for him to turn it down and opt for Notts instead.

Sun shining behind the County Durham Stand.
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The sun is out in Chester-le-Street.

Thief sprays 94-year-old man with tomato sauce and steals money

A 94-year-old man was sprayed with tomato ketchup and £485 was stolen from his pocket.

The suspect got off a bus at the same time as the pensioner near Holly Court in the West End of Newcastle, on the afternoon of 9 August.

He followed the victim to his home and sprayed him with tomato sauce. He then offered to help clean it up, claiming it was an accident, at which point £485 cash was stolen from the elderly man's pocket.

CCTV images of a man who was on the bus and who police would like to speak to has been release.

CCTV of the suspect

Video: Up close with a grey seal

A GP from Morpeth has captured this amazing video of a seal in the Amble coast.

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Metro delays of up to 15 minutes

There are delays in Metro services between South Shields and St James.

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Your pictures: Sunset over the Angel of the North

Look North viewer Lynda Wennington took this great picture of the Angel of the North while she was out on her motorbike.

Angel of the North

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Red squirrel makes Wallington return

BBC Newcastle

About 170 red squirrels are now living at a country estate six years after the animal was almost wiped out by their grey cousins.

The National Trust appointed a ranger at Wallington Hall in Northumberland to oversee the red population rise and elimination of greys.

Red squirrel
Norman Scott/National Trust Images/PA Wire

The animals had been practically killed off by a pox carried by grey squirrels. The news comes ahead of Red Squirrel Week which starts on Saturday. There are only about 15,000 left in England.

Squirrel ranger Glen Graham said: "The constant presence of rangers, alongside the support of visitors and volunteers, is crucial to safeguarding red squirrel populations.

"Looking to the future, contraceptive methods and new technologies could provide long-term solutions, but in the meantime we need public buy in to protect one of Britain's best loved species."

Weather: Chilly start

BBC Weather

Today it will be feeling chilly at first with mist and local fog patches soon clearing.

After a dry and often sunny morning, increasing cloud will bring patchy light rain later in the afternoon. Southerly winds will freshen, becoming strong over hills.

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Four collisions within 15 minutes on A19 around Peterlee

Four separate collisions which happened within 15 minutes are causing problems on the A19 around Peterlee, Durham Police say.

Northbound and Southbound lanes are currently blocked and they are asking people to avoid the area if possible whilst work is done to clear the carriageways.

Luke Wells

Philip Salt's maiden first-class half-century on day three sees Sussex set Durham 264 to win at Chester-le-Street.

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Boro fan hurt by homophobic abuse

BBC Tees

A football fan says she was reduced to tears after being subjected to homophobic abuse at a match at Villa Park.

Middlesbrough fan Carol Smith said a handful of fans chanted at her for half an hour as she watched her side play Aston Villa with her wife Stacey on Tuesday.

Villa Park

West Midlands Police is investigating, but said no arrests have been made.

The force said: "Some people were spoken to and their details taken."

Mrs Smith, 35, from Birmingham, said she was sitting in the away stand next to the home fans in the North Stand when "they [the home fans] just started picking on me".

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