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  1. Updates on Friday 13 October 2017

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Manolo Gabbiadini celebrates scoring for Southampton against Newcastle

Neil Johnston

BBC Sport

Manolo Gabbiadini marks his return to Southampton's side with both goals as battling Saints twice came from behind to deny Newcastle United victory at St Mary's.

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Wretch 32

Mark Lawrenson takes on rapper - and Arsenal fan - Wretch 32 in the next round of Premier League matches.

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Adam Radwan

Newcastle score two tries in each half to open their European Challenge Cup campaign with a bonus-point win over Dragons.

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Idrissa Sylla

Aiden McGeady's first goal at the Stadium of Light this season helps Sunderland scrap to a draw against Queens Park Rangers.

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Cameron McGeehan

Midfielder Cameron McGeehan scores on his home debut for Barnsley as they draw with Middlesbrough at Oakwell.

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The 60-year-old from the Galashiels area was fatally injured in the collision just over the border with England.

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Lost property boosts hospice coffers

Nexus staff have raised more than £5,000 for St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle.

The company, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, held a series of fundraising events, including an auction of unclaimed lost property.

It adopted St Oswald's as its chosen charity for the year after working closely with it on the Great North Snowdogs project in 2016.

Hospice cheque presentation

The money - which was officially handed over yesterday - will go towards its day-to-day running.

A man who was raped in a hostel has told of his ordeal
Scott Wilson waived his right to anonymity after he was attacked in a Newcastle hostel.

BreakingFormer Peterlee mayor jailed for meeting underage boy

A former mayor of Peterlee has been jailed for 12 months after being caught trying to meet an underage boy for sex.

Durham Crown Court heard 30-year-old Lee Cook thought he was talking online to a 15-year-old and then arranged to meet up with him.

Lee Cook

He was confronted by the vigilante group Guardians of the North.

The court heard the group had posed as the boy, who did not exist.

Cook, of Quantock Place, Peterlee, was ordered to sign the sex offenders register and not to have any unsupervised contact with under-16s.

The North East Party, which Cook was a member of, said in a statement that he had been suspended.

Peterlee Town Council said Cook resigned from the council earlier.

Double rapist jailed for 15 years

Press Association

A rapist who preyed on a transgender man and a drunk teenager in their own homes has been jailed for 15 years.

Shelton Dube, 24, of Dorking Avenue, North Shields, first targeted a young woman who had been out with friends in Newcastle city centre by latching on to her group.

Dube raped Scott Wilson, then 19, at the Tyneside Foyer where they both lived.

The victim, who has waived his right to anonymity, said prior to the rape he had explained to Dube how he was transgender, identified as a man and was attracted to women.

Judge Prince jailed Dube for 10 years for the rape on the woman in her own home and a further five for raping Mr Wilson.

Bridge to provide 'safe and secure' link to train station

A proposed new bridge in Darlington will provide a "safe and secure link" to the town's railway station, the council has said.

The structure connects Central Park from the Business Central building to Adelaide Street, which leads to the rear entrance of the station via the existing bridge.

It would mean pedestrians and cyclists no longer need to cross the busy Parkgate road.

The project forms part of the Sustainable Access to Employment programme which the Tees Valley Combined Authority is funding.

Work on the bridge are expected to begin next year, subject to funding and planning consent.

Artist's impression of new bridge
Darlington Council

'Jobs have returned' to mine-closure areas

Twenty-five years after thousands of North East miners discovered they were to lose their jobs, the man behind the decision says most communities have now recovered.

Michael Heseltine was President of the Board of Trade when he announced on this day in 1992 that 31 out of 50 deep coal mines in the UK would be closed.

This including the last four in the Durham coalfield.

The decision was widely condemned by mining unions, but in an interview for Sunday Politics North East and Cumbria, Lord Heseltine said jobs had since returned.

Michael Heseltine

My genuine experience is that overwhelmingly the level of employment in those communities is they have recovered to the point at which broadly there are more people at work in this country than ever before in our history."

Lord Heseltine

Why is Friday 13th considered bad luck?

It's Friday 13th, the most cursed day in the calendar - allegedly - where everything is fated to go wrong.

But where did we get the idea that it's a date when bad things happen?

Friday 13th: Why is it unlucky?

Severe accident: A689 County Durham westbound

BBC News Travel

A689 County Durham westbound severe accident, between The Wynd and Butterwick Road.

A689 County Durham - A689 Hartlepool Road in Wynyard Village closed westbound between The Wynd junction and the Butterwick Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Steve Harmison

Ashes-winning Test bowler Steve Harmison resigns as joint manager of Northern league club Ashington.

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'Watch that cough' warning after child develops croup

BBC Newcastle

A father of a three-year-old boy from North Tyneside who is in intensive care with a common childhood condition is urging parents to be vigilant.

Owen Humphreys, from Whitley Bay, said his son Reuben deteriorated very quickly after developing a temperature and starting to wheeze.

Within a short time he was unable to breathe and had to be rushed to hospital.

Public Health England said croup - caused by a virus that brings on a barking cough and swelling to the airways in babies and young children - is usually a mild condition and cases are expected at this time of the year.

Not all cases are as serious as this but I think it highlights how it can develop very, very quickly in a young child. I'm sure there's a way of stopping it before it gets to this stage by possibly keeping an eye on any cough, and getting the children seen."

BreakingFirm fined £1.3m over industrial accident

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

A Teesside energy company has been fined £1.3m after a worker lost part of his leg in an industrial accident.

Sembcorp Utilities UK, which operates the Wilton 10 Power Plant, was one of three companies fined after admitting health and safety breaches after the accident in December 2013.

Cafe-damage pair sought by police

Two men who damaged the interior of a Newcastle cafe are being sought by police.

The pair, whose faces were covered, targeted the West Shop cafe on West Road then fled without demanding any money.

Nobody was hurt in the incident, which happened at about 08:00.

Drivers warned not to slow down to view accident

Cleveland Police is concerned there may be further accidents.

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Severe disruption: A69 Northumberland westbound

BBC News Travel

A69 Northumberland westbound severe disruption, between A686 and B6322 Tyne View Road.

A69 Northumberland - Heavy traffic on A69 westbound between the A686 junction in Haydon Bridge and the B6322 Tyne View Road junction in Haltwhistle, because of abnormal load.

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

'No option but to close pits'

Lord Heseltine speaks on the 25th anniversary of the announcement of the closure of 31 of the 50 deep coal mines in the UK - including the last four in the Durham coalfield.

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A warm, windy and cloudy day

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a cloudy and windy day, with the chance of rain in the west of the region.

More persistent rain will spread into the north through the late afternoon, and it will feel warm, with temperatures reaching up to 19C (66F).


Man seriously hurt in A19 crash

A man has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries following a rush-hour crash on the A19.

Two cars and a lorry collided between the A67 and the A174, near Crathorne

Cleveland Police says that while one lane is now open southbound, the northbound carriageway of the A19 is likely to be closed until lunchtime.

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Yacht Coco

Newcastle Crown Court heard the man cut mooring ropes tethering the vessel to the city's Quayside.

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From miracle baby to bride-to-be

Sunderland Echo


Here's today's front page and a link to our main story.

Sunderland Echo front page
Sunderland Echo

Delays on Metro due to leaves on the line...

Tyne and Wear Metro is currently experiencing delays across the system.

Fans of train delays may know "low rail adhesion" as our old friend, leaves on the line...

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Mikel Merino

Newcastle sign Spanish midfielder Mikel Merino - who joined the club on loan this summer - on a permanent basis.

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School reopens after vandal attack

A school left without power after an attack by vandals has reopened this morning after a three-day closure.

Intruders damaged electricity generators at Heworth Grange Comprehensive late on Monday night.

They also smashed a number of windows and vandalised the internal building with marker pens.

Northumbria Police said "significant activity" was under way to identify those responsible.

Damage to Heworth Grange
Northumbria Police

Steel mill takeover heralds 'bright future'

Hartlepool Mail


Here's today's front page and a link to our main story.

Hartlepool Mail front page
Hartlepool Mail

Severe disruption: A19 North Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A19 North Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, between A174 and A67.

A19 North Yorkshire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A19 southbound between the A174 junction in Maltby and the A67 junction in Crathorne.

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

Severe accident: A19 County Durham northbound

BBC News Travel

A19 County Durham northbound severe accident, between A67 and A174.

A19 County Durham - A19 closed and queuing traffic northbound between the A67 junction in Crathorne and the A174 junction in Thornaby-on-Tees, because of an accident involving two cars and a lorry. Diversion in operation - Follow the hollow triangle symbol via the A67.

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

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