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  1. Updates on Monday 16 October 2017

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Our updates here have now finished for the day - thank you for joining us.

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow to bring you news., sport, weather and travel from across the North East. Take care as it's going to be very windy overnight.

In the meantime you can catch up with the latest news throughout the weekend on BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle, Look North and online.

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Weather: Very windy weather

Take care tonight - it's going to be very windy through this evening and overnight. Gales are likely across the hills, and some very gusty winds are expected at times, possibly leading to difficult travel conditions.

Some patchy rain is likely, mainly affecting the west.

Minimum Temperature: 11C (52F)

Tomorrow there will be very strong, gusty winds at first but these gradually easing through the day. It should be mainly dry with some sunny periods. Feeling fresher.

Maximum Temperature: 14C (57F).

Second time Mike Ashley has put Newcastle up for sale

BBC Sport

It is not the first time Mike Ashley has put Newcastle United up for sale - he did the same thing nine years ago.

That happened in September 2008 following a series of protests by supporters angered by Kevin Keegan's departure as manager.

He took the club off the market in December that year, but announced he wanted to sell again after relegation in May 2009 before again ending his attempt to sell the club five months later.

Mike Ashley

Durham teaching assistants accept new pay offer

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Teaching assistants in County Durham have voted to accept a pay offer made by Durham County Council in September.

Durham teaching assistants

County council bosses wanted to pay 2,000 support staff during term time only.

But the union Unison claimed the move would see some assistants lose up to 23% of their salary.

Today’s acceptance will see the introduction of a new grading structure for teaching assistants and the setting up of a career progression board.

Newcastle United for sale 10 years after Mike Ashley bought it

BBC Sport

Premier League club Newcastle United have been put up for sale by owner Mike Ashley.

Ashley, 53, has been a divisive figure at St James' Park since taking over in 2007, with some supporters regularly protesting about the way the businessman has run the club.

Businesswoman Amanda Staveley, 44, has been reported to be interested in buying the club after being seen watching Newcastle's 1-1 home draw against Liverpool earlier this month.

St James' Park

Newcastle United sale: Process starts to find new owner

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

After months of speculation it has been confirmed thta Newcastle United is up for sale.

Here is the statement in full from St James Holdings Limited.

"As a result of increasing press speculation regarding the future of Newcastle United, the owner of the club, St James Holdings Limited, wishes to clarify its intentions.

"As one of the Premier League's oldest and best supported football clubs - and for the benefit of its many fans and supporters in the UK and across the world - Newcastle United requires a clear direction and a path to a bright and successful future.

"To give the club the best possible opportunity of securing the positioning and investment necessary to take it to the next level, at what is an important time in its history, its present ownership has determined that it is in the best interests of Newcastle United and its fans for the club to be put up for sale.

"To give an incoming owner the maximum possible flexibility to make meaningful investment in the club, including in its playing squad, the sale process will give interested parties the opportunity of deferring substantial payments.

"A process will now commence of identifying new ownership for the club that will be capable of delivering the sustained investment in and dedication to the club that is necessary for it to achieve its ambitions."

Newcastle United: Club requires 'a clear direction'

Mike Ashley has put Newcastle United up for sale, it has been confirmed after months of speculation.

In a statement St James' Holdings said it wanted to clarify its intentions "as a result of increasing press speculation regarding the future of Newcastle United".

It said the club "requires a clear direction and a path to a bright and successful future".

Mike Ashley

BreakingNewcastle United put up for sale

BBC Sport

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has put the Premier League club up for sale.

"Newcastle United requires a clear direction and a path to a bright and successful future," said a club statement released on Monday.

More to follow.

Museum digs deep to uncover hidden world
Tucked away out of public view, Newcastle's Discovery Museum houses an intriguing collection of bones, skeletons and skulls.

Durham chief constable on child abuse images online

Internet companies need to do more to "stamp out sickening distribution of images and live streaming of abuse online" says the chief constable of Durham.

Mike Barton said internet firms were clever enough to invent platforms so they should therefore be clever enough to clamp-down on child sex images, admitting police forces "do not have the resources to tackle this alone".

In a personal film in the Daily Politics soapbox series, he challenged the web giants "to do more."

Durham chief constable on child abuse images online

Do you know an Unsung Hero?

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Time is running out to nominate your Unsung Hero.

The award is about recognising those who devote their free time to help people in grass-roots activity and sports.

Here's how to nominate your Unsung Hero

You can submit your nomination here.

The closing date for nominations is Sunday.

Watch: Murky River Wear at Roker

We all love talking about the weather, particularly when it's weird.

Today's dark skies are thought to be caused by tropical dust and air being dragged up from the Sahara combined with debris from forest fires in Spain and Portugal.

BBC Newcastle reporter Martin Emmerson has tweeted this view of the River Wear.

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Former footballer David Ginola on his experience on surviving a cardiac arrest
Ex-France international David Ginola tells BBC Radio 5 live it’s a "miracle" he survived his "sudden death" after suffering a cardiac arrest last year.

Man dies following road traffic collision

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

A man who died following a fatal road traffic collision in Wallsend has been named.

Martin Dixon, 33, from North Tyneside died at the scene on Hadrian Road at about 18:14 on Friday. He was a passenger in a car involved in a collision with another car.

Hadrian Road

A second man involved in the collision remains in a critical condition in hospital.

The unsolved secret of David Jones' perpetual motion machine
The perpetual motion machine has baffled scientists for decades.

Your photos: Strange North East sky

The dark skies in the North East are causing a bit of a stir today.

BBC weather presenter Simon King said it was due to the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia dragging in tropical air and dust from the Sahara.

He added that debris from forest fires in Portugal and Spain was also playing a part.

We've been sent some photos of the unusual phenomenon. Act 2 Cam tweeted this photo of what it looked like this morning at Whitley Bay.

Red sky at Whitley Bay

And Andy Dye took this looking towards Tynemouth Priory and said: "Here's the sun at high noon (well, 12:10!) looking like a sunrise in the middle of the sky!"

Sky looking towards Tynemouth Priory

More than 120 dangerous dogs put down in region

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

More than 120 dogs deemed dangerous have been destroyed in the region over the past four years.

Figures obtained by the BBC's Inside Out North East & Cumbria programme found a total of 365 dogs were detained by police in the region with 126 later put down.

The programme's been speaking to one man from Northumberland who says dangerous dogs don't need to be destroyed.

You can see the full story tonight on BBC One at 19:30 as well as on the iPlayer.

Dog in a kennel

Whats happening in the sky?

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

We may have an answer as to why people are seeing red skies and a red sun all over the country.

Red sun
Colin Craddock

BBC weather presenter Simon King said the red skies and sun are due to the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia dragging in tropical air and dust from the Sahara.

'Low rail adhesion' causes Metro delays

Shared bike scheme peddles into Newcastle

You may well have heard of "Boris bikes" - the nickname for a cycle-sharing scheme launched by Boris Johnson when he was mayor of London.

Today a similar version is arriving in Newcastle, which anyone with a smart phone can use.

Mobike operates in more than 180 cities having launched in Shanghai last year. However, Newcastle is only the third city in the UK to get it.

Cyclists have to download the Mobike app before they can find their nearest bicycle and unlock it.


Watch: Five-year-old Tempy in run for wounded soldiers

A County Durham five year old whose film with an injured soldier has been viewed more than a hundred million times online, has now raised thousands of pounds for a military charity.

Tempy ran a 5K park run in Darlington at the weekend and raised £2,500 for Help for Heroes.

She was inspired to fund raise after meeting Simon Brown who needed 25 operations after being shot in the face in Iraq.

Tempy Pattinson, 5, raises thousands for Help for Heroes in Darlington 5k park run

Something strange in the air

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

There's definitely a weird feeling about today - it's very dark but warm and calm.

And it seems to be not just here in the North East - our colleagues in the West County filmed this red sun, which we also had this morning.

What's it like where you are? We'd love to see your pictures - you can tweet them to @BBCNewsNE, email them, or contact us via our Facebook page.

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Race hate crime against takeaway workers on the rise in Hartlepool

Hartlepool Mail


Racially motivated hate crimes have increased by almost a quarter in Hartlepool in the last year according to official figures.

Hartlepool Mail front page
Hartlepool Mail

Appeal to trace Northumberland man

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

An appeal has been launched to find a missing man from Northumberland.

Damion Willcock, 49, was last seen in Whittingham on Sunday.

Damian Willcock
Northumbria Police

He is described as 5ft 10in, slight build, short dark hair, clean shaven. It is not known what clothing he is wearing.

Any sightings can be reported by ringing Northumbria Police on 101.

Council denies care home crisis

The Journal


Northumberland could face one of the worst care home bed shortages in the country by 2022, new research has claimed.

Journal front page
The Journal

Students take on fight to overturn sex abuse law

BBC Tees

Students at Teesside University are trying to overturn a law which prevents victims of historic sexual abuse claiming compensation.

The Teesside Law Clinic has been involved in a legal case for the last four years trying to remove the "same roof rule".

This prevents victims receiving acompensation for crimes committed against them before 1979 if the perpetrator lived in the same house.

Benitez 'really pleased' with Newcastle performance
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is "really pleased" with his side's display in an entertaining 2-2 Premier League draw with Southampton at St Mary's.

Severe disruption: A1 Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Tyne And Wear northbound severe disruption, at A69.

A1 Tyne And Wear - Queuing traffic and long delays on A1 Western Bypass northbound in Newcastle Upon Tyne at Hexham Turn Off, because of earlier shed load. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is around 90 minutes. Congestion to the A1(M) J65 junction.

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

Weather: Largely dry but windy

BBC Weather

A few showers are possible this morning although it will be largely dry and increasingly windy.

Some warm sunshine is likely to develop, especially towards the coast. Cloud will thicken later in the west, with further rain possible, and gales likely in places.

Weather forecast, Monday 16 October 2017

Man charged following nightclub crash

BBC Tees

A man has been charged after a car hit two people outside a Middlesbrough nightclub.

A Dodge Avenger struck the pair as they were crossing the road outside the Empire nightclub in the early hours of yesterday morning.

A 39-year-old man has been charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving along with several other driving-related offences and was remanded in custody.

He is due to appear at Teesside Magistrate's Court today.

Empire nightclub

Youths 'rode horses along Northumberland Street'

Colin Briggs

Look North

It isn't a sight you'll see every day - horses being ridden up and down Newcastle's busiest pedestrian street.

Northumbria Police have issued a warning after receiving reports of four youngsters riding on Northumberland Street on Friday without any appropriate safety gear.

Officers want to trace the youths and are investigating whether any offences were committed.

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