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  1. Updates on Tuesday 17 October 2017

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Police 'disgust' at people who filmed crash

BBC Tees

Cleveland Police has expressed its "disgust" at drivers and passengers who filmed a serious five-vehicle crash on the A19 last Friday.

The road was closed for almost seven hours.

A man remains in hospital in a critical condition while a 54-year-old woman is now stable.

Insp Harry Simpson from Cleveland Police says people watching an accident can cause a second crash.

98-year-old guest of honour at Durham Cathedral

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

In four week's time it will be Remembrance Sunday.

The first poppies will start appearing in a matter of weeks, but today at Durham Cathedral there was a taste of what promises to be a spectacular Festival of Remembrance on the day itself.

Guest of honour today was 98-year-old Harry Oliver, a Durham Light Infantry veteran.

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Severe disruption: A67 County Durham both ways

BBC News Travel

A67 County Durham both ways severe disruption, between B1265 Worsall Road and Aislaby Road.

A67 County Durham - A67 High Street in Yarm closed and stationary traffic in both directions between the B1265 Worsall Road junction and the Aislaby Road junction, because of Fair moving in.

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

Police appeal to find missing Newcastle woman

Police are appealing for help to trace a missing Newcastle woman.

Tammy Taylor, 25, was reported missing last Thursday and has been sighted in Newcastle city centre in recent days.

Officers have been told that Tammy is safe and well but they need to speak to her themselves to ensure she is okay.

They are asking for Tammy to contact them on 101 or stop by a police station.

Officers are also asking for any members of the public who have seen Tammy to get in touch

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Northumbria Police

Hate crime on the increase in our region

BBC Newcastle

Recorded instances of hate crime are up in the North East way above the national average.

Northumbria Police has experienced a year-on-year increase of 69%.

It's a 54% rise for Durham Police.

Across England and Wales as a whole, the number is 29%.

Ten years on after damning Channel Four verdict on Middlesbrough

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

It is the 10th anniversary of what was called "an outrageous slur" that damaged the reputation of Middlesbrough.

The town's then Mayor Ray Mallon was giving his reaction after the town was labelled the worst place in the country to live.

The damning verdict came in the Channel Four programme Location, Location, Location.

On Look North at 18:30 we'll be speaking to people about their feelings on the town.

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Jonathan Swingler

Owen Pugh staff offered help

Workers made redundant from the firm Owen Pugh are being offered help by Job Centre officials at a meeting convened by North Tyneside Labour MP Mary Glindon.

The meeting is on Friday from 13:00-15:00 at the John Willie Sams Community Centre in Dudley.

All Owen Pugh staff are welcome.

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Owen Pugh

Man in critical condition after assault in Sunderland

BBC Newcastle

A man is in a critical condition in hospital after being assaulted in Sunderland.

The 33-year-old suffered serious head injuries in the attack in Geneva Road in Grindon just before 23:00 last night.

A 29-year-old woman was also injured and is in a serious condition.

A 41-year-old man has been arrested and is in police custody.

Plans to close in-patient beds at Rothbury Community Hospital halted by council vote

Plans to close in-patient beds at Rothbury Community Hospital have been halted after Northumberland County Council voted to refer the decision to the Health Secretary.

NHS Northumberland CCG decided to close the beds last month, but the council's Health And Wellbeing Committee says it wasn't consulted properly and the change would adversely affect health services across Northumberland.

Jeremy Hunt will now have the final say on the change.

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Severe disruption: A68 County Durham southbound

BBC News Travel

A68 County Durham southbound severe disruption, between B6299 and A689.

A68 County Durham - A68 in Tow Law closed southbound between the B6299 junction and the A689 junction, because of recovery work.

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

South Tyneside schoolgirls hope to be among the first Team GB Olympians in karate

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

Two schoolgirls from South Tyneside are hoping to be among the first Team GB Olympians in karate.

Anais Errington, 12, and 13-year-old Eve Palmer train at Dokan Karate Club and have 86 competition victories between them.

The martial art becomes an Olympic sport for the first time at Tokyo 2020 and they're hopeful of making the 2024 games.

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Police appeal following knife threat in Hartlepool

BBC Tees

Police are appealing for help in tracing a man who was at the scene when a woman was allegedly threatened with a knife in Hartlepool.

It happened at 16:00 last Thursday afternoon in York Road.

The 38-year-old woman was unharmed during the incident.

A 27-year-old man has been charged with threatening a person with a blade in a public place.

Newcastle United

Newcastle United is being put up for sale at the "right time" and is in a "healthy position", according to a sport finance expert Dan Plumley.

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Lumiere returns to Durham next month

Durham is set to shine brightly when the Lumiere festival returns to the city for the fifth time.

There will be 29 installations ranging from a public performance booth called Anonymous to a cathedral lights show in time to the peal of bells.

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Durham County Council

Arrest in connection with robbery at Stockton store

A 33-year-old man from Stockton has been arrested on suspicion of robbery after an incident at Farm Foods on Bath Lane in Stockton at 21:00 on Friday.

The man remains in police custody.

General view of Bradford

Frustrations as house values in many parts of the country fail to recover from the financial crisis of 2007.

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Renewed appeal for witnesses following fatal collision

Police investigating a fatal collision in Norham in Northumberland are appealing for witnesses.

A Kia Rio was travelling out of Norham on Thursday at 07:50 when it hit an 80-year-old male pedestrian who died from his injuries.

Officers want to hear from the driver of a dark-coloured old style Land Rover seen just before the collision, as the driver or passengers may be able to help.

Police raise public safety concerns after horses ridden through Newcastle

Police have released CCTV footage of horses being ridden in Newcastle city centre and say members of the public could have been put at risk. On Sunday four youths rode the horses from the Quayside, up Dean Street and on to Northumberland Street.Officers are continuing to carry out inquiries today to identify the youths.

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Northumbria Police
Horses walk on Quayside
Northumbria Police

House prices 'lower in the North East than a decade ago'

BBC Newcastle

New research by the BBC reveals that house prices in the North East are lower than they were 10 years ago.

Almost all council wards in the region - 95% - have seen a fall in average prices since 2007.

Hendon in Sunderland and Longhorsley in Northumberland are among the wards with the biggest drops.

Check the house price calculator: Where can I afford to rent or buy?

MP raises concerns about murder following serious case review

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

A Tyneside MP will raise concerns in the Commons today about the events surrounding the murder of a Newcastle man with learning difficulties.

Newcastle North Labour MP Catherine McKinnell will focus on the lessons of a highly critical serious case review into the death of Lee Irving.

Lee was murdered in Newcastle in 2015. Two people who assisted in the killing had their prison sentences increased.

The review found agencies failed to correctly assess the risks he faced.

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Lee Irving

Newcastle MP moves for Weinstein to be stripped of CBE

Richard Moss

Political Editor, BBC Look North

Newcastle Central Labour MP Chi Onwurah has referred Harvey Weinstein to the UK Honours Committee to begin the process of removing his CBE.

Hollywood has been rocked by allegations against the film mogul which first came to light in a New York Times article.

Since then, the story has developed, with a large number of women coming forward to claim they were sexually harassed or assaulted by Weinstein - allegations he has denied.

Here is a summary of the events so far.

Harvey Weinstein
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Decision to close Rothbury hospital beds discussed by council

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

Northumberland Council is discussing NHS Northumberland's decision to close in-patient beds at Rothbury Hospital.

The local authority can refer the decision to the Health Secretary if it thinks the closure will harm health services or the consultation was not carried out properly.

There are about 60 campaigners here. Many of them sitting in seats normally occupied by councillors.

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Hospital bed closures plan put under the microscope

Another public meeting at Northumberland's County Hall will debate hospital bed closures today.

Last month, health bosses said 12 inpatient beds at Rothbury Community Hospital should be permanently closed with existing care services grouped around a health and wellbeing centre on the site.

The council's Health Scrutiny Committee will debate that decision. Its members could put a hold on the move and ask the government to review it.

Rothbury Community Hospital
Newcastle fan protests against Mike Ashley

Chris Waddle feels "some sympathy" for Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, but fans are sceptical after he puts the club up for sale.

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Metro services hit by leaves on the line

Metro chiefs say services are not running to the usual timetable and have blamed "low rail adhesion", which regular travel fans will know is corporate speak for leaves on the line...

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Man launched sustained attack on one-legged cousin, court told

Hartlepool Mail


A 43-year-old man has gone on trial accused of launching a sustained attack on his one-legged cousin.

Leslie Dowson, of Hartlepool, is alleged to have poured hot water on Michael Casey and to have broken his arm following a marathon drinking session.

Hartlepool Mail front page, Tuesday 17 October 2017: Attack on one-legged cousin
Hartlepool Mail

Weather: Gusts to ease

BBC Weather

There'll be very strong, gusty winds initially but they will gradually ease.

It will also be largely cloudy across the North East with outbreaks of rain, although they will be mainly across the Pennines as bright or sunny spells will gradually develop for some eastern areas.

Tonight, there'll be cloud and outbreaks of light rain across much of the North East, although southern areas are likely to start dry and clear.

Check the forecast where you are.

Weather forecast, Tuesday 17 October 2017

Travel: A66 reopened to high-siders

BBC News Travel

The winds over the A66 between Brough and Barnard Castle have now dropped enough to allow the road to be reopened to high-sided vehicles and caravans.

A66 closed to high-sided vehicles

Strong winds mean the A66 is closed in both directions to high-sides vehicles between the A67 at Bowes and A1 Scotch Corner.

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Region escapes worst of overnight storms

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

It looks like the North East has escaped significant damage as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia made landfall.

Mainline rail services are virtually unaffected and Newcastle Airport is operating with only one delay - an inbound Aer Lingus service from Dublin.

Forecasters believe the worst of the storm will pass by the end of the morning rush hour.

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