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  1. Updates on Thursday 19 October 2017

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First River Tees boat launch in a decade

A fishing boat hadn't been launched on the River Tees until Summer Rose was put in the water today.

The scallop dredger will fish waters off Scotland.

It has been built by McDonald Offshore Marine.

BBC Tees reporter Lee Johnson has been by the river as the she begins her maiden voyage.

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Fancy being a BBC sports reporter?

Do you love sport? Or know someone who does?

The #BBCSchoolReport sports reporter scheme is now open for 16 to 18-year-olds.

BBC School Report

What’s on offer?

  • Five-day placement within a BBC Local or Nations radio or online sports department
  • A mentor from your chosen BBC site
  • The opportunity to share your sports story with BBC audiences
  • Training with your BBC mentor to provide you with the required skills to tell your story. These could be: interviewing and sports story writing skills; editing skills; script writing and presenting skills of packages for radio and online.

School Report is a BBC journalism project that works with schools and youth groups across the UK.

For more information, and to apply, head to the work experience page on the BBC website.

Boro striker's talent for tickling the ivories

Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford shows his skills of a different nature during a day out at a care home as part of his work for MFC Foundation:

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Views sought on 15-year 'future growth' plan

North Tyneside residents are being asked for their views on the future of two key sites in the borough.

The council has drawn up a local plan to manage future growth over the next 15 years.

It includes housing developments in the Killingworth Moor and Murton Gap areas, and people can comment during a series of upcoming public engagement events.

Details of the plan can be viewed here.

North Tyneside is a growing, successful and attractive place to live and work. Our Local Plan ensures that we are in the strongest possible position to manage this future growth and its impacts on residents."

Councillor John HarrisonCabinet member for housing and transport

Do you have a local 'pub dog'?

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Frank is a "top pub dog" - is there a pooch you're proud of in your local? 🐶🍻

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Watch: Farm offers Halloween horror maze

Are you brave enough to take on the Halloween maze hunters in Hexham?

Hexham maze and abandoned mine shaft opens for Halloween

Mini Police hit out against hate crime

Youngsters visited a place of worship as part of an anti-hate drive.

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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley

Newcastle United are in talks "with new and credible parties" after Mike Ashley put the Premier League club up for sale.

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Your photos: Autumn afternoon

This beautiful photo of the sun peeking through the trees at Howick Hall woodland was taken by Valerie Seaward.

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Howick Hall woodland
Valerie Seaward

Weather: Getting better

It was foggy this morning, but Owain has some good news for the rest of the week:

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NUFC 'continuing to engage with a number of parties'

Sky Sports have a statement from Mike Ashley's lawyer regarding his attempts to sell Newcastle United:

It says:

Since Monday, a number of additional parties have come forward which we believe to be credible. We are also continuing to engage with a number of parties with whom we had entered into negotiations prior to Monday's announcement."

Andrew HendersonLawyer
Mike Ashley

The club was put up for sale on Monday.

Watch: Captain Cook's Endeavour replica comes 'home' to Whitby

A replica of the ship Captain James Cook used to sail to Australia and New Zealand in the 1760s is to become part of a new tourist attraction in Whitby.

Endeavour, based at Stockton, Teesside, was built as a floating museum for £2.5m in 1993 but was sold in August.

It's a fitting location for the ship, of course, as Yorkshire-born Cook began his maritime career in Whitby:

'No deal catastrophic for the UK'

Darlington Labour MP Jenny Chapman was in the BBC Tees office talking about fears over Brexit:

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Former SSI worker on "amazing" STDC proposals

A former Redcar steel plant worker has hailed plans to redevelop the site.

Dan Wilcox, who was made redundant when SSI collapsed in 2015, says he is "beyond encouraged" by proposals put forward by South Tees Development Corporation.

A 25-year vision for the future of the site, which is owned by SSI, Tata Steel, Redcar Bulk Terminal and British Steel, was put forward yesterday.

A number of former steelworkers were there to hear the masterplan.

Dan worked at SSI for five years and set up his own business after losing his job.

Currently based on Skippers Lane, he told BBC Tees he would love the opportunity to relocate to his former place of work.

SSI site

I talked to board members and the mayor. The investment they seem to be putting in and the infrastructure they're planning is amazing for the region."

Dan WilcoxFormer steelworker

Your photos: Foggy Endeavour

A replica of the ship Captain James Cook used to sail to Australia and New Zealand in the 1760s is to become part of a new tourist attraction in Whitby.

Richard Fearnside captured this photo of the ship after the news emerged yesterday.

Richard Fearnside

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Thousands of homes standing empty

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

The North East has the highest proportion of long-term empty homes in the country with more than 16,000 standing unoccupied for more than six months, figures show.

In Newcastle, £165,000 has been handed out in grants to help bring derelict properties back into use.

The council says the payments are an incentive to help people refurbish their properties and adds it stipulates the specification of the work to be carried out.

This week is national Empty Homes week - a chance for local authorities to highlight what they're doing to tackle the problem.

Derelict properties in a Newcastle street

Youths 'terrorising' shoppers, pharmacy boss warns

BBC Tees

A shop owner in Roseworth, near Stockton, says anti-social behaviour in the area is now so bad people are afraid to visit the shops.

Richard Lyness runs Pharmacy World. He says a group of youths are terrorising the area by throwing fireworks, stealing, kicking windows in and intimidating people.

Mr Lyness said it's been going on for weeks and he feels the police aren't doing enough.

Cleveland Police says one person is in custody helping them with their inquiries.

Amanda Staveley 'signs NDA in bid to buy Newcastle'

The Times is reporting that financier Amanda Staveley has signed a non-disclosure agreement in her bid to buy Newcastle United.

The Chronicle earlier said the same.

Ms Staveley was pictured in the stands at St James' Park earlier this month during the draw with Liverpool.

Amanda Staveley

'We will never be able to fill the emptiness in our hearts'

BBC Newcastle

The family of a County Durham man who was beaten, bitten, kicked and stabbed to death have been speaking out after his girlfriend and neighbour were jailed for life for his murder.

Mark Shaw, 29, was found dead in his bedroom in Grange Villla, near Chester-le-Street, last December with more than 80 injuries.

Zoe Warren, 20, and Keiran Adey, 19, are today beginning life sentences for his murder and will both serve at least 17 years.

Mark's sister, Michaela Holmes, said: "We will never be able to fill the emptiness in our hearts. This is the cruellest, most traumatic, beyond words thing that could've happened.

"We will never ever understand why."

Mark Shaw
Durham Police

Weather: Dry with bright spells through the morning

BBC Weather

Wondering what today's weather is going to be? Well, it should be mainly dry with variable cloud and some brighter spells through the morning.

It will feel a little milder than yesterday.

Cloud will thicken from the south through the afternoon, with rain arriving before dusk - some of it heavy.

Those outbreaks are likely to continue through the evening and for much of the night.

Weather forecast, Thursday 19 October 2017

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Park attack man victim of racist assault, police say

BBC Tees

A man has been seriously injured in a racist attack in a Middlesbrough park.

The victim was walking through Albert Park on Monday teatime when three men used racist language before hitting and kicking him.

Police say he will be in hospital for a few more days recovering from internal injuries.

Det Sgt Darren Wild, of Cleveland Police, says there were people in the park at the time and officers would like to speak to a person who helped the man.

Tyne Tunnel marks 50 years since official opening

Colin Briggs

Look North

It's the 50th anniversary of the official opening of the Tyne Tunnel. It was opened in 1967 by the Queen.

Before then people could only cross the Tyne by ferry or using the pedestrian and cycle tunnel between North and South Shields.

Black and white image of a car exiting the Tyne Tunnel

Severe accident: A1(M) Tyne And Wear southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Tyne And Wear southbound severe accident, between J64 for A195 and J63 for A167.

A1(M) Tyne And Wear - A1(M) partially blocked and queuing traffic southbound between J64, A195 (Washington) and J63, A167 (Chester-le-Street), because of an accident.

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