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  1. Updates on Monday 23 October 2017

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Callum Wilson scores in his first game since January as he helps Bournemouth beat Middlesbrough to move into the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

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Newsaper back on presses after 30 years

Ian Reeve

BBC Look North

A County Durham newspaper title has been resurrected more than 30 years after it ceased publication.

The Despatch, printed by the parent company of The Northern Echo, was founded in 1914 but last came off the presses in 1986.

Now, a new weekly Despatch is being circulated in Darlington and South West Durham. Its title is distributed free to a number of homes but it's also being sold for 30p.

You can see my full report on Look North on BBC One at 18:30.

Darlington Despatch
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Weather: 'The odd shower can't be ruled out'

Here's your weather summary for this evening and tonight in the North East.

Many areas will remain dry overnight with some clear spells, but the odd shower can't be ruled out across the hills, and patchy rain may reach some western parts by morning.

Head to the BBC Weather page to check the weather where you are.

Monday's forecast
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'Too many people in Britain have been left behind'

The TUC is calling for more power to be devolved to communities that have been "abandoned for a generation".

A new report, based on studies including one in the Tees Valley, says Britain is "riven" with a number of inequalities and that a "great regional divide" could be bridged if more power was devolved from central government.

Research showed that compared to the South East, children in the North East are twice as likely to live in workless households.

In the places we looked at, there was no shortage of opportunities to create stronger industries and great jobs, but to unlock the potential of every part of the UK, we need to change how the economy works. That means devolving power and funding back to working people and their local communities".

Frances O'GradyTUC general secretary

A Government spokesman said: "The Government is building an industrial strategy to address issues of uneven growth around the UK, and to consider how we can further strengthen our world-class businesses, sectors and regions so they can reach their full potential."

Metro: 'Low rail adhesion' causing problems

Police seek dashcam footage to trace motorbike rider

Dashcam footage is being sought by Cleveland Police in an attempt to find the rider of a motorbike, suspected to be stolen, that collided with a van on Sunday.

The collision took place at about 15:15 near the junction of Trunk Road and Corporation Road in Redcar.

The driver made off towards Redcar Marshes immediately. He is described as 5ft 10in, white, in his late teens and wearing a "distinctive" red Berghaus puffa jacket and light grey jogging bottoms.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft and later released under investigation.

Attacker with 'lip injury' wanted after sexual assault

A man approached a 30-year-old woman near The Galleries Shopping Centre, in Washington, put his hand over her mouth and tried to kiss her, police said.

The attacker made off after being confronted late on Saturday night.

Officers believe the man, described as white and in his late teens, will have a lip injury as a result of the confrontation.

As a result of the confrontation we believe the offender will have a lip injury and are keen to hear from anyone who may have information around this as well as anyone who was in the area around the time of the offence on Saturday night".

Det Sgt Iain SavilleNorthumbria Police

Northern Aerospace workers on strike

One hundred and twenty members of staff at Consett company Northern Aerospace are currently on strike over shift changes.

Unison says the changes could cost some workers up to several thousand pounds a year.

A picket line has been formed at the site on the Number One Industrial Estate as part of the 12-hour strike.

Northern Aerospace says the shift changes are due to a fall in customer orders and says the company has "worked hard to avoid job losses and minimise the reduction in incomes".

The company also raised concern that "strikes will lead to a further drop in orders and even less work".

Stolen vintage watch of 'great sentimental value'

The occupant of a house that was ransacked by burglars has been left "devastated" by the theft of a watch, which they are offering a reward for.

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer 1016 was taken from the address on Beaminster Way in Kenton, Newcastle, during the incident which is believed to have taken place between 13:30 and 20:20 on 19 October.

Burglars got into the house through the back window. The house was unoccupied at the time.

The vintage Rolex is worth £6,000 and is said to be of great sentimental value to the occupant.

Government selects Tees Valley to lead science and innovation audit

A government audit that aims to establish the North East as a "globally competitive location" for the chemical and process sector will be led by the Tees Valley Combined Authority.

Experts from a number of local institutions will carry out the audit, including Durham and Teesside Universities, the North East Process Industry Cluster, the Welding Institute and the Materials Processing institute.

Twelve audits have been commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to support a government strategy that aims to grow the UK economy of chemical and process industries from £195 billion a year to £300 billion a year, over the next 13 years.

Being awarded the leadership of the Science and Innovation Audit is a huge positive for Tees Valley and recognises the significance of our region’s businesses and skills in the chemical and process industries.

Ben HouchenTees Valley Mayor
Ben Houchen
Tees Valley Combined Authority

Hospital smoking ban reminder

The NHS hospital trust for Northumberland and North Tyneside is reminding people about its promise to go smoke free in six months time.

The Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust says smoking will not be permitted in any of its hospitals or grounds from the end of March next year.

It says it's to help protect people from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.

Lugworm cast

People are asked to take part in a beach survey to find out more about how the marine creatures mate.

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Teddy bears knitted for medical emergencies

A Hartlepool pensioner has been knitting teddy bears for the Great North Air Ambulance Service to keep on its helicopters to provide comfort for children involved in accidents and emergencies.

Pauline Robson, 84, has knitted 24 different teddy bears, which give emotional support to young people in distressing situations.

Pauline said the GNAAS "needs to be supported".

Air ambulance doctor Jeff Doran thanked her on behalf of the GNAAS.

'Supermac' selling Newcastle United treasures

Former Newcastle player Malcom MacDonald is selling some of his personal sports mementos today in Essex.

Known as 'Supermac', he was signed by Joe Harvey in 1971, scoring a hat-trick against Liverpool in his debut. He was the Magpie's top goal scorer every season from 1971 to 1976.

Among the collection are caps, medals and shirts - including a match-worn shirt that he gave to AC/DC's lead singer Brian Johnson.

The shirt was later returned when the Newcastle musician found out that his ex-wife was living with the footballer.

The 67-year-old says he's keeping some items to pass on to his children, but the auction is for his fans.

Malcom MacDonald
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Better ring 999

A slightly different start to the week for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, who have helped remove a ring that was stuck on somebody's finger.

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Almost 600 people 'kitted out' for interviews by clothing bank

A Teesside clothes bank has been helping people get back into work by providing them with outfits for interviews.

Since 2016, Trending Middlesbrough has helped 593 people and has handed out 2,496 items of clothing.

Service providers say they aim to reduce the stigma attached to clothing donations. They are based on the Riverside Park industrial estate but also have a 'virtual shop' where users can bid for free items online.

Paul Wales, from Trending Middlesbrough, says people come to them for a variety of reasons including money issues and one family whose house became infested with ants.

We've had people come from Middlesbrough College who've had an apprenticeship interview but didn't have any clothes so we kitted them out and they got the apprenticeship".

Paul WalesTrending Middlesbrough

Service user Sarah felt "comfortable and incredibly welcome" when she was given clothes for an interview.

I recently had a job interview and I was incredibly self-conscious. Due to my financial difficulties I didn't necessarily have the money to buy clothes. They let me look through clothes at my own pace".

SarahService user

Watch: Demolition of Newcastle bridge

Gillian Wales and Dr Robert McManners, founders of the Gemini Collection of Mining Art

The gallery, thought to be the first of its kind, is dedicated to artworks created by coal miners.

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Behind the scenes with Police's paedophile hunters

The Chronicle

Today detectives from Northumbria Police's Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT) have revealed how they have traced offenders from all walks of life and helped protect victims from all over the world, from their base in Byker.

Professional carer thefts a 'statistical probability'

Professional carers have stolen almost £60,000 from vulnerable people in County Durham and Darlington over the past three years.

The UK Homecare Association, the body that represents care providers who look after people in their own homes, says that theft is a "statistical probability".

There are 440,000 care workers in the UK, and while I don't want to suggest that any inappropriate work is acceptable, its a statistical probability that some people will get through the vetting procedure".

Colin AngelUK Homecare Association

The figures have been revealed following a BBC investigation.

Victims included people with cancer, dementia, multiple sclerosis and learning difficulties.

Hartlepool development plans to be unveiled today

Plans for the development of the former Jacksons Landing site on Hartlepool waterfront are to be revealed later today.

The five-acre site has been disused since 2004 and was purchased by Hartlepool Council in 2013 for £1.5m. Critics had said that the authority proceeded "without a clear vision".

However, Hartlepool Council say a plan is now in place to create a "mixed use tourist destination".

Demolition of the disused mall was approved last July at a cost of £40,000. The council says the redevelopment of the site is part of a proposal to "revitalise" key areas of the town.

A grant of £750,000 has been secured from the Tees Valley Combined Authority towards the design and development.

The council previously released an artist's impression of what the site could look like in the future:

Artist's impression of Jacksons Landing.
Hartlepool Council

Garry Monk on 'frustrating period' for Middlesbrough FC

The Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk has called for unity after his side's 'frustrating' defeat to Cardiff on Saturday.

The 1-0 defeat at home, their second Riverside loss of the season, means Boro have gone six games without keeping a clean sheet and have dropped to 13th in the table.

The manager said the "harsh result" was typical of the period the team find themselves in.

We understand the fans' frustration, but what's very clear is that we stick together. It's easy to lose focus on what the players have done really well, even today there were a lot of good things".

Garry Monk
Garry Monk
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Middlesbrough's school exclusions rise reversed

An independent inquiry has found that permanent school exclusions in Middlesbrough are dramatically lower than they were two years ago.

Schools in the town saw a 357% rise in exclusions in 2015 - the biggest rise in Britain.

Just five pupils have been permanently excluded in the first seven months of 2017 - compared to 80 in 2015.

Middlesbrough Council's Children and Learning Scrutiny Panel ordered the inquiry after seeing figures revealed by the BBC.

Sunderland diver: Shark encounter was 'territfying'

A diver from Sunderland has described being in the water off the coast of Australia with a shark.

John Craig, 34, had been spear-fishing underwater in Western Australia on Friday when he surfaced and noticed a shark, which appeared to be a tiger shark about 4m in length.

"It was extremely close and curious and kept approaching me from different angles. It was trying to work out what I was and whether I could be on the menu," he told the BBC.

"It was terrifying. I thought I was just going to be eaten out here in the middle of nowhere... this shark is just not leaving me alone."

Mr Craig said he placed his spear gun between himself and the shark as it swam around him in Shark Bay, about 800km north of Perth, the state capital and followed by the "curious" shark for about 15 minutes.

John Craig
JOHN CRAIG

Police issue holiday behaviour warning

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Cleveland Police are warning youths and parents that crime and disorder "will not be tolerated" during the school holidays.

A number of parents and their children have been visited by police and partners who have warned that they will be dealt with robustly if they are involved in any type of antisocial behaviour and criminal damage over the half-term break.

A force spokeswoman said historically police see an increase in calls at this time of the year.

Assistant Chief Constable Jason Harwin said: “Those who commit acts of crime and criminal damage may see it as acceptable – but they are causing misery and suffering for others, and this behaviour won’t be tolerated and will be dealt with swiftly and robustly."

Weather: Dry start but rain later

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Today will see a dry start but outbreaks of rain in the west will soon reach all areas.

There will then be drier and brighter conditions with some sunny spells following in the afternoon.

Click here for more weather.

Weather chart
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Sunderland diver tells of shark encounter

A diver from Sunderland says he swam 7.5km (4.5 miles) to safety off the coast of Australia after losing sight of his boat and being 'followed' by a shark.

John Craig, 34, had been spear-fishing underwater in Western Australia on Friday when he surfaced and could not see the boat, being crewed by a friend.

Couple hug
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Mr Craig said he noticed a shark as he called and splashed for help.

He then began a long swim back to shore before reaching land and walking for another 30 minutes until he was seen.

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