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  1. Updates on Wednesday 15 November 2017

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Plastic found in deepest living organisms

Plastic has been found in the stomachs of animals in six of the deepest places on Earth, a study led by Newcastle University has found.

The research was part of Sky Ocean Rescue, a campaign to raise awareness of plastics and pollution affecting seas.

The team, led by Dr Alan Jamieson from Newcastle University, tested samples of crustaceans found in the ultra-deep trenches in the Pacific Ocean.

Dr Jamieson said: “This is a very worrying find. Isolating plastic fibres from inside animals from nearly 11km deep (seven miles) just shows the extent of the problem.

“Also, the number of areas we found this in, and the thousands of kilometre distances involved shows it is not just an isolated case, this is global.”

Teenagers 'threatened by man brandishing gun'

Four men have been arrested after a group of teenagers were reportedly threatened with a gun in Sunderland.

The incident happened on 11 November in the Kings Terrace area of the city when a passenger in a Vauxhall Insignia car is said to have brandished a handgun at teenagers involved in an altercation.

The men, aged 21, 24, 26 and 44 were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear, Northumbria police said.

No-one was hurt.

A force spokesman added: "A search has been carried out in the area, including the recovered vehicle and several addresses, but the firearm which has been reported as seen has not yet been recovered."

An appeal for witnesses has been made.

Counterfeit Scottish notes prompt police appeal

Police have appealed for information after counterfeit Scottish notes were used at businesses in Blyth.

On Saturday afternoon various premises in the town centre were visited and counterfeit Scottish £20 notes were exchanged for sterling £10 notes, or low value items were "bought".

Northumbria Police has released CCTV images of men the force want to speak to.

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Bar owner remembered with art show

BBC Tees

A well-known bar owner from Bishop Auckland who died in April after a short illness is being remembered with an exhibition of his artwork.

Michael Dolan was a popular personality in the town due to his decades spent managing a number of different bars and pubs, most notably Harvey's Wine Bar in the 1980s and 1990s.

Michael Dolan
Dolan Family

However, fewer people were aware Mr Dolan was also a talented artist who had studied at Darlington Art College and continued working on his passion whenever he could find the time.

His sister Kathryn, who decided to display his work at Bishop Auckland Town Hall said: "I wanted people to see the great work he had done and I feel like he would have been very pleased about it."

Michael Dolan's pictures of Flying Scotsman and Albert Einstein
Dolan family

Would-be robbers threaten man with hunting knife

Two would-be robbers who threatened a man with a large hunting knife are being sought by police.

The 32-year-old was confronted at the building site compound of the new Thornaby Fire Station on Millbank Lane by the pair, who made off empty-handed.

Both suspects were dressed in dark clothing with hoods concealing their faces.

Details of the incident, in the early hours of 26 October, have only now been released by Cleveland Police.

John Fletcher

Andrew Aloia

BBC Sport

BBC Sport spends a day with England's Under-18 squad to find out how the next generation of rugby stars are being developed.

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Sentimental jewellery stolen in house burglary

BBC Tees

Sentimental items of jewellery and collectable coins were stolen in a burglary in Hartlepool.

The burglary happened between 08:00 and 11:00 on 30 October in Ventnor Avenue, Cleveland Police said.

The stolen jewellery included a gold signet rope ring, a cubic zirconia ring with leaves and a gold bracelet and necklace.

The stolen coins are the size of a 1p. One is a UK gold sovereign, the second is silver and features St George and the dragon.

BreakingHairdresser guilty of infecting men with HIV

Hairdresser Daryll Rowe, 27, has been found guilty of 10 charges of deliberately trying to infect men he met on Grindr with HIV.

The victims were from Brighton, Carlisle and Wallsend in North Tyneside.

More to follow.

Teenage yobs warned they could lose their home in disorder crackdown

Sunderland Echo


Parents have been warned they could lose their homes as police launch a crackdown on a 20-strong bunch of teenage terrors who have brought misery to a Sunderland neighbourhood.

Sunderland Echo front page
Remains in the grave

The skeleton was buried about 3,500 years ago and is believed to be that of a man who was about 20.

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Warning after death of man from suspected drugs overdose

The Shields Gazette

Police are issuing a drugs warning to the public following the death of a man from a suspected ecstasy overdose.

Shields Gazette front page

Woman in court over Eid festival crash

A Gateshead woman has appeared in court over a crash which injured a number of Muslim worshippers as they left a mosque in the city.

Marianne Kabah, 42, of Gateshead, is yet to enter a plea to two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Hundreds of people had gathered outside Newcastle's Westgate Community College to celebrate the Eid festival at the end of Ramadan in June when the collision happened in the car park.

Ms Kabah will next appear at Newcastle Crown Court on 13 December.

Clergyman named honorary chaplain to the Queen

The Rector of Holy Trinity Washington has been appointed as a chaplain to the Queen.

The Revd Canon David Glover said he was honoured to take up the role.

He said: “It came as a complete surprise, and although it is mainly an honorary title, I will be expected to preach once a year at the Chapel Royal in St James’ as well as attending the garden party, other than that I believe the duties are quite light.”

Honorary chaplains wear a scarlet cassock and a special bronze badge consisting of the royal cypher and crown within an oval wreath.

The Revd Canon David Glover
Keith Blundy/Diocese of Durham

Rehearsals ahead of Durham Lumiere

Durham will be lit up for the fifth time with Lumiere, which starts tomorrow.

Artists from around the world have created light installations for the event.

The festival runs until Sunday and is open from 16:40 to 23:00 each evening.

Rehearsals have been going on this week.

Lumiere rehearsal in Durham
Lumiere rehearsal in Durham

Teesside university among six told to change advertising claims

Six UK universities - including Teesside - have been told by the Advertising Standards Authority to take down marketing claims that could be misleading.

Leicester, East Anglia, Strathclyde, Falmouth, Teesside and the University of West London have all had complaints upheld against them.

Teesside had a complaint upheld for saying it was the "Top university in England for long-term graduate prospects".

The university said it "strongly believed" its message was accurate but respected the authority's decision.

Graduates from above, wearing mortar boards

Calls to preserve a former Humber ferry

David Burns

BBC Radio Humberside

Plans are being drawn up to preserve a former Humber ferry.

The PSS Wingfield Castle is currently docked at The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Hartlepool, where it was built.

PSS Wingfield Castle docked at the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

Radio Humberside was contacted by a concerned listener, Graham Lilley who is appealing to the people of Hull to "bring back our paddleboat, it's rotting in Hartlepool, it's our last chance to save this bit of history and culture".

But Hartlepool Borough Council say there is a Conservation Management Plan which will help them to preserve and display the vessel, which they are committed to keeping there.

Pudsey and Paul Mooney in Middlesbrough

Look North weather presenter Paul Mooney is in Middlesbrough today along with Pudsey Bear to sell the 2018 calendar to raise money for Children in Need.

The calendar features 12 of the best photos taken by Look North viewers - you can see them on the film below.

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Body found in river believed to be missing man

A body has been found in the search for a missing man, police said.

Robert Montgomery, 35, was last seen in North Shields on Sunday afternoon.

Northumbria Police said a body was recovered from the River Tyne near the Royal Quays Mariner in North Shields yesterday afternoon.

They said they believe it is Mr Montgomery and his next of kin have been informed. They said they do not believe anyone else was involved.

A659 crash victim's name released

Police have released the name of a man who died in a crash in Northumberland.

George Wanless was driving a Vauxhall Corsa which was involved in a collision with a recovery truck on the A695 near Low Prudhoe, on 8 November.

The 87-year-old, from Prudhoe, was taken to hospital but later died.

Northumbria Police said inquiries into the cause of the crash are ongoing.

Man 'tried three times to get police to probe death'

A man who says he saw his stepdad kill his brother by smashing his head against a fireplace almost 50 years ago has told a court he tried three times to get the police to reinvestigate the case.

David Dearlove, 71, denies killing Paul Booth, who died in hospital in October 1968.

Paul's brother Peter told Teesside Crown Court he was four at the time when he saw saw Dearlove attack the 19-month-old in Stockton.

He said he went into three separate police stations over the last 25 years to report the suspicious death and tell them what happened.

The case remained closed until 2015, the court heard.

The trial continues.

David Dearlove
Cleveland Police

1968 toddler death 'unlikely to have been an accident'

The Gazette


The death of baby Paul Booth was unlikely to have been the result of an accident, said experts who are to give evidence in the murder trial of David Dearlove.

Gazette front page

Council to vote on accomodating more Syrian refugees

Durham County Council is being asked to take on more Syrian refugees.

Its already promised to resettle 200 by 2020 but today the cabinet will be asked to agree to increase that number by up to 100.

The charity North East Churches Acting Together has been collecting toys and furnishings for Syrian families' new homes and offering drop-in sessions in churches where the refugees can improve their English.

Regional officer Joanne Thorns says, even though many people are struggling in the North East, it's right to help those from abroad who are in desperate need.

Photos: Foggy start to the day

It was a foggy start for some of us this morning and that means a chance for some atmospheric shots.

This was taken on Newcastle's Nuns Moor.

We'd love to see your photos - You can tweet them to @BBCNewsNE, email them, or contact us via our Facebook page.

Foggy Nuns Moor

Joe McElderry delights crowds at lights switch on

Thousands of people braved the cold last night at Grey’s Monument in Newcastle to watch singer Joe McElderry switch on this year’s Christmas lights.

Joe performed songs from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, with former X Factor contestant Sam Lavery also in attendance.

Joe said: “The people of Newcastle definitely didn’t disappoint. They came out in force and everyone had great fun."

Joe McElderry
Newcastle City Council

North East unemployment drops

There are now 71,000 people unemployed across the North East, a drop of 6,000 in the three months to September, new figures show.

UK employment fell in the same period to 32 million people, down 14,000 on the previous quarter.

But while the number of people in work fell, the number of jobless fell by 59,000 in the same period, Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows.

The unemployment rate remained steady at 4.3%, and down from 4.8% a year earlier.

But wage growth still lags behind inflation, with wages in the period up 2.2% on a year earlier.

Road bridge closed for repair work

A County Durham road bridge is closed today and tomorrow while repairs are carried out.

A survey last year found structural problems with Deerness Bridge, which links Ushaw Moor and New Brancepeth.

A temporary structure was put on top of the bridge to keep it open but that needs to be moved to make a new crossing while the original bridge is put right.

Diversions are in place, but drivers have been warned to expect delays.

Deerness Bridge works
Durham County Council

Robbery suspect went on spending spree, court told

Hartlepool Mail


A robbery suspect spent hundreds of pounds on clothes using money allegedly stolen just hours earlier, a trial heard.

Hartlepool Mail front page

Pill warning after ecstasy death link

Northumbria Police has released this image of a pill similar to one thought to have been taken by a Jarrow man, who later died.

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Fog causes traffic delays on Tyneside

There's slow traffic at the Redheugh Bridge on Tyneside due to foggy conditions.

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Greggs 'sorry' after Advent calendar launch replaces baby Jesus with sausage roll

The Northern Echo


Greggs has apologised to anyone offended by publicity for its first Advent calendar which shows a sausage roll in a manger instead of the baby Jesus.

Sausage roll in manger
Greggs/Northern Echo

Weather: Bright, sunny and generally dry

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

There'll be a chilly start in places and there are some patches of mist and fog still lingering, mostly in the west.

After they clear it'll be a bright day with sunny spells.

It'll stay generally dry with temperatures around 7C to 10C.

You can find a detailed forecast for your area here.

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