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  1. Updates on Wednesday 6 December 2017

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Ambulance staff violence warning over 700 addresses

Ambulance staff have now been warned they risk encountering violence at more than 700 addresses in the North East, the BBC has learned.

And that number has more than trebled in the last year with staff sometimes forced to call for police back-up before they can even enter some houses.

Ambulance staff violence warning over 700 addresses

Drug warrants carried out in Alnwick

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

A man has been arrested during raids at three addresses in Alnwick.

The warrants were enforced at addresses in the Saint James Estate area of the Northumberland town on Friday.

St James Estate, Alnwick

The 42-year-old was arrested for possessing a controlled drug with intent to supply and has been released under investigation.

Two other men were was also interviewed in relation to drug possession and supply offences.

We cannot underestimate the detrimental effect drug dealing has on our communities and the misery it brings to the lives of those who have to put up with the unwanted activity and we are committed to making sure the supply of drugs in our communities is disrupted."

Sharon Wilmore-GreavesSergeant

Two arrested on suspicion of modern day slavery offences in Darlington

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of committing modern slavery offences in Darlington

Best Hand Car Wash
Durham Police

Five suspected slavery victims were found at Best Hand Car Wash on Yarm Road and have been taken to a victim centre.

The raid was the first of its kind in Darlington and forms part of Operation Sledgehammer which tackles serious and organised crime.

Newcastle United reveal 125th birthday plans

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Party hats at the ready, because there's a big birthday this weekend for Newcastle United.

This Saturday marks 125 years since the official formation of the present-day team, when Newcastle East End absorbed the assets of their rivals West End to become one club.

St James' Park
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The club's crest and colours will be projected on to the Millennium Bridge, Baltic art gallery and Central Station.

Inside St James' Park at the home game against Leicester City, fans will take part in flag displays followed by a performance by Leazes Flags.

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Assombalonga: Boro can still get promoted

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Britt Assombalonga says Middlesbrough still believe that they can get promoted from the Championship despite a recent dip in form.

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The striker was talking to BBC Tees Sport in the studio last night about his first six months at the club, his career and life on Teesside.

You can listen back to the interview on the BBC Tees IPlayer.

Pedestrian injured in Blyth hit and run

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

A 52-year-old woman has been injured in a hit-and-run crash in Blyth.

The woman was crossing Tynedale Drive when she was struck by an unknown vehicle which had driven onto Tynedale Drive from Cownpen Road.

area of hit and run

The male driver had briefly stopped and spoke to the woman but drove off without leaving his details.

Emergency services attended and she received treatment at the scene before being taken to Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital.

Ponies return to Cleadon Hills for the winter

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Four Exmoor ponies will return to Cleadon Hills as part of South Tyneside Council’s management of the nature reserve.

Exmoor Ponies
Tim Richardson

Nifty, Berry, Bracken and Buttons have spent the last three winters grazing on the hills, which is a more effective site management option than cutting the grass manually...and much cuter!

Visitors are reminded to admire the ponies from a distance, and to not feed them.

Police still searching for escaped Yarm prisoner

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Cleveland Police are still trying to find a man who escaped from a prison in Yarm.

John Henry Swales
Cleveland Police

John Henry Swales, 23, was jailed in 2016 for burglary, and absconded from Kirklevington prison in September.

It's believed he could now be in the Lincolnshire or Nottinghamshire area.

Middlesbrough Subway shop ram raided

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Police have confirmed that a shop in Middlesbrough has been ram-raided.

Subway stroe on Low Grange Farm

The Subway store on Low Grange farm was broken into at around 23:00 last night.

Two vehicles and three or four people were thought to be involved.

'Dedicated' nurse scoops top accolade

A North East woman has been named Nurse of the Year.

Julie Noble from Easington Lane was given the award for her "high level of dedication".

Residents at the Jack Dormand Care Home in Peterlee - where she works in Peterlee will be holding a special party to to celebrate the news later.

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MetroCentre and Eldon Square to be taken over.

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

The company which owns the MetroCentre and Eldon Square is set to be taken over.

Metro Centre

Intu is to be bought by rival Hammerson in a deal worth £3.4bn. Hammerson already owns Eldon Gardens in Newcastle and will become the UK's largest property company as a result of the takeover.

It's expected the deal will be officially agreed in the new year.

Billy Irving at Glasgow Airport

Billy Irving lands at Glasgow Airport with the five other former soldiers expected in the next 24 hours.

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Chennai Six: Britons begin their return to the UK

Six former British soldiers, including three from Yorkshire, have started their return to the UK, more than four years after they were jailed in India on weapons charges.

Chennai Six

The so-called Chennai Six, who had been guards on a ship to combat piracy in the Indian Ocean, won an appeal against their convictions last week.

They were jailed in October 2013 after being charged with smuggling weapons and ammunition.

Nicholas Simpson (pictured top right), from Catterick, Ray Tindall (bottom right), from Hull, and Paul Towers (middle top), from Pocklington, are expected to be among those arriving in the UK on Thursday.

Metro back on track after cable theft halted services

After days of delays and cancelled journeys, the Metro service is back on track

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Dog found shot twice in the head in Shildon

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

A dog has been found shot twice in the head and dumped in a field in Shildon.

The extremely thin female Dogue de Bordeaux was found on a nature reserve just off Moor Lane in Old Eldon.

X-rays show that she suffered a fractured skull and vets believe that she would have suffered for some time before she died.

She has recently had puppies because there was still milk in her teats, so there's a litter of Dogue de Bordeaux puppies somewhere and we don't know what condition they're in."

Mark GentRSPCA Chief Inspector

Severe accident: A171 North Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A171 North Yorkshire both ways severe accident, between Marshall Avenue and Homerton Road.

A171 North Yorkshire - A171 Cargo Fleet Lane in Middlesbrough closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the Marshall Avenue junction and the Homerton Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Stokes hits 34 as Canterbury lose

BBC Sport

Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes hit 34 but failed to take a wicket in Canterbury’s seven-wicket defeat to Auckland today.

Stokes, 26, is not part of England's Ashes tour after being arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm in September.

Ben Stokes
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Ambulance violence hotspots treble in a year

Ambulance staff have been warned they face the threat of violence at almost 700 addresses across the North East.

The BBC has learned the number of properties where emergency care staff face the risk of attack, has more than trebled in the last year, from 200 to 699.

Paramedics are encouraged to call for police backup when visiting these homes.

Ben Leighton from the North East Ambulance Service was attacked by a man who had recovered after taking an overdose.

He said:

All hell broke loose. He woke up and was very aggressive to another lad. He completely trashed the back of the ambulance, was spitting, was throwing punches at me and my colleague, landed blows on the pair of us. We disengaged as much as we could and waited for police back up."

Councillor sorry over Trump 'assassination' comment

A councillor has apologised for saying American president Donald Trump should be assassinated.

Redcar Lib Dem councillor Laura Benson, who represents the Newcomen ward, wrote on Facebook she hopes Mr Trump is killed for allowing the remains of illegally hunted elephants to be imported into the US.

Lib Dem Party leaders say her remarks are "extremely tasteless" and have launched an investigation.

Sue Jeffery, the Labour leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council, agreed with her that Mr Trump's policy on elephants is wrong, but says the tone of her comment was inappropriate.

A Lib Dem statement said: “Much as we disapprove of Donald Trump, such comments are completely unacceptable and extremely tasteless.”

Donald Trump
Duncan Watmore

Greg O'Keeffe

BBC Sport

A letter of support sent by Real Madrid to injured Sunderland forward Duncan Watmore came "out of the blue", according to his father.

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Mild day with bright spells and the odd shower

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's another very mild day for December with temperatures nudging up to 11C (51F).

For most areas it's also a dry start with the better of any brighter spells in the east.

Thickening cloud and outbreaks of rain spreading from the west, this heaviest over the hills.

Southerly winds strengthening through the day, but on the whole a reasonably pleasant day to look forward.

Check out the forecast near you.


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