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  1. Updates on Thursday 7 December 2017

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Ray Tindall and Nick Dunn

Ray Tindall and Nick Dunn arrive back in the UK after four years in jail in India.

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Illegal fishing - Two men prosecuted after being caught catching sea trout.

Three dead sea trout, two torches and a landing net. The illegal spoils of a night spent fishing on the upper River Browney near West Butsfield last November.

Dead sea trout and illegal fishing equipment
Environment Agency
Dead sea trout and illegal fishing equipment

Ian David Cook and Michael Fullerton who are both from Consett were each given a 12-month conditional discharge by Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court yesterday after pleading guilty to poaching and using illegal fishing equipment.

They were also each ordered to pay £420 costs.

Magistrates heard that on 30 November last year Environment Agency officers detained the two men after they were observed shining torches into the upper River Browney near West Butsfield.

At this time of year sea trout are returning to rivers to spawn and protecting returning fish is vital to maintaining a healthy fish population. That’s why our fisheries enforcement officers work hard to target those people flouting the law and we won’t hesitate to take action.”

Ken SummersonEnvironment Agency

Severe accident: A189 Northumberland northbound

BBC News Travel

A189 Northumberland northbound severe accident, between A1061 and A192.

A189 Northumberland - A189 Spine Road in Blyth closed and queuing traffic northbound between the A1061 junction and Three Horse Shoes Roundabout, because of an accident involving three vehicles. Diversion in operation - via the A192.

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

Water creeping up on Quayside amid flood warnings

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

The River Tyne is creeping up towards the Quayside in Newcastle.

But there's still 45 minutes until it reaches the high tide mark.

Flood barriers
Clockwise from top left: Sunderland, Paisley, Swansea, Coventry, Stoke

Coventry, Paisley, Sunderland, Swansea and Stoke-on-Trent will find out soon whether they have won.

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Rail disruption expected until early evening

Rail passengers using services between London and the north east are being told they could face disruption to their journeys until this evening.

Some lines have reopened after a train hit an obstruction on the track near Peterborough this morning and sprung a fuel leak - however, National Rail says the knock-on effect of that could last several more hours.

A number of trains have been cancelled and others are running up to an hour late.

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Services affected are:

  • East Midlands Trains between Liverpool Lime Street and Norwich
  • Grand Central between London Kings Cross and Bradford Interchange / Sunderland
  • Hull Trains between London Kings Cross and Hull
  • Virgin Trains East Coast between London Kings Cross and Leeds / York / Newcastle / Glasgow Central / Edinburgh

BreakingPeople urged to take action after multiple flood warnings

There are a number of flood warnings across the North East calling for people to take immediate action.

They are for the coast at:

  • Easington and Kilnsea
  • Hornsea
  • Alnmouth
  • Berwick
  • Sandsend
  • Seahouses
  • Victoria Harbour, Hartlepool
  • Roker
  • Whitley Bay, Cullercoats and Tynemouth

The Environment Agency says the North East is currently experiencing relatively high tides and we will experience an approximate 70cm (23in) surge due to Storm Caroline.

Flood warnings
Environment Agency

Storm barriers put up along Newcastle's Quayside

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

The Environment Agency team is putting up flood barriers on Newcastle's Quayside this evening amid fears of a tidal surge caused by Storm Caroline.

Storm barriers
Storm barriers
Nick Dunn 'on cloud nine' after touching down in Newcastle
The so-called Chennai Six were imprisoned in 2013 after Indian officials found weapons and ammunition on a ship.
Manchester City Women

The draw for the quarter-finals of the Continental Tyres Cup pits Chelsea Ladies against Liverpool Ladies.

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Storm Caroline - Flood barriers put up along Newcastle's Quayside

The Environment Agency is putting up 250m of temporary flood barriers in place along Newcastle's Quayside.

It's as a precaution in response to weather warnings about Storm Caroline.

Larger waves and higher sea levels are predicted along the regions coastline as weather conditions create a storm surge.

Storm Caroline will result in some large waves and higher sea levels on the North East coast. These conditions bring the risk of localised flooding around high tide times. As a precaution we are putting up some temporary barriers at Newcastle Quayside. The Quayside remains open for business as usual throughout."

Jamie FletcherEnvironment Agency

Robbery at newsagents in Darlington

Three men used a samurai sword and a hammer to threaten staff and a customer at a newsagents in Darlington.

They stole cash and cigarettes from the Seasons Express store on Geneva Road.

It happened shortly before 19:00 last night.

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales unlikely to play despite England ODI call-up

Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have been named in England's one-day squad for the five-match series against Australia in the new year.

Stokes, 26, has not played since being arrested following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.

Ben Stokes scored 34 for Canterbury on Wednesday
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He is not available for selection until the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decides whether to charge him.

Once a decision has been made, the England and Wales Cricket Board will decide on disciplinary action.

Hales is facing no criminal charges for his involvement in the Bristol incident but he too could be disciplined by the ECB.

Great North Run hero loses his cancer battle

A cancer sufferer who became one of this year's stars of the Great North Run has died.

Matt Hadden, 28, was training to be police officer when he was diagnosed with a rare form of terminal bone cancer.

Despite having a leg amputated, he set himself various challenges including rock climbing and kayaking around Skye.

But it was his monumental effort to complete this year's run which touched the heart of defending champion Sir Mo Farah.

Matt meeting Sir Mo Farah

Extra Metro trains for Christmas commuters

The Tyne and Wear Metro has announced that it will be running additional services over Christmas.

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'Home for good'

Nick Dunn told the waiting media he was home for good and wouldn't be going anywhere.

Nick Dunn greets his sister

Sister 'deserves a knighthood'

Nick Dunn says: “My sister deserves a knighthood. She’s worth her weight in gold.”

Nick Dunn

Nick Dunn speaks to the media

Nick says he's looking forward to a nice juicy steak for tea.

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Nick Dunn sees sister for the first time in four years

This is the moment Nick Dunn was reunited with his sister Lisa:

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Follow a live stream of Nick Dunn being reunited with his family

Nick Dunn has landed on home soil this morning after his release from an Indian prison.Follow our Facebook Live from Newcastle Airport as they are reunited:

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Nick Dunn arrives home to North East

Our team at Newcastle Airport say Nick Dunn's plane has landed. Don't forget you can follow his homecoming live on BBC Newcastle and BBC Look North's Facebook pages.

Nick Dunn due to touch down

Ashington man Nick Dunn is due to touch down in Newcastle after four years in an Indian prison:

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Nick Dunn's family - the wait's nearly over

Joanne Carter

Video Journalist

Here's Nick Dunn's family waiting for him at Newcastle Airport. Not long now. What a lovely early Christmas present for them.

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Family ready for Nick Dunn's return

Nick Dunn's family are anxiously awaiting his arrival at Newcastle Airport:

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Chennai Six: Nick Dunn is on his way home

Nick Dunn is due to land back at Newcastle Airport this morning.

Those of you who have been following his story can even track his flight back to the North East using the flight tracking website.

Flightradar24 aicraft tracker showing Nick Dunn's flight home

Farmer's appeal after poachers strike

BBC Newcastle

A Northumberland farmer is asking the public to keep an eye out for poachers after a recent increase in the number of incidents.

Mark Mather farms 2,500 acres near Wooler.

Poachers who were after hares and deer recently damaged fields planted with winter barley by driving vehicles over the crops.

Decision day for Sunderland's City of Culture bid

Colin Briggs

Look North

Today is the day we'll find out if Sunderland has been named City of Culture 2021.

The team behind the bid will face one final grilling from the judges this morning, then tonight they will find out their fate when the decision is announced in Hull - the current title holder.

Sunderland is up against Paisley, Stoke, Coventry and Swansea.

The bid team hope attractions such as the Empire Theatre will help sway the vote their way.

Sunderland's Empire Theatre

Chennai Six: Nick Dunn set to land home in Newcastle

It's the moment his family have been waiting four years for - Nick Dunn will land on home soil this morning after his release from prison in India.

Part of the so-called Chennai Six, he was jailed on weapons charges while working as a guard on a ship to combat piracy in the Indian Ocean.

After a lengthy legal battle, the men had their convictions quashed and Billy Irving was the first home yesterday when he landed at Glasgow Airport.

Speaking last week, Nick, from Ashington, said the first thing he's looking forward to is a bath.

Nick Dunn
Arrest being made outside car wash

Five men found working at a car wash are suspected of being victims of slavery, police said.

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Weather: Sunny spells expected once cloud and rain clear

BBC Weather

Early cloud and rain will soon clear to leave a colder but often sunny day, with occasional snow showers developing.

It will be very windy throughout, with gales in exposure, making it feel bitterly cold.

A few snow showers will continue through the evening, but for most it will be dry and clear overnight with a widespread frost. Winds will remain strong.

Weather forecast, 7 December, 2017

Severe disruption: A688 County Durham both ways

BBC News Travel

A688 County Durham both ways severe disruption, at A1 affecting Station Road.

A688 County Durham - Queuing traffic on A688 in both directions in Bowburn at the A1(M) J61 junction, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion on A177 Station Road to the Station Road junction.

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

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