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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 15 January
  2. Arrests in modern day slavery raids
  3. Middlesbrough's Glen Durrant successfully defends darts title

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Weather: Yellow warning for snow and ice

There is a Met Office yellow warning for snow and ice tonight and tomorrow so take care out there.

Overnight it will be cold, with occasional showers leaving icy patches in places. The showers will be heavy at times with snow on the hills, and also probably to lower levels by morning.

Minimum Temperature: 0C (32F).

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Tomorrow, the cold and windy weather will persist with sunny spells and occasional sleet or snow showers. These are likely to be most frequent in the west, giving some accumulations, mainly on the hills. Icy stretches will form again overnight.

Maximum Temperature: 3C (37F).

Glen Durrant ninth player to win more than one BDO world title

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Middlesbrough's Glen Durrant becomes the ninth player to have won more than one BDO world title.

He said he produced "the performance of my life" to win a second BDO world title in a row by defeating Mark McGeeney 7-6 at Lakeside yesterday.

Durrant becomes the ninth player to have won more than one BDO world title - along with Eric Bristow (five), Raymond van Barneveld (four), John Lowe and Martin Adams (both three), and Ted Hankey, Phil Taylor, Scott Waites and Jocky Wilson (all two).

"Wow. Barney, Brissy, Wolfy (Adams), they are the legends. It will take a while to comprehend what just what happened," he added.

"It is just really, really special and I know everyone back home will be so super proud of me.

"Two-times world champion. What a thought. Big respect to Mark. I am sure his time will come."

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Scheme aids jobless back to work

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A new initiative aims to help unemployed Hartlepool people into work.

Steps into Employment focuses on developing skills to increase people's chances of getting a job.

It is a free course that will enable people aged 16 and over to gain a recognised City and Guilds Qualification over five weekly training sessions.

Everyone who successfully completes the course is guaranteed an interview with an employer or recruitment agency and they can go on to other courses to build on their chances of work.

The scheme runs at council community hubs in the north, centre and south of the town.

Anyone interested is asked to contact Hartlepool Adult Education, or just turn up to a session and talk to the tutor.

North East homeless groups struggle with demand

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

As a House of Commons Committee describes homelessness as a 'national crisis', support services across the North East say that demand is increasing and they are at maximum capacity.

The 28 rooms at Bridge House Hostel in Stockton have been at maximum capacity for two years.

Homelessness has risen by 15% in County Durham according to Citizens Advice.

The situation is largely hidden. There are an awful lot of issues with people who are sofa surfing, going from place to place with unstable addresses and it's very hard to pull yourself back from that position. There are a lot of people who have ended up in that often through no massive fault of their own"

Neil BradburyChief Executive of County Durham Citizens Advice Bureau

It's a combination of issues with things like much the tightening benefits situation, financial issues, housing costs are going up as well. It's rising costs, slimming incomes and harder times"

The purr-fect solution to sadness

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Weather warning for North East for snow and ice

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

A yellow weather warning has been issued for snow and ice across the North East between today from 15:00 and Wednesday at 18:00.

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The Met Office says that travel delays, power cuts and public transport cancellations are possible. Mobile phone coverage may also be affected. Some roads and pavements will turn icy, increasing the chances of accidents or injuries.

Beach bin plea

One of our team spotted this on King Edward's Bay in Tynemouth yesterday. A plea or a demand to North Tyneside Council?

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Man arrested following disturbance in Chester-le-Street

A man has been charged following a disturbance in Chester-le-Street over the weekend.

The man has been charged with assaulting a police officer and assaulting a member of the public who came to the officer’s aid in the Victor Street area of Chester-le-Street on Saturday.

The victim remains in a critical but stable condition at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Three other people, a 30-year-old man and two women aged 35 and 36, who were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent have been released under investigation.

Officers will remain in the Victor Street area of the town over the next few days as enquiries continue.

Travel: Metro services suspended between Hebburn and South Shields

Childbirth services to resume at South Tyneside Hospital

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

The South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust has today confirmed that childbirth services at South Tyneside District Hospital are planned to resume from 22 January.

Births had been temporarily suspended in December following the temporary suspension of the Special Care Baby Unit.

The trust confirmed that a staff rota for the SCBU has been secured for the next three months, and that work remains ongoing to ensure a safe staffing rota is secured beyond then.

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We will continue to monitor the position on a daily basis to ensure that we continue to have safe staffing in place in the months ahead.

Dr Shahid WahidMedical Director at South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

"We also now look forward to the outcome of the formal consultation process into local maternity services which will allow us to develop a robust, sustainable service in the long-term and help avoid any such crisis situations occurring again"

Ben Stokes charged with affray

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Durham and England cricketer Ben Stokes has been charged with affray over an incident outside a Bristol nightclub.

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The disturbance in September left a man with a fractured eye socket and police sent their findings to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in November.

The 26-year-old has been charged along with two other men.

A statement from the CPS said it received further material in late December.

"Following a review of all the available evidence, the CPS has today authorised the police to charge three men with affray in connection with the incident," it said.

"Ben Stokes, 26, Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 26, are all due to appear before Bristol Magistrates' Court on a date to be fixed in relation to this charge."

Denise Aubrey tribunal: Northumbria Police recover £15K of £577k costs

Northumbria Police's former legal chief Denise Aubrey (pictured) has paid back £15,000 to the force, which spent almost £600,000 defending itself in an unfair dismissal tribunal.

Denise Aubrey
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Ms Aubrey claimed she was unfairly sacked after disclosing private information to staff.

She was sacked for gross misconduct in 2014 following 20 years of service after apparently telling staff details of allegations involving ex-Chief Constable Mike Craik.

She lost the tribunal and the force began legal action to recoup its costs.

A judge has now ordered Ms Aubrey, who claimed victimisation was rife in the force, to pay back £15,000.

Responding to the costs application ruling, a force spokesman said: "We welcome the ruling of the judge and are glad that some of the money spent on defending the force against these allegations will be returned.

"It would have been unconscionable for us not to seek reimbursement on behalf of our local communities and this much-needed money will now be reinvested back into policing."

Former pharmacist died after taking combination of illegal drugs

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A former Sunderland hospital pharmacist died after taking a combination of illegal drugs, an inquest heard.

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Ant McPartlin confirms split with wife

Ant McPartlin has confirmed he is divorcing Lisa Armstrong after 11 years of marriage.

The presenter, who co-hosts several ITV shows with Declan Donnelly, released a statement on Sunday, asking for privacy "for both himself, Lisa and their immediate families".

The couple met in 1994 when they were performing as singers on the Smash Hits tour in Newcastle.

They were together for 23 years and married in 2007.

Ant and Lisa McPartland
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Patients at James Cook Hospital unaffected by Carillion liquidation

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Patients at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough have been assured that appointments and services will continue after it was announced that the construction company Carillion had been placed into liquidation this morning.

James Cook University Hospital
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Carillion provides a number of services to the hospital including switchboards, cleaning, porters and security.

We have extensive contingency plans for dealing with this issue and making sure that services to our patients continue to be provided safely and to a high standard"

All of our facilities remain open as normal and patient appointments are unaffected. We know this will be an unsettling time for staff and thank them for the hard work and important work they do on behalf of our patients"

Kevin OxleyDirector of Estates, Procurement and ICT for South Tees NHS Foundation Trust

Man in court charged with travel agent murder

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a travel agent who had her throat cut at her workplace in Southport.

Cassie Hayes
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Andrew Burke, 30, of Vincent Street, St Helens, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court charged with murdering Cassie Hayes, who died in hospital after being injured at the Tui store in Chapel Street, Southport, on Saturday.

He has also been charged with possessing a knife in a public place. He remanded in custody until 19 February when he is expected to enter a plea.

A post-mortem examination concluded Ms Hayes, who was originally from Alnwick, Northumberland, died of shock and haemorrhaging due to a wound to the throat.

Work on Middlesbrough snow centre to start in autumn

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

It has been announced that work on Middlesbrough's £3m snow and leisure centre will start later this autumn.

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The indoor complex in Middlehaven will include a 557ft (170m) ski slope, climbing area, indoor sky-diving centre, shops and cafes.

Developer Cool Runnings (NE) expect the centre to attract 2.5 million visitors a year.

Dealing with debt: Five tips to get out of the red

About eight million people are struggling to cope with the money they owe. For a BBC Inside Out debt special, we asked debt advice expert Jasmine Birtles to give her top tips on dealing with debt.

Jasmine will be on hand to answer your questions live on the BBC Money Facebook page on Monday from 20:00 GMT.

Dealing with debt: Five tips to get out of the red

Metro delays cleared

Hartlepool Council defends £52m reserves amid council tax rises

Hartlepool Borough Council has defended the use of its reserves after it was revealed the authority’s funds had grown by almost £20m in the last 10 years.

Hartlepool Mail front page
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Turning windy and cold with wintry showers

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a cloudy start to the day with outbreaks of heavy rain.

Sunny spells will develop, however it will turn colder with scattered, sharp showers, some becoming wintry.

Weather map
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The showers will be most frequent in west areas.

It will feel particularly cold as a brisk westerly wind picks up.

Maximum temperatures should reach about 8C (46F).

Firefighters tackling vehicle fire on A167

Arrests in modern day slavery raids

Anthony Day

BBC Newcastle

Six people have been arrested so far in dawn raids which are part of an investigation into modern day slavery in Newcastle.

The probe was launched last year after Northumbria Police received intelligence about a suspected gang operating in the city.

Inquiries led officers to believe that a factory had been set up in the North Shields area and men were being trafficked from Eastern Europe to work across the region.

It is suspected that the men worked as charity bag collectors through a third party and that they would travel across Newcastle to collect donations of clothes.

They would then hand the clothing back to the factory, where they are then sold overseas with a cut of the proceeds then expected to go to the charity in question.

Police said those carrying out the work were housed in shared accommodation, with wages and benefits controlled by their employers.

Officers worked with Newcastle City Council, Gateshead Council, HMRC, the National Crime Agency and a number of charities.

A force spokesman said so far 11 potential victims had been safeguarded.

Ambulance emergency sparks Metro delays

Boro's Glen Durrant successfully defends BDO World title

BBC Sport

Middlesbrough's Glen Durrant produced "the performance of my life" to win a second BDO world title in a row by defeating Mark McGeeney 7-6 at Lakeside.

The defending champion, 47, led 6-4 but fellow Englishman McGeeney came back to level at 6-6 before missing two darts for the title in the deciding set.

Durrant then scored a brilliant 149 checkout to move within a leg of victory, before holding throw in a nervy finish to seal the win.

"My bottle had gone," he said.

Glen Durrant
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