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Wiltshire Police chief constable's contract was not renewed because he was under investigation, it is revealed.

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Weather: Grey and windy

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Clear spells with some frost to start the night before cloud increases from the west.

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Guitarist's competition hopes ruined by cooking rice

An unlucky accident while cooking rice has forced a finalist for the BBC's Young Traditional Musician of the Year award to pull out of the competition.

Guitarist Luc McNally, from Dipton in County Durham, shattered his elbow by slipping in his kitchen.

He was set to perform at Glasgow's City Halls on Sunday.

He told the BBC he has also had to cancel other appearances.

Luc McNally
Luc McNally

Church burgled in Seaham

A church in Seaham has been broken into.

Perpetrators smashed a stained glass window at St. John the Evangelist Church at Blandford Place last night.

It is believed a small amount of change was stolen.

St. John the Evangelist Church
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Teachers have 'no confidence' in school trust

BBC Newcastle

Teachers at one of Newcastle's biggest schools have issued a vote of no confidence in the trust running it.

Staff at Kenton School are facing redundancies as the school manages a £356,000 budget deficit.

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About 40 teaching and support staff roles are expected to be lost in the coming year.

Kenton Schools Multi-Academy Trust, which took over the school in 2012, said the financial difficulties are linked to national funding cuts.

Mitrovic could leave - but not to a Premier League club

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Newcastle United

Over to Rafa Benitez for Newcastle news now and the Spaniard confirms Aleksandar Mitrovic could be sold this month if he signs another striker.

He makes a caveat, however, the 23-year-old Serb will not be sold to another Premier League club.

He has not scored in his last five games so surely they could risk it?

Aleksandar Mitrovic in Newcastle colours
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Newcastle rugby stadium gets revamp

Newcastle Falcons' stadium is set to be revamped.

Plans have been approved to improve Kingston Park, including major developments to the North Stand.

This will increase the stadium's capacity from about 10,000 to almost 12,000, with additional parking and infrastructure.

The stand will be transformed into a "state-of-the-art facility" featuring 1,530 covered seats, a standing area for supporters, new fitness and medical facilities, meeting rooms and hospitality space.

Newcastle Falcons player in the stadium
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Defoe on Bradley Lowery: 'We had an instant connection'

Former Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe says he and Bradley Lowery had an "instant connection" when they met.

Bradley, from Blackhall Colliery, was just six when he died of the childhood cancer neuroblastoma.

The Bradley Lowery foundation officially launches next month. It aims to support families who need to raise money to pay for medical treatment and equipment that is not available on the NHS.

Defoe spoke to Victoria Derbyshire:

David Davis to make trade deals pledge in Middlesbrough

BBC Politics

David Davis is to say the UK will be able to negotiate trade deals as soon as it leaves the EU, amid a Tory row over the UK's approach to Brexit.

Chancellor Philip Hammond suggested yesterday that changes to the UK-EU trade relations could be "very modest".

No 10 distanced itself from his remarks and one Tory MP said he should "stick to the script" the PM had laid out.

In a speech in Middlesbrough this afternoon, Mr Davis will say that the UK will be able to sign new trade deals in the "transition" period after March 2019.

David Davis
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Police 'relied heavily' on community in Sonny Stephenson case

A man who killed a motorcyclist by throwing a spade at his head has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Sonny Stephenson, 17, was killed in Guisborough in August.

Talking about the sentencing, Det Chief Insp Mark Pearson said the force "relied heavily" on help from the community.

He added: “Today’s sentence cannot bring Sonny back. My thoughts and sympathies remain with his family and friends as they continue to come to terms with their loss.”

Matthew Buckworth admitted manslaughter at Teesside Crown Court.

Matthew Buckworth
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BreakingSix-year jail term for man who killed teenager

A man who killed a teenage motorcyclist by throwing a spade at his head has been jailed for six years.

Sonny Stephenson, 17, suffered fatal head injuries after he and a pillion passenger were attacked in Guisbrough last August.

Matthew Buckworth, 34, was said to have been angered by the noise from motorbikes which had been driven around the area for several weeks.

In the days before the attack, Buckworth had sent messages saying that he had considered attacking Sonny with a spade.

Buckworth had admitted manslaughter at an earlier hearing at Teesside Crown Court.

Sonny Stephenson
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Severe accident: A177 County Durham both ways

BBC News Travel

A177 County Durham both ways severe accident, between B1278 and Stonybeck Lane.

A177 County Durham - A177 in Sedgefield closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B1278 junction and the Stonybeck Lane junction, because of an accident.

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

Man threatens staff with firearm in Newcastle

An armed robbery took place in Newcastle this morning.

It happened at Sainsbury's in Lonsdale Terrace at about 07:30.

A suspect entered the store and threatened staff with what is believed to be a firearm.

He is slim, about 6ft 2in and covered his face with clothing.

Sainsbury's Lonsdale Terrace
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Bradley Lowery's mum says foundation helps deal with grief

Bradley Lowery's mother says the foundation in his name has helped her to deal with grief.

The six-year-old, from Blackhall Colliery in County Durham, died from a rare type of cancer in July.

The Bradley Lowery Foundation is raising money to help children with cancer.

Speaking on this morning's Victoria Derbyshire programme, Gemma Lowery said: "I get to help other children, and for me that helps us a lot."

She said she was grateful for the level of support she is still receiving.

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BreakingCleveland Police's future Chief Constable accused of damaging phone

The man set to become Cleveland Police's Chief Constable is being investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct, it has emerged.

It is claimed Mike Veale deliberately damaged a mobile phone belonging to Wiltshire Police, where he currently works.

The news relates to anonymous allegations made against him over his force's investigation into Sir Edward Heath.

Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Angus McPherson had said Mike Veale's departure from their force would be "a loss".

Mike Veale
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Charities distance themselves from Presidents Cub

BBC Newcastle

Two North East charities have distanced themselves from the controversial Presidents Club following allegations of groping and sexual harassment at its annual charity dinner.

The Percy Hedley Foundation, which supports disabled people and their families, was given more than £9,000 in 2016, while the Hexham-based charity Josie's Dragonfly Trust received a £5,000 donation.

How The Presidents Club scandal unfolded

A spokesman for Josie's Dragonfly Trust said they were shocked by the allegations and would not be applying for or accepting any further gifts from the President's Club.

Homes evacuated over 'military device'

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Several homes in Hartlepool were evacuated yesterday after a "military device" was found in a loft.

Cleveland Police said bomb disposal experts attended and found the device was safe.

It was found in a loft on Richmond Street at about 15:45.

The item was then removed.

'Military device'
Cleveland Police

Weather: Cool but sunny

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A dry day is expected for many areas but a few showers are possible in the morning, however these should die out.

It will be feeling cool but there should be plenty of sunshine, and winds will be light.

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Domestic violence survivor tells of attack by boyfriend
Kirby Weegram was beaten with a piece of wood during a six-hour attack by her partner.

Track fault causing slow Metro service

Metro services are being affected this morning following a track circuit fault at South Gosforth.

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Winger Kazenga LuaLua leaves Premier League club Brighton and joins Sunderland on a free transfer until the summer.

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Future Energy customers are told not to worry following company's collapse

Ofgem is reassuring thousands of Future Energy Customers that it will protect their supplies and credit balances.

The Newcastle-based energy company has about 10,000 domestic customers mainly in the North East and has ceased trading.

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Under our safety net, customers of Future Energy will have their energy supply continue as normal, and their outstanding credit balances will be protected. We will now choose a new supplier to take on the customers of Future Energy. This supplier will contact Future Energy customers individually when this process is complete."

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Football referee taken ill during Northern League game

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BBC Newcastle

A football referee has ended up in hospital after becoming ill during a Northern League game.

Steve Lennon, 24, was officiating the division one match between Penrith and Sunderland RCA last night at Frenchfield Park in Cumbria.

BBC Newcastle understands he became ill seven minutes into the second half, clutched his stomach and then had to leave the field.

He was taken to Cumberland Infirmary by ambulance and spent the night there undergoing tests, but as yet it's not known what has happened to him and it's believed he will have to undergo further investigations.

The match was delayed for 20 minutes while he was replaced by an assistant referee and an appeal was made to the crowd to find someone else qualified to run the line.

Sunderland RCA eventually won the encounter 2-1.

Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) County Durham southbound severe accident, between J62 for A690 and J61 for A177.

A1(M) County Durham - A1(M) partially blocked and queuing traffic southbound between J62, A690 (Carrville) and J61, A177 (Bowburn), because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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

Tynemouth leads the way in the battle with plastic pollution

Tynemouth has become the first place in the region and only the second place in the country to be awarded Plastic Free Coastline status by the conservation charity, Surfers Against Sewage.

Surfers Against Sewage campaign
Surfers Against Sewage
Surfers Against Sewage campaign

The award follows the success by local volunteers to persuade 12 traders in the town to swap throwaway plastic items for reusable or biodegradable alternatives.

Seal caught in plastic packaging at St Mary' Lighthouse
St Mary's Seal Watch

Blue Reef aquarium has also joined the campaign.

Last year a seal died after it was caught in plastic packaging at St Mary's Lighthouse.

One of the sex dolls being sold in Gateshead

Lovedoll UK has made headlines over its £50 "try before you buy" offer for potential customers.

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