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  1. Updates on Monday 6 June 2016

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By Rebecca Turner

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Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

Live updates for the North East have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel. 

We hope you can join us then.  

If you'd like to get in touch you can tweet @BBCNewsNEemail, or contact us via our Facebook page.  

Tonight's weather: Clear with light winds

BBC Weather

Showers over the Pennines should die away.

A clear night for most areas, but some low cloud and mist will spread back inland from the North Sea, with fog developing in places. Winds remaining light.  

Chance to bid for Mackenzie Thorpe one-off sculpture

Organisers of the Finlay Cooper Fund are giving art lovers an opportunity to bid for a one-off sculpture by artist Mackenzie Thorpe.

A Walk in the Past Resin

The Middlesbrough-born artist has donated the original artist proof of a sold out resin sculpture called ‘A Walk in the Past’ to the charity set up by former Middlesbrough footballer Colin Cooper and his wife Julie in memory of their son, Finlay, who died in 2002.

The sculpture has been personalised with unique finishing touches by Mackenzie using the charity’s dragonfly emblem.

Travel: Accidents on the A695 and the A174

BBC Travel

The A695 in Blaydon is partially blocked and there's very slow traffic in both directions at Stargate Roundabout because of an accident.

And the A174 in New Marske is blocked and there's queuing traffic eastbound between the B1269 Fishponds Road junction and Quarry Lane Roundabout, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

More traffic information on the BBC Travel website for Tyne & Wear, and Teesside.    

Footage of Muhammad Ali visiting South Shields in 1977

Following the death of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali at the weekend, we've put together some footage of his trip to South Tyneside in 1977.

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Ketsbaia back as AEK coach

BBC Sport

Former AEK midfielder Temur Ketsbaia has returned to the Athens club as their new coach.

The 48-year-old played for Newcastle from 1997-2000.

Ketsbaia from the 1990s
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Baby suffered life changing injuries in collision

It has emerged that a 20-month-old girl suffered life-changing injuries in a collision last month.

It happened on 20 May on City Road near to the Toffee Factory and Hotel Du Vin, in Newcastle.

Police say the drivers of both vehicles suffered minor injuries in the collision however the baby who was a passenger in one of the cars was seriously injured.

The little girl was taken to the RVI where she was treated for serious spinal injuries. She remains in a stable condition.

You pictures: Whitley Bay in the sun

We've been enjoying some beautiful weather over the last few days - one of our team this of a sun-drenched Whitley Bay.

Whiley Bay in the sun

If you'd like to send us your pictures you can tweet @BBCNewsNEemail,or contact us via our Facebook page.  

Men left with broken leg after assault in Sunderland bar

A 53-year-old man has been left with a broken leg after an assault in Sunderland city centre over the weekend.

It happened in Sinatras bar in Holmeside on Saturday night.

The man, who was assaulted by two men, is currently in hospital for treatment.

Mayor's concern over trade in Hexham following bridge closure

Fears of heavy congestion as the main route into a Northumberland town is closed for six weeks don't seem to have transpired so far. 

The A6079 on Hexham's railway bridge closed to vehicles from today to allow Network Rail engineers to carry out extensive improvement work.  

However, the town's Mayor Trevor Cessford is concerned it could affect trade.

Mayor of Hexham

He says that although he's "relieved at the moment because there doesn't seem to be congestion and tailbacks" he's worried it may be offset by no trade coming into the town.

He added: "I hope that's not the case, but we'll find out over the next few days".

Partial loss of 999 services in Wooperton and Powburn

Hospital bosses give staff day off to celebrate 'outstanding' rating

Newcastle Hospital bosses have given all 14,000 of the organisation's staff a day's holiday to celebrate their outstanding rating.

Services at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

It becomes the fifth trust nationally out of 200 to be given the rating.

Your photos: Sunset in Northumberland

Every day a photo is chosen to feature as England's Big Picture Online - and today's selection is this beautiful sunset in Northumberland taken by Carolyn Farthing-Dunn.

She took it on the evening of 5 June while out for a drive near Slaley.

She said: "I just liked the look of the sun setting behind the trees. I thought one of them looked like it could have been taken in the Serengeti"

Sunset in Northumberland
Carolyn Farthing-Dunn

Met Office issues yellow warning for heavy rain tomorrow afternoon

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for heavy, thundery showers on Tuesday afternoon.

It says these will be slow moving, and whilst many places will miss the worst, they will bring some localised torrential downpours. The warning is in place from 14:00 until 21:00 on Tuesday.

People should be aware of the possibility of surface water flooding and travel disruption, it says.

Man charged after attack on pensioners

A man has been charged in connection with an attack on an elderly couple in Gateshead.

A week ago, a 71-year-old man and 68-year-old woman were assaulted and attacked in their garden on the Leam Lane Estate, police say.

A man from Seaton Close in Wardley was arrested and charged with two counts of assault.

Warning about cooling off in cold water

As we enjoy some lovely sunny weather, the Safe Durham Partnership is warning people about the dangers of cooling off in cold water.

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Weather: Warm and sunny weather continuing but isolated showers over higher ground later

Warm and sunny across much of the region, but there will be an ever present risk of low cloud feeding onto the coast where once again it will be that bit cooler. Isolated heavy showers may break out over the Pennines and Cheviots later. 

weather graphic

Maximum Temperature: 21C (70F). 

Boy, seven, loses teeth when he is hit by motorbike

A seven-year-old boy lost several teeth and suffered cuts to his face when he was hit by a motorbike, Cleveland Police said.

The collision happened on Hury Road, Norton, on Friday evening.

A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of failing to stop and causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He has been released on bail pending further enquiries.  

Today's football gossip column features two North East players

BBC Sport

A couple of North East players feature in today's Gossip column put together by BBC Sport.

Former England midfielder Paul Ince believes Roy Hodgson should have taken Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, 33, to Euro 2016, rather than gamble on Manchester United's 18-year-old frontman Marcus Rashford. (Chronicle)

Former Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor, 30, will have talks with Scottish Premiership side Rangers before travelling to Turkey for discussions with interested clubs.(Daily Mail)

Redcar's Danny Hart comes third in Fort William Bike World Cup

Danny Hart from Redcar has come third in the men's final of the Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup .  

Fort William Bike World Cup

The weekend's competition forms the third stage of the UCI World Cup Downhill championships and was first held 14 years ago.  

Riders take on a course at Nevis Range, near Fort William, in front of thousands of spectators.

South African Greg Minaar won the men's final and the USA's Aaron Gwin was second. 

Minute on the Moor: Blackbird

BBC Newcastle

We've recorded a year in the life of Newcastle's Town Moor - the vast, ancient moorland right at the heart of urban Tyneside - with the help of David Attenborough's sound recordist, Chris Watson.

Each day, we post a minute of sound that we've captured, from Newcastle United scoring at a home game, to the sound of a wood pigeon on a summer's day. 

Today's Minute on the Moor: Blackbird.

Minute on the moor

Men 'armed with a hammer and metal bar' break into Newcastle house

Two men armed with a hammer and a metal bar forced their way into a house in Newcastle and assaulted three men, Northumbria Police say.

They took mobile phones, wallets and electrical items - including a TV, a tablet, DVD player and DVDs from the property at Bond Court in the early hours of Sunday. 

Two of the three men who were in the house needed hospital treatment.

Both offenders were wearing dark clothing and balaclavas. 

Remembering Muhammad Ali's trip to South Shields

Following the news that boxing legend Muhammad Ali has died, we remember the day he made a charity trip to South Shields in 1977.

Muhammad Ali

It all came about when he was invited to help raise money for a boxing club by Johnny Walker, a painter and decorator from Whitburn who had known Ali from his boxing days.

Ali also renewed his marriage vows at South Shields Mosque.

Hexham railway bridge closure leads to congestion fears

The main route into a Northumberland town is closing for six weeks, leading to fears of congestion.


The A6079 on Hexham's railway bridge will close to vehicles from this morning to allow Network Rail engineers to carry out extensive improvement work.

A spokesman said although it would be "highly disruptive", it would ensure it remained in service for years to come.

Work will include repairing the steelwork and masonry on the bridge, repainting it and resurfacing the road.

Sam Allardyce's team win Soccer Aid charity match

England beat the Rest of the World 3-2 in the Soccer Aid charity match at Old Trafford yesterday.

The two teams were made up of professional players and celebrities. 

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce (pictured) and Robbie Williams were in charge for the home side as they overturned a losing scoreline to win.

Sam Allardyce

The match, which takes place every two years, raises cash to pay for food, medicine and water for the world's poorest and most vulnerable children.  

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust rated 'outstanding'

A North East hospital trust has been rated 'outstanding' following an inspection by health watchdogs.  

Services at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were found to be of "exceptional quality" by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Royal Victoria Infirmary

It becomes the fifth trust nationally out of 200 to be given the rating.

The trust's chief executive officer, Sir Leonard Fenwick, praised the organisation's 14,000 members of staff for their hard work.

Woman seriously injured after motorbike hits bus stop

A woman was seriously injured when her motorbike left the road and hit a bus stop in East Rainton, near Houghton le Spring.

It happened on Sunday evening on Durham Road

The rider, a woman in her 40s, suffered serious injuries and was taken to the RVI in Newcastle where she is in a critical condition. 

Weather: A warm and sunny day

Early mist patches soon clearing, with any low cloud burning back to coasts.

A warm, and sunny day follows, although isolated heavy showers are possible over the Pennines by late afternoon.

Light winds.  

Check the weather where you are.

Ali Brownlee: Thousands run for 'Voice of the Boro'

Thousands of people took part in a 5km (3.1m) run for 'Voice of the Boro' Alastair Brownlee, the BBC Tees presenter who died of cancer earlier this year.


Mr Brownlee, 56, commentated on Middlesbrough FC for more than 30 years and presented shows on BBC Tees.

Middlesbrough Council renamed this year's run The Ali Brownlee Cleveland Centre 5K Riverside Run in his honour.

His daughter Alison said he would have "felt humbled and honoured".

Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley 'will go before MPs'

Sports Direct boss and Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley says he will now go before MPs to defend the firm's 'good name'.

Sports Direct boss and Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley

It reverses the billionaire's previous decision not to appear before the Business, Innovation and Skills select committee on Tuesday to answer questions on working conditions.

In a letter, Mr Ashley said he had only refused "to avoid a media circus".

Hartlepool MP and committee chairman Iain Wright said he looked forward to Mr Ashley responding to the "serious allegations".

Good morning. Welcome to our live coverage

Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

We'll be here until 18:00 bringing you news, sport, weather and travel from across the North East.

If you'd like to get in touch you can tweet @BBCNewsNEemail,or contact us via our Facebook page.