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  1. Updates on Thursday 9 June 2016

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By Rebecca Turner

All times stated are UK

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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.  

Weather: Clear spells but patchy mist overnight

BBC Weather

Showers are largely expected to die away during the evening leaving some clear spells to start the night, but becoming rather cloudy with some patchy mist and hill fog forming overnight too.  

Motorists advised of funeral procession for Ava Henderson

Police in South Tyneside are advising motorists that the funeral of Ava Henderson is taking place in South Shields tomorrow morning.  

There may be delays as the funeral procession makes its way to South Shields Crematorium from Scotch Estate via John Reid Road.  

Ava was four when she died after being hit by a car on South Tyneside.

Seaton wind turbines: Critics ask residents to object

Opponents of plans to erect three wind turbines near Hartlepool, said to be the tallest in England and Wales, are urging more residents to object.

Wind turbines

Plans by Seneca Global Energy for three 175m (574ft) turbines in Seaton Carew were approved in February 2015.

Seaton Wind Turbine Action Group chair Monica Vaughn said they would "tower" over homes and be "overbearing".

Seneca Global Energy has been approached for comment by the BBC. A planning inquiry is set for October.

Durham's Jess Eddie celebrates news of Team GB selection

Over in sunny Henley-on-Thames, the GB rowing team announcements have been made.

And it looks like the North East will be well represented, with six athletes from the region heading to Rio.

Durham's Jess Eddie is one, and has been posing with her team today after receiving the news:

Team GB rowing

Public consultation to be held over A&E future

Health bosses say a public consultation will be held later in the year over the future of Darlington's A&E unit. 

Concerns over its future have been raised after a review was launched into how health services are provided. 

The chief officer of NHS Darlington, Hartlepool and Stockton Clinical Commissioning Groups, Ali Wilson, says public feedback is being considered, and an official consultation will be launched in November.

County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust has previously been criticised for running a "masterclass in how not to do public consultation".  

Public consultation

Sam Allardyce: 'Every manager wants Defoe'

BBC Sport

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce on striker Jermain Defoe extending his contract until 2019: "Jermain is one of the greatest goal-scorers in the history of the Premier League and is a player that every manager would want to have in their team."

Allardyce tells the club's website: "He proved that beyond doubt last season by scoring 15 league goals, he is in fantastic physical condition and we are very pleased that we have been able to extend his stay with us.”

Defoe to end career with Black Cats after penning new deal?

And here is Jermain Defoe celebrating his new deal at SAFC:

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It'll take him up to the ripe old age of 36.

BreakingDefoe signs new deal at Sunderland AFC

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

Jermain Defoe has signed a contract extension at Sunderland until 2019.

Man steals cash from Gateshead bookmakers after 'threatening staff with crutch'

A robbery at a bookmakers in Gateshead saw a man "threaten staff with the end of a metal walking crutch", police say.

It happened at Chisholm bookmakers in Jackson Street yesterday.

After "threatening a staff member with an object, which police believe was the end of a metal walking crutch" he "fled the store with an amount of cash".

The offender was wearing dark clothing and his face was covered.

Rescue services called to child with head stuck in car window

Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue service seems to have been busy today...

So far they've tweeted to say they've been called out to rescue a child with their head stuck in the window of a car in Sunderland, and over in Gateshead "released a female whose hand was impaled on a plank of wood with a nail".

They also found time to rescue a cat: 

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Man stabbed in Newcastle after leaving park

A 19-year-old man was stabbed in Newcastle yesterday, police say.

He was leaving Summerhill Park when he was approached by two men.

They asked him if he had any money and then assaulted him, leaving him with a puncture wound to his leg.

He was treated by paramedics then went to the RVI for further treatment. 

Durham rower also called up to Olympic 2016 squad

Durham's Jess Eddie has joined Olympic champion Kat Copeland in getting a call up to Great Britain's Olympic rowing team.

The 2012 gold medallist Copeland will partner Charlotte Taylor in the Lightweight Double sculls, while Eddie is part of the Women's Eight.

Ashington rower to compete in Rio Olympics

Ashington Olympic rower Katherine Copeland, who won the women's double scull with Sophie Hosking four years ago, will seek to defend her title with Charlotte Taylor for Team GB in Rio in August.

Katherine Copland and Sophie Hosking

The British Olympic Association has announced the names of 43 of the 47 rowers to compete for Team GB.

A further group of 12 sweep (single oar) rowers have been named to form the men's eight, pair and two reserves. 

Mystery guest to visit The Hoppings this year

 A mystery guest is to visit The Hoppings on Newcastle's Town Moor, organisers say.

Founded in 1882,  the fair now attracts more than 300,000 visitors.

This year will see 300 rides and attractions pulling into town for the nine-day festival from 17 June.

Organisers say they are "remaining tight lipped about the secret identity of this famous thrill seeker" coming for the opening.

The Hoppings
Lacey and Co

Company boss picks up CBE

A Newcastle company boss has picked up his honour.

Bob Paton, the managing director at Accenture's Newcastle delivery centre, was made a CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list for his contribution to IT skills and apprenticeships in the North East. 

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Mr Paton joined Accenture in 1992 and since 2010 has overseen the launch of its Newcastle centre, where the number of employees has increased to 650. 

As part of this expansion, the firm launched its North East Apprenticeship Program which combines IT training with on-the-job learning.

Northumbria Police officer to represent England at Euro 2016

Another North East figure is joining the footballing festivities at Euro 2016.

A number of Newcastle and Sunderland players will be representing the region at the tournament in France, and they will now be joined by Ch Supt Steve Neill from Northumbria Police.

He has been selected to lead a delegation of intelligence officers ensuring fans stay out of trouble at the event, which kicks off in Paris tomorrow.

Chief Superintendent Steve Neill
Northumbria Police

He said: "Following the attacks in Paris earlier this year there will be a higher presence of armed police, but anyone travelling should be alert and not alarmed... My message to England fans is go and enjoy what will be an incredible experience."

Warning over Euro 2016 drink driving

Drivers are being warned not to drink and drive after matches at Euro 2016.

England's first game takes place on Saturday evening against Russia, and the road policing teams, which cover Cleveland and Durham, are supporting a national campaign highlighting the dangers.

Officers  will be concentrating their resources towards detecting drink and drug-driving offences.

There will be a number of mass roadside checks carried out by officers in both areas, supported by local policing teams and Special Constables.

Bellway 'on track for record year'

Press Association

Housebuilder Bellway brushed aside EU referendum jitters as it said consumer confidence remained robust and confirmed it was on track for another record year. 

The Newcastle-based group said it had seen no "noticeable effect" on trading from uncertainty surrounding this month's vote on whether to stay in the EU. 

Consumer confidence had not been dented and new build cancellation rates remained low at 11%, according to Bellway. 

Its selling prices were set to rise by around 10% on average for the 12 months to 31 July, up from £223,821 a year earlier, while it was also expecting a 10% increase in completions.

Blaydon Races: A look back

Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

On the day of the annual Blaydon Race, let's take a look back at its history.

Blaydon Races and Fair was a major event on Tyneside in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The attractions shown in this well-known painting include a large open carriage pulled by a team of white horses, men demonstrating acrobatics or boxing, and a sweet stall.

19th century Tyneside event, the Blaydon Races
Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
The Blaydon Races

The picture was painted by the Newcastle artist William Irving, who included many local characters in it.

Towards the front of the picture, 'Gull Willie of Newburn' is being tricked by the card cheat, the 'Swalwell Cat' - all characters in the famous Geordie anthem, The Blaydon Races.

Arrows hidden at North East's historic sites mark 950th anniversary of Battle of Hastings

The Chronicle

EU Referendum: Look North's panel to take questions from audience

Blaydon Race begins in Newcastle today

The Blaydon Race is a 5.6-mile race from Newcastle to Blaydon in Gateshead.

It's taken place on this date every year since 1981, and starts on Collingwood Street in Newcastle.

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More help for steel workers hit by SSI closure

A new support package has been launched by the SSI Task Force to offer extra help to former steel employees, their partners and supply chain workers to find new jobs and training opportunities. 

Employers taking on workers affected by the SSI closure in Redcar can now benefit from a two-year wage subsidy, through the Jobs and Skills Fund, of £15,000 for those aged 45 and over.

there is also £11,000 available for people under 45. A new dedicated support co-ordinator, based at the Community Union office in Cargo Fleet Lane in Middlesbrough, will provide a drop in service to advise on finding work.

It'll also offer help with managing finances and health and wellbeing.

Recar SSI plant
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Get involved: Make up and send your football chants

BBC Sport

BBC Sport is asking for your football chants, and the first comes from an artist by the name of Mr Peanut Butter, who is a big fan of former Chelsea and Newcastle striker Demba Ba.

Unfortunately we won't probably get to hear it at the Euros as Senegal international Ba is not exactly going to feature.

But still, the bar has been set. Can you do better? Tweet using #bbcsportsday.

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'Bundles of lead' stolen from Morpeth pub roof

Bundles of lead flashing have been stolen from the Queen's Head pub in Morpeth, police say.

Officers turned up in the early hours of this morning after receiving reports of intruders.

After searching the pub on Bridge Street, they found bundles of lead flashing had been taken from the roof and left in the rear yard.

A 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary, and is currently in custody.

MP says BHS staff were 'afterthought'

The MP for Hartlepool and Chair of the Commons Business Committee says he feels the 11,000 employees of BHS were treated by its owners as an "afterthought". 

The committee is investigating what led to the collapse of the high street chain. 

It's heard from Dominic Chappell  who had bought the firm and accusations by his former Chief Executive that Mr Chappell had threatened to kill him.

Iain Wright told Neil Green he wants answers soon about the firm's financial situation.

BHS store
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Police at stations hoping to catch troublemakers ahead of Euro 2016

Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

British Transport Police officers are at major train stations looking for known troublemakers trying to travel to Euro 2016.

They're working with the football intelligence team to make sure fans get to France safely. 

Eight people from the North East are expected to appear in court on suspicion of breaching a football banning order ahead of the tournament.

They failed to hand in their passports.

David Cameron views Hitachi train

Richard Moss

Political Editor, BBC Look North

For his visit to the North East, Prime Minister David Cameron donned a hard hat to take a look at a Hitachi train at the firm's Newton Aycliffe factory.

He's here to warn about dangers an EU exit would cause to investment here.


Here's all you need to know about the EU Referendum.

BreakingPrime Minister David Cameron in the North East

David Cameron is in the North East as part of the EU Remain campaign. 

He's at Hitachi in Newton Aycliffe.  

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Today's Minute on the Moor: Cows arrive

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: Cows arrive.

Cows arrive

Mother of teenager swept out at sea backs RNLI campaign

The mother of a North East teenager who was swept to her death has urged people to think about the dangers of the North Sea.

Sabrina Cook

Caitlin Ruddy, 15, died when a freak wave knocked her off a pier in Cullercoats in North Tyneside into the freezing water back in January.

Her mother Sabrina Cook (pictured) is now backing the RNLI campaign "respect the water" as new figures from the rescue service are released.

The RNLI says 22 people lost their lives off the coast in the North of England last year, and that more than half of those never planned to be in the sea in the first place.

Sabrina says: "I wouldn't want another other parent to go through what we went through."

Weather: Another warm day with sunshine

BBC Weather

Early cloud and any mist will gradually clear back to the coast leaving another warm day with sunshine.

Dry for most but isolated heavy showers will develop during the afternoon, especially over the Pennines.

Staying cooler near the coast.  

Check the weather where you are.

Three-person babies IVF technique ‘safe’

Scientists at Newcastle University are trying to help women who are at risk of passing on serious genetic disorders to have a healthy child.

Early pronuclear transfer

The use of an IVF technique involving DNA from three people to create a baby has moved a step closer with a study that shows it is safe.

Last year the UK approved laws to permit the procedure, which involves using donor DNA from a second woman.

The study in Nature found the technique will lead to normal pregnancies.

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.

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