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  1. Wednesday 10 May 2017

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That's all from us for today - thank you for joining us.

You can still catch up with the latest news throughout the night on BBC TeesBBC NewcastleLook North, and online.

We'll be back on tomorrow from 08:00.

We'll leave you with this lovely photo - Michelle Harding couldn't resist snapping this seal basking at St Mary's Lighthouse in Whitley Bay, and has kindly sent us the image.

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Weather: Some sunshine this evening but chilly overnight

A fine end to the day with some evening sunshine. It will remain dry and mainly clear overnight which will allow temperatures to drop. 

It will become rather chilly and a grass frost may form in some rural locations. 

Minimum Temperature: 4C (39F).

Witness appeal after driver seriously hurt

A driver was seriously injured in a head-on crash in Northumberland.

Her Suzuki SX4 was travelling northbound on the A697 at Low Barton when, for reasons yet to be established, it crossed onto the northbound carriageway and collided with the front of an articulated lorry. 

The 63-year-old suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary where her condition is described as critical as stable.

Anyone who witnessed the crash at 17:22 on Tuesday, is asked to contact Northumbria Police.

Museum features postcard oddities

The description of this exhibition in South Shields reads: "An interesting selection of postcards collected and curated by art historian and postcard aficionado Dr Gail-Nina Anderson. 

"Gail-Nina’s postcards are grouped for display in wonderfully disparate themes – from the unexpected and curious, to the downright bonkers."

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Jailed tipper truck driver was 'in the middle of a nervous breakdown'

A man who drove a tipper truck the wrong way on a road and almost hit a police car has told a judge that he was "in the middle of a nervous breakdown."

Patrick Denman, of North Seaton Road, Ashington was sentenced to six months in jail after driving off from his work's depot in one of its trucks, going the wrong way along a dual carriageway and swerving towards a marked police car before ending up on a grass verge.

At sentencing he told the judge: "I am truly sorry for the inconvenience I have caused and I didn't mean to hurt anybody."

At a previous hearing at Newcastle Crown Court, the 36-year-old admitted aggravated vehicle-taking, dangerous driving and driving without insurance.  

Ugo Ehiogu

England manager Gareth Southgate paid tribute to his former team-mate, who died last month.

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South Shields FC launches football academy

South Shields FC is to set up a new football academy for 16 to 19-year-olds.

It comes after the club has enjoyed an incredible season, winning three trophies. 

Beginning next season, the academy will have up to 40 players, who will also study for courses provided by Sunderland College.

There has also been an announcement that managers Lee Picton and Graham Fenton will become full-time employees at the club.

Twelve arrested on suspicion of people trafficking

Twelve people have been arrested on suspicion of trafficking people into the UK for exploitation, Northumbria Police said

Officers targeted eight addresses in the west end of Newcastle over two days.

Seven of those arrested currently remain in custody. 

Det Supt Steve Barron said: "This is part of an intelligence led policing response to a problem that is becoming more apparent across Europe and it is important that we are robust in our efforts to tackle this type of crime. 

"This type of crime forces people through threats or coercion to work for little or no pay, or to pay off outstanding debts. 

'Death penny' to take pride of place in infantry collection

The Durham Light Infantry (DLI) Collection at Sevenhills has received a donation of a James Barker Bradford framed "death penny".  

It was a memorial plaque issued after World War One to the next-of-kin of all British and Empire service personnel who were killed. 

James Barker Bradford, of the DLI, was awarded the Military Cross for his bravery during the Battle of Somme capturing prisoners. 

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Ugo Ehiogu's funeral takes place

The funeral of former Middlesbrough footballer Ugo Ehiogu is taking place in Highgate, London today. 

He died last month at the age of 44 after collapsing at Tottenham Hotspur's training centre. 

Ugo Ehiogu
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Watch: Footage of tipper truck driver narrowly missing a police car

A tipper truck driver who drove the wrong way down a road heading for his ex-wife's house has been jailed.

Patrick Denman, from Ashington, quit his job and drove off from his depot in the truck in March.

The 36-year-old admitted aggravated vehicle-taking, dangerous driving and not having insurance at Newcastle Crown Court and was jailed for six months.

Watch footage of him leaving the depot and driving off.

Wrong-way tipper truck driver Patrick Denman jailed

Jail term for wrong-way tipper truck driver

A tipper truck driver who almost drove into a police car and drove the wrong way down a road after an argument at work has been sentenced to six months in jail.

Patrick Denman, of North Seaton Road, Ashington, drove off from his work's depot in one of its trucks, and was spotted by police helicopter going the wrong way along a dual carriageway and swerving towards a marked police car before ending up on a grass verge.

At a previous hearing at Newcastle Crown Court, the 36-year-old admitted aggravated vehicle-taking, dangerous driving and driving without insurance.

The court heard he was on his way to his ex partner's home to intimidate her, and he was also given a five year restraining order. 

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Mystery Avengers role for Durham Cathedral

The directors of the next Avengers film have revealed that Durham Cathedral "won't be represented as what it is" in the movie.  

The cast and crew have now finished filming Avengers Infinity War at the location.

The cathedral's role in the film is being kept top secret.

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Teesside accent not as 'consoling' as Welsh

Teesside has lost out on a new call centre to Newport in Wales - partly because of how people in the two locations speak.

A funeral planning business hopes to create 300 jobs at a new contact centre.

Carpeo said a major factor in its choice of location was the "consoling" and "empathetic" Welsh accent, which was important for its market. 

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Bradley Lowery to be mascot at Sunderland's final home game

Sunderland makes mascot announcement.

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Man arrested in connection with Benwell death

A 29-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the death of a man in Newcastle. 

Officers were called to Joan Street, Benwell, this morning after reports of concern for the welfare of two men. 

One man was pronounced dead at the scene, and a second was taken to hospital in a critical condition, but is now stable. 

Northumbria Police say enquiries to establish the circumstances around the death are ongoing.

Scene of death

Bulging beagle reaches slimming final

A beagle from Middlesbrough has reached the finals of the UK's largest pet slimming competition - PDSA Pet Fit Club.

Alfie will try to lose two stones in weight as he competes against six other fat pets from across the UK, including dogs, cats and even a giant rabbit.

Owner Emily Simcox said: "We're guilty of feeding him too many treats and leftovers.

"He loves corned beef and chicken from our Sunday dinner; he'll just sit and stare at our plates until we give in."

Alfiie the beagle

Police probe Benwell body find

A police investigation is under way after a man's body was found in Newcastle.

Officers were called to Joan Street, Benwell, after reports of concern for the welfare of two men. 

One man was pronounced dead at the scene, and a second was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

Northumbria Police said another man was helping police with enquiries. 

Joan Street

Arrest after cocaine bags found in car

A man has been arrested in County Durham after Class A drugs and a taser disguised as a torch were found in a car. 

Following a tip-off, officers stopped a vehicle in Brandon in the early hours and discovered bags of cocaine, several mobile phones and £400 in cash. 

More phones were seized during a subsequent search of a property in Esh Winning.

Durham Police said 30-year-old man is being held on suspicion of intent to supply Class A drugs and driving while unfit through drink or drug.

Drugs seizure
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Could you be a foster carer?

BBC Newcastle

Every 20 minutes a child in the UK is taken into care, which means that in County Durham one child a day is looking for a foster carer.

It's foster care fortnight this week and next and Durham County Council is trying to raise awareness of the needs of children all across the county.

Teenagers and siblings are the biggest groups who are looking for a foster family. 

Hartlepool manager appointment 'a priority'

Hartlepool United have announced that they hope to have a new manager in place by the end of next week.

They released a statement following their relegation from the English Football League on Saturday.

Chief executive Pam Duxbury said: "Obviously, our biggest priority at the current time is to appoint a new manager in order to give us the best chance of moving ahead with summer recruitment and plans for the new campaign.

"It’s crucial that we get this appointment right but we recognise the need to move swiftly and we would expect to be in a position to make a further announcement by the end of next week."

Hartlepool United players

BBC Weather Watchers: Blackhall Colliery

Check out this BBC Weather Watchers photograph of a very sunny beach at Blackhall Colliery.

You can see more photographs on the BBC Weather Watchers website.

Beach at Blackhall Colliery, County Durham

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Working in crisp factory no longer a job for life

Unions representing workers at the Walkers crisp factory in Peterlee say they're disappointed with the company's decision to close it with the loss of more than 300 jobs.

Bosses from PepsiCo which owns the plant confirmed that the proposed shutdown will go ahead by the end of 2017, after announcing the plan earlier this year.

Michael Hunt from the GMB Union said some people had worked there for 30 years.

"They thought they had a job for life," he said. "Unfortunately that's not proven to be the case."

Walkers crisps factory

A spokeswoman for the company said the decision in no way reflected the performance of staff at Peterlee and the company was very grateful for their hard work and commitment.  

Punter pockets thousands after Championship victory

A man has won more than £60,000 after Newcastle United's dramatic Championship victory on Sunday.

The unnamed man from the Scottish borders had bet just £10 on a seven-fold accumulator on the winners of the English and Scottish leagues which have been decided so far. 

Newcastle United sealed the Championship title after Aston Villa scored an equaliser against Brighton in the 89th minute. 

The Ladbrokes customer won a total of £60,734.38.

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Chocolate buttons help save schoolboy

A diabetic schoolboy who collapsed in the street was saved by two passers-by who stuffed Milky Bar Buttons into his cheeks.

Fourteen-year-old Robert was lying on the pavement in Chester-le-Street after his blood sugars became dangerously low.

Fortunately Amy Kirton, an off-duty paramedic, and Lisa Gerrett, a paediatric nurse, were passing while out shopping and gave him the unorthodox first aid.

Robert's mum Caroline says her son was very lucky.

"He's never had a hypo when he's gone unconscious before so I don't think he appreciated quite how urgently he needed to get the food [his lunch] into his system," she said.

"I think he knew he was dropping but I don't think he realised it was going to bottom out that quickly."

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Hollywood likes the 'courteous' North East

BBC Newcastle

Hollywood film directors Joe and Anthony Russo have taken time off from their latest film set inside Durham Cathedral to praise North East movie fans, the region and the cathedral.

The movie makers and their A-list Hollywood stars have been working on a four day shoot at the cathedral for a scene in their next movie, Avengers:Infinity War.

They said the fans had been courteous and welcoming and the brothers revealed that they had enjoyed curried chips during their stay.

Swerving tipper truck driving facing prison sentence

A tipper truck driver who almost drove into colleagues and police after an argument at work is due to be sentenced today.

Patrick Denman, of North Seaton Road, Ashington, Northumberland, drove off from his work's depot in one of its trucks.

The 36-year-old was monitored by the force helicopter going the wrong way along a dual carriageway and swerving towards a marked police car before ending up on a grass verge.

He admitted aggravated vehicle-taking, dangerous driving and driving without insurance.

Another fine and sunny day in store

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be a fine and warm day today.

Any mist will clear this morning and, after that. it'll be dry with long sunny spells.

With a gentle breeze south westerly we're looking at temperatures up to about 16 or 17C.

Lisa Gallagher and weather map
Hands cuffed behind back

Chris Baraniuk

Technology reporter

Durham police are readying an artificial intelligence system to help officers make custody decisions.

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