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  1. Updates on Tuesday 11 July 2017

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  1. Man who defecated in Sunderland station hunted

    A man who defecated at Sunderland rail station on three occasions is being hunted by officers.

    British Transport Police want to speak to this man over the offences.

    Wanted man

    The first incident happened on 16 September at 05:40, the second happened on 5 January at a similar time and the third incident happened on 4 July at 08:00.

    On the first two occasions the man entered the station and defecated by the south stairs.

    On the most recent occasion the man defecated in the south lifts.

    After each incident he travelled by Metro towards Newcastle.

  2. CCTV images released after woman robbed in Middlesbrough

    Police have released images of two women they would like to speak to after a woman was robbed at a bus stop in South Bank.

    Two female suspects on camera

    A 51-year-old woman was approached by two females who grabbed her purse from her handbag and ran off towards the underpass near Asda.

    The incident happened at 15:00 on Friday 16 June in Middlesbrough Road.

    Female suspect
  3. Police bosses bid to recoup £570,000 from sacked legal chief

    Northumbria Police bosses are going after their former legal chief for more than £500,000 after she lost an employment tribunal against them for unfair dismissal.

    Denise Aubrey, 56, was sacked from her role as head of legal services for gross misconduct after disclosing confidential information to other members of her team.

    In response, she took the force to a tribunal, accusing them of "sex discrimination, disability discrimination, victimisation and harassment".

    Denise Aubrey

    During the hearing, a series of allegations were made about former members of the force, including details of alleged affairs, claims of a fight at a barbecue and public money being spent on a cover-up.

    But Ms Aubrey lost her case.

    In a statement today, she said: "I confirm that Northumbria Police has brought a costs application against me.

    "In my long experience of working for Northumbria Police, it never made an application for costs following a tribunal claim, so this is unprecedented.

    "It is seeking to recover over £577,000, which it knows I cannot pay. My legal costs did not exceed £40,000."

    Northumbria Police was unavailable for comment.

  4. Foreign Secretary vows to 'leave no stone unturned' for Chennai Six

    Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said the UK will 'leave no stone unturned' in the quest to bring home six British men from an Indian prison.

    Nick Dunn

    Nick Dunn from Ashington and Nicholas Simpson from Catterick are two of the "Chennai Six" who were arrested in October 2013 on illegal weapons charges, which were dropped then appealed by the Indian authorites, resulting in the men being convicted and sentenced to five years in jail.

    The group were working for a US maritime company providing anti-piracy protection when their ship was detained and weapons found.

    Speaking in the Commons, the former Conservative foreign minister, Sir Hugo Swire said it is time Mr Johnson meets the chief minister in the state where the men are being held.

    Prime Minister, Theresa May raised the issue with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the recent G20 summit.

  5. Young Middlesbrough defender injures knee in pre-season training

    Nineteen-year-old Boro defender Hayden Coulson has had his pre-season training cut short after suffering a knee injury.

    Hayden Coulson

    The left back sustained the injury on the first day of training in Portugal.

    The Under-19 England international made the trip back home this morning for an immediate assessment.

  6. Teesside man to dismantle 32,000-piece jigsaw

    Louise Hobson

    BBC Tees reporter

    Ed Stefaniuk's living room floor of his Yarm home is covered in jigsaw pieces, but now his wife wants it gone!

    The 32,000-piece jigsaw is that of a New York skyline, which Ed completed just in time for Independence Day.

    It took the puzzle enthusiast 143 days to put together, dedicating five hours each day to the task.

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  7. Children as young as five 'investigated by police for sexting'

    Thousands of children have been investigated by police for sending sexually explicit messages, including a five-year-old boy from County Durham.

    A Freedom Information request by the BBC to forces in England and Wales found there were 3,639 investigations involving under-17s since 2013.

    Teenagers at a youth club in Sunderland have been speaking about the dangers of sexting:

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    Video caption: 'Down below pictures' - teens talk sexting
  8. Quadriplegic man to take on Great North Run

    A Middlesbrough man who is paralysed from the neck down is to take on the Great North Run in September.

    Daniel Woodhouse, 28, was born with Morquio syndrome, a severe form of dwarfism which prevents his skeleton from growing as fast as his internal organs.

    Daniel Woodhouse

    As a teenager he received surgery to relieve the pressure on his body, but complications left him as a quadriplegic.

    He is now entirely dependent on a ventilator and requires carers 24 hours a day.

    Jon Paul, Daniel Woodhouse and Richard Woodhouse

    After watching his brother Richard running last year, he is now determined to join the tens of thousands completing the 13-mile route.

    Richard and his friend Jon Paul will push Daniel around the course in a custom-made wheelchair.

    Quote Message: There were times when we thought Daniel wasn't going to pull through during his recovery, but he is so motivated and he fought his way back to us.
    Quote Message: Throughout everything, Daniel's always had that positive attitude on life and I admire his determined commitment to overcome adversity." from Richard Woodhouse
    Richard Woodhouse

    The trio are raising money for the British Heart Foundation, a charity which supports their father Anthony, who has been living with congestive heart failure for the last two years.

  9. Appeal to trace woman over Aldi shop theft

    Police want to trace this woman over a shop theft in Sunderland.

    The theft happened at Aldi in Knollside Close on 8 May. Officers only released details today.

    The woman or anyone who recognises her is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

    Woman in Aldi
  10. Large concrete foundations floated down River Tyne

    If you were near the River Tyne this morning you may have seen some rather large concrete structures making their way out to sea.

    It's the next stage of the Blyth offshore wind farm project.

    The first turbine foundation left the dry dock in Walker this morning before it was installed 6.5km from the coast.

    A new "float and submerge" method is being used for the first time on the wind farm.

    Four more concrete foundations are due to make the journey as part of the project, which will generate enough electricity to power 34,000 homes.

    Concrete gravity based foundation on the River Tyne
    Quote Message: This groundbreaking scheme will benefit the North East of England and help the UK to meet its future low carbon electricity needs.
    Quote Message: This is the first time that this float and submerge method has been used on a wind farm project." from Matthieu Hue Chief executive of EDF Energy Renewables
    Matthieu HueChief executive of EDF Energy Renewables
  11. Unions welcome Hartlepool pipe mill sale

    Unions have welcomed the sale of two of Tata Steel UK's Hartlepool pipe mills.

    Steelworkers union Community hopes this will bring an end to a long period of uncertainty for workers in the area, and look forward to discussing the full details with Liberty Group.

    Quote Message: We will be supporting our members through the coming transfer consultations.
    Quote Message: Today's news is cause for optimism but now all parties involved, including the Government, need to take necessary steps to ensure a sustainable future for steal in Hartlepool." from Roy Rickhuss General secretary, Community
    Roy RickhussGeneral secretary, Community

    This message was echoed by the GMB union, which says the deal brings comfort to members who have fought hard to protect the mills.

    Quote Message: We hope the deal can be completed sooner rather than later so our members can get on with what they're good at and that is producing steel.
    Quote Message: We have to remember that without steel we just don't have a sound manufacturing base." from Ross Murdoch GMB National Officer
    Ross MurdochGMB National Officer
  12. Middlesbrough MP praises Liberty House deal for Hartlepool pipe mills

    The Middlesbrough Labour MP and Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald has praised a deal by Liberty House Group to buy two of Tata Steel's Hartlepool pipe mills.

    Andy McDonald
    Quote Message: This rewards the skilled workforce in Hartlepool who are not only showing steelmaking can survive in the UK but that it is still a profitable core industry.
    Quote Message: The government must now look to make significant investments to secure the UK as a world leader in the research, development and production of speciality metals and, as I have called for many times, what better place to do that than right here on Teesside."

    Sanjeev Gupta, the executive chairman of the group, confirmed the move this morning to acquire two mills from the Hartlepool site.

  13. BreakingDeal signed to buy Hartlepool pipe mills safeguarding hundreds of jobs

    A multinational firm has signed a deal to buy two pipe mills in Hartlepool, potentially safeguarding hundreds of jobs.

    Liberty House Group has a provisional agreement to buy Tata Steel's 42in and 84in mills, which produce heavy-duty steel pipe for the energy, power and construction industries.

    Liberty said the deal will protect 140 jobs across the two sites.

    Tata Steel also said it will keep its 20in tube mill on the same site, which employs 270 people.

    The firm will be investing £1m to increase capacity.

    Liberty executive chairman Sanjeev Gupta said: "Hartlepool has world class pipe mills, and a skilled work force, with a long history and recognition worldwide."

    Tata chief executive Bimlendra Jha said: "The sale is also an important step towards developing a more sustainable future for the rest of our UK business."

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    Video caption: Bradley Lowery: Headteacher remembers 'huge legacy'

    Bradley Lowery's headteacher at Blackhall Colliery Primary says no-one who met him will ever forget his name.