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  1. Updates on Monday 17 July 2017

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BreakingMajor data breach at Newcastle City Council revealed

A worker at Newcastle City Council accidentally revealed the personal details of 2,743 parents and children involved in adoption, it has emerged.

On 15 June, an employee in the adoption team attached an internal spreadsheet to emails inviting adoptive parents to the council's annual adoption summer party.

The email and attachment were sent to 77 people.

The spreadsheet contained personal details of 2,743 people, including current and former adoptees and parents and social workers who had been involved with the families.

The spreadsheet included personal information such as names, addresses and birthdays of adopted children.

A council statement said it has contacted all the affected people and notified regulators. A helpline has been set up at 0191 211 5562.

I am truly sorry for the distress caused to all those affected.

This breach appears to have been caused by human error and a failure to follow established procedures.

We are conducting a thorough review of our processes to identify what changes we can make to ensure that this never happens again."

Ewen WeirDirector of people

Cleveland Police launch knife surrender

A police force is holding a knife surrender after hundreds of assaults, eight attempted murders and nearly 100 robberies were carried out using sharp weapons.

Cleveland Police said people could hand in such weapons "without fear of prosecution".

Cleveland Police

A similar scheme two months ago collected 172 knives and sharp objects

Supt Dave Sutherland said they "could be deadly if they are in the wrong hands".

Man honoured for fire bravery

A man from Whitley Bay has been honoured for his bravery after rescuing a pensioner from a burning building.

Paul Jarvis, 63, entered a house on fire and found the 84-year-old occupant in a "confused and disorientated" state on 16 June.

Paul led the pensioner out of the property to safety and to receive medical treatment for smoke and burns to his left leg.

Paul pictured with Chief Fire Officer, Chris Lowther and Watch Manager for the area, Matt Currie.

He also looked after his dog for a time until it was safe for the occupant to return to his home.

Chair of Tyne and Wear Fire Authority, Tom Wright, praised Mr Jarvis saying that he risked his own life to save someone else's.

Adam Armstrong

Bolton Wanderers sign striker Adam Armstrong from Premier League side Newcastle on a loan deal until January 2018.

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Britt Assombalonga undergoes Boro medical

BBC Tees

BBC Tees Sport

Nottingham Forrest striker Britt Assombalonga is undergoing a medical at Middlesbrough, BBC Tees Sport understands

Assombalonga scored 14 goals in 32 appearances for Forrest last season as they avoided relegation from the Championship by goal difference alone.

The deal to bring the 24-year-old to the club is not yet complete.

Britt Assombalonga
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Weather: Sunshine to last through evening

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A fine end to the day with late sunshine, leading into a dry and clear night.

Feeling a little muggy in city areas with light winds, but cooler in rural parts.

Check the weather where you are.

Man arrested over Heaton murder

A man has been arrested over a murder in Newcastle.

Steven Coulter, 59, was found dead on Thursday at an address in Heaton Hall Road after being stabbed.

Police have now arrested a 45-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

It is believed the victim could have died a number of days before he was found, and so detectives want to speak to anyone who may have seen Steven on the weekend of 8 July.

Steven Coulter
Rally victims

A joint hearing is due to begin into four fatalities at motorsport events in the Highlands and Scottish Borders.

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South Shields MMA fighter makes UFC promotional debut
"UFC is like the Premier League of the fighting game, so it's a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Victims of MH17 disaster remembered three years on

Three years after Flight MH17 was shot down by a missile over war-torn Ukraine, nearly 2,000 relatives gathered today to unveil a "living memorial" to their loved ones.

Newcastle United fans Liam Sweeney and John Alder were among 298 people who died when the Boeing 777 came down over eastern Ukraine in July 2014.

A total of 298 trees have been planted in the shape of a green ribbon, one for each of the victims who died on board the Malaysia Airlines flight en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

Liam and John are trees 223 and 224.

The names of all the 298 passengers and crew killed in the disaster were read out by their emotional families, and the Dutch royals and others laid flowers.

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Sunderland's squad is tough enough to cope with a gruelling Championship campaign, says new signing James Vaughan.

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St Johnstone goalkeeper Zander Clark

St Johnstone goalkeeper Zander Clark is out of hospital after being injured in a 3-0 pre-season friendly win over Sunderland.

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Cleveland telephone tax scam attempts double

Calls from con artists pretending to be from HM Revenue and Customs have more than doubled, a police force has said.

Scammers claim taxes are owed and the victim will be taken to court, or that police are on their way to arrest them, Cleveland Police said.


They say payment with music vouchers will stop the legal action and can be "very persuasive and forceful".

There have been 43 cases so far this year, compared with 19 in the same period last year, the force said.

Lynx return plan submitted

The Lynx UK Trust want to introduce six lynx into Kielder Forest but the plans are opposed by sheep farmers.

Will wildcat lynx be reintroduced to the UK?

Have you seen this man?

A Stockton man is being sought by police.

Gary Lee Huggins, 31, is wanted in connection with two assaults and harassment.

Police believe he may be travelling on a green Kawasaki motorbike and also an orange motorbike.

He is thought to be in the local area.

Gary Lee Huggins
New A19/A1058 Coast Road junction

Bridge supports to separate two roads and a junction for a triple-decker roundabout are installed.

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Newcastle food bank vandalised

A food bank which says it is "Britain's biggest" was vandalised over the weekend.

The Newcastle West End food bank will be closed today after its windows were smashed, among other damage.

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Plans to reintroduce lynx to Kielder Forest submitted

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

Plans to return the Eurasian lynx to a Northumbrian forest 1,300 years after it became extinct in the UK have been submitted to Natural England.

The Lynx UK Trust wants to introduce six lynx to Kielder Forest on a five-year trial period to be monitored by satellite collars.

Chris Godfrey

The plan is opposed by some residents and sheep farmers who fear the animals would attack livestock.

Natural England will now decide on the plan.

Newcastle's Grainger Market arcade to get £2.66m facelift

The roof of a Victorian Grade I listed market in Newcastle is to have a £2.66m renovation.

Grainger Market's arcade and barrelled roof will be refurbished "at the earliest opportunity", Newcastle City Council said.

Newcastle City Council

Work is expected to start in January to avoid the Christmas shopping season.

Council cabinet member Ged Bell said repairs to the "architecturally stunning" roof would "help guarantee the safety of all market users".

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Two charged with attempted murder of man in field

A man and woman have been charged with attempted murder after a man was found seriously injured in a field.

He was discovered with what police said were potentially "life-changing" injuries in Cresswell, Northumberland, a week ago today.

The 33-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman from South Shields are due to appear before South East Northumberland magistrates today.

Two others arrested have been released under investigation.

Weather: Warm day ahead

BBC Weather

Today will dry and very warm with light breezes. There will be perhaps a little patchy cloud around this morning, mainly towards the high ground, but largely unbroken sunshine developing into the afternoon.

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