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  1. Updates on Tuesday 25 July 2017

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Scene of fatal accident at Snowman Rally

Shortly after the car rally was halted a car still on the track crashed and a spectator was fatally injured.

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'No misconduct' over South Shields police shooting

The number of fatal shootings by police and deaths following police pursuits, rose significantly last year, the police watchdog has revealed.

A report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission says that in 2016-17, there were six fatal police shootings, including that of a 24-year-old man in South Shields.

James Wilson was shot by Northumbria Police after reports of a man being seen in the street with a handgun.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has now ruled there was "no indication of misconduct by any firearms officer".

Hexham florist wins powerlifting championship
Hexham florist Jo Foster is a European champion powerlifter in her age group.

Fire crew lend a hand for hedgehog rescue

A fire crew was needed to lend a hand - literally - in the rescue of a hedgehog stuck in a drain under rocks and stones.

The animal was discovered by Job Centre staff at Houghton-le-Spring, who contacted the RSPCA.

Because the size of the drain - about 1ft deep and a tiny oval shape - it was completely wedged in and officers were unable to remove it, so called out the Tyne and Wear Fire Service for assistance.

Rescued hedgehog

Watch manager Dave Curtis said: "We were able to clear some debris from the drain but the hedgehog did not want to come out.

"Its defence mechanism of rolling into a ball also left no room to manoeuvre.

"Eventually we were able to get two hands around him and with a lot of gentle rolling, we were able to free our captive and pass it over to the RSPCA."

The animal was checked over and will be released.

Steven Taylor: 'He was seen as the best defender at Newcastle'

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

So as we've been mentioning today, defender Steven Taylor has joined Peterborough United on a two-year deal.

The 31-year-old is best known for his time at Newcastle United.

So surely those on Tyneside are in the best place to give their opinion on the experienced player?

Here's BBC Newcastle's Matt Raisbeck...

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Taylor played almost 200 games in the top-flight - over 100 more than Posh's next player with Premier League experience...

Premier league appearances

Man armed with metal bar steals bookmaker cash

A robber who brandished a metal bar at staff at a bookmakers in Stockton is being sought by police.

The man, whose face was covered, targeted Ladbrokes in Oxbridge Lane at about 19:40 yesterday.

No-one was injured, and a small amount of cash was taken from the till.

Cleveland Police say it is not currently linking this incident to another robbery at Ladbrokes in Middlesbrough last week.

Steven Taylor: 'A very, very interesting signing'

Adam Jinkerson

BBC Local Live

Earlier we brought you news that ex-Premier League defender Steven Taylor has joined Peterborough United on a two-year deal.

Steven Taylor

The 31-year-old was famed for his time at Newcastle United and most recently Ipswich Town, plus a spell in the MLS in the United States of America.

But what can fans expect of him? Sam Edwards from our sports team has his thoughts about a "tough player"...

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Football fans have also been having their say over on the BBC Match of the Day Facebook page and there are concerns about his history of injuries...

  • Jason Watkins "We needed experience and a leader this is great for us utp"
  • Paul Dobson "1 of the biggest cases of what might of been with this lad when he first came into the newcastle team he was top notch just been very unlucky with injuries good look from all the toon boys"
  • Chris Antrobus "Shame he has major injuries. He had what it took to be at the very highest"
  • Richard Bonsall "Good luck to him. Did well for us (ipswich) last season"
  • Del Taylor "Hes only played like 200 games in 15years and that was in the non contact premier league with good pitches. Be different on a cold wet day down at peterborough. Good luck though"
  • Michael King "He's a good player, showed that at Ipswich when we had him last year he's just made of glass that's his issue"

Electricity company reminds youngsters to 'play safe'

Parents across the North East have been urged to remind their children of the dangers of climbing on pylons and playing near overhead power lines or electricity substations.

Northern Powergrid has issued the warning now the summer holidays have arrived and youngsters are more likely to be playing outdoors.

Geoff Earl, from the company, said: "Just five minutes chatting with them about the potential dangers is all it takes so they know exactly what they should do if they see anything hanging from our power lines or accidentally kick a ball into one of our substations.

"Retrieving items yourself is extremely dangerous. It's always best call us by dialling 105 and we'll send someone out from our engineering team to help".

Danger of death outline
Northern Powergrid
Cameron Steel

Durham batsman Cameron Steel extends his contract with the club until the end of the 2019 season.

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Millennium Bridge helps Quayside hit top spot

Newcastle's Quayside has been named as the top place in the region to live in the North East, according The Times.

It beat the likes of Durham and Alnwick in the newspaper's annual survey.

The reason it earned its top rating?

According to The Times: "Jesmond and Gosforth are all very well, but sometimes you want to aim a little bit higher than the respectable, family-friendly inner suburbs.

"Imagine strolling home from a concert at the Sage across the artfully lit rotating Millennium Bridge and you can see why we’ve picked the Quayside."

Newcastle Quayside

Witness appeal after man injured in nightclub

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was injured in a Yarm nightclub.

The 23-year-old man suffered a broken jaw, believed to have been caused as a result of an assault, early on Sunday morning, in the upper bar area of the Keys.

He was taken to James Cook University Hospital and has since undergone surgery.

Cleveland Police said officers are keen to speak to a woman who approached staff about the incident outside of the premises after it happened as she may have information which could assist the investigation.

The Keys in Yarm

Doggy auditions for Legally Blonde team

Two four-legged stars are being sought to tread the boards in South Shields.

The Customs House Summer School production of Legally Blonde: The Musical - is based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon, which has also been big on Broadway and the West End.

Its canine characters are Bruiser - a chihuahua owned by the star of the show - and English Bulldog Rufus, the pet of a manicurist she befriends.

People are being invited to bring their pets to the theatre to meet a judging panel on 1 August at 13:00.

Gareth Hunter, the show's director, said: “For Bruiser we need a chihuahua that is comfortable being carried around in a handbag and doesn’t bark too much.

“Rufus is a walk-on role, so the dog won’t be required for as many rehearsals.

"They need to be good with kids and loud noises and available for all of the shows and rehearsals."

Legally Blonde cast
Customs House

Severe accident: A68 County Durham both ways

BBC News Travel

A68 County Durham both ways severe accident, between A6072 Coatsay Moor Lane and B6275.

A68 County Durham - A68 West Auckland Road closed and heavy traffic in both directions between Swan House Roundabout in Houghton-le-Side and the B6275 junction in Bildershaw, because of an accident involving a car and a tractor.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Anthony Renton leukemia announcement prompts 'overwhelming' response

Middlesbrough FC says it has been overwhelmed by the response of the footballing world to the news that Academy player Anthony Renton has been diagnosed with leukemia.

The club said there had been an "outpouring of sympathy and encouragement".

The 18-year-old defender, who signed his first professional deal at the Riverside in April 2017, has been admitted to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle for treatment.

Anthony Renton
Middlesbrough FC
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Surgical kit

Mary Ramsay, who uses a wheelchair, faces travelling from Inverness to Newcastle for an operation.

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Six detained after immigration raids

Six people have been detained following a swoop by immigration officials at businesses in Northumberland.

Northumbria Police also took part in the raids - part of ongoing of Operation Kestrel - on Friday evening.

Four Bangladeshi men, who had outstayed their visas, were arrested at Miveshi Restaurant in Alnwick, and steps are now being taken to remove them from the UK.

Officers also visited China Cook in Blyth and arrested two people, both Chinese - a 32-year-old woman who had outstayed her visa, and a man who had entered the UK illegally.

Both are being detained pending their removal from the country.

Operation Kestrel
Northumbria Police

Posh sign ex-Premier League/Championship defender

Peter Swan

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sport

Peterborough United have announced the signing of former Newcastle defender Steven Taylor.

The centre back made over 200 appearances in the Premier League and captained the England under-21 side.

Steven Taylor with Grant McCann
Joe Dent/Peterborough United

The 31-year-old joins Posh on a two-year deal after a spell with Ipswich Town and in the US Major League.

The club announced the signing in a video that some social media users are calling "cringe".

Make your own mind up...

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Wedding cake scoffed by dog causes last-minute panic

A Labrador is in the bad books with her County Durham owners after scoffing a wedding cake on the couple's big day.

The bridesmaid's dog, Bella, demolished the three-tier chocolate cake - which cost £120 - just hours before the vows.

Donna McMahon, who woke up to find her pet sitting beside the wrecked cake, had to arrange a last-minute replacement.

The couple were only told about the mishap after the ceremony, and howled with laughter when they found out.

Ms McMahon said: "They were so specific about what they wanted, it was a really big part of the day, so we kept it from them.

"Once [my husband] Liam had arranged to pick up the brand new three-tier cake, and had it taken to the venue and I saw everything was OK, that's when I broke the news to them."

Bella and the remains of the cake
Donna McMahon

Pub chain threatens legal action over name of new Sunderland bar

Sunderland Echo


Sunderland’s newest pub is being threatened with legal action over breach of trademark - just hours after it pulled its first pint.

Grannie Annie's pub sign
Sunderland Echo

Police appeal to trace 'confused lady'

Northumbria Police is appealing for information after a "confused and exhausted-looking" woman was spotted in South Tyneside.

She was seen by a member of the public walking in the Boldon Colliery area at 07:00, but so far officers have been unable to find her.

She is described as Asian, aged about 60, wearing a purple jacket, burgundy cardigan, and khaki pant.

Police said they just want to check she is safe and well.

Traders' fury over unpaid levy stock seizure row

The Journal


Here's today's front page and a link to the main story.

Journal front page
The Journal

London rail plans spark anger after north's 'slap in the face'

Government support for a new London rail line after scrapping projects in the north of England has been described as 'frankly outrageous'.

Crossrail 2, tunnelling beneath central London will cost an estimated £30bn at 2014 prices, with construction possibly starting in the early 2020s.

But the move has sparked anger following Friday's announcement that the rail link between Manchester and Newcastle may not be fully electrified, despite promises from the previous government.

Train on Tyne Bridge

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham was among those criticising the London proposal.

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MPs 'sadness' over food charity closure

Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson has expressed her sadness over the closure of a food charity.

The shadow minster for public health took to twitter after the announcement that the Children's Food Trust, based in Sheffield, is to shut in September due to lack of funding.

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Boy, seven, hailed as superstar for helping save diabetic dad

The Gazette


Here's today's front page and a link to the main story.

Gazette front page
The Gazette

Man held on suspicion of firearms offences

Armed police have arrested a man on suspicion of firearms offences.

The 37-year-old was held in Willington Terrace, Howden, yesterday evening.

BBC journalist sentenced for child abuse images

A BBC journalist who was caught with images of child sexual abuse on his home computer has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Lloyd Watson, 33, from Gateshead, admitted three charges involving 26 videos and nine images.

One video showed abuse involving a young girl who was clearly distressed.

Newcastle Crown Court

Newcastle Crown Court heard Watson had used the dark web to obtain the material. He was jailed for nine months, suspended for two years.

Watson worked for the BBC News website in Newcastle.

In a statement, the BBC said: "He will no longer be working for the BBC. His crimes were entirely unrelated to his work for us."

Weather: Cloudy with the odd shower and sunny spells

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

After a cloudy - and, in places, drizzly - start to the day it will brighten up as we get into the afternoon.

There may be some lingering cloud along the coast but there's the chance of some sunny spells too.

It won't be as chilly as yesterday, with temperatures up to about 17C.

You can find an updated forecast for your area here.

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Bradley Lowery

Although a Sunderland fan, six-year-old Bradley Lowery moved Everton before his death from cancer.

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Catherine Lee

BBC News online

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