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  1. Updates on Thursday 27 July 2017

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Ashley Fletcher

Middlesbrough sign striker Ashley Fletcher from Premier League side West Ham United on a four-year deal for £6.5m.

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Seven motorbikes seized by police in Gateshead disorder crackdown

Northumbria Police have seized seven motorbikes in Gateshead as part of a crackdown on disorder.

Seized Motorcycle
Northumbria Police

It comes as residents have complain about teenagers riding motorcycles at anti-social times and on public land - keeping many people awake at night.

Neighbourhood policing teams have found particular issues in the Felling, Mount Pleasant, Leam Lane and Staneway areas of the town.

Many of the bikes seized are uninsured, untaxed or do not have a valid MOT.

Neighbourhood officers have been visiting local schools to educate children on the law of off-road motorcycles and the offences committed.

Community raises £2,000 for burgled Darlington War veteran.

Kind-hearted fundraisers in Darlington have pulled together more than £2,000 for a 93-year-old war veteran and his wife who were robbed of their life savings.

Thieves broke into the couple's home in Parkside, Darlington, last month and escaped with cash and sentimental jewellery.

Stuart Allen, Richard Atkinson and Durham Police's special constabulary sargeant, Adam Hoskin,g decided to set up a crowdfunding page following the break-in.

The 93-year-old and his wife, aged 89, who wish to remain anonymous, thanked the generosity of those who set up and contributed to the page, saying:

Our thanks must also go to our family, friends, neighbours, carers and officers from the local police who did a great job in settling us down. Thank you to everyone who has given us valuable help and support."

Lewis Grabban

Striker Lewis Grabban can pass experience on to his younger team-mates at Sunderland, says boss Simon Grayson.

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Celtic FC to give £10,000 to Bradley Lowery charity

Celtic FC Foundation is to donate £10,000 in memory of Bradley Lowery.

Before kick-off on Saturday, club officials will make the donation to the Bradley Lowery Foundation.

The six-year-old from Blackhall Colliery lost his battle to neuroblastoma - a rare form of cancer - earlier this month.

Bradley Lowery at Sunderland

His parents Carl and Gemma are now working to set up a charity to support families who need help to raising funds or equipment for treatments that are not available on the NHS.

Celtic FC Foundation chief executive Tony Hamilton said the club wanted to help:

The circumstances around this presentation are genuinely tragic and any parent's worst fear.

Through the fundraising efforts of many people associated with the club we are able to contribute in a small way, so that the next family affected by this terrible disease may have a different journey."

Medical graduate is third in family to qualify at Newcastle

A woman has become the third generation of her family to study medicine at Newcastle University.

Louisa Murray graduated this summer following in the footsteps of her mother, Dr Jennifer Lund and late grandfather, Dr John Fraser Lund.

She was one of 310 students to graduate with a degree in medicine.

Louisa's mother qualified from the University in 1985, and said she is very proud of her daughter:

It's a fantastic thing - it's a very hard course and very hard work.

It makes it extra special that Louisa is the third generation of our family to train at Newcastle University Medical School."

Louisa Murray and Dr Jennifer Lund
Newcastle University

Louisa, 23, from Harrogate, will now stay in Newcastle to work with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust.She said there was never any pressure to study medicine:

Studying medicine is something I'd wanted to do from quite early on.

I've always felt quite drawn to it as a career as it offers so many opportunities. There are lot of different options to travel and meet different people, so it seemed like a good fit for me."

Police appealing to trace County Durham man not seen since yesterday

Police are appealing for help to find a Peterlee man who has not been seen since yesterday evening.

Peter Hodgson, 41, was last seen by family members at his home late last night.

Peter Hodgson
Durham Police

He is described as being of large build, 6ft 4in with a shaved head, slight facial hair and several tattoos

He was seen wearing an Eddie Stobbart bomber jacket and may be driving a metallic blue 53-plate Renault Clio

Blue Clio
Durham Police

Labour Party chair to speak at public meeting in north Cumbria

The chair of the Labour Party will tell activists in Cumbria that they can regain Carlisle and Copeland.

The party failed to win either seat at the last general election, with voters in most of the county's other constituencies swinging towards the Conservatives.

The MP for the North East constituency of Wansbeck, Ian Lavery, is set to tell the meeting at the Old Town Hall in Carlisle at 18:00 that his party is not far from forming the next government.

Official portrait of Ian Lavery
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Port unveils new £6m crane

PD Port's new £6m ship-to-shore crane is now fully operational.

It's part of Teesport's growth plans, which have seen millions of pounds invested in state-of-the-art facilities, including a rail terminal.

PD Ports CEO Frans Calje said the crane will create a quicker service:

The addition of a fifth ship-to-shore crane will further enhance our service performance by reducing the time taken to transfer containers from port to road and rail for UK distribution."

Cranes at Teesport
PD Ports

Youth Newcastle United defender signs for Everton

A young Newcastle United defender has signed for Everton.

Lewis Gibson, 17, will join the U23 squad in Merseyside.

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A youngster in the crowd takes a brilliant catch from James Weighell's huge six off the final ball, as Yorkshire beat Durham by 24 runs in their T20 Blast match at Headingley.
Darlington Town Hall

Councillors were told "no further practical steps" could be taken to recover the debt.

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Have you lost a bird?

This fella is currently in a garden in West Rainton, County Durham.

Sue Dawson tells us it looks ok and is feeding on the ground.

Email us and we'll put you together.

Bird in West Rainton
Sue Dawson

Middlesbrough park closes due to vandalism

Louise Hobson

BBC Tees reporter

A park in Middlesbrough park has been forced to closed after it was damaged by vandals over the weekend.

The gates for the play area at the Manor Hub, Coulby Newham, have now been locked after what police said was "mindless vandalism".

Play area
Cleveland Police

I think it's absolutely disgusting because my grandchildren and children use it and a lot of our family meet up here."

Gordon WilliamsLocal grandfather
Locked play area

Coulby Newham ward councillor David Branson is encouraging people to report incidents like this to the police:

I'm very disappointed, I think it's really sad when a small minority of people wreck it for everybody else.

They should look at themselves, they're being very selfish, they are stopping other people enjoying themselves, stopping young children having the opportunity to come and play."

'No reasonable grounds' for Newcastle United tax fraud probe

Louise Hobson

BBC Tees reporter

High court judges have been told today that there were "no reasonable grounds for believing Newcastle was engaged in suspected tax fraud".

St James' Park
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Officials from the club are challenging HMRC over the seizure of documents in April as part of an investigation into income tax and national insurance fraud.

West Ham United's ground was also raided.

The investigation focuses on football agents and payments made in transfer dealings between English and French clubs.

Newcastle's MD Lee Charnley was among a number of senior European football officials arrested and released without charge.

Richard Lissack QC, for NUFC, told Lord Justice Beatson and Mrs Justice Whipple the warrants were also unnecessary because other methods were available for obtaining information.

Sarfraz Ahmed

Yorkshire sign Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed as a T20 Blast replacement for Australia batsman Peter Handscomb.

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Severe disruption: A66 County Durham both ways

BBC News Travel

A66 County Durham both ways severe disruption, between A1045 and A1130 Acklam Road.

A66 County Durham - A66 in Thornaby-on-Tees blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the A1045 junction and the A1130 Acklam Road junction, because of a police incident.

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

Child arrested for driving mother's car

It sounds like one County Durham teenager has been up to no good this morning...

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Adil Rashid

England leg-spinner Adil Rashid stars as Yorkshire inflict a sixth straight loss on Durham, while Worcestershire beat Notts.

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Man found injured in Cresswell dies in hospital

Louise Hobson

BBC Tees reporter

A man who was discovered with what police described as "life changing" injuries in a field in Northumberland has now died in hospital.

Darren Bonner, 24, was found in Cresswell on 10 July.

Map showing the locations of Newcastle and Cresswell

Two people were charged with attempted murder following an investigation by police.

A 33-year-old man and 29-year-old woman from South Shields are on remand until the next hearing.

Body found in search for missing County Durham woman

Police searching for a missing woman have found a body.

Linda Keating, 65, was last seen at her home in Peterlee on 19 July.

The body was found in woodland near the town at 16:30 yesterday.

Linda Keating
Durham Police

Her family have been informed but formal identification is yet to take place.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Jason Steele and Lewis Grabban

Sunderland sign striker Lewis Grabban on a season-long loan from Bournemouth and bring in Blackburn goalkeeper Jason Steele.

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Star of tomorrow? Youngster takes brilliant crowd catch

A youngster in the crowd takes a brilliant crowd catch after James Weighell hits a huge six off the final ball as Yorkshire beat Durham by 24 runs in their T20 Blast match at Headingley.

Newcastle United take tax documents challenge to High Court

Newcastle United bosses are at the High Court today to challenge the seizure of documents by officials investigating suspected income tax and national insurance fraud.

The judicial review hearing follows an earlier High Court decision giving the club permission to challenge the search-and-seize order obtained by HM Revenue and Customs.

St James' Park and West Ham United's ground were raided in April.

St James' Park
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In June, Mr Justice Supperstone said there must be a full court hearing of the issues after ruling it was "arguable" on several grounds the search warrant was obtained unlawfully.

Weather: Cloudy with the chance of showers

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

The best of the brightness the further east you are today.

But it will be a largely cloudy day with some showers moving across from the west and they do have the potential to be quite heavy at times.

It'll be fairly breezy and temperatures will get up to a high of about 17C.

Check the forecast where you are here.

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On the road, electric style

The government says it will ban new petrol and diesel cars from 2040 as part of its clean air strategy - but as they gradually disappear from our roads, how will we manage using electric vehicles on a day to day basis?

Rachael Crook has already embraced electric technology on her commute to work in Middlesbrough.

"It's the way ahead," she says.

Rachael Crooks
Rachael Crooks

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