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  1. Updates on Thursday 17 August 2017

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  2. BreakingTrust denies sacked chief's 'witchhunt' claim

    Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says "it strongly refutes any suggestion of an orchestrated witchhunt" against Sir Leonard Fenwick.

  3. Police appeal after house shot at on Teesside

    A house was shot at in Billingham last night, police say.

    There are no reports of any injuries or arrests so far following the shooting in Hylton Road.

    Hylton Road

    The incident took place at 22:45 at an empty house.

    Cleveland Police are stressing that the investigation is in its early stages and are appealing for any witnesses to contact them.

  4. Sacked NHS chief executive says 'I am not a bully'

    The sacked chief executive of Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has denied accusations he is a bully.

    Sir Len Fenwick was dismissed by a disciplinary panel after an investigation was carried out into claims of bullying and abusive behaviour.

    He told BBc Look North: "I'm not a bully but I can show some measure of intolerance on occasions.

    "When you've got 14,000 staff and you're endeavouring to really deliver best in class, I'd be proud to bring all of the trade unions and other staff with me, into this studio, and I'm sure they will give unanimous support, and that includes many senior doctors.

    "There are those who may feel a little timid or a little anxious but I do look at outcomes and quality and that includes, at a high level on the clinical side of care and treatment.

    "I am a chief executive, you have to take the rough with the smooth."

  5. Woman racially abused at Metro station

    Anna Snowdon

    BBC Tees Reporter

    A group of three men shouted racist comments at a 41-year-old woman waiting for a train at Fawdon Metro Station about 21:55 on 5 July.

    Police are trying to trace this man caught on CCTV.

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    Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101.

  6. Sir Len says 'I'm seen as yesterday, rather than tomorrow'

    Sir Len Fenwick has said a potential fraud probe linked to his sacking is not "valid".

    He was axed today as chief executive of Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for gross misconduct.

    The trust said "due to the serious nature" of some of the issues, they were referred to the NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Services, known as NHS Protect.

    Sir Len said he did not "have the full information" and that NHS Protect had "yet to approach" him.

    "I do not believe there is a valid claim here," he said. "I think this was building together a catalogue of opportunity to undermine me."

    When asked why, he said: "Because I'm no longer required. I'm seen as yesterday, rather than tomorrow."

  7. Former refugee celebrates A-level results

    Education campaigner Muzoon Almellehan has been celebrating her A-level results.

    Nobel prize winner Malala Yousafzai struck up a friendship with her after she met the Syrian teenager in a Jordanian refugee camp.

    Now Muzoon has found out she got an A* in Arabic after studying at Kenton School in Newcastle.

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    Video caption: Muzoon Almellehan is celebrating her A-level success
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    Severe disruption: A1 North Yorkshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1 North Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between A6136 Gatherley Road and A66.

    A1 North Yorkshire - A1 in Brompton-on-Swale partially blocked and very slow traffic northbound between Catterick North and Scotch Corner.

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

  9. BreakingSacked NHS boss claims he is victim of 'witchhunt'

    Sir Leonard Fenwick says he is a victim of a "witchhunt" after he was sacked as chief executive of Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

    He was dismissed by a disciplinary panel after an investigation was carried out into claims of bullying and abusive behaviour.

    He told BBC Look North: "I've referred to this as an orchestrated witchhunt and there's a great deal of evidence to demonstrate that, throughout 2016 and into 2017, that there's been pressure upon me to either retire or strike an arrangement to leave the organisation."

    He added "ageism" came into it - he's 70 - and that "there are things going on in Newcastle that perhaps I'm not part of the future".

    Sir Leonard Fenwick
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    Severe accident: A1 North Yorkshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1 North Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between A66 and A6136 Gatherley Road.

    A1 North Yorkshire - An accident earlier on on A1 southbound between Scotch Corner and Catterick North. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion on A66 to the Hargill junction and on A1(M) to J57 A66(M) Darlington.

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

  11. Man, 94, targeted and robbed in own home

    Anna Snowdon

    BBC Tees Reporter

    A 94-year-old man has been targeted by robber in his own home.

    The incident happened at 14:30 last Wednesday when the pensioner arrived at his home in Holly Court in the West End of Newcastle.

    A man got off at the same bus stop as the OAP and followed him home before spraying him with tomato sauce.

    The man offered to help clean it up, claiming it was an accident, at which point £485 was stolen from the pensioner's trouser pocket.

    The robber then fled the scene shortly before the pensioner realised he had been tricked.

    The offender is white, in his 30s or 40s, of stocky build and spoke with a non-local accent.

  12. Corbyn 'will still work' with Sarah Champion

    Anna Snowdon

    BBC Tees Reporter

    Jeremy Corbyn has been speaking to the BBC about Sarah Champion, who resigned as the Labour Party's shadow equalities minister yesterday.

    The Rotherham MP wrote in the Sun on Friday that "Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls".

    It comes after 18 people were convicted of abusing girls in Newcastle who were plied with alcohol and drugs before being forced to have sex.

    She has now apologised for her "extremely poor choice of words".

    Speaking to the BBC, Mr Corbyn said that he accepted her resignation and would be working with her in the future.

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    Video caption: Corbyn: Wrong to blame 'entire ethnic community' for abuse
  13. RNLI warning over inconsiderate parking

    "The delay could have fatal consequences, we're begging people not to block the slipways".

    The RNLI is warning that lives could be lost if people don't park properly in Redcar:

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  14. Police crackdown on off-road bikers

    Anna Snowdon

    BBC Tees Reporter

    Do off-road bikers cause a nuisance in your community?

    Durham Police are cracking down on those who ride bikes and quads illegally, with a warning that they will arrest drivers and seize their vehicles.

    Inspector Jon Curtis from Durham Police

    Operation Endurance will involve Durham Police, Darlington Borough Council, the Woodland Trust and National Trust working with the community to rid the streets of illegal bikers.

    Police will target offenders with warnings, seizure notices and behaviour contracts, as well as utilising equipment such as a drone

    Quote Message: We are seeking the support of the community to tell us who the offenders are and where they are keeping their bikes and quads. We want them to know that if we get this information, we will act upon it" from Inspector John Curtis
    Inspector John Curtis

    Contact your local neighbourhood policing team for more information.

  15. A and A* A-level results on the rise in Sunderland

    Anna Snowdon

    BBC Tees Reporter

    North East pupils continue to perform strongly as more A-level results are opened today, after Sunderland saw a rise in the number of pupils achieving the top A and A* grades.

    The percentage of pupils achieved the top grades in the city rose by 2%, with 20% of pupils achieving A and A* results, Together For Children said.

  16. New MRI scanner to reduce child sedation

    BBC Newcastle

    A new MRI scanner fitted with a DVD player, coloured lights and headphones is set to be unveiled at te children's wing of Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

    It means youngsters who have to stay still for up to an hour during a scan will no longer need to be sedated.

    There is also a wider opening, to make the experience a bit more comfortable for claustrophobic patients.

    It will be unveiled by Newcastle United players as part of the opening of the recently refurbished Neuro-radiology department.

    RVI
  17. Update: Man in court over car which crashed into house

    One of the men who drove a car into a house in Middlesbrough, has appeared in court charged with driving while disqualified and other driving offences

    the property in Middlesbrough after the accident.

    Christopher Chapman, 29, of Costa Street in Middlesbrough, appeared at Teesside Magistrates' Court and has been remanded into custody to appear at Teesside Crown Court on 14 September.