- Updates on Tuesday 22 August 2017
Tonight will be cloudy and misty with widespread fog over the hills.
There will be outbreaks of rain turning more persistent and perhaps heavy or thundery at times after midnight.Copyright: BBC
The fire station in South Shields will open its doors to the public on Saturday.
Activities will include a chip pan fire demonstration, the swift water rescue team, archery and a bouncy castle. The day will run from 11:00 to 15:00.Copyright: Google
It is the latest in a series of open days held by fire stations around the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service area.
A 15-year-old boy has admitted setting fire to a popular Darlington play area.
A spinning seat and safety mat was damaged in the fire, which happened on Sunday evening in South Park. Members of the public tried to extinguish the fire themselves before calling the fire brigade.
The local boy attended the police station yesterday where he admitted the arson.
Insp Chris Knox, from Darlington Neighbourhood Police Team, said: “He attended the police station with his parents and was extremely remorseful. He has never been in trouble with the police before, and his parents are very disappointed in his actions.”
As the teenager has never been in trouble with the police he is eligible to be dealt with by the Youth Offending Team, so has been referred to them.Copyright: Durham police
More than £2m is to be spent recruiting doctors from overseas for North East GP practices.
Eight Clinical Commissioning Group areas across the north east including Durham Dales Easington and Sedgefield, North Durham, Darlington, Sunderland, South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Newcastle Gateshead and Northumberland will benefit from this funding provided by NHS England's International GP Recruitment Programme.
Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees, South Tees and Cumbria have all previously received funding as part of an earlier NHS England initiative.
Jonathan Slade, deputy medical director for NHS England Cumbria and the North East said: “As a practising GP myself, this announcement is fantastic news. Overseas doctors provide a valuable contribution to the NHS, especially in general practice where they have a strong track record of providing first-class patient care.”
Rafael Benitez has been like an irascible mother hen recently with all the talk over transfers - or lack of them - at Newcastle. The Magpies, who have lost their opening two league matches and have yet to find the net, host Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup tomorrow night.
"The players know we have to keep working hard and improve, and they are quite confident that we can do that soon," Benitez says. "In this case, we have a cup competition we will try to do well in. We have to use the squad, and try to progress."Copyright: BBC
The former chief executive of the Butterwick Hospice has been charged with fraud and theft from the charity.
Graham Leggatt-Chidgey, 62, has been charged with fraud by abuse of position, fraud by false representation and theft by employee.
Mr Leggatt-Chidgey, who lives in Rokeby, Barnard Castle, is due to appear at Teesside Magistrates' Court on 18 September.
The 24-year-old from South Shields is the youngest person to circumnavigate the world solo on a motorbike.
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A project to restore Lindisfarne Castle is now more than half way through, according to the National Trust.
Windows and walls at the castle on Holy Island had been taking in water so valuable artefacts were moved out last year for the work to begin. Visitors will not be given access to the castle until March next year.
The trust says it has discovered some floral motif paintings, which it's thought could date back to the mid to late 17th Century.Copyright: BBC
A police sergeant will feature in a BBC Two documentary following the men and women of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
Sgt Stephen Clyburn, 33, volunteers as a crew member for Hartlepool RNLI when he is not working for Cleveland Police.Copyright: RNLI
Sgt Clyburn said: “Being a police officer definitely helps as I can use my training in traumatic situations such as dealing with the family and friends of people in need and those who have sadly lost their lives at sea."
The work Sgt Clyburn and his lifeboat colleagues will feature in the BBC series Saving Lives at Sea tomorrow at 20:00 on BBC Two.
The Shields Gazette
Extra staff are being laid on at South Tyneside’s main recycling centre in a bid to help users out of a jamfalse.Copyright: Shields Gazette
A man suffered a fractured skull when he was attacked with a baseball bat.
The 23-year-old man's injuries were serious but not life-threatening, Northumbria Police said.
He was struck during an altercation with another man at about 15:50 yesterday on Pensher Street in the Felling area of Gateshead.
The attacker is described as white, aged in his 30s or 40s and of larger build. The only description of clothing was that he was wearing a blue shirt. Police are appealing for information.
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Characters in the set include the Sindy doll and Action Man, as well as brands like Spirograph, Stickle Bricks and Fuzzy Felt.Copyright: PA
Meccano, the Merrythought bear, W Britain toy figures, Space Hopper and Hornby Dublo trains also feature.
The series of 10 stamps will be released on Tuesday at 7,000 post offices and to buy online.Copyright: PA
The headteacher of a Sunderland nursery is calling on the community to rally around the centre after its base was targeted by suspected arsonists.Copyright: Sunderland Echo