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  1. Updates on Tuesday 22 August 2017

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Ashley Fletcher

Middlesbrough cruise through to EFL Cup round three with a simple 3-0 home win against Scunthorpe United.

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Lynden Gooch's late goal ensures Sunderland reach the EFL Cup third round despite a scare from League Two side Carlisle.

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Weather: Cloudy night ahead

BBC Weather

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.

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South Shields fire station holding open day

BBC Newcastle

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.

fire station

It is the latest in a series of open days held by fire stations around the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service area.

Teen admits torching playground

BBC Tees

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.

Play area damage
Durham police

NHS awards more than £2m to recruit overseas doctors in North East

BBC Newcastle

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.”

Benitez: 'Players know we have to improve'

BBC Sport

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."

Rafa Benitez

Hospice's former chief executive charged with fraud

BBC Tees

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.

Lindisfarne Castle restoration 'halfway through'

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

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.

Lindisfarne Castle

Police sergeant to appear in RNLI documentary

BBC Tees

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.


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.

Man's skull fractured by baseball bat

BBC Newcastle

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.

Football gossip: City consider £20m Gibson bid

BBC Sport

Manchester City are on the brink of giving up on signing West Brom and Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, 29, and will bid £20m for Middlesbrough centre-back Ben Gibson, 24. (Independent)

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Ben Gibson
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New stamps celebrate 100 years of toys

BBC News England

The UK's favourite toys from the past 100 years are being celebrated in a new set of stamps from the Royal Mail.

Characters in the set include the Sindy doll and Action Man, as well as brands like Spirograph, Stickle Bricks and Fuzzy Felt.


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.


Nursery calls for support after 'arson atack'

Sunderland Echo


The headteacher of a Sunderland nursery is calling on the community to rally around the centre after its base was targeted by suspected arsonists.

Fire damage
Sunderland Echo

Police concerned about missing woman

BBC Newcastle

Concerns have been raised about a woman who has not been since 16 August.

Northumbria Police are appealing for help to trace Rehena Begum, 40, from the Walker area of Newcastle.

Rehena Begum
Northumbria Police

She is described as Asian, 5ft 3in (1.6m), of medium build with dark hair usually tied back and wears glasses.

Police are concerned for her welfare and are growing increasingly concerned so are appealing for help from the public to trace her. Ms Begum has family in London and officers are also making inquiries in that area.

Minister defends government's roads record

The Journal


The new Northern Powerhouse minister has defended the government’s record on trying to boost the region’s ailing transport infrastructure during a visit to the region.

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The Journal

Cook Endeavour replica to be sold at auction

Stockton's full-size replica of Captain Cook's most famous vessel, HMS Endeavour, is to be sold at auction.

There are worries on Teesside that the area might lose it to a buyer from elsewhere, so a crowdfunding website has been created to try to ensure it remains in the North East.

The vessel is one of two replicas of the Endeavour. The other is in Australia, the country Captain Cook discovered on board the Whitby-built ship.

The Endeavour replica

Your photos: Sun halo in Northumberland

Paul Brook took this photo of what he thinks is a sun halo at Bamburgh, Northumberland, yesterday afternoon.

Sun halos happen when we have a thin layer of cirrus cloud moving across the sky. Cirrus is very high cloud made up of ice crystals - you can read more here.

sun halo at Bamburgh
Paul Brook

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Ashley's Sports Direct increase Debenhams share

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley's Sports Direct has again upped its stake in department store chain Debenhams.

A stock exchange announcement on Tuesday showed that Sports Direct has raised its interest in Debenhams from 19% to 21%, the latest in a series of increases.

Debenhams in Boro

Mr Ashley's intentions in boosting his firm's holding have been the subject of speculation, although few have tipped the billionaire to attempt a full-blown takeover. Sports Direct has in the past said it simply wants to be a "supportive stakeholder" in Debenhams, and to create value in the interests of shareholders of both firms.

Seven rescued from cut off island

BBC Newcastle

Seven people including children were spared a four hour wait after being cut off by the sea.

The group were cut off by the tide on St Mary's Island at about 15:00 yesterday and would have had to wait until 19:30 before they could walk back to the mainland.

They were rescued by the Cullercoats RNLI inshore lifeboat and Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade.

A brigade spokesman said: "Although weather conditions were fair the Coastguard requested the lifeboat rescue them all due to the presence of young children and the fact that one of the group would need self-administered care for their diabetes which they had left on the mainland."

Weather: Misty start but warm

BBC Weather

Today will have a cloudy, misty start but this should gradually lift through the morning.

There will then be some warm brighter, perhaps sunny spells, then developing and feeling humid.


Some showers possible later, locally heavy or thundery at times.

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Pair rescued after being trapped by tide

Colin Briggs

Look North

Two people were rescued from rocks beneath Huntcliff at Saltburn yesterday afternoon after they were trapped by the rapidly incoming tide.

Redcar RNLI was called out at about 14:00 and guided a man and woman into the lifeboat.

A spokesman said the brother and sister, from Darlington, did the right thing by raising the alarm and not attempting to swim back or climb the cliff.

He also reminded people to check tide times.

The rescue boat

Council warns of misty roads

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