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  1. Updates on Tuesday 12 December 2017

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General view of Bradford

Daniel Wainwright

BBC News

The equivalent of a small garden shed in London, but five times that in Bradford.

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Rick Witter of Shed Seven

Mark Lawrenson takes on Rick Witter and Joe Johnson from indie band Shed Seven in the latest round of Premier League matches.

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Sean McGinty

Sean McGinty's scores a 90th-minute equaliser to secure struggling Torquay a point at home to Gateshead.

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Council announce parking improvements for Berwick

Northumberland County Council has released plans for further car and coach parking in Berwick.

Councillor Catherine Seymour, Councillor Glen Sanderson, Councillor Gregah Roughead
Northumberland County Council

After residents disapproved of plans to turn Chapel Street into four bus parking bays, a new planning application has been submitted for it to be permanently turned into a 22-space car park.

A long-stay coach parking area is under construction at the Swan Centre and is expected to take three weeks to complete.

Finally a short-stay coach parking facility will be created on Walkergate.

This current solution shows that we are listening to the concerns of residents and businesses, as well as continuing to promote the town's tourist sector."

Catherine SeymourCouncillor, Berwick North

Cleveland and Durham launch operation to crackdown on dangerous drivers

Cleveland and Durham police are launching Operation Dragoon tomorrow to crack down on dangerous drivers.

It follows the success at Northumbria Police and will target the criminal and anti-social use of the roads in the region.

Police car on snowy road
Cleveland Police

We are continuing to identify and deal with high risk drivers; including those driving dangerously, without insurance, driving whilst disqualified or under the influence of drink or drugs, who pose a serious risk to themselves and innocent drivers. Their thoughtless behaviour will not be tolerated."

Graham MilneChief Insp

Middlesbrough Council considering options for new headquarters

Middlesbrough Council is considering proposals to leave its current headquarters and create a new city centre base.

Middlesbrough Town Hall

It's all in a move to reduce property costs and work more efficiently.

The council says that the current building requires about £6.5m over the next five years, and that maintenance costs will rise to £20m over the next 35 years.

The current Civic Centre building was built in the mid 1960s and has been the council's main hub for more than 50 years.

A report on the future of the centre will be considered at a meeting of Middlesbrough Council's executive a week today.

Frozen waterfall

We've seen a lot of bad news about the cold snap, but look how beautiful Butterburn Waterfall is today.

Thanks to Anna Joy Brady for sending this in:

Frozen waterall at Butterburn
Anna Joy Brady

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'It's not rocket science'

Newcastle v Everton (Weds, 19:45 GMT)

Newcastle United

Rafael Benitez
Rex Features

Newcastle have dropped dramatically in the PL table having lost six out of the last seven league games.

Here's more from Rafa:

"The festive period is always crucial. But it will be crucial in January, in April. Every game is important. We have to go and try to get three points in the next game.

"Hopefully we will win and things will be easier. We don’t need to think about a run of games, losing or winning. We concentrate on the next one and see after that.

"Some games we are the youngest team in the Premier League. We have to learn quickly. This team is working very hard. Little things we have to improve and we will be stronger."

"We know our job. Everyone has an opinion. It’s not rocket science - we need players in some positions. If we can, fine, if not, we will have to work harder."

Masterchef competition hots up in North East kitchen

Tomorrows episode of Masterchef is coming to the North East to put eight contestants through their paces.

The semi finalists of the cooking competition will be put through their paces by James Close at The Raby Hunt near Darlington.

The chefs will prepare his tasting menu during a packed lunchtime service and then replicate one of his signature dishes.

James Close in kitchen of Raby Hunt
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House price changes across the North East

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that house prices across the UK have grown by 4.5% in the year to October.

The East Midlands had the highest level of growth, with prices rising at three times the rate of London.

The table below shows how house prices have changed in local authority areas across the North East.

Table of house price changes in the North East
Office for National Statistics

Flog It! filming at Durham college

We told you earlier the BBC antiques programme Flog It! is being filmed at Ushaw College, near Durham.

Anyone can go along with any antique or family heirloom and have it valued for free.

Looks like the team are hard at it:

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Teesside charity donates £3,000 of presents to Salvation Army

A Teesside charity has donated £3,000 worth of presents to the Salvation Army in Middlesbrough.

The Boro Walkers Association were celebrating the end of a very successful year raising more than £100,000 for good causes across the region, when they received further donations of about £4,000.

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Missing County Durham school boy found

Missing 14-year-old Cameron Pearlman from Wynyard has now been found.

Appeal for missing County Durham schoolboy

Police are appealing to trace missing schoolboy Cameron Pearlman.

14-year-old Cameron Pearlman
Cleveland Police

The 14-year-old was last seen in Wynyard at about 09:00 this morning.

He is about 5ft 4in with short wavy light brown hair and braces.

Newcastle v Everton (Weds, 19:45 GMT)

Newcastle United

Newcastle team news.

Here's Rafa Benitez: "Jamaal Lascelles was nearly there (on Saturday). Having players with character and personality when things aren't going wrong is good. I haven’t picked the team yet.

"Paul Dummett is getting better but still we have to wait. If everybody is available, hopefully we can be as solid as we were earlier in the season."

Rugby league fans from around the world will be descending on Newcastle in 2018

Rugby league fans from around the world will be descending on Newcastle next summer after the fixtures for the magic weekend were announced.

The Toronto Wolfpack and Toulouse Olympique XIII will be kicking off the two-day event at St James' Park.

Seven championship games will be played in Newcastle from 19 May.

Toronto Wolfpack
Rex Features

How have house prices changed in your area?

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics have found that across the UK house prices had grown by 4.5% in the year to October.

But how does this compare to our region?

Table of annual house price increases over last 12 months

North East prices increased by 2.4% whereas the highest rise was 7% in the East Midlands, the smallest growth was in London, which in the same period was 2.1%.

Police welcome sentence for owner of dangerous dog which attacked 12 children.

Police have welcomed the four-year sentence handed to the owner of a Staffordshire Bull Terrier which bit 12 children in a park.

Claire Neal, 38, from Blyth was jailed after Marley got into a park in May 2016, leaving 12 youngsters requiring hospital treatment.

Claire Neal
Northumbria police

The dog was seized by police and destroyed following an investigation.

Speaking outside of Newcastle Crown Court PC Craig Arkley from Northumbria Police said: The court has recognised the serious harm done to the children and families and we are pleased by the sentences handed down.

"I hope it will remind all dog owners to make sure their pets are appropriately looked after and not put in a position where they can harm others."

St James' Park sign blunder

Louise Hobson

BBC Local Live

Great news! St James' park has received some new signs to help guide fans on match days.

Bad news, there appear to be some spelling mistakes.

Take a look at what BBC Newcastle's Sunderland AFC commentator found...

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The charity shop with a difference

Community Corner in Newcastle is a charity shop with a difference.

Run by mother and daughter Cheryl and Lynne, all the money they raise is spent on projects, causes and people in the local community.

They have two shops, and raised more than £130,000 since 2015.

"We just wanted to help people in our community." Cheryl said.

"There was nothing like what we do. And why not?"

Black people eight times more likely to be stopped by police

The Inspectorate of Constabulary has found that across England and Wales black people are eight times more likely to be stopped and searched by police than white people.

Police carrying out stop-and-search
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Analysis also found that black people are less likely to have illegal substances found on them.

Forces across the North East were found to have lower rates than the national average.

Northumbria Police had the highest rate across the region where black people were 2.9 times more likely to be stopped and searched than white people.

In the Cleveland force area black people were 2.8 times more likely to be stopped and searched than white people.

Meanwhile in Durham black people were less likely to be stopped and searched than white people.

Police officers can use stop-and-search powers if they have "reasonable grounds" to suspect someone is carrying items such as drugs, weapons or stolen property.

Snowy scene in Durham

Here's Durham looking picturesque in the snow.

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'We beat him and he didn’t like it'

Newcastle v Everton (Wed, 19:45 GMT)


Everton boss Sam Allardyce is asked how he feels about going back to Newcastle

"Fine," he says. "I had a good time. It was difficult circumstances with a change of ownership but in the end it was chosen that I wasn’t to be and I moved on. For the first time in my life I heard a former owner of a club saying it was a mistake to let me go.

"I was grateful for that. It got settled and life is too short for grudges.

"Why get distracted by the past? My career has been one fantastic journey, from 15 to 63."

Allardyce was also asked about his beef with Magpies boss Rafa Benitez.

You may remember that Allardyce has a long-running feud with Benitez, dating back to his time in charge at Bolton, which overlapped with the Spaniard's time at Liverpool.

"If they want a drink, or if they don’t want a drink [after the game] that’s fine," said the Toffees manager.

"We beat him and he didn’t like it. If it’s mind games, you can say that. At that particular time, Liverpool weren’t supposed to lose to Bolton. But people didn’t know how good Bolton were at the time."

Rafa Benitez and Sam Allardyce
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BreakingWoman jailed for four years over out-of-control dog

A woman who admitted owning a dog that attacked a group of 12 children in Northumberland has been jailed for four years.

Claire Neal, 38, from Blyth, admitted owning the dog named Marley that was dangerously out of control.

Claire Neal

The Staffordshire bull terrier bit the children when it escaped from a house in Blyth in May last year.

The court previously heard the animal had bitten children before.

When hearing about the attack she said "oh no, not again", Newcastle Crown Court was told.

The dog was eventually restrained

Sam's back again

Newcastle v Everton (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

Big Sam returns to one of his many former clubs on Wednesday with Everton.

Allardyce has won three of his 11 Premier League games at St James’ Park as visiting manager, with each win coming in charge of a different club (Bolton October 2006, Blackburn November 2010 and West Ham November 2012).

Everton have won three of their last four league visits to the Magpies' ground.

Sam Allardyce
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Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) County Durham southbound severe accident, between J63 for A167 and J62 for A690 affecting Washington Services.

A1(M) County Durham - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A1(M) southbound between J63, A167 (Chester-le-Street) and J62, A690 (Carrville), because of an accident. Congestion to Washington Services.

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

Nightclub fire treated as arson

Hartlepool Mail


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

Hartlepool Mail
Hartlepool Mail
Paul Gallon outside Newcastle Crown Court

The man admitted one charge of causing grievous bodily harm and another of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

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Warning of snow and ice across North East

The Met Office has extended yellow warnings for snow and ice until 11:00 GMT.

It follows another night of sub-zero temperatures across the UK.

Map of weather warnings
MET Office

The AA has warned that driving could be hazardous, president Edmund King said:

"We expect Tuesday to be extremely busy as temperatures plummet overnight, causing even more hazardous conditions on already wet and slippery roads."

Cancelled flight causes family heartache

Sunderland Echo


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

Sunderland Echo front page
Sunderland Echo

Burst pipe leads to school closure

North Shore Academy is closed for the day.

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Head to Durham if you want to Flog It!

The popular BBC antiques programme Flog It! is being filmed in the region today.

Presenter Paul Martin and his team of experts are holding a free valuation day at Ushaw College, near Durham.

Anyone can go along with any antique or family heirloom and have it valued for free.

If they are then interested in selling it, the experts will consider putting it into auction and flogging it for them.

Flog It!

Weather: A sunny day, after a cold and frosty start

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A very cold and frosty start to the day, with a warning from the Met Office for ice on untreated surfaces, and freezing fog patches.

There will be some sunshine, but it will remain cold with temperatures rising no higher than 3C (37F).

Check the forecast where you are.


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