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  1. Updates on Tuesday 2 January 2018

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Bluebird team packs for the end of Scottish trials

The engineers who restored the shattered wreckage of Donald Campbell's Bluebird to full working order and have spent the past 10 days proving it on the Isle of Bute are preparing to return to the workshop in North Tyneside.

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The work on Loch Fad has proved the hydroplane can still top 100mph with ease, but has raised new doubts about just how much time she will spend in the extension to the Ruskin Museum in Coniston that was built to be her permanent home.

Double success as identical twins clinch top grades at Sunderland school

Sunderland Echo


A Sunderland school is celebrating a double success as twins clinch top A-levels.

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Your Pictures: Life's a beach

Anyone hoping for a sunny afternoon at Newcastle's Quayside may have been disappointed.

There may be palm trees, but they are surrounded by dark clouds.

Clouds over the Quayside

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North East students achieve England's highest pass rate

BBC Newcastle

North East A-level students are celebrating today after achieving the highest pass rate in England on results day.

Some 98.2% of pupils in the region achieved an A-star to E grade, the same as last year.

However, in the BBC Newcastle area the proportion of students getting A-star and A fell slightly to 22.8%, a half a percentage point fall.

Newcastle teenagers help UK's biggest foodbank
Newcastle's West End Foodbank had made a desperate appeal for supplies.
County Durham community transforms disabled man's garden
Community comes together to improve disabled man's quality of life by transforming garden.
DeAndre Yedlin is a doubt for Newcastle with a knee injury

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Cardiff City and Newcastle United.

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Watch: Teenagers stock up foodbank

A group of teenagers made it their mission to restock Newcastle's West End Foodbank after the charity put out a desperate appeal.

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Helping hand to combat Middlesbrough fuel poverty

BBC Tees

A new scheme is aiming to cut fuel poverty in Middlesbrough after the town is revealed as England's most fuel poor area.

Middlesbrough's Affordable Warmth Partnership is joining forces home energy installation company 0800 Repair to deliver energy efficiency measures to homes across the borough.

The partnership will provide help towards the cost of a gas boiler replacement, loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and insulation for attics and rooms in the roof.

Government data says 17% of Middlesbrough households are in fuel poverty - the equivalent of almost 10,000 homes.

Woman named in Redcar death

A woman who was found dead in Redcar yesterday has been named as 66-year-old Barbara Davison.

Her family have released a statement, saying they are "totally devastated at losing [their] mum" and that they are still in shock.

They ask to be "left to deal with this and for privacy at this very difficult time”.

Barbara Davison

A 59-year-old man was arrested yesterday following the discovery on William Street.

North Shields man dies on holiday in Ibiza

BBC Newcastle

A North Tyneside man has died while on holiday in Ibiza.

Paul Gardner, from North Shields, died after jumping from some rocks in the sea on Tuesday, Spanish police said.

It is believed the 24-year-old was celebrating his birthday with friends in San Antonio when he jumped from rocks that were up to 8m high and into the sea, but may have died when he hit some rocks below.

Further investigations are to take place.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office says staff in London and Spain are "assisting the family of a British man" and are in contact with the Spanish police.

Paul Gardner

Woman attacked in Stanley

A woman was attacked while walking through an underpass in Stanley.

The 24-year-old was approached by a man who tried to pull her bag off her and pushed her to the floor at about 21:30 on Tuesday.

The suspect didn't manage to steal the bag and fled the underpass which leads from East Stanley to Clifford Road, in the town centre.

The victim was left shaken and went to hospital for treatment to her hand and arm.

Jonnie Peacock: 'There's still a lot more I'm capable of'

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

World champion sprint runner Jonnie Peacock will make his return to athletics in Newcastle.

The 25-year-old is due to compete at the Great City Games in September.

He also has one eye on defending his title at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai having taken time out since winning the T44 100m in London last year.

Jonnie Peacock
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I am still an athlete and that is my job. It's been fun doing different stuff and from that, if I can bring a few more people looking at the sport, that would be really cool. But I'm not done yet, I've done some good things but there's still a lot more I'm capable of."

Jonnie Peacock

Sunderland drivers fined 1,600 times for parking in disabled bays

Sunderland Echo


Motorists have been fined more than 1,600 times for abusing disabled parking spaces in Sunderland over the past three years.

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Follow the latest news stories from the National League, including transfers and selected contract announcements.

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Your pictures: Bolam Lake

Who else wishes they were at Bolam Lake in Swalwell after seeing this picture?

Bolam Lake
Carl Moffat

Carl Moffat sent us this gorgeous picture.

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Sunderland, South Tyneside and Durham councils to keep using glyphosate

Local Democracy Reporting Service

There are no plans to stop council workers in South Tyneside, Durham and Sunderland using the weedkiller glyphosate, despite a US court ruling in favour of a gardener who claimed the chemical caused his terminal cancer.

Sunderland City Council, South Tyneside Council and Durham County Council all say that they are satisfied that it is safe to use by 'trained and competent staff'.

Last week, a jury in California ruled it had "substantially" contributed to groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis in 2014.

It led to manufacturer Monsanto, which uses the substance in its Roundup range, being ordered to pay £226m in damages.

Glyphosate is a common ingredient in weedkillers and widely available. For the council, only qualified staff administer weedkillers. The council continues to monitor guidance and should the Environment Agency and DEFRA change their guidance the council will change its procedures."

Councillor Amy WilsonCabinet member for environment and transport for Sunderland City Council

We take the health and safety of our workforce extremely seriously. We will continue to monitor national guidance on the use of weedkiller and will review our procedures should this prove necessary."

Jimmy BennettClean and green manager at Durham County Council

A statement on Monsanto's website said "more than 800 scientific studies and reviews" have proved glyphosate does not cause cancer and said it would appeal against the court's ruling.

A-level success for Teesside student Jack

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

An excellent result for Guisborough student Jack.

Four A*s and a place at Cambridge - nice work.

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A-level results: Newcastle College

Another college celebrating A-levels day in the North East is Newcastle College.

They have been tweeting about their successful students this morning, with many achieving places in their universities of choice.

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Across the country, 97.6% of A-level entries were awarded A* to E grades.

Middlesbrough celebrates A-level results

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Students all around the country are finally picking up their A-level results today.

The highest proportion of As and A*s since 2012 has been awarded to students, England's exams regulator says.

But how have teenagers done here in the North East?

Middlesbrough College were one of the firsts to show their excitement, by posting many tweets celebrating their brainy students.

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Pauper funerals on the rise in Newcastle

BBC Newcastle

The number of paupers funerals in taking place in Newcastle has doubled since 2010.

Latest figures show the city council stepped in 44 times across 2017 and 2018, to provide a basic funeral for families who cannot afford one.

It means there are no gravestone, flowers or death notices in the paper.

The leader of the council has described the increase as "saddening".

Residents angry at recycling plant expansion

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Nearby residents were left angry after changes at a Northumberland waste plant, which will allow 24-hour operation, were given the green light.

The variation of conditions for the Remondis JBT site on the Barrington Industrial Estate, between Choppington and Bedlington Station, will also see a second weighbridge installed.

It means that the site can operate 24 hours a day within the two main buildings, to allow the recovery of waste to take place more slowly, increasing the amount that is recovered and reducing what goes to landfill.

A previous bid had been refused as it would have extended the hours for vehicles entering and leaving the site as well, but that has now been dropped.

Nonetheless, a number of people in attendance were clearly not happy as the changes were unanimously approved at last Tuesday's meeting of the county council's strategic planning committee.

Residents are supportive of local jobs and recycling, except when it affects their quality of life in their homes and gardens. Twenty-four-hour working can only result in an increase in dust so there's going to be no relief."

Councillor Julie Foster

Remondis director Steve Patterson said 'extensive modelling' had shown that neighbours won't be affected by noise and dust, and regular monitoring takes place to ensure the firm is within the permitted limits.

Travel: Port Clarence clear

Roads in Port Clarence are now clear as protesters have left the area.

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Flower pot thieves spied on CCTV

The Shields Gazette

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Shields Gazette

Tributes paid to popular campaigner and councillor

Hartlepool Mail


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

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Hartlepool Mail

Severe disruption: A179 County Durham northbound

BBC News Travel

A179 County Durham northbound severe disruption, at A19.

A179 County Durham - A179 in Durham lane closed on entry slip road northbound at the A19 junction, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Potential new bars and restaurants top open in Whitley Bay

Laura Hill

Local Democracy Reporter

People in Whitley Bay could soon have two new venues to enjoy as licensing applications for a bar and restaurant have been lodged.

The former Pound Stretcher site on Park View has been transformed and could reopen as a bar and restaurant called Giraffe Lounge, with Mr Petit restaurant next door.

HT Leisure Ltd has applied to North Tyneside Council for a licence to sell alcohol and late night refreshments.It has also applied to show films and play live music at the venues.

New venue space

The plans come as the town is experiencing a renaissance with several new businesses opening in the area.

Over the last 24 months, 33 new business ventures have launched in Whitley Bay, a report to the council's economic prosperity committee said earlier this year.

Around six million people visit the coast each year, a report to the council found, and they bring £270m into the local economy, supporting more than 3,500 jobs.

The council is expected to make a decision on the applications in the coming weeks.

Police reunite WW2 photograph with owner

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Northumbria Police have reunited a photograph of the 617 and 627 "Dambusters" squadron with it's owner after a police appeal.

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Police appeal for information after man exposes himself to woman

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Northumbria Police is appealing for information after an indecent exposure in Gateshead

A 73-year-old woman was walking her dogs on Black Lane in the Eighton Banks area of Gateshead At around 11:45 on 1 August.

She passed a man she did not know who then exposed himself. He did not speak to the woman, but the incident did make her feel distressed.

He left the area in a large silver car, described as possibly a 4x4 or large hatchback, which had been parked on Black Lane.

He is described as white, aged in his mid to late 40s, around 5ft 9in, of medium build and with very fair hair or balding. He was wearing dark trousers and a grey sweatshirt.

Hexham urgent care centre to remain closed

Hexham General Hospital’s urgent care centre will now remain closed overnight between 22:00 and 08:00 for an indeterminate period.

The decision has being made to ensure patients get access to a reliable and safe service.

The trust is working closely with Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group to discuss long-term arrangements for the overnight service at the urgent care centre and will report back to residents as soon as there is further news.

We deeply regret that the staffing issues which caused the initial suspension have proven hard to resolve sustainably despite making every possible effort. As such, we have taken the decision to extend the temporary closure of overnight services at the Hexham urgent care centre.

I know this decision will disappoint many in the area, we are too, but it just wouldn’t be safe to reopen at this point and compromising on patient safety is something which we will never do.”

Marion DicksonChief operating officer for surgery

Owl in a days work

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

An owl has been rescued in Spennymoor by the County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service.

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Man arrested following discovery of woman's body

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

A 59-year-old man has been arrested following the discovery of a woman's body in Redcar.

The man was arrested in Station Road following the discovery of a woman’s body in William Street earlier today.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to call 101.

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crime scene

BreakingMan arrested following discovery of woman's body

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

A 59-year-old man has been arrested in Redcar on suspicion of murder.

The man was arrested in Station Road following the discovery of a woman’s body in William Street earlier today.

The identity of the woman has not been confirmed.

A post-mortem exam will take place later to confirm the cause of death.

Officers are appealing for anyone with information to call 101.