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  1. Updates on Thursday 4 January 2018

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  2. Man remains in hospital with serious head injury following assault in Redcar

    A 22-year-old man was left with serious head injuries after being assaulted in Redcar.

    Police received a report of an altercation involving a large number of people on Yew Tree Avenue at 22:15 last night.

    The victim was taken to James Cook University Hospital.

  3. Fire crews bombarded with bricks

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    Fire crews responding to emergency calls in the Hylton Red House area of Wearside will now be joined by police officers after they were attacked with bricks.

    Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service were called to a malicious fire of rubbish bags on Tuesday night. Firefighters say bricks were thrown at the crew and youths attempted to add wheelie bins to the burning waste.

    No one was injured but the service says any 999 calls reporting incidents in that area will see fire crews joined by police.

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  4. Police want help in tracing man following rape on Teesside

    Police are still trying to find a man they want to speak to in connection with the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Hartlepool.

    24-year-old Heman Mohammed Tahir is believed to have left the Teesside area and travelled to London.

    The incident happened on the night of Tuesday 26th September or in the early hours of the next morning at The Windmill in Dalton Piercy near Hartlepool.

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    Image caption: Heman Mohammed Tahir
    Image of Heman Mohammed Tahir
    Image caption: Heman Mohammed Tahir
  5. 12-year-old Teesside judo champion aiming high in 2018

    12-year-old judo champ Charlie Ayre from Thornaby won a second British title in December, and this month will attend the England Development Programme.

    Over the last 14 months Charlie has competed seven times, picking up five gold and two silver medals in competitions the length and breadth of the UK, with a win-loss ratio last year of 20-1.

    Proud dad Paul was himself crowned junior British judo champion in 1987 at the age of 14.

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    Image of Charlie
  6. Police ask for help to find missing 18-year-old

    Police are appealing for help from the public to trace a missing 18-year-old Sunderland man.Alex Short from Shiney Row was reported missing at 12:30 yesterday.Police and his family are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

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  7. Appeal after 14-year-old goes missing

    14-year-old Scott Stringfellow was last seen at his home in Ryton, Gateshead, at around 9.15pm last night.

    He was reported missing this morning and police are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare.

    Scott is described as 5ft 2in tall, very thin build with short fair hair.

    He is believed to be wearing a navy blue jacket.

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    Video caption: Nick Dunn says being home is 'a magical feeling'

    Nick Dunn says being home is "a magical feeling" after he was held in India for four years on gun charges.

  9. Fire union calls for rethink following cuts

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    The Fire Brigades Union is asking for a rethink on Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service's plans to cut the numbers of firefighters on a fire engine from 5 to 4.

    The union claims that a 2 year-old could have been killed in Sunderland last month if one less firefighter had attended the call out.

    Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service say that this isn't the case - and the new measures will not put lives at risk.

    Changes at stations in Marley Park, Hebburn, Wallsend and Birtley started on January 1 and will be rolled out to all Tyne and Wear Fire stations by June.

  10. Nick Dunn says his life has begun

    BBC Newcastle

    A month after finally making it home from a prison cell in India, Nick Dunn from Northumberland has told BBC Newcastle now is the time for his life to begin.

    His sister, Lisa, led a four-year campaign to bring him home after he was acquitted of weapons charges.

    He thanked his sister for all that she has done.

    Quote Message: She's an amazing inspiration to myself and everyone out there." from Nick Dunn
    Nick Dunn
    Nick Dunn
  11. Concern over increase in domestic violence cases in Redcar

    BBC Tees

    A domestic violence charity has told BBC Tees it's seen an increase in women needing their services in 2017 - and it's expecting to see the same thing happen this year.

    EVA Women's Aid in Redcar worked with 529 women in 2016.

    That jumped to 718 women last year - a 35% increase.

  12. "Very likely" major operations will be cancelled

    BBC Newcastle

    The North East's Urgent and Emergency Care Network has told BBC Newcastle its "very likely that the majority of operations will be cancelled over the coming week or so."

    NHS England has postponed non-urgent treatment until next month.

    Around 55 thousand people are likely to be affected nationally.

  13. Passengers face fewer services during rail stoppage

    Up to 40% of Northern Rail services will be cancelled during strike action which begins next week, the company has said.

    Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union are taking part in three 24-hour strikes on 8, 10 and 12 January over the role of guards on trains.

    Northern said it aimed to run around 1,350 services each day across the north of England, equating to about 60% of its normal timetable.


    The majority of trains will run between 07:00 and 19:00, with passengers warned to allow extra time to travel and to plan any journeys carefully.

    Sharon Keith, Regional Director at Northern, said: “Services across the three days will be busy as many people are returning to work and school after the Christmas break.

    “We are doing all we can to keep our customers on the move and are focusing on running as many trains as possible.

    “We ask everyone to take time to plan their journeys carefully, allow extra time for travel and regularly check for service updates on our website.”

  14. Darlington fire treated as suspected arson amid Traveller feud

    Fire crews were called out to an arson attack in Darlington last night which is believed to be the latest incident in a feud between members of the Traveller community.

    Nobody was in the semi-detached property in Lynton Gardens at the time and it is believed that three men were involved in the attack and escaped in a 4x4.

    Police later discovered a car on fire on Bishopton Lane, Great Burdon.

    The feud between Travelling families has seen the skulls of two teenage boys removed from their graves as well as lorries and cars driven into properties in Darlington over the last two years.

  15. BreakingMore than two hundred jobs at risk at Boulby Potash Mine

    BBC Tees

    About 230 jobs are set to be axed when Cleveland Potash switches production to a different type of fertiliser called polyhalite.

    Potash production at Boulby Mine will stop in six months' time because the owners say reserves of the mineral are low.

    The 230 jobs could be lost as a result of the change, but Cleveland Potash says the switch to polyhalite is "vital" to secure the mine's future.

    The company says it would still be East Cleveland's biggest employer and is starting a consultation with unions about the future of its 700 workers.

    Sue Jeffrey, the leader of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, said she was "devastated" as the community had only just begun to recover from the closure of SSI.

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