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  1. Updates on Friday 5 January 2018

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Newcastle Falcons run in three first-half tries, then resist a comeback from Exeter to beat the defending champions.

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'Gaunt' knifeman steals man's wallet

A 'gaunt' man who threatened a 42-year-old with a knife on a street in Thornaby before stealing his wallet is being sought by police.

The victim was approached on Peel Street on Thursday evening and told to hand over his money.

His wallet, containing various cards and cash was then taken by the offender who then made off towards the Cobden Street area.

The robber is described as about 6ft tall, with blonde hair, and was "gaunt and very thin".

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police.

Road resurfacing due to start

BBC Tees

Durham County Council is to carry out road resurfacing at Coundon, Winston and Shildon over the coming weeks.

The work at Coundon runs from tomorrow to Monday 15 January and involves the resurfacing of the B6287 in two phases. The first will see the closure of Wharton Street from 6 to 10 January, with a diversion in place via Collingwood Street and Victoria Lane.

Phase two will see the closure of Leeholme Road from 11 to 15 January, with a diversion in place via Victoria Lane, Collingwood Street, Tees Walk and Eden Terrace. Access for residents will be maintained via Low Road.

Winston bridge

Meanwhile, Winston Bridge (pictured) on the B6274 between Winston and Caldwell will be closed for work from Monday 8 January to Sunday 11 February. Repairs will be carried out to masonry and the bridge’s road and footpaths will be resurfaced.

Further road resurfacing will take place on the B6282 Auckland Terrace at Shildon from Monday 22 January to Sunday 4 February. The work will involve phased road closures with diversions in place.

Car stolen while driver de-icing

BBC Tees

A car was stolen while its owner was de-icing it, police have said.

The 24-year-old man was pushed to the ground as two men took his silver Mercedes E250 AMG from Levick Crescent in Middlesbrough at 07:25 GMT on 29 December.

Cleveland Police said one man pushed the victim while another took his keys before the pair drove off at speed.

Levick Crescent

The vehicle is distinctive as it has a full black panoramic roof, the force said.

The first man is described as being white, around 5 ft 10in tall, of slim build and in his 20s. He wore a dark tracksuit with the hood pulled up tightly around his face.

The second man was of a similar size and build to the first male. He also had his hood pulled up tightly around his face and was wearing a dark tracksuit.

North East teams prepare for FA Cup ties

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The third round of the FA Cup will be held this weekend with three North East teams set to compete.

Middlesbrough will take on fellow Championship Sunderland at the Riverside Stadium at 13:00 GMT on Saturday.

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Newcastle United will host Luton Town on Saturday with a 15:00 kick off.

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City prepares for plough parade

BBC Newcastle

A procession of Morris dancers and musicians will lead a plough through Durham City on Sunday as part of a 600-year-old tradition.

The Plough Sunday procession, first recorded in Durham in 1413, will start in the market place at 13:30 and lead to Durham Cathedral where prayers will be offered an a bag containing four commemorative coins will be presented to the dancers.

Durham Cathedral
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The coins represent four pence given in 1413 to the first group recorded to draw the plough.

The tradition was revived in Durham five years ago.

The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham, said, “Durham is a city rooted in its history, and it is entertaining but also profound to draw back the veil of history to reveal the customs of a world from six centuries ago.

"Plough Sunday showcases the role of the community in the life of the Cathedral, and we fully support the revival of a tradition that encourages inquisitive members of the public into the Cathedral.”

Ridley Scott: Kevin Spacey version of film 'couldn't have been released'

All the Money in the World has become known as the film Kevin Spacey was in... and then wasn't in.

Spacey had finished shooting his role as John Paul Getty - but then, he was accused of sexual harassment.

Just weeks before its release, South Shields-born director Sir Ridley Scott re-shot all of Spacey's scenes with Christopher Plummer playing Getty instead.

Director Ridley Scott says his latest film wouldn't have been released if Spacey was in it

North East police set for TV return

BBC Tees

Police officers from the region will be returning to television screens next week in the new series of Channel 5's Police Interceptors.

The programme follows officers as they deal with incidents including collisions, people in possession of weapons and utilising police dogs in the search for suspects and drugs.

The Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit (CDSOU) will feature in eight episodes beginning on Monday 8 January at 20:00.

Head of the CDSOU, Superintendent Darren Walton, said: “The show gives the public an opportunity to see what officers deal with on a day-to-day basis in order to keep our communities safe."

In pictures: Boulby potash mine

BBC Tees

Following yesterday's announcement about the possible loss of 230 jobs at Boulby potash mine, here are some pictures from inside the mine taken in 2014.

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At a depth of 4,600ft (1,400m) it is one of the deepest mines in Europe and extends four miles (7km) out beneath the North Sea.

A machine close up
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It is changing from producing potash to polyhalite, which requires a smaller workforce.

Conveyor belt
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The mine currently employs about 700 people.

Big pile of potash
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Men in mine
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Chester-born Corey Whelan first joined Liverpool from Crewe's Academy

League Two Yeovil Town sign Liverpool's Corey Whelan, Middlesbrough's Lewis Wing and Southampton's Marcus Barnes on loan.

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Street cordoned off after 'grenade' find

A bomb disposal team is at the scene in Billingham.

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Picture released in shop worker assault investigation

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Police investigating the assault of a shop worker have released an image of a man they want to speak to.

The male cashier at the Day and Night Express shop on Westmorland Road in Newcastle was struck in the face on a Saturday night in September.

Northumbria Police

A group of people then left the shop.

Northumbria Police said the pictured man was in the shop at the time and could assist with their inquiries.

BreakingTwo police officers in court over child cruelty charges

Two police officers have appeared in court charged with cruelty after a child allegedly had water poured on its head.

Claire Wallace, 40, of Northumbria Police, and Sgt Mark Horwell, 48, of West Yorkshire Police, pleaded not guilty at Newcastle Crown Court to two charges of cruelty to a child last August.

Judge Amanda Rippon said the allegations involve "pouring water over the child's head".

Ms Wallace, of Great Park, Newcastle, and Mr Horwell, of Manor Oaks Tree, Sheffield, were released on bail to face a trial on 12 March.

Police reveal football plans

BBC Newcastle

Northumbria Police have revealed their plans for FA Cup football this weekend.

About 7,500 Luton Town supporters are expected to come to Tyneside for their 15:00 kick-off against Newcastle United tomorrow.

St James' Park
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Ch Insp Jamie Pitt said operations will be in place to minimise disruption in the city centre with latest updates available through @NPNUFC on Twitter.

The force is also liaising with Cleveland Police about Sunderland's match in Middlesbrough on 13:00. Information will be available on @NPSAFC on Twitter.

Virus closes hospital wards to visitors

Sharon Barbour

BBC Look North

Eight wards across four hospitals have been closed to visitors due to an outbreak of the norovirus.

People are being asked to stay away from the affected wards at North Tyneside (pictured), Wansbeck and Hexham General Hospitals and Blyth Community Hospital.

The Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust said the virus and flu are affecting both patients and staff. Unaffected wards will be open for one hour from 14:00 GMT but there is a limit to two visitors per bed.

North Tyneside Hospital

A spokesman said: "We realise that this will disappoint people who have loved ones on these wards. "Please rest assured that our doctors, nurses and the whole team around them are doing everything they possibly can to get them open."

The closed wards are:

  • North Tyneside General Hospital - wards 5, 12 and 15
  • Wansbeck General Hospital - wards 5 and 9
  • Hexham General Hospital - wards 2 and 4
  • Blyth Community Hospital - ward 1

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Accident causing tailbacks in Gateshead

'Slight ease in demand' on ambulance service

The North East Ambulance Service has reduced its operation status back to severe pressure, following what it describes as a "slight ease in demand".

On Tuesday it had been raised to the highest possible - extreme - after an "unprecedented" rise in calls over the festive period.

However, the service remains very busy, as do the region's hospitals, and has urged people to call 999 only in the case of an emergency.

North East Ambulance Service

Knife-wielding robber steals £150 from wine shop

BBC Newcastle

A man with a knife stole £150 from a wine shop in Newcastle, police have said.

The man threatened a male worker at Sandhu Wine and News on Cedar Road in Fenham at about 19:00 on Wednesday and demanded he hand over the contents of the till.

Cedar Road

Northumbria Police said the worker was "very shaken" but unhurt.

The suspect is described as white, 5ft 7in, aged in his late 20s to early 30s and wearing a dark coloured hoodie with his hood up.At this stage, detectives do not believe there is any link between this robbery and the attempted robbery at the Chinese restaurant in Walker on Tuesday.

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Mine job losses are 'kick in the teeth'

BBC Tees

The Conservative MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland has told us this morning that the announcement that 230 jobs will be axed from Boulby Potash Mine is a "kick in the teeth" for the area.

Simon Clarke described it as a "bolt from the blue" as he said at no point was it made clear that the cuts would happen on such a great scale or so soon.

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Cleveland Potash said the redundancies are vital to preserve the future of the mine, which is switching from potash to polyhailite production.

Mr Clarke said he's now working with Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and central government to support those affected

Man stabbed multiple times

BBC Tees

A man is in a stable condition in hospital after being stabbed multiple times, police have said.

The 22-year-old was attacked on Anderson Road in Thornaby at about 15:00 yesterday.

Anderson Road

Cleveland Police said he is being treated at James Cook University Hospital.

Officers are appealing for information.

Weather: Bright but showers possible

BBC Weather

Today should see a dry, cloudy start for many, although a little rain is likely through the morning in the north.

There might be some sleet or snow across the hills.

Brighter spells could develop during the afternoon, although a few further showers are also possible.

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