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  1. Updates on Friday 16 February

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Brentford add to struggling Sunderland's Championship relegation troubles, cruising to a 2-0 win at the Stadium of Light.

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Off-duty firefighters save crash driver's life

Two Northumberland firefighters found themselves saving a life outside the county as they made their way to a training course.Paul Cameron and Tom Oliver, of Northumberland Fire Service (NFS) were on their way to a boat operating course on the River Tyne at Newcastle Quayside when they came upon a crashed car with an unconscious man inside.

They performed CPR on the man, who they believe may have suffered a cardiac arrest, until paramedics arrived, saving his life, NFS said.

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Pair released in ATM explosion investigation

BBC Tees

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Two men arrested in connection with the blowing up of a cash machine have been released under investigation, Durham Police have said.

A five-figure sum of cash was stolen from the free-standing ATM after it was detonated in Darlington on Wednesday.

A 34-year-old man from the Bradford area was arrested in Leeds, and a 33-year-old man, also from the Bradford area, was arrested in Darlington.

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Woman, 92, left heartbroken by burglary

BBC Newcastle

A 92-year-old woman has been left heartbroken after jewellery given to her by her late husband was stolen, police have said.

The burglary happened at a property in Ashford Drive, Sacriston, when a thief stole the jewellery as the victim slept in the early hours of this morning.

A spokesman for Durham Police said: “The woman is extremely shaken up by this incident and has been left heartbroken that her jewellery was stolen.

“Some of the jewellery was given to this woman by her late husband when she was just 15 years old. He was her first boyfriend who she later went on to marry. The pieces are of tremendous sentimental value and she had wanted to give the jewellery to her grandkids.”

Teenage troublemakers warned they face arrest

Talks shed light on historical family

A series of talks aims to shed light on a wealthy and influential County Durham family.

The Marquesses of Londonderry owned significant amounts of land in the area, and were responsible for the building of Seaham Harbour, amongst other landmarks.

Historical documents relating to the family, as well as those who worked for them and lived on their land are held in a special collection at Durham County Record Office.

These will form the subject of talks at County Hall on 19 and 22 February.

Wynyard Park, the seat of the Marquesses of Londonderry
Durham County Council

“The history of the Marquesses is fascinating, and touches on both national and international politics, as well as local families."

Dawn LaylandArchivist at Durham County Council

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New homes coming to Newton Aycliffe

New homes are set to be built in Newton Aycliffe.

A £6.8m grant for infrastructure has been awarded to Durham County Council, allowing 1,500 houses to be built.

The money will also be used to improve roads and utilities, upgrading the A167 in order to "reduce congestion" and help "tackle traffic capacity issues".

Carl Marshall, Cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “This cash will enable the delivery of much-needed new homes in the south of our county, which will have a significant impact on the economic growth of the area and wider county.”

Have you seen Kyle?

A 17-year-old from South Tyneside has gone missing.

Kyle Brownlee is believed to be in Newcastle, police say.

Kyle Brownlee
NORTHUMBRIA POLICE

Rob Lee: Newcastle United 'does not feel like' a huge club

BBC Sport

Newcastle United "does not feel like" a huge club anymore and people "don't want to play for them", says the club's former midfielder Rob Lee.

The Magpies are 13th in the Premier League but just two points above the relegation zone.

Owner Mike Ashley put the club up for sale in October, but ended talks last monthover a potential £250m sale.

"It is a shame. The club has been in decline for such a long time," Lee told BBC Newcastle.

Newcastle fans protesting about Mike Ashley's ownership of the club
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The Year of the (police) Dog

Happy Chinese New Year everybody.

To celebrate the Year of the Dog, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service have shared a picture of their loyal pooch Spencer, who they say fits all the traits of the Chinese symbol.

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Severe disruption: A19 County Durham southbound

BBC News Travel

A19 County Durham southbound severe disruption, between Stockton Road and B1320 Burnhope Way.

A19 County Durham - One lane closed on A19 southbound in Peterlee between the Stockton Road junction and the B1320 Burnhope Way junction, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Last chance for your own cup glory!

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FA People's Cup sign-up graphic - deadline this Sunday
BBC Sport

The deadline to get involved in the 2018 FA People's Cup is midnight THIS Sunday - so get your entry in now.

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Concert popularity has 'resurgence' in the North East

BBC Newcastle

Concert and gig-goers in the North East spend almost £44m a year on tickets, travel, and food & drink, a report shows.

The UK Live Music Census, the first nationwide live music survey of its kind, also found the industry supports more than 1600 full-time jobs in the region.

Joel Thompson, the Venue Manager at The Cluny in Newcastle, says the industry has had "a resurgence recently", and thinks the key to the success in the region may be "variety".

Funeral held of TV farmer Hannah Hauxwell

The funeral has taken place for Hannah Hauxwell whose tough life as a farmer in the north of England featured in a series of television programmes.

Hannah Hauxwell funeral
BBC

Hannah Hauxwell found fame in the 1970s as the programmes showed her difficult and remote life in Baldersdale, near Barnard Castle.

She died aged 91 at a nursing home in West Auckland, County Durham, in January.

The service took place at Barnard Castle Methodist Church.

Hannah Hauxwell
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It was in 1973 when Yorkshire Television's documentary Too Long A Winter introduced Hannah.

Viewers saw her struggle to run the 80-acre Low Birk Hatt farm after the death of her parents, and attempting to survive on less than £200 per year.

The Reverend Beverley Hollings, who took the service, said: "People just admired her for her determination for keeping going in those conditions."

Hannah Hauxwell

Hannah Hauxwell found fame after a 1970s documentary which chronicled her life in the Yorkshire Dales.

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Robbery in Darlington Post Office

A Post Office has been robbed in Darlington.

Cash and cigarettes were stolen from the Blackwell store at about 05:45 this morning.

A member of staff was threatened with what is being described as a handgun, but nobody was injured.

The Post Office
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Sunrise in Seaham

The sunrise looked beautiful in Seaham this morning.

Seaton Sluice
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Historic sex abuse reports double in just three years

Hartlepool Mail

Newspaper

Reports of historic sex abuse to police have doubled in just the last three years.

High profile scandals of sexual grooming in Rochdale and Rotherham along with celebrity cases of Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris have encouraged victims to come forward, say police.

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Hartlepool Mail

Crash victim 'dearly missed' by family

A 25-year-old who died when his motorbike crashed with a lorry has been remembered by his family.

Aaron Miles, from Billingham, was "loved by all his family" and will be "dearly missed".

In a statement, his family talk about his "quirky" sense of humour and his "terrific dance moves".

His motorbike and car were his "pride and joy", which he was "forever polishing".

They added: “We will cherish the memories we have with him. We would like to thank everyone who has expressed their sympathies and condolences so far.”

Aaron Miles
CLEVELAND POLICE

Burglar caught red handed after raid on home

Hartlepool Mail

Newspaper

A burglar was caught red-handed trying to steal copper pipe and wiring from a house that was under refurbishment.

Gary Hepworth
HARTLEPOOL MAIL

Loganair to end Durham to Aberdeen flights

Launch of deal between Loganair and Durham Tees Valley Airport
LOGANAIR

Loganair will end its service from Durham Tees Valley Airport to Aberdeen five months after it launched, the airline has confirmed.

The firm said changes to their fleet meant it would have needed to lease additional aircraft to continue the service.

The Peel Group, who own the airport, said the decision was "disappointing".

The service, which started in October, will end on 16 March. Eastern Airways will still fly the route.

Road closed following crash

A man has been taken to hospital after a car crashed outside Newcastle Law Courts, police have confirmed.

It was a one-vehicle collision which took place at 08:50 this morning.

A road is currently closed between the law courts and City Road.

Sunderland gas explosion heroes honoured for their bravery

Sunderland Echo

Newspaper

Two firefighters who put their lives on the line to save a woman after an horrific house explosion in Sunderland have been honoured for their bravery.

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Hexham business levy in spotlight again

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

Firms in Hexham are being asked whether a controversial scheme to boost trade in the town should be scrapped.

The Hexham Business Improvement District, or BID, has hit a series of problems with some firms refusing to pay the compulsory "levy" and being taken to court.

And in December, the BID's board of directors stood down. Now Northumberland County Council is consulting 650 businesses which were asked to pay about its future.

It's stopped pursuing payments until that's complete and there'll be a public meeting on 26 March.

Hexham town centre map
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Car park 'chaos' drivers face £75 fines

Colin Briggs

Look North

Middlesbrough Council says drivers causing car parking chaos on a housing estate in the town will face hefty fines.

The council says residents on the Scholars Rise estate, off Marton Road, have had enough of the problems caused by visitors to the nearby James Cook University Hospital parking on the estate for free.

It's joining forces with bosses from the hospital and the police to hand out £75 fixed penalty notices to offenders.

Hospital protesters continue fight amid 'downgrading services' fears

BBC Newcastle

Campaigners worried about the planned reorganisation of services at South Tyneside District Hospital, in South Shields, will hold a protest there today.

Proposals include moving stroke, maternity and emergency children's services from South Tyneside to Sunderland.

Roger Nettleship, chairman of the Save South Tyneside Hospital group, fears the changes amount to "downgrading" and says: "Thousands of people won't be able to access services locally. That's not acceptable in a modern society. We're going backwards."

Among those protesting will be South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck and Stephen Hepburn, who's the MP for Jarrow.

The South Tyneside Clinical Commission Group says "retaining the status quo and not making any changes is simply not an option". NHS chiefs meet next week to determine the future of the facility.

Protesters at South Tyneside Hospital in October 2017
Save South Tyneside Hospital

Mourners to bid farewell to daleswoman Hannah Hauxwell

BBC Tees

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The funeral of daleswoman Hannah Hauxwell takes place today in Barnard Castle.

Hannah rose to fame in the 1970s as the star of several television programmes about her life in Baldersdale, where she lived alone at Low Birk Hatt Farm with no electricity or running water.

Rev Beverley Hollings is taking the service and said: "She was a well-known person in the village. There was a very public persona of Hannah and then there was the private person as well.

"What struck me meeting her for the first time was how gently and softly spoken she was, and what a polite lady she was.

"And yet you could still see underneath the determination."

Hannah Hauxwell
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Weather: Dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

After a frosty start, today will be dry with spells of sunshine. However, the sunshine is likely to turn rather hazy during the afternoon.

Following a dry evening, cloud will thicken with outbreaks of rain moving in overnight, along with some sleet and snow over the hills.

Weather forecast, Friday 16 February 2018
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Severe disruption: A189 Northumberland southbound

BBC News Travel

A189 Northumberland southbound severe disruption, between A193 Front Street and A192.

A189 Northumberland - A189 in Blyth closed southbound between the A193 Front Street junction and Three Horse Shoes Roundabout, because of a burst water main. Diversion in operation - via A193, Horton Road and re-join the A189 at the Three Horse Shoes roundabout.

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Sunderland pays tribute to Miller

Sunderland will pay tribute to former midfielder Liam Miller before their Championship match against Brentford on Saturday.

The 36-year-old Irishman died last week after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Miller, who played 60 times for the Black Cats, will be remembered with a minute's applause before kick-off.

"At this sad time we would like to pay our respects and show our appreciation together - club and fans - along with our visitors from Brentford," Sunderland chief executive Martin Bain told the club's official website.

miller also played for Celtic
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Arrest made following Sunderland robbery

A 37-year-old man has been arrested after an armed robbery in Silksworth, Sunderland.

It happened yesterday morning at J&H Local in Tempest Street in Silksworth. A man went into the store and threatened staff before stealing a lottery machine.

He had a handgun, although it has not yet been confirmed if it was real or imitation.

No-one was injured.