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Summary

  1. British student charged with spying in UAE
  2. Man charged with car park stab murder
  3. Jail for Middlesbrough lottery-winner scammer

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  2. County Durham teenagers are being shown road safety

    BBC Tees

    Students in County Durham are being shown the dangers of driving as this year's Wise Drive campaign gets under way.

    Emergency services are teaming up with families who've lost loved ones in car accidents to deliver hard hitting lessons on how to drive.

    In the Durham Force area,144 people aged between 15-24 have been killed or seriously injured in collisions in the past three years.

    Driver behind the wheel

    PC Mike Fischer, who works in Durham Constabulary's Road Policing Unit, says it's "vital that they get the message across to the kids of this age because they are vulnerable, impressionable and they can succumb to peer pressure".

    He added: "If we can prevent one of these accidents then that's certainly a job well done by us."

  3. Sunderland fans urged to share their club memories

    Lucy Moody

    Journalist

    Are you a Sunderland fan? If your answer is yes then this worth a read.

    A new art exhibition in the city is urging Sunderland fans to share their best memories of the club,

    The Frederick Street Gallery is calling on supporters to wrote and sketch on a wall.

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  4. Plans to close three Sunderland walk-in centres

    BBC Newcastle

    Health bosses are warning large areas of Sunderland will be left with patchy access to urgent care services if plans to close three walk-in centres go ahead.

    Proposals from the Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group would see centres at Bunny Hill, Houghton and Washington close and instead, one centre at Pallion will open.

    Close up of a sphygmomanometer and stethoscope

    In a report, health chiefs say the plan will only benefit those who live close to the proposed centre, and it will be to the detriment of patients in other areas.

    The Sunderland CCG says the move will simplify the system.

  5. North East ambulance workers to carry cameras

    Lucy Moody

    Journalist

    About 40 ambulance staff in the North East are the first to trial body cameras in a bid to protect them against attacks.

    The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) said it had seen the number of reported physical assaults on their staff increase by 23% compared to last year.

    Head of risk Alan Gallagher said: "The health, safety and welfare of our staff are of upmost importance. We want to take every precaution possible to ensure that our employees are safe whilst at work."

    NHS Ambulance arriving at Accident and Emergency

    He added: “From previous reports, we know that most of these circumstances happen away from CCTV covered areas so using body worn video cameras will mean that our staff can record evidence of abuse or assaults when they happen, such as when they are in a residential property attending to a patient."

    This scheme which launched this week comes after a new law that was recently introduced, the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill, in which individuals who assault or attack emergency workers will face longer jail terms if found guilty.

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A67 County Durham both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A67 County Durham both ways severe disruption, from Bridge Street to Bentley Wynd.

    A67 County Durham - A67 High Street in Yarm closed and very slow traffic in both directions from the Bridge Street junction to the Bentley Wynd junction, because of Yarm Fair 2018 preperations.

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

  7. Football gossip: Newcastle 'want to sign Rodrigues'

    BBC Sport

    Newcastle United want to sign 27-year-old, Cape Verde winger Garry Rodrigues from Galatasaray. (Hurriyet - in Turkish).

    For more gossip click here

    Midfielder Garry Rodrigue
  8. Newcastle housebuilder Bellway sees profits rise

    Newcastle-based housebuilder Bellway has reported a 14.3% rise in pre-tax profits to £641.1m for the year to July 31.

    The firm said revenues lifted 15.6% to £2.96bn over the year.

    Its average selling price for private homes also rose by 9.3% to £323,426.

    But it reiterated warnings that house price growth has "moderated".

    Housebuilding

    It said this, together with higher costs, was taking its toll on profit margins, while the group added that demand has been "less pronounced at the higher end of the market".

    Chief executive Jason Honeyman said: "The board are mindful that the forthcoming exit from the EU in March could pose a threat to consumer confidence during the busy spring selling season.

    "Assuming that market conditions remain unchanged, however, this healthy position should enable Bellway to further increase output in the year ahead."

  9. BreakingNewport Bridge closed in both directions

    Lucy Moody

    Journalist

    Drivers are being asked to avoid Newport Bridge in Middlesbrough due to concerns over the welfare of a woman.

    A Cleveland police spokesperson said the bridge could be closed for a couple of hours while they deal with the incident.

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    Severe disruption: A1032 North Yorkshire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A1032 North Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, from A66 to A1046 Haverton Hill Road.

    A1032 North Yorkshire - A1032 Tees Bridge Approach Road in Middlesbrough closed in both directions from Cannon Park Interchange to the A1046 Haverton Hill Road junction.

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

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    Severe disruption: A67 County Durham both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A67 County Durham both ways severe disruption, from Bentley Wynd to Bridge Street.

    A67 County Durham - A67 High Street in Yarm closed in both directions from the Bentley Wynd junction to the Bridge Street junction, because of Yarm Fair 2018.

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

  12. Should Santa wear a seat belt?

    BBC Tees

    A Christmas tradition which has been happening in County Durham for decades could change because of health and safety rules.

    Santa has toured the streets of Newton Aycliffe on the back of a truck-mounted sleigh for decades but, now, the town council says the event can't continue in its current form because it breaks rules.

    Father Christmas will now be required to sit in the lorry's cab with his seat belt on, and can only greet children at designated stops.

    A final decision will be made tomorrow night but councillor Bob Fleming, the leader of Great Aycliffe Council, says it'll still be a great event for the local community.

    He added: "Santa is going to be visible as he travels around, he will be able to get out and he will be able to stay in one place for at least quarter of a quarter of an hour so all areas of the town will be serviced."

  13. Reopening of Tyne pedestrian and cycle tunnels delayed again

    James Harrison

    Local Democracy Reporter

    The planned re-opening of the Tyne pedestrian and cycle tunnels will not now happen until 2019, officials have said.

    The river crossing had been expected to be back in action by Christmas, but further technical problems mean that date cannot be met.

    Tyne cycle tunnel

    A spokeswoman for Newcastle City Council, which is running the scheme on behalf of the North East Combined Authority, said: "The refurbishment of this Grade II listed structure is an extremely complicated and challenging project and we are committed to bringing it into public use as soon as possible.

    "The work on the refurbishment of the Tyne Pedestrian and Cyclist Tunnel has unfortunately been beset by a number of complex issues which has resulted in a series of delays as the work required was far greater than we anticipated.

    "This includes dealing with asbestos which shut down the construction work for eight months to allow a deep clean to be carried out, the loss of contractors through administration as well as the issues with water entering the tunnels.

    "However, we are now in the final stretch of the work and we look forward to opening the tunnels back for public use in early 2019."

  14. Northumbria University carries out near-zero gravity experiments

    Jonathan Swingler

    Video Journalist

    Experiments are being carried out in zero gravity by North East scientists which could help humans get to Mars.

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  15. More people in Middlesbrough becoming dementia friends

    Lucy Moody

    Journalist

    Watching a loved one living with dementia is hard for all the family.

    To see someone you have so many cherished memories with drift away right in front of your eyes is so difficult and that's why it's fantastic news to hear that more people in Midddlesbrough are being trained to become dementia friends.

    Almost two thousand people in Middlesbrough have been given a better understanding of dementia by becoming a dementia friend.

    The Alzheimer's Society is educating people about the disease - so they can help loved ones or someone they know who's developed it.

    Hands of an elderly woman

    Brian Rowcroft is a Dementia Friend Champion in Middlesbrough and says people with memory loss need more understanding.

    He added: "I'm hoping that people will leave the training with a greater understanding and just think more about what they might be able to do in their community.

    "It really is about raising awareness and saying that everyone in one hour can become a dementia friend."

    If you are considering it I would highly recommend being trained- I became a dementia friend back in 2016 and have managed to help a number of people within our community.

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