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    Video caption: Sparks fly as Middlesbrough vandals destroy £10,000 CCTV masts

    Cameras on the masts captured the attack by two men with a circular saw.

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  3. Sculpture trail plan for Amble

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Ben O'Connell

    A project to develop a national bird sculpture trail on a coastal path in Northumberland is "making progress".

    Amble Board Walk, aligned with the new England Coast Path, would feature up to 22 sculptures at key locations along the coastline from Hauxley Nature Reserve, around Amble and along the river to Warkworth.

    Last year, it was announced the project, delivered by Amble Development Trust, on behalf of Amble Coastal Community Team, would receive £400,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund.

    Northumberland County Council has now agreed to include the £240,000 project in its capital programme for this year, and also a separate revenue budget of £156,000.

    This means that the sculptures, which are currently being commissioned through a design competition process, will be put in place during the summer.

    Councillors were told the trail which will "will celebrate the natural assets of the local area" will support more than 60 businesses and create 30 full-time-equivalent employment opportunities by "extending the tourism season".

    Amble
    Quote Message: The regeneration of Amble and the surrounding area has been nothing short of astounding in recent years and this can only add to that.” from Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council
    Peter Jackson,leader of Northumberland County Council
  4. Coronavirus outbreak: Case confirmed in Gateshead

    A Gateshead resident has tested positive for coronavirus, health chiefs say.

    The person is self-isolating at home, Gateshead Council said.

    Alice Wiseman, director of public health, said: "Gateshead has one confirmed case of Covid-19 and we want to wish the affected person a speedy recovery.

    "I’d like to reassure people that the risk to the general public currently remains low and Gateshead Council is working with health colleagues to do everything we can to delay the spread of the virus within our communities."

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  5. BreakingLocal elections postponed for a year over coronavirus

    The government has announced that May's local and mayoral elections in England will be postponed for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    It comes after the Electoral Commission said on Thursday the polls should be delayed until the autumn to "mitigate" the impact of the virus.

  6. Injured rabbit dumped in box in alleyway

    An injured rabbit was dumped in an alleyway inside a box secured with a cable tie, the RSPCA said.

    The animal was found in the alleyway on Clifton Road, Darlington, on Saturday afternoon and taken to a vet.

    RSPCA inspector Gemma Lynch said: "The rabbit is a young black lion head unneutered male and was thin.

    "He seems to have been shaved or clipped around his back end, had scabs on his back and stomach and wounds on his testicles which could be from another animal.

    "He was really lucky to have been found before anything untoward happened to him and we’re really grateful to the person who rescued him and took him to the vets."

    The RSCPA is appealing for anyone with information about the owner to contact it.

    Rabbit
  7. Coronavirus fears see Northumbria University cancel lectures

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    Northumbria University has announced it is cancelling face-to-face lectures amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus.

    From Monday, all classroom-based teaching will be replaced by online delivery.

    Staff and students are being given daily updates on the guidance issued by Public Health England, it said.

    In a statement it said: "The University remains open, including halls of residence, libraries and student services. However, we have taken the decision from Monday 16 March classroom-based teaching and learning activity will be replaced by online delivery".

    Durham, Loughborough, Manchester Metropolitan and the London School of Economics all announced yesterday they would be moving to online teaching.

  8. Coronavirus latest: Bishop Auckland MP told to self-isolate

    Bishop Auckland's recently-elected Tory MP Dehenna Davison says she's been told to self-isolate as part of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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  9. Man seriously hurt after Sunderland city centre brawl

    A man suffered serious head injuries after a fight broke out involving a group of men in Sunderland.

    The 43-year-old was found unconscious after police were called to the city's Vine Place at about 04:00 on Wednesday.

    Detectives have issued an image of a man they want to trace in connection with the incident, which happened outside Jungle Bar.

    Sunderland CCTV image

    A Northumbria force spokesman said several of those involved have been traced.

    Two men, aged 27 and 28, have been arrested on suspicion of affray and a 23-year-old man on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. All three have been released on police bail.

    The injured man remains in hospital in a serious, but not life-threatening condition.

  10. Drop in milk, sugar and coffee donations hits food bank

    BBC Radio Tees

    More now on the Teesside food bank warning of shortages as shoppers bulk buy items amid fears over the spread of coronavirus.

    Jill Coyle, of the Billingham and Stockton Borough Food Bank, told us: "We put [long-life] milk in every bag and we are low. Likewise with juice and squash.

    "Sugar and coffee are the other things everybody wants. Coffee is a bit more expensive so we get less of it donated.

    "Shops don't donate food as such, but have a basket at the end of the tills so people can shop and donate an item. It's that collection that's been lower - not drastically, but I think it's likely to bite in more as the virus spreads."

  11. Steve Bruce believes matches should be suspended

    BBC Sport

    Newcastle manager Steve Bruce believes matches should be suspended until the situation surrounding the coronavirus outbreak becomes clearer.

    The Magpies are due to play Sheffield United tomorrow at St James' Park. The Premier League is meeting this morning to decide what it is going to do.

    Speaking at his press conference this morning Bruce said: "We’ve prepared for the game and people talk about it being behind closed doors but if we play football it’s for one thing – the supporters.

    "For me, suspend it, shut it down and rearrange it for another date when the situation is clearer."

    He added: “There’s been no symptoms [from any Newcastle players or staff]. Touch wood. The doctor has been in contact with the other doctors [in the Premier League] I believe and we’re awaiting this phone call [about tomorrow’s game].”

    Steve Bruce
  12. Families asked to restrict care home visits

    Families and friends of care home residents are being asked to make only "essential visits" to try to help minimise coronavirus infections.

    Stichell House and Gretna Court in Hartlepool are encouraging people to use FaceTime and Skype instead.

    Lawrence McNally, director of the charity Hospital of God which runs the homes, said: "It's not an ideal situation and we'd prefer not to be in it, but we think in light of the circumstances it's very much in the best interests of the residents."

    Barchester Care Homes, which runs more than 200 homes in the UK including several in the North East, has also issued a similar appeal.