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Prize for first-class student

A recent graduate from the University of Sunderland has been awarded the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) best student prize.

Abbiegaye Hendricks
Sunderland University

Abbiegaye Hendricks, 26, received the award for outstanding performance across the programme.

Abbiegaye, who grew up in Spanish Town, Jamaica, says her grandparents, who she lived with, were her inspiration to become a pharmacist.

Abbiegaye Hendricks' granddad
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She helped her grandfather to manage his Type 2 diabetic and hypertensive medications from the age of 12.

This led to Abbiegaye graduating this month with a first-class honours pharmacy degree from the University of Sunderland and receiving the RPS best student prize.

Receiving a first-class honours degree and being awarded the RPS prize means so much to me. It is proof that you can achieve anything you put your heart and mind to. I want other young people from my community to see that and believe that."

Abbiegaye Hendricks

Brigades in bid to prevent deliberate fires

Nisha Joshi

BBC broadcast journalist

Three of the region's fire services have joined together to launch a campaign to prevent deliberate fires throughout the North East, where call-outs are more than double the national average.

The Northumberland, Durham and Tyne and Wear brigades have launched their Fire Stoppers service, which aims to prevent serious fires which, they say, are placing additional stress on the emergency services.

An anonymous hotline has been set up, together with an online form for reporting arson. The fire authorities say any reports will be treated confidentially.

England's World Cup win a proud day for Durham - Killeen

England's astonishing World Cup win has been the talk of the whole country all day of course, even those who previously didn't like cricket.

But it went down particularly well in County Durham, where two of their local boys Ben Stokes and Mark Wood played such big roles.

And especially in the Durham dressing room, where the players watched following the end of their day's play in the home County Championship game with Worcestershire.

"Ben’s innings was phenomenal," Durham bowling coach Neil Killeen told BBC Radio Newcastle. "After going through what we went through in the T20 World Cup, that will mean everything to Ben. That’s the type of bloke he is.

Ben Stokes had the support of his Durham team-mate Mark Wood for that last dramatic ball at Lord's
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Ben Stokes had the support of his Durham team-mate Mark Wood for that last dramatic ball at Lord's

"He’s a true professional. And he thoroughly deserved it. And obviously Mark Wood did well with the ball early on. Both lads are Durham through and through. To see them stand up and be presented with the trophy was a proud day for the club and the whole of the North East.

"The last half an hour was so exciting, especially with our head coach James Franklin being from New Zealand. The lads have been giving him some stick.

“I’m sure this will all have a huge knock-on effect. Kids are going to want to bowl like Jofra Archer and Mark Wood and bat like Ben Stokes.”

Australia trial game call for Bancroft

Durham 88-6 v Worcestershire

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

Durham skipper Cameron Bancroft has been called up by Australia ahead of them naming their squad to play England in this summer's Ashes series

Australia are to stage a match in Southampton in 10 days' time featuring their Test side and their A team, who are also currently over here in England on tour.

They will use that match to decide who should be in the team for the first Test at Edgbaston, starting on 1 August.

Cameron Bancroft
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Bancroft has not played for Australia since being given his nine-month ban for ball tampering during the ill-tempered third Test match in South Africa in March 2018.

Captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned for a year, but returned to play for Australia in this summer's Cricket World Cup.

Bancroft had scored 477 in his previous six Championship innings going into the Durham Worcestershire game, which started here today in Chester-le-Street.

He made just eight, but that took him past 6,000 first-class runs in the process.

Gas leak prompts warning

People are being advised to avoid the Walker Riverside area of Newcastle because of a gas leak.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said the leak is affecting the area around Neptune Road leading to Oil Mill Road and Fisher Street.

It is advising people to avoid the area for the next few hours.

Driver dies when car runs off A1

A driver died when his car ran off the A1 in Northumberland this morning.

The 25-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene near Denwick, north of Alnwick, at about 03:20.

Northumbria Police said his family was being supported by specialist officers.

It is investigating what happened and officers hope to speak to drivers who were in the area at the time.

Parking charges boost from disabled drivers

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

Profits from parking fees for Newcastle city council are set to rise to almost £9m next year after new charges were imposed on disabled drivers.

The RAC Foundation says that in 2020 Newcastle will make the seventh highest cash surplus from parking income outside London.

The news comes just months after the council decided to charge blue badge holders to park in council-run multi-storeys and off street car parks and to cut the Shopmobility service.

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Council shelves plans for Newcastle cycle lane

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Daniel Holland

Cycling campaigners have hit out at council bosses who have shelved plans to create a cycle lane on one of Newcastle's highest polluting streets.

In 2015 a major transformation of Percy Street was unveiled as part of a £10m shake up of the city centre's roads.

Four years on and Newcastle City Council has confirmed that it has no intentions of pursuing any Percy Street improvements until it has finalised its plans to pedestrianise Blackett Street.

Newcastle Cycling Campaign says that giving it the long-awaited cycle lane is key to cleaning up the air and creating a joined-up cycle route connecting the whole city centre.

Percy Street
Emeli Sande presents Sunderland University degrees to her parents
Her parents Joel and Diane were unable to attend their graduation ceremony in 1987 because of the singer's birth.

Child's grave damaged in County Durham

A child's grave was damaged in a County Durham cemetery, police said.

It is believed to have happened sometime in the last two weeks at West Auckland Road cemetery in Shildon.

Considerable damage was caused to the grave and ornament engraved ‘Special son’.

Smashed Grave
Durham Constabulary

Sunderland University welcomes new Chancellor Emeli Sande.

Damian O'Neil

BBC Look North

Emeli Sande has officially become Sunderland university's new Chancellor.

The 32-year-old was installed at a ceremony in the Stadium of Light today.

Emeli Sande at special ceremony.

Six arrests in dawn raids targeting prison drug dealing

Six people have been arrested in the North East as part of a joint operation by three police forces to combat prison drug dealing.

Officers targeted addresses in Skelton, Grangetown and Hardwick in the Cleveland force area, and Easington Lane, Ashington and Blakelaw in the Northumbria force area.

The operation also involved Greater Manchester Police and nine people in total have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs and money laundering as part of Operation Exmouth. They all remain in police custody.

Emeli Sande to become new Chancellor of Sunderland University

Pop star Emeli Sande is officially becoming the new Chancellor of Sunderland University today.

Emeli Sande

Talking about her new post she says she "wants to fight for social justice".

The star was born in the city in 1987 with her parents missing their graduation ceremonies at what was then Sunderland polytechnic because of her birth.

She told the BBC it was a "great honour" to be asked to take on the role,

"I was really blown away by what the University of Sunderland is doing, for me education has really changed my parents lives, they were the first people in their family to leave home and go get a degree and it changed their lives profoundly.

"When I heard what the University of Sunderland was doing I thought this is such an incredible thing to become a part of."

Woman seriously injured after being hit by van

A woman remains in hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a van in Wingate on Monday morning.

She was struck by a Citroen Dispatch as it turned left onto the alleyway on North Road West between numbers 35 and 36.

Ambulance crews helped the police remove the woman from under the vehicle just after midnight on Monday.

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Police appeal to trace missing teenager

Police are appealing for information to trace a "high risk" missing teenager.

Kieran Ritchie, 19, was last seen yesterday lunchtime in the area of Evistones Gardens, in Walker.

He was walking in the direction of the River Tyne. He has not been seen since.

Kieran, of Walker road, Newcastle, is 5ft 8in, slim, with brown wavy hair. He was last seen wearing a black jumper and black trousers with a white stripe down the leg.

Video reveals last moments of Himalayan climbers

Indian authorities have released a video showing the final moments of a team of climbers whose bodies were recovered in the Himalayas.

The clip shows four Britons, two Americans, an Australian and an Indian slowly making their way up an unnamed peak in sunny weather, officials said.

The group was attempting to climb India's second-highest peak Nanda Devi when contact was lost on 26 May.

Seven bodies have been recovered, but Tyneside-born Martin Moran's remains have not yet been found.

Martin Moran

Police visit children's home more than 200 times

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

A single North East children's home called police out more than 200 times in a year according to new figures.

The Howard League for Penal Reform claims children in residential care are in danger of being criminalised.

Northumbria Police visited the same unidentified home 207 times in 2018 according to figures obtained by the charity.

This news comes after BBC Newcastle revealed there are nearly 100 cases a year where a looked-after child goes missing.

A Department for Education spokesperson said: "Last year we launched a new National Protocol to bring together agencies across the system to work together to reduce the number of these children who get involved in crime and have contact with police."

Study urges businesses to give staff more freedom

BBC Newcastle

North East businesses need to change the way they manage staff, according to new research from Newcastle University.

A report looking at the treatment of employees has suggested they be given more freedom by managers.

The study focussed on people working for charities and in the public sector - which employs one-in-five people in our region.

Image of a happy office worker
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KFC attacks council ban on takeaways near Newcastle schools

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

The fast food chain KFC has attacked a council policy which will stop them opening near Newcastle schools.

It comes as the city council reveals its Development and Allocations Plan which sets out how the area will develop over the next 15 years.

The company, which was refused a restaurant near a North Shields school last year, says there is only “weak and contradictory” evidence that having takeaways next to schools increases childhood obesity.

Steve Simms, of KFC representatives SSA Planning, told a hearing at Newcastle University that similar bans elsewhere in the country had been deemed “unsound”.

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Adding that there are “other ways of dealing with some of the problems identified around healthy eating”.

However, council bosses say they make “no apologies” for their approach to cutting the obesity epidemic.

Veronica Dunn, the council’s cabinet member for education, said: “As a council we are proud of all the things we are doing to encourage people to be healthy, from encouraging them to walk more, eat more fruit and veg, drink less alcohol and give up smoking.

“We all have a role in tackling obesity including the big fast food multi-nationals which for far too long have profited from the oversupply of salt and sugar.”

Decision due this month on Whey Aye

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Daniel Holland

A decision about plans for a huge wheel on the Newcastle Quayside will be made later this month.

The £100m project for the 460ft (140m) 'Whey Aye' proposes building it on the former Spiller's flour mill site. It would include a food and drink complex and leisure attractions.

Councillors are due to visit the mill site, which was demolished in 2011, next Thursday to assess whether it is suitable for the development.

It is hoped a decision will be taken by Newcastle City Council's planning committee at its next scheduled meeting on 26 July.

Artist's impression of Whey Aye

VIP abuse accuser Carl Beech 'lied about having child abuse images'

A man accused of inventing a VIP paedophile ring has said he lied about possessing indecent images of children.

Carl Beech, 51, is on trial over claims he was a victim of an alleged paedophile network made up of high-profile figures from politics, the military and intelligence agencies.

Mr Beech, from Gloucester, claims the group sexually abused and murdered three boys in the 1970s and 1980s.

He denies 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud.

Mr Beech's allegations led to a £2m Scotland Yard inquiry that ended without any arrests or charges.

Among the people he accused were former prime minister Sir Edward Heath and former home secretary Lord Brittan.

Carl Beech
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When Northumbria Police raided Mr Beech's home, they found images of serious child sexual abuse on his computers, and that he had videoed a child urinating.

He was charged with five counts of making indecent images of children and one of voyeurism, and was due to appear in court last July.

During his trial at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday, Mr Beech was asked why he initially denied the separate charges involving child abuse images, only to admit the offences when he was about to face an earlier trial.

He replied: "Because I was totally ashamed of what I had done. I couldn't admit it to myself. I was in denial."

The trial continues.

Man in a critical condition following Sunderland collision

BBC Newcastle

Police are investigating two crashes on the same road in Sunderland - one of which has left a man seriously injured.

The 27-year-old was hit by a car on Premier Road at the junction of Silksworth Lane shortly before 09:00 on Sunday.

He is in a critical condition in hospital.

Northumbria Police say they're investigating whether the collision is linked to an earlier incident when a car matching the description of the one involved hit another car but failed to stop.

Ashington street brawl

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

Two men have been injured following a street brawl in Ashington, Northumberland.

It happened just before 14:00 yesterday on Milburn Road.

It is reported both men had knives and have been treated in hospital.

Two men have been arrested.

Drug-driver banned after high-speed police pursuit in Newcastle

A drug-driver has been banned after leading police on a high-speed pursuit through the streets of Newcastle.

Robert Allan, 22, has been given a two-year driving ban and a suspended sentence following the pursuit in February.

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He drove the wrong way around roundabouts, sped through red lights and reached speeds of 80mph on 30mph roads through Byker and Heaton.

After nearly losing control of his silver Audi A4, he brought it to a stop and was pounced upon by police and placed under arrest.

Police discovered he had recently bought the vehicle, had no insurance and was also driving above the legal limit for drugs.

He was charged with dangerous driving, driving without insurance, failing to stop and driving while above the legal drug limit.

He pleaded guilty and was handed a 14-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, a two-year driving ban, and was also ordered to carry out 210 hours of unpaid work.

Good Samaritan praised for helping vulnerable school boy found alone in the North Sea

Police have praised a Good Samaritan to helped save the life of a schoolboy who she found cold and alone in the North Sea.

Sue Smith, 49, was walking along the beach at Roker in Sunderland last Monday night when she saw the boy paddling in the water.

Sue Smith
Northumbria Police

Concerned for the 13 year old's welfare, she phoned the police, who were undergoing a huge search operation to try and find him.

Layton has autism and his mum Mary Cowley had reported him missing two hours earlier from the Hylton Castle area.

Of Sue's actions, Mary said: "I can’t thank Sue enough for what she did. She saved my son’s life – and it doesn’t bear thinking about what might have happened had she not have seen something wasn’t quite right, and called the police."

In recognition of her swift actions Sue was presented with a Commander’s Compliment and was greeted by Chief Insp Sam Rennison and Insp Steve Prested who thanked her for her quick-thinking heroics.

WICKET Anderson goes - Lancashire all out

Lancashire 337 & 247, Durham 281

Jimmy Anderson's appearance as last man batting with a runner takes up 17 minutes - and helps to add 11 runs - before he is last out.

Recalled Australian Nathan Rimmington, coming in round the wicket, bowls the left-hander with an inswinger that removed Anderson's off stump to finish with 4-42, for career-best match figures of 8-116, after his 4-74 in the first innings.

Lancashire have a lead of 303, with no Anderson to help them defend it, following his pre-Ashes calf strain scare on Tuesday. But could those 11 runs come in handy later?

Anderson got four of them, while helping Saqib Mahmood move on to 31 not out.

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Woman, 19, charged with attempted murder following stabbing in Darlington

A 19-year-old woman has been charged with attempted murder after a man was stabbed in Darlington.

Officers were called to the incident in the early hours of yesterday morning.

A 35-year-old man was treated at the scene and taken to the James Cook University Hospital where he remains in a serious condition.

The woman has been remanded in custody to appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court.

Durham Constabulary says it wants to reassure the community this was an isolated incident.

Close of play at Sedbergh School

Lancashire 337 & 204-7, Durham 281

Sedbergh School, on day three of the Lancashire-Durham game
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Well, even in the short history of first-class cricket at Sedbergh School, that was a pretty dramatic day.

A calf injury to Jimmy Anderson that took him out of the attack.

Then a Durham collapse as their last five wickets went down for just 18 runs in 10 overs, followed by an extraordinary start to the Lancashire innings as they were reduced to 10-2 inside the first four balls of Chris Rushworth's first over.

At 59-5, fuelled by a daft run-out, Lancs led by only 115. But, by the end of the day, Lancs skipper Dane Vilas had made 74 to steer his side into a 260-run lead.

That ought to be a matchwinning lead already. But, don't forget, Lancashire will not have use of Anderson tomorrow. He will be having treatment on his calf strain as he begins his battle to be fit to face the Aussies at Edgbaston on 1 August.

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Injury scare over Anderson

Lancashire 337, Durham 234-5

Slight injury scare over England paceman Jimmy Anderson at Sedbergh School - just a month away from the first Ashes Test.

He has pulled up in his run-up and, after three attempts to bowl the third ball of the 84th over, he has walked off. Josh Bohannon is completing the over.

Hopefully, just a precautionary measure, wit the Ashes series due to start in a month's time at Edgbaston. The BBC commentary team suspect it might be an Achilles injury, based on the stretching exercises Anderson was trying.

Jimmy Anderson took his 950th first-class wicket at Sedbergh School yesterday
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Jimmy Anderson took his 950th first-class wicket at Sedbergh School yesterday

Lancs also had a slight scare over England opener Keaton Jennings.

He apparently made a visit to Lancashire Royal Infirmary yesterday after injuring a finger trying to field the ball in the slips. But he is back out there this morning.

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Close of play at Sedbergh School

Lancashire 337, Durham 199-5

Sedbergh School day two
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Another thoroughly decent day's cricket at this already very popular new first-class cricket venue.

Still a very well balanced game of twists and turns.

After resuming this morning on 275-5, Lancs might have hoped for a few more.

But Durham battled back well to bowl the hosts out for 337, before Cameron Bancroft and Alex Lees then put on 70 for the first wicket - the highest opening partnership made by any side against the Red Rose this season.

At 136-1, Durham were then looking very good until old masters Graham Onions and Jimmy Anderson suddenly clicked into top gear, with three wickets for no runs in 17 balls. But Durham have again battled back well and, although they lost Jack Burnham just before the close, they are well in this match.

Seven taken to hospital after collision between bus and car

Seven people were taken to hospital after a collision between a bus and car in Newcastle.

It happened shortly after 15:00 on Ponteland Road.

North East Ambulance Service said three people were taken to hospital by emergency ambulance. None of them appear to be in a critical condition.

Four people were also taken to hospital and are described as being "walking wounded."

Bus crash

Collision between bus and car

A number of people have been taken to hospital after a collision between a car and a bus in Newcastle.

It happened at 15:19 on Ponteland Road and emergency services are at the scene.

Northumbria Police said no-one was thought to be seriously injured but some people were taken to hospital as a precaution.

The road next to Hunter's Moor is closed and drivers are being warned they may be extra congestion in the area.

Investigations continue after a man found badly injured in Sunderland

Seven people are still being questioned by police after a man was found badly injured in Sunderland over the weekend.

The 47-year-old was found unconscious in Hendon just before 09:00 on Saturday and was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries.

He remains in a critical but stable condition.

Officers are investigating the possibility he was assaulted and have arrested four women and three men.

Sedbergh - Lancashire's new jewel among out grounds

Lancashire 275-5 v Durham - match resumes 11:00

Of all the 23 County Championship matches to be played at out grounds this season, none of have received quite as much fuss and attention as Lancashire's arrival at Sedbergh School for their meeting with Durham.

Scenically situated in the rugged Cumbrian fells, and rather conveniently exactly halfway between both Manchester and Chester-le-Street, each 75 miles away, it proved so popular on Sunday that it was admission for members only.

Opposing captains Dane Vilas (left) and Durham's Cameron Bancroft

And the players quite like it too, especially Durham paceman Chris Rushworth, who spearheaded his side's attack with 2-50 from 21 overs.

"It's a glorious place," Rushworth told BBC Newcastle. "Everyone loves playing at out grounds and when you come somewhere as picturesque as this it's quite hard not to enjoy it.

"The overhead conditions looked like it would be perfect to bowl but the wicket probably didn't do as much as we thought it would. We've done a decent job. Equally, Lancashire will be quite pleased how they've gone. If we're being picky though, if you choose to bowl first, you're probably looking at having them more than five down."

Man charged with possessing explosive substance

A man is due in court later charged with possessing an explosive substance after a major police operation in Bishop Auckland over the weekend.

On Friday afternoon Durham Police received reports a man had threatened youths with a crossbow.

Shortly afterwards, police arrested a man on the A689 near Coundon Industrial Estate and a section of the road was closed while specialist search teams examined the vehicle. The road was reopened late on Saturday night.

A 42-year-old man will appear before magistrates in Newton Aycliffe charged with possession of an explosive substance, possession of an offensive weapon, possession of pepper spray, possession of a bladed article in public and a public order offence.

Police said it appeared to be an isolated incident and that there was no threat to the wider community.

Man left badly injured following assault

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

A man was badly injured in an assault in Northumberland.

The 35-year-old was attacked by two teenagers outside Morrisons on Regent Street in Blyth in the early hours of yesterday morning.

He managed to get home before a friend contacted police and he's now being treated in hospital.

Police are still hunting those responsible.

Police appeal for help to trace 'confused' man

Police are appealing for help in tracing a 76-year-old Newcastle man who they say may be in a confused state.

Michael Wood (pictured) was last seen in the Walker area of the city at 20:45 on Thursday.

Mr Wood has vascular dementia and may appear confused, Northumbria Police said.

He is described as 6ft 1in, of slim build with short grey hair. He was wearing blue jeans and a dark shirt.

Michael Wood
Northumbria Police

iPhone designer Jony Ive to leave Apple

BBC Business News

A Tyneside-educated man who designed the iPhone, iPod and Mac is leaving Apple after more than 20 years - saying it is a "natural" time to go.

Chief design officer Sir Jonathan Ive - known widely as Jony Ive - studied design at Newcastle Polytechnic - now Northumbria University.

Sir Jonathan Ive
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He is leaving Apple to start his own design firm.

Apple's chief executive Tim Cook described Sir Jonathan's designs as "groundbreaking".

Sir Jonathan, originally from Chingford, north-east London, joined Apple in 1992 and is known for shaping Apple's signature rounded, stylish designs.