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Severe disruption: A167 Tyne And Wear both ways

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A167 Tyne And Wear both ways severe disruption, at Tyne Bridge.

A167 Tyne And Wear - A167 in Tyne and Wear closed at the Tyne Bridge junction, because of a police investigation.

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Thousands of meals given to children over holidays

Nearly 24,000 meals will have been given to children in and around Newcastle over the summer holidays, a charity says.

FareShare North East has been providing food for 29 holiday projects and estimates at least 1,740 children will be eating it each week at the clubs.

The charity has been running a campaign called ActiveAte which aims to raise awareness of children at risk of hunger when schools break up and they don't have free school meals.

Charity manager Jake Hanmore said: "For parents of children who normally receive free school meals, the summer can be a really difficult time, with the strain of added food costs, activities and childcare leaving many families struggling to provide food.

"ActiveAte is our nationwide campaign to address this issue, and this summer’s significant impact demonstrates the glaring need for enhanced food provision in our communities not only over the summer but whenever school is out – including Christmas, Easter and half term."

The charity is appealing to people for donations.

Food bank
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Carlisle sign teen Dane Sorensen on loan deal

BBC Cumbria Sport

Carlisle United have completed the signing of Danish under-21 forward Elias Sorensen, on a season-long loan deal from Premier League Newcastle United.

The 19-year-old scored 17 goals in 19 appearances last season as well as two goals in two games for his country.

Elias Sorensen in Newcastle strip
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He appeared twice for Newcastle's first team on their Asia Cup tour this summer against Wolves and West Ham.

He's been a target for the Carlisle boss Steven Pressley for five weeks with a deal finally completed today despite interest from higher division clubs.

Thousands of athletes arrive for transplant games

Thousands of athletes from 60 countries have been arriving in the North East to take part in the World Transplant Games.

The games are being held in Newcastle and Gateshead and the participants have all had successful organ and tissue transplants.

Venues include Gateshead International Stadium and Northumbria University's Sport Central in Newcastle.

A baton relay arrives at the Angel of the North later this afternoon, with the opening ceremony taking place tomorrow.

There will be an athletes' parade on Saturday afternoon in Newcastle city centre, which will lead to a number of road closures.

Steve Bruce: 'Norwich won't be easy'

BBC Sport

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce gave his press conference this morning ahead of the trip to Norwich tomorrow.

On injuries he said Jonjo Shelvey is going to be ok, there is a slight doubt for Allan Saint-Maximin - a slight hamstring and they'll see how he does today. Emil Krafth is fit.

On Andy Carroll's fitness:“He has done running on the grass. He is four or five weeks away. I am sure he will have a big part to play.”

On Norwich he said: "“Norwich won’t be easy. Like every promoted team everybody is excited and they haven’t been here for a few years. Last season Norwich ran away with it in the Championship. We know what they are about.

“We will have to defend well. When we are at the top end of the pitch can we exploit them? I have always tried to have a winning mentality. We have to have the belief to go there and get a result.”

Steve Bruce
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Newcastle city centre stabbing victim named

Peter Duncan
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A man who was stabbed to death in Newcastle city centre has been named as Peter Duncan.

The 52-year-old was assaulted inside the door of the Eldon Square shopping centre off Old Eldon Square on Wednesday evening.

Northumbria Police said it believes he was attacked with a screwdriver in a "chance encounter".

His family said: "Peter was a kind and caring man who was always first to help others.

"He was a devoted father, husband, son, brother, uncle and friend and loved by all who knew him. His death will leave such a huge hole in our lives and he’ll be deeply missed by us all.

"Words can’t quite describe what life will be like without him. He had so much of his life left to live and he’ll be in our hearts and thoughts every day."

Seven teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

County Durham has the most top grades in A-Level Media Studies

Students receive their A-level results
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Students in County Durham have scored the highest pass rate of A and A* in Media Studies in England, with 17.5 % of pupils achieving the top grades, Ofgual figures show.

In Maths, which was the most popular subject this year, County Durham students gained most A and A* regionally, as 43.8% of students reached the highest grade.

This is slightly ahead of Northumberland (43.6%) and Tyne and Wear (39.2%).

Seven teenagers arrested over fatal stabbing in Newcastle

Seven teenagers have now been arrested after a man was stabbed to death in Newcastle city centre.

A 52-year-old man was assaulted inside the door of the shopping centre at Old Eldon Square on Wednesday evening. He was taken to hospital where he died.

Northumbria Police believe he was stabbed in the chest with a screwdriver.

Seven males - a 14-year-old, two 15-year-olds and four 17-year-olds - have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Ch Supt Ged Noble, said: “This is a tragic and shocking incident where a man has sadly lost his life.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim and they are being supported by specialist officers at this extremely difficult time.

“Our investigation is ongoing but we have very quickly arrested seven teenagers in connection with the incident, one of which we believe to be the main suspect."

The area remains under patrol.

Six arrests over 'stab victim's' death

A murder investigation is under way after a man was stabbed to death in Newcastle city centre.

The 52-year-old, whose name has not yet been released, died in hospital following an assault outside a Greggs bakery near Old Eldon Square at about 18:20 on Wednesday in which he suffered injuries "consistent with a stabbing".

Six men have been arrested on suspicion of murder and Northumbria Police have appealed for information.

Cordon around Eldon Square
Police can near Eldon Square

Bikes stolen from German tourists returned by Northumbria Police

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Two German tourists who had their motorcycles stolen in Newcastle have thanked the team of detectives who tracked them down in time for their journey home.

The couple called Northumbria Police after seeing their bikes, one worth £15,000, being stolen from their Newcastle hotel car park.

The victims were due to catch a ferry at that afternoon and ride their bikes home to Germany.

Detectives on Northumbria Police's Operation Benelli taskforce searched the area, spoke to witnesses and trawled through CCTV before finding one of the stolen motorcycles just yards from the victims' hotel. Detectives found the second vehicle at an address on Westmorland Road.

The victims were reunited with the bikes in time to make their ferry back to Amsterdam.

officer with a found bike
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Dippy brings thousands of visitors to Tyneside

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Daniel Holland

Museum bosses in Newcastle are hopeful of replicating Dippy the dinosaur’s multimillion-pound success elsewhere on its UK tour.

The attraction has already proved a big hit on Tyneside too, with tens of thousands of visitors flocking to see it at the Great North Museum: Hancock since its arrival in May.

And while entry to the exhibition is free, the dinosaur’s presence is boosting donations and gift shop sales at the city centre museum.

Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums is hoping that the Dippy exhibit will lead to a strong year for visitor numbers across the North East.

It comes after 3% fewer people set foot inside the region’s museums and galleries in 2018/19 than in the previous 12 months – missing target numbers by more than 150,000.

That poor performance was blamed on factors including the World Cup, hot summer weather, and lengthy closures at the Hancock for the installation and removal of its Great Exhibition of the North attractions.

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Overhead line problems causing train delays

A problem with the overheard lines between Newcastle and Berwick is causing disruption to trains.

LNER is warning passengers to expect delays to services.

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Scotswood Road 'most pothole-plagued'

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

If the Geordie anthem Blaydon Races had been written today, the lyrics might have contained a health and safety warning about the road surface.

Scotswood Road has been named Newcastle's pothole capital, with 102 complaints last year.

Across the city, the number of reports rose to 21,000 - an increase of almost 6,000 on the previous year - costing the council more than £315,000.

Council bosses are blaming the Beast from the East and a lack of funding for the subsequent repair bill.

Repaired pothole on Scotswood Road

Pair quizzed after car 'driven into Tyne'

Two people have been questioned by police after a car was reportedly driven into the River Tyne near Blaydon.

Emergency services were called at about 17:00 on Monday after receiving reports a black Renault Clio was in the water near Scotswood Bridge.

Northumbria Police said the 18-year-old driver and his 17-year-old passenger were located and later released pending further inquiries.

The pair were not injured and no-one else was in the vehicle, a spokesman added.

Cabin crew member charged with being drunk on flight

A member of Easyjet cabin crew was arrested at Newcastle Airport after allegedly being drunk on board a flight from Alicante.

Air Traffic Control called the police as the plan came into land early on Saturday.

Julie Birkett, from Huddersfield, has now been charged with performing an aviation function whilst unfit through drink.

The 48-year-old, who no longer works for Easyjet, is due to appear before magistrates in North Tyneside next month.

Ten arrests so far in Newcastle shooting investigation

Ten arrests have been made after a teenager was shot in the leg in Newcastle.

It happened on Bentick Road in Elswick on Wednesday.

It was not initially reported and officers only found out when a 19-year-old was taken to hospital with injuries to his leg.

A 37-year-old remains in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Nine other people have been released under investigation.

Falcons player in England Rugby World Cup Squad

Newcastle Falcons' Mark Wilson has been named in England's Rugby World Cup squad.

The World Cup in Japan runs from 20 September to 2 November.

Coach Eddie Jones named his squad weeks in advance of the World Rugby deadline of 8 September.

"We have taken the decision to go early because of what we learned from previous campaigns," he said.

"We want the squad to know early and now we can get on and be the best prepared England side there has ever been, ready to win the World Cup."

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People rescued in Hamsterley Forest thanks to online location finder

A rescue team found three people lost in Hamsterley Forest by using an online location finder called "what3words".

An algorithm developed by the start-up company divides the world into 57 trillion nine-sq-m (97-sq-ft) areas and gives each a unique three-word address.

The technology has been adopted by a number of emergency services in the UK.

The Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team were able to locate the people and get them back to their vehicle.

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Houses raided in Newcastle shooting investigation

BBC Newcastle

Two homes in Newcastle's West End have been raided after a teenager was shot in the leg last week, police said.

The shooting on Bentick Road in Elswick on Wednesday was not initially reported and officers only found out when a 19-year-old was taken to hospital with injures to his leg.

Northumbria Police said it is an isolated incident and there's no risk to the wider public.

Signalling problems causing disruption for Metro users

Metro services between Airport and Regent Centre have been suspended this morning due to problems with the power supply.

Go North East are accepting Metro tickets on buses 42 and 42A.

There is also a shuttle taxi operating between stations.

Metro train

Arrests after online 'Copper Cabana' campaign

An online campaign has contributed to three arrests in 48 hours, police have said.

Copper Cabana is a themed social media campaign set up by Northumbria Police.

It features photos of suspects and invites them to come and enjoy a summer holiday in the cells.

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While hundreds of Facebook and Twitter users say they've loved the campaign, a few have complained it's not taking crime seriously enough and questioned whether the suspects featured should be innocent until proven guilty.

Northumbria Police says the campaign has reached a million people in just a few days and that using humour has been the key to that success.

'Newcastle fans entitled to boycott Arsenal game'

BBC Sport

Manager Steve Bruce says Newcastle fans are "entitled to boycott" their opening Premier League game at home to Arsenal on Sunday in protest at owner Michael Ashley’s running of the club.

Speaking to the BBC Radio 5 Live's All About Newcastle United podcast, Bruce said he was under 'no disillusionment' about the fans' frustrations when he was appointed last month, but hopes they give him 'a little bit of time'.

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Steve Bruce says Newcastle United fans are “entitled to boycott” opening home game.
Manager Steve Bruce says Newcastle fans are "entitled to boycott" their opening Premier League game at home to Arsenal on Sunday.

Flashback: NUFC players meet the media at the metro station

It's #ThrowbackThursday and to mark transfer deadline day the Metro has shared a retro snap of former Newcastle manager Ruud Gullit when he showed off two new players at St James Metro station 20 years ago.

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Multimillion-pound bid to restore Tyne Bridge begins

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Daniel Holland

A £40m bid to restore the Tyne Bridge and Central Motorway is officially being sent to the government.

It is one of the four local projects put forward by Transport for the North (TfN) for investment.

Relief roads for Blyth and Durham, as well as improvements to Wessington Way in Sunderland are also on the list.

Repainting and repairing the Tyne Bridge is expected to cost between £15m and £20m.

The 90-year-old crossing last underwent major maintenance work two decades ago.

Tyne Bridge
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Andy Carroll arrives in Newcastle

The Chronicle

Andy Carroll, who is expected to re-join the Magpies on a free transfer, has arrived in Newcastle.

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Bellway shares slump 3% despite upbeat prospects

BBC Business Live

Shares in Newcastle-based property giant Bellway have fallen more than 3% today despite it saying it increased the number of new homes it developed over the past year and expects revenues to rise as a result.

The housing firm said it expects profit for the year to July to be in line with market forecasts following the "successful delivery" of its growth strategy.

It said that revenue for the year is forecast to have grown by 8% to almost £3.2bn on the back of a 5.7% increase in house completions, to 10,892.

Shares have fallen 87 to 2,795.

Andy Carroll coming back to Newcastle

BBC Newcastle

Andy Carroll is expected to re-join Newcastle United on a free transfer.

The 30-year-old, who left St James' Park in 2011, is a free agent after leaving West Ham.

BA delays leave wedding party stranded

Alex Brayson and Chloe Thompson are due to get married on Saturday.

They were flying with 25 family members from Newcastle but got stuck on the runway, missing their flight to Venice and the connecting flight to Slovenia for their ceremony.

Chloe and her mother, Anne-Marie, spoke to the BBC.

British Airways has apologised for the disruption caused by an IT glitch which led to the cancellation of more than 100 flights, and delayed another 200.

BA delays leave wedding party stranded

Deadline for plans to tackle air pollution

BBC Newcastle

Today is the deadline for three of the region's councils to tell the Government what they're going to do to combat air pollution.

Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside councils' suggestions of a London-style congestion charge or tolls on road bridges were both roundly rejected in a public consultation.

Measures to reduce pollution need to be in place by the end of 2020 or the councils could face legal action.

Their final plans have to be formally submitted in November.