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Ambulance crews sent to South Bank incident

The North East Ambulance Service said it had sent six resources including a specialist hazard team to the former SSI plant in South Bank.

Fire crews are also on the scene.

An ambulance spokeswoman said there were no details about any casualties.

We will bring you more details when we have them.

Nominate your community's unsung hero

It's that time of year again, we're looking for your community's unsung coaching hero. In particular, we're celebrating the projects that have really made an impact in the last 12 months, and we need your help to find them.

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MP hits out at 'mad' government over Sirius Minerals woe

Middlesbrough Labour MP Andy McDonald has reacted angrily to the news Sirius Minerals has been forced to cancel plans to issue a $500m (£403m) bond for a fertiliser mine it is developing near Teesside.

He said: "This government has completely taken its eye off the ball and, like the podium in Luxembourg, Boris Johnson and his hard right pals have gone missing at a time of crisis.

"This mad administration, propelling the country to economic cliff edge, seems determined to do everything they can to destroy the industrial base of Teesside. They’re keen enough to give tax breaks to gambling bankers but won’t lift a finger to help our industries.

"Sirius is critical to Teesside’s future and if government stands aside as they did with the Redcar Blast Furnace they will never be forgiven.”

Sirius Minerals
Sirius Minerals

Stockton Globe Theatre: High street down to one lane

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Stockton high street will be down to one lane for traffic around the Globe from this morning as the final phase of a project to revamp the theatre starts.

More than 200 tonnes of metal work will be brought to the renovation site from today, with the lane closure expected to last until November.

Work to refurbish Stockton's Globe Theatre began in 2011 with a budget of £4m being shared between Stockton Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

But structural problems have pushed the total bill up to an estimated £26.5m.

Stockton Globe Theatre
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Ron Hogg seeks appointment of acting PCC after being "unwell"

Ron Hogg, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for County Durham and Darlington, has asked the chair of the Police and Crime Panel to consider appointing an acting commissioner.

Mr Hogg is not standing down, but is "unwell".

The panel will discuss his request on 20 September.

Wildlife expert starts handing out 200 children's books

A man who walked 200 miles this summer to raise money to buy books for Cumbrian children is starting to hand them out today.

Wildlife expert, Jamie Normington, from Old Hutton near Kendal, raised about £7,500 by walking from St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay.

Half of the money will be used to buy 200 copies of the children's wildlife book, "The Lost Words", and the rest will go to the National Autistic Society.

Future radio stars on Teesside called to dazzle for 60 seconds

BBC Tees is looking for new blood to make themselves known during a open audition later this month!

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Severe disruption: A1032 North Yorkshire both ways

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A1032 North Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, between A66 and A1032.

A1032 North Yorkshire - A1032 Newport Bridge in Middlesbrough closed and it's slow in both directions between Cannon Park Interchange and the A1032 junction, because of a lorry on fire.

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

Severe accident: A19 County Durham northbound

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A19 County Durham northbound severe accident, at A1046 Haverton Hill Road.

A19 County Durham - A19 in Durham exit slip road closed northbound at Portrack Interchange, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

No-deal Brexit impact in the spotlight

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North East and Cumbria

With the possibility of a no-deal Brexit looming, some North East councils are meeting today to discuss how they'll deal with any negative impact leaving the EU could have on the region.

The North East Combined Authority - the body which represents Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland - will discuss proposals including free ports and a free trade zone.

Boris Johnson faces a showdown in Parliament later as rebel Tories and Labour MPs are planning a bill to stop the UK leaving the EU on 31 October without a deal.

The Government's own predictions are that the North East economy would be the hardest hit if the UK crashes out of Europe without an agreement in place.

Severe accident: A19 County Durham southbound

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A19 County Durham southbound severe accident, from A1027 to A1046 Haverton Hill Road.

A19 County Durham - A19 in Durham partially blocked and queues southbound from Norton Interchange to Portrack Interchange, because of an accident.

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

Nature reserve to get new habitats

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Work to create new habitats at RSPB Saltholme has got under way.

It is the third phase of a series of refurbishments being made at the nature reserve near Billingham.

Two new wetland areas will be developed to create more islands for nesting spring migrants, including the common tern.

The main lake will also be re-landscaped to allow staff to change water levels during different seasons throughout the year to accommodate wildlife.

Saltholme
RSPB

The centre remains open to the public during the work, which will last about six weeks and has been funded by Teesside Environmental Trust.

Fifth arrest after fatal pedestrian crash in Billingham

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A fifth man has been arrested after a 72-year-old pedestrian was hit by a car in Billingham.

William Lewis died when he was struck by a Land Rover Discovery on Friday evening.

The vehicle had left the road at the roundabout on Chiltons Avenue, and came to rest in a nearby junction.

Cleveland Police said a 36-year-old man wsa being held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Four other men who were arrested earlier have now been released on conditional bail pending further inquiries.

William Lewis
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Teenagers tackle anti-social behavior in Stockton

Louise Hobson

BBC Tees

A group of teenagers have spent their summer renovating a garden at a community centre in Stockton.

The National Citizen Service (NCS) project aims to help reduce anti-social behaviour in the area.

The 15 teens, from across Stockton and Billingham, started renovating the garden area at Primrose Hill Community Centre last month.

Mural Primrose Hill Community Cent
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Amrit Muirhead, 16, said: “We heard that since the community centre reopened last summer anti-social behaviour in the local area has reduced.

"With this in mind we came up with the idea of renovating the centre’s gardens to ensure that local young people have more to keep them occupied and out of trouble.

"The garden can now be used for BBQs, a meeting place, a working garden and for other events for years to come. The staff have been really chuffed with the work we’ve completed.”

Weapons including suspected petrol bomb recovered

A number of offensive weapons, including a machete, a knife, CS spray, a hammer and a suspected petrol bomb,have been recovered by police following a disturbance in Billingham last night.

Officers were called to Quenby Road at about 22:15 after reports of a dispute involving a group of males.

When police arrived a majority of the group had dispersed, but a 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a weapon in a public place and remains in custody.

Witnesses are being asked to contact police.

suspected petrol bomb
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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%).

Cash bid to ease traffic woes and boost pedestrian safety

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A multimillion-pound bid is being made to ease traffic woes between Wynyard and Hartlepool.

Stockton and Hartlepool councils are jointly applying for £26.75m from the government.

The wishlist is headed by improvements to roundabouts and junctions on the A689, and a new footpath and cycle links to Wolviston, Billingham and Hartlepool.

Following growing concern from residents about the absence of safe crossings, it also includes a pedestrian crossing on the A689 at the Meadows roundabout and new footbridges over the road at Wynyard and the A19 at Wolviston Services.

The bid is backed by Tees Valley Combined Authority and Transport for the North.

Meadows Roundabout on the A689
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Multimillion-pound bid to ease traffic between Wynyard and Hartlepool

A multimillion-pound bid is being made to ease traffic woes between Wynyard and Hartlepool.

Stockton and Hartlepool Councils are applying together for £26.75m from the government.

The wish-list is headed by improvements to roundabouts and junctions on the A689, as well as new footbridges over the road at Wynyard and the A19 at Wolviston Services.

It also includes a pedestrian crossing on the A689 at The Meadows roundabout, a new footpath, cycle links to Wolviston, Billingham and Hartlepool.

Image of A689
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Absentee landlord tax considered

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

A plan to charge absentee landlords triple council tax is being considered in County Durham.

The county council is looking at ways to help bring long-term empty homes back into use.

There could be a potential premium on top of the normal payment of up to 200% council tax on properties unoccupied and unfurnished for more than five years.

Currently, landlords pay half as much again if they've been empty for more than two years.

A consultation runs until October.

There are an estimated 7,000 empty homes in the county.

To let signs
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Severe accident: A139 County Durham both ways

BBC News Travel

A139 County Durham both ways severe accident, from Beaconsfield Road to A19.

A139 County Durham - A139 in Stockton-On-Tees closed and queues in both directions from the Beaconsfield Road junction to Norton Interchange, because of an accident involving two cars.

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

North East weather: Cloudy start but sun and showers to follow

It will be a largely dry and cloudy morning, but as the afternoon progresses there will be more in the way of sunny spells and the growing chance of scattered showers.

Any lingering showers should clear away through this evening.

After midnight it should essentially remain dry under mostly cloudy skies.

North East weather forecast, Thursday 1 August 2019
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