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Parkour purpose-built gym teaches children the sport safely
"I'd argue that parkour is one of the safest sports you can actually do when practised properly."
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Tom Rostance

BBC Sport at Wembley

Leaders Liverpool maintain their 100% start to the Premier League season after fighting back from conceding an early goal to beat Newcastle.

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Northumberland woman talks of having chemotherapy while pregnant
Roberta Burton from Northumberland is having chemotherapy while expecting her third child.

Liverpool v Newcastle: Most memorable matches

BBC Sport

Liverpool v Newcastle - a fixture that has seen bags of goals and plenty of iconic moments.

The two sides meet again at Anfield on Saturday (kick-off 12:30) with Liverpool top of the table having won their opening four games, while Newcastle have improved after a poor start.

You can use the ranked list here to put these Liverpool v Newcastle Premier League matches in order of which you think has been the most memorable.

Steven Gerrard scores past Shay Given in December 2008
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Explosion and botched installation to be probed

Local Democracy Reporting Service

An explosion which killed a Sunderland dock worker will be examined by city leaders next week.

An attack on a social worker and the botched installation of a cremator are among other incidents councillors will probe at a meeting.

The list of accidents, assaults and other concerns is included in Sunderland City Council’s annual Health and Safety report for 2018-19.

The paper, due to be debated by the council’s ruling cabinet on Tuesday, features details of "near miss" events on Wearside, as well as efforts to make sure they aren’t repeated.

Watch: Non-League player score from inside own half

BBC Sport

Dale Burrell did his best impression of David Beckham and Wayne Rooney by scoring from inside his own half for non-league Whickham FC.

The midfielder netted a stunner in the Northern League Cup fixture against Bishop Auckland on Wednesday as his side came from behind to win 2-1.

Burrell struck to bring his side level just after half-time before they survived going down to 10 men to win in stoppage time on the road. Footage courtesy of Whickham FC.

Score it like Beckham: Whickham FC's Dale Burrell scores from inside own half

Knife surrender to target blade-carrying criminals

Northumbria Police have announced a week of coordinated action against knife crime.

The public will be invited to deposit unwanted knives in surrender bins. Any suspected of being involved in crime could still be examined.

Officers say they will also target people known to carry blades.

Assistant Chief Constable Helen McMillan said officers would make more use of stop-and-search powers.

Knife bin
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Police search after man suffers serious head injuries

The man was in Times Square at the time of the incident
Northumbria Police

Police are looking for a man after an assault in Newcastle left another man fighting for his life in hospital.

The incident happened at about 03.20 on 8 July in Times Square in the city centre.

A 23-year-old man suffered a life-threatening head injury in a fight.

He survived but remains in hospital with life-changing injuries.

An investigation is ongoing and police are now trying to trace the man in the pictures.

He was in Times Square at the time of the incident and may be able to assist police with their inquiries.

Police are looking for the man in picture in connection with the incident
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Score it like Beckham: Whickham FC's Dale Burrell scores from inside own half
Watch Whickham FC's Dale Burrell score a stunning goal from inside his own half against Bishop Auckland.

Severe accident: A167(M) Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A167(M) Tyne And Wear northbound severe accident, at B1318 Claremont Road.

A167(M) Tyne And Wear - One lane closed and it's heavy on A167(M) northbound in Tyne and Wear at B1318 Claremont Road, because of accidents in the opposite direction.

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

Newcastle patients first to get new asthma treatment at home

Severe asthma patients at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital are the first to be offered a new home treatment.

The drug, mepolizumab, which usually has to be administered by a healthcare professional every four weeks, is now being offered for patients to administer at-home through a pre-filled pen or syringe.

John Davison, senior nurse specialist for complex lung disease at the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are delighted to be the first trust in the UK to provide patients with this treatment in the comfort of their own home.

“Severe asthma patients often struggle to manage everyday activities, and frequent visits to a healthcare professional in hospital can be an added burden for them.

“This innovation will empower healthcare professionals and patients with greater flexibility to choose a treatment setting that best fits patients’ needs.”

Mepolizumab is used to treat asthma in patients with eosinophilic asthma, a rare type of asthma which is commonly seen in people who develop the condition as adults.

Girl using asthma inhaler
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Young people and business 'making veganism popular'

Campaigner Heather Mills has been expounding the virtues of veganism and crediting young people and big business for its popularity.

"It's all down to corporates seeing they can make some money from it," she said.

The former wife of Sir Paul McCartney said young people were more environmentally aware than their parents, and open to becoming vegan.

"They are smarter, they asked questions, they are informed and they are pushing the demand," she said.

Ms Mills was speaking at the launch of her new venture, Plant-Based Valley, on the site of a former cosmetics site in Seaton Delaval, Northumberland.

She had intended to develop a site in Austria but changed her plans when she heard that the former Coty plant was closing.

Heather Mills
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Bridge remains closed after a crash

A bridge in Gateshead remains closed after a lorry collided with it yesterday.The incident happened on the Burnopfield Road in Rowlands Gill near the entrance to the National Trust's Gibside estate.

Police closed the road just after 16:00 yesterday afternoon.

A lorry collided with the bridge on the Burnopfield Road in Rowlands Gill yesterday
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South Shields MP's coalition preference 'disturbing'

Richard Moss

Political Editor, BBC Look North

South Shields Labour MP Emma Lewell-Buck's preference for a coalition with The Brexit Party rather than the Lib Dems has not gone down with that party's leader.

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Northern Spire shortlisted for international award

The Northern Spire in Sunderland
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Sunderland's Northern Spire bridge is among 10 projects from around the world shortlisted for the Institution of Civil Engineers People's Choice Awards 2019.

The crossing over the River Wear was opened in August last year.

The Northern Spire will compete in a public vote against projects from Hong Kong, New York and the UK.

The winner will be announced on 12 November.

Police force recruits its first female horse

Northumbria police has brought ''diversity to the stables'' after recruiting its first ever female horse in 160 years.

Police horse Penelope (stable name Bella) is set to hit the streets for the first time as part of the force’s mounted section.

Sgt Stuart Coates said: “Penelope is the first recruit to the team in a while and she has already made a great impression.

“Incredibly, she is believed to be the first mare to ever be recruited by Northumbria Police so she brings a bit of diversity to the stables."

Police horse Bella
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Bella
Northumbria Police

“She is full of character and is fitting in well with the boys," he added.

“We are expecting big things from her and if you see her policing the streets we would encourage you to come and say ‘hello’.”

Penelope will carry out patrols and will also police protests, football matches and large events.

Gateshead Quays arts and leisure complex - have your say

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

You can now have your say on massive plans to transform the Gateshead Quayside – including designs for a £260m arena complex.

Proposals could see the 12,500 seat venue built in between the Sage and the Baltic Centre, which would open by 2023.

There will also be new waterfront hotels, bars, offices, and restaurants.

Council bosses now want to gather the public’s views on how the southern banks of the Tyne should be redeveloped.

Quayside Arena
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Cllr Martin Gannon said: "We’re passionate about the part we are playing in Gateshead’s transformation and we want residents to play their part too."

A full planning application for the development is expected to be lodged later this year.

A consultation on a new planning framework for the Quayside is open until 8 October.

You can see the plans online or at Gateshead Civic Centre and Central Library.

The council will also be taking questions live on Twitter next Tuesday from 16:00 to 17:30 and is hosting a drop-in event on 26 September from 15:00 to 19:00 at St Mary’s Heritage Centre.

Now that's a goal!

Pamela Bilalova

BBC Newcastle reporter

The goal of the season competition might end right now with this goal by Whickham FC's Dale Burrell.

He scored from the halfway line during their 2-1 match with Bishop Auckland last night, matching David Beckham's feat from 23 years ago.

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Have your say on the A69 upgrade

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

People interested in finding out more about a major upgrade of the A69 will be able to see the plans at an information session in Northumberland today.

Work is due to start on the multimillion-pound project at Bridge End roundabout in October.

Temporary changes to the road layout will be put in place while the new section is created under the roundabout.

Anyone wanting to ask questions about the scheme can chat to Highways England at Hexham Community Centre between 12:00 and 17:00.

Penshaw Monument footpath revamp plans

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Chris Binding

A footpath to one of Wearside's most beloved landmarks is set for a revamp under new plans.

Earlier this year, proposals were submitted for land at Penshaw Monument.

The 70 ft high (21.3m) monument was built in 1844, designed by John and Benjamin Green.

It is dedicated to John George Lambton, first Earl of Durham and the first Governor of Canada.

With 60,000 people visiting the site every year, footfall has lead to wear and tear on the monument and the route on which it sits.

Penshaw Monument
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The footpaths were last replaced in 2016 but have since faced erosion with water collecting on platforms and step areas.

Now the National Trust, which manages the grade-one listed monument, has lodged a formal planning application to help safeguard its future.

This includes rebuilding the footpath with materials to help prevent surface water flooding.

A final decision on the footpath revamp is expected by early November.

Public comments can be made on the plans until Monday, September 30.

Some freeviewers may need to retune their tv equipment

BBC viewers in the region's Pontop Pike transmission area may need to re-tune their TV equipment today.

Some Freeview channels are moving to new airwaves to allow for new mobile broadband services.

The changes will take place at the Pontop Pike transmitter in the morning and are expected to be completed in the next 15 minutes.

It follows a Government decision to update transmitters region by region between now and 2020.

Viewers missing BBC channels after 10:00 should retune their TVs.

Missing Newbiggin Hall man found

A missing man from Newbiggin Hall has been found, police have confirmed.

Northumbria Police have thanked the public for their support in its appeal to find 53-year-old Ian Wearns.

Busty Bank in Burnopfield remains closed this morning

A road in Gateshead was closed yesterday after a lorry crashed into a bridge.

It happened on the Burnopfield Road in Rowlands Gill near the entrance to the National Trust's Gibside estate.

Police closed the road just after 16:00 yesterday afternoon.

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Batten disease treatment: Parents win battle for treatment

The NHS will provide a drug to patients with a rare degenerative disease that can cause seizures, visual impairment and mobility loss.

Two sets of parents of children with Batten disease, from Newcastle and Cheshire, had been refused NHS funding for the drug which could slow the progression of Batten's Disease.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said it could not be certain it was value for money.

But, the NHS has now confirmed it has struck a deal to provide the drug.

Gail and Matthew Rich from Newcastle have been campaigning to get the drug for their daughters Nicole and Jessica.

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Following the NHS's announcement Newcastle North MP, Catherine McKinnell said: "This has been a long, hard-fought campaign by the Rich family, which I’ve been pleased to support in any way I could as their local MP.

"I am absolutely over the moon about this decision for Gail, Matthew, Jessica, Nicole and their brother Louis and for all the other families affected by this cruel, debilitating disease."

Ashley opposed by 9% of Sports Direct shareholders

BBC Business News

Shareholders of Sports Direct have registered their unhappiness with the leadership of founder Mike Ashley by voting in significant numbers against his re-election as director.

Mr Ashley owns 62% of the company, so was overwhelmingly backed to continue in the role as expected.

But 9% of all shareholders still voted against his re-election.

Sports Direct is under pressure to appoint a new auditor, but shareholders were told no decision had been made.

Mike Ashley
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Pet Shop Boys coming to Newcastle

Lucy Moody

Journalist

Are you a fan of the Pet Shop Boys?

Well if you are then you might want to make sure your diary is free on 5 June 2020.

The duo have announced they'll be coming to Newcastle as part of their greatest hits tour.

Tickets go on sale at 10:00 BST on Friday.

Pet Shop Boys
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Growing concern for missing Newbiggin Hall man

Lucy Moody

Journalist

Concern is growing for a missing man from Newbiggin Hall, who hasn't been seen or heard from since yesterday lunchtime.

53-year-old Ian Wearns' last known location was his home on Shirlaw Close.

Northumbria Police have described him as 5ft 11in with short hair and hearing aids.

Ian Wearns
Northumbria Police

Gateshead fire: Four rescued from flat blaze

Firefighters have rescued four adults from a fire in a block of flats in Gateshead.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said a team of 12 firefighters tackled the blaze, which broke out in the Bensham area last night.

A crew from Byker in Newcastle also helped with the rescue.

Fire engine
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Crowd left 'riled up and agitated'

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

A jury’s been told a man on trial for stirring up racial hatred left a crowd “riled up” and “agitated”.

William Charlton, known as Billy, faces five charges of stirring up racial hatred in a series of speeches in Sunderland in 2016 and 2017.

A jury at Newcastle Crown Court was shown film of a speech Mr Charlton made in Sunderland in September 2016 recorded on a police body camera.

Speaking about immigrants he tells a crowd of about 150 people: "These people don’t understand that the rules are our rules".

He later goes on to tell the crowd: "This is our town, this is our town" and criticises Northumbria Police’s response to alleged criminal incidents involving immigrants saying: “Start standing up for us. Start defending us."

Giving evidence Insp Scott Berry who was on duty on the day of the march told the jury: “He riled up the crowd in my opinion".

He said he was concerned there would be a "counter reaction" from young Asian men who had started to come into the area in response to Mr Charlton’s speech "in large numbers".

Mr Charlton, 55, of Byland Court,Washington, denies all five charges and his trial at Newcastle Crown Court continues.

Cadets praised after helping Great North Run spectator

Cadets gave a woman first aid after she collapsed while watching the Great North Run on Sunday.

The pensioner collapsed near the Hilton hotel on the Gateshead side of the Tyne Bridge.

The police cadets moved the crowds to give her space and gave her first aid until an ambulance crew arrived. She received treatment from medics but did not need to go to hospital.

Ch Insp David Pickett of Northumbria Police said: "The cadets that were positioned with a community support officer near the Tyne Bridge reacted quickly and stayed calm under pressure, offering the woman a much-needed helping hand and managing the crowd of spectators nearby."

He said the credits were "a credit to the force."

Northumbria Police cadets
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Severe disruption: A167 Tyne And Wear both ways

BBC News Travel

A167 Tyne And Wear both ways severe disruption, from B1426 to A1 Western Bypass J66 Bowes Incline.

A167 Tyne And Wear - Stationary on A167 Durham Road in both directions in Gateshead from the B1426 junction to Bowes Incline, because of a temporary closure and Tour of Britain.

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

Almost 3,000 metres of climbing in Tour of Britain stage

The cyclists in the Tour of Britain have a short trip over the River Tyne from the end of yesterday's stage in Newcastle to the start of today's fourth stage in Gateshead.

It starts near the Baltic before heading out through Gateshead, County Durham and into Cumbria where it finishes in Kendal.

There will be almost 3,000 metres of climbing during the 171.5km (106 miles) stage.

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Roads close to traffic to make way for Tour of Britain cyclists

There are various road closures south of the Tyne today due to the latest stage of cycling's Tour of Britain.

The riders begin today at Gateshead's Baltic at 11:00 but affected roads on the Quayside are already shut.

Today's stage journeys past the Angel of the North, west through Whickham to Chopwell, and then south to Stanhope as the riders head for today's finish in Kendal in the Lake District.

Yesterday's stage from Berwick to Newcastle was won by Dutch rider Dylan Groenewegen of the team Jumbo-Visma.

Tour of Britain
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Severe disruption: A1 Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Tyne And Wear northbound severe disruption, from J71 Hollinside Road to J75 A69.

A1 Tyne And Wear - One lane blocked and it's very slow on A1 Western Bypass northbound in Tyne and Wear from J71, Hollinside (Metro Centre) to J75, A69 (Denton Burn roundabout), because of a break down earlier.

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

Severe disruption: A1(M) Tyne And Wear southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Tyne And Wear southbound severe disruption, at J65 for A1 Western Bypass J65.

A1(M) Tyne And Wear - Lane blocked on A1(M) southbound in Tyne and Wear at J65, A1 (Birtley), because of a car that's broken down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Cancer experts focus on genes for cure

Experts trying to prevent and cure cancer in children are gathering in Newcastle.

A three-day conference will look at targeted treatments and analysis of affected DNA.

The focus of the event is genomic medicine -- using information about the genes that cause leukemia.

Prof Anthony Moorman is from Newcastle University's Wolfson Childhood Cancer Research Centre.

He said a cure for cancer was "coming" and great advances had been made in genome medicine where treatment is tailored to individual patients based on their genetics.