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22 July 2014 Last updated at 13:16

Car prompt hope over missing manNissan Micra

Police searching for a missing Sunderland man they fear may have been murdered have urged anyone who recognises his car to get in touch.

BabiesThree person IVF plans 'progress'

The creation of babies using sperm and eggs from three people moves a step closer, say scientists at Newcastle University.

John Alder and Liam SweeneyStadium hosts fans' memorial service

A memorial service in honour of two Newcastle United fans killed in the Malaysia Airlines plane crash is held at St James' Park.

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    Boot camp training 13:21: Catherine Lee BBC News

    Early-risers were taking part in a boot camp at Longsands beach in Tynemouth this morning.


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    Three-parent IVF moves closer 13:07:

    A pioneering technique backed by Newcastle University which could see the creation of babies using sperm and eggs from three people has moved a step closer in the UK.

    A Department of Health public review into the three-person IVF technique has been broadly supportive.

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    Car hope in missing man search 12:45:

    Police searching for a missing Sunderland man they fear may have been murdered have urged anyone who recognises his car to get in touch.

    Nissan Micra

    Robert Hutchinson, 56, drove away from his home in Corporation Road, Hendon, on 23 June and was reported missing by his family three days later.

    His Nissan Micra was later recovered at the end of Stewart Street, just off Chester Road. Two men, aged 39 and 55, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and bailed.

    More on missing student search 12:33: Adrian Pitches BBC Look North

    I'm at the search for a missing student in the River Tees in Stockton. There's more on Look North at 13:30 and 18:30 tonight or catch up here.

    River Tees search
    NUFC fans remembered 12:22:

    William Gibney tweets: Quality stuff @NUFC to lay wreaths in name of the two supporters who died on #MH17 and supposed to sit in them seats

    Wreaths on seats
    Riviere scores on debut 12:11: Matthew Raisbeck BBC Newcastle

    Emmanuel Riviere (pictured left) marked his debut with a goal as Newcastle cruised to a 4-0 victory over Sydney FC in Dunedin. The striker, a £5m summer signing from Monaco, needed just 26 minutes to open his account with the Magpies taking the game by the scruff of the neck.

    Emmanuel Riviere (left)

    Newcastle scored three times in the space of 14 first-half minutes as Siem de Jong took full advantage of goalkeeper Ivan Necevski's 19th-minute error before Riviere and then defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa struck.

    Newcastle keeper Rob Elliot had only one save to make to deny Corey Gameiro after the break, and substitute Adam Armstrong rounded off the scoring seven minutes from time.

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    Man found dead in house 11:54: Stephanie Finnon BBC Newcastle

    Police are warning people about the dangers of taking illegal drugs after a man died in Gateshead.

    A man has been found dead in a house at Longhirst in the Leam Lane Estate yesterday morning. At this stage it's believed the man, aged in his 30s, had taken a drug suspected to be heroin.

    Det Insp Sharon Chatterton said: "We're carrying out inquiries to establish whether there has been drug involvement, if there has been an overdose or if there is a bad batch of drugs in circulation."

    Northumbria Taser use 'low' - PCC 11:45:

    Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner says Tasers are only used in "exceptional circumstances" after the police watchdog raised concerns over officers in England and Wales using Tasers at point-blank range, despite no longer being trained to do so.

    PCC Vera Baird said: "Tasers have been used very few times and official figures show that Taser use per 100 officers in our force area is one of the lowest in England and Wales.


    "There will always be a rationale for Taser use in Northumbria and I will continue to closely monitor each use of Tasers to ensure officers continue to follow the guidelines set down for their usage."

    Overflowing bins 'health risk' 11:33: Hartlepool Mail Newspaper

    A group of pensioners fear the area where they live could be turned into a health risk after bins were left overflowing following the recent council strike.

    Final day in the cricket 11:21: BBC Tees

    Listen to live Yorkshire v Middlesex commentary in the LV County Championship. On the last day of play, Middlesex are currently 13 for 0 chasing a target of 408.

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    Head grab left-back Wilson 10:50: Matthew Raisbeck BBC Newcastle

    Gateshead FC have agreed to sign left-back Ryan Wilson from Ilkeston Town after a successful trial. The deal will be confirmed later.

    NUFC win 4-0 in New Zealand 10:40: Lloyd Watson BBC News

    Newcastle United have won 4-0 against Sydney FC in a pre-season friendly.

    A minute's silence was held before the game for two fans who were killed in the MH17 plane crash.

    Tasers used in North East 10:31:

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission has raised concerns over police officers in England and Wales using Tasers at point-blank range, despite no longer being trained to do so.

    In the North East during 2013, Northumbria Police's 3,852 officers used Tasers 132 times. Durham's 1,365 strong force used it 95 times, while Cleveland Police's 1,490 officers used it 108 times.

    Graph of Taser uses

    Tasers were deployed 10,380 times across England and Wales last year and there were 154 complaints - a rate that has remained consistent over 10 years.

    Smuggled cigarettes 10:20: Colin Briggs BBC Look North

    One in every three packets of cigarettes bought in some parts of the North East this year were smuggled, according to a report by the tobacco industry.

    It suggests that from April to June this year, over a third of cigarettes bought in Middlesbrough were bootleg - nearly three times as many as last year.

    And, it's claimed the figure in Darlington has tripled to one packet in four. But HM Revenue and Customs disputes these figures, saying that nationally, the figure has dropped by nearly a 10th over the past decade.

    Riverside closed over hunt 10:08: Lee Johnson BBC Tees

    Part of the Stockton Riverside remains closed after reports of a man getting into difficulties in the Tees. More on BBC Tees or read our online story here.

    River Tees in Stockton
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    BNP leader from County Durham 09:42:

    A BNP activist from Spennymoor, County Durham, has become the leader of the party after Nick Griffin stepped down.

    Adam Walker has been announced as the new leader and is also the president of the independent nationalist trade union Solidarity.

    Nick Griffin

    Mr Griffin (pictured) stepped down as leader of the BNP yesterday saying the decision to go was "mine and mine alone".

    Half-time for NUFC 09:27: Matthew Raisbeck BBC Newcastle

    It's half-time and Newcastle have taken at 3-0 lead at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in New Zealand in their pre-season friendly match against Sydney FC.

    De Jong put the Magpies ahead, Emmanuel Riviere doubled their lead before Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa made it 3-0.

    Applause for NUFC fan 09:20:

    Newcastle United tweets: Lovely touch at @ForBarrStadium as the giant screens show Liam Sweeney in the 28th minute. There's applause throughout the arena. #NUFC

    Omeruo back at Boro 09:12:

    Nigeria defender Kenneth Omeruo has agreed to return for a second loan spell at Middlesbrough.

    The 20-year-old Chelsea centre-back spent the second half of last season at the Riverside and played 14 games.

    Kenneth Omeruo
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    Search continues for missing man 08:52:

    A search is continuing for a missing man who got into difficulties while swimming in the River Tees.

    Lifeboat on River Tees

    He is believed to have gone missing at about 19:40 on Monday in an area of water near the Millennium Bridge in Stockton.

    Man charged after shots fired 08:43:

    A teenager has been charged and a third man has been arrested after shots were fired at a door in Middlesbrough.

    The shots were fired at the door of a property in Eglington Road, Grangetown, on Friday afternoon. No-one was injured.

    A 27-year-old remains in police custody awaiting questioning. A 19-year-old man arrested at the weekend has been released on bail and a 19-year-old also arrested has been charged with three firearms offences and is due at court later.

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    Training bomb removed from beach 08:28:

    Part of a Teesside beach which was cordoned off following the discovery of a suspected explosive device has reopened.

    An Army bomb disposal team identified the device as a training mortar before safely removing it from Saltburn beach on Monday.

    Training mortar

    A section of the beach was temporarily closed to the public.

    Minute's silence for dead fans 08:17:

    In memory of Newcastle fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who died in the MH17 plane disaster, there will be a minute's silence before the Magpies' pre-season friendly game against Sydney FC.

    Seats with wreaths on them

    Alan Pardew and Fabricio Coloccini laid these wreaths on their seats ahead of kick-off in the match at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, which starts at 08:30 BST.

    Front Street busy but moving 08:07:

    In County Durham, the A181 Front Street in Durham busy but moving inbound around the Dragon Lane junction.

    More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

    Dry day with light winds 08:04: Sara Thornton Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Everywhere will have a dry day with light winds, and many places will have warm sunny spells. However, coastal areas will be cooler due to an onshore breeze, which may also bring areas of mist and low cloud at times.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 25C (77F). Check the forecast near you.

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