Durham shopping centre cinema plan after £12m takeover

The Gates Shopping Centre Clearbell Capital LLP said it hopes to enhance the shopping centre

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A Durham shopping centre which had been in administration has been bought for £11.85m by a London-based company.

The Gates Shopping Centre in Durham city, which includes retail units, residential properties and parking, has been bought by Clearbell Capital LLP.

The new owners hope to build a cinema, new restaurants and student accommodation at the site, as well as managing the existing complex.

The company said it hoped it would "improve the offering" to the area.

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    Rushworth on record day 17:54: Paul Addison BBC Tees Sport

    We'll hear from Chris Rushworth on his record breaking day for Durham against Northants on BBC Tees Sport in a few minutes at 18:00. Listen live here.

    'Strong retaining walls' 17:50: Francesca Williams BBC News

    I've spoken to Durham County Council after it said it spent £1.25m on two new barns in Peterlee and Wolsingham to store salt for the winter.

    The council told me the structures have very strong retaining walls and parts of it are solid concrete, and they also have special drainage facilities so the contents don't pollute nearby water.

    On the programme tonight 17:48: BBC Look North

    Newcastle United footballer Jonas Gutierrez has announced he's receiving treatment for testicular cancer. We'll be broadcasting from outside St James' Park.

    And a rediscovered industrial artist - described as Teesside's Lowry - has been placed firmly back in the spotlight with a painting displayed at the National Football Museum. Watch BBC One at 18:30 or catch up here.

    Northampton 5-1 Hartlepool 17:45:

    A quarter of Northampton's 20 shots found the back of the net, but only one of Hartlepool's eight did the same.

    Possession was 49% to 51% in favour of Hartlepool, but Northampton committed almost double the number of fouls, 11 to six.

    Match stats

    There wasn't a single yellow card shown during the match, which was watched by 3,653.

    Mist to thicken later 17:40: Paul Mooney BBC Weather presenter

    Mist and low cloud will continue to affect the region through the evening and night, thickening and lowering to give fog in many areas, especially coasts and hills, with drizzle also likely.

    Weather forecast

    Minimum temperature: 13C (55F). Check today's forecast near you.

    Gutierrez's cancer 'has spread' 17:36: The Daily Telegraph
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    Council spends £1.25m on salt barns 17:20:

    More than 42,000 tonnes of salt will be stored in barns ready for use by Durham County Council, and up to 12,500 tonnes will be stored at two new barns in Wolsingham and Peterlee ahead of the winter.

    The Wolsingham barn, which was completed in January and cost £500,000, while the recently-built Peterlee structure cost £750,000.

    Men with spades

    The council treats more than 1,050 miles (1,700km), or 45%, of the county's roads between 80 and 100 times during normal winter conditions but will also clear other minor roads if possible in severe bad weather.

    Rushworth on fire 17:10:

    Durham seam bowler Chris Rushworth took 15 wickets in a day as Northants crashed to an incredible innings defeat on day three at Chester-le-Street.

    Chris Rushworth

    The visitors were bowled out twice in the space of three-and-a-half hours to lose by an innings and 219 runs. Rushworth took 9-52 either side of lunch as they were dismissed for 83.

    They only managed 90 after following on as he produced 6-43 for match figures of 15-95, the best by a Durham bowler in a Championship fixture.

    Gold medallists in the studio 17:05: Neil Green BBC Tees

    Lets celebrate the gold medal success of the UK wheelchair basketball team at the first ever Invictus Games.

    More than 400 wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women from 14 nations took part in the Paralympic-style competition - which was the idea of Prince Harry.

    Gaz Golightly from Hartlepool and Chris Attis from Stockton were part of the gold medal winning team. They joined me on BBC Tees.

    News on the hour 17:00:

    The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: Businesses in Darlington are hoping a new parking scheme will encourage shoppers into the town centre.
    • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.
    Testicular cancer - the facts 16:45:

    Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez has had an operation in his native Argentina to remove his left testicle after the discovery of a tumour, and is undergoing chemotherapy.

    Here are a few facts about testicular cancer:

    • It usually affects men between the ages of 15 and 49 and it is relatively uncommon, accounting for 1% of all cancers that occur in men.
    • It is one of the most treatable types of cancer. More than 96% of men with early-stage testicular cancer will be completely cured. Go to the NHS website for more details.
    Hall move would 'benefit towns' 16:31: The Journal Newspaper

    Moving County Hall from Morpeth to Ashington would bring £100m worth of benefits to the towns, consultants claim.

    Venuta questo pomeriggio... 16:11: Chris Conway BBC Newcastle

    I have been learning to cook and speak Italian with the School of Modern Languages at Newcastle University. Why? Find out on BBC Newcastle before 17:30.

    Chris Conway eating
    News on the hour 15:59:

    The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A man's been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Middlesbrough. It's after a van was found overturned on the A66 covered with bullet holes.
    • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.
    Charges 'set to be slashed' 15:48: Northern Echo Newspaper

    Car parking charges are set to be slashed and a park and ride scheme introduced in Darlington as its council leader vows to "get shoppers in, get them parked and get them to stay".

    'Best figures of the season' 15:36: Martin Emmerson BBC Newcastle

    Durham seamer Chris Rushworth produced the best Championship figures of the season by taking 9-52 on day three against Northants at Chester-le-Street.

    Rushworth, 28, produced the devastating 12-over spell either side of lunch as the visitors were all out for just 83.

    Chris Rushworth

    After taking the first eight wickets to fall, he was denied the chance of all 10 when England all-rounder Ben Stokes had Maurice Chambers caught at slip. Northants trailed by 309 on first innings and were asked to follow on.

    Hundreds referred to service 15:23:

    Hundreds of underage drinkers were referred to a drug and alcohol service during a summer-long crackdown in County Durham.

    As part of Operation Aries, involving police, the county council, and local off-licences, about 200 litres of alcohol were also confiscated.

    Male drinking out of a can

    It emerged that 80% of it was purchased by adults or older friends. All 300 youngsters detained by police, as well as their parents, were dealt with by intervention workers.

    Racing results involved in fix probe 15:09:

    Results at a number of horse races at Newcastle, Hexham and Sedgefield are involved in a British Horse Racing Association investigation into alleged race-fixing.

    The hearing, scheduled for 11 November, will look at a small number of races at the grounds which took place between 14 October 2009 and 15 April 2012. The BHA said a total of 57 races are potentially involved in the investigation.

    It is alleged Scottish Grand National-winning jockey Richie McGrath, together with former trainer Kate Walton, conspired with registered persons Mark Aspey, Carl Flint, Kristian Robson, David Stevens and David Greenwood to trade inside information and fix results.

    News on the hour 14:59:

    The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

    Man held over murder bid on shot van 14:44: BBC Tees

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a van was found overturned on the A66 covered with bullet holes.

    The 27-year-old local man is being questioned after the van was found on Friday in South Bank with extensive damage believed to have been caused by a firearm. Cleveland Police say they're keeping an open mind as to whether two house fires in Redcar are linked to the shooting.

    Police have bailed three men aged 25, 38 and 60 from the Manchester area in connection with the fires.

    Northumberland journalist will 'face no further action' 14:29:

    A North East freelance journalist held last year by police investigating alleged corrupt payments to public officials is to face no further action, the Met Police says.

    The man, 44, was arrested at his home in Northumberland over conspiracy to cause misconduct in public office.

    He was the 72nd person to be arrested under Operation Elveden, which is being carried out by the Metropolitan Police. It runs alongside the phone-hacking inquiry Operation Weeting and Operation Tuleta, a probe into computer hacking.

    Rushworth takes nine wickets 14:16: Martin Emmerson BBC Newcastle

    Durham's Christopher Rushworth has taken nine wickets in the first innings as Northants struggled to find form in an attempt to attack their opponents' 392-all out.

    Newton, Duckett and Wagner, all out for a duck, were three of the nine taken while Rushworth was at the crease. He finished 9-52.

    Ben Stokes took one other wicket leaving the Northants all out for 83. Listen to commentary or see the live scorecard.

    News on the hour 13:57:

    The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

    Boro match stats 13:45:

    Middlesbrough's winning goal came just 95 seconds into the match against Cardiff.

    Only two of Boro's 12 shots were on target, which trumps Cardiff's one shot on target out of 13.

    Match stats graphic

    Boro's win was watched by 19,711 at the Cardiff City Stadium.

    Teesside's Lowry? 13:30: Colin Briggs BBC Look North

    A rediscovered industrial artist - described as "Teesside's Lowry" - has been placed firmly back in the spotlight with his work being displayed at the National Football Museum.

    Dave Watson

    Dave Watson was a budding post-war artist from Middlesbrough's gritty Southbank, but ended up painting the sides of ships instead. At the age of 70, he's finally finding recognition, not far from where Lowry himself worked. There's more on this on BBC Look North now on BBC One.

    Northampton 5-1 Hartlepool 13:24:

    Marc Richards and Kaid Mohamed scored twice as Northampton recovered from an early Hartlepool goal to win 5-1.

    Charlie Wyke gave the visitors a first-minute lead before the goals flew in at the other end. Richards equalised with a penalty before Mohamed beat Scott Flinders from 10 yards and then headed the third.

    Marc Richards

    Lawson D'Ath made it four from close range before ex-Chesterfield striker Richards completed a comprehensive win after good work by Mohamed.

    Lorry hits railway bridge 13:11: Newcastle Chronicle
    News on the hour 12:59:

    The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A Newcastle charity which pays for defibrillators in public places has won £50,000.
    • BBC Tees: Darlington Council hopes a new £700,000 parking scheme will encourage shoppers into the town centre.
    Moorsholm in Bloom 12:50: Paul Baird BBC Tees

    I've been to Moorsholm in East Cleveland who won best village and best entry at the Northumbria in Bloom awards 2014.

    The villagers told me they worked for five years to win the award and are over the moon.

    Moorsholm in Bloom group

    They will go on to represent the region at the 2014 national Britain in Bloom awards in Bristol next month.

    Cancer patient to raise funds 12:42: Sunderland Echo Newspaper

    Brave cancer patient Dylan Knox, from Houghton, is on a fundraising mission after finding out his rare bone cancer cannot be cured.

    NUFC players send thoughts 12:26:

    Former Newcastle players have been reacting to the news that Jonas Gutierrez is being treated for testicular cancer.

    Denmark forward Peter Lovenkrands, who played at Newcastle from 2009 to 2012, tweets: "Can't believe the news about my good friend Jonas. Testicle cancer. I wish you a speedy recovery my friend. #SpiderMan #Nufc"

    Former Magpies goalkeeper Steve Harper tweets: "Buena suerte a mi amigo Jonas with his battle with testicular cancer. Great lad and teammate who always gave 100% for the Toon shirt."

    Trainee teacher jailed for messages 12:12:

    A trainee teacher who was given a suspended sentence for sending graphic messages to a schoolgirl he met while working as a coach at a sports camp has had his term increased by the Court of Appeal.

    Tony Marsden, 23, of Whitley Bay, pleaded guilty to causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and was given 16 months suspended for two years.

    Solicitor General Robert Buckland argued the sentence was "unduly lenient", adding he was "pleased" that the court had increased it to three years and four months in prison.

    News on the hour 11:59:

    The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

    Stan Laurel letter sells for £1,400 11:50:

    A letter from comedian Stan Laurel has been sold for almost three times its estimated value at auction.

    The signed note was sent in 1960 to the family of Mr Laurel's childhood friend Margaret Miller, from Tynemouth, who went on to marry the star's school friend.

    Stan Laurel letter

    It was expected to fetch between £300 and £500 when it went under the hammer at Newcastle auction house Anderson and Garland yesterday but was bought for £1,400 by a private British buyer.

    Cardiff 0-1 Boro 11:38:

    Kike scored after just 95 seconds as Middlesbrough beat Cardiff City to move up to eighth in the Championship.

    The Spanish striker slotted home Albert Adomah's cross from close range to inflict the second home defeat in four days on the Bluebirds.

    Garcia Martinez

    Juan Cala fired City's best chance wide late on as Boro held on.

    Share your views 11:24:

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

    Unemployment rises in North East 11:15:

    North East unemployment has gone up by 1,000 to 132,000, latest figures show.

    Regional unemployment figures from May to July shows our region along with the South West are the only two areas that have seen an increase.

    The North East however also has the highest rate of unemployment currently standing at 9.9%.

    News on the hour 11:00:

    The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

    Hoping to start on time 10:44: Martin Emmerson BBC Newcastle

    It's another murky day at Chester-le-Street. The umpires have already been out with the light meters.

    We could be in for another day of delays as Durham continue their LV County Championship match against Northants. They are hoping to start on time though.

    Durham's cricket ground

    Listen to full match commentary or keep up with the live scorecard.

    Man charged after road rage incident 10:32:

    A man has been charged following a road rage incident in Sunderland. It allegedly took place at 07:15 on Tuesday on Birtley Lane, near the roundabout with the junction of the A195 and A1.

    The 34-year-old man will appear before Sunderland Magistrates' Court later and he has been charged with a section 18 assault and possession of an offensive weapon.

    Missing pensioner found 10:21:

    Frederick Watson, 83, who was reported missing in Stanley, County Durham, was found safe and well last night.

    Durham Constabulary thanked everyone who helped in the search for him.

    View from the Borders 10:10: Stephanie Finnon BBC Newcastle

    I'm in Berwick this morning ahead of the Scottish referendum tomorrow finding out how people here in the borders feel about how the decision might affect them.

    News on the hour 09:59:

    The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

    Gutierrez 'great guy' - Barton 09:48:

    Reacting to news that Jonas Gutierrez is being treated for testicular cancer, former Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton tweets: Heard the terrible news about @elgalgojonas Wish him a speedy recovery. Great guy with a great family. My thoughts are with them all x

    Behind the scenes 09:33: Charlie Charlton BBC Newcastle

    We're always delighted to meet some of our listeners. I met Ray from Prudhoe who came over to say hello while at Newcastle Central Station.

    Ray and Charlie Charlton
    Land for planned harbour 09:25: David MacMillan BBC Tees

    A new harbour could be built on the River Tees.

    If plans for a potash mine are approved, a harbour will be built at Bran Sands with space for two ships.

    Site for harbour

    Planning applications for the mine project are due to be submitted this month and plans for the harbour will be submitted in December. I'll have more on this on BBC Tees.

    Delays on Metro 09:12:
    News on the hour 08:59:

    The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

    Patchy light rain 08:43: Lisa Gallagher Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    A murky start, with extensive hill fog, low-level mistiness and perhaps some patchy light rain. Although most areas will then become dry and brighten up, it will stay rather cool and cloudy throughout.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum Temperature: 17C (63F). Check today's forecast near you.

    Scottish referendum 08:30: Charlie Charlton BBC Newcastle

    We're at Newcastle Central Station this morning discussing tomorrow's vote on the Scottish referendum.

    I'm with Fergus Hewison, our political reporter, looking at what both sides of the campaign have been saying.

    Fergus Hewison and Charlie Charlton
    Gutierrez thanks fans 08:13:

    Jonas Gutierrez has thanked fans for their support after revealing he's being treated for testicular cancer.

    The Newcastle midfielder says he has had an operation in Argentina to remove his left testicle after the discovery of a tumour.

    Jonas Gutierrez

    The 31-year-old is now undergoing chemotherapy. Gutierrez tweeted: "Thanks for all the messages. Always looking forward."

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    Traffic building 08:07:

    The A1032 in Middlesbrough over the Newport Bridge is closed in both directions between Cannon Park Interchange and the A1046 Haverton Hill Road junction because of the continuing bridge repainting.

    There's also heavy traffic on the A1 Western Bypass southbound between the Hexham turn off in Blaydon and the Dunston Interchange in Gateshead. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

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