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  1. Updates on Friday 8 July 2016

Live Reporting

By Ana Guerra-Moore

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    That's all for today - thank you for joining us.

    We'll be back on Monday at 08:00 with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates. There will be more updates on our radio stations - BBC Newcastle and BBC Tees - online and on Look North over the weekend.

    If you'd like to get in touch, you can contact us on Twitter,Facebook, or via email at

    Have a lovely weekend.

  2. Weather: Mostly dry tonight

    BBC Weather

    Any showers soon dying out leaving a fine evening with much of the night dry with some clear spells for a time. However, thicker cloud will bring some patchy rain in from the west after midnight. Staying mild. 

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  3. Two men face life sentences for Sunderland man's murder

    Two men are facing life sentences after stabbing a man to death who was trying to save his son from an attack.

    David Walsh, 45, died of 34 injuries, including stab wounds and blunt force injuries, after being found in a street in Hendon, Sunderland, on 20 November.

    Raymond Brown, 37, admitted murder and Charles Lamont, 40, was found guilty at Newcastle Crown Court.

    Dalton Barnett, 19, was cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter. They will all be sentenced on Monday.

    Patrick Duggan, 19, of Palmstead Place, Sunderland, was earlier cleared of murder, manslaughter and violent disorder.

  4. 'Disgraceful' fly-tipping in South Tyneside

    A large amount of waste, including flammable liquids, was illegally dumped at Boldon Nature Reserve on Sunday.

    Waste containing flammable materials was also discovered at Boldon allotments on Monday.

    Both quantities of waste have since been removed.

    South Tyneside Council lead member for area management and community safety, Councillor Moira Smith, described the incident as "disgraceful".

    She said: "The fact that this waste contained flammable items and was dumped so close to livestock at the allotments and a nearby factory displays a level of ignorance and irresponsibility that is difficult to fathom."

    The waste
  5. Warning over potential car-buying scam

    A car-buying scam could be taking place in Newcastle, police warn..

    Over the last few weeks a number of people have received parking fines through the post. All of the owners contested the fines and contacted Newcastle City Council informing them they had recently sold the cars.

    Thinking this was suspicious the council contacted police and initial enquiries showed that all of the cars that had been issued parking tickets had been recently purchased by the same man. 

    He replied to adverts about the cars on various websites, and when he came to buy the cars he told the sellers he was from a company called 'M&M' cars, based in the west end of Newcastle. 

    Officers can find no trace of the company and enquiries are ongoing.  

  6. Man arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure

    A 62-year-old man from the Middlesbrough area has been arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure following recent incidents in Pennyman’s Woods in Ormesby. 

    The man is currently in police custody. 

  7. Large cannabis farm discovered in Newcastle

    About £500,000 worth of cannabis plants was seized during a raid in Newcastle.

    Officers executed a search warrant at an industrial unit off Condercum Road in Benwell, yesterday afternoon.

    Once inside they found a large scale professional cannabis farm.

    The farm was so large in size that it stretched the entire distance of three of the industrial units.

    Cannabis farm
  8. Campaigns to honour women with statues gain momentum

    Statues across the UK are predominantly of men, but campaigns to memorialise important women are increasingly meeting a receptive audience.

    Besides the numerous statues of Queen Victoria that dot the British landscape, many memorials to British women are nameless sculptures, typically rendered as naked, curvaceous and reclining.  

    Back in March, a campaign was launched to build a statue honouring the achievements by women of Middlesbrough.

    There are currently seven statues in the Teesside town, all of which depict men.

    Women of Steel statue in Sheffield
  9. Travel: Roads closed in Hartlepool

    BBC Travel

    A689 Belle Vue Way in Hartlepool closed and there is very slow traffic in both directions between the B1277 Brenda Road junction and the Burn Road junction, because of an accident involving two cars. 

    Police directing traffic.

    Read more traffic updates here.

  10. Sunderland film to be released

    A film exploring the legacy of the Battle of the Somme in Sunderland is soon to be released.

    Asunder uses local archive footage to convey the story of the city’s involvement in World War One, from the men who fought in the fields, to those who stayed behind to work in the region’s shipyards and munitions factories.

    Here's a look at the trailer:

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  11. Travel: East Coast Mainline trains running again

    Virgin Trains have announced that all train lines are now running again on the East Coast Mainline following disruptions due to damage to overhead wires earlier today.

    However they say there will still be some delays.

  12. Blind horse dumped

    A blind horse was found abandoned in a field near Kyo Lane in Stanley, County Durham, by the landowner who was concerned about the horse's condition and where she had come from. 

    RSPCA inspector Catherine Richardson said: "Poor Faith is completely blind, has a large swelling on one of her knees, her hooves are overgrown and cracked and she is in a lean body condition."

    Faith the horse

    After the vet examined her it was confirmed that Faith was suffering.

    Inspector Richardson added: "Faith isn't micro chipped so we currently do not know who owns her, and more worryingly, it looks as if she has had a foal not too long ago so we are concerned as to where her foal may be."

    The RSPCA are now looking after Faith, who is believed to be 11.

  13. Man injured when BMW leaves road

    A 28-year-old man suffered a broken arm when a BMW came off the road on the A171 Middlesbrough road travelling East towards Guisborough on Thursday evening.

    Police are appealing for witnesses.

  14. Hundreds enjoyed opening night of Mouth of the Tyne Festival

    Nicki Hornby

    BBC Newcastle

    Hundreds of people flocked to Tynemouth last night for the opening night of the Mouth of the Tyne festival.

    The four-day festival includes concerts in the grounds of Tynemouth Priory and Castle which was kicked off last night with Bryan Ferry and Nadine Shah.

    The festival, which runs until Sunday, also features a packed programme of events around Tynemouth.

    Mouth of the Tyne festival
  15. Richard Kilty disqualified from European Athletics Championships

    Teesside's Richard Kilty was disqualified from the 100m at the European Athletics Championships, after a false start in the final, which had to be restarted.

    Only yesterday he won the semi-final in 10.15 seconds, but the Teesside Tornado was given a red card for false starting in last night's final.

    It means he won't be representing Team GB in the event at the Olympics in Rio. 

    He says he is "heartbroken":

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  16. People react to Newcastle train delays

    Damian O'Neil

    BBC Look North

    I've been talking to the people affected by the severe train delays in Newcastle today.

    The problems have been caused by overhead line problems between Morpeth and Alnmouth.

    A man who was part of the waiting crowd told me that he didn't know what was happening, and that not enough information had been given to the public.

    Others were feeling impatient, as they feared they'd miss important commitments as a consequence of the delays.

    Replacement coaches were promised, but had yet to arrive when I was there. Local taxi drivers are therefore hoping for business, offering rides to Edinburgh for £50 per person.

    People queuing
  17. EU Referendum vote highlights neighbourly differences

    Duncan Leatherdale

    BBC News Online

    Only a few miles may separate their city centres but the views of several neighbours on the EU are not so close. Why would one vote to leave while its near neighbour wanted to remain?

    The rivalry between Sunderland on the Wear and Newcastle on the Tyne is well established, even if most only know it for the football.

    But it would seem it's not just their sporting allegiances that divide them.

    In the EU referendum Newcastle voted to remain while Sunderland was overwhelmingly in favour of leaving, along with the 10 other areas of North-East England.

    Click here to continue reading this feature.

    Two children playing football
  18. Heart surgery parent defends Freeman Hospital

    BBC Newcastle

    A father whose son's life was saved by surgeons at the Freeman Hospital's heart unit spoke to BBC Newcastle this morning about the recent concerns regarding the unit.

    Ivan Hollingsworth and his wife Nadine have devoted themselves to raising funds and awareness for the children's heart unit ever since their son was a patient there.

    NHS England has said Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust will be allowed to keep doing surgery despite failing to meet key standards. It will be given extra support.

    Mr Hollingsworth said they are upset about the recent news, but have confidence in the hospital.

    He said: "Broadly speaking, the report doesn't tell us all of the things we need to know ... knowing the way the Freeman is, it's never going to be at threat, as far as I understand the Freeman is thriving and going from strength to strength."

  19. Weather: A fine afternoon with some bright spells

    A fine afternoon is expected with cloud breaking at times to allow some bright or sunny spells. 

    Despite a fairly keen breeze, it will feel warm in the sunshine. 

    weather graphic

    Maximum Temperature: 20C (68F).