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  1. England to appoint Sam Allardyce as new manager
  2. North East 'has highest rate of children on school meals'
  3. Burns victim released from hospital
  4. Updates Thursday 21 July 2016

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  2. Weather: Still warm, but cloudy

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    Showers this evening should die away for a time leaving clear spells.

    Cloud amounts will increase later though, meaning temperatures should remain on the warm side, with some showery rain spreading in from the west after midnight.  

    Check the forecast where you are.

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  3. England Coastal Path: Teesside to Yorkshire stretch opens

    A further stretch of a 2,700-mile (4,345km) chain of footpaths around the English coast has opened.

    Connecting Teesside with Yorkshire, the 68 miles (109km) of signposted trail will give walkers access to the coast from Filey Brigg to Middlesbrough, through Scarborough and Whitby.

    Natural England said it showcased stunning views.

    The government agency is aiming to have England's Coastal Path fully open by 2020.

    Work is under way on approximately 60% of the scheme.

    The coastline between Filey Brigg and Newport Bridge at Whitby North Beach is now linked by the path
  4. Pensioner fulfils lifelong dream

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    It's been the lifelong dream of Middlesbrough pensioner and motor racing fan Vera Sparks to one day get up close to some of the world's best cars.

    That dream has now been fulfilled after she spent the morning in the pit lane at the circuit, being shown around Ferraris, Porsches and Lamborginis.

    Andy Bell grabbed a word with her in between engine tune ups:

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    You can listen to the full story on BBC Tees.

  5. Newcastle player set for Liverpool move

    Newcastle's Georginio Wijnaldum is expected to have a medical at Liverpool on Friday after the two clubs agreed a fee for the midfielder, Press Association Sport understands. 

    The Reds will pay a maximum of £25m for the Holland international, taking into account various add-ons.

    It is believed Wijnaldum's former club PSV Eindhoven are due a sell-on fee for a player who moved to St James' Park a year ago for #£14.5million.

    Georginio Wijnaldum
  6. Woman jailed after selling fake designer products

    A woman from Gateshead has been sentenced to four weeks in prison and 150 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to selling counterfeit goods.

    Faye McCann from Edendale, Ryton, was also sentenced to four weeks in jail suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay costs of £500 and a victim surcharge of £80 at Gateshead Magistrates' Court.

    McCann first came to the attention of Trading Standards in November 2015, when officers received a tip-off that suspected fake goods were to be sold at an event at the Half Moon Inn public house in Ryton.

    Officers visited the sale and found a large quantity of designer goods being offered for sale by McCann, including handbags and perfume by brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Michael Kors and Chanel.

    All the products totalling more than 260 items were seized.

    A number of these items were then sent away to their respective trademark holders for close examination, and all were confirmed to be fake. 

  7. Dogs to be kept on leads in North Tyneside park

    Dog owners will be asked to keep their pets on leads in a busy section of a North Tyneside park from Monday. 

    The trial scheme at Northumberland Park, North Shields, will run throughout the school summer holidays until 1 October. 

    During this time, dogs are to be kept on a lead in the central area of the park near the Bowling Green, the Visitor Centre, the outdoor cafe area, medieval garden and the children’s sculpture trail.  

    North Tyneside Council says they should be on leads that are no longer than two metres.  

    Northumberland Park
  8. Water main purposely damaged, causing flooding

    A water main was damaged in Newcastle yesterday.

    Police received a report that a water main had burst in Tweed Street, Elswick, at about 17:50.

    The water began to cause flooding in the area, disruption to traffic and left a number of properties without water.

    Northumbrian Water engineers attended and found that the main hadn't burst but had in fact been tampered with and turned on.

    Officers believe a group of local youths were responsible.

  9. Newcastle United sign defender Grant Hanley

    Newcastle United have signed defender Grant Hanley from Blackburn Rovers. 

    The 24-year-old signed a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee. 

    "I'm over the moon and delighted to be here," he said.

    "It is a fantastic opportunity to come and play at such a big club and one that I couldn't turn down. 

    "It is an exciting step in my career but it doesn't stop there. This is just the start and I am looking forward to helping Newcastle get back into the Premier League." 

  10. Pokemon Go: MP complains after children 'charged around' cemetery

    Redcar's Labour MP has written to Nintendo after constituents told her that youngsters were "charging around"  a cemetery playing Pokemon Go.

    She has also written to the Home Secretary Amber Rudd, asking her what discussions she has had with Nintendo about incidences of trespass or disrespecting religious sites caused by players of the game.

    Ms Turley said the cemetery also contains a war memorial and she wanted the Japanese company to think about altering certain locations.

    Turley added: "People are upset and worried about what message it sends out, as it's a place people go to find solace and peace and I don't think it's appropriate.

    "I don't want to be a killjoy but there are some genuine concerns and standards we have to think about."

    Pokemon Go app
  11. St William's paedophile Anthony McCallen appeals against jail term

    A former chaplain of a Roman Catholic children's care home who sexually abused 11 boys has appealed against his 15-year jail term.

    Anthony McCallen, from Ingleby Barwick, Stockton, was jailed in January for abusing the boys at the former St William's Children's Home near Market Weighton between 1970 and 1991.

    At the Court of Appeal, his barrister John Dunning claimed his sentence was too harsh and applied for it to be cut.

    A decision will be made at a later date.

    Anthony McCallen
  12. Police donate compost to local schools after cannabis farm is seized

    A cannabis farm seized by police has resulted in a windfall of compost donated to schools.

    Police recovered more than 250 cannabis plants from a house in Union Street, Blyth, on 8 June.

    They also found around 100 bags of compost left in the premises.

    The cannabis plants have now all been removed from the house by police and destroyed.

    Officers from Blyth neighbourhood policing team saw the compost bags were unopened and officers decided to donate them to local primary schools for the children to learn to cultivate flowers and vegetables.

    police officers with give compost to schoolchildren
  13. North East MP on Twitter rant against Corbyn

    The MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Tom Blenkinsop, has voiced his concern about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Twitter today.

    In a series of tweets, he wrote "Corbyn out", branded him an "idiot", and interacted with users who are concerned about the current head of the party being voted back into leadership.

    He also stated: "Does Corbyn remember London MPs, like him, get 5% more on budget (London weighting) to pay staff more than my staff?".

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  14. 'Bionic woman' to take part in Great North Run

    A woman in a bionic suit is set to take part in this year's Great North Run.

    Claire Lomas, from Leicestershire, was paralysed from the chest down in a riding accident in 2007, but in 2012 became the first person to complete a marathon wearing therevolutionary ‘ReWalk’ suit.

    She took part in the London Marathon, taking 17 days to complete the course.

    Claire Lomas

    Claire’s Great North Run journey will begin on 7 September, where it is anticipated she will complete some three miles per day.

    She will become the first person to take on a Great North Run using a bionic suit, and she is looking forward to the day.

    Earlier this year, however, Claire was been banned from entering a 10k race, due to rules that prohibit the use of motors.

  15. Throwback Thursday: Sunderland Air show

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    It's that time of the week which many people know as Throwback Thursday.

    Seeing as Sunderland's annual air show is taking place this weekend, we thought we'd do our own #TBT by sharing some pictures of last year's event with you:

    People watching the show
    The Royal Air Force Red Arrows fly over the lighthouse at Seaburn
    The Royal Air Force Red Arrows entertain crowds
  16. Union warns of industrial action over rail staff cuts

    A rail company is planning to cut its travel centre staff by 15%, affecting stations between London and Scotland, a union claims.

    The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) says that the plans by Virgin Trains East Coast would lead to the loss of 31 travel centre jobs and 15 station staff.

    It is now warning of possible industrial action.

    The cuts will affect stations between London King's Cross and Edinburgh, probably hitting North East stations such as Newcastle and Darlington, TSSA believes.

  17. Man who boasted of being worth £6m jailed for fraud offences

    A "scheming" and "calculated" fraudster who conned people and businesses out of hundreds of thousands of pounds has been jailed for nine-and-a-half years, Northumbria Police says.

    Christopher Heayns, from Blyth, was arrested in August 2015 on suspicion of a number of fraud offences.

    The arrest came after a call to police in May 2015 from an ex-girlfriend who Heayns owed money to.

    He told her that his name was Christopher Smith and that he was a high-flying barrister with a £6m property portfolio and a number of investments. 

    Christopher Heayns

    While living with his then girlfriend, he arranged to have building work done to allow him to set up new business ventures from home, and racked up more than £100,000 in costs.

    He persuaded his partner to cover the bill, promising her that a £250,000 investment which was due to mature would allow him to pay her back, but he never did.

    Heayns appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on 8 February and pleaded not guilty, but after a two-week trial he was found guilty of four counts of fraud and seven counts of insolvency act offences.