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  1. Updates Wednesday 27 July 2016

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    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

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  2. Weather: A warm evening

    BBC Weather

    A fine evening with some warm sunshine. Staying dry overnight, with some clear spells at first and only light winds. Cloud will tend to thicken from the west by dawn.  

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    Check the weather where you are.

  3. Flood repairs start in Northumberland town

    Work to repair flood defences in a Northumberland town, which were damaged during the winter storms, is due to start next week.

    Repair work at Haydon Bridge will be carried out by the Environment Agency in two phases.

    The first phase starts next week and includes: 

    • Erosion repairs on the River Tyne. 
    • Repairs to the erosion on the north and south banks, using some of the gravel within the river channel. 
    • Repairs carried out to the damage beneath the flood wall at Temple Houses to ensure the integrity of the wall.  
  4. Middlesbrough priest speaks after Rouen attack

    BBC Tees

    Churches are being advised by counter terrorism officers to review their security following yesterday's attack in Rouen in France in which an 86-year-old priest was killed.

    Religious leaders there have called for greater measures to be put in place at centres of worship.

    Middlesbrough Priest Father Paul Farrer doesn't think it's necessary.

    He said: "It doesn't sit right to increase security, we're supposed to be open and willing to meet people where they are - but we hope we are meeting people that value what we do and the fact that we're trying to live life by what we believe and in a way that helps other people."

  5. Primary school burgled

    A primary school was burgled in Houghton le Spring over the weekend.

    It happened between 16:00 on Friday and 07:30 on Monday at Shiney Row Primary School in South View.

    The burglars used a steel trolley from the school to steal IT equipment.

    Some of the items taken included projectors valued at £1,000 each, a Panasonic sound system, a Panasonic mixing system and a Panasonic monitor.

    It's thought the offenders left the school via the fields at the back in Shiney Row.

  6. Teesside sex offender sentenced to extra two-and-a-half years in jail

    A Bishop Auckland man has been sentenced to an extra two-and-a half years in prison after the Attorney General said his original sentence was unduly lenient.

    Leonard Garnett, 58, was originally jailed for five years with an extended licence period of one year for a historical child sex offence at Teesside Crown Court in May. 

    The Court of Appeal today increased the sentence to seven-and-a-half years with the same licence period.

  7. Durham and Yorkshire to play for 109-year-old trophy

    To mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, Durham and Yorkshire County Cricket Clubs will battle for a 109-year-old trophy.

    The Lahore Trades Cup is in the Durham Light Infantry collection, which is looked after by Durham County Council and the DLI trustees.

    The teams will be playing for vital points in the Royal London One-Day Cup, but the presentation of the trophy to the winning captain will add extra spice to the fixture.

    The teams will face each other at the Emirates on Sunday 31 July.  

    The Lahore Trades Cup
  8. Woman ran over in Middlesbrough

    A Land Rover hit a pedestrian at the junction of Park Road North and Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough, police said.

    The incident happened on Saturday at 15:25.

    The 23-year-old female pedestrian was taken to James Cook Hospital where she was treated for a broken foot.

  9. Drugs raids conducted across the North East

    Raids have been carried out across the region to target suspected drug dealers.

    In total, 11 people have been arrested and more than 10 properties were targeted as part of the action by Durham Constabulary.

    Homes were raided in South Hetton, Haswell, Ryhope, South Shields, Shildon, Hartlepool, Peterlee, Shotton Colliery and Bishop Auckland.

    All those arrested were held for conspiracy to supply class A drugs and are currently being interviewed by detectives.

    Police kicking a door
  10. Man who sent death threat to MP has done it before

    A man who admitted sending death threats to an MP has previously been jailed for threatening another MP, it can be revealed.

    John Nimmo, 28, from South Shields, sent two emails to Luciana Berger where he told her to "watch your back Jewish scum".

    The second message to the 35-year-old Labour MP for Wavertree also included a picture of a large knife.

    This came just three weeks after MP Jo Cox died after being shot and stabbed following a constituency meeting.

    Nimmo was previously jailed in 2014 for eight weeks for sending abusive messages on Twitter to feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez and MP Stella Creasy.

    John Nimmo
  11. Parents to swim the Channel for primary school

    Four Durham parents are swimming the English Channel in the first week of August to raise money for primary school sports.

    Members of the team all have children at Neville’s Cross Primary School and are using the swim to raise funds for an all-weather sports pitch in the school’s grounds.  

    The parents have been in training for over a year and have enjoyed involving the children in their preparations.

    The children have been carrying out challenges based upon the 21 miles across the Channel.

    For example, one class will be standing in 21 buckets filled with different content such as baked beans and custard, and another year group have been challenged to fundraiser £21 each. 

    So far, the children have raised over £1000 in their own sponsored events.

    The team
  12. Four sentenced for joy ride

    Four people have been sentenced for going on a joy ride across North Tyneside, in which they nearly killed a pensioner in a hit and run.

    Three men have been sentenced for stealing a car before leaving a trail of destruction across North Shields in April last year.

    They took the vehicle from the West End of Newcastle before driving to North Shields where they collided with the 72-year-old and left him for dead.

    The four sentenced

    All of those involved were under the influence of drink and drugs.

    Colin Gorman, of Mill House, Newcastle, admitted aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving, failing to provide a breath specimen, failing to stop and having no licence or insurance.

    He was jailed for 15 months and banned from driving for four years.

    Gary Shackleton, 29, of Canning Street, Benwell, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to two charges of aggravated vehicle taking and was jailed for eight months.

    Louis Jardine, 23, of Aden Place, Slatyford, Newcastle, admitted two counts of aggravated vehicle taking and was given nine months suspended for a year.

    Jade Stewart, 21, of Gill Street, Benwell, admitted two counts of aggravated vehicle taking and was given a 12-month community order with a two-month curfew. 

  13. Pensioner to climb mountain in memory of his wife

    A pensioner is fundraising for the region’s air ambulance by climbing the highest mountain in Wales in memory of his late wife.

    George Wood is planning to celebrate his 73rd birthday by trekking up Mount Snowden, on 11 August, raising vital funds for the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

    Mr Wood, of Birtley, near Gateshead, will be joined by friends on the three-day journey.

    The trio are taking on the challenge in memory of Mr Wood's late wife Doreen, who passed away two years ago after an illness.

    Mr and Mrs Wood had been on holiday in Wales when the initial idea was born.

    Mr Wood had been reminiscing about scaling the mountain on a training exercise with the army on his 19th birthday.

    George Wood
  14. Man admits sending death threats to MP Luciana Berger

    A man from South Shields has admitted sending death threats to Liverpool MP Luciana Berger.

    John Nimmo, 28, of Moreland Road, pleaded guilty at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court this morning to two counts of sending a message causing anxiety or distress.

    He was remanded in custody to appear before Newcastle Crown Court on 24 August.

    John Nimmo
  15. EFL Trophy draw announced with SAFC v Pools

    BBC Sport

    The draw for the EFL trophy has been announced today.

    Sixteen Category One academies were invited to play against League One and League Two clubs as part of a one-season, 64-team competition trial.

    Sunderland's under-21s will face Hartlepool, Rochdale and Notts County.

    Middlesbrough are in Northern Group G and will play against Scunthorpe, Cambridge and Shrewsbury.

    Newcastle rejected the invitation to take part.