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  1. Updates on Tuesday 9 August 2016

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    Simon Armstrong

    BBC News

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    We'll be back for more tomorrow at 08:00 when we'll have all the news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the North East.

    There'll also be updates tonight here online, on BBC NewcastleBBC Tees and on Look North.

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  2. Cleared Zach Kibirige met accuser through Tinder and WhatsApp

    The four-day trial of Newcastle Falcons player Zach Kibirige heard he met his accuser at her home for the first time after they swapped WhatsApp messages, having initially matched on Tinder.

    The 21-year-old, who was born in Middlesbrough and brought up in Yarm, said he was sober on the night he went to her home and claimed they started to watch a film in her bedroom.

    Mr Kibirige told police after he was arrested that the midnight encounter was unplanned but consensual. 

    After considering their verdict for 80 minutes, the jury cleared him on all counts.

    Newcastle Falcons player Zach Kibirige
  3. Second part of A- Z of Boro in the Premier League

    BBC Tees

    It's the second part of our A - Z of Middlesbrough FC in the Premier League. 

    Today we look at letters F - J:

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    Video caption: The second part of the A - Z of Middlesbrough FC in the Premier League.
  4. Falcons player to resume career after being cleared of rape

    Zach Kibirige can resume playing for Newcastle Falcons after he was acquitted of raping a woman he met on Tinder.

    A statement from the club said: "This has been an extremely stressful time for Zach, and his hugely promising rugby career has effectively been put on hold during this very difficult period.  "The club are satisfied that their faith in Zach has been borne out by the verdict in his trial. 

    "Zach remains an important member of the club’s playing staff and is available for all rugby and non rugby-related duties."

  5. Middlesbrough man charged over machinery theft

    BBC Tees

    A 21-year-old man from Middlesbrough has been charged after thousands of pounds of farm machinery was stolen.

    He was arrested by a team from North Yorkshire Police's Rural Taskforce who pulled over a vehicle near Girsby.

    He'll appear in court next month, along with a 25-year-old man of no fixed address who's been charged with the same offence.

  6. Kat Copeland out after third place in repechage

    BBC Sport

    Four years after London 2012 gold, Ashington rower Kat Copeland's campaign to defend her title end in an ignominious third place finish in the repechage.  

  7. Queen Victoria's embroidered stockings bought for £220 at auction

    Catherine Lee

    BBC News online

    A pair of Queen Victoria's silk stockings - which contain just one small ladder despite being 170 years old - have gone under the hammer.

    The monarch, who cut a severe figure in black in later life, wore the delicate cream garments in the 1840s, when she was in her 20s.

    The stockings, which have Queen Victoria's initials embroidered in red, were sold for £220. Newcastle auctioneer Anderson & Garland had estimated they would go for £150.

    Queen Victoria's stockings
  8. Middlesbrough hoping to benefit from Premier League boost

    BBC Tees

    As any fan of Middlesbrough's football team will tell you, there are just days until the club kicks off its Premier League campaign having sealed promotion from the Championship.

    Bournemouth were in a similar position last season and the seaside resort's director of tourism estimates going up brought £70m to the area.

    Mark Smith told us the club's success attracted worldwide publicity: "Unlike Middlesbrough, we hadn't got a history at all of being in the top division so it was a completely new experience. The whole town has capitalized on it tremendously.

    "We've had coverage all over the world, which we didn't quite expect, from the New York Times right over to Japan. It's really helped put Bournemouth on the map."

    Middlesbrough captain Grant Leadbitter
  9. Missing Dalton Ball: Concern for Teesside teenager

    Police say they're concerned for the welfare of a 15-year-old boy who's gone missing on Teesside.

    Dalton Travis Ball was last seen in Norton around 21:30 yesterday. He's 5ft (1.52m) tall with brown hair and was wearing a blue T-shirt, dark jeans and trainers. He has links to the Darlington area.

    Officers say it's out of character for him to go missing.  

    Dalton Travis Ball
  10. Newcastle City Council admits bin collection problems

    BBC Newcastle

    As we told you earlier, there have been problems with bin collections in part of Newcastle since April when a "change in working practices" was introduced.

    One Heaton resident told us he's had enough: "This is my local neighbourhood. I'd like to be able to use the back lanes and at least wander down them without feeling I'm putting my health at risk."

    The city council says it's doing all it can to get bin rounds up to a full collection rate.

    Councillor Nick Kemp said: "There clearly are bins not being collected. We're not denying it and we're doing everything we possibly can. Where there's a record of it, clearance is being achieved in one or two days."

  11. Union calls on Hartlepool Council to review elderly care strategy

    Hartlepool Mail


    A trade union is calling on Hartlepool Council to rethink its strategy around providing care for the elderly following the announcement another town home is to close.

    Manor Park Care Home, Greenock Road, Hartlepool
  12. Ex-police chief: 'I was victim of sexism'

    As we told you earlier, a former police chief constable has complained of a culture of sexism among senior officers and says she fears for how female victims of crime will be treated.

    Sue Sim headed Northumbria Police until she left last year after what she says was a campaign to get rid of her by alleging misconduct.

    An external investigation report, seen by the Daily Mail, concluded she had no case to answer and suggested she was the victim of sexism.

    Ms Sim told Today programme presenter Justin Webb about the sexism she had experienced.

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    Video caption: Ex-chief constable Sue Sim says senior officers were sexist towards her.
  13. BreakingNewcastle Falcons' Zach Kibirige cleared of rape

    Newcastle Falcons player Zach Kibirige has been cleared of raping a woman four times in the space of an hour.

    The 21-year-old had denied a total of seven charges after arranging to meet the woman through dating app Tinder in November.

    She told Newcastle Crown Court the England Under-20s international gripped her throat before raping her in her bedroom. 

    But the player claimed nothing had happened "against the woman's will".

    A jury unanimously found him not guilty on all charges.

    Zach Kibirige
  14. Great North Run challenge for cancer mum

    BBC Tees

    A woman diagnosed with cancer while pregnant is taking part in next month's Great North Run to raise funds for the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, which saved both their lives.

    Jo Weems is raising cash for the haematology unit. She says it supported her and her husband through an extremely traumatic time when she was being treated for Hodgkin lymphoma.

    "It was like a rollercoaster - finding out I was pregnant and then very early in the process we were told it was not viable and we needed to terminate," she said.

    "By the time I was 12 weeks' pregnant, we'd decided to give it a go and I started chemotherapy straight away whilst having very regular scans to see how the pregnancy was progressing."

    Jo was diagnosed with cancer after getting pregnant through a second round of IVF treatment.

    Runners cross the Tyne Bridge with the Red Arrows flying overhead in the 2015 Great North Run
  15. Jury sent out in rugby player rape trial

     A jury has been sent out to consider verdicts in the trial of a rugby union player accused of raping a woman he met on the dating app Tinder. 

    Newcastle Falcons winger Zach Kibirige, 21, denies putting the complainant through an hour-long ordeal in her bedroom at her home in November.

    He is charged with four counts of rape, attempted rape, sexual assault and assault by penetration, said to have occurred when he visited the woman for the first time. 

    The England under-20 player has told the jury at Newcastle Crown Court that sex between them was consensual and it happened after they kissed passionately on her bed. 

    Zach Kibirige
  16. Funding joy for Paralympian Stephen Miller

    BBC Newcastle

    An ice-cream parlour has stepped in to help a Northumberland mum watch her son compete in the Paralympic Games in Rio.

    Gold medal-winning club thrower Stephen Miller, from Cramlington, has been training flat-out for another chance of glory, but it was going to cost thousands of pounds for his mum Ros, who also coaches him, to join him in Brazil.

    Stephen put out a plea on social media and staff at Ciccarelli, on Blyth's South Beach, have made a donation.

    Stephen Miller with a silver Paralympic medal from China 2008
  17. More on Virgin train staff voting to strike

    Workers on Virgin East Coast have voted to strike in a dispute over jobs, working conditions and safety. 

    Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) backed walkouts by 84%, with nine out of 10 supporting other forms of industrial action. 

    The union, which is embroiled in a bitter row at Southern Railway over the role of conductors, said its executive will consider the Virgin vote. 

    The company said it will run a full timetable during any strike. 

    The two sides are in dispute over staffing changes, which the company says would have no impact on safety and no compulsory job losses. 

     The RMT says a package of cuts was being "bulldozed through" by Virgin East Coast (VTEC).

  18. BreakingVirgin train staff vote to strike over jobs and safety

    Workers on Virgin East Coast have voted to strike in a dispute over jobs, working conditions and safety, the RMT rail union says.

    More to follow.