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  1. Updates on Wednesday 10 August 2016

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Ana Guerra-Moore

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Hitachi creates 150 jobs in County Durham

Hitachi is creating 150 new jobs at its train building plant in Newton Aycliffe. 

A third of them will likely be apprenticeships.

The new jobs will be fixed term posts as the company fulfils orders for rolling stock, and will bring the total number of people employed there to 900.

Trains which can switch between electric and diesel power as they're moving are among the projects.

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Weather: Cloudy and wet

It will remain cloudy with outbreaks of rain through the night, persistent and at times heavy over the Pennines.

Winds will increase toward daybreak, becoming gusty across the hills.  

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Cricket: Gloucestershire v Durham

Gloucestershire are playing Durham at 18:30 today at the Brightside Ground in Bristol.

BBC cricket commentator Martin Emmerson is there:

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You can follow the match here.

More information on fatal Gateshead crash

There's more information now on the crash that killed three people in Gateshead this morning.

A 43-year-old man and two girls, both aged 17 and all from Gateshead, were killed when the high-powered Mercedes C63 AMG he was driving collided with a lorry in the early hours of the morning.

The crash in Fellside Road happened at 02:20 and the road was shut for several hours.

Police believe the Mercedes may have been in the area around the MetroCentre earlier that evening and are looking to trace it's movements up to the time of the collision.

A-Z of Boro in the Premier League, Part Three

Here's part three of our A - Z of Middlesbrough FC in the Premier League. 

Today it's letters K - O:

Part 3 of the A - Z of Middlesbrough FC in the Premier League. Letters K - O.

Double-decker bus crashes into scaffolding in County Durham

Firefighters say a bus has crashed into scaffolding in County Durham:

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Tools stolen from numerous vans in Northumberland

Over the last week there's been a number of reported thefts from vans in Amble and surrounding areas.

Police are now reminding tradesmen and delivery drivers that taking a few moments to lock their vans could prevent this crime.

Neighbourhood Insp Liz Hall said: "Thieves can strike when a van is left unlocked, or when workmen or delivery drivers are just away for a few moments.

"The tools they store in their vans are often their livelihood so I'd urge people, where possible, to remove expensive items overnight."

Photo: Police seal off road after man suffers 'serious injuries'

Here's a photo from the scene in Chester-le-Street where a man is in a serious condition after an attack outside a job centre.

Durham Police cordoned off a section of road in the town centre following what they said was a "suspected assault".

The force has clarified the man was not stabbed, contrary to what some local people are saying. 

Chester-le-Street attack

Newcastle United's game at Leeds moved for TV

Newcastle United's match away at Leeds has been picked for TV and has been moved to Sunday 20 November at 13:15.

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Sunderland ex-soldier jailed for sexual assaulting schoolgirl

Sunderland Echo


A former Sunderland soldier who served in Iraq has been jailed after sexually assaulting a child.

Newcastle Crown Court
Sunderland Echo

Man seriously injured after suspected assault

A man has been seriously injured following a suspected assault in Station Road, which is off Front Street, in Chester-le-Street.

The incident happened today at about 13:00.

The man, thought to be in his late 20s, has been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

A section of the road has been cordoned off and police are in the area.

No arrests have yet been made

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Missing Northumberland man

A Northumberland man has gone missing.

Lee Burnip, 37, from Seaton Sluice, has not been seen since 21:00 on Monday when he left home.

He is described as 5ft 8in, slim with brown hair.

He drove off in a yellow Fiat Punto car.

Lee Burnip

Paddy McNair & Donald Love: Sunderland agree fees for Man Utd pair

BBC Sport

Sunderland have agreed fees with Manchester United for defenders Paddy McNair and Donald Love.

Northern Ireland international McNair, 21, made his United debut in September 2014 and has played 27 games.

Love, 21, was on loan at Wigan last term and played against the Black Cats in his United debut in February, also making one Europa League appearance.

Reports claim both players are poised to sign four-year contracts in a combined deal worth about £6m.

Paddy McNair represented Northern Ireland at Euro 2016
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Former Manchester United boss David Moyes replaced new England manager Sam Allardyce at Sunderland last month.

He made his first signing last week by bringing in defender Papy Djilobodji from Chelsea for £8m.

Gateshead crash deaths: 'More must be done to avoid further tragedy'

Gerry Jackson

BBC Look North

Local people are saddened but unsurprised by today’s tragedy, which saw three people killed when a car and a lorry collided in Fellside Road in Gateshead.

They say the stretch of road is notoriously dangerous. After a young woman died here in 2007, the speed limit was lowered to 50mph.

But some residents believe that’s not enough and think a speed camera would help.

Car wreckage being taken away

Man flown to hospital after waterfall plunge

A man has been taken to hospital after falling at High Force. 

The Great North Air Ambulance was after the man fell on rocks at the waterfall in Teesdale at 16:05 yesterday. 

The man, in his mid-50s, suffered multiple injuries and was flown to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough in 10 minutes. He arrived in a stable condition.

Parmo pies are now a thing

BBC Tees

Teesside bakers Upex Pies have created a parmo pie ready for Middlesbrough FC's return to the Premier League.

The Boro pies are a little bit healthier than a regular Parmo, as the chicken is oven-baked as opposed to deep-fried.

Steve Davies from Upex came into the studio to let our presenter Mike Parr try a pie.

You can watch how that went here.

Parmo Pie

Middlesbrough prepare for their return to the Premier League

Three days to go until Middlesbrough play their first Premier League match in seven years.

They're facing Stoke at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.

BBC Tees Sport reporter Rob Law is at the club's training grounds today, watching how the player's prepare for their much anticipated comeback:

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Boro boss Karanka joins Twitter

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has joined Twitter today.

He posted his first tweet minutes ago:

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He has more than 3,000 followers already.

Travel: A1 reopens after crash in Alwick

BBC Travel

The A1 was closed in both directions between the B1340 junction in Alnwick and the B1342 junction in Belford Station because of a multi-vehicle accident. It has now been cleared.

Check the latest travel news for Tyne and Wear and Teesside.

Call for more care homes in Hartlepool

BBC Tees

The union Unison says Hartlepool Council needs to step in to bring publicly-owned care homes back to the town.

This comes after it was revealed the Manor Park Care Home is closing after being rated as inadequate by the Care Quality Commission.

Three other homes in the town were ordered to close in December. 

Unison's regional organiser Mike Hill says care for the elderly needs more help from the public sector.

Manor Park Care Home

‘I’m no Donald Trump’ insists burka-row UKIP hopeful during South Shields visit

The Shields Gazette

She’s been dubbed England’s answer to America’s controversial White House candidate Donald Trump for her views on the burka, and now UKIP leadership candidate Lisa Duffy has been in South Shields.

UKIP leadership candidate Lisa Duffy Front from left Stuart Agnew MEP and Richard Elvin
Shields Gazette

Bus station's 20p charge to spend a penny

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Middlesbrough bus station will start charging people to use their toilets, the town's council has announced.

The charges, which come into effect next week, are aimed to stop vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

Users will be required to pay 20p to use the building's toilet facilities.

The move is said to be part of a major improvement programme at the bus station to improve the overall visitor experience.

United Airlines ends New York to Newcastle flights over Brexit pound fears

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

Here's the full story on the news we brought you earlier - An American airline is ending flights between New York and Newcastle over fears for the strength of the pound in the wake of the Brexit vote.

United Airlines said its last service from Newcastle will fly on 6 September.

The company said the route was "not profitable" and anticipated an "impact of the weaker pound in UK outbound travel".

The pound has lost more than 13% of its value against the US dollar since the UK voted to leave the EU.

Gateshead and New York
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Pokemon Go players disturb real life seals

Pokemon Go players have reportedly disturbed real life seals while trying to catch the virtual equivalent at a Pokestop in North Tyneside.

North Tyneside Council said grey seals on St Mary's Island off Whitley Bay were hauling back into the sea when they became distressed at the number of visitors.

The local authority has asked the app's developer to remove the Pokestop, which has attracted hundreds of "trainers" to the island to catch "Seels".

Pokemon Go app
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Eight things you'll know if you're a Northerner living down South

Do you never wear a coat on a night out and do you say "dinner" and "tea" instead of "lunch" and "dinner"? - Then you're definitely Northern.

So how does it feel when you move down South and people start questioning your friendliness and your super resistance to the cold?

Watch this video to hear the struggles of being a Northerner in the South:

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Virtual reality raises Autism awareness in the North East

BBC Newcastle

Shoppers in Newcastle and Gateshead will get to wear virtual reality headsets to experience a shopping centre visit from the perspective of an autistic child today.

This will be done for the first time in a bid to increase the public's understanding of Autism. 

The headsets take people inside the National Autistic Society's viral film 'Can you make it to the end?' which follows an autistic boy experiencing sensory overload on a shopping trip. 

Find out more about this today at the Metrocentre, and on 13 August in Eldon Square.

Paedophile who fled across Europe faces jury accused of evading justice

Hartlepool Mail


Three members of the same family have gone on trial accused of helping a fourth paedophile member evade justice.

Front page
Hartlepool Mail

Preston North End 1 - Hartlepool United 0

BBC Sport

Hartlepool lost against Preston North End in the EFL Cup yesterday. 

Eoin Doyle converted Chris Humphrey's low cross as Preston scored late in injury-time to defeat League Two Hartlepool.

Nicky Deverdics went close with a free-kick, Josh Laurent forced a save and Lewis Alessandra had an effort ruled out for offside as the away side threatened after the break.

Alessandra cleared off his own line to deny Paul Huntington's header.

But Doyle, earlier denied by Adam Bartlett, then struck from close range.

Preston celebrating
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United Airlines to stop direct flights to New York from Newcastle

One of the few direct flights to New York from Newcastle will stop running on 6 September, Newcastle Airport has announced.

United Airlines will stop running its service to Newark Airport, even though the airport says passenger numbers in 2016 have been higher than last year.

Central Park New York

Weather: Dry and bright

Apparently we are expecting a heatwave pretty soon - best news you've had all week, right?

But until then, it's all looking quite mild.

Here's Owen with today's forecast:

A mainly dry and bright morning with light winds and some early sunshine.

It will turn cloudy through the afternoon, with outbreaks of rain arriving from the west by the evening.

BreakingThree dead in car and lorry crash in Gateshead

Three people have died in a crash in Gateshead in the early hours of this morning.

A car and a lorry collided at 02:20 in Fellside Road.

Police, firefighters and paramedics attended but the three people in the car were pronounced dead at the scene.

The lorry driver was not injured. 

A section of Fellside Road is now closed for an investigation to be carried out. It is expected to reopen at midday.

Looming Brexit headache for Nissan’s Sunderland plant

Nissan's manufacturing plant in Sunderland is the UK's largest, producing 500,000 vehicles a year. 

But it could face a crunch point for investment as soon as next year, sources tell BBC Newsnight, as a result of the uncertainty following the vote to leave the European Union.

The question is how the Sunderland factory, which employs nearly 7,000 people, stacks up against other plants in the Renault-Nissan Alliance while the details of the UK's future trading and customs arrangements with Europe remain unclear.

Read the full feature here.

A man working at the Nissan factory in Sunderland
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Travel: Road closure in Redcar

There's a temporary road closure at Redcar Lane in Redcar to install a sewer pipe and build a new entrance.

Redcar Council's website says the road will be shut for seven weeks, however, signs at the site say it will last for eight weeks.

Woman with 100-year-old kidney from mum 'still going strong'

A woman with a 100-year-old kidney has credited its longevity on coming from "good stock". She would know - it came from her mother.

Sue Westhead, of Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham, was 25 when she was diagnosed with kidney disease in 1973.

When told a transplant was her only chance of survival, her mother Ann Metcalfe, then aged 57, donated her kidney to her daughter.

Now Sue, 68, and her kidney are "still going strong", defying medical predictions over the organ's lifespan.

She said: "I think it's down to my mother's good genes. She must have come from good stock."

Sue and her mum
SUE Westhead

Rio Olympics 2016: Fifth place for Amy Tinkler and her team

The United States blew away the field to win Olympic gold in the women's gymnastics team event as Great Britain finished fifth.

Great Britain, seeking a first medal in the event since 1928, scored 174.362.

The British team - which includes Amy Tinkler from Bishop Auckland - finished fourth in qualifying on Monday and had high hopes of a podium place after winning bronze at last year's World Championships in Glasgow.

Amy Tinkler
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Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

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