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  1. Middlesbrough mum desperate to fund son's brain tumour treatment
  2. Blue House roundabout moor plans 'to be redesigned'
  3. Soldier shot dead in live firing exercise in Northumberland
  4. Updates on Tuesday 16 August 2016

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    Well, that's it for another day - thanks for joining us. If you're out and about, enjoy what's left of the sunshine.

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  2. Weather: Late sunshine bringing a fine, dry evening

    A fine, dry evening with largely clear skies and light winds.

    Some patchy cloud and hill fog could develop by dawn, mainly across the Pennines. 

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  3. Advice for students waiting for GCSE and A-level results

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    Are you picking up your A-level or GCSE results in the coming weeks? If so, you might want to take note of this.

  4. Watch: Match of the Day on the iPlayer

    Missed Boro's 1-1 draw with Stoke at the weekend? 

    Or Sunderland losing 2-1 to Manchester City?

    Well Match of the Day is now on the iPlayer, and a certain presenter was probably feeling a little chilly...

  5. 'Kaboul set for Watford move'

    BBC Sport

    L'Equipe are reporting that Younes Kaboul is close to signing for Watford. 

    The 30-year-old French defender did play for Sunderland in the 2-1 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday, but is apparently now set to join the Hornets in a four-year deal.

    Younes Kaboul
  6. Two arrested over £200k Sunderland drugs haul

    Class A drugs with an estimated street value of about £200,000 have been seized by Northumbria Police.

    The haul, much of which is believed to be cocaine, was recovered when warrants were carried out at three addresses in Sunderland. 

    Two men aged 51 and 34 were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply, and were later released on bail.

  7. New paramedics join air ambulance service

    The Great North Air Ambulance Service has hired three new paramedics.

    The latest recruits will work from both Durham Tees Valley Airport and Langwathby in Cumbria.

    They will also take on shifts as part of the MERIT scheme, an all-night response unit operating in the North East on Friday and Saturday nights.

    One of the new recruits is Marcus Johnson, 34, from Spennymoor, County Durham.

    The former paramedic and mentor at the North East Ambulance Service said: "Here you can make a real difference as the air ambulance is called to the sickest and most in need patients. That is extremely rewarding.”

  8. Cup runneth over: Football trophies down the years

    The missing lid of one of the country's oldest football trophies has been found in a Middlesbrough attic following an appeal. 

    Here's the timeline of other trophies:

    1867: The Youdan Cup was presented to non-league Hallam FC after they won a tournament contested by Sheffield teams. It was recently valued at £100,000.

    1873: The Scottish FA claims its cup is the world's oldest national trophy and association football cup. The English FA Cup started in 1871, but the trophy presented to the winners has changed several times.

    1880: The Cleveland Cup, now the Saturday County Cup, is contested by teams on Teesside and the original trophy is still presented to the winners each year. The trophy is on display at the National Football Museum and will soon be reunited with its lid.

    The Scottish FA Cup is believed to be the oldest national football trophy, the Sir Thomas Lipton trophy was nicknamed the first world cup, while the original Jules Rimet trophy was presented to three-time FIFA World Cup winners Brazil

    1909: The Sir Thomas Lipton trophy, won in Italy by West Auckland, was nicknamed the first 'World Cup'. The original trophy, which was presented to West Auckland after they retained it in 1911, was stolen in 1994. A replica now stands in the village's working men's club.

    1938: The first FIFA World Cup was won by hosts Uruguay, with the winners presented with the Jules Rimet trophy. A new trophy was needed after Brazil was allowed to keep the original when it was crowned world champions for the third time in 1970.

  9. Police commandeer tractor for cliff top aid

    A police officer used a tractor to dash to the aid of a vulnerable man on a cliff top at Saltburn.

    On Monday afternoon Cleveland Police received calls reporting serious concerns for the man.

    PC Mark Stenson attended and commandeered a lift across the fields on a nearby farmer's tractor to reach him as soon as possible.

    The officer was then able to engage him in conversation until he was physically able to bring him away from the edge and take him to safety. 

    PC Stenson said: "I'd like to thank the farmer whose name I didn't get unfortunately because I was in such a hurry to find the gentleman."

    "Time was of the essence and his help was invaluable."

  10. Man denies ripping veil off Muslim woman

    A man has denied ripping a off a Muslim woman's veil.

    Peter Scotter, 55, is accused of walking up to the woman in the Bridges shopping mall in Sunderland and ripping the niqab from her face before throwing it on the floor. 

    Mr Scotter, of Beach Street, Sunderland, pleaded not guilty to racially or religiously aggravated common assault. 

    Peter Scotter

    He was bailed to reappear at Newcastle Crown Court on 13 March. 

    Prosecutors said Mr Scotter walked up to the woman, who was with her nine-year-old child, on 3 July, while she was waiting with her husband. 

    He is further alleged to have shouted racist abuse at PC Deborah Chayton, who attended the incident. 

    Mr Scotter also denies a charge of causing the police officer alarm, harassment or distress, which was racially or religiously aggravated. 

  11. Seaton Carew slammed by online magazine Vice

    Ana Guerra-Moore

    BBC News Online

    "The place where fun fairs come to die" - That's what one journalist working for the online magazine Vice has called Seaton Carew.

    The article documents his visit to Hartlepool, accompanied by some rather unflattering pictures showing grey, drizzly weather and empty fun fair rides.

    But what do you think?

    One of our Weather Watchers has been there and shared this picture of the beach:


    You too can become a Weather Watcher - and if you go there, make sure you take some pictures and tell us what you think about it.

  12. Appeal over 'mindless vandalism' cherub theft

    The theft of a cherub from a historic fountain has been described by Northumbria Police as "mindless vandalism".

    Intruders smashed the 100-year-old fountain to remove the small stone statue on the old hospital site in Prudhoe.

    The area is being redeveloped for housing, and it was planned to renovate the structure before restoring it to its original position in the grounds of Prudhoe Hall.

    Northumbria Police has appealed for witnesses to the theft which happened between 00:20 and 05:00 on Monday.

  13. Arrests over online video assault

    A teenager has been charged with assault and two others arrested after a video was posted online appearing to show two youths being attacked. 

    Northumbria Police said it was made aware of the material on Monday, and had identified the victims - who were not seriously hurt - and made three arrests.

    A 16-year-old male is due to appear before a youth court later, while another boy aged 14 and a 16-year-old girl are being questioned on suspicion of assault.

  14. March trial date for niquab rip accused

    A man has denied a racially aggravated common assault on a woman in a Sunderland shopping centre.

    Peter Scotter, 55, is accused of ripping the veil from the woman's face and shouting racist abuse during the incident in July.

    Peter Scotter

    Appearing at Newcastle Crown Court, the 55-year-old, of Beach Street, Roker, pleaded not guilty.

    The judge granted him conditional bail, and told him the trial would take place in March.

  15. North East 'sending fewer students to Oxbridge'

    Some London state schools send more pupils to Oxford and Cambridge than private schools in other parts of England, research suggests.

    "A subset of elite state schools are contributing to the London and South East of England bias," says a study by Kings College London researchers.

    "At post-16, these schools are comprehensive in name only," said researcher Sol Gamsu.

    The research describes a concentration of elite schools in the South East, with other regions of England underrepresented:

    • In the North East schools send 0.44 of the national average to Oxbridge
    • In the North West the figure is 0.57
    • And in the East Midlands it is 0.59
  16. Inquest opens into deaths of three people in Gateshead crash

    An inquest into the deaths of a man and two 17-year-old girls who were killed when the high-powered Mercedes he was driving collided with a lorry has been opened and adjourned. 

    Andrew Clark, 43, from Swalwell, was driving a C63 AMG which crashed in Fellside Road at 02:20 on Wednesday. 

    Andrew Clark, Jennifer Fradgley and Kaitlin Tremlett were travelling in a Mercedes C63 AMG

    Jennifer Fradgley and Kaitlin Tremlett, who were passengers in the car, also died at the scene near Whickham Golf Club. 

    Northumbria Police is appealing for witnesses 

    The crash occurred in the early hours of Wednesday