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  1. Updates on Wednesday 17 August 2016

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Our live updates have now finished for the day - thank you for joining us. We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the North East.

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United looking to avoid third straight defeat

Matthew Raisbeck

BBC Newcastle Sport

Newcastle United will be without new signing Mo Diame for tonight's championship game with Reading at St James's Park.

The Senegalese international got "a kick" during his United debut at the weekend.

Rafa Benitez will also be without Alexander Mitrovic who sits out the third game of his four match ban.

United are looking to avoid a third straight defeat. The game gets under way at 19:45.

Newcastle United

Weather: Cloudy and dry overnight

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will cloud over again through the night, which will help to keep temperatures up somewhat, but it will remain dry with light winds.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: 12C (54F). Check the forecast near you.

Destination Billingham for Oz dance fan couple

Two avid dance fans from Australia have travelled thousands of miles to attend a festival on Teesside.

The Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance, which runs until Saturday, has featured performers from as far afield as Chile, Russia, and South Korea.

Steve and Galina Wardrop, from Port Macquarie, in New South Wales, made sure it was on the itinerary of a trip which also included Thailand and Turkey.

Steve and Galina Wardrop and two Russian dancers
Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance

He said: "You don't get this kind of event back home in Australia.

"It was well worth all of the travelling to get here!" 

Hartlepool boxer on verge of Olympic medal

Tonight the Hartlepool boxer Savannah Marshall takes on Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the women's middleweight division.

Her bout gets under way at about 19:15..

A win would guarantee a bronze medal. Good luck Savannah!

Savannah Marshall
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Travel plea ahead of first Sunderland v Middlesbrough game

In advance of Sunderland's home game against Middlesbrough on Sunday, Northumbria Police has urged fans to travel by dedicated transport.

Due to the short distance between the two clubs a football train has been organised, and it is also anticipated other transport links into the city will be busy. 

Midldesbrough and Sunderland logos

Wonderland cast announced

The cast for the musical Wonderland, which will be in Sunderland at the end of the year, has been announced.

Wendi Peters, who plays Cilla Battersby-Brown in Coronation Street, will play the Queen of Hearts while Kerry Ellis, best known for playing Elphaba in Wicked, will portray Alice.


Wonderland is a musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, books which some believe were inspired by the author's visits to Wearside.

Wonderland will be at the Empire in Sunderland from 30 January to 4 February.

Your photos: Farne Islands

Carolyn Farthing-Dunn took a sunset cruise round the Farne Islands and sent us this photo.

Send us your photos by email or tweet @BBCNewsNE.

Farne Islands
Carolyn Farthing-Dunn

Transfer gossip: Sissoko sought by Everton and Inter Milan

BBC Sport

Everton and Inter Milan want Newcastle attacking midfielder Moussa Sissoko but the 27 year old would like to join Real Madrid.(L'Equipe - in French)

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Football: Jordi Gomez swaps Wearside for Wigan

Sunderland midfielder Jordi Gomez has joined Wigan Athletic on a permanent deal, the club has announced.

The 31-year-old Spaniard joined Sunderland on a free transfer from the Latics in 2014 and has since made 39 appearances, scoring six goals.

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Video: Labour's Jeremy Corbyn unable to recognise Ant and Dec

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was unable to recognise a photograph of TV presenters Ant and Dec during a leadership debate.

Watch his response when asked to name the pair by Victoria Derbyshire.

Labour's Jeremy Corbyn unable to recognise Ant and Dec

Three injured in car and van crash

Sunderland Echo


Three people were taken to hospital after a crash between a car and a Transit van in Sunderland.

Scene of crash
Sunderland Echo

CCTV appeal after faeces put through letter box

An offensive note and a bag of dog faeces were posted through a letter box in Gosforth.

Northumbria Police has released CCTV of a woman they'd like to speak to who was walking with her dog at the time of the incident on 3 August.

Northumbria Police

Charges over online video assault

Two more teenagers have been charged after 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.

A 16-year-old boy and a girl, 15, will appear at youth court at a later date.

Another boy, aged 16, was charged on Tuesday and is already going through the court system.

Video: Timelapse video of house being raised on stilts

Take a look at this amazing timelapse video.

This Corbridge house was flooded in December during Storm Desmond and so the owners decided to raise it up on stilts to protect it in the future.

It took months to do the work. We've speeded up the footage to show in 30 seconds how it was done.

Northumberland flood-hit house raised by stilts

CCTV images released over incidents against women

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to after alleged incidents against women in Newcastle.

Between 31 July and 7 August police received six reports of a man approaching women in the Gosforth, Heaton and Jesmond areas and making inappropriate comments to them. 

The man also tried to inappropriately touch some of the women, Northumbria Police said.   

CCTV image
Northumbria Police

The man police want to identify and speak to is described as being in his late 20s to early 30s, about 5ft 8ins and of medium build. 

He was wearing glasses and carrying a shoulder or satchel bag and may have spoken with an Italian sounding accent. 

Ex-Sunderland boss Advocaat been named as Fenerbahce manager

BBC Sport

Former Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat has been named as Fenerbahce manager.

The 68-year-old Dutchman succeeds Vitor Pereira, who was sacked after one season in charge.

Advocaat took over at Sunderland in March 2015 and led them to Premier League safety, but quit in October after a poor start to the season.

Dick Advocaat
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Unemployment figures - how the North East fares

Amy Tinkler congratulated on social media

There was plenty of praise for Bishop Auckland gymnast Amy Tinkler after she won a bronze medal yesterday.

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And fellow gymnast Max Whitlock, who won two golds in one day, passed on his congratulations.

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Locals divided over Druridge Bay opencast move

Local opinion is split over plans to develop an opencast coal mine in Northumberland.

Banks Group has been granted planning permission for the new mine, called Highthorn, to open just 400m away from the dunes of Druridge Bay.

Some people living near by support the jobs the scheme will create, while others are concerned about the impact on tourism.

Druridge Bay

Jeremy Corbyn Ant and Dec question criticised

Victoria Derbyshire

The issue of Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn being asked if he could recognise Ant and Dec - and failing to do so - attracted some feedback on social media.

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Labour hustings: Jeremy Corbyn fails to recognise Ant and Dec

Victoria Derbyshire

Labour leadership contenders Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith took part in a BBC hustings event this morning.

Part of the event included a quickfire round in which Jeremy Corbyn was shown a photo of Geordie stars Ant and Dec but failed to identify them - he was then apologetic because they are Labour supporters.  

Ant and Dec photo

A19 reopens after vehicle overturn

Former Bede's World museum to reopen as Jarrow Hall

Rebecca O'Neill

BBC Newcastle

Jarrow museum Bede's World, which closed six months ago after getting inot financial difficulties, will reopen in October with a new name and new management.

Jarrow Hall sign

The environmental charity Groundwork is taking over the Anglo-Saxon farm and museum.

It will become Jarrow Hall, but will retain its link to the Venerable Bede. 

The charity said it was was "delighted" to have agreed a deal.

New boss aims to keep Durham Cathedral in good shape

Sunderland Echo


Durham Cathedral has appointed a new head of property with overall responsibility for the fabric of the historic building. 

Maya Polenz
Sunderland Echo

Travel: Delays on A19 in Sunderland caused by overturned vehicle

There were problems this morning on the A19 in Sunderland after a vehicle overturned.

Northumbria Police have tweeted this picture of what happened:

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Football: Six-goal thriller for Hartlepool

BBC Sport

Hartlepool United battled back from 3-1 down to earn themselves a 3-3 draw with Crewe Alexandra in League Two

Carl Magnay scored twice, while Padraig Amond opened his account for Pools.

Craig Hignett's side drop to seventh place after three games.

Watch Amy Tinkler's medal-winning performance

If you missed it - you can watch Amy Tinkler's bronze medal-winning performance here.

County Durham commentator Matt Baker said: "Amy Tinkler's looking very at home in this Olympic floor final."

The 16-year-old scored 14.933 to become only the third British woman to win an individual gymnastics medal, after Beth Tweddle's uneven bars bronze in 2012 and Bryony Paige won trampoline silver.

Amy Tinkler

Unemployment down but North East has highest percentage

The UK jobless total may have fallen to 1.64 million, but the North East has the highest percentage of unemployed people.

Latest figures by the Office for National Statistics showed that the jobless total was at its lowest for eight years, while the unemployment rate was at its lowest since the summer of 2005.

However, while the national rate remains at 4.9%, it was 7.6% in the North East.

Police warn of missing snake

Colin Briggs

Look North

Police are searching for a missing 6ft long snake in County Durham. 

The Cuban Boa has been missing from its home in Quinn Crescent, Wingate, for five days. 

Durham Police said the snake did not pose a threat to the public, however a spokesman advised the public not to approach it, but report its location.

Amy Tinkler's coach: 'She never cracks under pressure'

South Durham Gymnastic Club senior coach Kelly Milnes was delighted with Amy Tinkler's bronze medal in the floor  

She said that although Amy recently took a short break from competitions to focus on her school work, it had not hindered her sporting prowess, adding that, on average, the teenager spent about 31 hours every week training. 

She said: "Amy loves what she does and that is a special quality in her, 

"She never cracks under pressure. GB has never had a floor finalist before so just to qualify was so unexpected, but this is unbelievable. 

"Amy really is an inspiration to every single person at this gym and we will no doubt be throwing a homecoming party for her when she returns." 

Amy Tinkler during her floor performance
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Club coach praises Olympic medallist Tinkler's performance

Moments after Amy Tinkler's bronze medal was sealed, Kelly Milnes, senior coach at South Durham Gymnastics Club, where she has trained since she was just two, said: "I am absolutely over the moon - we've all been in the gym this evening watching her.

"We are overwhelmed, excited, emotional - everything. Her routine was absolutely flawless, the best she has ever done it." 

Amy Tinkler

Travel: Overturned lorry causes delays on A19 in Sunderland

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked and there is queuing traffic on the A19 northbound in Sunderland around the A183 Chester Road junction, because of an overturned lorry.  

Click these links for more travel information for Tyne and Wear and Teesside.

Newspaper front pages: Farewell to Laurence

Here's today's front page and a link to the top story:

The Gazette front page
The Gazette

Weather: Warm with sunny spells after cloudy start

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a fine, dry and warm day with sunny spells breaking through the cloud in most areas by lunchtime. 

It will feel slightly cooler towards the east coast due to an onshore breeze.

Abbie Dewhurst

Maximum temperatures should get up to about 20C.

Tonight it will cloud over again, which will help to keep temperatures up somewhat, but it will remain dry with light winds. 

Keep up with the weather in your area.

Amy Tinkler due to receive GCSE results on day she returns from Olympics

County Durham gymnast Amy Tinkler broke down in tears as she found out she had won bronze in the women's floor at the Olympics, becoming only the third British woman to win an individual gymnastics medal

The 16 year old from Bishop Auckland told the BBC: "I knew I'd done the best routine I could and whatever the result would have been happy. 

"I just love competing in front of big crowds, it's just incredible, I'm just so shocked."

She has split training for Rio with studying for her GCSEs and is due to get her results when she returns home from Brazil.

Amy Tinkler reacts after winning bronze

Bishop Auckland's Amy Tinkler wins Olympic bronze

BBC Sport

It was another fantastic day for Team GB at the Olympics in Rio as they won nine medals in one day, putting their tally up to 50 so far.

Helping them get there was Bishop Auckland's Amy Tinkler who won bronze in the women's floor as the United States' Simone Biles secured her fourth gold medal of Rio 2016.

The 16 year old, scored 14.933 to become only the second British woman to win an individual gymnastics medal, after Beth Tweddle's uneven bars bronze in 2012.

Amy Tinkler
BBC Sport

Metro services return to normal after outage

Colin Briggs

Look North

Some good news if you use the the Tyne and Wear Metro  - it's back to full operation this morning after nearly two days of massive disruptions

It began when passengers had to be rescued from underground trains after the whole system ground to a halt on Monday following a power surge. 

Metro sign

Yesterday there were no trains between Shiremoor and South Gosforth. 

But engineers have been working through the night to get the service up and running and shortly after 05:00 the system was declared back on track.

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