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Student fined for bridge sandbag throw

A student who endangered pedestrians by throwing a heavy sandbag over a bridge has been fined.

Harvey Stocks, from Darlington, pleaded guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to throwing the 15kg item from George IV Bridge in the city down on to Merchant Street.

The 20-year-old, who had been drinking before the incident in March, was fined £750 for what was described as a "reckless" action.

Merchant Street
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Newcastle United v Cheltenham Town

Could Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic start against Cheltenham Town tonight?

He's served his four-match ban.

The Serbia international will feature in the squad for the first time this season, manager Rafael Benitez has confirmed.

Aleksandar Mitrovic
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Sparrowhawk stuck in sports hall

A bird of prey flew to freedom after taking up temporary residence in a South Tyneside sports hall.

The Sparrowhawk, nicknamed Jack, spent three days in the rafters of Monkton Stadium.

Soft toys, paper and a Harris Hawk were used to try and lure the bird out of the hall, which eventually escaped into nearby woodland.  

Sparrowhawk spends three days in South Tyneside sports hall

Driver arrested after boy hit by car

A driver has been arrested after a nine-year-old boy suffered head injuries and a fractured wrist and hip after being hit by a car in Wynyard last night.

The boy was airlifted to James Cook Hospital after the crash involving a white Land Rover Discovery at 18:50. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.  

The scene at Wynyard
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The 41-year-old male driver of the vehicle was arrested at the scene for driving offences and has been released on bail.

Durham Police is appealing for witnesses.

Pair charged over city centre stabbing

Two men have been charged over a stabbing in Newcastle at the weekend.

The 33-year-old male victim was attacked outside Lloyds bank at Haymarket Metro Station, police said. He is recovering in hospital. 

Dean Jones, 26, of Saltwell Place, Gateshead, is charged with two counts of robbery and one of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Sean Kelly, 22, of no fixed abode, faces one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one of robbery.

Both are due in court tomorrow.

Football gossip: Newcastle's Sissoko 'speaks to Inter Milan'

BBC Sport

It's time for some football transfer gossip.

Inter Milan have opened talks with Newcastle United for midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 27.(TalkSport)

Meanwhile, Watford and West Ham have both registered an interest in Newcastle United defender Daryl Janmaat, 27.(Daily Mail)

Armed robber steals cash from post office

An armed robber made off with a large amount of cash after threatening staff at a post office with a knife.

The man, who was wearing a balaclava, entered the post office at Mickle Grove in Coundon at about 11:00 today and threatened the cashier with a knife.

He made off in the direction of Hambleton Road. The cashier was shaken but unhurt, Durham Police said.

DC Gareth Hodgson of Bishop Auckland CID said: “Clearly this was a very distressing incident for the casher involved and a large amount of cash has been taken.  With this in mind I would urge anyone with information to contact police urgently."

Our reporter at the scene of the live firing exercise where a soldier died

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

I understand the death of a soldier at Otterburn Camp last night happened here during a five-hour live firing exercise:

Firing area
BBC

The view from the scene where a soldier was shot in the head

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

At the entrance to Otterburn Camp just off the main A68 road, a red flag flutters in the warm breeze.

It's a sign live firing is likely, because beyond it is one of the largest military areas in Britain.

In 60,000 acres of wild but beautiful Northumberland countryside, 1,600 soldiers are training right now.

Every year 30,000 pass through here.

Flag
BBC

Today there's nothing to indicate what happened here last night.

I'm passed by two army Land Rovers who politely signal their thanks. A helpful but firm guard at the base security barrier says he can't confirm any information.

And on the hill tops in the distance, I can see two more of those red flags still fluttering in the breeze.

Body found in missing woman hunt

Police searching for a missing woman have found a body in Guisborough Woods on Teesside.

Patricia Kettlewell, 64, has been missing since Saturday morning, with police and search and rescue teams trying to find her.

Patricia Kettlewell
Family handout

Cleveland Police said a woman's body was found this morning and although formal identification is yet to take place they believe it is Ms Kettlewell and have informed her family.

Officers are trying to trace a woman who was seen to help Ms Kettlewell to her feet after she had fallen over in Guisborough Woods at about 09:00 on Saturday. 

The woman, who is white, under 30, 5ft 8in (1.7m) tall with dark hair and walking a small dog, then walked towards Belmangate with Ms Kettlewell.

'Eleven of those 135 deaths occurred during a live fire exercise'

Jonathan Beale

BBC defence correspondent

The news that a soldier has died after being shot at a military training area in Northumberland is not a first.

If we look over the last 16 years, 135 UK armed forces personnel died whilst on training or exercise. Eleven of those 135 deaths occurred during a "live fire" exercise.

That's quite a small number, more people have died in road traffic accidents in training.

Most soldiers would take part in live fire exercise - with live ammunition being used - about twice a year. 

These exercises are supervised and follow strict procedures to try to ensure the safety of those taking part.

Otterburn map
BBC

'This wasn't basic training, this was someone who was already trained'

Jonathan Beale

BBC defence correspondent

The police are now investigating and they need to work out if anything is suspicious, if any crime has been committed, I think probably unlikely.

These are live fire exercises, in other words real ammunition is being used, I understand it was just rifles at the time, it wasn't mortars or artillery involved in this particular exercise.

If you've been to one of these exercises, there's strict controls in place, there are marshals involved to supervise the safety.

Also there are strict lines of fire where the live fire goes to ensure that those taking part are not hurt. But clearly something went wrong in this incident.

This wasn't basic training, this was someone who was already trained and was going through a refresher. If the police don't find anything suspicious then the army will have their own investigation into what went wrong.

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No arrests over soldier death

Northumbria Police has said that no-one has been arrested in connection with the death of the soldier at Otterburn.

A spokesman said the investigation was in its early stages, but the force was working with the Ministry of Defence to establish the exact circumstances of the incident.

Virgin challenges Jeremy Corbyn over train footage

Some other news now.

Virgin Trains has questioned footage showing Jeremy Corbyn sitting on the floor of a "ram-packed" service.

In a film shown on The Guardian, the Labour leader said he was experiencing a problem "many passengers face every day" on the London to Newcastle train.

Seats on the train
Virgin Trains

But Virgin said CCTV showed Mr Corbyn and his team walking past available seating before starting filming.

It says the crew helped him to a coach where seats were available and he sat down for the rest of his journey.

Soldier death comes weeks after another soldier died

The death of a soldier in Northumberland comes little more than a month after another soldier died while on a training exercise in Wales.

Joshua Hoole, from Ecclefechan near Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, died on July 19 while on a pre-course training for the Platoon Sergeants' Battle Course, taken by infantry soldiers who want to progress to the rank of sergeant. 

The 26-year-old, who was based at the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick and was a member of The Rifles regiment, collapsed after taking part in a fitness test near the Dering Lines infantry training centre.

Cpl Hoole's death came just three months after the Defence Select Committee published a report calling for the MoD to become liable for prosecution for the deaths of armed forces personnel. 

British and Nato soldiers use Otterburn

According to the MoD there are two main live firing range areas at Otterburn for artillery, infantry weapons and armoured vehicle firing. 

Fighter aircraft and helicopters also practice ground attacks and there are parachute drop zones.

Because the variety of terrain in Northumberland provides such a "realistic environment", the site is regularly used by British and NATO personnel.

No details on whether anyone else was involved in soldier shooting

The MoD is not saying if anyone else was involved in the death of a soldier who was shot in the head.

A spokesman said the soldier who died was male and he was shot during a training exercise last night. 

A spokesman said the Defence Safety Authority is investigating.

The MoD has not yet released the soldier's identity.

Photo of firing range where soldier died

Here's a general photo of the firing range where a soldier has died after being shot in the head.

Our reporter is on his way to the scene.

Firing range
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Training area was set up almost 100 years ago

Minister 'saddened' at soldier's firing range death

Armed Forces Minister Mike Penning said: "It is with great sadness that I can confirm that a soldier from The Royal Regiment of Scotland has died while taking part in a night live firing exercise at Otterburn Training Area in Northumberland.

"My thoughts are with the soldier's family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

Mike Penning
BBC

"The safety of our personnel is our absolute priority and while deaths in training don't happen often, any death is a tragedy. 

"As well as a police investigation, MoD accident investigators are looking into the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident." 

Otterburn 'is UK's second largest firing range'

The Otterburn training area is the UK Army's second largest single firing range in the UK, covering some 54,300 acres (22,000 hectares) and is used by about 33,000 soldiers every year.

It covers 23% of the Northumberland National Park and consists of rolling uplands forming part of the Cheviot foothills.

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MoD

Live firing exercise included 'aircraft, artillery and infantry weapons'

The MoD says the live firing exercise was due to take place between 09:00 yesterday and 02:00 this morning.

It says the activity included aircraft, artillery and infantry weapons.

You can see more times here.

Cordon in place after soldier's death

A cordon is currently in place at  the Otterburn range, in Northumberland, after a soldier died after being shot during a live firing exercise.

Military officials have informed the man's next of kin. 

Shot soldier was with the Royal Regiment of Scotland

A Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesman said: "We can confirm that a soldier serving with the Royal Regiment of Scotland died while taking part in a live firing exercise at the Otterburn Training Area.

"Northumbria Police is investigating and all inquiries should be directed to them. 

"It wouldn't be appropriate for us to comment further."

Soldier died from head wound

Northumbria Police said they were called to the Otterburn range at about 23:15 last night.

The soldier had suffered a serious head wound and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

A force spokesman said officers were working with the Ministry of Defence to establish the exact circumstances.

BreakingSoldier shot on firing range

A soldier has died after being shot at a military training area in Northumberland, police have said.

The un-named serviceman died on the military ranges in Otterburn during a live firing exercise on Monday.

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Soft toy lure for sports hall sparrowhawk

Soft toys, paper and a hawk were used in a bid to lure a bird of prey which had taken up temporary residence in a  South Tyneside sports hall.

The  young sparrowhawk  – nicknamed Jack - had spent three days in pipes and beams in the ceiling of Monkton Stadium.

Staff dragged soft toys along the floor to imitate live prey, and when that failed, a falconer brought in a harris hawk in the hope of frightening it into making a bid for freedom.

Eventually, paper was hung from the ceiling which encouraged it to fly lower down so it could be caught in a net and released into nearby woodland.

Sparrow hawk
South Tyneside Council

Falling poppies push up Northumberland economy

The "weeping window" poppy sculpture at a Northumberland museum has contributed almost £1.8m to the local economy, new figures claim.

Woodhorn was the first venue to host a UK tour of the ceramic flowers, which were first displayed at the Tower of London, to mark the centenary of World War One. 

The seven-week exhibition in the autumn of 2015 attracted 125,505 visitors to the mining museum, almost double the numbers during the same period in 2014.

Poppies at Woodhorn
Woodhorn Museum

Siem de Jong: Newcastle United striker joins PSV Eindhoven on loan

BBC Sport

In case you missed it last night - Newcastle United midfielder Siem de Jong has joined Dutch top-flight side PSV on a season-long loan.

The Netherlands international led Ajax to the Eredivisie title before joining United on a six-year deal in July 2014.

He returns to his homeland after two injury-plagued years in England, having started only four of his 22 league appearances so far.

De Jong, 27, has not featured for Rafael Benitez's side since their relegation to the Championship.

Find all the latest football transfers on our dedicated page.

Siem de Jong and Rafa Bentiez
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Climber fell 50ft from crag

A rock climber suffered a chest injury after falling 50ft (17m) from a crag in Northumberland.

The 48-year-old man had grabbed an unstable rock while scaling Peel Crag, the Great North Air Ambulance said.

The service was assisted by Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team at about 18:00 yesterday.

He was then flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle in 12 minutes.

It was the third incident in the last three months which the air ambulance has attended at the same crag, after two rock climbers were airlifted to hospital in May.

Jackhuahua returns home

A nine-month-old female Jackhuahua called Coco has now been returned to its owners following a police appeal to trace the dog.

The pup was handed back to its owners after it was stolen on Sunday from the garden of a property on Helmsley Grove, Stockton.

Cleveland Police says inquiries are continuing.

Flood defence repair work begins

Work has started in Skinningrove as part of the Environment Agency’s £3m flood recovery programme.

Repair work in the village includes channel clearance and replacement and repairs to debris screens on the Kilton Beck, as well as improving access so they can be cleaned and maintained.

Flood gate
Environment Agency

The work started yesterday and is expected to take about three weeks.

Alan Cadas, Environment Agency operations manager for the North East,said: “The storms this past winter had a terrible impact on people’s lives, homes and businesses and we’re in the process of carrying out repair works across the North East."