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  1. Updates on Friday 9 September 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Our live updates here have now finished for the week - thank you for joining us. 

    There will be further updates this evening online, on BBC Tees and on BBC Newcastle and on Look North.

    We'll be back here with more news, sport, weather and travel from across the North East from 08:00 on Monday and hope you can join us then.

    If you'd like to get in touch with us, you can tweet us @BBCNewsNEemail us, or contact us through our Facebook page.

  2. Northumbria Police's new recruits start training

    The first wave of new recruits to join Northumbria Police in more than 18 months have pulled on their uniform for the first time this week.

    The force has 29 new officers - 21 men and eight women - who have begun a 12-week training course.

    The new recruits

    New PC Kyle Brewis (pictured below), who is tweeting about his experiences, said: "The first week has been a roller-coaster of emotions and it is still sinking in that I'm actually a police officer now, when it is something I have wanted my entire life." 

    Supt Gillian Mitchell said: "Over the next three years we will be recruiting more than 600 officers so there are opportunities there for anyone who wants to be the difference in their local communities." 

    Kyle Brewis
  3. Witnesses sought for car and motorbike crash

    A biker suffered a broken leg after a collision with a car in Hartlepool yesterday morning.

    The 25-year-old man was riding a motorbike which was in collision with a Vauxhall Astra at 08:10 on Stockton Road at the roundabout junction with Owton Manor Lane. 

    The junction

    Cleveland Police said he was taken to James Cook University Hospital for treatment.

    They are appealing for witnesses.

  4. Police starting seatbelt clampdown

    Cleveland and Durham police forces will be clamping down on seat belt use as part of a Europe-wide campaign.

    And they will especially be focusing on children not wearing seat belts.

    Currently, drivers are responsible for ensuring that suitable safety restraints are worn by all passengers under 14 years old. 

    Phil Grieve with seatbelt

    Insp Phil Grieve, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: “All too often our road policing officers have to deal with incidents where someone could have survived if they had been wearing a seat belt. 

    "Safety restraints are fitted in every vehicle for a reason and the actions we are carrying out over the week should remind drivers why that is.”

    A week-long campaign held across Cleveland and Durham in March this year saw 60 seat belt offences recorded in the two force areas, and 4,212 across the UK overall.

  5. Dormice 'now extinct in North East'

    The endangered dormouse is now extinct in the north east of England, a study has found.

    The People's Trust for Endangered Species said the dormouse can no longer be found in 17 counties including North Yorkshire, County Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.

    A dormouse

    The trust's dormouse officer Ian White said: "Dormice have been around for 40 million years, but their future in Britain is now precarious and there's a pressing need for action to ensure their long-term survival."  

    The below information picture shows where the dormice can be found now compared to 1885.

    Data maps
  6. Mo and Greg gear up from Great North Run

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    Olympians Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford were in Newcastle today preparing for tomorrow's City Games and Sunday's Great North Run.

    Farah, who completed the double double by winning his third and fourth Olympic gold medals at the Rio 2016 games, said he likes to end his running season with the Tyneside event.

    Mo and Greg

    He said: "I enjoy this this race, I've won it the last two years so my aim is to see if I can do it for a third time in a row, which has never been done."

    He also gave the following advice to his fellow 57,000 runners: "Enjoy it, you've done all the hard work, eat well the night before, stay hydrated, go out there and see what you can do."

    Long-jumper Rutherford meanwhile will be taking part in street events showcasing his sport.

    The Olympian, who is also currently competing in Strictly Come Dancing, said: "I love being involved, the crowd are incredible and thoroughly enjoy themselves."

  7. Forty tonnes of waste dumped in field

    A lorry has been seized by environment officers after 40 tonnes of general waste was illegally dumped in a field near Bishop Auckland.

    Durham Police stopped a second lorry adding to the rubbish pile and the vehicle has been seized pending further investigation, the Environment Agency said.

    Rubbish bales

    They are also investigating the dumping of processed waste which was wrapped in 80 black plastic bales and left on land with near Sadberge (pictured above).

    Dave Edwardson from the Environment Agency said: “At first glance waste that is wrapped in bales can be mistaken for hay or silage. 

    "I’d urge all landowners, farmers and property agents to be vigilant and report any concerns or anything suspicious to us straight away.”

  8. Indecent exposure investigation launched

    A cyclist exposed himself to a woman in Gosforth before cycling away, police say.

    The 18-year-old woman was walking along Heathery Lane after 13:00 on Monday when she was approached by the man on a bike.

    Northumbria Police said he then exposed himself before making off. 

    The man is described as being white, around 5ft 11in (1.8m) tall, of slim build and in his mid to late 30s. 

    He had short brown or ginger hair and a stubbly beard and was wearing a white T-shirt with a motif on the front and grey tracksuit bottoms. 

  9. Middlesbrough and Hartlepool 'two of the worst places for drug deaths'

    The number of drug-related deaths in England and Wales reached record levels last year, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

    Fatalities involving heroin and cocaine were both at their highest since comparable records began in 1993.

    Middlesbrough and Hartlepool are two of the worst places in the country for drug deaths.

    The increasing purity of substances is believed to be a possible factor behind the rise in deaths.

    ONS researcher Vanessa Fearn said that age was another cause for the increase, particularly with older heroin users.

    The Department for Health said overall drug use was declining.

    Drug-related deaths in England and Wales
  10. BreakingMan dies after assault in Whitley Bay

    A man who was assaulted in Whitley Bay on Wednesday has died.

    The 32-year-old was attacked in a flat on South Parade, Northumbria Police said.

    A force spokesman said: "Our thoughts are with his family at this time." 

    Jonathan Armstrong, 44, of South Parade, was charged with murder and appeared at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court earlier today. 

    He was remanded in custody to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on Monday. 

  11. Commerce chamber urges devolution deal progress

    The North East England Chamber of Commerce has written a strongly worded letter to Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, urging him to continue to work on North East devolution deals.

    Their letter, which can be seen below, follows Mr Javid's announcement that the deal was "off the table" after some of the councils involved called for the process to be halted amid post-Brexit funding fears.

    The letter
  12. Claire Lomas on her third day of the Great North Run

    BBC Newcastle

    The third day of Claire Lomas' Great North Run attempt has seen her go to hospital and meet Olympian Mo Farah.

    Ms Lomas, who is paralysed from the chest down, is wearing a special suit to help her walk the 13.2-mile course, which she hopes to complete on Sunday when the main event takes place.

    She said: "Yesterday was very tough but I kept going. I didn't feel very well to be honest. It's the hills and going round some of the roundabouts. The runners go straight across but we have to go around."

    Claire Lomas

    Her start today was delayed while she attended hospital to have several sores dressed.

    But Ms Lomas, who was also visited by Mo Farah this morning, said the support of people is helping.

    Ms Lomas, who is raising funds the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation, said: "I'm not doing it for the fun of it, it won't become my hobby, there are lots of things in life I enjoy but walking 13.2 miles is not one of them. It's hard work but the donation support makes a massive difference."

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  13. Boxer Stuart Hall: 'I've got 36 minute to change family's life'

    BBC Tees

    BBC Tees Sport

    Darlington boxer Stuart Hall hopes to change his family's life when he takes on Lee Haskins for the IBF bantamweight title tomorrow night.

    Hall, 36, has spent his weeks training in Birmingham and he said he wants to win for the family he leaves behind every Sunday night.

    Stuart Hall standing

    He told our reporter Rob Law: "I’ve got a 10-month-old and he falls out with me every time I go away on the Sunday. 

    "It’s harder for my wife than myself, three kids is really hard work. I’m getting the right sleep and right food, all I've got to do is train, I’ve got the easy job really.

    "I’ve got 36 minutes to change my family's life, I’m going to go and do it."

  14. Cancer survivor Ailis' running for Anthony Nolan

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    Here is the first of our six stories of people running the Great North Run on Sunday - Ailis Corey.

    Marathon motivation: Having battled and beaten blood cancer twice Ailis is set to take on her first half marathon. The 34-year-old was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma when she was 26 and, despite 12 rounds of chemotherapy and being declared in remission, the disease returned in 2012.

    Ailis needed the help of her sister Brenda to give her a stem-cell transplant to improve her immune system. She then spent six weeks in Belfast City Hospital following the transplant before being given the all-clear in May 2014.

    Ailis Corey

    Ailis says: "It came as a huge shock to me to find out I had cancer as I had always been very healthy and rarely sick. The chemotherapy felt like I was going 12 rounds with a heavyweight boxer, I took a blow then once I got back on my feet again I was dealt another but I managed to get through it.

    "There were times when I was going through my treatment and particularly after my transplant, that I could barely stand, let alone walk. Now, as I prepare to run a half marathon, it makes me very proud of how far I have come and it makes me realise how extremely lucky I am."

    Running for: Anthony Nolan

    Target sponsorship: £1,050

    Target time: Three hours