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  1. Updates on Monday 12 September 2016

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Match stats for Sunderland v Everton


  • Sunderland have won four of the last seven Premier League meetings (D1, L2).
  • A 3-0 win in the corresponding fixture on 11 May secured Sunderland's Premier League safety.
  • Sunderland have lost just one of their last seven home league games against Everton (W2, D4).
  • This fixture produced 11 goals in the two league games last season; only Newcastle-Norwich (13) featured more.


  • Sunderland could begin a season with four winless games for the sixth consecutive year.
  • Their last Premier League win in August or September came in September 2012 - they have since drawn nine and lost 13 in those months.
  • Jermain Defoe has scored five Premier League goals against Everton but all five have come at Goodison Park.

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No girl 'should be held back in life just because of her gender'

The government says no girl "should be held back in life just because of her gender or where she lives" after a new study found girls in Middlesbrough have the worst prospects for life. 

A spokesman said: “We are committed to building a country that works for everyone – no girl should be held back in life just because of her gender or where she lives. 

"We have given schools clear guidance on ‎sex and relationship education and products to help them  discuss body image with their pupils, so they can learn to respect themselves and others.

“Teenage pregnancy rates are at the lowest level for 40 years and we are driving down child poverty, with the number of children living in workless households at a record low. 

"But we want to do more which is why we are encouraging more young people, particularly girls, to study STEM subjects and working to eliminate the gender pay gap."

Mark Lawrenson on Sunderland v Everton

Mark Lawrenson

Former Republic of Ireland defender on Football Focus

Everton have started very brightly and I think everyone likes the look of them under Ronald Koeman so far.

The only position in their team I have any doubts about is at goalkeeper, because Maarten Stekelenburg struggled at Fulham and I am not convinced by Joel Robles.

Koeman knows Stekelenburg after taking him on loan at Southampton last season, so he must have faith in him, but I am left wondering why he did not go in for Manchester City's Joe Hart.

Sunderland made a few signings before the window closed, and they should be solid enough - but I am still not sure about where their creativity will come from in midfield.

Lawro's prediction: 1-1

Video: Alan Shearer unveils statue in his honour

Newcastle legend and Premier League record goal scorer Alan Shearer says he has been a "very lucky lad", after unveiling a statue in his honour outside St James's Park.

Alan Shearer statue unveiled

Moyes 'getting an understanding of the players we need to bring to the club'

Sunderland manager David Moyes has been speaking about facing off against his former club Everton tonight.

He said: "I see something similar between the clubs, but I don't want to be banging the drum every day saying 'Everton this, Everton that'.

"I'm only using it as an example to say if we can follow that route, we will not be far away. 

"That will come from getting the recruitment right, and getting an understanding of the players we need to bring to the club.

"I'm hoping we can get that over the coming windows."

A tour of the north of England in accents

BBC Radio 4

Dialect coach Elspeth Morrison presents a tour of the accents of the North. 

She's an accent and voice coach who specialises in northern English accents.

Dialect coach Elspeth Morrison presents a tour of the accents of the North.

BreakingThree held after Sunderland window shot out

Three people have been arrested after a window was shot at in Sunderland.

It happened at a property in Craigshaw Square in Hylton Castle early this morning.

Afterwards armed officers carried out searches at two addresses in Hylton Castle and one in Town End Farm. 

Three people are now being questioned, and Northumbria Police is appealing for anyone with information to contact the force.

A spokesman said: "We believe this incident is a dispute between people who know each other and are doing all we can to arrest those involved."

'Anybody can do it if they put their mind to it'


Harbhag finshed the race on Sunday in two hours 15 minutes

The Great North Run took place yesterday under sunny Newcastle skies (really). Among the 57,000 participants was 72-year-old Harbhag, who has run 125 marathons and every Great North Run since its inception in 1981.

You can catch up with all the stories and action from the Great North Run here.

And if you want to find out about how to get into running, read our special guide.

Analysis: Moyes faces tough task to turn Sunderland around

Sunderland v Everton 20:00

Ian Dennis

5 live Sport

"I have no doubt that, in time, David Moyes will break the cycle of despondency on Wearside but, for now, the Sunderland supporters continue to endure a familiar feeling of frustration.

"The month of August could feel like a bleak midwinter when you've endured 17 winless matches but September is hardly a bundle of joy either…they are without a win since 2012.

"I've seen Everton under Ronald Koeman and I believe they will soon be challenging where they were under Moyes on a consistent basis.

"One thing is for sure - there will not be a repeat of the tame Everton surrender in May that secured Sunderland's Premier League survival."

Alan Shearer feels "honoured" over statue honour

Skydiving death woman had deployed reserve parachute

A woman who died following a skydive in County Durham was using her back up parachute, police have confirmed.

Pamela Gower suffered fatal injuries when she crashed to the ground in Shotton at the weekend.

Earlier reports had stated that her parachute failed to open, but it has now emerged that she had been able to deploy her reserve one.

Pamela Gower

Durham Police said: "While the circumstances regarding the incident will form part of a joint investigation between the police and the British Parachute Association on behalf of the Civil Aviation Authority, we have now established that the reserve parachute did deploy."  

Has Boro's promotion boosted the area?

Middlesbrough FC player George Friend investigates the impact being promoted to the Premier League has had on the area.

You can see more on this story on Inside Out at 19:30.  

Premier League promotion and its boost to Middlesbrough

Man attacked in Times Square named by police

A man who who died after suffering life threatening injuries in a late-night street attack on Tyneside has been named.

Scott Brannen, 40, was assaulted in Times Square in Newcastle city centre in the early hours of 21 August.

Three people are currently remanded in custody having been charged with assault.

Parachute death woman 'independent and determined'

The family of a parachutist who crashed to the ground in a County Durham housing estate has paid tribute to a "determined, independent woman who let nothing get in her way".

Pamela Gower died following a skydive in Shotton at the weekend. An investigation into what happened is under way.

Pamela Gower
Gower family

Her parents, Catherine and Len, said on behalf of the family: “Pamela was a great girl who was loved by her family so much and was a wonderful daughter and sister.

"She will be a huge miss."

'Huge differences' in girls' life quality

Girls growing up in parts of England have a much lower quality of life than others, according to analysis of official statistics.

Middlesbrough has been ranked the worst place for them to live, and Waverley in Surrey the best.

Researchers gave a score to 346 local authority areas based on child poverty, life expectancy, teenage pregnancy, GCSE results and youth unemployment.

Charity Plan International UK said inner-city areas performed the worst.

The report, produced in conjunction with the University of Hull, highlighted Middlesbrough, Blackpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Liverpool, Knowsley, Hastings, Hull, Salford and Sandwell as the worst places to be a girl.

The best places were Waverley, Rushcliffe, Chiltern, Mole Valley, Epsom and Ewell, Rutland, Elmbridge, Wokingham, St Albans and East Hertfordshire.

Team news: Sunderland v Everton

New Sunderland signings Mika Domingues and Jason Denayer could be involved against Everton tonight.

Didier Ndong and Victor Anichebe won't feature but Jan Kirchhoff, Jordan Pickford and John O'Shea are all fit.

Everton forward Enner Valencia could make his debut, while Seamus Coleman is available after an ankle injury.

Darron Gibson and Tom Cleverley are also expected to be fit but James McCarthy is a definite absentee after undergoing groin surgery.

Jermain Defoe scoring
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Middlesbrough rated as 'worst place' for girls

BBC Tees

Middlesbrough has been rated as the worst place in the UK for girls in terms of child poverty, education and teenage pregnancy rates, according to a report by the charity Plan International UK.

This is the first report of its kind to look at the experiences of girls across every local authority.

Girls in the South East have the best opportunities, it says.

However the report does not separate males and females in its study of child poverty figures, and those not in education, employment or training (NEET) are counted differently.

Teenage pedestrian injured by car

A teenager was injured when she was struck by a car in Billingham.

The 14-year-old suffered a broken pelvis during the incident in Station Road at 17:50 on Saturday.

Cleveland Police said the 18-year-old male driver of the Vauxhall Corsa had been reported for summons in connection with a driving offence.

Shearer reunited with Keegan and McDermott

Here's Alan Shearer with former Newcastle manager Kevein Keegan and former coach Terry McDermott during the unveiling of his statue:

Alan Shearer with former Newcastle manager Kevein Keegan and former coach Terry McDermott

And here's a close-up:

Alan Shearer statue

Probe into parachute death 'to take a number of weeks'

The investigation into how a parachutist plunged to the ground could take a number of weeks, regulators say.

Pamela Gower, 49, of Hebburn, South Tyneside, died after her first UK skydive, Durham Police said.

She was found on Saturday in a road close to the airfield at Shotton Colliery where her plane had taken off.

Tony Butler from the British Parachuting Association said two of his team are investigating the death but it is early days. They have also been interviewing witnesses.

He said the case is a priority and it is hoped it the investigation will be wrapped up within three to four weeks. 

A report will then be sent to the coroner's office and the Civil Aviation Authority.

Alan Shearer statue: Tribute to record goalscorer

Here's an up-close look at the plaque celebrating the achievements of former Magpies striker Alan Shearer.

As you can see, Shearer was the record goalscorer for Newcastle United and the Premier League.

The bronze statue, which has been unveiled on Barrack Ground outside St James' Park, cost £250,000 and was commissioned by the Shepherd family.

Plaque on the unveiled Alan Shearer statue reading "Alan Shearer CBE. Born 1070. England, Newcastle United. Newcastle United and the Premier League's Record Goalscorer

Video: Alan Shearer statue unveiled

And here it is:

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Shearer arrives for his statue unveiling at St James' Park

Alan Shearer has arrived for his statue unveiling at St James' Park:


Video: Big turnout of Newcastle fans to watch Shearer statue unveiling

BreakingMan attacked in Times Square dies

A man who had been left with life-threatening injuries after a late-night street attack in Newcastle city centre has died.

The 40-year-old victim was assaulted in Times Square at about 01:15 BST on 21 August. Northumbria Police said the attacker left the scene before officers arrived.

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

"Three people are currently charged with assault and are remanded in custody. This matter will be assessed."

Middlesbrough Council deters people from giving money to beggars

BBC Tees

Middlesbrough Council is encouraging people not to give beggars change, in the hope that this will force them to get professional help.

The council says beggars are causing problems in the town centre and posters have been put up next to empty shops to deter locals from giving money.

The BBC has spoken to Bradley, a man who is on benefits, but claims to have managed to make £400 in two hours on the day that Middlesbrough FC got promoted.

He describes begging as "an addiction".

Remploy factory closed after parachute death

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

Remploy has confirmed its Newcastle branch is closed today as a mark of respect.

It comes after employment adviser Pamela Gower died in parachute incident.

The 49-year-old, of Hebburn, South Tyneside, died after her first UK skydive, Durham Police said.

She was found on Saturday in a road close to the airfield at Shotton Colliery where her plane had taken off.

Scene in Shotton Colliery
Tom Banks

Football recap: Middlesbrough 1-2 Crystal Palace

BBC Sport

Middlesbrough's unbeaten start to the season came to an end as Crystal Palace claimed their first win of the new campaign with victory at the Riverside.

Christian Benteke met Wilfried Zaha's cross before Boro drew level when Daniel Ayala scored an equally powerful header from Stewart Downing's corner.

Zaha put Palace back in front, finishing James McArthur's through ball after weak defending by George Friend.

Boro pushed hard for another equaliser, but the away side's defence held firm.

George Friend

'Bionic' woman Claire Lomas completes Great North Run

Here's a heart-warming story from the weekend - A paralysed woman wearing a 'bionic' suit completed the Great North Run, five days after she started it.

Claire Lomas, from Leicestershire, was paralysed from the chest down in a riding accident in 2007.

She began the half marathon, which runs from Newcastle to South Shields, on Wednesday and crossed the finish line at about 10:00.

The 36-year-old, who is 16 weeks pregnant, said she was "over the moon" to finish the run.

Claire Lomas finishes the Great North Run

Metro services resumed

The power has been restored to Metro services, however delays should still be expected.

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Girl, 14, left in hospital with broken pelvis after being hit by car in Billingham

The Gazette


A teenager is recovering in hospital after a car crash left her with a broken pelvis.

Melissa Richardson, 14, was left unconscious after she was hit by a car on Station Road in Billingham just before 18:00 yesterday.

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The Gazette

'Minor' fire on Metro tracks causes delays

Metro bosses say the "minor" fire which caused delays this morning has now burnt out.

Commuters were quick to post photos on social media:

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BreakingMetro trains off after fire on the tracks

A fire on the Tyne and Wear Metro has halted some services.

A train 'experienced a fault with the overhead line power supply'.

There are currently no trains between Regent Centre and Haymarket in Newcastle, and Four Lane Ends and Haymarket.

Greggs introduces lower fat pasties as sales rise

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Greggs has started selling lower fat pasties.

New additions to the menu include katsu chicken and vegetarian Bombay potato pasties, both of which come in at under 300 calories - what a time to be alive.

A sausage roll from the firm has 349 calories.

The company has also announced a 6% rise in sales, while like-for-like sales were lifted by 3.8% during the first six months of 2016.

Greggs has linked this boost to the popularity of their recently introduced healthier ranges, which now account for more than 10% of sales.