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  1. Updates on Tuesday 13 September 2016

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Ana Guerra-Moore

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We'll be back here with more news, sport, weather and travel from across the North East from 08:00 tomorrow.

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Investigation into death of teenager who fell from cliff

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the death of a teenager in South Shields.

Chirelle Calder was reported missing from her home in Whiteleas on 13 August.

The 17-year-old was later spotted at Marsden Cliffs and emergency services attended before she was witnessed going over the edge.

She was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, but died a short time after.

The IPCC investigation is looking at the actions taken by Northumbria Police prior to her death, including the contact between officers and those who reported her as missing.

The contact between the police and the girl at Marsden Cliffs is also being investigated. 

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Weather: Torrential rain followed by humidity

Heavy showers with locally torrential, thundery downpours gradually easing and clearing overnight.

Most parts becoming dry later in the night but turning rather cloudy with low cloud, mist and hill fog developing.

Remaining warm and humid overnight.  

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Video: Teenager admits going double the speed limit in stolen car

A 15-year-old from Spennymoor was caught driving at twice the speed limit in a stolen car in Durham.

The teenager has now been charged with aggravated vehicle taking, disqualified driving, no insurance and two counts of assaulting a PC.

He appeared before a youth court yesterday and pleaded guilty to all charges and admitted a breach of a previous youth order.

He was sentenced to 18 months detention.

Click here to watch footage of the teenager driving the stolen car.

Horse crush woman wants Paralympics spot

Well-wishers helped the family of 32-year-old Olivia Fairclough raise more than £30,000 to fly her home from Cairo to Teesside after a riding accident left her paralysed in April. 

Now, after four months of hospital treatment, she has returned home and has spoken of her ambition to compete at the next Paralympics.  

Woman left paralysed after being crushed by a horse in Egypt wants to be paralympian

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Stephen Miller wins bronze at Rio Paralympics

Cramlington's Stephen Miller has won a bronze medal in the F32 club throw at the Paralympics.

This is his sixth Paralympic medal and he's competing at his sixth games. 

Stephen Miller
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Family pay tribute to Whitley Bay victim

The family of a Whitley Bay man who died following an assault last Wednesday have released a statement remembering the 32-year-old.

Dean Bowe was described as "really intelligent, thoughtful and funny".

The family are said to be reeling from the shock, as they were "so close" and always wanted him "to be happy".

Dean Bowe

Hartlepool woman jailed for blackmail

A Hartlepool woman who blackmailed an older and vulnerable man into giving her about £40,000 over 15 years has been jailed for five years after originally receiving a suspended sentence.

Sharon Mincher, 45, of Dorset Street, targeted, befriended and exploited her victim for cash and when he tried to refuse her demands, she threatened to report him to the police for rape.

She pleaded guilty in Teesside Crown Court in May this year to an offence of blackmail and stalking.

She initially received a 24-month suspended sentence, with a 12-month drug treatment programme.

Families’ agony over closure of care home’s disabled unit

Sunderland Echo


Families have been left distraught after a Sunderland care home revealed plans to close its disabled unit for younger residents.

Margaret and Bill Smith, of South Shields, whose son Darren is to be moved due to the closure at Falstone Manor, Roker.
Sunderland Echo

Washington and Sunderland West MP disappointed with constituency changes

Washington and Sunderland West Labour MP Sharon Hodgson has reacted to the Boundary Commission proposals labelling them as "unfair, undemocratic and unacceptable".

This map shows how the layout of Sunderland and Washington's current constituency boundaries:

Current boundaries

Sunderland appears to be split between three constituencies, while Washington remains as one.

However the proposed changes mean Sunderland will be split between five constituencies and Washington between three.  

This map shows the proposed changes:

Proposed boundaries

Video: Everton help SAFC fan reach cancer target

The mum of a County Durham boy who needs treatment in the US for a rare form of cancer says a huge donation from Everton Football Club means they've reached their £700,000 target.

Five-year-old Bradley Lowery's neuroblastoma has come back for a second time.

Last night Bradley, from Blackhall, was a mascot at the Sunderland AFC game with Everton, with fans also applauding him on the fifth minute.

Following the final whistle, Everton announced they were donating £200,000, meaning Bradley's reached his fundraising target.

His mum Gemma says it's like winning the lottery.  

Everton help SAFC cancer boy reach target

Great North Runners help homeless with clothes

The clean up after the Great North Run at the weekend is always a mammoth task - but it looks like some good has come of some the items left behind, as homeless people on Tyneside will benefit from the leftover clothes:

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Brick thrown at police car

A police car has been damaged after a brick was thrown through its back window.

On Sunday at about 14:00 there was a collision in Elemore Lane in Easington Lane, Hetton.

Motor patrols attended and while they were dealing with the incident a brick was thrown through the back window of their car.

Care services 'failed to protect' girls

Two teenage girls died after being failed by local care services, an independent report has concluded.

Experts were asked to examine serious case reviews in Sunderland and have now published their findings.

They highlighted communication problems, a workforce under pressure and insufficient leadership or support.

Sunderland Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) apologised for failing to protect the youngsters.

Sunderland Civic Centre

Northumbria Police 'acted properly in the run up to man's death'

The Independent Police Complaints Commission says no Northumbria Police officers acted improperly after they came into contact with a man in Houghton-le-Spring who later died.

Officers attended the home of David Stubbs on 12 October last year to execute a drugs warrant. The 43-year-old became ill during the search and died a short time later.

An IPCC investigation found the officers who  entered Mr Stubbs' home acted correctly.

It also showed that immediate medical assistance was sought after Mr Stubbs had been witnessed swallowing what appeared to be a quantity of drugs at the scene.

Are cat cafes good for cats?

Have you ever been to a cat cafe? Did you know they existed?

Here in the North East we have two: Mog on the Tyne and Catpawcino on the Quayside, both in Newcastle.

However, a number of animal welfare charities, including Cats Protection, the RSPCA and the Celia Hammond Animal Trust, have criticised the phenomenon.

They claim that "cat cafes are not a suitable environment for cats because they are in a confined space with a revolving population of people". 

People and cats in a cafe

Want to learn more about these feline spots?

You can read the full feature by Claire Bates here.

Five people arrested after window shot at in Sunderland

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

At about 04.35 on Monday a house was damaged at an address in Clovelly Road, Hylton Castle.

An hour later a further report was received about bullet holes in a window in Craigshaw Square after the window was shot at with a firearm.

Three men - aged 48, 29 and 26 - have been arrested on suspicion of threats to cause damage. Two further men have also been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

Steve McClaren: Former Newcastle manager wants to run a club

BBC Sport

Former Middlesbrough and Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren says he eventually wants to run his own football club.

The 55-year-old Englishman, who was sacked by Newcastle in March, says he still has ambitions as a manager.

But he has recently enrolled at Manchester Metropolitan University in order to gain a Masters degree in Sporting Directorship.

Steve McClaren

"The next step in the future will be as a chief executive or sporting director, or even running my own club," he said.

"To do that I had to acquire different skills and go back to school. It's probably old age. I always wanted to coach and manage. I know that won't last forever."

Traffic: A1 reopened

The A1 has now been fully reopened following an incident involving a leaking crane near the Metro Centre.

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Yellow warning of rain for the North East later

There's a yellow warning of rain across the North East from 14:00 today until 23:00, the Met Office says.

It says: "Outbreaks of showery rain may turn torrential and thundery across parts of northern England and southeast Scotland. 

"Whilst most places will miss the worst, there is also a risk of large hail, frequent lightning and strong winds. Please be aware that this could cause flash flooding and disruption to travel."

Yellow rain warning
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Match stats: Sunderland v Everton

Sunderland's 3-0 loss to Everton last night means they continue their poor run at the start of the season:

  • This is the sixth consecutive Premier League season that Sunderland have failed to win any of their opening four games in that campaign.
  • Sunderland haven't won any of their last 23 Premier League matches contested in either August or September (W0 D9 L14).

What's next? Well  Sunderland face a tough trip to Tottenham on Sunday (16:30)  

Bradley Lowery reaches £700,000 cancer treatment target

BBC Tees

The mother of a little Sunderland fan who is hoping to complete his cancer treatment in the US has expressed her gratitude to Everton FC this morning.

The team donated £200,000 towards the treatment following their 3-0 win over SAFC last night, an act that Gemma Lowery described as "amazing" and completely unexpected.

"We had to look on the internet to check if it was true", she added.

Bradley at the Sunderland match
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Bradley Lowery was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2013. He managed to beat the disease and stay cancer free for 18 months, but relapsed in June.

America have an antibody treatment which prevents neuroblastoma from coming back, and Gemma believes this is the "best chance of him surviving". 

The family have now reached their £700,000 target, and have put down the payment for the treatment.

Traffic: A1 northbound partly closed

BBC Travel

The A1 northbound is closed at junction 27 between Ikea and the Metro Centre due to a crane leaking fluid on to the road.

There's also delays and queuing traffic between the Dunston and Hexham turn off because of a broken down lorry in the roadworks area.

Follow the latest traffic updates as we get them.

Durham dismissed for 401 v Surrey

We're at Chester-le-Street now where Surrey have bagged the final wicket of Durham's first innings.

Keaton Jennings was the star of the show yesterday, notching his second double hundred of the season.

He's finished unbeaten on 201 after Graham Onions was the last man out for 14.

Durham take a crucial fifth batting bonus point as well for their efforts.

Follow live coverage here.

And the scorecard is here.

Video: Moyes 'facing tough task at Sunderland'

BBC Sport

David Moyes appears to have a much tougher task on his hands at the Stadium of Light.

For all of their endeavour, the Black Cats have now gone three Premier League games without having a shot on target in the first half.

Only twice was Maarten Stekelenburg tested in the whole game - from a Lynden Gooch cross that was destined for the top corner and a Lamine Kone header from a corner.

They were just as ineffective at the other end as Kone and Papy Djilobodji routinely failed to track the runs of Lukaku, allowing him all the time and space he needed to convert the chances that won the game.

Sunderland 0-3 Everton: We made it really easy - David Moyes

CCTV footage released following assault in Blyth

CCTV images have been released in the hope of finding more information about an attack that took place in Blyth.

This happened at 20:50 on Friday, when several men were walking down the rear lane of Disraeli Street.

One of the men walked over a parked car, causing minor damage. 

The car owner ran after him and tried to challenge him on Salisbury Street, but he was assaulted and punched several times to the head.

The men then ran off.


BBC's Steph McGovern defends Middlesbrough

BBC presenter Steph McGovern has reacted to the news that Middlesbrough has been ranked as the worst place for girls to live in the UK.

She has defended her hometown by saying that authors of the report "did not interview a single person from Middlesbrough".

Steph questions how this study benefits the people of the town, and claims that telling girls that they have a "rubbish chance of doing well in life" only makes the area worse.

The BBC presenter goes on to thank Middlesbrough for her achievements, and says the town gave her "resilience and independence".

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Match report: Sunderland 0 - Everton 3

In case you missed it last night - Sunderland lost 3-0 against Everton last night.

Romelu Lukaku scored an 11-minute hat-trick as Everton maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a win at Sunderland in the Premier League.

The Belgium striker netted his first club goal since March with a header from Idrissa Gueye's cross, then nodded home Yannick Bolasie's delivery.

He ensured three points for his side with a low finish after running clear.

But perhaps the highlight of the match was seeing little Bradley Lowery become Sunderland's mascot for the night, and hearing the news that Everton will donate £200,000 towards his cancer treatment.

Bradley hugs mascot cat
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Tyneside woman tells how cannabis helps her

BBC Newcastle

The Home Office says it has no plans to legalise cannabis after a group of politicians called on the government to legalise it for medical reasons.  

It follows a seven-month investigation into the issue by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy Reform.

They say there is good evidence that medical cannabis helps alleviate the symptoms of chronic pain. 

Becky, who lives on Tyneside, was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and a number of other conditions at the age of 25. She says cannabis helps her not to be in pain.

It's the only thing I have taken that stops that pain, it stops me from feeling sick, from the side effects of the medication that doctors willingly prescribe."

How the constituency boundary changes could affect the North East

Richard Moss

Political Editor, BBC Look North

Several prominent MPs are facing reselection battles ahead of the next general election under new constituency boundary proposals in England and Wales.

The boundary changes proposed today will see four seats lost and they are likely to be Labour seats.

The changes will see the loss of one seat each in Northumberland, Wearside, Teesside and West Cumbria, and notable proposed changes include the creation of Barnard Castle and Teesdale seats.

Under current Labour re-selection rules, boundary proposals could see six current Labour MPs compete for three seats in the North East & Cumbria.  

Future of Seaton 'eyesore' building decided in enquiry

BBC Tees

If you have been to Seaton Carew recently you may have noticed the one building that hasn't had any improvement work done to it in years.

It's been a long-running battle, but the future of the derelict Longscar building in Seaton will now be decided by a Government enquiry.

Hartlepool Council is hoping to secure a Compulsory Purchase Order to buy the building, and has presented its case to the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Longscar building in Seaton

A decision is expected soon, with the council valuing what many people in the town consider an "eyesore", in the region £177,000. 

However, that valuation has reportedly been rejected by its current owners, and there are claims they want a seven figure sum for it .

Everton donate £200,000 to help Sunderland fan with cancer

Everton have pledged £200,000 to help the family of a five-year-old Sunderland fan who needs the money to pay for cancer treatment in the United States.

Fundraisers are attempting to collect £700,000 to help Bradley Lowery, who was Sunderland's mascot in their 3-0 defeat against the Toffees at the Stadium of Light last night. 

The Merseyside club said on Twitter:

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And here is mascot Bradley with his father Carl and goalkeeper Vito Mannone prior to the match:

Bradley with his father Carl and goalkeeper Vito Mannone
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Weather: Very warm and sunny

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Could this really be the hottest September day in 50 years?

Our reporter Adam Clarkson is definitely trying his hardest to make it feel like summer:

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Moving on, here is today's forecast:

A very warm day is expected with long periods of sunshine.

Some cloud pushing east through the evening may bring scattered and perhaps heavy and thundery showers.

Mist and fog moving into coastal areas later in the evening.

Check the weather where you are.

Liberty 'set to buy Hartlepool's Tata plant'

The Telegraph's business section says the firm Liberty is in "pole position" to buy Tata Steel's UK plants, including the site in Hartlepool.

The full story is here.

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