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  1. Updates on Monday 19 September 2016

Live Reporting

By Ana Guerra-Moore

All times stated are UK

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Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

That's all for today - thank you for joining us. 

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

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

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

A look at tonight's Look North

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

On tonight's Look North we find out more about why the Redcar steelworks site will not be cleared until bankers in Thailand have had their loans repaid.

Also on the show: Paul Gascoigne pleads guilty to racially aggravated abuse and we look into the North East's recent flytipping epidemic.

All this and more from 18:30 on BBC One and on iPlayer.

Weather: Dry but cloudy

BBC Weather

Dry across most parts with light winds and rather cloudy skies. 

Chance of the odd spot of rain across far southeastern areas such as Teesside, where the cloud will be thickest.

Clear spells across Northumberland, becoming chilly by dawn here.  

Weather graph

Travel: Lift at Jesmond Metro not working

World's first sustainable animal feed plant opens on Teesside

The world's first ever plant creating sustainable animal feed has opened on Teesside.

The plant, based in Redcar, will be turning methane gas into animal feed for fish farms.

This will bring 35 jobs to Redcar, and CEO of the company, Dr Alan Shaw, is hoping to create opportunities for further generations through science and engineering.

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Young boy robbed in Middlesbrough

Two men stole a bicycle from an 11-year-old boy in Middlesbrough, police said.

The boy was cycling on Marton Road on 16 September when he was approached by two men, one of whom stopped the boy and threatened him to hand over his bike.

One of the male suspects is believed to be between 17 and 20, of slim build with short fair, hair, clean shaven and between about 5ft 7ins.

The second is described as being the same age with curly brown hair, clean shaven and of slim build.

Unleashed charity snowdogs damaged

More on the story we brought you earlier about the damage to the snow dog sculptures on Tyne and Wear.

A pack of the sculptures, based on the animated film The Snowman and the Snowdog, make up a free public art trail. 

Some of them have already been damaged and organisers believe most of that has been caused by "people being too enthusiastic and climbing on them".

A damaged snowdog in Sunderland
This damaged snowdog in Sunderland was taped up while it awaited repair

Fly tipping in the North East costs councils £4m

BBC Inside Out

There were almost 60,000 incidents of fly tipping across the North East and Cumbria in just one year, according to latest figures.

It costs the region's councils £4m a year to clean up fly tipping, but 13 of 22 councils in the area are yet to issue a single fine under a new system to give out penalty notices.

Find out more about this issue on tonight's Inside Out on BBC One at 19:30.

Film fan takes photo with Sir Anthony Hopkins

There was a sprinkle of celebrity stardust in the North East when film crews making the latest Transformers movie visited.

They have used locations including Bamburgh, Alnwick and Newcastle.

Chris Hay took the chance to grab this photo with Sir Anthony Hopkins close to Bamburgh Castle on Saturday afternoon as he took a break from filming.

Chris Hay and Sir Anthony Hopkins
Chris Hay

Redevelopment of the SSI Steelworks held back

Ian Reeve

BBC Look North

The redevelopment of the SSI Steelworks on Teesside is being held back by a demand from a consortium of Thai banks for repayment of a loan made to purchase the steelworks.

It's been almost a year since the Thai owned plant in Redcar collapsed, with the loss of more than 2,000.

However, 12 months on and Redcar's MP Anna Turley says the government needs to find a solution quickly.

She believes that the banks "do want their money back in full" and will wait for it "as long as it takes".

Cars damaged in Hetton-le-Hole

Several cars were damaged in Hetton-le-Hole last week.

It happened in Fairy Street at about 20:00 on 15 September.

According to police, wing mirrors were deliberately knocked off by vandals who have caused a great amount of economic damage.

Several youths on bicycles were seen in the area at the time and police are keen to speak with them.

Redcar RNLI issues tidal warning after repeated rescues

Lifeboat volunteers on Teesside have warned people not to get caught out by the incoming tide after yet another rescue.

Redcar's RNLI lifeboat was called to East Scar rocks in Saltburn on Saturday when three teenagers became stranded.

A spokesman said it was the latest in a spate of incidents in the area, with 18 people rescued so far this year.

Redcar and Cleveland Council has now said it will put additional signage on the beach, warning of the danger.

RNLI crew

Newcastle to appeal against Anita red card

BBC Sport

Newcastle play Wolves tomorrow nightfor the second time in four days, having lost 2-0 to them at St James' Park in the Championship on Saturday. 

There is an update on Vurnon Anita who was sent off at the weekend. The Press Association's Damian Spellman quotes Benitez as saying the club will appeal against the red card.

As for Tuesday's EFL Cup game, Benitez says: "We will make some changes to keep everyone on their toes. Everyone can help and make a difference. All the players have to be ready."

Follow more live updates from Newcastle's press conference here.

Cyclist left with spinal injury after collision with car

A cyclist suffered a spinal fracture after being hit by a car in Stockton on Friday.

The collision happened on the roundabout junction of Concorde Way and the A135 Yarm Road.

The 44-year-old cyclist has since been released from hospital. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Nominations announced for England's Tree of the Year award

A Sycamore that featured in a Hollywood blockbuster is among the finalists for England's Tree of the Year award.

The "Sycamore Gap" tree near Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland  appeared alongside Kevin Costner in the 1991 film Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and is now one of 10 trees  nominated by for the competition run by the Woodland Trust charity.

A public vote will decide the winner, which will then compete against trees from across the Continent for the title of European Tree of the Year.

The online voting ends on 9 October.

The Sycamore Gap

Thrift festival marks steel closure

More than 35,000 people attended a Festival of Thrift on Teesside which featured start-up firms established by redundant steel workers.

It was moved from its Darlington base to Redcar in support of the people who lost their jobs when the town's SSI steelworks closed a year ago.

Visitors were offered money-saving skills, recycling tips and the chance to sample food and crafts.

The event took place over the weekend at Kirkleatham Museum.

Festival of Thrift
Festival of Thrift

Video: The growing problem of fly-tipping int he North East

BBC Inside Out

Tonight's Inside Out takes a look at the problem of flytipping in the North East.

You can see the full report at 19:30 on BBC One.

The North East and Cumbria's growing fly-tipping problem

Weather: Cloudy with a few spots of tain, brighter later

It will be generally cloudy, with the odd spot of light rain, although drier and brighter conditions may develop in the north later on. 

The wind will be light, but with temperatures noticeably lower compared to Sunday. 

weather graphic

Maximum Temperature: 16C (61F) .

Sunderland ask for support over City of Culture bid

BBC Newcastle

Sunderland is asking the rest of the North East to support its bid to be City of Culture for 2021.

The bid was submitted a year ago and organisers say support in the city has been strong, but they now want the rest of the region to get involved too.

Graeme Thompson, Chair of the Sunderland 2021 bid steering group,believes it would "reflect brilliantly" on the whole of the region.

BreakingPaul Gascoigne fined £1,000 and to pay £1,000 in compensation

Former England, Newcastle and Middlesbrough footballer Paul Gascoigne has been fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £1,000 in compensation at Dudley Magistrates' Court for making a racist comment to a black security guard in front of hundreds of people at his An Evening With Gazza show.

Paul Gascoigne

Snowdog sculptures vandalised

Our reporter Russell Ward has been out in Sunderland finding more about the vandalised Snowdog sculptures.

Here's a picture of one of the damaged hounds:

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Rugby: Leicester secure narrow win at Newcastle

BBC Sport

Leicester edged a close encounter with Newcastle at Kingston Park as they secured their second win of the season.

Newcastle took an early 10-0 lead courtesy of Juan Pablo Socino's finish and a Mike Delany penalty.

But Mike Fitzgerald scored his first Premiership try and Freddie Burns slotted three penalties either side of the break to put the Tigers ahead.

Joel Hodgson made it a one-point game with 10 to play but missed a late drop-goal as Leicester held on for victory.

Newcastle v Leicester
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Homes in Bishop Auckland still without power

More than 130 homes in Bishop Auckland are still without power this morning.

About 100 homes in the Etherley Dene area were expected to have power restored by 11:00, but now the work is expected to take until 16:00 this afternoon.    

Northern Power grid is working on the issue a fault with an underground cable.

Paul Gascoigne admitted making racist comment during show

Former Newcastle, Middlesbrough and England footballer Paul Gascoigne has pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence. 

The 49 year old made the comment during An Evening With Gazza in Wolverhampton on 30 November 2015.

The ex-player admitted using "threatening or abusive words or behaviour" at Dudley Magistrates' Court.

He admitted the offence ahead of a trial which was to start on Monday.

Serious and organised crime agencies to come together

Agencies involved in tackling serious and organised crime in the North East will be brought together under one roof.

The specialist teams from Northumbria, Durham and Cleveland police forces and other law enforcement partners which make up the North East Regional Crime Unit will come together in the hub for which the government gave £1m.

Organisers say it will enhance the work done in targeting crimes such as drug and human trafficking, organised illegal immigration, firearms, high value fraud, cyber crime, child sexual exploitation and terrorism. 

Jail threat for roofer who spied on Sunderland schoolgirl

Sunderland Echo


A Peeping Tom roofer who spied on a girl in her underwear could face jail.

Front page
Sunderland Echo

Snowdog sculptures damaged before official launch

BBC Newcastle

A number of the Snowdog sculptures placed around the North East have been damaged before today's official launch.

The sculptures will be on display around Tyneside and Wearside for the next 10 weeks and will then be auctioned to raise money for St Oswald's Childrens Hospice.

Jane Hogan, from the Great North Snowdogs, tried to make light of the situation by joking about taking the sculptures "to the vets".

She said that although they are robust, they suffered "substantial damage".

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Transformers filmed in Newcastle city centre

Scenes from the latest Transformers movie have been shot in Newcastle and attracted large crowds.

Part of the city centre was closed off while top-of-the range sports cars raced through the streets.

Military-style vehicles and helicopters could also be seen.

Directed by Michael Bay, Transformers: The Last Knight - the fifth instalment of the franchise - stars Sir Anthony Hopkins and Mark Wahlberg and is due to be released in cinemas in June.

Crew on set

Football: Three defeats for North East clubs in Premier League and Championship

BBC Sport

Here is a round-up of the Premier League and Championship football over the weekend:

In the Premier League, Sunderland were beaten 1-0 by Tottenham on Sunday. The fourth defeat in five games means Sunderland are yet to win in the league under David Moyes (pictured below with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino).

Also in the Premier League, Middlesbrough were beatern 3-1 by Everton on Saturday.

In the Championship, Newcastle were beaten 0-2 by Wolves on Saturday. 

David Moyes and Mauricio Pochettino

Dozens of Bishop Auckland homes left without power

More than 130 homes in Bishop Auckland are without power this morning.

Northern Powergrid is working in two areas of the town and 100 homes in the Etherley Dene area are expected to have power restored by 11:00.

However, shops and homes in the Newgate Street area will be off until about 13:00 because of a fault with an underground cable.  

Festival of Thrift proves to be a success

More than 35,000 people visited this year's Festival of Thrift in Redcar over the weekend.

The festival, which is in its fourth year, aimed to inspire and educate about how to live in a sustainable way.

Founder Wayne Hemingway said one of his aims was to help those affected by the closure of the town's SSI plant.

Guests had a choice of more than 140 things to see and do, including a spot of baking and talks on how to make it in the eco-fashion world.

Festival of Thrift

You can listen to BBC's live coverage of the event here.

Weather: It's starting to get colder

BBC Weather

It will be generally cloudy with outbreaks of mainly light rain, although drier and brighter conditions may develop across Northumberland.

The wind will be light, but with temperatures noticeably lower compared to Sunday.  

Weather graph

Check the weather where you are.

Fire service rescuing more obese people across UK

The number of obese people being rescued by the fire service because they are too large to move on their own has gone up by more than a third over the past three years.

Figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 live show there were more than 900 incidents in the UK in the past year.

Rescuers said they often used lifting equipment, special slings and sometimes removed windows, walls and banisters.

Cleveland Fire Brigade is one of the fire services with the highest number of bariatric rescues in the year 2015-16 with 33 rescues.

Fire crew rescuing person

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Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Good Morning. Welcome to Monday's BBC Local Live.

We'll be here until 18:00 bringing you the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the North East.

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