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  1. Updates on Friday 23 September 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's it from us today and for this week - thank you for joining us. 

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

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

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

  2. Weather: Cloudy overnight with some clear spells

    Dry and partly cloudy overnight, but also with some clear spells, especially east of the Pennines. 

    The southerly breeze will continue, and will be gusty at times across the hill tops, but keeping temperatures a little higher than last night. 

    weather graphic

    Minimum Temperature: 11C (52F).

  3. Sheep rescued from Yarm river

    A sheep has been rescued after spending three hours trapped on a ledge in a river.

    The RSPCA came to the aid of the sheep on Tuesday after the animal was spotted in the river at High Leven near Yarm. 


    RSPCA chief inspector Mark Gent said: “It looks like the sheep had fallen about 4ft (1.2m) from the embankment into the river before managing to scramble onto a tiny ledge to keep out of the water.

    Sheep being rescued

    “Luckily she wasn’t injured, just trapped and very frightened. She clearly couldn’t climb to safety herself so, had the river levels have risen, she would have been at risk of drowning.

    “I managed to wade out to her in a flood suit with support from land by my colleagues, grab hold of her and carry her to safety. She was very happy to run off back to her flock on dry land.”

  4. Motorists warned over loose horses

    Motorists are being warned to be aware of loose horses after a spate of incidents.

    Three horses were killed after being hit by a car on the A177 towards Stillington on Saturday. The female driver and two child passengers suffered only minor injuries.

    Yesterday 10 horses were reported loose on Low Lane close to the Fox Covert Pub in Ingleby Barwick, another report was made of loose horses around Tofts Farm Industrial Estate in Hartlepool and another three were reported to be loose on Bowesfield Crescent.

    At about 03:00 today loose horses were reported on the A66 at South Bank followed by another report at 06:00 of five horses on the A66 Eastbound at the turn off for Eaglescliffe. Another four horses were reported to be walking along Bowesfield Lane underneath the A66 at about 07:30.  

  5. Moyes criticises Van Aanholt for shisha use

    BBC Sport

    Sunderland manager David Moyes says he has spoken to Patrick van Aanholt about photographs published in a tabloid newspaper that appear to show him smoking a shisha pipe in the off-season.

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    Video caption: Sunderland v Crystal Palace: Moyes unhappy with Van Aanholt shisha photos
  6. Saving £29m during your supermarket shop

    How you save another £29m is a question testing Durham County Council at the minute and they've turned to their voters for help.

    They've been popping up in supermarkets, leisure centres, theatres and markets asking for people's opinion on how to save money and what should - and shouldn't - be cut to do it.

    Leader Simon Henig has been in Newton Aycliffe's Tesco to see what shoppers thought of the council's plans.

    Simon Henig with shopper

    "It’s clear that the people we speak to find it just as difficult as ourselves to make the budget savings we have to find but by taking the consultation out to people we are getting a really broad range of views," he said.

    You can have your say online or at the following venues:

    • Gala Theatre, Durham - Monday, 26 September, 10:30-14:00
    • Barnard Castle Market - Wednesday, 28 September, 09:00-12:00
    • The Witham, Barnard Castle - Wednesday, 28 September, 18:00
    • Derwent Shopping Centre, Consett - Friday, 30 September, 13:00-16:00
  7. Three arrests after reports of Newcastle city centre fight

    Three men were arrested after reports of a fight in Newcastle city centre.

    Officers were called to Grainger Street shortly after midday. There were no reports of injuries

    Three men aged 21, 23 and 31 were arrested on suspicion of affray and are currently in custody. 

    Northumbria Police said extra officers were on patrol.

  8. Video: HMS Glasgow warship explosion remembered 40 years on

    Forty years ago today, eight men lost their lives in an explosion on the HMS Glasgow at Swan Hunter's Neptune yard on the Tyne.

    The blaze was started by a welder's torch after gas leaked from an oxygen cylinder.

    For those who were there, the trauma of that day remains fresh in the memory.

    Former electrician Jack Hanwell and ex-painter John Hunter recalled the tragedy.

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    Video caption: HMS Glasgow warship explosion 40 years on
  9. Man fined for smoking while child was in a car with him

    Danny Savage

    North of England correspondent

    A man has been fined for smoking a cigarette in a vehicle whilst with a child, in what's believed to be one of the first cases of its kind in England and Wales. 

    Legislation introduced in October 2015 made it illegal to smoke in a vehicle carrying someone who is under 18. 

    When Jake Downing, 28, from Sheffield, was stopped by police on the A1 near Morpeth in May, officers found him smoking a cigarette and a child in a car seat beside him. 

    Other defects were found with his Nissan van so his case was sent to South East Northumberland Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to smoking in a vehicle in which a child is present and three other charges - having a defective hand brake, defective front tyre and travelling with a passenger in the back of his van which was likely to cause danger.

    The fine for smoking is £50 although he was fined a total of £160 because of the other offences.

  10. Preview: Sunderland v Crystal Palace

    Matthew Raisbeck

    BBC Newcastle Sport

    Sunderland manager David Moyes has told BBC Newcastle midfielder Didier Ndong "shone" against QPR.

    He's looking for the midfielder to build on that performance when they host Crystal Palace tomorrow.

    The Gabon international, who arrived from Lorient last month for a club record fee, has made two appearances for the club.

    We'll have build-up for this one from 14:00 on BBC Newcastle.

  11. Open day warning to Durham drivers

    Durham University has warned drivers roads to and into the city are likely to be busier than usual tomorrow, as the university hosts an open day.

    It said: "We expect over 9,000 visitors who have booked to attend ... and this may impact on anyone travelling to Durham on these days via car."

    Durham University
  12. Preview: Aston Villa v Newcastle

    Matthew Raisbeck

    BBC Newcastle Sport

    Looking ahead to Newcastle's Championship clash with fellow relegated side Aston Villa now...

    DeAndre Yedlin could remain at right-back for Rafael Benitez's third-placed Newcastle United as Vurnon Anita sits out the second of three-game ban.

    Both sides are seeking an immediate return to the Premier League having been relegated last season, but Newcastle have made the better start, currently standing seven points ahead of 18th-placed Villa.

    There'll be full match commentary on BBC Newcastle, with build-up from 14:00.

  13. Your pictures: 18 months in the North East.

    BBC Tees reporter Andy Bell has put together this great selection of shots taken around the North East over the last 18 months.

    View more on twitter

    If you'd like to send us your photos, you can tweet us @BBCNewsNEemail us, or contact us through our Facebook page.

  14. School children warned to be vigilant

    Newcastle police are warning school children to be vigilant after a man tried to entice two girls into his house with the promise of sweets.

    He approached the first girl near South Gosforth metro station and asked her if she was alone.

    He carried on talking to her after she was joined by a friend but both girls refused to go with him.

    The man is described as being in his mid 40s, with messy brown hair, poor teeth, muddy trainers and muddy, torn, brown jogging bottoms.

  15. Football: 'The beast has had to change his game'

    BBC Tees

    BBC Tees Sport

    Aitor Karanka says Alvaro Negredo has had to change his game since joining Middlesbrough.

    The 31-year-old, who is on loan from Valencia until the end of the season, has scored once so far this season.

    Boro's head coach says there's plenty more to come from the man nicknamed "The Beast".

    Boro play Tottenham at The Riverside tomorrow - there'll be full match commentary on BBC Tees from 14:00.

    Alvaro Negredo
  16. Durham streets named after fallen officers

    Officers from Durham Police who lost their lives in the line of duty are to have their memories live on in bricks and mortar.

    A new housing development on the site of the old police headquarters at Aykley Heads will have streets named after the fallen officers.

    Old Durham Police HQ
  17. Councillors call on health chiefs to keep three Hartlepool GP practices open

    Hartlepool Mail


    Councillors have called on health chiefs to work to keep open all three GP Hartlepool medical centres that are under review.

    Fens Medical Centre