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  1. Updates on Friday 14 October 2016

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By Ana Guerra-Moore

All times stated are UK

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Tom Rostance

BBC Sport

Jose Holebas' fine strike settles a poor game as Watford's win leaves Middlesbrough still looking for a first home win of the season.

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Joe Allen (left) and Ryan Shawcross

Saj Chowdhury

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Joe Allen scores twice as Stoke record their first league win of the season with a comfortable victory over bottom side Sunderland.

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Two goals from Dwight Gayle help Newcastle win their third straight game as they beat Brentford at St James' Park.

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Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

That's us all done for another week - thank you for joining us.

There will be more updates overnight and over the weekend online, on BBC Tees and BBC Newcastle and on Look North.

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

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Weather: A dry but breezy evening

BBC Weather

A mostly dry evening, with just the odd shower around.

However further showers will develop through the overnight period, merging into longer spells of rain by Saturday morning.

Staying rather breezy, especially along the coast.  

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Video: 30 years of the Metro Centre

The Metro Centre was officially opened 30 years ago

International arts festival planned for Tyneside

Ian Youngs

Entertainment and Arts Reporter, BBC News

A new international art festival is being planned for Newcastle and Gateshead as part of a scheme to boost the arts in the north-east of England.

More than 60 organisations and people involved in art in the region have published a 10-year strategy to enhance the area's reputation in the art world.

The new festival will combine work by local and international artists and is expected to get off the ground in 2019.

Northumberland woman's £180,000 bet on Clinton becoming US President

A Northumberland woman has bet a total of £183,200 on Hillary Clinton beating Donald Trump to become the next President of the United States.

The 44 year old, who has not been identified, made two bets of £170,000 and £13,200 at a branch of William Hill over the space of a few days.

Hillary Clinton

She stands to collect £205,916 if the Democratic candidate and wife of former president Bill Clinton, beats Republican Donald Trump.

A spokesman for William Hill said it was the largest bet ever placed in the county on any event.

He said the woman had described the bet as "an investment".

Currently Hillary Clinton is the 1/9 favourite to win next month's presidential election race.

Public 'deserve to know more' about Brexit effect on Nissan - MP

Labour MP Sharon Hodgson, whose Washington and Sunderland West consituency includes the Nissan car plant, has called for more clarity on how the UK's decision to leave the EU will affect the factory.

Her comments followed a meeting between Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn and prime minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street earlier.

Carlos Ghosn

Mr Ghosn has hinted the company could cease future investment at Sunderland if it is not compensated should it by hit by tarrifs after Brexit. 

Both parties said the meeting had been "productive" but no details on any deal were confirmed.

Ms Hodgson said: "I was very pleased to hear news that the prime minister has finally met with Nissan, especially after the comments from Mr Ghosn in August with regard to the need for some kind of compensation in order for the plant to remain competitive globally.

"Whilst the meeting has been described as productive, I would be interested to know more about what the prime minister has actually said. 

Sharon Hodgson

"There are a total of 48,000 jobs at the plant and in the supply chain, who depend upon the continued success of Nissan. 

"The public and Parliament deserve to know more, instead of being left in the dark as the prime minister continues down the road to Brexit. 

"It is important for the livelihoods and jobs of people not just in my constituency, but across the country, to have a strong and prosperous automotive car industry that is not negatively impacted by us leaving the EU."

Man attacked by gang of six

A 19-year-old man was robbed and attacked by a gang of six in Washington.

Six males pulled the victim to the ground and kicked him before taking his wallet and running off on Wednesday at 23:15, on a footpath leading from Washington to Barmston.

The 19-year-old suffered minor injuries, but did not require medical treatment.

Woman and child hit by car in Blyth

A woman and her seven-month-old baby were taken to hospital after they were hit by a car in Northumberland.

At about 20:00 on 6 October, a 32-year-old woman was walking her daughter and as they crossed the junction of Southend Avenue and Wordsworth Avenue in Blyth they were hit by a red car. Neither was seiously hurt.

Junction of Southend Avenue and Wordsworth Avenue

The driver left the scene and police later found the vehicle abandoned a short distance away on Keats Avenue.

Two men, aged 18 and 19, were arrested in connection with the incident and later released on bail.

Road closure in Berwick next week

A road will be closed in Berwick next week, following an accident near Scremerston.

Police received a report of a collision involving an Audi car and a combine harvester on the A1167 old A1 Road on 23 September.

The driver of the Audi was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Wednesday, police investigating the collision will go back to the scene along with the Collision Investigation Unit to carry out further enquiries.

The road will therefore be closed from the Go Outdoors store, to the junction with Springhill from 17:30.

A diversion will be in place from the A1 onto Springhill and back onto the A1167.

Soldier charged with woman's murder in Gateshead

A solidier has been charged with the murder of a woman whose body was found in Gateshead.

Trimaan Dhillon, also known as Harry Dhillon, of Glencorse Barracks in Midlothian, Scotland, has been charged with the murder of 24-year-old Alice Ruggles. He is a L/Cpl with the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Ms Ruggles was found with serious injuries in Rawling Road at about 18:30 on Wednesday. The 24 year old, originally from Leicestershire, was pronounced dead at the scene.  

He has been remanded in custody to appear before Newcastle Crown Court tomorrow morning.

Alice Ruggles
Northumbria Police

Postcode victory puts Horden on the map

Sunderland Echo


Horden residents have given the stamp of approval to news the village is back on the map.

Residents in Horden
Sunderland Echo

Fight breaks out after verbal altercation in Northumberland

An altercation took place in Northumberland last week, and police are now appealing for witnesses.

The verbal altercation happened on Friday, 7 October, between 16:30 and 17:30, between two men in Queen Street, Amble.

They were joined by other people on Charles Road, near the Ratcliffe Club, and this led to a fight.

Officers were called and a 43-year-old man was checked over by paramedics - he did not require any further medical treatment and no one else was injured.

Queen Street

Refurbishment work on Cleveland bridge completed ahead of schedule

The refurbishment of Leven Valley Viaduct in Stockton on Tees has been completed two weeks ahead of schedule.

The work, which aimed to replace the bridge joints on both sides of the A19, started on 5 September.

As the project has now been completed, the contraflow which is currently on the southbound carriageway will be removed this weekend.

In order to do this the A19 southbound carriageway will be closed between the A67 at Crathorne and the A174 Parkway junction overnight on Sunday, between 20:00 and 06:00.

Newcastle drivers refunded after controversial bus lane fines

Thousands of drivers fined for travelling down a controversial bus lane in Newcastle are to be refunded by the city council.

About 5,100 drivers caught during the hours of darkness in a two-month window will have their fines returned.

Newcastle City Council said bus lane warning signs were erected before new regulations - which do not require lighting - came into force.

The move will cost the authority £117,500 in refunds.

John Dobson Street

Nissan boss: 'Confident the UK will remain competitive for business'

Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn said he is confident the UK will remain a "competitive place to do business", following a meeting withTheresa May.

The Prime Minister met Mr Ghosn in Number 10 amid concerns about the future of the car giant's plant in Sunderland after the UK leaves the European Union. 

He said: "We want to ensure that this high-performing, high-employment factory remains competitive globally and continues to deliver for our business and for Britain. 

"Following our productive meeting, I am confident the Government will continue to ensure the UK remains a competitive place to do business. I look forward to continued positive collaboration between Nissan and the UK Government." 

Mrs May said: "This Government is committed to creating and supporting the right conditions for the automotive industry to go from strength to strength in the UK, now and into the future." mfl

Carlos Ghosn

Weather: Showers to ease this afternoon

This morning's showers will tend to ease this afternoon, with a good deal of dry weather, though remaining fairly cloudy, and the brisk easterly wind will make it feel chilly, especially in exposed parts.

weather graphic

Maximum Temperature: 12C (54F).

Nissan chief executive arrived at Downing Street in Qashqai

Prime Minister Theresa May has met the boss of Japanese car giant Nissan amid fears over the future of its production plant in Sunderland.

Chief executive Carlos Ghosn arrived at Downing Street in a black Qashqai, a model made in Sunderland.

He did not answer questions as he left the meeting.

Carlos Ghosn

Middlesbrough blogger explains sensory condition

BBC Tees

A Middlesbrough blogger has been busy making videos about Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR).

The ASMR Angel has had over 100,000 views on her Youtube videos - But what exactly is ASMR?  

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Nissan boss meeting with Prime Minister

Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn is meeting the Prime Minister to discuss the current situation following the Brexit vote.

Last month he warned that Brexit uncertainty and possible tariffs could damage investment in the UK's biggest car factory.  

In a statement Nissan said: "The purpose of this meeting between Mr Ghosn and Mrs May is to ensure both Nissan and the UK Government have an aligned way forward that meets the needs of both the company and the country. 

"We do not expect any specific agreement to be communicated following this initial introductory meeting of the CEO and the Prime Minister."

Carlos Ghosn

Travel: A1 closed due to accident

BBC Travel

The A1 is closed and there's queuing traffic northbound at Scotch Corner, because of an accident involving a lorry.

Diversions are in place - via the exit and entry slip roads.

Congestion to Hackforth Turn Off.  

Watch: Waterfall art projected on to barns

Artist Steve Messam filmed waterfalls on the River Tees and has created an installation projecting the images on to whitwashed barns in County Durham.

It will be shown on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and again next weekend.

Here's a preview:

Theresa May meeting Nissan boss

Prime Minister Theresa May is meeting the boss of car giant Nissan amid fears over the Japanese company's future in Britain following the Brexit vote.

Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn has suggested the company will halt new investment in its Sunderland plant, unless it can agree a compensation deal with the Government for any adverse financial impact from the UK's decision to withdraw from the EU.

Keeping Nissan in the UK is regarded as vital to Mrs May's hopes for a successful Brexit, and it is thought that she will use Friday's Downing Street meeting to explore what assurances the company is seeking.

The Sunderland plant, which has been active since 1986, employs almost 7,000 people producing about 500,000 Juke, Qashqai and Leaf motors a year - about a third of the UK's total car manufacturing.

Nissan manufacturers

Discover Middlesbrough after dark

A new event to celebrate Middlesbrough and it's ladndmarks is taking over the town tonight.

Nightfall is a one-night event in the town's Centre Square, which will play host to installations and performances with a celestial theme.

The occasion will begin once the sun goes down, and it will mark the beginning of the annual Discover Middlesbrough programme.

Visitors can listen to the stories of the constellations, experience art in the stargazing tents and go on a night-time tour of some of Middlesbrough's landmark buildings.

Preparations in Centre Square

Your photos: Sun streams through clouds at Whitley Bay

Two boats are silhouetted against rays of sun streaming through clouds off Whitley Bay in this stunning image taking by Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys.

Sun rays of Whiltley Bay

Creepy clowns prompt calls to Childline

Childline says it has received 120 calls in the past week from children frightened by people dressing up as "creepy clowns".

The callers came from all across England, and a quarter were under 11.

There have been a series of incidents in the North East over the last week including four children being followed to school by a man in a clown outfit in Chester-le-Street and a teenager given a warning for trying to scare people in Newcastle.

Read the full story here.

Clown masks
Getty Images

Severe accident: A1 North Yorkshire northbound

BBC Travel

A1 North Yorkshire northbound severe accident, at A66 affecting A1.

A1 North Yorkshire - A1 closed and queuing traffic northbound at Scotch Corner, because of an accident involving a lorry. Diversion in operation - via the exit and entry slip roads. Congestion to the A1(M) J51 junction.

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Paper bridge artist unveils new work

An artist famous for making a paper bridge strong enough to hold a car has unveiled his new installation inspired by the waterfalls of the River Tees.

Steve Messam filmed Cauldron Snout, High Force and Low Force to project the footage in slow motion on to three whitewashed barns.  

Durham County Council

Paper bridge artist unveils new work

An artist famous for making a paper bridge strong enough to hold a car unveils his new installation inspired by the waterfalls of the River Tees.

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Watch: Newsnight followed family of cleared Syrian man for 11 months

BBC Newsnight

Yesterday, three Syrian men were found not guilty of sexually assaulting two schoolgirls in Newcastle's Leazes Park.

Newsnight has been following the family of one of the men - Omar Badreddin - for 11 months from their lives in Syria to Tyneside.

They were with the family yesterday as the 18 year old was cleared along with two other men at Newcastle Crown Court.

You can watch the film here:

Weather: Cloudy with scattered showers

BBC Weather

A cloudy start with scattered showers and a brisk easterly wind. 

Turning drier from the south through the afternoon, with showers becoming isolated and confined mainly to the north by the evening.  

Weather graph

Thosands of cigarettes seized in Darlington

BBC Tees

Thousands of tobacco products have been seized and destroyed in Darlington.

Nearly 70,000 cigarettes and 100 kilos of tobacco have been seized by police and trading standards over the last two years.

It's all in a bid to crack down on the illegal distribution of cigarettes in the region.  

Getty Images

Travel: Building fire closes road in County Durham

BBC Travel

Albert Street in Shildon, County Durham, is closed in both directions between the Church Street junction and the Middridge Lane junction, because of a building on fire. 

More travel updates here.

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Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

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