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  1. Updates on Monday 31 October 2016

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  1. Gossip: Gibson in line for England call up?

    BBC Sport

    Some snippets from today's Gossip Column:

    Sunderland's on-loan Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj, 21, says the Black Cats gave up too easily in their 4-1 defeat by Arsenal. (Chronicle)

    Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson, 23, is a player who could be in line for an England call-up. (Daily Mail)

  2. Jamaica: Rum, reggae and the Boro

    Adam Clarkson

    BBC Tees

    A North Ormesby couple brought a Middlesbrough FC chant to the beaches of Jamaica.

    Simon Pierre, and his wife Jackie, were enjoying their Caribbean holiday when they came across two buskers on the beach. 

    As it turns out, they were happy to take requests..

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  3. Former archdeacon jailed for historic sex offences

    Adam Clarkson

    BBC Tees

    The former archdeacon of Auckland in County Durham has been jailed for 12 months for historic sex offences.

    Granville Gibson was found guilty of two counts of indecent assault against two men in the 1970s and 1980s.

    The offences took place when Gibson was the vicar at St Claire's Church in Newton Aycliffe.

    Peter Ridley was 18 when he was abused. He waived his right to anonymity to speak to the BBC.

    Quote Message: I lost my mother, she wouldn't talk to me and called me a liar over it. I tried to take my life four times because I couldn't live with it."
  4. The BBC Tees 'cackle off'

    Adam Clarkson

    BBC Tees

    Some of you may find the following a little spooky...

    In the spirit of Halloween, BBC Tees reporter Andy Bell has been out on to the streets of Middlesbrough to hear some of the local cackles.

    Grab a pillow to hide behind - this gets scary

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  5. Hignett criticises 'unbelievable decisions' against Hartlepool

    Hartlepool manager Craig Hignett has spoken out against the way match officials have treated his side throughout the season.

    The team are on a three-match losing streak, and have won two of their last 10 games.

    Hignett spoke to BBC Tees at the weekend to vent his frustration:

    Quote Message: I keep thinking I've seen the worst refereeing performance of my life then the week after I see one that’s worse.
    Quote Message: I'd love to sit there all quiet and shut me mouth but when you see what goes on you can't."
    Craig Hignett

    His side lost 3-2 to Barnet at the weekend. 

    Pools went into the second half a goal ahead, but a penalty and red card saw The Bees make a comeback. 

    He believes Pools have been victim to a string of bad decisions...

    Quote Message: It's frightening. In my time in football I've never known a run like it where decisions go against you and you can be so unlucky. When they cost you games, points and players what are you supposed to do?"
  6. Elderly couple forced to live apart after 70 years

    Adam Clarkson

    BBC Tees

    The daughter of an elderly couple has slammed South Tyneside Social Services for their "disgusting" treatment of her parents.

    Jessie and Ray Lorrison have been together since 1946 but will now have to live separately as Jessie does not meet the criteria to join her husband in Westoe Grange Care Home.

    Daughter Cheryl Bates has started a petition to reunite her parents, who are aged 88 and 95. 

    Cheryl says Ray will be lucky to live another six months, and he is heartbroken to be away from Jessie.

    South Tyneside Council have been contacted for comment.

  7. SNP use act to see Nissan letter

    The SNP is using the Freedom of Information Act to try and see the letter the government apparently gave Nissan setting out "assurances" to the car-maker.

    MSP Richard Lochhead said: "It is simply unacceptable that the UK Government is conducting backroom Brexit deals with multinational companies at the same time as they are keeping the public and devolved governments in the dark. 

     "People will naturally be relieved if jobs are being secured but other industries will now expect similar guarantees." 

    He added: "Sunderland voted overwhelmingly to leave Europe while Scotland voted decisively to remain - so if the Tories are only prepared to be flexible for places like Sunderland while ignoring Scotland's democratic voice, it would be an outrage."

  8. Two day strike for teaching assistants announced

    Teaching assistants in County Durham will strike for two days next week in an ongoing dispute over pay.

    Industrial action will be taken by Unison members on November 8 and 9

  9. Children warned of the dangers of throwing stones at cars

    Children are being warned that throwing stones at traffic could see them arrested and cause crashes.

    Police in Winlaton in Gateshead are issuing the warnings after a group of youths threw stones at two cars from Shibdon Bank on Thursday.

    Damage was caused to the cars' windscreens and bodywork, but neither of the drivers were injured. 

    Insp Cheryl Warcup said the "extremely mindless and dangerous" behaviour could have potentially caused a collision.

  10. Magpies beat Preston twice in one week

    Top of the table Newcastle extended their lead by beating Preston North End 2-1 at the weekend.

    This is their second victory over Simon Grayson's side in four days after a stunning 6-0 win in the EFL Cup quarter-finals. 

    Aleksandar Mitrovic put two away, making it eight goals in two games for the Magpies.

    Aleksandar Mitrovic
  11. More than 200 reports of 'mischief' to police last night

    Adam Clarkson

    BBC Tees

    So called "Mischief Night" saw anti-social behaviour reported to Cleveland Police more than 200 times.

    Locally the night before Halloween has become a problem for police in recent years with increasing reports of damage, intimidation and anti social behaviour.

    Despite being a significant increase of calls compared to a normal night - the force say this year saw a decrease compared to last year.

    Quote Message: Fortunately it did appear that it wasn't quite as busy or quite as hectic as it was the last couple of years." from Chris Barker Acting Detective Chief Inspector
    Chris BarkerActing Detective Chief Inspector
  12. SNP in new bid to release Nissan letter

    Jonathan Savage

    BBC Politics

    The SNP say they've submitted a Freedom of Information request for the government to release its letter to Nissan.  

    It wouldn't shock me if the government said 'no'.

    They may try to use exceptions to FoI for policy-making or commercial sensitivity.  

  13. Business Secretary to make Nissan statement

    Richard Moss

    Political Editor, BBC Look North

    Last week Nissan confirmed it will build both the new Qashqai and the X-Trail SUV at its Sunderland plant following government "support and assurances".

    Since then ministers have been under pressure to clarify what those were.

    Business Secretary Greg Clark told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show yesterday Nissan had been told the UK would seek tariff-free access to EU markets for the motor industry as part of Brexit talks.

    Mr Clark will also make a statement to the House of Commons at 17:00 this afternoon.

  14. Ambulances spend 3,000 hours waiting to book in hospital patients

    Ambulance crews spent almost 3,000 hours queuing to book in patients at the region's newest hospital over a nine-month period, the BBC has learned. 

    Delays in the handover at the Northumbria Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington are having a knock-on effect on emergency response times according to paramedics, according to the North East Ambulance Service.

    Northumberland Emergency Care Hospital

    The chief executive of the trust which runs the hospital, which opened in June last year, has apologised to patients and says it's working to fix the problem. 

    There'll be more on Inside Out tonight at 19:30 on BBC 1.

  15. Nissan 'given assurances' over EU tarrifs

    In case you missed it yesterday - The UK told Nissan it would seek tariff-free access to EU markets for the motor industry as part of Brexit talks, the business secretary has said.

    Greg Clark said this statement of the government's objectives had helped persuade Nissan to boost its investment in the UK, securing thousands of jobs.

    Greg Clark

    Ministers have been under pressure to clarify the "support and assurances" Nissan said it received.

    Labour said Nissan had been told more about the Brexit strategy than MPs had.

  16. Pilot's act of heroism to be revealed after 100 years

    Adam Clarkson

    BBC Tees

    The story of a German Zeppelin shot down over Hartlepool is being told today in full for the first time. 

    Ian Pyott was a pilot based at Seaton Carew during World War One. 

    On 27 November 1916 he shot down the enemy aircraft, killing all 20 German crew members and potentially saving hundreds of lives.

    Pyott was only 20 years old at the time, and it has now been revealed that he only graduated as a pilot three months earlier.

    The full story will be shown on Inside Out tonight at 19:30 on BBC One.

    You can also catch up on the iPlayer after broadcast.

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    Video caption: The moment a German Zeppelin was shot down over Hartlepool
  17. More than 70% of Northumbria Police officers would not recommend joining

    More than 70% of Northumbria Police officers would not recommend joining the force, the Police Federation Pay and Morale Survey for October has found.

    The survey received 1,221 responses and 78.8% were constables, 16.1% were sergeants and 5.1% were inspectors or chief inspectors.

    Compared with the figures from 2015, the force has improved with fewer people saying they would not recommend joining.

    Figures from the survey