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  1. Girl questioned over Albert Park attack
  2. Banned driver jailed over fatal crash
  3. Teesside not part of Tour de Yorkshire 2017
  4. Updates on Tuesday 25 October 2016

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Struggling Guiseley are denied a crucial victory by a late goal from Gateshead's Danny Johnson.

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Ana Guerra-Moore

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Weather: Clouds and rain

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Some clear spells this evening, allowing some fog patches to form.

Cloud will tend to thicken overnight, with some patchy rain possible across western hills by the morning.  

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Gateshead swimming pools closed over sickness and diarrhoea cases

The swimming pools at Blaydon and Dunston Leisure Centres in Gateshead have been temporarily closed, the council has announced.

Health experts from Public Health England (PHE) are investigating a number of sickness and diarrhoea cases, which could be associated with the pools.

The facilities need a "deep clean of the water filtration system" and will remain shut for several days.

Northumbria Police introduces new team members

Northumbria Police has introduced its new recruits to its Twitter followers today: Pablo and Patronus the horses.

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Travel: Road in Seamer closed in both directions

BBC Travel

Seamer Road in Seamer, near Stockton, is closed in both directions between the Hilton Road junction and the Yarm Road junction because of an overturned cement mixer.

More travel updates here.

Gateshead woman goes missing

A woman has been gone missing from Gateshead.

Leanne Curry, 34, from Rectory Place, was last seen at 21:00 yesterday.

She is about 5ft 6in and of medium build.

Leanne Curry

James Arthur's Live Lounge set

BBC Radio 1

James Arthur has been in the Live Lounge today.

The Saltburn artist performed a number of songs, including his number one hit Say You Won't Let Go:

More than 200 new affordable homes needed every year, survey finds

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

More than 200 new affordable homes are needed every year in South Tyneside, a survey has found.

There is also a “significant need” for one, two-bedroom and four bedroom homes but an over-supply of three-bedroom houses according to the Strategic Housing Market Assessment carried out by South Tyneside Council.

Presenting the findings to the council’s place select committee, Peter Mennell, housing and planning growth manager, said 4,000 residents responded to the survey about their needs.

He said families and couples where both partners are working should be able to afford a home in South Tyneside with the average house costing £140,000.

But single people or people with low incomes would struggle to get on the housing ladder, the lowest rung of which costs an average £85,000, Mr Mennell added.

Harris Hawk stolen in Birtley

A Harris Hawk was stolen in Birtley last week, police have confirmed.

Thieves broke into an aviary at an address in Laxford and took the two-year-old bird, named Wonky.

Wonky is brown and wears cream leather anklets with its name stamped on them.

Hartlepool UKIP councillors back Paul Nuttall as next leader

Hartlepool’s UKIP councillors have today announced that they are backing MEP Paul Nuttall’s bid for the party leadership.

Mr Nuttall, North West MEP and former UKIP deputy leader, has confirmed his decision to contest the role following the resignation of Diane James.

The party has six councillors in Hartlepool, and the council's group leader, John Tennant, said that the decision to support Mr Nuttall was because “he is the unity and grass roots candidate".

Mr Tennant added that the party needs "a northern leader" and also "make sure that the past is in the past".

Paul Nuttall

Man threatened with knife in Stockton

A 31-year-old man was victim to an attempted armed robbery in Stockton.

The man was walking along Durham Road on Sunday when he was approached by a man with a knife who demanded his phone.

The victim managed to fend off the suspect and he then fled in an unknown direction.

The suspect is described as white, in his early 20s, about 6ft, of very slim build and with scratches on his face. 

Durham Road

Elderly resident robbed by man wearing clown mask

A man wearing a clown mask punched and robbed a 69-year-old at his home in Guisborough.

The victim answered the door to his house in Howlbeck Road, when a man wearing a black hood, gloves and a clown mask punched him in the face.

His wallet, which contained a small amount of cash and bank cards, was stolen.

The elderly man did not need medical treatment.

Key Change: From prison cell to sell-out show

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Changing the world one play at a time.

It's the ambitious aim of a small women's theatre group from Newcastle which works with women on the margins of society.

Its play Key Change was hatched behind prison walls in 2013 and has reached the heights of Broadway. Now it could even influence government policy.

"It was a very small project but it has turned into an epic story," said Catrina McHugh, the co-founder and playwright of Open Clasp.

Originally a small commission from Dilly Arts in 2014 with modest ambitions, the brief was to work with women in Durham's Low Newton Prison, to write and produce a play, perform that play to male prisoners, and do one public show.

But the tiny production soon grew wings, took flight and soared high above the razor wire.

Read the full feature here.

Cheryl Dixon (left) and Jessica Johnson as Lucy and Angie in Key Change
Keith Pattison

Pioneering treatment offers new hope for Sunderland schoolboy Pascal

Sunderland Echo


A pioneering treatment is offering new hope for a Sunderland schoolboy suffering from a life-shortening illness.

Pascal Johnston with brother his Lawrence and mum Linda.
Sunderland Echo

Heathrow expansion 'set to benefit Durham Tees Valley'

The government has today approved a third runway at Heathrow to expand UK airport capacity.

The new runway is said to enhance connections with other UK regions, and Heathrow has proposed six new national destinations, including Durham Tees Valley airport.

Neil Pakey, from the Regional and Business Airports Group, represents airports with fewer than three million passengers each year.

He said the expansion is "great news" for Durham Tees Valley and added that connectivity across the country is essential for any expansion.

Heathrow airport
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Family of Gateshead crash victim release statement following sentencing

The family of a teenager who died after a man crashed in Gateshead have released a statement after the driver was jailed.

James Docherty, 17, was pronounced dead at the scene at the junction of the Redheugh Bridge and Askew Road after Tyrone Quinn crashed.

His mother said: "The whole situation does not yet feel real to me.

"I have mixed emotions of sadness, anger and overall disbelief that James is gone.

"I often see Ian [James' father] getting upset and he regularly asks the same question that only Tyrone Quinn can answer: 'Why would you drive a car when you're under the influence of drink and drugs?'

"I understand Tyrone Quinn has not assisted the police during their investigation. This has added to our family's grief."

James Docherty

Travel: Two lanes closed on A1

BBC Travel

Two lanes are closed on the A1(M) southbound at J64, A195 (Washington), because of emergency repairs.

Traffic warning severe - more updates as we get them.

BreakingMiddlesbrough misses out on Tour de Yorkshire 2017

The six towns which will host start and finish events during the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire cycle race have been named - and Teesside is not included in the list this time.

Racing will begin or end in Bradford, Bridlington, Harrogate, Scarborough, Sheffield and Tadcaster in the three-day event from 28-30 April next year.

This year's Tour de Yorkshire passed through Middlesbrough and attracted about two million spectators in total, organisers say.

Cyclists taking part in the Tour de Yorkshire
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Hartlepool primary fails to make the grade

Hartlepool Mail


A Hartlepool primary school must do better, say Ofsted bosses.

The primary school
Hartlepool Mail

Your pictures: The sun in North Shields

While Teesside has been completely taken over by fog, other areas of the North East have still been greeted by sunshine this morning.

Take North Shields as an example. 

One of our Weather Watchers took this picture of the sunrise:

Sunset in North Shields
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North East MPs write to Attorney General following Ched Evans trial

A number of North East MPs have signed a letter to the Attorney General expressing their concerns after footballer Ched Evans was found not guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman.

In their letter, they refer to last week's trial as a "precedent" and claim it might deter victims of sexual abuse from coming forward.

However, a blogger has since sent the MPs an open letter, in which they point out what they say is mistakes that could make their calls problematic.

In a blog post, someone calling themselves The Secret Barrister says a precedent wasn't in fact set as the trial took place in a Crown Court - which doesn't have the power to make legal precedent.

They also raise a number of other issues with the letter.

Labour MPs from our region that signed the letter include Bishop Auckland's Helen Goodman and Durham's Roberta Blackman-Woods.

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Travel: Train delays between Durham and Darlington

BBC Travel

There are delays on southbound CrossCountry trains between Durham and Darlington due to a problem with equipment between the stations.

More travel updates here.

South Shields couple seriously injured after three-vehicle accident

Two cars and a lorry crashed in Cumbria yesterday, leaving a couple from South Shields with serious injuries.

Jerry Bouma, 44, of no fixed address, has been charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving a motor vehicle when above the alcohol limit.

The accident, which happened on the A66 between Temple Sowerby and Penrith, left queues of up to four hours on both sides of the carriageway.    

Mr Bouma, a Dutch national, will appear before North Cumbria Magistrates' Court today.

Jobless South Tyneside man vows to donate quarter of his wages to charity if he gets a job

The Shields Gazette

An unemployed man has offered to donate a quarter of his wages to charity - if someone will give him a job.

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Shields Gazette

Weather: Dry, sunny, with light winds

BBC Weather

A chilly start with a frost in places.

Any fog patches will gradually lift through the morning with the rest of the day remaining dry, with sunny spells and light winds.

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Calls for CCTV in Albert Park following girl attack

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

I'm at Albert Park in Middlesbrough this morning.

A number of people have called for the introduction of CCTV and park wardens after footage emerged of an assault on a teenage girl at the weekend.

The video has now been removed from social media.

Albert Park

Cleveland Police is currently investigating the assault and have questioned a teenage girl.

An online petition demanding Middlesbrough Council install CCTV and lights in the park gathered thousands of signatures earlier this year.

Both Cleveland Police and Middlesbrough Council were unavailable for comment this morning.

Banned driver Tyrone Quinn jailed over fatal crash

A disqualified driver who fled after his BMW overturned at a roundabout, killing his passenger, has been jailed.

Tyrone Quinn, 20, who had been drinking and was under the influence of drugs, crashed in Gateshead, in the early hours of 24 July.

James Docherty, 17, was pronounced dead at the scene at the junction of the Redheugh Bridge and Askew Road.

At Newcastle Crown Court, Quinn, of Felling, was jailed for six years and nine months.

He was also disqualified from driving for five years once he is released from prison.

Tyrone Quinn

He admitted causing death by dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, being unfit through alcohol and drugs and being above the prescribed drug limit.  

Travel: Transporter Bridge closed due to fog

BBC Travel

The Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough is closed between the Vulcan Street junction and the A1046 Port Clarence Road junction because of fog.

More travel updates here.

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Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

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