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  1. Updates on Thursday 27 October 2016

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Ana Guerra-Moore

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More than 100 weapons handed in to police

Machetes, hunting knives and meat cleavers were amongst 106 knives and sharp objects handed in to Cleveland Police.

Amongst the 106 items that were handed in to police stations across Cleveland's force area were swords, machetes, flick knives, lock knives, hunting knives, meat cleavers, butterfly knives, scissors, kitchen knives and even a BB gun.

Cleveland Police

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, added: “I am happy that members of the public have participated in this campaign by handing in their knives and sharp objects.

"Keeping our communities safe is at the heart of what we do and we are a step closer to achieving this when we have the support of people during campaigns like this one.”

Weather: Cloudy and chilly

BBC Weather

Cloudy and breezy this evening with a little rain moving across the region, heaviest in the west.

It should clear southwards during the early hours, with winds easing and a few clear spells following.

Mild initially but chilly by dawn.  

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UK says Nissan was not offered compensation to build new models after Brexit

Britain did not offer Nissan compensation in return for any Brexit-induced costs to persuade the Japanese car-maker to build new models in Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman claims.

"There is no compensation package," the spokesman said.

"What we have made clear to Nissan and to others in the industry is that what we want is a competitive environment for the whole of the industry."

Nissan said earlier it will build its new Qashqai and X-Trail models in Britain despite the vote to quit the EU, giving May her most important corporate endorsement since the Brexit referendum in June. 

David Moyes

Sunderland manager David Moyes is charged with misconduct after being sent off at Southampton on Wednesday.

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Watch: Nissan announcement 'fantastic news'

Car giant Nissan's announcement that it will build its new Qashqai and X-Trail SUV at its Sunderland plant has been hailed as a vote of confidence in the UK economy. 

There had been fears over the Japanese firm's commitment to the factory following the EU referendum in June. 

Carlos Ghosn, Nissan's chief executive, recently met Prime Minister Theresa May at Downing Street to discuss the matter. 

He has now said he welcomes her "commitment to the automotive industry in Britain". The plant employs about 7,000 people.

Nissan decision on new models 'fantastic economic news'

Teesside man sets murder scene ahead of Halloween


BBC Tees

Halloween is just a couple of days away, so how have you been preparing?

Well, one man on Teesside has been putting together a gruesome scene right on his front door...

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Hartlepool medical centre to be closed, affecting thousands of patients

One of Hartlepool's GP surgeries is to close following two years of public consultations, bosses have said.

The Fens medical centre is to be shut down after the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) considered its future, and that of two other surgeries, as their contracts were due to come to an end next year.

The CCG said that it "couldn't find anyone" to take them over, however the Hartfields and Wynyard Road practices are to remain open.

Today's decision to close the medical centre will see almost 3,000 patients having to find an alternative practice.

Travel: Accident in Rushyford causing delays

BBC Travel

There has been an accident on the A689 in Rushyford, near the A167 junction - It's  also affecting the A167 at A689.  

Expect delays.

More travel updates here.

Gateshead developers could be charged to upkeep roads

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

Developers wanting to build homes and businesses in parts of Gateshead could be charged for the upkeep of roads as part of a plan being considered by the council.

Gateshead Council is looking to introduce a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) for parts of the borough.

In a report to the council’s planning committee, Paul Dowling, strategic director for communities and environment, said funds raised by the CIL would have to be spent on infrastructure, which includes things like roads.

Developers already pay towards improving infrastructure and other local services through Section 106 agreements which they sign when getting planning permission.

Mr Dowling said the new CIL method is “faster, more certain and transparent”.

Locals react to Nissan's Sunderland decision

We've been out on the streets of Sunderland getting people's reactions to the news that Nissan will build both the new Qashqai and the X-Trail SUV at the city's plant.

A few of the locals we spoke to thought that the project would ultimately take place outside of the UK, following the vote to leave the EU.

One man said that the decision to stay in Sunderland is "excellent" but "will do very little for the economy". 

We also broke the news to a man who works for Nissan, and he was relieved, as he said this gives him a sense of "security".

Man on street

Tragic Hartlepool teenager who died in his sleep ‘lived life to the full’

Hartlepool Mail


A heartbroken Hartlepool family has spoken about a teenager who brought joy wherever he went.

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Hartlepool Mail

Man dies after being run-over in Bishop Auckland

A man has died after being struck by a car on Newton Cap Viaduct, Bishop Auckland, this morning.

Police believe he was hit by a car as he walked along the carriageway.

The 51-year-old local man was taken by ambulance to Darlington Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

The driver of the car was uninjured and the viaduct was closed for several hours.

Forget Halloween, you need to be posting Christmas cards

Francesca Williams

BBC News

Don't say we never help you with those essential bits of household admin. 

You have no idea how close you came to missing the Christmas post deadline for all those friends you have working in the Antarctic. (What do you mean you don't have any?)

Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images

Mail for the 150 British Antarctic Survey researchers and staff goes by plane to the Falkland Islands - which is still 8,000 miles away - and then has to travel the rest of the way on a survey ship or a friendly Royal Navy ice patrol vessel.

And that takes time. So you have to post all those parcels and cards by tomorrow. Off you pop, chop, chop.

Reading centre's rogue apostrophe corrected

South Tyneside Council moved quickly to correct a punctuation error in a sign at its new National Centre for the Written Word. 

The Shields Gazette was sent a picture by a sharp-eyed reader, who spotted an incorrectly-placed apostrophe in the so-called "Kid's Activity Area".

Given that it was aimed at attracting more than one child at a time, the council has now corrected it.

Activity area

Your photos: Amazing sunrise this morning

Labour leader calls for 'market access' after Nissan's Sunderland committment

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says he's "pleased" at Nissan's continuing investment in Sunderland but warns we need "market access in Europe" to keep British engineering going:

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May - Nissan decision 'fantastic' for UK

Theresa May

Nissan's decision to build two new models at its Sunderland plant, securing 7,000 jobs is "fantastic news for the British economy", Theresa May says. 

The Prime Minister said the move was an "important commitment" to investment in the UK which "shows the strength of our economy". 

"We’ve been showing Nissan and others that we are committed to getting the best possible deal from the future relationship that we will be negotiating with the EU and we wish to ensure and assure the competitiveness of the British economy," she said. 

Asked if Nissan was offered any deal or compensation to persuade them to stay, Mrs May said: “We’ve been talking with Nissan about how we will ensure we get the best possible deal for trading with the European Union once we’ve come out.

"But also maintaining the competitiveness of the British economy in to the future.”

Clark guarded on Nissan "assurances"

Business Secretary Greg Clark would not be drawn on the detail of the "support and assurances" Nissan says it had from government before announcing its commitment to Sunderland. 

He had provided "assurances that the Government's industrial strategy is determined to make sure Britain remains the competitive and attractive place for investment and innovation that we have been for the 30 years that Nissan has been in this country". 

But he would not say if there would be compensation to the car-maker if EU tariffs were imposed on UK exports. 

And asked if taxpayers money was going to Nissan, he said: "If they expand their production facilities, often the local enterprise partnership  would make improvements to road junctions up in Sunderland. 

"I've led quite an investment programme in the area around Nissan to make it suitable for the supply chain. That is in the normal course of business and it extends to all of the different industries."

He said the government was determined "to make sure Britain not only stays competitive but is even more attractive for investment". 

"They were persuaded of the confidence that we have in our future. They have a long, successful association with this country and their decision means it not only continues in the future but has been upgraded."

Listen: Nissan executive says there is no 'special deal'

The World at One

BBC Radio 4

Nissan has received no "special deal" from the UK government to build two new models at its Sunderland plant, one of its senior bosses has insisted. 

Colin Lawther, Nissan's senior vice president for manufacturing in Europe, told presenter Martha Kearney he would expect nothing for his company which was not available for the rest of the automotive industry.  

Elderly woman tied up and robbed in Acklam

A 70-year old woman has been left badly shaken after being tied up and robbed in her Middlesbrough home.

The robbery happened yesterday afternoon at about 13:30, when two men entered the house at The Oval in Acklam, tied up the victim and searched her house.

They stole some money and valuables.

The Oval

Analysis: What did the government promise to Nissan?

Russell Hotten

BBC Business Reporter

We don't know the details of the "support and assurance" that Nissan extracted from the UK government. But it was clearly enough to secure a commitment from Nissan to build not one, but two new cars at the Sunderland plant.

The promise to shield Nissan from the impact of Brexit will not be lost on rival manufacturers, both those already in the UK as well as those that might be tempted to come.

Will other carmakers will big investment decisions to make now favour Britain? It's possible - but not before they have secured a few government guarantees.

The UK car industry has been vocal in warning about the impact of an exit from the single market.

Although the cheaper pound makes their exports more attractive (just see today's GDP figures), a hard Brexit and the prospect of trade tariffs will add to their costs.

It seems likely that the government has now promised some sort of financial support against such an impact. That will be controversial, of course. But once outside the EU, it won't necessarily be illegal either.

Labour: What are the Nissan assurances?

BBC News Channel

Jonathan Reynolds MP

Labour has called on the government to explain what "support and assurances" it gave Nissan to help persuade the carmaker to build two new models at its Sunderland plant.

Jonathan Reynolds, the shadow economic secretary, said: "What is that support? What are those assurances?"

The Labour MP questioned whether "every carmaker is going to get those", after Toyota called on the government to treat all companies fairly in the Brexit negotiations.

The government "can't do Brexit negotiations company by company, factory by factory", Mr Reynolds said to the BBC.

He added that Nissan's decision was a reflection of the hard work of the staff at the Sunderland plant and not the Conservative government.

No detail on Nissan 'assurances'

Downing Street says Nissan's decision to build the new Qashqai and Xtrail in Sunderland is a “ringing endorsement of Britain as an outward-looking, world-leading nation to do business”.

It said the move showed “global Britain” was “a place to invest and do business”.

But the No 10 spokesman was unable to give any details of the “support and assurances” given to Nissan, cited by the company as a reason for its decision.

Watch: McDonnell asked if Nissan and GDP rebuff 'chaotic Brexit' claim

Shadow chancellor asked question by the BBC's Glenn Campbell

Government 'must protect businesses in the Nissan supply chain'

Houghton and Sunderland South Labour MP Bridget Phillipson has also welcomed the Nissan news, but says the government must offer "protection to the small and medium sized businesses in the supply chain".

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'Nissan secures extra support'

BBC Business Live

Reuters is reporting that the UK will give Nissan extra support if Britain's exit from the European Union harms the Sunderland plant's performance.

North East MPs react to Nissan news

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

The Labour MP for Washington and Sunderland West, Sharon Hodgson, has shared her enthusiasm on Twitter following the news that new Nissan models will be built in Sunderland:

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Meanwhile, Newcastle Central Labour MP Chi Onwurah is also happy with the news, but believes more information regarding the deal needs to be announced:

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Nissan Sunderland plant in numbers

The Nissan factory in Sunderland is the UK's biggest car plant to date. 

Here are some key stats: 

  • Nine million cars produced since it opened in 1986
  • Exports to more than 130 countries
  • Has 7,000 employees
  • A further 28,000British supply chain jobs supported
  • Two million Qashqai's built in last 10 years

Source: Nissan  

Nissan chairman welcomes decision to build models in Sunderland

Nissan chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn has hailed the news that the company's new models will be built in Sunderland.

Mr Ghosn praised Sunderland workers, saying they "continue to make the plant a globally-competitive powerhouse".

He added:

The support and assurances of the UK government enabled us to decide that the next-generation Qashqai and X-Trail will be produced at Sunderland.

I welcome British Prime Minister Theresa May’s commitment to the automotive industry in Britain and to the development of an overall industrial strategy.”

New Nissan models to be built in Sunderland

Here are some pictures of the new Nissan models that will be built in Sunderland: the Qashqai and the X-Trail.

Nissan Qashqai
Nissan X-Trail

BreakingNew Nissan models to be built in Sunderland

Nissan have announced that their Qashqai and X-Trail models will be built in Sunderland, securing 7,000 jobs.

The news comes after the firm recently suggested investment in the factory could cease if its economic competitiveness is affected by Brexit.  

Possible new jobs are to come after "support and assurances from UK government".

The X-Trail is an unexpected addition to the Sunderland line up. 

Nissan plant
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Weather: Breezy and dry

BBC Weather

Breezy and gusty, mainly dry and rather cloudy.

Brighter spells are likely at times, especially in the east.

Some light drizzle at times over the hills in the west. Fairly mild.  

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Check the weather where you are.

County Durham company find way to grow produce in war zones

A County Durham company has found a way to grow produce in war zones or droughts

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England to host 2021 Rugby League World Cup - with North East fixtures

BBC Sport

England will host the 2021 Rugby League World Cup after being selected ahead of a rival bid from the United States and Canada.

It will be the biggest edition since 2000, with 16 teams and 31 matches.

England last hosted the competition in 2013, when Australia beat New Zealand 34-2 in the final at Old Trafford.

The Rugby Football League has proposed "showpiece fixtures" in London, the Midlands and the North East.

They also recently confirmed that the Super League's Magic Weekend will return to Newcastle United's St James' Park ground this year.

Match report: Southampton 1-0 Sunderland

BBC Sport

Struggling Sunderland manager David Moyes was sent to the stands as his side were knocked out of the EFL Cup in the fourth round by Southampton.

Southampton's record £16m signing Sofiane Boufal scored with a stunning strike into the top corner from the edge of the box to secure a place in the quarter-finals for the hosts.

Southampton v Sunderland
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Moyes was dismissed late on after referee Chris Kavanagh waved away Sunderland's appeals for a foul on Victor Anichebe in the penalty area.

The Scot's two competitive wins in charge of the Premier League's bottom club came in the previous rounds of the EFL Cup.

Should you want to relive it, the goal is here:

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Images released after West Ham v Middlesbrough violence

Images of seven men police want to identify after rival fans clashed outside West Ham's stadium have been released by the Met.

Violence flared following the Hammers' 1-1 Premier League draw against Middlesbrough on 1 October.

Four people have been arrested over the disorder while a fifth man has been charged with ticket touting at the game.

Scotland Yard said it would "do our utmost to identify those responsible".

Supt Jonathan Williams said the violent scenes have "absolutely no place at football matches" and called on witnesses to contact police.

CCTV images

Police appeal over missing Newcastle man

A man has gone missing in Newcastle.

Lee Terence Bell, 46 and from the Lemington area, has not been seen since 9 October.

He is 5ft 7in and of slim build.

Lee Terence Bell

Travel: Bishop Auckland road closed due to accident

BBC Travel

The A689 Addison Road in Bishop Auckland is closed in both directions between The Lodge roundabout and the B6284 High Bondgate junction because of an accident.

Traffic warning severe.

You can find more travel updates here.