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  1. Updates on Thursday 3 November 2016

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Watch: The community football project helping refugees

A community football project is helping refugees and asylum seekers on Teesside:

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Bolton extend Ameobi's loan from NUFC

Witness appeal after pedestrian seriously hurt

A pedestrian was seriously injured when she was struck by a car in Hartlepool.

The 41-year-old suffered a broken leg, pelvis and ribs and head injuries on Marina Way yesterday evening.

Cleveland Police said the incident on the westbound carriageway, close to McDonalds at 18:15 involved a silver Ford B-Max, and has appealed for information.

David Moyes and Sunderland players visit Nissan factory

Well, having made the worst start in Premier League history, David Moyes is hoping for a drastic turnaround in Sunderland's fortunes.

Perhaps hoping to pick up inspiration from an altogether more successful Wearside operation, the Scot has had his squad at the Nissan factory.

Let's see if they really are able to "take it up a gear"...

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Watch: Is this the best bonfire in the North of England?

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This amazing structure has been built in Skinningrove for their annual bonfire event. 

Well done to everyone involved, it's a shame it's going to be burnt down on Saturday...

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Lindisfarne unveil hospital's £1m MRI scanner

A new £1m MRI scanner is being unveiled at Wansbeck General Hospital later.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust says the scanner will offer patients who need planned tests speedier access to the latest diagnostic technology.

Wansbeck General Hospital
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It will also be able to do more complex scans, meaning patients requiring prostate or heart scans, will not have to travel out of the area, a spokesman said.

Members of legendary Tyneside band Lindisfarne will perform the opening ceremony, along with Wansbeck Labour MP Ian Lavery.

Andy Carroll 'probably targeted' says club boss

BBC Sport

Former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll was 'probably targeted' following claims he was chased by armed motorcyclists after training on Wednesday.

Police are investigating the alleged incident which happened to the England and West Ham forward, 27, at about midday yesterday.

Andy Carroll
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"I don't think it was a coincidence and he was chased for a long time," said West Ham boss Slaven Bilic.

"He was very brave and came back to the training ground. He is smiling today and is in a good environment now."

It is understood police were called at 12:45 after Carroll returned to the club's Rush Green training ground.

The former Newcastle and Liverpool forward is recovering from a knee injury, having not played for West Ham in the Premier League since the opening weekend of the season.

Fireworks set off in parked cars

Three cars in Jesmond were seriously damaged after fireworks were set off inside them.

Northumbria Police said it was treating the incidents - which happened overnight on Stratford Grove Terrace, Deuchar Street and Warwick Street - as linked, and warned residents to make sure their cars were locked while parked.

Insp Steve Byrne said: "It is completely reckless and mindless behaviour that has caused thousands of pounds worth of damage and we are treating the incidents very seriously."

Sir Ian Botham 'honoured to be involved' with DCCC

Former England all-rounder Sir Ian Botham is set to become chairman of Durham.

After the meeting he told the BBC: "[It was a] very good, very interesting meeting... we'll get things moving in the new year."

On becoming the chairman, he said: "[It feels] great, I only live down the road so it makes sense.

"The enthusiasm in there is immense and I'm very honoured to be asked to be involved."

Sir Ian Botham
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Cancer woman's vow to raise awareness

The Gazette

Newspaper

When Claire Robson was told she was dying she vowed to try to save the lives of others.

The courageous 29-year-old was determined to make the most of the time she had left - drawing up a bucket-list of things she wanted to do.

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Middlesbrough Gazette

Garage worker attacked by would-be robber

A member of staff at a Gateshead garage was attacked by a would-be robber, police say.

The incident happened at the Jet garage on Dunston Road at about 07:00 this morning, when a man demanded cash.

When the member of staff refused he was punched to the ground. 

The attacker, who fled empty-handed, is described as being about 6ft, of slim build, with a gaunt face.

He was wearing a blue coat with his hood up and made off on a bike. 

Appeal to trace missing Byker man

Police have issued an appeal to trace a Newcastle man who has been missing since Monday.

Leigh Tullen, 34, from Byker, was staying at an address in High Felling when he went missing, Northumbria Police said.

Leigh Tullen
Northumbria Police

A force spokesman said his friends and family are "extremely" concerned after being unable to contact him.

He is 5ft 10ins, of heavy build and has short ginger hair and facial hair. He was last seen wearing a brown T-shirt and blue jeans.

Cancer grandad 'devastated' at arson attack

Hartlepool Mail

Newspaper

A Hartlepool grandad with terminal cancer has been left heartbroken after his beloved allotment was targeted by arsonists.

Leslie Robinson, 57, from Waldon Street, was devastated to find that the allotment he had spent four years looking after had been completely destroyed overnight by arsonists.

Hartlepool Mail front page
Hartlepool mail

Boy's cancer treatment target reached after ex-Boro star's surprise donation

A phone call from former Middlesbrough footballer Colin Cooper has given a five-year-old Teesside boy a chance of potentially life-saving cancer treatment.

Finlay Ingles has a rare brain tumour which needs specialist laser treatment only available in the United States.

Colin Cooper
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His family have been trying to raise the £200,000 needed for the treatment and travel costs.

They were close to the target, when the Boro legend called the family last night and offered to make up the final £36,000 they needed.

Finlay and Kara Ingles
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Finlay's mother Kara said: "It was a lovely, lovely phone call from the Boro legend Colin Cooper who said he had read Finlay's story he would like to top the fund up and essentially let us hit that £200,000 mark.

"We just started jumping up and down and shouting 'we're going to America'.

"All I can say is thank you to every single person who has helped. We are so grateful."

She said the family were hoping to fly Finlay out to America before Christmas.

There'll be more on this story on tonight's Look North.

Action to address leaves on the line

Ian Botham

Former England all-rounder Sir Ian Botham is set to become chairman of Durham.

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Hopes rise for 1,000 offshore wind jobs

The Journal

Newspaper

Despite receiving assurances this week that the government will push for increased UK content in offshore wind contracts, concerns remain over a £50m Tyneside investment which could create 1,000 jobs.

Up to 5,000 turbines - some 10 times the height of the Angel of the North - could be installed in UK coastal waters over the next decade.

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The Journal

Ian Botham to become Durham CC chairman

Sir Ian Botham is to become the new chairman of Durham cricket club, it has been confirmed.

The club said in a statement: "Following a meeting this morning, Durham County Cricket Club is delighted to announce its intention to appoint Sir Ian Botham as the club's new chairman. 

"Sir Ian has also confirmed his intention to take up this position on his return from India."

Sir Ian Botham
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The cricketing legend said: "I am very privileged to be invited to accept the role of chairman at Durham County Cricket Club but it is important that we all recognise the size of the task ahead.

"I was fortunate enough to play for the club during its first professional season and have always taken a keen interest in the club's fortunes and many successes."

Report says NHS structures are 'confused'

BBC News Health

Former Darlington MP Alan Milburn says the way the NHS in England is organised is hindering its ability to meet its challenges.

A review led by Mr Milburn, who is also a former health secretary, claims the current system is "confused and complex".

Alan Milburn
PA

The review, for consultants PwC, called for a gradual evolution of the structures, saying those who worked in the health service supported reform.

But the Department of Health said its plan for the future would be "delivered within the NHS's existing structures".

Metro performance discussed

Council bosses are to discuss problems with punctuality and poor customer service on the Tyne and Wear Metro.

The North East Combined Authority is considering its latest report into the network's performance.

Metro train
Nexus

Over the past year, travellers have voiced concern over delays and a lack of trains.

Metro owner Nexus has said it is working with operator DB Regio to continue to improve reliability, and claims it is getting closer to hitting targets for punctuality.

Earlier this year DB Regio was told its Metro contract would not be renewed after April 2017, with Nexus taking over direct control. 

Severe accident: A69 Northumberland both ways

BBC Travel

A69 Northumberland both ways severe accident, between B6319 and Ridley Hall Road.

A69 Northumberland - A69 in Haydon Bridge partially blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the B6319 junction and the Ridley Hall Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Police directing traffic.

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Councillors consider plans for power plant

Colin Briggs

Look North

Stockton councillors are due to decide later whether to grant permission for an £18m plant to store electricity close to the village of Thorpe Thewles.  

Stratera Energy wants to build the battery storage plant on a site at High Middlefield Farm near Durham Road. 

It would have 33 exhaust stacks and would provide back-up energy to serve up to 50,000 homes. 

Some residents have objected to the planned development, expressing concerns about noise and fumes and the potential impact on wildlife. 

Andy Carroll 'chased by armed motorcyclists'

BBC Sport

Police are investigating claims former Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll was threatened and chased by armed motorcyclists.

The alleged incident happened when the England forward, 27, who now plays for West Ham, was driving home from training at West Ham about midday yesterday.

Andy Carroll
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Carroll, who was born in Gateshead, is believed to have driven away from his pursuers and headed back to the club's Rush Green training ground.

A West Ham spokesperson confirmed that police were handling the incident.

Jail warning over revenge porn

Sunderland Echo

Newspaper

A woman has been granted a restraining order against her boyfriend after he posted intimate pictures of her on Facebook in a so-called “revenge porn” crime

Mark Andrew Ferguson, of Sunderland, had been in a relationship with the woman when he put the pictures of her online on 15 May this year.

Sunderland Echo front page
Sunderland Echo

Cloudy with patchy rain in places

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a chilly start and turning generally cloudy through the morning with spells of rain at times.

It's likely to remaining cloudy during the afternoon with further rain, although some places including Tyneside and southern Northumberland could stay dry through the day. 

Weather map
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There'll be a steady breeze with maximum temperatures only reaching about 8C.

Tonight it will be mainly cloudy with rain clearing to a few showers, these mainly over the hills, with many areas staying dry. Overnight temperatures are unlikely to get about 3C.

Check the forecast where you are.

Botham set to be Durham Cricket Club chairman

Daily Mirror

Cricketing legend Sir Ian Botham is expected to be unveiled as the new chairman of Durham cricket club later.

The club was relegated from cricket's first division at the end of the season after becoming engulfed in multimillion-pound debt, despite finishing fourth in the table on points. 

Sir Ian Botham
PA

Sir ian, 60, who played for the county in 1992, will be voted into his new position at a board meeting.

Severe accident: A19 County Durham northbound

BBC Travel

A19 County Durham northbound severe accident, between A1027 and A689.

A19 County Durham - Queuing traffic on A19 northbound in Wolviston between Norton Interchange and the A689 junction, because of an accident earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened.

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Severe disruption: A178 County Durham both ways

BBC Travel

A178 County Durham both ways severe disruption, between B1276 Station Lane and Elizabeth Way.

A178 County Durham - A178 The Front in Seaton Carew closed in both directions between the B1276 Station Lane junction and the Elizabeth Way junction, because of the fireworks display. Between 18:15 and 19:15 on 5th November

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