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  1. Teenager arrested over charity box thefts
  2. Man hunted over robbery in Gateshead
  3. China hope for Vaux brewery site project
  4. Updates on Thursday 10 November 2016

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Weather: Showers will ease and it'll be a cold night

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Any showers this evening will die away, with cloud dispersing to clearer skies.

Winds will be light and temperatures will fall with a widespread frost and patchy fog.  

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Quiz: Name the England & Scotland players

England v Scotland - the oldest fixture in international football, first played in 1872.

There have been no shortage of heroes and villains down the years wearing shirts of both nations.

But can you pick out the players we have silhouetted in our England v Scotland quiz?

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Local chef appears on television competition

Did you see MasterChef: The Professionals on BBC Two last night?

They had a budding sous chef from Sadberge on. Vanessa Allinson works at The Tuns pub restaurant. 

Vanessa didn't make it to the next round - but made her boss proud. 

Watch below as she kindly shows us how to prepare Dover sole:

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Nunthorpe knitted poppy carpet in tribute to fallen

A "carpet" of knitted poppies has been made to pay tribute to those who have fallen in conflicts around the globe.

Hundreds of the individually-crafted flowers have been put in front of the war memorial and train station in Nunthorpe on Teesside.

Project Co-ordinator Brenda Thompson said: "A great deal of work is going into creating something really special and visitors will be guaranteed a truly moving tribute to those who have given so much over so many years."

Knitted poppies

Adam Johnson set to launch fresh appeal bid

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

Former Sunderland and Boro winger Adam Johnson is set to launch another appeal against his six-year prison sentence for sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

The 29-year-old former England player's first appeal in July was rejected, but the new appeal could be heard within weeks.

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Johnson was stripped of his 12 England caps and jailed in March after pleading guilty to grooming and a charge of sexual activity with the girl.

The former boyfriend of Adam Johnson's sister, Faye Johnson, was jailed earlier this week for harassing the child victim.

Girl helps to pioneer bionic limbs

Damian O'Neil

BBC Look North at the finish

A girl from County Durham who lost her toes and both her hands to meningitis as a baby is helping to pioneer a state of the art bionic limb.

Tilly Lockey is involved in a trial of a prototype robotic arm which it's hoped could lead to a new generation of artificial limbs.

The 11-year-old from Consett needed 10 blood transfusions after contracting meningococcal septicaemia when she was 15 months old.

She likes that people think her new robotic arm is "cool".

Meningitis survivor Tilly Lockey helps to pioneer bionic limbs

Durham with Maggie and Keith Bell

Clare Balding walks around the city of Durham with Maggie and Keith Bell.
Clare Balding is in Durham for today's edition of Radio4's walking series, when she joins Maggie and Keith Bell. They take her on one of their favourite routes from their home, Crook Hall, through the outskirts of the city and along the river. The couple now use walking as a time to catch up, hold business meetings and relive memories of their courtship, when they both arrived in the city over thirty years ago as students.

Producer: Lucy Lunt.

Teenager arrested over charity box thefts

A teenager has been arrested after a spate of Remembrance Day charity box thefts. 

Two charity boxes were stolen from a Greggs shop and a news agents on Saturday and Monday respectively in North Tyneside. 

A third similar theft took place at another Greggs on Wednesday in Forest Hall, police said. 

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of theft. 

Teenagers' sporting debuts to remember... and forget

BBC Three

Alan Shearer - The Geordie hero and Match of the Day pundit is the Premier League’s record goalscorer, with an incredible 260 goals – and you might have guessed he'd be decent judging by his debut.

Aged just 17, a fresh-faced and fully-haired Shearer made his full debut for Southampton and banged in a peach of hat-trick in 4-2 win over Arsenal.

Young Alan scored 23 goals for the Saints over five seasons in the old top flight - called the First Division - before he joined Blackburn as the Premier League era began.

Then he really discovered his shooting boots.

Read about more debutants here.

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Police and crime commissioner duties to be fulfilled by 15-year-old

Ron Hogg will hand over the duties of the Durham Police, Crime and Victim's Commissioner to 15-year-old Nathan Gaskill for the day next week.

Police forces across England are opening their doors to young people as part of the Takeover Challenge - an annual event that lets young people voice their views.

Nathan was elected as Young Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner by police cadets from across Darlington and County Durham.

Ron Hogg

He recently chaired a meeting of young people which selected projects to combat crime and improve community safety. 

The projects will be funded from a budget of £10,000 which Mr Hogg allocated.

Nathan's agenda on Tuesday will see him announcing which proposals will be funded, as well as meeting chair of the Safeguarding Children Board and spending time with the police interceptors.

Premier League research shows average top-flight ticket is £31

The average cost of a ticket to watch top-flight football in England this season is £31, Premier League research has found.

The research also shows 56% of all tickets sold cost £30 or less.

The prices includes children's tickets and those sold via membership schemes.

"These figures will go a long way to busting some of the myths perpetrated about the cost of attending," said Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore.

The information was generated by all 20 Premier League clubs providing the cost of every ticket sold or available this season.

It comes before the BBC's annual Price of Football study is published next week.  

Fans outside the Middlesbrough FC ticket office

What are the figures in our region?

Middlesbrough FC:

The lowest priced ticket is for an under 18 to watch a Category B game from the Generation Red Family Zone and costs £13.

The highest priced ticket is for an adult to watch a Category A game in the West Upper Stand and will set you back £39.

Sunderland AFC:

Tickets for an under 16 to watch a game range between £10 and £15 depending on the category of the name. 

Adult tickets range from £25 - £40.

North East veterans 'more likely to be unemployed'

There are large geographical variations in unemployment rates for veterans across Great Britain, analysis by BBC News has found.

More than 47,000 armed forces veterans are unemployed in England, Scotland and Wales, according to official figures.

A working age veteran in the North East is four times more likely to be unemployed than a South West veteran.

Percentage of veterans unemployed by region

The MoD said "the vast majority of people leaving the Armed Forces successfully get good jobs".

In the North East the unemployment rate for veterans was 8.1% in 2015, but in the South West it was 2.2%.

That compares with the unemployment rate for everyone in those regions between June and August this year of 6.8% in the North East and 4.2% in the South West.

Checkatrade Trophy: Sunderland through after comeback

BBC Sport

Sunderland's development squad qualified for the second round of the Checkatrade Trophy after beating Notts County 2-1 thanks to a late comeback.

They would have been eliminated had they lost to League Two County, and the Premier League club's youngsters trailed with eight minutes left at the Stadium of Light.

However, Josh Maja slotted home to equalise and then Seb Larsson's cross was deflected into his own net by Magpies defender Hayden Hollis.

On the final matchday of the group stages, Sunderland became the eighth development squad to reach the last 32.

Of the 16 category one academy sides invited by the English Football League to enter the revamped competition, three won their group to guarantee a home tie in the second round.

Football club fulfils terminally-ill boy's dream

BBC Radio 5 live

Here's something we told you about yesterday - Terminally ill Joshua McCormack was named as one of the substitutes for Rochdale in their Checkatrade Trophy match against Hartlepool.

The five-year-old was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year and was given squad number 55 for the match which he was too poorly to attend. 

His shirt hung in the dressing room alongside the other squad members.

Pools lost 2-1 last night.

Click here for the best of 5 live's sport coverage, insight and analysis.  

Rochdale fulfil a terminally ill boy's dream by naming him in their match day squad.

More than £25,000 raised in memory of murdered family ahead of anniversary

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

Monday will mark a decade since an estranged father killed four members of his family in a frenzied knife attack in Newcastle. 

Neil Crampton murdered children Stephen and Abigail, alongside their mother Funke Sobo, known as Liz, and uncle Yemi at their home in Kenton.

The Chronicle says the family have now raised more than £25,000 in the children's memory to benefit future young musicians.

The Abigail and Stephen Crampton Fund helps young people who are struggling to pay for tuition fees or want to purchase an instrument. 

Neil Crampton

Abigail was a talented clarinet player from a family that had a love of music.

Abigail Crampton

Crampton must serve a minimum of 35 years after he was found guilty of the four murders in 2008.

Stephen Crampton

Have you seen this man?

Police are trying to trace this Gateshead man who is wanted over a robbery.

Graham Chatto
Northumbria Police

Graham Chatto is 31 and from the Dunston area.

He is wanted in connection with a robbery that happened in Gateshead in May.

If you see him call 101.

China hope for Vaux brewery site project

China is being encouraged to invest in the development of the former Vaux brewery site in Sunderland.

The country's vice-premier Ma Kai is meeting Chancellor Philip Hammond to discuss the possibility of increased business ties.

He will be presented with a £5bn investment portfolio containing 13 "investment-ready projects" across the north of England.

These include proposals for a 'mixed development with offices, leisure facilities, and residential and retail space' at the Sunderland site which has lain empty for 16 years.

Vaux development

Two cars and garage damaged in arson attacks

Police are investigating whether three arson attacks in Gosforth are linked.

Fire crews were called out early on Tuesday when a car parked in communal bays in Penshaw Green was set on fire. 

A short time later another car on Hollywood Road was also set alight, and this was followed by a fire at a garage in Harwood Road.

Northumbria Police said: "Accelerant was used in all of the crimes and so we are treating them as malicious, and are appealing for anyone with any information as to who is responsible to come forward and contact us." 

Ambassador hails PM's 'remarkable' Nissan intervention

The Prime Minister's efforts to reassure Nissan helped secure the recent investment in Sunderland, the Japanese ambassador has said. 

Speaking before the Lords EU External Affairs Sub-Committee, Koji Tsuruoka said Theresa May's decision to invite the firm's boss Carlos Ghosn to Downing Street last month was seen as a "strong commitment of goodwill".

He said:

Having had the Prime Minister deal with the president of Nissan is in itself a remarkable engagement by the UK government."

Mr Tsuruoka reiterated Japan's wish for the UK to secure tariff-free trade, particularly for its car manufacturers which rely on EU-wide supply chains.

Nissan's decision to manufacture two new models at the North East plant secured 7,000 jobs. 

Sunderland Nissan
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Theresa May is today discussing the UK's post-Brexit relationship with China.

Gabon send 'absent' Ndong back to England

BBC Sport

Sunderland midfielder Didier Ndong has not turned up for Gabon international duty and has been sent back to England, the Gabonese Football Federation says.

The 22-year-old, who signed for the Black Cats for £13.6m in August, was due to play in a World Cup qualifier against Mali on Saturday.

Gabon says Ndong has been in capital city Libreville since Monday.

They accuse him of a "glaring absence" and stress he has not communicated "any possible trouble" he may be in.

Didier NDong
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Lumiere to return next November

The date of Durham's fifth Lumiere festival has been announced.

The UK's largest outdoor light show will return to the city from 16 to 19 November next year.

A county council report found that the last event, in 2015, was attended by about 200,000 people and brought an estimated £9.6m into the local economy.

Illuminated bench
Lee Dobson

Early showers, then some sunny spells

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A cold start with showers and the risk of some icy patches. 

It will become brighter later, with sunny spells although there will still be the chance of occasional heavy showers, particularly near the coast.  


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Stokes century helps England pass 500 against India

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Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes is currently 128 not out as he helps propel England to 517-8 in the first Test against India.

He's already been dropped twice...

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