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  1. Updates on Tuesday 15 November 2016

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Flood scheme cuts risk to 1,000 homes

NUFC fans to remember Gary Speed with minute's applause

BBC Sport

More now on the news that Leeds United and Newcastle United fans plan to pay tribute to late midfielder Gary Speed at Sunday's Championship match at Elland Road.

"We ask supporters of both Leeds United and Newcastle United to join together in a minute's applause as we near the fifth anniversary of Gary's passing," a Leeds statement read.

Speed was in the Newcastle side that last visited Elland Road in 2003, with the teams playing out a 2-2 draw.

He had made his name at Leeds and played a key role as United won the First Division title in 1992.

Newcastle United fans held up a card display of '11' on news of his death in November 2011.  

Newcastle United fans held up a card display of '11' on news of Gary Speed's death in November 2011.
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Bill to fix and keep Shildon arches to hit £85,000

Shildon’s three decorative arches will remain after local residents voted overwhelmingly to ask Durham County Council to keep them.

The recent consultation on the future of the arches asked residents if they wanted to keep all of them, some of them, just the columns for new artworks or to remove them altogether. 

With 347 people taking part in the consultation, 83% voted for all of the arches to remain. 

The council said it would cost £85,000 to repair them. 

Shildon Arches

Shelter shines spotlight on plight of homeless

Andy Bell

BBC Tees

Historic silver swan to fly the nest

A 240-year-old musical automaton is set to leave its County Durham home for an exhibition in London.

The Silver Swan - considered the emblem of the Bowes Museum - will become one of the star attractions in the Science Museum's Robots show in February.

The life-sized artefact, which comes to life once a day, twists its head, preens, and catches a fish.

It will be the first time it has left the museum since it was purchased by the founders in 1872.

Silver swan
Bowes Museum

'Dating apps are difficult when you are famous'

BBC Radio 1

Grimmy and South Shields-born Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall try to pick the ultimate dating app anthem, and it's not easy.  

Grimmy and Jade try to pick the ultimate dating app anthem, it's not easy.

Appeal to help brass band find a new home

BBC Tees

Marske Brass Band was founded all the way back in 1875.

However the practice space, a glorified barn, is in a dire state and unless money can be found to build something new, the band could fold.  

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Mutilated pony's owner thanks public for support

The Shields Gazette

Shields Gazette

The devastated owner of a Shetland pony which was found mutilated in a field says she has been left ‘overwhelmed’ by people’s kindness.

Wendy Redpath was left distraught when she discovered 12-year-old Bobby dead in a field in Cleadon Lane on November 3.

The pony, who has been taken in by Mrs Redpath and had foot problems had been severely mutilated.

She said she had received lots of messages of support. 

Shields Gazette

Five arrests and weapons found in 'organised crime crackdown'

Five people have been arrested in early morning raids in a police crackdown on organised crime.

Northumbria Police said it has also recovered five air weapons and a quantity of cash after officers executed warrants at eight addresses in Felling, Gateshead. 

Four men and one women were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and are in custody.

Earlier this year Operation Falkland was set up to disrupt the supply of class A drugs and dismantle organised crime, a force spokesman said. 

Northumbria Police

Leeds and Newcastle plan Speed tribute

BBC Sport

Leeds United and Newcastle United fans plan to pay tribute to late midfielder Gary Speed at Sunday's Championship match at Elland Road.

Former Wales manager Speed died, aged 42, in November 2011, having previously played 678 games for Leeds, Newcastle, Everton, Bolton and Sheffield United.

Fans will honour his memory with a minute's applause on 11 minutes, the shirt number he wore for both clubs.

Members of Speed's family will be attending the game.

Gary Speed

Watch: Olympic torch teen nearing the end of battle

Kieran Maxwell will never be forgotten for that heart-in-the-mouth moment when he stumbled during the Olympic torch relay before the 2012 Olympic Games. 

Kieran, now 18, had his leg amputated during his fight against cancer. 

Sadly he's just been told it's a battle that is coming to an end. 

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Praise for life-saving air ambulance fundraiser

Drinkers urged to switch to mocktails and a dry January

Pools midfielder joins Whitby on loan

BBC Tees

BBC Tees Sport

Hartlepool midfielder Connor Smith has joined Whitby Town on a month-long loan deal.  

BreakingPolice car involved in crash in Middlesbrough

A police car has been involved in a collision with another car in Middlesbrough at the junction of Newport Road and the road up to the A66.

We've called Cleveland Police to find out more.

Police car crash
Police car crash

Man 'threatened by gang of seven and robbed'

A 20-year-old man was robbed in Borough Road in Middlesbrough, police say.

The victim was stood with a friend when they were approached by a group of seven men who threatened him and demanded money. 

He handed over some cash and walked away with his friend after the incident on Thursday at 23:40. Neither were injured.

Two men have been arrested and bailed.

PM praises car maker Nissan for being 'competitive'

Prime Minister Theresa May says the UK's recent agreement to keep Nissan car production in the North East is evidence of a competitive industrial strategy. 

Post-Brexit Britain has a "historic" opportunity to take on a new role as the global champion of free trade, Theresa May has said.  

The PM was making her first foreign policy speech at the Lord Mayor's banquet in the City of London, and she promised to make globalisation work for all. 

Nissan workers
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Work to fix potholes causing delays on major route

Motorists are being warned to expect delays as work continues fixing large potholes on the A1058 Coast Road.

Newcastle Council said that to limit disruption the work is taking place during 19:00 and 05:00 for two weeks until 27 November. 

There are currently lane restrictions on the main carriageway which may cause traffic jams, and the sliproads will be closed one at a time.  

'Behind the scenes work' gathering pace at Middlesbrough rail station

The Labour MP for Middlesbrough has told BBC Tees we should have a better idea of what's happening with the town's railway station in the next few weeks.

The main entrance and car park have been closed for almost three years because of structural problems. 

Andy McDonald says it's taken time because of the number of groups involved but says work is going on behind the scenes.

He asked locals to "bear with us" and added they would see progress soon. 

Middlesbrough Station

Legal high call outs fall since ban, ambulance chiefs say

Six months since legal highs were banned - and the North East ambulance service says it's had fewer call outs to people who've taken them. 

Back in January - paramedics were called to more than 270 incidents involving Psychoactive Substances. 

Last month there were less than 40. 

The number's been falling since May - when new legislation made it a criminal offence to produce or supply the drugs.

Legal Highs

Dippy dinosaur tour to stop off in Newcastle in 2019

The UK's most famous dinosaur is on tour and will be visiting Newcastle, but fans have a bit of a wait - he doesn't arrive until 2019.

The 109-year-old replica diplodocus skeleton cast, known as Dippy, is usually seen at London's Natural History Museum.

The Great North Museum: Hancock has been selected as the sole North East England venue on the tour. 

The Diplodocus will be the centrepiece of a wide-ranging public programme in Newcastle between May and October 2019.  


Dorset County Museum will be the first place to host 21m-long Dippy the Diplodocus when it temporarily moves out of its London home.

Your photos: Supermoon at South Shields

There are some great photos being sent in of last night's supermoon over the North East.

Sharon Whitelaw tweeted this striking shot her husband Stewart took off the coast at South Shields.

Supermoon at South Shields
Stewart Whitelaw

Travel: Delays on roads around the North East

There are some problems on the roads this morning including:

  • An accident on A68 in Tow Law at the B6296 junction. 
  • A1 Western Bypass partially blocked northbound at the A167 Durham Road junction, because of anaccident involving two vehicles. 
  • Heavier than usual traffic on A1044 Low Lane eastbound in Thornaby-on-Tees at the A1045 Thornaby Road junction. In the roadworks area. Congestion to the Barwick Way junction.  

More travel information on the BBC Travel webstes for Tyne & Wear and Tees.

Spectacular 'supermoon' lights up Sunderland

Well, some people were lucky enough to see the supermoon yesterday including David Allan, who took this stunning image at Roker.

However others were denied the view by heavy cloud.

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Travel: Slow traffic on A19 around Silverlink roundabout

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the A19 in both directions at Silverlink Roundabout. In the roadworks area .

More travel information on the BBC Tyne and Wear and BBC Tees travel pages.

Weather: Cloudy and some rain to start with, drier later

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a very mild but cloudy start with hill fog, and outbreaks of mainly light rain mostly across the hills, drier conditions will spread south this morning. 

Despite sunny spells developing the temperature will gradually fall through today. 

weather graphic

Maximum Temperature: 13C (55F).

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BBC Newcastle

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