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  1. Updates on Monday 21 November 2016

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Severe accident: Tyne And Wear both ways

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Tyne And Wear both ways severe accident, between A1300 John Reid Road and Australia Grove.

Tyne And Wear - Perth Avenue in Gateshead closed in both directions between the A1300 John Reid Road junction and the Australia Grove junction, because of an accident. Police directing traffic.

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Two arrested after man is left in critical condition

Two people have been arrested after a 56-year-old man was attacked in Hartlepool.

Police found the victim with serious head injuries, and he is now in a critical condition.

A 32-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assault and a 42-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Police believe the attack may be linked to an earlier incident at an address in St Oswald's Street, Hartlepool at about 20:30 on Friday.

New hope to free ex-servicemen held in India on gun charges

Defence lawyers for six British ex-servicemen imprisoned in India say they've taken a substantial step forward today. 

John Armstrong from Cumbria, Nick Dunn from Northumberland and Nicholas Simpson from North Yorkshire were part of a crew arrested in October 2013 while working on an anti-piracy ship. 

In January they were convicted on illegal weapons charges and sentenced to five years in an Indian prison.

The men have always maintained their innocence. 

Today an appeal court hearing went ahead in India, and it's hoped the judge will deliver his ruling on the arguments before Christmas.

Ship in India
Middlesbrough 0-1 Chelsea: Boro most difficult in six game run - Conte
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says his side's 1-0 victory at Middlesbrough proved to be the most difficult in his side's six-game winning run as the Blues go top of the league table.
Sunderland manager David Moyes

Sunderland boss David Moyes thinks retaining Gordon Strachan as head coach was the right decision by Scotland.

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Jockey thanks paramedics for saving his life after fall

Jockey Henry Brooke has written to thank the Great North Air Ambulance after he was brought out of an induced coma following a fall at Hexham racecourse.

Brooke, 25, is believed to have broken his collarbone and suffered a suspected collapsed lung when riding Old Storm in a novices' handicap chase last month.

Racing was delayed for almost two hours as medical staff treated him after his mount's fall.

He's now moved to thank those who helped him:

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Northumbria Police cars

A pedestrian hit and killed by a lorry on the A1 in Bowburn, County Durham was from Kazakhstan.

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Odds-defying boy Charlie Creaser recovering after major operation

Sunderland Echo


An inspirational Wearside youngster, who defied doctors’ diagnosis that he would not be able to walk, is recovering well after undergoing a major operation.

Sunderland Echo
Tents and a police cordon at the graveyard

The skulls of two teenage brothers that were stolen from a family grave remain missing a year after they were dug up, police say.

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Man in critical condition after Newcastle assault

A man is in a critical condition after being assaulted in Newcastle.

The 31-year-old was attacked outside the Flame n Grill takeaway on Marlborough Place, near the Centre for Life.

The suspect is believed to be a white man, about 5ft 10in, of slim build and dark hair. 

The victim remains in hospital with "life threatening" injuries.

Flame n Grill takeaway shop

FA will take no action against Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana

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The Football Association will not take any action against former Sunderland player Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana after reports they visited a strip club while on international duty.

The pair allegedly made the trip a day after a World Cup qualifying win over Scotland and less than three days before a draw in a friendly with Spain.

It is also understood the FA did not tell captain Wayne Rooney to apologise over "inappropriate" pictures of him at a wedding at the team hotel during the same international break.

The Sun newspaper published images it said showed Rooney drunk at a party late on Saturday night - a day after the 3-0 win over Scotland on 11 November.

Lallana (left) and Henderson

Travel: Transporter Bridge closed

BBC Travel

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

More travel updates here.

Brothers' skulls still missing one year after being stolen from family grave

The skulls of two 16-year-olds that were stolen from a family grave have not been found a year after they were dug up.

The crime sickened the travelling community and was linked to an ongoing feud between families in South Yorkshire and the North East.

On 21 November 2015 at Metal Bridge Cemetery in County Durham, police were called after someone noticed damage to the grave of Levi George Price and Gareth Price, who were both 16 when they died in 2001 and 2005 respectively.


The brothers' skulls were taken and have not been located since, despite police appeals and major searches around traveller sites.

Gareth Price was found hanging at Lancaster Farms Young Offender Institution in 2005, the day before he was due to be sentenced for rape.

Levi Price was found hanging in a shed in 2001. The coroner found he could not be sure the teenager intended to kill himself. 

Watch: Doctor Who episode restored 50 years on

A missing Doctor Who episode has been brought back to life after 50 years. 

The serial was originally broadcast in 1966, but was later destroyed.

Only a few stills survived as well as the audio, which had been recorded by a fan. 

Rob Ritchie, from Sunderland, was approached by a BBC producer who spotted his animation work on YouTube. 

He became the creative force behind the recreation of the Power of the Daleks.

Doctor Who missing episodes restored after 50 years

Plans to improve County Durham towns begins

Plans to brighten-up drab and flagging towns and villages across County Durham will swing into action this morning.

The operation is called Spruce Up  and it will begin today in Spennymoor.

The council's cleansing and maintenance teams will be co-ordinating activities to smarten up tired streets, pavements and buildings.

Bollards, benches, railings and street signs will all be improved.

Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez happy with 'control' in Leeds win

Manager Rafael Benitez says there is more to come from Newcastle United despite an impressive display in yesterday's 2-0 win against Leeds United.

The win, their ninth in a row in all competitions, put the Magpies five points clear of Brighton at the top of the Championship.

Two goals from striker Dwight Gayle, one in each half, sealed the points and ended Leeds' three-game winning run.

"Everything we tried to do we did well," Benitez told BBC Newcastle.

"From set-pieces, control of the game and counter-attack, we saw the effort, the mentality was good and the understanding of the game was very good.

"We made some mistakes, there is room for improvement but I can't complain because we did very well."

Newcastle United team

Scouting for Girls stranded at Britain's highest pub

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

The band Scouting for Girls had a bit of a nightmare after playing a charity gig for Children in Need on Friday night.

The boys found themselves snowed in at Britain's highest pub the Tan Hill Inn, in County Durham (not a bad place to be stranded).

In total, they raised more than £7,000 for the BBC charity.

They shared this photo on Instagram thanking the pub:

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Sunderland library closes despite opposition to move

Sunderland's main city centre library has closed down, angering campaigners who have been fighting to keep it open.

Sunderland City Council said huge financial pressures have forced a relocation to the city's museum and Winter Gardens.

Opposed library relocation goes ahead

Travel: Traffic light failure at Silverlink roundabout

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic in both directions at the Silverlink roundabout in North Tyneside because of a traffic light failure.

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Victorian serial killer Mary Ann Cotton's possessions on display

Objects reputedly belonging to an infamous Victorian serial killer have gone on display.

Mary Ann Cotton, from West Auckland, County Durham, is widely believed to have killed three husbands, 10 children, a lover and her mother, collecting life insurance for each.

She was hanged in Durham Prison in 1873 for murdering her stepson with arsenic.

Beamish Museum is showing copies of her letters and a teapot in which Cotton is said to have brewed poisoned tea.


Body found in South Shields pond

A woman's body has been found in a pond in South Shields.

Emergency services attended the scene in Temple Memorial Park yesterday, where the body was recovered.

Her identity is yet to be released.

Travel: Overturned car in Stannington

BBC Travel

The exit slip road in Main Street in Stannington in Northumberland is blocked southbound because of an overturned car.

Get the latest travel updates here.

Rob Ritchie

A missing Doctor Who episode is brought back to life with the help of an animator from Sunderland.

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One mistake punished Middlesbrough - Karanka
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka says his team showed they can compete with the best after they lost 1-0 at home to Chelsea, with "one mistake" that led to Diego Costa's goal the only difference between the sides.

Weather: Cold start ahead for most of the region

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A frosty, bright start one any freezing fog lifts, then a band of rain spreading north.

This will be heavy at times, and could fall as snow over higher ground.

Highest temperatures will be along the coast, but it will feel cold everywhere as it becomes windy.


Check the forecast where you are.

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