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  1. Updates on Friday 9 December 2016

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Michael Emons

BBC Sport

Sofiane Boufal scores his first Premier League goal as his spectacular strike from 25 yards gives Southampton a win over Middlesbrough.

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Fernando Llorente

Dafydd Pritchard

BBC Wales Sport

Swansea City climb off the bottom of the Premier League with a vital victory over fellow strugglers Sunderland.

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Dwight Gayle

Newcastle return to the top of the Championship as Dwight Gayle's hat-trick secures victory against Birmingham City.

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Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards

Newcastle drop to third in their European Challenge Cup group as they are thrashed by Lyon at Matmut Stadium.

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We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Monday.

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Weather: Cloudy and breezy with some rain or drizzle

Cloudy, mild and breezy this evening, with rain or drizzle at times. Becoming dry with breaking cloud after midnight. 

Minimum Temperature: 6C (43 F).

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Fish found dead in lake after fuel spill

Sunderland Echo


Hundreds of fish have died at a Sunderland lake which recently had red diesel left in it.

Fuel spill lake
Sunderland Echo

Severe accident: A19 County Durham northbound

BBC Travel

A19 County Durham northbound severe accident, near A1046 Haverton Hill Road.

A19 County Durham - Slow traffic on A19 northbound in Middlesbrough near Portrack Interchange, because of an accident earlier on.

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'Diasppointing' Christmas tree given lights makeover

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

Contractors have been in Hetton le Hole for the last five hours putting lights on the Christmas tree which had left some residents underwhelmed.

Bad weather meant most of the lights failed on the tree. Hetton Town Council has now replaced them.

Seeds for the tree were provided by a Canadian choir group in the 1960s 

Hetton Christmas tree

Another problems looming though - it's a Canadian giant redwood and growing at 7ft a year. It could eventually reach more than 300ft.

The council is looking at how it'll put a star on the top of it when the tree reaches its full height

Council leader Bob Herron said: "It's a bit like the Lambton worm - it continues to grow and grow."    

Watch more on Look North at 18:30.

Man who died when car left road named

A man who died when his car left the road last night in County Durham has been named as Dean Iley.

The 21-year-old died when his Renault Clio came off the A689 near Wolsingham in County Durham at about 22:30 last night.

Anyone who saw the car around that time is asked to contact police.

BBL continues on the BBC tonight


BBC Sport's coverage of British basketball continues this evening with a double header from Leicester. 

First up in the WBBL Leicester Riders take on the Manchester Mystics followed by the BBL match between Leicester Riders and Newcastle Eagles.

Leicester who currently sit second in the table take on a Newcastle side in great form who sit top of the table.

Coverage begins from 19:30 GMT following the WBBL match and you can watch all the action on the BBC Sport website, app and selected connected TV's by clicking here.

For more information on the BBC's coverage of the WBBL and BBL click here.

Leicester v Newcastle
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Travel: Lane cleared after eight-vehicle collision on A1

All lanes have now re-opened following a crash on the A1 South at Bowes Incline in Gateshead.

Delays had built up earlier and motorists were being advised to avoid the area if possible.

Lane now cleared on A1 following earlier 8 veh collision

Old one-way bridge demolished to make way for new road

A new road linking Leadgate to Villa Real in County Durham has now opened after a one-way bridge was bulldozed. 

The aim of the £2.4m Durham County Council scheme was to ease the bottleneck of traffic on the old Villa Real bridge.

The new road - a two-lane carriageway -  links Front Street in Leadgate and Villa Real

New route at Leadgate
Durham County Council

Man injured in stab attack outside pub

A man was stabbed and suffered a fractured skull during a disturbance outside a Newcastle pub.

The assault was carried out by group of men, armed with bats, metal bars and knives who drove up to the Foss Hotel in Walker in a white Vauxhall Vivaro van.

They then went on to damage a number of the pub's windows, before fleeing in the van, which was followed by a gold coloured Range Rover.

Both vehicles were later found nearby abandoned having been involved in a collision. 

Northumbria Police has appealed for information about the incident at 16:40 on Thursday.

Appeal for lodgings for vulnerable young people

Weather: Staying cloudy with some rain later

A cloudy day for most with any brightness confined to the east. 

Extensive fog over the hills where there will be long periods of drizzly rain. This rain will extend eastwards at times with most parts seeing some rain. 

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Maximum Temperature: 13C (55 F).

Severe accident: A1 Tyne And Wear southbound

BBC Travel

A1 Tyne And Wear southbound severe accident, between A69 and A167 Durham Road.

A1 Tyne And Wear - Queuing traffic on A1 western bypass southbound between Hexham Turn Off in Gateshead and the A167 Durham Road junction in Lamesley, because of an accident earlier on.

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First look at new train at Hitachi

Here it is - a look at the first train to be fitted out at Hitachi's Newton Aycliffe factory in County Durham.

The train was unveiled to an audience including the transport secretary Chris Grayling and the Japanese ambassador to the UK. 

The trains are manufactured in Japan and shipped to County Durham to be prepared for service. 

Hitachi has won a £5.7bn contract to supply trains for the East Coast and Great Western main lines and they will be operating on the East Coast Mainline from 2018. 

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Crowds await Hitachi train unveiling

Staff threatened in pharmacy robbery

A mam threatened staff with a knife during a robbery in Elswick, Newcastle.

At about 20:09 on Wednesday, the man entered the Benwell Pharmacy store in Adelaide Terrace. After threatening the staff, he made off with a small amount of cash.

Benwell Pharmacy store in Adelaide Terrace

The man in his 20s is described as being about 5ft 9ins, of medium build and was wearing a black jacket with the hood up and grey jogging bottoms. 

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Northumbria Police.


Tiny crustaceans previously recorded at two locations in the British Isles are found in a loch near Kinross.

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Get friendly with a firearms officer

Officers from Northumbria Police's Firearms Support Unit are getting in the festive spirit.

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Watch: Beautful Northumberland dark skies

How about these for stunning skies?

Northumberland is celebrating three years since it became the first place in England to be given dark sky status. 

The status means the night sky is protected and lighting controls are in place to prevent light pollution across Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water and Forest Park.

Since 2013, it has contributed £76m to the North East's economy and helped support more than 1,000 jobs in astro-tourism. We took a look at the beauty of the night sky enjoyed by thousands.  

Northumberland celebrates three years of Dark Sky success
Olwyn Fulton

A woman is arrested after an 84-year-old grandmother of 10 dies in a hit-and-run crash outside a shopping centre.

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Christmas tree lights leave Hetton residents feeling blue

What do you think of this tree? It has left some residents in Hetton-le-Hole feeling a little unfestive.

According to one local the tree had an official lighting ceremony but has since been left in its current state.    

Christmas tree in Hetton

Hetton Town Council have put the sparsely decorated tree down to recent bad weather during which most of the tree lights stopped working and contractors are coming to fix them.

The tree is a permanent fixture in the area and was originally a gift from a Canadian Choir who came on an exchange trip in the 1960s.

The council says one problem is that the tree has been getting "larger and larger" and the council bought extra lights for it a couple of years ago. It says when the lights are on "it will be beautiful".     

Man's ear bitten off in nightclub attack

A reveller had part of his ear bitten off during an assault in a Newcastle nightclub.

The 21-year-old was pushed to the ground and attacked on the dance floor of Destiny, in the Cloth Market, at about 02:40 on 4 December.

Northumbria Police said a number of people would have witnessed the attack as the club was busy at the time, and have appealed for witnesses to come forward. 

Your photos: When the boat comes in

Len Smith sent us this beautiful photo of a boat at Amble.

Len Smith

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InterCity 125 v Hitachi: What are the UK's new trains like?

Ahead of the first Intercity Express train to be fiited out at Newton Aycliffe being unveiled later, we take a look at the differences between the new Japanese train and the much-loved InterCity 125. 

Will people take it to their hearts in the way they did its veteran predecessor?  

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Watmore injury 'terrible news' - Moyes

Swansea City v Sunderland (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Sunderland manager David Moyes has described the season-ending injury that striker Duncan Watmore picked up against Leicester last weekend as "terrible news for the boy".

The 22-year-old was taken off on a stretcher following a collision with Christian Fuchs and later scans revealed a cruciate knee ligament injury.

"Losing Duncan is really bad news for us," said Moyes. "When the swelling is down he will have his operation and hopefully we can get him back as soon as possible."

Duncan Watmore

Defoe 'in a real purple patch'

Swansea City v Sunderland (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

A silver lining for Sunderland boss David Moyes however is the "purple patch" that Jermain Defoe is going through of late. 

The former England striker has found the back of the net in four of his past five games for the Black Cats.

"He's fit, he's sharp and I hope he keeps scoring goals," says Moyes.

Forward Victor Anichebe has also been singled out for praise from the boss since signing from West Brom at the start of the season.

"I think Victor Anichebe coming in has exceeded many expectations, but I always believed he had a lot more to offer," adds Moyes. 

Jermain Defoe

Weather: Another mild day with some outbreaks of rain

BBC Weather

A very mild day again today, quite cloudy and breezy with outbreaks of rain throughout the day.

Maximum temperature 13C (55F).

Abbie Dewhurst

New Hitachi trains to be unveiled in County Durham

The first Intercity Express (IEP) train to be fitted out at Hitachi's County Durham factory will be unveiled later.

The first Class 800 was built at Hitachi's Kasado works in Japan, but the majority of the 866-carriage fleet will be manufactured in the UK. 

A total of 110 IEP trains will be built in Newton Aycliffe.


Karen Boswell, managing director of Hitachi Rail Europe, said: "Today is a celebration of the return of train manufacturing to the North East, supporting thousands of jobs and developing a strong engineering skills base in the region."

Sparkling success for dark skies

Northumberland National Park is celebrating three years of success since it became the first place in England to be given dark sky status.

The status means the night sky is protected and lighting controls are in place to prevent light pollution.

Since 2013, it has helped support more than 1,000 jobs in astro-tourism and last year it contributed £76m to the North East's economy.

Northumberland National Park
Northumberland National Park