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  1. Updates on Wednesday 14 December 2016

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Cesc Fabregas

Gary Rose

BBC Sport

Chelsea move six points clear at the top of the Premier League as Cesc Fabregas' first-half goal beats Sunderland.

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Liverpool celebrate

Luke Reddy

BBC Sport

Liverpool produce a dominant display as Adam Lallana scores twice and creates another goal against Middlesbrough.

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Mo Diame celebrates his goal

Ian Westbrook

BBC Sport

Newcastle return to the top of the Championship, scoring a goal in each half to beat Wigan.

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Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

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Weather: cloudy with fog

BBC Weather

It will become mainly cloudy with fog over the Pennines, and patchy drizzle later, especially on hills. 

Generally light southerly winds, but locally brisk near coasts. 

A chilly night with the lowest temperatures over hills.


Check the weather where you are.

Traffic information ahead of Middlesbrough v Liverpool

Middlesbrough plan to close the visitor's coach park from around 19:00 and again at the final whistle when the Boro play Liverpool tonight.

This is due to the large number of coaches and minibuses said to be arriving from Liverpool.

Supporters who would normally walk around the back of the East Stand are advised to use either Car Park E or the front of the stadium instead.

The club say the decision has been made on the grounds of public safety and they apologise for any inconvenience the " slight detour" may cause.

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'Glue, urine and rat faeces found in counterfeit cosmetics'

Shoppers are being warned against buying cut-price cosmetics after tests apparently found glue, urine and rat faeces in suspected counterfeit goods.

Durham County Council's consumer protection service has issued the warning after testing cosmetics such as eyeliner, mascara, lip gloss and foundation. 

Made to look like genuine products by brands such as Kylie Jenner and Mac, the cosmetics are sold over social media sites at a significantly reduced price than from a legitimate retailer. 

Some products have been found to contain toxic chemicals such as arsenic, mercury and lead.

Suspected counterfeit goods
Durham County Council

Stockton couple thank well-wishers after fire wrecked home

A couple in Stockton are thanking people for support after a fire ruined their house and destroyed everything they owned.

The blaze broke out yesterday and has left the property on Dunmail Road uninhabitable. 

The house

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Adam Newsham and Danielle Massey and has already made £300 - a third of its target. 

The contents of the house
Outside the house

Bradley Lowery to lead SAFC tonight

Five-year-old Bradley Lowery will lead his team out on to the pitch for the second time tonight when Sunderland take on Chelsea at the Stadium of Light.

During yesterday's media conference, Black Cats' manager David Moyes said the club will do everything they can to make sure Bradley has a nice Christmas.

Bradley Lowery
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Bradley recently told his parents he wanted to put a goal past the blues for his team tonight - and Chelsea have offered to make that wish come true.

During the pre-match warm up, Blues keeper Asmir Begovic will go in goal and Bradley will be able to take a shot against him.

Fans are urged to get to the stadium as early as possible to show their support for the five-year-old.

Fancy a tipple? Well your teeth won't...

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

Bad news if you're a fan of Prosecco.

North East dentists are warning too much of the fizzy stuff is bad for your teeth. 

Several North East practitioners agree that the bubbles and acidic qualities of drinks such as Prosecco and Champagne mean it can damage tooth enamel. 

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Anything that's kind of fizzy, and particularly if it has an acid content, has the potential to erode the surface of your teeth. If you pile that up over time you can lose tooth tissue."

Professor Jimmy SteeleNewcastle University

Greg Clark 'hopes to release Nissan letter'

Business Secretary Greg Clark says he would consider showing the letter he sent to Nissan to the Commons Business Committee on a "confidential basis".

Hartlepool Labour MP Iain Wright put the question to him during a Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee meeting this afternoon.

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Mr Clark has previously said he would not publish his letter as it contains sensitive commercial details.

However, he today told the Committee that the commercial confidentiality "isn't permanent" and that he is hoping to release it at some point.

He maintains that the letter had commercial information about the car manufacturer that could help competitors. 

He told the Committee he made it clear to Nissan that the government would be seeking tariff-free access to the single market post-Brexit.

Cheryl: 'My dad is Geordie to the core'

Popstar Cheryl knows little about her heritage beyond her sense of herself as a true Geordie. 

She is setting out to learn more about both sides of the family.  

Cheryl knows her father's Geordie roots run deep, but her mother's family is a mystery.

'Lost' railway turntable brought to heritage base

The heritage Stainmore Railway in Kirkby Stephen is celebrating after recovering a "lost" turntable from alongside the busy main railway line in Darlington. 

It took months to secure the approval needed to lift the structure out before its lorry journey to Cumbria. 

It's the same size and make as the original turntable at Kirkby Stephen East station. 

The turntable will be installed there to show passengers how engines and carriages were turned around in the days of steam.

recovering a 'lost' turntable
Stainmore Railway Company
recovering a 'lost' turntable
Stainmore Railway Company
recovering a 'lost' turntable
Stainmore Railway Company
recovering a 'lost' turntable
Stainmore Railway Company

Great North Run raises more than £26m

Charity fundraisers taking part in the Great North Run raised £26,332,773 this year, it has been announced.

The world's biggest half marathon saw 57,000 people running between Newcastle and South Shields.

Great North Run
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The Great Run Company put on 23 Great Run events across the UK in 2016 and raised an estimated total of £53,945,246 for hundreds of charities. 

The total was unveiled by the company at the St Mary's Heritage Centre in Gateshead.

It is heartening to see that there is so much goodwill among our running community and it has been humbling to meet some of the charities to learn first hand how they are putting those funds to good use."

Mark HollinsheadGreat Run Company group chief executive

Who let the dog out?

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

This adorable little pup has just been found on Two Ball Lonnen, Fenham and brought to BBC Newcastle on Barrack Road.

A few members of staff have already fallen in love but have been persuaded to call the dog warden, who is now on the way.

If you are the owner, or know who is, you can contact the Claremont Road Cat and Dog Shelter on 0191 232 2878.

The dog

Two who died in Northumberland house fire named

Police have named two people who died in a fatal house fire in Lucker, near Belford in Northumberland.

They are John Dey, 70, and Brenda Woodhall 69, who both lived at the address. 

Police and fire investigators are still working to establish the cause of the fire which broke out on 7 December.

There is believed to be no third-party involvement in the deaths and a report will be prepared for the coroner. 

Police at Lucker

Watch: Homes raided in class A drugs operation

Six people have been arrested after raids were carried out on the homes of suspected drug dealers.

Durham Constabulary targeted five homes in the Stanley area under the name Operation Sledgehammer. 

Those arrested for conspiracy to supply a class A drug include:

  •  A 33-year-old woman at Blanche Terrace, Tantobie
  •  A 41-year-old man at Park Road, South Moor
  •  A 42-year-old man at Tennyson Gardens, Dipton;
  •  A 37-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman at Poplar Street
  •  A 44-year-old at Fourth Street, Quaking Houses

Operation Sledgehammer
Northumbria Police

Acting Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Turner said:

Today's action is a result of a long-running, ongoing police investigation which aims to tackle those suspected of being involved in drugs offences.

We are determined to dismantle, disrupt and destroy the networks of those involved in drug dealing who blight our communities."

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Middlesbrough and Sunderland ready for Premier League clashes

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

In football, there are two big matches for our Premier League clubs tonight.

Middlesbrough welcome Liverpool to the Riverside, while it's bottom versus top as David Moyes' Sunderland take on league leaders Chelsea at the Stadium of Light.

Meanwhile in the Championship, Newcastle will look to leapfrog Brighton and get back to the top of the table as they travel to struggling Wigan. 

Sunderland manager David Moyes
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Pamela Gower

An inquest into the death of a charity skydiver during a parachute jump records a verdict of misadventure.

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Former Newcastle striker charged with fraud

Former Newcastle United forward Nile Ranger has been charged over an alleged scam involving a vulnerable person's bank details being taken so their savings could be accessed. 

The 25-year-old, who currently plays for Southend United, has been charged with conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, police said.

The offences are alleged to have been committed in February 2015. 

Mr Ranger, of Bounds Green, north London, is due to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court.

Nile Ranger
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The striker played for Newcastle in 2008. He scored 15 goals for the Under-18 side and seven for the reserves.

He was awarded the Wor Jackie Milburn Trophy a year later and was rewarded a three-and-a-half year contract by the manager at the time, Alan Shearer. 

He left the club in 2013 by mutual consent.

Seven-year-old girl with disabilities pushed to the ground

Sunderland Echo


A thug has assaulted a seven-year-old girl.

Her father and the police are appealing for information to help find the suspect, who is believed to be a man in his 20's.

Front page of the Sunderland Echo
Sunderland Echo

North East employment up over the year with unemployment down

The number of people in work in the North East has risen by 33,000 over the past year, new figures show.

But compared with the previous three months, employment actually fell by 2,000 during August and October.

Unemployment across the UK fell by 16,000 to 1.62 million in the three months to October, according to the Office for National Statistics. 

In our region, the number of people who are unemployed dropped by 14,000 during the same time.

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The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Damien Green, said:

There's great news in the North East where the number of people in work has risen by 33,000 over the past year, to a near record 1.18 million people in work."

Darlington academy trust 'confident' of Catterick success

BBC Tees

An academy trust in Darlington is hoping to open a new free school in Catterick to accommodate more than 400 students.

The Healthfield Trust wants to open the primary school on the old Darlington College site to help cope with an influx of military families over the next couple of years.

Trust chief executive Nick Blackburn says he is confident they'll get approval from the government.

Sunderland manager David Moyes

Sunderland will not spend their way out of trouble in the January transfer window, chief executive Martin Bain says.

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Christmas debt warning for North East families

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

Nearly four in 10 families in the North East plan to borrow money to get through Christmas, according to the Children's Society.

The charity says its survey raises concerns about families with children falling into a debt trap in the new year.

It suggests one in 10 families borrowed more than £500 to afford food and presents for last year's festivities and warns parents may find themselves cutting back on essentials, such as heating, to meet repayments.

Anyone looking for ways to cut their food bills this Christmas might find this article enlightening - Can you cook Christmas dinner for £1?

You may be surprised by the answer...

A Christmas dinner
Dan Jones
Bradley Lowery cancer boy sent 11,000 Christmas cards
A five-year-old boy with cancer who only has months to live is sent more than 11,000 Christmas cards from well-wishers.

Weather: Dry and mild day

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It's set to be a mostly dry and mild day across the region with some bright or sunny spells developing, although thicker cloud may bring a little rain to the Pennines by this evening.

Thicker cloud and some patchy rain will spread slowly eastwards overnight, although many eastern and southern parts of the region will stay dry.  

Weather forecast, Wednesday 14 December, 2016

Nissan deal in spotlight once more

Colin Briggs

Look North

The Business Secretary is likely to face more pressure from MPs today over the government's dealings with Nissan.

Greg Clark will appear before the Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee. 

It's expected to demand more details of the discussions with the car firm that resulted in extra investment in the Sunderland plant, announced last month.

So far Number 10 has refused to divulge the particulars of any deal.

Meanwhile, it's been revealed that car workers at the plant have agreed a pay deal worth 2.75% in each of the next two years.

Car on the Nissan production line

Welcome to our live coverage

Simon Armstrong

BBC News

Well, it's Wednesday. What will the day bring?

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