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  1. Updates on Wednesday 28 December 2016

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Convenience store theft

Police appealing for information after a robbery at a convenience store in Gateshead. At about 18:00  on Boxing Day, a man entered Fulli’s Paperware Ltd on Coatsworth Road, with his face covered and carrying a knife. He threatened a member of staff and fled the store with a small quantity of cash from the till. The woman was not injured, police said. The offender is described as male, about 5ft 8in and was wearing a navy top and jogging bottoms.

Fulli’s Paperware Ltd on Coatsworth Road

Man charged following hospital burglary

A 38-year-old man has been charged with burglary at James Cook University Hospital.

The burglary reportedly took place on 23 December in the changing rooms of the A&E department, Cleveland Police said.

James Cook University Hospital

A 36-year-old man arrested on suspicion of burglary remains on bail.

Cleveland Way on Google Street View

The Cleveland Way is the latest National Trail to be made available on Google Street View.

The 109-mile (175km) path runs from Helmsley, skirting the North York Moors National Park, to Saltburn and then down to the coast to Filey. 

Volunteers have spent seven months capturing panoramic images of the path using specialised camera equipment.

Saltburn Pier from the Cleveland Way

There are 15 national trails covering 2,500 miles in England and Wales.

Thieves steal Christmas champagne

Police are appealing for witnesses after several garages were broken into in Wylam, Northumberland, over Christmas.

The incidents happened overnight between 20:00 on Boxing Day and 07:30 yesterday.

Thieves forced open a garage door in Stephenson Terrace and stole 12 bottles of Moet and Chandon champagne and 15 bottles of wine, police said.

Four other garages were broken into in the same street, again the garages doors were forced open causing damage, but nothing was stolen.

New year, new home?

Seven puppies are looking for new homes after being handed over to the Dogs Trust in Darlington on Christmas Eve.

The eight-week-old Lurchers, which were aptly named Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Vixen, Comet, CupidandBlitzen, were thought to be an accidental litter born on Bonfire Night.

They were given to the rehoming centre as their owners were sadly unable to keep them over Christmas.

Lurcher puppy
Dogs Trust

Manager Sue Embleton, said: “Like any puppies, this super seven are extremely playful.

"The adorable bunch will need lots of socialisation with other dogs in their early years and plenty of fuss and attention to help them settle in to their new homes.”

Arrest after cannabis farm found in Hartlepool

A man has been arrested on suspicion of production of a controlled drug after a cannabis farm with a street value of about £45,000 was found in Hartlepool.

Two neighbouring properties were searched on Chester Road this morning after members of the public contacted police. 

About 100 plants were found inside the property. 

It is believed that the property next door was housing those responsible for growing the plants as a hole had been made in a wall to join the properties.

Cleveland Police said there was also a "significant fire risk" at the addresses as the electricity meter had been bypassed.

Cannanbis leaves

Multi-vehicle accident causes queues

BBC Travel

Front Street in Pelton, County Durham, is closed in both directions between the Heathmeads junction and the Pelton Lane junction because of an accident.

In Stockton there is one lane blocked and queuing traffic on the A66 eastbound between the A1130 Acklam Road junction and the A19 junction because of a multi-vehicle accident.  

Get the latest travel news for Tyne and Wear and Teesside.

Overturned car

The death of a man whose body was found in an overturned car near a lighthouse is "not suspicious", police say.

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Appeal after pub assault

Police are appealing for witnesses after an assault at a pub in Northumberland.

At about 01:30 yesterday, officers received a report of an assault at the Penny Black Pub on Fenkle Street in Alnwick.

A 31-year-old man was taken to hospital with minor facial injuries.

Penny Black pub

NHS hospitals break parking fees record

NHS hospitals appear to be making more money than ever from parking fees.

A report from the Press Association says hospitals in England collected more than £120m last year - up by 5%.

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust made £15,905 from parking fines in 2015-16 - that's £111,830 over four years.

Parking sign

Many trusts defended the charges, saying the money was put back into patient care or maintaining car parks.

Gossip Column: Sunderland to keep hold of Defoe?

BBC Sport

Here's some snippets from the Gossip Column:

Sunderland boss David Moyes will resist Sam Allardyce's efforts to sign his 34-year-old striker Jermain Defoe. (ESPN)

Newcastle are interested in signing 24-year-old Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson. (The Sun)

Meanwhile, the Magpies might be scuppered in their hopes to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 20, with Chelsea keen to loan the midfielder to a fellow Premier League club. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Jermain Defoe

Joiner lands medieval castle apprenticeship

An apprentice joiner will learn his trade at 1,000-year-old Durham Castle thanks to funding from the historic City of Durham Freemen.

Steven Hay, 29, will learn from the woodworking team at the medieval fortress during a £30,000 four-year sponsorship scheme.

His training will see him work on crafted windows, doors, panelling and other key elements of the woodwork throughout the castle.

City of Durham Freemen of Steven Hay
Geoff Kitson/PA

Mr Hay, from Chester-le-Street, said: "Getting an apprenticeship was something I always wanted but spending my time working and learning within a World Heritage Site was never part of the dream."

Video: 90-year-old artist's royal appointment

BBC Newcastle

We're sure meeting Prince Charles won't be a moment Winifred will forget anytime soon:  

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Your photos: Hadrian's Wall in the sunshine

Kristie Kinghorn

BBC Newcastle

Michael Bradley from Haltwhistle took this photo at Sycamore Gap yesterday just as the sun was rising above Hadrian's Wall.

Sycamore Gap
Michael Bradley

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Paul Gascoigne injured in 'drunken brawl' at London hotel

Paul Gascoigne
Express & Star

Former football star Paul Gascoigne was taken to hospital after an alcohol-fuelled fight at a hotel, it has been reported. 

Mr Gascoigne, 49, was "racially abusing" customers at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, east London, and throwing money at them, according to a witness. 

The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to a disturbance at the hotel shortly after 18:00 yesterday before a 49-year-old man was taken to hospital with a head injury. 

Witness Alvin Carpio said the former England and Newcastle United striker, who has long-battled alcoholism, appeared "very drunk" during the altercation. 

He tweeted: "Gazza has just been kicked down the stairs by a guy whose friend got slapped by him. He really isn't in a good place.

"It's a sad state: He's been spitting, making racist remarks & groping women, all while throwing around £ notes. 

"He was racially abusing my mates, and hitting one of them on the shoulder and head before throwing a £20 note on him."

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said: "The man has been taken to an east London hospital where he remains in a stable condition." No arrests have been made and inquiries are ongoing, she added.

Bus station reopens after medical emergency

Buses are now being allowed back into Middlesbrough Bus Station following the medical emergency.

'Patient in coma after heart attack in Middlesbrough'

Some more on the incident which has seen the air ambulance land and Middlesbrough Bus Station close.

The Great North Air Ambulance service says a patient is in an induced coma after a heart attack and is being driven to James Cook Hospital.

BreakingAir ambulance lands at Middlesbrough Bus Station

BBC Tees

The Great North Air Ambulance has just landed at Middlesbrough Bus Station.

There's also police and an ambulance present.

The bus station has closed for the time being.

We're asking what's happening:

Air ambulance lands at Middlesbrough Bus Station

Weather: Feeling frosty

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a mild few days, today is feeling very cold with a foggy and frosty start for most of us.

Later most places will become clear with good sunny spells and light winds.

Maximum temperature: 6C (43F).

Abbie Dewhurst

Check the forecast where you are.

Man found in lane in South Shields 'critical'

BBC Newcastle

A man is in a critical but stable condition in hospital after being found with serious head injuries in South Shields.

Police were called to the rear lane of Leighton Street at the junction with Eccleston Road at about 20:00 on Boxing Day.

Police said inquiries into the incident are ongoing - it is not yet known how he sustained his injuries.

Travel: A66 in Middlesbrough partially blocked after accident

BBC Travel

The A66 in Teesport is partially blocked westbound between the Church Lane junction and the Asda traffic lights because of an accident.  

Be careful out there - it's pretty icy in places.

Get the latest travel news for Tyne and Wear and Teesside.

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage

Kristie Kinghorn

BBC Newcastle

Morning. We hope you all had a lovely Christmas!

Throughout the day we'll be bringing you the latest news, weather, sport and travel updates and a recap of what you might have missed over the past few days during the festivities.


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