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  1. Updates on Tuesday 10 January 2017

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Adam Clarkson

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Man delivers own baby - metres away from hospital

A Darlington man had to deliver his own baby when his partner went into labour in the hospital car park.

George had just arrived at Darlington Memorial Hospital with his partner Rebecca when the baby made an appearance.

George says he pleaded with his partner to get out of the car and go into hospital but she was adamant that the delivery of baby Kieran couldn't wait.

I thought no, this baby is coming out. I just knew he was on the way."


The couple spoke to BBC Tees earlier today.

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Large amount of alcohol and meat stolen

A farm shop was targeted by thieves in the early hours of Friday.

Vodkas, gins, whiskeys and various wines were among the alcohol that was stolen from the Holdenfields Farm Shop in Yarm.

A large amount of meat was also taken.

Police are appealing for information.

Four arrested in connection to burglaries

Staff at a number of businesses in Newcastle city centre are being asked to remain vigilant after pPolice arrested four people in connection with burglaries.

Over the last 10 days a number of businesses have been targeted by offenders who broke in and stole items.

Those affected include Ladbroke's, Milligans, The Living Room and a number of restaurants. 

Two people have been charged with burglary and two remain in custody.

Police are giving advice to help prevent further offences:

My officers are out across the city centre speaking with business owners and staff and making them aware of this recent trend. We will continue to work to stop those responsible for break-ins and we need everyone's help to do this. Be vigilant, report suspicious behaviour to police and help keep our city centre safe."

Neighbourhood Inspector Nicola Wearing

Tonight's forecast: Dry during the evening with variable cloud

Here is your weather forecast for Tuesday night and Wednesday morning:

Westerly winds strengthening considerably overnight with some rain arriving, becoming mild for a time. Turning cold with clear spells and gales by dawn.  

Tuesday's weather forecast

Check the forecast where you are by heading to the BBC Weather page.

BreakingAyala to serve three-match ban after red card appeal fails

Middlesbrough's Daniel Ayala has failed in his appeal against a red card after his sending off in the FA Cup against Sheffield Wednesday. 

He'll serve a three-match ban. 

Daniel Ayala
Rex Features

Prison sentence for 'gutless' fraudster

A County Durham man has been jailed for 10 years after defrauding vulnerable women to fund a lavish lifestyle.

Raymond McDonald, 43, and from Thornley, targeted victims in the Durham, Cleveland, Newcastle and Northumberland areas.

He posed as a property developer and defrauded them out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

His actions paid for gambling trips and holidays, while victims lost their possessions and their homes. 

McDonald was investigated last year after Northumbria Police received a report of fraud from a victim in Newcastle. He was charged with fraud in November.

In sentencing, he was described by the judge as a man "without shame" whose offences were "predatory" and whose victims "suffered tremendously". 

Northumbria Police

McDonald targeted vulnerable women who had allowed themselves to trust him in the belief they would be sharing a future together. Instead, he has stolen everything he could from them, leaving a trail of financial and emotional devastation in his wake."

Detective Constable David LaybourneNorthumbria Police

Sunderland winger Khazri fit for Afcon

BBC Sport

Tunisia's Sunderland winger Wahbi Khazri will be fit to play at the Africa Cup of Nations despite suffering an ankle injury on Sunday.

The 25-year-old was carried off on a stretcher in Cairo during his team's defeat by Egypt.

"It's not serious, it's a benign ankle sprain," the federation said in a statement on its website. "He will be able to play in Gabon."

Tunisia will play Senegal on Sunday. They will also face Algeria and Zimbabwe in Group B at the finals, which run from 14 January to 5 February.

Wahbi Khazri

Severe disruption: A167 Tyne And Wear westbound

BBC Travel

A167 Tyne And Wear westbound severe disruption, at A191 Kenton Lane.

A167 Tyne And Wear - Slow traffic and one lane closed on A167 Ponteland Road westbound in Newcastle Upon Tyne at the A191 Kenton Lane junction, because of a car fire.

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Stockton community centre burgled

A Community Centre in Stockton was targeted by burglars on Wednesday. 

Ragworth Community Centre in St John's Way was broken into and offenders stole a range of items including food, phones and toiletries.

The inside of the centre was also damaged.

Ragworth Community Centre

Teesside woman's appeal for husband's rare cancer

A Billingham woman says she's praying for a miracle after her terminally ill husband was diagnosed with a complication so rare that it only affects 5% of people with cancer.

Phil Cox was diagnosed with lung and testicular cancer over a year ago but now has leptomeningeal disease, which occurs when tumour cells are able to travel and grow within the brain and spinal cord.

His wife, Kerry, told BBC Tees that the family are not giving up hope of finding a treatment:

If there's anyone that has any involvement in the medical world and knows of something that could possibly work - we're willing to try anything."

County Durham affected by Post Office closures

The Post Office is planning to close and franchise 37 Crown offices, with loss of 300 jobs and 127 specialist roles, according to the Communication Workers' Union (CWU).  

Crown post offices are the larger branches usually found on High Streets.

Two branches in County Durham will be affected by the proposed closures: the Post Offices on Queensway, Billingham and St Ives Road, Consett.

Durham Council 'To Let' consultation

A consultation is to be held after it was claimed that 'To Let' signs are ruining the look of Durham city centre.

The signs are mostly for student accommodation and in some streets there are signs outside the majority of properties.

In 2009, a voluntary code was introduced which intended to allow participating landlords to have only one sign per street.

As the code is not compulsory, there is no penalty for landlords who breach it.

Neil Foster is the cabinet member responsible for regeneration in the area, and says the signs are obsolete: 

More and more people are using the internet as a point of reference so what value are these boards in the modern world?"

The council have proposed three options for a solution:

  1. Continue with the voluntary code. There would be no changes to the way letting agents use signs.
  2. The number of boards and time of display would be restricted. It is likely that the restrictions will follow the principles of the voluntary code.
  3. A complete ban on letting boards within defined areas at any time, unless the Council has granted express consent.

The consultation is due to take place at Durham Town Hall on January 16 between 15:30 and 19:30.

Cold calling complaint 'made every five minutes'

The BBC can reveal that nuisance calls result in a complaint every five minutes.

The Information Commissioner's Office said about 370 people a day complain about cold calling, with more than half of those calls now automated. 

A spokesman for the ICO said it is illegal to make automated calls to people without their prior consent.

Tellows, a web forum for people who find themselves on the receiving end of a nuisance call, has supplied the BBC with data on the numbers most frequently sought by its users.

ICO Graph

We have created an interactive map which illustrates which parts of the UK get the most nuisance calls.

Searches per 100,000 residents found that Manchester had the highest number with 1,047 and Pontefract, West Yorkshire, had the lowest with only one.

What are the figures in the North East?

Newcastle upon Tyne: 626 

Middlesbrough: 213  

Sunderland: 103

Stockton: 39   

Hartlepool: 35 

Durham: 11   

Hadrian Yard crane plan could see 500 jobs
Hundreds of new jobs could come to North Tyneside after plans to build three cranes on the banks of the River Tyne were approved.

Man arrested after car crashes into house

Louise Hobson

BBC Tees reporter

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after a car crashed into a property in Darlington.

The property was cordoned off and police were present as the vehicle was removed from the side of the house.

This was the scene before the removal:

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The Vauxhall Astra has now successfully been removed from the house. No one was injured in the crash at 03:00 this morning. 

Incident in Darlington
Incident in Darlington
Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust team hug

About 100 young people recovering from cancer are taking to the seas in a sailing challenge run by yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur.

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When cranes filled the Tyne skyline

During the height of the shipbuilding industry, cranes could be seen along the skyline of Wallsend. 

They have since slowly all disappeared, but it looks like they could be set to make a return. 

A planning application to build three cranes at Hadrian Yard in Wallsend has been approved today by North Tyneside Council. 

Crane at Swan Hunter yard

OffShore Group Newcastle (OGN)  who are behind the plans, say it will create 200 jobs.

Most of the cranes at the former Swan Hunter yard in Wallsend were demolished in 2010, while others were sent to India.

Cranes on the Tyne

'Postcode lottery' of spending cuts for North East education

The Department of Education says it has set out plans to end the historic "postcode lottery" in school funding for the North East.

Changes to the system mean North East schools should get an extra £23m a year by the end of the decade.

A BBC analysis of government data has found that Stockton Schools have seen one of the biggest cuts with a fall of £157 per child in real terms in the past year.

The Conservative Parliamentary Spokesman for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Simon Clarke, says the new system will bring "genuine fairness".

From 2018 we are going to have a national school funding formula, which for the first time ever, objectively ties funding to pupil need.

You are looking at a situation where we will have genuine fairness as teaching professionals and parents would want and expect."

Plans to return giant cranes to the Tyne

Rebecca O'Neill

BBC Newcastle

Hundreds of new jobs could come to North Tyneside after plans to build three cranes on the banks of the Tyne were approved. 

Offshore Group Newcastle (ONG) want to re-open part of the old Amec site at the Hadrian Yard in Wallsend, and place the cranes there. 

The company believes it can secure enough work at the yard to employ 200 workers in the short term, with hundreds more in the future. 

North Tyneside Council approved it today.

Jermain Defoe

Relegation battlers Sunderland know how important Jermain Defoe is to their survival hopes - and here's the statistical proof.

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Coral bookmakers, Jarrow

A man is charged in connection with a siege inside a South Tyneside bookmakers during which hostages were held.

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Unusual Middlesbrough FC fan removed from Riverside

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

Now for one of the lighter stories of the day.

RSPCA officers visited Middlesbrough FC's Riverside Stadium on Wednesday after a seal pup was found outside.

A dog walker spotted the injured pup and called the animal charity, who believe the seal swam inland from the sea along the River Tees, which runs past the stadium.

The seal pup

RSPCA inspector Nick Jones said it was a strange place to find a seal, and Boro fans would have been shocked had it been a match day:

If only Boro's midfielder Viktor Fischer had been around - he could have lent us a hand!”

The seal pup

The animal was taken to a wildlife centre in Cheshire to be treated for injuries caused by sharp wire. 

The RPSCA advise members of the public to keep a safe distance from seals on land, and contact their emergency line on 0300 1234 999.

Inquest to open into roundabout death driver

Lisa McCormick

BBC Tees

The inquest into the death of a 28-year-old County Durham man whose body laid in the wreckage of a car on a roundabout for a week is due to be opened later. 

The body of Darren Stephenson-Burnett from Newton Aycliffe was last seen at a party on 27 August last year, but was not found for another seven days at the Burtree roundabout on the A68. 

Police think he failed to negotiate the roundabout and crashed through a chevron board before hitting a number of trees.

Darren Stephenson-Bennett,
Durham Police

Severe accident: A177 County Durham both ways

BBC Travel

A177 County Durham both ways severe accident, at High Road.

A177 County Durham - A177 in Bishop Middleham closed in both directions at the High Road junction, because of an accident and an accident involving eight vehicles.

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I, Daniel Blake star jokes about Bafta nomination

Hayley Squires, star of Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake, has been joking about the Newcastle-shot film's Bafta nominations. 

The award-winning movie tells the story of a Newcastle man and his struggle with the British welfare system, and is up for both the best film and best British film awards.

South London born Hayley, who plays a single mother in the film, is up for best supporting actress.

She took to Twitter to make light of the news:

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Clubs discover FA Cup opposition

BBC Sport

Our teams now know who they will face in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Premier League sides Sunderland and Middlesbrough will both entertain lower division opposition.

FA Cup draw
BBC Sport

Middlesbrough will face Accrington Stanley, while Sunderland will take on Fleetwood Town or Bristol City - assuming they can overcome Burnley in a replay.

If Newcastle can defeat Birmingham, they face a trip to Oxford United.

The matches are to be played between 27 and 30 January.

Fresh legal threat over fertility services in Hartlepool

Andrea MacMillan

BBC Tees

Hartlepool Council says it could take further legal action against the local clinical commissioning group over the running of fertility services in the town. 

North Tees and Hartlepool Hospital had wanted to close the unit over fears it could not safely run it.

But a previous round of legal action by the council meant it was given a reprieve while a new provider was sought.

IVF treatment

But it has emerged that Hartlepool and Stockton Clinical Commissioning Group has failed to find a suitable operator for the fertility service.

The group said it was disappointed not to have found a provider and was working with others in the region to offer services to those who need them.

Weather: Bright start, but turning chilly and windy

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A chilly, bright and quite windy morning with perhaps a few showers in places. 

It should remain mostly dry during the afternoon, but it will turn increasingly cloudy with perhaps a few a spot of rain by dusk. Maximum temperatures should reach about 8C (46F) 

Weather map

It will become dry during the evening, but after midnight westerly winds will strengthen considerably with some rain arriving and turning colder.

Overnight temperatures should stay positive at about 4C (39F). 

Check the forecast where you are.

BreakingI, Daniel Blake nominated for five Baftas

Rebecca O'Neill

BBC Newcastle

Ken Loach's Newcastle-shot film I, Daniel Blake has picked up five Bafta nominations.

Loach himself is up for best director, the film for best film, also for outstanding British film, original screenplay and supporting actress for Hayley Squires.

The film, which has already won a string awards, including the Palme d'Or at Cannes, tells the story of a Newcastle man struggling to  cope with the bureaucracy of Britain's welfare system.

In the best film category, I, Daniel Blake is up against Hollywood musical La La Land, American coming-of-age story Moonlight, sci-fi movie Arrival and melancholy drama Manchester By The Sea.

Scene from I, Daniel Blake
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