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  1. Updates on Thursday 12 January 2017

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Weather: Icy patches as temperatures fall

A cold and breezy day with clear spells to start allowing temperatures to quickly fall with icy patches forming on untreated surfaces. 

It will become cloudier for a time later with some sleet and snow in places clearing by dawn. Winds strengthening in northward facing coasts.

Minimum Temperature: -1C (30F).

Watch: Dolphin seen swimming in Sunderland

Prisoners in Frankland Jail have been caught with al-Qaeda magazine

BBC Newcastle

Prisoners have been caught with a banned terror group's magazine while in jail, is has been revealed. 

Inmates in high security prisons in Durham, London, Manchester and Milton Keynes were found with al-Qaeda's publication Inspire in the past five years, the Ministry of Justice said. 

Possession of it can be a criminal offence and each copy was removed. 

Justice minister Sam Gyimah said the government would "not tolerate extremist material in prisons".

HM Prison Frankland
HM Prison Frankland

Flood defences installed at Hartlepool Headland

Temporary flood gates have been installed between the original Town Wall and a new set back wall that was created as part of recent sea defence works in Hartlepool.

The gates are designed to trap any water that reaches land and channel it back into the sea.

A temporary flood barrier is also being  installed at nearby Victoria Harbour.

 Both temporary defences will remain in place until Monday.

Watch: Alan Shearer pays tribute to Alan Shearer

Tributes paid to talented Hartlepool teacher

Hartlepool Mail


Winsome Douglas, taught in Hartlepool for over 40 years, starting at Dyke House School in 1940 where she rose to the rank of deputy headteacher.

Winsome Douglas was a former deputy head teacher and artist in Hartlepool
Hartlepool Mail
Winsome Douglas was a former deputy head teacher and artist in Hartlepool

Coastal flooding warnings issued for early hours of Friday

There are flood warnings in place for several areas along the North East coast tomorrow - meaning flooding is expected. 

They are for 03:30  tomorrow  and 16;00 when  high tide and strong winds are likely to cause large waves.

There are flood warnings in place for Roker, Alnmouth, Seahouses, Whitley Bay, Cullercoats, Tynemouth and Hartlepool.

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Artistic knitters decorate nature reserve with amazing wildlife creations

Hartlepool Mail


  A purl of an idea has been used to bring some colour to the winter scenes at a nature reserve.  

A woolly kingfisher in position over the pond as part of the display.
Hartlepool Mail
A woolly kingfisher in position over the pond as part of the display.

Severe accident: A193 Tyne And Wear eastbound

BBC Travel

A193 Tyne And Wear eastbound severe accident, between A1149 Coach Lane and B143 Nile Street.

A193 Tyne And Wear - A193 Albion Road in North Shields closed and traffic congestion coastbound between the A1149 Coach Lane junction and the B143 Nile Street junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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Car 'overturned by youths'

Police in Newcastle's West End said youths pushed over a car causing significant damage.

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Your pictures: Snow in County Durham

Tracey Laing sent us these lovely photos of snow around Waskerley in County Durham.

Sheep in Waskerley, County Durham
Tracey Laing
Dawn in Waskerley, County Durham
Snow covered fields near Waskerley, County Durham
Tracey Laing
Snow covered fields near Waskerley, County Durham

University honor for musician Kathryn Tickell

Colin Briggs

Look North

Leading North East folk musician Kathryn Tickell OBE is to be awarded an honorary degree from Durham University.

The acclaimed performer of the Northumbrian pipes will be made an honorary Master of Music. 

Renowned inventor and visiting Professor of Physics at the university, Prof John C Taylor will be made an honorary Doctor of Science at the same ceremony.

Kathryn Tickell

How cold is it where you are?

So we know it's cold but how does where you are compare to temperatures around the rest of the world.

Click here and you can put in your postcocde to compare the temperature where you are with more than 50 cities around the world, including some of the hottest and coldest inhabited places. 

Highland cattle in the snow at Brough

Watch: Temporary barriers put up on Newcastle Quayside

Alison Freeman

BBC Look North

Temporary flood barriers are being put up along the Quayside in Newcastle ahead of expected high tides tomorrow.

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Weather: Very windy with blustery showers, wintry at first

Very windy with blustery showers this afternoon, these generally wintry at first but becoming more isolated later with the winds easing through the evening. 

Maximum Temperature: 3C (37F).

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People of Hartlepool help family get back on their feet after two tragic events

BBC Tees

Last month Stephanie Lang received the news that her brother Ben had taken his own life.

She left her home in Hartlepool to comfort her parents and the rest of the family but then received another phone call.

Her home was on fire and Stephanie and her two young sons had lost everything.

Her mum Lynn told BBC Tees: “I strongly believe that Ben’s death helped save my daughter’s life. “

Tony Mann from Hartlepool asked people to help the family and he wasn’t disappointed.

The donations have included furniture, bedding, electrical items and even a couple of laptops.

A washing machine was donated.
Donations came flooding in for the family

Temporary flood barriers put in place

Temporary barriers are being put up around the North East as high waves are forecast.

A flood alert is in force for Friday's high tides at approximately 0330 and 1600 amid high tides and strong northerly winds.

The Environment Agency says the coastal surge is likely to affect parts of our coastline and bring large debris with it. However it says it is not expecting flooding to affect properties.

The barriers are going up on Newcastle Quayside and at Blyth in Northumberland.

Flood barrier being put in place on Newcastle Quayside.
Flood barrier being put in place on Newcastle Quayside.

Woman befriends North Shields pensioner and then steals his mobility scooter

BBC Newcastle

A woman befriended a pensioner who said he felt unwell only to steal his mobility scooter and cash, police said.

The 89-year-old was in Nile Road Post office, in North Shields, on Monday afternoon about 15:00 when the woman who was aged 20 to 25, claimed she was his carer and escorted him home. 

To say thank you he invited the woman and her little boy in for a cup of tea, but after she'd left he found his belongings had been taken.

Northumbria Police Neighbourhood Insp Martin Brooks said: "It's very upsetting for this elderly gentlemen to have been taken advantage of in this way and it's a cruel crime to target someone who clearly depends on their mobility scooter to get around."

Northumberland teenager raises money for Great North Air Ambulance Service which saved her stepdad

A teenager has thanked the Great North Air Ambulance Service which came to the rescue of her stepdad after a crash left him with life-changing injuries. 

Astynn Riding, 17, from Ashington has raised £200 by selling sweet-filled cones for the charity after they flew to the aid of Ryan Lee. 

Ryan, 32, was involved in a motorbike collision on the A696 near Otterburn on 2 October, when he crashed through a wall on a bend coming to rest by a tree. 

He suffered a broken back in seven places, a broken leg, punctured lung, five broken ribs and fractures to his wrist and shoulder. 

He was immobile for three weeks and has had a long recovery.

Ryan receiving treatment at the scene
Ryan receiving treatment at the scene
Astynn with £200 cheque
Astynn raised money selling sweets
Amber Cliff

A woman who died from cancer aged 25 asked for smear tests but "was told she was too young".

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Air ambulance paramedic captures stunning view of Roseberry Topping

Great North Air Ambulance crew member Tim West took this fantastic photo of Guisbrough with Roseberry Topping in the background.

Image of view from the helicopter
View from the helicopter

Environment Agency prepares for coastal flooding

The Environment Agency has issued a warning to be prepared for high tides, large waves and the risk of coastal flooding .

They are putting up small sections of temporary barriers at both Newcastle Quayside and in Blyth this morning as a precaution.

The agency says a coastal surge will affect parts of the east coast today and tomorrow. 

Gale force winds and a further coastal surge are also forecast for the east coast on Friday into Saturday. 

At Tynemouth Longsands a tractor has been piling sand up on the beach to protect Crusoes cafe.

Tractor piling sand on Tynemouth Longsands

Fears for the future of 140 jobs in Gateshead

BBC Newcastle

Almost 140 people face losing their jobs at a factory in Gateshead.

Staff at the oil and gas supplier, NOV Mission Products on the Team Valley, were told on Tuesday its American owners want to shut the site. 

In November 187 workers at the same factory were made redundant with a lack of orders and falling oil prices being blamed.

Gail Johnson from the GMB union says it's another blow for Gateshead where just last week 200 jobs were lost at AEI cables in Birtley.

Power restored after gales cut off 40,000 homes

The last remaining homes hit by power cuts caused by gales over the past 36 hours have been reconnected.

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Wind-damaged street to stay closed

Colin Briggs

Look North

A main route through Newcastle city centre remains closed after high winds damaged part of the roof of a building.

Newgate Street, pictured below, will stay closed to pedestrians today and vehicles for the next three days while inspection and repair works are carried out.

Winds of up to 75 mph battered the region on Wednesday causing structural damage to homes, power cuts and transport problems.

Newgate Street

Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham southbound

BBC Travel

A1(M) County Durham southbound severe accident, at J63 for A167 affecting Cocken Road.

A1(M) County Durham - One lane blocked and slow traffic on A1(M) southbound at J63, A167 (Chester-le-Street), because of a multi-vehicle accident. Congestion to Cocken Road.

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Weather: Staying cold and breezy with blustery wintry showers

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will remain very windy today, with blustery showers.

These will be generally wintry at first, but becoming more isolated through the day with the winds easing and more sunshine developing. 

Maximum temperature won't get above 3C (37F) when the winnd chill is taken into account.

Weather map

Tonight should see further sleet and snow showers, with the possibly a spell of more widespread coastal rain, sleet and snow moving southwards overnight.

It will be ice overnight with temperatures dipping to about -1C (30F).

Man faces trial charged with foster mother's murder

A man is duel go on trial later charged with murdering a 79-year-old Hartlepool woman who fostered dozens of children. 

Norma Bell was found in her terraced home in Westbourne Road in April following a fire. 

Norma Bell
Cleveland Police

Gareth Dack, 33, of Windermere Road, Hartlepool, is due at Teesside Crown Court charged with her murder. 

He denied the offence at a previous hearing. 

Mrs Bell was a grandmother who had fostered more than 50 children.

Region on alert for snow, ice and flooding

Rebecca O'Neill

BBC Newcastle

The North East has been put on a yellow weather warning for snow and icy conditions over the next two days. 

The Met Office says the region could see up to 4cm of snow on lower ground and up to 10 cm in higher areas. 

Temporary flood barriers are being installed on Newcastle quayside, close to the Swing Bridge,  by the Environment Agency as a precautionary measure against expected high tides later today and tomorrow. 

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