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  1. Updates on Monday 16 January 2017

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Ana Guerra-Moore

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Weather: Cloudy with light rain

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy, with hill fog and outbreaks of mostly light rain during the evening, especially in the south.

After midnight further outbreaks of rain will spread from the north.

Light winds expected.  

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Check tonight's weather where you are.

South Shields YMCA use naked mannequins to highlight donation drop

A YMCA shop in South Shields is putting nude mannequins on display to emphasise the lack of donations it is receiving.

The charity is said to be in "desperate need" of donations, as stocks are now running low.

Our reporter Russ Ward has been to the shop on Ocean Road to find out more:

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Historic boundary signs to appear in Stockton

Signs showing the historic boundaries of North Yorkshire and County Durham could soon be put up in Stockton.

Councillors will look at plan to put up signs on Jubilee Bridge, Victoria Bridge, the Princess Diana Bridge and Yarm Bridge to show where the historic boundaries of the North Ridings met.

Councillor Nigel Cooke says the project is all about "showing regional pride".

However, two years ago people in Yarm and Thornaby voted in a non-legally binding referendum to leave the Stockton borough and become part of North Yorkshire. 

Helen Bailey: Ian Stewart tried to sell author's flat, court hears

The man accused of murdering Northumberland-born author Helen Bailey twice tried to use power of attorney while she was missing in order to sell her flat, a court heard.

The body of the 51-year-old was found in a cesspit at her home in Royston, Hertfordshire, in July.

Her fiancé, Ian Stewart, 56, who denies murder, visited her solicitor in Ms Bailey's place on 11 April, the day she went missing, to discuss the sale.

He claimed she was "too unwell" to attend, St Albans Crown Court was told.

Helen Bailey

Brother and sister pups join North East police

Two Labrador puppies have become the latest recruits to a North East police dog unit.

Brother and sister Jackson and Becky will soon begin their training for the tri-force dog section, which includes Durham, Cleveland and North Yorkshire Police.

The soon-to-be crime fighters are only 10 weeks old and are currently being looked after by foster families until they are old enough to begin their formal training.

They will join the unit as specialist search dogs sniffing out drugs or explosives.

Durham Constabulary
Durham Constabulary

Hartlepool school hopes for green-light on extension plans

Hartlepool Mail


A Hartlepool school is hoping a new extension and a boundary wall replacement will be given the go-ahead by planning chiefs.

Eldon Grove Academy, Hartlepool

Travel: One lane closed on A1068 due to road maintenance

BBC Travel

There's one lane closed on the A1068 Fisher Lane northbound in Seaton Burn between Seaton Burn Roundabout and Aerodrome Corner, because of road maintenance.

Follow the latest travel updates here.

Is it OK to watch porn in public places?

BBC News Magazine

It's no secret lots of people watch pornography on the internet. It's usually something done behind closed doors - but how would you feel about someone watching porn in public?

The BBC's Siobhann Tighe had a troubling experience on a London bus.

Prof Clare McGlynn from Durham University, specialises in the law around porn and says there's little to stop someone viewing pornographic material in public - on public transport, in a library, in a park or a cafe, for example.

A porn app icon on a mobile phone

Your pictures: Cawfields Quarry, Northumberland

This beautiful picture of Cawfields Quarry, just beside Haltwhistle, part of the Northumberland National Park, has been sent to us by a Look North viewer.

Paul Glass says he took the photo on a "clear, cold and crisp" night, with the stars including the constellation of Orion reflected on the water of the quarry.

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Cawfields Quarry

Inside Out follows doctor fighting financial pressures

As budgets tighten and patient numbers rocket, GPs are under increasing pressure to cut the cost of care.

What's it like for a doctor fighting financial pressure as well as infection? Tonight, in a special programme Inside Out follows a Tyneside GP to find out first-hand how he and his patients are coping. 

You can watch the full programme on BBC One at 19:30.

NHS under pressure graphic

Funeral service held for ‘vibrant’ Amber Rose Cliff as cervical cancer campaign continues

Sunderland Echo


Hundreds of mourners gathered to remember a “vibrant girl” whose fight against cancer has sparked a national campaign for change.

Men lifting Amber's coffin

Boats and huts damaged in Redcar fire

BBC Tees

Two fishing boats and two huts have been destroyed by fire at South Gare, just outside Redcar. 

Firefighters were called just before 01:00 this morning and spent three hours battling the flames.

More information as we get it.

Wreckage after fire

Newcastle teen campaigns for CPR training in schools

A teenager from Newcastle is campaigning for CPR - cardiopulmonary resuscitation - to be taught in schools after the death of her friend.

Fourteen-year-old Michael Quinn died in 2014 when an asthma attack sent him into cardiac arrest.

Since his death his friend Bobbi Potts, 15, has been raising money to fund defibrillators and CPR training in schools and public places.

You can see more on the story on Inside Out on BBC One at 19:30 tonight.

Newcastle teen campaigns for CPR training in schools

Tunisia attack: UK tourist inquests told of delayed response

The attack at a Tunisian beach resort that led to the deaths of 30 British tourists - including Lisa Burbidge from Gateshead - could have been stopped sooner, a UK coroner has heard.

Islamist gunman Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire near Sousse in June 2015, killing 38 holidaymakers in total.

The counsel to the inquests into the British deaths said a Tunisian judge's report had identified failings by local security units before police arrived.

It said they had "deliberately... slowed down to delay their arrival".

Victims of the attack in Tunisia
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Tyne and Wear Metro to operate trains earlier

BBC Newcastle

The Tyne and Wear Metro will start operating trains earlier in the mornings and run more often at peak times.

The new early service will see trains leaving stations in Sunderland, South Shields and North Tyneside before 06:00 on weekdays, due to passenger demand.

Changes will also improve the evening peak service on one of the Metro's busiest sections - between Pelaw and Monkseaton.

The changes start on 5 February. 

Weather: Rain becoming lighter and patchier this afternoon

Cloudy and mild throughout the day, with light winds and extensive hill fog over the hills. 

Despite this, the rain should become lighter and patchier during the afternoon. 

Maximum Temperature: 9C (48F).

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Severe disruption: A183 Tyne And Wear both ways

BBC Travel

A183 Tyne And Wear both ways severe disruption, between Priory Grove and St Gabriel's Avenue.

A183 Tyne And Wear - A183 Chester Road in Sunderland closed in both directions between the Priory Grove junction and the St Gabriel's Avenue junction, because of resurfacing work. Diversion in operation - Ormonde Street, Barnes Park Road, Durham Road, Ettrick Grove.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Police offering reward to catch wanted man

A reward is being offered for help to catch a wanted Newcastle man.

Dean Wilkinson, 26 and from Saint Cuthberts Green, is wanted in connection with a burglary and a taking without owner's consent(TWOC) offence.

Enquiries are ongoing to locate him and a reward of up to £1,000  is being offered.

Dean Wilkinson

Hartlepool cat 'attacked by cyclist and dog'

CCTV footage has been released that appears to show a cat being attacked by a dog and a man on a bicycle.

The RSPCA has launched an investigation after being given home footage of the street where it happened in Hartlepool.

They are looking for the man who they say is seen "violently stamping and kicking at the cat and slamming his bike tyre down".

Insp Stephanie Baines said the footage was "very upsetting to watch".

The condition of the cat is not known.

The CCTV footage shows the man appearing to join in the dog's attack on the cat

Travel: Traffic light failure on A194

BBC Travel

There's a traffic light failure on the A194(M) in Newcastle at the A194, White Mare Pool Roundabout.

More travel updates here.

Newcastle Eagles beat Glasgow Rocks for third British Basketball League Cup success

BBC Sport

Newcastle Eagles won their third British Basketball League Cup final in succession, despite a late fightback by Glasgow Rocks.

Glasgow hit the first 10 points of the game but were 50-32 down by half-time and on their way to defeat.

Rahmon Fletcher led Newcastle's scoring with 29 points and was named Most Valuable Player, while Rocks opposite number Neil Watson made 28 points.

Here are the highlights:

BBL Cup Final 2017: Newcastle Eagles beat Glasgow Rocks for third success

Tunisia attack: Inquests to open into deaths of 30 Britons

The inquest into the death of 30 British tourists killed in Tunisia 18 months ago opens later in London.

Lisa Burbidge, 66, from Gateshead was one of 30 holidaymakers who were shot dead on a beach at a resort near Sousse in June 2015.

Islamist gunman Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire on holidaymakers on the beach near Sousse, killing a total 38 in total.

Lisa Burbidge
Family photograph

Saltburn Pier still closed after storm damage

BBC Tees

Saltburn Pier remains closed this morning after it was damaged by Friday's stormy weather.

Redcar and Cleveland Council says it's assessing the situation and hopes to reopen the structure soon.

Meanwhile, the RNLI in Redcar is asking people to be careful if they're on the beach as the Coatham Dunes (pictured) may have become unstable as a result of the hide tides on Friday. 

Coatham dunes

Travel: Newgate Street still closed after roof damaged in high winds

BBC Travel

Newgate Street in Newcastle is still closed at the B1311 Gallowgate junction, after a roof was damaged in the high winds last week.

Diversions are in operation for bus routes 36, 71, 72, 87 and 88.

More travel updates here.

‘No charges pending’ over Karl Bennett road crash death

Sunderland Echo


No one is to face charges in connection with a crash which claimed the life of a promising apprentice.

Karl Bennett
Sunderland Echo

Everton treat Bradley Lowery to big day out

Everton treated Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery to a day to remember after the five-year-old captured the imagination of football fans with his cancer fight.  

The five-year-old from Blackhall Colliery near Hartlepool, was cheered as he was carried on to the pitch by Toffees striker Romelu Lukaku on Sunday.

Before kick-off, Bradley kicked a ball into the Goodison Park net.

Bradley was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2013 but his mother has confirmed he "will lose his fight".

Everton treat Bradley to big day out

Weather: Cloudy and mild with light winds

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

If you're wondering what the weather has in store today, it will be cloudy and mild with light winds and extensive hill fog over the Pennines.

Early outbreaks of rain will become lighter and patchier during the morning, becoming mainly dry through the afternoon.

Tonight, it will be dry at first with outbreaks of rain arriving from the north towards midnight. It will spread south across all areas during the early hours of Tuesday. Expect light winds throughout the night.  

Weather forecast, Monday 16 January, 2017

Great weekend for Teesside sport with golf and darts titles

BBC Tees

Teesside is proud this morning after a weekend of sporting success. 

In golf, Hartlepool's Graeme Storm has been crowned South Africa Open champion after beating the world number two Rory McIlroy in a playoff. 

Graeme Storm
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And Middlesbrough's Glen Durrant is celebrating after taking the BDO World Darts Championship title at the Lakeside last night.  

Glen Durrant
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Martin Luther King's Tyneside visit marked by Freedom City 2017

The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's visit to Tyneside is to be celebrated with a year-long series of events.

The American accepted an honorary doctorate in civil law from Newcastle University on 13 November 1967.

Tyneside's Freedom City 2017 will see outdoor events, exhibitions and public art mark that occasion.

His Newcastle speech was the last he made outside the United States before his assassination in 1968.

An image of Dr Martin Luther King Jr – by artist Derek Russell - projected on to a Newcastle University building to mark the launch of Freedom City 2017

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