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  1. Updates on Monday 23 January 2017

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Papy Djilobodji

Sunderland's Papy Djilobodji denies a charge of violent conduct after an incident involving West Brom's Darren Fletcher.

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Our live coverage across the day

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Monday's coverage has now come to an end. Thank you for joining us.

For updates throughout the night head to BBC TeesBBC Newcastle and Look North and online.

We'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow with more news, sport, weather and travel.

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Weather: Cold and cloudy

BBC Weather

Cold during the evening and overnight, with clear spells allowing a patchy frost and perhaps some freezing fog patches, these more likely in the south.

It should become cloudier and breezier in northern parts to end the night.  

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North East author receives highest honour in British crime writing

Crime-writer Ann Cleeves has been awarded the CWA Diamond Dagger, the highest honour in British crime writing.

Ms Cleeves, who lives in Whitley Bay, is the author of The Vera Stanhope novels, which have been adapted as the popular TV series Vera.

The author said:  "I am privileged to have had such a happy career and I will always be grateful for the support of booksellers and forever indebted to the passion and expertise of librarians, without whom I wouldn't still be writing today."

Severe disruption: A193 Northumberland both ways

BBC Travel

A193 Northumberland both ways severe disruption, between B1505 Horton Road and Spring Park.

A193 Northumberland - A193 Bebside Road in Bebside closed in both directions between the B1505 Horton Road junction and the Spring Park junction, because of a police incident.

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Two men stabbed in Newcastle

Two men were stabbed in Newcastle on Friday.

The men, aged 36 and 40, were taken to hospital for treatment and have since been released.

Police believe the men were involved in a fight with a number of others shortly before 20:00 inside an address in Springfield Road, Blakelaw.

Springfield Road

Cyclist bitten by dog

A cyclist was bitten by a dog in Northumberland on Saturday.

The 32-year-old man was cycling down the old Mineral line between Laverock Hall and Seaton Delaval when a Doberman bit him on the leg, causing a puncture wound.

The dog owner stopped to check on the victim, but continued to walk towards Seaton Delaval, Northumbria Police said.

Helen Bailey murder trial: Author 'panicked' about forgetfulness

A children's author whose body was found in a cesspit "panicked" about forgetful incidents in the weeks before she vanished, her mother told a court.

The Northumberland-born author was found dead at her home in Royston, Hertfordshire, last July.

Her fiancé, Ian Stewart, 56, denies murdering the 51-year-old by plying her with sedatives in a financially-motivated plot.

Eileen Bailey told St Albans Crown Court her daughter had felt "highly anxious" and "spaced out" all the time.

Helen Bailey

Travel: Train delays between Alnmouth and Morpeth

BBC Travel

There are delays of up to 10 minutes on Virgin Trains East Coast between Alnmouth and Morpeth due to level crossing problem.

More travel updates here.

Severe disruption: A1018 County Durham northbound

BBC Travel

A1018 County Durham northbound severe disruption, between A19 and B1285 Stockton Road.

A1018 County Durham - A1018 in Seaton closed northbound between the A19 junction and Seaham Grange Roundabout, because of recovery work.

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Gas main work in Durham to likely to cause delays

Drivers are being warned of likely disruption due to work on a gas main on the A167 Great North Road in Durham on Tuesday.

Northern Gas Networks engineers will be on site until Friday.

It will mean the closure of inside lane of the northbound carriageway and the outside lane of the southbound carriageway between Pity Me Roundabout and Plawsworth Roundabout..

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Hartlepool gang who preyed on elderly are jailed

Three fraudsters who posed as builders to con vulnerable elderly people out of thousands of pounds have been jailed.

One victim lost almost £30,000, while an 87-year-old woman died after suffering injuries at her home.

Phillip Orton, Lee Davison, and Scott Greathead, all of Hartlepool, were convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud and fraud by false representation.

They were jailed for three years and nine months; five years and two-and-a-half years respectively.

Phillip Orton (left), Lee Davidson (centre) and Scott Greathead

The man described as the leader of the gang, Michael Gales, is on the run having been found guilty of the same offences.

A fifth member, William Levi Gales, was charged with manslaughter but subsequently died.

Travel: Accident on A6072 Bishop Auckland

BBC Travel

The A6072 South Church Road in Bishop Auckland is partially blocked and there's heavy traffic near the St Andrew's Terrace junction, because of an accident.

More travel updates here.

Woman dies following A19 crash

A woman has died following a collision on the A19 near Seaham, police have confirmed.

It is believed a coach collided with a Vauxhall Corsa on the A1018 slip road this morning.

The driver of the car, a woman in her 50s, was taken to James Cook Hospital where she later died from her injuries.

The driver of the coach, which was empty of passengers, was shaken but uninjured.

Two care homes are set to re-open after being taken over

Hartlepool Mail


Two Hartlepool care homes that closed forcing some residents to go out of town are due to re-open their doors.

Manor Park Care Home

Non-binary student explains gender terms

Newcastle University student Saffy identifies as non-binary and pansexual.

Saffy uses gender-neutral pronouns, and in this video they tell their story:

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Three men attempt to rob shop with axe

Three men carrying a small axe attempted to rob a shop in Newcastle last week.

Two of the men approached the counter of the shop in North Terrace and one of them produced the weapon and demanded money. The third man stood at the doorway and kept watch.

The staff member refused and all three left the store empty handed.

Two of the men caught on CCTV

Your pictures: Llamas munching on hay on a frosty, January morning

These llamas were spotted munching away in Newton-on-the-Moor, Northumberland.

We hope you are enjoying your Monday as much as they are.


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A19 clear following earlier crash but A1018 sliproad still closed

The A19 is clear after an accident near Seaham earlier, however the A1018 slip roads remain closed in both directions, Durham Police say.

A woman was taken to hospital in a serious condition following the collision between a car and a coach earlier.

North East MPs question Prime Minister on auto manufacturing

Richard Moss

Political Editor, BBC Look North

North East Labour MPs have written to the Prime Minister about how a Brexit deal could affect the car industry after comments made by Nissan's chief executive.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, Carlos Ghosn said Nissan would review the competitiveness of its Sunderland plant once the final outcome of Brexit negotiations becomes clear.

The letter sets out 10 questions for Theresa May, ranging from guarantees on jobs, assurances made to Nissan and access to tariff-free trade.

In the letter, Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott says: "If a hard Brexit leads to people being laid off in Sunderland and elsewhere, the PM must swallow her pride, change course, and keep Britain in the single market and customs union.”

Watch: Panorama focuses on how legal highs are being tackled in Newcastle

BBC Panorama

Investigative TV show

BBC Panorama spent six months in Newcastle to see how the city is tackling the problem of legal highs and asks whether the new law is working.

A ban on legal highs started at the end of May last year.

Police in Newcastle formed a task force with partners, including the city council and the NHS, to get a grip on the problem following a spike in reports of crime, disorder and incidents linked to the substances.    

Panorama follows follows Newcastle city centre Inspector Nicola Wearing, Sgt Andy Percival and PC Fran Joyce

Watch an except below and you can see the full programme tonight at 20:30 on BBC One.

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Open-heart surgery performed after A19 crash

A woman had open heart surgery following a crash on a sliproad off the A19 today, it has emerged.

The Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA) went to the scene on the A1018 in Seaham after a car and a coach collided this morning.

The GNAA have now confirmed that surgery was performed on a woman in her 40s as a result of the crash.

Your photos: Sunrise at Tynemouth

Andrew Gray took this stunning photo at Tynemouth this morning - absolutely beautiful.

Sunrise at Tynmouth
Andrew Gray

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Fire crews leave scene of A19 collision

Fire crews have now left the scene of a collision between a car and a coach on a sliproad of the A19 near Seaham.

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Little Mix to play Radio 1's Big Weekend in Hull

Little Mix have confirmed that they will perform at Radio 1's Big Weekend on 27 and 28 May.

The half-Geordie girl band will be joined by Kings of Leon and Stormzy in Hull, where the festival takes place this year.

Full line up will soon be announced.


One person seriously injured in collision between car and coach on A19 sliproad

BBC Newcastle

More on the accident on the A19 - it happened on the northbound carriageway near Seaham on the A1018 slip road at about 11:00.

Police, fire and ambulance are at the scene. There's one casualty who is being taken by road to hospital in Middlesbrough.

The casualty is believed to be in a serious condition. It is thought a coach was involved in a collision with a car on the slip road. 

There are delays northbound on the A19.

Severe accident: A19 County Durham northbound

BBC Travel

A19 County Durham northbound severe accident, at A1018 affecting B1285.

A19 County Durham - A19 in Seaton exit slip road closed and heavy traffic northbound at the A1018 junction, because of an accident involving coach and a car. Congestion to the B1285 junction.

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Severe accident: A19 County Durham northbound

BBC Travel

A19 County Durham northbound severe accident, between A1018 and A690 Durham Road.

A19 County Durham - A19 in Seaton closed and busy but moving northbound between the A1018 junction and Herrington Interchange, because of an accident.

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Elbow to play Mouth of the Tyne Festival

Rebecca O'Neill

BBC Newcastle

The first acts have been announced for this summer's Mouth of The Tyne Festival.


Elbow will open the event on 6 July, followed by Brit Award winners Laura Marling on the Friday and Tom Odell on the Saturday. 

Tickets go on sale on Friday.

Man found after 10-hour search by mountain rescue teams

 A Middlesbrough man has been found after what is being described as the "biggest search" by mountain rescue volunteers in the region for many years.

Seventy people from six different organisations searched the Cleveland Hills on Saturday morning for the missing 39-year-old.

He was found after a 10-hour search and airlifted to hospital for checks.

Stephen Cook

Durham sign South Africa batsman Stephen Cook as an overseas player for the first half of the 2017 season.

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Father of Kieran Maxwell speaks of pride in his family

BBC Tees

The dad of a teenager living with terminal cancer has spoken of his "immense pride" in his family.

Alistair Maxwell, from Heighington Village, near Darlington, says it's been a challenging few years for his son, Kieran, (pictured) but they are focused on enjoying a "normal" family life.

The 18-year-old lost his leg to a rare form of bone cancer as a child and was told in November that his illness is now terminal following a routine check.

He is now focusing on raising as much money as he can for the Ewings Sarcoma Research Trust in the hope that no other child will have to go through this type of cancer.

Kieran Maxwell

New cycle path for Morpeth to 'improve safety'

Plans for a new cycle path to make travel safer in the Northumberland town of Morpeth have been revealed.

Northumberland County Council wants to build a new cycleway for people heading there through Stobhill.

Work is expected to start next month once funding has been granted by the North East Combined Authority.

The new cycleway
Kirklevington Prison

More than 350 former inmates of a detention centre have come forward to say they were abused, police say.

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Severe accident: B6344 Northumberland both ways

BBC Travel

B6344 Northumberland both ways severe accident, between B6341 and near Cragend Lay-by.

B6344 Northumberland - B6344 in Rothbury closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the B6341 junction and the near Cragend Lay-by junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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County Durham vet's trek to care for Sri Lanka street dogs

A vet has left behind her home in County Durham to care for Sri Lanka’s street dogs.

Janey Lowes from Barnard Castle has spent the past two years caring for the neglected animals.

The English vet saving Sri Lanka’s street dogs

There are about three million street dogs on the island – 60% of puppies born on the street do not survive to adulthood.

The 28-year-old set up charity WECare Worldwide to raise money to buy the equipment needed to treat the animals and to set up her own clinic in Talalla.

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