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  1. Updates on Tuesday 24 January 2017

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Heartfelt tributes left to A19 crash victim

Hartlepool Mail


Dozens of heartfelt tributes have been paid to a woman who died in a road tragedy.

Picture of the scene by Katherine Cartwright.
Hartlepool Mail

Plans for new sports facility in Berwick

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

England's northernmost town is hoping to build a top class sports facility which will serve both the local community and possibly the town's football team Berwick Rangers. 

The Berwick Stadium Trust has found land near East Ord which it wants to develop to inspire a future generation of sporting youngsters. 

Proposed new site
Proposed new site

Sunderland MP welcomes online bingo giant Tombola’s new £6million headquarters

Sunderland Echo


A Sunderland MP has priased an online bingo giant for choosing to stay in the city and build new £6m headquarters.  

Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott with Tombola director Mike Cronin.
Sunderland Echo
Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott with Tombola director Mike Cronin.

Man threatened with knife and taken to cash point

A 19-year-old man was approached by a man armed with a knife in Newcastle who then made him walk to a cash point.

The incident happened in the early hours of  Monday 16 January in Melbourne Street.

He was taken to the ATM at Price Watch Supermarket and forced to withdraw £80.

The offender is white, in his 20s, 5ft 10in and of average build. 

He spoke with a local accent and was wearing a grey wooly hat, a black face mask of some kind, a dark grey plain patterned high neck jumper, plain black bottoms and grey footwear.

Tenant waved sawn-off shotgun at neighbour and threatened: ‘I will kill you’

Hartlepool Mail


A tenant in a block of flats who brandished a double barrelled sawn-off shotgun at his next-door neighbour has been jailed.

Police at the scene
Hartlepool Mail
Police at the scene

Three banned from football grounds after match brawl

Mark McAlindon

BBC Look North

Three men from Carlisle have been banned from all football grounds for three years for their part in a brawl with stewards at a match between Carlisle and Hartlepool.

Magistrates heard that fans climbed on seats and railings after Carlisle scored late on in the game last October, with stewards trying to restore order. 

The court heard that when one steward, who has since been sacked by Carlisle United, threw punches, some supporters retaliated. 

Luke Hodgson, 18, from Upperby Road, Carl Swan, 24,from Sunnymeade, and Stephen Neaves, 25, from Crindledyke, were all given banning orders.

A 56-year-old man escaped a ban but was fined a total of £376.

Police ask: Is this your jewellery?

Cleveland Police is trying to trace the owners of suspected stolen jewellery found by officers on Teesside.

It was recovered from a vehicle on Greylands Avenue in Norton, Stockton, on Friday 13 January and from another vehicle on Meath Street in Middlesbrough Town Centre on Friday 30 December.  

The list of suspected stolen goods includes the following: a bracelet, pendant pearl stones, three rings, two pairs of earrings and a nose ring.
Cleveland Police
The list of suspected stolen goods includes the following: a bracelet, pendant pearl stones, three rings, two pairs of earrings and a nose ring.
Suspected stolen goods
Cleveland Police
Suspected stolen goods
Joleon Lescott

Former Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott joins Premier League strugglers Sunderland on a deal until the end of the season.

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Boy robbed by man with knife in Middlesbrough

BBC Tees

A 13-year-old boy's been robbed at knife-point in Middlesbrough. 

The youngster was on his phone a week ago when a man threatened him with a knife at Ayresome Gardens on Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough. 

The man had a southern accent.  

Woman looks back at her mother’s rescue 18 years on

Lauren Hessey was eight years old when her mother was hit by a van as she stepped out into the road in Longframlington, Northumberland to wave at her youngest daughter on the school bus.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service has written an article about what happened next.

Family photo

Police name woman killed in coach collision near Seaham

Police have released the name of the woman killed in a crash near Seaham yesterday.

Parminder Dhinsa, 56, died after a coach collided with her black Vauxhall Corsa on the A1018 slip road on the northbound side of the A19. 

Parminder Dhinsa
Family photo

Parminder, from Peterlee, was married with two sons aged 34 and 35 and also leaves two grandchildren.

She was well known in the local community as the family owns an off-licence in Wheatley Hill and a fish and chip shop in Trimdon Station.

The family says they are "absolutely devastated" at their loss.

Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

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HSBC to shut three branches in the North East

HSBC will close 62 branches across the UK this year, including three in the North East.

Branches in Alnwick, Consett and on the Team Valley in Gateshead will shut.

More than 180 jobs will be lost across the UK in the final stage of the firm's restructuring programme.

HSBC bank
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HSBC says the plans bring its "branch restructuring programme" to an end.
Asbestos sheeting

Hazardous asbestos has been found dumped in "every corner" of Northumberland, the local authority says.

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Seen any snowdrops yet?

It's been cold outside this morning but the National Trust has been using the hashtag spring.

Snowdrops have been spotted at Gibside.

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Beth Mead

Arsenal Ladies sign England Under-23 striker Beth Mead from fellow-Women's Super League One club Sunderland Ladies.

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How two girls who kidnapped a toddler were caught

In April 2016, a two-year-old girl went missing from the shop on Northumberland Street in Newcastle city centre.

She was found an hour and 45 minutes later after being tracked via CCTV cameras to a park in the suburb of Gosforth, about three miles away.

She had been kidnapped by two teenage girls, the pair were later ordered to be detained for three years  

BBC News has been getting the inside story about the frantic search for her.

Gosforth search

Suspected arson at Sunderland pub

Police are investigating a suspected arson attack at Oddies Pub on Hylton Road in Sunderland which happened at 00.45 this morning. 

Emergency services attended a small fire in the kitchen area. 

All four occupants were safely out of the property and no one was injured. 

Police believe a lit bottle containing flammable liquid was thrown through a downstairs window starting the blaze which is being treated as arson. 

Oddies Pub on Hylton Road in Sunderland
Oddies Pub on Hylton Road in Sunderland

Sunderland complete Lescott signing

BBC Sport

Joleon Lescott has joined Sunderland on a short-term contract. 

The defender has put pen to paper on a deal with the Black Cats until the end of the season. 

He will wear the shirt number 15.

Joleon Lescott
Joleon Lescott

Hartlepool’s Miles for Men charity reaches £200,000 milestone

Hartlepool Mail


Hartlepool’s Miles for Men has smashed the £200,000 fundraising barrier.

Last year's Miles for Men run
Hartlepool Mail
Last year's Miles for Men run
Stephen Cook

South Africa batsman Stephen Cook can add toughness to Durham's batting order, says head coach Jon Lewis.

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Is North East film I, Daniel Blake going to miss out on an Oscar nomination?

The film I, Daniel Blake, based in Newcastle, was the winner of the Cannes 2016 top film-making prize, the Palme d'Or.

So many thought it could be in the running for an Oscar, but according to those in the know it looks unlikely it will get a nomination.

The BBC has been keeping tabs on what to look out for.

I, Daniel Blake stars Dave Johns and Hayley Squires
I, Daniel Blake stars Dave Johns and Hayley Squires

Hunt continues for on-the-run gang member

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

Police are still looking for the fourth member of a gang which conned elderly people out of their savings by saying they would undertake building work which never materialised.

At Newcastle Crown court yesterday, three men from Hartlepool were given prison sentences ranging from two-and-a-half to five years for a series of offences throughout the region against elderly people, which the judge described as despicable. 

But a fourth, Michael Gayles (pictured) is still at large and the police are desperate to trace him.

Michael Gales
Northumbria Police
Chronic myeloid leukaemia trial sees prolonged lifespan
A woman who was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer 20 years ago says she feels "very blessed" to have taken part in a drugs trial which has kept her alive.

Labour MPs fear Brexit deal will 'damage' car manufacturing

Colin Briggs

Look North

Labour MPs from the North East have written to Prime Minister Theresa May asking for more information about how the government's manufacturing plan will impact car-making in the region. 

They claim her decision to pull the UK out of the European Union's single market and customs union will have a "damaging" impact on investment and manufacturing . 

The letter expresses concern about recent comments of Nissan's chief executive, Carlos Ghosn, who said that when his company sees the final Brexit deal they will "have to re-evaluate the situation" regarding the "competitiveness" of Nissan's Sunderland plant.

Police worker admits computer misuse

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

A staff member from Northumbria Police has appeared in court and pleaded guilty to misuse of a police computer. 

Paul Andre, 43, from South Shields, was employed as a crime prevention officer. 

The force's professional standards department was notified that he had reviewed incident logs without authorisation. 

He pleaded guilty to two counts of computer misuse and was handed a 12-month conditional discharge.

A misconduct hearing is due to be held later.

Leisure centre closed by cuts could reopen

Adrian Pitches

BBC Look North

A leisure centre closed by council cuts in the deprived West End of Newcastle could reopen this summer and be run by a local community group. 

The Friends of Elswick Pool have presented a business plan to the city council and hope to become a successful trust like the one which has run Jesmond Pool for 25 years.

Elswick Pool

The group also wants the council to pay for a re-fit. 

Newcastle City Council says it is committed to the pool's reopening, but only when a long-term solution has been worked out.

Cloudy and staying chilly

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Any fog patches first thing will clear through the morning. Then it will be a cloudier, but slightly less cold day than on Monday, with a breeze developing. 

A few spots of rain are possible, mainly over higher ground, but on the whole it should stay dry. 

Maximum temperatures should reach about 9C (48F).

Weather map

Tonight it will remain cloudy and breezy, with any fog patches restricted to higher ground. 

It will stay dry for most, although a few spots of rain are still possible over the hills. 

Overnight temperatures will dip to about 3C (37F) or slightly lower. 

Check the forecast where you are here.

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