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  1. Updates on Friday 10 February 2017

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Aleksandar Mitrovic

Josh Hunt

BBC Sport

Aleksandar Mitrovic scores the only goal as Newcastle reclaim top spot in the Championship with victory at Wolves.

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Manolo Gabbiadini

Matthew Henry

BBC Sport

Manolo Gabbiadini scores twice on his second Southampton appearance as Sunderland miss the chance to move out of the relegation zone.

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Alvaro Negredo

Jack Skelton

BBC Sport

Everton extend their unbeaten Premier League run to eight games against a resolute Middlesbrough at the Riverside.

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Our live coverage across the day

Our updates here have now finished for the day and for the week - thank you for joining us. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday bringing you news, sport, weather and travel from across the North East.

But of course the news never stops - and you can find it tonight and over the weekend on BBC TeesBBC NewcastleLook North and online.

If you have a photograph you'd like us to use, you can Tweet us @BBCNewsNEemail, or contact us via our Facebook page.  

Plans being drawn up to move children's heart surgery in Newcastle

Sharon Barbour

BBC Look North

Newcastle's Freeman Hospital has confirmed it is drawing up plans to move children's heart surgery three miles away to the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

It has been told by NHS England that to secure the future of its child heart surgery and transplant unit, it needs to have all its children's specialist services on one site as part of a national review into paediatric cardiac surgery. 

They are housed in the Great North Children's Hospital at the RVI. The Freeman says it will need to move its operating theatres, a large dedicated intensive care unit, and children's cardiac surgery wards. It may mean constructing a large new hospital building on the RVI site. 

NHS England say they can have more time, but no extra money for the move. 

Watch my full report on Look North at 18:30.

Moyes unaware of players' visit to terminally ill Bradley

Sunderland manager David Moyes has praised players who visited terminally ill five-year-old Bradley Lowery - and admitted he knew nothing about it.

Pictures of Black Cats' star Jermain Defoe cuddling the sleeping cancer sufferer in his hospital bed were posted on social media by the youngster's family.

Defoe was accompanied by club captain John O'Shea, goalkeeper Vito Mannone and midfielder Seb Larsson on Thursday.

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Bradley, from Blackhall, near Hartlepool, has been a mascot for his beloved Sunderland several times and is receiving chemotherapy treatment at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary for neuroblastoma.

At his pre-match press conference, Moyes said: "A lot of footballers get a bad rap and a lot of things said about them, but I'll tell you the truth, I didn't even know the boys were at the hospital yesterday. 

"They were at the hospital seeing Bradley and it was great for them, but also maybe it makes them realise how lucky we are and that there are some things much more important than football. 

"It's important to us - we want to win for the supporters and for the club, but there are other things out there as well." 

Sunderland graveyard death man named as Andrew Scott

A man who died in a Sunderland graveyard has been named as Andrew Scott.

The 32-year-old was discovered with serious injured at Bishopwearmouth cemetery on Thursday morning, but despite the efforts of paramedics he died at the scene.

Northumbria Police has now said no third party was involved in the death and a file has been sent to the coroner.

Scene of death

Prince Harry's 'heads up'

Prince Harry is heading to the North East later this month to meet charity runners and help get the nation talking about mental health. 

The Prince will meet runners and Heads Together supporters working to make The 2017 London Marathon the mental health marathon. 

Heads Together, the campaign to change the conversation on mental health, is the Official Charity of the Year of the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon. 

Prince Harry's visit to the North East starts in Gateshead, where he will hear how Walking With the Wounded  supports ex-servicemen.

Then he goes to the Quayside to join Steve Cram, Jonathan Edwards and some of the Team Heads Together runners from across the North East and Scotland as they hold a special training day.

Prince Harry

'You can get so many benefits from it'


Alex Scott urges you to sign up for the 2017 FA People's Cup

England player Alex Scott "would've loved the opportunity to have a competition like this when I was younger".

What's she talking about? The FA People's Cup - the country's biggest free five-a-side competition which gives you the chance to make your way to Wembley.

"When I was younger, playing in a football cage, the dream was always to play at Wembley," adds Scott.

"The FA People's Cup gives anyone the opportunity to sign up to a local team in your area. You don't have to rely on your mates.

"It's a chance to meet different people, socialise in different environments. It's more than just signing up, you can get so many benefits from it."

So what are you waiting for? Sign up for the FA People's Cup - but hurry as the deadline for entries is the 19 February!

Metro passengers warned of weekend delays

Metro passengers are being warned of suspended services over the next four weekends as miles of track is replaced.

The project will see a two-mile section of line that runs east to west beneath Newcastle city centre replaced, along with tracks which cross Byker Metro viaduct.

The work, which forms part of a planned £350m revamp programme, will be carried out over the weekends of 11-12 February, 18-19 February, 25-26 February and 4-5 March.

Tyne and Wear Metro train

Each closure will mean train services are suspended between St James and Wallsend and replacement buses running. The rest of the Metro system will be unaffected.

Director of Rail and Infrastructure, Raymond Johnstone, said: “Track replacement is a vital part of our modernisation programme in order to secure the long term future of the Tyne and Wear Metro for many decades to come.

“I am sorry if any of our customers are inconvenienced by these works. A frequent replacement bus service will be provided on each weekend that we are working.”

Job ad..... awaiting publication of longform story

You may remember that on Wednesday we featured an unusual job advertisement by Durham County Council.

Job ad

Since then, it has been widely shared on social media which prompted some interesting reaction on social media.

MP death threat troll is jailed

Alison Freeman

BBC Look North

An Internet troll who made anti-Semitic death threats to a Labour MP and threatened to blow up a mosque has been jailed for 27 months. 

John Nimmo, from South Shields, (pictured) sent two emails to Merseyside MP Luciana Berger, in which he said she would "get it like Jo Cox" and "watch your back Jewish scum". 

Emails to an anti-hate crime group also including threats to blow up a mosque. 

John Nimmo

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 28-year-old had earlier admitted three charges relating to web threats.

One of Nimmo's messages to Ms Berger included a picture of a large knife and came just three weeks after MP Jo Cox was killed, the court heard. 

Nimmo was jailed in 2014 for eight weeks for sending abusive messages on Twitter to feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez and MP Stella Creasy. 

Ms Criado-Perez had led a campaign using social media for a female figure to appear on a Bank of England note.

Man arrested over stolen sheep and goats

A Teesside man has been arrested over the alleged theft of 65 sheep and goats that were found hidden in a field.

The flock was found by a landowner in the Hambleton area of North Yorkshire. Officers said stolen animals were often hidden in plain view.

Police believe the animals were destined for the illegal meat trade.

The 54-year-old from Middlesbrough was arrested on suspicion of theft and possession of cannabis. 

He has been released on bail, pending inquiries.

Man charged after attack on Wearside

Russ Ward

BBC Newcastle

Police have charged a man after another was badly injured in a street attack in Washington on Wearside.

The 58-year-old man injured in the attack on Birtley Road in Rickleton, on Wednesday, is still being treated in hospital for a serious, but not life threatening injury. 

The man charged in connection with the incident, is 31-years-old and from the Washington area.

Officers are continuing to appeal for witnesses and are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw a dark-coloured Ford Fiesta in the area at around 17:00 on Wednesday.  

MPs angry over possible move for heart surgery unit

Sharon Barbour

BBC Look North

Two of our MPs have reacted angrily to the news that to be able to continue with child heart surgery, Newcastle's Freeman Hospital will have to bring all its specialist children's services onto one site. 

Currently some are provided three miles across the city at the Great North Children's Hospital at the RVI. 

NHS England says any hospital undertaking complex children's heart surgery must be on the same site of other children's specialities.


Labour MPs for Newcastle East and Newcastle Central, Nick Brown and Chi Onwurah said they were concerned about the news.

Chi ONwurah said: "Newcastle Child Heart Surgery is one of the best in the world. I've met children who are alive today because of the fantastic skilled care and treatment they received at the Freemen. 

"I'll be asking the Secretary of State whether forcing it to move across the city is really in the interests of children."

Your photos: Grouse in the snow

Well, it's been a chilly old week and looks as though it will stay that way over the weekend.

Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys took this photo of a grouse in the snow on the North Yorkshire Moors.

Grouse in the snow

NHS Crisis: Why I still love my job

BBC Newsbeat

NHS staff have been telling Newsbeat why they love their jobs and why they are optimistic about the future of the health service.

The BBC has been running a series of reports this week highligting problems including lengthening waits in A&E and patients being left for hours on trolleys. 

Among the staff who spoke to Newsbeat are Zara, a 20-year-old student nurse from Durham.

She said: "Even though the pressures of nursing are getting harder and harder, if you've got a real drive and passion to care for people, making them smile, it's so worth it."

Zara, student nurse

Man dies after being hit by car in Sunderland

A 52-year-old pedestrian has been killed in a road accident in Sunderland.

Police say the man was hit by a red Vauxhall Corsa at 19:20 on 9 February, on the southbound carriageway of the A19 at the slip road to the A690 towards Doxford Park.

Officers want to hear from any witnesses, especially anyone who saw a man walking south on the A19 earlier that evening.

Watch: Jackie Milburn statue unveiled at new Ashington location

In case you missed this yesterday - a statue of Newcastle United legend Jackie Milburn was unveiled at a new location in Ashington, Northumberland.

And among he guests of honour were his great-granddaughters.

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Weather: Showers becoming more scattered but it will stay cloudy

The showers are likely to become more scattered and lighter through the afternoon, but it will stay cloudy and feel very cold in the brisk winds. 

Maximum Temperature: 4C (39F).

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Elderly woman hurt and pushed to ground in violent bag snatch

A 72-year-old woman was left shaken and hurt with minor wounds to her hands and knees after being pushed over by a bag snatcher. The attack happened at 19:45 yesterday as the victim was walking across Armstrong Bridge in Newcastle.  During the attack the mugger wrestled her to the ground, snatched her bag and then ran off towards Jesmond Dene Road.

The attacker was about 5ft 9in, in his 20s, slightly built and of eastern European appearance, police said.

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Northumbria Police

Gently does it...bit by bit the giant central pylon of the new Wear Bridge is raised

The new Wear Crossing in Sunderland is taking shape today.

This was the angle of the 100m (328ft) pylon this morning as seen from the north side of the River Wear in Sunderland.

The pylon is the central support for the structure.

Very carefully, and by degrees, it is being lifted into position over the next day-and-a-half until it stands upright and ready to be bolted into riverbed anchors known as tusks.

The pylon's being pulled by cables which are hauled over a back mast for leverage and the legs of the pylon are on giant hinges to ease it off its back until eventually it is pointing skywards.

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The pylon

Another angle - this time from the Pallion side of the river.

Another view of the bridge pylon

Forty bolts - each two metres long will secure the pylon's feet into the tusks.

When tonnes of concrete have been added to further anchor the pylon, the road deck will be pushed out through the figure 'A' of the pylon, ready to be supported by suspension cables.  

Warning over weekend Metro line closure

Safety fears after man's body found in cemetery

As investigations continue into the death of a man in a Sunderland cemetery, concerns have been raised about safety in the area. 

A man was found with injuries in Bishopwearmouth Cemetery on Chester Road yesterday morning. Police now say nobody else was involved in his death. 

Claire Gray works at a nearby florist and says she feels uneasy visiting the cemetery.


She told BBC Newcastle that the resting place needed more cameras. 

She said: "Every time I go in there I'm looking over my shoulder. 

"I don't feel safe, there are only one or two cameras. 

"Someone is supposed to close the gates when the sun goes down, but they don't and you don't know whose going in there."

Concern for future of heart surgery at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital

Sharon Barbour

BBC Look North

BBC Look North has learned the flagship Child and Adult Heart Surgery Unit may have to be moved from the Freeman Hospital to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, if Newcastle is to continue to provide children's heart surgery, including heart transplants. 

NHS England says in future any hospital undertaking complex children's heart surgery must be based on the same site of other children's specialities. In Newcastle they're at different sites.

A public consultation has been launched and will last for four months, with any final decision not expected until next year.

Newcastle Freeman Hopsital

Wear Crossing operation expected to take two days

Russ Ward

BBC Newcastle

Here on site we are seeing the huge pylon of the New Wear Crossing now being raised into position.

It is now raised by about 15 degrees and it's all being done by cables and hinges. At 17:00 the work will stop as daylight fades.

The process is expected to take two days and then the pylon's feet will be bolted into place on two anchors already secured in the river bed.

Forty bolts each two metres long will be used and tonnes of concrete before the road desk is slipped out between the "A" shaped pylon.

The deck will then be held by suspension cables.

The bridge will open in Spring 2018.

New Wear Crossing pylon

Snowy, frosty start with 'bitterly' cold winds

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A mostly cloudy day with occasional snow showers, especially during this morning. 

Through the afternoon the showers are likely to become more scattered and lighter but it will feel very cold in the brisk, biting winds. 

Temperatures will just about get up to 4C (39F). 

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Abbie Dewhurst

Centrepiece of new Wear crossing being lifted into place

Russ Ward

BBC Newcastle

The operation to lift the centrepiece of the new bridge across the river Wear into position in under way.

The 100m (328ft) white pylon which will form the focal point of the New Wear Crossing, in Sunderland, will take at least 24 hours to be raised.

It weighs the equivalent of 125 double decker buses and when complete the bridge will link Pallion and Castletown. 

New Wear Crossing centrepiece lifted into place

Ben Stokes among those interviewed for England Test captaincy

BBC Sport

Durham cricketer Ben Stokes is one of those who has been interviewed for the England Test captaincy.

He, Joe Root and Stuart Broad met director of cricket Andrew Strauss and his team on Thursday.

Alastair Cook, England's highest Test run scorer, stepped down on Monday after a record 59 Tests in charge.

Internet troll to be sentenced for death threats and abuse

An internet troll is to be sentenced for making anti-Semitic death threats to a Labour MP and threatening to blow up a mosque.

John Nimmo, 28, from South Shields, sent two emails to Luciana Berger, in which he said she would "get it like Jo Cox". 

Another message to the MP for Liverpool Wavertree included a picture of a large knife and came just three weeks after MP Joe Cox was killed.

In a separate incident he sent offensive emails to an anti-hate crime organisation including threatening to blow up a mosque. 

He will also be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court for three charges relating to threatening tweets he sent. 

John Nimmo

Sunderland players visit Bradley Lowery in hospital

Bradley Lowery was trending on Twitter last night and this was the reason why - the terminally ill Sunderland fan was visited in hospital by the club's players.

The five-year-old, from Blackhall Colliery near Hartlepool was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2013.

 Earlier this week he started new treatment in a bid to try to prolong his life. 

Here he is with Jermain Defoe

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Julie Cush

BBC Newcastle

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