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  1. Updates on Friday 17 February 2017

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A Sonatane Takulua hat-trick sees Newcastle score seven tries in an impressive win against Northampton.

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Middlesbrough scrape into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a late winner against League One Oxford United.

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'Low grade heroin' warning after three deaths

Three people have died on Teesside after it is suspected they took "low grade heroin", police said.

Two men from Stockton, both 35, and a 27-year-old woman have died over the last week.

Det Insp Jon Tapper of Cleveland Police said: "Obviously we don’t advocate anyone should buy any type of drugs -  but we are aware there are batches of particularly harmful heroin on the streets which are being peddled by dealers as a higher standard than they are and they are putting people’s lives at risk.” 

Police are working with partner support agencies to advise drug users of the consequences of using these products and to identify the supplier or suppliers of these drugs.

Watch: Fester the dog finds a new home

The future is looking up for Fester the boxer dog after he finally found a new owner.

The one-year-old, who is blind in one eye and has a protruding lower jaw, was handed in to the Dogs Trust near Darlington in December after being found wandering the streets as a stray.  

This afternoon he met his new owner.

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Weather: Becoming cloudier with the chance of some light rain

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Cloud cover should generally increase during the evening and overnight, bringing the chance of a little light rain in places. Milder than of late given the cloud cover. 

Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F).

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Rafael Benitez and Steve Bruce

Rafael Benitez says the fact that Aston Villa are struggling this season shows how strong the Championship is.

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Family of Sally Allan in bid to raise mental health awareness

BBC Newcastle

The family of a Northumberland woman who took her own life say they hope a presentation they've created will break down the stigma around mental health.

Sally Allan went missing over Christmas in 2015 and her body was later found in the River Tyne.

Her family have since raised £25,000 for mental health charities and this week delivered their first presentation in their home town of Ponteland.

They say Sally masked her own problems because she didn't want to worry anyone.  

Sally Allan
Allan family

Former Gosforth Academy worker arrested after camera found in toilet

A man's been arrested on suspicion of voyeurism at a Newcastle school after a recording device was found in a toilet.

Police say they had a report in January that a device had been found in staff toilets at Gosforth Academy.

They say a 53-year-old - who was a school employee but not a member of teaching staff - was arrested and an investigation is ongoing.

Newcastle City Council says there is no information to suggest the incidents involved or affected any of the students.

Gosforth Academy

Man falls from nightclub roof on to group of women

Four people were hurt when a man fell from the roof of a nightclub on to a group of woman.

Police were called to Tup Tup Palace early on Friday after reports that three men had climbed on to the roof. 

As they descended one fell, and was taken to hospital along with a woman on the ground, for treatment to injuries, which were not thought to be serious. Two other woman were treated at the scene for minor injuries.  

Three men have been arrested in connection with the incident, and police have appealed for witnesses.

Middlesbrough pupils to get knife crime warning

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North East and Cumbria

Schoolchildren in Middlesbrough have been given a lesson about the effects of knife crime today.

The presentation was shown to pupils at Unity City Academy before it moves on to other schools. It looks at the devastating impact of knife use on victims and their families.

The campaign is being supported by Theresa Cave, a woman from Redcar whose 17-year-old son was stabbed to death in 2003. 

Man seriously injured in forklift incident

BBC Newcastle

A man is in a serious condition in hospital after being injured in an incident involving a forklift truck. 

Emergency services were called to Sunderland Enterprise Park at about 08:25.

The man received medical treatment at the scene and was taken by the Great North Air Ambulance Service to the RVI.

Northumbria Police are working with the Health and Safety Executive to investigate the incident.

Morning mist over Tynemouth beach

It has been a misty morning across the North East, and in Tynemouth it started lifting early, allowing this view of the beautiful beach.

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Finley Ingles undergoes brain tumour treatment

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

In the next few hours, five-year-old Finley Ingles from Middlesbrough will have surgery in America in a bid to treat his rare brain tumour.

More than 1,500 people across Teesside donated money to a fundraising campaign to pay for Finley to have laser ablation surgery at Texas Children's Hospital.


Darlington A&E under discussion at council meeting

BBC Tees

A special council meeting is being held in Darlington over proposed changes over the way health services are delivered in the town.

There are concerns the A&E department at Darlington Memorial Hospital could go as part of the plans.

Darlington Memorial Hospital

England's Big Picture: Beautiful Bamburgh beach

Tracey Laing sent this photograph of Bamburgh Beach in Northumberland

She said: "I love spending time up there, exploring and taking relaxing walks on the many beautiful beaches it has to offer." 

Tracey Laing

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Dean Richards

Director of rugby Dean Richards says he is pleased Newcastle Falcons' league position is reflecting their improvements.

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County Durham boy arrested over Ipswich armed robberies

A County Durham teenager has been arrested in connection with two armed robberies in Ipswich.

The boy, understood to be from the Seaham area, is one of two 14-year-olds arrested after reports that two men had been threatened at gunpoint and ordered to hand over cash in the Princes Street area on Wednesday night.

Suffolk Police said the pair were arrested on suspicion of robbery and were also questioned over another robbery in the city earlier in the day.

They were later released on bail pending further inquries.

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A burglar drove a 70-year-old widow to sell her home after he tied her up with her own scarf and threatened to pour petrol over her.

Hayden Price, 24, was jailed for nine years after he barged his way into a woman’s home, terrorised her and stole her precious possessions.

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Hebburn Town's Northern League future uncertain

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North East and Cumbria

One of football's oldest leagues is in danger of seeing another team fold because of financial problems.

Earlier this season, Norton and Stockton Ancients left the Northern League citing a lack of funds and support.

Now officials at South Tyneside club Hebburn Town say they're in danger of heading the same way with crowds down to about a couple of dozen.

For their life president, comedian Jason Cook, it's no laughing matter: "It's heartbreaking. It's one of the hearts of our community and I think we need to support it."

Jason Cook

Points failure causes Metro delays

There are some delays on the Tyne and Wear Metro this morning.

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Weather: A cloudy and foggy start

BBC Weather

Cloudy with rain over the hills, but feeling drier and brighter further east.

Over the Cheviot Hills it will be a cloudy day with extensive hill fog and some occasional rain. 

Light winds with a maximum temperature of 10C (50F).

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Fester the dog to be rehomed today

Colin Briggs

Look North

A dog abandoned because of his rather distinctive appearance will be rehomed with his new owners this afternoon.

Fester, a one-year old boxer, was found wandering the streets just before Christmas and taken in by the Dogs Trust, near Darlington.

He's blind in one eye and has a protruding lower jaw, but following an appeal to find a new home a young couple from North Tyneside were chosen from dozens of potential owners who came forward.

Fester the dog

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Malcolm Sinclair