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  1. Updates on Monday 6 March 2017

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Newcastle see their Championship lead cut to three points as they are held to a draw by fellow promotion hopefuls Reading.

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Muslim women in Newcastle say boxing boosts their self-confidence

BBC Inside Out

Muslim women in Newcastle say taking part in boxing is teaching them self-defence, keeping them fit and boosting their self-confidence.

Knock-Out Sister provides a safe space for Muslim women to learn new skills and slam stereotypes.

One of the women who has taken part says "it makes you feel like Superwoman."

You can watch the full story on Inside Out on BBC One at 19:30 tonight.  

Muslim women in Newcastle say boxing boosts their self-confidence

Weather: Sharp showers this evening

Scattered, sharp showers during the evening should slowly die away through the first part of the night, leaving dry conditions and clear spells.

This will allow a colder end to the night with a frost in places away from the River Tyne, the River Till and the River Tees.

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Eight arrests following legal highs raids

The raids took place in Newcastle this morning.

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Redcar rape victim 'screamed' as she was abducted

A woman who was raped after being forced into a car with her toddler was "screaming for help" - leading police to believe someone must have seen or heard her.

The attack took place on Friday, when a woman in her 30s and her child were abducted by two men as they were on the sea front near to the boating lake in Redcar.

They were taken about four miles to Longbeck Lane, near Yearby, where the woman was raped by both men. The child was not harmed.

Cleveland Police said the area was busy at the time so they believe someone must have seen or heard something.

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New enforcement could see pet owners fined up to £1,000

New enforcement powers for dog control have been introduced by Durham County Council.

The new powers mean irresponsible pet owners could be fined up to £1,000 if their dogs stray or they enter designated or fenced off play areas. 

Owners will also be fined if they do not put their dog on a lead when asked to by an officer.

This is all part of Durham County Council’s new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), and the enforcement will start on 1 June.

Councillors and Dog's Trust volunteers holding banners

Sunderland roofer left trail homeowners more than £15,000 out of pocket

Sunderland Echo


A builder from Sunderland who left a trail of dissatisfied homeowners has been prosecuted after a string of complaints.

Marley Roofcare Ltd in Havelock Court
Sunderland Echo

Northumbria Police welcome new puppy

Northumbria Police have tweeted a picture of their latest pup recruit to brighten up your Monday.

Nine-month-old Mia has been welcomed to their dog squad and will soon be fighting crime with her siblings Quinn, Quattro and Q.

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Hundreds of tenants told to give back fridges and furniture as rental scheme axed

The Shields Gazette

Hundreds of tenants in South Tyneside could be left without furniture and white goods because a rental scheme is being axed.

Fridges, cookers and other white goods

Football: De Bruyne 'is all heart'

Manchester City's social media team captured the moment star player Kevin De Bruyne whipped off his shirt, signed it and gave it to one of the home fans at the end of his side's win at Sunderland.

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Attack victim found lying outside pub with 18 bags of drugs

Sunderland Echo


An attack victim found outside of a Washington club had 18 bags of amphetamines on him.

The Stella Maris club in Albany, Washington

Appeal to help find 'vulnerable' teenage girl

Concerned police need help to trace a "vulnerable" school girl. 

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Woman arrested after man found injured

A woman has been arrested after a 29-year-old man was found with head injuries in a Sunderland street.

The victim was taken to hospital and is being treated for non, life-threatening injuries. 

It is not yet clear if he was struck by a vehicle, or if he has been assaulted.

However, police said there were reports of a silver-coloured Citroen vehicle spotted in the area at the time.

The incident took place on Bramwell Road at abput 13:00 on Saturday.

A 24-year-old woman has been arrested and is being quizzed by police. 

Heroin and a syringe

Force says providing heroin in supervised "shooting galleries" will curb drug-related offending.

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Police trying to trace missing Sunderland man

A Sunderland man has been reported missing.

Lee Downey, 35, was last seen in Ryhope Road on Saturday morning.

He is from the Ryhope area of the city.

Police have released a picture of Lee to help with the search.

Lee Downey

North-east business leaders urge 'no rates change rethink'

Business leaders in north-east England are urging the government not to rethink a proposed business rate rise.

Labour has warned new valuations due to take effect in April will lead to "cliff-edge" rises for some firms.

But the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) said the changes would benefit thousands of companies in the region.

Whitley Bay restaurant owner Julie Summers said her rates would drop from £1,000 per month to about £350.

"It was actually working out more than our rent," she said. "It was our biggest bill every month."

Women walking along high street

Bros scrap the majority of their 2017 reunion tour

Reformed pop group Bros have cancelled all their concerts outside London and Manchester , including a date in Newcastle.

The duo, brothers Matt and Luke Goss, were due to play a full UK tour this summer, after a break of 24 years.

A statement said the dates had been cancelled "due to unforeseen logistical circumstances", with the brothers offering "sincere apologies" to fans.

Two shows at London's O2 arena will go ahead, as will a date at the Manchester arena on 22 August.

They were due to perform at the Metro Radio Arena on 26 August.

Brothers Matt and Luke Goss

Man pulled from River Tyne loses fight for life

A man pulled out of the River Tyne by rescuers has died, police have revealed. 

Michael Kouache, 47, Rothbury Terrace, Heaton, was pulled from the water near to Merchant's Wharf, Newcastle, on Friday afternoon.

He was taken to the city's Freeman Hospital in a critical condition where he died earlier, police confirmed. 

Officers are trying to piece together Mr Kouache's last movements and how he ended up in the water. 

Michael Kouache
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Men hunted for rape attack on mum after she and toddler were forced into a car in Redcar

The Gazette


Two men are being hunted by police after a woman was forced into her car with her toddler at Redcar seafront and driven to a secluded area before being raped.

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Man in critical condition after being rescued from river

A man is in a critical condition after being rescued from the River Tyne on Friday.

Police received a report that a body had been seen in the river near to Merchant's Wharf in Newcastle.

Michael John Kouache, 47, was successfully pulled out from the water and taken to the Freeman Hospital, where he remains receiving treatment - His condition is described as "critical and life threatening".

Police are now trying to establish how he came to be found in the river, as well as his whereabouts before he entered the water.

Michael John Kouache

Football recap: Middlesbrough enters relegation zone

It's been a mostly disheartening weekend for our North East teams, with the exception of Newcastle, who won 3-1 against Huddersfield Town .

Middlesbrough slipped into the Premier League relegation zone after losing 2-0 to Stoke City , while Sunderland remain bottom of the table following a  2-0 home defeat to Manchester City.

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka wants fans and players to keep positive. He added: "We have to know we have done good things so far. We have to keep believing in this group of players. Until the last day we will keep fighting."

Marko Arnautovic scores against Middlesbrough
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Council leaders

The first Tees Valley mayor, responsible for five council areas, will be elected in May.

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Craig Eade wheelie bin death: Second arrested man bailed

The second man to be arrested over the discovery of a body in a wheelie bin has been released on bail.

The 30-year-old was accused of conspiracy to murder Craig Eade, 23, who was discovered in a back lane in Northbourne Street, Gateshead.

The killing is believed to have happened between 26 and 28 February. The body was found on 1 March.

Paul Watkins, the first man arrested, appeared before Newcastle magistrates on Saturday, charged with murder.

Northbourne Street back lane

Man's street death 'not suspicious'

The death of a man found on a County Durham street is not suspicious, police have said.

It follows the discovery of a body by a passer-by on Flanders Way in Crook at about 06:50 GMT on Sunday. 

The man, believed to be in his 30s or 40s, was pronounced dead by paramedics. 

Durham Police initially described the death as "unexplained", but following the results of a post-mortem examination the force said it was not being treated as suspicious. 

A cloudy start, then sunny spells

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A cloudy and chilly start to the day, with showers in places.

Once these ease there will be some sunny spells, although the showers may linger over the east coast.

Sunderland 0-2 Manchester City: David Moyes says his team lacked quality
Sunderland manager David Moyes was pleased with his players' effort and application but admits they "lacked quality" during their 2-0 defeat at home to Man City.

Hunt continues after woman snatched with toddler and raped

Police are continuing to hunt for two men who abducted a mother then raped her, with her toddler nearby.

The victim was walking on Redcar beach with her young child on Friday lunchtime, when they were forced into the back of a dark-coloured saloon car.

They were taken about four miles to Longbeck Lane, near Yearby, where the woman was raped. The child was unharmed.

About six hours later, they were made to get out of the car in another area of Redcar.  

Redcar beach

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