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  1. Updates on Friday 10 March 2017
  2. Census on 'true state' of live music
  3. Bridges 'not fit' for heaviest lorries
  4. Eight North East placed named among Britain's best

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Teenage full-back Ryan Sessegnon scores twice as play-off chasing Fulham stun Newcastle with victory at St James' Park.

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Manchester City comfortably win at Middlesbrough as Pep Guardiola's side secure an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

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Have a good weekend: We're back on Monday

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BBC Newcastle

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More than 100 bridges 'not fit' for heaviest lorries

More than 2,500 bridges in England are not fit to support the heaviest lorries, a study has found, with more than 100 of them in the North East. 

The RAC Foundation discovered 2,512 council-maintained bridges are not suitable for 44 tonne vehicles.

Northumberland was among the top 10 councils with the highest number of substandard bridges - 148 out of its 964 bridges.

Middlesbrough was among the top 10 council with the highest proportion of substandard bridges - 29% or 18 of 63 bridges. 

Northumberland County Council disputes the figures but says that a bridge rebuilding programme is taking place.  

Rothbury ward closure debate in Commons

Permanently closing beds at a rural community hospital in Northumberland could harm patients and overload other NHS services in the region according to the conservative MP for the area, Anne Marie Trevelyan.

Speaking during a Commons debate on the planned ward closure at Rothbury Community Hospital she called for the move to be put on hold. 

Ms Trevelyan says it would mean patients being cared for in other hospitals away from friends and family. 

The Health Minister, Philip Dunne, says the closure is being considered because the ward is underused and that care at home is the way forward.

The Clio

Police said the boy denied knowledge of driving the car but forgot his books were in the boot.

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Parks cost-cutting plan wins support

A controversial plan to transfer parks in Newcastle to a charity has been given support from a trust in Milton Keynes. 

Newcastle Council is consulting on a plan to continue owning the city's parks and allotments while transferring their day-to-day running to an independent charity. 

The idea is to reduce costs in the face of funding pressures and a similar plan was put into action by Milton Keynes in 1992. 

Philip Bowsher, from the charitable trust that runs parks there, says the arrangement means that there are no competing demands for the cash, and any income generated is ploughed back in. 

Leazes Park

There are so many advantages having a trust dedicated to looking after the parks.

Severe accident: A19 Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A19 Tyne And Wear northbound severe accident, between A186 and A1056 Killingworth Way.

A19 Tyne And Wear - Very slow traffic on A19 northbound in Holystone between Holystone Roundabout and the A1056 Killingworth Way junction, because of an accident earlier on.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Bikers to visit schoolboy ahead of operation

Hartlepool Mail


Motorbike riders from across the region are set to surprise a Hartlepool youngster as he gets set to undergo a life-changing operation.

Alfie Smith
Hartlepool Mail

Durham jobs growth 'beats national average'

County Durham's economy is growing and jobs growth in the county is above the national average.

That's according to a report which will be presented to the Durham County Council's cabinet next Wednesday.

It says that latest estimates show there are now more than 200,000 jobs in Durham, an increase of 4.7% between 2014 and 2015.

The train now standing at Seaburn is heading south

Sunderland's seafront loses an eye-catching landmark tomorrow. 

Pullman railway carriages, which were built more than 100 years ago and once carried passengers on the Orient Express, are heading  from Seaburn to a new home on the south coast.

They will be lifted onto low-loaders and taken away after Sunderland City Council could not find a North East buyer.

The carriages had been focal points for various businesses down the years, including a hotel and a tearoom.

The carriages at Seaburn

Volunteer life brigades honoured with borough accolade

South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade is to receive the Freedom of the Borough of South Tyneside.

The organisation celebrated its 150th anniversary last year. 

The accolade is being awarded for the organisation's outstanding contribution to the borough saving lives through the efforts of its volunteers.

The team

Watch: Artist challenges Middlesbrough stereotypes with exhibition

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

Musician and artist Kingsley Chapman launched his new exhibition which aims to address Middlesbrough stereotypes and spark a conversation about what we're proud of across Teesside.

 A mixture of negative press and worn-out cliches is at the centre of the exhibition entitled "trashter-piece".

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Prayers said for Ethan Owens and his family as community grieves

Hartlepool Mail


Prayers have been said for a nine-year old boy who died when he was knocked down by car.

Ethan Owens
Hartlepool Mail

Appeal for help to trace missing Stockton man

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

BBC Weather

It's going to be cloudy with outbreaks of light rain and drizzle across the hills at first. 

Some clearer spells developing at times through the night.  

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Boy, 14, 'denies' driving to school despite books in boot

          Report of 14 yr old driving to school.Denied all knowledge but forgot his books were in the boot.

Report of 14 yr old driving to school.Denied all knowledge but forgot his books were in the boot.

Hollywood actor throws support behind South Shields FC in Wembley bid

The Shields Gazette

A Hollywood actor has thrown his support behind South Shields FC as they bid to reach Wembley. 

Richard Short, from South Shields, has revealed he is backing the Mariners all the way ahead of their two-legged FA Vase semi-final.

Flood prevention work in Durham

Environment Agency Yorkshire and North East says works being carried out to remove tree debris and help prevent flooding of the River Browney.

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Strike action to hit train services across Teesside

No trains will run between Saltburn, Redcar and Middlesbrough on Monday as strike action brings services to a standstill. 

A very limited Northern Rail service will run between Middlesbrough and Darlington, and Nunthorpe and Newcastle.

Members of the RMT union are walking out in a dispute over the role of train guards.

Arriva North East will accept Northern rail tickets on its buses on Monday and will run extra buses between Saltburn, Redcar and Middlesbrough.

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Stockton drug raids net 10 suspects

Ten people have been arrested following drugs raids in Stockton. 

Cleveland Police and partner agencies targeted drug dealers and those suspected of being involved in anti-social behaviour during a two-day clampdown. 

Raids were carried in the Portrack area, as well as Parkfield and the town centre areas earlier.  

Suspected class A, class B and class C drugs were recovered, police confirmed. 

Cleveland Police
Cleveland Police

Seafront park gets gate makeover ahead of event-filled summer

A Sunderland park is boasting new, ornate gates in time for an event-packed summer. 

The largest of the ornate metal gates at Seaburn's Recreation Park weighs one tonne and had to be winched into place by crane.

The park is a focal point for events at the seafront including the annual Sunderland International Airshow, Seaburn Classic Car Show andArmed Forces Day.

The Seaburn gates
Sunderland City Council
The Seaburn gates

Arrest in rape of Morpeth teenager inquiry

A man has been arrested in connection with the rape of a teenager who was attacked when she accepted a lift in Northumberland. 

The 18-year-old woman was attacked sometime between 2.30 and 5:00 on 4 February when she was walking alongside the A197 near Morpeth Golf Club and accepted a lift. 

Detectives have arrested a 55-year-old man on suspicion of rape and released on bail. 

Durham Light Infantry gallery opens

A free gallery charting the 200-year history of the Durham Light Infantry opens tomorrow.

The DLI Collection Gallery, 'Courage, Comrades, Community' is at Durham University's Palace Green library.

Durham County Council says it includes objects which have not been displayed before.

The medals gallery
Durham County Council
The medals gallery

North East has some of the best places to live

Eight North East locations have been named among the Best Places to Live in Britain by The Sunday Times. 

The newspaper's guide, published on Sunday, uses data and statistics such as crime rates, house prices and school performance.

Writers chose the top spots for quality of life, community spirit, good local shops and attractive outdoor spaces. 

Saltburn (pictured), Alnwick, Craster, Corbridge, Durham, Wooler, Tynemouth and Newcastle Quayside all make the list.


A cloudy, but mostly dry day, with some bright spells

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will be chilly in the east at first, but become milder, with cloud thickening from the west through the morning. 

There will be brighter spells later, and apart from the odd spot of drizzle over the hills, most places will stay dry.


Mariners set sail for cup glory

South Shields has a dose of football fever as the town's club goes for glory. 

The team, known as The Mariners, is flying high in the league and in three cup competitions, including the semi-final of the FA Vase, the final of which is played at Wembley. 

The first semi-final leg is tomorrow against Coleshill Town in the Midlands, but South Shields travel agent Westoe Travel says more than 100 fans have already provisionally booked for the Wembley trip.

Their shop decked out with good luck posters and there's one in the window of the town's Unison office.

The good luck poster and supporters

Census on 'true state' of live music

The UK's first ever live music census is being carried out in six cities across Britain.

The project aims to take a snapshot of current trends and map out the ways the public engage with music.

It is hoped  the survey  will help measure live music's cultural and economic value and identify future challenges and opportunities.

The 24-hour survey began at 12:00 on Thursday in Glasgow, Newcastle, Oxford, Leeds, Southampton and Brighton.

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