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  1. Hundreds of jobs at risk with plans to close cosmetics plant
  2. Sewer rave 'put lives at risk'
  3. Exercise levels 'fall as early as age seven'
  4. Updates on Tuesday 14 March 2017

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Gateshead's six-game National League winning run is brought to an end as they are held to a 1-1 draw at Macclesfield.

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Entrepreneur to make her first million pounds

A County Durham woman who set up her own company three years ago is about to make her first £1m.

Jordan McCabe, 21, created Aztec Diamond Equestrian to provide affordable but fashionable clothing for horse riders. 

The company has just turned over a six figure sum.

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Man left with swollen head after being robbed in street

A man was injured after being attacked and robbed in Stockton.

The victim was targeted on the junction of Yarm Road and Westbourne Street on Friday, when he was knocked to the ground.

Police said the thief then grabbed his cigarettes and money and ran off. 

The 27-year-old suffered minor injuries including swelling to his head, but did not need medical treatment.

'Mayoral Development Corporations' to boost Tees Valley growth

Tees Valley Combined Authority has become the first authority outside of London able to create Mayoral Development Corporations.

It follows Parliament's approval of the Tees Valley Combined Authority (Functions) Order 2017, and means that after an election on 4 May, the new Tees Valley Mayor, will be able to set up the locally-accountable bodies.

Their powers will include responsibility for attracting new businesses and coordinating land ownership - including through compulsory purchase.     

Aerial shot showing part of the South Tees site
Tees Valley Combined Authority

"These new powers, secured by the Tees Valley Combined Authority through our devolution deal, allow us to create a powerful new development body, and secure the huge opportunities available in the South Tees area.”

Councillor Sue Jeffrey Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council, and a member of the Tees Valley Combined Authority

East Cleveland man found safe

Missing man Trevor Himsworth has been located safe, police have confirmed.

Mr Himsworth was reported missing from Boosbeck in East Cleveland earlier today, but he has now returned home.

Weather: Clear spells and winds will ease

BBC Weather

Any cloud during the evening will break overnight, with clear spells developing.

Winds will ease, allowing temperatures to fall, though a frost is unlikely.

Towards dawn cloud may thicken over western hills perhaps with the odd spot of light rain.

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Music graduate with cerebral palsy prepares for Sage show
Sarah Fisher is a multi-instrumental musician with cerebral palsy but when she plays she says her disability disappears.

Do you know who organised this illegal rave in a sewer?

Police want to speak to them urgently!

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Drunk caravanner stamped on victim’s head in pub

Hartlepool Mail


A drunken caravanner who kicked and stamped on a man’s head in a pub attack was jailed for 18 months.

Teesside Crown Court

Coty employs more than 2,000 people in the UK

The cosmetics firm which has announced proposals to close its plant in Northumberland employs more than 2,000 people in the UK.

Coty has announced it is planning to shut its Seaton Delaval plant by the end of 2018. About 400 roles will be affected, it says.

Among its brands are Max Factor, Rimmel cosmetics and Gucci and Hugo Boss fragrances.

The 2,000 UK employees are involved in manufacturing, research and development as well as in commercial. It employs more than 20,000 people around the world.

Northumberland County Council to do 'everything in its powers' for threatened factory

Northumberland County Council has promised to do "everything in its powers" to secure the future of a cosmetics factory threatened with closure.

About 400 jobs a the Coty factory in Seaton Delaval are at risk, it has been announced.

Council leader Councillor Grant Davey said the news was "worrying" and the loss of so many jobs would have a "massive impact" not just on individuals and their families, but also on "the wider economy and future prosperity of the area".

He added: "We will be seeking an urgent meeting with management at the site and will be working with development company Arch to pull together a taskforce."

Cosmetic plant closure plan part of international changes

Plans to close a cosmetics factory in Northumberland are part of changes to a company's international manufacturing network, it says.

Coty plans to close its plant in Seaton Delaval by the end of 2018. It says about 400 jobs would be affected.

It says it wants to focus its fragrance operations into fewer centres.

Kay Plumley, site leader at Seaton Delaval said, "I am committed to fully supporting all our colleagues in Seaton through the coming months. Our priority is to work closely with them and their families throughout the consultation and to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect."

Coty at Seaton Delaval

Breaking Hundreds of jobs at risk with plan to close Northumberland cosmetics factory

Staff at a cosmetics factory in Northumberland have been told the company is proposing to close the plant, with the loss of 400 jobs. 

Coty, whose parent company is based in New York, makes cosmetics and perfume at the plant in Seaton Delaval. 

The firm said the move followed a detailed study of detailed study of our global manufacturing capacities and capabilities for each of its divisions.

Subject to consultation, the factory would shut by the end of 2018.

Your photos: Wallington Walled Garden

This beautiful picture of Wallington Walled Garden was taken yesterday by Peter Joss.

The welcoming splash of colour contrasts with the cloudy weather in Northumberland perfectly.

Wallington Walled Garden

Search for missing man continues

Cleveland Police continue to look for a Hartlepool man.

Richard Radford, 43, is described as "vulnerable" and was last seen at on 9 March in Murray Street, Hartlepool.

Richard is about 5ft 4in and requires medication.

Police say Richard may be travelling by rail.

Richard Radford

High winds causing havoc at Bishop Auckland recycling centre

You might want to leave the recycling for a few days! 

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Rave in Newcastle sewer organisers wanted by police

A suspected illegal rave took place in a Newcastle sewer in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Police received reports of a rave inside the tunnels underneath the bridges at the mouth of the River Ouseburn, where about 200 people had gathered.

The had walked through a few feet of water to access the sewer area, where a sound system and lighting was set up.

The event was announced on Facebook, and those attending were asked to meet at a local pub before being led into the underground venue.

The rave was stopped by police at about 04:00, after a number of people at the party contacted them with concerns about their safety.

Police say the venue was "dangerous" and that organisers had put lives at risk, but no one has been arrested yet.

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Inside the sewer
David Ormerod

Police appeal for information to help trace a teenage boy from southern Scotland last seen heading off to play rugby.

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Balloon release for Ethan Owens as fundraising campaign launched

Hartlepool Mail


Tragic Ethan Owens will be remembered this week when Hartlepool comes together for a balloon release.

The nine-year-old fought for life for more than a week after being hit by a car in the town’s Marina Way, but his injuries were too severe and mum and dad Paul Owens and Lisa Cooper made the heart-breaking decision to turn off his life support machine.

Ethan Owens
Hartlepool Mail

Battle of Britain to be remembered at revived airshow

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) Is to feature in a revived air show at Durham Tees Valley Airport.

The event returned to the airport in 2016 after a break of 27 years - attracting more than 18,000 visitors.

The lineup for this year's show, which takes place on 27 May, has been announced and includes the BBMF, which consists of a small number of historic aircraft, including Spitfires, Hurricanes and one of only two surviving airworthy Avro Lancasters.

Keith Wilson

Also lined up are displays from the Eurofighter Typhoon, a US Airforce T-6 Texan trainer from World War Two and a team of wing walkers, Skylive events said .

A spokesman added: "We have always had a long term plan and have mentioned from the very start that bringing this airshow back after 26 years wasn't a one-off and that we would build it bigger and better each year."

Man charged over taxi driver robberies

A man has been charged over a spate of robberies targeting taxi drivers in Newcastle.

The 21-year-old faces a total of 10 charges, including four offences of robbery and an attempted robbery.

All are said to have taken place between Thursday and Sunday in the Walker area of the city.

The man, who is from Newcastle, is due in court later.

Your photos: Sunrise at St Mary's Lighthouse

There was a dramatic sunrise this morning - Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys took this over St Mary's Lighthouse.

Sunrise over St Mary's Lighthouse

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Police 'concerned' for missing man

Police are appealing for information to trace a 51-year-old man who has gone missing from Boosbeck in East Cleveland.

Trevor Himsworth (pictured) left the village on Monday morning and he has not been in contact with family since.

Trevor Himsworth
Cleveland Police

A Cleveland Police spokesman said he was wearing black Umbro jogging bottoms, a cream T-shirt and grey Nike deck shoes at the time.

He added: "Officers are concerned for his welfare and would ask anyone that may have seen Mr Himsworth or anyone who may know of his whereabouts to contact us."

New River Tees crossing discussed

Colin Briggs

Look North

New details on plans for potential crossings over the River Tees have been announced.

Two possible routes have been identified - a central crossing parallel to the existing flyover on the A19 and an eastern crossing to unite industrial sites on the North and South Banks. 

The proposal will be discussed by the North East Combined Authority's Transport Committee later this month.

MP fails to change sex offender rules

The government has rejected a petition calling for all child abusers to have to stay on the sex offenders register for life. 

More than 126,000 people had signed the online petition, which was started by the family of murdered schoolgirl April Jones. 

April Jones
Family photo

The issue was raised in a special Commons debate  by Newcastle's Labour's Newcastle North MP Catherine McKinnell, who said there were concerns over a court ruling which means sex offenders can apply to be taken off the register.

Five-year-old April Jones (pictured) was killed by paedophile Mark Bridger in mid-Wales in 2012. 

Ms McKinnell said the case highlighted the need for tougher monitoring of online child sex abuse.

Home Office Minister Sarah Newton said the government had not wanted sex offenders to be able to apply to be taken off the register, but that it had not been able to prevent the change. 

But she insisted other safeguards had been introduced: 

Police officer guilty of passing information to convicted drugs dealer

Sunderland Echo


A Sunderland police officer is facing a prison sentence after being convicted of misconduct. 

Intelligence officer PC Gary Christie accessed confidential police information for his friend and convicted drugs dealer Asa Dobbing.

Gary Christie
Sunderland Echo

Warning of Denton Burn delays

Men hunted after woman, 71, threatened

Lisa McCormick

BBC Tees

Police are appealing for information after four men threatened and robbed a lone elderly woman at a bus stop. 

The 71-year-old was approached by the group on Stockton High Street on Saturday evening. 

The men spoke to her before one grabbed her bag and stole £65 from her purse.

Today's weather: Becoming dry with bright or sunny spells

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a cloudy and breezy start with some outbreaks of rain. 

Through the morning the rain will tend to die out, with some bright or sunny spells developing by the afternoon, especially in eastern areas. 

Weather map

It will feel mild with maximum temperatures reaching about 14C (57F).

Later, any cloud will tend to break, with clear spells developing. Winds will also ease, allowing temperatures to fall and perhaps a touch of frost in sheltered spots in more northern parts.

Overnight temperatures are likely to stay at about 4C (39F). 

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