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  1. Updates on Friday 17 March 2017
  2. Boy stabbed at Newcastle supermarket
  3. Dumped dog set on fire in woodland
  4. Newcastle doctors helping amputees in Bangladesh

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Watch: Ingles family thank fundraisers

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Kara Ingles and her son, Finley came into the studio earlier to talk about his surgery success and to thank everybody who made their trip to America possible. 

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Arrest made after thousands of cigarettes seized

Trading standards officers in Darlington have seized more than 13,000 illegal cigarettes, after vowing to crack down on the trade.

The latest haul comes less than two weeks after 16,850 illegal cigarettes and 4.4 KG of hand-rolling tobacco were seized from a Darlington store.

One person's been arrested in connection with the find. 


NSPCC push for law-change after Adam Johnson's legal bid fails

The children's charity, NSPCC, is calling for the sending of sexually explicit messages to children by adults to be made illegal.

The call comes after disgraced Sunderland and England footballer, Adam Johnson, lost his right to appeal against his conviction for sexual activity with a 15-year-old fan.

Johnson was jailed for six years for sexual activity with a child.

The NSPCC said it was "frightening" that Johnson was allowed to bombard the victim with hundreds of messages but could only be prosecuted for physically meeting her.

Tony Stower, from the charity, said the Government needed to help change the law change, so police could take action before abuse escalates. 

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Steve Agnew

Middlesbrough caretaker boss Steve Agnew says he is a "creative coach" and has a "clear view" of how to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

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This weekend's weather: cloudy and breezy

BBC Weather

Let's take a look at this weekends weather forecast:

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Forecast Summary

  • This Evening and Tonight Cloudy and breezy during the evening, with a little rain possible at times. Rain should ease during the early hours, with lighter winds and clear spells following.

To check the weather where you are, head to the BBC Weather page.

David Ormerod

The search is stepped up for a missing Dumfries and Galloway teenager who has not been seen since the weekend.

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Neil Fingleton

Britain's tallest man, 7ft 7in Neil Fingleton, was a basketball player before he became an actor.

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Paul Clement reacts to Aitor Karanka sacking

Paul Clement reacts to Aitor Karanka sacking
Swansea City boss Paul Clement reacts to the sacking of Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka.

Would-be murderer told girlfriend he loved her before knife attack

​A 29-year-old man has been jailed for 14 years for the attempted murder of his girlfriend.

Darren Chawner, from Stanley, told his girlfriend he loved her before stabbing her in the neck as they lay in bed.

The attack took place on 6 August 2016 and came without warning, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Chawner, who was high on drink and drugs at the time, carried out the attack at the couple's home in Park Road, South Moor.

Darren Chawner
Durham Police

A year on since Stockton's £2,500 yellow duck

Louise Hobson

BBC Tees reporter

It cost the tax payer £2,767 and the Council described it as a "fun addition to the town centre" - but what has the giant yellow duck done for Stockton in the 12 months it has been there?

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Residents of Stockton have described the duck as a waste of both time and money, but Stockton Council believes it was worth the investment - as it helped them win GB High Street of the Year, and plays an important part in supporting local business.

Gjolla and Niedzwiecki

Officials found 20 people hidden in a lorry which had arrived at North Shields from Holland.

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£1,000 reward for help to catch suspected thief

Have you seen this woman?

The charity Crimestoppers is offering a £1,000 reward for help to catch a wanted North Tyneside woman.

Donna Teague, 34, from Siskin House in Forest Hall, is wanted in connection with theft.

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Woman's hair extension ripped off during train fracas and 'held like trophy'

British Transport Police (BTP) want to speak to a train passenger after a woman's hair extension was ripped off and "held up like a trophy". 

The attack took place on a Manchester Airport to Middlesbrough service on 25 February - but details have only just emerged.

The victim was a 25-year-old woman, transport police said. Four men aged 53, 59, 34 and 29 - all from Stockton have been arrested on suspicion of affray and bailed. 

The BTP have released a CCTV image of the woman they would like to speak.

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British Transport Police
Adam Elliott in his Ford Ka

Adam Elliot was given a suspended sentence for driving with his head poking out of an open car roof.

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Teesside boy's brain tumour laser treatment success

The mother of five-year-old Finley Ingles says his groundbreaking laser treatment has so far been a success.

The Mddlesbrough boy previously suffered from up to 20 seizures a day due to a brain tumour. 

But now, thanks to a huge fundraising campaign to pay for surgery in Texas - 90% of the tumour has now been removed. 

 Kara Ingles says the operation has been life-changing and a huge weight has been lifted as a result.  

More than 1,500 wellwishers across Teesside donated money to pay for the laser ablation surgery at Texas Children's Hospital. 

Finley and Kara Ingles at BBC Tees

Gibson says Karanka is "in a good frame of mind" after Boro departure

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

Middlesbrough FC chairman Steve Gibson has described head coach Aitor Karanka's break up with Boro as a "sacrifice" he made to secure Premier League survival, and says he will be relieved to be out of the job.

In an interview with the Times , Gibson stressed that the end of Karanka's three and a half year stint ended by mutual consent, as they decided a new approach was needed for the club's final 10 games of the season.

The Spaniard leaves the freshly promoted team second bottom in the table, with damning statistics. 

Gibson says Karanka had been enormous for the club, but it is understood he was forced to act after a training ground incident between the head coach and winger Stewart Downing - who was left out of the squad that lost to Manchester City.

Steve Gibson and Aitor Karanka
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Steve Agnew will take charge of the squad for their fixture with Manchester United on Sunday.

The caretaker manager is due to speak to the media for the first time since Karanka's departure this afternoon.

Severe disruption: A69 Tyne And Wear eastbound

BBC News Travel

A69 Tyne And Wear eastbound severe disruption, between A6085 Ponteland Road and B6528 Hawthorn Terrace.

A69 Tyne And Wear - A69 in Throckley closed eastbound between the A6085 Ponteland Road junction and Lemington Roundabout, because of a broken down vehicle towing a horse box and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

Dangerous 6ft 6in driver told to 'grow up'

A tall man has been given a suspended prison sentence for driving a car while standing up.

Newcastle car dealer Adam Elliot, 26 - whose 6ft 6ins - admitted dangerous driving but said he wasn't standing up in the Ford Ka - it simply looked that way because he is so tall, the city's crown court heard. 

The incident took place on the Tyne Bridge last January when he drove along the Felling bypass in Gateshead.

Elliot was jailed for nine months which was suspended for 18 months and banned from driving for two years. 

Adam Elliot

Traffickers jailed for smuggling refugees into North Shields

Three men have been jailed for their part in an organised gang trying to smuggle people into the Port of Tyne. 

Border Force officials found 19 Albanians and a Syrian when they searched a lorry in September 2015. The vehicle had arrived in North Shields from Holland.

The three men, who were Polish and Albanian, were found guilty of conspiring to facilitate unlawful entry into the UK and have received prison sentences totalling 16 years between them.

Most of the people found hiding in the lorry have been returned to Albania, Newcastle Crown Court heard. 

Boy, 15, stabbed at Newcastle supermarket

A 14-year-old boy was arrested after a 15-year-old boy was stabbed at a supermarket in Newcastle.

The boy was taken to hospital with serious, but not life-threatening injuries after being hurt at Aldi, on Edgefield Avenue in Kenton, last night.

The 14-year-old was arrested at the scene.

Northumbria Police said extra patrols are in the area to reassure the public.

Dumped dog set on fire in Newcastle woodland

The body of a puppy was found in woods wrapped in a bin bag which had been set alight.

The dog was found behind Mead Walk, in the Walker area of Newcastle on Wednesday afternoon.

A joint investigation between Northumbria Police and the RSPCA is under way.

It is believed the dog was dead before the bag was set alight.

The remains have been examined by a vet, and it is believed the dog is a male Shih Tzu crossbreed, approximately three years old, with cream and tan markings.

The animal had a microchip which gave no information other than his name - Charlie.

It is a very distressing incident and we need to understand what has happened to this young dog. I want to reassure local residents that we are treating this matter seriously".

Paul Duncan Northumbria Police Neighbourhood Inspector
Scene where the dog's body was found
Northumbria Police

Reay appointed head coach of Sunderland Ladies

BBC Sport

Melanie Reay has been appointed head coach of Sunderland Ladies after Carlton Fairweather agreed to leave the Women's Super League One side .

Reay has been promoted from her previous position as assistant coach at the north-east club. She is a former striker at Sunderland and has spent nearly 20 years as a player and then a coach.

Melanie Reay
The FA

Fairweather had been in charge for two years and led the side to seventh in WSL 1 last season.

"It is a great honour for me to manage this special club," Reay said.

"We have some great young players coming through and hopefully they can make their mark on the team which already has a host of good, experienced players. We will be looking to consolidate and improve together."

Weather: Chilly but dry start

BBC Weather

Today will see a chilly but dry start for most with bright spells before cloud amounts increase through the morning with outbreaks of rain developing along with strong winds. 

Rain will be heaviest and most persistent over the Pennines with drier spells elsewhere.  

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The stats which led to Karanka sacking
After Middlesbrough sack manager Aitor Karanka, BBC Sport looks at the statistics which led to the Spaniard departing the Riverside Stadium.

Pair apologise for island stranding

Two men have apologised after needing to be rescued by a lifeboat when they got stranded on St Mary's Island off the Northumberland Coast.

The men from Sheffield and Newcastle said they lost track of time while taking photographs on the seaward side of the island near Whitley Bay at about 16:30 on Thursday.

St Mary's lighthouse
Victoria McIntosh

The Cullercoats RNLI Inshore Lifeboat picked the men up as they would have faced several hours in squally showers before they could use the causeway again to return to the mainland.

A spokesman for the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade said: "The pair were very apologetic for the inconvenience they had caused."

The medics using drainpipes to help amputees

Two trainee doctors from Newcastle are using their skills to help amputees in Bangladesh.

The trainee doctors changing amputees' lives

Matt Walton and Zaamin Hussain set up a clinic on behalf of charity Naya Qadam Trust to fit people with artificial limbs - made out of melted drain pipes and rubber tyres.

So far the young doctors have raised more than £7,000 and have helped more than 70 people.

You can watch the full report on Inside Out on BBC One at 19:30 on Monday.

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