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  1. Updates on Tuesday 28 March 2017
  2. The man who used to live on a roundabout
  3. Comedian Ross Noble stops show after seeing fan choking
  4. New £1 coin available in Newcastle
  5. Family of teenage cliff death pair say what happened is a "mystery"

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Ana Guerra-Moore

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Police dogs enjoy day off

Durham Police have shared this adorable picture of their dog Lottie and new work buddy Basco.

They're both getting to know each other by enjoying a day off together.

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BT to recruit 90 new workers on Newcastle

BT has announced it plans to recruit 90 people in Newcastle including in its sales department.

The firm currently employs more than 8,500 in the region and is one of the North East's largest private sector employers.

A previous recruitment drive was deemed a success after 110 contact centre posts were filled in Newcastle since April 2016.

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CCTV released after thousands stolen from bank cards

CCTV images of three men have been released by police after a number of bank card thefts in Newcastle.

The victims of the thefts are believed to have been drunk during the incidents or are classed as "vulnerable".

Thousands of pounds have been spent to purchase electronic goods in Newcastle by thieves.

Police say the men in the images below may know those involved and believe they could assist the investigation.

CCTV images of three man

Drink drive warning as driver loses licence for 14 months

Weather: Lots of rain coming this way

Scattered heavy showers during the evening with some misty conditions continuing for a time in places.

Becoming drier and a little clearer for a time before further cloud and light rain arrives from the south by dawn.  

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Brush up on your Metro facts...

Impress your friends with your knowledge of the Newcastle Metro system.

How many times has the Queen visited the Metro? How many kilometers does the Metro travel in a day? 

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Booze on Tyne floats organiser speaks out

Police have hit out at plans for 3,000 people to float on inflatables down the River Tyne while drinking alcohol.

The event, being advertised on Facebook as the River Tyne Booze Cruise is planned for July - starting in Newburn and ending a few hours later on the Quayside. 

Organiser Kieran Chapman, said the idea was based on a Finnish event. 

His Facebook post, shared almost 10,000 times, includes the message: "1 rule: Stay in your craft at all times to eliminate accidents."

Northumbria Police says it's concerned about safety and will speak to the organisers.

But Kieran said: "It's more of a social drink not a night out in town getting mortal. 

"People will be searched before they go on to the river to make sure that they're not drinking five litres of vodka."


Remembering tea lady Kath Cassidy

Newcastle United's tea lady of more than 50 years has passed away.

Kath Cassidy  retired in 2015 , after serving brews to the club and their guests since 1963

This video was made to mark her retirement:

Severe accident: A1231 Tyne And Wear westbound

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A1231 Tyne And Wear westbound severe accident, at A182 Washington Highway.

A1231 Tyne And Wear - A1231 Sunderland Highway in Washington blocked and queuing traffic westbound at the A182 Washington Highway junction, because of an accident involving Car and Lorry.

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

Body found believed to be missing man

Police searching for missing man David Bowen have found a body.

They were called earlier today to the Millenium Bridge in Newcastle, where Emergency services recovered the body.

The man is yet to be formally identified but it is believed to be Mr Bowen, who worked as a camera operator at Tyne Tees Television.

Newcastle United's 'legendary' tea lady dies

A tea lady who worked at Newcastle United for 52 years has died.

Kath Cassidy, 90, served up hot drinks to players, managers and journalists at St James' Park since 1963.  

The club have announced her passing today.

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Wanted man found

A man sought by police after a traffic warden was threatened and verbally abused has now been found.

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First wave of nurses graduate from new training programme

Eleven students have become fully qualified nurses after completing a pre-nursing course that was piloted at six locations, including Northumbria University.

The course was introduced in 2013 by Health Education England following a report into care failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. 

The programme aims to give aspiring nurse students experience as health care assistant before they study for their degrees. 

Lisa Smith, from South Shields, is amongst the first to graduate after training at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust.  She's landed a job at in accident and emergency at South Tyneside Hospital. 

I always thought I would make a good nurse but I didn’t have any health care experience".

Lisa Smithnurse

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Northumbria University

Sunderland's Under 11s win big

Sunderland AFC are celebrating a win after their Under 11s team beat Manchester United in the Premier Fives tournament.

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Police want to speak to this man about a report of traffic warden abuse

Children and families were nearby when a traffic warden was verbally abused and threatened with violence, police say. 

An image of a man Northumbria Police wants to speak to in connection with the allegation has been released. 

The man police would like to speak to
Northumbria Police

The abuse allegedly happened in Cross Street in Newcastle on 3 March at around 15:10.

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Police speak out against plans for drinkers to float down the Tyne

Police have hit out at plans for 3,000 people to float on inflatables down the River Tyne while drinking alcohol. 

The event, publicised on Facebook as the River Tyne Booze Cruise, is plannedfor 1 July starting in Newburn, Newcastle. 

Organisers say it's not a hoax and is based on a Finnish event. 

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "The River Tyne is not a countryside stream. 

"The current is strong - a rubber dinghy is not an appropriate vessel to be used on this river and if people were to fall overboard then they could find themselves in real danger."

Dark Justice founder denies entrapment

The man who founded the internet paedophile hunting organisation says the people they confront are starting communications with fake profiles off their own back, rather than being set up.

Scott, from Darlington, says the group has helped police make 79 arrests by creating profiles, posing as children. 

A man in his 30s, from Middlesbrough, was arrested and charged after travelling to Newcastle to meet who he thought was a 13-year-old, who he had allegedly groomed. 

Dark Justice claims to be responsible for 42 convictions against paedophiles.  

Dark Justice

Cleveland Police say they advise people to refrain from carrying our their own investigations.

Whilst police investigate information supplied by vigilante groups we cannot condone such actions - they may have the best of intentions, but members of these groups put themselves at risk and they can also put vulnerable victims at risk whilst disrupting police investigations".

Cleveland Police

Prisoner's mental health 'brushed under the carpet'

The Governor of Durham Prison has rejected criticism of the way the jail treats prisoners with mental health issues. 

The Prison Independent Monitoring Board's annual inspection said the issue of mentally ill patients waiting for treatment had been "brushed under the carpet." 

The Governor says he's managing the problem.

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Cleveland Potash seeks to expand

The current planning permission for operations at the Boulby Potash Mine expires in 2023, but Cleveland Potash intends to seek permission to continue its operations for another 40 years. 

The company has announced plans to begin a major public consultation programme before it seeks an extension to its planning permission from the North York Moors Park Authority.

From next month, the Community Engagement programme will include more than 100 information events as well as consultations with 16 parish and town councils.

Boulby is the only site in the world mining the mineral polyhalite, which provides fertiliser for the farming industry and currently employs about 1,000 people. 

Boulby Potash Mine
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Homeless man in court for visiting mother

The Shields Gazette

A homeless man breached a courtorder banning him from contacting his mother.

Shields Gazette

McNair: The day I told Mourinho I was leaving

BBC Sport

Sunderland's 21-year-old Northern Ireland defender Paddy McNair has been telling the BBC about the day he told Jose Mourinho he wanted to leave Manchester United.

Paddy McNair 'The day I told Mourinho I wanted to leave United'

Brexit warning for North East

The Journal


The North East will among the hardest hit if the European Union refuses to agree a major trade deal with the UK after Prime Minister Theresa May undefined triggers Article 50 on Wednesday, a think tank has said.

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The Journal

Ross Noble pauses show for choking fan

North-East comedian Ross Noble had to stop a show while  a man choking on a jelly bean was rescued by a member of the audience .

Noble halted his gig at Plymouth's Theatre Royal on Saturday when he saw that 18-year-old Oliver Jackson was in trouble.

Ross Noble
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The comic pointed to Mr Jackson and a member of the audience performed the Heimlich manoeuvre to get rid of the sweet.

Mr Jackson said he had since "given up jelly beans".

Weather: Cold start before sunny spells

BBC Weather

There will be widespread low cloud and hill fog this morning and it will feel cold. 

Then it will gradually become brighter this afternoon as sunny spells develop, before scattered heavy showers arrive from the southwest in the late afternoon.

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Watch: The man who lived on a roundabout

Paul Brown, 28, became homeless after both his parents died in one year and he went off the rails.

After he started drinking heavily and taking drugs, he stopped paying rent and began living on the streets.

He said he wanted a spot "right in the way" but "hidden at the same time", so thought a busy roundabout in the centre of Sunderland was the perfect choice.

After going "cold turkey" from legal highs, the YMCA and local churches helped him find a home and a job. Paul says he has "never looked back".

The Sunderland man who lived on a roundabout

Throughout the week beginning 27 March BBC News will be telling the stories of young people in Sunderland online and on social media.

Severe accident: A167(M) Tyne And Wear southbound

BBC News Travel

A167(M) Tyne And Wear southbound severe accident, at A1058 affecting Whitehorn Crescent.

A167(M) Tyne And Wear - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A167(M) southbound at A1058, because of an accident involving two vehciles. Congestion on A167 Ponteland Road to the Whitehorn Crescent junction.

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

Where can you get the new £1 coin?

BBC Business News

The new 12-sided £1 coin comes into circulation on Tuesday,  but where can you get if from ?

The coin, which is said to have various security measures to make it difficult to counterfeit, is being released to 33 banks and post offices around the country, but only one of them is in the North East.

The coin will be available from the Natwest in Newcastle's Northumberland Street.

the coin
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