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  1. Updates on Tuesday 30 May 2017

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Family pay tribute to Consett crash victim

The family of a man who died following a County Durham road crash have paid tribute to their "gentle giant".

Christopher Janson was in a collision on Brooms Lane, between the Jolly Drovers roundabout and Stony Heap, Consett, at about 21:00 on Sunday.

The 26-year-old, who was driving a Peugeot 206, passed away after being taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

His parents, Brian and Jayne, said: “Known to all his friends as CJ, he was a gentle giant with a huge heart and will be sadly missed by everyone. We have lost a precious son, a loving brother to Emma and Daniel and an adored father to his son Riley."

The driver of a Ford C-Max was taken to the University Hospital of North Durham with minor injuries.

Christopher Janson
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Ant and Dec step in to rescue primary school choir

Geordie duo Ant and Dec stepped in to rescue a primary school choir from County Down after a technical hitch on Britain's Got Talent.

St Patrick's Primary School from Drumgreenagh, near Rathfriland, was taking part in the ITV talent show when there was an issue with their music.

Music teacher Patricia McCaughey said the legendary Geordie presenting duo "came to the rescue".

It meant the choir could start again, without any further glitches.

The 39 children - aged eight to 12 - received praise from the judges for their performance of Katy Perry's hit song Roar, in the semi-final of the show on Monday night.

St Patrick's Primary School choir
St Patrick's Primary School

Star-ring role for would-be astronauts

Hands up if you fancied being an astronaut when you were younger... yep, pretty much all of you!

Well, this week children are being given the chance to try out activities such as a "space walk" and crew strength training at Newcastle's Centre for Life.

It's part of an international educational challenge supported by the UK Space Agency and the European Space Education Office.

Youngsters aren't having all the fun, though. Researchers at Newcastle University are helping adults take part in simple exercises designed to aid astronauts' rehabilitation.

Get along by Friday if you want to take part.

The astronaut training
Northumbria University

Police target driving offences

Drivers have been netted in joint operation on the A66.

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Watch live: Facebook debate on tuition fees

Political Editor Richard Moss is the presenter with panellists:

  • Shirley Ford - Green Party
  • Fiona Hall - Liberal Democrats
  • Andy McDonald - Labour
  • Fiona Mills - UKIP
  • James Wharton - Conservative
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Lady Susan Zetland

Lady Susan Zetland pulled out on to a busy highway causing a three-vehicle crash, a jury hears.

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Your photos: Where's Willi?

Ray Hutcheon sent us this photo of Willi their field cocker spaniel hiding in a meadow at Durham City on one of his adventures.

If you have a photo to share with us, you can send them on Twitter, Facebook, or via email.

Dog in field
Ray Hutcheon

We went out into the streets to ask people about UKIP's manifesto

Woman sits up after life-changing surgery

A disabled woman who could barely move without having a seizure has sat up for the first time.

Melanie Hartshorn, from Cramlington, Northumberland, has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) which causes her skull to sink into her spine.

About £100,000 was raised for the 27-year-old to have an operation in Barcelona to fuse her skull to her spine.

Melanie's condition is so severe that last year she had to complete her Newcastle University degree exams lying down.

Melanie Hartshorn

On Facebook she wrote: "I was terrified, it was like running a marathon (I'm pouring with sweat, in agony and my heart rates going crazy) but it was 100% worth it!"

Police - and mini police - at Northumberland County Show

Despite the Manchester attack many Bank Holiday events still went ahead around the UK.

The Northumberland County Show was one, and the police presence did more than just reassure people.

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Search continues in North Yorkshire for 'distressed' woman

A large scale search has been carried out in North Yorkshire for a "distressed" woman reported missing from her home in County Durham at the weekend.

Julie Gamsby
North Yorkshire Police

Julie Gamsby, 59, from Neale Street in Ferryhill, was reported missing by her husband after she failed to return home on Saturday evening.

North Yorkshire Police took over the search on Sunday after it was reported that she may have been near the East Pier in Whitby.

A large scale search was carried out, involving specialist teams, a police dog, a police helicopter, the coastguard and RNLI lifeboats. Since then enquiries have continued in North Yorkshire.

Julie is described as white, 5ft 3in tall, of medium build, with collar length blonde hair. She has tattoos including flowers on her legs and a barbed wire band around her right upper arm.

She usually wears gold dangly earrings, rings on her right hand and several bangles.

Kendal player named for Argentina tour

BBC Radio Cumbria Sport

Kendal-born back-row forward Mark Wilson has been named in England's 32-man rugby union squad for next month's tour to Argentina.

The 27-year-old Newcastle Falcons player, who began his career with Kendal, impressed selectors when he off the bench in England's 28-14 win over the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday.

Mark Wilson
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Newsnight in Newcastle for debate this evening

Our friends from Newsnight are in Newcastle today ahead of their show tonight.

They are hosting a debate at a rather nice location...

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North East music stars shine at Big Weekend

Teesside's James Arthur made the trip down the coast to perform at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Hull.

And the South Shields girls from Little Mix also took to the main stage on Sunday.

Kofi Smiles had a chat with James after playing at Big Weekend.

Sword stolen during house burglary

Police investigating a burglary at a house in Corbridge last month have released an image of a sword which was taken.

Offenders forced entry to the property in Prospect Hill on 29 April, and took the Derk Sword and a long service medal.

Anyone with any information, or who might have been offered one of the stolen items for sale, is asked to contact Northumbria Police.

Stolen sword
Northumbria Police

Guide dog owners 'belittled' by taxi refusals

BBC Tees

"It's the most frustrating, belittling, shattering thing in the world."

That's how one guide dog owner describes being denied access to a taxi.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association has found more than 40% of visually impaired people are denied access to basic services such as shops and restaurants, with the most common being taxis and minibuses.

It's petitioning for the government to educate drivers on disability and equality.

Linda Oliver is from the North East branch of the association and says: "It can affect someone's life hugely. Being able to get a taxi like everyone else is really important for independence."

Guide dog

Store donation helps keep RNLI afloat

A lifeboat charity has been given a cash boost by convenience store staff.

McColl's stores in Hartlepool and East Durham raised £317.29, which will help train volunteer RNLI crew members to save lives at sea.

There was a cheque presentation at Hartlepool RNLI station, after which McColl's staff members were given a tour - and two of them tried on some of the all-weather and inshore lifeboat kit.

Cheque handover

The RNLI is an essential charity for a seafaring town like Hartlepool and we are delighted to help support the volunteer crew members."

Michael JohnsonMcColl's area manager

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News online

Her memory was all but expunged by her widower's second wife, but Josephine Bowes' museum legacy lives on.

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What caused you to miss a sporting event?

BBC Sport

Andrew Neil: I missed an #nufc match as was driving back from Cumbria but the road was flooded so we couldn't get past. Toon won 5-0..

See all the other great stories - as well as the latest sports news - here.

Rain fails to dampen Pride parade

it might have been raining yesterday, but the rainbows were also out in full force at Durham Pride.

In case you missed the colour and spectacle, here's a reminder:

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Charity boss in court after fraud probe

The Shields Gazette

A chief executive of a charity for the elderly in South Tyneside has appeared in court charged with defrauding more than £700,000 from the organisation.

John Briers, 56, was suspended from his position at Age UK South Tyneside in August 2015.

Front page of The Gazette, Tuesday 30 May
The Gazette

WI show close-knit community spirit

Colin Briggs

Look North

A WI group from our region are helping children involved in road or fire accidents... by knitting.

The West Auckland branch of the Women's Institute have been knitting trauma teddies which will be handed out by the fire service.

The teddies will be used to help comfort children and young people during rescue operations.

Newcastle United eye Hull winger Grosicki

BBC Sport

Gearing up for next season's Premier League challenge, Newcastle United are chasing Polish winger Kamil Grosicki, currently with relegated Hull City.

You can keep up to date with all the latest football gossip here.

Kamil Grosicki
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Bradley Lowery

The family of the six-year-old Sunderland mascot accepts apology from website over death report.

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Mum relives 'miracle' of IVF treatment

BBC Newcastle

More than 4,000 babies have been born at the Newcastle Fertility Clinic at the International Centre for Life since it opened 17 years ago.

It's the biggest of its kind in the North East and all this week on BBC Newcastle we're taking a closer look at the work they do and the way they help create life.

Sheila Webster, from Sunderland, tried for 15 years to become a mum and finally had success - giving birth to a daughter around her 40th birthday.

She describes the work of the centre as a "miracle" and adds: "It's been a life-changing experience. Everything I could have hoped for and more."

We'll have more on this story now. Click here to listen live.

Embryos ready for instant freezing

Weather: Dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

A largely dry morning, once early mist lifts there should be some pleasant bright or sunny spells - especially in the east.

Expect showers to spread from the west during the early afternoon before it turns dry and bright again as westerly winds freshen.

Cloud will thin and break tonight with some long clear spells developing. It will feel much cooler than recent nights.

Weather forecast, Tuesday 30 May 2017

Missing County Durham woman Julie Gamsby 'in distressed state'

BBC Tees

Searches are continuing for a missing County Durham woman believed to be in a distressed state of mind.

Julie Gamsby failed to return home on Saturday.

Durham Police said the 59-year-old had been to her cleaning job at B&M that morning, then went to her home in Ferryhill before setting off for Whitby by bus via Darlington between 10:00 and 11:00.

She is white, 5ft 3ins (160cm) with medium-length blonde hair.

Julie Gamsby
North Yorkshire Police

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