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  1. Updates on Friday 2 June 2017

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This week's updates

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

That's it for updates this week. Thanks for being with us.

To keep up with whats happening overnight, head to BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle, Look North, and online.

If you have a photo you'd like to share with us, you can get in touch via @BBCNewsNE, email us, or contact us on our Facebook page.

We'll see you on Monday morning at 08:00.

Have a great weekend. We'll leave you with this photo of a highland cow in Hartlepool, snapped by Paul Alderson.

Highland Cow
Paul Alderson

Awards joy for volunteer blood bikers

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

The Queen's Awards for Voluntary Service have been made today and there's recognition for a number of groups in our region.

Among them, the Northumbria Blood Bikers, which deliver essential blood and urgent medical supplies out-of-hours between hospitals.

It is entirely dependent on donations and run solely by volunteers.

Northumbria Blood Biker

Weather: Generally cloudy with occasional rain

It's maybe time to rethink the BBQ plans for the weekend.

It will be generally cloudy this evening and overnight with occasional rain, this locally heavy.

Some mist patches may form near coasts and over hills. Winds will be mainly light and variable.

Weather forecast

Head to the BBC Weather page to check the weather where you are.

Five-year-old girl hit by car

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a five-year-old girl was hit by a car.

The incident occured at about 19:10 on last night.

A black Volkswagen Passat collided with the child in Warwick Street in Middlesbrough.

The girl was treated for a fractured leg at James Cook University Hospital.

People in Hartlepool have been having their say on Andy Capp.
As a new exhibition about Andy Capp opens, people in his hometown of Hartlepool have their say.

England's Big Picture: Magic in Northumberland

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

Our colleagues at BBC England like to feature photographs sent in to them every day.

The latest theme is Bank Holiday Memories.

Have a look at this "broomstick lesson" at Alnwick Castle, snapped by Sally Fletcher:

Alnwick Castle

Can we agree that the man in the pink shirt is the only wizard in the picture still using the outdated Nimbus 2000?

Best of luck to him on catching the Snitch.

See more photos here.

Rikki Clarke has rejoined his first county Surrey, from Warwickshire

With the 2017 county season here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours ahead of next season.

Read more

Results of Newcastle bus lane fine hearing

The trafffic penalty tribunal has heard nine appeal cases into fines given at the controversial bus lane on John Dobson Street in Newcastle.

Out of the nine cases, eight been allowed.

The hearing ruled that the signs are inadequate and that drivers don't know what lays ahead of them before entering the road.

It also says the main warning sign is not sufficiently visible and the wording is vague.

It's not yet clear where this leaves the 90,000-plus other drivers who've been fined since the lane was brought in.

We're waiting to hear from Newcastle City Council.

John Dobson Street

Tumble dryer fire warning

Northumberland County Council's trading standards service is warning owners of Beko and Blomberg tumble dryers of a product recall.

It comes in response to a safety alert from the company regarding their 8kg and 9kg condenser tumble dryers which were manufactured between May and November 2012.

Monitoring of the products raised concern after it was found they could overheat, with a risk of fire.

Beko are asking owners to contact them in order to give a free modification, if required.

Product safety notices can be checked here.



The white chest band will return to the Boro strip when the 2017/18 kits are unveiled this weekend at the Riverside Stadium.

The design is regarded as a Middlesbrough classic - but has only been worn about a dozen times in 140 years of football.

Football kit expert John Devlin explores the history of the band here.

Images relesed of Asda burglars

Do you recognise any of these people?

The group, pictured on CCTV, gained entry to Asda petrol station in Spennymoor overnight on May 28 via the rear fire door.

They stole cash and attempted to steal cigarettes.

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Spennymoore Police
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Spennymoore Police
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Spennymoore Police

Police are urging anyone with information to contact South Durham CID on 101.

New charity challenge for Stelling

BBC Tees

Hartlepool-born Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling today begins his latest challenge to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.

Last year, Stelling walked 10 marathons in 10 days.

This year, he will attempt to walk 15 marathons in 15 days from Exeter to Newcastle.

The walk clocks in at more than 300 miles:

The route

Football clubs will provide physio therapy for him at the end of each day as he makes his way across the UK with a trekking group.

He says he is lucky to be physically fit and is happy to raise awareness and money for the charity.

Jeff Stelling
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Missing Wallsend woman found

Northumbria Police have confirmed that missing 46-year-old Rachelle Cummings has been located.

Man found dead in Blyth

Police have found the body of a man in Northumberland.

Officers attended the scene in Walton Avenue in Blyth at 15:00 and found the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

There is believed to be no-third party involvement and a report is being prepared for the coroner.

Walton Avenue

Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) County Durham southbound severe accident, between J58 for A68 and J57 for A66.

A1(M) County Durham - A1(M) partially blocked and queuing traffic southbound between J58, A68 (Burtree) and J57 A66(M) Darlington, because of an accident.

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

Hartlepool: The home of hip-hop champions

BBC Tees

BBC Tees Sport

Ruff Diamond are a street-dance crew made up of five local dancers.

In August, the group will fly to America to represent Great Britain at the World Championships.

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Illegal cigarette man jailed for third time

A County Durham man caught with more than 40,000 illicit cigarettes is behind bars for the third time, just weeks after standing trial for the same crime.

Thomas Griffiths, from Durham Street in Spennymoor, had the cigarettes in his car, with more found in his home.

The 57-year-old was jailed for 21 months. His accomplice, David Linton from Chester-le-Street, was seen collecting a parcel from his house containing more than £20,000.

Linton admitted money laundering, and received a four-month suspended prison sentence.

Illicit cigarettes

Customs officers caught Griffiths with illicit cigarettes worth £11,000 in duty taxes, plus £12,000 in cash hidden in a kitchen bin.

Griffiths claimed he'd found the cigarettes in a lay-by, and was going to hand them to police ..

He admitted evasion of excise and money laundering. His partner Mandy Hetherington admitted hiding 3,740 cigarettes in their home and was given a 12-month community service order.

Health and Safety Executive probe after scaffolding fall

The Gazette


The Health and Safety Executive is making inquires into an accident that happened on Wednesday at Middlesbrough Town Hall.

Cleveland Fire Brigade confirmed that a man was trapped in scaffolding after falling from the site on the junction of Corporation Road and Albert Road.

Middlesbrough Town Hall

Concert-goers get set for terror attack benefit gig

People from across the North East are preparing to head to Manchester for the benefit concert in aid of the victims of last week's terror attack.

Tickets sold out yesterday in less than 20 minutes.

Ariana Grande will return to the city on Sunday and perform alongside some of the biggest names in pop, including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay and Take That.

Tickets went on sale yesterday but more than 10,000 people falsely claimed they were at the previous Grande concert in order to get free tickets for Sunday, Ticketmaster said.

Ariane Grande
Election 2017: MPs quizzed by Bishop Auckland residents
Three candidates from the main political parties take to the streets of Bishop Auckland to face questions from residents.

Tuxedo Royale damage 'mainly cosmetic'

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

Damage caused to the former floating nightclub by a fire has been described as mainly "a few wrinkles" and not structural.

The SS Tuxedo Royale Restoration Project say the blaze affected parts of the ship are the bridge, forward accommodation as well as two life boats the most.

A plate was also warped in the fire.

Cleveland Police are treating the fire as suspicious.

Tuxedo Royale

Missing woman last seen leaving Newcastle pub

A woman has gone missing after last being seen in a city centre pub.

Northumbria Police is trying to locate Rachelle Cummings, who was last seen leaving the Percy Arms in Newcastle.

The 46-year-old from Wallsend hasn't been seen since 20:45 on Wednesday.

Rachelle Isobel Cummings
Northumbria Police

Rachelle, or anyone with information about her whereabouts, are urged to contact the force on 101.

Percy Arms

Work of Andy Capp cartoonist in the spotlight

Colin Briggs

Look North

An exhibition opens tomorrow celebrating the life and work of the cartoonist behind Hartlepool's most famous character, Andy Capp.

The free event at the Museum of Hartlepool coincides with the 60th anniversary of the first publication of Andy Capp in the Daily Mirror, as well as what would have been creator Reg Smythe's 100th birthday.

At its height, the comic strip was was syndicated to 1,700 newspapers in 52 countries and read by 250 million people globally.

You can read more about the character's "mirth and misogyny" here.

Andy Capp and creator Reg Smythe

Dumped horse is put down

BBC Newcastle

A pony which was dumped by the side of a road in Belsay, Northumberland, with a broken leg has had to be put down.

There were other signs of neglect too - the black and grey mare had lice and an ulcer on her eye.

She wasn't micro-chipped and the RSPCA want to speak to anyone who knows anything about it.

BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast debating in Hartlepool

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

Nicky Campbell and the team are currently live from Hartlepool Marina speaking to local politicians and voters.

His day begins with a little local history:

View more on twitter

You can listen to the debate here.

Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

It will be a mostly cloudy morning with outbreaks of rain.

Through the afternoon there will still be some outbreaks although it will become increasingly dry with sunny spells developing.

Expect light and variable winds.

It's set to be a mostly dry evening with some late sunshine and dry overnight with variable cloud and clear spells, although it may turn misty around the coast.

Winds will remain light.

Check the forecast where you are here.

Weather forecast, Friday 2 June 2017

Tuxedo Royale blaze 'suspicious'

BBC Tees

A fire which broke out on a former floating nightclub on the River Tees is being treated as suspicious, police have said.

The Tuxedo Royale burst into flames in Middlesbrough on Wednesday night, with firefighters finally bringing it under control in the early hours of yesterday.

Campaigners had been hoping to restore the much-loved historic ship, which used to be moored on the River Tyne, as a training facility and maritime museum.

A Cleveland Police spokesman said the blaze is being treated as suspicious, investigations are continuing and they will take some time because of the state of the ship.

Aftermath of the Tuxedo Royale blaze

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