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  1. Updates on Wednesday 7 2017

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Man brandished bottle and demanded cash from shop staff

Police are hunting a man who threatened staff at a Hartlepool shop and demanded cash.

The man, captured on CCTV, entered the Cascade Premier Store on Andrews Street at 21:20 on 1 June and brandished a bottle at a member of staff who refused to hand over cash from the till.

Cleveland Police said he eventually made off empty handed.

Shop threat suspect
Cleveland Police

Thieves ransack charity super store

Two men stole hundreds of watches and computers from a hospice's charity shop days after it opened.

The men broke their way into the St T's Superstore on McMullen Road in Darlington on 24 May.

Store opening
St Teresa's Hospice

They took 200 watches, including exclusive Mont Blanc, Armani and DKNY timepieces, which had been donated from local hotel and gym lost properties, and laptops worth in total thousands of pounds.

They also took they keys to the Mowden Park shop which they then raided.

Money raised by the stores supports St Teresa's Hospice.

Retail manager Marjorie McInytre said: “It is hard to believe that people would do such a thing when the hospice movement exists to provide a free service to people with life-limiting illnesses and support for their families. That could be the perpetrators’ mothers, brothers or friends.

“What they did that night will deprive us of the ability to provide this service to someone and I really don’t understand that at all. It’s hard to believe people can be so callous.”

Fans call for Tiote number to be retired

BBC Sport

Over 1,000 Newcastle fans have signed an online petition asking for the shirt number formerly worn by the late Cheick Tiote to be retired. Tiote, who died on Monday after collapsing during training with Chinese club Beijing Enterprises, wore the number 24 during his time at St James' Park.

Cheick Tiote
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Grand National shirt up for auction

The saddle cloth which was worn when One for Arthur won this year's Grand National has been donated to the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

A former jockey who works behind the scenes at racecourses across the North donated the signed memorabilia to raise money for the charity.

The framed piece, alongside a race card signed by all Grand National 40 jockeys and a photograph of One For Arthur, go up for auction on eBay at 20:30.

Grand National shirt
One for Arthur

A1 reopens after crash

The A1 northbound in County Durham has reopened after an earlier crash:

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Festival memories sought for 30th celebration

BBC Tees

Organisers of the Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF) are appealing for people's memories of the event as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Stockton Borough Council

Stokcton Borough Council said it wants some "nostalgia" from the festival's past.

Reuben Kench, the council’s director of culture, leisure and events, said: “SIRF holds a special place in people’s hearts and we want to celebrate its birthday in style.

Stockton Council

“If you’ve got any SIRF stories, photographs, items, or video footage, whether they’re from back in the 80s and 90s, or more recent times, we’d love to hear from you."

Memories can be posted to the event's Facebook page.

This year's festival will run from 3 to 6 August and will feature 30 individual shows.

Stockton Council

Teaching edged out football

BBC Sport

Sunderland Ladies captain Steph Bannon tells BBC Look North she retired to allow her teaching career to be the priority rather than football.

Steph Bannon: Sunderland ladies captain content with decision to retire

Train firm warns of blocked line

Crash on A1 closes road

BBC News Travel

There's delays on the A1 after a collision, police say.

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NUFC pre-season game at Preston

Matthew Raisbeck

BBC Newcastle Sport

Newcastle United will travel to Preston North End for a pre-season friendly next month.

NUFC clinched promotion back to the Premier League with a 4-1 home victory against the Lilywhites at St James' Park in April.

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GE2017: 'I'm finally getting to do something rather than just talk'

We've spoken to young people who are getting engaged in politics:

"Before [now] myself and my friends have only ever been able to discuss it," says Niamh Dunne, from Darlington.

"Now, we are actually getting to do something about it."

Niamh got interested in politics through her A-level sociology.

Education is a big issue for her in this election - in particular the cost of university, which she hopes to start in September.

Niamh Dunne
Niamh Dunne

"The NHS and the continuation of free healthcare are also important," she tells Newsbeat.

"To be able to vote sooner than I thought and on my 18th birthday is going to be an exciting process for me."

Your photos: Dark afternoon by the river

Valerie Seaward sent us this photo of cloudy Alnwick Castle and river.

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Alnwick Castle and river
Valerie Seaward

'Little Legs' thanks saviours for heart help

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

A man who had a heart attack at a meeting of a running club has thanked the off-duty paramedics who saved his life.

Steven Curry, 56, a keen runner nicknamed Little Legs, from Dinnington Village, collapsed at a meeting of Birtley Athletics Group at Monkton Stadium.

Two members of the group, Fiona Jones a paramedic from Chester-le-Street and nurse practitioner Kerry Barnett, ran to his aid.

Little legs thanks saviours
North East Ambulance service

Mr Curry, a father of one, said: “I cycled 50 miles on the bike the day before and though I was a little tired, I felt OK. I remember finishing the race, but then coming to and wondering why everyone was making a fuss of me.

"I was definitely in the right place at the right time; if I’d stayed home that night it might have happened in front of my son and I might not have made it.”

He thanked his saviours and the ambulance crew who took him to hospital.

He said: "I need to say to tell them all what a difference they’ve made, for bringing me back to my family and for helping reassure me that everything was OK."

Police officer 'dragged by car at drink-drive checkpoint'

BBC Tees

A police officer was dragged several metres by a car at a drink-drive checkpoint, Durham Police have said.

The force said the car was one of more than 70 stopped for tests on the outskirts of Durham on Sunday.

A spokesman said: "One person failed and tried to drive off as the officer tried to take the keys from the ignition.

"The officer was carried along for several metres resting on the doorframe, before the car stopped. She wasn't hurt."

A man has been charged with driving with excess alcohol and dangerous driving.

Manny Smith

Wrexham re-sign defender Manny Smith on a two-year contract from fellow National League club Gateshead.

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Simple blood test 'might predict surgery survival'

Francesca Williams

BBC News

A simple blood test might be able to predict a patient's likelihood of survivalafter surgery, a new study suggests.

Levels of troponin, a protein released during a heart attack, in the blood may be able to help doctors know which patients need more intensive monitoring after their operation, experts from James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough said.

Researchers, who are presenting their study to the British Cardiovascular Society conference in Manchester, measured the level of troponin in blood samples taken from 993 patients before they underwent elective or emergency surgery - none of the patients underwent cardiac surgery.


A quarter of the patients who had troponin levels of 50 nanograms per litre (ng/l) or over before their surgery died within six months, the researchers found. This figure rose to 37% dying within a year of their operation. Meanwhile, among patients who showed pre-operative troponin level of less than 17ng/l, just 2.5% died within six months. This figure rose to 3.7% of patients with lower levels of the protein dying within 12 months of their surgery.

Dr Matthew Jackson said the link is not yet understood.

Professor Metin Avkiran, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, said: "This study suggests that an elevated troponin level in the blood before non-cardiac surgery, in the absence of a heart attack, is predictive of poor patient survival during the first 12 months after such surgery. If we can understand the underlying causes of heart injury in such patients, their treatment may be tailored to improve outcome after non-cardiac surgery."

On this day: Ferdinand moved to NUFC

Les Ferdinand scored 50 goals in 82 appearances for Newcastle United.

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England boot camp 'replicated penalty pressure'

BBC Sport

England striker Jermain Defoe says the squad's visit to a Royal Marines boot camp could help the players cope with the emotion of penalty shootouts.

The Sunderland striker, who is on the verge of joining Bournemouth, said having his team-mates watching him complete the 'sheep dip' (pictured below) was a "pressure moment".

Defoe does sheep dip
Ministry of defence

"It's the sort of pressure when you're in a penalty shootout and the lads are waiting for you to step up," he said.

"Going forward it helps you, brings you closer together. You know you've got your team-mates who will help you."

Volunteers gathering in Stockton

More than 40 charities and voluntary organisations will be gathering in Stockton on Friday to tell people what they do.

The Stockton Volunteers Market will run from 10:00 to 16:00 and will feature stalls about volunteering, craft and food sales and live music in a marquee on the High Street.

Stockton Borough Council said: "The market aims to celebrate the contributions of volunteers and raise awareness of the work being done by various local voluntary organisations."

Rider Lambert died 'doing what he loved'

The family of Gateshead motorcyclist Davey Lambert, who died after crashing at Isle of Man TT, say he died doing what he loved.

The 48-year-old died in hospital shortly before 20:00 last night having crashed on Sunday.

In a statement on his Facebook page, his family said: "He went out of this world in exactly the way he would have wanted doing what he loved.

"He was a big man with an even bigger heart who will be sorely missed by so many.

"As a family we would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support.

"We would like to thank all of the amazing doctors and nurses who tried so hard to save Davey's life at the scene, Nobles Hospital and Aintree University Hospital.

"We know you did everything you possibly could to help him and for that we are eternally grateful.

"Ride Fast Lambo."

Cole faces 'long road ahead' after kidney transplant

BBC Sport

I denied I was ill for ages - Andy Cole

Former England striker Andy Cole says he faces a 'long road ahead' as he recovers from his recent kidney transplant. .

"If I push it, I could go backwards or end up back on medication," he said. "There is also a chance of rejection."

The former Newcastle, Manchester United and Blackburn forward suffered kidney failure in 2015 after contracting an airborne virus.

He has just returned to his role as a United ambassador following surgery.

Man stabbed in stomach

BBC Tees

A man is in hospital after being stabbed in the stomach in Middlesbrough this morning.

The man, aged in his late 30s, was attacked at about 07:00 on Clairville Road, Cleveland Police said.

He is in James Cook University Hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Another man, also aged in his late thirties, was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm in connection with the incident. He has also been taken to hospital with a facial injury.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Perrie Edwards praised for showing childhood scar in bikini photo

BBC Newsbeat

South Shields popstar Perrie Edwards has been praised by fans after showing off a childhood scar on her stomach.

The Little Mix singer didn't post any comments with the photo but she's talked about it before.

She told Now Magazine: "My [biggest body-hang up] is my scar on my stomach.

"When I was little, my oesophagus was too small, so I had to get it operated on to help me eat properly. I had to have lots of operations, so that's why I don't want to show it."

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Gateshead rider dies after TT crash

BBC Sport

Rider Davey Lambert has died in hospital following a crash in the opening Superbike race at the Isle of Man TT event on Sunday.

Lambert, from Gateshead, sustained multiple injuries after coming off his 1,000cc Kawasaki machine at Greeba Castle. He crashed on lap three of the six-lap race on the Mountain Course.

Davey Lambert
Steve Babb

The 48-year-old was airlifted to Nobles Hospital, before being transferred to Aintree Hospital in Merseyside.

Lambert was making his TT debut, but had previously competed at the Manx Grand Prix over the same course. Race organisers ACU Events Ltd said in a statement they wished to "pass on their deepest sympathy to his partner Tracey, his family and friends".

Motocyclist killed on A66

A motorcyclist has been killed on the A66 at Stainmore.

The accident, which involved just one vehicle, happened at about 16:25 yesterday.

Police say the man was from the north east.

He was treated by paramedics and an air ambulance doctor, but he died of his injuries at the scene. His family have been informed.

He was one of three riders heading west on the A66, and police want to hear from any witnesses.

Concert planned for Manchester attack victims

BBC Newcastle

Family and friends of a South Shields couple who were killed in the Manchester attack are holding a tribute concert on Friday in their memory.

Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, died in suicide bomb attack at the Ariana Grande concert last month.

Chloe and LIam

Chris Joyce, who is organising the tribute concert, said: "It's a good opportunity for people to show that people still love each other and care for each other."

The concert starts at 18:00 at the South Shields Ampitheatre. Entry is free but donations will be collected for the couple's families.

Chris Joyce

Weather: Sunny spells developing

BBC Weather

Today will be cloudy and windy with rain at first.

The rain will clear away northeastwards this morning, and through the day the wind will ease, while sunny spells develop.

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Defoe confirms Sunderland exit

BBC Sport

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe says his move to Bournemouth is going ahead and he has had a medical with the Premier League side.

The England international, 34, joined the Black Cats in January 2015, scoring 15 league goals this season before they were relegated to the Championship.

He is in the England squad for the World Cup qualifier against Scotland on Saturday and a friendly against France three days later.

A teenage Defoe spent the 2000-01 season on loan at Bournemouth from West Ham, scoring in 10 successive matches.

Asked whether the move was definitely happening, Defoe said: "Well, yeah.

"It's out there, a lot of people obviously knew. I did a medical and said when this is finished and I've had a break, come July everyone will know anyway."

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