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  1. Updates on Wednesday 14 June 2017

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Sunderland University graduate has carved a growing reputation for sculpting in wire.

Gerry Jackson

BBC Look North

Michelle Castles has found a way of capturing the human form that brings it to life as much if not more than any statue.

Her creations are all especially designed for their surroundings - such as her wavemaker sculpture at the leisure centre in South Shields.

You can see more of her work on BBC Look North at 18:30.

One of her creations

Weather: Mostly dry this evening

It will be mostly dry this evening, with any isolated showers soon dying out to leave patchy cloud amounts overnight with some clear periods.

Winds will remain light.

Minimum Temperature: 12C (54F).

Woman shocked after knifepoint robbery

A woman was left shocked when she was robbed at knifepoint in Newcastle this morning.

The 26-year-old was confronted by two men, one of whom was carrying a knife, in Ethel Street.

They demanded money and threatened her with the weapon before making off with a sum of cash.

The victim was left shocked but unhurt.

Watch: New life for former Shields Ferry

Shields Ferry given new life in Ireland

Mayfair Ballroom to be honoured by BBC Newcastle as 47 blue plaques to be awarded as part of BBC Music Day tomorrow

BBC Newcastle

Forty-seven plaques will be unveiled on BBC Music Day this Thursday, recognising pioneering musicians and music venues around the UK.

BBC Newcastle's blue plaque will commemorate the Mayfair Ballroom in Newcastle, which is where the band that was to become Led Zeppelin made its UK debut on 4th October, 1968.

It will go outside the Gate Complex, the site where the Mayfair Ballroom stood from 1961 to 1999.

Ray Laidlaw from Lindisfarne - who appeared on the bill on the same night - will unveil the plaque on BBC Music Day tomorrow afternoon.

You can see the full list of plaques here.

Led Zeppelin
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Northern Powerhouse minister not continuing

Richard Moss

Political Editor, BBC Look North

Northern Powerhouse minister Andrew Percy has declined to continue as Northern Powerhouse Minister, according to his Instagram.

Who gets appointed as next Northern Powerhouse minister (assuming there is one) will be important signal. It felt like an afterthought in 2016.

Appointing Guy Opperman and Lord Callanan suggests the Government is conscious of needing Northern voices. Bad choice in Powerhouse job might hurt that.

Ryan Donaldson: Former Plymouth winger agrees terms to join Hartlepool

BBC Sport

Ryan Donaldson
Rex Features

Winger Ryan Donaldson has agreed to join Hartlepool United following his release by Plymouth Argyle.

The 26-year-old made 33 appearances and scored two goals for the Devon club last season to help them win promotion from League Two.

He has previously had a loan spell at Victoria Park in 2011, appearing 12 times for Pools.

Donaldson, who can also play up front, is Hartlepool's fifth signing since relegation to the National League.

The length of Donaldson's contract has not been disclosed.

Collision on A1 southbound between junctions 62 and 61

Part of the Metro to close for a month this summer

BBC Newcastle

If you use the Tyne and Wear Metro between South Gosforth and Shiremoor you're in for a few delays this summer.

That stretch is closing for a month from 31 July as part of a huge modernisation programme.

Nexus, which runs the network, is spending £20m and say it's easier to completely close the line so they can get the work done quickly.

Sunderland can now begin negotiations with McInnes over their vacant managerial position

BBC Sport

Aberdeen and Sunderland have reached an agreement over compensation for manager Derek McInnes.

Aberdeen's new major shareholder Dave Cormack insists, though, that the club will "move heaven and earth" to keep McInnes at Pittodrie.

Sunderland have identified the 45-year-old as a potential successor to David Moyes.

Image of Derek McInnes

The Globe in Stockton to receive blue plaque

BBC Tees

Forty-seven plaques will be unveiled on BBC Music Day this Thursday, recognising pioneering musicians and music venues around the UK.

BBC Tees' plaque will commemorate popular music venue The Globe in Stockton.

It will be unveiled on a temporary plinth at the venue where The Shadows wrote their hit song Summer Holiday in 1962 and will be given a permanent home at The Globe when its current restoration work is completed.

Shadows members and Summer Holiday writers Bruce Welch and Brian Bennett will unveil the plaque on BBC Music Day tomorrow at 13:30.

The Globe played host to some of the world's most famous music acts including Buddy Holly, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, Cilla Black, The Beatles and Chuck Berry.

Picture of The Globe
Doug Moody
Famous acts including the Rolling Stones and the Beatles performed at the Globe

Newcastle United fixtures: March, April and May

The final three months of the season see a host of top-flight clashes, with the final game being a home tie against current champions Chelsea.

See the full list.

PL fixtures

Project launched to boost South Shields

The Shields Gazette

South Shields needs you: New project launched to get town centre, coast and riverside booming - and your help is needed.

South Shields
Shields Gazette

Hartlepool's football ground to be known as Victoria Park again

It was a decision that arguably wasn't very popular with the people of Hartlepool.

Last year because of a sponsorship deal Victoria Park was renamed The Northern Gas and Power Stadium.

But now it's reverting back to Victoria Park.

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Sunderland International Airshow announces display programme

Jonathan Swingler

Video Journalist

It always proves to be an exciting event for our region and I've been having a look at what will be at the Sunderland International Airshow from 21 July - 23 July.

Like previous shows there are the Red Arrows and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, but new for this year are the The Fireflies who combine "pyrotechnics with flying". It certainly sounds interesting.

So far they've also confirmed the Typhoon, Tutor, Chinook (Sunday only), The Blades, Gerald Cooper, Sally B, The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Bristol Blenheim Mk 1, P51 Mustang, Autogyro and Bronco with an appearance by the Great North Air Ambulance.

You can see the details here.

Sunderland International Airshow parachutes
Sunderland International Airshow

Britain - share your personal bests!

London 2017

Runners taking part in a Team Personal Best event with So Let's Go Running Bexley
So Let's Go Running Bexley
Runners taking part in a Team Personal Best event with So Let's Go Running Bexley

This summer, London is hosting the biggest global sporting events of the year - the 2017 World Athletics and Para Athletics Championships - and the organisers have launched a scheme to get people involved in athletics right around the country.

It's called Team Personal Best and the idea is that local sports clubs or community groups across the UK sign up and put on events with an athletics theme.

It doesn't have to be a track-and-field meet - it can be a fun run, family sports day, even an event screening or bake sale with activities. There's a list of suggestions on the TeamPB submission page, here.

Event participants are then encouraged to share their athletic achievements - no matter how big or small - with the hashtag #TeamPersonalBest to build a nationwide buzz around the championships.

You can find events near you here and if you want more information about how to get started in athletics, check out our Get Inspired guide.

Ex football coach John Marshall denies abuse charges

A former football coach has appeared in court to deny charges of assaulting boys in the 1980s.

John Marshall, 69, from Longbenton, North Tyneside, faces eight charges of indecent assault against three boys.

North Tyneside Magistrates' Court heard the offences were allegedly carried out between 1980 and 1985.

Mr Marshall denied all the charges and was granted unconditional bail before his next appearance at Newcastle Crown Court on 12 July.

North East Conservatives become ministers

Richard Moss

Political Editor, BBC Look North

Two North East Conservatives are the latest to get reshuffle jobs.

Hexham MP Guy Opperman becomes a work and pensions minister, and Conservative peer Martin Callanan is a transport minister

Police say knife amnesty will save lives

BBC Tees

Almost 200 weapons have been handed into Cleveland Police during an amnesty.

Operation Sceptre saw knives and even swords and axes taken off the streets, the force said.

Image of officer with weapons handed in
Cleveland Police
Swords were handed in during the knife amnesty

Sgt Stephen Clyburn said: “Now that these weapons have been handed in there are fewer potentially dangerous objects on the streets, which could help to prevent knife related crime in the future.”

Some of the other weapons handed in
Cleveland Police
Some of the other weapons handed in

Eighteen people arrested during raids in Sunderland

Early morning raids this morning targeted gangs suspected of being involved in arson attacks, supplying drugs and the shooting of a window at Craighshaw Square in Hylton Castle in September 2016.

Twelve properties were raided and 17 men and a woman are currently in police custody, Northumbria Police said.

"I apologise if our activities this morning have caused disruption to those going about their daily business but I hope local residents appreciate the reasons for this and I thank our communities for their continued support."

Chief Superintendent Ged NobleNorthumbria Police

Parents withdraw pupils from London trip after terror attack

BBC Newcastle

Parents of children from three County Durham primary schools have expressed concerns at plans for a joint school trip to London in the wake of the recent terror attack.

Some parents have pulled their children out of the three-day trip to the capitol involving youngsters from the Crook area.

A number of them have asked for the money already paid to be refunded.

Durham County Council said there was no national guidance to say such trips should not go ahead.

Eight people were killed and 48 injured when three attackers drove into pedestrians on London Bridge and then stabbed people in Borough Market on 3 June.

Newcastle United fixtures: December

A busy month for the Toon Army in December with away visits to Chelsea, Arsenal and West Ham.

Check out the full list.

PL Fixtures

Pony infested with 'thousands of maggots'

Andrea MacMillan

BBC Tees

A pony has died after being found barely able to stand and covered in thousands of maggots.

The animal was found crawling near a derelict building in Wingate in County Durham on 4 June.

The RSPCA has described it as "one of the worst" equine cases it has had to deal with.


The charity's Insp Nick Jones said: “This is as bad as it gets. Hand on heart this is the worst equine case I’ve ever seen.

“The right hand side of the pony looked atrocious with a three inch thick line of maggots running the length of the neck."

The RSPCA has appealed for witness in tracing the pony's owner.

Family call for public inquiry into Angela Wrightson murder

Lee Johnson

BBC Tees

The family of tortured and murdered Angela Wrightson are calling for a public inquiry into her death.

It follows the publication of a series of serious case reviews into the brutal murder of the 39-year-old by two teenage girls.

The reviews found no-one could have foreseen their chaotic behaviour would lead to them murdering Ms Wrightson, who herself was also a vulnerable person with a chronic alcohol addiction.

Angela Wrightson

Ms Wrightson, 39, was subjected to a seven-hour attack in her Hartlepool home by the pair, then aged 13 and 14, with a shovel, TV and wooden stick laced with screws used as weapons.

Ms Wrightson's niece, Rachel Tresidder, said social services staff failed her aunt.

She said: "Social services were in charge of all three people and they have to take responsibility for not talking to each other."

She said she hoped to launch a campaign to create "Angie's Law", which would protect vulnerable people against harassment, bullying, torment and extortion.

North East emergency services sadness over London fire

Several people have died after a huge fire raged through the night at a west London tower block, a fire chief says.

More than 50 people are being treated in hospital after the fire at Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington.

Emergency services in the North East have expressed their sadness.

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View more on twitter

Newcastle United fixtures: October and November

The Magpies' November highlight is an away clash with Manchester United.

See the full fixture list.

PL fixtures

Newcastle United fixtures: August and September

The first two months of the new Premier League season see promoted Newcastle take on big-hitters Spurs and Liverpool.

The full fixtures list is here.

PL fixtures

Newcastle host Spurs on the first day of the season

Newcastle United will host Tottenham Hotspur on the first game of the season as the Premier League fixtures are release,

You can see the full fixtures here.

Mostly dry with bright or sunny spells

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A dry day in most places with warm sunny spells, especially during the morning.

It may turn a little cloudier into the afternoon with isolated showers possible.

Weather map

Maximum temperature should peak at 22C (72F).

Any isolated showers later in the day shouldn't last long, leaving some patchy cloud. Winds should stay light.

Magdy Eskander

Orthopaedic surgeon Magdy Eskander denies sexually assaulting a girl during a hospital examination.

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Premier League fixtures released this morning

Newcastle will find out at 09:00 who they will be playing first this season as the Premier League fixtures are announced.

Sunderland and Middlesbrough have to wait until 21 June when the Championship fixtures are released.

Supplies 'running out' at Newcastle food bank

Colin Briggs

Look North

One of the country's largest food banks says it is running short of stocks.

Newcastle's West End food bank is appealing for new donations as it tries to put together well-balanced parcels for the people referred to it.

An extra unit has also been set up in the city centre's Grainger Market recently to accept donations of food and other basic household essentials.

Food parcel

Volunteer Alesha Aljeffri said: "Once we get to the point where we have low stock we have to start decreasing what we give out in our food parcels, which may not be nutritionally balanced for people.

"So we are appealing to people because we need to get stocks in before we reach that stage."

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