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  1. Updates on Tuesday 20 June 2017

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Weather: Balmy nights make way for thunderstorms and heavy rain

After a scorching weekend, there will be large amounts of cloud tonight but with some clear spells possible at first.

But brace yourselves as there may be isolated heavy showers or thunderstorms.

It will also still be warm with temperatures rarely dipping below 14C during the night.

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Falcons' heroes relive triumphant Lions tour

Tom Fordyce

Chief sports writer

It might just be the greatest sports documentary to ever come out of Britain.

Living With Lions, the fly-on-the-kitbag story of the 1997 British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa, is 20 years old. It came to both define that epic trip and give it an eternal youth.

Two decades on, a special BBC Radio 5 Live programme has brought together the men who made it and those who became its unwitting stars - including former Newcastle Falcons players Doddie Weir and John Bentley (pictured).

You can read the full story here.

John Bentley of the British Lions tackles Pieter Rossouw of South Africa during the second test match at Kings Park in Durban, South Africa
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Ex-Falcons star to 'help others' after disease diagnosis

Former Newcastle Falcons and Scotland international Doddie Weir has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

Weir, who earned 61 caps, announced his diagnosis to raise awareness of the condition for Global MND Awareness Day.

Speaking during a family holiday in New Zealand, Weir revealed plans to create a charitable foundation to help tackle the debilitating disease.

"I will devote my time towards assisting research... to help my fellow sufferers," he said.

Doddie Wear

'Sneaky' cigarettes away from kids still causing harm

One in 10 North East children are breathing in cigarette smoke at home, according to research for the charity Fresh.

It's warning smokers that "sneaky" cigarettes beside an open window or even in a different room are not enough.

A spokeswoman said the poisons in smoke can creep between rooms and linger for up to five hours, causing serious health problems.

For tips on how to stub out visit the Fresh website.

A student thanks the NHS for fortnightly blood transfusions which have changed his life
A student thanks the NHS for fortnightly blood transfusions which have changed his life.

Double centurion quick to praise teammates

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk's cricketers are celebrating an emphatic 10-wicket Minor Counties Championship win in Northumberland, during which opening batsman Jaik Mickleburgh (pictured) scored a magnificent 218 not out.

Jaik Mickleburgh
Suffolk Cricket

However, the 27-year-old was quick to play down his role, and instead praise the efforts of bowler Michael Comber, who took nine wickets in total, and teenage debutant Alex Oxley who was run out on 39.

"The bowlers are the guys that win you games and Michael was exceptional," Mickleburgh said.

"All the other bowlers backed him up well and that set the tone for the match and gave us belief.

"I'd never seen Alex bat before or even played against him at club level, but it is brilliant that someone can come in at 16 years of age and bat so well at number three.

"That performance has given him some great experience and he has played his part in an excellent win."

Extra patrols after stabbed man found lying in street

Extra officers are out in force after a man was found lying in a South Shields street with stab wounds.

The 41-year-old victim was discovered in Boldon Lane in the early hours and taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary where he is in a stable condition, police said.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and is currently being questioned.

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Ellis Short

Sunderland owner Ellis Short is set to decide between two takeover bids for the Championship club.

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Troublemakers crackdown warning in seaside town

In recent weeks police and North Tyneside Council have handed out nine dispersal notices in Whitley Bay to curb big crowds gathering and causing trouble after an increase in complaints from local residents.

And troublemakers are being warned officers are on their case with more patrols in force during the heatwave.

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Overhaul of clogged up Northumberland road cost £740k

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

Work costing more than £740,000 has been carried out to tackle congestion on one of Northumberland's busiest routes.

The work on Cowpen Road in Blyth was carried out in three stages, the county council said.

The project involved the removal and improvement of traffic lights, road widening and the creation of an additional lane on the exit from the Asda roundabout.

New road markings are also in place on the A189 roundabout and approaches, along with improved road signs.

Murdered boy was tied naked to chair in room with snakes and rats

The Significant Case Review was launched after the two-and-a-half year old's mother Rachel Fee and her partner Nyomi Fee were convicted of murder.

During a seven-week trial last year, a number of witnesses told the High Court in Livingston they had raised concerns about Liam's health with social services.

His nursery was worried he was losing weight and had a number of injuries.

The pair were convicted of murder and a catalogue of abuse towards Liam and other children, including imprisoning one in a home-made cage and tying another naked to a chair in a dark room with snakes and rats.

When interviewed by police the pair had tried to blame another child for Liam's death.

Independent chair of Fife's Child Protection Committee Alan Small said: "We deeply regret that our services did not do more to support Liam, and potentially prevent the tragic outcome of this case."


Battered toddler's horrific murder 'could not have been prevented'

The murder of a toddler - whose injuries were like those suffered by a car crash victim - could not have been prevented, a serious care review has found.

However, the independent review found that there were missed opportunities in the care of Liam Fee and some of his suffering could have been prevented.

Rachel Trelfa and her civil partner Nyomi Fee were jailed for life last July for murdering Liam at his home near Glenrothes, Fife, on 22 March 2014.

The report found that the pair, originally from Ryton in Gateshead, were "manipulative, devious and hindered services", playing workers against each other during the youngster's short life.

Liam Fee

Cricket: Success for Suffolk in the North East

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk have beaten Northumberland by 10 wickets in Gosforth to secure their first Minor Counties Championship win of the season.

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After dismissing the home side for 272 in their second innings, Suffolk opener Martyn Cull hit a four off the first ball of his side's second knock to secure the victory.

Suffolk bowler Michael Comber finished with figures of 9-89.

CCTV image appeal after knifeman targets shop

Police investigating an attempted armed robbery at a Sunderland shop have released an image of a man they want to trace.

The attempted hold-up happened at the Premier Store on Benedict Road, Roker on May 19 at 09.05, but details have only just been released.

A man entered the premises armed with two knives and demanded cash but left empty handed.

Officers want the man in the picture to get in touch so they can rule him out of their investigation.

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Severe accident: A19 County Durham northbound

BBC News Travel

A19 County Durham northbound severe accident, between A1046 Haverton Hill Road and A1027.

A19 County Durham - One lane closed on A19 northbound between Portrack Interchange and Norton Interchange, because of an accident involving 3 cars. Traffic is coping well.

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

Farne Island seabird captured in mid-flight glory

Paul Hood sent us this stunning shot of a puffin in mid-flight against the backdrop of Lindisfarne Castle on the Farne Islands.

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Paul Hood
Paul Stirling

Sam Robson and Paul Stirling make centuries as Middlesex reach 337-4 on day one against Yorkshire at Lord's.

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End in sight for long-running Durham teaching assistant wage row

A long-running dispute involving more than 2,000 teaching assistants in Durham could soon be resolved if a new deal is approved.

Council plans to stop paying teaching assistants during school holidays has already led to a series of strikes.

But now - following a six month review - the authority wants to re-grade jobs which they say will see 78% of teaching assistants receive a pay rise of between one and 17%.

If approved by the council tomorrow - unions could ballot members before the start of the school summer holidays.

Patient praise for 'Geordie' cancer drug

Sharon Barbour

BBC Look North

Researchers in Newcastle are looking at whether what's been nicknamed the "Geordie" cancer drug is more effective than chemotherapy at treating cancer.

Trials have shown Rubraca can shrink a tumour in some women with recurrent ovarian cancer.

Deborah Wood from County Durham has been taking the drug for two years.

She says: "The drug means a lot, it's really good and means I can live a normal life.

"I can be with my children who are grown up now and my granddaughter who is eight months and brings me great joy.

Deborah Wood

Oncologist Dr Yvette Drew is from the Northern Institute for Cancer Research and says it's yet to be approved by the European Medicines Agency, but what they've discovered so far is very promising.

Mouldy bread given new lease of life as cleaning products

Face cream, soap and liquid detergent are all products that Teesside University students can make from mouldy bread.

Food Science and Biotechnology students are looking at how old bread can be a potential nutrient medium for microbial cultivation.

Dr Pattanathu Rahman is the course leader for Food Science and Biotechnology at Teesside University.

Mouldy bread

He said: "Our preliminary studies provide new insight for food waste management - the out-of-date bread which would otherwise end up in landfill could be used as a potential nutrient medium for microbial cultivation."

Cricket: Suffolk closing in on victory

Brenner Woolley

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

Suffolk are in total control of their latest Minor Counties Championship game, away to Northumberland.

Michael Comber
Suffolk County Cricket Board

The home side will start the final day in Gosforth on 227-8 in their second innings, still 45 runs behind the visitors first knock, with just six overs to go.

Suffolk bowler Michael Comber (pictured) is just one victim short of a ten-wicket haul.

Play is due to resume at 11:00.

Firefighters urge once-a-week fire alarm check

Julie Cush

BBC News

Give it a press, and if your smoke alarm is faulty call County Durham firefighters who will fit a new one for free!

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Chris Rushworth

Nick Webb

BBC Wales Sport

A five-wicket haul for Durham paceman Chris Rushworth restricts Glamorgan to 221-7 despite Nick Selman's cautious century.

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Weather: Another dry day in store but not quite so hot

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be another dry day today but there will be more cloud around than yesterday, particularly to the east of the Pennines.

Temperatures will be slightly cooler than recently at between 17C and 20C.

Check the forecast where you are here.

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BBC News

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