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  1. Updates on Tuesday 27 June 2017

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We've leave you with this picture taken by Iain Clyne of a soggy young great tit at Clara Vale, Gateshead. Afraid it looks like more of the same weather-wise tomorrow.

Young great tit
Iain Clyne

Weather: The rain continues

Cloudy, with outbreaks of rain. There will also be some drier spells until later in the night when an area of persistent heavy rain will spread northwards across the region.

A stiff easterly breeze will develop, especially near the coast.

Minimum Temperature: 11C (52F).

Fifty years of the cash machine

Louise Hobson

BBC Tees reporter

The cash machine is celebrating its 50th birthday.

We all use them, sometimes on a daily basis, but what exactly do we know about them?

Let's take a look back over the last five decades:

The first cash machine came into use 50 years ago today

Pre-paid burial plots to be honoured

People who have reserved plots at a woodland burial site in Durham are being reassured that they will still be able to be buried alongside their loved ones.

Durham County Council has agreed to honour arrangements made by the Woodland Burial Trust, regarding the site next to South Road Cemetery, before it was liquidated.

Councillor Brian Stephens, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: “We are well aware that a number of people have paid to reserve a plot and they are unsure about the arrangements for the future.

"We are pleased to provide assurance that previous commitments made by the Woodland Burial Trust will be honoured.”

Man arrested after serious collision in Thornaby

A man has been arrested after a serious collision in Thornaby on Monday.

It happened at about 17:40 and involved a blue Vauxhall Corsa and a dark blue BMW 320 series convertible.

The 34-year-old driver of the BMW is currently in a critical condition at James Cook University Hospital.

The 59-year-old driver of the Vauxhall Corsa was treated at hospital for minor injuries and later released.

The 23-year-old driver of a black Volkswagen Golf was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and remains in police custody.

Lyndsey Harper and Brian Cahill

Family of stabbed 19-year-old say they are "struggling to envisage a future" without him.

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Public meetings as part of child heart surgery review

Sharon Barbour

BBC Look North

Do you have questions about the future of the children's heart units in the North East?

NHS England is holding a consultation on the future of heart services and public meetings are being held as part.

The review is considering whether child heart surgery should be focused at fewer, larger centres.

There is a meeting today between 18:30 and 20:30 at Newcastle Civic Centre and the second tomorrow at St Mary's Centre in Middlesbrough at the same time.

You can find more information here.

BreakingBody found in search for missing Hartlepool man

A body has been found during a search for missing Hartlepool man Paul Cuniff.

Police made the discovery in Crimdon at 12:30.

Formal identification is yet to take place but his family have been informed.

'Durham and Worcestershire avoid Armageddon'

Durham 197 v Worcestershire 323-7- tea

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

Despite the weather forecast suggesting Armageddon we began on time in Chester-le-Street and have not lost an over so far. And that has seen Worcestershire move into a position of comfort as they lead by 126 runs at 323-7.

Brett D'Oliveira made 122 in a partnership of 130 for the fifth wicket with Moeen Ali, but departed in a rather bizarre over from Ryan Pringle, who went on to take three wickets for just six runs in a spell of 5.2 overs.

D'Oliveira hit a Pringle no-ball for six in his first over back, which was eight runs. Another full toss went over the ropes as well before a third was slapped straight to Graham Clark at short mid-wicket.

Moeen was on 58 when he tried to sweep Pringle in his next over from the Lumley End and went lbw, while George Rhodes edged him behind on three a couple of overs later.

Worcestershire got bogged down at that point before Ben Cox and Ross Whiteley managed to get going again and at the break their partnership is worth 51.

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Channel 4 show featuring Scarlett Moffatt axed after one episode

Channel 4 has axed new show 'Host the Week' after just one episode.

Initially commissioned as a two-episode series, the unscripted and unrehearsed show debuted last week with Gogglebox's Scarlett Moffatt, from County Durham, presenting.

Channel 4 decided to axe the programme after her episode attracted just 470,000 viewers.

Comedian Jack Whitehall had signed up to host the second episode, but a Channel 4 spokeswoman said this had now been cancelled.

Scarlett Moffatt
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CCTV images released of assault in County Durham pub

Police have released images of four men they want to speak to over an assault in a Bishop Auckland pub which left one man needing facial surgery.

Suspect 1 on CCTV
Durham Police

The attack took place at The Bay Horse at about 18:00 on Friday 26 May.

Four men were playing pool when they were approached by 11 men who attacked them with cues and pool balls.

Suspect 2 on CCTV
Durham Police

Afterwards the suspects left the pub and headed towards the Newgate Centre.

Suspect 3 on CCTV
Durham Police

Det Con John Forster said:

This was a really savage attack that was totally unprovoked. Extreme violence was used by the suspects, who arrived and left very quickly. The victims and the staff were understandably shaken by the incident."

Suspect 4 on CCTV
Durham Police

Jurgen Klinsmann dismisses Sunderland rumours

World Cup winner Jurgen Klinsmann has distanced himself from speculation that he could return to management at Sunderland.

The 52-year-old German had been linked with the vacant manager's position at the Stadium of Light.

However, after attending a concert in Los Angeles, he dismissed the claims.

In a post on his Facebook account, Klinsmann wrote: "Had a blast last night at STYX concert at the beautiful Greek Theatre in L.A. What a fantastic venue!

"On another front: no truth on rumours coaching Sunderland FC in the near future."

Jurgen Klinsmann
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North East projects to receive more than £86m in Arts Council funding

The Arts Council has announced that 46 organisations in the North East will receive more than £86m in funding over four years from April 2018.

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

They include BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, Theatre Hullabaloo in Darlington, Beamish Museum and The Customs House in South Shields.

There will be significantly more investment in Northumberland and the Stockton International Riverside Festival will receive an increase in its funding.

Video: Middlesbrough Centre Square demolition

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

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The demolition of the old Register Office in Centre Square, Middlesbrough it part of a multi-million pound regeneration scheme with new office blocks, bars and restaurants opening up.

It's claimed it could create up to 1,500 jobs.

Singhsbury's renamed Morrisinghs after Sainsbury's 'legal row'

A shopkeeper who claimed he was threatened with legal action after calling his shop Singhsbury's has changed its name to Morrisinghs.

Jel Singh Nagra's shop did not have a name for five years after he said Sainsbury's complained.

He has now put up a new sign outside his store, naming it Morrisinghs, in a bid to put his village, West Allotment, North Tyneside, "on the map".

A spokesman for Morrisons said the supermarket "did not mind".

Morrisinghs sign
Jel Singh Nagra

Day two of Durham V Worcestershire

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

Day two of Durham V Worcestershire starts at 14:00. You can listen to the commentary here.

Durham were all out for 197 and Worcestershire resume on 213 for 4.

Jimmy prout

Jimmy Prout was "brutally tortured" for months by the group he thought were his friends.

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Jimmy Prout killer was 'evil, vindictive, manipulative and devious man'

A judge described the leader of a gang who tortured Jimmy Prout as "an evil, vindictive, manipulative and devious man".

Ringleader Zahid Zaman, 43, was told he must serve a minimum term of 33 years after he was convicted of murder.

Jailing him at Newcastle Crown Court, Mr Justice Dove accused him scouring the internet and local soup kitchens to find vulnerable people he could control, before coming across Mr Prout and making him his lackey.

Zaman was jailed along with three others involved in Mr Prout's death.

The judge said words could not to do justice to the brutality Mr Prout endured or how they all had betrayed him, saying "what he suffered was beyond imagining".

He said the case involved the "sadistic torture of a vulnerable victim" which was "designed to inflict excruciating pain" and "monstrous violence".

Jimmy Prout's brother: 'They have killed part of me'

Jimmy Prout's brother Eddie spoke about the impact of his brother's death as four people were sentenced.

When the four were found guilty earlier this month Mr Prout, (pictured), said what had been done to his brother "you wouldn't have seen in the worst horror films".

Speaking today he said: "I buried my brother Jimmy on my birthday last year and it was one of the hardest things I've had to do. My brother was my best pal and by killing Jimmy, they have killed part of me.

"The officers in the case have been great and I would like to thank them for everything. Now it is time for us to fully grieve in peace and move on with our lives."

Eddie Prout

Jimmy Prout death: 'One of the most awful cases I have dealt with'

The man who led the investigation into the death of Jimmy Prout said described it as one of the "most awful cases" he has dealt with.

Det Ch Insp Andy Fairlamb spoke after a gang of four was jailed for the sadistic torture and killing of the vulnerable 45-year-old. Images of his injuries apeared on his own Facebook page (pictured).

Jimmy Prout poses showing his injuries
Northumbria Police

Mr Fairlamb said: "This truly has been one of the most awful cases I have dealt with.

"He was brutally tortured by these people who were supposed to be his friends.

"It's hard to believe that a human being could have been treated in this way.

"I hope today's outcome can help Jimmy's family seek solace and move on with their lives."

Court heard Jimmy Prout was tortured

During the seven-week trial, Newcastle Crown Court heard Jimmy Prout died on 9 February 2016, and his decaying body was found on wasteland more than a month later.

The court was told the group of five, including Mr Prout (pictured), had a strange relationship which had developed an almost "cultish dimension".

They heard that a series of events in late 2015 created tensions that led to a number of serious assaults against Mr Prout, which included him having his teeth knocked out with a hammer and chisel.

Paul Greaney QC, prosecuting, said: "In effect, over a period of time, Jimmy Prout was not just mistreated, he was tortured.

"In the end, this conduct was to cause the death of Jimmy Prout."

After Mr Prout's body had been dumped, the court was told the group then set about covering their tracks by pretending to look for him and asking others to help.

Jimmy Prout
Northumbria Police

Gang jailed for their roles in sadistic death

Peter Harris

BBC Look North

A gang have been jailed for their part in the sadistic torture and killing of a vulnerable man on Tyneside.

Jimmy Prout was found dead in undergrowth near his home in North Shields after suffering sustained and brutal abuse.

Today Zahid Zaman, (pictured top left) branded "evil" by the judge, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 33 years for Mr Prout's murder.

Ann Corbett (pictured top right) was jailed for life with a minimum term of 27 years after being convicted of the same charge.

Kay Rayworth and Myra Wood (pictured bottom) were jailed for 12 years and four months and nine years respectively for causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable man.

Paul Greaney QC, prosecuting, said Zaman, a wheelchair user with a Masters degree, was the manipulative ringleader who had treated Mr Prout like a "skivvy."

All had admitted a further count of perverting the course of justice, at Newcastle Crown Court.

Zahid Zaman, Anne Corbett, Kay Raworth and Myra Wood - pictured clockwise from top left
Northumbria Police

Jimmy Prout murder: Ringleader jailed for minimum of 33 years

Peter Harris

BBC Look North

Two people who were found guilty of murdering a man who was tortured for months and forced to eat his own testicle have been jailed.

Jimmy Prout, 45, was found dead on wasteland near his home in North Shields on 27 March 2016 after being tortured by a group he though were his friends.

Zahid Zaman, 43, and Ann Corbett, 26, were found guilty of murder at Newcastle Crown Court.

Zaman, who was the group's leader, was jailed for life with a minimum of 33 years and Corbett for a minimum of 27 years.

Hartlepool start training in promotion campaign

Hartlepool's players are beginning their preparations for life in the National League.

Pools were relegated last season and new manager Craig Harrison has said he wants to get promoted at the first time of asking.

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Man arrested after woman found with fatal knife injuries

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman who was found with knife injuries.

The woman was found at an address in Hylton Castle, Sunderland, in the early hours of this morning.

A 35-year-old man has been arrested and is currently in police custody.

Northumbria Police sentior investigating officer Det Insp Dave English said: "We know local residents will be concerned and will have officers in the area to offer reassurance.

"Our enquiries are in the initial stages but this is believed to be a domestic incident between people who know each and our thoughts are with the family of those affected at this awful time."

Two vehicles involved in collision at Newcastle junction

Police have been directing traffic at a busy junction in Newcastle after a two-car collision.

The crash happened on Barrack Road at about 09:30.

Emergency services attended but nobody was seriously injured.

There is no major disruption to traffic in the area but some traffic lights have been damaged in the collision so officers will remain on scene to keep traffic moving, Northumbria Police said.

Barrack Road accident

Cricket: Wet ground at Chester-le-Street

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

It's wet for the second day of Durham v Worcestershire at Chester-le-Street.

BBC Newcastle's cricket commentator says it is a similar scene to three years ago.

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Bradley Lowery's mum's plea after influx of messages

Hartlepool Mail


Bradley Lowery's family has assured people they will let everyone know how he is doing after being overwhelmed by messages.

Bradley Lowery
Hartlepool Mail

Teaching assistants to decide on new pay offer

Colin Briggs

Look North

Hundreds of teaching assistants across County Durham are about to receive their ballot papers for a vote on whether to accept the new terms of pay and conditions being offered to them.

There have been a series of strikes as the 2,000 support staff were angry at Durham County Council's proposal to only pay them during term time.

Union officials said the move would see some assistants lose up to 23% of their salary.

The authority has now proposed a new grading structure and pledged to compensate those out of pocket. That was welcomed by the union Unison and it is now putting the revised offer to its members.

County Durham teaching assistants

Con gang jailed for swindling public bodies out of millions

Fraudsters who conned NHS hospitals, councils and a government out of more than £12m have been sentenced.

Ten conspirators were given sentences at Leicester Crown Court of up to 10 years in prison.

In each case forged letters were sent to 22 organisations, pretending to be from a legitimate firm carrying out contract works.

The hearing heard that Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust, was targeted and paid out £261,260 which it lost.

Middlesbrough Council paid out £236,477, although £197,718 was recovered

However, other North Trusts did not fall victim including Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Foundation Trust which ignored demands for money from the fraudsters.


Police concerned about missing man

Hartlepool Mail


Fears have been raised for the welfare of a man after he went missing following upsetting news.

Paul Cuniff
Hartlepool Mail
Chester-le-Street stages County Championship cricket for the first time

Durham recover from 18-5 to post 197 before Worcestershire's Brett D'Oliveira becomes the day's first half-centurion.

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Heavy rain to start with, becoming lighter this afternoon

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Starting overcast with rain, persistent and often heavy for many areas.

The rain is likely to become lighter and more intermittent through this afternoon and evening, although some heavier bursts are still possible. Feeling cool.

Maximum Temperature: 14C (57F).

Lisa Gallagher with weather graphic

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