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  1. Updates on Friday 30 June 2017

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    We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday. Take care.

  2. Plea for a new inquest into Red Caps' deaths rejected

    The families of four military police officers killed in Iraq in 2003 have had a plea for a fresh inquest into their deaths rejected by the Attorney General.

    In 2014, their families asked to apply to the High Court for a new inquest on the grounds of fresh evidence.

    But Jeremy Wright said none of the grounds of challenge set out had a reasonable "prospect of success".

    Cpl Simon Miller, 21, from Washington, (pictured on the left), was on a routine operation to train local police with Cpl Russell Aston, 30, and Lance Corporals Benjamin McGowan Hyde, 23, and Tom Keys, 20, when they were attacked by a 400-strong crowd.

    Cpl Simon Miller and L/Cpl Benjamin John McGowan Hyde also died in the attack
  3. Weather: It's not going to rain for ever

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Rain will turn a bit heavier overnight before sinking down to the south.

    After that things will turn mostly dry.

    It'll be fairly cloudy tonight and still pretty breezy but the clouds will break up a bit as we get to the morning.

    Tomorrow won't be a bad day with more in the way of sunny spells and temperatures up to around 21C.

    Check the forecast where you live.

    Weather map
  4. Two arrested over 'crack cocaine' find

    Two teenagers have been arrested during a raid on a house in Grangetown.

    Following a tip-off from the community officers targeted the property in Eastcroft Road this morning.

    Almost 50 rocks of what is thought to be crack cocaine was seized, along with a substantial amount of cash.

    A 16-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl are being questioned on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

    Quote Message: Intelligence from members of the public is vital in removing class A drugs from the streets of Cleveland and bringing to justice those suspected of being responsible for drug dealing." from Inspector Darren Bainbridge Cleveland Police
    Inspector Darren BainbridgeCleveland Police
  5. Man who claimed to have firearm arrested

    A cordon put in place after what police are calling a domestic incident in Blyth has been lifted.

    A man on Fenwick Drive in Cowpen claimed he had a firearm earlier today.

    Northumbria Police sent officers as a precaution and put up a cordon.

    A 33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault.

  6. BreakingPolice charge man over stabbed teacher death

    A man has been charged with murdering a primary school teacher found stabbed to death in Sunderland.

    Julie Parkin, 39, was discovered with fatal injuries in a house in Kirkwall Close on Tuesday.

    Adam Parkin, 35, from the same street, has been charged with her murder.


    He has also been charged with attempted murder and is due to appear at Newcastle Crown Court tomorrow morning.

    Police have appealed for information about a Black Mazda 6 registration NL59 MWJ and its whereabouts between 22:30 and midnight on Monday.

  7. Improvement plan for Middlesbrough Crematorium

    Plans have been drawn up for a £500,000 refurbishment of Middlesbrough’s Crematorium in Acklam Road.

    The works would see big improvements to St Hilda’s Chapel, construction of canopies outside both St Hilda’s and St Bede’s Chapels and essential structural work to the Chapel of Rest.

    If approved by the council at a meeting on 5 July, the work will be funded by the bereavement service’s revenue budget and begin during the summer.

    Teesside Crematorium
  8. How far could you go in one of these?


    Rob Groves preparing for his handcycilng trip around the coast of England and Wales

    Rob Groves, 61, is getting ready to handcycle 2,500 miles around the coast of England and Wales, starting off in Brighton this Sunday, 2 July and finishing in London on Friday, 28 July.

    Read all about Rob's former life as a bodybuilder, his journey into handcycling, his aims for the ride and how you can keep up with it here.

  9. Firefighters continue campaign of reassurance following Grenfell blaze

    Firefighters are to begin visits to 182 high-rise buildings across Tyne and Wear on Monday as they continue a safety campaign launched in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London.

    Over the coming weeks, each of the buildings - of six floors or more - will see safety checks undertaken and experts will be on hand to provide advice to residents.

    Assistant chief officer Alan Robson said: "We know that following the terrible fire in Grenfell Tower, many residents in high-rise homes have been concerned about fire safety in their buildings.

    "The facts are that the levels of fire safety compliance in high-rise dwellings across Tyne and Wear is very high. But we also know that some residents have been unsettled by recent events, and we are here to provide them with the reassurance that they need."

    Grenfell Tower
  10. Elderly man left lying on the ground in the rain after burglar attack

    An elderly man is in a serious condition in hospital after what police have described as a "cowardly" attack by burglars.

    The 71-year-old was returning to his home on Bowman Street, Darlington, at about 22:30 on Wednesday when he he noticed a man and woman inside.

    He was then struck by the man, causing him to fall over the mobility scooter he had been riding.

    The two suspects then ran off with cash, leaving him on the ground in the rain unable to get up.

    He was found a short time later by a member of the public, and police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

  11. It's time to celebrate cricket!


    With the return of live cricket to the BBC TV in 21 years, why not find out how YOU can get involved with game.

    We've got all you need to know with our Get Inspired guide or, if you have/know any five- to eight-year-olds who would like to try the game then the All Stars Cricket might be for them.

    Just ask England bowler Stuart Broad.....

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    Video caption: Stuart Broad surprises children with an All Stars Cricket kit
  12. Billingham Forum to celebrate half century

    A town's much-loved landmark is due to turn 50 in October, and people are being invited to share their memories of it.

    Billingham Forum - a sport and leisure centre and entertainment venue - was opened by the Queen in 1967, and under went a £18.5m refurbishment in 2011.

    To mark its anniversary a film is being commissioned using old and new footage, and a series of informal coffee mornings are being held for those who would live to take part.

    Forum poster
  13. Thousands of North East smokers kick the habit

    BBC Newcastle

    Tomorrow will see the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the smoking ban in pubs, clubs and restaurants in England and the North East has seen the biggest decrease in people who are in the habit of lighting up, according to a regional campaign group.

    Fresh North East says there's now almost 165,000 fewer smokers than before the ban.

    The law has been blamed in some quarters for leading to large numbers of pubs and clubs closing down, but Fresh's Ailsa Rutter believes it is "the best piece of public health legislation we've ever had".

    A no-smoking graphic

    She told us: "I think it has been a huge success. The law was about protecting non-smokers and workers so they didn't have to breathe in chemicals that cause lung cancer and heart disease.

    "The bar trade was changing before the ban came in. Pubs have become more family and food-friendly. The biggest impact on them has been cheap supermarket deals."

  14. Sarah Millican speaks out against secondary ticket sites

    BBC Newcastle

    South Shields comedian Sarah Millican is urging fans to avoid secondary ticketing sites - saying they "could end up being ripped off".

    Seats have gone on sale for her tour in 2018. Her gig at Durham's Gala Theatre on 27 January sold out in 20 minutes, so a second show has been added for the following day.

    She's also playing her home town as well as Whitley Bay and Newcastle.

    Sarah Millican
  15. 'Raised roundabout' plan for A19 unveiled

    Highways England has announced the preferred route for a multimillion-pound improvement scheme for the A19 in South Tyneside.

    The plans involves a new bridge to the south of the existing one at Downhill Lane junction, and new slip roads to connect to the A19 and Testos junction.

    These were put to the public at a series of consultation events and more than 69% of respondents supported them.

    Preferred route of new improvement scheme
    Quote Message: This is an exciting scheme which will unlock real economic benefits in the region and we look forward to moving forward to the next stage.” from Paul Ahdal Highways England project manager
    Paul AhdalHighways England project manager