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  1. Updates on Tuesday 11 July 2017

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Man who defecated in Sunderland station hunted

A man who defecated at Sunderland rail station on three occasions is being hunted by officers.

British Transport Police want to speak to this man over the offences.

Wanted man

The first incident happened on 16 September at 05:40, the second happened on 5 January at a similar time and the third incident happened on 4 July at 08:00.

On the first two occasions the man entered the station and defecated by the south stairs.

On the most recent occasion the man defecated in the south lifts.

After each incident he travelled by Metro towards Newcastle.

CCTV images released after woman robbed in Middlesbrough

Police have released images of two women they would like to speak to after a woman was robbed at a bus stop in South Bank.

Two female suspects on camera
Cleveland Police

A 51-year-old woman was approached by two females who grabbed her purse from her handbag and ran off towards the underpass near Asda.

The incident happened at 15:00 on Friday 16 June in Middlesbrough Road.

Female suspect
Cleveland Police

Police bosses bid to recoup £570,000 from sacked legal chief

Northumbria Police bosses are going after their former legal chief for more than £500,000 after she lost an employment tribunal against them for unfair dismissal.

Denise Aubrey, 56, was sacked from her role as head of legal services for gross misconduct after disclosing confidential information to other members of her team.

In response, she took the force to a tribunal, accusing them of "sex discrimination, disability discrimination, victimisation and harassment".

Denise Aubrey

During the hearing, a series of allegations were made about former members of the force, including details of alleged affairs, claims of a fight at a barbecue and public money being spent on a cover-up.

But Ms Aubrey lost her case.

In a statement today, she said: "I confirm that Northumbria Police has brought a costs application against me.

"In my long experience of working for Northumbria Police, it never made an application for costs following a tribunal claim, so this is unprecedented.

"It is seeking to recover over £577,000, which it knows I cannot pay. My legal costs did not exceed £40,000."

Northumbria Police was unavailable for comment.

Woman appears in court after police discover six sets of ashes in car

The Gazette


A woman found driving a Peugeot 206 which contained the ashes of six people has been banned from driving.

The bizarre discovery was made after police pulled over Lesley Michelle Wright for a routine check.

Foreign Secretary vows to 'leave no stone unturned' for Chennai Six

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said the UK will 'leave no stone unturned' in the quest to bring home six British men from an Indian prison.

Nick Dunn

Nick Dunn from Ashington and Nicholas Simpson from Catterick are two of the "Chennai Six" who were arrested in October 2013 on illegal weapons charges, which were dropped then appealed by the Indian authorites, resulting in the men being convicted and sentenced to five years in jail.

The group were working for a US maritime company providing anti-piracy protection when their ship was detained and weapons found.

Speaking in the Commons, the former Conservative foreign minister, Sir Hugo Swire said it is time Mr Johnson meets the chief minister in the state where the men are being held.

Prime Minister, Theresa May raised the issue with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the recent G20 summit.

Young Middlesbrough defender injures knee in pre-season training

Nineteen-year-old Boro defender Hayden Coulson has had his pre-season training cut short after suffering a knee injury.

Hayden Coulson
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The left back sustained the injury on the first day of training in Portugal.

The Under-19 England international made the trip back home this morning for an immediate assessment.

Teesside man to dismantle 32,000-piece jigsaw

Louise Hobson

BBC Tees reporter

Ed Stefaniuk's living room floor of his Yarm home is covered in jigsaw pieces, but now his wife wants it gone!

The 32,000-piece jigsaw is that of a New York skyline, which Ed completed just in time for Independence Day.

It took the puzzle enthusiast 143 days to put together, dedicating five hours each day to the task.

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Children as young as five 'investigated by police for sexting'

Thousands of children have been investigated by police for sending sexually explicit messages, including a five-year-old boy from County Durham.

A Freedom Information request by the BBC to forces in England and Wales found there were 3,639 investigations involving under-17s since 2013.

Teenagers at a youth club in Sunderland have been speaking about the dangers of sexting:

'Down below pictures' - teens talk sexting

Quadriplegic man to take on Great North Run

A Middlesbrough man who is paralysed from the neck down is to take on the Great North Run in September.

Daniel Woodhouse, 28, was born with Morquio syndrome, a severe form of dwarfism which prevents his skeleton from growing as fast as his internal organs.

Daniel Woodhouse
British Heart Foundation

As a teenager he received surgery to relieve the pressure on his body, but complications left him as a quadriplegic.

He is now entirely dependent on a ventilator and requires carers 24 hours a day.

Jon Paul, Daniel Woodhouse and Richard Woodhouse
British Heart Foundation

After watching his brother Richard running last year, he is now determined to join the tens of thousands completing the 13-mile route.

Richard and his friend Jon Paul will push Daniel around the course in a custom-made wheelchair.

There were times when we thought Daniel wasn't going to pull through during his recovery, but he is so motivated and he fought his way back to us.

Throughout everything, Daniel's always had that positive attitude on life and I admire his determined commitment to overcome adversity."

Richard Woodhouse

The trio are raising money for the British Heart Foundation, a charity which supports their father Anthony, who has been living with congestive heart failure for the last two years.

Appeal to trace woman over Aldi shop theft

Police want to trace this woman over a shop theft in Sunderland.

The theft happened at Aldi in Knollside Close on 8 May. Officers only released details today.

The woman or anyone who recognises her is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

Woman in Aldi
Northumbria Police

Large concrete foundations floated down River Tyne

If you were near the River Tyne this morning you may have seen some rather large concrete structures making their way out to sea.

It's the next stage of the Blyth offshore wind farm project.

The first turbine foundation left the dry dock in Walker this morning before it was installed 6.5km from the coast.

A new "float and submerge" method is being used for the first time on the wind farm.

Four more concrete foundations are due to make the journey as part of the project, which will generate enough electricity to power 34,000 homes.

Concrete gravity based foundation on the River Tyne
MHW PR and Marketing

This groundbreaking scheme will benefit the North East of England and help the UK to meet its future low carbon electricity needs.

This is the first time that this float and submerge method has been used on a wind farm project."

Matthieu HueChief executive of EDF Energy Renewables

Family 'very lucky' after car crash

Looks like there was a nasty crash in Lanchester last night:

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Unions welcome Hartlepool pipe mill sale

Unions have welcomed the sale of two of Tata Steel UK's Hartlepool pipe mills.

Steelworkers union Community hopes this will bring an end to a long period of uncertainty for workers in the area, and look forward to discussing the full details with Liberty Group.

We will be supporting our members through the coming transfer consultations.

Today's news is cause for optimism but now all parties involved, including the Government, need to take necessary steps to ensure a sustainable future for steal in Hartlepool."

Roy RickhussGeneral secretary, Community

This message was echoed by the GMB union, which says the deal brings comfort to members who have fought hard to protect the mills.

We hope the deal can be completed sooner rather than later so our members can get on with what they're good at and that is producing steel.

We have to remember that without steel we just don't have a sound manufacturing base."

Ross MurdochGMB National Officer

Middlesbrough MP praises Liberty House deal for Hartlepool pipe mills

The Middlesbrough Labour MP and Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald has praised a deal by Liberty House Group to buy two of Tata Steel's Hartlepool pipe mills.

Andy McDonald
The Labour Party

This rewards the skilled workforce in Hartlepool who are not only showing steelmaking can survive in the UK but that it is still a profitable core industry.

The government must now look to make significant investments to secure the UK as a world leader in the research, development and production of speciality metals and, as I have called for many times, what better place to do that than right here on Teesside."

Sanjeev Gupta, the executive chairman of the group, confirmed the move this morning to acquire two mills from the Hartlepool site.

James Husband

Norwich City sign left-back James Husband from Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.

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BreakingDeal signed to buy Hartlepool pipe mills safeguarding hundreds of jobs

A multinational firm has signed a deal to buy two pipe mills in Hartlepool, potentially safeguarding hundreds of jobs.

Liberty House Group has a provisional agreement to buy Tata Steel's 42in and 84in mills, which produce heavy-duty steel pipe for the energy, power and construction industries.

Liberty said the deal will protect 140 jobs across the two sites.

Tata Steel also said it will keep its 20in tube mill on the same site, which employs 270 people.

The firm will be investing £1m to increase capacity.

Liberty executive chairman Sanjeev Gupta said: "Hartlepool has world class pipe mills, and a skilled work force, with a long history and recognition worldwide."

Tata chief executive Bimlendra Jha said: "The sale is also an important step towards developing a more sustainable future for the rest of our UK business."

Bradley Lowery: Headteacher remembers 'huge legacy'
Bradley Lowery's headteacher at Blackhall Colliery Primary says no-one who met him will ever forget his name.

Daughter of farmer kicked in head by cow takes on charity challenge

The daughter of a farmer who was kicked in the head by a cow is thanking the charity that saved his life by taking on a challenge.

George Dent, 61, suffered a blow to the head on his farm in Cockfield, County Durham in February 2016.

Amy and her dad George, when she was a child.
Great North Air Ambulance

The incident caused life-threatening blood loss - George had suffered a heart attack the previous month and was already on blood-thinning medication.

The Great North Air Ambulance flew him to James Cook Hospital within 14 minutes.

George, his daughter Amy and her three children
Great North Air Ambulance

His daughter Amy Burney is now taking on a bike ride to raise money for the charity.

The 35-year-old will be cycling 20 miles on Sunday from Cockfield to Barnard Castle.

She said: "Without GNAAS dad would have had to travel to hospital by road which is more than 30 miles away and up to an hour’s travelling time.”

Rafael Benitez

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez says the "crazy" summer transfer market is to blame for the club's struggle to recruit new players.

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Bradley Lowery's family urge people to wear football tops

The family of Bradley Lowery have urged people who are unable to attend his funeral on Friday to wear football tops in memory of the youngster.

The six-year-old avid Sunderland fan died last week at his Blackhall Colliery home after a brave struggle against the childhood cancer neuroblastoma.

He had a close friendship with Premier League footballer Jermain Defoe, who said Bradley had been his "best friend" and will continue to inspire him.

Bradley Lowery

A statement on the family's Facebook page said: "It has been suggested that if people can't attend Bradley's funeral on Friday that they have a dress down day at work and school and pay £1 towards the Bradley Lowery Foundation.

"If you haven't got a football top you could wear the colours of your favourite team."

Several schools have already suggested pupils and staff take part.

Bradley was a mascot for Sunderland several times last season and found a place in the hearts of thousands of football fans around the world. The youngster was also a mascot for England at Wembley.

His funeral will take place at St Joseph Church, in Blackhall, at 11:15 on Friday.

The family has said the funeral is "open to everyone who would like to come and celebrate Bradley's life and pay their respects to show him how much he was loved".

Voice of The Archers honoured at the University of Sunderland

The actress Felicity Finch, best known for her role on BBC Radio 4's The Archers, has been awarded an honorary doctorate of art from the University of Sunderland.

Felicity has played the role of Ruth for 30 years but also forged a career as a presenter and reporter.

Felicity Finch

She grew up in Redcar and Eaglescliffe and was already a successful stage actress before joining The Archers in 1987, appearing at the Old Vic in London and Live Theatre Newcastle.

She said: "I'm extremely honoured to receive this award, even more so from the University of Sunderland, which I think of as very much home ground.

"I am very proud to have been brought up in the North East."

You can watch yesterday's episode below:

HMS Ocean set to leave after final Sunderland visit

Sunderland is due to bid a fond farewell to HMS Ocean later.

The Royal Navy's Fleet Flagship arrived on Thursday for a final visit to Wearside, marking the end of a long affiliation between the city and its adopted ship.

The vessel will be replaced by a brand new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, in March next year.

HMS Ocean arriving in Sunderland

Boy, five, investigated for sexting

Philippa Goymer

Broadcast Journalist

A five-year-old boy from County Durham is one of thousands of children to be investigated by police for sexting, BBC Newcastle has learned.

A Freedom of Information request to police forces in England and Wales found there were 3,639 investigations involving under-17s since 2013.

Children on mobile phones

The average age of those dealt with was 13 to 14, and in the vast majority of cases no further action was taken.

However, in the Northumbria force area a 10-year-old was cautioned.

Of the 39 police forces in England and Wales, 27 gave figures for the number of under-17s who have been investigated in the last three years for activities.

Greater Manchester Police had the highest - 695 - and Cleveland Police the lowest with one.

The NSPCC has said more needs to be done to raise awareness of the dangers to youngsters.

Man found with serious injuries in field

Alison Freeman

BBC Look North

A man is fighting for his life in hospital after being found with serious injuries in a field in Northumberland.

Police say he was discovered in Cresswell, north of Lynemouth, at about 09:00 yesterday and taken to hospital.

Officers are on patrol in the area to reassure the community and are appealing for information.

Sunny spells and isolated showers

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a rather cloudy start, with a few showery outbreaks of light rain possible.

Whilst some sunny spells will develop, with most places dry, a few further and heavier showers are possible during the course of the day.

Weather map

Maximum temperatures are unlikely to top 17C (63F).

Any showers will gradually ease away later in the afternoon, with some clearer spells developing.

Check the forecast where you are here.

Teesside Crown Court

Killer William Dunlop tells a court "I have been a violent man right through my life but I don't molest children".

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