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  1. Updates on Friday 21 July 2017

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Ana Guerra-Moore

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The Red Arrows in Sunderland last year

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We'll be back on Monday from 08:00.

Toby Flood: Newcastle Falcons playing style excites returning fly-half
Newcastle Falcons fly-half Toby Flood says the rugby played last season tempted him into a return from Toulouse.

Fourteen arrested for slavery offences

Fourteen people have been arrested in connection with modern-day slavery offences in Newcastle.

A regional operation into human trafficking and slavery started on Monday, and as a result saw the 14 arrested at addresses across the West End of the city.

Northumbria Police Det Insp Sally MacDonald said their priority is the safety of victims, and praised the forces involved in the investigation.

Gosforth school lollipop patrol saved by fundraisers
A school crossing patrol is saved after the community raised £5,000 to prevent council cutbacks.

Nuclear police uniform stolen with car

BBC Newcastle

A car containing police equipment has been stolen in Sunderland.

The Vauxhall Corsa was taken after the keys were stolen during a burglary in Woodside between midnight and 01:00 BST on 20 July.

Inside the car was a Civil Nuclear Constabulary police uniform including a hi-viz police jacket, police cap, helmet, respirator and back pack.

Northumbria Police is appealing for information.

How do you avoid holiday traffic jams?

Are you about to embark on your summer holidays but worry you may be caught in a traffic jam?

These tips might help you reach your destination more quickly.

How do you avoid holiday traffic jams?

Sunderland International Airshow set to get off to a flier as display planes take to the skies

Sunderland Echo


The stage is set for the Sunderland International Airshow after the skies were tested by display planes this morning.

Counr John Kelly, with deputy leader Harry Trueman

Weather: Rain in the morning

BBC Weather

Dry this evening with some late sunshine.

Thickening cloud and showery outbreaks of rain will spread from the southwest during the early hours of Saturday.

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Aiden McGeady: Sunderland winger grateful to Simon Grayson input
Sunderland winger Aiden McGeady says linking up with Simon Grayson at Preston last season revived his love of playing.

Ice cream van 'attacked by arsonist'

BBC Newcastle

An ice cream van and another car were destoryed by a fire which police believe was started deliberately.

A third car was also damaged by the blaze in Wardley in Gateshead at about 04:30 a week ago today.

The vehicles were parked at an address off the A184 between the A19 and Leam Lane.

Northumbria Police say they are treating it as arson and are appealing for witnesses, especially in relation to a Vauxhall Vectra seen in the area shortly before the fire.

Newcastle Pride host Miss Rory's make-up transformation
The transformation of Dan into drag queen Miss Rory.

New Hartlepool MP promises to fight for constituents

Labour's new Hartlepool MP Mike Hill told the Commons yesterday he knows how difficult it is for students facing debt as a result of tuition fees.

He paid tribute to previous Hartlepool MPs in his maiden speech, including Peter Mandelson, who he thanks for helping to regenerate the town - and, he jokes, for flying the flag for that little known northern delicacy guacamole.

Mike Hill

And he remembered his predecessor Iain Wright, and his work as chair of the Business Committee.

As usual, he paid tribute to his constituents and their humour, remembering their voting for a monkey mascot as mayor. He said he is in the Commons to support public services and the NHS.

Fighting the austerity agenda is his priority, he said, as well as working for an improvement in mental health services. He referenced his union roots and the Co-operative movement.

Bradley Lowery's family set to start foundation

Bradley Lowery's family have submitted an application to start a foundation in his name.

In a Facebook status, the family have vowed the foundation will help anyone suffering from neuroblastoma "who needs to raise funds for medical treatments or equipment not available on the NHS".

Bradley Lowery

The statement also thanks people for their support after Bradley's death.

The grounds outside Sunderland's Stadium of Light have become a shrine to the youngster:

Shirts outside the Stadium of Light
Aiden McGeady

Manager Simon Grayson was key to Aiden McGeady joining Sunderland after a successful spell together at Preston last term.

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Have you seen this man?

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen 23-year-old Adam Jobson from Northumberland.

Adam, from Howick near Alnwick, was last seen by his family on Tuesday and has since been spotted in the Newcastle City Centre area.

He is 6ft and of thin build.

Adam Jobson

Police dog helps find car thief

Cleveland Police's dog unit have been busy overnight.

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Hillsview Academy

Education watchdog Ofsted is also calling for the failing school to sort out bullying and smoking.

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No reports of missing children after girl spotted in Redcar

Police continue to investigate after a young child was seen walking alone in Redcar this morning.

The girl is believe to have been about five-years-old and was spotted along the Coast Road close the Stray Cafe at 07:40.

Officers are still looking into this issue, but say they have not yet received reports of any missing children in Redcar.

Javier Manquillo

Newcastle complete the signing of former Liverpool and Sunderland defender Javier Manquillo from Atletico Madrid for an undisclosed fee.

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Javier Manquillo 'really happy' to sign for NUFC

And it looks like Javier Manquillo is pleased to join the Magpies:

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Police at scene of collision in Newcastle

There's been an accident on Chillingham Road in Heaton, Newcastle.

An ambulance and three police cars are in attendance.

Witches back on top of Speedway's Championship

Graeme Mac

BBC Radio Suffolk sport

A thirteenth consecutive home win for Ipswich Witches last night has moved the Suffolk side three points clear at the top of Speedway's Championship table.

Foxhall Stadium

Ritchie Hawkins' side beat Newcastle Diamonds 54-39 at Foxhall, with Australian riders Cameron Heeps and Rory Schlein in impressive form once again.

Heeps was paid for 12 points and Schlein 11, ahead of the latter's appearance for the Witches in tonight's pairs meeting in Somerset.

Captain and number one rider Danny King only featured in four heats last night as he has been nursing a sore shoulder.

The former British Champion will also represent the Witches at the Oak Tree Arena, where he triumphed in the pairs with Rohan Tungate two years ago.


Two Middlesbrough councillors who posted abusive comments about colleagues online are ordered to apologise.

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Comics dating to the 1930s arrive in Newcastle

Your Pictures: Farne Islands birds

Ian Forster sent us these great pictures of wildlife in the Farne Islands.

He took some lovely pictures of Arctic terns, puffins, five spot burnet and shags.


Have you got photos you'd like to share with us?

You can tweet them to @BBCNewsNE, email them, or contact us via our Facebook page.

Cramlington's Miller wins bronze at world championships

BBC Sport

Cramlington athlete Stephen Miller has won bronze in the Men's Club Throw F32 Final during day seven of the IPC World ParaAthletics Championships in London.

Miller, 37, made his Paralympic debut at Atlanta 1996, winning the first of three golds in the F32 club throw, and this bronze in London comes 19 years after his first World Championship success in 1998.

Stephen MIller
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Knife-wielding robbers dressed in clown mask target Middlesbrough bookies

The Gazette


Two robbers dressed in a clown mask and a skull bandana held up a Middlesbrough bookies in what police say was a 'sickening crime'.

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Appeal to trace girl walking alone by beach

Louise Hobson

BBC Tees reporter

Police are appealing to trace a young girl thought to be about five-years-old who was seen walking alone in Redcar this morning.

Members of the public spotted the girl along the Coast Road close to the Stray Cafe at 07:40.

She is white with brown shoulder-length hair and was wearing a blue fleece.

People have also described seeing a woman frantically looking for her daughter.

Melanie Hartshorn returns home after spine operations

BBC Newcastle

A disabled woman who accepted her university degree lying down has returned to her Northumberland home after groundbreaking surgery in Spain.

Melanie Hartshorn, from Cramlington, has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome which causes her skull to sink into her spine.


After almost £160,000 was raised for two operations, the 27-year-old is now able to sit up for about an hour a day.

She said the success of the procedures would now enable her to pursue a career as a teacher.

Weather: Mainly dry with odd showers

BBC Weather

Much of the region should see a dry day today with some bright or sunny spells, although cloud may be thick enough to give the odd light shower here and there.

It will be feeling cooler near the coast with a freshening southeasterly wind.

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