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  1. Updates on Monday 31 July 2017

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Footage of assault in Sunderland sought by police

Mobile phone footage of an incident that took place in Hendon is being sought by police.

Police were called in after trouble flared at a book signing in Sunderland by the English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson.

Violence broke out at Saturday's event, which was staged in an off-licence shortly before a Sunderland-Celtic match being held the same day.

Police attended Fletcher's News and Booze, where an 18-year-old man suffered a head injury and needed hospital treatment.

Police believe that people who were in the area at the time filmed the incident on their mobile phones and are now hoping to retrieve that footage.

Paul Dixon

He previously admitted disrupting access to websites belonging to BA and several police forces.

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Ambulance vehicles vandalised

Seven ambulance vehicles have been vandalised in Teesside. The cars belong to a firm which provides ambulance cover for sporting and charity events on the Dormanstown Industrial Estate.

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Samantha Madgin

Samantha Madgin, 18, was knifed to death in 2007 as she tried to break up a fight in Wallsend.

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Weather: Showers may persist

BBC Weather

Dry with some clear spells for most through the evening, although a few showers may persist throughout

Further heavier showers are likely to push across the Pennines into the far west by dawn.

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Darron Gibson

Sunderland say Darron Gibson faces a disciplinary process after a video appearing to criticise team-mates appears online.

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Middlesbrough teenager missing

A 15-year-old boy is missing from the Middlesbrough area.

Keaton Morrison was last seen on Friday at an address on Marton Avenue.

Police believe that Keaton could be in the Hemlington area of Middlesbrough.

Keaton Morrison

Iraq War: Bid to prosecute Tony Blair rejected by High Court

The High Court has blocked an attempt to bring a private prosecution against Tony Blair over the Iraq War.

Former Iraqi general Abdul Wahed Shannan Al Rabbat alleged the former prime minister committed "the crime of aggression" by invading Iraq in 2003.

No such crime exists in England and Wales and the court ruled there was "no prospect" of the case succeeding.

The general had wanted to prosecute Mr Blair, who was Labour MP for Sedgefield at the time, ex-Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, and ex-Attorney General Lord Goldsmith.

Tony Blair

Boat owner pleads guilty over double carbon monoxide deaths

The owner of a fishing boat on which two Northumberland men died has pleaded guilty to two charges over their deaths.

At Leeds Crown Court, Timothy Bowman-Davies, from Pembrokeshire, admitted failing to ensure the boat was safe and that the equipment on board was in good working order.

The boat

Mark Arries, 26, from Blyth, and Edward Ide, 21, from Amble, were found dead on the boat, which was moored in Whitby harbour, in January 2014.

They were poisoned by carbon monoxide after lighting the grill of a butane gas cooker fitted in the wheelhouse to warm the sleeping area.

Later reports showed that the men may not have died if the boat been fitted with a carbon monoxide alarm.

Your Pictures: Blue skies in Northumberland

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

It was a lovely morning in Embleton beach earlier.

Thank you to Carl Moffat for sending us this stunning picture of the seaside and the lovely blue sky.

Embleton beach

The weather is a bit cloudy in Embleton now, but the sun is expected to shine once again from 14:00.

Have you got pictures of our area that you'd like to share with us? Send them on Twitter, Facebook, or via email and we may feature them on this page.

Brave Sunderland student hailed for trying to save man who jumped from Wearmouth Bridge

Sunderland Echo


A student has been hailed for her bravery after she tried to save a man who died after he jumped into water off Wearmouth Bridge.

Wearmouth bridge
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Hartlepool's team take on training with a difference

Hartlepool United's squad seem to be having a lot of fun at training today...

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'Geek' who hacked Durham Police website sentenced

Press Association

A computer hacker who disrupted access to the British Airways website for more than an hour costing the airline an estimated £100,000 was caught after he boasted about his crimes on Twitter, a court heard.

"Computer geek" Paul Dixon, 24, of The Avenue, Seaham, County Durham, also admitted hacking into Durham Police's website in October 2014 then bragging about it.

Paul Dixon

The unemployed defendant, described by his barrister as socially isolated at the time of the offences, smirked as he walked out of Newcastle Crown Court having been handed a suspended two-year jail sentence and ordered to pay £200 costs.

He admitted five counts of unauthorised modification of computer material at a previous hearing.

Sunderland police station closed

A police station in Sunderland will not be accessible later today due to "essential repair work".

The work is due to be carried out at Waterloo Place Police Office, which will not be available to the public from 16:00.

A mobile police van will be in the city centre near to the entrance to The Bridges Shopping Centre instead.

Waterloo Place will reopen tomorrow.

Waterloo Place Police Office

Residents petition against campsite proposals

BBC Tees

A number of residents living near a proposed 14-acre campsite in Saltburn are launching a petition against the plans.

They are concerned that the site may increase traffic on Saltburn Lane, which will lead to the campsite near the Valley Gardens.

Redcar and Cleveland Council says the campsite is needed to provide accommodation for tourists who visit the town.

Man seriously injured in house fire

A man is being treated for serious burns following a house fire in County Durham.

The blaze happened at a property on Magdalene Place in Ferryhill at about 22:30 on Saturday.

Police are treating the incident as arson and a joint investigation with the fire service is under way.

Two jailed for attempted armed robbery

Two men from Sunderland have been jailed after a shotgun was used during an attempted robbery.

George Tumilty, 31, and Kevin Jarvis, 45, entered a Post Office on Hylton Road in January and demanded cash.

When a member of staff refused, a shot was fired at a display before they left empty handed.

Both men pleaded guilty; Tumilty, of Flodden Road, was sentenced to 10-and-a- half years while Jarvis, of Garfield Street, was jailed for nine years.

Post Office on Hylton Road

Protest in Billingham

A protest is taking place in Billingham this morning.

Motorists are being advised to avoid the Tees Road area as delays are expected.

Weather: Sun, showers and possibly thunder in store

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It's a mixed bag this morning with many eastern parts starting dry with some sunny spells, but showers in the west and north will become more widespread by afternoon.

Showers may be heavy and thundery in places, and it will be breezy at times.

Abbie Dewhurst

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Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

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