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  1. Updates on Tuesday 1 August 2017

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A dolphin swimming in the sea off the Farne Islands
Clare O'Sullivan

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CCTV released after £20,000 watch thefts

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to following the theft of watches worth £20,000 from the Metrocentre.

Three Breitling watchess were taken from Beaverbrooks on 21 July at 19:50.

Officers say the man in the footage was in the area at the time.

CCTV of the theft suspect
Northumbria Police

North Yorkshire farmer killed by bull

A farmer has died after being trampled by a bull in a field in North Yorkshire.

The man, in his 60s, was injured in the field south of Hutton Rudby at about 15:20 on Monday.

Paramedics tried to resuscitate him but he was pronounced dead at the scene, North Yorkshire Police said.

Officers described the death as "tragic" and said a file would be prepared for the coroner. The bull was due to be slaughtered.

Hartlepool family desperate to bring brain-damaged man home

Hartlepool Mail


The family of a Hartlepool man who collapsed in Poland is campaigning to raise £15,000 to bring him home.

Simon Ankers is currently in hospital in a coma. His family has been told his brain damage is extensive and the 39-year-old may never regain consciousness.

Simon Ankers in a coma in a Polish hospital
Hartlepool Mail

Steve Ashman denied 'monster' allegation during tribunal hearing

Outgoing Northumbria Police Chief Constable Steve Ashman made headlines as part of an unfair dismissal case brought against the force by its former head of legal services.

Denise Aubrey claimed she was bullied by Mr Ashman when he was the-then deputy chief of the force.

However, Mr Ashman told the tribunal hearing he had a "pleasant working relationship" with Ms Aubrey and said: "Why would I have become this monster overnight?"

Ms Aubrey (pictured) lost her claim for unfair dismissal, harassment and discrimination in August 2016.

Denise Aubrey

Ashman made 'positive difference'

Responding to the news that Chief Constable Steve Ashman, of Northumbria Police, is to retire later this year, Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird said: "Mr Ashman has served our communities for 30 years, the latter part of his career here in Northumbria.

"He has had a remarkable career, making a positive difference in every role he has undertaken.

"He has led Northumbria through a difficult period financially, but his policing skills and knowledge have ensured that we have been able to secure the resources to provide the policing services that local residents prioritise."

BreakingNorthumbria Police Chief Constable announces retirement

Northumbria Police Chief Constable Steve Ashman has announced he is to retire in November.

Mr Ashman took on the force's top job in June 2015, replacing Sue Sim.

In a statement released in the last few minutes, he said: “I have served for 30 years in three different forces and it is time for me to move on.

"I am hugely proud of each and every one of the officers and staff that work within Northumbria and I am constantly humbled by the work they do every single day."

Northumbria Police Chief Constable Steve Ashman
Northumbria Police

GP's fear over hospital referral scheme

BBC Tees

A County Durham GP has told BBC Tees he is concerned patients' referrals to hospital could be delayed by a new pilot scheme.

Under the Clinical Assessment and Peer Review System, most referrals from GPs in Darlington, Stockton and Hartlepool will be sent to an assessor for a decision before either being forwarded to hospitals or specialists, or sent back to family doctors.

It's designed to reduce pressure on hospitals, but Ahmet Fuat, a Darlington GP and cardiology professor, is worried about the level of training the assessors will have.

The Darlington Clinical Commission Group and the Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group say they consulted with GPs and will closely monitor the scheme.

Ex-Newcastle United coach sacked by Hearts

BBC Sport

Hearts have sacked ex-Newcastle United coach Ian Cathro after seven months in charge at Tynecastle.

The 31-year-old worked at St James' Park under Steve McClaren and stayed on under Spaniard Rafa Benitez.

However, he headed north when the Scottish club came calling. A League Cup exit has seen him become an early casualty of the new season.

Ian Cathro
Redcar rescue: Man found in dinghy mile out to sea
A lifeboat was launched and found the man with his legs dangling over the side of the £10 toy dinghy.

Yobs cause thousands of pounds of damage to medical vehicles

BBC Tees

Vandals have attacked seven vehicles at a Teesside firm which provides ambulance cover for sporting and charity events.

Staff at the Medics UK building, on the Dormanstown Industrial Estate in Middlesbrough, were shocked to find the damage.

Ken Lumley, one of the firm's directors, says the specialist vehicles will cost thousands of pounds to repair.

Theme park closes ride after US death

With the summer holidays under way, parents will no doubt be looking for ways to keep their children entertained.

Anyone heading to Lightwater Valley, in North Yorkshire, will need to know one of the rides has been closed after a death on a similar attraction in the US.

The ride, known as the KMG Afterburner, swings at high speed from side-to-side while also spinning the riders.

The Health and Safety Executive ordered the re-inspection and temporary closure of similar rides in the UK.

KMG Afterburner ride
Geograph/Paul Harrop

Millions promised for back-to-work scheme

BBC Tees

A multimillion-pound scheme is being launched to try to help people who find it hardest to get into work.

Some £6m of government money, along with funds from the Tees Valley Combined Authority, is being invested to provide training and support aimed at people who have been out of work for a long time or who face physical or mental health problems.

Employment Minister Damian Hinds says it's about finding innovative solutions to address unemployment.

He said: "It's important to have key workers provide direct support and also work with employers to make sure those opportunities are there, and to work with people after they've started in those initial times."

Unemployment rates on Teesside have remained high, with closures such as the SSI steel plant hitting the area hard.

The SSI steel plant at Redcar
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Today's front page: Road scheme leads to rat run fears

The Shields Gazette

Drivers are turning side streets into dangerous rat runs after their shortest route out of South Tyneside was blocked as part of a new £7.5m road scheme, it is claimed.

Shields Gazette front page, 1 August 2017
Shields Gazette
Dinghy rescue

The man, who barely fitted into the dinghy, was rescued by lifeboat as he continued to drift.

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Today's front page: 'Distressed' business number soars

The Journal


Business leaders in the North East are calling for an end to the country’s 'late payment culture' after research found that the number of regional companies in financial distress has soared.

Front page of The Journal, 1 August 2017
The Journal

Assault probe police release image of woman

Police have released an image of a woman they want to speak to after a man was assaulted with a tree branch.

The man was attacked at Benton Bank on the walkway up to the Armstrong Bridge in Jesmond, Newcastle at 13:20 on Saturday 17 June.

The 31-year-old was walking with his pregnant girlfriend and also had his T-shirt ripped.

The woman Northumbria would like to speak to following an assault in Jesmond
Police handout

University bucks trend on student numbers

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

A North East university is bucking a national trend in recruiting students from the European Union.

Around the country there's been a 5% drop in students from the EU applying to come study here, but Northumbria University, in Newcastle, has seen an overall increase of 37%.

The number applying to start an undergraduate course in September went up by 50% compared with last year, with post-grad applications rising by 17%.

Northumbria University

Weather: Showers to interrupt sunny spells

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Expect bright or sunny spells interspersed with scattered showers.

They'll become more widespread and heavy at times through the day with a risk of hail and thunder mixed in.

The showers should become lighter and more isolated by late afternoon.

Any remaining showers should die away through the early evening, leaving a largely dry night with clear periods.

Weather forecast, Tuesday 1 August

Tynemouth lifeboat called to ship fire

The Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat has responded to a ship with 23 crew after a fire broke out near its engine room.

The 8,700-tonne dive support vessel Nor Da Vinci sent out a Mayday yesterday afternoon when it was five nautical miles east of the Tyne piers after leaving Blyth harbour.

The lifeboat remained near the ship for an hour until the crew confirmed the fire was out and they were all safe.

The ship as seen through the window of the RNLI lifeboat

Stolen car 'may have been used in Ferryhill arson attack'

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

Police investigating a suspected arson attack in Ferryhill over the weekend believe they've found a car which may have been used.

The burnt-out vehicle was discovered on a dirt track off the A688 Bowburn to Sherburn bypass.

The 07-plate silver Ford Mondeo was stolen from Peterlee a fortnight ago, but police believe it may be central to their investigation and are keen to tlak to anyone who may have seen it before the attack at Magdalen Place on Saturday

The arson-hit home in Ferryhill

Today's front page: Knife attacker spared jail

Hartlepool Mail


A man who stabbed a policeman during a self-induced psychotic episode has been spared jail.

Jamie Shillaw, 36, produced a blade on the officer at the Lifestyle Express, in King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool.

Front page of the Hartlepool Mail, 1 August 2017
Hartlepool Mail

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