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So to recap today's top news - Four more men have been jailed for their roles in drugging and sexually abusing vulnerable girls in Newcastle.

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Clockwise from top left, Badrul Hussain, Habibur Rahim, Abdul Sabe and Mohibur Rahman were all investigated as part of Operation Sanctuary
Northumbria Police

Five frigates at centre of new strategy 'could help North East jobs'

The government's given the go ahead for a new fleet of warships with the work being shared in shipyards across the UK.

At least five new frigates will be built, safeguarding thousands of job.

Ministers are encouraging the use of British steel in the construction.

The Conservative MP for Middlesbrough South and Cleveland East, Simon Clarke, told the Commons that it would help protect jobs in the North East.

HMS Queen Elizabeth was built in blocks across six cities before being assembled in Rosyth
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Mining Art Gallery supported by large donation

A charity has awarded its largest single donation in its 22-year history to a new gallery in Bishop Auckland.

The £250,000 donation from the County Durham Community Foundation to the Auckland Castle Trust will be used to fund two new gallery rooms in the Old Bank Chambers.

David Maddan and Barbara Gubbins
Auckland Castle

The Mining Art Gallery will pay tribute to the North East’s mining heritage, with art depicting mining life including working men's clubs, domestic duties and the Durham Miners' Gala.

It will open on 21 October.

TV stars honour Sir Bobby by taking part in the Great North Run

Two ITV presenters will be lacing up their trainers and pulling on their shorts to take part in the Great North Run to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Ian Payne and Simon O’Rourke will be among a number of journalists, including many from the BBC, taking part in the race to raise money for charity.

Ian Payne and Simon O'Rourke
Sir Sobby Robson Foundation

Sir Bobby was a huge hero of mine, both for what he achieved with Ipswich Town and then what he went on to do through his foundation.

This is going to be a big ask for my nearly 50-year-old legs but I’m excited to get going."

Ian Payne

Operation Sanctuary: Victim tells court about abuse she suffered

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

A victim of a North East grooming gang has told a court in a statement about how the abuse she suffered has affected her.

Habibur Rahim, a 34-year-old father-of-two from Fenham, Newcastle who was known as Sham, plied her with alcohol and drugs before attacking her.

In a victim impact statement, the young woman said she suffers from regular night terrors and sleeps with a knife by her bedside:

She added:

"I have suffered severe depression and a split personality.

I feel paranoid all the time and don't feel safe in my own flat, I have started losing my hair.

I wake up in the night fearing Sham is in the flat.

I keep wanting to take my own life to get away from it all.

I now sleep with a knife by my be.

My boyfriend is scared to leave me alone in case I try to kill myself."

Left to right: Habibur Rahim, Mohibur Rahman, Abdul Sabe

The men were part of a gang who gave girls alcohol and drugs then forced them to have sex.

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Rapist engaged in 'sustained and systematic abuse'

A rapist who attacked a girl after barricading himself in a room with her engaged in 'sustained and systematic abuse', a judge has said.

Jailing Habibur Rahim for 29 years, Judge Penny Moreland said he had been a high profile and active member of the grooming gang which was cuaght in Operation Sanctuary.

She added he had caused extreme harm to his victims by cultivating their dependence on alcohol and drugs.

Rahim was joined in the dock by Abdul Sabe, 40, Badrul Hussain, 37, and Mohibur Rahman, 44, and despite the nature of the charges, Judge Moreland was forced to ask them to stop "stretching and yawning".

Operation Sanctuary: Victim 'sleeps with knife by her bed'

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Four further men have been jailed for their roles in a grooming ring that forced girls and young women to have sex.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how one young woman now suffers from regular night terrors and sleeps with a knife by her bedside.

Habibur Rahim
Northumbria Police

The girl was raped by Habibur Rahim, also known as Sham, who used a wardrobe to barricade her in the room with him.

Today he was jailed for 29 years.

Abuse expert critical of rapist payment

Jim Gamble, who set up the government's taskforce to fight child sexual exploitation, was critical of the decision to pay a convicted rapist £10,000 as an informant.

He told the BBC last month: "I think all police forces are under pressure to get things right.

But there are ways and means to doing it... there need to be limits and there should be lines that shouldn't be crossed.

"In my opinion they have gone way over the line on this one.

Jim Gamble
PA

"Personally, I can't envisage any circumstances where I would have authorised payment to someone convicted of rape.

"I can't imagine how you could have control mechanisms in place with an informant of that type... that would give you reassurance that they didn't still represent a risk to young and vulnerable women, given what I know about this person's history."

Operation Sanctuary: How police paid £10,000 to child rapist

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

It emerged that during Operation Sanctuary, Northumbria Police paid a convicted rapist £10,000 to act as an informant.

While working for the officers, the man known only as XY was arrested for dishonesty, an assault in a mosque, and was questioned about making sexual advances to a 13-year-old girl.

Northumbria Police paid £10,000 to child rapist

Defending the move last month, Chief Constable Steve Ashman said: "We have to deal with people who themselves are guilty of some of the most vile offences imaginable.

"Quite often these people can't be trusted, but the potential prize is that you just might get a piece of information, intelligence possibly, even evidence, that might just lead you to a successful conviction and you put bad people behind bars."

Two other men also jailed in groming case

Yesterday two other men who plied young women with drink and drugs and forced them to have sex were jailed.

Jahangir Zaman, 45, of Hadrian Road, was sentenced to 29 years for rape, sexual exploitation and drugs offences.

Mohammed Azram, 35, of Croydon Road, was handed 12 and a half years for sexual exploitation and drugs offences.

In total, the network of 17 men and one woman were found guilty after two years of trials, with eight men convicted of conspiracy to incite prostitution.

Those who have not been jailed are being sentenced later this week.

Mohammed Azram, (left) and Jahangir Zaman were convicted after the Operation Sanctuary investigation
Northumbria Police

BreakingSex gang groomers handed jail terms

Two men who plied young women with drink and drugs and forced them to have sex have been jailed.

They were convicted as part of the Operation Sanctuary investigation into a grooming gang that sexually abused vulnerable girls in Newcastle.

  • Habibur Rahim, 34, of Kenilworth Road, was jailed for 29 years for rape, inciting prostitution, drugs, sexual assault and trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation
  • Abdul Sabe, 40, of Dean House, was jailed for 12 years for conspiracy to incite prostitution, trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation, drugs offences. The court had heard that Sabe was already on the sex offenders register when he carried out the abuse.

Two other men were also sentenced:

  • Mohibur Rahman, 44, of Northcote Street, was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to incite prostitution and supplying drugs to a victim.
  • Badrul Hussain, 37, of Drybeck Court, convicted of drug offences and jailed for four years.

Clockwise from top left: Badrul Hussain, Habibur Rahim, Abdul Sabe, Mohibur Rahman
Northumbria Police
Clockwise from top left: Badrul Hussain, Habibur Rahim, Abdul Sabe, Mohibur Rahman
Former Liverpool and Newcastle left back Jose Enrique has retired from football, aged 31 having suffered with a persistent knee injury.

Former Liverpool and Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique retires from football aged 31 having suffered with a persistent knee injury.

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Chase Park to re-open

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Gateshead's Chase Park is reopening after a £1m restoration project.

Chase Park
Google

The park's new features will include:

  • Restoration of the listed windmill, entrance gates, paths and ornamental garden
  • Replanting of flower beds and trees
  • Remodelling and enhancement of the toddler play area
  • Resurfacing of the tennis courts and new table tennis table installed
  • New junior play area and skateboard park
  • Outdoor gym trail
  • Development of community garden
  • New benches and signs

The park will officially reopen on September 23.

Former NUFC player retires

Former Newcastle United full-back Jose Enrique has announced his retirement on social media:

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BBC's Fighting Talk to be broadcast from Newcastle

BBC Radio 5 Live's sports comedy panel show Fighting Talk is being broadcast from Newcastle on Saturday.

Presenter Colin Murray will be joined by guests at an audience at Tyne Theatre and Opera House ahead of Sunday's Great North Run.

One the panel will be former Paralympian, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, former GB athlete and Olympic bronze-medallist Kath Merry, journalist and sports broadcaster Steve Bunce and comedian Justin Moorhouse.

Tanni Grey-Thompson
BBC

Tributes paid to 'gentle giant' biker

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Tributes are being have been paid to Shaun Neal from Jarrow, who died after his motorbike was involved in a collision with a car.

Described as a "gentle giant", Shaun, 46, was killed in the crash on the A68 between Consett and Tow Law on Saturday.

Shaun Neal
Durham Police

His widow described him as "a big guy who has left a massive void in our lives”.

Dave was riding on the northbound side of the A68 when he was involved in a collision with a BMW.

The 23-year-old driver was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been released while investigations continue.

What's new about the new Nissan Leaf?

The new Leaf, which goes on sale in Japan from October and elsewhere early next year, has a longer range thanks to a bigger 40 kilowatt hour (kWh) battery.

Because different territories have different tests for electric vehicles, the new Leaf's quoted range varies according to where it will be sold:

  • in Europe it is 378km (235 miles)
  • in Japan it is 400km (248 miles)
  • in the US it is 241km (150 miles)

Electric cars tend to achieve about 20-25% below the European quoted figures in real-world tests.

Car range graphic
BBC

Lumiere Festival to return to Durham

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Durham Cathedral, Durham Castle and the Miners' Hall at Redhills are the first locations announced that will be involved at this year's Lumiere Festival.

Durham Cathedral
Durham County Council

The festival was claimed to have brought £9.6m into the local economy when it was last staged in 2015.

Artists including Pablo Valbeuna and Hannah Fox will work with a range of local people including Durham Cathedral's bellringers to create the unique light displays.

The festival will take place from 16-19 November.

Former Sunderland player banned from driving

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Former Sunderland player Anton Ferdinand has been banned from driving after he was caught speeding.

Anton Ferdinand
Getty Images

Ferdinand, who currently plays for Southend United, was caught doing 38mph on a 30mph road in Billericay, Essex.

Nissan Leaf electric car goes further with one-pedal driving

Nissan has launched a longer-range version of its best-selling Leaf electric vehicle, as it fights growing competition in the electric car market.

The new Leaf can travel about 50% further on a single charge than its predecessor, according to the firm.

But it still falls short of the ranges offered by other recent electric cars from Tesla and General Motors.

Nissan Leaf: Best-selling electric car gets an upgrade

European production of the last-generation Leaf has taken place in Sunderland, which has produced more than 70,000 of the electric vehicles.

A spokesman for Nissan told the BBC the firm had yet to announce where the new version would be produced.

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Pupils across the region 'come unstuck with school uniform'

A number of children across the region have been penalised for their school uniform after returning for the new year, reports say.

The Sunderland Echo says pupils at a one school were forced to “line up in the rain” while teachers colour-matched their trousers to make sure they had been bought from the right shop.

And The Chronicle says that in Killingworth about 100 pupils were told their uniform was not correct and were placed in "timeout". Issues included having the wrong shoes, trousers or skirts

Teenager threatened with axe

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

A teenager was threatened with an axe in the Mill Vale area of Newburn.

A group of boys threw eggs at a car before fleeing the area but a man is alleged to have got out of his vehicle and found one of them hiding nearby.

He reportedly threatened the 14-year-old with an axe before kneeing him in the head. The boy received minor injuries in the incident at 21:45 on 12 June.

Police only released details today.

CCTV image
Northumbria Police

Police would like to speak to this man who was in the area and may be able to help them.

Sir Ian Botham criticises resting Ben Stokes for North East T20 match

Durham chairman Sir Ian Botham has criticised the decision to leave Ben Stokes out of England's Twenty20 match at his home ground.

England host West Indies in a one-off T20 international on 16 September at Chester-le-Street, which is the Durham all-rounder's home ground.

The England and Wales Cricket Board are giving Stokes and Moeen Ali a break ahead of the winter's Ashes series in Australia, but their timing has been criticised by Botham.

Writing in his column in The Mirror he said: "Ben Stokes being stood down from the T20 international on his home ground has left me bitterly disappointed.

"The ECB has decided that a T20 match for the world's most exciting player - and a local hero to boot - is a game too far so he won't be able to show his skills to the people of the North East."

Ben Stokes
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Commentator John Motson ending BBC career

Legendary commentator John Motson will call time on his BBC career aged 72 after the conclusion of the current football season.

The broadcaster, popularly known as Motty, is in his 50th consecutive year with the corporation.

To mark the occasion BBC Sport has remembered five of his greatest moments on the microphone and - look away Newcastle fans - one of them is his commentary of Hereford beating the Magpies in the FA Cup third-round replay in 1972, one of the biggest shocks in the competition's history.

John Motson: Five great moments from iconic BBC Sport commentator

Student starts A-levels thanks to robot helper

A County Durham student is starting her A-levels today thanks to a robot in her seat while she learns from home.

Jade Gadd suffers from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome which means she's often left bed-bound.

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But using a robot that Jade controls by an iPad means she can take part in lessons, and keep up in her studies

The technology, thought to be the first of its kind in the UK, could pave the way for the 17-year-old to go to university.

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More child sex grooming network members to be sentenced

Peter Harris

BBC Look North

Sentencing continues later of a gang who have been convicted or admitted offences relating to child sexual exploitation in Newcastle.

The vulnerable victims, some as young as 14, were exploited by a "cynical organisation" and plied with drink and drugs, Newcastle Crown Court has heard.

The 17 men and one woman were convicted of rape, supplying drugs and conspiracy to incite prostitution as part of Northumbria Police's long-running Operation Sanctuary investigation.

Defendants
Northumbria Police

Over the course of four trials, 20 young women gave evidence covering a period from 2011 to 2014.

Jahanghir Zaman, 45, of Hadrian Road, was sentenced to 29 years for rape, sexual exploitation and drugs offences.

Mohammed Azram, 35, of Croydon Road, was handed 12-and-a-half years for sexual exploitation and drugs offences.

Fresh, bright and breezy day in store and days turn colder

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A bright and breezy, fresher day for most with the best of the sunshine to the east of the Pennines.

Cloudier at times across the north Pennines and Cheviots with a few light showers.

Temperatures will manage to nudge up to 17C (62F) across the region.

Check the forecast near you.

Lisa Gallagher and weather graphic
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