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  1. Updates on Monday 18 September 2017
  2. Investigation after part of Durham cricket stand collapses

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  2. Arts school welcomes first students

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    A new specialist arts school has welcomed its first students.

    Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) has opened its new facility on Church Street in Hartlepool as part of an £11m redevelopment of the area.

    Building

    Pat Chapman from the college said: “The opening of our new teaching and studio space at 1 Church Street marks a significant development in the learning experience for them and allows CCAD to greatly expand our offer with six new degree programmes starting next September."

    The new CCAD building was created on the site of the former Lynn Street Depot and includes flexible studio space, two 7m (23ft) double-height studios for photography and TV or film work, a refectory area and galley.

    Film studio
  3. Police spend summer tackling drugs

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    Drugs, equipment, cash and even weapons were seized during a summer-long operation by police in Middlesbrough.

    Between 31 July and 1 September, officers raided 17 addresses across the town in a bid to tackle drug dealing and the crime and antisocial behaviour which often goes hand in hand with it.

    Drugs and police raid

    Neighbourhood Insp Rob Jones said: “Residents were reporting that their lives were being blighted by drug dealing and other crime so, using information from the community to build on the intelligence officers had already gathered, we launched Operation Steel Blue."

    Eleven people who were arrested remain under investigation, two men have been charged with possession of a class B drug, one woman received a caution for drug possession and one man has been summonsed to court for the same offence.

    Cleaver
  4. Man suffers lung collapse in robbery

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    A man suffered a cracked rib and collapsed lung when he was robbed in Middlesbrough.

    The 27-year-old was attacked on 24 August but has only just reported it, Cleveland Police said.

    Two men pushed him to the ground and punched and kicked him at about 23:00 on Parliament Road next to Ayresome Primary School.

    The suspects went through the victim’s pockets, stealing money and other personal items.

  5. Your photos: Sea chills

    You can feel the cold in this photo taken at Saltburn Pier at the weekend.

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    Saltburn Pier
  6. MPs reveal threats and abuse

    Brian Wheeler

    Standing for Parliament in the UK can mean facing death threats, online intimidation, verbal abuse and vandalism, according to MPs surveyed by BBC Radio 5 live.

    All 650 MPs were contacted by 5 live and asked for their experiences, under condition of anonymity.

    Abuse posters

    Of the 113 who replied, just over half - 51% - said the 2017 general election campaign had been the worst they had ever experienced.

    This was especially true among Conservative MPs, with 41 out of 47 saying they had been targeted. But nearly all of the MPs - 87% - said they had faced some form of abuse on the campaign trail.

  7. Firefighters attacked twice in a week

    BBC Newcastle

    Firefighters were attacked twice in the same week on the same estate in Gateshead while they were dealing with arson attacks.

    Youths hurled stones at vehicles and subjected firefighters to "foul mouthed abuse" on the Beacon Lough Estate on 4 and 5 September, the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said.

    Firefighter

    Assistant chief officer Alan Robson said: "These attacks are indefensible. They are not just insulting; they are endangering the lives of committed and dedicated firefighters whose sole purpose is to protect and save the lives and homes of everyone in our community.

    "Damage to our TRV could also result in it being off the road and not available for emergency use. We are cooperating with our colleagues in Northumbria Police to ensure that those responsible are caught.”

  8. University's £300m plan backed by businesses

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    Local businesses have welcomed news that Teesside University is investing £300m over the next 10 years to transform its campus.

    It includes improvements to current buildings, new student accommodation, a new business school and a new student services building.

    It is hoped the investment will attract more students to Middlesbrough.

    George, the owner of Oodles of Noodles, on Linthorpe Road, told us: "I think it's a good thing - more people on the streets spending more money in the town and creating more jobs."

    Teesside University
  9. New wind turbines installed off North East coast at Blyth

    Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys was up early to photograph the first wind turbine being lifted into place as part of a new offshore wind farm at Blyth.

    EDF Energy Renewables is building the farm which will have five turbines and which they say will generate enough low carbon electricity to power about 34,000 homes.

    Turbine lifted into place
  10. Travelodge to build new hotel in Newcastle

    Travelodge is to recruit hundreds of staff in the coming months under an expansion programme which will see a new hotel built in Newcastle.

    The company said 875 jobs will be created including receptionists, bar staff and cleaners.

    Five other new hotels are opening between now and Christmas in Bath, Inverness, Redhill in Surrey, Melksham in Wiltshire and London.

    Craig Bonnar, Travelodge chief operating officer, said: "We have a successful in-house management development programme in place that has helped hundreds of colleagues climb the career ladder into management via an entry level position."

  11. Ryanair urged to publish cancelled flight lists

    BBC Business News

    Ryanair is under pressure to publish a full list of the flights it plans to cancel over the next six weeks, amid growing anger among customers.

    The airline said on Saturday it would cancel 40-50 flights every day up until 20 September, after it 'messed up' the planning of pilot holidays.

    Ryanair flight

    However, it has so far only published a list of affected flights up until this Wednesday although none of those involve North East airports.

    Consumer rights group Which? said passengers needed more notice.

  12. Metro ticket machines ready for new £10 notes

    Ticket machines on the Tyne and Wear Metro are all ready to accept the new £10 notes, operators have said.

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  13. Joy and relief over Zeus the puppy's rescue

    It was sad story with a very welcome ending - as we told you on Friday, Zeus the dog was found safe and well after going missing in the Lake District for two weeks.

    The 10-month-old Bordeaux Mastiff fled after being spooked on Place Fell on 31 August, but was found by fell walkers Jez Starkey and Adam Briggs after a social media appeal raised awareness of his plight.

    Zeus is owned by Tony McDougall, of Middlesbrough, who had been visiting the Lakes on a day trip.

    His brother, David, told us: "He's a keen walker and had taken Zeus with him for company to Place Fell. He was devastated went he went missing and spend as much time as he could looking for him."

    Rescuers Adam Briggs (left) and Jez Starkey with Zeus
    Quote Message: We didn't give up on finding him, but we were starting to think the worst. When the call came to say he'd been found it was amazing." from David McDougall
    David McDougall
  14. FA Vase Champions face York City

    FA Vase Champions South Shields will play York City in the 3rd qualifying round of the FA Cup on 30 September.

    The Mariners reached this stage for the second time in their history after a 3-0 win at Darlington on Saturday.

    FA Cup
  15. Bradley Lowery Foundation launch marked at Stadium of Light

    Mark Denten

    BBC Look North

    Bradley Lowery's family have been at the Stadium of Light today to launch the charitable foundation in his name.

    Sunderland fan Bradley died from a rare type of cancer on 7 July having been diagnosed when he was 18 months old.

    The Bradley Lowery Foundation was officially launched last month and his family said money raised would be spent helping children with cancer.

    Sunderland and Everton's shirts will have sponsorship from the Bradley Lowery Foundation when they face each other in Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

    Lynne Murphy, one of the charity's trustees, said next month they expect to have the figure on how much has been raised so far.

    Bradley Lowery Foundation launch at the Stadium of Light