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  1. Updates on Thursday 28 September 2017

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  2. Women's Bobsleigh team can receive 'partial support'

    British Bobsleigh can "now partially support" a women's team following the departure of the sport's chief executive Richard Parker.

    His exit follows those of the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association (BBSA) head coach and performance director.

    Earlier this month the BBSA said it was withdrawing funding from the women but continuing to fund three men's teams.

    County Durham's Mica McNeill, who bobsleighs for Great Britain, previously reached a £30,000 crowdfunding target for the team.

    A statement said the BBSA can now help a team "press for qualification for February's Winter Olympics".

  3. North Tyneside walk to school branded 'too dangerous'

    Parents at Holystone Primary School say the walk to and from the school is being made dangerous by major roadworks and drivers "ignoring basic highway codes".

    A number of children have to walk across Holystone Roundabout to reach the school via Holystone Way.

    The roundabout currently has major roadworks.

    Holystone Grange

    Phil Nunez walks the route every day with his daughters.

    He says the situation is "absolutely ridiculous".

    Quote Message: No attention is paid whatsoever to the lights. They just go for it. When a driver sees a red light he has a duty to stop, for whatever reason, they're ignoring basic highway code."

    North Tyneside Council says there are "safe and clearly signposted pedestrian routes" across the roundabout.

  4. Death of baby 'unexplained'

    Police have confirmed the sudden death of a baby at a house on Teesside earlier today.

    Emergency services were called to an address on Hillside Road in Norton at 08:30 this morning.

    Cleveland Police confirmed the death of a four-month-old boy, which is currently being treated as unexplained.

    A post-mortem examination will take place later this evening to establish the cause of death.

  5. Tonight's weather: Dry with clear spells

    Your weather forecast for this evening and tonight:

    Dry with clear spells across the region this evening and through the first part of the night. However, thickening cloud will bring outbreaks of rain from the west by Friday morning.

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    Head to the BBC Weather page to check the forecast where you are.

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    Video caption: The 'fairy' leaving books around the North East

    The north-east of England has a secretive "fairy" leaving books around the city for others to enjoy.

  7. Redcar MP says area is 'still struggling'

    Redcar Labour MP Anna Turley says "it'll be some time" before new jobs come to the area.

    Speaking to BBC Tees two years after SSI Redcar closed down, the MP says local people are "still struggling".

    More than 2,000 people lost their jobs as a result of SSI's closure and many took pay cuts of up to £10,000.

    The South Tees Development Corporation is expected to formally unveil its plans for the old SSI site next month.

    MP Anna Turley
  8. Police hunt for one-punch attacker

    The Northern Echo


    An 18-year-old man was knocked to the ground while out celebrating his A-Level results in Consett.

    CCTV images have been released of the suspect as detectives try to trace him.

    CCTV Image
  9. 'Who in their right mind would put an unborn child at risk?'

    Hartlepool Council's audit and governance committee is to carry out an investigation into maternity services following claims that birth rates have fallen from more than 1,000, to just nine over a 10-year period.

    Councillor Ray Martin, who chairs the committee, says expectant mothers are being put off from giving birth in the town.

    Quote Message: New mothers are speaking to midwives and they're being told if there is a problem during birth, in Hartlepool, they'll have to blue light them through to North Tees.
    Quote Message: Who in their right mind would want to put an unborn child at risk? Most people will say they'll go to North Tees in the first place."

    North Tees and Hartlepool NHS says it welcomes the review but thinks it should be clinically led and part of a wider look at health services across the region.

  10. Newcastle woman wins Jo Cox poetry prize

    A North East woman is the first winner of a poetry competition in memory of murdered MP Jo Cox.

    Catherine Graham won with a poem about a washing machine. It was written about her mum, Doris, who she spent 10 years caring for.

    The competition was run by Carers UK as part of the Jo Cox Commission to tackle loneliness.

    Ms Graham's poem will be published in an anthology in November.

  11. North East revellers experience most sexual harassment

    A new survey claims the North East has the highest number of young people who have experienced sexual harassment on a night out.

    Three-quarters of the 18-24-year-olds questioned by the charity Drinkaware said they'd seen people being groped on a night out.

    In the North East, 52% of women and men asked said it has happened to them - the highest of all UK regions surveyed.

    Speaking to BBC Newcastle, students in the city said whilst it isn't expected - it isn't surprising when it happens.

    Quote Message: This is not on. It makes people feel uncomfortable. We want nights out to be about having fun with your friends." from Jane MacKechnie Drinkaware
    Jane MacKechnieDrinkaware
  12. Food store with 'history of criminal behaviour' shut down

    A Middlesbrough store described as having a "disregard for the law" has been closed by Middlesbrough Council to "prevent crime and disorder".

    Braian Continental Food Store was issued with a closure order after a string of incidents including an assault on a council officer as a man fled with a suitcase filled with illegal cigarettes.

    Quote Message: The conduct of the owner and others at this business premises amounts to disorder and a flagrant disregard for the law." from Judith Hedgley Middlesbrough Council’s Head of Public Protection
    Judith HedgleyMiddlesbrough Council’s Head of Public Protection
    Braian Food Store

    Teesside Magistrates' Court accepted that the use of the premises had resulted, or is likely to result, in serious nuisance to members of the public.

    The order prohibits anyone from entering the premises for up to three months - anyone caught breaching the it could be subject to a fine, a prison sentence or both.

  13. Jail for cigarette racketeer

    The Chronicle

    50-year-old William Dukes from County Durham was jailed for 18 months for his part in an illegal scheme to sell fake cigarettes.

    Police previously raided Dukes’ house, they discovered 46,120 cigarettes and 3.3kg of tobacco.

    William Dukes
  14. Police search for car driver after crash shuts road

    A major police operation is under way in Newburn on Tyneside after a car crashed into a number of parked vehicles.

    It's understood those driving the car left the scene and the police are now searching the area using dog teams and a helicopter.

    Northumbria Police say no one has been hurt. It means the A6085 Newburn Road is closed in both directions near Davison Street.

    Julie Pringle, a witness, took these photos of the damaged vehicles:

    Damaged cars
    Damaged cars
    Damaged cars
  15. 'Cowardly' ammonia attacker jailed

    A Newcastle man has been jailed for attacking a taxi driver by spraying him in the face with ammonia.

    Alan Thomas, 24, of Bentrick Terrace, Elswick, assaulted the 47-year-old driver in Newcastle city centre in July.

    The driver described a "burning sensation" in his eyes and a "chemical smell" after Thomas sprayed him.

    Thanks to prompt help from passers-by and staff from a nearby restaurant, the victim has not suffered long lasting damage.

    Thomas pleaded guilty to attempted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and was sentenced to four years and one month in prison.

    Alan Thomas
    Quote Message: This was a cowardly attack on a taxi driver and Thomas clearly deserves this prison sentence. The court has shown that those who use such weapons should be put behind bars, to protect the public from further harm." from Chief Inspector Paul Knox Northumbria Police
    Chief Inspector Paul KnoxNorthumbria Police
  16. 'You haven't left a job to come here have you? It's going under'

    A former SSI steel worker has described the "knot in his stomach" he felt on his first day on the job, when a colleague predicted the future of the site.

    Dean Morley left a secure job in Scotland to work in Redcar, but was made redundant after just one year of employment.

    SSI Site

    After starting his own hot tub business two months later, Dean turned over £2.5m in the first year.

    His workforce is expanding to 80 employees, and he says the turnover for 2017 will be about £6m.

    Dean says the last two years have "been a whirlwind", but the success of his business is "staggering".

    Quote Message: I don't think I would ever have had the guts to go and start my own business if I wasn't pushed over the edge and had no other choice." from Dean Morley HotPriceTubs founder
    Dean MorleyHotPriceTubs founder