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Severe disruption: A1 Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Tyne And Wear northbound severe disruption, at J77 A167 Ponteland Road.

A1 Tyne And Wear - A1 Western Bypass in Tyne and Wear lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow northbound at J77, A167 (Kenton Bar Roundabout), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Stockton Globe Theatre: High street down to one lane

BBC Tees

Stockton high street will be down to one lane for traffic around the Globe from this morning as the final phase of a project to revamp the theatre starts.

More than 200 tonnes of metal work will be brought to the renovation site from today, with the lane closure expected to last until November.

Work to refurbish Stockton's Globe Theatre began in 2011 with a budget of £4m being shared between Stockton Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

But structural problems have pushed the total bill up to an estimated £26.5m.

Stockton Globe Theatre
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YouTuber Alberto Dumba raising awareness of knife crime
The 21-year-old says he moved away from Newcastle after seeing people his own age getting involved in knife crime.

Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) County Durham northbound severe accident, at J60 for A689.

A1(M) County Durham - Road closed on A1(M) northbound in Durham at J60, A689 (Bradbury), because of an accident earlier on. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Parkour purpose-built gym teaches children the sport safely
"I'd argue that parkour is one of the safest sports you can actually do when practised properly."
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Tom Rostance

BBC Sport at Wembley

Leaders Liverpool maintain their 100% start to the Premier League season after fighting back from conceding an early goal to beat Newcastle.

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Northumberland woman talks of having chemotherapy while pregnant
Roberta Burton from Northumberland is having chemotherapy while expecting her third child.

Liverpool v Newcastle: Most memorable matches

BBC Sport

Liverpool v Newcastle - a fixture that has seen bags of goals and plenty of iconic moments.

The two sides meet again at Anfield on Saturday (kick-off 12:30) with Liverpool top of the table having won their opening four games, while Newcastle have improved after a poor start.

You can use the ranked list here to put these Liverpool v Newcastle Premier League matches in order of which you think has been the most memorable.

Steven Gerrard scores past Shay Given in December 2008
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Explosion and botched installation to be probed

Local Democracy Reporting Service

An explosion which killed a Sunderland dock worker will be examined by city leaders next week.

An attack on a social worker and the botched installation of a cremator are among other incidents councillors will probe at a meeting.

The list of accidents, assaults and other concerns is included in Sunderland City Council’s annual Health and Safety report for 2018-19.

The paper, due to be debated by the council’s ruling cabinet on Tuesday, features details of "near miss" events on Wearside, as well as efforts to make sure they aren’t repeated.

Watch: Non-League player score from inside own half

BBC Sport

Dale Burrell did his best impression of David Beckham and Wayne Rooney by scoring from inside his own half for non-league Whickham FC.

The midfielder netted a stunner in the Northern League Cup fixture against Bishop Auckland on Wednesday as his side came from behind to win 2-1.

Burrell struck to bring his side level just after half-time before they survived going down to 10 men to win in stoppage time on the road. Footage courtesy of Whickham FC.

Score it like Beckham: Whickham FC's Dale Burrell scores from inside own half

Overnight care at Peterlee Urgent Treatment Centre to end

Local Democracy Reporting Service

James Harrison

Plans to close some overnight services at Peterlee Urgent Treatment Centre are due to be approved later this month.

The current system will be replaced with a "home visiting" service, which will operate from midnight until 08:00 and will be accessed by calling 111.

The decision comes after a survey of patients who have used the current nighttime service at Peterlee Community Hospital showed low patient numbers.

Dr Neil O’Brien, chief clinical officer for Durham and Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Groups, said the plans aim to provide ''a better all-round service for patients''.

He said: “We want to be clear that the service is not closing.

“The Peterlee Urgent Treatment Centre building will only be closed between the hours of midnight and 8am but the service will still be available to patients by a home visiting service.

“This means a clinician would come out to see the patient in their home instead of the patient travelling to the Peterlee UTC between the hours of midnight and 8am."

The decision is expected to be given the green light on Tuesday, September 24.

Peterlee Community Hospital
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Knife surrender to target blade-carrying criminals

Northumbria Police have announced a week of coordinated action against knife crime.

The public will be invited to deposit unwanted knives in surrender bins. Any suspected of being involved in crime could still be examined.

Officers say they will also target people known to carry blades.

Assistant Chief Constable Helen McMillan said officers would make more use of stop-and-search powers.

Knife bin
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Police search after man suffers serious head injuries

The man was in Times Square at the time of the incident
Northumbria Police

Police are looking for a man after an assault in Newcastle left another man fighting for his life in hospital.

The incident happened at about 03.20 on 8 July in Times Square in the city centre.

A 23-year-old man suffered a life-threatening head injury in a fight.

He survived but remains in hospital with life-changing injuries.

An investigation is ongoing and police are now trying to trace the man in the pictures.

He was in Times Square at the time of the incident and may be able to assist police with their inquiries.

Police are looking for the man in picture in connection with the incident
Northumbria Police

Severe disruption: A19 County Durham southbound

BBC News Travel

A19 County Durham southbound severe disruption, between A182 Hall Walks and A1086.

A19 County Durham - One lane closed on A19 southbound in Easington between the A182 Hall Walks junction and Little Thorpe junction, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: B1281 County Durham eastbound

BBC News Travel

B1281 County Durham eastbound severe accident, after A19.

B1281 County Durham - B1281 in Wingate partially blocked and queues eastbound after Castle Eden Interchange, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Score it like Beckham: Whickham FC's Dale Burrell scores from inside own half
Watch Whickham FC's Dale Burrell score a stunning goal from inside his own half against Bishop Auckland.

Severe accident: A167(M) Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A167(M) Tyne And Wear northbound severe accident, at B1318 Claremont Road.

A167(M) Tyne And Wear - One lane closed and it's heavy on A167(M) northbound in Tyne and Wear at B1318 Claremont Road, because of accidents in the opposite direction.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Newcastle patients first to get new asthma treatment at home

Severe asthma patients at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital are the first to be offered a new home treatment.

The drug, mepolizumab, which usually has to be administered by a healthcare professional every four weeks, is now being offered for patients to administer at-home through a pre-filled pen or syringe.

John Davison, senior nurse specialist for complex lung disease at the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are delighted to be the first trust in the UK to provide patients with this treatment in the comfort of their own home.

“Severe asthma patients often struggle to manage everyday activities, and frequent visits to a healthcare professional in hospital can be an added burden for them.

“This innovation will empower healthcare professionals and patients with greater flexibility to choose a treatment setting that best fits patients’ needs.”

Mepolizumab is used to treat asthma in patients with eosinophilic asthma, a rare type of asthma which is commonly seen in people who develop the condition as adults.

Girl using asthma inhaler
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Redcar MP's bill among those lost after Parliament's suspension

Anna Turley MP
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Boris Johnson's suspension of Parliament means 13 high-profile government bills have been lost, including a law increasing the maximum penalty for animal cruelty.

The legislation introduced by Redcar Labour MP Anna Turley would have increased the maximum penalty for animal cruelty from six months imprisonment to five years in England and Wales.

Both Scotland and Northern Ireland already have laws to this effect.

But last Wednesday when Parliament was prorogued, the bill was dropped, along with a number of others.

The bills can be re-introduced after Parliament returns on 14 October if the government chooses to do so but all progress made is lost and MPs and peers must start their scrutiny from scratch.

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Young people and business 'making veganism popular'

Campaigner Heather Mills has been expounding the virtues of veganism and crediting young people and big business for its popularity.

"It's all down to corporates seeing they can make some money from it," she said.

The former wife of Sir Paul McCartney said young people were more environmentally aware than their parents, and open to becoming vegan.

"They are smarter, they asked questions, they are informed and they are pushing the demand," she said.

Ms Mills was speaking at the launch of her new venture, Plant-Based Valley, on the site of a former cosmetics site in Seaton Delaval, Northumberland.

She had intended to develop a site in Austria but changed her plans when she heard that the former Coty plant was closing.

Heather Mills
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Ron Hogg seeks appointment of acting PCC after being "unwell"

Ron Hogg, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for County Durham and Darlington, has asked the chair of the Police and Crime Panel to consider appointing an acting commissioner.

Mr Hogg is not standing down, but is "unwell".

The panel will discuss his request on 20 September.

Bridge remains closed after a crash

A bridge in Gateshead remains closed after a lorry collided with it yesterday.The incident happened on the Burnopfield Road in Rowlands Gill near the entrance to the National Trust's Gibside estate.

Police closed the road just after 16:00 yesterday afternoon.

A lorry collided with the bridge on the Burnopfield Road in Rowlands Gill yesterday
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South Shields MP's coalition preference 'disturbing'

Richard Moss

Political Editor, BBC Look North

South Shields Labour MP Emma Lewell-Buck's preference for a coalition with The Brexit Party rather than the Lib Dems has not gone down with that party's leader.

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Northern Spire shortlisted for international award

The Northern Spire in Sunderland
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Sunderland's Northern Spire bridge is among 10 projects from around the world shortlisted for the Institution of Civil Engineers People's Choice Awards 2019.

The crossing over the River Wear was opened in August last year.

The Northern Spire will compete in a public vote against projects from Hong Kong, New York and the UK.

The winner will be announced on 12 November.

Severe accident: A1 Northumberland both ways

BBC News Travel

A1 Northumberland both ways severe accident, between A1068 and Causley Park turn off.

A1 Northumberland - A1 closed and it's heavy in both directions between Alnwick South Junction and the Causley Park turn off junction, because of an accident and an accident involving a tractor. Diversion in operation - Stobswood, B1337 and A1068.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Police force recruits its first female horse

Northumbria police has brought ''diversity to the stables'' after recruiting its first ever female horse in 160 years.

Police horse Penelope (stable name Bella) is set to hit the streets for the first time as part of the force’s mounted section.

Sgt Stuart Coates said: “Penelope is the first recruit to the team in a while and she has already made a great impression.

“Incredibly, she is believed to be the first mare to ever be recruited by Northumbria Police so she brings a bit of diversity to the stables."

Police horse Bella
Northumbria Police
Bella
Northumbria Police

“She is full of character and is fitting in well with the boys," he added.

“We are expecting big things from her and if you see her policing the streets we would encourage you to come and say ‘hello’.”

Penelope will carry out patrols and will also police protests, football matches and large events.

Gateshead Quays arts and leisure complex - have your say

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

You can now have your say on massive plans to transform the Gateshead Quayside – including designs for a £260m arena complex.

Proposals could see the 12,500 seat venue built in between the Sage and the Baltic Centre, which would open by 2023.

There will also be new waterfront hotels, bars, offices, and restaurants.

Council bosses now want to gather the public’s views on how the southern banks of the Tyne should be redeveloped.

Quayside Arena
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Cllr Martin Gannon said: "We’re passionate about the part we are playing in Gateshead’s transformation and we want residents to play their part too."

A full planning application for the development is expected to be lodged later this year.

A consultation on a new planning framework for the Quayside is open until 8 October.

You can see the plans online or at Gateshead Civic Centre and Central Library.

The council will also be taking questions live on Twitter next Tuesday from 16:00 to 17:30 and is hosting a drop-in event on 26 September from 15:00 to 19:00 at St Mary’s Heritage Centre.

Now that's a goal!

Pamela Bilalova

BBC Newcastle reporter

The goal of the season competition might end right now with this goal by Whickham FC's Dale Burrell.

He scored from the halfway line during their 2-1 match with Bishop Auckland last night, matching David Beckham's feat from 23 years ago.

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Have your say on the A69 upgrade

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

People interested in finding out more about a major upgrade of the A69 will be able to see the plans at an information session in Northumberland today.

Work is due to start on the multimillion-pound project at Bridge End roundabout in October.

Temporary changes to the road layout will be put in place while the new section is created under the roundabout.

Anyone wanting to ask questions about the scheme can chat to Highways England at Hexham Community Centre between 12:00 and 17:00.

Stockton homes targeted in police raids

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

Twelve houses in Stockton have been targeted this morning in a series of drugs raids.

It comes after two men, aged 38 and 39, and a woman, 34, were arrested yesterday in the latest crackdown on class A drugs in Stockton, Eaglescliffe and Thornaby.

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Penshaw Monument footpath revamp plans

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Chris Binding

A footpath to one of Wearside's most beloved landmarks is set for a revamp under new plans.

Earlier this year, proposals were submitted for land at Penshaw Monument.

The 70 ft high (21.3m) monument was built in 1844, designed by John and Benjamin Green.

It is dedicated to John George Lambton, first Earl of Durham and the first Governor of Canada.

With 60,000 people visiting the site every year, footfall has lead to wear and tear on the monument and the route on which it sits.

Penshaw Monument
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The footpaths were last replaced in 2016 but have since faced erosion with water collecting on platforms and step areas.

Now the National Trust, which manages the grade-one listed monument, has lodged a formal planning application to help safeguard its future.

This includes rebuilding the footpath with materials to help prevent surface water flooding.

A final decision on the footpath revamp is expected by early November.

Public comments can be made on the plans until Monday, September 30.

Some freeviewers may need to retune their tv equipment

BBC viewers in the region's Pontop Pike transmission area may need to re-tune their TV equipment today.

Some Freeview channels are moving to new airwaves to allow for new mobile broadband services.

The changes will take place at the Pontop Pike transmitter in the morning and are expected to be completed in the next 15 minutes.

It follows a Government decision to update transmitters region by region between now and 2020.

Viewers missing BBC channels after 10:00 should retune their TVs.

Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) County Durham southbound severe accident, between J61 for A688 Tursdale Road and J60 for A689.

A1(M) County Durham - One lane closed and queues on A1(M) southbound in Durham between J61, A688 (Bowburn) and J60, A689 (Bradbury), because of an accident involving.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Missing Newbiggin Hall man found

A missing man from Newbiggin Hall has been found, police have confirmed.

Northumbria Police have thanked the public for their support in its appeal to find 53-year-old Ian Wearns.

Busty Bank in Burnopfield remains closed this morning

A road in Gateshead was closed yesterday after a lorry crashed into a bridge.

It happened on the Burnopfield Road in Rowlands Gill near the entrance to the National Trust's Gibside estate.

Police closed the road just after 16:00 yesterday afternoon.

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Batten disease treatment: Parents win battle for treatment

The NHS will provide a drug to patients with a rare degenerative disease that can cause seizures, visual impairment and mobility loss.

Two sets of parents of children with Batten disease, from Newcastle and Cheshire, had been refused NHS funding for the drug which could slow the progression of Batten's Disease.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said it could not be certain it was value for money.

But, the NHS has now confirmed it has struck a deal to provide the drug.

Gail and Matthew Rich from Newcastle have been campaigning to get the drug for their daughters Nicole and Jessica.

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Following the NHS's announcement Newcastle North MP, Catherine McKinnell said: "This has been a long, hard-fought campaign by the Rich family, which I’ve been pleased to support in any way I could as their local MP.

"I am absolutely over the moon about this decision for Gail, Matthew, Jessica, Nicole and their brother Louis and for all the other families affected by this cruel, debilitating disease."