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Severe accident: A1 Tyne And Wear westbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Tyne And Wear westbound severe accident, between J65 A1 and J66 A167 Durham Road Bowes Incline.

A1 Tyne And Wear - One lane closed and it's slow on A1 Western Bypass westbound in Tyne and Wear between J65 A1(M) J65 Birtley and J66, A167 (Bowes Incline), because of an accident involving. Congestion to J64 (Washington.

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

Severe accident: A19 Tyne And Wear both ways

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A19 Tyne And Wear both ways severe accident, from A185 to A193 Tynemouth Road.

A19 Tyne And Wear - A19 Tyne Tunnel in Tyne and Wear partially blocked and queues from the A185 junction to Howdon Roundabout, because of an accident involving.

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

Severe disruption: A1(M) County Durham northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) County Durham northbound severe disruption, from J62 for A690 to J63 for A167.

A1(M) County Durham - Lane closed on A1(M) northbound in Durham from J62, A690 (Carrville) to J63, A167 (Chester-Le-Street), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Extinction Rebellion holds Newcastle junction protest
Residents and schoolchildren were part of the action at a busy Newcastle junction during rush hour.

Plastic collected in North East is sent overseas for recycling

Picture of rubbish
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Plastic from the North East collected for recycling is being sent as far afield as Turkey, Vietnam and Indonesia, according to figures seen by the BBC.

Sunderland City Council says more than 150 tonnes of plastic, that's 30% of the total, was sent to Turkey in the first three months of this year.

Environmental campaigners are concerned about Turkey's handling of plastic waste, but the council says exporting plastic is a legal practice.

You can see more on this story on Sunday Politics in the North East and Cumbria on Sunday 13 October at 10:00 on BBC One.

Severe disruption: A1 Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Tyne And Wear northbound severe disruption, at J79 A1056.

A1 Tyne And Wear - A1 Western Bypass in Tyne and Wear lane closed on entry slip road and it's slow northbound at J79, A1056 (Gosforth Park), because of a break down.

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

Paralympian speaks about mental health

Angela Johnston

BBC North East

Seven years after London 2012, Paralympian Josef Craig has opened up about his mental health.

At the age of 15, the swimmer from Jarrow, South Tyneside, twice broke the world record in the S7 400m freestyle event, on his way to winning a gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympics.

He was made an MBE and enjoyed lots more success over the following years. But he retired last year, and has opened up about how he struggled to handle his success.

He told BBC Look North he wasn't prepared for what happened after London 2012 and has urged other young men struggling with their mental health to talk about their feelings.

I've had to deal with anxiety, depression and bipolar disporder and that resulted in four suicide attempts. It was a very dark time in my life."

Josef CraigParalympic gold medallist
Josef Craig in 2012 standing with Olympic Paralympic medal next to gold post box
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I think the strongest of men are the ones who talk about their issues and actually seek help."

Josef Craig in 2019
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Former Boro star urges over-50s to walk a mile a day

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A former Middlesbrough and Northern Ireland shot-stopper-turned-councillor is asking over-50s to walk a mile a day with him and other Boro heroes.

Councillor Jim Platt is still probably best known on Teesside as being Middlesbrough’s man between the sticks for Jack Charlton's record-breaking Second Division champions in 1974.

He played 481 games for Boro up until 1983 and was capped 23 times for Northern Ireland. He has continued to live on Teesside since hanging up his goalkeeping gloves.

The 67-year-old Independent councillor for Kader says age should be no boundary to staying fit and is challenging over-50s to make a start by walking a mile a day.

He said: "We’re starting this off next Monday morning on the running track at Middlesbrough Sports Village.

"A mile is about four laps of the track, that’s all. I’m really keen to get the over-50s out and walking. We’re trying to keep people out of care homes for as long as possible and the best way to do that is for them to keep fit.”

'Confined space' training aims to save lives

Steph Cleasby

BBC Look North

A new facility has been built in North Tyneside which is being used to train people from a range of industries in how to survive in dangerous confined spaces.

People who sign up to the course, run by AIS Training, find themselves putting on breathing equipment and crawling through tunnels.

It puts people through a range of scenarios and includes a labyrinth of tunnels, mock plant and electrical rooms, as well as a number of small confined spaces with entry hatches.

Many of the participants work in the oil and gas industry.

Lee Wilson, operations manager at AIS Training, said: “Every year in the UK, several people are killed or seriously injured in confined space incidents so training is essential for anyone working in this type of environment."

AIS training course
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Dibsy to need treatment for irregular heart condition

Dibsy, who has lost half of his bodyweight in the last year, is recovering today after a health scare which saw him back in hospital.

Dibsy, whose real name is Darren McClintock, from Middlesbrough, was working out in the gym when his trainer spotted his heart was beating unusually fast.

After being checked-out, doctors said an irregular heartbeat condition had returned and he'd need medication and surgery to reset it.

He is back home now and said he still be able to train, but less intensively for the time being.

Dibsy with trainer Mike Hinds
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New podcast follows pregnant teenagers

Philippa Goymer

Broadcast Journalist

A new podcast telling the experience of pregnant teenagers from Middlesbrough is being launched today.

The BBC Tees podcast will follow the pregnancies of Robyn, Megan and Nicole, who are all 16 or 17.

Friday's first episode will hear how their families reacted to the news of their pregnancies and subsequent episodes will feature a midwife, a Middlesbrough teen with her sights set on Durham University not nappy changing and a 19-year-old with a three-year-old who gives the girls the 'been there done that’ perspective,

We cover, financial issues, moving out of the family home, GCSE results day (different when you’re pushing a pram into the results hall), going back to college, the pain of child birth, breastfeeding, different life choices and love.

Pregnant Teens will be on the BBC Sounds app from Friday

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Red squirrel deaths 'distressing', wildlife group says

Five dead squirrels have been found in less than two weeks in Havannah Nature Reserve, near Hazlerigg, Newcastle.

Save Newcastle Wildlife's Rachel Locke said tests to determine the cause of death will be carried out by the Animal and Plant Health Agency, although it is thought a virus could be to blame.

"This is devastating for the red squirrel population and extremely distressing to see. It is now a waiting game to see what the results reveal," she said.

"Red squirrels are a UK endangered species, and Newcastle is said to be the last English city with a population of red squirrels. It is vitally important we find out what’s going on and how we can minimise any further risk."

The Havannah Nature Reserve has 42 acres of woodland, wetland and heath land and is the sole red squirrel breeding site in Newcastle. It is managed by the Newcastle Parks Trust.

Dead red squirrel found in Havannah Nature Reserve
Save Newcastle Wildlife

Man charged with baby son's murder

Alison Freeman

BBC Look North

A 27-year-old man has been charged with the murder of his three-week-old son in Wallsend.

Denis Erdinch Beytula appeared via video link at Newcastle Crown Court this morning.

Mr Beytula (pictured below at a previous hearing) had previously been charged with the attempted murder of the baby Andrei Stefan and of his partner, the baby’s mother Andreea Stefan.

Prosecuting, Nick Dry said: "Sadly his baby son has now died and that fact is reflected in the indictment which had been lodged."

Andrei and his mother, 21, were found in a critical condition after being stabbed at an address on Portland Close in Wallsend on 2 October. The baby died four days later.

The defendant was not asked to enter any pleas.

He will next appear at the court on 31 October.

Denis Erdinch Beytula at court
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Police raids unearth cannabis farms

Andrea MacMillan

BBC Tees

Three cannabis farms with a street value of almost £500,000 have been found in the North Ormesby area of Middlesbrough.

Police targeted addresses in Deacon Street, Thornton Street and Kings Road in the early hours of yesterday morning.

More than 360 cannabis plants and 10 kg of what is suspected to be cannabis were found in Kings Road.

Plants estimated to be worth £5,000 were seized from Thornton Street.

In Deacon Street about 50 suspected cannabis plants were recovered worth about £41,000.

A 36-year-old man was arrested in Deacon Street and charged with possessing a controlled drug of Class B.

Road remains closed after suspected shooting

Investigations are continuing into a suspected shooting in Washington yesterday afternoon.

A 28-year-old man was found with what have been described as potentially life threatening injuries on Blue House Lane in Washington at 14:00.

Police said the victim was believed to have been in an altercation outside the One Stop store when the shooting happened.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to commit grievous bodily harm.

A Northumbria force spokesman said that as a result Blue House Lane remained closed between Albany Way and the roundabout at Havannah Road.

Drivers have been urged to avoid the area and find an alternative route.

Funeral for girl killed in suspected hit-and-run

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

The funeral is due to take place later of a 10-year-old girl who died when she was hit by a car in Newcastle.

Melissa Tate died after the incident on Hillsview Avenue in Kenton three weeks ago.

Connor Marsden, 23, from Ambridge Way in Kenton, has appeared in court charged with causing death by dangerous driving and a variety of other offences and has been remanded in custody.

The youngster's family said her donated organs had helped to save the lives of four other children.

Melissa Tate
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Severe disruption: A1(M) Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) Tyne And Wear northbound severe disruption, after A1.

A1(M) Tyne And Wear - One lane blocked and queues on A1(M) northbound in Tyne and Wear after A1(M) Washington Services, because of a break down.

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

Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) County Durham northbound severe accident, at J62 for A690.

A1(M) County Durham - It's heavy on A1(M) northbound in Durham at J62, A690 (Carrville), because of an accident earlier on. Congestion to Gilesgate on the A690. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

Severe disruption: A1(M) County Durham southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) County Durham southbound severe disruption, at J59 for A167.

A1(M) County Durham - A1(M) in Durham exit slip road blocked southbound at J59, A167 (Aycliffe), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: A1290 Tyne And Wear both ways

BBC News Travel

A1290 Tyne And Wear both ways severe disruption, from Well Bank Road to Albany Way.

A1290 Tyne And Wear - A1290 Blue House Lane in Washington closed and it's slow in both directions from the Well Bank Road junction to the Albany Way junction, because of due to an incident earlier.

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Nissan Europe 'not sustainable in no-deal Brexit' says boss
A no-deal Brexit could mean Nissan's business model in Europe will not be sustainable, says Nissan Europe boss Gianluca de Ficchy.

MP calls for 'People's Vote' after Nissan's Brexit warning

Press Association

A Wearside MP has it's time to "end the chaos" and have a "People's Vote" following Nissan's warning about the uncertainty caused by No-Deal Brexit.

Bridget Phillipson, Labour MP for Houghton and Sunderland South, said the announcement showed Nissan was not convinced by Boris Johnson's assurances about the future.

Labour MP for Houghton and Sunderland South Bridget Phillipson
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She said: "(Boris) Johnson said No Deal won't be 'anything like as bad as you say' in reference to Nissan, the company disagrees.

"This isn't getting Brexit done. It is getting done over by Brexit.

"We must end the chaos not end carmaking. Get rid of uncertainty not manufacturing jobs."

Christmas market expands, despite local traders' concerns

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Daniel Holland

The expansion of Newcastle Christmas markets has been confirmed - despite concerns from local traders.

It means the market will almost double in size as it extends from Grey's Monument to Blackett and Northumberland street and will run for an extra week.

But traders in Grainger Market in the city expressed concerns over the added competition during the Christmas period.

Despite the objections, Newcastle City Council gave new operator Mellors Group - which also runs Nottingham Christmas markets - green light to revamp the market.

Stalls at the market in Nottingham, which is run by Mellors group
Mellors group

Some of the attractions this year include a 30m tobbogan slide where riders can slide down Blackett Street in tubes and a traditional carousel.

Councillor Ged Bell, cabinet member for employment and culture, said: “I very much look forward to welcoming these markets to the city and am confident they will position Newcastle as a major festive destination, one to rival other national and European cities."

The market will take place between 16 November and 24 December.

Parents face eviction as children 'terrorise' community

More than a dozen parents have been warned they could face eviction if their children continue to terrorise the local community.

Police visited 13 addresses in West Denton in Newcastle on Wednesday over reports of anti-social behaviour in an area known as the "D Roads", where teenagers have been drinking and smoking drugs.

The young people intimidated members of the public, left litter and caused a significant amount of criminal damage, Northumbria Police said.

The majority of those responsible are teenagers, but there has been a report about a nine-year-old boy as well.

Police visit West Denton properties over reports of anti-social behaviour by teenagers
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Neighbourhood Sgt Ashley Palmer said the behaviour "left the area looking like an eye sore".

She said: “If these children don’t start to change their ways then we will be left with no option but to move them out of the area to prevent further disorder from taking place."

The ‘D Roads’ focuses on a number of streets in West Denton including Dayshield, Dunstan Walk, Darden Lough, Downham and Deerbush.

Man in critical condition after Washington shooting

A 28-year-old man is in a critical condition after a suspected shooting in Washington.

It happened at about 14:00 today.

It is believed the man had an argument with someone outside the One Stop on Blue House Lane when he was shot.

No arrests have been made, Northumbria Police said.

Labour choose Tees Valley mayor hopeful

Labour has announced its candidate to take on the Tory incumbent Ben Houchen for Tees Valley Mayor.

Jessie Joe Jacobs has been selected from a shortlist of three to be the party’s candidate in next May’s election.

Ms Jacobs, who was born in Stockton, founded a local charity A Way Out, which helps women suffering from abuse.

Jessie Jo Jacobs
Labour

In April 2014 she stepped down as CEO of the charity when she went to be a researcher for Sedgefield MP, Phil Wilson.

During the 2016 referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU she campaigned for Remain.

Ms Jacobs, said: “It is a real honour and I’m genuinely humbled to be able to run for a role that I know will bring about transformative change for the area I love.

"Tees Valley stands at a precipice, we are brimming with potential, with so many opportunities to be exploited but we need change."

Man seriously hurt after Felling crash

A man was taken to hospital with serious injuries after a collision in Gateshead this morning.

He was struck at about 06.10 on Sunderland Road, Felling by a Vauxhall Vectra.

His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Sunderland Road was closed in both directions between Moore Street and Howe Street, but was later reopened.

Hignett sacking decision made 'with a heavy heart'

Craig Nignett
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Terminating the contracts of Craig Hignett and Ged McNamee was an "incredibly difficult decision", made with a "a heavy heart", Hartlepool United have said.

Pools confirmed the sacking of manager Hignett and assistant manager McNamee this afternoon.

The club said: "Hartlepool United has today made the decision to terminate the contracts of Craig Hignett and assistant manager Ged McNamee.

"A more detailed statement will follow this afternoon but suffice to say this incredibly difficult decision has been made with a heavy heart, as both men have worked tirelessly for the club in the last 18 months."

Brexit deal tariffs put Nissan business model 'in jeopardy'

Press Association

A Brexit deal involving 10% tariffs on cars exported to Europe would put Nissan's current business model "in jeopardy", the firm's European chairman said.

Speaking at the Sunderland plant where the new model of the Juke goes into production today, Gianluca de Ficchy said the Japanese car giant had worked through business scenarios associated with Brexit.

But he said Nissan could not manage the uncertainty which they face when trying to plan for the future.

Two thirds of the components for the new model come from the EU and 70% of production was aimed at the Continent.

Mr de Ficchy said: "If we are in a situation in which tomorrow we have to apply 10% export duties to 70% of our sales, the entire business model for Nissan Europe will be in jeopardy."

Mr de Ficchy said he had no specific message for the Prime Minister, but said business currently had no clear understanding of the "future evolution of the Brexit decision".

Nissan chair: End of night shifts not related to Brexit

David Rhodes

BBC Yorkshire

The decision to end the night shifts at Nissan's Sunderland plant is not related to Brexit uncertainty, the firm's Europe chairman has said.

The move was in order to boost the manufacturing process of the new Juke, Gianluca de Ficchy explained.

It means it will get more people to work on the new model, alongside the Qashqai.

Mr Ficchy says the company's base scenario is that the Qashqai and the new Juke model will be built at the Wearside plant.

Seventy per cent of the new Juke model is earmarked to be exported to the EU.

But Mr Ficchy says any longer term decisions cannot be made until Brexit is resolved

The Nissan plant in Sunderland
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