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Today's weather for the North East: Hot and humid

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A largely dry day, with any early cloud quickly clearing to leave it sunny and very warm or hot for much of the day.

There'll be light winds and it will feel humid.

There could be some thunderstorms starting to spread from the south later.

Maximum temperatures are likely to reach 27C (81F).

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Adults get chance to develop their messy side
Giving people the chance to throw paint around helps to relieve stress and create art at the same time.

Sheffield Wednesday report Newcastle over Bruce move

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Sheffield Wednesday have reported Newcastle United to the Premier League over the appointment of their former manager Steve Bruce.

Steve Bruce
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Ex-Sunderland boss Bruce, 58, resigned as Wednesday boss last week following talks with the Magpies.

He was confirmed as Newcastle boss on a three-year deal, taking coaches Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence with him.

The Owls, whose Championship campaign starts in 10 days, have yet to name a replacement for Bruce.

In a statement, the South Yorkshire club said: "Following Newcastle United's announcement on 17 July 2019 of its appointment of former Sheffield Wednesday staff Steve Bruce, Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence, the club confirms that it has today reported Newcastle United's conduct to the Premier League."

Severe accident: A167(M) Tyne And Wear southbound

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A167(M) Tyne And Wear southbound severe accident, at A186.

A167(M) Tyne And Wear - One lane closed on A167(M) southbound in Newcastle Upon Tyne at A186, Swan House Roundabout, because of an accident involving a moped. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A167(M) Tyne And Wear northbound

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A167(M) Tyne And Wear northbound severe accident, at A186.

A167(M) Tyne And Wear - One lane blocked and it's slow on A167(M) northbound in Newcastle Upon Tyne at A186, Swan House Roundabout, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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

Thousands attend Northern Pride event in Newcastle

Tens of thousands of people attended this year's Northern Pride festival in Newcastle.

Saturday's beginning of the Festival saw people braving heavy rain to take part in a city centre march and events in Exhibition Park.

X Factor and I'm a Celeb star Fleur East headlined.

While last night Liberty X closed the festivities, taking to the main stage on the Town Moor.

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New hope for Newcastle waste and recycling centre

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

A threatened Newcastle household waste and recycling centre could be saved from closure according to opposition councillors.

Brunswick Household Waste and Recycling Centre was on the hit list to help save Newcastle City Council £60m.

Now opposition councillors say the closure plan could be shelved after healthier news that waste services are outperforming cash-flow predictions.

Lib Dem Colin Ferguson says the waste service is making more than enough to sustain Brunswick.

But Councillor Nick Kemp, Labour’s cabinet member for environment and climate change, said: “There are no immediate plans to close Brunswick – the proposed closure is set out in the budget consultation documents for March 2020 and will be subject to further review.

He added that the city-wide waste strategy was having a positive impact but planning the way forward was not about knee-jerk reactions."

'Challenging' time for by-election

Megan Paterson

Reporter, BBC Look North

The voting turnout in the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner election was just 15%.

People across Northumberland, Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead and North and South Tyneside were eligible to vote.

Out of an electorate of more than one million, just short of 156,000 people voted.

The new PCC Kim McGuinness admits its a challenging time to hold a by-election but insists the role is key to good policing for communities across Northumbria

PCC 'will put victims at the centre' of her agenda

Northunbria's new Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness says she will "put victims at the centre" of the policing agenda.

The Labour candidate beat the Independent candidate Georgina Hill after it went to a second round of counting between the two.

Here she is, in the centre wearing a red dress, with her supporters.

Kim McGuinness with her supporters
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Labour candidate elected PCC

Labour's Kim McGuinness becomes the new Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner.

She polled 67,332, ahead of Independent Georgina Hill who got 61,633 after counting second preferences.

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BreakingKim McGuiness is new Northumbria Police and Crime Commisioner

Labour's Kim McGuinness is Northumbria's new police and crime commisioner.

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Police investigation after woman raped

An investigation has begun after a woman was raped in Seaton Delaval.

The 37-year-old victim told police she was walking from Dorchester Court towards Bristol Street on Tuesday evening when she was approached by a man she did not know, who then attacked her.

He fled the area and the woman was found by a passer-by who contacted police.

Det Ch Insp Eric Myers of Northumbria Police said: “The woman has not suffered any injuries but she is very distressed and is being offered specialist support during the investigation.

"The suspect is described as about 5ft 10in and a slim but muscular build with brown eyes. He was wearing black jeans and a black jumper.

"Anyone who may have seen this man, or who lives in the area and has CCTV, is encouraged to call police immediately."

Second preferences counted in PCC election

The counting in Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner election goes to the second round after none of the four candidates gained more than 50% of the vote.

Second preferences are now being totted up.

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PCC ballot box returned empty

As votes are being counted in the election for the new Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, it has emerged that one ballot box was returned empty.

People across Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and North and South Tyneside went to the polls yesterday, and the average turn-out was 15%.

However Newcastle City Council has confirmed that in one area of Newcastle - Spital Tongues - no votes were cast.

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Votes being counted in Northumbria PCC election

Counting is under way in the election for the new Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Four candidates are hoping to step into the post vacated by Vera Baird.

They are Georgina Hill (Independent), Kim McGuinness (Labour), Robbie Moore (Conservative), and Jonathan Wallace (Lib Dem).

The results are due from 12:00.

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Low turnout in PCC election

Counting is starting following yesterday's voting for Northumbria's new police and crime commissioner.

The result is expected about lunchtime and it looks as if turnout is pretty low.

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Two charged after missing teenager found

Two people have been charged after the disappearance of a teenage schoolgirl this week.

The 13-year-old, who has not been named for legal reasons, was reported missing on Saturday after leaving an address in the West End of Newcastle.

Following extensive enquiries she was located safe and well on Thursday evening.

A man and a woman will appear before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court later charged with abduction.

Another man, who was also earlier arrested in connection with her disappearance, has been released under investigation.

New Northumbria PCC due to be announced

Counting is due to get under way after yesterday's poll to elect the next Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Four candidates are vying to occupy the post made vacant when Vera Baird (who had held it since its inception in 2012) stepped down to become the new victims' commissioner.

PCCs are responsible for holding police forces to account and have the authority to hire and fire chief constables and set budgets.

The result is expected to be announced about 12:00.

Clockwise from top left; Georgina Hill, Kim McGuinness, Robbie Moore, Jonathan Wallace
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The candidates are: Georgina Hill, Independent; Kim McGuinness, Labour; Robbie Moore, Conservative; Jonathan Wallace, Liberal Democrat.

Three arrests after missing teenager found

A teenager whose disappearance sparked a large-scale police investigation has been found safe and well.

The 13-year-old was reported missing after leaving an address in the West End of Newcastle on Saturday evening.

Police initially carried out house-to-house enquiries and on Thursday - her 13th birthday - the case was "elevated to high risk missing person".

Following a public appeal she was found at an address in Hebburn, and two men and a woman are being questioned in connection with her disappearance.

Supt Paul Bent, of Northumbria Police, said: "This has been a large-scale investigation and dozens of officers have been working hard to find her so we are glad there has been a positive conclusion."

Concern grows for missing Newcastle girl

Police want help to find a missing Newcastle teenager.

Kimberley Henry, who turned 13 today, was last seen leaving her home in Wellesley Terrace shortly after 22:00 on Saturday.

Officers are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare.

Kimberley is white, 5ft 4in, slim with long brown hair and was wearing black tracksuit bottoms and a navy T-shirt, a dark hoodie and was wrapped in a purple blanket.

Polls open for Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner election

Polls have opened for voters to decide between four hopefuls vying to become the next Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Dame Vera Baird, who has held the post since its inception in 2012, is stepping down after being appointed as the new victims' commissioner.

PCCs are responsible for holding police forces to account, and also have the authority to hire and fire chief constables and set budgets.

People in Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, and north and south Tyneside have until 22:00 to cast their vote and the result will be announced tomorrow.

The candidates are: Georgina Hill, Independent; Kim McGuinness, Labour; Robbie Moore, Conservative; Jonathan Wallace, Liberal Democrat.

Clockwise from top left; Georgina Hill, Kim McGuinness, Robbie Moore, Jonathan Wallace
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Hotel plan in doubt after 'rat infestation' claims

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

Complaints of “insufferable” noise, “appalling” litter, and rat infestations have cast doubt over plans to open a boutique hotel in Newcastle city centre.

Designs were unveiled in May for a £2m makeover of a building in Collingwood Street to transform it into the Metropolitan Hotel.

But councillors are now being urged to put a stop to the redevelopment, with residents of the neighbouring Stamp Exchange building warning that an influx of new revellers – particularly stag and hen parties – will cause chaos.

One objector wrote that the streets around the hotel are already “filthy” and plagued by public urination.

Another Stamp Exchange resident told the council: “Most of the outside drains are blocked with debris and standing water, it is littered with broken bottles, drinks cans and cigarette ends, and due to the infestation of rats our Stamp Exchange car park needs the services of vermin control which we pay for in our service charge.”

Phil Brumwell, managing director of developer High Street Hospitality, has moved to reassure residents that the hotel will be “a very different kind of establishment than those currently on offer”.

Newcastle City Council’s licensing sub-committee will decide whether to approve a licence for the venue on 23 July.

Domestic abuse report exposes hidden side of rural life

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A research project by police forces has found domestic abuse victims in the countryside suffer for longer and struggle to get support.

The study, which involved Durham and six forces around England, also says some communities protect the perpetrators of crimes.

The group National Rural Crime Network is now calling for action to be taken by the government, the police, and by society too.

A Home Office spokesman said it was committed to tackling the horrendous crime of domestic abuse and the government's set out new plans to tackle the issue.

Sheffield Wednesday consider legal advice over Bruce move

Sheffield Wednesday say they are taking legal advice following the resignation of former boss Steve Bruce and his subsequent appointment at Newcastle United.

Steve Bruce
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The Owls said that they learnt of Bruce's new role as the Magpies' head coach via a public statement.

Bruce, 58, and his assistants Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence, resigned from Sheffield Wednesday Monday.

In a statement the club said: "The Club is disappointed to learn via public statement issued by Newcastle United that it has appointed former Sheffield Wednesday staff Steve Bruce, Steve Agnew and Steve Clemence.

"Regardless of the fact that the staff resigned from their positions with the Club on Monday, there remains outstanding legal issues to be resolved between the club and the staff and Newcastle United.

"The Club is currently considering its position and taking the appropriate legal advice."

North East weather: Mainly cloudy with a risk of showers

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be dry this morning but it will be rather cloudy too, with only limited sunny spells.

Late it will be mainly cloudy and there will be an increasing risk of showers.

Maximum temperatures should hit 21C (70F).

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Milestone for world's largest medical study

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

The world's largest medical research study is celebrating reaching a milestone in Newcastle.

UK Biobank, which is funded by the government, recruited almost 40,000 volunteers on Tyneside to provide medical information to help develop treatments for serious illnesses.

Later, the 10,000th person will go through their MRI scanner.

All the participants undergo tests and give up their time for free.

There's more on this exclusive story with Charlie Charlton on BBC Newcastle at 16:00.

Prize for first-class student

A recent graduate from the University of Sunderland has been awarded the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) best student prize.

Abbiegaye Hendricks
Sunderland University

Abbiegaye Hendricks, 26, received the award for outstanding performance across the programme.

Abbiegaye, who grew up in Spanish Town, Jamaica, says her grandparents, who she lived with, were her inspiration to become a pharmacist.

Abbiegaye Hendricks' granddad
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She helped her grandfather to manage his Type 2 diabetic and hypertensive medications from the age of 12.

This led to Abbiegaye graduating this month with a first-class honours pharmacy degree from the University of Sunderland and receiving the RPS best student prize.

Receiving a first-class honours degree and being awarded the RPS prize means so much to me. It is proof that you can achieve anything you put your heart and mind to. I want other young people from my community to see that and believe that."

Abbiegaye Hendricks

Newcastle scientists hail prostate cancer blood test

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

Scientists in Newcastle have developed a blood test to help diagnose prostate cancer.

Currently doctors can struggle to predict which tumours will become aggressive, making it difficult to decide on treatment for many men.

The new test shows which men are more likely to have a form of the disease that requires treatment.

Prostate cancer cells
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Dr Andrew Harbottle from MDNA Life Sciences said the test, which is only available privately, costs more than £400, but hopes it will soon be available on the NHS.

Charity Prostrate Cancer UK said the test was “interesting” but called for more research into its effectiveness.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK.