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And he's not much of a looker - but will somebody love Fester?

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First this lunch time, a court's heard two Northumbria University

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students suffered "life threatening reactions" during an experiment.

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The sports science students were given caffeine in March,

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2015, to test its impact on exercise.

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But Newcastle Crown Court has heard they were given 100 times

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One student was in hospital for a week with the other spending

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The University has admitted failing to ensure their safety and will be

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A man accused of strangling a Hartlepool pensioner and then

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setting fire to her home has been giving evidence in his own defence.

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Gareth Dack is accused of killing Norma Bell in April of last year.

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Jonathan Swingler is live at Teesside Crown Court.

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Jonathan, what's been said this morning?

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This trial has heard how 79-year-old Norma Bell, a mother of three and

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foster carer to over 50 children during her lifetime, was murdered in

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her own home. Gareth Dack was accused of strengthening with a

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piece of electrical cable in April last year and is accused of setting

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several fires and turning on a gas hob in an attempt to cause an

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explosion which never happened. The heard how he used her phone to call

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a soft porn TV channel and then stole her TV. Today, Gareth Dack

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spoke in his defence. He had grown up in Hartlepool and gone to a

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number of schools and had ADHD. He described himself as having

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dyslexia. We had about his previous jobs, working in pubs, a hospital

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porter, how he had become a thermal insulation engineer and described

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being depressed and taking cocaine on a regular basis. We had about a

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drug deal he was involved in that he denied being a major drug dealer. A

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Bell's foster carer. She described Bell's foster carer. She described

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-- he described as a wonderful woman. He said she would always ask

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after his children. We heard that he had gone to her home to borrow ?10

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and how that came about and how he paid the money back. We heard about

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odd jobs he had done around her home. The trial continues. Thank

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you. Police have released CCTV footage

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of the moments an arson attack caused a fire to rip through a pub

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in Newcastle while the landlord and his family, including his young

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children, slept upstairs. The two men smashed a window

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of The Jubilee in Fawdon in the early hours of Sunday

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morning, poured accelerant The blaze spread quickly

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causing serious damage. Emergency Services said

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it was a miracle no one was hurt. Two men have been arrested

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after a pensioner's life savings were stolen in a raid on his home

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in Bishop Auckland. It is alleged he was attacked

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with a coal shovel and later The 77-year-old was taken

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to Darlington Memorial Hospital where he was treated and later

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released. He has features best

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described as quirky - Fester the boxer was abandoned

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and found wandering the streets. But staff at the Dogs Trust,

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near Darlington, fear his unusual looks mean he'll never get fixed up

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with a loving owner. Well, here I am at the Dogs Trust

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near Sadberge in Darlington. I've come to me the star

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of the show, which is Fester. And Francesca, you've been

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looking after Fester. Why are you having problems

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finding him a new home? We think he's really handsome

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but beauty being in the eye of the beholder, no one seems

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to have picked him yet. I mean, some might say

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he's a little bit ugly. Do you think that

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might be the problem? We wouldn't say, we wouldn't use

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that word particularly. He's different, he's not a designer

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cockapoo or labradoodle. Maybe not trendy but he

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has a heart of gold. Tell us about his personality.

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What's he like? He's exuberant, he loves life,

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he loves his food, he loves people, he loves cuddles.

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What kind of home would suit him? Who would make a good

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owner for Fester? We are looking for a family

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with older-age teenagers. And for him to be the only pet

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in the home because he does And he would actually

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prefer to be like that. And possibly someone who's used

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to a bouncy natured dog. What should people do if they think,

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"Oh, I like Fester, let's phone up the Dogs Trust,

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I want to give him a home"? Yeah, phone us up, have a chat,

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pop down to see him. We can take your details

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and go from there. Well, Fester, I think you're

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incredibly handsome. And I hope that someone

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somewhere out there thinks And I hope everyone back

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at the studio agrees too! The boss says we cannot adopt him as

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an office dog! It's a club staffed entirely

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by volunteers, with all its active But the Hetton Hawks Cycling Club

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has beaten off national competition to stage one of the region's biggest

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sporting events of 2018. As Jeff Brown reports,

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it'll bring thousands of spectators to a former colliery site in County

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Durham. It was a big enough coup that

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back in November that Hetton Lyons Country Park should be

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the venue for round three of the But the course and the hosts

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made a huge impression. And it gave the Hawks

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a taste for the big time. So, in January next year,

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they'll stage the sports's For a small Go-Ride club

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in the north-east, running the national championship,

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it's just, it's not There will probably be around 5,000

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people at the weekend who will come You will have two days of racing

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spread over 18 different categories. Go-Ride clubs are for youngsters

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from the age of 5 to 18, designed to offer an introduction

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to cycling, which could lead When you get going,

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just keep pedalling. And hold your hands

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nearer to the centre. Is the aim to turn out

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champions or is that just For me as a coach, I just

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want to see bums on seats. I want to see people riding,

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they might drop it and come We all know the health

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benefits of cycling. But essentially, if we do find

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somebody who is talented, and maybe the ones who are very

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talented, we can nurture them, and that's the difference

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with this type of club. Through the winter, Tony,

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his coaches and an army of volunteers host weekly indoor

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sessions, which look It's like running on a

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treadmill, for a runner. It allows you to control

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your environment. So, they're not out on the road

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in the dark, they're not And you can repeat

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any of the efforts. On to the weather,

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with Abbie Dewhurst. Most places now seeing plenty

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of sunshine and nice blue skies. It will turn cloudy,

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cloud building from the south and it A pretty decent picture

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with plenty of sunshine. Still some southern fog affecting

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the Vale of York but this afternoon, a southerly breeze will lift

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and clear that. Most places should

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see some sunshine. Highs of about nine degrees,

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that's 48 Fahrenheit. This evening and overnight,

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some cloud will creep up towards the North.

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With it, some cold air. Quite a strong and southerly breeze

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bringing up cold air from the near continent,

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from Europe. Temperatures will be right down

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in the minus figures. A risk of frost and ice tomorrow,

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so take things nice and steady first thing.

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Allow time to defrost the car. The cloud will thin through the day

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and brighter skies will develop. A quick look at the temperatures,

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this is what we will see but factoring in the wind,

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my goodness, it will feel cold. Temperatures feeling like -6.

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Definitely time for the winter coat. Friday, turning gradually less cold,

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albeit unsettled, and we will have wet weather into Friday

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and overnight into Saturday. Saturday, heavy showers but Sunday

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looking dry and settled. Not just colder, but much, much

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colder! We're back with the

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evening news at 6:30pm. Should've seen Hillary's face.

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She was stood there with Bill. Because she's going to an

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event to celebrate a job that she didn't get and the

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person closest to her, to reassure her, to tell her it's

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going to be OK, is a person who's already had

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that job. Yeah. She must be thinking,

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"Where can I go?"

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