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  1. Updates on Thursday 22 January 2015

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That's all for today from BBC Local Live in the North East.

We'll be back again from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from where you live.

On the programme tonight

BBC Look North

Parents of children at Grindon Hall Christian School in Sunderland are meeting to plan their fightback after it was branded "inadequate" by Ofsted inspectors and recommended for special measures.

And the best B&B in the world is apparently in Masham, North Yorkshire. Watch Look North at 18:30 on BBC One

or catch up on the BBC iPlayer here.

Best B&B in the world
BBC

PM's meeting promise is 'wishy-washy'

The father of missing girl Katrice Lee says he has no faith in David Cameron's "wishy-washy" promise to meet the child's family.

Katrice Lee
Other
Katrice, just before her second birthday

Mr Cameron said he will meet them - but only after an investigation into her disappearance is completed.

Katrice was two when she disappeared in 1981 from a supermarket at a British military base in Paderborn, Germany, where her father was stationed.

Apology over 'inadequate' GP practice

A Northumberland GP practice rated "inadequate" by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) says it is "disappointed" it has not met all the criteria required.

Dr Chris Waite, partner at Widdrington Medical Practitioners, said: "We are working with our partner NHS organisations to meet the CQC's recommendations and to ensure that we are fully compliant.

"We apologise for any worry or distress this may cause and encourage any patients who have concerns to contact the practice directly."

News on the hour

Dozen bikes taken from school

A dozen bikes have been stolen from the grounds of a Stockton school, Cleveland Police say.

Bikes stolen from school
Cleveland Police

They were taken from a garage at the back of Bishopsgarth School on Harrowgate Lane in Stockton sometime between Friday and Monday.

The eight black and red Giant Talon mountain bikes and four white Giant Yukon mountain bikes were worth more than £4,000.

PM pays tribute to Leon Brittan

David Cameron has paid tribute to

former Cleveland MP Leon Brittan after he died today aged 75.

The PM said: "Leon Brittan was a dedicated and fiercely intelligent public servant. As a central figure in Margaret Thatcher's government, he helped her transform our country for the better by giving distinguished service as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Home Secretary, and Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.

"He went on to play a leading role at the European Commission where he did so much to promote free trade in Europe and across the world. More recently, he made an active contribution to the House of Lords. My thoughts are with Leon's family and friends at this sad time for them."

Attacker has sentence increased

BBC Newcastle

A Newcastle man who punched and kicked a friend has had his sentence increased to more than seven years.

David Christer was jailed for four years after admitting causing grievous bodily harm with intent after an argument about girlfriends escalated at a nightclub.

The 22-year-old repeatedly punched him in the head and kicked him even when it was clear he was unconscious, and the victim suffered a double fracture to his eye socket and is left with double vision

Halliday exits the Riverside

Paul Addison

BBC Tees Sport

Andy Halliday has joined Bradford City permanently after having his Boro contract terminated.

Andy Halliday
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News on the hour

Rodent sightings at 100-year high

A rare rodent has seen a resurgence in numbers in the North East after more sightings were made than in the previous 100 years.

Harvest mouse
Amy Lewis

The harvest mouse is rarely seen in the region, but a survey of 37 sites across County Durham by Durham Wildlife Trust found nine new records.

This was more than was seen in the whole of the 20th Century and the first in Teesdale for 40 years. The tiny mammals are mainly found from central Yorkshire southwards.

Rushworth and Onions in MCC squad

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

Durham bowlers Chris Rushworth and Graham Onions

have been included in the MCC squad for the traditional curtain-raiser to the English county season.

They will play against Yorkshire in the annual Champion County match, which begins on Sunday 22 March.

It will be the third year in a row Rushworth has played in the match in Abu Dhabi, after featuring for reigning champions Durham last season and the MCC the year before.

Onions was with the Durham squad last season but did not play because of injury. The game will take place at The Sheik Zayed Stadium under floodlights.

Also featuring in the MCC side are the likes of England opener Alastair Cook, Middlesex captain Nick Compton and Michael Carberry from Hampshire.

GP surgery 'rated inadequate'

BBC Newcastle

Three GP surgeries in England have been put into special measures by the Care Quality Commission - the first time this has happened under a new inspection regime.

None of the surgeries are in the North East, but one here has been rated as inadequate - Widdrington Medical Practitioners in Northumberland.

Inspectors from the CQC say it is inadequate when it comes to being safe and well-led, but most patients told them they were happy with the care they received.

The practice, along with another in Leeds, has been warned it will be put into special measures if it fails to improve.

Leon Brittan dies

Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan has died aged 75 after a long battle with cancer, his family have said.

The former Conservative MP was home secretary in Margaret Thatcher's government from 1983 to 1985.

Lord Brittan
PA

As an MP, he represented the constituencies of Cleveland and Whitby and Richmond in Yorkshire.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: The family of a woman who died in a house fire in Middlesbrough say that justice has not been served.
  • BBC Newcastle: A GP surgery in Northumberland is rated inadequate when it comes to being safe and well-led.

Missing student found

Student Sophie Dalrymple, who had gone missing in Sunderland, has been found safe, Northumbria Police said.

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News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A man who was charged with murdering a disabled woman to fund his drug addiction has been found not guilty by a jury at Teesside Crown Court.
  • BBC Newcastle: Police searching for a missing 20-year-old woman from Sunderland University say they're becoming increasingly concerned for her welfare.

Figures on prison deaths released

The number of deaths inside prisons last year in England and Wales have been released. In total 235 prisoners died, 15 of whom were in North East jails.

Out of the five prisons here in the North East, the one with the highest number of inmate deaths in 2014 was HMP Northumberland. Five people died there. Four deaths were through natural causes with one instance of suicide.

Woman 'systematically targeted'

Police said the investigation into the death of Teresa Ryan had been "complex and protracted".

David McCabe was cleared of murder but was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison after he admitted burgling her twice.

David McCabe
Cleveland Police

Det Supt Steve Jermy, of Cleveland Police, said: "I am disappointed but accept the decision of the jury today however McCabe has been found guilty of two horrific burglaries.

"Teresa was a vulnerable lady living alone who was systematically targeted by David McCabe, who used the property and money he stole from her to fund his drug habit."

On the programme this afternoon

BBC Look North

Parents of children at Grindon Hall Christian School in Sunderland are meeting tonight

after the free school was branded 'inadequate' by Ofsted inspectors and recommended for special measures.

Grindon Hall Christian School
Grindon Hall Christian School

It was the second North East free school in two days to be slated by Ofsted. The report on the other school - Durham Free School - was so damning that the Education Secretary said she was withdrawing that school's funding.

Our correspondent Adrian Pitches has been speaking to parents at Grindon Hall. Watch Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

Rise in sexual offences 'area for concern'

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird says they are determined to keep the pressure on following the fall in recorded crime.

Of the rise in sexual offences, she said: "While this is an area for concern it should also be seen in a positive light as it shows people have more confidence in coming forward to report these offences to police."

She said she was also aware of the impact of Operation Sanctuary, which is a wide-ranging investigation into allegations of sexual crimes against vulnerable women and girls.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A man who was charged with murdering a disabled woman to fund his drug addiction has been found not guilty by a jury at Teesside Crown Court.
  • BBC Newcastle: Northumbria Police says recorded crime fell by 1% in the region but sexual offences went up by 55%.

Student missing in Sunderland

A student has gone missing in Sunderland. Sophie Dalrymple, 20, was in the city with friends last night but left them at about midnight.

Sophie Dalrymple
Northumbria Police

She has not been seen since and her friends and police have been unable to contact her. She is from Gretna in Scotland but is currently studying at Sunderland University.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191.

Crime falls but rise in sexual offences

Rachel Kerr

BBC News

Crime has fallen to new record low levels in England and Wales, despite some increases as a result of changes in how police record incidents.

Northumbria Police said recorded crime fell by 1% for the 12 months to September 2014.

However there were increases in seven categories with sexual offences up by 55%, or 543 crimes in the Northumbria force area. The rise in sexual offences was reflected nationally.

McCabe jailed for burglary

David McCabe has now been jailed for five-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to stealing cash and goods from Teresa Ryan's house in Middlesbrough.

The 32-year-old was also charged with her murder but was cleared after a trial at Teesside Crown Court.

Accused admitted burglary charge

The court heard Teresa Ryan, who had Huntington's Disease, was rescued from the blaze but died later.

David McCabe had been accused of killing her by setting fire to her home in July last year. But he denied the charge and has now been cleared.

He had already pleaded guilty to stealing cash and goods from Ms Ryan's house in Warton street, Middlesbrough.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A man who was charged with murdering a disabled woman to fund his drug addiction has been found not guilty by a jury at Teesside Crown Court.
  • BBC Newcastle: Northumbria Police says recorded crime fell by 1% in the region but sexual offences went up by 55%.

Man cleared of Middlesbrough woman's murder

A man has been cleared of murdering a vulnerable woman in her Middlesbrough home last July.

Teresa Ryan (pictured) had been celebrating her 50th birthday with her two sons on the night that she died from smoke inhalation.

Teresa Ryan
Cleveland Police

Heroin addict David McCabe, 32, also from Middlesbrough, admitted twice burgling her home but denied her murder. He was cleared after a trial at Teesside Crown Court.

Police thank university for help

Durham University Police

tweets: We would like to thank all students and university staff who helped give out leaflets tonight.Over 500 were given out, thank you! #findeuan

Falcons' fly-half signs new deal

Fly-half Tom Catterick has signed

a new two-year deal with Newcastle Falcons.

Darlington-born Catterick, 24, came through the Falcons' youth ranks and made his senior debut in the 2009-10 European Challenge Cup, before his Premiership bow later that season.

Tom Catterick
Getty Images

He has since played 34 league games across the backline, but has emerged as a fly-half this term under the guidance of attack coach Dave Walder.

News on the hour

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