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  1. Updates on Tuesday 31 March 2015

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Good evening

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday. Keith Thompson from Sunderland sent us this picture of ponies on Cleadon Hills.

Keith Thompson

You can send your pictures by email to or tweet
@BBCNewsNE and we may feature them on BBC Local Live tomorrow.

Memorial pays tribute to students

Kristie Kinghorn

BBC News Online

This memorial designed by students at Newcastle University pays tribute to Aidan Brunger and Neil Dalton,

who were killed while on placement in Borneo.

Professor Jane Calvert said: "This was something that the students designed and it's the form of a tree, which we've got on the wall in the reception to the medical student office.


"The leaves are made up of the thumbprints and fingerprints of all the people who attended the memorial service [last year] so that's a lasting memorial to them that we pass every day."

Dry with clear spells tonight

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

Blustery showers will become mostly confined to the Pennines and Cheviots, where they will continue to be wintry, and with local icy patches. Many eastern parts will become dry with some clear spells and a touch of frost by morning.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: 0C (32F).

Check the forecast near you.

Durham teacher in classroom ban

A teacher who admitted

having sex with a teenage girl and asking her to sign a "slave contract" with him, has been banned from the classroom.

Kelvin Loraine, from Durham, began an online relationship with the girl when she was 15, a disciplinary panel heard.

Hetton School

He encouraged her to send him explicit photos of herself, the National College for Teaching and Leadership was told. The 31-year-old worked at Hetton School, near Sunderland, but the girl was not a pupil.

Trainee sports reporter scheme opens

BBC Sport

Attention - calling all budding sports reporters.

The BBC Kick Off Trainee Sports Reporter scheme is now open. The scheme gives people from a diverse range of backgrounds the opportunity to learn and develop sports reporting skills at the BBC.

There is no upper age limit, and no previous journalism experience is required. Think you've got what it takes? Then apply via Good luck!

Anna on BBC Radio 2

BBC Newcastle

Our new mid-morning presenter Anna Foster is getting to know the BBC and spent some time with Jeremy Vine.

Hear a clip of her on his show here.

Jeremy Vine with Anna Foster

Your photos: Seaton Sluice

There has been blue sky over Seaton Sluice as shown by this picture by Christina Wilson of North Blyth.

Seaton Sluice
Christina Wilson

You can send your pictures by email to or tweet

Mask-wearing burglar jailed

The Gazette

A Halloween mask-wearing burglar who plagued his community with a staggering

65 offences is behind bars today.

Gibson thrilled at England chance

Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson says it was a dream come true to represent England in his hometown.

More than 30,000 fans packed into the The Riverside Stadium last night

as England's Under-21's beat Germany 3-2.

Both these sides will feature at the European Championship in the Czech Republic and could meet in the semi-finals or final after being kept apart in the group stages.

Accident and emergency plans revealed

Sharon Barbour

BBC Look North

In June, Look North revealed the extent of pressures on the North East Ambulance Service. Patients waiting for hours, and many ambulances held up at accident and emergency units.

Our investigations also uncovered shocking delays at the University Hospital of North Durham and its medical boss Dr Chris Gray revealed the accident and emergency department was struggling to cope with an overwhelming number of patients. He promised change.

Ambulance outside hospital

Well, plans have now emerged for a new £20m department at Durham. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

A19 reopens

Cleveland Police

tweets: A19 southbound has now reopened.

Overturned lorry on A19

Steve Mackey

BBC Tees

The are still problems on the roads because of the closure of the A19 southbound this afternoon.

Overturned lorry
Cleveland Police

A lorry has overturned on the Leven Viaduct - The A19 south is shut at the junction with the A174.

Killings are 'one-off incident'

Jennifer Pak

BBC World Service

We spoke to officials at the Sarawak General Hospital and they did

not say any students were scared of attending the programme since these murders. They did, however, say they have warned the students to be careful about staying out too late in the bar district.

Aidan Brunger

They have not added any extra security protection for them. They see this as a one-off incident, that it is not common. The two students, Aidan Brunger and Neil Dalton, who were fatally stabbed in a bar in Kuching, had almost completed a work placement at Sarawak General Hospital.

Violence against tourists 'rare'


stabbings of Newcastle University students Aidan Brunger and Neil Dalton on the island of Borneo rocked the city of Kuching.

Violent crime against tourists and expats is generally rare in the southeast Asian country. But some recent incidents have occurred.

Map of where the killing happened

Malaysian police found the body of a 34-year-old British tourist on the resort island of Tioman back in June. The case is still being investigated.

A month later, a court sentenced a Malaysian shopkeeper to death for the killing of a French female tourist in 2011, also on Tioman.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

Power supply problem on Metro

Tyne and Wear Metro

tweets: No trains East Boldon - South Hylton due to a problem with power supply. Bus Replacment 901 calling at or close to stations in affected area.

Accident closes A1 lane

One lane is closed southbound and there's queuing traffic on the A1(M) between J63, A167 (Chester-le-Street) and J62, A690 (Carrville) because of an accident.

One lane is closed and there's also very slow traffic on the A1058 Coast Road eastbound in Willington between Silverlink Roundabout and the Norham Road junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles. More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

How can Rangers win promotion?

Matt Newsum

BBC Sport

With Hearts already secured the only automatic promotion place as champions of Scotland's second tier,

Rangers' hope of a place in the Premiership is by no means guaranteed.

Just how difficult the challenge is depends on their final league position, as teams in second, third and fourth place enter a two-legged play-off phase.

Third plays fourth, then the winner of that match plays the team in second place, with the victor then taking on the second-bottom side in the Scottish Premiership. A place in the top tier goes to the winner of that match.

Worst case scenario for Rangers? Six play-off games if they're third or fourth. Best case? Four if they land up second.

Killed pedestrian named

A pedestrian who died in hospital after he was hit by a car on a rural road in Northumberland has been named.

Colin Tailford, 54, from the Ingoe area of Northumberland, was

treated at the scene between Matfen and Ryal on Sunday, before being taken by police helicopter to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary. He later died.

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

On lunchtime BBC Look North

Colin Briggs

BBC Look North

The water main under the Tyne Bridge will be cleaned tonight using a new technique known as ice pigging.

A pig of ice will be put in the pipe at the Gateshead side and water pressure will push it through the pipe, cleaning it as it goes.


The water main is enclosed within the main structure of the bridge and has not been cleaned in almost 90 years, as previous cleaning methods would have involved digging up large sections of the bridge. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North coming up right now at 13:30 on BBC One.

Boy, 14, held over pizza robbery

BBC Newcastle

Three people, including a 14-year-old boy, have been arrested after a pizza delivery driver was robbed in Newcastle.

It happened just after 01:00 yesterday in Ulverston Terrace in Walker. He was threatened and had cash stolen.

Two men, aged 18 and 25, and the schoolboy are in police custody.

Windy afternoon with sunny spells

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a very windy afternoon with bright or sunny spells and blustery showers, these heavy in places and perhaps wintry across the Pennines. Feeling cold in the strong to gale force winds. We've also just had a hail storm in Newcastle.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 7C (45F).

Check the forecast near you.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

Lorry overturned on A19

Here's what the A19 looks like now after a lorry overturned by the A174 junction towards Redcar:

Lorry overturned
Cleveland Police

The road is still closed southbound and isn't expected to reopen until 13:15. Stay up to date on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

Lorry overturned
Cleveland Police

Moore's side to 'punish' teams

Hartlepool United manger Ronnie Moore says they now have a squad that can compete in League Two.

Striker Jordan Hugill made his debut for Pools

during the 2-1 win over Cambridge on Saturday after joining on loan from Preston.

Ronnie Moore

Pools have won their last four games and now sit a point above the relegation zone, and Moore says they now have the "quality to punish teams".

More staff being sought by police

Phil Mawson

BBC News

The two former Medomsely Detention Centre staff that have been arrested are men aged 69 and 58 and were held on suspicion of physical and sexual assaults on inmates, Durham Constabulary confirms.

A total of 16 ex-members of staff have been questioned, with "at least a dozen" more being sought, the force says.

Former detention centre, Medomsley
(C) British Broadcasting Corporation

'Police to discuss case with CPS'

Regarding the Medomsley abuse claims arrests, Det Supt Paul Goundry says: "In the last few months a key objective has been to identify and then trace a number of former staff so we could speak to them about the allegations. As part of our inquiries, we established several had since died.

"The first phase of the interview process has now been completed with our initial 16 and we will be discussing the results of these with the CPS in the near future.

"There are also further interviews we need to carry out with other staff, including former governors of Medomsley. This work will continue over the coming months."

Counselling and support for victims of Medomsley is available on 0191 301 8554.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Two former staff members at a young offenders' centre in County Durham have been arrested as part of an investigation into physical and sexual abuse.
  • BBC Tees: Police say they're concerned for a vulnerable 26-year-old Grangetown man who has been missing since 09:00.

'Relatively minor offences'

Medomsley Detention Centre mostly held teenagers from the 1960s to when it closed in 1988. They were mostly in for relatively minor offences and typically spent six to eight weeks at the Home Office-run centre before being released.

In August 2013 Durham Constabulary announced it was opening a new investigation - named Operation Seabrook - into further allegations from ex-inmates that they were sexually and physically abused by staff.

Then in November police began interviewing 16 ex-members of staff who they identified and are still alive. That led to the latest two arrests announced today. At least a further dozen workers are now being traced.

More than 1,100 men report abuse

The latest investigation comes after former prison officer Neville Husband (pictured) was jailed for eight years in 2003 for abusing five youths.

Neville Husband
Durham Police

He died in 2010, after being released from prison. His former colleague Leslie Johnson, who was jailed for six years in 2005 for sexual offences, has also since died.

Durham Police confirmed that 1,123 men have since made reports of abuse at the centre.