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  1. Updates on Tuesday 7 April 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. Nelson Allan from Wideopen, North Tyneside sent us this photo of blue skies above Seaton Sluice.

Seaton Sluice
Nelson Allan

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

Geared up for north pole marathon

Six adventure-seeking Britons, including one from the North East, are set to endure temperatures as low as -40C (-40F) while running the UVU North Pole Marathon.

Alan Davison, a 49-year-old businessman from Newcastle and five others will be flown to a 4.22km course which has been created on the polar ice cap.

Find out why Alan is running the marathon here.

Tim Davie holding BBC flag at North Pole

News reader Tom Coyne dies

Tom Coyne, who presented news programmes in the early days of Tyne Tees Television, has died at the age of 84.

Tom presented the first news bulletin on Tyne Tees when the station went on air in 1959 and moved to the BBC's Midlands Today programme five years later.

Tom Coyne

Here he is presenting the first edition of Midlands Today from Pebble Mill in 1971. He also spent three years as the character Gordon Armstrong in the BBC radio serial The Archers. He returned for a spell with Tyne Tees in the 1980s.

Dry and clear spells tonight

Kawser Quamer

Presenter, BBC Weather

Remaining dry with clear spells and light winds into the evening. Becoming locally chilly by dawn where clear skies persist longest, while a few mist and fog patches may also develop locally in areas such as the Tyne Gap.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: 3C (37F).

Check the forecast where you are.

'Felt the service was good'

Positive comments in the report concerning Parkview Residential Home, which houses 23 people, included: "People told us they felt safe. People and relatives told us they felt the service was good because staff responded quickly when needed, care was good and meals were ample and of good quality."

One resident said: "Yes I am safe in here; I am much safer in here than I was at home, and I had a couple of falls that is why I had to stop living on my own."

'Staff and visitors put at risk'

Parkview Residential Home was also criticised by the regulator the CQC. The report found:

  • No clinical waste bins in any of the bathrooms or toilets
  • Soiled laundry lying on the laundry room floor
  • Gaps in the recording of medicines
  • Staff and visitors to the home were not fully protected as not all areas of the home were suitably designed and maintenance work had not been carried out in a timely manner
  • Infection control audits "did not always identify the concerns that we found... putting people who used the service, staff and other people at significant risk of acquiring or transferring infections".
  • No dementia programme in place or "dementia champion".

Your photos: Derwent Valley

Tracey Laing sent us this picture of clouds rolling over the Derwent Valley near Consett, County Durham.

Cloud in Derwent Valley
Tracey Laing

You can send your pictures by email to or tweet

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: Durham County Council has approved the latest extension plans at Auckland Castle.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.

Lives 'put at risk'

Peter Harris

Look North

Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade says lives were "put at risk" in a blaze at the former Sunderland College site in Shiney Row last night.

College in Shiney Row

I'll have a full report on this story on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

'Happy living here'

There were some positive comments in the

CQC report into Four Winds Residential Home in Hartlepool, which has been rated inadequate.

People said they were well cared for and felt safe with the staff who provided their care. One person told the regulator:, "I am happy living here. Staff are nice and helpful."

BreakingTeenagers held over attack on man

Two teenagers have been arrested

after a 24-year-old man was found unconscious in Hartlepool yesterday.

The man suffered "significant head injuries" and was found by a member of the public at 00:45 at the junctions of Eskdale Road and Eaglesfield Road. He is believed to have been with friends in the Hour Glass Pub until about midnight.

Officers today arrested two 17-year-old men on suspicion of GBH and both are currently in custody.

'Concerns over medicines'

Four Winds Residential Home provides care for up to 26 people, some of whom are living with dementia. At the time of the unannounced inspection on 3 and 5 February, 22 people were living there, the CQC said.

The report found:

  • Falls were recorded but these were not acted upon appropriately
  • Risk assessments were not done properly
  • Records did not support the safe administration of medicines
  • Since November 2014, three people living in the service had been admitted to hospital and had died. Statutory notifications of these deaths had not been submitted to the CQC.

'Like my extended family'

There were some positive comments in the

CQC report into Highnam Hall care home in Hartlepool.

One person said: "It is nice here. The staff are lovely." Another said: "The staff work hard and are very kind." A third said: "The staff are like my extended family, they're so lovely."

'Strong smell of urine in one area'

Highnam Hall provides residential care to 37 people, some of whom are living with dementia. At the time of the unannounced inspection on 27 January there were 31 people living there, the CQC says.

The report found:

  • People were left unsupervised for long periods of time
  • Medicines were not always managed safely
  • The exit was locked with a bolt and was blocked
  • A bathroom rubbish bin was overflowing on to the floor,
  • There was no soap or hand wash in the staff and visitor toilet
  • A bath had not been cleaned after use
  • Underwear had been left lying around
  • There was a strong smell of urine in one area

BreakingThree Hartlepool care homes 'inadequate'

Three care homes in Hartlepool have been rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission.

Highnam Hall,
Four Winds Residential Home and
Parkview Residential Home were all criticised by the regulator.

Hairdressers burgled by three men

A hairdressers in Saltburn on Teesside has been burgled.

Trendz Hairdressers in Milton Street was raided at about 22:00 on Friday and more than £1,700 worth of GHD products were stolen.

It is believed that three males, one wearing a black hoodie, and the other two wearing white hoodies, fled from the scene.

The lowdown on the run in...

Here's what the final five fixtures look like for Boro in the Championship:

Championship graphic

Aitor Karanka's influence since taking over in November 2013 has taken them from 16th place in the Championship to a current play-off place, something he sees as an achievement.

"At the beginning of the season if you have asked people what position they thought Middlesbrough were going to finish this season it would probably be sixth, seventh or eighth," he said.

"Right now we're fourth, after playing against teams like Bournemouth, Norwich, Watford and Ipswich. I'm very proud of the players. People who know me know I don't like to lose so we will fight to the end."

Your photos: Cullercoats beach

John Stephenson sent us this picture of the sun rising at Cullercoats beach in North Tyneside this morning.

Cullercoats beach
John Stephenson

You can send your pictures by email to or tweet

Feeling the benefit?

Steph McGovern

BBC Breakfast presenter

I visited my home town of Middlesbrough over the weekend. It's an area heavily reliant on the public sector for jobs.

The 'Stephometer'

While official statistics say pay has been going up,

residents have been using my "Stephometer" to gauge whether they have felt any benefits.
See the results here.

College fire 'suspected arson'

Peter Harris

Look North

The fire brigade says the suspected arson attack at the former Sunderland College campus is still under investigation. The Shiney Row campus has been empty since last summer.

Sunderland College has been planning to knock the fire-hit campus down and build houses, and it says the search for a developer continues.

Shiney Row college campus

Middlesbrough boss determined to bounce back

Head coach Aitor Karanka has

faith in Middlesbrough's ability to gain automatic promotion in spite of yesterday's defeat by Watford.

Fourth-placed Boro were leapfrogged by the Hornets after the loss, but remain two points behind leaders Bournemouth with five games to play.

Aitor Karanka
Getty Images

The Teessiders have played four of the top six teams in their last five games, with upcoming fixtures including Wolves and Norwich.

He said: "We're going to fight until the last second because this team deserves to get promotion. As a team we're doing our best. We have to freshen up. The players are distraught but we have to keep going."

Blair receives standing ovation

Richard Moss

Political editor, North East & Cumbria

There was a standing ovation for Tony Blair at the beginning and the end of his speech to the Labour faithful in Newton Aycliffe - but will any of it cut through to voters?

Tony Blair

I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 13:35 on BBC One.

Attempted armed robbery: Man arrested

A man has been

arrested after an attempted shop robbery in Newcastle.

A man armed with a knife tried to enter the Spar shop in Moulton Court last night but was stopped from doing so by customers.

He has been detained in custody. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Dry and sunny

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will be dry and fine with long spells of sunshine. With light winds it will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine particularly in urban areas such as Durham and Washington.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

Check the forecast near you.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Investigations have begun into the cause of a major blaze which badly damaged part of a former college campus.
  • BBC Tees: Tony Blair has joined the election campaign in his old constituency of Sedgefield to warn a second term for David Cameron could plunge the UK into "economic chaos".

Delays on railways

Virgin Trains tweets: Due to a problem under investigation between Newcastle and Morpeth some lines are blocked, trains through these stations may be delayed.

Taking to the skies

The Shields Gazette

Familiar South Tyneside

sights pictured at greater heights are being revealed by a dad who has taken to the skies with his latest gadget.

Angel of the North
Shields Gazette

A69 lane closed

One lane is closed on the A69 westbound in Horsley at the B6528 junction because of an accident involving two vehicles. More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

Castle's £17m revamp given go-ahead

Plans for a £17m museum and restoration project at a County Durham museum

have been given the go-ahead.

The proposed redevelopment of Auckland Castle - home to the Bishops of Durham for 800 years - is hoped to attract 130,000 visitors a year. The council has also approved a two-storey extension to be added on to the castle's 16th Century Scotland Wing.

Artist's impression of the new Scotland Wing extension
Auckland Castle Trust

The new building will house an exhibition charting the faith, history and beliefs of the British Isles.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Investigations have begun into the cause of a fire at an old school building on Wearside.
  • BBC Tees: A man has died following an accident between a motorbike and a car on the A66 at Bowes.

'Unexplained death' in Saltburn

The Gazette

The body of a 29-year-old woman has been found in a house in Saltburn, Teesside. Cleveland Police say the

death is currently being treated as unexplained.

Cleveland Police van in Saltburn
The Gazette

Crash victim had 'caring heart'

The family of a County Durham man who died in a collision have paid tribute to him by saying he had a "caring heart".

Raymond Armstrong, 79, from Edmondsley near Sacriston, died when the car he was travelling in collided with another car at the crossroads at Edmondsley on Friday morning. He was taken to hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Raymond Armstrong
Durham Police

Mr Armstrong's family said: "We'll always remember your caring heart, always knowing when we needed you and being there. We will always remember because there will never be another to replace you in our hearts. The love we have for you is eternal."

Dozens of firefighters tackled blaze

Away from politics news - Kayleigh Fraser sent us this photo of the fire at a Sunderland College's campus in Shiney Row.

Fire at Sunderland College's Shiney Row Campus

About 40 fire fighters tackles the blaze. The cause is not yet known.

See more of the footage on YouTube.

Standing ovation for Blair


After a standing ovation, the BBC's James Landale invites Tony Blair to say exactly what he disagrees with Ed Miliband on - and why Mr Miliband isn't sharing a platform with him.

Mr Miliband has campaigning to do elsewhere, Mr Blair replies. "We're a party that can do more than one thing at once, which is why we'd make a very good government."

Tony Blair

That gets laughter and applause from the Labour audience. We think that might also be a dig at David Cameron, who told a Heat magazine interviewer he couldn't multi-task. Mr Blair then adds: "I agree completely with what he's saying about the central challenge of inequality today… I think he's got an excellent set of policies to deal with it."