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  1. Updates on Wednesday 8 April 2015

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That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday. We leave you with this great shot Mark Mowbray sent us of a barn owl in Northumberland.

Barn Owl
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Woodgate eyes consistency

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Middlesbrough captain Jonathan Woodgate says consistency is the key to winning promotion to the Premier League.

Boro are two points behind the Championship leaders Bournemouth with five games left to play.

Jonathan Woodgate
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Woodgate says he wants the side to win all of those matches.

BreakingTwo dead in Northumberland crash

Two people died in a crash near Hartford Bridge in Northumberland this afternoon, police have confirmed.

A man in a Nissan Micra and a woman in a Vauxhall Astra were pronounced dead at the scene. Another woman in the Astra was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Victoria Infirmary with serious injuries.

The A192 between Hartford Village and A1068 Plessey Checks roundabout was closed for two hours.

There are still delays in the area.

Dog 'savages two goats in park'

A dog owner let their animal attack two goats in a Middlesbrough park, a manager says.

The goats were severely injured in Stewart Park last night or in the early hours of this morning. Both had to be put down due to their injuries.

Stewart Park manager Craig Holmes says: "It appears that someone has jumped over the fence with a dog and 'baited' the goats in the pen. The goats had no way of escape.

"If this was a deliberate attack, it is completely reprehensible and almost beyond belief. Whoever was responsible must be caught to prevent anything like this happening again."

More problems on the roads

The A192 in Hartford Bridge, Bedlington, is still closed and there's slow traffic in both directions between Plessey Checks Roundabout and the A192 Shields Road junction because of an accident involving two vehicles. A diversion is in operation via Bedlington.

And the B1317 Killingworth Lane in Backworth is closed there's and slow traffic in both directions between the Killingworth Lane junction and the B1322 Backworth Lane junction because of an accident involving a vehicle and horse.

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Vuckic unsure of playing future

Newcastle midfielder Haris Vuckic says he doesn't know where he'll be playing next season but believes Rangers would be a "good option" if the Black and Whites let him leave.

Vuckic was one of five loanees sent to Glasgow by United on the final day of the January transfer window. He has scored six goals in 10 games and still has another 12 months on his Magpies deal.

Rangers midfielder Haris Vuckic

He said: "It's not true that I'm going to quit Newcastle and stay at Ibrox. What I have always said that I respect both clubs - Newcastle because I still have a contract with them and Rangers because I have a loan deal here.

"We will see what is going to happen in the summer but Newcastle have to say what options I have. "I will choose the best one for me."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

Tipu Sultan murder: Full coverage

Killed motorcyclist named

A motorcyclist killed

in a collision with a car on the A66 in County Durham has been named.

The BMW motorcycle and a Toyota Hilux towing a trailer crashed between Bowes and Brough at about 10:00 on Monday.

Charles Rayner, 62, from Bishop Middleham, near Ferryhill, was pronounced dead at the scene.

BreakingMan denies racist gesture at Boro game

A man has denied making a racist gesture at a Middlesbrough football match.

Ernest Goult

Ernest Goult, 72, from Redcar on Teesside, is accused of making the gesture at a Boro home game against Blackburn in the Championship in November.

Blackburn players Markus Olsson, Rudy Gestede and Lee Williamson are expected to give evidence at the trial about the alleged incident.

Teesside Magistrates' Court heard a police officer will also give evidence and the prosecution will produce CCTV footage. Mr Goult's trial will be held at the same court in June.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

'Killers may have been in the area before'

Northumbria Police is appealing for information to trace two males on a motorbike who were spotted

just before a man was shot dead outside a takeaway in South Shields.

Superintendent Sav Patsalos said: "It is possible that those responsible had planned the attack in advance so it may be that that same motorbike and same two males had been in the area in the days leading up to the shooting."

Scene of shooting

Mr Patsalos said the weapon had not been recovered and at the time of the incident, only staff who worked at Herbs and Spice Kitchen were present.

'Nothing to do with gangs'

Northumbria Police Superintendent Sav Patsalos adds: "It's very early stages... at the moment we don't know the motive, we do believe it's an isolated incident and not a random shooting.

"There's no suggestion that this has anything to do with gangs."

'Speaking to takeaway owners'

Father-of-two Tipu Sultan

was shot dead outside family business Herbs and Spice Kitchen in South Shields which has been running for more than 10 years.

Northumbria Police's Superintendent Sav Patsalos says: "The public will clearly be concerned and that's exactly why we have got extra officers in the Lake Avenue area and we will be speaking extensively to other takeaway and restaurant owners and members of the public in that area.

"Be assured that we will be everything possible to identify and catch the people responsible."

Lake Avenue

£100k seized in raid

Eight people have been arrested

after more than £100,000 in cash was seized by Durham Police.

Officers raided nine homes across South Hetton, Sunderland and South Shields as part of Operation Sledgehammer.

Seized cash

Two women and six men, aged between 29 and 74, have been arrested for a number of offences including conspiracy to supply class A drugs and money laundering.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

Arson at KFC probed

Cleveland Police are appealing for information following a fire at KFC in Stockton.

Officers were called to a report of a blaze at KFC at Wellington Square at about 22:30 last night.

No-one was injured in the incident, which is being treated as arson.

Appeal to trace missing man

Police are appealing for information to help trace a missing Newcastle man.

Darren Lowery, 38, was last seen at an address in Percy Road in Whitley Bay on Monday night.

Darren Lowery
Northumbria Police

Darren is described as 6ft 2in, medium build, with short grey hair and has a number of tattoos on his upper right arm. He is thought to have been driving a silver Subaru Impreza, registration X747 KET.

Teenagers bailed after assault

Two teenagers who were arrested after a man was found unconscious on a Hartlepool street have been bailed.

The 24-year-old victim

was found by a member of the public at the junction of Eskdale Road and Eaglesfield Road at about 00:45 on Monday.

Eskdale Road and Eaglesfield Road junction

He was taken hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Cleveland Police said two 17-year-olds arrested on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm have been bailed.

Witnesses urged to call police

Anyone who was in the area around the Herbs and Spices Kitchen takeaway in South Shields last night who might have information that could help police is asked to call 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 1255 07/04/15.

Information can also be passed anonymously by ringing Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

BreakingGun murder 'planned in advance'

The fatal shooting of a takeaway worker in South Shields may have been planned in advance, police say.

Tipu Sultan, 32, was gunned down last night outside the Herbs and Spices Kitchen in Lake Avenue.

South Tyneside Supt Sav Patsalos said: "Those responsible may have planned the incident in advance of carrying it out and if anyone has seen anything or anyone suspicious in the area at anytime in the past few days then I'd ask them to come forward and speak to us.

South Shields

"There is nothing to suggest there that is any risk to any other members of the public or any of the communities in South Tyneside and we understand this incident is extremely concerning for local people and that is why we have extra officers down in the Lake Avenue to reassure and speak to the public.

"We are doing everything we can to try and identify those responsible for this attack and I'd urge anyone with any information to contact police straight away."

'Not a random shooting'

South Tyneside Supt Sav Patsalos said: "The investigation into the murder of Tipu Sultan is in its very early stages and we are appealing for anyone with any information that could help us with our inquiries to contact us as soon as possible.

"We are trying to establish the motive behind the incident and a full murder investigation is currently being carried out.

"We believe that this has been an isolated incident and not a random shooting, inquiries are ongoing to establish this."

'Extra officers on patrol'

Police say anyone who saw the motorbike in the area around the time of the murder should contact them.

A cordon is in place at the scene and the area remains closed to the public, a statement says.

Extra officers are carrying out patrols in the area and speaking to residents and businesses.

BreakingMan shot dead 'targeted by bikers'

A man who was shot dead outside a takeaway in South Shields was targeted by two men on a motorbike, police say.

Tipu Sultan
Northumbria Police

Tipu Sultan, 32, from Sunderland, was found outside the Herbs and Spice Kitchen where he worked with a single gunshot wound at 22:00 last night.

He received treatment in the rear of Lake Avenue but was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses report seeing two men wearing crash helmets and dressed in dark clothing on a motorbike drive up just before the incident. They were then seen driving away from the area in the direction of Lizard Lane immediately after the shooting.

'Two people seriously injured'

Some more details on that crash. Police say two people have been seriously injured and are being treated at the scene.

Officers were called at about 12:00 to the two-vehicle crash near Bedlington. The A192 is closed from Hartford Road to Netherton Garage.

A192 in Bedlington closed

The A192 in Hartford Bridge, Bedlington, is closed and there's slow traffic in both directions between Plessey Checks Roundabout and the A192 Shields Road junction because of an accident involving two vehicles. A diversion is in operation via Bedlington.

Get the latest here.

Footballer arrested over shoplifting

Former Sunderland footballer Andrea Dossena

has been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting at London department store Harrods, the BBC has learned.

The Leyton Orient defender was held in Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, on Tuesday.

Andrea Dossena
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The Met Police said a 33-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman were arrested and taken to a west London police station. They have been bailed until late April.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

Students display art in bar

Artwork by students from Northumbria University and Newcastle University has gone on display in a Tyneside pub.

Osbornes Bar in Jesmond has launched a monthly artist-in-residence scheme giving students the opportunity to exhibit and sell their paintings.

Painting by Michaela Hall
Michaela Hall

The current exhibition features the work of Michaela Hall, 19, a first year Fine Art student from Newcastle University. She said it was "really exciting" to have her work exhibited.

UK car sales soaring

BBC Business

The UK has seen its highest monthly level of new car sales this century.

March saw 492,774 new cars registered, 6% up on the same time last year and the best monthly figure since August 1998, said the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Some 12,210 of these were Nissan Qashqais built in Washington,

making it the fourth most popular model in the UK.

Christopher Furlong

The UK car industry has been growing for three years in a row, helped by a strong export market. March is typically a strong month for car registrations, as it is when new number plates are released.

Chubby launches charity song

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Teesside comedian Roy Chubby Brown is launching a charity song today to raise money for

local baby hospice Zoe's Place.

The centre in Normanby opened in 2004 and provides respite care to babies and infants aged from birth to five years old who suffering from life-threatening conditions.

Air strike causes cancellations

Hundreds of flights to and from France have been cancelled

as air traffic controllers begin industrial action.

Passengers queuing at a check-in desk at Orly airport,

The SNCTA union - France's largest - called the two-day strike in a dispute over working conditions.

The DGAC civil aviation authority has asked airlines to cut their scheduled flights by 40% -

causing delays and cancellations at Newcastle International Airport.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

Care home rated 'inadequate'

A Northumberland care home

has been rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The national watchdog

found Ravensmount Care Home in Alnwick failed to provide "safe, effective, responsive or well led" care.

Ravensmount says problems have already been addressed and it is considering legal action against the CQC.

Tributes to 'a wonderful man'

Victoria Chisholm, landlady of The Lake Pub in South Shields, which is

next to where a man was shot dead, said: "I just seen commotion out on the street, one of the lads from the curry house was outside.

"To be honest I just thought it was a wind-up, stuff like that doesn't happen round here. It shouldn't happen.

"He was an absolutely wonderful bloke, everybody round here loved him, he was a proper part of the community. I'm completely shocked. It's a nightmare for his family as well."

Lake Pub

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

BreakingKeane denies taxi road-rage charge

Former Sunderland manager Roy Keane has denied committing a public order offence in an alleged road-rage row with a taxi driver.

Mr Keane, 43, is said to have behaved aggressively towards cabbie Fateh Kerar, 44, near traffic lights in Ashley Road, Altrincham, on 30 January.

Roy Keane
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The former Manchester United midfielder did not attend a brief hearing at Trafford Magistrates' Court today but a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf by his lawyer. He will face trial at Manchester Magistrates' Court on 19 June.