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  1. Updates on Thursday 9 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 Friday. Tracey Laing from Consett sent us this photo of this frog cooling off in today's Spring sun.

Frog in water
Tracey Laing

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@BBCNewsNE and we may feature them on BBC Local Live tomorrow.

Dry night with light winds

Kawser Quamer

Presenter, BBC Weather

A sunny evening followed by another dry night with light winds. Fog patches are expected to develop as temperatures dip, particularly along the Tyne, and a local grass frost possible across rural areas.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: 1C (34F).

Check the forecast near you.

Battling mental health issues

Jonathan Swingler

BBC Tees

It's thought there are about 11,000 armed forces veterans suffering from mental health problems in the North East.

The estimate comes from one of our health trusts, which says the majority haven't come forward and aren't getting any help.

BBC Look North graphic

The mental impact of serving on the frontline can come in many different forms. See my full report on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One. There will be more on BBC Tees and BBC Newcastle tomorrow morning too.

Derby loss 'dark day'

Simon Pryde

BBC Newcastle

Sunday's 1-0 derby defeat to Sunderland was one of the "darkest days" of John Carver's career. A fifth consecutive derby loss.

He said: "It's been extremely difficult. Certainly Monday was one of the darkest days in my career, and I'm still hurting, to be honest.

John Carver

"The one thing I have to do is not to show it in front of the players, but it was a bitter pill to take. We accept it wasn't good enough."

John Carver insists he is still the right man to be head coach. Hear more from Carver on Total Sport on

BBC Newcastle.

'Third deadline missed'

The Chronicle


Transport chiefs have admitted roadworks are still taking place at a busy North East junction -

after three deadlines were missed.

Road with cones
The Chronicle

'Good response' to murder inquiry

Police investigating the murder of Tipu Sultan outside the Herbs n Spice Kitchen in South Shields on Tuesday night said they had received a good response to their appeal for information.

Northumbria Police South Tyneside Supt Sav Patsalos said: "We have had a good response from the public appeal and received a number of calls in relation to sightings of the bike in the area around the time of the incident.

The bike the two suspects were using is described as a large red performance style bike, possibly a superbike, with a black seat. It had a loud sounding powerful engine and would have been noisy when driven off from the area at speed.

More details on takeaway murder suspects

Detectives investigating the murder of Tipu Sultan outside the takeaway where he worked in South Shields have released more details of the two suspects.

Tipu Sultan
Northumbria Police

The 32-year-old father of two (pictured) was found with a single gunshot wound at the back of the Herbs n Spice Kitchen in Lake Avenue, on Tuesday night.

Northumbria Police are trying to trace two men on a motorbike . The man who got off the bike and fired the gun is described as white, wearing tight fitting black clothing and a motorcycle helmet with a visor and gloves. He was carrying a black bag, possibly a bin bag, that contained the firearm and spoke with a North East accent.

The second man, who stayed on the bike during the shooting and was driving, was smaller than the passenger, was wearing all black motorbike type leathers, motorcycle boots and gloves. He was also wearing a helmet with the visor down.

Crash death victims named

Two drivers who died in a crash in Northumberland have been named by police.

Charles Henry Chester, 86, from Bedlington and Katherine Scott, 93 from the Morpeth area were drivers of the two cars involved in the

collision near to Hartford Bridge at about 12:05 on Wednesday.

The passenger from the Vauxhall Astra remains in hospital with injuries, her condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

Rape detectives search for man

Police investigating the rape of a woman in Blackpool more than two years ago are trying to trace a man, whose last known address was in Newcastle.

Nigerian national Steve Ken Peter, 38, also known as Hameed Saeko and Steve Adanemen Iyere (believed to be his real name), is being sought in connection with the incident which happened in a flat on Park Road in the resort on 23 December 2012. It is believed that the woman was raped by a man who said his name was Tony.

Steve Ken Peter
Lancashire Constabulary

His last known address was in Newcastle (2008), however, he is known to have previously lived in Bradford, West Yorkshire (pre-2008) and London (2007). He is also thought to have links to Manchester.

Lanes reopen after accident

There's queuing traffic on the A1 southbound in Gosforth between Kingston Park and Kenton Bar Roundabout because of an accident involving three vehicles earlier on. All lanes have been reopened. Congestion is back to Gosforth Park.

The A1 in Birtley - an exit slip road to A1231 is partially blocked and there is very slow traffic southbound at the A1(M) junction because of an accident.

One lane is closed and there's very slow traffic on A19 southbound in Thornaby after the A174 junction because of a vehicle fire. More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

Download your sweepstake kit

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Saturday's Grand National at Aintree simply wouldn't be the same without a sweepstake.

As well as having a bet on your favourite horse, give yourself another chance by pooling together 40 work colleagues, or a combination of family and friends, and having a lucky dip.

Horse in a race
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It is always an open race so best of luck.

Click here for your sweepstake kit.

Preparing for Palace's visit

Nick Barnes

BBC Newcastle commentator

Alan Pardew says the Black Cats should be more concerned with in-form Palace than his Newcastle past.

Nick Barnes' logging book

I'm doing some research ahead of

Crystal Palace's visit to the Stadium of Light on Saturday. There will be full-match commentary on BBC Newcastle from 15:00.

Families leave floral tributes

Sunderland Echo

Families have been

leaving floral tributes to shooting victim Tipu Sultan. The dad-of-two, from Sunderland, was shot dead outside his family's Herbs & Spice Kitchen in Lake Avenue, South Shields, at about 22:00 on Tuesday.

Floral tribute
Sunderland Echo

Nobbs set for England captain?

Andy Lamb

BBC Tees Sport

Stockton-born Jordan Nobbs is ready to lead the national side out against China tonight at Manchester City Academy stadium in England's final home friendly ahead of the Women's World Cup in Canada.

Jordan Nobbs
Getty Images

Nobbs led the team to their Cyprus Cup victory as vice captain - and with Steph Houghton being unavailable due to a knee injury - the former Sunderland player looks set to have the captain's armband later this evening.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in a supermarket car park in Middlesbrough on Easter Sunday afternoon.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.

Three-vehicle accident closes A1 lane

One lane is closed and there's queuing traffic on the A1 southbound in Gosforth between Kingston Park and Kenton Bar Roundabout because of an accident involving three vehicles. There's congestion to Gosforth Park. More on BBC Travel News for

Tyne and Wear.

Collision on A1

Northumbria Police

tweets: Police currently dealing with a collision on the A1 sbound near to Kingston Park junction. Lane 1 of 2 currently closed. Delays expected

Hugill doubt for York trip

Hartlepool United's Jordan Hugill is a doubt for Saturday's game at York. He was brought off

during the 1-0 defeat at Southend due to difficulty with his vision.

Manager Ronnie Moore said: "We're just waiting, it's going to be very last minute on that one. He's seeing a specialist tomorrow and then we'll find out whether he'll be ok to play or not."

Pools sit one point above the relegation zone in 22nd place and have won 13 points out of a possible 18 in League Two during the last six games.

Your photos: River Tyne

Josephine Cobden spotted these fluffy cumulus clouds above the River Tyne earlier.

River Tyne
Josephine Cobden

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News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A persistent criminal who attacked a stranger while out celebrating his freedom is now behind bars.
  • BBC Tees: The opening of a £4.3m road upgrade in County Durham has now been put back to the end of May.

Ten engines a day 'sent to false alarms'

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue

tweets: Almost 10 fire engines a day are being sent on blue lights to what turned out to be a false alarm.

Whickham looking up in survival bid

BBC Sport

Connor Wickham says Sunderland are hunting down the clubs above them in the Premier League table, rather than worrying about the form of those below.

Connor Wickham
Getty Images

Sunday's 1-0 local derby win over Newcastle United lifted the Wearsiders three points and three places clear of Queens Park Rangers in 18th.

West Bromwich Albion, a place above the Black Cats, are four points ahead and there is a six-point gap to Newcastle.

"We're looking at who we can catch," forward Wickham (pictured left with Jermain Defoe) told BBC Newcastle.

Security guard threatened in robbery

A security guard carrying money was threatened by a man with a weapon in Wallsend.

The guard handed the box of cash to the offender at a premises in High Street East at 09:20 BST on Wednesday. The guard was not hurt but left shaken.

The man made off towards Laburnum Avenue where someone else was waiting in a small silver vehicle and they drove off.

The offender is described as white, 5ft 10ins - 6ft 2ins, 20-30 years, stocky build and was wearing a dark coloured hooded top with dark coloured bottoms.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Police investigating a rape in South Shields are appealing for help from a member of the public.
  • BBC Tees: It's claimed the North East has seen the biggest rise in living standards anywhere in the UK

Eight bailed after drug raids

Eight people arrested during early morning raids by Durham Police have been released on bail.

Nine properties in Easington Lane, South Hetton, Sunderland and South Shields were searched by Durham Police on Wednesday.

Six men and two women aged between 29 and 74 were arrested on suspicion of a range of offences including conspiracy to supply class A drugs and money laundering.

They have been bailed until the end of May pending further inquiries.

On the lunchtime Look North

Ian Reeve

BBC North East Business Correspondent

Barclays is creating 200 call centre jobs in Sunderland to deal with bank fraud. The jobs will add to the 1,500-strong workforce already employed at its Doxford Park call centres.

The bank, which has been on the city-fringe site since 1999, has created the new jobs partly because of a rise in internet fraud.

Barclays building

I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

Armed robbers smash counter

Pizza shop staff were left shaken after

men armed with a hammer stole cash and smashed a counter in Newcastle.

A delivery driver was threatened by two men outside Dominos Pizza in Cowgate at about 21:10 on Wednesday. They made off in a silver coloured Vauxhall Corsa.

No one was injured. Police believe the Corsa had been stolen from Grosvenor Place, Jesmond in the early hours of Tuesday. It was later recovered on Penshaw Green. The force is appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A man has been jailed after he deliberately drove his car at another vehicle, not realising it was an unmarked police car.
  • BBC Tees: It's claimed the North East has seen the biggest rise in living standards anywhere in the UK.

'Drunk abuser' fined

The Shields Gazette

A man who squared up to a police officer after being found slumped drunk in the street

has been fined.

'Booze-free' success inspires continuation

Durham pace bowler Chris Rushworth says his performances during the 2014 season without alcohol

inspired him to maintain his abstention in 2015.

Rushworth, 28, stayed teetotal for the whole of 2014 to raise money for a children's charity. He ended the season with 86 wickets in total, 65 of which made him the fourth highest first-class wicket-taker.

Chris Rushworth
Getty Images

He said: "The benefits I found throughout the season made a huge difference. I'll try to stay off it as much as I can, maybe [have a drink] after a big win or a five for but no more."

Excellence awards shortlist announced

The shortlist for this year's

VisitEngland Awards for Excellence has been announced. There are seven nominations for the North East:

  • Tourism Event of the Year: Northumbrian Water - Kielder Winter Wonderland, Hexham, Northumberland
  • Visitor Information Provider of the Year: Durham Visitor Information Network: Durham
  • Business Tourism Award: Event Durham, Durham University, Durham
  • Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year: Seafield Caravan Park: Seahouses, Northumberland
  • Tourism Experience of the Year: The Cycle Hub, Newcastle
  • Large Hotel of the Year: Matfen Hall Hotel, Northumberland
  • Sustainable Tourism Award: St Cuthbert's House, Seahouses, Northumberland

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at Sage Gateshead on 11 May.

Dry and sunny

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be another dry day with plenty of strong sunshine and remaining warm in mainly light winds. Pleasantly warm near most coasts, too, although light onshore breezes may bring a little sea mist later.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

Check the forecast near you.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Police investigating a rape in South Shields are appealing for help from a member of the public.
  • BBC Tees: Police are investigating after two goats had to be put down after a dog attack in a Middlesbrough park.

Man arrested in rape investigation

A woman was raped in South Tyneside, Northumbria Police said.

The 21-year-old woman was attacked inside an address at approximately 23:30 on Sunday. After leaving the address a man who she describes as a 'Good Samaritan' asked if she was all right near Sea Winnings Way.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of rape and bailed pending further inquiries. Police are appealing for the 'Good Samaritan' and any other witnesses to come forward.

Lib Dems rule out mayor candidate

Middlesbrough Liberal Democrats will not field a candidate to replace the outgoing mayor Ray Mallon, the party confirmed.

Spokesman Ian Jones said: "In the 2013 referendum we campaigned against retaining a directly elected mayor. We support the need for our town to have strong, effective civic leadership but remain concerned that a directly elected mayor is the not the right way to achieve this."

Ray Mallon

After a referendum in 2013,

the people of Middlesbrough voted to keep an elected mayor. However, previously mayor Ray Mallon announced
he would not stand for re-election after 13 years in the role.

Your photos: Dunston Staithes

Chris Farish from Gateshead sent us this picture of Dunston Staithes reflecting in the calm water of the River Tyne as the sun sets.

Sunset in Gateshead
Chris Farish

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News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A County Durham man has been sent to prison for dangerous driving after he admitted using his car as "an intimidating weapon".
  • BBC Tees: It's thought there are about 11,000 armed forces veterans suffering from mental health problems in the North East and the majority aren't getting any help.