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  1. Updates on Friday 10 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 Monday.

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Small chance of shower

Kawser Quamer

Presenter, BBC Weather

Mainly dry during the evening with some hazy sunny spells, and perhaps a small chance of catching an isolated light shower in the west around Consett. Winds will strengthen later on, with cloud amounts increasing as spells of rain spread eastwards during the early hours.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).

Check the forecast near you.

Middlesbrough v Rotherham

Middlesbrough will be without Grant Leadbitter for their

match against Rotherham after the midfielder was booked for the 10th time this season.

Defenders Daniel Ayala (thigh) and Kenneth Omeruo (groin) will be assessed while Damia Abella (knee) and Rhys Williams (Achilles) remain sidelined.

Match fact: Boro have lost two of their last three games, winning the other. Their only win since 17 March was 1-0 against Wigan at home on 3 April.

My chat with Katie Cutler

Anna Foster

BBC Newcastle mid-morning presenter

I've been speaking to the lovely Katie Cutler on BBC Newcastle this morning.

She started an online fund which helped disabled man Alan Barnes get his life back on track after he was mugged in Gateshead. She helped raise more than £300,000 and has started a new foundation. There's more information on our

Facebook page.

Anna Foster and Katie Cutler

Listen again to my chat with her by

clicking here.

Liverpool v Newcastle (20:00 BST Monday)

Mark Lawrenson

Football analyst

Liverpool got themselves over the line and to Wembley after beating Blackburn in their FA Cup quarter-final tie and that success will help their league form too.

I can only see one outcome at Anfield on Monday, because Newcastle's poor form means they are the team everyone wants to play right now.

Fourth place has gone for Liverpool but their aim now has to be to finish in fifth, get to the FA Cup final and try to win it. Do that, and they have had a good season.

My prediction: 2-0

Palace game 'most important'

BBC Sport

Dick Advocaat ingratiated himself superbly with the Sunderland fans, courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Newcastle last weekend. But the Black Cats manager has told his players to forget that result on focus instead on the forthcoming matches that will decide their Premier League future.

He said: "We cannot think any more of Newcastle - I have told them that - because we have in principle five games in which we have to do it.

Dick Advocaat

"We still have a chance in the last two away games, but in principle, we have to do it in the first five games, so the most

important game is now tomorrow."

'Thoughts with his family at this time'

South Tyneside Supt Sav Patsalos said: "The CCTV footage shows two men on a motorbike heading down Lizard Lane and towards Whitburn and Sunderland.

"It was taken in the minutes after Tipu Sultan was shot and we believe that this is the two men who are responsible for his murder leaving the scene.

"From the footage you can clearly see the two men on the bike, both are wearing helmets. From the footage we can gauge the size and shape of the motorcycle - which we believe is a large, red, superbike or performance-style bike.

"We need to speak to anyone who saw these men and this bike before or after the incident. Our thoughts continue to be with Tipu's family at this time and I want to reassure them, and the wider public, that we are doing all we can to try and identify those responsible for Tipu's murder."

Map of shooting
Northumbria Police

BreakingCCTV released in gun murder probe

This CCTV image shows two men suspected of shooting dead a father of two in South Shields.

Northumbria Police

Tipu Sultan was gunned down at 22:00 on Tuesday. He was shot once from close range outisde the rear of the Herbs and Spice Kitchen takeaway in Lake Avenue.

Two men on a motorbike were seen driving into the rear lane just before the incident and seen driving away immediately after the shooting. Police say they are the prime suspects. They left the area towards Whitburn and Sunderland.

'The views of real passengers'

Fergus Hewison

BBC Newcastle political reporter

Responding to the remarks, a Stagecoach spokesman said: "What matters isn't the predictable playground politics of an election campaign, but the views of real passengers who use buses and can talk from first-hand experience about what their service is actually like."

He added: "Independent research published by Transport Focus just last month found bus passenger satisfaction in Tyne and Wear is 90%, amongst the highest of any area in the country, and that Stagecoach offers the best value bus fares in Britain."

The five Tyne and Wear councils want to introduce a Quality Contract across the region. However, they have faced opposition from bus companies who believe the idea is a gamble that could push up fares, and transfers too much of the cost of bus services to local taxpayers.

Bus firm behaving like 'gangsters'

Fergus Hewison

BBC Newcastle political reporter

A bus company accused of behaving like "gangsters" by a Labour politician has hit back.

Labour transport spokesman Michael Dugher made the remark during a visit to Newcastle today - where he lent his support to a controversial Quality Contract scheme which would give the five Tyne and Wear councils greater control over bus fares, routes, and ticketing.

Bus firms have bitterly opposed the plans for a Quality Contract - which could come into force at the end of May if approved by a regulatory board.

Mr Dugher told BBC Newcastle: "I'm going to stand up for communities in Tyne and Wear and for passengers who are really worried about the cuts that are happening to their local bus services and that means standing up against these big vested interests, the likes of Stagecoach, which frankly act like a bunch of gangsters, holding communities like this to ransom and we're not accepting that kind of bullying anymore from companies like Stagecoach."

Last seven games will 'define NUFC'

John Carver has seen his Newcastle side pick up nine points from a possible 36 since taking over. Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace have managed 23 in the same time.

Carver, however, is focusing on the last seven games of the season. He said: "Never mind my ambition, I think it defines the whole football club, it defines the players.

John Carver
Getty Images

"There are a lot of players in that dressing room out of contract, there's a lot of players in their last season of their contract, so these last seven games will define an awful lot that goes on for everybody."

More details on misconduct probe

According to the Home Office, in a misconduct investigation, the only possible results are:

  • Misconduct not found
  • No further action
  • Management advice
  • Written warning (12 months)
  • Final written warning (18 months)

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A tribunal has upheld a North East council's decision to sack the ceremonial Mayor of Hartlepool from his day job as a care worker.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.

Sim 'made union aware'

Northumbria Police's Chief Constable Sue Sim has decided to retire when she reaches her 30 years' service on 3 June.

Gordon Armstrong, the Chairman of Northumbria Police Federation, which is the officer's union said: "She certainly made us aware that in June she had her 30 years in and would be entitled to go and she's made that decision.

"I've not had many, if any, bad words said about Sue Sim. When we've been involved in negotiations with her, she's always looked at things from an officer's point of view before making decisions."

Sim played 'key role'

Paying tribute, the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird, said in a statement: "She and I have worked well together over the two and half years since I became Police and Crime Commissioner.

"She responded to the challenge of this new governance structure very positively and my experience of her is that she always, without exception, delivers what she has promised.

"She has played a key role in the success of this force overall, and she has been supported by the excellent officers and staff in Northumbria Police."

'No sanctions' if exit before probe ends

Annette Bartholomew

BBC News

Vera Baird's press office says the inquiry into misconduct allegations of Northumbria Police chief Sue Sim will continue unless the complaints are withdrawn.

There is no timescale for when the report will be completed. However, if the complaints are upheld, and Sue Sim has already retired, then it is unlikely any sanctions will have any impact.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A tribunal has upheld a North East council's decision to sack the ceremonial Mayor of Hartlepool from his day job as a care worker.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.

'Officers made complaints'

Last month, Ms Baird announced that she had appointed a judge to lead an inquiry into allegations that Ms Sim might have "

fallen short of her duty as a police officer to treat colleagues with respect and courtesy".

She said: "I am now clear that they wish to make complaints against the chief constable of Northumbria Police which merit investigation."

'Policing at its best'

Chief Constable Sue Sim says the search for gunman Raoul Moat following the murder of Christopher Brown and the shooting of one of her own officers, PC David Rathband, was "policing at its best".

"That was one of the most challenging times of my career and the largest manhunt the country has seen for 44 years. I spent my time out and about reassuring the public and responding to their questions.

Sue Sim
Northumbria Police

"Despite their concerns they never waned in their support for us and I am immensely proud of my officers and staff who went about their roles fully aware of the threats against them, but determined to support the public. That is British policing at its best, working in partnership with those we serve, and is why I am still so passionate about what we do."

Misconduct allegations probe 'to continue'

The inquiry into misconduct allegations against Sue Sim will continue according to Vera Baird's press office.

We've spoken to the police and crime commissioner's office and they cannot give a date when the inquiry will be completed.

It is 'right time' to leave

In a statement released by the force, Sue Sim said she was "sad" to leave the force but was retiring to spend more time with her family.

It continued: "After careful consideration I have decided to retire when I reach my 30 years service on 3 June.

"My family have made many sacrifices to enable me to have such a fantastic career and it is now time to spend more time with them. I am obviously sad to leave but it is the right time and I am confident I have left a legacy of high performance that will continue."

More on Sue Sim retiring

Rik Martin

BBC Newcastle News Editor

BBC Newcastle understands complaints were collated against Sue Sim by the Superintendent's Association.

More than 20 men and women have come forward with allegations of bullying.

Sue Sim joined Northumbria in 2004 as an Assistant Chief Constable and became Chief Constable in 2011. She came to prominence during the hunt for gunman Raoul Moat.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: The Chief Constable of Northumbria Police has announced she is to retire after 30 years of service.
  • BBC Tees: A Stockton man has undergone an "unusual transplant" after developing a severe bowel condition.

Northumbria Police chief to retire

Rik Martin

BBC Newcastle News Editor

The Chief Constable of Northumbria Police has announced she is to retire after 30 years of service.

Sue Sim is leaving the force while an

investigation is being carried out into her conduct.

Sue Sim

Sunderland v Crystal Palace

Mark Lawrenson

Football analyst

I was really impressed by Crystal Palace's performance

in their victory against Manchester City - the Eagles have become a team who are really good to watch.

We already knew their wide players Jason Puncheon and Yannick Bolasie are a big threat but the pace they have through their whole side can punish teams.

But Sunderland will be on a high

after their win over Newcastle, and the fact they are still fighting for their lives will help them get something out of this game too.

My prediction: 1-1

BBC Sport expert Mark Lawrenson

Steam fair under way

Beamish Museum's Great North Steam Fair is under way.

A World War One "Battle Bus" and a mighty 1918-built Erie steam navvy will join steam locomotives, trams and more than 160 road vehicles - including buses, motor cars, traction engines and motor cycles - at the event, which runs until Sunday.

Battle bus
London Transport Museum

Paul Jarman from Beamish said: "The overall 'feel' of the event is to create the hustle and bustle of the 1920s and 30s transport scene across the museum, with as much working activity as possible."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: The hunt for the people suspected of shooting dead a father of two in South Shields has entered its third day with police still trying to work out a motive.
  • BBC Tees: It's thought more than 150,000 people in the North East were born abroad. That's a figure that's risen by 20% in the last three years.

'Not that interested in how we play'

Head coach John Carver has admitted Newcastle must pick up points to prevent a relegation struggle.

Defeat at Sunderland left United without a point from their last four games. They are currently nine points clear of the drop zone.

Newcastle caretaker manager John Carver
Getty Images

Carver said: "There are only nine points in it, and say we go to Liverpool and get nothing at Liverpool, there could be six points in it. We have to get some points, no matter how we do it.

"To be quite honest, I'm not that interested in how we play. What I am interested in is the final result and picking up points, and we have to do that."

See who is standing where

We've compiled a comprehensive list of all of the candidates standing in each constituency in the UK.

You can search by postcode or

see the full A-Z list.


Each section also has a quiz to test your knowledge of how well you know your constituency.

Fine and dry

Jennifer Bartram

BBC Weather

Another fine, dry afternoon with plenty of sunshine, though this will be rather hazy at times. It will become warm once again though there will also be a noticeable southerly breeze by the end of the day.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Check the forecast near you.

A bird atlas?

Adrian Pitches

Environment correspondent, BBC North-East

You've probably got a road atlas, you may well have a world atlas - but a bird atlas?

Detailed maps of the distribution of 200 bird species in Northumberland plotted on a grid of four-kilometre squares have been compiled in a new book.


It's a snapshot of bird populations but also a valuable conservation tool. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 13:35 on BBC One.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: The hunt for the people suspected of shooting dead a father of two in South Shields has entered its third day with police still trying to work out a motive.
  • BBC Tees: It's thought more than 150,000 people in the North East were born abroad. That's a figure that's risen by 20% in the last three years.

BreakingTwo held over OAP crash

Two people have been arrested after a car hit a pensioner in North Shields.

A 28-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman were held on suspicion of theft of motor vehicle after the 72-year-old man was struck in Saville Street at 09:40 this morning.

The vehicle involved in the incident has been traced and police are continuing their inquiries.

Appeal to trace missing man

A vulnerable 45-year-old man has gone missing from the Stockton area, police say.

Mohammed Dadd
Cleveland Police

Mohammed Dadd was last seen in Maxwell Court at 14:50 yesterday. He is 6ft 1in with brown eyes, a tribal tattoo on his left arm and another tattoo of Marilyn Monroe on his right arm.

He was last seen wearing a black jacket, a long sleeved pale blue shirt, dark jeans and black shoes.

'Crying if I scored that goal'

Juliette Ferrington

BBC Sport

Just had a grand chat with Sunderland defender John O'Shea about that Defoe goal. "I would have been crying if I had scored a goal like that," he tells me.

John O'Shea

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Lloyd Watson

BBC News

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Horse in a race
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News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: The hunt for the people suspected of shooting dead a father of two in South Shields has entered its third day with police still trying to work out a motive.
  • BBC Tees: It's thought more than 150,000 people in the North East were born abroad. That's a figure that's risen by 20% in the last three years.

Pennine Way celebrates 50 years

Britain's first national trail, the Pennine Way,

celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Pennine Way signpost

The Pennine Way measures 268 miles, from the Peak District to the Scottish Borders, and takes in three national parks and one area of outstanding natural beauty. It's 50 years old, but its roots go back much further than that.

Presenter Paul Rose has taken a journey along the "Backbone of England" and considered the post-war social revolution which helped open it up to the public.

No BNP in the North East?

David Rhodes

BBC Tees

Having gone through the nominations list this morning for the North East, I can't see any BNP candidates standing in the general election.

See the full list of constituencies and candidates from A-Z here.