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  1. Updates on Wednesday 15 April 2015

Live Reporting

By Lloyd Watson

All times stated are UK

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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 Thursday. David Wright captured the sun reflecting on the water of Royal Quays Marina in North Shields.

Royal Quays Marina
David Wright

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

Dry with clear spells

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

It will be dry with clear spells developing overnight, and this will allow temperatures to fall, with a touch of frost possible in rural spots, particularly west of the A1.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: 1C (34F).

Check the forecast near you.

On BBC Look North tonight

Richard Moss

Political editor, North East & Cumbria

It might have had a visit from the Prime Minister on Monday - but of course the biggest event in the Berwick constituency this week was the arrival of the BBC Look North hot seats!

We're taking them out and about throughout the election campaign to bring candidates face to face with voters.

Richard Moss with hot seats

Find out what was said on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Missing teenager found safe

Northumbria Police says Kelly Dixon, 19, of Newcastle, has now been found safe and well. The public are thanked for their help.

NUFC accounts: Salary £78m

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

Newcastle United's accounts say owner Mike Ashley still has £129m in interest-free loans outstanding, but the money in the bank means the club's net debt is down to about £95m.

The accounts also reveal that nearly £30m was spent on signings after 30 June with £12.6m coming in player sales - mainly from Mathieu Debuchy's move to Arsenal. Newcastle's salary bill rose to £78m from £61m, a 27% increase.

A club spokesman declined to comment.

Medal burglar jailed

The Gazette

A burglar who stole a war medal from a retired man's home, leaving the victim feeling he had to strengthen his house "like Fort Knox",

has been jailed.

Jonathon Douglas
The Gazette

Two arrested after two-car crash

Two men have been arrested after a two-car crash on the A194 Lindisfarne roundabout in South Shields.

The collision happened at about 15:10. There are not believed to be any injuries, police said.

Police rule out race motive

Police have

ruled out race as a motive for the fatal shooting of a man outside a Tyneside takeaway.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "There is nothing to suggest that his killing was in any way connected to his race, religious beliefs or because of his nationality.

CCTV released by police
Northumbria Police

"CCTV footage taken from Lumley Avenue and Lake Avenue show the motorbike at about 21:58, moments after Tipu Sultan was shot and killed."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A safety review following the deaths of five people in the River Wear in Durham in five years has recommended enclosing parts of it with fencing.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Simon Pryde have a round-up of the day's news.

Man admits stabbing woman

A 34-year-old man has

admitted stabbing a woman on Wearside in an attempt to kill her.

John Robert Barron from Avon Terrace, Washington carried out the attack at about 06:40 on 26 November.

Avon Terrace

The woman had to be treated in hospital, Northumbria Police said. Barron pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was remanded in custody. He will return to Newcastle Crown Court in May for sentencing.

NUFC accounts show £34m in cash

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

Newcastle United had more than £34m in their bank account at the end of the last financial year.

It comes as many

fans have criticised the ambition of owner Mike Ashley are are planning to boycott the Spurs home match on Sunday.

"A lot of fans would ask why was a significant portion of that money not spent on team strengthening?" said Newcastle fanzine editor Mark Jensen.

"The idea of a boycott has been building for a long time and you can't blame the fans, and I'm all in favour of it. The frustrating thing for them is the money is there but the club won't spend it."

Sunny spells developing

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Skies will brighten from the north this afternoon with some bright and sunny spells developing and winds becoming light, however it may feel a touch cooler than yesterday.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

Check the forecast near you.

River deaths: Safety measures recommended

A safety review following the deaths of three university students in 18 months has

recommended enclosing parts of the River Wear in Durham with fencing.

Sope Peters drowned in 2013, Luke Pearce died in 2014 and Euan Coulthard in January. All had been out drinking.

Sope Peters, Luke Pearce and Euan Coulthard
Durham Constabulary

The report recommended isolating access to the river corridor with fencing or high gates and improving lighting.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: Dozens of people were evacuated from a County Durham village after a fire at a local firm.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Simon Pryde have a round-up of the day's news.

A194 crash: Emergency services at scene

Francesca Williams

BBC News

North East Ambulance Service has confirmed it is attending a crash on the A194 on South Tyneside near the Lindisfarne roundabout.

Two Hazardous Area Response Team ambulances arrived on the scene at about 15:20. More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

Buckingham Palace guard grins and bears it

The guards at Buckingham Palace are notoriously difficult to distract, with many tourists finding it impossible to get them to raise a smile or react to anything they do.

Well - imagine how one Buckingham Palace guard feels today after being caught on camera tripping up outside.

Guard falling over
David Meadwell

The moment was captured on video by David Meadwell from Newcastle.

See the video here.

Service suspension could last 'months'

Helen Richardson

BBC Newcastle

Dr Geoff Stephenson, the medical director of the area's Clinical Commissioning Group, says the issue could take months to resolve.

He said: "The locum consultant who was providing the breast services in Sunderland retired recently and as a result there is no consultant to carry out the surgery itself.

"This is specifically about the surgical aspect of breast care. [The hospital] is continuing to have a team supporting patients in Sunderland and providing ongoing patient care to patients who are in the service. The issue is about new referrals into the service. It's going to be a number of months before this can be satisfactorily resolved."

He says new referrals will be dealt with at other hospitals in the region.

Kielder considered for lynx return

A forest in the North East is being

considered as a new habitat for wild lynx which have been extinct in Britain for more than 1,300 years.

The Lynx UK Trust is holding a consultation into bringing the big cats to Norfolk, Cumbria and Aberdeenshire.

Wild lynx
Erwin van Maanen

It is now considering Kielder Forest, in Northumberland, as another site as it has a large deer population - the main prey for lynx. Sheep farmers have raised concerns about the animals attacking sheep.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

No price increase - 'no pay increase'

Richard Thomas

BBC News

Three years after returning steel making to Redcar on Teesside SSI is warning the "traumatic fall in steel prices" means no pay increases for staff.

Steel worker

In a newsletter boss Cornelius Louwrens says pay rises and bonuses are delayed "until the business is in a position to afford the payments" - but staff have also been told SSI won't let "the current market difficulties hinder the focus on other business matters."

A167 reopens after fire

Spennymoor Police

tweet: FERRYHILL UPDATE A167 now reopened North & South btwn Thinford & Chilton. Town Centre still affected #Ferryhill

BreakingRoads closed due to fire

Parts of a County Durham town have been sealed off due to a fire.

Fire crews are tackling a blaze at a property near the Black Bull pub in Ferryhill, which holds gas bottles.

As a result the A167 between the Rushyford roundabout and the Thinford roundabout has been closed as a precaution.

Get the latest travel here.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A report has been released into river safety in Durham after five people drowned in the city.
  • BBC Tees: A Darlington teenager has died after a car crash on the A66 near Long Newton in the early hours of this morning.

Inflatable Parliament on the road

Fergus Hewison

BBC Newcastle political reporter

BBC Newcastle's inflatable Parliament is at the Viking Centre in Jarrow. Have you seen it?

There's more on Alfie and Charlie tomorrow. Comments so far include: "Is it an air bed?", "Do you sleep on it?" and "Why are you doing this?"

Fergus with the inflatable parliament

Boro reveal pre-tax losses of £20m

The Gazette

The financial importance of Boro's promotion push was highlighted today as the

club revealed further multimillion-pound losses.

The Gazette

How well do you know your candidates?

What do you remember about the

highlights and (occasionally brutal) low points of electoral campaigns past?

BBC Magazine has put together another quiz now that we're halfway through the election campaign.

John Prescott

You can also find a full list of candidates searchable by postcode


Action plan after river deaths

Katie Cole

BBC Newcastle

Durham City Safety Group say they will now produce an action plan following the RoSPA review. They'll make a decision on lighting and whether railings are needed.

Durham City Safety Group meeting

Five people have died in the River Wear in last five years, including three students.

The last fatality was in January this year.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A report has been released into river safety in Durham after five people drowned in the city.
  • BBC Tees: A Darlington teenager has died after a car crash on the A66 near Long Newton in the early hours of this morning.

Boro's match stats

Middlesbrough went two goals ahead in the first 11 minutes of the game, but subsequently had one shot on target.

It was Boro's sixth home win in a row. Wolves only managed one shot on target out of nine shots.

Match stats

Four points separate the top four, with fourth place Watford having a game in hand. Out of the four, Middlesbrough have the poorest goal difference.

River fences 'should be considered'

Helen Richardson

BBC Newcastle

A safety report created after five people

drowned in the River Wear in Durham has concluded that fences should be considered.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (Rospa) has been investigating the safety of the riverside - and what measures could be taken to improve it.

River Wear

It says that using fencing or high gates should be looked at - but they could be "very expensive", "would be easy to get around" and warned that it could also attract antisocial behaviour. It also suggested a policy on lighting should be developed, and improvements to pathways.

Tipu Sultan shooting: CCTV released

Detectives investigating the killing of Tipu Sultan in South Shields have released CCTV of the two men responsible for his death.

Mr Sultan, 32, was found with a single gunshot wound last Tuesday at the back of the Herbs and Spice Kitchen, where he worked.

A 35-year-old Newcastle man was arrested on Sunday afternoon and later bailed.

CCTV released by police
Northumbria Police

Mr Sultan was shot at close range, in what police believe was a planned killing. He was treated by paramedics but died at the scene.

Sandiford has 'strong argument' for appeal

A British grandmother facing death for smuggling £1.6m-worth of cocaine into Indonesia

has "a very strong argument" for appeal, her barrister has said.

Lindsay Sandiford, originally from Redcar, has been in jail since 2012 after arriving in Bali from Thailand with the drugs.

Lindsay Sandiford

International lawyer Craig Tuck said the legal arguments were clearly in her favour and a final appeal would be filed "very soon" by his team. Any punishment is then expected to be delayed by up to three months.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A report has been released into river safety in Durham after five people drowned in the city.
  • BBC Tees: Middlesbrough's annual accounts show the club made a pre-tax loss of £20.4m in the 12 months to June 2014.

Aarons suffers injury setback

Newcastle United winger Rolando Aarons is

expected to miss the final games of the season with a hamstring injury.

The 19-year-old made an impression earlier in the season, scoring twice in five games under Alan Pardew, but has not played since November because of injury.

Rolando Aarons
Getty Images

The England Under-20 international had returned to training this month.

More on teacher death

BBC Newcastle

We spoke to the head teacher of Bowburn Infants School, Christine Ormerod.

She told us staff and students are deeply

saddened by Alix's death and their thoughts are with her family and partner.

She said Alix was an excellent teacher, enthusiastic and committed to all of the children she taught. She added Alix will be very much missed by everyone within the school community.

'Rest and get ready'

Middlesbrough maintained their push for automatic promotion to the Premier League with a hard-earned

2-1 win over high-flying rivals Wolves last night.

Boss Aitor Karanka said: "We're third with three games to go and this was the aim at the beginning of the season.

Middlesbrough celebrate Bamford's goal
Getty Images

"The first half was amazing, we played very well. But in the second half they showed they're a strong team. Now we have to rest and to learn from the last three or four games, and get ready for Friday night (the match against Norwich)."

Sports spending down £7m

More than

£42m has been axed from councils' sports and leisure budgets since 2010, a BBC survey has revealed.

The North East has seen a decline of more than £7m.

Table of leisure spending

The biggest losses were in the north-west of England, which have seen cuts of more than £12.3m.

Missing Newcastle teenager

A 19-year-old woman from Newcastle has

not been seen since about 15:00 on Sunday, police say.

Kelly Dixon could be anywhere in the Northumbria Police force area. She is about 5ft and has shoulder length brown hair tied in a pony tail or bun. She was last seen wearing a dark grey McKenzie hooded top, blue jeans and carrying a blue bag.

Kelly Dixon
Northumbria Police

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101.