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  1. Updates on Friday 17 April 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Monday

Live Reporting

By Catherine Lee

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

BBC Local Live will be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for the North East.

Turning chilly overnight

BBC Weather

Dry overnight with

clear spells and a northeasterly breeze.


Forecaster Kay Crewdson says: "It will become chilly by the dawn period, with a slight frost possible away from the immediate coast in rural areas."

Look North tonight

Lara Rostron

BBC Look North

Tonight on the programme, a police worker who viewed some of the vilest sexual abuse of children online is jailed for six years.

Join me for

BBC Look North, on BBC One at 18:30.

Counterfeit coins

A lorry driver has been found guilty of attempting to smuggle half a million fake pound coins into the UK, the National Crime Agency says.

William Turnbull, 66, from Haltwhistle, Northumberland was caught at North Shields ferry terminal driving his HGV off a service from Ijmuiden in Holland.

Fake coins
National Crime Agency

The coins had been hidden under metal washers contained in barrels. Mr Turnbull will be sentenced later.

Norwich v Middlesbrough

BBC Sport

Boro defender Daniel Ayala (pictured) is a doubt with a thigh strain for tomorrow's trip to Carrow Road, while Jonathan Woodgate is out with a hamstring problem.

daniel ayala
Getty Images

Winger Albert Adomah (calf and ankle) is doubtful, while Chelsea loanee Tomas Kalas plays his final game for Boro.

Either team could top the Championship by the end of the day, with second-placed Norwich one point adrift of leaders Bournemouth and the visitors a point further back in fourth.

Mayoral allegations denied

Chantalle Edmunds

BBC Tees

A Middlesbrough mayoral candidate has denied any wrongdoing after allegations he had broken election rules.

It has emerged Cleveland Police is investigating claims Independent candidate Andy Preston used his parents' address in Middlesbrough on his nomination papers.

Andy Preston

Mr Preston said: "I'm going to be spending huge amounts of time there so, for correspondence, for late nights I'll be spending in town, for early mornings that I'll be at meetings that we'll be having in Middlesbrough, I need a base here.

"So I used my family address where I grew up and where my parents still live."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A Middlesbrough mayoral candidate has denied any wrongdoing after allegations he'd broken election rules.
  • BBC Newcastle: Latest figures show the North East still has the highest unemployment rate in the country.

One month missing

A South Tyneside man has been missing for a month and Northumbria Police are asking for help finding him.

Daniel Smith, 25, was living in Sunderland when he was last seen on 20 March in the city.

Daniel Smith
Northumbria Police

His family are desperate to hear from him, police say.

Car chase medication excuse

Hartlepool Mail

A driver

blamed a change in his medication for him leading police on a chase through residential streets.

A team of armed police were dispatched with other officers to stop Gary Wilson when he sped off in his van after a row in the street.

Rolls Royce deal: No new jobs

Joe Lynam

BBC Business Reporter

No additional jobs will be created in the UK as a result of this

£6.1bn order for 200 Trent 900 engines. This order 'secures the future' of the existing 24,500 workers at Rolls Royce here.

Emirates A380 plane

Emirates has ordered Rolls-Royce to supply engines for its super-jumbo fleet.

The firm will make many of the components in various UK sites such as Sunderland and Derby, but final assembly will take place in Singapore.

Horrors of Belsen

Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars

BBC Newcastle

On tonight's programme, we'll be hearing from one of the first British soldiers to enter the Belsen concentration camp in Germany.

Dick Atkinson
BBC news grab

The day before a special memorial at Durham Cathedral to mark the anniversary, 94-year-old Dick Atkinson, says the horror has never left him.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: The Rolls-Royce factory in Sunderland is to benefit from a £6bn contract to build aircraft engines.
  • BBC Tees: The boss of PD Ports reveals his hopes to make Teesport a world class facility.

Heavy horses

Visitors to a County Durham tourist attraction will have the chance to see working horses in action over the weekend.

Beamish Museum is hosting a special equine event featuring horse-drawn omnibuses and carriages, and demonstrations of pit ponies and heavy horses at work.


People will also have the chance see harness makers and farriers in action and watch traditional carriage painting.

Beach birds

Part of a beach in Northumberland is being fenced off during the summer to protect nesting birds.


county council has joined forces with conservationists, to provide a safe haven in an area of Druridge Bay.

Ringed plover
Richard Dunn

It is hoped ringed plovers, oystercatchers and terns will be more successful in raising chicks if they are not disturbed by beach users and dogs.

Northern lights

John McGuffie sent us this amazing image of the aurora borealis above Cornhill on Tweed in north Northumberland late last night.

Northern lights
John McGuffie

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News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A fire which led to the evacuation of Monument Metro Station is extinguished.
  • BBC Tees: The boss of PD Ports reveals his hopes to make Teesport a world class facility.

Metro fire extinguished

A fire at Monument Metro Station in Newcastle has now been extinguished.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said an investigation into the cause of the blaze, which took place in the ceiling cavity, would now begin.

Keith Carruthers, from the service, said: "I would like to thank Nexus and the public for their co-operation."

Concern for missing man

Police on Teesside say they're concerned for the welfare of a missing 21-year-old man.

Aaron Sneddon was last seen in the Leven Street area of Middlesbrough 06:40 BST in a distressed state.

Aaron Sneddon
Cleveland Police

He is described as of slim build, with mousey hair, 6ft tall and wearing a grey Adidas tracksuit with red and white on the top and white trainers.

Serious injury collision

A woman has been badly hurt in a crash in Newcastle city centre.

Northumbria Police was called to a slip road of the New Bridge roundabout after two vehicles collided at about 09:50 BST.

The woman was taken to hospital, with injuries which although serious are not believed to be life-threatening.

Staying dry this afternoon

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Staying dry with

sunny spells developing widely in generally light winds.


However, some low cloud may return to the coast at times.

Maximum Temperature: 11 Deg C (52 Deg F)

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: The Rolls-Royce factory in Sunderland is to benefit from a £6bn contract to build aircraft engines.
  • BBC Tees: New figures show a further drop in unemployment across the North East.

Metro station fire

Crews are currently at a fire at the Monument Metro Station in Newcastle.

The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service was called out to reports of a smell of smoke on platform level just after 12:30.

Monument station

It is believed to involve a light fitting.

Nexus says trains are running through but not stopping at the station, which has been evacuated.

Cable thefts

British Transport Police is appealing for help to identify a man they would like to speak to after railway cable was damaged, resulting in signalling failure.

The incident happened in the Maidenvale Junction area of Darlington at around on 26 March, when it is believed the cable was placed across the tracks in a direct attempt to cut and steal it.

CCTV image
British Trainsport Police

Following a spate of thefts, a covert camera that had been placed in the area, which captured the image of someone the police want to get in touch with.

Magpies to change captain?

BBC Sport

Newcastle United manager John Carver will "review" the club's captaincy this summer and could take the armband away from defender Fabricio Coloccini, 33, to give it to 25-year-old right-back Daryl Janmaat according to the BBC Sport Gossip page.

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini
Getty Images

Read more here.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: The Rolls-Royce factory in Sunderland is to benefit from a £6bn contract to build aircraft engines.
  • BBC Tees: New figures show a further drop in unemployment across the North East.

Metro station closed

Tyne and Wear Metro

tweets: Monument closed due to a fire alarm activation. No bus replacement service running. More information to follow.

Police warning after ‘extremely dangerous’ pills stolen

Hartlepool Mail

Police are warning people to be on their guard after

"extremely dangerous" pills were stolen.

Strong painkillers were reportedly stolen yesterday from an address in Chatsworth Gardens, Billingham.

The prescribed drugs are believed to be 100mg of slow release morphine.

They are little grey tablets with the letters 'MST' on the packet.

Sleeping rough

More than 100 Teessiders are set to brave a cold spring night by sleeping rough to help fight local poverty and homelessness.

The fifth Big Tees Sleepout, will take place at Durham University's Queen's Campus in Stockton tonight.

Sleepout in 2013
Doug Moody Photography 07818852372

Organised by the

Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, it aims to raise money and shine a light on the issues.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: The Rolls Royce factory in Sunderland is to benefit from a £6bn contract to build aircraft engines.
  • BBC Tees: New figures show a further drop in unemployment across the North East.

Sunderland's Rolls Royce boost

Helen Richardson

BBC Newcastle

The Rolls Royce factory in Sunderland will be one of the plants to benefit from a

£6bn contract to supply aircraft engines to emirates.


Cemetery vandals

Northumbria Police has stepped up patrols after a spate of what it's described as "mindless vandalism" at Bishopwearmouth Cemetery in Sunderland.

It follows a number of reports of headstones being damaged and items moved or stolen from graves.

Bishopwearmouth Cemetery

Neighbourhood Inspector Lisa Laverick said: "It causes a huge amount of upset and distress to the families whose loved ones' graves has been affected.

"We will increase our patrols to help prevent any further incidents and offer reassurance to those visiting."

Burst pipe blamed for water woes

Catherine Lee

BBC News

Water problems in Newcastle city centre were caused by the failure of a valve on a water main, during an excavation as part of cleaning work,

Northumbrian Water has said.

Engineers have now isolated the burst and are working to repair the pipe.

Supplies have been restored and customers with discoloured water are advices to open the cold tap fully until it runs clear.

Stockton roadworks

Drivers in Stockton may experience delays from Friday, the

council has warned.

It is as a result of changes to the traffic signal control at the A1044 Thornaby Road / A174 Parkway Extension junction, which are expected to last until May.

Drivers are advised to find alternative routes at peak times if at all practicable.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Water supplies return to households in Newcastle after a burst main.
  • BBC Tees: New figures show a further drop in unemployment across the North East.

Unemployment drops

David Rhodes

Politics Reporter, BBC North East and Cumbria

There's been another fall in the number of people out of work in the North East.

100,000 people in the region are unemployed - according to the latest jobs figures.

job centre

For the past five years the North East had the highest unemployment rate in the country at that remains unchanged with it now standing at 7.7%.

Read more about

the national figures here.

Sporting roles

Anna Foster

BBC Newcastle mid-morning presenter

A study finds that children are being

put off sports as a result of pushy parents, with nearly half of children surveyed saying that the bad behaviour of mums and dads on the sidelines makes them "not want to take part".

So what is the best way to support your child without crossing the line into putting them off.

I'll be talking to the mother of Paralympic swimmer Josef Craig.

Scotswood Road: Water problem ebbing

The Chronicle


Repairs to a burst water pipe are under way in Newcastle,

as flood levels subside and households supplies return to households.


Road closures caused problems during rush hour, as diversions were put in place.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A burst water main on Scotswood Road causes traffic chaos and leaves a number of households without water.
  • BBC Tees: The whole country will benefit from the expansion of Teesport, according to a leading civil engineer.

Warning over stolen drugs

Cleveland Police has issued a warning after strong painkillers were reported stolen today from an address in Chatsworth Gardens, Billingham.

The medication, little grey tables containing 100mg of slow release morphine, could be extremely dangerous if taken by anyone other than the person they were prescribed.

Anyone who finds them is asked to hand them into any pharmacy or a police officer.

Severe disruption in Newcastle

BBC Travel

There is severe congestion between A189 St James Boulevard and Park Road in Newcastle.

The A695 Tyne And Wear and A695 Scotswood Road are closed in both directions because of a burst water main and emergency repairs.

It's also affecting Railway Street between Dunn Street and A695 Railway Street and Skinnerburn Road between Dunn Street and Shot Factory Lane.

Stay up to date on the

BBC Travel page.