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  1. Updates on Monday 20 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 Tuesday. Neil Stalker sent us this picture of the Holy Island causeway in Northumberland.

Holy Island causeway
Neil Stalker

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

Clear night with light winds

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

A dry and partly cloudy evening, followed by a clear night with light winds, allowing some mist or fog patches to form inland later in the night, as well as a slight frost in sheltered rural spots for example along the Wear valley.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: 1C (34F).

Check the forecast near you.

Dogs kill livestock

Two dogs have attacked and killed a ewe and five lambs in Northumberland.

The incident happened between

midnight and 08:00 on Saturday in fields in Angerton and Hartburn in Morpeth. More than 20 sheep were also injured.

One of the dogs is described as a brown Labrador type dog, the second a smaller wiry-haired dog similar to a terrier. The dogs were seen at about 09:00 on the same day near to Angerton Station.

Police appeal for photos or video

More on the sexual assault in Northumberland. Police are appealing for photographs or videos of wrestling events in the 1990s at Sandy Bay Caravan Park.

Detective Sergeant, Mick Rose said, "If you or a family member were part of the wrestling community or were contracted to venues in the Northumberland area, you may be able to help officers. The wider public may also have information about the identity of the wrestlers.

"I would urge anyone who visited Sandy Bay Caravan Park during the 1990s and watched a wrestling event to come forward. Photographs or videos of the event would be valuable to inquiries."

Child abused at caravan park in 1990s

A child was sexually assaulted at a caravan park more than 20 years ago, police say.

Police are investigating the attack at Sandy Bay Caravan Park in Northumberland in 1994.

Sandy Bay Caravan Park

Detectives believe that wrestlers, who were contracted to provide entertainment at the caravan park, may hold key information. Officers are asking that anyone who may have information about any of the wrestlers to come forward.

Issues 'fair for all regions'

The 2004 offer of devolution for the north east of England was very poor and "simply not good enough",

says a former Labour MP who has founded a new party.

Hilton Dawson of The North East Party (NEP) told Jo Coburn on the Daily Politics that "we are losing out in comparison to the good folk of Scotland". He said the NEP was committed to the UK, but it should be fair for all regions as he spoke about levels of investment, taxation and opportunities.

Hilton Dawson

This is one of a series of interviews with 22 smaller parties contesting seats at the 2015 general election.

Man with meat cleaver arrested

A man in

possession of a meat cleaver has been arrested after an incident in Northumberland.

The 47-year-old man was held on suspicion of affray on Monday 6 April. He was later bailed.

Anyone who was in the area and saw anything is asked to contact police on 101.

My take on the Newcastle fans boycott

Ian Dennis

BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter


It's difficult to gauge how successful the boycott was but I can't recall seeing so many empty seats at St James' Park for a Premier League match. We will never know how many season ticket holders did not attend but the crowd of 47,427 is the lowest of the season.

"To rub it in, some Sunderland fans organised a plane to fly over the ground with a banner that read '5 in a row Sunderland' in reference to their dominance in derbies. Newcastle United supporters may still have the last laugh but the current climate is far from jovial with their club in free fall. "

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: The South Tees NHS Trust has called for an apology from the Daily Mail over a newspaper article they say is littered with inaccuracies.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Helen Richardson have a round-up of the day's news.

Phillips wins Football League award

Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips was

handed the Sir Tom Finney Award at Sunday's Football League Awards.

Phillips scored more than 270 goals during a 23-year career playing for teams including Watford, Sunderland, Southampton, West Brom and Birmingham.

Kevin Phillips

"I'm extremely proud and truly privileged to accept this award," said Phillips, now a coach at Leicester.

Celebrating 200 years of lifesavers

Catherine Lee

BBC News

The work of police officers, wartime civil defence units, health workers and other lifesaving organisations is being

celebrated across Teesside.

"Safe and Sound", a collaboration between four local museums, aims to uncover stories that have been hidden within social history archives.

Dorman Museum

Organisers are seeking volunteers to help sift through the collection, and share their own memories and items relating to the emergency services.

Five horses killed

Kristie Kinghorn

BBC News Online

We have more on the story about five horses dying

from the fire service.

Fifteen out of the 20 horses were rescued from the stable in Houghton-le-Spring, which is 30m x 20m (90ft x 60ft), after the fire started at about 05:00.

Two fire engines from Washington Community Fire Station and a risk assessment vehicle attended and the blaze was extinguished using three water jets and two hose reels.

One of three stable blocks was destroyed by fire. A second block was damaged by fire and smoke, while the third block sustained moderate smoke damage.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: One of the firms aiming to regenerate parts of Hartlepool says there is still plenty of work to be done on making the plan a reality.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Helen Richardson have a round-up of the day's news.

Police appeal for missing man

Police searching for a missing Gateshead man are continuing to appeal for the public's help. Michael Wright, 53, was last seen in Napier Road at 10:30 yesterday.

He is 5ft 7in, of stocky build and a tanned complexion. He was last seen wearing a navy hoodie, grey shorts and red and grey Nike trainers. He has short dark hair and tattoos on both arms. He may be in a blue/silver Jaguar - registration S300 MHW.

Michael Wright
Northumbria Police

Michael may have travelled outside of the force area and it's thought he may be in Scotland. He is also a regular visitor to the lake district.

My next stop on election tour

5 Live

Parts for the car that you drive might be in this very warehouse. I'm in the marginal area of Stockton South on my latest stop on my Election 2015 trip for BBC 5 Live.

Car parts warehouse

Find out what I've been up to on

BBC 5 Live Drive after 16:00.

'Nice way to say goodbye'

A win against Norwich at Carrow Road on Friday night ensured Boro stayed right in the mix for automatic promotion and Tomas Kalas, although he can't play, wants to stay around to watch that happen.

Tomas Kalas challenged by Cameron Jerome
Getty Images

"It was a nice way to say goodbye," says the Czech Republic international whose loan from Chelsea ended after the game. "If Chelsea don't need me, I'm going to see if they will let me stay here and I can support the lads for the final games,"

he told the Boro website.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

Roeder appointed at Sheffield Wednesday

BBC Sport

Interesting goings-on at

Sheffield Wednesday. Ex-Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder and former Hull City owner Adam Pearson will, according to the Championship club's website, "form two parts of what is effectively a three-man sporting director by committee alongside head coach Stuart Gray".

Getty Images

In essence it means there is no manager and all decisions will be taken by the three-man committee, which, adds the website, "will evolve and potentially expand on an ongoing basis".

If anyone knows what that means, can they please let us know?

Attackers break into home

The Chronicle


Two men forced their way into a home in Smith Street South, in Ryhope, Sunderland, yesterday and assaulted two people inside before driving away.

Smith Street
The Chronicle

Diversion remains in Penshaw

Coxgreen Road in Penshaw is closed in both directions between the Langdale Road junction and the Coxgreen Road junction because of a building fire. A diversion remains in operation.

The B6318 in Low Brunton cis losed in both directions between the B6320 junction and the A6079 junction because of an accident involving a car and a motorbike. More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

Looking back at Cup classics

Guy Mowbray looks back at two famous FA Cup semi-finals

including the drama of the Chesterfield v Middlesbrough match in 1997.

It ended 3-3 with Chesterfield scoring an equaliser minutes before the end of extra time. Middlesbrough went on to advance to the final in the replay but lost to Chelsea.

Guy Mowbray

The programme also looks back at Liverpool v Everton at Maine Road in 1977.

Council denies NUFC crowd figure

Peter Harris

Look North

Newcastle City Council says it does not recognise the 30,075 crowd figure for the Spurs game. It did not come from them, it says.

We'll have more on this on Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

Fine and dry

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a fine and dry afternoon across the area with plenty of sunshine and light winds.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

Check the forecast near you.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

Fractured eye socket after attack

A man suffered a

fractured eye socket and left cheek bone after an attack in Middlesbrough.

The 42-year-old man was punched in the face in Barracuda on Albert Road at about 00:30 on Monday 6 April.

The victim was taken to hospital and now requires surgery. Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

Championship player of the year

Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford is celebrating after being

named Championship player of the year at the Football League awards.

The on-loan forward beat Ipswich Town's Daryl Murphy and Watford's Troy Deeney to the trophy.

Patrick Bamford
Getty Images

He is also Boro's top scorer with 19 goals to his name this season. Middlesbrough are currently third in the league fighting for automatic promotion.

Teenager assaulted in Northumberland

A 16-year-old girl has been

punched and kicked in Northumberland.

The teenager was assaulted by a man in Front Street in Newbiggin at about 22:00 on Thursday 9 April. It was after a group of men and the girl got into an argument near Cleveland Terrace.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

Crash death sees arrest

A man has

died after the car he was travelling in overturned and ended up on its roof near the Angel of the North.

The 24-year-old victim died in hospital following the crash near the turnoff for the A1231 on the A1, in Newcastle, at 05:00 yesterday.

Scene of crash on A1

Northumbria Police said a woman in her 20s had been arrested in connection with the crash. Another man, aged 20, who was also in the car, suffered minor injuries.

Doctor Who stars recreate Sgt Pepper

These famous faces from Doctor Who have lined up to celebrate a musical based on the hit BBC One show.

Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular

Some of the long-running show's stars - and its most famous monsters - were gathered together in a picture inspired by the classic cover of The Beatles Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The musical tour, which includes musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC National Chorus of Wales, includes performances of the show's score with scenes from the series shown on a big screen and live-action monsters.

It comes to the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on 28 May.

Horses killed in blaze

Kristie Kinghorn

BBC News Online

More on the story that five horses have been killed in a fire at a stable block in Sunderland.

The blaze happened at stables in Coxgreen Road, New Penshaw, at 04:55. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service says an investigation into the cause is under way.

Burnt stables
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Emma Mold, one of the owners, says it was "absolutely devastating" and "heart wrenching" to be woken up to such an "horrific scene".

Remaining in the EU

BBC Newcastle

At our live debate in Hexham, Chris Heelfield asks if the UK should remain a member of the EU union.

Jeff Reid says: "It's where we need to be and we need to work together. It's kept the peace in Europe for 50 years."

Lee Willisroft Ferris says: "Yes, but it needs to be fundamentally reformed - it needs to be less obsessed with neo-liberal capitalism and more concerned with the planet and the people."

David Nicholson says: "We need to let the voters to have a say. We want to be out of Europe."

Liam Carr says: "I don't think an EU referendum is good for this country. It wouldn't be good for business. The public should be the main thing on our agenda."

Guy Opperman says: "I'd like to remain a part of the European Union. I do want it to be radically reformed. I want it to be more responsive to what we need in this country and what you need. That process will take several years and then we should put it to the people and decide."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Five horses have died in a fire at a stable block in Sunderland this morning.
  • BBC Tees: Fifteen months on from Hartlepool Council's "Vision" to regenerate parts of the town, their chief executive says "progress is being made".

A fairer voting system?

Joe Simms asks what the views are on fairer voting systems with the seat more than likely staying under a Conservative.

Liam Carr says: "I wouldn't take your vote for granted. I think we do need to look at constitutional reform."

Guy Opperman says: "I've not been complacent. If you don't think I've done a good job, don't vote for me. If you think I've been a good local champion fighting for this area then do support me."

Jeff Reid says: "We got the coalition to have a referendum which didn't turn out too well. Farer votes are vitally important. Vote with your conscience and vote for the person that is best representative of your views."

Lee Willisroft Ferris says: "I agree. Vote for what you believe in. Smaller parties like mine will not progress if you don't vote for what you believe in."

David Nicholson says: "Being a smaller party, we would welcome a change. Your vote would then not be a wasted vote."

Funding for schools

Yasmine Jackson asks why are successful schools punished and asks when they will get funding for a new building.

Liam Carr says: "I'm sorry you feel like that. The current government scrapped the building schools for the future programme. We've seen £400m of school budget funding diverted to a free schools project. That is money that can't be spent on schools in Northumberland, so we'll reverse that and not open any more free schools."

Lee Willisroft Ferris says: "I'm a teacher in Durham. Durham Free School opened nearby, now the free school is closed, so now we're taking the students back into our school. When you have free schools, academies, community schools, it doesn't work. We will bring schools back under local authority control."

Guy Opperman says: "The school that needed the most work was Prudhoe Community High School, you will see a new school being created there. Your school got more money this year. There is progress being made, we've still got a long way to go though."

Jeff Reid says: "We do need fairer funding. The education system should be run through the county council."

David Nicholson says: "We are disadvantaged in Northumberland. The amount of money local authorities have left to spend on the actual buildings is far less than other parts of the country. We will scrap the Barnett formula and make sure the per-head spending works out equal throughout the country."

How to register to vote


Today is

the last possible day to register to vote in the 2015 general election. Anyone wishing to vote must be registered by midnight or they won't be able to.

Ballot box

The Electoral Commission reports that 1.7 million applications to register to vote have been made in the past five weeks, most of them online.

People can

register online or visit their local town hall offices to fill in a paper form.