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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 24 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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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.

You can send your pictures by email to

northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk or tweet
@BBCNewsNE and we may feature them on BBC Local Live tomorrow.

I feel for Carver

Mark Lawrenson

Football analyst

Words fail me when it comes to Newcastle at the moment. They have lost six straight games but I really feel for their manager John Carver because he is an impossible position.

Carver is coaching them, organising them and trying to get them to play in a certain way but he is only in charge until the end of the season and the players know that.

I predict 1-1.

See my predictions for this weekend's action.

Rehearsals for The Last Ship

Sharuna Sagar

BBC Look North

A very excited choir of school children are at the Sage Gateshead and performing with North East legend Sting today.

People performing at Sage Gateshead
BBC

It's for the final rehearsals for a special performance of The Last Ship.

Pennine Way marks 50th anniversary

Fifty years ago, the UK's first long distance trail, the Pennine Way,

was officially opened, stretching from Derbyshire to the Scottish Borders.

It may never have opened at all but for the hard work of journalist Tom Stephenson, a prominent member of the Ramblers Association.

Pennine Way in 1965
Ramblers Association Archive

Today the association considers it one of the best trails in the country, crossing three national parks.

Find out more here.

Fulham v Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

could be without leading goal scorer Patrick Bamford and midfielder Albert Adomah after both picked up knocks at Norwich.

Centre-back Jonathan Woodgate misses out with a persistent hamstring injury. Boro remain one point behind league leaders Watford and joint second on points with Bournemouth.

Jelle Vossen (left) and Patrick Bamford
Getty Images

Match fact: Middlesbrough have won their last three games. Their last defeat was 2-0 at Watford on 6 April.

Stoke v Sunderland

Sunderland say Adam Johnson,

who has been charged with three offences of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl, remains available for selection for the
match against Stoke.

Adam Johnson
PA

Sebastian Larsson completes a ban, and Steven Fletcher's ankle problem means he is ruled out along with Wes Brown, Emanuele Giaccherini and Ricky Alvarez.

Match fact: Sunderland have lost just one of their last seven Premier League games against Stoke (W4, D2).

Ask Ed anything

Carol Malia will be interviewing Ed Miliband on Look North next week.

What would you like to ask him?

Post your questions on our Facebook page and we'll select a few to put to the Labour leader.

Ed Miliband
BBC

We'll keep you posted about when the interview will be broadcast.

Woman wins appeal

Sunderland Echo

A 'confused' woman from Sunderland, who was put behind bars for benefit fraud,

was today set free by top judges on appeal.

Change on its way

BBC Weather

We've had fun in the sun, but now it's time for change.

BBC Weather's John Hammond explains.

Infographic of temperatures
BBC

After what has been a largely dry and sunny April so far, there's a change on its way from this weekend.

Newcastle v Swansea

BBC Sport

Siem de Jong will be in the

Newcastle squad against Swansea for the first time since August after recovering from a collapsed lung.

Krul diving
Getty Images

Jonas Gutierrez returns having been dropped last week following a training-ground row with John Carver, while Facundo Ferreyra is also included.

Match fact: Newcastle have lost their last six league matches - the last time they had a longer losing streak in the top flight was in 1977.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

Air rifle found at killer's house

An air rifle has been found hidden inside a wall at the former home of a man who killed his wealthy lover to fund a lavish lifestyle.

Donald Graham, 60, was jailed for life in June 2014 for the murder of Janet Brown, of Hexham, in 2005. The body of Ms Brown, a property developer, has never been found.

Janet Brown
Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police say the rifle was discovered by a builder carrying out renovation work at the building in Intake Head, Sparty Lea, on 23 March.

Medical centre in 'special measures'

Helen Richardson

BBC Newcastle

Sue McMillan, deputy chief inspector of general practice, said: "Although patients were positive about the care they received and said they were treated with compassion and dignity, our inspectors also found some significant concerns.

"The failure to assess risk or effectively monitor quality that have been identified in the report need to be addressed and immediate action taken so that people get safe, high-quality primary care. I do not believe that the practice is likely to resolve its challenges without external support. This is why we are placing the practice into special measures."

Hartlepool fans 'should not 'black up'

Hartlepool fans set to dress up as Bob Marley for next weekend's match at Carlisle should

avoid "blacking up" as it is "likely to cause offence", anti-discrimination body Kick It Out says.

Supporters of the League Two club wear fancy dress to their final game of the season, famously donning Smurfs outfits for the trip to Charlton in 2011-12.

Fans dressed as smurfs
Getty Images

Kick it Out has advised Carlisle to refuse entry to those who "black up". "Historically it's been a way of acting out racist stereotypes," it said.

'Sixty previous convictions'

Axe shop raider Shaun McKerry, from Coundon near Bishop Auckland, started shoplifting at the age of 12 and by 15 he had been arrested 80 times.

He has 64 previous convictions, including for aggravated vehicle-taking, sending indecent letters and burglary.

Shaun McKerry
Durham Police

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A robber has been sentenced to six years in prison after raiding a post office in Shildon, armed with an axe.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.

A1 in Northumberland closed

And the A1 Belford Bypass in Middleton in Northumberland is closed and there's slow traffic southbound around the Cragmill Road junction because of an accident involving a car and a caravan. Diversion in operation - as signed.

More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

Police at scene of crash

A motorbike and a car have collided in Kenton Bankfoot, police say.

The collision happened at 13:50 this afternoon in Brunton Road. There's congestion while emergency services deal with the collision.

More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

'Boomerang Boy's' potted history

The raid in March this year by Shaun McKerry is one of

more than 1,000 crimes thought to have involved him over the last 16 years.

He earned nicknames such as Boomerang Boy and Homing Pigeon Boy in his youth, due to his repeated appearances at court.

The Shildon Post Office and Stores
PA

In the latest attack, the masked 31-year-old waved an axe as he demanded cash from terrified assistant Andrea Brighty, but was rugby tackled to the ground by the post office owner.

BreakingAxe raid robber jailed

A habitual thief who threatened staff with an axe at a County Durham post office has been jailed.

Shaun McKerry, 31, was sentenced to six years in prison with a four-year extended license period for the raid, which saw him wrestled to the ground by shopkeeper Sab Dhillon and his wife Sam, pictured below holding a baseball bat in Shildon Post Office and Stores.

Judge Prince said: "I can't remember seeing such a conspicuous display of bravery."

CCTV of shop robbery
Durham Police

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A man has been arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill after a UKIP candidate in Newcastle told police he'd received a threatening phone call.
  • BBC Tees: A man's in a critical condition in hospital after being found with a serious head injury in Darlington.

Rangers and Ashley meeting 'amicable'

The first meeting between the new Rangers regime and Newcastle owner Mike Ashley

has been described as "amicable" by a source close to the board.

Board members, including interim chairman Paul Murray, met the retail tycoon on Wednesday to discuss his continuing influence at Ibrox.

Mike Ashley
Getty Images

Ashley, who owns almost 9% of the Scottish Championship club, has a £5m secured loan with Rangers. The Englishman's Sports Direct firm also has control over Rangers' retail operation.

The full rich list

Here's the full Sunday Times Rich List 2015 for the North East:

  1. Mike Ashley £3,500m (Down £250m)
  2. Ellis Short £1,000m (No change)
  3. Mark Fenwick and family £650m (Up £150m)
  4. Alastair and Michael Powell £412m (Up £52m)
  5. Jonathan Ruffer £400m (Up £20m)
  6. The Duke of Northumberland £350m (Up £10m)
  7. Dame Margaret and Helen Barbour and family £320m (Up £5m)
  8. Duncan Bannatyne £187m (Up £12m)
  9. Graham Wylie £185m (No change)
  10. Sting £180m (No change)
  11. Stuart Monk and family £175m (Up £18m)
  12. Sir Peter Vardy and family £175m (No change)
  13. Raj Sehgal and Sanjeev Mehan £150m (No change)
  14. Duncan Davidson and family £149m (Down £6m)
  15. Steve Gibson £130m (Down £75m)
  16. Philip Noble and family £130m (No change)
  17. Phil Cronin and family £125m (Up £35m)
  18. Alex Lamb and family £125m (New entry)
  19. John Reece and family £120m (Down £55m)
  20. William Rankin and family £102m (Up £10m)

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A man has been arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill after a UKIP candidate in Newcastle told police he'd received a threatening phone call.
  • BBC Tees: A man's in a critical condition in hospital after being found with a serious head injury in Darlington.

BreakingMan held over 'beheading threat'

BBC Newcastle

A man has been arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill after a UKIP candidate in Newcastle told police he'd received a threatening phone call.

David Robinson-Young -

who is standing in Newcastle East - says he was called on Tuesday night by someone claiming to be a constituent. It's alleged the caller threatened to behead him.

Northumbria Police has confirmed that a 43-year-old man has been arrested and is in police custody.

'See what the future will bring'

BBC Sport

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat, speaking about Adam Johnson, added: "The club made a statement about it and I stand behind that. Let's see what the future will bring."

Cloud will thicken

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

After midday the sunshine will become hazy with cloud thickening from the southwest. Some outbreaks of rain may reach the region before dusk.

Weather forecast
BBC

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

Check the forecast near you.

Johnson available for Stoke match

At his news conference, Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat confirms Adam Johnson is available for selection at Stoke.

He says: "He still has to come in, but in principle if he feels okay, then he will be a member of the squad."

Dick Advocaat Sunderland
Getty Images

He adds that Steven Fletcher is out with an ankle injury.

Mills 'very happy'

Matthew Raisbeck

BBC Newcastle

Gateshead boss Gary Mills also tells

BBC Newcastle the decision on whether or not to stay or to take over at Wrexham rests with him.

A Football League club has also been given permission to speak to him. He hasn't decided whether or not to talk to them.

He hasn't ruled out staying at Gateshead where he is "very happy". He says this is probably the most difficult decision of his career.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

Mills still at Gateshead

Matthew Raisbeck

BBC Newcastle

Gary Mills says he will decide on his future in the next few days but will be in charge of Gateshead FC tomorrow against Barnet.

Wrexham this week had an official approach accepted to speak to him about becoming their manager.

Gary Mills
Getty Images

Boro suspend fan over ticket sale

BBC Tees

Middlesbrough have suspended a fan from attending future games after he was caught re-selling a ticket at an inflated price for the final game of the season against Brighton.

The club says it will conduct an investigation and is reminding fans that re-selling tickets for a profit is a crime.

On BBC Look North

Ian Reeve

BBC North East Business Correspondent

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has topped The Sunday Times Rich List of people with links to our region.

It's claimed he's worth £3.5bn - but that's £250m down on last year. The list says the top 20 in the North East are together worth £8.5bn - but some are sceptical about the newspaper's valuations.

Mike Ashley
BBC

I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 13:40 on BBC One.

Potash mine gets council approval

The opening of a £1.7bn potash mine in North Yorkshire has taken a step forward after the first set of planning permissions were approved.

Sirius Minerals has had its application for a mine and mineral transport system near Whitby

approved by councillors at Redcar and Cleveland Council.

Artist's impression of the North York Moors potash mine facility
BBC

The company still needs approval from North York Moors National Park Authority. Sirius says the mine will create more than 1,000 permanent jobs.

My take on Adam Johnson

Nick Barnes

BBC Newcastle commentator

As the PFA have stated,

Adam Johnson as an individual is entitled to a fair hearing. But is it in his or the club's best interests for him to be subjected to such public scrutiny?