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  1. Updates on Monday 27 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 Tuesday. Ken Foulds tells us he took this picture at Low Newton-by-the-Sea in Northumberland but asks: "Could it be mistaken for Seychelles, Jamaica or Bermuda?"

Low Newton-by-the-Sea
Ken Foulds

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

Scattered showers will continue across much the area overnight, and these will be wintry at times on the Cheviots and Pennines. However some eastern parts will become dry with some clear spells and a touch of frost by morning.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: 0C (32F).

Check the forecast near you.

Abseiling blind from a bridge

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

A Northumberland man who was born blind has scaled new heights to raise money for guide dogs.

With a specially trained German Shepherd, Rob Ainsley-Raffel from Hexham abseiled from the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge.

Abseiling man and dog

He said: "We've managed to do what a lot of people said we would not be able to do."

Back and forth for Look North

Phil Connell

BBC Look North

Now, if you've travelled on Northern trains recently you may have come across Graham Palmer. He's a train conductor who's been making thousands of passengers smile.

Graham, who's based in Middlesbrough, makes all his announcements in rhyming couplets.

Graham Palmer on a train

I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

'Different and incompatible'

David Rhodes

Politics Reporter, BBC North East and Cumbria

In a speech in Newcastle earlier today, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that the priorities and policies of the SNP and Labour Party are completely different and incompatible.

He reiterates that there will be no deals struck between Labour and the SNP after 7 May.

Gordon Brown speaking in Newcastle

Bridge reopens after flooding

Rebecca O'Neill

BBC Newcastle

Askew Road and the High Level Bridge on Tyneside have now re-opened to traffic after a water main burst earlier.

Water dying down

Traffic is now moving freely at Bensham Bank, Prince Consort Road and Arthur Street but access to Hill Street via Askew Road will remain restricted for the next few hours.

Shearer feels for Carver

Alan Shearer, Newcastle's record goal scorer as well as former captain and manager, added: "I feel a bit sorry for John Carver, because he's from the area, he loves the football club; it's just a shame some of his players don't love the football club as much as he does."

NUFC position in the league

The club has seen a steady decline down the table since the start of the new year.

See all of the results from this season.

Tea at Durham

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

Durham have ended up with a tiny lead of four runs following a spirited ninth wicket stand of 116 from Usman Arshad (35) and John Hastings (72).

It ended four deliveries after the introduction of the new ball when Arshad drove Steve Magoffin to Ashmal Shahzad at mid off. With his last partner out in the middle Hastings then got a thick top edge to Magoffin in his next over and was caught at 3rd man.

Durham had been in a pickle after losing three wickets in four balls for no runs while on 222. See the latest scorecard:

Durham v Sussex.

Water main causes congestion

The A184 Askew Road in Gateshead is closed and with queuing traffic in both directions between the A167 Tyne Bridge approach junction and the A189 Redheugh Bridge junction because of a burst water main and emergency repairs.

A diversion is in operation to Bensham Road. There's also congestion on A167(M) to B1307 Sandyford Road.

The A1 in South Charlton is partially blocked and there's slow traffic in both directions at the B6347 junction because of an overturned car. Police are directing traffic.

More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

NUFC are in a mess - Shearer

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer believes the club is "in a mess" as they fight for Premier League survival.

The Magpies, five points above the drop zone, are on their worst top-flight run for 38 years after losing seven in a row.

Newcastle United players
Getty Images

He said: "I think 35 points might be enough to stay up. But I'm looking at Newcastle, and I don't think they're safe yet. Their goal difference is not great either. Newcastle will need another point and then I think they'll be all right, but I don't know where that's going to come from."

Jarra Jim on BBC TV

The Shields Gazette

Jarra Jim is set to

star in a television show which champions his generation. Jim Purcell features in the documentary, which is the centrepiece of a BBC 2 season marking 70 years since the end of World War Two.

Jarra Jim
The Shields Gazette

Burst water main has stopped

Rebecca O'Neill

BBC Newcastle

We've been told the burst water main has been switched off and it should not have had any impact on customer supply.

Broken paving slabs

The clean-up is now under way with a view to reopen the roads as soon as possible.

'Bang the whole lot went up'

Jonathan Swingler

BBC Tees

Keith Shevill, the owner of the nearby Black Bull pub, said: "I took the dog to the grass opposite. There was a strange rumbling noise about 100 yards down the road the pavement just came up. There was lots of brown sludge and dirty water and then bang the whole lot went up about 40 or 50 feet in the air."

Picture of flooding

"There was enough pressure to blow paving slabs a good five or six feet in the air."

Burst water main in Gateshead

Paul Taylor was passing when he saw water spraying out from the road in Gateshead.

It happened in Askew Road next to the Black Bull pub. Areas affected are believed to be Askew Road, St Cuthbert's Road and Prince Consort Road.

Paul Taylor

The High Level bridge is also closed.

Latest headlines

Today's top stories on Local Live:

Tributes to 'handsome young man'

The parents of a 14-year-old boy killed when he was struck by a car in County Durham

have described him as a "polite and much loved son."

Matthew Dell, from South Church in Bishop Auckland, died when he was hit by a VW Golf car on the A689 at High Grange on Saturday afternoon. The teenager, who was a pupil at St John's School in Bishop Auckland, was with a group of friends at the time.

His parents, Lisa and Andrew Dell, said the family had been left heartbroken. The couple said: "Matthew was a handsome young man, good mannered, courteous, polite and a much loved son and grandson."

Matthew Dell
Durham Police

'The Great Escape'

Hartlepool Mail

Here's today's front page and a

link to the top story:

Front page
Hartlepool Mail

Man wanted to raise £100k

We have more on Nick Talbot, from Hamsterley, County Durham, who suffered cracked ribs and hypothermia

in an avalanche triggered by Saturday's quake.

Nick Talbot on Everest
Nick Talbot

The 39-year-old, who wanted to raise £100,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, was airlifted from Pumori Advanced Base Camp to a hospital in Kathmandu. More than

2,000 people have died in the earthquake.

'Use alternative route'

Northumbria Police

tweets: UPDATE: Flooding in #Gateshead roads affected St Cuthberts Road, Prince Consort Road. Motorists asked to use alternative route is possible

Burst water main

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic and one lane closed southbound on A167 Tyne Bridge in Gateshead at the A184 Askew Road junction, because of a burst water main and emergency repairs. There's congestion on A167(M) Central Motorway to A193 New Bridge Street.

More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

'We're not heroes'

Northern Echo

Two men who dragged the occupants out of a petrol-bombed Darlington house as the fire took hold

insisted last night that they are not heroes.

Adam Davies
Northern Echo

Talbot colleague did not survive

One of Nick Talbot's colleagues, who has not yet been named, did not survive the avalanches that hit Mount Everest.

Ed Owen, chief executive of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, who has been in touch with Mr Talbot's family, said: "Nick is obviously devastated by the loss of one of his colleagues, and at the widespread loss of life that has occurred. He is also aware of the support of all his friends and well-wishers at this difficult time."

'Serial 999 pest jailed'

The Shields Gazette

Here's today's front page and

a link to the main story:

Front page
The Shields Gazette

Scattered heavy showers

Keeley Donovan

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

There'll be some sunshine this afternoon. Scattered heavy showers are likely later in the afternoon though moving in from the west, some with hail and thunder, and also wintry over the higher parts of the Pennines.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

Check the forecast near you.

Latest headlines

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Today's top stories on Local Live:

Quiz your candidates

BBC Look North

We're at Teesside Shopping Park filming another Hot Seat. Come down and ask your general election candidates anything:

Look North hot seat

In the news today

Sunderland Echo

Here's today's front page and

a link to the main story:

Front page
Sunderland Echo

Why now?

BBC Political team

If housing is so important, why has it only just been tacked on to Labour's pledge card and treated as an afterthought,

asks BBC political correspondent Iain Watson.

When your opponents have nothing to say about your ideas they resort to questioning "why now?", Ed Miliband responds. He says Labour has been "making the weather" with "positive ideas" for changing the country - and housing is an essential part of that, he adds.

Labour 'will abolish stamp duty under £300k'

Lee Johnson

BBC Tees

During a speech in Stockton, Ed Miliband says a Labour government will abolish stamp duty for all first-time buyers purchasing houses costing less than £300,000. He says it will be paid for by cracking down on tax avoidance by landlords.

He also says Labour will act against out-of-town landlords and that local people will benefit from new housing first.

Ed Miliband

The Conservatives say Labour's plans are

unfunded and they had cut stamp duty for most people since 2010.

Boro duo make team of the year

BBC Sport

Boro's captain Grant Leadbitter and left-back George Friend have both made the

PFA's Championship team of the year.

How many of these do you agree with?

BBC Sport team graphic

Bournemouth, Watford, Brentford, Wolves, Norwich, Derby and Sheffield Wednesday are also represented.

Mountaineer survivor speaks to mum

Neil Green

BBC Tees

The mother of a Hartlepool mountaineer who survived the earthquake in Nepal at the weekend which killed thousands - has exclusively told BBC Tees its was "lovely" to talk to him on the phone.

Ellis Stewart
Ellis Stewart

Ellis Stewart was on Mount Everest when the earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.9, hit Nepal on Saturday morning.

His mum Anne said they're now waiting to hear when he will be airlifted from the mountain. Hear the full interview on

BBC Tees after 16:00.

BreakingMissing woman in Nepal found

Reports now say a County Durham woman who was believed to be among the missing people in Nepal has been found safe and well

Helen Pounder, 21, from Bishop Auckland, was among 90 people from Britain and Ireland missing in Nepal following Saturday's earthquake there.

But her sister has told ITV she is safe and well.

Listen again to the debate

Devolution of powers for the North East, the health service and the A1 were among the subjects in BBC Newcastle's debate in Berwick this morning.

Listen to the whole debate on iPlayer

BBC Newcastle's debate

'Four on murder bid charge'

The Gazette

Here's today's front page and a

link to the main story:

Front page
The Gazette

Appeal for crash witnesses

Katie Cole

BBC Newcastle

Police want to speak to anyone who saw a crash in Newcastle in which a motorbike rider was killed.

The 35-year-old man died when his bike and a car collided in Brunton Road in Kenton Bankfoot on Friday just before 14:00.

Hartlepool's 'great escape'

Hartlepool Mail

Ronnie Moore deserves a statue, the freedom of Hartlepool and a 10-year contract after masterminding football's 'great escape', according to one Pools fan.

Fans celebrate
Hartlepool Mail

Carver denies foul language claim

Newcastle head coach John Carver has

denied using foul or abusive language at fans who confronted him during his sides game with Swansea on Saturday.

It's been reported that Carver engaged in a four letter exchange with fans as Newcastle lost their seventh game in a row.

Newcastle boss John Carver

A spokesman for Newcastle United insisted Carver categorically denied using bad language but did offer a supporter the opportunity to hear him explain what he was doing with the team following the final whistle.

More on university fees

BBC Newcastle

Election debate in Berwick

Scott Dickinson (Labour) says: "We'd reduce fees to £6,000. Education should be open to all. We need to encourage scholarships and universities to take students from lots of backgrounds and make a case for people to say that universities that don't do that aren't sharing good practice."

Nigel Coghill-Marshall (UKIP) says: "We should perhaps reduce the number of people that go to university and take my route of working part-time or vocational routes. We're going to abolish fees for science, medicine, technology and engineering degrees. You won't repay the debt until you're earning enough to do so."

Julie Porksen (Liberal Democrats) says: "It shows you can't get everything you want in a coalition. Without a form of 'graduate tax' then there's no way our universities would cope."

Latest headlines

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Today's top stories on Local Live: