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  1. Updates on Tuesday 28 April 2015

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Good evening

That's all for today from BBC Local Live in the North East. We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the region.

We leave you with this great photo Carolyn Farthing sent us of Kiln Pit Hill between Slaley Hall and Consett, County Durham.

Kiln Pit Hill in Northumberland
Carolyn Farthing

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British couple safe in Nepal

Peter Harris

Look North

A British couple missing in Nepal are safe. Clive and Heather Wilkinson were trekking

when the earthquake struck.

Clive and Heather Wilkinson
Clive and Heather Wilkinson

Mr Wilkinson, originally from Saltburn in Teesside, left a voicemail with his family in North Yorkshire this afternoon to say they are ok and seeking transport home.

They are stranded with an Australian couple in Syabrubesi. His family are now alerting the British Embassy in Kathmandu.

Crash victim Scott Rogan 'one of a kind'

A motorcyclist who died in a crash in Newcastle on Friday afternoon has been named as Scott Rogan, from the city's West End.

Scott Rogan
Northumbria Police

The incident happened in Brunton Road, Kenton Bankfoot, at 13:50.

In a statement, the 35-year-old's family said: "Scott was a big character, one of a kind, always joking around and you never knew what was coming next.

"He was a true warrior and great professional fighter, game for anything. He was a great big softie at heart. He left thousands of broken hearts including his family, friends and three beautiful children, Deven, Shayle and Alexis.

"His tragic accident was a sudden shock to everyone. We know he will be watching over us all, and will always be in our hearts and thoughts."

Gary Mills in focus

Here's a look at what former Gateshead boss Gary Mills has achieved:

  • The 53-year-old took over Gateshead in September 2013
  • He led the club to third in the Conference in 2013-14
  • Lost the play-off final 2-1 to Cambridge United
  • Joins Wrexham after they sacked Kevin Wilkin in March
Gary Mills
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Farage quizzed by Look North

BBC Look North

As the election campaign gathers pace, UKIP leader Nigel Farage has been talking to our political reporter, Mark Denten. You can hear what he has to say on Look North at 18:30.

Nigel Farage, left, and Mark Denten

He told an audience in Hartlepool that Labour is "running scared". He added that there have been no talks with the Conservatives about working together after the election.

Bad light stops play

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

It looks like the final 26 overs of the day have been lost to the light in Durham. It is now very gloomy here and the covers are on.

When the sides went off at 17:00 Durham were 115-2 v Sussex, needing another 147 to win. Both sides will feel they can press home their advantage tomorrow, however, but with wickets in hand some may be erring on the side of the hosts.

'Villa eyeing Patrick Bamford'

BBC Sport

From today's Gossip Column -

The Mail: Aston Villa have expressed an interest in Chelsea's 21-year-old forward Patrick Bamford, who has scored 19 goals on loan at Championship club Middlesbrough this season.

Family's anguish over Indian court delay

Reacting to news the Indian Supreme Court will not announce its judgement on whether Ashington man Nick Dunn can return home until next week, his sister Lisa says the family are disappointed.

However, they are still hopeful that there will be a positive outcome.

Mr Dunn, 28, was one of six Britons arrested in October 2013 and accused of illegally possessing weapons while working on a ship providing anti-piracy protection.

Lamb shot dead in head

A newborn lamb was shot in the head and killed with an airgun in Brotton in Saltburn, Teesside.

The killing happened at Shepherds House Farm in New Brotton between 20:30 on Sunday and 10:00 Monday.

Who next for the Heed Army?

Matthew Raisbeck

BBC Newcastle

Who could be the next Gateshead FC manager? Plenty have already expressed an interest. The club is an attractive proposition but it needs to be someone who experience and knowledge of the Conference (like Mills) - and with a good record in the transfer market.

Let us know what you think

on Total Sport on BBC Newcastle from 17:30.

'Fourteen players leaving NUFC'

BBC Sport

From today's Gossip Column -

The Sun: Newcastle are preparing for a summer exodus of players with Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote, Senegal striker Papiss Cisse, Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul and French midfielder Moussa Sissoko among 14 stars that could be leaving St James' Park.

Charge over alleged UKIP beheading threat

A man has been charged in connection with an alleged threat to behead a UKIP candidate in Newcastle.

Aftab Ahmed has been charged with threats to kill after David Robinson-Young claimed he received a phone call from a constituent complaining about the Middle East.

The 43-year-old of Winchcombe Place, Heaton, is due to appear before Newcastle magistrates on Thursday.

Mr Robinson-Young, 62, is standing in Newcastle East.

See the full list of candidates here.

Caskey future up in the air

Matthew Raisbeck

BBC Newcastle

The future of Gary Mills' assistant Darren Caskey is yet to be decided - but it's likely he'll also end up at Wrexham.

Mills exit to Wrexham confirmed

Matthew Raisbeck

BBC Newcastle

Gary Mills has left Gateshead FC after accepting the manager's job at Wrexham.

Survivor tells of Nepal earthquake horror

BBC Newcastle

On BBC Newcastle this afternoon, Jon and Anne talk to a woman who rescued her friend from a tower that collapsed in the

Nepal earthquake.


'He could've killed him'

Here's the front of today's Sunderland Echo, which says an ex-soldier was spared jail after punching and stamping on a drunk who threw chips at revellers. You can

read the full story by clicking here.

Sunderland Echo front page
Sunderland Echo

Run chase for Durham

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

Durham need 262 to beat Sussex for the fourth game in a row at Chester-le-Street.

Durham v Sussex at Chester-le-Street

The visitors lost their last four wickets at the start of the afternoon session for 30 runs as Chris Rushworth claimed the 11th 5-for of his career.

There is still the fourth day tomorrow, but if Durham are to win it today they need to score 4.5 an over in the 58 overs remaining.

Listen live by clicking here.

Latest updates

Simon Armstrong

BBC News

Today's top stories on Local Live:

  • An Ashington man held in India for 18 months must wait another week to find out if he can return home
  • Police appeal for witnesses after a
    motorbike passenger is killed in Washington crash
  • Gateshead's Gary Mills set to be announced as the new Wrexham manager

Newcastle shop robbed at knife point

A knife robber has raided a shop in Newcastle.

The man stole cigarettes and alcohol from the Virk off license in Bentinck Crescent after threatening a member of staff with a knife at about 15:45 yesterday.

He was wearing a pale blue hooded top, light blue tracksuit bottoms and orange gloves. He had a freckled complexion, police said.

Announcement due on Mills' future

BBC Sport

Here's more on the future of Gateshead's Gary Mills, with Welsh side Wrexham looking like they've secured his signature.

Gary Mills
Getty Images

He's expected to be announced as the club's manager tonight. You can

read the full story by clicking here.

'My friends think I'm crazy'

Back to the Lindo Wing in London now, and it is the fourth time 14-year-old Newcastle girl Amy Thompson (centre) has camped with her mother for a special royal occasion, and about the 50th event she has attended.

People camping for royal baby
Getty Images

Amy said she came down to London during the Easter holiday but after dislocating her knee decided to camp out and wait for the baby. She said: "I was here for Prince George being born and the atmosphere was just so lovely and I just wanted to experience that again.

"I wanted to be here before the baby was born because the build-up makes it so much more special on the day. My friends think I'm crazy but I don't care.

"Some people camp out for iPhones and concert tickets, I do this. I've been brought up with my mum being obsessed with the royal family so now I am. I just hope the baby comes quickly now."

Gateshead boss Mills latest

Matthew Raisbeck

BBC Newcastle

We're expecting confirmation soon that Gateshead boss Gary Mills and his assistant Darren Caskey are joining Wrexham - not Tranmere.

Further delay for North East man detained in India

A Northumberland man stuck in India for the last 18 months will have to wait seven to 10 days before he knows whether he can come home.

Nick Dunn

Nick Dunn, from Ashington, was one of six Britons accused of illegally possessing weapons while working on a ship providing anti-piracy protection in the Indian Ocean but the charges were later quashed.

Mr Dunn had been hoping the judge would announce his decision today. But after a four-and-a-half hour hearing, he announced he won't make his judgement known until at least next week.

Newcastle teen's royal treat

Royal fans who have spent more than a week camping outside the Lindo Wing where the Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth received a special delivery direct from Kensington Palace.

Luxury pastries were dropped off to the group of five at their tents as a thank you for their support, as anticipation of the birth of Kate and William's second child mounts.

Fans of the Royal Family outside the Lino Wing

Newcastle teenager Amy Thompson (back) who has been camping with her mother outside St Mary's Hospital in London for eight nights now, said she was "touched" by the gesture. "It was just so thoughtful and kind and it shows how grateful they are for our support.

Tranmere or Wrexham for Mills?

Matthew Raisbeck

BBC Newcastle

There's still no decision from Gary Mills on his future. Gateshead FC haven't heard from him since he went to talk to Tranmere yesterday.

It's six days since Mills went to speak to Wrexham. They offered him the job. Gateshead need to know what he's going to do

But they aren't expecting this to drag on beyond today. I can't really see how Mills could come back, so it's Tranmere or Wrexham...

Survival good for whole town

Hartlepool Mail

"Hartlepool's survival is good for the whole town." That's the view of fans after the team pulled off the great escape.

Ronnie Moore
Hartlepool Mail

Fire kit helps Nepal quake rescue effort

Fire chiefs on Tyneside say equipment they donated to Nepal in 2012 is being used in the rescue effort following the weekend's earthquake,

which killed more than 4,000 people.


Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue say they gave a range of old equipment, fire kit and a fire engine to their impoverished counterparts in Kathmandu City. Staff from Tyneside also travelled to Nepal to train more than 50 firefighters there.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Chris Lowther said: "When we donated the equipment to the fire service in Kathmandu, little did we know how important it would prove to be."

He said it was vital in saving at least nine people in the city at the weekend.

Middlesbrough captain Grant Leadbitter eyes play-off glory

Middlesbrough FC

tweets: Grant Leadbitter says he can't wait for the Play-Offs.

Middlesbrough's Grant Leadbitter
Middlesbrough FC

Latest updates

Simon Armstrong

BBC News

Today's top stories on Local Live:

  • Middlesbrough mayoral candidates outline plans in BBC Tees debate
  • Police appeal for witnesses after a
    motorbike passenger is killed in Washington crash
  • UKIP leader Nigel Farage has told Hartlepool fans not to "black up" for the game at Carlisle this weekend

Family tribute to Staindrop crash victim

Tributes have been paid to a father-of-three who died in a road crash on the A688 near Staindrop at the weekend.

Paul Armstrong
Durham Police

In the early hours of Sunday, Paul Armstrong's Ford Mondeo left the road and crashed just before Dunhouse Quarry. It then came to rest in a field and police were alerted just before 05:45. The 34-year-old, who was born and raised in Cockfield, County Durham, was confirmed dead at the scene.

His mother, Kathleen, said: "Paul was a brilliant dad to his three children, Brandon, Grace and Max, and loved spending time with all of them. He was a good son and brother.

"Paul was a carefree, fun-loving, happy man who loved to play and watch football, playing five-a-side on a Sunday morning. He was well liked within the local village and had a large circle of friends."

'Keep praying for Alice'

Here's the front page of The Gazette today, which carries the story of crash survivor Alice Corfield.

The Gazette
The Gazette

The 18-year-old, from Hemlington, Middlesbrough, is still in hospital six months after the crash which claimed the life of her dad, Andrew. You can

read the full story by clicking here.

Son's death prompts obesity warning

A Tyneside woman whose son died at the age of 18 is speaking out to warn others about the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Satish Appleby

Satish Appleby's son Shaun, from Whitley Bay, was addicted to crisps, fizzy drinks, chips and chicken nuggets, and spent hours every day playing computer games.

A coroner said he passed away as a result of "sudden adult death" but that his weight had been a factor. You can see a full report on Look North at 13:30 on BBC1.

'Babes in the Woods' killer Ronald Jebson dies

The Chronicle

A paedophile serial killer who murdered three children and sexually abused several more has

died while a prisoner at a North East jail.

Farage warning over 'blacking up'

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage has told Hartlepool fans not to "black up" for the game at Carlisle this weekend.

As part of their last game fancy dress tradition, some Pools fans are planning to dress up as Bob Marley. The Kick it Out anti-racism group has warned this year's theme may cause offence.

Speaking in Hartlepool this morning, Mr Farage said: "Apparently blacking up, apparently now, even though it used to be something that was thought to be in jest, is one of the worst crimes you can commit in modern Britain, and therefore they'd better not do it."

Durham back in action

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

It's day three of Durham's LV County Championship match against Sussex at Chester-le-Street.

The Division One clash saw Durham edge a four-run advantage after being bowled out for 339 in their first innings.

Sussex are now 124-3 in their second innings. You can

listen live by clicking here.

Female bike passenger killed

Away from politics news, police are appealing for witnesses after a motorbike passenger died in a crash in Washington on Sunday.

The bike was involved in a collision with a car in Heworth Road at the junction to Inkerman Road at 11:30.

The bike passenger, a 23-year-old woman, was taken to hospital where she later died. The driver of the car was unhurt.