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  1. Updates on Wednesday 6 May 2015

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That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday on polling day for the general election and numerous council and mayoral polls. We hope you will join us.

Officer claims 'racial discrimination'

Phil Connell

BBC Look North

An employment tribunal has been hearing from a police officer who claims to have suffered years of racial discrimination at the hands of senior officers within Cleveland Police.

Nadeem Saddique has brought the case against his Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer.

Nadeem Saddique

I'll have the latest from the tribunal's opening day in Middlesbrough on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Frost-free evening ahead?

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

Residual showery rain this evening should clear eastwards to leave a drier, clearer remainder of the night. The winds will be strong at first, particularly along the coast, but will gradually moderate through the overnight period. On the cool side, but frost-free.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).

Check the forecast near you.

Latest headlines

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Here's today's top stories on Local Live:

Mutton dressed as lamb...

Helen Richardson

BBC Newcastle

A Gateshead takeaway owner has been fined £6,000 for serving a Lamb Rogan Josh - without any lamb in it.

The Razni takeaway in Low Fell admitted three offences under the Food Safety Act - two for serving beef instead of lamb - and one for falsely describing mutton as lamb.

The restaurant owner admitted that he had been using mutton instead of lamb because he thought it was the same. He's been ordered to pay fines and costs of more than £6,000.

I'm staying at Derby - McClaren

BBC Sport

Steve McClaren has reaffirmed his "100%" commitment to Derby amid continuing speculation linking him with Newcastle.

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McClaren told Sky Sports News: "I reiterate what I said on Saturday straight after the game, and what I've said to the board and the players yesterday - I'm 100% committed to finishing the job here.

"I hear the speculation, I see it, but I'm 100% committed to Derby County at this point. I've been saying it for months, that my total focus, my total commitment, is on Derby County."

Jewellery stolen from 90-year-old

Jewellery of "great sentimental value" has been

stolen from a 90-year-old woman's home in Hartlepool.

The incident happened in Stockton Road in Hartlepool, near Rossmere Park, between 11:00 and 12:00.

Anyone with information should contact Cleveland Police on 101.

Refugee's child put in foster care

Francesca Williams

BBC News

A woman who admitted child cruelty has been

told by a UK family court judge she cannot take care of her daughter.

The ruling comes a decade after the woman, from Angola, settled near Newcastle following the birth of her daughter in a Zambian refugee camp.

The 37-year-old was earlier given a six-month suspended sentence after admitting hitting her daughter, now 12. Judge Simon Wood has now ruled the girl should go into long-term foster care after social workers raised concerns.

A68 partially blocked

BBC Travel

The A68 is partially blocked in both directions near the Roddymoor Road junction in Bishop Auckland because of an accident.

More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

Latest headlines

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Here's today's top stories on Local Live:

Students 'ranked on intelligence'

BBC Newcastle

A school in Northumberland is getting complaints from parents after teachers ranked pupils in order of their intelligence.

Ashington High School has ordered Year 11 pupils from the most intelligent to the least academic which will "help them understand how they need to improve".

The school says it is confident the ranking idea will improve academic results this summer.

Stockton on Newsnight

BBC Tees

The BBC's Newsnight programme reported from Stockton last night, where our very own Mike Parr was featured as part of our live debate programme.

You can watch it right here on the iPlayer.

Mike Parr

A1 crash death man named

A man who died when his motorcycle crashed on a motorway on Tyneside has been named.

Brian Raymond Gee, 46, from Holborn Place, Newcastle, was

pronounced dead at the scene on the A1(M) near the Washington Service Station.

Northumbria Police say he collided with the central reservation and came off the bike. Investigations into the crash are continuing.

Sunderland count aims to declare first

Russell Ward

BBC Newcastle

After the polls close at 22:00 tomorrow evening, Houghton and Sunderland South will aim to declare its result first in the country for the sixth time in row.

The first declaration is expected at about 22:45 tomorrow.

Sunderland Tennis Centre

Sunderland chief exec and returning officer Dave Smith is at the Sunderland Tennis Centre as the postal votes are verified before tomorrow night's count.

Woman goes missing in Middlesbrough

A 33-year-old woman from Middlesbrough has gone missing.

Sonia Barcan was last seen at 22:15 in Park Lane on Monday.

Sonia Barcan
Cleveland Police

She has very long straight black hair and brown eyes. She is 5ft 3in and of a medium to large build. She was wearing a blue t-shirt, a long red skirt, a brown leather jacket and flat black shoes.

Appeal to trace missing teenager

Durham Police is looking to trace a teenager who is

missing from his home in Consett, County Durham.

Fifteen-year-old Alex Richards was last seen by a friend on Thursday at about 08:00 in Consett bus station.

Alex Richards
Durham Constabulary

He is known to have links with Newcastle city centre, North Shields, Byker and Wallsend. Alex is 5ft 8in, of slim build with short light brown hair. He was last seen wearing a red zipped, hooded top and grey Nike trainers.

Shortest double yellow lines in England?

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC Local Live

We asked whether a

"ludicrous" set of double yellow lines in Bristol were the shortest in England.

They clearly were not, as we have been inundated with photos of even tinier double yellow lines that have left people across the country scratching their heads in confusion.

Double yellow lines
Michael Cook

Michael Cook spotted these short double yellow lines in Northumberland. "I would have to get the tape measure out, but these have been in Alnwick for a while, along Aydon Gardens," he said.

Latest headlines

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Here's today's top stories on Local Live:

Mallon says he has 'no regrets'

Colin Briggs

BBC Look North

It's Middlesbrough mayor

Ray Mallon's last day in the job.

He'll take up a new position working for Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation, which helps disadvantaged adults and young people.

Ray Mallon and Steve Gibson

Mr Mallon says he has no regrets and only happy memories of his time leading the town. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 13:40 on BBC One.

'Forgotten' Barbie sold

Helen Richardson

BBC Newcastle

A Barbie doll and her outfits, which

lay forgotten in a drawer for 50 years, have sold at auction.

Barbie and outfits
Anderson and Garland

The late-1950s type three Barbie, which has never been played with, was auctioned along with several unopened outfits in their original packaging. They were sold for £120.

Coloccini writes an open letter

Some news in case you missed it earlier - Newcastle captain Fabriccio Coloccini has

written an open letter to fans apologising for the club's poor form.

He says the players are

preparing for three "cup finals" between now and the end of the season.

Fabriccio Coloccini
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The 15th-placed Magpies are only two points above the bottom three after a run of eight straight league defeats - their worst losing streak since 1977. They

play West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Appeal to trace missing woman

Northumbria Police is looking to

trace a missing Newcastle woman.

Joyce Ndora, 20, from Deepdale Crescent, Kenton, has not been seen since Thursday.

Joyce Ndora
Northumbria Police

She is average build with long black hair and she was last seen wearing a blue jacket, jeans and carrying a black handbag.

'Tributes to tragic teen'

The Gazette

Here's today's front page and a

link to the main story

Front page
The Gazette

What can't you do in a polling station?

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Did you know dogs are allowed to keep you company while you're voting? However horses and ponies should be tethered up outside.

You could also theoretically mark the box with a tick instead of a cross. The important thing is that your voting intention is clear.

Dog outside polling station

BBC Magazine looks at other things

you can and can't do in a polling station.

Statement on police raid at Sports Direct

BBC Sport

Sports Direct has distanced itself from a raid on the company's headquarters in Derbyshire where

police were seeking documentation relating to Rangers Football Club.

"The police investigation is not directed at Sports Direct or at any of its directors or employees," read a company statement.

"The premises of Sports Direct at Shirebrook were visited by Police Scotland conducting an investigation relating to Glasgow Rangers FC and various persons previously employed by and or associated with Rangers.

"Sports Direct has co-operated fully and will continue to cooperate in the provision of information that the police request."

Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley owns Newcastle United and almost 9% of Rangers.

'They've got it off their chests'

A little more from Steve Howey on his former club Newcastle.

"With the results there have been factions in the squad," he told

BBC Radio 5 live. "Things have been said in the dressing room and after the game against Leicester.

"They would've had 'clear the air' talks and everyone would've been able to say what they wanted, to get it off their chests.

"Newcastle just need one win. But it will be a tough game against West Brom, they went to Manchester United and won. Tony Pulis's teams are difficult to break down. His remit will be to frustrate Newcastle and hope the fans get on their back again. But I hope this meeting has cleared the air and they can move on and get a good result."

Ditch dyslexia label?

BBC Tees

It's claimed labelling a child as dyslexic could have an impact on how they're educated, a study of more than 20 North East schools has found.

They found that where a child was described as dyslexic, teachers had less belief in their ability to make a difference to the child's learning.

Dr Simon Gibbs is from Newcastle University said: "I would like all teachers to be able to believe they can do something meaningful and if the label is getting in the way then maybe we should reconsider whether the label has any real value."

Cool and cloudy

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Rather cool and cloudy through the afternoon with occasional rain or showers, locally heavy at times. Brightening up late on as windier conditions return, particularly in coastal areas such as Tynemouth.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

Check the forecast near you.

Latest headlines

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Here's today's top stories on Local Live:

Protect children from radicalisation

Hannah McMahon

BBC Tees

A seminar will be held in Durham to help teachers protect children from "


A new law now demands schools and colleges play a part in preventing young people from being influenced to commit terrorist acts.

Malcolm Trobe, from the Association of School and College Leaders, says: "We have to set it up that we're celebrating equality and diversity but young people have to understand propaganda and issues that come through the media and social media can impact on their lives."

Crash leaves 36 people injured

A number of people needed treatment when a coach travelling from Gateshead

crashed on the M1 in Derbyshire yesterday.

The coach, carrying 32 people, and operated by National Holidays, was involved in a pile-up with several other vehicles on the motorway near Chesterfield.

Damaged bus
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service

The driver of the coach was airlifted to hospital. His injuries are not thought to be serious. Most of the passengers have now resumed their holiday.

In the news today

The Journal


Here's today's

front page:

Front page
The Journal

Carver 'thrust into NUFC job'

Ex-Newcastle United defender Steve Howey has been talking to

BBC Radio 5 live this morning, and admits - although he doesn't have much choice really given the facts - that the Magpies' season has "gone drastically down since Alan Pardew left".

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Howey said: "I've known John Carver for over 30 years and he is a Newcastle fan. He speaks his mind and wears his heart on his sleeve.

"Possibly he shouldn't have said some things - in particular the Mike Williamson thing (when he accused the defender of getting

deliberately sent off). It's not good for the players to hear that, but it comes with experience. John has been thrust into the job."

Community matrons 'ease pressure'

BBC Tees

Health bosses on Teesside say community matrons have helped ease the pressure on hospitals and GPs.

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust introduced a service using nurses to assess patients in their own homes three years ago.

And it says that since then there's been a drop in emergency GP appointments and admissions to hospital.