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  1. Updates on Tuesday 12 May 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 Wednesday. John Smith sent us this picture of waves crashing at Roker Beach in Sunderland.

Crashing waves in Sunderland
John Smith

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

PM visits Teesside

Lee Johnson

BBC Tees

Prime Minister David Cameron made Teesside his destination for his first official visit since re-election. He said it was great to be back in Stockton and thanked the workers.

David Cameron

See my video here.

Success will 'secure future'

North Shields FC chairman, Alan Matthews says the FA Vase win will enable the club to move forward.

He said: "The club has worked closely with North Tyneside Council for many years since Appleby Park was lost.

"Our current ground will be constantly upgraded and the Vase success will enable more projects to be considered. This in turn will secure the future success of North Shields Football Club."

Car recovered from river

A car has been pulled from the River Tyne in Walker.

The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene and inquiries are being carried out to establish the circumstances. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Euan will be 'deeply missed'

Professor Graham Towl, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Warden at Durham University, said the students and the wider university are "still trying to come to terms with the tragic death of Euan".

He added: "He is deeply missed and we continue to help each other and provide support to the many people who are profoundly affected and distressed by Euan's death.

"We have further developed our education programme on personal safety and we are working closely with our Students' Union which has been very active in helping to address these difficult issues."

BreakingBus crashes into house

A bus has crashed into a house in Sunderland.

It happened just after 17:00 this evening in Merle Terrace and officers are currently at the scene.

Drivers are being advised that traffic is very heavy in the area.

Get the latest travel news here.

Rape arrest after unconscious woman found

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of rape, assault and abduction after a woman was found unconscious in Middlesbrough.

Officers were initially called to a report of an assault on a woman in Oxford Road at about 16:00 yesterday.

The woman was taken to hospital but later discharged. The man was also arrested on suspicion of taking a vehicle without consent and driving while unfit through drink or drugs.

Cyclist and police car collide

A cyclist's been injured after she was involved in a collision with a police car in Newcastle city centre.

It happened at about 15:00 in Percy Street near Haymarket Metro Station. The female cyclist is being treated by paramedics and her injuries aren't thought to be life-threatening.

Bird bath thief in a 'bad place'

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

The remorseful thief tried to explain to the 82-year-old that he was in a "bad place" and needed a birthday present for his mother.

Apology note
Northumbria Police

In his note of apology, he wrote: "I am so very sorry. I wouldn't in a million years have done this but I had to. It is my mother's birthday and I am in a very bad place. I can't afford a birthday present and she doesn't know how bad it is. With deep regrets, sorry. This is all I can think of I am so very sorry. When I can afford it I will replace it."

Open-top bus celebration

In celebration of winning the FA Vase at Wembley Stadium, North Shields FC will tour the town on an open-top bus.

The Robins triumphed in the final last weekend, beating Glossop North End 2-1.

The victory parade will take place on Friday 22 May, leaving the club's ground at 18:30, before making its way around North Shields.

Man injured in 'knife fight'

We have an update on the

fight that broke out between a group of men in George Street, Newcastle.

One man has been taken to hospital although his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Police say they may have been caused by a knife.

Three men have been arrested and are currently in custody. Extra officers are in the area.

Thief apologises with a note

A thief who stole an 82-year-old woman's bird bath has left a note apologising.

The large stone bird bath was stolen from the woman's garden in April, leaving her devastated as it was purchased by her late husband 25 years ago. Five days later, the thief returned leaving a note written on a piece of ripped up cardboard.

Note written on card
Northumbria Police

The thief has promised to replace the bird bath when he "can afford it".

Patient information faxed to public

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has been told to improve the way it handles patient information after five faxes containing data were mistakenly sent to a member of the public.

It happened in March 2014 when the faxes should have been sent to a social care team working at the trust but the wrong number was dialled.

The trust says fax procedures, including the use of pre-programmed numbers to avoid mistakes, must be adopted across all wards by 30 October to ensure adequate security standards are maintained.

Middlesbrough Borough Council

Labour hold majority

The marathon election count ground on into its fifth day today with Middlesbrough declaring its final result.

Labour held its majority with 33 councillors. It needed 25 to keep control.

The rest of the council is now made up of nine independent councillors and four Conservatives.

Residents happy with Benefits Street

Andy Bell

BBC Tees

I've been back on Kingston Road in Stockton gauging the reaction to the first episode of the new series of Channel 4's Benefits Street.

Kingston Road

The residents I've spoken to so far seem happy with it. Let us know your reaction by tweeting


At least four involved

Rebecca O'Neill

BBC Newcastle

Two people have been taken to hospital after a fight broke out between a number of men in Newcastle city centre

It happened just before 13:00 today on George Street near Newcastle College

It is now confirmed that another two men have been arrested on suspicion of affray and are in police custody.

'No link to college'

Newcastle College

tweets: Police dealing with an incident off campus on George Street. Exams & classes as normal. Nothing to indicate any link to the College.

Student inquest records 'accidental death'

Peter Harris

Look North

A student who drowned in the River Wear at Durham died as a result of an accident, an inquest has heard.

Earlier it heard that nightclub staff asked the student to leave because he was "stumbling".

I'll have a full report on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Student inquest under way

Peter Harris

Look North

The Inquest into the

death of Durham University student Euan Coulthard is under way.

Euan Coulthard
Durham Constabulary

The 19-year-old drowned in the River Wear in January. The inquest heard that he was more than twice the drink-drive limit when he died.

Two arrested after fight

Rebecca O'Neill

BBC Newcastle

Northumbria Police say that two people have been arrested on suspicion of affray.

It's not known at this time if these are the same men that were taken to hospital or if a weapon was used.

Incident 'not on college premises'

Nicki Hornby

BBC Newcastle

I've just spoken to Newcastle College and a spokeswoman says the incident did not happen on college premises but they did confirm their security are working with the police.

Two people injured

Rebecca O'Neill

BBC Newcastle

The North East Ambulance Service says two people have been taken to hospital after they were called at about 12:55.

Three vehicles were sent to the scene in Newcastle.

Breaking'Men fighting in Newcastle street'

Rebecca O'Neill

BBC Newcastle

We've just had it confirmed that police received a report of an altercation having broken out between a group of men on George Street in Newcastle at about 12:55.

St George's Street

Emergency services are at the scene and we'll bring you more when we get it.

Mayor faces vote of no confidence

Hartlepool Mail

Councillors are set to

consider calls for Hartlepool's mayor to stand down over his sacking from his day job.

Councillor Akers-Belcher
Hartlepool Mail

Five councillors called for a meeting of Hartlepool Borough Council after we revealed councillor Akers-Belcher was dismissed for gross misconduct by Newcastle City Council after he was given paid leave to attend a funeral but attended a function in Portsmouth in his civic role.

'Serial menace' jailed

The Shields Gazette

A serial menace who threw a concrete block from a Metro bridge in South Tyneside

has been jailed.

Daniel Langley
Shields Gazette

More on Wharton appointment

Lee Johnson

BBC Tees

Mr Wharton is the

new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, replacing former Lib Dem MP Stephen Williams.

He'll be charged with overseeing the Northern Powerhouse, which aims to boost the economy in the North of England.

James Wharton

He'll also report into Middlesbrough-born Greg Clark, who replaces Eric Pickles as Communities and Local Government Secretary. As a backbencher, Mr Wharton spearheaded the EU referendum bill.

Runner battles the elements

Amy Oakden

BBC Tees

A man who's running from Land's End to Darlington to raise money for St Theresa's Hospice is making great progress, despite poor weather.

Marc Ellis had to run through wind and rain as he crossed Dartmoor last week.

Last night he reached Bristol having covered 206 miles (332 km) of the 500 miles (805 km) needed to get back to the region.

Show 'doesn't exploit' residents

One of the stars of Benefits Street says she does not feel exploited after the first episode of the new series was broadcast on Channel 4.

Little Dot

Dorothy Taylor told the BBC: "We're all completely different to the first series. It's not exploiting people, we're just coming across like a small community and we all get on with each other. Not many people see it from our side.

"I'm alright where I am. We'll see what happens."

Third stable fire in a month

Russell Ward

BBC Newcastle

Investigations are under way into a third fire at a stables in the North East in less than a month, with the latest one happening in East Boldon.

Three horses in a stables opposite were unharmed but the building was destroyed and the fire service says it is "lucky" the fire did not spread.

Damaged stables

The cause is suspected to be malicious and the incident follows two other fires last month, in Fencehouses and New Penshaw, which were deliberate. In one case five horses were killed.

Blustery afternoon

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a blustery afternoon with a mixture of sunny spells and a few showers. The showers will mainly affect the Pennines, while some eastern areas may well stay dry.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

Check the forecast near you.

Your photos: St Mary's Lighthouse


Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Dean Matthews

tweeted us this picture of last night's sunset at St Mary's Lighthouse in Whitley Bay.

St Mary's Lighthouse in Whitley Bay
Dean Matthews

You can send your pictures by email to or tweet

Latest headlines

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Today's top stories on Local Live:

  • Stockton South MP James Wharton has been given a new job in David Cameron's Conservative government
  • A North East Hospital trust has been told to improve the way it handles patient's information after five faxes were sent to a member of the public by mistake
  • Cleveland Police is to review footage from Channel 4's Benefits Street to see if it could lead to fresh investigations after the episode showed drug use and criminal activity in Stockton

MP reacts to Benefits Street

Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham says the Government needs to think again about welfare cuts after the first episode of Benefits Street was broadcast.

The Labour MP said: "I think the Prime Minister needs to think again, understand the reality of what it's like to live on Benefits Street... not some caricatures that are portrayed in the programme."

MP Alex Cunningham

He also told the BBC he is "very concerned" at some of the actions of the residents on the show. Cleveland Police says it is

investigating footage the force had seen for the first time.

Trust loses £735,000 on land deal

Hartlepool Mail

Hospital trust bosses say no money has been lost on the re-sale of the new hospital land which cost £4.2m -

but the trust lost £735,000 paid in VAT when it was bought.

Hartlepool Mail

First days of peace

Chris Jackson

Presenter, Inside Out North East & Cumbria

War disrupted many lives across Europe - Polish families exiled to Siberia, Jewish children bundled to safety on the kindertransport trains, captured German prisoners held in camps across the north.

Displaced families and those fleeing tyranny needed sanctuary and many found new lives here in the North East and Cumbria.

Polish families

I've been to meet the new northerners and hear their extraordinary stories.

Watch on iPlayer here.

In the news today

The Journal


New services for Hartlepool?

The Chief Executive of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust has told BBC Tees Hartlepool Hospital could get new services.

The Trust has been under pressure to return services from North Tees Hospital to the town but says accident and emergency will not return while it's clinically unsafe to do so.

Alan Foster from the Trust says: "There's an opportunity to provide new services in Hartlepool particularly for the vulnerable and frail elderly. There is an opportunity to do more day care surgery. And I think if we work together imaginatively we may be able to attract some private investment to build additional facilities."

Information boards not working

Tyne and Wear Metro

tweets: Due to a technical fault the information boards on platforms between Longbenton - Wallsend are not working.

Benefits Street returns

Amy Oakden

BBC Tees

Stockton's Tilery Estate featured on the new series of the

Channel 4 show Benefits Street last night.

They've spent months filming certain residents from Kingston Street.

It's promoted

Cleveland Police to issue a statement saying they'll be reviewing footage to see if it could lead to fresh investigations after the episode showed drug use and criminal activity.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor to play free show

Sophie Ellis-Bextor and The Feeling will return to South Tyneside for a free concert at Bents Park in South Shields on Sunday 26 July.

The concert will be part of the

South Tyneside Festival 2015. Both acts have previously played at the seafront in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor
South Tyneside Council

South Tyneside Council has already revealed that Billy Ocean will perform on 19 July, with full details for 12 July yet to be announced.