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  1. Updates on Friday 22 May 2015

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Good evening

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back next week. Keep up-to-date with all of the weekend's football for

Newcastle and

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

Coming up on Look North

Jeff Brown

BBC Look North

A woman who murdered her boyfriend and set fire to his body has been jailed for life.

Commemorations have taken place to mark the anniversary of the UK's worst rail disaster which happened 100 ago today.

We'll have a live report from the vigil for Bessie the cow who was shot dead by a police marksman in Wallsend last weekend.

And we'll look ahead to a crucial weekend for two of our football teams. Join me at 18:30 on BBC One.

Turning chilly overnight

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

A dry night and turning quite cold by the end of the night, with clear spells developing in many areas. Chance of a grass frost by dawn, in rural locations.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: 3C (37F).

Check the forecast near you.

We believe

BBC Tees

We were blown away by the response to our first video, so here's the Championship play-off final version!

See how many famous faces you can spot in our new video showing our support for Boro at Wembley on Monday.

Paul Smith from Maximo Park

Again - thank you to everyone involved, especially to Cattle and Cane for letting us use their track Come Home.

Watch the full video here.

Bishop Auckland FC exhibition opens

An exhibition which shows the religious roots of a County Durham football club opened at Auckland Castle today.

Birth of the Blues charts the history of Bishop Auckland FC - which has won the FA Amateur Cup 10 times in its history. It was founded by theological students studying for the priesthood 133 years ago.

Crowd in Bishop Auckland
Ernie Johnson Evening Gazette

It's also the only amateur line-up to have featured in the popular table top soccer game, Subbuteo.

Send us your pictures


BBC Have Your Say

tweets: Are you going to the Bessie the cow vigil in Wallsend? . Send us your photos: #WallsendCow

Latest headlines

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Slip road lane closed

BBC Travel

The A19 in Wolviston has a lane closed southbound on exit slip road at the A1185 junction because of a broken down vehicle.

More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

#Believe around the world

Thank you for all of the pictures you've been sharing of Boro fans all over the world.

We've collated some of them on the

BBC Tees Facebook page.

Boro fan with Malaysia

This Boro fan sells bananas in Malaysia. You can share your pictures by tweeting

@BBCTees and using the hash tag #believe.

North Shields victory parade

North Shields FC will celebrate their success at Wembley Stadium with a victory parade tonight.

North Shields beat Glossop North End 2-1 after extra time in the FA Vase final.

North Shields FC celebrates

The open-top bus will leave the Robins' ground at 18:30, travel to Tynemouth, before taking in much of North Shields and finishing at Chirton Social Club at around 20:30.

See the information on the full route here.

Woman sexually assaulted

A woman has been sexually assaulted on the outskirts of Bishop Auckland.

It happened on Monday night between 21:00 and 23:00 when the 21-year-old was making her way from Copeland Row in Evenwood on to Copeland Lane to meet a friend.

She was approached by two men and was assaulted by one of them.

Painting the town red

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

Shops and businesses are painting the town red ahead of Middlesbrough's play-off game with Norwich on Monday.

Here's just one shop window in Middlesbrough getting behind the Boro.

Shop window with Middlesbrough merchandise

Partially-sighted man robbed

Chantalle Edmunds

BBC Tees

Police are appealing for information after two people claiming to be repair men stole a large amount of money from a partially-sighted 85-year-old man in Hemlington.

The pensioner handed over his money believing they had carried out repairs on his home on Southdene Drive at about 14:00 on Wednesday.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 101.

Dec bids Fearne Farewell

DJ Fearne Cotton has broadcast her final show on Radio 1, after almost 10 years at the station.

Fearne Cotton

Declan Donnelly, from Geordie duo Ant and Dec tweeted: Listening to

@Fearnecotton's final show on
@BBCR1. Gonna miss you on my wireless FC! #FarewellFearne D x

Potential pollution at Middlesbrough lakes

Warnings have been posted at two Middlesbrough lakes after a milky substance was spotted on the water.

People are being warned not to go into the water in the lake at Stewart Park and Gunnergate Lake at Coulby Newham or let their pets drink the water or swim in it.

Northumbrian Water and the Environment Agency are investigating the sources of the contamination.

Middlesbrough Council says is believes it might have been caused by incorrect plumbing of washing machines or other white goods upstream of the lakes, resulting in household waste water entering the surface water system.

'It's a big final'

Middlesbrough captain Jonathan Woodgate said the team is

only motivated by the chance to play top-flight football.

He said: "For the players it's not about the money, it's about playing at the top level. It feels like we've come to the end of a cup competition - it's a big final, it's massive for us.

Jelle Vossen and Lee Tomlin

"Everyone says it's the biggest thing outside of winning a competition. If we can do it, it'll be huge for the club and for the town."

Advocaat to decide on Sunderland future

Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat has revealed that the club have made him an offer to extend his stay with the Premier League club and he will give his answer next Thursday.

Sunderland travel to Chelsea on Sunday for the final game of the season.

Unexploded bomb removed

Rickin Majithia

BBC News

The unexploded World War Two bomb found near Wembley Stadium has been removed by the Royal Logistic Corps disposal teams.

It was uncovered by builders near Wembley Stadium and posed "

a genuine risk to life", the Army has said.

Building site near Wembley
Sergeant Rupert Frere RLC

Wembley Stadium said Middlesbrough's play-off game would still go ahead.

Latest headlines

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Here are today's top stories on Local Live:

Woman sexually assaulted

A woman has been sexually assaulted in South Tyneside.

The 49-year-old was walking along Milton Street, in Jarrow, when a man jumped out at her and sexually assaulted her at about 23:55 last night.

The woman managed to break free and the offender ran off towards the town centre. She was not injured. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Cloudy with some rain

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will remain rather cloudy this afternoon, with perhaps the odd spot of light rain in places, however some bright spells will develop at times.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

Check the forecast near you.

Body was found in undergrowth

The body of Peter Hedley (pictured) was found in undergrowth at Newburn Riverside Park in November.

Peter Hedley
Northumbria Police

Clare Humble, 50, was found guilty of his murder and given a life sentence with a minimum of 20 years in jail.

Lee Nicholson, 39, of Lydford Court, Newcastle, admitted perverting the course of justice and will be sentenced later.

More play-off final tickets on sale

Lee Johnson

BBC Tees

Middlesbrough Football Club says it has received 800 tickets back from Ticketmaster for Monday's play-off final and they will go on general sale from the main ticket office at the Riverside, at 14:00.

Middlesbrough have announced there are 800 more tickets going on sale for the play-off final against Norwich at Wembley today from 14:00.

Hundreds of fans are already queuing and tickets will go on a first come first served basis.

Fans outside the Riverside Stadium

Tickets are available to collect in person from the Riverside and are limited to four tickets per person.

The club also has details on its website for fans who have bought tickets which haven't arrived -

read what to do here.

Woman guilty of man's murder

A woman has been found guilty of the murder of a man whose body was found in a Newcastle park.

Clare Humble
Northumbria Police

The body of Peter Hedley, 49, of Burdon Terrace, Bedlington, was found at Newburn Riverside Park in November.

Clare Humble, 50, of the same address, was found guilty of murder after a trial at Newcastle Crown Court. She was given a life sentence with a minimum of 20 years.

Latest headlines

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Here are today's top stories on Local Live:

Farmer 'had no control' over shot cow

A memorial

vigil will be held tonight for a cow that was shot dead in a grassed area in a housing estate by police marksmen.

A number of police officers as well as the police helicopter attended the scene with a vet and the farmer who owned the cows. The cow, which has been nicknamed "Bessie" was shot once by police.

Cow nicknamed 'Bessie'
RIP Wallsend Cow

Ch Supt Steve Neill, from Northumbria Police, said: "We had the farmer present who said he was unable to exercise any control over it because of its demeanour.

"The vehicles were positioned in a cordon to safeguard the travelling public on the Coast Road. I fully understand all of the concerns of people and it's a very sad situation."

Mum faces 'agonising wait'

The Shields Gazette

A distraught mum faces another

agonising wait before she can lay her son to rest after the discovery of his body in the North Sea eight weeks after he went missing.

Catherine Leach
Shields Gazette

Project could bring jobs

The Senora charitable trust is now working to raise £250,000 to launch the next phase of a training and restoration project and to secure individual sponsorship for the trainees.

Kim Simpson from the trust said: "We have been delighted by the public response to Senora's plight. Now that we have purchased her for Sunderland, she will become The People's Yacht, creating training and jobs.

The Senora

"And when she is restored to her former glory, she'll give hundreds of people every year the chance to enjoy sailing for themselves."

Historical yacht to be brought to Sunderland

Plans are under way to bring an historical yacht to Sunderland after £20,000 was raised.

The Senora, which was built in 1908, had been at risk of being scrapped but £10,000 was raised in an online appeal. That amount has now been matched by North East builders merchant James Burrell.

Senora Trust

The yacht will be brought to Sunderland where it will be restored, giving 24 trainees the opportunity to gain City & Guilds qualifications in boat building, carpentry and engineering.

'Norwich are favourites' says Woodgate

Middlesbrough captain Jonathan Woodgate says his team

go into Monday's Championship play-off final at Wembley against Norwich City as underdogs.

Boro have been out of the top flight since 2009 whereas the Canaries were only relegated last season.

Jonathan Woodgate
Getty Images

"They're going to be favourites, let's be honest. Every single one of them played in the Premier League last year, more or less. The onus is on them. The pressure will be on them more because they're bigger players than us in my opinion."

Final preparations

Nick Barnes

BBC Newcastle commentator

I've started work on my notes for Sunderland's last game of the season against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Nick's notes

The Black Cats are now safe from relegation after

picking up a point at Arsenal on Wednesday.

Latest headlines

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Three-vehicle accident closes road

BBC Travel

Thompson Street East in Darlington is closed and there is queuing traffic in both directions between the A1150 Whinfield Road junction and the Davison Road junction because of an accident involving three vehicles.

More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

Care home report injunction failure

A care home tried to get an injunction to stop publication of a report rating it "inadequate", it has been revealed.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found residents at Acomb Court in Hexham, Northumberland, were not always given respect, privacy and dignity.

Acomb Court care home, Hexham

In its report residents said some staff were "rough and rushed and not very sympathetic". The home said inspectors "got it wrong". The CQC said it was satisfied

its findings were correct.

'Walk out if you don't fancy it'

Newcastle United players and staff were

given the chance to sit out Sunday's relegation decider against West Ham.

Assistant coach Steve Stone opened a door during a team meeting and boss John Carver told people to walk through if they "didn't fancy it".

John Carver and Steve Stone
Getty Images

"I told them I was ready for a fight and a challenge," said Carver. "And not one person got up and left."

DJ John returns

Millions watched him on the telly,

tens of thousands of you watched him on our Facebook page, and he's even triggered a campaign to get that song back in the charts.

It's Newcastle's very own DJ John - who danced his way to the next round on Britain's Got Talent a fortnight ago.

Alfie Joey, DJ John, Charlie Charlton

After getting the nod, tomorrow night he'll find out if he's through to the semi-finals. DJ John says he's been overwhelmed with the attention.

Watch the new video here.

In the news today

The Journal


Here's today's front page and a

link to the top story:

Front page
The Journal

Improvement rate 'greater than average'

The watchdog Ofsted previously found that

school improvement support in Middlesbrough was "ineffective" but is now improving.

Nick Hudson, Ofsted director for North East, Yorkshire and Humber, said: "I am really pleased that things have got much better since then.

"Pupils are on the whole doing better at primary school while improvement rates in the city's secondary schools are greater than the national average, for poorer pupils as well as their wealthier peers."