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  1. Updates on Friday 8 April 2016

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By Rebecca Turner

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Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

Live updates for the North East have now finished for the day. 

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, weather and travel - we hope you can join us then.

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Tonight's weather: Dry but chilly

BBC Weather

Any showers dying away to leave a largely dry evening, but becoming cloudy with rain affecting all parts after midnight.

A chilly evening but temperatures will rise again as the rain arrives.  

Durham woman wins most stylish award at Aintree's Ladies Day

A first-time racegoer to Aintree's Ladies Day has walked away with £43,000 worth of prizes after being crowned the most stylish woman in her £70 dress.

Dressed in a cream and gold baroque print high neck frock, Anna Gilderoy, 25, from Durham, said she was "shocked" after judges declared her the winner in the Style Award competition.  

Anna Gilderoy

Miss Gilderoy  said she would be getting rid of her second hand white VW Golf now she's won a Ranger Rover Evoque.

Football: Middlesbrough v Preston preview

BBC Sport

Preston travel to the Riverside for Saturday's Championship clash against Middlesbrough - read the pre-match team news and stats here.

Middlesbrough are unbeaten in eight games in all competitions against the Lilywhites.

Adam Clayton (dead leg) is the only fresh injury concern for Middlesbrough.

The Endeavour to 'set sail' in Middlesbrough again

A scale replica of the famous vessel The Endeavour will reappear in Middlesbrough to mark the Captain Cook Stage of the Tour de Yorkshire.

It hung for 20 years in the Cleveland Centre before its removal in June 2005 during a major overhaul of the complex.

The Endeavour
Middlesbrough Council

It was dismantled and put into storage, first at Stewart Park and more recently in a unit on the town’s Riverside Park Industrial Estate.

But now the model is on its way back to the Cleveland Centre as part of the build-up to Middlesbrough’s Tour de Yorkshire Stage three at the beginning of May.

Travel: Delays around Scotch Corner

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic and heavier than usual traffic on A1 southbound in Middleton Tyas between the A1(M) junction and Scotch Corner.  

There are delays and very slow traffic on A66 eastbound in Scotch Corner between the Hargill junction and Scotch Corner, because of an earlier broken down vehicle.  

More details on the BBC Travel website for Teesside.

Charity race named after 'Voice of the Boro' Ali Brownlee

One of the region's leading road races is officially relaunched this week in honour of Ali Brownlee, the BBC Tees presenter and Middlesbrough commentator who died in February.

The Ali Brownlee Cleveland Centre 5k Riverside Run has been renamed in tribute to the 'Voice of the Boro'.

Ali Brownlee

The decision to rename the Riverside 5k was taken in consultation with Ali's family, and it's hoped runners, walkers and charity fundraisers will snap up all 2,000 places in this year's event.

Ali's daughter Alison, who attended Thursday's launch event, said: "He loved this town and would be humbled by your wonderful gesture."

Doughnuts provided at Sunderland press conference

'Heavily intoxicated' woman seen being put into car by two men

A report of a woman being put into a car by two men in Pandon Bank, Newcastle, at about 01.45 is being investigated.

They say a silver car with two men inside stopped alongside her and one of the men then put her into the car before driving towards the Quayside.

The men are described as being aged about 50 and one of the men had a large build.

The woman is described as being "heavily intoxicated", in her early 20s and was wearing a short dress. 

'Parent's worst nightmare' as paedophile snatches and rapes child

A paedophile has been branded the 'living embodiment of every parent's worst nightmare' after grabbing a girl of 11 off the street and raping her.

Paul Ripley, 53, abducted the girl as she walked home in Ellesmere Port, Chester Crown Court heard.

Paul Ripley

He bundled her into his car and drove her hundreds of miles north to a field where he raped her twice.

Jailing him for 10 years, Judge Nicholas Woodward told him he had acted "for your own sexual gratification".

The girl, who was left alone near Darlington, flagged down a taxi driver, saying: "I don't know where I am. I've been raped."

Football: Sam Allardyce says his team will do their best 'to bring supporters some joy'

BBC Sport

Sunderland, in 18th place in the Premier League, four points off safety, can put a spanner in the works for leaders Leicester when the sides meet on Sunday.

Sam Allardyce
Getty Images

"It's astounding that so many people come to the stadium every game to support us and have stayed with us all the way," said boss Sam Allardyce.  

"The players and I really do appreciate it and we will do our best to bring them some joy."  

Norma Bell murder investigation: Missing TV traced

The television missing from the home of Norma Bell, described as being key in her murder investigation, has been traced.

The 79-year-old died overnight between 2 and 3 April prior to a blaze at her home on Westbourne Road, Hartlepool.  

Cleveland Police thanked the public after the missing TV from her home was traced yesterday evening.

Norma Bell
Cleveland Police

A 32-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder remains in police custody, and officers have secured a Magistrates warrant to detain the man in custody for longer.

Grand National runner: Yay or neigh?

Ahead of the Grand National, BBC Sport have made a quiz. They want to know: Can you guess which are real horse names and which are fake?

You can vote 'yay' or 'neigh'.

Here it is: Grand National Horse Names Quiz


Dog attacks lamb in Alnwick

A dog has attacked a lamb in Christon Bank in Alnwick, police say.

They've urged walkers to keep dogs on a lead if walking near sheep.

Football: Rafa Benitez says Newcastle must approach tomorrow's match with confidence

BBC Sport

Newcastle are 19th in the Premier League, six points from safety.

Last weekend's last-gasp loss to Norwich may prove to be crucial come the end of the season.

Rafael Benitez

"There are things we have to learn," said boss Rafael Benitez. "The only way to do it is to practice every day. The effort is there. The team has to improve mentally. We have to approach the game with confidence."  

And that's all from Benitez this week.

Teenagers 'killed Shane Tunney' after food attack

A man was murdered by seven teenagers after challenging them for throwing food at him and a friend, a court has heard.

Shane Tunney (pictured) and his friend Anthony Kirk were attacked by the group on Norton High Street on 27 June last year, prosecutors said.

Mr Tunney, 24, suffered severe head injuries and died five weeks later.

The defendants are aged between 16 and 18 and deny murder. They also deny attempted grievous bodily harm.

Shane Tunney
Cleveland Police

Family grave spray painted orange in Middlesbrough

A family grave has been sprayed with paint in Cargo Fleet Cemetery.

Damaged grave
Cleveland Police

Police say they think it took place sometime last week.

The headstone in memory of several members of the Dowson and Ward families was sprayed with orange paint.

Ben Stokes: England all-rounder 'devastated' by World T20 loss

BBC Sport

Durham cricketer Ben Stokes says he felt as if "the whole world had come down" on him after conceding four sixes in the last over of the World Twenty20 final to lose the game.

With West Indies needing 19 to win, Carlos Brathwaite smashed the first four balls over the boundary to complete a stunning victory.

"I thought: 'I've just lost the World Cup'," Stokes told the Daily Telegraph.

"I couldn't believe it. It was just complete devastation."

Ben Stokes
Getty Images

 But the 24-year-old believes the setback will make him a better player in the long term.  

Weather: Some showers but it should feel pleasant with light winds

A few showers will develop during the afternoon but many parts may miss them.

With light winds it should feel fairly pleasant. 

weather graphic

  Maximum Temperature: 11C (52F).

Northern Echo editor Peter Barron leaves after 17 years

The longest-serving editor in the history of the Northern Echo is stepping down after 17 years at the helm.

Peter Barron, 53, first started at the Darlington-based newspaper as a reporter in 1984.

Peter Barron
The Northern Echo

He said he is most proud of the Echo's campaigns which included cutting the times people were waiting for heart bypasses and helping convince Hitachi to open a factory in Newton Aycliffe.  

Alan Shearer casts predictions for player of the year

BBC Sport

Voting closes today for the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award.

So who should be on the six-man shortlist when it is announced on 14 April? 

Newcastle football legend Alan Shearer says it should be Leicester's Riyad Mahrez.

"If the season ended now, when the votes are being cast, I would go for Riyad Mahrez," he said.

"He has brought brilliance and unpredictability to Leicester's title bid, and has been superb in terms of scoring goals, and making them."

Riyad Mahrez
Getty Images

Grandfather appears in court over Tyne Bridge protest

A grandfather who scaled the Tyne Bridge and spent 12 days on top in a protest has appeared in court.

Real Fathers for Justice activist Simon Anderton also left a TripAdvisor review of the bridge, saying he was in "the penthouse suite" with "spectacular views over a beautiful city" but "there were no stairs to reach my room".

Simon Anderton

The 56-year-old from Heaton, Newcastle, is accused of causing a public nuisance after the protest began on Father's Day in June.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that he would go on trial in November and he was granted unconditional bail by Judge Edward Bindloss.

The Riverside in Panorama

Matt Newsum

BBC Sport

Here's The Riverside in panorama, taken at Durham Cricket's media day today.

The Riverside

Beamish Steam Fair starts today

The Great War Festival of Transport at Beamish starts today, with the annual Great War Steam Fair. 

Steam Fair

It's a four-day event with road vehicles, engines and trains from the period up to 1918 displayed around the museum.

Person hit by train, delays of up to 90 minutes

A person has been hit by a train near Grantham, causing delays of up to 90 minutes on the East Coast Mainline.

Virgin East Coast trains and Grand Central between Sunderland and Bradford Interchange and London Kings Cross are among those affected.

Tyne-Wear derby helper made mascot after CCTV appeal

A boy who helped police clean up after the Tyne-Wear derby has been found after an appeal to trace him.

After the final whistle in March, Tyler was seen on camera helping officers clear up police tape from outside St James' Park after most of the 52,000 fans had left the ground.

The seven-year-old was given a signed football from the club and the chance to be a mascot when Newcastle United face Manchester City on 19 April.

Peter Barron, editor of The Northern Echo, retires after 17 years

Peter Barron, the editor of the Northern Echo, is retiring after 17 years in the job.

He's written a piece detailing his memories of his time in the editor's chair, and his hopes for the future of journalism. 

He's also put together a list of the 50 front pages he'll remember.

The editor's chair used by William Stead in 1871
The Northern Echo

Aurora Borealis and milky way over Saltburn Pier

Thanks to Simon C Day for this stunning photo of the Northern Lights and milky way visible over Saltburn Pier, taken last night.

Northern Lights over Saltburn Pier
Simon C Day

If you got any pictures of it, we'd love to see. You can tweet us @BBCNewsNEemail, or contact us through our Facebook page.  

A19 northbound now fully reopened

The A19 northbound has been reopened following the six car collision earlier this morning.

Demolition begins on Durham Police's old headquarters

The demolition of the old police headquarters at Aykley Heads, Durham has begun.

Durham Police

Staff moved to the new headquarters in August 2014, since then the old HQ has been prepared for demolition.

Persimmon homes have bought the site which will be developed for housing in the future. 

Update on A19 collision: Five patients taken to hospital

An update on the collision on the A19 in Sunderland - there were six vehicles involved in the collision on the A19 in Castletown, and four ambulances were sent to the scene.

Four patients have been taken to hospital in Sunderland, and a 29-year-old male with back pain was taken to hospital on Tyneside.

Angela Wrightson case: Can children be natural born killers?

Bethan Bell

BBC News Online

Two teenage girls have been detained for torturing and murdering Angela Wrightson in her Hartlepool home.

Jon Venables and Robert Thompson
Merseyside Police

But when a child deliberately kills, what is to blame? Is it possible some children are simply bad? Or are there other factors at play? 

Click here to read my piece on child killers.

The Northern Lights over Whitley Bay

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, have graced the North East East once again.

Here's a photo of them shining over St Marys Island near Whitley Bay in Northumberland last night.

Northern Lights

If you got any pictures of it, we'd love to see. You can tweet us @BBCNewsNEemail, or contact us through our Facebook page.

Weather: Chilly start, sunny spells

BBC Weather

A chilly start with perhaps some shallow fog around.

This will clear quickly to give a mostly fine day with sunny spells and light winds.

There will still be a few showers around but many places will stay dry.  

Check the weather where you are.

Baby and two children hurt in County Durham crash

A one-year-old baby and two children have been injured in a three-car crash in County Durham.

It happened at about 13:30 on Thursday on the A691 between Lanchester and Consett, near to ESP Green Farm.

Three children and a woman, 29, from Lanchester, who were travelling in a Vauxhall Zafira were taken to hospital.


The baby boy was admitted with head and arm injuries, an eight-year-old boy had facial injuries and a girl, 10, suffered abdominal injuries.

The female driver suffered pelvic injuries.

Travel: Accident involving lorry and eight cars on A19

BBC Travel

The A19 in Castletown is closed with queuing traffic and long delays northbound between the A1231 Wessington Way junction and Testo's Roundabout, because of an accident involving a lorry and eight cars.

Diversion in operation - west along the Washington Highway onto the A194, then traffic can stay on the A194 or rejoin the A19 from the A184 at Testo's. 

Keep up to date on the latest travel for Tyne & Wear and Tees.

Good morning, welcome to our live coverage

Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

We'll be here until 18:00 bringing you news, sport, weather and travel from across the North East.

If you'd like to get in touch you can tweet us @BBCNewsNEemail, or contact us through our Facebook page.