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  1. Updates on Thursday 14 April 2016

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Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

Updates for the North East have now finished for the day. 

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

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Tonight's weather: Chance of frost

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Mostly dry with light winds, variable amounts of cloud and clear spells, and becoming cold with a chance of frost.

One or two showers possible later in the night.  

Check the weather where you are.

'Too many children are arriving hungry to school', report says

Too many children are arriving hungry to school because of the "political warfare" between a leading foodbank charity and the Government, MPs have warned.

They say too many children have hunger as their "most constant companion" with one in five pupils at some schools arriving ravenous each day, according to the cross-party group.

Malnourishment in hospital admissions is also on the up, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Hunger added.

Chairman Frank Field said two "very troubling forces" were behind the "tragedy". 

Its report looked at 19 schools in Birkenhead and 13 in South Shields, with some staff reporting increased hunger in pupils on Mondays and after school holidays.

Stamp 'may have caused fatal heart injury'

The Liam Fee murder trial has heard it would be possible for a 'single stamp' from another child to have caused the injury that killed the toddler.

An abdomen stamp which forced blood to burst a hole in his heart could have been administered by a child or adult, the High Court at Livingston heard.

Nyomi Fee, 29, and Rachel Fee, 32, deny murdering Rachel's son Liam, two, in a house near Glenrothes on 22 March 2014.

The couple also deny harming two other children.

Liam's mother Rachel Fee and her civil partner Nyomi Fee, originally from Ryton, Gateshead, further deny attempting to defeat the ends of justice by blaming the killing on another child.

Liam Fee
Police Scotland

Wanted Hornchurch man 'known to have links to Newcastle'

A man wanted by police in connection with a fraud investigation is "known to have links to Newcastle".

Adjarho Bamidele Akpomedaye, 41, of Hyland Close, Hornchurch, is wanted after failing to appear at Hatfield Police station in March.  

Adjarho Bamidele Akpomedaye
Hertfordshire Constabulary

Police say that Akpomedaye, also known as Dele Desmond, is known to have links to Newcastle, Hornchurch and Borehamwood.  

Teenager who died when car left road named

A teenager who diedwhen the car he was a passenger in left a road in Northumberland has been named by police.

Ricky John Tynemouth, from Guidepost, died when the car left the A196 near South Farm, Choppington, on Wednesday night.

Jonas Gutierrez sued Newcastle United over treatment following cancer diagnosis

Argentina international Jonas Gutierrez sued Newcastle over the way he was treated following his diagnosis and claimed the Premier League club saw him as a liability after he returned from treatment.

Gutierrez, now playing for Deportivo La Coruna in Spain, also alleged that he was not selected for some of the second half of the 2014-15 season, when the Magpies avoided relegation on the final day of the campaign, so it would not trigger an automatic one-year contract extension.

Jonas Gutierrez wins two of four claims in discrimination tribunal case

Jonas Gutierrez was successful in two of his claims against Newcastle United and another two were dismissed.

Gutierrez (pictured), who joined Newcastle from Real Mallorca in 2008, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in October 2013.

He had been a regular at St James' Park before that time, with 10 goals in 177 appearances at the time of treatment.

Jonas Gutierrez

BreakingJonas Gutierrez wins Newcastle United discrimination tribunal case

BBC Sport

Midfielder Jonas Gutierrez was dropped by Newcastle United because of his cancer diagnosis, an employment tribunal has found.

The 32-year-old was suing the Magpies for in the region of £2m on the grounds of disability discrimination.

The tribunal also ruled the club made it impossible for Gutierrez to trigger a further deal through appearances.

Claims of unfavourable treatment and another of harassment related to disability were dismissed.

A further remedy hearing will be held in due course, in which compensation will be addressed.

Greggs bakery founder's son Colin Gregg 'molested boys'

The son of the Greggs bakery founder has gone on trial accused of sexually abusing boys over three decades.

Colin Gregg, 74, had a "strong determination to sexually abuse little boys" and there was a pattern to his offending, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Colin Gregg

The former head teacher, from Gosforth, denies 26 indecent assault charges relating to nine complainants.

His trial was told how Mr Gregg became a "wealthy man" by helping to expand the family bakery business.

Sam Allardyce says Sunderland 'have got to keep their nerves' ahead of match

Nick Barnes

BBC Newcastle's Sunderland commentator

“The lads have got to keep their nerves” says Sam Allardyce of Sunderland’s crucial match at Norwich City.

“If we stick to our game plan to the best of our ability we’ve already proven we can match anybody”.

Allardyce has a fully fit squad to choose from.

Duncan Watmore returns after his ankle injury at Liverpool on February 6th but Allardyce says he won’t start “and may come off the subs bench”.

The Sunderland manager has been keeping the players guessing in training as to who will be involved at Carrow Road to keep them on their toes.  

Man arrested over Choppington teenager death crash

A teenager has died in a crash on a rural road in Northumberland.

A blue Vauxhall Corsa left the A196 near South Farm, Choppington, at about 19:30 yesterday, police said.

A196 near South Farm, Choppington

A 17-year-old boy who was a passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other 17-year-old boys were taken to hospital for treatment to injuries not believed to be life threatening.

The 18-year-old man who was driving the car has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

CCTV image released after Gotham Town bar assualt

Police have released a CCTV image after three men were assaulted in Gotham Town bar in Neville Street last month. 

Police say he was in the bar at the time and may be able to help police with enquiries.

CCTV image
Northumbria Police

Beamish museum to have 60 horses in war exhibition

60 horses will be at Beamish Museum this weekend to tell the story of First World War horses.

Beamish museum

Chris Thompson, Beamish’s Horse Operations Team Leader, said: “Horses at War gives visitors the chance to discover the role of horses, ponies and mules in the First World War".  

Car parking meters cut apart and stolen in Newcastle

There have been a number of thefts of car parking meters in Newcastle.

Since the beginning of the year there have been six reports from areas across the city including Coach Lane, Sandyford, streets around Newcastle University and the Quayside area.

Police say that sometimes parts of the machines have been cut off and stolen, other times the offenders have taken the whole thing.

The incidents appear to be happening overnight but on busy streets and near to houses and accommodation.

More than 100 people arrested for drink driving this year, police say

Since the start of the year more than 100 people have been arrested across Sunderland and South Tyneside for drink driving, police say.

Police say drink driving is one the four main causes of serious injury and death on the roads.

They say the three other main causes are speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and the driver being distracted - all of which alcohol can play a factor in.

Ex-Wimbledon player adding some 'Crazy Gang' to Lady Black Cats

BBC Sport

Sunderland Ladies are the Crazy Gang without the crazy, says Lady Black Cats manager and former Wimbledon midfielder Carlton Fairweather.

Sunderland Ladies
The FA / Getty Images

As a member of one of English football's most iconic FA Cup-winning teams - including now Hollywood actor Vinnie Jones and uncompromising striker John Fashanu - Fairweather was the "level-headed one" in Wimbledon's "Crazy Gang".

In just his second season as a manager, Fairweather has guided Women's Super League One side Sunderland to the Women's FA Cup semi-finals and a chance to reach the stage of Wimbledon's greatest triumph - Wembley.

Weather: Cloudy to start with but brighter spells later

This afternoon will remain rather cloudy with the odd spot of rain, however many places will be dry. 

Skies will tend to brighten later, especially in the west where a few sunnier spells are possible. 

Maximum Temperature: 8C (46F).

weather graphic

Man arrested after 17-year-old dies when car leaves road

A teenager died when the car he was a passenger in left a road in Northumberland.

The Vauxhall left the A196 near South Farm, Choppington, on Wednesday evening.

A 17-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. Two 17-year-old males were taken to hospital for treatment to their injuries which are not believed to be life threatening. 

The 18-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remains in police custody. 

Your photos: Waves crashing into sea wall

The weather is pretty lousy today but despite that Dave Jackson ventured out to take some photos of the sea wall at the mouth of the River Tyne being battered.

He writes: "Still miserable this morning but wouldn't want to live anywhere else!"

Waves crashing into sea wall
Dave Jackson

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

Man charged over website attacks

A man has been charged with hacking into a number of corporate websites, including Durham Constabulary's.

Officers from the cyber crime unit based in the North East Regional Special Operations Unit charged the 22-year-old from Seaham with offences under the Computer Misuse Act.

He has been charged with five offences relating to attacks against various websites, including Durham Constabulary, Police Scotland and British Airways in mid-late October 2014.

He is due to appear at South Tyneside on Tuesday.

Concern for woman seen being put into a car

There's concern for a woman in Newcastle who was seen being put into a car late last night.

At 11.10 , someone called police to say they'd seen a woman being put into a car by a man on Grandstand Road, near to the Bluehouse Roundabout. 

The woman is described as aged about 20, with blonde hair and was wearing flowery leggings and a light coloured jacket.

The male was wearing dark clothing, possibly a suit.

Officers want to speak to them to make sure she's ok. 

Unscheduled flight landing a 'precautionary measure'

More on the flight which took off from Newcastle this morning bound for Lanzarote - 

In a statement Jet2 says: "The captain took the decision to divert to Manchester as a precautionary measure due to an indicated fault with the landing gear.

"The aircraft has landed safely and passengers are currently being transferred on to a waiting aircraft. 

"We apologise for the delay to the start of our customers' holidays but their safety is our absolute priority".

Newcastle to Lanzarote flight makes 'unscheduled landing' in Manchester

A flight from Newcastle Airport which took off at 09:30 bound for Lanzarote has made an "unsheduled landing" at Manchester Airport. 

A Manchester Airport spokesman, said: "A flight from Newcastle to Lanzarote made an unscheduled divert into Manchester Airport today."

We'll bring you more on this when we get it.

110-year-old bridge closed in County Durham over safety concerns

An 110-year-old bridge has been closed in County Durham after a safety inspection.

Deerness Bridge - which crosses between Ushaw Moor and New Brancepeth - is expected to remain shut for at least a month.

Deersham Bridge

The council says yesterday's inspection identified "some issues with the structural integrity of the bridge".

Diversions are in place for traffic and pedestrians and buses are also being re-routed, including the ones which take pupils to Durham Community Business College and St Leonard's school.

Long lost sisters reunited after 70 years living apart

A North East woman has met her long lost sister for the very first time, after nearly 70 years of living separate lives.

Brenda Ord from South Shields was given up for adoption - while her sister Yvonne Wilkinson moved to the south coast with her grandparents.

They finally came face-to-face after a surprise visit arranged by Yvonne's grand children:

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Cricket: Durham and Somerset draw after final day wash-out

Durham and Somerset had to settle for a draw in their Championship Division One game after no play was possible on the final two days at the Riverside.


The home side had played themselves into a good position, with a lead of 300, at 223-4 in their second innings.

But with rain falling, umpires Rob Bailey and Nigel Cowley took an early decision to abandon the game.

Durham head coach Jon Lewis says: "To have a week off between games is the norm in the rest of the world, so hopefully things will dry up and we can get in some decent preparation".  

Care Quality Commission to inspect North East Ambulance service

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is inspecting the North East Ambulance Service next week and is inviting people to share their experiences. 

The CQC check whether hospitals, ambulance services, care homes, GPs, dentists and services are meeting national standards.

You can share what you think of the NEAS here.

Watch: Denise Robertson remembered in her home town of Sunderland

Yesterday was the service and funeral of TV agony aunt Denise Robertson, which took place in her home town of Sunderland. It was attended by her colleagues from ITV's This Morning:

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Arrest after girl, 5, falls from Gateshead window

A woman has been arrested after a five-year-old girl fell from a first-floor window.

The girl was taken to Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary after falling from the building in Newbury Avenue, Gateshead, at 07:15 yesterday, police said.

She is described as being in a stable condition.

The 48-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assault, and inquiries were ongoing, Northumbria Police said.

Five-vehicle accident causing slow traffic on A1058

BBC Travel

Very slow traffic and the road is just passable on A1058 Coast Road eastbound in Newcastle between the A186 Station Road junction and Silverlink Roundabout, because of an accident involving five vehicles. 

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

Travel: Signalling problems lead to Metro delays

Weather: Cloudy and chilly

Rather cloudy and chilly through the morning especially with some showery rain at times.

More in the way of dry weather later with a chance of some brighter spells, especially in the west.

Light winds.  

Check the weather where you are.

Large-scale search launched after three-year-old girl went missing

Following the disappearance of a three-year-old girl form the Primark store in Newcastle city centre (pictured) yesterday afternoon, a large-scale search was launched.

Northumbria Police said travel networks in the city were alerted and officers scoured CCTV footage from council and retail premises in the area. The girl was found just over an hour later.

Ch Insp Dave Gould said: "We mobilised all available local police resources to make sure the girl was found as quickly as possible and also included assistance from the public, and many of our partner agencies including Newcastle local authority and university as well as staff from retail premises, bus companies, train station and metro system.

He thanked all those involved and said specialist officers were working to support the girl's family.

Two teenage girls, aged 13 and 14, are in custody on suspicion of child abduction.  

Primark in Newcastle city centre