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  1. Updates on Tuesday 19 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.

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

Weather: Dry night but frosty by dawn

BBC Weather

Staying dry through the evening and night with cloud tending to dissipate.

With light winds and clear periods it will turn chilly with a frost in places by dawn.  

Sam Allardyce on Sunderland charges: 'I was always going to protect my mob'

More now on the news that Norwich City and Sunderland have been charged by the Football Association for failing to control their players and staff during Saturday's Premier League match.

Players and staff from both sides clashed on the touchline early in the lunchtime kick-off at Carrow Road.

Both clubs have until 21 April to respond to the charge, the FA said in a statement.

The fourth minute of Saturday's match
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Sunderland won the game 3-0 to boost their relegation survival hopes.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce was heavily involved in Saturday's incident, which came after Norwich winger Robbie Brady's challenge sent Sunderland defender DeAndre Yedlin head first into the advertising hoardings.

After the match, Allardyce said: "I got a bit carried away, but the Norwich players were encroaching my box - I was always going to protect my players and my mob."

Police catch man who was 'accidentally released' from prison

Police say they've caught a man who was accidentally released from prison on 1 April.

Steven Burr
Northumbria Police

Steven Burr was due to appear at Newcastle Crown Court to be sentenced after pleading guilty to charges of burglary.

At the time magistrates remanded him in custody as he was also in breach of his licence for offences in 2014, but he didn't show up and was nowhere to be found in prison.

A probation officer told the court he was released on 1 April and had not shown up since.

The Prison Service said Burr was mistakenly released due to a rare "administrative error".

Astronaut brings 'space seeds' to County Durham primary school

An astronaut has brought some seeds from space to a County Durham school.

It's all part of the Royal Horticultural Society's (RHS) Rocket Science experiment, where children are given 100 seeds which have been in space and 100 which haven't.

Pupils at Witton Gilbert Primary
Durham Council

The pupils at Witton Gilbert Primary don't know which is which of the two packets, but they'll grow them to learn more about the potential of growing food in space.

The seeds have been held in microgravity for six months, with British astronaut Tim Peake in charge of them.

Reception teacher Mei Mei Quiney said: “The children are buzzing about taking part.

"It’s exciting to think they’re doing something that could potentially help shape the future of space travel."

Wearmouth Bridge update: Man dies in fall

Police were called this afternoon after concern was raised for a man on Wearmouth Bridge in Sunderland. 

Officers attended and attempted to speak to him, but he subsequently fell from the bridge and died. 

Motorists are advised there may be traffic delays in the area. 

Football gossip: Dossevi on his way to Boro?

BBC Sport

A snippet from today's Gossip Column:

Championship leaders Middlesbrough have been linked with a move for Standard Liege winger Mathieu Dossevi in the French newspaper L'Equipe.

The 28-year-old Togo international only moved to Liege from Olympiacos on a permanent deal earlier this year, costing a little over £1m.

Cannabis farm unearthed in Gateshead loft

Police in Gateshead have unearthed a cannabis farm with about 300 plants.

Gateshead cannabis farm
Northumbria Police

Police received information that someone living in Asher Street was growing cannabis in the loft on Monday.

Some 300 cannabis plants and equipment were seized and but the person responsible hasn't yet been found.

Travel: Wearmouth bridge closed due to police incident

BBC Travel

A police incident on the A1018 Wearmouth Bridge in Sunderland means it's closed outbound between the A183 St Mary's Way junction and the Sheepfolds Road junction.

More as we get it.

BreakingNorwich and Sunderland charged for disorderly conduct at match

Norwich City and Sunderland have been charged by the Football Association for failing to control their players during Saturday's Premier League match.  

More to follow.

Watch NUFC and SAFC on Match of the Day

BBC Sport

It's not been very often this season that both Newcastle and Sunderland fans have been able to watch Match of the Day with a smile on their faces.

But this weekend they could. And if you missed it, the show is now on the BBC iPlayer - just click below to watch.

Gary Lineker presents all the highlights of Saturday's six Premier League matches.

Your photos: Daybreak at Tynemouth beach

Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

Thanks to Dave Jackson for this photo of Tynemouth this morning. 

Dave Jackson

If you have any pictures you'd like us to see, you can tweet us, email, or contact us through our Facebook page.  

Cheryl Cheryl Fernandez-Versini to be recognised for charity work

Newcastle-born star Cheryl Fernandez-Versini - now known as just Cheryl - is to be recognised for her charity work at an event hosted by Hollywood actress Eva Longoria.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
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The former X Factor judge will receive the Global Gift Philanthropist award at a charity event being held in Paris.

The award will honour the work she has done through her charity, Cheryl's Trust, which supports disadvantaged children and youths across the UK.

Middlesbrough fans bullish ahead of crunch clash with Burnley

Our reporter Lee Johnson has been to The Riverside to speak to Boro fans ahead of the match against Burnley tonight.

It's first plays second in the Championship with both sides vying to get into the Premier League. 

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Two arrested after laptop burglary in Newcastle

Two people have been arrested after an off-duty officer noticed a man and woman "acting suspiciously" and carrying laptop bags in Newcastle city centre. 

They were spotted this morning near Monument Metro station and were heading towards North Shields.

Police say they looked into it, and it turned out the laptops had been taken during a burglary at Eldon Square overnight.

A few hours later, a 26-year-old man and 31-year-old woman were arrested in Wallsend High Street on suspicion of burglary and a number of laptops were recovered.

Travel: Accident involving car and motorbike on A697

BBC Travel

The A697 in Espley Hall in Northumberland is closed and there's slow traffic northbound between the Espley turn off  and the Hebron turn off because of an accident involving a car and a motorbike.

A diversion is in operation via the Hebron turn off on to the A1 northbound.  

There's more traffic information on the BBC Travel website for Tyne & Wear and Teesside.   

Warning after elderly woman falls for telephone scam

A elderly resident from Cramlington had money stolen from her bank account after being called up and told she'd won a cash prize.

She got a telephone call from a woman claiming to be from a mobile phone company who said she'd won money and needed to give her details.

The victim then had money stolen from her account. 

Police are asking people with older relatives to make sure they are aware of this scam.

Stockton woman stuck in Egypt after serious accident

BBC Tees

The family of a Stockton woman seriously injured in an horse-riding accident in Egypt is trying to arrange for her to be flown home. 

Olivia Fairclough has been living in the country for about a year and works in stables near Cairo. 

She suffered injuries to her spine and ribs on Friday. Her family says that because wasn't insured, it'll cost more than £30,000 to fly her home for treatment. 

Her brother Trevor is planning to fly out in the next few days.

Olivia Fairclough

How do Newcastle United's finances stack up?

Respected football finance blogger Swiss Ramble has taken an in-depth look at Newcastle United's current situation.

Delving into the club's latest accounts, he warns about the impact relegation could have on the club's finances, and how that might affect any potential sale by Mike Ashley.

Mike Ashley

He adds: "Any prospective purchaser would have to shell out at least quarter of a billion to cover Ashley’s costs (original acquisition plus outstanding debt), which does not exactly make the club an attractive proposition, especially if Newcastle drop to the Championship."

Read the full article here.

Durham food waste to be used for wedding catering

Drinks and a three-course meal made from food destined for the bin will be served at a wedding. 

It's being catered by REfUSE, an initiative started last June, which collects would-be food waste from supermarkets, shops, cafes, market stalls and food suppliers and serves it up to diners.

Kim and Dan

Nikki Dravers, REfUSE’s founder, said: “The amount of perfectly edible food that is going to landfill is immoral.

"What is lost is not only the food, but all the resources, land and energy used to produce it."

REfUSE runs pop-up restaurants around Durham, but are set to cater for the wedding of Kim Hughes and Dan Woolnough (pictured) in a couple of weeks.

Spring weather: Tynemouth beach sunrise

A ship sits out in the North Sea near Tynemouth beach, North Tyneside, just before sunrise.

Thanks to Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys.

Beach at sunrise
Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Parents consulted on County Durham school changes

A consultation's under way on proposals to change the age range of a County Durham school and close another.

Families in South Stanley are being asked for their views on the plans to change South Stanley Junior School from ages 7-11 to 3-11, and to close South Stanley Infant School from 31 December this year.

The changes would result in a single primary school.

'Fuming isn't the word' - North East parents have their say on primary places

The Chronicle

OIdest man in country with Down's Syndrome lives in Saltburn

BBC Tees

The oldest person in the country with Down's Syndrome lives in Saltburn.

Joe Sanderson

Joe Sanderson celebrated his 80th birthday last month, surrounded by family and friends with a huge bash thrown by his carehome.

Lifespan for those with the condition is usually shorter, but Joe has defied the odds and still enjoys hobbies such as sewing and watching horse racing,

Watch the BBC Tees Facebook video about him here.

Footage shows man punched to the ground in Durham

Police have issued CCTV footage of the moment a man was punched to the pavement.

He was shoved to the ground by one attacker and when he got up he was hit by a blow to the head by another as he walked along Silver Street, Durham, on Saturday evening a few weeks ago.

Passers-by raised the alarm. The man suffered hearing loss and a snapped tooth. 

His attackers, from a group of three men and a woman, were filmed casually walking away, past other people, in the direction of North Road. 

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County Durham man jailed for drunk assault on child

A County Durham man who got drunk and assaulted a child he was in charge of has been jailed.

Durham Crown Court heard how the child suffered bleeding on the brain as a result of Shaun Kirkbride's assault in 2013.

When arrested, he told police he had stubbed his toe and fallen while carrying the child, but a medical expert concluded the injuries were probably due to multiple "blows, punches or slaps". 

The 31-year-old, Beech Terrace, Eldon Lane, eventually admitted causing grievous bodily harm and child cruelty and has been jailed for 43 months.

Football: Newcastle United team news

BBC Sport

Newcastle play Manchester City tonight at St James' Park.

They've lost six of their past eight Premier League matches but have lost just one of their past six at home. 

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini remains sidelined by a calf injury.

Daryl Janmaat is also still unavailable because of groin and hand injuries.

Rafa Benitez

Mum unhappy after her children buy sweets called 'Camel Balls'

Sunderland Echo


A Wearside mum said she was mortified when her children returned from a trip to the shop with sweets named Camel Balls.

According to the packaging, they are apparently "liquid filled" and "extra sour".

Camel Balls
Sunderland Echo

'Sofa surfing' young people in 'just as much as danger as on streets'

A leading homelessness charity says "sofa surfing" can be a misleading term, and that North East youngsters in this situation are often in as much danger as those sleeping on the streets. 

Joe Cowan, regional coordinator for Depaul in the North East says: "The name 'sofa surfing' makes it sound like a very fluffy and warm thing to do, but it's actually very scary and there's a lot of risk involved.

"Women we've worked with have traded sexual favours to keep that roof over their head.

"They're presented to a local authority as 'stopping on a friend's couch' and they instantly drop down the priority list."

Beamback for fans wanting to watch Burnley v Boro

It's a big game for Boro tonight - away at second-placed Burnley as they try to secure promotion to the Premier League.

But the match is not on TV, so the only way to watch is to be at Turf Moor, or watch a special beamback at The Riverside Stadium.

The club says there will be no tickets on sale tonight though - it's advance booking only.

Get more details here.

Jordan Rhodes
Getty Images

'Derby day helper' to lead out Newcastle United tonight

A boy who helped police clean up after the Tyne-Wear derby will lead Newcastle United out at St James' Park tonight. 

Derby day helper
Northumbria Police

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

He was found after an appeal to trace him and given a signed football from the club, and the chance to be a mascot.

Have more celebrities died this year than usual?

BBC Radio 4

There's a feeling that more famous people have died this year compared to other years. But is this the case?

This year in the North East, we've lost ITV's agony aunt Denise Robertson, magician Paul Daniels, and comedian Brendan Healey.  

It's a hard one to measure - but Tim Harford and Charlotte McDonald have had a go at some back of the envelope calculations with data from Who's Who and BBC obituaries:

Boy attacked in Middlesbrough after asking for directions

A 15-year-old boy was attacked with a bat in Middlesbrough after asking two older teens for directions.

The boy and a girl, also 15, were looking for a bus stop after getting off a train at James Cook station when they asked two men, believed to be 18 or 19, for help at 21:20 on Saturday.

James Cook hospital

The attackers fled but returned a short while later and stole the boy's phone and wallet, Cleveland Police said.

The boy suffered bruising and soreness to his back.

Police said the younger teenagers had got the wrong train and were seeking help when they approached the older pair on the bridge at the station.

Car full of chickens pulled over by Durham Police

If anyone's noticed their hens are missing this morning, Durham Police pulled over a car last night full of stolen tools and chickens.

Car with chickens in
Durham RPU

They say the driver was caught and put in the cells. 

Durham Roads Policing Unit has apologised if the public "witnessed the police officers chasing loose chickens on foot after they escaped from the suspect's car".

Weather: Sunshine throughout the morning

BBC Weather

After a chilly start, today will be a fine and dry day.

Long sunny periods through the morning with a little more in the way of cloud for the afternoon. 

With light winds it should feel warmer than of late.  

Check the weather where you are.

Photo shows the River Tyne from space

Astronaut Tim Peake swung by Newcastle last night, and tweeted his view from space:

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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.

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