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  1. Updates on Monday 25 April 2016

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By Rebecca Turner

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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.  

Tonight's weather: Cold, wintry, maybe even some snow

BBC Weather

Wintry showers will continue, heavy at times with hail, sleet or snow falling at even low levels.

Slight accumulations of snow are possible, mainly over high ground.

Icy patches are likely in places by the morning.

Coastal gales developing.  

Check the weather where you are.

Watch: Mark 'Run Geordie Run' Allison sets off on Europe charity run

Father of drowned Tynemouth boy welcomes sailor's jail sentence

The father of a teenage fishermen who died after a ferry hit his boat has spoken out about the man who caused the collision. 

Daniel McNeil, 16, from Tynemouth, drowned in the incident.

Scottish Viking
Iain McLellan

An Italian sailor who was in charge of the ferry has been jailed for eight months.

Outside the court, Daniel's father Donald said: "We're glad it's a custodial sentence because that allows the sea to be safer for a while."  

Judge Lord Bannatyne said: "His family have been deprived of a much-loved, cherished son and brother. They have undoubtedly been left devastated at their loss".   

Four-vehicle accident blocking the A167

BBC Travel

The A167 is partially blocked at the Brafferton Lane junction, County Durham, because of an accident involving four vehicles. 

Congestion to the Burtree Lane junction.  

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

School 'in total shock' after children killed in France crash

A headeatcher has paid tribute to two children who died in a collision in France yesterday.

John Crompton, 31, from Hartlepool, died alongside Morgan Christian Lund, aged nine, and four-year-old Evie-Lily Crompton in the crash on Sunday morning.

Lee Walker, from Barnard Grove Primary School, said: “Everyone in our school community is in total shock following this tragedy.

“Morgan was a Year 4 pupil who was an extremely popular member of his class, as well as the school in general.

"His sense of humour, fun and positive attitude brought life and joy to all. Morgan took great pride in his work and was an outstanding sportsman with many other talents as well.

“Evie-Lily was in our nursery and was the most kind-hearted and caring girl you could ever wish to meet. 

"She was always willing to go out of her way to help others and had lots of friends. Her beaming smile lit up our nursery every single day.

“The pupils and staff are heartbroken and we are all helping each other to come to terms with this devastating news. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family at this time.”

Sailor jailed over ferry crash in which Tynemouth fisherman died

An Italian sailor who caused the death of a teenage fisherman from Tynemouth has been jailed for eight months.

Pasquale Miccio

Pasquale Miccio, 48, was in charge of the Scottish Viking ferry when it collided with a fishing boat off St Abbs Head in August 2010.

Daniel McNeil, 16, drowned in the incident.

Miccio, from Sorrento, had previously admitted failing to change the ship's course to avoid the collision.

He was handed a jail term at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Funding page for Hartlepool family raises more than £1,000 in four hours

A funding page has been set up for the family left behind after a crash in France, in which 31-year-old John Crompton from Hartlepool and two children were killed.

The family was driving near Dijon, when the crash occurred on Sunday morning.  

In only four hours, the page has already raised almost a quarter of its £5,000 target.

Specially trained officers supporting families after fatal French crash

Officers are supporting two families in Hartlepool following the fatal collision in France yesterday in which a man and two children were killed.

John William Crompton, 31, Morgan Christian Lund, nine, and four year old Evie-Lily Crompton died in the collision on Sunday morning on the A39 near Beaurepaire-en-Bresse.

The children's mother Makayla Louise Lund, 25, and two-year-old Kyle Lucas Crompton were injured and taken to hospital.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: "Specially trained officers are acting as family liaison officers for both families.  

"Cleveland Police is also assisting the French authorities with their inquiries into the collision as well as liaising with colleagues from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  Our thoughts and sympathies are with all concerned at this very difficult time."

Hartlepool family named following fatal crash in France

The Teesside family who died in a crash on the A39 near Beaurepaire-en-Bresse in France yesterday have been named by police.

John Crompton, 31,  died alongside two children - Morgan Christian Lund, nine, and four-year-old Evie-Lily Crompton in the collision yesterday morning 

The children's mother, 25-year-old Makayla Louise Lund, and two-year-old Kyle Lucas Crompton were injured and taken to hospital.

Police say Makayla is in a stable condition today, while Kyle remains "seriously ill". 

'Potentially harmful' medication stolen in Low Fell

Potentially harmful medication has been stolen during a burglary in Low Fell.

Police say burglars broke into a flat in Ripley Court some time between Thursday and Saturday.

They stole a number of different medications that were being kept inside the property including Venlafaxine and Valporic Acid. 

Officers say they've have checked with medical professionals and the medication "can be a danger to health if taken in large amounts".

Cricket: Heavy bails for heavy wind

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

It's so windy over here in Chester-le-Street that they've been forced to remove the bails.

Durham are playing Middlesex.

Durham Cricket

Umpires Ian Gould & Graham Lloyd have called for the heavy bails to be brought out.

They won't stay in place for long.  

Vito Mannone: Every Sunderland games 'feels like Champions League final'

BBC Sport

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone (pictured) says every game 'feels like the Champions League final' as they fight for Premier League survival.

The Black Cats drew 0-0 with Arsenal to climb out of the relegation zone for the first time since early March.

"We're fighting for the Premier League, but that's our Champions League," 28-year old Mannone told BBC Newcastle.

"We need to maintain this standard and hopefully score a few of the chances we create."

Vito Mannone
Getty Images

Explosives to demolish Didcot site

Explosives are to be used to demolish the remaining section of the collapsed Didcot Power Station.

Four workers were killed and five injured in the collapse in February, with one body - that of Michael Collings, 53, from Brotton in Teesside - recovered from the site.

RWE Npower said it knew controlled explosions at the site would be distressing for the missing workers' families.

The firm said it would ensure the remaining building falls away from the existing debris pile.

Collpased Didcot Power Station
Thames Valley Police

Jack Colback: Newcastle United 'need to repay fans'

BBC Sport

Newcastle United's Jack Colback says they must give something back to the fans for their continued support.

The relegation-threatened Magpies came from 2-0 down to claim a crucial point against Liverpool at Anfield.

"We've not given [the fans] a lot to shout about, but they're sticking with us," Colback told BBC Newcastle.

"If the fans turn on you it can be difficult but they're there for us and we need to try and repay them with points and good performances."

Jack Colback

Boy claims another child killed toddler

A young boy has claimed another boy was responsible for the death of a toddler, a murder trial has heard.

The youngster made the statement during a recorded police interview the day after two-year-old Liam Fee was found dead at a house near Glenrothes on 22 March 2014.

The child said one of the accused, Nyomi Fee, had told him what happened.

The dead child's mother Rachel Fee and her partner Nyomi deny murdering Liam and ill-treating two other boys.

Rachel Fee, 31, and Nyomi Fee, 28, who are originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear, deny a series of mistreatment and neglect charges against two other children, as well as the murder charge.

The trial continues.

Liam Fee

Darlington Market 'needs £200,000 spent on repairs'

The search for a partner for Darlington Markets is to begin next week.

Darlington covered market has been hoping to find an investor to ensure its future.

Darlington Council

 A special report will go before Darlington Borough Council’s Cabinet, which recommends £200,000 be spent on essential repairs to enable the market to continue to trade and make it more attractive to a partner.  

Weather: Sunny intervals and scattered showers this afternoon

This afternoon will have sunny intervals and scattered showers, with the showers turning increasingly heavy and wintry. 

Sleet or snow is likely even at low levels, but will not produce significant accumulations. Becoming windy along the coast in the afternoon. 

weather graphic

 Maximum Temperature: 8C (46F).

Run Geordie Run: Setting off for around-the-world trip

Mark Allison, who is known as Run Geordie Run, leaves the North East today ahead of his 3,400 mile charity run across Europe.

Mark Allison

He'll be travelling to Portugal in a motor home, which will be his home for the next 100 days.

It's part of his Round the World challenge, where he'll need to cover a total of 20,000 miles, over four continents and through 23 countries.

It will take him over a year to complete.

BHS to file for administration, putting 11,000 jobs at risk

High Street retailer BHS is to file for administration on Monday, threatening almost 11,000 jobs.

BHS representatives have told the BBC that it will go into administration.

It comes after sources close to the company's owners admitted that "things don't look good".

There are 164 stores across the UK, eight of which are in the North East.

Durham Cricket: Day two and it's freezing

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

Perfect weather for cricket!

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Tributes paid to Hartlepool man following crash death

Tributes have been paid to a North East man who died along with two of his children in a crash on a French motorway over the weekend.

The 31-year-old, named locally as John Crompton from Hartlepool, was driving with his family near Dijon, at the time of the crash.

Friends have left messages on a Facebook group for the Hartlepool Billiards and Snooker, of which Mr Crompton was a member.  

One says: "Puts life into perspective when you see a lad like big John Crompton lose his life in a tragic accident like this. 

"A man who held the same things in life close to his heart as I do. Family, Hartlepool United and a game of snooker and billiards with his mates down the club".

Sunderland striker Beth Mead wins Professional Footballers' Association awards

Well done to Sunderland striker Beth Mead, who was named Women's Young Player of the Year at the Professional Footballers' Association awards.  

Beth Mead
The FA

The 20-year-old scored 14 goals in all competitions for Sunderland in 2015.  

Red Kite found shot in Chopwell Wood

A red kite has been found dead with gunshot wounds in Chopwell Wood, Gateshead.

Friends of Red Kites have called it "a new blow to establishing a viable population of these spectacular birds across the north east".

Red Kite
Getty Images

The bird was found dead in the heart of the core breeding area for the species which was introduced in a major public project between 2004 and 2009.

A vet said the bird had two pellet wounds from an air rifle or a shotgun.

Three birds were found illegally poisoned last year.

Cricket: Middlesex produce dominant display with the bat over Durham

BBC Sport

Half-centuries from Nick Gubbins, Dawid Malan and Adam Voges put Middlesex on top against Durham on day one at Chester-Le-Street.

Dawid Malan hit his 36th first-class half-century of his career
Getty Images

The visitors won the toss and England hopeful Sam Robson was bowled by Brydon Carse for a brisk 26.

Malan (74) and Voges' 90-run fourth-wicket stand followed a quickfire 60 from Gubbins as the hosts toiled.

Man and two children killed in crash on French motorway

A man and two of his children who died in a crash on a French motorway were from the North East.

The family were in a black Nissan on the A39 at Savigny-en-Revermont, near Dijon, when the car left the road on Sunday.  

The 31-year-old driver, who has been named locally as John Crompton, 31, from Hartlepool, died alongside the children, believed to be aged four and 12.

The scene of the crash

His wife and another of their children survived and were taken to hospital with serious injuries, police say.

Prefect of Louhans George Bos, who was in charge of the rescue operation, said:  "We imagine that the father may have fallen asleep or that he may have been distracted by something and moved aside."  

Your pictures: Crab claw in North Shields

Thanks to Dave Jackson for this photo of a massive crab claw found in North Shields.

Crab claw
Dave Jackson

"Wouldn't fancy a nip off the owner of this claw" he says.

Us either.

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

Football: Sunderland climb out of relegation zone

Sunderland climbed out of the relegation zone with a deserved point against an uninspiring Arsenal, after a final score of 0-0 yesterday.

Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone had to be sharp to keep out Mesut Ozil's free-kick and Alex Iwobi's follow-up.

Manager Sam Allardyce says:  "We've got ourselves out of the bottom three now for the first time in many months and the challenge now for the lads is to stay out of it."  

Two teenage swimmers get into difficulty at Cullercoats Harbour

Two teenages got into difficulty while swimming in Cullercoats Harbour yesterday evening.

Cullercoats RNLI were called out and found one had been thrown a life ring by his friends and had managed to get back to the pier

However, the second boy was struggling to make it back to safety, so the charity's volunteer crew helped him into a lifeboat and found he was suffering from extreme effects of the cold and was hypothermic. 

Lifeboat operations manager Frank Taylor said: "When our lifeboat reached him he was exhausted and barely had any strength left to carry on trying to swim.

"We were thankful that we were able to rescue him and bring him back to safety".

Weather: Sunny with scattered showers

BBC Weather

Sunny intervals and scattered showers, with the showers turning increasingly heavy and wintry.

Sleet or snow is likely even at low levels, but will not produce significant accumulations.

Becoming windy along the coast.

Feeling cold.  

Check the weather where you are.

Tynemouth Pool revamp: Digging begins at derelict site

Digging has started at an abandoned outdoor swimming pool which campaigners hope could be restored to its former glory.

Tynemouth Pool

Tynemouth Pool, in North Tyneside, was once a popular visitor attraction but has been derelict since the 1990s.

Campaign group the Friends of Tynemouth Outdoor Pool is carrying out a survey to find out what the pool tank was filled with when it was decommissioned to get a "better idea" of what will be involved to dig it all back out.

North East women finish London Marathon as top two British women

Two North East women have secured their places in Team GB at the Rio Olympics this summer.

Yesterday, the London Marathon doubled up as an official British trial for the Olympics.  

Alyson Dixon and Sonia Samuels

Sunderland's Alyson Dixon and Wallsend-born Sonia Samuels (pictured left to right) secured their places by finishing as the top two British women.

Dixon was 13th in 2:31:52 and Samuels 14th - eight seconds behind - both having already achieved the Olympic qualification standard of 2:31:00.

Welcome to Local Live for the North East

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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