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  1. Updates on Tuesday 3 May 2016

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Weather: Turning chilly overnight

Turning chilly through the evening, especially in rural locations, as any remaining showers soon die away to leave clear spells with light winds.

Cloud will thicken through the early hours with the odd spot of rain possible. 

Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F).

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Who's staying and who's going at Gateshead?

Matthew Raisbeck

BBC Newcastle Sport

Gateshead have released 10 players today, including record appearance holder James Curtis. 

Others to go include James Marwood, Craig Baxter and Jon Shaw, while goalkeeper Sam Russell has been put on the transfer list. 

Manager Neil Aspin has offered contracts to striker Danny Johnson, as well as midfielders Patrick McLaughlin, Gus Mafuta and Josh Gillies.

Huge crane swings into action on new Morpeth bypass

One of the biggest pieces of machinery involved in the building of the new Morpeth Northern Bypass has swung into action.

A 500-ton crane is currently towering above the site as it works to lower 70 concrete blocks, each weighing 26 tons, into the ground to create the How Burn Culvert which runs through the centre of the site.

The work will take about a week and is the latest stage in the £30m scheme which will cut congestion in Morpeth and reduce travel time and costs between the A1 and the south east of Northumberland. 

Northumberland Council

'Noisy' cow pats and dying trees to feature in show

Noise recorded on Newcastle's vast Town Moor including inside cow pats and the sound of a dying tree are to feature in an exhibition and show. 

Chris Watson: The Town Moor - A Portrait in Sound, has been a collaboration with BBC Newcastle and is an acoustic soundscape of the area - which is a 1,000 acre, ancient grazing common.

Newcastle's Town Moor

Recorded over the course of one year, Mr Watson worked alongside BBC producer Murphy Cobbing, to create a four-part radio series and online page.     

The project has now been reworked to make a 40-minute film and exhibition to be shown in the city's Tyneside Cinema Gallery. 

The show and film opens on 21 June. 

Scenes from the Town Moor

Who shot down MH17?

A host of different theories surround the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, in which Newcastle United fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney (pictured) were killed. 

BBC Magazine has taken a look at the conspiracy theories surround the crash to ask what really happened?

John Alder and Liam Sweeney

Football: Thoughts of Boro boss Aitor Karanka ahead of club's crucial week

BBC Tees

BBC Tees Sport

Middlesbrough's match against Brighton on Saturday will decide which of them is automatically promoted to the Premier League.

Following Burnley's promotion on Monday, the two clubs will be competing for the remaining promotion slot, without having to face the play-offs.

You can hear Boro boss Aitor Karanka's thoughts this evening.

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Anti pirate ship sailors in Indian 'legal limbo'

Loved ones of six British forces veterans jailed in India have called on the Government for help to bring them home. 

All are being held in "horrendous" conditions, according to relatives, after being sentenced to five years on weapons charges while working as security guards on ships to combat the threat of pirates.

They were arrested in 2012.

Joanne Thomlinson's brother, ex-Paratroop Regiment member John Armstrong, 28, from Wigton, Cumbria, is one of the six.

She said they were in "legal limbo". 

Nick Dunn, from Ashington, is also among the six former soldiers.

About 60 friends and relatives of the six held a rally ahead of a meeting on Tuesday afternoon in Carlisle, Cumbria, with Foreign and Commonwealth Office minister Hugo Swire. 

Carlisle rally

Digital Nation: Artist's work makes transition from canvas to the stage

This week's round-up of the best local independent television from around the UK includes a film from Made in Tyne & Wear about the artist Alexander Millar - you can watch it here.

Alexander Millar painting
Made in Tyne & Wear

Rape accused ex-Sunderland player Cabral says victim 'lying'

A former Premier League footballer accused of raping a woman he met in a nightclub has told a jury she is lying.

Ex-Sunderland player Cabral, whose real name is Adilson Tavares Varela, told Hull Crown Court he did not know why the woman would try to destroy his life. 

She has told the jury Varela pinned her down on his bed.

But the footballer has said they had consensual sex after going back to his Gateshead flat with friends.

He denies two counts of rape. The trial continues.

Durham hope they don't run out of time

Art students crafted land art to mark bike tour

Art students from Middlesbrough College crafted some land art to welcome the Tour De Yorkshire this weekend - and make sure it was seen by the "eyes in the sky" cameras. 

The work included a bike and 30 bike wheels.

Bike art
Middlesbrough College/Cool Blue Brand Communications

Childminder reported that "somebody was hurting" toddler

A childminder has told the Liam Fee murder trial that she reported her fears about the toddler. 

Heather Farmer said by Christmas 2012 she had begun to have doubts and contacted the Scottish Childminding Association for advice because she thought "someone was hurting Liam."

Liam Fee

Rachel Fee and Nyomi Fee, who are originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear, are accused of murdering Liam in March 2014 and attempting to defeat the ends of justice by blaming the killing on a young boy. 

The couple are also charged with a catalogue of allegations that they neglected Liam and abused two other children, one of whom they blame for killing Liam, in their care over a two-year period. 

 They deny all the charges against them. The trial at the High Court in Livingston continues.

MP claims Darlington is 'too big' not to have casualty unit

Darlington MP Jenny Chapman is calling for answers over the future of Accident and Emergency Services at the town's Memorial Hospital. 

The call comes after the health trust which runs it confirmed it was discussing the effectiveness of emergency care as part of a wider review of NHS services in the region. 

Ms Chapman told BBC Tees that managers need to give more detail about the proposals. 

She said: "The biggest area of population in the trust area is Darlington, so it makes no sense at all to take services away from that hospital."

MP Jenny Chapman

Has Captain Cook's ship been found?

Researchers in the US believe they may be a step closer to locating the ship in which Middlesbrough explorer Captain James Cook sailed to Australia in 1768.

The Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project (Rimap) has known for some time the ship was scuttled in Newport Harbour in 1778.

But they now believe they have narrowed down the search to a cluster of five shipwrecks on the seafloor.

The researchers plan to investigate the ships and their artefacts further.


Paralympic champion disqualified over tattoo

BBC Sport

Paralympic champion swimmer Josef Craig has been disqualified from a race at the IPC European Championships for failing to cover up a tattoo.

The 19-year-old from Jarrow has a motif of the Olympic rings on the left side of his chest, which breaches advertising regulations.

Swimmer Josef Craig
Simon Wright/GB Swimstars

He won his heat in the S8 100m freestyle but missed out on Sunday's final after being disqualified.

In Monday's S8 400m freestyle heats, Craig swam with a cover on the tattoo.

CCTV appeal after assault outside Hexham bar

Police have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to after an attack outside a bar. 

It happened in the early hours of Saturday when a 20-year-old man was assaulted outside Studio Sports Bar, Priestpopple, Hexham. 

Police said the men were in the area at the time the assault happened and may be able to help with enquiries.

CCTV images
Northumbria Police

Bishop Auckland FC fan's £300k legacy for club

A lifelong football fan has left his favourite amateur club more than £300,000 in his will.

Colin Rowell was an avid Bishop Auckland FC supporter and left the bulk of his estate to the club following his death in January at the age of 79.

Colin Rowell
Real Results Marketing

Stunned officials said the bequest would help secure the County Durham club's future. 

Mr Rowell, from nearby Cockton Hill, has no surviving family members and had been a fan for more than 70 years.

Weather: More sunny spells and scattered showers, heavy in places

BBC Weather

Today we will continue to see sunny spells and scattered showers, with a chance of some heavy showers in places. 

Later this afternoon the showers will gradually become lighter and isolated, as long sunny periods develop. 

weather graphic

 Maximum Temperature: 13C (55F).  

Little litter-picker Matilda, 3, puts the grown-ups to shame

A three-year-old girl's anti-litter campaign has prompted a council to increase the number of bins on its streets.

Matilda Rusby's family posted pictures on social medai of the young eco-warrior picking up rubbish in their street.

Councillor Karen Bolger described the photos as a "wake-up call", and spoke with North Tyneside Council.

Matilda Rusby
Frankie Rusby

Frankie Rusby, Matilda's mother, said her daughter describes litter in their street, in North Shields, as "naughty" whenever she sees it.

"It's a stark reminder of how bad things are when it takes a three-year-old to tell adults that this is wrong," she said.

Matilda Rusby
Matilda Rusby

Lifeline bid planned 'to save' steel industry

Liberty House plans to submit a formal bid on Tuesday to buy Tata Steel's UK assets, which has a plant in Hartlepool employing 500 workers. 

Liberty, headed by Sanjeev Gupta, was first to express an interest in the assets when they were put up for sale.

A spokesman for Liberty told the BBC that the firm had put together a team of advisers and financial backers.

Tata map

 In addition to the Port Talbot factory - the UK's largest steelworks - which employs 4,000, Tata's remaining assets include sites at Newport, where more than 1,300 people are employed, and Rotherham, which employs 1,200.

Lights, camera, action as Sunderland film festival returns

Sunderland Echo


The red carpet will be rolled out once more as Sunderland welcomes an Oscar-winning producer to its returning film festival.

The judging panel for Sunderland Shorts Film Festival has agreed on winners for the 2016 awards that will be presented on July 2, at the end of the four-day celebration.

Film festival
Sunderland Echo

Run Geordie Run: Three days into his trek across Europe

Charity fundraiser Run Geordie Run has set off for Europe on the next leg of his around the world challenge.

Mark Allison has already run across across the US and Australia, and is now taking on the 3,400 miles from Lisbon to Istanbul.

The software developer from Bedlington, Northumberland, aims to complete the route across 14 countries in 100 days.

He started off from Lisbon's Guincho Beach.

He said: "Day one has been a massive success. 37 miles were required and 37 miles were ran. 

With elevation gain of over 4000ft for the day it's safe to say that this has been one of the toughest days of running that I've ever done."

Mark Allison
Mark Allison

Why do sonic booms happen?

More on the story we brought you earlier - sonic booms from Typhoon jets scrambled to help guide an Air France plane to a safe landing in Newcastle last night were heard by many people.

The loud bangs were heard in parts of Yorkshire with many people taking to social media to ask what was going on.

Dr Jim Wild from Lancaster University explained to the BBC in the past how and why a sonic boom happens.

And here's a graphic giving some of the numbers:

sonic booms graphic

Egypt horse crush woman flown home

A woman injured in a horse-riding accident in Egypt has returned home after surgery funded by well-wishers.

Olivia Fairclough, 31, from Eaglescliffe, was left paralysed and stranded in hospital unable to pay for an operation.

Olivia Fairclough
Fairclough family

An appeal later raised more than £30,000 and the surgery was carried out in Cairo.

She arrived at Durham Tees Valley Airport yesterday evening, and was transferred to Middlesbrough's Cook James Cook Hospital for further treatment and rehabilitation.

Vehicles lifted by bystanders to release two injured pedestrians

People lifted vehicles to release two injured people after a collision between a car and two pedestrians in a Newcastle car park, police said.

A man and a woman suffered serious injuries when they were trapped between two vehicles at the Marks and Spencer car park in Gosforth on Monday.

The 78-year-old driver of a vehicle suffered minor injuries.

Northumbria Police said it was keen to speak to people who physically lifted the vehicles to release the injured people as they may have witnessed the incident and also to thank them for their actions.

Football: Final Premier League automatic promotion slot to be decided on Saturday

BBC Sport

It will be a nailbiting match on Saturday in Middlebrough's bid to be promoted to the Premier League after Burnley took one of the two automatic promotion slots with their victory over QPR on Monday

It is now between Boro and Brighton for the other spot and they meet on Saturday. The Seagulls drew 1-1 with Derby which means a draw will be good enough for Boro to go up.

Here's all the explanation of how things are looking.

Aitor Karanka

Photos: Sunrise at Whitley Bay

Forecasters say there will be warmer temperatures this week which should be a welcome change after last week's wintry conditions.

Met Office forecaster Emma Boorman said: "As we go into the middle and later stages of the week we start to bring in a south-easterly breeze allowing some warmer temperatures to arrive into the UK. 

"By Friday and Saturday we are looking at temperatures in the high twenties which will be a welcome change."

This photo of a beautiful sunrise was taken at Whitley Bay by Press Association photograpger Owen Humphreys.

Sunrise at Whitley Bay

Weather: Sunny spells and becoming warmer

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A chilly start, then bright and sunny for much of the day, with the chance of the odd light shower.


Aircraft landed safely at Newcastle Airport

Sonic booms were heard last night when Typhoon jets were scrambled to identify 'an unresponsive civilian aircraft'

Air France confirmed that the plane was one of its planes which then landed safely at Newcastle Airport.

A statement from Newcastle Airport said: "We can confirm flight AFR1558 from Paris, Charles De Gaulle was escorted into Newcastle Airport by RAF aircraft having lost communication with Air Traffic Control. The aircraft landed safely at 22:23."

Travel: Congestion building around Teesside and in Durham

BBC Travel

Congestion is building at several spots around Teesside include the A66/A67 junction at Darlington and on the A19 in both directions at the A689 Wolviston junction.

Traffic is very slow on the A690 in Durham in both directions between the Gates and Gilesgate roundabouts due to roadworks.

The congestion is stretching to the A1(M) J62 Carrville junction.  

Click here for the latest travel news or tune in to BBC Newcastleor BBC Tees.

Quick alert Typhoon aircraft were launched to 'unresponsive civilian aircraft'

People took to social media last night after a loud bang was heard over large areas of Yorkshire.

The RAF later confirmed quick reaction alert Typhoon aircraft were launched from RAF Coningsby to identify an unresponsive civilian aircraft.

They said comunications were re-established and the aircraft was safely landed.

Air France confirmed it was one of its planes and that it had landed in Newcastle safely.

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Sonic boom from Typhoon jets launched to guide plane to safe landing at Newcastle

If you heard a loud sound last night, this is probably the explanation:

Loud bangs heard in parts of Yorkshire on Monday night were sonic booms from Typhoon jets (a Typhoon pictured) scrambled to identify "an unresponsive civilian aircraft", the RAF has said.

The aircraft were launched from RAF Coningsby, in Lincolnshire, and helped guide an Air France plane to a safe landing in Newcastle.


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