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  1. Updates on Friday 6 May 2016

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Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

Updates for the North East have now finished for the day - thank you for joining us and hope you have a good evening. 

We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, weather and travel. Until then there will be updates online and in our radio and TV bulletins.

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Tonight's weather: Getting cloudy with prospect of drizzle

BBC Weather

A generally cloudy night is in prospect with drizzle developing in places.

Turning misty with fog in some areas by the end of the night, mainly near coasts.  

Check the forecast where you are.

Appleby Horse Fair: 'A diverse community happening'

As preparations are being made across County Durham to accommodate Travellers heading to the 2016 Appleby Horse Fair, police say: "In reality this is a diverse community happening and not a police public safety event."

Appleby Horse Fair

The event has taken place for more than five centuries and this year's runs from the 2- 8 of June.

Sgt Simon Rogers, of Barnard Castle Neighbourhood Police Team, says their "joined up approach" means that in recent years they have experienced "a relatively small number of incidents related directly to the Travellers".

Officers 'increasingly concerned' for missing teenager

A 15-year-old girl from Whitley Bay has not been seen for almost a week. 

Shelby Hill was last seen at an address in North Tyneside on the evening of 30 April.

Shelby Hill
Northumbria Police

Shelby, who normally lives on Park Parade in Whitley Bay, failed to return to a house she'd been staying at in Inverness Road in Jarrow.

Officers and Shelby's family are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare.

Karanka 'calm' ahead of massive clash against Brighton

Aitor Karanka has been speaking about Boro's huge match tomorrow against Brighton.

A win or a draw will see them secure automatic promotion to the Premier League.

He told the club's website: “I said over the last month that our performances in the games had made me calm because I feel that the team are really confident. 

Aitor Karanka

“When you look at your players and see that they’re confident then you are, too. Even though we didn’t win the last three games, the performances have been good. 

“The players are calm, confident and looking forward to the game. They know how big of a game this is for everybody. They’re training really well so it’s just to keep going.”

Pensioner attacked by dogs in Washington

A 73-year-old man's been attacked by dogs in Washington.

It happened on Wednesday near to the Wetlands Centre.

The 73-year-old man and wife were walking their dog on the riverbank when three dogs who were not on leads ran towards them and bit him a number of times on his legs.

Police say he suffered a "significant" injuries.

A man and woman were with the dogs and police say they appeared to be intoxicated, and used racially abusive and threatening behaviour towards the man and his wife.

Northumbria PCC election stats in focus

Here's some Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner election statistics, if you like that sort of thing.

Labour's Vera Baird was re-elected with 180,479 votes. This is more than the entire number of votes cast back in 2012 (178,807).

However her share of the vote actually decreased very slightly by 0.7%, compared with four years ago. 

This year a total of 326,242 votes were cast, a turnout of 31.36%. That contrasts with the 16.45% turnout in 2012.

Clearly for whatever reason, people have been more keen to come out and vote for the role this time around, particularly as many areas had local council elections running in parallel.

Van with toppling pile of bikes and furniture on the back is seized

Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

Northumbria Police have stopped more than 50 vehicles in what they are calling Operation Overlord.

The aim was to find defects that could pose a danger to other road users.

One of the vehicles seized was this one:

Van with a load of stuff piled in the back
Northumbria Police

Not sure it would take an "overlord" to spot that it's not a particularly safe arrangement...

Elections 2016: Didn't get round to voting?

Didn't vote yesterday? Maybe you ran out of time, or forgot, but no-one will ever know you didn't vote, right? 

Well, not necessarily. 

It turns out there are three electoral rolls - the Full Register, the Edited Register and the Marked Register.

The Full Register is for election checks, detecting crime (like fraud), calling people for jury service and checking credit applications.

The Edited Register is the one companies typically buy to check your name and address, and you can opt out of being on this. 

But if you did vote you’ll have seen the poll clerk put a mark by your name to show you’d voted, and people can buy this Marked Register.

The Electoral Commission says: "The vote of any elector must be kept secret but the fact that any person voted or not is a matter of public record."

It says candidates, agents and local parties can know who did and did not vote at any election. 

Liam Fee murder trial: High Court told of 'blood-curdling scream'

The mother of Liam Fee described hearing a "blood-curdling scream" as she learned her son was dead, the High Court in Livingston has heard.

The jury has been listening to a police statement made by Rachel Fee in the hours after the two-year-old boy died in Glenrothes, Fife, on 22 March 2014.

Liam Fee

She said her partner Nyomi went to check on Liam at about 19:00 and seconds later she heard screaming.

Rachel Fee told detectives she ran into his bedroom to find Liam "lifeless".

The 31-year-old and her partner Nyomi Fee, 28, both from Ryton, are accused of murdering Liam and attempting to defeat the ends of justice by blaming the killing on a young boy.

Middlesbrough v Brighton: Five final-day deciders to rival promotion battle

BBC Sport

Middlesbrough and Brighton face each other tomorrow, with the winner guaranteed automatic promotion to the Premier League.

The two sides are level on points and separated only by goal difference. A draw will see Boro promoted and send the Seagulls into the play-offs.

BBC Sport looks back at five dramatic deciders from years past. Will the Championship season's climax rival any of these classics?

South Shields pub death: Man charged with murdering Ronnie Howard

A man has been charged with murder after a 31-year-old died in a disturbance at a pub.

Ronnie Howard was found on Wednesday at the Prince Edward in South Shields.

He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Prince Edward Pub

A 35-year-old man has been charged with his murder, as well as affray. 

Four other men aged between 28 and 58 have been charged with various other offences including assault and affray.

They are due to appear at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court.

Two men aged 31 and 30 were released with no further action, police said.

Elections 2016: Labour hold control of Gateshead Council

In Gateshead, Labour have held control but lost one seat to the Liberal Democrats.

The third of seats that were contested now look like Labour 17, Lib Dems five.

It means the full council now stands at:

  • Labour - 54 seats
  • Liberal Democrats - 12 seats

Five-year-old hit by car in Prudhoe

A five-year-old was hit by a car in Prudhoe yesterday and left with "serious leg injuries".

Scene of accident

The Great North Air Ambulance Service treated him on the scene before he was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. 

The GNAAS say his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

BreakingNorth Tyneside Council election results

Nicki Hornby

BBC Newcastle

In the North Tyneside Council elections, Labour have gained Cullercoats and Tynemouth from the Conservatives. 

The Lib Dems also lost a seat to an Independent.

The third of the council seats that were up for grabs now look like Labour 17, Conservative two, Independent one.

It means the full council now stands as: 

  • Labour - 51 seats
  • Conservative - seven seats
  • Lib Dem - one seat
  • Independent - one seat

BreakingPCC Elections 2016: Labour's Barry Coppinger re-elected as Cleveland PCC

Ian Reeve

BBC Look North

Labour's Barry Coppinger is re-elected as Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner with 41,337 votes in total. 

He beat Conservative Martin Vickers, who got 25,229.

The result comes after the second preference votes needed to be counted as Mr Coppinger failed to get 50% of the first preference votes.

Football: Boro fans gearing up for tomorrow's game

Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

Here's Middlesbrough fan Luke hoping to see life in the Premier League:


And seven-year-old Cole who's going to the game tomorrow:


Hope you both enjoy the match!

Second preference votes counted in Cleveland Police poll

Ian Reeve

BBC Look North

In the first round of counting for Cleveland Police's PCC, there's no overall winner with 50% of the vote. 

The second preference votes are now being counted. 

It is between Labour incumbent Barry Coppinger, who got 32,733 votes and Conservative Matthew Vickers, who has 18,196 votes.

Counting starts in North Tyneside elections

Nicki Hornby

BBC Newcastle

The North Tyneside Council count is under way:

The North Tyneside Council count

Thousands of votes rejected in police commissioner elections

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

More than 8,000 votes were rejected in the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

PCC Elections 2016: Ron Hogg's victory speech

Having been re-elected as Durham Police and Crime Commisionner, Labour's Ron Hogg has praised staff at the force, saying it was the only one to be rated outstanding in a recent audit.

In his victory speech he said: "Four more years of success, four more years of giving you the police service that you deserve."

Vera Baird praises UKIP and Lib Dem opponents in winning speech

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

On stage, Labour's Vera Baird says the higher turnout gives her an increased mandate as she is re-elected as Northumbria Police crime commissioner.

She  praises her UKIP and Lib Dem opponents, but not the Conservative. She says the region has rejected the Tories again.

Vera Baird

How the votes were cast:

  • Vera Baird, Lab, 180,479
  • Stewart Hay, Con, 58,713
  • Melanie Hurst, UKIP, 52,293 
  • Jonathan Wallace, Lib Dem, 34,757  

BreakingVera Baird re-elected as Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Fergus Hewison

BBC Newcastle political reporter

Labour's Vera Baird wins the Northumbria PCC election on first preference votes and takes up her second term in the job.

More to follow.

Boro 'will be presented trophy if they win Championship'

Some news of interest to Middlesbrough fans...

Should Boro win tomorrow and win the Championship title, there will be a presentation as the trophy will be at the Riverside Stadium.

But if Brighton or Burnley win the league, they will be handed it at "a later date".

A Football League spokesman said: "Should Middlesbrough win the title, the trophy will be presented at the Riverside Stadium following Saturday’s match.  

"Whereas if Burnley or Brighton & Hove Albion are champions, the trophy will be presented at a later date to enable a greater number of the winning club’s fans to join in with the celebrations.”

PCC Elections 2016: Labour leading in Hartlepool

David MacMillan

BBC Tees

Now to the Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner elections - Barry Coppinger leads Steve Matthews by 1,222 votes after the first round of votes in Hartlepool.

Redcar and Cleveland's results are imminent.  

Barry Coppinger

BreakingEx-Sunderland footballer Cabral cleared of rape

A former Sunderland footballer has been cleared of raping a woman he met in a nightclub.

Getty Images

The woman, who cannot be named, told a jury that Cabral, whose real name is Adilson Tavares Varela, pinned her down on his bed and raped her after they met during a night out in Newcastle.

But Varela, 27, told Hull Crown Court he did not know why the woman would try to destroy his life

The player said they had consensual sex after going back to his flat in Gateshead with friends last year.

He was cleared of two counts of rape. 

PCC Elections 2016: Sunderland's votes look positive for Labour

Fergus Hewison

BBC Newcastle political reporter

The count is still under way for the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, but the results for the Sunderland area are as follows:

  • Vera Baird - Labour - 35,718
  • Stewart Hay - Conservative - 12,345
  • Melanie Hurst - UKIP - 12,125
  • Jonathan Wallace - Liberal Democrats - 4,089

Overall totals are still to come.

PCC Elections 2016: 'More than 1,500 spoiled ballot papers in Sunderland'

There were more than 1,500 spoiled ballot papers in the Sunderland area, according toNorthumbria Police and Crime Commissioner count sources.

They are saying the high number of spoilt ballots are because voters were apparently confused by the first and second preference system.

PCC Elections 2016: Durham results

Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

More now on the news that Labour's Ron Hogg has been re-elected as Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner. 

Ron Hogg

The results were as follows:

  • Ron Hogg - Labour - 50,915 
  • Peter Cuthbertson - Conservative - 18,797 
  • Craig Martin - Liberal Democrats - 10,060

The turnout for the PCC vote was 17.7%.

BreakingElection 2016: Labour's Ron Hogg re-elected as Durham PCC

Labour's Ron Hogg has been re-elected as Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner.

More as we get it.

PCC Election: Cleveland Police vote turnout 20%

David MacMillan

BBC Tees

PCC election: Northumbria turnout nearly doubles

Fergus Hewison

BBC Newcastle political reporter

And here's the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner turnout figures - overall it was 32.1%.


In 2012 it was just 16.4%.

Video: Counting under way in Northumbria PCC elections

Fergus Hewison

BBC Newcastle political reporter

Travel: Accident on A19 causing delays

BBC Travel

There's very slow traffic on the A19 southbound in Backworth between the A1056 Killingworth Way junction and Holystone Roundabout because of an accident involving two vehicles earlier on.

All lanes have been reopened. Congestion is back to the Moor Farm Roundabout.  

Get the latest travel news for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

Sunderland man ‘offered to show police his privates’ while drunk and disorderly

Sunderland Echo


Election 2016: Coming up

Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

We already know that Labour has retained its majority on Hartlepool Council, but lost a seat to UKIP, and that Labour has retained control of Sunderland, Newcastle and South Tyneside councils.

But what are we still waiting to find out?

Well, North Tyneside (currently Labour) is set to get a result at about 16:30, and Gateshead (also currently Labour) will see results at about 15:00.

There's also the the Police and Crime Commissioner results, which we're expecting to see at the following times:

  • Durham - about 12:00
  • Northumbria - about 12:30
  • Cleveland -  about 14:00

We'll bring you all the updates as we get them.

Ship docked near Riverside Stadium heads to Nigeria

Lee Johnson

BBC Tees

In case you wonder where it is tomorrow - The 200m long North Sea Producer, which has been docked by the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough since August, departs for Nigeria today.  

North Sea Producer

Election 2016: Labour retains control in heartland

Labour has retained control of Sunderland, Newcastle and South Tyneside councils.

The Newcastle count took place at Sport Central in the city

The area is traditionally a Labour heartland, and the party gained a seat in Sunderland, and two in Newcastle. In South Tyneside it won all seats, including the only Conservative one.

There were mixed fortunes for the Lib Dems, with a gain in Sunderland but two losses in Newcastle.

Although it did not win any seats, UKIP polled well.

Middlesbrough v Brighton: Promotion decider 'worth at least £170m'

BBC Sport

Promotion to the Premier League will be worth at least £170m to the winner of tomorrow's Championship decider between Middlesbrough and Brighton, according to financial analysts Deloitte.

That figure could expand by 41% to £290m if they avoid relegation in their first season in the top flight.

The £170m is made up of a minimum £95m for a year in the Premier League, plus two seasons of parachute payments.