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  2. Updates on Tuesday 28 June 2016

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Our live updates here have now finished for the day - thank you for joining us.

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with more news, sport, weather and travel from across the North East.

If you're heading to Beyonce's concert in Sunderland we hope you have a great time. We'll bring you plenty of pictures and updates from it tomorrow. 

If you'd like to get in touch or send us a photo, you can do so via TwitterFacebook, or email  


Weather: A few showers or longer spells of rain continue into the evening

A few showers or longer spells of rain continue into this evening, and then clear through the first half of the night. 

Dry conditions then follow, with clear spells. It could turn chilly, especially across rural areas. 

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Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).

Fallen North Somme heroes remembered

This Friday marks the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. It lasted for months, but its first day was the bloodiest in the history of the British Army.

On 1 July 1916, soldiers from the North East were in the thick of the attack on the Germans in Northern France - and suffered some of the heaviest losses.

To remember their sacrifices, Army Reserve members of today retrace the steps of WWI soldiers in training who ended up fighting for King and country at the bloodiest battle of the war.

Look North's Gerry Jackson went to meet them.

Soldiers training

Dog rescued after running on A1

A dog was rescued after it was found running along the A1.

The German Shepherd was seen on the western bypass near Westerhope at about 10:00 where it was running in between slow-moving traffic.

It crawled under a lorry and the driver got out and took it to safety before Northumbria Police officers took it to vets where it will be scanned for a microchip to try to reunite it with its owner.

Police say they are now trying to trace the driver so they can thank him.

Rescued dog
Northumbria Police

Lonely Sunderland lion makes plea to Beyonce

Looking to the skies over Newcastle's Town Moor

Photographer Kaleel Zibe has been focusing his lens upwards and training it on Newcastle Town Moor's birds.

In collaboration with BBC Newcastle he has been chronicling a year in the life of this unique open space.

You can see some of his spring pictures here.

Dawn light through branches
Kaleel Zibe

Theatre restoration work begins

Carol Malia

BBC Look North

Work to restore the Globe Theatre in Stockton has started.

Modern wall tiles and a barrier at the front of the Grade II art deco building are being removed to reveal the original wall.

Globe Theatre
Doug Moody

It will then be examined and surveyed to inform the architectural approach to the restoration. 

The Heritage Lottery Fund has earmarked nearly £4m to support the project. 

Delighted mum-to-be has gift of life after double tragedy

The Shields Gazette

An overjoyed mum-to-be is celebrating the gift of life - after bouncing back from the double tragedy of losing twin daughters just months apart.

Chloe Atkinson sadly died at the age of just five months.
Shields Gazette

Travel: Help for people travelling to the Stadium of Light tonight

Malicious email to MP's family 'beyond the pale'

Pat Glass, who was elected in 2010, was promoted to shadow education secretary on Monday by under-fire Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. She had previously been shadow Europe minister. 

Earlier Ms Glass said she decided not to attend last Thursday's referendum count in County Durham after police told her to "avoid public places".

She also described a separate malicious email sent to a family member as going "beyond the pale". Durham Police said it was investigating "several pieces of information". 

Durham was one of 11 council areas across north-east England which voted to leave - only Newcastle voted to remain.

She had a majority of more than 10,000 at the last general election. 

Death threat MP Pat Glass said EU campaign was 'bruising'

North East MP Pat Glass has announced she will not be standing at the next general election.

The North West Durham MP had earlier revealed she had stayed away from her local Referendum count on Thursday after receiving death threats.

She was promoted to leader Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet on Monday. 

Pat Glass MP

In a letter to her constituency party chairman she said: "Whilst I had always intended to do more than two terms in Parliament I have found the last six months very, very difficult.

"The referendum has been incredibly divisive, it divided families and communities and I have found it bruising in many respects. 

"It has had an impact on both me and my family as I am sure it has had on many others."

'Steer clear' warning as furniture shop front collapses

Police warn members of the public to steer clear of a furniture shop in Cramlington after part of its brickwork crumbled and fell on to the street. 

Emergency services and council engineers are at the scene in Church Road, but so far the collapse has not affected traffic.

A spokesman for the Northumbria force said no-one has been injured and thearea has been cordoned off as a precaution.

Furniture shop
Northumbria Police

Rain not dampening the spirits of Beyonce fans

Russ Ward

BBC Newcastle

It's started raining in Sunderland but that isn't dampening the spirits of the Beyonce fans.

Let's hope it brightens up a bit in time for tonight's concert - she's due on stage at 20:00. 

Beyonce fans in the rain

Durham MP Pat Glass to stand down after 'divisive' referendum

North West Durham Labour MP Pat Glass has announced she will not stand at the next general election.

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Ms Glass, who was only yesterday promoted to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet tweeted that the last six months had impacted on her and her family.  

Video: Fans excited about seeing Beyonce at the Stadium of Light

These fans started queuing this morning outside the Stadium of Light to see Beyonce tonight.

They're pretty excited.

Fans say they "can't wait" to see Beyonce at the Stadium of Light.

Child safety fears over parking around village school

Hartlepool Mail


Residents in a cul-de-sac are to be asked if they want their own parking zone as part of efforts to improve safety for children and pedestrians around a primary school.

The entrance to Hart Primary School
Hartlepool Mail

Football: Southgate 'not right choice for England manager'

BBC Sport

Harry Redknapp says former Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate being favourite to succeed Roy Hodgson as England manager is 'scary'.

Hodgson resigned on Monday after England were knocked out of Euro 2016 in the last 16 by minnows Iceland.

But Redknapp said Southgate (pictured) was only seen as a favourite for the job because he had won a "second-rate tournament" with England's Under-21s in Toulon.

"Why should he get it in front of Steve Bruce and Sam Allardyce, who are proven managers?" asked the former QPR boss.

Gareth Southgate

Travel advice for people travelling to Beyonce concert

People heading to Beyonce's concert in Sunderland are being urged to leave plenty of time to get there.

Tens of thousands of people are due at the Stadium of Light for tonight's show.

Extra signs are being put up around the stadium to get people to the right place but roads immediately surrounding it will be closed.

Extra Metro services are being laid on between Newcastle and Sunderland - find more information here.

There will be updates throughout the day on the Metro Twitter feed and on the Facebook page.

Beyonce performing on her Formation Tour in the USA

Are you one of the thousands heading to Sunderland for tonight's concert? We'd love to see your photos. If you'd like to get in touch, you can do so via TwitterFacebook, or email    

Beyonce in Sunderland: Where should she visit while she's here?

So what should Beyonce be checking out while she's in Sunderland? If she has any down time that is.

We've put together a little visitor guide to help out - obviously she will be seeing the first one on the list when she performs there tonight.

Sunderland graphic
Getty Images/Sunderland Council/BBC

Travel: Delays on A1 and A19

BBC Travel

The A1 in Gateshead is partially blocked and there is queuing traffic southbound at Lobley Hill Interchange, because of a broken down vehicle .

There is queuing traffic on the A19 southbound between Herrington Interchange in Sunderland and the A1018 junction in Seaton, because of a shed load of nuts and bolts. Approach with care. 

More traffic updates on the BBC Travel website for Tyne & Wear

Weather: Staying cloudy with outbreaks of rain

It will stay cloudy with outbreaks of rain, sometimes heavy and prolonged, spreading from south-western parts, such as Hexham, and lasting through the rest of today. 

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Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F).

Beyonce in Sunderland: Timetable for today's events

Tens of thousands of music fans will be flocking to Sunderland tonight to watch Beyonce at the Stadium of Light.

Organisers say up to 50,000 people are expected.

Here's the timetable of events - some of which may be subject to change:

14:00 - External courtyards open

16:30 - Main stadium doors open 

19:00 - Support show on stage

20:00 - Beyoncé on stage

22:30 - Show ends

Beyonce performing at Glastonbury
Getty Images

On Look North at lunchtime: Excitement mounts for Beyonce performance

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

We'll be speaking to the fans who have been queuing up since this morning for Beyonce's concert at the Stadium of Light.

Our arts and entertainment reporter Sharuna Sagar has been out speaking to them - watch her report on Look North on BBC One at 13:30.

Sharuna Sagar interviews Sunderland fans

Death threat MP condemns malicious communication to family

Pat Glass has described a malicious communication sent to a member of her family as "beyond the pale".

The Labour MP for North West Durham, who supported Remain, spoke out as she revealed she stayed away from the Referendum count due to death threats.

She said: "To some extent people like me put ourselves out there but stuff directed at our families is beyond the pale."

Durham Police said it was investigating several pieces of communication which had come to its attention.

North East MPs in shadow cabinet

As Labour MPs vote on a no confidence motion on Jeremy Corbyn, here's a reminder of who is in and out of the shadow cabinet.

Those appointed from the North East include North West Durham MP, Pat Glass, as shadow education secretary, and Middlesbrough's Andy McDonald for transport.

It was a frantic day yesterday with Labour resignations - watch the picture below to see it summed up in 60 seconds.

Labour resignations on air - in 60 secs

Beyonce in Sunderland: Sam Allardyce hoping fans enjoy concert

As Beyonce prepares for her concert at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is getting into the spirt of things.

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Durham scientists help unearth rare helium gas

Using a new exploration approach, researchers including some from Durham University, have found large quantities of the rare gas helium within the Tanzanian East African Rift Valley.

As well as being used to fill balloons, the gas is vital in hospitals in MRI scanners as well as in spacecrafts and radiation monitors.

They say resources in just one part of the Rift valley are enough to fill more than a million medical MRI scanners.


Professor Chris Ballentine, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, said: "This is a game changer for the future security of society's helium needs and similar finds in the future may not be far away."

And colleague Dr Pete Barry added: 'We can apply this same strategy to other parts of the world with a similar geological history to find new helium resources. "

New supplies of 'balloons gas' found in Tanzania

Scientists say they have found a large helium gas field in Tanzania.

With world supplies running out, the discovery is a "game-changer", say geologists at Durham and Oxford universities.

Helium is used in hospitals in MRI scanners as well as in spacecrafts and radiation monitors.

Until now, the precious gas has been discovered only in small quantities during oil and gas drilling.

Brian Bell/Science Photo Library

Fan has Beyonce autograph tattooed on to foot

Anthony Day

BBC Newcastle

Enthusaistic Beyonce fans started queuing from early this morning at the Stadium of LIght ready for tonight's concert.

Among them were Carlie from Sunderland who has a tattoo on her foot which came from an autograph the singer signed for her.

Beyonce tattoo

Football: Alan Shearer was approached FA over England job

BBC Sport

Former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer admits he approached the FA about the England job five years ago and says he would still be more than happy to "offer his experience" after Roy Hodgson resigned following England's shock exit to Iceland at Euro 2016.

Watch his interview below.

Euro 2106: Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand to replace Roy Hodgson?

Death threats to Labour MP Pat Glass 'taken seriously'

Labour MP Pat Glass has revealed she stayed away from the EU referendum count after receiving death threats.

The Remain supporter, who represents North West Durham, said that following the killing of her parliamentary colleague Jo Cox, she took the anonymous threats seriously.

She said: "Police advice was that it was best to avoid being in places I was expected to be and I decided not to attend the count."

Pat Glass

A Durham Police spokeswoman said: "We have been working with Mrs Glass to progress inquiries while offering advice and support during the investigation.

"A specific threat was dealt with by officers in Consett last week, [and] working with Mrs Glass's office, appropriate action was taken and the threat negated."

Repair work continues on A1 sinkhole

Repair work is going on throughout the day to fix a sinkhole which gave way on the northbound carriageway of the A1 in Gateshead over the weekend.

A contraflow is in place between junctions 67 and 68 which means there are two lane open for traffic heading south and one lane north.

Diversions are in place and the Tyne Tunnels are toll free to help ease congestion - more details here.

Highways England say they are working to reopen the road on Wednesday. 

Sinkhole on A1
Northumbria Police

Beyonce Sunderland concert will launch European leg of Formation tour

The waiting is nearly over for Beyonce fans - tonight she takes to the stage in Sunderland.

After taking her Formation tour around the United States, the European leg of the tour starts at the Stadium of Light.

It will be the third time the American star has visited the North East - she visited Newcastle for her I Am tour in 2009 and her Dangerously in Love Tour in 2003.

Organisers have said it will be the "biggest concert" ever held at the Stadium of Light.

Getty Images

Photos: Poppy field in Northumberland

Take a look at this beautiful photo of a field of poppies near Corbridge in Northumberland taken by Tom White from the Press Association.

Poppy field near Corbridge

If you'd like to send us a photo, you can do so via TwitterFacebook, or email  

Fight 'contributed' to man's death

A fight contributed to the death of a Middlesbrough man but was not the only cause, a coroner has ruled.

Benji Bolsenbroek, 23, died in hospital after a disturbance outside the Park Hotel in Linthorpe in October 2013 - he had been celebrating his son's birth.

No-one was charged in connection with the death, although seven people were later jailed for violent disorder.

An inquest has been told that he died as a result of the disorder combined with cocaine and alcohol in his system.

Benji Bolsenbroek
Cleveland Police

Beyonce set for Stadium of Light

Superstar Beyonce is launching the European leg of her Formation tour in Sunderland tonight.

Up to 50,000 fans are expected to attend her performance at the Stadium of Light.

Although she has performed at Newcastle Arena in the past, this will be her first major outdoor performance in the region.

We'll bring you plenty of updates and information throughout the day.


Hundreds at rally to support Labour leader

Hundreds of people attended a rally in Newcastle yesterday evening in support of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Those at the gathering at Monument were calling for Mr Corbyn to stay as he faces a motion of no confidence.

Jeremy Corbyn support rally