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  1. Updates on Wednesday 1 March 2017

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Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

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We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

Sunderland councillors approve £46m budget cuts

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

Sunderland councillors have approved budget cuts of £46m and a 4.99% increase in council tax.

The budget also sees the end of council grants for Sunderland Women In Need and Centrepoint which helps homeless people.

Watch my full report on Look North at 18:30.

Weather: Isolated showers and thickening cloud

BBC Weather

Showers becoming isolated before thickening cloud brings a risk of rain to some areas, with some snow, mainly across hills.

Turning drier later, and winds remaining light.

weather graph

Check the weather where you are.

Bid to find owners of goods stolen from caravan

A number of items have been recovered by police after a static caravan was broken into in the Weardale area.

Police are yet to find the owners of these items, as many of the caravans are holiday homes owned by people who live outside the area.

Items recovered include jewellery, televisions, a radio and a vacuum cleaner.

dvds. a portable radio, a backpack and batteries

Schizophrenia tablets lost in Thornaby

Tablets used to treat schizophrenia have been lost in the Thornaby Road area of Thornaby.

There are 112 tablets in total, and police say they can be "fatal in the wrong hands".

Anyone who finds them is asked to hand them in to the nearest Chemist.

College is named country's best

Gerry Jackson

BBC Look North

South Tyneside college has been named the top college in the country at an awards ceremony held by the Times Educational Supplement.

South Tyneside College

The judges were impressed by the way the South Shields college has forged strong connections with businesses and the community, and hailed its commitment to educational attainment and student career advancement. 

They described the college of further education as outstanding and an exceptional centre of learning.

Watch: Paedophile's brother 'hopes he never gets out'

The brother of a violent paedophile said he hopes he never gets out of jail.

Michael Dunn, from Redcar, made a "hidey hole" in his home to conceal a girl he was abusing. The court heard he raped and abused four girls over a period of decades. He has been jailed for 27 years.

After the sentencing, his brother Robert Dunn (pictured) said: "I think he deserved more than he got, the judge was very lenient considering he's got away with what he was doing for the best part of 40 years.

"I hope he never gets out."

Robert Dunn said he hoped his brother would never be released

Jury in Colin Gregg case sent home for the night

Peter Harris

BBC Look North

The jury in the case of a man accused of nine indecent assaults has gone home for the night.

Colin Gregg, 75, the son of the founder of the Greggs bakery chain, denies the charges involving four young boys over three decades. 

Colin Gregg

Question Time comes to Sunderland

BBC One's Question Time is being filmed in Sunderland.

David Dimbleby and the team were last on Wearside eight years ago when the topical politics programme came to Nissan.

The show will air on 9 March.

You can apply to be in the audience using this link.

David Dimbleby

South Shields man who threatened his ex with home-made stun gun is spared jail

Sunderland Echo


An army bomb squad was called in and scores of homes had to be evacuated after a man threatened his former girlfriend with a home-made stun gun.

Army disposal operation

Walkers crisps: Peterlee factory faces closure with 380 job losses

A Walkers crisps factory is facing closure , putting 380 jobs under threat.

Under the plan, production at the plant in Peterlee, County Durham would be moved to other sites in the UK, owner PepsiCo said.

It said the decision had been taken in an effort to find "crucial savings" and to ensure the long-term growth of the business.

Manufacturing managing director at the Peterlee site, Tracey Foster, said union consultations had begun.

The factory

Severe accident: A194 Tyne And Wear eastbound

BBC News Travel

A194 Tyne And Wear eastbound severe accident, between Shaftesbury Avenue and Wenlock Road.

A194 Tyne And Wear - A194 Newcastle Road in Jarrow closed and very slow traffic eastbound between the Shaftesbury Avenue junction and the Wenlock Road junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Safe stolen stolen in Ashington

A safe has been stolen from a business in Ashington.

Burglars entered the Kelco MOT Centre in North Seaton Industrial Estate and forced the safe, which contained an undisclosed amount of cash between 17:30 on Monday and 10:30 yesterday.

Teenager's death prompts festival rethink

Organisers of Scotland's biggest music festival say they're considering making its campsite adults-only following the death of a County Durham teenager last year. 

Megan Bell, 17, from Seaham, was one of two young people who died at T in the Park Iast year. 

T in the Park

An inquest recorded that her death was "presumed drugs related." 

Geoff Ellis, chief executive of DF Concerts and Events, said: "We're still at the early stages of planning and one of the discussions we've had is whether or not to make the campsite 18-plus."  

Council warn drivers after many ignore temporary measures

BBC Newcastle

Sunderland City Council is threatening to close a four-way traffic light system after some drivers have been caught running red lights and "ignoring" no entry signs.

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Durham man wins EuroMillions

A Durham man has won more than £1m on the EuroMillions draw.

Kevin Pipper, 55, won the cash last week in the Tuesday draw, just days before he is due to jet off to Thailand.

The bar manager said that the win "couldn't have come at a better time" and that all his money worries have now been "taken away".

Protest over domestic violence funding changes

Russ Ward

BBC Newcastle

A demonstration is taking place in Sunderland against cuts to a charity which helps victims of domestic violence.

It is being staged ahead of a city council budget meeting later, which is expected to see a number of services end, including Wearside Women in Need. 

The local authority is inviting other potential providers to bid to take over after the current contract with the charity ends.

Sunderland City Council says providers of services for domestic violence victims are working more closely together and sharing funds.  

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Jury sent out in Gregg indecent assaults case

Peter Harris

BBC Look North

A jury in the case of the heir of the Greggs bakery chain  accused of indecent assaults on boys over a period of almost thirty years has retired to consider its verdicts at Leeds Crown Court.

Colin Gregg, 75, from Gosforth, denies nine counts of indecent assault.

Colin Gregg

Breaking'Hidey hole' peadophile jailed

A violent paedophile who made a "hidey hole" in his home to conceal a girl he was abusing has been jailed.

Michael Dunn, from Redcar, knocked through the wall behind his fridge to create a cavity to hide the runaway girl from police.

Teesside Crown Court heard the 57-year-old had raped and abused four girls over a period of several years.

He has been jailed for 27 years after being found guilty of 10 rapes, false imprisonment and indecent assault.

Michael Dunn

BreakingMen jailed over nail in dog's head

Two men have been sentenced to four months in prison  after a dog was buried alive with a nail hammered through its skull

Michael Heathcock, 59 and Richard Finch, 60, had tried to euthanase the 16-year-old terrier called Scamp, claiming vet fees were too expensive.

The pair, from Redcar, previously pleaded guilty to animal welfare offences.

Michael Heathcock (left) and Robert Finch

Newcastle return to top of the Championship

BBC Sport

It's a good morning if you are a Newcastle fan after Rafael Benitez's side  beat Brighton 2-1  to leapfrog the Seagulls and move back to the top of the Championship.

Mohamed Diame and Ayoze Perez scored in the last 10 minutes for Newcastle with Diame's effort a contender for the 'Bizarre Goal of the Season' award.

Christian Atsu, who had been a constant menace to Brighton all night, tried his luck from the edge of the area and the ball ricocheted off not one, but two colleagues, Diame being the second, before finding its way into the roof of the net.

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Your pictures: Sunrise over the River Wear

North East student Joseph Kinghorn has sent us this picture of the sunset between the piers and the mouth of the River Wear.

He told us that, even though the past couple of weeks have been a bit cloudy, the last two mornings he's been woken up by the sun coming through, and "couldn't resist grabbing [his] camera to capture it".

Mouth of the river Wear

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'Hidey hole' paedophile to be sentenced

A violent paedophile who made a "hidey hole" in his home to conceal a girl he was abusing is to be sentenced for a string of sex offences.

Michael Dunn, 57, from Redcar, knocked through the wall behind his fridge to create a cavity which he used to hide the girl - who had run away from home - from police.

Michael Dunn
Cleveland Police

Teesside Crown Court heard that Dunn, who was "paranoid, controlling and short-tempered", abused four victims over a number of decades.

He was convicted following a trial last month and remanded in custody ahead of sentence.


Two Lewis Alessandra goals help Hartlepool go six points clear of the League Two relegation zone with victory over Crewe.

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Protesters gather ahead of dog torture sentencing

Two men who admitted their part in a botched attempt at euthanasia on a pet dog which left it with such severe injuries it had to be put down , are to be sentenced today.

The animal was discovered buried alive with a nail hammered in its head, in Kirkleatham Woods, Redcar, in October.

Protesters have gathered outside Teesside Magistrates' Court to show their concern of "the trivial punishments" given to animal cruelty cases.

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Father visits son in Indian jail

Katie Cole

BBC Newcastle

A man from Northumberland who is serving a jail term in India for a crime he has always denied, has seen his father for the first time in more than three years.

Nick Dunn from Ashington was visited by his father in prison to mark his 31st birthday. 

Nick Dunn
Family photo

He is among six former British soldiers who were found guilty  of illegally possessing weapons while working on a ship providing anti-piracy protection.

The men worked on an anti-piracy ship and were arrested in October 2013. They were jailed for five years after a court hearing in India.

There'll be more on this throughout the day on BBC Newcastle.

Weather: Sunny spells with some wintry showers and staying cold

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

After a frosty, sunny start, cloud will develop along with some showers.

These will be mainly across highers ground and will continue to be wintry, with some accumulations in more northern parts of the region.

Weather map

Winds will be rather brisk during the afternoon, with maximum temperatures reaching about 7C (45F).

Later in the day showers will become more isolated, before thickening cloud brings a risk of rain to some areas, with some snow, mainly across hills.

Welcome to Wednesday's live coverage

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Morning. Welcome to BBC Local Live. We'll be with you throughout the day to bring you the latest news, weather, sport and travel updates.

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