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  1. Sunderland "fully support" Moyes
  2. Man jailed over bookmakers siege
  3. Scaffolding collapses during Newcastle Odeon Cinema demolition
  4. Transport a key issue for Tees Valley Mayor
  5. Tuesday 4 April 2017

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Weather: Dry with clear spells, clouding over later

A dry evening with some clear spells.

It will cloud over later, with the odd spot of rain possible for some places.


Travel map 'promotes alternatives to the car'

A cycle and access map of Hartlepool aims to promote alternatives to car travel, the council has said.

It has produced an updated guide to the borough's network of public footpaths, cycle routes, bridleways, byways and quiet roads.

Places of interest are also included, along with information about the local section of the England Coast Path National Trail which stretches from Seaton Carew to Hart Station.

The map is available from a range of pubic buildings including libraries and leisure centres.

Access and cycle map
Hartlepool Council

Now that the spring and lighter nights are here more and more people are heading out for walks or bike rides and we hope that they find the map useful when planning their routes."

Tony Davison Hartlepool Council's sustainable travel officer

Views sought on Newcastle city centre tall buildings

Newcastle City Council is asking people what they think about tall buildings being given planning permission in the future.

It follows the approval of a 26-storey block of flats on Rutherford Street.

The council says it needs to "provide clarity to investors" on the type of developments people want. 

Current guidance suggests such tall structures should be in an appropriate place, of excellent design quality and should enhance the location. 

A public consultation is under way and will run until the middle of May.

Artist's impression of Rutherford Street apartment block
Rutherford Street Living

Tyne and Wear Fire Service appoints new chief

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has a new chief officer.

Chris Lowther is to take over the role next week following the retirement of Tom Capeling.

He began his career as at Gateshead Community Fire Station in 1997 and went on to become area manager, then assistant chief officer.

Chris Lowther
Tyne aand Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Mr Lowther said: “It is humbling to have been appointed chief fire officer and I look forward to continuing to serve the community of Tyne and Wear – a community that I have served for 20 years."

Red Arrows make Sunderland airshow return

The Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight teams are among the displays once again set to wow the crowds at the Sunderland International Airshow.

Centred on the Roker seafront, the event has been running since 1989 and is thougth to be the largest free international airshow in the world.

It will run from 21 to 23 July and is expected to attract up to one million spectators.

Sunderland Airshow in 2016

Other aerial displays include the RAF Typhoon team, and Flight Lieutenant Ryan Lawton said: "Each year we are delighted to display over the spectacular coastline at Sunderland."

Delays on Central Motorway near Tyne Bridge

Would-be robbers hit Hartlepool cyclist with metal pole

A man was struck with a metal pole during an attempted robbery in Hartlepool.

The 58-year-old cyclist was approached at traffic lights on Stockton Road by two men.

He was threatened and hit with the pole, which struck his backpack. He was then able to flee.

Anyone with information about the incident, which happened at about 06:00 BST, is asked to contact Cleveland Police.

BreakingSunderland respond to Moyes' slap remark

BBC Sport

Sunderland have released a statement on David Moyes after he told a BBC reporter she might "get a slap". 

The club says the  exchange was "wholly inappropriate" and such actions are not condoned or excused in any way".

They add that they "continue to fully support" Moyes as Sunderland manager.

David Moyes

Was David Moyes' 'slap' remark "sheer banter" or "intimidating"?

A row erupted over the Sunderland manager telling a reporter she might "get a slap".
Sunderland boss David Moyes says he "deeply regrets" telling a BBC reporter she might "get a slap".

After the post match interview Moyes was recorded telling Vicki Sparks she "might get a slap even though you're a woman" and told her to be "careful" next time she visited.

Sunderland season ticket holder Carolyn Smith says it was "off air banter." Wales international hockey player and sports journalist Beth Fisher argues it was an "intimidating warning".

Sex-accused priest 'breached trust'

A Catholic priest who sexually abused a teenage student breached his position of trust in a "spectacular and horrific" way, a court has heard .

Father Michael Higginbottom, 74, now of West Farm Roa, Newcastle, is accused of abusing the boy when he was a teacher at St Joseph's College in Upholland, Lancashire, in the 1970s. 

Liverpool Crown Court heard the boy was 13 and 14 at the time of the allegations against Mr Higginbottom. 

He denies four counts of a serious sexual offence and indecent assault. The trial continues.

St Joseph's College, Upholland
Doug Elliott

Man dies after reversing vehicle injury

An elderly man who was thought to have been struck by a reversing vehicle has died in hospital.

The 80-year-old fell to the ground and suffered a head injury in North Shields at the junction of Lynn Road and the Coast Road on Monday morning.

Northumbria Police said it is believed he was hit by a Peugeot white panel van, which was backing out of a car park.

The force has appealed for anyone who witnessed the incident at 10:55 BST to get in touch.

Seaton Carew coastal cash boost is 'tremendous news'

Councillors in Hartlepool have described a £600,000 Coastal Communities Fund grant as "tremendous news".

The cash will form part of a £1.3m revamp for Seaton Carew, which is expected to be completed by March 2018. 

Improvements will include a new outdoor leisure park with water jets and play equipment, and work on the Grade II listed bus station and clock tower.

Artist's impression of leisure park with water jets
Hartlepool Council

"Over the next 12 months we will see significant improvements at Seaton Carew which will benefit residents and strengthen the resort as a visitor destination."

Councillor Kevin Cranney Chair of Hartlepool Council's Regeneration Services Committee

BreakingYoungster Josh Dinning found safe, police say

Police searching for missing nine-year-old Josh Dinning, of Gateshead, have found him safe and well.

Newcastle City Council 'not responsible' for cinema site collapse

Newcastle City Council said it is "concerned" about the collapse of the facade of the former Odeon Cinema.

Its engineers and surveyers remain at the Pilgrim Street site, liaising with the contractor and Health and Safety Executive inspectors.

Councillor Ged Bell, cabinet member for investment and development, said: "The safety of the public is paramount - thank goodness no-one was injured. 

"The demolition was being carried out on behalf of a developer - while the council must be notified of a demolition it is not responsible for it. "

"The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the collapse and like everyone else we await with interest their findings to find out what happened to avoid this kind of thing happening again."

Odeon collapse

Collapse marks end of art-deco cinema

The demolition of the former Odeon cinema - the remains of which collapsed last night - began in January.

Some regarded it as a sad end to the art-deco landmark building, which opened with much fanfare as the Paramount Cinema in 1931.

A souvenir brochure promised it would host "the mightiest galaxy of talent ever assembled", and it entertained generations of film-goers until it closed in 2002.

Souvenir of the opening of the Paramount Theatre
Tyne and Wear Archives

The site was earmarked for retail use and, despite a campaign to save it, demolition began earlier this year.

The structure has since been shrouded in scaffolding.

Scaffolding covering the front of the former cinema

HSE inspectors visit cinema collapse site

An investigation is under way following the collapse of scaffolding surrounding the demolished former Odeon Cinema.

Masonry and scaffolding came down late on Monday night - no-one was hurt, but a bus shelter on Pilgrim Street was crushed by falling debris.  

The Health and Safety Executive said its inspectors are now at the scene.

A spokesman said: "As we are working with Newcastle City Council to ensure the site is as safe as possible, there is no further comment we can make at this stage."

Odeon collapse
David Moyes should 'think about his position' - Rachel Anderson
Football agent and Women In Football member Rachel Anderson says David Moyes should "think about his position" after telling a BBC reporter she might "get a slap."

Plans approved for flats in former call centre

The Shields Gazette

Developers have been given the green light to transform a ‘white elephant’ building into 43 luxury riverside apartments.

Former call centre
Shields Gazette

£30m Morpeth bypass to open

Helen Richardson

BBC Newcastle

After years of planning and construction, the Morpeth Bypass is due to open later.

The route, between the A1 and the A197, is about 2.5 miles (4km) long, and will link to the already completed Pegswood bypass. 

The £30m scheme was finally approved by the government in January 2015.

Northumberland County Council contributed about £9m, with the Department for Transport the remainder.

Nine-year-old schoolboy missing from home

Police have appealed for information to trace a missing Gateshead schoolboy.

Josh Dinning was last seen when he went to bed at his home in Dunston last night.

When his parents went to wake him for school this morning, he was not there, nor had he turned up at his school.

It is believed the nine-year-old left his home some time during the night, and enquiries are under way to locate him.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police. 

Josh Dinning
Northumbria Police

Hartlepool samurai sword threat victim had ‘never been so frightened’

Hartlepool Mail


 A Hartlepool dad who threatened his ex-partner with a Samurai sword is today behind bars.

Man to be sentenced over bookmakers siege

A man who held four people hostage in a South Tyneside bookmakers is due to be sentenced later. 

Alistair Gallow, of Percy Street, in Jarrow, admitted nine offences at a court appearance in February

Jarrow hostage scene

They included four counts of false imprisonment and possession of a firearm with intent to cause violence. 

The siege at the Coral bookmakers in January lasted for three hours. 

Gallow is due to be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court later.

Weather: Becoming brighter after early rain

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

After a cloudy start, with outbreaks of light rain, dry and brighter conditions will soon arrive this morning.

This afternoon will remain dry, with light winds and sunny spells developing.


Temperatures should peak at about 13C (55F).

It should stay dry into the evening with clear skies, but becoming chilly in more rural inland areas.

Overnight cloud will increase, along with the wind, especially over higher ground, where it will become breezy, with temperatures around 7C (45F).

Tees Valley Mayor: Transport is a key issue

On 4 May people will go to the polls to elect the first ever Mayor of the Tees Valley. 

Transport is sure to be one of the key priorities for whoever wins, so how could the new powers and £15m a year budget be used to help people get around more easily? 

In the latest of our films looking at the election through five objects, we join BBC Tees' David Macmillan on platform one.  

Transport key issue for Tees Valley Mayor

Pictures show scene after scaffolding around Odeon Cinema collapsed

Anthony Day

BBC Newcastle

Here are the remains of the Odeon Cinema in Newcastle after several floors of scaffolding collapsed last night.

The scaffolding was around the building in Pilgrim Street as it was being demolished. No one was injured and the road has been reopened.

Remains of Odeon Cinema

And this bus stop was left crumpled after several floors of scaffolding collapsed on to it.

wrecked bus stop

Scaffolding collapses during Odeon Cinema demolition

Colin Briggs

Look North

Drivers in Newcastle faced disruption after scaffolding collapsed around the former Odeon cinema in the city centre.

Demolition work on the 1930s-built cinema on Pilgrim Street began earlier this year, but shortly after midnight large sections of the scaffolding appear to have been brought down.

Collapsed scafolding
Lewis Roseby

No-one has been reported injured, but the road was closed in both direction due to debris.

Work is under way to shore up the building.

It is not clear as yet what caused the collapse.

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