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  1. Monday 24 April 2017
  2. Charity founders step down over accounts concerns
  3. Four held after body found in house
  4. Hartlepool part company with manager Dave Jones
  5. Fines to target begging and street drinking

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Tonight's weather: Expect frost

BBC Weather

Showers, wintry on hills, will become mainly confined to coastal areas overnight.

Clear skies will develop inland, which will allow a widespread frost to form.

Winds will be strong near coasts, but lighter inland.

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Check the weather where you are.

Tissue probe forces mum forced to relive trauma of losing son

The Shields Gazette

A woman who lost her baby just hours after he was born has spoken of the harrowing memories which have been brought back by an investigation into the storage of human tissue at South Tyneside District Hospital.

Health chiefs have pledged to help Michelle Bailey, 39, (pictured with her youngest daughter) find answers to questions she still has after she lost her baby boy - Joe Bailey - soon after he was born at the hospital in 1998.

Michelle Bailey with her youngest daughter Claire
Shields Gazette

Lib Dem mayor candidate takes on our Tees quiz

Wansbeck MP Lavery stands for re-election

Richard Moss

Political Editor, BBC Look North

The MP for Wansbeck, Ian Lavery, has confirmed he will stand for re-election on 8 June.

Mr Lavery is one of the Labour Party's election co-ordinators so the news comes as no surprise.

See yourself finish the London Marathon

Did you, or a friend, run the London Marathon?

This video shows all the finishers from 2hrs 30min to 6hrs.

To see yourself or someone you know, all you need is to set it running and spin forward to their finishing time...

Gateshead woman missing without 'vital' medication

A Gateshead woman who has gone missing is without vital medication, police say.

Susan Fulthorp, 41, from the Dunston area, hasn't been seen since Saturday.

Northumbria Police say her family are increasingly concerned.

Susan Fulthorp
Northumbria Police

Lucy Bronze wins Women's Player of the Year award

Northumberland-born Lucy Bronze has won the Professional Footballers' Association Women's Player of the Year Award.

England full-back Bronze, 25, landed the award for the second time after being part of the Manchester City squad that won the Women's Super League without losing a single game in 2016.

Bronze said: "As a defender you don't really get a lot of accolades, but it's a great award to win.

"As a team, we've been very successful and individuals have performed really well in the team. This award for me is all thanks to the team because without them I wouldn't be anywhere near this."

Lucy Bronze with her award

Greg Stone to contest North Tyneside seat at general election

Richard Moss

Political Editor, BBC Look North

Newcastle councillor Greg Stone has been selected as the Liberal Democrat's North Tyneside candidate for the upcoming general election.

Labour's Mary Glindon holds the seat with a 17,194 majority.

Voters will go to the polls on 8 June.

Six-year-old in hospital after being hit by car

A six-year-old boy is in hospital after being hit by a car on the A66 in Middlesbrough.

The youngster was taken to James Cook University Hospital with leg and facial injuries after being struck on the A66 eastbound near the North Ormesby slip road.

He is said to be in a stable condition.

Alnwick friends take on Atlantic Ocean rowing challenge

Holly Taylor


These friends from Alnwick are set to row across the Atlantic Ocean in an effort to raise £200,000 for charity.

They will endure 3,000 miles of non-stop rowing in 40 days - with only two-hour breaks each at a time.

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Redcar and Cleveland councillor ditches UKIP for Conservatives

Richard Moss

Political Editor, BBC Look North

The Redcar and Cleveland councillor and UKIP regional chairman, Steve Turner, is leaving the party to join the Conservatives.

He says over the past 12 months he has been finding it "harder and harder" to see a long-term future for himself within UKIP.

Mr Turner adds he has become increasingly unconvinced UKIP can adapt and change to become a viable option for voters in the region.

Newcastle United in driving seat for promotion, says Rafa

BBC Sport

Newcastle are "in the driving seat" to secure promotion to the Premier League but they "must do their job" in Monday's home game against Preston, says manager Rafa Benitez.

Saturday's defeats in the Championship for Reading and Huddersfield mean the Magpies will be promoted if they win.

United are six points clear of Reading, who have two games remaining, and seven ahead of Town, who have three left.

Newcastle United's Dwight Gayle (right)
Rex Features

Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday show support for Bradley Lowery

Sunderland Echo


A group of kind-hearted Yorkshiremen are hoping to raise £20,000 to split between little battler Bradley Lowery and a cancer charity.

Sheffield Wednesday players sign Bradley's banner
Sunderland Echo

Original Bananarama line-up come to Newcastle for first ever tour

BBC Entertainment and Arts

We heard a rumour - and, for once, it turned out to be true: the original line-up of Bananarama have reunited.

Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward were the biggest girl band of the 80s, scoring hits including Venus, Shy Boy and Love In The First Degree.

Although they scored 10 top 10 hits, the trio never toured before Fahey quit to form Shakespears Sister in 1988.

They will perform at Newcastle City Hall on Wednesday, 15 November.

Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward

Hartlepool charity founders step down over account concerns

BBC Tees

The founders of a Hartlepool charity say they have been left "heartbroken" after being forced to step down.

Dawn and Ian McManus set up Red Dreams in memory of their son Kyle, who died after suffering a brain haemorrhage 10 years ago.

The couple were initially suspended in January after the charity's trustees raised concerns over its accounts.

Dawn and Ian McManus

Mrs McManus insists that "no-one has ever spoken to [them] about what the suspicions are" and that they haven't shown any evidence of wrongdoing.

She added Red Dreams was like a "substitute child" as it kept their son's memory alive.

The trustees have declined to comment until a police investigation is complete.

Durham police sleep rough for good cause

Durham Constabulary officers will be sleeping rough tonight in the Cloister of Durham Cathedral to raise money for the homeless.

The sleepout aims to fight poverty in the region by raising awareness and funds for charities such as homeless group Depaul and the Cardinal Hume Centre.

Everyone taking part has been challenged to raise £1,000. Good luck to them all!

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Newcastle United close to Premier League return

BBC Sport

Newcastle United will clinch promotion to the Premier League if they beat Preston later.

The Magpies under Rafael Benitez (pictured) will again be without striker Dwight Gayle as he continues to manage a hamstring injury.

Defender Ciaran Clark is closer to a return, having trained with the squad.

Rafael Benitez

Newcastle are without a win in three games, having lost two of those matches at Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town.

Tens of thousands of fans will be at St James's Park for the 19:45 kick off. 

The Magpies' two closest promotion rivals, Huddersfield and Reading, both lost on Saturday.

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeway among Bafta craft winners

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway programme was among the winners at last night's Bafta craft awards.

For once though, it wasn't the presenting pair nabbing the glory as the ceremony celebrates television's behind-the-scenes talent.

The show scooped the prize for best multi-camera direction.

Other winners included The Night Manager, The Crown, National Treasure and Planet Earth II.

Ant adn Dec

Cannabis farm with £200,000 of plants discovered

A cannabis farm with plants with a street value of £200,000 has been discovered in Hebburn - after members of the public reported "a pungent smell".

Police investigating found about 200 plants inside a unit at Monkton Business Park.

Officers said it was "clear it was a professional set-up" and they are working to identify the people who were running it.

Cannabis farm
Northumbria Police

Tragic biker to take last ride in hearse based on Harley Davidson

Sunderland Echo


A Sunderland biker who lost his life in a tragic crash is to take his last ride in a hearse based on his dream Harley Davidson motorbike. 

The devastated family of Frazer Golden (pictured) are inviting fellow bikers join him on his final journey, to Sunderland Crematorium, on Thursday.

Frazer Golden
Sunderland Echo

Hartlepool United issue statement after Jones departure

BBC Sport

Hartlepool United have confirmed they have parted ways with their manager Dave Jones "by mutual consent".

Jones, 60, had seen his side pick up only 13 points from a possible 51.

In a statement, the club has thanked Jones for his efforts, and wish him "every success in the future".

Matthew Bates will now take charge for the final two games of the season, assisted by Billy Paynter, Stuart Parnaby and Ian Gallagher, the club has announced.

Assistant Managers Alex Armstrong and Kevin Cooper have also departed The Northern Gas and Power Stadium with immediate effect.

Dave Jones
Rex Features

Sunderland's Alyson Dixon first woman in London Marathon

Sunderland's Alyson Dixon was the first British woman to cross the line in yesterday's London Marathon.

She finished 12th in a personal best of 2:29:06 to secure her place at this summer's World Championships. 

She currently runs for Sunderland Strollers and before that ran for Chester-le-Street and Sunderland Harriers.

Alyson Dixon crossing the line at the London Marathon

New fines target begging and street drinking

Colin Briggs

Look North

New powers to issue spot fines of £100 for anti-social behaviour are set to be approved by councillors in Newcastle later.

The fines, which can be issued by police and council staff, would cover begging, charity collecting, street drinking, dog control and the use of illegal highs. 

The council says the move follows a public consultation where 65% of people said they were in favour of the orders. 

They are also being backed by Northumbria Police, Metro operator Nexus and shopping centres including Eldon Square. 

Hartlepool United part company with Dave Jones

Hartlepool Mail


Hartlepool United have parted company with boss Dave Jones. 

Jones has left the club, along with assistant manager Kevin Cooper and coach Alex Armstrong, with Pools second bottom of League Two.

Dave Jones
Frank Reid

Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham northbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) County Durham northbound severe accident, between J61 for A177 and J62 for A690.

A1(M) County Durham - One lane blocked and queuing traffic on A1(M) northbound between J61, A177 (Bowburn) and J62, A690 (Carrville), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Turning colder with rain and hill snow

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Early morning rain will clear, then it will turn brighter with some sunny spells.

But any clear spells are likely to be overtaken by colder condition which will move in from the north and west, bringing with them some wintry showers. 

These will be squally and fall as snow on the tops of hills, with slight accumulations possible on lower ground.  

Weather map

Winds will become strong and gusty, with maximum temperatures being pegged to about 10C (50F).

Later any showers will stay wintry, especially on higher ground with any accumulations also featuring hail and even some thunder. 

Overnight temperatures will dip to 0C (32F). 

Relegation-threatened Hartlepool United sack manager

BBC Tees

BBC Tees Sport

Hartlepool United are searching for a new manager after sacking Dave Jones. 

Pools dropped into the League Two relegation zone following their 2-0 defeat to Barnet at the weekend.

Dave Jones

The team's performance prompted TV presenter Jeff Stelling, who is an avid Hartlepool fan, to call on Jones to resign.

Jones was appointed as successor to Craig Hignett in January 2017, with Pools 19th on 27 points.

Since then they have taken just 16 further points, and dropped to 23rd.

Jones has spent much of his career managing in higher divisions during a career that has included spells at Stockport, Southampton, Wolves, Cardiff and Sheffield Wednesday.

Severe accident: A19 County Durham northbound

BBC News Travel

A19 County Durham northbound severe accident, at A1018.

A19 County Durham - Heavy traffic on A19 northbound in Seaham at the A1018 junction, because of an accident earlier on. Diversion in operation.

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

Generation-spanning trains take to the tracks

BBC Tees

Four trains from different eras - including a newly-built High Speed Train (HST) from Newton Aycliffe's Hitachi plant - have travelled side by side in a special event celebrating the past, present and future of Britain's railways.


The world-famous locomotive Flying Scotsman was joined by an HST and InterCity 225 from Virgin Trains' fleet, and one of its new Azuma trains.

They lined up on the East Coast Main Line at Tollerton, North Yorkshire, on Sunday before travelling to York.

Hundreds of people lined the route to witness the unique event.

Four held after body found in house

Four people are being held by police after a man was found dead in a house in Sunderland.

The man, who has not been named, but is in his 40s, was found at the property in Kemble Square on Saturday night and had suffered "significant injuries".

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said detectives were treating the death as "unexplained".

Scene of Sunderland death

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