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  1. Tuesday 25 April 2017

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We're getting another blast of winter this week. Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys took this photo of waves crashing against Seaham Harbour.

Waves crash against Seaham Harbour

Weather: Cold weather continuing

It will be cold with further showers, especially in the east, some which may be heavy and wintry giving a covering of snow across high ground.

It will be drier in the west but with a patchy frost forming in places sheltered from the strong northerly wind. 

Minimum Temperature: 1C (34 F)

Sand martin nest build begins

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

Work has begun on a new nesting site for sand martins at Whitburn Coastal Park.

South Tyneside’s Coastal Conservation Group is working closely with National Trust rangers from Souter Lighthouse and The Leas to build the artificial nesting bank with 128 holes ready for the birds to use. The site will also have "weasel baffles" to prevent predators from entering.

Sand martin
Dougie Holden

National Trust ranger Dougie Holden said: "At the last count, we had about 60 pairs of sand martins nesting in the cliff tops around Whitburn and Marsden. They belong to the same family as swallows and are summer visitors to the UK, arriving in late March or early April after spending the winter in Africa. 

“When they nest in cliffs, adult sand martins excavate tunnels up to a metre long before carving out a nesting chamber which they line with grasses and feathers. They then lay an average of four or five eggs.

"Recent summers have been so wet, these eggs often haven’t reached fledge stage. During long periods of heavy rain, water seeps through the cliff, causing tunnels and chambers to collapse, sadly resulting in birds dying. We lost 46 nest holes in 2016. We’re hoping to see the first birds take up residency in the spring of 2018.”   

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Missing woman found

Watch: Wallsend runner proposes to partner in London Marathon

Runner Marie Collinson proposed to her partner of two years just before they both finished the London Marathon on Sunday.

Marie got down on one knee at mile 24, the same location where John broke his hip running the London Marathon two years ago.

The couple who met via social media shared their proposal via Twitter.

First-time runner proposes during London Marathon

Durham's Wood in England squad

BBC Sport

England have named Durham fast bowler Mark Wood in their 15-man squad for a one-day series against South Africa and the Champions Trophy that follows.

Wood returns after missing the winter tour of India following ankle surgery, while Liam Plunkett, who has yet to play this season for Yorkshire after injuring his calf, is also included.

The Champions Trophy is being held in England and Wales from 1-18 June.

Mark Wood
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Horse abusers 'deserve harshest punishment'

Sunderland Echo


'Sicko thugs' who targeted four horses in a vicious attack should be dealt with the harshest punishment possible,' readers have said.

Woman with horse
Sunderland Echo

Concern over missing woman

There are concerns for a 68-year-old woman who has gone missing on Teesside.

Ann McGrogan was last seen at about 10.30 at an address on William Terrace, Norton. Cleveland Police said it was out of character for her to go missing.

She is white, about 5ft, of large build, with mousy blonde hair, a short bob and glasses and is believed to be wearing black jeans, a black top, black coat and slippers. 

She is likely to use buses in the area and officers believe that she may have travelled towards the Billingham or Hartlepool area. 

Ann McGrogan
Cleveland Police

Seventh arrest made after drugs raids

BBC Tees

A seventh arrest has been made and further drugs and cash recovered following a police operation to target class A drugs supply in Stockton.

Cleveland Police carried out raids at several address in the town last night arresting six people for offences including possession of suspected drugs, possession of criminal property, possession of fraudulent documents and immigration offences.

Further inquiries overnight and into this morning have resulted in the recovery of cannabis with an approximate street value of up to £40,000 and £27,000 in cash from an address on Corporation Street. 

A 21-year-old man has since been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs and money laundering.  All of those arrested remain in police custody.

'Deadly batch' of heroin warning

Detectives have warned that 'deadly batches' of heroin are being cut with a substance 10,000 times stronger than street heroin.

The alert comes after tests on drugs recovered by officers investigating the deaths of six people in Yorkshire.

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The drugs were contaminated with fentanyl, a strong painkiller, and carfentanyl, an animal tranquiliser.

In March, a warning was issued by Cleveland Police after six recent deaths connected to a batch of low grade heroin in Stockton-upon-Tees.  

Watch: RSPB Saltholme celebrates new arrivals

BBC Tees

Lambing season is in full swing at RSPB Saltholme.

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Man recovering from fractured skull

BBC Newcastle

A man who suffered a fractured skull when he intervened in a fight between a man and woman is expected to make a full recovery, police have said.

The 29-year-old also suffered a "nasty cut" to his eyebrow when he was attacked at about 01:00 on 2 April in Newcastle's Market Street, Northumbria Police said.

The man responsible for the attack had already fled the area in the direction of Hood Street and is yet to be identified. The woman involved is believed to have been his partner.

The attacker is described as being white, about 25 years old, of stocky build, 6ft (1.8m) tall and with short mousy brown hair. He was wearing a blue jumper at the time of the attack. 

Northumbria Police welcome new speeding penalties

Northumbria Police have said they welcome "tougher penalties for speeding motorists" which came into force yesterday.

In accordance with the new guidelines, anyone caught driving at more than 101mph in a 70mph zone could be disqualified for up to 56 days and fined up to 175% of their weekly income.

Speeding camera
Danny Lawson /PA

People caught doing 41mph in a 20mph zone, 51mph in a 30mph zone or 66mph in a 40mph zone could be fined up to 150% of their weekly income. Drivers will also face points, or a disqualification depending on the offence.

Motor patrols inspector Dave Little said: “We firmly support these tougher penalties coming into force and hope to see them acting as a deterrent against excessive speeding.

"Those who choose to break the speed limit are putting lives at risk and causing danger to other road users. The devastation that can result from speeding is unspeakable."

Robbers steal hundreds of pounds from Middlesbrough shop

BBC Tees

Two men made off with hundreds of pounds after robbing a shop in Middlesbrough.

The men, who covered their faces with scarves, carried "sharp implements" when they attempted to steal the till from The Premier Store on Kings Road in North Ormesby at about 17:15 on Monday.

Staff were said to be shaken but uninjured, Cleveland Police said.

the shop

The first suspect is described as a white male, aged in his early twenties, about 5ft 9in (1.75m) tall, of medium build, wearing a green hooded top with a zip, black tracksuit bottoms with a stripe, black trainers, a dark cap, and black scarf or snood around his face. The second suspect is described as a white male, aged in his early twenties, about 5ft 7in (1.7m) tall, of slightly bigger build than the first suspect, wearing a black cap, a black scarf or snood covering his face, a blue jacket, blue jeans and black trainers.  

'Factories should export chocolate, not people's jobs'

The GMB union has hit out at Nestle over its plan to cut 110 jobs at its Newcastle factory and a further 188 roles at its other UK sites.

Tim Roache, general secretary, said: "To shift the production of an iconic British brand like Blue Riband to Poland is completely unacceptable.

"These factories should be exporting chocolate, not people's jobs."

The union's representative for the Northern region, Valerie Scott, described the proposals as "yet another kick in the teeth for the North East economy".

Nestle says the cuts are necessary to allow it to remain competitive.

Blue Riband biscuits

Nestle job cuts: UK sites 'need to remain competitive'

In addition to the loss of 110 jobs, food company Nestle says proposals for its factory at Fawdon would see the introduction of "amended and standardised shift patterns".

In a statement released in the last few minutes, it adds it needs to "operate more efficiently and remain competitive in a rapidly changing external environment".

It is understood about 350 people are employed at the factory. Its sites at York, Halifax and Girvan are also affected.

BreakingNestle plan could see 110 jobs lost at Fawdon factory

Food firm Nestle has announced 110 jobs could be lost at its factory in Fawdon, Newcastle, as it bids to cut costs.

The company says a 45-day consultation with trade unions and employee representatives is set to begin and it is seeking volunteers for redundancy.

If confirmed, the jobs would be axed over the next two years.

The manufacture of Blue Riband biscuits is set to be moved from Fawdon to Poland - a switch Nestle says will "reduce the complexity of the factory and allow it to focus on other production".

A further 188 jobs are also set to go at Nestle's plants in York, Halifax and Girvan.

Parents concerned over walk-to-school route

Lisa McCormick

BBC Tees

Parents in Teesdale say they are concerned for the safety of their children after Durham County Council published a new suggested walking route to school. 

The path from Startforth to Montalbo Primary School sees youngsters crossing the A67 four times during the three-mile (4.8km) round trip. 

Parents are urging council bosses to provide transport to ensure the safety of the pupils.

Durham County Council said there are sufficient gaps in the traffic on the A67 to allow parents and children to cross safely and the assessment was based on nationally agreed guidelines.

Football Gossip: Benitez says England values professionals

BBC Sport

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez told a radio station in his native Spain that "in England they value their professionals much more" which is why he works in the country. (Onda Cero via Marca)

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'Viva la Rafa-lution'

BBC Sport

Did you miss Newcastle United's 4-1 win over Preston North End? Or perhaps you just want to go through it again.

You can see the blow-by-blow account here.

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Ant and Dec celebrate Newcastle promotion

Ant and Dec are among the Newcastle United fans who have been celebrating the club's return to the Premier League - and they may well be feeling the affects this morning.

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Dressing room delight for Newcastle United stars

Spanish defender Jesus Gamez has shared a picture of the Newcastle United squad in the dressing room celebrating their promotion to the Premier League after last night's win over Preston North End.

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Fans celebrate Newcastle United promotion

BBC Newcastle

Newcastle United's fans are in a good mood after the club secured a Premier League return.

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The numbers behind Newcastle United's Premier League return

BBC Newcastle

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Rafa Benitez

Matt Newsum

BBC Sport

The Rafa buzz, Gayle's goals and few money well spent - BBC Sport looks at how Newcastle United secured Championship promotion.

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In pictures: Promotion joy for Newcastle United

Fans inside a packed St James' Park cheered wildly as Newcastle United sealed their return to the Premier League with their thumping victory over Preston North End last night.

Here's Ayoze Perez sending the Magpies on their way with their first goal, with Christian Atsu slotting home their second.

Perez was again all smiles when he netted Newcastle's fourth.

Newcastle"s Ayoze Perez celebrates scoring their first goal
Newcastle United"s Christian Atsu scores their second goal
Ayoze Perez of Newcastle scores the fourth goal
Newcastle are promoted back to the Premier League after victory over Preston
Just 348 days after relegation, Newcastle are back in the Premier League after thrashing Preston 4-1 to seal automatic promotion.

'Give Rafa transfer funds to help Newcastle's Premier League push'

Alan Shearer

Ex-Newcastle United and England captain

Rafa Benitez must be given money for transfers if Newcastle United want to keep him now he has helped them get back into the Premier League.

He's a huge figure at the club. He loves the place and the passion of fans - and it's hugely important Newcastle keep hold of him.

Rafa and player

I'm sure he will demand the team has to be improved and will demand a few quid to do that.  

Now it's about where Newcastle want to be - do they want to get up to the Premier League and be in the bottom three or four fighting against relegation, or do they want to have a go at it?

I'm pretty sure I know what Rafa will want to do.

Cold with wintry showers

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a cold day with frequent wintry showers. There will be some snow, although it is most likely to fall over higher ground.

The showers will be blustery at times with perhaps some hail and thunder. 

Weather map

Sunny spells will develop between the showers, but strong northerly winds will keep a raw feel to the day, especially towards the coast, with maximum temperatures not getting above 7C (45F).

Council to introduce £100 public order fines

Colin Briggs

Look North

Newcastle councillors have voted to implement a Public Protection Order against anti-social behaviour.

The order will give enforcement officers the power to hand out £100 on-the-spot fines for begging, street drinking and aggressive charity collecting. 

Sunderland Council implemented a similar scheme earlier this month.

East Coast Main Line strike called off

A reminder now that a strike by Virgin Trains East Coast workers planned for Friday and Saturday has been called off after talks.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) were due to walk out in a row over the role of guards.


General secretary Mick Cash said the company had confirmed there will now be a train manager on every passenger service carrying out duties previously carried out by the guard.

Virgin said it had given assurances on each point raised by the union at the start of the dispute, including keeping safety-critical duties on-board.

Drugs raids target homes and businesses in Stockton

Lisa McCormick

BBC Tees

Up to 150 police officers took part in raids on shops, businesses and houses in Stockton on Monday night in connection with the supply of Class A drugs.

Ten properties were targeted and six people have been arrested so far.

The addresses raided  included three commercial properties on Prince Regent Street, alongside private properties on Bishopton Lane, Melbourne Street, Milburn Crescent, Egglestone Terrace, Tarring Street, Woodlands Street and Yarm Lane. 

Those held were arrested on suspicion of drugs, theft, fraud and immigration offences.

A cannabis farm worth an estimated £35,000 was discovered at an address on Yarm Lane and a quantity of suspected drugs, believed to be Class A and Class B, were also seized.

Newcastle heading back to the Premier League

BBC Sport

There will be at least one North East team in the Premier League next season after Newcastle United secured promotion back to the top flight with a 4-1 win over Preston North End.

Newcastle confirmed their return with two games left to go - a year after being relegated.

Ayoze Perez

Ayoze Perez (pictured above) scored twice in last night's promotion-winning victory and we'll be bringing you plenty of reaction throughout the day.

Middlesbrough and Sunderland are sitting 19th and 20th respectively in the Premier League and look almost certain to drop down into the Championship.

Welcome to our live coverage

Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live as celebrations continue after Rafa Benitez secured Newcastle United's return to the Premier League.

Rafa Benitez

We'll be reflecting on the Magpies' success as well as bringing you all the latest news, weather and travel updates from across the region throughout the day.

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