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  1. Monday 8 May 2017

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Weather: Cloudy but dry

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Mainly dry, and although generally rather cloudy, there may be some clearer periods at times which could allow a touch of grass frost in places. Winds easing.

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Revamp hopes for St Mary's Lighthouse

Plans to revamp St Mary's Lighthouse have been revealed by North Tyneside Council.

A £2.1m bid has been made to the Heritage Lottery Fund to secure and improve the future of the Whitley Bay landmark.

Images of the proposed designs have been released and discussions will take place on 16 May.

Artist's impression of the lighthouse
NORTH TYNESIDE COUNCIL
Artist's impression of the lighthouse
North Tyneside Council

The first Tees Valley Mayor takes office

The new and first ever Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has taken up office following last week's election.

The Conservative signed a Declaration of Acceptance of Office and has discussed "critical issues" such as additional investment for the region and his main bid during the election campaign - the future of Durham Tees Valley Airport.

Ben Houchen signs declaration form
TEES VALLEY COMBINED AUTHORITY

Watch: Aftermath of Hartlepool Fire

A fire broke at Rift House Primary School in Hartlepool yesterday.

Nobody was hurt, but the damage has been significant.

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How it stands

Chelsea v Middlesbrough (20:00 BST)

A win for Chelsea tonight at home will leave Antonio Conte's side only three points from becoming the Premier League champions.

Table
BBC

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough will be doomed to playing in the Championship in 2017-18 if they lose.

Bottom
BBC

Man jailed over Hexham sports bar death

A man has been jailed after the "tragic" death of another man found unconscious in Hexham.

Michael Thompson, 32, from Hexham, died outside Studio Sport Bar from head injuries in January.

Archie Henderson (pictured), of Redesmouth Court in Bellingham, admitted manslaughter at Newcastle Crown Court and was jailed for four years and six months.

Det Insp Dave English of Northumbria Police said the "tragic death" was treated as an "isolated incident".

Archie Henderson
Northumbria Police

Two arrested after teenager dies after being hit by car

Two men have been arrested after a teenager died after being hit by a car.

The collision happened on the A193 in Whitley Bay yesterday, when a Renault Megane was travelling south near the Briardene Pub.

Emergency services were called, but the 18-year-old later died from his injuries.

The two men who were arrested are still in custody.

Travel: Suspected Metro track fault clear but delays continue

Renewed appeal for motorcross death witnesses

Accident investigators are making a renewed appeal for witnesses to a fatal accident at a motocross event.

Thomas Brown, 27, from Barnard Castle, died when he came off his KTM off-road bike on a track at Low Hardwick Farm, near Sedgefield, on 30 April.

A joint investigation involving the police and Durham County Council is taking place, with support from Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit.

Sgt Phil Grieve, from the unit, said: "We would like to hear from anyone who was at the event, whether they were a spectator or also taking part.

"If they have photographs or video footage that could also be potentially very useful." 

Crash scene
Durham Police

Sunderland parking charges go up as council raises rates

Sunderland Echo

Newspaper

Drivers will be forking out more to park their cars in the city centre and elsewhere in Wearside after council chiefs decided to raise fees.

parking pay machine
SUNDERLAND ECHO

Suspected track fault leads to Metro delays

Nexus issues Metro delay warning.

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Arson charge after flat block fire

 A man has been charged following a fire at a block of flats in Newcastle. 

Firefighters were called to Haydon Close in Gosforth on Sunday morning, and managed to contain the blaze to one address.

Nobody was injured, but a number of people had to leave their homes temporarily.

A 28-year-old local man has been charged with arson with intent to be reckless whether life endangered, criminal damage and threatening behaviour.  

Conservative bid to reverse plans to move council HQ

Conservative councillors in Northumberland have said they will cancel a multi-million pound scheme to move the council's headquarters from Morpeth to Ashington. 

The proposals by the Labour group - which until last week's local elections had the most councillors - would have led to shops, houses and a school built on the existing site of Morpeth's County Hall.

Labour said moving the offices would create jobs and save money in the long-term. 

But local Conservatives, who now form the biggest party in the council, say the plan is a waste of taxpayer's money and must be halted:

Northumberland County Council HQ
BBC

Anniversary of procedure brings heartache to Bradley Lowery's family

Hartlepool Mail

Newspaper

Bradley Lowery's mother has told of the upset facing her family as she prepares to see her son go through yet another medical procedure.

Bradley Lowery
HARTLEPOOL MAIL

Job fears at armament plant

There are fears up to 60 jobs could be axed at an armaments factory in Washington.

The BAE systems plant opened in 2012 after relocating from Birtley where it had been based since 1916. 

Currently 350 people are employed at the site, making mortar artillery and tank ammunition.

BAE said it was shedding 250 jobs nationwide, but at the same time was creating 130 new posts.

BAE Systems factory
BBC

Watch: Seal returns to the sea

Tynemouth Aquarium released a seal from their rescue unit over the weekend.

The seal had an infection believed to have been caused by a dog bite, but has now happily returned to the sea.

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Last chance to surrender knives

It's the final day of a knife amnesty which aims to take bladed weapons off the region's streets.

Cleveland Police has been urging people to deposit weapons in bins at various police stations, without fear of prosecution, since last Monday.

Last year the force said it received hundreds of reports where a knife or sharp object was used in a crime.

Knife amnesty poster
Cleveland Police

Tributes to murder victim, one year on

The Shields Gazette

A murder victim has been remembered a year after death with tributes outside the pub where he was attacked.

Ronnie Howard suffered a bleed on the brain when he was kicked and punched while in the Prince Edward pub at The Nook in South Shields.

Ronnie Howard
Shields Gazette

A windy start to the week

It's Monday, and the weather doesn't want us to have an easy start to the week here in the North East.

It was pretty windy in Seaham earlier, as captured by Look North viewer Dan Myers:

Strong waves at Seaham lighthouse
DAN MYERS

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Man seriously hurt when car hits lamppost

A man suffered serious head injuries when a car crashed into a lamppost in Newbiggin.

The 19-year-old was a passenger in the vehicle which was travelling eastbound on the A197 yesterday, when, for reasons yet to be established, it left the road. 

Police are questioning the 18-year-old driver on suspicion of driving under the influence of drink/drugs and on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

'Baby on board' badges for pregnant Metro travellers

Inspired by a similar scheme in London, the Tyne & Wear Metro service is offering pregnant women a "Baby on board" badge to help them get a seat.

David Punton, of Metro operator Nexus, said: "If you're wearing a badge and someone sees it, we'd like to think the good people of the North East will recognise that, show good will and offer their seat.

"Of course we already have priority seating on board and have had for a number of years. This is something extra to see what help we can be."

The badges are available from midwives and Nexus travel shops.

London Underground 'Baby on Board' badge
PA

Depression rate in North East 'above national average'

BBC Newcastle

More people in the North East are being treated for depression than the national average, according to NHS data obtained by BBC Newcastle.

When it comes to the number of patients being treated by their GPs for the illness, the area is 8% higher than the rest of England, and 36% higher than affluent areas such as Surrey.

To mark the start of Mental Health Awareness Week a survey has been released by the Mental Health Foundation which suggests that two thirds of people in Britain suffer from mental illness at some point in their lives.

Bookmaker robber wore 'distinctive clothing'

A robber who threatened staff at a Sunderland bookmaker before making off with a quantity of cash is being sought by police.

The man, whose face was covered with a balaclava, targeted BetFred in the Southwick area of the city earlier this morning.

He was wearing what police have described as "distinctive clothing", including a high visibility yellow jacket which was down to his knees, and he had a local accent.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police.

Hunt is on for fly-tippers who dumped huge pile of rubbish at beauty spot

Sunderland Echo

Newspaper

This is the shocking scene caused by a fly-tipper who has ditched a whole house worth of belongings at a coastal nature reserve.

The waste dumped at Limekiln Gill in Horden.
SUNDERLAND ECHO

Victoria Cross recipient Michael Heaviside remembered 100 years on

A memorial stone has been unveiled to mark the 100th anniversary of a World War One hero's bravery.

Pte Michael Heaviside, of the Durham Light Infantry, was awarded the Victoria Cross in 1917 for the rescue of a soldier who had been lying in no-man's land for four days.

To mark the anniversary, a stone has been unveiled at St Giles Church, Gilesgate, where he was born.

His grandson, Jim Heaviside, said he would "never be forgotten."

Pte Michael Heaviside
HEAVISIDE FAMILY

Fire hits Hartlepool primary school

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

A Teesside school has been hit by fire.

The blaze was reported at Rift House Primary, in Hartlepool, at about 18:00 yesterday.

Due to black smoke, residents in the area were asked to keep windows and doors shut.

Hartlepool Council says only Year Six pupils are required to attend the school this morning.

Man arrested after Whitley Bay church fire

A man has been arrested following a fire at a church in Whitley Bay.

People living near the Trinity United Reform Church were taken to a refuge centre while crews spent four hours putting out the blaze on Saturday.

Some are still in temporary accommodation while police carry out structural investigations.

Officers say they're treating the incident as arson and have a 56-year-old man in custody.

Whitley Bay church fire
Northumbria Police

Weather: Dry but cloudy

It will be mainly dry through the day, but rather cloudy at times with the chilly north to north-east breeze continuing.

Some bright or sunny spells may develop, mainly in western parts, but there's the chance of an odd spot of light rain in the evening.

Weather forecast Monday 8 May 2017
BBC
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