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  1. Tuesday 16 May 2017
  2. Woman dies in house fire
  3. Further Arriva Rail North Strike announced
  4. No charges over kidnap rape claim

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Tata Steel offers to pump £550m into closed pension fund

Tata Steel UK has offered to pay £550m into its now-closed pension scheme and give the fund a 33% stake in its UK business.

The former British Steel scheme was shut at the end of March as part of Tata's plan to avoid going bust.

Tata said the injection of new cash and assets had been drawn up after talks with the UK pension authorities and the scheme's trustees.

The plants affected are in Teesside, South Yorkshire, Wales and Scotland.

Calling all Euromillions players in Redcar - could it be you?

Someone in the Redcar area is a millionaire and they might not even know it.

The National Lottery tell us that a ticket that was purchased for the draw on 28 April has won £1m and a holiday but has yet to be claimed.

The winning code was JDZR 28093 and the ticket-holder has until 25 October to claim their prize.

If no-one comes forward then the prize money, plus all the interest it has generated, will go to help National Lottery-funded projects across the UK.

National Lottery sign

Further strike to hit Arriva Rail North

Three rail companies - one of which covers the North East - are to stage a 24-hour strike, the RMT union has said.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Southern Railway, Merseyrail and Arriva Rail North will walk out on May 30.

The action is the latest in a bitter dispute over staffing and driver-operated-only (DOO) trains.

Melanie raised more than £90,000 for her life-saving surgery
Disabled Melanie Hartshorn has a condition which causes her skull to sink into her spine.

Weather: Dry with clear spells

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather

It will become dry across the North East during the evening with some clear spells developing.

However, later in the night cloud will increase again, especially in the southern part of the region where further outbreaks of rain are possible towards dawn.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: 9C (48F). Check the forecast near you.

Crash closes road in Ryhope

The A1018 in Ryhope is closed after a two-vehicle crash.

Poilce said both drivers have been removed from the vehicles and taken to hospital.

Crash scene
Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit

Clive the dog, who was also in one of the vehicles, was rescued and taken to a vet to be checked over.

Clive the dog
Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit

Woman dies after house fire in Sunderland

A 77-year-old woman has died as a result of a house fire in Sunderland.

Twelve firefighters tackled the blaze in Seaburn Dene area on Monday.

The woman, who has not yet been named, was found in the living room and airlifted to hospital where she later died.

A joint police and fire service investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.

Severe accident: A1018 Tyne And Wear both ways

BBC News Travel

A1018 Tyne And Wear both ways severe accident, between B1287 The Village and B1286 Ryhope Street South.

A1018 Tyne And Wear - A1018 Ryhope Road in Ryhope closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the B1287 The Village junction and the B1286 Ryhope Street South junction, because of an accident.

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

Two drivers trapped after crash

Two drivers had to be cut out of their cars by fire crews following a crash near Middleton-in-Teesdale.

It happened on the B6282 on Monday evening.

The 18-year-old driver of a Clio was airlifted to hospital where she remains in a serious but stable condition.

The 58-year-old driver of the other car, a Kia, was also taken to hospital, but is not believed to be seriously injured.

B6282 road

NHS cyber attack latest: Some systems returning to normal

Members of the public should continue to avoid using hospital and GP services for minor illness and ailments to allow time to clear backlogs caused by the cyber-attack, an NHS spokeswoman has said.

The North East primary care computer network was switched back on yesterday and GP practices once again have access to their clinical systems.

The trust said there were no infected computers in North East GP practices and the priority during the international malware incident had been to protect the NHS computer network, clinical systems and patient data.


Election 2017: Tyneside on the party manifestos

Do voters actually read election manifestos and do they have any effect on how anyone votes?

Ellie Price took the Daily Politics mood box - an unscientific test with a box and plastic balls - to Tyneside to see if the formal list of pledges will have any bearing on 8 June.

General election 2017: Newcastle voters on role of party manifestos

Woman, 82, dragged to floor in robbery

An elderly woman was dragged to the floor as she had her handbag stolen by a cyclist.

The 82-year-old was walking at the junction of Derwent Street and Norton Road in Norton at about 19:30 BST on Sunday when she was robbed.

Her bag, containing a mobile phone, £55 and a purse, was taken by a man described as in his 20s, over 6ft tall and with fair hair.

Cleveland Police has appealed for witnesses.

Derwent Street and Norton Road junction

Public meeting held over anti-social behaviour concerns

BBC Newcastle

About 70 people turned up for a public meeting last night called by a Whitley Bay woman to discuss anti-social behaviour.

Cas Lamb described the town as a magnet for those who want to drink alcohol all day long and said many end up abusive or falling asleep in shop doorways.

Others have been spotted vandalising cars, shoplifting and vomiting.

Northumbria Police said it has increased patrols in the area.

Aftermath of Hartlepool street crash

Three young girls were hit by a car, and a lamppost and a wall were also demolished.

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Lawyer explains rape charge decision

Sunderland Echo


The region’s top lawyer has explained why no charges were brought after allegations a woman was raped in Sunderland.

Six men were arrested by police after reports that a 26-year-old woman had been attacked at an address in Peel Street last September. 

However, the Crown Prosecution Service took the decision there was “insufficient evidence” to proceed with the case.

Melanie begins her journey to Spain

A Northumberland woman who's due to undergo life-changing surgery in Spain has flown from Newcastle this morning after raising more than £100,000 to pay for the treatment and medical flights.

Melanie Hartshorn, from Cramlington, has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome which means that even moving her head could kill her. 

Here's the moment she boarded the plane.

Melanie being laid on a stretcher

The 27-year-old is booked in for the surgery tomorrow in Barcelona to stop her neck and spine dislocating.

Melanie being passed on to the plane

And the Prime Minister is ... who?

Francesca Williams

BBC News

Voting can be tricky if you don't know there's an election on, which party is in power or who the prime minister is.

And that last one has other drawbacks.

Doctors commonly ask this - along with questions like what the year is - to gauge whether a patient is confused.

But hospital consultants say people often couldn't remember John Major - even if they weren't confused - and many would name Margaret Thatcher automatically, long after she had left power.

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Weather: Rain will clear to become brighter

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Outbreaks of rain gradually clearing south-eastwards this afternoon.

Brighter, generally dry and warmer conditions will follow, along with perhaps a few light showers.

Brisk winds will ease later too.


  Maximum temperature: 20C (68F). Check the forecast near you.

Durham to face Lancashire in the One-Day Cup

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

Durham's cricketers bring down the curtain on the group stages of the Royal London Cup later when they host Lancashire under the lights in Chester-le-Street.

Durham lost eight wickets for 87 runs on their way to a 15-run defeat at new North Group leaders Worcestershire on Sunday.

Durham must beat Lancashire and hope Notts lose at Northants in order to make the knock-out stages of the competition.

The action gets underway at 14:00 BST and you can follow the match here.

Graham Clark and Cameron Steel
Rex Features

Hartlepool crash: At the scene

Adam Clarkson

BBC Tees

I've been at the scene where three girls were injured in a crash yesterday afternoon.

A 12-year-old girl suffered minor injuries, a second 12-year-old girl was taken to North Tees Hospital with a suspected broken leg while an 11-year-old was taken to James Cook University Hospital by air ambulance with serious head injuries.

A 46-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

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NHS cyber attack latest: Many appointments to go ahead

Helen Richardson

BBC Newcastle

Hospitals in Northumberland and North Tyneside are still feeling the effects of the cyber attack which hit the NHS last Friday.

About 20 operations and all orthopaedic outpatient clinics at all hospitals run by the Northumbria NHS Trust have been cancelled.

But the trust says all other operations, appointments and clinics will go ahead and you should turn up unless you've been contacted by them.

Meanwhile, doctors surgeries are hoping to be able to switch on their computers again after their networks were closed down as a precaution.

Woman heads to Spain for life-saving surgery

A Northumberland woman who is due to undergo life-saving surgery in Spain is set to fly out from Newcastle later after raising more than £100,000 to pay for the treatment and medical flights.

Melanie Hartshorn from Cramlington has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome which means that even moving her head could kill her.

Last week the former Newcastle University student had reached the £80,000 needed for the surgery but has only just managed to raise the remainder of the money needed for a special commercial flight to take her to Barcelona.

Melanie Hartshorn
Newcastle University

Why the Don't Knows aren't voting

Francesca Williams

BBC News

In a world of fake news and alternative facts, what hope is there for the 15 million people in the UK who do not know enough to vote?

People like 36-year-old Lee Hall from County Durham, who does not "understand politics at all", for example.

"I wouldn't know who to vote for," he says. "I wouldn't know how to."

It is not uncommon for journalists, out gathering opinion, to find people who do not know there is an election on, which party is in power or who the prime minster is.

This Hansard Society chart on political engagement suggests those who don't vote are also less interested in and knowledge about politics.

Political engagement chart
Hansard Society

Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be cloudy with outbreaks of sometimes heavy rain this morning, with the rain clearing southeastwards early this afternoon.

Brighter, generally dry and warmer conditions follow, although there is a chance of a few light showers. Brisk winds will ease later.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F). Check the forecast near you.

NHS services in NE still busy after cyber-attack

Colin Briggs

Look North

GPs across the region hope to be back to normal today after their networks were closed down following Friday's cyber attack.

Some NHS Trusts cancelled scans and routine operations and doctor's surgeries had to cancel some appointments.

NHS services are still extremely busy though and people are being asked to stay away from A&E and walk-in centres except in an emergency.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who attended a Cobra committee meeting on cyber-security on Monday, said it was "encouraging" that there had not been any fresh attacks, although the National Crime Agency said this did not mean there would not be one in the future.  

We'll keep you up-to-date on the latest here on Local Live.

Jeremy Hunt: 'Lessons will be learnt' from NHS cyber-attack

Three girls injured in crash

Three girls have been injured after a car mounted the kerb in Hartlepool.

An 11-year-old girl was taken to James Cook University Hospital by air ambulance with serious head injuries after the crash on Skelton Road.

A 12-year-old girl has minor injuries and a second 12-year-old girl was taken to North Tees Hospital with a suspected broken leg.

A 46-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and is in police custody. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Skelton Road, Hartlepool

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Lloyd Watson

BBC News Online

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