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  1. Wednesday 17 May 2017

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We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

Metro back on after day of disruption following burst water main

Trains are running again on the Metro after disruption caused by a burst water main.

There were no train service between South Gosforth and Jesmond because the track was under water and commuters had to get buses.

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Watch: Woman tells of finding flatmate murdered

A woman who found her flatmate after she was murdered by her ex-boyfriend talks about the impact and how she wants to raise awareness to help others.

Maxine McGill found Alice Ruggles in their home in Gateshead last October.

You can watch the full report in Look North at 18:30.

Woman tells how murdered best friend suffered at hands of 'obsessive' stalker

BBC Look North special report on Gibraltar

Jonathan Swingler

Video Journalist

I've been filming a feature for BBC Look North about what life is like for people from our region who live in Gibraltar.

The people there are facing challenging times. Following the EU referendum result, the Spanish authorities have renewed their claims to the British territory resulting in queues at the border which can last hours.

I've speaking to two sisters from Tyneside who set up a bistro there but following the referendum some of their staff left.

Plus I learnt not to get too close to the monkeys.

You can watch the report on BBC Look North this evening at 18:30.

Monkey and woman in Gibraltar

'Rainbow' to light up Penshaw Monument

Penshaw Monument in Sunderland is to be lit up in rainbow colours tonight.

Unison Northern region’s LGBT group and Sunderland City Council are marking international day against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

It is estimated that up to 2.1m LGBT people in the UK have experienced hate crime in their lifetime due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Penshaw Monument

Clare Williams, Unison regional secretary, said: “Throughout the world LGBT people continue to be the victims of hate-fuelled crime simply because of how they identify or express themselves.

"[Lighting up the monument] will send a clear message that the region is one community and stands together in the fight against hate."

Morpeth County Hall plans withdrawn

BBC Newcastle

Planning applications to build on the site if County Hall in Morpeth have been withdrawn.

The plans had been called in before an independent planning inspector - but this afternoon Northumberland County Council told BBC Newcastle it has now issued formal notification to withdraw the proposals.

It would have led to shops, 200 houses and a school being built on the existing site.

Morpeth County Hall
Northumberland County Council

NHS thanks patients in our region for their support in the aftermath of cyber-attack

The NHS is returning to normal following the cyber-attack at the end of last week and health bosses are thanking patients, staff and their families for keeping the negative impact to a minimum.

Meanwhile GPs across our region are continuing to ask patients to consider delaying contacting their practice unless they really need to for the rest of the week which will allow time to clear backlogs.

"Across the region's NHS we've heard countless stories of NHS teams and individuals who have gone above and beyond to help deal with the cyber-attack."

Dr Neil O'BrienChair of the Northern Clinical Commissioning Group
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Emergency closures on roads after burst water main and Metro still affected

Drivers are being warned to leave extra time for their journeys tonight and tomorrow as disruption caused by a burst water main in Newcastle continues.

Emergency closures will be in place tonight and tomorrow following the flooding in Jesmond, Newcastle City Council said.

These are the roads affected:

  • Jesmond Dene Road between Osborne Road and Moorfield
  • Moorfield between Osborne Road and Honister Avenue
  • Ilford Road between Moorfield and Osborne Road
  • There will also be traffic management in place on Heaton Road.

The Metro network is also still affected between South Gosforth and Jesmond - you can find all the information here.

More than 130 customers in Jesmond are also without power.

flooded tracks

Armed police and negotiators on scene as man threatens police

Armed police and negotiators are currently involved in a stand-off in Burnopfield.

Durham Police say their officers are at an address on Lintz Terrace where they say a man has threatened officers.

Negotiators are talking to a 47-year-old man who is inside the property.

Nearby homes have been evacuated and residents are asked to avoid the area if possible.

Kieran Green

Kieran Green joins National League side Gateshead after his release from relegated League Two side Hartlepool.

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Burst water main to cause disruption to Metro passengers during rush hour

If you're getting the Metro home this evening then the disruption caused by a burst water main might cause you problems.

No trains are currently running in either direction between South Gosforth and Jesmond.

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Bradley Lowery celebrates sixth birthday

Bradley Lowery is celebrating his sixth birthday.

The youngster, who has neuroblastoma, is due to have a party later this week.

In April, his family revealed the latest and final round of his treatment had failed.

In recent months he has been mascot for his beloved Sunderland and was also mascot for England at Wembley which saw his "best mate" Jermain Defoe score a goal.

Bradley Lowery

The Sunderland striker tweeted that he hopes Bradley has a "special day"

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Taking the waters at Tynemouth

It was a fine evening on Tynemouth beach yesterday, tempting some people to dip their toes into the water - though one intrepid swimmer (bottom left) took to the waves.

One of our team took this picture, but if you have any images you want to share you can Tweet them to @BBCNewsNE, email, or contact us via our Facebook page

Tynemouth beach

Trains remain suspended on Metro route

The track at Jesmond was flooded when a water main burst.

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Riverbank River Skerne

The victim was punched in the face and dragged to the ground in the early hours.

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Business group welcomes jobless fall

The fall in the number of unemployed people in the North East has been welcomed by the local chamber of commerce.

Jonathan Walker, head of policy and campaigns, at the North East England Chamber of Commerce, said: "Credit for this should go to our businesses, who continue to build a working North East by investing in recruitment and training on the back of continued growth and success.

"However, we know there is still so much untapped potential in our current and future labour market.

"This is why the chamber is backing the excellent Building My Skills programme ... to help create even more opportunities for young people, and keep our labour market on the right track”.

Water works to connect supply

Northumbrian Water is dealing with two separate burst mains.

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Motocross victim family fundraiser hope

BBC Tees

The family of a County Durham motocross accident victim is to organise a fundraiser for the Great North Air Ambulance.

Thomas Brown died following an accident at the event near Sedgefield earlier this month.

His friends and family want to raise money for the charity which tried to save his life.

Photo of Thomas Brown
Family Photo

The England team wish Bradley a happy birthday

One of the many tweets for cancer sufferer Bradley Lowery on his sixth birthday.

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Health centres ordered to improve by Government inspectors

Sunderland Echo


Four health centres run by the same company have been told they require improvement by Government inspectors.

Bunny Hill Primary Care Centre.
Sunderland Echo

Man arrested in Darlington on suspicion of rape

BBC Tees

Police in Darlington have arrested a man on suspicion of rape.

It follows the discovery of a woman in a distressed state just after midnight on the grassed embankment off St Augustine's Way.

A 21 year-old local man was arrested shortly afterwards.

The area remains cordoned off this lunchtime for forensic investigations.

Bottled water stations up and running

Hundreds of households remain without mains supply.

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Unemployment down in the North East

The latest employment figures have just been released which reveal unemployment is down 14,000 to 76,000 in the North East.

Overall unemployment has fallen across to the country to its lowest level in 42 years.

However, salaries are failing to keep up with inflation, with average earnings rising by 2.1% a year and inflation at 2.7% .

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Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson

After David Moyes agreed with Alan Shearer that Sunderland showed a "lack of effort" against Swansea, we've crunched the stats to see what they say.

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Work under way to fix burst water main in Jesmond

Anthony Day

BBC Newcastle

Sludge is across Jesmond Dene road in Newcastle following the burst water main which has flooded the metro line here.

Diggers are now excavating the road.

Sludge on road
Sludge on road

GP surgeries struggling with backlog after cyber attack

Helen Richardson

BBC Newcastle

Don't go to your GP or hospital unless you really have to - that's still the message from health bosses here in the North East.

Six days after the cyber attacks, most GP surgeries have got their systems up and running again.

However, there's quite a backlog and A and E and walk-in centres have been very busy with many people on repeat prescriptions also being affected - as the system which sends those prescriptions to the pharmacies hasn't been working.

Anne Gunning, of North of Tyne Local Pharmaceutical Committee, told BBC Newcastle, there was huge pressure on surgeries trying to catch up with the backlog.

Burst main leaves households without water

The burst water pipe in Jesmond is not the only incident Northumbrian Water is dealing with - there are also problems in the Heaton Road area.

As a result, there are 1,500 customers without water in Byker and the utility company is in the process of making bottled water available. 

Vulnerable people with specific medical needs are being contacted to arrange suitable supplies. 

Metro track ... or canal?

Burst water main disruption continues.

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Queues building up for replacement bus

A replacement bus service is in place between South Gosforth and Haymarket after a burst water main closed a stretch of the Tyne and Wear Metro.

However, there are long queues for the service.

Nexus says Metro tickets are being accepted on Go North East, Stagecoach and Arriva buses.

Queue for bus

Burst water main disruption continues

As the burst water main is continuing to cause problems in the Jesmond area, one of our reporters sent in these pictures of the scene around Ilford Road.

Traffic remains heavy around the area, with the A189 Jesmond Dene Road closed in both directions between  Matthew Bank and Osborne Road.

There is no service on the Tyne and Wear Metro between South Gosforth and Jesmond, and Nexus said a replacement bus service is in operation.

Flooded Metro track
Flooded road
Metro workmen

Terminally ill Bradley Lowery spends sixth birthday in hospital

Brave Bradley Lowery, the County Durham youngster with neuroblastoma, is celebrating his sixth birthday today. 

He'll spend the day receiving treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, with a party being organised for Friday. 

At the end of last year, his family was told his cancer could not be cured. 

He was was due to head off to Disneyland on Sunday but his mum Gemma said the trip has been cancelled after he became too unwell to travel. 

Bradley's fight against cancer has moved thousands of people throughout the world who've sent him messages of support.

He's also become a mascot for Sunderland FC and a good friend of player Jermain Defoe.

Bradley Lowery
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Moyes 'didn't think squad would be capable'
Sunderland manager David Moyes "didn't think we had a squad that would be capable" of staying in the Premier League as the relegated side lose 2-0 to Arsenal at the Emirates.

Warning after burst water main causes Metro disruption

A burst water main is causing problems in the Jesmond area of Newcastle. 

The A189 Jesmond Dene Road is closed both ways between Matthew Bank and Osborne Road and there are delays at Haddricks Mill. 

There's no service on the Tyne and Wear Metro between South Gosforth and Jesmond because the track is under water. 

Fire and rescue crews and Northumbrian Water are working at the scene to resolve the problem.

Tyne and Wear Metro

Get your brollies at the ready as the rain returns

Jennifer Bartram

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

A mild start to the morning with some bright spells at first.

But get your brollies ready as the changeable weather continues with rain creeping in from the south during the morning and becoming heavy and persistent through the afternoon - though parts of Northumberland may remain dry. 

Temperatures will manage to nudge up to around 16C (61F).

Check out the weather near you. 


Severe disruption: A189 Tyne And Wear both ways

BBC News Travel

A189 Tyne And Wear both ways severe disruption, between A189 Matthew Bank and B1600 Osborne Road.

A189 Tyne And Wear - A189 Jesmond Dene Road in Jesmond closed in both directions between the A189 Matthew Bank junction and the B1600 Osborne Road junction, because of a burst water main and flooding.

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

Good morning. Welcome to our live coverage

Jonathan Swingler

Video Journalist

Good morning and welcome to BBC Local Live. 

We'll be with you throughout the day to bring you the latest news, weather, sport and travel updates from across the North East.

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