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  1. Tuesday 9 May 2017

Live Reporting

By Julie Cush

All times stated are UK

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Farewell to the Premier League

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

Will relegation impact on Teesside economy?

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Meet the ancestors: Family tree tracing lessons offered

Reviving the 'car of the air' dream

How a nephew aims to pay tribute to his inventor uncle.

County Durham Mosquito gyrocopter to be rebuilt

After patchy sunshine brace yourself for a chilly night

Cloud will mostly melt away to leave long clear periods, which combined with very light winds will allow temperatures to fall close to freezing in rural areas.  

Check out the forecast near you. 


Avengers come to Durham Cathedral

Russ Ward

BBC Newcastle

The Dean of Durham meets some of the film crew.

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General Election 2017: What would get your vote?

We’re asking people across the country to tell us what #GetsMyVote. 

Some of these kids think Batman is the answer

But for Alex Cox, from Heaton, the NHS is the biggest issue.

#getsmyvote: 'NHS is the biggest thing for me' in General Election 2017

Two arrested in teenager's crash death probe released on bail

Two people arrested in connection with the crash death of a teenage pedestrian have been bailed by police.

The 18-year-old was struck by a Renault Megane on the A193, The Links, in Whitley Bay on Sunday at 21:45 BST near the zebra crossing at the Briar Dene Pub. 

Northumbria Police is still keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the crash. 

Crash scene

Police carrying out 'hot strike' after 'arson' blaze ripped through church

Firefighters are to hold talks with residents in Whitley Bay after a huge blaze ripped through an empty church forcing homes to be evacuted. 

Forty firefighters spent more than four hours trying to control the blaze which broke out at the Trinity United Reform Church, on the Esplanade, on Sunday evening. 

A man in his 50s has been arrested on suspicion of arson. 

Northumbria Police

Members of the Tyne and Wear Fire Service want to meet locals to raise fire safety awareness and come up with ways to tackle anti-social behaviour. 

Fire safety teams will carry out home checks over the weekend and speak to businesses about how to keep their premises safe.

Trinity fire
Northumbria Police

Hundreds of jobs to go as crisp factory confirms closure

 A Walkers crisps factory is to shut with the loss of more than 300 jobs, it has been confirmed. 

Owner PepsiCo said the plant in Peterlee would shut by December 2017 and snack manufacturing would be switched to other UK sites to cut costs.


Tracey Foster, manufacturing managing director at the site, said: "This decision in no way reflects the performance of our colleagues and we remain very grateful for their hard work and commitment.

"Our priority now is supporting and providing assistance as we move into the process of consulting with employees on an individual basis about what this means for them personally."

'Doggie had a little lamb'

Unlikely mother for new born lambs.

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On-the-run drug baron arrested in Thailand

A Teesside fugitive wanted for drug trafficking has been captured in Thailand after years on the run.

In 2014, Jonathon Moorby was sentenced by Teesside Crown Court in his absence to 15 years in prison for possession with intent to supply controlled class A and class B drugs,

Following a joint operation between Thailand's Narcotics Suppression Bureau and Interpol he was arrested on the island of Koh Samui, and will be deported in due course.

We are working closely with overseas authorities and our inquiries will continue."

Det Sgt John Fitzpatrickfrom Cleveland Police

Hose pipe not facing ban despite dry spell

Even after days without rain, there's no need to panic and hose pipes aren't facing a ban, according to Northumbrian Water.

The utility company says there is no immediate risk of a drought in the North East - despite the region experiencing its driest period in 20 years - because reservoirs are still at 80% capacity. 

However, it says it will continue to encourage householders to introduce water efficiency measures over the summer as usual.


Racist abuse veil attacker sentencing delayed for reports

The sentencing of a man who admitted pulling a niqab off a woman and subjecting her to racial abuse has been put off while reports are prepared. 

Newcastle Crown Court heard that Peter Scotter, who has 66 previous convictions, was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour under his tongue. 

Peter Scotter

The hearing heard that a report needed to be compiled detailing his condition before he could be sentenced on 14 June.

A previous hearing heard how he shouted "you are in our country now" when he attacked his victim in a Sunderland shopping centre.

The 55-year-old, of Beach Street, Roker, Sunderland, admitted racially aggravated assault by beating and racially aggravated harassment.

Gyrocopter aircraft dream revived almost 50 years on

Ian Reeve

BBC Look North

Now, it's a name you've probably never heard before, but Ernie Brooks was a pioneering gyrocopter maker in the 1960s. 

From a workshop in Tudhoe in County Durham he made a handful of the open-to-the elements single-seat aircraft. However, plans to build thousands at a factory were scuppered by Ernie's death in a crash in 1969. 

But now his nephew has tracked down a long-lost machine and aims to restore it as a tribute to his inventor uncle. 

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#getsmyvote: NHS is 'biggest thing'

In the run-up to the general election we're asking people which issue is important to them.

Repyling to "what would get your vote?", Alex Cox said it would be the party which promises to protect the NHS.

The 24-year-old, from Heaton, said: "The way things are going at the moment, the NHS is going to take a massive hit.

"I’ve seen what it does in America to people - when they’ve got massive medical bills and they can’t afford to pay it. I never want to be in that position.

"I think it’s something that everyone in the world is entitled to - free health care."

Alex Cox

Drive-by shooting 'linked' to on-going feud

Police have confirmed a drive-by shooting in County Durham is linked to an on-going feud that has involved petrol bomb attacks, ram raids and the theft of body parts from graves. 

A shotgun was fired into the side of a car parked in a Darlington street on Saturday afternoon. 

Durham Police said a woman had been arrested in connection with the incident and is helping police with inquiries.

Chelsea 3-0 Middlesbrough: Ben Gibson says relegation was "lowest point"
Middlesbrough captain Ben Gibson says relegation from the Premier League is the "lowest point" of his life.

Police forced to 'lasso' stray horse to get it off busy road

Championship trophy in Look North studio

There was a special guest in the Look North studio last night - Newcastle United's Championship trophy.

Look North presenters Carol Malia and Jeff Brown along with former Magpies goalkeeper and Look North pundit Steve Harper enjoyed a close look at the impressive trophy.

Look North team and Championship trophy

Boy, 13, arrested after blaze rips through Hartlepool primary school

A teenage boy is being held in connection with a blaze which badly damaged a school in Hartlepool.  

The nursery and a Year Three classroom at Rift House Primary School were destroyed after a blaze ripped through the building on Sunday. 

Cleveland Police confirmed it had arrested a 13-year-old boy on suspicion of arson this morning. 

He is currently being questioned by detectives. 

Damaged class
BBC Tees

Deported Durham woman tries to return home

A woman from County Durham - who has lived in the UK for 27 years - has had to apply for a new visa to come home after being deported to Singapore

Irene Clennell was told in February she'd breached her old visa conditions.

Nazek Ramadan, director of the campaign group Migrant Voice, said they they had been "overwhelmed" with people offering to help her.

"The crowdfunding appeal her family launched raised lots of money and I think the public does support families to be together," she says.

Irene Clennell
Family photograph

Police called to 1,500 mental health incidents in 12 months

Police have been called out to help people suffering mental health problems 1,500 times in just 12 months as they work with organisations to ensure people get the treatment they need.

New figures released by Cleveland Police reveal the number of times that officers have been called to help those experiencing mental health problems.

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Fine and dry day with some sunshine

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be a fine and dry day today with a bit of cloud in places at first.

That will thin and break up with some sunny spells throughout the afternoon.

Winds will be light with temperatures up to about 14C or 15C away from the coast.

Lisa Gallagher with weather map

Fire crews tackle blaze in Newcastle's west end

A fire in the Elswick area of Newcastle has been tackled by firefighters.

Crews were called out at 03:30 this morning to the three storey building on Bentinck Crescent.

Twenty people were evacuated from the top floor, which Tyne and Wear Fire service said was being used as a hotel.

At its height four fire engines and an aerial ladder platform at the scene, the fire service said.

A spokeswoman said the roof had been completely burnt but it was not yet known what started the fire.

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Chelsea 3-0 Middlesbrough: Steve Agnew is 'absolutely gutted' by Boro relegation
Middlesbrough head coach Steve Agnew says he is "absolutely gutted" by Middlesbrough's 3-0 defeat by Chelsea and the club's relegation from the Premier League.

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