Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Updates on Monday 19 June 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Our live coverage across the day

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

That's all for today - thank you for joining us.

To keep up with what's happening overnight, head to BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle, Look North, and online.

You can share your weather photos with us, just like Alison Leddy from Blyth did.

She sent us this gorgeous photo of a field of poppies in Ponteland.

Field of poppies
Alison Leddy

You can tweet your photos to @BBCNewsNE, email them, or contact us via our Facebook page.

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00, have a lovely evening.

Weather: Colder and cloudier tomorrow

BBC Weather

Any showers will die away through the evening leaving a dry night, though with a good deal of cloud spreading down from the north.

Tomorrow should be dry but with more cloud around compared to previous days and fewer bright or sunny intervals.

Temperatures well down on those of today.

Weather graph

Check the weather where you are.

Petrol bomb thrown at South Shields bar

A petrol bomb and a brick were thrown through the window of a bar in South Shields last night.

The Prosecco Lounge bar on King George Road was empty at the time, but police say the bar owners are "quite shaken by this unprovoked incident".

The incident is being classed as arson by Northumbria Police. Minor damage was caused and nobody was hurt.

Severe disruption: A167(M) Tyne And Wear both ways

BBC News Travel

A167(M) Tyne And Wear both ways severe disruption, at A1058.

A167(M) Tyne And Wear - A167(M) in Newcastle Upon Tyne exit slip road partially blocked and queuing traffic at A1058, because of a broken down car.

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

Penshaw Monument to be lit up after Finsbury Park attack

Penshaw Monument will be lit up in the colours of the union jack tonight after the terror attack near a London mosque.

The monument will turn red, white and blue following the attack last night in which a man drove a van into worshippers close to Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park

Penshaw Monument

Councillor Paul Watson, said "For every act of terror designed to create hate and division over the last few weeks we have seen countless acts of kindness and compassion."

It is this determination to show we are united against hatred and terror that reflects the true spirit of people in this country."

The Magistrates Court building in Keel Square will also light up and the flag is flying at half mast at Sunderland Civic Centre.

Jimmy Prout's brother: 'Wouldn't have seen it in the worst horror film'

Two people have been found guilty of murdering Jimmy Prout who was found dead on wasteland after suffering months of abuse.

After the verdicts, Mr Prout's brother Eddie Prout said: "The things they've done to my brother you wouldn't have even seen in the worst horror films or your worst nightmare.

"There's not a word horrible enough to describe the people who did that to my brother.

"I hope they rot in hell. I don't want them to die, I just want them to suffer the way we are, suffer every single day and have nightmares like I do."

Eddie Prout

Former Newcastle United player Albert Franks dies

The former NUFC player Albert Franks has passed away, the club has announced.

Franks played for Newcastle as a half-back in the 1950s, making 75 appearances and scoring four goals in total.

He joined the Magpies in 1953 and stayed for seven years before moving to Rangers in 1960.

The Boldon-born player died at the age of 81 on Sunday.

When school science gets 'real'

Modern science produces so much data that scientists can't cope with it all - so why not enlist schoolchildren to help?

Nearing the end of their school careers, sixth formers at The King's Academy in Middlesbrough have been chosen to showcase their experiments on the possibility of mimicking the way plants use sunlight to make hydrogen fuel from water at this summer's Royal Society Summer Exhibition in London.

Nazmin Akhtar
Teesside University

They hope their work on artificial photosynthesis, in conjunction with Teesside University, could pave the way for a new method of producing hydrogen gas to run cars and fuel cells.

For the last few months the teenagers have spent Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons synthesising chemicals at the university laboratories, working with equipment their school could never afford.

Sex attacker gave young victims legal highs before carrying out sickening acts in his caravan

Sunderland Echo


A pervert gave legal highs to vulnerable teens then carried out sex attacks once the victims were rendered 'insensible' in his caravan.

Power cut in Seaham

A fault with an underground cable caused a power cut for almost 5,000 Northern Powergrid customers in Seaham.

Power has been restored to 451 customers already and engineers are working to fix the fault.

Power should fully return by 22:00 tonight, the company said.

Your photos: Dogs enjoying the sun

These doggies certainly enjoyed the sunshine in Druridge Bay at the weekend!

Have you got any photos you'd like to share with us? You can tweet them to @BBCNewsNE, email them, or contact us via our Facebook page.

Dogs at Druridge Bay
Alan Miller

Video:The vicar, the imam and their life behind bars

"We're not here to convert you, don't worry," prison chaplain Matthew Tetley tells inmates at HMP Durham.

He and his colleague, imam Syed Ahmed, explain how they help prisoners cope with life inside.

The vicar, the imam and their life behind bars

How warm is it where you are?

Are you feeling the heat? Are you struggling to cope?

Well, who can blame you, because it turns out here in the North East we are experiencing pretty much the same heat as in cities like Rome and New York.

Not quite as warm as in Cairo however, where it's currently 36C - 10 degrees higher than in Newcastle and Middlesbrough.

Click here to compare your location's temperature to others around the world.

Whitley Bay

Emergency services under one roof

BBC Tees

A new building in Barnard Castle is the first in the country to house all four emergency services under one roof.

Fire, ambulance, police and the Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue team will share the building on Wilson Street.

In a rural area like this, this is a great project for keeping neighbourhood teams on the ground and familiar with local people."

Kevin TuckNeighbourhood Inspector for Teesdale, Weardale and Crook

Jimmy Prout suffered 'abhorrent' abuse at hands of his 'friends'

The pair found guilty of the murder of Jimmy Prout, and the two women who allowed his death, were "the sort of friends nobody would ever want", police have said.

He was repeatedly attacked and the violence included having his teeth knocked out and a testicle sliced off, which he was then forced to eat.

Det Ch Insp Andy Fairlamb from Northumbria Police, who led the investigation said: "What they have done is appalling, abhorrent, in all my years of investigating homicides I have never seen levels of abuse of this nature before.

"Jimmy was subject to weeks of abuse at the hands of these individuals, he suffered horrendous injuries from a variety of assaults over a number of weeks resulting in his death."

Clockwise from top left: Zaman Zahid; Ann Corbett; Kay Rayworth; Myra Wood
Northumbria Police

Jimmy Prout murder: Zaman 'terrorised' co-accused

Zahid Zaman, 43, and 26-year-old Ann Corbett (pictured below) will be sentenced on 27 June after being convicted of the murder of Jimmy Prout.

Zahid Zaman and Ann Corbett
Northumbria Police

Myra Wood, 50, and Kay Rayworth, 56, (pictured below) were cleared of murder but convicted of causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult, and will be sentenced on the same date.

Myra Wood and Kay Rayworth
Northumbria Police

Wheelchair-user Zaman was said to be the leader of the group, and was described as "vengeful and controlling".

During the trial the three women all claimed to be scared of him, saying he "terrorised them".

Wood told the court that on one occasion he forced her to drink his urine.

CCTV footage showed Jimmy Prout's worsening condition

Prior to his death, Jimmy Prout was subjected to a number of what police described as serious assaults of a vile and degrading nature.

This resulted in his health, both physical and emotional, deteriorating in the last weeks of his life.

CCTV footage from 5 February showed him staggering as he was being pushed along the street by Ann Corbett.

A day later he could be seen being dragged along by Kay Rayworth, with Corbett carrying his bag.

CCTV footage
Northumbria Police
Northumbria Police

Before the end of 2015 Jimmy would have been a normal guy going about his normal day-to-day business but the evidence from CCTV, mostly captured from Zaman's house, is that Jimmy's health deteriorated greatly. You can see the change in him."

Det Ch Insp Andy FairlambNorthumbria Police

Jimmy Prout murder: Four admit perverting the course of justice

Jimmy Prout's body was found on an area of open land, close to his Percy Main home on 27 March 2016.

The remains were in a badly decomposed condition and had been partly eaten by animals.

However, police were able to establish that he had been "repeatedly assaulted and subjected to dreadful indignities".

The 43-year-old had not been seen since the start of February, and the trial was told the group tried to cover their tracks, by asking people if they had seen him, and pretending to look for him.

Yet at the same time, money was withdrawn from his bank account.

All four denied murder, but pleaded guilty to doing acts intending to pervert the course of justice between 5 February and 26 March.

Jimmy Prout murder: Campaign of ill-treatment

A man and a woman have been found guilty of the murder of Jimmy Prout.

Another two women were cleared of murder but found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a vulernable adult.

The trial at Newcastle Crown Court was told a campaign of ill-treatment began after he was suspected of helping a friend steal expensive power tools from Zahid Zaman.

During the trial all three woman claimed to be frightened of Zaman, and said while they had seen him ill-treating Mr Prout they were too scared to do anything.

Zaman blamed Corbett, Mr Prout's former girlfriend, saying he had seen her hit him with a plank of wood, he also said she was the one who cut off Mr Prout's testicle.

Corbett admitted sewing up the wound, but said she was too scared of Zaman to seek medical attention.

Jimmy Prout
Northumria Police

BreakingTwo found guilty of Jimmy Prout murder

Peter Harris

BBC Look North

Two people have been found guilty of the brutal murder of a vulnerable man on Tyneside.

Newcastle Crown Court heard 45-year-old Jimmy Prout, from North Shields, was tortured, including having his teeth pulled out, before being dumped in bushes after his death.

Today Zahid Zaman, 43, and Ann Corbett, 26, were found guilty of murder.

Kay Rayworth, 56, and Myra Wood, 50, were cleared of murder but convicted of causing or allowing the death of a vulnerable adult.

They will be sentenced next Tuesday.

'Gorgeous day at Chester-le-Street'

Durham v Glamorgan 37-1

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

Glamorgan wanted to bat in the sunshine at Chester-le-Street and duly got their wish. The temperature is already in the mid 20s.

But Jacques Rudolph couldn't take advantage of the conditions as he had his bails trimmed by Chris Rushworth in the 7th over when he was on 13. Rushworth had been bowling a probing line with the batsman playing and missing a number of them before he was out.

Durham are without Keaton Jennings, who will captain England Lions next week. But he is here, having a net session along with Ben Stokes who had returned from Champions Trophy duties, but is not playing.

Glamorgan have also been forced into a number of changes. Keeper Chris Cooke misses this one as a precaution after behind hit on the head in the nets. Cardiff University's Tom Cullen will keep wicket. Will Bragg is ill so Graham Wagg makes his first start of the season too.

BBC Sport

The funeral of Ivorian star Cheick Tiote is held in Abidjan

BBC Sport

The funeral of former Newcastle United player Cheick Tiote was held in Abidjan on Sunday following his sudden death in China earlier this month.

Tiote died aged 30 after collapsing during training with his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises.

The midfielder was honoured with a military funeral with a host of dignitaries and players in attendance.

His body was flown back home to Ivory Coast from China earlier this week.

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Ivorian football star Cheick Tiote during his funeral ceremony in Abidjan.
Getty Images

Rare sea bird colony 'virtually decimated'

A colony of endangered sea birds has been "virtually decimated", Durham Heritage Coast says.

Little tern eggs were damaged and some taken from Crimdon, hear Hartlepool.

Durham Heriage Coast said it believed people had been with dogs at Little Tern Recovery Project, near Blackhall Rocks, on Saturday, and some eggs had been eaten.

Little Terns are one of the UK’s rarest seabirds due to "climate change and human disturbance".

Cricketers hold silence before match

Players from Durham and Glamorgan took a minute to remember victims of the Grenfell Tower fire before their match at Chester-le-Street this morning.

View more on twitter

Massive road and rail improvements needed to help North East achieve its potential

Major improvements in the North East’s road and rail links are needed if the region is to achieve its economic potential, an influential transport body will today say.

Journal front page
The Journal

Minute's silence to remember Grenfell Tower victims

There will be a minute's silence at 11:00 in memory of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

At least 58 people are missing and presumed dead and 10 people remain in critical care after a huge fire engulfed a west London tower block in the early hours of Wednesday. The Met police say the number of people killed is expected to rise.

View more on twitter

Hole appears in South Shields road

A hole appeared in the middle of a road in South Shields last night.

The council is yet to find out whether the hole should be classed as a sinkhole.

Coston Drive, where the hole has appeared, is partially blocked.

The hole
South Tyneside Council
Coston Drive
South Tyneside Council

Cullercoats RNLI helmsman's wedding interrupted for rescue

The wedding of an RNLI helmsman was interrupted when a lifeboat crew was called out to a rescue.

The guests were about to enjoy their meal at Ben and Kim Bradshaw's wedding when the Humber Coastguard requested assistance on Saturday afternoon.

Three Cullercoats crew members left the reception at the Grand Hotel in Tynemouth to help the stricken boat two miles from St Mary's Lighthouse.

The rescue meant the groom had 90 extra minutes of nerves before his speech.

Kim and Ben Bradshaw
RNLI/Michael Scott

The plans to build 400 homes next to Flatts Lane Country Park, Normanby, were initially thrown out.

Read more

Another scorcher!

BBC Weather

Another warm day ahead with plenty of sunshine.

Temperatures reaching as high as 26C (79F).


Some cloud could develop through the afternoon with the odd heavy shower possible late in the day.

Dec thanks fans for messages of support

Declan Donnelly has thanked fans for their message of support after Ant McPartlin entered rehab for drink and prescription drugs problems.

View more on twitter

The TV star said he felt he had "let people down" and said he wanted to speak out about his issues in order to help others.


Sinkhole blocks South Shields road

Gilly Hope

BBC Travel

Ocean Road in South Shields is partially blocked due to a 3ft sinkhole at the junction with Coston Drive near Morrisons.

South Tyneside Council says it is investigating.

Coston Drive

Welcome to our live coverage

Good morning. Welcome to BBC Local Live.

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

Dan Myers

Have you got any photos you'd like to share with us? In that case you can tweet them to @BBCNewsNE, email them, or contact us via our Facebook page.