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.

Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 30 June 2017

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Our live coverage across the day

That is the end of today's updates. Thank you for joining us.

You can catch up on the news with BBC Tees, BBC Newcastle, Look North, and online.

If you'd like to get in touch, you can do so on Twitter, Facebook, or via email.

We'll be back at 08:00 on Monday. Take care.

Plea for a new inquest into Red Caps' deaths rejected

The families of four military police officers killed in Iraq in 2003 have had a plea for a fresh inquest into their deaths rejected by the Attorney General.

In 2014, their families asked to apply to the High Court for a new inquest on the grounds of fresh evidence.

But Jeremy Wright said none of the grounds of challenge set out had a reasonable "prospect of success".

Cpl Simon Miller, 21, from Washington, (pictured on the left), was on a routine operation to train local police with Cpl Russell Aston, 30, and Lance Corporals Benjamin McGowan Hyde, 23, and Tom Keys, 20, when they were attacked by a 400-strong crowd.

Cpl Simon Miller and L/Cpl Benjamin John McGowan Hyde also died in the attack
MOD

Weather: It's not going to rain for ever

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Rain will turn a bit heavier overnight before sinking down to the south.

After that things will turn mostly dry.

It'll be fairly cloudy tonight and still pretty breezy but the clouds will break up a bit as we get to the morning.

Tomorrow won't be a bad day with more in the way of sunny spells and temperatures up to around 21C.

Check the forecast where you live.

Weather map
BBC

Two arrested over 'crack cocaine' find

Two teenagers have been arrested during a raid on a house in Grangetown.

Following a tip-off from the community officers targeted the property in Eastcroft Road this morning.

Almost 50 rocks of what is thought to be crack cocaine was seized, along with a substantial amount of cash.

A 16-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl are being questioned on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

Intelligence from members of the public is vital in removing class A drugs from the streets of Cleveland and bringing to justice those suspected of being responsible for drug dealing."

Inspector Darren BainbridgeCleveland Police

Step back in time at Durham Cathederal

Medieval villagers take up residence in the Cloister Garth for a day.

View more on twitter

Man who claimed to have firearm arrested

A cordon put in place after what police are calling a domestic incident in Blyth has been lifted.

A man on Fenwick Drive in Cowpen claimed he had a firearm earlier today.

Northumbria Police sent officers as a precaution and put up a cordon.

A 33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault.

BreakingPolice charge man over stabbed teacher death

A man has been charged with murdering a primary school teacher found stabbed to death in Sunderland.

Julie Parkin, 39, was discovered with fatal injuries in a house in Kirkwall Close on Tuesday.

Adam Parkin, 35, from the same street, has been charged with her murder.

Tributes
BBC

He has also been charged with attempted murder and is due to appear at Newcastle Crown Court tomorrow morning.

Police have appealed for information about a Black Mazda 6 registration NL59 MWJ and its whereabouts between 22:30 and midnight on Monday.

Improvement plan for Middlesbrough Crematorium

Plans have been drawn up for a £500,000 refurbishment of Middlesbrough’s Crematorium in Acklam Road.

The works would see big improvements to St Hilda’s Chapel, construction of canopies outside both St Hilda’s and St Bede’s Chapels and essential structural work to the Chapel of Rest.

If approved by the council at a meeting on 5 July, the work will be funded by the bereavement service’s revenue budget and begin during the summer.

Teesside Crematorium
Google
John O'Shea

Defender John O'Shea signs a new one-year contract with Sunderland following their relegation to the Championship.

Read more

How far could you go in one of these?

#GetInspired

Rob Groves preparing for his handcycilng trip around the coast of England and Wales
Rob Groves

Rob Groves, 61, is getting ready to handcycle 2,500 miles around the coast of England and Wales, starting off in Brighton this Sunday, 2 July and finishing in London on Friday, 28 July.

Read all about Rob's former life as a bodybuilder, his journey into handcycling, his aims for the ride and how you can keep up with it here.

Firefighters continue campaign of reassurance following Grenfell blaze

Firefighters are to begin visits to 182 high-rise buildings across Tyne and Wear on Monday as they continue a safety campaign launched in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London.

Over the coming weeks, each of the buildings - of six floors or more - will see safety checks undertaken and experts will be on hand to provide advice to residents.

Assistant chief officer Alan Robson said: "We know that following the terrible fire in Grenfell Tower, many residents in high-rise homes have been concerned about fire safety in their buildings.

"The facts are that the levels of fire safety compliance in high-rise dwellings across Tyne and Wear is very high. But we also know that some residents have been unsettled by recent events, and we are here to provide them with the reassurance that they need."

Grenfell Tower
Getty Images

Elderly man left lying on the ground in the rain after burglar attack

An elderly man is in a serious condition in hospital after what police have described as a "cowardly" attack by burglars.

The 71-year-old was returning to his home on Bowman Street, Darlington, at about 22:30 on Wednesday when he he noticed a man and woman inside.

He was then struck by the man, causing him to fall over the mobility scooter he had been riding.

The two suspects then ran off with cash, leaving him on the ground in the rain unable to get up.

He was found a short time later by a member of the public, and police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

It's time to celebrate cricket!

#GetInspired

With the return of live cricket to the BBC TV in 21 years, why not find out how YOU can get involved with game.

We've got all you need to know with our Get Inspired guide or, if you have/know any five- to eight-year-olds who would like to try the game then the All Stars Cricket might be for them.

Just ask England bowler Stuart Broad.....

Stuart Broad surprises children with an All Stars Cricket kit
Simon Grayson

Simon Grayson's wider experience of the English game makes him a better choice for Sunderland than Derek McInnes, says Kevin Kilbane.

Read more

Billingham Forum to celebrate half century

A town's much-loved landmark is due to turn 50 in October, and people are being invited to share their memories of it.

Billingham Forum - a sport and leisure centre and entertainment venue - was opened by the Queen in 1967, and under went a £18.5m refurbishment in 2011.

To mark its anniversary a film is being commissioned using old and new footage, and a series of informal coffee mornings are being held for those who would live to take part.

Forum poster
Tees Active

Thousands of North East smokers kick the habit

BBC Newcastle

Tomorrow will see the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the smoking ban in pubs, clubs and restaurants in England and the North East has seen the biggest decrease in people who are in the habit of lighting up, according to a regional campaign group.

Fresh North East says there's now almost 165,000 fewer smokers than before the ban.

The law has been blamed in some quarters for leading to large numbers of pubs and clubs closing down, but Fresh's Ailsa Rutter believes it is "the best piece of public health legislation we've ever had".

A no-smoking graphic
Getty Images

She told us: "I think it has been a huge success. The law was about protecting non-smokers and workers so they didn't have to breathe in chemicals that cause lung cancer and heart disease.

"The bar trade was changing before the ban came in. Pubs have become more family and food-friendly. The biggest impact on them has been cheap supermarket deals."

Sarah Millican speaks out against secondary ticket sites

BBC Newcastle

South Shields comedian Sarah Millican is urging fans to avoid secondary ticketing sites - saying they "could end up being ripped off".

Seats have gone on sale for her tour in 2018. Her gig at Durham's Gala Theatre on 27 January sold out in 20 minutes, so a second show has been added for the following day.

She's also playing her home town as well as Whitley Bay and Newcastle.

Sarah Millican
BBC

'Raised roundabout' plan for A19 unveiled

Highways England has announced the preferred route for a multimillion-pound improvement scheme for the A19 in South Tyneside.

The plans involves a new bridge to the south of the existing one at Downhill Lane junction, and new slip roads to connect to the A19 and Testos junction.

These were put to the public at a series of consultation events and more than 69% of respondents supported them.

Preferred route of new improvement scheme
Highways England

This is an exciting scheme which will unlock real economic benefits in the region and we look forward to moving forward to the next stage.”

Paul AhdalHighways England project manager

Wake up and smell the coffee

BBC Newcastle

With the Newcastle Gateshead Coffee Festival in full swing, organiser Joe Meagher has been telling Lisa Shaw about the growing popularity of this now trendy brew.

And if you missed that interview on this morning's show you can listen again here.

Joe Meagher
BBC

Ed Sheeran fans face strict checks at Newcastle show

BBC Newsbeat

Ed Sheeran fans lucky enough to snap up tickets to his concert at Newcastle's St James' Park next June will face tighter restrictions as the star steps up his fight against touts.

The strict rules for his stadium tour are aimed at ensuring no-one is ripped off by inflated prices on secondary tickets sites.

Those attending will be required to take their tickets, booking confirmation and credit card, plus a valid form of ID or they will not be granted entry to the show. Tickets go on sale on Saturday 8 July.

The move comes after tickets for Ed's charity gig in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust earlier this year were offered for sale on resale site Viagogo for up to £5,000.

Ed Sheeran performing
Getty Images

Severe accident: A66 County Durham eastbound

BBC News Travel

A66 County Durham eastbound severe accident, at Durham Lane.

A66 County Durham - A66 in Eaglescliffe exit slip road closed and slow traffic eastbound at the Durham Lane junction, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Newcastle lad latest to take on Love Island challenge

It's been one of the success stories of the summer thanks to its heady mix of tanned, toned party-lovers having fun in the sun.

Yes, there's only one programme we could be talking about - ITV2's Love Island.

Newcastle's Alex Beattie (pictured right) is among the show's latest arrivals looking for romance.

For anyone who's missed it - or those who simply want a quick recap of the best bits - here's a handy guide to its five stand out moments... so far.

Love Island's new arrivals with Alex Beattie, right
ITV

Live cricket to return to the BBC

Adam Pinder-Smith

BBC Local Live, Yorkshire

The chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, Colin Graves, has spoken of the "opportunity to give cricket a very bright future" after a new deal to show some of the sport live on BBC TV for the first time since 1998 was announced.

The former chairman of Yorkshire County Cricket Club has released his statement following an announcement that the BBC will show the following live each summer between 2020 and 2024:

  • Two England men's international T20 matches
  • One England women's T20 international
  • 10 men's matches from the ECB's New T20 competition

The BBC will also show highlights of all home test matches, one day internationals and T20, with extensive clips and highlights of county cricket during that period available via the BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus continued radio commentary on the BBC's Test Match Special.

Joe Root
Getty Images

They'll also be extensive live coverage of the England Women's team on BBC TV, radio and online.

We are extremely excited about what we have to offer by taking cricket to the widest possible audience and inspiring the next generation to pick up bat and ball."

Barbara SlaterDirector of BBC Sport

Bradley Lowery 'still fighting'

Terminally-ill Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery is still fighting, his mum says.

Earlier this month his family revealed he only has weeks to live.

The six-year-old from Blackhall Colliery, County Durham, suffers from neuroblastoma and is receiving palliative care at home.

View more on facebook

Happy birthday to former Middlesbrough star Pallister

BBC Sport

Former Middlesbrough defender Gary Pallister celebrates his 52nd birthday today.

Born in 1965, he went on to play for Manchester United and England and now works as a television pundit.

He shares his birthday with former heavyweight champion of the world, Mike Tyson, who was born 12 months later.

To see more sporting superstars who were born on this day, click here.

Gary Pallister
Getty Images

Mother of Gateshead man killed in bomb attack praises city

The mother of a Gateshead man killed in the Manchester Arena bomb attacks has paid tribute to the city.

Philip Tron, 32, had travelled to the city to collect the daughter of his partner who was attending the Ariana Grande concert.

Mr Tron and 19-year-old Courtney Boyle both died when the bomb went off in the foyer of the arena.

Now in a letter to the Manchester Evening News his mother June has paid tribute to her son and issued a heartfelt thank you to the people of Manchester.

Philip Tron
Family photo

Weather: Chance of dry spells

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Racing towards the weekend, today will not be as much of a wash-out of yesterday but there will be downpours mainly in the west.

But there will also be many dry spells throughout the day, with the chance of some brightness and the temperature will nudge up to 18C (64F).

A westerly breeze will whip it at times, but the rain will die out during the day making way for a more promising weekend.

Check out the weather near you.

weather
BBC

Good morning. Welcome to our live coverage

Julie Cush

BBC News

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.

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.