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  1. Updates on Thursday 17 August 2017

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Sir Leonard Fenwick

Longest serving NHS chief executive Sir Leonard Fenwick called it "an orchestrated witch hunt".

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BreakingTrust denies sacked chief's 'witchhunt' claim

Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust says "it strongly refutes any suggestion of an orchestrated witchhunt" against Sir Leonard Fenwick.

Police appeal after house shot at on Teesside

A house was shot at in Billingham last night, police say.

There are no reports of any injuries or arrests so far following the shooting in Hylton Road.

Hylton Road
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The incident took place at 22:45 at an empty house.

Cleveland Police are stressing that the investigation is in its early stages and are appealing for any witnesses to contact them.

Sacked NHS chief executive says 'I am not a bully'

The sacked chief executive of Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has denied accusations he is a bully.

Sir Len Fenwick was dismissed by a disciplinary panel after an investigation was carried out into claims of bullying and abusive behaviour.

He told BBc Look North: "I'm not a bully but I can show some measure of intolerance on occasions.

"When you've got 14,000 staff and you're endeavouring to really deliver best in class, I'd be proud to bring all of the trade unions and other staff with me, into this studio, and I'm sure they will give unanimous support, and that includes many senior doctors.

"There are those who may feel a little timid or a little anxious but I do look at outcomes and quality and that includes, at a high level on the clinical side of care and treatment.

"I am a chief executive, you have to take the rough with the smooth."

Jonathan Franks

Hartlepool United re-sign winger Jonathan Franks on undisclosed terms following a successful trial at Victoria Park.

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Woman racially abused at Metro station

Anna Snowdon

BBC Tees Reporter

A group of three men shouted racist comments at a 41-year-old woman waiting for a train at Fawdon Metro Station about 21:55 on 5 July.

Police are trying to trace this man caught on CCTV.

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Northumbria Police

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101.

Sir Len says 'I'm seen as yesterday, rather than tomorrow'

Sir Len Fenwick has said a potential fraud probe linked to his sacking is not "valid".

He was axed today as chief executive of Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for gross misconduct.

The trust said "due to the serious nature" of some of the issues, they were referred to the NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Services, known as NHS Protect.

Sir Len said he did not "have the full information" and that NHS Protect had "yet to approach" him.

"I do not believe there is a valid claim here," he said. "I think this was building together a catalogue of opportunity to undermine me."

When asked why, he said: "Because I'm no longer required. I'm seen as yesterday, rather than tomorrow."

Former refugee celebrates A-level results

Education campaigner Muzoon Almellehan has been celebrating her A-level results.

Nobel prize winner Malala Yousafzai struck up a friendship with her after she met the Syrian teenager in a Jordanian refugee camp.

Now Muzoon has found out she got an A* in Arabic after studying at Kenton School in Newcastle.

Muzoon Almellehan is celebrating her A-level success

Severe disruption: A1 North Yorkshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 North Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between A6136 Gatherley Road and A66.

A1 North Yorkshire - A1 in Brompton-on-Swale partially blocked and very slow traffic northbound between Catterick North and Scotch Corner.

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

BreakingSacked NHS boss claims he is victim of 'witchhunt'

Sir Leonard Fenwick says he is a victim of a "witchhunt" after he was sacked as chief executive of Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

He was dismissed by a disciplinary panel after an investigation was carried out into claims of bullying and abusive behaviour.

He told BBC Look North: "I've referred to this as an orchestrated witchhunt and there's a great deal of evidence to demonstrate that, throughout 2016 and into 2017, that there's been pressure upon me to either retire or strike an arrangement to leave the organisation."

He added "ageism" came into it - he's 70 - and that "there are things going on in Newcastle that perhaps I'm not part of the future".

Sir Leonard Fenwick
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Severe accident: A1 North Yorkshire southbound

BBC News Travel

A1 North Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between A66 and A6136 Gatherley Road.

A1 North Yorkshire - An accident earlier on on A1 southbound between Scotch Corner and Catterick North. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion on A66 to the Hargill junction and on A1(M) to J57 A66(M) Darlington.

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

Man, 94, targeted and robbed in own home

Anna Snowdon

BBC Tees Reporter

A 94-year-old man has been targeted by robber in his own home.

The incident happened at 14:30 last Wednesday when the pensioner arrived at his home in Holly Court in the West End of Newcastle.

A man got off at the same bus stop as the OAP and followed him home before spraying him with tomato sauce.

The man offered to help clean it up, claiming it was an accident, at which point £485 was stolen from the pensioner's trouser pocket.

The robber then fled the scene shortly before the pensioner realised he had been tricked.

The offender is white, in his 30s or 40s, of stocky build and spoke with a non-local accent.

Corbyn 'will still work' with Sarah Champion

Anna Snowdon

BBC Tees Reporter

Jeremy Corbyn has been speaking to the BBC about Sarah Champion, who resigned as the Labour Party's shadow equalities minister yesterday.

The Rotherham MP wrote in the Sun on Friday that "Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls".

It comes after 18 people were convicted of abusing girls in Newcastle who were plied with alcohol and drugs before being forced to have sex.

She has now apologised for her "extremely poor choice of words".

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Corbyn said that he accepted her resignation and would be working with her in the future.

Corbyn: Wrong to blame 'entire ethnic community' for abuse

RNLI warning over inconsiderate parking

"The delay could have fatal consequences, we're begging people not to block the slipways".

The RNLI is warning that lives could be lost if people don't park properly in Redcar:

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Police crackdown on off-road bikers

Anna Snowdon

BBC Tees Reporter

Do off-road bikers cause a nuisance in your community?

Durham Police are cracking down on those who ride bikes and quads illegally, with a warning that they will arrest drivers and seize their vehicles.

Inspector Jon Curtis from Durham Police
Durham Police

Operation Endurance will involve Durham Police, Darlington Borough Council, the Woodland Trust and National Trust working with the community to rid the streets of illegal bikers.

Police will target offenders with warnings, seizure notices and behaviour contracts, as well as utilising equipment such as a drone

We are seeking the support of the community to tell us who the offenders are and where they are keeping their bikes and quads. We want them to know that if we get this information, we will act upon it"

Inspector John Curtis

Contact your local neighbourhood policing team for more information.

A and A* A-level results on the rise in Sunderland

Anna Snowdon

BBC Tees Reporter

North East pupils continue to perform strongly as more A-level results are opened today, after Sunderland saw a rise in the number of pupils achieving the top A and A* grades.

The percentage of pupils achieved the top grades in the city rose by 2%, with 20% of pupils achieving A and A* results, Together For Children said.

New MRI scanner to reduce child sedation

BBC Newcastle

A new MRI scanner fitted with a DVD player, coloured lights and headphones is set to be unveiled at te children's wing of Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

It means youngsters who have to stay still for up to an hour during a scan will no longer need to be sedated.

There is also a wider opening, to make the experience a bit more comfortable for claustrophobic patients.

It will be unveiled by Newcastle United players as part of the opening of the recently refurbished Neuro-radiology department.

RVI
BBC

Update: Man in court over car which crashed into house

One of the men who drove a car into a house in Middlesbrough, has appeared in court charged with driving while disqualified and other driving offences

the property in Middlesbrough after the accident.
BBC

Christopher Chapman, 29, of Costa Street in Middlesbrough, appeared at Teesside Magistrates' Court and has been remanded into custody to appear at Teesside Crown Court on 14 September.

Former Syrian refugee celebrates A-level results

Education campaigner Muzoon Almellehan has been celebrating her A-level results.

Nobel prize winner Malala Yousafzai struck up a friendship with her after she met the Syrian teenager in a Jordanian refugee camp.

Muzoon Almellehan
BBC

Now Muzoon has found out she got an A* in Arabic after studying at Kenton School in Newcastle.

The pair became friends and two years ago they were reunited in Newcastle after Muzoon's family was granted refugee status on Tyneside.

Malala visits fellow education champion

Malala is celebrating herself after she gained a place at Oxford University after getting her A-level results.

The car in the house

A suspected stolen car smashed into two houses moments after police started following it.

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Middlesbrough boss talks to the media

Middlesbrough boss Gary Monk has been talking to the media ahead of the weekend game against Nottingham Forest:

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Full list of North East employers fined over minimum wage breaches

Anna Snowdon

BBC Tees Reporter

A list of 230 employers who were found to have paid their workers less than the minimum wage includes the following from the North East:

  • Wynyard Hall Limited trading as Wynyard Hall, Stockton-on-Tees TS22, failed to pay £6,040.05 to three workers.
  • Rockliffe Hall Limited trading as Rockliffe Hall, Darlington DL2, failed to pay £2,278.26 to three workers.
  • Eaglescliffe Gas Limited, Stockton-on-Tees TS16, failed to pay £4,492.03 to one worker.
  • Elite Hair & Beauty (North East) Limited trading as Elite Evolution, County Durham DL14, failed to pay £4,053.20 to five workers.
  • M & M Garages Ltd, Middlesbrough TS2, failed to pay £1,141.89 to one worker.
  • Mrs Leigh Glendinning and Miss Sasha Glendinning trading as Quaint & Quirky Tea Rooms, Stockton-on-Tees TS18, failed to pay £946.90 to one worker.
  • Playmates Private Day Nursery Limited, Hartlepool TS26, failed to pay £450.67 to four workers. Scallywags Child's Play Limited, Hartlepool TS25, failed to pay£315.12 to two workers.
  • Mr Dilwar Singh trading as Golden Fry, County Durham DH9, failed to pay £101.35 to one worker.
  • Maughan Microcomputers Limited trading as Console Doctor, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6, failed to pay £15,010.89 to three workers.
  • South Hetton Garage Ltd, County Durham DH6, failed to pay £417.99 to one worker.
  • David Harvey Limited, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1, failed to pay £351.12 to one worker
  • Nunthorpe Nurseries Group Ltd, Redcar and Cleveland TS7, failed to pay £22,831.38 to 118 workers.

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BreakingKiller jailed for blowing up cash machine to steal £45,000

A convicted killer who robbed a bank in Scotland of £45,000 has been sentenced to eight years in jail.

Russell Snowdon from Crook in County Durham was also sentenced to four-and-a-half years for using explosives but the sentences will run concurrently.

He was also found guilty of an attempted jail break by removing bricks, cutting window bars and tying sheets together in what Judge Lady Dorrian described it as a "viable operation and well planned".

The bank which was blown uo
BBC

Snowdon, along with an accomplice, blew up a cash machine at the RBS branch in Langholm last November.

He had previously been jailed after carrying out a vicious armed robbery attempt.

Russel Snowdon
The Journal

NUFC fans see new signing Joselu at open day

Anna Snowdon

BBC Tees Reporter

Newcastle United fans have turned out in their thousands for the team's annual open day.

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Magpie fans have had the chance to see the team's training session, including new signing Joselu.

North East students celebrate A-level results

Anna Snowdon

BBC Tees Reporter

Students across the North East have been opening up those all-important envelopes containing their A-level exam results.

Students at Whitley Bay High School celebrate
North Tyneside Council

Young people across North Tyneside received their best academic and vocational results compared to previous years, the council said.

Newcastle High School for Girls in Jesmond has also reported improved results, with 43% of grades awarded being A or A*.

Tarantula seized during drug raids

Anna Snowdon

BBC Tees Reporter

A neglected Tarantula has been seized during a drug raid in Byker.

Five people were arrested during Operation Murus, as part of a crackdown on drug use and anti-social behaviour in Newcastle.

Cannabis
Northumbria Police

Residents in Byker had reported that needles, syringes and drug paraphernalia were being dumped in their community - including alleys and playing fields.

Heroin with a street value of £3,000, a large quantity of Spice and cannabis plants were seized during dawn raids, police said.

Probe into sacked NHS boss referred to counter fraud team

The investigation into the boss of a Newcastle hospitals trust which led to him being sacked has been referred to the NHS counter fraud team.

Sir Len Fenwick, who was until today the chief executive of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was fired over "allegations relating to inappropriate behaviour, use of resources and a range of governance issues".

A statement from the Trust said: "Due to the serious nature of the issues the Trust was required to report a number of concerns to NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Services, known as NHS Protect.

"As a result it would be inappropriate for the Trust to make any further comment on this matter."

The Trust's latest annual report revealed Sir Len was paid between £245,000 and £250,000 a year.

BreakingHospitals boss sacked over 'gross misconduct'

The boss of a Newcastle hospital trust has been sacked for inappropriate behaviour and "use of resources".

Sir Len Fenwick was placed on leave in January after there were a number of reports claiming he forced the resignations of two consultants caught having sex with junior members of staff on hospital premises, with the suggestion the action alienated some staff.

Separately, the BBC learned senior doctors had expressed concerns about his leadership.

Today the Trust he ran, which is responsible for Newcastle's Freeman Hospital and Royal Victoria Infirmary, said he had been sacked "on the grounds of gross misconduct".

Sir Len Fenwick
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Two charged over car which crashed into house

Anna Snowdon

BBC Tees Reporter

Two men have been charged after a car crashed into a house in Middlesbrough.

Christopher Chapman and Jamie Lee Harvey were charged over the incident on Ayresome Green Lane yesterday.

Crash in Middlesbrough
Claire Sayers

Mr Chapman, 29, of Costa Street in Middlesbrough, has been charged with aggravated vehicle taking, disqualified driving and other driving offences. He will appear at Teesside Magistrates' Court today.

Mr Harvey, 26, of Montrose Street in Middlesbrough, has been charged with aggravated vehicle taking and has been bailed to appear at the same court on 18 September

Stockton Cenotaph

Sgt Edward Cooper missed only one Remembrance Day commemoration in 68 years until his death in 1985.

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North East workers to share cash after minimum wage probe

Anna Snowdon

BBC Tees Reporter

More than £2m of back pay is owed to low paid workers, including many across the North East, it has been revealed.

A list of 230 employers who were found to have paid their workers less than the national minimum wage includes Rockcliffe Hall in Darlington and Console Doctor in Newcastle.

Console Doctor owes some £15,000 to three of its staff, Nunthorpe Nurseries failed to pay £22,831 to 118 workers and Rockcliffe Hall failed to pay £2,000 to three people

Coastguard warning over 'tombstoning' danger

Hartlepool Mail

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Hartlepool Mail front page
Hartlepool Mail
David Jones

Sunderland maintain their unbeaten start to the Championship season with a draw at Sheffield Wednesday.

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Weather: Early rain giving way to a fine, bright day

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Early cloud and rain will clear to leave a bright and sunny day.

Temperatures reaching up to 22C (71F) in a light to moderate south westerly wind.

Weather
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