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  1. Updates on Tuesday 14 November 2017

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Pedestrian killed after being struck by truck

A pedestrian has died after being struck by a truck in Gateshead.

The collision happened at just after 11.15 in Durham Road, near the junction with Belle Vue Bank.

The driver of the truck, a 51-year-old man, is currently helping police with their inquiries.

Hunt for biking sex attacker targeting school children

Police are hunting a sex attacker on a bike who may have targeted two children near a school on South Tyneside.

The first attack happened when a teenage girl was walking to Hebburn Comprehensive School on Campbell Park Road, just before 09:00 when she was approached by a man on a bike.

She was unhurt but very shocked by what happened, police said.

Officers believe the same man on a bike carried out a similar attack near the school on 7 November.

Extra patrols are being carried out near the school and CCTV cameras are being checked in the area.

Northumbria Police
Northumbria Police
Heart donor appeal for six-week-old Charlie Douthwaite
The family of a six-week-old baby born with "half a heart" make an urgent appeal for donors.

Seven arrests including youths after pair attacked in street fracas

Seven people have been arrested after a man and woman were attacked in the street.

Police said a fracas involving a large crowd broke out in Waterville Road, North Shields, on 23 October at 17:30.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said two women aged 16 and 18 years and five youths aged between 13 and 16 years had all been charged with violent disorder.

Police are still trying to trace the man and woman who were attacked and urge anyone with any information to make contact.

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Northumbria Police

Surgeon's 'fears' for baby Charlie in need of new heart

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

A heart surgeon caring for a six-week-old baby who needs a new heart has spoken of his "fears" for the baby's survival.

Charlie Douthwaite is the youngest person in Britain waiting for a transplant at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital.

Asif Hassan, who is also the director of transplantation at the hospital, said a new heart has to be found within weeks.

He said: "We have got him to a stage where we could put him on mechanical assistance supporting the heart to pump blood around the body.

"I'm very fearful if we don't get a heart in the next few weeks, it would mean in the next few months Charlie might not be here."

Asif Hassan

New bobbies taken on to pound the streets

Desperate plea for new heart for six-week-old boy

The family of a six-week-old Newcastle baby born with half a heart have made an urgent appeal for donors.

Charlie Douthwaite is the youngest person in Britain waiting for a transplant at the city's Freeman Hospital.

His family have now made a European-wide appeal for a donor.

His mum Tracie said: "He had a cardiac arrest. It took 30 minutes to bring him back.

"Charlie's my world and I know that there's a parent out there who could be a position to help and that baby's their world."

Charlie and Tracie

Man 'murdered stepson by smashing head into fireplace'

A man murdered his stepson by swinging him around and smashing his head into a fireplace and then lied about it for 50 years, a court has heard.

David Dearlove, 71, is accused of killing 19-month-old Paul Booth in Stockton in 1968.

The toddler's then three-year-old brother Peter claimed he had crept downstairs and witnessed the attack through a crack in a door.

He tried to get police to reopen the investigation on three occasions but was unsuccessful.

This changed in 2015 when Peter became angry by a picture on Facebook of Mr Dearlove, who now lives in Great Yarmouth, holding his younger brother, and as a result he gave an interview to the police.

Mr Dearlove denies murder as well as manslaughter and three charges of cruelty. The trial continues.

Library to close for essential maintenance work

A County Durham library is to close temporarily to enable maintenance work to be carried out.

Shildon Library will be closed for six weeks from Friday while structural repairs are undertaken.

During the closure, Woodhouse Close Library will be open for an additional two days a week and the borrowing limit on books will be increased.

In addition, a click and collect service will operate from Shildon Sunnydale Leisure Centre, allowing customers to reserve books online for collection on Mondays between 09.30 and 17:00.


Generous knitters boost trauma teddy scheme

Club event to stamp out racism in football

Middlesbrough football club is hosting an event aimed at tackling racism in sport.

The Boro have been supporting the Show Racism The Red Card initiative for more than 20 years.

Year 9 pupils from Teesside's Unity City Academy are at the Riverside Stadium today to join a series of workshops on hate crime and racism in football.

Later, players from the club's under 23 side will answer questions, alongside first-team players from Middlesbrough Women's FC and former player turned education worker Richard Offiong.

Cleveland's Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger will also join the sessions.

Show Racism the Red Card
Show Racism the Red Card

Severe accident: A167 Tyne And Wear both ways

BBC News Travel

A167 Tyne And Wear both ways severe accident, between Belle Vue Bank and Cross Keys Lane.

A167 Tyne And Wear - A167 Durham Road in Gateshead closed in both directions between the Belle Vue Bank junction and the Cross Keys Lane junction, because of an accident involving pedestrian.

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

X Factor star Joe McElderry to switch on Christmas lights

South Tyneside's very own Joe McElderry is back in the North East to switch on Newcastle's Christmas lights tonight.

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CCTV released after woman punched in face

Police have released an image of a woman they want to speak to after another woman was mugged and attacked.

The attack happened at JD Sports in Northumberland Street, Newcastle on 10 October.

The victim was also punched in the face.

Officer believe the woman captured on CCTV may be able to help with their inquiry.

CCTV image
Northumbria Police

Unexplained car fall prompts police appeal

Police are asking for help solving the mystery of a man who fell from the back of a car in Byker.

The Volkswagen was at the Benfield Road and Coutts Road junction on Shields Road at about 19:00 last Tuesday when a passenger, "for reasons yet to be established", fell from a rear door, police say.

The driver did not stop, a Northumbria Police spokesman said.

The 34-year-old passenger is critically ill in hospital with a head injury.

Anyone who saw what happened is being asked to contact the force.

On the scrap heap over 50?

BBC Newcastle

Too many older people in the North East are stuck in the so-called unemployment trap, says the Centre for Ageing Better.

It found a third of people aged between 50 and 64 in this region are out of work - the highest level in England.

Ill health, redundancy and caring responsibilities are pushing people out of the workforce and, once out of a job, it's hard to get back in, researchers say.

Gay Turner-Wray said she was "pretty desolate" when she lost her job at the age of 53.

"I was thinking, what can I do now, what's the point, who is going to employ me?" she said.

Employers will be "looking for longevity" and could worry older people "might be too set in their ways" or in poor health, she says.

Armed police attend Middlesbrough hotel disturbance

BBC Tees

Armed police were called to a large disturbance at a hotel in Middlesbrough last night.

A member of the public raised the alarm after becoming concerned that a man was in danger from people at the former Laurel Hotel on Borough Road.

As weapons were mentioned the armed response team and police dogs were called in.

Police say a number of arrests have been made with more expected to follow.

The now re-named Laurel Hotel on Borough Road

Toddler death trial set to start

A man is due to stand trial today accused of murdering a toddler almost 50 years ago.

David Dearlove, 70, denies both the murder and the manslaughter of his ex-partner's 19-month-old son.

Paul Booth, from Haverton Hill, Stockton, died in hospital in October 1968.

Mr Dearlove, now living in Great Yarmouth, also faces a child cruelty charge against Paul and similar charges against two other children.

The trial at Teesside Crown Court is expected to last between two and three weeks.

Teesside Crown Court

Weather: Not too cold with rain clearing

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It won't be as chilly to start the day today, but that's because we have a lot more in the way of cloud around.

This will give some patchy light rain or drizzle which will clear into the afternoon.

Temperatures will be around 11 or 12C in gentle winds.

Check the forecast where you are.

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