Feethams leisure park plans approved by Darlington Council

Feethams Leisure A nine-screen cinema and an 80-bed hotel are planned

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Planning permission has been granted for a multimillion-pound leisure scheme in Darlington, which the developer has said could create 500 jobs.

Darlington Borough Council approved developer Terrace Hill's proposal to build a cinema and restaurants in the Feethams area of the town.

Work at the site of the former bus depot is expected to begin next year with the complex opening in 2015.

An 80-bed hotel will also be built.

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    Temporary traffic lights 17:49:

    Resurfacing work and temporary traffic lights are on the A1058 Jesmond Road in Newcastle, at the Punch Bowl lights.

    The Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough is closed between the Vulcan Street junction and the A1046 Port Clarence Road junction because of roadworks. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

    On tonight's Look North 17:41: Stuart Whincup BBC Look North

    A driver who lost his arm in an industrial accident claims he's been refused a blue badge parking permit because he's "not disabled enough".

    Roy Sowerby

    Roy Sowerby, 58, from Middlesbrough, says changes in the criteria by the Department for Transport means he is no longer eligible, and the only way he would qualify would be if he lost another limb.

    I'll have more on this on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

    Drizzle to become more persistent 17:28: Paul Mooney BBC Weather presenter

    Mist and low cloud will extend in from the North Sea through the evening and night, giving fog and drizzle in places. This drizzle perhaps becoming more persistent rain later.

    Weather forecast

    Minimum temperature: 8C (46F). Check today's forecast near you.

    DTV 'handled the flight' 17:18: Ian Reeve BBC North East Business Correspondent

    I've received the statement from Durham Tees Valley Airport, which was initially thought to have been where the crashed helicopter took off from.

    A spokesperson said: "Air traffic control at Durham Tees Valley did handle the flight, which it is believed originated in Scotland, whilst in local airspace.

    "Subsequently the pilot of the aircraft contacted air traffic control to state that he had landed at a private site and was then proceeding to Humberside Airport."

    Police search for missing man 17:07:

    Officers in Stanley, County Durham are becoming increasingly concerned for Frederick Watson, aged 83, who left his home in James Street, Southmoor, at about 09:30 to go for a walk and did not return home.

    Mr Watson has little or no cash with him and requires regular medication.

    He is described as white, of medium build and with light brown thinning hair. He was last seen wearing a blue anorak and blue baseball cap. Anyone with information should call 101.

    News on the hour 17:00:

    The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: Air traffic controllers from Durham Tees Valley Airport spoke to the pilot of a private helicopter, which crashed off the East Yorkshire coast a short time later.
    • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.
    DTV 'last contact with helicopter' 16:53: Andrea Macmillan BBC Tees

    BBC Tees understands air traffic controllers from Durham Tees Valley Airport were the last to contact a helicopter which crashed off the East Yorkshire coast.

    Police, coastguards, fire crews and ambulance staff are involved in a rescue operation but there are no details of any casualties.

    The medium-sized private helicopter was heading towards Humberside, but had not made contact with air traffic controllers there.

    Durham Tees Valley has told BBC Tees that the helicopter did not take off from the airport.

    Helicopter 'only passed through airspace' 16:43: Ian Reeve BBC North East Business Correspondent

    I've spoken to Durham Tees Valley Airport, which says the helicopter only passed through its airspace and was passed on to Humberside air traffic control.

    Passport costs refunded? 16:31: Mike Hill BBC Tees

    Anyone who paid more than £30 extra to fast-track their passport application because of delays should get their money back, according to MPs.

    Passport control

    At one point, there were more than 500,000 applications outstanding and people were being turned away from the passport office in Durham.

    'Really loud crack' 16:19:

    Police have said it is unclear what caused a helicopter to crash in East Yorkshire after leaving Durham Tees Valley Airport.

    Eyewitness Chris Palmer told BBC Radio 5 Live: "We all heard this really loud crack and looked up again. The helicopter started to descend, almost like a plane when it lands.


    "It then went behind the cliff and that's when I called the emergency services. I never actually heard it hit the sea."

    Crashed helicopter 'private flight' 16:07: Lloyd Watson BBC News

    The helicopter that crashed near Flamborough Head in East Yorkshire was a medium-sized helicopter on a private flight from Durham Tees Valley Airport, a spokesman for Humberside Airport has confirmed.

    Police said it was not clear how many people were on board the helicopter.

    News on the hour 16:00:

    The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A helicopter has crashed in the sea off Flamborough Head in East Yorkshire. Police, coastguards, fire crews and ambulance staff are involved in a rescue operation.
    • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.
    Man sought by police 15:51:

    Durham Constabulary has said on Facebook that it would like to speak to this man following an incident in which some minors were supplied with alcohol in Consett.

    Man in a shop

    Anyone with information is asked to ring 101.

    When Rebecca met Finn 15:40: Rebecca O'Neill BBC Newcastle

    I've been at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth to meet the 5ft (1.5m) conger eel that was dumped on its doorstep.

    Finn with Rebecca O'Neill

    Finn wouldn't let me leave without a kiss though. Hear my chat about how he is recovering on BBC Newcastle after 16:00.

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    Boro v Cardiff 15:15:

    Match facts: Middlesbrough won the last meeting against Cardiff 2-1 at the Riverside Stadium, in March last year.

    Middlesbrough have won two of the last three meetings at Cardiff, scoring three goals in both victories.

    Cardiff seek an equaliser

    Boro have won five of their eight games this season in all competitions, losing the other three.

    This time last year... 15:04:

    BBC Newcastle's Sunderland commentator, Nick Barnes, tweets: A year ago #safc had played 4 and were bottom. They lost their next match and the head coach was sacked

    'Not enough consultants' for hospital unit 14:53: Hannah McMahon BBC Tees

    The haematology unit at the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton is to close because it is struggling to recruit enough consultants.

    Dr David Emerton, medical director of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, said: "In the past few years we have been unable to recruit the number of consultants we need to meet the complex needs of patients requiring care as an inpatient at the unit at the University Hospital of North Tees.

    "In the future different arrangements will be needed for the small number of patients with the most serious haematological conditions who need to be admitted as an inpatient to a specialist haematology unit."

    'Smallest shower ever' 14:42:

    North East comedian Chris Ramsey tweets: Today's lesson: don't attempt to put eye drops in on a moving train... Disaster. I looked like I was trying having the smallest shower ever.

    Northampton v Hartlepool 14:28:

    After opening the season with four straight defeats, Pools have lost just one of their last four outings and will be hoping for three points against Northampton at Sixfields tonight.

    Hartlepool defender Stuart Parnaby is in contention following a hamstring injury, but Michael Duckworth misses out with a similar problem.

    Pools have also added goalkeeper Freddie Woodman on loan from Newcastle United ahead of the trip to Sixfields.

    Restaurant fire 'arson' 14:18:

    A fire at the New Bengal restaurant on High Street in Gosforth is being treated as arson, Northumbria Police has said.

    New Bengal

    The blaze broke out at about 03:30 on Monday but the cause is not yet known. No-one was injured.

    Police have asked anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area on Monday morning to get in touch.

    Duke's land sold for £1 14:08: Newcastle Chronicle

    A collapsed culvert which flooded homes and led to the demolition of a block of flats has been sold off by the Duke of Northumberland for £1.

    News on the hour 14:00:

    The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A prisoner from Sunderland has been given another week behind bars after trying to escape from jail.
    • BBC Tees: There have been more raids as part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking and money laundering on Teesside.
    Police investigate rape 13:55:

    Police are investigating a reported rape of an 18-year-old woman in Newcastle city centre.

    Ohso bar

    It happened in the early hours of this morning inside the Ohso bar, in the Groat Market.

    The suspect is described as being white, around 19-years-old and of a slim build. He has blonde hair that is short at the sides and long on top. He was wearing a grey or light green T-shirt and blue jeans.

    Boro v Cardiff 13:41:

    Middlesbrough will be hoping to capitalise on their win against Huddersfield on Saturday during their trip to Cardiff tonight.

    Team news: Dimi Konstantopoulos is set to continue in goal for Middlesbrough after replacing Tomas Mejias at the weekend.

    Grant Leadbitter

    Grant Leadbitter (pictured) is fit to play despite taking a heavy knock against Huddersfield.

    Heart surgery saga continues 13:24: Sharon Barbour BBC Look North

    A new chapter has begun in the long-running saga of children's heart surgery in the region and across England.

    Last year the decision to create a centre of excellence at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital and close the centre at Leeds was dismissed by the government as flawed.

    Freeman Hospital

    So the NHS has drawn up a set of standards that must be met. I'll have the latest on this on BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

    Drier and brighter 13:13: Lisa Gallagher Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Conditions will slowly improve inland during the afternoon and it will be generally drier and brighter than on Monday afternoon.

    Most areas away from the coast will eventually see some sunny intervals.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 18C (64F). Check today's forecast near you.

    News on the hour 12:59:

    The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: Police are appealing for information after a rape in Newcastle city centre.
    • BBC Tees: An inpatient unit at the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton is to close because of a lack of doctors.
    Care home manager stole cash 12:51: Sunderland Echo Newspaper
    Speed restriction on A689 12:37:

    There's a lane closed and a speed restriction of 30mph on the A689 in both directions in Wolviston, at the A19 junction, because of major roadworks.

    There's also resurfacing work and temporary traffic lights on the A184 Addison Road westbound in Boldon, between the St Nicholas Road junction and the Downhill Lane junction. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

    Pools sign Newcastle keeper 12:27:

    Hartlepool United have signed Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman on a month-long loan deal.

    The 17-year-old, who is the son of Magpies goalkeeper coach Andy Woodman, goes into the Pools squad for the trip to Northampton on Tuesday.

    Freddie Woodman

    He was part of the England under-17 squad that won the European Championships in 2014. Pools parted company with goalkeeper Andy Rafferty, 26, by mutual consent last month.

    Woman hit by bus 12:11: Hannah McMahon BBC Tees

    A woman is in hospital after being hit by a bus on Stockton's High Street.

    The 28-year-old is being treated for a fractured skull at Middlesbrough's James Cook University Hospital.

    Police say inquiries are ongoing into the incident, which happened at about 23:00 on Monday.

    News on the hour 12:00:

    The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

    A thousand runs for Borthwick 11:51:

    BBC Newcastle's cricket commentator Martin Emmerson tweets: Back on after brief break for the light. And that's 1,000 runs in the championship this season for @Borthwick16 2nd year in a row for him.

    Doctor shortage 11:35: Hannah McMahon BBC Tees

    An inpatient unit at the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton is to close because of "a lack of doctors".

    The haematology unit treats patients with blood diseases including cancer, but is struggling to recruit enough consultants.

    Health bosses say they're in talks with other nearby hospitals to see if they can take on new patients.

    Durham v Northants 11:25: Martin Emmerson BBC Newcastle

    Two early wickets have been taken at Durham v Northants this morning in the LV County Championship.

    Listen to live commentary or keep up to date with the live scorecard.

    Viewing lift for transporter bridge 11:14:

    A glass viewing lift is being installed on Middlesbrough's transporter bridge.

    It is being seen as a landmark day in the history of the bridge, as council committee documents from July 1907 show a proposal for a lift.

    Lift being installed

    Tosh Warwick, from the Tees Transporter Bridge, said: "The idea of a lift on the bridge was first explored in 1907 but was vetoed by Cleveland Bridge's engineer Georges Imbault and the Ferry Committee, making this week's developments all the more significant in realising an ambition going back more than a century."

    News on the hour 11:00:

    The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

    Brown 'concerned' with form 10:47: Matthew Raisbeck BBC Newcastle

    Sunderland centre-half Wes Brown admits it is a concern they've yet to record a league win this season.

    The Black Cats have drawn three and lost one of their four matches so far, but Brown is optimistic that first victory will come this weekend, when they travel to Burnley.

    Wes Brown

    He said: "We're looking for our first win and hopefully that will start [at Burnley]. If we finish more of our chances and stop them at the back we've got a good chance."

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    Boy has asthma attack 'after slap' 10:33: The Gazette Newspaper

    A schoolboy suffered an asthma attack after a man allegedly slapped him in the street as he played with friends.

    Pardew under 'huge pressure' 10:23:

    Former Newcastle captain Alan Shearer says United manager Alan Pardew is under "huge pressure".

    The Magpies are bottom of the Premier League after four games and it's understood Pardew will definitely be in charge for Saturday's home game against Hull.

    Alan Shearer

    "He's under huge pressure since the run they've been on since January," said Shearer. "The form and results haven't been good enough.

    "Having said all that I'm led to believe with players that come in and go out, the manager doesn't have a lot of say in that and inevitably it doesn't work."

    Surgery consultation under way 10:13: Colin Briggs BBC Look North

    A new consultation process has begun into the future of children's heart surgery in England after a review last year was dismissed by the government as flawed.

    There was strong opposition to the decision to end the service at three hospitals but continue at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

    People performing surgery

    Since then new standards have been drawn up with patients, patient groups and staff from affected hospitals. The public consultation on the new guidelines is due to end in December.

    News on the hour 10:00:

    The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

    Dealing with noisy neighbours 09:52: Mike Parr BBC Tees

    More than a quarter of adults in the UK have had a problem with a nuisance neighbour in the past year, according to new research.

    Woman holding ears

    What's the best way to deal with a noisy or nuisance neighbour? Call BBC Tees on 01642 225511 or join the conversation on Facebook.

    Your pictures: 'Gorgeous view' 09:43:

    Doe Park Caravan Site has tweeted us a picture of the view of the fields nearby in Teesdale, along with the caption: "Gorgeous view today."

    Fog in Teesdale

    You can send your pictures by email or tweet @BBCNewsNE and we might feature them on Local Live.

    Mental health services 'can't cope' 09:33:

    A new study claims that mental health services in the North East can't cope with demand.

    The mental health charity Mind and the We Need to Talk coalition found that 10% of people with mental health issues in our region were kept waiting for more than a year to be referred for psychological therapy.

    The Department of Health said more people than ever were receiving therapy thanks to increased investment.

    North East universities in 'top 100' 09:23: The Journal Newspaper

    Two North East universities have been ranked among the world's top institutions in a prestigious league table.

    Durham was ranked 92nd in the 2014/15 QS World University Rankings, retaining its position in the top 100, while Newcastle climbed from last year's position of 129 to 127.

    09:12: Chris Jackson Presenter, Inside Out North East & Cumbria

    The remarkable impact that World War One had on Tyneside is explored in my special documentary being aired on BBC Four tonight.

    Despatches from Tyneside looks at how the area became a militarised zone as industry put its full weight behind the war effort, producing huge numbers of armaments and ships.

    "Despatches from Tyneside"

    But civilian life was also turned upside down. Newcastle University lecture halls were converted into wards for the hundreds of soldiers sent home to recover from their injuries.

    Lessons learnt by surgeons having to deal with severe war wounds would ultimately lead to medical advances that would benefit the whole population.

    As it happened
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    News on the hour 09:00:

    The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: BBC Newcastle has found out that Gateshead Council has slashed its children's and young people's services, axing more than 400 sessions including breastfeeding support classes, soft play and youth support groups per term.
    • BBC Tees: Councillors are meeting to discuss the future of an abattoir at Boosbeck in East Cleveland.
    Abattoir's future 08:58:

    The future of an abattoir in Boosbeck, in East Cleveland, will be discussed by councillors later. Nearby residents have complained of noise, smells and extra traffic since it reopened in 2007.

    Redcar and Cleveland Council is trying to negotiate with the owner, Banaras Halal Meats, to move to another site.

    The company says it is committed to finding a mutually acceptable solution with the council.

    Teenager charged with manslaughter 08:44:

    A 16-year-old boy has been charged with manslaughter after a man from Whitley Bay died from head injuries.

    The teenager will appear before North Tyneside Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

    Lee Devlin

    Lee Devlin, 40, was found close to the walkway near Whitley Bay's Metro station on Friday evening. He was pronounced dead at North Tyneside Hospital.

    Two men arrested, a 19 year old on suspicion of wounding with intent to commit GBH and an 18 year old on suspicion of murder, remain on bail pending further inquiries.

    Children's groups cut 08:29: Cara Thorpe BBC Newcastle

    Figures obtained by BBC Newcastle show more than 400 children's groups and sessions per term have been cut by Gateshead Council this year.

    The council slashed its budget for children's centres by £1.5m in February and services including breast feeding support classes, youth sessions and soft play have also been affected.

    Gateshead Council says its activities are now more targeted and that it is working to ensure services are not lost.

    Busy but moving 08:17:

    The A1150 Whinfield Road in Great Burdon, Darlington is busy but moving eastbound at the B6279 Stockton Road junction.

    There's very slow traffic on the A1(M) northbound between J64, A195 (Washington), and A1 Western Bypass in the roadworks area. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

    Cloudy start with mist 08:07: Lisa Gallagher Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It will be a cloudy start with mist and hill fog, but conditions will slowly improve inland during the morning to leave a generally drier and brighter afternoon than Monday. Most areas away from the coast will eventually see some sunny intervals.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 18C (64F). Check today's forecast near you.

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