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  1. Updates on Monday 11 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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Good evening

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday. Laurence Sweeney from Newcastle, sent us this picture of clouds casting shadows over Cleveland Hills.

Cleveland Hills
Laurence Sweeney

You can send your pictures by email: or tweet
@BBCNewsNE and we may feature them on BBC Local Live tomorrow.

Dry with clear spells

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

Generally dry with clear spells through most of the night. Some showery rain is possible towards the end of the night, mostly affecting western parts, such as Hexham.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

Check the forecast near you.

Benefit Street 'surreal' says show's star

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

A new series of the television show Benefits Street, which has been filmed in Stockton, begins tonight.

The area's MP Alex Cunningham says the show, which was filmed on Kingston Road, "exploits people". Little Dot (pictured) , one of the show's stars said it will be "surreal" seeing Stockton on the television.

Little Dot

However, the programme makers claim they are giving a platform to those who "don't really have a voice".

Homeless picture prompts donations

Russell Ward

BBC Newcastle

A photo of a homeless man sleeping in a doorway in the rain in Peterlee in County Durham posted by Liam Swift (pictured) has prompted a massive response.

Since then offers of money, clothing, a bed, chairs and my other facilities to help him set up a home. There may also be a possibility of temporary accommodation, if he gets in touch with

Peterlee Town Council.

Liam Swift

Liam said: "I wasn't expecting as much response as it actually got. People in the area took to it."

Two outstanding results

David Rhodes

Politics Reporter, BBC North East and Cumbria

We're still waiting for the final two results for the Middlesbrough Council local elections.

The recounts for Park Ward and Trimdon Ward will take place in the Town Hall crypt tomorrow at 10:00.

You can see the

results so far on the council's website.

Boro receives 'excellence award'

Middlesbrough FC has been

awarded 'The Football League Family Excellence Award' for the 2014/15 season.

Boro is one of 42 clubs from across all three divisions of the Football League to receive the award which recognises efforts made for entertaining families.

Jelle Vossen and Lee Tomlin

Football League Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said: "It is hugely encouraging to see so many clubs receiving the accolade, demonstrating The Football League's ongoing commitment to securing the next generation of fans."

Three more E. coli cases confirmed

Three more cases of E. coli O157 in Barnard Castle have been confirmed - taking the total to eight people.

One of the affected children remains in hospital with six other children and an adult recovering at home after the outbreak associated with Kirkland's Day Nursery.

Dr Peter Acheson, a consultant at Public Health England's North East Centre, said: "Testing continues of all children and staff and the nursery remains closed. Only children and staff who have tested negative twice will be able to return to the nursery when it reopens, in order to prevent further spread of the infection."

Latest headlines

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Here are today's top stories on Local Live:

  • Three more cases of E. coli O157 at a nursery in Barnard Castle have been confirmed - taking the total to eight people
  • The outgoing Chief Constable of Northumbria Police is cleared of misconduct but should apologise to two of her officers after an independent investigation criticised her management style
  • The Labour Party has missed out on taking control of Redcar and Cleveland Council by just three votes

Polish refugees remember camp

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

As the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day is celebrated, former refugees from Poland

reflect on their lives in 1940s North East England.

With their homes destroyed and nations now under the control of the Soviet Union, millions of Eastern Europeans found themselves in displaced persons camps around the continent, waiting for the time they could return home.

Children at a table
Wojciech Kurowski

A former army camp near the Northumberland town of Morpeth became one such temporary base for hundreds of Polish refugees. But for many, the North East became a permanent home.

Read the full story here.

Notts in 'strong position'

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

Notts are in a strong position as Durham's batting frailties were exposed for the second week in a row as they were bowled out for just 163 earlier.

By tea Notts had reached 114-4 in their second innings, which is a healthy lead in a so far low-scoring game, of 196. Who knows? That may already be enough if Durham are unable to regain their confidence with bat in hand.

James Taylor has 45 and Rikki Wessels 12.

You can listen to live commentary here. and keep
up-to-date with the scores here.

Missing man case to be reviewed

Police investigating the disappearance of a Hartlepool man will review their efforts, four years after he was last seen.

Scott Fletcher (pictured) was last seen on 11 May 2011 in a lay-by opposite the Jet garage on the A181 at Wheatley Hill, near Durham.

Scott Fletcher. Photo: Cleveland Police

Two years ago Cleveland Police revealed he was known to criminals and had debt problems - prompting fears he had come to harm.

Officers will be revisiting witnesses.

Loss left 'massive hole'

The Shields Gazette

The wives of three men who died in a kayaking tragedy on the River Tyne say their loss has left a "massive hole in their lives that can never be filled."

Darren and Mark Thorpe, and Gavin Bradley
The Shields Gazette

New lifeboats after review

Lifeboat stations at Seahouses and Amble, in Northumberland, will get new state-of-the-art Shannon class lifeboats as part of an extensive review by the RNLI.

It means that an older Mersey-class boat at Berwick-Upon-Tweed will not be replaced in 2018. Further down the coast, a second, faster inshore lifeboat will be added to Blyth.

The RNLI said it continually reviews its services to ensure "the right lifeboats" were stationed at the "right locations".

DJ John in the mix

BBC Newcastle

DJ John, who appeared on Britain's Got Talent on Saturday, broke into the BBC Look North studios this lunchtime.

He showed our presenters Jon and Steph exactly how you let the beat control your body - just like he did on TV at the weekend

when he mentioned he was a fan of BBC Newcastle.

Steph Finnon, DJ John and Jon Harle

You can watch the video here. and you can hear our chat with the man himself at 16:15 on
BBC Newcastle.

Transforming sludge into power

Helen Richardson

BBC Newcastle

Northumbrian Water says it is leading the way in generating green gas from the stuff we flush down the loo.

The gas is made from the fumes - given off from organic waste like sewage sludge and restaurant leftovers.

And 100% of the sludge at Northumbrian Water's 400 sewage treatment works is now used to make power going

straight into the grid.

Arson hotspot 'could be demolished'

The Shields Gazette

A derelict South Tyneside shipyard which has become an arson hotspot

could be demolished, its owners have confirmed.

Derelict South Tyneside shipyard
The Shields Gazette

Latest headlines

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Here are today's top stories on Local Live:

  • The outgoing Chief Constable of Northumbria Police should apologise to two of her officers after an independent investigation criticised her management style
  • The Labour Party has missed out on taking control of Redcar and Cleveland Council by just three votes
  • Ant and Dec have picked up
    two prizes at the Bafta Television Awards for the second year in a row

Sim 'raised voice'

Chief Constable, Sue Sim said she was "pleased" that the report found she had no case to answer and accepts she raises her voice.

In a statement she said: "This has always been about work-related issues and, as a result of the significant challenges we faced, my frustration at the speed of progress. It was never my intention to cause any upset and, if I did, then obviously I apologise wholeheartedly."

"Of course I am saddened that some senior members of the organisation chose to act in this manner and I have also raised my concerns with the Police and Crime Commissioner in respect of the motivations and intent of some of those involved in making complaints against me."

Search for new Chief Constable under way

During his six-week investigation into the Northumbria Chief Constable, Mr Bennathan heard from both Mrs Sim and complainants.

He found her behaviour did not amount to either misconduct or gross misconduct. He further dismissed allegations, by one officer, that Mrs Sim was in breach of the honesty and integrity standard of professional behaviour.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "This investigation has now concluded. The process has begun for the selection of a new Chief Constable for Northumbria Police."

Police chief would have had 'fresh training'

Following the conclusion of the independent investigation into Northumbria Chief Constable Sue Sim, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird, said: "I have written to Mrs Sim, who remains a serving officer although she has recently announced her retirement, and directed her to apologise to two officers.

"Had she not been retiring I would, despite the clear finding that there is no breach of standards, have required her to undertake some fresh management training to significantly moderate her management style which is what has given rise to these complaints."

The force is in the process of recruiting a new Chief Constable.

Chief Constable to apologise to officers

The outgoing Chief Constable of Northumbria Police should apologise to two of her officers after an independent investigation criticised her management style but she will not face disciplinary proceedings.

Sue Sim
Northumbria Police

The investigation by Recorder Joel Bennathan was into Sue Sim's alleged rudeness to colleagues. He found there was no case to answer on breaching police standards but recommended she should apologise, in particular to two officers.

Ms Sim

announced her plans to retire in April.

'Last hospital hope dies'

Hartlepool Mail

Here's today's front page with a

link to the main story:

Front page
Hartlepool Mail

River body confirmed as missing man

The body of a man recovered from the River Tees on Friday has been confirmed as missing Lee Brown.

The 24-year-old had last been seen following a party on the Teesside Princess boat on 25 April.

Cleveland Police said a post-mortem examination had taken place and the death is not being treated as suspicious. They said specialist officers were continuing to support Lee's family.

On the lunchtime BBC Look North

Colin Briggs

BBC Look North

As part of the celebrations of VE Day the BBC is broadcasting a special programme on BBC One in the North East and Cumbria tonight.

VE Day: First Days of Peace - Friends or Foes? features unique colour footage of the North at the end of the war. It describes the experiences of the people who came here from Europe, including a little known story of Polish families, escaping Soviet control, who settled on a former army camp in Morpeth.

People celebrating

I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 13:40 on BBC One.

Lunch at the cricket

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

It's been a good morning for the Notts bowlers who have put Durham under a lot of pressure on a difficult morning for batting.

And the wickets have fallen in clusters again, like last night, with Michael Richardson (19), Scott Borthwick (18) and Calum MacLeod (0) all departing with the score on 110.

Vernon Philander and Brett Hutton have particularly benefited from the low bounce from The Lumley End, taking two wickets and one respectively.

Durham are 155-7 at lunch, still 90 behind.

Wife wins legal battle

The Chronicle


Lynn Fletcher, from Northumberland, lost her husband to an asbestos-related disease

but won her legal fight.

Lynn and Paul Fletcher
The Chronicle

Bright and breezy

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a bright and breezy afternoon with plenty of sunshine around. Out of the breeze it will begin to feel quite pleasant in the sunshine.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

Check the forecast near you.

Redcar and Cleveland council

Labour miss out by three votes

Amy Oakden

BBC Tees

The Labour Party has missed out on taking control of Redcar and Cleveland Council by just three votes.

The party needed to pick up all three seats in the ward of Skelton.

But after a series of recounts the Conservative's Cliff Foggo took the final seat with 1,044 votes, to Ian Taylor's 1,041.

Latest headlines

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Here are today's top stories on Local Live:

Redcar and Cleveland council

Council remains with no overall control

Redcar and Cleveland Council remains a council with no overall control.

A recount has been taking place in Skelton this morning. Labour were one seat short of taking a majority of 30 councillors. Liberal Democrats have 11, Conservatives have 10, UKIP has one and there are now eight independent councillors.

A1185 in Wolviston closed

BBC Travel

The A1185 in Wolviston is closed in both directions between the A19 junction and the Marsh House Avenue junction because of an accident. There's a diversion in operation.

More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

Car pulled from sea

Helen Richardson

BBC Newcastle

A car had to be pulled out of the sea at Whitley Bay as it was in danger of straying into shipping lanes.

The car apparently

drove down the shore at Watt's Slope and into the water at speed. The driver was taken into police custody.

Car being towed

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade members towed the car out of the water at about 04:50 this morning.

Woman hit by lorry dies

A woman has died after being hit by a lorry on the A690 in Durham.

Kelly Bennett, 36 from Stockton, was walking on the road at West Rainton when she was hit from behind by the Volvo truck in the early hours of Saturday morning. She was confirmed dead at the scene.

The driver, a 29-year-old man from Poland was unhurt as were his two passengers. Durham Constabulary is appealing for witnesses.

Durham v Nottinghamshire

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

I'm here at Chester-le-Street where Durham are continuing their match against Nottinghamshire.

They are resuming on day two on 69-3, 176 runs behind.

You can listen to live commentary here. and keep
up-to-date with the scores here.

In the news today

The Journal


Here's today's front page and a

link to the top story:

Front page
The Journal

New Mayor sets out vision

David Rhodes

Politics Reporter, BBC North East and Cumbria

The new Mayor of Middlesbrough has been setting out his vision for the town on BBC Tees this morning.

David Budd said: "I'm not Ray Mallon mkII... my style is different, quieter. Anyone who shares my vision for Middlesbrough will find my door open."

Listen to the full interview.

Dave Budd with Alistair Brownlee

He replaced Ray Mallon on

Friday after winning by just 256 votes.

With no candidate securing more than 50% of the vote in the first round, he secured the post following a count of second preferences against Independent candidate Andy Preston. Mr Budd received 19,358 votes to Mr Preston's 19,282.

Man has 'life-threatening injuries' after crash

A man is in hospital with

life-threatening injuries after a crash in Newcastle.

Several vehicles were involved in a collision at about 22:15 last night on the junction of Shipley Avenue and Hadrian Road in Fenham.

Hadrian Road

The 23-year-old man, from Newcastle, was left with life-threatening injuries following the incident and was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) by paramedics.

Man assaulted in Bishop Auckland

Amy Oakden

BBC Tees

Investigations are under way to trace a group of up to seven men who attacked another man in Bishop Auckland.

The man in his early 30s was assaulted as he made his way along Ravensworth Avenue leaving him with facial injuries.

Police want to hear from anyone in the area at 12:30 yesterday.

Latest headlines

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Here are today's top stories on Local Live: