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  1. Updates on Monday 18 April 2016

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Updates for the North East have now finished for the day. 

We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow. We hope you can join us then.

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Duke the injured bullock and his mobile walking aid

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

We'll be looking at injured animals looking for new homes on Look North tonight, including Duke the injured bullock and his mobile walking aid (pictured).

Duke the bullock

Tune in at 18:30 tonight to hear his story. 

Cows stampedes on ramblers 'not rare' says walker after North East death

The Chronicle

A rambler says cow stampedes may not be as rare as people think after a tourist was killed by a herd of cattle near the North East coast.  

Marian Clode
The Chronicle

Wide regional variations in primary places

Wide local variations are emerging in the proportion of families allocated their first choice of primary school for their children.

Less than 69% of families in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea were offered their first choice, compared with 83% for London overall.

There was better news for parents in Redcar and Cleveland, where almost 98% of parents got their first choice.

A national average for England will not be available for a couple of weeks.


Weather: A dry night, becoming chilly

A dry evening and night. With clear periods and winds continuing to ease it will turn chilly with a ground frost, in rural spots.

Minimum Temperature: 3C (37F).

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Cricket: Injured Mark Wood likely to be out another two months

BBC Sport

England fast bowler Mark Wood requires a second operation on his injured ankle but may still return to play Test cricket this summer.

Mark Wood
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The Northumberland-born cricketer, 26, first had surgery on the ankle after leaving England's winter tour of the United Arab Emirates early.

He pulled out of an intended comeback with Durham's second XI this week.

Collision causing delays in Ponteland

Woman becomes Darlington FC's oldest mascot at 86

An 86-year-old supporter of Darlington FC became the club's oldest mascot yesterday.

Joyce Rumney has supported the club for more than 70 years.

You can watch the moment it happened on BBC Tees' Facebook here.

Joyce Rumney

Burglar stands in paint and leaves footprints leading to his house

A burglar was caught after he stood in paint and left footprints leading back to his house.

Police were called to a report of a break-in at a second hand shop in Easington Colliery, at the junction of Seaside Lane and Vincent Street in February. 

Paint print
Durham Police

A small number of items had been stolen from the premises, but police say they "had one potential and very obvious lead".

During the break-in the intruder had knocked over a tin of white paint and had unwittingly left a trail of footprint impressions on the pavement outside the shop. 

Paint print
Durham Police

An officer followed the trail down Vincent Street to a house, found the stolen property in the garden, checked the suspect’s footwear and arrested the 27-year-old occupant for burglary.

Mark Andrew Connor appeared at Peterlee Magistrates court last Tuesday.

He admitted one charge of burglary and was given a 12 month community order with £100 compensation.

Spate of car thefts in East Tynedale

Since Tuesday last week there have been a spate of car thefts in East Tynedale, police say.

Tools worth more than £1,000 were stolen from a van parked in Castle View, Ovingham.

A man who tried to get into another van later that day was disturbed and made off empty handed in a red Peugeot car.

On Friday a man attempted to break into a Land Rover parked in Jackson Road, Wylam, and tools were stolen from a van parked in Station Road, Corbridge.

Watch: 93-year-old man flies across River Tyne on zip-wire

A 93-year-old man has  travelled across the River Tyne on a zip-wire.

Harold Robson wanted to do it in memory of his wife Joan who died last year.  

You can watch it on BBC Look North's Facebook page here.


Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez: 'We can beat anyone'

BBC Sport

Magpies boss Rafa Benitez is hopeful his team can continue a recovery that began with a 3-0 win over Swansea at the weekend.

He held a news conference today ahead of tomorrow night's match against Manchester City.

Rafa Benitez
Newcastle United

The Magpies are one place off the bottom, two points behind Sunderland and three adrift of Norwich but Benitez said: "If we believe like we did against Swansea then we can beat anyone.

"We have nothing to lose at the moment and we have confidence."  

'Night vision' cameras to catch speeding motorists in Durham and Cleveland

New "night vision" safety cameras will be used across Durham and Cleveland in a week-long crackdown on speeding motorists.

Starting today, officers from the joint Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit (CDSOU) will be carrying out speed checks.

Speed camera
Durham Police

They now have cameras with full infra-red capability, and are being fitted to the four mobile safety vans which operate across the Durham and Cleveland force areas

Police say the cameras they used to use could only operate when there was enough daylight to capture cars' registration details, whereas these work in low light.

Football: Sunderland Ladies lose 7-0 to Arsenal

BBC Sport

Danielle van de Donk scored a hat-trick as Arsenal, down to 10 players for much of the game, crushed Sunderland to reach their 15th Women's FA Cup final.

The Gunners lost Emma Mitchell to two yellow cards, but Van de Donk and Dan Carter put them in control.

Sunderland's Abby Holmes was then sent off for fouling Carter in the box, with Fara Williams converting from the spot.

Van de Donk went on to complete her treble, with Carter adding a second and Jordan Nobbs also on target.

Car worked on by Durham students sells for £17,500

A car which was donated to East Durham College’s Technical Academy and worked on by staff and students has been sold at auction for more than expected. 

The BMW 850csi was valued by auctioneers at between £8,000 and £12,000.

BMW 850csi
East Durham college

But at auction last week it was sold for £17,500 at a specialist prestige and performance car company in Luton.

The money received by the college from the sale of the car will now go back into the motor vehicle department at The Technical Academy to fund further projects for students to work on.

Woman stabbed to death by 'horror-obsessed' boy

A teenage boy with a 'morbid interest in horror' has admitted stabbing a woman to death.  

Susan Mitchelson, 45, was found with more than 50 stab wounds at her home in Northumberland in November.

Newcastle Crown Court

Newcastle Crown Court heard the boy, 16, who cannot be named for legal reasons, suffered serious mental health issues and believed he was a demon.

He was sentenced to a hospital order after admitting manslaughter with diminished responsibility.

Grade II listed Sunderland pub wins design awards

A pub in a Grade II listed building in Sunderland has won design awards.

The Dun Cow in Sunderland was crowned the winner in refurbishment and conservation categories.

The Dun Cow

The competition's run by the Campaign for Real Ale in association with Historic England and the Victorian Society.

The pub, originally built as a gin palace in 1901, has been restored to its former grandeur.

Weather: Cloudy to start with and sunny spells developing later

There will be a fair amount of cloud around to start with this afternoon, although most places will be dry. 

Skies will brighten through the period though, with some decent sunny spells developing The wind should ease late in the day as well. 

Maximum Temperature: 12C (54F).

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Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose to join AC/DC for tour dates

Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose will replace Gateshead-born frontman Brian Johnson for the remainder of AC/DC's latest tour, the Australian rock band has confirmed.

Guns N' Roses at Coachella
Getty Images

They postponed the Rock or Bust tour in March after Johnson, who joined AC/DC after Bon Scott's death in 1980, was told he was at risk of going deaf. 

They added thanks to Johnson "for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years".

Firefighters still at scene of hay barn blaze

Firefighters are still at the scene of a large hay barn fire which broke out in Brignall, County Durham, earlier this morning.

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue service say about 50 tonnes of hay had set alight.

Four appliances were sent to tackle it. 

Travel: Slow traffic on A19 because of broken down vehicle

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is slow traffic on the A19 northbound between the A1185 junction in Stockton-On-Tees and the A179 junction in Sheraton, because of a broken down vehicle. 

More traffic information on the BBC Travel websire for Tyne & Wear and Teesside

Aycliffe school head Jeremy Gargan quits over academies plan

A primary school headmaster has resigned in protest over government plans to turn all primary schools in England into academies.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan
Getty Images

Jeremy Gargan, headteacher at Aycliffe Village Primary School in County Durham, wrote to parents criticising changes to school funding.

He attacked the National Funding Formula announced by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

The government says the current funding system is "outdated and unfair".

Mr Gargan told BBC Tees: "I believe that the enforced route of converting everybody to an academy won't actually raise standards".

Teenage girl hit by car in Consett and left 'seriously injured'

A teenage girl was seriously injured after being hit by a car on the outskirts of Consett.

It happened on Friday on the A692 Villa Real roundabout when the car hit a 16-year-old girl from Leadgate who was crossing the road.

Car after accident in Consett
Durham Police

Police say she suffered a serious leg injury and was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, where she stayed over the weekend.

The driver, a 29-year-old man from Stanley and his 32-year-old male passenger were unhurt.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez: 'The fans believe we can do it'

BBC Sport

The Magpies are a win away from joining Norwich on 31 points, and victory over Manchester City on Tuesday could even see them move out of the bottom three.

According to Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, the belief has returned.

"Everybody was happy and I think they are now thinking that we can do it and they believe," said the Spaniard, who picked up his first win since taking over as manager on 11 March.

Newcastle 3-0 Swansea: Rafael Benitez pleased with Magpies' passion

Football: George Friends wins Player in the Community Award

Middlesbrough defender George Friend has won the PFA Player in the Community Award at The Football League Awards 2016.

George Friend
Middlesbrough FC

Friend was named as the winner at the gala ceremony at Manchester Central on Sunday evening in front of more than 600 guests from clubs, sponsors and the football industry. 

"I am thrilled and very humbled by this award and thank everyone concerned,” Friend told Middlesbrough's official website.

Bin lorry driver tells of shock at council’s U-turn over his sacking

The Gazette


Two binmen who were sacked over a bitterly disputed drink-at-work row have told how their elation turned to agony when they were dismissed for a second time – just days after a council chief confirmed they had won their jobs back.

Bin lorry
The Shields Gazette

Is Sunderland about to have an artistic renaissance?

Nick Higham

BBC Correspondent

Sunderland's fortunes have waned since its industrial heyday. Will a UK City of Culture bid revive its glory days?

Wearmouth Bridge

The city's story is a familiar one. The old industries shut down one by one as they became uneconomic - the things Sunderland once made could be manufactured more cheaply elsewhere.

But the emphasis now is on finding ways to regenerate the city and its economy. Which is why Sunderland wants to be the UK City of Culture in 2021.  

Medical trial extended for fire crews in the North East

A six-month trial which involves firefighters across north-east England dealing with medical emergencies has been expanded.

Four local fire services have been working with the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) since January to respond to life-threatening emergencies.

The firefighters are equipped with a medical kit so they can treat people when they are first on the scene.

The pilot has now been widened to include Redcar on Teesside.

The Tyneside woman who fought to get her baby back

"Annie" had already had several children taken into care by social services when she had her fifth.

But after her newborn was taken into foster care at birth, she decided to fight to regain custody of him.

Annie Bertram - not her real name - from North Tyneside, spoke to the Victoria Derbyshire show about her experience.

"I was just crying and weeping and screaming. I felt utter despair. It was the lowest point of my entire life. I felt bereft, I felt like a child, nothing could take the pain away," she says.

Premier League relegation battle 'tighter than ever'

BBC Sport

After Newcastle's win over Swansea followed Sunderland's victory at Norwich on Saturday, it is tighter than ever in the Premier League relegation battle.

Alex Neil, Rafael Benitez, Sam Allardyce

Sunderland are one point behind Norwich in 17th with a game in hand and Black Cats manager Sam Allardyce says his side "cannot afford to fail any more" with five matches to play.

Newcastle are two points further back after responding to boss Rafael Benitez's demands for "passion on the pitch" with a 3-0 victory.

Weather: Cloudy start, sunshine later

BBC Weather

Starting cloudy with a little rain or drizzle in places and a brisk, chilly wind.

Through the morning it should become dry and increasingly bright with some sunshine likely for the afternoon.

The wind should ease late in the day.  

Check the weather where you are.

Travel: Transporter Bridge closed and heavy traffic on A690 in Durham

BBC Travel

The Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough is closed.

There is heavy traffic on the A690 in both directions in Durham between The Gates Roundabout and Gilesgate Roundabout. In the roadworks area. Also affecting A691 Southfield Way at B6532, A1(M) at J62, Carrville and A177 Stockton Road from Church Street Head.  

More traffic information on the BBC Travel websiire for Tyne and Wear and Teesside.

Firefighters tackle hay barn blaze

Fire crews have been tackling a large hay barn fire in County Durham where there are about 50 tonnes of baled hay on fire.

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service said there were four appliances at the scene at Brignall, Barnard Castle.

Travel: 25 minute delays on Metro between Wallsend and Monkseaton

Trains are now running between Wallsend and Monkseaton but with up to 25 minute delays, due to overrunning engineering works.

Earlier there was no service in either direction due to delayed works and a taxi shuttle operating service was running instead.