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  1. Eleven children bitten by dog in Blyth playground
  2. Shane Tunney trial: Two teenagers found guilty of murder
  3. Second man faces murder charge
  4. Updates on Thursday 19 May 2016

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Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

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Weather: Cloudy with a few showers

BBC Weather

A band of rain will clear to the east during the evening leaving just a few showers overnight.

These will become increasingly light and largely confined to the Pennines.

Most places should be dry overnight with variable cloud.  

'Aliens' visit Northumberland to teach kids about water

BBC Bitesize have been to Northumberland, as their educational aliens "beam down to Kielder Reservoir" to talk to young campers about looking after water on Earth: 

Liam Fee murder trial: Accused denies deleting phone calls the night toddler died

One of two women accused of murdering Liam Fee has denied intentionally deleting three phone calls to her mother on the night the toddler died.

Nyomi Fee and Rachel Fee

Nyomi Fee, who insisted she could have done nothing to prevent Liam's death, said her phone was damaged with the screen held together by sticky tape.

Nyomi Fee and Rachel Fee, originally from Ryton, deny killing the two-year-old at a house near Glenrothes in Fife on 22 March 2014.

They also face charges they neglected Liam and abused two other children.

Watch: Witnesses tell of dog attack in Byth park

Eleven children were injured when a dog attacked them in a playground in Blyth, Northumberland, on Wednesday evening.

Parents and some of the children described what happened.

Football: New signings for Gateshead

Matthew Raisbeck

BBC Newcastle Sport

Gateshead have signed a number of new players:

  • York and Grimsby defender Jamal Fyfield
  • Striker Reece Styche (who scored a hat trick against them in March for Macclesfield)
  • Defender Liam Hogan, who was at Tranmere last season and played under Neil Aspin at Halifax

Durham MP apologises for calling voter a 'horrible racist'

Shadow Europe Minister and north west Durham MP Pat Glass has apologised for describing a voter in Derbyshire as a "horrible racist" during an EU referendum campaign visit.

She had been knocking on doors in the village of Sawley in Derbyshire as part of the remain campaign.

At the end of an interview with a BBC Radio Derby reporter, Pat Glass can be heard on the recording telling him: "The very first person I come to (sic) is a horrible racist. I'm never coming back to wherever this is."

Pat Glass

The man she is believed to have been referring to didn't want to be interviewed by the BBC, but denied being a racist.

She has since apologised, saying "The comments I made were inappropriate and I regret them.

"Concerns about immigration are entirely valid and it's important that politicians engage with them.

"I apologise to the people living in Sawley for any offence I have caused."

Woman to do Great North Run in memory of friend who died in Washington

A support worker at Newcastle University will take part in the Great North Run in memory of her best friend who died in a motorbike crash last year.

Nicola Hawdon

Nicola Hawdon, 25, will raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), which airlifted Gemma Kay after the crash in Washington.

Miss Kay, 23, was riding pillion on her boyfriend’s motorbike when they were involved in a collision with a car.

Miss Hawdon says: “I just wanted to thank everyone for everything they did for Gemma, it wasn’t the outcome we all wanted but their efforts were fantastic.” 

Benitez's decision comes down to funds

BBC Sport

Rafael Benitez's decision whether to stay on as Newcastle manager will depend on the amount of funds he is given to strengthen the squad.

Benitez took over in March but could not stop the club being relegated, despite the Magpies winning three of their last six league matches.

He could now activate a clause in his deal which allows him to leave.

However, he has held talks with the Magpies hierarchy, with talks described as positive.

Rafa Benitez
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Shane Tunney trial: Police speak of 'viscious' assault

Following the verdict in the Shane Tunney trial which saw two teens found guilty of murder and five others guilty of manslaughter, Cleveland Police have spoken of the group's "appalling actions".

They were also convicted of attacking Mr Tunney's friend Anthony Kirk, who was with him at the time. 

In a statement they said: "Those responsible acted in a pack, carefully coordinating their attack on Shane and Anthony.

"They were viciously assaulted with a metal bar for no reason. The victims were simply going to pick up food and did not ask for a fight".

Kearan Terry Davis and Kieran Harry Davis, both 18, (pictured below) had denied killing him but were found guilty of murder.

Kearan Terry Davis (left) and Kieran Harry Davis (right)
Cleveland Police

Brandon Pitt, Danile Hunt and Jake Douglas, all 18, (pictured below left to right) and two other teenagers who cannot be named, were cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter.  

Brandon Pitt, Daniel Hunt, and Jake Douglas
Cleveland Police

County Durham man first person with Cystic Fibrosis to climb Everest

A cystic fibrosis sufferer from County Durham has become the first person living with the condition to reach the top of Mount Everest. 

Nick Talbot
Nick Talbot

Nick Talbot and his team conquered the world's highest mountain late last Thursday night and are currently making their way back down.

This is his second attempt, having tried last year, when an earthquake in Nepal triggered an avalanche which he says almost claimed his life.

Weather: Mostly dry with rain arriving from the west later

Apart from a small chance of a light shower it will be mostly dry with some bright spells for a while this afternoon. 

However, rain will spread from western parts by early evening. 

weather graphic

Maximum Temperature: 17C (63F).

Shane Tunney's family outside court after seven teenagers convicted of his killing

Shane Tunney's partner speaks of final moments together

The partner of a man who died after a "savage" street attack by a group of teenagers has spoken of their final moments together.

Shane Tunney was left in a coma after being beaten up while walking to a pizza shop at Norton, near Stockton, with a friend last year.

A jury at Teesside Crown Court convicted two 18-year-old cousins of murder and five other teenagers were found guilty of manslaughter.

Vix Cooper and Shane Tunney
Family photo

Now Mr Tunney's partner, Vix Cooper, (pictured with Shane Tunney) has described his five week fight for life as surgeons battled unsuccessfully to save him.

She said: "Once the sedation had been taken off, I remember he looked at me and we made eye contact.

"For the first time he lifted his arm up and he held my hand and I saw a tear come down his cheek.

"And for the first time I knew he was there."

Shane Tunney 'went back to help friend' before being attacked

A witness in the Shane Tunney trial told the court of the attack, saying Mr Tunney was being kicked while his friend Anthony Kirk was beaten with a pole.

Shane Tunney
Family photo / Cleveland Police

At one point, Shane Tunney (pictured) had managed to get up and, in the words of the prosecutor, "run for his life."

Cleveland Police believe having frantically flagged down a passing taxi, he opted not to leave the scene and instead went back to help his friend only to be attacked again.

Another witness said the gang were "hyper, jumping around as though they were boxers," and two of the defendants were alleged to have high-fived each other saying it showed "not to mess with them." 

Shane Tunney trial: Seven will be sentenced next month

Peter Harris

BBC Look North

The seven teenagers convicted of the killling of Shane Tunney will be setenced in June.

Kearan Terry Davis and his cousin Kieran Harry Davis, both 18, were found guilty of murder. 

Jake Douglas and Brandon Pitt, both 18, and three teenagers who cannot be named for legal reasons, were found guilty of manslaughter but were cleared of murder.  

Shane Tunney 'called emergency services but hung up' before attack

Shane Tunney "called an emergency number" but hung up before he was attacked, Teesside Crown Court heard.

The 24 year-old had been at a cash machine with his friend, Anthony Kirk, when they became aware of people on the roof of an adjoining Tesco store.

CCTV images played to the jury showed them being pelted with waste food the group above had taken from the bins of the shop.

Annoyed at the youths' behaviour, Mr Tunney made a half-hearted effort to climb on to the roof and then called an emergency number but, thinking better of it, hung up before speaking to the police.

Soon after, they were confronted by the same group.

Two teenagers have been found guilty of his murder, and a further five of manslaughter.  

Shane Tunney
Family photo

Shane Tunney died five weeks after attack

Shane Tunney and his friend Anthony Kirk were attacked by the group on Norton High Street on 27 June last year, the trial at Teesside Crown Court heard.

Mr Tunney, 24, (pictured) suffered severe head injuries and died five weeks later.  

The jury retired to consider its verdict on 10 May. It returned its verdicts today - finding two 18-year-olds guilty of murder and five teenagers guilty of manslaughter.

Shane Tunney
Cleveland Police

Two 18-year-olds found guilty of murder of Shane Tunney

The two 18-year-olds found guilty of the murder of Shane Tunney are Kearan Terry Davis (pictured above) and his cousin Kieran Harry Davis (pictured below).

Kearan Terry Davis
Cleveland Police
Kieran Harry Davis
Cleveland Police

Jake Douglas and Brandon Pitt, both 18, and three teenagers who cannot be named for legal reasons, were found guilty of manslaughter but were cleared of murder.

Blyth dog attack: Woman arrested

A 37-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of having a dog dangerously out of control following an attack in Blyth in which 11 children were injured.

The animal, believed to be a Staffordshire bull terrier type dog, remains in secure police kennels. 

Jeffrey Nesbitt

BreakingShane Tunney trial: Two teenagers found guilty of murder

Peter Harris

BBC Look North

Two teenagers have been found guilty of the murder of a man in a "savage" street attack on Teesside.

Shane Tunney was killed while walking to a pizza shop in Norton last year.

Five others were cleared of Mr Tunney's murder but were convicted of manslaughter.

Father shares photos of child's injury following dog attack

A father has shared photos of his child's injury following a dog attack in a park off Burns Avenue in Blyth. 

Jeffrey Nesbitt's daughter Nicole was bitten, alongside 10 other children when the dog broke loose in a playground.

Dog bite
Jeffrey Nesbitt

The animal, believed to be a Staffordshire bull terrier, was restrained by a parent after biting the children.

Dog attack in Blyth: What we know so far

Eleven children have been injured in a dog attack in a play park in Northumberland.

The animal, believed to be a Staffordshire bull terrier, was restrained by a parent after biting the children at the park in Blyth on Wednesday evening.

They suffered bite wounds as they remained trapped in the fenced-off play park.

Nine were taken to hospital and treated for bite injuries, with a seven-year-old girl expected to need skin grafts.

The father of one of the injured children managed to tie the dog to a fence with a cardigan, before police transported it to kennels.

Dog in park
John Tuttiett

Parents pay tribute to their daughter who has died after series of health problems

Sunderland Echo


Lee Pettite Eston death: Second man charged with murder

A second man has been charged with the murder of a man who died from serious chest injuries.

Lee Pettite, 22, (pictured) was found on Oakley Walk, Eston in March, having staggered a short way, Cleveland Police said.

A 21-year-old man is due to appear at Teesside Magistrates' Court later.

He is one of four men arrested on suspicion of murder at the time. A 20-year old was charged with murder and firearms offences. An arrested 22-year-old remains on bail.

Another man, also aged 22, was released without charge.

Lee Pettite

Police confirm 11 children injured by dog in Blyth park

Eleven children were injured by a dog in a park in Blyth yesterday evening - although none thought to be seriously, police have confirmed.

The dog, believed to be a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, remains in secure police kennels.

Enquiries are continuing to establish who owns the dog.

Father tells how he pinned dog down

The father of a seven-year-old girl who was bitten by a dog alongside a number other children in a park has described how he pinned down the dog.

The children were bitten in the park next to Burns Avenue, in Blyth, on Wednesday evening.

Andy Mulvey said a little girl knocked on his door and said "there were several children trapped in the park with the dog".

He said: "I ran outside straight away to the girls and asked if they were ok, saw the dog and ran over and sat on it and tied it to the fence

"I had nothing to tie it to the fence with and a passer by gave me a cardigan.

"The dog was getting very angry because I was sitting on it. I'm a dog lover and it killed me to sit on it and hold its face to the ground. But it was a powerful dog."

He says his daughter was bitten three times and is still in hospital.

Fire and rescue service remember the Byker fire five years on

Sunderland footballer tells of pride at being selected for Great Britain Deaf Football team

Sunderland Echo


Animal rights group's concerns over Hereford FC's Ronaldo the bull at Wembley

An animal rights group is calling for a 'cruel' plan to parade a bull at Wembley ahead of the FA Vase final to be stopped.

The FA granted permission for Hereford FC's mascot, Ronaldo the bull, to walk around the stadium before Sunday's game against Morpeth Town.

But PETA has written to the FA to ask if it will "stop Ronaldo from having to endure the stress and misery of being paraded in front of thousands of screaming fans."

The FA said if it had any concerns over fans' safety or Ronaldo's welfare they would not have agreed to the parade.  

PETA's outcry over Hereford FC's Ronaldo the bull at Wembley

Weather: Cloudy start, brighter later

BBC Weather

Some places will start cloudy with some mist or fog but it should brighten up with the sun breaking through. It will be fine for much of the day but rain will spread from the west by early evening.  

Dog bite owner being sought by police

The owner of a dog which bit a number of children in a Northumberland park is being sought by police.

The children were bitten in the park next to Burns Avenue, Blyth, on Wednesday evening.

Some of the children were taken to hospital with bite wounds but none of them were thought to be serious.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said. "Police remain in the area to reassure the local community and carry out inquiries to locate the animal's owner. 

"The dog is currently at secure kennels while officers carry out their investigation."

Dog bites 'up to nine' children in Blyth playground

Anthony Day

BBC Newcastle

A dog has bitten "a number of children" in the park next to Burns Avenue in Blyth, Northumberland, - with people living nearby saying up to nine were injured.

Burns Avenue in Blyth

Emergency services were called to the playground on Wednesday evening and police were able to "bring the animal under control".

A number of children were taken to hospital with bite wounds by paramedics but none of the injuries are thought to be serious. 

The dog is currently at secure kennels while officers carry out their investigation. 

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Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

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