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  1. Updates on Friday 20 May 2016

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By Rebecca Turner

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Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

Updates for the North East have now finished here for the day - thank you for joining us. 

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

In the meantime there will be updates online, on BBC Newcastle and BBC Tees and Look North tonight and over the weekend.

If you'd like to get in touch you can tweet usemail us, or contact us via our Facebook page.   

Tonight's weather: Mostly cloudy

BBC Weather

Mostly cloudy this evening and overnight with outbreaks of rain and hill fog developing from the west.

Rain will be heaviest over the Pennines with drier spells elsewhere.

A mild night with a moderate southerly breeze.  

David Ginola 'lucky to be alive after collapse'

BBC Sport

Former Newcastle footballer David Ginola is "extremely lucky" to be alive, according his his surgeon.

The 49-year-old collapsed in the south of France on Thursday.

Gilles Dreyfus, professor of cardiac surgery at the Monaco Heart Centre, told BBC Sport about the sequence of events which included soemone present who was trained in CPR when he collapsed and emergency services arriving eight minutes later.

He said: "This morning he woke up perfectly normally with no neurological damage and is now recovering from a bypass like anybody would normally do.

"It was a sequence of events that at every stage went absolutely fine, that is why he is here today. Luckier you can't be. It's an unbelievable story."

David Ginola

Northumbria Police chief Steve Ashman 'not a monster'

A police boss accused of trying to drive out a colleague who complained to him of sexism at work has denied being a 'monster', a tribunal has heard.

Northumbria Police chief constable Steve Ashman (pictured) is alleged to have bullied the force's former head of legal services Denise Aubrey.  

Steve Ashman

Ms Aubrey is claiming unfair dismissal after being sacked in 2014 for gross misconduct, which the force denies.

The 54-year-old is also claiming sexual and disability discrimination.

First Premier League Boro home shirt in seven years has gone on sale

BBC Tees

BBC Tees Sport

The first Premier League Middlesbrough FC home shirt in seven years has gone on sale.

The fans' favourite white band is back - but with a twist - and people have been queuing down the block to get one.

Paul Vickers has sent us this picture, saying "me and my young un are happy with both kits!"

Paul Vickers' son
Paul Vickers

Sunderland businesswoman jailed after 'criminalising decent people'

A businesswoman has been jailed after she "criminalised decent people" by paying her employees to take speeding points on her behalf.

Anne Ganley, 59, (pictured) from Sunderland, who was awarded an OBE in 2013, admitted 14 offences relating to the scam.

Anne Ganley

The former head of builders' merchants Thompson & Sons Ltd was jailed for 30 months along with her son, Brent Ganley, who was jailed for nine months for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that after receiving speeding tickets, Ganley would offer cash to her workers if they took the points for her. 

Ten other people were also sentenced for their parts in the scam.

Easington school pupils get surprise visit after scoring cup final double

Sunderland and former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper and Sunderland ladies footballers paid a surprise visit to pupils at a County Durham school to congratulate them for reaching the finals of a competition.

Easington Colliery Primary School's boys and girl’s football teams have reached the ESFA National Football Finals which will be held at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium on Sunday.

Sunderland goalkeeper Steve Harper with Sunderland Ladies players

Rugby League: Magic Weekend 2016

BBC Sport

Super League's Magic Weekend will return to Newcastle United's St James' Park ground this weekend.

Six games involving all the top-flight teams will take place.

The event was staged in the North East for the first time last year with Manchester City's Etihad Stadium unavailable because of rebuilding.

Some of the Super League players have been preparing for their trip to Newcastle by trying to get their tongues around some Geordie phrases:

Magic Weekend: Super League takes on Newcastle

Cricket: Durham vs Worcestershire preview

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

Child sex abuser and drug dealer Akan Hosen jailed for 21 years

A drug dealer who sexually abused four teenage girls over a seven year period has been jailed for 21 years.

Akan Hosen

Akan Hosen admitted 21 offences at Newcastle Crown Court, including sexual activity with a child.

The court heard Hosen, of Derby Street, Sunderland, abused the children, who were aged 13 to 16, between 2006 and 2013.

He was also jailed for drugs offences after police seized heroin, mephadrone and cannabis during a raid.

Hosen also admitted possession of a firearm, an assault and perverting the course of justice.

One this day: Bobby Charlton scored his last goal for England

BBC Sport

On this day in 1970, Northumberland-born Bobby Charlton scored his 49th and last goal for England, against Colombia in Bogota, in a warm-up game for the World Cup in Mexico. His record was broken by Wayne Rooney in 2015.  

Bobby Charlton and England team 1970
Getty Images

Amateur actor broke leg the day before Royal Shakespeare Company performance

As part of the events to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, amateur actors around the country had the chance to perform alongside the Royal Shaksepeare Company.

In the North East, the Castle Players, from Barnard Castle, were chosen to perform A Midsummer Night's Dream at Newcastle's Northern Stage.

A documentary of their experiences will be broadcast on BBC One tonight at 19:30.

One of the stories found during the filming was actor Graham Fewell who broke his leg the day before he was due to appear in the play.

An amateur actor from County Durham breaks leg the day before his big debut with the RSC

David Ginola: Former Newcastle player undergoes quadruple heart bypass

BBC Sport

Former Newcastle footballer David Ginola is recovering in hospital after undergoing heart surgery.

The 49-year-old, who retired in 2002, had a quadruple heart bypass operation after collapsing in the south of France on Thursday.

According to his surgeon, quoted in local newspaper Var-Matin, Ginola was admitted in a "catastrophic state".

Concerns about Ginola's health were raised on Thursday following reports he had collapsed while attending a golf tournament in Mandelieu on the French Rivera.  

Here is a tweet from his official account:

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And Newcastle United have tweeted to wish him well:

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Liam Fee murder trial: Mother admits help could have saved son

A mother accused of murdering her two-year-old son has admitted her failure to get him help contributed to his death.

Rachel Fee is on trial alongside her civil partner Nyomi Fee, accused of killing toddler Liam in March 2014.

Nyomi and Rachel Fee

Ms Fee told a jury she was not thinking rationally when she failed to get Liam help for a broken leg he had suffered the week before he died.

She said she feared Liam would be taken from her if she took him to hospital.

In response her defence QC Brian McConnachie asked her: "Where would he be today?". "Alive" she answered.

Nyomi Fee and Rachel Fee, both originally from Ryton, deny killing the two-year-old at a house near Glenrothes in Fife on 22 March 2014, by repeatedly inflicting "blunt force trauma" to his head and body.

Man follows professional acting dream following kidney donation

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the Royal Shakespeare Company has worked with amateur actors from around the country to produce a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

In our patch, the Barnard Castle-based Castle Players were chosen for the production at Newcastle's Northern Stage.

Their experiences were recorded by the BBC in a documentary which will be broadcast at 19:30 tonight on BBC One.

Some fantastic stories were uncovered during the performance including that of Andrew Stainthorpe from the Castle Players who was donated a kidney by a fellow actor which has enabled him to pursue his dream of becoming a professional actor.

You can watch a preview of tonight's programme below.

County Durham actor who has performed alongside RSC is accepted onto London acting course

Travel: Queuing traffic on A186, B1312 and A1

BBC Travel

The A186 City Road in Newcastle is closed and there's queuing traffic in both directions between the B1312 Cut Bank junction and the Ouse Street junction, because of a serious accident.

Diversion in operation - Cut Bank, Ouse Street. 

There is queuing traffic on the A1 northbound between Morpeth South Turn Off in Morpeth and Morpeth North Turn Off in Mitford, because of an earlier overturned vehicle. In the roadworks area. All lanes have been reopened.  

And there's queuing traffic on the A1 southbound in the same area because of people slowing to look at an accident.

More updates on the BBC Travel website for Tyne and Wear and Teesside.  

Litter strewn across Middlesbrough alleyway 'took six hours to clean up'

Litter from communal bins has been strewn across an alley between Aske Road and Albany Street in Middlesbrough  

It's thought to have happened on Tuesday night, and the council say it took six hours to clear up. Middlesbrough Councillor Tracy Harvey said: "It's not clear what they were looking for, but nothing can justify the appalling mess they left behind".

litter in alleyway
Middlesbrough Council

Weather: Mainly dry with sunny spells but possibly a few showers

It should stay largely dry with sunny spells and possibly a few showers, these perhaps more likely in northern parts. 

It will become generally cloudy late on, with some rain possible around dusk. 

weather graphic

 Maximum Temperature: 17C (63F).

Businesswoman jailed for asking staff to take speeding points

Sunderland Echo


A decorated businesswoman has been jailed for 30 months for asking staff to take speeding points on her behalf.

Football: Middlesbrough unveil kits for new season

BreakingTwo more arrests after park dog bite attack

Two further people have been arrested in connection with a dog attack in a park in Blyth which left 11 children injured on Wednesday evening.

The Staffordshire bull terrier was later captured and taken to a secure kennel.

Scene of attack
John Tuttiett

A 34-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man are being questioned on suspicion of having a dog dangerously out of control. 

Northumbria Police said a 37-year-old woman who was arrested on Thursday has now been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Criticised council appoints head of children's services

A North East council which has been criticised for its children's services department has appointed a new chief executive to run the unit.

In July, Ofsted found there were 'serious and widespread failings' at Sunderland's service and a commissioner was appointed.

The council's cabinet agreed in April to set up a company to deliver children's services on behalf of the council.

Alex Hopkins (pictured), who has been director of children's services at Northamptonshire County Council, will be the company's chief executive.

Alex Hopkins
Sunderland City Council

Council leader Paul Watson said: "He has a proven track record, having played an instrumental role in transforming children's services in Northamptonshire and we are very much looking forward to working with him."

UB40 announced to play at South Tyneside festival

BBC Newcastle

We can exclusively announce that UB40 will appear at the South Tyneside Festival, in Bents Park, on 31 July.

The reggae stars from Birmingham have sold more than 100,000 records since they formed in 1978.

Aready announced are the Proclaimers, Lindisfarne, Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet and Alexandra Burke. BBC Newcastle is the official radio station for the event. 

Your photos: Fishing boat against storm clouds

This is a fantastic photo from the Press Association's Owen Humphreys of a fishing boat heading out to sea at Whitley Bay taken yesterday.

We love the contrast of the red of the hull against the grey of the sea and the sky.

Fishing boat at Whitley Bay

If you have any pictures you'd like us to see you can tweet usemail us, or contact us via our Facebook page.     

Lee Pettite death in Eston: Third man charged with murder

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

Lee Pettite, 22, was found on Oakley Walk, Eston in March.

Lee Pettite
Pettite family/Cleveland Police

A 22-year-old man is due to appear at Teesside Magistrates' Court later. A 21-year-old appeared in court yesterday, also charged with murder.

They are two of four men arrested on suspicion of murder at the time. A 20-year old was charged with murder and firearms offences.

Anoter man was released without charge.

Travel: Police hope to open A19 northbound near Hartlepool shortly

Morpeth Town are off to Wembley

Anthony Day

BBC Newcastle

Morpeth Town FC are on their on way to Wembley for the final of the FA Vase final against Hereford on Sunday. 

Morpeth Town

Come on lads!  

'Fathead' and 'Ratboy' cousins sniggered after being convicted of murder

The Gazette


Your pictures: Penshaw Monument

Thanks to Dean McDougall for this stunning photo of the Penshaw monument at sunset.

Penshaw Monument
Dean McDougall

If you have any pictures you'd like us to see you can tweet usemail us, or contact us via our Facebook page.   

Travel: A19 southbound near Hartlepool expected to reopen shortly

Police say the A19 southbound is expected to open shortly following a collision on the northbound carriageway near Elwick, Hartepool, this morning.

A man has been taken to hospital with "serious injuries".

A second collision has been reported on the A689 involving two vehicles, but no one is believed to be seriously injured.

Police are asking motorists to avoid the area due to congestion.

David Ginola illness reports: 'Footy match in the midday sun, not very clever'

Yesterday, French newspaper Nice-Matin reported that former Newcastle and Tottenham winger David Ginola had suffered a cardiac arrest while playing football in Mandelieu.

Nice-Matin reported Ginola had been transferred from there by air to a hospital in Monaco, that he was intubated and ventilated, and was unconscious but in a stable condition.

However, his agent says he'd just stepped off a plane from London to France, had lunch and then in a very hot environment played an intense game of football, without any warm up.

She says "he passed out" but they were worried so called a helicopter to take him to hospital for tests.

When asked if he was on a ventilator – she said no.

Yesterday evening, the man himself took to Twitter to clear things up.

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Weather: Sunny spells with a few showers

BBC Weather

Friday should be largely dry, with sunny spells developing to spark off a few showers, these perhaps more likely in the north.

Becoming generally cloudy late on, with some more general rain possible around dusk.  

Check the weather where you are.

Travel: Delays on the A19 in County Durham and Tyneside

BBC Travel

There are delays and queuing traffic on the A19 in both directions in Dalton Piercy at the Dalton Lodge junction, because of an accident and a vehicle fire. Congestion to the Coal Lane junction and to the A19 junction.  

There are deer on the road on A19 southbound between Moor Farm Roundabout in Dudley and Holystone Roundabout in North Tyneside. Approach with care.  

More updates on the BBC Travel website for Tyne and Wear and Teesside.

Morning, welcome to our live coverage

Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

We'll be here until 18:00 with all your news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the North East.

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