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  2. Community police officer praised for tackling suspected robber

    Anna Snowdon

    BBC Local Live

    A PCSO has been praised by senior officers after tackling a suspected robber in Newcastle.

    CSO Kevin Downey

    It happened after police received a report of an attempted robbery near to Cloth Market in the city centre.

    The man attempted to flee the area but Kevin Downey grabbed him and detained him with the help of a passer-by.

    A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery.

    Quote Message: We are very proud of (Kevin's) efforts and this shows those people living, visiting and working in the city centre that they are in safe hands." from Steve Wykes Newcastle City Centre Inspector
    Steve WykesNewcastle City Centre Inspector
  3. Football: Close game predicted for Stoke's Newcastle visit

    Matt Sandoz

    Stoke City commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

    Stoke City go to Newcastle United this weekend, looking for their first win at St James' Park in seven years.

    Newcastle United fans

    The Potters are undefeated in their last three league games while Newcastle have won their last two.

    Quote Message: Stoke City have had a great start, Newcastle that little bit of an iffy start but they look like they've hit a little bit of form now, two wins in the last two games. It's obviously at St James' Park so that place will be buzzing." from Andy Griffin Former Stoke City and Newcastle United defender
    Andy GriffinFormer Stoke City and Newcastle United defender
  4. School crossing is 'accident waiting to happen'

    Anna Snowdon

    BBC Local Live

    Parents are calling on Newcastle City Council to bring back the crossing patrol outside of Gosforth Central Middle School.

    Plans were announced earlier this year to scrap all but two of the city’s school crossing patrols, saving £212,000.

    parents protesting

    Parents say that there have already been a number of near misses outside school gates.

    Quote Message: It's an accident waiting to happen, and the we feel as parents that we've been left in the dark. For us, it's about what the council are going to do in the long term."
    Quote Message: The key thing is whilst we understand that there are cuts that need to be made, this seems to be potentially quite a high risk cut in terms of there being a lot of children that are at risk."
    Another parent
  5. Assombalonga tipped to be big star at Boro

    Anna Snowdon

    BBC Local Live

    Middlesbrough captain Grant Leadbitter is tipping Britt Assombalonga to be a big star at the club.

    Aston Villa v Middlesbrough

    Assombalonga has scored four goals in the Championship so far this season since arriving from Nottingham Forest in the summer.

    Middlesbrough broke their transfer record to sign the striker for £15m in July.

  6. Opium found inside shelves at airport

    Anna Snowdon

    BBC Local Live

    Four men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to import class A drugs after opium was smuggled into the country hidden in shelves.


    Around 34kg of opium with a street value of £330,000 was seized by Border Force officers at Heathrow Airport in March this year.

    During National Crime Agency raids, four men were arrested in Newcastle and Wallsend and a cannabis farm was also discovered in Shield Street, Newcastle.

  7. Six forces combine to catch criminals

    Six police forces combined last night in an operation to try to catch criminals travelling across rural areas.

    Across the region 137 vehicles were stopped and two cars were seized when the drivers were found not to have them insured.

    Elsewhere in Cleveland, Durham, Lancashire, Northumbria, and North Yorkshire, people were arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, drug-driving and burglary.

  8. Red card appeal for Traore

    Anna Snowdon

    BBC Local Live

    Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk has confirmed that the club have appealed against Adama Traore's red card on Tuesday.

    Adama Traore receiving red card

    The winger received a straight red four minutes into Boro's 0-0 draw with Aston Villa for a late challenge.

  9. Nutmeg the 'world's oldest cat' dies

    Anna Snowdon

    BBC Local Live

    A Tyneside cat whose owners claim is the world's oldest feline has died at the age of 32.

    Nutmeg was taken to the vets with breathing difficulties, but they were unable to save him after he suffered heart failure.

    Nutmeg on his 31st birthday

    Ian and Liz Finlay from Boldon adopted him after finding him in their garden in 1990.

    They were told by a vet that he was at least five, making him 32 when he died.

    Quote Message: He is such a miss as he was a huge character, who was dearly loved." from Liz Finlay
    Liz Finlay
  10. County Durham triumphs in regional gardening competition

    Anna Snowdon

    BBC Local Live

    County Durham has won several awards in the Royal Horticultural Society's Northumbria in Bloom competition.

    The county's triumphs included:

    • Durham (small city category) – Gold, category winner and the Percy Boydell Trophy for best overall entry.
    • Chester-le-Street (large town category) – Silver gilt and category winner.
    • Stanley (town category) - Silver.

    Special gold awards also went to The Court Inn in Durham in the best pub/hotel category and Durham University Botanical Garden for the best tourist or visitor attraction.

  11. Heaton play park receives funding boost

    Anna Snowdon

    BBC Local Live

    Heaton Play Park has received a £50,000 boost from the SUEZ Communities Trust for its forthcoming refurbishment.

    graphic showing what Heaton Play Park will look like after the refurbishment

    A group of parents initially suggested to Newcastle City Council that the park's design needed updating and the equipment needed replacing.

    The refurbishment will include new play equipment, a picnic area and gates.

  12. Plans for cycling hub in Tynemouth withdrawn

    Plans for a cycling hub and café near the historic Spanish Battery, in Tynemouth, have been withdrawn.

    Northern Property Group, the developers behind the scheme, said the hub would have provided a great resource for cyclists.

    They particularly wanted to attract cyclists completing the coast to coast and other long distance rides.

    One of the people fighting against the proposal was Lindisfarne drummer Ray Laidlaw.

  13. Volunteer at Lumiere

    Anna Snowdon

    BBC Local Live

    The UK's largest light festival Lumiere is returning to Durham City Centre this November and you have the chance to be a part of it by becoming a volunteer.

    Durham Library during Lumiere in 2015

    Volunteer duties range from welcoming visitors to informing them about the artwork.

    You can apply to be a volunteer here. You need to be over 18 to apply.

  14. Flight fault known to manufacturer, investigation finds

    Smoke appeared in the cockpit of an EasyJet flight due to an electrical fault known to the manufacturer, an investigation has found.

    EasyJet was unaware 10 similar failures had been reported previously, according to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

    The captain and first officer became aware of smoke and fumes 11 minutes after taking off from Edinburgh.

    There were 172 passengers on board the flight on 28 November 2016.

    The pilots were forced to wear their oxygen masks, issue a mayday alert and divert the Airbus A320 to Newcastle.

    The source of the smoke was traced to an overheated device which converts voltage in the cockpit, the AAIB found.

    Edinburgh Airport
  15. Bishop takes seat in House of Lords

    Press Association

    The Bishop of Lincoln has taken his seat on the red benches in the House of Lords.

    The Rt Rev Christopher Lowson was flanked by supporters the Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Rev Rachel Treweek, and the Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Rev Christine Hardman.

    The 64-year-old becomes one of the 26 Lords Spiritual, that includes the Archbishops of Canterbury and of York.

    The 72nd Bishop of Lincoln, who is also a church commissioner, attended Newcastle Cathedral School and Consett Grammar School.

    He was made a deacon in 1977.

  16. Man charged with city centre assualt

    Anna Snowdon

    BBC Local Live

    A man has been charged with assaulting another man in Sunderland City Centre.

    Map of The Bridges Shopping Centre

    The incident happened on 3 September between 21:15 and 21:45 near the entrance of Debenham's car park at The Bridges Shopping Centre.

    A 53-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries where his condition remains critical.

  17. Campaign launched to protect the parmo

    Anna Snowdon

    BBC Local Live

    Teesside's first elected mayor is to launch a campaign today to get the famous parmo protected.

    chicken parmo

    One of Ben Houchen's election pledges was to secure the EU's Protected Designation of Origin for the dish.

    The regulation ensures that only products originating from a certain region are allowed to be identified as such - like champagne can only come from the Champagne region in France.

    Other protected foods include Wensleydale cheese and Melton Mowbray pork pies.

    We'll be asking him how he hopes to do this, how anyone could stop copying a dish that has no intrinsic local heritage and what the UK leaving the EU will mean.

  18. Northern Rail manager admits pacer trains are 'bad advert' for Teesside

    Peter Myers, the stakeholder manager for Norther Rail, has told the BBC that more than £1bn is being invested in rail services in the region - and people will start to see a difference in the next few years.

    When asked about Pacer trains, he admitted that they are a bad advert for the Teesside area and do need replacing.

    He told the BBC that those trains will run until 2020, but rolling stock is currently being refurbished.