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  1. Updates on Thursday 5 July 2018

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Salford City celebrate winning the National League North title in April 2018

Follow the latest news stories from the National League, including transfers and selected contract announcements.

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Tynemouth Sea and Song

Folk singer Jez Lowe explores the maritime song and history of Tynemouth and North Shields
Up on the cliff tops at the mouth of the Tyne sits the imposing Tynemouth Priory and Castle. It's history stretches back to the Iron Age and it has been used by both Monks and the Military as a place to defend nation and faith. This great monastic heritage may be one reason why the songs of this region have been kept alive. Jez Lowe discovers this place became a seat of learning which meant that there was a history of print; crucially songs were recorded and not lost but also the cultural influence of Christianity from Ireland and mainland Europe gave rise to a melting pot of ideas and influences. 

This melting pot of influences is evident today as Jez visits the nearby Fish Quay at North Shields. The songs, and even unique instruments, from this place mix Irish, Scottish and English sounds and themes with music from as far afield as Scandinavia. Even today you can find fishermen from places like the Philippines and the Netherlands working alongside the local boatmen. Music remains ever present in the traditions of the place and Jez explores the songs and sounds which resonate most with people who live and work at the mouth of the Tyne today.

Councils pledge to boost number of new homes

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

Housebuilding on Tyneside is set to accelerate rapidly, with council bosses pledging to ramp up the rate at which new homes are delivered.

The number of houses built across Newcastle, North Tyneside, and Northumberland will increase from the current average of 1,800 per year to 3,000 up to 2032, under new targets agreed by the three authorities.

A new board set up to oversee housing for the emerging North of Tyne Combined Authority will be pushing the three councils to deliver their existing development plans at a much faster rate.


The total number of houses planned - 19,000 in Newcastle and 16,500 in North Tyneside by 2030 - will not change.

The situation in Northumberland is more complex, as the council does not have an approved housing plan after the Conservative leadership scrapped the former Labour administration's "core strategy" in July 2017.

A new draft plan, currently out for consultation, proposes a requirement of 17,700 new homes by 2036.

The three authorities agreed a £600m devolution deal with the government last year to create the new combined authority, which will have its own elected mayor and a raft of new powers.

Norma Redfearn, elected Mayor of North Tyneside and North of Tyne portfolio holder for housing, said: "One of the major advantages of having devolved powers will be greater control over housing and the ability to build the homes we have set out in our individual Local Plans more quickly."

St Andrew's

Birmingham City and Middlesbrough settle their High Court dispute over Blues manager Garry Monk's backroom staff.

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Town to tackle rowdy behaviour with threat of £1,000 fines

Stuart Minting

Local Democracy Reporter

People who are persistently involved in anti-social behaviour in a town centre could be punished with fines of up to £1,000.

Darlington Council's leading members are set to consider launching a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in the town centre to help combat a rise in rowdy behaviour, which the authority says is affecting businesses and visitors.

In the last three months, police have received 142 complaints involving issues like alcohol-related nuisance, in the town centre, and specifically near St Cuthbert's Churchyard.

A report to the authority's Cabinet said: "These are a particular concern as the area is highly visible with individuals collecting around the seating, drinking alcohol, being loud, disruptive and abusive towards other individuals using the town.

"The police and council have taken action to address the particular problem with some success, however it is area where anti-social behaviour continues."

The PSPO plan has been given support by police and could be implemented for three years.

Persistent offenders would be arrested and face £1,000 fine at court.

Complaints over Newcastle bin collection

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

Anger over Newcastle's bins is responsible for more than half of all complaints made to civic centre bosses, it has been revealed.

Of the 741 formal complaints Newcastle City Council received last year, 417 were about problems with the bins.

The statistics have also revealed a sharp spike in the number of those complaints that have been upheld, with critics saying there is a "growing dissatisfaction" over Newcastle's waste services.

A council report said: "Local Services and Waste has seen a reduction of £5m in funding in the past four years leading to teams working with significantly reduced resources."

The council added that the number of complaints represents just 0.001% of the three million bin collections it makes every year.

However, Liberal Democrat councillor Tom Gordon, the opposition environment spokesman, said: "It is alarming that the annual corporate complaints report shows the number of upheld complaints has substantially increased.

"This appears to be as a result of a huge spike in complaints with waste and refuse services, which will not come as a surprise to anyone."


The council is consulting on a new strategy about dealing with waste over the next 15 years.

It includes increasing the city's recycling rate to 65% by 2030, bring overall waste per household and businesses down by 10% by 2025, and reduce waste sent to landfill to less than 10% by 2025.

It has also suggested new measures to tackle recycling problems, such as the possible use of CCTV cameras and refusing to collect bins contaminated with the wrong kind of rubbish.

The council says it has already taken actions to address the rising number of bin complaints, including "embedding a much more customer focussed approach", resolving issues with its IT system and analysing the performance of each collection crew.

Hundreds of children take part in sandcastle challenge

Hundreds of children from primary and special schools all over the North East went to the beach in South Shields this morning, for the annual Sandcastle Challenge.

It's run by the charity Children North East, who say it is a way of remembering our early days and raise awareness and funds for its work.


Driver seriously injured in hedge crash

A man suffered a serious back injury when his car left the road and ended up in a hedge.

The 66-year-old driver was taken to hospital after the crash at about 17:00 on Monday on the Trunk Road, in Redcar, outside the ambulance station.

He is still in a serious condition.

Anyone who saw what happened, helped the driver or has dashcam footage is asked to contact Cleveland Police.

Supermarkets recall frozen vegetables over listeria fears

Supermarkets have recalled bags of frozen vegetables over fears they could contain a deadly bacteria.

The 43 sweetcorn-based products have been withdrawn by major supermarket supplier Greenyard Frozen UK.

The Food Standards Agency said the veg may contain listeria monocytogenes which can cause listeriosis, a rare illness responsible for the death of two people in the UK last year.

Own-brand products for Tesco, Aldi and Sainsbury's are among those affected.

A list of the 43 recalled products, which also include those from Lidl, Iceland and Waitrose,has been posted on the Food Standards Agency (FSA) website.

Frozen vegetables

Southlands Centre decision challenged again

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The decision to close the Southlands Centre is being challenged once again by a group of independent councillors.

In April, a meeting of Middlesbrough Council’s executive subcommittee for property voted unanimously to close the Southlands Centre.

It was a decision that left the 38 businesses and community groups currently based at the centre facing an uncertain future as they received letters telling them to vacate by November.

Later in April, independent councillors Brian Hubbard and Jon Rathmell “called-in” the decision citing a series of alleged failures in the tender process.

Southlands Centre

But the Overview and Scrutiny Board – made up of nine Labour councillors, two independent and one Conservative – voted against referring the original decision back to those who had made it.

Now a member of Middlesbrough Independent Councillors Association (MICA) is using another process to try and force the council to reconsider its decision and put the brakes on the centre’s closure.

On Friday, MICA councillor, Jan Mohan notified Middlesbrough Council that she was exercising a Councillor Call for Action (CCfA) over the closure of the former leisure centre.

CCfAs were introduced in 2007 under the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 as a legitimate process to resolve issues a councillor feels is in the public interest.

Parole Board considers child killer release

Rebecca O'Neill

BBC Newcastle

A parole hearing is due to decide later if a notorious killer, who murdered an 11-year-old boy in Newcastle, can be released.

Dominic McKilligan killed Wesley Neailey (pictured) 20 years ago.

The then 18 year old, who was a convicted sex offender, snatched him from the streets of Arthur's Hill.

Wesley Neailey

Weeks later, he took police to a remote spot in the Tyne Valley where he had dumped the youngster's body.

Wesley's mother, Liz, thinks he should stay behind bars.

The Parole Board said it would "carefully look at a whole range of evidence", adding it would do so "with great care" and that public safety was their number one priority.

HMS Northumberland returns to the Tyne

Rebecca O'Neill

BBC Newcastle

HMS Northumberland, which was built on the Tyne in 1992, has returned to the river for her first visit in seven years.

Later, a rededication service will be held on board the Type 23 frigate, marking its formal return to the Fleet following an extended refit.

The vessel will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday.

HMS Northumberland
Tarmac rescue

The 24-year-old's left leg sank "thigh deep" into the road on a back lane in Heaton.

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A truly harrowing account of the Piper Alpha disaster

The Chronicle

Thirty years on, the Geordie who jumped from the Piper Alpha and survived shares his harrowing story.

Speed bump scheme gets go ahead despite objections

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Plans for new speed bumps in a County Durham estate have been given the go ahead by councillors, despite a raft of objections.

On July 5, Durham County Council’s (DCC) Highways Committee discussed plans for Petterson Dale housing estate in Coxhoe.

After residents raised concerns about speeding, DCC proposed to build five 75mm-high round top speed bumps spanning the width of the road.

A council traffic survey on the estate listed the average speed as 23mph with other assessments indicating that the majority of motorists travel at 28mph.

Around half the residents from 185 affected properties had their say in a council consultation with 49 (53%) in favour of the plans and 44 (47%) against.

Around 17 residents argued speed humps cause “damage to vehicles” in the consultation, a report states.

Coxhoe ward councillor and committee member, Coun Stuart Dunn, said several objections should be “disregarded” as they were not relevant to the consultation.

Naked runner snared after police find empty Haribo packet

A naked runner who targeted at least a dozen female joggers has been caught by police after they found a till receipt and an empty packet of Haribo sweets he dropped near the scene.

The attacker hid on a stretch of riverside paths near Durham city and preyed on lone women.

Dressed only in trainers, he would run alongside his victims by the Durham Rowing Club and Maiden Castle sports complex after spying on them from bushes.

The breakthrough came when an officer found an area on the parapet of a disused railway bridge which the man used to spot his victims.

An empty Haribo packet and shop receipt found nearby allowed police to pinpoint the moment the sweets were bought and scour CCTV for an image of the suspect.

Officers traced him to a city centre address, where he was arrested. An 18-year-old man has admitted several offences and been admitted to Checkpoint, a four-month intervention programme to deal with his behaviour.

Employers who failed to pay minimum wage named

Durham Cricket Club and Newcastle Falcons rugby club are among more than 200 employers who have failed to pay the national minimum wage, the Government says.

Care homes, car washes, pubs, hairdressers and sport clubs were among those said to have underpaid workers.

About £1.4m has been recovered in back pay for 22,400 workers, with employers fined almost £2m.

Others on the list include Bristol City and Doncaster Rovers football clubs and Odeon and UCI Cinema Group in Manchester.

A number of other North East employers have also been named. You can see the full list here.

Low Pay Commission chairman Bryan Sanderson said: "It is crucial that employers understand their responsibilities and workers know their rights around the minimum wage."

Early cloud giving way to a warm and sunny day

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Any areas of low cloud will break up during the morning to leave spells of warm sunshine.

Winds should remain light.

Temperatures will remain slightly above average for the time of year, rising to 22C (77F)

Weather map

Driver escapes injury as cow wrecks car

Police have warned motorists to take care after a car was wrecked in a collision with a cow.

Officers in County Durham posted pictures on social media of a battered white Peugeot near Sedgefield, but confirmed that no-one in the car was hurt.

Car damaged by cow
Durham Police

A special constable working with the team said he followed the "culprit" animal for a mile before farmers helped him get it back into a field.

Durham Roads Policing Unit said on Twitter: "This is the terrifying result of a motorist hitting a cow on the Sedgefield back road at GT Stainton.

"Fortunately no-one was injured. Always wonder what's around the bend and can you stop in distance you can see."

The officer replied: "Even the cow somehow only got minor injuries, and was still able to run from me for a good mile until it was put in a field with the help of some farmers!"

Ben Stokes

England all-rounder Ben Stokes hits 90 on his return from a hamstring tear, but cannot prevent Durham from losing in the T20 Blast at Yorkshire.

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Drunk hospital radiographer is struck off

A radiographer found to be drunk at work at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital has been struck off.

Kate Gibson tried to claim that a health condition caused her to be smelling of alcohol when she turned up to work.

But the Health and Care Professionals Tribunal Service rejected this.

Freeman Hospital

Ms Gibson made a number of mistakes in the summer of 2016, including taking an x-ray of a patient's wrong hip.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said it considered the issues to be "very serious" and it carried out a full investigation.

It stressed no patients were harmed as a result of her actions.

Video of pupils sniffing and unknown substance

Three boys from Venerable Bede Church of England Academy in Sunderland have been excluded.

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Severe accident: A186 Tyne And Wear both ways

BBC News Travel

A186 Tyne And Wear both ways severe accident, between Hotspur Road and Furrow Drive affecting A1058 Coast Road.

A186 Tyne And Wear - A186 Station Road in Wallsend closed and heavy traffic in both directions between the Hotspur Road junction and the Furrow Drive junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles. Congestion to the A1058 Coast Road junction.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

NHS at 70: Being a nurse in the 1940s versus now

Grace Stephenson and Ethel Armstrong have both worked in nursing for the NHS, but they have a 68-year age gap.

While Ethel began her career as a cadet back in 1948, Grace started her training last year.

The women, aged 20 and 88, share their experiences of the NHS during a visit to County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.

NHS at 70: Being a nurse in the 1940s vs now

Man rescued after getting stuck up to his thigh in melting road tarmac

Firefighters have posted a series of photos of one of the more unusual situations they have had to deal with during the current heatwave.

A 24-year-old man was on his way to buy breakfast when he stepped on some tarmac and went straight through the road.

The tarmac had become so hot during the current heatwave that it melted.

Thankfully he didn't break his ankle as he was wearing his grandad's Dr Marten shoes.

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No drama, llama

BBC Tees

If you're on the lookout for an unusual new pet, then an animal shelter in Loftus may have the answer.

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Cleveland police appeal for help to find a missing Stockton woman