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  2. Views sought on village's 'numbered streets'

    Residents of a County Durham village are being asked for their views on its future at a series of events starting next week.

    They are being held as part of a consultation on the council's masterplan for the area around Horden's "numbered streets".

    The plan outlines a number of possible options for the future of housing and the environment in the area and is based on feedback given by residents during an earlier public consultation held last year.

    Kevin Shaw, cabinet member for strategic housing and assets, said: "In order to ensure residents continue to play a key role in how the area develops, we have now come up with a number of possible options ... so that people can tell us what they think would work best.

    “[These] are only possible if we are able to secure additional funding from central government so we will also be using the document as evidence and we are urgently seeking a meeting with the housing minister to present our case.”

    Horden's numbered streets area

    There will be a public exhibition at Horden Social Welfare Centre on 4 June, and a series of drop in sessions on subsequent Tuesdays throughout the month.

  3. Sunderland hostel campaigners feeling 'betrayed'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    James Harrison

    Campaigners fighting plans for a new YMCA hostel in Sunderland have said they feel "totally betrayed" and will keep pressure on the council to reverse the decision.

    Proposals for the eight-bed facility at the site of the former Church View Medical Centre, in Silksworth, prompted anger when they were approved in March.

    Several marches and protests were held in the run up to the decision, with fear of anti-social behaviour high on the objectors' list of concerns.

    George Callaghan, chairman of No Way to the YMCA and Silksworth Residents’ Action Group, said: “Some 4,500 people protested [in a petition] and most people in Silksworth don’t want it, but we weren’t listened to.

    “We’re continuing with our protest and this will go on till they realise that place is not suitable.

    “The majority of people in Silksworth feel totally betrayed.”

    Care bosses have stressed young people in the centre would benefit from 24-hour supervision and support from a rota of care staff.

    Kath Hope, chief executive, YMCA Wearside, said: “YMCA Wearside is committed to ensuring that young people in our community have a safe place to stay when their lives turn upside down.

    “It is disappointing to see that some residents do not view this issue in the same way but we recognise their right to peacefully object. "

    No Way To The YMCA
  4. Conservation protection for coastline

    Part of the North East coast has been included in a swathe of new marine conservation zones announced by the government today.

    The stretch between Berwick and Whitley Bay is home to species such as seals and dolphins, and is an important breeding ground for the common eider duck.

    It is one of 41 such "blue belt" areas around the UK, aimed at safeguarding the marine environment.

    However, campaigners fear the designation will not restrict activities like commercial fishing enough to make a big difference.

    Dunstanburgh Castle
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    Video caption: Helena Atay: Wife said husband had 'enemies' on bodycam

    Atakan Atay was stabbed in the chest at the couple's home in Gateshead in October.

  6. BreakingWoman jailed for 14 years for killing husband

    Andrew Hartley

    BBC Look North

    A woman who stabbed her husband to death in a row over her drinking has been jailed for 14 years at Newcastle Crown Court.

    Helena Atay, 42, also known as Karine, told Newcastle Crown Court she could not remember stabbing 45-year-old Atakan, and denied his murder.

    Helena Atay

    The Turkish-born businessman was killed at the couple's home in Birtley, Gateshead, in October.

    The prosecution alleged a "craving for alcohol" led to the fatal confrontation after he tried to police her drinking.

    Mr Atay was stabbed after attempting to stop her leaving the house to buy another bottle of wine, the jury was told.

    She was found guilty of manslaughter and not murder, on the grounds of lack of intent.

    Atakan Atay
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    Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) County Durham northbound severe accident, from J61 for A688 Tursdale Road to J62 for A690.

    A1(M) County Durham - Stationary traffic on A1(M) northbound in Durham from J61, A688 (Bowburn) to J62, A690 (Carrville), because of all traffic being temporarily held and an accident involving five vehicles.

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

  8. BreakingProbes launched into 'abuse' at specialist hospital

    Two investigations have been launched into allegations of abuse of patients at a specialist hospital in County Durham, a watchdog has announced.

    The Care Quality Commission has commissioned David Noble to review into how it dealt with concerns raised over Whorlton Hall.

    Undercover filming by BBC Panorama appeared to show patients being mocked, intimidated and restrained.

    The site had at least 100 visits by official agencies in the year before the abuse was discovered.

    The review will focus on concerns raised about a draft report prepared in 2015, and how they were addressed through CQC’s internal processes.

    The CQC is also commissioning a wider review of its regulation of the site between 2015 and this year.

    Ten people have been arrested over offences relating to abuse and neglect at the privately-run NHS-funded unit, Durham Police said.

    Whorlton Hall,
  9. Four men found hiding inside lorry in County Durham

    Four Sudanese men have been found inside the trailer of a lorry in County Durham.

    Police were called to reports of the stowaways at the services at junction 59 of the A1, near Newton Aycliffe, at 10:10 today.

    The matter is now being dealt with by immigration officials.

  10. Festival noise makes resident fume

    Daniel Holland

    Local Democracy Reporter

    The noise from a music festival drowned out the sound of the organ in a nearby church, and left local residents begging "never again".

    This is Tomorrow, headlined by stars including Noel Gallagher and Stereophonics, brought more than 30,000 people into Newcastle’s Exhibition Park over the Bank Holiday weekend.

    However residents in nearby Brandling Park said the noise reached “unbelievable” levels, and are calling on the council and the Newcastle Parks Trust to spare them from more massive concerts in the future.

    One described the noise as "diabolical", another said: "I was in church on Sunday morning and even when the organ was playing I could still hear the music from the festival.”

    Marilyn Zack, added: “There is nothing we can do about last weekend now, but we can try to prevent such a big, commercial event happening on our doorstep ever again.”

    Council officials admitted that noise levels did exceed their limit at certain times, but said that when that happened they instructed sound technicians to reduce the volume.

    A spokesperson for Newcastle City Council said it was a "brilliant weekend" which "will have had an economic benefit of around £6m for Newcastle".

    James Cross, chief executive of Newcastle Parks and Allotments Trust, said: “Events like This is Tomorrow help generate revenue that we will reinvest to make sure the city’s green spaces continue to be somewhere people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy."

    Stereophonics at This is Tomorrow
  11. Riverside staff get 4am starts for Take That concert

    BBC Tees

    BBC Tees Sport

    Staff helping to prepare Riverside Stadium for tomorrow's Take That concert are "tired but excited", the club has said.

    The band, supported by Rick Astley, will be taking to the stage tomorrow evening - with more than 30,000 expected to attend.

    Lee Fryett, from Middlesbrogh Football Club, said everyone had been working really hard to make the event a success.

    He said: "There's been a lot of early mornings, the staff preparing for it have been doing 04:00 starts.

    "So everyone is very tired at the moment, but the adrenalin is getting everyone through.

    "I think tomorrow will be a very proud day for the club."

    Take That
  12. Jamie Cullum to headline Gateshead jazz festival

    Jamie Cullum is set to headline next year's jazz festival at The Sage Gateshead.

    He will take the stage on 20 March.

    Tamsin Austin, director of performance, said “We’re very excited to be welcoming Jamie Cullum as our opening headline act to Gateshead Jazz.

    “The festival forms part of our new, broader, year-round jazz programme and from next year will take place on its new fixed slot of the third weekend of March.”

    The festival returns after a break in 2019.

    Jamie Cullum is the first act to be announced, with more to follow.

    Jamie Cullum performing in Perth, Scotland
  13. Protest disruption begins to clear

    Traffic is returning to normal after a protest by workers at the MGT power plant ended.

    It resulted in the earlier closure of the A66, with police at the scene on Tees Dock Road "facilitating the management of traffic".

    Ch Supt Dave Sutherland said: “Public safety is paramount and we aim for minimal disruption to our communities and businesses during any protest action.

    "Thank you to everyone for your patience today."

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  14. A cloudy but warm day, with some bright spells

    Abbie Dewhurst

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    A muggy and humid start to the day, with a fair amount of cloud around and perhaps some drizzle.

    However, there is also the potential for some bright spells, and it will be warm, with temperatures up to 19C (66F).

  15. Seafront leisure plans revealed

    Sunderland Echo


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