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BreakingMan guilty of murdering Connor Brown in Sunderland

A man has been found guilty of the murder of 18-year-old Connor Brown, who was stabbed outside a pub in Sunderland in February.

Leighton Barrass, 20, of Hartside Square, Sunderland, killed Connor in an argument by the Borough pub.

Another man, Ally Gordon, 19, of Pulmuir Road, was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter at Newcastle Crown Court.

The court previously heard Barrass had bought a flick knife from a shop in Sunderland for £15 on the day of Connor's death.

He was seen demonstrating to friends how the knife worked in CCTV images shown to the court.

Sentencing has been adjourned until 10:00 tomorrow.

Connor Brown
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Further arrests following Horden shooting

BBC Tees

A 40-year-old man remains in hospital with serious injuries following a shooting in Horden.

A man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder and a woman has also been detained on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Durham Constabulary are examining a number of locations across Peterlee and Horden as part of the investigation into the incident, which happened in Moutter Close in Horden, at about 01.45 on Sunday.

Horden Household Waste Recycling Centre has also been closed to the public while inquiries continue.

Three other people arrested in connection with the shooting have been released.

Hordon
BBC

Middlesbrough man charged with Rachel Wilson's murder to appear in court

A man is due in court charged with the 2002 murder of a woman.

Rachel Wilson, 19, and from Middlesbrough, was last seen alive in May 2002. Her remains were found on the outskirts of the town a decade later.

Keith Hall is charged with murder, living off the earnings of prostitution and perverting the course of justice.

The 61-year-old, from Grove Hill, Middlesbrough, entered no plea when he appeared at court on Monday and was remanded by magistrates.

Rachel Wilson
Cleveland Police

Severe accident: A186 Tyne And Wear both ways

BBC News Travel

A186 Tyne And Wear both ways severe accident, at Pease Avenue.

A186 Tyne And Wear - A186 West Road in Newcastle blocked and it's slow at the Pease Avenue junction, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A66 County Durham westbound

BBC News Travel

A66 County Durham westbound severe accident, from Mill Lane to A1150 Darlington Road.

A66 County Durham - A66 in Durham closed westbound from the Mill Lane junction to Great Burdon roundabout, because of a serious accident involving car. In the roadworks area. Diversion in operation - Hollow Diamond - Mill Lane - A67 to rejoin the A66.

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

Man feared dead in NZ explosion found safe and well

A Darlington man who it was feared was caught up in the volcanic eruption in New Zealand has been located this evening.

Karl Rakos's mum, from Ferryhill, has confirmed that he is safe and on a cruise ship heading for Australia.

He's due to arrive there tomorrow.

Earlier today, Mr Rakos's son had said he was increasingly worried about his father and stepmother as he hadn't heard from them since Sunday.

Six people are now known to have died and 30 have been injured following the eruption on White Island.

Severe accident: A167(M) Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A167(M) Tyne And Wear northbound severe accident, at A193 Newbridge Street.

A167(M) Tyne And Wear - A167(M) in Civic Quarter partially blocked and queues northbound at A193 Newbridge Street, because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A189 Tyne And Wear southbound

BBC News Travel

A189 Tyne And Wear southbound severe accident, from B1311 Gallowgate to Bath Lane.

A189 Tyne And Wear - A189 St James Boulevard in Chinatown partially blocked and queues southbound from the B1311 Gallowgate junction to the Bath Lane junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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

Severe accident: A691 County Durham both ways

BBC News Travel

A691 County Durham both ways severe accident, at A167.

A691 County Durham - A691 in Durham partially blocked and queues at Sniperley roundabout, because of an accident involving vehicle and pedestrian.

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

Severe disruption: A19 North Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A19 North Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, from A66 to A1046 Haverton Hill Road.

A19 North Yorkshire - A19 in Middlesbrough closed to high sided vehicles in both directions from the A66 junction to Portrack Interchange. Traffic is coping well.

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

County Durham NHS bosses travel to Italy to recruit nurses

NHS chiefs in County Durham and Darlington have admitted they are "constantly" trying to fill vacant posts in their A&E departments - even travelling to Italy to recruit nurses.

They also revealed that they face a "real challenge" keeping waiting times down, especially with the impact of added winter pressures.

There have been calls to ease this by reopening emergency care at Bishop Auckland Hospital.

However, it is believed this option is not viable due to the other services that would also need to be restarted to ensure patient safety.

The Trust says it is actively working on a recruitment programme.

Image of nurses
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Sunderland student wins silver at British Taekwondo Championships

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

A 22-year-old University of Sunderland student has won silver in the British Championships at Taekwondo.

Cameron Park has been training in the martial art for a decade thanks to his dad John.

John, who also works at the university, encouraged his son to take up the discipline which he himself has been doing since 1984.

Cameron now has his sights set on the World Championships in Denmark next year.

Image of Cameron Park
Sunderland University

Severe disruption: A1(M) County Durham southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) County Durham southbound severe disruption, from J61 for A688 Tursdale Road to J60 for A689.

A1(M) County Durham - One lane closed and queues on A1(M) southbound from J61, A688 (Bowburn) to J60, A689 (Bradbury), because of a break down.

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

Naheed Khan: Police receive 'crucial information'

Police investigating the murder of a missing Middlesbrough woman say someone has come forward with "crucial information".

Naheed Khan, 43, was reported missing on 12 June 2018, but had not been seen by her family for three weeks before then.

Cleveland Police said they are not able to disclose how they received the new information, or go into specific details, but did say it could be of "real significance" to their investigation.

They are appealing to those who have provided the information last month to come forward again.

Independent charity Crimestoppers is now offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information that leads police to find Naheed Khan’s body.

Naheed Khan
Cleveland Police

Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham southbound

BBC News Travel

A1(M) County Durham southbound severe accident, between J61 for A688 Tursdale Road and J60 for A689.

A1(M) County Durham - One lane closed and queues on A1(M) southbound in Durham between J61, A688 (Bowburn) and J60, A689 (Bradbury), because of an accident.

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

Newcastle offer season ticket holders free half-season ticket to try to fill St James' Park

BBC Sport

Newcastle are offering season ticket holders a free additional half-season ticket to gift to fellow supporters to help fill St James' Park.

Sunday's 2-1 victory over Southampton was Newcastle's lowest home crowd for a Premier League match since November 2010, with 42,303 in attendance.

The free ticket will cover 10 home Premier League games, starting against Everton on 28 December.

Tickets will be available on a first-come first-served basis from Tuesday.

Jonjo Shelvey scored Newcastle's equaliser as they came from behind to beat Southampton
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"To have the crowds we have is wonderful and we can't ever take that for granted," said Magpies boss Steve Bruce.

"But the question to all of us at the club is can we pack the stadium to the rafters?

"It starts with results on the pitch, but I hope a gesture like this will help us to fill the place because St James' Park in full voice is a force to be reckoned with."

Newcastle fans held a protest against the ownership of Mike Ashley outside St James' Park before their opening Premier League match against Arsenal this season.

Severe disruption: A19 County Durham northbound

BBC News Travel

A19 County Durham northbound severe disruption, from A689 Coal Lane to Coal Lane.

A19 County Durham - One lane blocked and queues on A19 northbound in Durham from Seal Sands roundabout to the Coal Lane junction, because of a broken down fuel tanker.

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

South Shields man returns home after being held in Ukraine for more than a year

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

A South Shields man who has been stranded in Ukraine for a year will be able to spend Christmas with his family after arriving home.

Robert Urwin was detained in Kiev last year accused of signing a cheque for over £30,000 that later bounced in the United Arab Emirates in 2006.

The 68-year-old always said it was forged, as he'd left the UAE the year before.

Despite being cleared and released in Ukraine last December, he wasn't allowed to leave the country due to an Interpol red notice.

That has now been lifted.

Interpol has been contacted for a comment.

Robert Urwin
Family Photo

Horden shooting: Three arrests after man seriously injured

A man has been seriously injured in a shooting in County Durham.

Police said they were called to Moutter Close, Horden, near Peterlee, at about 01:45 GMT yesterday morning.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, and two women are in custody on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder, Durham Police said.

Det Ch Insp Stephen Thubron appealed for anyone with information about the shooting to contact the force.

Peterlee
BBC

'I'm not afraid of that dance floor anymore'

He danced his way to the semi finals, but South Shields comedian Chris Ramsey's Strictly journey is over.

Chris and partner Karen went out after losing the dance-off.

It means the three finalists are Kelvin Fletcher; Emma Barton and Karim Zeroual.

The winner of the Glitterball Trophy will be decided by the public vote only on Saturday

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Severe accident: A19 County Durham southbound

BBC News Travel

A19 County Durham southbound severe accident, after A1027.

A19 County Durham - One lane closed and queues on A19 southbound in Durham after Norton Interchange, because of an accident.

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

Boris Johnson challenged over Labour manifesto

The PM is taking part in a Q and A in Washington:

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BreakingMan in court over 2002 murder

Ian Reeve

BBC Look North

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a teenager who went missing in 2002.

Keith Hall, 61, appeared at Teesside Magistrates’ Court charged with the murder of 19-year old Rachel Wilson from the Easterside area of the town.

The body of Miss Wilson was found in 2012, leading to a murder investigation.

Twenty Cleveland Police officers worked exclusively on the case.

Mr Hall, from Grove Hill in Middlesbrough, entered no plea and no application for bail was made.

He is also charged with living off the earnings of prostitution and perverting the course of justice.

He will next appear at Teesside Crown Court on Wednesday.

Rachel Wilson
Cleveand Police

BreakingMan charged with murdering woman in 2002

Police investigating the murder of Rachel Wilson, who went missing in Middlesbrough in 2002, have charged a man with her murder.

The 19-year-old's body was found on farmland near Coulby Newham.

A 61-year-old man has been charged with murder, living off prostitution and attempting to pervert the court of justice.

He's due to appear before Teesside magistrates today.

Rachel Wilson
Cleveland Police

Severe disruption: A19 Tyne And Wear southbound

BBC News Travel

A19 Tyne And Wear southbound severe disruption, from A1231 Sunderland Highway to A183.

A19 Tyne And Wear - One lane closed on A19 southbound in Sunderland from the A1231 Sunderland Highway junction to the A183 junction, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

BBC Football Gossip: Randolph to leave Middlesbrough?

BBC Sport

Midddlesbrough have contacted by West Ham about a potential move to bring Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph, 32, back to the club. (90min)

Darren Randolph
Reuters

More than 500 drivers fined in three days for using Gateshead bus lane

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

More than 500 drivers have been caught using a bus lane in Gateshead in three days.

After many years of drivers ignoring the signs on South Shore Road, Gateshead Council switched on a bus lane camera to deter motorists from breaking the law.

Those caught in the first few days are being sent a written warning rather than being sent a £60 penalty fine.

Gateshead bus lane
BBC