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Severe disruption: A1 Tyne And Wear southbound

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A1 Tyne And Wear southbound severe disruption, from J77 A167 Ponteland Road to J75 A69.

A1 Tyne And Wear - A1 Western Bypass in Tyne and Wear closed southbound from J77, A167 (Kenton Bar Roundabout) to J75, A69 (Denton Burn roundabout), because of a police investigation.

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

Ambulance crews sent to South Bank incident

The North East Ambulance Service said it had sent six resources including a specialist hazard team to the former SSI plant in South Bank.

Fire crews are also on the scene.

An ambulance spokeswoman said there were no details about any casualties.

We will bring you more details when we have them.

Severe disruption: A1 Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Tyne And Wear northbound severe disruption, at J73 A694 Derwenthaugh Road Blaydon.

A1 Tyne And Wear - A1 Western Bypass in Tyne and Wear exit slip road partially blocked northbound at J73, A694 (Blaydon), because of a broken down car towing a caravan. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: A1 Tyne And Wear southbound

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A1 Tyne And Wear southbound severe disruption, at J76 A167 Stamfordham Road.

A1 Tyne And Wear - A1 Western Bypass in Blakelaw lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow southbound at J76, A167 (Westerhope turn off), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: A1 Tyne And Wear southbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Tyne And Wear southbound severe disruption, from J76 A167 Stamfordham Road to J75 A69.

A1 Tyne And Wear - One lane closed and it's slow on A1 Western Bypass southbound in Blakelaw from J76, A167 (Westerhope turn off) to J75, A69 (Denton Burn roundabout), because of a break down. Congestion to the Kenton Junction.

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Two more men charged over Medomsley abuse

Two more men will appear in court over allegations of abuse of young men at the former Medomsley Detention Centre.

The men, who are both former members of staff, are due to appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on 24 October.

Ian Nicholson, 74, is charged with misconduct in a public office, three counts of serious sexual assault and four counts of actual bodily harm.

Alexander Flavell, 86, is also charged with misconduct in a public office, indecent assault, one serious sexual assault and four charges of actual bodily harm.

Earlier this year, five former prison officers were jailed for a total of more than 18 years for abusing former inmates at the centre following three separate crown court trails. Three are pictured below. All five have since appealed against their convictions. These are ongoing.

John McGee left, Christopher Onslow centre, and Kevin Blakely right have been jailed
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Since Operation Seabrook was launched by Durham Constabulary in August 2013, 1,884 men have come forward to report allegations of abuse while detained at the centre.

Police 'did not have a vendetta' against Sunderland man William Charlton

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

A jury has been told police did not have a “vendetta” against a man charged with stirring up racial hatred.

William Charlton, known as Billy, faces five charges of stirring up racial hatred in a series of speeches in Sunderland in 2016 and 2017.

A jury at Newcastle Crown Court has heard Mr Charlton was highly critical of Northumbria Police’s response to alleged crimes committed by immigrants and asylum seekers, saying in a speech in April 2017 “our children deserve better protection".

The court heard Mr Charlton specifically criticised Supt Paul Milner, who was in charge of policing part of Sunderland at the time, saying “that man is in denial.”

William Charlton
BBC

Giving evidence, Supt Milner said a police investigation into Mr Charlton’s speeches was launched in May 2017.

Asked by prosecution barrister Sharon Beattie whether Mr Charlton’s criticisms of the police would “cause you to have some sort of vendetta against Mr Charlton” Supt Milner replied “absolutely not”.

Billy Charlton, 55, of Byland Court Washington, denies all five charges and his trial at Newcastle Crown Court continues.

Severe disruption: A1 Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Tyne And Wear northbound severe disruption, from J73 A694 Derwenthaugh Road Blaydon to J75 A69.

A1 Tyne And Wear - One lane closed on A1 Western Bypass northbound in Swalwell from J73, A694 (Blaydon) to J75, A69 (Denton Burn roundabout), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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Police warn of 'devastating' consequences of carrying weapons

Police have urged people to think about the "devastating" consequences of carrying a weapon after a 17-year-old admitted murdering a lawyer with a screwdriver.

Peter Duncan, 52, was attacked outside a branch of Greggs in Newcastle city centre's Eldon Square shopping centre on 14 August.

Det Ch Insp Jane Fairlamb, of Northumbria Police, said: "This was a shocking incident, in which a much-loved family man was murdered in an unprovoked attack after a chance encounter.

"I want to make it crystal clear it can never be acceptable for anyone to carry a weapon on our streets – as this case highlights the consequences can be truly devastating.

"I would urge anyone who thinks otherwise to think again. Not only could you destroy someone else’s life and those of their loved ones but also think of the impact on your life and that of your family and friends."

She also thanked people in Newcastle for their support saying the force was committed to making sure the streets are safe.

Universities 'in dark' over student mental health needs

Northumbria is one of the universities praised for taking their responsibilities seriously about students' mental health needs.

Information gathered by ex-health minister Sir Norman Lamb's office reveals a "complex and fragmented" picture of mental-health provision across UK universities.

Many of the 110 universities which responded said they did not record all relevant key statistics, such as their budgets or waiting times.

Universities said they could not deal with the issue of mental health alone.

Sir Norman praised some universities, including Cambridge and Northumbria, for taking their responsibilities seriously, but said many others were not doing enough to measure the scale of the problem.

Severe disruption: A1 Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Tyne And Wear northbound severe disruption, at J77 A167 Ponteland Road.

A1 Tyne And Wear - A1 Western Bypass in Tyne and Wear lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow northbound at J77, A167 (Kenton Bar Roundabout), because of a break down.

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

Watch: Non-League player score from inside own half

BBC Sport

Dale Burrell did his best impression of David Beckham and Wayne Rooney by scoring from inside his own half for non-league Whickham FC.

The midfielder netted a stunner in the Northern League Cup fixture against Bishop Auckland on Wednesday as his side came from behind to win 2-1.

Burrell struck to bring his side level just after half-time before they survived going down to 10 men to win in stoppage time on the road. Footage courtesy of Whickham FC.

Score it like Beckham: Whickham FC's Dale Burrell scores from inside own half

Knife surrender to target blade-carrying criminals

Northumbria Police have announced a week of coordinated action against knife crime.

The public will be invited to deposit unwanted knives in surrender bins. Any suspected of being involved in crime could still be examined.

Officers say they will also target people known to carry blades.

Assistant Chief Constable Helen McMillan said officers would make more use of stop-and-search powers.

Knife bin
BBC
Score it like Beckham: Whickham FC's Dale Burrell scores from inside own half
Watch Whickham FC's Dale Burrell score a stunning goal from inside his own half against Bishop Auckland.

Police force recruits its first female horse

Northumbria police has brought ''diversity to the stables'' after recruiting its first ever female horse in 160 years.

Police horse Penelope (stable name Bella) is set to hit the streets for the first time as part of the force’s mounted section.

Sgt Stuart Coates said: “Penelope is the first recruit to the team in a while and she has already made a great impression.

“Incredibly, she is believed to be the first mare to ever be recruited by Northumbria Police so she brings a bit of diversity to the stables."

Police horse Bella
Northumbria Police
Bella
Northumbria Police

“She is full of character and is fitting in well with the boys," he added.

“We are expecting big things from her and if you see her policing the streets we would encourage you to come and say ‘hello’.”

Penelope will carry out patrols and will also police protests, football matches and large events.

Gateshead Quays arts and leisure complex - have your say

Daniel Holland

Local Democracy Reporter

You can now have your say on massive plans to transform the Gateshead Quayside – including designs for a £260m arena complex.

Proposals could see the 12,500 seat venue built in between the Sage and the Baltic Centre, which would open by 2023.

There will also be new waterfront hotels, bars, offices, and restaurants.

Council bosses now want to gather the public’s views on how the southern banks of the Tyne should be redeveloped.

Quayside Arena
HOK

Cllr Martin Gannon said: "We’re passionate about the part we are playing in Gateshead’s transformation and we want residents to play their part too."

A full planning application for the development is expected to be lodged later this year.

A consultation on a new planning framework for the Quayside is open until 8 October.

You can see the plans online or at Gateshead Civic Centre and Central Library.

The council will also be taking questions live on Twitter next Tuesday from 16:00 to 17:30 and is hosting a drop-in event on 26 September from 15:00 to 19:00 at St Mary’s Heritage Centre.

Now that's a goal!

Pamela Bilalova

BBC Newcastle reporter

The goal of the season competition might end right now with this goal by Whickham FC's Dale Burrell.

He scored from the halfway line during their 2-1 match with Bishop Auckland last night, matching David Beckham's feat from 23 years ago.

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Missing Newbiggin Hall man found

A missing man from Newbiggin Hall has been found, police have confirmed.

Northumbria Police have thanked the public for their support in its appeal to find 53-year-old Ian Wearns.

Busty Bank in Burnopfield remains closed this morning

A road in Gateshead was closed yesterday after a lorry crashed into a bridge.

It happened on the Burnopfield Road in Rowlands Gill near the entrance to the National Trust's Gibside estate.

Police closed the road just after 16:00 yesterday afternoon.

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Growing concern for missing Newbiggin Hall man

Lucy Moody

Journalist

Concern is growing for a missing man from Newbiggin Hall, who hasn't been seen or heard from since yesterday lunchtime.

53-year-old Ian Wearns' last known location was his home on Shirlaw Close.

Northumbria Police have described him as 5ft 11in with short hair and hearing aids.

Ian Wearns
Northumbria Police

Gateshead fire: Four rescued from flat blaze

Firefighters have rescued four adults from a fire in a block of flats in Gateshead.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said a team of 12 firefighters tackled the blaze, which broke out in the Bensham area last night.

A crew from Byker in Newcastle also helped with the rescue.

Fire engine
BBC

Cadets praised after helping Great North Run spectator

Cadets gave a woman first aid after she collapsed while watching the Great North Run on Sunday.

The pensioner collapsed near the Hilton hotel on the Gateshead side of the Tyne Bridge.

The police cadets moved the crowds to give her space and gave her first aid until an ambulance crew arrived. She received treatment from medics but did not need to go to hospital.

Ch Insp David Pickett of Northumbria Police said: "The cadets that were positioned with a community support officer near the Tyne Bridge reacted quickly and stayed calm under pressure, offering the woman a much-needed helping hand and managing the crowd of spectators nearby."

He said the credits were "a credit to the force."

Northumbria Police cadets
NORTHUMBRIA POLICE

Roads close to traffic to make way for Tour of Britain cyclists

There are various road closures south of the Tyne today due to the latest stage of cycling's Tour of Britain.

The riders begin today at Gateshead's Baltic at 11:00 but affected roads on the Quayside are already shut.

Today's stage journeys past the Angel of the North, west through Whickham to Chopwell, and then south to Stanhope as the riders head for today's finish in Kendal in the Lake District.

Yesterday's stage from Berwick to Newcastle was won by Dutch rider Dylan Groenewegen of the team Jumbo-Visma.

Tour of Britain
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Severe disruption: A1 Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Tyne And Wear northbound severe disruption, from J71 Hollinside Road to J75 A69.

A1 Tyne And Wear - One lane blocked and it's very slow on A1 Western Bypass northbound in Tyne and Wear from J71, Hollinside (Metro Centre) to J75, A69 (Denton Burn roundabout), because of a break down earlier.

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

Cancer experts focus on genes for cure

Experts trying to prevent and cure cancer in children are gathering in Newcastle.

A three-day conference will look at targeted treatments and analysis of affected DNA.

The focus of the event is genomic medicine -- using information about the genes that cause leukemia.

Prof Anthony Moorman is from Newcastle University's Wolfson Childhood Cancer Research Centre.

He said a cure for cancer was "coming" and great advances had been made in genome medicine where treatment is tailored to individual patients based on their genetics.

Severe disruption: A1 Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A1 Tyne And Wear northbound severe disruption, at J73 A694 Derwenthaugh Road Blaydon.

A1 Tyne And Wear - A1 Western Bypass in Tyne and Wear lane closed on exit slip road northbound at J73, A694 (Blaydon), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A69 Tyne And Wear eastbound

BBC News Travel

A69 Tyne And Wear eastbound severe accident, at Union Hall Road.

A69 Tyne And Wear - Road closed and queues on A69 eastbound in West Denton at the Union Hall Road junction, because of an accident. Congestion to Throckley Interchange, and on Ponteland Road approach to the A19, and routes through West Denton. Diversion in operation - via the exit and entry slip roads.

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

Major police operation for Great North Run weekend

People are being warned the streets around Tyneside will be busy this weekend with the Great North Run.

Thousands of children will be taking part in the Mini and Junior Great North Runs on the Newcastle and Gateshead Quaysides on Saturday, along with the competitors in the Great North 5k.

And then, on Sunday, tens of thousands of competitors will be taking part in the half marathon from Newcastle, through Gateshead, to South Shields.

Northumbria Police said the force would have armed and unarmed officers on duty.

Ch Insp Dave Pickett said: "Public safety is of utmost importance and we have been working closely with the organisers and partners to ensure appropriate measures are in place."

People are being advised to use public transport to get around and more details can be found here and you can find information about the Great North Run weekend here.

Northumbria Police with Paula Radcliffe
NORTHUMBRIA POLICE

Elswick pool due to reopen after a four years

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

A Tyneside swimming pool is due to reopen after a four-year battle to save it from permanent closure.

Elswick Pool in the West End of Newcastle was closed by Newcastle City Council in October 2015 due to budget cuts.

The closure sparked major protests from residents in the area, however the council said the pool could open again if a financially viable business plan was put in place for the community to run it.

Earlier this year, the lease was handed over to Elswick Community Pool and Leisure Centre.

Elswick Pool
Newcastle City Council

Amphetamine worth £200,000 seized from van

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

Amphetamine worth an estimated £200,000 was seized from a van in Gateshead, police said.

The van was stopped in Birtley yesterday afternoon after Northumbria Police received intelligence about a suspicious vehicle travelling from Manchester.

Police said they believed the van, which was stopped on the A194 yesterday afternoon, was linked to organised crime.

The 36-year-old driver was arrested and remains in custody.

Amphetamine seized from van
NORTUMBRIA POLICE

'I feel lucky to have been given this life I love so very much'

Anna Snowdon

BBC Local Live

A woman who had her life saved three times thanks to transplant surgery is urging others to add their names to the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Linzi Saunders
Sunderland University

Linzi Saunders, 22, has received a bone marrow, heart and kidney transplants.

When she was born, she was diagnosed with two different types of leukemia and received a bone-marrow transplant from her brother James. The new treatment caused her to develop cardiomyopathy by the age of eight which meant she would need her second transplant, a heart.

Her third transplant, kidneys, saved her life again when Linzi developed the norovirus. The organs were donated by the mum-in-law of one of Linzi’s sisters.

Photograph of Linzi following her heart transplant alongside a piece of artwork she created replicating the picture
Sunderland University

Linzi, who will study her MA in Fine Art at Sunderland University, said: "I feel so lucky to have had them as each one has helped to continue the life I love so very much.

"Because of everything I have been through I now find my ambition in life is to promote organ donation whenever I can and however I can."

John Reid Road speeding clampdown

James Harrison

Local Democracy Reporter

Mobile speed cameras could soon patrol a busy South Tyneside road where a fifth of drivers break the 40 mile an hour limit.

Some 22,000 motorists use John Reid Road in South Shields every day, according to a council report.

Northumbria Police has recommended upgrading the road to a "level 1 community enforcement site" which could see it visited by a mobile speed camera every two weeks.

South Tyneside councillor Rob Dix said: "The speeds are unacceptable and I’m surprised no one has been killed over the last five years – it’s an accident waiting to happen."

John Reid Road
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Family's tribute to 'much-loved man'

The family of a man who died when he was hit by a car near Durham has paid tribute to him.

Jake Paul Miller was struck on the A690 westbound carriageway in the early hours of Saturday and pronounced dead at the scene.

The family of the 24-year-old said: "He was a much loved son, brother, boyfriend, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend to all and will be sadly missed."

They thanked everyone for their support at "this impossibly difficult time".

The driver of the white Toyota Avensis was not hurt .

Durham Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time or has dashcam footage to contact them.

Jake Paul Miller
FAMILY PHOTO

Three in court after suspected Tyne Tunnel credit card scam

Three men have appeared in court after a suspected £36,000 credit card scam at the Tyne Tunnel.

Tunnel staff became suspicious on Thursday night when the occupants of a black BMW asked to pay the toll by card

Northumbria Police believe "a refund card" had been used and the transaction was cancelled.

Two men, aged 25, were each charged with three counts of fraud by false representation while a third 25-year-old was charged with a single count of the same charge.

They were remanded in custody and will appear at Newcastle Crown Court on 27 September.

Police were called when the BMW was stopped by barrier staff
Northumbria Police

Mental health incidents being dealt with by north east forces increases

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

There has been a dramatic rise in the number of mental health incidents being dealt with by our region's police forces.

Figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 Live show Durham Police saw an increase of almost 250% between 2014 and 2018 - to more than 21,000.

There was a 63% increase for the Cleveland force, with the number staying roughly the same for Northumbria Police.

Police officers
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Severe disruption: A69 Tyne And Wear eastbound

BBC News Travel

A69 Tyne And Wear eastbound severe disruption, from A6085 Ponteland Road to Union Hall Road.

A69 Tyne And Wear - A69 in Throckley closed and it's slow eastbound from Throckley Interchange to the Union Hall Road junction, because of an overturned car.

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