Severed penis victim 'assisting' detectives

A66 The man was found at the side of the A66 in the early hours of Thursday

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A man who had his penis severed in an attack on Teesside has been "assisting" officers attempting to establish how he came about his injuries.

The 40-year-old, who has not been named, remains in a stable condition in hospital after being found on the A66 in Middlesbrough early on 13 March.

After coming out of an induced coma, he was "too distressed" to speak to detectives until after the weekend.

A 22-year-old man arrested over the attack remains on bail.

Cleveland Police has appealed for any witnesses who have not come forward to do so.

A spokeswoman said: "Specially trained officers have visited the man on a number of occasions since his admittance to hospital and have spoken to him about his injuries and how he has come about them.

"He is engaging with these officers and is assisting them as he continues to undergo treatment and begin recovery."

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    Armed stand-off ends peacefully 19:53: Lloyd Watson BBC News

    The last police cordon has come down in North Shields and the stand off with the "distressed" man has ended peacefully. The cherry picker has also been packed up.

    Cherry picker packed up
    Cherry picker looking in office 19:48:

    This cherry picker is now shining a light into a room above Tynemouth Labour MP Alan Campbell's office in Howard Street.

    Cherry picker in Howard Street
    Dog squad out in Shields 19:42:

    Police dogs have now arrived on the scene.

    Police dogs on the scene
    Tape on the floor 19:33: Lloyd Watson BBC News

    The police cordon tape is fluttering on the floor.

    Police cordon down
    'Calming down in Howard Street' 19:22: Lloyd Watson BBC News

    Everything does seem to be calming down here in North Shields. A family of three was just brought to the scene and taken inside. Police are still in the property with the man.

    Police cars leave the scene 19:11: Lloyd Watson BBC News

    I have seen multiple police cars leave but there's still a lot here at the scene in Howard Street. There's also a fire engine still here.

    Police cars leave the scene
    'Moved away from the window' 19:09:

    Eyewitness Steven John Robson tweets: He's being asked to move away from the window and getting a phone from someone coming inside. He's cooperating.

    "Still at window but feels like completely different situation. As if police are just friends having conversation about life. He's away from the window. Police are walking around the street. I think it's safe to assume it's been resolved.

    'We never hear a thing' 19:02:

    John Briddock, a 60-year-old security guard who has lived in Howard Street for five years, had been out for the day and managed to get into his home from a rear courtyard.

    "This is the quietest place I have ever lived normally," he said. "We never hear a thing. We are two minutes from the police station."

    Pirate flag down 18:51:

    Eyewitness says Amanda Dixon says the man has taken a pirate flag down which was in the window and is talking to police.

    Police talking to distressed man
    Reports man is armed 18:46: Adrian Pitches Correspondent, BBC North-East

    Police setting up the cordon in North Shields where the man is holed up in a house. There's unconfirmed reports that he is armed.

    Street cordoned off
    'Body bag' 18:37:

    Eyewitness Steven John Robson tells us the man has shouted: "I'd rather be caged in my house rather than a police cell. Somebody thinks I'm a bad lad if you're all here. The only way I'm coming out the front door is in a body bag."

    'Like something from Star Wars' 18:35:

    John Briddock, a 60-year-old security guard who has lived in Howard Street with his partner Joan Fisher for five years, says the armed police are right outside their home.

    He said: "There's two black guns that are automatic machine guns and they look like something from Star Wars.

    "Literally outside the door is a police Land Rover. There are probably six police cars in the street and two fire engines."

    Man shouting at police 18:29:

    This is the man shouting at police during the stand off in North Shields.

    Man hanging out the window
    Scene of police cordon 18:23: Adrian Pitches Correspondent, BBC North-East

    This is the scene at the junction of Howard Street and Saville Street, North Shields, where a man is barricaded in his flat. All of Howard Street is cordoned off.

    The scene in North Shields
    North Shields incident: What we know 18:13:

    Armed police are dealing with an incident in Howard Street involving a "distressed man".

    The road is currently closed from Saville Street. Concern for the man was raised at about 14:10.

    Map of North Shields

    Police say a cordon has been put in place as a precaution.

    'Take the shot' 18:09:

    Eyewitness Steven John Robson, who is in the building opposite the stand off in North Shields, tweets: guy is out of the window asking to be shot. Literally. "take the shot!"

    Pirate flag put in window 18:07:

    Eyewitness Steven John Robson, who is in the office opposite the stand-off in North Shields, continues: "People got told to go back indoors so they didn't get hurt. He put up a pirate flag so people couldn't see into the window. Police then evacuated the street saying there was a gun shown. But I heard this from others not directly from the police though."

    Man 'threw weights at passers-by' 17:57:

    Eyewitness Steven John Robson, who is in the office opposite the stand-off in North Shields, tells us: "Police burst into a building above MP Alan Campbell's office in Howard Street at about 15:00. A car outside the property had a smashed sunroof. They then taped off street.

    "A man started shouting out the window at people who were taking photographs and threw what looked like weights at them, one bounced off a car."

    By the police cordon 17:49:

    This is the scene from just beside the police cordon in North Shields.

    Police cordon in Howard Street
    Pirate flag put in window 17:40:

    An eye-witness says a man with a local accent was shouting abuse at police and later put up this pirate flag in the window.

    Pirate flag in window
    Many police cars present 17:28:

    Here's a wider view of the stand-off in North Shields which has seen Howard Street cordoned off while police deal with a "distressed" man.

    Howard Street cordoned off
    Fire crews using tube 17:20:

    Earlier a firefighter was seen pulling a black tube into the building in North Shields.

    Firefighter with tube
    Reports from the scene 17:09:

    Bystander Steven John Robson says two firearms officers have moved into position.

    more armed police in Howard Street
    Using a police car to shield themselves 17:00:

    Armed police are at the scene in Howard Street.

    Armed police in Howard Street
    People evacuated from street 16:57:

    Amanda Dixon says she has been evacuated in North Shields while police are involved in a stand-off with a "distressed" man in Howard Street.

    Police in North Shields
    North Shields incident 16:54:

    Northumbria Police tweets: Police are currently dealing with an incident Howard Street, North Shields. Road is currently closed from Saville Street.

    Firefighters at the door 16:54:

    The incident in North Shields seems to be centred on Everlasting Care Ltd, which says it provides "a comprehensive range of personal and practical care services for all people, those with a learning and/or physical disability, and people who need assistance due to illness or general old age to enable them to continue living in the community".

    Fireman at the door of
    Street cordoned off 16:51:

    Here's another picture of the scene in North Shields. A man is currently involved in a stand off with police in Howard Street.

    The scene in North Shields
    Man in stand off with police

    A cordon has been put up and people are being evacuated as a distressed man is involved in a stand off with police in North Shields.

    Scene in North Shields

    Officers went to Howard Street at 14:10 and are now trying to speak to him.

    A statement said: "A cordon has been put in place as a precaution while the incident is dealt with and Howard Street is currently closed from Saville Street."

    Your views on Pardew 16:33:

    It seems Alan Pardew is going to remain in charge at Newcastle United for the time being. Here's a few of your responses:

    John McEnerney: The machine is broken so fix it, Mike Ashley has enough to pay Alan Pardew off get him out, its clear his methods aren't working!

    Samuel Hall: Time seems to be up for Pardew after every result nowadays. Not sure anything will be done about it yet - unfortunately. Jamie: I've supported Pards for a long time but we've played the same team with no improvement all season, time to go.

    Display to return to Newton Aycliffe 16:22: Neil Green BBC Tees

    Last year we brought you the news that Great Aycliffe town council had decided to cancel fireworks display because it had become "too popular".

    But now there's good news as it's been announced the fireworks display is making a comeback this year, but only local people with a ticket will be allowed to attend.


    Aycliffe Town councillor Brian Hall will join me at 16:55 on BBC Tees. Listen live here.

    Watch the Fab interview 16:11: Lloyd Watson BBC News
    News on the hour 15:59:

    The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: The Highways Agency has apologised after roadworks on the A66 caused lengthy delays for motorists during the morning rush hour.
    • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.
    Keeping heart healthy 15:48: Chris Conway BBC Newcastle

    From 16:00 on BBC Newcastle you can hear from the Lord Mayor of Newcastle who's had his cholesterol tested with the charity Heart UK. Listen live here.

    Lord mayor of Newcastle
    Woman sexually assaulted 15:37:

    A woman has been sexually assaulted in Newcastle city centre in the early hours of Saturday morning, Northumbria Police says.

    The woman in her 20s was followed into an alleyway down the side of Monument Mall by a man who touched her inappropriately before running off.

    He is Asian, aged in his mid to late 20s, about 5ft 7in and chubby. He had short dark hair and was wearing a long-sleeved blue shirt.

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle: Match stats 15:22:

    Match facts: Alan Pardew's side failed to score after 10 corners and 56% of the possession last night in the 1-0 loss to Stoke.

    One of Newcastle's 16 shots was on target, while three of Stoke's 12 shots were on the mark.

    Alan Pardew

    Stoke committed 20 fouls and had one booking, with the Magpies committing 15 fouls with two bookings.

    Outbreaks of rain expected 15:09: Lisa Gallagher Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Later in the day outbreaks of rain will cross from the northwest, mainly over the Pennines.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 20C (68F). Check today's forecast near you.

    News on the hour 15:00:

    The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A shipyard labourer from Newcastle who was diagnosed with asbestos related cancer has won a payout from his former employer.
    • BBC Tees: One in 10 of all three-year-olds in the North East has visible tooth decay - that's slightly below the national average.
    'Lame turkey sitting on a hill of Paxo' 14:41:

    BBC Sport asked you if Alan Pardew's time at Newcastle was finally up after their winless start to the Premier League season continued at Stoke last night.

    Here's a selection of your responses: Les Dawson: Alan Pardew feels as comfortable as a lame turkey sitting on hill of paxo listening to Christmas carols.

    Winston Insane: The Stoke result should be the last straw but if not, one more similar result has to be the final nail in Pardew's coffin. DeMill13: Newcastle are only 3 points a drift of Everton and 4 from Liverpool - it's not that bad for them!!

    Schoolboy Liam 'saved us all' 14:22:

    A nursery pupil from Gateshead has become the youngest person to be presented with a bravery award from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

    In his first week of school, four-year-old Liam raised the alarm that a fire had broken out in a kitchen area of a classroom - and went to tell a teacher.

    Liam, with a fire crew and pupils

    Liam's headmistress Gail Howe said: "We are extremely proud of Liam. He's a confident little boy, very friendly and he's loving all of the press attention. It's going to be a full school assembly so all of his friends and teachers can thank him for his prompt action and saving us all."

    Fans call for Pardew sacking 14:12:
    News on the hour 13:59:

    The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

    Police hunt for time capsule 13:52:

    Durham Police is hunting for a time capsule buried when the old force headquarters was built in 1968.

    Staff have moved to a new £14m base and the old building is being sold off for housing. Although it is believed the capsule is at the front of the site nobody knows exactly where, the force said.

    Durham Police old headquarters at Aykley Heads

    Assistant chief officer Gary Ridley said he was "really confident" it was there but everyone involved in its burial had moved on.

    Newcastle 'worst for house prices' 13:40: Mark Denten Political Correspondent, BBC North East & Cumbria

    A survey by Nationwide says Newcastle is the "worst performing city" for house prices in the UK. Prices are up 4% over the year and now average £182,506.

    'Best environment' for Karanka 13:29: The Gazette Newspaper
    Profits down at Wonga 13:17:

    Profits at payday lender and Newcastle United sponsor Wonga have fallen by more than half, the company has announced.

    In the year to the end of December 2013, profits fell by 53% to £39.7m. The company blamed "remediation costs" - money it had to pay back to customers as a result of its own mistakes.

    Janmaat takes on Stoke's Muniesa

    In June this year, the Financial Conduct Authority ordered Wonga to pay £2.6m in compensation to 45,000 customers after it sent out fake letters from non-existent law firms.

    News on the hour 12:59:

    The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: The pay day lender and Newcastle United shirt sponsor Wonga has reported a big drop in pre-tax profits.
    • BBC Tees: Commuters on the A19 tell us they're frustrated by the extended closure of the Newport Bridge and congestion around the A66.
    Tell us your views 12:51:

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

    Pardew's job 'safe for now' 12:41:
    Create your own job 12:28: Julie Smith BBC Look North

    The Princes Trust is launching a campaign to back young people who want to create their own job.

    Philip Woodhead with Julie Smith

    Philip Woodhead from Middlesbrough has used the trust's support to run his own successful fashion and bridal wear company. I'll have more on this story on BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

    Boro's vital statistics 12:12:

    Middlesbrough FC tweets: Suspensions, injuries, and vital statistics. All you need to know ahead of tonight is here

    News on the hour 11:59:

    The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A four-year-old from Gateshead will become the youngest person ever to be presented with a bravery award today from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.
    • BBC Tees: Commuters on the A19 tell us they're frustrated by the extended closure of the Newport Bridge.
    Problems due to contraflow 11:54: BBC Tees

    It's a bit of a nightmare on the roads around Middlesbrough today. The A66 westbound has a contraflow in operation between Boathouse Lane and the Longnewton junction for "essential carriageway resurfacing".

    It started yesterday and will be going on for about four weeks. People are reporting that it's adding over an hour to some journeys.

    World's first trainspotter? 11:44:

    Was this image drawn by the first member of an exclusive and much misunderstood club? Back in September 1825, Jonathan Backhouse watched the inaugural journey of the Stockton to Darlington railway.

    The resulting letter he wrote to his sisters was filled with such enthusiasm, that it could be said to be the earliest documented evidence of trainspotting.

    Sketch of a train

    The letter is on show, along with dozens of other photos, in a new exhibition - Trainspotting - at the National Railway Museum, York. Take a look with Amy Banks one of the curators.

    False widow spider facts 11:34: Lloyd Watson BBC News

    It's probably a good time to point out that there have been no reported deaths from a false widow spider's bite in the UK, after a Seaham woman lost a finger from a bite.

    They are not considered aggressive and generally symptoms are no worse than for a bee or wasp sting

    They arrived in south-west England in the 1870s and are Britain's most venomous spider. They eat insects, invertebrates and even other spiders and they prefers warm, dark places, according to the Natural History Museum.

    Man grows 350lb pumpkin 11:23: Northern Echo Newspaper
    Your pictures: View from monument 11:10:

    Chris Farish from Gateshead went up on top of Grey's Monument in Newcastle and sent us this picture of his view.

    View from monument

    You can send your pictures by email or tweet @BBCNewsNE.

    News on the hour 10:59:

    The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

    Leadbitter to return 10:48:

    Middlesbrough will move into a play-off spot if they can take three points against Blackpool at the Riverside tonight.

    Boro will be without midfielder Dean Whitehead who completes a three-game ban, while Albert Adomah also serves a suspension.

    Midfielder and top scorer Grant Leadbitter, who was rested against Charlton, is likely to return; striker Jelle Vossen is struggling with a hamstring problem.

    How did you learn about sex? 10:31: Jonathan Miles BBC Newcastle

    When it comes to sex education for children, should it be on the school curriculum, or should it be up to parents?

    Call BBC Newcastle on 0191 232 6565 or join the conversation on Facebook. Tina Palmer writes: When I was 12 I found a book under my pillow that my mother had left. It was about how babies were made.

    Roker Riviera 10:21: Martin Emmerson BBC Newcastle

    It's a beautiful morning on the "Roker Riviera" this morning, it's really warm too. An Indian summer perhaps?

    Roker marina in Sunderland
    'No NUFC crisis talks' 10:15:

    Press Association Sport reports there will be no "crisis" talks between Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew this week and that the manager will remain in charge for Saturday's trip to Swansea, "and beyond whatever happens at the Liberty Stadium".

    Give us your feedback 10:11:

    What do you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like your feedback about this service.

    News on the hour 10:00:

    The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

    Sunderland cannabis farm 09:47:

    Up to 50 cannabis plants have been found in Ryhope Road in Sunderland.

    The farm was discovered at about 01:40 after police received a report of "suspicious men" in the area. No-one was in the address at the time and officers are trying to trace the occupants.

    Sgt Mark Thompson said: "Reporting suspicious activity is exactly the right thing to do and in this case officers made inquiries and recovered cannabis plants."

    101 only non-emergency number 09:35:

    From 1 October the only number to call to contact the police in a non-emergency will be 101, Cleveland Police said.

    The 326326 number will be de-activated and a recorded message will advise the caller to contact 101.

    This date coincides with the introduction of all local landline calls in the area requiring the addition of the area code 01642 preceding the telephone number.

    Stab death: Man charged 09:22:

    A man has been charged with the murder of a man stabbed on North Tyneside.

    The 43-year-old victim was found with a single stab wound in Aldwych Drive, North Shields, early on Saturday but died in hospital shortly afterwards.

    A 22-year-old man will appear at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court later. Two men aged 27 and 21 who were arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and a woman, 22, held on suspicion of murder have been released on bail.

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle 09:13:

    Peter Crouch's early header secured Stoke a first home Premier League win of the season and increased the pressure on Newcastle boss Alan Pardew.

    Crouch rose to meet a Victor Moses cross from the left in the 15th minute. Newcastle were fortunate not to concede a penalty when Moses was bundled over in the area by Yoan Gouffran.

    Stoke v Newcastle

    Marko Arnautovic was denied by a post before Newcastle's Jack Colback thumped against the bar late on to leave the visitors second bottom of the table.

    News on the hour 08:59:

    The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

    How to prevent tooth decay 08:52: Nicki Hornby BBC Newcastle

    One in 10 three-year-olds in the North East has tooth decay and Public Health England found that much of that decay was caused by sugary drinks.

    This is totally preventable. Why are children consuming so much sugar?

    Call BBC Newcastle on 0191 232 6565 or join the conversation on Facebook.

    'If we lose he's gone' 08:44:

    Vivek Chaudhary, journalist for The Independent, describes his chance meeting with Mike Ashley where the Newcastle owner suggested manager Alan Pardew had "one more game", adding "If we lose against Stoke on Monday night then he's gone. I have had enough."

    Mike Ashley

    The quotes were downplayed on Friday by Ashley's lawyer as a joke "intended to be tongue-in-cheek". However the journalist insisted "at no time did I get a sense it was tongue-in-cheek". Newcastle lost 1-0 against Stoke on Monday night.

    Bridge work to cost 'extra £200k' 08:33: Lisa McCormick BBC Tees

    Commuters using the A19 have told BBC tees they remain frustrated by the ongoing closure of the Newport Bridge.

    The bridge - which has been closed for repainting and repair work - was originally supposed to reopen at the start of this month.

    That's been pushed back to the end of October, costing the council an extra £200,000.

    Spider bite woman loses finger 08:19:

    A story you might have missed from yesterday was the tale of a woman who has had a finger amputated - and who was told she was within hours of death - after being bitten by a false widow spider.

    Andrea Wallace, from Seaham, County Durham, was bitten in a Sunderland park and described the result as "like something out of a horror movie".

    Woman with missing finger

    The attack left her with the flesh-eating bug necrotising fasciitis, which required 10 weeks in hospital. False widows are the UK's most venomous spider but extreme reactions are rare.

    Dry with sunny spells 08:11: Lisa Gallagher Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Many places will have a dry day, with warm bright or sunny spells, especially across eastern areas once early mist, fog or low cloud clears. Although later in the day outbreaks of rain will cross from the northwest, mainly over the Pennines.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 20C (68F). Check the forecast near you.

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    Broken down car 08:03:

    One lane is blocked on the A19 northbound in Middlesbrough between the A66 junction and Portrack Interchange because of a broken down car.

    There's also very slow traffic on the A1 Western Bypass southbound between the Hexham turn off in Newcastle and the Dunston Interchange in Gateshead. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

    Good morning 08:00: Lloyd Watson BBC News

    Welcome to BBC Local Live. I'll be bringing you news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the North East.

    If you'd like us to feature your comments or pictures, send them to us by email, tweet us @BBCNewsNE or join our Facebook page.



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