Grenaa Star captain arrested over Tynemouth pier crash

The beached Grenaa Star The boat, which suffered serious hull damage, beached in South Shields

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The captain of a fishing boat which crashed into a pier has been arrested on suspicion of being drunk.

The 60ft (18m) Grenaa Star collided with Tynemouth's South Pier early on Tuesday and began taking on water.

The 46-tonne Hartlepool-registered vessel was eventually beached at nearby South Shields.

Northumbria Police said the 53-year-old man had been arrested and bailed on suspicion of being a master, pilot or seaman unfit through drink.

He was treated in hospital for a head injury sustained in the collision. Two other crew members were unhurt.

The pier was not badly damaged.

An investigation into the incident is continuing.

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    Injured jockey's fundraiser 17:53: Northern Echo Newspaper
    BANK ROBBERY 17:48:

    Police were called to the Lloyds TSB bank on Front Street, Stanley, just before 14:00 following reports of a robbery in which the suspect claimed to have a firearm.

    A substantial amount of money was taken, a spokeswoman for Durham Police said.

    'HARDCORE' CROOKS 17:42: Evening Gazette Newspaper

    Teesside has the highest proportion of hardcore criminals in the country, new figures show. They relate to those offenders sentenced with 50 or more previous convictions.

    Flood protection restored 17:38:

    Flood protection has been restored to more than 100,000 properties in England, including at Greatham Creek in Teesside left at risk after the wettest winter on record, BBC News reports.

    Community chest scheme 17:28:

    Community groups across the county are being offered funding to help deliver projects through the Community Chest Scheme that is run by Northumberland County Council.

    The Council's Community Chest Scheme aims to support activities that will benefit local communities. The first deadline for applications is Friday 9 May.

    Thick fog blights play 17:22: Martin Emmerson BBC Newcastle

    Rain in the morning made way for thick fog in the afternoon but why this wasn't called off before 17:00 is a mystery.

    The conditions were so bleak we lost sight of Lumley Castle for most of the day and I half-expected Sherlock Holmes to come walking out of the Chester-le-Street gloom.

    However, this now makes for a great final day.


    A Gateshead man who swallowed a live goldfish as part of a 'Neknomination' stunt has pleaded guilty to an offence under the Animal Welfare Act.

    Gavin Hope, 22, of Lauder Way, Pelaw, appeared in court and was ordered to pay a £300 fine and £430 costs.

    Video footage posted on Facebook and showed Hope prepare a drink that included the fish. It's the first case related to the online drinking game brought by the RSPCA.

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    BBC Tees: Fifty-one people died on North Yorkshire's roads last year - twice as many as the previous 12 months

    BBC Newcastle: The Northern Rock foundation announces its closure after 16 years of donating cash. It says it's failed to strike a deal with Virgin Money

    Suspicious house fire 16:52:

    A house was seriously damaged when a wheelie bin was set on fire at the back door, police said.

    Cleveland Police are investigating the fire at a house on Jakckson Street, Brotton, at about 22:00 on Monday.

    The house was empty at the time and no one was hurt.

    HEART-WARMING TALE 16:45: Sharon Barbour BBC Look North

    It was a children's party with a difference - thought to be the only one of its kind in the country and possibly the world.

    All of the youngsters are critically ill with each one dependent on a donor heart arriving in time to save their lives.

    Freeman Hospital baby

    But for a short time they could forget the mechanical heart keeping them alive to enjoy the party at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital. You can catch my full report on Look North at 18:30 BST.

    'BIN IT RIGHT' 16:41:

    People in County Durham are being reminded to 'Bin it right' to make sure their recycling can be used to make new products.

    The six-month county council campaign, which starts this month, is aimed at encouraging them to put the right items in the right bin to stop recyclable material being contaminated and spoiled by items that can't be recycled.

    The local authority said nearly 10% of the total material collected for recycling was non-recyclable - including nappies, pet waste and food.

    'WE'LL GIVE IT OUR ALL' 16:29:

    Ahead of Boro's clash with Reading at 20:00, manager Aitor Karanka says his side owe it to other teams in the Championship to do everything they can to beat the play-off-chasing Royals.

    Aitor Karanka
    Resurfacing A1 16:20: BBC News

    Yesterday, BBC News Online reported that resurfacing work costing £1.6m is to be carried out on a section of the A1 in Northumberland.

    The Highways Agency is carrying out work between Alnwick South Interchange and Denwick Interchange.

    Road blocked after crash 16:16:

    The A68 in Corbridge is blocked northbound between Stagshaw Roundabout and Errington Arms Roundabout after a two-car crash, BBC Travel News reports.

    NUISANCE CALLER 16:04: Sunderland Echo Newspaper

    A 999 nuisance has been jailed after clocking up his 52nd conviction for making hoax calls to the emergency services.

    NEWS ON THE HOUR 15:59:

    The top headlines at 16:00 include:

    BBC Tees: North Yorkshire Police say they will increase speed checks and use unmarked police bikes to help cut roads deaths

    BBC Newcastle: A woman has been found dead in a private swimming pool in Newcastle

    Cash stolen from elderly 15:46:

    A man offering to sell cigarettes and whisky has stolen about £750 from elderly residents in Middlesbrough, police said.

    The three similar incidents happened between Thursday and Saturday with Cleveland Police saying when the victims took out money to pay him, he made off with the money.

    Cleveland Police warned people not to buy items from people coming to their front doors without identification.

    Illegal fishing spot checks 15:33:

    More than 30 people were caught fishing illegally in the North East over the Easter weekend, the Environment Agency said.

    Spot checks were carried out on rivers and large water stretches over the four days to check anglers were licensed and following seasonal rules.

    The Agency said 1,064 anglers were checked with 27 found to be fishing without a licence, and seven close season bye-law offences were detected.

    Any hope for cricket? 15:28:

    Martin Emmerson tweets: Not holding out much hope. There is a castle up there somewhere. Day 3 of @DurhamCricket v @SomersetCCC looks doomed.

    Chester-le-Street ground
    Teen cafe 15:18: BBC Newcastle

    A County Durham cafe is to be run by teenagers for one night a week in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour.

    Christine's Cafe in Stanley's Front Street will provide pool and soft drinks and a meeting place for young people to run as they please.

    There's a meeting this Friday for anyone interested.

    Car overturns 15:12: Newcastle Chronicle

    This is the dramatic picture of a car which turned upside down on its roof sparking a major police incident.

    The accident happened at the Red House Farm roundabout in Gosforth, Newcastle, near to the Wansbeck Road Metro station on Sunday night.

    Reading v Middlesbrough 15:07:

    Take a look at the team news as Middlesbrough travel to the Madejski Stadium to take on Reading in tonight's match.


    Middlesbrough won the earlier meeting 3-0 at the Riverside Stadium in December - their only win in the last four meetings.

    News on the hour 14:57:

    The top headlines at 15:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: The Northern Rock Foundation has announced it's closing.
    • BBC Tees: Fifty one people died on North Yorkshire's roads last year - twice as many as the previous 12 months.
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    Family loses home in fire 14:45: Helen Richardson BBC Newcastle News Editor

    A Sunderland family is looking for a new home after their house was completely destroyed by a fire on Easter Sunday.

    The blaze broke out on St Marks road on Sunday night.

    Two people were taken to hospital and the family is now being re-homed.

    Firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire, but they do say that the people inside were alerted by a smoke alarm and that things could have been far worse if they hadn't had an alarm fitted.

    Northern Rock Foundation to close 14:37:

    Jo Barnett, head of social enterprise at Virgin Money said: "The Northern Rock Foundation has contributed to some fantastic work here in the North East and Cumbrian regions for many years and we have been proud to support them with £1.5m of donations over the last two years.

    "We have tried hard to find a way to continue working together on programmes that would deliver significant benefit to the region, however we have not been able to agree a way forward."

    Rain stops at ground 14:24:

    Martin Emmerson tweets: The rain has stopped and the ground staff are working on the covers but we now have a lot of mist here and the light remains poor.

    Northern Rock Foundation to close 14:13:

    The Northern Rock Foundation - the charitable arm of the former Northern Rock bank - is to be closed down.

    It handed out more than £200m to more than 2,000 organisations across the North East and Cumbria over the last 16 years.

    The Foundation says it can't strike a deal with Virgin Money, which bought Northern Rock, for future long-term funding.

    News on the hour 13:58:

    The top headlines at 14:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A man's been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a house fire in Redcar.
    • BBC Newcastle: The Northern Rock Foundation has announced it's closing
    Tree teens advised 13:50:

    Following on from the earlier story about Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah saying she's writing to Northumbria Police after an officer allegedly moved on a group of girls building a den in woodland.

    Northumbria Police says it responded to a complaint from a resident about teenagers hanging around and that people in the area had recently reported trees being damaged.

    It says an officer attended, no offence had been committed and the youngsters were given "advice".

    INQUEST VERDICT 13:37: Hartlepool Mail Newspaper
    Mills backs Gateshead for play-offs 13:26:

    Manager Gary Mills has backed Gateshead to pick up the point needed to reach the Conference Premier play-offs for the first time in their history.

    Gary Mills

    The Tynesiders, who finish the regular season against Cambridge on Saturday, occupy the final play-off spot with a three-point lead over Braintree.

    "We know we're good enough to beat anyone in the league on our day, we've proved that," Mills told BBC Newcastle.

    13:21: Sunderland Echo Newspaper

    Footballers were on target for charity in a match held in memory of teenager Glenn Robinson.

    The annual soccer game remembers Houghton youngster Glenn, who died aged just 16 in 1997, after contracting meningitis.

    Rain stops play 13:15: Martin Emmerson BBC Newcastle

    The morning session on day three at Chester-le-Street between Durham and Somerset has fallen victim to the weather.

    It's raining and the light is not good. The umpires have decided to take an early lunch in the hope things will clear up by mid afternoon.

    Durham will at some point resume their second innings on 152-7, which is a lead of 275.

    Coming up 13:11: Colin Briggs BBC Look North

    Join me at 13:30 on BBC One when we'll have more on the body blow for charities in the region as the Northern Rock Foundation folds.

    And nursed back to health with some tender loving care, the baby hare attacked by a stoat.

    Get active 13:05:

    Are you inspired to get active? Find a sport session near you with the BBC's Things To Do website.

    News on the hour 12:56:

    The top headlines at 13:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A man has been charged with attempted murder after a stabbing outside a Whitby pub
    • BBC Newcastle: Man United are looking for a new manager after sacking David Moyes
    Reality star cuts alcohol 12:47: Chi Chi Izundu Newsbeat entertainment reporter

    Reality TV star Vicky Pattison says that after being convicted for assault charges, she has cut back on the amount of alcohol she drinks.

    The Geordie Shore star was sentenced to 180 hours of community service and ordered to pay over £6,000 in compensation at Newcastle Crown Court earlier this year.

    Potholes need cash 12:36: Northern Echo Newspaper
    12:30: Martin Emmerson BBC Newcastle

    The BBC Newcastle cricket commentator tweets: Only twice have sides chased down 300+ at CLS v @DurhamCricket . @Yorkshireccc last season with 339-6 and @SussexCCC in 2011 with 309-8.

    MATTHEW'S FUNERAL 12:23: Evening Gazette Newspaper

    The funeral of Middlesbrough student Matthew Jordan, whose body was found in Windermere last week, will take place in Coulby Newham on Friday.

    ALL SMILES 12:17:

    Here's our very own Jonathan Miles looking proud of himself following Katie-Jane Pridmore's flower arranging lesson.

    Jonathan Miles

    Once again he's brightening up the BBC Newcastle office on a grey day!

    FISHY GOINGS ON 12:08:

    The Environment Agency tweet: We are on the River Wear at Durham checking out how hydropower and fish pass construction is going

    Environment Agency hydropower and fish pass construction work at Durham
    News on the hour 11:59:

    The top headlines at 12:00 include:

    BBC Tees: A man's been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a house fire in Redcar

    BBC Newcastle: Manchester United have sacked their manager, David Moyes

    SEEING THE LIGHT 11:54: Martin Emmerson BBC Newcastle

    Things might be looking up at Chester-le-Street for day three of Durham and Somerset's County Championship cricket clash. Martin Emmerson tweets: "The light has actually begun to improve here in the last few minutes and the rain seems to have stopped. We are on the fringes of a front."

    Tyne and Wear Metro boss dies 11:37:

    The man who oversaw the construction and opening of the Tyne and Wear Metro has died at the age of 88, BBC News Online reports.

    Desmond Fletcher showing Her Majesty The Queen around Gateshead Interchange at the official opening of Metro

    Desmond Fletcher, from Whitley Bay, was director general of the Tyne Wear Passenger Transport Executive (PTE) - now Nexus - from 1976 to 1983.


    A 44-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following reports of a fire at a house on Charlotte Street, Redcar, at around 14:00 on Monday.

    The house was empty at the time of the incident. Detectives have begun an investigation alongside Cleveland Fire Brigade.


    Katie-Jane Pridmore, from the Flower Cabin in Seaton Delaval, will be going for gold at the Chelsea Flower Show next month.

    Lion flower basket

    Two years ago, she won a silver for a spectacular chandelier. And earlier she gave BBC Radio Newcastle's Jonathan Miles a lesson in flower arranging.

    ATTACK APPEAL 11:09:

    Northumbria Police are appealing for information after a man was attacked in South Shields.

    Three men entered the China Cook takeaway in Canterbury Street and assaulted a member of staff at around 22:50 on Monday.

    The men were wearing dark balaclavas or ski masks and dark clothing. They fled the scene in the direction of Albany Street.

    NEWS ON THE HOUR 10:58:

    The top headlines at 11:00 include:

    BBC Tees: A man's due before magistrates charged with attempted murder after a stabbing outside a Whitby pub

    BBC Newcastle: Changes to family justice come into effect today

    END OF THE ROAD? 10:53: The Journal Newspaper

    Campaigners have called for streets to be pedestrianised after 21 people have been hit by buses in only two years in Newcastle city centre.

    ROUGH TIMES 10:36:

    The Big Teesside Sleepout takes place on Friday to raise awareness and funds for homeless charities.

    Two sponsored events held last year raised a combined £27,000.

    Earlier, BBC Tees heard from a Stockton man who said things were so bad at times he tried to take his own life.

    DARK CLOUDS 10:30: Martin Emmerson BBC Newcastle

    Martin Emmerson tweets: Not looking good for @DurhamCricket and @Somersetccc at the moment. Too dark for cricket and rain a regular threat.

    Durham cricket ground
    SLOW GOING 10:25:

    The A1231 at St Michael's Way in Sunderland is busy but traffic is moving between the A183 Livingstone Road roundabout junction and the Stockton Road junction, BBC Travel News reports.

    'TAX' TROUBLES 10:13: Northern Echo Newspaper

    Benefits claimants in the North East and North Yorkshire have been hit harder by Government's 'bedroom tax' than any other region, a new study has revealed.

    NEWS ON THE HOUR 09:58:

    The top headlines at 10:00 include:

    BBC Tees: A man has been charged with attempted murder after a stabbing outside a Whitby pub

    BBC Newcastle: Manchester United manager David Moyes leaves the club 10 months after taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson

    Paralympian aborts glacier trip 09:52:

    A team of four men who were trying to snow-kite 185 miles (300km) across a glacier in Iceland have aborted their challenge due to illness.

    Sean Rose snow-kiting

    Paralympian skier Sean Rose, originally from Middlesbrough, suffered a bladder infection and a temperature three days into the journey across Vatnajökull and had to be rescued by jeeps.


    Tributes have been paid to a man who oversaw the construction and opening of the Tyne & Wear Metro system in the late 1970s and early 80s.

    Desmond Fletcher

    Desmond Fletcher, from Whitley Bay, headed the Tyne Wear Passenger Transport Executive (now called Nexus) from 1976 to 1983. He died just before Easter, aged 88.

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    Middlesbrough will take on Reading at 20:00 BST and centre-back Daniel Ayala is available again after serving a one-game suspension.

    The Teessiders won the earlier meeting 3-0 at the Riverside Stadium in December.

    They currently sit 13th in the Championship table.

    SISTER'S VOW 09:26: Newcastle Chronicle

    Lisa Dunn has told how she is doing everything she can to bring home her brother Nick after he was arrested in India while working as a pirate hunter.

    Unusual woods find 09:05:

    A "mystery" mineral has been discovered in woods in County Durham.

    TUFA Mineral in the Pont Valley

    The rare rock-like formation, believed to be fresh water tufa, was found by a local ecologist in Pont Burn, Dipton.

    Usually present in limestone areas, the mineral is only known in "very few" locations in the North East.

    News on the hour 08:58:

    The top headlines at 09:00 include:

    BBC Tees: A man's due before magistrates charged with attempted murder after a stabbing outside a Whitby pub

    BBC Newcastle: David Moyes - the Manchester United manager chosen by Sir Alex Ferguson - has left the club

    YARM ROW 08:46:

    Work to replace cobbles around Yarm's town hall and war memorial is set to get under way today.


    The scheme has proved controversial, as we reported last week. Stockton Borough Council has accused opponents of "scaremongering" with inaccurate claims surrounding the plans.

    BODY FOUND 08:40:

    The body of a woman has been found in a swimming pool in Newcastle.

    The 47-year-old was discovered in a private pool in a garden in Gosforth on Saturday lunchtime.

    Enquiries are ongoing but police say there is not thought to be any third-party involvement.

    MP INTERVENES 08:24:

    Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah says she's writing to Northumbria Police after an officer allegedly moved on a group of girls building a den in woodland.

    Chi Onwurah

    Ms Onwurah told BBC Radio Newcastle she was contacted by a constituent - a mum who says her daughter and friends had nothing more sinister on the agenda than some pop and crisps while they were in the Warkworth Woods area.

    Your pictures 08:17:

    One of our team took this picture of the Church of St Thomas the Martyr in Haymarket Lane, Newcastle, yesterday.

    Church of St Thomas the Martyr

    If you've got a picture you'd like to share with us, you can email or get in touch on Twitter or Facebook.

    ON THE ROADS 08:09:

    BBC Travel reports one lane is closed and there is slow traffic on the A1 Western Bypass southbound in Gateshead at the Lobley Hill Interchange.

    It's because of a broken down vehicle.

    TODAY'S WEATHER 08:03:

    Weather-wise, it's set to be cooler in the North East than yesterday, with mist and hill fog around for much of the day.

    Spells of rain will also spread in from the south east, reaching South Shields this morning and over all parts by lunchtime - occasionally turning heavy with a risk of thunder.

    The maximum temperature will be around 11 C (52 F). You can keep up to date with BBC Weather.

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