Police officer taken to hospital after Redheugh Bridge crash

A police officer has been taken to hospital after a crash on Tyneside's Redheugh Bridge.

The incident, at around 13:50 GMT, involved a police vehicle and a bus.

The officer's injuries were not life-threatening, while some bus passengers were treated at the scene after suffering minor injuries, a Northumbria Police spokeswoman said.

The bridge, which connects Newcastle and Gateshead, was closed in both directions.

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    Good evening 18:00:

    That's all from Local Live today. Join us again from 08:00 tomorrow. Mark Bradley from Durham sent us this atmospheric picture of Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland.

    Bamburgh Castle

    You can send your pictures by email or tweet @BBCNewsNE and we may feature them tomorrow on Local Live.

     
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    Patchy light rain overnight 17:59: Paul Mooney BBC Weather presenter

    Any showers should die out during the evening, with winds easing to leave a mainly dry night with some clear spells. There is a chance of some patchy light rain during cloudier intervals overnight.

    Weather forecast

    Minimum temperature: 11C (52F). Check the forecast near you.

     
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    Money in the music? 17:57: Ian Reeve BBC North East Business Correspondent

    How much revenue does the Stockton International Riverside Festival bring into the town centre thanks to the 70,000 visitors? Find out on Look North on BBC One at 18:30 or catch up here.

     
  4.  
    Penshaw Monument vandalised 17:56: Russell Ward BBC Newcastle

    Vandals have daubed slogans in red paint around three sides of Sunderland's Penshaw Monument landmark.

    The Trust's area ranger, Gareth Wilson, (pictured) says it will cost the charity a lot to get the paint removed.

    Vandalism

    Northumbria Police say it happened overnight at the weekend. The Monument is owned and managed by the National Trust.

     
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    Preparations under way 17:53: Martin Emmerson BBC Newcastle

    This is the ground at South Northumberland Cricket Club which is nearly ready for Durham v Warwickshire tomorrow in the Royal London One Day Cup. You can listen to live commentary here from 10:30 tomorrow.

    South Northumberland Cricket Club
     
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    New skate park opens 17:46:

    Work on a new £320,000 skate and BMX park which is part of a multimillion-pound regeneration of Stockton has been completed.

    Skate park
     
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    'Excited' to receive medal 17:38: Stephanie Finnon BBC Newcastle

    I've been speaking to Laura Weightman after she won her first senior silver medal in the Commonwealth Games last night.

    She told me: "It was an incredible feeling, crossing that line last night, knowing I'd achieved that goal that I'd worked so hard for.

    Laura Weightman

    "A medal was what I wanted and I'm so pleased I've achieved that. I'm so excited and can't wait to stand on the podium and have that Silver medal put around my neck."

     
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    'Stopped fire spreading' 17:19:

    No-one was inside the former Metz pub in Dunston, Gateshead, which caught fire this morning, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service says.

    A spokesman said: "The fire was tackled from above using the aerial ladder platform and on the ground using jets. Two teams of three firefighters wearing specialist breathing apparatus entered the building to stop the fire spreading."

    Firefighters talking fire
     
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    Drug death: Man arrested 17:10:

    A man has been arrested after a party-goer died following a suspected reaction to drugs.

    The 18-year-old man was found disoriented in Pinewood Close, Kingston Park, Newcastle, by police at 13:40 yesterday. He was taken to hospital by ambulance where he later died.

    Another 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled drug with intent to supply and is in police custody.

     
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    News on the hour 16:58:

    The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: Police investigating two serious assaults which happened within minutes of each other on Sunday morning in Hartlepool have arrested a 27-year-old Hartlepool man after CCTV footage was released.
    • BBC Newcastle: Anne Leuchars and Stephanie Finnon have a round-up of the day's news.
     
  11.  
    'Big time hits Bishops' 16:47: Martin Emmerson BBC Newcastle

    Sunderland will play Italian side Udinese in their final pre-season friendly. It's a 15:00 kick-off in Bishop Auckland on 9 August! The big time hits Bishops!

     
  12.  
    Four days of arts 16:34: Neil Green BBC Tees

    More than 100 theatre, dance and music productions from across the globe will come to Stockton during the next four days for the Stockton International Riverside Festival.

    I'll be speaking to artistic director Jan Doherty at 16:40 on BBC Tees.

     
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    Cliff death witnesses sought 16:24:

    Two witnesses who stopped at the scene where a man escaped from a police vehicle and went on to plunge to his death off a cliff edge are being sought by police.

    Karl Carson's body was found next to Marsden Grotto cliffs in South Shields, shortly after 01:00 on 6 July.

    Car park of Marsden Grotto

    Northumbria Police had earlier arrested the 26-year-old, of Boldon Colliery. The two men stopped at the scene to offer help to the officers during the arrest at about 00:40, police said.

     
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    Showers possible in west 16:09: Kay Crewdson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It'll remain breezy this afternoon with variable cloud and sunny spells. Some showers are possible in the west, with a few of these spreading into eastern parts later in the day.

    Weather forecast

    Best of the sunshine is likely to be in coastal towns. Maximum temperature: 20C (68F). Check the forecast near you.

     
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    News on the hour 15:55:

    The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

     
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    More on police deer killing 15:37:

    An investigation is under way after it is alleged two armed officers from Durham Police killed an injured deer near Stanley with a crowbar.

    The force said: "It is not unusual for firearms officers to be deployed on occasions when a deer or other large animal is clearly suffering as the result of being struck by a vehicle, and the best action would be for the animal to be humanely destroyed.

    "We can confirm inquiries are being made to establish the circumstances surrounding the destruction of an injured deer. It has been brought to our attention that the deer was apparently not destroyed in the approved, humane manner."

     
  17.  
    Amelia Lily at the BBC 15:24: Lloyd Watson BBC News

    I was happy to be in the BBC Newcastle studio with a fellow Teessider. Amelia Lily told me her dad is a Geordie and her mam is a Smoggy, so she considers herself a "Smorgie".

    Lloyd Watson and Amelia Lily
     
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    'Overwhelmed' with messages 15:11:

    Morpeth Harrier Laura Weightman is celebrating after her gutsy 1500m run brought her a first senior silver medal.

    Laura Weightman

    She tweets: Wow!! Last night was amazing. Can't believe I'm commonwealth silver medalist. So overwhelmed by all the messages thank you :)

     
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    News on the hour 14:57:

    The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

     
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    Drink-driving figures revealed 14:44:

    Dozens of people were caught drink-driving in the Cleveland and Durham police areas over the summer. Some 6% (59 people) of the 980 breathalysed tested positive or refused to give a sample during June.

    Due to the World Cup, officers focused on people driving in the mornings, and of the 344 people breathalysed between 06:00 and 11:00, five were positive or refused to provide a sample.

     
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    Silver for Laura Weightman 14:29:

    BBC Newcastle's Jo Lonsdale tweets: Absolutely delighted for #LauraWeightman winning a silver in the Commonwealth Games. Lovely family, fantastic for Northumberland.

     
  22.  
    Here comes the... 14:15: Jonathan Miles BBC Newcastle

    I like to surprise people at work. You can see Alfie and Charlie's reaction here when I walked into their studio wearing a wedding dress live on air.

    If you don't know me that well, you may ask "why?".

    Jonathan Miles wearing a wedding dress

    Well, on my show I spoke to Lauren and Charlie who had a sci-fi themed wedding at the Discovery Museum. It was all thanks to the Bafta award-winning series Don't Tell the Bride. Listen again here.

     
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    News on the hour 13:59:

    The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

     
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    Hunt for graffiti vandals 13:54: Russell Ward

    Vandals have daubed graffiti on this Sunderland monument. Hear more on BBC Newcastle.

    Graffiti on monument
     
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    'Enjoy your youth' 13:39: Ingrid Hagemann BBC Newcastle

    Singer Amelia Lily tells me that being on X Factor when she was 16 "feels like a decade ago".

    Ingrid Hagemann with Amelia Lily

    She said: "I forget how old I am sometimes, you need to enjoy your youth. I didn't want to come across as an aggressive teenager, I like to have a laugh and (new single) California shows that."

     
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    First look at hospital 13:32: Rebecca O'Neill BBC Newcastle

    I've been having a first look around the new hospital in Hopewood Park on Wearside. Next month it will open its doors to its first patients.

    The 122-bed hospital has six wards, each with 18 individual en-suite rooms. It will replace services provided by the Cherry Knowle Hospital.

    New hospital in Wearside

    Patients will include those who have complex needs and require rehabilitation. It also includes a 14-bed psychiatric intensive care unit.

     
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    Amelia Lily live 13:18: Ingrid Hagemann BBC Newcastle

    I'm having a chat with X Factor star and Teessider Amelia Lily on BBC Newcastle now.

    Amelia Lily
     
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    Identical triplets arrive home 13:12: Stuart Whincup BBC Look North

    I'll be catching up with these happy and healthy identical triplets born at 28 weeks.

    Freya, Lily and Eleanor spent seven weeks in hospital and throughout the pregnancy their parents had been told their daughters had a high risk of health problems.

    Triplets

    But now they've all arrived home and are fast becoming celebrities on the streets of Guisborough. See my report on BBC Look North at 13:30 and 18:30 on BBC One.

     
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    News on the hour 12:59:

    The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

     
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    Former Hartlepool mayor dies 12:48:

    Former Hartlepool mayor Gwynneth Hanson, 83, has died surrounded by family at her home in the Northumberland village of Shilbottle, Hartlepool Council says.

    Her husband Bryan, himself a former mayor who also served as leader of the council, died last year aged 81.

    The current mayor, Stephen Akers-Belcher, said: "I always think that Gwynneth was responsible for important developments in the town such as Summerhill Country Park which she pushed forward, and she was a great champion of culture and leisure facilities generally."

     
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    Road in Gateshead still closed 12:34:

    Ravensworth Road in Dunston is still closed in both directions between the Ellison Road junction and the Wellington Road junction because of a building fire earlier.

    One lane is closed on the A19 southbound in Thornaby-on-Tees between the A1130 Levick Crescent junction and the A174 junction because of a broken down vehicle.

    More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

     
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    Greggs sees profits rise 12:22:

    Newcastle-based pasty and sausage roll firm Greggs revealed higher profits today. Here we take a look at some of the figures:

    Greggs figures graphic
     
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    'Happy coincidence' 12:13: Matt Newsum BBC Sport

    Keith Nobbs has never seen his daughter Jordan play for England in the flesh.

    It is then a happy coincidence that he could do so for the first time on the very pitch he graced as a Hartlepool United player, for whom he played 327 times.

    Jordan Nobbs

    England's women play Sweden in a friendly at Victoria Park on 3 August as a prelude to their World Cup qualifier against Wales, and Jordan is in the 23-strong squad.

     
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    News on the hour 12:00:

    The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

     
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    'Tears in my eyes' 11:44: Jonathan Miles BBC Newcastle

    I've been speaking to Diana Weightman, mum of Commonwealth silver medallist and Alnwick lass Laura Weightman.

    She told me: "It's an unbelievable experience and feeling when you're in the stadium. [When she won] I had tears in my eyes. I knew she had the endurance and the stamina in her to go, and she went and it was unbelievable. I think she'll be celebrating with battered sausage and chips."

    The medal ceremony is due to take place at about 19:45.

     
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    Writing with Journey South 11:21: The Gazette Newspaper
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    'Trying to be positive' 11:12:

    International monitors have once again failed to reach the crash site of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine.

    Newcastle United fans Liam Sweeney and John Alder were both killed in the tragedy almost two weeks ago.

    Barry Sweeney

    Liam's father Barry Sweeney said: "At the moment we don't know what's happened to Liam. There's still bodies that haven't come home. So hopefully, trying to be positive, he'll be inside one of the coffins that were brought back into Holland."

     
  39.  
    News on the hour 10:58:

    The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: Liam Sweeney's dad, Barry, says he is still no closer to finding out where his son's body is.
    • BBC Tees: Two Durham Police officers are being investigated after they allegedly used a crowbar to kill an injured deer.
     
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    Pre-tax profits up at Greggs 10:41: The Journal Newspaper
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    On today's show 10:34: Jonathan Miles BBC Newcastle

    I'll be speaking to the most excited woman on the planet - Diana Weightman, the mum of Commonwealth Games silver medallist Laura Weightman.

    Jonathan Miles in a wedding dress

    But first... I know you are aghast at my fabulous countenance right now as I am in a wedding dress. Well all will be revealed after 11:00 on BBC Newcastle.

     
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    More on Dunston fire 10:22:

    A "large-scale" fire which was tackled by 40 firefighters at the former Metz Public House on Ravensworth Road in Dunston, Gateshead, has been extinguished.

    Mark Gerrard from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: "The fire appears to have started in the roof space of the building.

    Aftermath of fire in Gateshead

    "Due to the size, location and extent of the fire, crews faced difficult conditions and acted quickly to get the fire under control and to prevent it from spreading."

     
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    Police 'kill deer using crowbar' 10:10: BBC Tees

    Two police firearms officers from Durham Constabulary are being investigated after they allegedly used a crowbar to kill an injured deer in Tanfield Lea, Durham.

    They were dispatched to destroy the stricken animal in June, which had been injured on a road, but it has been reported that instead of using their firearms, the two officers used a crowbar to kill the large animal.

    The force confirmed the pair are now being investigated after the deer was "apparently not destroyed in the approved, humane manner" and said they have been moved to other duties.

     
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    News on the hour 09:59:

    The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

     
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    'Laura puts effort in' 09:50: Steve Cram BBC athletics expert & former CWG champion

    I am so proud of Laura. There are a lot of athletes who have so much talent and don't have to work so hard. But Laura really puts the effort in and is so easy for me to coach from that perspective.

    Watch the closing moments of the race.

    England's Laura Weightman stuns with silver in 1500m

    The two Kenyans are the best in the world, but if they have an off day you have to be ready to take that opportunity. Laura is a real scrapper.

     
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    Weightman wins first senior medal 09:37: Tom Fordyce Chief sports writer

    Morpeth Harrier Laura Weightman, from Alnwick in Northumberland, capped a night of silver celebration for English athletes as her gutsy 1500m run brought her a first senior medal.

    The 1500m had been billed as one of the races of the Games, and of the home athletes it was Weightman who dealt with the pressure best.

    Laura Weightman celebrates

    Although Faith Kipyegon came past her on the back straight and went away for gold, Weightman dug in again over the closing 60m to hold off the fast-finishing Kate van Buskirk of Canada in 4:09.24.

     
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    More on Dunston fire 09:25:

    About 40 firefighters and seven appliances have been tackling what was originally a "large-scale" fire at a disused pub in Dunston, Gateshead, since about 03:20.

    The operation has since been scaled back, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue said. It has not yet been established how the fire started.

    Ravensworth Road in Gateshead is still closed in both directions between the Ellison Road junction and the Wellington Road junction.

     
  48.  
    Man charged over sex offences 09:15:

    A man has been charged after two incidents of indecent exposure in Ormesby and Coulby Newham.

    The 39-year-old has been charged with exposure, two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and two counts of breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order. He will appear at Teesside Magistrates' Court today.

     
  49.  
    Do you care if people swear? 09:06: Lisa McCormick BBC Tees

    Do people still care if you swear? Channel 4 had to apologise after broadcasting an episode of The Simpsons which featured Krusty the Clown swearing. Seven people complained to Ofcom about the cartoon, which was shown at 18:00.

    They've said it was down to human error. Let us know your thoughts by calling me on 01642 225511 or join the conversation on Facebook.

     
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    News on the hour 08:55:

    The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

     
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    As it happened
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  52.  
    Man dies from suspected drug reaction 08:42:

    A man has died from a suspected "fatal reaction" to a drug taken at a party in Newcastle, police have said.

    The 18-year-old was found disoriented in the street by police, who were called to Pinewood Close in Kingston Park at 13:40 yesterday after concerns were raised for his welfare.

    He was taken to hospital by ambulance where he later died. Police believe his death may be linked to a drug he may have taken at a party on Monday night.

     
  53.  
    First flamingo egg in eight years 08:31:

    The first flamingo egg in eight years has been laid at a wildlife centre in Wearside, according to the charity that runs it.

    Staff at the Washington Wetland Centre spotted the egg on Monday in one of the bird's nests.

    Flamingo

    It follows a project in which Chilean flamingo eggs were brought into the centre and humans reared the chicks. They were then integrated into the existing flock in the hope it would encourage natural breeding.

     
  54.  
    Fire being tackled in Gateshead 08:19:

    A fire at the derelict Cross Keys pub in Dunston, Gateshead, is being tackled by firefighters. Ravensworth Road in Gateshead closed in both directions.

    Paul McNeill tweets: @gillyhope1 cross keys in dunston, ravensworth rd closed

    Tackling fire in Gateshead
     
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    Pub building on fire 08:11:

    Ravensworth Road near the A1 in Gateshead is closed in both directions between the Ellison Road junction and the Wellington Road junction because of a fire at the Cross Keys pub, reports BBC Travel News.

     
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    Breezy and cloudy 08:06:

    It'll be breezy with variable amounts of cloud and some sunny spells, with the best of these in the east. Cloud should be most abundant over the Pennines where occasional showers will occur, with these more likely to run eastwards during the afternoon with the odd heavier one possible.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 21C (70F). Check the forecast near you.

     
  57.  
    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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