BBC Local Live: Updates from north-east England on Tuesday 12 August 2014

    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.

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    Busy but moving 08:06:

    The A184 in Gateshead is busy but moving eastbound between the A167 junction and Heworth Roundabout.

    The A690 Milburngate Bridge in Durham is busy but moving at The Gates roundabout. There's more on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

    Three brothers go missing 08:24:

    Three young brothers have gone missing from Sunderland. Remus, 15, Janko, 12, and David 10, all have the surname Matloch, and live at The Oaks.

    Remus and Janko Matlock (left), David Matlock

    They went for a bike ride to Mowbray Park at 17:20 yesterday and were due back at their foster parents home by 20:00 but failed to return. They have not gone missing before. Click here for descriptions of the boys.

    They have family members in Blyth and South Shields and police are asking anyone who knows where they are to call 101.

    Ameobi signs for Turkish club 08:38:

    Former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi will play in Turkey during the 2014-15 season after joining second-tier club Gaziantep Buyuksehir Belediyespor.

    The 32-year-old, a free agent after being released by the Magpies in May, has signed a one-year contract.

    Shola Ameobi

    "We want to establish an ambitious team in the league this season," said a statement on Gaziantep's website.

    As it happened
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    Cloud with showers 08:48: Sara Thornton Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    A cloudier day with further showers, and perhaps some longer spells of rain developing in the north and spreading slowly southwards. Feeling rather cool in the brisk winds.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 17C (63F). Check the forecast near you.

    News on the hour 08:58:

    The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

    Masked robber uses Taser on woman 09:10:

    A masked robber who used a Taser on a woman in Gateshead in order to steal her handbag is being hunted by police.

    The woman, 40, was in the underpass at the roundabout of Park Lane, Felling, at about 14:30 yesterday when she was approached by a man wearing a red hat and scarf over his face.

    Underpass at Park Lane in Gateshead

    The man demanded her bag and when she refused he used the Taser on her. Police said the woman suffered "redness and blistering" to her neck and was treated at the scene by paramedics.

    Weightman set for 1,500m heats 09:22:

    Coverage of the European Athletics Championships in Zurich has started on BBC Two plus you can watch it online here.

    We've got North East interest in the women's 1,500m qualifying, with Morpeth's Commonwealth silver medallist Laura Weightman in action at about 09:45.

    Laura Weightman
    Two men charged with rape 09:33: Lisa McCormick BBC Tees

    Two men have both been charged with two counts of rape after a woman was sexually assaulted outside a nightclub in Northallerton.

    Police said the attack happened outside Club Amadeus in the early hours of Sunday.

    The men, who are both 20, have been remanded in custody and will appear before magistrates later.

    Metro sorry for problems 09:45:

    The Tyne and Wear Metro has issued an apology after trains between St James in Newcastle and North Shields went off last night due to an overhead power line problem at Walkergate.

    A statement on Twitter said: "If you were affected by the disruption last night, you can claim a refund by emailing or call 0191 203 3199."

    Tributes to Robin Williams 09:53: Lloyd Watson BBC News

    North East folk have been sharing their tributes on social media after actor Robin Williams was found dead at his home.

    Ant McPartlin tweets: Robin Williams RIP. X My childhood was made very happy because of him. Thoughts and love to his family. So so sad. A

    Flowers left on Robin Williams' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

    Comedy writer Jason Cook tweets: Mork's gone home. Sad.

    News on the hour 10:00:

    The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

    Hundreds without electricity 10:10:

    There are hundreds of people without power across Gosforth and Fawdon in Newcastle.

    Northern Powergrid says there are currently 119 postcodes affected.

    Power cuts in Newcastle
    Weightman through 1500m heats 10:24:

    Morpeth's Laura Weightman has qualified from her 1500m heat at the European Championships. She had the fourth-fastest time of 4:10.55. The final is at 18:25 on Friday.

    There's live coverage of the whole event here.

    Donations help remove Penshaw graffiti 10:40:

    Unprompted donations from members of the public have enabled graffiti on a Grade II listed landmark to be removed.

    Large areas of Penshaw Monument, in Wearside, were daubed in red paint on 26 July with symbols believed to be from the film V for Vendetta.

    Penshaw Monument

    The National Trust, which owns the site, said local businesses and residents had donated £1,500 despite no plea for cash being made. The trust said the vandalism provoked a "huge and passionate" response.

    NUFC extend Puma kit deal 10:45:

    Newcastle United have announced they have extended their deal with Puma to supply kits "into the next decade".

    Puma has provided shirts and training gear for the club since the 2010-11 season.

    Man attacked with bat and knife 10:53: BBC Newcastle

    A man has been assaulted in his home in South Shields by two men armed with a bat and a knife

    It happened at 16:00 yesterday in Bedford Avenue when two men forced their way in and attacked him, leaving him with cuts to his head. They left after stealing house keys.

    The 40-year-old victim was taken to the RVI in Newcastle and has now been discharged

    News on the hour 10:59:

    The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

    First boy to trial treatment 11:13:

    A four-year-old boy from Sunderland is the first child to trial a new treatment for a rare inherited disease.

    Jack has a rare genetic disorder called Sanfilippo Syndrome, a condition that is usually fatal in late childhood or early adulthood.

    Jack Baird

    The trial at Manchester Children's Hospital will see whether a substance called genistein could slow down the build up of chemicals in the brain which causes the condition.

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    "Supermoon" on Teesside 11:37:

    Rebecca Kirk sent us this photo of the so-called "supermoon" at Durham Tees Valley Airport.

    Supermoon at Durham Tees Valley Airport

    The phenomenon means the Moon - which is classified as a ''perigee moon'' by astronomers - appears bigger and brighter than usual because of its proximity to the earth. See more pictures from across the world here.

    Missing brothers 'not answering phones' 11:48:

    Police looking for three brothers who have gone missing in Sunderland say they are not answering their mobile phones and have not gone missing before.

    Remus and Janko Matlock (pictured left) and David Matlock

    The three are Polish but speak good English, and have bicycles with them. They have family members in Blyth and South Shields and Northumbria Police is asking anyone with information to call 101.

    News on the hour 11:59:

    The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

    Wet 'n' Wild sickness investigated 12:10:

    Wet 'n' Wild in North Shields, which was forced to close following reports of breathing and sickness problems, is being investigated by North Tyneside Council.

    It went into administration in October and reopened on 4 August. However, visitors were turned away on Saturday when the complex developed a fault with its air conditioning system.

    Wet 'n' Wild

    The council said it was aware of reports of "breathing and sickness problems" and it was investigating.

    Injuries at Durham 12:20: Martin Emmerson BBC Newcastle

    It has been a morning of injuries at Chester-le-Street as Durham take on Nottinghamshire. Umpire George Sharp hurt his leg before play began and has been temporarily replaced by former test umpire John Hampshire, who is here as an umpire's assessor.

    He's standing at square leg while Martin Bodenham takes both ends. Peter Hartley is on his way from a second team game to help out.

    And the Durham bowler Graham Onions went off after three deliveries of his first over. He missed two months of the season with back problems earlier this year and missed an entire year in 2010 after a back operation. Click here to listen to live commentary.

    On the lunchtime Look North 12:38: Peter Harris Look North

    Police in Sunderland are this lunchtime searching for three brothers who've vanished near the city centre. The boys, aged 10 to 15, haven't been seen since going for a bike ride yesterday evening.

    Officers raised the alarm last night and say they are "concerned" for their welfare. I'll have the latest on Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

    Hundreds without electricity 12:48: Rebecca O'Neill BBC Newcastle

    I've spoken to Northern Power Grid who tell me that more than 2,200 customers were affected by a power cut in Gosforth and Fawdon which is thought to have been caused by damaged cable.

    They said the majority were back on "quickly" and about 250 are still off. It is hoped they will all be back on by about 14:00.

    Man's body pulled from river 12:54: BBC Newcastle

    The body of a man has been recovered from the River Blyth in Northumberland. Police and ambulance crews were called to the area in Bedlington at about 07:30 this morning. The man has not yet been identified

    News on the hour 12:59:

    The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

    Anderson urges Parliament recall 13:10: Mark Denten Political Correspondent, BBC North East & Cumbria

    Blaydon Labour MP Dave Anderson has written to David Cameron calling for a recall of Parliament over the Iraq crisis.

    He told the PM: "I am not certain that the time is right to intervene in a military way but we should be discussing this in the House of Commons."

    Man critical after attack 13:23:

    A man is in a critical condition in hospital after being attacked twice in Newcastle.

    The 39-year-old victim was assaulted inside an address in Relton Avenue before being attacked again at the front door at about 15:30 yesterday.

    Relton Avenue

    Two men aged 45 and 38 have been arrested on suspicion of assault.

    Press conference on missing brothers 13:36:

    Northumbria Police is set to hold a press conference about three young brothers who have gone missing in Sunderland.

    Remus, 15, Janko, 12, and David 10, who all have the surname Matloch, went for a bike ride at 17:20 yesterday but have not been seen since. They have not been answering their mobile phones and have not gone missing before.

    Remus and Janko Matlock (pictured left) and David Matlock
    Unions to campaign in Hexham 13:46: Rebecca O'Neill BBC Newcastle

    Representatives from rail union the RMT will be at Hexham station in Northumberland later today campaigning to stop what they call "savage job cuts".

    The union will be out throughout this week to highlight their opposition to the Department for Transport's consultation on the future of the Northern and Trans Pennine franchises.

    The department says it's still consulting and no decisions have yet been made.

    News on the hour 13:58:

    The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

    Anger over leaked ambulance email 14:08: Northern Echo Newspaper

    A leaked internal email which suggests controversial changes to the County Durham ambulance service have already been agreed ahead of a series of public meetings has angered councillors.

    Cloudy with possible showers 14:20: Sara Thornton Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It will be rather cloudy this afternoon with further showers, and some longer spells of rain developing in the north later and spreading slowly southwards. This rain may be heavy at times over the Cheviots. It will feel rather cool in the brisk winds.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 17C (63F). Check the forecast near you.

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    Williams made world 'better place' 14:40: Lloyd Watson BBC News

    Our colleagues have put together a picture gallery of Robin Williams' career after it was announced he had died at the age of 63.

    North East paralympian Stephen Miller tweets: So sad about Robin Williams - He made the world a better place, we can all aspire to that! RIP

    Robin Williams

    Paul James tweets: Can't believe Robin Williams has died. Such a great actor.

    Missing brothers 'took Metro' 14:52: Peter Harris Look North

    Three brothers missing from a foster home in Sunderland took a Metro to Newcastle and then vanished, say police. They have not been seen since yesterday.

    Remus, 15, Janko, 12, and David 10, all have the surname Matloch. They have not been answering their mobile phones and have not gone missing before.

    Remus and Janko Matlock (pictured left) and David Matlock
    Missing boys 'not with any adults' 14:58: Dan Johnson BBC News

    Supt Alan Veitch says three polish boys who have gone missing - Remus, 15, Janko, 12 and David, 10 - were seen on CCTV at 17:30 yesterday boarding a Metro train to Newcastle station.

    They then left the station towards the Centre for Life. They were originally on their bikes but didn't have them with them, and these haven't been found. They were not with any adults.

    Missing boys 'may be abroad' 15:05: Dan Johnson BBC News

    Supt Alan Veitch says police cannot rule out that three missing boys from Sunderland have gone abroad, but they are not believed to have their passports.

    Police press conference

    He says they've been in foster care in Sunderland for 18 months. Their natural parents are believed to be out of the country. They have other brothers and sisters in care in the North East, plus connections in Blyth and South Shields.

    More on the missing brothers 15:10: Dan Johnson BBC News

    The three brothers have been in the UK for many years and speak English. They have a rucksack, some water and about £50 on them, as well as a mobile phone, which they haven't been answering.

    Police say they are worried about the boys - Remus, Janko and David Matloch, who have been missing since yesterday. Supt Alan Veitch said the search is still concentrated in the North East.

    Missing boys' parents abroad 15:15:

    Police say three missing brothers are part of a Romany family. They were in foster care in Sunderland. Their dad is living in Romania and their mother is in Poland.

    They have not been seen since yesterday when they got off a Metro at Newcastle Central Station. Officers desperately want them to get in touch to ensure they are ok.

    Description of missing brothers 15:18:

    Detectives searching for three missing brothers have released descriptions of what the boys look like and are asking anyone with information to call 101.

    • Remus - 5ft 7in (1.7m), slim, dark hair in a big quiff at the front and shaved at the back. Last seen wearing joggers, baseball cap and T-shirt and a black cycling helmet.
    • Janko - 4ft 8in (1.4m), medium build, fairer hair in a quiff and short at the back. Last seen wearing smart mustard coloured chinos, Converse-type trainers, blue lightweight waterproof jacket with a white zip and a silver cycling helmet.
    Three brothers missing from Sunderland
    • David - 4ft 8in (1.4m), shaggy dark brown hair, possibly wearing shorts and a top and a silver cycling helmet.
    Accident closes road 15:31:

    The A68 in Old Town Farm is closed in both directions at the B6320 junction in Northumberland because of an accident, reports BBC Travel News.

    Stomach flame dad welcomes probe 15:43: The Gazette Newspaper
    news on the hour 15:59:

    The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

    Missing brothers: Key points 16:06:

    A search for three brothers is continuing across the North East after they went missing yesterday.

    • Three English-speaking Polish brothers who have been in care for 18 months left Sunderland with £50, water and rucksack
    • Remus, 15, Janko, 12 and David, 10, all with the surname Matloch, boarded a Metro at 17:30 and were last seen leaving Central Station in Newcastle heading towards the Centre for Life at 18:04.
    • They have other brothers and sisters in the North while their mother and father are in Poland and Romania respectively
    Brothers 'could meet with family member' 16:22:

    Three brothers who are missing from Sunderland travelled on the Metro from Park Lane in Sunderland and arrived at Newcastle Central Station at 18:04 last night. This CCTV is from Park Lane.

    Three brothers in Sunderland

    Superintendent Alan Veitch said: "So far we believe they may have been travelling to the railway station for a purpose to meet with a friend or family member.

    "Officers are also making inquiries with family members in Blyth and South Shields and also with other forces elsewhere including the Birmingham area."

    Stabbed student's family pays tribute 16:32:

    The family of one of the two British medical students stabbed to death in a bar in Borneo have spoken of their disbelief.

    Neil Dalton's parents and brother paid tribute to the 22-year-old, who was killed with Aidan Brunger in the Malyasian part of the island.

    Jan and Phil Dalton said: "We are just a normal family and we cannot believe what has happened. Neil was a caring, thoughtful and witty young man, who never thought twice about helping others.

    Neil Dalton

    "He achieved so much and made so many friends in such a short time. We are so very proud of him."

    Boys 'settled and doing well' 16:41:

    Police have released CCTV footage of the three brothers missing from Sunderland, who were last seen at 18:04 yesterday leaving Newcastle Central Station heading towards the Centre for Life.

    Missing brothers in Newcastle

    The boys, who are Polish, have been living with foster carers in Sunderland for 18 months and Superintendent Alan Veitch said they were settled, doing well at school and were in no trouble at all.

    "This is very out-of-character behaviour, it's not something they have done before," he said. "My message is 'please get in touch with the police and let us know that you are safe'."

    LTA to close Jesmond base 16:50: The Journal Newspaper
    News on the hour 16:58:

    The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

    Williams was a 'true star' 17:08:

    More tweets have been posted on social media reacting to the death of actor Robin Williams' death

    Amelia Lily tweets: My thoughts n prayers go out to Robin William's family n friends for his loss. So so sad. I was a massive fan. No one will ever understand how much I appreciated his jokes and humour and his charisma.

    Robin Williams

    James Arthur tweets: RIP Robin Williams one of life's absolute greats. It actually brings a tear to my eye. Depression is one of life's toughest battles. #LOVE

    Tata secures £10m contracts 17:21: David MacMillan BBC Tees

    Tata Steel has secured £10m worth of contracts for its Hartlepool Pipe Mill and offshore processing plant.

    The firm will make miles of undersea pipes after signing a series of agreements with engineering company Subsea 7.

    They'll be used to carry mud amongst other things, and help clear sites for exploration.

    Young star faces national choice 17:32: Newcastle Chronicle
    League Cup: Oldham v Boro 17:40:

    Middlesbrough travel to Oldham for their first round League Cup match this evening.

    Boro defender Ben Gibson will be out for up to four weeks after picking up a hamstring injury.

    Ben Gibson

    Club captain Jonathan Woodgate could come into contention after missing the win over Birmingham through injury.

    Blue plaques remember victims 17:44: Adrian Pitches Environment correspondent, BBC North-East

    Blue plaques honouring World War One victims are appearing on homes thanks to the Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project. See more on Look North at 18:30 on BBC One or catch up here.

    Stabbed student 'sadly missed' 17:49:

    The family of Neil Dalton, one of the two Newcastle University students killed in Malaysia last week, have paid tribute to him.

    Neil's brother Glen said: "Neil was a best friend to many. This is evident from the number of his friends who have contacted me and referred to him as this and have passed on their happy memories that they shared with him. He will be sadly missed by so many."

    Neil Dalton

    The attack happened in the Jalan Padungan area of Kuching in Sarawak province.

    League Cup: Oldham v Boro 17:53:

    Match facts: These teams have not met since April 1995 in the second tier. Oldham were 1-0 winners that day at Boundary Park, however Middlesbrough beat Oldham 4-2 in the only previous fixture in the League Cup in September 1970.

    Middlesbrough striker Lee Tomlin has scored seven times in his last five League Cup appearances.

    Accrington Stanley celebrate goal

    Boro have only lost to lower-league opposition in the League Cup once in the last seven seasons. That defeat came against Accrington Stanley in the first round last year.

    Rain will clear later 17:57: Hannah Bayman BBC Weather presenter

    It will be generally rather cloudy during the evening with further outbreaks of rain, which will be heavy in places. The rain should ease later in the night with clear spells developing and most places will be dry by dawn.

    Weather forecast

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

    Good evening 18:00: Lloyd Watson BBC News

    That's all from Local Live today. We'll be back again from 08:00 on Wednesday. Graham Wright tweets this picture of a rainbow at Redcar.

    Rainbow in Redcar

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