BBC Local Live: Updates from north-east England on Wednesday 13 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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    Breezy day with sunny spells 08:09: Lisa Gallagher BBC Weather

    Any early showery rain will soon clear, then most parts should see a bright and breezy day with some sunny spells, although the odd light shower can't be ruled out in the afternoon.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 19C (66F). Check the forecast near you.

    Traffic building on Teesside 08:15:

    The traffic is building up on the A66 in both directions in South Bank at the Asda traffic lights.

    Congestion is also building up on the A1150 Whinfield Road eastbound in in Great Burdon, Darlington, at the B6279 Stockton Road junction. There's more on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

    Cake between bulletins 08:26: Richard Thomas BBC News

    Happy birthday - here's Colin Briggs enjoying his birthday cake between bulletins. He refuses to reveal his age. Wish him happy birthday here.

    Colin Briggs
    Art or nuisance? 08:37: Nicki Hornby BBC Newcastle

    Unprompted donations from members of the public have enabled graffiti on Penshaw Monument to be removed.

    The graffiti was described by the National Trust as "a real mess". Is graffiti art, expression or just a nuisance? Call BBC Newcastle on 0191 232 6565 or join the conversation on Facebook.

    Search for brothers continues 08:49:

    The search continues for three Polish brothers missing from their foster home in Sunderland.

    Remus, 15, Janko, 12, and 10-year-old David Matloch were captured on CCTV getting on a Metro to Newcastle on Monday evening.


    They were last seen at Newcastle's Central Station at 18:04. Read the full story and see descriptions of the boys.

    News on the hour 08:59:

    The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: Police say they "can't rule out" that three missing Polish brothers from Sunderland may have travelled abroad.
    • BBC Tees: Pharmacists can play a greater role in tackling public health issues to ease the burden on GPs, according to one Middlesbrough doctor.
    Art or nuisance? 09:15: Lloyd Watson BBC News

    We've been asking if graffiti is art, expression or just a plain nuisance.

    Alison Spedding tweets: @bbcnewcastle @alfiejoey Polite and apologetic graffiti in Whitley Bay!

    Graffiti in Whitley Bay

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    As it happened
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    Tyres 'stung' after chase 09:28:

    Durham Police RPU tweets: Pursuit of this car in Durham tonight. Male driver responsible for thefts in Cleveland area. Tyres stung. #Drelief

    Car with flat tyre
    Pharmacies could provide more services 09:41:

    Pharmacies should be providing a wider range of health services because of their excellent reach into communities, researchers say.

    A study by Durham University suggests 89% of England's population live within a 20-minute walk of a pharmacy.


    In deprived areas, the proportion was nearly 100%. The researchers said with more support pharmacies could provide everything from blood-pressure checks and diabetes screening to lifestyle advice.

    NE unemployment drops 09:51: David Rhodes Politics Reporter, BBC North East and Cumbria

    The latest unemployment figures show that there are 126,000 people unemployed in the North East. That's a fall of 10,000.

    Across the UK, unemployment fell by 132,000 between April and June to 2.08 million, official figures show.

    News on the hour 09:59:

    The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

    'Decent quarter' for NE 10:10: David Rhodes Politics Reporter, BBC North East and Cumbria

    Decent quarter across the board in the North East in the latest jobs figures. NEET unemployment down 0.5% on previous year. Female unemployment also fell by 0.6%.

    However there are major issues still facing the NE economy, and the region is still a long way behind other regions as the unemployment rate remains the highest in the UK at 9.4%, although this was down on the previous quarter.

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    Delays in East Coast 10:35:

    East Coast Trains tweets: Owing to a person being struck by a train at Retford, all lines are blocked. Info:

    Traffic light failure 10:46:

    There's slow traffic on John Dobson Street in Newcastle at the B1309 Durant Road junction because of a traffic light failure, reports BBC Travel News. Approach with care.

    News on the hour 11:00:

    The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

    Volunteers unearth ancient artefacts 11:14:

    Ancient Roman artefacts have been unearthed by volunteers carrying out a dig at a Roman fort in South Shields.

    A ring, a complete Roman pot and a soldier's boot sole were found near the south-west corner of Arbeia Roman Fort as part of a community project.

    Volunteers with key and ring

    The team, which was excavating the site as part of the WallQuest project, also unearthed a 7m (23ft) wide defensive ditch close to the fort's wall. Project manager Nick Hodgson said the finds provide "priceless information".

    SAFC winger leaves 11:26:

    Sunderland winger David Moberg-Karlsson has joined Danish club FC Nordsjaelland.

    The Swede, who signed for the Black Cats from IFK Gothenburg in 2013, has agreed a four-year-deal for an undisclosed fee.

    David Moberg-Karlsson
    Three puppies drowned in Sunderland 11:38:

    Three puppies have been drowned in a weighted-down suitcase at the Port of Sunderland, the RSPCA says.

    The Staffordshire bull terrier-types all had a skin condition and appear to have been given rat poison. The dogs were about five months old, and are thought to be from the same litter.

    News on the hour 11:53:

    The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

    New wardens to patrol beaches 12:10: Colin Briggs BBC Look North

    New wardens will be out patrolling North Tyneside's beaches from today. They'll be working closely with the police and the RNLI to ensure the coastline stays safe and clean.

    Beach wardens

    They'll be able to hand-out fixed penalty notices for breaking bylaws such as littering, ignoring jet ski rules and walking dogs on restricted areas. The team will be based in Cullercoats Bay but will patrol other beaches nearby.

    Wrexham 0-3 Gateshead 12:22:

    Gateshead maintained their impressive start to the Conference season with a clinical win over Wrexham.

    Wrexham's Wes York had a shot cleared off the line before Jamie Chandler opened the scoring with a tap-in from Marcus Maddison's cross.

    In response, Connor Jennings had a header cleared off the line before Adam Bartlett denied Mark Carrington. Maddison doubled the lead with a low shot past Dan Bachmann before John Shaw's header made it 3-0.

    95,000 would 'prefer full-time job' 12:35: Richard Moss Political editor, North East & Cumbria

    The number of full-time workers in the North East is up by 3.8% on last year, while the number in part-time work is down 2.7%.

    But there are still 95,000 people in the North East in temporary or part-time work who'd prefer a permanent full-time job.

    Project aims to install 300 plaques 12:50: Adrian Pitches Environment correspondent, BBC North-East

    Blue plaques are appearing on houses in North Shields and Tynemouth. They mark the former homes of men who died in World War One, and they're being honoured by the people living in their houses today.

    Blue plaque

    The Tynemouth World War One Commemoration Project hopes, eventually, to install 300 plaques.

    I'll have more on this story on Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

    News on the hour 12:59:
    Boro advance in League Cup 13:15:

    Summer signing Enrique Garcia Martinez scored his second goal in two games as Middlesbrough eased into the second round of the Capital One Cup.

    Boro went ahead on the half-hour mark when Luke Williams collected the ball 30 yards out and drove the ball into the top corner. Grant Leadbitter doubled their lead after the break with a low finish.

    And "Kike" ensured there was no upset against the League One side with an angled drive from 10 yards.

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    Missing brothers search expands 13:36:

    Police say they are searching Newcastle, Bedlington and Blyth, plus "making inquiries" in Birmingham and Edmonton in London after three brothers from Sunderland went missing on Monday evening.

    Three brothers missing from Sunderland

    Remus, 15, Janko, 12, and 10-year-old David Matloch were captured on CCTV getting on a Metro to Newcastle and then walking towards the Centre for Life, but there has been no sign of them since.

    'Dozens of calls' from public 13:46:

    Superintendent Alan Veitch, who is leading the search for three brothers from Sunderland who have gone missing, said: "We have had more than 20 calls from people who have rung in with information which we are still following up.

    "We are still appealing for members of the public to look at the photos of the missing boys and to contact us straight away if they think they have seen them or if they know where they are now.

    Missing boys at station
    News on the hour 13:58:
    CCTV of bank robber 13:59:

    This is the man who stole nearly £2,500 from the NatWest bank in Gosforth, Newcastle, on Friday.

    Bank robber

    He threatened staff before fleeing with the cash through Gosforth Shopping Centre. Police have now released CCTV of the robbery. Anyone who recognises him is asked to call police on 101 ext 69191.

    Port Vale 6-2 Hartlepool 14:15:

    It was a goalfest last night as Ben Williamson's first-half hat-trick set up a comfortable win for League One side Port Vale against Hartlepool in the League Cup first round.

    He put Vale in front from six yards and, although Jonathan Franks levelled from 35 yards, two more close-range efforts from Williamson made it 3-1.

    Neil Austin's penalty reduced the gap to one but Michael Brown bundled in his first Vale goal to seal victory. Tom Pope followed up a Louis Dodds shot for 5-2 and then headed in a sixth.

    Help find person who drowned puppies 14:27:

    The RSPCA wants the public's help after a suitcase was found weighted down in the Port of Sunderland with three dead puppies inside.

    RSPCA inspector Helen Bestwick said: "These puppies have suffered a great deal and I'm appealing for anyone who knows who they belong to, or who saw anything that might help my investigation, to get in touch.

    "If you think you can help, please call the inspector appeal number on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for me."

    Fifth man arrested in student murder 14:39:

    A fifth man has been arrested by police investigating the murders of two Newcastle University students in Borneo, Malaysia.

    Aidan Brunger from Hempstead, Kent, and Neil Dalton, from Derbyshire, were killed in Kuching last week after being on a work placement.

    Neil Dalton, left, and Aidan Brunger Neil Dalton, left, and Aidan Brunger were in the last few days of a six-week medical placement

    DSP Lim Bak Phai said three of the four men arrested last week over their murders have been remanded in custody until 20 August. The force is applying for the fourth man to be remanded tomorrow.

    All the stats from Gateshead's win 14:51:

    Wrexham 0-3 Gateshead: Gateshead had eight shots, six of which were on target with three hitting the back of the net.

    Wrexham had 58% of the possession committing 11 fouls - Gateshead had 42% of possession with three fouls. There was not a single corner during the game.

    News on the hour 14:59:
    Bright and breezy afternoon 15:09: Lisa Gallagher BBC Weather

    It'll be a bright and breezy afternoon with some sunny spells, but with a continuing risk of a few showers.

    Weather forecast

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

    Man arrested after flat fire 15:21: The Shields Gazette Newspaper

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a flat fire in South Tyneside.

    Pilot receives wings after 70 years 15:38:

    A former airman will be presented with his wings nearly 70 years after qualifying for them after campaigning to receive the honour.

    Wilson Taylor, 89, from Newcastle, trained as a pilot in Canada during WW2 and qualified in August 1945 as the war ended.

    Wilson Taylor with a Tiger Moth in 1944

    Having not completed operational flying duties, his wings were provisional. But he was determined to receive them and now the RAF has agreed to make an exception to its rules.

    News on the hour 15:58:

    The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

    Boy, 10, survives WW2 bombing 16:13: The Gazette Newspaper
    Student's body repatriated 16:25:

    The body of Aidan Brunger, one of two Newcastle University students killed in Malaysia last week, has arrived in the UK, Medway Coroner's officer has confirmed.

    Aidan Brunger

    His body will be moved to a mortuary in Derby tomorrow where a post-mortem examination will take place. An inquest is expected to be opened at Derby Coroner's Court on Friday.

    Aidan was killed, along with fellow student Neil Dalton, in Kuching, a city in one of the two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo.

    No high heels? You can't come in... 16:39: Jon Harle BBC Newcastle

    A Durham teacher is furious after she says she was refused entry to a smart nightclub in Manchester because she was wearing flat shoes - even though she's heavily pregnant and can't wear high heels.

    Abby Ashcroft tells me it happened while she was on a hen do with friends at the weekend. Listen to my interview with her just after 17:00 on BBC Newcastle.

    News on the hour 17:00:

    The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

    Burned man 'welcomes' changes 17:14:

    A Thornaby dad whose stomach burst into flames while on an operating table has welcomed changes put in place after an investigation.

    Paul Hill from Thornaby was being operated on at University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton when an alcohol-based steriliser burst into flames and he was injured.

    Paul Hill's stomach

    He told BBC Tees: "I'm pleased with what they've put in place. I've also got an 11-year-old son who has the same disease and at some point he's going to need surgery and he might think 'it happened to my dad, it could happen to me' and it's trying to keep a positive attitude in front of him to say it won't happen again."

    Tyneside to host Transplant Games 17:25:

    Tyneside will host the 2015 Westfield Health British Transplant Games, it has been announced.

    Competitors will take part in a range of sports including swimming, golf, archery, table tennis, five-a-side football and track and field at Gateshead International Stadium and various venues across the region.

    The four-day event takes place from 30 July to 2 August next year.

    Matron backs campaign 17:35: The Journal Newspaper

    A leading North East matron for children's cancer services says a new £5.5m centre will play a pivotal role in improving treatment.

    'You can't get in here with flats on' 17:38: BBC Newcastle
    Hartlepool loss: Match facts 17:41:

    Port Vale 6-2 Hartlepool: Port Vale had 15 shots with 12 on target, half of which went in and added to their tally. Pools had seven shots, five on target and two goals.

    The Vale had eight corners and 59% of the possession while Pools managed four corners and 41%. Port Vale's first three goals were scored in 10 minutes, between the eighth and 18th minute.

    Wet 'n' Wild sorry over sickness 17:52:

    Bosses at a Tyneside water park which was forced to close following reports of sickness have apologised for causing customers "discomfort".

    Visitors were turned away from Wet 'n' Wild in North Shields on Saturday due to a fault with its air conditioning.

    Wet 'n' Wild

    North Tyneside Council said it was investigating reports of subsequent "breathing and sickness problems". A spokesman for the water park apologised for any "adverse symptoms or discomfort" experienced by customers.

    Boro sign Clayton 17:57:

    Some more Boro news - Middlesbrough have signed Huddersfield midfielder Adam Clayton for an undisclosed fee with Jacob Butterfield going in the opposite direction.

    Adam Clayton and Jacob Butterfield

    Boss Aitor Karanka told the club website: "Adam is another player who will improve our squad and I'm delighted to welcome him to Boro."

    Good evening 18:00:

    That's all from Local Live for today, thanks for joining in. We will be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for the North East.


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