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  1. Updates on Monday 8 June 2015

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  1. Good evening

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

    That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday. This picture of the sun setting at Saltburn Promenade was sent to us by Gary Moody.

    Saltburn Promenade

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

  2. Murder-accused son 'staged burglary'

    A man accused of murdering his parents at their Newcastle home said they were attacked by intruders who also injured him, a court has heard.

    Eric Ruddy, 64, and his wife Carol, 54, were found dying in their Elswick home in December. He had been stabbed and beaten, she had been strangled. Their 28-year-old son, Martin Ruddy, denies two counts of murder.

    Eric and Carol Ruddy

    The prosecution at Newcastle Crown Court says he staged a burglary and injured himself to cover up his tracks. The trial continues.

  3. Dry night with clear spells

    Paul Mooney

    BBC Weather presenter

    Any remaining showers soon dying out to give a dry night with some clear spells. Becoming chilly towards dawn with a touch of grass frost in rural areas such as the Derwent valley.

    Weather forecast

    Minimum temperature: 1C (34F). Check the forecast near you.

  4. Thousands 'saved' with new tags

    Amy Oakden

    BBC Tees

    Durham Police says its officers can focus on spending more time in the community thanks to the 80 new electronic tags they've taken delivery of.

    The force was originally quoted £500,000 for 100 tags over a two-year period - but instead managed to get them for £60,000 from a different supplier.

    Assistant chief officer Gary Ridley says the new tags offer both "new technology to fight crime and value for money".

  5. Hartlepool sign defender Worley

    Hartlepool United have signed defender Harry Worley following his release by Stevenage, but the terms of his contract have not been disclosed.

    The 26-year-old began his career at Stockport and also had spells at Chelsea, Leicester City, Oxford United and Newport County.

    Harry Worley

    The centre-back also went on loans to Doncaster, Carlisle, Luton and Crewe. He is Hartlepool's fourth summer signing, after deals for Rakish Bingham, Carl Magnay and Rhys Oates.

  6. Appeal to trace silver motorbike

    Supt Bruce Storey added: "There are still a number of people who were in the city centre on Saturday night who we have not yet spoken to and I would urge these people to come forward.

    "If anyone saw a silver motorbike in the city or on the outskirts between 22:00 and 23:00 on Saturday night we want to speak to them.

    "They may think the information they have is insignificant but it all helps in our inquiries and could prove to be crucial to us in finding the person responsible for this incident."

  7. Extra patrols after nightclub shooting

    Supt Bruce Storey said: "We know these incidents understandably cause concern and shock to members of the public and I want to reassure our communities that we are doing everything we can to ensure these incidents are dealt with and that we fully understand the facts of what has happened.

    "Extra officers are on patrol across the city to offer reassurance and will remain so over the coming days. If anyone is concerned we would urge them to speak to an officer."

  8. BreakingMan arrested over bouncer shooting

    A 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a bouncer was shot at a Newcastle nightclub.

    The doorman was injured outside Tup Tup Palace in St Nicholas Street at 22:30 on Saturday when a man on motorbike opened fire and then fled.

    Tup Tup Palace

    The injured man, 24, was taken to hospital for treatment. His condition is stable.

  9. Gazza 'worried over Gaza Strip mentions'

    Former Boro and Newcastle midfielder Paul Gascoigne has revealed he used to become concerned when he heard the Gaza Strip discussed on the news because he worried it was about him.

    He said: "There's been parts since I stopped playing that I've really enjoyed, and then I get knocked down again for no reason.

    Paul Gascoigne

    "I tell you what was the worst one, the Gaza Strip. You know the term the Gaza Strip, remember that? That was murder for me. I'd be sitting there having a shave and that, and the news would come on 'And the Gazza...' and I'd be like 'What's that?!' and I realised it was the Gaza Strip. I couldn't wait for that to end."

  10. Your pictures: Souter Lighthouse

    Lee Hargreave sent us this picture of Souter Lighthouse in South Tyneside underneath blue skies.

    Souter Lighthouse

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

  11. Boro's pre-season friendlies

    Middlesbrough FC have announced two pre-season friendly games ahead of the 2015-16 season.

    Aitor Karanka's squad will travel to York City on Saturday 11 July with a 12:00 kick-off, and Doncaster Rovers on Saturday 25 July with a 15:00 start.

    The club also said they are hoping for a pre-season home game on 1 August.

  12. 'Irreplaceable' Lee 'sadly missed'

    A statement from Lee Irving's family says: "Lee was a wonderful young man. Loved by many, he used to love ice-skating, going to the pictures and enjoying life.

    "He will be very sadly missed by all who knew him. What we have lost is irreplaceable and we must live with our loss every day. Lee will always remain in our hearts and thoughts."

  13. Murder investigation: Sixth arrest

    Detectives investigating a potential "hate crime" after a disabled man was killed in Newcastle have made a sixth arrest.

    The body of Lee Irving was found on grass near Hazeldene Avenue in Fawdon on Saturday morning.

    Scene of Lee Irving murder

    Four men and two women are now in custody. The 24-year-old was described by police as vulnerable and having learning difficulties. The force is investigating whether his learning difficulties were a factor in his death.

  14. Company to announce 'new measures'

    Tata Steel has previously justified its pension proposals by saying that its business in the UK is losing money and that its pension scheme has a deficit of up to £2bn.

    The company says it is very disappointed that its workers are going on strike and hopes staff will welcome new measures when they're announced.

    Tata Steel

    "We will soon be announcing new measures which will lessen the impact of the proposed pension changes, particularly on our longest-serving employees nearing retirement age," the company said.

  15. 'Not acceptable to workers'

    On the GMB website, Paul Reuter, national officer at Unite, says: "We are still open to talks if Tata are prepared for meaningful discussions. We have offered Tata the savings it says it needs. But the company wants to close the scheme altogether.

    "This is not acceptable to workers, which is why industrial action will start next week."

  16. Four unions vote for action

    Four trade unions have announced a one-day strike over proposed pension changes at Tata Steel.

    The four trade unions, with 17,000 members at Tata, are Community, Unite, the GMB and UCATT.

    The biggest industrial action in three decades is set to take place on 22 June, but before that there will be an overtime ban and a work-to-rule, starting in the middle of next week.

  17. 'Enter the Dragon'

    Hetton Lyons Country Park in Hetton-le-Hole is to host a Dragon Boat Race.

    The gauntlet has been thrown down to groups, companies, families and friends to get a team together and take part in the race on 5 September.

    People on boat

    Proceeds from the event will be divided between The Great North Air Ambulance Service and each team's own chosen charity.

  18. Meet the manager

    Matthew Raisbeck

    BBC Newcastle

    Here's new Gateshead FC manager Malcolm Crosby.

    Malcolm Crosby
  19. Hydrogen or electric?

    Rupert Wingfield-Hayes

    BBC News, Tokyo

    Toyota clearly believes the age of zero emissions vehicles is here, and that hydrogen technology is going to be a big part of it. Read my full story here.

    That is a big contrast to Toyota's old rival down the road in Yokohama - Nissan which also has a site on Wearside.

    Man with Nissan car

    The boss of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, has not been shy about expressing his disdain for hydrogen. Instead, Nissan is betting on lithium ion batteries in its flagship Leaf model, built in the North East.

  20. Sunshine and showers

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    There will be a mixture of sunshine and isolated showers this afternoon. However, the showers should become confined to the Pennines later in the afternoon with more sunshine elsewhere.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 13C (55F). Check the forecast near you.

  21. Jesting About continues

    BBC Newcastle's Jesting About features comedy sketches written by some of the North East's newest writers.

    The second episode is on BBC Newcastle tonight at 17:30.

    Comedy writers

    Catch up on last week's episode featuring Nicola Mantalios Lovett, Hal Branson, Rowan McCabe, Matthew Reed, Alexander Jackson, Silly Billies, Catherine Scott and Andy Fury.

  22. Motorcyclist dies in crash

    A motorcyclist has died after his bike left the road and crashed near Ferryhill, County Durham.

    A local man thought to be in his mid-50s lost control of the bike when heading from the direction of Woodham Golf Club towards Rushyford at about 13:50 yesterday.

    The rider, who has yet to be named, was confirmed dead at the scene. Durham Constabulary is appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

  23. Campbell up for London Mayor

    Former Newcastle footballer Sol Campbell has confirmed his intention to become the next Mayor of London.

    The ex-Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur defender said he could "bring something new to the table" as the Conservative nomination. He said he wanted to "change London for everybody" but acknowledged he would not be a "frontrunner".

    Sol Campbell

    Campbell will take part in a hustings event alongside other candidates for the Tory nomination on 4 July.

  24. Shooting an 'isolated incident'

    Adrian Pitches

    Environment correspondent, BBC North-East

    Police and nightclub owners in Newcastle are stressing that the drive-by shooting of a doorman on Saturday night is an isolated incident and that the city remains one of the safest in the country in which to enjoy a night out.

    Police car outside of Tup Tup Palace

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

  25. Double rainbow

    Catherine Lee

    BBC News

    I spotted this double rainbow while looking out to the North Sea from Tynemouth over the weekend.

    Double rainbow

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

  26. Pedestrian involved in RTC

    Tyne and Wear UTMC tweets: RTC involving a pedestrian northbound approach to the Redheugh Bridge, delays likely around Askew Road junction

  27. Accident closes southbound A1

    BBC Travel

    The A1 is closed southbound and there's slow traffic between the Morpeth North turn off in Morpeth and the Seaton Burn Roundabout in Wideopen because of an accident.

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

  28. Latest scores from the cricket

    BBC Sport

    Wickets tumbled on the opening day of the latest round of County Championship matches, with all seven matches already into their second innings.

    In Division One, champions Yorkshire will be looking to Jonny Bairstow (25 not out) and Jack Leaning (20 not out) to try and establish a lead when they resume on 96-4 in reply to Middlesex's 212.

    Yorkshire cricket

    And at Chester-le-Street, Somerset look well placed to build a first innings lead after reaching the close last night on 147-4, trailing Durham by 42 runs, with Johann Myburgh 57 not out.

    Follow live local radio and 5 live sports extra commentaries from day two of the latest round of matches.

  29. 'Signing current PL players'

    BBC Sport

    Steve McClaren wants to sign more current Premier League players when he takes over as Newcastle boss, according to the Northern Echo.

    The ex-Derby and England boss will sign a four-year contract in the next 48 hours, says the report.

    Steve McClaren

    QPR striker Charlie Austin, out-of-contract Manchester City defender Micah Richards and Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel are all targets.

  30. 'Misrepresented in the media'

    Chris Reynolds, the executive producer of the documentary Gascoigne, which is being screened tonight in cinemas, says the former Newcastle and Middlesbrough footballer was a pleasure to work with.

    He said: "There's an awful lot of inaccuracy among some tabloid newspapers about Paul and his life. He is misrepresented in the media. We also wanted to have some fun and we really enjoyed working with Paul. He was hilarious throughout the three days of filming and he was a pleasure to work with.

    Paul Gascoigne

    "He is a very down to earth man, heck of a talent... nobody has got a bad word to say about him."

  31. Flood protection work to begin

    Middlesbrough's Transporter Bridge is to close for two months today in a bid to protect hundreds of buildings from flooding.

    The bridge will be closed to vehicles but will remain open for cyclists and pedestrians as the work is carried out.

    The Transporter Bridge and gondola

    It is part of a £3m scheme by the Environment Agency to protect 350 homes and 32 businesses in Port Clarence affected by severe flooding.

  32. Man sexually assaulted in woods

    A 19-year-old man making his way to college through woods in Darlington was dragged to the ground by two men and sexually assaulted.

    The victim had just gone under a railway bridge in Geneva Woods when he was targeted at about 08:10 on Friday.

    The attackers, believed to be aged in their 30s, then ran off. Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

  33. 'Woman, 30, dies in crash'

    The Gazette

    Here's today's front page and a link to the main story:

    Front page
  34. Gascoigne documentary premieres

    A new documentary about Paul Gascoigne is being screened at cinemas across the UK tonight.

    He's the Tyneside footballer who's had as many ups and downs in his personal life as highs and lows on the pitch.

    Paul Gascoigne

    The 85-minute film is based around an extensive interview with Gazza - and also hears from Gary Lineker, Jose Mourinho and Wayne Rooney. Watch the trailer here.

  35. Disabled man's murder 'hate crime'

    A murder victim may have been targeted over the weekend because he was disabled, police say.

    Lee Irving, 24, from Camperdown, East Denton, was found on grass near Hazeldene Avenue in Fawdon, Newcastle, on Saturday morning.

    He had learning difficulties and his death may have been a hate crime. Police say they believe that those involved knew each other.

    Four men and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

  36. Mostly sunny

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Some sunny spells, but a scattering of showers will develop during the morning, with the odd sharp one possible. Any showers should become confined to the Pennines later in the day with more sunshine elsewhere.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 13C (55F). Check the forecast near you.

  37. Heavy traffic on A1

    There's heavy traffic on the A1 Western Bypass southbound between Blaydon and Metro Centre.

    The traffic is building up on A1150 Whinfield Road eastbound in Great Burdon, Darlington at the B6279 Stockton Road junction.

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