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  1. Updates on Monday 25 April 2016

Live Reporting

By Rebecca Turner

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Rebecca Turner

    BBC North East

    Updates for the North East have now finished for the day. 

    We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow. We hope you can join us then.

    If you'd like to get in touch you can tweet us, email, or contact us through our Facebook page.  

  2. Tonight's weather: Cold, wintry, maybe even some snow

    BBC Weather

    Wintry showers will continue, heavy at times with hail, sleet or snow falling at even low levels.

    Slight accumulations of snow are possible, mainly over high ground.

    Icy patches are likely in places by the morning.

    Coastal gales developing.  

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    Check the weather where you are.

  3. Father of drowned Tynemouth boy welcomes sailor's jail sentence

    The father of a teenage fishermen who died after a ferry hit his boat has spoken out about the man who caused the collision. 

    Daniel McNeil, 16, from Tynemouth, drowned in the incident.

    Scottish Viking

    An Italian sailor who was in charge of the ferry has been jailed for eight months.

    Outside the court, Daniel's father Donald said: "We're glad it's a custodial sentence because that allows the sea to be safer for a while."  

    Judge Lord Bannatyne said: "His family have been deprived of a much-loved, cherished son and brother. They have undoubtedly been left devastated at their loss".   

  4. Four-vehicle accident blocking the A167

    BBC Travel

    The A167 is partially blocked at the Brafferton Lane junction, County Durham, because of an accident involving four vehicles. 

    Congestion to the Burtree Lane junction.  

    Keep up to date with the latest travel for Tyne & Wear and Tees.

  5. School 'in total shock' after children killed in France crash

    A headeatcher has paid tribute to two children who died in a collision in France yesterday.

    John Crompton, 31, from Hartlepool, died alongside Morgan Christian Lund, aged nine, and four-year-old Evie-Lily Crompton in the crash on Sunday morning.

    Lee Walker, from Barnard Grove Primary School, said: “Everyone in our school community is in total shock following this tragedy.

    “Morgan was a Year 4 pupil who was an extremely popular member of his class, as well as the school in general.

    "His sense of humour, fun and positive attitude brought life and joy to all. Morgan took great pride in his work and was an outstanding sportsman with many other talents as well.

    “Evie-Lily was in our nursery and was the most kind-hearted and caring girl you could ever wish to meet. 

    "She was always willing to go out of her way to help others and had lots of friends. Her beaming smile lit up our nursery every single day.

    “The pupils and staff are heartbroken and we are all helping each other to come to terms with this devastating news. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family at this time.”

  6. Sailor jailed over ferry crash in which Tynemouth fisherman died

    An Italian sailor who caused the death of a teenage fisherman from Tynemouth has been jailed for eight months.

    Pasquale Miccio

    Pasquale Miccio, 48, was in charge of the Scottish Viking ferry when it collided with a fishing boat off St Abbs Head in August 2010.

    Daniel McNeil, 16, drowned in the incident.

    Miccio, from Sorrento, had previously admitted failing to change the ship's course to avoid the collision.

    He was handed a jail term at the High Court in Edinburgh.

  7. Funding page for Hartlepool family raises more than £1,000 in four hours

    A funding page has been set up for the family left behind after a crash in France, in which 31-year-old John Crompton from Hartlepool and two children were killed.

    The family was driving near Dijon, when the crash occurred on Sunday morning.  

    In only four hours, the page has already raised almost a quarter of its £5,000 target.

  8. Specially trained officers supporting families after fatal French crash

    Officers are supporting two families in Hartlepool following the fatal collision in France yesterday in which a man and two children were killed.

    John William Crompton, 31, Morgan Christian Lund, nine, and four year old Evie-Lily Crompton died in the collision on Sunday morning on the A39 near Beaurepaire-en-Bresse.

    The children's mother Makayla Louise Lund, 25, and two-year-old Kyle Lucas Crompton were injured and taken to hospital.

    A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: "Specially trained officers are acting as family liaison officers for both families.  

    "Cleveland Police is also assisting the French authorities with their inquiries into the collision as well as liaising with colleagues from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  Our thoughts and sympathies are with all concerned at this very difficult time."

  9. Hartlepool family named following fatal crash in France

    The Teesside family who died in a crash on the A39 near Beaurepaire-en-Bresse in France yesterday have been named by police.

    John Crompton, 31,  died alongside two children - Morgan Christian Lund, nine, and four-year-old Evie-Lily Crompton in the collision yesterday morning 

    The children's mother, 25-year-old Makayla Louise Lund, and two-year-old Kyle Lucas Crompton were injured and taken to hospital.

    Police say Makayla is in a stable condition today, while Kyle remains "seriously ill". 

  10. 'Potentially harmful' medication stolen in Low Fell

    Potentially harmful medication has been stolen during a burglary in Low Fell.

    Police say burglars broke into a flat in Ripley Court some time between Thursday and Saturday.

    They stole a number of different medications that were being kept inside the property including Venlafaxine and Valporic Acid. 

    Officers say they've have checked with medical professionals and the medication "can be a danger to health if taken in large amounts".

  11. Cricket: Heavy bails for heavy wind

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    It's so windy over here in Chester-le-Street that they've been forced to remove the bails.

    Durham are playing Middlesex.

    Durham Cricket

    Umpires Ian Gould & Graham Lloyd have called for the heavy bails to be brought out.

    They won't stay in place for long.  

  12. Vito Mannone: Every Sunderland games 'feels like Champions League final'

    BBC Sport

    Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone (pictured) says every game 'feels like the Champions League final' as they fight for Premier League survival.

    The Black Cats drew 0-0 with Arsenal to climb out of the relegation zone for the first time since early March.

    "We're fighting for the Premier League, but that's our Champions League," 28-year old Mannone told BBC Newcastle.

    "We need to maintain this standard and hopefully score a few of the chances we create."

    Vito Mannone
  13. Explosives to demolish Didcot site

    Explosives are to be used to demolish the remaining section of the collapsed Didcot Power Station.

    Four workers were killed and five injured in the collapse in February, with one body - that of Michael Collings, 53, from Brotton in Teesside - recovered from the site.

    RWE Npower said it knew controlled explosions at the site would be distressing for the missing workers' families.

    The firm said it would ensure the remaining building falls away from the existing debris pile.

    Collpased Didcot Power Station
  14. Jack Colback: Newcastle United 'need to repay fans'

    BBC Sport

    Newcastle United's Jack Colback says they must give something back to the fans for their continued support.

    The relegation-threatened Magpies came from 2-0 down to claim a crucial point against Liverpool at Anfield.

    "We've not given [the fans] a lot to shout about, but they're sticking with us," Colback told BBC Newcastle.

    "If the fans turn on you it can be difficult but they're there for us and we need to try and repay them with points and good performances."

    Jack Colback
  15. Boy claims another child killed toddler

    A young boy has claimed another boy was responsible for the death of a toddler, a murder trial has heard.

    The youngster made the statement during a recorded police interview the day after two-year-old Liam Fee was found dead at a house near Glenrothes on 22 March 2014.

    The child said one of the accused, Nyomi Fee, had told him what happened.

    The dead child's mother Rachel Fee and her partner Nyomi deny murdering Liam and ill-treating two other boys.

    Rachel Fee, 31, and Nyomi Fee, 28, who are originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear, deny a series of mistreatment and neglect charges against two other children, as well as the murder charge.

    The trial continues.

    Liam Fee
  16. Darlington Market 'needs £200,000 spent on repairs'

    The search for a partner for Darlington Markets is to begin next week.

    Darlington covered market has been hoping to find an investor to ensure its future.


     A special report will go before Darlington Borough Council’s Cabinet, which recommends £200,000 be spent on essential repairs to enable the market to continue to trade and make it more attractive to a partner.  

  17. Weather: Sunny intervals and scattered showers this afternoon

    This afternoon will have sunny intervals and scattered showers, with the showers turning increasingly heavy and wintry. 

    Sleet or snow is likely even at low levels, but will not produce significant accumulations. Becoming windy along the coast in the afternoon. 

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     Maximum Temperature: 8C (46F).