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  1. Updates on Wednesday 1 June 2016

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Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

Live updates for the North East have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel. 

We hope you can join us then.  

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Alan Shearer on managing Newcastle Legends team: 'They might wheel me out'

Alan Shearer will manage Newcastle one last time in October when his Newcastle Legends team faces Keith Gillespie’s Manchester Select side at Kingston Park.

The kick off, in aid of the Alan Shearer Foundation, falls almost 20 years to the day since Newcastle United’s famous 5-0 thrashing of Man United.

Kingston Park is the home of Newcastle Falcons.

Alan Shearer
Newcastle Falcons

Shearer said: “My knees and ankles are shot so I won’t be a player-manager.

"I’ll just be in the dug-out, although they might wheel me out to do the kick-off or take a penalty.

As for the squad, he says: “They've got plenty of notice and time to get fit for the game, and looking at Rob Lee recently I think he needs it.

"But hopefully we should be able to entice as many of the squad from that era as we can, even if the pace is not quite as intense as it was 20 years ago."

Weather: Cloud, murky, damp

BBC Weather

Some brightness possible in the far southeast this evening, elsewhere staying cloudy with another murky and damp night expected.

Hills and coasts will keep a risk of mist or fog, although less extensive than yesterday.  

Cricket: It's a tad chilly

Travel: Problems on the A167 and A6072

BBC Travel

There's one lane blocked and very slow traffic on the A167 southbound in Newcastle Upon Tyne between A1058 and A193 New Bridge Street, because of a broken down bus.

And the A6072 Shildon Bypass in Shildon is closed, with slow traffic in both directions between the B6282 junction and the Brusselton Lane junction, because of an accident involving one vehicle.

More traffic information on the BBC Travel website for Tyne & Wear, and Teesside.  

Businessman ordered to pick up litter as punishment for dumping waste

Peter Harris

BBC Look North

A businessman who dumped thousands of tonnes of waste illegally has been ordered to pick litter as a punishment.

Gary Maw, 54, was a director of North East Waste Products and Green Energy Power at Houghton-le-Spring, where rubbish was piled nine metres (27ft) high.

Teesside Crown Court heard dust and debris blew on to the neighbouring Hetton Lyons Country Park and much of the damage is yet to be cleaned up as Maw is struggling to pay for it.

The waste included material from the building trade, and the cost to put it right will run into six figures.

Judge Shaun Morris fined him £5,000 and ordered him to do 130 hours unpaid work picking litter so he could understand the "infernal problem" of waste.

'Vital' river crossing to re-open in Durham

Back in April, Deerness Bridge was closed when an inspection raised concerns that it could no longer take the weight of traffic.  

As a solution, a large crane was used to lift a two-part lattice steel structure into place above the road last Thursday.  

The Bailey bridge
Durham CC

Durham County Council says it hopes it will be open and ready to use on Friday afternoon, with temporary traffic lights and a separated footpath across the bridge for pedestrians, cyclists and horses.

Man and woman reported missing from Sunderland

A man and woman who are believed to have a five-year-old child with them have been reported missing from Sunderland.

Peter Dalby and Lauren Wilkinson
Northumbria Police

Peter Dalby, 37, and his partner Lauren Wilkinson, 24, were last seen on Thursday.

It's believed they have Lauren's five-year-old daughter with them.

The family currently live in the Hendon area of Sunderland but are originally from Bradford and it is possible they may have returned to West Yorkshire.

Travel: Serious accident on the A181

BBC Travel

The A181 in Sherburn is closed with slow traffic in both directions between the A688 junction and the B6291 junction because of a serious accident.  

More traffic information on the BBC Travel website for Tyne & Wear, and Teesside.  

Half term ideas: Children's tour of BBC Newcastle

Charlotte Crosby quits Geordie Shore in row with ex-boyfriend Gaz Beadle

BBC Newsbeat

Here's the full story we mentioned earlier as Reality TV star Charlotte Crosby reveals that she's quit MTV show Geordie Shore.

The 26-year-old announced her departure in a string of tweets, where she also appears to have a go at ex-boyfriend, Gaz Beadle.

Charlotte Crosby

She claims she's leaving the show to escape "a liar and a cheat".

Gaz quickly posted his own Twitter updates, hitting back at Charlotte and her recent revelation that she'd suffered an ectopic pregnancy.

"You had your say I had mine," he wrote on Twitter.

"Only reason you did it was to turn people against me and for once I have spoken up and u can't handle it.

"And if you are leaving Geordieshore that is your own choice don't put it on me."

Electricity restored in Hartlepool

The power is back on in a part of Hartlepool:

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Could more have been done to save Liam Fee?

Liam Fee's nursery, child minder and another woman had raised concerns with the authorities about the two-year-old who was killed by his mother and her partner.

Two multi-agency meetings were held about the toddler who then remained in the care of Rachel and Nyomi Fee.

The pair, both orignally from Ryton, were found guilty of killing the toddler in March 2014 at a house in Thornton, near Glenrothes.

BBC Scotland social affairs correspondent Reevel Alderson reports on whether the authorities could have done more to save Liam:

Travel: The Avenue in Seaham closed in both directions due to accident

BBC Travel

The Avenue in Seaham is closed in both directions between the B1285 junction and the Queensbury Road junction because of an accident.  

More traffic information on the BBC Travel website for Tyne & Wear and Teesside.    

Investigation continues after teenager raped in Newcastle

Police are continuing to investigate the rape of a teenage girl in Lemington, Newcastle. 

The 16-year-old was attacked while walking alone along a waggonway from Tyne View on Friday at about 22:45.

She had been with friends earlier who had walked part of the way before leaving to go to their homes. 

She was grabbed by a man wearing a balaclava who raped her.

Detectives are carrying out house-to-house inquiries and checking CCTV to try and identify the attacker. 

He is skinny and was dressed all in black. He was wearing a black jumper, black tracksuit bottoms, black trainers and a balaclava. 

Insp Alan Pitchford said: "If you're going somewhere unfamiliar, make sure you know where you are going and how to get there and where possible try and always stay with friends or in groups when walking home."

British men jailed in India visited by Minister of State

Six British men who were accused of illegally possessing weapons while working on a ship providing anti-piracy protection have been visited by Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire.

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One of those six is Nick Dunn, 28, from Northumberland.

They all received five-year sentences and were ordered to pay 3,000 rupees (£30) after weapons and ammunution was found on board the ship which did not have permission to be in Indian waters.

The men have consistently denied any wrongdoing and claim they have been abandoned by their American employers.

Liam Fee death: Whistleblower had 'gut-wrenching' feeling

A woman who lived near the family of murdered toddler Liam Fee has told how she contacted social services after getting a 'gut wrenching' feeling something was wrong with the boy.

Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith (pictured) said she felt the call had served little purpose.

Rachel Fee and her partner Nyomi, both originally from Ryton, were found guilty of murdering Rachel's two-year-old son Liam in Fife.

Ms Smith was one of several witnesses who raised concerns about two-year-old Liam before he was murdered.  

Fears over future of hotel plan for historic Hartlepool building

Hartlepool Mail


Charlotte Crosby is leaving Geordie Shore

Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

In a string of tweets (some of which contain some strong language), reality-show star Charlotte Crosby has announced that she's leaving Geordie Shore.

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It all seems to relate to her on/off relationship with co-star Gary Beadle.

Charlotte was rushed to hospital recently with an ectopic pregnancy.

Gary, the father of the baby, was abroad filming another reality show called Ex on the Beach.

All of this has been played out fairly publicly on Twitter, with Charlotte saying "I'm willing to sacrifice that part of my career in order to be well away from a liar and a cheat."

Man 'asked pensioner for the time before snatching her handbag'

An 80-year-old woman was approached by a man in a bus stop who asked her for the time and then snatched her handbag, police say. 

It happened on Saturday afternoon near to the Sunnyside Hoteland in Yarm Road in Eaglescliffe.

Police say the man made off towards Yarm on a bicycle.

The handbag contained cash and the victim's bank card.

It is believed the suspect was in his 30s, of average build and medium height with stubble and short, dark hair.

The victim was left shaken but was uninjured.

'Influx of visitors' expected for South Tyneside Festival

As the South Tyneside festival gets under way, local businesses and hotels are bracing themselves for an influx of visitors.

Last year, the event attracted more than 120,000 people.

South Tyneside Council is hopeful that it will contribute £1.5m to the regional economy this year, with free live music and entertainment for all ages drawing in visitors from across the UK.

South Tyneside festival
Sorted PR

Powercut in NE33 caused by problems with underground cables

Northern Powergrid says it is "aware of an unplanned powercut" in the NE33 area of South Tyneside and that it's been caused by a problem with one of their underground cables.

The firm says its team is "working hard to restore power as quickly as possible".

Cat left paralysed after being shot with airgun in South Shields

Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

A vets surgery in South Shields has shared an image of Henry the cat, who they say was left paralysed after being shot with an air rifle in Westhoe.

In a Facebook post, Westhoe Vets Limited says: "This is Henry, a big, beautiful, well taken care of and much loved pet, his owners live near the practice."

Henry the cat
Westhoe Vets Limited

"Some time after lunch yesterday, Henry went out into his yard and probably up onto the wall.

"No one knows exactly when, or why, but someone targeted him there with an airgun.

"The pellet lodged in his spinal cord, and paralysed him from the chest down, causing him pain and distress."

They say there was nothing that could be done for him, and he was put down. The RSPCA have been informed. 

British Steel revived as Tata sale completed

The return of the British Steel brand marks a "new chapter" in the industry after completion of the sale of Tata's steelworks at Scunthorpe, unions said.

Greybull Capital has become the new owner of Tata Steel's Long Products business.

Steel worker

The business employs 4,800 people - 4,400 in the UK and 400 in France.

It includes the Scunthorpe plant, which makes steel for the rail and construction sectors, and two mills in Teesside and an engineering workshop in Workington.

Middlesbrough to take on Aston Villa in pre-season friendly

Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough side will travel to the Midlands to take on Aston Villa next month.

It is expected Boro will play at least three more games as they build up towards a return to the Premier League. 


Villa suffered a horrendous season last time around, finishing bottom of the table to drop out of the Premier League for the first time, relegated for the first time since 1987.

They are now under new ownership.

This will be Boro’s first visit to Villa Park since Tuncay scored both goals in a 2-1 win in November 2008.

Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough closed due to strong winds

Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

The Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough is closed between the Vulcan Street junction and the A1046 Port Clarence Road junction because of strong winds. 

The Gazette has collated all the times it's been closed this year.

Alan Shearer: 'Rashford deserves to go'

BBC Sport

He knows a thing or two about scoring at international tournaments, and former England striker Alan Shearer believes 18-year-old Marcus Rashford "deserves to go" to Euro 2016.

Shearer told BBC Radio 5 live he would be "very surprised" if Rashford starts, but says the Manchester United forward "may force the manager's hand".

The former Newcastle striker also called Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson's selection a “big gamble”. 

Alan Shearer scores against the Netherlands at Euro 96

You can see the full squads for every country here.

Alan Shearer's Euro 96: My memories of when football came home

Twenty years on from Euro 96, when football came home to England, Alan Shearer, the tournament's Golden Boot winner, has been meeting former teammates for a documentary that's on BBC One tonight.

Talking about former teammate Paul Gascoigne, he says: "He is not just my old team-mate, he is my friend and he was the first player I went to meet when I began putting the programme together at the end of November last year.

"Euro 96 does not feel like 20 years ago, but it has been great to look back at it all and remember how the momentum built and built until it felt like the whole country was behind us."  

Shearer met Paul Gascoigne at Newcastle's Tyne Theatre

Teenager threatened with knife in North Tyneside

A 17-year-old was "approached from behind by a man who threatened him with a knife and demanded cash" in a North Tyneside street on Monday night, police say.

The attack happened in the underpass under the Metro tracks in Station Approach in Benton.

The teenager handed over money and the robber made off.

Weather: A damp start

BBC Weather

A damp start, especially across coast and hills, with mist, drizzle and fog likely.

Staying rather cloudy throughout, with the murky weather persisting along the coast.

However some brighter spells could gradually move into the north during the evening. Breezy.  

Check the weather where you are.

Sunderland pitch invader orders season ticket after avoiding Stadium of Light ban

Sunderland Echo


Two brothers who invaded the pitch at the Stadium of Light after the crucial Everton game have avoided football banning orders – while a third man was told to stay away from games for three years.

Alan and Ben Appleby celebrating outside of court
Sunderland Echo

WW2 poison gas tragedy remembered 75 years on

Megan Paterson

Reporter, BBC Look North

A seven-year-old girl from Newcastle killed by poisonous gas after falling into a crater left by a World War Two bomb has been remembered 75 years on.  

Travel: Three-car accident in Middlesbrough

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the A66 eastbound in Middlesbrough at the Marton Road Interchange because of an accident involving three cars.  

More traffic information on the BBC Travel website for Tyne & Wear and Teesside.  

Good morning. Welcome to our live coverage

Rebecca Turner

BBC North East

We'll be here until 18:00 bringing you news, sport, weather and travel from across the North East.

If you'd like to get in touch you can Tweet @BBCNewsNEemail,or contact us via our Facebook page.