Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Updates on Tuesday 14 June 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Our live coverage across the day

Our updates here have now finished for the day - thank you for joining us. We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 tomorrow.

In the meantime there will be updates online, on our radio stations - BBC Newcastle and BBC Tees - and on Look North.

If you'd like us to feature your comments or pictures, send them to us by email, tweet us @BBCNewsNE or join our Facebook page. 

Weather: Cloudy and misty with outbreaks of light rain

It will continue largely cloudy and misty through the evening and night with outbreaks of light rain or drizzle, and some fog over the Cheviots. 

Winds will be light northeasterly. 

weather graphic

Minimum Temperature: 11C (52F).

Dog thought to have been stabbed in Hebburn

A dog is thought to have been stabbed in an attack in Hebburn, South Tyneside, the RSPCA said.

The female black and white shiu tzu suffered a slash on her nose and seven other wounds on her left shoulder and neck late on Sunday around Prince Consort Road.

She was treated at a vets and is expected to make a full recovery.

RSPCA inspector Helen Nedley said: “She has a number of wounds which appear to have been caused by a sharp pointed object like a knife."

They are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

The injured Shiu Tzu

Travel: Minor delays to trains from Millfield to airport

Travel: A1058 in Newcastle partially blocked by broken down lorry

BBC Travel

The A1058 Benton Bank in Newcastle is partially blocked and there is queuing traffic eastbound between the Jesmond Park West junction and Chillingham Roundabout, because of a broken down lorry. Congestion to the A167(M) junction.  

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

Family of swans stop traffic 'single filing' across road

The Shields Gazette

A family of swans quite literally stopped traffic as they went on an early-morning stroll.

The two adult swans and the six cygnets were captured strutting along Abingdon Way in Boldon Colliery.

Shields Gazette

New talent needed to boost ambulance service

Pizza takeaway shop badly damaged after roof raid

A pizza takeaway shop in Northumberland has been left badly damaged after thieves stole lead from its roof.

Police believe raiders targeted Big Mamas, on Palace Road, Bedlington Station, sometime on 8 June , but staff didn't realise at the time. 

It was only after the roof began leaking causing "considerable" damage to the shop, that the theft was discovered. 

Police urged anyone offered lead for sale in the area to get in touch

Travel: A19 Tees Flyover in Stockton blocked by overturned vehicle

BBC Travel

The A19 Tees Flyover in Stockton is blocked and there is queuing traffic northbound at the A66 junction, because of an accident involving an overturned vehicle. Congestion to the A1130 Levick Crescent junction.  

More traffic information on the BBC Travel website for Teesside.

Online fraudsters steal £2m from North businesses

Businesses in the Northumbria force area have lost more than £2m in the last 12 months as a result of online crime, new figures reveal. 

Action Fraud has revealed that in the year from March last year the number of cyber crime against businesses across the UK increased by 22% -  from 30,475 to 37,070.

Now the UK government safety advice service, Now Get Safe, is warning businesses that all their staff need online fraud awareness training.

Northumbria Police

It often happens when a fraudster gets victims to change a direct debit or standing order by pretending to be an organisation they make regular payments too.

Eight week old baby boy's death probed

The Shields Gazette

A police inquiry has been launched after a baby boy died in South Shields.

Northumbria Police said emergency services were called to an address in Eglesfield Road after receiving reports of concern for the welfare of the eight week old.

Eaglesfield Road
Shields Gazette

North East sees lowest annual house price growth

House prices rose in all parts of the UK over the past year - although the North East saw the lowest annual price growth, official figures show.

Prices climbed 8.2% in the year to April, taking the average UK property value to £209,054, according to the new UK House Price Index.

The North East saw the lowest annual price growth with an increase of 0.1%.

Between April and March, prices fell in the North East, Wales and the South West, slipping 0.9%, 1.9% and 2.8%.  

The average property value in London is now £470,025, while in the North East it is £121,719.  

For sale signs

Eyesight fears after assault victim sprayed in eyes

It is not known whether an assault victim who was sprayed in the face with an unknown liquid has suffered permanent damage to his eyes, police say. 

The 33-year-old man became involved in an altercation with a man and a woman outside of the Booze Cellar store in Sunderland Road on Monday evening. 

He was punched and kicked by the man and had a unknown liquid sprayed into his eyes.

He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth hospital and later transferred to Royal Victoria Infirmary where he remains in a stable condition.

Eye-catching harbour beach huts unveiled

Northumberland Gazette

The new colourful beach huts at #Amble harbour, are unveiled #Northumberland

Picture by Judith Conroy Hardisty. #northeasthour

Judith Conroy Hardisty

Vigil for Orlando shooting victims to be held in Newcastle

BBC Newcastle

Hundreds of people are expected to turn out to a vigil in Newcastle in support of victims of the weekend's shootings in the United States. 

Gunman Omar Mateen opened fire at Pulse in Orlando killing 49 people and leaving dozens wounded.

Tonight's event at Times Square from 19:30 will include talks and music. 

There are also plans to illuminate the Penshaw Monument in the colours of the rainbow flag from tonight for a week. Last night, Gateshead's Millennium Bridge was illuminated by rainbow colours last night.

Town hall flag at half-mast for Orlando victims

Missing teeanger found safe

A 13-year-old girl who had been reported missing from North Tyneside has been found safe and well, Northumbria Police said.

Sunderland among top 10 for biggest fall in parents getting first choice of primary school

Sunderland was among the top 10 for the biggest percentage fall of parents getting their first choice of primary school, according to official admissions figures for England's schools.

The figures nationally showed a higher proportion of parents got their first pick of primary schools than last year, at 88.4%, up from 87.8%.

In Sunderland the percentage of parents getitng thier first choice was 91% down from 94.2% in 2015.

A Department for Education spokeswoman said the admissions figures show that the "system continues to work".  

Primary school percentages
Source: DFE

Nuisance bikers barred from quarry after residents complain

Welfare concerns for missing teenage girl

Police are appealing for help to trace a missing 13-year-old North Tyneside girl.

Alice Martin was last seen on Monday  at 21:00 in Monkseaton Park, but failed to return home.

Northumbria Police said there were concerns for her welfare

Gateshead see biggest fall in parents getting first choice of secondary school

Gateshead had the biggest fall in parents getting their first choice of secondary school, according to official admissions figures for England's schools.

About one in six children nationally did not get their first choice of secondary school although the figures were similar to last year - with 84.1% getting their top choice, compared with 84.2% last year. 

In Gateshead the number of parents getting their first choice of secondary school was down from 91.5% in 2015 to 82.8%.  

A Department for Education spokeswoman said the admissions figures show that the "system continues to work".  

Secondary school places graphic
Source: DFE

Filming of series seven of Vera gets under way at Craster

Weather: A few sunny intervals but risk of some heavy showers

A few sunnier intervals may develop inland this afternoon, though with the risk of the odd heavy shower breaking out across the Pennines. 

It will remain rather cloudy and misty near the coast. 

weather graphic

Maximum Temperature: 16C (61F). 

Passers-by tried to 'aid' pavement crash woman

Witnesses to a car smash tried to help a woman who was struck while she was on a pavement.

A Hyundai Coupe mounted the kerb, hit two cars and a house and ploughed into the victim in Easson Road, Darlington, at about 17:00 on Monday. 

Durham Police said some witnesses tried to help the woman - believed to be in her 40s - who is critically ill and has not yet been identified.

Officers are urgently trying to speak to people who saw what happened

Easson Road, Darlington
Durham Police

Critical pavement crash woman 'not yet identified'

Police have not yet been able to identify a woman who is critically ill in hospital after being struck by a car which mounted the pavement in Darlington.

Officers said a Hyundai Coupe car went out of control on Easson Road, flipped over and struck the victim, two cars and a house at about 17:00 yesterday. 

Easson Road
Durham Police

The woman, believed to be in her 40s, is being treated for serious head injuries at Middlesbrough's James Cook Hospital and officers do not yet know who she is.

A 25-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drink driving, police confirmed. 

Project being launched in Newcastle to help women caught in 'repeat removals'

BBC Newcastle reporter Philippa Goymer (pictured below) has been on Victoria Derbyshire's programme this morning talking about her investigation which revealed a mother from Newcastle had 17 children removed from her care by the local authority.

Pause - a project for women trapped in a cycle of having child after child taken - is being extended to Newcastle by the city council and Barnardo's.  

Barnardo's said the women's "absolutely chaotic lives" made it hard for them to seek help.

Many are victims of domestic abuse and have been in care, while some are sex workers, use drugs or alcohol or have mental health issues, Barnardo's said.

Philippa Goymer

Car crashes into house 'ripping' out front windows

A car smashed so hard into a house that windows were ripped from the front of it.

Darlington crash scene

A silver Hyundai left the road and hit several parked vehicles before it struck a woman on a pavement on Easson Road in Darlington at 17:00 on Monday.

The woman, believed to be in her 40s, sustained serious head injuries and was taken to hospital. 

Durham Police said she is critically ill. 

A man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving and driving whilst disqualified.

Sunshine for Run Geordie Run on Day 45 of mammoth run

British ultradistance fundraiser Run Geordie Run has reached day 45 of his 20,000 mile circumnavigation of the world through 24 countries. 

Tweeting from Agnières-en-Dévoluy, in France, he also revealed he has raised a staggering £250,000 so far for good causes.  

He says the weather is also glorious today and he has run almost 1,500 miles so far. 

View more on twitter

He reckons he burned off more than 5,000 calories during yesterday's run. 

He's helping raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. 

Women who lose children 'often abused and from care system'

Many women who have their children taken from them are the victims of sexual abuse or have been in care, a charity says. 

Pause - a project for women trapped in a cycle of having child after child taken - is being extended to Newcastle by the council and Barnardo's to try and help victims.

One woman from the city had 17 children taken into care over a three-decade period. 

Barnardo's assistant director of children's services, Sian Bufton, said: "They're women who've experienced a lot of loss, a lot of trauma, a lot of difficulty in their lives and need some help to live a different life."

Pregnant woman

The Pause project pioneered a model in Hackney to help women caught in a cycle of "repeat removals", who had lost an average of four - and up to 10 - children.  

In Durham the highest figure for the removal of children from one mother was nine; in Gateshead 10; Middlesbrough eight and in Sunderland nine. 

Child abuse interviews scheme to be piloted in County Durham

The children's commissioner for England will call for a radical rethink of the way children are interviewed in abuse cases, at a meeting later.

Anne Longfield says the current system can add to the trauma for children, with some facing hostile cross-examination by defence lawyers.

She wants to use "children's houses" - a system pioneered in Iceland - where complainants have a single interview.

The children's house system, which is to be piloted in Greater London and County Durham, sees children testify to a trained psychotherapist while a judge, police, prosecution and defence lawyers watch via video link.

Benitez 'must be allowed control' says McClaren

BBC Sport

Ex-Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren hopes new manager Rafael Benitez will be allowed greater control at the club.

McClaren, who led the Magpies to six wins in 28 Premier League matches, was replaced by Benitez in March, but the Spaniard could not prevent them from being relegated to the Championship.

Rex Features

"I conceded too much, especially early on, instead of saying 'we need this and this'," McClaren told BBC Radio 5 live. 

 "I hope they've allowed him control of everything." 

Mother has 17 children taken over three decades

A mother from Newcastle had 17 children removed from her care by the local authority, the BBC has learned.

Children's and women's charities believe it to be the highest number reported in England and Wales.

Letter to dad

Pause - a project for women trapped in a cycle of having child after child taken - is being extended to the city by the council and Barnardo's.

The charity said the women's chaotic lives made it hard for them to seek help.  

Woman struck by car on pavement 'critically' ill

A woman is critically ill with head injuries after a car mounted the pavement and crashed into her in Darlington. 

A silver Hyundai car left Easson Road and struck a number of parked cars before hitting the woman and a nearby house at around 17:00 on Monday, Durham Police said. 

.A man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving and driving whilst disqualified. 

Weather: Cloudy to start with, sunny intervals and scattered showers later

Sara Thornton

BBC Weather

Generally cloudy and misty at first, with a little light rain or drizzle at times. 

A few sunnier intervals may develop inland by the afternoon, with scattered heavy showers likely. 

It will remain rather cloudy and misty near the coast.

weather graphic

Maximum Temperature: 16C (61F).  

Travel: Delays on Metro due to failed train

Gateshead Millennium Bridge lit up in rainbow colours for Orlando shooting victims

Vigils were held and landmarks in the North East lit up for the victims of Sunday's deadly gun attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

The attack on the Pulse nightclub by gunman Omar Mateen left 49 people dead and dozens wounded.

Vigils were held across the UK last night and a number of buildings and monuments were illuminated with rainbow colours including Gateshead's Millennium Bridge (pictured).

Gateshead Millenniumn Bridge lit up with rainbow colours
Colin Dilks

Good morning welcome to our live coverage

Julie Cush

BBC Newcastle

Good morning. Welcome to BBC Local Live. I'll be bringing you news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the North East. 

If you'd like us to feature your comments or pictures, send them to us by email, tweet us @BBCNewsNE or join our Facebook page. 

If you missed yesterday's live page, you can catch up here.