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 Wednesday 22 June 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Our coverage across the day

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

That's it for today - thank you for joining us. 

We'll be back tomorrow with more news, sport, weather and travel updates at 08:00 tomorrow.

If you'd like to get in touch then feel free to send us a message on TwitterFacebook, or via email at

Weather: A pretty warm night

BBC Weather

Perhaps a few showers over the far south at first, but mainly dry overnight with some clear spells likely, however some mist or fog patches are likely, especially in coastal areas.

Weather graph

Check the forecast where you are.

Birds found shot in Hartlepool

An investigation is under way after birds were found shot in Hartlepool on Monday.

Officers found an adult gull on the ground of The Headlands area, which appeared to have been shot.

A member of public, who had been monitoring the gull's two chicks, said they had not been fed since the parent was shot 48 hours earlier.

The chicks

They were taken to a local vet where they were checked.

The chicks are now doing well and will soon be transferred to a wildlife base where they will stay until they're old enough to be released.

Then yesterday, another bird was found shot at the same place.

EU Referendum: Boris Johnson makes final appeal to the North East

Boris Johnson is in Piercebridge, County Durham, tonight to promote the Leave campaign for the final time.

Our Political Editor Richard Moss is there:

View more on twitter

Meanwhile, MPs in the region backing Remain have also been offering their thoughts:

View more on twitter

Newcastle firefighter crowned 'hottest vegan'

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

A firefighter from Newcastle has been named the "UK and Ireland's Hottest Vegan".

Anthony Welsh went vegan five years ago after doing some research online regarding animal cruelty.

He said: “I had a sudden awakening to how bizarre it was that humans… showed affection to household pets but consumed other animals."

So he combined his passion for animal rights with his modelling skills and decided to enter the Vegans-only competition - and I bet he's happy he did.

Anthony Welsh

Steph Houghton receives MBE from Princess Anne

Here's the moment when England football captain Steph Houghton proudly received her MBE from Princess Anne:

Princess Anne receiving Anne
Press Association

A number of other notable people were also awarded today at Buckingham Palace.

Record-breaking sportsman AP McCoy became the second jockey ever to be knighted, while activist and chief executive of The Albert Kennedy Trust, Tim Sigsworth, received an MBE for services to the gay community.

Euro 2016: Preparing for the next match

Alan Shearer

Ex-England captain on BBC One

For England's next game, in Nice on Monday, I would prefer we played a 4-2-3-1 or with a midfield diamond as it is a better fit for the players we have.

My diamond would have Eric Dier sitting, Dele Alli and Adam Lallana on the left and right, and Wayne Rooney just behind the front duo, who would be any two from Sturridge, Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane.

I called for Vardy and Sturridge to start against Slovakia - which happened, but with Sturridge on the right - and they struggled to make an impact. Whoever plays, they should both stay central.

It is ironic that, like a lot of people before the tournament, I was worried about our defence but it is our forwards who are finding things hard at the moment. It is just not happening for them.

Search after man goes missing in Sunderland

A man has gone missing in Sunderland.

David Dowell, 52, was last seen leaving his home on St Christopher's Road at 05:50 yesterday.

He is 5ft 7in, medium build and was last seen wearing a black coat, a blue T-shirt and jeans.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

David Dowell
Northumbria Police

Images released of two men sought over pub attacks

Cleveland Police has released images of two men it wants to speak to following two assaults in Stockton centre.

The first incident happened at about 02:00 on Sunday 10 April, when a man allegedly assaulted two males inside The Garrick Pub in Yarm Lane. 

About an hour later, the two victims of the assault where reportedly attacked again by three males, leaving both unconscious and one with a broken jaw.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incidents and has been released on bail.

CCTV footage of the two men

Cricket: Durham v Yorkshire

BBC Sport

Durham lead Yorkshire by 156 runs with four wickets remaining.

Durham's Keaton Jennings has faced 258 balls for his knock of 126 in a stay of more than four hours at the crease.

Follow live updates here.

England Women's captain made an MBE

Durham's Steph Houghton is among those receiving honours at Buckingham Palace today.

The England football captain was awarded an MBE by the Queen for services to football and to charity.

Steph Houghton

Man dies after falling from flat window

A man has died after falling from a flat window in Walker.

Police received a report expressing concern for a man inside a flat at Hexham House, at 09:20 this morning.

Officers and the man's family entered the property to speak to him. But while inside he fell from the window of the flat.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hexham House flats

Update: Second man arrested over salesman fraud claims

A second man has been arrested following reports of a fraudulent salesman in Thornaby and Middlesbrough.

The 45-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and is currently in custody.

Both arrests are in connection with a number of reports of a fraudulent door-to-door salesman who was allegedly targeting elderly people.

Steph McGovern to join consumer rights show Watchdog

Middlesbrough-born BBC business reporter Steph McGovern is to join consumer rights show Watchdog.

Steph and disability correspondent Nikki Fox will join existing presenters Sophie Raworth, Michelle Ackerley and Matt Allwright in the autumn.

Steph will help a team of citizen journalists, named the Watchdog Army, answer "some of the biggest consumer questions", the BBC said.

The shake-up will see Chris Hollins leave the show for "other projects".

Steph tweeted she was "dead excited" to be joining Watchdog,  

Steph McGovern and Nikki Fox

Primary school pupils learn about Howdon gas site safety

A class of primary school children got to visit a gas holder in Howdon in North Tyneside.

The 30 Year 5 pupils from Denbigh Community Primary School spent the afternoon learning about safety and the importance of preventing accidents.

Teachers said they really enjoyed the unusual day out, which was organised by Northern Gas Networks.

Children at the site
Northern Gas Networks

'Noisy' abattoir facing closure

An abattoir that nearby residents complained was too noisy and smelly has gone into administration.

Redcar and Cleveland had been monitoring the Banaras Halal Meat facility in Boosbeck village after "a small number" of complaints.

The £3m slaughterhouse opened in 2013. Up to 30 people could lose their jobs, it's believed.

No-one from the company could be contacted for comment. 

Banaras Halal Meat

Lynx could be released in Northumberland

A scheme to allow a wild cat - the lynx - to roam in Northumberland may be getting closer. 

Today the charity Lynx UK Trust says the forests in Cumbria aren't large enough to support a population of Lynx and have ruled that county out.

Kielder Forest and two locations in Scotland are still being considered for a possible reintroduction next year.


Euro 2016: England will not scare anyone

Alan Shearer

Ex-England captain on BBC One

England manager Roy Hodgson says he does not fear anyone in the knockout stages, which is fair enough, but I do not see any teams being scared of playing us either.

I do not want to be too negative but we have had three games at Euro 2016 so far and we were held by Russia, who are the worst team in the tournament, we beat Wales with a last-minute goal and we could not score against Slovakia.

I have not changed my mind about what I said on BBC One after the Slovakia game on Monday - I don't think Roy knows his best XI, or his best system, and that is where we are struggling.

It is not a total disaster finishing second in Group B, because we can still get a favourable tie depending on who is runner-up in Group F out of Portugal, Austria, Iceland and Hungary.

Roy Hodgson said his side could not have done anything more to overcome Slovakia

Proposed new railway skills centre for South Shields

Metro bosses are putting forward plans for a new £8m railway skills centre which could be built in South Shields town centre, if a £7m funding bid is successful.

If it went ahead, the centre would be built around existing Metro sidings between Mile End Road and Salem Street, on the site of the town's original railway station.

It was closed as the Metro line was built in the early 1980s. 

A drop-in session will be held on Wednesday, 29 June, from 14:30 to 18:30 at South Shields Library in the Denmark Centre, for residents to find out more.

Man punched landlord and pretended to be the victim

The Shields Gazette

A barred drinker thumped a pub landlord in a row over his ban before throwing himself to the ground and claiming he had been ‘beat up’ himself.

Barred drinker leaving South Tyneside Magistrates Court
The Shields Gazette

Middlesbrough shopping centre sets dementia-friendly parking

BBC Tees

Middlesbrough's Hillstreet Centre is about to open one of the UK's first dementia friendly parking spaces.

Our reporter Louise Hobson is there for its inauguration:

View more on twitter

Paul Gascoigne case adjourned

A criminal prosecution brought against former footballer Paul Gascoigne has been adjourned until next week.

Gascoigne was charged earlier this month with racially abusing a securityguard.

The 49-year-old former Newcastle and Middlesbrough player did not attend a brief hearing at Dudley Magistrates' Court in the West Midlands.

He allegedly used abusive or insulting words, causing racially aggravated harassment and alarm, during An Evening With Gazza show in Wolverhampton in November last year. 

Paul Gascoigne

Man arrested after reports of fraudulent salesman

A man has been arrested following reports of a fraudulent door-to-door salesman who allegedly targeted elderly people in Thornaby and Middlesbrough.

The salesman reportedly attended people’s homes and claimed to be opening a jewellery shop and asked the victims if they wished to sell any jewellery.

The man, 56, has been released on bail.

Beyonce: Some useful tips on

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Yesterday we brought you lots of travel information to plan your journey to the Beyonce concert at the Stadium of Light, so today we thought we'd give you a few safety tips, sent by Northumbria Police:

  • If you see anything out of the ordinary or suspicious, or a crime taking place, call the police on 101.
  • Keep your personal belongings – mobile phones, wallets etc – somewhere safe. Don’t leave bags open and make sure nothing valuable is left in pockets.    
  • Motor patrols officers will be on duty to assist in keeping traffic flowing throughout the main routes in the area.

So there you go, a few more details to get you ready for the big day on 28 May.

Beyonce on stage
Getty Images

EU Referendum: Leave and Remain clash in BBC Great Debate

If you missed the BBC's Great Debate last night, which saw leading names from both sides of the EU referendum trading blows at Wembley Arena, you can watch it on the BBC iPlayer here:

Newcastle v Barnsley: Throwback to a 6-1 win

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Newcastle United will play Barnsley on 7 May: The last match of the season.

But do you remember the last time the two teams played against each other in the Championship? Let me remind you:

Back in 2010, the Magpies scored a whopping six goals against Barnsley - pretty impressive, right?

Lovenkrands teed up Danny Guthrie to smash home from 25 yards, while Jonas Gutierrez hit a superb fourth, and celebrated by wearing a Spider-Man mask...

Guthrie's free-kick flew straight in, and Kevin Nolan bagged a sixth.

Newcastle fans will be hoping they do just as well this time around.

Newcastle v Barnsley

Concerns raised over steel pension plan

The lifeboat scheme that protects pensions when a company fails has raised concerns over a government plan for steel workers' pensions.

The government believes a £485m pension deficit has been deterring potential buyers of Tata Steel's UK business, putting 10,000 jobs at risk.

Now, the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has warned that such plans held big risks for other pension savers.

Steel workers protest in London

Yobs throw stones at moving vehicles on A19

The Gazette


Here's today's front page, and a link to the top story.

Front page
The Evening Gazette

Newcastle & Hartlepool: Key matches

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

It's the moment all you football fans have been waiting for: After a long summer, your team finally returns to the pitch - well, not quite yet.

But today we are one step closer to that much anticipated return, as the Championship and League One & Two fixtures have been released.

To get you in the mood, here's some key dates you can add to your diary.

Newcastle United:

  • First Match - 5 August, against Fulham, away.
  • Boxing Day - against Sheffield Wednesday, home.
  • New Year's Eve - against Nottingham Forest, home.
  •  Last match - 7 May, against Barnsley, home.  

Hartlepool United:

  • First Match - 6 August, against Colchester, home.
  • Boxing Day - against Blackpool, home.
  • New Year's Eve - against Morecambe, home.
  • Last match - 6 May, against Doncaste Rovers, home

Read Newcastle's full fixtures here.

And Hartlepool's full fixtures are here.

BreakingNewcastle and Hartlepool football fixtures released

BBC Sport

The 2016-17 Championship and League One & Two fixtures have been announced this morning.

Newcastle United will kick-off the season with a trip to Fulham on Friday 5 August.

Meanwhile, Hartlepool United play their first match at home on 6 August, against Colchester United.

England v Sri Lanka: Liam Plunkett hits huge six off final ball to tie match

BBC Sport

Middlesbrough-born Liam Plunkett hit a huge six over long-off yesterday, as England staged a remarkable recovery to tie the first one-day international against Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge. 

Former Cleveland Police officer to sue force over bullying claims

A former police officer is suing Cleveland Police claiming he was bullied, discriminated against and put under surveillance.

Mark Dias, who worked at the force for seven years from 2006, said he was targeted after challenging alleged misconduct by fellow officers.

He also claimed that Asian officers within the force were "seen to be corrupt" and those who complained branded "trouble-makers".

Cleveland Police said it could not comment on any civil proceedings.

Mark Dias

Weather: Warm and sunny

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and bright start to the day, with some sunny spells. 

Although most places will remain dry throughout, at times the cloud will thicken with a little rain or showers possible, especially over the Pennines.  

Good morning. Welcome to our live coverage

Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

Morning. Welcome to BBC Local Live. We'll be with you throughout the day with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.

Today is the last day of campaigning for both sides of the EU Referendum, so we'll make sure to let you know what campaigners are doing in our region.

If you'd like to get in touch, you can do so on FacebookTwitter, or you can email us at