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Murder victim did not see fatal punches coming, family say

The family of a man murdered in a pub brawl has said he did not even see the fatal punches coming.

Ronnie Howard, 31, died following a disturbance at the Prince Edward in South Shields, in May.

Michael Wilson, who had admitted manslaughter but denied murder, was convicted following a trial at Newcastle Crown Court. He has been jailed for life.

In a statement, Mr Howard's family said: "We clearly see Michael Wilson takes a short run and punches Ronnie twice in the side of the head, Ronnie did not appear to see the punch coming due to where Michael Wilson was stood. 

"On the other screen the impact of the punch is visible as Ronnie is lifted off his feet and falls to the floor where he endures a kick.

"In the background all hell breaks loose as Ronnie is taking his last breath."

Restoring a Dunkirk 'little ship'

Dunkirk 'little ship' is being restored to her former glory in Sunderland.

The Dunkirk 'little ship' being restored to her former glory

Man gets life for pub brawl murder

A man found guilty of murdering a pub-goer in a brawl on South Tyneside has been jailed for life.

Ronnie Howard, 31, died following a disturbance at the Prince Edward in South Shields, in May.

Victim Ronnie Howard
Northumbria Police

Michael Wilson, who had admitted manslaughter but denied murder, was convicted following a trial at Newcastle Crown Court. 

 The 35-year-old, of Hylton Avenue in South Shields, must serve almost 16 years in prison.

BBC Question Time is set to return to Hartlepool

Hartlepool Mail


The high-profile BBC1 political panel show, hosted by David Dimbleby, will come from the town on Thursday, October 20.

David Dimbleby
Hartlepool Mail

Man guilty of pub brawl murder

Full story - A man has been found guilty of murdering a pub-goer in a brawl on South Tyneside.

Ronnie Howard, 31, died following a disturbance at the Prince Edward in South Shields, in May.

Michael Wilson, who had admitted manslaughter but denied murder, but was convicted following a trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

The 35-year-old, of Hylton Avenue in South Shields, is due to be sentenced later.

Ronnie Howard
Northumbria Police

Baby arrvies home for first time after 15 months

A 15-month-old baby has arrived home after spending his entire life in Newcastle's Freeman Hospital.

Caleb O'Connell was born with a heart defect and needed a heart transplant and lots of care in the months that followed.

But yesterday he was allowed to join his four siblings in their home at Catterick Garrison.

Weather: Scattered showers to become more frequent

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather

Variable amounts of cloud and scattered showers overnight, with some good dry periods in between.

The showers are likely to become more frequent by dawn.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: 7C (45F). Check the forecast near you.

Woman could be oldest surviving member of land army

A 95-year-old woman from Middlesbrough could be the oldest surviving member of the land army.

"I joined the women's land army when I was about 20," Margaret from South Bank said.

"I enjoyed every minute of it."

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George Osborne struggles to explain how Northern Powerhouse helped the North East

Former Chancellor George Osborne appeared to concede that the North East was not a key part of his Northern Powerhouse project, when he was challenged to explain what he had done for the region.

George Osborne

Killer clowns chase Hartlepool park visitors with claw hammers

Hartlepool Mail


Police were called to a Hartlepool park after reports of three people dressed as so called ‘killer clowns’ chasing people with claw hammers.

Hartlepool Mail

Body confirmed as missing man

The body of a man which was located in the River Tees has been confirmed as missing 25-year-old Tebogo Magadlela, Cleveland Police says.

Tebogo had been missing since 1 October.

His was found close to Surtees Bridge at about 13:30 on Monday.

"Our thoughts are with Tebogo's friends and family at this difficult time," the force said.

Tebogo Magadlela
Cleveland Police

Anichebe backs Sunderland young talent

BBC Sport

Sunderland's crop of young players are capable of stepping up with several first-teamers injured, says Victor Anichebe.

The Black Cats have lost defender Jason Denayer to injury, to add to Jan Kirchhoff, Lee Cattermole, Adnan Januzaj and Fabio Borini.

Boss David Moyes has brought reserve-team players such as Ethan Robson and George Honeyman to training sessions.

"They can definitely do a job," Anichebe told BBC Newcastle.

Victor Anichebe
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Preston Park Museum damaged by 'mindless vandals'

BBC Tees

An update on a story from yesterday - Here's the damage caused by "mindless vandals" at Preston Park Museum in Eaglescliffe.

A total of 14 windows were smashed in the incident on Sunday night, which has left large parts of its conservatory boarded up.

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Flu vaccine scheme expands in North East

BBC Newcastle

Seven-year-old children in the North East are being offered a free flu vaccine for the first time as the NHS programme is extended to 30,000 more school pupils.

Children in Years 1 and 2 at school are already offered it but now it's being offered to children in Year 3 as well.

It takes the total number of children in our region who are eligible to 170,000. 

It's also given to the elderly and those with long term health conditions.

After Little Mix's new single, we look at break-up beats

BBC Radio 1

Little Mix have announced a brand new single, Shout Out To My Ex, and as you can probably guess from the title it isn't about rainbows and unicorns.

It's about a break up. A bitter one at that.

One of the best things about being a popstar is being able to tell the world how rubbish your ex is. 

Here's some of the most stinging pop songs about exes, ever.

New single Shout Out To My Ex has a strong message for a certain ex-boyfriend.

Ouch. Little Mix have yet to premiere their new single, but we already know it's got a bit of a bite. The lyrics are all about a tattooed ex who wasn't very good in bed.

Tabloids have suggested the man in question might be South Shields-born Perrie Edwards' ex-boyfriend Zayn Malik, but we couldn't possibly speculate.

Group arrested after street fight in Sunderland

Two people have been injured and six men were arrested after a fight in Sunderland.

A man, 30, and a woman, 29, were hit by a car and were taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital. Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Police said they received reports of a group of men and women fighting on Eden House Road at about 16:35 yesterday.

The men, aged 26, 28, 30, 34, 48 and 54, have been arrested on suspicion of assault.

Henderson captain for 0-0 World Cup qualifier

In case you (were lucky enough to) miss it last night - Sunderland-born Jordan Henderson was the captain for England as they escaped with a draw from a torrid World Cup qualifier in Slovenia.

However, Joe Hart - who was the clear man of the match in this game - looked back to his best, rescuing Eric Dier and Henderson when dreadful backpasses let in Ilicic.

The errors by Dier and Henderson would have been punished by opposition of a higher calibre and England threatened to crumble in the early moments of the second half - only to be saved by Hart.  

Read the full match report here.

Jordan Henderson
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PM pressed on Nissan job prospects after Brexit vote

Richard Moss

Political Editor, BBC Look North

At PMQs today, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn asked the Prime Minister for reassurances about single market access given threats to investment from Nissan and other Japanese companies.

Theresa May said Japanese investment has come in since the EU referendum. 

And she added we are leaving the EU, and we will negotiate the right deal for UK.

Follow live coverage here.

Theresa May

Pub brawl man found guilty of murder

Some more on the story below - Mr Howard, 31, died following a disturbance at the Prince Edward pub in South Shields on 1 May.

Michael Wilson, 35, of Hylton Avenue, South Shields, was on trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

Fancy a chat and run?

Women running and talking
England Athletics

In the week of World Mental Health Day, England Athletics and the charity Mind are encouraging people to #runandtalk to improve their mental wellbeing.  

People are being urged to run one mile or further and to chat with friends, family, colleagues or other runners.

Find out more about the event and how you can get involved here.

You can find out more about getting into running with our special guide.

Police to be present at 'killer clown's school hitlist'

Northumbria Police has warned anyone planning to attend any of the schools dressed as a clown could face having action against them.

The list of schools was published on an Instagram account which has now been taken down.

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'Killer clowns chase Hartlepool park visitors with claw hammers'

Hartlepool Mail


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

Hartlepool Mail front page
Hartlepool Mail

Climber who died after fall named as Fraser Campbell

A man who died after falling during a climb on the North Face of Ben Nevis has been named as Fraser Campbell, who spent much of his life in the North East.

The Glasgow-born 52-year-old was injured on Friday while climbing with another man.

Following what rescuers described as a "difficult and technical" rescue, he was airlifted from the scene at 02:00 on Saturday. He died from his injuries.

His family said he was a "wonderful daddy, kind and radiated enthusiasm".

Fraser Campbell
Family handout

Newcastle players 'have found camaraderie'

Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback says the camaraderie within the squad is the best it has been "by miles" during his time on Tyneside.

The Magpies currently sit third in the Championship table, having won seven of their 11 league games this season.

It follows an overhaul of the squad by manager Rafael Benitez, following relegation from the Premier League.

Newcastle United
Rex Features

"Sometimes you get that group which have the right mentality," Colback, who joined Newcastle in June 2014, said.

"All the lads are good lads, we all get on and we fight for each other. It's the best it has been by a mile, I think it's what the club was missing."

'Paedophile groomed child with alcohol and money'

Sunderland Echo


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

Sunderland Echo front page
Sunderland Echo

BreakingBoy shot in Sunderland 'stable and conscious'

A 15-year-old boy who was shot in the head while riding on the back of a motorcycle is "stable and conscious", police say.

The boy suffered a "serious head wound" in the shooting which happened on Hewitt Avenue in Sunderland on 6 October.

A 39-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy were charged after the incident.

Police say they believe it was an isolated incident.

Hewitt Avenue

'Fears after hospital boss leaves'

The Shields Gazette

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

The Shields Gazette front page
The Shields Gazette

Nominate your unsung hero

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

We're looking to honour our region's hard-working, dedicated sporting volunteers with our annual "Unsung Hero" award.

They're the ones who give up hours of their time for the love of their sport, doing everything from coaching to washing kits, collecting subscriptions - the list goes on.

The winner will represent the North East and Cumbria at the national BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards.

You can make a nomination by visiting BBC Unsung hero web page.

Weather: Radar shows scattered showers

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Travel: Motorbike partially closes road

BBC Travel

The A1(M) is partially blocked and there's queuing traffic southbound at J63, A167 (Chester-le-Street) because of an accident involving a motorbike.

Check the travel for Tyne and Wear and Teesside.

'Cleaner world' increases allergy hospital admissions by 33% in five years

David Rhodes

BBC Yorkshire

The number of hospital admissions for allergic reactions and anaphylactic shocks in England has increased by more than a third in the past five years.

Data from NHS Digital shows there were 29,544 hospital admissions in 2015-16 for allergic reactions.

Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust features in the top 10.

Hospital trusts graph

That compares with 22,206 admissions in 2011-12.

Doctors say rising levels of cleanliness have lowered people's natural resistance to bacteria and dust which cause common allergies.

Weather: Mostly cloudy with some showers

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will be mostly cloudy, with the cloud thick enough to give a few showers. 

A few breaks in the cloud are likely at times, especially during the afternoon.

An easterly breeze will strengthen during the day, with a fair breeze felt across Sunderland.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 12C (54F). Check the forecast near you.

Travel: Car left the road

BBC Travel

There's been an accident on the A68 in Bildershaw, near Newton Aycliffe - it's partially blocked in both directions near the B6275 junction.

A car has left the road and police are directing traffic.

Check the travel for Tyne and Wear and Teesside.

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