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  1. Monday 10 April 2017

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We'll leave you with striking photo of sunrise at Marsden Rock, South Tyneside, this morning sent to us by Malcolm Bawn. 

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Sunrise at Marsden Rock
Malcolm Bawn

Weather: Mostly dry with some patchy rain

Tonight it will be mostly dry at first with some clear spells and becoming quite chilly. 

Cloud will increase later with some patchy rain possible by the end of the night.  

Weather Forecast

New powers to tackle troublemaking gangs at marina

Special dispersal orders have been introduced at Hartlepool Marina after gangs of up to 50 youths caused trouble in the area. 

The orders apply for 48 hours from Friday to Sunday giving police extra powers to move the troublemakers on. 

Cleveland Police said parents had a responsibility to know what their children were doing at all times. 

Hartlepool marina

From double figure losses to league champions

Sunderland Echo


A women's football team who took three seasons to score a goal when they started as juniors is celebrating after becoming league champions.

Women's football team Amazons celebrating their win
Sunderland Echo

Priest sex abuse claims 'made up'

A former Catholic boarding school pupil who accused a priest of "horrific" sexual abuse made up the claims to get compensation, a court has heard.

Father Michael Higginbottom, 74, of West Farm Road, Newcastle, is accused of subjecting a teenage boy to repeated sexual abuse in the 1970s.

The assaults are said to have taken place when he was a teacher at St Joseph's College in Lancashire.

The priest denies four counts of a serious sexual offence and indecent assault.

The trial continues.

Michael Higginbottom
Father Michael Higginbottom was a priest and teacher at the boarding school

David Moyes: 'Slap' comments reaction a message to football - Heather Rabbatts

FA board member Heather Rabbatts hopes the reaction to Sunderland manager David Moyes' comments to a female reporter sends a "loud and clear" message to the football community.

Moyes told the BBC's Vicki Sparks she might "get a slap" following an interview after a draw with Burnley.

He "deeply regrets" the remark  but the Football Association has  asked him for his observations  on the incident.

Rabbatts is the only woman on the organisation's 12-person board.  

Charlie and pet ferret Bandit take on Hadrian's Wall

Charlie Hammerton is raising funds in memory of his mum, who suffered from Motor Neurone Disease, by along Hadrian's Wall with his pet ferret Bandit. 

The 22-year-old is raising money for St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich, where his mother died, and the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association.  

The duo aim to complete the challenge in three-and-a-half days. 

Fundraiser walks Hadrian's Wall with Bandit the ferret

Families not told about stored organs

Organs and tissue samples from at least 13 dead patients were removed and kept without the knowledge of families.

The samples - taken from post-mortem examinations following unexplained deaths - were found in storage at South Tyneside District Hospital.

Cleveland and Northumbria Police are now trying to trace relatives after admitting samples were kept "longer than necessary".

The remains were found during an audit at the hospital in South Shields in March 2015.

Cleveland Police said it was dealing with 13 families. Northumbria Police refused to release a figure.

South Tyneside District Hospital
The stored samples were discovered at South Tyneside District Hospital, where the post-mortem examinations were carried out

Alice Ruggles death: Suspect named in 999 call

The jury in the trial of a soldier accused of murdering is former girlfriend has heard the 999 call made by her flatmate.

Maxine McGill called emergency services after finding Alice Ruggles "blue" and covered in blood on the bathroom floor of their shared Gateshead flat in October last year.

In the call, Ms McGill named Lance Corporal Trimaan Dhillon as the suspect, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Mr Dhillon denies murder.

Soldier denies former girlfriend's murder

A soldier accused of murdering his former girlfriend was obsessive, controlling and manipulative, a court has heard.

Lance Corporal Trimaan Dhillon stalked and killed Alice Ruggles on 12 October last year after she ended their relationship, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Ms Ruggles, 24, (pictured) was found with her throat cut at her flat in Rawling Road, Gateshead.

Mr Dhillon, 26, denies murder.

Alice Ruggles
Northumbria Police

Woman falls from Seaham cliff

A woman has fallen from cliffs in Seaham, County Durham. 

Police were called to the cliffs at Ryhope Dene earlier this afternoon. 

The woman was taken to hospital where her condition is said to be serious but not life-threatening. 

Northumbria Police pay tribute to PC Palmer

North East police forces held a two-minute silence at 14:00 to honour PC Keith Palmer.

PC Palmer was stabbed  by Khalid Masood while guarding the Houses of Parliament in London on 22 March.

          Officers and staff across the Force honour the bravery of PC Keith Palmer with 2 minutes' silence

          Officers and staff across the Force honour the bravery of PC Keith Palmer with 2 minutes' silence

          Officers and staff across the Force honour the bravery of PC Keith Palmer with 2 minutes' silence

Officers and staff across the Force honour the bravery of PC Keith Palmer with 2 minutes' silence

Middlesbrough's famous Transporter Bridge recognised with plaque

Middlesbrough's Transporter Bridge has been officially recognised for its historic significance.

Well-known construction figure Sir William McAlpine has unveiled a Transport Trust Red Wheel plaque at the structure.

It joins a list of transport heritage landmarks which includes Darlington North Road Station and the Saltburn Cliff Lift. The scheme highlights the most important sites of transport heritage.

Transporter Bridge, Middlesbrough
Ben Gibson

Middlesbrough head coach Steve Agnew says a win will "virtually change everything" in their Premier League survival bid.

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Birds eye view of River Tyne

This eye-catching photograph of the Baltic's feathered friends has been sent to us by Carolyn Farthing.

It's estimated Newcastle and Gateshead quaysides are home to about 700 pairs of breeding kittiwakes - and that makes it the furthest inland colony in the world.

Birds at the Baltic
Carolyn Farthing

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Death crash biker named as Malcolm Higgins

A motorcyclist killed on the A189 Spine Road at Bebside, Northumberland, has been named as Malcolm Higgins, of Chirton, North Shields.

The 51-year-old was riding a Kawasaki bike which was in a crash with a Vauxhall Corsa on Sunday at 11:50.

Mr Higgins' 43-year-old female passenger is in intensive care at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary with life-threatening injuries.

How Sunderland are helping to educate young people

BBC Sport

Match of the Day visited Monkwearmouth Academy, which has linked up with Sunderland's Foundation of Light to give students life skills and the path to a career in sport.  

Police becoming 'increasingly concerned' over missing Gateshead woman

A further appeal has been made by police searching for missing Gateshead woman Ellen Mundell.

Ellen, 66, was last seen at 21:30 on Saturday at her home in Hookergate Lane, Hookergate.

Searches by Northumbria Police's Marine Unit have now been launched, as well as land searches, house to house enquiries and a study of CCTV.

Supt Nicola Musgrove said officers are becoming "increasingly concerned" about Ellen and her family are said to be "distraught".

Ms Mundell's car was found in the Newburn area of Newcastle at about 18:00 yesterday.

Ellen Mundell
Northumbria Police

Microdosing: The people taking LSD with their breakfast

There is a small community of people in the UK who "microdose" - that means taking small amounts of psychedelic drugs as part of their daily lives.

They say it boosts creativity and can have medicinal benefits.

Among them is Simpa, from County Durham. Describing it as part of his morning routine, he told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme: "I take it with a cup of tea, my toast and my vitamins."

However, there is a lack of scientific research to back up claims of it being beneficial to health.  Click here to read the full story.

Man who downloaded indecent child images spared jail

A County Durham man who downloaded indecent images of children has been spared jail.

Michael Hedley, from Ushaw Moor, had 15 images classified as being in the most severe category on a phone and tablet with a further 10 other offending pictures classified as either category B or C.

The 25-year-old admitted three counts of making indecent images and the judge gave him an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He will also have to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

Fundraising game in memory of Sunderland’s FA Cup-winning manager Bob Stokoe

Sunderland Echo


Sunderland AFC’s FA Cup winning boss will be remembered with a game to raise funds for a special cause.

Bob Stokoe leads out the Sunderland team at Wembley

North East Police forces to honour PC Keith Palmer

North East forces will join their colleagues across the UK in a two-minute silence in tribute to PC Keith Palmer.

PC Palmer was guarding the Houses of Parliament on 22 March when he was stabbed by Khalid Masood, who had driven into crowds on nearby Westminster Bridge.

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Fishing boat drifts into rocky waters

A fishing boat was rescued this morning after drifting on to rocks under the south Tyne pier.

The skipper called for help when his propeller got tangled in the ropes while pulling lobster pots close to the pier at about 09:00.

Tynemouth RNLI attached a tow rope and pulled the stricken vessel to safety.

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Three more Middlesbrough men behind bars for their role in £1.25m drugs conspiracy

The Gazette


Three Middlesbrough men have been jailed for almost 20 years for their part in a major drug-dealing ring.

Front page
The Gazette

Car of missing Gateshead woman found

The car of a missing woman has been found in Newcastle.

Ellen Mundell, 66, from Hookergate Lane in Gateshead, was last seen at 21:30 on Saturday at her home. 

Her car, a Ford Focus, was found in the Newburn area of Newcastle at about 18:00 yesterday and officers are now searching the area.

She is described as 5ft 4in and of medium build.  

Ellen Mundell
Northumbria Police

Man charged over death of pedestrian, 91, in Gosforth

A man has been charged with causing death by careless driving while over the alcohol limit.

Catherine Duncan, 91, was hit on Jubilee Road in Gosforth, Newcastle, on Thursday and died a day later.

The 36-year-old man was also charged with taking a vehicle without the owner's consent, having no insurance and being a disqualified driver.

Sunderland manager David Moyes

Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton winger and MOTD2 pundit

David Moyes has to offer more than just stability to turn Sunderland's fortunes around, says MOTD2 pundit Kevin Kilbane.

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Sunderland 0-3 Man Utd: David Moyes says result helped by referee
Sunderland manager David Moyes says the result was "helped by the referee" after Sebastian Larsson was sent off during his side's 3-0 defeat at home to Manchester United.

Severe disruption: A69 Tyne And Wear northbound

BBC News Travel

A69 Tyne And Wear northbound severe disruption, from A695 Chain Bridge Road to A695 Scotswood Road.

A69 Tyne And Wear - A69 (Scotswood Bridge) in Blaydon closed and very slow traffic northbound from the A695 Chain Bridge Road junction to the A695 Scotswood Road junction, because of a police incident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Heatwave makes way for colder, rainy day

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Today's not a patch on the glorious sunshine we enjoyed over the weekend.

There will be the odd sunny spell during the day, but cloud will tend to increase at times with a few showers developing by the afternoon. 

A cooler feeling day with north westerly breezes and temperatures returning to nearer normal for the time of year. 

Check out the forecast near you .


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