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  1. Thursday 11 May 2017
  2. Street death victim named
  3. Quayside plaques honour local heroes
  4. Scott Fletcher murder inquiry continues

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Ana Guerra-Moore

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Have a lovely evening enjoying the last of the sun.

Your Pictures: Today's sun

Have you been enjoying the sun today?

We have received so many lovely weather pictures from across the North East, so keep them coming.

Here's a few of them:

Tracey Laing
Roseberry Topping
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Howick, near Alnwick in the Northumberland
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Locked in syndrome woman dies

A County Durham woman who has been unable to speak or barely move for the last twenty years has died. 

Christine Waddell, who was 46, developed locked in syndrome after suffering a massive stroke. 

She communicated with her carers by looking up and down in response to letters and numbers, and despite her problems remained "mentally sharp".

Five years ago she told BBC Look North that she still had things to look forward to.

Christine Waddell
'It's coming into our commentary position!' Listen as Hales smashes six into BBC box
Listen as Notts opener Alex Hales smashes a six into the BBC commentary box in his side's One-Day Cup match with Durham at Trent Bridge.

Weather: Bye bye sun

BBC Weather

Dry with clear spells at first, but turning cloudier later in the night.

This could lead to the chance of the odd shower, mainly near coastal areas.

Weather graph

Check the weather where you are.

South Tyneside brigade awarded Freedom of the Borough

A voluntary lifesaving brigade has been awarded the Freedom of the Borough in South Tyneside.

South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade received the accolade in recognition of its "outstanding contribution to the area".

The organisation, which celebrated its 150th anniversary last year, has saved countless lives around the coastline.

It provides a 24-hour specialist coastal search and rescue service, along with the HM Coastguard, RNLI lifeboats and other emergency services. 

The Mayor, Tom Fennelly, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Frank Major, Janis Blower, the Mayoress and South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade members with the prestigious Freedom Scroll
South Tyneside Council

Inside the world of the paedophile hunters

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

They've put people in prison and, in their words, saved many children from being abused.

The paedophile hunters are groups of adults who pose as children online in a bid to catch child abusers.

And, despite it dividing opinion, in a landmark case a judge at Newcastle Crown Court ruled that their evidence can be used to gain a conviction.

Meet one of these groups - the Guardians of the North - in a special report on Look North tonight at 18:30 on BBC 1. 

Guardians of the North jacket

Volunteers will help repair vandalised education centre

Sunderland Echo


A charity is set to receive a helping hand from one of the region’s largest employers following a spate of vandalism at a community facility.

Some of the Sage volunteers at Jarrow Hall
Russell Penn

Midfielder Russell Penn signs for Gateshead, after his contract with fellow National League side Wrexham expires.

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Wildflower meadows set to brighten up Hartlepool

A scheme to brighten up Hartlepool with wildflowers is to be extended after becoming a "talking point" last year.

The council launched the wildflower planting project in 2014 along the A689 leading in and out of the town. 

It now has seven meadows in the Middle Warren area of the town, and is in the process of sowing seeds at  37 further locations.

Wildflowers on Coronation Drive
Hartlepool Council

In 2016, the amazing displays of wildflowers proved to be one of the main talking points throughout the town and I’m sure it will be no different this summer."

Marjorie JamesChair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s neighbourhood services committee

Teesside duo prepare for next round of Britain's Got Talent

Stockton Riverside College students Grace and Ali are through to the Bootcamp stages of the competition.

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Police appeal for 'crucial witnesses' of North Tyneside collision

A car which stopped at the scene of a fatal crash in Whitley Bay is being traced by police.

The 18-year-old pedestrian was struck by a Renault Megane on the A193, The Links, at about 21:45 BST on 7 May, and he later died in hospital.

Police are now appealing for the driver of a light coloured Mini to come forward, as they could be "crucial witnesses" to the investigation.

It is believed that the Mini, which was travelling from Seaton Sluice towards Whitley Bay, stopped and assisted at the scene of the collision.  

A193, The Links

Quayside plaques honour local personalities

Four plaques honouring local heroes from Tyneside have been unveiled in a Walk of Fame along the River Tyne quayside.

Actor Tim Healy, broadcaster Mike Neville, historian John Grundy and relatives of the former AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson took part in a ceremony to reveal the bronze pavement installations.

Plaque ceremony

This brings the total number of such tributes up to 33 in the last four years.


Sunderland Roker Pier gets repaired

Sunderland's Roker Pier is soon to be repaired after it was badly damaged by storms last November.

The pier, which has been closed for six months, was hit by gale force winds and huge waves which broke railings and the coping stones they were cemented into.

A number of these stones were recovered by divers last year, and many will now be used to repair the pier.

Work starts this summer and should last a couple of months.

Sunderland Roker Pier

Benwell death victim named

A man who was found dead in Benwell, Newcastle, has been named as 21-year-old Paul Brettwood.

Police were called to Joan Street on Wednesday, after reports of concern for the welfare of two men.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, while a second man was taken to hospital, where his condition is now described as stable.

A 29-year-old man was arrested but has since been released pending further investigation.

Joan Street

Pre-match chat for Durham

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

Durham set to take on Nottingham.

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Craftsman carves out top slot for international competition

A Hexham-based craftsman will be representing the UK against the best in the world at cabinet making.   

Angus Gardner, who was selected after a process that lasted four days, will be competing against people from 25 other countries for the WorldSkills Finals in Abu Dhabi later this year.    

Angus Gardner
WorldSkills UK

During the selection contest the 22-year-old had to create a cabinet to exact plans, and was marked on the overall quality, as well as his cutting of joints and working to precise measurements.

He's learned his skills in Kendal, but now works for a cabinet-making firm in Hexham.

Fancy a cuppa? You could be making it. Literally.

I bet the last time you made someone a cup of tea it didn't involve travelling to the tropics and blending it yourself.

But, if that appeals, North East tea company Ringtons has a job you might like.

The 110-year-old firm is looking for a trainee tea buyer and blender, although the comany says an adventurous spirit is "pretty crucial".

Picked tea leaves in a basket

Tea is grown generally in the tropics so we do travel and visit tea estates and spend a lot of time building relationships with the people who actually grow the tea and make the tea."

James JoblingHead of tea at Ringtons

Spring arrives in the North East

It finally feels like spring.

With temperatures reaching 18 degrees in some areas of the North East, many of us will be greeted with sceneries like this one:

Paul Turnbull

Paul Turnbull sent us this stunning picture which he took in Crook, County Durham.

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Three men teamed up to detain armed burglar

Sunderland Echo


 Armed burglar jailed after three men teamed up to detain him.

Colin Ayre
Sunderland Echo

Giant puppet takes over the streets of Newcastle

Earlier this week, Oona the elephant went on a trip round the streets of Newcastle.

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Severe disruption: A689 County Durham eastbound

BBC News Travel

A689 County Durham eastbound severe disruption, at A1.

A689 County Durham - A689 in Bradbury partially blocked eastbound at the A1(M) J60 Bradbury junction, because of an overturned lorry. On the roundabout.

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

Man dead in Redheugh bridge crash

A man has died in a collision on the Redheugh bridge in Gateshead last night.

The 36-year-old victim was the driver of one of the cars involved in the crash, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the second vehicle, a 53-year-old man, was taken to hospital with a leg injury. His condition is serious but not life-threatening. 

The bridge reopened at 08:00 this morning.

Ant and Dec's faces on sticks ahead of Bafta awards

The Bafta Television awards take place on Sunday.

Heads on sticks are used in the rehearsals for the ceremony to help the camera crew with their shots.

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway in nominated in the Entertainment Programme Category.

Pictures of celebrities of sticks

Detective determined to find out what happened to missing man

BBC Tees

The detective leading an investigation into the suspected murder of a Hartlepool man says they're determined to find out exactly what happened to him.

Scott Fletcher was last seen near to the Jet garage on the A181 at Wheatley Hill in Durham on the evening of 11 May 2011.  

Over the years the missing person case developed into a murder investigation even though his body has not been found.

Det Insp Jim Allen of Cleveland Police said: “This case is very much active and we have several lines of enquiry which we can’t go into the specific detail of, for operational reasons. We are determined to resolve this case and bring Scott home to his family."

In December 2015 seven men were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder and were released without charge. 

Scott Fletcher
Cleveland Police

No drought but still watch your water

BBC Newcastle

Northumbrian Water says there is no immediate risk of a drought in the North East despite the region experiencing its driest period in 20 years.

The authority says it has no concerns because reservoirs are at 80% capacity.

However, it says it will continue to encourage householders to introduce water efficiency measures over the summer as usual.

Terminally ill Bradley Lowery's cancer is progressing

The parents of five-year-old Bradley Lowery are hoping to hear later if he'll still be able to go to Disneyland after being told his cancer is getting worse.

The five-year-old from Blackhall Colliery, County Durham, who has neuroblastoma, had been "experiencing a lot of pain over the past few weeks with his legs", his parents have said.

An emergency MRI yesterday confirmed it's being caused by his cancer progressing.

Bradley Lowery and Jermain Defoe
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Weather: A dry and sunny day in store

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

After a pretty gorgeous day yesterday I'm happy to say today will be much of the same.

There'll be plenty of sunshine and things will stay nice and dry.

A fresh easterly breeze developing later might make temperatures cooler along the coast, with some low cloud possible.

Abbie Dewhurst and weather map

Benitez 'can have every last penny'

BBC Sport

In case you missed this last night - Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez can expect up to £100m to spend on new players following "positive" discussions with owner Mike Ashley.

Benitez guided the Magpies back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

However, he was seeking assurances that he would be able to strengthen his squad again after the club's promotion.

In a club statement, Ashley said Benitez and managing director Lee Charnley can have "every last penny the club generates" to build for next term

Rafa Benitez

Redheugh Bridge reopened after overnight closure

The Redheugh Bridge has just been reopened after being closed all night because of an accident late on Wednesday.

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Ana Guerra-Moore

BBC News Online

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