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  2. Alleged charity fraud exposed in litter pick

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    James Harrison

    A charity scam might have been uncovered thanks to a litter pick in Sunderland.

    More than 200 collection bags apparently from Dreams Come True were found during the clean-up of footpaths around Herrington and Doxford Park last month.

    But the charity has insisted all collections had stopped more than three years ago and claimed the bags appeared to be part of an attempted fraud.

    They said in a statement: “We are saddened that there are individuals who are disguising themselves as part of the charity as their actions not only impact our ability to help our beneficiaries, but also litter local communities.”

    Dreams Come True also said it has had reports of fake collection bags being found in Northumberland, Hampshire and Wales.

    :Dreams Come True bags found during litter pick.

    Sunderland councillor for St Chad, Dominic McDonough, who contacted the charity after the bags were found, said: “Dreams Come True works with sick and disabled children and those people who are using the charity's good name for criminal gain should hang their heads in shame.

    “I just want to ensure that no residents are taken in by this scam and I hope that if we all work together we can catch the criminals responsible.”

    City of London police said it had "found there were insufficient lines of enquiry for an investigation based in the UK", adding the "international nature of fraud poses difficulties in tracing payments and suspects".

  3. North East's £377m transport wish list revealed

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Daniel Holland

    Tyne and Wear Metro train

    The North East's transport wish list has been revealed, as the region prepares to bid for a share of government funding.

    More frequent Metro trains, a restored rail service between Newcastle and Northumberland and station redevelopments are all part of the draft version of the bid, which will be put before council leaders next week.

    The region will ask for maximum of £377.3m in funding.

    Martin Gannon, Gateshead Council Leader

    Martin Gannon, Gateshead Council leader and chairman of the North East Joint Transport Committee (NEJTC), said: “We are seeking to transform the way people travel around the North East because that unlocks access to jobs, training and opportunity and drives the whole economy.

    “We have built an ambitious programme which reaches all parts of our region from Northumberland to Durham to put simple, sustainable, environmentally friendly travel at the heart of our plans for the North East’s future."

    The North East is one of 12 city regions bidding for a share of the £1.28bn funding.

    Cash allocations will be announced early next year.

  4. Heavy rainfall causes police HQ leak

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Alex Metcalfe

    Cleveland Police’s new £20m headquarters has sprung a leak.

    Persistent heavy rain has fallen on Teesside for the past 48 hours, and the sheer volume took its toll on the Community Safety Hub in Hemlington yesterday.

    It is understood the leak is only minor and has not affected any operational activities.

    The state-of-the-art headquarters officially opened last summer after the force moved out of its 1970s office block on Ladgate Lane due to soaring running costs of about £1m a year. It sold the land near Marton for almost £17.8m to help pay for the new hub.

    The Local Democracy Reporting Service understands the direction of rainfall was a factor in the leak and that patching repairs will be carried out by contractors today.

  5. Driver jailed for pedestrian death

    An uninsured motorist whose "dangerous and reckless" driving killed a popular Newcastle businesswoman has been jailed.

    Ranjit Grewal was out for a walk with her family in the Spital Tongues area of the city in April last year when she was hit by a car driven by Ionut Mihai.

    The mother-of-three suffered serious injuries and died in hospital. Her husband and sister were also badly hurt.

    Mihai, who was driving at nearly 50mph while attempting to overtake in a 30mph zone, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and driving while uninsured.

    A judge at Newcastle Crown Court sentenced the 22-year-old, of Claremount South Avenue, Gateshead, to five years and three months.

    Ranjit Grewal
  6. A week in weather pictures

    It's been a pretty wild week on the weather front and Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys has been out to capture scenes around the North East.

    At the top, waves crash against the pier wall next to Seaham lighthouse, below that water gushing over High Force waterfall near Middleton-in-Teesdale, and at the bottom a kite surfer takes advantage of strong winds off Tynemouth.

    Wave crashes against pier at Seaham
    water gushes over High Force
    Kite surfer off Tynemouth
  7. Sunderland bridges could offer hope to people considering suicide

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Chris Binding

    Permanent "messages of hope" could be placed on bridges across Sunderland in a bid to prevent people from attempting suicide.

    It comes after a teenager from the city, Paige Hunter, was recognised by Northumbria Police for trying to help people in despair by attaching handwritten notes to posts and railings on the Wearmouth Bridge reminding people that they’re not alone.

    Councillor Dominic McDonough, who works for If You Care Share Foundation which focuses on suicide prevention, said making the messages permanent was a small thing that could make a "huge difference".

    "When you put these messages up they’re absolutely fantastic but can disappear or be blown off," he said.

    Wearmouth Bridge
  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A1(M) Tyne And Wear southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) Tyne And Wear southbound severe disruption, at J64 for A195 Western Highway.

    A1(M) Tyne And Wear - Tree branch on the road on A1(M) southbound in Tyne and Wear at J64, A195 (Washington). Traffic is coping well.

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

  9. House to be used for care placements

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Daniel Holland

    The former home of Newcastle United co-owner Freddy Shepherd will be turned into a children's care facility despite neighbours' fears over anti-social behaviour.

    The Action for Children charity has been given permission by Newcastle City Council to transform the building in Westacre Gardens, Fenham, where Mr Shepherd lived before taking over the club.

    The council's planning committee agreed unanimously saying it will help to keep children close to their friends and family rather than being forced out of the area.

    Objections to the plan included that it would have a “hugely negative impact” on neighbours’ privacy, as well as causing parking problems in the street and concerns about anti-social behaviour.

    Kath Lawless, the council's assistant director of planning, said Northumbria Police had raised no objection to the plans and that the risk of anti-social behaviour would effectively be the same as any normal family home where there might be “unruly children”.

    The home will be used to provide long-term care placements for up to four children aged between 12 and 18, rather than emergency care, and would also house a maximum of three staff.

  10. Fans leave Download festival after heavy rain

    Music fans, including a woman from Stockton, have been leaving a festival before a note has even been played - after torrential rain reduced the site to a 'mud-bath'.

    Thousands descended on Download festival's campsite at Donington Park on Wednesday.

    Samantha Gibben, from Stockon, dislocated her hip and left after six hours.

    "I was just sliding everywhere," she said.

    "The village was more or less inaccessible for anyone who couldn't walk and the campsites were very slippery already."

    Miss Gibben said wheelchairs were getting stuck and friends who stayed overnight had hypothermia.

    "The stick it out attitude is no excuse for not looking after yourself and putting your health first."

    Mud at the Download Festival
  11. Drivers make successful pothole damage claims

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Ben O'Connell

    Motorists whose cars were damaged by potholes were successful in about 60% of claims against Northumberland County Council, figures show,

    In 2018-19, drivers made 253 claims, of which 150 were successful, according to Freedom of Information (FOI) Act figures.

    Motorists can only claim if the authority responsible for the road has been negligent and councils have a statutory defence that they cannot be held liable for a defect they are not aware of

    In the 2017-18 financial year, there were a larger number of claims - 407 - but 40% (167) were successful.

    The total cost to the taxpayer of the successful claims, including legal fees, was £45,966.07 in 2018-19, up from £41,889.10 the previous year.

    pothole patching

    In April, we reported that Northumberland filled in more potholes last year than any other council in the country.

    FOI requests showed that the local authority repaired 69,506 potholes in 2018, 14,633 more than the next best performing council, Lincolnshire.

    A Northumberland County Council spokesman said there was a big spike in damage to roads as a result of the bad winter of 2017-18 culminating in the Beast from the East.

    “The greater number of defects may have led to more claims than usual being received and more being successful," he said.

    “We continue to take the quality of road surfaces and repair of potholes very seriously – and invest considerable time and resources in making ongoing improvements to our road network.”

  12. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A1(M) County Durham northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) County Durham northbound severe accident, from J62 for A690 to J63 for A167.

    A1(M) County Durham - A1(M) partially blocked and it's slow northbound from J62, A690 (Carrville) to J63, A167 (Chester-Le-Street), because of an accident.

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

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    Severe accident: A1(M) Tyne And Wear southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A1(M) Tyne And Wear southbound severe accident, at J64 for A195 Western Highway.

    A1(M) Tyne And Wear - A1(M) in Tyne and Wear partially blocked and queues southbound at J64, A195 (Washington), because of an accident.

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

  14. BreakingFather and daughter die in car crash

    A father and daughter have been killed in a car crash in Guisborough.

    Michael Liddell, 68, from Moorsholm died in the crash at the junction of Middlesbrough Road and the A171 at about 12:00 yesterday.

    He was in the back of a black Hyundai being driven by his daughter Sarah Liddell, 41, from Marske.

    She was seriously hurt and died in hospital this morning.

    The 18-year-old man driving the other car, a blue BMW, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

    Cleveland Police is appealing for witnesses.

    Sarah Liddell