England, United Kingdom

Latest Stories

Tees youth orchestra performs at famous New York venue

The musicians of Tees Valley Youth Orchestra performed at New York's famous Carnegie Hall.

The 120 musicians were there in the orchestra's 50th anniversary year.

The orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Nowicki, performed at the famous hall following three-and-a-half years of planning and raising £65,000.

Carnegie Hall opened in 1891 and among those to have performed there are Tchaikovsky, George Gerswhin, Billie Holiday and The Beatles.

The orchestra is formed of music students from Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton as well as from the wider North East.

Dr Kate Cushing described it as a "truly magical" event.

She said: "It was an absolutely fantastic concert. Flying the flag for the North East."

Carnegie Hall
Tees Valley Youth Orchestra sign at Carnegie Hall
Tees Valley Youth Orchestra on stage at Carnegie Hall

England's World Cup win a proud day for Durham - Killeen

England's astonishing World Cup win has been the talk of the whole country all day of course, even those who previously didn't like cricket.

But it went down particularly well in County Durham, where two of their local boys Ben Stokes and Mark Wood played such big roles.

And especially in the Durham dressing room, where the players watched following the end of their day's play in the home County Championship game with Worcestershire.

"Ben’s innings was phenomenal," Durham bowling coach Neil Killeen told BBC Radio Newcastle. "After going through what we went through in the T20 World Cup, that will mean everything to Ben. That’s the type of bloke he is.

Ben Stokes had the support of his Durham team-mate Mark Wood for that last dramatic ball at Lord's
Getty Images
Ben Stokes had the support of his Durham team-mate Mark Wood for that last dramatic ball at Lord's

"He’s a true professional. And he thoroughly deserved it. And obviously Mark Wood did well with the ball early on. Both lads are Durham through and through. To see them stand up and be presented with the trophy was a proud day for the club and the whole of the North East.

"The last half an hour was so exciting, especially with our head coach James Franklin being from New Zealand. The lads have been giving him some stick.

“I’m sure this will all have a huge knock-on effect. Kids are going to want to bowl like Jofra Archer and Mark Wood and bat like Ben Stokes.”

North East well represented in England's Cricket World Cup champions team

The North East is well represented in the England men's Cricket World Cup winning squad.

Man of the match Ben Stokes plays for Durham alongside bowler Mark Wood, who was born in Ashington, Northumberland.

Bowler Liam Plunkett, who took three wickets during the victory over New Zealand was born in Middlesbrough.

You can read about the full team here.

Here's a video Durham Cricket Club tweeted of their players' reaction to England's victory.

View more on twitter

England captain Morgan hails 'superhuman' World Cup hero Stokes

Press Association

England captain Eoin Morgan paid tribute to the "almost superhuman" Ben Stokes after the all-rounder played a pivotal role in England's Super Over win against New Zealand in a thrilling final at Lord's.

Morgan's men needed 39 runs off the final 23 balls to win wbut thanks to man-of-the-match Stokes's 84 not out, they tied New Zealand's target of 241 off 50 overs.

Stokes was then chosen to bat the Super Over with Jos Buttler and although both teams scored 15 runs, England won by virtue of scoring more boundaries in the match.

Ben Stokes
PA Media

Morgan said: "Ben's partnership with Jos was extraordinary, everyone back home is hopefully trying to be the next Ben Stokes,"

The Durham all-rounder's heroics came three years after he he was hit for four straight sixes by Carlos Brathwaite in the last over of West Indies' stunning World Twenty20 final win over England in India.

It also represented a redemption of sorts, after a 2017 street brawl and subsequent court case threatened to ruin his career and he wept openly during the jubilant on-field celebrations.

"I said it before but a lot of careers would have been ended after what happened in Calcutta," said Morgan.

"The way he trains, he's an incredible cricketer."

Stokes crowned man of the match in England's Cricket World Cup win

BBC Sport

Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes celebrated being declared man of the match in England's dramatic win over New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup.

England won in the most amazing circumstances when a super over was played after the match was drawn with both sides scoring 241 in their 50 overs.

Stokes said: "So much hard work has gone in, this is what we aspire to be.

"I don't think there will ever be a better game in cricket than that.

"There was no chance I wasn't going to be there at the end. Those are the sorts of moments you live for as a professional cricketer."

Stokes scored 84 with grit and determination on a tricky pitch to anchor England, and his composure in both the final over and the super over helped claim a historic win.

Durham coach Neil Killeen said Stokes deserved praise for his performance.

Ben Stokes
PA Media

Severe accident: A139 County Durham both ways

BBC News Travel

A139 County Durham both ways severe accident, from Derwent Street to Trent Street.

A139 County Durham - A139 Norton Road in Norton closed and it's heavy in both directions from the Derwent Street junction to the Trent Street junction, because of an accident.

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

Australia trial game call for Bancroft

Durham 88-6 v Worcestershire

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

Durham skipper Cameron Bancroft has been called up by Australia ahead of them naming their squad to play England in this summer's Ashes series

Australia are to stage a match in Southampton in 10 days' time featuring their Test side and their A team, who are also currently over here in England on tour.

They will use that match to decide who should be in the team for the first Test at Edgbaston, starting on 1 August.

Cameron Bancroft
Getty Images

Bancroft has not played for Australia since being given his nine-month ban for ball tampering during the ill-tempered third Test match in South Africa in March 2018.

Captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned for a year, but returned to play for Australia in this summer's Cricket World Cup.

Bancroft had scored 477 in his previous six Championship innings going into the Durham Worcestershire game, which started here today in Chester-le-Street.

He made just eight, but that took him past 6,000 first-class runs in the process.

BreakingFormer police officer guilty of sex offences

Peter Harris

BBC Look North

A former Cleveland Police officer has been found guilty of a string of sex offences.

David Waller, 34, was convicted of 10 charges including rape, sexual activity with a child, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and misconduct in a public office.

Teesside Crown Court heard Waller, who denied all the allegations, was "devious and manipulative."

He had been accused of offences dating back to 2004 and was an officer with the Cleveland force for four years up to 2010.

He was cleared of one count of sexual assault, and earlier in the trial the judge directed jurors to formally acquit him of two counts of rape.

He will be sentenced this afternoon.

David Waller

David Waller trial: Jury retires to consider verdict

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

The jury in the trial of a former Cleveland Police officer accused of rape has retired to consider its verdict.

David Waller is accused of raping a teenage girl. He faces 10 other charges including sexual activity with a child, sexual assault and misconduct in a public office.

Mr Waller, 34, has denied all the charges at his trial at Teesside Crown Court.

He was a police officer with the Cleveland force between 2006 and 2010. The allegations relate to a period between December 2004 and April 2016 and seven alleged victims.

Man arrested in shop axe robbery investigation

A man has been arrested following a robbery at a shop in Stockton this morning.

McColls Darlington

Police were called shorty before 08:00 to reports of a man with an axe entering McColls on Darlington Lane and stealing the till.

Armed officers went to the area and a man was arrested nearby.

He has been taken into police custody and inquiries are ongoing.

Three arrests in prison drug dealing operation

Three people have been arrested by Cleveland Police in a three-force operation targeting drug dealing in the prison system.

A warrant was conducted this morning in Stockton.

It comes after two larges seizures, including 6kg of Spice thought to be worth £750,000 in July 2017 from HMP Holme House Prison in Stockton.

Operation Exmouth has seen nine arrests in total and also involved Northumbria and Greater Manchester Police.

Holme House Prison

Duck in a bow tie bringing cheer to hospice patients

Hospice patients are being treated to visits with this noisy fella!

View more on twitter

Council in debt - to itself

Local Democracy Reporting Service

An administrative blunder means a council-owned hotel still owes £104,000 in unpaid business rates – to itself.

Stockton Council is borrowing £17m to fund the Hampton by Hilton Hotel on the former Dairy site next to Stockton Baptist Church. It is banking on it bringing in business rates and an annual profit of £250,000 to help fund council services.

But its bill for its business rates was wrongly sent to the wrong company. The bill, understood to be for £104,000, was sent out to “Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc” when it should have been given to the hotel trading company “Stockton Hotels Company Ltd” – a firm wholly owned by Stockton Council.

Business rates are set by central government, and are based on a property’s “rateable value”. Local authorities keep half of business rate income with half going to central government. The government half is sent back to councils via the “revenue support grant” – but this fund has gradually fallen away in recent years.

Taxpayer funding of the hotel drew criticism when the proposals for borrowing the £17m were agreed in 2017. But authority bosses have been bullish about occupancy rates since it opened in February.

Stockton Council
Local Democracy Reporting Service

Stockton and Darlington could unlock cash to revitalise their high streets

Stockton and Darlington have made it down to the last 50 towns that could be in line for millions of pounds worth of Government money to revitalise their high streets.

The councils' bids for money through the Government's Future High Streets Fund are through to the next round.

They will find out later this year if they have been successful

Darlington Town Clock

Ex-police officer 'didn't believe' girl's mother

A former Cleveland Police officer on trial for sexual offences against underage girls says he didn’t believe the mother of one of them when she told him her daughter was only 14.

David Waller, 33, from Stockton, denies 11 charges of sexual offences involving eight complainants between 2004 and 2016.

On two occasions the mother of one of the girls contacted him and told him her daughter was underage.

But he told Teesside Crown Court he thought she was 17, and had no reason to disbelieve her.

He said if he had known she was only 14, he would have "run a mile".

The trial continues.

David Waller

WICKET Anderson goes - Lancashire all out

Lancashire 337 & 247, Durham 281

Jimmy Anderson's appearance as last man batting with a runner takes up 17 minutes - and helps to add 11 runs - before he is last out.

Recalled Australian Nathan Rimmington, coming in round the wicket, bowls the left-hander with an inswinger that removed Anderson's off stump to finish with 4-42, for career-best match figures of 8-116, after his 4-74 in the first innings.

Lancashire have a lead of 303, with no Anderson to help them defend it, following his pre-Ashes calf strain scare on Tuesday. But could those 11 runs come in handy later?

Anderson got four of them, while helping Saqib Mahmood move on to 31 not out.

View more on twitter

Close of play at Sedbergh School

Lancashire 337 & 204-7, Durham 281

Sedbergh School, on day three of the Lancashire-Durham game
Getty Images

Well, even in the short history of first-class cricket at Sedbergh School, that was a pretty dramatic day.

A calf injury to Jimmy Anderson that took him out of the attack.

Then a Durham collapse as their last five wickets went down for just 18 runs in 10 overs, followed by an extraordinary start to the Lancashire innings as they were reduced to 10-2 inside the first four balls of Chris Rushworth's first over.

At 59-5, fuelled by a daft run-out, Lancs led by only 115. But, by the end of the day, Lancs skipper Dane Vilas had made 74 to steer his side into a 260-run lead.

That ought to be a matchwinning lead already. But, don't forget, Lancashire will not have use of Anderson tomorrow. He will be having treatment on his calf strain as he begins his battle to be fit to face the Aussies at Edgbaston on 1 August.

View more on twitter

Mapping England's Lionesses squad

England's Women's World Cup squad carry the hopes of an entire nation tonight in their semi-final clash with the USA.

The Lionesses are also a distinctly northern group, with the majority of the 23-strong squad born in north-west or north-east England or Yorkshire.

From the North East, the team's captain Steph Houghton is from Durham, Jill Scott from Sunderland, Demi Stokes from South Shields and Carly Telford from Newcastle.

Right at the top comes Lucy Bronze from Berwick.

Where England's World Cup squad was born

Injury scare over Anderson

Lancashire 337, Durham 234-5

Slight injury scare over England paceman Jimmy Anderson at Sedbergh School - just a month away from the first Ashes Test.

He has pulled up in his run-up and, after three attempts to bowl the third ball of the 84th over, he has walked off. Josh Bohannon is completing the over.

Hopefully, just a precautionary measure, wit the Ashes series due to start in a month's time at Edgbaston. The BBC commentary team suspect it might be an Achilles injury, based on the stretching exercises Anderson was trying.

Jimmy Anderson took his 950th first-class wicket at Sedbergh School yesterday
Getty Images
Jimmy Anderson took his 950th first-class wicket at Sedbergh School yesterday

Lancs also had a slight scare over England opener Keaton Jennings.

He apparently made a visit to Lancashire Royal Infirmary yesterday after injuring a finger trying to field the ball in the slips. But he is back out there this morning.

View more on twitter

Close of play at Sedbergh School

Lancashire 337, Durham 199-5

Sedbergh School day two
Rex Features

Another thoroughly decent day's cricket at this already very popular new first-class cricket venue.

Still a very well balanced game of twists and turns.

After resuming this morning on 275-5, Lancs might have hoped for a few more.

But Durham battled back well to bowl the hosts out for 337, before Cameron Bancroft and Alex Lees then put on 70 for the first wicket - the highest opening partnership made by any side against the Red Rose this season.

At 136-1, Durham were then looking very good until old masters Graham Onions and Jimmy Anderson suddenly clicked into top gear, with three wickets for no runs in 17 balls. But Durham have again battled back well and, although they lost Jack Burnham just before the close, they are well in this match.

Seven taken to hospital after collision between bus and car

Seven people were taken to hospital after a collision between a bus and car in Newcastle.

It happened shortly after 15:00 on Ponteland Road.

North East Ambulance Service said three people were taken to hospital by emergency ambulance. None of them appear to be in a critical condition.

Four people were also taken to hospital and are described as being "walking wounded."

Bus crash

Sedbergh - Lancashire's new jewel among out grounds

Lancashire 275-5 v Durham - match resumes 11:00

Of all the 23 County Championship matches to be played at out grounds this season, none of have received quite as much fuss and attention as Lancashire's arrival at Sedbergh School for their meeting with Durham.

Scenically situated in the rugged Cumbrian fells, and rather conveniently exactly halfway between both Manchester and Chester-le-Street, each 75 miles away, it proved so popular on Sunday that it was admission for members only.

Opposing captains Dane Vilas (left) and Durham's Cameron Bancroft

And the players quite like it too, especially Durham paceman Chris Rushworth, who spearheaded his side's attack with 2-50 from 21 overs.

"It's a glorious place," Rushworth told BBC Newcastle. "Everyone loves playing at out grounds and when you come somewhere as picturesque as this it's quite hard not to enjoy it.

"The overhead conditions looked like it would be perfect to bowl but the wicket probably didn't do as much as we thought it would. We've done a decent job. Equally, Lancashire will be quite pleased how they've gone. If we're being picky though, if you choose to bowl first, you're probably looking at having them more than five down."

Whorlton Hall nurses suspended

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

Three nurses filmed as part of a BBC Panorama investigation into alleged abuse at a specialist hospital in County Durham have been temporarily suspended from practice.

They were filmed by an undercover reporter at Whorlton Hall.

A spokesperson from the Nursing and Midwifery Council said the nurses had been suspended to "keep people who use health and care services and their families safe".

The site is now closed and a police investigation is ongoing.

Whorlton Hall