15/03/2017 Look North (North East and Cumbria)


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Good evening. getting married these days.

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A 16-year-old boy has been killed in a car crash following a police

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The boy - named locally - as Brandon Morris -

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was a passenger in the car, which was being followed

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by the police close to Albert Park last night.

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Four people have been arrested on suspicion of causing death

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All day, Brandon's friends and family have been coming

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here to place flowers, cards and letters along the wall.

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We can show you how many have come throughout the day.

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It actually goes back around 20 yards, hundreds of bouquets

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All of the people that we've been speaking to, understandably,

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say they are in complete shock by what has happened.

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They all describe a popular young boy who was always smiling.

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A fantastic friend who was always happy.

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That's how 16-year-old Brandon Morris has been described.

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Someone who the tributes say was greatly loved

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He died after the car he was travelling in crashed

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following a police chase on this road in Middlesbrough.

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He was one of the happiest lads I've ever known.

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Respectable, sound, he was one of my best mates.

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I could trust him with anything, and he always had my back,

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I still don't believe that he's gone.

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I just couldn't stop crying all night.

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Brandon had been the passenger in a Ford Focus car that was being

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The lights and sirens were on, and the car was only followed

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a short distance when it got to this point.

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The Ford Focus made it to the junction and then crashed

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Brandon suffered serious injuries and was taken

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to James Cook Hospital, where he died a short time later.

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He was a kid on the estate that was loved and always happy.

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Every time I saw him, he was always dead jolly and stuff.

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Respectful, sound, always had everyone's back.

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He just put a smile on everyone's face.

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Cleveland Police say three people were taken to

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Middlesbrough's James Cook Hospital after the crash.

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They and a 29-year-old man have now all been arrested

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on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

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A GoFundMe page has now been set up to raise money for Brandon's family

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Cleveland Police released a statement this evening,

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and said its thoughts are with Brandon's family,

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and they are now receiving specialist support.

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Because the youngster was killed following a police chase,

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the case has now been referred to the Independent Police

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Complaints Commission, and it's also investigating what happened here.

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Meanwile, a woman has died after her car was involved

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in an accident with a digger being towed on a trailer in Cumbria.

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It happened near the village of Shap on the A6.

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The police are appealing for anyone who may have seen

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The A6 remains an important route, linking Penrith

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Police were called to a two-vehicle road traffic collision.

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A van and a trailer travelling north on the A6

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were in collision with a car that was travelling south.

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Unfortunately, a member of the public has lost

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It's still the very early stages of this investigation.

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Collision investigators are on the scene at the moment,

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It's still too early to say what happened.

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Later, the police confirmed that the dead driver

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was a 26-year-old woman from the Penrith area.

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The need to know exactly what happened here is more

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important than rushing to reopen the road.

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It's now afternoon, and the police are still hoping to get this road

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open as soon as they can, but the fact that it's been closed

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since around 8:30am illustrates the difficulties involved with these

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Recovery vehicles have now moved some of the vans

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The motorist's car is still being worked on by crash investigators.

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Anyone who saw a Citroen car and a trailer pulled by a Mercedes

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van in the area this morning is asked to contact the police.

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Mark McAlindon, BBC Look North, near Shap.

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Campaigners against plans for a 2,000-home Garden Village

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in Northumberland say they'll ask for it to go to a public inquiry.

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Councillors voted today to give approval to the plans,

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on green belt land, on the edge of Ponteland.

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The developers, Lugano Property Group, say it'll be a modern project

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But opponents say it's too big, and will affect the whole

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It was the foresight of our forefathers that gave us green belt,

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to stop the urban sprawl of unchecked development, they said.

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But what if the development looked like this?

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Lugano Property Group bought this green belt land some ten years ago.

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Now it wants to build something like this,

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a mixed and, it says, imaginative development,

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where a quarter of the houses will be classed as "affordable".

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A garden village compliments its setting, and Dissington Garden

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Village will be at one with its surrounding landscape.

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It is a seductive vision, but many current residents

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They are looking to increase the population by nearly double.

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Personally, we are going to be completely

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The developer says there's pent up demand for housing just

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like this by young families and for commuters into Tyneside.

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Critics say it's simply too much for what is,

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For its location and the effect and the impact it would have on this

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village where we live, it's just too dramatic,

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Therefore, when they talk about a housing crisis,

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it's basically a housing crisis in the South.

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We have enough space is already that are Brownfield sites and infield

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sites to satisfy the need we have in our region, in our county.

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Nonetheless, despite the presence of many objectors at County Hall,

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the scheme was given outline approval by councillors today.

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It will be its own place with its own school, shops,

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leisure and recreational facilities and employment opportunities.

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This is a scheme that has an opportunity to be a real economic

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It's not that people are against change per se,

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it's just too much change in one fell swoop.

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We didn't get the opportunity to speak today.

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You have five minutes for all of your objectors to put their case.

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Gerry Jackson, BBC Look North, Northumberland.

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Unemployment in the North East rose in the three months to January.

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The total was up by 4,000 to 88,000 - that's 6.8% of the workforce.

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In Cumbria, nearly 5,000 people claimed job seekers'

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allowance in February - a rise of more than 700 on January.

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And North Yorkshire also saw a rise, with just over 5,000 people

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It's taken 13 months and cost ?23 million -

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but finally work to fully reopen the Settle-Carlisle railway

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The line at Armathwaite - between Carlisle and Penrith -

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was badly damaged after flooding in 2015 caused a 500,000

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The line will officially reopen at the end of this month

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The track is back in place and soon trains will be too.

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This is the final push in a year-long effort to reinstate

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services on this Victorian line after it was overcome by a landslip.

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We just hadn't seen a slip of that extent.

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It was moving hour by hour, day by day, and obviously

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we were concerned about how much movement was happening.

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The site at Eden Brows is difficult to get to.

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It's next to a Site of Scientific Interest,

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and before work could even begin, thousands of tonnes

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That was one of our first challenges, really, how to get here.

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We put in over a mile of access roads just to get here.

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The challenge inside of it is just the scale of it, really.

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We've had a massive piling operation.

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It's stuff that we do as a contractor every day,

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The train line sits 70 metres above the River Eden.

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To keep it in position, a retaining wall's been built

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and the new track has been laid on a more solid foundation.

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This is where the half a million tonnes landslide

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To stop that happening again, the track is now built on a 6,000

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tonne concrete slab, and to keep that slab in place

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are 226 steel pins drilled right into the sandstone bedrock.

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The project team are confident the design here will survive any

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The improvements here should last at least 120 years.

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But for now the focus is on the next two weeks and the eventual

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Before the official opening by the Flying Scotsman

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at the end of this month, test journeys will be taken to make

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sure drivers are familiar with the new track here -

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a crucial update to a much-loved Cumbrian rail route.

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Now it's time for the weather, with Paul Mooney.

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A lot of low cloud around, so poor visibility. Thick enough for parts

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of the region to see some light rain. Tomorrow, a fairly cloudy

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picture on the whole. A few bright spells, some in eastern areas. That

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thick cloud will bring in some outbreaks of rain throughout the

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morning and a second batch of heavy rain in the afternoon. But drier and

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brighter by tea-time following in from the north-west. A brisk

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south-westerly wind turning west and north-westerly as we head into

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evening. 54 Fahrenheit the hide tomorrow. Another series of fronts

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come in from the west, some fairly strong winds on Friday and into the

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weekend. There will be some bands of heavy rain at times, some gusty

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winds, and it will feel cooler than it has recently. For Friday,

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outbreaks of rain, a gusty westerly wind, and noticeably cooler.

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Temperatures start to recover on the weekend, but with showery rain and

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it stays dry I will be surprised. Here is Nick with the national

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headlines.

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