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Hello and welcome to Tuesday's Look North.
The search for missing chef Claudia Lawrence is scaled down
At the end of the day, the biggest problem is Claudia is not hear and
nobody knows anything about Weir shares, what she's doing, whether
she is alive or dead, of these things. -- way she is.
Two men are arrested after a shotgun is fired
The owners of a family butchers at the centre of an E-coli
outbreak deny breaching food safety regulations.
We meet the North East documentary maker celebrating the life
of the last man on the moon Gene Cernan - who's died aged 82.
And why business is booming for the barber on the bus
In sport, we'll look ahead to Sunderland's FA
And there's a hero's welcome for Teesside's
newest world champion - darts ace Glen "Duzza" Durrant -
back at work, with his championship trophy.
First tonight, the search for the missing York
chef Claudia Lawrence is to be scaled back.
The announcement's been made following a three year review
of the investigation into her disappearance
Her father Peter says he's hugely disappointed and depressed
Mr Lawrence praised the police but said new information
from the public was needed if his daughter is to be found.
Phil Chapman's outside Claudia's home in York now for us.
Good evening. The last sighting of Claudia was in March 2009 when she
walked back home here to her small terraced house near the centre of
York after their shift at work at the University of York. She went
inside and spoke briefly to her mother on the telephone. That was
the last that anyone heard of her. The whole family today is deeply
disappointed, her father said he is deeply depressed at the announcement
by the police that the review is to be scaled down. He spoke this
afternoon on behalf of of Claudia's father.
At the end of the day the biggest problem
is Claudia is not hear and
nobody knows where she is, what's she doing, whether
Despite the best effort of the police, it feels
have lots of information but they still
need that other bit of information which is going to bring
The police have been explaining their decision to scale down the
investigation, what did they say? They said they exhausted every
single line of inquiry over the nine years and over the last three years
of this police review. There are also deeply frustrated and
sympathise with the Lawrence family. They believe somebody out there
knows exactly what happened to Claudia on that evening or night
when she did not come to work following day. Somebody knows
exactly what happened to Claudia according to the police but they
have failed come forward. This has been an investigation
of great magnitude, of massive lines of inquiry from CCTV
to looking at Claudia's financial affairs, telephone records,
new witnesses who came forward. We have applied new
forensic techniques. Numerous house searches,
ground searches. We have thrown everything at this
investigation which we possibly can. The key challenge we have had
is we have never been able to identify that
primarily crime scene. That was the biggest
challenge to the police, we have never been able
to achieve that breakthrough. Where do things go from year? That
is one final line of inquiry the police told me about, it is a DNA
profile which will take a further six weeks to investigate and then
the investigation will enter what is called a reactive phase when they
will just wait for information to come in rather than be proactive as
they have been. The assistant cheek and told to me they will never close
this case and he believes there is always the possibility they will
crack this case. -- the assistant chief constable. Thank you.
The police say staff at a Sunderland post office had a terrifying
experience when a shotgun was fired during an attempted armed robbery.
It happened at the Ford Post Office on Hylton Road.
Here's our News Correspondent Mark Denten.
Hylton Road, Sunderland, last night and police
hunting for two men, one who fired a
shotgun and tried to rob the post office.
About ten to five yesterday afternoon, two men walked into the
post office and one was carrying a shotgun.
They demanded the staff behind a security screen hand over
They refused and one of the men fired a shotgun.
The staff were inside the premises behind the
Can I take the opportunity to thank the staff for how bravely they
They remained calm and contacted the police immediately
which allowed us to attend the scene as quickly as we could.
We have the two in custody now and recovered the
Early this morning, two men one aged 31 and one
aged 45 were arrested on suspicion of robbery.
Police say the use of a gun in the area is very rare.
I would like to point out that offences of this nature are
extremely rare and we have to go back many years when we had a
live firearm exchange in something of this nature in Sunderland.
No one was hurt in the incident and police are still
The owners of a family butchers at the centre of an E-coli outbreak
have denied breaching food safety rules.
Janet Bell and Trevor Robinson appeared at Teesside
Stuart Whincup was in court and sent us this report.
15 people became infected with E.Coli back in July 2015.
Of those people, ten needed hospital treatment and seven suffered
Today at Teesside Magistrate Court, the
owners of the butchers in Billingham, Janet Bell
and Trevor Robinson, appeared in court.
They face charges of selling various items, including
cooked ham, pork, turkey and egg quiche which was unsafe for human
consumption by reason of contamination with pathogenic
Both pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The case was transferred to Teesside Crown Court
The court heard this was a detailed case and will hear detailed evidence
from many people including experts. where the pair will next
appear on February 14. An inquest's heard how a prisoner
who demanded to be sent to a psychiatric hospital was found
hanging in her cell. 47-year old Maggie Atkinson,
from Northallerton, died nine days after being discovered unconscious
at Low Newton prison An inquest at Crook was told she had
previously placed ligatures around her neck but wasn't
considered to be intending The court heard she was held
on remand for assault - her first time inside -
and had seen prison psychiatrists They're designed to modernise
the region's NHS - and make huge financial savings
in the process. But so-called Sustainability
and Transformation Plans are proving controversial -
with some fearing they'll lead to the downgrading
of local hospitals. Now a survey of doctors
in the North East seen exclusively by Look North suggests many feel
they haven't been consulted about the process of
drawing up the proposals. Our political correspondent
Luke Walton joins me. Each area of England has to come up
with a sustainability and transformation plan -
to make better use of NHS resources and better coordinate services
to improve care across this region. There are three plans being drawn up
- and the first drafts because they also have to bridge
a big financial gap in the NHS - more than a billion pounds
a year in our region. A North East leader says it's
crucial his colleagues We're hearing about the problems in
National Health service, the problems in accident and emergency
almost everyday. We have to look at the long-term solution and this plan
is part of that with the delivery of five years but we have to get the
funding rights and the clinicians involved. We have to do this with
the doctors who work in the National Health service.
We've had exclusive access to a survey of GPs
And a pretty stark message came back.
Around three quarters said they hadn't been told
enough about the plans to understand their impact.
With roughly two out of three calling the NHS exercise "top down".
Around six out of ten felt they'd not been consulted
What's been the response to that criticism?
NHS England makes the point that local GPs
commissioning groups or CCGs which are helping to draw up
It also talks of engaging the public and NHS staff to finalise
The Newcastle Gateshead CCG also insists doctors still have
plenty of opportunity to have their say.
consultations, written submissions, discussions with their colleagues
and others, clinicians are able to contribute very clearly to the
is this further evidence of tensions within the service?
There has certainly been a lot of headlines about pressures on
hospitals and general practice. These plans are about alleviating
the pressure managers would say that the problem is if they cannot win
round family doctors, what hope we have winning round the public? Thank
you. A fourth man's been unsuccessful
in his bid to sue the catholic church, over alleged historical
abuse at a Yorkshire of Middlesbrough and the day
La Salle order over allegations of decades of abuse
at the St William's children's Of the five test cases
for compensation only one has been successful -
receiving a ?14,000 payout. The final decision on the future
of Darlington's historic Crown Street Library is expected
to be made this evening. Campaigners have vowed
to continue their fight against the planned closure
of the library which the council wants to move into the nearby
Dolphin Centre as part The Council says the number
of library visitors is falling dramatically, while it needs
to save millions of pounds. In May the first Tees Valley Mayor
will be elected, and handed new money and powers form
Westminister. He or she will preside over an area
covering Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton,
Middlesbrough and Redcar. But just how can one person bring
all those areas together? David Macmillan's been
trying to find out. The Tees Valley is home to 670,000
people across five council areas, stretching from the North Sea
to North Yorkshire - the new mayor's challenge
is to deliver prosperity across this Some parties already
believe they've found Yarm councillor Ben Houchen
is the Conservative candidate. There is a Canon -- commented that
it comes to business and transport infrastructure. Coming from the
area, I have a good understanding how that all fits together.
and Cleveland Council leader Sue Jeffrey is Labour's candidate.
She says the closure of SSI UK showed how interlinked the regions
It affected all five local authority areas so it is not about fighting
each other but working together, being pragmatic and working to
deliver the goals we have for the Tees Valley Youth Choir twos around
growing jobs and the economy. is the parties prospective
mayoral candidate. He has ambitious
plans for transport. We're looking at the possibility of
bringing back the Tees Valley Metro system which was shelved a few years
ago. It will cost a lot of money and we will have to find that money.
of the North Party is also focused on helping people get around
We need to have an ambitious transport scheme for the future
which spread prosperity across the whole area.
David Macmillan, BBC Look North, Teesside.
And you can find out more on BBC Sunday Politics with Richard Moss,
You're watching Tuesday's Look North.
Jeff Brown joins us with tonight's sports news shortly.
Cutting it in countryside - the barber sweeping the floor
Drizzly weather might make your hairdo Thursday but there is more to
come short -- join me for the region's forecasts shortly.
A North-East film-maker's been speaking about his hero,
the astronaut Gene Cernan, who's died aged 82.
Commander Cernan was the last man to walk on the moon,
and director Mark Craig, from Croft near Darlington,
formed a deep bond with him during the making of a film
which documented his life and achievements.
He's been speaking to our reporter Damian O'Neil.
I really wanted to reach out, put it in my hand and stick it in my space
suit and bring it home and show it to everybody.
The first time I met Gene in London in 2007,
e-mailed him to discuss the possibility of making a film.
I was given a very narrow slot with him
over breakfast for about one hour to discuss possibilities.
What was it like for him being the last man
on the Moon as opposed to being the first man?
I think at the time, all of them would've loved
there's no question about that, they were very competitive and
For all those men who walked on the moon, it does
not matter if you were the third, seventh or 12th, it was a mind
blowing experience so he was very happy to be walking on the moon at
When you first meet one of those mythological, Silver suited
astronauts, especially one of the 12 that
walked on the moon, it is an
awesome experience but as a film-maker,
You need to look at him with a much more objective eye so certainly I
had to ask rather more difficult personal questions, like about how
the fact that so many of his friends were killed and how he overcame
How he struggled with balancing a home life and tunnel
vision focus of reaching this incredible goal that JFK had set out
So yes, he would be the first to admit that he got
It's not even 24 hours since I heard the news.
Gene was one of those guys who just seem to be
There was probably a period of his life
when he thought he was indestructible and invincible as
I know he was loved by people all the world over, from fans of
space to people who just met him and had some time with them.
I'm hugely privileged to have spent the amount
of time I did with him, sharing so many of his
adventures in space and
also just his personal life on Earth today.
I will treasure those until my time comes.
Now, a Northumberland hairdresser is taking her business out
to the villages around Hexham in her Barber Bus.
Susan Wray says her business is booming because her male clients
don't have to go to town - or visit a women's salon!
We sent Sharon BARBOUR out to meet her -
Parked up and open for business in Northumberland.
It is not long before customers start to arrive at
Susan Wray used to work at a barbershop
in Hexham and many clients were making long journeys from the
So many people come from rural villages and some struggled so
I thought why not go out to them and set up
I do run a four weekly so I go different places every day.
I come from home, walk along here and it's here.
What would you have to do if you didn't have the
Dead handy to have it out in the sticks.
Saw a white van parked in the square which had my name on it which is
She said what do you want, I said a haircut!
It is nice to have a barber cut your hair instead of a lady
It has been a busy and hairy morning but now it is time to clean up
before the lady in the van sets off once again to tidy
the heads of the men at her next village location.
The Monday blues, you might have heard that. She gave my little boy
his first haircut and a sweetie. Great story.
Now he might have become a World Champion at the weekend
but this morning it was back to the day job for darts
supremo Glen Durrant from Middlesbrough who lifted
the BDO World Championship trophy on Sunday night.
And - as you might expect - the 46-year-old returned
to a hero's welcome, as Dawn Thewlis reports.
It was a return to work like no other -
crowds of tenants and colleagues at the Grangetown Housing office
where Glen has worked for thirty years lined the road to pay tribute
to their very own World Champion - who was quite overwhelmed!
I thought I had reached the pinnacle, I thought I had reached my
highest moment when I reach that winning double, turning round the
road to city stuff I had worked with for 30 years all outside was a
pretty special moments. I don't think anything will top that.
attention since his victory Glen or Duzza as he's known has decided
to put darts on the back burner and concentrate on work
It is what I want. I need normality back in my life and I need it
quickly. I am going to take a little break from darts. I don't know how
long, my body and my mind will tend me went to get back to the dart
board. I want to focus on work and I was looking for some normality today
but I do not think I am going to get that.
As the party continued inside the speculation
mounted over Glen's possible participation in the PDC where darts
superstars play but right now that's the furthest thing
That is definitely not going to happen. If I were to go to the PDC,
I have to go to the qualifying school that I am not ready to look
at the dart board for a long time now. I want to enjoy the moment and
have people shared this trophy with me for now.
Boro fans during half time at the Riverside on Saturday.
On to football, and Sunderland are in FA Cup action tonight.
They take on Burnley in a third round replay at Turf Moor -
where they were beaten 4-1 in the Premier League just
But even that - and their recent form -
won't stop around 1400 fans making the trip to Lancashire.
We've seen this sort of thing before - Sunderland's defence falling apart
with alarming ease - and hundreds of fans
deciding they'd had enough, with the game effectively
But the diehards were back at the Stadium of Light this
afternoon, to catch the bus for the two and a half
Keane or potentially certifiable, one of the two. You never know.
Of course, the youngsters HAVEN'T been given much
of a go in recent weeks - despite the club's long injury list.
In the weekend shocker against Stoke, manager David Moyes
And was a shambles. He has young lads on the bench who are brilliant,
bring them on, give them a chance. Was 13 do you hope you will play?
Hopefully a strong team that will win. How can we play well against
Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and when we play the
mediocre team we cannot play football. I just want to say before
I pop my clocks are good season. It is not his fault. We haven't got the
money, we haven't got the players, they are all injured. He cannot help
it, it is not his fault. Yes. A bit greedy for many. The BBC
weather watchers have been out and about with their cameras. You
concede a fog, a little better on the coast. Over the Pennines, cloud
up above and cloud sinking into the valleys as well. That's because of
the high-pressure holding everything tight, nothing has a chance to
escape. The low cloud is being held down and it will remain for the next
few days. Nothing changing quickly, a lot closer in tonight and a lot of
low cloud so poor visibility, especially over high ground. The odd
spot of drizzly rain. The temperatures remain male twitchers
the upside of the situation. Temperature is now lower than six
Celsius. It is agree and misty start for many of us tomorrow. We will
start to say a few Greeks appearing in Northumberland, stretching to the
Pennines. -- a few breaks. They will be short-lived. We should seek
temperatures like today. Around 10 Celsius. Winds remain light from the
south for Southwest tomorrow. High-pressure firmly in charge of
the weather and it is going nowhere fast. This weather front is stuck
underneath, helping to keep the cloud. High-pressure maintains its
grip on the things towards the end of the week and the first part of
the weekend. I don't say anything changes -- anything changing as we
head to the next few days. Largely dry tomorrow, a few bright patches
towards the end of the afternoon. Temperatures as shade cooler. Eight
or nine Celsius you are high. A similar picture on Friday, if
anything turning cooler towards the weekend. An increasing risk of a
touch of frost as we head into the weekend. It remains largely dry as
we head to Saturday, Sunday met C one or two showers. That's how it
looks for the next few days. We will keep you up-to-date on your local
BBC Radio stations and on the BBC weather at. If you would like to
become a weather watcher, you can find out how to do that online.
Preferably with no silly names! That's it from us this evening.
Don't forget the late bulletin at 10:30pm. Goodbye.
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