The latest news, sport and weather for the North East and Cumbria.
Browse content similar to 23/01/2017. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!
Hello, and welcome to Monday's Look North.
Jailed, the fake builders who cheated elderly
Meanwhile, police hunt three men who attacked a pensioner
and stole his life savings in a quiet County Durham village.
How one in five children in the north-east is brought up
in a home struggling to pay energy bills.
Why plans to re-introduce a wild cat into the countryside
In sport, we'll round-up all the weekend's football
And we'll bring you winners from around the world,
both with a pretty strong Cumbrian connection!
A judge called them despicable, a gang of fake builders who targeted
elderly people in our region, conning them out of
Another, an 87-year-widow, was pushed to the ground
In most cases, the gang took money without doing any work at all.
Tonight, three of them are in prison.
Well, our news correspondent Mark Denten is outside
The judge here today called it a despicable case of criminal conduct,
a gang of men who operated throughout our region targeting
deliberately vulnerable people, especially pensioners, and then
effectively robbing then, in some cases, of their life savings.
Far from being ashamed, they had celebrated, taking photos of one of
their victims to zest money, filming themselves celebrating.
The judge said they had a warped sense of achievement. Tonight, three
of them are locked up. Sunderland's suburbs,
many of the elderly One criminal gang called
it an opportunity. These men were part of it,
they posed as builders pressurising vulnerable
people into handing over thousands of pounds
for work that wasn't needed
and rarely carried out. Often using this red van,
they targeted pensioners including a former miner,
75-year-old George Metcalfe who, over a period of weeks,
withdrew ?30,000 from his bank account,
his The gang turned up here
on Newlands Avenue in Sunderland at the home
of Joan was knocked over
and fractured her hip A neighbour found her
but it was ten hours later. She had lain in this little
kitchen for ten hours screaming for help, and it was only
by chance somebody overheard her She died three months
later in hospital. Today, three members of the gang
were sent to prison, Lee Davidson for five years,
Philip Orton for three years and nine months,
The judge said the three men could not be held
criminally responsible for Mrs Barnett's death.
Another man, Levi Gales, 44, was charged with her
A statement by one of the neighbours with read out by a police officer
We've visited her in hospital but she seemed to have lost all interest
in life. One member of the gang is still on
the run, the judge adjourned his sentencing until he is recaptured.
Well, meanwhile, Durham Police are hunting three men who attacked
a pensioner and stole his life savings over the weekend.
It happened in the village of Coronation near Bishop Auckland.
Alison Freeman joins us from there now.
Police are calling this a horrific and terrifying attack on an elderly
man in his own home. Police were called after 8:30pm on
Saturday, the 77-year-old had gone to his coal shed when three men with
face coverings tackled him. They hit him over the head with a coal
shovel, dragged him inside, and searched his belongings.
They left with his life savings. The man did need hospital treatment but
fortunately his injuries were not serious.
We spoke to one of the victims's relatives who lives in the same
street and he described how quickly it all happened.
He said he didn't know, he said they were over the wall
The man is 77 years old with three young lads on top of him,
They took him to hospital and he stayed overnight.
I've lived here al lmy life and used to know every one in every house.
Do we know how much money was stolen?
Durham Police won't give the exact figure but say it is substantial,
his life savings, and are warning people not to keep large sums of
cash in their home. The officer in charge told us the impact it had had
on the victim. He is alone in his own
home, the one place you're supposed to feel safe
and comfortable in and this type of He's too old to put up much
of a fight and there were So, it's an absolutely
terrifying ordeal and something which no one
should have to go through. I've spoken to him every day
since this has taken place, several times, and he is just
devastated at the moment. He is just really struggling
to come to terms with it. He has a great family
behind him, though. The police say they need as much
information as possible to catch the three men responsible.
Back to you. A woman's died following a crash
involving a coach and a car It happened just off
the northbound side of the A19 The woman was taken
to the James Cook Hospital The driver of the coach,
which was empty at the time, You've probably heard of food banks,
but what about fuel banks? One-off payments are now being given
to families struggling One in five children
in the north-east is brought up in a home struggling
with fuel poverty. Kirsten O'Brien has been looking
at the problem for tonight's Jacqui and Michael Turnbull
live in Sacriston. Michael works as a security guard
at Durham University, and Jacqui is a student
and full time mum. Because you're trying
to provide for your family, and it just gets to the stage
where you just can't do it. How aware do you think
the kids are about it? Yes, my little girl definitely
does, my little boy I mean the first thing she says
to me in a morning is, Mummy, can we have toast today or do
we have to have cereal A four-year old shouldn't know
about that, they shouldn't 100,000 children are living in
the fuel poverty in the north-east. That's one in five of our children,
it's totally unacceptable. Fuel poverty is the inability to pay
for your fuel bills and having It's closely linked to general
poverty, but additionally there is inequality in the way
people are asked to In, Durham there is now a fuel bank
organised through the county's ?49 in the winter and ?30
in the summer is available for people on pre-
payment meters who've run out It came about because we found that
people who were coming to the food bank weren't just in crisis
for food, they also In some cases, couldn't even cook
the food that we gave them We are able to put them forward
for a voucher so they've got fuel to heat and cook the food
that we give them. When they turned around and said,
we can give you ?49 for your electricity,
I cried and said, how do I pay it And they explained and they said,
no, it's a gift, you don't But in our region, the scheme just
operates in County Durham, That's because only one
energy supplier, NPower, is prepared to fund the vouchers,
leaving thousands of Kirsten O'Brien, BBC
Look North, Durham. And you can hear from Energy UK,
the organisation representing energy suppliers, on whether or not it's
prepared to roll out the scheme nationally,
on tonight's Inside out A leisure centre closed by council
cuts in the deprived West End of Newcastle could re-open
this summer and be run The Friends Of Elswick Pool have
presented a business plan to the city council and hope
to become a successful trust. It's only been closed for 15 months,
but green algae already clouds However, a community group plans
to clean up the pool and re-open it by the end of the summer,
if the city council There is so much about the pool
that was really great before. So, we had the steam room, sauna,
swimming lessons, women only, but there is so much more
that the building could be. When we did community consultation,
people overwhelmingly said that they wanted things
like a soft-play area, So, we are really listening
to the community, and we want to be In an area with few
amenities, the pool and gym are hugely important for local
people's health and well-being. My son has had
swimming lessons here. I'd love my daughter
to have swimming lessons. It is not feasible to
get to any other pool. For people with disabilities,
it is a good pool. For young people with young
families, excellent. That is why I feel it is a great
loss to the community if we can't The man who has helped community
groups in both Jesmond and Fenham to run their own pools is now
advising the Elswick group. And he sees a bright
future for the site. It's a very, very good
building, Elswick Pool. And if I think of the ones I have
looked at around the country, It's a modern pool, has
fantastic facilities, but it needs a little bit of work
to get it back, before we can open Newcastle City Council says it's
worked with the Friends for a year now, and is committed to the pool's
reopening, but only when a long-term Adrian Pitches, BBC
Look North, Elswick. An MP wants a plan to re-introduce
a wild cat into Northumberland to be scrapped, because he says local
people don't want it to happen. Hexham's Guy Opperman says a survey
he carried out suggests nine in ten people in the Kielder area
are opposed to the lynx But those behind the plan insist it
does have local backing. Here's our political
editor Richard Moss. For solitude, a winter's day
in Kielder is ideal. How about shareing these forests
with the Eurasian lynx? It has been extinct in Britain
since the Middle Ages but a wildlife group wants to release at least ten
of them here. If I was to encounter
a lynx now, number one, What I'd be seeing is a cat 70
centimetres high to its shoulders, one metre in length,
weighing in at 20-40 kilos, a quarter to a half
of my body weight. Lynx Trust UK which is behind
the plans say the cats will control Local farmers feel they might
also fancy a nibble I cannot see the fact that they will
live entirely on deer. If there is a lamb a little bit slow
getting up onto its feet, You can't tell me that they aren't
going to say, I'm not It's a hard enough job eking
a living out of this landscape without the added problem
of another predator. The trust's stats suggest
only a handful of lambs will be taken each year,
and compensation is promised. A local MP says a survey he has done
shows the lynx will not be welcome. I went to the 400 residents
of the villages of the local area, and had a response from 96 houses,
a 25% response is actually very good Out of 96, 93 were
unequivocally against. There are enthusiasts, Michael Brown
runs Kielder's only pub. He said the lynx effect is something
the businesses desperately need. It is a dying area,
it's time for change. It will bring tourists
into rural areas with Curiosity will get the best
of people and will want to see them. I promise I didn't set this up,
propping up the bar is someone who has seen the lynx's
North American cousin. Canadian forester Zachary
is in Kielder to plant trees. To see one is rare, six
years back in Canada, and this past summer,
I've seen one. Not this dangerous and wild
creature, that would be the wolf. If you introduced wolves,
I'd be more worried. Those behind the plans insist
they are winning support well beyond the odd Canadian,
especially among the businesses. I have seen the survey done by Guy
and it is farcical, highly biased, the preamble is factually
inaccurate and misleading. Guy is in danger of damaging local
businesses and employment The lynx are a huge driver
for ecotourism, almost every business we spoke to in Kielder
is massively supportive Guy Opperman stands by his survey
but the trust hopes to get a license After more than 1,000 years away,
there are still divisions over whether this a cat Northumberland
wants to welcome back. Richard Morse, BBC
Look North, Kielder. Now, it was built in 1770 to produce
flour for families in York. Now, 247 years later,
Yorkshire's only working windmill And the team of people
who've restored the mill But they need more volunteers,
as Phil Connell reports. It was once one of hundreds of mills
in Yorkshire but today it is the only one left
that is working, found in the middle of Windmill Rise,
a residential street in York. Lots of orders this week,
we will have to do some milling. For a small team of volunteers,
the windmill has become Before they arrived,
it was derelict. In 2012 it was restored
to its former glory thanks to ten There were times we thought
we would never get that work done Yes, there were some real
heart in mouth periods. The mill now makes and sells around
30 bags of flour a week. To secure its long-term future
an appeal is being made A chance to learn skills that
have been passed down We have done the hard work
by getting the mill restored, but it is almost harder to keep it
in a decent condition. It is one thing getting the money
to do it in the first place but continuing the income is crucial
and volunteers are key. We would love anybody who has
the time and physical energy. It is quite a physical
job, to get involved. And take over from us old ones
who are beginning to see the end For anyone interested
in volunteering, there are two open days at the mill this weekend,
a chance to learn something Newcastle back on top
of the Championship, a win for Hartlepool's caretaker
boss, but more misery for our two As if they weren't short of enough
players, Sunderland defender Papy Djilobodji is facing
a four-match ban, having today been charged with violent
conduct for swiping out the referee had a good view, it was
an aggressive shove, I still think he will be banned.
He has already been sent off this season.
Victor Annatjie be has picked up a knee injury. Just back from another
injury. Opening that ligament, that will be
if you weeks. And this one as well.
A direct hit, not happy. Even before kick-off,
the Black Cats were back at the foot of the table
following Swansea's any great
response at the Hawthorns. And there was some pretty awful
defending for both goals. 11 players back here. Any set piece,
you have to look to win the first context.
Third, fourth, back in the net. What about this from the left back,
forcing a throw in. Good pressure, then you need to
react but he is facing the wrong place, ball still in play. West Brom
attacked the space left. A good ball into the box. They are unfortunate,
2-0 after 36 minutes, a mountain to climb.
David Moyes was not impressed. We are doing everything
we can to eradicate it but it is a disease
at the moment. I take responsibility
for that, I pick the That is what we have to tackle
at this moment in time. We have to hope that
our turn for results Well, like Sunderland, Middlesbrough
are in a bit of a rut right now, without a Premier League win
since before Christmas. And the home defeat to West Ham saw
head coach Aitor Karanka criticising fans as they urged the team
to attack more in the later stages. Always dangerous to have a go
at your own supporters, Steve? Newly promoted side, four points
clear of the relegation sign -- so, but the fans are unhappy with their
style of play. Andy Carroll getting a couple of
goals. You can't give him a run and leave him unmarked. Middlesbrough
got themselves back in the game, a good goal.
They have success in wide areas. But not getting on the end of it.
Apparently, we have heard this. And the Northern Echo reporting
chairman Steve Gibson has turned down a ?50 million offer
from a Chinese consortium The money he has put in, I think he
is entitled to more than that, and with his emotional attachment.
Patrick Bamford came on. But the manager wasn't happy after the game.
The last minutes, we weren't in the way that the crowd demanded.
Even last season, there were moments, we didn't score,
we didn't create one chance playing in that style.
Because we must decide to win more games.
A bit of leapfrogging going on in the Championship.
Brighton reclaiming top spot on Friday night,
before Newcastle beat bottom club Rotherham to retake
And, while it turned into a bit of a rout,
the Millers didn't make it easy for the Magpies, particularly
They nearly took the lead here, fortunate with that.
Clark came in and made an incredible save, straight off the training
ground. Darren Murphy is the man of the
moment. Great vision. Very difficult to turn with your back to goal.
After that, Newcastle ran away with it. They have had if you wobble is,
but they are strong enough to get through.
There was in a lot of consistency from the packs to catch them.
Shelvey dictating the plate, finding space. Good run from Ritchie.
A comfortable win. Brighton go back to the top of the championship if
they beat Cardiff. In League Two, caretaker boss
Sam Collins guided Hartlepool to victory over Stevenage,
as new boss Dave Jones Is Jones the right man
for the Pools job, Steve? I worked for Dave Jones at Scott
Port, a good appointment -- at Stockport. He is a good appointment.
Jason Kennedy here. It is not happening for Carlisle.
Two points from four games. Thank youth that can see you again
next week. -- thanking you for that. And Durham have signed South African
batsman Stephen Cook for the first But Ben Stokes was once again
England's hero as they beat India And he laid some demons
to rest in the process. Stokes hit an unbeaten 57 off just
39 balls and took three wickets, including key man Virat Kohli,
in a man of the match performance. A contrast to his nightmare
at Eden Gardens nine months ago, when Carlos Brathwaite hit him
for four successive sixes in the final over,
as the West Indies beat England There was a bit of banter
flying around leading up Yes, it's nice to come back
here and get rid of any of the bad It was another game
of cricket to focus on, In basketball, Newcastle Eagles
have been knocked off Ahead of the home game
with Worcester Wolves, they paraded the BBL Cup they'd won
five days earlier. But in a repeat of last
year's result, Worcester spoiled the party with a shock win
by 112 points to 103, as Leicester Riders pushed
the Eagles into second place. But we'll end with a winner,
because M Sport, run by Malcolm Wilson and based
in Cockermouth, yesterday won the world famous Monte Carlo Rally,
in the snow with Sebastien Ogier A huge achievement
for the Cumbrian team. And M Sport's first
World Rally win since 2012. Fantastic stuff, a bit of snow
there. We've heard the warning for really
severe cold. There is scope for some optimism.
Some optimistic weather pictures. A bit of frost in the Lake District
but sunshine as well the second picture, will leave Spaniel
delighted to see the sun rising. And a bit of optimism in the third
picture, as the snowdrops begin to appear in North Yorkshire.
It will get colder. A cold night tonight but not everywhere will see
a frost. Some cloud drifting in from the North west overnight. The
further south and east, the cold and you will be with dense and freezing
fog patches. Temperatures by the end of the night, subzero in those
colder clearer areas, just above freezing further north and west
where the breeze picks up as well. Tomorrow morning, that early frost
and fog will slowly lift and clear to be replaced by these cloudy
skies. Not as much blue sky as today, the classic enough in the
north and west Apache and light rain. Further east, the drier it
will stay. A range of textures after a frosty start. Only tomorrow
afternoon -- a range of temperatures. Eight Celsius in
Carlisle. The winds, a noticeable southerly breeze tomorrow. The winds
will be a feature of the weather. You can see the lines tightening up,
fairly windy conditions through the middle part of the week. Thursday,
we picked up a South easterly from the continent bringing in some
really cold air, bitterly cold. By the end of the week, the winds
swinging background to a south-westerly. -- Swinging back
around. Wednesday, temperatures up to eight Celsius but cooler in the
breeze. Thursday, temperatures much cooler in the east.
Wrap up warm. I was just checking, those pictures of that rally, it was
Monte Carlo in the snow! It is topsy-turvy.
Join us again just after the Ten O'Clock News.
To break someone physically... Agh! ..is not a problem.