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Hello and welcome to Wednesday's Look North.
A 16-year-old boy dies in a car crash following a police chase.
Meanwhile police appeal for witnesses after a 26-year-old
woman is killed in an accident in Cumbria.
Approved - plans for 2000 new homes on Green Belt land
Back on track - a ?23 million repair project on a flood-damaged railway
In football, we'll round up all last night's action.
And we'll meet the Argentinian on the verge of crowning his 17
years in the North East with a trip to Wembley.
First tonight, a 16-year-old boy has been killed in a car
crash following a police chase in Middlesbrough.
The boy, named locally as Brandon Morris,
was a passenger in the car, which was being followed
by the police close to Albert Park last night.
Four people have been arrested on suspicion of causing death
by dangerous driving and the case has been referred
to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Stuart Whincup is live at the scene of the crash now for us.
Brandon's friends and family have been coming all day to place cards,
flowers and letters along the wall. It goes back around 20 yards. People
we have been speaking to understandably say they are in
complete shock and all describe a popular young boy who was always
smiling. A fantastic friend
who was always happy. That's how 16-year-old
Brandon Morris has been described. Someone who the tributes
say was greatly loved He died after the car he was
travelling in crashed during a police chase on this
road in Middlesbrough. He was one of the happiest
lads I've ever known. He was respectful,
he was sound, he was one of my best mates
and I could trust him with anything and he'd always have my back
no matter what. Now I still don't
believe that he's gone. Brandon had been to passenger
in a Ford Focus car that was being The lights and sirens were on and
the car was only followed a short distance when it got to this point.
The Ford Focus veered to the junction and crashed with another
vehicle. Brandon suffered serious injuries and was taken to a local
hospital where he died a short time later. He was a top lad, a good kid,
he was loved on the estate and he was always happy, every time I saw
him he was dead jolly and stuff. He made everybody laugh. Respectful,
sound, always had everybody's back. It's a shock that he's gone. Police
say three people were taken to Middlesbrough's James Cook Hospital
after the crash. They and 29-year-old man have now all been on
suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. I go find me page
has been set up to raise money for the family and help with fuel costs.
-- Go Fund Me page. Because the youngster was killed
following a police case, the event has been referred to the Independent
Police Complaints Commission. Meanwile a young woman has died
after her car was involved in an accident with a digger
being towed on a trailer in Cumbria. It happened near
the village of Shap on the A6. The police are appealing
for anyone who may have seen Mark McAlindon has sent us this
report from the scene. The A6 remains an important
route linking Penrith Police were called to a two-vehicle
road traffic collision. A van and a trailer
travelling north on the A6 were in a collision with a car
that was travelling south. Unfortunately a member of the public
has lost their life at the scene. It is still the very early stages
of this investigation. Collision investigators
are on the scene at the moment, It's still too early
to say what has happened. Later the police confirmed
that the dead driver was a 26-year-old woman
from the Penrith area. The need to know exactly
what happened here was more important than rushing
to reopen the road. It's now afternoon and the police
are still hoping to get this road The fact that it's been closed
since about half past eight this morning illustrates the difficulties
involved with these Recovery vehicles have now moved
some of the vans that were here before but the motorist's
car is still being worked We do need time for a road
traffic collision. We have one chance at the scene
here to gather all the evidence, which is why we bring the collision
investigation unit in and we close the road to preserve
the evidence at the scene, but also for the safety of
the personnel working at the scene, We only get this one chance
and we do keep the road closed for quite a long time but we ask,
due to the tragic circumstances, that the public bear with us
and allow us to do our job. Anybody who saw a Citroen car and
a trailer pulled by a Mercedes van in the area this morning is asked
to contact the police. It's thought a cannabis farm
was inside a terraced house in Sunderland
which was destroyed by fire. It broke out in Cooper
Street in the Roker area It's thought no-one
was in the property at the time. Two men who raised the alarm
are being praised for their actions by fire crews who attended
the scene. Plans for more than 2000
new homes on Green Belt land in Northumberland have been approved
by councillors in Morpeth. One of the proposals,
for a so-called Garden Village on the edge of Ponteland,
has been especially The landowner, Lugano
Property Group, says it'll be a forward-thinking,
modern project attracting But protestors say it's too big,
and will affect the whole Gerry Jackson is live
at County Hall in Morpeth tonight. This has caused a storm. New housing
and where it goes is one of the biggest issues facing us. Add green
belt land and the debate becomes that much more animated and that is
what has happened at Ponteland, where this plant for a Garden
village of 2000 homes was approved today. Also approved, a plan around
the village for 400 other homes. Both were given provisional planning
permission today and a lot of people are not happy.
It was the foresight of our forefathers that gave us the brain
belt. To stop the unchecked urban sprawl, they said. But what if the
betterment looked like this? Lugano Property Group bought the land some
ten years ago on the green belt and now it wants to build something like
this, he mixed and it says Imogen at a development where quarter of the
houses would be classed as affordable.
It is a seductive vision but many current residence will not be
swayed. They are looking to increase the population by nearly double. We
will be completely surrounded by other people. And you don't like
that? Absolutely not. The development says there is Pete and
demand for housing like this by young families and commuters into
Tyneside. -- patented demand. For its location and the impact it would
have on this village where we live, it is too dramatic and not in any
scale. But at a time where we keep being told there has never been a
greater need for more housing there is a wider question here. How
sacrosanct should our green belt the? It should be completely
sacrosanct as long as there isn't a very good reason. There is no need
to build on any of the Sistine green belt because we have enough space is
already that are Brownfield sites to satisfy the need we have in our
region. Despite the presence of many objectors at County Hall the scheme
was given outline approval by councillors today. It will have its
own school, shops, leisure facilities. This scheme has the
opportunity to be all real economic driver for the North East. Part of
the reason this has been so controversial is that around
Ponteland there is the application for 400 more homes and another
application for a new leisure and sports complex and two new schools,
or on green belt land, also given outline planning approval today. The
word outline is important is it could be amended or even overturned
at a later date, including perhaps at a public enquiry. But today the
chairman of the planning committee said it is important to all of my --
all of us to remember that all of our homes were on a greenfield once.
Under what circumstances do you delete green belt from the map? It
is a debate that will continue here. Health bosses on Teesside say
they'll continue to hire staff from the European Union,
even as Britain begins The South Tees NHS Foundation Trust
says it currently needs to fill Over the past two years it's
recruited 34 nurses from overseas, and most of those have come
from EU countries. Is it all right if I check
your blood pressure? Roxanne Signea has always dreamed
of working for the NHS. 18 months ago this staff nurse
swapped Romania for Middlesbrough. I really enjoy Middlesbrough,
it's a really nice area to live because it's really quiet,
so this is what I'm looking for. Even I've been in London and I've
visited quite a lot of England There is a chronic lack
of nurses in the NHS. Many Trusts are using videos
like this one to try Overseas staff are helping
to ease the problem. For hospitals like this one,
recruiting nurses from overseas, especially from the European Union,
is absolutely crucial. There are more than 100 posts
available here that can't be filled As Britain begins to negotiate
its way out of the European Union, what role will that play
in the nurses that it can I honestly think it's too early
to tell but we will need to keep considering overseas
recruitment for the short We're always on recruitment
initiatives, looking at different ways to access nurse training,
so it is too early to tell. Liviu is one of 34 overseas nurses
employed by South Tees He hopes Brexit
won't affect his job. I hope to be the same
after the Brexit, to have the same rights and that it will not
affect our rights. Roxanna is more relaxed
about the issue. This is not going to affect me
because they already told me that my position is not
going to be affected. So if for the English people it's
better to be out of the Brexit, It's taken 13 months,
cost ?23 million and needed But finally work to fully
reopen the Settle-Carlisle The line at Armathwaite -
between Carlisle and Penrith - was badly damaged in 2015
after flooding caused The line will officially reopen
at the end of this month with a visit from the Flying
Scotsman. The track is back in place
and soon trains will be too. This is the final push
in a year-long effort to reinstate services on this Victorian line
after it was overcome by a landslip. We just hadn't seen a slip of that
extent and it was moving hour Obviously we were concerned of how
much movement was happening. The site at Eden Brows is difficult
to get to, it's next to a Site of Scientific Interest and before
work could even begin thousands of tonnes
of debris had to be removed. That was one of our first
challenges, really, how to get here. We've put in over a mile
of access roads to get here. The challenging side of it is just
the scale of it, really. We've had a massive
piling operation. It's stuff that we do
as a contractor every day but it's The train line sits 70 metres
above the River Eden. To keep it in position
a retaining wall's been built and the new track has been laid
on a more solid foundation. This is where the half
a million tonne landslide To stop that happening again
the track is now built on a 6000-tonne concrete slab,
and to keep that slab in place are 226 steel pins drilled right
into the sandstone bedrock. The project team are confident
the design here will survive any The improvements here should
last at least 120 years. But for now the focus is on the next
two weeks and the eventual It feels fantastic. I don't know how
it will feel on the day. We have been through 13 years of hard work,
it has been so challenging, and we are almost there.
Before the official opening by the Flying Scotsman
at the end of this month, test journeys will be taken to make
sure drivers are familiar with the new track here -
a crucial update to a much-loved Cumbrian rail route.
Unemployment in the North East rose in the three month s to January.
Unemployment in the North East rose in the three months to January.
The total was up by 4000 to 88,000 - that's 6.8% of the workforce.
In Cumbria nearly 5000 people claimed jobseekers'
allowance in February - a rise of more than 700 on January.
And North Yorkshire also saw a rise, with just over 5000 people claiming
jobseekers' allowance - around 500 more than
However, one sector is providing some good employment news.
The craft brewery industry - made up of small independents - is thriving.
Our business correspondent, Ian Reeve, reports.
His small Teesside brewery, a craft brewery in the jargon,
is in a sector that has seen phenomenal growth.
There's definitely a new kind of desire for different beers,
different flavours, alternatives to what was previously
before, and just kind of a going against the mould.
We get some opening up in old schools, in old windmills,
and it's just kind of ads that character and that story and just
adds more to the beer, because it came from a local brewery
The business is just seven months old but has helped new craft brewery
Last year saw 520 new craft breweries open in the UK,
Ten new breweries are currently opening each week.
There are already about 50 small brewers in the North East alone.
And the breweries are slowly adding to the employment tally.
In spite of today's rise in unemployment in the North East,
these small ventures are creating jobs.
Michael has been taken on here as a full-time salesman,
part of a workforce that could hit double figures.
The brewery is growing gradually and hopefully within the next couple
of years we will be...what we've currently got downstairs will be
maxed out at 100% and we can look at expanding into more brews per week.
Small brewers like this are also increasingly drivers of wealth,
as bigger brewers eye them up as acquisition targets.
The small Camden Town Brewery in London was snapped up by ABInbev
What the big players want is the near 9% share
of the country's beer sales that craft brewers take.
So, jobs, big numbers, sales, a sector that is not just froth.
Cultural events in County Durham have brought in an estimat ed
Cultural events in County Durham have brought in an estimated
A report to Durham County Council has recommended the authority
continues to support and invest in internationally acclaimed events
like Lumiere and Kynren, as well as community-based arts projects.
And also today, Durham Cathedral was named National
Heritage Site of the Year by Countryfile Magazine readers.
Ingredients that have made Durham an international destination
for cultural activities, bringing visitors and their cash
as well as a strong sense of community.
I think one of the clear demonstrations is how willing
Almost 10% of the population of Durham are now volunteering
in some capacity, and one of the ways to do it is to be
involved with Kynren, the Brass Festival.
If you walk around you see the people now in the T-shirts that
give you helpful advice and support, get you to the right
events at the right time, and I think it's a fabulous way
for people who maybe aren't as artistic, and I'm certainly not,
but it's a great way to be part of what's going on.
Today Durham County Council compared its investment
in entertainment to how much money was made as a result.
The county's top-performing cultural event
in 2015 was Lumiere, which was held here, in Durham.
Now, the council says in that year it invested almost ?1 million
on its four most lucrative festivals, but the boost
to the economy was almost 12 times that, at an estimated ?11.7 million.
In Spennymoor today most people thought the investment was worth it.
I think it would be very boring if they didn't.
I think it would be a case of, that would just add to the doom
and gloom, and I think it's nice to have a bit of escapism.
I think it brings lots more people to the town and the area.
They should try and improve the street and the shopping area
rather than spend it on events that people just don't go to round here.
Yes, it is worth spending some money.
Thankfully I'm not a county councillor and I don't have
The council says it plans to keep on with its ambitious
Some great North East cultural news I'm sure in sport as well!
Not a bad set of results last night - in League Two Carlisle
managed to stop the rot, while Hartlepool won their first
A draw for Gateshead keeps them in the National League play-off
zone, and it's advantage York City after the first leg
Lincoln City have been famous for their cup exploits this season,
reaching the quarterfinals of the FA Cup before being knocked out
by Arsenal, and it was the Imps who took the lead at
Bootham Crescent through a Lee Angol penalty.
But after the break Vadaine Oliver equalised
for the Minstermen with a header into the bottom corner.
Lincoln piled on the pressure but York gave as good as they got
and were rewarded in the 69th minute - Aidan Connolly with
the all-important deflection to give Gary Mills' side the advantage
going into Saturday's second leg at Sincil Bank.
In the National League, Gateshead's six-match winning run
came to an end at Macclesfield but they remain in
Defender Manny Smith broke the dealdlock for Gateshead
in the 75th minute after former Pools keeper Scott Flinders
had initially saved Paddy McLaughlin's effort.
But John McCombe's header rescued a point for the home side.
In League Two, Carlisle ended a run of four straight defeats
in a goalless draw with Luton, the game held up for ten minutes
when Luton defender Dan Potts suffered a head injury.
And Hartlepool moved nine points clear of the relegation zone
after winning away from home for the first time
since early October - Michael Woods scoring the only goal
of the game at Cambridge, who went down to ten men
when Max Clark was sent off for a late tackle
So Gateshead could be on their way to Wembley,
York are almost there - and so, too, are South Shields.
On Saturday they'll defend a 2-1 lead from the first leg
of their FA Vase semifinal with Coleshill Town,
And if they reach the national stadium, it'll be a great
way to crown the career of an Argentinian who's made
the North East his home for the past 17 years.
Twice in the space of six weeks, he was on the brink
But twice Mick McCarthy's Black Cats fell at the last hurdle -
to Crystal Palace in the Championship play-offs,
and to Millwall in an FA Cup semifinal at Old Trafford.
For South Shields' former Sunderland AND Middlesbrough star, Julio Arca,
It will be good to get there but it would be good to win. To get there
and lose the final would be really disappointing but we have to go
step-by-step. I always say the first step is to win on Saturday and if
that happens we concentrate on whatever comes after.
South Shields go into Saturday's game looking for the 24th win in a
row but if they end with a draw their fans won't be too bothered
because all that have to do to make Wednesday is a void e-fit. We will
not park the bus, will have a packed house here on Saturday and we will
take the game to the opposition. -- to make Wembley is a void defeat.
Arca and co were just eight minutes away from going out
of the competition to the holders, Morpeth, in round four.
But just as Town went 4-2 ahead, the lights went
out at Mariners' Park - and Shields won the
Always in this competition you need a bit of luck and we have had. You
have to make your own luck as well. We are where we are because we have
worked hard. And where they could be soon
is at Wembley Stadium. And good luck to them. Now it's time
for a look at the weather, and spring ties are out, boys.
It has felt springlike the last few days. A bit cooler as we head
towards the weekend. Look at my's weather picture.
You know what they say about red sky at morning. In the next few days we
will notice a bit of a change, more rain at times, the wind picking up a
bit and it will feel a bit colder through the next days and into the
weekend. It is fairly quiet at the minute, try this evening. The cloud
will tend to spill in from the west through the night. A bit of poor
visibility over the high ground. Enough cloud to bring a bit of rain
and drizzle and the parts of Cumbria. Eastern areas should stay
dry through the night. Temperatures not colder than six or 7 degrees.
Tomorrow, mostly dry start for the East. There we will see the best of
the brightness. Some rain further west, some of its spelling eastwards
through the day. Some quite sustained rain through the latter
part of the afternoon am a bit of sleep over the hills, but by
tea-time drier, brighter, fresher weather following on. Highs around
11 degrees, gusty south-westerly wind turning westerly and
north-westerly by the end of the day. We have been talking about the
cooler change towards the end of the week. It is these weather fronts
coming in from the West through Friday and into the weekend. They
will bring spells of rain, not raining all the time but heavy rain
at times. A lot of lines in the charts so gusty winds as well,
tending to come from a Westerly and north-westerly or action so it will
feel a bit colder than it has done the last few days. Friday sees a lot
of cloud, any early brightness fading quickly. Bringing rain to
most places. Temperatures in single figures so noticeably cooler in the
rain on Friday. Into the weekend, Saturday, we will see rain at times,
some dry spells, maybe a bit of brightness from time to time.
Temperatures recover slightly but with the cloud and rain probably not
feeling as warm as 12. Sunday, the numbers are in double figures that
there will be some rain at times and a risk, gusty south-westerly wind.
-- brisk. That is not so great. The newborn
lambs in the fields, they don't like Lorraine, do they?
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