27/01/2017 Look North (North East and Cumbria)


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Teachers at a troubled school in west Cumbria have

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again been out on strike, in protest at the actions of its

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Staff at the Whitehaven Academy say the Trust has led the school

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into special measures and is failing the pupils there.

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But Bright Tribe insists it is improving standards.

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This is the second day of strike action this week

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involving three trade unions, teachers here fulfilling a threat

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first made before Christmas to use industrial action to force changes.

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I think it's a massive decision, particularly for ATL,

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this is the first strike we've ever had locally, we've only had two

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We've had local ones in other areas but this is the first in Cumbria.

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Staff say the Bright Tribe Trust has broken its promises

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to improve the school, has left buildings to decay

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and allowed it to drift into special measures.

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The teachers here don't want to go on strike.

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We recognise that it can be inconvenient for some people,

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but we do need to see progress here, because actually, one day,

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if we see substantial improvement in the school,

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The Bright Tribe Trust told us they didn't have anyone available

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for interview but did provide a statement.

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It said Bright Tribe is fully committed to working with all staff

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and trade unions in order to improve standards and provide a good level

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of education for students at the Whitehaven Academy.

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Some parents too have joined in, trying to increase

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We've collected over 1,000 signatures from the community

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showing support for the teachers and what they're doing,

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the action they have taken, cos a lot of the parents feel very

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strongly about what's been happening the school

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and we want to show our support for the teachers.

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It's created 500 jobs and invested ?35 million in Morpeth.

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But the property company which developed the Sanderson Arcade

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shopping centre could sell up and leave the town.

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It objects to a planned new retail park on the site

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of the old County Hall, claiming it'll take shoppers away

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Our Business Correspondent, Ian Reeve, reports.

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Morpeth's Sanderson Arcade, a shopping centre that is created

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500 jobs since opening in 2006, but its property company

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owner could be on the verge of selling up,

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dismayed by plans for a retail park on the edge of town, and Hannah,

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running a baking business in the arcade, doesn't

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If it does go ahead, it's going to ruin some

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of the hustle and bustle of Morpeth, it's got quite a nice

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reputation as a market town, it would be a shame to see it go.

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The retail park would be here on the current site

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of Northumberland County Council's County Hall after it sells the land.

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A new school would be built as well as 200 homes.

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Joan and Ken have many concerns over the scheme,

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but claim the county council won't discuss them.

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They have refused repeatedly to come and talk to us.

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We have a forum where we're supposed to be talking to the county council

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We have specifically invited them again just before Christmas

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The town has got a fantastic functioning town centre

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and for the last 30 years, up and down the country,

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towns have been really hit hard by out-of-town retailing and we just

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feel that this is a wrong proposal for Morpeth.

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Monday is the last day for people to have their say on the scheme

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and the county council said it can't say anything at the planning

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A spokesman did however add that in the interests of impartiality,

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I should say that Monday is the last day for public

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consultation, rather than the last day for objections.

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In case people want to make supportive comments.

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Well, currently, 1,065 people have objected.

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A Northumbria Police officer has been given a suspended prison

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sentence for offences involving indecent images of children.

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PC Paul Sharp appeared before North Tyneside magistrates

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and admitted two charges of making indecent images of children

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and one of possession of extreme pornography.

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He was sentenced to a total of 36 weeks in jail,

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suspended for 12 months, and ordered to attend

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The 34-year-old from North Tyneside was suspended from duty at the start

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of the investigation and now faces a police misconduct hearing.

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A blue plaque has been unveiled in Sunderland to mark

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It's in honour of two Wearside sisters who helped scores of Jewish

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Ida and Louise Cook used their love of opera to travel to Germany

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and smuggle goods out in the 1930s, raising funds for Jews hoping

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The plaque was unveiled at their childhood home in Croft Avenue.

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Their nephew said his aunts were simply doing the right thing.

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Their motives, and I'm often asked and my cousins are often asked,

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They saw people who they perceived as being in trouble and they did

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That they were Jews didn't enter into it.

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Just two days after the National Television Awards named them Best TV

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Presenters for the 16th year running, Ant and Dec

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were at Buckingham Palace this morning to collect

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For once they appeared separately - with Dec going first -

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to receive their OBEs from the Prince of Wales.

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The Newcastle pair, who met as young actors on the children's

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TV show "Byker Grove", were each given the honour

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for "services to entertainment and broadcasting."

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Time for the weather now with Jennifer Bartram.

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It felt really cold today Jen, please don't say it s going to get

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It will not be getting any worse but it will still be a cold weekend, not

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quite as cold as we have had in the last couple of days. There will be

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some rain overnight tonight, which will be with us first thing tomorrow

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morning, a murky start, wet for some time, but as we head into tomorrow

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afternoon, it will begin to break up and become more drive. We will see

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bright and sunny spells. Tomorrow, at seven Celsius. Less cold than it

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was today. Into Sunday, we begin with a few showers around. Some

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lovely crisp winter sunshine through Sunday morning, and gradually, as we

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head into the afternoon, that clouds roll in from the West and outbreaks

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of rain as well. Temperatures of about 7 degrees again. At the start

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of next week, we continue with a mild trend, and we will see a lot of

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cloud, outbreaks of rain and highs of about 11

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