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  1. Updates from the North East on Fri 14 Nov
  2. Wonga pulls logo from children's NUFC kits
  3. Chip shop 'sold legal highs to children'
  4. Service for three fishermen who drowned
  5. Public get involved in rape scrutiny panel
  6. Children in Need on BBC One at 19:30

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By Robert Cooper and Julie Cush

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That's all from BBC Local Live for today. We will return from 08:00 on Monday.

BBC presenter Sharuna Sagar to feature in play

BBC Look North's Sharuna Sagar is set to play a cameo role in this year's Christmas play at the Northern Stage theatre in Newcastle.

Sharuna Sagar

Get Santa is a tale of a girl's revenge against Father Christmas for getting her rubbish presents in years past. After she kidnaps Santa's hopeless son, a chain of magical events is unleashed, which results in an endless Christmas.

Haul of illegal goods seized

Police have seized about £10,000 worth of illegal goods from a property in Redhouse, Sunderland.

Counterfeit haul
Northumbria Police

Officers said the haul included cigarettes, rolling tobacco, counterfeit clothing and jewellery.

Insp Anthony Carty said: "This is a significant recovery of goods and sends a clear message to criminals that their activities will not be tolerated."

Ear bite love rival jailed

Sunderland Echo


An attacker who bit off part of a love rival's ear as he slept in his girlfriend's bed

has been jailed for six years.

Elderly swindled out of cash by fake officer

A bogus police officer has been conning elderly people out of cash in Durham city.

Two victims were phoned by a man claiming to be from the police investigating fraud and fooled them into giving details of their bank accounts.

Durham Police said: "The man was able to convince them to move money from their bank accounts into other accounts, under the premise that the victims' accounts were unsafe and being targeted.

The cash was then siphoned off electronically, leaving the victims thousands of pounds out of pocket."

Pillows at the ready

Lisa McCormick

BBC Tees

And here's where Look North presenter Colin Briggs and BBC Tees presenter Ali Brownlee will be having a pillow fight in Stockton for

Children in Need.

Pillow fight area

Rudolph and co in Stockton

Lisa McCormick

BBC Tees

Everyone is getting ready for

Children in Need in Stockton today. Here's the unicycling reindeers we were talking about earlier on
BBC Tees:

unicycling reindeers

Fog warning for North East

The Met Office

has issued a yellow fog warning for parts of the North East between 18:00 and midday tomorrow.

County Durham, Wearside and Teesside are affected. The forecasters say visibilities below 100m (300ft) are likely in the denser areas of fog.

The Heed live tomorrow

Matthew Raisbeck

BBC Newcastle

We've got commentary of Chester v Gateshead on

BBC Newcastle tomorrow from 15:00.

We'll also have interviews with Danny Wright, Matty Pattison and Gary Mills from 14:00 in our build up to kick-off.

Grandmother's death sparks road campaign

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

A campaign has been launched to improve safety on a Middlesbrough road after a grandmother died after being hit by a car.

Linda Warren

See my report on

BBC Look North at 18:30.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A scrutiny panel has been set up in County Durham to examine how rape cases are handled by police.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.

Boro striker off on loan

York City have signed Middlesbrough midfielder Bradley Halliday on a one-month loan deal.

The 19-year-old, who is yet to make his competitive debut for the Championship side, is Russ Wilcox's fourth signing since taking over last month.

Takeaway shut over 'legal highs' concerns

A Newcastle takeaway can no longer open at night after raids found "legal highs" stashed at the shop.

Northumbria Police said it had been investigating the Happy Chippy in Waterloo Street, Newcastle, for a number of years and was "delighted" its night-time licence had been revoked by the city council.

Happy Chippy

In 2011 a woman ended up in hospital critically ill after taking a tablet she bought from the takeaway. Recently the force sent children to the takeaway where were able to buy bottles of a legal high called Dove.

A force spokesman said: "The tablet came wrapped in a paper towel with no health warnings, instructions or information about what they were or what they contained."

Council staff back Children in Need

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Hartlepool Council: If you are watching #ChildrenInNeed tonight, here are some pics of #Hartlepool Council staff supporting the event.

Hartlepool Council staff back CiN
Hartlepool Council

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

BreakingWonga logo scrapped from kids' kits

Simon Gompertz

Personal finance correspondent, BBC News

Wonga has announced that it has agreed with Newcastle United to remove its logo from children's kit and training wear.


Wonga said the change or the 2016-17 season follows new chairman, Andy Haste's, commitment to review all the company's marketing to ensure that none of it could inadvertently appeal to the very young or vulnerable.

Wonga has already ended its puppets advertising campaign in the UK. Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley said: "We understand and respect Wonga's position and are happy to support their decision."

Zip wire reporter firmly back on ground

BBC Tees reporter Andy Bell is safely back on the ground after being the first daredevil to zip wire down Stockton High Street for Children in Need.

Andy Bell

Andy said: "I was full of bravado standing safely on the ground but as the crane climbed higher and higher I started to wish I'd signed up for the onesie party instead!

"The ride down was brilliant though."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

Zipping reporter reaches 35mph

Andy Bell

BBC Tees

As part of this year's Children In Need appeal, members of the public have been donating £5 to have a go on a zip wire above Stockton High Street.

Andy Bell

Hoisted 28m (84ft) above the town centre in a crane,

I was the first to fly down the wire, reaching speeds of 35mph.

Pillow fight in Stockton

Ali Brownlee

BBC Tees

I'll be at The Pillow Fight Arena on Stockton High Street on this evening and I'll be taking on Look North's Colin Briggs in a presenters' "grudge match" - may the best man win.

Ali Brownlee, Pudsey and Colin Briggs

What are you up to?

Let me know and hopefully we can give you a mention.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

School sings for Children in Need

Kingsley Primary School in Hartlepool has been raising money for

Children in Need by singing
We Are the World - which was originally written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.

The video has had nearly 5,000 views.

Like it? You can donate here.

Children singing in Hartlepool

Warning to leave plenty of time

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Newcastle Airport: The weather is causing traffic problems on roads around the region, so leave more time if you're travelling to the airport this afternoon.

Wild weather around the Farne Islands

Farne Islands head ranger David Steel said there is a storm raging around them today. This photo is of Staple Island.

storm at Staple Island
David Steel

He said: "It is such a grim day on the Farnes today. The sea is mountainous and we enter our fourth day of being cut off."

Because of the high seas there are no landings at the jetty.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

Shearer doubts Rooney's 'greatness'

BBC Sport

Today we are asking if Wayne Rooney is an England great, ahead of him winning his 100th cap.

Former England and Newcastle striker Alan Shearer says: "I think the word 'great' is used maybe too many times nowadays but you can't argue with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who are great.

"I wouldn't put Wayne in that bracket - very good, yes. But if you are using those two as great players I don't think he's at that level."

Saddle-sore but he did it!

Jonathan Miles

BBC Newcastle

I've done it! I've just pedalled my way through me two-hour show and am feeling sore.

Jonathan Miles cycles for a bit

It was all for Children in Need and as you can see from the picture - I hardly broke a sweat!

Watch the video here then dig deep and
go to the Children in Need website now.

Hasselbaink no fan of the Rooney Rule

Former Boro striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink,

who was appointed boss of Burton Albion yesterday, says he would not want to be considered for a management role just because of the
Rooney Rule.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

His appointment at the League Two side means he is only the third black and ethnic minority (BME) boss in the Football League.

Under the Rooney Rule in American Football, teams must interview at least one BME candidate for a head coach job. But Hasselbaink said: "I would want to be called because I am the right person."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

'Pregnant' life-size doll trains staff

A life-size "pregnant" doll bought for £25,000 is being used to train staff at South Tyneside Hospital.

Sarah the simulated doll
South Tyneside Hospitals Trust

SimMom, or Sarah as she known to the maternity team, is so lifelike that her blood pressure and heart rate can be controlled and monitored electronically.

She also has bendy limbs which means she can be put in different labour positions.

Sarah - bought with a donation from the hospital's League of Friends - is being used to train midwives how to cope with difficult births including haemorrhaging.

Zipping along for Children in Need

David MacMillan

BBC Tees

This where the Stockton Children in Need zip wire will be... I'm not regretting my decision to bottle it at all.

Stockton zip slide

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

Pedalling Miles a paws for thought

So after being challenged by the lovely Matt Baker to cycle during the show today, I'm on me bike!

Jonathan Miles

I've been going now for 25 minutes and as my mother used to say: "Horses sweat and ladies perspire." Go to the

BBC Newcastle Facebook page, and have a look at me panting my way through, I'm dressed like a lion y'know!

I'm keeping this going for two hours for

Children in Need, if you fancy parting with a few quid.

Fishermen memorial to be held

A memorial service

will be held in Scotland later for three fishermen who died when their boat sank off the coast of Northumberland.

Skipper James Noble was found in the water but died later, after the Ocean Way went down 100 miles east of the Farne Islands on 2 November.

Ocean Way
Davie Tait

Crewmen Junito Antonio Junior and Michael Pulpul, both from the Philippines, have not been found.

News on the hour