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  1. Updates on Mon 17 Nov
  2. More from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Lloyd Watson

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That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday. Mick Vardy sent us this picture of a lady walking her dog through a misty Chipchase Woods in Northumberland.

Woman walking in mist
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A19 delays

BBC Travel reports the A19 in Houghton-le-Spring is closed and there is queuing traffic at Herrington Interchange, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

A diversion is in operation - vehicles are leaving the A19 at the A690 junction and rejoining the A19 after the roundabout. Congestion to the A1231 Wessington Way junction.

Towns are fighting back

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

We keep hearing our High Streets are failing. But many of our towns and cities are fighting back against the threat of the Internet and the legacy of the recession. At least, that seems to be the case in Stockton.

Stockton High Street

The Teesside town is spending £40m on redevelopment and so far this year 40 new businesses have opened, expanded or relocated there. Part of the scheme is to encourage budding entrepreneurs to fill up empty shops in a new enterprise zone. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Clear spells for many

Hannah Bayman

BBC Weather presenter

Showers will become fewer and further between overnight, with clear spells developing for many, although the North Pennines will retain some hill fog. The fresh easterly wind around Sunderland wind will ease overnight.

Weather forecast

Minimum Temperature: 7C (45F).

Check the forecast near you.

England call up Brookes for Samoa Test

Newcastle Falcons' Kieran Brookes has been called into a 28-man England squad for Saturday's autumn Test against Samoa at Twickenham.

Kieran Brookes
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Brookes has been added to the squad along with Luther Burrell, James Haskell, Calum Clark, Richard Wigglesworth and Billy Twelvetrees.

Ending a life of crime

Russell Ward

BBC Newcastle

One of County Durham's most prolific burglars has told how meeting one of his victims ended his life of crime.

David Clarke, who's now 32 had offended from the age of 14. He told me that it all stopped when he met his last burglary victim - a middle-aged-woman. Hear more on him on

BBC Newcastle at 17:20.

Could Newcastle be among first to have a female bishop?

Caroline Wyatt

Religious affairs correspondent, BBC News

The Church of England is about to break with centuries of tradition when its general synod amends church law to allow the appointment of female bishops.

Revd Dr Miranda Threlfall-Holmes
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The first female bishop is expected to be installed in the new year.

The first four dioceses that could choose women as a senior bishop are Southwell & Nottingham, Oxford, Gloucester and Newcastle, although five other, more junior posts of suffragan bishop could be filled even sooner.

More traffic disruption

There are delays again this evening on roads in Gateshead and Newcastle following this morning's disruption caused by temporary traffic lights on the Gateshead approach to the Tyne Bridge.

BBC Travel reports there is queuing traffic on the A167 Tyne Bridge southbound in Gateshead at the Bottle Bank junction in the roadworks area. Congestion on the A167(M) to the A186, Swanhouse Roundabout and on the A184 Park Lane to the Albany Road junction.

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The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

SAFC fined £20,000

Sunderland have admitted a Football Association misconduct charge and accepted a £20,000 fine for failing to control their players during the

1-1 Premier League draw at home to Everton on 9 November.

Gus Poyet's side surrounded referee Lee Mason after he awarded a penalty to the away side following a challenge by Connor Wickham on Seamus Coleman.

Sunderland v Everton
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Leighton Baines scored from the resulting kick to make it 1-1 with 15 minutes remaining.

Three arrests after boy shot

Three 14-year-old boys from the Chester-le-Street area have been arrested after 11-year-old Connor Minto was shot in the head with an air rifle.


warning about the dangers of air weapons in public places has been issued by Durham Police after what the force called a "serious incident".

After attending hospital and having the pellet removed, Connor returned home and is recovering. All three boys have been bailed.

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Boy shot with air pellet

An 11-year-old boy has been shot in the head with an air rifle while he was waiting on the side lines of a football match in Chester-le-Street.

Connor Minto was a substitute in an under 12s game between Chester-le-Street Town and Coxhoe being played at the Hermitage Academy on Saturday at around midday when he was injured.

Connor Minto's head
Durham Constabulary

Det Con Andy Froggatt said: "Connor felt what he thought was a stone hit his head. He ran to his dad because he could feel blood and his dad could see that a .22 pellet was lodged in Connor's forehead just above his left eye."

He was taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary to have the pellet removed.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

New homes for Middlesbrough?

Andrea Macmillan

BBC Tees

Planners have given the green light for almost 7,000 new homes to be built in Middlesbrough.

It's hoped the Middlesbrough Housing Local Plan will help reverse the number of people leaving the town.

The homes could potentially generate £10m a year in council tax and about £65m in New Homes Bonus. The details will go before a full council meeting later in the month.

Beamish third in national treasure poll

Beamish, in County Durham, has come third in a poll of favourite places in England funded by the National Lottery.

A tram at Beamish, Living Museum of the North

The open air museum came behind The National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, and Cornwall's Eden Project.

More than 66,000 people chose from 12 venues and landmarks in the survey which marks the 20th anniversary of the first lottery draw on 19 November.

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The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

A68 in Barrasford closed

The A68 in Barrasford, Northumberland, is closed and there's very slow traffic in both directions between the A6079 junction and the Swinburne Quarry junction because of an accident. More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

Accused has 'never been unfaithful'

A teaching assistant accused of having sex with a pupil has told a jury she had never been unfaithful to her husband

Helen Louise Turnbull (pictured right), 35, admits kissing the 16-year-old boy during a brief affair as her marriage crumbled, and told a jury she enjoyed the attention she got from the flirtatious and sexualised messages they sent each other.

Helen Louise Turnbull

But the mother-of-two told Teesside Crown Court: "I have never had sex with (the teenager, who cannot be identified). (He) has never had sex in the back of my car."

She admits one count of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust - relating to the kissing - but denies three further counts.

Warrington match winner set to miss Gateshead match

Warrington Town's FA Cup first-round match winner Craig Robinson is set to miss out on their second-round tie at Gateshead next month because of suspension,

BBC Sportsday reports.

The 32-year-old defender was sent off during the 3-0 Evo-Stik Northern Premier League defeat away at Kendal on Saturday for swearing at a match official.

It is understood he intends to appeal against his dismissal.

Twitter troll warned students about abuse

Twitter troll Isabella Sorley has been speaking to pupils at Hartlepool's Dyke House School about the dangers of getting caught up in online abuse.

Isabella Sorley

The 24-year-old from Newcastle was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison in January for sending abusive messages on Twitter to feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez.

She said: "I will always be labelled a troll. However, I had never done anything like this before and I will never do it again. My aim is hopefully that something good can come out of what happened to me."

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The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

Pools lacked passing care - Murray

Hartlepool United manager Paul Murray says his side lacked care with the ball in Saturday's 1-0 League Two defeat by Southend United.

Hartlepool manager Paul Murray

Pools were undone by a second-half goal by David Worrall at Roots Hall, a result that leaves them bottom of the Football League on goal difference.

"The spirit, effort and work rate was there," Murray told BBC Tees. "I want more on the ball, we needed to stand up and be counted. We gave it away cheaply eight or nine times."

Magic Weekend 2015 fixtures confirmed

Super League Grand Finalists Wigan will play Challenge Cup winners Leeds on the opening day of Magic Weekend 2015.

St James' Park

Newcastle's St James' Park will host three games per day across the weekend of 30-31 May.

Magic Weekend will be held in Newcastle for the first time as Manchester City's Etihad Stadium undergoes expansion.

Student faces extradition

Mark Denten

Political Correspondent, BBC North East & Cumbria

A North East student who said she was raped on a college trip to Italy now faces extradition on false allegation charges.

Serena Bowes, who's a student at Newcastle College, says she was raped at a nightclub in Florence. But she now faces charges in the Italian courts of falsifying the rape - something she strongly denies. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

News on the hour

Cloudy with sunny spells

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

The rest of the afternoon will be partly cloudy with sunny spells. There could be a few isolated rain showers around, but many areas should escape dry.

Weather forecast

Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F).

Check the forecast near you.

Man suffers life-threatening stab wounds

A man suffered life-threatening injuries when he was stabbed after reports of a fight in South Tyneside.

Northumbria Police said the assault is thought to have happened underneath a pedestrian walkway over Newcastle Road, at Low Simonside, Jarrow at 09:10.

A 33-year-old man was taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary with stab wounds. A second man, aged 31, who was arrested in connection with the incident was also taken to hospital with head injuries.

Released man hit by bus dies

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

A man who was injured after he was hit by a bus in Northumberland after being released from police custody, has died.

The 38-year-old was seriously injured in the incident on Thursday morning at Togston East Farm Cottage, in Hadston. He'd been in hospital and yesterday died from his injuries.

Northumbria Police say he'd been arrested the day before the incident and because of that they've referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Killer jailed for six years

A man who stabbed another man to death on Teesside

has been jailed for six years.

Simon Bennett, 28, (pictured) was found lying in the street in The Greenway, Middlesbrough, on 9 May. He was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.

Simon Bennett
Cleveland Police

Following a trial at Teesside Crown Court, a jury found Craig Conway, of Berwick Hills Avenue, Brambles Farm, guilty of manslaughter. The 30-year-old had denied a charge of murder.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

Deerness Valley Girls 1-0 Jonathan Miles

Jonathan Miles

BBC Newcastle

I've been getting some coaching from Deerness Valley Girls Football Club.

The County Durham club was created due to the demand in girls' football in the area.

Jonathan Miles

I'm not sure I'll be getting a call from England manager Roy Hodgson any time soon -

see how I got on taking two penalties.

Two arrested after boy burned

Two youths have been arrested after a 16-year-old boy was found with a fractured cheekbone, facial injures and burns on his body in North Tyneside,

Northumbria Police says.

The boy was found walking near to the A189 Annitsford roundabout on Saturday morning.

Both boys, aged 17 and 13, are helping officers with their enquiries. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Missing ear man found

Cara Thorpe

BBC Newcastle

A 26-year-old man who lost a piece of his ear in Sunderland has been found and treated in hospital, Northumbria Police says.

The piece of flesh was found on the street in the city centre yesterday morning.

Officers believe it was linked to a fight on Derwent Street at around 05:00 yesterday.

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