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  1. Updates from the North East on Tue 18 Nov
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By Catherine Lee

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Close shave - the eleven-year-old shot in the head at a junior football match, why the National Lottery's far more generous to the South than it is to our region and happy birthday to you. And you. One hundred-year-old twins Eric and Herbert celebrate the special occasion.

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Bupa Great North Run sponsorship ends

Nova International, organisers of the Great North Run,

have posted a message on their Facebook page thanking Bupa for their sponsorship of the Great Run Series over the last 22 years.

Great North Run

It said it would be announcing a new partner in due course and said the changes would have no effect on its events.

Mist and low cloud developing overnight

While an isolated shower cannot be ruled out most of the area will stay dry. Mist and low cloud will develop with hill fog becoming extensive over east facing slopes.

weather graphic

Minimum Temperature: 3C (37 F).

Hospital seeks artwork

Local photographs are being sought to brighten up a new emergency care centre on Tyneside.

The £32m facility is under construction at Gateshead's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Emergency care centre
NHS Gateshead

People are being invited to submit photographs of local scenes, and the winning entries will be put on permanent display.

Dance moves to inspire reading

A dance production aims to inspire young children to read.

Sunderland University students have created a show based on three of Roald Dahl's best-known works.

Whizzpopping Stories
Sunderland University

"Whizzpopping Stories" will be performed in The Bridges Shopping Centre on 20 November, and will tour the region's primary schools in January.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Jon and Anne will have a round-up of the day's headlines.
  • BBC Tees: Cleveland Police say they are extremely pleased with the result of their recent gun amnesty.

Leaflets tackle road safety

Thousands of leaflets are to be distributed in schools across Hartlepool in a bid to improve road safety and protect pupils.

Throston Primary School pupils with some of the leaflets
Hartlepool Council

The campaign aims to highlight the congestion caused by parked cars outside almost every school in the town and calls on families to consider walking wherever possible.

Warning over counterfeit vodka

People in Northumberland are being warned after counterfeit vodka was found on sale.

Northumberland County Council's Public Protection Service said bottles of the liquid, which was found to contain industrial alcohol, were found in shops and pubs.

Councillor Dave Ledger, policy board member for public protection said: "They don't know what's in it and are trusting that it is safe to drink. Our message is that people just can't be sure and shouldn't buy it."

'Walking' football

Older people in South Shields have been invited to take part in football games with a difference.

The "slower paced" sessions, involving walking rather than running, are aimed at men and women aged 50 and over.


South Tyneside Council described the sessions, to be held on Thursday afternoons at Temple Park Centre, as "a chance to stay active and meet new people while enjoying the greatest game in the world without all that running around".

Guard tells of Highland show death

A security guard at the Royal Highland Show has been telling a court how he tried to save a young boy after a concrete bollard fell on his head.

Ben Craggs
Lothian and Borders Police

Ben Craggs, three, from Sedgefield, County Durham, died after being hit by a bollard which overturned at the Ingliston showground in June 2008.

The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland has pleaded not guilty to eight charges brought under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Jon and Anne will have a round-up of the day's headlines.
  • BBC Tees: Cleveland Police have had 32 weapons handed in as part of their recent gun amnesty.

Rugby World Cup to bring almost £1bn boost

Next year's Rugby World Cup will add £982m of value to the UK economy,

says a report commissioned by the tournament's organising committee.

Rugby World Cup
Rugby World Cup

The research, by accountancy firm EY, predicts the tournament will attract a total of 466,000 visitors, who will spend as much as £869m.

The 2015 Rugby World Cup will be hosted in 11 cities across England and Wales, including at Newcastle's St James' Park.

College to aid recovery

The first "Recovery College" has been set up in Sunderland.

Run by the

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust it will offer free courses to people who have experienced mental health problems, and to their carers.

The trust said: "The courses are designed to contribute to recovery and wellbeing, supporting people to recognise their own talent and resourcefulness in order to become experts in their own self-management; make informed choices and achieve the things they want to in life."

Teesside gun amnesty

More than 30 firearms were handed in as part of a two-week amnesty,

Cleveland Police has revealed.

The haul included 21 pistols, six air rifles and five shotguns, and about 1500 rounds of ammunition, as well as flares and a nail gun.

Father and son act

A father and son are celebrating a decade in pantomime.

Clive Webb and Danny Adams

Clive Webb and Danny Adams are set to perform their slapstick routines at

Newcastle's Theatre Royal for the tenth year running.

The duo will be starring in Snow White and the Seven, which runs from 25 November to 18 January.

Oh yes they they will .......

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Two arrests after three-vehicle crash.
  • BBC Tees: Cleveland Police amnesty yields 32 firearms.

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£30m schools rebuild

A £30m school rebuilding programme has been announced on North Tyneside.

The government has approved

the council's bid for the cash to replace Marden High School, John Spence High School, Whitehouse Primary School and Longbenton Community College.

Councillor Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning said: "Although these four schools are well cared for, it's fair to say that they are now past their best.

Councillor Ian Grayson
North Tyneside Council

"The rebuilds are necessary to ensure that our education system provides young people with the learning opportunities that will help to equip them with life and work in the 21st Century."

Pardew: Newcastle squad depth a pleasant surprise

Manager Alan Pardew says he did not expect so many of Newcastle United's young players to play such a key role in their recent Premier League revival.

The Magpies have won four successive league games, beating Liverpool and Tottenham, as well as knocking holders Manchester City out of the League Cup.

Ayoze Perez, Mehdi Abeid and Paul Dummett
Getty Images

"Did I expect certain personnel to be around it and to have done so well? No," Pardew told BBC Newcastle.

'Husky' Petch evicted

A man has been evicted from council land, following a two-year fight.

John Petch - known locally as Husky - had been living in the former council depot on The Green, Dormanstown with his collection of machinery, engines and farm vehicles.

John "Husky" Petch

Redcar and Cleveland Council said the building was unsafe and they had given him two years to find an alternative.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: £30m school rebuilding programme for North Tyneside.
  • BBC Tees: Man evicted after two-year battle.

Kissing pupil was "guilty pleasure"

A teaching assistant accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old pupil said that kissing him was "a guilty pleasure", a court has heard.

Helen Louise Turnbull, right, with unidentified woman

Helen Turnbull denies three counts of sex with a child while in a position of trust.

Durham Crown Court heard that the pair sent flirtatious text messages to each other, and Ms Turnbull admitted kissing him during secret meetings in her car, but said it never went any further than that.

The trial continues.

Has the National Lottery been good to the North East?

Phil Chapman

BBC Look North

It is 20 years since The National Lottery launch but has funding been fair to the North East since?

National Lottery glasses

I'll have more on this on Look North at 13:30 and 18:30.

Cloudy with sunny intervals

The afternoon will see fairly large amounts of cloud around, but also a few sunny intervals at times. There could also be a few isolated rain showers, particularly towards eastern areas.

weather graphic

Maximum Temperature: 11 C (52 F)

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A register of every GP surgery in England is now available online.
  • BBC Tees: Durham Police needs to improve the accuracy of its record keeping.

North East GP surgeries fare well in risk ratings

Health watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has ranked almost every GP surgery in England in terms of risk of providing poor care.

GP consulting room

The majority are of low concern, but 11% have been rated in the highest risk band by CQC.

BBC health correspondent Dominic Hughes said that there was a high degree of regional variation in the data, with more than one in four practices in London falling into the two riskiest categories.

The North East had the lowest proportion of practices where the risk was judged to be high, and the highest proportion where risk was low (69%), he added.

Poorer people have fewer teeth

The poorest people in society have eight fewer teeth than the richest by the time they reach their 70s, a study has suggested.

More than 6,000 people were involved in the research by Newcastle University

which showed oral health was substantially worse among the least well off.

Arrests after car hits tree

Two people have been arrested after a three-vehicle collision near Durham.

One of the drivers, a 21-year-old man, suffered serious leg injuries in the crash on the A167 on Monday evening.

Durham Police arrested an 18-year-old man and another, aged 41, both on suspicion of dangerous driving.

Lottery cash to protect youngsters

A South Tyneside charity has been awarded lottery cash to protect young people from

what it says are the dangers of sexualised popular culture.

The Federation of Community Associations in South Tyneside will go into schools and give talks to pupils, with the aim of preventing them from forming abusive relationships.

Bank notes

The Big Lottery Fund said the grant would "help ensure that young people protect themselves".

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Poorer people have fewer teeth in old age, a Newcastle University study suggests.
  • BBC Tees: Recovery centre helps former service personnel.

'Unsafe' bus station to be replaced

Plans for a new bus station in Hexham are set to be agreed by

Northumberland County Council.

Hexham Bus Station

It said the existing one, on Popplegate, had "long been recognised as having health and safety risks", and recommended building a new one on Loosing Hill.

Man hit by bus

A man was injured when he was hit by a bus in Hartlepool town centre.

Cleveland Police said he was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, following the incident on York Road, but is not thought to be seriously hurt.

Renewed appeal over armed robbery

Northumbria Police has renewed an appeal for information following an armed robbery in Ryton on 29 October.

Two men, one carrying what is believed to be a firearm, made off with a cash box from the Co-op.

Six people arrested in connection with the incident have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Stockton hoping for better reaction for this year's Christmas tree

David MacMillan

BBC Tees

Last year Stockton High Street had "the worst Christmas tree in the country."

The white cone-shaped tree attracted widespread scorn.

Stockton Christmas tree

Is this year's effort better?

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Moves to ease temporary traffic light congestion.
  • BBC Tees: Recovery centre helps former service personnel.

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Meeting over suspended hospital plan

A public meeting is to be held in Hartlepool to discuss the future of the town's hospital services.

It follows the decision by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust to "pause" plans to create a new hospital at Wynyard.

"Super hospital" plan

The meeting will take place in Hartlepool Town Hall on 24 November.