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Summary

  1. Updates from the North East on Wed 19 Nov
  2. More updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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Good evening

That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday. John Brookmyre just about captured this double-rainbow in Saltburn earlier today.

Double-rainbow in Saltburn
John Brookmyre

You can send your pictures by

email: northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk or tweet
@BBCNewsNE and we may feature them on BBC Local Live tomorrow.

Listen again

Simon Logan

BBC Newcastle

If you missed my chat with Basil, Sybil and Manuel, you can listen again on iPlayer in the Live Content section and listen from 2:50:00.

Basil, Simon Logan,
BBC

I had fun trying to explain that the "news was coming next", but he was asking me what's new and old?

Mist or fog likely

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

Staying rather cloudy overnight with isolated showers persisting in coastal areas. Some mist or fog patches are likely to develop, with hill fog patches becoming more widespread.

Weather forecast
BBC

Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

Check the forecast near you.

Unlicensed driver caught

The Darlington arm of Durham Police

tweets: Van driver has been driving for 21yrs without a licence & without being stopped! Van seized & driver 2 court! #3586

Emergency service base criticised

The location of a base for four emergency services has been

criticised by residents of a County Durham town.

Barnard Castle Fire Station
Google

The "quad station" would be used by the fire service, police, ambulances and mountain rescue team.

Initial plans were for the £3.7m development to be built on the site of Barnard Castle Fire Station but concerns about traffic problems have been raised with Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service.

Travel headlines

The A696 in Kirkharle, Northumberland, is closed and there's queuing traffic in both directions near the B6342 junction because of an accident. A diversion is in operation.

There's also slow traffic and there's one lane closed on the A1 Western bypass northbound in Seaton Burn at Seaton Burn roundabout because of a two-vehicle accident.

More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

Hello, my deer

Damian O'Neil

BBC Look North

Remember pet day at school, where you took your hamster into the classroom to show your friends?

Frosty the reindeer
BBC

Ten-year-old Alessia Calzini wanted to bring her pet Frosty, into St Godric's Primary School in Durham.

However, the head teacher was slightly concerned, because Frosty is a five-year-old reindeer. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: Middlesbrough Council say they want to drive aggressive beggars who are making up to £200 a day out of the town.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.

Complaint goes to ombudsman

A complaint about a Teesside judge who spared a domestic abuser jail

is being taken to the judiciary's ombudsman.

In September, Judge George Moorhouse gave Anthony Bruce a 12-month suspended sentence for an attack on his wife by biting and using a knife.

Three North East police and crime commissioners (PCCs) have written to the Judicial Appointments and Conduct Ombudsman to complain.

The BBC has contacted Judge Moorhouse but has not yet received a comment.

Fletcher will be fit

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher will be fit for Saturday's match against Leicester despite returning early from international duty, manager Gus Poyet says.

Steven Fletcher
Getty Images

The 27-year-old Scotland international returned to Wearside after undergoing a scan on the ankle he damaged in Friday night's 1-0 Euro 2016 victory over the Republic of Ireland.

Alcohol thefts: CCTV released

Police investigating three thefts of alcohol in Wallsend, Newcastle, have released CCTV images of a man they need to speak to who may be able to help with inquiries.

Man in a shop
Northumbria Police

Two took place on High Street West and the other theft took place on Station Road.

The offences took place between 26 September and 20 October. Anyone who recognises the man is asked to call police on 101.

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News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: Middlesbrough Council say they want to drive aggressive beggars who are making up to £200 a day out of the town.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.

Brown to go part-time

Matthew Raisbeck

BBC Newcastle

Gateshead FC manager Gary Mills says he expects James Brown to now play part-time and says he's thinking about becoming a driving instructor.

Nutty squirrel

Michael Connor took this photo in Felling, Gateshead.

Grey Squirrel eating a nut
Michael Connor

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email: northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk or tweet
@BBCNewsNE.

Faulty guests

Simon Logan

BBC Newcastle

If you fancy a meal with a difference get yourself down to the Theatre Royal in Newcastle this week - for the Faulty Towers Dining Experience.

Basil, Sybil and Manuel
BBC

I was joined in the studio by Basil and Sybil and Manuel.

It wasn't long before Manuel made me jump! You can hear more by clicking on the Live Coverage tab.

Man charged after attack

A 32-year-old man has been charged with wounding and possessing a blade after a man was struck in the side of the neck while his back was turned,

Northumbria Police says.

He will appear before magistrates later.

A man approached a passenger in a vehicle parked in the Tesco Express petrol station forecourt in Silksworth Lane and asked him for a light at 17:45 on Monday and was stabbed when he turned to speak to people in the car.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: There was a drop in the number of new cases of HIV in the North East last year.
  • BBC Tees: Bosses at Middlesbrough's James Cook Hospital admit resources were stretched at the weekend when 800 people turned up for treatment at the A&E department.

Resurfacing planned for A1

Resurfacing works on the A1 have been planned to take place northbound and southbound between Earsdon and Burgham in Northumberland.

The work will take place overnight between 20:00 and 06:00 between 24 November and 20 December.

The southbound carriageway between Hitchcroft junction and Felton North junction will be closed during the day and night, with drivers in contraflow on the northbound carriageway.

'More trusted' on horseback

Helen Richardson

BBC Newcastle News Editor

Northumbria Police is only one of 12 forces to still have a mounted police section.

A new report reveals the number of police horses has been cut by a quarter since 2012.

The study - commissioned by the Association of Chief Police Officers - says Northumbria should keep hold of its section and it suggests people trust police officers more if they're on horseback.

New HIV cases fall in NE

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

There was a drop in the number of new cases of HIV in the North East last year.

The latest statistics show 90 new diagnoses were made, compared to 147 in 2012.

Public Health England says more than 1,500 people were being treated for the condition in the North East in 2013. That's about 50 more than the year before.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: There was a drop in the number of new cases of HIV in the North East last year.
  • BBC Tees: Bosses at Middlesbrough's James Cook Hospital admit resources were stretched at the weekend when 800 people turned up for treatment at the A&E department.

'Fake vodka' tested

Hundreds of bottles of counterfeit alcohol have been found across the North East.

Durham County Council is testing some fake vodka - discovered after raids on two properties in Consett - to see if it's harmful.

Trading Standards says tests carried out on similar counterfeit drinks across the country found some contained industrial solvents.

On the lunchtime Look North

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

They're known criminals making up to £200 a day from begging on the street. That's the claim from Middlesbrough Council after it promised to drive them out of the town.

Street wardens in Middlesbrough
BBC

It's now issued court orders and Asbos in attempt to clear the streets. But one charity has accused the council of picking on the vulnerable. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A man's been charged after another man was stabbed on South Tyneside.
  • BBC Tees: Bosses at Middlesbrough's James Cook Hospital admit resources were stretched at the weekend when 800 people turned up for treatment at the A&E department.

Cloudy with showers

It will be rather cloudy at times this afternoon with a scattering of showers, these mainly along the coast. However, a few bright or sunny intervals will develop further inland.

Weather forecast
BBC

Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

Check the forecast near you.

Serious accident on A69

The A69 bypass in Haltwhistle is partially blocked in both directions at the Plenmeller Road junction because of a serious accident involving a lorry and multiple cars.

Map of Northumberland
BBC

More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A man's been charged after another man was stabbed on South Tyneside.
  • BBC Tees: Bosses at Middlesbrough's James Cook Hospital admit resources were stretched at the weekend - when 800 people turned up for treatment at the A&E department.

Two arrests after girl assaulted

A 14-year-old girl's been treated in hospital after being

assaulted by a group of girls in a park in Northumberland.

It happened at on Monday evening in Astley Park in Seaton Delaval - the teenager was taken to hospital with a bruised face.

A 14-year-old and 16-year-old were arrested on suspicion of assault.

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Heavy traffic on bypass

There's very slow traffic and heavier than usual traffic on Felling Bypass westbound in Felling between the Old Fold Road junction and the A167 junction.

More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: It's claimed more than 1,000 North East families are at risk of losing their home between now and Christmas.
  • BBC Tees: The leader of Darlington Borough Council has defended a decision to award the chief executive a higher salary than the Prime Minister.

Whitley Bay victorious

News Guardian

Newspaper

Whitley Bay overcame a spirited Alnwick side to reach the semi-finals of the Northumberland Senior Cup on Tuesday night as a

ten-goal thriller was finally settled in extra time.

Your views on reviews

Jonathan Miles

BBC Newcastle

Have you entered the world of online reviewing? Do you tell people if you've had a good experience or only about the bad ones?

Tony and Jan Jenkinson
Tony Jenkinson

I ask, as

earlier this year a hotel fined a couple £100 for leaving a bad review on Trip Advisor.

I challenge you to remember a good experience and come on and tell me. Call

BBC Newcastle on 0191 232 6565.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: It's claimed more than 1,000 North East families are at risk of losing their home between now and Christmas.
  • BBC Tees: Ben Gibson is confident of being available for Middlesbrough's Championship game at Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

New equipment for hospital

Young patients at

Sunderland Royal Hospital are set to benefit from new pain distraction equipment thanks to a donation of £2,000.

The Children's Foundation was awarded the cash from the 2014 Lloyds Bank Community Fund following a public vote.

The equipment includes interactive software, which allows children to control images using their senses to distract and comfort them during treatment.