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Summary

  1. Updates from the North East on Tues 25 Nov
  2. More from 08:00 on Wednesday

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Good evening

That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday.

Sun setting in Consett
Tracey Laing

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.

Lane blocked by overturned truck

Durham Road Policing Unit

tweets: Lane 2 of the A1 was blocked briefly. Miraculously, no injuries!

Overturned truck on the A1
@DurhamRPU

Chilly evening ahead

Hannah Bayman

BBC Weather presenter

A chilly evening with some clear spells, patchy fog, and a frost in places. Becoming cloudy overnight, with fog lifting into mist and hill fog, and outbreaks of rain spreading from the south, reaching Washington and the North Pennines later in the night.

Weather forecast
BBC

Minimum temperature: -1C (30F).

Check the forecast near you.

'Home advantage' to help form

John Astley

hopes "home" advantage can help him rediscover his best form at the UK Championship in York.

Astley was named Rookie of the Year last season, with a first-round UK Championship win over ex-world champion Ken Doherty being his highlight.

John Astley
World Snooker

But the 25-year-old Gateshead potter told BBC Sport: "This season has been slower than I would have liked. But I've been coming to York for years and it does feel a bit like I'm playing at home. I will get great support."

Pools sign Lanzoni

Hartlepool United have signed defender Matteo Lanzoni on loan from Cambridge United until the end of December.

The 26-year-old Italian has made three appearances for the U's since his summer arrival, but has not featured in the first team since 16 September. He previously worked with Pools boss Paul Murray at Oldham last year.

Matteo Lanzoni
Empics

Lanzoni, who started his career with Italian side Sampdoria, arrives after defender Scott Harrison returned to Sunderland on Monday.

Bets refunded over 'wrong flag' race

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

There was a peculiar incident at Sedgefield Racecourse in County Durham today which resulted in thousands of bets having to be refunded.

The 13:20 handicap was declared void after an official waved the wrong flag to tell the riders to miss out a fence.

The stop racing flag was waved instead, but because the jockeys continued round the track stewards decided to scrap the race. To add to their woes, the seven jockeys were given 10-day bans for ignoring the wrong flag. Track owners ARC say they will now refund the horse owners.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A Teesside charity says it hopes more people will be encouraged to come forward and report domestic abuse due to a change in the law.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Stephanie Finnon have a round-up of the day's news.

Teesside force in Ohio confusion

Catherine Lee

BBC News

Cleveland Police has

reminded social media users it is a UK force after receiving messages about the death of a child in Cleveland Ohio.

Facebook and Twitter users contacted the Teesside force

about the death of Tamir Rice, who was shot by police on Saturday. Police in the US say an officer fired two shots at the 12-year-old.

Cleveland Police post
Cleveland Police

The UK force's road policing unit said it had also noticed a number of new followers from America.

'Dilapidated eyesore' gets listed status

The roof is leaking and close to collapse but now one of the co-owners of a 1960s office building has been left baffled after it was awarded listed status.

The former home of the Ryder and Yates firm of architects, in Killingworth, North Tyneside, was due to be sold until English Heritage stepped in.

Roof with a hole
BBC

Campaigners say it needs preserving as an example of the pair's work - but Mary Ryder, the widow of Gordon Ryder, says it's a dilapidated eyesore. You can see more on this story tomorrow on Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Your pictures: Bamburgh Castle

Carolyn Farthing-Dunn captured the sunrise at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland.

Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland
Carolyn Farthing-Dunn

You can send your pictures by

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

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A judge is summing up in the trial of two Teesside men accused of beating a child rapist with a baseball bat.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Stephanie Finnon have a round-up of the day's news.

Spider bite man 'could have lost limb'

More on the gruesome story we brought you yesterday. A man who suffered a suspected spider bite while walking his dog spent days on an antibiotic drip and

says he was told he could have lost a limb.

Nicky Thornley, 33, of Jesmond, Newcastle, said his hand swelled up after the suspected bite on a finger.

Nicky Thornley
Nicky Thornley

He spent five days in Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary and was told that he had probably been bitten by a false widow spider. He needed surgery to reduce the infection in his middle finger.

Sting to replace Jimmy Nail

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Here's some more on the story we brought you yesterday that

Sting is to join the cast of his Broadway musical The Last Ship next month.

The Wallsend-born singer will replace pal Jimmy Nail in the role of foreman Jackie White in the semi-autobiographical story about a prodigal son who returns home to Tyneside.

Jimmy Nail (centre) with other The Last Ship cast members
AP

He will appear for eight shows a week from 9 December until 10 January. It is thought he is appearing in the show - for which he wrote the music and lyrics - to help boost ticket sales which have flagged recently.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A 14-year-old girl battling cancer has been moved to the top of the heart transplant list at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
  • BBC Tees: A judge is summing up in the trial of two Teesside men accused of beating a child rapist with a baseball bat.

Watch Cats youngsters in action

Sunderland AFC

tweets: YOUTUBE: Highlights from the U18s' recent goal-tastic 4-4 draw at Blackburn
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DADKmZ3hoTY …

Catch up on Match of the Day

BBC Sport

The weekend's Match of the Day action

is available on the BBC iPlayer if you missed the Newcastle United v QPR or Leicester v Sunderland matches.

Zip forward to one hour and seven minutes in for NUFC, and one hour 16 minutes in for SAFC (UK only).

Leicester v Sunderland
BBC

'No fresh approach for Bruma'

Sunderland Echo

Newspaper

Sunderland have gone almost a year without making contact for Galatasaray winger Bruma,

the player's agent has confirmed.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A 14-year-old girl battling cancer has been moved to the top of the heart transplant list at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
  • BBC Tees: A judge has started summing up in the trial of two Teesside men accused of beating a child rapist with a baseball bat.

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Charity champ Tony on the show today

Jon Harle

BBC Newcastle

Thousand of miles but one careful owner! From 16:00 on BBC Newcastle we'll have charity fundraiser Tony the Fridge on to tell us why he's selling his fridge.

Listen live here.

Tony the Fridge
BBC

Council's £1.3m to renovate empty homes

Landlords are to be offered cash to help renovate empty houses in Middlesbrough.

A total of £1.3m has been given to the council from the Homes and Communities Agency to allow 110 homes to be brought back into use.

An empty home
BBC

The council said empty homes can be a blight on the community. Landlords are now being invited to speak to the council about how the fund can be used to help them.

Lane closed on slip road

On the A1 Western Bypass, there's a lane closed on the exit slip road northbound at Blaydon because of a broken down vehicle.

Also there's one lane is blocked and slow traffic on the A19 northbound in Boldon between the A1290 junction and Testo's Roundabout because of a broken down van. More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A teenager is in hospital with serious facial injuries after he was hit with a brick while riding a motorbike in Birtley.
  • BBC Tees: Hartlepool Council has recorded a vote of no confidence in the board of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust and called on the entire board to resign.

North East 'worst for smoking'

The North East has the highest proportion of cigarette smokers in Britain,

new figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

Some 22.3% of people in the region smoked in 2013. The average for Britain was 19%.

The data also suggests concerns that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking might be unfounded.

Changes in smoking
BBC

The proportion of smokers across Great Britain has also plummeted from 46% in 1974 to 19% in 2013, the ONS said.

Boy hit in face with brick

A 16-year-old boy has been hit in the face with a brick while riding a motorbike in Gateshead,

Northumbria Police says.

The boy, who had a pillion passenger and was travelling with another motorcyclist, suffered serious injuries when a man threw it at him in the Durham Road area of Birtley at about 23:55 last night.

North East pilot helps lonely OAPs

BBC Newcastle

A helpline

set up by TV presenter Esther Rantzen to support older people says it's been inundated in it's first year.

Silver Line was initially trialled in the North East before going nationwide and has had more than 275,000 calls. Loneliness appears to be the biggest problem. Have you been affected? Then call Silver Line on 0800 4 70 80 90.

'Boots are back on'

BBC Sport

Good news for Newcastle fans - midfielder Siem de Jong seems as though he's edging nearer to a return.

The 25-year-old Netherlands international was one of the Magpies' big summer signings, joining for £6m from Ajax in July.

Siem de Jong
Reuters

However, he played only three times before

suffering a knee injury. More encouraging news today, though, as De Jong
tweets: "Finally my boots are back on. First session outside."

Dry and cloudy

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will be dry this afternoon with often large amounts of cloud, but also some bright or sunny spells for most places.

Weather forecast
BBC

Maximum temperature: 7C (45F).

Check the forecast near you.