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  1. Updates from the North East on Weds 26 Nov
  2. Local Live returns from 08:00 on Thursday

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Good evening

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

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

Don't forget you can listen to the North East Sports Awards from 18:00 on BBC Tees or
catch up here.

To end the day, we love this photo Michael Peckett sent us of a deep-red sky near Pontop Pike Farm in County Durham.

Sunset in Pontop Pike
Michael Peckett

You can send your pictures by email to: or tweet
@BBCNewsNE and we may feature them on BBC Local Live tomorrow.

Sex abuse victim comes forward

A girl aged 10 was sexually assaulted in the Whitton area of Stockton in the early 1970s, it has emerged.

Cleveland Police say it is believed that the man responsible drove a van which sold groceries to people in the villages of Whitton and Stillington - possibly sometime between 1973 and 1974.

Map of Stockton

Det Con Chris Pringle, said: "We would always encourage victims of historic sexual abuse to come forward and report any incidents to us, whatever the passage of time.

"We can assure them that any report of historic sexual abuse is taken extremely seriously. With regards to this particular incident, anyone who may have information regarding the van or the driver is urged to contact police or Crimestoppers."

More rain and drizzle

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

It will stay cloudy overnight with further outbreaks of rain and drizzle. Generally misty with widespread, locally dense, fog persisting across the North Pennines. The wind will be light inland with an easterly breeze along the coast.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: 3C (37F).

Check the forecast near you.

'Best crop for five years'

Jon Harle

BBC Newcastle

North East honey bees have produced their best crop for five years, according to the British Beekeepers' Association. Keepers in the North East have reported an average yield of 29lbs of honey per colony this year, compared with 24lbs per colony last year.

Willie Robson from Chainbridge Honey Farm at Horncliffe in North Northumberland says the weather has made the difference.

Honey bee

He said: "You get low pressure systems from the Atlantic every two days, the weather becomes unstable and the bees stay at home and then plants don't use a great deal of nectar."

Man charged with manslaughter

A 28-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter following an incident in which a man suffered serious head injuries and died in hospital.

Mark Dixon, 32, died in hospital a week after being attacked at 04:00 on 5 October in Victoria Road.

Mark Dixon
Cleveland Police

Cleveland Police said a post-mortem examination revealed Mr Dixon died of head injuries. The 28-year-old man will appear at Hartlepool Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 31 December.

Quiet on set

Sharuna Sagar

BBC Look North

I had to keep quiet on set during the filming of the new series of BBC's Inspector George Gently. Here are the cast and crew in action.

Filming Inspector George Gently

I'll have more pictures shortly and there will be a report on this on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A 28-year-old man's been charged with the manslaughter of a man in Hartlepool.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Stephanie Finnon have a round-up of the days' news.

Northumberland set for tax rise?

Catherine Lee

BBC News

Northumberland County Council is

considering raising council tax in an attempt to offset plans for a £44m budget cut over the next two years.

The authority says some savings could be made through efficiencies, such as in IT and use of buildings. However, it is anticipated there will be cuts in service of about £2.9m.

County Hall, Morpeth
Northumberland County Council

The council tax rise would be 1.99% over each of two years - which would represent an additional 54p a week for a Band D property.

Surviving difficult times

A 101-year-old former teacher from County Durham was given a standing ovation after she gave an inspirational talk to a group of unemployed people about surviving difficult times.

Annie Murphy, of Addison Court Nursing Home in Crawcrook, spoke for 90 minutes without notes about Nelson Mandela, the Miners' Strike and women's struggle for equal opportunities to a group in Gateshead.

Annie Murphy with, from left, Scott Nicol Deputy Manager, Eve Tierney Manager and Deb Carter at Addison Court Nursing Home
Durham County Council

She wanted to support people who are struggling to find work by sharing her experiences, having lived through war and the worst recessions of the 20th Century.

Anti-terrorist Hotline

Northumbria Police

tweets: If concerned that anyone is involved in terrorism or plan to travel to a war zone, call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline 0800 789 321 #CTAW2014

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A 28-year-old man's been charged with the manslaughter of a man in Hartlepool.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Stephanie Finnon have a round-up of the days' news.

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Dull and overcast

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

The afternoon will be dull and overcast across the area with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, and with extensive fog developing over the Pennines.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 8C (46F).

Check the forecast near you.

Behind the scenes

Sharuna Sagar

BBC Look North

I've been taking a sneaky look behind the scenes around the sets which are being used to film the new series of the BBC's Inspector George Gently.

Inspector George Gently

The fashion comes as part of the package too. I'll have more pictures shortly and there will be a report on this on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

More on cinema ticket pay plea

Tyneside Cinema chief executive Mark Dobson said it was not possible to put a figure on how much money the cinema could have lost

during the two months the problem of its online tickets lasted, but it could run into several thousand pounds.

He said: "We have fabulous customers, and they started coming in with credit card bills saying: 'You haven't charged us'. We are still looking into how many people have been affected and don't yet know.

"So meanwhile we are asking customers to check their bills and if the money has been processed, then great. If not, we're asking them please be kind enough to get in touch and pay."

Coma woman thanks fire crew

A former model from Burnopfield, County Durham, who was left in a coma for two months after a crash has thanked the fire service for "saving her life".

Candace Emptage's family were told it was unlikely she'd survive the crash in September 2010. She was put on a life-support machine and suffered memory loss, forgetting who her parents and 13-year-old daughter were.

Candace Emptage with fire crew

After a four-year recovery battle, she has now met the crew that saved her. The 40-year-old said: "I wanted to say a huge thank you, I owe them my life. I can't remember anything about the crash and I need to know what happened."

East Coast going to the French?

Ian Reeve

BBC North East Business Correspondent

The flagship East Coast Mainline looks likely to fall into French hands. It's thought a bid by the Channel Tunnel operator Eurostar and its sister company Keolis - both controlled by France's state-owned SNCF will be awarded the contract for the route from London to Edinburgh.

East Coast train

The move is likely to provoke outrage among UK rail operators and unions.

Man remanded over murder bid

The Gazette

A man has appeared in court charged with attempted murder in connection with an attack in Boosbeck.

Glyn Sullivan, 40, of The Garth, in Whitby, appeared at Teesside Magistrates' Court today charged with attempted murder, theft of a motor vehicle and drugs offences. He was remanded in custody

Scene in Boosbeck
The Gazette

Ready to quiz Blair and Thompson

Matt Newsum

BBC Sport

I'm at Kingston Park for the Newcastle Falcons' press conference with Mike Blair and Kane Thompson.

Rugby ball

On the programme this lunchtime

Colin Briggs

BBC Look North

Transplant co-ordinators at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital are reporting a surge of interest in the case of teenager Chloe Beaney, from Cramlington in Northumberland.

As we reported in Look North yesterday, the 14-year-old is at the top of the transplant waiting list.

Chloe Beaney

The Freeman team say her plight has inspired people across the country to sign up to the donor register, but in the meantime the wait for a donor heart goes on, both here and in Europe. Her condition today is described as stable.

Watch BBC One at 13:30.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: It's rumoured the Government-owned East Coast rail line could soon be in French hands.
  • BBC Tees: A man's been charged with attempted murder in connection with an incident in Boosbeck almost a month ago.