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  1. Updates from the North East on Thursday 27 Nov
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Lloyd Watson

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Friday. Tracey Morgan took this photo of the sun setting while playing golf in Darlington.

Sun setting in Darlington
Tracey Morgan

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On tonight's BBC Look North

Hannah Bayman

BBC Weather presenter

Last year the national press dubbed their town's festive centrepiece "

the worst Christmas tree in Britain".

This year, Stockton-on-Tees has come back fighting, entering into the holiday spirit with a Christmas extravaganza they hope people will be proud of.

Christmas trees in Stockton

I'll have more on this story as well as being live on Stockton High Street on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Cloudy with some drizzle

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

Remaining cloudy through the evening and overnight with outbreaks of rain or drizzle at times, though much of this will be light. Misty generally with quite extensive hill fog over the Pennines. Light to moderate southeasterly winds.

Weather forecast

Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F).

Check the forecast near you.

Mclean 'shocked' by award

England World Cup-winning captain Katy Mclean has told BBC Look North she was

shocked to receive the BBC North East Sport Personality award.

Jeff Brown, left, and Katy Mclean

As we reported earlier, the presentation was made at the Forum Theatre in Billingham.

Mclean, 28, led the national women's team to their first World Cup win for 20 years, beating Canada in the final in Paris in August.

Grenade found in street

Sunderland Echo

A grenade has been discovered in a Sunderland street. Residents were urged to stay in their homes after the small, hand-held bomb was discovered in Wetherby Road, Grangetown, this morning.

SNP MSP considers cross-border bid

Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament Christine Grahame has explained why she

would consider standing for the party over the border in Berwick-Upon-Tweed at the next general election.

She said she believed the area had "much in common" with her Scottish Parliament constituency of Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale. Ms Grahame added it would be up to her party's national executive to decide whether to take the idea forward.

SNP MSP Christine Grahame

She said it was a "fairly serious proposal" on her part: "I am making a point that Berwick has much in common with my constituents in the Borders."

'Dog accelerator' claim man jailed

A driver who claimed that his excessive speed was due to his dog sitting on the accelerator pedal has been jailed.

Jordon Winn drove at 80mph in a 30mph zone, while being chased by police in County Durham in October 2013. He had previously admitted dangerous driving, but said in mitigation that his Staffordshire bull terrier, Buster, had become stuck in the foot well.

The 23-year-old, from Murray Park, Stanley, was sentenced to 13 months by the judge at Durham Crown Court.

Warburtons fined after injury

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

Warburtons the bakers have been fined after a maintenance worker injured his hand at a Newcastle factory.

The 41-year-old, from Hebburn, in South Tyneside, was working on a conveyor belt when his hand got stuck in October last year.

He missed two months at work after needing surgery. Magistrates in Newcastle were told it was easy to access dangerous parts of machinery at the plant in Newburn because only a crumb tray was in place as a guard. The company was fined £5,000.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A County Durham man's appeared in court charged with owning dogs that were dangerously out of control
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news

Airport asks for tax protection

Francesca Williams

BBC News

Executives from Newcastle International Airport are

lobbying the government to protect it from a possible Scottish cut to air travel tax.

The Smith Report into devolved powers following the independence referendum recommends allowing Scotland to alter Airport Passenger Duty (APD).

Newcastle Internation Airport
Newcastle Internation Airport

Newcastle airport said passenger numbers and jobs would be threatened by cheaper Scottish flights. APD on flights leaving the UK ranges from £13 to about £400. The government has not yet commented.

Man attacked with machete

A man's recovering after being

attacked with a machete in Stockton.

The 22-year-old was struck in the face in a house on Bishopton Road on Sunday evening.

The two attackers then walked him to Newtown Avenue, where he was further assaulted and had property stolen. Police say investigations are continuing.

Boro 'buzzing' over Juninho

Middlesbrough assistant head coach Craig Hignett said he expects the Riverside to be "buzzing" on Saturday for the visit of Blackburn Rovers.

Craig Hignett
Middlesbrough FC

Brazilian Juninho, a former Boro team-mate of Hignett's, will be introduced to the crowd

when he makes a guest appearance.

"It's great for him to come back," Hignett told the club's website, "He's a legend around these parts and quite rightly. He loves the place and the place loves him."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

'Good for taxpayers'

James Wharton, Conservative MP for Stockton South, is more optimistic about the East Coast mainline deal than his

Darlington counterpart.


tweets: Todays rail franchise news will return £3.3Bn to taxpayers and mean a new Thornaby-London link, so my Labour opponent attacks it! Hmm.

More on inquest

Fiona Trott

BBC News, Newcastle


inquest heard that one of the aims was to capture key Taliban commanders. An officer who gave evidence from behind a screen explained how he warned his troops that statistically one of them would be killed and four would be injured.

The coroner Andrew Tweddle said that Captain Richard Holloway "died with a rifle in his hands doing the job he loved and protecting the freedoms of the Afghan people".

Mr Tweddle, whose son died in a car accident, broke down in tears and said: "If somebody had said to me what this officer has said to us, I'd feel very proud."

Case sent to crown court

Sunderland Echo

A man

has appeared before city magistrates accused of attempted murder after a stabbing in Washington. The man was remanded in custody to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on Thursday, 11 December.

House in Sunderland
Sunderland Echo

Coroner breaks down at inquest

Fiona Trott

BBC News, Newcastle

A coroner in County Durham has

broken down in tears while summing up the inquest into the death of a soldier killed in Afghanistan. Captain Richard Holloway, 29, died from gunshot wounds during a high risk operation last year.

It was an emotional inquest. The family of Captain Holloway cried as they heard how he came under fire near Kabul in December last year. He was shot in the pelvis and leg with an AK-47 rifle during a night time operation in mountainous terrain.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

Man to appear in court

The Gazette

A man is due to appear at court today in

connection with a flat fire in Normanby.

Smashed windows
The Gazette

Wareham hopes to continue

Matt Newsum

BBC Sport

Newcastle United women's goalkeeper Laura Wareham

hopes to continue playing despite suffering a suspected broken neck for a second time.

Wareham, 21, suffered the injury midway through the first half of Sunday's 3-2 defeat by Bradford and continued on before she was eventually withdrawn. Having broken her neck in 2011, she had an X-ray that showed a break, although a CT scan came back clear.

Laura Wareham
NUFC Women

"I can't wait to be back, it doesn't scare me," she said, "I just cannot wait to get my boots on and gloves on and get back training with the girls."

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No loans for Boro

Middlesbrough FC

tweets: Aitor Karanka has confirmed to the media that he doesn't expect any loan incomings before today's 5pm deadline.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

Hughes' death 'so tragic'

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

Australia Test batsman

Phillip Hughes has died aged 25, two days after being struck by a ball during a domestic match in Sydney.

George Alberts Vice President North East Durham Cricket League has said: "What a sad day hearing about the tragic death of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes.

"We all thought helmets would stop anything like this happening but the one in a million chance has led to his death at the age of 25. So so tragic."

Lunchtime TV

Nisha Joshi

BBC Look North

Some of our region's best talent was

honoured at the North East Sport Awards last night at the Billingham Forum. Look North's Jeff Brown and BBC Tees' Ali Brownlee were the hosts.

Women collecting award

There were prizes for some of the most recognisable faces from our region's sporting world - but those at grassroots level were rewarded too. I'll have a round up of who won what on

BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

Tax levy 'slap in the face'

The north east's largest business organisation is warning

devolution of tax powers to Scotland could harm the local economy.

Newcastle International Airport

The North East Chamber of Commerce claims granting our neighbours over the border the ability to set Air Passenger Duty - a tax levied on flights from the UK - would be a "slap in the face for north east business".

Mark Stephenson, policy and research manager, said: "The government must set out, at the earliest opportunity, how English airports such as those close to the border will be protected should these measures be introduced."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A coroner in County Durham has broken down in tears while summing up the inquest into the death of a soldier killed in Afghanistan
  • BBC Tees: Middlesbrough and Thornaby are to
    get direct rail services to London, as part of a new franchise deal for the East Coast mainline

ECB postpones announcement

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle


following the death of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes, the ECB has taken the decision today to postpone the publication of the 2015 fixtures.

Phil Hughes
Getty Images

I understand next year's county cricket fixtures, including those for Durham, will now be published tomorrow instead at 10:30.

Hughes died aged 25, two days after being struck on the neck by a ball during a domestic match in Sydney.

MP's East Coast fears

Darlington's Labour MP Jenny Chapman

tweets: Deep concern in Darlo at possible loss of services on East Coast Line. Faster trains to N'cstle at our expense unacceptable.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Members of the North East Sunday League have given their support to the man removed as vice president of Northumberland Football Association in a sexism row
  • BBC Tees: The new
    East Coast rail operators say they hope to be running direct services from Middlesbrough to London by 2020

Stagecoach shares

Joe Miller

BBC News

Shares in Stagecoach are up more than 8%

following the announcement that it won the East Coast rail franchise. Meanwhile, rivals FirstGroup are down 5.6%.

Inter City Railways, as the consortium is being dubbed, is not an even partnership between Stagecoach and Virgin. The former holds 90% of the capital.

Fuel spill

Drivers are being warned of disruption on the A695 at Blaydon between the Stargate Roundabout and B6315 junction.

A fuel spillage has caused hazardous conditions,

BBC Travel reports.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

Two hurt in crash

Two people were taken to the minor injuries unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead following this morning's crash involving a bus and a car on the A184.

A North East Ambulance Service spokesman said they were both reporting back pains.