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  1. Updates from the North East on Fri 28 Nov
  2. More from 08:00 on Monday

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By Lloyd Watson

All times stated are UK

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

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Cloudy and misty overnight

It will stay cloudy and misty overnight, with further outbreaks of mostly light rain or drizzle at times. Hill fog will persist over the Pennines with light east or southeasterly winds.

Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F)

Tonight on Look North

Carol Malia

BBC Look North presenter

Lifeline for Chloe - a donor heart is found for the teenager at the top of the transplant list. Christmas starts here - the Black Friday frenzy as stores open at midnight and shoppers scrap for bargain gifts.

And, he was the Greatest and Russ Routledge from Newcastle was his greatest fan. His unique film footage of life with Ali is premiered tonight.

Join me for these and all our other stories on BBC One at 18:30.

Restoring England's Heritage

Chris Jackson

Presenter, Inside Out North East & Cumbria

Should we save the beautiful or the useful? I set out to investigate how we decide which of our historic buildings should be preserved for future generations.

Gayle Mill in Wensleydale, a finalist in the 2004 Restoration series, shows what can be done to bring history back to life.

Chris Jackson

In a journey across the North, I'll assess the plans for Dunston Staithes in Gateshead, The Old Station Goods Yard in Hexham, the Union Bridge in Horncliffe, and Kirklinton Hall in Cumbria. Join me on BBC Two, at 17:30 on Saturday.

Woman left shaken after robbery

A 79-year-old woman

had to be treated in hospital after thieves forced their way into her house in Middlesbrough and stole money, Cleveland Police said.

Two men wearing black burst into the pensioner's home in Stratford Crescent at about 13:20 on Thursday knocking her to the ground.

She has been left extremely shaken by the incident, police said.

Karanka hopeful Bamford to stay

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has said

he does not envisage a problem with extending the loan deal for Chelsea forward Patrick Bamford beyond the 1 January expiry date.

Bamford, 21, has been key to Karanka's forward line, scoring five goals in 13 games including Saturday's equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Wigan Athletic.

Patrick Bamford
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"It's not a problem when all of us are happy," Karanka told BBC Tees, "For me, it's all about today, we're very happy, he's very happy here, and I'm not concerned with his future."

Simon Logan meets Vince Clarke

Simon Logan

BBC Newcastle

I've been speaking to Vince Clarke from Erasure ahead of the duo's gig in Newcastle tonight.

Simon Logan and Vince Clarke

If you missed it,

you can listen on iPlayer.

Sunderland v Chelsea

Sunderland midfielder Ricky Alvarez could make his first appearance, on Saturday against Chelsea, since September after returning to training following a knee injury.

Sebastian Coates is also back in contention after a calf problem, but Emanuele Giaccherini, Billy Jones and Patrick van Aanholt are all still out.

Sebastian Larsson (L) vies with Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Ramires
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Sunderland are chasing a third successive win against Chelsea in all competitions, however, the Blues are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League games at the Stadium of Light, winning the last nine.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A Darlington shop worker has been threatened with a knife and what's believed to be a shotgun during a robbery at a petrol station.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Stephanie Finnon have a round-up of the day's news.

Stockton Sparkles

BBC Tees

Kerrianne Covell, Richard Kilty and our very own Ali Brownlee were on Stockton High Street last night for Stockton Sparkles event.

There was even an appearance from Santa and the Mayor of Stockton.

Lights at Stockton

See all of our pictures from the event here.

West Ham v Newcastle

Newcastle United currently lie fifth in the Premier League and travel to West Ham on Saturday.

Magpies captain Fabricio Coloccini could be involved after returning to training along with Steven Taylor, Emmanuel Riviere and Cheick Tiote. Rolando Aarons won't return until next week, while Tim Krul is doubtful.

Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce
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Newcastle are unbeaten in their last three visits to West Ham (W2, D1).

Armed robbers steal cash

Two robbers armed with a shotgun and a long knife stole a shopworker's car and money, Durham Police said.

The 43-year-old was finishing her shift at the Total garage on Grange Road in Darlington at about 22:20 on Thursday when she was approached by the men and forced to hand over £100 and her car keys.

The woman was not hurt but was left shaken by the incident. The car was later found and police are appealing for witnesses.

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Mortimer picks up honorary degree

Teesside comedy legend Bob Mortimer picked up his honorary degree from Teesside University today.

Bob said: "The advice I would give is to make sure that whatever it is you do after you graduate it is something that you're passionate about because life is very very long and I certainly made the mistake of wasting 10 years after I graduated doing something that I didn't have my heart in."

Bob Mortimer and Philippa Goymer

Hear more from Bob on BBC Tees at 16:10 by clicking the Live Coverage tab. He's pictured here with BBC Tees reporter Philippa Goymer.

Chances of a White Christmas?

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

If you're hoping for a White Christmas this year, there may not be good news for you.

Bookmakers William Hill have given Newcastle odds of 6/1 of a White Christmas, with cities in Scotland getting odds of 4/1.

Newcastle Tyne Bridge
Maggy Saget

"The latest long-range forecast is not good news for White Christmas fans but the weather is very difficult to predict and we could still see snow come the 25th," said spokesman Rupert Adams.

Family back safety campaign


family of a woman who was killed when a drunk driver crashed into her car at more than 100mph, are supporting a safety campaign in her memory.

Jacqueline Dowdall, 43, from Coxhoe, died in April 2013 when her car was struck by Craig Bourne's Kia Sorento. Her family has joined forces with police in Durham and Cleveland to warn others not to drink and drive.

Vicky Dowdall with police and doctor

Bourne, who was more than twice the legal alcohol limit,

was jailed for more than seven years.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: It's emerged a North East teenager who was at the top of the list for a heart transplant has now had the operation.
  • BBC Tees: A County Durham woman has told BBC Tees her sister needlessly died because of a drink driver.

Jenas joins BBC

Matt Newsum

BBC Sport

Jermaine Jenas, the former England, Newcastle and Tottenham midfielder, is joining the BBC as a football pundit.

Jenas, 31, recently on Match of the Day and Football Focus, has agreed a two-year contract with BBC Sport to feature on television, radio and online.

Jermaine Jenas playing for Newcastle
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"I am delighted to be joining the BBC football team on a long-term basis and to appear on programmes I have grown up watching as a boy," he said.

He will appear this weekend on Final Score and Match of the Day 2.

Train restoration almost complete

Andy Bell

BBC Tees

Work is almost complete on the restoration of the train carriage which bore the coffin of Sir Winston Churchill after his funeral almost 50 years ago.

The carriage ended up in Los Angeles but was brought back to the UK in 2007 and has been restored at the National Railway Museum at Shildon in County Durham.

Train carriage

From there - it will go to the sister museum at York - where it will be displayed with a locomotive called Winston Churchill, which pulled the funeral train.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: It's emerged a North East teenager who was at the top of the list for a heart transplant has now had the operation.
  • BBC Tees: A County Durham woman has told BBC Tees her sister needlessly died because of a drink driver.

Staying cloudy

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Staying rather cloudy this afternoon, with extensive low cloud and hill fog and outbreaks of light rain or drizzle at times, especially around the coast. Feeling cool in southeasterly breezes.

weather graphic

Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F)

On Look North at lunchtime

Charlie Charlton

BBC Newcastle

A North East teenager who was top of the transplant waiting list has been given a new heart.

And it was a long night for some rail passengers on the East Coast line last night, as power problems led to very lengthy delays heading north from London. Hundreds of people were stranded on trains for hours.

Join me for these and our other stories at 13:30 on BBC One.

DCCC fixtures released

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

The fixtures for Durham County Cricket club

have been released today.

Durham begin their championship season with an away game in Taunton on 12 April. My third child due the 11 April - guess where I will be?

Durham win One Day Cup
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The first home game will be against Sussex on 26 April. Yorkshire v Durham will be 7 August. They will begin their defence of their One Day Cup v Northants in Northampton on Saturday 25 July.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: It's emerged a North East teenager, who was top of the list for a heart donation, has had a transplant operation.
  • BBC Tees: A County Durham woman has told BBC Tees life will never be the same after her sister was killed in a car crash with a drunk driver.

Teenager has heart transplant

Teenager Chloe Beaney has had a heart transplant following an urgent UK-wide appeal earlier this week.

Lynne Holt, transplant co-ordinator at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital, released a statement on behalf of the family.

It said: "We are thrilled that our Chloe has been given the chance of life, thanks to the donor and the donor family. She was so poorly and we have been on ‎an emotional rollercoaster ride. We are thinking and praying for the the donor family."

Delayed passenger had 'Dunkirk Spirit'

East Coast Trains has

apologised after major delays on the line last night - which saw hundreds of passengers stranded overnight on trains heading north.

An overhead line problem just south of Doncaster meant the 20:00 Kings Cross Service got into Newcastle just before 05:00 this morning.

Bronia Maughan from Wallsend was on one of the trains that got held up. She said: "There's nothing you can do, you're stuck. We were chatting amongst people in the carriage, charging phone chargers and plug sockets. It was a very Dunkirk Spirit."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A teenage girl from Northumberland who was top of the waiting list for a heart transplant has found a donor.
  • BBC Tees: A conference is being held in Darlington to address the issue of poverty in the town.

Chloe 'ok' after transplant

Colin Wilkinson

tweets: Chloe has had a heart transplant over night. Doing ok, stable. #freeman #hearttransplant