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  1. Updates from the North East on Mon 1 Dec

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Good evening

That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday. Jane Garrick sent us this atmospheric picture of St Mary's lighthouse in Whitley Bay.

St Mary's lighthouse
Jane Garrick

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Friendship with Muhammad Ali recalled

Footage filmed by a Newcastle man about his friendship with Muhammad Ali

features in a new film about the boxer.

I Am Ali includes amateur footage filmed by Russ Routledge, a fan who became a close friend of Ali after meeting him in the 1970s.

Muhammad Ali
Russ Routledge

Ali invited Mr Routledge to visit him in Los Angeles, where the Tynesider captured the star on film.

'Comprehensive package' of developments

Jeff Brown

BBC Look North

The Prime Minister paid a visit to Northumberland this morning to make the Government's long-awaited announcement on the A1.

David Cameron held a news conference alongside the main route between the North East and Scotland as he pledged "a comprehensive package" of road developments.

David Cameron in Northumberland

As expected, the A1 is not being dualled to the Scottish Border. We'll have a full round-up on this story on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Becoming colder after rain

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

Dry initially this evening, but quite cloudy with some hill fog in the Pennines. Some rain, mainly light, will arrive from the west by late evening. This should clear by dawn and become dry again. Becoming colder as the rain clears, and breezier.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: 1C (34F).

Check the forecast near you.

Karanka frustrated by draw

Head coach Aitor Karanka

was left frustrated after Middlesbrough conceded a disputed equaliser at the
end of their 1-1 draw with Blackburn.

Boro, who had 25 shots on goal during the match, had broken the deadlock on 83 minutes through Patrick Bamford. However, Rudy Gestede pounced in injury time, with Boro keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos grounded and injured.

Middlesbrough v Blackburn

"I'm happy with my players' performance but I'm frustrated with what happened at the end," Karanka told BBC Tees. "We have been fighting for 94 minutes, we had the three points in our hand, and for one person to take that from your hand is frustrating."

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Analysis on roads cash claim

Richard Westcott

BBC Transport Correspondent

This is a large amount of money and a large number of schemes. The big question now, from many I've spoken to in the industry, is will they see it through?

Governments have a habit of announcing big plans for the roads, only to shelve them later on when the money gets tight. Even this coalition started life by announcing road maintenance budget cuts and cancelling projects.

Upcoming changes to the Highways Agency, giving it a guaranteed budget every five years, are meant to put an end to all that uncertainty.

'Criminal decision' on NUFC goal

BBC Sport

After the decision

to book Sergio Aguero after he was scythed down by Jose Fonte's late tackle in Man City's win at Southampton, we asked for the worst refereeing decisions you've ever seen.

Andrew Neill says: Ruling out Tiote's stunning goal against Man City earlier this year. Criminal decision.

Keep them coming on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or post a message on the

BBC Sport Facebook page.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: Darlington residents have rallied round for a pensioner after she lost all her savings when her purse was stolen on a shopping trip.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Helen Richardson have a round-up of the day's news.

Men to stand trial next year

Thirteen men accused of stealing "high-value" items from museums and auction houses in England,

will stand trial next year.

Officers from 26 forces and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) made arrests in raids in September 2013.

All are charged with conspiracy to steal relating to thefts in Durham, Norwich, Cambridge, Kent and Sussex.

A1 upgrade 'vital' says PM

A £290m plan to part-dual the A1 north of Newcastle will

help to rebalance the economy of the North East, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

The pledge to upgrade a 13-mile stretch to Ellingham, near Alnwick, and create additional passing lanes was widely welcomed by business leaders.

David Cameron looking at plans

The proposal is part of a

£15bn "roads revolution" for England announced by the coalition. But Labour said the proposals were re-announcements of earlier promises.

Free to park after three

Shoppers will be able to park for free after 15:00 in all Durham County Council-run car parks as well as on-street parking bays in Durham City, the authority says.

Two men in County Durham
Durham County Council

"By offering free after three parking throughout December, we hope to provide a welcome boost to local businesses as well as cutting the cost of Christmas for residents across the county," councillor Neil Foster says.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: The number of people arrested for driving while on drugs in North Yorkshire has almost doubled in the last two years.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Helen Richardson have a round-up of the day's news.

Can you 'steal' from fellow shoppers?

Alex Morrison

BBC News

"Black Friday" sales saw shoppers fighting over goods in supermarkets.

But is it legal to take items from another shopper before they reach the checkout?

The question hinges on who owns the property before it's paid for. Under the Theft Act, which applies in England and Wales, a person must take something "belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it" to commit theft. Similar legislation applies in Scotland, and in Northern Ireland.

Shoppers taking TV

Adam Jackson, a lecturer at Northumbria Law School, said it could be argued that both the shop and the customer temporarily owned an item once it was picked up off a shelf. He said prosecution could then be possible if it could be proved that a person snatching an item had acted dishonestly, although it was unlikely in practice.

'More detail needed about roads'

The North East arm of the Civil Engineering Contractors' Association, which represents 75 firms in the region, says more detail is needed

after the announcement that roads in the North East are to be improved.

Regional director Douglas Kell said: "It's excellent news altogether that out of a total spend promised of £15bn some £2.3bn is pledged to 18 schemes in the North East and Yorkshire. Unfortunately, we shall have to wait for the small print to find out the when and how of the projects.

"It is also unclear whether this is totally new money, or whether it includes money previously promised for some of these schemes that are already under way."

News on the hour

Firefighters announce strike

Firefighters across the North East are to stage a 24-hour strike on 9 December in their long-running row with the government over pensions, the Fire Brigades Union says.

News on the hour

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Durham PCC Ron Hogg 'being investigated'

Durham police and crime commissioner Ron Hogg is being investigated "for benefits received while serving with another force", the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) says

Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg

He is one of six PCCs to be investigated by the IPCC since they took up their posts two years ago, it has emerged.

Since 2012 the watchdog has had 43 referrals - complaints made to forces which have been referred to the body - relating to more than half of the 41 police and crime commissioners.

The IPCC said it is finalising its report on Mr Hogg and will then decide whether to refer it to the CPS.

Reindeer parade draws the crowds

The Gazette

Middlesbrough's reindeer parade

saw thousands of people line the streets.

Reindeer parade in Middlesbrough
The Gazette

News on the hour

Remaining dull and overcast

Keeley Donovan

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Remaining predominantly dull and overcast this afternoon, with mist and hill fog, also a little light rain or drizzle at times, although mainly over the Pennines. Generally light winds.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 8C (46F).

Check the forecast near you.

Using empty homes

David Rhodes

Politics Reporter, BBC North East and Cumbria

It's estimated that in the run up to Christmas about 2,000 people in the North East are in danger of becoming homeless, according to the charity Shelter.

David Rhodes in a street on Teesside

In Middlesbrough the council is spending £1m on bringing empty homes back into use. 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 12:00 include:

Blues' winger off to Sunderland?

BBC Sport

Sponsor a chorister

Colin Briggs

BBC Look North

St Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle has launched a scheme to find individuals and companies who are willing to "sponsor a chorister".


It costs about £120,000 a year to run the cathedral choir, which performs in more than 200 services a year. Sponsors who come forward will be given the chance to train and perform with them in concert.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include: