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  1. Updates on Tuesday 2 December 2014

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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 Wednesday. Ray Scott from Houghton-le-Spring sent us this lovely picture of the sun setting near the Hartlepool Headland.

Hartlepool Headland
Ray Scott

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@BBCNewsNE and we may feature them on BBC Local Live tomorrow.

Match facts for Burnley v Newcastle

BBC Sport

Some stats on the Burnley v Newcastle game tonight:

  • This is the first ever Premier League meeting between these sides.
  • The last time they played was 31 years ago at Turf Moor - Burnley won that match 1-0 in March 1983 in the old Division Two.
  • Newcastle's last victory away to Burnley was 1-0 on Boxing Day 1975 in the top flight.

Hignett exit 'after differences'

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka

has admitted assistant head coach Craig Hignett left after they had "differences in our decisions and points of view".

The club announced today that Hignett had left with immediate effect.

Karanka said: "All of us want the best for our club and we have talked, and we agreed that this is the best for the club. I just want to say thanks to Higgy. I wish him all the best because he deserves all the best."

Craig Hignett

Cold overnight so expect frost

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

A dry and clear end to the day with light winds. Quickly becoming cold overnight with skies remaining clear, leading to a widespread frost. Some mist and freezing fog patches may also develop in prone spots such as Durham.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: -3C (27F).

Check the forecast near you.

We can claim another scalp - Poyet

BBC Sport

Clearly revved up by the draw with Chelsea, Sunderland boss Gus Poyet used his press conference to claim his team can claim another major scalp when Manchester City visit on Wednesday.

"There is a mentality sometimes that when you play against the top teams, you accept that if you lose nothing will happen," he said.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet
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"I don't think that's right. I think you have to be clear that it is going to be more difficult, but you will have a chance.

"On those terms the players have been exceptional - we stayed up last year because of that, and we showed on Saturday against Chelsea we can do it and that we can try to stop the other teams doing what they like."

The future of Middlesbrough?

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

The mayor of Middlesbrough, Ray Mallon, has laid out his vision of what the town's future should be.

Half-a-billion pounds of investment, thousands of new homes and even a snow centre are part of the ambition. But his critics say the plans are all talk and just an attempt to create a lasting legacy for himself before he stands down as mayor next May.

Stuart Whincup and Ray Mallon

I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Higgy thanks fans

After the news that

Craig Hignett has left Middlesbrough, he
tweets: Boro fans, as always I'm overwhelmed by your support......#UTB

Multi-vehicle accidents across North East

The A19 in Boldon - An exit slip road is closed southbound at the Abingdon Way junction because of an accident involving three vehicles.

The A167 High Street in Newton Aycliffe is partially blocked and there's slow traffic at The Wynd junction because of an accident involving two vehicles and recovery work.

There's queuing traffic and there's one lane closed on the A66 eastbound in Middlesbrough between the B1513 Old Station Road junction and Asda traffic lights because of an earlier broken down vehicle and a fuel spillage. Congestion is back to Cargo Fleet Interchange. More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

Student's drink 'was spiked' - MP

A Northumbria University student was murdered after having her drink spiked, a Labour MP has claimed as he criticised German police for not investigating the death.

Speaking in the Commons, Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman hit out at the handling of the case by police in Cologne as he called for help from the Foreign Office.

Mr Sheerman told Speaker John Bercow: "A young girl in my constituency has been tragically murdered in Cologne. There is no police investigation although there is every evidence that her drink was spiked - she was poisoned. There has been no police investigation and no help for the family."

Burnley v Newcastle

BBC Newcastle

We'll have full-match commentary on BBC Newcastle of

Burnley v Newcastle with Simon Pryde and John Anderson.

Here's Simon doing some last-minute preparation ahead of the game that kicks off at 19:45.

Simon Pryde

Some teams news we've had is that Newcastle goalkeeper

Tim Krul has been ruled out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury, while Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback are both suspended.

Karanka charged with improper conduct

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association following an incident at the end of their
1-1 draw with Blackburn on Saturday.

Karanka was

frustrated that Rudy Gestede's equaliser was allowed to stand after what he believed was a foul on goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos.

Aitor Karanka

Referee Mark Clattenburg sent the Spaniard off for his complaints. The 41-year-old has until 18:00 on Friday to respond to the charge.

Dreaming of a White Christmas

Simon Logan

BBC Newcastle

Here I am with Britain's Got Talent winners Collabro bringing you some festive cheer as we start rolling out the Christmas songs on BBC Newcastle. We've already had The Pogues & Kirsty McColl sing Fairytale Of New York this afternoon.

Simon Logan with Collabro

Watch the video to see how I got on singing White Christmas with the boys.

More on student death

More on the news that a Northumbria University teenager has died in Cologne, Germany, after telling her friends her drink had been spiked with drugs.

It's emerged that Jane Khalaf, 19, from Shelley, West Yorkshire, had to be put on a life support machine on 12 November after her condition deteriorated. It was switched off by doctors eight days later.

Jane's parents travelled from their home to be by their daughter's bedside. They say they'd only discovered she was ill after seeing it on Facebook.

A66 in Middlesbrough closed

The A66 in Middlesbrough is closed eastbound and there's queuing traffic between the B1513 Old Station Road junction and Asda traffic lights because of a broken down vehicle and a fuel spillage,

reports BBC Travel News.

Map of Middlesbrough

Hignett 'brought a lot to Boro'

BBC Tees expert summariser Neil Maddison says Craig Hignett will be missed by the players after the

announcement was made that he has left Middlesbrough.

"I think Aitor is such a professional man, he takes no nonsense and I think you need a different person around the place and Higgy was certainly that. The players could go to him and confide in him. Don't get me wrong, he's a good coach as well, he brought a lot of things to Boro but it's surprising, very surprising.

"[Karanka] will have the players' heads right on song for Millwall. They'll be sad for Higgy... but football goes on and they'll get on with the job in hand."

'Higgy will always be a legend'

Ali Brownlee

BBC Tees

Whatever the future holds for Craig Hignett, all Boro fans will wish him every success. Higgy will always be a Boro legend.

Craig Hignett

Newcastle top red card table

Newcastle United are in fine fettle despite defeat at West Ham on Saturday.

  • That loss ended a run of five straight league wins for Newcastle.
  • Aaron Cresswell's winner for West Ham was the first goal conceded by the Magpies in four matches.
  • It was also the first time they had failed to find the net in eight games in all competitions.
  • Pardew's side have failed to score in the first-half in 10 of their 13 league games this season.
  • Moussa Sissoko's red card was Newcastle's sixth in 2014 - no Premier League side has more this year.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

Your pictures: Robin set to fly

Emily Murdoch sent us this photo of a robin about to take off in her garden in Cornsay, County Durham.

Robin in Cornsay, County Durham
Emily Murdoch

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Where now for Karanka after exit?

Paul Addison

BBC Tees Sport

After the news that

Middlesbrough have parted company with assistant head coach Craig Hignett, Boro boss Aitor Karanka will now be planning for Saturday's game at Millwall whilst also thinking about who can replace the man who played a major role in Boro's emergence as genuine promotion contenders this season.

Craig Hignett

Fans will be keen to know the reasons for the parting of the ways - they're unlikely to be satisfied by the

brief statement released so far.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

Rail terminal for Teesport

A port in Teesside is investing more than £3m in a new rail terminal, with hopes it will boost the local economy.

The Teesport terminal will create new connections to Suffolk and Southampton and could lead to more links with other areas, the port's operator said.


Rail haulier Freightliner, which will move to the terminal when it is complete, said it would make the port "more attractive" to business. The new terminal is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

Families 'spent less than anywhere else'

Student dies 'after drink spiked'

BBC Newcastle

Northumbria University has confirmed that one of its students has died while studying at a partner university in Germany.

The 19-year-old collapsed in Cologne after telling friends she thought someone had put something in her drink.

Northumbria University

It happened last month and she spent some days on life support before doctors turned off the machine. Her parents, from Huddersfield, are now demanding to know more about what happened to her before she died.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

Flood cash to make 'stronger economy'

Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the Treasury, said: "Northumberland's coastline has seen devastating flooding in the past, so I have earmarked £46m of flood defence funding across the region to protect thousands of homes here.

"Investing £2.3bn to support 1,400 schemes across the country will protect 300,000 homes from the north-east to the south-west. As well as ensuring people's safety and peace of mind will also bring over £30bn of economic benefit, making it great value for money as part of this government's drive for a stronger economy and a fairer society."

Focus on Hignett after Boro exit

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

As Craig Hignett leaves his job as assistant head coach at Middlesbrough, we take a look back at his playing career on Teesside.

Did you know he scored the first goal at Boro's new ground after

leaving Ayresome Park in 1995?

Craig Hignett infographic
Getty Images

Higgy left Boro in 1998 and joined Barnsley. He was appointed as assistant head coach at Middlesbrough,

10 months after he left the club to take the same role at Hartlepool United.

Rising costs of funerals

Chantalle Edmunds

BBC Tees

Could you afford the cost of a funeral? Funeral prices are rising - the average cost in this region is now £3,000, and cut price or "no frills" funerals are becoming increasingly popular.


Now a North East MP is putting forward a private members bill to ensure that help is given more quickly to those who struggle to afford any kind of send off. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

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Inquest backlog cut from 400 to 12

A coroner service, dubbed the worst in England a year ago, has

slashed a backlog of more than 400 inquests to just 12, new figures show.

Teesside Coroner Service was the subject of an inquiry by the Office for Judicial Complaints after inquests were taking almost a year to complete.

Malcolm Donelly and Claire Bailey
Doug Moody

Previous coroner Michael Sheffield, 80, retired in April, with a new acting coroner and an assistant drafted it. Figures now show the average completion time for inquests is just 14 weeks.