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  1. Updates on Wednesday 3 December 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Thursday

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 Thursday. Sunderland's very own entrepreneur, Katie Bulmer-Cooke (pictured right), will continue the fight to win the new series of BBC One's The Apprentice.

Watch a teaser of tonight's episode.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke (right) speaks to group

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

Man injured in crash

A driver of a car has been left with life-threatening injuries after a collision in Northumberland.

The 63-year-old man was removed from the vehicle by North East Ambulance Service paramedics and Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service before being treated by the trauma team.

He was airlifted from Alnwick to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, where his condition is "stable."

More money for 'sinking dam'

Peter Harris

Look North

It cost millions of pounds to build and protects hundreds of homes from flooding. But now Look North can reveal an award-winning dam is slowly sinking after being built on the site of disused mineshafts.

Peter Harris on Teesside

The Environment Agency stresses it still works - but it's been forced to spend an extra £1,250,000 of taxpayers money to secure it.

Some claim it should never have been put there in the first place. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Lawrenson predicts City win

Mark Lawrenson

Football analyst

Sunderland v Manchester City: Sunderland will probably try to do to Manchester City what they did to Chelsea at the weekend, when they defended brilliantly to earn a 0-0 draw.

Steph Houghton
Getty Images

Gus Poyet's side have got previous in this fixture - they have won it 1-0 in the last four seasons - but the Black Cats will not win 1-0 this time.

I predict 0-2 to Man City.

Durham-born and former Sunderland Women's player,

Steph Houghton (pictured), predicts a 1-1 draw.

Big lights switch-on

Andy Bell

BBC Tees

I've been to meet a family that have put up and switched on their Christmas lights. You might be able to see their house from space.

Pratchett house with Christmas lights

They've filled their garden and front room with hundreds of lights and decorations to raise money for the Redcar Lifeboat team.

I'll have more with Tina and Geoff Pratchett from Redcar on BBC Tees at 17:25. Click the Live Coverage button to listen.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A British explorer who is only the eighth person in history to reach the South Pole, solo and unsupported, has been talking to children on Teesside about his adventures.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.

Boost for science project

The Chancellor George Osborne has announced a new £20m science project in Newcastle

during the Autumn Statement.

Autumn Statement

The Innovation Hub for Aging Science is one of a series of measures the Government hopes will boost the economy of the North of England.

He said: "We back the brilliant work on aging being conducted at Newcastle University."

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Meeting a Falcon

Matt Newsum

BBC Sport

I've been speaking with Newcastle Falcons' prop Kieran Brookes after his England call-up.

Kieran Brookes

He told me that the training and Test rugby was intense but he was glad the Falcons have been doing well in his absence.

You'll be able to see my interview with him on BBC Look North tonight and the BBC Sport website soon.

Serious crash in Northumberland

A serious crash has happened in Northumberland and the injured have been taken to hospital.

Map of Northumberland

Two vehicles collided at 14:00 on the A697 West Hedgeley, near Powburn. Diversions are in place and the road is likely to be closed for a few hours, Northumbria Police says.

There is queuing traffic in both directions,

BBC Travel News says.

New trains for northern rail routes

Investment in new rolling stock for rail franchises in the north of England has been announced by the government.

Passengers buying tickets
Northern Rail

The move is part of Chancellor George Osborne's ambition to create a northern economic "powerhouse". It means the Northern Rail and Trans-Pennine Express routes will see the current "pacer" trains replaced with new and modern vehicles.

Mr Osborne said in his Autumn Statement announcement that the current rolling stock was "ancient and unpopular".

Son stole from dementia sufferer father

Hannah McMahon

BBC Tees

A County Durham dementia sufferer died without knowing the son he trusted stole thousands of pounds from him.

Robert Simpson was in his 90s when he passed away in October. Durham Crown Court was told his son, who is also called Robert, stole more than £23,000 between March 2010 and January this year.

The 62-year-old, from Gilesgate in Durham, was given an eight-month suspended prison sentence after admitting theft.

Another frosty night

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

Mainly clear at first, then staying dry overnight, with a mix of cloudy intervals and clear spells. Frost is likely to form in places, especially in inland areas, with isolated fog patches forming also.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: -3C (27F).

Check the forecast near you.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A County Durham dementia sufferer died without knowing the son he trusted stole thousands of pounds from him.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.

Wait for goodwill continues

A cinema, that appealed for people who bought tickets online to pay for them, has said they won't know if their customers have paid until after Christmas.

Tyneside Cinema

Technical problems with the e-ticketing system used by Tyneside Cinema meant

some tickets were issued without payment being taken.

It came to light when customers got in touch saying their card statements had shown no record of a charge. For security reasons, the box office did not keep card details, so it is now relying on people's goodwill.

Rosemary Conley joins Jonathan

I've had a lovely birthday, thank you all for sharing it with me this morning. It was great to see fitness author Rosemary Conley show up on my doorstep to switch on my Christmas lights.

Rosemary Conley and Jonathan Miles

If you missed it, you can catch up by clicking the Live Coverage tab and clicking catch up.

Man rescued after crash

A man has been rescued after a car plunged down a steep embankment in Weardale, the Great North Air Ambulance Service says.

Car at the bottom of embankment

The 38-year-old driver was assessed by the crew's emergency department and suffered minor injuries.

What does it mean for NE?

Richard Moss

Political editor, North East & Cumbria

Here are some points from the

Autumn statement that affects the North East.

George Osborne says he will "refund VAT for our search and rescue, and air ambulance organisations across the whole UK", a comment the Great North Air Ambulance Service has welcomed.

There was also an announcement which includes £28m for Sedgefield Catapult Centre to develop high value manufacturing.

Chancellor will provide tax break for children's TV productions - good news for Wolfblood and Dumping Ground which have been filmed in the North East.

See the main key points from the Autumn Statement here.

Sunderland v Man City

Match facts: Sunderland have drawn their last three matches, winning just one of their last six.

Lee Cattermole getting a yellow card
Getty Images

Lee Cattermole has been booked in six of his last 10 Premier League appearances for Sunderland.

The Black Cats have gone three home league games without a win (D2, L1), scoring just once in those matches.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Police in Germany say a Northumbria University student who died on an exchange trip had amphetamines in her blood.
  • BBC Tees: A Teesside manufacturing company says it's expecting to create hundreds of new jobs over the next five years.

Sunderland v Man City

The Stadium of Light will

play host to Manchester City in the Premier League this evening at 19:45.

Manuel Pellegrini and Gus Poyet
Michael Regan

Sunderland remain stretched defensively with both Billy Jones and Patrick van Aanholt still on the sidelines.

On-loan defender Sebastian Coates could make his first league start for the Black Cats.

Your pictures: First frost

Jair Franz Vieser from Newcastle sent us this picture of the first frost of the Winter in Otterburn, Northumberland.

Frost in Otterburn
Jair Franz Vieser

You can send your pictures by email: or tweet

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

Match analysis

Although Newcastle United had 58% of possession in their

1-1 draw against Burnley, the Clarets had 12 shots when the Magpies had 11.

Burnley v Newcastle
Getty Images

Papiss Cisse extended his lead as Newcastle's top scorer with his goal last night increasing his tally to five.

Both sides committed a dozen fouls during the game and had two yellow cards.

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Frost on the field

Matt Newsum

BBC Sport

I've been to Durham County Cricket Club's ground on the way into work this morning and I snapped this picture of the frost laying on the field.

Frost in Durham

Meanwhile, if you missed it last week,

Durham's fixtures have been released for the 2015 season.

You can send your pictures by email: or tweet

Pardew's reward

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew says

his side got their reward for taking risks with the ball during their
1-1 draw away to Burnley.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew

George Boyd fired in from outside the area to give the Clarets a first-half lead, but Papiss Cisse's second-half strike earned Newcastle a point.

Daryl Janmaat collected his third Premier League assist of the season for Newcastle - Everton's Leighton Baines, with six, is the only defender who has more.

More on worker losing toes

Teesside steel firm, SM Thompson Limited, has been

fined after a 25-year-old man was crushed by a press and had to have three toes amputated.

Health and Safety Executive inspector Paul Wilson said: "This worker's injuries need not have happened. The failure of SM Thompson to look properly at the risks involved and then organise the lifting operation properly put staff at needless risk.

"This sadly led to the painful and life-changing injuries suffered by this young man."

A189 closed southbound

The A189 Spine Road in Bebside in Northumberland is closed southbound and there's queuing traffic between the A193 Front Street junction and Three Horse Shoes Roundabout because of an accident involving a tractor and two cars. A diversion is in operation.

Map of Northumberland

More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

Dry with sunshine

Keeley Donovan

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

The rest of the day should be dry and fine with some long spells of sunshine. There will be some cloud around and temperatures will struggle, but it should feel pleasant enough with light winds.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 6C (43F).

Check the forecast near you.

Frozen warning from police

Police have borrowed from the Disney smash hit Frozen to pass on crime prevention tips to drivers.

Cleveland Police tweeted the warning after three drivers who left their cars unattended while they defrosted them were victims of thieves.

The tweet reads: "When it's FROZEN, thieves will get their HANS on cars left unattended with their engines running. Don't be the one to LET IT GO."

West Yorkshire Police were quick to

respond with "
@ClevelandPolice Genius! The cold never bothered thieves anyway."

On the lunchtime BBC Look North

Colin Briggs

BBC Look North

The Northumberland Sunday league football official, banned for four months after

suggesting that a woman's place was in the kitchen rather than as an official on the field, has been talking about his punishment for the first time.

John Cummings

John Cummings believes his lengthy ban and £250 fine is completely out of proportion in comparison with punishments handed down by the FA for other incidents, including racist remarks.

He says he has had great support from Sunday League committee members and that he will be back. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

More on Rippon's degree

Angela Rippon has been awarded an honorary doctorate of civil law at Newcastle University.

Angela Rippon

She is an ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society and co-chairs the Prime Minister's Dementia-Friendly Communities Champions Group.

She said: "To know that I am now associated with the university through this doctorate and the work that is being done is enormously gratifying."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include: