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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 4 December 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Friday

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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 Friday. Bernard Cruickshank sent us this lovely picture of a train going travelling over the Croxdale Viaduct near Durham.

Train in Durham
Bernard Cruickshank

You can send your pictures by email to

northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk or tweet
@BBCNewsNE and we may feature them on BBC Local Live tomorrow.

Russell Brand group comes to Newcastle

The Chronicle

A protest group which hit the headlines after occupying vacant flats in London is coming to Newcastle.

Russell Brand
The Chronicle

Focus E15, whose backers include comedian Russell Brand, are in the city on Sunday to speak about their campaign and how it is relevant to the North East.

Boy dialled 999 to save mum

Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars

BBC Newcastle

A seven-year-old County Durham boy is being praised for dialling 999 when his mum collapsed.

Ryan watson and his five-year-old sister had been taught what to do if their mother had an epileptic fit, so they rang for help straight away.

Speaking to BBC Newcastle, mother Debbie Watson, said: "My husband has always taught them how to put them into a recovery position. I couldn't be more proud of them."

Paramedic Nigel Jones said: "Ryan was very calm on the phone, I thought I was speaking to a much older child. He was an absolute superstar."

Dry and frosty overnight

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

Becoming dry and frosty for a time overnight, but thickening cloud and occasional rain will spread from the northwest during the second half of the night. Clearer conditions to follow again by dawn.

Weather forecast
BBC

Minimum temperature: -2C (28F).

Check the forecast near you.

Air rifle stolen in burglary

An air rifle with a telescopic sight has been stolen during a burglary in Sunderland.

A Stihl saw and bottles of alcohol were also taken during the break-in on Beldene Drive at 14:00 on Sunday.

Neighbourhood Inspector Lisa Laverick said: "It is more than likely these items have been stolen to be sold on and as the rifle is fairly distinctive I'd ask any second-hand firearm dealers who are offered it for sale, or may have already been offered it for sale to contact us."

Health centre closure plan opposed

A plan to close a walk-in health centre in South Tyneside

is to be referred to the government.

Health chiefs last month announced the facility at Jarrow's Palmer Community Hospital will be replaced by an "urgent care hub" at South Tyneside District Hospital in South Shields.

Palmer Community Hospital, Jarrow
BBC

But, councillors unanimously agreed the decision should be reviewed. They said the centre "performs a vital service" for people living in the area and called for it to be retained.

More on prison cell fires

Seven inmates were evacuated and the fire brigade called after six cell fires at HMP Northumberland in Acklington,

however it is not yet known how the fires broke out.

Six of the seven prisoners were later relocated to other jails.

The prison was privatised last December, before Sodexo laid off about 200 staff. A company spokesman said: "Prison staff resolved the situation within a few hours."

More de-icing cars stolen

Martin Forster

BBC Look North

Thieves have been targeting drivers who've left their cars with the engine running to de-ice the windscreen during the cold snap.

There was a spate of thefts yesterday in the Stockton area and it's continued today.

Martin Forster
BBC

I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: The man who runs the NHS in England says patients here on Teesside are right to be concerned about the future of local health services.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.

Prisoners ran riot after cell fires

Prisoners ran riot after fire broke out at a jail, BBC News understands.

Seven inmates were evacuated and the fire brigade was called after six cell fires at HMP Northumberland in Acklington last Thursday.

HMP Northumberland
HMP Northumberland

Violence broke out in the exercise yard following the evacuation, but the inmates surrendered after extra officers were deployed. Sodexo, which runs the prison, confirmed the incident took place.

Woman hit by bus in Stockton

A 75-year-old woman has been left with serious head and chest injuries after being hit by a bus in Stockton.

The woman was airlifted to James Cook University Hospital after the incident which took place at about 13:45 on the town's High Street.

Her injuries are thought to be life-threatening but her condition on arrival to hospital was stable, the Great North Air Ambulance Service says.

Blyth fan reaches 1,506 not out!

Owen Amos

BBC News website

In January 1987, Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister, Bobby Robson was England manager and

Jeff Young missed his last Blyth Spartans match.

Since then, he has seen more than 1,500 Spartans games in a row. That's every game, in every season, for 27 years. The FA Cup first-round tie against Altrincham in November was his 1,500th; the second-round game against Hartlepool, live on the BBC on Friday, will be his 1,507th.

Jeff Young
BBC

"I never intended to reach this milestone," he said. "My motivation is always the next game. I just like going to the match."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: The man who runs the NHS in England says patients here on Teesside are right to be concerned about the future of local health services.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.

Dull and damp

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will be rather cloudy for the rest of this afternoon, with some showery rain in places. It will be fairly dull and damp to end the day.

Weather forecast
BBC

Maximum temperature: 6C (43F).

Check the forecast near you.

'Overwhelmed by donations'

Andy Bell

BBC Tees

A group of friends from around Teesside have set up the "12 days of Christmas project" to give to people who will have nothing this festive season, and they've been blown away by the generosity of local people.

I visited the Southlands Centre in Ormesby to see how it was going.

Clothes that have been donated
BBC

Tracey Gunn told me: "The response we've had has been over whelming. We'll be able to help 50 or 60 families with these clothes. Now what we need is volunteers to help us get through all of the donations."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: The transformation of South Shields town centre has taken another step forward as demolition of a prominent building begins.
  • BBC Tees: There's fresh pressure on the government to electrify the East Coast Mainline from Northallerton to Teesport via Middlesbrough.

Superhero couldn't save Sunderland

Sunderland Echo

A superhero tried to come to the aid of Sunderland last night -

but even Spider-Man couldn't help out the Black Cats.

Man dressed as Spiderman on the pitch at the Stadium of Light
Sunderland Echo

Snow White visits hospital

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

The cast of Newcastle Theatre Royal's panto Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs have visited four wards at the Great North Children's Hospital.

The stars of the show took time out of their busy schedules - 92 performances in 55 days - to spend time chatting to some of their youngest fans, giving out gifts and signing autographs.

Snow White in hospital
Newcastle Theatre Royal Trust

Snow White has already broken box office records to become the theatre's biggest pantomime - more than 83,000 tickets have already been sold and two more performances have been added.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: The transformation of South Shields town centre has taken another step forward as demolition of a prominent building begins.
  • BBC Tees: There's fresh pressure on the government to electrify the East Coast Mainline from Northallerton to Teesport via Middlesbrough.

Stopping the mistakes

Rob Law

BBC Tees

Hartlepool manager Paul Murray has told BBC Tees Sport the most frustrating part of his job is trying to stop his side making the sort of mistakes that have cost them in recent weeks.

Pools are bottom of the Football League and without a league win since Murray took charge in October. They face Blyth Spartans in the FA Cup on Friday night.

Paul Murray
Empics

Blyth manager Tom Wade also says he has no fears of his players being

affected by the match being televised on BBC Two.

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News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A teenage boy is recovering in hospital after being hit by a car in South Shields.
  • BBC Tees: There's fresh pressure on the government to electrify the East Coast Mainline from Northallerton to Teesport via Middlesbrough.

Teenager hit by car

Helen Richardson

BBC Newcastle News Editor

A 15-year-old boy is recovering in hospital after

being hit by a car in South Shields.

The teenager was crossing Stanhope Road at the corner of West Park Road on 20 November at about 08:20. He's still being treated at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary for leg injuries. Police are appealing for witnesses.

On the lunchtime BBC Look North

Adrian Pitches

Environment correspondent, BBC North-East

Just three days after the

Prime Minister paid a flying visit to Northumberland to announce dualling for 13 miles of the A1 north of Newcastle, the transport secretary is also visiting the county to discuss the A1 works - and the region's other transport issues - with local politicians.

Cars on the A1
BBC

I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

Leadbitter extends Boro contract

Grant Leadbitter has

signed a new contract with Middlesbrough which runs until 2018,
the club has confirmed.

The 28-year-old from Chester-le-Street-has signed a new three-and-a-half year deal. This term, he has scored nine goals in 20 games for the Teessiders and also captained the side.

Grant Leadbitter
Getty Images

Boss Aitor Karanka said on the club's website: "It is great news that he has decided to stay with us. He believes in the project at the club, and that is something I want to see from my players. Grant is a very good example to everyone as a professional."

Aguero did 'something special'

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says his side gave Manchester City

"too many options to attack" after they were
beaten 4-1 by the champions at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet: "I can't have too many complaints - they were better than us in every aspect of the game. We started well, but then Aguero appears from nowhere and does something special.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet
BBC

"Sometimes you cannot complain too much - they were quicker and they were better technically."

Drug-smuggler faces jail

Northern Echo

A woman who smuggled prescription drugs into a North-East jail was

told by a judge she is facing an inevitable jail sentence.

Amanda Keenan, 34, of Cresswell Road, Grangetown, Middlesbrough, admitted taking a quantity of diazepam and buprenorphine into Stockton's Holme House prison on July 14 this year.