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  1. Updates on Monday 8 December 2014

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Good evening

Simon Armstrong

BBC News

That's all today from BBC Local Live in the North East. We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from where you live.

We leave you with this photo Mark Mowbray sent us of Santa and his helpers Elsa and Anna leaving Newcastle for Sunderland. And remember, he knows if you've been naughty or nice...

Santa, Elsa & Anna departing Sunderland
Mark Mowbray

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Park event will enchant again

Enchanted Parks is set to return to Gateshead this week and organisers say they are expecting more than 20,000 visitors across its five-night run.

Enchanted Parks in Gateshead, 2013
Craig Connor

The annual event sees artists from the North East and across the country transform Saltwell Park with colourful creations.

Opening on Wednesday, it will run until Sunday.

'Thousands missing from electoral register'

The Chronicle

A voting switch-over has hit university cities like Newcastle the hardest -

with 18,500 people now missing from the electoral register in Tyneside.

A ballot box
The Chronicle

Newcastle is among the worst-hit of the English core cities after a change in voter registration came into effect in the summer.

Dogs found shot on street

BBC Newcastle

Two dogs found dead in the street in County Durham had been

shot with an airgun.

The bodies of the lurchers were found on Roseberry Terrace and Cheapside in Shildon yesterday. X-rays showed they had pellets lodged in their lungs.

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Costly round this Christmas

Police are once again warning motorists not to get behind the wheel after having a drink this Christmas.

Police officer breath tests driver
BBC

Northumbria Police's motor patrols chief inspector John Heckels said: "It's really not worth the risk. That next round of drinks could end up costing you your licence, up to £5,000 or the possibility of spending your Christmas in prison.

"Even more sobering is the thought that getting behind the wheel of a car while drunk, or under the influence of drugs, hugely increases your chance of being in a collision and the chance of seriously injuring or killing someone."

News on the Hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A man has been told he's facing a life sentence for stabbing to death a man in County Durham in a botched robbery.
  • BBC Tees: It's been claimed in Parliament that lone parents in Darlington are being forced to leave their young children alone at home to attend government job assessment interviews.

Man admits robbery stab murder

A man has admitted stabbing a man whose body was found in a County Durham field after a robbery.

Daniel Oxley was told to expect a life sentence after he

pleaded guilty to the murder of Michael Outhwaite.

Michael Outhwaite
Durham Police

He will return to Newcastle Crown Court for sentencing in January.

'I was trapped in a boy's body'

Jon Harle

BBC Newcastle

Coming up at 16:15 on BBC Newcastle, I'll be chatting to Pammy Rose - the transgender beauty contestant who is bidding to win a place on the next series of Big Brother.

Pammy Rose
BBC

The 22-year-old from Seaham, who was born Paul Witten, is on the waiting list for a sex change operation.

Pammy recently made it to the final of The Face of Sunderland modelling competition.

You can listen live to the show by clicking here.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A man has been told he's facing a life sentence for stabbing to death a man in County Durham in a botched robbery.
  • BBC Tees: Farmers on the Eston Hills say their land is being targeted by vandals and joy-riders and their animals are being killed.

Funeral of 'spiked drink' student

The funeral has taken place of a Northumbria University student who claimed her drink had been spiked while on an exchange trip in Germany.

Jane Khalaf, from Huddersfield, collapsed after a carnival in Cologne.

Jane Khalaf's parents
BBC

The 19-year-old was put on life support but died eight days' later.

All aboard!

Jon Harle

BBC Newcastle

In today's show from 16:00 on BBC Newcastle, organisers of the Clipper Round the World race say they are looking for volunteers to sail the world.

Clipper at sea
BBC

You can

listen live by clicking here.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: Farmers on the Eston Hills say their land is being targeted by vandals and joy-riders and their animals are being killed.
  • BBC Newcastle: Police and the RSPCA are investigating the deaths of two dogs in County Durham after it's thought they were shot with an air rifle.

Newcastle's goals tell story over stats

As these figures show, Jose Mourinho's side had the lion's share of possession on Saturday at St James' Park and almost three times as many shots on goal as Newcastle United.

Newcastle United v Chelsea match stats
BBC Sport

Alan Pardew's men held firm, though, and brought the Londoners' 23-match unbeaten run to an end.

Newcastle now sit seventh in the table with Chelsea seeing their lead cut to three points by Manchester City.

Funeral of 'drink spike' teenager held

About 100 people have attended the funeral of teenager Jane Khalaf.

Funeral scene
BBC

The 19-year-old collapsed after going to a carnival in Cologne.

The Northumbria University student told her friends she thought her drink had been spiked.

She died in November after eight days on life-support.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A man has been told he's facing a life sentence for stabbing to death a man in County Durham in a botched robbery.
  • BBC Newcastle: Police and the RSPCA are investigating the deaths of two dogs in County Durham after it's thought they were shot with an air rifle.

Sex attack on young girl

A young girl has been sexually assaulted in an alleyway in Ashington, Northumberland.

She was approached by the man in a lane off Queen Street and attacked between 4:45pm and 5:30pm on Friday, police say.

Supt Mick Paterson said: "This is a very serious allegation of sexual assault on a young child and inquiries are ongoing to find out exactly what took place and who is responsible. We arrested a 33-year-old man in connection with the incident and he has been bailed pending further inquiries."

On Look North this lunchtime

Colin Briggs

BBC Look North

Coming up on the lunchtime Look North, a man has admitted murdering another man during a robbery which went wrong in County Durham.

We'll also have news of the funeral of

Northumbria University student Jane Khalaf, who died in Germany last month after attending a carnival in Cologne where she told friends her drink had been spiked.

In sport, there'll be reaction to Blyth Spartans' fairytale FA Cup win over Hartlepool. Watch live on BBC One at 13:30 or

catch up here.

Haymarket Metro station closed

Tyne and Wear Metro

tweets: Haymarket closed due to a problem with the power supply. No bus replacement service running. More information to follow.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A man has been told he's facing a life sentence for stabbing to death a man in County Durham in a botched robbery.
  • BBC Newcastle: Police and the RSPCA are investigating the deaths of two dogs in County Durham after it's thought they were shot with an air rifle.

Road to Wembley

Former Newcastle United and England skipper Alan Shearer will help conduct tonight's draw for the FA Cup third round.

FA Cup third-round draw
BBC

Get ready to look out for your team's number. Our teams are: 26. Middlesbrough; 28. Newcastle United; 37. Sunderland; 52. Blyth Spartans; 55. Gateshead.

Watch it live on

BBC Two at 19:00.

In the papers today

BBC Sport

So what's new in today's football gossip column?

The Daily Mail reports former Newcastle United midfielder Nolberto Solano, 39, wants to prove himself as a manager in English or Scottish football, and the Peruvian has targeted vacancies at Motherwell and Hartlepool United.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A man's admitted murdering another man during a robbery which went wrong in County Durham.
  • BBC Newcastle: Two dogs have died after being shot in Shildon.

Lib Dems pick election candidates

Richard Moss

Political editor, North East & Cumbria

There's been two Lib Dem parliamentary selections. Nick Cott has been picked for Newcastle Central, and Dr Wendy Taylor for Newcastle East. Both are local councillors.

Mr Cott will be trying to overturn Labour MP Chi Onwurah's majority of 7,464. Dr Taylor will be trying to overcome Labour MP Nick Brown's majority of 4,453.

Spartans still celebrating

In the FA Cup,

Blyth Spartans kicked off the second-round upsets by defeating League Two Hartlepool 2-1 on Friday.

Blyth Spartans celebrate their FA Cup win over Hartlepool
AFP

Spartans will be one of eight non-league sides in the hat when the draw for the third round takes place tonight.

Joining them will be Conference club

Gateshead, who overcame Warrington Town 2-0 yesterday.