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  1. Updates on Wednesday 10 December 2014

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Good evening

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

We leave you with this photo from North East photographer Paul Kingston, who works for

North News and Pictures. His snap of a frozen cascade of water in County Durham has been nominated for
The Guardian's world agency photographer of the year prize.

A frozen casacade of water in County Durham
Paul Kingston / North News

Hartlepool murder probe victim named

A woman found dead in Hartlepool has been named as 39-year-old Angela Wrightson.

Officers were called to her home in Stephen Street yesterday at 09:00 and found her body. A post-mortem exam revealed she died from "blood loss and substantial injuries".

Two girls aged 13 and 14 are currently being questioned by police.

Police in Hartlepool
BBC

This evening and tonight

There will be some clear spells overnight, but with occasional wintry showers, giving further accumulations over the Cheviots and Pennines. Becoming frosty by morning and feeling very cold in the blustery winds.

Weather forecast for tonight
BBC

Minimum temperature: 0C (32F).

Check the forecast near you.

'More to do to help schools'

BBC Tees

Oftsed says secondary schools in the North East need to build on the good work being done by primary schools.

More than half of pupils in Middlesbrough and Hartlepool go to a school rated below good - where 8 out of 10 primary schools are good or outstanding.

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Firm fined after driver hit by forklift

A County Durham stairlift manufacturer has been fined after a delivery driver was seriously injured when he was hit by a reversing forklift truck.

The driver, 62, from Gloucester, was working for a haulage contractor when he was struck as he made a delivery to Meditek Ltd in Northfield Way, Newton Aycliffe, on 7 November 2013. He suffered severe bruises and his toe had to be amputated.

The HSE told Darlington Magistrates' Court the management of vehicles and pedestrians was inadequate and delivery drivers were allowed to walk around the loading area while their lorry was loaded.

Meditek was fined £3,300 and ordered to pay £790.60 costs and £1,000 compensation after it admitted health and safety charges.

Tonight's Trauma Week report

Sharon Barbour

BBC Look North

As part of Look North's Trauma Week, today I'm reporting on the extraordinary story of Nikita Smith.

Nikita Smith
BBC

The 16-year-old motorcycling champ was involved in a serious road crash. When the Great North Air Ambulance arrived at the scene her heart was stopping. They restarted it but it stopped twice more in the helicopter on the way to James Cook University Hospital, and again in intensive care.

Now she is making a full recovering and told me how she will never take anything for granted again. Watch my report on Look North BBC One from 18:30 or

if you miss it you can catch up here.

Thousands in line for Rock pay-out

More than 40,000 people are in line to receive thousands of pounds in compensation

following a High Court ruling over the wording of documents sent out by former bank Northern Rock.

Northern Rock Asset Management (NRAM), the state-owned part of the company, will have to pay £258m of taxpayer funds in refunded interest to 41,000 borrowers if it does not overturn the decision.

The case relates to the Rock's 'Together Mortgage' during 1999 to 2008. The deal allowed customers to borrow up to 95% of the value of their home on a secured basis, as well as take out an unsecured loan of up to £30,000.

Military bell sold at auction

A rare Victory Bell made from metal taken from German warplanes shot down over Britain has sold at auction for £110.

The Victory Bell sold at auction in Newcastle
Anderson and Garland

It was part of a box of collectibles auctioned in Newcastle today and had been valued at £30. Victory Bells were crafted after World War Two to raise money to support the work of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

The bell, sold by Anderson and Garland, was inscribed with Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt and had a V for victory sign on the handle. It came from an estate in Berwick.

Missing teenagers found safe

Two teenagers who went missing in Middlesbrough have been found safe and well. The 16-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl have been located safe and well in the area.

Cleveland Police thanked the public and media for their assistance.

Tino's troubles continue

BBC Sport have more on

former Newcastle United striker Faustino Asprilla being forced out of his home.

Faustino Asprilla playing for Newcastle
Getty Images

Asprilla played 54 times for the Magpies between 1996 and 1998. He is perhaps best remembered on Tyneside for his Champions League hat-trick in the 3-2 win over Barcelona.

DIY burials in focus

Adrian Pitches

Environment correspondent, BBC North-East

Have you buried your gran in the back garden? South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck claims poor people are conducting DIY burials. Is that you?

Tweet me here.

Boro boss lands touchline ban

Middlesbrough FC tweets:

Aitor Karanka has been handed a one-match touchline ban by the FA. Full story to follow on mfc.co.uk.

Aitor Karanka
Getty Images

He was charged with improper conduct 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.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

How times change...

John Foster

BBC Tees

So Uptons became Psyche and Post House became the Sporting Lodge.

I've been asking if there are any other landmark Teesside places that we still remember the old name of?

Psych in Middlesbrough
BBC

Ian Elcoate writes on Facebook: The Crown was the ABC, saw Jaws there

Judy Twist says: The Dragonara on Fry Street, is now The Thistle hotel

EasyJet launches more Newcastle flights

EasyJet has announced it is launching three new routes from Newcastle Airport.

EasyJet plane
easyJet

From June next year it will fly to Split in Croatia, as well as the Greek islands of Corfu and Rhodes.

Chris Sanders, aviation development director at the airport, said it "further strengthens" the airline's offering from Newcastle.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

Ronnie's backing Blyth

Jon Harle

BBC Newcastle

Blyth Valley Labour MP Ronnie Campbell still wears his Blyth Spartans scarf at Prime Minister's Questions! Here he is, third from the right.

Prime Minister's Questions
BBC

Woman was murdered

Police have confirmed they are treating

a woman's death in Hartlepool as murder following a post-mortem examination.

Police van in Stephen Street, Hartlepool
BBC

The body was discovered at a property on Stephen Street yesterday morning.

Two girls, aged 13 and 14, have been arrested and are being questioned by officers from Cleveland Police.

Ticket details announced for cup clash

Matthew Raisbeck

BBC Newcastle

Gateshead FC have been given an initial allocation of 2,600 tickets for the

FA Cup third-round tie at Premier League West Brom next month.

Gateshead celebrate scoring against Warrington
BBC Sport

Tickets will cost £15 for adults, £5 for seniors and students and £3 for juniors.

The Conference club knocked out Warrington last weekend.

Metro reveals festive schedule

Metro chiefs have announced details of their Christmas timetable.

Metro train arriving at station
PA

There will be a reduced service on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year's Eve with no services on Christmas Day or New Year's Day.

Services will, however, be boosted from Thursday until Tuesday 23 December with extra trains running. It means you'll be able to catch a train every five minutes in Newcastle city centre.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

Ferrets stolen from Ashington home

Adrian Pitches

Environment correspondent, BBC North-East

Only in the North East. Police are appealing for information after two ferrets were stolen from a house in Ashington, Northumberland.

It happened between 21:00 on Sunday and 09:00 on Monday in Rosalind Street. One of the ferrets is a brown and black female with a white stomach and the other a brown-coloured male. The male has a black mark on its nose and a yellow tipped tale.

Boys charged over explosives

Two teenage boys have been charged with explosives offences after properties in Northumberland and Tyneside were searched by police.

The pair, aged 15 and 16, who have not been named, are accused of possessing items connected to making explosives and are due to appear in court later.

The arrests followed searches of properties in Seaton Delaval and Whitley Bay on Monday.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

Tino Asprilla 'threatened by gang'

Former Newcastle United striker Faustino Asprilla says he will leave his home city in Colombia after being threatened by a criminal gang looking to extort money.

Faustino Asprilla playing for Newcastle United
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Asprilla, 45, said masked, armed men entered his homestead on the outskirts of Tulua.

"They were four (men) in two cars... they threatened me, they told me to contact their chief because if I didn't they would kill my family and me," Asprilla was quoted by the daily El Tiempo as saying.