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  1. Updates from Thursday 11 December 2014

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Good evening

That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Friday. Judith Asbury sent us this lovely picture of a sprinkling of snow on fields in Rothbury, Northumberland.

Snow in Rothbury
Judith Asbury

You can send your pictures by email:

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

Weather forecast

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will stay windy with a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers. These showers are likely to fall as sleet and snow at times with some slight accumulations in places, particularly over the Pennines and other high ground. The winds will ease a little but it'll still feel cold out.

Maximum temperature: 4C (39F).

Check the forecast near you.

Surviving traumatic injuries

Sharon Barbour

BBC Look North

All this week, Look North is examining the life-saving work of two major trauma centres in the region. Tonight - a new plan which may save more lives.

It's estimated about half of the patients who don't survive traumatic injuries, die from bleeding.

Paramedic using equipment
BBC

A new scheme will allow the Air Ambulance to carry blood on board, to give transfusions at the scene of accidents. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Cash boost to support male rape victims

Male victims of rape are to be supported with a new £600,000 government fund.

Twelve charities, including Sunderland Counselling Service, are to be given money from the new Male Rape Support Fund which was announced earlier by Victims Minister Mike Penning.

Ministry of Justice poster
Ministry of Justice

He said nationally about 75,000 men were victims of sexual assault in 2012-13, but few went to the police for help because the crime was "taboo". The fund will support the chosen charities over two years.

Teenagers appear at crown court

Two teenagers have appeared before a crown court judge

charged with murdering a 39-year-old woman.

The girls aged 13 and 14 appeared before Teesside Crown Court separately, and the judge, prosecution and defence barristers did not wear wigs on account of the defendants' age.

No details of the alleged murder were read out and no pleas were entered. The judge said a preliminary hearing will be held on 18 December to set out a timetable for the case. The defendants will not be at the hearing.

North east chart of 'the three Rs'

The Redcar and Cleveland Council area has the

highest percentage of pupils achieving level four in maths, reading and writing in the North East, according to new figures.

South Tyneside has the lowest percentage but has a higher points average than Middlesbrough which stands second-bottom.

Table of authorities
BBC

In the table, the average point score - the average number of points per pupil in the tests - is used as a tie break.

See how the North East compares to the rest of the country.

Stony bank closed

Stony Bank in Willington is closed near the A690 Low Willington junction in County Durham because of an accident involving car and a lorry.

One lane is blocked southbound and there's slow traffic on the A167 Durham Road in Lamesley near the A1 junction because of a broken down car. More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: Police are appealing for witnesses to a sexual assault on a teenage girl in the Dormanstown area.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.

Council to monitor roads

Durham County Council

tweets: Update - The roads which were closed earlier due to snow drifts have now reopened but will continue to be checked throughout the evening.

A68 passable with care

Snowfall and strong winds are affecting driving conditions on the A68 northbound near to the border with Scotland at Carter Bar,

Northumbria Police says.

The road is passable with extreme care however HGVs are asked to consider alternative routes if possible.

Snow on the A68
TVMRT

Earlier,

dozens of cars were stranded when snow blocked a section of the road.

Sheep killed by animal on farm

More than a dozen sheep have been killed at a farm near Darlington.

It is believed an animal was allowed to run wild amongst the 20-strong flock on the farm, which is near Barmpton Grange Cottages in the early hours of Monday. The owner of the farm was alarmed and saddened by the injuries.

Sheep
Durham Constabulary

Sergeant Simon Cowan from Darlington Police said: "The animal involved would have been exhausted after such a prolonged attack and would have been covered in blood. It is very possible that a dog inflicted the injuries."

Woman killed in A1 crash

It's been confirmed a woman has died following a crash on the A1 near Alnwick between two cars and a lorry.

The victim was one of the car drivers, a woman in her 40s, Northumbria Police say.

It happened at about 07:00 and the road was closed in both directions while emergency services attended.

Homelessness higher than figures show

The Chronicle

Newspaper

The true scale of homelessness in the North East is much higher than official figures show,

a report by a leading think tank argues today.

Man on street
The Chronicle

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

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Refund for those fined?

The Gazette

Drivers entering a bus lane close to one of Middlesbrough's busiest roundabouts will soon receive a warning before they are fined. Those who have already been fined are set be refunded - if they received the fixed penalty charge for their first offence.

No police escort for fans

Helen Richardson

BBC Newcastle News Editor

Sunderland supporters heading to next week's derby by train will not receive a police escort through Newcastle.

Sunderland fans arriving at St James' Park
BBC

Ahead of last season's derby in Newcastle, Sunderland fans were angered about plans to keep them in a police bubble, which meant people were not allowed to make their own arrangements to travel to St James' Park. Following protests over the plans in January both clubs decided to remove the restrictions.

However, in February,

smoke grenades were thrown as hundreds of Sunderland football fans were escorted through Newcastle city centre ahead of the match.

Ch Supt Steve Neill, who is in charge of policing for this year's match at St James' Park on 21 December, says he hopes the event marks a fresh start and provides a positive legacy for the future.

Girl, 15, sexually assaulted

A teenage girl has been sexually assaulted while out walking in Redcar.

A 15-year-old girl was making her way along Staithes Road and turned onto Bilsdale Avenue at about 08:20 yesterday, when a man riding a mountain bike pulled in front of her and indecently assaulted her.

The male is described as white, of skinny build with a shaved bald head and aged 30-40 years. He was wearing a dark jumper and was riding a dark blue mountain bike which had white writing on the frame. Cleveland Police are appealing for witnesses.

Three-vehicle crash on A179

Hartlepool Mail

The A179 was closed in both directions after a

three-vehicle smash on a bridge over the A19.

Police were forced to close the A179, past Hart on the outskirts of Hartlepool, after the crash between two heavy goods vehicles and a van.

Smashed HGV
Hartlepool Mail

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

A1 reopens after accident

Northumbria Police

tweets: A1 now open after earlier collision. Motorists are thanked for their cooperation.

Tears at court appearance

Two teenagers,

charged with murder, have appeared before Teesside Youth Court in Middlesbrough.

The 13-year-old defendant was watched by her parents, her mother cried as she was brought into court in handcuffs.

Separately, the 14-year-old appeared in tears and she wiped her eyes with a tissue. Her father was in court for the hearing. They are both due in crown court later.

Neighbour relives blaze discovery

Sunderland Echo

The neighbour of a Sunderland man who died when fire swept through his home today

relived the awful moment she discovered the blaze.

Police in Sunderland
Sunderland Echo

Girls held in secure accommodation

Two teenage girls have appeared in court after

being charged with the murder of a woman in Hartlepool.

The girls, aged 13 and 14, are charged with killing Angela Wrightson, 39, whose body was discovered at her home in Stephen Street, Hartlepool, on Tuesday morning.

Both of the girls will be held in secure accommodation before appearing at Teesside Crown Court this afternoon.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

Osborne visits university

Chancellor George Osborne is visiting Newcastle University today, following his announcement of £20m for a new ageing centre there.

It is part of the government's

£7bn Northern Powerhouse pledge made at last week's Autumn Statement.

The centre will cement the North's position as a science and technology hub, which supports about 1,300 jobs in the city.

Tributes for murder victim

Hartlepool Mail

Tributes have been paid to Angela Wrightson (pictured) as two girls are set to appear in court charged with her murder.

Angela Wrightson
Hartlepool Mail

Ashley 'certain' to reach target

Helen Richardson

BBC Newcastle News Editor

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley's Sports Direct chain says it's "certain" to achieve its target this year - that'll mean a bonus payout for staff.

About 3,000 employees are set to share a pot of £34m next year - despite trading being affected by mild autumn weather.

Earnings are up 11% to £203m for the half-year to October - so Sports Direct is now more than two-thirds of the way towards its £300m target.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A Middlesbrough man's in hospital after a fire started in his kitchen last night.
  • BBC Newcastle: Sunderland supporters heading to next week's football derby by train will not receive a police escort through Newcastle.

Scores of vehicles stranded

Phil Mawson

BBC News

Up to 100 vehicles were stranded when snow blocked a section of the A68 on the England-Scotland border.

About 40 volunteers from three mountain rescue teams joined police in a three-hour operation to clear the road in the early hours of this morning.

No-one was reported hurt, but the road was blocked in both directions around Carter Bar until about 02:00. Forecasters say more snow is expected to fall across the North East today, mainly on higher ground.

Check the forecast near you.

Catch up on The Apprentice

If you missed The Apprentice last night, the candidates are asked to tap into an emerging trend by creating a brand new range of premium puddings before pitching them to Britain's supermarket giants.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke
BBC

Find out how Sunderland entrepreneur Katie Bulmer-Cooke got on by watching the episode on iPlayer.

Snow 'came as surprise'

Snow left up to 100 vehicles stranded on the England-Scotland border.

A spokesman for the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team, which is funded through donations, said the speed at which the snow came down took motorists by surprise.

Car in snow
TVMRT

He said: "There were about 70 vehicles stuck south of the border and another 30 on the Scottish side. The snow was only four or five inches deep, but it was the speed at which it fell that took everyone by surprise."