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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 12 December 2014.
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday.

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Dry night with clear spells

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

Any wintry showers will quickly die out this evening to give a dry night with long clear spells expected, leading to a moderate frost with icy patches forming on untreated surfaces overnight.

Weather foercast
BBC

Minimum temperature: -5C (23F).

Check the forecast near you.

Sunderland FA Cup fixture rearranged

Sunderland will face Leeds United, mimicking the 1973 FA Cup final fixture, in the third round of this year's tournament on Sunday 4 January at 13:00, the club has confirmed.

The Black Cats will meet the Championship club in the competition for the first time since their memorable giant killing in the 1973 final at Wembley Stadium

when the Wearsiders won 1-0.

Two arrests after fraud

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

Police investigating a string of bogus banking calls in the region have arrested two men.

Officers searched addresses in South Shields, where the men, both aged 30, were held over allegations of fraud. The arrests follow a number of calls made to homes by people claiming to be Metropolitan Police officers.

Some victims were duped into withdrawing money from their banks in the belief their accounts were at risk, before handing the cash over to a courier for safe keeping.

WW1 memorial dedicated

The Duke of Cambridge has dedicated a memorial designed by 10-year-old Spencer Turner from Newcastle to the soldiers of World War One who stopped fighting at Christmas in 1914 and played games of football with the enemy.

Watch the video.

The sculpture at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire is a large metal frame in the shape of a football, with two hands clasped together inside it.

Duke of Cambridge at memorial
BBC

Prince William, who is the president of the Football Association, said it was important never to forget the moment of humanity expressed in the truce.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

Delays and cancellations possible

Passengers in Newcastle are facing flight disruption

after a computer failure at the UK's air traffic control centre in London.

Newcastle Airport

tweets: The earlier national air traffic control issue is in the process of being resolved however, we still expect there to be some delays and possible cancellations. If you have any concerns please check with your airline.

Keep up-to-date with Newcastle's departures.

Crew use bin lorry to get to patient

Robert Cooper

BBC News Online

A crew from the Great North Air Ambulance Service

had to flag down a bin lorry to reach a critically-injured patient in North Tyneside.

An 87-year-old pedestrian was hit by a car in Whitley Road, Whitley Bay at 09:45, the GNAAS said. There was no room to land the helicopter at the scene, so the crew flew to the town's nearby war memorial intending to reach the man on foot.

Whitley Bay War Memorial
Google

But the team flagged down a passing bin lorry, which took them to him. The crew treated him at the scene and took him by road ambulance to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, where he is in a critical condition.

Museum appeals for 1950s homes

Kristie Kinghorn

BBC News Online

People in the north east of England are

being given the chance to have their house rebuilt at a museum.

Beamish, in County Durham, is appealing for semi-detached houses built between 1950 and 59 to use as a design base to replicate at a new attraction.

Houses in Newbottle in 1953
Beamish

The 1950s-style development will also include a cafe, shops, police house, cinema and recreation area. Museum director Richard Evans said it was a "unique opportunity" for people's homes to become part of history.

Passengers advised to arrive on time

Some flights from Newcastle Airport may be affected after flights in London were

disrupted due to a computer failure.

However, passengers are still being encouraged to arrive on time for their scheduled flight.

A spokesperson for Newcastle Airport says: "A national air traffic systems failure is affecting departures from Newcastle. Passengers should still come to the airport for their flight."

Keep up-to-date with Newcastle's departures.

Sunderland v West Ham

Nick Barnes

BBC Newcastle commentator

When Saturday comes so do the Hammers. I'll have

full-match commentary on BBC Newcastle of Sunderland v West Ham.

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher is expected to start after overcoming the back injury which restricted him to a place on the bench against Liverpool.

Nick Barnes' book
BBC

Sebastian Coates is available after being ineligible to face his parent club but Emanuele Giaccherini and Billy Jones are not yet fit to return.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

Sunderland v West Ham

Sunderland will host West Ham tomorrow in the Premier League as they hope to improve on their 0-0 draw against Liverpool.

Black Cats' striker Steven Fletcher is expected to start after overcoming the back injury which restricted him to a place on the bench against Liverpool.

Sebastian Coates is available after being ineligible to face his parent club but Emanuele Giaccherini and Billy Jones are not yet fit to return.

Boy's WW1 memorial unveiled

Peter Harris

Look North

The Duke of Cambridge has dedicated a memorial to the Christmas Truce of World War 1. It was designed by 10-year-old Spencer Turner from Newcastle.

He entered a competition to design a memorial to the moment soldiers were said to have stopped fighting and played football in 1914.

Roy Hodgson with students
BBC

It was unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. England manager Roy Hodgson also showed support at the unveiling.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: Police are warning people to be vigilant after a number of people in the North East have been targeted by telephone fraudsters.
  • BBC Newcastle: A car containing a four-year-old boy reached speeds of almost 100mph, before crashing, as its banned driver tried to escape police.

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Arsenal v Newcastle

Newcastle are without midfielder Moussa Sissoko and defender Steven Taylor because of suspension

as they travel to the Emirates Stadium tomorrow.

Captain Fabricio Coloccini is expected to be fit, while midfielder Mehdi Abeid could return from a toe injury.

Newcastle have won just two of their last 28 meetings with Arsenal in all competitions (W2, D8, L18).

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A Cleveland Police dog handler has been interviewed under caution over the death of a Teesside woman who died after being bitten during a search.
  • BBC Newcastle: A car containing a four-year-old boy reached speeds of almost 100mph, before crashing, as its banned driver tried to escape police.

Arcade to reopen

A year on and one of the most iconic buildings on our coastline is almost set to reopen.

The Arcade, which sits at one end of the Grade II listed Saltburn Pier, has been closed for over year after it was

flooded in the tidal surge last winter.

Saltburn pier and cliff lift
BBC

Grant Seldon, director of Saltburn Leisure Limited, says: "We're looking to try and reopen before the end of January, but we will definitely be open before the half-term in February. It's a focal point and an iconic view, so it's very important and we've had a lot of positivity from the people of Saltburn."

Man hit by bus in Stockton

BBC Tees

Another person has been hit by a bus on Stockton High Street - the fourth in three months.

The 83-year-old man was knocked down outside the Castlegate Centre this morning. He's not thought to be seriously injured.

Earlier this week, James Wharton, Conservative MP for Stockton South, called for the road layout of Stockton High Street to be reviewed.

Coming up

Mark Denten

Political Correspondent, BBC North East & Cumbria

A woman from County Durham says she's been fined £100 and given three penalty points for using a mobile phone in a parked car.

Tracey Barkess, who's a care worker, says she was given a ticket by Durham Police for breaking a "relatively little-known motoring law".

It means it's illegal for drivers to use a mobile if their ignition is still switched on. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

Sex assaults: Police release CCTV

Police investigating a rape and sexual assault in Sunderland

have released CCTV of a man they need to speak to.

Northumbria Police received a report a man had sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl and raped her 16-year-old friend, at Mowbray Park.

CCTV image of man
Northumbria Police

Police believe the man may have been in the Bridges shopping centre before the attack. He was wearing a distinctive blue and white hat and an electric blue jacket.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A Cleveland Police dog handler has been interviewed under caution over the death of a Teesside woman who died after being bitten during a search.
  • BBC Newcastle: A car containing a four-year-old boy reached speeds of almost 100mph, before crashing, as its banned driver tried to escape police.

A look back at women's football

Women's football was huge during World War One, drawing crowds of 53,000 even after the war had ended.

So why did it disappear so dramatically, asks Gemma Fay, captain of the Scottish national female football team?

As more teams cropped up, people started to enjoy the matches for the skill and ability of the women, rather than the initial humorous spectacle. Games were still used to raise money for charities.

Blyth Spartan
BBC

The Munitionettes' Cup was established in August 1917, with the first winners

Blyth Spartans beating Blockow Vaughan of Middlesbrough 5-0. Star striker Bella Reay scored a hat-trick to add to her 130 other goals that season.

Dog handler interviewed under caution

A Cleveland Police dog handler has been interviewed under caution over the death of a Teesside woman who died after being bitten during a search.

Irene Collins, 73, was repeatedly bitten by a German shepherd as officers searched for a suspect in her Middlesbrough garden in July. The un-named officer will also face a gross misconduct hearing as part of a Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation.

The home of Irene Collins
BBC

The dog was put down in September, the force has now confirmed. Mrs Collins died in hospital four days after the incident on 16 July.

Sunny spells for some

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

This afternoon will see a mixture of sunny spells and few wintry showers this afternoon with the showers most frequent along the North Sea coast.

Weather forecast
BBC

Maximum temperature: 5C (41F).

Check the forecast near you.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A Cleveland Police dog handler has been interviewed under caution over the death of a Teesside woman who died after being bitten during a search.
  • BBC Newcastle: Police investigating attacks on two teenagers in a North East park have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to.

'Few clues' after chicken dump

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

Investigators trying to find out who dumped a thousand chicken carcasses in a North East street have so far drawn a blank.

The decomposing chickens were discovered in black bin bags near Westgate Road, in Newcastle, on 3 December.

Council officers described it as a "major public health risk" but say whoever dumped the birds has left few clues.

Two men arrested after fight

Hannah McMahon

BBC Tees

Two Middlesbrough men are being held by police in Skegness. It's after a fight outside a bar last night left a man in hospital with facial injuries.

Two men, who are 37 and 39, have been arrested on suspicion of assault.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: The man in charge of health services in Hartlepool has told BBC Tees an Accident and Emergency department will not be returning to the town.
  • BBC Newcastle: Investigators trying to find out who dumped a thousand chicken carcasses in a North East street have so far drawn a blank.