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  1. Updates on Monday 15 December 2014

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That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00. Tomorrow, Hartlepool will remember what happened 100 years ago during the World War One bombardment. Join us for full coverage from 06:00 on

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More on Ashley rule-break claim

Some more detail on the Mike Ashley story -

both he and Rangers have been accused of breaching several Scottish Football Association rules relating to his dual interest in Rangers and Newcastle.

Ashley owns 8.29% of the Ibrox club and he has an agreement in place with the SFA that he would not increase that shareholding to above 10%.

Mike Ashley
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He increased his influence at Ibrox in October when he provided a £2m loan to the cash-strapped Scottish Championship club. Part of the agreement allowed him to appoint two directors to the club's board, with former Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias subsequently named a non-executive director at Ibrox.

And in November it was confirmed Ashley had provided a further £1m loan to Rangers.

Newcastle player 'charged with assault'

Rivals using Boro form as 'reference'

Head coach Aitor Karanka says Middlesbrough's fellow Championship promotion rivals are using his in-form side as a "reference".

Aitor Karanka
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Boro are contenders to reach the Premier League on the back of an eight-game unbeaten run which was extended by Saturday's 2-0 win against Derby.

They are second behind Bournemouth on goals scored as both have equal points and goal difference records.

"The rest of the teams respect us more each day," Karanka told BBC Tees.

Taxi crash driver named

Ashley charged over Rangers and NUFC

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has been accused of breaching several Scottish Football Association rules relating to his dual interest in Rangers and the Magpies, the Scottish FA has announced.

Photo of couple found dead

Police have released a photo of a couple who were found dead on Friday.

Martin Ruddy, 28, is accused of murdering his parents Eric Ruddy, 64, and wife Carol, 54, (pictured) at their home in Elswick, Newcastle.

Eric and Carol Ruddy
Northumbria police

Appearing at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court, he spoke only to confirm he understood the charges against him and to confirm to he was of no fixed abode.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: There's been 46 attacks on ambulance crews while treating sick or injured patients across the North East since April.
  • BBC Newcastle: Two police officers have been praised for their bravery after rescuing a man from a flat fire in Sunderland.

Praise for saving man from smoke-filled flat

Two police officers have been commended for their bravery for rescuing a man trapped in his smoke-filled flat.

The officers were called to Northcote Avenue in Sunderland after reports that a man was trapped by rising smoke after fire broke out in the flat below his on 8 December.

Northcote Avenue, Sunderland
BBC news grab

PCs William Hunter and Paul Cullen were able to get him out of the property safely, Northumbria Police said.

Chief Constable Sue Sim said: "The courageous actions of the officers encompasses the true spirit of policing and I commend their instinctive and decisive actions.

"Sadly, one man lost his life in the fire in a separate flat and our thoughts and sympathies remain with the family and friends at this difficult time."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Two police officers have been praised for their bravery after rescuing a man from a flat fire in Sunderland.
  • BBC Tees: A man has died and another is in a critical condition after a car crash in Bishop Auckland at the weekend.

Mayor Mallon in bus fine U-turn

More than 2,000 motorists fined for driving in a Middlesbrough bus lane will be reimbursed, the mayor says.

Newport Road, Middlesbrough
Google

In a policy U-turn, Ray Mallon said the 2,673 motorists will be reimbursed or not have to pay the fine for driving in the lane on Newport Road, saying it was not about "income generation".

From now on, a warning will be given for the first offence, but any subsequent breach will result in a fine.

Man in court over family murder

A South Tyneside man

has appeared before magistrates charged with murdering his parents.

Martin Ruddy, 28, is accused of killing his mother and father Eric and Carol Ruddy at their home in Elswick in Newcastle on Friday night.

He spoke only briefly to confirm that he understood the charges against him and to confirm that he was of no fixed abode. He was remanded in custody to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on 6 January.

Traffic jams tackled in £3.7m scheme

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

A £3.7m scheme aiming to cut congestion for motorists accessing the A19 near Stockton has been completed.

Work at the A19 A689 Wolviston Interchange near Wynyard began in May and has seen sliproads widened and the introduction of traffic lights.

A689 Wolviston
Google

The Highways Agency and Stockton Borough Council said the work should ease congestion.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Two police officers have been praised for bravery after rescuing a man from a flat blaze in Sunderland.
  • BBC Tees: A man is arrested on suspicion of assault after a 27-year-old was stabbed in Billingham.

Son accused of murdering parents

A South Tyneside man is to appear in court charged with killing his mother and father.

Bentinck Street, Elswick
BBC

Martin Ruddy is accused of murdering his mother and father Carol, 54, and father 64-year-old Eric Ruddy at their home in Bentinck Street, Elswick, Newcastle, on Friday night.

The 28-year-old will appear before North Tyneside Magistrates' Court later.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A South Tyneside man is to appear in court charged with murdering his parents.
  • BBC Tees: A man is arrested on suspicion of assault after a 27-year-old was stabbed in Billingham.

Cocaine plot gang members jailed

The Chronicle

Newspaper

Two more members of a drugs gang that flooded the North East with cocaine have been jailed for almost 13 years.

Gordon Murray (left) and Paul Richardson (right)
The Chronicle

Paul Richardson, 27, of Skendleby Drive in Kenton and Gordon Murray, 50, of Claremont Avenue in Lemington were part of cocaine kingpin Mark Johnston's criminal empire.

And now, after being sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court, they join their former boss and seven other members of the organised crime group behind bars.

Town hall 19th Century revamp plan

A major multimillion-pound scheme to bring Middlesbrough Town Hall back to its full 19th Century glory has been unveiled.

Victorian cells
Youtube

The plans include restoring the original Victorian carriageway, courtroom, cells and fire station for visitors.

Middlesbrough Council wants to hear the views of the public and is urging them to watch a new 3D video on Youtube showcasing the revamp, which also includes modern facilities.

No limits for volcano-scaling fundraiser

The Shields Gazette

When it comes to helping out a good cause - it's not just the sky that's the limit for a globe-trotting South Tyneside man.

Mike McNally
Shields Gazette

Daredevil Mike McNally has scaled a volcano, swum with sharks, cage dived with crocodiles and taken a leap of faith for a sky dive from 14,000 feet in recent months, all in the name of charity.

The 24-year-old, from Jarrow, set himself a series of daunting challenges in a bid to raise precious cash for Africa on the Ball, a Scottish-based charity using the power of football to help tackle poverty in Zambia.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Sixteen people died last year in the BBC Newcastle area while waiting for a transplant.
  • BBC Tees: Improvements to the Wolviston interchange to ease congestion on the A19 and A689 are due to finish.

Newcastle 'need to learn lesson'

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says his side need to "learn the lessons" that Arsenal gave them in their 4-1 defeat at the Emirates.

Alan Pardew
BBC

Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud both scored twice, with Ayoze Perez getting Newcastle's only reply.

The Magpies stay in seventh despite losing their second game in four matches.

Drugs boss 'The Bull' fails in freedom bid

The Chronicle

Newspaper

A bid by Paddy Conroy's right-hand man to be freed early from prison has failed.

Michael "The Bull" Bulloch
The Chronicle

Michael "The Bull" Bulloch ran a cannabis ring which operated from a Tyneside house like a "corner shop".

Bulloch, of Gill Street, Benwell, Newcastle, was convicted of involvement in supplying cannabis at Newcastle Crown Court in April and jailed for four years.

City drivers favour public transport

Drivers in Newcastle are more likely to leave their cars at home when navigating around the city, a survey has found.

Tyne and Wear Metro
PA

According to The Campaign for Better Transport, the better a city's public transport, walking and cycling routes, the more likely city dwellers are to ditch their vehicles.

Peterborough was found to be most car-dependent, but Newcastle was up with Cambridge and Bristol in the top 10 cities least dependent on their vehicles to get around.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Sixteen people died last year in the BBC Newcastle area while waiting for a transplant.
  • BBC Tees: Improvements to the Wolviston interchange to ease congestion on the A19 and A689 are due to finish.

Thief hid meat down leggings

The Shields Gazette

A woman who stole meat from a South Tyneside store and tried to hide it in her leggings has been ordered to pay compensation.

Shopping generic
Lidl

Rochelle Rutherford was spotted by staff taking meat from Lidl, in Boldon Lane, South Shields, and attempting to conceal it in her clothing on November 19.

The 49-year-old was detained by workers after trying to leave the premises without paying for the food, valued at £3.18, and police were called.

Altidore and Carroll in the papers

BBC Sport

Castle's £3.5m art gallery plan

Further development plans have been announced for a County Durham castle which was home to the Bishop of Durham for 800 years.

Auckland Castle
Picture Plane Ltd

Proposals already exist for a £17m museum at Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland, where religious paintings by Spanish artist Francisco Zurbaran hang.

Now planning permission for additional schemes costing more than £7m is to be sought before the end of the year.

They include a £3.5m gallery dedicated to Spanish art and a £1.5m study area

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

Moore 'in pole position' for manager job

Hartlepool Mail

Ronnie Moore is in pole position to be the next manager of Hartlepool United tasked with avoiding relegation from the Football League.

Ronnie Moore
Hartlepool Mail

The 61-year-old was watching from the stands as Pools slumped to a 4-0 defeat at Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium on Saturday.

Defeat left Pools six points adrift of safety at the bottom of Sky Bet League Two with a shocking goal difference of -24.

£60 fine for using bus lanes

Some more on South Tyneside Council looking to fine people who drive in bus lanes - bus drivers are reporting up to 40 motorists an hour are using them illegally, which they say is delaying services.

Councillor Tracey Dixon said: "It has always been illegal to drive in the bus lanes during the restricted times, we are just introducing a new method of enforcement.

"We will be using two semi-fixed cameras, meaning they can be rotated on a three-monthly basis around five different locations." Motorists caught using the lanes will face a £60 fine, reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days.

Cameras to catch bus lane drivers

Helen Richardson

BBC Newcastle News Editor

South Tyneside Council is going to start fining drivers who use bus lanes when they shouldn't. It's putting up CCTV cameras to monitor lanes.

Trial resumes in Borneo murder case

The trial of a Malaysian man accused of killing two Newcastle University medical students in Borneo will resume today with the prosecution continuing to outline their case.

Neil Dalton, left, and Aidan Brunger were in the last few days of a six-week medical placement
BBC

Zulkipli Abdullah has pleaded not guilty to stabbing medical students Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger to death following an argument at a bar.

The men, both aged 22, died in August following an argument in a bar in the city of Kuching.