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  1. Updates from Friday 19 December 2014.

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Ipswich v Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough, currently standing second in the league, face fourth place Ipswich at Portman Road tomorrow.

Middlesbrough defender Jonathan Woodgate has recovered from a recurring hamstring problem and is available for selection.

Fellow defender Rhys Williams is back in training after an Achilles injury, while striker Lee Tomlin has shaken off a minor niggle and may feature.

Hartlepool v Oxford Utd

Bottom-of-the-league Hartlepool play host to Oxford United tomorrow..

Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore takes charge of his first game and is waiting on the fitness of Tommy Miller and Michael Duckworth.

Miller has a calf problem, while Duckworth has a groin injury.

On tonight's BBC Look North

Peter Harris

Look North

The police are preparing a massive security operation this weekend with new tactics to head off the threat of trouble at Sunday's Tyne Wear derby.

The game coincides with the busiest shopping weekend of the year - with more officers than ever lining the streets.

Police in Newcastle

It's hoped the deaths of two Newcastle fans in the Ukranian air crash will create a more tolerant atmosphere - while the police say they'll have a "mature" approach to fans. I'll have more on this story and a preview of the match on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Serial burglar jailed

Hartlepool Mail

A serial burglar who left a child terrified to be in her own home has been

jailed for five and a half years.

Murder police seek taxi witness

Police investigating a murder in Sunderland have appealed for a taxi driver to come forward.

David Wilson, 49, was found dead at an address in Southwick Road on 14 December. Officers believe his death may be linked to a report of a man being mugged near the post office cash machine in Southwick Green earlier.

The mugging victim is thought to have flagged down a taxi, and police believe the driver may hold vital information.

A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and released on bail pending further inquiries.

Daughter was 'real character'

The mother of a woman whose body was found at her home in Hartlepool has paid tribute to her daughter.

Angela Wrightson, 39, was found in the house in Stephen Street on 9 December.

Maureen Wrightson said: "As a mother and as a whole family, we have been left devastated by the loss of Angie. It's no secret that she had many difficulties to overcome in her personal life, but to end up in this situation is desperately sad.

Angela Wrightson
Cleveland Police

"Angie was a real character. She was really well known around the town and we have been comforted by the many messages of sympathy and support which have been passed to us in person and via social media."

Two girls, aged 13 and 14, have been charged with murder.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

Newcastle v Sunderland

Jak Alnwick will continue in goal for Newcastle on Sunday for the Tyne Wear derby despite suffering a shoulder injury against Tottenham.

Right-back Daryl Janmaat returns from suspension, while Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cisse, Steven Taylor and Cheick Tiote are all likely to be fit.

Alan Pardew
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Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher is expected to replace Jozy Altidore in the starting line-up. Midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini and defender Billy Jones could be involved after returning to training this week.

Who said what?

As 2014 draws to a close, BBC Magazine has put together its first quiz of the year.

Today they're looking back at the more memorable utterances of 2014 -

but can you remember who said what?

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

Inside the Sage Gateshead

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

I'm with Jon Harle in the generator room of The Sage Gateshead which is celebrating its 10th birthday this week.

He'll be broadcasting live on BBC Newcastle after 16:00.

Jon Harle in The Sage Gateshead

We'll also talk to one musician who played the Newcastle Arena last week, but who played at The Sage 10 years ago just as the venue, and his career, were getting started.

Hundreds of fake goods seized

More than £10,000 of fake goods have been seized in a series of raids across County Durham.

Trading Standards officers from Durham County Council have carried out a number of investigations into suspected counterfeit items including clothing, trainers, perfumes and electrical hair styling products featuring designer names being sold online.

Fake goods recovered
Durham County Council

More than 500 items bearing registered trademarks have been recovered and represent an estimated loss of £50,000 in sales when compared to the genuine products.

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Countdown to the Tyne-Wear derby

Nick Barnes

BBC Newcastle commentator

BBC Newcastle's Sunderland commentator is preparing for the Tyne-Wear derby on Sunday.

He said: "The Christmas elf has been busy with his pens."

Nick Barnes' notes

The build-up on BBC Newcastle will start from 12:30 leading up to the 13:30 kick-off.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: Police are investigating allegations of fraud in the company owned by Dragon's Den star Duncan Bannatyne.
  • BBC Newcastle: An investigation is under way after a man collapsed in Sunderland while being questioned by police.

Bannatyne's ex-chief in fraud arrest

A second arrest has been made in an investigation into an alleged multimillion-pound fraud at Duncan Bannatyne's business empire.

Duncan Bannatyne

Graham Armstrong, 43, who previously worked as the chief executive and managing director at the TV Dragon's company, has been arrested on suspicion of fraud. He has been bailed by police.

It follows the arrest last week of 45-year-old Christopher Watson, Mr Bannatyne's finance director.

Rugby World Cup sign up

BBC Newcastle's Stephanie Finnon

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Rugby World Cup sign up on Tyne Bridge

Newcastle's St James' Park is one of the venues for next year's tournament.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: One of the senior Labour Redcar councillors deselected by the party says he has no plans to quit his current role as part of the council's cabinet.
  • BBC Newcastle: The region's ambulance service is warning people they face prosecution if they make inappropriate calls.

Jackknifed lorry causes delays

Northumbria Police are advising motorists of delays on the A69 junction eastbound just before Corbridge after a lorry jackknifed.

It happened at 12.56 and both lanes are closed travelling eastbound with the slip road to the A68. Diversions are being put in place through Heddon.

The road is expected to be closed for some time while the vehicle is removed as specialist equipment is required to remove the large vehicle.

More trains for derby

Extra Metro trains will be introduced for the

Tyne Wear derby on Sunday centred around the start and the end of the game, Nexus has said.

Nexus spokesman Huw Lewis told BBC Newcastle: "There'll be four or five services both before and after the football match that are timed specifically around the match.

Metro train

"In recent years we've provided one specific train that goes non-stop between between Sunderland and Newcastle that the police have asked us to provide. That's a dedicated train for fans. This year the police have asked us not to provide that train. However, we're confident that there'll be enough room for everybody."

Coming up on lunchtime Look North

Charlie Charlton

BBC Newcastle

Policing plans for the Tyne-Wear derby have been finalised ahead of Sunday's game. Northumbria Police say there'll be a more visible presence of officers but there won't be the usual escort for Sunderland fans from Central Station.

Twelve hospitals in our region are failing to meet accident and emergency targets, according to the latest winter pressure figures and pedestrians are being warned to take extra care on one of our region's best-known high streets after four people were hit by buses in three months.

Join me at 13:30 on BBC One.

Pressures on A&E units

Pressures in England's A&E units have hit record levels, with the lowest percentage of patients seen within four hours since monitoring began in 2010.

Ambulance, Liverpool

Data showed just under 90% of patients were seen within four hours in the seven days up to December 14.

Find out how your nearest hospital is doing with this link.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: One of the senior Redcar Labour councillors who has been deselected by the party says he's not going to resign as member of the cabinet.
  • BBC Newcastle: The region's ambulance service is warning people they face prosecution if they make inappropriate calls.

Restored Churchill funeral locomotive unveiled

The locomotive that pulled Sir Winston Churchill's funeral train has been restored and will be unveiled by the fireman who manned the service in 1965.

Funeral train of Sir Winston Churchill passing Staines

James Lester will unveil the nameplates as they are reunited with the 34051 Winston Churchill. The engine and its carriages are being restored for the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston's funeral on 30 January. The carriage is being restored in Shildon, County Durham.

The train will go on display in the Great Hall of the National Railway Museum in York as part of its Churchill's Final Journey exhibition.

Hundreds of 'unnecessary calls' made

More than 2,000 inappropriate calls have been made to the North East Ambulance Service over the last three months, the service said.

In November, the trust received 805 inappropriate calls. In October, the figure was 758 and in September it was 668 - altogether totalling 2,231.

Yvonne Ormston, from the service, said: "As well as wasting the time of call-handlers, inappropriate calls result in the unnecessary dispatch of emergency, non-emergency and patient transport ambulances - preventing them from getting to those patients genuinely in need.

"Before you make that call, think to yourself 'is this an emergency?' If the answer is no, please find an alternative way of getting help. An ambulance will not guarantee you will be seen any quicker."

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News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A second arrest has been made in an investigation into an alleged multimillion-pound fraud at Duncan Bannatyne's business in Darlington.
  • BBC Newcastle: The region's ambulance service is warning people to think before calling for help.

Prison staff cover shortages

Cara Thorpe

BBC Newcastle

It's been revealed that staff from a number of North East prisons are being bussed across the country to fill gaps at other jails because staff shortages are so acute this Christmas, according to leaked documents.

Campaign group the Howard League for Penal Rerform says that 230 staff are having to move around the UK and that the shortage of prison officers means some inmates are being kept in their cells for up to 23 hours a day.

The Ministry of Justice insisted "most prisons are appropriately staffed".

Street decorations from the past

From balloons and horses to traditional crowns and stars, Christmas decorations in all shapes, sizes and colours have brightened up England's streets over the years.

Enjoy taking a look at some examples of the past here including some from Newcastle's Northumberland Street in 1987.

Northumberland Street, Newcastle in 1987
Newcastle City Library

North East Party win by election

Mark Denten

Political Correspondent, BBC North East & Cumbria

The North East Party win by-election on Peterlee Town Council. Mary Cartwright takes Eden Hill ward.

It's the first election the North East Party have fought. The party was formed six months go.

However, only 335 people voted in the election.

Your pictures: Seal in Chester-le-Street

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Robert Wells sent us this picture of a seal in the River Wear in Chester-le-Street. I've been finding out if this is unusual.

Jim Cokill, from the Durham Wildlife Trust, says: "It is unusual but not unheard of. They're chasing salmon and fish. They've also been spotted on the Tyne when they're looking for food."

Seal in Chester-le-Street
Robert Wells

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News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include: