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  1. Updates from Monday 22 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from BBC Local Live for today, thanks for joining us.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for the North East.

Evening TV

Jeff Brown

BBC Look North

He was stabbed to death near his home in Sunderland. Today, George Dagg's son described it as "a callous and cowardly attack," which had "ripped the family apart".

At Newcastle Crown Court, Jess Ryan was jailed for a minimum of 25 years for the murder of Mr Dagg - and his brother Jack must serve at least 21 years for his part in the attack.

We'll have that story and more at 18:30 on BBC One.

Rain continuing overnight

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Expect the rain to continue with strengthening winds,

but it will be mild with lows overnight of 8C (46F).

Kay Crewdson

All that means it should remain frost free as we go into the morning.

South Shields school's Ebola contribution

Donations have helped children's charity Plan UK raise more than £370,000 to support families caught in the grip of the

West Africa Ebola crisis.

A healthcare worker in protective gear is seen at an Ebola treatment centre in the west of Freetown, Sierra Leone, in October 2014

More than £1,640 was raised by pupils at

St Gregory's Primary School in South Shields through a sponsored spelling contest.

The money also includes more than £216,500 raised through

Plan UK's Christmas Appeal, and will fund life-saving support as well as easing a looming food shortage across Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

Theft and robbery appeal

Cleveland Police are appealing for information to trace 32-year-old Dominic James Stewart who is wanted in connection with a number of thefts and a robbery in Middlesbrough.

Dominic James Stewart
Cleveland Police

Members of the public are asked to not to approach him, but call Cleveland Police on the emergency number 999 if they see him.

Anyone with information is asked to call the non-emergency number 101.

Firefighters to ease paramedic pressures

BBC Tees

Firefighters in

County Durham are being given advanced medical training to work alongside ambulance crews.

Fire engine

Deputy Chief Fire Officer for County Durham and Darlington, Stuart Errington, told BBC Tees that it is in addition to the standard medical training all firefighters get, and the aim it to ease the pressure on paramedics.

The Gate evacuation

A section of the Empire Cinema at The Gate in Newcastle city centre has been evacuated

as a precaution following reports of a potentially suspicious package.

Northumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable Winton Keenen said: "I'd like to emphasise this is purely precautionary while the item is recovered.

"We appreciate the city centre is busy and we're doing everything possible to minimise disruption but public safety is our priority."

Jailed George Dagg killers 'cowardly'

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News online

Two brothers who stabbed a Sunderland man to death after he turned his back on them

have been jailed for life.

Jack (left) and Jess Ryan
Northumbria Police

Jess Ryan, 25, must spend a minimum of 25 years in prison while Jack Ryan, 22, must serve at least 21 years.

The court heard Jess Ryan stabbed Mr Dagg in the

back of the leg in Sunderland on 2 June with the help of his brother Jack after an argument.

After the sentencing at Newcastle Crown Court Mr Dagg's sons called the brothers "callous and cowardly".

Boro boss to bounce back

BBC Tees

Aitor Karanka has said he "won't allow standards to slip" after

Middlesbrough lost at Ipswich on Saturday.

Aitor Karanka

The Boro boss was critical of his team's first-half performance in the 2-0 defeat.

It ended their eight-game unbeaten run and saw them drop to fourth in the Championship.

Arrest over Gateshead death

Northumbria Police have

confirmed that a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a woman in Gateshead.

Michelle Jane Grey, 42, was found on Hillfield Street in Bensham on Friday night.

A 41-year-old man has been arrested and is currently in police custody.

Newcastle Station taxi row

Taxi drivers who pick up passengers from Newcastle Station say they're angry they've been asked to attend a course, or risk losing their licenses.

Taxi cab
Getty Images

The train operator

East Coast has sent the drivers a letter offering them several dates in the new year for the free workshop on destinations.

But the taxi drivers say it should be voluntary, as roadworks at the station are already having an impact on their business.

East Coast say they consulted with a representative of the drivers and want to support

Newcastle City Council's aim in improving awareness of the city's attractions.

Helping the vulnerable

Street angels, or pastors, will be spending their evenings over the festive period

helping everyone from revellers to the vulnerable and homeless.

Street angels in Redcar

Anne Connelly, founder of the Redcar Beacons, started the charity one month ago and said she "cares very much" about the community and wanted to help those in need. Find out more about the work

she and her fellow pastors do, here.

Sting joins musical cast

Neil Smith

Arts reporter, BBC News

Singer Sting has

joined the cast of the Broadway musical he wrote about a group of unemployed shipbuilders in Wallsend.

Sting taking his bows at the end of a performance of The Last Ship
Getty Images

Set in Sting's home town, The Last Ship tells the story of the shipbuilders who take over a closed factory to build one final vessel.

Previously lacklustre ticket sales have seen a boost since the singer confirmed he was joining the show for a limited period.

Let it go!

via Facebook

Staff at BBC Newcastle

recorded this, their version of Let It Go from Frozen as a special Christmas treat.

Alfie Joey singing

See how many presenters you can spot...we apologise in advance for the *slightly* out of tune singing.

A1 accident

An accident on the A1 has closed the exit slip road at Birtley lane - causing slow traffic northbound at the A167 Durham Road junction.

Calling all angels

There are calls for more volunteers to join a group which helps protect people on the streets of Middlesbrough.

Man asleep in street
Getty Images


Boro Angels patrol the streets on an evening - offering help to vulnerable partygoers.

Lunchtime TV

Colin Briggs

BBC Look North

Home or away, it makes no difference as the Black Cats win the derby game yet again, and angels in reflective jackets - the volunteers who are there to help those who are in the greatest of need.

Get those stories and more with me at 13:30 on BBC One.

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Gutierrez back playing after cancer

Phil Dawkes

BBC Sport

Midfielder Jonas Gutierrez

will make his comeback for Newcastle in an Under-21s game against West Ham on Monday.

Jonas Gutierrez
Getty Images

The 31-year-old returned to the club last month and has been training after

overcoming testicular cancer.

Gutierrez had an operation in his native Argentina to remove his left testicle in September after the discovery of a tumour, before undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

Rodents drive family from flat

The Shields Gazette

A woman says she had to

flee her home in South Tyneside with her two young children because it was overrun by mice.

Search of the year

Gateshead woman Joanne Milne has been featured in

Google's 2014 Year of Search, a Youtube video featuring the year's most popular internet searches.

Joanne Milne
Tremayne Crossly/PA

Joanne was

filmed hearing for the first time after having cochlear implants fitted. The footage of the moment has been viewed over four million times.

Police praise football fans

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Northumbria Police

have thanked the public and football fans for their cooperation and patience following a busy day in Newcastle city centre.

Newcastle v Sunderland
Getty Images

More than 200,000 visited the area to watch the

Tyne-Wear derby and enjoy the festivities.

Christmas conman warning

Hartlepool Mail

Vulnerable pensioners have been warned to

watch out for Christmas conmen after it emerged that one elderly resident had paid out a staggering £40,000 for building work which wasn't needed.

MP welcomes Hartlepool Evans stance

BBC Tees

The Labour MP for Hartlepool - Iain Wright - has praised the town's football club for quickly

dismissing claims it was looking to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans.

Ched Evans
Getty Images

It comes after newly appointed manager Ronnie Moore said there was a

possibility he could sign the 25-year-old.

The club has since released a

statement saying that will not happen.

Turkey tips

The Food Standards Agency

tweets: It's National Defrost Your Turkey Day! Here are some top tips to help you defrost your turkey (safely!) #DYT2014

Giving seflies some stick

Mike Parr

BBC Tees

"Selfie sticks" are the latest must have present this Christmas, apparently.

Mike Parr

If you're not up-to-date with the latest tech gadgets - they are

handheld extendable poles for smartphones which help the user take better selfies and panoramic pictures.

Do you want one? Are you a selfie fan, do you take a lot of pics of yourselves and your friends or is this all a bit narcissistic and vain?

Get in touch and send us your festive selfies via

twitter or

Redheugh Bridge closed

The Redheugh Bridge is closed to high sided vehicles in

both directions because of strong winds.

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NHS to 'unlock secrets' using DNA

James Gallagher

Health and science reporter, BBC News

A new genetics project taking place in Newcastle and elsewhere could

shed light on diseases including cancer and rare genetic disorders, the NHS says.


Under the scheme, 11 Genomics Medicine Centres are being set up in English hospitals to gather DNA information to help devise targeted treatments for a wide range of diseases.

It is focussing on cancer and rare genetic diseases.

The aim is to look at the genetic code of 100,000 people within three years in order to develop new tests and drugs.

A19 obstruction

The A19 exit slip road in Acklam is partially blocked northbound

because of an obstruction in the road.

Warning for wind

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

There is a

yellow warning for wind in the
North East until midday.

Kay Crewdson

There will be some heavy downpours of rain and risks of gales along the east, but it's mild with highs of 13C (55).

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