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  1. Updates from Tuesday 23 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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Good Evening

That's all from the BBC Local Live team for today, the service will resume from 08:00 on Wednesday.

Rain clearing and temperature dropping

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Feeling cold because of a strong westerly wind, the rain will stick around this evening

before clearing overnight.

Lisa Gallagher

As the skies clear, the temperature will drop to 3C (37F), and there could be a touch of frost in some sheltered rural spots.

Evening TV

Carol Malia

BBC Look North presenter

A man's been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a car hit a concrete post on the central motorway in Newcastle yesterday.

Get the latest with me

at 18:30 on BBC One.

Out of hours NHS bidders shortlisted

People in North Yorkshire are one step closer to finding out who'll be running community and out of hours NHS services.

NHS call centre

Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group says it's shortlisted
Humber NHS Foundation Trust and
Virgin Care Services as the two preferred bidders.

They'll speak to both groups in the New Year about how they would run the service.

One arrest warrant for owed tax

The Gazette

A prison warrant for non-payment of council tax was issued only once in Teesside -

despite more than £27m being owed to cash-strapped local authorities.

Missing man appeal

Northumbria Police have

asked for the public's help to trace a missing Washington man.

Colin Pine
Northumbria Police

Colin Pine, 55, of Ennerdale in Albany, failed to return home after going out to watch the Tyne-Wear derby on Sunday afternoon, 21 December.

Following enquiries police have established that he had watched the match at The Swan public house at Felling, where he was until Sunday evening.

He is described as 5'6'', of stocky build, and wearing a black fleece, nave blue t-shirt, blue jeans and black walking boots.

Hartlepool saves £1.2m on LED streetlights

Hartlepool Mail

A council says it has

saved over £1million in a project to replace every streetlight in Hartlepool with new LED units.

Arrest over Glasgow crash tweet

Robert Cooper

BBC News Online

A man

has been arrested over an offensive tweet about
the bin lorry crash in Glasgow in which six people died and ten were injured.

A firefighters walks close to a crashed bin lorry and a damaged car
Getty Images

The post was reported just before 21:00 on Monday and deleted a short time later, police said.

A 19-year-old man from Sunderland handed himself into police on Monday evening and was arrested on suspicion of making a malicious communication.

He has not been formally named and has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Fines for Gary Ward death quarry companies

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

Two companies have been

fined a total of £145,000 after a man was killed in a quarry in Northumberland.

Aerial view of Divethill Quarry

Gary Ward, 43,

died at Divet Hill Quarry on 19 February, 2009, after being trapped by a large stone crushing machine.

Quarry owners CEMEX UK and Mr Ward's employer, Ward Bros Plant Hire, admitted breaching the Health and Safety Act at Newcastle Crown Court.

Sunderland and Gateshead accidents

The A1231 Sunderland Highway in Washington

has a lane closed on the exit slip road, causing slow traffic westbound at the Windlass Lane junction, after an accident involving three vehicles.

And there is one lane closed and slow traffic on the A167 northbound in Gateshead between the A184 Charles Street junction and the Brandling Street junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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Man charged with woman's murder

Robert Cooper

BBC News Online

A man has been

charged with murder after a woman was found dead in Gateshead.

Carl Anderson
Northumbria Police

Michelle Jane Grey, 42, from Bensham, was found by officers at 20:30 on Friday at an address in Hillfield Street.

Carl Anderson, of Hillfield Street, has been charged with murder, Northumbria Police said.

The 41-year-old is due to appear before Gateshead Magistrates' Court later.

Santa hat walk raises £250

Young people from Belmont Youth Club got into the festive spirit by donning Santa hats for a charity walk and raising £250 for the

Teenage Cancer Trust.

Santa walk

The 30 young people, along with youth workers from Durham County Council's

One Point youth service, set off from Belmont Community School to the Market Place in Durham City and back.

Electric shock over energy bill

The Shields Gazette

A great grandmother says she was

left "frightened" to leave her own home after being warned bailiffs would cut off her energy supply after she refused to pay a £150 bill - covering a period in which she wasn't even living at her house.

Lunchtime TV

BBC Look North

A man's been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a car hit a concrete post on the central motorway in Newcastle last night.

Get the latest on

BBC One at 13:30.

Quiz fever

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

Following on from the earlier plug of the BBC News Magazine's Quiz of the year on bloopers, I've looked back to the previous two on

quotations and
viral internet stories.

Man with back to camera next to blackboard with speech bubble chalked on

I may have slipped up with the translation of Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram, but I expect the question about who said they were "uncoupling" will be correctly guessed by many, including myself.

So how did I do? Well

part one brought me five points, I then faltered in the
second quiz with a lowly three scored, before rallying in the
final quiz with a strong six. I'm happy with that.

Attempted murder arrest after Newcastle crash

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

A driver has been

arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a car crash in Newcastle.

A Google view of the underpass

A woman, 50, suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries when a car she was a passenger in collided with a concrete post in a central motorway underway at around 22:45 on Monday.

Northumbria Police believe she was assaulted before the crash.

A man, 44, who was driving the car, has been arrested and is in police custody.

Bungalow fire 'was arson'

The Gazette

An arson investigation has been launched after a bungalow was

broken into and set on fire in Stockton.

Drink drive 'disappointment'

Northumbria Police have

arrested 81 people so far this month on suspicion of drink driving.

Breath test

Officers have been stopping people and carrying out vehicle checks as well as breath tests on occasions.

The force says it is really disappointing that despite all the publicity at this time of year so many people are still choosing to drink and drive.

A1 slip road closed

An overturned vehicle has

closed the exit slip road of the A1 northbound at junction 61, A177 in County Durham.

Play park equipment pinched

Hartlepool Mail

Thieves have

stolen £20,000 worth of equipment from the new Middle Warren children's play park.

Homeless in Newcastle this Christmas

BBC Newcastle

Preparations are underway to help homeless people in Newcastle at Christmas.

On the 25 and 26 December, the charity

Crisis will be opening it's
Skylight centre on City Road, offering food, company and even a bit of pampering.

They are expecting around 300 homeless and vulnerable people through their doors. Around 350 people will be volunteering.

Banana skins and bloopers

Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

It's that time of the year when you hopefully have a little time to reflect on on the past 12 months, take stock and look ahead to the coming new year... or you could spend a few minutes racking your brain cells for the answers to the

BBC News Magazine's Quiz of the year's biggest 'fails'.

Shoe about to step on a banana skin

Extended GP opening hours

BBC Newcastle

Three GP surgeries in North Tyneside are offering extended services over Christmas, in a bid to keep pressure off emergency services.

Monkseaton Medical Centre in Whitley Bay,
Portugal Place Health Centre in Wallsend and
Priority Medical Group in North Shields will be open on Boxing Day, Saturday and Sunday as part of a trial.

This comes as the majority of GPs face being closed for four days over the festive period.

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Pothole repair funds announced

The North East will get £268m over the next six years to fix potholes and improve local roads.



transport secretary has announced exactly how much funding each region will get, so councils can plan ahead.

It works out at £45m a year and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin says that's enough to fix 800,000 potholes.

A174 go slow

One lane is closed on the

A174 eastbound in Ormesby between the A171 Orchard Way junction and Greystones Roundabout, because of a broken down vehicle.

It's causing traffic to move slowly in the area.

Man dies after tower block fall

The Gazette

A man has

fallen to his death from a block of flats in Middlesbrough.

North Ormesby market to be developed

Plans have been an announced to improve one of

Teesside's oldest markets.

North Ormesby Neighbourhood Development Trust has been given the go-ahead to take over running of the market there.

It's planning to form a company to take on the existing council staff and to make the market more in tune with the local community.

Wet to start, drier later

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

We'll have a blanket of cloud over the top of the region to start, slow moving and producing

some heavy bursts of rain.

Paul Mooney

Into the afternoon, some drier weather will spread south from Scotland and temperatures will reach highs of 12C (54F).

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Andrew Humphrey

BBC Local Live

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