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  1. Updates on Wednesday 31 December 2014

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Happy new year

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday. Carolyn Farthing-Dunn sent us this picture which sums up the feeling this evening.

Carolyn Farthing-Dunn

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@BBCNewsNE and we may feature them on BBC Local Live tomorrow.

A1 crash death man was checking car

A Darlington man was struck and killed on the A1(M) after he stopped to inspect his malfunctioning car.

North Yorkshire Police said Robert Arthur Henry, 72, had stopped his red Ford Focus partly on the verge near Scotch Corner after smoke came from his vehicle.

A1(M) closed following crash 26 December 2014
Durham Police

As he got out of the car he was struck and killed by a Nissan Qashqai. The accident happened at about 07:40 on Boxing Day. An inquest has been opened and adjourned.

GNAAS documentary to air

Hartlepool Mail

A television series will go behind the scenes at an air ambulance charity.

Great North Air Ambulance
Hartlepool Mail

Sky television will broadcast the six-part documentary series Air Ambulance ER featuring the work of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) from January 6.

Carver will be 'sad' at departure

Rik Martin

BBC Newcastle News Editor

John Carver has told BBC Newcastle he'll be "sad" to see Alan Pardew leave Newcastle - if, as expected, he takes over at Crystal Palace.

Carver, along with Steve Stone, will be in charge for Newcastle's next two fixtures.

We heard earlier that

Hull boss Steve Bruce has ruled himself out of taking charge.

A194 clear after collision

Northumbria Police

tweets: A194 now clear following earlier collision at Lindisfarne roundabout #Jarrow. Motorists thanked for their patience.

Hole appears in road

Mark Denten

Political Correspondent, BBC North East & Cumbria

A hole has appeared in Bottlehouse Street in Byker. Motorists are advised to avoid the area, however the road is only partially closed.

Hole in the road

It is believed to have been caused by a burst water main which will be fixed by Northumbrian Water.

More on City Link job losses


administrators of collapsed delivery firm City Link have announced 2,356 job losses including scores in the North East.

The administrators, from Ernst & Young, said they had proposed an alternative structure to the consortium "that would be acceptable and common in these situations. The consortium, despite attempts to make them reconsider, declined to amend their original offer".

City Link van

Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT union, said that he had been told of "a credible bid to take over some or all of the City Link trading operations".

Lancaster appears on Tyneside

Richard Thomas

BBC News

England head coach Stuart Lancaster, who's from Penrith in Cumbria, has marked the start of the year of the Rugby World Cup alongside the Newcastle's fireworks display, which is part of the Winter Carnival.

Stuart Lancaster
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St James' Park will host three pool games in October and Lancaster's delighted the region will be playing a major part in rugby union's biggest event. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

City Link announces 2,356 job losses

The administrators of collapsed delivery firm City Link have announced 2,356 job losses, including 29 in Durham and 36 in Newcastle, after a bid to buy the company failed.

The administrators, who took over City Link after it collapsed on Christmas Eve, said an unnamed consortium's offer was not acceptable.

The possible buyer "offered no money up front and significantly undervalued the assets to be acquired," they said. Coventry-based City Link employed 2,727 people and suffered years of losses.

Winter carnival gets under way

Winter Festival

tweets: Music has started and crowds are getting into the carnival spirit at Monument

People at Monument in Newcastle
Winter Festival

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Your memorable moments

Charlie Charlton

BBC Newcastle

Here are some more of your memorable moments from 2014.

Christine Ritchie from Sunderland texts in: My memorable moment is my daughter Sonia Ritchie Park receiving the BEM, it's absolutely amazing work, she and all the staff at Swan Lodge do for the homeless people of Sunderland.

Gillian texts: Most memorable moment has to be my friend retaining her world championship for indoor rowing for her category, and myself coming fourth in the world in my category in a Boston in February. And being looked after by the Royal Navy was nice too!

Winter Carnival tonight

Jonathan Miles

BBC Newcastle

About 200 colourfully-dressed people, including some from Marden High School, Blakelaw Community Partnership and Pendower Good Neighbours Project will dance for the winter carnival.

The procession will start from Monument in Newcastle and finish at the Quayside. Once there they will continue dancing a specially commissioned set of moves (

which you can learn here) to celebrate
Newcastle being a host city for the Rugby World Cup.

Dancers practising

I'll be there to help proceedings along with music and giveaways, and there will be more fireworks on the Newcastle Quayside at midnight.

Assault in Hartlepool

BBC Tees

A man was assaulted in Hartlepool on Christmas day.

The 34-year-old was head-butted outside the Ship Inn Pub in Middlegate at about 23:00.

The first suspect is a male aged between 25 and 30 of stocky build who was wearing a black t-shirt. The second suspect is also a man aged between 20 and 25 of thin build who was wearing jeans and a Christmas jumper.

PM rewards cancer survivor

A music enthusiast and cancer survivor from Hartlepool who set up his own charity and raised more than £152,000 for cancer equipment has been named a Point of Light by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Tony Larkin, 49, set up

MUSICvCANCER in 2012 after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2009. It has funded two video cystoscopies and an ultrasound scanner for the University Hospital of North Tees to detect early stages of bowel cancer.

Tony Larkin

He said: "I'm proud of what MUSICvCANCER has achieved in a relatively short period considering where this all started - a one off concert in October 2010 to thank the amazing NHS staff and hospitals who helped me on my personal journey to beating bowel cancer.

"Here we are 18 gigs later and with over £152,000 raised solely by a small group of dedicated volunteers - this award tops off a hard but wonderful few years."

Four-vehicle accident

One lane is blocked on the A194 Leam Lane in Gateshead near the Lindisfarne Roundabout because of an accident involving four vehicles. More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

Patchy light rain expected

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will gradually become milder, cloudier and breezier through the day. Some patchy light rain will spread from the west during the afternoon, falling mainly over the Pennines.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 9C (48F).

Check the forecast near you.

'Hole in road' shuts street

Northumbria Police says Bottlehouse Street in Byker, Newcastle, is currently closed between Glasshouse and Dobson Crescent due to what it says is "a hole in the road".

Man killed in Scotch Corner crash named

A man who was killed on the A1(M) near Scotch Corner on Boxing Day has been named by police.

Robert Henry, 72, of Whitby Way, Darlington, had got out of his car after it suffered mechanical problems at about 07:40.

As Mr Henry and his two passengers, a 66-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man, left the vehicle, a black Nissan Qashqai driven by a 51-year-old man from Washington, struck him, causing fatal injuries.

A Peugeot 206 driven by a woman from West Rainton, County Durham, then collided with the Focus. No-one else was injured.

On the lunchtime BBC Look North

Richard Thomas

BBC News

A sportsman who was beating world records 30 years ago and a sportswoman who won the World Cup just last year lead the New Year Honours in our region.

I'll have a round-up of who has been awarded with what on

BBC Look North at 13:00 on BBC One.

Stories of 2014

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

As 2014 draws to a close I've been taking a look at some of the

most read England stories from the BBC News website over the past 12 months.

One of which was the story of a

man who had his penis cut off during an attack in Middlesbrough. The 40-year-old was discovered on the A66 in the early hours "in a distressed state" with wounds to his groin.

A 22-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assault was later

released without charge.

Volunteer appointed MBE

Carol Falconer, who spent more than 50 years as a dedicated volunteer to Girl Guiding, has

become an MBE for services to young people.

The 74-year-old from Jarrow said: "I was most surprised when I read the letter, it only sank in after reading it three times.

Carol Falconer

"This means a great deal to me, as it is a way of promoting the Guide movement. It is also a great honour, to receive such an award."

Cisse 'sorry' for Coleman elbow

Royal British Legion member honoured

A member of the Royal British Legion is among those on Teesside recognised in the New Year Honours.

Alma Murray has become a Member of the British Empire for her work with service personnel and veterans.

The 78-year-old, from Billingham, supervises veterans' parades and remembrance services every year.

Pardew 'can lift Palace'

Crystal Palace caretaker manager Keith Millen believes

Alan Pardew's "terrific track record" makes him a good fit to become the club's permanent boss.

The Eagles agreed a compensation package for the Newcastle manager after sacking Neil Warnock on Saturday.

Alan Pardew
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"If Alan gets the job you understand why because of his track record and experience," said Millen, 48. Pardew has secured two top-10 finishes in four seasons, with the Magpies currently 10th in the Premier League.

Road closures tonight

In Newcastle or Gateshead for the New Year's Eve celebrations tonight?

Here's a full list of the road closures.

Bruce and Pulis out of running

Matthew Raisbeck

BBC Newcastle

Hull boss Steve Bruce has ruled out any chance of him becoming Newcastle manager, should Alan Pardew move to Crystal Palace.

Tony Pulis has not been offered the opportunity either.

We'll keep you updated on the latest on this situation.

Most memorable moments

Charlie Charlton

BBC Newcastle

We've been asking what your

most memorable moments have been this year.

Graeme Wharton

says on Facebook: Winning slimming world's couple of the year with me missus Lisa Staying at the Ritz... Having dinner in Richard bransons house... Running the great north run... Getting entry into the London Marathon 2015 ...getting a new job.... Losing 7 St... To name a few

Julie Lowdon adds: Running the Race for Life with two of my beautiful daughters for a fantastic cause. Watching my middle one graduate from uni...... The list is endless, the outcomes are priceless. Xx

Cram recognised in honours

Former world champion athlete

Steve Cram has been recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

The "Jarrow Arrow" has been appointed a CBE for his recent work as chairman of the English Institute of Sport.

Steve Cram Jarrow Arrow

He said: "It's really fantastic to have this recognition, especially all these years after I stopped competing. A large part of my journey since then has been the EIS and we have put a lot of things in place to give support to our Olympic programmes."

'Why would I want to leave now?'

Hull boss Steve Bruce continued: "It would be wrong for the speculation (about a move to Newcastle) to keep carrying on for the club, for the supporters, for the players. I am determined to see this through and make sure we stay in the Premier League and build on the good work we have done in the last two-and-a-half years.

"I have had three offers in the two-and-a-half years I have been here and I have turned them all down so I think the chairman knows the way I feel and why would I want to leave now? It's not right, and I hope people respect that."

Bruce flattered but not interested

Steve Bruce told a news conference ahead of Hull's clash with Everton tomorrow: "People know that I am from Newcastle, I was a Newcastle supporter as a boy and it has been regurgitated since I was a 22-year-old playing for Norwich and Gillingham.

"For that obvious reason every time I am linked with them. It's very flattering as I'm a Geordie but that's it. I have a job to do here and it would be wrong for me to think of anything else other than get this club out of the position we are in and that's all I am focused on."

Bruce 'fully committed to Hull'

Damian Johnson

Football Focus reporter

Hull boss Steve Bruce rules himself out of job at Newcastle saying: "I am fully committed here.

"I've had three offers since I have been here and I've turned them all down."

BreakingBruce rules out NUFC move

Hull boss Steve Bruce has ruled out any chance of him becoming Newcastle manager, should Alan Pardew move to Crystal Palace.

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Northern Echo editor Peter Barron

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