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Summary

  1. Updates from Tuesday 30 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Lloyd Watson

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday. Richard Thompson sent us this picture of the sun reflecting in the River Tees in Yarm.

River Tees in Yarm
Richard Thompson

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On tonight's BBC Look North

Ian Reeve

BBC North East Business Correspondent

About 163 people across the region are expected to be made redundant tomorrow, after the collapse of the parcels delivery company City Link. The business has four depots - in Carlisle, Durham, Newcastle and Leeming Bar in North Yorkshire.

City Link van
BBC

Workers are still angry after news of the company's demise leaked out on Christmas Eve. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 17:55 on BBC One.

Barbour staff in further strikes

Warehouse staff at North East-based clothing firm Barbour have

announced further strikes over proposed changes to working hours.

More than 130 people at the firm's operation in Wardley, Gateshead, are involved in industrial action over plans to introduce shifts.

Barbour staff on strike in December 2014
BBC News grab

Strikes began before Christmas and further action has been announced throughout January. The firm said it was offering a "substantial pay increase".

Steve Bruce for NUFC job?

Simon Pryde

BBC Newcastle

BBC Newcastle understands the Newcastle captain Fabrcicio Coloccini was never in contention to replace Alan Pardew, despite the Argentine having been the bookmakers' favourite for the job.

John Carver and Steve Stone are

set to be in charge for Newcastle's next two matches with Alan Pardew poised to become Crystal Palace's new manager.

Former Sunderland boss, Steve Bruce, who's currently in charge of Hull City, is now the bookmakers' favourite to take over at St James' Park.

'Tremendous foresight'

Richard Evans continued: "He collected thousands of objects over the years - always interested in typical and everyday items that help tell the story of everyday life - stories that are so often overlooked and forgotten.

"Above all he wanted to share his passion for the past, to make history accessible and enjoyable, to help everyone experience and understand their own past. His tremendous foresight has left us with a lasting legacy in the shape of Beamish Museum."

Tribute paid to museum founder

Richard Evans, director of Beamish,

has paid tribute to the museum's founder, Frank Atkinson, who has died at the age of 90.

Frank Atkinson
BBC

He said: "The word 'visionary' is often overused perhaps - but in Frank's case it really is true. He was a one off - a truly remarkable man - with boundless energy combined with a striking intellect and an infectious curiosity for history."

Cisse banned for three matches

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse will

serve a three-match ban after accepting a charge of violent conduct from the Football Association.

Cisse elbowed Everton defender Seamus Coleman during Sunday's 3-2 league win over the Toffees.

Papiss Cisse playing for Newcastle against Everton
Getty Images

He will miss Thursday's visit of Burnley, Saturday's FA Cup tie at Leicester and the Premier League game at Chelsea on 10 January. The 29-year-old is his side's top scorer with nine goals.

Rail disruption

Trains running between

Newcastle and Scotland are disrupted after an overhead wire problem at Dunbar.

Services between North Berwick/Dunbar and Edinburgh are expected to be affected until 18:00. Replacement buses have been arranged between North Berwick/Drem/Prestonpans and Edinburgh.

Passengers travelling with CrossCountry, East Coast and ScotRail are affected. CrossCountry services to Edinburgh are terminating at Newcastle.

Breezy and cold

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

Another dry afternoon across the region with some bright or sunny spells, with rather more cloud around than on recent days. Temperatures a little higher than of late, but with a brisk breeze it will still feel cold.

Weather forecast
BBC

Maximum temperature: 6C (43F).

Check the forecast near you.

Founder of Beamish dies

Anthony Day

BBC Newcastle

The founder of

Beamish Open Air Museum, Frank Atkinson, has died at the age of 90.

He founded the attraction in County Durham in 1980 after discovering the success of folk museums while touring Norway and Sweden in 1952.

Woman injured in crash

One woman and several other people have been taken to hospital after two vehicles collided in the Tyne Tunnel, Northumbria Police says.

It happened at about 12:05 inside the southbound Tyne Tunnel causing tailbacks in both directions. No injuries are thought to be life-threatening.

The tunnel has been reopened after a temporary closure. Motorists are advised there is continuing congestion and are thanked for their patience.

Rail chief rejects bonus

Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne says

he will not take his bonus following recent major rail disruption, which included passengers heading to and from the North East.

Mr Carne was in line for a maximum bonus of £34,000, or around 5% of his £675,000 annual salary.

Passengers waiting in queues
PA

Overrunning Christmas engineering work led to the closure of London King's Cross station on Saturday, causing chaos for thousands of people. By Monday, normal service had resumed.

Points gap 'not concerning'

Paul Addison

BBC Tees Sport

The Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka says he isn't concerned by the five point gap between his side and the Championship leaders Bournemouth.

Boro are third in the table following their draw with Blackburn Rovers while the Cherries won at Millwall to extend their lead.

Karanka says there's only one time in the season when positions matter and that's at the end of the season.

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BBC News

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Pardew's Palace future foretold?

The Shields Gazette

Sacked Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock isn't surprised Alan Pardew has been lined up to replace him - as

he told him in August that it would be his next club.

Teenager shot with air rifle

A 15-year-old boy has been shot in the back by an air rifle, Durham Police says.

He was injured while out walking with his friend in a nature reserve in the Spennymoor area at about 14:30 on Sunday.

PC Pete Aiston said: "Thankfully the victim's injuries were not serious, he was left with a small lump and a bruise to his shoulder. The victim and his friend had noticed three men who were dressed in camouflage jackets and carrying a black air rifle earlier during their walk. We would like to trace these individuals and are appealing to anyone who can help us to get in touch."

Lunchtime TV

Adrian Pitches

Environment correspondent, BBC North-East

A Newcastle woman has been voted the Care Giver of the Year in a national poll.

Lorraine Birkett with award
BBC

Lorraine Birkett works for Home Instead Senior Care and was recognised for going above and beyond in her work, including taking a couple with Alzheimer's on holiday to Italy. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 13:15 on BBC One.

Tyne Tunnel southbound blocked

The A19 in Newcastle is blocked southbound and there's queuing traffic between Howdon roundabout and the Tyne Tunnel because of a two-vehicle accident. Congestion is back to the Silverlink roundabout.

The A1 is closed and there is queuing traffic southbound between Scotch Corner and Catterick North, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

Blyth press conference

Mark Tulip

BBC Look North

I'm at Croft Park where the press conference is taking place ahead of the Blyth Spartans v Birmingham game in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.

Blyth Spartans press conference
BBC

Carver and Stone to take charge

BBC Sport

John Carver and Steve Stone are set to be in charge for Newcastle's next two matches with Alan Pardew poised to become Crystal Palace's new manager.

The two clubs have

agreed compensation for Pardew to succeed Neil Warnock,
who was sacked on Saturday.

Steve Stone and John Carver with Alan Pardew
Getty Images

Pardew did not take training on Tuesday and assistant manager Carver and first team coach Stone have stepped in. They will oversee Thursday's Premier League home game against Burnley and Saturday's FA Cup tie at Leicester.

Rail disruption

East Coast trains

tweets: Overhead wire problems near #Dunbar means journeys between Newcastle and Edinburgh are being disrupted.

More information can be found here.

The breakfast team

Lisa McCormick

BBC Tees

Good morning from this week's

BBC Tees breakfast team! I took this picture with my new "selfie stick" and thought I'd share it with you.

BBC Tees presenters
BBC

More than 100 homes planned

Hannah McMahon

BBC Tees

The Chair of Redcar and Cleveland Council's planning committee says councillors will listen to both sets of arguments over a controversial planning proposal earmarked for Saltburn.

Planning officers have recommended that 130 new homes are built between Saltburn and Marske.

Hughton has 'no interest in NUFC'

BBC reporter Nabil Hassan

tweets: Chris Hughton tells
@BBCRadio4 he has no interest in a return to Newcastle but is interested in vacant jobs at West Brom & Brighton. #bhafc

Permission for Pardew talks

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

If you missed it last night, we heard that Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

has been given permission to talk to Crystal Palace about taking over at Selhurst Park.

The two clubs have agreed compensation for Pardew to succeed Neil Warnock, who was sacked on Saturday.

Alan Pardew
Getty Images

Pardew will not take training today, Newcastle confirmed.

Pair held over death of man

Two people have been arrested over the death of a 71-year-old man who was assaulted in Newcastle.

The man, who has not been named, was found with head injuries at an address in Stratford Grove West at about 15:00 on Monday.

He later died in hospital and Northumbria Police said the death was being treated as murder. A 69-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man are being questioned.

Dry with sunny spells

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Another dry day across the region with some bright or sunny spells, with rather more cloud around than on recent days. Temperatures a little higher than of late, but with a brisk breeze it will still feel cold.

Weather forecast
BBC

Maximum temperature: 6C (43F).

Check the forecast near you.

Roadworks in place

The A67 in High Coniscliffe is closed between the Ulnaby Lane junction and the B6275 junction because of a landslip and roadworks. Diversion in operation - via B6275, B6279 Staindrop Road, B6280 Carmel Road North and A67 Coniscliffe Road.

The A1 in Berwick-Upon-Tweed is closed in both directions between the A6105 Duns Road junction and the A1167 North Road junction because of roadworks during the night. Diversion in operation - Northbound via A6105, B6355 and back to the A1. Southbound via A1167 and A6105.

More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

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BBC News

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