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  1. Updates on Tuesday 6 January 2015

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Good evening

That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday. Keith Thompson from Sunderland sent this picture of swans at Herrington Country Park.

Swans in Sunderland
Keith Thompson

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The selling of Acklam Hall

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

"Dodgy", "corrupt" and "criminal" - those are accusations Middlesbrough's Mayor Ray Mallon says the council has faced over the sale of land at one of its prize assets.

Acklam Hall is Middlesbrough's only Grade I listed building and work is now under way to restore it and build executive housing and a health village.

Acklam Hall

But Mr Mallon says that claims the land around the hall has been sold off on the cheap are "outrageous". Following the accusations, he's referred himself to the council's standards committee. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Fine and dry tonight

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

It'll be fine and dry with mostly clear skies allowing a frost to form overnight. Cloud amounts increasing towards the end of the night along with a freshening southerly breeze.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: -2C (28F).

Check the forecast near you.

Schwarzer joins Leicester

Former Boro keeper Mark Schwarzer has signed for Leicester City at the ripe old age of 42.

He joins from Chelsea. He is best remembered on Teesside for his role in the League Cup win and Uefa Cup run to the final. He left the Riverside six years ago.

Mark Schwarzer
Leicester City

Bank fashion chain in administration

High Street fashion chain Bank,

which has shops across the North East, has fallen into administration, putting 1,500 jobs at risk.

"A review of the business has determined that a solvent turnaround would not be possible," said Bill Dawson from Deloitte, which has been appointed as administrator.

The chain, which has 84 stores and 1,555 employees, has been loss-making for a number of years, Mr Dawson said. It was sold by JD Sports to investment firm Hilco Capital in November.

Taking on 15 challenges

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

Two sisters from Northumberland who lost their dad to pancreatic cancer are taking on 15 challenges in his memory.

They range from an 11km road race in Northumberland, to a 140-mile Ironman triathlon in Barcelona. Rachel McBryde and Charlotte Woodcock are from Morpeth and are hoping to raise £15,000 for Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Rachel said: "He never let his disease get him down. He kept fighting until the very end. Eight weeks before he passed away he was in Lanzarote doing an ironman course."

More on Sting's show closing

Sting's Broadway musical is to

close on 24 January, after just three months.

The Last Ship, a story of unemployed shipbuilders who take over a factory to build a new vessel, opened on 26 October to mixed reviews. Last month, Sting stepped in to replace leading man Jimmy Nail in a bid to revive flagging ticket sales.

Sting receiving applause
Getty Images

His appearance had a "

galvanizing impact", but producers felt attendance would drop when he left, especially during the slow winter period.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: The Health Minister Norman Lamb has told BBC Tees the majority of patients at A&E are still being seen within four hours.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.

Eileen Ward dies after illness

Sunderland Echo

Tributes have been paid to one of North East television's familiar faces. Eileen Ward - best known as Tyne Tees reporter and newsreader Eileen McCabe -

died at home in Whitburn on Saturday after a three-year illness.

Eileen Ward
Sunderland Echo

Recruitment freeze ends

Neil Green

BBC Tees

A five-year recruitment freeze has finally come to an end after Cleveland Police welcomed 24 new student officers its force.

They have begun a two-year training programme which will ensure they are more than prepared to deal with the many different scenarios officers face every day.

Cleveland Police vehicle

We'll be hearing from acting chief constable Iain Spittal at 16:50.

Your cult footballing heroes

BBC Sport

Who is your cult hero? We want to know on #myculthero.

FramBeerFest15: John Beresford - constantly 20 yards out of position defensively but great fun to watch going forward.

John Beresford
Getty Images

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: Cleveland Police is investigating after thousands of pounds worth of damage was made to more than 15 cars in just one day.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.

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Trust 'has worst record in region'

BBC Tees

South Tees NHS Foundation Trust has the "worst record in the region" for patient waiting times in accident and emergency.

New figures show overall national performance has dropped to its lowest level for a decade - with too many patients waiting more than four hours for treatment.

Julie Suckling, who is the accident and emergency manager at the trust, which runs Middlesbrough's James Cook and Northallerton's Friarage hospitals, said: "We acknowledge we've had challenges, especially over the past two weeks. We are also one of the regional major trauma centres and we do see people from outside the locality coming to our centre as well as the local population for accident and emergency services."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: The case against a teenager accused of the rape of a man on Tyneside has been dropped.
  • BBC Tees: Middlesbrough striker Jelle Vossen says their FA Cup draw against Manchester City will be a great test for the squad.

Last Ship to close early

Sting's musical The Last Ship will close on Broadway,

it has been announced on Twitter.

The show opened in October and is now due to end on 24 January.

Sting and singer/actor Jimmy Nail
Getty Images

Set in Sting's hometown of Wallsend in North Tyneside, the show centres on Gideon Fletcher, a man who opts out of a life of shipbuilding to travel the world.

Gomis 'edging towards move'

Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis has become frustrated at his lack of playing time with the Liberty Stadium club and,

according to the Daily Mirror, wants to move on.

Newcastle and Palace are interested in the France forward, who has a £7m buy-out clause in his contract.

Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis

Rape accused has case dropped

Catherine Lee

BBC News

The case against a teenager accused of the rape of a man on Tyneside has been dropped.

In June, a 24-year-old man reported that he had been attacked near Skinnerburn Road in Newcastle, directly under the Redheugh Bridge.

Northumbria Police described it as "a horrific ordeal" and later charged a 16-year-old boy with rape and robbery. The crown offered no evidence at Newcastle Crown Court and he was found not guilty on both counts.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

Lane closed on A19

There's a lane closed on the A19 in Seaton Burn on the exit slip road northbound at Seaton Burn Roundabout because of a broken down vehicle.

More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

Sunrise at Tynemouth

George Appleby sent us this picture of the sun rising at Front Street, near Tynemouth Priory.

Sun rise at Tynemouth Priory
George Appleby

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On the lunchtime BBC Look North

Damian O'Neil

BBC Look North

About £800 in three weeks - that's how much two Tyneside drug-takers are spending to fuel their addiction.

But they're not taking heroin, or cocaine, or any other well-known illegal drugs - they're hooked on legal highs, which are available in shops across the region. These substances have been linked to dozens of deaths, but the government is losing the battle against them.

I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

Sports Direct silent over Evans

Sports Direct are declining to comment on the Northumbria police and crime commissioner, Vera Baird, asking Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley to drop his firm's sponsorship of

Oldham Athletic if they sign Ched Evans.

Group opposes mining plans

A campaign group says plans for an opencast mine on the Northumberland coast will cause "massive environmental destruction" to one of the country's best-loved beaches.

North East mining company Banks wants to open a site near Druridge Bay, claiming it'll sustain 150 jobs and offer lasting benefits for the local economy.

Jonathan Rodger, from the Save Druridge Bay campaign group says: "I think what people ignore is the depressive effect on an area that opencast mining has."

Guilty manslaughter plea accepted

A woman charged with the murder of a man who was found dying at a house in Newcastle

has admitted his death.

Jamie Belshaw, of St George's Terrace, Lemington, was found with serious injuries on 8 March. The 36-year-old later died in hospital.

Jamie Belshaw

Lisa Palmer, 34, also of St George's Terrace, was due to face trial for his murder, but prosecutors accepted her guilty plea to manslaughter. She will be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court on 16 January.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

A&E waiting 'worst for a decade'

Amy Lea

BBC Look North

Figures from NHS England

show that from October to December last year, 92.6% of patients nationally were seen in four hours - below the 95% target.

We have had a look through the local figures too. The number of people being seen in four hours or less at South Tees NHS Trust was the worst in our region at 93.7% - still above the national average though.

North Tees and County Durham and Darlington saw 95% and 94.1% of people coming into A&E in four hours or less.

The performance nationally is the worst quarterly results since the target was introduced at the end of 2004.

Turning brighter

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be dry and turning brighter this afternoon as the cloud clears away southeastwards. Feeling fresher despite the winter sunshine.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 8C (46F).

Check the forecast near you.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A North East charity is calling for a blanket ban on legal highs. It's after two drug-takers told BBC Newcastle they're spending £120 a day to feed their addiction to them.
  • BBC Tees: A County Durham man who boasted he was Britain's "youngest serial killer" is starting a
    life sentence this morning for murder.

FA Cup draw for our clubs

If you missed the FA Cup fourth-round draw last night,

you can see the highlights here.

In short,

Middlesbrough were drawn away at Manchester City, while
Sunderland will face Fulham or Wolves.

Draw for FA Cup

One mouth-watering tie outside the North East is that League Two side Cambridge United have been drawn at home to Manchester United. Ties will be played on 24 and 25 January.

Man suffers broken jaw

A man had his jaw broken in an assault in Newcastle.

The 24-year-old victim was punched in the face twice outside Riverside nightclub at the Quayside in the city centre at about 01:00 on Saturday.

Northumbria Police is appealing for witnesses.

Newcastle hopes 'unbelievably disappointing'

BBC Sport

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer says he's disappointed at the club's lack of ambition after another FA Cup failure -

losing 1-0 at Leicester.

Shearer said: "Newcastle's record in the cup is disastrous because they don't want to be in it. League status is their main priority which is unbelievably disappointing. What they've done in the last few years in this competition (FA Cup) is leave their best players out, which tells its own story- about where Newcastle United is as a football club at this moment in time."

Alan Shearer

Hear more from Shearer here.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: The Government is losing the battle against legal highs because as soon as one is made illegal a new one appears, according to the charity Changing Lives.
  • BBC Tees: A County Durham man who boasted he was Britain's "youngest serial killer" is starting a
    life sentence this morning for murder.