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Summary

  1. Updates from Monday 12 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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 Tuesday. Stuart Wright sent us this picture of waves crashing at Steetley Pier in Hartlepool.

Steetley Pier in Hartlepool
Stuart Wright

You can send your pictures by email:

northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk or tweet
@BBCNewsNE and we may feature them on BBC Local Live tomorrow.

'Worst for 30 years'

Richard Moss

Political editor, North East & Cumbria

For the second time in a week the Tyne and Wear Metro has been plunged into chaos by a power cut. Rush hour commuters faced delays of up to three hours, as trains were cancelled or held up.

St James' Park Metro station
BBC

It follows a morning of disruption last Thursday. Tonight the head of one passenger group says she believes disruption to the Metro is "the worst for 30 years" - I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Dry with clear spells

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

The evening will start dry with clear spells, but scattered wintry showers will spread from the west overnight. Becoming frosty by Tuesday morning with some icy patches on untreated roads.

Weather forecast
BBC

Minimum temperature: -1C (30F).

Check the forecast near you.

'Position created problems'

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka says Tomas Kalas has solved his right-back quandary following

Friday's half-season loan move from Chelsea.

The Czech Republic international, who had been on loan with Bundesliga side Cologne, made his Boro debut in Saturday's goalless draw with Reading.

Tomas Kalas
Getty Images

"He's a very good player for the present, in a position that has created problems," Karanka told BBC Tees. "With him now we're much better because the position is covered by a very good player."

Jailed man 'overwhelmed by support'

The Gazette

A man who received the backing of tens of thousands after being jailed for attacking his abusive father is

"overwhelmed by the support".

Ben Wilson
The Gazette

Thornaby road closed

Mitchell Avenue in Thornaby-on-Tees is closed and there's slow traffic in both directions between the A1130 Acklam Road junction and the Baysdale Road junction because of an accident involving two vehicles.

There's queuing traffic on the A66 westbound in Middlesbrough before Cannon Park Interchange because of an accident involving three vehicles earlier on. Congestion to Cargo Fleet Interchange. More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A former Teesside teacher has pleaded guilty to repeated sex assaults on two young girls going back nearly 50 years
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Stephanie Finnon have a round-up of the day's news

High winds delay recovery

The statue of Terpsichore that almost fell off the roof of a theatre in Sunderland in the

high winds this weekend is still wobbling.

Two shows had to be postponed on Sunday at the Sunderland Empire - when it was noticed that the statue wasn't stable.

Statue of Terpsichore
David Stelling

Councillor Michael Mordy from Sunderland City Council said: "The wind is too high to get the cranes out. When it dies down it will allow us to get up there to remove the statue and assess any other damage that's been caused."

Four arrested after attempted robbery

Four men have been

arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery in Northumberland.

A man went into Vermas general dealers at Durban Street in Blyth at about 06:20 on Saturday. A staff member was assaulted and the suspect left empty handed.

Four men aged 24, 20, 19 and another 19-year-old were arrested nearby and are helping officers with inquiries.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A former Teesside teacher has pleaded guilty to repeated sex assaults on two young girls going back nearly 50 years
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Stephanie Finnon have a round-up of the day's news

'Great opportunity for Wade'

Blyth Spartans' Jarrett Rivers, who scored the winning goal against Hartlepool in the FA Cup,

has moved to Oldham on a week-long trial.

Spartans boss Tom Wade said: "It's a great opportunity for him to go down there and make an impression. He has been great for us this season and it shows how far we have come that the young lads are getting noticed.

"There are a lot of other clubs interested in signing him and in all honesty the phone hasn't stopped ringing."

Blyth winger off to Oldham

League One side Oldham Athletic have taken

Blyth Spartans winger Jarrett Rivers on trial for a week.

The 21-year-old - who works in his mother's newsagents - scored the winner in the Northern Premier League side's FA Cup win over League Two Hartlepool.

Blyth Spartans' Jarrett Rivers
Getty Images

Rivers came through the youth system at Middlesbrough, and joined Blyth from Whitley Bay last summer.

More on prison officer suspension

An investigation is under way after prison officer at a privately-run jail has was

suspended following claims he was drunk while on duty.

A Sodexo spokesman confirmed an officer had been suspended and said "a police investigation is under way".

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "We are aware of the incident and we will be working with staff at HMP Northumberland to carry out inquiries."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A man's been arrested after a cyclist was knocked off his bike in Northumberland
  • BBC Tees: A former Teesside teacher has pleaded guilty to repeated sex assaults on two young girls going back nearly 50 years

'Drunk' prison officer suspended

A prison officer at a privately-run jail has been

suspended following claims he was drunk while on duty.

Northumbria Police is investigating reports the officer was found drunk at HMP Northumberland, near Morpeth, on Christmas Day.

HMP Northumberland
HMP Northumberland

The inquiry will examine whether there was any breach of legislation surrounding the management of offenders and the alleged use of alcohol. Sodexo Justice Services took over the Category C facility in December 2013.

Broken down lorry closes lane

One lane is closed and there's slow traffic on the A19 southbound in Sheraton at the A179 junction because of a broken down lorry.

The A1 Western Bypass in Birtley - there's a lane closed on the entry slip road and slow traffic northbound at the A167 Durham Road junction because of a broken down vehicle.

More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

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Rape detectives release CCTV

Police investigating a rape at a Newcastle club have released CCTV images of someone they wish to trace.

It happened between 00:00 and 04:00 on 24 August at Grey's nightclub, on Grey's Court. The 49-year-old female victim went into the toilets with a man at the premises where the incident happened.

Man on CCTV
Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police says anyone with information should contact them on 101.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A man's been arrested after a cyclist was knocked off his bike in Northumberland
  • BBC Tees: Middlesbrough Council is defending its record on education - as questions are raised over whether enough is being done to improve standards

Wind warning remains

Catherine Lee

BBC News

A yellow warning for wind remains in place across the North East.

Gusts of up almost 60mph have been recorded at Berwick and 79mph at Great Dun Fell on the Pennines. Hundreds of homes in the Alnwick area are without electricity as a result of debris on power lines.

Statue of Terpsichore
BBC

The area around the Sunderland Empire remains cordoned off after a statue toppled over and was left hanging from its base on the theatre's roof.

The box office is also closed.

Hundreds fined for waste crime

Newcastle City Council

tweets: Last year we fined 343 people for waste crime. Dropping litter could cost you £75 #keepitclean

Dry, bright and cold

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Mostly dry, bright and cold this afternoon with isolated showers. It will stay windy too, especially across high ground such as the North Pennines.

Weather forecast
BBC

Maximum temperature: 8C (46F).

Check the forecast near you.

On the lunchtime BBC Look North

Fergus Hewison

BBC Newcastle political reporter

Councils in our region face another year of searching for ways of saving hundreds of millions of pounds. That means more cuts to services and some difficult decisions.

Bowls with writing on them
BBC

But with an ageing population taking up an increasingly larger slice of spending, is it time to accept that local authorities will run fewer services in the future? I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

Cramlington collision: Man arrested

A man has been arrested after a cyclist was taken to hospital following a collision in Northumberland.

The cyclist, a man in his 40s, is receiving treatment for serious injuries at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary after he was struck by a Mercedes Sprinter van at Dudley Lane in Cramlington at about 06:00, Northumbria Police said.

The driver of the van, a man aged 60, has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and is currently in custody helping with inquiries.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A man's been arrested after a cyclist was knocked off his bike in Northumberland
  • BBC Tees: Middlesbrough Council is defending its record on education - as questions are raised over whether enough is being done to improve standards

Crash death man named

A man who was killed when his car left the road and hit a fence in County Durham has been named.

Shane Smith of Stainforth Close, Newton Aycliffe, was driving north at 20:45 on the Close House Road near Bishop Auckland on Saturday when he crashed.

The field and the fencing through which the car crashed
Durham Police

The 25-year-old suffered head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said another man, 25, who was also in the car was uninjured. The road was closed for about three hours.

Takeover saves club

Sunderland Echo

A security boss has

taken over a city nightclub to save it from closure.

Stewart Bowden, left, and Les Ojugbana who have taken over The Basement nightclub in Green Terrace, Sunderland.
Sunderland Echo

Les Ojugbana, who runs Gbana security, has teamed up with experienced bar manager Stewart Bowden to take over The Basement in Green Terrace.

Parking charges set to increase

Car parking charges are

set to increase in Sunderland in an effort to balance budgets, the city council said.

Council-owned car parks and the Bridges shopping centre will charge 10p an hour more from 2 February.

Entrance to the Bridges car park in Sunderland
Google

On Thursdays parking will still be free after 15:00 in council car parks and after 17:30 at the Bridges. An all-day ticket on Sundays will stay at £1.50. The council said prices had been frozen for five years and it needed to increase them to offset costs.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A police investigation is under way after a prison officer at a North East jail was allegedly found drunk at work on Christmas Day
  • BBC Tees: Middlesbrough Head Coach Aitor Karanka praised new signing Tomas Kalas, who arrived on-loan from Chelsea last week and made his debut in
    Saturday's goalless draw with Reading

Domestic abuse ongoing 'big issue'

The Gazette

Hundreds of children a month are

linked to domestic violence incidents on Teesside. Detective Inspector Helen Eustace from Cleveland Police said children witnessing or being involved in domestic abuse in the home is an ongoing "big issue".

England's ghost signs

Tom Mullen

BBC News Online

Blogger John Rymes is a ghost sign enthusiast,

who took an interest after spotting many well-preserved examples in his native Leeds.

Now living in Saltburn, he runs a

Facebook page which features pictures of the signs and has amassed more than 2,400 followers.

Bile beans
John Rymes

Mr Rymes says he is sent photographs of ghost signs every day from around the country - and from as far away as Beijing, China, and Massachusetts in the US.

Roker Pier remains closed

Port of Sunderland

tweets: Due to continuing gale force winds, Roker Pier remains closed.

Road reopens after collision

Northumbria Police

tweets: Road now fully open after earlier collision at Dudley Lane near to #Cramlington Learning Centre

Jackknifed lorry blocks road

Durham Police

tweets: **A68 CURRENTLY BLOCKED -ROWLEY TO TOW LAW** Jackknifed lorry,road currently blocked. Please find an alternative route.
@BBCNewsNE

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: The operators of the Tyne and Wear metro are investigating the cause of a major power cut this morning
  • BBC Tees: Middlesbrough Head Coach Aitor Karanka praised new signing Tomas Kalas, who arrived on-loan from Chelsea last week and made his debut in
    Saturday's goalless draw with Reading

How to write a CV

Kevin Peachey

Personal finance reporter, BBC News

Employers receive an average of 60 applicants for every advertisement for a low-skilled job, and 20 for every skilled job.

CV written on cardboard
Dan Conway

Dan Conway, 29, from Newcastle, spent four years after university searching for a permanent job in his chosen field of marketing.

Frustrated while moving in and out of temporary jobs,

he decided he needed to stand out from other candidates. He took extreme measures. Find out more here.