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Summary

  1. Woman 'killed to cover up burglary'
  2. Durham Police: Reports of man with gun
  3. Overlooked dog given new home
  4. Labour 'bullying' caused breakdown
  5. Updates on Tuesday 13 January 2015

Live Reporting

By Lloyd Watson

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back tomorrow morning. John Balfour sent us this picture of the tower of St Nicholas Parish Church of Guisborough framed by the ruins of Guisborough Priory.

Guisborough Priory.
John Balfour

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.

Coming up on Look North

Carol Malia

BBC Look North presenter

A woman who faced years of horrific abuse from her partner speaks out to try to help others in the same terrifying position. A new broom for the Sellafield clean-up, after massive overspending and delays. And a home at last - a happy ending for Jed, the lurcher once dubbed the loneliest dog in the country.

Join me on BBC One at 18:30 for these and all our other stories.

Breezy and cold overnight

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

Breezy and cold overnight with scattered snow showers, mainly in the west over the Pennines. Some slight accumulations are likely in places. Clear periods will lead to patchy frost and ice developing.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of snow, wind and ice for the North East tomorrow.

Weather forecast and Met Office map
BBC

Minimum temperature: -2C (28F).

Check the forecast near you.

More on Middlesbrough murder trial

Peter Harris

Look North

Andrew Robertson QC, prosecuting, said that having burgled her Warton Street home the day before,

Mr McCabe targeted her house again, but was confronted by Ms Ryan and a struggle ensued.

She was rendered unconscious by the struggle or in a fall, the court heard.

Mr Robertson added: "The defendant had got what he wanted - her handbag - but he realised he was in trouble. When she came to, she would be able to identify him. We say the defendant decided to do his best to eradicate any evidence of what he had done." The trial continues.

Man denies setting fatal fire

Peter Harris

Look North

A vulnerable woman died after a

burglar set fire to her bed to cover up a break-in, a court has heard.

Teresa Ryan had been celebrating her 50th birthday with her two sons on the night she died from smoke inhalation at her Middlesbrough home on 9 July 2014.

Heroin addict David McCabe, 32, also from Middlesbrough, admits twice burgling her home, but denies murder. Teesside Crown Court heard Ms Ryan, who had Huntington's Disease, was rescued but died later.

Police end armed search

Police have ended an operation at a house on The Brasside Estate in Durham.

Officers cordoned off the area following reports of a man with a gun at a house in Finchale Avenue at about 10.30.

Supt Andy Huddleston, of Durham Police, said: "This was a protracted incident due to the difficult nature of the property. As a result of a search, no one was found at the address.

"Armed officers have now been stood down. However, officers will remain at the scene to carry out further searches at the premises. We would like to thank local residents in the area for their patience and understanding during this operation."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

Barbour staff to return on Wednesday

Phil Mawson

BBC News

Unite members have confirmed that strike action concerning staff at Tyneside clothing company Barbour has been called off.

A statement from the union said: "Following talks at Acas, it has been agreed that members who work the two new night shifts will get a pay rise and those with home care commitments or health problems will be allowed flexibility on the shifts they work."

Fazia Hussain-Brown, from Unite, said staff would be back at working from tomorrow morning.

Barbour strike ends

Staff at British clothing giant Barbour, who were on strike over pay and working hours, have accepted a new offer.

Unite members at the firm's Gateshead warehouse began a

four-week walk out on 5 January over proposed new late-night shifts, which "baffled" Barbour bosses.

Barbour finance and IT director Brenda Readman-Bell said: "It is essential we have the flexibility to manage the business to the good of our entire workforce and the acceptance of the new deal is indicative of the company's determination to be fair in order to achieve this satisfactory outcome for all".

Snow in the BBC car park

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

There's excitement in the newsroom as snow falls in the BBC car park here at the Pink Palace.

Snow in the car park
BBC

We'll have a weather forecast update for you soon, or meanwhile

check the forecast near you.

Family shocked at stolen funeral flowers

BBC Tees

A florist has spoken of his disgust after flowers he arranged for a funeral were stolen.

Alstro's Florists in North Ormesby fell victim to an opportunist thief who took a flower arrangement for a local man's funeral which was the following day. A man has been arrested.

Manager Darren Hunter told BBC Tees: "Who on earth wants to nick someone's funeral flowers. That's the last thing that the family needed on that day after what's happened. I didn't tell the family what had happened until after the funeral. The family, when we told them, were absolutely shocked."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A local florist has spoken of his disgust after flowers he arranged for a funeral were stolen.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.

More on dog given new home

A dog that was overlooked by 14,000 potential owners has

found a home in County Durham, the Dogs Trust has said.

Jed, a seven-year-old lurcher, had been with the trust in Sadberge, Darlington, on-and-off since he was four months old.

Jed the dog
Dogs Trust

After seeing an appeal on the BBC website, Jed found a new home with Ian Woodcock and Elizabeth Marsh. The couple said he was settling in "really well" with the family and they "absolutely adore him".

Your photos: Snow on moors

Snow has been spotted up on the moors between Weardale and Teesdale by Tracey Laing who sent us this picture.

Snow on the moors
Tracey Laing

You can send your pictures by email:

northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk or tweet
@BBCNewsNE.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Police in Durham have
    ended an operation at a house on The Brasside Estate, near Frankland Prison.
  • BBC Tees: A heroin addict has gone on trial accused of murdering a disabled woman by setting fire to her Middlesbrough home.

Police stand down in Durham

Durham Police

tweets: Searches by armed police at a house in Durham have now been stood down

'Bullying' caused councillor 'breakdown'

A leading member of the Redcar and Cleveland Council Labour Party says she

suffered a "mental breakdown" due to internal party fighting.

Councillor Olwyn Peters, a council cabinet member, said a "culture of bullying" exists in the local party. It comes after the

party was reviewed in 2012 due to complaints of bullying and intimidation between members.

Redcar
BBC

A Labour spokesman said the party has made a "number of changes" to the way the group operates since then.

Dog given new home

A dog that was overlooked by 14,000 potential owners

has found a home.

His new owner, Ian Woodcock said: "We already can't imagine life without him. If dogs can have a sense of humour then Jed certainly has one, he is already very attached to my wife and I, and he likes to be with us all of the time.

Jed the dog
Dogs Trust

"His new favourite trick involves moving his duvet in front of the door and falling asleep so that we can't leave the room. We are really looking forward to the future with Jed."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Police in Durham have cordoned off a house in Brasside, near Frankland Prison, following reports of a man with a gun.
  • BBC Tees: A heroin addict has gone on trial accused of murdering a disabled woman by setting fire to her Middlesbrough home.

Patience plea after gun report

Following the report from Durham Police that they have cordoned off a house in Brasside, on the outskirts of Durham, after reports of a man with a gun, they have asked for patience from people living in the area and apologised for any inconvenience the operation may cause.

Report of man with gun

Durham Police

tweet: Durham Constabulary have cordoned off a house in Brasside after reports of a man with a gun. We are trying to bring to a safe conclusion

Traders not keen on move

The Shields Gazette

Town centre businesses who could see their firms moved to an outlying industrial estate to make way for the council's "South Shields 365" master plan are

resisting the move, it has emerged.

Paul Campbell, left, and John Carey
Shields Gazette

On the lunchtime BBC Look North

Damian O'Neil

BBC Look North

Blood transfusions on the roadside are now a reality for the North of England, following the introduction of a new service developed on the battlefields of Afghanistan.

From today,

blood will be delivered to the helicopters of the Great North Air Ambulance via motorbike, meaning trauma patients can be treated long before they get to hospital.

Blood bike
BBC

I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

Some heavy showers expected

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Sunshine and showers, some heavy, perhaps thundery, and becoming increasingly wintry, even to low levels. However, at low levels no significant accumulations of snow will occur. It will feel cold and stay breezy.

Weather forecast
BBC

Maximum temperature: 4C (39F).

Check the forecast near you.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Liam Sweeney, one of the Newcastle fans killed on flight MH17, is an uncle.
  • BBC Tees: A heroin addict has gone on trial accused of murdering a disabled woman by setting fire to her Middlesbrough home.

Americans support Hartlepool

BBC Tees

A group of Americans are building support for Hartlepool United in New York.

BBC Tees challenged Patrick Finley to prove how much of a fan he is and

here's his response.

Patrick Finley
BBC

He and a group of others keep up with how Pools are getting on by listening to commentary of matches online.

Man denies murder

Peter Harris

BBC Look North

A heroin addict has gone on trial accused of murdering a disabled woman by setting fire to her Middlesbrough home.

David McCabe is alleged to have preyed on Teresa Ryan for cash to fund his addiction - and killed her after a burglary on her 50th birthday last July.

Teresa Ryan
Cleveland Police

He denies murder at Teesside Crown Court.

Higher wage offer for councillors

Hannah McMahon

BBC Tees

It is being recommended that more than 500 staff members at Middlesbrough Council are given a pay rise to ensure they receive a "living wage".

It's calculated to be £7.85 an hour, that's higher than the minimum wage of £6.50 an hour.

The pay rise would cost the council £600,000 a year and senior councillors are expected to make a decision later this month.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A statue on top of the Sunderland Empire which toppled over during high winds
    has been removed.
  • BBC Tees: It's being recommended that more than 500 staff members at Middlesbrough Council are given a pay rise to ensure they receive a "living wage".

Battle to keep family together

Sunderland Echo

A Wearside dad has told of his fight to keep his family together as a

visa wrangle threatens to tear them apart.

John Dennis with wife Ana Maria and daughter Victoria
Sunderland Echo

Cathedral to hold remembrance service

St Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle is to hold an act of remembrance for the victims of the

Paris atrocities.

At 16:00 on Thursday, faith leaders from across Newcastle will be gathering at the cathedral to pray for peace.

Ceremony for fallen French police officers
AFP

It will include lighting candles and prayers for all those affected by the atrocities in Paris. People from all faiths and none are invited.

Rally to come to Kielder

The organisers of the Jim Clark Rally have revealed plans to stage it on private forest roads after three people were killed at last year's event.

The rally has traditionally taken place on closed public roads in Berwickshire. Scottish Borders Council withdrew permission for this year with investigations still ongoing.

Organisers have now unveiled plans for a rally on 31 May based in Kelso but with stages over the border in Kielder Forest, in Northumberland.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A statue on top of the Sunderland Empire which toppled over during high winds
    has been removed.
  • BBC Tees: Scores of schools across the BBC Tees area are over-capacity according to new figures published by the Labour party.

More on statue removal

The metal figure of Terpischore, the muse of dancing and choral music, has been removed from the Sunderland Empire.

It has been hanging from its base 90ft (27m) above the ground since Saturday.

Statue being lifted to the ground
SeeItDoItSunderland

Shows at the theatre which were cancelled over the weekend have been rescheduled.

Statue removed from Sunderland Empire

The metal figure of Terpischore, which toppled over on to its side during high winds, has been removed.

Safety experts have been monitoring the situation and delayed the removal until today.

Statue being removed
SeeItDoItSunderland

High Street West (outside the Sunderland Empire) has now reopened to traffic, the temporary traffic signals will be removed from the Prince Street service ramp at about 11.00, the council said.