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  1. Updates on Wednesday 14 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday. Dan Myers sent us this picture of a robin playing in the snow in Seaham.

Robin in snow
Dan Myers

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Rain and wind

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

Rain, heavy at times, and gale force winds will spread east across the area this evening.

It will clear away during the early hours with some clear spells developing by dawn, but it'll stay windy.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: 0C (32F).

Check the forecast near you.

On TV tonight

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

They ran into a shop screaming and carrying axes. A gang of men left 10 staff at Market Cross Jewellers, in Middlesbrough, terrified as they

smashed windows and stole a number of expensive luxury watches.

It's the second time in just over two months that armed robbers have targeted one of the company's shops and detectives are now investigating a possible link.

Smashed window

I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Promotion pressure incentive

Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas says the pressure of helping loan club Middlesbrough push for promotion from the Championship

is an incentive.

Kalas, 21, made his debut in Saturday's goalless draw with Reading, a result that left Boro fourth in the table.

Tomas Kalas
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"It would be different if I went to a team without pressure of promotion or relegation," Kalas told BBC Tees.

Knife-point robbery

Two thieves, armed with a knife, left a lone female betting shop assistant shaken in the Eston area of Middlesbrough.

The robbery took place at Ladbrokes Betting Office on Eston High Street at 18:30 on Tuesday. The men stole a large quantity of cash, Cleveland Police said.

A male customer tried to stop them but was pushed to the floor. Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

Man assaulted by armed men

Three men, armed with a firearm and a baseball bat, assaulted another man in Newcastle.

The offenders entered an address at Denmark Street in Byker at 23:35 on Sunday and property including electrical items were stolen.

The victim was threatened and assaulted, leaving him with a cut to his head and needing hospital treatment.

Police fundraiser for dog hit by van

A police force has

launched a fundraising campaign to help with the treatment of a pregnant dog that was hit by a van in County Durham.

The lurcher, named Molly by medics, was knocked over at Harelaw, Stanley, on Saturday and taken to vets wrapped in a police coat to keep her warm.

Molly the dog

She suffered a broken leg and due to the trauma, lost her nine pups. Durham Police's appeal to raise £1,000 to cover the vet's costs has reached more than £2,000 in just days.

Woman speaks of air gun attack

The Gazette

A woman has told how she needed surgery after being

shot in the back with an air rifle.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A fundraising appeal for a pregnant dog knocked down by a driver in County Durham has raised £2,000
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news

Component supplier opens centre

A major supplier of components for Nissan has opened a new distribution centre on Wearside today.

Calsonic Kansai manufactures exhausts and dashboards for the Japanese car giant. The £800,000 spent on its new warehouse is part of a £4.5m investment to meet rising demand from the Nissan production line.

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News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A Teesside betting shop assistant has been threatened with a knife by two men who stole a large amount of cash.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.

Churchill's funeral carriage restored

The carriage which

carried Sir Winston Churchill's coffin to his final resting place has been restored.

Southern Railway luggage van No 2464 has spent four months being stripped and repainted at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum in Shildon.

Carriage which carried Sir Winston Churchill's coffin
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The carriage transported Churchill's coffin from London to Oxfordshire in 1965. Manager Gary Campbell said the restoration was something a lot of people in the town were proud of.

Defoe deal edges nearer

Nick Barnes

BBC Newcastle commentator

Sunderland are "hopeful" of concluding a deal to

bring striker Jermain Defoe back to the Premier League as they continue advanced talks with him.

Press Association Sport understands the two parties are close to thrashing out a deal which would see the 32-year-old end an 11-month stay in the MLS with Toronto FC and return to English football.

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Lloyd Watson

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Snow in Teesdale
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News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

Ramsey could host TV show

The Shields Gazette

South Tyneside funnyman Chris Ramsey

could be set to land his own TV show. The 28-year-old comic, from Marsden, South Shields, is piloting a show with Channel 4.

Chris Ramsey
Shields Gazette

Ambulance pressure 'reduced'

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

The North East Ambulance Service says

pressure on it has reduced slightly.

Its escalation level was raised to four in December, meaning it was under "severe pressure".

But after changes in demand it's been put back down to 3, which means "moderate pressure".

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

Tyne Wear derby in FA Youth Cup

Matthew Raisbeck

BBC Newcastle

There'll be a Tyne Wear derby in the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup.

Sunderland's under 18s beat Ipswich Town 3-1 after extra time last night to set up a home tie with Newcastle at the end of the month.

Jordan Blinco, Luke Molyneux and Daniel Pybus scored Sunderland's goals last night.

On the lunchtime BBC Look North

Chantalle Edmunds

BBC Tees

Six areas in the North East and Cumbria have been identified as debt hotspots.

Woman with debt leaflets

The Citizens' Advice Bureau says many people are struggling with the burden of debt following the festive period - but help is at hand for those finding it difficult to pay the bills.

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:

  • BBC Newcastle: Sunderland are hopeful of concluding a deal to bring striker
    Jermain Defoe to the Stadium of Light within the next 24 hours.
  • BBC Tees: The manager of a Teesside jewellers held up by armed robbers says the raid may not have happened if a bollard control system had been working properly.

Director 'set to go English'

The Chronicle


Newcastle Falcons will

go back to their policy of young English players during a pivotal fortnight of European Challenge Cup rugby.

Newcastle continue search

Matthew Raisbeck

BBC Newcastle

BBC Newcastle understands caretaker boss John Carver will definitely be in temporary charge of Newcastle for Saturday's game with Southampton, as the club

continue to assess their options regarding the appointment of a new head coach.

John Carver
Getty Images

We also understand the United squad will fly to Dubai on Sunday for a warm weather break - a training camp that was booked well before their cup defeat at Leicester. They return the following Thursday.

Boro the right place: Kalas

Tomas Kalas has told BBC Tees Sport Middlesbrough is the

right place for him to spend the rest of the season.

The Czech defender joined Boro on loan from Chelsea last week and made his debut in Saturday's goalless draw at Reading.

Tomas Kalas
Getty Images

He said: "It would be different if it was a mid-table team and there's no pressure, no relegation, no promotion. Everyone here wants to be promoted [to the Premier League] so that's a good thing."

Sunny spells, feeling cold

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will be dry with sunny spells this afternoon, but will feel cold in the strong winds. Rain will spread into the west by the evening.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 4C (39F).

Check the forecast near you.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

Sunderland to face Fulham

Matthew Raisbeck

BBC Newcastle

Fulham will face Sunderland in the fourth round of the FA Cup after their

5-3 penalty shootout victory over Wolves. Their match finished 3-3 after extra time.

Van Aanholt celebrates

The Black Cats of course beat

Leeds 1-0 at the Stadium of Light on 4 January to advance in the cup.

Your photos: Snow in Weardale

Tracey Laing from Consett sent us this picture of the sunshine glistening over today's snow in Weardale.

Snow in Weardale
Tracey Laing

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Fence crash death victim tribute

The family of a driver who died when his car ploughed into a fence have

described him as having a "heart of gold".

Shane Smith of Newton Aycliffe, was

killed when his car left Close House Road near Bishop Auckland on Saturday.

Shane Smith
Durham Constabulary

The 25-year-old's family have paid tribute to a "gentle giant" who was always "cracking jokes".

Animal cruelty raids: Three arrested

Three men have been aged 19, 23 and 25 have been

arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty after police raids in County Durham.

In a joint "intelligence-led" operation with the RSPCA, Durham police executed a warrant at an address in Brignall Moor Crescent in Darlington.

RSPCA chief inspector Nick Welch said, "The RSPCA and Police have worked on this joint operation where three people have been arrested for offences under the Animal welfare act. The cruelty has been to domestic animals, wildlife and livestock."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Three areas in the North East are being labelled as debt hot spots, according to the Citizens Advice Bureau.
  • BBC Tees: A report for Durham County Council predicts the total savings needed by 2019 will be more than £250m.