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  1. Updates from Thursday 15 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Lloyd Watson

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Good evening

That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Friday. Conditions in the North Sea were so bad last night, about 14 fishing boats gathered in Blyth, according to Alison Leddy who sent us this picture of the run rising.

Fishing boats in Blyth
Alison Leddy

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@BBCNewsNE and we may feature them on BBC Local Live tomorrow.

Scattered wintry showers

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

Rain clearing to scattered wintry showers during the evening. It'll become dry with long clear spells after midnight, leading to a frost and some icy patches by morning as winds moderate.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: -3C (27F).

Check the forecast near you.

On tonight's BBC Look North

Julie Smith

BBC Look North

Work officially began this morning on the first 99 of more than 200 brand new family homes to be built in Gateshead.

Sign at building site

They're expected to be completed by the autumn as part of a wider regeneration scheme on 19 different sites across the borough. However, the project isn't without controversy. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Karanka looking for midfielder?

Boro boss Aitor Karanka has said he could be looking to add a midfielder to his squad.

Aitor Karanka
Getty Images

Middlesbrough FC

tweets: Aitor: We are working towards a midfielder, but there's nothing clear at this stage.

'Bangs make me jump'

Neil Green

BBC Tees

A Middlesbrough woman says she's scared of leaving her own home after she was shot in the back by an air rifle.

Lisa Saunders from Netherfields was hit as she walked along Ladgate Lane on her birthday but it isn't known if the incident was an accident or deliberate.

She said: "I don't like going out, any bang I hear, I'm jumping. Your mind does crazy things to you and it's just non-stop."

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Ashley 'ready with loan'

BBC Scotland News

BBC Scotland has learned that the

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is ready to provide a loan of about £10m to Rangers but wants security of Ibrox Stadium and the club's Murray Park training ground.

The so-called

Three Bears consortium, led by the businessman Douglas Park, is believed to have offered a counter loan of about half that amount.

Mike Ashley
Getty Images

That group wants two seats on the club board and security over Murray Park. However, it is thought the Rangers board feel the £5m loan is not enough.

Thieves destroy remembrance garden

Russell Ward

BBC Newcastle

Thieves have destroyed a County Durham mum's garden of remembrance for her nine-year-old son.

Jacqueline Beattie (pictured) outside her home in Annfield Plain shows us what remains of the garden in memory of Jack, who died on 2008 of a rare genetic disorder, which has been targeted twice.

Jacqueline Beattie

Jacqueline said: "I don't know why people are attacking it, he didn't hurt anybody. I've had enough of it all. I wish people would leave it alone and let him rest."

Latest on jewellery robbery

Phil Mawson

BBC News

Two people have been

questioned in connection with an armed raid at a jewellers in Middlesbrough.

An undisclosed amount of watches were taken from Market Cross Jewellers on Linthorpe Road on Tuesday, said police. A 19-year-old-man from Manchester was arrested and later bailed on suspicion of robbery.

A woman, 49, also from Manchester, who officers spoke to voluntarily, will return at a later date by appointment, Cleveland Police said.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: The chief executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce says he has concerns for the North East oil and gas industry
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news

Defoe agrees personal terms

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

BBC Sport understands that

Jermain Defoe has passed his medical and agreed personal terms with Sunderland.

However, the deal is thought to involve a straight player swap, with Jozy Altidore going to Toronto and no transfer fees being exchanged.

Sunderland are now awaiting news from Toronto and are hopeful the deal will go through in time for Defoe to be registered for the match against his former club, Tottenham, on Saturday.

Road closed to high sided vehicles

The A689 in Bishop Auckland is closed to high sided vehicles in both directions between the B6284 High Bondgate junction and the Addison Road junction because of strong winds.

There is one lane closed and slow traffic on the A66 westbound between the A67 junction in Bowes and the A685 junction in Brough, because of an overturned caravan. More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

Caravan overturns on A66

A caravan has been blown over on the A66 trans-Pennine route from County Durham to Cumbria, as winds gusted to over 70mph.

Durham Police's Roads Policing Unit

tweeted a photo of the overturned vehicle, with the comment: A66 Sunny day but very deceiving really high winds this driver was travelling west but the caravan went east!

Caravan on its roof
Durham Police

The route was closed to high-sided vehicles the Highways Agency said.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A Middlesbrough woman says she's scared of leaving her own home after she was shot in the back by an air rifle
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news

EC approves fuel rebate

The European Commission has

approved the rollout of rural fuel rebates to 17 areas in Scotland and England, including Northumberland.

The scheme allows retailers to claim back up to 5p per litre duty relief on unleaded petrol and diesel, and pass on the savings to customers.

Petrol pump

The 17 areas include parts of the Highlands, Argyll and Bute, Northumberland, Cumbria, Devon and North Yorkshire. The European Union has still to approve the introductions of the scheme.

More than 20 cars damaged

Sunderland Echo

Police have arrested a man in connection with a

spate of car damages in Washington. He was arrested after more than 20 cars were damaged in Harraton.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

Man charged with rape

A man has been charged with two rapes which happened in Newcastle.

A 51-year-old man from Slatyford area of Newcastle has been charged with two counts of rape and will appear at Newcastle Magistrates' Court on Friday 13 February.

The charge is in connection with a rape investigation that was

re-opened by Northumbria police as part of the internal enquiry into the "no-criming" of rape allegations.

Cold and windy afternoon

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

There will be some sunny intervals before showery rain and some hill snow spread from the west later in the afternoon. Feeling cold, with the strong southwesterly winds reaching gale force at times.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 6C (43F).

Check the forecast near you.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

Man dies in collision

A man has

died in a collision involving a bus and a bicycle in Washington.

It happened on the slip road of the A1231, at its junction with Spire Road, at about 07:40. The man was declared dead at the scene.

Both slip roads at Barmston remain closed and diversions have been put in place. Northumbria Police has appealed for witnesses.

Potential housing sites identified

Hartlepool Mail

Potential housing sites across Hartlepool that could provide almost 2,000 new homes in the next five years

have been identified.

Hartlepool Mail

'Glimpse of the future'?

Sharon Barbour

BBC Look North

The Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital at Cramlington will only deal with seriously ill or injured patients - everyone else will go to other hospitals in North Tyneside and Northumberland - although it will also have a maternity unit.

The £90m scheme has sparked some opposition over the effect on services at other hospitals, including Hexham, Wansbeck and North Tyneside. But the Medical Director for the NHS, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, has said that this kind of hospital is "a glimpse of the future". I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

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What is Thundersnow?

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Snow falling on a road

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Jewellery shop robbery: Two arrests

Two people have been arrested in connection with the

armed robbery of a jewellery shop in Middlesbrough.

A 49-year-old woman and a 19-year-old, both from the Manchester area, have been arrested on suspicion of robbery after Market Cross Jewellers on Linthorpe Road was targeted on Tuesday.

Chester-le-Street incident: Man arrested

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

A 20-year-old man has been arrested after armed police surrounded a house in Chester-le-Street.

Durham Constabulary says the arrest is in connection with an attempted armed robbery at Sainsbury's in the town at about 07:30. Nobody was injured. Police are asking for anyone with information to contact them on 101.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A North East explorer is making good progress towards the South Pole
  • BBC Tees: Two arrests have been made in connection with the robbery at Market Cross Jewellers in Middlesbrough

Poor driving conditions

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue

tweets: Crews have reported bad driving conditions in the Bishop Auckland Area, please take extra care when out and about today. #StaySafe

No third party in fire bin death

Northumbria Police says there is

no third party involvement in the death of a man whose body was found following a wheelie bin fire on North Tyneside.

Darren Robson, 43, from Whitley Bay, was discovered by firefighters after reports of a fire in a bin store off Whitley Road on 21 November.

Scene of body find
BBC news grab

Officers initially had an "open mind" about the death, but now believe there was no third party involvement. An inquest into Mr Robson's death will take place.

More on Chester-le-Street incident

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Durham Constabulary says the man who is inside the house is believed to be on his own. The force has

tweeted this picture of police at the scene:

Police in Chester-le-Street
Durham Constabulary

A181 reopens after overturned lorry

Durham Constabulary

tweets: A181 open after overturned lorry incident. Thanks for your patience

Armed police in Chester-le-Street

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Armed Durham Police officers have been sent to a house in Chester-le-Street following concerns regarding a man with a knife.

Police say a member of the public called them, concerned for the safety of a man in a house near Second Avenue. Armed officers are still at the scene. We'll have more on this story soon.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Armed Durham police officers have been sent to a house in Chester-le-Street following concerns over a man with a knife
  • BBC Tees: The government says it will look carefully at proposals by Tata Steel to sell its Long Products Division, with the possible loss of 6,000 jobs