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  1. Updates on Friday 23 January 2015

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On tonight's Look North

Jeff Brown

BBC Look North

Police believe a body recovered from the River Wear in Durham is that of the missing student Euan Coulthard.

Nineteen year old Euan was last seen late on Wednesday 14 January. Friends raised the alarm after he failed to respond to texts and social media messages. Ian Reeve reports live from Durham.

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

Rain first, clearing later

Rain through the evening may turn heavy in places before drier, markedly clearer and colder conditions follow from the northwest by midnight. There is a chance of seeing isolated blustery, wintry showers particularly over the Pennines and Cheviots.

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Minimum Temperature: 0C (32F)

Award honours food charity

A North Tyneside charity has been handed an accolade.

The annual Whitley Bay Town Cup is awarded to an organisation or individual who has brought about an outstanding event or been of outstanding service to the community.

Whitley Bay Cup
North Tyneside Council

The Bay Foodbank has been recognised for its "outstanding work in providing emergency food parcels and help to local residents in need".

Man City v Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough take on Manchester City in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Boro head coach Aitor Karanka has said his side must take belief that they can win into the match.

Karanka told BBC Tees: "The normal thing is that they will beat us, but maybe we can beat them."

Read BBC Sport's match preview here.

Hidden portrait boosts picture's price

An early self-portrait by "Pitman painter" Norman Cornish has

sold at auction for almost twice its estimated price after it turned out to be two paintings.

Norman Cornish painting
Norman Cornish

Hours before it went on auction at Anderson and Garland in Newcastle, a hidden portrait of the artist's wife was discovered on the back of it.

The artwork had been valued at up to £7,000, but a 15-minute bidding battle saw it go under the hammer at £13,500.

Sunderland v Fulham

Sunderland host Fulham in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.

Fulham are unbeaten in their last five matches at Sunderland, having won twice and drawn three times there in the Premier League before they were relegated to the Championship in May 2014.

It is the third time the sides have been drawn together in the FA Cup.

Read BBC Sport's preview here.

Woods and trees

The first of 5,000 trees are being planted Eston Recreation Ground, as part of the

Woodland Trust's MOREwoods programme.

Local schoolchildren are taking part in the project, and will also be involved in coming up with a name for the new woodland.

Trees generic

Redcar and Cleveland Council has also worked with local historians to create an "interpretation trail" to highlight the impact of both world wars on the area, and ensure local heritage is not forgotten.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Anne Leuchars and Martin Emmerson will have a round-up of the day's headlines.
  • BBC Tees: Cleveland Police are appealing for information after a man was stabbed in the head in Billingham in the early hours of last Saturday morning.

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A&E tracker

Following the news that waiting times in A&E units in England have improved to their best level since November, you can check how your local A&E department is performing.

The BBC's A&E tracker works by putting in your postcode.

Ofsted denies inappropriate action claims

Ofsted says it found no evidence its

inspectors acted inappropriately while visiting two free schools subsequently placed in special measures.

Sunderland's Grindon Hall Christian School and Durham Free School were both rated inadequate following inspections in November.

Grindon Hall Christian School
Grindon Hall Christian School

The schools subsequently complained about the conduct of the inspectors, but the watchdog said initial interviews with those involved found no evidence that they acted incorrectly.

Traffic lights replaced

Drivers in Sunderland have been thanked for their patience during traffic light replacement work.

New signals have been installed at the junction of the A19 and A690 Durham Road, which is used by more than 40,000 vehicles on an average week-day.

Sunderland City Council said: "The council is aware of difficulties experienced by drivers in recent weeks while the signals have been switched off, during which time the junction has operated as a non-signalised roundabout.

"The council would like to apologise for any delays and also thank all drivers for their patience during these works."

Fake name man search cost tens of thousands of pounds

The search for a man who disappeared from a hotel after giving a false name and information

cost the taxpayer tens of thousands of pounds.

He was reported missing by staff at the Black Bull in Wooler, on 15 January after saying he was going cycling in the Cheviots.

Rescue helicopter
RAF Boulmer

Mountain rescue volunteers, police and a helicopter from RAF Boulmer were involved in the search, which was called off after it emerged he had given a false name.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Anne Leuchars and Martin Emmerson will have a round-up of the day's headlines.
  • BBC Tees: Cleveland Police are appealing for information after a man was stabbed in the head in Billingham in the early hours of last Saturday morning.

Tait signs extension at Falcons

BBC Sport

Full-back Alex Tait has extended his stay at Newcastle by two years.

The 26-year-old full-back follows homegrown talents Will Welch and Tom Catterick in agreeing new terms at Kingston Park.

"Alex is another of our talented local contingent and as such it is good that he has chosen to remain with us," said rugby director Dean Richards.

Cheryl's home charity pledge

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has returned to her home town to announce plans for a for a multimillion-pound facility for disadvantaged young people in the region.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

During a visit to a

Prince's Trust centre in Newcastle the singer and X-Factor judge said she hoped to raise money for a new facility which would include a new music studio and a state-of-the-art digital media hub.

It would be aimed at helping about 4,000 vulnerable youngsters a year, and the money would be raised with the Prince's Trust and her own foundation, Cheryl's Trust.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

Missing girl found

A 17-year-old reported missing from her Hartlepool home on Monday has been found.

Cleveland Police said Courtney Harbron has now turned up safe and well in the Stockton area and it thanked the public and the media for their assistance.

Rapist 'took advantage' of victim

A Newcastle man has been

jailed for raping a woman who was "in no fit state" to consent to sex.

Alistair Calvert
North wales police

Mold Crown Court was told that Alistair Calvert "took advantage" of the victim during the attack in North Wales in November 2012.

The 26-year-old was jailed for nine years.

Man stabbed in head

A man was stabbed in the head on a Billingham street.

Cleveland Police has appealed for information after the 34-year-old was left seriously injuring during the attack on Brendan Crescent on 17 January.

His attacker is described as a 5ft 9ins and wearing a light blue Adidas hoody, with the emblem and lettering in white.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

UK car production at seven-year high

Car plants in the UK produced more than 1.5 million vehicles last year, the highest number since 2007, annual figures show.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said that demand for premium brands had helped boost annual sales by an overall 1.2%.

Nissan cars
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Nissan's factory in Sunderland built the most cars by any single British-based manufacturer, with 500,238 rolling off its production line.

A&E waiting times improve

Waiting times in A&E units in England have improved to their best level since November - but the target is still being missed, figures show.

A total of 92.4% of patients were seen in four hours in the seven days up until Sunday.

Hospital emergency sign

The target is 95% and has been missed on a weekly basis since the start of October.

But until this latest week performance had dropped to its lowest levels since 2010. That record low is now over.

On Look North at lunhctime

Charlie Charlton

BBC Newcastle

A body has been found in the River Wear in Durham city. Police have been looking for 19-year-old student Euan Coulthard since last Wednesday.

In the last half hour police say the body is believed to be Euan's and his family has been informed. Ian Reeve will join us from Durham.

Join me at 13:30 for the latest.

Student had disappeared after night out

A major search had been under way since Euan Coulthard went missing late on 14 January after a night out in Durham.

The 19-year-old was last seen in the city centre just after midnight last Wednesday after leaving the Loveshack nightclub in the city just after midnight.

It involved an extensive search of the River Wear and surrounding land and students helped police hand our leaflets.

Missing student's family informed

Police said the family of Durham University student Euan Coulthard had been informed after a body was found in the River Wear.

Divers began a search of the river this morning after reports of a body in the water and a body was later recovered.

Euan Coulthard
Durham Police

Durham Police said a formal identification is yet to take place however Euan's family have been informed of the developments.

A post-mortem examination will take place later.

BreakingBody believed to be missing student

Durham Police

tweets: Police recover body from River Wear believed to be that of missing student Euan Coulthard - formal identification yet to be carried out.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A body's been found in the River Wear at Durham.
  • BBC Tees: Two Durham police officers have been found guilty of gross misconduct and given a final written warning for beating an injured deer to death with a crowbar.

Apprentice 'time bomb'

North East England faces a "ticking time bomb" due to a lack of apprentices, the head of the region's Chamber of Commerce has said.

Government figures have shown that the number fell by about a fifth in two years.

James Ramsbotham said it was vital for the region's future that more apprentices start to come through the system.

Force probed over missing man

Northumbria Police is one of two forces being investigated by the
Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) over its handling of a missing person report relating to a man who was later found dead.

Quentin Woolmer was reported missing from his home in Dinnington on 2 December, and his body was discovered in Worcester the next day.

The IPCC will examine the actions of the Northumbria and West Mercia forces.

Body found in River Wear

Russell Ward

BBC Newcastle

Police have confirmed a body has been found in the River Wear in Durham.

Earlier Durham Police said they were responding to reports of a body. Marine units are at the scene.

Marine unit in Durham

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Police have confirmed a body has been found in the River Wear near the Framwellgate Bridge in Durham, close to where missing student Euan Coulthard was last seen over a week ago.
  • BBC Tees: Two Durham Police firearms officers, who battered an injured deer to death with a crowbar, have been told they can keep their jobs despite being found guilty of gross misconduct.

Police at scene of river search

Russell Ward

BBC Newcastle

This is the scene as the police search after reports of a body found in the River Wear in Durham.

Police in Durham

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