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  1. Updates on Monday 26 January 2015

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Good evening

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday. Michael Connor sent us this picture of dozens of Canadian geese flying over Gateshead this afternoon.

Canadian geese
Michael Connor

You can send your pictures by email to or tweet
@BBCNewsNE and we may feature them on BBC Local Live tomorrow.

Icy blast set to hit UK

Warnings of snow and ice have been issued for Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England.

The Met Office said snowfalls could hit parts of the UK from Wednesday morning until Thursday evening. Driving could become difficult at times with blizzards over high ground and snowfalls of 3-10cm even at low levels.

Weather map


yellow be aware warnings cover all of Scotland and Northern Ireland, along with the north of England, Yorkshire, Humber and East Midlands.

Temperatures to fall

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

Dry with clear spells this evening, allowing temperatures to quickly fall close to freezing. Cloud increasing through the latter part of the night will help temperatures to recover, but also bring a little drizzle.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: 1C (34F).

Check the forecast near you.

PFI hospital costs examined

Katie Cole

BBC Newcastle

What's the real cost of North East hospitals built under PFI?

Watch Inside Out at 19:30 on BBC One.

Inside Out

More on bus death probe

The police watchdog is

investigating how officers dealt with Matthew Drummond, who died after he was hit by a bus.

The investigation will look at: The actions and decision-making of the officers who arrested Mr Drummond, the circumstances around police attendance at the hospital and the decision to allow him to leave the hospital and the actions of police who attended the scene after the collision.

IPCC commissioner Carl Gumsley said: "I would like to express my condolences to Mr Drummond's family at this difficult time. The investigation is making good progress as we seek to establish exactly what happened during the various interactions between Mr Drummond and Northumbria Police."

On tonight's BBC Look North

Gerry Jackson

BBC Look North

Durham Police have confirmed that the body found in the River Wear last Friday

is that of the missing Durham University student, Euan Coulthard. The diver who found the body was a volunteer who'd travelled from western Scotland to search the River Wear, and discovered Euan within moments of entering the water.

Trevor Bankhead is very familiar with the river having made hundreds of dives there and he found Euan's body just yards from the last sighting near Framwellgate Bridge. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Decision made on 'safety grounds'

Durham Constabulary has defended its actions after a

"30-40 second" dive by Scot Trevor Bankhead ended a week-long search for missing student Euan Coulthard.

Supt Colin Williamson said guidance from bodies including the Environment Agency was that the condition of the river made it "unsafe for divers to enter".

He added: "However, extensive searches were carried out on the water by members of the Weardale and Teesdale Search and Rescue Team, as well as County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue, who used a pole-mounted camera to transmit images from below the surface.

Trevor Bankhead

"Any suggestion that our decision was due to financial concerns is completely untrue, the decision was taken purely on health and safety grounds following expert advice."

News on the hour

NUFC's only option?

via Facebook

Newcastle United fans are already voicing their opinions on the

appointment of John Carver as head coach until the end of the season.

Craig Archbold

writes: If they can't get the right candidate until the summer for whatever reasons then this was possibly the only option, however in saying that I truly believe that my team NUFC will most certainly end up in a relegation battle but fortunately there is about half a dozen teams that are worse than us so fingers crossed we will beat the drop then appoint the right man in the summer

Dan Stanley

writes: Suppose P4, W0, D1, L3 is a decent record for a caretaker and warrants them getting an extension....

John Carver in focus

Here's the numbers behind John Carver's appointment as Newcastle United head coach until the end of the season.

John Carver graphic

Coast road reopens after work

Jon Harle

BBC Newcastle

Northern Gas Networks has just confirmed its work on the A1058 Coast Road is now "complete and the road has now reopened".

Head coach 'will shape NUFC future'

Lee Charnley continues: "The head coach will be a long-term appointment that will play a major role in shaping the future on-field progression of Newcastle United and it is vitally important that we get the right individual.

"John has a long history with the club and has the full support of the board. Our goal for the season of a minimum top-10 finish remains unchanged and we are confident that John, supported by the backroom staff, will be able to deliver this."

Permanent head coach decision delayed

Newcastle United managing director Lee Charnley says the appointment of a permanent head coach will be delayed until the end of the season, but believes new head coach John Carver can aim for a top-10 finish.

He said: "At the beginning of this process it was my desire and intention to appoint an individual to the position of head coach who would be available to start immediately.

"Having now explored at some length the options available to us at this time, the decision has been taken to defer the appointment of a permanent head coach until the end of the season."

BreakingCarver hails 'proud day'

John Carver says: "This is a proud day for me. I have worked with, and learnt from, the best manager that this football club has had in Sir Bobby Robson.

"I know what this club means to this city and its people. I believe in my players and the staff I have around me.

"I am confident that we can deliver exciting successful football and look forward with relish to my role as head coach of this great football club."

BreakingCarver named as NUFC head coach

Newcastle United have confirmed that John Carver will take the role of head coach until the end of this season.

'Champions League' quality

Head coach Aitor Karanka says

Middlesbrough showed "Champions League" quality in Saturday's
FA Cup fourth round victory against Manchester City.

Boro defeated the Premier League champions on their own turf, thanks to goals from Patrick Bamford and Kike.

Middlesbrough celebrate win
Getty Images

He said: "Sometimes I say I have players who are playing in the Championship, who think they are Champions League players. I don't have the words to explain my feelings. It's amazing the game, with our crowd and everybody. We have to enjoy this."

'Found him so quickly'

The body of missing student Euan Coulthard was

found in the River Wear at Durham by a diver who had travelled 170 miles from Scotland.

Trevor Bankhead, 45, who works on the west coast of Scotland, said: "At about 09:00 [on Friday] I went into the water and I had only been down for about 30-40 seconds when I found him.

Euan Coulthard
Durham Police

"I was shocked that I found him so quickly even though I had prepared myself mentally for finding a dead body. I had to take a moment because I got choked up in the water and then I said to him 'I have come to take you home my friend'."

Garde 'not ready for adventure'

Ian Dennis

BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter

Newcastle United are keeping their options open. The club met Remi Garde but those who know him in France say he's not ready for a new adventure.

NUFC's record under Carver

Newcastle United have yet to win a match under John Carver. The Magpies have scored four goals and earned one point in three Premier League matches.

Bottom-of-the-league Leicester City knocked the Toon Army out of the FA Cup on 3 January.

Newcastle United results

The Magpies last three points came in a 3-2 win over Everton, just days before Alan Pardew was linked to the Crystal Palace job, which he later took up.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Police say a body pulled from the River Wear in Durham City on Friday has been formally identified as law student Euan Coulthard.
  • BBC Tees: A date has been set for the trial of two teenage girls accused of murdering a Hartlepool woman.

Police probe custody man's bus death

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is

investigating how officers dealt with a man who died after he was hit by a bus.

Matthew Drummond, 38, was arrested in Berwick, Northumberland, on 12 November and taken to hospital as he was drunk.

Togston East Farm

After first refusing to leave hospital, Mr Drummond left on foot at 01:00. He was later hit by a bus on the A1068. The IPCC said it was looking at a "series of interactions" between Northumbria Police and Mr Drummond.

Carver will be in charge

And now that's been

confirmed by our correspondent Ben Smith: Newcastle United will announce later today that John Carver will remain in charge until the end of the season.

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Comic Relief Appeal launches today

Colin Briggs

BBC Look North

It's the day once every two years when people get together to do something funny for money and this year's Comic Relief Appeal launches today.

One of the charities that benefits in our region is this club for people who have had a stroke at a young age.

Different Strokes

Different Strokes was launched 12 years ago and the money from Comic Relief helps fund these regular health and social get-togethers at Byker Leisure Centre in Newcastle.

Bright and breezy

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a bright and breezy afternoon for all with patchy cloud and plenty of sunshine. There will be some thicker cloud around out to the west but it is expected to remain dry.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 6C (43F).

Check the forecast near you.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Police say a body pulled from the River Wear in Durham City on Friday has been formally identified as law student Euan Coulthard.
  • BBC Tees: A date has been set for the trial of two teenage girls accused of murdering a Hartlepool woman.

One lane closed on A1

One lane remains closed northbound and there's very slow traffic on A1 Western Bypass in Newcastle between Newcastle City and Hexham turn off because of emergency repairs. Congestion is back to the Lobley Hill Interchange. More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

Man on trial over murder bid

Peter Harris

Look North

A man has gone on trial accused of trying to murder his partner by pouring petrol over her and then setting it alight.

A jury at Teesside Crown Court heard Edward McArthur locked her in the flat in Darlington, forcing her to jump for her life. She had 40% burns.

Mr McArthur, 40, denies the charge and claims fire started by accident after he lit a cigarette.

FA Cup fifth-round draw

Middlesbrough will find out their reward for

knocking Manchester City out of the FA Cup when the draw for the fifth round is made tonight.

Sunderland's fate will also be decided if they can make it past Fulham in a replay. You can watch the draw live on

BBC One's The One Show at about 19:20.

Middlesbrough celebrate
Getty Images

Numbers you're looking out for are 16 for Middlesbrough and 14 for Sunderland (or Fulham).

Have your say

BBC Look North

We're in Redcar with the Pop Up Parliament. Come and have your say on what you think is the most important election issue.

Mark Denten

Plus we've got the latest as pupils and parents from Durham Free School staged a protest against government plans to withdraw the school's funding. Watch BBC One at 13:30.

BreakingBody found is missing student

Police have confirmed a body recovered from the River Wear in Durham on Friday is that of

Durham University student Euan Coulthard.

Euan, a law student at St Mary's College, was reported missing on 15 January after he failed to return home following a night out in the city.

Euan Coulthard

The 19-year-old was from the village of Bottesford, in Leicestershire. Police say there are no suspicious circumstances.

Supt Colin Williamson said: "We are very grateful for the assistance we received during our searches from Euan's friends and fellow students."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Professional diver Trevor Bankhead, who recovered the body of missing student Euan Coulthard from the River Wear, says he found him within 30 seconds.
  • BBC Tees: Police across the BBC Tees area have revealed the violent pasts of 80 people to their partners, in response to requests made under what's become known as Clare's Law.

More night-time news

BBC Look North's night-time bulletin on BBC One

is to be extended on Monday to Thursdays, starting this evening.

The bulletin, which follows the UK BBC News at 10, will be extended to 15 minutes until June to ensure viewers receive the most comprehensive coverage of the issues facing the country, both nationally and locally, ahead of the 2015 Election. The 13:30 bulletin will be shortened to five minutes.

BBC Look North

James Harding, director of news and current affairs, said: "This will be one of the most keenly contested, unpredictable and consequential elections in the history of this country and nothing will be more important to voters than the issues where they live and work. These extended bulletins will allow us to follow ever more closely a campaign which is going to be being fought out constituency by constituency across the United Kingdom."

Murder trial date set

A date has been set for the trial of two girls who are charged with murdering a 39-year-old woman in Hartlepool.

Angela Wrightson's body was found at her home in Stephen Street in December. A post-mortem exam revealed she died from blood loss and had suffered substantial injuries.

Angela Wrightson
Cleveland Police

At a brief hearing at Teesside Crown Court, a trial date was set for June. The defendants, aged 13 and 14, cannot be identified.