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  1. Updates on Tuesday 27 January 2015

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Good evening

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

That's all from BBC Local Live. We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday. We've had lots of music news today with the announcement that BBC 6 Music Festival is coming to Tyneside next month.

We leave you with news of one more artist who's just been announced right now - it's Gaz Coombes, the hirsute frontman of 90s band Supergrass.

Get the full details here, and remeber
there's more acts still to be announced tonight.

Gaz Coombes
Getty Images

Cloudy and mild

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

Cloudy and relatively mild during the evening, with a little light rain. Becoming increasingly windy overnight, with most areas seeing some heavier and more prolonged rainfall before colder conditions and potentially heavy blustery showers spread from Consett and the west around dawn.

Weather forecast
BBC

Minimum temperature: 3C (37F).

Check the forecast near you.

On tonight's BBC Look North

Gerry Jackson

BBC Look North

Holocaust Memorial Day services have been taking place around the region on the

70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

For campaigners, it's particularly important that the lessons learned from the Nazi genocide are taken into our schools.

Pupils at school
BBC

I've been to one in County Durham that's been giving the day special attention. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Maximo Park listen again

It was announce this morning that one of the acts who'll be taking to the stage at the

BBC 6 Music Festival, which takes place on Tyneside from Friday 20 to Sunday 22 February 2015, will be Maximo Park.

Maximo Park
BBC

The local lads performed two tracks in Newcastle for Lauren Laverne at a special launch event for the Festival.

If you missed it, you can listen again here. Villagers also performed, you can
hear their set here.

Royal Blood to play Tyneside

6 Music BBC

Royal Blood, Mercury Prize 2014 and BRIT 2015 nominees, have been added to the 6 Music Festival which is due to take place on Tyneside next month.

More of the latest acts announced by BBC 6 Music include The Charlatans, Wire and Public Service Broadcasting.

Royal Blood
BBC

More bands will be announced on BBC 6 Music throughout the day.

Listen live here.

Boro 'disappointed' at Arsenal draw

Middlesbrough winger Adam Reach says

another tough FA Cup draw at Arsenal is a "slight disappointment" with a quarter-final place in prospect.

Championship side Boro have already knocked out Premier League champions Manchester City in round four.

Adam Reach
Getty Images

Reach said: "With those big teams going out, we're slightly disappointed it's Arsenal away, but it'll be a great day out for the fans. Every FA Cup game we'll take about 8,000 fans and it brings everyone together.

"It's a little breather from the Championship, which is tough, and it builds everyone's confidence which is good."

'Exciting live music'

6 Music BBC

Paul Smith, from Maximo Park, was asked to describe the BBC 6 Music Festival in three words.

He chose: Exciting live music - he'll be hoping to live up to those words when performing.

Paul Smith
BBC

Watch the video here. Find out more about the festival which
comes to Tyneside on 20 - 22 February here. Tickets go on sale on Friday and Saturday.

More on BBC 6 Music Festival

Bands including The War on Drugs, The Fall and Maximo Park will play at

BBC radio station 6 Music's second festival in Newcastle and Gateshead next month.

6 Music will broadcast gigs from venues including the Sage Gateshead and the O2 Academy from 20-22 February.

Young Fathers
Getty Images

Other acts on the line-up will include Hot Chip, Young Fathers, Neneh Cherry, Interpol, Jon Hopkins, Kate Tempest, The Charlatans, Villagers and Jungle. It comes a year after the first 6 Music Festival took place in Manchester.

Roadworks on A1

There's slow traffic on A1 southbound between Blaydon and Lobley Hill Interchange in the roadworks area. More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include.

BreakingPermanent deal for Yanga-Mbiwa

Matthew Raisbeck

BBC Newcastle

Newcastle United defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has completed a transfer to AS Roma after meeting a contractual condition contained in the loan agreement between the clubs.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
Getty Images

The French defender

joined Roma on a loan deal in September but it has now become a permanent move.

Dry and cloudy

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

There will still be a good deal of cloud around this afternoon but for many it'll stay dry. A little patchy light rain or drizzle is possible, especially across the Pennines.

Weather forecast
BBC

Maximum temperature: 7C (45F).

Check the forecast near you.

Teesside - a short film

Andy Bell

BBC Tees

When out and about reporting for BBC Tees, you get to see what the North East has to offer, which is friendly people and great sights.

Flowers and the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge
BBC

Here's a short film of some of the things I've seen together with music from local artist Samantha Durnan.

Handy woman drafted in

Russell Ward

BBC Newcastle

A woman who got so tired of council cuts has employed a handy woman to use this truck and keep her village tidy.

Listen to BBC Newcastle for more.

Handy truck
BBC

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include.

Diver 'would have lost sleep'

A volunteer diver says

he wouldn't have been able to sleep at night if he hadn't tried to help find a missing Durham student.

Professional diver Trevor Bankhead now lives Scotland but travelled home to Durham a week after Euan Coulthard went missing.

Euan Coulthard
BBC

Students in Durham City are being warned to take extra care along the banks of The River Wear after the deaths of three students in the last 15 months.

NE worst for youth smoking

The North East is one of the worst areas in the country for smoking rates among young people, according to a study.

Hartlepool (15.87%), Gateshead (15.92%), Plymouth (15.93%) and South Tyneside (16.27%) have been identified as having high rates of youth smoking, Public Health England and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) say.

Nationally an estimated 12.71% of 15-year-olds are regular or occasional smokers, but the data shows considerable variation between areas, according to the researchers.

Forshaw for Middlesbrough?

Paul Addison

BBC Tees Sport

Wigan Athletic are refusing to comment on reports that Adam Forshaw is going to sign for Middlesbrough.

Forshaw was signed from Brentford by former boss Uwe Rosler at the start of the season, signing a four-year contract.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include.

Share your views

We've introduced BBC Local Live, which is written by reporters across the North East, to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place.

Tell us what you think.

NUFC 'ready to go for McLaren'

BBC Sport

YouTube video fraud man fined

A man who broke his ankle showing off in a YouTube video and then tried to claim compensation has admitted fraud.

During the floods in Newcastle in June 2012, Stephen Robinson, 30, of Caroline Cottages in Slatyford, claimed he was walking along Pooley Road when he stepped through a metal drain which had collapsed.

He contacted Newcastle City Council to claim compensation, and their insurers were going to pay him £17,000. But the company discovered the video showing Robinson taking a running jump into the flooded road, watched by a crowd of cheering people.

Stephen Robinson
YouTube

He was sentenced to 200 hours community service and fined £600 after pleading guilty to fraud by false representation at Newcastle Magistrates' Court.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include.

  • BBC Tees: A boyfriend has been jailed for 15 years after he admitted pouring petrol on his partner then setting her alight, trapping her in their burning flat.
  • BBC Newcastle: The Lib Dem MP for Berwick Sir Alan Beith, says we need to focus on how to
    improve a controversial prison rather than debate whether it should have been privatised or not.

Photo of arsonist released

Durham Police have released this picture of Edward McArthur, who attacked his girlfriend in Darlington last year after a row, intending to scar her so she could never get another boyfriend.

McArthur, 40, admitted arson with intent to endanger life and grievous bodily harm and was jailed for 15 years and nine months.

Edward McArthur
Durham Police

Free school future discussed

BBC Look North

The fate of Durham Free School will be discussed in the House of Commons this evening.

The Government announced it was withdrawing funding for the school last week after a highly critical Ofsted report.

Yesterday pupils and parents raised a banner over the school protesting at the decision. The debate's been secured by Durham's Labour MP Roberta Blackman Woods.

Watch Look North on BBC One now.

Sunderland teenager on The Voice

A 17-year-old from Sunderland is set to appear on

BBC One's The Voice this weekend.

Olivia Lawson will sing Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit for the assembled judges Tom Jones, Rita Ora, Ricky Wilson and Will.i.am.

Olivia Lawson
BBC

She's currently going into her last year at sixth form and also works part time as an admin assistant at a hospital to pay for her music lessons.

You can watch her singing on her YouTube channel.

Arson man jailed for 15 years

Peter Harris

Look North

A man who

poured petrol over his partner and set fire to her has been jailed for 15 years and nine months at Teesside Crown Court.

Edward McArthur attacked Rebecca Major in Darlington last year after a row, intending to scar her so she could never get another boyfriend.

McArthur, 40, admitted arson with intent to endanger life and grievous bodily harm. Miss Major suffered 40% burns and was forced to jump for her life from a burning flat, fracturing her skull.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include.

  • BBC Tees: A boyfriend has admitted pouring petrol on his partner then setting her alight, trapping her in their burning flat.
  • BBC Newcastle: The Lib Dem MP for Berwick Sir Alan Beith, says we need to focus on how to
    improve a controversial prison rather than debate whether it should have been privatised or not.

Pub fire 'suspicious'

Hannah McMahon

BBC Tees

A fire at a pub in Hartlepool is being treated as suspicious, police say.

Cleveland Fire Brigade was called to the Woodcutter Pub in Kingsley Avenue in Hartlepool yesterday afternoon.

The pub is derelict and due to be demolished but investigators believe the fire may have been started deliberately.

'Really brave person'

Today marks the

70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp and children in Northumberland have had the rare opportunity to spend time with a survivor.

Pupils at Northumberland Church of England Academy in Ashington have spent the day with an Auschwitz survivor talking about the Holocaust.

Watch tower at Auschwitz
AFP

One year nine pupil said: "I don't think I'd be able to do that if I was out there because I wouldn't be able to cope like she did - she was a really brave person."

BreakingMan admits setting girlfriend alight

A boyfriend has admitted pouring petrol on his partner then setting her alight and trapping her in their burning flat.

Rebecca Major, 32, saved her own life by smashing a window with a table and jumping from an upstairs window.

Edward McArthur, 40, was on trial at Teesside Crown Court where he denied attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life. He has now admitted the arson and an alternative charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. The jury cleared him of attempted murder on the direction of the judge.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: The Lib Dem MP for Berwick and chairman of the Justice Committee, Sir Alan Beith, says we need to focus on how to
    improve a controversial prison rather than debate whether it should have been privatised or not.
  • BBC Tees: A fire at a pub in Hartlepool is being treated as suspicious.

Inside the 'powder keg' prison

Robert Cooper

BBC News Online

A report into HMP Northumberland has

found safety at the prison has deteriorated in the past two years. BBC News was allowed to visit the prison,
described by some as a "powder keg", to assess how bad things were.

A "very tough three years" was how outgoing director Matt Spencer describes his time at HMP Northumberland.

Map of Northumberland
BBC

The category C prison has seen some major changes in his time at the helm and has come in for some serious criticism.

I've been speaking to the outgoing director Matt Spencer to find out more.

Maximo Park added to line-up

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

It has been announced that North East rockers Maximo Park will play the BBC 6 Music Festival on Tyneside next month.

Other acts announced so far include Young Fathers, The War on Drugs and Hot Chip, who will be headlining.

Paul Smith from Maximo Park
BBC

Find out more about the festival here. More acts will be announced on BBC 6 Music throughout the day.