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  1. Updates from Thursday 29 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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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 Friday. If you're affected by snow overnight, don't forget to send us your stories and pictures.

Snow in Wolsingham

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

'Breaking taboo'?

Peter Harris

Look North

It's one of the key dates in the Christian calendar. And now one of our region's football clubs is being accused of breaking a taboo by kicking off at 15:00 on a Good Friday.

That's traditionally the time when services are held to mark the death of Christ. But Middlesbrough have moved their game with Wigan forward - leaving church-going fans with a dilemma. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Wintry showers expected

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

Further wintry showers are expected this evening, but these will tend to ease through the night. Frost in places will give icy stretches.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: 0C (32F).

Check the forecast near you.

Pensioner arrested in raids

A 76-year-old man is among a number of people that have been

arrested during early morning raids in Durham.

The pensioner was arrested on suspicion of the cultivation of cannabis during the raids in West Rainton.

Raid on house
Durham Constabulary

A man, 43, from a separate address in West Rainton was arrested for the same offence. A man, 34, was arrested in Langley Moor in connection with a burglary.

Sure Start cuts approved

Plans to cut Sure Start children's services in Newcastle have been approved.

Newcastle City Council says it needs to cut its budget for the centres and concentrate them in the most deprived parts of the city.

The council says it is the fairest solution, but critics believe it could have long-term detrimental effects. Sure Start was set up by the Labour government to give parents of under-fives parenting and health advice.

Tynemouth RNLI rescues dozens

Tynemouth RNLI was the busiest lifeboat station in the north-east of England last year.

In 2014, the 29 volunteers at the station, which has been running for 153 years, responded to 65 call outs and rescued 64 people.


Sunderland RNLI was involved in 54 launches, rescuing 67 people. Tynemouth operations manager David Stenhouse said the figures "hammered it home" that the station is "very much needed".

More schools fail to make grade

The number of state secondaries in England said to be

underperforming has more than doubled amid exam changes.

Three areas of the North East are five to 10 points below the national average of 56.6% of pupils achieving five good GCSEs in state schools. These are Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and Sunderland.

Map of performances

Put your post code in here to find out how your area is doing.

Food bank policies 'cruel and unfair'

The case of a food bank in Newcastle, reported to be the "busiest" in the country, has been raised in the Commons.

The Benwell food bank feeds thousands of people every month. The Labour MP for Newcastle Central, Chi Onwurah, blamed "cruel" and "unfair" government policies.

People at foodbank

Food Minister George Eustice said: "We have reduced taxes for 25 million people, we've taken three million of the lowest earners out of tax altogether, and in the last year food prices have fallen by 1.7% - the first time since 2002."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A plan to build a designer outlet shopping centre near Scotch Corner is expected to win approval later.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.

Mountains of snow

Damian O'Neil

BBC Look North

Here's the bleak magnificence of Shaun the cameraman, and you can see his beautiful shots of snow and much more on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Cameraman Shaun

I predict a riot...

Jon Harle

BBC Newcastle

Coming up from on the show - Tyneside musician Trev Gibb tells us how he's supporting Kaiser Chiefs at the Arena next week.

Listen live here.

Trev Gib and Jon Harle

High street remains closed

The A68 High Street remains closed between the B6297 Wolsingham Road junction in Tow Law and the A692 Consett Road junction in Consett because of snow.

And the A68 in Corbridge is closed to high-sided vehicles in both directions at Stagshaw Roundabout because of snow. More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: Three men have been arrested in the Durham area following early morning raids targeting suspected drug dealers and burglars.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.

'Not bad news for SAFC fans'

The BBC's head of football, Mark Cole, thinks the fact Sunderland have been last on Match of the Day most this season could bode well for the Wearsiders.

He said: "It's not personal. We've got a couple of Sunderland fans in the office and the chap who does all our stats is a Sunderland fan so he's keeping a particular eye on it.

"If they're on last by the end of the season the most, then it means they'll still be in the Premier League, because they won't be drawn into those big relegation battles that feature highly in the programme."

Match of the Day to continue

Sunderland and Newcastle fans (and hopefully soon, Boro fans) might like to know that Premier League highlights will continue to be on Match of the Day through to the 2018-19 season after the BBC agreed a new three-year deal, which was announced today.

The agreement covers the weekend programming of Match of the Day, its Sunday morning repeat, MOTD2, Football Focus, plus a new midweek magazine show to air at 22:00 Wednesday nights on BBC Two and BBC Two HD.

Papiss Cisse scores for Newcastle against Chelsea
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News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A disabled pensioner who was attacked outside his home in Gateshead says he can't go back there because he doesn't feel safe.
  • BBC Tees: Three men have been arrested in the Durham area following early morning raids targeting suspected drug dealers and burglars.

Pardew's Palace sign Ameobi

Matthew Raisbeck

BBC Newcastle

Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace have completed the signing of former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi.

Ameobi was a free agent after leaving Turkish side Gaziantep in December and has signed a short-term deal until the end of the season. QPR midfielder Jordon Mutch has also joined the Eagles.

Man injured in mugging bid

Hear Alan Barnes' account of being mugged outside his own home in Gateshead.

Watch the video on the BBC Newcastle Facebook page here.

Mr Barnes broke his collar bone when he was attacked by a would-be robber as he put his bins out.

Alan Barnes

When Mr Barnes told the man he had no money and then called for help, the robber ran off.

Carver 'has different ideas'

BBC Sport

John Carver, whose appointment as Newcastle head coach until the end of the season was confirmed earlier this week, believes his side can impress before the end of the season.

"We've got 16 games left. Why can't we go on a run? I've seen enough to suggest we can," he said in his media conference ahead of Saturday's game against Hull.

Newcastle head coach John Carver
Getty Images

"We've had a lot more team meetings and video every training session now. I have one or two different ideas, like anyone would."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A disabled pensioner who was attacked outside his home in Gateshead says he can't go back there because he doesn't feel safe.
  • BBC Tees: Police are appealing for help to find a 15-year-old boy who is missing from his home in Lancashire who could be in the Hartlepool area.

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'More deaths than expected'

More people than expected have died at a Teesside hospital trust, latest figures show.

The North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is one of nine in England found to have higher than predicted mortality rates last year.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

The figures include deaths in hospital, or within 30 days of discharge. North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust medical director, Dr David Emerton, says it is "reviewing the care of all patients who die".

Sunderland 'often last on MotD'

Moving away from snow and weather-related news for a bit -

Sunderland matches have been last on BBC One's Match of the Day programme the most so far this season, it's reported.

Gus Poyet's team have occupied the bottom slot seven times, once more than goal-shy Aston Villa and twice more than Crystal Palace and Swansea.

MotD graphic of who comes last

The one time Black Cats fans did get to see their side in the prized opening slot so far was the 8-0 drubbing at Southampton on 18 October. They also lost both times they were on second - at home to Arsenal on 25 October and at Manchester City on New Year's Day.

Newcastle have been in in top spot three times, including the day they ended Chelsea's unbeaten start to the season on 6 December 6. They've also been on twice second, twice third and twice last.

On BBC Look North

Colin Briggs

BBC Look North

Snow and ice brought disruption to parts of the North East and Cumbria this morning.

County Durham was hit and routes in and around Carlisle were gridlocked in what Cumbria's gritting team described as the harshest conditions so far this winter. People were told not to travel unless it was absolutely necessary.

Snow ploughed from the roads

But while some suffered with drifts and ice, people in other parts of the region were wondering what all the fuss was about. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

Your photos: Caught in a drift

Tracey Laing's dog Taz gets a bit stuck in a snow drift while wanting to go and say hello to the ponies near Rowley, near Consett, County Durham.

Dog in snow
Tracey Laing

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Cold and breezy

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Staying cold and breezy this afternoon, with scattered wintry showers, which could be rather heavy at times. Many of the showers will affect the North Pennines and some accumulations are likely. Winds will be quite gusty in the showers.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 2C (36F).

Check the forecast near you.

Snow in Durham

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Here is a snow-covered Durham Cathedral. Temperatures in the area are expected to

stay at about 1C (38F) for the rest of the day.

Durham Cathedral in snow

White out on the beach

There's a light covering of snow on Tynemouth beach as Britain was hit by a week of snow and freezing temperatures as the country's "yo-yo" weather continues.

Snow in Tynemouth

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Lucky they have built-in jumpers...

Sheep have to keep their footing on the slippy hills near Barnard Castle.

Thanks to the Doe Park Caravan Site for sending us this picture.

Sheep in Barnard Castle
Doe Park Caravan Site

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Problems over in Cumbria too

Here's a quick wrap-up of some of the disruption in Cumbria, if you were thinking about heading out west.

Snow has closed major roads and a number of schools there.

The A6 between Kendal and Shap was closed after several vehicles were stranded overnight, with Kirkstone Pass and the A66 between Brough and Bowes also shut.

Get the latest travel news here.

Closed snow gates on the A66, Cumbria

Traffic through Carlisle has been badly affected with patches of black ice affecting roads.

Almost 30 schools across the county were forced to close because of the severe weather.

Road reopens

Danny Savage

North of England Correspondent, BBC News

The A66 has just reopened eastbound between Brough and Bowes. No sign of anything going west yet.


Truck catches fire after skid

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

David Parry took this photo of a fruit and vegetable truck getting into trouble in Hunwick, County Durham.

He said: "The driver got into trouble with the snow and ice, almost reaching the top of the hill, before sliding backwards down it again. Then in trying to drive out of the position he had got stuck in, two tyres set on fire - and the fire then spread to the truck itself."

Truck on fire in Hunwick, County Durham
David Parry

He tells us the driver is fine and the fire was put out by the fire brigade before it reached the petrol tank.

A66 reopens

Durham Police says the A66 is now open in both directions.