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Summary

  1. Updates from Monday 2 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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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. Adrian Dennis sent us this picture of waves crashing underneath dark clouds in Saltburn.

Saltburn pier
Adrian Dennis

You can send your pictures by email:

northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk or tweet
@BBCNewsNE and we may feature them on BBC Local Live tomorrow.

On tonight's BBC Look North

Jeff Brown

BBC Look North

When Look North signed off on Friday night, the total raised for Gateshead man Alan Barnes had reached £40,000.

But, after an extraordinary few days, the total tonight stands at an incredible £300,000. I'm delighted to say Alan - and his new friend, Katie - will join me on the

BBC Look North sofa at 18:30 on BBC One.

Snow on higher ground

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

The wintry showers initially on the coast will start to drift inland, bringing slight accumulations of snow away from the coast, mainly over high ground. Icy patches forming on untreated surfaces.

Weather forecast
BBC

Minimum temperature: -5C (23F).

Check the forecast near you.

Fund shared 'thousands of times'

The Alan Barnes online fund is GoFundMe's sixth largest campaign of all time, a spokesperson has confirmed.

Beautician Katie Cutler set up the world-wide fundraising page, which has raised more than £300,000, after visually impaired Alan Barnes, 67, was attacked in Gateshead.

Katie Cutler
BBC

A GoFundMe spokesperson said: "Our hearts go out to Alan Barnes and his family during this difficult time. The campaign has been shared on Facebook a staggering 25,000 times, and on Twitter nearly 3,000 times."

Pools sign Morgan and Harrison

Hartlepool United have

signed striker Marvin Morgan from Plymouth Argyle on loan until the end of the season, while Scott Harrison makes his loan from Sunderland a permanent deal.

Morgan, 31, has scored twice in 19 games for the Pilgrims this season, and replaces Rakish Bingham following his return to parent club Mansfield Town.

Marvin Morgan and Scott Harrison
Empics/Getty

Harrison, 21, has played 19 games for Pools during two loan spells this term.

Mother and daughter arrested after fire

A mother and daughter are critically ill in hospital and have been arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire destroyed their County Durham home.

Margaret Carroll, 60, and her daughter Katrina Livingstone, 37, who escaped before fire crews arrived - are being treated for burns and smoke inhalation at the University Hospital of North Durham.

Damaged house
BBC

Fire crews fought the flames for three hours on Saturday morning at Bradley Bungalows in Consett.

Police say they remain in a critical condition and are under arrest for arson with intent to endanger life.

Olivia through The Voice auditions

Three out of four judges on BBC's The Voice wanted Sunderland's Olivia Lawson after she auditioned with her version of Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit.

Watch it again here.

The 17-year-old told BBC Newcastle: "Nerves did get the better of me but it was the best thing to have happened in my life, I'm so glad I did it."

Hear the full interview here.

Olivia Lawson
BBC

Now a part of #TeamRita, the teenager has seen her Twitter followers double since her appearance on the show.

Battle of the gyms

Jeff Brown

BBC Look North

I'll be meeting the

winners and potential losers in the no-frills, low budget "gym wars" which are revolutionising the fitness industry.

Budget gyms have been increasing in numbers across England over the last couple of years with cheap operators competing to undercut conventional gyms.

Gym
BBC

I visited both the new budget gyms and traditional fitness centres on Tyneside to find out who is winning the "battle of the gyms". There'll be more on this on BBC One's

Inside Out at 19:30.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: Cleveland Police has seen a 6% fall in complaints, IPCC figures show
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Martin Emmerson have a round-up of the news

Council chief to call it a day

Hartlepool Mail

An "inspirational" local authority boss has

announced he will retire later this year after more than four decades of service.

Dave Stubbs
Hartlepool Mail

Hartlepool Borough Council's chief executive Dave Stubbs is set to retire in May this year following a career in local government spanning almost 44 years.

Man charged after fatal crash

A man has been

charged following a fatal collision in which 19-year-old Jordan Dowson, from the Guisborough area, was killed.

A 20-year-old man, also from the Guisborough area, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and will appear at Teesside Magistrates' Court on 27 February.

Jordan Dowson
Cleveland Police

The collision took place on Friday 7 February on the A174 Loftus bypass.

RNLI helping hand for stranded seal

A volunteer lifeboat crew training on a Teesside beach

ended up offering a helping hand to a stranded baby seal.

The animal was spotted under a seat in a promenade shelter in Redcar on Sunday, where it was thought to have taken refuge from the heavy seas. As people arrived, it began to move away, leading to fears it could end up on a nearby road.

Stranded seal
Dave Cocks/Redcar RNLI

The crew moved it to safety and called a marine expert, who released it near a grey seal colony on the River Tees.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

'Changing behaviour'

A new plan to fight the battle against shoplifting is being launched by Durham Constabulary.

The force has seen a 30% rise in the first six months of last year compared with the year before, and as a result now has a dedicated team to look at the people behind the statistics and understand why they steal.

Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg says: "We're working with the offenders ... so that they do take on that personal responsibility and change their way of behaving."

Pools striker recalled

Hartlepool United have

lost the services of on-loan striker Rakish Bingham after he was recalled by parent club Mansfield Town.

Bingham, 21, was an ever-present for Pools during his stay, scoring once in five appearances after agreeing a loan until the end of the season last month.

Rakish Bingham
Dan Mullan

His return leaves Marlon Harewood and Scott Fenwick as Pools' only recognised senior strikers.

Slow on the A1 bypass

There's very slow traffic on the A1 Western Bypass 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 15:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A mother and daughter are critically ill in hospital and have been arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire destroyed their County Durham home
  • BBC Tees: Cleveland Police say they are not getting complacent, despite figures showing a fall in the number of complaints made against them

Transfer deadline day forecast

"Dark clouds over Newcastle but sunnier spells over Sunderland thanks to Jermain Defoe's arrival on Wearside" -

watch BBC Weather presenter Carol Kirkwood give an offbeat forecast on the comings and goings at Premier League clubs on transfer deadline day.

Weather/transfers forecast
BBC

More from axed council leader

David Rhodes

Politics Reporter, BBC North East and Cumbria

Redcar and Cleveland Council leader George Dunning, who has been deselected by the Labour party, tells BBC Tees: "The Labour Party's goal here in the North East for the last five years has been to get rid of George Dunning.

"The root cause of the problem is Tom Blenkinsop MP and Redcar's parliamentary candidate Anna Turley, they want to run the council from their offices."

Two-car crash victim named

A man who died in a two-car collision in Northumberland has been named. Jeffrey Davidson died when his Ford Fiesta collided with a Skoda Citigo travelling in the opposite direction on Park Road, Woodhorn, on 20 January.

The driver of the Skoda, a 60-year-old woman, was taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary and has now been discharged.

Mr Davidson died at the scene, Northumbria Police said. The force is appealing for witnesses to the crash.

Donations hit £300,000 mark

A disabled man who was

mugged outside his Tyneside home says he will put £300,000 raised in online donations "to good use".

A fundraising campaign began after visually impaired Alan Barnes, 67, was attacked in Gateshead on 25 January. Mr Barnes is now receiving advice on how to best use the money.

Alan Barnes and Katie Cutler
BBC

Beautician Katie Cutler set up the Help Alan Barnes online donation page on Go Fund Me after learning of the attack.

Uni bosses attack cuts plan

Mark Denten

Political Correspondent, BBC North East & Cumbria

The vice-chancellors of Teesside and Newcastle Universities are among academics who signed a letter to The Times criticising

Labour plans to cut tuition fees.

Ed Miliband has said he wants to reduce the cap from £9,000 to £6,000, but the vice-chancellors say this would create a £10bn hole in revenues over five years.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A mother and daughter are critically ill in hospital and have been arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire destroyed their County Durham home
  • BBC Tees: Cleveland Police say they are not getting complacent, despite figures showing a fall in the number of complaints made against them

Cold and bright afternoon

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will be a cold and bright afternoon with plenty of sunny spells across the area. North Sea coasts however may see the odd wintry shower at times.

Weather forecast
BBC

Maximum temperature: 5C (41F).

Check the forecast near you.

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My Cats doodles...

Nick Barnes

BBC Newcastle commentator

It's fairly quiet on the transfer front apart from Mavrias leaving Sunderland. Here's my doodles for the FA Cup replay against Fulham.

Join BBC Newcastle tomorrow from 19:45.

Nick's doodles on SAFC v Fulham
BBC

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: An online fund for a vulnerable pensioner mugged in Gateshead is nearing £300,000.
  • BBC Tees: There has been a rise in the amount of complaints made against the Durham and North Yorkshire Police Forces. Cleveland Police has seen a small drop.

Police complaints: Durham sees 26% rise

There has been a 26% rise in the number of complaints against Durham Constabulary, the IPCC says.

The force received 303 complaints in 2013-14.

The IPCC added that some of the increase last year is down to the definition of a complaint being broadened beyond an officer's conduct to include "direction and control" matters to do with operational policing.

Death row grandmother 'time running out'

The Gazette

The grandmother on death row in Bali for smuggling £1.6m of cocaine has pleaded to Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond for help, warning her time "is running out".

The Foreign Office says it has consistently offered consular support.

Lindsay Sandiford
The Gazette

Discussing oil on a raft

Steph McGovern

tweets: Discussing oil industry
@BBCBreakfast from a raft, in a pool, in a training centre in North Shields #offshoresurvival

Steph McGovern in a raft
BBC

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: An online fund for a vulnerable pensioner mugged in Gateshead is nearing £300,000.
  • BBC Tees: There has been a rise in the amount of complaints made against the Durham and North Yorkshire Police Forces. Cleveland Police has seen a small drop.

Complaints to Northumbria Police up 98%

The number of complaints against Northumbria Police almost doubled last year, watchdog the IPCC says.

The force received 794 complaints in 2013-14 - a rise of 98%. The increase follows a drop of 41% in the force's recorded complaints the year before.

A complaint case may have one or more allegations attached to it. A total of 1,501 allegations were made against the force last year, which is slightly higher than the national average weighted for the number of staff.

Lottery boost for landscape centre

Plans for what is being billed as England's first landscape discovery centre have

received a £7.8m boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The £11m Northumberland National Park project, called Sill, will be based on Hadrian's Wall near Hexham.

Final design of The Sill
Northumberland National Park Authority

It will create up to 100 new jobs and feature educational and research facilities, as well as a youth hostel. The centre, due to be completed in the summer of 2017, is expected to attract 100,000 visitors each year.

Teenager becomes youngest freeman

An 18-year-old from Durham is to become her city's youngest freeman. Beth Elliott will be the seventh generation of her family to be sworn in to the Masons' Company of the Durham Freemen.

The position dates back 700 years and was traditionally only open to someone who served an apprenticeship in the city or was the son of a freeman, but in 2012 rules changed to admit women.

Beth Elliott
PA

Ms Elliott said she put her name forward because she wanted to "keep up our long family tradition".

Lane closed on A194

There's very slow traffic and one lane is closed on the A194 Western Approach westbound in South Shields between the Victoria Road junction and the New Green Street junction because of accident investigation work.

More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: An online fund for a vulnerable pensioner mugged in Gateshead is nearing £300,000.
  • BBC Tees: There has been a rise in the amount of complaints made against the Durham and North Yorkshire Police Forces. Cleveland Police has seen a small drop.