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  1. Updates on Tuesday 10 February 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 Wednesday. Stephen Hornsey sent us this picture of the sun setting over calm water in Redcar.

Sunset in Redcar
Stephen Hornsey

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

Dry night with wind

Hannah Bayman

BBC Weather presenter

A dry night with light winds and variable cloud, but some clear spells which will allow mist and fog patches to develop especially near Bishop Auckland, along with some frost.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: -2C (28F).

Check the forecast near you.

Josh Walker in India

If you missed BBC One's Inside Out last night, the team followed former Middlesbrough and Gateshead player Josh Walker heading to India to play professional football.

Josh Walker

Catch up on iPlayer.

Hartlepool v Northampton

Matthew Bates (dead leg) is a doubt for Hartlepool, so Nicky Featherstone may return to the starting line-up for their

match at home against Northampton.

Marvin Morgan and David Mirfin made their first appearances for Ronnie Moore's side at Portsmouth and are set to make their home debuts.

Lady Black Cats for training camp

Andy Lamb

BBC Tees Sport

Black Cats striker Abbey Joyce and midfielder Tyler Dodds have been selected for an England U19 training camp between 17 -19 February at Warwick University.

Elsewhere, goalkeeper Helen Anderson has joined Durham WFC from Sunderland and will remain in FAWSL2 following Sunderland's promotion to the top tier of the Women's game.

'Street clutter'

Gerry Jackson

BBC Look North

"A daily assault course" - That's how campaigners for the blind describe the simple act of strolling down our shopping streets these days.

Bollards, bins, benches and boards are just some of the obstacles that you might scarcely register but which litter many high streets and, it seems, they're proving dangerous as well as annoying.

People walking down the street

For tonight's Look North Report, I've been to be one of the region's worst places for "street clutter". I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Illegal fuel plant dismantled

A plant capable of producing millions of litres of illegal fuel has been dismantled in Sunderland.

Forecourt pumps were seized along with 3,200 litres of suspected laundered fuel, storage tanks and other equipment during an operation by HM Revenue and Customs and police.

Fuel plant

The plant had the potential to produce 2.5m litres of fuel a year, which is equivalent to £1.4m in lost excise revenue. Investigations are continuing following the raid last Friday.

Blackpool v Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough travel to Blackpool tonight and defender Daniel Ayala is set to return after missing the victories over Brentford and Charlton through suspension.

Full-back Ryan Fredericks has an ankle problem and will be assessed, otherwise, manager Aitor Karanka has no new injury or suspension worries.

Daniel Ayala

Match facts: Middlesbrough are unbeaten in their last nine games in all competitions, winning the last five. Their last defeat was 2-0 at Ipswich in the Championship on 20 December.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A man's been arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs after six youths were taken to hospital in Middlesbrough.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.

Bigg Market in line for revamp

Newcastle's historic

Bigg Market is in line for a multimillion-pound facelift after revamp plans were approved by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The area, which has a cluster of bars and restaurants, also contains 31 listed buildings and an ancient market.

Bigg Market

The HLF has given city development company NE1 more than £200,000 to further a major conservation project. NE1 hopes additional funding of £2.8m can be secured to begin the work in early 2016.

Sunderland v QPR

Sunderland welcome back striker Connor Wickham from a calf injury ahead of their

match at home against QPR tonight.

Jermaine Defoe
Getty Images

But Lee Cattermole remains sidelined by a knee problem and Jack Rodwell could again miss out with a groin injury.

Match fact: QPR have failed to win on their last six visits to the Sunderland (D3, L3).

Rape investigation: Man arrested

A man has been arrested in connection with a North Tyneside rape investigation that was re-opened by Northumbria Police as part of the internal enquiry into the "

no-criming" of rape allegations.

The 22-year-old was arrested on Monday on suspicion voyeurism and bailed pending further inquiries.

The arrest comes as part of an investigation into a rape which happened in Whitley Bay, on 1 September 2012.

Your photos: Icy Stanhope

"Still cold on the high ground - a once frozen stream begins to thaw," says Ken Foulds, who took this picture above Stanhope.

Frozen stream thaws
Ken Foulds

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News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was hit by a heavy goods vehicle then dragged 50 meters along a dual carriageway near Hartlepool.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.

Unclaimed art may be destroyed


owners of a collection of artwork found abandoned in a car park are being sought.

The pictures were recovered by police on 3 December in the Newton Cap Viaduct car park in Bishop Auckland, near to the old railway lines.

Durham Constabulary

There are no reports of them being stolen but they appeared to be packaged for transit, Durham Constabulary says.

If unclaimed, they may be destroyed, however officers have told the BBC they may consider an alternative option.

Dozens of jobs for Darlington

The Gazette

Fast-growing retailer The Range is opening a new store in Darlington -

creating about 100 jobs for the town.

The Range logo
The Gazette

Drugs alert: Man arrested

A man has been arrested after six people were treated in hospital for taking ecstasy.

The tablets, which police said had higher-than-usual levels of MDMA - the base chemical of ecstasy -

were taken at a Middlesbrough bar on Saturday.

Cleveland Police

A 17-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs. He has since been bailed pending further inquiries.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

Safety measure announcement

Following the deaths of three students in the River Wear in Durham over the last 15 months, the police, council and university officials have been meeting to discuss their next steps.

Some measures include: An independent review of river safety by Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) will start in March and a report will follow

An enhanced education process involving licensed premises with all bars being visited by the city centre manager

A breathalyser scheme to be considered on the doors of clubs to avoid drunk people getting in

Boy airlifted to hospital

The Great North Air Ambulance was needed to take a 15-year-old boy to hospital after he was dragged down a road under a HGV.

It happened on the A689 just outside Hartlepool at the junction with Greatham High Street at 15:35 yesterday. He was airlifted to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough with abdominal injuries. The

air ambulance has tweeted this picture of the scene.

Scene on the A689 near Hartlepool
Great North Air Ambulance

'Hope over voluntary redundancy'

Simon Armstrong

BBC News

Commenting on the proposed job cuts at the AA offices in Newcastle, Alistair Maclean, IDU national secretary, says: "We started the consultation process yesterday and the company set out all their proposals in terms of reductions across the whole of the company.

"The total headline figure was 300 across the whole of the company although a lot of those positions are currently vacant. We believe we should be able to see most of those jobs go through voluntary redundancies. We are optimistic we can do that."

He said the headline figure for Newcastle was 58 but that includes roles currently vacant. The actual number will be more like 47.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

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New Labour leader named

David Rhodes

Politics Reporter, BBC North East and Cumbria

Sue Jeffrey has been appointed as the new leader of the Redcar and Cleveland Council Labour Party. She takes over from George Dunning, who resigned last week.

I understand she won a party vote last night by nine votes to seven.

On the lunchtime BBC Look North

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

Five horses have been killed after they strayed on to the railway line near Durham Tees Valley Airport.

Train services between Middlesbrough and Darlington were severely disrupted for a time. I'll have the latest on this story on

BBC Look North right now on BBC One.

Workers clean rail lines

'Benefit to all our stakeholders'

AA executive chairman Bob Mackenzie defended the 300 job cuts, saying: "The AA's level of service is highly regarded, which is reflected in its status as the UK's most trusted commercial brand.

"It is our intention to continue to serve the needs of the motorist as comprehensively as possible.

"Our plan is to strengthen the relationships we have with our 13 million customers and members by offering an enhanced experience. In achieving this objective, there will be a benefit to all our stakeholders."

'Clean up environment'

The AA offices in Newcastle are just off Scotswood Road and include insurance, planning, recruitment, HR and IT departments. Some 300 jobs are expected to go, with 50 new posts created.

The firm's website says staff "raise lots of money for local charities and actively support initiatives (such as clean up campaigns) to improve our local environment".

AA building in Newcastle
The AA

Union involved in job cuts talks

The statement goes on: "The reduction would be drawn principally from administrative back office functions, but the AA also intends to hire more frontline roadside personnel.

"The objective of these plans is to ensure that the AA focuses its resources on its customers and members while operating as efficiently as possible."

The AA says it has started discussing redundancies with its union, the IDU, its management forum and staff.

AA 'has been reviewing business'

A statement says no detailed plans have been finalised, but executives have been undertaking a review of the business since last summer.

It adds: "The AA can confirm that it plans major investment in the business, in order to enhance the service it provides to members and customers, and to make reductions in staff numbers and related overheads in due course.

"Depending on the outcomes of management forum, staff and union consultations there is likely to be a reduction of approximately 300 posts (including some vacancies) with 50 new posts also created. Currently the AA employs 8,022 people."

BreakingAA 'set to cut jobs in Newcastle'

The AA is set to cut 300 mainly back office jobs and create 50 new roles, the motoring organisation has announced.

The BBC understands the job losses are mostly in Newcastle.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

Bright or sunny spells

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will continue to be a dry and mild afternoon with some bright or sunny spells. These are most likely towards Sunderland and other eastern parts.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

Check the forecast near you.

Illegal metal detecting by Wall

BBC Newcastle

Evidence of illegal metal detecting has been discovered at sites along Hadrian's Wall.

English Heritage, the National Trust and Northumberland's National Park Authority are concerned about damage caused through a series of unlawful excavations in recent weeks at Steel Rigg and Peel Crags.

The sites are protected as Scheduled Ancient Monuments and it's a criminal offence to use a metal detecting equipment without proper authorisation from English Heritage.

Dodging obstacles

BBC Tees

We've been hearing from a woman who says she won't go shopping in Yarm unless she has help, because there are so many things in her way.

Judith Robson, who is blind, has campaigned against street obstacles in Stockton.

Yarm high street

Here's a

video demonstrating just how difficult it is. Do you find it difficult? Have your say on our
Facebook page.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A 25-year-old man has been remanded in custody after appearing in court today accused of assaulting disabled pensioner Alan Barnes.
  • BBC Tees: A 15-year-old boy's been airlifted to hospital after he was dragged down the road underneath a lorry just outside Hartlepool yesterday afternoon.