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  1. Updates on Thursday 12 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 Friday. Margaret Walker sent us this picture of the bare trees in Bournmoor, County Durham.

Trees in County Durham
Margaret Walker

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Launch of Lego landmarks

Damian O'Neil

BBC Look North

The Brick Planet Lego exhibition opens at Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland this Saturday. It features world-famous landmarks - all made from Lego.

Bridge made of Lego

And there are some new pieces celebrating some of the North East's most iconic structures. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

'Very likeable and friendly boy'

Mrs Marshall added: "He was a very likeable and friendly boy, who was beginning to make real progress with his education. Staff who knew him well were very fond of him. He was well liked by his classmates.

"Specialist counsellors are in school offering support to anyone who needs it.

"We offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to Nathan's family who are in all our thoughts at this awful time."

Principal in tribute to dead schoolboy

Excelsior Academy executive principal Phil Marshall has paid tribute to Nathan McStay, the 11-year-old pupil killed when he was hit by a bus last night in Whickham View, Newcastle.

She said: "Everyone at Excelsior Academy is devastated at Nathan's loss. Our academy is a close-knit community and staff and pupils have been deeply affected by yesterday's tragic accident.

"Nathan joined Excelsior from Atkinson Road Primary Academy last September and had just begun his secondary education with us. He was a very promising Year 7 pupil with a bright future ahead of him, and his loss has ... left everyone devastated."

Mary Lanigan 'first female leader'

David Rhodes

Politics Reporter, BBC North East and Cumbria

His opponents wanted to bring him down in a motion of no confidence but instead, he stepped down himself.

In front of a packed council chamber, George Dunning, who resigned from the Labour party along with 11 other councillors last week, resigned as the council leader.

In his place was appointed Mary Lanigan, the leader of the independent group, and the first woman to be appointed as leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council.

Cash boost for businesses

Businesses in the North East are getting almost £22m in the latest round of grants from the Regional Growth Fund.

One of the big winners is Procter and Gamble on North Tyneside which has been given money for research facilities at Durham and Newcastle Universities.

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says: "This will create and safeguard about 4,200 jobs, it's estimated. These jobs are not 'here today, gone tomorrow' these are jobs here to last."

Dry and cloudy

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

A mainly cloudy night and most places staying dry. Chance of a slight frost where clear spells occur, most probably across the Pennines. A few showers developing later in the night, accompanied by a freshening southeasterly breeze.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: 1C (34F).

Check the forecast near you.

Plans for authority gain support

Five councils will consider plans to form a

combined authority after a consultation found in their favour.

More than 1,900 people responded to a survey on the proposed Tees Valley Combined Authority, with 65% in support.

Councils in Darlington, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Stockton and Redcar say the authority would allow Tees Valley to gain greater power and national influence. It could be set up by the autumn.

Boy was pupil from Excelsior

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Northumbria Police has confirmed that Nathan McStay, the boy killed when he was hit by a bus in Newcastle yesterday, was a pupil at nearby Excelsior Academy.

Illegal metal-detecting wrecking wall

Illegal metal-detecting at Hadrian's Wall is wrecking part of the country's cultural heritage, landowners, police and experts have said.

Areas close to the 1,900-year-old world heritage site have been targeted in a crime known as nighthawking.

Hadrian's Wall

The English Heritage national crime adviser Mark Harrison has appealed for the thieves to be caught and said they are "causing irreversible loss and harm".

Hear more from Mark here.

Crash boy was on foot

Nathan was on foot when he was hit by the bus near the junction with Broadmead Way, shortly after 15:30 on Wednesday.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Schoolboy killed in bus crash named

Rebecca O'Neill

BBC Newcastle

Police have named the 11-year-old killed when he was hit by a bus last night on Whickham View in Newcastle as Nathan McStay from Benwell.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: Nine men have been arrested for immigration offences on Teesside.
  • BBC Newcastle: Anne Leuchars and Lisa Shaw have a round-up of the day's news.

Nine illegal immigrants arrested

Claudia Robinson

BBC Tees

Nine illegal immigrants have been arrested on Teesside.

It comes after the Home Office was tipped off about people working illegally at the Sabic site at Seal Sands.

Officers from the Immigration Enforcement Team questioned workers on the site early yesterday morning to see if they had the right to live and work in the UK.

The men, aged between 25 and 50, were arrested for immigration offences and are being held until they are deported. It's thought the men were supplied by a contractor and were not employed by Sabic. An investigation's under way to find out who employed them.

Costa captain sentence 'nothing'

Peter Harris

Look North

Costa Concordia survivor Ian Fraser says

a 16-year jail term for the ship's captain, Francesco Schettin (pictured), is "nothing" compared to the 32 lives lost when it
capsized in 2012.

Costa Concordia captain Francesco Schettino arrives in the courthouse on the last day of his trial - 11 February 2015

Ian Fraser, from County Durham, worked as a singer on the cruise ship and was forced to swim 200 yards to the shore to escape when the vessel hit rocks. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Armed police incident: Boy arrested

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

After armed police attended Granville Road in Middlesbrough, officers have now confirmed a 15-year-old boy has been arrested.

The teenager was arrested on suspicion of assault and firearms offences. Nobody was hurt, Cleveland Police said.

Minibus firms have licences revoked

Three Teesside minibus firms

have had their licences to operate revoked amid safety concerns - with one said to have an "appalling roadworthiness history".

Kevin Rooney, traffic commissioner for the North East, also refused to grant licences to two other companies.

He cited concerns over the condition of vehicles, qualifications of drivers and observance of safety procedures as reason to remove licences. Mr Rooney also suspended one licence and gave another firm a formal warning.

Tyre damage 'cowardly act'

Ten vehicles have had their tyres damaged over the past few days in Northumberland

They were damaged in Kendal Avenue, Newsham Road, Ogle Drive and Leaholme Crescent in Blyth.

Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Simpson said: "Those responsible for this malicious act have randomly chosen their victims with no thought for the inconvenience and financial loss to them, this is a cowardly act by someone whose only gain from these offences can be to think it is harmless fun to cause damage to the property of hard working members of the community."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: George Dunning the leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council has resigned from his position.
  • BBC Newcastle: Anne Leuchars and Lisa Shaw have a round-up of the day's news.

More on 'worst speeding drivers'

Cleveland Police says its five worst speeding drivers in 2014 were caught on the A171, the road between Guisborough and Whitby.

They were clocked doing between 99mph and 80mph in a 50mph zone. North Yorkshire Police did not submit its figures, along with three other forces nationwide.

Paul Witters, from motoring organisation the AA, said: "We need to find out what happened to these people, as a message to others. The big question is 'what happened to the offenders?'. We would like to know if they were caught and prosecuted."

Councillors name new leader

David Rhodes

Politics Reporter, BBC North East and Cumbria

Mary Lanigan (Independent) is the new leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council. She won 31 votes. Sue Jeffrey (Labour) got 15 votes.

'Man firing air weapon'

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Cleveland Police has just confirmed that armed officers are attending a stand-off in Granville Road in Middlesbrough.

A man has been firing an air weapon from a window from inside a house on the street, Cleveland Police says. We'll have more on this as soon as we have it.

Pools squad under pressure

BBC Tees

Hartlepool United had just 10 players available for training this morning.

Manager Ronnie Moore currently has seven players on the sidelines.

Pools, who are six points from safety, take on Stevenage at Victoria Park in League Two on Saturday.

Council leader quits

David Rhodes

Politics Reporter, BBC North East and Cumbria

Here's Redcar councillor George Dunning's resignation letter obtained exclusively by the BBC before the council meeting:

Dunning resignation letter

Worst speeding drivers revealed

The worst speeding motorists who were caught by Northumbria Police in 2014

have been revealed.

It includes someone who was clocked doing 94mph in a 30mph zone outside a school in Sunderland, The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) says.

Graphic on speeding drivers in Northumbria Police area

Full council set to meet

David Rhodes

Politics Reporter, BBC North East and Cumbria

It might get interesting in here later as Redcar and Cleveland Council decide if George Dunning can remain as council leader.

Redcar council chamber

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Worst speeding drivers in Durham revealed

A driver doing 111mph in Barnard Castle was the fastest speeding car caught on camera by Durham Constabulary last year, new figures show.

Speeding drivers graphic

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the Institute of Advanced Motorists released the top five speeds recorded by a speed camera in 2014 that exceeded the limit.

Emergency calls made nine minutes apart

The flight path,

recorded by Flight Radar 24, shows AF1058 not being diverted from its original path of Paris to Newcastle.

Filght path taken by AF1058

It was the second of two "7700" emergency calls made by the two planes. Flight LS509 made the call at about 10:43, while AF1058 made the emergency call

nine minutes later, according to PlaneFinder.

'No fire on board'

We've had some brief details from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, which was called to the Jet2 flight which had diverted to Leeds Bradford Airport after taking off from Newcastle.

A spokesman said: "We had 13 appliances and specialist support vehicles from across the brigade. It landed safely and there was no fire on board."

We're expecting more details in the next 30 minutes.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

LS509 turned back near Skegness

The flight path,

recorded by Flight Radar 24, shows LS509 (scheduled to fly from Newcastle to Prague) flying as far as Skegness before looping back round towards Leeds.

Flight path of LS509

It then circled Leeds Bradford Airport before landing at about 12:00.

LS509 had delayed departure

The Jet2 flight LS509 was due to arrive in Prague at about 13:30.

Its actual departure time from Newcastle Airport was

26 minutes later than its expected time of 09:45.

Second plane declares emergency

A second flight, Air France AF1058 from Paris CDG, also declared an emergency but has now landed at Newcastle.

The arrivals board earlier said it had been cancelled. We're chasing the airline and airport for details.