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  1. Updates on Tuesday 17 February 2015

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That's all from BBC Local Live in the North East. We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with all your news, sport, travel and weather.

We leave you with this picture of the annual Shrovetide football match in Alnwick, Northumberland today. As you can see, it was a suitably muddy affair as normal.

Shrovetide match in alnwick

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GNR Million celebration up for award

Last year's Great North Run Million opening ceremony has been

shortlisted for Best Live Experience at the national BT Sport Industry Awards.

Million celebrations
Great North Run

It is up against the Invictus Games, IRN BRU - BRU Shop, Lucozade Sport Conditions Zone, Nike We Own The Night and O2 Wear The Rose Experience, with the winner announced on 30 April.

The Great North Run Opening Ceremony, which was held on the banks of the Tyne last September,

celebrated the 34-year-old Great North Run's one millionth finisher.

On the programme tonight

BBC Look North

  • A trip to the football almost ended in tragedy for one Teesside family when the car they'd been travelling in was engulfed in flames.
  • Police are hunting two men who carried out a serious sex attack on a man in a North Yorkshire Park.
  • And preparations for the new Women's Super League One season are hotting up for Sunderland Ladies. We've got more on all these stories on Look North at 18:30 on BBC One,
    or catch up here.

More on evicted family

BBC Tees

After a South Bank family said to have made neighbours' lives hell for more than two years was evicted, we'll have more on this tomorrow morning with Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger.

Listen live here.

Bid to trace man after sex attack

Police want to speak to a man seen on CCTV following a serious sex assault in Bullamoor Park, Northallerton, this morning.

Officers want to trace the man who was seen leaving the entrance to the park at the Bullamoor Road entrance and walking towards the Forum Car Park at about 03:30.

About 10 minutes later the same man is seen returning from the car park to cross Bullamoor Road and walk back into Bullamoor Park. He is white, in his 50s and was wearing dark clothing.

Moves to ease beach hut demand

Companies are being sought to ease what has been described as a considerable demand for beach huts on Teesside.

Redcar and Cleveland Council has begun a tendering process for operators to build and then lease out chalets. Land is being offered at sites including the Esplanade in Redcar and Saltburn's Lower Promenade.

Beach huts generic

The council says with more than 200 people on the waiting list for the 20 annually-let chalets in Saltburn, it should be easy to recoup investment.

Anti-social family evicted

A South Bank family said to have made neighbours' lives hell for more than two years has been evicted.

Cleveland Police said the eviction of a woman, her daughter and three sons in their late teens and early 20s is the first in the UK to be agreed solely on the grounds of anti-social behaviour.

Officer outside the home of the troublesome family
Cleveland Police

Various organisations have spent two years documenting the family's activities, which included deliberately starting fires, criminal damage, illegal use of off-road bikes, noise and other disruptive behaviour.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A Teesside boy has described how his family's car exploded just minutes before they set off for football training.
  • BBC Newcastle: Rare football memorabilia collected by Newcastle United fan John Alder, who was killed when flight MH17 came down,
    is to be auctioned off for charity.

Magpies treasure in auction

Anthony Day

BBC Newcastle

An incredibly rare programme from Newcastle United's 1970 Fairs Cup Tie against Pecsi Dozsa is among the

John Alder collection being auctioned in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.


Also being sold are the matchday programmes from England's 1966 World Cup win against West Germany and Newcastle's 2-0 1924 FA Cup victory over Aston Villa.

Mr Alder's black and white scarf and the programme from his last match - a friendly against Oldham Athletic - will also go under the hammer with the whole sale expected to raise £18,000.


Anderson and Garland will hold the sale at St James' Park on Sunday.

Boro pensioner is new Dodge deputy

An 82-year-old Middlesbrough radio presenter has been given a new role -

deputy marshal of Dodge City.

Sam Harris
Middlesbrough Council

Sam Harris,

a presenter for CVFM Radio in Middlesbrough, was appointed deputy by Dodge City marshal Allen Bailey due to the popularity of the veteran broadcaster's music show in the states.

It is Mr Harris' second honour of 2015 after being awarded an MBE for services to sea angling.

Snapping the aurora borealis

Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars

BBC Newcastle

The Northern Lights were on display above Northumberland yesterday and Whitley Bay photographer Owen Humphreys was there to capture it.

We will be speaking to the Press Association snapper on

BBC Newcastle.

Northern lights in Northumberland
Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Shrovetide match kicks off

Here is the kick-off for the annual Shrovetide match in Alnwick, Northumberland, this afternoon.

Shrovetide Alnwick

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

Death row gran's sister in life-saving attempt

The Gazette

The sister of Redcar grandmother Lindsay Sandiford, who could be executed in weeks, has flown to Bali in a last ditch attempt to save her life.

Lindsay Sandiford

Hilary Parsons is reported to have

gone to the Indonesian island with three lawyers in a bid to save her 58-year-old sister's life.

Sandiford is facing death by firing squad after she was convicted of trying to smuggle £1.6m of cocaine into Bali in May 2012.

'Collection meant the world to John'

Joyce Robbins, the sister of

Newcastle United supporter John Alder, says she hopes his beloved collection ends up with other fans.

Joyce Robbins with the 1924 FA Cup final programme
Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

Ms Robbins, who is

auctioning Mr Alder's collection of programmes in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, says: "This collection and following Newcastle United meant the world to John and we wanted to do something special with it.

"We hope the people who

buy the different lots treasure this memorabilia as John did."

Council condemned over adoption case

Managers at Darlington Borough Council have been criticised by a senior family court judge over the way they handled a case involving a toddler who was placed in foster care at birth.

The 13-month-old boy's father, who is in his mid-20s, had wanted to care for him - an application supported by the child's mother.

But social services said the youngster should be adopted because at one stage the father had involvement with the English Defence League, which a social worker said was "immoral", and because aged 17 he had sex with a 13-year-old girl and accepted a police caution.

Sir James Munby said there had been "serious failings in social work practice". He said "the city fathers of Darlington and Darlington's director of social services are not guardians of morality", and ruled the child should be returned to his father.

Election debate in Newcastle

Do you want to talk to senior politicians live on TV and tell them what they need to do to win your vote?

Victoria Derbyshire is holding a series of big debates during the General Election - the first of which will be about the economy/cost of living on Monday 13 April in Newcastle.

Victoria Derbyshire programme

If you would like to take part in the debate and talk directly to politicians, then get in touch. You will need to be able to make your own way to a city centre venue by 07:00 and stay until 11:00.

Email or call 020 361 43292 to book a place or for more information

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Rare football memorabilia collected by Newcastle United fan John Alder, who was killed when flight MH17 came down,
    is to be auctioned off for charity.
  • BBC Tees: Police are investigating a burglary at Greggs Bakery on Powlett Road in Hartlepool, although nothing was taken.

Preston Park parking project starts

An £800,000 scheme to improve car parking at Preston Park in Teesside is under way.

Stockton Council says the usual overflow car parks on the northern and southern fields will be

unavailable for the duration of the works but the main hard standing car park next to Butterfly World will remain open throughout.

Nothing like the Northern Lights

Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys has captured the aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, above Northumberland.

Northern Lights above Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland
Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

It is the

second time this winter that the lights have been visible in the region, with Mr Humphreys spotting the stunning display above Dunstanburgh Castle.

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News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

Bowes Museum to host Flog It


Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle will host the BBC One show Flog It next month.

Paul Martin
Flog It

Presenter Paul Martin will bring the antique's show to the museum on 12 March for a valuation day.

Members of the public are invited to bring along

up to three antiques and collectables to be valued and possibly sold at a future auction.

Dad and boys escape car fire

Neil Green

BBC Tees

Dave Warwick, a father from Middlesbrough, will join me on BBC Tees later to discuss his lucky escape from a burning car.

Dave Warwick with his son Adam and friend Alfie Dadd in front of the burnt out car
The Gazette

Mr Warwick was in the Vauxhall Zafira with his son Adam, 10, and friend Alfie Dadd, 11,

moments before it exploded in a fireball as they were heading to a football match.

Hear him

describe the drama after 16:00.

Firefighters tackle the blaze
The Gazette

On the programme this afternoon

BBC Look North

A unique haul of Newcastle footballing memorabilia gathered by MH17 crash victim John Alder is to go under the hammer to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

The huge personal haul of of programmes, tickets and books was gathered by John over 40 years as he travelled around the world in support of his beloved United.

Watch more on this story at 13:30

on Look North on BBC One.

Teletubbies remake saddens creator

Teletubbies creator Anne Wood says she is

"a bit sad" that the hit 1990s children's show is being remade, and that she will not be watching it.

Getty Images

Ms Wood, from Spennymoor, told the

Radio Times she is not a fan of the trend for remaking old shows such as Dangermouse and Clangers.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A father and son from Newcastle are among seven people involved in a drugs ring who've been jailed for a total of more than 35 years.
  • BBC Tees: Police are hunting two men who carried out a serious sex attack on a man in Northallerton.

Pancake perfection

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

There is plenty of advice being published today on how to make the perfect pancakes.

A salmon pancake

Need some help?

Here is the BBC's guide. The Hartlepool Mail is also
offering some helpful hints.

First lambs spring into college

A County Durham farming college has welcomed its first lambs of the year.

The animals have been born at

Houghall Farm at East Durham College's Houghall Campus.

Students with the lamb
East Durham College

Farm manager Keith Cook says the college has used new techniques to start its lambing season earlier than usual.

Geordie Shore welcomes two new members

BBC Newsbeat

Radio 1 and 1Xtra

Geordie Shore has unveiled two new people on the show,

Nathan Henry and Chloe Etherington.

Scott Timlin, Marnie Simpson, Chloe November and Nathan Henry
Getty Images

The show, set and filmed in Newcastle and other places around the world, started in 2011.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Seven people involved in a drugs ring have been jailed for a total of more than 35 years.
  • BBC Tees: Police in Northallerton are investigating a serious sexual assault on a man by two men in the early hours of this morning.

Man jailed for scalding partner in bath

Northern Echo

A Chester-le-Street man who pushed his partner into a bath of scalding water during a row in their hotel bedroom has today been jailed for two years.

Paul George Turner then ignored her cries for help and instead fell asleep in a toilet.

The victim, who was celebrating her 36th birthday,

suffered 30% burns to her arms, back and part of her chest and may be left permanently scarred.

Breaking'Serious sexual assault' in Northallerton park

A man in his 20s was subjected to a "serious sexual assault" by two men in Bullamoor Park in Northallerton today, police say.

North Yorkshire Police say the two attackers fled after being disturbed by a loud bang between 02:00 and 04:00 after approaching the victim.

The area has been cordoned off to allow for forensic examination and searches, and police are appealing for any information.

Horror crash rescue on TV

Lisa McCormick

BBC Tees

Teesside student Elly Latif's horror car crash, in which she suffered a broken femur, shattered and dislocated elbow, broken ribs, bruised lungs and facial injuries is

featuring in BBC 1 show Countryside 999 right now.

Elly Latif
Yorkshire Air ambulance

Ms Latiff, now 20, was driving to her home in Stockton after a day out at Flamingoland theme park in North Yorkshire when she lost control in the rain and slid into the path of a lorry.

She was taken to hospital

by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Student on Mars trip shortlist

A Durham University student has been named on a list of 100 candidates who are in with a chance of becoming the first humans to travel to Mars.

Hannah Earnshaw

Hannah Earnshaw, 23, a PHD student in astronomy, is one of five British hopefuls who have been selected for the third round of the process.

More than 200,000 people originally applied to take part in the Mars One mission, which is backed by Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: The poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan will call for "more creativity in the classroom" in a lecture at Newcastle University tonight.
  • BBC Tees: Hartlepool United midfielder Michael Woods says they need to be braver in games
    if they want to avoid relegation.

Bogus callers hunted by police

Two bogus callers who tried to con money out of someone in Newcastle are being hunted by police.

The two men visited an address in Ivy Road in Walker yesterday morning and asked for money for work they falsely claimed had been carried out.

Police say the men were in a cream Ford flatbed lorry and may have visited the area on previous occasions.

Magpies memorabilia auction

Anthony Day

BBC Newcastle

I am at the preview day for the auction of

Newcastle United memorabilia, including thousands of matchday programmes, collected by John Alder.


The collection is being sold this weekend to raise money for the

Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Mr Alder, who had missed just one Newcastle game since 1973, was

one of two Magpies fans killed in the MH17 air crash last year.