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Summary

  1. Fire at chemical plant in Eaglescliffe now out
  2. Cisse and Evans charged over 'spitting' row
  3. Gus Poyet charged with improper conduct
  4. High Level and Transporter bridges on stamps
  5. Updates on Thursday 5 March 2015

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Good evening

That's all for today from BBC Local Live in the North East.

We'll be with you again from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the region. We leave you with this photo Dean Matthews sent us of St Mary's Lighthouse.

St Mary's Lighthouse
Dean Matthews

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'Odd spot of light rain'

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

Tonight, most places will remain dry, though still the odd spot of light rain is possible in the west. Enough cloud and breeze to prevent any frost.

Minimum temperature: 4C (39F)

Friday forecast
BBC

Tomorrow will be a windy day with a good deal of cloud. The best of any brightness will be in the east, with the Cheviots and Pennines seeing a little light rain.

Check the forecast where you are.

Tears and applause for Chloe's return

Sharon Barbour

BBC Look North

It was the first time Chloe Beaney had been back to school since the operation in November.

Chloe Beaney
BBC

In an exclusive interview she told me how grateful she was to the donor family. Her father added his thanks saying seeing her back at school was something they feared would never happen.

Watch my full report on Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

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Virgin Money staff in line for windfall

Virgin Money, the bank which took over parts of Northern Rock, has more than doubled its profits in the lender's first set of annual results since it floated last year.

The company also announced that all staff below executive level will receive a "share in success" pay-out worth 7% of their salaries, adding to their normal bonus awards and the £1,000 of shares that all employees received on listing.

Virgin, which made its stock market debut last November, said pre-tax profits, stripping out one-off items, grew 127% to £121.2m in 2014. But statutory pre-tax profits actually fell 82% to £34m.

'Caught on video'

An FA statement says: "Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse and Manchester United's Jonny Evans have both been charged by the FA following their game yesterday (Wednesday 4 March 2015).

"The charges are in relation to an alleged breach of FA Rule E1 1/8a 3/8 in that in or around the 38th minute of the game the two players spat at each other.

"The incidents were not seen by the match officials but caught on video. Both players have until 18:00 on Friday 6 March 2015 to respond to the charge."

BreakingCisse charged by FA

BREAKING NEWS

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse and Manchester United defender Jonny Evans have been charged after allegedly spitting at each other in last night's Premier League match at St James' Park, the Football Association has announced.

More on council cash hand-back

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

Redcar cabinet member for housing Tristen Learoyd said taxpayers will have to foot the shortfall. He told

BBC Tees: "As part of the (EU) deal it was specified that a number of office spaces had to be filled.

"The reality is no office space was being taken up and there is empty floor space for everybody to see. It works out as £10 per head across the borough, it will be paid out of the central grant so that means services will have to be cut back as a result or there will be future tax rises.

"This year the books have been balanced but moving forward, because of the catastrophic decisions made in the past, wasting money at a time when they were having to cut back, there is a likelihood of future tax increases because of these mistakes."

Council 'hands back £1m'

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

Here's more on the story we told you about earlier that Redcar and Cleveland Council has had to pay back more than £1m of European cash after failing to fill office units in a new development.

The council received funding for the £31m Redcar Leisure and Community Heart project. But it has now had to refund £1,030,000 after it failed to meet all the EU Development Fund criteria.

Walliams a reading winner

Entertainer David Walliams has been at Northern Counties School in Newcastle and

tweeted this photo as part of World Book Day.

David Walliams at Northern Counties School
David Walliams

Emergency services standing down

Cleveland Police say emergency services are standing down from the scene of a fire at Melbray Chemicals on Durham Lane Industrial Estate.

There are no reports of any injuries or casualties. The fire is out and roads are re-opening. There are no on or off site implications.

Fire at Eaglescliffe
Stuart Hincks

A lingering odour in the area should not cause any concern for members of the public.

Anyone who may have come into contact with the smoke and is experiencing breathing difficulties is asked to contact 111, their local pharmacy or walk-in centre or 999 in an emergency.

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

Fire at chemical plant now out

BBC Tees

Cleveland Fire Brigade says the blaze at a chemical factory in Eaglescliffe is now out.

At its height, 60 officers tackled the blaze at Melbray Chemicals on Durham Lane Industrial Park.

Fire at Chemical plant
Stuart Hincks

People living nearby were told to close their doors and windows but it's now been confirmed that the fumes were not toxic.

Police at the scene

This shot by Stuart Hincks shows the flames leaping into the air at Melbray Chemicals in Eaglescliffe.

Fire in Eaglescliffe
Stuart Hincks

Gutierrez hails 'a new debut'

Jonas Gutierrez has described his

first-team return for Newcastle United after being given the all-clear from testicular cancer in November as like "a new debut".

Argentina international Gutierrez made his first Magpies appearance since April 2014 as a substitute against Manchester United on Wednesday.

Jonas Gutierrez
Getty Images

"It was really emotional and really exciting," Gutierrez told BBC Newcastle. "I was so emotional when I put my feet on the pitch. I've travelled a long way to get to this point and I really enjoyed it.

"I thank the fans for their support and also my team-mates. It was a great moment for me."

Heart transplant girl Chloe Beaney back at school

Sharon Barbour

BBC Look North

Moving scenes at a Northumberland school this morning as teenager Chloe Beaney, who was given just days to live unless she had an urgent heart transplant, walked into her class for the first time since her operation.

Chloe, who has just turned 15, was top of the UK-wide donor waiting list as an urgent search took place across Europe.

Chloe Beaney
BBC

She was a social media sensation and her story went nationwide, sparking a surge in people signing up to the register.

Fire 'started in chemical containers'

More than 50 firefighters have been tackling the blaze at Melbray Chemicals on Durham Lane Industrial Park in Eaglescliffe, which broke out at lunchtime.

Cleveland Fire Brigade say the fire involved plastic storage containers with small quantities of chemicals in them.

Fire at Eaglescliffe
Stuart Hincks

News on the hour

Kluivert to be boss of island side

Former Newcastle striker Patrick Kluivert is poised to be named the new coach of Caribbean island Curacao, according to local media.

The Curacao Chronicle reports that Kluivert, whose mother hails from Curacao, is due to be unveiled on the island today.

Patrick Kluivert (right), alongside Louis Van Gaal
Getty Images

Kluivert, 38, was assistant to Louis van Gaal with the Dutch national team until Van Gaal's move to Manchester United. He was also linked with the Ross County manager's job - a role that ultimately went to Jim McIntyre.

Firefighters at the scene

Seventy firefighters are battling the blaze in Eaglescliffe:

The blaze
Stuart Hincks
Seventy firefighters are battling the blaze

'Don't walk into smoke'

Cleveland Police warns: Children can be collected from schools. Please be aware traffic is extremely heavy. Do not walk into any smoke plumes due to it being a possible irritant.

Train service back to normal

National Rail tweets: CLEARED: Following emergency services dealing with an incident, train services are now able to call at #Eaglescliffe

Evans denies spitting at Cisse

It comes as Manchester United defender Jonny Evans insists he did not spit at Cisse when

they clashed in last night's Premier League match.

Evans says: "I am shocked to have seen the media coverage from last night's match. I would like to make it clear that I did not spit at Papiss Cisse.

Jonny Evans
Reuters

"I was totally unaware of any spitting incident and had assumed that the issue at the time was with the challenge and his attempted retaliation to the tackle from the floor.

"It is not in my character or in my nature to spit at anybody nor is it something I have ever done or would ever do. It is certainly not something that I did last night."

BreakingCisse sorry for spitting row

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse releases a statement saying: "I have apologies to make to a lot of people today. Firstly to my teammates and to our supporters, secondly to Jonny Evans, and thirdly to every football fan who saw the incident between myself and Jonny.

"I reacted to something I found very unpleasant. Sometimes it is hard not to react, particularly in the heat of the moment. I have always tried hard to be a positive role model, especially for our young fans, and yesterday I let you down.

Papiss Cisse remonstrates with Jonny Evans
Getty Images

"I hope children out there playing football for their clubs and schools this weekend will know better than to retaliate when they are angry. Perhaps when they see the problem it now causes me and my team they will be able to learn from my mistake, not copy it."

Police presence at factory

BBC Tees

Our reporter Andy Bell is at the scene and sends back this photo:

Police cars
BBC

'Pupils allowed out as normal'

Stockton Council tweets: Fire brigade advise there is no disruption to parents collecting pupils from nearby schools. Schools are able to let pupils out as normal.

Fire crews at factory

There's a lot of fire service vehicles at Eaglescliffe industrial estate right now,

as this photo from Thomas Robinson shows.

Fire at Eaglescliffe
Thomas Robinson

'Smoke not toxic'

BBC Tees

Cleveland Police have sealed off the area and have confirmed the smoke is non toxic.

Flames coming from roof

This photo shows flames coming from the roof of the chemical plant in Eaglescliffe.

Flames at plant
@Mousecanoe

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

Cordon in place

Cleveland Police say "we are yet to determine if evacuation is needed. A cordon is in place to deter additional traffic into the area".

Police at scene of fire
BBC

A66 closed and queuing traffic

Just to recap - the A66 is closed and there's queuing traffic in both directions between Great Burdon Roundabout in Sadberge and the A135 Yarm Road junction in Stockton-On-Tees due to the fire.

Get the latest travel news here.

Train services stopped

National Rail

tweets: Services are currently not able to call at #Eaglescliffe due to emergency services dealing with an incident near this station.

Eye in the sky

Andrea Macmillan

BBC Tees

And here it is:

Police helicopter
BBC

Police helicopter up

Andrea Macmillan

BBC Tees

Smoke is drifting at ground level from Witham Avenue to Eaglescliffe Golf Club. The Cleveland Police helicopter is hovering above.