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  1. Updates on Friday 13 March 2015.

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We'll be back on Monday from 08:00 with news, sport, weather and travel from across the North East.

Keep dancing for Comic Relief

Julie Smith

BBC Look North

The Red Nose Day filming for Look North with Anton Du Beke at Newcastle Airport went well. Keep donating!

Red Nose Day at Newcastle Airport
BBC

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

Becoming largely dry overnight

Becoming largely dry overnight although staying rather cloudy, with an east or northeasterly breeze developing. It will be colder than of late, with a patchy frost and very isolated light rain showers, possibly falling as light snow flurries.

weather graphic
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Minimum Temperature: 0C (32F)

Moore patient on Miller's return

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore says he will not be forced by

relegation pressures to rush midfielder Tommy Miller back after a calf injury.

Miller, 36, has been limited to just 16 games by the injury this season, with his last Pools appearance in October's away defeat by Cambridge.

Tommy Miller
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Injury has limited Hartlepool's Tommy Miller to 16 appearances this season

"There's always a need for that experience, but we've got to be fair to him," Moore told BBC Tees.

"If he is not quite there and we push him he'll be out for the season if it goes again."

A&E target missed whole of winter

The NHS in England has missed its A&E waiting time target for every week of winter, figures show.

Hospital sign
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Hospitals are meant to see 95% of patients in four hours, but during the 18 weeks since the start of November it has been missed every week.

NHS England has also admitted the 2014-15 average will be below the target - the first time this has happened for a whole year.

Middlesbrough v Ipswich

BBC Sport

Middlesbrough go into Saturday's match against Ipswich having lost three of their last five games, after losing only two of their previous 26 games in the Championship.

Boro have lost only one of their last 15 games at the Riverside Stadium.

Read the match preview and all the match stats.

'Exhaustive' tests in Ebola probe

Latest on Ebola testing in Newcastle:

Sir Len Fenwick
BBC

Sir Len Fenwick (pictured), the chief executive of the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said "exhaustive tests" had been carried out on two people who had contact with a virus sufferer.

He said: "We are just awaiting the outcome of the results. We are very, very positive that there is minimal risk in this regard.

"This is a very long established infection control unit, it is very modern and well-staffed and we are sharing responsibility with the Royal Free Hospital on this challenge."

Gus Poyet news conference

BBC Sport

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says his players need to perform with composure tomorrow when they play Aston Villa.

Gus Poyet press conference
BBC

"We need to be a little more calm and believe in the team, and we need to start well and get the Stadium of Light on its feet," he said.

Ebola scare: One discharged from hospital

One of the military workers being tested in a Newcastle isolation unit for Ebola has been discharged from hospital.

Royal Victoria Infirmary
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Public Health England and the Ministry of Defence confirmed that so far six workers had returned to the UK for tests after having contact with a virus victim in Sierra Leone.

Four people were being tested at the Royal Free Hospital in London and the other two were in the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

The discharged person will still undergo tests.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 are:

  • BBC Tees: The Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire has dismissed claims from the Police Federation that cuts in the force have gone so far they're damaging the service.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars will have a round-up of the day's top headlines.

Jordan Nobbs chosen as England women vice captain

Andy Lamb

BBC Tees Sport

Stockton-born Jordan Nobbs, who plays for FA Women's Super League side Arsenal, has been named as the England Women vice-captain.

Jordan led England to a third Cyprus Cup trophy in Wednesday's 1-0 final against Canada, the first time she has deputised for Steph Houghton.

Nobbs has 20 caps and has scored three goals for her country since her debut against Italy in March 2013.

Bedford Street plans revealed

These artist's impressions give a glimpse of Middlesbrough Council's hopes for the future of shopping in the town.

Bedford Butchers
Atkins/Middlesbrough Council

The town's Baker Street programme is set to head into stage two by expanding onto Bedford Street, the next road along.

Over the past two years months the authority has

assisted a series of niche new businesses - including eateries, micro pubs, vintage clothes shops and salons - to locate to Baker Street using an allocation of High Street Innovation funding.

Orange Pip Market
Atkins/Middlesbrough Council

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Rise in scarlet fever cases

Cases of scarlet fever have soared this season, Public Health England says.

A total of 5,746 new cases were reported between September and March, roughly double the 2,833 cases reported in the same period last season.

Scarlet fever commonly affects young children. Parents should look out for signs of a sore throat, headache, fever and pinkish rash on the chest

John Carver news conference

BBC Sport

Newcastle manager John Carver has been giving his press conference ahead of Sunday's match against Everton.

John Carver
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He said: "Everton have 12 or 14 extra games than us and it's draining from a physical and injury point of view.

"All the pressure is on them on Sunday. There is none on us and we have to go there and express ourselves."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 are:

  • BBC Tees: The chairman of the North Yorkshire Police Federation says he's not being alarmist by claim cutbacks at the force are damaging the service.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars will have a round-up of the day's top headlines.

Hotel work stops after building firm collapse

Russell Ward

BBC Newcastle

Work on a new multimillion-pound hotel in Sunderland has ground to a halt, following the collapse of the building firm involved.

Completion of the city centre's Premier Inn is now on hold after GB Building Solutions and its parent company GB Group Holdings went into administration earlier this week.

Yesterday we reported how it had delayed work on the Tyne pedestrian and cycle tunnel.

Steve Lynn
BBC

Businessman Steve Lynn (pictured) of SJL Brickwork says he is owed more than £200,000 and had had to lay off 15 workers.

Missing voters

If you're not on the electoral roll you can't vote. A campaign to make people aware of this simple fact is coming to Newcastle at the weekend.

About 18,000 have disappeared from the register in Newcastle, and nearly 13,00 in Gateshead.

Ballot box
BBC

Anthony Curley, from the union Unite, says there's a "worrying trend" of young people not registering to vote which he fears "may become the habit of a lifetime".

The NoVoteNoVoice roadshow will be at Grey's Monument on Sunday from 10:00 until 17:00.

Train spotting

Tom de Castella

BBC News Magazine

The old Intercity 125s are being replaced and, in County Durham, they have more reason than most to be happy about that.

The new hi-tech trains are going to be assembled at Hitachi in Newton Aycliffe.

The Hitachi 800 training carriage is lifted off a boat
Hitachi

But what will they be like?

More equal than others

Did you know that Sunderland was apparently the "most equal" city in the country?

That's according to a

formula which measures income inequality invented by Corrado Gini, who died 50 years ago.

Street
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It reminds us of the theory that - rich or poor - you're happier if everyone else earns about the same as you.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 are:

  • BBC Tees: A meeting's taking place to decide whether or not to cancel appointments at Redcar Primary Care Hospital this afternoon following a flood.
  • BBC Newcastle: A second military healthcare worker, who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus, has arrived in Newcastle for monitoring.

Flooding at hospital

The car park at Redcar Primary Care Hospital is closed after it was flooded by a burst water main.

An NHS Property Services spokesman said: "The hospital is operating as normal and all services are running as normal. The pharmacy did close temporarily but has now reopened.

"The flooding is now under control and NHS Property Services is continuing to work in partnership with the fire brigade, Northumbrian Water and the local council to manage the situation."

More on patients being monitored for Ebola

Sharon Barbour

BBC Look North

The first military healthcare worker arrived at Newcastle Airport at about 02:00 and about 10 hours later the second patient arrived.

Sharon Barbour at the Royal Victoria Infirmary
BBC

They don't have any symptoms of Ebola. They are only being brought here to be assessed as a precaution. They will be thoroughly assessed and monitored for the 21-day incubation period.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 are:

  • BBC Tees: The Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire has dismissed claims from the Police Federation that cuts in the force have gone so far they're damaging the service.
  • BBC Newcastle: A second military healthcare worker, who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus, has arrived in Newcastle for monitoring.

Regional airports 'make vital contribution'

Responding to the MP's report that smaller UK airports are being held back by the existence of Air Passenger duty, the Department of Transport said regional airports make a "vital contribution" to the UK economy.

It said: "We want to help these airports thrive as part of our long-term economic plan, which is why we launched the Regional Air Connectivity Fund to support more new air routes.

"We are now assessing bids from airports and airlines for this funding and will soon announce a short list of routes, with a final announcement over the summer.

"We welcome the publication of the committee's report on smaller airports and we will study their conclusions carefully before responding in due course."

On Look North at lunchtime

Charlie Charlton

BBC Newcastle

The two military health workers who are thought to be "at risk" of contracting the Ebola virus have now arrived at the special isolation unit in Newcastle.

They were working in Sierra Leone when they're known to have come into contact with a colleague who's now developed Ebola.

We'll have the latest on this developing story with our health reporter Sharon Barbour who's outside the isolation unit at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Join me at 13:30 on BBC One.

Some brighter conditions

Cloud and rain will gradually clear northwest away this afternoon, allowing brighter conditions for a time. Some glimpses of sunshine are possible in some places mid-afternoon, before further cloud spreads in across the coast by the end of the day.

weather graphic
BBC

Maximum Temperature: 7C (45F)

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 are:

  • BBC Tees: The chairman of the North Yorkshire Police Federation says he's not being alarmist by claims cutbacks at the force are damaging the service.
  • BBC Newcastle: A second military healthcare worker who has potentially been exposed to the Ebola virus has arrived in Newcastle to be monitored.

Teenager given detention order for manslaughter

Francesca Williams

BBC News

A teenager found guilty of killing of a man in Whitley Bay with a single punch has been sentenced to 24 months detention and training.

Lee Devlin, 40, (pictured) was found with head injuries near a walkway by the town's Metro station in September last year.

Lee Devlin
Northumbria Police

A 16-year-old boy denied manslaughter but was found guilty by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court.

The boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, claimed he was acting in self-defence.

Offenders given detention and training orders serve half their sentence - of between four months and two years - in a young offender institution and half, supervised, in the community.

Snowy morning

Tracey Laing sent us this photo of a snowy morning in Consett.

Tracey Laing
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Flight arrives carrying second healthcare worker

Sharon Barbour

BBC Look North

BBC Look North's health reporter

tweets: Breaking: 2nd flight arrives in Newcastle carrying 2nd healthcare worker - who had close contact with colleague confirmed with ebola

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 are:

  • BBC Tees: The chairman of the North Yorkshire Police Federation says he's not being alarmist by claim cutbacks at the force are damaging the service.
  • BBC Newcastle: It's believed a second military healthcare worker has arrived in Newcastle to be assessed after having contact with a colleague who has Ebola.

Missing prisoner 'may be sleeping rough'

The search for a prisoner who absconded from prison a week ago is continuing and police believe he may be sleeping rough in Gateshead.

Nigel Dunn, 45, went missing from HMP Kirkham open prison, in Lancashire on 6 March. He was serving a four-year sentence for burglary.

Nigel Dunn
Police

Officers are carrying out a number of enquiries centred on the Birtley area of Gateshead.

Ch Insp Steve Ammari said: "We believe this man may be sleeping rough somewhere in the Birtley area of Gateshead, an area which he knows well.

"We're asking residents to keep an eye out for him and to report any suspicions they may have about someone apparently using any out buildings, sheds or park areas to use as a shelter. He may also be bundled up in a number of layers of clothing due to the cold weather."