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  1. Updates on Monday 23 March 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Tuesday

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Local Live has finished for the day. Join us for the usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday.

Clear and cool

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

Mostly clear this evening and overnight with light winds and a sharp frost in places.


More details here.

Next day delivery dilemma

Chris Jackson

Presenter, Inside Out North East & Cumbria

On tonight's Inside Out we're looking at whether our congested roads can cope with the increasing demands for next day deliveries as more of us shop online.

Inside Out graphic

We'll be asking if our road network can keep pace with region's expanding broadband network.

Work starts on flood relief scheme

Colin Briggs

BBC Look North

Construction work starts this week on a £3.8m scheme to reduce the risk of coastal erosion to more than 180 properties in Skinningrove.

Skinningrove flooding

The village itself has a history of flooding and this scheme will involve the reconstruction of existing defences as well as the extension of the rock armour around the jetty to protect it during stormy conditions.

Fitter Premier League refs needed - Shearer

BBC Sport

Premier League referees must get fitter to help reduce the likelihood of mistakes,

according to Alan Shearer.


The former England captain's comments come in the wake of a weekend of

high-profile refereeing errors.

Watch the comments here.

Landslip repairs to begin

Work is due to begin tomorrow to repair the land slip at Crag End in Rothbury, with diggers moving in to start clearing rock and soil, and preparing the ground above and below the road.

Rothbury landslip
Cragend Farm

The landslip, on Boxing Day 2012, damaged a section of the B6344.

Tall Ships coming to Blyth

Catherine Lee

BBC News

Tall ships are to return to the North East, with the

Port of Blyth in Northumberland hosting a regatta next summer.

Tall Ships generic

Dozens of some of the finest vessels in the world will arrive at Blyth in the run up to 26 August 2016

Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the weekend-long event, which will also include concerts, a mock sea battle, and sporting competitions.

The tall ships will then set off on a race across the North Sea to Gothenburg in Sweden.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

Dice on the beach at Bamburgh

Carolyn Farthing sent us this colourful photo of the Bamburgh beach dice.

Bamburgh dice
Carolyn Farthing

The concrete blocks were once used as tank traps.

Email your your photos to us.

Bus routes revived

Limited bus services have resumed to parts of Teesside after a coach firm shut down.

Leven Coaches

Leven Coaches, which

ran 11 around Middlesbrough and Stockton,
closed down earlier this month blaming rising costs.

Stagecoach North East said it had introduced some early morning services as a temporary measure, while talks continue with local councils about a long-term solution.

Is nighthawking stealing our past?

Lauren Potts

BBC Local Live

Last month, heritage groups warned unlawful excavations along Hadrian's Wall were having a "damaging effect" on North East culture and archaeology.

Hadrian's Wall - Housesteads crags
Hadrian's Wall

But what is "nighthawking" - and is it robbing us of our past?

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

Injury blow for Boro U21 star

Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford has pulled out of the England U21 squad through injury,
according to the FA.

Middlesbrough's Patrick Bamford

Bamford was in the squad for the internationals against Czech Republic, in Prague, and Germany at the Riverside, but he now misses out on both.

Boxer guilty of kidnapping

Hartlepool Mail

Hartlepool boxer Christopher Burton has been found guilty of kidnapping a drug dealer who feared he was going to be killed.

Burton, of Brierton Lane, who was once ranked 10th in Britain's heavyweight rankings, denied the allegation during a trial at Teesside Crown Court.

Man detained after trains cancelled

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

A man has been detained after trains on the East Coast Main Line were cancelled and delayed following reports of someone on the tracks at Durham.


British Transport Police spokesman said: "Our officers were called to Durham station to reports of a person on the tracks at shortly after 11:40am.

"Officers along with colleagues from Durham Police attended and a man was detained under the Mental Health Act and taken to hospital."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

Work starts on new homes

Work has started on a £4.2m development of new homes in the centre of Wallsend.

Impression of new homes in Wallsend
North Tyneside Council

The scheme will create an extra 41 properties in the heart of the town, on the site of the former Wallsend Police Station and Alexandra Street Family Centre on High Street East.

It is part of

North Tyneside Council's 10-year drive to create 3,000 extra homes across the borough.

New rescue helicopter in service

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboat volunteers have been put through their paces in a training exercise with a new Sikorsky search and rescue helicopter which is taking over operations from the RAF.

New Sikorsky helicopter trains with Tynemouth
Adrian Don / RNLI

From April, the familiar yellow Sea King, based at RAF Boulmer, will no longer be used by the Coastguard for search-and-rescue missions at sea.

It is being succeeded by the red and white HM Coastguard-liveried Sikorsky S-92.

Winger signs new Falcons contract

BBC Sport

England Under-20 winger Zach Kibirige has signed a new one-year deal with Newcastle Falcons.

Zach Kibirige
Getty Images

Kibirige, 20, came through the Falcons Academy, having impressed with Yarm School and he made his Premiership debut against Gloucester last season.

Unfortunately, he fractured and dislocated his ankle in the same game, but is keen to return to first-team action following the new contract.

BBC News switches to a new look

The desktop version of the BBC News website has been switched to a newer, responsive design.

BBC News site in 2015

The new site adapts its layout depending on what type of device it is being used on, be it a desktop PC, tablet or mobile.

The BBC said the move reflected the change in how the majority of visitors were consuming their news.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: An antique leather writing box, which belonged to the Tyneside railway engineer Robert Stephenson, is up for auction.
  • BBC Tees: A GP-led project in County Durham claims to have helped prevent at least 16 people from taking their own lives in the last 12 months.

Deer remains found

Police in Consett believe poachers are responsible for deer remains found by the road in Lanchester over the weekend.

Officers have urged anyone offered cheap venison to

contact them.

Foodbank gets royal visit

Julie Smith

BBC Look North

Princess Anne has been visiting the Gateshead Foodbank. They've helped 6,700 people in the past 28 months.

Princess Anne at Gateshead Foodbank

Brighter and drier conditions

After a cloudy morning with occasional rain, much brighter and drier conditions will move in from the northwest this afternoon. An isolated late afternoon shower is possible, possibly turning wintry over the highest ground.

Maximum Temperature: 8C (46F).

Diverted Easyjet flight back on course

An Easyjet flight diverted after a passenger took ill on board is back in the air en route to Barcelona.

Easyjet plane

A company spokeswoman said flight EZY6401, which left Newcastle at 09:40 this morning, had to stop at Bournemouth Airport so a passenger could be treated by paramedics.

But the flight is now back on course to Spain and

Easyjet apologised to passengers for any inconvenience.

Reports of someone on the tracks

More on the disruption to trains at Durham.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: "Our officers were called to Durham station to reports of a person on the tracks. The call came into police shortly after 11.40 on Monday, 23 March.

"Officers along with colleagues from Durham Constabulary are currently at the scene dealing with the ongoing incident."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: New research by experts in the North East claims to show more of the harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy.
  • BBC Tees: GPs leading a project in County Durham say it has helped prevent at least 16 people from taking their own lives, or self harming, in the last 12 months.

Trains delayed after trespass

Virgin Trains EC

tweets: Due to a trespass incident at Durham, services may be delayed at short notice. Please check live travel info at

More from Stockton High Street celebrations

Colin Briggs

BBC Look North

Join us on

Look North at 13:40 where we'll have more stunning pictures of celebrations in Stockton High Street marking the town centre's £38m regeneration.

Stockton High Street celebrations

A parade featured street theatre involving a giant and a huge eagle.

Metro trains back to normal

Tyne and Wear Metro reports that earlier delays between Heworth and South Shields and South Hylton, due to a fire alarm activation, have been cleared.

Easyjet flight diverted

BBC Newcastle

An Easyjet flight from Newcastle to Barcelona has been diverted to Bournemouth after a passenger became ill.

The company said flight EZY6401, which left Newcastle at 09:40 this morning, had landed safely with no further incident.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A Tyneside woman highlights concerns about poor bedside manner among health workers after her husband died of cancer.
  • BBC Tees: A woman has been assaulted and robbed as she walked along a street in Middlesbrough.

Fisherman rescued by lifeboat crew

A fisherman washed into the sea and knocked unconscious was rescued quickly because RNLI volunteers were on a nearby training exercise.

Redcar lifeboat

The RNLI said the rescue was "difficult" and the man could have been dashed against rocks and killed in the rough seas off South Gare, Redcar.

Horse trapped by barbed wire

Durham Fire Brigade tweets: Crews with specialised animal rescue equipment are at the South Church Industrial Estate, Bishop Auckland, where a horse is trapped in barbed wire.

Medieval castle opens after refit.

Julie Cush

BBC News

Newcastle's medieval castle has opened to the public after undergoing a £1.6m refit.

Newcastle Castle

The Heritage Lottery Fund cash was spent on restoring the Grade I listed Scheduled Ancient Monument.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Northumberland's only crematorium is going to be closed for several months after being damaged by fire.
  • BBC Tees: South Tees Hospitals' Trust is shortlisted for an excellence award for the work carried out in A&E departments.