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Summary

  1. Rescue teams search for missing hiker
  2. Restored Dunston Staithes set to reopen
  3. Blyth to host Tall Ships Regatta
  4. Updates on Tuesday 24 March 2015

Live Reporting

By Lloyd Watson

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday.

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Pilgrim Street photo comes home

The Chronicle

Newspaper

An image of a Tyneside Victorian street scene by one of the region's leading photographers of the time has

made a 380-mile journey back to the North East to be sold.

Tyneside Victorian street
The Chronicle

Repairs will be 'robust solution'

A £9.1m six-month project to repair a Northumberland road damaged by a landslip more than two years ago is under way.

A section of the B6344 at Crag End in Rothbury disappeared in the incident on Boxing Day 2012. The road, one of the main routes into the town, has been closed ever since, causing lengthy diversions.

Rothbury landslip
BBC

A spokesman for Northumberland County Council said: "This project has taken a great deal of time to reach this phase, given the complexity of the site. A big part of the process has been understanding what is taking place 30 to 60 metres underground. By gathering detailed data on this it has allowed us to develop a robust solution that we are confident will stand the test."

Gateshead sign Sunderland keeper

Gateshead have

signed Sunderland goalkeeper Joel Dixon on loan for the remainder of the season following injury to regular keeper Adam Bartlett.

Dixon, 21, has yet to make his senior debut for the Wearsiders and failed to make an appearance during a loan spell with Hartlepool earlier this season.

Joel Dixon
SAFC

However, he has been selected for Sunderland's under-21 squad this season, and played for Boston. The club are monitoring Bartlett but are unsure of a return date.

Clear night with frost

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

Sunny spells and scattered heavy and slow moving showers initially before dusk, with showers mainly in the western parts of the county such as Consett. Overnight the showers will die away, leaving a clear night with light winds and an widespread frost.

Weather forecast
BBC

Minimum temperature: -2C (28F).

Check the forecast near you.

New league 'tough test'

Andy Lamb

BBC Tees Sport

Sunderland's Beth Mead has admitted that her side's first season in the FA Women's Super League One will be "a tough test".

Beth Mead
Getty Images

She told BBC Tees: "It's a new prospect and we are looking forward to the challenge and we have had to up our fitness ahead of the campaign. Being realistic we want to try and do the best we can in every game."

Snow in Consett

Durham Police

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News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A driver escaped with only minor injuries after a 30-tonne cement mixer fell onto his car in North Yorkshire.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Stephanie Finnon have a round-up of the day's news.

Your photos: Seaton Carew

"I liked the silhouette people on the beach with the industrial backdrop," says Paul Craig who sent us this picture of Seaton Carew.

Seaton Carew
Paul Craig

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News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: Mountain rescue teams in Scotland are trying to find a Durham university software developer.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Stephanie Finnon have a round-up of the day's news.

Firms failing to pay minimum wage named

Ministers have publicly named 48 employers, including one in Gateshead, that have paid their workers less than the minimum wage.

The companies owe workers £162,000 and face fines of £67,000. Vertu Motors, trading as Bristol Street Motors, in Gateshead, owes £1,001.42 to one worker.

The accused companies have 28 days to respond to the allegations.

Work begins on road

Richard Moss

Political editor, North East & Cumbria

Work is beginning on site to rebuild the B6344 in Rothbury - the road hit by a landslip in 2012. It's cost £9.1m so far and the work is due to be completed in October.

B6344 in Rothbury
BBC

I'll have more on this story and the challenges ahead on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Hooters bar bid rejected

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

International restaurant chain Hooters has failed in its bid to open a bar in Newcastle.

The council's licensing committee rejected the bid over concerns about disorder and public nuisance. The company can appeal the decision.

We'll have more on this story after 16:00 on

BBC Newcastle.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Six men have been arrested on suspicion of affray after a fight on North Tyneside.
  • BBC Tees: Mountain rescue teams in Scotland are trying to find a Durham university software developer.

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Newcastle sign Scotland prop Welsh

Newcastle Falcons have

signed Scotland prop Jon Welsh from Pro-12 side Glasgow Warriors on a two-year contract.

Loose-head Welsh, 28, has four caps and was part of head coach Vern Cotter's squad for the recent Six Nations. The former junior boxing champion joined Glasgow in 2008 and has since made 106 appearances.

Jon Welsh
Getty Images

"I think Newcastle are a club with a big future. For me personally, it's the challenge of being able to come and compete in the Premiership," he said.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: International restaurant chain Hooters has failed in its bid to open a bar in Newcastle.
  • BBC Tees: Mountain rescue teams in Scotland are trying to find a Durham university software developer.

Sunny spells and scattered showers

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

A mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers; some heavy, with hail and thunder, and perhaps wintry over high ground.

Weather
BBC

Maximum temperature: 9C (48F).

Check the forecast near you.

Your photos: Northumberlandia

Carolyn Farthing sent us this picture of people enjoying a walk on Northumberlandia in Cramlington, Northumberland.

Northumberlandia
Carolyn Farthing

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News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Mountain rescue teams are scouring the area near a popular Scottish hill-walking location in an effort to find a Durham university software developer, missing since Saturday.
  • BBC Tees: The affects on babies of smoking while pregnant can been seen in the womb according to experts at Durham University.

Search for Durham University software developer

Colin Briggs

BBC Look North

Mountain rescue teams are scouring the area near a popular Scottish hill-walking location in an effort to find a Durham University software developer, missing since Saturday.

Daniel Bennett, 43, - described by police as an experienced hiker - left his car in an outdoor pursuits café car park and hasn't been seen since. The alarm was raised by his wife when he failed to return to his home in East Dumbartonshire.

Daniel Bennett
Forth Valley Police

Conditions at the time of his disappearance were said to be good with bright sunshine and temperatures above freezing. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Mountain rescue teams are scouring the area near a popular Scottish hill-walking location in an effort to find a Durham university software developer, missing since Saturday.
  • BBC Tees: The affects on babies of smoking while pregnant can been seen in the womb according to experts at Durham University.

RNLI rescues teenagers

The Gazette

Two teenagers were rescued by RNLI lifeboat volunteers yesterday after becoming

trapped on rocks by the incoming tide.

Teenagers being rescued
The Gazette

Yarm road partially blocked

The A67 Yarm Road in Yarm is partially blocked and queuing traffic outbound between the Aislaby Road junction and the Durham Lane junction because of an accident involving two cars and recovery work. More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

'Now that really floats our boat'

The Journal

Newspaper

More on Dunston Staithes

Anthony Day

BBC Newcastle

After decades of uncertainty, fires and rotten woodwork - Dunston Staithes will reopen today. It's the first time the public will have been able to permanently access it since 1990.

Dunston Staithes
BBC

Martin Hulse, from the Tyne and Wear Building Preservation Trust, said: "We've repaired the frames, one to 40, there's 98 frames in Dunston Staithes. I don't know whether we'll be able to repair the gap. We need to bridge the gap but it'll cost a lot of money to do that."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: The government has announced funding for more than 30 local road maintenance projects - including some in the North East.
  • BBC Tees: Middlesbrough Council says transfer of land along with a dowry payment of more than £3m should make it easier for further redevelopment of the Middlehaven area of the town.

Accident closes A1058 lane eastbound

One lane is closed on the A1058 Coast Road in Willington eastbound and there's very slow traffic between the Battle Hill Drive junction and Silverlink Roundabout because of an accident involving three vehicles. More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

Roads to get funding boost

More funding to maintain roads and structures in the North East has been

announced by The Department for Transport.

More than £13.4m is going to be spent at Haddrick's Mill in Gosforth by Newcastle City Council.

Northumberland County Council will also get £5.6m to refurbish 130 of the area's masonry arch bridges.

Darlington Borough Council will receive more than £5.7m to upgrade street lighting to LED lights among structural improvements.

Child rapist jailed for 10 years

Northern Echo

A child rapist whose crimes were branded "abhorrent" by his own barrister is

starting a 10-year prison sentence.

Connor Bradley
The Northern Echo

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: The government has announced funding for more than 30 local road maintenance projects - including some in the North East.
  • BBC Tees: Middlesbrough Council says transfer of land along with a dowry payment of more than £3m should make it easier for further redevelopment of the Middlehaven area of the town.

Landslip work to begin

Colin Briggs

BBC Look North

Work finally starts today on repairing a landslip which has

cut off one of the major routes in Rothbury in Northumberland since Boxing Day 2012.

Landslip in Rothbury
BBC

The original budget for the work - which had been planned to start two years ago - was £7.6m but the total bill is now expected to be more than £9m, with £4m coming from the county council. It's hoped the work will be completed by October.

Next day delivery dilemma

Chris Jackson

Presenter, Inside Out North East & Cumbria

On Inside Out this week we've been looking at whether our congested roads can cope with the increasing demands for next-day deliveries as more of us shop online.

Roads
BBC

We asked if our road network can keep pace with region's expanding broadband network.

If you missed it, catch up on iPlayer.

Blyth port to host Tall Ships Regatta

Tall ships are to return to the North East with Blyth set to host a regatta next summer.

Dozens of some of the finest vessels in the world will arrive at the Northumberland port by 26 August 2016.

Tall ships
PA

Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the weekend-long festival, 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.

'Back from the brink'

The Gazette

Here's today's front page and a

link to the main story:

Gazette front page
The Gazette

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Plans for a controversial new bar on Tyneside have sparked a row.
  • BBC Tees: Pregnant women in the North East are once again urged not to smoke after new research shows the effects it has on their babies in the womb.

Dunston Staithes to reopen

After decades of uncertainty, two major fires and rotten woodwork, Dunston Staithes in Gateshead - thought to be the largest wooden structure in Europe - will reopen for the first time in 25 years.

Dunston Staithes
BBC

We'll have more on

BBC Newcastle throughout the day.