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  1. Boat captain fined after pier crash
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That's all for BBC Local Live for today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday. We leave you with this photo Janet Danks sent us of sunrise on Holy Island Causeway.

Holy Island
Janet Danks

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From Canaletto to Kenni-letto

Retired tool-maker Kenneth Small has completed a life-sized replica of a masterpiece by Canaletto -

a task he set himself to keep him occupied during the long winter months.

Kenneth Small

The 81-year-old from County Durham spent three years painting the 5ft x 7ft canvas - which he's dubbed his Kenni-letto - an almost exact copy of the Italian painter's The Bucintoro returning to the Molo on Ascension Day after the Ceremony of Wedding the Adriatic, painted around the 1730s.

He said: "I was standing in front of the Canaletto and I thought 'I'll have a go at doing one of those'".

Making waves on the River Tyne

Julie Smith

BBC Look North

A powerboat training school for youngsters aged 14-20 has been launched on Tyneside today.

Powerboat training school on River Tyne

You can watch my report on this lunchtime's Look North by

clicking here.

Congestion on the roads

There's queuing traffic on the A1305 Riverside in Stockton at the Council Of Europe Boulevard junction because of an accident.

And the A19 in Stockton has a lane closed on the entry slip road and there's queuing traffic at Portrack Interchange because of a broken down vehicle.

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PM gets the bangers in

Earlier today Prime Minister David Cameron bought some sausages in a butchers shop as he campaigned in Alnwick, Northumberland.

As the general election campaign enters it third week the main political parties are expected to launch their manifestos.

Labour launched theirs this morning setting out the main policy pledges.

Prime Minister David Cameron buys some sausages in a butchers shop as he campaigns in Alnwick, Northumberland.
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It includes raising the minimum wage to more than £8 by the end of 2019, and a one-year freeze in rail fares, costing £200m, paid for by delaying upgrades to the A27 and A358 trunk roads.

On the programme tonight

BBC Look North

Here are the tributes left at the scene after Kyle Hull, 15, died in a fall at Darlington Cattle Mart in Clifton Road on Tuesday. The teenager was being treated in hospital, where he was in a coma, but died yesterday.

Tributes at death fall scene

We'll have more on this story on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One

or catch up here.

Look Who's coming to toon

Jon Harle

BBC Newcastle

Some very exciting news has been announced today as the Whitley Bay Film Festival is organising a rather special 40th anniversary celebration.

Roger Daltrey
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Roger Daltrey, frontman of The Who, will join the festival team

for a special screening of Tommy and tickets will be available from Thursday.

The event at the town's Playhouse Theatre on Saturday, 1 August, is part of a program of film, music and arts events. BBC Newcastle is the official station for the festival.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

Boro boss Karanka delays Dani Ayala decision

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka will be leaving it late

before deciding whether or not Dani Ayala will feature against Wolves at the Riverside Stadium tomorrow night, the club say.

Dani Ayala
Middlesbrough FC

The defender picked up an injury against Blackpool in February and has struggled to regain full fitness.

It's another crucial clash for the promotion-chasing side who sit fourth - two points behind table-topping Bournemouth with four games left.

PM 'not a Geordie Shore fan'

Luke Walton

Political Reporter

David Cameron is asked about North East reality TV. "I'm not a Geordie Shore fan so I won't pretend to be that," he responds.

Tyne Tunnel closures

The Tyne Tunnel is to be closed for the

next two weekends to carry out repairs.

During these periods users will be able to

travel north and south sharing the new tunnel with a single lane operating in either direction.

Tyne Tunnel
Tyne Tunnel

Operations manager Stuart Sutton said in order to minimise disruption, the work will take place at times when traffic flows are about 50% of those experienced on week days.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: An elderly man is in a critical condition after being hit by a car in North Yorkshire.
  • BBC Newcastle: David Cameron has been in the North East as part of the Conservative Party's election campaign.

Liverpool v NUFC

Match facts:

  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 19 home league matches against Newcastle.
  • The 41 Premier League meetings between these sides have produced 130 goals - and not a single goalless draw.
  • The Magpies' last league win at Anfield was a 2-0 victory on 16 April 1994. That season was also the last time they did the double over the Reds.
Newcastle United defender Darren Peacock outpacing Robbie Fowler
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Here's Newcastle United defender Darren Peacock outpacing Robbie Fowler in that match 21 years ago.

Re-homed memorial unveiled

A memorial remembering the colliery workers who lost their lives during World War One has been officially unveiled at the F pit museum.

Carved in oak, the memorial, which was originally unveiled in 1921, used to be housed in Washington Colliery Welfare Hall and Institute, which has now been demolished.

War memorial
F pit museum

Sunderland mayor Stuart Porthouse said: "Washington is home to many veterans and memorials such as this are an important part of our shared heritage and also a reminder of the cost of conflict."

Durham's Stokes on England duty

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

It's the first test between the West Indies and England at The Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.

Ben Stokes
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Play has just got under way and England are batting. Durham's Ben Stokes earns a recall, but team-mate Mark Wood will have to wait to make his debut.

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enjoy ball-by-ball text commentary by clicking here.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: David Cameron is in the North East as part of the Conservative Party's election campaign.
  • BBC Tees: An elderly man is in a critical condition after being hit by a car in North Yorkshire.

PM on Teesside

Richard Moss

Political editor, North East & Cumbria

David Cameron has arrived at a Teesside factory as part of an election campaign visit to the North East.

The Prime Minister is meeting staff at Icon Plastics in Eaglescliffe, which is located in the Stockton South constituency.

PM on Teesside

Free church weddings could be scrapped

Free church weddings for the poorest couples in County Durham could be scrapped after a huge increase in fees charged by registrars.

It's because the only cost they have to bear - the registrar's fee - is being increased by Durham County Council from £86 to £415.

David and Barbara Taylor

Minister David Taylor and his wife Barbara have offered free church weddings at St Hild and St Helen's Church in Dawdon for six years and they're concerned about the new charges which they say are "shocking".

The Bodyguard brought to Newcastle stage

Sharuna Sagar

BBC Look North

"And Iiiiiiiiiiiii will always love youuuuuu."

Sharuna Sagar with the stars of The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard tour is at Newcastle's Theatre Royal until Saturday and I caught up with its stars, X Factor winner Alexandra Burke and Pop Idol contestant Zoe Birkett.

You can see my report on tonight's Look North on BBC1 at 18:30.

Liverpool v NUFC match facts

Newcastle United in focus:

  • The Magpies have lost their last four Premier League games. The only time they have suffered a longer losing streak was between March and April last year, when they lost six in a row.
  • They have only scored four times in their last eight league games.
  • Newcastle have collected nine points in 2015. Only QPR have a worse record (eight points).

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

'Gun death arrest'

Sunderland Echo

Here's the front page of today's Sunderland Echo, which reports on the arrest made following the death of takeaway boss Tipu Sultan.

Click here to read the full story.

Sunderland Echo front page
Sunderland Echo

Captain fined after boat hit Tynemouth pier

A boat captain has been fined £5,000 and must complete 120 hours unpaid work after

crashing his fishing vessel into a pier.

The beached Grenaa Star
Adrian Don/RNLI

The Hartlepool-based Grenaa Star struck Tynemouth's South Pier in December 2013 and Robert Trueman admitted contravening regulations by failing to keep lookout.

Trueman, of Rowell Road, Hartlepool, must also pay £4,536 costs and £60 victim surcharge after appearing at Newcastle Crown Court.

Sun coming up

Dean Matthews snapped this sunrise from Old Hartley, near Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, yesterday morning.

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Sunrise in Old Hartley
Dean Matthews

Battle of the sexes

Mark Denten

Political Correspondent, BBC North East & Cumbria

How many women are standing for Parliament in the North East and Cumbria on 7 May?

Women in election graphic

Hemlington car flip crash

The Gazette

A man is in a stable condition in hospital

after the car he was travelling in flipped.

The 41-year-old was driving along Stainton Way, in Hemlington, when the incident happened.

Crash scene

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: The owner of a Newcastle off licence has won a court case that could see other retailers claim compensation from councils.
  • BBC Tees: David Cameron is to visit the region later. The Conservative leader will stop off in Stockton as part of the election campaigning.

University leaders lobby Brussels

More than 50 UK university leaders, including one from Sunderland, are travelling to Brussels

to lobby European policymakers against possible cuts to research funding.

The group, led by Prof Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor of Exeter University, fears for the future of the European Union's

Horizon 2020 research fund.

The EU is considering plans to divert some research money to a more broadly based strategic investment fund.

River deaths prompt safety campaign

A campaign highlighting water safety

is being hosted in Durham following the deaths of three university students in the River Wear in 18 months.

Sope Peters drowned in October 2013, Luke Pearce died in May 2014 and Euan Coulthard was found dead in January. All had been out drinking.

Sope Peters, Luke Pearce and Euan Coulthard

Measures, including the provision of late-night taxis and student wardens have since been introduced. Now fire chiefs are targeting 16 to 30-year-olds in a week-long campaign.

All today's football gossip

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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has agreed to finance a £10m bid to sign QPR striker Charlie Austin, 25.

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Newcastle are planning to carry out due diligence on future signings because manager John Carver says there is "something not right" with the current crop of players.

(Shields Gazette)

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat says he is now very worried about his side's prospects of Premier League survival following their 4-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace.


Lambs take shelter

John Beniams sent us this photo of lambs taking shelter from the cold at Plankey Mill next to the River Allen.

John Beniams

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News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

BBC to show 2015 BBL play-off final

The 2015 British Basketball League play-off final on 10 May

is to be shown live on the BBC Sport website and BBC Red Button.

It is the league's showpiece event and the finale of an eight-month season.

Worcester Wolves celebrate victory
Ville Vuorinen

Worcester Wolves won the 2014 final,

beating Newcastle Eagles 90-78 at Wembley Arena. Newcastle Eagles are currently top of the standings.

Metro disruption cleared

Services have now resumed on the Metro between Jarrow and South Shields after a road vehicle hit a bridge at Bede earlier.

Tyne and Wear Metro said trains are running but not to timetable in the area.

Metro disruption

The service is suspended on the Tyne and Wear Metro between Jarrow and South Shields due to a road vehicle hitting a bridge at Bede.

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Yorkshire make good start

BBC Sport

The County Championship season began yesterday, and champions Yorkshire made a solid start to the defence of their title at Worcestershire.

Jack Brooks
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Worcestershire will resume on 264-8 this morning, against a Yorkshire side significantly weakened as they have six players on international duty with England.

Elsewhere in Division One, Durhanewm will begin on 98-2 after dismissing Somerset for 298 at Taunton.

Listen to ball-by-ball commentary of every Championship match on the BBC Sport website and via the BBC Sport app.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

Man charged after assault

A man has been charged after a 15-year-old boy was assaulted in Cramlington.

The incident happened on 2 April at about 21:00 in a woodland area behind the Brockwell shops.

A 22-year-old man has been charged with causing GBH with intent and two counts of common assault.