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  1. Updates from Monday 30 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Duncan Leatherdale

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's all from Local Live today, thanks for joining us. We will be back on Tuesday from 08:00 to bring you news, sport, travel and weather.

Boats off the coast of Tynemouth
Colin Cooper

And to keep you going overnight, here is a tremendous picture taken at Tynemouth by Colin Cooper.

Gale force winds overnight

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It looks like being a blustery night with outbreaks of rain, heavy at times clearing east this evening, followed by showers overnight turning wintry over the hills.

Weather forecast

Winds will reach gale force at times, especially across higher ground.

On Look North tonight

Jeff Brown

BBC Look North

On Look North tonight we will be talking about the start of the General Election campaigns, the arrest of five people from Newcastle for human trafficking offences and the restoration of a ship in Blyth similar to the one used by Captain Cook.

And we will also be reflecting on North Shields' marvellous weekend win which booked them a cup final at Wembley.

That's all

on BBC One at 18:30.

Osprey platform ready for bird return

Kristie Kinghorn

BBC News Online

Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Northumbrian Water have installed a new nesting platform for ospreys at Bakethin Nature Reserve

in Kielder Water and Forest Park.

An osprey
Forestry Commission of England

It's hoped

the ospreys arriving back from Africa will begin to use the platform for roosting, fishing and nesting.

The platform, which is on a wooded island just offshore, can be viewed from the wildlife hide.

Weardale museums opening

Woodgate joins BBC team

Middlesbrough defender Jonathan Woodgate will join BBC Tees tonight to commentate on England Under 21s' match against Germany Under 21s at the Riverside Stadium.

Jonathan Woodgate
Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

BBC presenter Mark Drury will be at the stadium

live on BBC Tees from 18:00 and on
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra from 19:40.


is at 19:45.

Mary Berry opens Barker and Stonehouse store

More than 3,000 people attended the opening of Barker and Stonehouse's new store at Teesside Park this weekend.

Mary Berry at Barker and Stonehouse
Barker and Stonehouse

The shop was opened by The Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry.

Angler thanks life-saving lifeboat crew

An angler who was swept off a pier in Redcar has

thanked the lifeboat crew who saved his life.

Michael Soley with two members of the RNLI crew which saved him

Michael Soley, from Darlington, said he was being pulled out to sea by the current after a wave took him off South Gare pier.

He was

saved by the Hartlepool lifeboat which was in the area on a training exercise on 21 March.

Retained firefighters needed

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service has

begun a recruitment drive for retained firefighters.

A firefighter
Getty Images

The part-time workers are currently needed in Newton Aycliffe and Spennymoor.

District manager Steve Cummings said: "It is crucial for the area that we have retained firefighters who live close to the station."

How real could Game of Thrones be?

Simon Armstrong

BBC News

Game of Thrones' potent mix of magic, political intrigue and gripping plotlines has made it a TV phenomenon.

Tywin Lannister stands in the Throne Room

But are there any real-world parallels to be found in the mythical land of Westeros?

I've been

talking dragons, swords and poisons with science experts ahead of a
lecture at Newcastle's Centre for Life.

Windy weather warning

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

The Met office has issued a yellow warning for wind tonight.

Lisa Gallacher

Westerly winds will become strong across many parts of Northern Ireland, southern Scotland, England and Wales during Monday evening and night, with gusts of 50 to 60mph and isolated gusts of 65 to 70mph in exposed locations.

The public should be aware of the risk of localised damage from these winds and for minor disruption to travel.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Whitley Bay man jailed for eight months for making and possessing indecent images of children
  • BBC Tees: Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon says poor parenting and deprivation are to blame for town having highest rate of children in care in the country

More Middlesbrough children in care

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

Poor parenting and social deprivation - that's why it's claimed Middlesbrough has one of the highest number of children in care in the country.

The figures - based on population - show the town currently has 365 children in care.

I'll be explaining the figures

on BBC Tees after 16:00.

Montague mooned in the Toon

BBC Radio 4's Sarah Montague was given a rude awakening in Newcastle this morning while

reporting for Today.

The presenter has been at the Tyneside Cinema speaking to people in the North East about their hopes for more powers.

Sarah Montague in the Tyneside Cinema cafe
Sarah Montague

But among the political discussion, she was also privy to a special welcome from one Tynesider, tweeting: "

Thanks to the passer-by who mooned me this morning."

More on Hartlepool 'firing'

Andrea Macmillan

BBC Tees

Cleveland Police have given "strong words of advice" to a man after reports of a weapon being fired out of a house window in Larkspur Close in Hartlepool.

The man and four boys, three aged 13 and one 12, came out of a house after armed police were deployed to the scene.


Cleveland Police spokesman said: "The address was thoroughly searched by officers, they found what is now confirmed as an air weapon and the man was given strong words of advice regarding his conduct."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

Injured soldiers help with dig

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

Injured military personnel are being

deployed to a Northumberland Roman fort to help with the excavations.

Aerial view of remains

Ten recovering personnel will spend two weeks digging with archaeologists at Vindolanda.

They will be excavating the late 4th Century barrack block in the south east corner of the fort

near where a rare gold coin of Nero was previously found.

Armed police deployed after 'firing'

Andrea Macmillan

BBC Tees

Armed police and a dog unit were deployed to a house in Larkspur Close, Hartlepool at 11:15 today after reports of a group of males firing something out of a window.


Cleveland Police spokesman said: "A group of people including some children came out of the house just before midday.

"There are no reported injuries to anyone inside or outside the address and police enquiries are continuing."

Chatting with Trevor and Simon

Bob Fischer

BBC Tees

Anyone who watched children's TV in the 1990s will remember my guests this afternoon - Trevor and Simon.

Trevor Neal and Simon Hickson

I'm chatting to them on BBC Tees until 16:00. They have also been choosing their favourite tracks.

Listen online here.

More on Newton Aycliffe taxi crash

Police said two passengers in the taxi, a 50-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman, both from Darlington, were treated in hospital for minor injuries.

Scene of A167 crash
Durham Police

A stretch of the A167 was closed for several hours.


Police is appealing for witnesses.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Irreplaceable war medals have been stolen from elderly residents in Gateshead
  • BBC Tees: Armed police and dogs unit called to Hartlepool after reports of a weapon being fired out of window

Middlesbrough familiar to England U21s

Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium will be a familiar place for two of those involved in

England Under 21s friendly against Germany Under 21s tonight.

Defender Ben Gibson is part of the Boro squad currently

pushing for promotion to the Premier League while
England head coach Gareth Southgate spent eight years at the club, first as a player then as manager.

Ben Gibson and Gareth Southgate
Laurence Griffiths/Matej Divizna/Getty Images

Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford had also been part of Southgate's squad for tonight but had to withdraw through injury.

Coming up on Look North

Colin Briggs

BBC Look North

Good afternoon, today on

Look North we will have arrests for human trafficking, a report on Middlesbrough having the highest number of children in care in the country and the latest on Newcastle United's accounts.

That's all on BBC One at 13:40.

Five arrested for human trafficking

Five people have been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking after a Slovakian couple went to a police station in Newcastle to report they were being exploited for work.

Northumbria Police

said the pair claimed they had been victims of human trafficking.

Two men aged 22 and 38 and three women aged 18, 24, and 37 have been bailed pending further enquiries.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Five people have been arrested in Newcastle after reports of human trafficking
  • BBC Tees: It's been revealed Middlesbrough has the highest number of children living in care in the country

Newcastle in numbers

Here is a quick look at the headline numbers from Newcastle United's 2013-2014 accounts:

Data pic on Newcastle accounts

It is the

fourth consecutive year where the the club has recorded a post-tax profit.

Managing director Lee Charnley said: "

We believe financial stability will deliver positive on-field results for the club."

Taxi driver critical after car crash

A taxi driver is in a critical but stable condition in hospital after suffering serious injuries in a collision with a car in Newton Aycliffe at about 20:00 on Friday.

The 36-year-old male driver of the Skoda Octavia taxi was airlifted to James Cook Hospital and two passengers were treated for minor injuries after the crash with a Mercedes E350 which left the road.


Police is appealing for witnesses.

Roof felting caused fire

A fire which badly damaged five homes in Sherburn Village was

caused by gas burning equipment being used to felt a flat roof in high winds, an investigation has concluded.

Two men who were arrested on suspicion of arson after the blaze which started on the roof of Clifton House on 9 March have been told no further action will be taken against them.

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service concluded the fire was started accidentally.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Fire which badly damaged properties in County Durham was started accidentally, an investigation concludes
  • BBC Tees: An anonymous donor helps fundraisers reach £20,000 target to build a sensory room for an epileptic girl from Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough hosts England U21s

Pizza deliverer robbed

Three masked men stole £150 from a pizza delivery driver in Ulverstone Terrace, Newcastle, at 01:05 today.

Ulverstone terrace

Northumbria Police, who are appealing for information, said the men may have been carrying weapons when they threatened the driver before taking the cash.

The delivery driver, a 28-year-old man, was left unharmed but shaken by the incident.

A19 lane closed

One lane is closed on the A19 southbound between Moor Farm Roundabout in Cramlington and Holystone Roundabout in Shiremoor, because of a broken down vehicle.

Map of area

For more traffic news

visit the BBC travel page.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Newcastle United has announced record profits of £18.7m from last season
  • BBC Tees: Teesside's Chief Fire Officer is warning 33% cuts to the service over the last five years are endangering lives