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  1. Updates on Wednesday 29 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Lloyd Watson

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Good evening

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

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

Don't forget to watch BBC One at 10:50 for a special BBC Look North election debate - here's another peek behind the scenes.

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Ground frost expected

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

Breezy with further showers overnight, with a continuing risk of thunder in the heaviest and some snow over the high Pennines. The showers should ease later along with the wind. A local ground frost is expected.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: 1C (34F).

Check the forecast near you.

More on drug arrest

Officers from the Community Drug Enforcement Team are warning of the dangers of the drug believed to be in circulation in the Guisborough area.

A 16-year-old boy who was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs has been bailed.

Det Insp Christian Ellis, said: "If ingested the drug has the potential, even in small amounts, to cause serious damage to health. We would advise anyone who may have taken the substance to seek medical assistance."

Officer dies suddenly

The Gazette

A serving Cleveland Police officer has died suddenly aged 45.

Tributes have been paid to PC Andy Williams, from Teesville, Middlesbrough.

PC Andy Williams
The Gazette

Slow traffic on the A1

BBC Travel

There's slow traffic on the A1 Western Bypass southbound at Dunston in the roadworks area. Congestion on A695 Blaydon Highway is back to the B6317 Chainbridge Road junction.

There's very slow traffic on the A19 northbound in Stockton between the A66 junction and Norton interchange.

Congestion on the A66 is back to Teesside Park Shopping Park and on the A66 to Cannon Park interchange. There's more on BBC Travel for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

Your photos: Airport from the air

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Chris Wood, a trainer and a pilot with The Great North Air Ambulance Service,

tweeted us this picture of Durham Tees Valley Airport from the sky.

View from helicopter
Chris Wood

Latest headlines

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Here are some of the top stories on Local Live this afternoon:

Jobs under threat at newspaper

Andrea Macmillan

BBC Tees

Almost a dozen jobs are under threat at the Northern Echo newspaper.

Eleven roles are at risk in a restructure of Newsquest's production management into one regional centre.

Meanwhile, one role will be created in Darlington with another four created in Bradford. A consultation period is under way with the staff affected.

BBC Look North debate

Carol Malia

BBC Look North presenter

In just over a week's time the polling stations will be open and the process of electing 39 MPs to represent us here in the North East and Cumbria will be under way.

Candidates from five parties will be joining us in Gateshead for a debate tonight - the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, UKIP and the Green Party.

Preparations in Gateshead

And an audience of voters, poised to grill them on some of the key issues facing our region: The economy, the National Health Service, immigration and welfare. Join us on

BBC One at 10:50 and we'll be running a special live page alongside.

Benefits Street is back

Ian Youngs

Entertainment reporter

The second series of Channel 4's Benefits Street has been launched with a press screening and seems likely to stir up a similar controversy to the first.

The original Benefits Street attracted more than 2,000 complaints in 2014. Residents featured in the new series, which was filmed on Kingston Road in Stockton, include mother-of-six Julie Young (right) and unemployed Neil Maxwell, who is seen taking and dealing drugs.

Richard Ansett

Kieran Smith, from Love Productions, said: "We are never suggesting to Maxwell that he does this on camera, we don't encourage him in any way shape or form."

In the news today

The Shields Gazette

Here's today's front page and a

link to the main story:

Front page
The Shields Gazette

Cycling event 'huge coup'

Reacting to the

British Cycling National Road Championships being awarded to Stockton, Reuben Kench, from Stockton Council, said: "Bringing the country's most exciting elite cycling competition to Stockton-on-Tees is a huge coup for us.

"We view the evening time-trials taking place ahead of the races themselves as an opportunity for people to find a rider to root for, which will make the experience all the more personal."

Drugs arrest after three taken ill

A teenager has been arrested after three people were taken to hospital after taking drugs.

The substance, believed to be in circulation in the Guisborough area, is described as an off-white crystalline substance, similar in appearance to rock salt.

A boy and girl aged 16 and a 41-year-old woman were taken to James Cook University Hospital suffering from the effects of the drug. All have been released.

More details on cycling championship

The men's and women's road races will take place on

26 June and the time-trials on 23 June 2016.

Jonny Clay, director of cycling at British Cycling added: "Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council has an excellent record in staging large-scale events and they put together a very strong bid."

Mark Cavendish
Getty Images

Manx Economic Development minister Laurence Skelly congratulated Stockton on their successful bid after the Isle of Man lost out.

In the news today

Hartlepool Mail

Here's today's front page and a

link to the top story:

Front page
Hartlepool Mail

Attempted robbery: Woman charged

Lisa McCormick

BBC Tees

A 27-year-old woman's been

charged with attempted robbery after an incident on Stockton High Street on Monday night.

It's after a 63-year-old woman was taken to hospital with facial injuries after an attempt to steal her handbag.

Mills 'the man' for Wrexham

Matthew Raisbeck

BBC Newcastle

Having swapped the North East for North Wales, Gary Mills says he wants to be the man to make Wrexham "a big club again".

Mills and assistant Darren Caskey have

elected to leave Gateshead for their Conference rivals.

Gary Mills
Getty Images

He said: "Wrexham are a massive club that want to get out of this division. I want to be the man they've wanted for a few years now."

In the news today

Sunderland Echo

Heres' today's front page and a

link to the top story:

Front page
Sunderland Echo

Man remanded in custody

Kristie Kinghorn

BBC News Online

Westminster Magistrates' Court heard Mr Kahar was allegedly caught with extremist material including a document called 44 Ways To Serve And Participate In Jihad.

He did not enter any pleas but was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on 14 May.

Man in court over terror offences

Kristie Kinghorn

BBC News Online

A man from Sunderland, Mohammed Kahar,

has appeared in court charged with terrorism offences, including one relating to Syria.

The 37-year-old of Burnville Road, faces 10 charges, including disseminating terrorist publications, preparing a terrorist act and terrorist financing.

Printing company cuts jobs

Richard Thomas

BBC News

Printing company De La Rue is cutting about 60 jobs from its Gateshead works.

Management are currently consulting staff and unions about the job losses which total about 10% of the workforce. The company, which produces banknotes for a number of countries as well as passports and stamps, blames tough market conditions for the cost cutting measures.

I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North on BBC One.

Carver to welcome back key players

Matthew Raisbeck

BBC Newcastle

Newcastle United manager John Carver says he is looking forward to welcoming some key players back for their

trip to Leicester on Saturday.

Moussa Sissoko is available after suspension, while Paul Dummett may also return from injury.

Siem de Jong
Getty Images

Siem de Jong (pictured) could also play a larger role, having made his first team comeback in Saturday's defeat to Swansea.

Bird of prey stolen

Hartlepool Mail

A bird of prey worth £1,000 has been

stolen from a house in Easington.

Hartlepool Mail

Bright and breezy

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Bright and breezy conditions are forecast this afternoon, but also heavy or perhaps thundery showers, merging at times to longer spells of rain.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

Check the forecast near you.

Stockton to host cycling championship

BBC Sport

Stockton will host the 2016 British Cycling National Road Championships.

British Cycling said it had been a tough decision, but the fact Stockton has previously hosted a National Series event was a contributing factor.

Peter Kannaugh
Getty Images

The Isle of Man lost out to Stockton to host the event. Jonny Clay, director of cycling at British Cycling, said it was "hard to choose between two strong bids".

Mother's plea for missing man

The mother of a 24-year-old man who disappeared after a party on the Teesside Princess says the family is missing him.

Lee Brown had been on the boat with friends and was last seen at 23:00 on Saturday - but he hasn't been in touch with family since.

Lee Brown
Family handout

Lee's Mother Violet says: "His son and his brother are missing him. This isn't Lee, he was forever in touch by text or calling. Someone must have seen or heard from him. I'm asking you to let the police know anything, however small it may be."

‘I thought my days were up’

Hartlepool Mail

A Hartlepool man caught up in the deadly Nepal earthquake which has claimed the lives of thousands of people has

described the terrifying moment the disaster struck.

Francis Cox
Hartlepool Mail

'No evidence communities are at risk'

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Northumbria Police has now released a statement after a man from

Sunderland was charged with 10 terror offences.

Ch Supt Andy McDyer says: "We understand that the public may have concerns following the charges, but we would like to assure communities that this arrest was intelligence-led and there is no evidence to suggest that communities are at risk in connection with this investigation.

"The arrest was made by officers from the Counter Terrorism Unit together with officers from Northumbria Police."

Terror charge related to Syria

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

We have more detail on the 37-year-old man from

Sunderland who has been charged with 10 terrorism offences.

We now understand one of the charges - the preparation of terrorist acts - is said to relate to Syria, according to the North East Counter Terrorism Unit.

Mayoral election: Six vie for post

As people go to the polls on election day, Middlesbrough residents will also be voting for a new mayor.

It is the end of an era for the town, as previous incumbent Ray Mallon, who served three terms in the post since its introduction in 2002, is no longer in the fray.

Poster at the side of a road

Find out more about the candidates here.

Latest headlines

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Here's the top news on Local Live:

Details of terror charges

Liz Shaw

BBC News

We have more details on Mohammed Kahar,

the man from Sunderland charged with 10 terror offences. The charges he faces are:

  • Five of dissemination of terrorist publications
  • One of preparation of terrorist acts
  • Two of support for a banned organisation
  • One of terrorist financing
  • One of possession of a record likely to be of use to a terrorist

No immediate risk: Police

Liz Shaw

BBC News

Northumbria Police says the investigation is intelligence-led and there is no evidence to suggest any communities are at immediate risk in connection with this operation.

We'll have more on this as soon as we get it.

BreakingBreaking News

Liz Shaw

BBC News

A 37-year-old man from Sunderland has been charged with 10 terrorism offences, it has emerged.

Mohammed Kahar was arrested in March by officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit for offences under the Terrorism Act.

He was arrested for further offences on Monday and is set to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later.