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  1. Updates on Thursday 30 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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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 Friday. Philip Benton snapped these sheep on the road between Belford and Wooler in Northumberland.

Sheep in Northumberland
Phil Benton

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@BBCNewsNE and we may feature them on BBC Local Live tomorrow.

Dry and clear night

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

Any residual showers will die away this evening to leave a dry night with some long clear spells and light winds, leading to a frost by Friday morning particularly in sheltered spots towards Bishop Auckland.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: -1C (30F).

Check the forecast near you.

Sunderland quake couple reunited

A Sunderland man has been

reunited with his pregnant wife after arriving home from Nepal.

Grahame Jobes was in Kathmandu when the quake struck and came back on the flight this morning.

Grahame and Holly Jobes

He was greeted by Holly, who's seven months pregnant.

They've been speaking to BBC Look North, hear their story here.

MH17 salvage mission to end

Anna Holligan

BBC News, The Hague

It's been 10 months since the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down in eastern Ukraine.

Newcastle United fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney were killed when the flight came down last July. Since then, forensic teams have been working - in the middle of a conflict zone - to try to find and salvage the remains of all 298 victims.

Liam Sweeney and John Alder
Northumbria Police

This afternoon, it's been announced that the salvage operation will end on Saturday.

Property scam victims in £1.3m payout

A Teesside property fraudster has been

ordered to return £1.3m of his assets to his victims in a court ruling.

Gary Robb defrauded 57 people into buying houses through his property business, AGA Developments. The 52-year-old failed to complete a single house in the Amaranta Valley development in northern Cyprus.

Gary Robb

Now civil recovery action at the Royal Courts of Justice against Robb, has led to about £1.6m of assets being frozen and £1.3m shared among his victims.

'I would love it if we beat them'

Former Newcastle managers Kevin Keegan and Joe Kinnear

appear in a feature about managers' rants.

It follows Leicester manager Nigel Pearson's "ostrich rant" during a bizarre post-match news conference.

Joe Kinnear
Getty Images

It focuses on the "I would love it" speech from Keegan and Kinnear's rant at the press four days after he took charge of the Magpies.

Dairy up for an award

Helen Richardson

BBC Newcastle

A Northumberland dairy is in the running for what is considered an Oscar of the food industry tonight.

Doddington Dairy near Wooler is down to the final three in the Best Producer category of this years BBC Food and Farming Awards. The dairy - known for it's cheese and ice cream - has been run by the Maxwell family for more than 50 years.

Listen live to the awards ceremony from 19:00 on

BBC Newcastle and
BBC Tees.

Missing man: CCTV released

CCTV of the last confirmed sighting of

missing man Lee Brown has been released by detectives investigating his disappearance.

The last confirmed sighting was at the River Tees Watersports Centre at around 23:25 last Saturday.

CCTV of Lee Brown
Cleveland Police

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

Council to hand-deliver voting packs

Following the news that postal ballot packs could be invalid, Colette Longbottom, from Durham County Council said: "We would like to reassure people that there are only around 265 postal ballot packs believed to be affected and anyone who has been sent one of these packs will receive a new one with a letter advising them to use the replacement. No other packs have been affected.

"All voters are reminded that they can deliver their postal vote to their local polling station on polling day."

She said council staff would hand-deliver the replacement postal voting packs to residents before the weekend.

Printing error on postal ballot packs

More than 250 postal ballot packs delivered in parts of County Durham could be invalid, the council has said.

New postal voting packs will be hand-delivered to some residents in the Barnard Castle west, Ferryhill, Sherburn and Willington and Hunwick areas.

It comes after a printing error was discovered among a small batch of postal votes which meant some ballot papers contained incorrect numbers, which would invalidate the vote.

Lights to 'generate £1m'

Katie Cole

BBC Newcastle

There were 113 objections to the application for six floodlights at Durham's cricket ground, many from people who live near the Riverside at Chester-le-Street who argued the lights would shine into their homes and look unattractive.

But the club says the lights will help create 25 full-time jobs as well as generating more than £1m. The plan was approved this afternoon.

Carcraft goes bust

Rik Martin

BBC Newcastle News Editor

The second-hand car giant Carcraft has gone bust.

The Rochdale-based firm has 10 showrooms around the country - including one at Birtley in Gateshead.

About 550 jobs are at risk.

DCCC to get floodlights

Katie Cole

BBC Newcastle

Plans for six floodlights at Durham's cricket ground have been given the go-ahead.

This could mean the ground at Chester-le-Street will be able to host World Cup cricket matches in future.

The lights are 55m (180ft) tall - and the plans attracted more than 100 objections - including one from the Earl of Scarborough who owns nearby Lumley Castle.

But councillors approved the application in the hope that the matches which should come as a result will attract thousands of extra visitors to County Durham.

Latest headlines

Here's the top news on Local Live:

Description of found body

Detectives are trying to identify a female body which was found in the River Wear this morning.

Police say the woman is described as being white, in her 20s and has shoulder length dark brown hair.

She was wearing a dark green Regatta zip up fleece top, a blue and red checked shirt, dark coloured skinny jeans and brown ankle boots with laces. Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

Body found near River Wear

A woman's body has been found near the River Wear.

The body was recovered by police at about 07:30 this morning on the riverside by the Wearmouth Bridge in Sunderland.

Officers are carrying out inquiries to establish the woman's identity and how she died.

In the news today

Sunderland Echo

Today's front page.

Here's a link to the main story:

Front page
Sunderland Echo

'Lack of community spirit'

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

A Tyneside Foodbank has accused a supermarket chain of showing a lack of community spirit.

A fifth of donations for Newcastle East Foodbank in Heaton comes from their collection basket in their local Sainsbury's but the chain says it is changing the way it fundraises.

In a statement Sainsbury's told us: "Supporting charities that provide food to vulnerable people remains a priority for us, and we have tried to make contact with Newcastle East Food Bank to discuss ways in which we can continue to support them."

£100m vision for County Durham

The region's fourth richest man has been outlining his £100m vision to create 300 jobs and attract up to 800,000 visitors per year to County Durham.

Jonathan Ruffer wants to build a historical leisure park in the grounds of Auckland Castle - which he owns.

Zurbaran paintings at Auckland castle

He also wants to open an art gallery there and Institute for the study of Spanish Art which would house the

Zurbaran paintings which he saved from leaving the castle.

John Carver news conference

BBC Sport

John Carver has won only two of his 16 games in charge of Newcastle, and it's pulled the Magpies in the relegation mire. They now face fourth-from-bottom Leicester on Saturday.

John Carver
Getty Images

"Four weeks ago Leicester were dead and buried but Nigel has turned them around and they are in with a chance of staying up," Carver said of his Foxes counterpart.

"It's the biggest game of the weekend, and huge for both sides. We need to stop this rot and get a result."

Bronze statue stolen

A bronze statue worth almost

£3,000 has been stolen from an art gallery in Newcastle.

The statue of a wizard called the Infinite Quest was taken from Castle Fine Arts in Grey Street on 31 March.

CCTV and bronze statue
Northumbria Police

Police investigating the theft have released a CCTV image of a man they need to speak to who it is believed may be able to help with their inquiries.

On the lunchtime BBC Look North

Mark Denten

Political Correspondent, BBC North East & Cumbria

This time next week people across the North East and Cumbria will be voting in what's likely to be one of the closest elections for years.

BBC Look North debate

So with days until polling, Look North gathered an audience of voters from across the region in Gateshead for a special debate hosted by Carol Malia and our Political Editor Richard Moss. I'll be taking a look back at what happened on

BBC Look North at 13:40 on BBC One.

Armed man steals cash

A man armed with a knife stole a cash box from a security guard in North Tyneside.

He threatened the security guard and stole an undisclosed amount of cash at about 13:15 on Wednesday on Frank Street in Wallsend.

The security guard was shocked but otherwise unharmed. Police are appealing for witnesses and ask anyone with information to come forward.

'No intention to black up'

BBC Radio 5 live

A Hartlepool fan has said that there was

"never any intention" to "black up" at the team's final away game of the season.

John Pearson told the BBC that the idea was a "theme" around "reggae, the colours of reggae and the Bob Marley music" but that "the idea was never to dress up as Bob Marley".

Fans dressed as smurfs

Supporters of the League Two club are known to wear fancy dress to their final away game of the season, wearing Smurfs outfits for the trip to Charlton in 2011-12 (pictured).

Latest headlines

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Here's the top news on Local Live:

Four-vehicle accident

BBC Travel

The A19 in Sunderland is blocked southbound and there's queuing traffic between Herrington interchange and the B1404 Seaton Lane junction because of an accident involving four vehicles.

More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

Any showers will die out

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Any showers will die out later to give a fine end to the day.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

Check the forecast near you.

Hartlepool attack 'mystery'

Lisa McCormick

BBC Tees

Police say it's still a mystery why a man was stabbed in broad daylight in Hartlepool.

The 40-year-old was

attacked by two men, as he walked along Belle Vue Way at about 15:00 on Monday.

Det Con Rob Griffiths says they don't think he was being robbed and are hoping someone on the school run nearby will have information for them.

South Shields teenager home safe

A teenager from South Shields is among those

arriving back in the UK today after being caught up in the Nepal earthquake. Megan Evans, 18, from South Shields, had been teaching in Nepal during her gap year when the natural disaster struck.

Megan Evans with friends
The Shields Gazette

Pilot scheme offers vouchers

Parents on Teesside are receiving hundreds of pounds in supermarket vouchers to attend maths and English lessons to help their children with homework.

The £1m Parent Academy programme is running in eight primary schools in Middlesbrough and is based on research at the University of Chicago.

About 150 families are receiving £30 each in vouchers to take part in the pilot scheme.

Notts County Ladies 4-2 Sunderland Ladies

Notts County beat Sunderland to move up to third in Women's Super League One.

Beth Mead put Sunderland ahead with a chipped effort, only for Notts to respond with two goals in two minutes from Ellen White.

Notts County celebrate
The FA

Sunderland's Victoria Greenwell had a header tipped on to the bar before goals from Jess Clarke and Rachel Williams made it 4-1 to the hosts at half-time. Williams gifted the visitors a second-half goal, inadvertently directing a Greenwell free-kick into her own net.

Man in court charged with behead threat

Gerry Jackson

BBC Look North

A man has appeared in court charged with making threats to behead a UKIP candidate in Newcastle.

Aftab Ahmed, 44, of Winchcombe Place, Heaton, appeared before Newcastle Magistrates this morning. He was accused of making the threat to kill on the phone to candidate David Robinson-Young. Mr Ahmed didn't enter a plea and a trial date has been set for 3 July. He was granted conditional bail.

Mr Robinson-Young is the UKIP candidate in the General Election for the

Newcastle East constituency.

In the news today

The Journal


Here's today's front page and a

link to the top story:

Front page
The Journal

'Relief getting home'

Grahame Jobes, who was reunited with his pregnant wife this morning after being stranded in Nepal, has been reunited with his family.

He told BBC Newcastle: "It's a relief getting home. I was out of contact with Holly for about 10 hours because the phone lines were down.

"After about 30 or 40 hours around the areas and fields were there were no high buildings. We ended up at the British Embassy where there was a make-do camp of people trying to find shelter."

Latest headlines

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Here's the top news on Local Live:

Council tackles 'annoying' rats

The Chronicle


Council bosses have had to speak to a homeowner after

rats from a derelict house annoyed neighbours.

John James O'Donnell
The Chronicle