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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 1 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Lloyd Watson

All times stated are UK

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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 Tuesday. Have a great bank holiday weekend.

You can send your pictures by email:

northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk or tweet
@BBCNewsNE and we may feature them on BBC Local Live next week.

Chilly in rural places

Jennifer Bartram

BBC Weather

It will remain dry with clear spells through the night. It will again turn chilly with a frost in some rural areas by the end of the night. Winds should remain light.

Weather forecast
BBC

Minimum temperature: -1C (30F).

Check the forecast near you.

'Smiles all round'

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

At 12:46, we had news of the Northumberland and Durham arm of the charity National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies placing bouquets of flowers in the North East, as part of lonely bouquet day.

We have an update that this has been found in Northumberland with a note attached.

Lonely bouquet in Northumberland
Woodhorn

Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland

tweets:
@BBCNewsNE Look what we found
@Woodhorn Lots of smiles all round. Thanks. #TheLonelyBouquet

Officers to mark Freedom of City

Russell Ward

BBC Newcastle

HMS Ocean has arrived on Wearside and tomorrow its 300 officers and crew mark their Freedom of the City with a parade.

HMS Ocean
BBC

Neil Mearns, Sunderland's Marine Service Manager, says: "Because of the size, it's a complex operation.

"However, the staff involved in bringing the vessel into port are two very experienced Class One pilots who are adequately trained to accompany such a manoeuvre."

Demonstration could cause delays

BBC Travel

  • There's a demonstration on A1/A1(M) southbound between Morpeth and Leeds. Expect delays
  • The A177 Station Road in Coxhoe is partially blocked and there's very slow traffic in both directions between the Station Road junction and the Stobb Cross Lane junction because of an accident
  • The A66 in Middlesbrough is partially blocked westbound and there's queuing traffic at Cannon Park Interchange because of an accident involving a lorry and a car. Congestion to Marton Road interchange

There's more information on BBC Travel for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

HMS Ocean docked at Wearside

Jonathan Swingler

BBC Tees

The Royal Navy's largest warship HMS Ocean has docked at the Port of Sunderland this afternoon.

It's its eighth visit to its adopted city and tomorrow the crew will mark their Freedom of the City with a parade.

HMS Ocean
BBC

I'm filming a report which you can see on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Lawro's predictions

Mark Lawrenson

Football analyst

The Black Cats badly need a win [at Southampton], but I don't think they will get it. Southampton's recent form has been patchy but they remain hard to beat. I think it will end 1-1.

Newcastle have lost their last seven games, which is pathetic when you consider the size of that club. Their performances have been atrocious and I don't see how their form is going to improve on Saturday. I think it will be 2-0 to Leicester.

See all of my predictions for this weekend's action.

Drunk 'deserved' sentence

Sunderland Echo

A passenger from Sunderland who sparked a major fire on a North Sea ferry while "so drunk he could barely stand"

deserved his tough sentence, top judges ruled today.

DFDS Seaways
Sunderland Echo

Middlesbrough v Brighton

Middlesbrough could be without full-back George Friend, who is serving the first suspension of his career after being sent off against Fulham.

Leading goalscorer Patrick Bamford (ankle) is a major concern for Aitor Karanka but Jonathan Woodgate is close to recovering from a hamstring injury.

George Friend
Getty Images

Match fact: Boro have won 11 of their past 12 home games, losing the other. Their only defeat at the Riverside Stadium since August was 1-0 against Leeds on 21 February.

Your photos: Eggleston

Tweet @BBCNewsNE

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Carol Grey sent us this photo of the sun shining across Eggleston in County Durham.

Eggleston
Carol Grey

You can send your pictures by email to

northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk or tweet
@BBCNewsNE.

Sunderland v Southampton

Sunderland forward Steven Fletcher is doubtful with an ankle injury that also caused him to miss last weekend's draw with Stoke.

Sunderland celebrate
Getty Images

Midfielder Sebastian Larsson is available again after suspension. The Black Cats are looking to escape a battle with relegation as

they're currently 18th in the Premier League.

Leicester v Newcastle

Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko returns from suspension, while Papiss Cisse serves the last of his seven-game ban.

Newcastle United
Getty Images

That's the same number of games the Magpies have gone without a win, as they

face an in-form Leicester city on Saturday.

Victim left with fractured eye socket

A man was left with a

suspected fractured eye socket and has been in hospital for two weeks after an assault in Ingleby Barwick.

The 20-year-old victim, who has received surgery, was struck in the face by a man following a verbal altercation in the Tesco car park at 21:10 on 18 April.

In the news today

Hartlepool Mail

Today's front page. Here's a

link to the main story

Hartlepool Mail
Hartlepool Mail

Charity fundraiser 'addicted to running'

BBC Tees

Marc Ellis, who is running 505 miles from Land's End to Darlington for charity, says: "I was inspired by a friend of mine who had three girls with kidney disease, so I did the London Marathon.

"The addiction [to running] came straight back. I'm going to run 20-mile stages over 25 days and I'll have five rest days."

Latest headlines

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Here's the top stories today:

'Lucky to be alive'

Sunderland Echo

Today's front page. Here's a

link to the main story:

Front page
Sunderland Echo

Hundreds fear 'ghost town' future

Katie Cole

BBC Newcastle

A campaign for more investment in a Northumberland town's being supported by more than 1,500 people.

The group, Make A Noise For Bedlington, say they've had enough of being left out as they become a "ghost town". Tomorrow they'll be protesting in the Market Square.

Northumberland County Council says "work is being accelerated on the development of a town centre investment strategy for Bedlington, aimed at creating vitality and sustainability in the town".

'Lucky to be alive'

The Shields Gazette

Here's today's front page with a

link to the main story:

Front page
The Shields Gazette

BBC wins Rugby World Cup live radio rights

If you haven't got tickets for the Rugby World Cup matches in Newcastle, you can listen to matches instead as the BBC has secured

live radio commentary rights for the tournament.

The deal means BBC radio will be the only place to hear radio match commentary in full, starting with the opening match between England and Fiji.

Rugby World Cup
Getty Images

Some of the games will be played at Newcastle's St James' Park, including South Africa v Scotland, New Zealand v Tonga and Samoa v Scotland.

Man's 505-mile run for charity

BBC Tees

A Darlington man has begun a mammoth 505-mile run from Land's End to raise money for St Theresa's Hospice.

Marc Ellis is hoping to arrive back in Darlington on 30 May, meaning he'll be running an average of 20 miles each day with five rest days. He's raised £5,000 so far.

HMS Ocean's eighth visit to Wearside

Colin Briggs

BBC Look North

The Royal Navy's largest warship, HMS Ocean, is due to berth at its adopted city the Port of Sunderland at about 15:00.

HMS Ocean
BBC

Tomorrow 300 officers and crew mark their Freedom of the City with a parade from Burdon Road. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 13:40 on BBC One.

Lonely Bouquet Day

Tweet @BBCNewsNE

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

We've received an email from the Northumberland and Durham arm of the charity National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies, saying it's planted bouquets of flowers in the area for people to "take them home, enjoy and spread a smile".

Harry Hotspur statue
Nafas

It's part of Lonely Bouquet Day and the charity

tweeted this picture to get you started. We're scratching our heads as to where this one is, although we think it's Alnwick in Northumberland.

Let us know if you find any and send your pictures by email to

northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk or tweet
@BBCNewsNE.

Dry with sunny spells

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will be dry through the rest of the day with sunny spells. The sunshine may be rather hazy with high cloud spreading across the area. Light winds are also forecast.

Weather forecast
BBC

Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

Check the forecast near you.

In the news today

Northern Echo

Here's today's front page:

Front page
The Northern Echo

'Staggered out into the streets'

Anthony Day

BBC Newcastle

Chris Berriman, who was in Kathmandu when the earthquake struck, said: "My legs were shaking, I sat on the kerb and called my wife, then the first aftershock came."

Kathmandu, Nepal earthquake
Chris Berriman

"I staggered out into the streets when the quake passed, the streets are narrow with tall buildings so there was debris falling everywhere."

See more of his pictures here.

Military parade to close roads

A

military parade will take place in Alnwick on Saturday with officers from the 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

Police say the following roads will be closed in Alnwick town centre between 14:00 and 17:00: Bailiffgate, Greenwell Road, Bondgate Within, Narrowgate, Lagny Street, Dispensary Street, Clayport Street and Lisburn Terrace.

'Large cracks appeared'

Anthony Day

BBC Newcastle

Chris Berriman was in a bookshop in Kathmandu when everything began to shake and the room started swaying. He "knew what it was straight away", he said.

Kathmandu, Nepal earthquake
Chris Berriman

"I tried to walk but ended up walking sideways, I watched large cracks appear on the walls around me," he said.

See more of his pictures here.

Falcons swoop for Italy cap

BBC Sport

Italian international

Giovanbattista Venditti is to join Newcastle Falcons on a two-year deal.

Giovanbattista Venditti
Getty Images

The 25-year-old Zebre back, who can play on the wing or at centre, has 27 caps for the Azzurri and scored against England in the 2012 RBS 6 Nations.

"I'm really excited about the move and the team, it is a big experience for me and my family and I can't wait," Venditti said.

'Need to let players go'

Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore has told BBC Tees Sport there'll be plenty of departures from the club at the end of the season.

Pools round off their League Two campaign

at Carlisle United on Saturday.

Ronnie Moore
BBC

He says: "We've got a lot of players who we can get rid of, so there's going to be a few that go. We need to let players go obviously to use the money to bring players in."

Service station plans submitted

Rik Martin

BBC Newcastle News Editor

The North East could be about to get a new service station.

Plans have been submitted for a £2m development for Hexham, just off the A69.

As well as a petrol station and car wash, there are proposals for a Subway sandwich shop and a drive-through Starbucks.

'Tragedy of loving dad'

The Gazette

Here's today's front page and a

link to the main story:

Front page
The Gazette

Newcastle fans invited for tea

BBC Sport

Newcastle boss John Carver has invited two fans who were part of a group who confronted him in Saturday's defeat by Swansea

"for a cup of tea" to discuss their grievances.

Carver, 50, was involved in a heated exchange with several home fans as Newcastle

lost 3-2 at St James' Park.

John Carver
Getty Images

He said: "It's important I explain some of my actions. I don't have to, but I think it's important."

Nepal: devastation in pictures

Anthony Day

BBC Newcastle

A Northumberland man has described how he escaped Nepal's devastating earthquake.

Mast falling towards road
Chris Berriman

Chris Berriman, 56, from Morpeth was due to climb Everest and was one of the first UK nationals to escape the country. He's shared with us some of his photographs of the disaster.