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  1. Updates on Wednesday 27 May 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. Kris Greenwell sent us this photo of St Mary's Lighthouse reflecting in the water.

St. Mary's Lighthouse
Kris Greenwell

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

Mainly dry and clear

Kawser Quamer

Presenter, BBC Weather

Rain clearing away east from late evening. Becoming mainly dry with clear spells by the early hours of Thursday, though remaining breezy with some isolated showers over the Pennines and Cheviots.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

Check the forecast near you.

Multimillion-pound boost

Ian Reeve

BBC North East Business Correspondent

More than 100 jobs are to be created thanks to a new development at Auckland Castle.

The traditional home of the Bishops of Durham will see rooms restored and a new museum extension being built.

Auckland Castle

The project has been given a multimillion-pound cash boost by one of the region's biggest Heritage Lottery Fund grants. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

A life-size replica of a masterpiece


An 81-year-old from County Durham spent

three years painting a life-sized replica of a masterpiece by Canaletto.

Retired tool-maker Kenneth Small said: "I've always painted and sketched but I wanted to set myself a big challenge as I was sick of doing little paintings. I was standing in front of the Canaletto and I thought 'I'll have a go at doing one of those'".

Kenneth Small

The idea came to him while visiting The Bowes Museum in Teesdale, which houses the original by the painter famous for his Venetian landscapes. See the full story on

The One Show on BBC One at 19:00.

Musician scoops Hollywood award

The Chronicle


From Wallsend to Hollywood via death's door-

that's the incredible story of one Geordie musician.

David 'Junior' Turner
The Chronicle

David 'Junior' Turner scooped a prestigious Indie Music Channel award for best pop video, despite his ailing health.

Hadrian's Wall of Sound

On 5 June the length of Hadrian's Wall will come alive to the sound of music.

During the Hadrian's Wall of Sound event - part of BBC Music Day - hundreds of local musicians will travel its 73 mile (117km) length using various modes of transport and passing a baton from performer to performer.

Hadrian's Wall of Sound logo
BBC News Grab

The event will start at daybreak in Bowness-on-Solway in West Cumbria and finish in Wallsend in North Tyneside, 13 hours later.

Watch a video to explain how the project has been set up.

'Distraught' Gibson wants improvement

Ben Gibson is adamant that any improvement on this season will see Boro promoted to the Premier League next year.

Norwich City secured an instant return to the Premier League with

victory over Middlesbrough in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

Ben Gibson
Getty Images

"We're distraught. We didn't really do ourselves justice and it's a disappointment. But we've improved on last year, so we've got to try and improve again - and if you do that then you're in the Premier League," he told the club's website.

Arrest after stolen phones recovered

A phone tracker app on a stolen phone led police to discover

30 more stolen phones in Whitley Bay.

An iPhone was reported stolen from the Foo Fighters concert in Sunderland but police were able to locate the phone '"within hours" and more than two dozen phones were recovered.

A 25-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of theft.

Dealer has jail-term doubles

The Gazette

A dealer in five types of illegal drugs is behind bars again today -

after he attacked one of his customers.

Moshin Latif
The Gazette

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BBC News

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Average miles per goal

BBC Sport

Although both Newcastle and Sunderland survived a relegation battle,

Sunderland fans had to travel more than 260 miles (418 km) per away goal.

Newcastle only hit the back of the net 14 times away from St James' Park, so fans travelled more than 290 miles (466 km) per goal.

Miles per goal

Swansea managed 19 goals away from home, with fans being treated to a goal for every 217 miles (349 km).

School damaged by vandals

A school's windows have been smashed by vandals in Northumberland.

Lindisfarne School in Alnwick was vandalised some time between 20:00 on Saturday and 10:00 on Sunday, police say.

Door handles were torn off and phone lines were damaged. Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

Memories of seaside holidays

The Chronicle


Holidaymakers are being invited to take a trip to the heyday of the great British seaside with

a new summer exhibition on Tyneside.

Seaside holiday photograph
The Chronicle

'Stuck to task'

After going top of the league, Durham batsman Mark Stoneman told BBC Newcastle: "We've turned things around in the second innings of most games we've played this year.

"It was a dire situation we found ourselves in and we would have been having to work very hard to get anything positive out of the game from that situation.

"Even on the third morning when Joe Leach was whacking a few around the ground, we still stuck to task and came out positively with the bat."

Blair quits Middle East envoy role

The former prime minister and Sedgefield MP Tony Blair is to

step down as Middle East envoy representing the US, Russia, the UN and the EU, after eight years in the role.

Tony Blair

He took up the role immediately after leaving Downing Street in 2007 and will quit at the end of June.

£3m shares bought for £1

Matthew Raisbeck

BBC Newcastle

Gateshead chairman Graham Wood says

new owners Richard and Julie Bennett "possess the ambition and the means to continue with the objective of returning the club to the Football League."

They bought Graham Wood's shares in Gateshead FC valued at £3m, for just £1.

Mr Wood is to stay on as Gateshead chairman for now.

Your photos: Roker pier

Lucy May Coulbeck sent us this picture of the sun shining on Roker pier this morning.

Roker pier
Lucy May Coulbeck

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BBC News

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'Lowest batting points haul'

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

This was an incredible win for Durham. On Monday afternoon they were in disarray at 103-9 and staring defeat in the face. It's conceivable they could have followed on and been beaten inside two days.

The last-wicket stand from Scott Borthwick and Graham Onions proved a major turning point, although there was still much work to do, including John Hastings' 7-60 and Paul Collingwood's birthday century.

Although they lead Division One, they have the lowest batting points haul and that could yet prove costly."

Durham wrap up win

Durham eased to a

six-wicket victory over Worcestershire on the fourth morning at New Road to go top of the County Championship Division One table.

Paul Collingwood's unbeaten century on day three had left Durham needing 48 more runs to win on the final day.

Paul Collingwood
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The visitors lost Collingwood, who completed his ton on his 39th birthday, caught behind off the bowling of Charlie Morris for 127. But Michael Richardson (66 not out) and Gordon Muchall saw Durham to victory.

Swimmers in Tynemouth

Catherine Lee

BBC News

You can just about make out swimmers taking a dip in Tynemouth this morning under a lovely blue sky.


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Bamford and Whitehead thank fans

Patrick Bamford and Dean Whitehead are on their way out of Middlesbrough and have said goodbye to the Boro fans online.

Chelsea loanee Bamford took to Twitter to say how much he'd enjoyed his time in the North East and

hoped to return to help the club out sometime in the future.

Patrick Bamford and Dean Whitehead
Getty Images

Whitehead is out of contract and said he'd

loved his two years at Middlesbrough and would miss everyone.

Customs House director dies

The Shields Gazette

A theatre director who collapsed backstage during a show in South Tyneside has

passed away in hospital.

Jackie Fielding
The Shields Gazette

Jackie Fielding lost her life last night at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary where she was receiving treatment following a brain aneurysm.

On the lunchtime Look North

Colin Briggs

BBC Look North

An Italian Football World Cup winner has been inspiring youngsters at a small Northumberland club and offering them a chance to show off their skills in his home city.

AC Milan legend Franco Baresi is now a figurehead for training camps around the world, in partnership with the club where he played his entire career.

People playing football

And this July, half a dozen youngsters from camps taking place here at Blyth, and at Hebburn and Monkwearmouth, will be chosen to go to Milan for a festival of training and celebration. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 13:40 on BBC One.

'Landed on its roof'

Ex-barrister Lincoln Seligman, aged 25 at the time, was staying in the cottage whose garden the coach crashed into.

The coach crashed into the bridge wall and landed on its roof trapping most of its passengers. Many of them were from Thornaby.

Dibbles Bridge crash

Now a painter and sculptor, Mr Seligman, 65, said: "We were having a barbecue and heard the coach coming down the hill - it was going too fast and didn't brake. It went over the bridge and landed on its roof and then there was complete silence - the only noise was the ticking of the engine then a few cries from inside the coach."

Memorial for 1975 coach crash dead

Julie Cush

BBC News

A memorial service will be held to remember 33 people killed in one of Britain's worst ever coach crashes.

The vehicle plunged 16ft (5m) off a bridge in North Yorkshire, landing in a garden and crushing most passengers, on 27 May 1975.

Dibbles Bridge crash

Only 13 people survived the crash off Dibbles Bridge, which happened after the brakes on the coach failed.

The service is being held at 18:30 BST at St Paul's Church, Thornaby, where 25 victims came from.

Outbreaks of rain will spread

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Rather cloudy but dry through much of the afternoon, with some brighter spells possible at times. Outbreaks of rain will spread from the west from late afternoon onwards, heavy at times over the Pennines, and becoming breezier.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

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BBC News

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More from the Queen's Speech

Richard Moss

Political editor, North East & Cumbria

More from the Queen's Speech - Cities and Local Government Bill for English devolution will allow deals for large cities with elected mayors "and other places".

The Government is also proposing to hand London-style powers over buses to elected mayors where city/city regions opt for them.

Durham beat Worcestershire

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

It took 43 minutes in the end this morning for Durham to beat Worcestershire by six wickets and go top of the LV County Championship - Division One.

Paul Collingwood
Getty Images

With two sixes and 17 fours, Paul Collingwood added 127 runs before being caught out. Yesterday he said it was

"amazing" to score 100 on his 39th birthday.
See the full scorecard here.

Queen mentions Northern Powerhouse

Richard Moss

Political editor, North East & Cumbria

Our political editor

tweets: The Queen gets a mention in for the #northernpowerhouse in #QueensSpeech. Devolution of powers and elected city/metro mayors.

Magpies fans travelling average to increase

BBC Sport

Taking a closer look at the distance travelled by football fans, Newcastle taking on Swansea covered a 718 mile (1,157 km) round-trip.

With Bournemouth, Norwich and Watford promoted to the Premier League next season, the averages are likely to increase significantly.

Swansea celebrate

The Swansea trip will be equalled when Magpies fans travel to Bournemouth next season, also 359 miles (578 km) away.

How far did you travel?

BBC Sport

Football fans are known for showing unwavering commitment in backing their heroes - and Premier League clubs

travelled a total of 57,000 miles (91,732 km) to away matches across the 2014-15 season.

Total miles and average trip chart

During the past nine months followers of our two Premier League teams were second and third to Wales' Swansea fans.

Newcastle and Sunderland fans both top more than 4,000 miles (6,437 km) with an average trip of more than 210 miles (338 km).

Gateshead takeover completed

Gateshead have been

taken over by business owners Richard and Julie Bennett after they took over the total shareholding of chairman Graham Wood.

The Consett-based duo were the preferred bidder for Wood who, along with vice-chairman Brian Waites, will retain his post.

Gateshead Stadium

Mr Wood said: "They are very successful business people. The pair possess the ambition and the means to continue with the objective of returning Gateshead to the Football League.

"We all recognise the benefit of a seamless transition and consequently I have agreed to remain as chairman until such time as Richard feels ready to take over the role."

Man eliminated from inquiries

Police say a man who was identified on new CCTV footage during the Crimewatch appeal has been eliminated from inquiries.

Det Ch Insp John Bent gave an update on the investigation to

BBC Newcastle. He said: "We've also had some names put forward as potentially the offenders.

Tipu Sultan
Northumbria Police

"There's been

one significant arrest during this inquiry and four or five other arrests which led to inquiries which took us nowhere."

Police continue to appeal to anyone with information to come forward.

Castle gets £9m for museum extension

Auckland Castle has been awarded £9m from the Heritage Lottery Fund to build an extension housing 11 galleries.

The money will be spent on a two-storey museum extension exploring the history of faith in Britain and renovation of the state rooms at the historic home of the Bishop of Durham.

Auckland Castle
Auckland Castle Trust

Auckland Castle Trust said the project will create up to 130 jobs. The castle work is part of a

major regeneration project for Bishop Auckland town centre.

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a link to the main story

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