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  1. Updates on Tuesday 11 November
  2. More from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Lloyd Watson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Good evening

    That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday. Mick Vardy captured this horse getting excited near Heddon-on-the-Wall in Northumberland.

    Horse in Newcastle

    You can send your pictures by email to or tweet @BBCNewsNE and we may feature them on BBC Local Live tomorrow.

  2. Cannabis gran 'ahead of her time'

    A Northumberland grandmother who used to cook cannabis casseroles for her neighbours was ahead of her times, a friend has said after her death.

    Patricia Tabram

    Patricia Tabram was repeatedly raided by police after they were tipped off about the smells coming from her bungalow near Hexham.

    She even went on to stand against former cabinet minister Peter Hain in the 2005 General Election, representing the Legalise Cannabis Party. At the age of 66, she received a six-month jail sentence suspended for two years after admitting possessing cannabis with intent to supply in the same year. Mrs Tabram died in August

  3. Newcastle recall Streete from loan

    Newcastle United have recalled young defender Remie Streete from his loan spell with Port Vale because of injury problems at the club.

    The 20-year-old last week extended his loan deal with the League One side until 4 January, but has now returned to St James' Park.

    Remie Streete
  4. Clear spells overnight

    Paul Mooney

    BBC Weather presenter

    Most showers should ease through the evening to leave plenty of clear spells overnight with just a few isolated showers continuing across western areas.

    Weather forecast

    Minimum temperature: 5C (41F). Check the forecast near you.

  5. Boost for donkey sanctuary

    Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars

    BBC Newcastle

    A North East man has left £215,000 to a donkey sanctuary in his will.

    Sydney Wilkes, from Westerhope in Newcastle, died last year. The money was left in a trust to benefit the sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon. We'll have more on this at 17:15.

    Use the live coverage tab at the top of this page to listen to the Jon and Anne show.

  6. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: The Labour MP for Hartlepool Ian Wright has told BBC Tees he doesn't think that a new hospital will be built because of financial pressures.
    • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.
  7. Big bill for 'nonexistent hospital'

    Mark Denten

    Political Correspondent, BBC North East & Cumbria

    Its emerged that a hospital project on Teesside has already cost £12m even though there's no hospital to show for it.

    The plans for the Wynyard Hospital to serve the people of Teesside and South Durham were put on pause last month. The Government refused £100m for the project, saying the business case wasn't strong enough.

    But the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust has already run up a big bill for the nonexistent hospital. I'll have more on this story on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

  8. Farm Watch co-founder to be honoured

    Neil Green

    BBC Tees

    A Teesdale man who co-founded Farm Watch is to be honoured by the Queen this week.

    Peter Stubbs, 72, from Barnard Castle - who founded the scheme in 1979 - has been recognised for his services to policing and will receive the MBE.

    It gets the police, the public and members of the farming community together to keep farmers and their land and stock safe. Use the live coverage tab at the top of this page to listen to my show.

  9. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: Hartlepool Council say they're encouraged that NHS bosses are looking for a Plan B if a new hospital at Wynyard isn't given the green light.
    • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.
  10. College to be 'national training centre'

    A Teesside college is to become part of a national training centre for the fracking industry.

    It follows an announcement by the business and energy minister and United Kingdom Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG), the body which represents the industry.

    Redcar and Cleveland College will offer specialist training and qualifications to students. It is already working with Tees Valley Unlimited to create a new £7.4m oil and gas academy on its campus. Courses will include drilling, pipeline engineering, geology and geophysics.

  11. Free after three in Sunderland

    About 2,000 car parking spaces will become free every Thursday, Friday and Saturday after 15:00, Sunderland City Council says.

    The scheme, which begins tomorrow, will run until 2 January. However, Thursdays will continue past this date.

    It includes the St Mary's, Sunniside, and Civic Centre car parks and all street parking.

  12. Local TV channel to launch

    Helen Richardson

    BBC Newcastle News Editor

    A new local TV channel launches in the North East this evening.

    Among other things Sunderland-based Made in Tyne and Wear will cover news, sport and current affairs.

    Woman in front of camera

    It will also cast its net as far afield as Alnwick to Bishop Auckland.

  13. Shopkeeper fights off machete raider

    A shopkeeper managed to fight off a machete-wielding raider in an attempted robbery that was caught on CCTV.

    CCTV of machete robber

    The worker at Man & Sons newsagents in Eden Vale, Sunderland, seized a pole usually used to close shutters to repel the masked intruder.

    The machete raider made several thrusts at the shop worker in the raid on Saturday morning but eventually gave up and fled from the shop. The shopkeeper suffered a minor injury to his hand.

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    What do you think of BBC Local Live? It's written by reporters across the North East and brings you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. We'd like your feedback about this service.

  15. Hasselbaink set to manage in England

    Former Boro striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is set to be named Burton Albion manager within 48 hours, reports BBC Radio Derby.

    The League Two club are looking to replace Gary Rowett, who moved to take charge of Birmingham City last month.

    Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

    Hasselbaink, 42, left his post as boss of Belgian second division side Royal Antwerp in May and has said he hopes to get a manager's job in England. He's pictured above getting the best of Newcastle's Aaron Hughes in a Premier League game on 14 August 2004.

  16. Borthwick to play in Sri Lanka

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    The Durham all-rounder Scott Borthwick is to play first class cricket in Sri Lanka this winter.

    He is one of four county players given permission to play there by the ECB. Scott will link up with Chilaw Marians Cricket Club in the New Year.

  17. Pools v Blyth match on the BBC

    Blyth Spartans' FA Cup second-round trip to League Two side Hartlepool will be televised by BBC Two on Friday 5 December, it has just been announced.

    Non-league outfit Blyth will look to follow in Warrington Town's footsteps, after they beat Exeter City in the shock of the first round on the BBC.

    The third-round draw will be on BBC Two on Monday 8 December.

  18. Post update

    Sunderland Ladies boss steps down

    Sunderland manager Mick Mulhern has stepped down after guiding the club to promotion to the top flight of the Women's Super League.

    He was the English women's game's longest-serving boss, having been in charge of the Lady Black Cats since 2008, but said he could coach the team on a full-time basis because of his job as a police officer.

    Kelly McDougall

    "To achieve their potential at the top level, a full time management role is required, which unfortunately I am unable to commit to," Mulhern told the club website.

  19. Rape cases in court

    Andrew Hartley

    BBC Look North

    Fewer than one in five rape cases brought to Northumbria Police go to court, BBC Look North can reveal.

    The force says it always believes the victim from the start and people can have full confidence in the service it offers. I'll have more on this story on BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

    Andrew Hartley
  20. Gateshead 3-3 Lincoln City

    Alan Power's last-minute penalty earned Lincoln a thrilling draw at Gateshead.

    Power's spot-kick put the Imps ahead after James Curtis's handball, before Danny Wright levelled from the spot when Arnaud Mendy fouled Rob Ramshaw.

    Delano Sam-Yorke's close-range finish put Lincoln ahead again, while Alex Rodman's shot from the edge of the box saw the hosts level for a second time. Matty Pattison's header looked to have won it for Gateshead but Power's second penalty grabbed his side a point.

  21. Luckiest man alive?

    Kristie Kinghorn

    BBC News Online

    Despite numerous victories as an airman during World War One, it was Capt John Herbert Hedley's claim of surviving a bizarre flying mishap that really made his career. But could it be true?

    John was born in North Shields in 1887 and was an accounts clerk when he joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1914.

    John Herbert Hedley

    Promoted to captain whilst serving with the 20th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, he scored 11 aerial victories while flying a Bristol F2b Fighter.

    But his real claim to fame was that he said he fell from his plane and dropped 700ft - and landed back in it.

  22. Job losses at under-strain Rangers

    BBC Sport's Chris Mclaughlin: "The BBC has learned that job losses are now likely at Rangers following news of a new cost cutting drive at the club.

    "The Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is to provide a further £1m loan but more cash is needed before the end of the year.

    "It's understood the playing squad won't be cut, but a number of off-field staff are likely to lose their jobs."

  23. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A new TV channel launches in the region this evening. Sunderland-based Made in Tyne and Wear will cover news, sport and current affairs.
    • BBC Tees: There's a real chance patient safety could be put at risk as South Tees NHS Trust looks to save £91m over the next three years. That's what one nurse who's just left the trust has told BBC Tees.
  24. RCN 'concerned' over cuts

    Lisa McCormick

    BBC Tees

    The Royal College of Nursing says it's "concerned" by the level of savings which needs to be made by South Tees NHS Trust over the next three years.

    The trust, which runs James Cook and the Friarage Hospitals, has to save £91m and says it's already made significant savings.

    James Cook University Hospital

    RCN operational manager Peta Clarke says they'll work closely with the trust to ensure patient safety.

  25. Ashley lends Rangers more cash

    Mike Ashley is to provide another loan to Rangers as the club continues to struggle off the field.

    The Newcastle United owner, who owns about 9% of the Ibrox club, will increase his initial loan of £2m to £3m. However, he has given up the naming rights to Ibrox.

    Mike Ashley

    But the club says it will need more cash before the end of the year because of lower-than-expected attendances.

  26. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

  27. Dyer and Bramble against 'Rooney Rule'

    Former Newcastle United players Kieron Dyer and Titus Bramble say they do not believe they need the help of the "Rooney Rule" in order to progress in their careers coaching at Ipswich Town.

    The practice has been introduced in the United States to ensure black coaches are interviewed for key NFL roles, and it has been suggested a similar system could be adopted in English football.

    Titus Bramble and Kieron Dyer

    "I don't want to be interviewed because it's filling a quota," Under-16s coach Dyer told the Daily Telegraph. Under-11s coach Bramble, who also played for Sunderland, added: "The rule is a disgrace."

  28. Barratt issues trading update

    Newcastle-founded housebuilder Barratt Developments says it is on course to hit its target of 15,000 sales this financial year.

    It says market conditions remain robust, with demand strong across all regions of the country.

  29. Two-vehicle accident on A1

    There's queuing traffic on the A167(M) southbound between the A167 and B1307 Sandyford Road because of an accident. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

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    We've introduced BBC Local Live, which is written by reporters across the North East, to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

  31. Injured NUFC fan 'in club's thoughts'

    Helen Richardson

    BBC Newcastle News Editor

    It could be after Christmas before a Newcastle United fan, who fell under a train in London before the Magpies' match against Tottenham last month, can come back home.

    Darren White, 41, lost toes, suffered a punctured lung and broke his ribs after falling from the platform at Bexleyheath Station on 26 October.

    Bexleyheath Station

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says Darren is "in the club's thoughts".

  32. GP surgery to remain open

    Lisa McCormick

    BBC Tees

    A Middlesbrough GP surgery which was earmarked for closure has been given a reprieve.

    NHS England had been considering closing Hemlington Surgery when its contract expires at the end of the year.

    But the health body says it's taken into account the scale of a planned housing development. The surgery will now remain open for at least another year.

  33. Webster resigns as patron

    Television presenter and former Newcastle University student Charlie Webster has resigned as a patron of Sheffield United after the club allowed convicted rapist Ched Evans back to train with them.

    The club said it had granted the former player permission to train with the side following a request from the Professional Footballers' Association.

    Charlie Webster

    Evans, 25, was freed last month after serving two-and-a-half years for rape. Ms Webster told BBC's Newsnight that "at no point" had the club acknowledged the "extremity of his crime".

  34. Cloudy and breezy

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    The morning will be mostly cloudy and breezy, particularly towards Sunderland with occasional rain, perhaps heavy in places at first. Brighter in the afternoon with sunny intervals and showers, possibly heavy and thundery.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 12C (54F). Check the forecast near you.

  35. Slow on A1

    The A1068 in Ellington is closed and there's slow traffic in both directions at the Warkworth Lane junction because of an accident. A diversion is in operation via Linton Lane.

    And there's very slow traffic on A1 Western Bypass southbound between the Hexham turn off in Blaydon and Lobley Hill Interchange in Gateshead in the roadworks area. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  36. Good morning

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

    Welcome to BBC Local Live. We look a little different today, we hope you like it. I'll be bringing you news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the North East.

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