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  1. Updates from Thursday 20 November 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Lloyd Watson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Friday. In the meantime, here is a picture Chris Mitchell sent us of the reflections in the still water of the River Tyne.

    River Tyne

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

  2. Clear spells overnight

    Paul Mooney

    BBC Weather presenter

    Perhaps a few clear spells overnight but generally rather cloudy and becoming misty. Mostly dry, but the odd shower is possible in coastal areas. A chilly night but probably no frost.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum Temperature: 7C (45F). Check the forecast near you.

  3. 'Kitchen' insult official appeal dismissed

    A Northumberland county FA official, suspended for four months after telling a female referee "a woman's place is in the kitchen and not on a football field", has had his appeal dismissed.

    Northumberland County FA vice president John Cummings made the comments to referee development officer Lucy May at a referee workshop event in March.

    As well as the ban and a £250 fine, Cummings was told to attend an education programme before he returns to his position.

  4. Changing strategies

    Ian Reeve

    BBC North East Business Correspondent

    The Newcastle bakery chain Greggs is marking its 75th year in business. Its gone from just one shop on Gosforth High Street to stores right across the country.

    But Greggs endured two tough years in 2012 and 2013 - leading to a change in strategy.

    Roger Whiteside

    The chief executive officer, Roger Whiteside, giving his first broadcast interview, told me why Greggs had to turn away from its traditional baking heritage. I'll have more on this story on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

  5. Murray wants to keep Wyke

    Hartlepool United manager Paul Murray would like to keep Charlie Wyke and Scott Harrison at the club beyond their existing loan spells.

    Middlesbrough forward Wyke and Sunderland defender Harrison, both 21, return to their parent clubs after Saturday's game against York City. Wyke has scored four goals in 14 games, while Harrison has played 13 matches during his stay at Pools.

    Charlie Wyke

    "I'd like them to come back," Murray told BBC Tees, "They're going back to their parent clubs at the minute, we're in discussions about what's going to happen on their futures. Whether they're with us or not, we'll be discussing it."

  6. Goalkeeper Iain Hesford dies

    Former Sunderland goalkeeper Iain Hesford has passed away at the age of 54, Blackpool FC has confirmed.

    Hesford made his debut for Blackpool in 1977 before going on to play for Sunderland and Hull in a career which spanned three decades.

    "Condolences go out to his family at this sad time," said a statement on the club's official website.

  7. The 'fatal four'

    David Rhodes

    Politics Reporter, BBC North East and Cumbria

    Have you heard of the "fatal four" when it comes to being distracted while driving?

    1. Driving too fast
    2. Being distracted
    3. Drink or drug driving
    4. Not wearing seatbelts

    So what's being done about it? I went along to Middlesbrough College to speak to the students who were cut out of this car.

    Students being cut out of car

    No need to panic though, the students where in the car voluntarily and emerged unharmed from the wreckage. Click the Live Coverage tab at 17:35 and listen to Neil Green's show on BBC Tees to find out more.

  8. Walk-in centre closure approved

    A walk-in centre is to be closed after South Tyneside health chiefs approved plans for an "urgent care hub" elsewhere in the borough.

    Services at the walk-in centre at Palmer Community Hospital in Jarrow will move to South Tyneside District Hospital in South Shields. The local clinical commissioning group say the change will reduce confusion and speed up diagnosis.

    Palmer Community Hospital, Jarrow

    Campaigners opposed to the plan believe patients in Jarrow will lose out.

  9. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: Cleveland Police is investigating reports that webcams across the area being unknowingly broadcast on a Russian website
    • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news
  10. Setting new targets

    Adrian Pitches

    Environment correspondent, BBC North-East

    Inspirational Alex Turner was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer - incredibly rare in a young person - a month ago.

    The 15-year-old from South Shields went straight back to school that day and started fundraising for cancer charities.

    Alex Turner

    Within a month she's well on the way to her first £10,000 - and now she's set herself a target of £50,000. I'll have more on this story on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One or you can watch the video here.

  11. Developing young players

    Matthew Raisbeck

    BBC Newcastle

    The Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew believes the Premier League could do more to help clubs develop their young players - by providing a tougher second tier of competition.

    The Under 21s Premier League replaced the Reserve League in 2012, with the aim of helping players transition between clubs, academies and first teams, but with so many youngsters now playing at that level, Pardew doesn't think it's quite working.

    Alan Pardew

    He says: "We all have a problem with that level, it's so far removed, we've tried internal games. We went to Liverpool last year to play a kind of first team game, but it's never quite the same."

  12. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: Cleveland Police is investigating a number of hacked webcam streams being broadcast live on a Russian website
    • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news
  13. More on teacher cleared

    Helen Turnbull, 35, of Haswell, County Durham admitted kissing the boy and sending him sexual text messages but denied the relationship went further.

    Helen Turnbull

    After an eight-day trial, jurors at Teesside Crown Court have found the mother-of-two not guilty of three charges.

    Judge Peter Armstrong had earlier said they must be sure she had sex with the boy if they were to find her guilty.

  14. Teaching assistant cleared by jury

    Teaching assistant Helen Turnbull has been cleared by a jury at Teesside Crown Court of having sex with a 16-year-old pupil.

  15. 'Unprovoked attacked' in cemetery

    A 19-year-old man has been assaulted in Hart Lane Cemetery in Hartlepool in what police are saying was an "unprovoked attack".

    The man was attacked from behind and punched in the face as he walked through the cemetery at about 18:50 on Tuesday.

    It is believed that the suspect was within a group of four people who were in the cemetery walking towards Raby Road. They were all around 6ft (1.8m) tall, of thin build and wearing dark hooded tops with the hoods up, dark trousers and dark footwear. Anyone with information should call Cleveland Police on 101.

  16. Jury 'must acquit' accused

    A judge told the jury in the trial of a teaching assistant accused of having sex with a 16-year-old pupil that they must acquit her even if they think it "probably did happen".

    Before sending them out to start their deliberations, Judge Peter Armstrong told the panel at Teesside Crown Court they must find Helen Turnbull not guilty unless they are sure she had sex with the boy.

    Helen Louise Turnbull

    Turnbull, from Haswell, County Durham, has admitted one count of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust, relating to the kissing, but denies three further counts relating to allegations they had sex, that she performed a sex act on him and oral sex.

  17. Fact of the day

    BBC News' North of England reporter Dan Johnson tweets: Fact of the day: there are more branches of Greggs in the UK than McDonald's

  18. Man dies after crash

    A man has died in hospital after a car crashed into railings in North Tyneside.

    The crash happened at about 11:50 on Waterville Road. One man was taken to hospital where he later died, Northumbria Police says.

    The road was closed at the roundabout at Coach Lane but has since reopened.

  19. Nobbs 'aiming for starting XI'

    Andy Lamb

    BBC Tees Sport

    Jordan Nobbs has told BBC Tees Sport that playing in front of 55,000 people "will be crazy" as she hopes to be selected in the starting XI for the England v Germany friendly at Wembley in an international friendly.

    The Stockton-born player is set to feature as part of the England squad who face Germany at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

    She said: "Being there in general is going to be massive. Hopefully I can get in the starting XI and be part of the game. It's what I'm aiming for and hopefully that can happen."

  20. Car and cyclist collide

    A cyclist has been left with two broken arms and lacerations on his face after a collision in Stockton.

    A red Volkswagen Up hit a cyclist on Hartburn Avenue at the junction of Hartburn Lane on Wednesday at about 12:15.

    The 52-year-old cyclist remains in hospital and police are appealing for witnesses.

  21. 'Pledge some veg'

    Allotment holders across Hartlepool will be donating vegetables to help families in need over Christmas.

    Christmas dinner

    Council staff will be collecting hand-outs as part of its "pledge some veg" campaign.

    The food will then be distributed via Hartlepool Foodbank in time for the festive dinner.

  22. Diversion after incident

    Go North East tweets: Due to an incident at Waterville Road in North Shields, #310 is currently omitting Meadow Well. Diverted via Coach Lane and The Quadrant.

  23. Targeting vulnerable people?

    Stuart Whincup

    BBC Look North

    Middlesbrough Council has announced a clampdown on beggars.

    The authority has sought anti-social behaviour orders against five people as it vows to drive beggars out of Middlesbrough town centre.

    Town and Out

    Charities claim the council is targeting vulnerable people. You can watch my report here.

  24. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: Health workers at the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS hospital Trust faced more attacks than staff at any other NHS organisation across the country last year
    • BBC Tees: A Darlington nurse who used racist language towards a colleague has been struck off
  25. Horse dies on dual carriageway

    A runaway horse has been struck by a car on a road in Northumberland.

    The animal suffered serious injuries on the southbound carriageway of the A189 Spine Road, near Ashington.

    Northumbria Police said the driver of the vehicle was unhurt, but the horse had to be humanely destroyed.

  26. It's just a test, dummy

    Jon Harle

    BBC Newcastle

    We've had a call about the Shields Ferry running aground and a man falling overboard.

    I've just spoken to Huw Lewis at Nexus who confirms it's an exercise.

    One of the ferries is running as normal, the other is being used in the exercise, organised by the Port of Tyne. There are apprentices onboard playing the part of passengers. The man in the water, by the way, is a dummy!

  27. Omeruo's groin troubles

    The Middlesbrough defender Kenneth Omeruo played 73 minutes of Nigeria's African Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa.

    The game ended in a two-all draw meaning that Nigeria, who are the current holders, have failed to qualify for January's tournament.

    Kenneth Omeruo

    Omeruo had been struggling with a groin problem and is expected back at Rockliffe Park tomorrow.

  28. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A teenager's appeared in court charged in connection with a bomb alert in Newcastle last month
    • BBC Tees: Cleveland Police say online abuse of children is prevalent and is getting worse
  29. 'Pipe bomb plot' teen in court

    A Newcastle teenager accused of having a gun, ammunition and explosives with intent to endanger life has appeared in court via videolink.

    Liam Lyburd was arrested after a search of his home in Hamilton Place earlier this month.

    Liam Lyburd

    The 18-year-old did not enter a plea and was remanded to return to face trial at Newcastle Crown Court in April.

  30. Your pictures: Byker Wall

    Mark Mowbray tweeted us this picture and says: "It's easy to find the Byker Wall from the air due to its blue rooftops."

    Byker Wall from the sky

    You can send your pictures by email: or tweet @BBCNewsNE.

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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.

  32. Bollard 'appeared unstable'

    A concrete bollard that killed a child at the Royal Highland Show appeared "unstable", a court has heard.

    Three-year-old Ben Craggs, from Sedgefield, died after the post toppled onto him at the Ingliston showground in June 2008.

    Ben Craggs

    The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland denies eight charges brought under the Health and Safety at Work Act. Farmer Stephen Crawford told Edinburgh Sheriff Court he thought two large bollards were "unstable".

  33. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A new report detailing the number of assaults on NHS staff last year shows that attacks on health workers at the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear hospital Trust were the highest in the country
    • BBC Tees: A Redcar woman - who has two brain tumours - is calling for more medical research into what causes the condition
  34. Marshall to compete

    Paul Addison

    BBC Tees Sport

    The Hartlepool boxer Savannah Marshall fights Russia's Iaroslava Iakushina in the last 16 at the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships in South Korea later.

    Savannah Marshall

    The bout takes place in the evening session. If she wins she could face the Olympic gold medallist Claressa Shields in the quarter-finals.

  35. Shotguns retrieved in amnesty

    Stephanie Finnon

    BBC Newcastle

    Pump-action shotguns, pistols, rounds of ammunition and a World War Two semi-automatic rifle were among the items handed into Durham police during a week-long amnesty.

    For seven days anyone handing in a firearm or other weapon would not face prosecution. In total 24 firearms were handed in for safekeeping and then destruction.

    The haul also included a muzzle-loading shotgun, handed in by an 86-year-old man who said it had belonged to his grandfather.

  36. Dozens of medals

    Nisha Joshi

    BBC Look North

    The Burns School of Blackbelts in Heaton has come home from the world's biggest martial arts competition with 33 gold medals, 31 silvers and 21 bronze.

    Burns School of Blackbelts

    The school provided 20 members of an 80 strong English team. Have a look at these inspirational stars in action.

  37. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

  38. 'Sexting becoming a risk'

    A new team's been set up on South Tyneside to help protect young people from sending suggestive tests and revealing picture messages, otherwise known as "sexting" as it can leave children open to ridicule, abuse and damaging relationships.

    A project called Relationship Works - set up with a £400,000 Big Lottery Fund grant - sends mentors into schools to warn of the dangers.

    Person texting on phone

    One of the mentors, 17-year-old Chloe, says: "A lot of young teenagers see it as the normal thing to do now and it can be brought up in general conversation. There's a lot of people sending them and they're getting younger and younger and it's becoming a risk to them."

  39. Council considers new minimum wage

    Durham County Council is considering a new minimum wage for its employees.

    The scheme would mean the lowest-paid workers such as lunchtime supervisors, caretakers, cleaners and school crossing patrols would receive at least £7.43 per hour - 93p more than the National Minimum Wage.

    The new wage would cost the authority £1m a year and be regularly reviewed, the council said. The council's cabinet will discuss the plan next week.

  40. Fashion for the over 50s?

    Nicki Hornby

    BBC Newcastle

    Apparently there isn't enough fashion for the mature customer. A survey out today suggests nearly seven in 10 mature women think there's isn't enough clothing suited to their age group.

    Fashion show

    Do you feel frustrated by a lack of choice on the high street? Call BBC Newcastle on 0191 232 6565 or join the conversation on Facebook.

  41. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

  42. Walk-in decision expected

    Stephanie Finnon

    BBC Newcastle

    We'll find out today whether Jarrow walk-in medical centre, used by about 27,000 people a year, will close and be replaced by a one-stop shop in South Tyneside District Hospital.

    Yesterday local MP Stephen Hepburn pleaded with the Prime Minister, David Cameron, to intervene and prevent the closure.

    South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group has undertaken a three month public consultation on A&E and walk-in facilities in the borough and a decision is expected at a meeting later today.

  43. Fog patches to thin

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Overnight mist or fog patches thinning slowly during the morning to give some bright or sunny intervals. Most places remaining dry but still the risk of an isolated shower around coastal areas.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum Temperature: 11C (52F). Check the forecast near you.

  44. No major incidents

    There's the usual build-up at this time of day but there are no major incidents or disruption on the roads.

    There is emergency repairs on the B1298 Boldon Lane in South Shields at the Green Lane junction. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  45. Good morning

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

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