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  1. Updates from the North East on Mon 24 Nov
  2. More from 08:00 on Tuesday

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  1. Good evening

    Kristie Kinghorn

    BBC News Online

    That's all from us today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday. We leave you with this - Our Sunderland commentator Nick Barnes snapped this wonderful photo of Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland.

    Hadrian's Wall.

    Have you taken a good photo? Then send it to us by email, tweet us @BBCNewsNE or join our Facebook page and it might appear here on BBC Local Live.

  2. Service for shipwreck victims

    A remembrance service is being held on Tyneside to mark the 150th anniversary of two notorious shipwrecks.

    On 24 November 1864, the Stanley and the Friendship were caught in a storm and driven on to the Black Middens rocks near the mouth of the Tyne.

    Watch house and Black Middens

    Thirty two people died, in sight of a crowd on land which was unable to rescue them. This led to the formation of the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade which is hosting the service.

  3. Man charged over bar death

    A man has been charged over the death of a man in Wearside in the early hours of yesterday.

    John Potts, 45, from Sunderland, was found with a head injury after a disturbance near NE38 Sports Bar in Barmston, Washington, and pronounced dead at the scene.

    NE38 Sports Bar, Barmston

    Gordon Robson, 26, of Waskerley Road, Barmston, has been charged with manslaughter. He will appear at Sunderland Magistrates' Court on tomorrow.

  4. On the programme tonight

    BBC Look North

    There've been calls this evening for health managers on Teesside to resign. They've come at a packed public meeting to discuss hospital services in Hartlepool.

    And a new centre for research into genetic diseases has been officially opened at the Centre for Life in Newcastle. There's more on these stories and more on Look North on BBC One at 18:30.

  5. More quit over FA sexism row

    Katie Gornall

    BBC Sport

    Two more people have stepped down from coaching roles at the Northumberland Football Association over its decision not to punish their vice president John Cummings for discriminating against a female referee.

    It brings to seven the number of resignations and includes Premier League official Michael Oliver, who quit as head of the NFA's referee academy last week.

    The Football Association already banned Mr Cummings for four months for telling Lucy May - who is Mr Oliver's girlfriend - "a woman's place is in the kitchen and not on a football field".

  6. Queuing for public meeting

    Lee Johnson

    BBC Tees

    More than 100 people are at a public meeting to discuss the future of health services in Hartlepool.

    Hartlepool health meeting
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  8. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: People in Hartlepool will this evening get the chance to quiz health bosses about the future of hospital services in the town.
    • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Steph Finnon have a round-up of today's news.
  9. Public urged to hand in guns

    People are being asked to hand in illegal firearms and weapons as part of a move by Northumbria Police.

    The scheme is part of a national campaign to allow owners of unwanted firearms and ammunition to hand them over without fear of prosecution.


    Weapons can be surrendered at police stations across Sunderland, South Shields, Gateshead, North Tyneside, Newcastle and Northumberland. Police say people won't be prosecuted for possessing the weapons, but if it emerges they were used in a crime then action may be considered.

  10. House raided for novelty tissues

    Hartlepool Mail


    A pair of hapless burglars carried out a smash-and-grab raid on a Hartlepool home to steal a wad of £50 notes - which turned out to be worthless novelty paper tissues.

    Michael Hogg, 33, broke a window at the house in Tunstall Avenue while his partner in crime Andrew Wood kept a lookout. The householder, a retired man, was asleep upstairs but was woken up by the sounds of banging and voices.

    When he went downstairs to investigate he discovered the broken window and the packet of novelty tissues lying on the floor.

  11. Chilling out

    Cleveland Police Dogs Unit tweets: Boas chillin out! Must be his Dutch upbringing.

  12. Dawn sky in Bellingham

    Peter Scott sent us this photo of dawn sky in Bellingham, Northumberland.

    Dawn sky in Bellingham

    Got a photo we could use? Email us and it could be featured on Local Live.

  13. Sting on Broadway

    Sting tweets: Thrilled to announce that beginning Dec. 9, Sting returns to the Broadway stage, stepping into the role of Jackie White in @LastShipMusical.

  14. Pupils rescue abandoned cat and kitten

    The Gazette


    A cat and its kitten taped up inside a cardboard box was the last thing that Berwick Hills pupils expected to discover on their way to school.

    Pupils at Ashdale Pupil Referral Unit came across 18 month old Lexi and her six week old kitten while walking across a footbridge over Ormesby Beck near to Crossfell Road on Friday.

  15. Colourful Hexham Bridge

    Carolyn Farthing-Dunn from Consett sent us this photograph of Hexham Bridge.

    Hexham Bridge

    Got a photo we could use? Email us or Tweet us your photos and they might be featured on Local Live.

  16. Job losses in Peterlee

    The Journal


    Trailer engineers Tinsley Special Products have gone into administration with the loss of 90 jobs, just months after securing £3.5m in Regional Growth Fund money.

    Just this year the County Durham-based fabricators acquired Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group's Mildenhall operations in Suffolk, and in January they bought Tanfield Engineering Systems Ltd out of administration.

  17. NUFC fans louder than SAFC

    Newcastle United fans have been named as noisier than their Sunderland rivals in a new study.

    Press Association Sport has been recording the decibel levels at top-flight games from the kick-off to the one-minute mark.

    Newcastle fans at West Brom

    Manchester United supporters were the loudest, with the Magpies eighth in the list and SAFC 16th out of the 20 clubs tested.

  18. Metro delays

    There are reports of delays of up to 15 minutes on Tyne and Wear Metro between South Hylton and Airport due to faulty train. Get the latest here.

  19. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A man has been arrested in connection with an alleged rape in Newcastle
    • BBC Tees: £5m is to be spent improving the quality of bathing water on the Teesside coast
  20. Man held over 'no crime' rape

    A man has been arrested a woman was raped in Newcastle. The 64-year-old was arrested and bailed on suspicion of rape of a female aged 16 or over following a report received in June.

    The arrest is in connection with an investigation that was re-opened by Northumbria Police as part of the internal inquiry into the "no-criming" of rape allegations. The force is re-examining 54 out of 153 rape inquiries classed as "no crime" since October 2011.

  21. Jobs hope for shopping centre revamp

    The redevelopment of a 40-year-old Durham City shopping centre could create 120 jobs, its new owner says.

    The Gates went into administration last year and was bought by London-based developer Clearbell Capital LLP for almost £12m.

    Artist's impression

    The firm is to build a cinema and restaurants, as well as a promenade overlooking the River Wear. The plans will be on show at the centre on 28 and 29 November.

  22. Bike for Bobby film premieres

    BBC Look North

    A charity bike ride completed by two men from Newcastle in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation has been made into a film.

    Bike For Bobby team

    Former Newcastle United defender Robbie Elliott and his friend, triathlete Phil Gray, completed a gruelling 3,500-mile bike ride for the charity. The 25-day challenge has now been made into a film called One More for Bobby, two years after their challenge.

    You can hear more on Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

  23. Poyet: Football 'going soft'

    Sunderland boss Gus Poyet said football was "going soft" after Lee Cattermole was given a yellow card for a challenge during the 0-0 draw with Leicester.

    He said: "Ten years ago his tackle would have been highlighted as one of the best in England. We are going soft. These people that never play football and don't have a clue are trying to make it a non-contact sport. It was a proper English tackle."

    Lee Cattermole, Leicester v Sunderland

    While the Black Cats are unbeaten in three, Leicester have taken just two points from the past 21 on offer.

  24. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: Police forces across the BBC Tees area are asking people to be extra vigilant in response to the raised terrorism threat.
    • BBC Newcastle: Students at Newcastle and Northumbria universities are being offered the chance to learn how to understand the language of Geordie.
  25. Morning sunrise in Blyth

    Mary Baxter sent us this photo of the sunrise this morning at Blyth Beach.

    Blyth beach

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  27. Former Boro boss John Neal dies

    Former Middlesbrough manager John Neal has died at the age of 82. County Durham-born Neal began his managerial career at Wrexham in 1968 before joining Middlesbrough in 1977.

    John Neal

    Replacing Geoff Hurst at Chelsea in 1981, he led the club to the 1984 Second Division title. He then took the Blues to sixth place in the First Division in 1985 before retiring due to ill health.

  28. Seal pups on the Farne Islands

    David Steel tweets: We don't often get them born on Inner Farne but.... #NTNature

  29. Jobless households at five-year low

    The number of homes in the North East where nobody has a job has fallen to a five-year low.

    According to the Office for National Statistics, in 2013 County Durham was the local authority area with the highest number of workless households in the region, with 42,000 homes without someone in employment - 25% of the total.

    Middlesbrough had the highest percentage, with 30% of its homes (14,000 homes) jobless. Workless households are where no-one over the age of 16 or under 64 is in employment.

  30. Plans to transform Durham Gates

    Plans have been unveiled to transform a Durham City shopping centre.

    The proposals would see the Gates Shopping Centre on the banks of the River Wear transformed into a cinema, restaurants, cafes, student flats and shops.

    Artist's impression of development plans

    If approved, the £30m development will create an estimated 120 jobs.

  31. Woman attacked in Ashington

    A woman was assaulted in Ashington this morning.

    It happened during an altercation between a group of people outside the New Grand Street club in North Seaton Road between 02:30 and 02:50.

    A 32-year-old woman was pushed to the ground during the incident and sustained an eye injury. She was taken to the RVI for further treatment.

  32. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: Developers are planning to transform a shopping centre in Durham City into a cinema and student flats.
    • BBC Tees: Hundreds of people have signed a petition calling for street lights to be switched back on in the Northallerton area.
  33. Boro remain third after draw

    Middlesbrough remain third in the table after a draw against Championship strugglers Wigan at the weekend.

    Shaun Maloney put Wigan ahead with a free-kick but Boro sub Patrick Bamford equalised coolly from Kike's pass seconds after coming on.

    Shaun Maloney's free-kick beat Dimi Konstantopoulos to put Wigan ahead
  34. Man nearly loses finger after spider bite

    Newcastle Chronicle

    A mystery insect left a personal trainer on the verge of losing his finger when it sank its fangs into him on Tyneside.

    Medics told Nicky Thornley he could even have died if he had ignored the bite. The infection from the wound caused his finger to swell up "like a balloon" and his skin cracked open so much Nicky could see his bone and muscles under the skin.

  35. Teesside man crowned world Scrabble champ

    A man from Teesside has won the final of the World Scrabble Championship in London.

    Craig Beevers, 33, from Guisborough, beat Chris Lipe, 34, from Clinton, New York, three games to one in the final at the Excel Centre.

    Craig Beevers (right) beat Chris Lipe from New York
    Image caption: Craig Beevers (right) beat American Chris Lipe in the final

    He won the final game by 440 points to 412 with the word "talaq", which scored 42 points and means a Muslim form of divorce. Mr Beevers, who has been playing for 12 years, said he was "thrilled" to have won.

  36. 'Workless' household numbers fall

    The number of homes in the North East and Cumbria where nobody has a job has fallen to a five-year low, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

    There were 10,000 fewer workless households in 2013 across the region, compared with 2009. However, the North East still has the highest rate in the UK - with 23% of households without work.

  37. Multimillion-pound seawater clean-up

    Five million pounds is to be spent improving the quality of bathing water on the Teesside coast.

    The programme to clean up the sea at Saltburn will involve upgrading the sewer network in Guisborough, Tocketts Bridge and Dunsdale.


    The aim is to "significantly reduce" the number and size of spillages from sewers into water courses during heavy rainfall, Northumbrian Water said.

  38. Man in coma after flat fire

    The Gazette


    A 38-year-old man was put into an induced coma after being trapped in a flat fire.

    Firefighters rescued the man from the two-bedroom flat in Cornfields House, Barley Hill Close, Normanby, and he was taken to James Cook University Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and minor injuries.

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  40. Post update

    Minor Metro delays

    Tyne and Wear Metro tweets: Minor delays to trains from Hebburn - South Shields due to a train being withdrawn from service.

  41. Man held over petrol station robbery

    A man has been arrested following a robbery at a Wallsend petrol station. The robber entered Blue Sign Service Station on the Coast Road just after 18:20 yesterday wearing a dark motorbike helmet and holding a carrier bag.

    He produced a black handgun from the bag and demanded money from a member of staff, police said. He made off with cash from the till.

    A 37-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

  42. Two arrested after assault death

    Two men have been arrested in connection with the death of a man who was assaulted outside a bar in Washington.

    John Potts, 45, from Sunderland, was found with a head injury near NE38 Sports Bar in Barmston at 00:50 on Sunday. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

    NE38 Sports Bar, Barmston

    Northumbria Police has arrested a 26-year-old man on suspicion of murder and a 29-year-old man on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

  43. Queuing traffic on A19

    There is one lane closed and queuing traffic on the A19 Tees Flyover southbound in Stockton between the Portrack Interchange and the A66 because of a broken down car.

    One the A1, there are reports of very slow traffic on the Western Bypass southbound between the A69 junction in Denton Burn and the A184 junction in Dunston. Get the latest here.

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    Kristie Kinghorn

    BBC News Online

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