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  1. Updates from the North East on Tues 25 Nov
  2. More from 08:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Good evening

    That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday.

    Sun setting in Consett

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

  2. Lane blocked by overturned truck

    Durham Road Policing Unit tweets: Lane 2 of the A1 was blocked briefly. Miraculously, no injuries!

    Overturned truck on the A1
  3. Chilly evening ahead

    Hannah Bayman

    BBC Weather presenter

    A chilly evening with some clear spells, patchy fog, and a frost in places. Becoming cloudy overnight, with fog lifting into mist and hill fog, and outbreaks of rain spreading from the south, reaching Washington and the North Pennines later in the night.

    Weather forecast

    Minimum temperature: -1C (30F). Check the forecast near you.

  4. 'Home advantage' to help form

    John Astley hopes "home" advantage can help him rediscover his best form at the UK Championship in York.

    Astley was named Rookie of the Year last season, with a first-round UK Championship win over ex-world champion Ken Doherty being his highlight.

    John Astley

    But the 25-year-old Gateshead potter told BBC Sport: "This season has been slower than I would have liked. But I've been coming to York for years and it does feel a bit like I'm playing at home. I will get great support."

  5. Pools sign Lanzoni

    Hartlepool United have signed defender Matteo Lanzoni on loan from Cambridge United until the end of December.

    The 26-year-old Italian has made three appearances for the U's since his summer arrival, but has not featured in the first team since 16 September. He previously worked with Pools boss Paul Murray at Oldham last year.

    Matteo Lanzoni

    Lanzoni, who started his career with Italian side Sampdoria, arrives after defender Scott Harrison returned to Sunderland on Monday.

  6. Bets refunded over 'wrong flag' race

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    There was a peculiar incident at Sedgefield Racecourse in County Durham today which resulted in thousands of bets having to be refunded.

    The 13:20 handicap was declared void after an official waved the wrong flag to tell the riders to miss out a fence.

    The stop racing flag was waved instead, but because the jockeys continued round the track stewards decided to scrap the race. To add to their woes, the seven jockeys were given 10-day bans for ignoring the wrong flag. Track owners ARC say they will now refund the horse owners.

  7. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A Teesside charity says it hopes more people will be encouraged to come forward and report domestic abuse due to a change in the law.
    • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Stephanie Finnon have a round-up of the day's news.
  8. Teesside force in Ohio confusion

    Catherine Lee

    BBC News

    Cleveland Police has reminded social media users it is a UK force after receiving messages about the death of a child in Cleveland Ohio.

    Facebook and Twitter users contacted the Teesside force about the death of Tamir Rice, who was shot by police on Saturday. Police in the US say an officer fired two shots at the 12-year-old.

    Cleveland Police post

    The UK force's road policing unit said it had also noticed a number of new followers from America.

  9. 'Dilapidated eyesore' gets listed status

    The roof is leaking and close to collapse but now one of the co-owners of a 1960s office building has been left baffled after it was awarded listed status.

    The former home of the Ryder and Yates firm of architects, in Killingworth, North Tyneside, was due to be sold until English Heritage stepped in.

    Roof with a hole

    Campaigners say it needs preserving as an example of the pair's work - but Mary Ryder, the widow of Gordon Ryder, says it's a dilapidated eyesore. You can see more on this story tomorrow on Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

  10. Your pictures: Bamburgh Castle

    Carolyn Farthing-Dunn captured the sunrise at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland.

    Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland

    You can send your pictures by email to: northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk or tweet @BBCNewsNE.

  11. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A judge is summing up in the trial of two Teesside men accused of beating a child rapist with a baseball bat.
    • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Stephanie Finnon have a round-up of the day's news.
  12. Spider bite man 'could have lost limb'

    More on the gruesome story we brought you yesterday. A man who suffered a suspected spider bite while walking his dog spent days on an antibiotic drip and says he was told he could have lost a limb.

    Nicky Thornley, 33, of Jesmond, Newcastle, said his hand swelled up after the suspected bite on a finger.

    Nicky Thornley

    He spent five days in Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary and was told that he had probably been bitten by a false widow spider. He needed surgery to reduce the infection in his middle finger.

  13. Sting to replace Jimmy Nail

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

    Here's some more on the story we brought you yesterday that Sting is to join the cast of his Broadway musical The Last Ship next month.

    The Wallsend-born singer will replace pal Jimmy Nail in the role of foreman Jackie White in the semi-autobiographical story about a prodigal son who returns home to Tyneside.

    Jimmy Nail (centre) with other The Last Ship cast members

    He will appear for eight shows a week from 9 December until 10 January. It is thought he is appearing in the show - for which he wrote the music and lyrics - to help boost ticket sales which have flagged recently.

  14. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A 14-year-old girl battling cancer has been moved to the top of the heart transplant list at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
    • BBC Tees: A judge is summing up in the trial of two Teesside men accused of beating a child rapist with a baseball bat.
  15. 'No fresh approach for Bruma'

    Sunderland Echo

    Newspaper

    Sunderland have gone almost a year without making contact for Galatasaray winger Bruma, the player's agent has confirmed.

  16. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A 14-year-old girl battling cancer has been moved to the top of the heart transplant list at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.
    • BBC Tees: A judge has started summing up in the trial of two Teesside men accused of beating a child rapist with a baseball bat.
  17. Give us your feedback

    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.

  18. Charity champ Tony on the show today

    Jon Harle

    BBC Newcastle

    Thousand of miles but one careful owner! From 16:00 on BBC Newcastle we'll have charity fundraiser Tony the Fridge on to tell us why he's selling his fridge. Listen live here.

    Tony the Fridge
  19. Council's £1.3m to renovate empty homes

    Landlords are to be offered cash to help renovate empty houses in Middlesbrough.

    A total of £1.3m has been given to the council from the Homes and Communities Agency to allow 110 homes to be brought back into use.

    An empty home

    The council said empty homes can be a blight on the community. Landlords are now being invited to speak to the council about how the fund can be used to help them.

  20. Lane closed on slip road

    On the A1 Western Bypass, there's a lane closed on the exit slip road northbound at Blaydon because of a broken down vehicle.

    Also there's one lane is blocked and slow traffic on the A19 northbound in Boldon between the A1290 junction and Testo's Roundabout because of a broken down van. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  21. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A teenager is in hospital with serious facial injuries after he was hit with a brick while riding a motorbike in Birtley.
    • BBC Tees: Hartlepool Council has recorded a vote of no confidence in the board of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust and called on the entire board to resign.
  22. Boy hit in face with brick

    A 16-year-old boy has been hit in the face with a brick while riding a motorbike in Gateshead, Northumbria Police says.

    The boy, who had a pillion passenger and was travelling with another motorcyclist, suffered serious injuries when a man threw it at him in the Durham Road area of Birtley at about 23:55 last night.

  23. 'Boots are back on'

    BBC Sport

    Good news for Newcastle fans - midfielder Siem de Jong seems as though he's edging nearer to a return.

    The 25-year-old Netherlands international was one of the Magpies' big summer signings, joining for £6m from Ajax in July.

    Siem de Jong

    However, he played only three times before suffering a knee injury. More encouraging news today, though, as De Jong tweets: "Finally my boots are back on. First session outside."

  24. Dry and cloudy

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It will be dry this afternoon with often large amounts of cloud, but also some bright or sunny spells for most places.

    Weather forecast

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

  25. French 'to win East Coast bidding'

    The East Coast Main Line is to be taken over by a consortium largely owned by the French government, reports say.

    The UK Government has been anxious to return the route to the private sector ever since it was taken over from National Express by the Department for Transport in 2009.

    But now it is thought this week's announcement of a new private franchise will see it being run from next year by joint bidders Eurostar and French transport company Keolis, which is 70% owned by state-run French rail company SNCF.

  26. Man in court over dad's death

    Sunderland Echo

    Newspaper

    A man has appeared in court today after the death of a dad in a Washington street.

    The scene in Washington
  27. 'Classroom crackdown against terror'

    Northern Echo editor Peter Barron

    Here's today's front page:

    Northern Echo front page
  28. Hundreds of calendars donated

    BBC Tees

    An appeal for advent calendars for families in need on Teesside has proved a success, within days of starting.

    Lauri Cox is collecting the donations for the Middlesbrough and Redcar food banks, as well as a youth group

    She said: "Within three days, we've had more than 500. When I first started, I had a target of 50. They just keep on coming. They're going towards three charities which are spread across a wide geographical area."

  29. Dance teacher retains title

    Stuart Hatton Jr (pictured right with BBC Newcastle presenter Jonathan Miles), a dance teacher and gay role model from South Shields, has won the title of Mr Gay UK for a second year running - the first person to do so, according to Gay Times.

    BBC Newcastle's Jonathan Miles with Stuart Hatton

    He said on Facebook: "I will continue to promote awareness and equality issues throughout the country, and continue the work with our local charities and be the best LGBTI Ambassador I can not only as Mr Gay UK but on an international level as Mr Gay World".

  30. Gas firm denies 'catastrophe' claim

    The Shields Gazette

    A firm which plans to tap into coal gas beneath the sea off the North East coast, creating hundreds of jobs, has hit back over claims it could be a catastrophe.

    The beach at Blackhall Rocks
  31. How do we preserve history?

    Chris Jackson

    Presenter, Inside Out North East & Cumbria

    Should we save the beautiful or the useful? I set out to investigate how we decide which of our historic buildings should be preserved for future generations.

    You can watch the programme on BBC Two at 17:30 on Saturday or catch up here.

  32. Boro draw a 'vital point'

    Striker Patrick Bamford says he'll play anywhere on the pitch if it helps fire Middlesbrough into the Premier League.

    Bamford equalised for Boro in the second half of their 1-1 draw at Wigan on Saturday after being introduced from the bench and he thinks it will prove to be a vital point come the end of the season.

    Patrick Bamford

    He says: "Playing number nine is my preferred position, if the manager wants me to play another position then I'm more than happy to do it."

  33. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: The leader of Newcastle City Council, Nick Forbes, is warning of "social unrest" in the city because of "impossible" budget cuts imposed by the Government.
    • BBC Tees: Hartlepool Council has recorded a vote of no confidence in the board of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust and called on the entire board to resign.
  34. Bank note firm sees profits fall

    BBC Business

    De La Rue - the firm that prints bank notes for the Bank of England, among others - has reported a 26% fall in pre-tax profits to £18m for the six months to the end of September.

    The company, which has offices in Team Valley in Gateshead, says it expects profits to be £20m lower this year as a result of "challenging market conditions".

    This, however, is simply a restatement of the same profit warning issued at the end of September, which caused its share price to plunge some 30%. Get more markets and finance news on Business Live.

  35. When have you lost it?

    Alfie Joey

    BBC Newcastle

    Former Conservative cabinet minister David Mellor has been secretly recorded having a heated row with a London taxi driver, a newspaper has reported. So we've been asking on Facebook when you've "lost it".

    Debbie Paige Macpherson says: I lost it a few weeks ago when a very rude woman pushed her trolley into the back of my ankles and just walked past as if it was her right to do it.

    Alfie Joey

    Clive Rudd said: Central motorway rush hour traffic

  36. Food bank trying to cope with demand

    BBC Newcastle

    A Newcastle food bank named the busiest in the UK says it's having to take donations from others across the country to cope with demand.

    The Trussell Trust has more than 400 food banks across the UK, including eight in the North East.

    Foodbank

    Michael Nixon, who manages the branch in Benwell, says: "This'll be our third Christmas and we've expanded every year. It's reached a much bigger level than we anticipated when we first started."

  37. Give us your feedback

    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.

  38. Vote of 'no confidence'

    Colin Briggs

    BBC Look North

    Hartlepool Council has recorded a vote of no confidence in the board of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust and called on the entire board to resign.

    It comes after a public meeting last night, attended by hundreds of people angered that a number of key departments - like accident and emergency have been moved from the town to North Tees hospital in Stockton.

    People attending meeting

    It was supposed to be a temporary measure until a new super hospital at Wynyard was built. Those plans are now on hold. People in Hartlepool want the services taken away to be returned.

  39. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: In the run up to Christmas, BBC Newcastle has learned a food bank in our area, named the busiest in the UK, is having to rely on donations from across the country to cope with demand.
    • BBC Tees: Hartlepool Council has recorded a vote of no confidence in the board of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust and called on the entire board to resign.
  40. Chancellor backs local newspapers

    Northern Echo editor Peter Barron

    "Local papers are the civic lifeblood of the country," says Chancellor George Osborne.

  41. Stockton fire 'started deliberately'

    BBC Tees

    It's thought a fire at a house in Stockton at the weekend was started deliberately.

    A 56-year-old man was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation after the fire on Cambridge Terrace in Port Clarence in the early hours of Friday morning.

    A 32-year-old who was arrested on suspicion of arson has been released on bail.

  42. Limited sunny intervals

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Largely cloudy this morning, with limited bright or sunny intervals, and a chance of a little light rain across the Pennines. This afternoon clearer conditions will start to spread north, allowing fog to develop from dusk.

    Weather forecast

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

  43. Three-vehicle accident

    There's slow traffic and a lane blocked on the A19 northbound in Doxford Park at the Herrington Interchange because of an accident involving three vehicles.

    Apart from the usual build up, roads across Teesside are looking ok. Get more on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  44. Good morning

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

    Welcome to BBC Local Live. I'll be bringing you news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the North East.

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