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  1. Updates from the North East on Fri 28 Nov
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By Lloyd Watson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Cloudy and misty overnight

    It will stay cloudy and misty overnight, with further outbreaks of mostly light rain or drizzle at times. Hill fog will persist over the Pennines with light east or southeasterly winds.

    Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F)

  2. Tonight on Look North

    Carol Malia

    BBC Look North presenter

    Lifeline for Chloe - a donor heart is found for the teenager at the top of the transplant list. Christmas starts here - the Black Friday frenzy as stores open at midnight and shoppers scrap for bargain gifts.

    And, he was the Greatest and Russ Routledge from Newcastle was his greatest fan. His unique film footage of life with Ali is premiered tonight.

    Join me for these and all our other stories on BBC One at 18:30.

  3. Restoring England's Heritage

    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.

    Gayle Mill in Wensleydale, a finalist in the 2004 Restoration series, shows what can be done to bring history back to life.

    Chris Jackson

    In a journey across the North, I'll assess the plans for Dunston Staithes in Gateshead, The Old Station Goods Yard in Hexham, the Union Bridge in Horncliffe, and Kirklinton Hall in Cumbria. Join me on BBC Two, at 17:30 on Saturday.

  4. Karanka hopeful Bamford to stay

    Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has said he does not envisage a problem with extending the loan deal for Chelsea forward Patrick Bamford beyond the 1 January expiry date.

    Bamford, 21, has been key to Karanka's forward line, scoring five goals in 13 games including Saturday's equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Wigan Athletic.

    Patrick Bamford

    "It's not a problem when all of us are happy," Karanka told BBC Tees, "For me, it's all about today, we're very happy, he's very happy here, and I'm not concerned with his future."

  5. Simon Logan meets Vince Clarke

    Simon Logan

    BBC Newcastle

    I've been speaking to Vince Clarke from Erasure ahead of the duo's gig in Newcastle tonight.

    Simon Logan and Vince Clarke

    If you missed it, you can listen on iPlayer.

  6. Sunderland v Chelsea

    Sunderland midfielder Ricky Alvarez could make his first appearance, on Saturday against Chelsea, since September after returning to training following a knee injury.

    Sebastian Coates is also back in contention after a calf problem, but Emanuele Giaccherini, Billy Jones and Patrick van Aanholt are all still out.

    Sebastian Larsson (L) vies with Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Ramires

    Sunderland are chasing a third successive win against Chelsea in all competitions, however, the Blues are unbeaten in their last 10 Premier League games at the Stadium of Light, winning the last nine.

  7. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A Darlington shop worker has been threatened with a knife and what's believed to be a shotgun during a robbery at a petrol station.
    • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Stephanie Finnon have a round-up of the day's news.
  8. Stockton Sparkles

    BBC Tees

    Kerrianne Covell, Richard Kilty and our very own Ali Brownlee were on Stockton High Street last night for Stockton Sparkles event.

    There was even an appearance from Santa and the Mayor of Stockton.

    Lights at Stockton

    See all of our pictures from the event here.

  9. Armed robbers steal cash

    Two robbers armed with a shotgun and a long knife stole a shopworker's car and money, Durham Police said.

    The 43-year-old was finishing her shift at the Total garage on Grange Road in Darlington at about 22:20 on Thursday when she was approached by the men and forced to hand over £100 and her car keys.

    The woman was not hurt but was left shaken by the incident. The car was later found and police are appealing for witnesses.

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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.

  11. Mortimer picks up honorary degree

    Teesside comedy legend Bob Mortimer picked up his honorary degree from Teesside University today.

    Bob said: "The advice I would give is to make sure that whatever it is you do after you graduate it is something that you're passionate about because life is very very long and I certainly made the mistake of wasting 10 years after I graduated doing something that I didn't have my heart in."

    Bob Mortimer and Philippa Goymer

    Hear more from Bob on BBC Tees at 16:10 by clicking the Live Coverage tab. He's pictured here with BBC Tees reporter Philippa Goymer.

  12. Chances of a White Christmas?

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

    If you're hoping for a White Christmas this year, there may not be good news for you.

    Bookmakers William Hill have given Newcastle odds of 6/1 of a White Christmas, with cities in Scotland getting odds of 4/1.

    Newcastle Tyne Bridge

    "The latest long-range forecast is not good news for White Christmas fans but the weather is very difficult to predict and we could still see snow come the 25th," said spokesman Rupert Adams.

  13. Family back safety campaign

    The family of a woman who was killed when a drunk driver crashed into her car at more than 100mph, are supporting a safety campaign in her memory.

    Jacqueline Dowdall, 43, from Coxhoe, died in April 2013 when her car was struck by Craig Bourne's Kia Sorento. Her family has joined forces with police in Durham and Cleveland to warn others not to drink and drive.

    Vicky Dowdall with police and doctor

    Bourne, who was more than twice the legal alcohol limit, was jailed for more than seven years.

  14. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: It's emerged a North East teenager who was at the top of the list for a heart transplant has now had the operation.
    • BBC Tees: A County Durham woman has told BBC Tees her sister needlessly died because of a drink driver.
  15. Jenas joins BBC

    Matt Newsum

    BBC Sport

    Jermaine Jenas, the former England, Newcastle and Tottenham midfielder, is joining the BBC as a football pundit.

    Jenas, 31, recently on Match of the Day and Football Focus, has agreed a two-year contract with BBC Sport to feature on television, radio and online.

    Jermaine Jenas playing for Newcastle

    "I am delighted to be joining the BBC football team on a long-term basis and to appear on programmes I have grown up watching as a boy," he said.

    He will appear this weekend on Final Score and Match of the Day 2.

  16. Train restoration almost complete

    Andy Bell

    BBC Tees

    Work is almost complete on the restoration of the train carriage which bore the coffin of Sir Winston Churchill after his funeral almost 50 years ago.

    The carriage ended up in Los Angeles but was brought back to the UK in 2007 and has been restored at the National Railway Museum at Shildon in County Durham.

    Train carriage

    From there - it will go to the sister museum at York - where it will be displayed with a locomotive called Winston Churchill, which pulled the funeral train.

  17. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: It's emerged a North East teenager who was at the top of the list for a heart transplant has now had the operation.
    • BBC Tees: A County Durham woman has told BBC Tees her sister needlessly died because of a drink driver.
  18. Staying cloudy

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Staying rather cloudy this afternoon, with extensive low cloud and hill fog and outbreaks of light rain or drizzle at times, especially around the coast. Feeling cool in southeasterly breezes.

    weather graphic

    Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F)

  19. On Look North at lunchtime

    Charlie Charlton

    BBC Newcastle

    A North East teenager who was top of the transplant waiting list has been given a new heart.

    And it was a long night for some rail passengers on the East Coast line last night, as power problems led to very lengthy delays heading north from London. Hundreds of people were stranded on trains for hours.

    Join me for these and our other stories at 13:30 on BBC One.

  20. DCCC fixtures released

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    The fixtures for Durham County Cricket club have been released today.

    Durham begin their championship season with an away game in Taunton on 12 April. My third child due the 11 April - guess where I will be?

    Durham win One Day Cup

    The first home game will be against Sussex on 26 April. Yorkshire v Durham will be 7 August. They will begin their defence of their One Day Cup v Northants in Northampton on Saturday 25 July.

  21. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: It's emerged a North East teenager, who was top of the list for a heart donation, has had a transplant operation.
    • BBC Tees: A County Durham woman has told BBC Tees life will never be the same after her sister was killed in a car crash with a drunk driver.
  22. Teenager has heart transplant

    Teenager Chloe Beaney has had a heart transplant following an urgent UK-wide appeal earlier this week.

    Lynne Holt, transplant co-ordinator at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital, released a statement on behalf of the family.

    It said: "We are thrilled that our Chloe has been given the chance of life, thanks to the donor and the donor family. She was so poorly and we have been on ‎an emotional rollercoaster ride. We are thinking and praying for the the donor family."

  23. Delayed passenger had 'Dunkirk Spirit'

    East Coast Trains has apologised after major delays on the line last night - which saw hundreds of passengers stranded overnight on trains heading north.

    An overhead line problem just south of Doncaster meant the 20:00 Kings Cross Service got into Newcastle just before 05:00 this morning.

    Bronia Maughan from Wallsend was on one of the trains that got held up. She said: "There's nothing you can do, you're stuck. We were chatting amongst people in the carriage, charging phone chargers and plug sockets. It was a very Dunkirk Spirit."

  24. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A teenage girl from Northumberland who was top of the waiting list for a heart transplant has found a donor.
    • BBC Tees: A conference is being held in Darlington to address the issue of poverty in the town.
  25. Chloe 'ok' after transplant

    Colin Wilkinson tweets: Chloe has had a heart transplant over night. Doing ok, stable. #freeman #hearttransplant

  26. BreakingIll teenager has heart transplant

    Sharon Barbour

    BBC Look North

    Chloe Beaney, who was given days to live unless a donor could be found, has had a heart transplant.

    Chloe Beaney

    I'll have more on this on Look North at 13:30.

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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.

  28. Today's Chronicle

    The Chronicle


    Here are today's Chronicle front and back pages:

    Chronicle front and back pages
  29. East Coast trains moving

    East Coast Trains tweets: Services are now moving in both directions following last night's disruption. However, please expect residual delays. #ECDelay

  30. Do you know your limit?

    Colin Briggs

    BBC Look North

    Publicans across the Northumberland and Cumbrian border country fear a new Scottish drink drive law could be confusing and lead to many motorists being criminalised.

    The Scottish drink drive limit's being cut by almost a half next month - while the English limit won't change.

    Drink in a bar

    Managers at The Black Bull at Etal in Northumberland, just nine miles from Scotland, say some customers will now be legal to drive in England - but not in Scotland.

  31. Large queues in Kingston Park

    Anthony Day

    BBC Newcastle

    I've been at Kingston Park this morning where Black Friday fever is in full force.

    One shopper told me: "The queue was formed inside the shop, it was very difficult to find where the end of the queue was but it went right the way around the shop and up and down the isles. It was difficult to see where you were supposed to be."

    Black Friday is the name given to the big sales day in the US that follows the Thanksgiving holiday, which is being adopted by more and more shops in the UK, as BBC Business online explains.

  32. Pools sign Matthew Dolan

    Hartlepool United have signed Bradford City midfielder Matthew Dolan on loan until the end of December.

    Dolan spent the first half of last season on loan at Victoria Park, scoring two goals in 24 appearances.

    Matthew Dolan

    He signed for Bradford from Middlesbrough in the summer, but has featured just five times in League One this term, all as a substitute. The 21-year-old is expected to go straight into the Pools squad for this weekend's game against Wycombe.

  33. Police called out on Black Friday

    Charlie Charlton

    BBC Newcastle

    Northumbria Police have confirmed to BBC Newcastle they were called to two Tesco stores this morning - Kingston Park and Norham Road in North Shields.

    There have been no arrests. Have you been out and about shopping on Black Friday and seen something out of the ordinary? Let us know by email: or tweet @BBCNewsNE.

  34. Northern Echo front page

    Northern Echo editor Peter Barron

    Today's front page reflects the North East view on Scotland's new airport powers:

    Northern Echo front page
  35. More on Ebola test

    It is thought it is "unlikely" that two young patients being tested at a hospital in Newcastle for Ebola will return a positive result.

    They are in the Infectious Diseases Isolation Unit at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, one of three units outside London geared up to care for patients with infectious diseases such as Ebola.

    A spokesperson for Public Health England in the North East said: "Due to uncertainty about where in Africa the children are from and when they arrived in the UK, as a precaution the children are being tested for Ebola and malaria. However, the clinical and Public Health England risk assessment is that Ebola is unlikely."

  36. Young patients tested for Ebola

    Two young patients have been tested at a hospital in Newcastle for Ebola.

    The children had shown viral symptoms and spent time in Africa. They are also undergoing tests for malaria. Public Health England, which admitted it was uncertain where in Africa they came from and when they arrived in the UK, said it was "unlikely" they had Ebola.

    Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary

    The children had tests for the deadly virus on Thursday afternoon and the results are expected later on Friday.

  37. Cloudy, misty and dull

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Cloudy, misty and dull throughout the day, with extensive low cloud and hill fog, and outbreaks of light rain or drizzle at times. Feeling cool in southeasterly breezes.

    Weather forecast

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

  38. 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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