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  1. Updates on Wednesday 3 December 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Thursday

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 Thursday. Sunderland's very own entrepreneur, Katie Bulmer-Cooke (pictured right), will continue the fight to win the new series of BBC One's The Apprentice. Watch a teaser of tonight's episode.

    Katie Bulmer-Cooke (right) speaks to group

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

  2. Man injured in crash

    A driver of a car has been left with life-threatening injuries after a collision in Northumberland.

    The 63-year-old man was removed from the vehicle by North East Ambulance Service paramedics and Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service before being treated by the trauma team.

    He was airlifted from Alnwick to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, where his condition is "stable."

  3. More money for 'sinking dam'

    Peter Harris

    Look North

    It cost millions of pounds to build and protects hundreds of homes from flooding. But now Look North can reveal an award-winning dam is slowly sinking after being built on the site of disused mineshafts.

    Peter Harris on Teesside

    The Environment Agency stresses it still works - but it's been forced to spend an extra £1,250,000 of taxpayers money to secure it.

    Some claim it should never have been put there in the first place. I'll have more on this story on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

  4. Lawrenson predicts City win

    Mark Lawrenson

    Football analyst

    Sunderland v Manchester City: Sunderland will probably try to do to Manchester City what they did to Chelsea at the weekend, when they defended brilliantly to earn a 0-0 draw.

    Steph Houghton

    Gus Poyet's side have got previous in this fixture - they have won it 1-0 in the last four seasons - but the Black Cats will not win 1-0 this time. I predict 0-2 to Man City.

    Durham-born and former Sunderland Women's player, Steph Houghton (pictured), predicts a 1-1 draw.

  5. Big lights switch-on

    Andy Bell

    BBC Tees

    I've been to meet a family that have put up and switched on their Christmas lights. You might be able to see their house from space.

    Pratchett house with Christmas lights

    They've filled their garden and front room with hundreds of lights and decorations to raise money for the Redcar Lifeboat team.

    I'll have more with Tina and Geoff Pratchett from Redcar on BBC Tees at 17:25. Click the Live Coverage button to listen.

  6. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A British explorer who is only the eighth person in history to reach the South Pole, solo and unsupported, has been talking to children on Teesside about his adventures.
    • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.
  7. Boost for science project

    The Chancellor George Osborne has announced a new £20m science project in Newcastle during the Autumn Statement.

    Autumn Statement

    The Innovation Hub for Aging Science is one of a series of measures the Government hopes will boost the economy of the North of England.

    He said: "We back the brilliant work on aging being conducted at Newcastle University."

  8. Share your views

    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.

  9. Meeting a Falcon

    Matt Newsum

    BBC Sport

    I've been speaking with Newcastle Falcons' prop Kieran Brookes after his England call-up.

    Kieran Brookes

    He told me that the training and Test rugby was intense but he was glad the Falcons have been doing well in his absence.

    You'll be able to see my interview with him on BBC Look North tonight and the BBC Sport website soon.

  10. Serious crash in Northumberland

    A serious crash has happened in Northumberland and the injured have been taken to hospital.

    Map of Northumberland

    Two vehicles collided at 14:00 on the A697 West Hedgeley, near Powburn. Diversions are in place and the road is likely to be closed for a few hours, Northumbria Police says.

    There is queuing traffic in both directions, BBC Travel News says.

  11. New trains for northern rail routes

    Investment in new rolling stock for rail franchises in the north of England has been announced by the government.

    Passengers buying tickets

    The move is part of Chancellor George Osborne's ambition to create a northern economic "powerhouse". It means the Northern Rail and Trans-Pennine Express routes will see the current "pacer" trains replaced with new and modern vehicles.

    Mr Osborne said in his Autumn Statement announcement that the current rolling stock was "ancient and unpopular".

  12. Son stole from dementia sufferer father

    Hannah McMahon

    BBC Tees

    A County Durham dementia sufferer died without knowing the son he trusted stole thousands of pounds from him.

    Robert Simpson was in his 90s when he passed away in October. Durham Crown Court was told his son, who is also called Robert, stole more than £23,000 between March 2010 and January this year.

    The 62-year-old, from Gilesgate in Durham, was given an eight-month suspended prison sentence after admitting theft.

  13. Another frosty night

    Paul Mooney

    BBC Weather presenter

    Mainly clear at first, then staying dry overnight, with a mix of cloudy intervals and clear spells. Frost is likely to form in places, especially in inland areas, with isolated fog patches forming also.

    Weather forecast

    Minimum temperature: -3C (27F). Check the forecast near you.

  14. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A County Durham dementia sufferer died without knowing the son he trusted stole thousands of pounds from him.
    • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.
  15. Wait for goodwill continues

    A cinema, that appealed for people who bought tickets online to pay for them, has said they won't know if their customers have paid until after Christmas.

    Tyneside Cinema

    Technical problems with the e-ticketing system used by Tyneside Cinema meant some tickets were issued without payment being taken.

    It came to light when customers got in touch saying their card statements had shown no record of a charge. For security reasons, the box office did not keep card details, so it is now relying on people's goodwill.

  16. Rosemary Conley joins Jonathan

    I've had a lovely birthday, thank you all for sharing it with me this morning. It was great to see fitness author Rosemary Conley show up on my doorstep to switch on my Christmas lights.

    Rosemary Conley and Jonathan Miles

    If you missed it, you can catch up by clicking the Live Coverage tab and clicking catch up.

  17. Man rescued after crash

    A man has been rescued after a car plunged down a steep embankment in Weardale, the Great North Air Ambulance Service says.

    Car at the bottom of embankment

    The 38-year-old driver was assessed by the crew's emergency department and suffered minor injuries.

  18. What does it mean for NE?

    Richard Moss

    Political editor, North East & Cumbria

    Here are some points from the Autumn statement that affects the North East.

    George Osborne says he will "refund VAT for our search and rescue, and air ambulance organisations across the whole UK", a comment the Great North Air Ambulance Service has welcomed.

    There was also an announcement which includes £28m for Sedgefield Catapult Centre to develop high value manufacturing.

    Chancellor will provide tax break for children's TV productions - good news for Wolfblood and Dumping Ground which have been filmed in the North East. See the main key points from the Autumn Statement here.

  19. Sunderland v Man City

    Match facts: Sunderland have drawn their last three matches, winning just one of their last six.

    Lee Cattermole getting a yellow card

    Lee Cattermole has been booked in six of his last 10 Premier League appearances for Sunderland.

    The Black Cats have gone three home league games without a win (D2, L1), scoring just once in those matches.

  20. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: Police in Germany say a Northumbria University student who died on an exchange trip had amphetamines in her blood.
    • BBC Tees: A Teesside manufacturing company says it's expecting to create hundreds of new jobs over the next five years.
  21. Your pictures: First frost

    Jair Franz Vieser from Newcastle sent us this picture of the first frost of the Winter in Otterburn, Northumberland.

    Frost in Otterburn

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

  22. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  23. Match analysis

    Although Newcastle United had 58% of possession in their 1-1 draw against Burnley, the Clarets had 12 shots when the Magpies had 11.

    Burnley v Newcastle

    Papiss Cisse extended his lead as Newcastle's top scorer with his goal last night increasing his tally to five.

    Both sides committed a dozen fouls during the game and had two yellow cards.

  24. 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.

  25. Pardew's reward

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew says his side got their reward for taking risks with the ball during their 1-1 draw away to Burnley.

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew

    George Boyd fired in from outside the area to give the Clarets a first-half lead, but Papiss Cisse's second-half strike earned Newcastle a point.

    Daryl Janmaat collected his third Premier League assist of the season for Newcastle - Everton's Leighton Baines, with six, is the only defender who has more.

  26. More on worker losing toes

    Teesside steel firm, SM Thompson Limited, has been fined after a 25-year-old man was crushed by a press and had to have three toes amputated.

    Health and Safety Executive inspector Paul Wilson said: "This worker's injuries need not have happened. The failure of SM Thompson to look properly at the risks involved and then organise the lifting operation properly put staff at needless risk.

    "This sadly led to the painful and life-changing injuries suffered by this young man."

  27. A189 closed southbound

    The A189 Spine Road in Bebside in Northumberland is closed southbound and there's queuing traffic between the A193 Front Street junction and Three Horse Shoes Roundabout because of an accident involving a tractor and two cars. A diversion is in operation.

    Map of Northumberland

    More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  28. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  29. Frozen warning from police

    Police have borrowed from the Disney smash hit Frozen to pass on crime prevention tips to drivers.

    Cleveland Police tweeted the warning after three drivers who left their cars unattended while they defrosted them were victims of thieves.

    The tweet reads: "When it's FROZEN, thieves will get their HANS on cars left unattended with their engines running. Don't be the one to LET IT GO."

    West Yorkshire Police were quick to respond with "@ClevelandPolice Genius! The cold never bothered thieves anyway."

  30. On the lunchtime BBC Look North

    Colin Briggs

    BBC Look North

    The Northumberland Sunday league football official, banned for four months after suggesting that a woman's place was in the kitchen rather than as an official on the field, has been talking about his punishment for the first time.

    John Cummings

    John Cummings believes his lengthy ban and £250 fine is completely out of proportion in comparison with punishments handed down by the FA for other incidents, including racist remarks.

    He says he has had great support from Sunday League committee members and that he will be back. I'll have more on this story on BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

  31. More on Rippon's degree

    Angela Rippon has been awarded an honorary doctorate of civil law at Newcastle University.

    Angela Rippon

    She is an ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society and co-chairs the Prime Minister's Dementia-Friendly Communities Champions Group.

    She said: "To know that I am now associated with the university through this doctorate and the work that is being done is enormously gratifying."

  32. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  33. Rippon 'enormously honoured'

    Broadcaster Angela Rippon, whose career in television has spanned more than 40 years, has received an honorary degree.

    The former newsreader, who also appeared on Top Gear and with Morecambe and Wise, was awarded a doctorate of civil law at Newcastle University.

    "I'm enormously honoured. For someone who never actually went to university, there's an irony of me standing here and getting a doctorate," she said.

  34. Worker loses three toes

    A Teesside steel firm has been fined after a worker was crushed by a press and had to have three toes amputated.

    The 25-year-old, from North Ormesby, was shaping metal when a part from the press fell on his foot on 17 March.

    Teesside Magistrates' Court heard that SM Thompson Limited, of Middlesbrough, had allowed dangerous lifting practices to go unchecked over 10 years. The firm admitted a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) breach and was fined £7,500. It must also pay £1,120 costs.

  35. De-icing cars: Three stolen

    Lisa McCormick

    BBC Tees

    Cleveland Police says three cars have now been reported stolen after owners left them unattended while de-icing them this morning.

    They were taken from outside houses in Eaglescliffe, Long Newton and Billingham.

    They're reminding people not to keep engines running and leave cars unattended as we head into the winter.

  36. Student's family criticise authorities

    The parents of a Northumbria University student who died in Germany have criticised the authorities for failing to investigate her death.

    Jane Khalaf

    Jane Khalaf, 19, died on 20 November, eight days after being put on life-support at a Cologne hospital.

    The Huddersfield teenager collapsed at a carnival after telling friends her drink had been spiked. Her father Khalil Khalaf said the authorities in Germany had been "cold" with them following the death.

    Mr and Mrs Khalaf believe their daughter had her drink spiked and want the police to investigate. Police in Cologne are yet to respond to a BBC request for a comment.

  37. Your pictures: Sunrise

    The head ranger of the Farne Islands, David Steel, tweets this picture of the sun rising in Northumberland this morning.

    Sunrise in Northumberland

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

  38. Leaders make plea

    Hartlepool Mail

    Civic leaders have made an impassioned plea for the Secretary of State for Health to step in and help bring services back to Hartlepool's hospital.

    Jeremy Hunt
  39. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: BBC journalist Angela Rippon is to be awarded an honorary degree at Newcastle University today.
    • BBC Tees: Cleveland Police say two cars have been stolen in Stockton this morning because the owners left them unattended while de-icing them.
  40. Mystery guest for switch-on

    Jonathan Miles

    BBC Newcastle

    It's my birthday! So as a special treat, my producers have let me present the show from my own home. It meant I can have a lie-in this morning.

    Jonathan Miles in bed with Bobby the cat

    There'll be festive fun and a celebrity guest switching on my Christmas lights.

    Click the Live Coverage button to hear my show from my house until 12:00.

  41. 'Sad and tragic'

    Reacting to the death of cricketer Phillip Hughes, Northumberland Paralympian Stephen Miller tweets: When you read about something so sad and tragic as Phillip Hughes's death, it puts everything into perspective #LiveForNow #63notoutforever

  42. Alfreton 1-2 Gateshead

    Matty Pattison scored twice as Gateshead beat Alfreton to secure their first Conference win in five games.

    Pattison opened the scoring midway through the first half when he slotted home from Rob Ramshaw's cross.

    And the midfielder doubled the visitors' lead after the break with a 12-yard drive. Paul Clayton came off the bench to pull one back for Alfreton in the final minute, but the hosts slipped to a fourth consecutive defeat.

  43. Rippon to receive honorary degree

    Stephanie Finnon

    BBC Newcastle

    BBC journalist Angela Rippon is to be awarded an honorary degree at Newcastle University today.

    Angela Rippon

    Angela will become a Doctor of Civil Law at a cermony later this morning. It's partly in recognition of her links with the University's research into ageing.

    Ms Rippon has also become a high-profile ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society.

  44. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: BBC journalist Angela Rippon is to be awarded an honorary degree at Newcastle University today.
    • BBC Tees: It's been a cold start for the North East and the gritters have been out overnight.
  45. De-icing cars stolen

    Cleveland Police tweets: Two cars reported stolen in the last half an hour whilst left unattended on driveways to de-ice in Stockton and Eaglescliffe

  46. Burnley 1-1 Newcastle

    Burnley were denied their third league win in four as Papiss Cisse's second-half strike earned Newcastle a point.

    Burnley v Newcastle

    Sean Dyche - celebrating his 100th game in charge - watched the Clarets take the lead before the break when George Boyd fired in from outside the area.

    They also went close through Danny Ings, whose early effort forced a good one-handed save from Rob Elliot. Newcastle improved after the break and equalised through Papiss Cisse, who converted Yoan Gouffran's flick.

  47. Road closed in Sunderland

    Good news for motorists this morning as there are no major reported incidents on the roads this morning.

    The A1290 Old Washington Road in Sunderland is closed in both directions between the Downhill Lane junction and the A19 junction because of roadworks. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  48. Cold and frosty start

    Keeley Donovan

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    After a cold and frosty start with some isolated fog, the day should be dry and fine with long spells of sunshine. There will be some cloud around and temperatures will struggle, but it should feel pleasant with light winds.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 6C (43F). Check the forecast near you.

  49. 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.

    If you'd like us to feature your comments or pictures, send them to us by email, tweet us @BBCNewsNE or join our Facebook page.