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  1. Updates on Monday 8 December 2014

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  1. Good evening

    Simon Armstrong

    BBC News

    That's all today from BBC Local Live in the North East. We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from where you live.

    We leave you with this photo Mark Mowbray sent us of Santa and his helpers Elsa and Anna leaving Newcastle for Sunderland. And remember, he knows if you've been naughty or nice...

    Santa, Elsa & Anna departing Sunderland

    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.

  2. 'Thousands missing from electoral register'

    The Chronicle

    A voting switch-over has hit university cities like Newcastle the hardest - with 18,500 people now missing from the electoral register in Tyneside.

    A ballot box

    Newcastle is among the worst-hit of the English core cities after a change in voter registration came into effect in the summer.

  3. Dogs found shot on street

    BBC Newcastle

    Two dogs found dead in the street in County Durham had been shot with an airgun.

    The bodies of the lurchers were found on Roseberry Terrace and Cheapside in Shildon yesterday. X-rays showed they had pellets lodged in their lungs.

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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.

  5. Costly round this Christmas

    Police are once again warning motorists not to get behind the wheel after having a drink this Christmas.

    Police officer breath tests driver

    Northumbria Police's motor patrols chief inspector John Heckels said: "It's really not worth the risk. That next round of drinks could end up costing you your licence, up to £5,000 or the possibility of spending your Christmas in prison.

    "Even more sobering is the thought that getting behind the wheel of a car while drunk, or under the influence of drugs, hugely increases your chance of being in a collision and the chance of seriously injuring or killing someone."

  6. News on the Hour

    The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A man has been told he's facing a life sentence for stabbing to death a man in County Durham in a botched robbery.
    • BBC Tees: It's been claimed in Parliament that lone parents in Darlington are being forced to leave their young children alone at home to attend government job assessment interviews.
  7. Man admits robbery stab murder

    A man has admitted stabbing a man whose body was found in a County Durham field after a robbery.

    Daniel Oxley was told to expect a life sentence after he pleaded guilty to the murder of Michael Outhwaite.

    Michael Outhwaite

    He will return to Newcastle Crown Court for sentencing in January.

  8. 'I was trapped in a boy's body'

    Jon Harle

    BBC Newcastle

    Coming up at 16:15 on BBC Newcastle, I'll be chatting to Pammy Rose - the transgender beauty contestant who is bidding to win a place on the next series of Big Brother.

    Pammy Rose

    The 22-year-old from Seaham, who was born Paul Witten, is on the waiting list for a sex change operation.

    Pammy recently made it to the final of The Face of Sunderland modelling competition. You can listen live to the show by clicking here.

  9. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A man has been told he's facing a life sentence for stabbing to death a man in County Durham in a botched robbery.
    • BBC Tees: Farmers on the Eston Hills say their land is being targeted by vandals and joy-riders and their animals are being killed.
  10. Funeral of 'spiked drink' student

    The funeral has taken place of a Northumbria University student who claimed her drink had been spiked while on an exchange trip in Germany.

    Jane Khalaf, from Huddersfield, collapsed after a carnival in Cologne.

    Jane Khalaf's parents

    The 19-year-old was put on life support but died eight days' later.

  11. All aboard!

    Jon Harle

    BBC Newcastle

    In today's show from 16:00 on BBC Newcastle, organisers of the Clipper Round the World race say they are looking for volunteers to sail the world.

    Clipper at sea

    You can listen live by clicking here.

  12. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: Farmers on the Eston Hills say their land is being targeted by vandals and joy-riders and their animals are being killed.
    • BBC Newcastle: Police and the RSPCA are investigating the deaths of two dogs in County Durham after it's thought they were shot with an air rifle.
  13. Newcastle's goals tell story over stats

    As these figures show, Jose Mourinho's side had the lion's share of possession on Saturday at St James' Park and almost three times as many shots on goal as Newcastle United.

    Newcastle United v Chelsea match stats

    Alan Pardew's men held firm, though, and brought the Londoners' 23-match unbeaten run to an end.

    Newcastle now sit seventh in the table with Chelsea seeing their lead cut to three points by Manchester City.

  14. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A man has been told he's facing a life sentence for stabbing to death a man in County Durham in a botched robbery.
    • BBC Newcastle: Police and the RSPCA are investigating the deaths of two dogs in County Durham after it's thought they were shot with an air rifle.
  15. Sex attack on young girl

    A young girl has been sexually assaulted in an alleyway in Ashington, Northumberland.

    She was approached by the man in a lane off Queen Street and attacked between 4:45pm and 5:30pm on Friday, police say.

    Supt Mick Paterson said: "This is a very serious allegation of sexual assault on a young child and inquiries are ongoing to find out exactly what took place and who is responsible. We arrested a 33-year-old man in connection with the incident and he has been bailed pending further inquiries."

  16. On Look North this lunchtime

    Colin Briggs

    BBC Look North

    Coming up on the lunchtime Look North, a man has admitted murdering another man during a robbery which went wrong in County Durham.

    We'll also have news of the funeral of Northumbria University student Jane Khalaf, who died in Germany last month after attending a carnival in Cologne where she told friends her drink had been spiked.

    In sport, there'll be reaction to Blyth Spartans' fairytale FA Cup win over Hartlepool. Watch live on BBC One at 13:30 or catch up here.

  17. Haymarket Metro station closed

    Tyne and Wear Metro tweets: Haymarket closed due to a problem with the power supply. No bus replacement service running. More information to follow.

  18. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A man has been told he's facing a life sentence for stabbing to death a man in County Durham in a botched robbery.
    • BBC Newcastle: Police and the RSPCA are investigating the deaths of two dogs in County Durham after it's thought they were shot with an air rifle.
  19. Road to Wembley

    Former Newcastle United and England skipper Alan Shearer will help conduct tonight's draw for the FA Cup third round.

    FA Cup third-round draw

    Get ready to look out for your team's number. Our teams are: 26. Middlesbrough; 28. Newcastle United; 37. Sunderland; 52. Blyth Spartans; 55. Gateshead.

    Watch it live on BBC Two at 19:00.

  20. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A man's admitted murdering another man during a robbery which went wrong in County Durham.
    • BBC Newcastle: Two dogs have died after being shot in Shildon.
  21. Lib Dems pick election candidates

    Richard Moss

    Political editor, North East & Cumbria

    There's been two Lib Dem parliamentary selections. Nick Cott has been picked for Newcastle Central, and Dr Wendy Taylor for Newcastle East. Both are local councillors.

    Mr Cott will be trying to overturn Labour MP Chi Onwurah's majority of 7,464. Dr Taylor will be trying to overcome Labour MP Nick Brown's majority of 4,453.

  22. Man admits field body murder

    A man has admitted killing a 42-year-old from County Durham in a field.

    Stab victim Michael Outhwaite

    Michael Outhwaite, pictured, was found with stab wounds behind Willington High Street, near Crook, in September.

    At Newcastle Crown Court this morning, Daniel Oxley, 22, of Willington, pleaded guilty. He will be sentenced in January.

  23. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A North East charity says four million tonnes of food is being thrown out by supermarkets every year - while some families are struggling to buy the basics.
    • BBC Newcastle: A man has admitted murdering another man during a robbery which went wrong in County Durham.
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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.

  25. Trauma week on Look North

    Sharon Barbour

    BBC Look North

    This week on Look North I'm reporting from the region's major trauma centres in Newcastle and Middlesbrough.

    Broken-neck victim Keith

    Keith fell on to his head in Spain. He was taken to hospital but checked out and spent the next four days walking around.

    He was shocked when doctors at Newcastle's RVI told him he had broken his neck in three places. One wrong move could've been fatal. Watch my report on BBC One at 13:30 or from 18:30.

  26. Shearer has his say

    Who did Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer describe as "laughable, shambolic, embarrassing and incredibly bad" following the weekend's Premier League action?

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

    You can read his verdict on Arsenal and Man City along with the views of former NUFC boss Ruud Gullit and former forward Andy Cole.

  27. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A North East charity says four million tonnes of food is being thrown out by supermarkets every year - while some families are struggling to buy the basics.
    • BBC Newcastle: A Newcastle woman who suffered breast cancer is urging others to cut down on alcohol to help avoid getting the disease.
  28. Terrace hooligan speaks of life

    Jonathan Miles

    BBC Newcastle

    Coming up on the show today, you'll be able to hear one of Tyneside's most notorious football hooligans lift the lid on his lifetime of violence.

    Mark Mennim features in Newcastle Mainline Express -The Documentary, and he came into the studio along with author and film-maker Steve Wraith. You can listen to the interview from 10:00 by clicking here.

  29. Funeral for 'drink spiked' student

    The funeral of a Newcastle student who died in Germany will take place in Huddersfield this afternoon. Jane Khalaf, 19, collapsed after going to a carnival in Cologne.

    Jane Khalaf

    The Northumbria University student told her friends she thought her drink had been spiked. She died in November after eight days on life-support.

    Since Jane's death, her parents have criticised the German police for failing to investigate properly. Her family insist she would never have knowingly taken an illegal substance.

  30. 'We beat Europe's best'

    Newcastle United fans will no doubt still be smiling following their side's 2-1 win over Chelsea at St James' Park on Saturday.

    Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

    United manager Alan Pardew said it was a victory over "the best team in Europe"..

    Papiss Cisse scored twice for the Magpies before Didier Drogba pulled one back for the previously unbeaten Premier League leaders.

  31. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A teacher from Teesside is among 50 finalists for the world's most outstanding teacher - and a $1m prize.
    • BBC Newcastle: A Newcastle woman who suffered breast cancer is urging others to cut down on alcohol to help avoid getting the disease.
  32. Breast cancer alcohol warning

    The Chronicle

    Newspaper

    A Newcastle woman who is recovering after being diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago is urging others to be aware of the link between alcohol and the disease.

    Janet Forster pre-diagnosis and now recovering

    Janet Forster, pictured above before and after her diagnosis, spoke out as figures reveal almost six women a day are admitted to hospital with alcohol-related breast cancer in the North East.

    Before being diagnosed she regularly enjoyed a couple of glasses of wine at night with her dinner and did not think about how many units she was consuming.

  33. A1 blocked after crash

    In County Durham, the A1 (M) exit slip road is partially blocked northbound at J62 with the A690 (Carrville), BBC Travel reports, following a three-vehicle accident.

    And there's slow traffic on the A1(M) southbound between J64, A195 (Washington) and J63, A167 (Chester-le-Street) because of an accident involving lorry and car. Things appear to be running fairly smoothly on Teesside so far. Check the travel where you are.

  34. Man arrested after stabbing

    Stephanie Finnon

    BBC Newcastle

    A man has been arrested after a woman was stabbed in the back and chest in Newcastle.

    The attack happened at 18:00 last night in Lanercost Drive in Fenham. The woman was taken to hospital and is in a critical condition. A 42-year-old man has been arrested.

  35. Bright and brisk

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    There will be bright spells and the odd wintry showers during the morning.

    Weather map

    They will clear to leave a dry afternoon with winter sunshine, but strong winds, especially near the coast and over hills, will make it feel cold. Check the forecast where you are.

  36. Good morning

    Simon Armstrong

    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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