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  1. Updates on Wednesday 10 December 2014

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  1. Good evening

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

    We leave you with this photo from North East photographer Paul Kingston, who works for North News and Pictures. His snap of a frozen cascade of water in County Durham has been nominated for The Guardian's world agency photographer of the year prize.

    A frozen casacade of water in County Durham
  2. This evening and tonight

    There will be some clear spells overnight, but with occasional wintry showers, giving further accumulations over the Cheviots and Pennines. Becoming frosty by morning and feeling very cold in the blustery winds.

    Weather forecast for tonight

    Minimum temperature: 0C (32F). Check the forecast near you.

  3. 'More to do to help schools'

    BBC Tees

    Oftsed says secondary schools in the North East need to build on the good work being done by primary schools.

    More than half of pupils in Middlesbrough and Hartlepool go to a school rated below good - where 8 out of 10 primary schools are good or outstanding.

  4. 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.

  5. Firm fined after driver hit by forklift

    A County Durham stairlift manufacturer has been fined after a delivery driver was seriously injured when he was hit by a reversing forklift truck.

    The driver, 62, from Gloucester, was working for a haulage contractor when he was struck as he made a delivery to Meditek Ltd in Northfield Way, Newton Aycliffe, on 7 November 2013. He suffered severe bruises and his toe had to be amputated.

    The HSE told Darlington Magistrates' Court the management of vehicles and pedestrians was inadequate and delivery drivers were allowed to walk around the loading area while their lorry was loaded.

    Meditek was fined £3,300 and ordered to pay £790.60 costs and £1,000 compensation after it admitted health and safety charges.

  6. Tonight's Trauma Week report

    Sharon Barbour

    BBC Look North

    As part of Look North's Trauma Week, today I'm reporting on the extraordinary story of Nikita Smith.

    Nikita Smith

    The 16-year-old motorcycling champ was involved in a serious road crash. When the Great North Air Ambulance arrived at the scene her heart was stopping. They restarted it but it stopped twice more in the helicopter on the way to James Cook University Hospital, and again in intensive care.

    Now she is making a full recovering and told me how she will never take anything for granted again. Watch my report on Look North BBC One from 18:30 or if you miss it you can catch up here.

  7. Thousands in line for Rock pay-out

    More than 40,000 people are in line to receive thousands of pounds in compensation following a High Court ruling over the wording of documents sent out by former bank Northern Rock.

    Northern Rock Asset Management (NRAM), the state-owned part of the company, will have to pay £258m of taxpayer funds in refunded interest to 41,000 borrowers if it does not overturn the decision.

    The case relates to the Rock's 'Together Mortgage' during 1999 to 2008. The deal allowed customers to borrow up to 95% of the value of their home on a secured basis, as well as take out an unsecured loan of up to £30,000.

  8. Military bell sold at auction

    A rare Victory Bell made from metal taken from German warplanes shot down over Britain has sold at auction for £110.

    The Victory Bell sold at auction in Newcastle

    It was part of a box of collectibles auctioned in Newcastle today and had been valued at £30. Victory Bells were crafted after World War Two to raise money to support the work of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

    The bell, sold by Anderson and Garland, was inscribed with Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt and had a V for victory sign on the handle. It came from an estate in Berwick.

  9. DIY burials in focus

    Adrian Pitches

    Environment correspondent, BBC North-East

    Have you buried your gran in the back garden? South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck claims poor people are conducting DIY burials. Is that you? Tweet me here.

  10. EasyJet launches more Newcastle flights

    EasyJet has announced it is launching three new routes from Newcastle Airport.

    EasyJet plane

    From June next year it will fly to Split in Croatia, as well as the Greek islands of Corfu and Rhodes.

    Chris Sanders, aviation development director at the airport, said it "further strengthens" the airline's offering from Newcastle.

  11. Ronnie's backing Blyth

    Jon Harle

    BBC Newcastle

    Blyth Valley Labour MP Ronnie Campbell still wears his Blyth Spartans scarf at Prime Minister's Questions! Here he is, third from the right.

    Prime Minister's Questions
  12. Woman was murdered

    Police have confirmed they are treating a woman's death in Hartlepool as murder following a post-mortem examination.

    Police van in Stephen Street, Hartlepool

    The body was discovered at a property on Stephen Street yesterday morning.

    Two girls, aged 13 and 14, have been arrested and are being questioned by officers from Cleveland Police.

  13. Ticket details announced for cup clash

    Matthew Raisbeck

    BBC Newcastle

    Gateshead FC have been given an initial allocation of 2,600 tickets for the FA Cup third-round tie at Premier League West Brom next month.

    Gateshead celebrate scoring against Warrington

    Tickets will cost £15 for adults, £5 for seniors and students and £3 for juniors.

    The Conference club knocked out Warrington last weekend.

  14. Metro reveals festive schedule

    Metro chiefs have announced details of their Christmas timetable.

    Metro train arriving at station

    There will be a reduced service on Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year's Eve with no services on Christmas Day or New Year's Day.

    Services will, however, be boosted from Thursday until Tuesday 23 December with extra trains running. It means you'll be able to catch a train every five minutes in Newcastle city centre.

  15. Ferrets stolen from Ashington home

    Adrian Pitches

    Environment correspondent, BBC North-East

    Only in the North East. Police are appealing for information after two ferrets were stolen from a house in Ashington, Northumberland.

    It happened between 21:00 on Sunday and 09:00 on Monday in Rosalind Street. One of the ferrets is a brown and black female with a white stomach and the other a brown-coloured male. The male has a black mark on its nose and a yellow tipped tale.

  16. Tino Asprilla 'threatened by gang'

    Former Newcastle United striker Faustino Asprilla says he will leave his home city in Colombia after being threatened by a criminal gang looking to extort money.

    Faustino Asprilla playing for Newcastle United

    Asprilla, 45, said masked, armed men entered his homestead on the outskirts of Tulua.

    "They were four (men) in two cars... they threatened me, they told me to contact their chief because if I didn't they would kill my family and me," Asprilla was quoted by the daily El Tiempo as saying.

  17. 'Got to have that passion'

    Barry Sweeney has been talking about Newcastle and Sunderland fans having a peaceful derby after his son died while travelling to watch the Magpies.

    He said: "We still want the banter, we've got to have that passion. The derby is the derby - Newcastle-Sunderland is hot.

    Barry Sweeney

    "There's always going to be a minority [who cause trouble]. I'd like to appeal to those people. It's the first derby since the tragedy, let's just try".

    His appeal comes after dozens of fans from both teams came together at The Bridge pub in Newcastle last night in a display of unity.

  18. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A 19-year-old man arrested in connection with an indecent assault on a Guisborough pensioner has been released on bail.
    • BBC Newcastle: Two schoolboys are due in court accused of making explosives in a house in Seaton Delaval.
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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.

  20. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A 19-year-old man arrested in connection with an indecent assault on a Guisborough pensioner has been released on bail.
    • BBC Newcastle: The dad of one of the Newcastle fans killed on flight MH17 has called on Magpies and Sunderland fans to end the animosity which can ruin derby games.
  21. What's your oldest Christmas decoration?

    BBC Tees

    We're trying to find the oldest Christmas decoration still in use in the BBC Tees area - what's the decoration you still bring out each year?

    Nicole tweeted us this picture saying: "My fairy is at least 47 years old and I have put her on a tree in every one of those years."

    A 47-year-old Christmas fairy

    Have you got something older? Tweet us @BBCTees.

  22. Is Jesmond Tesco the most expensive?

    Jesmond Local

    Is Jesmond's Tesco store the most expensive in the UK, as people say? Well, no. Sean Edward Seddon busts the myth.

  23. East Coast rail deal confirmed

    The Department for Transport has confirmed it has officially signed the East Coast rail franchise contract with Inter City Railways.

    East Coast train

    The eight-year deal with Stagecoach and Virgin is promising a direct rail service between Middlesbrough and Thornaby to London by 2020.

    The franchise, which covers the route between London and Edinburgh, has been publicly run since 2009.

  24. Feeling chilly today

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It will be a very cold day across the North East with some sunny intervals and squally, wintry showers which will occasionally be heavy.

    Weather map

    A covering of snow is likely on hills and it will be very windy with severe gales in exposed areas.

    Tonight will be windy with further squally showers giving snow in many areas. It will feel bitterly cold with a frost and risk of icy roads. Check the forecast near you.

  25. Man dies in flat blaze

    Sunderland Echo

    A man has died in a house fire in Sunderland.

    The blaze broke out in a downstairs flat in Northcote Avenue in Hendon just before midnight. The victim was confirmed dead at the scene.

    A man in the flat above, who had called firefighters when his smoke alarm went off, was taken to hospital for a check-up.

  26. 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. It's still windy but there's been no major problems reported so far.

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