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Summary

  1. Updates from Monday 12 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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 Tuesday. Stuart Wright sent us this picture of waves crashing at Steetley Pier in Hartlepool.

    Steetley Pier in Hartlepool

    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. 'Worst for 30 years'

    Richard Moss

    Political editor, North East & Cumbria

    For the second time in a week the Tyne and Wear Metro has been plunged into chaos by a power cut. Rush hour commuters faced delays of up to three hours, as trains were cancelled or held up.

    St James' Park Metro station

    It follows a morning of disruption last Thursday. Tonight the head of one passenger group says she believes disruption to the Metro is "the worst for 30 years" - I'll have more on this story on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

  3. Dry with clear spells

    Paul Mooney

    BBC Weather presenter

    The evening will start dry with clear spells, but scattered wintry showers will spread from the west overnight. Becoming frosty by Tuesday morning with some icy patches on untreated roads.

    Weather forecast

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

  4. 'Position created problems'

    Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka says Tomas Kalas has solved his right-back quandary following Friday's half-season loan move from Chelsea.

    The Czech Republic international, who had been on loan with Bundesliga side Cologne, made his Boro debut in Saturday's goalless draw with Reading.

    Tomas Kalas

    "He's a very good player for the present, in a position that has created problems," Karanka told BBC Tees. "With him now we're much better because the position is covered by a very good player."

  5. Jailed man 'overwhelmed by support'

    The Gazette

    A man who received the backing of tens of thousands after being jailed for attacking his abusive father is "overwhelmed by the support".

    Ben Wilson
  6. Thornaby road closed

    Mitchell Avenue in Thornaby-on-Tees is closed and there's slow traffic in both directions between the A1130 Acklam Road junction and the Baysdale Road junction because of an accident involving two vehicles.

    There's queuing traffic on the A66 westbound in Middlesbrough before Cannon Park Interchange because of an accident involving three vehicles earlier on. Congestion to Cargo Fleet Interchange. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  7. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A former Teesside teacher has pleaded guilty to repeated sex assaults on two young girls going back nearly 50 years
    • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Stephanie Finnon have a round-up of the day's news
  8. High winds delay recovery

    The statue of Terpsichore that almost fell off the roof of a theatre in Sunderland in the high winds this weekend is still wobbling.

    Two shows had to be postponed on Sunday at the Sunderland Empire - when it was noticed that the statue wasn't stable.

    Statue of Terpsichore

    Councillor Michael Mordy from Sunderland City Council said: "The wind is too high to get the cranes out. When it dies down it will allow us to get up there to remove the statue and assess any other damage that's been caused."

  9. Four arrested after attempted robbery

    Four men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery in Northumberland.

    A man went into Vermas general dealers at Durban Street in Blyth at about 06:20 on Saturday. A staff member was assaulted and the suspect left empty handed.

    Four men aged 24, 20, 19 and another 19-year-old were arrested nearby and are helping officers with inquiries.

  10. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A former Teesside teacher has pleaded guilty to repeated sex assaults on two young girls going back nearly 50 years
    • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Stephanie Finnon have a round-up of the day's news
  11. 'Great opportunity for Wade'

    Blyth Spartans' Jarrett Rivers, who scored the winning goal against Hartlepool in the FA Cup, has moved to Oldham on a week-long trial.

    Spartans boss Tom Wade said: "It's a great opportunity for him to go down there and make an impression. He has been great for us this season and it shows how far we have come that the young lads are getting noticed.

    "There are a lot of other clubs interested in signing him and in all honesty the phone hasn't stopped ringing."

  12. Blyth winger off to Oldham

    League One side Oldham Athletic have taken Blyth Spartans winger Jarrett Rivers on trial for a week.

    The 21-year-old - who works in his mother's newsagents - scored the winner in the Northern Premier League side's FA Cup win over League Two Hartlepool.

    Blyth Spartans' Jarrett Rivers

    Rivers came through the youth system at Middlesbrough, and joined Blyth from Whitley Bay last summer.

  13. More on prison officer suspension

    An investigation is under way after prison officer at a privately-run jail has was suspended following claims he was drunk while on duty.

    A Sodexo spokesman confirmed an officer had been suspended and said "a police investigation is under way".

    A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "We are aware of the incident and we will be working with staff at HMP Northumberland to carry out inquiries."

  14. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A man's been arrested after a cyclist was knocked off his bike in Northumberland
    • BBC Tees: A former Teesside teacher has pleaded guilty to repeated sex assaults on two young girls going back nearly 50 years
  15. 'Drunk' prison officer suspended

    A prison officer at a privately-run jail has been suspended following claims he was drunk while on duty.

    Northumbria Police is investigating reports the officer was found drunk at HMP Northumberland, near Morpeth, on Christmas Day.

    HMP Northumberland

    The inquiry will examine whether there was any breach of legislation surrounding the management of offenders and the alleged use of alcohol. Sodexo Justice Services took over the Category C facility in December 2013.

  16. Broken down lorry closes lane

    One lane is closed and there's slow traffic on the A19 southbound in Sheraton at the A179 junction because of a broken down lorry.

    The A1 Western Bypass in Birtley - there's a lane closed on the entry slip road and slow traffic northbound at the A167 Durham Road junction because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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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.

  18. Rape detectives release CCTV

    Police investigating a rape at a Newcastle club have released CCTV images of someone they wish to trace.

    It happened between 00:00 and 04:00 on 24 August at Grey's nightclub, on Grey's Court. The 49-year-old female victim went into the toilets with a man at the premises where the incident happened.

    Man on CCTV

    Northumbria Police says anyone with information should contact them on 101.

  19. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A man's been arrested after a cyclist was knocked off his bike in Northumberland
    • BBC Tees: Middlesbrough Council is defending its record on education - as questions are raised over whether enough is being done to improve standards
  20. Wind warning remains

    Catherine Lee

    BBC News

    A yellow warning for wind remains in place across the North East.

    Gusts of up almost 60mph have been recorded at Berwick and 79mph at Great Dun Fell on the Pennines. Hundreds of homes in the Alnwick area are without electricity as a result of debris on power lines.

    Statue of Terpsichore

    The area around the Sunderland Empire remains cordoned off after a statue toppled over and was left hanging from its base on the theatre's roof. The box office is also closed.

  21. Hundreds fined for waste crime

    Newcastle City Council tweets: Last year we fined 343 people for waste crime. Dropping litter could cost you £75 #keepitclean

  22. Dry, bright and cold

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Mostly dry, bright and cold this afternoon with isolated showers. It will stay windy too, especially across high ground such as the North Pennines.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 8C (46F). Check the forecast near you.

  23. On the lunchtime BBC Look North

    Fergus Hewison

    BBC Newcastle political reporter

    Councils in our region face another year of searching for ways of saving hundreds of millions of pounds. That means more cuts to services and some difficult decisions.

    Bowls with writing on them

    But with an ageing population taking up an increasingly larger slice of spending, is it time to accept that local authorities will run fewer services in the future? I'll have more on this story on BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

  24. Cramlington collision: Man arrested

    A man has been arrested after a cyclist was taken to hospital following a collision in Northumberland.

    The cyclist, a man in his 40s, is receiving treatment for serious injuries at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary after he was struck by a Mercedes Sprinter van at Dudley Lane in Cramlington at about 06:00, Northumbria Police said.

    The driver of the van, a man aged 60, has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and is currently in custody helping with inquiries.

  25. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A man's been arrested after a cyclist was knocked off his bike in Northumberland
    • BBC Tees: Middlesbrough Council is defending its record on education - as questions are raised over whether enough is being done to improve standards
  26. Crash death man named

    A man who was killed when his car left the road and hit a fence in County Durham has been named.

    Shane Smith of Stainforth Close, Newton Aycliffe, was driving north at 20:45 on the Close House Road near Bishop Auckland on Saturday when he crashed.

    The field and the fencing through which the car crashed

    The 25-year-old suffered head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said another man, 25, who was also in the car was uninjured. The road was closed for about three hours.

  27. Takeover saves club

    Sunderland Echo

    A security boss has taken over a city nightclub to save it from closure.

    Stewart Bowden, left, and Les Ojugbana who have taken over The Basement nightclub in Green Terrace, Sunderland.

    Les Ojugbana, who runs Gbana security, has teamed up with experienced bar manager Stewart Bowden to take over The Basement in Green Terrace.

  28. Parking charges set to increase

    Car parking charges are set to increase in Sunderland in an effort to balance budgets, the city council said.

    Council-owned car parks and the Bridges shopping centre will charge 10p an hour more from 2 February.

    Entrance to the Bridges car park in Sunderland

    On Thursdays parking will still be free after 15:00 in council car parks and after 17:30 at the Bridges. An all-day ticket on Sundays will stay at £1.50. The council said prices had been frozen for five years and it needed to increase them to offset costs.

  29. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A police investigation is under way after a prison officer at a North East jail was allegedly found drunk at work on Christmas Day
    • BBC Tees: Middlesbrough Head Coach Aitor Karanka praised new signing Tomas Kalas, who arrived on-loan from Chelsea last week and made his debut in Saturday's goalless draw with Reading
  30. Domestic abuse ongoing 'big issue'

    The Gazette

    Hundreds of children a month are linked to domestic violence incidents on Teesside. Detective Inspector Helen Eustace from Cleveland Police said children witnessing or being involved in domestic abuse in the home is an ongoing "big issue".

  31. England's ghost signs

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News Online

    Blogger John Rymes is a ghost sign enthusiast, who took an interest after spotting many well-preserved examples in his native Leeds.

    Now living in Saltburn, he runs a Facebook page which features pictures of the signs and has amassed more than 2,400 followers.

    Bile beans

    Mr Rymes says he is sent photographs of ghost signs every day from around the country - and from as far away as Beijing, China, and Massachusetts in the US.

  32. Roker Pier remains closed

    Port of Sunderland tweets: Due to continuing gale force winds, Roker Pier remains closed.

  33. Road reopens after collision

    Northumbria Police tweets: Road now fully open after earlier collision at Dudley Lane near to #Cramlington Learning Centre

  34. Jackknifed lorry blocks road

    Durham Police tweets: **A68 CURRENTLY BLOCKED -ROWLEY TO TOW LAW** Jackknifed lorry,road currently blocked. Please find an alternative route. @BBCNewsNE

  35. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: The operators of the Tyne and Wear metro are investigating the cause of a major power cut this morning
    • BBC Tees: Middlesbrough Head Coach Aitor Karanka praised new signing Tomas Kalas, who arrived on-loan from Chelsea last week and made his debut in Saturday's goalless draw with Reading
  36. How to write a CV

    Kevin Peachey

    Personal finance reporter, BBC News

    Employers receive an average of 60 applicants for every advertisement for a low-skilled job, and 20 for every skilled job.

    CV written on cardboard

    Dan Conway, 29, from Newcastle, spent four years after university searching for a permanent job in his chosen field of marketing.

    Frustrated while moving in and out of temporary jobs, he decided he needed to stand out from other candidates. He took extreme measures. Find out more here.

  37. Mechanisms keep us going

    One in three people born today will still be alive when they're 100 and there'll be 1.5m people over the age of 100 in the UK.

    An ageing academic at Newcastle University - Tom Kirkwood - is running Europe's biggest study into the biology of ageing to try and understand why we are seeing more people living for much longer.

    He says: "Living a long time is just another aspect of physical performance. We don't have a clock inside the body. We have mechanisms that keep us going and the oldest people in our society are ones that have those systems working better than others and they've been lucky."

  38. Alnwick power cut

    Northern Powergrid tweets: We're sorry for the power cut in #Alnwick, we aim to have it back on in the next few hours, for updates visit http://ow.ly/H9MwK

  39. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: Metro passengers have been complaining about a lack of information after a near system-wide shutdown this morning
    • BBC Tees: It's claimed an increasing number of children in the North East are going to school hungry
  40. Give us your feedback

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

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    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.

  41. Today's front page

    Northern Echo editor Peter Barron

    Here's today's front page: Monday's Northern Echo front page reflects on an historic day for world unity.

    Northern Echo front page
  42. Trains running subject to delays

    Tyne and Wear Metro tweets: Trains are now running to all destinations, subject to major delays. Leave extra time for travel. Tickets acceptance on buses remains.

  43. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: Much of the Tyne and Wear metro is disrupted this morning. It's because of another power cut - the second in as many weeks
    • BBC Tees: Middlesbrough Council is defending its record on education as questions are raised over standards
  44. More on cyclist collision

    A cyclist has been taken to hospital after a bike and a car collided on Dudley Lane in Cramlington, Northumberland.

    A section of the road is closed with diversions in place and access to the Learning Centre is currently restricted - those attending are asked to park at Highburn Estate, Southfield Green and Barnes Park.

    It happened at about 06:00 and police are in the area to facilitate and monitor the situation.

  45. Power outage causes delays

    Tyne and Wear Metro tweets: Trains running between South Hylton - Jesmond, Benton - North Shields, Heworth - South Shields with major delays. Tickets acceptance on buses remains.

  46. Mild with rain later

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Starting mild and cloudy with outbreaks of rain, the rain locally heavy, especially across the North Pennines. This morning drier, brighter and colder conditions will spread southwards, with perhaps isolated showers. Windy initially, gusts generally 50 to 60 mph, easing later.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 8C (46F). Check the forecast near you.

  47. A1171 closed northbound

    The A1171 Dudley Lane in Cramlington is closed northbound and there's slow traffic between the Glenluce Drive junction and the Northumbrian Road junction because of an accident involving van and cyclist.

    The A178 Seaton Carew Road in Billingham is partially blocked northbound with slow traffic between the A1046 Port Clarence Road junction and the A1185 junction because of an accident involving car and cyclist.

    West Dyke Road in Redcar is closed in both directions between the Birdsall Row junction and the Railway Terrace junction, because of high winds. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  48. Good morning

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

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