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  1. Updates on Thursday 8 January 2015

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Good evening

That's all from Local Live for tonight. We leave you with something a bit different -

former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips has been on BBC Radio 5 Live talking about how he was once fined - for weeing in the shower.

Kevin Phillips

And on that watery note, we'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with all your news, sport, travel and weather for the North East. We hope you'll join us.

Amble Tesco plan 'ditched'

BBC Newcastle

Proposals for a Tesco store in Amble, Northumberland - planned site pictured below - is among those to be shelved by the firm.

The supermarket giant is closing 43 stores and cancelling plans to build another 49.

Planned Tesco site in Amble

Town council leader Craig Weir is disappointed at the news. He says: "We did welcome it here in Amble, as a great increase to our employment viability and the economic status of our town."

Keeper Krul could face Chelsea

Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul

could face joint Premier League leaders Chelsea on Saturday after missing the last six weeks with a damaged ankle.

The 26-year-old is playing in a behind-closed-doors under-21 friendly against Celtic on Thursday. Magpies caretaker boss John Carver said the Dutchman would be available for the weekend if he came through the game.

Tim Krul
Getty Images

Krul has missed 10 games since suffering ligament damage before a

1-0 defeat by West Ham on 29 November.

'Never any excuse' to drink-drive

Commenting on the 127 arrests made by Northumbria Police during its drink-drive crackdown, motor patrols chief inspector John Heckels said: "It's really disappointing to see such high numbers of people still choosing to drive after having a drink.

"There is never any excuse for it and anyone who is convicted of drink-driving rightly deserves to be banned from the roads.

"When someone makes the decision to drink and then get behind the wheel of a car they are putting their own, and other people's lives, at risk."

'Good record against Chelsea'

BBC Sport

More from Newcastle United caretaker boss John Carver, ahead of this weekend's game against Chelsea: "The players have been fantastic with me. The feedback from the players has been excellent so far and I'm happy with that.

"We've got a good record against Chelsea and we have to use that to our advantage this weekend."

High wire planned for Stockton

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

Stockton's £1m giant rope course could open by this summer if approved next month. It will be highest in the country.

I'll have more on this story on Look North on BBC One at 18:30.

Drink-drive arrest figures released

A drink-drive crackdown saw 127 people arrested last month, Northumbria Police says.

The 94 men and 33 women were arrested for offences such as driving while over the limit, being unfit to drive through drink and failing to provide a specimen.

Of those arrested, 80 have been charged with 32 bailed pending further enquiries. The remaining 15 have been released with no further action.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

Council rejects Saltburn homes plan

BBC Tees

Redcar and Cleveland Council has rejected an application from a building firm to build 130 houses on the edge of Saltburn in Teesside.

The council received more than 200 letters of opposition to the plans for the homes on a green wedge of land between Saltburn and Marske, while local Labour MP Tom Blenkinsop was also against the proposals.

Man held over importing weapons

A man has been arrested in Northumberland on suspicion of importing offensive weapons.

The 36-year-old was held in Ridley Street, Cramlington, at 11:45 this morning. Police said they searched the home and found a number of suspicious items, and the property has been cordoned off.

Metro running with delays

The Tyne and Wear Metro

tweets that trains are running to all destinations but subject to major delays after the earlier power cut.

Trains are not stopping at Newcastle Central Station and there is no service between Heworth and Jesmond.

The operator says metro tickets are being accepted on Go North East and Arriva buses.

Woman shot with airgun

A woman was shot in the back with an airgun as she walked along a road in Middlesbrough, police say.

The 42-year-old was in Ladgate Lane between Ormesby Road and Cargo Fleet Lane at about 10:00 yesterday when she was hit. The pellet lodged under her skin and she was taken to hospital for treatment.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 1600 include:

'More train seats' on north routes

Catherine Lee

BBC News

Train passengers in the north of England will have access to more seats, despite the loss of some stock to the south, the transport minister has said.

People buying tickets

Patrick McLoughlin announced that under a leasing agreement nine TransPennine Express (TPE) trains would be transferred to the Chiltern franchise.

However, he said there would be

additional trains or more carriages on some TPE and Northern routes.

Baby saved from caravan blaze

A five-week-old baby was among those who had to be rescued from a caravan in Hartlepool after it was deliberately set on fire, Cleveland Police have said.

The caravan in Otterpool Close was set alight at around 10:30 GMT on Tuesday.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

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Newcastle United news conference

BBC Sport

Newcastle caretaker boss John Carver is speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's fixture at Chelsea and says goalkeeper Tim Krul could be available for the game.

Krul has not played since the end of November because of an ankle injury.

"Tim Krul is taking part in a behind-closed-doors game v Celtic. If he comes through that he will be available for the weekend," says Carver.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: More than 42,000 homes lost power in Newcastle and Northumberland during an electricity cut which also affected the Metro system.
  • BBC Tees: An MP is calling for a Commons debate on the steel industry with up to 6,500 jobs under threat.

Motorcyclist failed to stop after crash

A motorcyclist failed to stop after hitting a girl in Eston.

The 12-year-old suffered a broken arm and remains in hospital following the collision on Tuesday in fields between Teesville and Church Lane. Anyone with information is asked to contact

Cleveland Police.

More on potash mine plan delay

David Rhodes

Politics Reporter, BBC North East and Cumbria

The £1.7bn development could potentially see potash mined in the heart of the North York Moors national park.

However York Potash, the company behind the plan, has submitted a number of "clarification documents" about the potential environmental impacts of the development.

As a result the planning authority says the earliest point at which a final decision on the proposal could be made is now April.

Although the developer says its unlikely that all the necessary documents will have been finalised, meaning the final decision date could be pushed back even further.

Karanka up for manager gong

Mark Drury

BBC Tees

Boro boss Aitor Karanka has been nominated for the Championship manager of the month award alongside Bournemouth's Eddie Howe, Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy and Watford coach Slavisa Jokanovic.

Aitor Karanka

Metro problems spill over on to buses

Go North East

tweets: Due to problems with the Tyne & Wear Metro, #27 is experiencing increased loadings. Please bear with us and we'll have you on the move ASAP.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: More than 42,000 homes lost power in Newcastle and Northumberland this morning during an electricity cut which also affected the Metro system.
  • BBC Tees: Cleveland Police is still trying to find a man who's been repeatedly indecently exposing himself in Redcar.

New hospital centre 'will ease pressure'

Sharon Barbour

BBC Look North

Today I'm reporting from

the newly built £32m Emergency Care Centre in Gateshead, due to open next month. Bosses hope it will revolutionise emergency care and will treat about 90,000 patients a year.

Inside of new health centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

With out-of-hours GPs and specialist urgent care all brought together, the hope is patients will be treated quicker and only the very sickest will be admitted.

The hospital has been under unprecedented pressures these last two weeks; there are currently no free beds. The trust in charge hopes the new centre will ease these pressures. Watch Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

'Cable damage' may have caused power cut

Rebecca O'Neill

BBC Newcastle

Northern Powergrid have given us an update. They think this morning's power cut in Newcastle and Northumberland may have been caused by "accidental damage to an underground high voltage cable by a third party". They say they're still investigating.

They apologised for any inconvenience and said power was restored to all 42,769 affected properties within an hour.

Weardale quarry will be Beowulf set

A former Weardale quarry which had been set for a renewable energy project will now become the home of Beowulf.

An aerial view of the quarry

The limestone quarry at Eastgate was part of the cement works which closed in 2002, but plans to create a multimillion-pound village on the site have been shelved due to funding issues.

Durham County Council has given ITV planning permission to build a town set in the quarry.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: More than 42,000 homes lost power in Newcastle and Northumberland this morning.
  • BBC Tees: The northern director of the Royal College of Nursing has told BBC Tees he expects levels of care within the NHS to continue to deteriorate.

Traffic lights not hit in power cut

Northumbria Police

tweets: There are no reported problems with traffic lights in the #Newcastle and #NTyneside areas. Road networks are flowing freely

Metro still affected after power cut

Tyne and Wear Metro

tweets: No service systemwide except between Brockley Whins-South Hylton due to power supply issue. Metro tickets accepted on buses in the affected

Power back on at 40,000 homes

Rebecca O'Neill

BBC Newcastle

I've spoken to Northern Powergrid and it says power has now been restored in the area around Newcastle and Northumberland. The areas affected by the power cut were Gosforth, Heaton, Jesmond and Cramlington.

It happened at about 10:00 and affected 42,769 properties, all of which had power restored by 10:50. It wasn't thought to be deliberate and Northern Powergrid has apologised for any inconvenience.

Bridge set to return to colour

BBC Tees

Six months after the Newport Bridge in Middlesbrough closed for repairs, why isn't it red yet?

Newport Bridge

Earlier Stockton Council head of technical services Richard McGuckin explained that it's getting a number of coats of paint, and that come May time it'll be back to its normal hue.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: The Tyne and Wear Metro has been severely hit by a major power cut. Newcastle city centre stations are closed and it's also affecting a number of homes.
  • BBC Tees: A decision about a controversial proposal to build a potash mine near Whitby has been delayed again.

Metro hit by power failure

Tyne and Wear Metro

tweets: There is currently no service systemwide except Pelaw-South Hylton due to a power failure. City Centre stations closed. Until further notice