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  1. Updates on Friday 16 January 2015

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By Francesca Williams

All times stated are UK

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News on the hour

Dawn Thewlis

BBC Look North

Scores of people join the search for Durham student Euan Coulthard.

Also tonight, claims that rural communities are losing bus services because of cuts in subsidies and Monte Carlo - upon Tyne? Find out why Newcastle's being named the Monte Carlo of the North.

Join me at 18:30 on BBC One for these and all our other stories.

Cold night with widespread frost

Cold and largely clear overnight, leading to a widespread frost. There is a chance of isolated snow showers arriving from the west on the breeze, mainly affecting the Pennines and giving slight accumulations and a risk of icy patches locally.

weather graphic

Minimum Temperature: -4C (25F)

Lane closed on A19 slip road

A19 in Easington Colliery lane closed on entry slip road southbound at the A182 Hall Walks junction, because of a broken down vehicle,

BBC Travel News reports.

Artist to use gable ends

Russell Ward

BBC Newcastle

A wall art specialist is looking to use six gable ends to graphically show scenes from Sunderland's history.

James Whitman and Frank Styles

Frank Styles's work will focus on Hendon and the stories behind the scenes will be supplied online by writer James Whitman.

Winning streak

Middlesbrough take on Huddersfield at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.

Middlesbrough won the teams' earlier meeting this season 2-1 at the John Smith's Stadium in September and have only lost one of the last 11 meetings in all competitions.

However, Huddersfield are unbeaten in their last three games in the Championship, winning the last two.

'Need to feel safe'

A scheme to help young people at risk of being sexually groomed has been launched in Shildon.

As part of the Shildon Alive project volunteers will be trained to talk to teenagers about problems or concerns they might have and offer them support and advice.

Community development worker Paula Nelson says: "Individuals and children need to feel safe and I think they come into a community hub like ourselves, with local residents who care, local men and women who all care about where they live, and they do feel safe."

Five years unbeaten

Simon Brotherton

Match of the Day commentator

The Black Cats face Spurs at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Sunderland's new signing Jermain Defoe will make his debut against his former club pending international clearance.

Jermain Defoe
Sunderland AFC

Sunderland could certainly do with a lift after winning only one of the last 11 league games, albeit the derby against Newcastle, and Defoe could make the difference for them between now and the end of the season.

Tottenham's record against Sunderland in recent times is good. They haven't lost to them for five years and won last season's encounter 5-1 at the Lane.

Crossing consternation

The closure of level crossing barriers at West Dyke Road in Redcar every time there are high winds is cutting off residents and "killing to the town", says Redcar and Cleveland councillor Mark Hannon.

Network Rail said it was aware of the "frustrations" closing the gates caused local people but said high winds affected the crossing gates, which had to be closed "in order to keep train services running and the public safe".

But it said it realised the situation cannot continue as it is and was "developing short and long-term solutions as a priority".

'Too inconsistent'

Jonathan Pearce

BBC Match of the Day commentator

Newcastle take on Southampton at St James' Park on Saturday.

John Carver has been taking baby steps as caretaker manager at Newcastle, the club of his boyhood dreams. But he has no control over the future and the club will remain in a state of flux until the new boss is named.

Graziano Pelle
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BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson says: "If Newcastle could play for 90 minutes like they did for 35 minutes against Chelsea last weekend, I would be tipping them to win. But they are too inconsistent."

When the teams last met in September, Southampton won 4-0.

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'Red light' tag

A sex offender from Teesside who argued that having to wear a monitoring tag violated his human rights has lost his case at the Appeal Court.

Cleveland Police said it was the first force in the country to apply for a sex offender to be tagged.

Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Simon Nickless said the ruling should "ensure public confidence knowing that Cleveland Police do everything within their powers to pursue registered sex offenders".

Front-line cuts

Sunderland City Council is warning budget cuts will leave it unable to carry out its statutory services.

About £40m needs to be saved during the next financial year, on top of £170m already cut over the last five years.

Deputy council leader Henry Trueman said: "It's very worrying when protecting front-line services is no longer possible."

Can't let it go

A Middlesbrough mother says she and her three boys have watched the Disney film Frozen more than 500 times, up to five times a day.

Leigh Dryden, 26, said her sons Owen, four, Corey, two and Jay, one, "really enjoy the singing and the music", even though she had thought it was a "girl's film".

Leigh Dryden and sons

Ms Dryden is keen to make clear the boys do not sit in front of the television for hours on end and do also play, colour and go for days out.

News on the hour

Crash death cyclist named

A cyclist who died in a crash with a bus in Washington has been named as Les Turnbull from Sulgrave.

The crash happened on Barmston Way, near Peel Retail Park, at about 07:40 on Thursday.

Mr Turnbull, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Mistaken identity?

A Middlesbrough woman is appealing for whoever shot her in the back with an air rifle to contact police.

Lisa Saunders from Netherfields says she needs to know whether it was an accident or deliberate after

she was injured while walking along Ladgate Lane on 7 January.

"Every bang I hear I'm jumping," she said. "Could it have been mistaken identity, was it meant for me? Your mind does crazy things to you and it's just non stop."

Students help with search

Students have been helping in the search for a 19-year-old who went missing following a night out in Durham.

Durham University law student Euan Coulthard was last seen just after midnight on Wednesday leaving the Love Shack nightclub.

As part of the search by Durham Police, they have released footage of him walking across Framwellgate Bridge late on Wednesday.

CCTV image of missing student Euan Coulthard
Durham Police

Friend Lee Murray, 18, from Gateshead, described his fellow St Mary's College student as a "lovely lad".

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

'Exceptional goal-scoring'

Jermain Defoe has completed his move to Sunderland, signing a three-and-a-half-year deal with the club.

The 32-year-old previously played alongside and then under Sunderland manager Gus Poyet in a coaching capacity in the first of two spells at Tottenham.

Jermain Defoe
Getty Images

Poyet said: "His exceptional goal-scoring record speaks for itself."

Cold but dry and bright

The morning wintry showers should quickly clear this afternoon leaving it cold but largely dry and bright. Some further sleet or snow showers are likely again later mainly towards the west, with further accumulations on the hills.

weather graphic

Maximum Temperature: 3C (37F)

On Look North at lunchtime

Charlie Charlton

BBC Newcastle

A major search is under way for a Durham University student missing on a night out, people have been told not to visit one of our hospitals unless it's essential, to avoid the spread of the winter vomiting bug Norovirus.

There are claims that some rural communities are cut off after bus subsidies are slashed and Monte Carlo - upon Tyne? Find out why Newcastle's being named the Monte Carlo of the North.

Join me on BBC One at 13:30.

BreakingSunderland complete Defoe signing

Sunderland AFC has completed the signing of striker Jermain Defoe from MLS side Toronto FC.

He has signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Black Cats.

Striker Jozy Altidore moves back to the MLS where he started his career, signing for Toronto FC as part of the deal.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

Is he worth it?

Former Newcastle forward

David Ginola has announced his intention to stand for the FIFA presidency.

The 47-year-old will challenge incumbent Sepp Blatter for the top job in world football.

David Ginola
Getty Images

Ginola will need the backing of at least five national associations and will have to demonstrate active involvement in football administration for at least two of the last five years.

Accident death

An 82-year-old pedestrian has died almost a month after being hit by a car in Crook, County Durham.

Mary Braithwaite, from Laurel Gardens, had been at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary since being taken there with a suspected broken nose and rib fracture.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw the Ford Mondeo prior to the incident on 20 December to contact them.

Clairville pictures

The Gazette

It's the end of an era as

the last stand comes down at Middlesbrough's Clairville Stadium.

Duke of Edinburgh opens Clairville Stadium

The 51-year-old stadium's closure is making way for the new £18m Middlesbrough Sports Village, off Marton Road.

Sex tagging

A sex offender who poses a "danger" to prostitutes can be forced to wear a monitoring tag so police are alerted if he goes into red light areas, senior judges have ruled.

Paul Richards, thought to be from Middlesbrough, had been ordered to wear the device by Teesside magistrates but argued that sexual offences legislation did not authorise tagging in such circumstances.

Three appeal judges dismissed the 48-year-old's challenge at a hearing in London.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

Singapore to Middlesbrough

A former TV and radio presenter has announced he will be standing as an independent candidate in the election for Middlesbrough mayor.

Dave Roberts - previously Boro commentator for TFM and Century Radio - said he had "reached agreement" with Fox International Channels, for whom he is vice president in Singapore, to start campaigning.

Dave Roberts
Dave Roberts

The other candidates so far are:

  • Andy Preston, independent
  • Len Junier, independent socialist
  • Dave Budd, Labour
  • David Masterman, Green

Blyth power restored

Northern Powergrid

tweets: All supplies in the #Blyth area have now been restored. Sorry once again for any problems caused by this and thanks for bearing with us.

Concerns for missing student

Police say they have serious concerns for the safety of a Durham University student who went missing following a night out in the city.

Euan Coulthard
Durham Police

A search is under way for Euan Coulthard, a law student at St Mary's College, who was last seen just after midnight on Wednesday leaving the Love Shack nightclub.

The 19-year-old, from Nottingham, has not responded to texts, or social media messages, which friends have described as completely out of character.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: The former Middlesbrough commentator Dave Roberts has confirmed he will stand to become the next mayor of the town.
  • BBC Newcastle: Police in Durham say they have serious concerns about a university student who's gone missing in the city.

A&Es given safe nurse staffing rules

A&E units in England are being given strict guidelines on how many staff they need on duty to provide safe care.

Nurses on a ward

The draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends one nurse for every four cubicles.

But it said for major trauma or cardiac arrest patients, there needed to be two nurses for each patient.