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  1. Updates on Tuesday 3 February 2015

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Good evening

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday. Lee Hargreave sent us this picture of Tunstall Hill Nature Reserve in Sunderland covered in snow.

Tunstall Hill Nature Reserve
Lee Hargreave

You can send your pictures by email to or tweet
@BBCNewsNE and we may feature them on BBC Local Live tomorrow.

'They haven't walked in my shoes'

Sharon Bernardi from Sunderland lost all seven of her children to mitochondrial disease.
Earlier she was on the BBC News Channel giving her reaction to the news
MPs have voted to allow a three-parent IVF technique which could eradicate the condition.

She said: "I'm just overwhelmed, it's lovely to have this treatment going to Newcastle, it's amazing.

Sharon Bernardi

"This has been a long process in my life, having to bury seven babies, it's not what you're supposed to do.

She was asked about claims by some religious groups that this could lead to genetically modified children, but said: "That's not the way it is, it's to try and stop babies and children getting this disease. People who have these comments haven't been through this tragedy but we have, we've got first-hand knowledge of this. They haven't walked in my shoes."

Black and white tradition ends

Ian Reeve

BBC North East Business Correspondent

Now, something of a publishing revolution has happened in County Durham.

After more than a century and a half, the weekly Teesdale Mercury newspaper has embraced colour printing and is produced in a new compact size. It's a lot of change for one of our smallest, most local, papers.

Teesdale Mercury

I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Wintry showers

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

Further wintry showers, falling as rain or sleet on coast but with some snow inland, especially on hills giving localised slight accumulations. Icy stretches likely on untreated roads and pavements.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: -4C (25F).

Check the forecast near you.

Live at the match

Nick Barnes

BBC Newcastle commentator

I'm looking forward to a great atmosphere at Craven Cottage for Fulham v Sunderland in the FA Cup reply.

Listen to BBC Newcastle from 19:45.

Craven Cottage

Moore thanks Tshibola for loyalty

Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore

thanked midfielder Aaron Tshibola for his commitment to League Two's bottom club for extending his loan from Reading.

Tshibola will stay until the end of the season, as will Nicky Featherstone, who extended his contract on Monday.

Aaron Tshibola
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Moore told BBC Tees: "Teams in better places wanted to take him but credit to Tish - he wanted to stay and fight. He's big and he's strong, when the initial loan was up he could have left and we thank him for staying."

Historian's hidden gem

Chris Jackson

Presenter, Inside Out North East & Cumbria

The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers was founded in 1852 and even though coal is no longer king in the region, the institute is still at the forefront of the industry worldwide.

For many who venture inside the building on Newcastle's Westgate Road for the first time it is a jaw-dropping experience. A world-class library collection is stored in glorious surroundings.

Chris Jackson with Les Turnbull

See my report on this hidden gem in the heart of Newcastle and how the vast knowledge it has collected for more than a century still has a role today.

Countryside 999 in County Durham

The new series of the BBC One show Countryside 999 returns next week and will look at rural policing in County Durham.

The new series begins on Monday at 11:00 with the first of 15 programmes shown on consecutive weekdays.

Police car
Durham Constabulary

Much of the filming took place in August last year, and included a number of days when the camera crews followed police officers covering Teesdale, Weardale and parts of Derwentside.

Problems on Carlisle-Newcastle line

A signalling problem at Haltwhistle means that all lines are currently blocked. This is causing disruption to trains between Carlisle and Newcastle.

There is no firm estimate yet of how long disruption will last but it is likely to continue until at least 18:00.

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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.

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Scallop dredging ban imposed

Adrian Pitches

Environment correspondent, BBC North East

An emergency ban on dredging for scallops has been imposed from Bridlington, Yorkshire to north to the River Tyne after trawlers from outside the region descended on Scarborough and Whitby and threatened to wipe out the local lobster fishery.

Boat on water

I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Scooter crash death teenager named

A boy who died in a crash between and car and a scooter in Northumberland has been named by police

The 16-year-old rider of the scooter, Kyle William Lowes, was

pronounced dead at the scene of the crash in North Road in Berwick at about 10:00 on Friday.

North road junction

A 43-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving and has been released on police bail.

Cattermole out for replay

Sunderland will also be without midfielder Lee Cattermole for

tonight's FA Cup fourth-round replay at Fulham.

Cattermole is facing a further two to three weeks on the sidelines with a knee problem, while centre-back John O'Shea may be rested.

Lee Cattermole
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original tie finished 0-0 at the Stadium of Light, although Fulham striker Hugo Rodallega hit the post late on for the Championship side.
Watch the highlights.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

More than 30 Satanists in County Durham

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Own up, did you lie on your census? Many people can choose not to tell the whole truth when filling in the population survey.

One interesting result that arose from the most recent study is that

there are 31 Satanists in County Durham, the second highest population in the country.

Satanists in area

But the Church of Satan believes many people had lied on their census forms because they "think it is funny".

Ben Arfa 'might retire'

Hatem Ben Arfa's lawyer

has hinted the midfielder could retire from football after the French Football League barred him from playing competitive games with Nice.

The 27-year-old joined the Ligue 1 side from Newcastle earlier this month after a loan spell at Hull was cut short.

Hatem Ben Arfa
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Fifa says players can only play official matches for two clubs in a season. "In the back of his mind there is the possibility to quit," Jean-Jacques Bertrand told

Infosport Plus TV.

IVF move 'not ethical'

Last week the Catholic and Anglican Churches in England said the idea off three-parent babies was not safe or ethical, not least because it involved the destruction of embryos.

Other groups, including Human Genetics Alert, say the move would open the door to further genetic modification of children.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: Fleets of trawlers will no longer be able to drag the sea bed for scallops within six miles of the coast between the Tyne and the Humber.
  • BBC Newcastle: Martin Emmerson and Jon Harle have a round-up of the day's news.

First three-parent baby 'could be 2016'

The UK is now set to become the first country to introduce laws to allow the creation of babies from three people, after MPs voted in favour of the creation of babies with DNA from two women and one man.

A further vote is required in the House of Lords. If everything goes ahead then the first such baby could be born next year.

'Three-person babies' given go-ahead

The changes were approved by 382 votes to 128 - a majority of 254.

There was a free vote on a draft regulation approving the use of mitochondrial donation to prevent children being born with a genetic disease.

Scientists at Newcastle's Centre for Life will be the first in the country to offer the treatment following a decade of research in the North East.

BreakingBreaking News

MPs have voted in favour of the creation of babies with DNA from two women and one man.

Half-marathon for Kielder weekend

An annual sporting fixture in Northumberland will feature an additional event, organisers have announced.

The Kielder Marathon, described as one of the most beautiful in Britain, will take place in October. Other events over the weekend include a junior race, a run-bike-run, and for the first time a half marathon.

Kielder Marathon

Organiser Steve Cram said it was in response to requests from people who wanted to take part in a shorter race.

Making radio gold

Simon Logan

BBC Newcastle

I've been speaking to Tony Hadley and Martin Kemp from Spandau Ballet ahead of their concert in Newcastle in March.

Spandau Ballet

They have sold more than 25 million records, had 23 hit singles across the globe and were responsible for a whole generation wearing pixie boots.

'Slow burning fire'

Jon Harle

BBC Newcastle

Fire crews attended an underground fire on the banks of the River Tyne near Ryton Golf Club at Clara Vale at the weekend.

John Smith, from Ponteland, told me he came across it while walking along the Keelman's Way, the public footpath beside the river.

Smoke from an underground fire

Gary Yates from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue says: "It's a very slow burning fire, there are difficulties in extinguishing such fires. For example there's a fire been going on in America since 1884 and it's still smouldering away now and these fires can smoulder for a long time."

Crash in Newcastle

A car and a van have collided on Stamfordham Road in Newcastle, Northumbria Police says.

Stamfordham Road is closed heading towards the Cowgate Roundabout. Officers are at the scene diverting traffic. It is not known if there are any injuries.

Get more on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A North East MP's told BBC Newcastle about his concerns for an academy in Gateshead which could be losing up to 31 members of staff.
  • BBC Newcastle: A former head teacher from the North East has been charged with a number of sex offences.

Celebrating with Chubbs

John Foster

BBC Tees

We'll catch up with a world-famous Teessider who's celebrating his 70th birthday on my show this afternoon.

Roy Chubby Brown

Roy Chubby Brown will be on

BBC Tees after 15:00.

Debate on three-person IVF starts

James Gallagher

Health and science reporter, BBC News

MPs have begun debating whether to allow the creation of babies using DNA from three people.

Prime Minister David Cameron said he would vote in favour of the technique, which is aimed at preventing deadly genetic diseases.

The UK could become the first country to introduce laws to allow the creation of babies from three people, and scientists at Newcastle's Centre for Life will be at the forefront.

The issue has sparked fierce ethical debate and senior Church figures have called for the procedure to be blocked.

Water bills to increase

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

Northumbrian Water says our water and sewerage bills will be going up slightly. The average bill from April will go up from £367 to £371 per year whilst the average bill nationally is expected to fall by 2%.

The firm insists its bills are still among the lowest in the country.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

BBC 6 Music Festival By Day

6 Music BBC

The line-up for the BBC 6 Music Festival By Day, which will take place on Tyneside on 21 and 22 February has been announced.

It will take place on the Saturday at venues in the Ouseburn area of Newcastle - Cluny 1, Cluny 2, The Cumberland Arms, and The Star and Shadow - and on the Sunday at The Boiler Room in the Stephenson Quarter of the city.

Lauren Laverne

More information and the registration form is now available here. There'll be live music from Slaves, The Wytches, Fat White Family, Sleaford Mods, The Pop Group, and more. Registration closes on Sunday.

BreakingEx-headmaster charged with indecent assault

A former North East head teacher has been charged with a number of sex offences.

Colin Gregg - the son of Jack Gregg who founded the bakery chain Greggs, used to be the headmaster at King's School in Tynemouth and set up the North East Children's Cancer Run.

Today officers confirmed the 73-year-old from Gosforth has been charged with 26 counts of indecent assault.

He will appear at Newcastle Magistrates' Court in March.

Johnson ruled out after surgery

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson is out of

tonight's FA Cup fourth-round replay at Fulham after undergoing surgery.

The 27-year-old midfielder has had a minor operation on a thumb problem and will miss the game at Craven Cottage, although his absence is expected to be brief.

Adam Johnson
Getty Images

Johnson told the

Sunderland Echo: "I just have to get it done. It's not a serious thing, but I need the wound to heal. It's the risk of infection that's keeping me out. It's the best time to do it with the games coming up, though."

Men of steel with a softer side

By Zareer Masani and Vibeke Venema

BBC World Service

Tata, the Indian company that owns Tetley Tea, Jaguar Land Rover and runs the steel plant in Redcar, is 66% owned by charities - its unique character was shaped by its founder Jamsetji Tata and his successors.

Find out more about those and the history of the company here.

Jamsetji Tata
Tata Central Archives

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

Why did Alan Barnes strike a chord?

The plight of disabled pensioner Alan Barnes, who was mugged outside his Tyneside home,

has led to more than £300,000 being raised in his name.

After hearing of the attack, beautician Katie Cutler set up an online donation page with the aim of raising just £500 - but the cause went viral.

Alan Barnes and Katie Cutler

GoFundMe said the fundraising campaign was the sixth largest "of all time".

But what is it about this case that has struck a chord with so many people so quickly?