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  1. Updates on Thursday 12 February 2015

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  1. Good evening

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

    That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Friday. Margaret Walker sent us this picture of the bare trees in Bournmoor, County Durham.

    Trees in County Durham

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

  2. Launch of Lego landmarks

    Damian O'Neil

    BBC Look North

    The Brick Planet Lego exhibition opens at Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland this Saturday. It features world-famous landmarks - all made from Lego.

    Bridge made of Lego

    And there are some new pieces celebrating some of the North East's most iconic structures. I'll have more on this story on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

  3. 'Very likeable and friendly boy'

    Mrs Marshall added: "He was a very likeable and friendly boy, who was beginning to make real progress with his education. Staff who knew him well were very fond of him. He was well liked by his classmates.

    "Specialist counsellors are in school offering support to anyone who needs it.

    "We offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to Nathan's family who are in all our thoughts at this awful time."

  4. Principal in tribute to dead schoolboy

    Excelsior Academy executive principal Phil Marshall has paid tribute to Nathan McStay, the 11-year-old pupil killed when he was hit by a bus last night in Whickham View, Newcastle.

    She said: "Everyone at Excelsior Academy is devastated at Nathan's loss. Our academy is a close-knit community and staff and pupils have been deeply affected by yesterday's tragic accident.

    "Nathan joined Excelsior from Atkinson Road Primary Academy last September and had just begun his secondary education with us. He was a very promising Year 7 pupil with a bright future ahead of him, and his loss has ... left everyone devastated."

  5. Mary Lanigan 'first female leader'

    David Rhodes

    Politics Reporter, BBC North East and Cumbria

    His opponents wanted to bring him down in a motion of no confidence but instead, he stepped down himself.

    In front of a packed council chamber, George Dunning, who resigned from the Labour party along with 11 other councillors last week, resigned as the council leader.

    In his place was appointed Mary Lanigan, the leader of the independent group, and the first woman to be appointed as leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council.

  6. Cash boost for businesses

    Businesses in the North East are getting almost £22m in the latest round of grants from the Regional Growth Fund.

    One of the big winners is Procter and Gamble on North Tyneside which has been given money for research facilities at Durham and Newcastle Universities.

    The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says: "This will create and safeguard about 4,200 jobs, it's estimated. These jobs are not 'here today, gone tomorrow' these are jobs here to last."

  7. Dry and cloudy

    Paul Mooney

    BBC Weather presenter

    A mainly cloudy night and most places staying dry. Chance of a slight frost where clear spells occur, most probably across the Pennines. A few showers developing later in the night, accompanied by a freshening southeasterly breeze.

    Weather forecast

    Minimum temperature: 1C (34F). Check the forecast near you.

  8. Plans for authority gain support

    Five councils will consider plans to form a combined authority after a consultation found in their favour.

    More than 1,900 people responded to a survey on the proposed Tees Valley Combined Authority, with 65% in support.

    Councils in Darlington, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Stockton and Redcar say the authority would allow Tees Valley to gain greater power and national influence. It could be set up by the autumn.

  9. Boy was pupil from Excelsior

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

    Northumbria Police has confirmed that Nathan McStay, the boy killed when he was hit by a bus in Newcastle yesterday, was a pupil at nearby Excelsior Academy.

  10. Illegal metal-detecting wrecking wall

    Illegal metal-detecting at Hadrian's Wall is wrecking part of the country's cultural heritage, landowners, police and experts have said.

    Areas close to the 1,900-year-old world heritage site have been targeted in a crime known as nighthawking.

    Hadrian's Wall

    The English Heritage national crime adviser Mark Harrison has appealed for the thieves to be caught and said they are "causing irreversible loss and harm". Hear more from Mark here.

  11. Crash boy was on foot

    Nathan was on foot when he was hit by the bus near the junction with Broadmead Way, shortly after 15:30 on Wednesday.

    He was pronounced dead at the scene.

  12. Schoolboy killed in bus crash named

    Rebecca O'Neill

    BBC Newcastle

    Police have named the 11-year-old killed when he was hit by a bus last night on Whickham View in Newcastle as Nathan McStay from Benwell.

  13. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: Nine men have been arrested for immigration offences on Teesside.
    • BBC Newcastle: Anne Leuchars and Lisa Shaw have a round-up of the day's news.
  14. Nine illegal immigrants arrested

    Claudia Robinson

    BBC Tees

    Nine illegal immigrants have been arrested on Teesside.

    It comes after the Home Office was tipped off about people working illegally at the Sabic site at Seal Sands.

    Officers from the Immigration Enforcement Team questioned workers on the site early yesterday morning to see if they had the right to live and work in the UK.

    The men, aged between 25 and 50, were arrested for immigration offences and are being held until they are deported. It's thought the men were supplied by a contractor and were not employed by Sabic. An investigation's under way to find out who employed them.

  15. Armed police incident: Boy arrested

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

    After armed police attended Granville Road in Middlesbrough, officers have now confirmed a 15-year-old boy has been arrested.

    The teenager was arrested on suspicion of assault and firearms offences. Nobody was hurt, Cleveland Police said.

  16. Minibus firms have licences revoked

    Three Teesside minibus firms have had their licences to operate revoked amid safety concerns - with one said to have an "appalling roadworthiness history".

    Kevin Rooney, traffic commissioner for the North East, also refused to grant licences to two other companies.

    He cited concerns over the condition of vehicles, qualifications of drivers and observance of safety procedures as reason to remove licences. Mr Rooney also suspended one licence and gave another firm a formal warning.

  17. Tyre damage 'cowardly act'

    Ten vehicles have had their tyres damaged over the past few days in Northumberland

    They were damaged in Kendal Avenue, Newsham Road, Ogle Drive and Leaholme Crescent in Blyth.

    Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Simpson said: "Those responsible for this malicious act have randomly chosen their victims with no thought for the inconvenience and financial loss to them, this is a cowardly act by someone whose only gain from these offences can be to think it is harmless fun to cause damage to the property of hard working members of the community."

  18. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: George Dunning the leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council has resigned from his position.
    • BBC Newcastle: Anne Leuchars and Lisa Shaw have a round-up of the day's news.
  19. More on 'worst speeding drivers'

    Cleveland Police says its five worst speeding drivers in 2014 were caught on the A171, the road between Guisborough and Whitby.

    They were clocked doing between 99mph and 80mph in a 50mph zone. North Yorkshire Police did not submit its figures, along with three other forces nationwide.

    Paul Witters, from motoring organisation the AA, said: "We need to find out what happened to these people, as a message to others. The big question is 'what happened to the offenders?'. We would like to know if they were caught and prosecuted."

  20. Councillors name new leader

    David Rhodes

    Politics Reporter, BBC North East and Cumbria

    Mary Lanigan (Independent) is the new leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council. She won 31 votes. Sue Jeffrey (Labour) got 15 votes.

  21. 'Man firing air weapon'

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

    Cleveland Police has just confirmed that armed officers are attending a stand-off in Granville Road in Middlesbrough.

    A man has been firing an air weapon from a window from inside a house on the street, Cleveland Police says. We'll have more on this as soon as we have it.

  22. Pools squad under pressure

    BBC Tees

    Hartlepool United had just 10 players available for training this morning.

    Manager Ronnie Moore currently has seven players on the sidelines.

    Pools, who are six points from safety, take on Stevenage at Victoria Park in League Two on Saturday.

  23. Council leader quits

    David Rhodes

    Politics Reporter, BBC North East and Cumbria

    Here's Redcar councillor George Dunning's resignation letter obtained exclusively by the BBC before the council meeting:

    Dunning resignation letter
  24. Worst speeding drivers revealed

    The worst speeding motorists who were caught by Northumbria Police in 2014 have been revealed.

    It includes someone who was clocked doing 94mph in a 30mph zone outside a school in Sunderland, The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) says.

    Graphic on speeding drivers in Northumbria Police area
  25. Full council set to meet

    David Rhodes

    Politics Reporter, BBC North East and Cumbria

    It might get interesting in here later as Redcar and Cleveland Council decide if George Dunning can remain as council leader.

    Redcar council chamber
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  27. Emergency calls made nine minutes apart

    The flight path, recorded by Flight Radar 24, shows AF1058 not being diverted from its original path of Paris to Newcastle.

    Filght path taken by AF1058

    It was the second of two "7700" emergency calls made by the two planes. Flight LS509 made the call at about 10:43, while AF1058 made the emergency call nine minutes later, according to PlaneFinder.

  28. 'No fire on board'

    We've had some brief details from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, which was called to the Jet2 flight which had diverted to Leeds Bradford Airport after taking off from Newcastle.

    A spokesman said: "We had 13 appliances and specialist support vehicles from across the brigade. It landed safely and there was no fire on board."

    We're expecting more details in the next 30 minutes.

  29. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  30. LS509 turned back near Skegness

    The flight path, recorded by Flight Radar 24, shows LS509 (scheduled to fly from Newcastle to Prague) flying as far as Skegness before looping back round towards Leeds.

    Flight path of LS509

    It then circled Leeds Bradford Airport before landing at about 12:00.

  31. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  32. BreakingNewcastle flight diverted after emergency

    A Jet2 flight from Newcastle to Prague has been diverted due to an emergency.

    A Jet2 spokesman said: "Today's flight LS509 from Newcastle to Prague diverted to Leeds Bradford Airport this morning as a precautionary measure due to an operational issue.

    "The aircraft has landed safely and customers will be transferred to an alternative aircraft so they can continue their journey to Prague as soon as possible. We apologise to our customers for the delay to the start of their holiday but their safety is of paramount importance to us.

  33. 'Another game unbeaten'

    Newcastle United could only manage a 1-1 draw during their visit to Crystal Palace but manager John Carver said: "It's another game unbeaten.

    "That's one win, three draws and two defeats now, which is not bad in this league. We said before the game we knew we were up against a big physical side and the pitch was quite lively, so we knew it was going to be a bit of a battle.

    Newcastle United head coach John Carver

    "I stuck Papiss Cisse in. I was brave to play two strikers away from home but he's a fox in the box and, if he keeps scoring, he has to be in the team. It's a bit strange facing Alan Pardew because I worked with him for four years. Once I got off the bus I went into professional mode. After the game he said to me, 'Well done, you deserved the point'."

  34. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

  35. Woodgate has been 'patient'

    Paul Addison

    BBC Tees Sport

    Jonathan Woodgate has told BBC Tees Sport he had to be patient as he waited for an opportunity to play for Middlesbrough again.

    Jonathan Woodgate

    Woodgate made his second appearance of the season in Tuesday's win at Blackpool, five-and-a-half months after playing at Oldham in the League Cup.

  36. Cadet-threat suspects identified

    Here's the full details on the story we broke yesterday that two men suspected of violently threatening female Territorial Army cadets on Tyneside have been identified by police.

    Threats to the two victims are thought to have been "graphic and nasty" and included a comment about beheading.

    Gateshead Territorial Army Centre

    Police were called to Alexandra Road, at about 21:15 on 21 January. Officers initially believed the men were black or Asian but now say they are Romanian and are thought to have left the UK.

  37. Floral tributes left for boy

    Investigations are continuing after an 11-year-old boy was killed in an accident involving a bus in Newcastle.

    Floral tributes

    A spokeswoman for Stagecoach said: "At around 15:35 one of our vehicles on Service 38 was involved in an incident on Whickham View in Newcastle in which a pedestrian sustained fatal injuries. Our immediate thoughts and sympathies are with the family of the person involved.

    "Safety is our absolute priority and we will assist the police in any way we can with their investigation into this incident."

  38. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A schoolboy has died after being hit by a bus in Newcastle.
    • BBC Tees: A new report claims the life expectancy of men living in the poorest parts of Stockton hasn't improved since the 1930s.
  39. Teenager hit by car in Middlesbrough

    A 13-year-old boy has been hit by a Land Rover in Middlesbrough.

    The pedestrian suffered grazing to his head at about 16:00 on Wednesday in Ayresome Street at the junction with Essex Street.

    He was treated at James Cook University Hospital and police are appealing for witnesses.

  40. Council leader to be removed?

    David Rhodes

    Politics Reporter, BBC North East and Cumbria

    Councillors in Redcar and Cleveland will today attempt to remove George Dunning as the leader of the authority.

    A motion of no confidence in Mr Dunning's leadership will be discussed at a full council meeting. I'll have more on this story throughout the day.

    George Dunning

    Mr Dunning was deselected by the Labour Party earlier this month.

  41. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A schoolboy has died after being hit by a bus in Newcastle.
    • BBC Tees: A domestic abuse lawyer has told BBC Tees she encounters an average of two cases of people sharing explicit images of ex-partners without their consent every week.
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  43. Dry and cloudy

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    A dry and mostly cloudy day, but the odd spot of rain is possible in the south at first. Still feeling chilly for most. Light winds, but a southerly breeze developing during the evening.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 6C (43F). Check the forecast near you.

  44. Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle

    Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew earned a point in his first match against former club Newcastle as Fraizer Campbell's goal secured a draw.

    Palace had the better of the first half, with a headed goal from Campbell ruled out for offside. Newcastle took the lead with their first shot on target, Papiss Cisse nodding in Daryl Janmaat's cross.

    Crystal Palace score

    But the hosts struck back through Campbell to deny the Magpies a second win under new boss John Carver.

  45. 'Gone too soon'

    Anthony Day

    BBC Newcastle

    Tributes have been laid at the scene where an 11-year-old boy, who has not yet been named, died after being hit by a bus yesterday. One of them reads "gone too soon".

    Whickham View

    An eye-witness told me: "Unbelievable, I just can't get the vision out of my head, I live facing where it happened. I heard a bang... and then I saw the lights and the ambulance. I saw the bairn and it was probably the worst thing I've seen in my life.

    "I think this is the most dangerous road in the West End of Newcastle because when the kids come out of Excelsior there's hundreds of them. There's no lollipop ladies or crossings, it's a really dangerous road."

  46. Boy, 11, dies after being hit by bus

    Some more on a story we brought you last night - A schoolboy has died after being hit by a bus in Newcastle.

    It happened in Whickham View near the junction with Broadmead Way, shortly after 15:30. The 11-year-old, who was on foot, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Roundabout near Whickham View

    Transport company Stagecoach confirmed a number 38 bus had been involved. A spokeswoman said the firm's thoughts and sympathies were with the boy's family.

  47. Slow traffic on A1

    One lane is blocked and there's slow traffic on the A1(M) southbound between J61, A177 (Bowburn) and J60, A689 (Bradbury) because of an accident.

    And there's queuing traffic and one lane closed on the A19 southbound between the A181 junction in Castle Eden and the A179 junction in Sheraton, also due to an accident.

    There are no major reported problems across Teesside. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

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    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

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