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  1. Updates on Tuesday 17 February 2015

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  1. Good evening

    That's all from BBC Local Live in the North East. We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with all your news, sport, travel and weather.

    We leave you with this picture of the annual Shrovetide football match in Alnwick, Northumberland today. As you can see, it was a suitably muddy affair as normal.

    Shrovetide match in alnwick

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  2. GNR Million celebration up for award

    Last year's Great North Run Million opening ceremony has been shortlisted for Best Live Experience at the national BT Sport Industry Awards.

    Million celebrations

    It is up against the Invictus Games, IRN BRU - BRU Shop, Lucozade Sport Conditions Zone, Nike We Own The Night and O2 Wear The Rose Experience, with the winner announced on 30 April.

    The Great North Run Opening Ceremony, which was held on the banks of the Tyne last September, celebrated the 34-year-old Great North Run's one millionth finisher.

  3. On the programme tonight

    BBC Look North

    • A trip to the football almost ended in tragedy for one Teesside family when the car they'd been travelling in was engulfed in flames.
    • Police are hunting two men who carried out a serious sex attack on a man in a North Yorkshire Park.
    • And preparations for the new Women's Super League One season are hotting up for Sunderland Ladies. We've got more on all these stories on Look North at 18:30 on BBC One, or catch up here.
  4. More on evicted family

    BBC Tees

    After a South Bank family said to have made neighbours' lives hell for more than two years was evicted, we'll have more on this tomorrow morning with Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger. Listen live here.

  5. Bid to trace man after sex attack

    Police want to speak to a man seen on CCTV following a serious sex assault in Bullamoor Park, Northallerton, this morning.

    Officers want to trace the man who was seen leaving the entrance to the park at the Bullamoor Road entrance and walking towards the Forum Car Park at about 03:30.

    About 10 minutes later the same man is seen returning from the car park to cross Bullamoor Road and walk back into Bullamoor Park. He is white, in his 50s and was wearing dark clothing.

  6. Moves to ease beach hut demand

    Companies are being sought to ease what has been described as a considerable demand for beach huts on Teesside.

    Redcar and Cleveland Council has begun a tendering process for operators to build and then lease out chalets. Land is being offered at sites including the Esplanade in Redcar and Saltburn's Lower Promenade.

    Beach huts generic

    The council says with more than 200 people on the waiting list for the 20 annually-let chalets in Saltburn, it should be easy to recoup investment.

  7. Anti-social family evicted

    A South Bank family said to have made neighbours' lives hell for more than two years has been evicted.

    Cleveland Police said the eviction of a woman, her daughter and three sons in their late teens and early 20s is the first in the UK to be agreed solely on the grounds of anti-social behaviour.

    Officer outside the home of the troublesome family

    Various organisations have spent two years documenting the family's activities, which included deliberately starting fires, criminal damage, illegal use of off-road bikes, noise and other disruptive behaviour.

  8. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A Teesside boy has described how his family's car exploded just minutes before they set off for football training.
    • BBC Newcastle: Rare football memorabilia collected by Newcastle United fan John Alder, who was killed when flight MH17 came down, is to be auctioned off for charity.
  9. Magpies treasure in auction

    Anthony Day

    BBC Newcastle

    An incredibly rare programme from Newcastle United's 1970 Fairs Cup Tie against Pecsi Dozsa is among the John Alder collection being auctioned in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.


    Also being sold are the matchday programmes from England's 1966 World Cup win against West Germany and Newcastle's 2-0 1924 FA Cup victory over Aston Villa.

    Mr Alder's black and white scarf and the programme from his last match - a friendly against Oldham Athletic - will also go under the hammer with the whole sale expected to raise £18,000.

    Auctioneers Anderson and Garland will hold the sale at St James' Park on Sunday.

  10. Boro pensioner is new Dodge deputy

    An 82-year-old Middlesbrough radio presenter has been given a new role - deputy marshal of Dodge City.

    Sam Harris

    Sam Harris, a presenter for CVFM Radio in Middlesbrough, was appointed deputy by Dodge City marshal Allen Bailey due to the popularity of the veteran broadcaster's music show in the states.

    It is Mr Harris' second honour of 2015 after being awarded an MBE for services to sea angling.

  11. Snapping the aurora borealis

    Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars

    BBC Newcastle

    The Northern Lights were on display above Northumberland yesterday and Whitley Bay photographer Owen Humphreys was there to capture it.

    We will be speaking to the Press Association snapper on BBC Newcastle.

    Northern lights in Northumberland
  12. Shrovetide match kicks off

    Here is the kick-off for the annual Shrovetide match in Alnwick, Northumberland, this afternoon.

    Shrovetide Alnwick
  13. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  14. Death row gran's sister in life-saving attempt

    The Gazette

    The sister of Redcar grandmother Lindsay Sandiford, who could be executed in weeks, has flown to Bali in a last ditch attempt to save her life.

    Lindsay Sandiford

    Hilary Parsons is reported to have gone to the Indonesian island with three lawyers in a bid to save her 58-year-old sister's life.

    Sandiford is facing death by firing squad after she was convicted of trying to smuggle £1.6m of cocaine into Bali in May 2012.

  15. 'Collection meant the world to John'

    Joyce Robbins, the sister of Newcastle United supporter John Alder, says she hopes his beloved collection ends up with other fans.

    Joyce Robbins with the 1924 FA Cup final programme

    Ms Robbins, who is auctioning Mr Alder's collection of programmes in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, says: "This collection and following Newcastle United meant the world to John and we wanted to do something special with it.

    "We hope the people who buy the different lots treasure this memorabilia as John did."

  16. Council condemned over adoption case

    Managers at Darlington Borough Council have been criticised by a senior family court judge over the way they handled a case involving a toddler who was placed in foster care at birth.

    The 13-month-old boy's father, who is in his mid-20s, had wanted to care for him - an application supported by the child's mother.

    But social services said the youngster should be adopted because at one stage the father had involvement with the English Defence League, which a social worker said was "immoral", and because aged 17 he had sex with a 13-year-old girl and accepted a police caution.

    Sir James Munby said there had been "serious failings in social work practice". He said "the city fathers of Darlington and Darlington's director of social services are not guardians of morality", and ruled the child should be returned to his father.

  17. Election debate in Newcastle

    Do you want to talk to senior politicians live on TV and tell them what they need to do to win your vote?

    Victoria Derbyshire is holding a series of big debates during the General Election - the first of which will be about the economy/cost of living on Monday 13 April in Newcastle.

    Victoria Derbyshire programme

    If you would like to take part in the debate and talk directly to politicians, then get in touch. You will need to be able to make your own way to a city centre venue by 07:00 and stay until 11:00.

    Email or call 020 361 43292 to book a place or for more information

  18. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: Rare football memorabilia collected by Newcastle United fan John Alder, who was killed when flight MH17 came down, is to be auctioned off for charity.
    • BBC Tees: Police are investigating a burglary at Greggs Bakery on Powlett Road in Hartlepool, although nothing was taken.
  19. Nothing like the Northern Lights

    Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys has captured the aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, above Northumberland.

    Northern Lights above Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland

    It is the second time this winter that the lights have been visible in the region, with Mr Humphreys spotting the stunning display above Dunstanburgh Castle.

  20. Tell us your views

    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.

  21. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

  22. On the programme this afternoon

    BBC Look North

    A unique haul of Newcastle footballing memorabilia gathered by MH17 crash victim John Alder is to go under the hammer to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

    The huge personal haul of of programmes, tickets and books was gathered by John over 40 years as he travelled around the world in support of his beloved United.

    Watch more on this story at 13:30 on Look North on BBC One.

  23. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A father and son from Newcastle are among seven people involved in a drugs ring who've been jailed for a total of more than 35 years.
    • BBC Tees: Police are hunting two men who carried out a serious sex attack on a man in Northallerton.
  24. Pancake perfection

    Duncan Leatherdale

    BBC News Online

    There is plenty of advice being published today on how to make the perfect pancakes.

    A salmon pancake

    Need some help? Here is the BBC's guide. The Hartlepool Mail is also offering some helpful hints.

  25. First lambs spring into college

    A County Durham farming college has welcomed its first lambs of the year.

    The animals have been born at Houghall Farm at East Durham College's Houghall Campus.

    Students with the lamb

    Farm manager Keith Cook says the college has used new techniques to start its lambing season earlier than usual.

  26. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: Seven people involved in a drugs ring have been jailed for a total of more than 35 years.
    • BBC Tees: Police in Northallerton are investigating a serious sexual assault on a man by two men in the early hours of this morning.
  27. Breaking'Serious sexual assault' in Northallerton park

    A man in his 20s was subjected to a "serious sexual assault" by two men in Bullamoor Park in Northallerton today, police say.

    North Yorkshire Police say the two attackers fled after being disturbed by a loud bang between 02:00 and 04:00 after approaching the victim.

    The area has been cordoned off to allow for forensic examination and searches, and police are appealing for any information.

  28. Horror crash rescue on TV

    Lisa McCormick

    BBC Tees

    Teesside student Elly Latif's horror car crash, in which she suffered a broken femur, shattered and dislocated elbow, broken ribs, bruised lungs and facial injuries is featuring in BBC 1 show Countryside 999 right now.

    Elly Latif

    Ms Latiff, now 20, was driving to her home in Stockton after a day out at Flamingoland theme park in North Yorkshire when she lost control in the rain and slid into the path of a lorry.

    She was taken to hospital by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

  29. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: The poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan will call for "more creativity in the classroom" in a lecture at Newcastle University tonight.
    • BBC Tees: Hartlepool United midfielder Michael Woods says they need to be braver in games if they want to avoid relegation.
  30. Bogus callers hunted by police

    Two bogus callers who tried to con money out of someone in Newcastle are being hunted by police.

    The two men visited an address in Ivy Road in Walker yesterday morning and asked for money for work they falsely claimed had been carried out.

    Police say the men were in a cream Ford flatbed lorry and may have visited the area on previous occasions.

  31. Shining a light on TB

    Photographs and records that lay undiscovered for decades have revealed previously unseen moments of those living with tuberculosis in the first half of the 20th Century.

    A case of tuberculosis treated from May 1925 to August 1927

    Stannington Sanatorium in Northumberland was the first purpose-built children's TB sanatorium in the country and over the decades treated some 11,000 youngsters.

    See the story and striking images here.

  32. Off to the pancake races

    Paul Baird

    BBC Tees

    I'm off to the races today - the pancake races in Northallerton that is.


    Runners representing the town's residents, businesses and organisations will flip pancakes around the Applegarth playing fields at 11:00, with money being raised for the Friarage Hospital's MRI Scanner Appeal.

    I'll be reporting all the action on BBC Tees after 10:30.

  33. Teen biker hurt in van crash

    A 15-year-old boy suffered head injuries in a collision between an off-road motorbike he was riding and a van in North Ormesby.

    Google street view of the junction at Beaumont Road and Thomas Street

    The boy is in a stable condition in James Cook University Hospital after the collision at the junction of Beaumont Road and Thomas Street at 17:15 yesterday.

    A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and has been bailed. Cleveland Police is appealing for witnesses.

  34. Give us your feedback

    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.

  35. Travel: Newcastle congestion building

    Congestion is building in Newcastle but travel chiefs say delays are minor.

    The B1318 Barras Bridge is busy but moving inbound at the St Mary's Place junction, with a similar situation at the A186 Mosley Street eastbound at the Pilgrim Street Roundabout junction.

    Newcastle map

    For regular traffic and travel updates listen to BBC Newcastle or visit the BBC travel pages.

  36. Travel: Tees Flyover delays

    One lane is closed and there is very slow traffic on the A19 Tees Flyover northbound between the A66 junction and Portrack Interchange because of a broken down vehicle.

    For regular traffic and travel updates listen to BBC Tees or visit the BBC's travel pages.

  37. Who should give the sex talk?

    Mike Parr

    BBC Tees

    Whose job is it really to teach children about sex?

    I'll be speaking to an MP who believes it should be up to the schools.

    That's on BBC Tees after 09:30.

  38. Travel: A66(M) lane closure

    There is severe disruption on the A66(M) westbound between the A66 Bridge Road and A1(M) after a lane was closed due to a broken down vehicle.

    A map showing where the disruption is

    The A174 in both directions around Redcar is also slow due to closed lanes.

    For regular traffic and travel updates tune in to BBC Tees or visit the BBC's travel pages.

  39. Cloudy and breezy day ahead

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    The North East today will have clear and cold start with widespread frost, but becoming increasingly cloudy and breezy during the morning.

    Lisa Gallacher with the weather map

    This will lead to a rather cloudy afternoon with a few bright spells at times, and perhaps a few spots of rain on the Pennines. Check the forecast where you live.

  40. Good morning

    Duncan Leatherdale

    BBC News Online

    Welcome to BBC Local Live on Shrove Tuesday. I'll be bringing you news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the North East.

    If you'd like us to feature your comments or pictures, send them to us by email, tweet us @BBCNewsNE or join our Facebook page.