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  1. Updates on Monday 2 March 2015

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Goodbye

That's all for Local Live for today - thank you for joining us.

We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with news, sport, weather and travel from across the North East.

We'll leave you with a photo taken by Gary Woodburn of a rare moonbow over Seahouses taken early on Sunday.

Moonbow over Seahouses
Gary Woodburn

Footballer suspended after arrest

Sunderland have announced midfielder Adam Johnson has been suspended by the club pending the outcome of the police investigation.

On tonight's Look North

Jeff Brown

BBC Look North

England and Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson is arrested - we'll have the latest.

And jailed for 15 years - the former teacher who sexually abused four children.The patient who made 19 visits to the GP before his cancer was diagnosed - and then it was too late.

Join us at 18:30 on BBC One for this and all our other stories.

Footballer arrest

In a statement, Durham Police said: "A 27-year-old man was arrested earlier today on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16.

"He remains in police custody and is helping officers with their enquiries."

Scattered wintry showers

Scattered wintry showers will continue overnight, giving further slight accumulations chiefly on the Cheviots and North Pennines, and with some lying snow possible down to low levels. Becoming frosty by morning with some icy patches on untreated roads and pavements.

Minimum Temperature: -2C (28F)

Rape investigation

Police are carrying out an investigation after a woman was raped in Newcastle city centre

The 33-year-old was attacked in a street next to the Powerhouse nightclub, close to Westmorland Road, early on Sunday.

Northumbria Police is carrying out additional patrols in the area.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 are:

  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Helen Richardson will have a round-up of the day's top headlines.
  • BBC Tees: Cleveland Police has welcomed the 15-and-a-half year prison sentence handed to a former Stockton schoolteacher found guilty of sexually abusing four children.

Loneliness and life expectancy

Phil Connell

BBC Look North

Agony aunt Denise Robertson will be talking about loneliness as life expectancy for women in the North East has stopped rising.

Inside Out graphic
BBC

She investigates the figures further and examines if the emerging trend is linked - as some experts think - to more people living lonelier lives.

There will be more in

Look North on BBC One at 18:30 and on
Inside Out on BBC One at 19:30.

Sunderland win red card appeal

BBC Sport

The Football Association has rescinded Sunderland defender Wes Brown's red card in his side's 2-0 defeat at Manchester United on Saturday.

"An independent regulatory commission has upheld a claim of wrongful dismissal," read an FA statement.

"Therefore, his one-match ban has been withdrawn with immediate effect."

Whitley Bay sunrise

John Stephenson sent us this photo of this morning's sunrise on Whitley Bay beach.

Whitley Bay sunrise
John Stephenson

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News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 are:

  • BBC Newcastle: Family and friends pay tribute to a man who died when he suffered a medical condition and fell into the River Wear.
  • BBC Tees: Cleveland Police said it is "pleased" at the 15-and-a-half year prison sentence handed to a former teacher who sexually abused four children.

River-plunge student to meet rescuers

A student who drunkenly fell into the River Wear is to meet his rescuers.

River Wear, Durham
BBC

A passer-by raised the alarm after spotting the man in the water near Durham Amateur Rowing Club at about 01:45 on January 30 and he was pulled out by emergency services.

Now he has agreed to meet those rescuers to discuss the incident. He was given a fine for being drunk and incapable and must take part in a scheme to learn about the effects of alcohol.

Petition against police helicopter move

Neil Green

BBC Tees

Join me on

BBC Tees Drive later, when we'll be talking to those behind a petition against the planned move of the Cleveland Police helicopter base from Durham Tees Valley Airport up to Newcastle.

Police helicopter
PA

The helicopter will go in 2017 as the

National Police Air Service has to reduce it's budget by 14% over the next three years.

So far the petition has attracted 1,000 signatures.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 are:

  • BBC Newcastle: Family and friends of a man who died in the River Wear at the weekend say he'll be sorely missed.
  • BBC Tees: A former schoolteacher has been sentenced to 15-and-a-half years in prison after he was found guilty of sexually abusing four children.

Bruce suggests using technology

BBC Sport

Ahead of Hull's match against Sunderland tomorrow, Hull manager Steve Bruce spoke about the controversy surrounding Wes Brown's sending off against Manchester United on Saturday.

He said: "I was watching the rugby yesterday afternoon and the referee, before he awarded a try, stopped to speak to the video official before making his decision.

"With the technology we've got, the goal line technology, I can't see the reason why the referee can't go to the fourth official and say, 'I'm undecided here about which one has committed the foul'.

"It was a foul, but he's obviously got it wrong. If he can stop the game for four or five seconds to review the footage, it can get the right decision."

Diversions for bus routes

Buses will be diverted in Redcar from next Monday while roadworks are carried out.

Arriva North East says Northern Gas Networks are carrying out works at the junction of West Dyke Road and Milbank Lane, so its services will be unable to operate via Redcar Clock for around eight weeks.

Full details of the service diversions can be found

here.

Police welcome abuser's prison sentence

Commenting on the

sentencing of child abuser Alan Medd, Det Insp Simon Walker, of Cleveland Police, said: "We are pleased with the outcome at court today.

Alan Medd
Cleveland Police

"This sentence shows the lengths that Cleveland Police will go to when investigating historic sexual offences.

"Alan Medd is a former teacher who worked in schools in the Stockton area as far back as the 1960s and he also had connections to the Northumberland area.

"We would like to reassure members of the public that it is never too late to report an incident of this nature and every report will be investigated thoroughly, professionally and sensitively."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 are:

  • BBC Newcastle: Family and friends of a man who died in the River Wear at the weekend say he'll be sorely missed.
  • BBC Tees: A former schoolteacher has been sentenced to 15-and-a-half years in prison after he was found guilty of sexually abusing four children.

Boro miss chance to leapfrog leaders

Promotion-chasing Middlesbrough had a weekend to forget as they missed the chance to go top of the Championship table.

Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough
Empics

They

returned empty-handed from a trip to Sheffield Wednesday after a 2-0 loss and sit second, two points behind Derby County who were also defeated on Saturday.

Boro will be looking for better fortune at home to Millwall tomorrow night. The Londoners are in the bottom three.

'I'm not coming out in that...'

Tracey Laing captions her photo of a snowy Consett 'I'm not coming out in that.....'

snow in Consett
Tracey Laing

If you have a photo you'd like us to feature, send it to us by

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£225,000 waiting for mystery lottery winner

Phil Mawson

BBC News

Residents in Northumberland are being urged to check their lottery tickets for an as-yet unclaimed prize of £225,081.

Lotto balls
BBC

The mystery player bought the winning ticket for the Valentine's Day draw on 14 February.

The winning numbers were 7, 20, 23, 29, 40, 46 and the bonus ball was 22.

There is a 180-day deadline to claim prizes, with the number to call being 0845 910 0000.

Warning of snow and ice

A yellow warning for snow and ice has been issued for the north-east of England by the Met Office.

The warning - which means be aware - is valid until 10:00 on Tuesday and says further heavy wintry showers are expected overnight.

It says northern areas of England will see snow chiefly over higher ground, with more than 5cm in places but with some accumulations possible at low levels too. Ice will be an additional hazard.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 are:

  • BBC Newcastle: Family and friends of a man who died in the River Wear at the weekend say he'll be sorely missed.
  • BBC Tees: A former schoolteacher has been sentenced to 15-and-a-half years in prison after he was found guilty of sexually abusing four children.

Former teacher jailed for child sex abuse

Simon Armstrong

BBC News

A former schoolteacher has been sentenced to 15-and-a-half years in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing four children.

Scales of justice
BBC

Alan Medd, 77, from Stockton, was described as "despicable, depraved and abhorrent" when he appeared at Teesside Crown Court.

The abuse took place during the 1980s and 1990s, with two of Medd's victims just eight at the time.

Bearded Sting returns to deliver lecture

Phil Mawson

BBC News

Chart-topper Sting - sporting a full beard - returned to Tyneside at the weekend to deliver the annual South Shields Lecture at Harton Technical College.

Sting with David Miliband
Will Walker / North News

The Wallsend-born former Police frontman was invited by former South Shields MP David Miliband and spoke of his North East roots and pride in being recognised as a "Geordie".

The lecture, which in the past has featured stars including Sir Patrick Stewart and David Walliams, was established in 2001, when Neil Kinnock was the first speaker.

Petrol station robbed

A woman was knocked to the ground when a petrol station was robbed on Sunday evening.

It happened at 21:00 at Chilton Moor Filling Station, in North View Terrace, Chilton Moor, near Houghton-le-Spring.

Police said the man stole cash. The woman, a member of staff, suffered minor injuries.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 are:

  • BBC Newcastle: Tributes have been paid to a rowing coach who died in the River Wear at the weekend.
  • BBC Tees: More than half of the doctors surveyed by the BBC say they want to leave the profession before they reach retirement age.

Car occupants sought after street attack

Phil Mawson

BBC News

A man suffered head and facial injuries in an attack in York Road in Hartlepool.

The 55-year-old had been seen talking to the occupants of a silver Vauxhall Vectra in the early hours of Saturday.

Cleveland Police said he needed hospital treatment after the attack.

Where did Magpies edge out Aston Villa?

As these match stats show, possession was shared equally on Saturday between the Magpies and Villa.

Newcastle v Aston Villa match stats
BBC

United had more shots and corners though. The win, watched by 51,573 fans, puts Newcastle 11th in the Premier League on 35 points.

Louis Van Gaal's Manchester United, who sit third, are next up at St James' Park on Wednesday night.

Tributes to rowing coach

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

Tributes have been paid to a rowing coach who died in the River Wear. Bill Grant lost control of his bike and fell into water on Saturday.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 are:

  • BBC Newcastle: Family and friends of a man killed in the River Wear at Durham at the weekend have been paying tribute.
  • BBC Tees: New figures show there are a third more men in Durham Prisons than the facility is designed for.

Would it be realistic to renationalise the railways?

As the East Coast Mainline passes from public to private hands,

BBC Magazine explores if it is realistic to talk about the rail network ever being renationalised?

East Coast train
PA

A consortium of Virgin and Stagecoach took over the running of the route at the weekend.

Cisse goal a 'godsend', says Carver

It was a good weekend for

Newcastle United as they got their first home win of 2015 thanks to Papiss Cisse's goal against Aston Villa.

Papiss Cisse scores against Aston Villa
Getty Images

Jonas Gutierrez was part of the Newcastle squad for the first time since recovering from testicular cancer, but the Argentina international was an unused substitute.

Toon boss John Carver admitted afterwards: "It wasn't scintillating, it was two nervous sides. It wasn't pretty but it was a nice feeling getting that goal before half-time. It was a godsend."