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  1. Fire at chemical plant in Eaglescliffe now out
  2. Cisse and Evans charged over 'spitting' row
  3. Gus Poyet charged with improper conduct
  4. High Level and Transporter bridges on stamps
  5. Updates on Thursday 5 March 2015

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  1. Good evening

    That's all for today from BBC Local Live in the North East.

    We'll be with you again from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the region. We leave you with this photo Dean Matthews sent us of St Mary's Lighthouse.

    St Mary's Lighthouse

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

  2. 'Odd spot of light rain'

    Clare Nasir

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Tonight, most places will remain dry, though still the odd spot of light rain is possible in the west. Enough cloud and breeze to prevent any frost.

    Minimum temperature: 4C (39F)

    Friday forecast

    Tomorrow will be a windy day with a good deal of cloud. The best of any brightness will be in the east, with the Cheviots and Pennines seeing a little light rain.

    Check the forecast where you are.

  3. Tears and applause for Chloe's return

    Sharon Barbour

    BBC Look North

    It was the first time Chloe Beaney had been back to school since the operation in November.

    Chloe Beaney

    In an exclusive interview she told me how grateful she was to the donor family. Her father added his thanks saying seeing her back at school was something they feared would never happen.

    Watch my full report on Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

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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. Tell us what you think.

  5. Virgin Money staff in line for windfall

    Virgin Money, the bank which took over parts of Northern Rock, has more than doubled its profits in the lender's first set of annual results since it floated last year.

    The company also announced that all staff below executive level will receive a "share in success" pay-out worth 7% of their salaries, adding to their normal bonus awards and the £1,000 of shares that all employees received on listing.

    Virgin, which made its stock market debut last November, said pre-tax profits, stripping out one-off items, grew 127% to £121.2m in 2014. But statutory pre-tax profits actually fell 82% to £34m.

  6. 'Caught on video'

    An FA statement says: "Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse and Manchester United's Jonny Evans have both been charged by the FA following their game yesterday (Wednesday 4 March 2015).

    "The charges are in relation to an alleged breach of FA Rule E1 1/8a 3/8 in that in or around the 38th minute of the game the two players spat at each other.

    "The incidents were not seen by the match officials but caught on video. Both players have until 18:00 on Friday 6 March 2015 to respond to the charge."

  7. BreakingCisse charged by FA


    Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse and Manchester United defender Jonny Evans have been charged after allegedly spitting at each other in last night's Premier League match at St James' Park, the Football Association has announced.

  8. More on council cash hand-back

    Duncan Leatherdale

    BBC News Online

    Redcar cabinet member for housing Tristen Learoyd said taxpayers will have to foot the shortfall. He told BBC Tees: "As part of the (EU) deal it was specified that a number of office spaces had to be filled.

    "The reality is no office space was being taken up and there is empty floor space for everybody to see. It works out as £10 per head across the borough, it will be paid out of the central grant so that means services will have to be cut back as a result or there will be future tax rises.

    "This year the books have been balanced but moving forward, because of the catastrophic decisions made in the past, wasting money at a time when they were having to cut back, there is a likelihood of future tax increases because of these mistakes."

  9. Council 'hands back £1m'

    Duncan Leatherdale

    BBC News Online

    Here's more on the story we told you about earlier that Redcar and Cleveland Council has had to pay back more than £1m of European cash after failing to fill office units in a new development.

    The council received funding for the £31m Redcar Leisure and Community Heart project. But it has now had to refund £1,030,000 after it failed to meet all the EU Development Fund criteria.

  10. Emergency services standing down

    Cleveland Police say emergency services are standing down from the scene of a fire at Melbray Chemicals on Durham Lane Industrial Estate.

    There are no reports of any injuries or casualties. The fire is out and roads are re-opening. There are no on or off site implications.

    Fire at Eaglescliffe

    A lingering odour in the area should not cause any concern for members of the public.

    Anyone who may have come into contact with the smoke and is experiencing breathing difficulties is asked to contact 111, their local pharmacy or walk-in centre or 999 in an emergency.

  11. Fire at chemical plant now out

    BBC Tees

    Cleveland Fire Brigade says the blaze at a chemical factory in Eaglescliffe is now out.

    At its height, 60 officers tackled the blaze at Melbray Chemicals on Durham Lane Industrial Park.

    Fire at Chemical plant

    People living nearby were told to close their doors and windows but it's now been confirmed that the fumes were not toxic.

  12. Police at the scene

    This shot by Stuart Hincks shows the flames leaping into the air at Melbray Chemicals in Eaglescliffe.

    Fire in Eaglescliffe
  13. Gutierrez hails 'a new debut'

    Jonas Gutierrez has described his first-team return for Newcastle United after being given the all-clear from testicular cancer in November as like "a new debut".

    Argentina international Gutierrez made his first Magpies appearance since April 2014 as a substitute against Manchester United on Wednesday.

    Jonas Gutierrez

    "It was really emotional and really exciting," Gutierrez told BBC Newcastle. "I was so emotional when I put my feet on the pitch. I've travelled a long way to get to this point and I really enjoyed it.

    "I thank the fans for their support and also my team-mates. It was a great moment for me."

  14. Heart transplant girl Chloe Beaney back at school

    Sharon Barbour

    BBC Look North

    Moving scenes at a Northumberland school this morning as teenager Chloe Beaney, who was given just days to live unless she had an urgent heart transplant, walked into her class for the first time since her operation.

    Chloe, who has just turned 15, was top of the UK-wide donor waiting list as an urgent search took place across Europe.

    Chloe Beaney

    She was a social media sensation and her story went nationwide, sparking a surge in people signing up to the register.

  15. Fire 'started in chemical containers'

    More than 50 firefighters have been tackling the blaze at Melbray Chemicals on Durham Lane Industrial Park in Eaglescliffe, which broke out at lunchtime.

    Cleveland Fire Brigade say the fire involved plastic storage containers with small quantities of chemicals in them.

    Fire at Eaglescliffe
  16. Kluivert to be boss of island side

    Former Newcastle striker Patrick Kluivert is poised to be named the new coach of Caribbean island Curacao, according to local media.

    The Curacao Chronicle reports that Kluivert, whose mother hails from Curacao, is due to be unveiled on the island today.

    Patrick Kluivert (right), alongside Louis Van Gaal

    Kluivert, 38, was assistant to Louis van Gaal with the Dutch national team until Van Gaal's move to Manchester United. He was also linked with the Ross County manager's job - a role that ultimately went to Jim McIntyre.

  17. Firefighters at the scene

    Seventy firefighters are battling the blaze in Eaglescliffe:

    The blaze
    Image caption: Seventy firefighters are battling the blaze
  18. 'Don't walk into smoke'

    Cleveland Police warns: Children can be collected from schools. Please be aware traffic is extremely heavy. Do not walk into any smoke plumes due to it being a possible irritant.

  19. Train service back to normal

    National Rail tweets: CLEARED: Following emergency services dealing with an incident, train services are now able to call at #Eaglescliffe

  20. Evans denies spitting at Cisse

    It comes as Manchester United defender Jonny Evans insists he did not spit at Cisse when they clashed in last night's Premier League match.

    Evans says: "I am shocked to have seen the media coverage from last night's match. I would like to make it clear that I did not spit at Papiss Cisse.

    Jonny Evans

    "I was totally unaware of any spitting incident and had assumed that the issue at the time was with the challenge and his attempted retaliation to the tackle from the floor.

    "It is not in my character or in my nature to spit at anybody nor is it something I have ever done or would ever do. It is certainly not something that I did last night."

  21. BreakingCisse sorry for spitting row

    Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse releases a statement saying: "I have apologies to make to a lot of people today. Firstly to my teammates and to our supporters, secondly to Jonny Evans, and thirdly to every football fan who saw the incident between myself and Jonny.

    "I reacted to something I found very unpleasant. Sometimes it is hard not to react, particularly in the heat of the moment. I have always tried hard to be a positive role model, especially for our young fans, and yesterday I let you down.

    Papiss Cisse remonstrates with Jonny Evans

    "I hope children out there playing football for their clubs and schools this weekend will know better than to retaliate when they are angry. Perhaps when they see the problem it now causes me and my team they will be able to learn from my mistake, not copy it."

  22. Police presence at factory

    BBC Tees

    Our reporter Andy Bell is at the scene and sends back this photo:

    Police cars
  23. 'Pupils allowed out as normal'

    Stockton Council tweets: Fire brigade advise there is no disruption to parents collecting pupils from nearby schools. Schools are able to let pupils out as normal.

  24. 'Smoke not toxic'

    BBC Tees

    Cleveland Police have sealed off the area and have confirmed the smoke is non toxic.

  25. Flames coming from roof

    This photo shows flames coming from the roof of the chemical plant in Eaglescliffe.

    Flames at plant
  26. Cordon in place

    Cleveland Police say "we are yet to determine if evacuation is needed. A cordon is in place to deter additional traffic into the area".

    Police at scene of fire
  27. A66 closed and queuing traffic

    Just to recap - the A66 is closed and there's queuing traffic in both directions between Great Burdon Roundabout in Sadberge and the A135 Yarm Road junction in Stockton-On-Tees due to the fire.

    Get the latest travel news here.

  28. Train services stopped

    National Rail tweets: Services are currently not able to call at #Eaglescliffe due to emergency services dealing with an incident near this station.

  29. Eye in the sky

    Andrea Macmillan

    BBC Tees

    And here it is:

    Police helicopter
  30. Police helicopter up

    Andrea Macmillan

    BBC Tees

    Smoke is drifting at ground level from Witham Avenue to Eaglescliffe Golf Club. The Cleveland Police helicopter is hovering above.

  31. 'No casualties reported'

    Cleveland Police tweets: Fire on Durham Lane: Please avoid the area. Residents stay indoors and keep windows and doors closed. No casualties or injuries reported.

  32. Workers evacuated

    Mark Denten

    Political Correspondent, BBC North East & Cumbria

    Workers evacuated from Eaglescliffe industrial estate say the fire has been burning for about an hour.

    Fire at Eaglescliffe Industrial estate
  33. Seventy firefighters at scene

    There are 10 fire engines and 70 firefighters at the scene in Eaglescliffe and equipment includes two foam pods and a command and control unit.

  34. Smoke easing off

    Andrea Macmillan

    BBC Tees

    The smoke does appear to be subsiding now.

    Eaglescliffe fire
  35. Black smoke across the sky

    Here's a photo of the Eaglescliffe fire from the other side:

    Fire in Eaglescliffe
  36. People advised to close doors and windows

    People living in Durham Lane, Eaglescliffe, are being advised to close their doors and windows due to the fire on the industrial estate.

    Durham Lane from the A66 and Durham Lane from Allens West are closed and Cleveland Police are advising people to use alternative routes.

  37. 'Taste of chemicals'

    Andrea Macmillan

    BBC Tees

    There is a chemical taste in the air in Eaglescliffe. But the wind has changed and the smoke is lessening.

  38. Durham Lane closed

    Cleveland Police say Durham Lane is closed at the junction of Chaldron Way due to the fire at Melbray Chemicals.

    Residents are also warned to keep windows closed.

  39. Fire raging over Teesside

    Andrea Macmillan

    BBC Tees

    This is the major fire over Eaglescliffe right now:

    Fire in Eaglescliffe
  40. Bird in flight

    Jim Jones sent us this photo of a pheasant in flight over fields near Holywell Village in Northumberland.


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

  41. Bruce v Poyet: What really happened...

    Hull City defender Curtis Davies had a front row seat for the Steve Bruce and Gus Poyet match up.

    The incident occurred with Sunderland trailing Hull 1-0

    Bruce was restrained as the pair squared up. Moments after, Poyet was sent off for reacting badly to Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell's yellow card. He has now been charged with improper conduct by the FA.

    Listen to the interview here.

  42. Carver 'devastated and annoyed'

    BBC Sport

    Away from the controversy surrounding the match, Newcastle boss John Carver says the manner of his side's 1-0 defeat at home to Manchester United left him feeling "devastated and annoyed".

    Newcastle boss John Carver

    Ashley Young capitalised on a mix-up in the Newcastle defence in the 89th minute to give the visitors a victory which keeps them in fourth position in the Premier League.

    Newcastle have won just two of their last 25 Premier League matches against Manchester United.

  43. Study urges £15bn transport boost

    Phil Mawson

    BBC News

    A think tank has said the government should invest £15bn in a Transport for London-style body for the north of England to revitalise transport links.


    The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) says the proposed body will help make George Osborne's vision of a "northern powerhouse" a reality.

  44. Car park to 'alleviate' issues

    A new long-stay car park to "alleviate" parking issues on Yarm High Street has opened.

    Councillor Mike Smith with Councillor Peter Monck

    Yarm Wharf car park is the latest in a series of investments in Yarm following Stockton Council's £500,000 of works to enhance the High Street.

    Councillor Peter Monck said: "This car park is a welcome addition to the investment by Stockton Council into Yarm and will help to alleviate the parking issues in and around the town centre."

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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. Tell us what you think.

  46. Taking democracy tips?

    David Rhodes

    Politics Reporter, BBC North East and Cumbria

    I wonder if someone from Hartlepool Council can explain why they've started following Vladmir Putin on Twitter?

    Twitter feed
  47. Newsnight interview Dark Justice

    BBC's Newsnight programme spoke to two men last night involved with a group called Dark Justice.

    It claims to track down paedophiles, and last month a Stockton man admitted grooming a 14-year-old girl for sex. You can watch the interview here.

    Two men from Dark Justice
  48. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A North East man who's part of a group of so called "paedophile hunters" has told BBC Tees this morning he feels it's his duty to help the police.
    • BBC Newcastle: Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse and Manchester United defender Jonny Evans could face six-match bans if found guilty of spitting.
  49. High Level Bridge on a stamp

    The High Level Bridge, linking Newcastle to Gateshead, will feature as a first class stamp, it was announced today.

    The stamp issue is celebrating the leaps in engineering that have seen the UK's bridges evolve from humble stone crossings to dramatic landmarks.

    High Level Bridge on a stamp

    The two-tier 408m (1,200ft) bridge, designed by Robert Stephenson to carry road and rail traffic across the Tyne and allow tall-masted ships below, is a hymn to the strength, utility and robust beauty of cast iron.

    The tall piers, up to 40m (120ft) high, are made of local sandstone, which possesses great strength and are able to withstand damp.

  50. Poyet's FA charge 'over kicking bottles'

    It is understood Gus Poyet's FA charge relates to kicking the water bottles rather than the confrontation with Steve Bruce.

    Sunderland were trailing 1-0 at the KC Stadium when Poyet reacted furiously to Dean's decision to caution Jack Rodwell, and assistant referee Stuart Burt had to intervene as the two bosses became embroiled in a heated exchange before he made his way to the stands.

  51. Borneo student deaths trial ends

    Jennifer Pak

    BBC News, Kuala Lumpur

    The trial of a Malaysian man accused of murdering two Newcastle University medical students has ended.

    Fishmonger Zulkipli Abdullah denies stabbing Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger after an argument at a bar in Borneo last August.

    Neil Dalton, left, and Aidan Brunger

    His lawyer argued that it was "impossible" for Mr Zulkipli to have killed two foreigners who are so much taller and bigger than him.

    The judge will deliver the verdict on 31 March. The families of Mr Dalton and Mr Brunger are expected to be present.

  52. BreakingFA to probe Cisse 'spit' row


    The Football Association is to launch an investigation into the alleged spitting incident between Manchester United defender Jonny Evans and Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse.

    Disciplinary bosses are waiting for referee Anthony Taylor's report while at the same time reviewing video footage from last night's game, which saw Man United win 1-0 at St James' Park.

  53. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A North East man who's part of a group of so called "paedophile hunters" has told BBC Tees this morning he feels it's his duty to help the police.
    • BBC Newcastle: Police are appealing for information after a man was stabbed in Sunderland.
  54. Arrest after stabbing

    A man is in a critical but stable condition after he was stabbed in a property in Sunderland, police say.

    The 29-year-old was found in Claremont Terrace early this morning. A 33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wounding.

    Northumbria Police say there will be officers in the area as they carry out their investigation.

  55. Lorry causes A19 problems

    One lane is closed and there's slow traffic on the A690 northbound in Houghton-Le-Spring between the A182 Hillside Way junction and Herrington Interchange because of an accident involving two vehicles.

    And there's also a lane closed and queuing traffic on the A19 southbound in New York between Holystone Roundabout and the Silverlink Roundabout because of a broken down lorry.

    Get the latest for Tyne and Wear and Teesside.

  56. Taylor 'allowed to ref Man Utd'

    There was much talk in Tyneside pubs and on social media last night about why Anthony Taylor was allowed to referee the match between Newcastle and Manchester United as he is from Wythenshawe.

    Emmanuel Riviere goes down under Chris Smalling's challenge

    The BBC understands he has no association to United and as he is a member of the Cheshire FA is allowed to officiate their matches.

    It comes after the Magpies thought they should have had a penalty and there was an alleged spitting incident in the 1-0 defeat.

  57. Gutierrez back after 17 months

    BBC Newcastle

    Despite the loss for Newcastle and the controversy over an alleged spitting incident, there was some good news - 17 months after he last played for the club, Jonas Gutierrez made an emotional return to the pitch last night.

    Joans Gutierrez

    He was welcomed by 50,000 fans at St James' Park for his first game since recovering from testicular cancer. He says he'll always remember it and just being involved again is a huge thing for him. You can listen to his reaction here.

  58. McDonald's to appeal over restaurant rejection

    McDonald's says it will appeal against a decision to block it opening a restaurant near Newcastle's Kenton School.

    Hundreds of people objected to the plan including fears it would promote unhealthy eating to pupils. McDonald's said the restaurant would create 75 jobs and contribute £1.9m to the area's economy.

    Campaigners against the Kenton McDonald's

    The plan was rejected by Newcastle City Council's planning committee in September.

  59. FA to considers spitting claims

    Chris Conway

    BBC Newcastle

    The Football Association will wait to receive the report of referee Anthony Taylor before deciding what action to take against Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans following their clash at St James' Park last night.

    Johnny Evans and Papiss Cisse clash at St James' Park

    The pair appeared to spit at each other during the first half of Manchester United's 1-0 win over Newcastle.

    Evans had taken exception to Cisse's challenge close to the halfway line. If either are found guilty of spitting they can expect six game bans.

  60. Two North East bridges go on stamps

    Two of the North East's most dramatic bridges are to feature on a new set of stamps.

    Ten bridges in the collection of first-class stamps will be highlighted, including Robert Stephenson's High Level Bridge crossing the River Tyne and Middlesbrough's Transporter Bridge.

    Middlesbrough's Transporter Bridge stamp

    Andrew Hammond, head of stamps and collectibles at Royal Mail, said: "The story of Britain's engineering genius can be found in its bridges. These new stamps celebrate 10 beautiful and ground-breaking landmarks that span centuries of our history."

  61. Petition for Metro extension handed in

    A petition calling for an extension of the Tyne and Wear Metro to Washington has been presented in Parliament.

    More than 1,700 people have signed the petition, which was handed over in the Commons by Washington and Sunderland West Labour MP Sharon Hodgson.

  62. Cisse faces spitting ban call

    BBC Newcastle

    Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse and Manchester United defender Jonny Evans should face bans from the Football Association after appearing to spit at each other, according to Ex-Magpies midfielder Dietmar Hamann.

    Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse

    The pair both appeared to spit during the Red Devils' 1-0 win at Newcastle.

  63. Staying mild and breezy

    Colin Briggs

    BBC Look North

    Staying mainly mild, but generally cloudy until the afternoon, with the chance of rain around lunchtime in more western areas.

    Weather graphic

    The best of any sunshine will come later in the afternoon, with highs of around 9C (48F). Winds will be southwesterly, starting light, but picking up later, especially in the north. Check the forecast where you are.

  64. No problems on the roads

    It's relatively clear on the roads this morning, with no major incidents reported.

    Get the latest for Tyne and Wear and Teesside.

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    Welcome to BBC Local Live. We'll be bringing you news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the North East. There's lots of reaction to Newcastle United's match against Manchester United last night.

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