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  1. Updates on Friday 20 March 2015

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  1. Good evening

    That's all from BBC Local Live in the North East for today. We will return at 08:00 on Monday. Have a good weekend.

  2. On Topping of the Moon

    Martin Forster

    Look North

    Worth it for the pun alone. This was the view of the eclipse over Roseberry Topping on Teesside.

    Eclipse viewed over Roseberry Topping

    I didn't climb up it because I was supposed to be in the Newcastle newsroom on a planning shift and I didn't want to be late. Honest.

  3. Teenager missing in Middlesbrough

    A teenager has gone missing in Middlesbrough. Charlie Ellis, 15, has vanished from her home in Devonshire Road.

    Charlie Ellis

    She was last seen at 13:30 yesterday. She is 5ft 5in, slim, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing blue jeans, a blue top and white ankle boots with a fur trim.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.

  4. 'Great stadium and fans'

    BBC Sport

    New Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has been discussing his side's chances of warding off relegation.

    "In Holland, we can see all the games in England - everything is on television, so I knew the squad, I knew the players, plus the fact that we have a great stadium and great fans.

    Dick Advocaat

    "With the support of them, we must do it. I have a good feeling about the squad after the last three days, so why not?"

  5. 'Group of officers complained about chief'

    Chief Constable Sue Sim says a group of officers have complained about her behaviour after it emerged PCC Vera Baird has appointed a judge to investigate allegations of misconduct.

    Ms Sim said: "I will cooperate fully with the investigation and I am keen to do so at the earliest opportunity in the interests of Northumbria Police and the public we serve.

    "It would not be appropriate for me to make any further comment at this time."

  6. News on the hour

    The top stories at 17:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: There's been an incident involving a microlight aircraft at Durham Tees Valley Airport.
    • BBC Tees: Ministers have unveiled multi-billion-pound plans to improve transport across the North of England.
  7. 'Grinning like a Cheshire cat'

    Malcolm Bannister snapped this photo of the eclipse earlier in Thorpe Thewles near Wynyard on Teesside.

    Eclipse in Teesside
  8. Probe over 'respect and courtesy'

    It adds: "The nature of the complaints to be investigated is that the Chief Constable may have fallen short of her duty as a police officer to treat colleagues with respect and courtesy.

    "I have appointed Mr Joel Bennathan, QC of Doughty Street Chambers, London, a Recorder of the Crown Court, to carry out that investigation.

    "Chief Constable Sim will not be suspended and this is not currently an investigation into gross misconduct."

  9. 'Assess severity of complaints'

    Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Bird says in a statement: "I am now in a position to respond to recent rumours about the Chief Constable of Northumbria Police.

    "Over the past few days, I have sought clarification about the issues raised by some officers. I am now clear that they wish to make complaints against the Chief Constable of Northumbria Police which merit investigation.

    "The first step in the statutory process in such a situation is for me to assess the severity of any such complaint and I have done so.

    "I have told the Chief Constable that there is a prima facie case to be investigated as to whether she is guilty of misconduct."

  10. BreakingPolice chief probed over misconduct

    BBC Newcastle

    The Chief Constable of Northumbria Police, Sue Sim, is to be investigated over allegations of misconduct.

  11. Nanoo nanoo...

    Martin Forster

    Look North

    You could never say the life of a BBC reporter wasn't varied.

    Out filming the eclipse on Teesside for BBC Look North today I bumped into Simon Andrews and Martin Hardy, about to climb up Roseberry Topping wearing tin hats.

    Simon Andrews and Martin Hardy

    People might think they are eccentric, as Martin admitted, but "you can never be too careful". Apparently aliens are apt to land around the eclipse and the hats protect against mind control. Obviously.

  12. Gutierrez on NUFC return and tattoo

    BBC Sport

    Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez has told Football Focus about his emotional return to the club following treatment for testicular cancer.

    Gutierrez was on the bench against Aston Villa in February and came on as a substitute at home to Manchester United.

    Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez

    The Argentine also explains his new tattoo, which features the lyrics to Eminem's No Love.

    Football Focus is on BBC One at 11.30 tomorrow, but you can watch a clip of the interview here.

  13. News on the hour

    The top stories at 16:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: There's been an incident involving a microlight aircraft at Durham Tees Valley Airport.
    • BBC Tees: Ministers have unveiled multi-billion-pound plans to improve transport across the North of England.
  14. Advocaat on first SAFC game

    Nick Barnes

    BBC Newcastle commentator

    New Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat is on BBC Newcastle's Total Sport from 17:30 with his thoughts ahead of his first match. Listen live here.

    Nick's notes
  15. Ex-Sunderland player held over assault

    Former Sunderland footballer Calum Davenport has been arrested on suspicion of assault after playing in a local league match.

    Calum Davenport

    The defender, who now plays for Elstow Abbey FC, was detained after a man in his 30s received a head injury at Cranfield United's ground on Saturday.

    The victim is believed to also play for Elstow Abbey.

  16. Beamish wins cash for apprenticeships

    Chantalle Edmunds

    BBC Tees

    Beamish Museum has won a £120,000 grant for a three-year project getting young people into engineering, technology, science and maths through heritage work.


    It is hoped the scheme, funded by the Reece Foundation, will also help develop engineering apprenticeships.

  17. News on the hour

    The top stories at 15:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: There's been an incident involving a microlight aircraft at Durham Tees Valley Airport.
    • BBC Tees: A BBC investigation has revealed that more dogs are stolen in County Durham than anywhere else in the North East and Cumbria.
  18. Two in microlite crash

    Two people were on board a Flexwing Microlite aircraft which crashed shortly after noon, Durham Tees Valley Airport says.

    Emergency services and the air ambulance attended but neither occupant was seriously injured. Commercial flights were not affected.

    The incident has been reported to the Air Accident Investigation Bureau, an airport spokesman said.

  19. Can religion and science coexist?

    Caroline Wyatt

    Religious affairs correspondent

    A new project bringing together science and religion is unlikely to end the long and sometimes bitter debate over the relationship between the two.

    Religion graphic

    However the Church of England-backed project at Durham University will offer trainee priests and Christians, who are scientists, the chance to engage with contemporary science.

    The three-year scheme will see trainee priests and others offered access to resources on contemporary science, and it will also research attitudes towards science among Church leaders.

  20. Hartlepool bombardment coverage hailed

    Colin George

    North East Local Live

    The work the BBC News Online, BBC Tees and Look North teams did in covering the centenary of the Hartlepool Bombardment in December has been recognised at an awards ceremony this afternoon.

    A few moments ago it was named Best Digital/Social Media at the BBC's Ruby Awards. You can see some of the work by clicking here.

    Ruby Award
  21. News on the hour

    The top stories at 14:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: There's been an incident involving a microlight aircraft at Durham Tees Valley Airport.
    • BBC Tees: A BBC investigation has revealed that more dogs are stolen in County Durham than anywhere else in the North East and Cumbria.
  22. 'Proud of all of our achievements'

    The statement by Gus Poyet continues: "I will always remember fondly that miracle unbeaten run, a vein of form for which I was honoured to be shortlisted for the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Year Award.

    "I leave Sunderland feeling proud of all of our achievements during my tenure, not least reaching the club's first cup final in 22 years when we took more than 30,000 fans to the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley.

    "Of the three Tyne-Wear derby matches since I joined the club as manager, I am very proud that we were able to win all three, two of which were away from home."

    "I will never forget winning at Old Trafford last May, Sunderland's first league victory there since 1968, which came shortly after beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

  23. Youths sought over arson attack

    Two youths are being sought after an arson attack on a house in Washington in the early hours.

    No-one was in the property in Stridingedge, at the time of the attack, but it was badly damaged.

  24. Poyet speaks of 'special club'

    Axed former Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has released a statement saying: "Certainly I am very disappointed to have left Sunderland but I am extremely honoured to have served this special club as their manager.

    "When I arrived in October 2013, Sunderland had played seven matches and lost six, gaining only one point and they were bottom of the Barclays Premier League.

    "31 matches later, at the end of the season, we had won 10 and drawn 8, taking us to the complete safety of 14th position."

  25. Police at airport crash scene

    Durham Police tweet that they are at the scene of the crash involving a microlight at Durham Tees Valley Airport.

    Microlight crash at Durham Tees Valley Airport
  26. Microlight crashes at Durham Airport

    A microlight aircraft has crashed at Durham Tees Valley Airport. There are no injuries but the runway is closed. There's more on Look North at 13:30 and on BBC Tees.

  27. Photo of murder victim released

    Phil Mawson

    BBC Newcastle

    Police have issued a photograph of South Shields murder victim Melissa Liddle.

    Melissa Liddle

    The body of the 23-year-old mother-of-two was found at the house she shared with Anthony Edward Ross at Oak Avenue in the town on Sunday.

    Mr Ross, 24, has been remanded in custody charged with her murder and is due at Newcastle Crown Court later this month.

  28. Wilton site hit by protest

    Hannah McMahon

    BBC Tees

    About 400 protestors gathered at the gates at the Wilton site as part of an ongoing dispute over rates of pay and access to contractors.

    The action has caused some disruption to traffic on the A1053.

    There'll be updates throughout the day on BBC Tees.

  29. One lane of A69 closed near Throckley

    One lane of the A69 between Throckley brickworks and Lemington has been closed because of a three-vehicle accident, Northumbria Police says.

    Motorists have been warned of potentially lengthy delays. Keep up to date with traffic problems with BBC Travel.

  30. News on the hour

    The top stories at 12:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A BBC investigation reveals hundreds of dogs have been reported stolen across the region over the past five years
    • BBC Newcastle: People across the North East have been watching a partial eclipse of the sun
  31. Dick Advocaat news conference

    BBC Sport

    We're just getting odd snippets from Dick Advocaat so far. He's not coming across as massively demonstrative as yet. Still, it's early days.

    "In my opinion, it's a good side, a great club - why not?" he said when asked why he had taken on the challenge of replacing the sacked Gus Poyet.

    On relegation, he says: "We are now in a situation where we are playing more or less at the bottom of the league, so something has to change."

    On injuries and team selection: "We still have some injuries, we don't know exactly who will join us. I pick the squad after the final session."

  32. Pair arrested over rape of girl

    Two 29-year-old men have been arrested in connection with the rape of a 17-year-old girl in Gateshead.

    The incident happened in Watergate Park at about 03:15 yesterday.

    Police believe the girl had earlier been in Collingwood Street.

  33. Hundreds of dogs stolen

    BBC Tees

    A BBC investigation has revealed more than 500 dogs have been reported stolen across the North East and Cumbria over the last five years.

    Last year was the worst with 130 owners calling the police to say their four-legged friend had been taken. Durham is the worst affected area.

  34. Advocaat media conference starts

    BBC Sport

    Dick Advocaat is in the seat for his first news conference as Sunderland manager.

    Dick Advocaat

    It's a big day for the Black Cats and the excitement is clearly getting to whoever took this rather blurred picture of the Dutchman facing the English press for the first time.

  35. Cycle path 'too rough' for riders

    A cycle route resurfaced at a cost of £200,000 has been left covered in gravel and unusable, cyclists say.

    Gravel path

    Tarmac was laid on a section of the Sustrans national cycle network between Warkworth and Alnmouth in Northumberland last year.

    A covering was added seven months later that punctured tyres and was "like riding on marbles", according to cycle shop owner Mark Breeze.

  36. News on the hour

    The top stories at 10:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A BBC investigation reveals hundreds of dogs have been reported stolen across the region over the past five years
    • BBC Newcastle: People across the North East have been watching a partial eclipse of the sun
  37. Carver angry at 'flip-flop' jibe

    BBC Sport

    Newcastle United boss John Carver has criticised Match of the Day pundit Phil Neville for suggesting his players "had their flip-flops on" during last weekend's defeat at Everton.

    John Carver

    The former Manchester United and Everton player made the comments after Newcastle lost 3-0 at Goodison Park.

  38. Rail plans to be unveiled

    OK, after the fun of the eclipse here's some other news happening across the North East today.

    Plans to overhaul transport across the North of England, including with multi-billion pound rail schemes, are being laid out by the government later.


    The Northern Transport Strategy report details what George Osborne believes will create a "northern powerhouse

  39. News on the hour

    The top stories at 09:00 include:

  40. How an eclipse works

    The Moon doesn't orbit the Earth in a perfect circle, so its distance from us varies. "Supermoons" occur when the Moon makes its closest pass in its orbit around Earth. So the Moon appears bigger than normal as a result. Last night, our Moon entered this phase, which is why it's close enough to Earth to completely block some light.

    Total eclipse graphic

    If the Moon was further away as it passed in front of the Sun, it would appear smaller and only block out the middle part of the Sun. Anyone standing beneath it would look up and see a 'ring of fire' around the Moon - an "annular" eclipse.

    Annular eclipse

    [Photo by John McConnell, BBC Sky at Night and Stargazing Live Flickr]

  41. The view from Stanley

    Stanley Police tweets: Hope you all safely enjoyed the #PartialEclipse follow the hashtag for more pics, this is ours..

    Eclipse in Stanley
  42. 'Whole of the moon'

    Here's the partial totality at Kielder:

  43. Where in the world can you see it

    This image shows where in the world the eclipse is visible. Large areas of Europe as well as Asia and Africa can see the phenomenon.

    Eclipse globe
  44. Glasses at the ready

    Reporters Nisha Joshi and Luke Walton are ready

    Reporters Nisha Joshi and Luke Walton
  45. Cloudy but visible

    BBC Newcastle

    And another photo from Kielder without a special filter on it:

    Kielder eclipse
  46. Slice of moon

    The view again from Northumberland:

    Eclipse in Northumberland
  47. Up on the roof

    There's excitement building on the roof of the BBC building in Barrack Road, Newcastle:

    Up on the roof
  48. Little crescents of sun

    Alison Freeman

    Look North, Newcastle

    I'm using the colander technique to view it:

    Eclipse colander technique
  49. Getting dark now

    BBC Newcastle

    And the view again from Kielder:

    Kielder eclipse
  50. Up in the sky

    Damian O'Neil

    BBC Look North

    Here's the eclipse at Holy Island in Northumberland:

    Eclipse at Holy Island
  51. 'Bite out of the moon'

    Here's more of the eclipse of the sun over Northumberland, as it is set to thrill or disappoint millions today, depending on luck and the fickle North East weather.

    Eclipse in Northumberland
  52. Protect your eyes

    Up at Kielder Observatory in Northumberland they've all got their glasses on:

    Glasses on
  53. News on the hour

    The top stories at 09:00 include:

  54. Skies start to darken

    Here's the eclipse in Northumberland, snapped by Owen Humphreys from the Press Association.

  55. Getting ready for eclipse

    BBC Newcastle

    Special solar filters are being fitted on the telescopes at Kielder Observatory in Northumberland.

    Kielder Observatory
  56. Our eclipse coverage

    Here is the sunrise above Kielder in Northumberland earlier. At 09:30 up to 94% of the sun will be covered for the first solar eclipse here since 1999. Alfie is there reporting live for BBC Newcastle.

    Alfie at Kielder

    And for BBC Tees, Lisa McCormick is at RSPB Saltholme in Port Clarence throughout the morning.

  57. One lane of A19 closed in North Tyneside

    BBC Travel reports one lane is closed resulting in very slow traffic on the A19 southbound in New York, between Holystone Roundabout and Silverlink Roundabout in North Tyneside.

    Emergency services are dealing with an accident involving two cars.

  58. Warning of Metro delays

    BBC Travel reports delays of up to 20 minutes on Tyne and Wear Metro trains between Park Lane and South Hylton in Sunderland.

    Metro sign

    This is the result of an earlier track fault.

  59. Weather for solar eclipse

    Clare Nasir

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Mostly cloudy to begin the day with some light rain in places. It will become dry with bright or sunny intervals developing from mid morning onwards lasting into the afternoon.

    Clare Nasir

    Those in the east of our region will have the best chance of catching a glimpse of today's solar eclipse. There'll be a maximum temperature of about 13C. Check the forecast where you are.

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