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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 15 April 2015

Live Reporting

By Lloyd Watson

All times stated are UK

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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 Thursday. David Wright captured the sun reflecting on the water of Royal Quays Marina in North Shields.

    Royal Quays Marina

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

  2. Dry with clear spells

    Paul Mooney

    BBC Weather presenter

    It will be dry with clear spells developing overnight, and this will allow temperatures to fall, with a touch of frost possible in rural spots, particularly west of the A1.

    Weather forecast

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

  3. On BBC Look North tonight

    Richard Moss

    Political editor, North East & Cumbria

    It might have had a visit from the Prime Minister on Monday - but of course the biggest event in the Berwick constituency this week was the arrival of the BBC Look North hot seats!

    We're taking them out and about throughout the election campaign to bring candidates face to face with voters.

    Richard Moss with hot seats

    Find out what was said on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

  4. Missing teenager found safe

    Northumbria Police says Kelly Dixon, 19, of Newcastle, has now been found safe and well. The public are thanked for their help.

  5. NUFC accounts: Salary £78m

    Stephanie Finnon

    BBC Newcastle

    Newcastle United's accounts say owner Mike Ashley still has £129m in interest-free loans outstanding, but the money in the bank means the club's net debt is down to about £95m.

    The accounts also reveal that nearly £30m was spent on signings after 30 June with £12.6m coming in player sales - mainly from Mathieu Debuchy's move to Arsenal. Newcastle's salary bill rose to £78m from £61m, a 27% increase.

    A club spokesman declined to comment.

  6. Medal burglar jailed

    The Gazette

    A burglar who stole a war medal from a retired man's home, leaving the victim feeling he had to strengthen his house "like Fort Knox", has been jailed.

    Jonathon Douglas
  7. Two arrested after two-car crash

    Two men have been arrested after a two-car crash on the A194 Lindisfarne roundabout in South Shields.

    The collision happened at about 15:10. There are not believed to be any injuries, police said.

  8. Police rule out race motive

    Police have ruled out race as a motive for the fatal shooting of a man outside a Tyneside takeaway.

    A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "There is nothing to suggest that his killing was in any way connected to his race, religious beliefs or because of his nationality.

    CCTV released by police

    "CCTV footage taken from Lumley Avenue and Lake Avenue show the motorbike at about 21:58, moments after Tipu Sultan was shot and killed."

  9. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A safety review following the deaths of five people in the River Wear in Durham in five years has recommended enclosing parts of it with fencing.
    • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Simon Pryde have a round-up of the day's news.
  10. Man admits stabbing woman

    A 34-year-old man has admitted stabbing a woman on Wearside in an attempt to kill her.

    John Robert Barron from Avon Terrace, Washington carried out the attack at about 06:40 on 26 November.

    Avon Terrace

    The woman had to be treated in hospital, Northumbria Police said. Barron pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was remanded in custody. He will return to Newcastle Crown Court in May for sentencing.

  11. NUFC accounts show £34m in cash

    Stephanie Finnon

    BBC Newcastle

    Newcastle United had more than £34m in their bank account at the end of the last financial year.

    It comes as many fans have criticised the ambition of owner Mike Ashley are are planning to boycott the Spurs home match on Sunday.

    "A lot of fans would ask why was a significant portion of that money not spent on team strengthening?" said Newcastle fanzine editor Mark Jensen.

    "The idea of a boycott has been building for a long time and you can't blame the fans, and I'm all in favour of it. The frustrating thing for them is the money is there but the club won't spend it."

  12. Sunny spells developing

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Skies will brighten from the north this afternoon with some bright and sunny spells developing and winds becoming light, however it may feel a touch cooler than yesterday.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 12C (54F). Check the forecast near you.

  13. River deaths: Safety measures recommended

    A safety review following the deaths of three university students in 18 months has recommended enclosing parts of the River Wear in Durham with fencing.

    Sope Peters drowned in 2013, Luke Pearce died in 2014 and Euan Coulthard in January. All had been out drinking.

    Sope Peters, Luke Pearce and Euan Coulthard

    The report recommended isolating access to the river corridor with fencing or high gates and improving lighting.

  14. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: Dozens of people were evacuated from a County Durham village after a fire at a local firm.
    • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Simon Pryde have a round-up of the day's news.
  15. A194 crash: Emergency services at scene

    Francesca Williams

    BBC News

    North East Ambulance Service has confirmed it is attending a crash on the A194 on South Tyneside near the Lindisfarne roundabout.

    Two Hazardous Area Response Team ambulances arrived on the scene at about 15:20. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  16. Buckingham Palace guard grins and bears it

    The guards at Buckingham Palace are notoriously difficult to distract, with many tourists finding it impossible to get them to raise a smile or react to anything they do.

    Well - imagine how one Buckingham Palace guard feels today after being caught on camera tripping up outside.

    Guard falling over

    The moment was captured on video by David Meadwell from Newcastle. See the video here.

  17. Service suspension could last 'months'

    Helen Richardson

    BBC Newcastle

    Dr Geoff Stephenson, the medical director of the area's Clinical Commissioning Group, says the issue could take months to resolve.

    He said: "The locum consultant who was providing the breast services in Sunderland retired recently and as a result there is no consultant to carry out the surgery itself.

    "This is specifically about the surgical aspect of breast care. [The hospital] is continuing to have a team supporting patients in Sunderland and providing ongoing patient care to patients who are in the service. The issue is about new referrals into the service. It's going to be a number of months before this can be satisfactorily resolved."

    He says new referrals will be dealt with at other hospitals in the region.

  18. Kielder considered for lynx return

    A forest in the North East is being considered as a new habitat for wild lynx which have been extinct in Britain for more than 1,300 years.

    The Lynx UK Trust is holding a consultation into bringing the big cats to Norfolk, Cumbria and Aberdeenshire.

    Wild lynx

    It is now considering Kielder Forest, in Northumberland, as another site as it has a large deer population - the main prey for lynx. Sheep farmers have raised concerns about the animals attacking sheep.

  19. No price increase - 'no pay increase'

    Richard Thomas

    BBC News

    Three years after returning steel making to Redcar on Teesside SSI is warning the "traumatic fall in steel prices" means no pay increases for staff.

    Steel worker

    In a newsletter boss Cornelius Louwrens says pay rises and bonuses are delayed "until the business is in a position to afford the payments" - but staff have also been told SSI won't let "the current market difficulties hinder the focus on other business matters."

  20. A167 reopens after fire

    Spennymoor Police tweet: FERRYHILL UPDATE A167 now reopened North & South btwn Thinford & Chilton. Town Centre still affected #Ferryhill

  21. BreakingRoads closed due to fire

    Parts of a County Durham town have been sealed off due to a fire.

    Fire crews are tackling a blaze at a property near the Black Bull pub in Ferryhill, which holds gas bottles.

    As a result the A167 between the Rushyford roundabout and the Thinford roundabout has been closed as a precaution. Get the latest travel here.

  22. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A report has been released into river safety in Durham after five people drowned in the city.
    • BBC Tees: A Darlington teenager has died after a car crash on the A66 near Long Newton in the early hours of this morning.
  23. Inflatable Parliament on the road

    Fergus Hewison

    BBC Newcastle political reporter

    BBC Newcastle's inflatable Parliament is at the Viking Centre in Jarrow. Have you seen it? There's more on Alfie and Charlie tomorrow. Comments so far include: "Is it an air bed?", "Do you sleep on it?" and "Why are you doing this?"

    Fergus with the inflatable parliament
  24. Action plan after river deaths

    Katie Cole

    BBC Newcastle

    Durham City Safety Group say they will now produce an action plan following the RoSPA review. They'll make a decision on lighting and whether railings are needed.

    Durham City Safety Group meeting

    Five people have died in the River Wear in last five years, including three students. The last fatality was in January this year.

  25. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A report has been released into river safety in Durham after five people drowned in the city.
    • BBC Tees: A Darlington teenager has died after a car crash on the A66 near Long Newton in the early hours of this morning.
  26. Boro's match stats

    Middlesbrough went two goals ahead in the first 11 minutes of the game, but subsequently had one shot on target.

    It was Boro's sixth home win in a row. Wolves only managed one shot on target out of nine shots.

    Match stats

    Four points separate the top four, with fourth place Watford having a game in hand. Out of the four, Middlesbrough have the poorest goal difference.

  27. River fences 'should be considered'

    Helen Richardson

    BBC Newcastle

    A safety report created after five people drowned in the River Wear in Durham has concluded that fences should be considered.

    The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (Rospa) has been investigating the safety of the riverside - and what measures could be taken to improve it.

    River Wear

    It says that using fencing or high gates should be looked at - but they could be "very expensive", "would be easy to get around" and warned that it could also attract antisocial behaviour. It also suggested a policy on lighting should be developed, and improvements to pathways.

  28. Tipu Sultan shooting: CCTV released

    Detectives investigating the killing of Tipu Sultan in South Shields have released CCTV of the two men responsible for his death.

    Mr Sultan, 32, was found with a single gunshot wound last Tuesday at the back of the Herbs and Spice Kitchen, where he worked. A 35-year-old Newcastle man was arrested on Sunday afternoon and later bailed.

    CCTV released by police

    Mr Sultan was shot at close range, in what police believe was a planned killing. He was treated by paramedics but died at the scene.

  29. Sandiford has 'strong argument' for appeal

    A British grandmother facing death for smuggling £1.6m-worth of cocaine into Indonesia has "a very strong argument" for appeal, her barrister has said.

    Lindsay Sandiford, originally from Redcar, has been in jail since 2012 after arriving in Bali from Thailand with the drugs.

    Lindsay Sandiford

    International lawyer Craig Tuck said the legal arguments were clearly in her favour and a final appeal would be filed "very soon" by his team. Any punishment is then expected to be delayed by up to three months.

  30. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A report has been released into river safety in Durham after five people drowned in the city.
    • BBC Tees: Middlesbrough's annual accounts show the club made a pre-tax loss of £20.4m in the 12 months to June 2014.
  31. Aarons suffers injury setback

    Newcastle United winger Rolando Aarons is expected to miss the final games of the season with a hamstring injury.

    The 19-year-old made an impression earlier in the season, scoring twice in five games under Alan Pardew, but has not played since November because of injury.

    Rolando Aarons

    The England Under-20 international had returned to training this month.

  32. More on teacher death

    BBC Newcastle

    We spoke to the head teacher of Bowburn Infants School, Christine Ormerod.

    She told us staff and students are deeply saddened by Alix's death and their thoughts are with her family and partner.

    She said Alix was an excellent teacher, enthusiastic and committed to all of the children she taught. She added Alix will be very much missed by everyone within the school community.

  33. 'Rest and get ready'

    Middlesbrough maintained their push for automatic promotion to the Premier League with a hard-earned 2-1 win over high-flying rivals Wolves last night.

    Boss Aitor Karanka said: "We're third with three games to go and this was the aim at the beginning of the season.

    Middlesbrough celebrate Bamford's goal

    "The first half was amazing, we played very well. But in the second half they showed they're a strong team. Now we have to rest and to learn from the last three or four games, and get ready for Friday night (the match against Norwich)."

  34. Missing Newcastle teenager

    A 19-year-old woman from Newcastle has not been seen since about 15:00 on Sunday, police say.

    Kelly Dixon could be anywhere in the Northumbria Police force area. She is about 5ft and has shoulder length brown hair tied in a pony tail or bun. She was last seen wearing a dark grey McKenzie hooded top, blue jeans and carrying a blue bag.

    Kelly Dixon

    Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101.

  35. Hemlington incident: Man charged

    A 46-year-old man has been charged with wounding, false imprisonment and criminal damage following an incident in Hemlington, yesterday.

    Armed police were on the scene for more than three hours, Cleveland Police said. Another man was taken to hospital with injuries not thought to be life-threatening.

    Police outside Hemlington house

    The 46-year-old will appear at court today.

  36. In the news today

    The Gazette

    Here's today's front page and a link to the main story

    Front page
  37. Tow hurt in hit-and-run

    Two people have been taken to hospital after a hit-and-run in Sunderland.

    A dark coloured Land Rover Discovery collided with a black Renault Clio in Borough Road on Sunday at about 20:10.

    The driver and passenger from the Clio were taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital with minor injuries. Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 101.

  38. Consultant breast surgeon 'not practicing'

    BBC Newcastle

    City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust has told us it made the decision to suspend breast surgery for new patients at Sunderland Royal in the interests of ''safety''. It says it cannot currently provide a consultant-led service.

    We understand that the consultant breast surgeon employed there is currently not practicing, and hasn't been operating on patients since December 2013.

    The hospital had brought in a locum from Newcastle to provide surgical procedures - but we have been told he has now retired.

  39. In the news today

    The Journal

    Newspaper

    Here's today's front page and a link to the main story:

    Front page
  40. Breast surgery suspended for new patients

    Helen Richardson

    BBC Newcastle

    BBC Newcastle has found that breast surgery at Sunderland Royal Hospital has been suspended.

    We're told it's in the interests of public safety. The hospital's trust - and Sunderland's Clinical Commissioning Group - jointly made the decision. They say it's because they can no longer provide a consultant-led service.

  41. Today's BBC Tees debate

    Mike Parr

    BBC Tees

    The parliamentary candidates hoping to represent Bishop Auckland will be put to the test in a special BBC Tees debate at 09:00.

    Candidates for Bishop Auckland

    I'll be hosting it live from Bishop Auckland. Call us with your questions on 01642 225 511. Listen live here.

  42. Deben Transport in administration

    A haulage firm with offices in South Shields has gone into administration.

    Deben Transport was formed in 1987 in Felixstowe, Suffolk, and also has bases in Hull, Southampton, Tilbury, Alconbury, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Doncaster. Administrators Ensors said staff were told on Monday and most were sent home.

    Deben Transport lorries

    A former employee for the company told the BBC there had been a decline in business in recent months. Ensors has yet to comment and no-one from Deben Transport was available for comment.

  43. BreakingWallsend-based firm bought for £130m

    BBC Business

    A subsidiary of train maker China South Rail has bought a North East manufacturer of ocean engineering products, Specialist Machine Developments (SMD), for £130m.

    Zhuzhou CSR Times Electric acquired the Wallsend-based firm but SMD will remain independent in its business operations, and day-to-day functions will still be controlled by its original management team.

    An remotely operated underwater vehicle

    CSR president Liu Hualong said it would help SMD expand its operations and unlock further global opportunities.

  44. Killed teacher's pupils offered help

    Pupils of a County Durham teacher, who was killed while on holiday in Mexico, are being offered counselling.

    Alix Bussey, 23, was hit by a car on holiday in Mexico last Thursday. She taught at Bowburn Infants school.

    Alix Bussey

    Her family say the Newcastle United season ticket holder lived her life to the full and adored being a teacher.

  45. Car and cyclist in crash

    One lane is closed on the A66 eastbound in Grangetown at the Eston Road junction because of an accident involving a car and cyclist. There's congestion to Asda traffic lights.

    And there's a traffic light failure on the A184 Askew Road in Gateshead at the B1307 Wellington Street junction. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  46. Breezy with some rain

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    A breezy morning with some outbreaks of rain, largely over the Pennines. Rain should ease by the afternoon with some bright and sunny spells developing and winds becoming light, however it may feel a touch cooler than yesterday.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 12C (54F). Check the forecast near you.

  47. Good morning

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

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

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