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  1. Updates on Wednesday 29 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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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.

    Don't forget to watch BBC One at 10:50 for a special BBC Look North election debate - here's another peek behind the scenes.

    Behind the scenes

    You can send your pictures by email: or tweet @BBCNewsNE and we may feature them on BBC Local Live tomorrow.

  2. Ground frost expected

    Paul Mooney

    BBC Weather presenter

    Breezy with further showers overnight, with a continuing risk of thunder in the heaviest and some snow over the high Pennines. The showers should ease later along with the wind. A local ground frost is expected.

    Weather forecast

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

  3. More on drug arrest

    Officers from the Community Drug Enforcement Team are warning of the dangers of the drug believed to be in circulation in the Guisborough area.

    A 16-year-old boy who was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs has been bailed.

    Det Insp Christian Ellis, said: "If ingested the drug has the potential, even in small amounts, to cause serious damage to health. We would advise anyone who may have taken the substance to seek medical assistance."

  4. Slow traffic on the A1

    BBC Travel

    There's slow traffic on the A1 Western Bypass southbound at Dunston in the roadworks area. Congestion on A695 Blaydon Highway is back to the B6317 Chainbridge Road junction.

    There's very slow traffic on the A19 northbound in Stockton between the A66 junction and Norton interchange.

    Congestion on the A66 is back to Teesside Park Shopping Park and on the A66 to Cannon Park interchange. There's more on BBC Travel for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  5. Your photos: Airport from the air

    Tweet @BBCNewsNE

    Chris Wood, a trainer and a pilot with The Great North Air Ambulance Service, tweeted us this picture of Durham Tees Valley Airport from the sky.

    View from helicopter
  6. Jobs under threat at newspaper

    Andrea Macmillan

    BBC Tees

    Almost a dozen jobs are under threat at the Northern Echo newspaper.

    Eleven roles are at risk in a restructure of Newsquest's production management into one regional centre.

    Meanwhile, one role will be created in Darlington with another four created in Bradford. A consultation period is under way with the staff affected.

  7. BBC Look North debate

    Carol Malia

    BBC Look North presenter

    In just over a week's time the polling stations will be open and the process of electing 39 MPs to represent us here in the North East and Cumbria will be under way.

    Candidates from five parties will be joining us in Gateshead for a debate tonight - the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, UKIP and the Green Party.

    Preparations in Gateshead

    And an audience of voters, poised to grill them on some of the key issues facing our region: The economy, the National Health Service, immigration and welfare. Join us on BBC One at 10:50 and we'll be running a special live page alongside.

  8. Benefits Street is back

    Ian Youngs

    Entertainment reporter

    The second series of Channel 4's Benefits Street has been launched with a press screening and seems likely to stir up a similar controversy to the first.

    The original Benefits Street attracted more than 2,000 complaints in 2014. Residents featured in the new series, which was filmed on Kingston Road in Stockton, include mother-of-six Julie Young (right) and unemployed Neil Maxwell, who is seen taking and dealing drugs.

    Richard Ansett

    Kieran Smith, from Love Productions, said: "We are never suggesting to Maxwell that he does this on camera, we don't encourage him in any way shape or form."

  9. In the news today

    The Shields Gazette

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

    Front page
  10. Cycling event 'huge coup'

    Reacting to the British Cycling National Road Championships being awarded to Stockton, Reuben Kench, from Stockton Council, said: "Bringing the country's most exciting elite cycling competition to Stockton-on-Tees is a huge coup for us.

    "We view the evening time-trials taking place ahead of the races themselves as an opportunity for people to find a rider to root for, which will make the experience all the more personal."

  11. Drugs arrest after three taken ill

    A teenager has been arrested after three people were taken to hospital after taking drugs.

    The substance, believed to be in circulation in the Guisborough area, is described as an off-white crystalline substance, similar in appearance to rock salt.

    A boy and girl aged 16 and a 41-year-old woman were taken to James Cook University Hospital suffering from the effects of the drug. All have been released.

  12. More details on cycling championship

    The men's and women's road races will take place on 26 June and the time-trials on 23 June 2016.

    Jonny Clay, director of cycling at British Cycling added: "Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council has an excellent record in staging large-scale events and they put together a very strong bid."

    Mark Cavendish

    Manx Economic Development minister Laurence Skelly congratulated Stockton on their successful bid after the Isle of Man lost out.

  13. In the news today

    Hartlepool Mail

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

    Front page
  14. Mills 'the man' for Wrexham

    Matthew Raisbeck

    BBC Newcastle

    Having swapped the North East for North Wales, Gary Mills says he wants to be the man to make Wrexham "a big club again".

    Mills and assistant Darren Caskey have elected to leave Gateshead for their Conference rivals.

    Gary Mills

    He said: "Wrexham are a massive club that want to get out of this division. I want to be the man they've wanted for a few years now."

  15. In the news today

    Sunderland Echo

    Heres' today's front page and a link to the top story:

    Front page
  16. Printing company cuts jobs

    Richard Thomas

    BBC News

    Printing company De La Rue is cutting about 60 jobs from its Gateshead works.

    Management are currently consulting staff and unions about the job losses which total about 10% of the workforce. The company, which produces banknotes for a number of countries as well as passports and stamps, blames tough market conditions for the cost cutting measures.

    I'll have more on this story on BBC Look North on BBC One.

  17. Carver to welcome back key players

    Matthew Raisbeck

    BBC Newcastle

    Newcastle United manager John Carver says he is looking forward to welcoming some key players back for their trip to Leicester on Saturday.

    Moussa Sissoko is available after suspension, while Paul Dummett may also return from injury.

    Siem de Jong

    Siem de Jong (pictured) could also play a larger role, having made his first team comeback in Saturday's defeat to Swansea.

  18. Bright and breezy

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Bright and breezy conditions are forecast this afternoon, but also heavy or perhaps thundery showers, merging at times to longer spells of rain.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 11C (52F). Check the forecast near you.

  19. Stockton to host cycling championship

    BBC Sport

    Stockton will host the 2016 British Cycling National Road Championships.

    British Cycling said it had been a tough decision, but the fact Stockton has previously hosted a National Series event was a contributing factor.

    Peter Kannaugh

    The Isle of Man lost out to Stockton to host the event. Jonny Clay, director of cycling at British Cycling, said it was "hard to choose between two strong bids".

  20. Mother's plea for missing man

    The mother of a 24-year-old man who disappeared after a party on the Teesside Princess says the family is missing him.

    Lee Brown had been on the boat with friends and was last seen at 23:00 on Saturday - but he hasn't been in touch with family since.

    Lee Brown

    Lee's Mother Violet says: "His son and his brother are missing him. This isn't Lee, he was forever in touch by text or calling. Someone must have seen or heard from him. I'm asking you to let the police know anything, however small it may be."

  21. ‘I thought my days were up’

    Hartlepool Mail

    A Hartlepool man caught up in the deadly Nepal earthquake which has claimed the lives of thousands of people has described the terrifying moment the disaster struck.

    Francis Cox
  22. 'No evidence communities are at risk'

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

    Northumbria Police has now released a statement after a man from Sunderland was charged with 10 terror offences.

    Ch Supt Andy McDyer says: "We understand that the public may have concerns following the charges, but we would like to assure communities that this arrest was intelligence-led and there is no evidence to suggest that communities are at risk in connection with this investigation.

    "The arrest was made by officers from the Counter Terrorism Unit together with officers from Northumbria Police."

  23. Terror charge related to Syria

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

    We have more detail on the 37-year-old man from Sunderland who has been charged with 10 terrorism offences.

    We now understand one of the charges - the preparation of terrorist acts - is said to relate to Syria, according to the North East Counter Terrorism Unit.

  24. Mayoral election: Six vie for post

    As people go to the polls on election day, Middlesbrough residents will also be voting for a new mayor.

    It is the end of an era for the town, as previous incumbent Ray Mallon, who served three terms in the post since its introduction in 2002, is no longer in the fray.

    Poster at the side of a road

    Find out more about the candidates here.

  25. Details of terror charges

    Liz Shaw

    BBC News

    We have more details on Mohammed Kahar, the man from Sunderland charged with 10 terror offences. The charges he faces are:

    • Five of dissemination of terrorist publications
    • One of preparation of terrorist acts
    • Two of support for a banned organisation
    • One of terrorist financing
    • One of possession of a record likely to be of use to a terrorist
  26. No immediate risk: Police

    Liz Shaw

    BBC News

    Northumbria Police says the investigation is intelligence-led and there is no evidence to suggest any communities are at immediate risk in connection with this operation.

    We'll have more on this as soon as we get it.

  27. BreakingBreaking News

    Liz Shaw

    BBC News

    A 37-year-old man from Sunderland has been charged with 10 terrorism offences, it has emerged.

    Mohammed Kahar was arrested in March by officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit for offences under the Terrorism Act.

    He was arrested for further offences on Monday and is set to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later.

  28. Newborn lamb shot dead

    A newborn lamb has been shot in the head and killed with an air pellet.

    It happened at Shepherd's House Farmhouse in Brotton, Saltburn, between 20:30 on Sunday and 10:00 on Monday. Cleveland Police is appealing for anyone with information to contact officers on 101.

  29. In the news today

    The Gazette

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

    Front page
  30. Search for man who disappeared from boat

    Police searching for a 24-year-old man who disappeared after a party on the Teesside Princess boat say they haven't ruled out that he went into the water.

    Lee Brown

    Lee Brown had been on the vessel with friends and was last seen at about 23:00 on Saturday, but he hasn't been in touch with family or his little boy since.

  31. Greggs to pay £20m dividend

    BBC Business

    North East-based bakers Greggs announces a £20m special dividend, and says sales in the first four months of the year have exceeded its expectations.


    The company, which has 1,656 outlets, has decided to scrap a proposed share buyback and will instead pay a special dividend of 20p in light of its strong cash position.

  32. Urgent gas works shut bus lane

    Newcastle City Council tweets: A167 northbound approach to Cowgate Rbt - bus lane closed this week for urgent gas works. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

  33. Latest headlines

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

    Here's the top news on Local Live:

  34. Wet and windy

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It will be wet and windy first thing, with a brief period of snow also likely over the Pennines.

    Bright and breezy conditions will follow but also heavy or perhaps thundery showers, periodically merging to longer spells of rain in the afternoon.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 11C (52F). Check the forecast near you.

  35. Traffic delays around North East

    BBC Travel

    The A181 Gilesgate, in Durham, is busy but moving inbound at the A690 Leazes Road junction.

    The traffic is building up on the A66 eastbound in Middlesbrough at Hartington Interchange. Get more on BBC Travel for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

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    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

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