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  1. Updates on Friday 1 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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 Tuesday. Have a great bank holiday weekend.

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

  2. Chilly in rural places

    Jennifer Bartram

    BBC Weather

    It will remain dry with clear spells through the night. It will again turn chilly with a frost in some rural areas by the end of the night. Winds should remain light.

    Weather forecast

    Minimum temperature: -1C (30F). Check the forecast near you.

  3. 'Smiles all round'

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

    At 12:46, we had news of the Northumberland and Durham arm of the charity National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies placing bouquets of flowers in the North East, as part of lonely bouquet day.

    We have an update that this has been found in Northumberland with a note attached.

    Lonely bouquet in Northumberland

    Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland tweets: @BBCNewsNE Look what we found @Woodhorn Lots of smiles all round. Thanks. #TheLonelyBouquet

  4. Officers to mark Freedom of City

    Russell Ward

    BBC Newcastle

    HMS Ocean has arrived on Wearside and tomorrow its 300 officers and crew mark their Freedom of the City with a parade.

    HMS Ocean

    Neil Mearns, Sunderland's Marine Service Manager, says: "Because of the size, it's a complex operation.

    "However, the staff involved in bringing the vessel into port are two very experienced Class One pilots who are adequately trained to accompany such a manoeuvre."

  5. Demonstration could cause delays

    BBC Travel

    • There's a demonstration on A1/A1(M) southbound between Morpeth and Leeds. Expect delays
    • The A177 Station Road in Coxhoe is partially blocked and there's very slow traffic in both directions between the Station Road junction and the Stobb Cross Lane junction because of an accident
    • The A66 in Middlesbrough is partially blocked westbound and there's queuing traffic at Cannon Park Interchange because of an accident involving a lorry and a car. Congestion to Marton Road interchange

    There's more information on BBC Travel for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  6. HMS Ocean docked at Wearside

    Jonathan Swingler

    BBC Tees

    The Royal Navy's largest warship HMS Ocean has docked at the Port of Sunderland this afternoon.

    It's its eighth visit to its adopted city and tomorrow the crew will mark their Freedom of the City with a parade.

    HMS Ocean

    I'm filming a report which you can see on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

  7. Lawro's predictions

    Mark Lawrenson

    Football analyst

    The Black Cats badly need a win [at Southampton], but I don't think they will get it. Southampton's recent form has been patchy but they remain hard to beat. I think it will end 1-1.

    Newcastle have lost their last seven games, which is pathetic when you consider the size of that club. Their performances have been atrocious and I don't see how their form is going to improve on Saturday. I think it will be 2-0 to Leicester. See all of my predictions for this weekend's action.

  8. Middlesbrough v Brighton

    Middlesbrough could be without full-back George Friend, who is serving the first suspension of his career after being sent off against Fulham.

    Leading goalscorer Patrick Bamford (ankle) is a major concern for Aitor Karanka but Jonathan Woodgate is close to recovering from a hamstring injury.

    George Friend

    Match fact: Boro have won 11 of their past 12 home games, losing the other. Their only defeat at the Riverside Stadium since August was 1-0 against Leeds on 21 February.

  9. Your photos: Eggleston

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    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

    Carol Grey sent us this photo of the sun shining across Eggleston in County Durham.


    You can send your pictures by email to or tweet @BBCNewsNE.

  10. Sunderland v Southampton

    Sunderland forward Steven Fletcher is doubtful with an ankle injury that also caused him to miss last weekend's draw with Stoke.

    Sunderland celebrate

    Midfielder Sebastian Larsson is available again after suspension. The Black Cats are looking to escape a battle with relegation as they're currently 18th in the Premier League.

  11. Leicester v Newcastle

    Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko returns from suspension, while Papiss Cisse serves the last of his seven-game ban.

    Newcastle United

    That's the same number of games the Magpies have gone without a win, as they face an in-form Leicester city on Saturday.

  12. In the news today

    Hartlepool Mail

    Today's front page. Here's a link to the main story

    Hartlepool Mail
  13. Charity fundraiser 'addicted to running'

    BBC Tees

    Marc Ellis, who is running 505 miles from Land's End to Darlington for charity, says: "I was inspired by a friend of mine who had three girls with kidney disease, so I did the London Marathon.

    "The addiction [to running] came straight back. I'm going to run 20-mile stages over 25 days and I'll have five rest days."

  14. 'Lucky to be alive'

    Sunderland Echo

    Today's front page. Here's a link to the main story:

    Front page
  15. Hundreds fear 'ghost town' future

    Katie Cole

    BBC Newcastle

    A campaign for more investment in a Northumberland town's being supported by more than 1,500 people.

    The group, Make A Noise For Bedlington, say they've had enough of being left out as they become a "ghost town". Tomorrow they'll be protesting in the Market Square.

    Northumberland County Council says "work is being accelerated on the development of a town centre investment strategy for Bedlington, aimed at creating vitality and sustainability in the town".

  16. 'Lucky to be alive'

    The Shields Gazette

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

    Front page
  17. BBC wins Rugby World Cup live radio rights

    If you haven't got tickets for the Rugby World Cup matches in Newcastle, you can listen to matches instead as the BBC has secured live radio commentary rights for the tournament.

    The deal means BBC radio will be the only place to hear radio match commentary in full, starting with the opening match between England and Fiji.

    Rugby World Cup

    Some of the games will be played at Newcastle's St James' Park, including South Africa v Scotland, New Zealand v Tonga and Samoa v Scotland.

  18. Man's 505-mile run for charity

    BBC Tees

    A Darlington man has begun a mammoth 505-mile run from Land's End to raise money for St Theresa's Hospice.

    Marc Ellis is hoping to arrive back in Darlington on 30 May, meaning he'll be running an average of 20 miles each day with five rest days. He's raised £5,000 so far.

  19. HMS Ocean's eighth visit to Wearside

    Colin Briggs

    BBC Look North

    The Royal Navy's largest warship, HMS Ocean, is due to berth at its adopted city the Port of Sunderland at about 15:00.

    HMS Ocean

    Tomorrow 300 officers and crew mark their Freedom of the City with a parade from Burdon Road. I'll have more on this story on BBC Look North at 13:40 on BBC One.

  20. Lonely Bouquet Day

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    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

    We've received an email from the Northumberland and Durham arm of the charity National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies, saying it's planted bouquets of flowers in the area for people to "take them home, enjoy and spread a smile".

    Harry Hotspur statue

    It's part of Lonely Bouquet Day and the charity tweeted this picture to get you started. We're scratching our heads as to where this one is, although we think it's Alnwick in Northumberland.

    Let us know if you find any and send your pictures by email to or tweet @BBCNewsNE.

  21. Dry with sunny spells

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It will be dry through the rest of the day with sunny spells. The sunshine may be rather hazy with high cloud spreading across the area. Light winds are also forecast.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 10C (50F). Check the forecast near you.

  22. In the news today

    Northern Echo

    Here's today's front page:

    Front page
  23. 'Staggered out into the streets'

    Anthony Day

    BBC Newcastle

    Chris Berriman, who was in Kathmandu when the earthquake struck, said: "My legs were shaking, I sat on the kerb and called my wife, then the first aftershock came."

    Kathmandu, Nepal earthquake

    "I staggered out into the streets when the quake passed, the streets are narrow with tall buildings so there was debris falling everywhere." See more of his pictures here.

  24. Military parade to close roads

    A military parade will take place in Alnwick on Saturday with officers from the 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

    Police say the following roads will be closed in Alnwick town centre between 14:00 and 17:00: Bailiffgate, Greenwell Road, Bondgate Within, Narrowgate, Lagny Street, Dispensary Street, Clayport Street and Lisburn Terrace.

  25. 'Large cracks appeared'

    Anthony Day

    BBC Newcastle

    Chris Berriman was in a bookshop in Kathmandu when everything began to shake and the room started swaying. He "knew what it was straight away", he said.

    Kathmandu, Nepal earthquake

    "I tried to walk but ended up walking sideways, I watched large cracks appear on the walls around me," he said. See more of his pictures here.

  26. Falcons swoop for Italy cap

    BBC Sport

    Italian international Giovanbattista Venditti is to join Newcastle Falcons on a two-year deal.

    Giovanbattista Venditti

    The 25-year-old Zebre back, who can play on the wing or at centre, has 27 caps for the Azzurri and scored against England in the 2012 RBS 6 Nations.

    "I'm really excited about the move and the team, it is a big experience for me and my family and I can't wait," Venditti said.

  27. 'Need to let players go'

    Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore has told BBC Tees Sport there'll be plenty of departures from the club at the end of the season.

    Pools round off their League Two campaign at Carlisle United on Saturday.

    Ronnie Moore

    He says: "We've got a lot of players who we can get rid of, so there's going to be a few that go. We need to let players go obviously to use the money to bring players in."

  28. Service station plans submitted

    Rik Martin

    BBC Newcastle News Editor

    The North East could be about to get a new service station.

    Plans have been submitted for a £2m development for Hexham, just off the A69.

    As well as a petrol station and car wash, there are proposals for a Subway sandwich shop and a drive-through Starbucks.

  29. 'Tragedy of loving dad'

    The Gazette

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

    Front page
  30. Newcastle fans invited for tea

    BBC Sport

    Newcastle boss John Carver has invited two fans who were part of a group who confronted him in Saturday's defeat by Swansea "for a cup of tea" to discuss their grievances.

    Carver, 50, was involved in a heated exchange with several home fans as Newcastle lost 3-2 at St James' Park.

    John Carver

    He said: "It's important I explain some of my actions. I don't have to, but I think it's important."

  31. Nepal: devastation in pictures

    Anthony Day

    BBC Newcastle

    A Northumberland man has described how he escaped Nepal's devastating earthquake.

    Mast falling towards road

    Chris Berriman, 56, from Morpeth was due to climb Everest and was one of the first UK nationals to escape the country. He's shared with us some of his photographs of the disaster.

  32. Doddington Dairy delights

    BBC Radio 4

    A Northumberland farm has been crowned best food producer in Britain at last night's BBC's Food and Farming Awards.

    Doddington Dairy

    The Maxwell family who run Doddington Dairy near Wooler say they've bucked the declining trend in dairy farming by diversifying into artisan cheeses and ice cream.

  33. Body found: Investigation continues

    Colin Briggs

    BBC Look North

    An investigation's continuing after a woman's body was found beside the River Wear in Sunderland.

    Wearmouth Bridge

    The woman, believed to be in her 20s, was discovered near the Wearmouth Bridge yesterday. She hasn't been identified and officers are piecing together events leading up to her death.

  34. Latest headlines

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

    Here's the top stories today:

    • Police are warning of possible disruption on the A1 later today because of a protest
    • A man from Darlington is hoping to raise £20,000 by running to the town from Land's End
    • Newcastle United head coach John Carver to meet two fans
  35. Cars to take part in 'peaceful' protest

    About 1,000 cars are expected to take part in a "peaceful" protest convoy on the A1 between Morpeth, in Northumberland, and Leeds.

    It is in tribute to Ryan Charlton, who died after a car overturned near the Angel of the North on 19 April. The 23-year-old from Low Fell, Gateshead, died later in hospital.

    Ryan Charlton

    Officers were working with organisers to ensure minimal disruption to the public, Northumbria Police says.

  36. Accident blocks A690 lane

    BBC Travel

    The A690 High Street in Brandon is partially blocked and there's slow traffic northbound between the Front Street junction and B6302 Broom Lane junction because of an accident.

    The traffic is building up on the A171 Cargo Fleet Lane northbound in Middlesbrough, at the Longlands Road junction.

    There's more information on BBC Travel for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  37. Chilly start with frost

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It's a chilly start with an early frost in places. It will be dry through the day with sunny spells.

    The sunshine may be rather hazy with high cloud spreading across the area and light winds.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 10C (50F). Check the forecast near you.

  38. Good morning

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

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

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