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  1. Updates on Wednesday 13 May 2015

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Good evening

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday. Ian Glendinning captured the Northern Lights last night from Holystone in Northumberland.

Northern Lights taken from Holystone
Ian Glendinning

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

Touch of frost tonight

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

Cloud will gradually fade away during the evening to leave another chilly night with mostly clear skies. A touch of frost is possible in some prone rural spots such as Alnwick.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: 2C (36F).

Check the forecast near you.

Missing teenager 'without medication'

Concern is growing for a missing teenager's welfare as he is without the medication he needs, police say.

Alex Richards, 15, went missing on Thursday shortly after he had been located following a previous absence of several days.

Alex Richards
Northumbria Police

Alex is 5ft 8in (1.73m), slim, with short light brown hair and is known to have links with Newcastle, North Shields, Byker and Wallsend.

Injured men leave hospital

Two men who were injured after a fight broke out between a number of men in Newcastle city centre have been released from hospital.

The brawl broke out just before 13:00 yesterday in George Street. Three people who were arrested have been released on bail.

Chief Supt Bruce Storey said: "We believe this to be an isolated incident however, we have extra officers in the area to provide reassurance."

Witness appeal over missing man

Police searching for missing Craig Millward, 24, from Hebburn, are trying to trace three witnesses.

Craig left Popworld in Newcastle at about 00:05 on 5 May. He was seen a short time later at 01:30, on Green Lane in Gateshead and was seen walking towards the cycle path on the riverside.

Craig Millward
Northumbria Police

Officers would like to speak to the driver of a white van and two cyclists on the cycle path near to the Elephant on the Tyne.

Latest headlines

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Today's top stories on Local Live:

Boro general admission tickets sell out

Middlesbrough FC has announced that all of its general admission tickets for

Friday's game against Brentford at the Riverside Stadium have sold out.

A last minute goal from Fernando Amorebieta at Griffin Park on Friday gave Boro a 2-1 lead going into the second leg of the Championship play-off semi-final.

Middlesbrough celebrate

The club said limited hospitality places remain. Norwich will face Ipswich in the other semi-final with the score 1-1.

Nursery E. coli samples 'negative'

Staff and children at a Kirklands nursery in County Durham can return if they've had two negative test results when it reopens tomorrow.

Dr Peter Acheson, a consultant at Public Health England's North East Centre, said: "Although it has not yet been possible to identify a definite source, the nursery has now undergone a thorough deep clean and environmental samples taken inside have not shown any traces of E. coli O157.

"For these reasons we have advised that the nursery can now reopen - but only to staff and children who have had two negative test results. This is to prevent the infection being re-introduced into the nursery."

Two-vehicle accidents

BBC Travel

One lane is blocked on the A167 Gateshead Highway northbound in Gateshead between the B1296 Old Durham Road junction and the A184 Askew Road junction because of an accident involving two vehicles.

Sunderland Road in South Shields is closed and there's slow traffic in both directions between the Moor Lane junction and the North Avenue junction because of an accident involving two vehicles.

More on BBC Travel News for

Teesside and
Tyne and Wear.

Prince Charles's letters published

Private letters sent by the Prince of Wales to Labour government ministers a decade ago have been published after a lengthy legal battle.

Clarence House said the move would "only inhibit" the prince's ability to express his concerns.

Prince Charles

In one letter to the prime minister, the prince said the armed forces were being asked to do a challenging job "without the necessary resources".

Another letter called for the Cherry Knowle site in Sunderland to be redeveloped sooner.

Release of the letters follows a decade-long campaign by the Guardian.

Man Utd wanted me - Shearer

Former England and Newcastle striker Alan Shearer has revealed Manchester United were interested in signing him prior to his move to Blackburn Rovers.

Watch the full interview here.

He said "They were interested, they wanted to sign me. I said 'I've promised Kenny I'd give him an answer within two or three days, I intend to do that. I would love to have talks with you'."

Alan Shearer

The 44-year-old added: "I never had a phone call back from Manchester United, so it was never an option."

E. coli affected nursery given all clear

A County Durham nursery affected by an outbreak of E. coli has been given the all clear to reopen.

Eight children and one adult have been confirmed as having the infection and

at least two had to be treated in hospital.

Kirklands Day Nursery

The original source of the bacteria is still not known as public health officials continue their investigations, but tests at Kirklands in Barnard Castle have shown it to be clear of the infection. It will welcome children back tomorrow if they have twice tested negative for E. coli.

Elderly woman forgives thief

Katie Cole

BBC Newcastle

A woman from Kingston Park whose bird bath was stolen says she forgives the thief after being sent a letter of apology.

Jean and Katie Cole

You can read more on the story here, listen to her
interview with Alfie and Charlie this morning here, and watch my interview with her tonight on Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Mapping the countryside

Rebecca O'Neill

BBC Newcastle

I've been helping

Google Maps capture parts of Northumberland with this piece of kit for Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars after 16:15 on
BBC Newcastle.

Google maps in Northumberland

Fire crews save bearded dragon's life

Fire crews have

saved the life of a bearded dragon after dealing with a house fire in Gateshead.

Crews from Swalwell and Newcastle Central were deployed to tackle the blaze at a house in Dunston.

Bearded dragon
Getty Images

Firefighters later administered oxygen to the dragon.

Your pictures: Fish quay

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

Jim Jones sent us this picture of boats tied up at the North Shields Fish Quay.

North Shields Fish Quay
Jim Jones

You can send your pictures by email to or tweet

Latest arson not linked

The latest arson attack on a stable is

not linked to the other two recent incidents, police say.

The latest incident happened at The Happy Farm in Back Station Approach in Boldon.

Two other recent fires, at once of which five horses were killed, took place in Sunderland.

Recreating miners' homes

Russell Ward

BBC Newcastle

Four aged miners' homes are being recreated

at Beamish Museum and will include a centre for people living with dementia.

They will form part of the museum's 1950s town and will be replicas of four houses in South Shields.

Two women stood outside houses

I'll have more on this story on

BBC Newcastle at 16:30.