26 September 2014
Conservatives in northern England say the region must not be left unfairly disadvantaged by further Scottish devolution
A man who had his arm amputated after being mauled by his own dogs is arrested over a series of dog attacks.
A former social worker denies sex offences against two boys, including rape and indecent assault, allegedly carried out at schools for children with behavioural problems.
Newcastle midfielder Siem de Jong says he will be sidelined for another "couple of months" through injury.
26 September 2014
Conservatives in northern England say the region must not be left unfairly disadvantaged by further Scottish devolution
31 August 2014
How safe are e-cigarettes? A new series of Inside Out investigates just what is contained in them.
That's all from Local Live tonight, we'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday. We seemed to have escaped most of the bad weather, with it focused on London and the south west.
It means we were spared the worst, unlike folks on this train in Whitehaven in Cumbria.
The North East Combined Authority of councils has unanimously agreed the Quality Contract Scheme, which means they will take control of buses.
The new scheme proposed by Nexus and the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive will see bus companies contracted to provide routes by the authority, rather than the bus operators deciding which services to run on the basis of market forces.
Councillor Nick Forbes, the leader of Newcastle City Council said: "The proposal presents the best option for increasing passenger numbers, protecting important but less profitable bus routes, preserving concessionary fares and providing a clear and easier to use bus network for passengers."
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Hartlepool United caretaker boss Sam Collins has no new concerns after Saturday's home loss to Luton Town.
Pools are away to Accrington Stanley in League Two action tonight at 19:45. Loan signing Matt Crooks could feature after moving from Huddersfield.
Police in Bishop Auckland believe that a shed fire was started deliberately because a homeless person had been using it to sleep in.
There had been fears that the person sleeping rough was inside the shed on Queens Street in Crook - but they are safe. Officers say they think the vulnerable person was targeted.
Showers will become isolated overnight with most parts dry with clear periods developing.
Strong, blustery northwesterly winds, with gales on coasts and hills at first, gradually easing towards morning allowing it to turn cold in sheltered areas by morning. Minimum temperature: 3C (37F). Check the forecast near you.
A shirt worn by Gary Speed when he played for Sheffield United against Ipswich Town in 2008 fetched £720. The top-selling item was VIP tickets to the FIFA Ballon d'Or Awards in Zurich which raised £7,100.
The auction, organised by Gina Long, a long-time supporter of both charities, featured 114 lots which attracted 2,596 bids from around the world.
A 37-year-old man who was arrested after the body of a woman was discovered at a house in Guisborough has been released with no further action, Cleveland Police say.
Police found the 39-year-old woman, who has not yet been named, in New Road in the early hours of Wednesday.
Police say the death is currently being treated as unexplained.
Police say they have recovered 14 dogs after a breeder, who had only recently lost his arm when he was mauled, was arrested after three people were hurt in dog attacks today.
A charity is raising £2m to build a new support centre in Gateshead for people living with cancer.
Fighting All Cancers Together - or FACT - is a charity founded and led by Joanne Smith, who was diagnosed with breast cancer nine years ago, and gives support to patients, friends and family.
She said: "It's managing their day-to-day lives during diagnosis, treatment and then afterwards. Thankfully people are living longer, but that means they need supporting for longer."
The top local headlines at 17:00 include:
Chief Inspector Andy Huddleston, of Durham Police, will be on BBC Tees live from 17:00 after a man who had his arm amputated when he was mauled by his own dogs was arrested over a series of dog attacks.
Tyne and Wear Public Transport Passengers group say they welcome the Quality Contract Scheme as it will rescue bus service from years of decline.
Bus companies are deeply disappointed about the decision and will continue to fight it but say it's too early to talk of legal action.
More on the story we brought you earlier - A man who had his arm amputated after being mauled by his own dogs has been arrested over a series of dog attacks on three people.
Durham Police said six American bulldogs, which were being walked in the Belmont area of the city, fought with a Staffordshire bull terrier before attacking a man and two women.
A 48-year-old man, understood by the BBC to be dog breeder Stephen Potts, is being questioned by the force. He had only just returned home after being attacked by two of his own dogs, which were later destroyed.
More than 2,500 Sunderland fans who made the long trip to Southampton on Saturday to see the Black Cats lose 8-0, will be able to claim back the £24 cost of admission, or have the sum donated to city-based children's hospice Grace House instead.
It's a move that will cost the players of the Premier League side collectively about £60,000.
The North East Combined Authority of councils has unanimously agreed the Quality Contract, which means they will take control of buses.
Labour Houghton and Sunderland South MP, Bridget Phillipson, said: "The Quality Contract Scheme Board will now be asked to assess the scheme before it can be brought into force. The bus operators should now respect this democratic decision and work to support passengers."
North Tyneside mayor Norma Redfearn asks if financial provision has been made for the costs of any legal action against the Quality Contract.
Bernard Garner from Nexus says the chances of a legal challenge at this stage are small but money will be set aside to fight it.
Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson asks if councils could leave the Quality Contract after it started if they were unhappy. The answer was broadly "no".
A 63-year-old man is in hospital with injuries to his head and limbs after being attacked by a dog, Durham Police say.
Dog breeder Stephen Potts and a woman were walking six American bulldogs at about 13:00 in Coniston Close when the dogs began fighting with a Staffordshire bull terrier, which was being walked by the man who is in a "serious" condition. A woman was also injured with bites to her hand.
Mr Potts, 48, who lost his arm after a dog attack in September, has been arrested. Durham Police say all of the dogs have been secured and there's no immediate danger to the public.
Celebrating their birthdays in the sporting world today are former Newcastle, Everton and Republic of Ireland midfielder Kevin Sheedy (55).
He'll be sharing cake with former former Manchester United, Liverpool and Inter Milan midfielder Paul Ince (47). Australian rugby union legend David Campese (52) and former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic (33).
Sunderland's players have offered to refund the cost of fans' tickets after Southampton beat the Black Cats 8-0 on Saturday. The price of unclaimed tickets will go a local charity.
Speaking on behalf of the squad, captain John O'Shea said: "We win and lose as a team, players, staff and fans, however we wanted to acknowledge and thank the supporters who travelled such a long way to give us their backing and despite everything, stayed with us until the final whistle."
The Combined Authority is told taking control of buses would have a net economic benefit of £272m over 10 years, but the authority was also told that taking control would reduce bus company profits by between £81m and £187m over the same time.
The Authority is being recommended by officers to take control of buses in Tyne and Wear through a Quality Contract as the benefits outweigh the impact on the bus firms.
However, the club said: "Fans who do not wish to claim a personal refund will have the cost of their ticket donated to Sunderland-based children's hospice Grace House, which provides hospice services including respite, palliative and end of life care for children and young people."
The claim window closes at 17:00 on 5 November.
The Combined Authority is told that in officers' opinion that having taken legal advice, control of buses by councils would be lawful.
Authority told of three options on buses: Do nothing, voluntary partnership with bus companies or have a Quality Contract.
The authority is told a partnership with bus companies would lead to service improvements, but it's unclear whether it would meet all of the authority's objectives.
The yellow warning of severe weather, issued by the Met Office, has been extended from 18:00 to 20:00 and has now spread across much of the UK.
It says gales, and more locally severe ones, are expected to affect much of the country today.
The top local headlines at 15:00 include:
I got into work earlier to find this on my desk from one of my colleagues:
I've just about recovered from Sunderland's 8-0 defeat at the weekend.
There's one lane closed and slow traffic on the A19 flyover southbound in Stockton between the Portrack Interchange and the A66 because of an accident. Get the latest here.
I'm just waiting for the North East Combined Authority meeting to begin. It's D-day on plans for councils to take back control of buses. We'll have coverage of the decision here on BBC Local Live.
Bus companies and passengers' group here, now we just await the council leaders who'll decide on Quality Contracts Scheme.
The top local headlines at 14:00 include:
Ambitious plans to improve North East schools have been backed by a former MP, but Alan Milburn says the region faces massive challenges.
Head to head: Wolves won the last meeting 3-2 at Molineux in the Championship in March last year.
Both sides have won three of the last seven meetings in all competitions, drawing one.
Wolves have won three of the last four meetings at Molineux in all competitions, losing one. Middlesbrough's only win there since 1995 was 2-1 in the FA Cup in January 2009.
Matt Crooks has joined Hartlepool United on a month's loan from Huddersfield Town. He's in the squad for tonight's game. There's coverage on BBC Tees from 18:00.
A former social worker has gone on trial accused of sexually attacking two boys in the 1980s and 1990s.
Brian Tansley, 69, is alleged to have raped the boys at either the former Washington Hall School in Washington or during a holiday from Feversham School in Walbottle between 1984 and 1991.
Both were residential schools for children with behavioural problems. At Newcastle Crown Court, Mr Tansley denies six charges, including one of indecent assault.
The top local headlines at 13:00 include:
Newcastle United midfielder Siem de Jong has said his rehabilitation from injury will take at least another eight weeks.
De Jong, 25, a Dutch international, was a £6m arrival from Ajax in the summer but suffered a serious thigh injury just three games into his Magpies career.
Leaseholders of Stockton's vacant Swallow Hotel say it could soon be converted into student accommodation.
The hotel closed in 2009, and now Ellandi LLP has taken the lease from Whitbread and is in talks which could see work begin in a matter of months.
Tim Cornford from Ellandi LLP said: "We're hoping to have rooms for up to 130 students in the old hotel. Via a multimillion-pound investment we'll be able to regenerate the hotel and bring students back into the town."
The £3.7m development will be used by police, ambulance and fire services, as well as the mountain rescue team. It will be built on the site of Barnard Castle Fire Station, which would otherwise have had to be redeveloped.
Funding for the new HQ has come from the government's £75m Fire Transformation Fund, which is being shared between 37 projects in England and Wales.
Gusts reaching 71mph have just been recorded in Northumberland. Here are some more significant gusts between 10:00 and 11:00.
The top local headlines at 12:00 include:
The A695 Scotswood Road in Newcastle is closed westbound from the A189 Plummer Street junction to the Dunn Street junction because of an overturned car. There's a diversion in operation through the Newcastle Business Park. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.
Northumbria Police tweets: Police are dealing with a crash on Scotswood Road. The westbound carriageway is closed.
Dead flies were the most likely cause of a fire at a Grade II listed hotel, the fire service has confirmed.
An investigation by North Yorkshire Fire Service has now revealed that it was started accidentally. The most probable cause was smouldering flies from an electrical fly killer dropping on to flammable material below.
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The top local headlines at 11:00 include:
Two men have been arrested after another man was stabbed in the arm in Sunderland.
The 33-year-old man suffered cuts to his arm in Eden House Road at about 01:20. He was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment where he remains. His condition is not thought to be life threatening.
Two men, aged 49 and 32, have been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to commit GBH. Nothumbria Police say it was an isolated incident and is appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 101.
Middlesbrough will be looking to extend their unbeaten league run to eight matches against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux tonight.
Aitor Karanka's side moved to third in the Championship after their 2-1 win away at Brighton.
Boro's only defeat since August was 14-13 on penalties at Liverpool in the Capital One Cup on 23 September.
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A new "quad station" housing four emergency services in one place is to be built in County Durham.
It'll be the first in the country and will house fire, police and ambulance services as well as the mountain rescue team.
It will cost more than £3.5m, which is to come from the Government's fire transformation fund and will be built on the site of the existing station in Barnard Castle.
The top local headlines at 10:00 include:
Former Darlington Labour MP Alan Milburn, who is now the Government's social mobility Tsar, says mums and dads should be taught to cuddle their children as part of a national programme to end bad parenting.
Smouldering dead flies from an electric fly-killer have been blamed for the fire that raged through Crathorne Hall.
The top local headlines at 09:00 include:
The Met Office has issued "be aware" warnings, with gales forecast for much of the UK, while BBC Weather says heavy rain is already spreading across many areas.
There's also strong winds on the Redheugh Bridge in Gateshead between the A184 Askew Road junction and the A695 Railway Street junction.
I've been given exclusive access to a behind-the-scenes look at the role of our special constables in Durham Police.
Working the same duties as regular police officers, special constables volunteer a minimum of 16 hours a month in between their full-time day jobs.
Hear my second report on BBC Newcastle now.
The Met Office says the gales will "coincide with the morning rush hour in places".
Forecasters warn that fallen leaves could impede drainage, increasing the risk of surface water on roads and causing difficult driving conditions.
Northumbria Police tweets: A wet & windy morning on the roads this morning. Leave extra time to get to work, use your lights and #DriveSafe. #RoadSenseCommonSense
Our reporter Hannah McMahon braves whatever the weather throws her way this morning.
She'll have updates on BBC Tees Breakfast with Ali Brownlee.
The top local headlines at 08:00 include:
North Seaton Road in North Seaton is closed in both directions at the Fairfield Drive junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.
Sunshine and showers, sometimes heavy, wintry for a time over the highest Pennines. Very windy with gusts 45mph to 55mph, but possibly locally to 60mph or 65mph over high ground along the coast and with squally showers inland.
We're expecting gusts of wind up to 65mph in the North East as the remnants of Hurricane Golazo hit the UK.
A small number of flights have been affected by the weather. British Airways has cancelled four flights to and from Newcastle already - the 17:45 and the 19:40 arrivals. In turn, the 18:30 and 20:25 departures have also been cancelled.
Passengers travelling to Heathrow for onward flights may face delays as services there have been hit. Check with your operator for details.
And the Metro system is running fine across both lines, so there's no worries there either.
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