5 November 2014
A new BBC poll suggests people in the North East are the strongest supporters of more powers for local areas.
Ten people are charged after drugs with a street value of £8m were seized by police in Gateshead.
Two mid-20th Century office buildings on Tyneside are given grade II-listed status.
Newcastle United are favourites to sign MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli, who is also attracting attention from other clubs.
5 November 2014
A new BBC poll suggests people in the North East are the strongest supporters of more powers for local areas.
That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday - possibly even earlier if the weather turns really bad.
But we leave you with this - Maria Wheatley sent us this photo of the sun setting in Bedlington, Northumberland.
Newcastle United have announced a freeze on the price of all season tickets and have cut the cost for young fans.
The move was made to make the game "more affordable and reward loyalty", a club statement says.
Durham Free School's chairman of governors John Denning has defended his teachers following a claim by an MP they are "crap".
He said: "Many of them have come from outstanding schools, some of them are part-time teachers with us and part-time teachers in other outstanding schools."
He admitted there had been weaknesses at the school, but said they had been addressed. The Ofsted report found leadership, teaching, pupil behaviour and achievement were "inadequate" and said the school should be put in special measures.
Eighteen jobs are under threat with the closure of a Hartlepool store.
Tesco's York Road Express store is one of 43 outlets nationwide facing the axe, putting more than 2,000 jobs at risk. The firm announced earlier this month that it was closing 'unprofitable' stores nationwide.
Ten people have been charged after drugs with a street value of £8m were seized by police in Gateshead.
It follows a number of raids in October where drugs including cocaine, heroin, and amphetamine were recovered, along with £110,000 in cash.
Five men aged 25, 27, 29, 31, 44 and one woman aged 43, all from the Gateshead area, have been charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs and money laundering offences. Three men aged 31, 37 and 50, all from Liverpool, have also been charged with the same offences.
A 41-year-old man from Gateshead has been charged with possession of amphetamine with intent to supply. All 10 will appear at Gateshead Magistrates' Court on February 26.
Euan Coulthard, 19, of Bottesford, Leicestershire, disappeared after a night out in Durham on 14 January. His body was found in the River Wear a week later.
Durham Police say there is nothing suspicious about his death. A safety review will now be led by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
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The top local headlines at 17:00 include:
The Duchess of Cornwall was in Newcastle today to visit the Maggie's cancer centre in the grounds of the Freeman Hospital.
She met staff and visitors, including men from the Monday Morning for Men group, and NHS workers from the Freeman Hospital. She also took a tour of the building.
Last year, Maggie's Newcastle saw more than 16,000 visits to its centre of which 6,000 were men. Camilla became president of the charity in 2008.
We've just received this statement from Cleveland Police: "Following a report of an incident in which an 11-year-old girl was approached by a man in a car in Guisborough, police can confirm that the incident is no longer being treated as suspicious or as an attempted abduction.
"Members of the public in the local area can be reassured that the investigation has now concluded."
Cleveland Police is reopening almost 50 rape cases originally recorded as "no crime".
An inspection by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary identified 12 cases between November 2012 and October 2013.
Another 37 were discovered by the force following its own review from cases going back to 2010. A specialist team has now been set up to investigate and will offer support to victims.
A driver topped 107mph as she sped at twice the speed limit during a pursuit by police on the A66 in Middlesbrough.
The FA Trophy replay between Gateshead and Wrexham has been rescheduled for next Tuesday at the International Stadium.
The top local headlines at 16:00 include:
A controlled explosion is due to take place after a live grenade was found in a home in Marske, Teesside.
Vicarage Drive is cordoned off after an old grenade was discovered and the police were called at about 13:00
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: "Police are on their way to detonate the device which was found in a house. The grenade was found in the property during a house clearing. A controlled explosion will take place."
A man has admitted throwing a live chicken into the McDonald's restaurant in Billingham, the RSPCA says.
An RSPCA officer will be speaking to him this afternoon.
The chicken, now named Nugget, has been rehomed by RSPCA officer Ron Crawford, who owns a flock of the birds.
Middlesbrough have completed the signing of midfielder Adam Forshaw from Wigan.
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said firefighters were called to the scene at Faceby, between Northallerton and Middlesbrough, at about 01:20.
Fire crews from Stokesley, Northallerton, Coulby Newham, Yarm and Middlesbrough helped tackle the fire.
A fire service spokesman said an investigation is due to be carried out later, but the fire is believed to have started accidentally.
The top local headlines at 15:00 include:
On Neil Green's show this afternoon, hear from a woman who saw a second live chicken thrown into a different McDonald's on Teesside.
A live bird was thrown through the drive-through serving hatch of a McDonalds at Wolviston near Billingham yesterday. But it's also now emerged a second incident happened at the drive-through in Portrack Lane on Monday.
Helen Laville was there with her daughter - click here to hear from her after 16:00.
Volunteers manning busy rescue lifeboats in the North of England are urging seafarers to take more steps to be safe.
The RNLI revealed it was called out more than 1,000 times last year. But many rescues could have been avoided if people had taken basic precautions and sailors had made sure they had enough fuel, and ensured their boats weren't faulty.
An RNLI spokesman said: "Checking a boat's engine and fuel before setting out to sea could prevent the cause of our most common rescue, machinery failure."
RSPCA deputy chief inspector John Lawson has issued a statement after a live chicken was thrown into a McDonald's drive-through in Billingham.
He said: "My colleague Ron Crawford went along and collected her. Fortunately she wasn't injured and is now being cared for by the RSPCA.
"We would like to discourage people from repeating such pranks. Chickens are protected animals under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and subjecting them to pranks such as this could be an offence."
It's believed a group of youths paid for some food but instead of collecting it threw the chicken through the serving hatch. Anyone with information should call the RSPCA's appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
The top local headlines at 14:00 include:
This figure of Star Wars character Boba Fett has just sold for £18,000.
A rather strange story to bring you now - A live chicken has been thrown through the serving hatch at a McDonald's drive-through in Teesside, the RSPCA says.
The incident happened yesterday at the takeaway at Wolviston service station near Billingham. The RSPCA was called by staff and the chicken was collected by an animal welfare officer. She is now in RSPCA care.
Durham Free School's chairman of governors says comments by North West Durham Labour MP Pat Glass that it is "a haven for every crap teacher in the North East" are "very disappointing".
John Denning says staff are "highly skilled individuals who have been frankly slandered in the Houses of Parliament under the protection of parliamentary privilege".
He adds: "None of our teachers that are in the school have left other jobs because of being incompetent."
Gateshead FC's FA Trophy replay with Wrexham has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.
Charles Crisp, 54, caused an evacuation of the train at Newport railway station after a fellow passenger heard him talking about detonating the device.
Crisp, of Alnwick, admitted communicating false information with intent and was given a three-month sentence. Newport Crown Court heard Crisp was arrested and found to be unarmed.
Prosecutor John Lloyd said: "In a controlled voice, Crisp said, 'I've got a bomb and I'm going to blow everyone up.'"
The top local headlines at 13:00 include:
Tesco is informing staff at 43 stores today that their shops will close. These include the Express store in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, and the one in York Road, Hartlepool, as well as the Superstore in Bedlington.
In total 2,000 staff are affected. Express and Home Plus stores will close on 15 March. Metros and Superstores will close on 4 April.
Tesco warned earlier this month that 43 stores would be shut as part of plans to cut costs.
They reckon this Star Wars figure could go for £15,000 at auction this lunchtime. Watch Look North at 13:00 on BBC One.
The first of the forecasted snow flurries have begun on Tyneside with Newcastle's Town Moor getting a light covering of flakes.
However, Teessiders have yet to be affected where it is still cold and bright. Forecasters are predicting an afternoon and evening of between 3cm and 8cm of snow throughout the region, as well as very gusty winds.
The gales could lead to drifting and temporary blizzards over high ground, while icy surfaces and lightning pose additional risks in some areas. Check the forecast where you are.
The Met Office has issued an amber warning for snow in the North East from 17:00 to 11:00 tomorrow.
Northumbria Police is reminding people to take precautions against the expected bad weather.
The top local headlines at 12:00 include:
Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie says the club are delighted to have landed Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell.
He said: "I spoke to Glenn a little while ago and just enquired as to whether he would be interested in representing Yorkshire and outlined how well he could fit into the dressing room, and the role we wanted him to play.
"Aaron is a great leader, he has a lot of leadership and captaincy experience and having a player like that in the dressing room gives the younger players the opportunity to learn off him."
The North of England will be the host of some of the cultural highlights of this year, a BBC chief says.
Director of England Peter Salmon says he is proud the region is leading the way after he announced BBC Radio 6 Music was decanting to Tyneside for its annual festival. Headliners will include Maximo Park.
Mr Salmon also said new North East talent such as Elliot Kerrigan will be getting their breaks this spring with Boy Meets Girl, BBC Two's newest sitcom series, written and created by Elliot, being shot on location in Newcastle.
More than a dozen post-World War Two office buildings have been given Grade II listed status.
The move to give legal protection to 14 "remarkable" office blocks in English towns and cities comes after a project by heritage body English Heritage to assess commercial buildings dating from 1964 to 1984.
The list includes MEA House, in Newcastle, which was built to house voluntary organisations in the early 1970s. Ahead of its time, it doesn't have columns - instead building slabs are suspended from deep beams.
Middlesbrough's FA Cup clash against Arsenal will be on Sunday 15 February at 16:00, with the match shown live on BT Sport 1.
The top local headlines at 11:00 include:
Batsman Finch, 28, spent part of last season with the White Rose county and will return after his Indian Premier League commitments end in May.
Finch will be available for all formats of the game, but all-rounder Maxwell, 26, who also has an IPL contract, will only feature in the T20 Blast.
Both players are in Australia's World Cup squad for next month's tournament.
Police have got back to us over a man and woman arrested in connection with a bomb scare in Newcastle.
Northumbria Police has now confirmed that a 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm and a woman in her 30s is being held on suspicion of handling stolen goods. Both suspects are still in custody.
It comes after residents in Ouston Street were evacuated from their homes just after 17:30 yesterday and explosives experts were called, but police say they found nothing suspicious.
The Chief Inspector of Schools says two heavily-criticised Durham schools were doing badly and that parents "deserve better".
Sir Michael Wilshaw is facing questions from MPs over scathing reports into Sunderland's Grindon Hall Christian School and Durham Free School, which were both rated inadequate following inspections in November.
In evidence to the Commons Education Committee, he denied allegations that inspectors asked inappropriate questions of pupils, calling those claims false.
A man and a woman have been arrested after a suspicious package in Newcastle sparked a bomb scare.
Residents in Ouston Street were evacuated from their homes just after 17:30 yesterday and explosives experts were called, but police say they found nothing suspicious.
A cordon was put in place but residents were later allowed back home. We have asked police what alleged offence the 31-year-old man and the woman in her 30s were arrested over, and we're waiting for them to get back to us.
The top local headlines at 10:00 include:
tweets: Morning from the Port of Tyne - where today I'm talking about exports. #economy
The Redheugh Bridge in Newcastle has been shut to high-sided vehicles because of high winds
From April 2016, the amount you pay for care if you are over 65 is being capped at £72,000.
To be eligible, you first need to be assessed by your council as having very high need. Care provided in your home or in a residential home counts towards the cap, but only at the rate set by the council.
With the spiralling ageing population, councils are under increasing pressure. For example Newcastle Council pays £604.57 per week on each person in care and £180.56 a week to look after people in their own homes.
There has been a 22% fall in the last decade in the amount of money North East councils spent on providing social care for people aged 65 and over, new figures show.
The data comes from the Health and Social Care Information Centre, and analysis by the BBC shows the impact over 10 years of funding being squeezed whilst the numbers of elderly people has increased.
In our region, spending per head in 2003-04 was £1,374, but that had fallen to £1,076 by 2013-14 - a drop of £298 or 22%. The BBC has launched an online guide to the care system for the over-65s.
The top local headlines at 09:00 include:
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North West Durham Labour MP Pat Glass says she has been told a free school had become "a haven for every crap teacher in the North East".
Speaking in Parliament during a short debate, Education Select Committee member Ms Glass said: "There are many good teachers at that school ... but as a former senior education officer in the North East, I was aware that there were very high levels of teachers working at the Durham Free School that I knew had already been through competency procedures with other local authorities.
"A head teacher in the region told me that the school had become a haven for every crap teacher in the North East. I'm sorry if that's unparliamentary language but that was what he said to me."
Outbreaks of heavy rain will turn to snow over hills. It will brighten up with sunny spells developing but turning much colder with blustery winds and scattered snow showers - between 3cm to 5cm (1in to 2in) are expected to fall across the North of England.
Gusty winds will lead to drifting and temporary blizzards over high ground, while icy surfaces and lightning pose additional risks in some areas. Check the forecast where you are.
There's very slow traffic running at 10mph on the A19 southbound between the A689 junction in Wolviston and Portrack Interchange in Stockton.
And in Sunderland, and A19 is partially blocked northbound at Testo's Roundabout because of a broken down lorry. So problems in both directions.
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