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27 August 2014 Last updated at 18:01

Funeral for Borneo murder victimNeil Dalton

The funeral of a Newcastle University medical student who was stabbed to death in Borneo takes place in Derbyshire.

StSting shows to support music venue

Sting announces two concerts to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Sage Gateshead.

Toilet unearthed at VindolandaRoman toilet seat found at dig site

Archaeologists unearth a 2,000-year-old perfectly preserved wooden toilet seat at a Roman fort on Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland.

Richard Moss Article written by Richard Moss Richard Moss Political editor, North East & Cumbria

Breast cancer drug stand-off "not helping patients"

Why will a £90,000-a-year breast cancer drug seen as "too expensive" for the NHS still be available to patients?

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Chris Jackson Article written by Chris Jackson Chris Jackson Presenter, Inside Out, North East & Cumbria

New stories emerge about the impact of WW1 on Tyneside

A century after the start of World War One new stories are emerging of how it affected Tyneside

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    That's all from Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday. Dan Myers sent us this picture of boats reflecting in calm waters in Seaham.

    Boats in Seaham

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    Pills found in Jelly Tots 17:58: Newcastle Chronicle
    School to address skills shortage 17:56: Ian Reeve BBC North East Business Correspondent

    A new free school that aims to get young people into engineering is about to open its doors.

    Discovery School in Newcastle will try to address a skills shortage in industry, and, it's claimed, help drive the economy.

    Discovery School

    I'll have more on this story on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

    Housing scheme gets green light 17:52: The Journal Newspaper
    Thief with knife arrested 17:48:

    A man armed with a large knife stole cash and whisky from a shop in Newton Aycliffe.

    A 19-year-old female shop assistant was threatened at Booze Busters in Dalton Way at about 18:30 on Monday. A 35-year-old local man has been arrested and released on bail.

    Woman admits nose bite 17:45: The Gazette Newspaper

    A woman is in prison awaiting sentence today after she admitted biting part of another woman's nose off at a wake.

    Sting shows support Sage birthday 17:42:

    Sting has announced two concerts to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Sage Gateshead arts venue.

    The former Police frontman, who was born in nearby Wallsend, will play two shows on 24 and 25 April next year.


    Proceeds from the shows, which will feature songs from his most recent album The Last Ship, will help fund educational projects at the Sage.

    Nick's notes 17:37: Nick Barnes BBC Newcastle commentator

    There's full commentary on BBC Newcastle tonight of Birmingham vs Sunderland in the Capital One Cup. Build up starts in Total Sport. Here's my notebook ahead of the game:

    Nick's notes
    Stabbed student 'very giving' 17:32:

    The funeral of one of the Newcastle University students killed in Borneo has taken place this afternoon.

    Family friend Pam Morgan said today is about celebrating Neil's life.

    Neil Dalton

    She said: "He was a very giving and kind young man, very generous hearted, did a lot of work for charity, a very family focused young man who Janet and Phil would be so proud of."

    Council urged to reveal event cost 17:20: The Shields Gazette Newspaper
    Roman Empire toilet seat found 17:09:

    A 2,000-year-old perfectly preserved wooden Roman Empire toilet seat was unearthed near Hadrian's Wall at the Vindolanda site in Northumberland.

    Dr Andrew Birley said: "We know a lot about Roman toilets from previous excavations at the site and from the wider Roman world which have included many fabulous Roman latrines, but never before have we had the pleasure of seeing a surviving and perfectly preserved wooden seat.

    Toilet seat

    "Now we need to find the toilet that went with it as Roman loos are fascinating places to excavate - their drains often contain astonishing artefacts."

    News on the hour 16:59:

    The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A historic Lancaster Bomber is due to land at Durham Tees Valley Airport as part of its two-month tour of the UK.
    • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.
    Dog 'overlooked by 14,000' 16:43:

    A Darlington rescue centre has put out a plea for help in finding a "forever home" for a dog that has been overlooked by 14,000 potential owners.

    Jed, a seven-year-old lurcher, has been with the Dogs Trust in Sadberge since he was four months old.

    Jed, a seven-year-old lurcher

    The trust said he has been taken in by several families in the past but in each case, due to their circumstances changing, he had to be returned. His carer at the trust says he is "affectionate" and "fun loving".

    McClaren opens clubhouse 16:28: Neil Green BBC Tees

    The new clubhouse at Cleveland Juniors has been officially opened.

    It's cost £400,000 and replaces two storage containers, which had been used as changing rooms, and has been opened by former England and Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren.

    Steve McClaren

    The club has a track record of developing local talent - former players include Adam Johnson, Phil Stamp and Jonathan Woodgate.

    Watch Middlesbrough's goals 16:16: via Facebook

    Middlesbrough FC writes: Check out our Goal Cam from last night's game. What was your favourite?

    Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium
    News on the hour 15:59:

    The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: Police are appealing for information after a knifepoint robbery at an off licence in Newton Aycliffe on Bank Holiday Monday.
    • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.
    Birmingham v Sunderland 15:45:

    Match facts ahead of the League Cup clash: Birmingham's last defeat to Sunderland came at home came in an FA Cup replay in February 2004 - they have won three and drawn two of their meetings since.

    The only previous League Cup tie between the two sides came in the third round in 2009-10, with the Black Cats running out 2-0 winners at the Stadium of Light.

    Sunderland have made it through to the third round in five of the last six seasons, losing to Brighton & Hove Albion at this stage in 2011.

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    'Loved' being most expensive 15:24:

    In the wake of Angel Di Maria's transfer to Manchester United for a British record fee of £59.7m, BBC Sport pundit Alan Shearer shares his experience of the pressure that came with such a label.

    Shearer says he "loved being the world's most expensive player" after signing for Newcastle United from Blackburn for £15m in 1996.

    Former England captain Alan Shearer

    The former England captain also does not believe the transfer market has reached its peak, claiming the money spent by clubs will "only get bigger".

    Spells of sunshine 15:11:

    There's a fine afternoon to come with some spells of sunshine. Feeling pleasantly warm in the sunshine for most, however it will feel cooler in areas such as Seaham later as a refreshing onshore breeze develops.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 17C (63F). Check the forecast near you.

    News on the hour 14:57:

    The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

    Model set for Miss Multiverse 14:48: Hartlepool Mail Newspaper
    Adder's mystery ride from NE 14:37: Lloyd Watson BBC News

    We now bring you a strange tale. It turns out a dead adder found in a car park had made a 140-mile journey from County Durham, the Keighley News reports.

    Dead adder
    Last-minute prep 14:23: Nick Barnes BBC Newcastle commentator

    I'm doing some last-minute preparations and research ahead of Sunderland's League Cup match against Birmingham tonight.

    BBC Newcastle will have full-match commentary tonight from St Andrew's at 19:45, with all the pre-match build-up from 19:00 after Total Sport.

    Nick Barnes
    Four-mile diversion 14:09:

    The A67 in Darlington closed in both directions between the A66 junction and the Sadberge Road junction because of resurfacing work.

    A 4.5-mile diversion is in place along the A66 and through the village of Sadberge, before connecting with the A67 via Sadberge Road. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

    News on the hour 13:56:

    The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

    Warnock to face Magpies 13:41: Simon Pryde BBC Newcastle

    Just what you need, Newcastle United fans - an attractive home match against a Neil Warnock side!

    Crystal Palace have confirmed the former QPR and Sheffield United manager will take charge for the first time against the Magpies on Saturday.

    Six held in drugs and cash probe 13:28:

    Six people have been arrested over alleged drugs and money laundering offences following early morning raids.

    Police raided two addresses in Witton Gilbert on the outskirts of Durham, one in Langley Park and one in Stanley. Arrests were also made in Hetton-le-Hole and Houghton-le-Spring. A Land Rover was also seized in Witton Gilbert.

    Five men and one woman, aged between 26 and 53, were held on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs. Four of the men and the woman were also arrested on suspicion of money laundering.

    TV to replace windows? 13:14: Lloyd Watson BBC News

    Aeroplane windows could be replaced by TV screens linked to an external camera, giving passengers stunning views of the skies thanks to technology being developed by a County Durham company.

    The Sedgefield-based Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has developed flexible TV screens to replace fuselage windows.

    Plane interior covered with screens

    The company says no longer having dozens of windows will strengthen the plane and improve fuel efficiency.

    News on the hour 12:56:

    The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

    When Joanne met Merrill 12:41: Stephanie Cleasby BBC Look North

    Five months ago, Joanne Milne was thrust into the spotlight when her hearing was restored through cochlear implants. Since then, her story has spread around the world.

    This week she met the lead singer of the famous Osmond family, Merrill, and his son who've asked her to become an ambassador of their charity, The Hearing Fund UK.

    Merrill Osmond and Joanne Milne

    I'll have more on this on BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

    British transfer fee landmarks 12:29:

    With Angel Di Maria signing for Manchester United for £59.7m, BBC Sport takes a look back at previous transfer fee landmarks which includes three former Newcastle United players.

    Striker Andy Cole dramatically joined Manchester United from Newcastle in January 1995 in a £7m cash-plus-player deal that saw Keith Gillespie head in the opposite direction.

    Transfer fee landmarks

    But there were delirious scenes on Tyneside when Kevin Keegan signed Old Trafford target Alan Shearer from Blackburn for £15m.

    Liverpool paid out £35m for Newcastle's Andy Carroll in 2011, which is currently the sixth biggest transfer fee paid by a British club.

    Feeding the demand 12:14: Russell Ward BBC Newcastle

    Sixty new catering staff and cooks have been taken on by Sunderland City Council to help city schools meet a leap in demand for school dinners.

    Catering staff

    Daily demand is expected to increase six fold from 2,500 meals a day to more than 14,000 as the new school year starts next week.

    I'll have more on this story on BBC Newcastle after 16:00.

    News on the hour 12:00:

    The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

    Boro match stats 11:47:

    Match stats: Middlesbrough's top scorer Grant Leadbitter did not come off the bench in Boro's 3-1 win over Preston in the League Cup.

    All of Boro's goals were scored in 15 minutes, with Preston equalising just three minutes after Lee Tomlin's first of two goals.

    Middlesbrough v Preston match stats

    More than half of Boro's shots were on target where as less than half of Preston's hit the target.

    Dibaba to face Kiplagat 11:34:

    Tirunesh Dibaba, the Ethiopian who holds the world and Olympic 10,000m titles, will renew her rivalry with Kenya's Edna Kiplagat when she lines up in the Great North Run on Sunday 7 September.

    Kiplagat, who ran her way into the record books in Moscow last summer as the first back-to-back winner of the World Championship women's marathon title, was beaten by Dibaba in a thrilling sprint finish in the 2012 Great North Run.

    Tirunesh Dibaba

    Dibaba's form over the half marathon distance on Tyneside will be a pointer towards her prospects in a second venture over the marathon distance, but she will be up against a rival seeking a place in the record books.

    Newcastle match stats 11:21:

    Match stats: Newcastle dominated much of their match against Gillingham, having 63% of possession.

    Half of the Magpies' 10 shots were on target. One of three Gillingham shots managed to hit the target.

    Gillingham v Newcastle match stats
    Fans in dreamland 11:08:

    Kate Bush fans from the North East journeyed to London yesterday to see the star make her stage comeback at her first live concert in 35 years.

    Kate Bush

    Kyla Fox, 41, who travelled from Newcastle, said: "We've just heard musical history. I dreamt of this but never thought I'd see it. This was on my bucket list."

    News on the hour 10:54:

    The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

    Gillingham 0-1 Newcastle 10:37:

    Newcastle's only goal of the match against Gillingham in the League Cup came in the 25th minute when former Sunderland player John Egan put the ball into his own net from Gabriel Obertan's cross.

    The Premier League side were rarely troubled, with only Luke Norris forcing Tim Krul into making a good save.

    John Egan scores own goal

    Magpies' full-back Massadio Haidara hit the bar with a fierce strike before firing another effort wide.

    Staying young 10:25: Jonathan Miles BBC Newcastle

    The Ageing Alliance is a coalition of eight organisations which works to ensure our society is ready for ageing.

    They've created a "Ready for Later Life" pack targeted at 50-year-olds, which isn't old, I can assure you. How do you stay young? Call BBC Newcastle on 0191 232 6565 or join the conversation on Facebook.

    Dec excited for Knopfler performance 10:12:

    Geordie duo Ant and Dec say they are looking forward to seeing their "local hero" Mark Knopfler perform at the Great North Run Million ceremony on Thursday 4 September.

    Dec said: "The show will be like nothing we've ever seen on the Tyne before. Obviously, as a Newcastle fan, I'm looking forward to hearing Mark Knopfler play Local Hero live, but we've heard a little bit more about what to expect and the whole night will be an epic celebration of everything that has made our region great."

    Ant and Dec

    Ant said: "We were the official starters of the Bupa Great North Run in 2010, and for us, the sheer scale of the event then seemed incredible. When you think about that happening year on year for over 30 years, resulting in the finish line being crossed one million times - it really is a special milestone."

    News on the hour 09:59:

    The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

    'Most expensive house' sold 09:46: Newcastle Chronicle

    A house which boasted one of the North East's highest price tags of £6.75m when it was originally put up for sale was eventually bought for a 'knock down' £3.25m.

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    Boro 3-1 Preston 09:26:

    Lee Tomlin scored twice as Middlesbrough saw off spirited Preston in the Capital One Cup second round.

    Tomlin picked himself up after being fouled to curl home a free-kick following an uneventful first half.

    Lee Tomlin

    Preston's Jordan Hugill nodded in a leveller shortly after, but parity lasted only three minutes before Bradley Fewster bundled in for Boro. But Tomlin's superb solo effort put the game beyond the visitors.

    Miller reacts to Man Utd defeat 09:22:

    Reacting to Manchester United crashing out of the League Cup with a 4-0 defeat at the hands of MK Dons Paralympian Stephen Miller from Northumberland tweets: Di Maria wouldn't have wanted to play in the League Cup anyway...

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    Flume of doom 09:11: Lisa McCormick BBC Tees

    I've taken the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness of motor neurone disease - but I've done mine with a twist. Witness the flume of doom!

    Lisa McCormick getting drenched
    News on the hour 08:59:

    The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

    Student funeral due to take place 08:51: Stephanie Finnon BBC Newcastle

    One of the Newcastle University students killed in Borneo will be laid to rest today.

    Neil Dalton had been working at a local hospital as part of his studies along with fellow medical student Aiden Brunger when they were stabbed to death earlier this month.

    Neil Dalton

    A 23-year-old Malaysian man has been charged with their murders. Neil's funeral will be held in Derbyshire later today.

    Sting to perform on Tyneside 08:41:

    Musician Sting will perform at the Great North Run Million opening ceremony on Thursday 4 September, it has been announced.

    The former Police frontman, from Wallsend, will perform during the celebration of the region's industrial history.


    He joins Jimmy Nail, Mark Knopfler, Chase & Status, Kathryn Tickell, The Wilson Family and Mercury Music Prize nominees The Unthanks. Ant and Dec will kick-off the event.

    Birmingham v Sunderland 08:30:

    Team news: Sunderland could hand debuts to summer signings Costel Pantilimon and Billy Jones in their League Cup match against Birmingham tonight at 19:45 at St Andrew's.

    Jack Rodwell

    Adam Johnson remains a doubt having missed Sunday's 1-1 draw with Manchester United through illness.

    Delays are expected 08:18:

    Expect delays and narrow lanes on the A690 Durham Road in Sunderland at the Pancras Road junction because of gas main work and sewer works.

    There's also very slow traffic on the A19 southbound in Stockton between the Pennine Avenue junction and the A66 junction, because of an earlier broken down vehicle. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

    Dry and bright 08:09: Kay Crewdson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    After a chilly start, the day will be dry with bright or sunny spells. However it will feel cool as winds freshen from the southeast.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 17C (63F). Check the forecast near you.

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