Dave Budd chosen as Labour's Middlesbrough mayor candidate

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Labour members in Middlesbrough have selected Dave Budd as the party's candidate for next year's mayoral election.

Voters in the town will choose a successor to independent mayor Ray Mallon in May 2015. Mr Budd is currently deputy mayor and executive member for resources.

Independent Andy Preston and the Green Party's David Masterman have also announced they will stand.

Mr Mallon has held the post since 2002.

Voters opted to keep the elected mayor system in a referendum in September. Labour councillors campaigned for the role to be abolished.

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    13:27: Safety group concerned after rescue

    Following the rescue of a student from the River Wear in Durham early this morning, Durham City Safety Group said it was very concerned.

    Group chairman Terry Collins said: 'We are clearly pleased that no lives were lost last night and we are very aware that the vast majority of people enjoy an evening out without consequence.

    "However, we are extremely concerned about this incident and we would like to appeal to people to consider their own personal safety when they are out in the city."

    He said the group was determined to make the city safe and urged people to ensure their personal safety.

     
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    13:14: Press conference held at scene of river rescue Russell Ward BBC Newcastle

    Durham Police have been giving more details about the rescue of a student from the River Wear in Durham.

    The rescue comes a week after the body of student Euan Coulthard was recovered from the river.

    Here is Assistant Chief Constable Dave Orford being interviewed by media at the scene of the rescue.

    River rescue press conference

    He says it was "exceedingly close" to being another tragedy and he praised the officers who got the student out

     
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    12:58: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A student has been rescued from the River Wear in Durham in the early hours of this morning.
    • BBC Tees: Proposals for a £50m designer shopping centre at Scotch Corner have been given the go-ahead by planners, a move that would create hundreds of new jobs.
     
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    12:44: Scene of the river rescue

    Look North reporter Gerry Jackson has sent this photo showing a more exact location of where a 20-year-old student was rescued from the River Wear in Durham at about 01:45 this morning.

    Scene of the River Wear rescue

    Rescuers formed a human chain to pull him from the water near Durham Amateur Rowing Club.

     
  5.  
    12:30: Update on the student river rescue Russell Ward BBC Newcastle

    The student who was rescued from the River Wear in Durham in the early hours of this morning is 20 and from Northern Ireland

    He has been released from hospital where he was treated for hypothermia and is now being questioned by police.

     
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    12:20: Car left overnight

    Durham Police have thanked passers-by who let the force know about a "very expensive" car which was left overnight on Butterwick Road in Stockton.

    Car off the road
     
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    12:10: Rain and sleet possible Clare Nasir Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    It will stay dry for many with sunny spells, and it will feel cold in the breeze. A few rain and sleet showers might affect western parts, especially during the evening, with rather cloudier conditions developing.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 4C (39F). Check the forecast near you.

     
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    11:58: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: An online fundraising page set up after a disabled pensioner was attacked outside his house in Gateshead has now raised more than £16,500.
    • BBC Tees: A student's been rescued from the River Wear in Durham in the early hours of the morning.
     
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    11:47: Boro safety 'not compromised'

    Cleveland Police insists crowd safety at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium is not being compromised despite fewer officers attending games.

    It comes after the Chair of Cleveland Police Federation claimed officers would be pushed to their limits if Middlesbrough get promoted at the end of the season. The force has reduced its officer numbers by nearly 400 since 2010.

    Middlesbrough on Boxing Day

    Temporary Ass Ch Con for Cleveland Police Ciaron Irvine said: "We're satisfied and confident that we'd continue to cope with demand of Premiership football. On Boxing Day we managed an event with 32,500... and we coped more than adequately. Middlesbrough have also increased the presence and quality of their stewarding so we're putting far fewer officers into the operation than we ever have."

     
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    11:34: Latest on student river rescue Lloyd Watson BBC News

    Durham Police is to hold a press conference later to give more details about a student being rescued from the River Wear in the early hours of this morning.

    River Wear

    BBC Look North's Gerry Jackson is at Durham now and sent us this photo. We'll bring you the latest here on Local Live as soon as we have it.

     
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    11:24: Student rescue comes after river safety review launch

    The rescue of a student from the River Wear this morning comes days after a review was launched into river safety following the death of Durham University student Euan Coulthard.

    Police and the fire service formed a human chain to rescue the student at about 01:45 from the river.

    Euan, 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.

     
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    11:10: Student rescued from River Wear Lloyd Watson BBC News

    A student who had fallen into the River Wear has been rescued after emergency services formed a human chain.

    A passer-by raised the alarm at about 01:45 near the Durham Amateur Rowing Club in the city. The man was taken to the University Hospital of North Durham suffering from hypothermia.

    Suggestions of any other people missing in the incident are without foundation, Durham Police said.

     
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    11:00: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: An online fundraising page set up after a disabled pensioner was attacked outside his house in Gateshead has now raised more than £13,500.
    • BBC Tees: Cleveland Police insists crowd safety at Middlesbrough's Riverside stadium is not being compromised despite fewer officers attending games.
     
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    10:48: Lane blocked on A1

    One lane is blocked northbound and there's slow traffic on the A1 in Dunston at Lobley Hill Interchange because of an accident. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

     
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    10:34: Today's Gazette front page The Gazette
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    10:18: Fundraiser 'over the moon'

    An online fundraising page set up hours after the news that disabled pensioner Alan Barnes had been attacked in Gateshead has now raised more than £12,000.

    The woman who set up the page was beautician Katie Cutler. She told BBC Newcastle: "I read the story and I was so upset, it's so tragic what's happened."

    Alan Barnes

    She continued: "I've had emails from people as far as Canada, it's great.

    "It's lovely how something so negatively can end so positively. I'm over the moon, I can't wait for him to get it."

     
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    10:07: A19 lane closed

    One lane is closed and there's very slow traffic on the A19 Tees Flyover southbound in Stockton-On Tees between Portrack Interchange and the A66 junction because of a broken down car.

    There's slow traffic on the A1 southbound in Blaydon between the MetroCentre and Dunston because of an accident involving two vehicles in the roadworks area. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

     
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    10:00: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: An online fundraising page set up after a disabled pensioner was attacked outside his house in Gateshead has now raised more than £12,500.
    • BBC Tees: Cleveland Police insists crowd safety at Middlesbrough's Riverside stadium is not being compromised despite fewer officers attending games.
     
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    09:49: Your photos: Snowdrift Lloyd Watson BBC News

    How is the weather near you today? Here's one of many pictures we received yesterday of snow hitting the North East. This picture of Shotleyfield near Consett, County Durham, was sent to us by Andrew Reed.

    Snowdrift in County Durham

    You can send your pictures by email: northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk or tweet @BBCNewsNE.

     
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    09:37: Share your views

    We've introduced BBC Local Live, which is written by reporters across the North East, to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

     
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    09:25: Refuge angered at fraudsters The Chronicle Newspaper
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    09:13: Ginola 'fights' for Fifa role

    Former France international and Newcastle United footballer David Ginola is "still fighting" in his bid to stand for the Fifa presidency.

    A statement on the Team Ginola website seemingly suggested his campaign, backed by a bookmaker, to stand against Sepp Blatter was over as it promised to refund backers.

    David Ginola

    But a spokesman said: "We're still in it and still fighting."

    Ginola later said via Twitter he was not giving up. Current president Blatter, 78, is bidding for a fifth term in office.

     
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    08:59: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: An online fundraising page set up after a disabled pensioner was attacked outside his house in Gateshead has now raised more than £11,000.
    • BBC Tees: Proposals for a £50m designer shopping centre at Scotch Corner have been given the go-ahead by planners - a move that would create hundreds of new jobs.
     
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    08:51: Winter brings 'unprecedented pressure' Hartlepool Mail
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    08:41: Fund started for disabled Gateshead man

    An online fundraising page set up hours after the news that a disabled pensioner had been attacked in Gateshead has already raised more than £11,000.

    Alan Barnes, who was born with growth and sight problems, told us he's too frightened to go back to his home in Low Fell after being mugged as he put his bin out.

    Alan Barnes

    His collarbone was broken when he was pushed to the ground and his attacker then went through his pockets but left empty-handed.

     
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    08:28: Report uncovers 'serious failings' Helen Richardson BBC Newcastle

    A confidential report obtained by the BBC has revealed serious failings in the treatment of drug addicts in Sunderland.

    The independent review was commissioned by the city council last year - and reveals concerns over how long people with drug and alcohol problems were having to wait for help. The council also missed targets for the amount of people treated successfully.

    In a statement Sunderland Council says it is working with the outside providers that deliver services to ensure they improve.

     
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    08:15: Dry with sunny spells Clare Nasir Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Friday will be dry for many parts with sunny spells and feeling cold in the breeze. A few rain and sleet showers might affect western parts towards Consett, especially during the evening, with rather cloudier conditions developing.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 4C (39F). Check the forecast near you.

     
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    08:07: Two-vehicle accident

    One lane is closed northbound and there is queuing traffic on the A1(M) northbound between J63, A167 (Chester-le-Street) and J64, A195 (Washington) because of an accident involving two cars and a lorry.

    Motorists are advised to take care after freezing temperatures overnight. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

     
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    08:00: Good morning Lloyd Watson BBC News

    Welcome to BBC Local Live. 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.

     

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