Middlesbrough jobs boost as £160m biomass plant approved

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Plans to build a £160m biomass plant in Middlesbrough have been given the go-ahead.

Stockton Council has approved plans to build a 49-megawatt power station near the Transporter Bridge at Port Clarence which will be used to burn waste wood.

Operator Port Clarence Energy Ltd said the development would create about 400 jobs during construction and about 20 jobs once the facility was open.

The company said it was "committed" to using local labour and suppliers.

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    News on the hour 15:59:

    The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: The Highways Agency has apologised after roadworks on the A66 caused lengthy delays for motorists during the morning rush hour.
    • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.
    Keeping heart healthy 15:48: Chris Conway BBC Newcastle

    From 16:00 on BBC Newcastle you can hear from the Lord Mayor of Newcastle who's had his cholesterol tested with the charity Heart UK. Listen live here.

    Lord mayor of Newcastle
    Woman sexually assaulted 15:37:

    A woman has been sexually assaulted in Newcastle city centre in the early hours of Saturday morning, Northumbria Police says.

    The woman in her 20s was followed into an alleyway down the side of Monument Mall by a man who touched her inappropriately before running off.

    He is Asian, aged in his mid to late 20s, about 5ft 7in and chubby. He had short dark hair and was wearing a long-sleeved blue shirt.

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle: Match stats 15:22:

    Match facts: Alan Pardew's side failed to score after 10 corners and 56% of the possession last night in the 1-0 loss to Stoke.

    One of Newcastle's 16 shots was on target, while three of Stoke's 12 shots were on the mark.

    Alan Pardew

    Stoke committed 20 fouls and had one booking, with the Magpies committing 15 fouls with two bookings.

    Outbreaks of rain expected 15:09: Lisa Gallagher Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Later in the day outbreaks of rain will cross from the northwest, mainly over the Pennines.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 20C (68F). Check today's forecast near you.

    News on the hour 15:00:

    The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A shipyard labourer from Newcastle who was diagnosed with asbestos related cancer has won a payout from his former employer.
    • BBC Tees: One in 10 of all three-year-olds in the North East has visible tooth decay - that's slightly below the national average.
    'Lame turkey sitting on a hill of Paxo' 14:41:

    BBC Sport asked you if Alan Pardew's time at Newcastle was finally up after their winless start to the Premier League season continued at Stoke last night.

    Here's a selection of your responses: Les Dawson: Alan Pardew feels as comfortable as a lame turkey sitting on hill of paxo listening to Christmas carols.

    Winston Insane: The Stoke result should be the last straw but if not, one more similar result has to be the final nail in Pardew's coffin. DeMill13: Newcastle are only 3 points a drift of Everton and 4 from Liverpool - it's not that bad for them!!

    Schoolboy Liam 'saved us all' 14:22:

    A nursery pupil from Gateshead has become the youngest person to be presented with a bravery award from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

    In his first week of school, four-year-old Liam raised the alarm that a fire had broken out in a kitchen area of a classroom - and went to tell a teacher.

    Liam, with a fire crew and pupils

    Liam's headmistress Gail Howe said: "We are extremely proud of Liam. He's a confident little boy, very friendly and he's loving all of the press attention. It's going to be a full school assembly so all of his friends and teachers can thank him for his prompt action and saving us all."

    Fans call for Pardew sacking 14:12:
    News on the hour 13:59:

    The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

    Police hunt for time capsule 13:52:

    Durham Police is hunting for a time capsule buried when the old force headquarters was built in 1968.

    Staff have moved to a new £14m base and the old building is being sold off for housing. Although it is believed the capsule is at the front of the site nobody knows exactly where, the force said.

    Durham Police old headquarters at Aykley Heads

    Assistant chief officer Gary Ridley said he was "really confident" it was there but everyone involved in its burial had moved on.

    Newcastle 'worst for house prices' 13:40: Mark Denten Political Correspondent, BBC North East & Cumbria

    A survey by Nationwide says Newcastle is the "worst performing city" for house prices in the UK. Prices are up 4% over the year and now average £182,506.

    'Best environment' for Karanka 13:29: The Gazette Newspaper
    Profits down at Wonga 13:17:

    Profits at payday lender and Newcastle United sponsor Wonga have fallen by more than half, the company has announced.

    In the year to the end of December 2013, profits fell by 53% to £39.7m. The company blamed "remediation costs" - money it had to pay back to customers as a result of its own mistakes.

    Janmaat takes on Stoke's Muniesa

    In June this year, the Financial Conduct Authority ordered Wonga to pay £2.6m in compensation to 45,000 customers after it sent out fake letters from non-existent law firms.

    News on the hour 12:59:

    The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: The pay day lender and Newcastle United shirt sponsor Wonga has reported a big drop in pre-tax profits.
    • BBC Tees: Commuters on the A19 tell us they're frustrated by the extended closure of the Newport Bridge and congestion around the A66.
    Tell us your views 12:51:

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

    Pardew's job 'safe for now' 12:41:
    Create your own job 12:28: Julie Smith BBC Look North

    The Princes Trust is launching a campaign to back young people who want to create their own job.

    Philip Woodhead with Julie Smith

    Philip Woodhead from Middlesbrough has used the trust's support to run his own successful fashion and bridal wear company. I'll have more on this story on BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

    Boro's vital statistics 12:12:

    Middlesbrough FC tweets: Suspensions, injuries, and vital statistics. All you need to know ahead of tonight is here bit.ly/1qQXKEV

    News on the hour 11:59:

    The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A four-year-old from Gateshead will become the youngest person ever to be presented with a bravery award today from the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.
    • BBC Tees: Commuters on the A19 tell us they're frustrated by the extended closure of the Newport Bridge.
    Problems due to contraflow 11:54: BBC Tees

    It's a bit of a nightmare on the roads around Middlesbrough today. The A66 westbound has a contraflow in operation between Boathouse Lane and the Longnewton junction for "essential carriageway resurfacing".

    It started yesterday and will be going on for about four weeks. People are reporting that it's adding over an hour to some journeys.

    World's first trainspotter? 11:44:

    Was this image drawn by the first member of an exclusive and much misunderstood club? Back in September 1825, Jonathan Backhouse watched the inaugural journey of the Stockton to Darlington railway.

    The resulting letter he wrote to his sisters was filled with such enthusiasm, that it could be said to be the earliest documented evidence of trainspotting.

    Sketch of a train

    The letter is on show, along with dozens of other photos, in a new exhibition - Trainspotting - at the National Railway Museum, York. Take a look with Amy Banks one of the curators.

    False widow spider facts 11:34: Lloyd Watson BBC News

    It's probably a good time to point out that there have been no reported deaths from a false widow spider's bite in the UK, after a Seaham woman lost a finger from a bite.

    They are not considered aggressive and generally symptoms are no worse than for a bee or wasp sting

    They arrived in south-west England in the 1870s and are Britain's most venomous spider. They eat insects, invertebrates and even other spiders and they prefers warm, dark places, according to the Natural History Museum.

    Man grows 350lb pumpkin 11:23: Northern Echo Newspaper
    Your pictures: View from monument 11:10:

    Chris Farish from Gateshead went up on top of Grey's Monument in Newcastle and sent us this picture of his view.

    View from monument

    You can send your pictures by email or tweet @BBCNewsNE.

    News on the hour 10:59:

    The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

    Leadbitter to return 10:48:

    Middlesbrough will move into a play-off spot if they can take three points against Blackpool at the Riverside tonight.

    Boro will be without midfielder Dean Whitehead who completes a three-game ban, while Albert Adomah also serves a suspension.

    Midfielder and top scorer Grant Leadbitter, who was rested against Charlton, is likely to return; striker Jelle Vossen is struggling with a hamstring problem.

    How did you learn about sex? 10:31: Jonathan Miles BBC Newcastle

    When it comes to sex education for children, should it be on the school curriculum, or should it be up to parents?

    Call BBC Newcastle on 0191 232 6565 or join the conversation on Facebook. Tina Palmer writes: When I was 12 I found a book under my pillow that my mother had left. It was about how babies were made.

    Roker Riviera 10:21: Martin Emmerson BBC Newcastle

    It's a beautiful morning on the "Roker Riviera" this morning, it's really warm too. An Indian summer perhaps?

    Roker marina in Sunderland
    'No NUFC crisis talks' 10:15:

    Press Association Sport reports there will be no "crisis" talks between Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew this week and that the manager will remain in charge for Saturday's trip to Swansea, "and beyond whatever happens at the Liberty Stadium".

    Give us your feedback 10:11:

    What do you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like your feedback about this service.

    News on the hour 10:00:

    The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

    Sunderland cannabis farm 09:47:

    Up to 50 cannabis plants have been found in Ryhope Road in Sunderland.

    The farm was discovered at about 01:40 after police received a report of "suspicious men" in the area. No-one was in the address at the time and officers are trying to trace the occupants.

    Sgt Mark Thompson said: "Reporting suspicious activity is exactly the right thing to do and in this case officers made inquiries and recovered cannabis plants."

    101 only non-emergency number 09:35:

    From 1 October the only number to call to contact the police in a non-emergency will be 101, Cleveland Police said.

    The 326326 number will be de-activated and a recorded message will advise the caller to contact 101.

    This date coincides with the introduction of all local landline calls in the area requiring the addition of the area code 01642 preceding the telephone number.

    Stab death: Man charged 09:22:

    A man has been charged with the murder of a man stabbed on North Tyneside.

    The 43-year-old victim was found with a single stab wound in Aldwych Drive, North Shields, early on Saturday but died in hospital shortly afterwards.

    A 22-year-old man will appear at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court later. Two men aged 27 and 21 who were arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and a woman, 22, held on suspicion of murder have been released on bail.

    Stoke 1-0 Newcastle 09:13:

    Peter Crouch's early header secured Stoke a first home Premier League win of the season and increased the pressure on Newcastle boss Alan Pardew.

    Crouch rose to meet a Victor Moses cross from the left in the 15th minute. Newcastle were fortunate not to concede a penalty when Moses was bundled over in the area by Yoan Gouffran.

    Stoke v Newcastle

    Marko Arnautovic was denied by a post before Newcastle's Jack Colback thumped against the bar late on to leave the visitors second bottom of the table.

    News on the hour 08:59:

    The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

    How to prevent tooth decay 08:52: Nicki Hornby BBC Newcastle

    One in 10 three-year-olds in the North East has tooth decay and Public Health England found that much of that decay was caused by sugary drinks.

    This is totally preventable. Why are children consuming so much sugar?

    Call BBC Newcastle on 0191 232 6565 or join the conversation on Facebook.

    'If we lose he's gone' 08:44:

    Vivek Chaudhary, journalist for The Independent, describes his chance meeting with Mike Ashley where the Newcastle owner suggested manager Alan Pardew had "one more game", adding "If we lose against Stoke on Monday night then he's gone. I have had enough."

    Mike Ashley

    The quotes were downplayed on Friday by Ashley's lawyer as a joke "intended to be tongue-in-cheek". However the journalist insisted "at no time did I get a sense it was tongue-in-cheek". Newcastle lost 1-0 against Stoke on Monday night.

    Bridge work to cost 'extra £200k' 08:33: Lisa McCormick BBC Tees

    Commuters using the A19 have told BBC tees they remain frustrated by the ongoing closure of the Newport Bridge.

    The bridge - which has been closed for repainting and repair work - was originally supposed to reopen at the start of this month.

    That's been pushed back to the end of October, costing the council an extra £200,000.

    Spider bite woman loses finger 08:19:

    A story you might have missed from yesterday was the tale of a woman who has had a finger amputated - and who was told she was within hours of death - after being bitten by a false widow spider.

    Andrea Wallace, from Seaham, County Durham, was bitten in a Sunderland park and described the result as "like something out of a horror movie".

    Woman with missing finger

    The attack left her with the flesh-eating bug necrotising fasciitis, which required 10 weeks in hospital. False widows are the UK's most venomous spider but extreme reactions are rare.

    Dry with sunny spells 08:11: Lisa Gallagher Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Many places will have a dry day, with warm bright or sunny spells, especially across eastern areas once early mist, fog or low cloud clears. Although later in the day outbreaks of rain will cross from the northwest, mainly over the Pennines.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 20C (68F). Check the forecast near you.

    Top headlines
    Broken down car 08:03:

    One lane is blocked on the A19 northbound in Middlesbrough between the A66 junction and Portrack Interchange because of a broken down car.

    There's also very slow traffic on the A1 Western Bypass southbound between the Hexham turn off in Newcastle and the Dunston Interchange in Gateshead. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

    Good morning 08:00: 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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