Great North Passion container goes on show in North Shields

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A shipping container adorned with fishing sculptures has gone on show in North Tyneside ahead of the BBC's Great North Passion event.

The container was revealed at North Shields Fish Quay earlier.

It will be shipped across the River Tyne on Monday and installed in Bents Park, South Shields, with other containers to form a giant cross.

The artwork will feature in an hour-long BBC One documentary on Good Friday.

Dancers, graffiti artists and a choir will be used to tell the story of the final days of Christ's life.

The entire installation at Bents Park will then be open to the public from Easter Saturday to Easter Monday between 12:00 BST and 16:00 BST.

Local artist Richard Broderick worked on the North Tyneside contribution.

The project was commissioned by the BBC in partnership with The Cultural Spring, part of an Arts Council initiative aimed at increasing participation in the arts.

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    17:57: On tonight's BBC Look North Hannah Bayman BBC Weather presenter

    Last year the national press dubbed their town's festive centrepiece "the worst Christmas tree in Britain".

    This year, Stockton-on-Tees has come back fighting, entering into the holiday spirit with a Christmas extravaganza they hope people will be proud of.

    Christmas trees in Stockton

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    17:54: Cloudy with some drizzle Paul Mooney BBC Weather presenter

    Remaining cloudy through the evening and overnight with outbreaks of rain or drizzle at times, though much of this will be light. Misty generally with quite extensive hill fog over the Pennines. Light to moderate southeasterly winds.

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    Minimum Temperature: 6C (43F). Check the forecast near you.

    17:50: Mclean 'shocked' by award

    England World Cup-winning captain Katy Mclean has told BBC Look North she was shocked to receive the BBC North East Sport Personality award.

    Jeff Brown, left, and Katy Mclean

    As we reported earlier, the presentation was made at the Forum Theatre in Billingham.

    Mclean, 28, led the national women's team to their first World Cup win for 20 years, beating Canada in the final in Paris in August.

    17:44: Grenade found in street Sunderland Echo

    A grenade has been discovered in a Sunderland street. Residents were urged to stay in their homes after the small, hand-held bomb was discovered in Wetherby Road, Grangetown, this morning.

    17:35: SNP MSP considers cross-border bid

    Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament Christine Grahame has explained why she would consider standing for the party over the border in Berwick-Upon-Tweed at the next general election.

    She said she believed the area had "much in common" with her Scottish Parliament constituency of Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale. Ms Grahame added it would be up to her party's national executive to decide whether to take the idea forward.

    SNP MSP Christine Grahame

    She said it was a "fairly serious proposal" on her part: "I am making a point that Berwick has much in common with my constituents in the Borders."

    17:30: Officer praised for directing traffic The Gazette
    17:22: 'Dog accelerator' claim man jailed

    A driver who claimed that his excessive speed was due to his dog sitting on the accelerator pedal has been jailed.

    Jordon Winn drove at 80mph in a 30mph zone, while being chased by police in County Durham in October 2013. He had previously admitted dangerous driving, but said in mitigation that his Staffordshire bull terrier, Buster, had become stuck in the foot well.

    The 23-year-old, from Murray Park, Stanley, was sentenced to 13 months by the judge at Durham Crown Court.

    17:09: Warburtons fined after injury Martin Emmerson BBC Newcastle

    Warburtons the bakers have been fined after a maintenance worker injured his hand at a Newcastle factory.

    The 41-year-old, from Hebburn, in South Tyneside, was working on a conveyor belt when his hand got stuck in October last year.

    He missed two months at work after needing surgery. Magistrates in Newcastle were told it was easy to access dangerous parts of machinery at the plant in Newburn because only a crumb tray was in place as a guard. The company was fined £5,000.

    16:58: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A County Durham man's appeared in court charged with owning dogs that were dangerously out of control
    • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news
    16:44: Airport asks for tax protection Francesca Williams BBC News

    Executives from Newcastle International Airport are lobbying the government to protect it from a possible Scottish cut to air travel tax.

    The Smith Report into devolved powers following the independence referendum recommends allowing Scotland to alter Airport Passenger Duty (APD).

    Newcastle Internation Airport

    Newcastle airport said passenger numbers and jobs would be threatened by cheaper Scottish flights. APD on flights leaving the UK ranges from £13 to about £400. The government has not yet commented.

    16:35: Boss guilty of safety failings Northern Echo
    16:21: Man attacked with machete

    A man's recovering after being attacked with a machete in Stockton.

    The 22-year-old was struck in the face in a house on Bishopton Road on Sunday evening.

    The two attackers then walked him to Newtown Avenue, where he was further assaulted and had property stolen. Police say investigations are continuing.

    16:06: Boro 'buzzing' over Juninho

    Middlesbrough assistant head coach Craig Hignett said he expects the Riverside to be "buzzing" on Saturday for the visit of Blackburn Rovers.

    Craig Hignett

    Brazilian Juninho, a former Boro team-mate of Hignett's, will be introduced to the crowd when he makes a guest appearance.

    "It's great for him to come back," Hignett told the club's website, "He's a legend around these parts and quite rightly. He loves the place and the place loves him."

    15:58: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

    15:49: 'Good for taxpayers'

    James Wharton, Conservative MP for Stockton South, is more optimistic about the East Coast mainline deal than his Darlington counterpart.

    He tweets: Todays rail franchise news will return £3.3Bn to taxpayers and mean a new Thornaby-London link, so my Labour opponent attacks it! Hmm.

    15:40: Sissoko in 'form of his life' The Shields Gazette
    15:28: More on inquest Fiona Trott BBC News, Newcastle

    The inquest heard that one of the aims was to capture key Taliban commanders. An officer who gave evidence from behind a screen explained how he warned his troops that statistically one of them would be killed and four would be injured.

    The coroner Andrew Tweddle said that Captain Richard Holloway "died with a rifle in his hands doing the job he loved and protecting the freedoms of the Afghan people".

    Mr Tweddle, whose son died in a car accident, broke down in tears and said: "If somebody had said to me what this officer has said to us, I'd feel very proud."

    15:19: Case sent to crown court Sunderland Echo

    A man has appeared before city magistrates accused of attempted murder after a stabbing in Washington. The man was remanded in custody to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on Thursday, 11 December.

    House in Sunderland
    15:09: Coroner breaks down at inquest Fiona Trott BBC News, Newcastle

    A coroner in County Durham has broken down in tears while summing up the inquest into the death of a soldier killed in Afghanistan. Captain Richard Holloway, 29, died from gunshot wounds during a high risk operation last year.

    It was an emotional inquest. The family of Captain Holloway cried as they heard how he came under fire near Kabul in December last year. He was shot in the pelvis and leg with an AK-47 rifle during a night time operation in mountainous terrain.

    14:59: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

    14:52: Man to appear in court The Gazette

    A man is due to appear at court today in connection with a flat fire in Normanby.

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    14:44: Wareham hopes to continue Matt Newsum BBC Sport

    Newcastle United women's goalkeeper Laura Wareham hopes to continue playing despite suffering a suspected broken neck for a second time.

    Wareham, 21, suffered the injury midway through the first half of Sunday's 3-2 defeat by Bradford and continued on before she was eventually withdrawn. Having broken her neck in 2011, she had an X-ray that showed a break, although a CT scan came back clear.

    Laura Wareham

    "I can't wait to be back, it doesn't scare me," she said, "I just cannot wait to get my boots on and gloves on and get back training with the girls."

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    14:27: Keeping tabs on Dolan Hartlepool Mail
    14:10: No loans for Boro

    Middlesbrough FC tweets: Aitor Karanka has confirmed to the media that he doesn't expect any loan incomings before today's 5pm deadline.

    13:58: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

    13:43: Hughes' death 'so tragic' Martin Emmerson BBC Newcastle

    Australia Test batsman Phillip Hughes has died aged 25, two days after being struck by a ball during a domestic match in Sydney.

    George Alberts Vice President North East Durham Cricket League has said: "What a sad day hearing about the tragic death of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes.

    "We all thought helmets would stop anything like this happening but the one in a million chance has led to his death at the age of 25. So so tragic."

    13:25: Lunchtime TV Nisha Joshi BBC Look North

    Some of our region's best talent was honoured at the North East Sport Awards last night at the Billingham Forum. Look North's Jeff Brown and BBC Tees' Ali Brownlee were the hosts.

    Women collecting award

    There were prizes for some of the most recognisable faces from our region's sporting world - but those at grassroots level were rewarded too. I'll have a round up of who won what on BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

    13:11: Tax levy 'slap in the face'

    The north east's largest business organisation is warning devolution of tax powers to Scotland could harm the local economy.

    Newcastle International Airport

    The North East Chamber of Commerce claims granting our neighbours over the border the ability to set Air Passenger Duty - a tax levied on flights from the UK - would be a "slap in the face for north east business".

    Mark Stephenson, policy and research manager, said: "The government must set out, at the earliest opportunity, how English airports such as those close to the border will be protected should these measures be introduced."

    12:58: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A coroner in County Durham has broken down in tears while summing up the inquest into the death of a soldier killed in Afghanistan
    • BBC Tees: Middlesbrough and Thornaby are to get direct rail services to London, as part of a new franchise deal for the East Coast mainline
    12:44: ECB postpones announcement Martin Emmerson BBC Newcastle

    Understandably, following the death of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes, the ECB has taken the decision today to postpone the publication of the 2015 fixtures.

    Phil Hughes

    I understand next year's county cricket fixtures, including those for Durham, will now be published tomorrow instead at 10:30.

    Hughes died aged 25, two days after being struck on the neck by a ball during a domestic match in Sydney.

    12:26: MP's East Coast fears

    Darlington's Labour MP Jenny Chapman tweets: Deep concern in Darlo at possible loss of services on East Coast Line. Faster trains to N'cstle at our expense unacceptable.

    12:11: Keeper 'breaks neck' The Chronicle Newspaper
    11:58: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: Members of the North East Sunday League have given their support to the man removed as vice president of Northumberland Football Association in a sexism row
    • BBC Tees: The new East Coast rail operators say they hope to be running direct services from Middlesbrough to London by 2020
    11:41: Stagecoach shares Joe Miller BBC News

    Shares in Stagecoach are up more than 8% following the announcement that it won the East Coast rail franchise. Meanwhile, rivals FirstGroup are down 5.6%.

    Inter City Railways, as the consortium is being dubbed, is not an even partnership between Stagecoach and Virgin. The former holds 90% of the capital.

    11:21: Fuel spill

    Drivers are being warned of disruption on the A695 at Blaydon between the Stargate Roundabout and B6315 junction.

    A fuel spillage has caused hazardous conditions, BBC Travel reports.

    11:09: Almost 900 die from liver disease The Chronicle Newspaper
    10:57: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

    10:49: Two hurt in crash

    Two people were taken to the minor injuries unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead following this morning's crash involving a bus and a car on the A184.

    A North East Ambulance Service spokesman said they were both reporting back pains.

    10:36: Couple die hours apart Hartlepool Mail
    10:27: Go North East disruption

    Go North East tweets: Due to an incident on the Felling Bypass near Whitemare Pool Roundabout, diversions are in place on a few services.

    #57 diverted from Wardley Slip Road onto Sunderland Rd, will turn at Wardley Terminus and will pick up from the first stop on Sunderland Rd.

    Southbound #X9 & #X10 - diverted onto Wardley Bridge along Lingey Lane & Follingsby Park, then normal route from Whitemare Pool Roundabout.

    10:17: Latest on A184 crash

    Police and ambulances are at the scene of a crash on the A184 because of an accident involving bus and a car. Northumbria Police has confirmed it received a call at about 09:10 but have no information yet on casualties.

    A194 bus and car crash

    There remains very slow traffic and one is lane closed on the A184 Newcastle Road eastbound in Washington between the A194 Leam Lane junction and Testo's Roundabout. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

    10:07: More on Franchise takeover

    The East Coast franchise has been in public hands since 2009 but has now been taken over by a consortium made up of Stagecoach and Virgin.

    Mick Cash, RMT general secretary said the contract was "an act of utter betrayal".

    He said: "The government has confirmed that it is bulldozing ahead with the re-privatisation of the East Coast Main Line despite all the figures showing that the current public sector operator is handing over a billion pounds back to the British people while delivering huge improvements in service and customer satisfaction."

    09:59: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

    09:44: Mclean wins gong

    England's rugby world cup winning captain Katy Mclean has been named BBC North East Sports Personality of the Year.

    The title was announced at the BBC North East Sports Awards at the Forum Theatre in Billingham last night.

    Katy Mclean

    Other winners included Sunderland Ladies FC, Paralympian Jade Jones and basketball coach Fabulous Flournoy. Rowing coach Graeme Mark won the unsung hero award and will now go forward to the national awards.

    09:32: Bus and car accident

    There's very slow traffic on A184 Newcastle Road eastbound in Washington at the A194 Leam Lane junction because of an accident involving bus and a car. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

    09:24: Washington stabbing: Man charged

    A 34-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder after a woman was stabbed in Washington.

    The woman, who remains in hospital in a stable condition, was stabbed at about 06:40 on Wednesday, Northumbria Police says.

    The man will appear at Sunderland Magistrates' Court later.

    09:07: 'Deliver for tax payer'

    Responding to the consortium made up of Stagecoach and Virgin that has won the franchise to run the East Coast mainline rail route, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said it will deliver for the tax payer.

    He said: "This is a fantastic deal for passengers and for staff on this vital route. It gives passengers more seats, more services and new trains.

    "We are putting passengers at the heart of the service. I believe Stagecoach and Virgin will not only deliver for customers but also for the British taxpayer."

    08:59: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

    08:51: Woman criticises ambulance chiefs The Shields Gazette
    08:41: Drive to arrive

    Cleveland Police tweets: Heavy rain and lots of surface water about, so give yourself extra time for your journey this morning #drivetoarrive

    08:24: Rail route bid winners revealed

    A consortium made up of Stagecoach and Virgin has won the franchise to run the East Coast mainline rail route.

    The firms promised to invest £140m in the route over eight years, and will pay the government £3.3bn for the contract.

    East Coast franchise

    The franchise, which covers the North East routes between London and Edinburgh, has been publicly run since 2009. The RMT union called the return of the franchise to the private sector "a national disgrace".

    08:15: Cloudy and misty Kay Crewdson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    A cloudy and misty day with occasional rain or drizzle, together with extensive low cloud and hill fog. Rain will become more patchy later in the day. Cool with a southeasterly breeze.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 9C (48F). Check the forecast near you.

    08:04: Traffic light failure

    There's slow traffic on the A19 westbound between the A1018 junction in Seaton and Herrington interchange in Doxford Park.

    Slow traffic on A172 Stokesley Road in Marton at the B1380 Ladgate Lane junction because of a traffic light failure. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

    08:00: Good morning Lloyd Watson BBC News

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