BBC Local Live: Updates from north-east England on Thursday 14 August 2014

    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.

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    Traffic building but moving 08:03:

    The traffic is building up on the A174 eastbound in Lazenby, Middlesbrough, at the A1053 Greystones Roundabout junction.

    It's also busy but moving on the Tyne Bridge. Get more on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

    Two cars rescued by RNLI 08:11:

    A lifeboat crew rescued two cars which were swamped by the sea within 90 minutes of each other as the highest tides of the year caught drivers out.

    Car being rescued

    A crew from Redcar, near Middlesbrough, responded to the first call-out at 15:20 yesterday after coastguards received a number of 999 calls saying two people were on the roof of a vehicle.

    To avoid the owner attempting to recover the vehicle himself in the face of the rapidly rising tide, and to avoid pollution from the vehicle's fuel tank, the lifeboat launching tractor was used to pull it clear of the water. Nobody was seriously injured.

    Exams success in Sunderland 08:15: Russell Ward BBC Newcastle

    It's A-level results day here at Sunderland College's new £22m arts and sports block.

    And there were top grades for pals Guy Roulstone, Dominic O'Neil and Chris Stafford.

    Guy Roulstone, Dominic O'Neil and Chris Stafford
    Showers to become heavier 08:26: Lisa Gallagher BBC Weather

    Scattered showers and bright or sunny intervals to start the day. However, the showers becoming heavier and more frequent by this afternoon, with a risk of hail, thunder, and localised downpours. Winds lighter than of late.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 19C (66F). Check the forecast near you.

    As it happened
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    Results not 'be all and end all' 08:41:

    Sarah Millican tweets: To A level students getting their results today: much luck to you. But if you don't get what you need, it isn't the end of the world. You can always resit. Yes, good exam results are useful but not the be all and end all. (I got 2 Ds and an E) Take care. Hugs and love xx

    Down by the river 08:50: Ali Brownlee BBC Tees

    This week on BBC Tees breakfast we've been taking a journey along the River Tees - from source to mouth. Here I am on my boat trip along the river - it's just beautiful.

    Ali Brownlee on the River Tees

    See more pictures from my adventure.

    News on the hour 09:00:

    The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

    Futures being decided 09:12: Alfie Joey BBC Newcastle

    There's tense moments on Tyneside as futures are decided with students in the North East finding out their A-level results. I'm at Newcastle Sixth Form College‎ who are sharing that moment with us live on air.

    Alfie Joey and Michael Forest

    Michael (pictured) got 2 As and an A* and he's off to Durham University. Good luck to everyone getting their results.

    Second round cup draw made 09:24:

    The draw for the second round of the Capital One Cup was made last night and there's some testing ties for our North East teams:

    • Middlesbrough v Preston
    • Gillingham v Newcastle
    • Birmingham v Sunderland

    All matches will be played in the week of 25 August. See the full fixtures here.

    Colleges reporting 'excellent grades' 09:34: Cara Thorpe BBC Newcastle

    Gateshead College says it has had its best-ever results while schools and colleges in North Tyneside and Sunderland are also reporting excellent grades, with Sunderland College announcing it has a 99% pass rate.

    This year, results are much more dependent on how students performed at the end of their course, because the January exams were scrapped.

    Exams watchdog Ofqual says this could lead to some variation in grades compared with last year.

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    Nursing jobs 'under threat' 09:56: Sunderland Echo Newspaper
    News on the hour 09:59:

    The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

    More A-levels success 10:12:

    Elspeth Frazer, 18, (left) got three A*s, while Lucy Milner, 18, (right) secured four A*s at Newcastle High School in Jesmond.

    Elspeth Frazer and Lucy Milner
    Teesside University advice 10:25:

    Teesside University has issued advice for students thinking of applying. The uni has seen a 4% rise in applications for degree courses this year but has a 24-hour free hotline number on 0800 952 0226.

    Information about clearing and courses which still have some places left can be found at

    Opening their results on TV 10:36:

    Stockton Sixth Form College tweets: Three of our @SSFCPaCS will be opening their results with BBC Look North shortly! #resultsday

    Students holding envelopes
    Widow backs 'think bike' campaign 10:48:

    The widow of an experienced motorcyclist from Sunderland who died when a careless driver crashed into his bike is supporting a campaign to prevent similar tragedies.

    Father-of-two Neil Hamilton, who was also a safety campaigner, was out on his motorbike in April last year when he was struck by a 4x4 vehicle. The driver of the car was jailed after admitting causing death by dangerous driving.

    Neil Hamilton

    Today, Neil's wife will visit the road where the crash happened and see some of the "Think Bike" signs put in place by Durham County Council encouraging drivers to be more aware of those on two wheels.

    News on the hour 10:59:

    The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

    High tides cause car chaos 11:11:

    Two cars were submerged by the incoming tide off Teesside within 90 minutes, the local lifeboat crew says.

    Redcar RNLI was called out at about 15:20 yesterday after a number of 999 calls reporting a car stuck in the sea with two people on its roof.

    Car being rescued from sea

    It was then called to another driver who had got into difficulties trying to put a speed boat on to its trailer. Operations manager Dave Cocks said it "couldn't have been a worse day" with tides reaching some of the year's highest levels.

    People 'face losing their home every day' 11:22: The Journal Newspaper

    Every day, 28 households in the North East face losing their home, according to new analysis from Shelter.

    'Inspirational' teacher's letter 11:32: Jonathan Miles BBC Newcastle

    A teacher who came out during a school assembly got a letter from one of his former students saying how "inspirational" he was and how much they all respected him.

    I want to know, what's the best way to talk to children about homosexuality? Call BBC Newcastle on 0191 232 6565 or join the conversation on Facebook.

    Students open results in Stockton 11:41: Hannah McMahon BBC Tees

    I've been to Stockton Riverside College Bede Sixth Form in Billingham seeing students opening their results.

    Students in Billingham

    Have the results gone the way you were expecting? let us know by email or tweet @BBCNewsNE.

    News on the hour 11:58:

    The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

    Police escort wide load on A1 12:08:

    Northumbria Police tweets: Police are escorting an abnormal load northbound on the A1. Motorists may experience delays in the Shilbottle area where there are roadworks.

    Search for missing brothers continues 12:19:

    Police say they are continuing to search for the three missing Sunderland brothers who vanished after taking a Metro to Newcastle.

    Remus, 15, Janko, 12, and David Matloch, 10, were last seen just after 18:00 on Monday walking together towards the Centre for Life.

    Three brothers missing from Sunderland

    Supt Alan Veitch said: "If Remus, Janko or David see this appeal I would say to them, you are not in any trouble we just want to know you are safe and well. Let us know where you are so we can come and find you."

    Students happy with results in Yarm 12:30:

    Yarm School tweets: @BBCNewsNE Nikhita Vasani, Matthew Wales, Sagar Vase, Matthew Measor, Helen Elston. Molly Bean (front)

    Students from Yarm School
    Researching Teesdale's becks 12:41: Teesdale Mercury Newspaper

    Volunteers are using battery-powered fishing rods to get a better idea of what lives in Teesdale's becks.

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    News on the hour 13:00:

    The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

    Sunderland sign Buckley 13:14:

    Sunderland have signed midfielder Will Buckley from Brighton on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

    The 24-year-old spent three years on the south coast, making more than 70 appearances under Gus Poyet, scoring 16 goals.

    Will Buckley

    He is Sunderland's seventh summer signing following the arrivals of Jack Rodwell, Costel Pantilimon, Jordi Gomez, Billy Jones, Patrick van Aanholt and Santiago Vergini.

    Accident blocks Yarm Lane 13:27:

    The A135 Yarm Lane in Stockton is partially blocked in both directions at the Hartington Road junction because of an accident, reports BBC Travel News.

    Flooding affects roads 13:35: Helen Richardson BBC Newcastle News Editor

    We've heard that the central motorway in Newcastle underneath the flyover is down to one lane due to flooding near the Jesmond turn off.

    Also, one lane is closed with queuing traffic on the A1058 Stephenson Road westbound in Heaton at Corner House Traffic Lights because of a police incident. There's congestion to Chillingham roundabout, reports BBC Travel News.

    On Teesside the A1027 in Norton is currently blocked due to flooding at the rail bridge. Cleveland Police suggest using alternative routes.

    Rankine out again for Heed 13:46: Matthew Raisbeck BBC Newcastle

    Forward Jon Shaw is a doubt for Gateshead FC's game at Eastleigh on Saturday and Michael Rankine again misses out through injury.

    News on the hour 13:58:

    The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

    More on injured woman 14:10: Chantalle Edmunds BBC Tees

    A woman has been airlifted to hospital in Middlesbrough after she was found with life-threatening head injuries in Whitby.

    The 45-year-old was found at about 06:45 on Henrietta Street. Her injuries are being treated as unexplained and an area near to the 199 steps has been cordoned off by police while they continue their investigations.

    Academy 'proud of students' 14:24:

    Nunthorpe Academy tweets: @BBCNewsNE we're really proud of our students - 100% A-level pass rate! Well done everyone!

    Students at Nunthorpe Academy
    Yellow flood warning 14:37:

    The Environment Agency has issued a yellow warning of flooding across the North East for today. However a yellow warning is classed as "low risk".

    Map of England and Wales

    Check the weather forecast near you.

    All Saints to play South Shields 14:51:

    Texas, Gabrielle and reunited girlband All Saints (pictured) will be performing at Bents Park in South Shields on Saturday, 23 August.

    All Saints

    Tickets for SoundWaves 2014, which are currently being sold on a two-for-one basis, are £30 for adults and £20 for ages five to 16. To book go to or call 0191 454 1234.

    News on the hour 14:57:

    The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

    Showers will turn heavy 15:11: Lisa Gallagher BBC Weather

    This afternoon there will be a mixture of sunny intervals and scattered showers. The showers will become heavy and frequent by late afternoon, with a risk of hail, thunder, and localised downpours. Winds lighter than of late.

    Weather forecast

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

    My prediction for SAFC 15:23: Mark Lawrenson Football analyst

    Sunderland are still pushing to sign Fabio Borini permanently from Liverpool to ensure they do not have problems up front again too.

    But what helps them look stronger in that department is that Steven Fletcher is going to be fit for the start of the season, and he has already struck up a partnership with Connor Wickham over the summer.

    I'm predicting a 1-1 draw in their match at West Brom. Read more of my predictions here.

    Mills on Total Sport 15:34: Matthew Raisbeck BBC Newcastle

    Gateshead manager Gary Mills will join us on BBC Newcastle's Total Sport at 17:45 tonight.

    Gary Mills

    Share your thoughts for the Heed Army's season ahead by tweeting @bbcnewcastle or email us.

    Man stabbed in Stockton 15:45:

    A 32-year-old man suffered two stab wounds and a punctured lung on Tuesday evening just before 23:00 on the corner of Bowesfield Lane and Westbourne Street outside the Drinks Express off-licence, Cleveland Police say.

    He's currently receiving treatment at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and is in a stable condition. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

    News on the hour 15:59:

    The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

    Police to hand out leaflets 16:03: Jordan Allen BBC News

    Police searching for three brothers missing from Sunderland will be appealing to people around Newcastle's train and coach stations this afternoon.

    Officers will be handing out leaflets and posters in a bid to help trace Remus Matloch, 15, and his brothers - Janko, 12 and David, 10.

    Remus, Janko and David

    The three were last seen on Monday evening at about 18:00 after getting off a Metro train at Central Station.

    Boro v Leeds information 16:13:

    Middlesbrough FC tweets: READ: Here's everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's trip to Leeds United. #UTB

    Anniversary couple travel the country 16:24:

    A couple from Jersey are celebrating their ruby wedding anniversary with a tour of 40 places, including some in the North East, with the colour red in their names.

    Jo and Peter Fancourt, who started their journey by ferry to Weymouth, where they originally met, have already visited places in the North East, Somerset and South Wales.

    Jo and Peter Fancourt

    Their mission involves driving 3,000 miles in a car covered in red ribbons. They have also seen Redcar and Redesdale, Northumberland.

    'Work with children' - Samantha 16:35:

    As thousands of students receive their results today - Leukaemia patient, Samantha Adams, from Darlington is celebrating winning a place at University in Leeds.

    Samantha, now in remission, said: "For two years I had chemotherapy and at one point remember taking my English literature paper in the RVI before going straight into theatre for a lung biopsy.

    Samantha Adams

    "But it has been OK really and the studying has helped take my mind off my illness and influenced what I would like to do in the future - work with children."

    My prediction for NUFC 16:45: Mark Lawrenson Football analyst

    The Magpies have made some interesting summer signings to add a bit more depth to their side.

    Their boss Alan Pardew says he has far more attacking options, which he thinks should equate to more goals than last season when Loic Remy seemed to be their only player capable of scoring.

    But just like with Liverpool without Luis Suarez, I am not sure that is necessarily the case. I think Man City will triumph 2-1 in their match on Sunday. Read more of my predictions here.

    News on the hour 16:57:

    The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

    Trust vows 'never again' 17:04:

    A hospital where a patient's stomach caught fire during an operation has promised it will never happen again.

    An alcohol-based skin steriliser was ignited by an electrical instrument which generates heat while Paul Hill was under general anaesthetic at the University Hospital of North Tees.

    Paul Hill's stomach

    Hospital bosses carried out an internal investigation and said it "could never happen again". Mr Hill, 43, is now taking taking legal action for damages against the trust.

    Plane victim repatriated 17:14: Newcastle Chronicle

    Loved ones are finally preparing to bury MH17 victim Liam Sweeney after his was repatriated to Tyneside. The body of the devoted Toon fan was driven back to the region today.

    Liam Sweeney
    Leukaemia patient wins uni spot 17:21:

    A leukaemia patient who once took an exam in hospital before going straight into theatre for an operation is celebrating winning a place at university today.

    Samantha Adams, 18, from Darlington, has undergone years of treatment and won a place at Leeds Trinity University to study psychology and child development after getting interested in the subject during her own treatment.

    Samantha Adams

    Earlier in her treatment, she took a GCSE in English literature at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle, before having a biopsy.

    The Carmel College student gained a C in art design/photography at A-level and in the BTECs of childcare and health and social care she was awarded two distinctions.

    NUFC programme to pay tribute to fans 17:33:

    Sunday's Newcastle United programme will pay tribute to John Alder and Liam Sweeney, the two fans killed in the MH17 plane disaster last month.

    The Magpies open their Premier League season at home against Manchester City on Sunday at 16:00. NUFC are also planning further tributes to the pair.

    Newcastle United programme

    A fundraising page, set up by Sunderland fans, to raise £100 for a floral tribute has raised more than £33,000.

    Helping prisoners back to work 17:40: Ian Reeve BBC North East Business Correspondent

    A prison on Teesside has revealed its methods of trying to get prisoners into work after they've completed their sentences.

    Kirklevington Grange near Yarm has a collection of small businesses run by inmates within its grounds all selling their goods and services to the public.

    Qualifications taken alongside the work mean that about three out of every four released prisoners finds employment. I'll have more on BBC Tees at 17:50 and Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

    'It's a relief' 17:44: Catherine Lee BBC News

    I've just spoken to Barry Sweeney, the father of Newcastle United fan Liam Sweeney, who was killed in the MH17 plane crash in Ukraine.

    He says his son's body was flown back to Britain on Tuesday, adding: "It's a relief to have the big lad back with us."

    NUFC fan, 99, still enthusiastic 17:56: Nisha Joshi BBC Look North

    Newcastle United will kick-off their Premier League campaign at St James' Park on Sunday against Manchester City.

    I went to meet one rather special supporter who, at 99, is as enthusiastic as ever about his beloved team.

    James Errington

    You can see my report on James Errington on Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

    Showers should become lighter 17:58:

    Scattered heavy showers this evening, with the risk of thunder decreasing. These showers should become lighter and isolated later in the evening and overnight. Becoming quite cool by dawn with local mist in rural areas.

    Weather forecast

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


    That's all from Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Friday. Stuart Wright sent us this picture of the sun peeking through the arm of the statue named 1101 in Seaham.

    Eleven 'O One

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