MH17 crash: Colleagues pay tribute to Liam Sweeney

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Thousands of supermarket staff have come to work in football shirts in tribute to a colleague killed when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed.

Newcastle United fans Liam Sweeney, 28, and, John Alder, 63, were among the 298 who died in Ukraine last month.

Workers at 18 Morrisons stores, including Mr Sweeney's Killingworth branch, raised money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Marie Curie.

Liam's father Barry Sweeney said it was "incredible".

"I've found out everybody loved Liam," he said.

"It's absolutely unbelievable what's happening today. Liam will be looking down thinking, 'How have I caused this stir?'"

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    17:51: Sex abuse victim comes forward

    A girl aged 10 was sexually assaulted in the Whitton area of Stockton in the early 1970s, it has emerged.

    Cleveland Police say it is believed that the man responsible drove a van which sold groceries to people in the villages of Whitton and Stillington - possibly sometime between 1973 and 1974.

    Map of Stockton

    Det Con Chris Pringle, said: "We would always encourage victims of historic sexual abuse to come forward and report any incidents to us, whatever the passage of time.

    "We can assure them that any report of historic sexual abuse is taken extremely seriously. With regards to this particular incident, anyone who may have information regarding the van or the driver is urged to contact police or Crimestoppers."

    17:49: Man charged over beer garden death Northern Echo
    17:49: More rain and drizzle Paul Mooney BBC Weather presenter

    It will stay cloudy overnight with further outbreaks of rain and drizzle. Generally misty with widespread, locally dense, fog persisting across the North Pennines. The wind will be light inland with an easterly breeze along the coast.

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    17:48: Bid to save walk-in centre The Shields Gazette
    17:46: Haye on a mission to be champion again The Chronicle
    17:43: 'Best crop for five years' Jon Harle BBC Newcastle

    North East honey bees have produced their best crop for five years, according to the British Beekeepers' Association. Keepers in the North East have reported an average yield of 29lbs of honey per colony this year, compared with 24lbs per colony last year.

    Willie Robson from Chainbridge Honey Farm at Horncliffe in North Northumberland says the weather has made the difference.

    Honey bee

    He said: "You get low pressure systems from the Atlantic every two days, the weather becomes unstable and the bees stay at home and then plants don't use a great deal of nectar."

    17:39: Store robber threatened worker Northern Echo
    17:34: Hatton visit 'dream come true' Hartlepool Mail
    17:21: Man charged with manslaughter

    A 28-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter following an incident in which a man suffered serious head injuries and died in hospital.

    Mark Dixon, 32, died in hospital a week after being attacked at 04:00 on 5 October in Victoria Road.

    Mark Dixon

    Cleveland Police said a post-mortem examination revealed Mr Dixon died of head injuries. The 28-year-old man will appear at Hartlepool Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 31 December.

    17:07: Quiet on set Sharuna Sagar BBC Look North

    I had to keep quiet on set during the filming of the new series of BBC's Inspector George Gently. Here are the cast and crew in action.

    Filming Inspector George Gently

    I'll have more pictures shortly and there will be a report on this on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

    16:59: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A 28-year-old man's been charged with the manslaughter of a man in Hartlepool.
    • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Stephanie Finnon have a round-up of the days' news.
    16:53: Good Samaritan chases robber Newcastle Chronicle
    16:47: Northumberland set for tax rise? Catherine Lee BBC News

    Northumberland County Council is considering raising council tax in an attempt to offset plans for a £44m budget cut over the next two years.

    The authority says some savings could be made through efficiencies, such as in IT and use of buildings. However, it is anticipated there will be cuts in service of about £2.9m.

    County Hall, Morpeth

    The council tax rise would be 1.99% over each of two years - which would represent an additional 54p a week for a Band D property.

    16:36: Meeting for 'doomed centre' The Shields Gazette
    16:29: Surviving difficult times

    A 101-year-old former teacher from County Durham was given a standing ovation after she gave an inspirational talk to a group of unemployed people about surviving difficult times.

    Annie Murphy, of Addison Court Nursing Home in Crawcrook, spoke for 90 minutes without notes about Nelson Mandela, the Miners' Strike and women's struggle for equal opportunities to a group in Gateshead.

    Annie Murphy with, from left, Scott Nicol Deputy Manager, Eve Tierney Manager and Deb Carter at Addison Court Nursing Home

    She wanted to support people who are struggling to find work by sharing her experiences, having lived through war and the worst recessions of the 20th Century.

    16:19: Anti-terrorist Hotline

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    15:59: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A 28-year-old man's been charged with the manslaughter of a man in Hartlepool.
    • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Stephanie Finnon have a round-up of the days' news.
    15:55: Founder 'unfairly dismissed' Sunderland Echo Newspaper

    The 'figurehead' of a Sunderland charity which helps people battle addiction was unfairly dismissed from the organisation he founded, a tribunal has ruled.

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    15:35: Getting the best out of Lanzoni Hartlepool Mail Newspaper
    15:28: Dull and overcast Kay Crewdson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    The afternoon will be dull and overcast across the area with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, and with extensive fog developing over the Pennines.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 8C (46F). Check the forecast near you.

    15:21: Behind the scenes Sharuna Sagar BBC Look North

    I've been taking a sneaky look behind the scenes around the sets which are being used to film the new series of the BBC's Inspector George Gently.

    Inspector George Gently

    The fashion comes as part of the package too. I'll have more pictures shortly and there will be a report on this on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

    15:08: Baby dies 'after host of failures' Sunderland Echo Newspaper
    15:00: News on the hour

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    14:51: Man jailed after robbery The Gazette Newspaper

    A former security worker was faced with a 6ft 5in knife robber just six weeks into a shop job he hoped would earn him a safer living.

    Knifeman Alexander Begley
    14:44: More on cinema ticket pay plea

    Tyneside Cinema chief executive Mark Dobson said it was not possible to put a figure on how much money the cinema could have lost during the two months the problem of its online tickets lasted, but it could run into several thousand pounds.

    He said: "We have fabulous customers, and they started coming in with credit card bills saying: 'You haven't charged us'. We are still looking into how many people have been affected and don't yet know.

    "So meanwhile we are asking customers to check their bills and if the money has been processed, then great. If not, we're asking them please be kind enough to get in touch and pay."

    14:32: Coma woman thanks fire crew

    A former model from Burnopfield, County Durham, who was left in a coma for two months after a crash has thanked the fire service for "saving her life".

    Candace Emptage's family were told it was unlikely she'd survive the crash in September 2010. She was put on a life-support machine and suffered memory loss, forgetting who her parents and 13-year-old daughter were.

    Candace Emptage with fire crew

    After a four-year recovery battle, she has now met the crew that saved her. The 40-year-old said: "I wanted to say a huge thank you, I owe them my life. I can't remember anything about the crash and I need to know what happened."

    14:22: Mavrias to leave on loan? Sunderland Echo Newspaper
    14:15: Making indecent movies: Man charged The Shields Gazette Newspaper
    14:00: News on the hour

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    13:53: 'Falsified documents' probed Northern Echo Newspaper
    13:44: East Coast going to the French? Ian Reeve BBC North East Business Correspondent

    The flagship East Coast Mainline looks likely to fall into French hands. It's thought a bid by the Channel Tunnel operator Eurostar and its sister company Keolis - both controlled by France's state-owned SNCF will be awarded the contract for the route from London to Edinburgh.

    East Coast train

    The move is likely to provoke outrage among UK rail operators and unions.

    13:37: Man remanded over murder bid The Gazette

    A man has appeared in court charged with attempted murder in connection with an attack in Boosbeck.

    Glyn Sullivan, 40, of The Garth, in Whitby, appeared at Teesside Magistrates' Court today charged with attempted murder, theft of a motor vehicle and drugs offences. He was remanded in custody

    Scene in Boosbeck
    13:29: Ready to quiz Blair and Thompson Matt Newsum BBC Sport

    I'm at Kingston Park for the Newcastle Falcons' press conference with Mike Blair and Kane Thompson.

    Rugby ball
    13:22: On the programme this lunchtime Colin Briggs BBC Look North

    Transplant co-ordinators at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital are reporting a surge of interest in the case of teenager Chloe Beaney, from Cramlington in Northumberland.

    As we reported in Look North yesterday, the 14-year-old is at the top of the transplant waiting list.

    Chloe Beaney

    The Freeman team say her plight has inspired people across the country to sign up to the donor register, but in the meantime the wait for a donor heart goes on, both here and in Europe. Her condition today is described as stable. Watch BBC One at 13:30.

    13:16: Directors 'gained nothing' from fraud Northern Echo Newspaper

    Company directors convicted of defrauding the taxpayer of £134,000 say they were naive, inexperienced and gained nothing from their fraud.

    13:06: Cattermole fearful of battle The Shields Gazette Newspaper
    12:59: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: It's rumoured the Government-owned East Coast rail line could soon be in French hands.
    • BBC Tees: A man's been charged with attempted murder in connection with an incident in Boosbeck almost a month ago.
    12:53: Council chiefs promise letter Hartlepool Mail Newspaper

    Council chiefs will continue to put pressure on a health trust to restore hospital services to Hartlepool with the promise of a letter to Whitehall "by the end of the week".

    People at meeting in Hartlepool
    12:44: A1 dualling 'step closer' Helen Richardson BBC Newcastle News Editor

    Sir Alan Beith, the Liberal Democrat MP for Berwick, says we're a step closer to seeing the A1 becoming a dual carriageway in Northumberland.

    He met with chief secretary to the treasury, Danny Alexander, yesterday ahead of the Autumn Statement. Sir Alan says he's shown a "real commitment" to ensuring that action is taken.

    12:34: Woman in hospital after crash Northern Echo Newspaper
    12:23: Black Friday is coming Newcastle Chronicle

    Black Friday hits Newcastle in two days' time. Here's all you need to know.

    Northumberland Street in Newcastle
    12:12: Dragon gets inked for first time The Gazette
    12:00: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

    11:44: Neighbours 'stunned' by stabbing Sunderland Echo Newspaper

    Residents in a quiet Washington street were stunned by news of a woman being stabbed in her home.

    Washington street
    11:24: Man charged with murder bid Lisa McCormick BBC Tees

    A man's been charged with attempted murder in connection with an incident in Boosbeck almost a month ago.

    It's after a 66-year-old man was found at a house on Brookside with serious head injuries - he remains in hospital in a poorly but stable condition.

    Brookside, Boosbeck

    Another man who was also arrested on suspicion of attempted murder remains on bail.

    11:12: NUFC going Dutch? The Shields Gazette Newspaper

    Daryl Janmaat says Newcastle United have gone Dutch - by emulating Holland.

    11:00: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

    10:51: Teenager saves niece and nephew Newcastle Chronicle

    Teenager Ethan Tait has been hailed a hero after saving his niece and nephew from being run over by a bus.

    Ethan Tait with his nephew and niece
    10:40: BBC North East Sports awards Jeff Brown BBC Look North

    I'll be joined by BBC Tees presenter Ali Brownlee tonight to present the 2014 BBC North East Sports awards which will be hosted at the Forum Theatre in Billingham.

    The awards recognise the success, achievements and contributions of sportsmen, women and teams from across the North East, their coaches and the volunteers who form the core of sport in our region.

    The categories are: Sports Personality of the Year, Disabled Sports Person of the Year, Team of the Year, Sporting Inspiration (Coach/Organisation/NGB), Junior Sports Achievement (Individual or Team), Performance of the Year and the Jackie Milburn Memorial Award.

    Josef Craig receiving his award

    We'll have a preview of the event on BBC Look North tonight, will all of the details of the winners on tomorrow's show.

    10:28: Gouffran and Colback show support

    Newcastle United's Jack Colback and Yoan Gouffran gave support to a charity initiative that is helping disabled children to play football for the first time.

    The pair visited Sir Charles Parsons School in Walker, Newcastle, and introduced the Football For All Schools Programme which offers coaching sessions to youngsters with varying mobility.

    Yoan Gouffran and Jack Colback

    Find out more about the initiative here.

    10:14: Back in time Colin Briggs BBC Look North

    The new series of Inspector George Gently is currently being filmed in the North East.

    Locations all over the region have been transported back in time to resemble the 1960s for the five-month shoot.

    Cars parked on a street

    And once again County Durham provides the backdrop. We have an exclusive look behind the scenes on Look North later.

    09:59: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

    09:50: Ambulance service responds to MP claim

    The North East Ambulance Service has responded to the claim by Stockton North Labour MP Alex Cunningham we told you about earlier that a man was left in a road for two hours with a broken leg.

    A spokesman said: "We did not achieve our normal response time on this occasion. We're currently experiencing exceptionally high levels of demand - up 10% on last year.

    "Our priority is always those patients most in need who have experienced serious trauma."

    09:42: Woman stabbed in Washington Sunderland Echo

    A woman is fighting for her life after being stabbed in Washington this morning.

    Scene in Washington

    A 34-year-old man has been arrested and officers say both parties are known to each other.

    09:35: Rise in homophobic attacks Helen Richardson BBC Newcastle News Editor

    There's been a rise in the number of violent homophobic attacks in the Durham Police area, the force has said. Officers dealt with eight cases this year - up from six last year.

    Northumbria Police has seen a drop in the number of attacks - there have been 16 so far this year, down from 18 last year.

    09:24: Give us your feedback

    What do you think of BBC Local Live? It's written by reporters across the North East and brings you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. We'd like your feedback about this service.

    09:11: Is it really 'grim up north'? Duncan Leatherdale BBC News Online

    In the autumn of 1933, the author and playwright JB Priestley went on a tour of England. His subsequent book, English Journey, is widely blamed for creating the "grim up north" stereotype, but just how much was he to blame for damaging the region's reputation?

    When JB Priestley reached Tyneside, he was already in a foul mood.

    JB Priestley

    Clogged with a cold, dosed up on a daze-inducing medicine and tired of travelling, the 39-year-old openly admitted he just wanted to go home. Read more in my feature.

    08:59: News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

    08:48: Urgent appeal to save schoolgirl Lloyd Watson BBC News

    Something that is getting a lot of reaction on social media is our story from last night about an urgent UK-wide appeal to save a North East schoolgirl.

    Unless a donor can be found, 14-year-old Chloe Beaney might only have days to live. She has been placed top of the heart transplant waiting list at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital.

    Chloe Beaney and her parents

    BBC Look North's Sharon Barbour spoke to her parents, Colin and Katrina Wilkinson, and Dr Richard Kirk, the cardiologist involved with her care.

    08:37: In the news today Northern Echo editor Peter Barron
    08:27: Appeal to pay for tickets

    A cinema in Newcastle has appealed for people who recently bought tickets online to pay for them.

    Technical problems with the e-ticketing system used by Tyneside Cinema meant some tickets were issued without payment being taken. It came to light when customers got in touch saying their card statements had shown no record of a charge.

    Tyneside Cinema

    For security reasons, the box office did not keep card details, so it is now relying on people's goodwill.

    08:20: Man 'left with broken leg for two hours'

    An MP has launched a fierce attack on the North East Ambulance Service after a man was left in the road for two hours after breaking his leg.

    Alex Cunningham, the Labour MP for Stockton North, told the Commons the head of the service is "ignoring" demands for an explanation.

    Health minister Dr Dan Poulter responded: "I'm very sorry to hear about the difficulties experienced. I'm happy to look into those and do what I can. But I would also like to make clear on the record it's because this government has given £15bn more into the NHS during this parliament that we are making sure we're keeping services keep running efficiently through the winter."

    08:07: Three-vehicle accident Lloyd Watson BBC News

    One lane is blocked and there's queuing traffic on the A66 westbound in Middlesbrough between Asda Traffic Lights and Cargo Fleet Interchange because of an accident involving three cars.

    One lane is blocked and there's queuing traffic on the A1 southbound in Seaton Burn between Seaton Burn Roundabout and Gosforth Park because of a broken down vehicle. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

    08:04: Dull and overcast Kay Crewdson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    The day will be dull and overcast across the area with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, and with extensive fog developing across the Pennines.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 8C (46F). Check the forecast near you.

    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.

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