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  1. Updates on Tuesday 11 November
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By Lloyd Watson

All times stated are UK

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That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday. Mick Vardy captured this horse getting excited near Heddon-on-the-Wall in Northumberland.

Horse in Newcastle
Mick Vardy

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Cannabis gran 'ahead of her time'

A Northumberland grandmother who used to cook cannabis casseroles for her neighbours was ahead of her times, a friend has said after her death.

Patricia Tabram

Patricia Tabram was repeatedly raided by police after they were tipped off about the smells coming from her bungalow near Hexham.

She even went on to stand against former cabinet minister Peter Hain in the 2005 General Election, representing the Legalise Cannabis Party. At the age of 66, she received a six-month jail sentence suspended for two years after admitting possessing cannabis with intent to supply in the same year. Mrs Tabram died in August

Newcastle recall Streete from loan

Newcastle United have recalled young defender Remie Streete from his loan spell with Port Vale because of injury problems at the club.

The 20-year-old last week extended his loan deal with the League One side until 4 January, but has now returned to St James' Park.

Remie Streete
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Clear spells overnight

Paul Mooney

BBC Weather presenter

Most showers should ease through the evening to leave plenty of clear spells overnight with just a few isolated showers continuing across western areas.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

Check the forecast near you.

Boost for donkey sanctuary

Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars

BBC Newcastle

A North East man has left £215,000 to a donkey sanctuary in his will.

Sydney Wilkes, from Westerhope in Newcastle, died last year. The money was left in a trust to benefit the sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon. We'll have more on this at 17:15.

Use the live coverage tab at the top of this page to listen to the Jon and Anne show.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: The Labour MP for Hartlepool Ian Wright has told BBC Tees he doesn't think that a new hospital will be built because of financial pressures.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.

Big bill for 'nonexistent hospital'

Mark Denten

Political Correspondent, BBC North East & Cumbria

Its emerged that a hospital project on Teesside has already cost £12m even though there's no hospital to show for it.

The plans for the Wynyard Hospital to serve the people of Teesside and South Durham were put on pause last month. The Government refused £100m for the project, saying the business case wasn't strong enough.

But the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust has already run up a big bill for the nonexistent hospital. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Farm Watch co-founder to be honoured

Neil Green

BBC Tees

A Teesdale man who co-founded Farm Watch is to be honoured by the Queen this week.

Peter Stubbs, 72, from Barnard Castle - who founded the scheme in 1979 - has been recognised for his services to policing and will receive the MBE.

It gets the police, the public and members of the farming community together to keep farmers and their land and stock safe. Use the live coverage tab at the top of this page to listen to my show.

Police probed over abuse intelligence

Three police forces in England and Wales, including North Yorkshire,

are to be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission for their alleged failure to act on intelligence regarding child abuse images.

The probe, which also includes Essex and North Wales' forces, will examine how officers handled information passed to them by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), the IPCC said.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: Hartlepool Council say they're encouraged that NHS bosses are looking for a Plan B if a new hospital at Wynyard isn't given the green light.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.

College to be 'national training centre'

A Teesside college is to

become part of a national training centre for the fracking industry.

It follows an announcement by the business and energy minister and United Kingdom Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG), the body which represents the industry.

Redcar and Cleveland College will offer specialist training and qualifications to students. It is already working with Tees Valley Unlimited to create a new £7.4m oil and gas academy on its campus. Courses will include drilling, pipeline engineering, geology and geophysics.

Free after three in Sunderland

About 2,000 car parking spaces will become free every Thursday, Friday and Saturday after 15:00, Sunderland City Council says.

The scheme, which begins tomorrow, will run until 2 January. However, Thursdays will continue past this date.

It includes the St Mary's, Sunniside, and Civic Centre car parks and all street parking.

House 'was health risk'

The Gazette


The conditions of a house in Middlesbrough town centre were so bad,

they were deemed a health risk to the occupant.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

Local TV channel to launch

Helen Richardson

BBC Newcastle News Editor

A new local TV channel launches in the North East this evening.

Among other things Sunderland-based

Made in Tyne and Wear will cover news, sport and current affairs.

Woman in front of camera

It will also cast its net as far afield as Alnwick to Bishop Auckland.

Shopkeeper fights off machete raider

A shopkeeper

managed to fight off a machete-wielding raider in an attempted robbery that was caught on CCTV.

CCTV of machete robber

The worker at Man & Sons newsagents in Eden Vale, Sunderland, seized a pole usually used to close shutters to repel the masked intruder.

The machete raider made several thrusts at the shop worker in the raid on Saturday morning but eventually gave up and fled from the shop. The shopkeeper suffered a minor injury to his hand.

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News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

Hasselbaink set to manage in England

Former Boro striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

is set to be named Burton Albion manager within 48 hours, reports BBC Radio Derby.

The League Two club are looking to replace Gary Rowett, who moved to take charge of Birmingham City last month.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
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Hasselbaink, 42, left his post as boss of Belgian second division side Royal Antwerp in May and has said he hopes to get a manager's job in England. He's pictured above getting the best of Newcastle's Aaron Hughes in a Premier League game on 14 August 2004.

Borthwick to play in Sri Lanka

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

The Durham all-rounder Scott Borthwick is to play first class cricket in Sri Lanka this winter.

He is one of four county players given permission to play there by the ECB. Scott will link up with Chilaw Marians Cricket Club in the New Year.

Pools v Blyth match on the BBC

Blyth Spartans' FA Cup second-round trip to League Two side Hartlepool

will be televised by BBC Two on Friday 5 December, it has just been announced.

Non-league outfit Blyth will look to follow in Warrington Town's footsteps, after they beat Exeter City in the shock of the first round on the BBC.

The third-round draw will be on BBC Two on Monday 8 December.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

Sunderland Ladies boss steps down

Sunderland manager Mick Mulhern has

stepped down after guiding the club to promotion to the top flight of the Women's Super League.

He was the English women's game's longest-serving boss, having been in charge of the Lady Black Cats since 2008, but said he could coach the team on a full-time basis because of his job as a police officer.

Kelly McDougall
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"To achieve their potential at the top level, a full time management role is required, which unfortunately I am unable to commit to," Mulhern told the

club website.

Rape cases in court

Andrew Hartley

BBC Look North

Fewer than one in five rape cases brought to Northumbria Police go to court, BBC Look North can reveal.

The force says it always believes the victim from the start and people can have full confidence in the service it offers. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

Andrew Hartley

Gateshead 3-3 Lincoln City

Alan Power's last-minute penalty earned Lincoln a thrilling draw at Gateshead.

Power's spot-kick put the Imps ahead after James Curtis's handball, before Danny Wright levelled from the spot when Arnaud Mendy fouled Rob Ramshaw.

Delano Sam-Yorke's close-range finish put Lincoln ahead again, while Alex Rodman's shot from the edge of the box saw the hosts level for a second time. Matty Pattison's header looked to have won it for Gateshead but Power's second penalty grabbed his side a point.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

'Least physically active'

Hartlepool and Sunderland are

among the least physically active places in England, a report reveals.

The percentage of inactive adults in Hartlepool is 37.30, while in Sunderland it's 36.40, according to UK Active.

Public Health England said councils were working hard to get people moving.

Luckiest man alive?

Kristie Kinghorn

BBC News Online

Despite numerous victories as an airman during World War One,

it was Capt John Herbert Hedley's claim of surviving a bizarre flying mishap that really made his career. But could it be true?

John was born in North Shields in 1887 and was an accounts clerk when he joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1914.

John Herbert Hedley
North East land sea and air museums

Promoted to captain whilst serving with the 20th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, he scored 11 aerial victories while flying a Bristol F2b Fighter.

But his real claim to fame was that he said he fell from his plane and dropped 700ft - and landed back in it.

Job losses at under-strain Rangers

BBC Sport's Chris Mclaughlin: "The BBC has learned that job losses are now likely at Rangers following news of a new cost cutting drive at the club.

"The Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is to provide a further £1m loan but more cash is needed before the end of the year.

"It's understood the playing squad won't be cut, but a number of off-field staff are likely to lose their jobs."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: A new TV channel launches in the region this evening. Sunderland-based Made in Tyne and Wear will cover news, sport and current affairs.
  • BBC Tees: There's a real chance patient safety could be put at risk as South Tees NHS Trust
    looks to save £91m over the next three years. That's what one nurse who's just left the trust has told BBC Tees.

RCN 'concerned' over cuts

Lisa McCormick

BBC Tees

The Royal College of Nursing says it's "concerned" by the level of savings which needs to be made by South Tees NHS Trust over the next three years.

The trust, which runs James Cook and the Friarage Hospitals,

has to save £91m and says it's already made significant savings.

James Cook University Hospital

RCN operational manager Peta Clarke says they'll work closely with the trust to ensure patient safety.

Ashley lends Rangers more cash

Mike Ashley is to

provide another loan to Rangers as the club continues to struggle off the field.

The Newcastle United owner, who owns about 9% of the Ibrox club, will increase his initial loan of £2m to £3m. However, he has given up the naming rights to Ibrox.

Mike Ashley

But the club says it will need more cash before the end of the year because of lower-than-expected attendances.

North East unemployment down

The number of people who are unemployed in the North East has fallen, new figures show.

According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, 120,000 people are out of work. That's down 2,000 compared with the previous quarter.

However, the percentage of people of working age in the North East who are unemployed remains the highest in the country at 9.2%.