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  1. Updates from the North East on Thurs 13 Nov
  2. More from 08:00 on Friday

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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 Friday. Alistair Lambton sent us this picture of the waves crashing on the beach at Saltburn.

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'Plans to boycott' bombardment

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

Seven veterans' organisations are planning to boycott Hartlepool's Bombardment centenary commemoration after the council ditched plans for a military parade.

That's the claim from the chairman of the town's combined ex-service association who says the snub has caused ''great anger".

People raising flags

The council says next month's ceremony is about remembering the loss of civilian life in the attack, not military life. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Outbreaks of rain

Hannah Bayman

BBC Weather presenter

It will remain windy overnight with occasional outbreaks of rain moving through the region. The rain may become heavy in places around dawn, becoming more persistent from the southwest.

Weather forecast

Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

Check the forecast near you.

More on council body

Luke Walton

Political Reporter

The combined authority in Teesside will not be a super council - it won't for example collect refuse, run libraries or schools.

What it will do is allow local authorities to work more closely on attracting investment and responsibility from central Government.

Some argue councils in the Tees Valley would better off joining the existing combined authority that covers the rest of the North East - but civic leaders in the area insist it needs its own voice.

Salt and shake...

Jonathan Swingler

BBC Tees

We have a bit of a crisis at BBC Tees. There's a packet of crisps wedged in vending machine. My colleague Elaine has her trainers on though.

Vending machine at the BBC

Girlfriend killer handed life term

A man who killed his girlfriend has been

given a life sentence after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

Gemma Finnigan, 24, was found at a house in Church View, Boldon, South Tyneside, in September 2013. She had been strangled and stabbed. At Newcastle Crown Court, Daniel Johnson admitted the offence on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Daniel Johnson
Northumbria Police

Johnson, 33, must serve at least 20 years before he can be considered for parole. He was initially charged with murder but the prosecution accepted his admission of the lesser charge.

Teenager wins scholarship

Colin Briggs

BBC Look North

Stuart Middleton, 15, from Northumberland, is one step closer to achieving his dream of becoming an F1 racing driver.

The teenager from Ashington has won a scholarship with the Ginetta Junior Championship team. It gives aspiring racing drivers the chance to take their first steps on the ladder into top level motorsport.

Stuart Middleton

Stuart, who suffers from a mild form of Aspergers Syndrome, competed against nearly 60 other youngsters to win his place.

Teaching assistant 'sent underwear pictures'

A teaching assistant accused of having sex with a pupil told police

she sent him a picture of herself in her underwear, a court has heard.

Helen Louise Turnbull, 35, said to detectives she may have told the 16-year-old she loved him in drunken messages, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Helen Louise Turnbull (right)

The literacy assistant, from Haswell, County Durham, told officers the boy cheered her up when she felt "low". But she denied the relationship went any further than kissing.

'Man hit by bus' investigated

A police watchdog investigation is under way after a

man was injured in a collision with a bus after being released from custody.

The 38-year-old was seriously injured in the incident at about 06:00 at Togston East Farm Cottage, in Hadston, Northumberland. He is "critical" in Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Northumbria Police say he'd been arrested at 16:40 on Wednesday and because of that they've referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Authority could boost investment

Five Teesside councils have announced plans for a combined authority. Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton and Darlington councils believe a new body

could boost job-creation and investment.

Middlesbrough Labour MP Andy McDonald says it will allow the area to bid for extra money and power from government.

Men holding map

Critics argue the councils should, instead, join the combined authority covering the rest of the North East set up in April.

Pardew 'not a unifying figure'

A Newcastle United fans' group calling for the removal of manager Alan Pardew says

its stance has not been altered by the team's recent resurgence.

A 2-0 win at West Brom on Sunday was Newcastle's fifth in a row in all competitions, and moved the Magpies up to eighth in the Premier League. But prior to that Newcastle had won just five games in the whole of 2014.

"A good run of results will not alter our position. Our stance remains the same," the group said. "While stability is often offered as a reason to keep him in post, it is self evident that his very presence and the manner in which he gets his results creates an instability.

Alan Pardew
Getty Images

"He is not a unifying figure that the club's fans can ever stand behind."

Train drivers vote for strike

Train drivers employed by Northern Rail have

voted "overwhelmingly" for strike action in a row over pay.

Trade union Aslef said its members voted by more than four to one in favour of industrial action, in an 82% turnout. Strikes have been called for 21 and 27 November.

Northern Rail train

Operator Northern Rail says it is "disappointed" by the vote for strike action as it has made "a very good pay offer of 2.7% in 2014".

Hoping for justice after Medomsley abuse

Danny Savage

North of England Correspondent, BBC News

When a grown man tells you he would have killed himself if he could have during his time at Medomsley, you know that any legal case won't make a huge difference to many of their daily lives.

Things went badly wrong behind the high security fences on a County Durham hilltop decades ago. Unspeakable things were done to some of those young men - often there for things you would never be jailed for today.

After locking away those painful memories for so long they are now speaking out hoping for justice.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: A senior officer at Cleveland Police has told BBC Tees that they're constantly learning and updating how they investigate potential paedophiles.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.

Police contacted by 915 people

Francesca Williams

BBC News

It's been confirmed that 915 former inmates of a youth detention centre have now come forward to say they were physically or sexually abused at Medomsley Detention Centre near Consett in the 1970s and 1980s.

Durham Police is investigating historic claims a paedophile ring operated at the centre.

More than £1m has been paid out in out-of-court settlements to victims.

The investigation was triggered after former prison officer Neville Husband (pictured) was jailed in 2003 for abusing five youths. After being released from prison, he died from natural causes in 2010.

Neville Husband

His former colleague Leslie Johnson, a storeman, was jailed for six years in 2005 for sexual offences. He has also since died. One detainee claims that

boys asked other inmates to break their legs in order to be moved elsewhere and escape being abused by staff.

More employees to be contacted

Francesca Williams

BBC News

Det Supt Paul Goundry, who is leading the investigation into abuse at a former County Durham detention centre, said the force would be contacting "a number" of other former employees.

"There is still a huge amount of work which has to be done and we are in close contact with the Crown Prosecution Service, who ultimately will decide if there are grounds to charge individuals with criminal offences," he said.

Det Supt Paul Goundry

The four prison officers, who worked at Medomsley at different times between the 1970s and 1980s, have been voluntarily interviewed by detectives but not arrested.

Former wardens questioned

Francesca Williams

BBC News

Four former wardens at a youth detention centre have been interviewed by police.

Durham Police is investigating claims a paedophile ring operated at Medomsley Detention Centre near Consett. More than 900 former inmates have come forward to say they were sexually or physically abused there in the 1970s and 1980s.

Former detention centre, Medomsley

Det Supt Paul Goundry, who is leading the operation, said the force would be contacting "a number" of other former employees.

Children in Need in Hartlepool

Ever wondered where your Children in Need donations go? The charity currently funds 78 projects in the North East and 11 projects in North Cumbria to a combined value of £4,235,280.

Here's a report on how your donations change lives in Hartlepool.

Children in Need graphic with Pudsey

The 2014 appeal show will be shown from 19:30 on Friday on BBC One.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

Brighter spells expected

Kay Crewdson

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It will be dry and breezy this afternoon with a lot of cloud and some brighter spells. Southeasterly winds will strengthen during the afternoon, especially over hills and along the coast.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

Check the forecast near you.

Armed robbery footage released

Police have released

video of an armed robbery at Market Cross Jewellers in Yarm High Street.

The mobile phone footage shows the

robbers leaving the store in a silver Audi on Monday.

Robbers making getaway
Cleveland Police

The vehicle was later recovered near Yarm Cricket Club on Leven Road, Yarm.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

On lunchtime BBC Look North

Stephanie Cleasby

BBC Look North

The British Transplant Games are coming to Tyneside next summer.

Transplant Games launch

The four-day competition at venues across Newcastle and Gateshead from 30 July will celebrate the achievements of hundreds of athletes who've had life-saving organ transplant surgery. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North now on BBC One.

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News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

World War One role of luxury liner

Catherine Lee

BBC News

RMS Mauretania,

one of the most famous ships to be built on Tyneside, was launched amid great fanfare in 1906.

The luxury liner was famous for its speed, for many years holding the record for the quickest transatlantic crossing. What is less well known is the vital role it played in World War One.

RMS Mauretania

During the Gallipoli campaign it served as a troop carrier and hospital ship, later transporting soldiers across the Atlantic when America joined the war.

Transplant Games to bring £2m

Chris Conway

BBC Newcastle

I've been on Tyneside's Quayside this morning ahead of the launch of the British Transplant Games.

The games are one of the largest annual sports events in the UK and next summer's event will take place at Gateshead International Stadium.


The games last for four days from 30 July to 2 August, and along with the 700 competitors, some 2,000 supporters are expected to descend on the region, which organisers say will inject about £2m into the local economy.

Councils to work together?

Hannah McMahon

BBC Tees

Plans are being unveiled for a new economic body covering the five councils across Teesside and Darlington.

Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Stockton, Darlington and Redcar and Cleveland councils say working together as one would attract more jobs and investment to the region, as well as greater powers from Whitehall.

Middlesbrough Labour MP Andy McDonald says: "This is a body which will come together with much greater clout, to deal with issues of transport, infrastructure, economic development and skills and so on."

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: American rock giants Foo Fighters will kick-off their UK tour next spring with a gig at Sunderland's Stadium of Light.
  • BBC Tees: Five councils across Teesside and Darlington are announcing plans to create a combined authority in a bid to attract more jobs and investment to the region.

Sex offender 'helped out at football club'

Northern Echo


A registered sex offender gained a position of trust at a football club and ended up selling club merchandise and even helping out at a family fun day, a court heard.

Arrest after roof search

A man has been

arrested after sparking a search in Durham.

Aerial platform
Durham Police

Police and fire crews searched for the 22-year-old, who was arrested after he was found hiding at one of the highest points of Durham University's library roof on Palace Green at about 06:00.

He was spotted on CCTV after a bag was found near the library.

Air ambulance to carry blood

Helen Richardson

BBC Newcastle News Editor

BBC Newcastle's discovered that the Great North Air Ambulance Service is to start carrying blood on its helicopters.

It'll start from the new year, meaning the service is one of the few that will carry blood for emergency situations.

Meanwhile, it comes as the service marks six months since it opened a third base at Newcastle airport which it claims has halved journey times to some emergencies.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Almost 800 people have applied for just 60 jobs with Durham Constabulary.
  • BBC Tees: Five councils across Teesside and Darlington are announcing plans to create a combined authority in a bid to attract more jobs and investment to the region.

Having 'me' time

Nicki Hornby

BBC Newcastle

How much time do you get to relax by yourself on a normal day? Five minutes? 20 minutes?

What's the biggest drain on taking time out - longer working hours? Household chores? Children? Join the conversation on Facebook.