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  1. Updates on Mon 17 Nov
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By Lloyd Watson

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  1. Good evening

    That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday. Mick Vardy sent us this picture of a lady walking her dog through a misty Chipchase Woods in Northumberland.

    Woman walking in mist

    You can send your pictures by email: or tweet @BBCNewsNE and we may feature them on BBC Local Live tomorrow.

  2. A19 delays

    BBC Travel reports the A19 in Houghton-le-Spring is closed and there is queuing traffic at Herrington Interchange, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

    A diversion is in operation - vehicles are leaving the A19 at the A690 junction and rejoining the A19 after the roundabout. Congestion to the A1231 Wessington Way junction.

  3. Towns are fighting back

    Stuart Whincup

    BBC Look North

    We keep hearing our High Streets are failing. But many of our towns and cities are fighting back against the threat of the Internet and the legacy of the recession. At least, that seems to be the case in Stockton.

    Stockton High Street

    The Teesside town is spending £40m on redevelopment and so far this year 40 new businesses have opened, expanded or relocated there. Part of the scheme is to encourage budding entrepreneurs to fill up empty shops in a new enterprise zone. I'll have more on this story on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

  4. Clear spells for many

    Hannah Bayman

    BBC Weather presenter

    Showers will become fewer and further between overnight, with clear spells developing for many, although the North Pennines will retain some hill fog. The fresh easterly wind around Sunderland wind will ease overnight.

    Weather forecast

    Minimum Temperature: 7C (45F). Check the forecast near you.

  5. England call up Brookes for Samoa Test

    Newcastle Falcons' Kieran Brookes has been called into a 28-man England squad for Saturday's autumn Test against Samoa at Twickenham.

    Kieran Brookes

    Brookes has been added to the squad along with Luther Burrell, James Haskell, Calum Clark, Richard Wigglesworth and Billy Twelvetrees.

  6. Ending a life of crime

    Russell Ward

    BBC Newcastle

    One of County Durham's most prolific burglars has told how meeting one of his victims ended his life of crime.

    David Clarke, who's now 32 had offended from the age of 14. He told me that it all stopped when he met his last burglary victim - a middle-aged-woman. Hear more on him on BBC Newcastle at 17:20.

  7. Could Newcastle be among first to have a female bishop?

    Caroline Wyatt

    Religious affairs correspondent, BBC News

    The Church of England is about to break with centuries of tradition when its general synod amends church law to allow the appointment of female bishops.

    Revd Dr Miranda Threlfall-Holmes

    The first female bishop is expected to be installed in the new year.

    The first four dioceses that could choose women as a senior bishop are Southwell & Nottingham, Oxford, Gloucester and Newcastle, although five other, more junior posts of suffragan bishop could be filled even sooner.

  8. More traffic disruption

    There are delays again this evening on roads in Gateshead and Newcastle following this morning's disruption caused by temporary traffic lights on the Gateshead approach to the Tyne Bridge.

    BBC Travel reports there is queuing traffic on the A167 Tyne Bridge southbound in Gateshead at the Bottle Bank junction in the roadworks area. Congestion on the A167(M) to the A186, Swanhouse Roundabout and on the A184 Park Lane to the Albany Road junction.

  9. SAFC fined £20,000

    Sunderland have admitted a Football Association misconduct charge and accepted a £20,000 fine for failing to control their players during the 1-1 Premier League draw at home to Everton on 9 November.

    Gus Poyet's side surrounded referee Lee Mason after he awarded a penalty to the away side following a challenge by Connor Wickham on Seamus Coleman.

    Sunderland v Everton

    Leighton Baines scored from the resulting kick to make it 1-1 with 15 minutes remaining.

  10. Three arrests after boy shot

    Three 14-year-old boys from the Chester-le-Street area have been arrested after 11-year-old Connor Minto was shot in the head with an air rifle.

    A warning about the dangers of air weapons in public places has been issued by Durham Police after what the force called a "serious incident".

    After attending hospital and having the pellet removed, Connor returned home and is recovering. All three boys have been bailed.

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  12. Boy shot with air pellet

    An 11-year-old boy has been shot in the head with an air rifle while he was waiting on the side lines of a football match in Chester-le-Street.

    Connor Minto was a substitute in an under 12s game between Chester-le-Street Town and Coxhoe being played at the Hermitage Academy on Saturday at around midday when he was injured.

    Connor Minto's head

    Det Con Andy Froggatt said: "Connor felt what he thought was a stone hit his head. He ran to his dad because he could feel blood and his dad could see that a .22 pellet was lodged in Connor's forehead just above his left eye."

    He was taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary to have the pellet removed.

  13. New homes for Middlesbrough?

    Andrea Macmillan

    BBC Tees

    Planners have given the green light for almost 7,000 new homes to be built in Middlesbrough.

    It's hoped the Middlesbrough Housing Local Plan will help reverse the number of people leaving the town.

    The homes could potentially generate £10m a year in council tax and about £65m in New Homes Bonus. The details will go before a full council meeting later in the month.

  14. A68 in Barrasford closed

    The A68 in Barrasford, Northumberland, is closed and there's very slow traffic in both directions between the A6079 junction and the Swinburne Quarry junction because of an accident. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  15. Accused has 'never been unfaithful'

    A teaching assistant accused of having sex with a pupil has told a jury she had never been unfaithful to her husband

    Helen Louise Turnbull (pictured right), 35, admits kissing the 16-year-old boy during a brief affair as her marriage crumbled, and told a jury she enjoyed the attention she got from the flirtatious and sexualised messages they sent each other.

    Helen Louise Turnbull

    But the mother-of-two told Teesside Crown Court: "I have never had sex with (the teenager, who cannot be identified). (He) has never had sex in the back of my car."

    She admits one count of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust - relating to the kissing - but denies three further counts.

  16. Warrington match winner set to miss Gateshead match

    Warrington Town's FA Cup first-round match winner Craig Robinson is set to miss out on their second-round tie at Gateshead next month because of suspension, BBC Sportsday reports.

    The 32-year-old defender was sent off during the 3-0 Evo-Stik Northern Premier League defeat away at Kendal on Saturday for swearing at a match official.

    It is understood he intends to appeal against his dismissal.

  17. Twitter troll warned students about abuse

    Twitter troll Isabella Sorley has been speaking to pupils at Hartlepool's Dyke House School about the dangers of getting caught up in online abuse.

    Isabella Sorley

    The 24-year-old from Newcastle was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison in January for sending abusive messages on Twitter to feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez.

    She said: "I will always be labelled a troll. However, I had never done anything like this before and I will never do it again. My aim is hopefully that something good can come out of what happened to me."

  18. Pools lacked passing care - Murray

    Hartlepool United manager Paul Murray says his side lacked care with the ball in Saturday's 1-0 League Two defeat by Southend United.

    Hartlepool manager Paul Murray

    Pools were undone by a second-half goal by David Worrall at Roots Hall, a result that leaves them bottom of the Football League on goal difference.

    "The spirit, effort and work rate was there," Murray told BBC Tees. "I want more on the ball, we needed to stand up and be counted. We gave it away cheaply eight or nine times."

  19. Student faces extradition

    Mark Denten

    Political Correspondent, BBC North East & Cumbria

    A North East student who said she was raped on a college trip to Italy now faces extradition on false allegation charges.

    Serena Bowes, who's a student at Newcastle College, says she was raped at a nightclub in Florence. But she now faces charges in the Italian courts of falsifying the rape - something she strongly denies. I'll have more on this story on BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

  20. Cloudy with sunny spells

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    The rest of the afternoon will be partly cloudy with sunny spells. There could be a few isolated rain showers around, but many areas should escape dry.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F). Check the forecast near you.

  21. Man suffers life-threatening stab wounds

    A man suffered life-threatening injuries when he was stabbed after reports of a fight in South Tyneside.

    Northumbria Police said the assault is thought to have happened underneath a pedestrian walkway over Newcastle Road, at Low Simonside, Jarrow at 09:10.

    A 33-year-old man was taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary with stab wounds. A second man, aged 31, who was arrested in connection with the incident was also taken to hospital with head injuries.

  22. Released man hit by bus dies

    Stephanie Finnon

    BBC Newcastle

    A man who was injured after he was hit by a bus in Northumberland after being released from police custody, has died.

    The 38-year-old was seriously injured in the incident on Thursday morning at Togston East Farm Cottage, in Hadston. He'd been in hospital and yesterday died from his injuries.

    Northumbria Police say he'd been arrested the day before the incident and because of that they've referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

  23. Killer jailed for six years

    A man who stabbed another man to death on Teesside has been jailed for six years.

    Simon Bennett, 28, (pictured) was found lying in the street in The Greenway, Middlesbrough, on 9 May. He was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.

    Simon Bennett

    Following a trial at Teesside Crown Court, a jury found Craig Conway, of Berwick Hills Avenue, Brambles Farm, guilty of manslaughter. The 30-year-old had denied a charge of murder.

  24. Deerness Valley Girls 1-0 Jonathan Miles

    Jonathan Miles

    BBC Newcastle

    I've been getting some coaching from Deerness Valley Girls Football Club.

    The County Durham club was created due to the demand in girls' football in the area.

    Jonathan Miles

    I'm not sure I'll be getting a call from England manager Roy Hodgson any time soon - see how I got on taking two penalties.

  25. Two arrested after boy burned

    Two youths have been arrested after a 16-year-old boy was found with a fractured cheekbone, facial injures and burns on his body in North Tyneside, Northumbria Police says.

    The boy was found walking near to the A189 Annitsford roundabout on Saturday morning.

    Both boys, aged 17 and 13, are helping officers with their enquiries. Police are appealing for witnesses.

  26. Missing ear man found

    Cara Thorpe

    BBC Newcastle

    A 26-year-old man who lost a piece of his ear in Sunderland has been found and treated in hospital, Northumbria Police says.

    The piece of flesh was found on the street in the city centre yesterday morning.

    Officers believe it was linked to a fight on Derwent Street at around 05:00 yesterday.

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  28. Gateshead and Newcastle traffic

    Charlie Charlton

    BBC Newcastle

    If you've made your way across the Tyne Bridge this morning then you'll have experienced the traffic disruption first hand.

    Temporary traffic lights have been put in on the approach to the Tyne Bridge - as the next phase of work gets underway on the Oakwellgate Junction in Gateshead - one of the busiest junctions in our region. This morning it caused huge tailbacks on the A167, Felling Bypass and surrounding areas.


    But could the traffic have been avoided? Hear the director of construction services at Gateshead Council explain why the temporary lights will remain in place for two weeks.

  29. NE raises more than £1m

    More than £1m was raised by the North East and Cumbria for Children in Need.

    £1,275,957 was raised in the region, including £7,422 in donations collected at the event in Stockton which was co-presented by BBC Tees' Amy Lea and former Gladiator Diane "Jet" Youdale.

    Amy Lea and Diane Youdale in Stockton

    Find out more about the Children in Need appeal.

  30. Traffic problems cause major delays

    BBC Newcastle

    Drivers have been contacting us to tell of their problems with delays on the roads on Tyneside this morning.

    Sue from Greenside texted: "I've just arrived at work in Newcastle having endured a two hour journey which should have taken twenty or so minutes.

    "Please please do what you can to bring some pressure to bear on Gateshead council to end this traffic chaos. Surely we can't have such gridlock for the next fortnight."

  31. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A driver is given a fixed penalty notice for careless driving or speeding every 11 minutes in the North East.
    • BBC Tees: A North East woman who was jailed for sending abusive messages online says it ruined her life.
  32. Big traffic delays on Tyneside

    Gilly Hope

    BBC Newcastle

    Drivers have reported big delays on Tyneside this morning - temporary traffic lights are in place as part of the next phase of work on the busy Oakwellgate Junction on the approach to the Tyne Bridge in Gateshead.

    The temporary lights will be in place for two weeks until 30 November. Queues started around 07:20 with traffic congested on all the slip roads heading to the Central Motorway.

    The A1058 Jesmond Road, Great North Road, Grandstand Road, A167 Stanfordham Road are all affected, with slow moving traffic. I took calls to my jambuster line and drivers in some cases took more than an hour-and-a-half to get from the Cowgate roundabout to the Tyne bridge.

    To add to the impact we then had a broken down vehicle under the Swanhouse flyover southbound. Drivers trying to avoid the Coast Road dipped down to use the Quayside and cross the Swing Bridge and there was traffic back to City Road and Byker.

  33. Bus delays due to traffic

    Go North East tweets: Services #53 and #97 are subject to delays due to increased traffic congestion southbound on the Tyne Bridge.

  34. Why do we get stuck in things?

    Francesca Williams

    BBC News

    I submitted a Freedom of Information request to fire services in the North East to find out what they had had to release people from - they included a student being liberated from a water cooler cup dispenser and someone being extracted from a newspaper stand they had tried to hide in.

    Graphic of things people have become stuck in

    But why do we put ourselves in such embarrassing situations?

    Dr Joan Harvey, a chartered psychologist at Newcastle University, believes it is because we are not very reliable when it comes to judging risk.

  35. More older women drinking

    Mike Parr

    BBC Tees

    There has been a big increase in the number of older women being treated for alcoholism.

    Over the last five years we've seen a rise a 65% in the number of older women being treated for alcoholism. Why are more older women drinking? Call BBC Tees on 01642 225511 or join the conversation on Facebook.

  36. Disruption on roundabouts

    One lane is blocked on the A167(M) southbound in Newcastle at the A186, Swanhouse Roundabout, because of a broken down vehicle.

    There's also a lane blocked and there's queuing traffic on the A189 southbound in Cramlington before Moor Farm Roundabout because of an accident involving two vehicles. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  37. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A driver is given a fixed penalty notice for careless driving or speeding every 11 minutes in the North East.
    • BBC Tees: A police investigation's under way after a man was found with serious injuries in Normanby.
  38. Gas leak in Durham

    A road near Belmont Business Park is closed in Durham because of a major gas leak.

    Durham Police said Broomside Lane between the entrance to the business park and Bannatyne's roundabout will be closed for about 24 hours and is considering extending the closure beyond the business park entrance.

  39. Severed ear found in street

    A piece of severed ear has been found in a street following a city centre brawl, police said.

    Officers were alerted by staff at the Sunderland Royal Infirmary who had taken a call from a man saying he had found the chunk of flesh in the city.

    The discovery, just before 07:00 on Sunday, was thought to be linked to a fight in Derwent Street, off Park Lane and Stockton Road, less than two hours earlier. Northumbria Police are appealing for witnesses.

  40. Wet and windy

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Wet and windy to start, with persistent rain. The rain will be heaviest over the Pennines, with extensive hill fog. The rain will become more showery later on perhaps allowing some limited brighter spells for coastal districts.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 10C (50F). Check the forecast near you.

  41. Standing water in Durham

    Part of the A690 in Durham is submerged on the westbound side before the Milburngate Bridge, Durham Police says.

    There are some large patches of standing water in and around the Durham City area, the force added. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  42. Three-vehicle accident

    A694 Dipwood Road in Rowlands Gill is partially blocked and there is slow traffic in both directions at the B6315 Strathmore Road junction because of an accident involving three vehicles and recovery work.

    Toll Bridge Road in Blaydon is partially blocked at the A695 Chain Bridge Road junction because of an accident. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  43. 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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