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  1. Updates on Tuesday 2 December 2014

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  1. Good evening

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

    That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday. Ray Scott from Houghton-le-Spring sent us this lovely picture of the sun setting near the Hartlepool Headland.

    Hartlepool Headland

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

  2. Match facts for Burnley v Newcastle

    BBC Sport

    Some stats on the Burnley v Newcastle game tonight:

    • This is the first ever Premier League meeting between these sides.
    • The last time they played was 31 years ago at Turf Moor - Burnley won that match 1-0 in March 1983 in the old Division Two.
    • Newcastle's last victory away to Burnley was 1-0 on Boxing Day 1975 in the top flight.
  3. Cold overnight so expect frost

    Paul Mooney

    BBC Weather presenter

    A dry and clear end to the day with light winds. Quickly becoming cold overnight with skies remaining clear, leading to a widespread frost. Some mist and freezing fog patches may also develop in prone spots such as Durham.

    Weather forecast

    Minimum temperature: -3C (27F). Check the forecast near you.

  4. We can claim another scalp - Poyet

    BBC Sport

    Clearly revved up by the draw with Chelsea, Sunderland boss Gus Poyet used his press conference to claim his team can claim another major scalp when Manchester City visit on Wednesday.

    "There is a mentality sometimes that when you play against the top teams, you accept that if you lose nothing will happen," he said.

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet

    "I don't think that's right. I think you have to be clear that it is going to be more difficult, but you will have a chance.

    "On those terms the players have been exceptional - we stayed up last year because of that, and we showed on Saturday against Chelsea we can do it and that we can try to stop the other teams doing what they like."

  5. The future of Middlesbrough?

    Stuart Whincup

    BBC Look North

    The mayor of Middlesbrough, Ray Mallon, has laid out his vision of what the town's future should be.

    Half-a-billion pounds of investment, thousands of new homes and even a snow centre are part of the ambition. But his critics say the plans are all talk and just an attempt to create a lasting legacy for himself before he stands down as mayor next May.

    Stuart Whincup and Ray Mallon

    I'll have more on this story on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

  6. Multi-vehicle accidents across North East

    The A19 in Boldon - An exit slip road is closed southbound at the Abingdon Way junction because of an accident involving three vehicles.

    The A167 High Street in Newton Aycliffe is partially blocked and there's slow traffic at The Wynd junction because of an accident involving two vehicles and recovery work.

    There's queuing traffic and there's one lane closed on the A66 eastbound in Middlesbrough between the B1513 Old Station Road junction and Asda traffic lights because of an earlier broken down vehicle and a fuel spillage. Congestion is back to Cargo Fleet Interchange. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  7. Student's drink 'was spiked' - MP

    A Northumbria University student was murdered after having her drink spiked, a Labour MP has claimed as he criticised German police for not investigating the death.

    Speaking in the Commons, Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman hit out at the handling of the case by police in Cologne as he called for help from the Foreign Office.

    Mr Sheerman told Speaker John Bercow: "A young girl in my constituency has been tragically murdered in Cologne. There is no police investigation although there is every evidence that her drink was spiked - she was poisoned. There has been no police investigation and no help for the family."

  8. Burnley v Newcastle

    BBC Newcastle

    We'll have full-match commentary on BBC Newcastle of Burnley v Newcastle with Simon Pryde and John Anderson.

    Here's Simon doing some last-minute preparation ahead of the game that kicks off at 19:45.

    Simon Pryde

    Some teams news we've had is that Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul has been ruled out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury, while Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback are both suspended.

  9. Karanka charged with improper conduct

    Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association following an incident at the end of their 1-1 draw with Blackburn on Saturday.

    Karanka was frustrated that Rudy Gestede's equaliser was allowed to stand after what he believed was a foul on goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos.

    Aitor Karanka

    Referee Mark Clattenburg sent the Spaniard off for his complaints. The 41-year-old has until 18:00 on Friday to respond to the charge.

  10. Dreaming of a White Christmas

    Simon Logan

    BBC Newcastle

    Here I am with Britain's Got Talent winners Collabro bringing you some festive cheer as we start rolling out the Christmas songs on BBC Newcastle. We've already had The Pogues & Kirsty McColl sing Fairytale Of New York this afternoon.

    Simon Logan with Collabro

    Watch the video to see how I got on singing White Christmas with the boys.

  11. More on student death

    More on the news that a Northumbria University teenager has died in Cologne, Germany, after telling her friends her drink had been spiked with drugs.

    It's emerged that Jane Khalaf, 19, from Shelley, West Yorkshire, had to be put on a life support machine on 12 November after her condition deteriorated. It was switched off by doctors eight days later.

    Jane's parents travelled from their home to be by their daughter's bedside. They say they'd only discovered she was ill after seeing it on Facebook.

  12. A66 in Middlesbrough closed

    The A66 in Middlesbrough is closed eastbound and there's queuing traffic between the B1513 Old Station Road junction and Asda traffic lights because of a broken down vehicle and a fuel spillage, reports BBC Travel News.

    Map of Middlesbrough
  13. Hignett 'brought a lot to Boro'

    BBC Tees expert summariser Neil Maddison says Craig Hignett will be missed by the players after the announcement was made that he has left Middlesbrough.

    "I think Aitor is such a professional man, he takes no nonsense and I think you need a different person around the place and Higgy was certainly that. The players could go to him and confide in him. Don't get me wrong, he's a good coach as well, he brought a lot of things to Boro but it's surprising, very surprising.

    "[Karanka] will have the players' heads right on song for Millwall. They'll be sad for Higgy... but football goes on and they'll get on with the job in hand."

  14. Newcastle top red card table

    Newcastle United are in fine fettle despite defeat at West Ham on Saturday.

    • That loss ended a run of five straight league wins for Newcastle.
    • Aaron Cresswell's winner for West Ham was the first goal conceded by the Magpies in four matches.
    • It was also the first time they had failed to find the net in eight games in all competitions.
    • Pardew's side have failed to score in the first-half in 10 of their 13 league games this season.
    • Moussa Sissoko's red card was Newcastle's sixth in 2014 - no Premier League side has more this year.
  15. Your pictures: Robin set to fly

    Emily Murdoch sent us this photo of a robin about to take off in her garden in Cornsay, County Durham.

    Robin in Cornsay, County Durham

    You can send your pictures by email to: or tweet @BBCNewsNE.

  16. Where now for Karanka after exit?

    Paul Addison

    BBC Tees Sport

    After the news that Middlesbrough have parted company with assistant head coach Craig Hignett, Boro boss Aitor Karanka will now be planning for Saturday's game at Millwall whilst also thinking about who can replace the man who played a major role in Boro's emergence as genuine promotion contenders this season.

    Craig Hignett

    Fans will be keen to know the reasons for the parting of the ways - they're unlikely to be satisfied by the brief statement released so far.

  17. Rail terminal for Teesport

    A port in Teesside is investing more than £3m in a new rail terminal, with hopes it will boost the local economy.

    The Teesport terminal will create new connections to Suffolk and Southampton and could lead to more links with other areas, the port's operator said.


    Rail haulier Freightliner, which will move to the terminal when it is complete, said it would make the port "more attractive" to business. The new terminal is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

  18. Families 'spent less than anywhere else'

    Families in the the North East spent the least in the UK last year, forking out an average of £424.60 per week, new figures show.

    Housing costs, such as rent and fuel, were top of the expenditure list, ahead of transport costs.

    There was also evidence in the Office for National Statistics data of a north-south divide. In 2011 to 2013, families in the south east of England spent the most per week at £585.40 - £160.80 a week more than our region.

    This graph shows how far off the UK average we are here:

    ONS map of spending
  19. Student dies 'after drink spiked'

    BBC Newcastle

    Northumbria University has confirmed that one of its students has died while studying at a partner university in Germany.

    The 19-year-old collapsed in Cologne after telling friends she thought someone had put something in her drink.

    Northumbria University

    It happened last month and she spent some days on life support before doctors turned off the machine. Her parents, from Huddersfield, are now demanding to know more about what happened to her before she died.

  20. Flood cash to make 'stronger economy'

    Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the Treasury, said: "Northumberland's coastline has seen devastating flooding in the past, so I have earmarked £46m of flood defence funding across the region to protect thousands of homes here.

    "Investing £2.3bn to support 1,400 schemes across the country will protect 300,000 homes from the north-east to the south-west. As well as ensuring people's safety and peace of mind will also bring over £30bn of economic benefit, making it great value for money as part of this government's drive for a stronger economy and a fairer society."

  21. Rising costs of funerals

    Chantalle Edmunds

    BBC Tees

    Could you afford the cost of a funeral? Funeral prices are rising - the average cost in this region is now £3,000, and cut price or "no frills" funerals are becoming increasingly popular.


    Now a North East MP is putting forward a private members bill to ensure that help is given more quickly to those who struggle to afford any kind of send off. I'll have more on this story on BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

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  23. Inquest backlog cut from 400 to 12

    A coroner service, dubbed the worst in England a year ago, has slashed a backlog of more than 400 inquests to just 12, new figures show.

    Teesside Coroner Service was the subject of an inquiry by the Office for Judicial Complaints after inquests were taking almost a year to complete.

    Malcolm Donelly and Claire Bailey

    Previous coroner Michael Sheffield, 80, retired in April, with a new acting coroner and an assistant drafted it. Figures now show the average completion time for inquests is just 14 weeks.

  24. Churchill's cigar to be auctioned

    A cigar which apparently belonged to Winston Churchill is set to be auctioned in Newcastle.

    The El Dinamico Habana cigar is valued at between £150 - £250 and was reputedly a gift from the prime minister in the late 1950s or early 1960s. It is being auctioned alongside a HMV vinyl record titled "The War of the Unknown Warriors".

    El Dinamico Habana cigar and record

    Seller Stephen Down's father, Mervyn Gordon Down, worked in the Press Information Department of the Metropolitan Police at New Scotland Yard and it is there where he met Churchill and was given the cigar.

  25. Northumberland Christmas tree for London

    Keeping with a tradition which has lasted more than a decade, the Forestry Commission at Kielder Water and Forest Park in Northumberland has provided London's Houses of Parliament with a Christmas tree.

    Tree in front of Big Ben

    Kielder provides some of the UK's biggest Christmas trees and many have already been transported to towns and cities from Kings Lynn to Worcester and Manchester to Kingston upon Thames.

  26. Where the floods cash is going

    The government says other projects to be funded from the £46m earmarked for the North East out of the £2.3bn flood defence plans announced today include:

    • More than 120 properties will be protected from river flooding as a result of a new flood defence scheme at Lustrum Beck in Teesside.
    • Some £4m is set to be invested in flooding projects which will protect 750 homes in Monkton Village in South Tyneside.
  27. North East flood cash revealed

    Details have been released of how the North East will benefit from the Government's £2.3bn investment in flood defence projects.

    The Treasury says £46m will be spent here protecting homes in Greatham and Lustrum Beck on Teesside, and Monkton Village in Hebburn.

    Newtown in Stockton suffered flooding

    A number of properties in Port Clarence, Skinningrove, Greatham and Stockton were flooded as a result of the tidal surge last December and the government says this scheme, to start in the spring, will help protect 351 homes and 32 businesses.

  28. College staff set to be made redundant

    The Shields Gazette

    College staff in South Tyneside face losing their jobs just before Christmas.

    Bosses at South Tyneside College, in St George's Avenue, South Shields, have announced that two lecturers and four support members of staff are facing redundancy, while two additional lecturers may have their hours slashed.

    South Tyneside College
  29. Tilly to switch on lights

    Colin Briggs

    BBC Look North

    An inspirational youngster from Consett who overcame life-changing surgery will be lighting up Christmas at the light switch on in Durham this evening.

    Tilly Lockey

    Tilly Lockey lost both hands after developing group B meningococcal septicaemia as a toddler in 2007. She'll be illuminating the Christmas trees on the county hall roundabout and the building itself.

  30. Bringing brewing back to Tyneside

    Alfie Joey

    BBC Newcastle

    The former Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd is hoping to bring a brewery back to Tyneside as well as a space to show off the area's history.

    He's in the middle of refurbishing the landmark Palace of Arts, which is in Exhibition Park in Newcastle. Subject to planning, he hopes the new micro-brewery will produce about a million bottles a year and to be opened by Easter 2015.

    Freddy Shepherd

    He told BBC Newcastle: "We'll be also doing events there, cinema, cars, we're going to keep changing it all the time."

  31. Assistant coach Hignett leaves Boro

    Middlesbrough assistant head coach Craig Hignett has left the club, a statement says. The move follows talks between the former Boro player and head coach Aitor Karanka.

    "The club would like to place on record its thanks for Craig's efforts since joining us from Hartlepool last season and wish him all the best for the future," the statement adds.

    Craig Hignett appeals to assistant referee
  32. CCTV cameras to be switched on

    Helen Richardson

    BBC Newcastle News Editor

    The latest generation of CCTV cameras are switched on today with the hope of tackling anti-social behaviour

    The 4G cameras are at Park Lane Metro station in Sunderland. They can tilt 360 degrees so there are no blind spots, and they film in HD.

    The cameras also have speakers - so operators can shout warnings to people who're seen misbehaving. Each camera also has a built-in microphone so the operators can hear what's happening in the street.

  33. Jury sworn in for murder trial

    Sunderland Echo

    A jury has been sworn in for the trial of two men accused of murdering George "Geordie" Dagg.

    George Dagg
  34. Burnley v Newcastle tonight

    Newcastle travel to Burnley this evening for a 19:45 kick-off.

    Goalkeeper Tim Krul has been ruled out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury, while Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback are both suspended.

    Tim Krul

    The Magpies will also check on the fitness of Daryl Janmaat, Fabricio Coloccini, Rolando Aarons and Mehdi Abeid.

  35. Rangers fans urge boycott of Sports Direct

    Richard Wilson

    BBC Scotland

    A Rangers supporters' group has urged fans to stop buying Sports Direct club merchandise.

    The Union of Fans (UoF) spoke out after analysing Rangers International Football Club plc annual results.

    They are critical of the retail deal with Sports Direct, whose owner Mike Ashley, who also owns Newcastle United, holds almost 9% of RIFC shares.

    Mike Ashley
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  37. Roads clear of incidents

    There are no major reported traffic and travel incidents across the North East this morning. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  38. Samurai sword attacker jailed

    A man who slashed another man in the back with a samurai sword has been jailed for five years after his attack was caught on camera.

    An amateur photographer captured Gareth Devlin, 28, from Port Clarence, Teesside, brandishing the weapon in the street in July.

    Gareth Devlin

    Devlin admitted wounding with intent, affray and possession of an offensive weapon. He was jailed for five years at Teesside Crown Court.

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    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

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