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  1. Updates on Friday 5 December 2014

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Get carried away with the FA Cup

It's FA Cup second round action tonight as Hartlepool take on Blyth Spartans and it's live on

BBC Two and the
BBC Sport website. Kick-off is at 19:55.

The television cameras visit Victoria Park in the FA Cup for the first time since Pools entertained West Ham at the fourth-round stage of the 2008-09 competition, losing 2-0 to the Premier League outfit.

Jed Dalton on Blyth celebrates
Getty Images

That year Blyth also lifted the whole town after beating Bournemouth in the cup, as this picture shows. Can they keep the run going this year?

Reds v Black Cats commentary tomorrow

Nick Barnes

BBC Newcastle commentator

There's full commentary on

Liverpool v Sunderland on BBC Newcastle from 15:00. Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson should both be ok. Wes Brown returns in defence.

Nick's commentary notes

Family 'torn between grief'

The statement from the family of

Andrew Corfield, who died after a crash in Hemlington, continues: "Alice should be enjoying life and planning her 18th birthday on 23rd December.
Instead she lies in intensive care, still in a coma, after suffering multiple injuries and has yet to learn that her dad was killed and has in fact been buried.

"Lisa, the wife of Andrew and mother of Alice has kept a bedside vigil for her daughter since this all happened. She never thought that she would ever find herself in this position of burying her husband at the age of 39 and is hoping and praying that she does not have to organise another funeral of her youngest child.

"Her other children Amy and Owen are torn between grief for their father, prayers for their sister and concern for their mother."

Marking the Great War

Football clubs across the UK are being invited to get involved in an event

to mark the 100th anniversary of the World War One Christmas truce.

Clubs are being invited to submit their pre-match team photos to a commemorative website in tribute to the moment rival soldiers put their weapons down to play each other at football.

Crash lorry driver 'watching porn'

Hartlepool Mail

A lorry driver

who killed a Sunderland trucker after looking at porn on his phone and then falling asleep at the wheel has been given a five-year prison sentence.

John Kirk
Hartlepool Mail

Police recovered the phone from the crash scene on the A19 near Middlesbrough after John Kirk, 26, told them that he nodded off at the wheel of his artic.

Parts of region ‘debt hotspots’

Parts of the North East have been highlighted as "debt hotspots" by a charity.



Citizens' Advice Bureau, which helps people with debt,
analysed the number of calls for help it had received from different parts of the country.

South Tyneside and Darlington were in the top five areas, with North Tyneside, Gateshead, Middlesbrough and Northumberland also coming in the top 15.

Light upgrade for county

A £25m project to improve street lighting in Northumberland should begin in February, the county council has said.

LED streetlights

The work will involve fitting eco-friendly LED lanterns to all 46,000 lamp posts and replacing nearly 17,000 of the posts themselves.

Work will start in Ashington and will be rolled out across the county over three years.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

Coming up on Jon and Anne

Jon Harle

BBC Newcastle


BBC Newcastle, we'll be hearing about
Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade's 150th anniversary and the Weardale community that's created a nativity scene in a bus shelter.

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade Watch House
BBC news online

Appeal for missing teen

A teenage girl from Newcastle has been missing for a week and a half, police say.

Jana Raminiusova
Northumbria Police

Jana Raminiusova, 16, from Cowgate, has not been seen since last Monday. She attended school but did not return home. Officers are appealing for anyone who might have seen her to get in touch.

Crash driver was in stolen car

After Jake McCabe, 18, of Cramlington Close, Hemlington, (pictured) admitted causing death by dangerous driving over a crash which killed fundraiser Andrew Corfield, Det Chief Insp Steve Jermy said: "The defendant clearly gave no thought to the consequences of his actions when he drove the stolen car on the night of the incident.

Jake McCabe
Cleveland Police

"The ramifications of what happened have ripped a family apart and shocked a close-knit community. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the family and the local community for the dignified way in which they have dealt with, and continue to deal with, this tragedy.

"Whilst today's sentence will never compensate in any way for the tragic loss of Andrew or the on-going care and concern for Alice, who remains gravely ill, I hope that it does bring an element of closure for the family. Our thoughts remain with her and her family at this time."

'Had to have a closed coffin'

The family of Andrew Corfield, who died in a crash in Hemlington, have released a statement saying: "As far as the family are concerned, no sentence passed would ever be long enough. We were given a life sentence on the evening of 28 October. The reckless actions of one individual have torn us apart.

"Andrew was a devoted family man who got so much pleasure from making people happy. He and his wife Lisa have been together since they were both 13 years of age and she cannot imagine her life without him.

"She, along with the rest of the family were further saddened as they were unable to say their goodbyes to Andrew due to the fact he had to have a closed coffin."

BreakingTeenager jailed for fatal crash

A teenager who admitted causing the death of a man in a crash on Teesside has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

Andrew Corfield, 39, died at the scene of the two-car collision in Hemlington on 28 October. His 17-year-old daughter Alice Corfield was seriously injured and remains in a coma.

Andrew Corfield and Alice Corfield
Cleveland Police

Jake McCabe, 18, of Cramlington Close, Hemlington, admitted causing death by dangerous driving at Teesside Crown Court. He also pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, handling stolen goods, and driving while not licensed or insured.

Man killed in car crash named

A man who died in a car crash in Northumberland on Wednesday has been named by police.

Romek Goldsztajn, 68, of Castle Close in Morpeth, died at the scene after the Toyota he was driving and a Citreon collided in Powburn at 13:48.

Scene of fatal road crash at Powburn
Pip Rutherford

The driver of the other car, a 63-year-old man, is in Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary in a critical condition, police say.

Black Cats to Kop a result?

Mark Lawrenson

Football analyst

Sunderland travel to improving Liverpool tomorrow in a 15:00 kick-off. The Reds' results have started to pick up and the players look like they have got some of their confidence back.

Sunderland, generally, are difficult to beat but don't cause opponents enough problems and that will be the case at Anfield too.

This will be a 2-0 home win for me.

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Walk-in centre closure challenge 'disappointing'

A challenge by councillors over the closure of a walk-in centre is not based on the best interests of the public, health chiefs have said.

South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group wants to replace the centre in Jarrow with an urgent care hub at the hospital in South Shields.

Palmer Community Hospital, Jarrow

The council is to ask the health secretary to review the decision. The group said it was disappointed the council wished to go against the views of local doctors and nurses.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

Appeal after pensioner hit by bus

Police are appealing for witnesses after a pensioner who was hit by a bus had to be airlifted from Stockton High Street to hospital yesterday.

The 75-year-old woman is in a stable condition at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, officers said.

Step back in time

BBC Newcastle reporter Rebecca O'Neil has landed at Beamish in County Durham as part of her Christmas fairy tour tour of the region.

Rebecca at Beamish

Truck driver jailed for death crash

Northern Echo

A truck driver who had as little as four hours sleep in the two days

before dozing off at the wheel and causing a fatal crash was today jailed for five years.

John Kirk veered off the A19 near Middlesbrough and ploughed into two other drivers at the side of the road who were exchanging details after an early-morning bump.

Lottery grant for WW1 project

An educational charity has got more than £60,000 of

Lottery money for a World War One commemorative project.

Allied troops leave a trench prior to the battle of Morval, WWI, 1916.


Workers' Educational Association's North East branch will use the money to research and raise awareness of the impact of the war on the region.

It will look particularly at the WEA's own activity during the period. Volunteers will produce a play, carry out research and publish their findings in print and online.

Boro tickets still available

Middlesbrough FC

tweets: Tickets for tomorrow's game at Millwall will be available from the North Stand at The Den. Just short of 1,200 sold so far.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

Children begged mum's ex

Sunderland Echo

A "sadistic" ex-boyfriend threatened to kill a terrified mum and her pet dog, while her horrified children begged him to stop.

Thomas James
Sunderland Echo

At Newcastle Crown Court, Thomas James, of St Peter's Riverside, Sunderland, was jailed for four years after he admitted threats to kill and common assault.

Know your team's number

Robert Cooper

BBC News Online

Watching the FA Cup third round draw on Monday?

FA Cup third-round draw

Get ready to look out for your team's number.

Our teams are: 26. Middlesbrough; 28. Newcastle United; 37. Sunderland; 52. Hartlepool United or Blyth Spartans; 55. Gateshead or Warrington Town

Watch it live on

BBC Two at 19:00.

On Look North this lunchtime

Lara Rostron

BBC Look North


Look North on BBC One at 13:30 we'll have all the latest on the woman whose baby daughter died after she was found in a wheelie bin in Richmond.

We'll also bring you news of worries our region may miss out because of delays to European jobs funding.

And we'll hear about the volunteers who've been saving lives on Tyneside for 150 years.

Are you dreaming?

How likely are we to see a white Christmas in the North East this year? BBC Weather's Sarah Keith-Lucas

has been finding out.

Sarah Keith-Lucas

Lawro on NUFC v Chelsea

Mark Lawrenson

Football analyst

Newcastle are playing unbeaten league leaders Chelsea tomorrow in a 12:45 kick-off at St James' Park.

We know how difficult it is to stop the Chelsea machine, and I don't think Newcastle have got the type of players to do what Sunderland did in their 0-0 draw with the Blues last weekend.

Newcastle are better off staying on the attack. I'm predicting a 2-0 Chelsea win.

News on the hour

Man jailed for glass attack

Northern Echo

A drunken reveller who could have killed another man when he smashed a glass into his neck and face

has been jailed for eight years.

Warning over Norovirus outbreaks

Health bosses in the North East are urging people suffering from vomiting or diarrhoea not to visit people in hospitals after recent outbreaks of



Public Health England said there were six hospital outbreaks in the region in the last two weeks of November.

Dr Deb Wilson from PHE's North East centre said Norovirus was usually short-lived in healthy people, but "can cause more serious illness in the very young, elderly people and those with chronic illnesses".

Council to introduce living wage

South Tyneside Council

will introduce the national living wage for about 1,000 of its workers.

Money on newspaper

Councillors agreed to introduce the measure in phases from April next year at a meeting last night. All council employees will be paid at least £7.29 an hour as a result.

Councillor Ed Malcolm, who is in charge of resources and innovation, said the council was "trying to bring real change to the lives of people in South Tyneside".

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

Market is 21 today

Rebecca O'Neill

BBC Newcastle

Durham market is celebrating its 21st birthday!

Rebecca O'Neil doing radio car interview

This is the fourth stop on my Christmas fairy tour of the North East. Follow my progress on

BBC Newcastle.