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  1. Updates on Monday 15 December 2014

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  1. Good evening

    That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00. Tomorrow, Hartlepool will remember what happened 100 years ago during the World War One bombardment. Join us for full coverage from 06:00 on BBC Tees and online.

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    And if you see anything else interesting going on, you can send your pictures by email to northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk or tweet @BBCNewsNE and we may feature them on BBC Local Live.

  2. More on Ashley rule-break claim

    Some more detail on the Mike Ashley story - both he and Rangers have been accused of breaching several Scottish Football Association rules relating to his dual interest in Rangers and Newcastle.

    Ashley owns 8.29% of the Ibrox club and he has an agreement in place with the SFA that he would not increase that shareholding to above 10%.

    Mike Ashley

    He increased his influence at Ibrox in October when he provided a £2m loan to the cash-strapped Scottish Championship club. Part of the agreement allowed him to appoint two directors to the club's board, with former Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias subsequently named a non-executive director at Ibrox.

    And in November it was confirmed Ashley had provided a further £1m loan to Rangers.

  3. Rivals using Boro form as 'reference'

    Head coach Aitor Karanka says Middlesbrough's fellow Championship promotion rivals are using his in-form side as a "reference".

    Aitor Karanka

    Boro are contenders to reach the Premier League on the back of an eight-game unbeaten run which was extended by Saturday's 2-0 win against Derby.

    They are second behind Bournemouth on goals scored as both have equal points and goal difference records.

    "The rest of the teams respect us more each day," Karanka told BBC Tees.

  4. Ashley charged over Rangers and NUFC

    Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has been accused of breaching several Scottish Football Association rules relating to his dual interest in Rangers and the Magpies, the Scottish FA has announced.

  5. Photo of couple found dead

    Police have released a photo of a couple who were found dead on Friday.

    Martin Ruddy, 28, is accused of murdering his parents Eric Ruddy, 64, and wife Carol, 54, (pictured) at their home in Elswick, Newcastle.

    Eric and Carol Ruddy

    Appearing at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court, he spoke only to confirm he understood the charges against him and to confirm to he was of no fixed abode.

  6. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: There's been 46 attacks on ambulance crews while treating sick or injured patients across the North East since April.
    • BBC Newcastle: Two police officers have been praised for their bravery after rescuing a man from a flat fire in Sunderland.
  7. Praise for saving man from smoke-filled flat

    Two police officers have been commended for their bravery for rescuing a man trapped in his smoke-filled flat.

    The officers were called to Northcote Avenue in Sunderland after reports that a man was trapped by rising smoke after fire broke out in the flat below his on 8 December.

    Northcote Avenue, Sunderland

    PCs William Hunter and Paul Cullen were able to get him out of the property safely, Northumbria Police said.

    Chief Constable Sue Sim said: "The courageous actions of the officers encompasses the true spirit of policing and I commend their instinctive and decisive actions.

    "Sadly, one man lost his life in the fire in a separate flat and our thoughts and sympathies remain with the family and friends at this difficult time."

  8. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: Two police officers have been praised for their bravery after rescuing a man from a flat fire in Sunderland.
    • BBC Tees: A man has died and another is in a critical condition after a car crash in Bishop Auckland at the weekend.
  9. Man in court over family murder

    A South Tyneside man has appeared before magistrates charged with murdering his parents.

    Martin Ruddy, 28, is accused of killing his mother and father Eric and Carol Ruddy at their home in Elswick in Newcastle on Friday night.

    He spoke only briefly to confirm that he understood the charges against him and to confirm that he was of no fixed abode. He was remanded in custody to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on 6 January.

  10. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: Two police officers have been praised for bravery after rescuing a man from a flat blaze in Sunderland.
    • BBC Tees: A man is arrested on suspicion of assault after a 27-year-old was stabbed in Billingham.
  11. Son accused of murdering parents

    A South Tyneside man is to appear in court charged with killing his mother and father.

    Bentinck Street, Elswick

    Martin Ruddy is accused of murdering his mother and father Carol, 54, and father 64-year-old Eric Ruddy at their home in Bentinck Street, Elswick, Newcastle, on Friday night.

    The 28-year-old will appear before North Tyneside Magistrates' Court later.

  12. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A South Tyneside man is to appear in court charged with murdering his parents.
    • BBC Tees: A man is arrested on suspicion of assault after a 27-year-old was stabbed in Billingham.
  13. Cocaine plot gang members jailed

    The Chronicle

    Newspaper

    Two more members of a drugs gang that flooded the North East with cocaine have been jailed for almost 13 years.

    Gordon Murray (left) and Paul Richardson (right)

    Paul Richardson, 27, of Skendleby Drive in Kenton and Gordon Murray, 50, of Claremont Avenue in Lemington were part of cocaine kingpin Mark Johnston's criminal empire.

    And now, after being sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court, they join their former boss and seven other members of the organised crime group behind bars.

  14. No limits for volcano-scaling fundraiser

    The Shields Gazette

    When it comes to helping out a good cause - it's not just the sky that's the limit for a globe-trotting South Tyneside man.

    Mike McNally

    Daredevil Mike McNally has scaled a volcano, swum with sharks, cage dived with crocodiles and taken a leap of faith for a sky dive from 14,000 feet in recent months, all in the name of charity.

    The 24-year-old, from Jarrow, set himself a series of daunting challenges in a bid to raise precious cash for Africa on the Ball, a Scottish-based charity using the power of football to help tackle poverty in Zambia.

  15. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: Sixteen people died last year in the BBC Newcastle area while waiting for a transplant.
    • BBC Tees: Improvements to the Wolviston interchange to ease congestion on the A19 and A689 are due to finish.
  16. City drivers favour public transport

    Drivers in Newcastle are more likely to leave their cars at home when navigating around the city, a survey has found.

    Tyne and Wear Metro

    According to The Campaign for Better Transport, the better a city's public transport, walking and cycling routes, the more likely city dwellers are to ditch their vehicles.

    Peterborough was found to be most car-dependent, but Newcastle was up with Cambridge and Bristol in the top 10 cities least dependent on their vehicles to get around.

  17. News on the hour

    The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: Sixteen people died last year in the BBC Newcastle area while waiting for a transplant.
    • BBC Tees: Improvements to the Wolviston interchange to ease congestion on the A19 and A689 are due to finish.
  18. Castle's £3.5m art gallery plan

    Further development plans have been announced for a County Durham castle which was home to the Bishop of Durham for 800 years.

    Auckland Castle

    Proposals already exist for a £17m museum at Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland, where religious paintings by Spanish artist Francisco Zurbaran hang.

    Now planning permission for additional schemes costing more than £7m is to be sought before the end of the year.

    They include a £3.5m gallery dedicated to Spanish art and a £1.5m study area

  19. £60 fine for using bus lanes

    Some more on South Tyneside Council looking to fine people who drive in bus lanes - bus drivers are reporting up to 40 motorists an hour are using them illegally, which they say is delaying services.

    Councillor Tracey Dixon said: "It has always been illegal to drive in the bus lanes during the restricted times, we are just introducing a new method of enforcement.

    "We will be using two semi-fixed cameras, meaning they can be rotated on a three-monthly basis around five different locations." Motorists caught using the lanes will face a £60 fine, reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days.

  20. Cameras to catch bus lane drivers

    Helen Richardson

    BBC Newcastle News Editor

    South Tyneside Council is going to start fining drivers who use bus lanes when they shouldn't. It's putting up CCTV cameras to monitor lanes.

  21. Success for Darlington star

    England women's rugby team won the Team of the Year award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show last night.

    The World Cup winners took the honour ahead of Europe's Ryder Cup golfers, the GB & Northern Ireland athletics squad and the Mercedes F1 team.

    England beat Canada 21-9 in Paris to win the World Cup for the first time since 1994 after three final defeats. South Shields-born captain and Darlington player Katy McLean said: "This is a massive turning point for women's sport."

    Katy McLean accepts the trophy
  22. Sunny with wintry showers

    Bright or sunny intervals and scattered showers, with wintry ones over high ground. Later most showers will fade away, leaving clear spells.

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    Maximum temperature: 4C (39.2F). Check the forecast where you are.

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    BBC News

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