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  1. Updates on Tuesday 16 December 2014

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Good evening

Lloyd Watson

BBC News

That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday. Take a look at today's coverage of the Hartlepool Bombardment including:

An audio slideshow, Hartlepool
then and now and our
live page.

Officers and men in charge of the Hartlepool Batteries
Hartlepool Culture and Information

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@BBCNewsNE and we may feature them on BBC Local Live tomorrow.

On tonight's BBC Look North

Peter Harris

Look North

It was the first time in British history that civilians were bombarded in their own homes by foreign forces.

The Bombardment of Hartlepool by the German navy on 16 December 1914 began at 08:00.

Man walking near a bench

More than 1,000 shells from three German warships rained down on the town for 45 minutes. I'll be looking back on the day's events in Hartlepool on

BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

Bombardment memorial unveiled

A Hartlepool Bombardment memorial has been unveiled on the town's headland.

Hartlepool museums manager Mark Simmons said the

bombardment was significant because it led to the death of the first British soldier and first British civilian on home soil during World War One as a result of enemy action and because of coastal defences being used.

Sue Snowdon and Stephen Akers-Belcher
Hartlepool Council

The Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham, Mrs Sue Snowdon (left) unveiled the new memorial with the ceremonial Mayor of Hartlepool, Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher.

School closure as car park floods


Fens Primary School on Mowbray Road will remain closed until the new year, the council says.

Although the buildings themselves are not affected, the school was unable to open this morning due to major overnight flooding of its car park. It is due to reopen on 5 January.

Woman banned from every ground

Stuart Whincup

BBC Look North

A Middlesbrough fan who ripped up pages of the Koran has become the first woman in the region to be banned from every football ground in England and Wales.

Julie Phillips, 51, ripped up the pages of the Islamic holy book during Middlesbrough's game away at Birmingham City last December.

The police said Phillips, who had already received a lifetime ban from Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium, had caused or contributed to numerous other acts of disorder. The judge at Teesside Magistrates' Court told her the banning order will last for three years.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: Police are appealing for witnesses following a crash in Stockton yesterday evening which left a 22-year-old motorcyclist in a critical condition.
  • BBC Newcastle: Jon Harle and Anne Leuchars have a round-up of the day's news.

Employee pays tribute to former manager

Clare Haddon from Whitley Bay has paid tribute to her former manager Tori Johnson,

who was killed in the armed siege in Australia.

Claire had been travelling and worked in the Lindt café last year, where the siege took place.

Clare Haddon

She said: "When anyone passes away, they're always described as a friendly and lovely person, but in Tori's case that is 100% true. He was a great guy, I really enjoyed working for him so it was really sad that he was one of the victims."

Hartlepool taken over by TMH

Hartlepool United have been taken over by TMH 2014 Limited after chairman Ken Hodcroft and his Increased Oil Recovery firm sold their controlling stake.

IOR were in control of Pools from 1997, with their high point reaching the League One play-off final in 2005.

Hartlepool united

Hartlepool are currently bottom of the Football League and without a manager. "Peter Harris of TMH has taken over as chairman with Ken Hodcroft leaving the board and Russ Green retained as chief executive," a club statement read.

Painting depicts bombardment

Hartlepool-born James Clark produced this oil on canvas of the bombardment just weeks after the attack in 1915.

The Bombardment of the Hartlepools shows a young girl being taken to safety by a local fisherman as soldiers from the Heugh Battery defend the town.

The Bombardment of the Hartlepools (16 December 1914)
James Clark

See more of our coverage of the Hartlepool Bombardment including:

An audio slideshow, Hartlepool
then and now, and our
live page.

Person hit by train

Northern Rail

tweets: CANCELLED: Due to a person hit by a train 16:55 #Saltburn to #Darlington due 17:49 is cancelled

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

Schoolboy holds Q&A

As we reported last week, a memorial to mark the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Truce of 1914, when some British and German soldiers stopped fighting and played football

was unveiled by the Duke of Cambridge.

Duke of Cambridge

Ten-year-old Spencer Turner from Newcastle has

answered a Q&A about his inspiration behind the World War One memorial.

Poem written by students

As part of the World War One At Home project, 80 hours of audio was discovered at Teesside Archives. It was recorded in the 1980s with people who were teenagers at the time of the Hartlepool Bombardment giving their first-hand accounts.

Pupils from Dyke House School, in Hartlepool, listened to the audio and with the help of performance poet Kate Fox produced a poem.

They thought about what it was like for teenagers 100 years ago who were on their way to school when the bombardment started.

Listen to the poem here.

Anaesthetist faces jail for groping

The Chronicle


An anaesthetist with "octopus hands" is facing jail after he was convicted of groping nurses at a Tyneside hospital.

South Tyneside District Hospital
The Chronicle

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

Takeover and new boss for Hartlepool?

BBC Tees

Hartlepool United are in advanced takeover talks and former Rotherham boss Ronnie Moore is close to becoming manager, BBC Tees Sport has learned.

Paul Murray was sacked after 44 days in charge following the FA Cup loss to Blyth, with Pools bottom of League Two.

Ronnie Moore

Moore, 61, has been out of work since Tranmere terminated his contract in April after he admitted breaking Football Association betting rules.

The potential takeover is believed to involve boxing promoter Dennis Hobson.

Relatives of victims speak

Lee Johnson

BBC Tees

Shortly on BBC Tees we've got James Gillman, the grandson of the first civilian to die on British soil during World War One.

James Gillman

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

Sunshine will turn hazy

Lisa Gallagher

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

It'll be a rather cold but dry end the afternoon. The sunshine will turn hazy later as high level cloud spreads in from the west.

Weather forecast

Maximum temperature: 6C (43F).

Check the forecast near you.

Deer death officers to face hearing

Simon Armstrong

BBC News

Two Durham police firearms officers who

allegedly beat an injured deer to death with a crowbar in June will face a gross misconduct hearing before the end of the year.

The two men, Andrew Pittilla and Brian Clewlow, had been sent to destroy the animal after it was hit by a vehicle in Tanfield Lea, County Durham, but claims surfaced afterwards that instead of using their firearms to kill the animal, they bludgeoned it to death.

A file had been submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) but it decided the officers would not be charged with any criminal offence.

Murder investigation continues

The investigation into the murder of a man accused of abducting a 14-year-old girl is still active two years on, police have said.

John Roberts, 32, was found dead at his home in Winlaton, Gateshead, on 16 December 2012. Nine people have been arrested and released without charge.

John Roberts
Northumbria Police

Mr Roberts, a football badge seller, had been facing an abduction charge. Northumbria Police has spoken to more than 5,000 people and says it will not stop looking for those responsible.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

  • BBC Tees: Exactly 100 years ago, World War One arrived on the North East coastline with the
    bombardment of Hartlepool, Whitby and Scarborough.
  • BBC Newcastle: Two years on from an unsolved murder in Gateshead, police are once again appealing for information to help the inquiry.

'More than 1,000 shells fired'

Peter Harris

Look North

Hartlepool's today marking the moment exactly 100 years ago it was bombarded in World War One.

For 45 minutes, the town became the target for three German vessels which between them fired more than 1,000 shells. The seaside towns of Whitby and Scarborough were also attacked.

Peter Harris in Hartlepool

About 500 were seriously injured and 130 lost their lives. I'll have more on this story on

BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One,
or follow our live page here.

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'No future for Ben Arfa at NUFC'

BBC Sport

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew

tells the Newcastle Chronicle Hatem Ben Arfa still has no future at Newcastle United - despite his loan deal being terminated at Hull City.

The Frenchman is back in Paris after the move to the KC Stadium did not work out. Ben Arfa played eight times for the Tigers but did not impress.

When asked about his future, Pardew said: "He won't be coming back here, that's all I can say."

Man stabbed in Hartlepool

Hartlepool Mail

A man was

stabbed in the back after a robbery in a pub car park. The 19-year-old victim was driving his white Audi A3 car, with two male passengers, when he pulled into the car park of The Saxon pub, in Easington Road, Hartlepool.

Deaths 'potentially not reported'

Kristie Kinghorn

BBC News Online

Hartlepool Borough Council museums manager Mark Simmons has spent the last two years researching to find the true number of those who died in Hartlepool during the bombardment, after discovering there were discrepancies in the accounts.

He trawled through documents including coroner and newspaper reports and found 114 civilians, nine soldiers and seven sailors died on the actual day,

although he is sure that will not be the final figure.

Mark Simmons

Mr Simmons said: "I know that it will never end. There are potentially people who were never reported."

Find out more about the bombardment.

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

Shop thief wore gas mask

A man wielding a dark-coloured baseball bat and wearing a gas mask has stolen hundreds of pounds from a shop in Peterlee.

Staff were left shaken at the McColls shop in Fulwell Road as the man threatened staff and stole £400 at about 22:30 last night.

Man with baseball bat
Durham Constabulary

A Durham Constabulary spokesman said: "The jacket worn by this male looks like a Superdry jacket with a green logo on the rear shoulder and green trim on the hood. If you have any information or recognise this person please call Durham police on 101."

Mail dedicates front page to bombardment

Hartlepool Mail

Here's the front page of today's

Hartlepool Mail:

Hartlepool Mail front page
Hartlepool Mail

News on the hour

The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

  • BBC Newcastle: Police are questioning a man who was arrested last night on suspicion of murder in Sunderland.
  • BBC Tees: Exactly 100 years ago, World War One arrived on the North East coastline with the
    bombardment of Hartlepool, Whitby and Scarborough.