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  1. Updates from Monday 22 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    That's all from BBC Local Live for today, thanks for joining us.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for the North East.

  2. Evening TV

    Jeff Brown

    BBC Look North

    He was stabbed to death near his home in Sunderland. Today, George Dagg's son described it as "a callous and cowardly attack," which had "ripped the family apart".

    At Newcastle Crown Court, Jess Ryan was jailed for a minimum of 25 years for the murder of Mr Dagg - and his brother Jack must serve at least 21 years for his part in the attack.

    We'll have that story and more at 18:30 on BBC One.

  3. Rain continuing overnight

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Expect the rain to continue with strengthening winds, but it will be mild with lows overnight of 8C (46F).

    Kay Crewdson

    All that means it should remain frost free as we go into the morning.

  4. South Shields school's Ebola contribution

    Donations have helped children's charity Plan UK raise more than £370,000 to support families caught in the grip of the West Africa Ebola crisis.

    A healthcare worker in protective gear is seen at an Ebola treatment centre in the west of Freetown, Sierra Leone, in October 2014

    More than £1,640 was raised by pupils at St Gregory's Primary School in South Shields through a sponsored spelling contest.

    The money also includes more than £216,500 raised through Plan UK's Christmas Appeal, and will fund life-saving support as well as easing a looming food shortage across Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

  5. Theft and robbery appeal

    Cleveland Police are appealing for information to trace 32-year-old Dominic James Stewart who is wanted in connection with a number of thefts and a robbery in Middlesbrough.

    Dominic James Stewart

    Members of the public are asked to not to approach him, but call Cleveland Police on the emergency number 999 if they see him.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the non-emergency number 101.

  6. Firefighters to ease paramedic pressures

    BBC Tees

    Firefighters in County Durham are being given advanced medical training to work alongside ambulance crews.

    Fire engine

    Deputy Chief Fire Officer for County Durham and Darlington, Stuart Errington, told BBC Tees that it is in addition to the standard medical training all firefighters get, and the aim it to ease the pressure on paramedics.

  7. The Gate evacuation

    A section of the Empire Cinema at The Gate in Newcastle city centre has been evacuated as a precaution following reports of a potentially suspicious package.

    Northumbria Police Assistant Chief Constable Winton Keenen said: "I'd like to emphasise this is purely precautionary while the item is recovered.

    "We appreciate the city centre is busy and we're doing everything possible to minimise disruption but public safety is our priority."

  8. Jailed George Dagg killers 'cowardly'

    Duncan Leatherdale

    BBC News online

    Two brothers who stabbed a Sunderland man to death after he turned his back on them have been jailed for life.

    Jack (left) and Jess Ryan

    Jess Ryan, 25, must spend a minimum of 25 years in prison while Jack Ryan, 22, must serve at least 21 years.

    The court heard Jess Ryan stabbed Mr Dagg in the back of the leg in Sunderland on 2 June with the help of his brother Jack after an argument.

    After the sentencing at Newcastle Crown Court Mr Dagg's sons called the brothers "callous and cowardly".

  9. Boro boss to bounce back

    BBC Tees

    Aitor Karanka has said he "won't allow standards to slip" after Middlesbrough lost at Ipswich on Saturday.

    Aitor Karanka

    The Boro boss was critical of his team's first-half performance in the 2-0 defeat.

    It ended their eight-game unbeaten run and saw them drop to fourth in the Championship.

  10. Arrest over Gateshead death

    Northumbria Police have confirmed that a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a woman in Gateshead.

    Michelle Jane Grey, 42, was found on Hillfield Street in Bensham on Friday night.

    A 41-year-old man has been arrested and is currently in police custody.

  11. Newcastle Station taxi row

    Taxi drivers who pick up passengers from Newcastle Station say they're angry they've been asked to attend a course, or risk losing their licenses.

    Taxi cab

    The train operator East Coast has sent the drivers a letter offering them several dates in the new year for the free workshop on destinations.

    But the taxi drivers say it should be voluntary, as roadworks at the station are already having an impact on their business.

    East Coast say they consulted with a representative of the drivers and want to support Newcastle City Council's aim in improving awareness of the city's attractions.

  12. Sting joins musical cast

    Neil Smith

    Arts reporter, BBC News

    Singer Sting has joined the cast of the Broadway musical he wrote about a group of unemployed shipbuilders in Wallsend.

    Sting taking his bows at the end of a performance of The Last Ship

    Set in Sting's home town, The Last Ship tells the story of the shipbuilders who take over a closed factory to build one final vessel.

    Previously lacklustre ticket sales have seen a boost since the singer confirmed he was joining the show for a limited period.

  13. Let it go!

    via Facebook

    Staff at BBC Newcastle recorded this, their version of Let It Go from Frozen as a special Christmas treat.

    Alfie Joey singing

    See how many presenters you can spot...we apologise in advance for the *slightly* out of tune singing.

  14. A1 accident

    An accident on the A1 has closed the exit slip road at Birtley lane - causing slow traffic northbound at the A167 Durham Road junction.

  15. Calling all angels

    There are calls for more volunteers to join a group which helps protect people on the streets of Middlesbrough.

    Man asleep in street

    The Boro Angels patrol the streets on an evening - offering help to vulnerable partygoers.

  16. Lunchtime TV

    Colin Briggs

    BBC Look North

    Home or away, it makes no difference as the Black Cats win the derby game yet again, and angels in reflective jackets - the volunteers who are there to help those who are in the greatest of need.

    Get those stories and more with me at 13:30 on BBC One.

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  18. Gutierrez back playing after cancer

    Phil Dawkes

    BBC Sport

    Midfielder Jonas Gutierrez will make his comeback for Newcastle in an Under-21s game against West Ham on Monday.

    Jonas Gutierrez

    The 31-year-old returned to the club last month and has been training after overcoming testicular cancer.

    Gutierrez had an operation in his native Argentina to remove his left testicle in September after the discovery of a tumour, before undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

  19. Rodents drive family from flat

    The Shields Gazette

    A woman says she had to flee her home in South Tyneside with her two young children because it was overrun by mice.

  20. Search of the year

    Gateshead woman Joanne Milne has been featured in Google's 2014 Year of Search, a Youtube video featuring the year's most popular internet searches.

    Joanne Milne

    Joanne was filmed hearing for the first time after having cochlear implants fitted. The footage of the moment has been viewed over four million times.

  21. Police praise football fans

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Northumbria Police have thanked the public and football fans for their cooperation and patience following a busy day in Newcastle city centre.

    Newcastle v Sunderland

    More than 200,000 visited the area to watch the Tyne-Wear derby and enjoy the festivities.

  22. Christmas conman warning

    Hartlepool Mail

    Vulnerable pensioners have been warned to watch out for Christmas conmen after it emerged that one elderly resident had paid out a staggering £40,000 for building work which wasn't needed.

  23. Turkey tips

    The Food Standards Agency tweets: It's National Defrost Your Turkey Day! Here are some top tips to help you defrost your turkey (safely!) #DYT2014

  24. Giving seflies some stick

    Mike Parr

    BBC Tees

    "Selfie sticks" are the latest must have present this Christmas, apparently.

    Mike Parr

    If you're not up-to-date with the latest tech gadgets - they are handheld extendable poles for smartphones which help the user take better selfies and panoramic pictures.

    Do you want one? Are you a selfie fan, do you take a lot of pics of yourselves and your friends or is this all a bit narcissistic and vain?

    Get in touch and send us your festive selfies via twitter or Facebook.

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  26. NHS to 'unlock secrets' using DNA

    James Gallagher

    Health and science reporter, BBC News

    A new genetics project taking place in Newcastle and elsewhere could shed light on diseases including cancer and rare genetic disorders, the NHS says.


    Under the scheme, 11 Genomics Medicine Centres are being set up in English hospitals to gather DNA information to help devise targeted treatments for a wide range of diseases.

    It is focussing on cancer and rare genetic diseases.

    The aim is to look at the genetic code of 100,000 people within three years in order to develop new tests and drugs.

  27. Warning for wind

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    There is a yellow warning for wind in the North East until midday.

    Kay Crewdson

    There will be some heavy downpours of rain and risks of gales along the east, but it's mild with highs of 13C (55).

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