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  1. Updates on Wednesday 31 December 2014

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  1. Happy new year

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

    That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday. Carolyn Farthing-Dunn sent us this picture which sums up the feeling this evening.


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

  2. A1 crash death man was checking car

    A Darlington man was struck and killed on the A1(M) after he stopped to inspect his malfunctioning car.

    North Yorkshire Police said Robert Arthur Henry, 72, had stopped his red Ford Focus partly on the verge near Scotch Corner after smoke came from his vehicle.

    A1(M) closed following crash 26 December 2014

    As he got out of the car he was struck and killed by a Nissan Qashqai. The accident happened at about 07:40 on Boxing Day. An inquest has been opened and adjourned.

  3. Carver will be 'sad' at departure

    Rik Martin

    BBC Newcastle News Editor

    John Carver has told BBC Newcastle he'll be "sad" to see Alan Pardew leave Newcastle - if, as expected, he takes over at Crystal Palace.

    Carver, along with Steve Stone, will be in charge for Newcastle's next two fixtures.

    We heard earlier that Hull boss Steve Bruce has ruled himself out of taking charge.

  4. A194 clear after collision

    Northumbria Police tweets: A194 now clear following earlier collision at Lindisfarne roundabout #Jarrow. Motorists thanked for their patience.

  5. Hole appears in road

    Mark Denten

    Political Correspondent, BBC North East & Cumbria

    A hole has appeared in Bottlehouse Street in Byker. Motorists are advised to avoid the area, however the road is only partially closed.

    Hole in the road

    It is believed to have been caused by a burst water main which will be fixed by Northumbrian Water.

  6. More on City Link job losses

    The administrators of collapsed delivery firm City Link have announced 2,356 job losses including scores in the North East.

    The administrators, from Ernst & Young, said they had proposed an alternative structure to the consortium "that would be acceptable and common in these situations. The consortium, despite attempts to make them reconsider, declined to amend their original offer".

    City Link van

    Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT union, said that he had been told of "a credible bid to take over some or all of the City Link trading operations".

  7. Lancaster appears on Tyneside

    Richard Thomas

    BBC News

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster, who's from Penrith in Cumbria, has marked the start of the year of the Rugby World Cup alongside the Newcastle's fireworks display, which is part of the Winter Carnival.

    Stuart Lancaster

    St James' Park will host three pool games in October and Lancaster's delighted the region will be playing a major part in rugby union's biggest event. I'll have more on this story on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

  8. City Link announces 2,356 job losses

    The administrators of collapsed delivery firm City Link have announced 2,356 job losses, including 29 in Durham and 36 in Newcastle, after a bid to buy the company failed.

    The administrators, who took over City Link after it collapsed on Christmas Eve, said an unnamed consortium's offer was not acceptable.

    The possible buyer "offered no money up front and significantly undervalued the assets to be acquired," they said. Coventry-based City Link employed 2,727 people and suffered years of losses.

  9. Winter carnival gets under way

    Winter Festival tweets: Music has started and crowds are getting into the carnival spirit at Monument

    People at Monument in Newcastle
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  11. Your memorable moments

    Charlie Charlton

    BBC Newcastle

    Here are some more of your memorable moments from 2014.

    Christine Ritchie from Sunderland texts in: My memorable moment is my daughter Sonia Ritchie Park receiving the BEM, it's absolutely amazing work, she and all the staff at Swan Lodge do for the homeless people of Sunderland.

    Gillian texts: Most memorable moment has to be my friend retaining her world championship for indoor rowing for her category, and myself coming fourth in the world in my category in a Boston in February. And being looked after by the Royal Navy was nice too!

  12. Winter Carnival tonight

    Jonathan Miles

    BBC Newcastle

    About 200 colourfully-dressed people, including some from Marden High School, Blakelaw Community Partnership and Pendower Good Neighbours Project will dance for the winter carnival.

    The procession will start from Monument in Newcastle and finish at the Quayside. Once there they will continue dancing a specially commissioned set of moves (which you can learn here) to celebrate Newcastle being a host city for the Rugby World Cup.

    Dancers practising

    I'll be there to help proceedings along with music and giveaways, and there will be more fireworks on the Newcastle Quayside at midnight.

  13. Assault in Hartlepool

    BBC Tees

    A man was assaulted in Hartlepool on Christmas day.

    The 34-year-old was head-butted outside the Ship Inn Pub in Middlegate at about 23:00.

    The first suspect is a male aged between 25 and 30 of stocky build who was wearing a black t-shirt. The second suspect is also a man aged between 20 and 25 of thin build who was wearing jeans and a Christmas jumper.

  14. PM rewards cancer survivor

    A music enthusiast and cancer survivor from Hartlepool who set up his own charity and raised more than £152,000 for cancer equipment has been named a Point of Light by Prime Minister David Cameron.

    Tony Larkin, 49, set up MUSICvCANCER in 2012 after being diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2009. It has funded two video cystoscopies and an ultrasound scanner for the University Hospital of North Tees to detect early stages of bowel cancer.

    Tony Larkin

    He said: "I'm proud of what MUSICvCANCER has achieved in a relatively short period considering where this all started - a one off concert in October 2010 to thank the amazing NHS staff and hospitals who helped me on my personal journey to beating bowel cancer.

    "Here we are 18 gigs later and with over £152,000 raised solely by a small group of dedicated volunteers - this award tops off a hard but wonderful few years."

  15. Four-vehicle accident

    One lane is blocked on the A194 Leam Lane in Gateshead near the Lindisfarne Roundabout because of an accident involving four vehicles. More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  16. Patchy light rain expected

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It will gradually become milder, cloudier and breezier through the day. Some patchy light rain will spread from the west during the afternoon, falling mainly over the Pennines.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 9C (48F). Check the forecast near you.

  17. 'Hole in road' shuts street

    Northumbria Police says Bottlehouse Street in Byker, Newcastle, is currently closed between Glasshouse and Dobson Crescent due to what it says is "a hole in the road".

  18. Man killed in Scotch Corner crash named

    A man who was killed on the A1(M) near Scotch Corner on Boxing Day has been named by police.

    Robert Henry, 72, of Whitby Way, Darlington, had got out of his car after it suffered mechanical problems at about 07:40.

    As Mr Henry and his two passengers, a 66-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man, left the vehicle, a black Nissan Qashqai driven by a 51-year-old man from Washington, struck him, causing fatal injuries.

    A Peugeot 206 driven by a woman from West Rainton, County Durham, then collided with the Focus. No-one else was injured.

  19. On the lunchtime BBC Look North

    Richard Thomas

    BBC News

    A sportsman who was beating world records 30 years ago and a sportswoman who won the World Cup just last year lead the New Year Honours in our region.

    I'll have a round-up of who has been awarded with what on BBC Look North at 13:00 on BBC One.

  20. Volunteer appointed MBE

    Carol Falconer, who spent more than 50 years as a dedicated volunteer to Girl Guiding, has become an MBE for services to young people.

    The 74-year-old from Jarrow said: "I was most surprised when I read the letter, it only sank in after reading it three times.

    Carol Falconer

    "This means a great deal to me, as it is a way of promoting the Guide movement. It is also a great honour, to receive such an award."

  21. Royal British Legion member honoured

    A member of the Royal British Legion is among those on Teesside recognised in the New Year Honours.

    Alma Murray has become a Member of the British Empire for her work with service personnel and veterans.

    The 78-year-old, from Billingham, supervises veterans' parades and remembrance services every year.

  22. Pardew 'can lift Palace'

    Crystal Palace caretaker manager Keith Millen believes Alan Pardew's "terrific track record" makes him a good fit to become the club's permanent boss.

    The Eagles agreed a compensation package for the Newcastle manager after sacking Neil Warnock on Saturday.

    Alan Pardew

    "If Alan gets the job you understand why because of his track record and experience," said Millen, 48. Pardew has secured two top-10 finishes in four seasons, with the Magpies currently 10th in the Premier League.

  23. Bruce and Pulis out of running

    Matthew Raisbeck

    BBC Newcastle

    Hull boss Steve Bruce has ruled out any chance of him becoming Newcastle manager, should Alan Pardew move to Crystal Palace.

    Tony Pulis has not been offered the opportunity either. We'll keep you updated on the latest on this situation.

  24. Most memorable moments

    Charlie Charlton

    BBC Newcastle

    We've been asking what your most memorable moments have been this year.

    Graeme Wharton says on Facebook: Winning slimming world's couple of the year with me missus Lisa Staying at the Ritz... Having dinner in Richard bransons house... Running the great north run... Getting entry into the London Marathon 2015 ...getting a new job.... Losing 7 St... To name a few

    Julie Lowdon adds: Running the Race for Life with two of my beautiful daughters for a fantastic cause. Watching my middle one graduate from uni...... The list is endless, the outcomes are priceless. Xx

  25. Cram recognised in honours

    Former world champion athlete Steve Cram has been recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

    The "Jarrow Arrow" has been appointed a CBE for his recent work as chairman of the English Institute of Sport.

    Steve Cram Jarrow Arrow

    He said: "It's really fantastic to have this recognition, especially all these years after I stopped competing. A large part of my journey since then has been the EIS and we have put a lot of things in place to give support to our Olympic programmes."

  26. 'Why would I want to leave now?'

    Hull boss Steve Bruce continued: "It would be wrong for the speculation (about a move to Newcastle) to keep carrying on for the club, for the supporters, for the players. I am determined to see this through and make sure we stay in the Premier League and build on the good work we have done in the last two-and-a-half years.

    "I have had three offers in the two-and-a-half years I have been here and I have turned them all down so I think the chairman knows the way I feel and why would I want to leave now? It's not right, and I hope people respect that."

  27. Bruce flattered but not interested

    Steve Bruce told a news conference ahead of Hull's clash with Everton tomorrow: "People know that I am from Newcastle, I was a Newcastle supporter as a boy and it has been regurgitated since I was a 22-year-old playing for Norwich and Gillingham.

    "For that obvious reason every time I am linked with them. It's very flattering as I'm a Geordie but that's it. I have a job to do here and it would be wrong for me to think of anything else other than get this club out of the position we are in and that's all I am focused on."

  28. Bruce 'fully committed to Hull'

    Damian Johnson

    Football Focus reporter

    Hull boss Steve Bruce rules himself out of job at Newcastle saying: "I am fully committed here.

    "I've had three offers since I have been here and I've turned them all down."

  29. BreakingBruce rules out NUFC move

    Hull boss Steve Bruce has ruled out any chance of him becoming Newcastle manager, should Alan Pardew move to Crystal Palace.

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  31. George Bulman murder: Man charged

    A man has been charged with murder following the death of a 71-year-old man on Tyneside.

    George Bulman was found with head injuries at an address in Stratford Grove West, Newcastle, at about 15:00 on Monday. He later died in hospital.

    A 45-year-old man is due to appear at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court. A 69-year-old woman who was also arrested has been bailed.

  32. Chilly with sunny spells

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    After a chilly start with some sunny spells it will gradually become milder, cloudier and breezier through the day. Some patchy light rain will spread from the west during the afternoon, falling mainly over the Pennines.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 9C (48F). Check the forecast near you.

  33. Good morning

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

    Welcome to BBC Local Live. I'll be bringing you news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the North East.

    I'll also be taking a look at who is included in this year's New Year Honours list and keeping an eye on the latest situation at St James' Park.

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