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  1. Updates on Friday 2 January 2015

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  1. Good evening

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

    That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday.

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

  2. Teenager gets bionic arm

    A teenager from County Durham who lost his legs and an arm to meningitis when he was nine months old has had a bionic arm fitted.

    Lyndon Longhorne, from Crook, lost the limbs as well as tips of the fingers on his left hand.

    Lyndon Longhorne

    The 19-year-old said since the state-of-the-art hand was fitted, life is "a lot different".

  3. Blyth Spartans v Birmingham

    Non-league Blyth Spartans expect to have defender Alex Nicholson fit for the visit of Championship side Birmingham.

    The Welshman, 20, suffered a dead leg during the 1-0 defeat at Whitby in the Northern Premier League which ended Blyth's seven-game winning run.

    Match facts: Blyth have won nine FA Cup matches against league opposition, but only one against a second-tier side (Stoke City in 1978). Spartans reached the fifth round in 1978 only to be knocked out by Wrexham after a replay.

  4. Cloud will thicken later

    Paul Mooney

    BBC Weather presenter

    Dry at first with some clear spells, and rather breezy to start. Cloud will increase and thicken, through the night, with some showery rain arriving after midnight, especially over the Pennines.

    Weather forecast

    Minimum temperature: 1C (34F). Check the forecast near you.

  5. Pardew to pick Palace team

    Talks are continuing between Alan Pardew and Crystal Palace over a contract to become the club's new manager.

    Caretaker manager Keith Millen was speaking to reporters earlier and confirmed Pardew will take his first training session with the squad tomorrow.

    "There's no problems at all (over a contract), it's just taking a bit longer than expected. We're preparing for Alan to take training tomorrow but he'll pick the team. He left training to myself and Ben Garner today, he was in the office sorting things out."

  6. Motson's top FA Cup goals

    BBC Sport

    The third entry on John Motson's top 10 FA Cup third-round upsets features an iconic commentary of the equalising goal. from the time in 1972 when non-league Hereford and Ronnie Radford wrote their names into FA Cup folklore with a 2-1 win against Newcastle United.

    Ronnie Radford

    "Oh, what a goal! What a goal! Radford the scorer... and the crowd are invading the pitch," screamed an excitable 26-year-old Motson as the game went into extra time.

    Ricky George then took centre stage with the extra-time winner to ensure Hereford put Newcastle out.

    BBC Sport's Ben Dirs went to meet Ronnie Radford and Ricky George to hear their memories of that famous day.

  7. Blyth 'have chance against Birmingham'

    Manager Tom Wade says Blyth Spartans have an "outside chance" of continuing their giant-killing run against Championship side Birmingham.

    Wade's side, who play in the Northern Premier League, have home advantage against Gary Rowett's team on Saturday.

    Tome Wade

    Spartans have beaten Conference side Altrincham and League Two Hartlepool en route to round three.

    "We need Birmingham to have a bad day and us to be absolutely superb," Wade told BBC Newcastle.

  8. More on wildlife survey

    Birds, moths and wildflowers on the South Tyneside coast will be counted in a year-long survey for the first time.

    Simon Colvine, spokesman for Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, said: "The year-long wildlife survey is something that has never been done before, certainly not along this stretch of coast, and the results will be a valuable resource for the National Trust.

    South Tyneside coast

    "We know people visit The Leas for its beauty, but it's also a wonderful place to experience wildlife, everything from seabirds to wildflowers. This survey will help us to look after the wildlife along The Leas for future generations."

  9. Wildlife survey at coast beauty spot

    Julie Cush

    BBC News

    A year-long nature survey counting birds, moths and wildflowers is to be carried out along a stretch of the South Tyneside coast.

    Volunteers are needed to take part in the National Trust wildlife survey at the Leas, South Shields. Nest boxes with cameras will also be put up so visitors to Souter Lighthouse can watch birds such as kestrels.

    Bee orchid

    The results of the survey will be used help conservation projects to boost species such as dragonflies.

  10. Tshibola at Pools training

    Hartlepool United tweets: New loan signing Aaron Tshibola has joined the lads for a training session at Oxford United

    Aaron Tshibola
  11. Man attacked outside bar

    A 25-year-old man was punched in the face and beaten on the floor during an attack outside a bar in Newcastle.

    He was assaulted by House of Smith in Collingwood Street at about 01:25 on 11 December. He suffered a fractured leg and a cut and bruising to his face.

    Police are investigating.

  12. Rail fair hikes in focus

    David Rhodes

    Politics Reporter, BBC North East and Cumbria

    The cost of a annual season ticket between Newcastle and Middlesbrough will cost commuters this year £2,324. That's an increase of £56 from last year or a 2.5% rise.

    Northern Rail says 250 people last year bought annual season tickets for the journey between Newcastle and Middlesbrough. The hike in fairs is needed according to government to fund further investment in the rail network.

    However today's price rises will rekindle the debate in our region about that investment. With the think tank IPPR North calculating that in 2013, the North East had the lowest amount spent on improving its transport network of any region in England.

  13. Your pictures: Blyth sunrise

    Lynda Parker sent us this picture of the sun rising in Blyth, Northumberland, this morning.

    Blyth beach

    You can send your pictures by email to or tweet @BBCNewsNE.

  14. Tshibola signs for Pools on loan

    BBC Tees

    Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola has joined Hartlepool on a month's loan. He's in the squad for tomorrow's game at Wycombe.

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    We've introduced BBC Local Live, which is written by reporters across the North East, to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

  16. Reduced speed for trains

    East Coast Trains tweets: Owing to overhead wire problems between Morpeth and Berwick-Upon-Tweed trains have to run at reduced speed on Northbound lines.

  17. Stokes signs for Melbourne Renegades

    England and Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes has signed for the Melbourne Renegades in Australia's Big Bash League.

    Stokes, 23, will replace injured New Zealand international Jesse Ryder in the Renegades' squad for the remainder of the Twenty20 competition, starting with next Wednesday's game against the Hobart Hurricanes.

    Ben Stokes
  18. McClaren unflattered by Magpies link

    Derby County head coach Steve McClaren says he is no longer flattered by being linked with top management roles, amid speculation about him succeeding Alan Pardew as Newcastle boss.

    "I'm past all that. I used to [be flattered] when I was younger," the former England boss told BBC Radio Derby. "I realise it is part of the game, but it's pure speculation."

    Steve McClaren
  19. BreakingPardew to pen Palace contract

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter

    "Alan Pardew will put pen to paper this afternoon on his contract to become new Crystal Palace manager."

    We'll bring you more on that story throughout the afternoon.

  20. Motorcyclist injured in crash

    A motorcyclist suffered a fractured collar bone in a crash in Hartlepool yesterday.

    A BMW 318i and a Suzuki Bandit motorcycle collided at about 18:10 at the junctions of Rossmere Way and Ardross Road.

    The 42-year-old male rider of the motorcycle was treated at the University Hospital of North Tees for treatment. He was later released.

  21. Man critical after crash

    A man has been left in a critical condition after a crash in Norton.

    A black Nissan and a maroon Volkswagen collided at about 14:10 on Wednesday at the junction of the A1027 and The Glebe.

    The 42-year-old driver of the Nissan, which crashed into railings after the collision, was given medical attention and taken to hospital after it is believed he had a "medical episode" at the wheel. Witnesses should call 101.

  22. RSPCA braced for rise in horse neglect

    The RSPCA, which has a horse rescue centre in Felledge near Durham, is bracing itself for a big influx in the number of abandoned and neglected horses.

    Nationally, numbers are currently lower than the same time last year, which was one of the worst on record. But equine rehoming officer Gareth Johnson says the charity has been "very lucky" with the weather, and is preparing for the worst from January.


    "We've got space, but very, very limited space to be perfectly honest," he said.

  23. Give us your feedback

    We've introduced BBC Local Live, which is written by reporters across the North East, to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

  24. Taylor could be out for the season

    Newcastle defender Steven Taylor could be out for the rest of the season after he suffered a suspected ruptured Achilles tendon.

    Taylor, 28, was injured during Newcastle's 3-3 draw with Burnley after earlier putting the home side ahead with his first goal of the season.

    Steven Taylor

    Caretaker boss John Carver said: "It looks like he has ruptured his Achilles tendon. "It's not the one he did previously. I think that's the end for the season."

  25. Road passable after flooding

    Shilling Pot in Falstone in Northumberland, near the Smales Stripe junction, is passable after flooding. Approach with care.

    There's more on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  26. Pardew 'to start working at Palace'

    Alan Pardew will start work as Crystal Palace boss today, according to caretaker boss Keith Millen.

    Pardew was in the stands to watch the London club draw 0-0 at Aston Villa yesterday, with his appointment as Palace boss appearing to be imminent.

    Alan Pardew

    Millen says the 53-year-old will help prepare the team for Sunday's FA Cup third-round tie against Conference side Dover Athletic. Pardew moves to Palace after four years in charge of Newcastle United.

  27. Thousands lose power in cut

    Hannah McMahon

    BBC Tees

    Thousands of homes were without power in the Yarm area earlier. More than 2,000 were affected, but most should have now been reconnected.

    Northern Powergrid says egineers are investigating the cause.

  28. Bright and breezy

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    A bright and breezy day with some sunny spells and isolated blustery showers. These showers may be wintry on hills before generally dying away later. Feeling markedly colder than yesterday.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 6C (43F). Check the forecast near you.

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    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

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