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Summary

  1. Updates from Monday 29 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Andrew Humphrey

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    That's all from the BBC Local Live team for today. We'll be back on Tuesday from 08:00 to bring you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the North East.

    Don't forget - you can still get in touch with the team, via email, tweet us @BBCNewsNE or join our Facebook page.

  2. Hett lorry nearly hit by train after ice skid

    Duncan Leatherdale

    BBC News Online

    A lorry came within inches of hitting a 120mph (193kmph) mainline train after skidding on ice in County Durham, police have said.

    The lorry against the barrier

    The HGV was approaching the East Coast mainline level crossing at Hett Mill on Sunday when it slid down a hill.

    Durham Police said the driver was moving cautiously but could do little on the ice.

    The vehicle came to rest against the closed barrier just as a mainline train passed by at 120mph (193kmph).

  3. Sexual assault appeal

    Cleveland Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman in her 20s was sexually assaulted in Middlesbrough on 27 December.

    She was left unhurt but shaken after the attack which happened around 02:00 in the early hours of Saturday morning just off Linthorpe Road and between Parliament Road and Crescent Road.

    The suspect is described as an Asian man in his mid-30s to 40 years old, wearing a black jacket, white trousers and white trainers.

  4. A1 on the go slow

    There's very slow traffic on the A1 Western Bypass in both directions between the A1(M) junction in Birtley and Metro Centre in Dunston.

  5. Energy firm sues airport over turbine plan

    Kristie Kinghorn

    BBC News Online

    A firm planning to make Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium self-sufficient in energy is taking legal action against Durham Tees Valley Airport.

    Riverside Stadium

    Renewable energy developer Empowering Wind Group, was granted planning permission in 2008 to build a 136m-tall turbine at the ground.

    But the airport blocked the development after claiming there was an issue with "air safety".

    The company said it was now pursuing litigation against the airport.

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  7. Food bank reopens after Christmas break

    BBC Tees

    Middlesbrough's food bank is open today, many food banks have been shut over the festive period.

    Food bank

    St Barnabas Church off Linthorpe Road is open for people who need emergency help.

    The other Middlesbrough food banks are closed until after 2 January.

  8. ‘Psychologically unstable’ man back in jail

    The Shields Gazette

    A South Tyneside man who was given an indefinite jail sentence for threatening to have a taxi driver stabbed, to avoid paying a fare, has been put back behind bars.

  9. Snow swept Weardale

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Tracey Laing captured this dramatic photo of Weardale under a blanket of snow.

    Weardale

    If you have any pictures of the North East that you would like to share, why not send them in?

  10. Icy road warning

    Cleveland Police have reminded people to take care on icy roads after three cars overturned on the roads this morning.

    There were accidents on Low Lane near the Sporting Lodge, on the A689 near Sappers Corner in Hartlepool and just after midday on the Hollywood Bowl Car Park at Teesside Park.

    None of the drivers or passengers were seriously injured.

  11. David Lynch exhibition

    BBC Tees

    An exhibition highlighting the legendary film maker David Lynch's work as an artist and photographer has opened on Teesside.

    David Lynch

    Mima is hosting a collection of his art, which will run until the end of January.

    Curator Alex Collingwood says themes of industrial decay in the photography will have real impact in the North East.

  12. HGV narrowly misses 120mph train

    The Chronicle

    Newspaper

    A lorry driver had a lucky escape after his vehicle narrowly missed a high-speed train as it lost control on ice.

  13. Alan Pardew linked with Crystal Palace manager's job

    Aimee Lewis

    BBC Sport

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has avoided commenting on reports that he could become the new Crystal Palace manager.

    Alan Pardew: Newcastle manager is linked with Crystal Palace job

    Former Eagles player Pardew, 53, failed to fulfil media duties after Sunday's 3-2 win over Everton.

    Newcastle assistant John Carver, who did the post-match conference, said: "Alan didn't say why I was doing the press, he just told me to do it."

    Palace sacked Neil Warnock on Saturday after four months in charge with the side in the relegation zone.

  14. Cold feet

    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

    Lee Hargreave sent in this picture of a duck he saw, presumably trying to keep warm on the frozen pond in Barnes Park in Sunderland.

    Duck

    If you have any images you would like to share with Local Live, do send them in.

  15. Christmas Day assault victim 'critically ill'

    Kristie Kinghorn

    BBC News Online

    A man is critically ill in hospital after being seriously assaulted on Christmas Day in Skelton.

    The 49-year-old was attacked at about 06:10 on Thursday on Hylton Avenue.

    Members of the public tried to intervene to help the man who had "significant" head injuries. Police said he remains in a critical condition in James Cook University Hospital.

    Three men, aged 29, 30 and 51, have been arrested and bailed on suspicion of assault.

  16. Lunchtime TV

    Colin Briggs

    BBC Look North

    North Yorkshire Police are warning drivers that they're increasing the number of roadside checks they'll be carrying out, over the New Year period, and a man's been stabbed in his own home in Newcastle after a break in early this morning.

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

  17. Turbine plan challenged

    BBC Tees

    A legal challenge has been launched against Durham Tees Valley Airport - over plans to build a new wind turbine near the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough.

    An objection from the airport's owners had claimed it would cause safety concerns for aircrafts.

  18. Newcastle battle back from behind

    Saj Chowdhury

    BBC Sport

    Newcastle recorded their first league win in four games as they beat out-of-form Everton at St James' Park.

    Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez

    It was the Toffees' fourth league loss in five matches, although they made the ideal start when Arouna Kone fired in.

    Papiss Cisse swept home to level from Mike Williamson's pull-back, before Ayoze Perez drove in from 18 yards.

    Jack Colback then pounced on Ross Barkley's mistake to poke home the third before Kevin Mirallas set up a tense finale with a clipped finish.

  19. Pair face jail after animal suffering

    Sunderland Echo

    A father and daughter are facing jail after a dog and cat were found in such a poor state in a Sunderland home that they had to be put down.

  20. Rail woes easing

    BBC Newcastle

    East Coast Trains says passengers travelling to and from London from the North East should have an easier journey today after a weekend of long delays and disruption.

    Finsbury Park station

    Over-running engineering work meant Kings Cross was closed on Saturday causing chaos at Finsbury Park where trains were terminating.

    Kings Cross did reopen yesterday, but passengers reported that trains were packed, with many people having to stand for their whole journey to the North East.

    Last night trains heading north were delayed further by a broken-down train at Berwick.

  21. Newcastle ear attack

    Julie Cush

    BBC News

    A woman is still in hospital three days after having part of her ear bitten off in a Boxing Day attack in a Newcastle nightclub.

    The Riverside, Quayside, Newcastle.

    Police said the 19-year-old was set upon during a disturbance in the Riverside Club just after 23:40.

    Officers discovered her with part of her ear missing and she was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

    The club was busy at the time of the attack and Northumbria Police is appealing for witnesses.

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  23. 'Horrific' Christmas Day attack

    The Gazette

    Neighbours have described their shock after a "horrific" Christmas Day attack left a man in critical condition in hospital.

  24. A19 crash man in hospital

    BBC Tees

    A man is in hospital following a three vehicle crash on the A19 in North Yorkshire yesterday.

    The road was closed southbound between Stokesley and Osmotherley following the collision at 11:00.

    The 35-year-old had to be cut from his car before being given life support by paramedics.

  25. RNLI rescue kayaker

    Rachel Kerr

    BBC News

    A kayaker was rescued by a RNLI Lifeboat from Cullercoats after his boat took on water yesterday.

    RNLI Lifeboat

    The man was found by his rescuers in the water next to his kayak which had been damaged in the sea swell.

    He suffered some cuts and bruises from being thrown out of his kayak.

  26. Bedlington planning victory for protesters

    The Journal

    Newspaper

    Protestors who have battled since July against planning permission to build 14 houses next their homes are celebrating after the plans were refused.

  27. 'New hope' for closed Turkish baths

    Kristie Kinghorn

    BBC News Online

    Campaigners fighting to save Newcastle Turkish Baths have been given "new hope" that it could reopen, thanks to a £10,000 grant.

    Turkish Baths

    Newcastle City Pool and Turkish Baths closed in 2013 as part of the city council's £100m budget cuts.

    Since its closure, the Re-open Newcastle Turkish Baths Group has been campaigning to save it.

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    Andrew Humphrey

    BBC Local Live

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