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  1. Updates on Thursday 11 June 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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  1. Goodbye

    That's all from Local Live today - thank you for joining us. We'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with news, sport, weather and travel from across the North East.

    We'll leave you with this striking photograph taken by Ken Hooker of boats on the water at Kielder.

    Boats on Kielder

    If you'd like us to feature your comments or pictures, send them to us by email, tweet us @BBCNewsNE or join our Facebook page.

  2. On tonight's Look North

    Jeff Brown

    BBC Look North

    The latest twist in the case of the Albanian illegal immigrant with a brain tumour.

    Thousands of runners completed the Blaydon Race on Tuesday evening. But the one man who didn't has the biggest reason never to forget the event - he suffered a massive heart attack along the route and says if it wasn't for the runners who stopped to help, he would have certainly died.

    Join me for these and all our other stories on BBC One at 18:30.

  3. Staying dry overnight

    Remaining dry overnight with some good clear spells at first, though turning rather cloudy in the north through the early hours of Friday. Feeling cool towards dawn as winds remain light.

    weather graphic

    Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F)

  4. Open air entertainment

    The first Sunday of the next few months will see Roker Park humming to the sound of open air music and theatre.

    Roker Park bandstand

    The Friends of Roker Park voluntary group has organised a series of live afternoon performances including Shakespeare and steel and brass bands.

  5. MP's 'concern' for sick immigrant

    Newcastle Central Labour MP Chi Onwurah has voiced her concern over the treatment of an illegal immigrant who has been re-admitted to hospital after being arrested just hours before a planned operation.

    Chi Onwurah

    Lorenc Hoxha was detained on suspicion of immigration offences but has since been released.

    Ms Onwurah said: "I am concerned that Mr Hoxha, who was unwell, had to spend two nights in a police cell, then travel all the way to London, only to end up travelling back to, again, end up in the RVI."

  6. McClaren's first radio interview

    BBC Newcastle

    Steve McClaren gave his first radio interview to BBC Newcastle after becoming Newcastle United's head coach.

    Steve McClaren

    He spoke to Simon Pryde about signings, being on the board and his aspirations for the club. You can listen to the full interview on our Facebook page.

  7. Brain tumour immigrant given temporary permission to stay

    An Albanian man who was arrested on suspicion of an immigration offence after his brain tumour surgery was cancelled has been given temporary permission to stay in the UK.

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

    Lorenc Hoxha, 27, was arrested last week after a brain operation was cancelled. He is now back at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary (pictured) after reportedly collapsing in a restaurant on 10 June.

    The hospital said he was being assessed by specialists.

  8. Latest headlines

    Here are today's top stories on Local Live:

  9. Faulty foundations

    Further structural problems have been found at South Bank Primary School in Teesville, forcing repair work that's been going on since last year to be suspended.

    South Bank Primary School

    A structural engineer has been commissioned to find out how to deal with foundations which were built on defective material when the school was erected in 2006.

    Headteacher Helen Hall said staff and pupils - who've occupied the refurbished Teesville School site while during the work - were "making the best of some very difficult circumstances".

  10. Newcastle 'can join Europe's elite'

    BBC Newcastle

    Head coach Steve McClaren says Newcastle United can become one of the "top 10 clubs in Europe".

    Steve McClaren

    Former England manager McClaren, 54, took over on Wednesday following the departure of interim boss John Carver earlier this week.

    "Speak to anyone in football, they'll say 'Newcastle United, what a big club'," McClaren told BBC Newcastle. "It can be in the top 10 in Europe, it has the ability to do that."

  11. Three Cheers for Jacqui

    Cleveland's Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer will retire next March, after 32 years in policing.

    Jacqui Cheer

    Mrs Cheer says some of her proudest moments are steering the organisation through the impact of Operation Sacristy, dealing with the backlog of coroners' inquests and leading the force during a time of austerity and budget constraints.

    "I fear that my successor will have more difficult times ahead in maintaining a strong position on frontline cuts and managing the increasing levels of demand on policing," she said.

  12. Latest TV headlines

    Colin Briggs

    BBC Look North

    Coming up on Look North this lunchtime, an illegal immigrant with a brain tumour is back in the hospital where he was arrested.

    And Cleveland Police's chief constable announces she's leaving the force.

    I'll have these stories and more on BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

  13. 'Completely unacceptable'

    The Shields Gazette

    An inquiry has been launched into a South Tyneside school's "completely unacceptable" dealings over exams.

    Hebburn Lakes Primary School

    The irregularities in exam papers at Lakes Primary School in Campbell Park Road, Hebburn, sparked a nine-month investigation by the Department of Education's Standards and Testing Agency into Key Stage 2 Standard Assessment Tests taken by pupils in June last year.

  14. 'Inveterate collector'

    Now, in our office none of this would have survived past lunch, but a farmer in Wooler, Northumberland managed to build up a collection of glasses that could fetch hundreds of pounds at auction.

    George Logan's hoard is being described as the "highlight" of an Anderson and Garland auction next week.

    George Logan

    Among the rarities going under the hammer - hopefully not literally - will be light baluster Newcastle-type glass, dating from the 18th Century which is expected to sell for £400 to £600.

  15. Brain tumour immigrant hospital return

    An Albanian man with a brain tumour, who was arrested in hospital on suspicion of an immigration offence hours before a planned operation, has been re-admitted.

    Lorenc Hoxha

    Lorenc Hoxha, 27, was due to have an operation at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) on 2 June but it was cancelled and the hospital said treatment was not urgently needed.

    The hospital confirmed Lorenc Hoxha had returned to the RVI late on Wednesday evening via "blue light" ambulance following a reported collapse in a restaurant.

  16. Castle in the sun

    John Stephenson sent us this photo of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in Northumberland.

    Holy Island

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

  17. Shooting arrests

    Police investigating a shooting in Byker, Newcastle, have arrested two men - John Mario Thompson, 29, and David Francis, 28 - on suspicion of attempted murder.

    A 32-year-old man was taken to hospital with gunshot wounds and a head injury after the incident on Scarborough Road on 30 May.

    A 42-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman have also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

  18. More fish in the river

    Some of the money raised by selling rod fishing licences is being offered to North East projects that encourage kids to take up the sport or protect fish stocks.


    The Angling Trust's Fishery Improvement Fund has £50,000 up for grabs. Projects can bid for up to £5,000 each.

    Details can be found here from tomorrow.

  19. Heroes of war, football and industry

    Sunderland Echo

    A rich palette of colour has lit up Sunderland streets as part of a unique public art project.

    Art trail art

    From football legend Raich Carter to the Victoria Cross medal of a fallen World War One Sunderland soldier, to a strongman and Wearside's first shipbuilder - they all loom large on Hendon buildings for a street art trail.

  20. Latest headlines

    Here're today's top stories on Local Live:

    • Steve McClaren has signed a three-year contract as head coach at Newcastle United and owner Mike Ashley has stepped down from the board of directors.
    • A man's told BBC Tees how he was allegedly abused at a County Durham orphanage which closed in the 1960s.
    • Cleveland Police have announced Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer is to retire from policing after 32 years' service when her current contract ends in March 2016.
  21. Big pink dress

    Alfie Joey

    BBC Newcastle

    A running fundraiser known as "the man in the big pink dress" - for obvious reasons - has made a five-year-old girl a mini copy of his famous frock.

    Alfie, Colin, Gilly, Ruby and Louiza

    Ruby, who has restricted growth, saw Colin Plews' three-stone dress at the launch of the Great North Run 10k and pestered her mum to take her over for a closer look.

    Colin was so touched he decided to make her one of her own. We want one now.

  22. Fears of rowdiness

    Helen Richardson

    BBC Newcastle

    Plans by Wylam Brewery to move its craft brewing operation into the Palace of the Arts building in Newcastle's historic Exhibition Park have prompted concerns about increased traffic and drunken behaviour.

    Military Vehicle Museum

    The brewery also wants to run events and have a small bar.

    More than 100 objections have been lodged so far, although 82 people have written to support the proposals.

  23. Capturing nature

    Karl Coates sent us this photo of a heron fishing on the sunny Tees marshes.

    Heron on lake

    If you'd like us to feature your pictures, send them to us by email or tweet us @BBCNewsNE.

  24. Busy on the roads

    The A177 in Bowburn, County Durham, is partially blocked and there is very slow traffic in both directions between the A1(M) J61 junction and the Prince Charles Avenue junction because of an accident.

    There are also reports of very slow traffic on A167 Tyne Bridge southbound in Gateshead between the A184 Askew Road junction and the A167(M) Pilgrim Street Roundabout junction because of an earlier broken down vehicle.

    More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  25. Long spells of sunshine

    Another fine and dry day with light winds and plenty of sun. Feeling warm in the afternoon with top temperatures of 20C (68F).

    Keeley Donovan

    Make the most of it though, there are grey skies just around the corner.

  26. Good morning

    Francesca Williams

    BBC News

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

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