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  1. Updates on Monday 15 June 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Julie Cush

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

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

    We'll leave you with this stunning photo of Amble Pier by Len Smith.

    Amble Pier

    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

    Jailed for nine years the men whose race round a town centre caused the death of a former soldier. Left behind - the children who lost out as their schoolmates went on an end-of-year trip to France.

    And as our newest hospital prepares to open its doors our health reporter Sharon Barbour gets a first look around.

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

  3. A cloudy night with some light rain

    Mostly cloudy through the evening and night. Most parts dry but there may be a little light rain or drizzle over the Cheviots and Pennines in the early hours. A much milder night.

    weather graphic

    Minimum Temperature: 10C (50F)

  4. Oster turns down Gateshead offer

    Matthew Raisbeck

    BBC Newcastle

    Tweets: John Oster has turned down the offer of a new deal at #gatesheadfc according to chairman Graham Wood #heedarmy

  5. Head apologises over school trip

    Melanie Mellor, the head teacher of Whale Hill Primary School has apologised after five children missed out on an end of year trip but said staffing and pupil safety meant there had to be a cap on the number of children who could go to Disneyland Paris.

    Whale Hill Primary School

    She told BBC Tees' Lisa McCormick: "I do understand the disappointment but they are a large cohort.

    "We've been taking children on residential trips for many years, we do have to consider staffing, supervision and local authority policy to make sure everyone is safe."

    The five children will be left behind with 22 classmates who didn't want to go and Ms Mellor said they will have a week of fun activities including cycling and swimming.

  6. School trip misery

    Five children have missed out on an end of term treat to Disneyland Paris after their school overbooked the trip.

    Disneyland Paris

    Whale Hill Primary School in Eston had organised the coach trip as a treat for its Year 6 pupils.

    But the trip was oversubscribed with the unlucky children having their names pulled out of a hat.

    Tony and Julie Smith, whose son was one of those to miss out, told BBC Tees he was devastated, adding: "If they are going to put a trip out get the interest and then go from there and make it available to everybody that did want to go."

  7. Sting congratulates Kathryn Tickell

    Sting tweets: Big congrats to @kathryntickell on being awarded the OBE in the #BirthdayHonours list for her services to folk music!

  8. Joe Longthorne concert cancelled over illness.

    Tonight's concert by Joe Longthorne at The Customs House in South Shields has been cancelled.

    A statement from his management said "Joe's concert at The Customs House South Shields on Monday 15th June 2015 is postponed due to Joe having to attend hospital appointments in connection with further treatment for his mouth cancer, we hope that everyone understands that Joe can ill afford to miss these vital last minute medical appointments at this time, thank you."

  9. Hartlepool sign goalkeeper

    BBC Sport

    Hartlepool have made their sixth signing of the close season after completing a deal for Cheltenham goalkeeper Trevor Carson.

    Trevor Carson

    Carson, 27, made 51 appearances in his only season with the Gloucestershire club as they were relegated out of the Football League and had a year left on his contract.

    The Northern Ireland international spent six years at Sunderland and has also played for Chesterfield, Lincoln City, Brentford, Bury and Hull City.

  10. Delays on roads

    BBC Travel

    The B1286 Herrington Road in Sunderland is closed in both directions between the A690 Durham Road junction and the Mcclaren Way junction, because of emergency repairs.

    The A691 is partially blocked in both directions between the B6296 Station Road junction in Lanchester and the Langley Lane junction in Langley Park, because of an accident.

    On the A19 in Middlesbrough a lane is closed on exit slip road and slow traffic northbound at Portrack Interchange, because of a broken down vehicle.

  11. Durham score first batting point

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    History is made as @DurhamCricket get their 1st batting point in six matches. The last batting point was at Lords on 3 May, day two.

    Click or all the latest information here.

  12. Rugby hero visits Stu

    Jon Harle

    BBC Newcastle

    Stu Ridley, the 25-year-old Tynedale rugby player with an inoperable brain tumour, was given a boost on Friday when one of his rugby heroes called in to see him.

    Johnny Wilkinson, the England World Cup winning star, spent a couple of hours at Stu's house near Hexham, with Stu and his mum and dad, Melvyn and Celia.

    Jonny Wilkinson and Stu Ridley

    Melvyn will be telling us what happened after 16:00 on BBC Newcastle. There's more about the Stay Strong Stu campaign here.

  13. Sex accused teacher's husband 'nearby'

    A head teacher had sex with a 15-year-old boy on a camping trip while her husband was in a tent nearby, a court has heard.

    Anne Lakey, 55, of Stanley, County Durham, is on trial at Teesside Crown accused of 13 charges of indecent assault which she has denied.

    Anne Lakey

    The offences, involving two boys are said to have occurred in the late 1980s when she was in her 20s.

    The alleged victim had waited until the early hours before sneaking into Ms Lakey's tent and that it was her idea, the court heard.

    "It was clearly meant to be a clandestine visit," he said. The hearing has heard how Ms Lakey was married to Eamonn Toland at the time, who was sleeping in a nearby tent.

    The hearing continues.

  14. Teacher took boy's virginity claim

    A man has told how he lost his virginity to a headteacher when he was 15 on a camping trip, a jury has heard.

    Anne Lakey arrives at court

    The claimant said he crept into the tent of Anne Lakey and had sex with her for the first time during a "tumultuous night", Teesside Crown Court heard.

    Ms Lakey, 55, from Stanley, County Durham, has denied 13 charges of indecent assault said to have occurred in the late 1980s.

    Six counts refer to a boy who was aged 13 or 14 and the remainder relate to a boy aged 15. This is the second week of Ms Lakey's trial.

  15. A697 closed after accident

    BBC Travel

    The A697 in Glanton, Northumberland, is closed in both directions between the Powburn junction and the Glanton junction, because of an accident and recovery work. Diversion in operation - drivers are advised to use the A1.

    More details on the BBC Travel website for Tyne and Wear.

  16. Beautiful Bamburgh

    Skilled snapper Peter Gillespie managed to capture the Northumberland coast in all its summer glory.

    This stunning, sky and beach view - with Bamburgh Castle as a backdrop - was taken early before visitors clogged the area.

    Bamburgh Castle
  17. Killer 'street racers' inspired by film

    Two drivers who were racing each and killed a man in a crash were inspired by a film about illegal street racing, a court heard.

    George Allen, 19, (pictured right) had bought a car on the day of the crash and partly inspired by the film Fast and Furious, he and pal Callum Leach, 21, decided to test its speed, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

    Callum Leach and George Allen

    Witnesses told police they saw the pair drive up to 80mph in a 30mph zone as they raced each other.

    Their victim Craig Cooke, who served as a soldier in Afghanistan, was hit by Allen's car as he drove home through Newark to North Tyneside.

  18. Car racers jailed for death crash

    Two drivers who were racing each other and caused a high speed crash in which an ex-soldier was killed have been jailed.

    Father-of-one Craig Cooke, from North Tyneside, (pictured on his wedding day) was killed on 23 December 2013 after the pair crashed into him as they raced through Newark town centre, Nottinghamshire.

    Craig Cooke on his wedding day

    Callum Leach, 21, and George Allen, 19, from Newark pleaded guilty to causing his death by dangerous driving last month.

    They were sentenced to nine years and disqualified from driving for 10 years.

  19. Helicopter crash survivors seek damages

    Nine survivors of a helicopter crash off Shetland in 2013 in which four people died including a County Durham man, have lodged a claim for damages which could total about £5m.

    A total of 18 people were on board when the Super Puma crashed on its approach to Sumburgh.

    wreaths in the seas

    Solicitors Digby Brown said the claim against operator CHC was being raised due to the physical, emotional and financial losses.

    Duncan Munro, from Bishop Auckland was among those who lost their lives.

  20. On Look North at lunchtime

    Colin Briggs

    BBC Look North

    The country's first hospital to specialise in emergency care opens its doors tomorrow. It's taken 10 years, and has cost £75m, and the NHS is hailing the hospital in Nothumberland - as a vision of the future. Ahead of opening its door to patients, our health reporter, Sharon Barbour was invited in for a look around.

    Cramlington hospital

    Cancer patients in the region are to benefit from a more precise form of radiotherapy, which causes less damage to healthy tissue.

    Join me for these and all our other stories on BBC One at 13:30.

  21. Lunch at Sussex v Durham

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    Durham have lost four wickets in the morning session but for the addition of 147 runs so I would say it's honours even.

    Tim Linley caused the damage with 3-2 in 2.2 overs, claiming Scott Borthwick for 24, Mark Stoneman for 50 and Paul Collingwood for 9.

    Stoneman has made 28 half centuries for Durham but has been out in the 50s 12 times.

  22. 'Drink drive' arrest after car crash

    A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after a woman was hurt in a car crash.

    A Toyota Corolla was travelling west on Coxgreen Road, Sunderland, just after 05:15 BST when it hit the kerb and collided with a parked car in Railway Terrace, Northumbria Police said.

    A 28-year-old woman, a passenger in the Toyota, was taken to hospital for treatment - her injuries are thought to be serious but not life-threatening.

    The man was arrested on suspicion of driving above the limit, police said.

  23. Fine and bright afternoon

    It will be a largely fine and bright afternoon, but with increasing amounts of cloud later. It will also feel noticeably warmer, away from the coast, compared to Sunday.

    weather graphic

    Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F)

  24. Latest headlines

    Here are today's top stories on Local Live:

    • The death of a 64-year-old man found in a house in Washington is being treated as unexplained by police.
    • Tata Steel have asked ACAS to work with them and the unions to try to prevent strike action.
    • Staff at a Newcastle bookmakers were threatened by a man armed with a handgun.
  25. Lifeline therapy for cancer patients

    A high-dose therapy to tackle lung cancer is to be used to try and help cure more patients.

    Stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) delivers a high dose of radiation to tumours while limiting damage to surrounding tissue.

    NHS England said it was used to treat lung cancer, but wants to try the therapy on a wider range of the cancers including liver, pelvic and spinal cancer.

    Hundreds more patients at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital and Middlesbrough's James Cook University will now benefit from the treatment.

  26. £15m initiative to help cancer patients

    The Journal


    Here's today's Journal front page:

    Journal front page
  27. £90m 'super' emergency hospital opens

    The region's newest hospital is to open its doors on Tuesday.

    The Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, in Cramlington, cost £90m to build and will be the first dedicated, emergency-care hospital in the country.

    Northumbria Hospital

    It will have A and E consultants on site 24 hours a day, as well as specialists in a range of conditions also available seven days a weeks, NHS England said.

    It will treat patients from across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

  28. Baby birds

    Emlyn Hicks sent us this photo of a Goldfinch feeding her young in her front garden in County Durham.


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

  29. Cricket commentary from gazebo

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    Our commentary gazebo at Arundel Castle. @DurhamCricket batting v @SussexCCC

    cricket commentary gazebo

    The match starts at 11:00 and you can get all the latest information here.

  30. Latest headlines

    Here are today's top stories on Local Live:

    • Six Northumberland schools could close in plans for a reorganisation.
    • Tata Steel have asked ACAS to work with them and the unions to try to prevent strike action.
    • Staff at a Newcastle bookmakers were threatened by a man armed with a handgun.
  31. Shake-up could see schools close

    Colin Briggs

    BBC Look North

    Six Northumberland schools could close within two years amid plans revealed by county council education bosses.

    The authority is considering moving to a two tier system in the Alnwick area, which would mean Seahouses Middle School would close, along with the three middle schools in Alnwick - Lindisfarne, Duke's and St Pauls

    Two first schools with very low numbers of pupils - Embleton and Branton - would also close their doors.

    We'll have more on this in Look North.

  32. Latest headlines

    Here are today's top stories on Local Live:

    • Tata Steel have asked ACAS to work with them and the unions to try to prevent strike action.
    • Six Northumberland schools could close under reorganisation plans.
    • Staff at a Newcastle bookmakers were threatened by a man armed with a handgun.
  33. Man in court over stabbing

    Simon Armstrong

    BBC News

    A man has been charged following a stabbing in Newton Aycliffe.

    Scene of Newton Aycliffe stabbing

    The 32-year-old male victim suffered stomach injuries on Friday when he was attacked with what police believe was a kitchen knife next to Reeth Place.

    A 48-year-old man has been charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article. He is expected to appear in court later.

  34. Biker airlifted after crash

    Stephanie Finnon

    BBC Newcastle

    A man was airlifted to hospital after his motorbike was involved in a crash with a car in South Shields.

    It happened at about 19:40 on Sunday in the town's Imeary Street

    The motorbike rider was taken by helicopter to hospital suffering from suspected broken legs.

  35. Post update

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    Sunny spells this morning, but then increasing amounts of cloud this afternoon. Still, everywhere will remain dry, and also bright. It will also feel noticeably warmer, away from the coast, compared to Sunday.

    Kay Crewdson weather graphic

    Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F)

  36. Good morning

    Julie Cush

    BBC News

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